St. John Francis Regis
ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS was born in Languedoc, in 1597. From his tenderest years he showed evidences of uncommon sanctity by his innocence of life, modesty, and love of prayer. At the age of eighteen he entered the Society of Jesus. As soon as his studies were over, he gave himself entirely to the salvation of souls. The winter he spent in country missions, principally in mountainous districts; and in spite of the rigor of the weather and the ignorance and roughness of the inhabitants, he labored with such success that he gained innumerable souls to God both from heresy and from a bad life. The summer he gave to the towns. There his time was taken up in visiting hospitals and prisons, in preaching and instructing, and in assisting all who in any way stood in need of his services. In his works of mercy God often helped him by miracles. In November, 1637, the Saint set out for his second mission at Marthes. His road lay across valleys filled with snow and over mountains frozen and precipitous. In climbing one of the highest, a bush to which he was clinging gave way, and he broke his leg in the fall. By the help of his companion he accomplished the remaining six miles, and then, instead of seeing a surgeon, insisted on being taken straight to the confessional. There, after several hours, the curate of the parish found him still seated, and when his leg was examined the fracture was found to be miraculously healed. He was so inflamed with the love of God that he seemed to breathe, think, speak of that alone, and he offered up the Holy Sacrifice with such attention and fervor that those who assisted at it could not but feel something of the fire with which he burned. After twelve years of unceasing labor, he rendered his pure and innocent soul to his Creator, at the age of forty-four.
Reflection. —When St. John Francis was struck in the face by a sinner whom he was reproving, he replied, "If you only knew me, you would give me much more than that" His meekness converted the man, and it is in this spirit that he teaches us to win souls to God. How much might
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we do if we could forget our own wants in remembering those of others, and put our trust in God!
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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Tob. 12, 6
Blessed be the holy Trinity, and undivided Unity: we will give glory to Him, because He hath shown His mercy to us. Ps. 8, 2. O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Thy name in all the earth. Glory be …
Almighty, eternal God, by Whose gift Thy servants, in the confession of the true faith, acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and adore the Unity in the power of His majesty, we beseech Thee that in the firmness of the same faith we may ever be defended from all adversities. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of the First Sunday after Pentecost as follows:
O God, the strength of them that hope in Thee, graciously be present with us when we invoke Thee, and, because mortal infirmity can do nothing without Thee, grant us the assistance of Thy grace that, in executing Thy commands, we may be pleasing to Thee both in our desires and in our deeds. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Rom. 11, 33-36
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
[God hath not cast off all Israel. The Gentiles must not be proud but stand in faith and fear.]
O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him? For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.
Gradual. Dan. 3, 55, 56
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, Who beholdest the depths, and sittest upon the cherubim. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven, and worthy of praise for ever. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our fathers, and worthy of praise for ever. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 28, 18-20
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[The resurrection of Christ. His commission to his disciples.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.
Offertory • Tob. 12, 6
Blessed be God the Father, and the only-begotten Son of God, and also the holy Spirit; because He hath shown His mercy toward us.
By the invocation of Thy holy name, O Lord, our God, sanctify, we beseech Thee, the matter of this oblation, and through it make us ourselves a perfect offering forever. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of the Sunday as follow:
Be pleased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to accept the offerings dedicated to Thee, and grant that they may profit us for perpetual help. Through our Lord.
Communion • Tob. 12, 6
We bless the God of heaven, and before all living we will praise Him; because He has shown His mercy to us.
May the receiving of this sacrament, O Lord, our God, and the confession of our faith in the eternal, holy Trinity and undivided Unity, profit us for the health of body and soul. Though our Lord.
Commemoration of the Sunday as follows:
Filled with so great offerings, O Lord, we beseech Thee to grant that we may both lay hold upon Thy salutary gifts and never cease from praising Thee. Though our Lord