Thursday, 20 June 2019

2. Special Character Week 8, Term 2 2019

WEEK 8 17th – 21st June
19th Suzanne Aubert Birthday
21st St Aloysius Gonzaga
22nd Sts John Fisher and Thomas More
23rd Feast of Corpus Christi (The Holy Body and Blood of Christ)
Suzanne Aubert, better known to many as Sister Mary Joseph or Mother Aubert. She was a Catholic sister who started a home for orphans and the under-privileged in Jerusalem, New Zealand on the Whanganui River in 1885. Then many other works of compassion in Wellington and throughout New Zealand. Suzanne Aubert was born on 19 June 1835. Each year the Sisters of Compassion celebrate the occasion with a Birthday Mass. Find out more about this amazing woman.

Wednesday the 19th of June is also the Feast day of St Romuald. Romuald was born in Ravenna, in northeastern Italy, to an aristocratic family. As a youth, Romuald indulged in the pleasures of the world common to a tenth-century nobleman. Romuald became a monk and lived a very severe life of self denial. He founded many monasteries in Italy and he wrote a “rule” for his monks which included ideas like:  “Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it.“

8th Commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour”  
If we think about this commandment it challenges us to think about how we use words.  We should think carefully before we engage in gossip (chitchat that goes from person to person spreading rumours and judgements about people) and detraction, which is exaggerating another’s defects or limitations.  Slander is another way to use words hurtfully.  Slander is speaking in a way that damages someone’s reputation. It also goes against the eighth commandment to flatter others in order to get something out of them. Another kind of insincerity is  encouraging someone in a wrongful attitude or behaviour, when it would be more honest and kind to help them change for the better.

God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

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