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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-29-08
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Posted on 01/29/2008 6:58:34 AM PST by Salvation

January 29, 2008

                                Tuesday of the Third Week
                                in Ordinary Time
 
 
 
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Gospel

Reading 1
2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19

David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom
into the City of David amid festivities.
As soon as the bearers of the ark of the LORD had advanced six steps,
he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.
Then David, girt with a linen apron,
came dancing before the LORD with abandon,
as he and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD
with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.
The ark of the LORD was brought in and set in its place
within the tent David had pitched for it.
Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
When he finished making these offerings,
he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
He then distributed among all the people,
to each man and each woman in the entire multitude of Israel,
a loaf of bread, a cut of roast meat, and a raisin cake.
With this, all the people left for their homes.

Responsorial Psalm
24:7, 8, 9, 10

R. (8) Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD of hosts; he is the king of glory.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

Gospel
Mk 3:31-35

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”




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Christ 2 (Sacred Heart)


Blessed be the most holy Name of Jesus without end!


January Devotion: The Holy Name of Jesus

The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. This feast is also celebrated on January 3. Here is an explanation of the devotion.

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has associated entire months to special devotions. The devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus has been traditionally associated with the month of January, due to its celebration on January 3. The name Jesus was given to the Holy Child at God's command (Luke 1:31). The Holy Name is all-powerful because of the Person who bears it; we honor it because of the command of Christ, that we should pray in His Name and because it reminds us of all the blessings we receive through our Holy Redeemer. Hence St. Paul was able to write to the Philippians: ". . . at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" (Phil. 2:10). By means of this devotion we also make amends for improper use of the Holy Name.

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

Prayer/Hymn in Honor of the Most Holy Name of Jesus - Iesu, Dulcis Memoria

Iesu, Dulcis Memoria is a celebrated 12th century hymn attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), Doctor Mellifluus. The entire hymn has some 42 to 53 stanzas depending upon the manuscript. Parts of this hymn were used for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, which was formerly celebrated on the Sunday between the Circumcision and Epiphany, or failing such a Sunday, on January 2. The part below was used at Vespers. In the liturgical revisions of Vatican II, the feast was deleted, though a votive Mass to the Holy Name of Jesus had been retained for devotional use. With the release of the revised Roman Missal in March 2002, the feast was restored as an optional memorial on January 3.

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast!
Yet sweeter far Thy face to see
And in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesus' name,
The Savior of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart!
0 joy of all the meek!
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesus! our only hope be Thou,
As Thou our prize shalt be;
In Thee be all our glory now,
And through eternity. Amen.

---Roman Breviary

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

 

O Divine Jesus, Thou hast promised that anything we ask of the Eternal Father in Thy name shall be granted.

O Eternal Father. In the name of Jesus, for the love of Jesus, in fulfillment of this promise, and because Jesus has said it, grant us our petitions for the sake of Jesus, Thy Divine Son. Amen.

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


The Holy Name of Jesus

Devotion to the Holy Name [of Jesus]

The Name of Jesus: Its Power in Our Lives

The Holy Name of Jesus

Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus

The Holy Name of Jesus

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Holy Father's Prayer Intentions For 2008

 
JANUARY 2008

General:
That the Church may strengthen her commitment to full visible unity in order to manifest ever more clearly her nature as a community of love in which is reflected the communion of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Mission:
That the Church in Africa, preparing to celebrate the second Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, may continue to be a sign and channel of reconciliation and justice in a continent still suffering from war, exploitation and poverty.

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From: 2 Samuel 6:12b-15, 17-19

The Ark in Jerusalem (Continuation)


[12b] So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of
Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; [13] and when those who
bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a
fatling. [14] And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and
David was girded with a linen ephod. [15] So David and all the house
of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the
sound of the horn.

[17] And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place,
inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and David offered
burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. [18] And when
David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace
offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts,
[19] and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of
Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of
meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people departed, each to his house.


Commentary:

6:1-23. By moving the ark to Jerusalem from Baale, a town on the
border with the Philistines (cf. 1 Sam 4:1-7:1), David is making the
city the religious capital: from now on, it will be the Holy City
blessed by the presence of the Lord. The narrative gives a good idea
of the solemnity of the transfer (a liturgical procession of the kind
celebrated in Psalm 132) and has a lot of doctrinal content.

