FEAST OF MARCELLA, WIDOW AND MARTYR
From Today's Office
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
The Christian must forsake everything that he has, however innocent. For if we do not forsake it in our heart, it ceases to be innocent. This includes those things which it is our duty to guard with the greatest possible care, such as the good of our family, or our own reputation. We must not have our heart on any of these things. We must be ready to give them all up whenever it is the will of providence to deprive us of them. —François Fenelon, Talking with God, Paraclete Press
Prayer of the Day
Jesus, you are kind and caring and yet I am still afraid. I see how you care for the birds, and yet I am fearful that you won’t care for me. I’m sorry, God, that I listen to my own voice more than to yours. May I, like Marcella, trust you today and be faithful to you. Amen.
Jeremiah 15:15–21 — Revelation 7:13–17 — Luke 12:4–7