March 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 82

Liturgy for Friday and Saturday, March 23rd & 24th

Friday, March 23, 2001    Meditation

    Lenten Weekday and
    Feast of Saint Toribius de Mogrovejo
      First Reading: Hosea 14: 2-10
      Psalms: Psalm 81: 6-11, 14, 17
      Gospel Reading: Mark 12: 28-34

Optional Feast of Saint Toribius de Mogrovejo, Bishop
       Born in 1538 at Mayorga, Spain Saint Toribio Alfonso or Turibius taught law at the University of Salamanca where he caught the attention of King Philip II who appointed Toribio as chief judge of the Inquisition at Granada. Though still a layman, he was further appointed to the Archbishopric of Lima, Peru in 1580. Upon the announcement he received the Sacrament of Holy Orders before setting sail for the new world. There he discovered that his diocese stretched from Panama to Argentina and under his jurisdiction whom he counseled and encouraged were such luminary saints as Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Martin de Porres, Saint John Macias, and Saint Francis Solano. His greatest achievement was reforming the way the Indians were treated, fighting for the poor by founding many churches, schools, hospitals and clinics as well as the first seminary in 1591 where, within a few years, it was packed. Archbishop Toribio studied extensively learning the various dialects in order to better reach the people. It was on his way back to Lima from a pastoral visit to one of the Indian villages that he died in Santa, Peru on March 23, 1606. In 1726 Pope Benedict XIII canonized him.

Saturday, March 24, 2001    Meditation
    Lenten Weekday
      First Reading: Hosea 6: 1-6
      Psalms: Psalm 51: 3-4, 18-21
      Gospel Reading: Luke 18: 9-14

March 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 82
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