The first stage in the transfer of the ark (vv. 1-11) was interrupted
by the death of Uzzah, son of Abinadab. This amazing episode may be
meant to show the predominance of one priestly family, that of
Abiathar (cf. 1 Sam 22:20-23; 2 Sam 15:27-29), and the disappearance
(for some inexplicable reason) of the descendants of Abinadab; but the
main message is of course the respect and veneration due to the ark as
the symbol of God’spresence among his people. Only those in charge of
the ark may touch it. Even the king wonders whether it is right to
bring it as far as Jerusalem, and it is the Lord himself who, by
blessing the house of Obed-edom, signals that it should be brought the
rest of the way.

The procession bringing the ark into the holy city is reported in
detail in the second stage of the transfer (vv. 12-15). David himself,
as king of Israel, assumes the functions of a priest and gives a lead
in ritual jubilation. The Fathers have seen the ark as a figure of the
Blessed Virgin; so the transfer of the ark is a symbol of Mary’s
journey to visit her relative Elizabeth (cf. Lk 1:39-45), and David’s
dance is a figure of the Baptist, who leaps with joy in the womb of
his mother when Mary arrives with Jesus in her womb. “The prophet
dances before the ark; but what is the ark if not [a symbol of] Holy
Mary? The ark contained the tablets of the testament, Mary held in her
body the heir to the testament; the ark carried the Law, Mary the
Gospel; the ark held the voice of God, Mary the Word; inside and out,
the ark shone with gold, the light of Mary’s virginity shines inside
and out; the ark was decorated with earthly gold, Mary with the gold
of heaven” (St Maximus of Turin, Sermons, 42, 5). See also the note on
1 Chronicles 15:1-24.

The last scene records Michal’s failure to understand David’s sincere
devotion towards the ark (vv. 16-23); her rejection has political
implications as regards the succession. David will have many sons who
later dispute the throne, but none of them will be descendants of
Saul. The sentence pronounced against Michal, David’s first wife,
draws a line under the house of Saul.


Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.


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From: Mark 3:31-35

The True Kinsmen of Jesus


[31] And His (Jesus’) mother and His brethren came; and standing
outside they went to Him and called Him. [32] And a crowd was sitting
about Him: and they said to Him, “Your mother and Your brethren are
outside, asking for You.” [33] And He replied, “Who are My mother and
My brethren?” [34] And looking around on those who sat about Him, He
said, “Here are My mother and My brethren! [35] Whoever does the will
of God is My brother, and sister, and mother.”


Commentary:

31-35. In Aramaic, the language used by the Jews, the word “brethren”
is a broad term indicating kinship: nephews, first cousins, and
relatives in general are called `brethren’ (for further explanation cf.
note on Mark 6:1-3). “Jesus did not say this to disown His mother, but
to show that she is worthy of honor not only account of having given
birth to Jesus, but also because she has all the virtues” (Theophylact,
“Enarratio In Evangelium Marci, in loc.”).

Therefore, the Church reminds us that the Blessed Virgin “in the course
of her Son’s preaching received the words whereby, in extolling a
kingdom beyond the concerns and ties of flesh and blood, He declared
blessed those who heard and kept the word of God as she was faithfully
doing” (Vatican II, “Lumen Gentium”, 58).

Our Lord, then, is also telling us that if we follow Him we will share
His life more intimately than if we were a member of His family. St.
Thomas explains this by saying that Christ “had an eternal generation
and a generation in time, and gave preference to the former. Those who
do the will of the Father reach Him by Heavenly generation [...].
Everyone who does the will of the Father, that is to say, who obeys
Him, is a brother or sister of Christ, because he is like Him who
fulfilled the will of His Father. But he who not only obeys but
converts others, begets Christ in them, and thus becomes like the
Mother of Christ” (”Commentary on St. Matthew”, 12, 49-50.)


Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.


