Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
Saint of the day
Saint Mary Di Rosa (1813-1855)
Saint Mary Di Rosa was born in 1813, and began to take charge of situations from the time she was a young girl. She set up retreats and missions for her parish, arranged a women's guild, and supervised a workhouse for poor girls. She was never afraid of a challenge and embraced every opportunity that God sent her way. One such opportunity presented itself when she realized that the girls she was supervising in the workhouse had no place to stay at night. To solve the problem, Mary opened up a boarding house for the girls. Mary also took on the responsibility of being the superior of the Handmaids of Charity, a religious organization that dedicated all of its time to ministering to the ailing in hospitals. When war broke out in Europe, Mary and her Handmaids of Charity volunteered their time and talents in war hospitals as well as on the battlefield. The last challenge that Saint Mary Di Rosa faced was death, which she welcomed joyfully and without fear.
Saint Mary Di Rosa took charge of situations when she saw people in need. She used her leadership skills and her caring nature to minister to those who needed help. Do you minister to those whom you know are suffering or ailing? Ask for the Lord's help to be more attentive to the those who are in need, and say a special prayer for those who minister to the ailing as part of their career.
Jesus, divine healer, bless all the doctors, nurses, aides, and technicians who continue your healing ministry. Give them patience and compassion as they face the challenges of caring for others. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Advent
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Violet
Reading I: Is 45:6C-8, 18, 21C-25
Responsorial Psalm: 85:9Ab And 10, 11-12, 13-14
Alleluia: See Isaiah 40:9-10
Gospel: Lk 7:18B-23View complete readings on USCCB.org