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February

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17
Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7
Mark 6:1-6

To know whom to avoid is a great means of saving our souls.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, February 02, 2012
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

We must neither doubt nor hesitate with respect to the words of the Lord; rather we must be fully persuaded that every word of God is true and possible, even if our nature should rebel against the idea -- for in this lies the test of faith.

-- St. Basil the Great

Friday, February 03, 2012
St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 47:2-11
Psalm 18:31, 47, 50-51
Mark 6:14-29

Let nothing trouble you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes. God never changes. Patience obtains all. Whoever has God wants for nothing. God alone is enough.

-- St. Teresa of Jesus

Saturday, February 04, 2012
St. Joseph of Leonessa, Capuchin, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Kings 3:4-13
Psalm 119:9-14
Mark 6:30-34

Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth.

-- Dei Filius

Sunday, February 05, 2012
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

Jesus invited us to be like Him, humble of heart. But what is humility of the heart? It consists in receiving humiliations from God with a submissive love, in accepting one's state of life and one's duties whatever they are, and in not being ashamed of one's condition.

-- St. Peter Julian Eymard

Monday, February 06, 2012
Sts. Peter Baptist, OFM, Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
Psalm 132:6-10
Mark 6:53-56

The Church teaches us that mercy belongs to God. Let us implore Him to bestow on us the spirit of mercy and compassion, so that we are filled with it and may never lose it. Only consider how much we ourselves are in need of mercy.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
St. Colette of Corbie, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
Psalm 84:3-5, 10-11
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 Loyola

Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Kings 10:1-10
Psalm 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40
Mark 7:14-23

Help yourself during this troubled period by reading holy books. This reading provides excellent food for the soul and conduces to great progress along the path of perfection. By no means is it inferior to what we obtain through prayer and holy meditation. In prayer and meditation it is ourselves who speak to the Lord, while in holy reading it is God who speaks to us. Before beginning to read, raise your mind to the Lord and implore Him to guide your mind Himself, to speak to your heart and move your will.

-- Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Thursday, February 09, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Kings 11:4-13
Psalm 106: 3-4, 35-37, 40
Mark 7:24-30

What you do with those who beg from you is what God will do with His beggar, you! You are filled and you are empty. Fill your empty neighbor from your fullness, so that your emptiness may be filled from God's fullness.

-- St. Augustine

Friday, February 10, 2012
St. Scholastica, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19
Psalm 81:10-15
Mark 7:31-37

The bread which you use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.

-- St. Basil

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Our Lady of Lourdes (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34
Psalm 106:6-7, 19-22
Mark 8:1-10

We must never glance at what is good in ourselves, much less ponder over it, but we should search out what is wrong and what is lacking. This is an excellent way of remaining humble.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Sunday, February 12, 2012
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

The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Monday, February 13, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 1:1-11
Psalm 119:67-68, 71-72, 75-76
Mark 8:11-13

If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.

-- St. Thomas of Villanova

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Saints Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 1:12-18
Psalm 94:12-15, 18-19
Mark 8:14-21

To pray for those who are in mortal sin is the best kind of almsgiving. For the love of God, always remember such souls when you pray.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 1:19-27
Psalm 15:2-5
Mark 8:22-26

To think ourselves imperfect, and others perfect---- that is happiness. That creatures recognize we are without virtue takes nothing from us, makes us no poorer; it is they who by this lose interior joy; for there is nothing sweeter than to think well of our neighbor.

-- St. Therese of Lisieux

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 2:1-9
Psalm 34:2-7
Mark 8:27-33

Our Lord and Savior lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: "Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. Let men take care not to stray and be deceived. This is the only true stairway to paradise, and without the cross they can find no road to climb to heaven." When I heard these words, a strong force came upon me and seemed to place me in the middle of a street, so that I might say in a loud voice to people of every age, sex and status: "Hear, O people; hear, O nations. I am warning you about the commandment of Christ by using words that came from his own lips: We cannot obtain grace unless we suffer afflictions. We must heap trouble upon trouble to attain a deep participation in the divine nature, the glory of the sons of God and perfect happiness of soul."

-- St. Rose of Lima

Friday, February 17, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 2:14-24, 26
Psalm 112:1-6
Mark 8:34 --
9:1

To purposely allow one's mind to wander in prayer is sinful and hinders the prayer from having fruit.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 3:1-10
Psalm 12:2-5, 7-8
Mark 9:2-13

Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits.

-- St. Philip Neri

Sunday, February 19, 2012
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
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

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me forget myself entirely so to establish myself in you, unmovable and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing be able to trouble my peace or make me leave you, O my unchanging God, but may each minute bring me more deeply into your mystery! Grant my soul peace. Make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling and the place of your rest. May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire, completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring, and wholly given over to your creative action.

-- Prayer of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Monday, February 20, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 3:13-18
Psalm 19:8-10, 15
Mark 9:14-29

We cannot be sure whether we are loving God, although we may have good reason that we are. But we can know quite well whether we are loving our neighbor.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 4:1-10
Psalm 55:7-11, 23
Mark 9:30-37

You must realize that when the Father shows His works to Christ's members, it is to Christ that He shows them. He shows them to the members through the Head. Suppose you wish to take hold of an object with your eyes closed. Your hand does not know where to go, yet your hand is your member. Open your eyes and your hand will now see where it must go. The member follows the way indicated by its head!

-- St. Augustine

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Ash Wednesday
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

If we try to escape sadness by seeking our consolation in sleep,we will fail to find what we are seeking, for we will lose in sleep the consolation we might have recieved from God if we had stayed awake and prayed.

-- St. Thomas More

Thursday, February 23, 2012
St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 9:22-25

The first stage of contemplation, dear brothers, is constantly to consider what God wants, what is pleasing to him, and what is acceptable in his eyes. We all offend in many things; our strengths cannot match the rectitude of God's will, being neither one with it nor wholly in accord with it; let us then humble ourselves under the powerful hand of the most high God and be concerned to show ourselves unworthy before His merciful gaze, saying: Heal me, Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved. And again, Lord, have mercy on me; heal my soul because I have sinned against you.

-- St Bernard

Friday, February 24, 2012
Friday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:1-9
Psalm 51:3 -- 6:18-19
Matthew 9:14-15

The devil doesn't fear austerity but holy obedience.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:9-14
Psalm 86:1-6
Luke 5:27-32

The first step to be taken by one who wishes to follow Christ is, according to Our Lord's own words, that of renouncing himself - that is, his own senses, his own passions, his own will, his own judgement, and all the movements of nature, making to God a sacrifice of all these things, and of all their acts, which are surely sacrifices very acceptable to the Lord. And we must never grow weary of this; for if anyone having, so to speak, one foot already in Heaven, should abandon this exercise, when the time should come for him to put the other there, he would run much risk of being lost.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Sunday, February 26, 2012
First Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

Frequent and daily Communion is greatly desired by our Lord and the Church.

-- Pope St. Pius X

Monday, February 27, 2012
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19:8-10, 15
Matthew 25:31-46

Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue which we have received from our forefathers.

-- St. Peter Damian

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19
Matthew 6:7-15

When we contemplate the blessings of faith even now, as if gazing at a reflection in a mirror, it is as if we already possessed the wonderful things which our faith assures us we shall one day enjoy.

-- St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
Luke 11:29-32

Go to your adoration as one would go to Heaven, to the divine banquet. Tell yourself, in four hours, in two hours, in one hour our Lord will give me an audience of grace and love. He has invited me; He is waiting for me; He is longing for me.

-- St. Peter Julian Eymard

 

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