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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 2 Samuel 6:12 - 19 ©
Word was brought to King David that the Lord had blessed the family of Obed-edom and all that belonged to him on account of the ark of God. David accordingly went and brought the ark of God up from Obed-edom’s house to the Citadel of David with great rejoicing. When the bearers of the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fat sheep. And David danced whirling round before the Lord with all his might, wearing a linen loincloth round him. Thus David and all the House of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with acclaim and the sound of the horn. They brought the ark of the Lord in and put it in position inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered holocausts before the Lord, and communion sacrifices. And when David had finished offering holocausts and communion sacrifices, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Hosts. He then distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israelites, men and women, a roll of bread to each, a portion of dates, and a raisin cake. Then they all went away, each to his own house.
Psalm or canticle: Psalm 23
Gospel Mark 3:31 - 35 ©
His mother and brothers now arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you’. He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’

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Office of Readings and Invitatory Psalm

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 67 (68)
The Lord's triumphal journey
God arises and his enemies are scattered:
 those who hate him flee from his sight.
You blow them away like wisps of smoke;
 as wax melts in front of a fire,
 so the wicked melt away before God.
The righteous are glad and exult in God’s sight;
 they rejoice in their gladness.

Sing to the Lord and celebrate his name!
Make a road for him who rides upon the clouds –
 “The Lord” is his name.
Rejoice in his sight,
 the father of orphans, defender of widows,
 God in his holy dwelling-place,
God, who gives the lonely a house to dwell in,
 God, who leads captives out into prosperity;
 but the rebellious shall live in a desert land.

God, when you set out in the sight of your people,
 when you crossed the wilderness – the earth shook.
The heavens sent down dew at your coming –
 the God of Sinai, the God of Israel.
At your bidding the rains came, O God,
 your inheritance was worn out but you refreshed it.
All your creatures took up residence there,
 in your goodness you made a place for the needy.

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 67 (68)
The Lord gives out the word,
 and a great army of maidens brings the news:
“The kings of the armies are fleeing, they are fleeing,
 and the fair one at home is dividing the spoils.
While you sleep among the sheepfolds,
 the wings of the dove shine with silver,
 her feathers glow with green gold.
Through her the Almighty scatters the kings,
 and the mountain of Salmon is white with snow.

The mountain of Bashan is God’s mountain;
 the mountain of God is a high-peaked mountain.
Why do you envy it, you high-peaked mountains,
 envy the mountain that God has chosen?
 The Lord will dwell there for ever.
The chariots of God are ten thousand thousand:
 the Lord has come from Sinai to his holy sanctuary.
You have scaled the heights, you have taken captives,
 you have received men as gifts
 so that even the rebels live with the Lord God.

Blessings on the Lord, day after day!
 God will carry us, God our saviour.
Our God is a God of salvation,
 our Lord is a Lord who rescues from death.
Truly God will break the heads of his enemies,
 take the scalps of those who tread the path of crime.

The Lord has spoken:
 “I shall bring them back from Bashan,
 I shall bring them back from the depths of the sea,
so that your feet may be dipped in blood
 and the tongues of your dogs receive food from your enemies”.

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 67 (68)
They have seen your processions, O God,
 the processions of God, my king, to his sanctuary.
First came the singers, last the musicians,
 between them the maidens playing their drums.
“Bless God in the assemblies:
 bless the Lord, you who spring from Israel!”
There was young Benjamin, leading them,
 the princes of Judah in their rich robes,
 the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

O God, command in your strength;
 make firm what you have achieved in us.
From your temple in Jerusalem,
 kings shall bring you tribute.
Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds,
 the herd of bulls, the lords of peoples.
 Let them lie prostrate before you with tribute of silver.
Scatter the peoples that delight in war.
 Nobles will come from Egypt,
 Ethiopia will stretch out its hands to God.

Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
 celebrate the Lord.
Sing to God who rides on the highest heavens,
 at the origin of all things.
Listen! – he speaks, a voice of power.

