FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 16 JUNE  2021  Wednesday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that...

St. Francis De Sales

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Friday of Ordinary Time 24 January 2020 WORD of the DAY He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (Mark 3: 13-15) How shall I live this Word? “How good God must be if Francis is so good.” Here is the true disciple of Jesus, the one who with attitudes, with sweetness, and with words speaks only of Him, of His goodness and His love for every person. Here is the chosen apostle who undertakes to continue His mission among the least and most distant. Here is the true follower who, when called, responds with full freedom and generosity because “inspirations make themselves felt in us without our help, but they do not allow our consent without us!” Here is the one who as an imitator becomes a collaborator of God, and becomes a true giant of holiness. Jesus calls His disciples, He calls them today, He also calls us, and in each of...