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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9
John 5:1-16

When tempted, invoke your angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your guardian angel.

-- St. John Bosco

Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 49:8-15
Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18
John 5:17-30

The more we pray, the more we wish to pray. Like a fish which at first swims on the surface of the water, and afterwards plunges down, and is always going deeper; the soul plunges, dives, and loses itself in the sweetness of conversing with God.

-- St. John Vianney

Thursday, April 03, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 106:19-23
John 5:31-47

If you do not learn to deny yourself, you can make no progress in perfection.

-- St. John of the Cross

Friday, April 04, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Wisdom 2:1, 12-22
Psalm 34:17-21, 23
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Since every man of whatever race is endowed with the dignity of a person, he has an inalienable right to an education corresponding to his proper destiny and suited to his native talents, his cultural background, and his ancestral heritage. At the same time, this education should pave the way to brotherly association with other peoples, so that genuine unity and peace on earth may be promoted. For a true education aims at the formation of the human person with respect to the good of those societies of which, as a man, he is a member, and in whose responsibilities, as an adult, he will share.

-- St. John Neumann

Saturday, April 05, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 7:2-3, 9-12
John 7:40-53

Chastity is the longed for house of Christ and the earthly heaven of the heart.

-- St. John Climacus

Sunday, April 06, 2014
Fifth Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45 or John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33-45

The Christian life is a continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us. We should be so many Christs here on earth, continuing His life and His works, laboring and suffering in a holy and divine manner in the spirit of Jesus.

-- St. John Eudes

Monday, April 07, 2014
St. John Baptist de la Salle, Priest (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Psalm 23:1-6
John 8:1-11 or
John 8:12-20*

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

-- Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus (1854)

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 102: 2-3, 16-21
John 8:21-30

The spiritually avaricious are those who can never have enough of embracing and seeking after countless exercises of piety, hoping thereby to attain perfection all that much sooner, they say. They do this as though perfection consisted in the multitude of things we do and not in the perfection with which we do them! I have already said this very often, but it is necessary to repeat it: God has not placed perfection in the multiplicity of acts we perform to please Him, but only in the way we perform them, which is simply to do the little we do according to our vocation, in love, by love, and for love.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Daniel 3:52-56
John 8:31-42

Consider Jesus' act of acceptance in the garden and how much it cost Him, making Him sweat a sweat of blood! Make this act yourself when things are going well and also when they go against you. If your will flees from rebellion you may be certain that the will, in its own way, has uttered its act of acceptance.

-- Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 17:3-9
Psalm 105:4-9
John 8:51-59

A poor person asks you for something: you ask God for something. He begs for a morsel of food; you beg for eternal life. Give to the beggar so that you may receive from Christ. For He is who says," Give and it will be given to you." It baffles me that you have the imprudence to ask for what you do not want to give.

-- St. Caesarius of Aries, Bishop

Friday, April 11, 2014
St. Stanislaus, Bishop, Martyr (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 18:2-7
John 10:31-42

It is impossible for a person who prays regularly to remain in serious sin; because the two are incompatible, one or the other will have to be given up.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 37:21-28
Jeremiah 31:10-13
John 11:45-56

Paradox: Sanctity is more attainable than learning. But it is easier to be a scholar than to be a Saint.

-- St. Josemaria Escriva

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
At the Procession with Palms:
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Matthew 21:1-11
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14 - Matthew 27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. There is here a particular reference to ourselves; we hold in our hearts one we have not seen in the flesh. We are included in these words, but only if we follow up our faith with good works. The true believer practices what he believes. But of those who pay only lip service to faith, Paul has this to say: They profess to know God, but they deny him in their works. Therefore James says: Faith without works is dead.

-- St.Gregory the Great

Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday of Holy Week
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 42:1-7
Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14
John 12:1-11

In order to avoid discord, never contradict anyone except in case of sin or some danger to a neighbor; and when necessary to contradict others, do it with tact and not with temper.

-- King St. Louis

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday of Holy Week
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17
John 13:21-33, 36-38

Charity unites us to God... There is nothing mean in charity, nothing arrogant. Charity knows no schism, does not rebel, does all things in concord. In charity all the elect of God have been made perfect.

-- Pope St. Clement I

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday of Holy Week
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Matthew 26:14-25

The covetous claim to be Christian, yet they have no trust in Christ. For they are always afraid of want in the time to come, no matter how much they have.

