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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Octave Day of Christmas: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:16-21

O Holy Mary! My Mother; into thy blessed trust and special custody, and into the bosom of thy mercy, I this day, and every day, and in the hour of my death, commend my soul and body. To thee I commit all my anxieties and sorrows, my life and the end of my life, that by thy most holy intercession, and by thy merits, all my actions may be directed and governed by thy will and that of thy Son.

-- St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Thursday, January 02, 2014
Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 2:22-28
Psalm 98:1-4
John 1:19-28

God does not command us to live in hair shirts and chains, or to chastise our flesh with scourges, but to love Him above all things and our neighbor as ourselves.

-- St Charles of Sezze

Friday, January 03, 2014
The Most Holy Name of Jesus (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Philippians 2:5-11
Psalm 113:1-8
Matthew 1:18-23

When we must do something we dislike, let us say to God, " My God I offer You this in honor of the moment when You died for me."

-- St. John Vianney

Saturday, January 04, 2014
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 3:7-10
Psalm 98:1, 7-9
John 1:35-42

It often happens that we pray God to deliver us from some dangerous temptation, and yet God does not hear us but permits the temptation to continue troubling us. In such a case, let us understand that God permits even this for our greater good. When a soul in temptation recommends itself to God, and by His aid resists, O how it then advances in perfection.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday, January 05, 2014
The Epiphany of the Lord (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13
Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
Matthew 2:1-12

How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord.

-- Psalm lxxxiii. 2,3

Monday, January 06, 2014
St. Andre Bessette, Religious (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 3:22 -- 4:6
Psalm 2:7-8, 10-12
Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25

We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 4:7-10
Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8
Mark 6:34-44

Hold firmly that our faith is identical with the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 4:11-18
Psalm 72:1-2, 10, 12-13
Mark 6:45-52

If God had drawn the world from pre-existent matter, what would be so extraordinary in that? A human artisan makes from a given material whatever he wants, while God shows his power by starting from nothing to make all he wants.

-- St. Theophilus of Antioch, Ad Autolycum

Thursday, January 09, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 4:19 -- 5:4
Psalm 72:1-2, 14-15, 17
Luke 4:14-22

Christ conquers, He reigns, He commands. May He defend His people from all evil.

-- Pope Sixtus V

Friday, January 10, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 5:5-13
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
Luke 5:12-16

Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only to pass on and plunge into eternity, there to remain forever what we have made of it.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 5:14-21
Psalm 149:1-6, 9
John 3:22-30

Prayer should be accomplished by grace and not by artifice.

-- St Jane Frances de Chantal

Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Baptism of the Lord (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 3, 9-10
Acts 10: 34-38
Matthew 3:13-17

It is better to say one Our Father fervently and devoutly than a thousand with no devotion and full of distraction.

-- St Edmund

Monday, January 13, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 1:1-8
Psalm 116:12-19
Mark 1:14-20

How do you love yourself? Is your love a purely worldly one? If so you will desire always to abide here. But if your love for here is a heavenly love, you will desire, or at least be ready and glad, to depart hence when- soever it shall please the Lord.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 1:9-20
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8
Mark 1:21-28

Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear: ... And the king shall greatly desire thy beauty; for he is the Lord thy God, and him they shall adore.

-- Ps. xliv. 11, 12

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20
Psalm 40:2, 5, 7-10
Mark 1:29-39

It cannot be doubted that the poor can more easily attain the blessing of humility than those who are rich. In the case of the poor, the lack of worldly goods is often accompanied by a quiet gentleness, whereas the rich are more prone to arrogance. Nevertheless, many wealthy people are disposed to use their abundance not to swell their own pride but to perform works of benevolence. They consider their greatest gain what they spend to alleviate the distress of others. This virtue is open to all men, no matter what their class or condition, because all can be equal in their willingness to give, however unequal they may be in earthly fortune.

-- Pope St. Leo the Great

Thursday, January 16, 2014
St. Berard, OFM, Priest and Companions, Protomartyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 4:1-11
Psalm 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25
Mark 1:40-45

Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.

