Mark 4: 1 - 20
|1||Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.|
|2||And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:|
|3||"Listen! A sower went out to sow.|
|4||And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.|
|5||Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;|
|6||and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.|
|7||Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.|
|8||And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."|
|9||And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."|
|10||And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.|
|11||And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables;|
|12||so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven."|
|13||And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?|
|14||The sower sows the word.|
|15||And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.|
|16||And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;|
|17||and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.|
|18||And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word,|
|19||but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.|
|20||But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."|
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti
Feast: January 30
A religious of the Third Order of St. Francis and foundress of the Sacconi; born 1585 of a noble family at Vignanello, near Viterbo in Italy; died 30 January, 1640, at Viterbo; feast, 30 January; in Rome, 6 February (Diarium Romanum). Her parents were Marc' Antonio Mariscotti (Marius Scotus) and Ottavia Orsini. At Baptism she received the name Clarice and in early youth was remarkable for piety, but, as she grew older, she became frivolous, and showed a worldly disposition, which not even the almost miraculous saving of her life at the age of seventeen could change; neither was her frivolity checked by her education at the Convent of St. Bernardine at Viterbo, where an older sister had taken the veil. At the age of twenty she set her heart upon marriage with the Marquess Cassizucchi, but was passed by in favour of a younger sister. She was sadly disappointed, became morose, and at last joined the community at St. Bernardine, receiving the name Hyacintha. But, as she told her father, she did this only to hide her chagrin and not to give up the luxuries of the world; and she asked him to furnish her apartments with every comfort. She kept her own kitchen, wore a habit of the finest material, received and paid visits at pleasure.
For ten years she continued this kind of life, so contrary to the spirit of her vows and such a source of scandal to the community. By the special protection of God, she retained a lively faith, was regular in her devotions, remained pure, always showed a great respect for the mysteries of religion, and had a tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin. At length she was touched by God's grace, and the earnest exhortations of her confessor at the time of serious illness made her see the folly of the past and brought about a complete change in her life. She made a public confession of her faults in the refectory, discarded her costly garments, wore an old habit, went barefoot, frequently fasted on bread and water, chastised her body by vigils and severe scourging, and practised mortifications to such an extent that the decree of canonization considers the preservation of her life a continued miracle. She increased her devotion to the Mother of God, to the Holy Infant Jesus, to the Blessed Eucharist, and to the sufferings of Christ. She worked numerous miracles, had the gifts of prophecy and of discerning the secret thoughts of others. She was also favoured by heavenly ecstacies and raptures. During an epidemic that raged in Viterbo she showed heroic charity in nursing the sick. She established two confraternities, whose members were called Oblates of Mary or Sacconi. One of these, similar to our Society of St. Vincent de Paul, gathered alms for the convalescent, for the poor who were ashamed to beg, and for the care of prisoners; the other procured homes for the aged. Though now leading a life so pure and holy, Hyacintha always conceived the greatest contempt for herself. At her death great sorrow was felt at Viterbo and crowds flocked to her funeral. She was beatified by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726, and canonized 14 May, 1807, by Pius VII.
(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)