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Saturday, October 01, 2011
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29
Psalm 69:33-37
Luke 10:17-24

Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven.

-- St. Camillus de Lellis

Sunday, October 02, 2011
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

Know that the experience of pain is something so noble and precious that the Divine Word, who enjoyed the abundant riches of Paradise, yet, because He was not clothed with this ornament of sorrow, came down from Heaven to seek it upon the earth.

-- St Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi

Monday, October 03, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jonah 1:1 -- 2:2, 11
Jonah 2:3-5, 8
Luke 10:25-37

A man who fails to love the Mass fails to love Christ. We must make an effort to "live" the Mass with calm and serenity, with devotion and affection. And this is why I have always suspected that those who want the Mass to be over with quickly show, with this insensitive attitude, that they have not yet realized what the sacrifice of the altar means.

-- St. Josemaría Escriva de Balaguer

Tuesday, October 04, 2011
St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon, Religious, Founder of the Three Orders (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Sirach 50:1, 3-4, 6-7
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
Galatians 6:14-18
Matthew 11:25-30

Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me.

-- St Clare of Assisi

Wednesday, October 05, 2011
St. Faustina, Virgin (Optional Memorial) Mass Prayers - see copy
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jonah 4:1-11
Psalm 86:3-6, 9-10
Luke 11:1-4

If we have obtained the grace of God, none shall prevail against us, but we shall be stronger than all who oppose us.

-- St John Chrysostom

Thursday, October 06, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Malachi 3:13-20
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 11:5-13

Stop entertaining those vain fears. Remember it is not feeling which constitutes guilt but the consent to such feelings. Only the free will is capable of good or evil. But when the will sighs under the trial of the tempter and does not will what is presented to it, there is not only no fault but there is virtue.

-- Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Friday, October 07, 2011
Our Lady of the Rosary (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 1:12-14
Luke 1:46-55
Luke 1:26-38

Mary was raised to the dignity of Mother of God rather for sinners than for the just, since Jesus Christ declares that he came to call not the just, but sinners.

-- St. Anselm

Saturday, October 08, 2011
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Joel 4:12-21
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
Luke 11:27-28

Accept as blessings the casualties that befall you, assured that nothing happens without God.

-- Didache 3:10

Sunday, October 09, 2011
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14 or Matthew 22:1-10

With supernatural intuition, Blessed Josemaria untiringly preached the universal call to holiness and apostolate. Christ calls everyone to become holy in the realities of everyday life. Hence work too is a means of personal holiness and apostolate, when it is done in union with Jesus Christ.

-- Pope John Paul II at the beatification of Josemaria Escriva

Monday, October 10, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 1:1-7
Psalm 98:1-4
Luke 11:29-32

Although her constitution was very frail, her spirit was endowed with such singular strength that, knowing the will of God in her regard, she permitted nothing to impede her from accomplishing what seemed beyond her strength.

-- Pope Pius XII at the canonization of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 1:16-25
Psalm 19:2-5
Luke 11:37-41

God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves.

-- St. Augustine

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
St. Seraphin of Montegranaro, Religious (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 2:1-11
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 9
Luke 11:42-46

If you commit any sin, repent of it at once and resolve to amend. If it is a grievous sin, confess it as soon as possible.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 3:21-30
Psalm 130:1-6
Luke 11:47-54

We need not fear to be puffed with the knowledge of what God has done for us, if we keep well before us the truth that whatever good there may be in us, is not of us. Though a mule is laden with the precious treasures of a prince, is it not still a clumsy, filthy beast?

-- St. Francis de Sales

Friday, October 14, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 4:1-8
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
Luke 12:1-7

To be removed from things of the senses is to contemplate things of the spirit.

-- St. John Climacus

Saturday, October 15, 2011
St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 4:13, 16-18
Psalm 105:6-9, 42-43
Luke 12:8-12

It is God's way to give much for little. Our Lord does not attend to how much we give, but to the generosity of our will, and for this very reason He makes much of a little.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Sunday, October 16, 2011
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21

In detachment, the spirit finds quiet and repose for coveting nothing. Nothing wearies it by elation, and nothing oppresses it by dejection, because it stands in the center of its own humility.

-- St. John of the Cross

Monday, October 17, 2011
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 4:20-25
Luke 1:69-75
Luke 12:13-21

Listen to me for one moment and you will see that only the service of God will console us and make us happy in the midst of all the miseries of life. To accomplish it, you do not need to leave either your belongings, or your parents, or even your friends, unless they are leading you to sin. You have no need to go and spend the rest of your lives in the desert to weep there for your sins. If that were necessary for us, indeed, we should be very happy to have such a remedy for our ills. But no, a father and a mother of a family can serve God by living with their children and bringing them up in a Christian way. A servant can very easily serve God and his master, with nothing to stop him. No, my dear bretheren, The way of life that means serving God changes nothing in all that we have to do. On the contrary, we simply do better all the things we must do!

