Category Archives: Daily readings with reflections

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Ephrem June 9,2014

                                                    

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Ephrem of Syria June 9,2014

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, increase my hunger for you and show me the way that leads to everlasting peace and happiness. May I desire you above all else and find perfect joy in doing your will”. Amen.

Reading I
1 Kgs 17:1-6

Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab:
“As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve,
during these years there shall be no dew or rain except at my word.”
The LORD then said to Elijah:
“Leave here, go east
and hide in the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan.
You shall drink of the stream,
and I have commanded ravens to feed you there.”
So he left and did as the LORD had commanded.
He went and remained by the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan.
Ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning,
and bread and meat in the evening,
and he drank from the stream. read more

Pentecost Sunday Audio/Video by Cardinal Tagle & Fr. Barron June 8,2014

                                             

Pentecost Sunday Audio/Video by Cardinal Tagle & Fr. Barron June 8,2014

Alexander the Great once came upon Diogenes, the philosopher, looking intently at a heap of human bones. Alexander asked him, “What are you looking for?” Diogenes answered: “Something I cannot find.” “And what is that?” asked Alexander. The philosopher replied, “The difference between your father’s bones and those of his slaves.” No, it is the spirit that will bring life can make the difference. Yes, only Jesus can make the difference. He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He sends the Holy Spirit to give us the seven gifts: Wisdom, Fortitude, Counsel, Knowledge, Understanding, Fear of God and Piety to his Church. read more

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter June 7,2014

                                                                              

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter  June 7,2014

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Opening Prayer

“May the power of your love, Lord Christ, fiery and sweet as honey, so absorb our hearts as to withdraw them from all that is under heaven. Grant that we may be ready to die for love of your love, as you died for love of our love.” Amen. (Prayer of Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226) read more

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter & St. Norbert June 6,2014

                            

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter & St. Norbert June 6,2014

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Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, We receive the work that You have assigned to St Peter as our commission to love your people and bring them closer to You. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to demonstrate our love for You. Lord, we see this task as beyond us as it involves giving our all to You. When times become difficult and trials inundate our lives, we are not sure if we can give our all to You. A lot times, we doubt if we can do it. read more

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr June 5,2014

                                                                                  

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr June 5,2014

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Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, there are so many divisions among your people. There are divisions within ourselves, our families, our church and our nation. We live in a world full of divisions which have matured to be oppositions. Lord God, we pray not only for our tolerance, our getting along, or just being nice to each other. He hopes and pray that our differences would be eliminated and that we be one Body in Jesus’ Name. We pray that we be one as You and Jesus are one so that our oneness may be the revelation of your presence amongst us. Bless us with your unity and oneness as we pray in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen. read more

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Blessed Angeline of Marsciano June 4,2014

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Blessed Angeline of Marsciano June 4,2014

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Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, amidst the difficulties and trials that confront us in our work for You, we firmly believe that our Father in heaven will protect us (your Church) and make us one just as You and the Father are one. He will unite us and enable us to do our work for You. How can we go wrong, knowing that You continue to pray on our behalf and that God continues to give us strength and power! Lord, make us humble always so that during difficult times, we may be able to go down on our knees and seek your grace in our work. Lord, draw us closer to You, so that during those times when we are weak and vulnerable, we may not only be protected from evil but consoled that we are truly under your tender loving care. In your Name, we pray. Amen. read more

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs June 3, 2014

                                                                              Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter  & Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs June 3, 2014

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Opening Prayer

“If only I possessed the grace, good Jesus, to be utterly at one with you! Amidst all the variety of worldly things around me, Lord, the only thing I crave is unity with you. You are all my soul needs. Unite, dear friend of my heart, this unique little soul of mine to your perfect goodness. You are all mine; when shall I be yours? Lord Jesus, my beloved, be the magnet of my heart; clasp, press, unite me forever to your sacred heart. You have made me for yourself; make me one with you. Absorb this tiny drop of life into the ocean of goodness whence it came.” Amen.(Prayer of Francis de Sales, 1567-1622) read more

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Sts. Marcellinus and Peter June 2,2014

                                                     Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Sts. Marcellinus and Peter June 2,2014

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Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, You wants us to give up all our fears and to surrender them to God so that our hearts will be free and open to receive every single one of God’s creatures and God Himself.  Lord Jesus, we entrust our lives to our heavenly Father just as You did during the most difficult part of your ministry. In faith, we place ourselves entirely into His hands and hold nothing back so that He may hold us, walk with us and guide us through our darkest moments. With Him in our lives, we have nothing to fear…with You in our hearts, we are strong! In Your Name, we pray. Amen. read more

Seventh Sunday of Easter A June 1,2014

 Seventh Sunday of Easter A June 1,2014

Jesus prays for us, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him”(Jn 17:1-3). The saints have similar prayers, “Blessed are you, my Lord, my God, for you are unchangeable in all eternity! Whoever faithfully serves you until the end shall enjoy life without end in all eternity” (Saint Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582); “Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, 1225-1274). read more

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary May 31,2014

                                                 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary May 31,2014  AMDG+

Opening Prayer

“Lord Jesus, help me to earnestly seek you with humility and confidence. Increase my faith in your promises, strengthen within me the hope of heaven and eternal life, and set my heart on fire with love for you and your kingdom. May I always praise and magnify your greatness and mercy.” In your Name, I pray. Amen.

Reading I
Zephaniah 3:14-18a

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. read more