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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-06, Memorial St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest
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Posted on 09/23/2006 9:14:35 AM PDT by Salvation

September 23, 2006

Memorial of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, priest

Psalm: Saturday 39

Reading 1
1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49

Brothers and sisters:
Someone may say, “How are the dead raised?
With what kind of body will they come back?”

You fool!
What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.
And what you sow is not the body that is to be
but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind.

So also is the resurrection of the dead.
It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.
It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.
It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.

So, too, it is written,
“The first man, Adam, became a living being,”
the last Adam a life-giving spirit.
But the spiritual was not first;
rather the natural and then the spiritual.
The first man was from the earth, earthly;
the second man, from heaven.
As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly,
and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly.
Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one,
we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 56:10c-12, 13-14

R. (14) I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.
Now I know that God is with me.
In God, in whose promise I glory,
in God I trust without fear;
what can flesh do against me?
R. I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.
I am bound, O God, by vows to you;
your thank offerings I will fulfill.
For you have rescued me from death,
my feet, too, from stumbling;
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
R. I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.

Gospel
Lk 8:4-15

When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another
journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable.
“A sower went out to sow his seed.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled,
and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew,
it withered for lack of moisture.
Some seed fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew,
it produced fruit a hundredfold.”
After saying this, he called out,
“Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Then his disciples asked him
what the meaning of this parable might be.
He answered,
“Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God
has been granted to you;
but to the rest, they are made known through parables
so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.

“This is the meaning of the parable.
The seed is the word of God.
Those on the path are the ones who have heard,
but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts
that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear,
receive the word with joy, but they have no root;
they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation.
As for the seed that fell among thorns,
they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along,
they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life,
and they fail to produce mature fruit.
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil,
they are the ones who, when they have heard the word,
embrace it with a generous and good heart,
and bear fruit through perseverance.”




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Padre Pio and the Guardian Angel

Feast of St. Pio this FRIDAY! (Padre Pio - Pray for Texas!)

Padre Pio's Love for the Blessed Mother

St. Padre Pio

Padre Pio's Shrine, as the Architect Sees It - Renzo Piano Talks about Church, San Giovanni Rotondo

Padre Pio Aid Says Saint Accepted New Mass

Padre Pio: on Spirituality, Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae

Remarkable Transformation: Padre Pio

Cardinal Schotte (Head of the Synod of Bishops) and his view on Dallas; Rose petals for Padre Pio

Saint Padre Pio's Body Not Found in His Tomb?

Padre Pio Now A Saint - Wrestled With Devil, Predicted Future

Padre Pio Wrestled with Devil, Predicted Future

Pope Bestows Sainthood on Padre Pio

PADRE PIO DA PIETRELCINA

Padre Pio to be Canonized This June

His Friends Remember Padre Pio


3 posted on 09/23/2006 9:17:11 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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There certainly were a lot of links for St. Pio!!

Any thoughts, anyone?


4 posted on 09/23/2006 9:27:07 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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September Devotion: Our Lady of Sorrows

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Due to her feast day on September 15, the month of September has traditionally been set aside to honor Our Lady of Sorrows. All the sorrows of Mary (the prophecy of Simeon, the three days' loss, etc.) are merged in the supreme suffering at the Passion. In the Passion, Mary suffered a martyrdom of the heart because of Our Lord's torments and the greatness of her love for Him. "She it was," says Pope Pius XII, "who immune from all sin, personal or inherited, and ever more closely united with her Son, offered Him on Golgotha to the Eternal Father together with the holocaust of her maternal rights and motherly love. As a new Eve, she made this offering for all the children of Adam contaminated through his unhappy fall. Thus she, who was the mother of our Head according to the flesh, became by a new title of sorrow and glory the spiritual mother of all His members."

INVOCATIONS
Mary most sorrowful, Mother of Christians, pray for us.
Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us.

TO THE QUEEN OF MARTYRS
Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace, and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

TO THE MOTHER OF SORROWS
Most holy Virgin. and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never-ending joy at His triumph; obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

IN HONOR OF THE SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
O most holy and afflicted Virgin! Queen of Martyrs! thou who didst stand motionless beneath the Cross, witnessing the agony of thy expiring Son--through the unceasing sufferings of thy life of sorrow, and the bliss which now more than amply repays thee for thy past trials, look down with a mother's tenderness and pity on me, who kneel before thee to venerate thy dolors, and place my requests, with filial confidence, in the sanctuary of thy wounded heart; present them, I beseech thee, on my behalf, to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most sacred death and passion, together with thy sufferings at the foot of the cross, and through the united efficacy of both obtain the grant of my present petition. To whom shall I resort in my wants and miseries if not to thee, O Mother of Mercy, who, having so deeply drunk of the chalice of thy Son, canst compassionate the woes of those who still sigh in the land of exile? Offer for me to my Savior one drop of the Blood which flowed from His sacred veins, one of the tears which trickled from His divine eyes, one of the sighs which rent His adorable Heart. O refuge of the universe and hope of the whole world, do not reject my humble prayer, but graciously obtain the grant of my petition.

TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS
O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.    --Saint Bonaventure

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

 

Litany of Our Lady Of 7 Sorrows

Lord, have mercy on us.       
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, .
God the Holy Ghost, 
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
Holy Virgin of virgins, 
Mother of the Crucified, 
Sorrowful Mother, 
Mournful Mother, 
Sighing Mother, 
Afflicted Mother, 
Foresaken Mother, .
Desolate Mother, 
Mother most sad, 
Mother set around with anguish, 
Mother overwhelmed by grief, 
Mother transfixed by a sword, 
Mother crucified in thy heart, 
Mother bereaved of thy Son, 
Sighing Dove, 
Mother of Dolors, 
Fount of tears, 
Sea of bitterness, 
Field of tribulation, 
Mass of suffering, 
Mirror of patience, 
Rock of constancy, 
Remedy in perplexity, 
Joy of the afflicted, 
Ark of the desolate, 
Refuge of the abandoned,.
Shiled of the oppressed, 
Conqueror of the incredulous, 
Solace of the wretched, 
Medicine of the sick, 
Help of the faint, 
Strength of the weak, 
Protectress of those who fight, 
Haven of the shipwrecked, 
Calmer of tempests, 
Companion of the sorrowful, 
Retreat of those who groan, 
Terror of the treacherous, 
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs, 
Treasure of the Faithful, 
Light of Confessors, 
Pearl of Virgins, .
Comfort of Widows, .
Joy of all Saints, 
Queen of thy Servants,
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled,

Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin, 


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That we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, --- O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives and reigns world without end, 
Amen.

