Sunday, October 28, 2018

Saint October 29 : St. Narcissus of Jerusalem : #Bishop : Died 215

St. Narcissus
BISHOP
Feast: October 29
Information:
Feast Day:
October 29
Born:
99
Died:
215

St Narcissus was born towards the close of the first century, and was almost fourscore years old when he was placed at the head of the church of Jerusalem, being the thirtieth bishop of that see. Eusebius assures us that the Christians of Jerusalem preserved in his time the remembrance of several miracles which God had wrought by this holy bishop, one of which he relates as follows. One year, on Easter-eve, the deacons were unprovided with oil for the lamps in the church, necessary at the solemn divine office that day. Narcissus ordered those who had care of the lamps to bring him some water from the neighbouring wells. This being done, he pronounced a devout prayer over the water; then bade them pour it into the lamps, which they did, and it was immediately converted into oil, to the great surprise of the faithful. Some of this miraculous oil was kept there as a memorial at the time when Eusebius wrote his history. The veneration of all good men for this holy bishop could not shelter him from the malice of the wicked. Three incorrigible sinners, fearing his inflexible severity in the observance of ecclesiastical discipline, laid to his charge a detestable crime, which Eusebius does not specify. They confirmed their atrocious calumny by dreadful oaths and imprecations; one wishing he might perish by fire, another that he might be struck with a leprosy, and the third that he might lose his sight, if what they alleged was not the truth. Notwithstanding these protestations, their accusation did not find credit; and some time after the divine vengeance pursued the calumniators. The first was burnt in his house, with his whole family, by an accidental fire in the night; the second was struck with a universal leprosy; and the third, terrified by these examples, confessed the conspiracy and slander, and by the abundance of tears which he continually shed for his sins, lost his sight before his death.
Narcissus, notwithstanding the slander had made no impression on the people to his disadvantage, could not stand the shock of the bold calumny, or rather made it an excuse for leaving Jerusalem and spending some time in solitude, which had long been his wish. He spent several years undiscovered in his retreat, where he enjoyed all the happiness and advantage which a close conversation with God can bestow. That his church might not remain destitute of a pastor, the neighbouring bishops of the province after some time placed in it Pius, and after him Germanion, who dying in a short time was succeeded by Gordius. Whilst this last held the see, Narcissus appeared again, like one from the dead. The whole body of the faithful, transported at the recovery of their holy pastor, whose innocence had been most authentically vindicated, conjured him to reassume the administration of the diocese. He acquiesced; but afterwards, bending under the weight of extreme old age, made St. Alexander his coadjutor. St. Narcissus continued to serve his flock, and even other churches, by his assiduous prayers and his earnest exhortations to unity and concord, as St. Alexander testifies in his letter to the Arsinoites in Egypt, where he says that Narcissus was at that time, about one hundred and sixteen years old. The Roman Martyrology honours his memory on the 29th of October.
If we truly respect the church as the immaculate spouse of our Lord, we will incessantly pray for its exaltation and increase, and beseech the Almighty to give it pastors according to his own heart, like those who appeared in the infancy of Christianity. And, that no obstacle on our part may prevent the happy effects of their zeal, we should study to regulate our conduct by the holy maxims which they inculcate; we should regard them as the ministers of Christ; we should listen to them with docility and attention; we should make their faith the rule of ours, and shut our ears against the language of profane novelty. SOURCE: The Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis "I would like to say to the young people, in the name of all of us adults: forgive us....your lives are precious in God’s eyes..." at Synod Closing Mass FULL TEXT Homily + Video


