Jesus said to his disciples:
"In those days after that tribulation
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
"And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds'
with great power and glory,
and then he will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.
"Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves,
you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that he is near, at the gates.
Amen, I say to you,
this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.
"But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
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St. Roque Gonzalez y de Santa Cruz (Feast Day November 17)
November 17, 1576 – November 15, 1628
Roque Gonzalez y de Santa-Cruz was born in Paraguay in 1576 as the son of noble Spanish parents. He was an unusually good and religious boy who eventually became a priest. He ministered to the Natives of Paraguay, seeking them out in remote places to evangelize and instruct them in Christianity. After ten years he joined the Society of Jesus.
These were the days of the beginnings of the famous "reductions" of Paraguay. The “reductions” were settlements of Christian Natives run by the Jesuit missionaries, who served as their guardians and trustees. These settlements remained autonomous and isolated from Spanish colonists and Spanish rule. A major factor attracting the Natives was that they were afforded protection from enslavement and forced labor.
Fr. Roque played an important part in establishing the reductions. He labored for nearly twenty years, grappling patiently with hardships, fierce tribes and with the opposition of the European colonists. He threw himself heart and soul into the work. For three years he was in charge of the Reduction of St. Ignatius, and then spent the rest of his life establishing other reductions, half a dozen in all, east of the Parana and Uruguay rivers. He was the first European known to have penetrated into some districts of South America. In 1628, Fr. Roque was killed by natives in an attack on his mission.
TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR
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- Have you ever thought about Jesus coming back to earth? Why or why not?
- What would it be like to see Jesus in all his power and glory?
- In today’s Gospel, Jesus helps us to prepare for changes we will experience in our lifetimes and at the end of time. Is change easy or hard for you? Explain your answer.
- St. Roque Gonzalez was a member of the Society of Jesus and was a peacekeeper. How do you bring peace into your home, school, or workplace?