THURSDAY THE TWENTY-THIRD OF AUGUST, 2018
* Martin de Porres, Rose of Lima and Turibius of Mogrovejo *
Fill us, we pray, with your light and life that we may show forth your wondrous glory. Grant that your love may so fill our lives that we may count nothing too small to do for you, nothing too much to give and nothing too hard to bear. Amen.
( Ignatius Loyola, 1491-1556 )
You watchers and you holy ones,
bright seraphs, cherubim and thrones,
raise the glad strain, Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs.
O higher than the cherubim,
more glorious than the seraphim,
lead their praises, Alleluia!
You bearer of the eternal Word,
most gracious, magnify the Lord.
Respond, you souls in endless rest,
you patriarchs and prophets blessed,
You holy twelve, you martyrs strong,
all saints triumphant, raise the song.
O friends, in gladness, let us sing,
supernal anthems echoing,
To God the Father, God the Son
and God the Spirit, three in one.
( John A. L. Riley, 1858-1945 )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Martin de Porres, Rose of Lima and Turibius of Mongrovejo
Today Saint Laika’s celebrates three Christians who were instrumental in rooting the Christian faith in South America.
It’s easy from our vantage point today to denigrate the Christianising of South America, especially as its excesses are horrible: the conquest of free peoples by the military might of Europe, the colonialism, which tried to impose Western European values on native peoples and even the politicisation of South America when Spanish born Pope Alexander VI drew a line of demarcation which left Brazil in Portuguese hands and the rest of the continent with the Spanish. Nevertheless, sincere Christians, like the three we celebrate today, deeply rooted in their own faith, provided caring and compassionate ministry to the peoples among whom they lived.
The earliest of the three, Turibius of Mogrovejo (d. 1606), was a Spaniard, who became Archbishop of Lima, Peru. He began his mission work by travelling to Lima on foot, baptising and teaching the natives. He built roads, schoolhouses and chapels, many hospitals and convents, and at Lima, in 1591, founded the first seminary in the Western hemisphere.
Next comes Martin De Porres (d. 1639), who was born in Lima, Peru and lived his entire life there. He was a Dominican brother who was noted for tireless work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children’s hospital. He was also remembered for his spiritual practices of fasting and prayer.
Scripture. In “The Book of Sirach,” chapter seven, verses thirty-two to thirty-five we read:
Stretch out your hand to the poor, so that your blessing may be complete. Give graciously to all the living; do not withhold kindness even from the dead. Do not avoid those who weep, but mourn with those who mourn. Do not hesitate to visit the sick, because for such deeds you will be loved.
… for peace in the world.
… that we may be instruments of God’s mercy and love wherever we are sent.
… for an end to all forms of slave trading in the world and for the healing of the wounds that the enslavements of the past inflicted on the human race. DETAILS
… for the victims of atrocities committed by totalitarian regimes. DETAILS
… for the Saudi female rights defender, Israa al-Ghomgham, and all those facing the death penalty or imprisonment for criticising the nation’s ruling elite; that the democratic nations of the world may condemn such human rights abuses without fear or favour. DETAILS
… for those living in the path of Hurricane Lane. DETAILS
… for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.
… for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
… for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
… for ourselves.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis:
If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong. The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and back-biting, the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.
Merciful God, you sent your gospel to the people of South America through the lives and witness of your servants Turibius, Martin, and Rose. Help us to follow their example in bringing fearlessly the comfort of your grace to all downtrodden and outcast people, that your Church may be renewed with songs of salvation and praise; through Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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