Acknowledge the strength of the Lord:
 his majesty is over Israel,
 his strength is in the clouds.
God inspires awe in his holy place;
 he, the God of Israel, gives power to his people;
 he gives them strength.
Blessed be 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 Deuteronomy 26:1 - 19 ©
The profession of faith
When you come to the land the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, when you have taken possession of it and are living in it, you must set aside the first-fruits of all the produce of the soil raised by you in the land the Lord is giving you. You must put them in a pannier and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to give his name a home. You must go to the priest then in office and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord my God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our fathers he would give us”.
The priest shall then take the pannier from your hand and lay it before the altar of the Lord your God. Then, in the sight of the Lord your God, you must make this pronouncement: “My father was a wandering Aramaean. He went down into Egypt to find refuge there, few in numbers; but there he became a nation, great, mighty, and strong. The Egyptians ill-treated us, they gave us no peace and inflicted harsh slavery on us. But we called on the Lord, the God of our fathers. The Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, our toil and our oppression; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with mighty hand and outstretched arm, with great terror, and with signs and wonders. He brought us here and gave us this land, a land where milk and honey flow. Here then I bring the first-fruits of the produce of the soil that you, the Lord, have given me”.
You must then lay them before the Lord your God, and bow down in the sight of the Lord your God. Then you are to feast on all the good things the Lord has given you, you and your household, and with you the Levite and the stranger who lives among you.
In the third year, the tithing year, when you have finished reckoning the tithe of all your produce and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan and the widow, and they have eaten it in your towns and had their fill, you are to say in the sight of the Lord your God: “I have cleared my house of all that was consecrated. Yes, I have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan and the widow, in accordance with all the commandments you laid on me, not going beyond your commandments, not forgetting them. I have not eaten any bread of mourning; I have consumed nothing that was unclean; I have offered nothing to the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the Lord my God and I have done all as you commanded me. Look down from the dwelling place of your holiness, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the soil you have given us as you swore to our fathers, a land where milk and honey flow”.
The Lord your God today commands you to observe these laws and customs; you must keep and observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
You have today made this declaration about the Lord: that he will be your God, but only if you follow his ways, keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and listen to his voice. And the Lord has today made this declaration about you: that you will be his very own people as he promised you, but only if you keep all his commandments; then for praise and renown and honour he will set you high above all the nations he has made, and you will be a people consecrated to the Lord, as he promised.

Reading From the Detailed Rules for Monks by Saint Basil the Great
How shall we repay the Lord for all his goodness to us?
What words can adequately describe God’s gifts? They are so numerous that they defy enumeration. They are so great that any one of them demands our total gratitude in response.
Yet even though we cannot speak of it worthily, there is one gift which no thoughtful man can pass over in silence. God fashioned man in his own image and likeness; he gave him knowledge of himself; he endowed him with the ability to think which raised him above all living creatures; he permitted him to delight in the unimaginable beauties of paradise, and gave him dominion over everything upon earth.
Then, when man was deceived by the serpent and fell into sin, which led to death and to all the sufferings associated with death, God still did not forsake him. He first gave man the law to help him; he set angels over him to guard him; he sent the prophets to denounce vice and to teach virtue; he restrained man’s evil impulses by warnings and roused his desire for virtue by promises. Frequently, by way of warning, God showed him the respective ends of virtue and of vice in the lives of other men. Moreover, when man continued in disobedience even after he had done all this, God did not desert him.
No, we were not abandoned by the goodness of the Lord. Even the insult we offered to our Benefactor by despising his gifts did not destroy his love for us. On the contrary, although we were dead, our Lord Jesus Christ restored us to life again, and in a way even more amazing than the fact itself, for his state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God, but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave.
He bore our infirmities and endured our sorrows. He was wounded for our sake so that by his wounds we might be healed. He redeemed us from the curse by becoming a curse for our sake, and he submitted to the most ignominious death in order to exalt us to the life of glory. Nor was he content merely to summon us back from death to life; he also bestowed on us the dignity of his own divine nature and prepared for us a place of eternal rest where there will be joy so intense as to surpass all human imagination.
How, then, shall we repay the Lord for all his goodness to us? He is so good that he asks no recompense except our love: that is the only payment he desires. To confess my personal feelings, when I reflect on all these blessings I am overcome by a kind of dread and numbness at the very possibility of ceasing to love God and of bringing shame upon Christ because of my lack of recollection and my preoccupation with trivialities.

Concluding Prayer
Almighty and ever-living God, guide our actions and make them pleasing to you,
 so that in the name of your beloved Son
 we may overflow with good works.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.
Amen.

