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 October 21, 2021 

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint of the day

Saint Hilarion (c.291-371)

Saint Hilarion was born in Palestine. He converted to Christianity and felt a calling to a life of prayer and solitude. Hilarion spent time in Egypt with Saint Anthony, who also sought prayer and solitude. While living out his vocation, Hilarion experienced spiritual dryness, temptations, and anguish. Even during these hard times in the desert, Saint Hilarion is credited with performing miracles. Over time, the fame and popularity of this recluse grew, much to his chagrin. People were drawn to Hilarion as a source of spiritual knowledge and peace. A small group of disciples also developed who wanted to follow Hilarion, but he only wanted to live a life of solitude. He began a series of travels to find a place where he could be secluded from the world. He eventually ended up in Cyprus. where he died in 371. Saint Hilarion is credited as the founder of monasticism in Palestine.

Reflection

We are often faced with obstacles when trying to live out our vocations. Through these hard times we need to remember Saint Hilarion, who persevered with his vocation even through spiritual dryness, temptations, and anguish. Ask the Lord for Saint Hilarion's dedication when you run into difficulties fulfilling the vocation that you are called to by Jesus.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I know that you have a special purpose and plan for my life. Help me to live out my vocation, even when I am faced with obstacles that I feel I cannot overcome. Please help me to remember that you are always here to assist me, Lord, and that I can do anything with your help and love.

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 476

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green

Daily readings

Reading I: Rom 6:19-23

Responsorial Psalm: 1:1-2, 3, 4 And 6

Alleluia: Phil 3:8-9

Gospel: Lk 12:49-53

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