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November 16, 2021

St. Roch Gonzalez, SJ, and companions

Phil 4: 4-9 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Three Martyrs of the Jesuit Reductions

For many Europeans, their approach for dealing with native peoples in the New World involved conquest, exploitation, and violence. In contrast, the spirit of the first reading from today’s feast in Paul’s letter to the Phillippians is joy, gentleness, peace, and gratitude. The former was the approach of the Spanish conquerors, the second was the spirit that pervaded the development of the Jesuit reductions--a type of settlement for indigenous people founded in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. These became self-sustaining communities of native peoples and went beyond providing the necessities of daily life to include arts and culture. The three saints we remember today—Roch Gonzalez, SJ, Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ, and John del Castillo, SJ—labored in the reductions. However, their success provoked the jealousy of a local witch doctor, and he was able to arrange to have them killed. Fidelity to gentleness and peace sometimes meets with violence. But the call is to continue on the journey of peace. 

—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province residing at Colombiere Jesuit Health Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

 

Prayer

God, as we labor in your service, help us to be faithful to the way of gentleness and peace.  Help us resist the temptation to meet violence with violence. Help us build people up and empower them. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen

—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ


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November 16, 2021

St. Roch Gonzalez, SJ, and companions

Phil 4: 4-9 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Three Martyrs of the Jesuit Reductions

For many Europeans, their approach for dealing with native peoples in the New World involved conquest, exploitation, and violence. In contrast, the spirit of the first reading from today’s feast in Paul’s letter to the Phillippians is joy, gentleness, peace, and gratitude. The former was the approach of the Spanish conquerors, the second was the spirit that pervaded the development of the Jesuit reductions--a type of settlement for indigenous people founded in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. These became self-sustaining communities of native peoples and went beyond providing the necessities of daily life to include arts and culture. The three saints we remember today—Roch Gonzalez, SJ, Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ, and John del Castillo, SJ—labored in the reductions. However, their success provoked the jealousy of a local witch doctor, and he was able to arrange to have them killed. Fidelity to gentleness and peace sometimes meets with violence. But the call is to continue on the journey of peace. 

—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province residing at Colombiere Jesuit Health Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

 

Prayer

God, as we labor in your service, help us to be faithful to the way of gentleness and peace.  Help us resist the temptation to meet violence with violence. Help us build people up and empower them. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen

—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ


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