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November 3, 2008

Daily Devotions for November 3, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 8:24 pm

Philippians 2:1-4 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration: Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment. Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:  Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men’s

Philippenses 2:1-4 (Biblia Sacra Juxta Vulgatam Clementinam)

Si qua ergo consolatio in Christo, si quod solatium caritatis, si qua societas spiritus, si qua viscera miserationis: implete gaudium meum ut idem sapiatis, eamdem caritatem habentes, unanimes, idipsum sentientes, nihil per contentionem, neque per inanem gloriam : sed in humilitate superiores sibi invicem arbitrantes, non quæ sua sunt singuli considerantes, sed ea quæ aliorum.

Gospel According to St. Luke 14:12-14 (Ronald Knox Translation)

Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. He said, moreover, to his host. When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your neighbours to come, or your brethren, or your kindred, or your friends who are rich; it may be they will send you invitations in return, and so you will be recompensed for your pains. Rather, when you give hospitality, invite poor men to come, the cripples, the lame, the blind: so you shall win a blessing, for these cannot make you any return; your reward will come when the just rise again.

Evangelium Secundum Lucam 14:12-14 (Biblia Sacra Juxta Vulgatam Clementinam)

Dicebat autem et ei, qui invitaverat : Cum facis prandium, aut coenam, noli vocare amicos tuos, neque fratres tuos, neque cognatos, neque vicinos divites : ne forte te et ipsi reinvitent, et fiat tibi retributio ; sed cum facis convivium, voca pauperes, debiles, claudos, et cæcos :et beatus eris, quia non habent retribuere tibi : retribuetur enim tibi in resurrectione justorum.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2635

Since Abraham, intercession – asking on behalf of another has been characteristic of a heart
attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks “not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others,” even to the point of praying for those who do him harm

Catechismum Catholicae Ecclesiae 2635

Intercedere, petere pro aliis, proprium est, inde ab Abraham, cordis misericordiae Dei conformati. In Ecclesiae tempore, intercessio christiana illam Christi participat: expressio est communionis sanctorum. In intercessione, qui orat, non considerat « quae sua sunt, […] sed et ea, quae aliorum » (Phil 2,4) usque ad orandum pro eis qui illi malum faciunt.

Notes on Phiippians 2:1-4 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 1. If there be, therefore, any consolation. If you have any desire to comfort me in Christ, or for Christ’s sake. (Witham)

Ver. 3. Esteem others better than themselves. St. Thomas Aquinas (22. q. 162. a. 3.) puts the question, how an innocent man can with truth think himself worse than the most wicked of men? He answers, that a man who has received very extraordinary gifts from God, cannot think these gifts less than what any other has received; but he may reflect that he has nothing, and is nothing of himself. And a man truly humble considers only his own sins and failings, and is persuaded that any other person would have made better use of the same graces; which agrees with what follows, (ver. 4) not considering the things that are his own. (Witham)

Ver. 4. The things that are his. Self-love and self-interest are the two great sources of divisions. The Christian religion teaches a contrary doctrine. (Calmet)

Notes on St. Luke 14:12-14 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 12. Christ does not here forbid the invitation of friends and relatives, since that would be acting directly contrary to his own maxims and spirit, which breathe nothing but charity and union. He merely wishes to purify our motives in the disposal of our charity, by insinuating that there is more merit in giving to the indigent, from whom we can expect no remuneration. (Calmet) — It is only an effect of avarice, to be liberal to those who will repay us, says St. Ambrose. It is our duty as acknowledged even by heathens (Cicero de Off. lib. i.) to assist those who stand most in need of it; but our practice says the same author, is to be most obsequious to those from whom we expect most, though they want our services the least. St. Ambrose, Ven. Bede, and St. Chrysostom are of the same opinion


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