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Mk 3:31-35
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
31 And his mother and his brethren came; and standing without, sent unto him, calling him. et veniunt mater eius et fratres et foris stantes miserunt ad eum vocantes eum
32 And the multitude sat about him; and they say to him: Behold thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. et sedebat circa eum turba et dicunt ei ecce mater tua et fratres tui foris quaerunt te
33 And answering them, he said: Who is my mother and my brethren? et respondens eis ait quae est mater mea et fratres mei
34 And looking round about on them who sat about him, he saith: Behold my mother and my brethren. et circumspiciens eos qui in circuitu eius sedebant ait ecce mater mea et fratres mei
35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and mother. qui enim fecerit voluntatem Dei hic frater meus et soror mea et mater est

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31. There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent to him, calling him.
32. And the multitude sat about him, and they said to him, Behold, your mother and your brethren without seek for you.
33. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
34. And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
35. For whoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

THEOPHYL. Because the relations of the Lord had come to seize upon Him, as if beside Himself, His mother, urged by the sympathy of her love, came to Him; wherefore it is said, And there came to him his mother, and, standing without, sent to him, calling him.

CHRYS. From this it is manifest that His brethren and His mother were not always with Him; but because He was beloved by them, they come from reverence and affection, waiting without. Wherefore it goes on, And the multitude sat about him, &c.

BEDE; The brothers of the Lord must not be thought to be the sons of the ever-virgin Mary, as Helvidius says, nor the sons of Joseph by a former marriage, as some think, but rather they must be understood to be His relations.

PSEUD-CHRYS. But another Evangelist says, that His brethren did not believe on Him. With which this agrees, which says, that they sought Him, waiting without, and with this meaning the Lord does not mention them as relations. Wherefore it follows, And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother. or my brethren? But He does not here mention His mother and His brethren altogether with reproof, but to show that a man must honor his own soul above all earthly kindred; wherefore this is fitly said to those who called Him to speak with His mother and relations, as if it were a more useful task than the teaching of salvation.

BEDE; Being asked therefore by a message to go out, He declines, not as though He refused the dutiful service of His mother, but to show that He owes more to His Father's mysteries than to His mother's feelings. Nor does He rudely despise His brothers, but, preferring His spiritual work to fleshly relationship, He teaches us that religion is the bond of the heart rather than that of the body. Wherefore it goes on, And looking round about on them which sat about him, he said, Behold my mother and my brethren.

CHRYS. By this, the Lord shows that we should honor those who are relations by faith rather than those who are relations by blood. A man indeed is made the mother of Jesus by preaching Him; for He, as it were, brings forth the Lord, when he pours Him into the heart of his hearers.

PSEUDO-JEROME; But let us be assured that we are His brethren and This sisters, if we do the will of the Father; that we may be joint-heirs with Him, for He discerns us not by sex but by our deeds. Wherefore it goes on: Whoever shall do the will of God, &c.

THEOPHYL. The does not therefore say this, as denying His mother, but as showing that He is worthy of honor, not only because she bore Christ, but on account of her possessing every other virtue.

BEDE; But mystically, the mother and brother of Jesus means the synagogue, (from which according to the flesh He sprung,) and the Jewish people who, while the Savior is teaching within, come to Him, and are not able to enter, because they cannot understand spiritual things. But the crowd eagerly enter, because when the Jews delayed, the Gentiles flocked to Christ; but His kindred, who stand without wishing to see the Lord, are the Jews who obstinately remained without, guarding the letter, and would rather compel the Lord to go forth to them to teach carnal things, than consent to enter in to learn spiritual things of Him. If therefore not even His parents when standing without are acknowledged, how shall we be acknowledged, if we stand without? For the word is within and the light within.

Catena Aurea Mark 3
10 posted on 01/29/2008 1:14:29 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex


Virgin and Child with Saints

Boccaccio Boccaccino

c. 1505
Panel, 87 x 143 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

11 posted on 01/29/2008 1:15:18 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Salvation; Kolokotronis

In the middle of preparing these posts, I received a phone call. My mother died an hour ago of aftereffects of a stroke. It was not unexpected.

God rest her soul. Her name is Adelaida.

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art though among the women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death
Amen

I will be off for a while.


