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Jan 16 - Homily: Despise All for the Love of God

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Today we remember the first Franciscan martyrs, and Father reminds us we can love God or love ourselves, but not both. If we love God, we must be willing to sacrifice even our lives for the His sake. This is folly to the world, but precious in the eyes of God. Father reminds us that violence has no place in the work of God; rather, we must be ready to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. The spread of Christianity has always been at personal cost, but Islam has been, and is today, spread and enforced by violence. Let us beseech Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, for the strength to be faithful in the face of persecution, whatever form it may take. Ave Maria! Mass: Sts. Berard and companions - Mem - Form: OF Readings: Thursday 1st Week of Ordinary Time 1st: 1sa 4:1-11 Resp: psa 44:10-11, 14-15, 25-26 Gsp: mar 1:40-45


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