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November 1, 2016 – Solemnity of All Saints

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the Book of Revelation (7:9-14)

 After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”

All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed:

“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”
 

Reflect: For all the Saints, who from their labor rests… That familiar hymn is especially appropriate today as the Church recognizes the countless persons who have endured so much to remain faithful and proclaim to the world with their lives the truth that salvation “comes from our God”; and that “blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever.” This is the proclamation made by the lives of the faithful while here on earth and is intensified in union with the Communion of the Saints in heaven. Their lives remind us what we are called to be; what is the fulfillment of our human existence. May God grant us to grace to be counted in that magnificent number when all the Saints come marching in!

Do I have a desire to be included among the Saints? Does my life reflect that desire? Who are the holy ones who have inspired me? Do they provide me with any concrete examples about how to conduct my life for whatever more days I have on this earth?

 

Pray: Loving God, purify my heart and mind so that I might grow in holiness before your sight.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

All holy men and women: Pray for us!

 

October 31, 2016       Monday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians (2:1-4)

Brothers and sisters:
If there is any encouragement in Christ,
any solace in love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing.

Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;
rather,
humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also everyone for those of others.

 

Reflect: Jesus wants his people to live in unity. We give glory to God when we seek unity and look out for the interests of others before our own.  The Evil One, on the other hand, delights in division and selfishness. That is why, as tough as it might be, Jesus, through Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians, calls his Church to be united – “of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.” In today’s Gospel from Saint Luke, Jesus exhorts the leading Pharisee with whom he is dining by saying: “…when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.”  So we are called to care for and be considerate about not only our loved ones and those close to us, but, most especially, the broken, the hurting, the abandoned, the rejected, the unappealing – anyone in need of God’s love who we encounter in our daily life.

Is there someone with whom I’m experiencing division? How can I invite Jesus to mend the breach between myself and another? Can I be conscious today of the broken, the hurting, the abandoned, the rejected and the unappealing who come across my path, and do something to bring love and healing to them – to create unity with them?

 

Pray: Loving God, you call your followers to be united with you and one another. Grant me the grace to put divisions aside, and to find unity with others by finding your presence in them.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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