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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Martha, Patron Saint of Homemakers

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(EWTN) Mary, Martha and Lazarus were close friends and are represented by St. John (Feast Day: 27 December) as living at Bethania but St. Luke (Feast Day: 18 October) would seem to imply that they were at least at one time, living in Galilee, without mentioning the town but it may have been Magdala and we should therefore suppose that ‘Mary of Bethania’ and St. Mary Magdalene (Feast Day: 22 July) are the same person.

There isn’t any doubt that Martha was an active sort of person according to Franciscan Media — On one occasion Luke 10:38-42 Martha is seen preparing the meal for Jesus and served the dinner.

Yet as Biblical scholar Fr. John McKenzie (1910-1991) pointed out, Martha need not be rated as a “unrecollected activist.” The Evangelist is emphasizing what Our Lord said on several occasions about the primacy of the spiritual:

  • “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on…seek first His kingdom and his righteousness…” Matthew 6: 25-33
  • “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.” –Luke 4:4
  • “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” –Matthew 5:6

St. Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death: “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.” –John 11:25-27

Scripture commentators point out that in writing his account of the raising of Lazarus, St. John intends that we should see Martha’s words to Mary before Lazarus was raised as a summons that every Christian must obey. In Martha saying: “The Teacher is here and is calling for you,” John 11:28

Jesus is calling every one of us to resurrection–now in Baptismal faith, forever in sharing His victory over death and all of us, as well as these three friends, are in our own unique way, called to special friendship with Him.

More here from American Catholic and here from EWTN

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Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of St. Leopold Mandic

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Saint Leopold Mandic (1887-1942)
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(Franciscan Media) Born in Croatia, Leopold Mandic was the 11th of 12 children of a devout Christian and industrious family according to Vatican Radio his parents Peter and Carlotta Mandic owned a fishing fleet.

Leopold joined the ‘Capuchin Franciscans’ and was Ordained several years later in spite of his health issues–Physically challenged, delicate and having a height of only 1.35 Meters (4.4 feet) with a clumsy walk, he could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly and for many years suffered from severe arthritis together with poor eyesight but despite his disabilities, Fr. Leopold Mandic developed tremendous spiritual strength and used to repeat to himself:

“Remember that you have been sent for the salvation of people, not because of your own merits, since it is the Lord Jesus and not you who died for the salvation of souls.”

A teacher of Patrology (the study of the Church Fathers) Fr. Leopold Mandic taught the Clerics of his province for several years but he is best remembered for his work in the Confessional where he sometimes spent 13 to 15 hours daily. — Several Bishops would seek him out for his spiritual advice.

Fr. Leopold Mandic’s dream was to go to the Orthodox Christians and work for the reunion of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy but unfortunately his health never permitted it — Often he would renew his vow to go to the Eastern Christians, this cause of unity was constantly in his prayers.

At a time when Pope Pius XII said that the greatest sin of our time is “to have lost all sense of sin,” (a plague that seems prevalent in our day too, I digress) — Fr. Leopold Mandic had a profound sense of sin and an even firmer sense of God’s grace awaiting human cooperation.

Suffering from esophagus cancer, in July 1942 while preparing for the liturgy Fr. Leopold Mandic collapsed, he would subsequently be given last rites — Franciscan Friars that had gathered at his bedside reportedly began singing the ‘Salve Regina’ and when they saw that Fr. Leopold Mandic had passed away they sang “O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.”

Fr. Leopold Mandic often had said, “A Priest must die from apostolic hard work, there is no other death worthy of a Priest.” — Fr. Leopold Mandic did what he said.

In 1976 Pope Paul VI Beatified Fr. Leopold Mandic — On the 16 October, 1983 he was Canonized at St. Peter’s Square by Pope Saint John Paul II

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Covered California 2016 Rate Hike 4% If You’re Lucky, Some Will Realize a 30% Increase

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(IBD) ObamaCare/Covered California trumpeted the news on Monday that premiums are set to rise 4% in 2016 slightly less than last years 4.2% increase.

While avoiding the double-digit premium hikes that have been proposed in many other states, many consumers may not be so celebratory when they find out what is happening to their deductibles which are already sky high.

Particularly hardest hit are people seeking the lowest cost ‘bronze-level’ coverage. In 2016 these plans will carry a deductible of $6,000 (an increase of $1,000 from 2015) and a separate drug deductible of $500 — After the deductible is met bronze coverage will cap R/X costs at $500 mo the combined $6,500 deductible will then be 30% higher than in 2015

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said in a conference call that in 2016 a visit with a Specialist (with a $90 co-pay) will be allowed as part of three partly covered physician visits, left unsaid is that low income individuals facing a $6,500 deductible could easily be swamped with debt after getting limited benefits before the deductible is met. — This is perhaps ObamaCare/Covered California Achilles’ heel given that enrollment has badly lagged expectations.

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