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27 28 1 2 3 4 5

Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 12:1-4
Psalm 22:26-28, 30-32
Mark 5:21-43

My Jesus, how good it is to love you! Let me be like your disciples on Mount Tabor, seeing nothing else but you, my Savior. Let us be as two friends, neither of whom can bear to offend the other. Amen.

-- St. John Vianney

Wednesday, February 02, 2011
The Presentation of the Lord (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

Be assured that abuses are done away with by teaching rather than by commanding. If we make threats, let it be done sorrowfuly, in the words of Scripture, and in terms of the world to come. In this way it is not we who are feared because of our power, but God because of our words.

-- St Augustine

Thursday, February 03, 2011
St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24
Psalm 48:2-4, 9-11
Mark 6:7-13

Under the influence of fear, we bear the Cross of Christ with patience. Under the more inspiring influence of home, we carry the Cross with a firm and valiant heart. But under the consuming power of love, we embrace the Cross with ardor.

-- St Bernard

Friday, February 04, 2011
St. Joseph of Leonessa, Capuchin, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 13:1-8
Psalm 27:1, 3, 5, 8-9
Mark 6:14-29

We must above all show charity to our enemies. By this you may know that a man is a true Christian, if he seeks to do good to those who wish him evil.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Saturday, February 05, 2011
St. Agatha, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
Psalm 23:1-6
Mark 6:30-34

The condemnation of those who know and yet do not apply their knowledge is the more severe, but even sin committed in ignorance is not without risk.

-- St. Basil the Great

Sunday, February 06, 2011
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

For it is in the liturgy, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, that "the work of our redemption is accomplished," and it is through the liturgy especially that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.

-- Sacrosanctum concilium

Monday, February 07, 2011
St. Colette of Corbie, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 1:1-19
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35
Mark 6:53-56

Remember, that the devil has only one door by which to enter the soul: the will. There are secret or hidden doors. Temptations, discouragement, and unrest are the wares offered by the enemy. Remember this: if the devil makes noise, it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within. That which must terrify us is his peace and concord within the human soul

-- Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 1:20 -- 2:4
Psalm 8:4-9
Mark 7:1-13

The air which we breathe, the bread which we eat, the heart which throbs in our bosoms, are not more necessary for man that he may live as a human being, than is prayer for the Christian that he may live as a Christian.

-- St. John Eudes

Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17
Psalm 104:1-2, 27-30
Mark 7:14-23

My God, do Thou strengthen and increase my faith in Thy divinity that I may adore it, and love it, and confess it even at the peril of my own life; let me be only too happy if I should be called to shed my blood in defense of it.

-- St. Peter Eymard

Thursday, February 10, 2011
St. Scholastica, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 2:18-25
Psalm 128:1-5
Mark 7:24-30

Remember that Jesus Christ, referring to the humility of the publican, said that his prayer was heard. If this was said of a man whose life was evil, what may we not hope for if we are really humble?

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Friday, February 11, 2011
Our Lady of Lourdes (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 3:1-8
Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7
Mark 7:31-37

In prosperity, give thanks to God with humility and fear lest by pride you abuse God's benefits and so offend him.

-- St. Louis IX

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 3:9-24
Psalm 90:2-6, 12-13
Mark 8:1-10

To love God as He ought to be loved, we must be detached from all temporal love. We must love nothing but Him, or if we love anything else, we must love it only for His sake.

-- St. Peter Claver

Sunday, February 13, 2011
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37

No man [truly] making a profession of faith sinneth; nor does he that possesses love hate any one. The tree is made manifest by its fruit; so those that profess themselves to be Christians shall be recognized by their conduct. For there is not now a demand for mere profession, but that a man be found continuing in the power of faith to the end.

-- St. Ignatius

Monday, February 14, 2011
Saints Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 4:1-15, 25
Psalm 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
Mark 8:11-13

The most astonishing thing was that there were actually saints there, even ones who were beatified, who were passing through Purgatory. St. Severinus, Archbishop of Cologne, appeared to one of his friends a long time after his death and told him that he had been in Purgatory for having deferred to the evening the prayers he should have said in the morning. Oh! What years of Purgatory will there be for those Christians who have no difficulty at all in deferring their prayers to another time on the excuse of having to do some pressing work! If we really desired the happiness of possessing God, we should avoid the little faults as well as the big ones, since separation from God is so frightful a torment to all these poor souls!

-- Sermon on Purgatory by Saint John Vianney

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10
Psalm 29: 1-4, 3, 9-10
Mark 8:14-21

Live in the world as if only God and your soul were alone in it. Then your heart will never be made captive by anything earthly thing.

-- St. John of the Cross

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22
Psalm 116:12-15, 18-19
Mark 8:22-26

If you love me, follow me. "I do love you," you protest, "but how do I follow you?" If the Lord your God said to you: "I am the truth and the life, I laid down certain conditions for obtaining my promises. Have you fulfilled them?" If you say: "What did you command, Lord our God?" he will tell you: "I commanded you to follow me.". In your desire for truth, in your love for life, you would certainly ask him to show you the way to reach them. You would say to yourself: "Truth is a great reality, life is a great reality; if only it were possible for my soul to find them!"

-- St. Augustine

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 9:1-13
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23
Mark 8:27-33

The highest degree of meekness consists in seeing, serving, honoring, and treating amiably, on occasion, those who are not to our taste, and who show themselves unfriendly, ungrateful, and troublesome to us.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Friday, February 18, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 33:10-15
Mark 8:34 --
9:1

I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe

-- St. Augustine

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 11:1-7
Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11
Mark 9:2-13

Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?

-- St. Gerard Majella

Sunday, February 20, 2011
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Grace can do nothing without the will and the will can do nothing without grace.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Monday, February 21, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 1:1-10
Psalm 93:1-2, 5
Mark 9:14-29

Guard your eyes that they may not look upon anything contrary to purity; your ears, that they may not listen to evil conversation; your mind, by banishing from it all suggestive thoughts; your heart, by stifling impure desires at their very birth.

-- St. John Baptist de la Salle

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Chair of St. Peter, Apostle (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 5:1-4
Psalm 23:1-6
Matthew 16:13-19

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

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 4:11-19
Psalm 119:165, 168, 171-172, 174-175
Mark 9:38-40

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

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 5:1-8
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Mark 9:41-50

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

Friday, February 25, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 6:5-17
Psalm 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34-35
Mark 10:1-12

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

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 17:1-15
Psalm 103:13-18
Mark 10:13-16

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

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34

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

Monday, February 28, 2011
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 17:20-24
Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7
Mark 10:17-27

What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only when He Caresses us, and to be cold immediately once He afflicts us. This is not true love. Those who love thus, love themselves too much to love God with all their heart.

-- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

 

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