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Wednesday, June 01, 2011
St. Justin, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 17:15, 22 -- 18:1
Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14
John 16:12-15

In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.

-- Byzantine Liturgy, Troparion, Feast of the Dormition, August 15th

Thursday, June 02, 2011
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 18:1-8
Psalm 98:1-4
John 16:16-20

The thought follows the look; delight comes after the thought; and consent after delight

-- St. Augustine

Friday, June 03, 2011
Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 18:9-18
Psalm 47:2-7
John 16:20-23

Alas, my dear brethren, the man who lives according to the direction of his passions and abandons the service of God is both unhappy and capable of so little! Put an army of one hundred thousand men around a dead man and let them employ all their power to bring him back to life. No, no, my dear children, he will not come to life again. But let someone who is despised by the world, but who enjoys the friendship of God, command this dead man to take up life again; immediately you will see him arise and walk. We have other proofs of this too. If it were necessary to be wealthy or to be very learned to serve God, a great many people would be unable to do it. But, no, my dear children, extensive learning or great wealth are not at all necessary for the service of God. On the contrary, they are often a very big obstacle to it. Yes, my dear brethren, let us be rich or poor, in whatever state we may be, learned or otherwise, we can please God and save our souls.

-- St. John Vianney

Saturday, June 04, 2011
Easter Saturday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 18:23-28
Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10
John 16:23-28

It is difficult to live a saintly life in this world even with the best of intentions. There always exists the dangerous menace of one's being left entirely to oneself and also the probability of one's being absorbed by work, by the necessities of life, and by the occupations of every sort which conditions or our own will impose. Then too, one is most always ignorant of the right road to pursue!

-- St. Peter Eymard

Sunday, June 05, 2011
The Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20

Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.

-- Simeon at the presentation of Jesus (Lk 2:29-32)

Monday, June 06, 2011
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 19:1-8
Psalm 68:2-7
John 16:29-33

Earthly life is a pilgrimage, and as such it is full of temptations. But our spiritual growth is worked out in temptation. By experiencing temptations, we know ourselves. By fighting them we have a chance to become winners. By overcoming them, we are crowned victors. Lord, you are our physician, healing the ills of all.

-- St. Augustine

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 20:17-27
Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
John 17:1-11

Nothing but self-will can separate us from God.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 20:28-38
Psalm 68:29-30, 33-36
John 17:11-19

The body dies when the soul departs; but the soul dies when God departs.

-- St. Augustine

Thursday, June 09, 2011
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
John 17:20-26

A soul which exalts itself abases God; but a soul which abases itself exalts God.

-- St. Augustine

Friday, June 10, 2011
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 25:13-21
Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
John 21:15-19

Some torment themselves in seeking means to discover the art of loving God, and do not know - poor creatures - that there is no art or means of loving Him but to love those who love Him - that is, to begin to practice those thing which are pleasing to Him.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Saturday, June 11, 2011
St. Barnabas, Apostle (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3
Psalm 98:1-6
Matthew 10:7-13

We must unite ourselves to God's will. Even those that we suffer from man...for example, contempt, injustice, loss of reputation, loss of temporal goods and all kinds of persecutions. On these occasions we must remember that whilst God doesn't will the sin, He does will our humiliation, our poverty, or our mortification, as the case may be. It is certain and of Faith, that whatever happens, happens by the will of God. Our conduct in such instances is the true measure of our love for God.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Pentecost Sunday (Solemnity)
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

Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel.

-- Ash Wednesday

Monday, June 13, 2011
St. Anthony of Padua, OFM, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Wisdom 7:7-14 or Ephesians 4:7, 11-15
Psalm 40:3-4, 10-11, 17
Mark 16:15-20

It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Psalm 146:2, 5-9
Matthew 5:43-48

To recollect oneself means to turn from the outward to the inward life. The first stage of recollection is the attentiveness to the voice of duty, to the law of God. What is commanded, what is forbidden by the law? Is this or that thought, desire, or action in accordance with the divine law? The recollected conscience asks itself these questions, and its answer is our guide. This recollection in the law is easy, because the least transgression is followed by torment and trouble of spirit, as our conscience cries out," You have done wrong". Be attentive to its first warning. Bind the law of the Lord on your arm and let it be ever before your eyes and your heart.

