Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

October 16, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast: St. Hedwig (1174-1243)

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Romans 2:1-11

Psalm 62

Luke 11:42-46

Today there are two choices for remembrance within the Church: St. Hedwig and St. Mary Margaret Alocoque.  Both are colorful women of the Church: one from the thirteenth century, the other, from the seventeenth. 

St. Hedwig married at age 12, had seven children, and then with her husband, a prince, embarked on founding monasteries.  The latter half of her life she spent in austerity, with the poor and prisoners.

St. Margaret Mary is from France.  She is known for visions that at first were disbelieved, but later were accepted.  In fact, today she receives credit for having begun the worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In today’s first reading from Romans, St. Paul shows little patience for those of us who discount God’s mercy and our need for it, especially when we find fault with others while doing the same or worse things ourselves.  Examples of this come all too easily to mind these days when so many live in abject poverty around the world and are often blamed for their situation.  At the same time, folks who benefit excessively from systems that are at the heart of the vast misdistribution of wealth that exists today are some of the loudest detractors of people in poverty.  (Friends, this is my personal opinion but shared by many others.)

How refreshing then to be represented by  Pope Francis  who when recently asked “Who are you?” answered spontaneously, and I believe sincerely, “I am a sinner.”

But not just any kind of sinner, a “redeemed sinner,” who assesses the reality of his life and has found the need for God at his core, where sin could be hidden and left to fester, yet Pope Francis has invited us and offered himself to the mercy of God, in which he stores “his wealth.”  

What would it mean in our lives if wee were to become attentive to our need to “store” the mercy of God for our rainy days? 

Question of the Day: Will you be attentive to the needs of the poor at set an example to others?

Prayer: Lord, pour out upon us the spirit with which You enriched St. Margaret Mary and Saint Hedwig.  Help us to know the love of Christ which is too great for human knowledge and to be filled with the fullness of God.  (From “Lives of the Saints, Illustrated”)



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