Tuesday of the 12th Week of the Year

Matt 7:6, 12-14

The Golden Rule

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

The destiny of every human being is eternal life with God. Jesus, the God-made-man, has shown us the way to achieve our goal. Today Jesus tells us “that that gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard and there are few people who find it.”

One of the few people who found the way was a special patient of mine. She had a fast-spreading malignancy on her gum that necessitated a resection of her left cheek. Anyone who saw her without the bondages could cry. However, her husband and children loved her and were very supportive of her. They lovingly attended to her needs despite her disfigured face and the accompanying smell.

Each time I was with her I felt I was with a holy person. Once I asked her how she was. Her eyes brightened. The remaining lips smiled and she nodded as if to say “I am okay.” Then she pointed to the crucifix. It was in her sickbed that Jesus became more fully the center of her life. I knew then that she was going the narrow way to the gate of heaven. There was in her the calmness of loving surrender to God with whom she would soon be in full communion. (Sr. Marie Bernard, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)

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Oftentimes difficult or seemingly impossible situations are venues used by God in order to teach us the lesson that it is Him who is in charge. After giving birth to her first born, a young mother, who was living abroad, telephoned her mother in the Philippines. With a trembling voice, she asked her mother: “How would I be able to sustain and take care of a new life toward its full human maturity? I never went to a course on motherhood?” her mother replied: “Have faith in God entrusted to you your firstborn and with His help you’ll be a good mother.” Three years after, the young mother visited her mother and proudly introduced her firstborn, now a budding violinist.

When Jesus told His disciples not to give what is holy to the dogs or toss pearls before swine, he meant to open their eyes to the presence of God in secular events and who makes possible what is impossible. He also encouraged His disciples to enter the “narrow” gate. This “narrow” gate is the depth of the spiritual life where most people dare not to enter. But it is through this “narrow” gate that leads believers to an experience of the power of God in every humanly impossible situation. It is a call to a living faith that does wonders in one’s human life. Unfortunately, those who find this “narrow” gate are few.

In difficult situations, we always pray to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Believers may want to consider her intercession in order to experience the power of God in difficult or impossible situations. With her at our side, nothing will be impossible for she too experienced the mystery of the birth of her Son which she first thought was impossible when she asked the question, “How can this be since I do not have relations with a man?”

Mary, Mother of the Divine Word, lead us to a living experience of the powerful mystery of your Son, Jesus. Amen (Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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Puzzled over three sayings Jesus gives us in the gospel reading, I found it helpful to organize these as the ways of animals, the ways of people and the ways of God.

Animals follow their survival instincts. People, on the other hand, need to follow the golden rule, or some of sort of a traffic jam, could result in their interactions. Jesus as the Way invites us to follow Him by denying ourselves and taking up our cross, if we are to participate in the life of God for all eternity.

Somehow, we are invited to move from impulse to reason to faith. And this becomes clearer with Jesus’ assertion that we are to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. Another hint is in the new commandment that we are to love one another as he loves us. (Fr. Kit Ramirez, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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June 21, 2016 Tuesday

Dogs and pigs were loathsome animals in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. Both animals were relegated among the degraded species of creation.

In verse 6 Jesus warns his apostles not to throw what is holy to the dogs and the pigs. What is holy refers to his teachings that he was handing on to his apostles (and eventually to all his followers).

Dogs and pigs refer to the Pharisees and scribes who always maligned with brazen malice whatever Jesus said and did. Jesus might as well be teaching us that when our human dignity is being trampled upon, as his opponents did to him, we have to stand up rmly as long as we are on “solid ground.”

In verse 12 Jesus states positively that we should do to others what we want others to do to us.  This could be Jesus’ practical warning to his apostles and to us against pharisaical behavior.

In verses 13-14 Jesus tells us that those who want to follow him should “enter the narrow gate and walk the rough road.” No more, no less!

