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Thursday, May 1, 2008
St. Joseph the Worker (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 1:26-31 -- 2:1-3 or Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24
Psalm 90:2-4, 12-14, 16
Matthew 13:54-58

Hold firmly that our faith is identical with the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Friday, May 2, 2008
St. Athanasius, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 1)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 5:1-5
Psalm 37:3-6, 30-31
Matthew 10:22-25

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

Saturday, May 3, 2008
Saints Phillip and James, Apostles (Feast)
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 2)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Psalm 19:2-5
John 14:6-14

Many wealthy people are disposed to use their abundance not to swell their own pride but to perform works of benevolence.  They consider their greatest gain what they spend to alleviate the distress of others.  This virtue is open to all men, no matter what their class or condition, because all can be equal in their willingness to give, however unequal they may be in earthly fortune. 

-- Pope St. Leo the Great

Sunday, May 4, 2008
The Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity)
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 3)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20

I will go up to the foot of the Cross; I will press my arms tightly around the cold body, the corpse of Christ, with the fire of my love.....I will unail it, with my reparation and mortifications....I will wrap it in the new winding-sheet of my clean life, and I will bury it in the clean rock of my breast, where no one can tear it away from me, and there, Lord, take your rest! Were the whole world to abandon you...serviam! I will serve you Lord.

 -- St. Josemaria Escriva

Monday, May 5, 2008
Easter Weekday
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 4)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 19:1-8
Psalm 68:2-7
John 16:29-33

Man dies only once, and upon his death depends his eternity. If at the hour of his death, someone is living in some bad habit, his poor soul will fall on the side of hell. If, on the other hand, he is in the state of grace, it will take the road for heaven. Oh, happy road!

-- St. John Vianney

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Easter Weekday
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 5)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 20:17-27
Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
John 17:1-11

There is nothing colder than a Christian who does not seek  to save others.

 -- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Easter Weekday
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 6)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 20:28-38
Psalm 68:29-30, 33-36
John 17:11-19

The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not yet see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when he comes you may see and be utterly satisfied.

--  St. Augustine

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Easter Weekday
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 7)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
John 17:20-26

Children should be loved for the love of Him who created them, and not for the love of self nor of the children.

-- St Catherine of Siena

Friday, May 9, 2008
Easter Weekday
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 8)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 25:13-21
Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
John 21:15-19

When did God's love for you begin? When He began to be God. When did He begin to be God? Never, for He has always been without beginning and without end, and so He has always loved you from eternity.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Saturday, May 10, 2008
Easter Weekday
(Holy Spirit Novena - Day 9)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
Psalm 11:4, 5, 7
John 21:20-25

By the anxieties and worries of this life Satan tries to dull man's heart and make it a dwelling for himself there. 

-- St Francis of Assisi

Sunday, May 11, 2008
Pentecost Sunday (Solemnity)
(Sixth Week in Ordinary Time)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
John 20:19-23

When the Devil is called the god of this world, it's not because he made it, but because we serve him with our worldliness.

-- St Thomas Aquinas

Monday, May 12, 2008
St. Leopold Mandic, Capuchin, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 1:1-11
Psalm 119:67-68, 71-72, 75-76
Mark 8:11-13

Let us meditate today on the condition of our soul. Are we making a sincere effort to rectify our intentions, to sanctify our daily responsibilities? There are things we fail to remember, not because we have short memories but because we are short of love. The person in love does not forget!

-- St Teresa of Avila

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Our Lady of Fatima (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 1:12-18
Psalm 94:12-15, 18-19
Mark 8:14-21

When you find your heart growing sad, divert yourself without a moments delay. Take a walk, sing, read something, it matters not what, provided you close that door. Sad thoughts aprise the devil that a favorable moment has come for him to attack us.

-- St. Philip Neri

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
St. Matthias, Apostle (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
Psalm 113:1-8
John 15:9-17

Souls eager to arrive at union with God must accept, without excusing themselves, every correction or rebuke, even if not wholly deserved, and even if wholly unjust. It takes great humility to find oneself unjustly condemned and be silent, and to do this is to imitate the Lord, who set us free from all our sins.

-- St Teresa of Avila

Thursday, May 15, 2008
St. Isidore the Farmer (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 2:1-9
Psalm 34:2-7
Mark 8:27-33

To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil -- such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.

