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June 3 - 51st Anniversary of Death of St. John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli)

June 2, 2014
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June 3 this year marks the 51st anniversary of death of St. John XXIII. Beatified in June 2000 by one of his successors, St. John Paul II, Pope John XXIII's feast day has been established not on the date of his death, June 3, but rather on October 11, the opening day of the Second Vatican Council. Pope John XXIII was canonized on April 27, 2014 in the same ceremony which proclaimed John Paul II a saint. John XXIII’s canonization was approved by Pope Francis, without the customary second miracle normally required for sainthood.
On his anniversary of death, let us call to mind his now famous Daily Decalogue. I love the practicality of these ten resolutions and if we should choose to make them our own, our lives will be joyful and holy:
1) Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.
2) Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behaviour; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.
3) Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.
4) Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.
5) Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.
6) Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
7) Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.
8) Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.
9) Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.
10) Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.
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