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Sunday, September 01, 2013
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-7, 10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14

Love Mary!... She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity.

-- St Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother

Monday, September 02, 2013
Labor Day
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 2:4-9, 15
Psalm 90:2-5, 12-14, 16
Matthew 6:31-34

A child is born to us, and a Son is given to us, and the government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, God the mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.

-- Isaias ix. 6

Tuesday, September 03, 2013
St. Gregory the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Luke 4:31-37

O ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all forever. O ye holy and humble of heart, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.

-- Daniel iii. 84, 87

Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Colossians 1:1-8
Psalm 52:10-11
Luke 4:38-44

Silence and seclusion are the soul of great things. So long as a work stays hidden, unknown to the world it grows in security: but as soon as the devil discovers it and makes it known to the world, he inveighs against it and combats it with all his might. So it is with us, we must remain hidden from the world otherwise the demon of self-love will destroy us.

-- St Peter Emyard

Thursday, September 05, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Colossians 1:9-14
Psalm 98:2-6
Luke 5:1-11

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Going they went and wept, casting their seeds. But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves.

-- Ps. cxxv. 5-7

Friday, September 06, 2013
Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Colossians 1:15-20
Psalm 100:2-5
Luke 5:33-39

But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery: And their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace.

-- Wisdom iii. 1-3

Saturday, September 07, 2013
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Colossians 1:21-23
Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8
Luke 6:1-5

Trust the past to the Mercy of God, the present to His Love, and the future to His Providence.

-- St. Augustine

Sunday, September 08, 2013
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Wisdom 9:13-18
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-13, 14-17
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

The Church is the people united to its Priests, the flock adhering to its Shepherd.

-- St. Cyprian

Monday, September 09, 2013
St. Peter Claver, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Colossians 1:24 -- 2:3
Psalm 62:6-7, 9
Luke 6:6-11

In this dark vale of tears, I wish solely to feed upon this secret manna, this delicious substance.

-- St Cajetan

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Colossians 2:6-15
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11
Luke 6:12-19

The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.

-- St. Benedict (Rule of St. Benedict 5:1-2)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Commemoration of 9/11
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Colossians 3:1-11
Psalm 145:2-3, 10-13
Luke 6:20-26

I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

-- Apoc. xxi. 2

Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 24:17-21
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
Luke 1:26-38

There are many who say to the Lord, "I give myself wholly to Thee, without any reserve," but there are few who embrace the practice of this abandonment, which consists in receiving with a certain indifference every sort of event, as it happens in conformity with Divine Providence, as well afflictions as consolations, contempt and reproaches as honor and glory. -St. Francis de Sales.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Friday, September 13, 2013
St. John Chrysostom, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
Luke 6:39-42

Do you wish to study to your advantage? Let devotion accompany all your studies. Consult God more than your books. Ask Him to make you understand what you read. Never begin or end your study except by prayer. Science is a gift of God. Do not consider it merely the work of your own mind and effort.

-- St Vincent Ferrer

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38
Philippians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

Let Thy priests, O Lord, be clothed with justice, and let Thy saints rejoice: for Thy servant, David's sake, turn not away the face of Thy annointed.

-- Psalm cxxxi. 9-10

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10

We guard with care the faith that we have received from the Church, for without ceasing, under the action of God's Spirit, this deposit of great price, as if in an excellent vessel, is constantly being renewed and causes the very vessel that contains it to be renewed.

-- St. Iranaeus, Adversus haereses

Monday, September 16, 2013
St. Cornelius, Pope, Martyr and St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Psalm 28:2, 7-9
Luke 7:1-10

If I do not become a saint I am doing nothing.

-- St Dominic Savio

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Sacred Stigmata of Saint Francis of Assisi (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 6:14-18
Galatians 2:16, 20; Philippians 1:20-21
Luke 9:23-26

He who does not acquire the love of God will scarcely persevere in the grace of God, for it is very difficult to renounce sin merely through fear of chastisement.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Priest (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 12:31; 13:1-10, 13
Psalm 25:1-5, 8-10
Matthew 11:25-30

What will be the crown of those who, humble within and humiliated without, have imitated the humility of our Savior in all its fullness!

-- St Bernadette

Thursday, September 19, 2013
St. Francis Mary of Camporosso (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Timothy 4:12-16
Psalm 111:7-10
Luke 7:36-50

When shall it be that we shall taste the sweetness of the Divine Will in all that happens to us, considering in everything only His good pleasure, by whom it is certain that adversity is sent with as much love as prosperity, and as much for our good? When shall we cast ourselves undeservedly into the arms of our most loving Father in Heaven, leaving to Him the care of ourselves and of our affairs, and reserving only the desire of pleasing Him, and of serving Him well in all that we can?

-- St Jane Frances de Chantal

Friday, September 20, 2013
Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, Martyr, Paul Chong Hasang, Martyr and Their Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Timothy 6:2-12
Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20
Luke 8:1-3

Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.

-- St Lucy

Saturday, September 21, 2013
St. Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Psalm 19:2-5
Matthew 9:9-13

While still in this world, we must wholeheartedly repent of sins committed in the body and make it possible for the Lord to save us while there is time. When we have left this world, we shall no longer be able to repent and confess our sins. We must do the will of the Father, keep our bodies pure, and observe the commandments of the Lord, for this is the way to obtain eternal life.

-- Sermon of the second century

Sunday, September 22, 2013
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2, 4-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and to thee I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.

-- Matthew xvi. 18-19

Monday, September 23, 2013
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 2:19-20
Psalm 16:1-2, 5-8, 11
Matthew 16:24-27

Whatever a man prefers to God, that he makes a god to himself.

-- St Cyprian

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20
Psalm 122:1-5
Luke 8:19-21

Prayer reveals to souls the vanity of earthly goods and pleasures. It fills them with light, strength and consolation; and gives them a foretaste of the calm bliss of our heavenly home.

-- St Rose of Viterbo

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezra 9:5-9
Tobit 13:2-4, 7-8
Luke 9:1-6

Let us not esteem worldly prosperity or adversity as things real or of any moment, but let us live elsewhere, and raise all our attention to Heaven; esteeming sin as the only true evil, and nothing truly good, but virtue which unites us to God.

-- St Gregory Nazianzen

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Haggai 1:1-8
Psalm 149:1-6, 9
Luke 9:7-9

Dear Lord, you know my weakness. Each morning I resolve to be humble, and in the evening I recognize that I have often been guilty of pride. The sight of these faults tempts me to discouragement. Yet I know that discouragement itself is a form of pride. I wish, therefore, O my God, to build all my trust upon You. As You can do all things, deign to implant in my soul this virtue which I desire.

-- St Therese of Lisieux

Friday, September 27, 2013
St. Vincent de Paul, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Haggai 2:1-9
Psalm 43:1-4
Luke 9:18-22

Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil. Fertilize the soil ever so richly, it will remain barren unless fed by frequent rains.

-- St John Vianney

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15
Jeremiah 31:10-13
Luke 9:43-45

If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured.

-- St Colette

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

God wishes us not to rest upon anything but His infinite Goodness. Do not let us expect anything but from Him, and let us put our trust and confidence in Him alone.

-- St Charles Borromeo

Monday, September 30, 2013
St. Jerome, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Zechariah 8:1-8
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23
Luke 9:46-50

The principal safeguard is a prudent reserve, and not allowing liberties to be taken with you. Purity is a precious jewel, and the owner of a precious stone would never dream of making a display of his riches in the presence of thieves.

-- St John Bosco

 

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