When Pope Francis was in the Philippines countless people walked many miles, stood long hours along the streets under the rain; multitudes passed the nights sleepless in the open air just to have a glimpse of the Holy Father. Thousands gave up their comfort when following where the Pope went to relish the Vicar of Christ’s captivating smile and blessing. And their sacrifices paid off ! In like manner, our lifetime striving to “enter the narrow gate and walk the rough road” is not only a glimpse of a fleeting view of a great personality but to gaze at a permanent beatific vision of the Triune God forever in heaven. (Sr. Angelita Roferos, SSpS CHS, Manila  Bible Diary 2016)

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When we look at Abram in today’s first reading, we can see something of the calm confidence in God that faith brings. Journeying into an unknown land, Abram is growing more prosperous; the Lord is blessing him. He knows that the Lord is providing for him and he has decided in faith to put his trust in the Lord. Conflict arises with his nephew Lot, and Abram very generously and freely allows Lot to choose the land he wants. Lot as most people would, chooses what he thinks is the best place, the most fertile land and the best opportunity. The Lord then tells Abram: “I have decided to give you this land as far as you can see and with more descendants than you can count.”

The opposite of the open, calm, generous, free spirit of Abram, is greed. We are driven by greed when we want to get more and more without any regard for what is right or for the need of others, without any regard for what is just, prudent, wise, or even good business. This blindness affects the world. We too are affected when we look for fulfilment and happiness in the treasures of this world. How different faith is! How different is the inner life of someone who is really putting his trust in the Lord.

In today’s gospel Jesus uses the language of the people in His time when He admonishes them not to give what is holy to dogs or toss out pearls before swine. He is telling us that we have to test the perceptivity of people before making a big commitment to them. He is saying, Do not take unnecessary risks. Do not provoke hostility. The dogs and the swine represent those who live with a materialistic attitude, those poisoned by greed. When we are greedy, we are like swine and dogs, making mammon our god and ready to tear others to pieces to get our own way.

We are the pearls, the holy. We are the children of God, made holy by baptism and called to be holy as God is holy. If we pursue worldly things and seek to please the world, we will suffer the loss of growing in our relationship with the Lord. Rather we must be willing to suffer the loss of the world for the good of what is holy. Just as Jesus Himself was trampled underfoot, and was torn to pieces on the cross, perfectly living in the will of the Father, so we need to turn our back on the greed of the world and put our trust in the Lord as we follow Him through the narrow gate that leads to eternal life. (Pondering the Word, the Anawim Way – from June 12, 2011 to July 23, 2011 pp. 56-57)

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What is it that the way that Jesus Christ preached is a “narrow gate?”

  • Jesus preached forgiveness that is seventy times seven. Times. Human nature, however, is more inclined to cry out for justice, for fairness, for making even.
  • Jesus preached mercy. Human nature – Church teaching, even – underlines morality and righteousness.
  • Jesus lived simply. Human ways go for progress, development, sophistication, taste, culture.
  • Jesus lived a life that is vulnerable and open to all. Human nature is more inclined to security.
  • Jesus’ discipleship program calls for self-giving and sacrifice. Human nature almost always seeks the path of comfort and convenience.

Jesus’ way is a “narrow gate” because His way is God’s way. Recall what the Holy book says: “God’s thoughts are not man’s thoughts, and as far as the heavens are from the earth, so are the thoughts of God’s far from man’s thoughts.” (Fr. Domie Guzman SSP, New Every Morning New Everyday, p. 199)

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Monday, June 22, 2015

TUESDAY OF THE 12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MATEO 7:6, 12-14. SA DALAN SA KINABUHI, UNSA MAY ATONG PILION – ANG MASAYON O ANG MALISOD? Si Hesus nagtudlo kanato sa pagpili sa higpit nga dalan, dili sa luag. Ang luag nga dalan mao ang kinabuhi nga walay kaakohan, puro katapol, kanunay’ng lulinghayaw, ug daghang bisyo. Daghang tawo ang mopili niini. Ang maong dalan, matod ni Kristo, magdala kanato sa kangitngit ug kamatayon. Sa laing bahin, ang higpit nga dalan mao ang kinabuhi sa pagpugong ug pagdisiplina sa kaugalingon, sa pagpaningkamot, pagtrabaho ug pagpanerbisyo. Para kang Kristo, kini ang dalan nga magdala kanato sa kahayag ug kinabuhi. Busa, ang higpit nga dalan maoy atong pili-on, bisan tuod dili daghan ang mosubay niini. Kay matod pa sa panultihon, “It’s better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Reflection for June 23, Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Reflection:

