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Feast of St. Giuseppe Moscati (November 16)   2 comments

Above:  Saint Guiseppe Moscati 

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Italian Roman Catholic Physician

St. Giuseppe Moscati came from a faithful Roman Catholic family in Benevento, Italy.  He studied medicine at the University of Naples, specializing in biochemistry, and embarked on a life-long vocation of conducing medical research and providing health care.  Not only did Moscati provide pro bono medical care, he gave money to patients who could not pay for the services they had received.  And he worked many nights in the slums of Naples, providing quality health care.

The good doctor, who became Chair of Physiology at the University of Naples in 1911, maintained personal piety.  He prayed often, kept up a devotion to St. Mary, Mother of God, attended Mass frequently, and perceived medicine as a vocation for the common good, not a road to wealth.  He had correct priorities and his life was prayer.

Pope John Paul II canonized St. Giuseppe Moscati in 1987.

Human history contains many disturbing patterns.  Among these is the fact that the most vulnerable suffer needlessly much of the time.  Those with sufficient wealth can escape the path of a devastating hurricane or afford proper health care or afford the most capable legal counsel or post bail, et cetera.  Yet the poor cannot do these, at least as easily.  This arrangement is sinful, for it constitutes economic injustice.  The ultimate solution is what the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called a “revolution of values,” in April 1967, in the speech in which he opposed the Vietnam War eloquently.  The United States needs to value people more than things, King said.  St. Giuseppe Moscati valued people more than all forms of wealth, and I honor him.  St. Laurence of Rome thought of the poor as the treasure of the Church.  The poor were the treasure of Naples, according to St. Giuseppe Moscati’s life.

Now, for a prayer and some Bible readings:

Lord of justice, you bestowed upon St. Giuseppe Moscati

great medical skills and the desire and ability to serve the poor of Naples.

We thank you for the example of his holy life,

devoted to serving you in private and public.

Following his example, may we recognize needs

and meet them as you empower us to do.

In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Great Physician,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 38:1-8

Psalm 8

James 2:14-26

Matthew 25:31-46