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Saturday, September 01, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Psalm 33:12-13, 18-21
Matthew 25:14-30

Into your hands Lord I commend my Spirit.

-- St. Stephen

Sunday, September 02, 2012
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Psalm 15:2-5
James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mary is more blessed because she embraces faith in Christ than because she conceives the flesh of Christ.

-- St. Augustine, De virginitate 3

Monday, September 03, 2012
Labor Day
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 2:4-9, 15
Psalm 90:2-5, 12-14, 16
Matthew 6:31-34

The liturgy then is rightly seen as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. It involves the presentation of man's sanctification under the guise of signs perceptible by the senses and its accomplishment in ways appropriate to each of these signs. In it full public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members. From this it follows that every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of his Body which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others. No other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree.

-- Sacrosanctum concilium

Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 2:10-16
Psalm 145:8-14
Luke 4:31-37

You should permit yourself to be tormented by every kind of martyrdom before you allow yourself to committ a mortal sin.

-- King St. Louis IX of France

Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Psalm 33:12-15, 20-21
Luke 4:38-44

There is a certain love deeply seated in our nature that imperceptibly knits together these bodies of ours. Nothing so welds our life together as the love of man and wife.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Thursday, September 06, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 3:18-23
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 5:1-11

God created man to be straightforward, but he has entangled himself with an infinity of questions.

-- St. John of Damascus

Friday, September 07, 2012
Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40
Luke 5:33-39

The heart is rich when it is content, and it is content when its desires are set upon God's Will.

-- St. Miguel of Ecuador

Saturday, September 08, 2012
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Micah 5:1-4 or Romans 8:28-30
Psalm 13:6
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 or
1:18-23

All who undertake to teach must be endowed with deep love, the greatest of patience, and, most of all, profound humility. They must perform their work with earnest zeal. Then, through their humble prayers, the Lord will find them worthy to become fellow workers with him in the cause of truth. He will console them in the fulfillment of this most noble duty, and finally, will enrich them with the gift of heaven.

-- Saint Joseph Calasanz

Sunday, September 09, 2012
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

If we love God and are faithful to Him, we shall be at peace, and this peace will endure.

-- St. Madeline Sophie Barat

Monday, September 10, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 5:1-8
Psalm 5:5-7, 12
Luke 6:6-11

Go to Jesus. He loves you and is waiting for you to give you many graces. He is on the altar surrounded by angels adoring and praying. Let them make some room for you and join them in doing what they do.

-- St. Mary Joseph Rossello

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Commemoration of 9/11
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Psalm 149:1-6, 9
Luke 6:12-19

To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil - such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.

-- St. Maximus the Confessor

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 24:17-21
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
Luke 1:26-38

It is a matter of real sorrow when God has given those strength to break stronger fetters, those of vanity and sin, that they neglect their own progress and the attainment of such great blessings because they will not detach themselves from trifles. Not only do they not advance, they fall back. For it is well known that on the spiritual road not to go on overcoming self is to go backwards, and not to increase our gain is to lose.As wood can never be transformed into fire if one necessary degree of heat is missing, so the soul that has even one imperfection can never be perfectly transformed in God.

-- St. John of the Cross

Thursday, September 13, 2012
St. John Chrysostom, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13
Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 23-24
Luke 6:27-38

The first temptation, my dear brethren, which the Devil tries on anyone who has begun to serve God better is in the matter of human respect. He will no longer dare to be seen around; he will hide himself from those with whom heretofore had been mixing and pleasure seeking. If he should be told that he has changed a lot, he will be ashamed of it! What people are going to say about him is continually in his mind, to the extent that he no longer has enough courage to do good before other people. If the Devil cannot get him back through human respect, he will induce an extraordinary fear to possess him that his confessions are not good, that his confessor does not understand him, that whatever he does will be all in vain, that he will be damned just the same, that he will achieve the same result in the end by letting everything slide as by continuing to fight, because the occasions of sin will prove too many for him.

-- St. John Vianney

Friday, September 14, 2012
Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38
Philippians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

Strive to acquire the virtues you think your brothers lack, and then you will no longer see their defects, because you yourselves will not have them.

-- St. Augustine

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 5:7-9
Psalm 31:2-6, 15-16, 20
John 19:25-27 or
Luke 2:33-35

Take heed not to foster thy own judgment, for, without doubt, it will inebriate thee; as there is no difference between an intoxicated man and one full of his own opinion, and one is no more capable of reasoning than the other.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 50:5-9
Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

The rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one after the other. For a Christian vocal prayer must spring from the heart, so that while the rosary is said, the mind can enter into contemplation of each one of the mysteries.