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady

1. The Prophecy of Simeon 
2. The Flight into Egypt .
3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple 
4. Mary meets Jesus Carrying the Cross 
5. The Crucifixion
6. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Her Son
7. The Burial of Her Son and Closing of the Tomb.
Consecration to Our Lady of Sorrows

Most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, Mary, would that I could be in Heaven, there to contemplate the honors rendered to thee by the Most Holy Trinity and by the whole Heavenly Court! But since I am still a pilgrim in this vale of tears, receive from me, thy unworthy servant and a poor sinner, the most sincere homage and the most perfect act of vassalage a human creature can offer thee. 
In thy Immaculate Heart, pierced with so many swords of sorrow, I place today my poor soul forever; receive me as a partaker in thy dolors, and never suffer that I should depart from that Cross on which thy only begotten Son expired for me. 
With thee, O Mary, I will endure all the sufferings, contradictions, infirmities, with which it will please thy Divine Son to visit me in this life. All of them I offer to thee, in memory of the Dolors which thou didst suffer during thy life, that every thought of my mind, every beating of my heart may henceforward be an act of compassion to thy Sorrows, and of complacency for the glory thou now enjoyest in Heaven. 
Since then, O Dear Mother, I now compassionate thy Dolors, and rejoice in seeing thee glorified, do thou also have compassion on me, and reconcile me to thy Son Jesus, that I may become thy true and loyal son (daughter); come on my last day and assist me in my last agony, even as thou wert present at the Agony of thy Divine Son Jesus, that from this painful exile I may go to Heaven, there to be made partaker of thy glory.
Amen.

 



5 posted on 09/23/2006 9:31:15 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49

The Manner of the Resurrection of the Dead



[35] But some one will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind
of body do they come?" [36] You foolish man! What you sow does not
come to life unless it dies. [37] And what you sow is not the body
which is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other
grain.

[42] So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perish-
able, what is raised is imperishable. [43] It is sown in dishonor, it is
raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. [44] It is
sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physi-
cal body, there is also a spiritual body. [45] Thus it is written, "The
first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-
giving spirit. [46] But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physi-
cal, and then the spiritual. [47] The first man was from the earth, a
man of dust; the second man is from heaven. [48] As was the man of
dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven,
so are those who are of heaven. [49] Just as we have borne the image
of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
[50] I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom
of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.



Commentary:

35-38. Now that he has shown that the dead will rise, St Paul goes on
to deal with what form this resurrection will take. He postulates certain
questions (v. 35) and replies to them using comparisons taken from the
vegetable, animal and mineral worlds, to help explain what this resurrec-
tion involves (vv. 36-41). He goes on to describe the qualities of the ri-
sen body (vv. 42-44), referring in particular to one of those qualities, its
spiritual nature or "subtility" (vv. 44-50). He then describes the circum-
stances in which the general resurrection will take place (vv. 51-53),
and he ends with a hymn of joy and thanksgiving for all these wonders
of God (vv. 54-58).

36-41. The Apostle uses the analogy of a seed to explain what resur-
rection involves: just as a seed has to corrupt in order to yield new
life, the body has to die in order to be raised up. In the process of
becoming a new plant the seed takes on a new form: the plant is
something distinct from the original seed; similarly, risen bodies will
be endowed with new qualities which they did not have during their
mortal life (cf. note on vv. 42-44).

By referring to the difference in the flesh of different animals and to
the way that one star shines differently from another, St Paul is trying
to explain that risen bodies are also differentiated, the differences
being a function of charity (cf. "St Pius V Catechism", I, 12, 13).

42-44. These verses are the basis of tile Church's teaching about the
qualities of glorified bodies-impassibility or incorruptibility, glory or
brightness, power or agility, subtility or spirituality. This is

what the "St Pius V Catechism" has to say on the subject: "The
bodies of the risen saints will be distinguished by certain transcen-
dent endowments, which will ennoble them far beyond their former
condition. Among these endowments four are specially mentioned
by the Fathers, which they infer from the doctrine of St Paul and
which are called 'gifts'.

"The first endowment or gift is impassibility, which shall place them
beyond the reach of suffering anything disagreeable or of being affec-
ted by pain or inconvenience of any sort [...]. 'What is sown' says
the Apostle, 'is perishable, what is raised is imperishable' (1 Cor
15:42) [...]. The next quality is brightness, by which the bodies of
the saints shall shine like the sun [...]. This quality the Apostle
sometimes calls "glory". [...] This brightness is a sort of radiance
reflected on the body from the supreme happiness of the soul. It is
a participation in that bliss which the soul enjoys, just as the soul
itself is rendered happy by a participation in the happiness of God.
Unlike the gift of impassibility, this quality is not common to all in
the same degree. All the bodies of the saints will be equally impas-
sible; but the bright- ness of all will not be the same, for, according
to the Apostle, 'there is one glory of the sun, and another glory of
the moon, and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star
in glory' (1 Cor 15:41-42).

"To the preceding quality is united that which is called agility, by
which the body will be freed from the heaviness that now presses it
down, and will take on a capability of moving with the utmost ease
and swiftness, wherever the soul pleases [...]. Hence these words
of the Apostle: 'It is sown in weakness, it is raised in glory' (I Cor
15:43). Another quality is that of subtility, which subjects the body
to the dominion of the soul, so that the body shall be subject to the
soul and ever ready to follow her desires. This quality we learn from
these words of the Apostle: 'It is sown a physical body, it is raised
a spiritual body" (1 Cor 15:44)" (I, 12, 13).

The bodies of the reprobate do not have these qualities proper to
glorified bodies (cf. "St Pius X Catechism", 246).

44-50. The Apostle develops what he has said about those who rise
having spiritual bodies--which might seem to be a self-contradictory
notion. Through descent from Adam, whose body was formed from
the dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7), men receive an earthly animal
body which is destined to perish; Christ, the new Adam, when he
comes again will give his own a heavenly body, perfect and immortal:
"It is called a spiritual body," St Augustine says, "not because it has
become a spirit but because it is in such a way subject to the spirit,
to fit it for its heavenly abode, that every kind of earthly weakness
and imperfection is changed into a heavenly permanence ("De Fide
Et Symbolo", chap. VI).

Even in this present life the Christian should strive to reflect this
image of "the man of heaven", by reproducing in himself the life of
Christ: having died to sin through Baptism he has already been raised
with Christ to a new life (cf. Col 3:1-4). Christ's resurrection, St Thomas
Aquinas explains, "is an exemplary cause with regard to the resurrec-
tion of souls, because even in our souls we must be conformed with
the risen Christ, the Apostle says (Rom 6:4-11): 'Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, that we too might walk in
newness of life [...]. Christ being raised from the dead shall never die
again [...] so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin', so that
you 'might live with him' (1 Thess 5:10)" ("Summa Theologiae", III, q.
56, a. 2).

