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Monday, Nov 18, 2019
MEMORIAL OF ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE
If at first you don’t succeed

As a child in France, Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769-1852) watched her mother care for the poor and heard travelers tell stories of the “New World.” It’s not impossible to think that when Rose joined the sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart, she had hopes of serving the poor in faraway lands. In 1818, after years of teaching in France, Rose and four other sisters were sent to answer a bishop’s request for assistance in his vast Louisiana territory. From New Orleans, the sisters were missioned to Missouri to establish schools. By the time Rose got to Sugar Creek, Kansas in 1841 to open a school for Potawatomie girls, she was 72 and her primary ministry became one of prayer. Indeed, the people she served called her the “woman who prays always.” Saint Rose, help us imitate your perseverance and care for the poor.

TODAY'S READINGS: 1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; Luke 18:35-43 (497). “I want to see.”


 

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The Irish pastor said, “Everyone who wants to go to Heaven stand up!” and the whole church stood up.  And he said, “And those who want to go to hell, remain standing!” At the back of the church, old Murphy remained standing.   The pastor said, “Murphy, do you want to go to hell?”  Murphy said, “No, Father… I just hate to see you go there all by yourself!” 

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