Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time  

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On the day of 3 October

Daughter of Laurent and Isabelle Guérin. Joined the Sisters of Providence at Ruillé-sur-Loir, France on 18 August 1823, taking the name Sister Saint Theodore, and making her final vows on 5 September 1831. Taught in Rennes and Soulaines, France. Sent with five other sisters (Sister Olympiade Boyer, Sister Saint Vincent Ferrer Gagé, Sister Basilide Sénéschal, Sister Mary Xavier Lerée and Sister Mary Liguori Tiercin) to the diocese of Vincennes, Indiana, USA on 22 October 1840. They established the Academy of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on 4 July 1841 at Terre Haute, Indiana, the first Catholic women's liberal-arts college in the United States. She established schools at Jasper, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Village, Vincennes, Montgomery, Madison, Terre Haute, Fort Wayne, Evansville, North Madison, Lanesville and Columbus, all in Indiana, and Saint Francisville in Illinois. Founded an orphanage for girls and one for boys in Vincennes, Indiana. Opened pharmacies where medicines were dispensed free to the poor at Vincennes and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Oversaw construction of a motherhouse for the Sisters of Providence and several additions to the Academy.

**Saint/Feast of the day today copied from the Patron Saints Index.

So, today I am having trouble focusing, so I will treat this like a Sunday and just reprint the readings with some links:

The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morning and shown the dawn its place For taking hold of the ends of the earth, till the wicked are shaken from its surface? The earth is changed as is clay by the seal, and dyed as though it were a garment; But from the wicked the light is withheld, and the arm of pride is shattered. Have you entered into the sources of the sea, or walked about in the depths of the abyss? Have the gates of death been shown to you, or have you seen the gates of darkness? Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell me, if you know all: Which is the way to the dwelling place of light, and where is the abode of darkness, That you may take them to their boundaries and set them on their homeward paths? You know, because you were born before them, and the number of your years is great! Then Job answered the LORD and said: Behold, I am of little account; what can I answer you? I put my hand over my mouth. Though I have spoken once, I will not do so again; though twice, I will do so no more.

Jesus said to them, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.’ Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

Memorial of the Guardian Angels  

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On the day of 2 October

Every person on earth has a guardian angel who watches over him and helps him to attain his salvation. Angelical guardianship begins at the moment of birth; prior to this, the child is protected by the mother's guardian angel. It continues throughout our whole life and ceases only when our probation on earth ends, namely, at the moment of death. Our guardian angel accompanies the soul to purgatory or heaven, and becomes our coheir in the heavenly kingdom.

***Saint/Feast of the day copied from today's Catholic Culture posting.

Well, I still don't get a lot of Job. I get the full meaning of the story, which is that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and we can never understand God's plan. But, for this reading, I needed to check the footnotes, and this is what they said: (links are mine)

The meaning of this passage is obscure because the original text has been poorly preserved and the ancient versions do not agree among themselves. It is certain that Job expresses his belief in a future vindication by God (called here in the Hebrew "Goel"), but the time and manner of this vindication are undefined. In the Vulgate Job is made to indicate a belief in physical resurrection after death, but the Hebrew and the other ancient versions are less specific.

I wish that we had this reading yesterday. It seems to go so well with Saint Theresa of the little flower. Her entire philosophy towards salvation and a relationship with Jesus had to do with becoming more child-like in your dealings with God. This is what the footnotes have to say about it as well: (only a few of the links are mine)

This discourse of the fourth book of the gospel is often called the "church order" discourse, but it lacks most of the considerations usually connected with church order, such as various offices in the church and the duties of each, and deals principally with the relations that must obtain among the members of the church. Beginning with the warning that greatness in the kingdom of heaven is measured not by rank or power but by child likeness (Matthew 18:1-5), it deals with the care that the disciples must take not to cause the little ones to sin or to neglect them if they stray from the community (Matthew 18:6-14), the correction of members who sin (Matthew 18:15-18), the efficacy of the prayer of the disciples because of the presence of Jesus (Matthew 18:19-20), and the forgiveness that must be repeatedly extended to sinful members who repent (Matthew 18:21-35).

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church  

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On the day of 1 October

The Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church. She was a Roman Catholic Carmelite nun who was canonized as a saint, and is recognized as a Doctor of the Church, one of only three women to receive that honor. She is also known by many as The Little Flower , and millions emulate her "little way" to follow Jesus.

Yes, it has been a while. Lets see if I can get back on the horse after this long, eh?

My mother once told me that she had learned or believed or had read that Job was originally written as a morality play. I always think about this whenever I scan over Job. I say "scan" because I have a hard time reading it. You always think that it is going to be a good read, being such a well known story, but it is really just people talking, talking, talking. All of the speech making also feed the "play theory". Anyway, it seems to me that what Job is trying to say (extensively), is that you don't argue with God. Plain and simple. You shouldn't even conceive of it. He is so much more powerful and smart that there is no point to it.

Today is hard. This is also a reading that I struggle with. I don't get it. Is this about having such a trust in God that we drop all of our obligations and concentrate on worship? Is it just about how those men should act when Jesus was physically there? I don't know. I guess I just need to think about it some more.