Thursday, November 25, 2010

Roman Catholic Daily Readings For Friday, 26 November

From CNA, USCCB, and Catholic Online:

Daily Readings:

Saints/Feasts/Fasts to be commemmorated/celebrated:



St. Leonard was born on December 20, 1676 in Porto Maurizio, Italy. He was given the name Paul Jerome Casanova by his father Domenico Casanova, a sea captain, and his mother, Anna Maria Benza. When he was 13, he was placed with his uncle Agostino to study for a career as a physician, but when the youth decided against medicine, his uncle disowned him.
He then studied at the Jesuit College in Rome. On October 2, 1697, he joined the Franciscans of the Strict Observance and took the name Brother Leonard. He was ordained in Rome in 1703. He taught for a while, and expected to become a missionary to China, but a bleeding ulcer kept him in his native lands for the several years it took to recover and regain his strength.
In 1709, he was sent to Florence where he preached in the city and nearby region. A great preacher, he was often invited to visit and preach in other areas. He worked to increase devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Heart, Immaculate Conception, and the Stations of the Cross. One of his accomplishments was to set up the Stations of the Cross in over 500 different places, including the Colosseum.
He was sent as a missionary to Corsica by Pope Benedict XIV in 1744. He restored discipline to the holy orders there, but local politics greatly limited his success in preaching. He returned exhausted to Rome where he spent the rest of his days.
He died on November 26, 1751 at the monastery of Saint Bonaventure in Rome


Santiago Alberione was born on April 4, 1884, the fourth of six children in a devout working class family in San Lorenzo di Fossano, Cuneo, Italy. From a young age, he felt God calling him. On the first day of elementary school, when the teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he responded, “I want to be a priest.”
While a seminarian in Alba, during the night of 31 December 1900 to 1 January 1901, he prayed for four hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament. He saw a light shine forth from the Host, and from that moment, he had an unusually powerful certainty that God was calling him to do something for the people of the new century.
He was ordained on 29 June 1907 and was assigned to a parish in Narzole. He served as spiritual director for youth and altar servers in the Alba seminary on 1 October 1908 and in September 1913 he became director of the weekly publication Gazzetta d'Alba.
He founded the Society of Saint Paul on 20 August 1914, the Daughters of Saint Paul on 15 June 1915, the Sisters Disciples of the Divine Master on 10 February 1924 and the Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherd in Rome in August 1936. These congregations, under his leadership and still today, publish books and other materials for the spreading of the word of God, thus fulfilling his intense conviction at the turn of the century of helping the people of the 20th century of Christianity.
During the course of his priestly and parochial ministry, he grew in the certainty that his call was to reach out the as many people as possible using new technology and media. To this end, he founded the Pauline family. The family grew as there was an increase in both mens and womens vocations, and the apostolate took shape. He founded various women's orders whose charisms were the publication and dissemination of books, and ministry to Pastors, among other things.
Alberione's work can best be summed up in the words of Pope Paul VI, who never held back his admiration for the Pauline ministry. “Father Alberione has given the Church new instruments with which to express herself, new means with which to invigorate herself and to amplify her apostolate, new capacity, and a new consciousness of the validity and the possibility of her mission in the modern world with modern means.
He died on 26 November, 1971 Rome and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 27 April 2003

St. John Berchmans

Feastday: November 26
Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant. He early wanted to be a priest, and when thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines, John Froymont. In 1615, he entered the newly founded Jesuit College at Malines, and the following year became a Jesuit novice. He was sent to Rome in 1618 to continue his studies, and was known for his diligence and piety, impressing all with his holiness and stress on perfection in little things. He died there on August 13. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, and he was canonized in 1888. He is the patron of altar boys. His feast day is November 26.

More Saints of the Day

•St. Conrad

•St. Alypius

•St. Amator

•St. Basolus

•St. Bellinus

•St. Dominic Doan Xuyen

•St. Faustus

•St. Leonard of Port Maurice

•St. Martin of Arades

•St. Nicon

•St. Peter of Alexandria

•St. Phileas

First Reading - Rev 20: 1-4, 11-21:2

1 And I saw an Angel, descending from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the abyss and a great chain.2 And he apprehended the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and he bound him for a thousand years.3 And he cast him into the abyss, and he closed and sealed it, so that he would no longer seduce the nations, until the thousand years are completed. And after these things, he must be released for a brief time.4 And I saw thrones. And they sat upon them. And judgment was given to them. And the souls of those beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God, and who did not adore the beast, nor his image, nor accept his character on their foreheads or on their hands: they lived and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.11 And I saw a great white throne, and One sitting upon it, from whose sight earth and heaven fled, and no place was found for them.2 And I, John, saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.

Psalm - Ps 84:3-6a, 8a

3 My soul longs and faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh have exulted in the living God.4 For even the sparrow has found a home for himself, and the turtle-dove a nest for herself, where she may lay her young: your altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God.5 Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord. They will praise you from age to age.6a Blessed is the man whose help is from you.

Gospel - Lk 21:29-33

29 And he told them a comparison: “Take notice of the fig tree and of all the trees.30 When presently they produce fruit from themselves, you know that summer is near.31 So you also, when you will have seen these things happen, know that the kingdom of God is near.32 Amen I say to you, this lineage shall not pass away, until all these things happen.33 Heaven and earth shall pass away. But my words shall not pass away

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