What is the difference between a narrow gate and a wide gate? It’s hard to enter the narrow gate, you may have to twist your body so that you could pass through it. How about the wide gate? You simply can walk through it no twisting and no discomfort whatsoever.

You may ask, what is the relationship of the narrow gate with Jesus? The narrow gate is the gateway to knowing Jesus. The narrow gate is the gateway toward having a personal encounter with Jesus. In what way would this narrow gate lead you to Jesus? This narrow gate will entail for you to make some sacrifices. It will entail you to do things that you are not normally used of doing.

For example, in fulfilling your Sunday Holy Mass obligation, in praying the Holy Rosary or in reading the Holy Bible. You may not be comfortable  of doing this because this requires effort and time. Yet if you dare do this it will lead you to Jesus and it will lead you to know more about the many truths concerning the church.

If you want to find the true meaning and purpose of your life and if you want to know Jesus more deeply. You have to pass thru this narrow gate for this is the way that will lead you to a life of purpose with Jesus. Forget the wide gate which consist of the many worldly enjoyment, it will lead you nowhere it will even lead you to destruction.

Will you dare enter this narrow gate? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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SELF-DISCIPLINE – During my 23-day stay in Japan in 2014, during which time I finished writing my assignments for Sabbath 2015 in the course of giving two batches of eight-day retreat to priests and sisters of our congregation, one way I relaxed and kept my sanity was to go in and out of Japanese department stores and groceries located along the main street that goes from Yotsuya to Shinju-ku in Metro Tokyo. It would be a good one-hour walk, going from and coming back to the convent at Wakaba district. I would always feel frustrated whenever I try to look for a T-shirt for my size. The Japanese sizes are relatively small and it was unusual to find an XL or XXL. Japanese department stores mostly have only L and LL, and they are, as I have said, sized rather smaller than conventional.

I tried to seek an explanation to what I observed. I found a really interesting one. This thing about the available sizes of clothes is a strategy to keep the Japanese people healthy and be mindful about their weight. They have to be conscious that clothes available in the market only fit for slender bodies. In fact, compared to places I have gone in the United States, I rarely saw obese people in Tokyo. What a national discipline! And really, one thing that struck me about the Japanese is their strong sense of personal and communal discipline.

The narrow door in today’s Gospel is Jesus’ own way of stressing that Christian life also involves discipline. There is no true discipleship without discipline. (Notice that the two words have common first two syllables.) As regards our faith-life and spirituality, we need to control ourselves — our inclinations, our attitudes, our passions and emotions. We also need to be consistent with our prayers, our meditations, our spiritual reading, our time for study, our participation in community worship and activities, our Eucharist. Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: In what ways have self-discipline and self-control shaped you, your character, and your work? What part of your person and of your lifestyle do you find hardest to discipline and control? Why do you think this is so?

Grant me the fruit of self-control, Lord, so that I may become more like You.

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for June 23, 2015

DECIDING ARIGHT

“Enter through the narrow gate.” –Matthew 7:13

To make the right decision, we must ask the right question. For example, if we ask “What do I want?”, we are setting ourselves up to make the wrong decision, for reality is not based on what we want but on what God wants.

To make the right decision, we must decide by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). For example, Lot saw that the land of Sodom and Gomorrah looked like the best land (Gn 13:10-11). So he chose to settle there. Little did he know that this land would soon be destroyed, as fire and brimstone rained on it.

To make the right decision, we must not automatically choose the easy way, for the easy way often “leads to damnation” (Mt 7:13), while the rough way of the cross leads to life eternal (see Mt 7:14).

