Tag Archives: 2018

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Marianne Cope, January 23,2018

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Marianne Cope, January 23,2018

Marianne Cope was one of ten children in a German immigrant family that settled in upstate New York. She joined the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse. At the age of forty-six she went to Hawaii, where leprosy was ravaging the native islanders. Marianne sought not only to relieve their physical sufferings, but also to surround them with touches of beauty. “My heart bled for the children,” she said, “and I was anxious and hungry to help put a little more sunshine into their dreary lives.” After visiting the leper colony, man of letters Robert Louis Stevenson lauded her in verse. Marianne died in 1918 after serving the lepers for over thirty years. read more

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time & Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children & St. Vincent of Zaragossa, January 22,2018

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time & Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children & St. Vincent of Zaragossa, January 22,2018

In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. The liturgical celebrations for this day may be the Mass “For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life” (no. 48/1 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions), celebrated with white vestments, or the Mass “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice” (no. 30 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions), celebrated with violet vestments (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373). read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time B & Feast of Sto. Niño (Philippines) & St. Agnes, January 21,2018

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time B & Feast of Sto. Niño (Philippines) & St. Agnes, January 21,2018

At a moment when “time was running out” for evil Nineveh, God did something extraordinary: he raised up Jonah to preach repentance to “great city.” When “Jesus came proclaiming the Gospel of God,” Christ’s first action was to call men from the sea to preach to the world. Nothing convinces us of the compassion, the love, the kindness, and the goodness of God like the witness of these humble believers who leave nets, boats, and father to follow Jesus. To us who beg, “Teach me your ways,” Jesus beckons: “Come after me.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Sebastian, January 20,2018

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Sebastian, January 20,2018

Probably a native of Milan, Sebastian is said to have been a member of the Roman Army and was martyred around the year 300 A.D. during the Diocletian persecutions. His remains were buried in a basilica on the Appian Way that bears his name. Renaissance painters portraying Sebastian focused on the story that he was found out to be a Christian and shot with arrows repeatedly by his fellow soldiers. He is said to have survived this torture, nursed back to health by Saint Irene. When he confronted Diocletian, clubbing killed him. Because Sebastian’s many wounds evoked the physiognomy of plague victims, he was invoked against that scourge.  He is invoked as the patron of soldiers, policemen and those who organize neighborhood watch programs also call upon him. Later, he was called upon as a patron saint of physicians. read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Fabian, January 19,2018

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Fabian, January 19,2018

Even though Saul was “hunting David down to take his life,” David refused to take advantage of an opportunity to kill him because Saul “is the Lord’s anointed.” The appointing of the Twelve is a kind of anointing. Through the Apostles the sovereignty of Christ comes into our possession.

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, fill me with gratitude and generosity for all you have done for me. Take my life and all that I have as an offering of love for you, who are my All.” Lord give us the grace to respond to your call to be your disciple… Lord enable me to just have to follow You as best I can, to do my best in total trust and fidelity. In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Charles of Sezze, January 18,2018

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Charles of Sezze, January 18,2018

The “angry and resentful” Saul gets aggrieved when the women sing David’s praises: the unclean spirits shout out before Jesus, “You are the Son of God.” Fallenness considers virtue a threat. The antidote for such rancor is to remember that God, who rescues us from death, “is with me.”

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Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, In today’s Gospel, crowds followed You wherever You went. Lord, open our hearts and enable us to surrender our lives to You and follow You and to delight only in You, to exult and be glad that You are the High Priest, our Mediator and Salvation. May all who seek You exult and be glad in You, and may those who love your salvation say ever, THE LORD BE GLORIFIED! In your Name, we pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Anthony of Egypt, January 17,2018

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Anthony of Egypt, January 17,2018

Born around 251 A.D. in Upper Egypt, Anthony responded wholeheartedly to the words of Christ in Matthew 19:21: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Anthony sold his family estate, and sought out a solitary life in the Nitrian Desert, then later at Pispir, on the banks of the Nile. His followers lived in nearby hermitages, and this primitive organized life earned Anthony the name “father of monasticism.” His erudite sayings formed a spiritual touchstone for succeeding generations of ascetics, including Saint Benedict. read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Berard and Companions, January 16,2018

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Berard and Companions, January 16,2018

Samuel sat at table looking for the Lord’s anointed. The Lord said to him, “Not as man sees does God see, because he sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” Jesus wants the Pharisees to see the Sabbath the way that God sees. We learn to see God’s way at the table of the Last Supper.

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Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, Make me a flexible instrument through which your grace will flow. Let me be open to your call to discipleship and be a committed and dedicated follower of your Son, our Lord Jesus. In Him, we pray, we move and have our being. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Paul the Hermit, January 15,2018

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Paul the Hermit, January 15,2018

Our actions should correspond to the reality in front of us: an old cloak cannot take a new patch or old wineskins new wine. The presence of the Bridegroom in our midst calls for a feast. The Lord delights in obedience reckoned by going “the right way I will show.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit, that I may grow in the knowledge of your great love and truth.  Help me to seek you earnestly in prayer and fasting that I may turn away from sin and willfulness and conform my life more fully to your will. May I always find joy in knowing, loving, and serving you.” Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time B & St. Gregory Nazianzen, January 14,2018

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time B & St. Gregory Nazianzen, January 14,2018

“I have waited, waited for the Lord.” In our yearning, John the Baptist sends us to the Lamb of God. Jesus look at us and addresses us with a breathtaking questions, “What are you looking for?” Christ’s first words call us to search our desires. For Jesus draws us to himself through the longings of our heart. The Lord once said to Saint Catherine of Siena, “I who am infinite God want you to serve me with what is infinite, and you have nothing infinite except your soul’s love and desire.” “You are not your own”; God’s law/desire has been placed within our heart. To do his will is our delight. The Son of God says to us now what Samuel once said to Eli: “Here I am.” read more