45. Commenting on this verse, St John of Avila explains that "God
created the first man and blew into his face, he gave him the breath
of life, and he became a living being. "Et factus est primus Adam in
animam viventem, novissimus Adam in spiritum vivificantem" (1 Cor
15:45). The second Adam was made, Jesus Christ, and not only was
he given and did he have life for himself like the first Adam, but he had
it for many others. Christ has a living spirit, a life-giving spirit which
raises up those of us who desire to live. Let us go to Christ, let us
seek Christ, who has the breath of life. No matter how evil you be,
how lost, how disorientated, if you go to him, if you seek him, he will
make you well, he will win you over and set you right and heal you"
("Sermon on Pentecost Sunday").



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries".
Biblical text from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate.
Commentaries by members of the Faculty of Theology, University
of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin,
Ireland.
Reprinted with permission from from Four Courts Press and Scepter
Publishers, the U.S. publishers.


6 posted on 09/23/2006 9:32:41 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: Luke 8:4-15

Parable of the Sower. The Meaning of the Parables



[4] And when a great crowd came together and people from town after
town came to Him (Jesus), He said in a parable: [5] "A sower went out
to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was
trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. [6] And some
fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had
no moisture. [7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew
with it and choked it. [8] And some feel into good soil and grew, and
yielded a hundredfold." As He said this, He called out, "He who has
ears to hear, let him hear."

[9] And when His disciples asked Him what this parable meant, [10]
He said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the Kingdom
of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may
not see, and hearing they may not understand. [11] Now the parable
is this: The seed is the word of God. [12] The ones along the path are
those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word
from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. [13] And the
ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it
with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time
of temptation fall away. [14] And as for what fell among the thorns,
they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked
by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not
mature. [15] And as for that in the good soil, they are those who,
hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring
forth fruit with patience."



Commentary:

4-8. Our Lord explains this parable in verses 11-15. The seed is Jesus
Himself and His preaching; and the different kinds of ground it falls on
reflect people's different attitudes to Jesus and His teaching. Our Lord
sows the life of grace in souls through the preaching of the Church and
through an endless flow of actual graces.

10-12. Jesus uses parables to teach people the mysteries of the
supernatural life and thereby lead them to salvation. However, He
foresaw that, due to the bad dispositions of some of His listeners,
these parables would lead them to harden their hearts and to reject
grace. For a fuller explanation of the purpose of parables see the
notes on Matthew 13:10-13 and Mark 4:11-12.

12. Some people are so immersed in a life of sin that they are the
patch on which falls the seed "which suffers from two kinds of hazard:
it is trodden on by wayfarers and snatched by birds. The path, there-
fore, is the heart, which is trodden on by the frequent traffic of evil
thoughts, and cannot take in the seed and let it germinate because
it is so dried up" (St. Bede, "In Lucae Evangelium Expositio, in loc.").
Souls hardened by sin can become good soil and bear fruit through
sincere repentance and penance. We should note the effort the devil
makes to prevent souls from being converted.

13. "Many people are pleased by what they hear, and they resolve to
do good; but as soon as they experience difficulties they give up the
good words they started. Stony ground has not enough soil, which is
why the shoots fail to produce fruit. There are many who, when they
hear greed criticized, do conceive a loathing for it and extol the scor-
ning of it; but as soon as the soul sees something else that it desires,
it forgets what it previously promised. There are also others who when
they hear talk against impurity not only desire not to be stained by the
filth of the flesh but are even ashamed of the stains that they already
bear; but as soon as bodily beauty presents itself to their eyes, their
heart is so drawn by desires that it is as if they had done or decided to
do nothing against these desires, and they act in a manner deserving
condemnation and in a way which they themselves previously con-
demned when they reflected on their behavior. Very often we feel com-
punction for our faults and yet we go back and commit them even after
bemoaning them" (St. Gregory the Great, "In Evangelia Homiliae", 15).

14. This is the case of people who after receiving the divine seed, the
Christian calling, and having stayed on the right path for some time,
begin to give up the struggle. These souls run the risk of developing a
istaste for the things of God and of taking the easy, and wrong, way
of seeking compensations suggested to them by their disordered
ambition for power and their desire for material wealth and a comfor-
table life involving no suffering.

A person in this situation begins to be lukewarm and tries to serve two
masters: "It is wrong to have two candles lighted--one to St. Michael
and another to the devil. We must snuff out the devil's candle; we
must spend our lives completely in the service of the Lord. If our desire
for holiness is sincere, if we are docile enough to place ourselves in
God's hands, everything will go well. For He is always ready to give
us His grace" ([St] J. Escriva, "Christ Is Passing By", 59).

15. Jesus tells us that the good soil has three features--listening to
God's demands with the good disposition of a generous heart; striving
to ensure that one does not water down these demands as time goes
by; and, finally, beginning and beginning again and not being dishear-
tened if the fruit is slow to appear. "You cannot `rise'. It's not surprising:
that fall!

"Persevere and you will `rise'. Remember what a spiritual writer has
said: your poor soul is like a bird whose wings are caked with mud.

"Suns of heaven are needed and personal efforts, small and constant,
to shake off those inclinations, those vain fancies, that depression:
that mud clinging to your wings.

"And you will see yourself free. If you persevere, you will `rise'" ([St] J.
Escriva, "The Way", 991).



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries".
Biblical text from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate.
Commentaries by members of the Faculty of Theology, University
of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin,
Ireland.
Reprinted with permission from from Four Courts Press and Scepter
Publishers, the U.S. publishers.


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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings

First reading 1 Corinthians 15:35 - 49 ©
Someone may ask, ‘How are dead people raised, and what sort of body do they have when they come back?’ They are stupid questions. Whatever you sow in the ground has to die before it is given new life and the thing that you sow is not what is going to come; you sow a bare grain, say of wheat or something like that, It is the same with the resurrection of the dead: the thing that is sown is perishable but what is raised is imperishable; the thing that is sown is contemptible but what is raised is glorious; the thing that is sown is weak but what is raised is powerful; when it is sown it embodies the soul, when it is raised it embodies the spirit.
If the soul has its own embodiment, so does the spirit have its own embodiment. The first man, Adam, as scripture says, became a living soul; but the last Adam has become a life-giving spirit. That is, first the one with the soul, not the spirit, and after that, the one with the spirit. The first man, being from the earth, is earthly by nature; the second man is from heaven. As this earthly man was, so are we on earth; and as the heavenly man is, so are we in heaven. And we, who have been modelled on the earthly man, will be modelled on the heavenly man.
Psalm or canticle: Psalm 55
Gospel Luke 8:4 - 15 ©
With a large crowd gathering and people from every town finding their way to him, Jesus used this parable:
‘A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell on the edge of the path and was trampled on; and the birds of the air ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and when it came up it withered away, having no moisture. Some seed fell amongst thorns and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell into rich soil and grew and produced its crop a hundredfold.’ Saying this he cried, ‘Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!’
His disciples asked him what this parable might mean, and he said, ‘The mysteries of the kingdom of God are revealed to you; for the rest there are only parables, so that
they may see but not perceive,
listen but not understand.