To make the right decision, we in our culture of death must choose the road less traveled and sparsely traveled (Mt 7:13-14). In our culture, the popular position is usually wrong. The majority is more likely to be immoral than moral.

To make the right decision, we must first decide to give our lives to Christ. Decide for Christ now.

PRAYER: Father, send the Holy Spirit to guide me to all truth (Jn 16:13).

PROMISE: “Treat others the way you would have them treat you: this sums up the law and the prophets.” –Mt 7:12

PRAISE: Cathy keeps advocating chastity even when she is laughed at for doing so

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June 23, 2015

Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

Gn 13:2, 5-18, Mk 7:6, 12-14

Do not give what is holy to dogs

Would anybody give what is holy to dogs and throw their pearls to pigs? Our immediate answer will be, “Of course not, would a sensible person ever do such a stupid thing?” Then why did Jesus tell this to his disciples if such a thing is impossible to happen? What could be the “holy thing” and “the pearls” Jesus had in mind? Who were those dogs and pigs Jesus intended? What could be the reason for those dogs and pigs to trample the holy things and pearls under their feet and attack and destroy their provider?

Dogs and pigs in this parable of Jesus are those who fail to appreciate the value and worth of things and persons. Such persons should not be entrusted with precious commodities. Truth is one of the most precious commodities available to us. Truth is to be handled and treated with utmost respect and care. If we expose our truth to those who do not deserve or value it the result will be disastrous. Those dogs and pigs will use those very same truths to exploit and destroy us at our weakest moment. To know the truth one should prove that he or she is worthy of it. It will be suicidal to reveal truths to unworthy dogs and pigs. Even in high positions we sometimes come across people who fail to honor and value truth. Such gossip mongers trample the truths and treat them like dirt. Affection and trust are equally precious and holy commodities. If we offer them to persons who do not deserve them they will misuse and abuse them. Much of the betrayals and exploitations in our society are on account of the lack of discernment from the part of the victims. Affection and trust are precious and holy, pigs do not deserve them. Unwarranted trust and carelessness invite avoidable betrayals and disasters. Give to Caesar what belongs to him and to God what he deserves. Pigs and dogs do not deserve pearls and holy things. Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

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Tuesday of the12th Week in Ordinary Time

June 21, 2016

2 Kgs 19, 9b-11.14-21.31 35a.36; Mt 7: 6. 12-14

Choices

The challenge of Christ’s teaching is that he always confronts us to make a choice. In this Gospel passage from the Sermon on the Mount, we are asked to make one of the two choices before us: (i) holy and unholy things (ii) golden rule of life and self centric principles (iii) narrow and wide roads.

These holy things mentioned by Jesus are not just the Jewish concept of holy things such as the altar, utensils and offerings used for worship. The leftover of the offering was to be completely burned on the altar with fire since such holy things are not to be treated in a common way.   In this sense “what is holy”, and “throw it to the dogs” would mean a sinful lack of discernment – a failure to discriminate between what is holy and what is common. Of course, the Gospel is to be proclaimed with all the patience, fidelity and love of Jesus, but if people are determined to hold it up to ridicule, disciples are to ‘shake the dust from their feet’ and go elsewhere to continue their preaching.

Another metaphor our Lord uses is that of swine. Pigs were forbidden to the Jewish people as very unclean, and could not be eaten as food. To eat “swine’s flesh” was, in scripture, considered an act of great idolatry. It’s interesting that Jesus allowed the unclean spirits to enter a heard of pigs. The prodigal son of Jesus’ parable had hit the absolute rock bottom and was reduced to feeding pigs. A characteristic of pigs is that they are as undiscriminating as a creature can be. People used to set aside the most spoiled and rotten food off for the pigs. Pigs will eat anything – good or bad. This gives us a picture of someone who doesn’t have the spiritual ability to recognize the value of something that is given to them, and can’t discriminate between what is good and what is evil.

