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Sunday, February 1, 2009
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
 
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28

We must acknowledge that God is happiness itself or we will never know what true happiness is!

-- St. Servinus

Monday, February 2, 2009                                Blessing of Candles & Procession
The Presentation of the Lord (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. As he touches Christ and is won over to belief, every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened. "My Lord and My God." .

-- Pope St. Gregory the Great

Tuesday, February 3, 2009                             
St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 12:1-4
Psalm 22:26-28, 30-32
Mark 5:21-43

There is no danger if our prayer is without words or reflection because the good success of prayer depends neither on words nor on study. It depends upon the simple raising of our minds to God, and the more simple and stripped of feeling it is, the surer it is.

-- St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
St. Joseph of Leonessa, Capuchin, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15
Psalm 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18
Mark 6:1-6

The soul that journey's to God, but doesn't shake off it's cares and quiet it's appetities, is like someone who drags a cart of dirt uphill.

-- St. John of the Cross

Thursday, February 5, 2009
St. Agatha, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24
Psalm 48:2-4, 9-11
Mark 6:7-13

What does it cost us to say: "My God help me! Have mercy on me!" Is there anything easier than this? And this little will  suffice to save us if we be diligent in doing it.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Friday, February 6, 2009
Sts. Peter Baptist, OFM, Paul Miki, and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 13:1-8
Psalm 27:1, 3, 5, 8-9
Mark 6:14-29

The purpose of divine Providence is to unify by an upright faith and spiritual love those who have been separated in diverse ways by vice. Therefore one who does not endure disturbances or bear up under distress or undergo hardships walks outside love and the purpose of Provodence. .

-- Maximus the Confessor

Saturday, February 7, 2009
St. Colette of Corbie, Virgin (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
Psalm 23:1-6
Mark 6:30-34

O my soul, what are you doing? Are you not aware that God sees you always? You can never hide yourself from His sight. O Father, have pity on us because we are blind and in darkness. Drive out the darkness and give me light. Melt the ice of my self-love and kindle in me the fire of Your charity.

-- St. Catherine of Siena

Sunday, February 8, 2009
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 147:1-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

The little daily lesson: to keep soberly and quietly in His Presence, trying to turn every little action on His Will; and to praise and love through cloud and sunshine is all my care and study.

-- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Monday, February 9, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 1:1-19
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35
Mark 6:53-56

God does not love our imperfections and venial sins, but He much loves us in spite of them. We must draw from them submission, humility, and distrust of ourselves, but never have distrust of the love of God for us. Well now, that is enough; live joyous!

-- St. Frances de Sales

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
St. Scholastica, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 1:20 - 2:4
Psalm 8:4-9
Mark 7:1-13

He is generous even to exhaustion; and what is most wonderful is, that He gives Himself thus entirely, not once only, but every day, if we wish it. Every fresh Communion is a new gift which Jesus Christ makes of Himself. 

-- St. Ignatius of Loyola

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Our Lady of Lourdes (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17
Psalm 104:1-2, 27-30
Mark 7:14-23

It is loving the Cross that one finds one heart, for Divine Love cannot live without suffering.

-- St. Bernadette

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 2:18-25
Psalm 128:1-5
Mark 7:24-30

Mysteries in religion are measured by the proud according to their own capacity; by the humble, according to the power of God; the humble glorify God for them, the proud exalt themselves against them!.

-- John Henry Cardinal Newman

Friday, February 13, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 3:1-8
Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7
Mark 7:31-37

If something uncharitable is said in your presence, either speak in favor of the absent, or withdraw, or if possible stop the conversation.

--St. John Vianney

Saturday, February 14, 2009
Saints Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 3:9-24
Psalm 90:2-6, 12-13
Mark 8:1-10

By nature, each one of us is enclosed in his own personality, but supernaturally, we are all one. We are made one body in Christ, because we are nourished by one flesh. As Christ is indivisible, we are all one in him. Therefore, He asked His Father "that they may all be One as We also are one."