-- St. John Vianney

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
St. Luke, Evangelist (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Timothy 4:10-17
Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18
Luke 10:1-9

I can no longer live without Jesus. How soon shall I receive Him again?

-- St. Maria Goretti

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Saints Isaac Jogues and John de Brébeuf, Priests, Martyrs and Their Companions (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 6:12-18
Psalm 124:1-8
Luke 12:39-48

Father, to defend the Catholic faith and to make all things new in Christ, you filled Saint Pius X with heavenly wisdom and apostolic courage. May his example and teaching lead us to the reward of eternal life.

-- Roman Briviary

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 6:19-23
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 12:49-53

Who can put Mary's high honour into words? She is both mother and virgin. I am overwhelmed by the wonder of this miracle. Of course no one could be prevented from living in the house he had built for himself, yet who would invite mockery by asking his own servant to become his mother? Behold then the joy of the whole universe. Let the union of God and man in the Son of the Virgin Mary fill us with awe and adoration.

-- Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Friday, October 21, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 7:18-25
Psalm 119:66, 68, 76-77, 93-94
Luke 12:54-59

True followers of Christ; Be prepared to have a world make jokes at your expense. You can hardly expect a world to be more reverent to you than to Our Lord. When it does make fun of your faith, its practices, abstinences, and rituals-then you are moving to a closer identity with Him Who gave us our faith. Under scorn, Our Lord "answered nothing". The world gets amusement from a Christian who fails to be Christian, but none from his respectful silence.

-- Bishop Fulton Sheen

Saturday, October 22, 2011
St. Peter of Alcantara, Priest (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 8:1-11
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 13:1-9

We ought to deal kindly with all, and to manifest those qualities which spring naturally from a heart tender and full of Christian charity; such as affability, love and humility. These virtues serve wonderfully to gain the hearts of men, and to encourage them to embrace things that are more repugnant to nature.

-- St Vincent de Paul

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

The Eucharist is a burning coal that sets us on fire. Fire is active by nature and tends to spread. When the soul is under the action of the Eucharist, it is forced to cry out; "O my God, what shall I do in return for so much love?" And Jesus answers; "Thou hast to resemble Me, to live for Me, and to live of Me." The transformation will be easy; when it is a matter of love; one does not walk; one runs and flies.

-- St. Peter Julian Emyard

Monday, October 24, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 8:12-17
Psalm 68:2, 4, 6-7, 20-21
Luke 13:10-17

By humble and faithful prayer, the soul acquires, with time and perseverance, every virtue.

-- St Catherine of Siena

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 8:18-25
Psalm 126:1-6
Luke 13:18-21

I am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love. The state of helpless poverty that may befall me if I do not marry does not frighten me. All I need is a little food and a few pieces of clothing. With the work of my hands I shall always earn what is necessary and what is left over I'll give to my relatives and to the poor. If I should become sick and unable to work, then I shall be like the Lord on the cross. He will have mercy on me and help me, I am sure.

-- Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 8:26-30
Psalm 13:4-6
Luke 13:22-30

I will see the hand of God in all that happens to me, attributing nothing to individual people, who are but instruments used by Him in the work of my sanctification.

-- Blessed Raphaela Mary

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 8:31-39
Psalm 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31
Luke 13:31-35

However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of.

-- St Vincent de Paul

Friday, October 28, 2011
Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 2:19-22
Psalm 19:2-5
Luke 6:12-16

Mary, I wish always to be your child. I give you my heart; keep it for ever. O Jesus, O Mary, be always my friends. I pray you both to let me die rather than commit a sin.

-- St Dominic Savio

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29
Psalm 94:12-13, 14-15, 17-18
Luke 14:1, 7-11

No tongue can express the greatness of the love which Jesus Christ bears to our souls. He did not wish that between Him and His servants there should be any other pledge than Himself, to keep alive the remembrance of Him.

-- St. Peter of Alcantara

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Malachi 1:14 -- 2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1-3
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

Little Sisters, take good care for the aged, for in them you are caring for Christ Himself.

-- Bl. Jeanne Jugan

Monday, October 31, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 11:29-36
Psalm 69:30-31, 33-34, 36-37
Luke 14:12-14

A soul can do nothing that is more pleasing to God than to communicate in a state of grace.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

 

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