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Friday, February 01, 2013
Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 10:32-39
Psalm 37:3-6, 23-24, 39-40
Mark 4:26-34

He who walking on the sea could calm the bitter waves, who gives life to the dying seeds of the earth; he who was able to loose the mortal chains of death, and after three days' darkness could bring again to the upper world the brother for his sister Martha: He, I believe, will make Damasus rise again from the dust.

-- St Damasus (from an epitaph written for himself)

Saturday, February 02, 2013
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 more Christian and conscious people are of their dignity and of their vital role in the Church, the more they urgently feel the need for priests who are truly priests.

-- Pope John Paul

Sunday, February 03, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31 -- 13:13 or 13:4-13
Luke 4:21-30

Fidélium ánimae per misericordiam Dei requiéscant in pace. Amen May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

-- Fidélium ánimae

Monday, February 04, 2013
St. Joseph of Leonessa, Capuchin, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 126:1-5
Matthew 10:16-25

The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his Creator.

-- Gaudium et spes

Tuesday, February 05, 2013
St. Agatha, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 12:1-4
Psalm 22:26-28, 30-32
Mark 5:21-43

When I am completely united to you, there will be no more sorrow or trials; entirely full of you, my life will be complete.

-- St. Augustine

Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Sts. Peter Baptist, OFM, Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15
Psalm 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18
Mark 6:1-6

It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.

-- Dei Verbum

Thursday, February 07, 2013
St. Colette of Corbie, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24
Psalm 48:2-4, 9-11
Mark 6:7-13

Belief in the Eucharist is a treasure we must seek by submissiveness, preserve by piety, and defend at any cost. Not to believe in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest of misfortunes.

-- St Peter Emyard

Friday, February 08, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 13:1-8
Psalm 27:1, 3, 5, 8-9
Mark 6:14-29

Behold a great priest who in his days pleased the Lord, and was found righteous; and in the time of wrath he was taken in exchange for the world.

-- Ecclus 44:16

Saturday, February 09, 2013
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
Psalm 23:1-6
Mark 6:30-34

I have found David My servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him; for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall have no advantage over him, and the son of iniquity shall not hurt him.

-- Psalm 88: 21-23

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8
Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11
Luke 5:1-11

Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.

-- Gaudium et Spes

Monday, February 11, 2013
Our Lady of Lourdes (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 1:1-19
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35
Mark 6:53-56

The believer's act [of faith] does not terminate in the propositions, but in the realities [which they express].

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 1:20 -- 2:4
Psalm 8:4-9
Mark 7:1-13

For though languages differ throughout the world, the content of the Tradition is one and the same. The Churches established in Germany have no other faith or Tradition, nor do those of the Iberians, nor those of the Celts, nor those of the East, of Egypt, of Libya, nor those established at the centre of the world. . .

-- St. Iranaeus, Adversus haereses

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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

This synthesis of faith was not made to accord with human opinions, but rather what was of the greatest importance was gathered from all the Scriptures, to present the one teaching of the faith in its entirety. And just as the mustard seed contains a great number of branches in a tiny grain, so too this summary of faith encompassed in a few words the whole knowledge of the true religion contained in the Old and the New Testaments.

-- St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Saints Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1:4, 6
Luke 9:22-25

When I am before the Blessed Sacrament I feel such a lively faith that I can't describe it. Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible to me...When it is time for me to leave, I have to tear myself away from His sacred presence.

-- St Anthony of Claret

Friday, February 15, 2013
Friday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:1-9
Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19
Matthew 9:14-15

I will worship towards Thy holy temple: and I will give glory to Thy name. Alleluia

-- Psalm 137:2

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:9-14
Psalm 86:1-6
Luke 5:27-32

My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you. My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you. My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.

-- St. Nicholas of Flüe

Sunday, February 17, 2013
First Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Psalm 91:1-2, 10-15
Romans 10:8-13
Luke 4:1-13

This Creed is the spiritual seal, our heart's meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul.

-- St. Ambrose

Monday, February 18, 2013
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19:8-10, 15
Matthew 25:31-46

Withdraw your heart from the world before God takes your body from it.

-- Blessed John of Avila

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19
Matthew 6:7-15

The faults of children are not always imputed to the parents, especially when they have instructed them and given good example. Our Lord, in His wonderous Providence, allows children to break the hearts of devout fathers and mothers. Thus the decisions your children have made don't make you a failure as a parent in God's eyes. You are entitled to feel sorrow, but not necessarily guilt. Do not cease praying for your children; God's grace can touch a hardened heart. Commend your children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When parents pray the Rosary,at the end of each decade they should hold the Rosary aloft and say to her,"With these beads bind my children to your Immaculate Heart", she will attend to their souls.

-- St. Louise de Marillac

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
Luke 11:29-32

Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear; for the King hath greatly desired thy beauty;. With thy comeliness and thy beauty, set out, proceed prosperously, and reign.

-- Psalm 45:11,12

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
Matthew 7:7-12

If people would do for God what they do for the world, my dear people, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven! But if you dear children, had to pass three or four hours praying in a Church, as you pass them at a dance or in a cabaret, how heavily the world would press upon you.

-- St John Vianney

Friday, February 22, 2013
The Chair of St. Peter, Apostle (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 5:1-4
Psalm 23:1-6
Matthew 16:13-19

We firmly believe and confess without reservation that there is only one true God, eternal infinite (immensus) and unchangeable, incomprehensible, almighty and ineffable, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; three persons indeed, but one essence, substance or nature entirely simple.

-- Lateran Council IV

Saturday, February 23, 2013
St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Matthew 5:43-48

Since all things lie open to His eyes and ears, let us hold Him in awe and rid ourselves of impure desires to do works of evil, so that we may be protected by His mercy from the judgement that is to come. Which of us can escape His mighty hand?

-- Pope St. Clement

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Second Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27:1, 7-9, 13-14
Philippians 3:17 -- 4:1 or 3:20 -- 4:1
Luke 9:28-36

You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since He who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for He is not subject to time.

-- St. Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos

Monday, February 25, 2013
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 9:4-10
Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13
Luke 6:36-38

Christ said, 'I am the Truth'; he did not say 'I am the custom.'

-- St Toribio

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20
Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Matthew 23:1-12

Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air distending and diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky. . . question all these realities. All respond: "See, we are beautiful." Their beauty is a profession [confessio]. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One [Pulcher] who is not subject to change?

-- St. Augustine

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 18:18-20
Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16
Matthew 20:17-28

The certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 16:19-31

The saints judge nations, and rule over people: and the Lord their God shall reign for ever. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright.

-- Widom 3: 8; Ps 32:1

 

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