Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.
“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
CONOCE A NUESTRA FAMILIA EXTENDIDA:
meet our extended family
St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin (Feast Day February 26)
OCTOBER 6, 1888 – OCTOBER 20, 1922
Maria was born in Italy in 1888. She suffered rejection, ridicule, and disappointment, but these trials only brought her closer to God and more determined to serve him. Her schooling was limited so that she could spend more time helping at home and working in the fields. She showed few talents and was often the butt of jokes. In 1904, she joined the Sisters of St. Dorothy. After some time, Maria received training to be a nurse and began working in a hospital with children suffering from diphtheria. There, the young nun seemed to find her true vocation: nursing very ill and disturbed children. Later, when the hospital was taken over by the military in World War I, she fearlessly cared for patients amidst the threat of constant air raids and bombings. She was canonized in 1961.
TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR
Take time to chat
- Why is it hard to love your enemies?
- Has anyone ever done something so hurtful to you that you really wanted to get even? Share your experience.
- In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us not to get even but to do good for them and pray for them. What do you think would happen if instead of getting back at someone, you followed Jesus' advice?
No-Sew Blanket Making
Show your family’s love of neighbor by making a blanket to give to someone in need.
1. Choose the fabric. Choose a print and a contrasting or matching solid.
2. Line up the two fabric pieces, right sides out.
3. Trim to the same size.
4. Cut out the corners.
5. Cut the fringe.
6. Tie knots.
7. Continue around the blanket.
Contact your local parish for ideas on where you can donate the blankets you made.