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Sunday, November 1, 2009
All Saints (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24:1-6
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

Eternal God, behold me prostrate before your immense majesty, humbly adoring you. I offer you all my thoughts, words, and actions of this day. I offer them all to be thought, spoken, and done entirely for love of you, for your glory, to fulfill your divine will, to serve you, to praise you, and bless you. I wish and intend to do everything in union with the most pure intentions of Jesus and Mary.

-- St. John Leonardi

Monday, November 2, 2009
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
First Reading:
Psalm
Second Reading::
Gospel:
Wisdom 3:1-9
Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-9, 13-14
Romans 5:5-11
John 11:17-27

When the communicant is free from venial sin, Jesus acts powerfully within him, unimpeded by any obstacle. He stays long. The soul acquires an astonishing refinement of feeling; it no longer accounts itself anything but is henceforth simply one with Jesus. It says to Him: " Take all, be King of all, and let us love each other always; I am Thine forever."

-- St. Peter Julian Eymard

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
St. Martin de Porres, Religious (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 12:5-16
Psalm 131:1-3
Luke 14:15-24

If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine grace, how beautiful, how noble, how precious. How many riches it hides within itself, how many joys and delights! No one would complain about his cross or about troubles that may happen to him, if he would come to know the scales on which they are weighed when they are distributed to men.

-- St. Rose of Lima

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 13:8-10
Psalm 112:1-2, 4-5, 9
Luke 14:25-33

When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.

-- St. Louis de Montfort

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Commemoration of All the Deceased of the Seraphic Order (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Wisdom 3:1-9
Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-9, 13-14
Romans 5:5-11
John 11:17-27

Let us ask our Lord to work in us and through us, and let us do our utmost to draw Him down into our hearts, for He Himself has said: "Without Me you can do nothing."

-- St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

Friday, November 6, 2009
Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 15:14-21
Psalm 98:1-4
Luke 16:1-8

If I love Jesus, I ought to resemble Him; If I love Jesus, I ought to love what He loves, what He does, what He prefers to all else: humility. How may we acquire this virtue? Neither logic or reflection will help us any; thinking nice thoughts about it or taking heroic resolutions would lead us to believe we had already acquired it, and we would content oueselves with that. We must examine our actions to see if we not sought our own interest in them. Let us repeat often, " Jesus, so humble of heart, make our hearts like unto thine."

-- St. Peter Eymard

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27
Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11
Luke 16:9-15

Blood that but one drop of has the power to win.......All the world forgiveness of its world of sin.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
1 Kings 17:10-16
Psalm 146:7-10
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

God does not require of us extraordinary things.

-- The Cure of Ars

Monday, November 9, 2009
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17
John 2:13-22

The soul united to God and transformed in him draws from within God a divine breath, much like the most high God himself. And God, abiding in the soul, breathes forth the life of the soul as its exemplar. This I take to be what Paul meant when he said: because you are children of God, God has sent to the Spirit of his Son into your heart's crying, Abba, Father; this is what takes place in those who have achieved perfection.

-- St. John of the Cross

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
St. Leo the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Wisdom 2:23 -- 3:9
Psalm 34:2-3, 16-19
Luke 17:7-10

The love of worldly possessions is a sort of bird line, which entangles the soul, and prevents it flying to God.

-- St. Augustine

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
St. Martin of Tours, Bishop (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Wisdom 6:1-11
Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7
Luke 17:11-19

Moreover the strongest support is provided not only to protect the young from evil, but also to rouse them and attract them more easily and gently to the performance of good works. Like the twigs of plants, the young are easily influenced, as long as someone works to change their souls. But if they are allowed to grow hard, we know well that the possibility of one day bending them diminishes a great deal and is sometimes utterly lost.

-- Saint Joseph Calasanz

Thursday, November 12, 2009
St. Josaphat, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Wisdom 7:22 -- 8:1
Psalm 119:89-91, 130, 135, 175
Luke 17:20-25

Christ does not force our will, He only takes what we give Him. But He does not give Himself entirely until He sees that we yield ourselves entirely to Him.

-- St Teresa of Avila

Friday, November 13, 2009
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Wisdom 13:1-9
Psalm 19:2-5
Luke 17:26-37


The measure of charity may be taken from the want of desires. As desires diminish in the soul, charity increases in it; and when it no longer feels any desire, then it possesses perfect charity.

-- St. Augustine

Saturday, November 14, 2009
St. Nicholas Tavelic, OFM, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9
Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43
Luke 18:1-8

It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16:5, 8-11
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Mark 13:24-32

Love the poor tenderly, regarding them as your masters and yourselves as their servants.

-- St. John of God

Monday, November 16, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158
Luke 18:35-43

But a soul that does not live by the love of God suffers in a different way. It is not happy because it does not correspond generously enough to divine love; it hears a call and feels an attraction to which it does not respond. God punishes it by preventing it from being at peace in the quiet of laziness which it creates for itself. How many times is God sent away in this manner!

