Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord:

whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jn 15:5

Saint Josaphat (c.1580 – 1623)

He was born in the Ukraine of Orthodox parents. In 1595 the Union of Brest brought the Ruthenian Church into communion with Catholic Rome while still preserving its own liturgy. The result was a schism within the church itself, with one party wanting to remain Orthodox and in the orbit of Moscow and Constantinople, while the other accepted the Union. Matters were complicated by the presence of the Greek Uniates, a remnant of a century-old attempt at church union (who remain a living church to this day).  Josaphat joined the first monastery of the order of St Basil to be united to the Catholic Church: he was the first person to do so. He was ordained priest and, eventually and reluctantly, appointed bishop of Polotsk in 1617. Although Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, supported the union, the local aristocracy were against it because it threatened their control of ecclesiastical benefices. Plotting with the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, who visited the Ukraine in 1621, they stirred up trouble and as a result Josaphat was murdered by a mob in 1623 while on a pastoral visit to Vitebsk.

A forceful man of fine sensibilities, he met with such success that his opponents dubbed him “the thief of souls.”

Pope Pius XI’s encyclical “Ecclesiam Dei”




36. Unless we recover the shared passion to create a community of belonging and solidarity worthy of our time, our energy and our resources, the global illusion that misled us will collapse and leave many in the grip of anguish and emptiness. Nor should we naively refuse to recognize that “obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction”.[35] The notion of “every man for himself” will rapidly degenerate into a free-for-all that would prove worse than any pandemic.

Can “we recover the shared passion to create a community of belonging and solidarity worthy of our time, our energy and our resources”???

Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is seen at the Vatican March 4, 2013. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

magaists urge you out of fear to develop an “obsession with a consumerist lifestyle…”, because we have inside knowledge on how the LORD secures justice for the oppressed as we announce, ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’, telling you that “any inquiry into Mr. McCarrick carried out under the aegis of Pope Francis would finesse any inappropriate actions by the current pope and heap blame on Benedict XVI and John Paul II“…

Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick waves to fellow bishops as he attends a prayer service with Pope Francis and more than 300 U.S. bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington Sept. 23, 2015. (CNS photo/Jonathan Newton, The Washington Post, pool)

comfortables urge you out of fear to leave the securing of justice for the oppressed to the LORD as we “naively refuse to recognize…” that the “notion of ‘every man for himself’ will rapidly degenerate into a free-for-all”, as we plead, ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’, telling you to not “understand,’ …when (a mother) found out (a) priest was bringing alcohol along on overnight trips with her underage sons“, because we don’t want to spread a “persistent rumor“…

Pope Francis leads his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Nov. 11, 2020. A day after the Vatican released its extensive report on former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the pope renewed the Catholic Church’s pledge to uproot the scourge of sexual abuse. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

socialists urge you out of fear to follow a “global illusion that misled you” as we shout, ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’, telling you that the Church “speaks too much about prayer” and doesn’t bother with securing justice for the oppressed

Pope Francis places a rosary in front of a statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal during a private audience at the Vatican Nov. 11, 2020. The statue was about to begin a pilgrimage through Italian dioceses marking the 190th anniversary of Mary’s apparition to St. Catherine Laboure. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Catholics urge you out of love, to not go off, do not run in pursuit after those who say, ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’, but simply pray “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you” , as we continue to work with the LORD to secure justice for the oppressed!!!

Today’s Scriptures

…urge you out of love,


R. (5a) Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.

The LORD secures justice for the oppressed,

PS 146: 7

‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’

LK 17: 21

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