July 26 – Thursday

Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading 1 – JER 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 36

With you is the fountain of life, O Lord.

Gospel:  MT 13:10-17

For this people's heart has grown dull



Fr. Jorge Garcia, L.C. – on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he was ordained a priest. Two days later, he traveled with his family to San Giovanni Rotondo to celebrate Mass. The journey was long, roughly five hours from Rome, but the longing to visit St. Padre Pio’s tomb and monastery was strong.

As they were heading back to Rome, the traffic was slow. The weather had turned bad only a few minutes ago and everyone was anxious to get back home before midnight.

As they turned in what appeared to be an endless number of curves, Father Jorge noticed a twisted motorcycle up ahead and not a single car stopped or slowed down as they passed the broken motorcycle near the guard rail.

They stopped. He got out. He walked over to the wreckage and saw no one and heard nothing.

He walked a few feet and into the bushes. There he saw a young girl, Rosanna, 17 years old, lying on the ground. One arm had been completely severed, the other was severely cut. She was bleeding profusely. Her head had been crushed and she was alone, dying.

Fr. Jorge asked his brother to call paramedics. They arrived almost immediately. But as soon as they saw this young girl, they knew she would not make it. She died in priest's arms. When the time came to call Rosanna’s mother, he learned that Rosanna had just finished a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She had Holy Communion and Confession on the first nine Fridays. That is why she did not die alone. That is why she died in the arms of a priest.


Prayer: all together

With you is the fountain of life, O Lord.

O LORD, your mercy reaches to heaven;

your faithfulness, to the clouds.

Your justice is like the mountains of God;

your judgments, like the mighty deep.