November 12-18, 2017

It is not often that the word, Wisdom, is applied to someone today. It may be said that a person is smart or intelligent. Maybe it is heard that someone was a wise, old man. So, why is that?  Today’s readings begin with a passage from Wisdom 6:12-16. It speaks of the love of wisdom and its resplendence.  The rarity of this gift is a blessing, which few attain. A wise person has the power of discerning and judging properly. There is a soundness of actions and decisions. A right application of knowledge and common sense mark this person.  It can even be said that wisdom encompasses an entire body of knowledge of a culture or society.  Speaking in God’s terms, true wisdom is obedience to God. 

The reading from 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14 is very short, but very powerful. The mystery of our salvation is summed up in this passage,  …if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. This astounding revelation is core to our faith.  We will have the joy of a resurrected body, beautiful and glorious.  It is unimaginable that this old body will one day be free of pain and fatigue. It will join the spirit, the soul in eternity.  That is the wise belief of our faith.

Matthew 25: 1-13 gives a stern warning about the coming of death. Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.  There need be no fear of this coming, if we are ready and living according to our faith in God and obedient to his Word.  Easier said than done, but trusting in God’s loving and merciful presence can calm us on our journey.  One step at a time for we only have the NOW in which to live in harmony with one another and God.

 St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, though born in Italy, became the first American citizen to be canonized.  She founded the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in the nineteenth century and came with seven sisters to the United States to serve the Italian immigrants.  She founded over 60 institutions to serve the poor, abandoned, uneducated and sick.  Many of these still exist.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary is the patron saint of the Third Order of the Franciscans. She was born into royalty in the 12th century.  At 14 she was married to Ludwig, King of Hungary, whom she loved very much and bore three children. The couple was extremely generous to the poor.  Elizabeth at times fed over a thousand people a day.  At one time the relatives were so enraged at this generosity, they believed that she was stealing precious vessels from the palace and accosted her in the street.  When they tore open her cloak, so legend says, white roses fell out.  She died at 24, leaving a legacy of a hospital and the memory of her generosity.

See you again on November 26 with the “Thought for the Week…”  May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, peace, family and friends.  May we remember that our country began with a peaceful sharing among cultures.  May God bless you with the grace to continue this tradition.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


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