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October 6, 2008

Daily Devotions for October 7, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 11:44 am

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Galatians 1:13-24 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion: how that, beyond measure, I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it. And I made progress in the Jews’ religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased him, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles, immediately I condescended not to flesh and blood. Neither went I to Jerusalem, to the apostles who were before me: but I went into Arabia, and again I returned to Damascus. Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem, to see Peter, and I tarried with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles I saw none, saving James the brother of the Lord. Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not. Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea, which were in Christ:But they had heard only: He, who persecuted us in times past, doth now preach the faith which once he impugned:And they glorified God in me.

Galatas 1:13-24 (Biblia Sacra Vulgatam Clementinam)

Audistis enim conversationem meam aliquando in Judaismo : quoniam supra modum persequebar Ecclesiam Dei, et expugnabam illam, et proficiebam in Judaismo supra multos coætaneos meos in genere meo, abundantius æmulator existens paternarum mearum traditionum. Cum autem placuit ei, qui me segregavit ex utero matris meæ, et vocavit per gratiam suam, ut revelaret Filium suum in me, ut evangelizarem illum in gentibus :continuo non acquievi carni et sanguini, neque veni Jerosolymam ad antecessores meos Apostolos :sed abii in Arabiam, et iterum reversus sum Damascum : deinde post annos tres veni Jerosolymam videre Petrum, et mansi apud eum diebus quindecim : alium autem Apostolorum vidi neminem, nisi Jacobum fratrem Domini. Quæ autem scribo vobis, ecce coram Deo, quia non mentior. Deinde veni in partes Syriæ, et Ciliciæ. Eram autem ignotus facie ecclesiis Judææ, quæ erant in Christo: tantum autem auditum habebant quoniam qui persequebatur nos aliquando, nunc evangelizat fidem, quam aliquando expugnabat :et in me clarificabant Deum.

Gospel according to St. Luke 10:38-42 (Ronald Knox Translation)

In one of the villages he entered during his journey, a woman called Martha entertained him in her house. She had a sister called Mary; and Mary took her place at the Lord’s feet, and listened to his words. Martha was distracted by waiting on many needs; so she came to his side, and asked, Lord, are you content that my sister should leave me to do the serving alone? Come, bid her help me. Jesus answered her, Martha, Martha, how many cares and troubles you have! But only one thing is necessary; and Mary has chosen for herself the best part of all, that which shall never be taken away from her.

Evangelium Secundum Lucam (Biblia Sacra Vulgatam Clementinam)

Factum est autem, dum irent, et ipse intravit in quoddam castellum : et mulier quædam, Martha nomine,
excepit illum in domum suam,  et huic erat soror nomine Maria, quæ etiam sedens secus pedes Domini,
audiebat verbum illius. Martha autem satagebat circa frequens ministerium : quæ stetit, et ait : Domine,
non est tibi curæ quod soror mea reliquit me solam ministrare? dic ergo illi ut me adjuvet. Et respondens dixit illis Dominus : Martha, Martha, sollicita es, et turbaris erga plurima, porro unum est necessarium.
Maria optimam partem elegit, quæ non auferetur abea.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 153

he Characteristics of Faith

Faith is a grace

153 When St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus declared to him that this revelation did not come “from flesh and blood”, but from “my Father who is in heaven”.Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him. “Before this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and assist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and ‘makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.:

Catechismum Catholicae Ecclesiae 153

De proprietatibus fidei

Fides est gratia quaedam

Cum sanctus Petrus Iesum esse Christum, Filium Dei vivi, confitetur, Iesus ei declarat hanc revelationem ex carne et sanguine ei non venisse, sed ex Patre Suo « qui in caelis est » (Mt 16,17). Fides est donum Dei, virtus supernaturalis ab Illo infusa. « Quae fides ut praebeatur, opus est praeveniente et adiuvante gratia Dei et internis Spiritus Sancti auxiliis, qui cor moveat et in Deum convertat, mentis oculos aperiat, et det “omnibus suavitatem in consentiendo et credendo veritati” ».

Notes on Galatians 1:13-24 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 14. He here alludes to his being a Pharisee, as he himself mentions more openly in Acts xxiii. 6. A Pharisee, and son of Pharisees. This sect always distinguished itself by its zeal for ancient traditions, which shews evidently that he was very far from being instructed in a religion of which he was the sworn enemy; nor since his conversion did he apply for instruction. What he delivered, he learned not of man, but of God. See below.

Ver. 16. I condescended not to flesh and blood. Literally, I did not acquiesce to flesh and blood. I had no regard to temporal friends or advantages. Some expound it, I did not think it necessary to consult the other apostles, men who were my countrymen: and so it follows, I came not to Jerusalem to the apostles, to be instructed by them, having been instructed by Christ himself. (Witham)

Ver. 17. So far from receiving his apostleship from the other apostles, he saw none of them, till he had spent three years in announcing the word of God. (Calmet) — In this epistle to the Galatians, St. Paul treats the same matter as in his epistle to the Romans; to the former he writes less exactly and more briefly, as very rude and uncivilized; to the latter, with more precision, and with greater copiousness, as replenished with all knowledge: repleti omni scientia. (Romans xv. 14.)

Ver. 18. Then three years after, I came to Jerusalem to see (and as St. Chrysostom says, out of respect to make a visit to) Peter, but staid only at Jerusalem fifteen days, and saw none of the apostles except him, and James, the brother, or cousin of our Lord; so that I was yet unknown by face to the Christian churches in Judea. (Witham)

Notes on St. Luke 10:38-42 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 40. Calvin here ridicules the professors of evangelical poverty, because they gather from this place that there are two states of life, viz. the active and the contemplative, figured by Martha and Mary. But what will he answer, when he is informed, that this is the opinion not merely of monks, but even of a St. Augustine, (Serm. xxvii. De verbis Domini,) of a St. Jerome, (Com. 3 cap. of Jeremiah,) of a St. Gregory, and many others? Not that they were ignorant that there was another more natural explanation; but they were of opinion that nothing could be found more proper for the illustration of these different states of life. (Maldonatus)

Ver. 42. One thing is necessary. Some think that Christ’s meaning was, that Martha was preparing many dishes, when one was sufficient. But others, that this one thing necessary, was to learn, and comply with the will of God; which Mary was employed about. (Witham)


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