FULL TEXT HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

Final Mass of the Synod 28 October 2018 
The account we have just heard is the last of those that the evangelist Mark relates about the itinerant ministry of Jesus, who is about to enter Jerusalem to die and to rise.  Bartimaeus is thus the last of those who follow Jesus along the way: from a beggar along the road to Jericho, he becomes a disciple who walks alongside the others on the way to Jerusalem.  We too have walked alongside one another; we have been a “synod”.  This Gospel seals three fundamental steps on the journey of faith.
First, let us consider Bartimaeus.  His name means “son of Timaeus”.  That is how the Gospel describes him: “Bartimaeus son of Timaeus” (Mk 10:46).  Yet, oddly, his father is nowhere to be found.  Bartimaeus lies alone on the roadside, far from home and fatherless.  He is not loved, but abandoned.  He is blind and has no one to listen to him.  Jesus hears his plea.  When he goes to him, he lets him speak.  It was not hard to guess what Bartimaeus wanted: clearly, a blind person wants to see or regain his sight.  But Jesus takes his time; he takes time to listen.  This is the first step in helping the journey of faith: listening.  It is the apostolate of the ear: listening before speaking.
Instead, many of those with Jesus ordered Bartimaeus to be quiet (cf. v. 48).  For such disciples, a person in need was a nuisance along the way, unexpected and unplanned.  They preferred their own timetable above that of the Master, their own talking over listening to others.  They were following Jesus, but they had their own plans in mind.  This is a risk constantly to guard against.  Yet, for Jesus, the cry of those pleading for help is not a nuisance but a challenge.  How important it is for us to listen to life!  The children of the heavenly Father are concerned with their brothers and sisters, not with useless chatter, but with the needs of their neighbours.  They listen patiently and lovingly, just as God does to us and to our prayers, however repetitive they may be.  God never grows tired; he is always happy when we seek him.  May we too ask for the grace of a heart that listens.  I would like to say to the young people, in the name of all of us adults: forgive us if often we have not listened to you, if, instead of opening our hearts, we have filled your ears.  As Christ’s Church, we want to listen to you with love, certain of two things: that your lives are precious in God’s eyes, because God is young and loves young people, and that your lives are precious in our eyes too, and indeed necessary for moving forward.
After listening, a second step on the journey of faith is to be a neighbour.  Let us look at Jesus: he does not delegate someone from the “large crowd” following him, but goes personally to meet Bartimaeus.  He asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (v. 51).  What do you want… –  Jesus is completely taken up with Bartimaeus; he does not try to sidestep him.  …me to do – not simply to speak, but to do something.  …for you – not according to my own preconceived ideas, but for you, in your particular situation.  That is how God operates.  He gets personally involved with preferential love for every person.  By his actions, he already communicates his message.  Faith thus flowers in life.
Faith passes through life.  When faith is concerned purely with doctrinal formulae, it risks speaking only to the head without touching the heart.  And when it is concerned with activity alone, it risks turning into mere moralizing and social work.  Faith, instead, is life: it is living in the love of God who has changed our lives.  We cannot choose between doctrine and activism.  We are called to carry out God’s work in God’s own way: in closeness, by cleaving to him, in communion with one another, alongside our brothers and sisters.  Closeness: that is the secret to communicating the heart of the faith, and not a secondary aspect.
Being a neighbour means bringing the newness of God into the lives of our brothers and sisters.  It serves as an antidote to the temptation of easy answers and fast fixes.  Let us ask ourselves whether, as Christians, we are capable of becoming neighbours, stepping out of our circles and embracing those who are not “one of us”, those whom God ardently seeks.  A temptation so often found in the Scriptures will always be there: the temptation to wash our hands.  That is what the crowd does in today’s Gospel.  It is what Cain did with Abel, and Pilate with Jesus: they washed their hands.  But we want to imitate Jesus and, like him, to dirty our hands.  He is the way (cf. Jn 14:6), who stopped on the road for Bartimaeus.  He is the light of the world (cf. Jn 9:5), who bent down to help a blind man.  Let us realize that the Lord has dirtied his hands for each one of us.  Let us look at the cross, start from there and remember that God became my neighbour in sin and death.  He became my neighbour: it all starts from there.  And when, out of love of him, we too become neighbours, we become bringers of new life.  Not teachers of everyone, not specialists in the sacred, but witnesses of the love that saves.
The third step is to bear witness.  Let us consider the disciples who, at Jesus’ request, called out to Bartimaeus.  They do not approach a beggar with a coin to shut him up, or to dispense advice.  They go in Jesus’ name.  Indeed, they only say three words to him, and all three are words of Jesus: “Take heart; get up, he is calling you” (v. 49).  Everywhere else in the Gospel, Jesus alone says, “Take heart”, for he alone “heartens” those who heed him.  In the Gospel, Jesus alone says, “Get up”, and heals in spirit and body.  Jesus alone calls, transforming the lives of those who follow him, helping raise up the fallen, bringing God’s light to the darkness of life.  So many children, so many young people, like Bartimaeus, are looking for light in their lives.  They are looking for true love.  And like Bartimaeus who in the midst of that large crowd called out to Jesus alone, they too seek life, but often find only empty promises and few people who really care.
It is not Christian to expect that our brothers and sisters who are seekers should have to knock on our doors; we ought to go out to them, bringing not ourselves but Jesus.  He sends us, like those disciples, to encourage others and to raise them up in his name.  He sends us forth to say to each person: “God is asking you to let yourself be loved by him”.  How often, instead of this liberating message of salvation, have we brought ourselves, our own “recipes” and “labels” into the Church!  How often, instead of making the Lord’s words our own, have we peddled our own ideas as his word!  How often do people feel the weight of our institutions more than the friendly presence of Jesus!  In these cases, we act more like an NGO, a state-controlled agency, and not the community of the saved who dwell in the joy of the Lord.
To listen, to be a neighbour, to bear witness.  The journey of faith in today’s Gospel ends in a beautiful and surprising way when Jesus says “Go; your faith has made you well” (v. 52).  Yet Bartimaeus had made no profession of faith or done any good work; he had only begged for mercy.  To feel oneself in need of salvation is the beginning of faith.  It is the direct path to encountering Jesus.  The faith that saved Bartimaeus did not have to do with his having clear ideas about God, but in his seeking him and longing to encounter him.  Faith has to do with encounter, not theory.  In encounter, Jesus passes by; in encounter, the heart of the Church beats.  Then, not our preaching, but our witness of life will prove effective.
To all of you who have taken part in this “journey together”, I say “thank you” for your witness.  We have worked in communion, with frankness and the desire to serve God’s people.  May the Lord bless our steps, so that we can listen to young people, be their neighbours, and bear witness before them to Jesus, the joy of our lives.

