St. Andrew (First Century)

St. Andrew (First Century)
Posted on 11/30/2017
In Roman Catholic teaching, Peter was the first pope, appointed by Jesus.  He was said to be a large man, bold and sometimes speaking without thinking, yet in other instances fearful.  Today’s feast day honors his brother, Andrew.  Andrew and Peter worked together as fishermen.  Andrew (Greek for “manly”) was one of the Twelve Apostles, and he was also a disciple of John the Baptist.  But, unlike his brother, Andrew is the one Apostle that remained in the background.  

In the Bible story of the fishes and the loaves, it is Andrew who notes that the large crowd gathered to hear Jesus speak had nothing to eat.  He mentions that a boy nearby had five loaves of bread and two fish, but that certainly wouldn’t be enough.  As the famous story goes, soon the contents of the boy’ basket was feeding that mass of people.  

Andrew is said to have traveled and preached after the Resurrection and performed miracles in Greece and Asia Minor.  He was crucified in Greece on a cross that was planted in the shape of an X, a design that has been known since as “St. Andrew’ Cross.”

He is patron saint of Russia; Scotland; Greece; Catalonian, Spain; Genoa, Italy; fishermen; and gout sufferers.
The Everything Saint Book, Ruth Rejnis


Jim Schaefer ’75 has dealt with cancer that has been in remission for a long period of time.  It is back; it is aggressive and growing rapidly.  Doctors are determining the next steps.  Keep Jim and his family in your prayers. I talked to Peter Brunner, son of former SJJ language teacher, Elfriede Brunner; Elfriede passed away very recently.  Elfriede’s husband, Gunther, is battling dementia; it has been a difficult time for Peter.  Keep him in your prayers.  Next Wednesday there will be a memorial service for Elfriede in the St. John Berchmans Chapel (I will get exact time out as soon as we have this information.). The father of SJJ grad, Mark Dubielak, grandfather of Ben Dubielak, is now in Hospice care and near death. Keep Mark’s father, Ben’s grandfather, in your prayers. Lord, let me know you, let me know myself.  Lord, you do your will and not mine. (St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J.)  St. Andrew, pray for us.  St. John Berchmans, pray for us. St. Ignatius, pray for us.



Killing Time

Killing Time

How do I kill time?
Let me count the ways.

By worrying about things
over which I have no control.
Like the past.
Like the future.

By harboring resentment
and anger
over hurts
real or imagined.

By disdaining the ordinary
or, rather, what I 
so mindlessly
call ordinary.

By concern over what’s in it for me,
rather than what’s in me
for it.

Jesus didn’t kill time.
He gave life to it.
His own.
Leo Rock, S.J
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