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Monday, January 30, 2012

Feast of Saint Hyacintha of Mariscotti

Good morning. I’m guessing that most people when reading the tale from this morning’s Gospel tend to focus in on the mad man possessed by demons. Yet the story is really about the mercy Jesus extends to the man, the same mercy He extends to all of us. He likewise asks that we in turn extend the same mercy to each other. The Gospel for today as well as the life of Saint Hyacintha, whose life we commemorate today, offer each one of us hope in God’s mercy and a reminder that we are likewise called to be merciful with each other.

The goal of a virtuous life is to become like Christ. So too, in marriage we are called to be Christ-like in our life together. Pope Benedict XVI in an address on the occasion of the Fifth World Meeting of Families notes that Christ shows us the way to be loving and to be merciful, “for the Lord makes it possible for us, through our human love, to be sensitive, loving and merciful like Christ.” May we be loving and merciful in all that we do today. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Hyacintha of Mariscotti.

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