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Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Philip Neri, May 26,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Philip Neri, May 26,2017

Philip has been called the “Second Apostle of Rome,” after the great Saint Paul. Born in Florence, he lived for a time in his youth near Monte Cassino and drank deeply of the Benedictine life of prayer. He was ordained a priest at the age of thirty-five. By degrees, he took Rome by storm. He healed thousands in the confessional. He comforted and directed countless others. He gathered his followers for the Oratory – meetings that combined prayer and music, ending with almsgiving or pilgrimage to Rome’s basilicas. He received many mystical graces, the most telling of which was a mystical “enlargement” of his heart, which he described as being ignited with God’s own Spirit. He founded a Congregation of priests to support the work of the Oratory. Philip died in 1595 A.D. and was immediately proclaimed a saint by the Romans. read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: The Ascension of the Lord A & St. Bede the Venerable, May 25,2017 (Thursday) or May 28,2017 (Sunday)

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: The Ascension of the Lord A & St. Bede the Venerable,  May 25,2017 (Thursday) or May 28,2017 (Sunday)

Today is Ascension Day. Coming 40 days after Easter, it marks the occasion when the risen Christ ascended to the Father in glory. Ascension is not only a great fact of the New Testament, but a great factor in the life of Christ and Christians, and no complete view of Jesus Christ is possible unless the ascension and its consequences are included. The Acts of the Apostles records the Ascension of Christ, “Jesus was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). Our Church celebrates this event of Christ’s glorification. It celebrates the fulfillment of the salvation plan for us and united all things on earth to those in heaven. Jesus our Lord ascended in glory, never leaving us but remaining ever present as He proclaimed in the Gospel of Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Mary Magdale de Pazzi, May 24,2017

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Mary Magdale de Pazzi, May 24,2017

To the Athenians, Paul appeals to the human conviction that we are made in the image of God. No one can deny that “heaven and earth are full of God’s glory.” Yet, the fallen, rebellious human spirit needs the Spirit of truth to guide us. He comes to the docile.

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Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, bless us with an open heart and an open mind to accept your teachings. Give us the intellect and the wisdom to understand your Word according to your will and not according to the values of the sinful world that surrounds us. Send us your Spirit and bring us the Truth that will set us free. I your Name, we hope and pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Gregory VII, May 23,2017

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Gregory VII, May 23,2017

The Holy Spirit comes to convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness. The jailer experiences this righteousness at the earthquake, when Paul and Silas refuse to escape. He begs to be saved, and “his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.” God’s name and promise prevail.

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Opening Prayer

“Come Holy Spirit, and let the fire of your love burn in my heart. Let me desire only what is pure, lovely, holy and good and in accord with the will of God and give me the courage to put away all that is not pleasing in your sight.” Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Rita of Cascia, May 22,2017

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter & St. Rita of Cascia, May 22,2017

Born in 1381 A.D. of peasant stock in Roccaporena, Italy, Rita desired to remain a virgin from her youth, but her parents insisted that she marry. The husband they chose proved to be a man of violent temper. Rita courageously abided his cruelty. When her husband was the victim of a politically motivated murder, Rita’s sons vowed to avenge his death. Rita prayed that this might be prevented, and both sons died of natural causes before they could act. Afterward, Rita entered the Augustinian convent of Saint Mary Magdalene in Cascia, taking the veil in 1413. Rita gave herself over to prayer and mortification in reparation for the sufferings of Christ. She received a mystical wound in her forehead as though from a crown of thorns. Rita died of tuberculosis in 1457 A.D. “If we ask Saint Rita for the secret to the extraordinary work of social and spiritual renewal, she replies: fidelity to the Love that was crucified. Rita, with Christ and like Christ, goes to the cross always and only through love” (Saint John Paul II). read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Sixth Sunday of Easter A & St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions, May 21,2017

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Sixth Sunday of Easter A & St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions, May 21,2017

When Phillip “proclaimed the Christ” to the crowds, “with one accord” they “paid attention to what was said.” Their full acceptance of the Word of God provoked Peter and John to go to them and lay hands on them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. This fulfills what Jesus promised us the night before he died: “The Father will give you the Spirit of truth. He will be in you.” The Father will give you the Spirit of truth. He will be in you.” The “reason for our hope” is a Person we have met: Christ the Lord, whom we sanctify in our hearts and whose commandments we keep . Just as the crowds today are transfixed by the attraction of Philip, so we are captivated by the One who has loved us and revealed himself to us. It is the source of “great joy.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. Bernardine of Siena, May 20,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. Bernardine of Siena, May 20,2017

Having entered the Franciscans in 1402 A.D., Bernardine achieved fame as a preacher in Milan and throughout Italy. Upwards of 30,000 people were known to come to hear his open-air sermons. Bernardine promoted devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, and reconciled warring factions. He championed the reforms of the Friars Minor, drawing in numerous vocations. Three times Bernardine was offered the office of bishop. He refused each time, preferring to remain poor. Bernardine died in 1444 A.D., shortly after preaching for fifty straight days in his hometown in the Republic of Siena. read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. Theophilus of Corte, May 19,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. Theophilus of Corte, May 19,2017

The Psalmist exhorts us, “Awake, O my soul.” We can fall into the doldrums of self-doubt, of reduced and nihilistic lives. Then we hear Christ say, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you.” With steadfast hearts we rededicate our lives to the name of Jesus.

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Opening Prayer

“Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen. (Prayer of Ignatius Loyola) read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. John I, May 18,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. John I, May 18,2017

Elected when he was already advanced in years, to succeed Saint Hormisdas in the see of Peter, John I suffered in his own body for the sake of the peace between the powers of East and West. At the request of the Ostrogoth King Theodoric the Great, then ruler of Rome, John went to Constantinople to end the brutal persecution of the Byzantine emperor, Justin I. John secured charity toward the Arians, but, upon his return to Italy, was imprisoned by order of Theodoric. John died on May 18, 526 A.D., of starvation and exhaustion. He was buried in Rome as a “victim for Christ.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. Paschal Baylon, May 17,2017

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter & St. Paschal Baylon, May 17,2017

The journeying Paul “brought great joy to all the brethren” by “telling of the conversion of the Gentiles.” They rejoice because the Father is glorified by those who become Christ’s disciples; the Apostle has borne much fruit. Countless voices beckon, “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”

Why does Jesus speak of himself as the true vine? When Jesus calls himself the true vine he makes clear that no one can claim their spiritual inheritance through association with a particular people or bloodline. Rather, it is only through Jesus Christ that one can become grafted into the true “vineyard of the Lord.” read more