Category Archives: Daily readings with reflections

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Anthony of Padua, June 13,2017

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Anthony of Padua, June 13,2017

Anthony began religious life as an Augustinian canon in his native Portugal. Moved by the witness of the first Franciscan martyrs, he joined the Friars Minor, hoping for martyrdom, but sickness prevented him. He was sent to a hermitage in Forli, Italy, where he performed menial tasks. On one occasion, Anthony attended an ordination alongside Dominicans and fellow Franciscans. Confusion arose when it was time to preach, for no one had prepared a sermon. Anthony humbly stepped forward and delivered an address that stunned his listeners. Hearing of this, Saint Francis asked Anthony to instruct the brothers in theology. He preached throughout Italy and France. A popular intercessor for those who seek lost objects, Anthony was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1946 A.D. His teaching comes down to us in sermons composed for his fellow Franciscans. Considering the crucified Lord, Anthony writes: “Christ who is your life is hanging before you, so that you may look at the cross as in a mirror. There you will be able to know how mortal were your wounds, that no medicine other than the Blood of the Son of God could heal…. Nowhere other than looking at himself in the mirror of the cross can man better understand how much he is worth.” Anthony died in Padua, Italy in 1231 A.D. at the age of thirty-six. read more

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed Yolanda of Poland , June 12,2017

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed Yolanda of Poland , June 12,2017

The poor, the mourning, the meek, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed because their lives glorify God “the Father of compassion, who encourages us in our every affliction.” Blessed are those who profess, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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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. read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Solemnity of the Holy Trinity Sunday A & St. Barnabas, June 11,2017

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Solemnity of the Holy Trinity Sunday A & St. Barnabas, June 11,2017

The Catechism teaches that “by sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange” (CCC:221). “The complete Trinity dwells in us” (R.P. Philippon). By worshiping the Trinity we realize the full truth of ourselves. “In the communion of grace with the Trinity, man’s ‘living area’ is broadened and raised up to the supernatural level of divine life. Man lives in God and by God” (St. John Paul II). read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed Joachima, June 10,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed Joachima, June 10,2017

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, all that I have is yours.  Take my life, my possessions, my time and all that I have and use them as you desire for your glory.” Amen.

Reading 1
Tb 12:1, 5-15, 20

Tobit called his son Tobiah and said to him,
“Son, see to it that you give what is due to the man
who made the journey with you; give him a bonus too.”
So he called Raphael and said,
“Take as your wages half of all that you have brought back,
and go in peace.” read more

Filipino Bishop Edwin dela Peña Worries About Setback in Christian-Muslim Relations in Marawi City

Filipino Bishop Edwin dela Peña Worries About Setback in Christian-Muslim Relations in Marawi City

Bishop Edwin dela Peña Discusses Situation in Marawi City Where Muslim Extremists Have Killed More Than 100

Marawi City On Fire During The First Day Of The Siege.Photographs Obtained From A Facebook Album Of Ms. Sittie Ainah U Balt, A Marawi Resident (Used With Permission).

In an interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Edwin dela Peña, who heads the Prelature of Marawi in the Philippines, discussed the situation in Marawi City where Muslim extremists have killed more than 100, burned down the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, and are holding hostage Father Teresito Suganub, the vicar general, along with a dozen or more staff members from the cathedral. To date, some 12,500 families have been displaced by the violence as the army is clashing with the militants. read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Ephrem, June 9,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Ephrem, June 9,2017

Ephrem was born in Nisibis, in Mesopotamia, around the year 306 A.D., but did his most important work at Edessa (in present-day Turkey) during the last ten years of his life. He was a deacon, a gifted poet and a theologian. He refuted the Gnostic heresies of Bardesanes by composing doctrinally correct lyrics to the tunes of popular songs and composed hymns, canticles, and commentaries on Scripture. His writings were known in translation to many of the early Church Fathers, who praised their depth and ardor. Among the Catholics of the East, he is known as the “Harp of the Holy Spirit.” Gregory of Nyssa compared Ephrem’s writings to the river Euphrates, for he “irrigated by his waters the Christian community to bring forth fruits of faith a hundredfold.” Ephrem died in 373 A.D. after serving famine victims in Edessa. In 1920 Pope Benedict XV recognized Ephrem’s contribution by naming him a Doctor of the Church. read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & St. William of York, June 8,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & St. William of York, June 8,2017

Tobiah and Sarah approach their marriage bed with a prayer full of love for God. Sarah had been married seven times before, and every husband had died on their wedding night. Yet, the love of God moves Tobiah to a confidence that refuses to be overshadowed. It verifies how the love of God is the first and greatest of all the commandments.

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Opening Prayer

“We love you, O our God; and we desire to love you more and more. Grant to us that we may love you as much as we desire, and as much as we ought. O dearest friend, who has so loved and saved us, the thought of whom is so sweet and always growing sweeter, come with Christ and dwell in our hearts; that you keep a watch over our lips, our steps, our deeds, and we shall not need to be anxious either for our souls or our bodies. Give us love, sweetest of all gifts, which knows no enemy. Give us in our hearts pure love, born of your love to us, that we may love others as you love us. O most loving Father of Jesus Christ, from whom flows all love, let our hearts, frozen in sin, cold to you and cold to others, be warmed by this divine fire. So help and bless us in your Son.” Amen.  (Prayer of Anselm, 12th cen.) read more

THE VORTEX: IT’S UP TO YOU, THE LAITY

THE VORTEX: IT’S UP TO YOU, THE LAITY

Nothing’s going to change until you do!

June 7, 2017

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Good thing that this evil of anti-Catholicism that has infected much of the clergy, especially in the hierarchy, happened now, when we have the advantage of 2,000 years of solid Catholic truth and teaching. Imagine the scene if this level of insanity and treachery and deceit was present in the first couple centuries of the Church.

There were, of course, deceived and wicked clerics then, but they had their counterparts in some of the greatest thinkers and holiest giants of the Church at the same time. These men — Athanasius, Chrysostom, Irenaeus, Polycarp, Augustine and so forth — ensured that the Deposit of Faith would be properly understood and expounded, a legacy for the rest of the Church until the end of time. read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter, June 7,2017

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter, June 7,2017

The “greatly misled” Sadduccees foolishly believe they can trip up Love Incarnate regarding how love will play out in heaven. For them, it is an impossibility. The tragic daughter of Raguel feels a similar impossibility after losing seven husbands. Instead of testing God, she decides to bless him: “Blessed are you, O Lord. Blessed are you in all your works!” read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Norbert, June 6,2017

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Norbert, June 6,2017

Like many of his 12th century counterparts, the highborn Norbert entered the diaconate in order to obtain a position at court. He was riding a horse one day when a sudden lightning strike caused the horse to throw him. Knocked unconscious, Norbert heard the voice of Christ: “Turn away from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it.” After a sudden encounter with Christ while out riding a horse, Norbert turned from the superficial life of a courtier to one of prayer and penance. He retired to a monastery for three years, and then was ordained a priest. Pope Gelasius II commissioned him as a missionary preacher in France. At Premontre he founded a reformed community of clergy on impoverished land that another community had abandoned. The order thrived. When Norbert was made archbishop of Magdeburg, he entered the cathedral in humble dress and was mistaken for a beggar. His reforms transformed the life of the clergy of his diocese and were felt throughout Europe. Norbert narrowly escaped assassination by hostile forces in his diocese, and died of illness in 1134 A.D. read more