-- St. Josemaria Escriva

Monday, September 17, 2012
The Sacred Stigmata of Saint Francis of Assisi (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 6:14-18
Galatians 2:16, 20; Philippians 1:20-21
Luke 9:23-26

Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

-- Matt. 16:16-19

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Priest (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 12:31; 13: 1-10, 13
Psalm 25:1-5, 8-10
Matthew 11:25-30

Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer.

-- St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
St. Francis Mary of Camporosso (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 12:31 -- 13:13
Psalm 33:2-5, 12, 22
Luke 7:31-35

She was full of faith, yet all her life had been tormented by thoughts against it. While apparently enjoying the peace and easiness of mind of souls who have reached a high state of virtue, she suffered such interior trials that she often told me her mind was so filled with all sorts of temptations and abominations that she had to strive not to look within herself...But for all that suffering her face never lost its serenity, nor did she once relax in the fidelity God asked of her. And so I regard her as one of he holiest souls I have ever met on this earth.

-- St. Francis de Sales (speaking of St. Jane Frances de Chantal)

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, Martyr, Paul Chong Hasang, Martyr and Their Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 28
Luke 7:36-50

God must be loved first, in order that one's neighbor, too, may be loved in God.

-- St Bernard

Friday, September 21, 2012
St. Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Psalm 19:2-5
Matthew 9:9-13

For His exceeding charity wherewith God loved us He sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.

-- Romans viii. 3

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49
Psalm 56:10-14
Luke 8:4-15

Look what fame he had, what a worldwide following gathered around him! But why? Perhaps because he was a philosopher? Because he was wise? Because he had resources at his disposal? Because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was-it is not easy to say it-one who bore the wounds of our Lord. He was a man of prayer and suffering.

-- Pope Paul VI (21 Feb. 1971) commenting on the life of Padre Pio

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm 54:3-8
St. James 3:16 to 4:1-3
Mark 9:30-37

The rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one after the other. For a Christian vocal prayer must spring from the heart, so that while the rosary is said, the mind can enter into contemplation of each one of the mysteries.

-- St. Josemaria Escriva

Monday, September 24, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Proverbs 3:27-34
Psalm 15:2-5
Luke 8:16-18

I praise and thank You, heavenly Father, for giving to me praise and thank You, heavenly Father, for giving to me and to my dear spouse the grace and privilege of procreating and co-creating with You our precious offspring. After the presence of Your Divine Son in the Blessed Sacrament, our fruitful union just has to be the most tangible expression of Your love in this world. Our children's souls are a direct creation from Your hand, like the creation of the world at the beginning of time.
Teach us to raise our children as You would with loving firmness and tender care. Help me to respect and affirm my devoted wife with great affection, convinced that the greatest gift I can ever give to my children is true love for their mother. Let them know in what love they are bonded. Never let me do or say anything that would show them behavior unworthy of You. Give me the grace ever to show them Your way.
Make me a man of my word who will be loyal to You and the Church and faithful to the teachings of Jesus. May I assume the spiritual leadership of our family, the domestic Church, by encouraging prayer in our home at mealtime as well as in the morning and at night. Guide me in the decisions we make for our children so that it will be clear to them what they must do to reach heaven.
What an awesome responsibility for me! With Your support and inspiration I know I will be up to it, because I ask in the name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

-- Father Angelus Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Cap.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34-35, 44
Luke 8:19-21

This is a Friend who will not terrify you, who will not abandon you. Hope in Him, and Heaven is yours!

-- St Joseph Cafasso

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Proverbs 30:5-9
Psalm 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163
Luke 9:1-6

Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?

-- St Vincent de Paul

Thursday, September 27, 2012
St. Vincent de Paul, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17
Luke 9:7-9

The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God.

-- St Sebastian

Friday, September 28, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Psalm 144:1-4
Luke 9:18-22

My daughter, I see more Pharisees among Christians than there were around Pilate.

-- St Margaret of Cortona

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or Revelation 12:7-12
Psalm 138:1-5
John 1:47-51

If according to times and needs you should be obliged to make fresh rules and change current things, do it with prudence and good advice.

-- St Angela Merici

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Numbers 11:25-29
Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14
James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

It was His Will that after His death the Church should give us His image in the crucifix, that he might appear to us in a condition of utmost ignominy. And why? He did it because He knew the worth of humility and the danger of the sin which opposes it.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

 

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