’Torah’ refers to the first five books which contain the central revelation of the Old Testament.  It describes ‘the way’ in which God has chosen to reveal himself in the formation of the people of Israel as well as the way in which the people are to respond. The word ‘prophets’ refers to the prophetic books which reveal the action of God in the history of Israel. The expression the law and the prophets summarises the essential revelation and spirituality of the Old Testament.  Jesus presents the Golden Rule of life which is ’to treat others as you would like them to treat you,’ that is, ‘what you would wish if you were in their situation’. This is an attitude that reflects holiness and the condition in which we are called to approach our faith and worship. When Rabbi Hillel, the leading Rabbi in Jerusalem during Jesus’ childhood, was asked to sum up the law, he replied: ‘What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor; that is the whole Law, while the rest is commentary; go and learn it’. But a disciple of Jesus has to relive the life of Jesus who himself had shown the way of compassion and self sacrifice even to sparing his life for others. What Jesus revealed was both the way that God deals with us and the way we are to respond.

Finally, Jesus uses the symbols of ‘wide and narrow’ roads in the context of looking forward to eternal life. The Latin ‘decider’, from which the word ‘decide’ derives, means ’to cut away’. It means to cut away all possibilities that are incompatible with the decision we are taking. The greatest dignity of the human being is to be able to make decisions freely, and it often demands great courage since we may have to say ‘no’ to some people or to be peculiar and different, or to lose out opportunities. When we choose the narrow road we may also have difficulty of all sorts and may have to leave behind things that we like and want. That is the reason why some of us never know the experience of the beatitudes and take the way of self-indulgence which acts against us as barriers to grace. The only way that leads to life, is the way lived by Jesus. It demands courage, faith, hope and love. To follow this way is to let go everything that comes between us and his call. The gate is narrow and the way is hard and we have to make a choice. We have to take up our cross and follow him. Dr. John Ollukaran CMI

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The Difficult Path

June 23, 2015 (readings)

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Father Edward McIlmail, LC

Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”

Introductory Prayer: I believe in the power of prayer, Lord. This time spent with you is the most important time of my day. Let me be confident of your presence and your love, in order to take full advantage of these privileged moments.

Petition: Lord, help me appreciate better the beauty of the Christian faith.

  1. Our True Values:We take great care to guard what is most valuable to us, right? The truth is, we often take great risks with what is most precious. We say we value life and limb, but think nothing of speeding in heavy traffic. We say we want to get to heaven, but we dabble in sin, even serious sin, almost daily. We surf racy Web sites. We cut down people in office gossip. We close our hearts to the needy. We habitually vote for politicians who defend abortion. We take sin oh-so-lightly. Likewise, we might let the holy things of our faith languish. We might neglect the sacrament of reconciliation. We receive Communion unworthily. We stay silent when a relative brags about using contraception. We do nothing when a child withdraws into the world of Internet for five hours a day. Is there something about which I should be speaking up?
  2. Do unto Others:To decide what to do in any given situation, we can ask ourselves how we would like to be treated. “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you” (Luke 6:38). The respect we have for ourselves is often reflected in the respect we show others. Rudeness, indifference and irritability toward others bespeak a problem in us. The Golden Rule isn’t just for others; it is also to guard our own dignity. Are there people toward whom I am routinely uncharitable? Do I realize that this lack of charity can hurt my character more than it hurts their feelings?
  3. The Broad Road and the Narrow Gate:Modernity is like a 24/7 convenience store. We can get anything, anytime. We can end up thinking that everything about life should be easy, be it marriage, self-discipline or even our salvation. The illusion of ease shouldn’t fool us. Working toward our salvation is hard work. Original sin left a deep mark on all of us. Struggling toward salvation takes prayer, sacrifice and constant vigilance. Do I sense that the living of my faith in today’s world is easy? If so, I’m probably not living it well. Where have I avoided the narrow road of holiness? Am I too attached to food, clothes or the opinions of others?

Conversation with Christ: Help me to see, Lord, that my real dignity lies in treating others well, and in renouncing my disordered passions. Let me shake off mediocrity in my spiritual life and make the most of the time you give me.

