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Saturday, December 01, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Revelation 22:1-7
Psalm 95:1-7
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

"Virtues are formed by prayer.
Prayer preserves temperance.
Prayer suppresses anger.
Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.
Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven."

-- St Ephraem

Sunday, December 02, 2012
First Sunday of Advent (Blessing of Advent Wreath after homily)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14
1 Thessalonians 3:12 -- 4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

"Virtues are formed by prayer.
Prayer preserves temperance.
Prayer suppresses anger.
Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.
Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven."

-- St Ephraem

Monday, December 03, 2012
St. Francis Xavier, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122:1-9
Matthew 8:5-11

Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be.

-- St Thomas More

Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Luke 10:21-24

Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought on by the change in your life and to persevere to the very end in the midst of these things.

-- St. Augustine

Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-6
Matthew 15:29-37

Stretch forth your hand towards God as an infant towards its father to be conducted by Him.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Thursday, December 06, 2012
St. Nicholas, Bishop (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 26:1-6
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Let my soul live as if separated from my body.

-- St. John of the Cross

Friday, December 07, 2012
St. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Matthew 9:27-31

So, you will ask me, who then are the people most tempted? They are these, my friends; note them carefully. The people most tempted are those who are ready, with the grace of God, to sacrifice everything for the salvation of their poor souls, who renounce all those things which most people eagerly seek. It is not one devil only who tempts them, but millions seek to entrap them.

-- St. John Vianney

Saturday, December 08, 2012
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1-4
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

When our hands have touched spices, they give fragrance to all they handle. Let us make our prayers pass through the hands of the Blessed Virgin. She will make them fragrant.

-- St. John Vianney

Sunday, December 09, 2012
Second Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm 126:1-6
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Luke 3:1-6

Certainly nothing can so effectually humble us before the mercy of God as the multitude of his benefits. Nor can anything so much humble us before His justices as the enormity of our innumerable offences. Let us consider what He has done for us and what we have done against Him.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Monday, December 10, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 85:9-14
Luke 5:17-26

By giving yourself to God, you not only receive Himself in exchange, but eternal life as well.

-- St Francis de Sales

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13
Matthew 18:12-14

It is not particularly difficult to find thousands who will spend two or three hours a day in exercising, but if you ask them to bend their knees to God in five minutes of prayer, they protest that it is too long.

-- Bishop Fulton Sheen

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
Judith 13:18-19
Luke 1:26-38 or
1:39-47

It is never true that we have no time to meditate; the less one thinks of God, the less time there will always be for Him. The time one has for anything depends on how much we value it. Thinking determines the use of time; time does not rule over thinking! The problem of spirituality is never, then, a question of time; it is a problem of thought. For it does not require much time to make us saints; it requires only much love.

-- Bishop Fulton Sheen

Thursday, December 13, 2012
St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 41:13-20
Psalm 145:1, 9-13
Matthew 11:11-15

This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God.

-- St. Augustine

Friday, December 14, 2012
St. John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 48:17-19
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Matthew 11:16-19

God gave Himself to you: give yourself to God.

-- Blessed Robert Southwell

Saturday, December 15, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Matthew 17:9, 10-13

You cannot please both God and the world at the same time. They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions.

-- St. John Mary Vianney

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Third Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Zephaniah 3:14-18
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:10-18

Burning the candle at both ends for God's sake may be foolishness to the world, but it is a profitable Christian exercise-for so much better the light. Only one thing in life matters. Being found worthy of the Light of the World in the hour of His visitation. We need have no undue fear for our health if we work hard for the kingdom of God; God will take care of our health if we take care of His cause. In any case it is better to burn out than to rust out.

-- Bishop Fulton Sheen

Monday, December 17, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17
Matthew 1:1-17

Father, you guide your people with kindness and govern us with love. By the prayers of Saint Gregory give the spirit of wisdom to those you have called to lead your Church. May the growth of Your people in holiness be the eternal joy of our shepherds.