SHARE - Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus Apostle : #Patron of #Impossible - #Prayer #Miracles

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

O glorious apostle, SAINT JUDE THADDEUS, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute you through the most Sacred Heart of Jesus! Through this Heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you. Humbly prostrate before you, I implore you through this Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Oh, despise not my poor prayer; let not my trust be confounded! To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God! All my life I will be grateful to you and will be your faithful client until I can thank you in heaven. Amen.
 "Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke you!"
"Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke you!"
 "St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress."
 "St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress."
PRAY FOR US that we before death may expiate all our sins by sincere repentance and the worthy reception of the holy Sacraments.
Pray for us that we may appease the Divine Justice and obtain a favorable judgment.
Pray for us that we may be admitted into the company of the blessed to rejoice in the presence of our God forever.
Prayer to be recited 
Saint Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of difficult and desperate cases. Pray for me who am so miserable. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly — (here make your request) — and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout all eternity.
I promise you, O blessed JUDE, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.
Saint Jude, pray for us and for all who honor you and invoke your aid.
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, 3 times.)

Synod - What does the Final Document Say? Summary “Walking together” - FULL Video of Final Proceedings

The Synod on Young People: What does the Final Document Say?
On Saturday afternoon, the Final Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops consisting of 3 parts, 12 chapters, 167 paragraphs and 60 pages is approved in the Synod Hall. The text was received with applause, Cardinal da Rocha said. It is “the result of real teamwork” on the part of the Synod Fathers, together with other Synod participants and “the young people in a particular way”. The Document, therefore, gathers the 364 modifications, or amendments, that were presented. “Most of them,” the Cardinal said, “were precise and constructive”. Furthermore, the entire document passed with the necessary 2/3 majority voting in favor.