-- St. Thomas More


The Easter Triduum
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-15

By the very nature of creation, material being is endowed with its own stability, truth and excellence, its own order and laws.

-- Gaudium et spes

Friday, April 18, 2014
Good Friday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 52:13 -- 53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1 -- 19:42

When we hear people talk of riches, honors and amusements of the world, let us remember that all things have an end, and let us then say: "My God, I wish for You alone and nothing more."

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Saturday, April 19, 2013
Holy Saturday Night: The Easter Vigil
  1) Genesis 1:1 - 2:2 or Genesis 1:1, 26-31
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12-14, 24, 35 or Psalm 33:4-7, 12-13, 20-22

2) Genesis 22:1-18 or Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Psalm 16:5, 8-11

3) Exodus 14:15 --15:1
(Ps) Exodus 15:1-6, 17-18

4) Isaiah 54:5-14
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13

5) Isaiah 55:1-11
(Ps) Isaiah 12:2-6

6) Baruch 3:9-15, 32 - 4:4
Psalm 19:8-11

7) Ezekiel 36:16-28
Psalm 42:3, 5; Psalm 43:3-4 (Read when baptism is celebrated)
(Ps) Isaiah 12:2-6 or Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 (Read when baptism is not celebrated)

8) Epistle: Romans 6:3-11
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

9) Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10

We confess that one and the same Christ, Lord, and only-begotten Son, is to be acknowledged in two natures without confusion, change, division or separation. The distinction between the natures was never abolished by their union, but rather the character proper to each of the two natures was preserved as they came together in one person (prosopon) and one hypostasis.

-- Council of Chalcedon

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter Sunday (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
John 20:1-9

Don't give in to discouragement....... If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about people's opinions. Be obedient to truth. For with humble obedience, you will never be disturbed.

-- Blessed Mother Teresa

Monday, April 21, 2014
Monday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
Matthew 28:8-15

I have many distractions, but as soon as I am aware of them, I pray for those people, the thought of whom is diverting my attention. In this way they reap the benefit of my disrtactions.

-- St. Therese of Lisieux

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 2:36-41
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
John 20:11-18

How many these days say, " I wish I could see His form, His appearance, His sandals!" Only look! You see Him! You touch Him! You eat Him!

-- St. John Chrysostom

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 3:1-10
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
Luke 24:13-35

We believe the Church as the mother of our new birth, and not in the Church as if she were the author of our salvation.

-- Faustus of Riez, De Spiritu Sancto

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 3:11-26
Psalm 8:2, 5-9
Luke 24:35-48

Grace will not act without us, in order that we may will to do right. But when we will, it works along with us. Grace prevents him who is not willing, that he may will. It accompanies him who wills, lest he will in vain

-- St. Augustine

Friday, April 25, 2014
Friday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 4:1-12
Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27
John 21:1-14

Dearly beloved, today our Saviour is born; let us rejoice. Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. Let the sinner be glad as he receives the offer of forgiveness. Let us give thanks to God the Father, through his Son, in the Holy Spirit, because in his great love for us he took pity on us.

-- Pope St. Leo the Great

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Saturday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 4:13-21
Psalm 118:1, 14-21
Mark 16:9-15

Remember, you will be faulted not because you are ignorant against your will but because you neglect to seek out what it is that makes you ignorant.

-- St. Augustine

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

In all He did from the Incarnation to the Cross, the end Jesus Christ had in mind was the gift of the Eucharist, his personal and corporal union with each Christian through Communion. He saw in It the means of communicating to us all the treasures of His Passion, all the virtues of His Sacred Humanity, and all the merits of His Life.

-- St. Peter Julian Eymard

Monday, April 28, 2014
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 4:23-31
Psalm 2:1-9
John 3:1-8

Be careful then to take part in one Eucharist. For there is one flesh of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and one cup of His Blood that makes us one, and one altar.

-- St. Ignatius of Antioch

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 4:32-37
Psalm 93:1-2, 5
John 3:7-15

If hope goes it alone, it ought to be called presumption.

-- St. Laurence Justinian

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 5:17-26
Psalm 34:2-9
John 3:16-21

That man is truly humble who converts humiliation into humility.

-- St. Bernard

 

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