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We Have Sinned
Friday, 30 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
We Have Sinned

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Baruch 1:15-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 79
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:13-16

A National Confession of Guilt
Baruch 1:15-22 is part of a national confession of guilt meant to be read to the assembly …

St. Jerome
Friday, 30 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Jerome

Oxford Dictionary of Saints: St. Jerome
Jerome (Hieronymus) (c.341–420), monk and Doctor of the Church. Born at Strido, near Aquileia, in Dalmatia, Jerome was well educated, first by his father, then by the grammarian Donatus at …

The Word of the Lord Is Perfect
Thursday, 29 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Word of the Lord Is Perfect

If today was not the feast of the Archangels, we would be reading from the Thursday of 26th Week.

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Nehemiah 8:1-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 18
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-10

The Liturgy of …

Michael, Gabriel and Rafael
Thursday, 29 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Michael, Gabriel and Rafael

Today is the feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Rafael.  For the day’s readings, go here.  The Jews know seven archangels.  The Catholic Church gives cultic recognition to the three who are revealed in …

Nehemiah and the Wall of Jerusalem
Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Nehemiah and the Wall of Jerusalem

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Nehemiah 2:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 137
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:57-62

Nehemiah
The Book of Nehemiah is usually read together with the Book of Ezra as one long book. Nehemiah 8–10 is considered part …

Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (1600-1637)
Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (1600-1637)

Lorenzo Ruiz and Anti-Christianity in Japan in the 1600s

The followers of Christ, arriving unexpectedly in Japan, not only came here carrying their goods, but also, without any permission, have spread and propagated their wicked …

Jerusalem, City of God
Tuesday, 27 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Jerusalem, City of God

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Zechariah 8:20-23
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 87
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:51-56

We Have Heard that God is With You
The reading from Zechariah continues the one from yesterday. God will restore Jerusalem and fill …

St. Vincent de Paul
Tuesday, 27 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Vincent de Paul

Born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acq, France getting an education. Tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acq. He began divinity studies …

The Jealous God (Zech. 8:1-8)
Monday, 26 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Jealous God (Zech. 8:1-8)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Zechariah 8:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 102
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:46-50

I am Jealous for Zion
Jealousy is used in the Scriptures in both a positive and a negative sense. When jealousyis used …

(Sunday XXVI – OT A) Two Sons and Humility
Sunday, 25 Sep, 2011 – 0:36 | No Comment
(Sunday XXVI – OT A) Two Sons and Humility

The Two Sons
The parable of the two sons echoes many instances in the Old Testament that involve competition among siblings. We know of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and the sons of Leah. …

God Restores His People
Saturday, 24 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
God Restores His People

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Zechariah 2:5-15 (passim)
Responsorial Psalm: Jeremiah 31
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:43-45

The Restoration of God’s People
Zechariah’s oracle reports a vision, the third in a series. In the vision of the workmen, Zechariah …

I Will Fill This House with Glory
Friday, 23 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
I Will Fill This House with Glory

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Haggai 2:1-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 43
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:18-22

The Glory of the Future Temple
In Haggai 2:1-9, the prophet answers those who are saying that the completed Temple looks dismal and …

Padre Pio da Pietrelcina
Friday, 23 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Padre Pio da Pietrelcina

This worthy follower of Saint Francis of Assisi was born on 25 May 1887 at Pietrelcina in the Archdiocese of Benevento, the son of Grazio Forgione and Maria Giuseppa De Nunzio. He was baptized the …

Consider your ways!
Thursday, 22 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Consider your ways!

