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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
Psalm 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18
Matthew 13:44-46

Behold the Lord the Ruler is come; and the Kingdom is in His hand, and power, and dominion.

-- Malachai iii. 1

Thursday, August 02, 2012
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

Yesterday on approaching the Most Blessed Sacrament, I felt myself burning and I had to withdraw. I am astounded that so many who receive Jesus are not reduced to ashes.

-- St. Gemma Galgani

Friday, August 03, 2012
Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 26:1-9
Psalm 69:5, 8-10, 14
Matthew 13:54-58

I greet you from Smyrna together with the Churches of God present here with me. They comfort me in every way, both in body and soul. My chains, which I carry about on me for Jesus Christ, begging that I may happily make my way to God, exhort you: persevere in your concord and in you community prayers.

-- St. Ignatius of Antioch

Saturday, August 04, 2012
St. John Mary Vianney, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
Matthew 14:1-12

When you perceive that God is chastening you, fly not to his enemies...but to his friends, the martyrs, the saints, and those who were pleasing to him, and who have great power in God.

-- John Chrysostom: Orations 396AD

Sunday, August 05, 2012
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
John 6:24-35

The Our Father contains all the duties we owe to God, the acts of all the virtues and the petitions for all our spiritual and corporal needs.

-- St. Louis de Montfort

Monday, August 06, 2012
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
Mark 9:2-10

Our Lady's love is like a stream that has its source in the Eternal Fountains, quenches the thirst of all, can never be drained, and ever flows back to its Source.

-- St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23
Matthew 14:22-36

The Lord chiefly desires of us that we should be completely perfect, that we may be wholly one with Him. Let us aim, therefore, at whatever we need to reach this.

-- St. Teresa

Wednesday, August 08, 2012
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

Of us God demands purity of heart, that purity which is the life of the soul. He wants besides, since we possess no virtues worthy of Him, a deep respect and true humility. Let us say to Him: " Lord I am not worthy to receive Thee. Depart from me, for I am a miserable sinner!" This conviction makes up for our shortcomings. Our Lord is content with it and, when he comes to us, He will give us all that we lack. Let us simply be faithful, humble, and confident. He will do the rest.

-- St. Peter Eymard

Thursday, August 09, 2012
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin and Martyr (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19
Matthew 16:13-23

Christ, indeed, always associates the Church with himself in this great work in which God is perfectly glorified and men are sanctified. The Church is his beloved Bride who calls to her Lord and through him offers worship to the eternal Father.

-- Sacrosanctum concilium

Friday, August 10, 2012
St. Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9
John 12:24-26

I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the Cross than in serving the world and its pleasures.

-- St. John Vianney

Saturday, August 11, 2012
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

Let us detach ourselves in spirit from all that we see and cling to that which we believe. This is the cross which we must imprint on all our daily actions and behavior.

-- St. Peter Damian

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:2-9
Ephesians 4:30 -- 5:2
John 6:41-51

Let each one remember that he will make progress in all spiritual things only insofar as he rids himself of self-love, self-will, and self-interest.

-- St. Ignatius of Loyola

Monday, August 13, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28
Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14
Matthew 17:22-27

Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires, and his disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.

-- St. John Eudes

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 3:13-18
Psalm 116:10-13, 16-17
John 15:12-17

Some say it is unreasonable to be courteous and gentle with a reckless person who insults you for no reason at all. I have made a pact with my tongue; not to speak when my heart is disturbed.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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

A first path of repentance is the condemnation of your own sins: be the first to admit your sins and you will be justified. For this reason, too, the prophet wrote: I said: I will accuse myself of my sins to the Lord and you forgave the weakness of my heart. Therefore, you too should condemn your own sins; that will be enough reason for the Lord to forgive you, for a man who condemns his own sins is slower to commit them again. Rouse your conscience to accuse you within your own house, lest it become your accuser before the judgment seat of the Lord.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 12:1-2
Psalm 78:56-59, 61-62
Matthew 18:21 --
19:1

The home must be in accord with the Church, that all harmful influences be withheld from the souls of children. Where there is true piety in the home, purity of morals reigns supreme. - St. John Vianney -

-- St. John Vianney

Friday, August 17, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 or Ezekiel 16:59-63
Isaiah 12:2-6
Matthew 19:3-12

We are at Jesus' disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that's all right, everything is all right. We must say, "I belong to you. You can do whatever you like." And this ..is our strength, and this is the joy of the Lord.

-- Blessed Mother Teresa

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32
Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19
Matthew 19:13-15

Believe that others are better than you in the depths of their soul, although outwardly you may appear better than they.

-- St. Augustine

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:2-7
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

Salvation is shown to faith, it is prepared for hope, but it is given only to charity. Faith points out the way to the land of promise as a pillar of fire, hope feeds us with its manna of sweetness, but charity actually introduces us into the Promised Land.

-- St. Francis De Sales

Monday, August 20, 2012
St. Bernard, Abbot, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 24:15-23
Deuteronomy 32:18-21
Matthew 19:16-22

O wondrous vision, which makes us contemplate the human race in the unity of its origin in God. . . in the unity of its nature, composed equally in all men of a material body and a spiritual soul; in the unity of its immediate end and its mission in the world; in the unity of its dwelling, the earth, whose benefits all men, by right of nature, may use to sustain and develop life; in the unity of its supernatural end: God Himself, to whom all ought to tend; in the unity of the means for attaining this end;. . . in the unity of the redemption wrought by Christ for all.

-- Pius XII. Encyclical, Summi pontificatus 3

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
St. Pius X, Pope (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 28:1-10
Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35-36
Matthew 19:23-30

The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. It is in the soul that the battle rages every moment of life. The soul must give free access to the Lord so that it may be fortified by Him in every repect and with all kinds of weapons; that His light may enlighten it to combat the darkness of error; that it may be clothed with Jesus Christ. To be clothed with Jesus Christ it is necessary to die to oneself. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference, and apathy. In the spiritual life he who does not advance goes backward. It happens as with a boat which always must go ahead. If it stands still the wind blows it back. Fix the time, the length of your meditation, and do not rise from your place until you have finished even at the cost of being crucified.

-- Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm 113:1-8
Luke 1:26-38

A third path of repentance consists of prayer that is fervent, careful and comes from the heart. A fourth path of repentance is almsgiving, whose power is great and far-reaching. A fifth way, moreover, if a man lives a modest humble life, takes away sin.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Thursday, August 23, 2012
St. Rose of Lima (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 36:23-28
Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19
Matthew 22:1-14

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

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Friday, August 24, 2012
St. Bartholomew, Apostle (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Revelation 21:9-14
Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18
John 1:45-51

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

Saturday, August 25, 2012
St. Louis IX of France, King, Patron of the Third Order (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 43:1-7
Psalm 85:9-14
Matthew 23:1-12

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

-- St. Augustine

Sunday, August 26, 2012
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21
Ephesians 5:21-32 or 5:2, 25-32
John 6:60-69

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

Monday, August 27, 2012
St. Monica (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12
Psalm 96:1-5
Matthew 23:13-22

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
St. Augustine, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 14-17
Psalm 96:10-13
Matthew 23:23-26

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)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Passion of St. John the Baptist (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 1:17-19
Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17
Mark 6:17-29

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

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Psalm 145:2-7
Matthew 24:42-51

Nothing but self-will can separate us from God.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Friday, August 31, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 1:17-25
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11
Matthew 25:1-13

He who does not give up prayer cannot possibly continue to offend God Habitually. Either he will give up prayer, or he will stop sinning.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

 

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