12 posted on 01/29/2008 1:22:44 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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The mother of our brother Alex has fallen asleep. Please remember her in your prayers! The Memorial Service People: Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. People: The choir of Saints has found the fountain of life and the door of Paradise. May I also find the way through repentance. I am the sheep that is lost: O Savior, call me back and save me. People: Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. People: Of old You created me from nothing and honored me with Your divine image. But when I disobeyed Your commandment, O Lord, You cast me down to the earth from where I was taken. Lead me back again to Your likeness, and renew my original beauty. People: Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. People: I am an image of Your ineffable glory, though I bear the scars of my transgressions. On Your creation, Master, take pity and cleanse me by Your compassion. Grant me the homeland for which I long and once again make me a citizen of Paradise. People: Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes. People: Give rest, O God, to Your servant, and place her in Paradise where the choirs of the Saints and the righteous will shine as the stars of heaven. To Your departed servant give rest, O Lord, and forgive all is her offenses. People: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. People: The threefold radiance of the one God let us praise, and let us shout in song: Holy are You, eternal Father, coeternal Son, and divine Spirit! Illumine us who worship You in faith and deliver us from the eternal fire. People: Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. People: Rejoice, gracious Lady, who for the salvation of all gave birth to God in the flesh, and through whom the human race has found salvation. Through you, pure and blessed Theotokos, may we find Paradise. People: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God (3). Tone Eight People: With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Your servant where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor suffering, but life everlasting. Tone Four People: Among the spirits of the righteous perfected in faith, give rest, O Savior, to the soul of Your servant. Bestow upon it the blessed life which is from You, O loving One. People: Within Your peace, O Lord, where all Your saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Your servant, for You alone are immortal. People: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. People: You are our God who descended into Hades and loosened the pains of those who were chained. Grant rest also, O Savior, to the soul of Your servant. People: Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. People: Most pure and spotless Virgin, who ineffably gave birth to God, intercede with Him for the salvation of the soul of your servant. Priest: Have mercy upon us, O God, according to Your great love; we pray to You, hear us and have mercy. People: Lord, have mercy (3). Priest: Again we pray for the repose of the soul of the departed servant of God Adelaida who has fallen asleep, and for the forgiveness of all her sins, both voluntary and involuntary. People: Lord, have mercy (3). Priest:May the Lord God place her soul where the righteous repose. Let us ask for the mercies of God, the kingdom of Heaven, and the forgiveness of her sins from Christ our immortal king and God. People: Grant this, O Lord. Priest: Let us pray to the Lord. People: Lord, have mercy. Priest: O God of spirits and of all flesh, You have trampled down death and have abolished the power of the devil, giving life to Your world. Give rest to the soul of Your departed servant Adelaida in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, and suffering. As a good and loving God, forgive every sin she has committed in thought, word or deed, for there is no one who lives and is sinless. You alone are without sin. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your word is truth. Priest: For You are the resurrection, the life and the repose of Your departed servant Adelaida, Christ our God, and to You we give glory, with Your eternal Father and Your all holy, good and life‑giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. People: Amen. People: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. The Dismissal Priest: Glory to You, O God, our hope, glory to You. Priest: May Christ our true God, who rose from the dead and as immortal King has authority over the living and the dead, have mercy on us and save us, through the intercessions of his spotless and holy Mother; of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles; of our venerable and God‑bearing Fathers; of the holy and glorious forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; of his holy and righteous friend Lazaros, who lay in the grave four days; and of all the saints; establish the soul of His servant Adelaida, departed from us, in the dwelling place of the saints; give rest to her in the, bosom of Abraham and number her among the righteous. People: Amen. Priest: May your memory be eternal, dear sister, for you are worthy of blessedness and everlasting memory. Priest: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us and save us. People: Amen.
13 posted on 01/29/2008 1:48:35 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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The mother of our brother Alex has fallen asleep. Please remember her in your prayers!

The Memorial Service

People: Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

People: The choir of Saints has found the fountain of life and the door of Paradise. May I also find the way through repentance. I am the sheep that is lost: O Savior, call me back and save me.

People: Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

People: Of old You created me from nothing and honored me with Your divine image. But when I disobeyed Your commandment, O Lord, You cast me down to the earth from where I was taken. Lead me back again to Your likeness, and renew my original beauty.

