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The Book of Wisdom (1st reading) speaks to us of the inestimable value of prudence --
a treasure far more precious than riches, power or fame.  Prudence -- the 'queen' of the four great cardinal (natural) virtues -- corresponds very closely to the biblical concept of wisdom:  it is that practical good sense that enables us to set our priorities right, act with foresight, and order our lives, time and resources rightly according to God's will.  The lectionary links this reading to today's Gospel (Mark, ch. 10), in which our Lord builds on the Old Testament's warnings against making worldly wealth and power our supreme goal:  he goes beyond that, holding out as a supremely wise decision -- for those who can accept this challenge -- the sacrifice of all personal possessions and family life in order to follow Christ with an undivided heart.  This is the call to what we now know as the religious (consecrated) life -- a perennially necessary spiritual powerhouse at the living heart of the Church.  This is authentic human wisdom; but today's second reading (Hebrews) reminds of the supreme wisdom that is God's alone: His Word (Logos) is Wisdom itself -- a "two edged sword" that penetrates to every secret of our hearts.  It sees, knows and judges all.

A Prayer for St. Mary of Victories

Our heavenly Father, / long ago you inspired our German forefathers in the Faith / to raise this beautiful house of prayer and sacrifice / in honor of your Son's most holy Mother, / Our Lady of Victories. Your Providence then brought many Hungarians here / under the co-patronage of the holy King, Saint Stephen. / We humbly place before you today / the spiritual and temporal needs of our historic church / and its present-day community. / Grant us the grace to discern your holy will, / and to fulfill  it zealously as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, / here in the old heart of our city, / for as long as it may please your Divine Majesty.

Saint Mary of Victories, pray for us!
 Saint Stephen of Hungary, pray for us!


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