‘This, then, is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God. Those on the edge of the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and carries away the word from their hearts in case they should believe and be saved. Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear it, welcome the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of trial they give up. As for the part that fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and do not reach maturity. As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.

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Office of Readings -- Awakening Prayer

Office of Readings

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 49 (50)
True reverence for the Lord
The Lord, the God of gods has spoken;
 he has summoned the whole earth, from east to west.
God has shone forth from Sion in her great beauty.
 Our God will come, and he will not be silent.
Before him, a devouring fire;
 around him, a tempest rages.

He will call upon the heavens above, and on the earth, to judge his people.
“Bring together before me my chosen ones, who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice”.
The heavens will proclaim his justice; for God is the true judge.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 49 (50)
Listen, my people, and I will speak;
 Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
I will not reproach you with your sacrifices,
 for your burnt offerings are always before me.
But I will not accept calves from your houses,
 nor goats from your flocks.

For all the beasts of the forests are mine,
 and in the hills, a thousand animals.
All the birds of the air – I know them.
 Whatever moves in the fields – it is mine.

If I am hungry, I will not tell you;
 for the whole world is mine, and all that is in it.
Am I to eat the flesh of bulls,
 or drink the blood of goats?

Offer a sacrifice to God – a sacrifice of praise;
 to the Most High, fulfil your vows.
Then you may call upon me in the time of trouble:
 I will rescue you, and you will honour me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 49 (50)
To the sinner, God has said this:

Why do you recite my statutes?
 Why do you dare to speak my covenant?
For you hate what I teach you,
 and reject what I tell you.

The moment you saw a thief, you joined him;
 you threw in your lot with adulterers.
You spoke evil with your mouth,
 and your tongue made plans to deceive.
Solemnly seated, you denounced your own brother;
 you poured forth hatred against your own mother’s son.

All this you did, and I was silent;
 so you thought that I was just like you.
But I will reprove you –
 I will confront you with all you have done.

Understand this, you who forget God;
 lest I tear you apart, with no-one there to save you.
Whoever offers up a sacrifice of praise gives me true honour;
 whoever follows a sinless path in life will be shown the salvation of God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Reading Ezekiel 18:1 - 32 ©
The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows:
Why do you keep repeating this proverb in the land of Israel: “The fathers have eaten unripe grapes; and the children’s teeth are set on edge?”
As I live–it is the Lord who speaks–there will no longer be any reason to repeat this proverb in Israel. See now: all life belongs to me; the father’s life and the son’s life, both alike belong to me. The man who has sinned, he is the one who shall die.
The upright man is law-abiding and honest; he does not eat on the mountains or raise his eyes to the idols of the House of Israel, does not seduce his neighbour’s wife or sleep with a woman during her periods. He oppresses no one, returns pledges, never steals, gives his own bread to the hungry, his clothes to the naked. He never charges usury on loans, takes no interest, abstains from evil, gives honest judgement between man and man, keeps my laws and sincerely respects my observances–such a man is truly upright. It is the Lord who speaks.
But if anyone has a son prone to violence and bloodshed, who commits one of these misdeeds– even though the father never has–a son who dares to eat on the mountains and to seduce his neighbour’s wife, who oppresses the poor and needy, steals, fails to return pledges, raises his eyes to idols, engages in filthy practices, charges usury on loans and takes interest, then this son shall certainly not live; having committed all these appalling crimes he will have to die, and his blood be on his own head.
The man who has sinned is the one who must die; a son is not to suffer for the sins of his father, nor a father for the sins of his son. To the upright man his integrity will be credited, to the wicked his wickedness.
But if the wicked man renounces all the sins he has committed, respects my laws and is law-abiding and honest, he will certainly live; he will not die. All the sins he committed will be forgotten from then on; he shall live because of the integrity he has practised. What! Am I likely to take pleasure in the death of a wicked man–it is the Lord who speaks–and not prefer to see him renounce his wickedness and live?
But if the upright man renounces his integrity, commits sin, copies the wicked man and practises every kind of filth, is he to live? All the integrity he has practised shall be forgotten from then on; but this is because he himself has broken faith and committed sin, and for this he shall die. But you object, “What the Lord does is unjust”. Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust? When the upright man renounces his integrity to commit sin and dies because of this, he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed. When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die. And yet the House of Israel objects, “What the Lord does is unjust”. Is what I do unjust, you House of Israel? Is it not what you do that is unjust? House of Israel, in future I mean to judge each of you by what he does–it is the Lord who speaks. Repent, renounce all your sins, avoid all occasions of sin! Shake off all the sins you have committed against me, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why are you so anxious to die, House of Israel? I take no pleasure in the death of anyone–it is the Lord who speaks. Repent and live!

Reading A sermon of St Augustine
Offer the bandage of consolation
Scripture says: God chastises every son whom he acknowledges. But the bad shepherd says: “Perhaps I will be exempt”. If he is exempt from the suffering of his chastisements, then he is not numbered among God’s sons. You will say: “Does God indeed punish every son?” Yes, every one, just as he chastised his only Son. His only Son, born of the substance of the Father, equal to the Father in the form of God, the Word through whom all things were made, he could not be chastised. For this reason he was clothed with flesh so that he might know chastisement. God punishes his only Son who is without sin; does he then leave unpunished an adopted son who is with sin? The Apostle says that we have been called to adoption. We have been adopted as sons, that we might be co-heirs with the only Son, and also that we might be his inheritance: Ask of me and I will give you the nations as your inheritance. Christ gave us the example by his own sufferings.
But clearly one who is weak must neither be deceived with false hope nor broken by fear. Otherwise he may fail when temptations come. Say to him: Prepare your soul for temptation. Perhaps he is starting to falter, to tremble with fear, perhaps he is unwilling to approach. You have another passage of Scripture for him: God is faithful. He does not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Make that promise while preaching about the sufferings to come, and you will strengthen the man who is weak. When someone is held back because of excessive fear, promise him God’s mercy. It is not that temptations will be lacking, but that God will not permit anyone to be tempted beyond what he can bear. In this manner you will be binding up the broken one.
When they hear of the trials that are coming, some men arm themselves more and, so to speak, are eager to drain the cup. The ordinary medicine of the faithful seems to them but a small thing; for their part they seek the glorious death of the martyrs. Others hear of the temptations to come, and when they do arrive, as arrive they must, they become broken and lame. Yet it is right that such things befall the Christian, and no one esteems them except the one who desires to be a true Christian.
Offer the bandage of consolation, bind up what has been broken. Say this: “Do not be afraid. God in whom you have believed does not abandon you in temptations. God is faithful. He does not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. It is not I who say this, but the Apostle, and he says further: Are you willing to accept his trial, the trial of Christ who speaks in me? When you hear this you are hearing it from Christ himself, you are hearing it from the shepherd who gives pasture to Israel. For of him it was said: You will give us tears to drink in measure. The Apostle says: He does not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. This is also what the prophet intends by adding the words: in measure. God rebukes but also encourages, he brings fear and he brings consolation, he strikes and he heals. Do not reject him”.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

God calls each one of us to be a saint.

