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Is it coincidence that there were 12 tribes of Israel and 12 apostles?

There is significance in the fact there were 12 tribes and 12 apostles. In Matthew Jesus promises the disciples, "[W]hen the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will [you] yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19:28). In the Last Supper account Luke also has Jesus telling the apostles the Father will confer a kingdom on them that they may eat and drink at his table in his kingdom "and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Luke 22:29-30).

In Revelation John describes the new heaven and the new earth and he describes the new Jerusalem. There are 12 gates to the new Jerusalem and 12 angels stand at the gates. On the wall are inscribed the names of the 12 tribes of Israelites. The wall has 12 stone foundations and the names of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb are inscribed on each foundation (Revelation 21). The Church and its members are the New Israel.

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Monday, March 18, 2013
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Peter of Alcantara: Peter was a contemporary of well-known 16th-century Spanish saints, including Ignatius of Loyola and John of the Cross. He served as confessor to St. Teresa of Avila. Church reform was a major issue in Peter’s day, and he directed most of his energies toward that end. His death came one year before the Council of Trent ended. 
<p>Born into a noble family (his father was the governor of Alcantara in Spain), Peter studied law at Salamanca University and, at 16, joined the so-called Observant Franciscans (also known as the discalced, or barefoot, friars). While he practiced many penances, he also demonstrated abilities which were soon recognized. He was named the superior of a new house even before his ordination as a priest; at the age of 39, he was elected provincial; he was a very successful preacher. Still, he was not above washing dishes and cutting wood for the friars. He did not seek attention; indeed, he preferred solitude.</p><p>Peter’s penitential side was evident when it came to food and clothing. It is said that he slept only 90 minutes each night. While others talked about Church reform, Peter’s reform began with himself. His patience was so great that a proverb arose: "To bear such an insult one must have the patience of Peter of Alcantara."</p><p>In 1554, Peter, having received permission, formed a group of Franciscans who followed the Rule of St. Francis with even greater rigor. These friars were known as Alcantarines. Some of the Spanish friars who came to North and South America in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were members of this group. At the end of the 19th century, the Alcantarines were joined with other Observant friars to form the Order of Friars Minor.</p><p>As spiritual director to St. Teresa, Peter encouraged her in promoting the Carmelite reform. His preaching brought many people to religious life, especially to the Secular Franciscan Order, the friars and the Poor Clares.</p><p>He was canonized in 1669.</p> American Catholic Blog Remember the widow’s mite. She threw into the treasury of the temple only two small coins, but with them, all her great love…. It is, above all, the interior value of the gift that counts: the readiness to share everything, the readiness to give oneself. —Pope John Paul II

 
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