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Daily Readings for: September 07, 2011
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: Almighty God, every good thing comes from you. Fill our hearts with love for you, increase our faith, and by your constant care protect the good you have given us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Ordinary Time: September 7th

  Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time Old Calendar: St. Regina, virgin & martyr (Hist)

According to tradition today is the feast of St. Regina (Reine) who after undergoing many cruel torments, was beheaded for the faith at Aliza, formerly a large town called Alexia, famous for the siege which Caesar laid to it, now a small village in the diocese of Autun in Burgundy. Her martyrdom happened in the persecution of Decius, in 251, or under Maximian Herecleus in 286, as some Martyrologies mention. She is honored in many ancient Martyrologies. Her relics are kept with great devotion in the neighboring abbey of Flavigni, a league distant, whither they were translated in 864, and where they have been rendered famous by miracles and pilgrimages, of which a history is published by two monks of that abbey. — Butler's "Lives of the Saints"

St. Regina
The life of this saint is shrouded in obscurity; all that we know about her is found in the acts of her martyrdom which are considered rather unreliable in their details. She was born in the 3rd century in Alise, the ancient Alesia where two hundred years earlier Vercingetorix had fought so valiantly against Caesar. Her mother died at her birth, and her father, a prominent pagan citizen, entrusted the child to a Christian nurse who baptized her.

When he learned of this fact, the father flew into a rage and repudiated his own daughter. Regina then went to live with her nurse who possessed little means. The girl helped out by tending sheep, where she communed with God in prayer and meditated on the lives of the saints.

In 251, at the age of fifteen, she attracted the eye of a man called Olybrius, the prefect of Gaul, who determined to have her as his wife. He sent for the girl and discovered that she was of noble race and of the Christian Faith. Chagrined, he attempted to have her deny her faith, but the saintly maiden resolutely refused and also spurned his proposal of marriage. Thereupon, Olybrius had her thrown into prison.

Regina remained incarcerated, chained to the wall, while Olybrius went to ward off the incursions of the barbarians. On his return, he found the saint even more determined to preserve her vow of virginity and to refuse to sacrifice to idols. In a rage, he had recourse to whippings, scorchings, burning pincers, and iron combs - all to no avail as the grace of God sustained the saint. All the while, she continued to praise God and defy Olybrius. In the end, her throat was severed and she went forth to meet her heavenly Bridegroom.

Excerpted from the Lives of the Saints by Rev. Thomas J. Donaghy

Patron: Depicted as experiencing the torments of martyrdom; or as receiving spiritual consolation in prison by a vision of a dove on a luminous cross.

Symbols: Against poverty, impoverishment, shepherdesses, torture victims.

28 posted on 09/07/2011 8:14:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation: Psalm 145:2-3,10-13

“Every day I will bless you!” (Psalm 145:2)

Father, as this day begins, I choose to bless you! I kneel before you and adore you. You are exalted above all creation and worthy of all my praise. Looking down at us from your throne, in your full glory and might, you are filled with love and compassion for every one of your children. You are full of love and compassion for me. Worthy are you, worthy to be praised!

Father, I choose today to go through my day blessing you, whether my circumstances are comfortable to me or not. I will bless you, even if the car won’t start or the kids’ commotion won’t stop. I will bless you in rain or drought, in hot or cold, in feast or famine. I will bless you because you have rescued me from sin. I lift up your holy name and exalt your goodness because you are holy and righteous.

I will bless you, Father, when gas prices rise, and when my income falls. I will proclaim that you are good and you hold all things in the palm of your hand. When insects swarm, when crops fail, when stock markets falter, even when your favor seems to flee my life, still I will bless you. You are mysterious in your ways, yet compassionate in your wisdom. I will trust you, Lord, and bless you, God most high.

Father of time, I will bless you when years of debt are behind me or a few days of rest lie ahead of me. I will exalt you, Lord, in every circumstance, for you are worthy of all praise. I will bless you today when that which I’ve lost is found, when the bus is on time, when the computer starts working again. I will bless you when you calm the confusion inside me and the turmoil outside me. Your love never fails. It always meets me where I am. It always comforts me. It always satisfies me.

Loving Father, enduring in patience, may you be blessed! Jesus, our heavenly provision and divine healer, may you be blessed! Holy Spirit, inscrutable wisdom and eternal counselor, may you be blessed! Holy, Triune God, your mercy endures forever. Your promises are true. Even when circumstances or people fail me, you remain faithful. Yours is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations.

“Let all your faithful ones bless you, Lord!”

Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 6:20-26

29 posted on 09/07/2011 8:18:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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