-- St. Catherine of Sienna

Friday, January 17, 2014
St. Anthony, Abbot (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22
Psalm 89:16-19
Mark 2:1-12

Have you begun to stop trying to defend your sins? Then you have made a beginning of righteousness!

-- St. Augustine

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1
Psalm 21:2-7
Mark 2:13-17

Can you expect to go to heaven for nothing? Did not our Savior track the whole way to it with His tears and blood? And yet you start at every little pain.

-- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
John 1:29-34

God, the Creator of all things, is so full of mercy and compassion that whatever may be the grace for which we stretch out our hands, we shall not fail to receive it.

-- St Bernard

Monday, January 20, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 15:16-23
Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Mark 2:18-22

My last desire, children, is that the love of Our Lord dwell in you so that it will change you into so many apostles, zealous for His glory. You will be the treasure of your families, whom you will make happy by your good conduct.

-- Pope St. Pius X

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 89:20-22, 27-28
Mark 2:23-28

What fine edification a soul gives who, when greeted with scorn, answers gently to conciliate the offensive individual; or perhaps makes no reply at all, nor complains to others, but maintains a placid expression and shows no bitterness. We are asserting that because we love God, we will not allow anyone to make us respond to an offense in a non-Christian way.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10
Mark 3:1-6

He who trusts himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things.

-- St Alphonsus Liguori

Thursday, January 23, 2014
St. Marianne Cope, Virgin (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7
Psalm 56:2-3, 9-13
Mark 3:7-12

Just as if someone were to twist two pieces of wax together and melt them with a fire, so that the two were made one, so too through particiation in the Body of Christ and in His precious Blood, He is united to us and we to Him. In no other way can our corruptible nature be made alive except by being united bodily to the Body of Him who is, by His very nature, Life: that is the Only-Begotten.

-- St. Cyril of Alexandria

Friday, January 24, 2014
St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 24:3-21
Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11
Mark 3:13-19

True charity consists in putting up with all one's neighbor's faults, never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired by the least of his virtues.

-- St Therese of Lisieux

Saturday, January 25, 2014
The Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 22:3-16 or 9:1-22
Psalm 117:1-2
Mark 16:15-18

"Pardon me, O perfections of my God, for having preferred imperfect and evil inclinations to Thee!
Pardon me, O justice of my God, for having outraged Thee by my sins.
Pardon me, O holiness of my God, for having so long stained Thy sight's purity by my sins.
Pardon me, O mercy of my God, for having despised so long Thy mercy's voice.
In deep sorrow and contrition, I cast myself at Thy feet: Have mercy on me. Amen."

-- St Ignatius of Loyola

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 8:23 -- 9:3
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

God is full of compassion, and never fails those who are afflicted and despised, if they trust in Him alone.

-- St Teresa of Avila

Monday, January 27, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10
Psalm 89:20-22, 25-26
Mark 3:22-30

When we hear heretical voices about us..., when we see that the sanctity of marriage and the priesthood are attacked without fear of rebuke, have confidence, for the Holy Church is incorruptible.

-- St Augustine

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19
Psalm 24:7-10
Mark 3:31-35

And I spoke of thy testimonies before kings: and I was not ashamed. I meditated also on thy commandments, which I loved.

-- Psalm cxviii. 46,47

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 7:4-17
Psalm 89:4-5, 27-30
Mark 4:1-20

A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus, the pure soul which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the angels in the sunshine of eternity.

-- St. John Vianney

Thursday, January 30, 2014
St. Hyacinth Marescotti, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
Psalm 132:1-5, 11-14
Mark 4:21-25

But since all your satisfactions and penances are too small and deficient to atone for so many sins, unite them to those of your Savior Jesus lifted upon the Cross. Receive his Divine Blood as it flows from His wounds, and offer It up to appease Divine justice. Unite your reparation to that of the most Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross and from the love of Jesus for His Mother, you will obtain everything.

-- St Peter Julian Eymard

Friday, January 31, 2014
St. John Bosco, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 11:1-10, 13-17
Psalm 51:3-7, 10-11
Mark 4:26-34

The spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart,

-- Luke iv. 18

 

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