Monday, March 22, 2010


"St. Toribio De Mogrovejo"
artist and date are UNKNOWN



Biographical Information about St. Toribio De Mogrovejo[1]

Readings for the Memorial of St. Toribio De Mogrovejo

Readings and Commentary:

2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2:1-3

Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me,
in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit
who dwells within us.
My child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
And what you heard from me through many witnesses
entrust to faithful people
who will have the ability to teach others as well.
Bear your share of hardship along with me
like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Commentary on
2 Tm 1:13-14; 2:1-3

St. Paul exhorts his protégé, St. Timothy, to safeguard what the Apostle has given him; the Good News of Christ. He tells St. Timothy to hold fast to that word using the indwelling strength of the Holy Spirit and to pass this authentic teaching along through those he finds who can also teach it to others. He compares this task, in the final verse, to that of a soldier’s duty to a cause.

CCC: 2 Tm 1:12-14 84; 2 Tm 1:12 149; 2 Tm 1:13-14 857; 2 Tm 1:14 1202
Psalm 96: 1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8c, 10

R. (3) Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
R. Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name!
R. Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Commentary on
Ps 96: 1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8c, 10

Announce his salvation, day after day.” This song of praise to the Lord invites all humanity to participate in God’s salvation. “This psalm has numerous verbal and thematic contacts with
Isaiah ch. 40-55, as does Psalm 98. Another version of the psalm is 1 Chronicles 16:23-33.”[3]
CCC: Ps 96:2 2143
Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest."
Commentary on
Mt 9:35-38

This selection emphasizes Jesus' early struggle to accomplish what he came to do by himself. We sense the humanness as he says: "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." Immediately following this discourse the 12 are named and sent.

CCC: Mt 9:38 2611

St Turibius of Mongrovejo (1538 - 1606)

“He was born in Spain in about 1538 and studied law at the University of Salamanca. He was named bishop of Lima in 1580 and sailed to America. Full of apostolic zeal, he traversed his gigantic diocese three times, generally on foot, baptizing, teaching and confirming the natives. He assembled many synods and councils to make the Church strong, organized, and above all holy; and he strongly defended the rights of the natives, who were Spanish citizens according to the law but who were nevertheless being oppressed by the colonists and the provincial governors. He died in Lima on 23 March 1606.”

St. Toribio De Mogrovejo provides us with an example of what amazing things can be accomplished by one person in a state of grace. St. Toribio is credited with evangelizing much of Puru and did so for the most part on foot. It is said he walked across his huge diocese three times often alone, baptizing along the way. Among those (half a million accounts say) were St. Rose of Lima, St. Francis Solano, Blessed Martin of Porres, and Blessed Masias. We can only imagine the impact of passing on the faith to such as these.

As we celebrate his feast day we ask for his prayers on our behalf, that we might also be effective tools of Christ, spreading the faith through our words and actions. We ask for his prayers also for the missionaries who follow in is footsteps, especially in South America where the Church is under attack in many places from secular leaders who would see their own positions strengthened rather than tending to the good of the people they serve.


[1] The picture is “St. Toribio De Mogrovejo” taken from a holy card, artist and date are UNKNOWN
[2] Text of Readings is taken from the New American Bible, Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 1973, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.
[3] See NAB footnote on Psalm 96
[4] Taken from Universalis, March 23. 2010

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