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<< Tuesday, June 5, 2001 >> St. Boniface
 
Tobit 2:9-14
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Psalm 112 Mark 12:13-17
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BREAKING POINTS?

 
"I did not know there were birds perched on the wall above me, till their warm droppings settled in my eyes, causing cataracts." —Tobit 2:10
 

Tobit was a prisoner of war (Tb 1:2) and an exile (Tb 1:3). Nevertheless, Tobit did not let that get him down. Tobit went on "pilgrimage alone to Jerusalem" to worship the true God (Tb 1:6). He even risked his life when he defied the Assyrian government by burying his fellow Jews (Tb 1:17ff).

War, imprisonment, and exile did not break Tobit's spirit, but Satan had even more devious and destructive plans for Tobit. Bird droppings hit Tobit in the eyes and caused cataracts (Tb 2:10). The doctor's "cure" caused Tobit to go blind (Tb 2:10). He was blind for four years (Tb 2:10). Tobit had marital problems and falsely accused his wife of stealing (Tb 2:13-14). Anna, his wife, called Tobit a hypocrite (Tb 2:14), and Tobit's spirit was broken. He was depressed and near despair (Tb 3:1).

Satan is trying to break you. Discouragement is one of his major strategies. Don't give in. "Do not grow despondent or abandon the struggle" (Heb 12:3). Jesus promises: "I tell you all this that in Me you may find peace. You will suffer in the world. But take courage! I have overcome the world" (Jn 16:33).

 
Prayer: Father, on this day after Pentecost, may we "encourage one another daily while it is still 'today' " (Heb 3:13).
Promise: "Their amazement at Him knew no bounds." —Mk 12:17
Praise: With great zeal, St. Boniface continued to bear hardship in his missionary work until he was martyred at age eighty.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, January 4, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 24, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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