The inspiration for the Final Document for the Synod on Youth is the episode of the disciples of Emmaus, recounted by the evangelist Luke. It was read in the Synod Hall by the Rapporteur General, Cardinal Sérgio da Rocha, by the Special Secretaries, Fr Giacomo Costa and Fr Rossano Sala, together with Bishop Bruno Forte, a member of the Commission for the drafting of the text. It is complementary to the Instrumentum laboris of the Synod, and follows the three-part subdivision.
Part One: “He walked with them”
The first part of the document considers concrete aspects of young people’s lives. It emphasizes the important of schools and parishes. It acknowledges the need for laity to be trained to accompany young people especially since so many priests and bishops are already overburdened. The Document notes the irreplaceable role of Catholic educational institutions. The challenge the Document addresses is the need to rethink the role of the parish in terms of its vocational mission because it is often ineffective and not very dynamic, above all in the realm of catechesis.
The reality of young people regarding migration, abuse, the “throwaway culture” are also dwelt on in part one. Regarding abuse, the Synod Document calls for a “firm commitment for the adoption of rigorous preventive measures that will keep such abuse from being repeated, beginning with the selection and formation of those to whom leadership and educational roles are entrusted”. The world of art, music and sports is also discussed in terms of using them as “pastoral resources”.

Part Two: “Their eyes were opened”

The Synod Document calls young people one of the “theological places” in which the Lord makes himself present. Thanks to them, it says, the Church can renew herself, shaking off its “heaviness and slowness”. Mission, it says is a “sure compass” for youth since it is the gift of self that brings an authentic and lasting happiness. Closely connected with the concept of mission is vocation. Every baptismal vocation is a call to holiness.
Two other aspects covered in part two that aid in the development of the mission and vocation of young people are that of accompaniment and discernment.

Part Three: “They left without delay”

The icon presented by the Synod Fathers of the young Church is Mary Magdalene, the first witness of the Resurrection. All young people, the Synod Fathers affirm, including those with different visions of life, are in God’s heart.
“Walking together” is the synodal dynamic which the Fathers also bring to light in the part three. They invite the Conferences of Bishops’ around the world to continue the process of discernment with the aim of developing specific pastoral solutions. The definition of “synodality” provided is a style for mission that encourages us to move from "I" to "we" and to consider the multiplicity of faces, sensitivities, origins and cultures. One request repeatedly made in the hall, was that of establishing a "Directory of youth ministry in a vocational key" on the national level, that can help diocesan and parish leaders qualify their training and action "with" and "for" young people, helping to overcome a certain fragmentation of the pastoral care of the Church.
The Synod Document reminds families and Christian communities of the importance of accompanying young people to discover the gift of their sexuality. The bishops recognize the Church's difficulty in transmitting "the beauty of the Christian vision of sexuality" in the current cultural context. It is urgent, the document says, to seek "more appropriate ways which are translated concretely into the development of renewed formative paths".
In the end, the Document brings the various topics covered in the Synod into one vocational thrust, that is, the call to holiness. "Vocational differences are gathered in the unique and universal call to holiness”. Through the holiness of so many young people willing to renounce life in the midst of persecution in order to remain faithful to the Gospel, the Church can renew its spiritual ardor and its apostolic vigor. FULL TEXT Source: Vatican News va

Pope Francis "I express my closeness to the city of Pittsburgh...and in particular to the Jewish community" at Angelus - FULL TEXT + Video

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! But it does not seem so good! [It's raining and windy]

This morning, in St. Peter's Basilica, we celebrated the closing Mass of the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people. The first reading of the prophet Jeremiah (31: 7-9), was particularly intoned at this moment, because it is a word of hope that God gives to his people. A word of consolation, founded on the fact that God is a father to his people, loves him and treats him like a son (see verse 9); He opens up before him a horizon of the future, an accessible, practicable road on which "the blind and the lame, the pregnant woman and the woman in labor" (v. 8), ie people in difficulty, can walk. Because God's hope is not a mirage, like certain publicities where everyone is healthy and beautiful, but it is a promise for real people, with strengths and weaknesses, potentiality and fragility, like all of us: God's hope is a promise for people like us.

This Word of God expresses well the experience we experienced during the weeks of the Synod: it was a time of consolation and hope. First of all it was a moment of listening: in fact, listening requires time, attention, openness of mind and heart. But this commitment was transformed every day into consolation, above all because we had among us the lively and stimulating presence of the young, with their stories and their contributions. Through the testimonies of the Synodal Fathers, the multifaceted reality of the new generations has entered the Synod, as it were, on all sides: from every continent and from many different human and social situations.

