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Atonement for Sin
38 Then Judas assembled his army and went to the city of Adul′lam. As the seventh day was coming on, they purified themselves according to the custom, and they kept the sabbath there. 39 On the next day, as by that time it had become necessary, Judas and his men went to take up the bodies of the fallen and to bring them back to lie with their kinsmen in the sepulchres of their fathers.
Holy Souls in Purgatory
November is traditionally remembered as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and on November 2nd we observe All Souls’ Day. It is important, however, to pray throughout the year for our dearly departed loved ones so they may achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification. In reference to a cleansing fire, for example, we read in the First Letter to the Corinthians 3:15, “If someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire.”
27 “But I say to you that hear -- love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods, do not ask them again. 31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."
1 In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:
Gift of Suffering
1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him, we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Month of the Rosary
October is traditionally remembered as the Month of the Most Holy Rosary. It is also Respect Life Month. Therefore, one of our special Rosary intentions should be the petition to renew a Culture of Life in the world. Every day, if possible, pray the Rosary with your family. One reason why the Rosary is such a powerful family prayer is because it’s all about the life of a family who should be our model, our standard of holiness: the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. In the Holy Family Prayer Book, for example, there is a section on praying the Family Life Rosary.
A New Life
My name is Elizabeth, and I graduated from Saint Frances Cabrini Academy in 2013. I started attending Cabrini in kindergarten -- a total of nine years at Cabrini. My family joined Saint Wenceslaus Church soon after our move from California to Missouri. From the very beginning, Saint Wenceslaus has been a home to my family. They welcomed us with open arms and really helped us settle into Saint Louis, Missouri and build a new life.
A Simple "Yes"
A simple “yes” can change the world. At least, it has changed mine. Five years ago, I said “yes” when I was offered the position of principal at Saint Frances Cabrini Academy in Saint Louis, Missouri. Little did I know how this would change my life! As a new principal, there was much to learn and a pretty steep learning curve to get past. As I matured in my role as principal, I came to realize what an incredible gift the school community of Saint Frances Cabrini Academy was to me.
We are Many; We are One
Consider an ethnically diverse world with individuals who respect one another and work together toward common goals. Saint Frances Cabrini Academy, an urban grade school in South Saint Louis City, is already a model for a diverse world. Cabrini is a kindergarten through 8th grade school, and it has become an anchor in the community. It is a special place with families from countries such as Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Burma, and Vietnam. Cabrini believes that providing a quality, affordable Catholic education is the most effective way to create opportunities for our children and their families.
On Sunday, September 4, at Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square in Rome, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will become Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Her actions speak louder than words, but here are just a few of her jewels of wisdom: "Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet, especially your family. Be holy, let us pray."