May 22, 2000
volume 11, no. 96

LITURGY for MONDAY and TUESDAY - May 22 and 23, 2000

Monday, May 22, 2000

    Monday May 22:
    Monday in Easter and
    Feast of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop and Religious Founder

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      First Reading: Acts 13: 44-52
      Psalms: Psalm 98: 1-4
      Gospel Reading: John 14: 7-14

Saint Eugene de Mazenod

       Canonized by Pope John Paul II on December 3, 1995 Saint Eugene de Mazenod was the Bishop of Marseilles and founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the same order which claims the new head of the Chicago archdiocese Cardinal Francis George, OMI and this ministry's Spiritual Director Father Al Svobodny, OMI. Eugene DeMazenod was born into aristocracy in 1782 in Aix-en-Provence and as a youth wandered around Europe. At age 20 he returned to France to try to recoup his family fortune without success. In 1807 he experienced a second conversion and began acing as a dedicated lay person, helping the poor. This ministry drew him closer to the priesthood and he was ordained a priest, returning to Aix with a deep desire to minister to the downtrodden and God's neediest children. The work was overwhelming and near death, he turned to a group of priests to help in a community. Regaining his strength he led this community of like-minded priests through the countryside, drawing up the Rule of Life for the eventual order he would found. Though he wanted to be a missionary first, he realized that by accepting the appointment of bishop he could save his fledgling order of Missionary Oblates. True to God's promise, Eugene became Bishop of Marseilles and Superior General of the Oblates and within a few years the new congregation grew at a rapid rate with missionaries sent from France to Canada, the U.S., other parts of Europe, Africa, Australia and the Philippines. In 1861 Eugene died at the age of 79 with his heart afire with love of the Crucified Christ armed with the weapons of the mission cross and rosary in his hands he left this temporal life with the name of Mary on his lips.

Tuesday, May 23, 2000

      First Reading: Acts 14: 19-28
      Psalms: Psalm 145: 10-13, 21
      Gospel Reading: John 14: 27-31


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