Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Memorial of Saint Albert Avogadro, Bishop and Lawgiver of Carmel

I shall pick this one of the many saints celebrated today to honor. This is as this morning I attended daily mass at a Carmelite chapel, and the mass there honored this particular saint.
So who is this saint? I have two sites on him: here and here. But basically he was:

- born in 1149 at Parma, Italy
- became a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara and was elected their prior in 1180
- named Bishop of Bobbio in 1184, bishop of Vercelli in 1185, and Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1205
- mediated disputes between the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Cyprus, as well as between the Knights Templar and the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia
- united the hermits of Mount Carmel into one community (the Carmelite order) and wrote a Rule for them while serving as Patriarch of Jerusalem
- was assassinated in Acre on on 14 September 1214 by a disgruntled cleric

Bible Readings for this day (17 Sep, Wed - 24th Week)

1 Corinthians 12:31 - 13:13
Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Luke 7: 31-35
Jesus said to the crowds: “To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance;
we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”