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GOSPEL Reading and Reflections for the Mass of the day

March 2, 1998

Monday, March 2:
Monday in the First Week of Lent

      First Reading: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 11-18
      Psalms: Psalm 19: 8-10, 15 and John 6: 63 (Responsorial)
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 25: 31-46

March 3, 1998

Tuesday, March 3:
Weekday in the First Week of Lent and
Optional Memorial of Blessed Katharine Drexel, Virgin and Religious Founder

      First Reading: Isaiah 55: 10-11
      Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34: 4-7, 16-19
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 7-15

    Blessed Katharine Drexel, Virgin and Religious Founder
         The same year our Blessed Mother appeared at Lourdes in France Blessed Katherine Drexel was born across the sea in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After her mother died at childbirth, Katherine was well taken care of by her wealthy banking father who later remarried a loving stepmother who loved Katherine as well. Katherine was afforded the best education money could buy and traveled extensively. The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore solicited the rich to contribute to the missions serving the Indians and Blacks in America. Because of her family's wealth, Katherine became deeply involved in this ministry which took her all the way to the Vatican and a private audience with Pope Leo XIII who convinced her to become a missionary to these people herself. Spurred on by his encouragement she entered the Pittsburgh novitiate of the Sisters of Mercy and, after solemn profession, she founded her own religious congregation of nuns in 1891 - the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. That same year her family established the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. Katherine took notes and dedicated to educating the Blacks and Indians, founded Xavier University in New Orleans as an all-Black college in 1915. Katherine lived through six pontiffs from Pius IX to Pius XII and it is estimated that upon her death in 1955, she had donated over 12 million dollars toward the apostolate for Blacks and Indians. She was beatified in 1988 by Pope John Paul II who set her date for observance on March 3.

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