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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 7, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Philippians 3:17 -- 4:1
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5
Luke 16:1-8

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The crafty steward turned out to be a prudent fellow! (Luke 16:1-8)

He was a child of his age, not a child of light, whose calculated judgment saved his neck. Would that the children of light did as well!

The virtue of prudence "disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it." (Catechism of the Catholic Church; par. 1806)

Jesus has taught His followers what is the true good and how to attain it. The Kingdom of God is the gift, spreading like a tree or a ripened field, to receive all who seek it. The path, to use another instruction, is a narrow way and the gate is narrow. These realities govern the disciple's attachments and relationships.

What St. Paul says to the Philippians in today's reading helps exercise the virtue of prudence: to observe those who conduct themselves as Paul taught so that they learn from other devoted Christians, to avoid the way of indulgence (bloating someone so that they cannot enter the narrow gate) and stand firm in the Lord (rooted in the truth and not allured by false promises found in transitory glory).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says prudence helps us to "apply moral virtues to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid." (ibid 1806) With the instruction of the Word of God and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the follower of Jesus can cultivate knowledge of the truth and exhibit the good deeds that praise God.

- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto |
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Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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