With this fundamental attitude of listening, we tried to read reality, to grasp the signs of our times. Community discernment, done in the light of the Word of God and of the Holy Spirit. This is one of the most beautiful gifts that the Lord makes to the Catholic Church, that is, to gather voices and faces from the most varied realities and thus be able to attempt an interpretation that takes into account the richness and complexity of the phenomena, always in the light of the Gospel. So, in these days, we discussed how to walk together through many challenges, such as the digital world, the phenomenon of migration, the sense of body and sexuality, the drama of wars and violence.

The fruits of this work are already "fermenting", as does the grape juice in the barrels after the harvest. The Youth Synod was a good harvest, and promises good wine. But I would like to say that the first fruit of this Synodal Assembly should be precisely in the example of a method that we have tried to follow, since the preparatory phase. A synodal style that does not have as its main objective the drafting of a document, which is also valuable and useful. More than the document, however, it is important that a way of being and working together, young and old, in listening and discernment, to reach pastoral choices that respond to reality, is spreading.

For this we invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary. To her, who is the Mother of the Church, we entrust the thanksgiving to God for the gift of this Synodal Assembly. And you help us now to carry forward what has been experienced, without fear, in the ordinary life of the communities. May the Holy Spirit make the fruits of our work grow with his wise imagination, to continue to walk together with the young people of the whole world.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

I express my closeness to the city of Pittsburgh, in the United States of America, and in particular to the Jewish community, hit yesterday by a terrible attack in the synagogue. The Most High welcome the dead in his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded. In reality, we are all wounded by this inhumane act of violence. May the Lord help us to extinguish the outbreaks of hatred that develop in our societies, strengthening the sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civil values, and the holy fear of God, who is Love and Father of all.

Yesterday, in Morales, Guatemala, Blessed José Tullio Maruzzo, a religious of the Friars Minor, and Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro, who were killed in hatred of the faith in the last century, were proclaimed during the persecution against the Church, committed to promoting justice and peace. We praise the Lord and entrust to his intercession the Guatemalan Church, and all the brothers and sisters who unfortunately still today, in various parts of the world, are persecuted because they are witnesses of the Gospel. The two blessed applause, everyone!
I greet you with affection, dear pilgrims from Italy and various countries, especially young people from Maribor (Slovenia), the Spanish Foundation "Centro Académico Romano" and the parishioners of San Siro Vescovo in Canobbio (Switzerland). I greet the volunteers of the Sanctuary of San Giovanni XXIII in Sotto il Monte, 60 years after the election of the beloved Pope from Bergamo; as well as the faithful of Cesena and Thiene, the ministrants and the boys of the Catholic Action of the diocese of Padua. Today is celebrated the party of the Señor de los Milagros, very much felt in Lima and throughout Peru; I extend a grateful thought to the Peruvian people and to the Peruvian community of Rome. Last Sunday you were here with the icon of the Señor de los Milagros, and I did not notice. Happy birthday on the day of the party! And I greet with affection the Venezuelan community in Italy, gathered here with the image of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, La Chinita. I wish you all a happy Sunday and, please, do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!


Full TEXT and IMAGE Source Share: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation from Italian

FULL TEXT Letter of Synod Fathers to the Young People of the World "You are the present; be a brighter future."

Full text of the Letter from the Synod Fathers to Young People, read at the conclusion of the final Mass.
XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
LETTER FROM THE SYNOD FATHERS TO YOUNG PEOPLE
We the Synod Fathers now address you, young people of the world, with a word of hope, trust and consolation. In these days, we have gathered together to hear the voice of Jesus, “the eternally young Christ”, and to recognize in Him your many voices, your shouts of exultation, your cries, and your moments of silence.
We are familiar with your inner searching, the joys and hopes, the pain and anguish that make up your longings. Now we want you to hear a word from us: we wish to be sharers in your joy, so that your expectations may come to life. We are certain that with your enthusiasm for life, you will be ready to get involved so that your dreams may be realized and take shape in your history.
Our weaknesses should not deter you; our frailties and sins must not be an obstacle for your trust. The Church is your mother; she does not abandon you; she is ready to accompany you on new roads, on higher paths where the winds of the Spirit blow stronger – sweeping away the mists of indifference, superficiality and discouragement.
When the world that God so loved, that he gave us his only Son, Jesus, is focused on material things, on short-term successes, on pleasures, and when the world crushes the weakest, you must help it to rise up again and to turn its gaze towards love, beauty, truth and justice once more.
For a month, we have walked together with some of you and with many others who have been united to us through prayer and affection. We wish to continue the journey now in every part of the earth where the Lord Jesus sends us as missionary disciples.
The Church and the world urgently need your enthusiasm. Be sure to make the most fragile people, the poor and those wounded by life your traveling companions.
You are the present; be a brighter future
28 October 2018 (FULL TEXT Source: Vatican News va)

