November 4, 2013

St. Charles Borromeo

November 4, 2013:   St. Charles Borromeo, bishop 

Special greetings to and prayers for the community at

St. Charles Borromeo parish and school!

Wordle: Readings 11-4-13
  • Rom 11:29-36  God's gifts and call are irrevocable.  God has mercy on all.  Oh—God's deep riches, wisdom, knowledge, inscrutable judgments, unsearchable ways!
  • Ps 69:30-31, 33-34, 36  "Lord, in your great love, answer me."  Protect me; I'm afflicted.  I'll thank you, sing praise.  Lord hears poor, will save, rebuild.
  • Lk 14:12-14  To Pharisee:  “Don't invite your friends or family but rather the poor, crippled, lame, blind; you'll be repaid at the resurrection.”
    • Pope Francis homily  [re Rom 8:38-39] God's love is the deepest motive of Christian hope:  no opposing force can separate us from Christ who gave himself for us; nothing can impede the intimate union of love between Jesus and those who welcome him in faith.  Sin can break the bond, but God chases us to restore us to the union.  God's faithful love helps us to cope daily.  What will become of our loved ones' life and work?  Wisdom tells us they're in God's hands!  The hand is a sign of welcome and protection, the handshake a sign of personal relationship of respect and faithfulness.  Our sins are in God's hands, merciful and wounded by love.
    •  Whom do I favor, honor at my table?  Do I give without expecting personal gain?  True Generosity enriches the giver.
    • Creighton:  We can't make sense of God's constant love but can believe.  
    • Universalis:  St Charles, bishop, reformer, religious educator 


    • "Telephone" tie bar:  God's "call" is irrevocable (1st reading)
    • "Tabasco" tie:  invite those from whom you don't expect repayment to the feast (gospel)
    • "Hearts" suspenders:  God's great love (psalm)
    • "Tree" pin:  Zacchaeus climbed sycamore tree (Sunday gospel)
    • "Drop" pin:  Before God the universe is a dewdrop (Sunday 1st reading) [Ann, thank you for your Facebook comment that dewdrops matter so much to our loving God.]

    My hope is to encourage "dressing" our lives to God's word, as in these snippets:
    • Col 3:12-14:  "Put on" [clothe yourself with] compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love...
    • Eph 6:11-17:  "Put on" the armor of God:  loins girded in truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet shod ready for the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of Spirit)
    • Rom 13:14:  "Put on" the Lord Jesus Christ
    So today I introduce the alias to redirect to  (I plan to keep both domains.)

    Feel free to comment with other passages about dressing oneself with the word of God...

    Dress your life!

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