-- St. Peter Emyard

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Patroness of the Third Order (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 26:1-3, 15-18, 24 (Vulgate) or 1 Timothy 5:3-10
Psalm 31:4-5, 8-9, 20, 24-25
Matthew 25:31-40

It is better for a man to be silent and be [a Christian], than to talk and not to be one. It is good to teach, if he who speaks also acts. There is then one Teacher, who spake and it was done; while even those things which He did in silence are worthy of the Father. He who possesses the word of Jesus, is truly able to hear even His very silence, that he may be perfect, and may both act as he speaks, and be recognised by his silence.

-- St. Ignatius

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Dedication of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:

Acts 28:11-16, 30-31
Psalm 98:1-6
Matthew 14:22-33

Before prayer, endeavor to realize whose Presence you are approaching, and to whom you are about to speak. We can never fully understand how we ought to behave towards God, before whom the angles tremble.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Maccabees 2:15-29
Psalm 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15
Luke 19:41-44

Separate me from myself and from all that is not you, in order to unite and incorporate me with you. Empty me of myself and of all things, destroy me utterly, in order to fill me with yourself and to form and establish yourself in me. Cause me henceforth to be a perfect image of yourself; just as you are a most perfect image of your Father.

-- St. John Eudes

Friday, November 20, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59
(Ps) 1 Chronicles 29:10-12
Luke 19:45-48


True devotion hinders no one, but rather it perfects everything, and whenever it is out of keeping with any person's legitimate vocation, it must be spurious.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Saturday, November 21, 2009
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Maccabees 6:1-13
Psalm 9:2-4, 6, 16, 19
Luke 20:27-40

Sorrow is given us on purpose to cure us of sin.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Christ the King (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Daniel 7:13-14
Psalm 93:1-2, 5
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33-37

The everlasting God has in His wisdom, foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. This cross He now sends you, He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His Divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with His loving arms and weighed with His own hands, to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His holy Name, anointed it with His grace, perfumed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God. Our business is to love what would have done. He wills our vocation as it is. Let us love that and not trifle away our time hankering after other people's vocations.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Monday, November 23, 2009
Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, Priest, Martyr (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20
Daniel 3:52-56
Luke 21:1-4


True charity consists in doing good to those who do us evil, and in thus winning them over.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, Martyr and His Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 2:31-45
Daniel 3:57-61
Luke 21:5-11

O Truth, you are present to those who seek your help, and at one and the same time you answer all, though they seek your counsel on different matters. You respond clearly. but not everyone hears clearly. All ask what they wish, but do not always hear the answer they wish. Your best servant is he who is intent not so much on hearing his petition answered, as rather on willing whatever he hears from you.

-- St. Augustine

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
Daniel 3:62-67
Luke 21:12-19

We read in the gospel that when the Lord was teaching his disciples and urged them to share in his passion by the ministry of eating his body, some said: This is a hard saying; and from that time they no longer followed him. When he asked the disciples whether they also wish to go away, they replied: Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. I assure you my brothers that even to this day it is clear to some that the words which Jesus speaks are spirit and life, and for this reason they follow him. To others these words seem hard, and so they look elsewhere for some pathetic consolation. Yet wisdom cries out in the streets, in a broad and spacious way that leads to death, to call back those who take this path.

-- St Bernard

Thursday, November 26, 2009 (Thanksgiving)
St. Leonard of Port Maurice, OFM, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 6:12-28
(Ps) Daniel 3:68-74
Luke 21:20-28

You go to pray; to become a bonfire, a living flame, giving light and heat.

-- St Josemaria Escriva

Friday, November 27, 2009
St. Francis Anthony Fasani, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 7:2-14
(Ps) Daniel 3:75-81
Luke 21:29-33

After you have made a decision that is pleasing to God, the Devil may try to make you have second thoughts. Intensify your prayer time, meditation, and good deeds. For if Satan's temptations merely cause you to increase your efforts to grow in holiness, he'll have an incentive to leave you alone.

-- St. Ignatius of Loyola

Saturday, November 28, 2009
St. James of the Marsh, Priest (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 7:15-27
(Ps) Daniel 3:82-87
Luke 21:34-36

Unless you strive after virtues and practice them, you will never grow to be more than dwarfs.

-- St. Theresa of Avila

Sunday, November 29, 2009
First Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
1 Thessalonians 3:12 -- 4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Can the life of a good Christian be anything other than that of a man nailed to the Cross with Jesus Christ?

-- St. John Vianney

Monday, November 30, 2009
St. Andrew, Apostle (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Romans 10:9-18
Psalm 19:8-11
Matthew 4:18-22

He who does not meditate acts as one who never looks into the mirror and so does not bother to put himself in order, since he can be dirty without knowing it. The person who meditates and turns his thoughts to God who is the mirror of the soul, seeks to know his defects and tries to correct them, moderates himself in his impulses and puts his conscience in order.

-- Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

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