September 16, 2020
Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian
Demonstrating Love
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Today, the Church venerates two martyrs from the third century: Pope St. Cornelius (?+253) and Bishop St. Cyprian (circa 200+258). Each worked tirelessly to preserve unity in the Catholic Church, something that was threatened by rebels of their time. St. Cyprian wrote, "You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother."

Pope Cornelius, in Rome, suffered martyrdom at the hands of heretics. Approximately five years later, Bishop Cyprian, in Carthage, was martyred as he was trying to rein in heretics in his area. Both were men of strong faith and firm will. Cornelius taught that the Church has authority to grant forgiveness even to heretics, provided that they are repentant. Cyprian was arrested for refusing to take part in pagan rituals and was beheaded. Through their martyrdom, each demonstrated faith, hope and love. May we honor them today and beyond by living a life that demonstrates the greatest of these--love.

- Fr. Martin Pable, O.F.M. Cap.

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September 16, 2020 at 03:15 PM

Fr. Martin, thank you for your devotion.

"Demonstrating Love"

"So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love".

God is love, we must know and believe in the love God has for us. Without love, we gain and are nothing. All will know that we are His disciples, Christians, by our love for one another. Love is the essence of the Christian life.

Love does patient things. Love does the kind thing, Love is not jealous, Love is not self-centered but other-centered. etc. “Love rejoices in the truth.”

May we live a life "Demonstrating Love" as God has taught us.

God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all.

September 16, 2020 at 12:11 PM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

September 16, 2020 at 10:13 AM

Amen.

September 16, 2020 at 10:09 AM

Amen.

September 16, 2020 at 09:23 AM

Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and much Joy, resonate to me when I reflect on today’s readings.

Following Jesus was not easy, Jesus warned all of us, today we celebrate, we remember two saints that walked in Jesus footsteps they walked the talk. The Romans of their time wanted them to follow their beliefs, but there inner Love for Jesus took over, even to their death.

We must remember their heroic efforts on behalf of our early church, without them, we might have not had the opportunities we have today. To come to Jesus and ask for his forgiveness, so we too some day may be with them in our eternal paradise in heaven.

Love one another in your life and have the faith to follow Jesus. Put him first in your lives, a place he so much deserves to be. Talk to him through the power of the Holy Spirit and come alive in your heart.

There will be much Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and much Joy in your life. Share all of these to other you meet and the ones who are now a part of your life.

We are truly blessed today.

Continued prayers for our entire Living Faith families today as they hold op to you Jesus their prayer intentions.

Amen

david
September 16, 2020 at 10:42 PM

Amen

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