Readings & Reflections: Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 1,2014
Therese was born in 1873 to Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin. Her mother died when she was four, and at age fifteen she followed her two older sisters into the Carmel at Lisieux, France. Eschewing extreme penances, Therese declared, “It is sufficient to acknowledge one’s nothingness and to abandon onelself like a child to God’s arms.’ Even after the onset of tuberculosis and a trial of interior darkness, Therese persevered in her “Little Way” of confidence and love. “My God, I love you!” was her final prayer. The “Little Flower” died in 1897 at the age of twenty-four. She is a Doctor of the Church.read more
Readings & Reflections: Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church September 30.2014
In paintings, Jerome carries a large rock, a symbol of mortification. Having received a fine education in the classics in Rome, he was baptized and fled to the desert of Chalcis, where he undertook strenuous fasts. He learned Hebrew by translating the Old Testament as a remedy for his frequent temptations of the flesh. The great fruit of his studies was the Vulgate, or Latin translation of the Bible, completed under Pope Damasus. In later years, he lived in a cave in Bethlehem: “He never rests, day or night,” it was observed. “He is reading or writing the whole time.” Jerome is one of the four great Latin Fathers. He died in Bethlehem in 420 A.D.read more
Readings & Reflections: Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels September 29,2014
On this date the Church remembers the three archangels mentioned in Scripture by name: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Michael, whose name literally means “Who can compare to God?”, manifests God’s power and might. He battles Satan, the huge dragon, the ancient Serpent (Rev 12:9), and casts him from heaven. Michael guards the people of God (cf. Dn 12:1), defends the souls of the just, and bears them to their final judgment. In 1886, Pope Leo XIII composed the “Saint Michael Prayer” that was said at the end of the Mass until 1968. Please click this link to read the Saint Michael Prayer by Pope Leo XIIIread more
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time A & Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, October 1,2017
‘Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God.” Why? Because when they encountered Jesus Christ, who “did not regard equality with God something to be grasped,” they found in him what they formerly had been looking for in sin. And that is what made it easy for them to leave behind their grasping ways and obey the one who himself became “obedient to the point of death.” If someone “turns from wickedness and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die.” Because it means that the person has found Jesus Christ who is infinitely more attractive than even the most powerful allure of evil.read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time & Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul September 27,2014
“Lord Jesus, by your cross You have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May I never fail to see your glory and victory on the cross. Help me to conform my life to your will and to follow in your way of holiness.” In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
Rejoice, O young man, while you are young
and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart,
the vision of your eyes;
Yet understand that as regards all this
God will bring you to judgment.
Ward off grief from your heart
and put away trouble from your presence,
though the dawn of youth is fleeting.read more
Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time & Sts. Cosmas and Damian September 26,2014
Cosmas and Damian, said to have been brothers and physicians, were martyred in the Diocletian persecutions of the late third and early fourth century. Since ancient times they have been widely venerated in both the East and the West. The magnificent murals of the church Pope Felix VI dedicated to them are still to be seen in Rome. In Venice, the great medieval artist Fra Angelico painted a series of murals featuring the saints in their patients free of charge, and as stalwart martyrs who withstood all manner of tortures for the love of Christ.read more
Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time &Blesseds Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin September 25,2014
If the perplexed Herod, who “kept trying to see” Jesus, truly wants to know who he is, something more than detached curiosity and vanity is required. Christ reveals himself fully only to those who make a gift of themselves to him through the surrender of faith. We cannot “know” Jesus in any authentic sense without the commitment of faith. Without it, “the eye is not satisfied with seeing.”read more
Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed John Henry NewmanSeptember 24,2014
“Lord, make me a channel of your grace and healing love that others may find life and freedom in you. Free me from all other attachments that I may joyfully pursue the things of heaven. May I witness the joy of the gospel both in word and deed.” Amen.
Every word of God is tested;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Add nothing to his words,
lest he reprove you, and you will be exposed as a deceiver.read more
Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time &Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest September 23,2014
St. Pius of Pietrelcina: Born of poor parents in Pietrelcina, Italy, Francesco entered the Capuchins at the age of sixteen, taking the name Pio. In 1918 he received the visible stigmata, the wounds of Christ. For the next fifty years, pilgrims flocked to the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio reconciled many to Christ in the confessional. He bore physical sufferings and continual scrutiny, entrusting himself to Our Lady of Grace – “my little Blessed Mother: he called her. “Pray, hope, and don’t worry,” he counseled. “Worry is useless. God is merciful and he will hear your prayer.” He died in 1968 and was canonized in 2002 A.D.read more
Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time &St. Lorenzo Ruiz and CompanionsSeptember 22,2014
“Lord Jesus, you guide me by the light of your saving truth. Fill my heart and mind with your light and truth and free me from the blindness of sin and deception that I may see your ways clearly and understand your will for my life. May I radiate your light and truth to others in word and deed.” In your mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim
when it is in your power to do it for him.
Say not to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give,” when you can give at once.read more
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