Sunday, June 6, 2010

Five Loaves and Two Fish

He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves."
They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have,"
Today's words from the Gospel of Luke on this the Feast of Corpus Christi remind me of the book by Archbishop Francois-Xavier Nguyen van Thuan, Five Loaves and Two Fish. Written while under house arrest for nine and a half years in North Vietnam, the small book is a "spiritual memoir".
"The archbishop continued his priestly duties while under arrest. He tended his new flock in secret, saying Mass underneath mosquito nets late at night and silently distributing communion to other prisoners from his shirt pocket. He befriended and taught Latin hymns to prison guards, who, in return, brought him small quantities of wine for communion and materials to make a cross."
The book is presented one loaf to five loaves and first fish, second fish. "These reflections and intensely personal prayers will help to find grace in the face of extreme difficulty by allowing God to multiply of our blessings, as He multiplied the five loaves and two fish to feed all who were hungry."
This book is rich in content for young people as well as adults.

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