Resolution: Today, I will make a special sacrifice for a loved one

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A DIFFERENT YOLANDA STORY – Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. – Matthew 7:12

My nephew survived Typhoon Yolanda because he wanted to save another person’s life. He and his coworker were in Bacolod and theywitnessed all the destruction and death at its first hours. They were horrified to the core. The next day, they realized their money was useless — there was no food or water to buy. The best way to survive was for them to leave the city right away. His co-worker was already freaking out and wanted to die. For his sake, my nephew mustered courage and strength. He clung to his favorite verse in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I wanted to tell them to walk to the airport to get out of the city. But there was no communication except through heaven. So I prayed and was heard. As they walked to the airport, they met an employee on the road who had a plane pass. He invited them to join him onboard an Air Force plane to Cebu, which carried the injured and the government officials.

It was my nephew’s faith and willingness to survive for another person that saw them through. The Golden Rule became the key to a critical moment in life. Donna España (donna.espana@yahoo.com)

Pope Francis Says: “Because always, even in the darkest moments, in moments of sin, in moments of weakness, in moments of failure, I have seen Jesus, and I trust Him. He has not left me alone.”

Thank You, Lord, for answering the fervent prayer of Your servant.

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THE EXAMPLE OF ST. ALOYSIUS – Today’s Gospel passage contains three isolated teachings of Jesus. They are simply tied together. As part of our reflection, we may take an illustration for these teachings from the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Mine: June 21), whose feast we celebrate today.

He is the one-time patron saint of the youth, a young man who lived and died in the 16th century. Nevertheless he is still relevant nowadays. He need not be overshadowed by the likes of “newer” young saints like Dominic Savio and Pedro Calungsod, for each of them have their own uniqueness.

We can learn a lot from St. Aloysius. He chose to “enter the narrow gate,” to use the Gospel imagery today. He may have given in to his noble father’s ambition by training in the art of war and by attending military parades and royal banquets. But disappointed as he was by the vices of the nobility then, he developed an intense desire for religious life. He undertook radical penances and practices of prayer. Eventually in 1585, notwithstanding the furious opposition of his father, Aloysius renounced his inheritance and entered the Society of Jesus in Rome. He would often desire to humble himself, particularly by assuming duties in the kitchen.

Certainly it wasn’t a case of “throwing pearls before swine.” Aloysius radically lived a life of holiness through the narrow road of renunciation and sacrifice. Enduring the hardships implied therein — including an early death preceded by months of suffering from the plague which he contracted while serving the sick — he eventually found eternal life.

May both Jesus’ teachings and St. Aloysius’ example inspire and strengthen us. Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB

REFLECTION QUESTION: Today, read about the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga or any of the saints. Pick one trait of that saint that you would like to emulate.

Thank You, Lord, for all the saints who have gone before us. May we learn to imitate their godly virtues. Amen.

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June 21, 2016

REFLECTION: According to the dictionaries, a nonconformist is “a person who does not conform to generally accepted patterns of behavior or thought” (Collins). Teenagers tend to be nonconformists in many ways. They have their own way of dressing, their music, their way of thinking and acting. This nonconformism can be a good thing if it consists in rejecting vice, but it can also be a bad thing if it consists in resisting virtue.

The saint we are remembering today was proclaimed “Patron of Youth” by Pope Benedict XIII, not only because he died at 23 but because he was a holy nonconformist.

The son of a high dignitary of the Spanish court, Aloysius fell in love with Christ humiliated and crucified when he was still a child. At age 16 he gave up his hereditary right to be prince of Mantua, in Italy. Despite the strong opposition of his father, he joined the Jesuits in 1587. Four years later the plague broke out in Rome where he was studying theology. Aloysius volunteered to serve the sick, whom he visited and nursed in their home. He did not catch the disease but he eventually died from sheer exhaustion on this day in 1591.

For the nonconformist youth of today, he is a great model to follow.

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