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Monday, April 01, 2013
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 walking on the sea could calm the bitter waves, who gives life to the dying seeds of the earth; he who was able to loose the mortal chains of death, and after three days' darkness could bring again to the upper world the brother for his sister Martha: He, I believe, will make Damasus rise again from the dust.

-- St Damasus (from an epitaph written for himself)

Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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

The more Christian and conscious people are of their dignity and of their vital role in the Church, the more they urgently feel the need for priests who are truly priests.

-- Pope John Paul

Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 3:1-10
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
Luke 24:13-35

Fidélium ánimae per misericordiam Dei requiéscant in pace. Amen May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

-- Fidélium ánimae

Thursday, April 04, 2013
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 3:11-26
Psalm 8:2, 5-9
Luke 24:35-48

The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his Creator.

-- Gaudium et spes

Friday, April 05, 2013
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

When I am completely united to you, there will be no more sorrow or trials; entirely full of you, my life will be complete.

-- St. Augustine

Saturday, April 06, 2013
Saturday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 4:13-21
Psalm 118:1, 14-21
Mark 16:9-15

It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.

-- Dei Verbum

Sunday, April 07, 2013
Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 5:12-16
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Revelation 1:9-13, 17-19
John 20:19-31

Belief in the Eucharist is a treasure we must seek by submissiveness, preserve by piety, and defend at any cost. Not to believe in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest of misfortunes.

-- St Peter Emyard

Monday, April 08, 2013
The Annunciation of the Lord (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Psalm 40:7-11
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-38

Behold a great priest who in his days pleased the Lord, and was found righteous; and in the time of wrath he was taken in exchange for the world.

-- Ecclus 44:16

Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 4:32-37
Psalm 93:1-2, 5
John 3:7-15

I have found David My servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him; for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall have no advantage over him, and the son of iniquity shall not hurt him.

-- Psalm 88: 21-23

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 5:17-26
Psalm 34:2-9
John 3:16-21

Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.

-- Gaudium et Spes

Thursday, April 11, 2013
St. Stanislaus, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 5:27-33
Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20
John 3:31-36

The believer's act [of faith] does not terminate in the propositions, but in the realities [which they express].

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Friday, April 12, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 5:34-42
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
John 6:1-15

For though languages differ throughout the world, the content of the Tradition is one and the same. The Churches established in Germany have no other faith or Tradition, nor do those of the Iberians, nor those of the Celts, nor those of the East, of Egypt, of Libya, nor those established at the centre of the world. . .

-- St. Iranaeus, Adversus haereses

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 6:1-7
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
John 6:16-21

This synthesis of faith was not made to accord with human opinions, but rather what was of the greatest importance was gathered from all the Scriptures, to present the one teaching of the faith in its entirety. And just as the mustard seed contains a great number of branches in a tiny grain, so too this summary of faith encompassed in a few words the whole knowledge of the true religion contained in the Old and the New Testaments.

-- St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Third Sunday of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

When I am before the Blessed Sacrament I feel such a lively faith that I can't describe it. Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible to me...When it is time for me to leave, I have to tear myself away from His sacred presence.

-- St Anthony of Claret

Monday, April 15, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 6:8-15
Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
John 6:22-29

I will worship towards Thy holy temple: and I will give glory to Thy name. Alleluia

-- Psalm 137:2

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 7:51 -- 8:1
Psalm 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21
John 6:30-35

My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you. My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you. My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.

-- St. Nicholas of Flüe

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 8:1-8
Psalm 66:1-7
John 6:35-40

This Creed is the spiritual seal, our heart's meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul.

-- St. Ambrose

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
John 6:44-51

Withdraw your heart from the world before God takes your body from it.

-- Blessed John of Avila

Friday, April 19, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 117:1-2
John 6:52-59

The faults of children are not always imputed to the parents, especially when they have instructed them and given good example. Our Lord, in His wonderous Providence, allows children to break the hearts of devout fathers and mothers. Thus the decisions your children have made don't make you a failure as a parent in God's eyes. You are entitled to feel sorrow, but not necessarily guilt. Do not cease praying for your children; God's grace can touch a hardened heart. Commend your children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When parents pray the Rosary,at the end of each decade they should hold the Rosary aloft and say to her,"With these beads bind my children to your Immaculate Heart", she will attend to their souls.

-- St. Louise de Marillac

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 9:31-42
Psalm 116:12-17
John 6:60-69

Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear; for the King hath greatly desired thy beauty;. With thy comeliness and thy beauty, set out, proceed prosperously, and reign.

-- Psalm 45:11,12

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Revelation 7:9, 14-17
John 10:27-30

If people would do for God what they do for the world, my dear people, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven! But if you dear children, had to pass three or four hours praying in a Church, as you pass them at a dance or in a cabaret, how heavily the world would press upon you.

-- St John Vianney

Monday, April 22, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
John 10:1-10

We firmly believe and confess without reservation that there is only one true God, eternal infinite (immensus) and unchangeable, incomprehensible, almighty and ineffable, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; three persons indeed, but one essence, substance or nature entirely simple.

-- Lateran Council IV

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 11:19-26
Psalm 87:1-7
John 10:22-30

Since all things lie open to His eyes and ears, let us hold Him in awe and rid ourselves of impure desires to do works of evil, so that we may be protected by His mercy from the judgement that is to come. Which of us can escape His mighty hand?

-- Pope St. Clement

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Capuchin, Priest, Martyr (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Revelation 3:7-8, 10-12 or 2 Timothy 2:8-13; 3:10-12
Psalm 119:137-144
John 10:11-16

You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since He who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for He is not subject to time.

-- St. Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos

Thursday, April 25, 2013
St. Mark, Evangelist (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 5:5-14
Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
Mark 16:15-20

Christ said, 'I am the Truth'; he did not say 'I am the custom.'

-- St Toribio

Friday, April 26, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 13:26-33
Psalm 2:6-11
John 14:1-6

Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air distending and diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky. . . question all these realities. All respond: "See, we are beautiful." Their beauty is a profession [confessio]. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One [Pulcher] who is not subject to change?

-- St. Augustine

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 13:44-52
Psalm 98:1-4
John 14:7-14

The certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Sunday, April 28, 2013
Fifth Sunday of Easter
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Acts 14:21-27
Psalm 145:8-13
Revelation 21:1-5
John 13:31-33, 34-35

Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled.

-- St. Monica about the conversion of Augustine

Monday, April 29, 2013
St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 14:5-18
Psalm 115:1-4, 15-16
John 14:21-26

Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.

-- St Ignatius Loyola

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 14:19-28
Psalm 145:10-13, 21
John 14:27-31

The saints judge nations, and rule over people: and the Lord their God shall reign for ever. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright.

-- Widom 3: 8; Ps 32:1

 

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