St John of Avila - (Archived)

Featured Saint: St John of Avila (1499 – 1569)

St John was born into a wealthy and pious family at Almodovar del Campo, Spain. His father was a Catholic convert. At 14yrs he started a law degree but failed to finish. For the next three years he lived a life of severe piety.

With the guidance of a Franciscan Friar, he resumed his studies and received a degree in Philosophy and Theology. At 27yrs, he was ordained a priest and said his first Mass in the Church where his parents were buried, both having died when he was a seminarian.

St John sold his family home, gave the wealth to the poor and made plans to leave Spain for Mexico as a missionary. Arriving in Seville, he was persuaded by the Bishop to remain and become a missionary at home in Andalusia. Over the following years St John’s missionary work excelled and he acquired a growing number of committed helpers. As his health deteriorated he convinced many of his companions to join the Jesuits. St John’s saintly reputation, as well as his effort to reform the clergy and create schools and colleges, became an inspiration to many future reformers. He is a Doctor of the Church.

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

St John of AvilaShort Story: Jesus said to his disciples, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.” (John 15:16)

Thoughts: How often do we believe we are following our own plan? Perhaps not as often as we think! Jesus has chosen a way for each of us.

Yes, sadly, sometimes we refuse to follow what we know is the right way, Jesus’ plan!

Prayer: Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.

Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit
instructed the hearts of the faithful.
Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and
ever rejoice in His consolation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

St John:   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: Here I am to Worship

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

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(10th May 2015)

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