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Monday, October 01, 2012
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Job 1:6-22
Psalm 17:1-3, 6-7
Luke 9:46-50

Into your hands Lord I commend my Spirit.

-- St. Stephen

Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Guardian Angels (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Exodus 23:20-23
Psalm 91:1-6, 10-11
Matthew 18:1-5, 10

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

-- St. Augustine, De virginitate 3

Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Job 9:1-12, 14-16
Psalm 88:10-15
Luke 9:57-62

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

Thursday, October 04, 2012
St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon, Religious, Founder of the Three Orders (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Sirach 50:1, 3-4, 6-7
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
Galatians 6:14-18
Matthew 11:25-30

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

Friday, October 05, 2012
St. Faustina, Virgin (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Psalm 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14
Luke 10:13-16

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

Saturday, October 06, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17
Psalm 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130
Luke 10:17-24

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

-- St. John of Damascus

Sunday, October 07, 2012
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 128:1-6
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

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

Monday, October 08, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 1:6-12
Psalm 111:1-2, 7-10
Luke 10:25-37

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

Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 1:13-24
Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15
Luke 10:38-42

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

-- St. Madeline Sophie Barat

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14
Psalm 117:1-2
Luke 11:1-4

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

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 3:1-5
Luke 1:69-75
Luke 11:5-13

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

Friday, October 12, 2012
St. Seraphin of Montegranaro, Religious (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 3:7-14
Psalm 111:1-6
Luke 11:15-26

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

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 3:22-29
Psalm 105:2-7
Luke 11:27-28

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

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

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

Monday, October 15, 2012
St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 -- 5:1
Psalm 113:1-7
Luke 11:29-32

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 5:1-6
Psalm 119:41, 43, 45, 47-48
Luke 11:37-41

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 5:18-25
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 11:42-46

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

Thursday, October 18, 2012
St. Luke, Evangelist (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Timothy 4:10-17
Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18
Luke 10:1-9

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

-- St. Francis of Assisi

Friday, October 19, 2012
Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, Martyrs and Companions (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 1:11-14
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13
Luke 12:1-7

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)

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 1:15-23
Psalm 8:2-7
Luke 12:8-12

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

-- St Bernard

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

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

-- Romans viii. 3

Monday, October 22, 2012
St. Peter of Alcantara, Priest (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 2:1-10
Psalm 100:2-5
Luke 12:13-21

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
St. John of Capistrano, OFM, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 2:12-22
Psalm 85:9-14
Luke 12:35-38

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him "Follow me." And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.

-- Lk 5:27-28

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 3:2-12
Isaiah 12:2-6
Luke 12:39-48

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.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 3:14-21
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
Luke 12:49-53

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

-- St Joseph Cafasso

Friday, October 26, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 4:1-6
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 12:54-59

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

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 4:7-16
Psalm 122:1-5
Luke 13:1-9

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

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126:1-6
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

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

-- St Margaret of Cortona

Monday, October 29, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 4:32 -- 5:8
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 13:10-17

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 5:21-33
Psalm 128:1-5
Luke 13:18-21

We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.

-- St Teresa of Avila

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ephesians 6:1-9
Psalm 145:10-14
Luke 13:22-30

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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