Friday, November 18
DEDICATION OF THE BASILICAS OF PETER AND PAUL IN ROME; ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE, VIRGIN
Hold nothing back
“We cultivate a very small field for Christ,” said Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne about her mission work in the American West during the 1800s, “but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements but a heart that holds back nothing for self.” Ironically those unselfishly laboring out of love for God invariably achieve great things and leave lasting legacies. Mother Rose introduced the Society of Sacred Heart to the U.S, and by the turn of the 19th century the sisters had attracted 1,100 members. And those basilicas we celebrate today? Well, St. Peter’s Basilica, considered the most magnificent church structure in the world, began as a red rock marking the place where Saint Peter was buried.
TODAY’S READINGS: 1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59; Luke 19:45-48 (501)
“All the people prostrated themselves and adored and praised Heaven, who had given them success.”
Alice Camille, Daniel Grippo, Father Larry Janowski, O.F.M., Ann O'Connor, Joel Schorn, Patrice J. Tuohy, and Sister Julie Vieira, I.H.M.
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