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Monday, August 01, 2011
St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Numbers 11:4-15
Psalm 81:12-17
Matthew 14:13-21 or
14:22-36*
(*In Year A, when this Gospel is read on the preceding Sunday, the second text replaces it.)

This is a Friend who will not terrify you, who will not abandon you. Hope in Him, and Heaven is yours!

-- St Joseph Cafasso

Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Sirach 24:1-4, 16, 22-24
Psalm 34:5, 7, 9-10, 18-19
Galatians 4:3-7
Luke 1:26-33

Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?

-- St Vincent de Paul

Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Numbers 13:1-2, 25 -- 14:1, 26-29, 34-35
Psalm 106:6-7, 13-14, 21-23
Matthew 15:21-28

The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God.

-- St Sebastian

Thursday, August 04, 2011
St. John Mary Vianney, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Numbers 20:1-13
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Matthew 16:13-23

My daughter, I see more Pharisees among Christians than there were around Pilate.

-- St Margaret of Cortona

Friday, August 05, 2011
Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Psalm 77:12-16, 21
Matthew 16:24-28

If according to times and needs you should be obliged to make fresh rules and change current things, do it with prudence and good advice.

-- St Angela Merici

Saturday, August 06, 2011
The Transfiguration of the Lord (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2 Peter 1:16-19
Matthew 17:1-9

We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.

-- St Teresa of Avila

Sunday, August 07, 2011
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13
Psalm 85:9-14
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:22-33

He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.'

-- St Bernadine of Siena

Monday, August 08, 2011
Holy Father Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Timothy 4:1-5
Psalm 37:3-6, 30-31
Matthew 5:13-16

Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well.

-- St Vincent Pallotti

Tuesday, August 09, 2011
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin and Martyr (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 31:1-8
Deuteronomy 32:3-4, 7-9, 12
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

The spiritual combat in which we kill our passions to put on the new man is the most difficult struggle of all. We must never weary of this combat, but fight the holy fight fervently and perseveringly.

-- St Nilus

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
St. Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9
John 12:24-26

Never utter in your neighbor's absence what you would not say in their presence.

-- St Mary Magdalen de Pazzi

Thursday, August 11, 2011
St. Clare of Assisi, Virgin, Foundress of II Order (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hosea 2:16, 17, 21-22 or 2 Corinthians 4:6-10, 16-18
Psalm 45:11-12, 14-16
John 15:4-10

Even though I had committed but one little sin, I should have ample reason to repent of it all my life.

-- St Francis of Assisi

Friday, August 12, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Joshua 24:1-13
Psalm 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24
Matthew 19:3-12

He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor.

-- St Bede the Venerable

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Joshua 24:14-29
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
Matthew 19:13-15

Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.

-- St Therese of Lisieux

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Matthew 15:21-28

The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am telling the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.

-- St Paul Miki

Monday, August 15, 2011
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
Psalm 45:10-12, 16
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Luke 1:39-56

Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.

-- St John of Kanty

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Judges 6:11-24
Psalm 85:9, 11-14
Matthew 19:23-30

Good example is the most efficacious apostolate. You must be as lighted lanterns and shine like brilliant chandeliers among men. By your good example and your words, animate others to know and love God.

-- St Mary Joseph Rossello

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Judges 9:6-15
Psalm 21:2-7
Matthew 20:1-16

If you are wise, then, know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation. This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart. May you consider truly good whatever leads you to your goal and truly evil whatever makes you fall away from it.

-- St Robert Bellarmine

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Judges 11:29-39
Psalm 40:5, 7-10
Matthew 22:1-14

"Mary gave to the world the Life that renews all things and she was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role. It is no wonder, then, that the usage prevailed among the Holy Fathers whereby they called the mother of God entirely holy and free from all stain of sin, fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature. Adorned from the first instant of her conception with the splendors of an entirely unique holiness, the Virgin of Nazareth is, on God's command, greeted by an angel messenger as ""full of grace"". To the heavenly messenger she replies: ""Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.

-- Constitution on the Church, (56)

Friday, August 19, 2011
St. Louis, Bishop (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22
Psalm 146:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

As by the Word of God, Jesus our Savior was made Flesh and had both Flesh and Blood for our salvation, so also the food which has been blessed by the word of prayer instituted by Him is both the Flesh and Blood of Jesus Incarnate.

-- St Justin Martyr

Saturday, August 20, 2011
St. Bernard, Abbot, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17
Psalm 128:1-5
Matthew 23:1-12

You ought to make every effort to free yourselves even from venial sin, and to do what is most perfect.

-- St Theresa of Avila

Sunday, August 21, 2011
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 22:19-23
Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20

One should never deny the body what is due to it, that the body itself may not hinder what is due the soul.

-- St Peter of Alcantara

Monday, August 22, 2011
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm 113:1-8
Luke 1:26-38

God does not ask of us the perfection of tomorrow, nor even of tonight, but only of the present moment.

-- St Madeline Sophie Barat

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Psalm 139:1-3, 4-6
Matthew 23:23-26

Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender.

-- St Therese of Lisieux

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
St. Bartholomew, Apostle (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Revelation 21:9-14
Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18
John 1:45-51

A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either command them, or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.

-- St Dominic

Thursday, August 25, 2011
St. Louis IX of France, King, Patron of the Third Order (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
Psalm 90:3-5, 12-14, 17
Matthew 24:42-51

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

-- St Madeline Sophie Barat

Friday, August 26, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 10-12
Matthew 25:1-13

No sacrifice is more acceptable to God than zeal for souls.

-- St Gregory the Great

Saturday, August 27, 2011
St. Monica (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Thessalonians 4:9-11
Psalm 98:1, 7-9
Matthew 25:14-30

Labour without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time.

-- St John of God

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27

The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ.

-- St Anthony of Padua

Monday, August 29, 2011
The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 1:17-19
Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17
Mark 6:17-29

True charity means returning good for evil - always.

-- St Mary Mazzarello

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Luke 4:31-37

We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives - that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him.

-- St Elizabeth Ann Seton

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Colossians 1:1-8
Psalm 52:10-11
Luke 4:38-44

I praise and thank You, heavenly Father, for giving to me praise and thank You, heavenly Father, for giving to me and to my dear spouse the grace and privilege of procreating and co-creating with You our precious offspring. After the presence of Your Divine Son in the Blessed Sacrament, our fruitful union just has to be the most tangible expression of Your love in this world. Our children's souls are a direct creation from Your hand, like the creation of the world at the beginning of time.
Teach us to raise our children as You would with loving firmness and tender care. Help me to respect and affirm my devoted wife with great affection, convinced that the greatest gift I can ever give to my children is true love for their mother. Let them know in what love they are bonded. Never let me do or say anything that would show them behavior unworthy of You. Give me the grace ever to show them Your way.
Make me a man of my word who will be loyal to You and the Church and faithful to the teachings of Jesus. May I assume the spiritual leadership of our family, the domestic Church, by encouraging prayer in our home at mealtime as well as in the morning and at night. Guide me in the decisions we make for our children so that it will be clear to them what they must do to reach heaven.
What an awesome responsibility for me! With Your support and inspiration I know I will be up to it, because I ask in the name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

-- Father Angelus Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Cap.

 

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