Monthly Archives: October, 2019

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

First Reading
Sirach 35:12-14,16-18
God hears the prayer of the poor.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 34:2-3,17-18,19, 23
The Lord hears and answers the cry of the poor.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Paul perseveres in faith, confident that God will rescue him.

Gospel Reading
Luke 18:9-14
Jesus tells the parable of the proud Pharisee who prayed from his self-importance and the tax collector who prayed humbly.

Background on the Gospel Reading

The second parable that Jesus tells in Luke 18 addresses attitude in prayer. In contrasting the prayer of the Pharisee with the prayer of the tax collector, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray in humility before God. Jesus again surprises his listeners by showing the tax collector as the example of faith, rather than the Pharisee. Remember that Pharisees were members of a sect of Judaism active in Jesus’ time. They taught an oral interpretation of the Law of Moses as the basis for Jewish piety. If anyone would be a model for prayer, a Pharisee was a likely candidate. In contrast, Jesus offers the tax collector as a model for prayer. Tax collectors were collaborators with the Roman authorities in a system that allowed the tax collectors to line their own pockets by charging in excess of the defined taxes. Yet, in this parable, Jesus offers the humility of the tax collector as a model for the prayer of a disciple. The parable reminds us that when we pray, we must remember our need for God in our lives. If we are too full of ourselves, there is too little room for God’s grace to work in us.-

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

First Reading
2 Kings 5:14-17
Naaman is cleansed of his leprosy and chooses to serve the God of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4
Rejoice! The salvation of God is made known to all.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Those who remain faithful to Christ will share Christ’s glory.

Gospel Reading
Luke 17:11-19
Jesus heals 10 lepers, and one, the Samaritan, returns to give thanks.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today we hear about how Jesus, continuing on his journey to Jerusalem, heals 10 lepers. This story is a lesson about faith and reminds us that faith is sometimes found in unlikely places. Ten people afflicted with leprosy cry out to Jesus. Struck with pity, Jesus heals all 10. However, only one is described as glorifying God and returning to thank Jesus. The one who returns is a Samaritan, a foreigner. In the Jewish circles in which Jesus lived, Samaritans were looked down upon because of the differences between the two communities in their observance of Judaism. It is significant, therefore, that Jesus commends the Samaritan for his faith, which has been his salvation. Throughout Luke’s Gospel, faith is found in surprising places.

Another lesson for us in this Gospel has to do with salvation. All 10 of the lepers were given the gift of healing, but in his gratitude to God for this gift, the Samaritan found salvation. Our salvation is found in recognizing the gifts we have been given and knowing to whom we must offer our

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

First Reading
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
The patience of the just man shall be rewarded when he sees the vision fulfilled.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9
Sing joyfully to God, our salvation.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
Paul urges Timothy to remain strong in the Spirit of faith Timothy received.

Gospel Reading
Luke 17:5-10
Jesus teaches the apostles the importance of faith and service to God.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus teach about faith and service to God. The context is a continuing dialogue between Jesus and his followers about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Jesus has just finished an instruction on sin and forgiveness. There are two related teachings that Jesus offers to his disciples when they cry out for an increase in faith. The first is the familiar reminder that faith, even just a little, will enable the followers of Jesus to do wondrous things. But this uplifting and inspiring teaching is quickly followed by the second teaching, a caution about knowing one’s place in God’s plans. The disciples of Jesus are to understand themselves as servants to God and his plans. Even when God works wonders through us, with our mustard seed-sized faith, we must not seek praise. Our participation in God’s plans is God’s grace to us—nothing more, nothing less. When we are graced enough to cooperate with God, the work we do is nothing more than our obligation to God as faithful stewards. And yet, our faith enables us to believe that what we have offered in service to God, as his servants, can be made to produce a hundredfold. –

Lawyer elected to head congregation of media sisters

new fsp superior general 2019
Sr Anna poses in front of the enlarged portrait of Venerable Sr Thecla Merlo, co-foundress and first superior general of the Daughters of St Paul, after her election, 2 Oct 2019, Ariccia Italy.

ARICCIA, Italy: A lawyer among the Daughters of St Paul was elected to head the congregation of media sisters recently.

On 2 October 2019, Sr Anna Caiazza was elected Superior General of the Daughters of St. Paul during their 11th General Chapter (5 Sept – 5 Oct 2019)

A little over 100 years after the Institute’s foundation (15 June 1915), the 60 Chapter delegates from over 50 countries on all the continents reflected on the theme chosen for this event: Arise and set out on your journey (Dt. 10:11), trusting in the Promise. 

Their multicultural and inter-ethnic presence, the challenges of the world of communications, the cultural turning points they are living and the epochal change underway that crosses every latitude of the planet are all elements that Sr Anna must allow to interpellate (question) her in guiding the Institute for the next six years (2019-2025).

Sr Anna was born on 24 July 1952 in Casavatore (Naples), Italy. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from Frederick II University, Naples, followed by a License in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

She has held roles of responsibility within the Congregation such as that of provincial councilor in Italy, and General Councilor for two terms of office.  

The new Superior General and her council, together with the Chapter delegates, will have an audience with Pope Francis on 4 October–an event that, occurring as it does at the beginning of the Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019, urges the new General Government of the Daughters of St Paul to launch out on the new paths that the Spirit is opening for announcing the Word – (FSP website).

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