-- Liturgy of the Hours

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 23:5-8
Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19
Matthew 1:18-25

All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be

-- St Francis de Sales

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25
Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17
Luke 1:5-25

O God, who in the heart of Thy Son, wounded by our transgressions, dost mercifully vouchsafe to bestow upon us the infinite wealth of your love; grant, we beseech Thee, that revering it with meet devotion, we may make a worthy reparation for our sins.

-- Collect, Feast of the Sacred Heart - 1945 Missal

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 1:26-38

Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.

-- St Angela Merici

Friday, December 21, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Song of Solomon 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18
Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21
Luke 1:39-45

Christ, like a skillful physician, understands the weakness of men. He loves to teach the ignorant and the erring he turns again to his own true way. He is easily found by those who live by faith and to those of pure eye and holy heart, who desire to knock at the door, he opens immediately.

-- St. Hyppolytus (Treatise on Christ and Antichrist)

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 1:24-28
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8
Luke 1:46-56

Your life consists in drawing nearer to God. To do this you must endeavor to detach yourself from visible things and remember that in a short time they will be taken from you.

-- Blessed John of Avila

Sunday, December 23, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Micah 5:1-4
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45

Necessity urges us to pray for ourselves. Fraternal Charity obliges us to pray for others. God finds the prayer motivated by charity to be more meritorious than the prayer motivated by necessity.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Monday, December 24, 2012
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Luke 1:67-79

Now that we are reborn, as I have said, in the likeness of our Lord, and have indeed been adopted by God as his children, let us put on the complete image of our Creator so as to be wholly like him, not in the glory that he alone possesses, but in innocence, simplicity, gentleness, patience, humility, mercy, harmony, those qualities in which he chose to become, and to be, one with us.

-- St Peter Chrysologus

Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The Nativity of the Lord - Christmas (Solemnity)
Midnight
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

Dawn
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

During the Day

First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14


Isaiah 62:11-12
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:15-20


Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14

 

A light shall shine upon us this day: for the Lord is born to us: and He shall be called Wonderful, God, the Prince of Peace, the Father of the world to come: of whose reign there shall be no end.

-- Is. ix. 2, 6

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
St. Stephen, First Martyr (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59
Psalm 31:3-4, 6, 8, 17
Matthew 10:17-22

We know we are traveling together. If our pace is slow, go on ahead of us. We won’t envy you but rather will seek to catch up with you. However, if you consider us capable of a quicker pace, run along with us. There is only one goal, and we are all anxious to reach it....some at a slow pace and others at a fast pace. Let everyone’s sighs be uttered in longing for Christ. Let us run to Him and cry out for Him.

-- St Augustine

Thursday, December 27, 2012
St. John, Apostle, Evangelist (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 1:1-4
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
John 20:1-8

If I wish to please God, I must do His Will and not my own.

-- St Alphonsus de Liguori

Friday, December 28, 2012
The Holy Innocents, Martyrs (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 1:5 -- 2:2
Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8
Matthew 2:13-18

You people of Vitebsk want to put me to death. You make ambushes for me everywhere, in the streets, on the bridges, on the highways, and in the marketplace. I am here among you as a shepherd and you ought to know that I should be happy to give my life for you. I am ready to die for the holy union, for the supremacy of St. Peter and of his successor the Supreme Pontiff.

-- St Josaphat

Saturday, December 29, 2012
The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 2:3-11
Psalm 96:1-6
Luke 2:22-35

Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity.

-- St Therese of Lisieux

Sunday, December 30, 2012
The Holy Family (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

Because of our good Lord's tender love to all those who shall be saved, he quickly comforts them saying, "The cause of all this pain is sin. But all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." These words were said so kindly and without a hint of blame.So how unjust it would be for me to blame God for allowing my sin when he does not blame me for falling into it.

-- Blessed Julian of Norwich

Monday, December 31, 2012
The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 2:18-21
Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13
John 1:1-18

The crosses with which our path through life is strewn associate us with Jesus in the mystery of His crucifixion.

-- St. John Eudes

 

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