September 23, 2006
St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina
(1887-1968)

In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul's pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter's Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new saint for his prayer and charity. "This is the most concrete synthesis of Padre Pio's teaching," said the pope. He also stressed Padre Pio's witness to the power of suffering. If accepted with love, the Holy Father stressed, such suffering can lead to "a privileged path of sanctity."

Many people have turned to the Italian Capuchin Franciscan to intercede with God on their behalf; among them was the future Pope John Paul II. In 1962, when he was still an archbishop in Poland, he wrote to Padre Pio and asked him to pray for a Polish woman with throat cancer. Within two weeks, she had been cured of her life-threatening disease.

Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.

At the age of 15, Francesco joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917 he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, 75 miles from the city of Bari on the Adriatic.

On September 20, 1918, as he was making his thanksgiving after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.

Life became more complicated after that. Medical doctors, Church authorities and curiosity seekers came to see Padre Pio. In 1924 and again in 1931, the authenticity of the stigmata was questioned; Padre Pio was not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to hear confessions. He did not complain of these decisions, which were soon reversed. However, he wrote no letters after 1924. His only other writing, a pamphlet on the agony of Jesus, was done before 1924.

Padre Pio rarely left the friary after he received the stigmata, but busloads of people soon began coming to see him. Each morning after a 5 a.m. Mass in a crowded church, he heard confessions until noon. He took a mid-morning break to bless the sick and all who came to see him. Every afternoon he also heard confessions. In time his confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day; penitents had to take a number so that the situation could be handled. Many of them have said that Padre Pio knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned.

Padre Pio saw Jesus in all the sick and suffering. At his urging, a fine hospital was built on nearby Mount Gargano. The idea arose in 1940; a committee began to collect money. Ground was broken in 1946. Building the hospital was a technical wonder because of the difficulty of getting water there and of hauling up the building supplies. This "House for the Alleviation of Suffering" has 350 beds.

A number of people have reported cures they believe were received through the intercession of Padre Pio. Those who assisted at his Masses came away edified; several curiosity seekers were deeply moved. Like St. Francis, Padre Pio sometimes had his habit torn or cut by souvenir hunters.

One of Padre Pio’s sufferings was that unscrupulous people several times circulated prophecies that they claimed originated from him. He never made prophecies about world events and never gave an opinion on matters that he felt belonged to Church authorities to decide. He died on September 23, 1968, and was beatified in 1999.

Comment:

At Padre Pio's canonization Mass in 2002, Pope John Paul II referred to that day's Gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) and said: “The Gospel image of 'yoke' evokes the many trials that the humble Capuchin of San Giovanni Rotondo endured. Today we contemplate in him how sweet is the 'yoke' of Christ and indeed how light the burden are whenever someone carries these with faithful love. The life and mission of Padre Pio testify that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted with love, transform themselves into a privileged journey of holiness, which opens the person toward a greater good, known only to the Lord.”

Quote:

"The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain" (saying of Padre Pio).



10 posted on 09/23/2006 9:55:59 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Saturday, September 23, 2006
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49
Psalm 56:10-14
Luke 8:4-15

Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keepig the Sabbath, but the Lord's Day, in which our life is blessed by Him and by His death.

-- St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Magnesios 9:1


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Catholic Culture

Collect:
God our Father, in Saint Pio you gave a light to your faithful people. You made him a pastor of the Church to feed your sheep with his word and to teach them by his example. Help us by his prayers to keep the faith he taught and follow the way of life he showed us. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

September 23, 2006 Month Year Season

Memorial of St. Padre Pio

Old Calendar: St. Linus, pope and martyr; St. Thecla, virgin and martyr

Padre Pio was born in 1887 in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina. He joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of sixteen and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotundo he was a much sought after spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor whose life was devoted to the Eucharist and prayer. Yet despite such notoriety, he would often say, "I only want to be a poor friar who prays."

Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar today was the feast of St. Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter in the government of the Church. He is mentioned after the apostles in the Roman Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I). It was also the feast of St. Thecla, a virgin of Asia Minor in the early days of the Church. Her cultus, which is very ancient, goes back to the second century. She is considered the first woman martyr.


St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Born to a southern Italian farm family, the son of Grazio, a shepherd. At age 15 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars in Morcone, and joined the order at age 19. He suffered several health problems, and at one point his family thought he had tuberculosis. He was ordained at age 22 on 10 August 1910.

While praying before a cross on September 20, 1918, Padre Pio received the stigmata. He is the first priest ever to be so blessed. As word spread, especially after American soldiers brought home stories of Padre Pio following WWII, the priest himself became a point of pilgrimage for both the pious and the curious. He would hear confessions by the hour, reportedly able to read the consciences of those who held back. He was reportedly able to bi-locate, levitate, and heal by touch.

In 1956 he founded the House for the Relief of Suffering, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year.

Today there are over 400,000 members worldwide in prayer groups began by Padre Pio in the 1920's.

His canonization miracle involved the cure of Matteo Pio Colella, age 7, the son of a doctor who works in the House for Relief of Suffering, the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo. On the night of June 20, 2000, Matteo was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with meningitis. By morning doctors had lost hope for him as nine of the boy's internal organs had ceased to give signs of life. That night, during a prayer vigil attended by Matteo's mother and some Capuchin friars of Padre Pio's monastery, the child's condition improved suddenly. When he awoke from the coma, Matteo said that he had seen an elderly man with a white beard and a long, brown habit, who said to him: "Don't worry, you will soon be cured." The miracle was approved by the Congregation and Pope John Paul II on 20 December 2001.

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Things to Do:


St. Linus
Following the crucifixion of Peter, Linus, who had served as an assistant to the apostle, continued the leadership of the Church, for once the Christian faith had been firmly established in Rome, Peter and Paul had commended Linus to this responsibility. However, because the one-man episcopate had not yet emerged in Rome, we have no way of knowing exactly what duties were expected of Linus. In a letter directed to the Oriental churches, Linus told how Peter's body was taken from the cross by Marcellus, bathed in milk and wine, and embalmed with precious spices.

Linus, believed to be the son of Herculanus, was an Italian from the region of Tuscany. He has been identified by the early writer, Eusebius, as the same Linus who is mentioned by St. Paul in his letter of salutation from Rome to Timothy in Ephesus. His episcopate is said to have been approximately twelve years. A brief respite from persecution for the brethren is said to have existed at this time, for legend has it that Nero, in a frightening vision, was so chastised by Peter that he abandoned the wrath which he had once so fiercely set upon the Christians.

