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The Prayer of the Lowly • MISSION:CHRISTIAN Parents

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October 23-29: 30th Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed Chiara Badano + St. Anthony Claret + Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko + Sts. Simon and Jude


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St. Anthony Claret (Monday), the Spanish priest and archbishop who founded a missionary institute known as the Claretians, as well as a publishing house. As the new archbishop of Santiago, Cuba, he preached and dispensed the sacraments around-the-clock, traveling throughout the archdiocese on foot. He irked plantation owners by teachng their slaves; when they tried to have him killed, he forgave the would-be assassin. Claret was a great friend of criminals; one story tells of how he persuaded four men who had been condemned to die to confess. Another time, he persuaded bandits who were going to kill him to let him go preach instead, with the promise that he would return the next day so they could finish killing him. The outlaws were so shocked when he returned, they begged to receive confession instead.

Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko (Tuesday), the quiet young priest who said, ““The Christian must at all times be a witness to and defender of justice, goodness, truth, freedom, and love.” He volunteered to serve striking steel workers in Warsaw, Poland, and was eventually murdered by Communist agents; 250,000 people attended his funeral.

Sts. Simon and Jude (Friday), two of “the Twelve” apostles of Jesus. Little is known of them, other than that Simon had been involved with the Zealots, a political movement that aimed to throw the Roman Empire out of the Holy Land by force. St. Jude (“Judas the son of James”) is the patron saint of hopeless causes, perhaps because he is named last among the apostles (except for traitorous Judas Iscariot).

Blessed Chiara Badano (Saturday), the remarkable Italian teenage girl who died of cancer in 1991. In many ways, she was an ordinary teen who liked tennis and swimming, and dreamed of becoming a flight attendant. She attended her parish youth group and joined the Focolare Movement. But it was as she was dying of cancer that her true spirit shone out, amazing everyone with her holy joy and love of God even as she suffered. So striking was her attitude that the local cardinal visited her. “The light in your eyes is splendid. Where does it come from?” he asked. Her reply: “I try to love Jesus as much as I can.” A doctor remarked:  “Through her smile, and through her eyes full of light, she showed us that death doesn’t exist; only life exists.”





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Preview this Sunday’s Scriptures with your family; this Sunday’s readings are all about humility in prayer.



“If you think their lives are expendable and disposable, then you can subscribe to this culture of death.”

—C. Matthew Hawkins, an African-American seminarian from the Diocese of Pittsburgh currently studying in Baltimore. Hawkins, who was quoted in a CNA article about the Catholic response to police shootings, described the time a police officer pulled a gun on him while he was walking near his parish.




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