St Hyacinth and Accepting Correction – Jan 30 – Homily – Fr Matthias

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Fr Matthias gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on Jan 30, 2024, on Saint Hyacinth Mariscotti's transformation through faith and acceptance of correction, emphasizing the importance of focusing on truth in criticism for spiritual growth.

Father focuses on the life of Saint Hyacinth and the power of accepting correction with faith. The saint, a Third Order Regular Franciscan, initially led a lax life, not adhering to her vows. Her transformation began when a priest, visiting her during an illness, offered her correction. Emphasizing the importance of accepting correction, Father reflects on the Gospel incident where Jesus said to the cured woman, "Daughter, your faith has saved you." This parallels Saint Hyacinth's experience, as her faith was crucial in accepting the priest's correction. Father stresses that when receiving correction, one should not get distracted by the messenger or their manner, but focus on the truth of the message, as all truth comes from God. He encourages us to not succumb to feelings when corrected, but to acknowledge our flaws if the correction is true. This process can lead to transformation and holiness, turning sinners into saints, and setting us on the right path, just as it did for Saint Hyacinth.

Ave Maria!

Mass: St. Hyacinth of Mariscotti - Opt Mem -
Readings: Tuesday 4th Week of Ordinary Time -
1st: 2sa 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30-19:3
Resp: psa 86:1-6
Gsp: mar 5:21-43

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