Much is unknown of Linus, to be sure, but it is said that he, at Peter's direction, decreed that all women would now cover their heads when entering a church. In the ancient canon of the Mass, his name is cited after those of Peter and Paul.

According to legend, Linus was martyred and buried on the Vatican Hill alongside his beloved Peter.

Excerpted from The Popes: A Papal History, J.V. Bartlett

Symbols: Triple cross; fleeing demons.


St. Thecla
This child of St. Paul is honored by the Fathers of the Eastern Church as proto-martyr and "near apostle." Already during the second century legends concerning her were current and her grave was much visited by pilgrims. It is historically certain that she lived, but the Acts of her life are largely legendary. According to these she was born at Iconium, where she was converted to Christianity by the preaching of St. Paul. It is related that she was "accused of being a Christian by her own parents after she had refused to marry Thamiris, in order to give herself wholly to Christ. But the pyre enkindled for her burning was extinguished by a sudden downpour of rain as she threw herself into it, making the sign of the Cross. Then she fled to Antioch, where the ferocious beasts and bulls to which she was tied would do her no harm. Nor did she suffer injury during confinement in a snake pit. Because of these marvels many pagans accepted the faith. Thereafter Thecla returned to her native land, where she lived in solitude upon a hill. At the age of ninety she died a peaceful death."

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Symbols: Lion; tiger; two or more serpents; globe of fire; flaming fagots; Greek cross.

Things to Do:

  • Since most ancient times St. Thecla has been highly venerated, especially as patron of the dying. Her intercession is still invoked in the litany during the rites for the dying and in the Church's official prayer for a departing soul: "As Thou didst deliver the holy virgin and martyr Thecla from three most gruesome torments, so deliver the soul of this Thy servant; and let him (her) enjoy with Thee the blessings of heaven. Amen." Read the activity Prepare for Death and maybe say the prayers of Recommendation of Departing Soul

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Regnum Christi

 

Good Ground
September 23, 2006


Never is there a moment when God is not working to bring me closer to himself.

Saturday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
Father Robert Presutti

Luke 8:4-15
When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to him, he spoke in a parable. "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold." After saying this, he called out, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear." Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, "Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that ´they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.´ "This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of trial. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I have a profound need of prayer.  I believe that you dwell in my soul. You invite me to trust and love you with all my heart. Enable me to open my heart completely to you.

Petition: Christ Jesus, help me to dwell in good soil where your word will bear abundant fruit.

1. Christ the Sower.  God is never static. Never is there a moment when God is not working to bring me closer to himself. Christ is constantly sowing his word in my heart. Inspirations, lights, teachings, and the good examples I see in others are the Lord’s constant effort to bring me to bear fruits of holiness. The seed God places in my soul has the ability to grow on its own and over time bear much fruit. All I have to do is give it the space and room it needs to grow. Essentially, my spiritual life consists in learning how to cooperate with God’s seed: getting out of the way, and not impeding its growth by my pride or stubbornness.

2.  Birds and Rocks.  Christ reveals our inner workings to ourselves. He identifies the three types of obstacles we all face. The first is our hardness of heart -- our resistance to change. The Enemy of our souls takes great advantage of this form of attachment to keep us from ever progressing. Christ’s power is rendered null when I close my heart  and become unwilling to change. The second obstacle is emotionalism and superficiality. I could confuse thinking that I am following Christ with seeking a spiritual high or merely taking a sedative for my troubled conscience. When this is the case, I follow Christ only as far as it is convenient because I don’t really want to remove the rocks -- the real issues -- submerged in my life. As soon as Christ wants to supplant these rocks, I prefer to let the relationship wither away. There is no real love here, but rather the most refined type of selfishness. It would be better if the seed had never penetrated.

3. From Thorns to Good Soil.  The third obstacle is one we would have never suspected. We might think of a worried and concerned person as one who is attending to duty and seeking to live up to the demands of life. However, Christ reveals that we often create our own problems and forge our own shackles. It gives us some strange sort of satisfaction. Perhaps we are too afraid of the freedom Christ gives us because it implies too much responsibility. We prefer to hide behind the “too many things to do.” We get caught up in the duties of life and never really dedicate ourselves to the life behind those duties. When Christ looks into my heart, he sees good soil and the potential for much fruit. The obstacles and dangers are within my power to control and mitigate.

Dialogue with Christ: Lord Jesus, thank for your teaching. I ask you that you will help me be utterly sincere before you. I humbly accept the fact that my life is a gift. Help me to live it well and do great good for you.

Resolution: I will overcome any fear I feel in meeting Christ’s demands.


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Lauds -- Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 91 (92)
Praise of God, the Creator
It is good to praise the Lord, and to sing psalms to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your mercy in the morning and your faithfulness by night;
on the ten-stringed lyre and the harp, with songs upon the lyre.

For you give me joy, Lord, in your creation: I rejoice in the work of your hands.
How great are your works, O Lord, how immeasurably deep your thoughts.
The fool does not hear, the slow-witted do not understand.
When the wicked sprout up like grass, and the doers of evil are in full bloom,
it will come to nothing, for they will perish for ever and ever; but you, Lord, are the Highest eternally.

For behold, Lord, your enemies, how your enemies will perish, how wrongdoers will be scattered.
You will give me strength as the wild oxen have; I have been anointed with the purest oil.
I will look down upon my enemies, and hear the plans of those who plot evil against me.

The just will flourish like the palm tree, grow tall like the cedar of Lebanon.
They will be planted in the house of the Lord; in the courts of our God they will flourish.
They will bear fruit even when old, fresh and luxuriant through all their days.
They will proclaim how just is the Lord, my refuge, for in him there is no unrighteousness.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Canticle Ezekiel 36
The Lord will renew his people
I will take you from among the Gentiles,
 I will bring you together from all the earth,
 I will lead you into your own land.

I will pour clean water on you,
 and you will be cleansed from your filth:
 from all your worship of idols I will cleanse you.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.
I will take the stone heart from your breast and put a heart of flesh in its place.
I will put my spirit among you,
 so that you will walk in the paths of my law,
 keep my judgements and obey them.

You shall live in the land I gave to your fathers.
You shall be a people for me, and I will be your God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 8
The greatness of God, the dignity of man
How wonderful is your name over all the earth, O Lord, our Lord!
How exalted is your glory above the sky!

Out of the mouths of children and infants you have brought praise, to confound your enemies, to destroy your vengeful foes.

When I see the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you set in their place –
what is man, that you should take thought for him? what is the son of man, that you should look after him?

You have made him but one step lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honour; you have set him over the works of your hands.

You have put everything beneath his feet, cattle and sheep and the beasts of the field,
the birds in the air and the fish in the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the waters.