-- St. Cyril of Alexandria

Sunday, February 15, 2009
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
1 Corinthians 10:31 -- 11:1

Mark 1:40-45

Consider God's generosity towards you rather than your own unworthiness in His sight, and live in His strength, rather than in the thoughts of your own weakness. .

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Monday, February 16, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 4:1-15, 25
Psalm 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
Mark 8:11-13

He who desires anything but God deceives himself, and he who loves anything but God errs miserably.

-- St. Phillip Neri

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10
Psalm 29: 1-4, 3, 9-10
Mark 8:14-21

Don't give in to discouragement. If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about people's opinions.  Be obedient to truth. For with humble obedience, you will never be disturbed.

-- Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22
Psalm 116:12-15, 18-19
Mark 8:22-26

God in His infinite goodness sometimes sees fit to test our courage and love by depriving us of the things which it seems to us would be advantageous to our souls; and if He finds us earnest in their pursuit, yet humble, tranquil and resigned to do without them if He wishes us to, He will give us more blessings than we should have had in the possession of what we craved.

-- St. Philip Neri

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 9:1-13
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23
Mark 8:27-33

You don't know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, "Lord, I don't know how to pray!" you can be sure you have already begun.

-- St. Josemaria Escriva

Friday, February 20, 2009
Weekday
(Total Consecration - Day 1)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 33:10-15
Mark 8:34 -- 9:1

What little love for God you have when you give in without a fight because it's not a grave sin!

-- St. Josemaria Escriva

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Total Consecration - Day 2)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 11:1-7
Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11
Mark 9:2-13

No one has ever been accused for not providing ornaments, but for those who neglect their neighbour a hell awaits with an inextinguishable fire and torment in the company of the demons. Do not, therefore, adorn the church and ignore your afflicted brother, for he is the most precious temple of all.

-- St John Chrysostom

Sunday, February 22, 2009
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Total Consecration - Day 3)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25
Psalm 41:2-5, 13-14
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Mark 2:1-12

If God allows some people to pile up riches instead of making themselves poor as Jesus did, it is so thay may use what He has entrusted to them as loyal servants, in accordance with the Master's will, to do spiritual and temporal good to others.

-- St. Charles de Foucauld

Monday, February 23, 2009
St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr (Commemoration) (Total Consecration - Day 4)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 1:1-10
Psalm 93:1-2, 5
Mark 9:14-29

There are two sides to every sin: the turning of the will towards fleeting satisfaction and the turning away from everlasting value. The first can be called lust; the unbridled desire for pleasure. The second is pride; the lack of the submission to God.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Weekday (Total Consecration - Day 5)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 2:1-11
Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
Mark 9:30-37

Highest Providence often works a wonderful miracle: that of having evil men make others who are evil to become good.

-- St. Severinus

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Ash Wednesday (Total Consecration - Day 6)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20 - 6:2

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

It is impossible for a person who prays regularly to remain in serious sin; because the two are incompatible, one or the other will have to be given up.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thursday after Ash Wednesday (Total Consecration - Day 7)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1-4, 6
Luke 9:22-25

When death comes, and we stand before God, no king can command Him, no authority can restrain Him, no riches can hire Him to wait past his appointed time even one monent of an hour. Therefore let us speak what we are bound to speak and do the deeds we are called to do. No empty time is allowed to any of us.

-- St. Thomas More

Friday, February 27, 2009
Friday after Ash Wednesday (Total Consecration - Day 8)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:1-9
Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19
Matthew 9:14-15

It is true that God's power triumphs over everything, but humble and suffering prayer prevails over God Himself.

-- St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Saturday after Ash Wednesday (Total Consecration - Day 9)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:9-14
Psalm 86:1-6
Luke 5:27-32

The more we have denied ourselves during the day, the nearer we are each evening to the heart of our Lord.

-- St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

 

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