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Friday, April 01, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hosea 14:2-10
Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17
Mark 12:28-34

God does not require of us extraordinary things.

-- The Cure of Ars

Saturday, April 02, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21
Luke 18:9-14

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

Sunday, April 03, 2011
Fourth Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Psalm 23:1-6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41 or John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

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

-- St. Augustine

Monday, April 04, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 65:17-21
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
John 4:43-54

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

Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9
John 5:1-16

Never rise from the table without having given thanks to the Lord. If we act in this way we need have no fear of the wretched sin of gluttony.

-- St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 49:8-15
Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18
John 5:17-30

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

Thursday, April 07, 2011
St. John Baptist de la Salle, Priest (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 106:19-23
John 5:31-47

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

-- St. Francis de Sales

Friday, April 08, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Wisdom 2:1, 12-22
Psalm 34:17-21, 23
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

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

-- St. John of God

Saturday, April 09, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 7:2-3, 9-12
John 7:40-53

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

Sunday, April 10, 2011
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

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

Monday, April 11, 2011
St. Stanislaus, Bishop, Martyr (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or Daniel 13:41-62
Psalm 23:1-6
John 8:1-11

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:

Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 102: 2-3, 16-21
John 8:21-30

Every virtue in your soul is a precious ornament which makes you dear to God and to man. But holy purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so precious that those who possess it become like the angels of God in Heaven, even though clothed in mortal flesh.

-- St. John Bosco

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Daniel 3:52-56
John 8:31-42

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

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 17:3-9
Psalm 105:4-9
John 8:51-59

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

-- St. John Chrysostom

Friday, April 15, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 18:2-7
John 10:31-42

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

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 37:21-28
Jeremiah 31:10-13
John 11:45-56

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

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14 - 27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54

Never rise from the table without having given thanks to the Lord. If we act in this way we need have no fear of the wretched sin of gluttony.

-- St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Monday, April 18, 2011
Monday of Holy Week
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 42:1-7
Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14
John 12:1-11

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Tuesday of Holy Week
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17
John 13:21-33, 36-38

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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

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

-- St Josemaria Escriva

The Easter Triduum
Thursday, April 21, 2011
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

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

Friday, April 22, 2011
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

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

-- St. Theresa of Avila

Saturday, April 23, 2011
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 24, 2011
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

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, April 25, 2011
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

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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

Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.

-- Lumen gentium 59

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 3:1-10
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
Luke 24:13-35

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind that sets bounds to the passions.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 3:11-26
Psalm 8:2, 5-9
Luke 24:35-48

I see in my neighbor the Person of Jesus Christ.

-- St. Gerard Majella

Friday, April 29, 2011
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

The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible. The poor sick person is Christ again made visible.

-- St. Gerard Majella

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Saturday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 4:13-21
Psalm 118:1, 14-21
Mark 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

 

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