Reading comprehension

Time and time again one cannot help but be amazed how otherwise intelligent people fail to pay attention to what they’re reading, resulting in many a post, or comment exhibiting the evidence. Then when you point out that it’s e.g. a press headline that gets (mis)quoted and (mis)understood and passed on as someone’s actual utterance, then the author takes offense, though none was intended. This often happens with what the Holy Father says, but I’ve even come across issues with… St. Faustina Kowalska’s Diary. Hence, here’s the full text. Please read.

St Joseph of Cupertino to the rescue

As this blogging thing has not been going very well due to my many other obligations and preoccupations and unwillingness to post just anything for the sake of posting, I was reminded of St Joseph of Cupertino, for whom Divine Providence provided much needed guidance, despite his apparent difficulties and shortcomings. For all the students out there here is a Saint one would have wished to have known about when studying, or flying, or in the case of those having trouble discerning their vocation thinking they don’t have any special abilities or talents: St Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663,  feast day September 18th). As I learned about him from the indefatigable Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, I thus give credit where it’s due: The Friars have a sermon on this Saint on his feast day every year, like this one, by Fr. Ignatius Manfredonia, F.I., from September 18, 2008, or that one, by Fr Dominic M. Murphy, F.I. from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, September 18, 2013. From that written entry linked above, the prayer for the intercession of St. Joseph of Cupertino for students taking an exam:

Prayers to St. Joseph of Cupertino for Success in ExaminationsFirst Prayer
O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favor in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. Through Christ our Lord.

St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen.Second Prayer
O  St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew, grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of examination eg. History) examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

O  St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me; O Holy Ghost enlighten me; Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me; Sacred Head of Jesus the  Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.  Amen