READING OF THE DAY: 06 SEPTEMBER, 2013

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“The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same ; but yours eat and drink.”

Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?

But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.”

And he also told them a parable.

“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.

Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.

Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.

Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.

Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.

(And) no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.'” -Luke 5:33-39.

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SAINT OF THE DAY: 06 SEPTEMBER, 2013

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Saint Eleutherius
Abbot
(† 585)

A wonderful simplicity and spirit of compunction were the distinguishing virtues of this holy sixth century abbot.

He was elected to preside Saint Mark’s monastery near Spoleto, and favored by God with the gift of miracles.

A child who was confided to the monastery, to be educated there after having been delivered by the Abbot from a diabolical possession, appeared to everyone to be entirely exempt from further molestations.

And Saint Eleutherius chanced to say one day: Since the child is among the servants of God, the devil dares not approach him. These words seemed to savor of vanity, and thereupon the devil again entered into and tormented the child.

The Abbot humbly confessed his fault and undertook a fast, in which the entire community joined, until the child was again freed from the tyranny of the fiend.

Saint Gregory the Great, finding himself unable to fast on Holy Saturday on account of extreme weakness, called for this Saint, who was in Rome at the time, to offer up prayers to God for him that he might join the faithful in the solemn practice of that day’s penances.

Saint Eleutherius prayed with many tears, and the Pope, when they came out of the church, felt suddenly strengthened and able to accomplish the fast as he desired.

The same Pope, remarking that the Abbot was said to have raised a dead man to life, added: He was so simple a man, one of such great penance, that we must not doubt that Almighty God granted much to his tears and his humility! After resigning his abbacy, Saint

Eleutherius died in Rome in Saint Andrew’s monastery, about the year 585.