How wonderful is your name above all the earth, O Lord, our Lord!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
A short Bible reading and responsory may follow here.
Canticle Benedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones, his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies and all who hate us, to take pity on our fathers,
to remember his holy covenant and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
that he would give himself to us, that we could serve him without fear – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him, for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High: for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation, so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God, one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness, who live in the shadow of death;
to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Some short prayers may follow here, to offer up the day's work to God.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

14 posted on 09/23/2006 10:24:33 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Pray for the Pope

Catholic Caucus: Rosary Prayers for Pope Benedict XVI, September 18, 2006

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15 posted on 09/23/2006 10:25:55 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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"they are the ones who, when they have heard the word,
embrace it with a generous and good heart,
and bear fruit through perseverance.”

Dear Padre Pio,

Pray for all of us here on earth, still struggling on our way home. Pray to Jesus to give us the gift of perseverance.

Amen.


16 posted on 09/23/2006 1:05:39 PM PDT by Palladin (Benedict--the New Sobieski?)
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To: Salvation

Faith-sharing bump.


17 posted on 09/23/2006 6:58:43 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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Prayers offered up in memory of the martyred nun in Somalia.


18 posted on 09/23/2006 7:01:17 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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Lk 8:4-15
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
4 And when a very great multitude was gathered together and hastened out of the cities, unto him, he spoke by a similitude. cum autem turba plurima conveniret et de civitatibus properarent ad eum dixit per similitudinem
5 The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the way side. And it was trodden down: and the fowls of the air devoured it. exiit qui seminat seminare semen suum et dum seminat aliud cecidit secus viam et conculcatum est et volucres caeli comederunt illud
6 And other some fell upon a rock. And as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. et aliud cecidit supra petram et natum aruit quia non habebat humorem
7 And other some fell among thorns. And the thorns growing up with it, choked it. et aliud cecidit inter spinas et simul exortae spinae suffocaverunt illud
8 And other some fell upon good ground and, being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, he cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. et aliud cecidit in terram bonam et ortum fecit fructum centuplum haec dicens clamabat qui habet aures audiendi audiat
9 And his disciples asked him what this parable might be. interrogabant autem eum discipuli eius quae esset haec parabola
10 To whom he said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see and hearing may not understand. quibus ipse dixit vobis datum est nosse mysterium regni Dei ceteris autem in parabolis ut videntes non videant et audientes non intellegant
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. est autem haec parabola semen est verbum Dei
12 And they by the way side are they that hear: then the devil cometh and taketh the word out of their heart, lest believing they should be saved. qui autem secus viam sunt qui audiunt deinde venit diabolus et tollit verbum de corde eorum ne credentes salvi fiant
13 Now they upon the rock are they who when they hear receive the word with joy: and these have no roots: for they believe for a while and in time of temptation they fall away. nam qui supra petram qui cum audierint cum gaudio suscipiunt verbum et hii radices non habent qui ad tempus credunt et in tempore temptationis recedunt
14 And that which fell among thorns are they who have heard and, going their way, are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life and yield no fruit. quod autem in spinis cecidit hii sunt qui audierunt et a sollicitudinibus et divitiis et voluptatibus vitae euntes suffocantur et non referunt fructum
15 But that on the good ground are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it and bring forth fruit in patience. quod autem in bonam terram hii sunt qui in corde bono et optimo audientes verbum retinent et fructum adferunt in patientia

19 posted on 09/23/2006 9:10:55 PM PDT by annalex
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Sophia, Wisdom of God

Circa 1850
Russia


About This Icon: A large and important Ural School icon of a complex subject. Sophia, an aspect of Christ before the Creation, is depicted as a winged angelic figure with flame red face seated upon a throne at center. Above her is Christ in a mandorla flanked by two angels. Higher still are the Heavens filled with stars and angels. At center is Lord Sabaoth-God the Father with a dove-the Holy Spirit upon his chest. To the left of Sophia is the Mother of God, robed as a queen, winged and with Christ Immanuel upon her chest. To her left, is the Apostle John. To the right of Sophia, is John the Forerunner, also winged and with crown. Behind him, is John Chrysostum. The left border with Anthony of the Caves, Kiril, and Nephunt. On the right border are Feuclosiy, the Venerable John, and John the Much Suffering Mnogostradalnviy. This icon is probably from a small chapel.

(Source)

20 posted on 09/23/2006 9:14:37 PM PDT by annalex
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Very interesting comments on that icon. A lot to take in. I'm still trying to figure it all out.


21 posted on 09/23/2006 9:23:43 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Word Among Us


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Meditation
1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49



On top of all the other problems that were besetting the church in Corinth, some of the believers there were beginning to dispute the resurrection. No one could describe just how it came about, they reasoned, or what a resurrected body looked like. Lacking such proof, they challenged the very concept of resurrection and tried to discredit Paul’s claim that Jesus was raised from the dead. But, Paul reminded them, the gospel is not simply doctrine; it is power, “the power of God for . . . everyone who has faith” (Romans 1:16).

We don’t have to rely on visual evidence for the resurrection, or even on indisputable arguments. Each of us can know personally that it is real, and that our bodies will one day be transformed to mirror Jesus’ glorified body. We can know it as we see the Holy Spirit at work in us: cleansing our conscience after Confession, giving us peace as we receive the Eucharist, and giving us a sense of closeness with our Father in our prayer lives.

We should never doubt that God is doing something wonderful in each of us! He is always at work, changing us more and more into his likeness. What might some of these changes look like? People may notice a difference in our attitudes, as we become more joyful, peaceful, humble, wise, and gentle. Sometimes we notice changes in ourselves, as we grow less fearful, more compassionate and understanding, or more generous with our time. And sometimes physical changes occur: Our worry lines relax, we stand taller and begin to look others in the eye, or we smile more often.

These changes are only a foretaste, however, of the eternal life we will experience with the Father. But we can be confident that he already sees in us the emergence of the marvelous person he has created each of us to be. Daily, he who raised Jesus from the dead is giving us new life through his Holy Spirit. Resurrection? Absolutely! The small evidences we see of it now encourage us that, one day, we will be raised by the glory of the Father as surely as Jesus was!

“Father, thank you that I am becoming the person you made me to be! Continue to renew me in your Spirit, so that my life may reveal the reality of your resurrection.”

Psalm 56:10-14; Luke 8:4-15


22 posted on 09/23/2006 9:28:52 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

 

<< Saturday, September 23, 2006 >> St. Pio of Pietrelcina
 
1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49 Psalm 56 Luke 8:4-15
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WORD WORK
 
"This is the meaning of the parable...hear the word in a spirit of openness, retain it, and bear fruit through perseverance." —Luke 8:11, 15
 

Ground is valued by its fertility, that is, how productive and fruitful it is. Jesus tells us exactly how to bear fruit:

  1. "Hear the word in a spirit of openness" (Lk 8:15). To hear the word, we must eliminate any background noise. We must cultivate a spirit of openness. Just like a farmer turns over the ground by plowing it, so we turn our lives upside down — make any changes necessary — so the seed of God's word can sink deep into our hearts.
  2. "Retain it" (Lk 8:15). A gardener retains the seed in the soil by burying the seed with a covering of dirt. In this way, the wind can't blow it away, and birds can't eat it. Likewise, we hide the word in our hearts (Ps 119:11, KJV), treasuring it, and refusing to let it go. We meditate on it always (Ps 1:2), and make it part of our very being.
  3. "Bear fruit through perseverance" (Lk 8:15). We do not bear the fruit; God's word does that. However, we must persevere in cooperating with the Holy Spirit in dispensing His word (Mt 24:45), teaching it, and overcoming our tendencies to slack off from sharing His word.