People: Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

People: I am an image of Your ineffable glory, though I bear the scars of my transgressions. On Your creation, Master, take pity and cleanse me by Your compassion. Grant me the homeland for which I long and once again make me a citizen of Paradise.

People: Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

People: Give rest, O God, to Your servant, and place her in Paradise where the choirs of the Saints and the righteous will shine as the stars of heaven. To Your departed servant give rest, O Lord, and forgive all is her offenses.

People: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

People: The threefold radiance of the one God let us praise, and let us shout in song: Holy are You, eternal Father, coeternal Son, and divine Spirit! Illumine us who worship You in faith and deliver us from the eternal fire.

People: Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

People: Rejoice, gracious Lady, who for the salvation of all gave birth to God in the flesh, and through whom the human race has found salvation. Through you, pure and blessed Theotokos, may we find Paradise.

People: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God (3).

Tone Eight

People: With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Your servant where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor suffering, but life everlasting.

Tone Four

People: Among the spirits of the righteous perfected in faith, give rest, O Savior, to the soul of Your servant. Bestow upon it the blessed life which is from You, O loving One.

People: Within Your peace, O Lord, where all Your saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Your servant, for You alone are immortal.

People: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

People: You are our God who descended into Hades and loosened the pains of those who were chained. Grant rest also, O Savior, to the soul of Your servant.

People: Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

People: Most pure and spotless Virgin, who ineffably gave birth to God, intercede with Him for the salvation of the soul of your servant.

Priest: Have mercy upon us, O God, according to Your great love; we pray to You, hear us and have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy (3).

Priest: Again we pray for the repose of the soul of the departed servant of God Adelaida who has fallen asleep, and for the forgiveness of all her sins, both voluntary and involuntary.

People: Lord, have mercy (3).

Priest:May the Lord God place her soul where the righteous repose. Let us ask for the mercies of God, the kingdom of Heaven, and the forgiveness of her sins from Christ our immortal king and God.

People: Grant this, O Lord.

Priest: Let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: O God of spirits and of all flesh, You have trampled down death and have abolished the power of the devil, giving life to Your world. Give rest to the soul of Your departed servant Adelaida in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, and suffering. As a good and loving God, forgive every sin she has committed in thought, word or deed, for there is no one who lives and is sinless. You alone are without sin. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your word is truth.

Priest: For You are the resurrection, the life and the repose of Your departed servant Adelaida, Christ our God, and to You we give glory, with Your eternal Father and Your all holy, good and life‑giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

People: Amen.

People: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The Dismissal

Priest: Glory to You, O God, our hope, glory to You.

Priest: May Christ our true God, who rose from the dead and as immortal King has authority over the living and the dead, have mercy on us and save us, through the intercessions of his spotless and holy Mother; of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles; of our venerable and God‑bearing Fathers; of the holy and glorious forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; of his holy and righteous friend Lazaros, who lay in the grave four days; and of all the saints; establish the soul of His servant Adelaida, departed from us, in the dwelling place of the saints; give rest to her in the, bosom of Abraham and number her among the righteous.

People: Amen.

Priest: May your memory be eternal, dear sister, for you are worthy of blessedness and everlasting memory.

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us and save us.

People: Amen.

14 posted on 01/29/2008 1:51:58 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis; annalex

Prayers for you Alex and for your Mom.


15 posted on 01/29/2008 2:40:32 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Salvation
Prayers offered up for the 2008 Presidential election process. May everything be in accordance with God's will.
17 posted on 01/29/2008 3:16:22 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: annalex
Вечная Памят

18 posted on 01/29/2008 3:54:29 PM PST by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
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To: Kolokotronis; annalex
Thank you for posting the memorial Service, Kolo. Here is the Church Slavonic rendition (real audio file) of this most beautiful service. May you find solace in these hymns in your mother's eternal memory. Memory Eternal.

the dismissal part.

Вечная Памят

and the whole memorial service posted by Kolo (in English).

Опело

19 posted on 01/29/2008 4:27:53 PM PST by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
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I am the way, the truth and the life - Words of Jesus Christ our Lord, Our Savior,  the Son of God.