-- St Maximus the Confessor

Friday, May 16, 2008
St. Margaret of Cortona, Third Order (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 2:14-24, 26
Psalm 112:1-6
Mark 8:34 -- 9:1

To be in charge of an apostolic undertaking means being ready to suffer everything, from everybody, with infinite charity.

-- St Josemaria Escriva

Saturday, May 17, 2008
St. Paschal Baylon, OFM, Religious (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 3:1-10
Psalm 12:2-5, 7-8
Mark 9:2-13

We must be particularly resigned under the pressure of corporal infirmities and we must embrace them willingly and for such a time as God wills. Even if remedies do us no good,  let us unite ourselves to the will of God, and this will do us much more good than health.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday, May 18, 2008
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
(Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
(Ps) Daniel 3:52-55
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18

Be steadfast in true friendship, because there is nothing so precious in human relations. It is a great consolation in this life to have a friend to whom we can open our heart.

-- St. Ambrose

Monday, May 19, 2008
St. Crispin of Viterbo, Religious (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 3:13-18
Psalm 19:8-10, 15
Mark 9:14-29

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, don't seek to understand so that you may believe, but believe so that you may understand.

-- St Augustine

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
St. Bernadine of Siena, OFM Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 145:1-6, 21
John 14:12-17

Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He may prolong my life, He may shorten it, He knows what He is about. He may make my spirits sink, hide the future from me, still He knows what He is about.

-- John Henry Cardinal Newman

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 4:13-17
Psalm 49:2-3, 6-11
Mark 9:38-40

We should even go beyond doing what is required in order to avoid scandal.

-- St. Basil the Great

Thursday, May 22, 2008
St. Rita of Cascia, Religious (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 5:1-6
Psalm 49:14-20
Mark 9:41-50

The affairs of God are accomplished little by little and almost imperceptibly. The Spirit of God is neither violent nor hasty. He does all things in His time.

-- St Vincent de Paul

Friday, May 23, 2008
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 5:9-12
Psalm 103:1-4, 8-12
Mark 10:1-12

Good virtuous folks feel more pleasure in the sorrow over their sins and the affliction of their penance than wretches feel in the fulfilling of their obsessed pleasure.

-- St Thomas More

Saturday, May 24, 2008
Dedication of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Revelation 21:1-5
Psalm 95:1-7
John 10:22-30

Always be doing something worthwhile, then the Devil will always find you busy and more difficult to distract. .

-- St Francis of Assisi

Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
(Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
John 6:51-58

Help yourself during troubled periods by reading holy books for this reading provides excellent food for the soul and conduces to great progress along the path of perfection.

 -- St Pio of Pietrelcina

Monday, May 26, 2008
Memorial Day
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 1:3-9
Psalm 111:1-2, 5-6, 9-10
Mark 10:17-27

Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than one not fearing danger of falling. It is almost an infallible sign that he will fall, and with great danger to his soul.

-- St Philip Neri

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 1:10-16
Psalm 98:1-4
Mark 10:28-31

If things go well let's rejoice, blessing God, who makes them prosper. And if they go wrong? Let's rejoice, blessing God, who allows us to share in the sweetness of His Cross.

-- St Josemaria Escriva

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 1:18-25
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
Mark 10:32-45

What then must we think of the sin of those who curse themselves in moments of worry and difficulty? This is an appalling crime which is contrary to nature and to grace, for both nature and grace inspire us with love for ourselves. Those who curse themselves are like insane people who die by their own hands!

-- St John Vianney

Thursday, May 29, 3008
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12
Psalm 100:2-5
Mark 10:46-52

In the royal galley of divine Love, there is no galley slave: all rowers are volunteers.

-- St Francis de Sales

Friday, May 30, 2008
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 7:6-11
Psalm 103:1-4, 6-7, 8, 10
1 John 4:7-16
Matthew 11:25-30

We must understand then, that even though God doesn't always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need for our salvation.

-- St Augustine

Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Visitation of the Virgin Mary (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Zephaniah 3:14-18 or Romans 12:9-16
(Ps) Isaiah 12:2-6
Luke 1:39-56

My soul: let then the Will of God be accomplished in thee. With Thy help I can do all. Serve the Lord, trust in His Mercy: This will soothe thy pains.

-- St Teresa of Avila