Let's work hard to be rich ground for Jesus. "If we do not relax our efforts, in due time we shall reap our harvest" (Gal 6:9).

 
Prayer: Father, may I act in a manner appropriate for one who has heard the word of Almighty God today.
Promise: "To you the mysteries of the reign of God have been confided." —Lk 8:10
Praise: St. Pio brought many back to the faith by using his spiritual gifts of miracles and knowledge.
 

23 posted on 09/23/2006 9:36:39 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Vespers -- Evening Prayer

Vespers (Evening Prayer)

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 140 (141)
Prayer in time of danger
O Lord, I call on you, hurry to my help: listen to my voice when I call.
When I make my prayer, let it rise like incense before you; when I raise my hands, let it be like the evening sacrifice.

Set a guard on my mouth, Lord, a watch upon my lips.
Do not let my heart turn to evil thoughts, to the planning of wicked deeds,
to alliance with wrongdoers. Let me not share in their delights.
Let the just man strike and rebuke me out of kindness; but sinners shall never anoint me with oil, or I would be an ally in their plans.

When they fall into the hands of harsh judges, they will see how kind my words were.
Like fragments of spoil after digging, their bones will lie scattered round the mouth of the underworld.

To you, Lord, to you my eyes are turned. I take refuge in you – preserve my life.
Protect me from the trap they have laid for me, save me from the snares of the wicked.
Let them be caught in their own nets, all of them, while I pass by in safety.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 141 (142)
You are my refuge
My voice cries out to the Lord; my voice cries out its entreaty.
I pour out lamentation in his sight, I proclaim my troubles before him.

When my spirit is failing within me, still, Lord, you know my paths.
On the road I was travelling, they set up a trap for me.
I looked about me and saw there was no-one beside me to help.
I have nowhere to flee; and no-one will miss me.

I have cried to you Lord, I have said: “you are my refuge, my share in the land of the living.
Listen to my call for help, for I am crushed down”.

“Lead my spirit from prison, so that I may praise your name.
The upright will gather around me, because you have restored me”.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Canticle Philippians 2
Christ, God's servant
Jesus Christ, although he shared God’s nature, did not try to seize equality with God for himself; but emptied himself, took on the form of a slave, and became like a man – not in appearance only, for he humbled himself by accepting death – even death on a cross.
For this, God has raised him high, and given him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bend, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth,
and every tongue will proclaim “Jesus Christ is Lord”, to the glory of God the Father.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
A short Bible reading and responsory may follow here.
Canticle Magnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
 and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
For he has shown me such favour –
 me, his lowly handmaiden.
Now all generations will call me blessed,
 because the mighty one has done great things for me.
His name is holy,
 his mercy lasts for generation after generation
 for those who revere him.

He has put forth his strength:
 he has scattered the proud and conceited,
 torn princes from their thrones;
 but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
 the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
 he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
 to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Some short prayers may follow here, to offer up the day's work to God.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

24 posted on 09/23/2006 9:51:57 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Compline -- Night Prayer

Compline (Night Prayer)

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.


This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience. In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.

A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.


Psalm 4
Thanksgiving
Take pity on me, Lord, and listen to my prayer. Alleluia.
When I called out, he heard me, the God of my righteousness.
When I was in trouble, you gave me freedom:
 now, take pity on me and listen to my prayer.

Sons of men, how long will your hearts be heavy?
 Why do you seek for vain things?
 Why do you run after illusions?
Know that the Lord has done marvellous things
 for those he has chosen.
When I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

Be vigorous, but do not sin:
 speak in the silence of your heart,
 in your bed, be at rest.
Offer righteousness as a sacrifice,
 and put your trust in the Lord.

Many are saying, Who will give us good things?
Let your face shine on us, Lord,
 let the light of your face be a sign.
You have given me a greater joy
 than the others receive
 from abundance of wheat and of wine.
In peace shall I sleep, Lord, in peace shall I rest:
 firm in the hope you have given me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
Take pity on me, Lord, and listen to my prayer. Alleluia.

Psalm 133 (134)
Evening prayer in the Temple
Bless the Lord through the night. Alleluia.
Come, bless the Lord,
 all you servants of the Lord
 who stand through the night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your arms to the sanctuary
 and bless the Lord!

May the Lord bless you from Sion –
 the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
Bless the Lord through the night. Alleluia.

Reading Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one God. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength.
These words that I teach you today will remain in your hearts. You will teach them to your children; you will speak them as you sit at home and as you go on your journeys; you will speak them when you lie down and when you rise up.

Short Responsory ?
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord, God of faithfulness.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

Canticle Nunc Dimittis
Keep us safe, Lord, while we are awake, and guard us as we sleep, so that we can keep watch with Christ and rest in peace. Alleluia.
Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.
 You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
 which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
 the glory of your people Israel.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
Keep us safe, Lord, while we are awake, and guard us as we sleep, so that we can keep watch with Christ and rest in peace. Alleluia.

Prayer
Let us pray.
Come to us, Lord, this night, and give us the strength to rise at dawn rejoicing in the resurrection of your Anointed, who lives and reigns for ever and ever, Amen.

May the almighty Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
A M E N
An antiphon to Our Lady should be recited here.

25 posted on 09/23/2006 9:53:27 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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It is a rare subject, and I wish I had a larger image.

Once confusing aspect is the depiction of Christ two times, once as his eternal aspect as Wisdom and another time as Himself in glory (that is what "mandorla" is). It is easy to confuse Wisdom with the Blessed Virgin.

Here is a contemporary (yet medieval in style) icon of St. Sofia The Divine Wisdom:



Icon of Saint Sofia "Divine Wisdom"

Lynne Taggart, Iconographer
London

There are several minor irregularities in the Russian icon. God the Father is rarely depicted and the normative iconographical tradition advises not to depict him at all. I have never seen a crown on St. John the Baptist. Wings are a common feature in Russian icons of St. John, refelcting the belief that he was an angel of God. It is not what the Orthodox Church teaches, of course, yet iconographers found the wings irresistible. None of that is heretical, certainly not from less legalistic Catholic attitude toward the holy images.

26 posted on 09/24/2006 10:41:01 AM PDT by annalex
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