In today’s Refill:
Wednesday was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the whole month of October is a special month dedicated to praying the rosary, so here’s an episode of the Renovo podcast about the history of the rosary and why it’s so important for Catholics.
Then Fr. Drew Curry from Precious Blood parish and Fr. Matt Coonan from St. Therese and St. Henry parishes give a preview of the themes of the upcoming Sunday Mass readings every Friday. This week, they’re taking a look at the parable of the wedding feast and what it means for us.
And today is the feast of St. John Henry Newman who was canonized just a year ago! He was a fairly recent saint from the 19th century, and was a hugely respected intellectual in the Anglican clergy who made waves when he decided to convert to Roman Catholicism. Here’s an example of his wisdom in a reflection about following God’s unique call:
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.