St Aloysius Bulletin 11.11 - 11.18.2018

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Prayer Request
• Prayers are requested for Fr. Hawker, who has returned to the US and is recovering at the priory in Arcadia.
• Please continue your prayers for Mr. Luis de los Reyes.
• Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Angeline Ullmer (grandmother of Margarette Ullmer) who died last Sunday, Nov 4.
• Women’s Ignatian retreat begins Monday. Fr Asher requests your pray-ers for the women following the retreat that their souls might be open to receive the many graces God gives during the course of a retreat.

Divine Intimacy

The Epistle has presented us with the ideal of the Christian life, an ide-al of love which should unite all the faithful in singleness of heart; the Gospel shows us the practical way to live this ideal.
“The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat.”
“Wilt Thou that we go and gather it up?” God answers “No, lest per-haps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.”
The cockle is spared, not because it is good, but in order to save the wheat. In the same way God spares the wicked and does not destroy them, for the sake of the elect.
When God asks us to endure with patience certain situations, as inevi-table as they are deplorable, He asks for one of the greatest exercises of charity, compassion, and mercy. He does not tell us to fraternize with evil to make a league with the cockle, but He tells us to endure it with the lon-ganimity with which He Himself endured it. Was there not a traitor among the Apostles? Yet Jesus wanted him among His intimates — and with how much love He treated him! Indeed one of the greatest opportunities for the practice of charity is offered by those who by their evil conduct give us so many occasions for forgiving them, for returning good for evil, and for suffering injustice for the love of God. Moreover, we should consider that, whereas cockle cannot be changed into wheat, it is always possible for the wicked to be converted and become good.
When our love is perfect, we are able to live among the wicked without being harsh or contentious, without being influenced by them, but rather doing them good.