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Haggai 1:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 149
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:7-9

Haggai and the Temple
Haggai is mentioned together with Zechariah in Ezra 5 as those prophets who protested against the discontinuation of the …

We have remained in our guilt
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
We have remained in our guilt

Today is the feast of St. Matthew. If it were not, Wednesday of the 25th Week OT — A will have the following readings:
Ezra’s Confession of Guilt
Once more we jump a few chapters and …

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

St. Matthew
Son of Alphaeus, he lived at Capenaum on Lake Genesareth. He was a Roman tax collector, a position equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus’ contemporaries were …

King Darius and the Temple
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
King Darius and the Temple

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Ezra 6:7-20 (passim)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 122
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:19-21

Darius I and the Temple
After yesterday’s reading about the return of the exiles, we jump several some chapters to read about the decree of …

The Korean Martyrs
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Korean Martyrs

A History of Catholicism in Korea
The history of Korea’s Catholic community is unique. Here the laity began to worship as Christians before missionaries came to prostelyze. A group of Korean scholars studied the Christian faith …

The Return of the Exiles
Monday, 19 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Return of the Exiles

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Ezra 1:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 126
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:16-18

Back to Jerusalem!

The selection taken from the beginning of the book of Ezra is about the edict of Cyrus the Great regarding the return …

(Sunday XXV OT — A) The First will Be Last
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXV OT — A) The First will Be Last

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Isaiah 55:6-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145
Reading II: Philippians 1:20-24c. 27
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16a

The Rules Have Changed
With Jesus’ parable of the owner of the vineyard, we are told that with …

Until the Manifestation of the Lord Jesus
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Until the Manifestation of the Lord Jesus

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Timothy 6:13-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:4-15

Timothy’s Charge
Paul closes his exhortations to Timothy with a solemn charge, recalling the example of Jesus’ "noble confession" before Pilate. Earlier, …

The Love of Money
Friday, 16 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Love of Money

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Timothy 6:2-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 49
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:1-3

Psalm 49: Instruction About Wealth
Psalm 49, attributed to the Korahites (1) is a wisdom psalm that explores the problem regarding …

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian
Friday, 16 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian

Today is the memorial of Pope St. Cornelius and Cyprian, friends, and shepherds of a Church under persecution.
On Pope Cornelius
Reluctant 21st pope, elected after a year-and-a-half period during which the persecutions were so bad that …

Our Lady of Sorrows
Thursday, 15 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Our Lady of Sorrows

The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
This feast dates back to the 12th century. It was especially promoted by the Cistercians and the Servites, so much so that in the 14th and 15th centuries it …

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Wednesday, 14 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

The Lifting Up of the Son of Man
The theme of today’s gospel is the lifting up of the Son of Man (John 3:13-17). In John, that phrase refers to the death, resurrection and ascension of …

Where Compassion Meets Grief
Tuesday, 13 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Where Compassion Meets Grief

Today’s Readings

Reading I: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 101
Gospel Reading: Luke 7:11-17

Jesus and the Widow of Nain
How do you respond when you meet misfortune? In a number of places the gospel records that Jesus …

John The Golden Mouth
Tuesday, 13 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
John The Golden Mouth

Benedict XVI on John Chrysostom
It is said of John Chrysostom that when he was seated upon the throne of the New Rome, that is, Constantinople, God caused him to be seen as a second Paul, …

Prayer and a Centurion’s Faith
Monday, 12 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Prayer and a Centurion’s Faith

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Timothy 2:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 28
Gospel Reading: Luke 7:1-10

Prayer for Kings
Paul asks Timothy to tell his constituents to pray for "kings and for all in authority" (v.1). This …

(Sunday XXIV OT – A) Forgiveness from the Heart
Saturday, 10 Sep, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXIV OT – A) Forgiveness from the Heart

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Sirach 27:30-28:7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103
Reading II: Romans 14:7-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

Sirach and Forgiveness
The Gospels did not grow out of the Old Testament, we know that. Between the …

The Tree and its Fruit
Saturday, 10 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Tree and its Fruit

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Timothy 1:15-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 113
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:43-49

Warnings to Disciples (Luke 6:43-49)
We’ve seen how Luke uses certain sayings of the Lord which in Matthew would have been applicable …