Friday, October 11, 2019

Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Pope Saint John XXIII (1881-1963)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 8 The Divine Office at Night
Mass: Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2; Resp Ps 9; Lk 11:15-26

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds.

In honor of Pope Saint John XXIII, the following comes from his encyclical Pacem et Terris Peace on Earth, given at Rome, at St Peter's, on Holy Thursday, the eleventh day of April, in the year 1963, the fifth of Our Pontificate.

"Our Lord Jesus Christ, after His resurrection stood in the midst of His disciples and said: Peace be upon you, alleluia. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord." It is Christ, therefore, who brought us peace; Christ who bequeathed it to us: "Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you." 
Let us, then, pray with all fervor for this peace which our divine Redeemer came to bring us. May He banish from the souls of men whatever might endanger peace. May He transform all men unto witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love. May He illumine with His light the minds of rulers, so that, besides caring for the proper material welfare of their peoples, they may also guarantee them the fairest gift of peace.
Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong. Through His power and inspiration may all peoples welcome each other to their hearts as brothers, and may the peace they long for ever flower and ever reign among them. 
(Pacem et Terris, 170-171)


© Gertrude Feick 2019

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