-- St. Peter Eymard

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Psalm 112:1-4, 9
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Accordingly, just as Christ was sent by the Father so also he sent the apostles, filled with the Holy Spirit. This he did so that they might preach the Gospel to every creature and proclaim that the Son of God by his death and resurrection had freed us from the power of Satan and from death and brought us into the Kingdom of his Father. But he also willed that the work of salvation which they preached should be set in train through the sacrifice and sacraments, around which the entire liturgical life revolves.

-- Sacrosanctum concilium

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Corinthians 11:1-11
Psalm 111:1-4, 7-8
Matthew 6:7-15

Perfection of life is the perfection of love. For love is the life of the soul.

-- St. Francis De Sales

Friday, June 17, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30
Psalm 34:2-7
Matthew 6:19-23

People who change their way of life and begin to think about spiritual progress also begin to suffer from the tongues of detractors. Whoever has not yet suffered this trial has not yet made progress, and whoever is not ready to suffer it does not even endeavor to progress.

-- St. Augustine

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Psalm 34:8-13
Matthew 6:24-34

St. James tells us that this virtue comes from Heaven and that we shall never have it unless we ask it of God. We should therefore, frequently ask God to give us purity in our eyes, in our speech, and in all our actions.

-- St. John Vianney

Sunday, June 19, 2011
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
Daniel 3:52-55
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18

What! you say. "Deprive oneself of all action, of all initiative? Why one would become stupid." No, it is God's way with chosen souls. Does He not give them all possible love? Be content to love yourself as God loves you and entrust yourself wholly to Him. Say to Him with St. Bonaventure: "I know Thou lovest me more than I can love myself: therefore I will give no thought to myself any more: I will occupy my thoughts entirely with Thee"

-- St. Peter Eymard

Monday, June 20, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 12:1-9
Psalm 33:12-13, 18-20, 22
Matthew 7:1-5

It is a great honor to you who are married that God, in His design to multiply souls who may bless and praise Him for all eternity, causes you to cooperate with Him in so noble a work.

-- St. Francis de Sales

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 13:2, 5-18
Psalm 15:2-5
Matthew 7:6, 12-14

As for trials, the more the better!!

-- St. John of the Cross

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Saints John Fisher, Bishop, Martyr and Thomas More, Martyr (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
Matthew 7:15-20

God would not urge us to ask, unless He were willing to give.

-- St. Augustine

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 16:1-12, 15-16 or 16:6-12, 15-16
Psalm 106:1-5
Matthew 7:21-29

Human nature grows tired of always doing the same thing, and it is God's will that this should be because of the opportunity of practicing two great virtues. The first is perseverance, which will bring us to our goal. The other is steadfastness, which overcomes the difficulties on the way.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Friday, June 24, 2011
The Birth of St. John the Baptist (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15
Acts 13:22-26
Luke 1:57-66, 80

And whence comes our pride if not from our forgetfulness of the Eucharist---thar pride which finds cause for self-exaltation in the graces recieved, in the gifts of God. Are you afflicted with this pride when you communicate, when you feel within you the presence of Jesus, Who says to you," What! You exalt yourselves with the dignities and graces I have given you, with the privileged love I bear you! But see, I annihilate Myself. Do at least as I do!" Meditation on the self abasement of our Lord in the Sacrament is the true road to humility.

-- St. Peter Eymard

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 18:1-15
Luke 1:46-50, 53-55
Matthew 8:5-17

Do you desire security? Here you have it. The Lord says to you, "I will never abandon you, I will always be with you" If a good man made you such a promise, you would trust him. God makes it, and do you doubt? Do you seek a support more sure than the word of God, which is infallible? Surely, He has made the promise, He has written it, He has pledged His word for it, it is most certain.

-- St. Augustine

Sunday, June 26, 2011
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
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

You never saw Him, and yet believe in Him with sublime and inexpressible joy - a joy which many desire to experience. You are assured that you have been saved by a gratuitous gift, not by our actions -no, but by the will of God through Jesus Christ.

-- St. Polycarp (Letter to Philippians)

Monday, June 27, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 18:16-33
Psalm 103:1-4, 8-11
Matthew 8:18-22

If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God witholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.

-- St. Augustine

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
St. Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 19:15-29
Psalm 26:2-3, 9-12
Matthew 8:23-27

My little children, your hearts are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of Heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.

-- St. John Vianney

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 12:1-11
Psalm 34:2-9
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
Matthew 16:13-19

Never address your words to God while you are thinking of something else.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 22:1-19
Psalm 115:1-6, 8-9
Matthew 9:1-8

For prayer to be effective, our petitions should be for benefits worthily to be expected from God.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

 

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