Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Saint of the day
Saint Bernardino of Siena (1380-1444)
Saint Bernardino was a Franciscan who was a great preacher, traveling from town to town on foot, often preaching for hours to great crowds. He was a leader of his order and established schools of theology for his monks. Even before Bernardino was a priest and preacher, he, with other young men in his home town, offered to run the local hospital during the plague. Later he spent a year caring for a beloved aunt until she died. Bernardino spent time each day in prayer and reflection to stay connected with God, the source of his energy. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")
Saint Bernardino taught the huge value of regular prayer and reflection. In the same way that you maintain your friendships by spending time with friends, it is necessary to spend time with God in order to maintain your relationship with him. Try to make time daily to simply sit in God's presence and talk with him.
Dear Jesus, please help me to find time to get to know you better.
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Easter
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: White
Reading I: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Responsorial Psalm: 16:1-2A And 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Alleluia: Jn 17:21
Gospel: Jn 17:21View complete readings on USCCB.org