Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Augst 9 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28
Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The woman the world knew as Edith Stein is known to the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Her experience of conversion, the misunderstandings and oppositions she experienced, her life as a Carmelite nun, and especially the times of harassment and persecution by Nazi authorities, her arrest and subsequent death in the gas chambers at Auschwitz, are all a witness to the words of Jesus as being living words: "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day."
All Christians are called to be disciples who bear with Christ the Cross of the Gospel applied to daily life. Some must live out the Passion of Christ in this world in a manner similar to Christ's suffering and death. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is an example of one of these, handed over by men to be killed and then praised by the Church through the testimony of witnesses as a Saint. "May her prayers be a source of help for us, and may her example of courage and chastity be our inspiration." (Opening Prayer)
~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, August 9, 2010
Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Lives of the saints:
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