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. October 28, 2018 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video - 30th Ord. B


Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 149

Reading 1JER 31:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them back
from the land of the north;
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
with the blind and the lame in their midst,
the mothers and those with child;
they shall return as an immense throng.
They departed in tears,
but I will console them and guide them;
I will lead them to brooks of water,
on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
Ephraim is my first-born.

Responsorial PsalmPS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Reading 2HEB 5:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people.
No one takes this honor upon himself
but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was.
In the same way,
it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,
but rather the one who said to him:
You are my son:
this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place:
You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.

AlleluiaCF. 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me."
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you."
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."
Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you."
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

Saint October 28 : St. Simon : Patron of Curriers and Sawyers





St. Simon
APOSTLE
Feast: October 28
Information:
Feast Day:
October 28
Born:
Cana or Canaan
Died:
Abyssinians claim he was crucified in Samaria; Lipsius says he was sawn in half at Suanir, Persia; Moses of Chorene writes that he was martyred at Weriosphora in Iberia; many locations claim to have relics including Toulouse, France, and Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
Major Shrine:
relics claimed by many places, including Toulouse; Saint Peter's Basilica
Patron of:
curriers; sawyers; tanners

St Simon is surnamed the Canaanean or Canaanite, and the Zealot, to distinguish him from St. Peter, and from St. Simeon, the brother of St. James the Less, and his successor in the see of Jerusalem. From the first of these surnames some have thought that St. Simon was born at Cana, in Galilee: certain modern Greeks pretend that it was at his marriage that our Lord turned the water into wine. It is not to be doubted but he was a Galilean. Theodoret says, of the tribe either of Zabulon or Nepthali. Hammond and Grotius think that St. Simon was called the Zealot, before his coming to Christ, because he was one of that particular sect or party among the Jews called Zealots, from a singular zeal they possessed for the honour of God and the purity of religion. A party called Zealots were famous in the war of the Jews against the Romans. They were main instruments in instigating the people to shake off the yoke of subjection; they assassinated many of the nobility and others in the streets, filled the temple itself with bloodshed and other horrible profanations, and were the chief cause of the ruin of their country. But no proof is offered by which it is made to appear that any such party existed in our Saviour's time, though some then maintained that it was not lawful for a Jew to pay taxes to the Romans At least if any then took the name Zealots, they certainly neither followed the impious conduct nor adopted the false and inhuman maxims of those mentioned by Josephus in his history of the Jewish war against the Romans.
St. Simon, after his conversion, was zealous for the honour of his Master, and exact in all the duties of the Christian religion; and showed a pious indignation toward those who professed this holy faith with their mouths, but dishonoured it by the irregularity of their lives. No further mention appears of him in the gospels than that he was adopted by Christ into the college of the apostles. With the rest he received the miraculous gifts of the Holy Ghost, which he afterwards exercised with great zeal and fidelity. If this apostle preached in Egypt, Cyrene, and Mauritania, he returned into the East; for the Martyrologies of St. Jerome, Bede, Ado, and Usuard place his martyrdom in Persia, at a city called Suanir, possibly in the country of the Suani, a people in Colchis, or a little higher in Sarmatia, then allied with the Parthians in Persia; which may agree with a passage in the Acts of St. Andrew, that in the Cimmerian Bosphorus there was a tomb in a "rot, with an inscription importing that Simon the Zealot was interred there. His death is said in these Martyrologies to have been procured by the idolatrous priests. Those who mention the manner of his death say he was crucified. St. Peter's Church on the Vatican at Rome and the Cathedral of Toulouse are said to possess the chief portions of the relics of SS. Simon and Jude.
SOURCE: EWTN