May The Lord bless you and keep you;  

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

And may Our Lady bless you with   her maternal love


I
n the name of the Father, and of the Son
and the Holy Spirit. Amen

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20 posted on 01/29/2008 7:58:23 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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RIP Prayer ping.

Please post your replies to annalex


Rest in Peace
 Adelaida

annalex, My prayers go up for all who now mourn the passing of Adelaida.  

Salvation, thank you for the ping.

Blessings,
trussell


If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.

21 posted on 01/29/2008 8:06:00 PM PST by trussell (Searching for a new tagline)
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To: annalex

May God rest her soul and comfort you in your sorrow.


22 posted on 01/29/2008 8:11:50 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: annalex

**Adelaida.**

Prayers for you, your family and your mom.

May the Lord walk with you during this difficult time.


23 posted on 01/29/2008 8:29:25 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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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 84 (85)
Our salvation is very near
You looked kindly, O Lord, on your land:
 you ended the captivity of Jacob.
You forgave your people’s unrighteousness
 and covered over their sins.
You reined back all of your anger
 and renounced your indignant fury.

Rescue us, God, our saviour,
 and turn your anger away from us.
Do not be angry for ever
 – or will you let your wrath last from one generation to the next?
Surely you will turn round and give us life
 – so that your people can rejoice in you?
Show us, Lord, your kindness
 and give us your salvation.

I will listen to whatever the Lord God tells me,
 for he will speak peace to his people and his chosen ones,
 and to those who repent in their hearts.
Truly his salvation is close to those who fear him,
 so that glory may dwell in our land.
Kindness and faithfulness have met together,
 justice and peace have kissed.
Faithfulness has sprung from the earth,
 and justice has looked down from heaven.

Truly the Lord will give generously,
 and our land will be fruitful.
Justice will walk before him
 and place its footsteps on his path.

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 Isaiah 26
Thanksgiving for victory
The city is ours,
 with its walls and ramparts,
 a refuge and stronghold.
Open the gates, let the just people enter,
 the nation that keeps faith.

The agreement is made: you will keep peace,
 for peace is entrusted to you.
Trust in the Lord for all ages,
 for the Lord is your strength for ever.

The way of the just is straight;
 you smooth the straight path of the just.
As we follow the path of your judgements,
 we put all our trust in you, Lord.
Our soul’s one desire
 is your name and your memory.
My soul longs for you at night,
 my desire for you leaves me breathless.
When your judgements shine out on the earth –
 then the peoples of the world will know your justice.

Lord, you will give us peace,
 for all you have done, you did for us.

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 94 (95)
A call to worship
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, let us acclaim God our salvation.
Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks, let us acclaim him with songs.

For the Lord is a great God, a king above all gods.
For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands, and the peaks of the mountains are his.
For the sea is his: he made it; and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us worship and bow down, bend the knee before the Lord who made us;
for he himself is our God and we are his flock, the sheep that follow his hand.

If only, today, you would listen to his voice: “Do not harden your hearts
as you did at Meribah, on the day of Massah in the desert, when your fathers tested me –
they put me to the test, although they had seen my works”.

“For forty years they wearied me, that generation.
I said: their hearts are wandering, they do not know my paths.
I swore in my anger: they will never enter my place of rest”.

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.

Short reading 1 John 4:14 - 15 ©
We ourselves saw and we testify that the Father sent his Son as saviour of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him, and he in God.

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.

Prayers and Intercessions ?
Christ, by pouring out his blood, has won for himself a new people. Let us worship him and humbly ask:
Lord, remember your people.
Our King and Redeemer, listen to your Church as she sings your praises at the start of the day:
teach her to give unceasing glory to your greatness.
You are our hope and our strength: we put our trust in you.
Let us never be put to shame.
Take pity on our weakness. Hurry to help us,
for without you there is nothing we can do.
Remember the poor and forgotten. Let this day not be a burden to them,
but a joy and a consolation.
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.

Almighty God, creator of a good and beautiful world,
 may we joyfully set out on this day in your name,
 and fill it with acts of love for you and our brethren.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.
Amen.

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 01/29/2008 8:34:01 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19
Psalm 24:7-10
Mark 3:31-35

Mental prayer is nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him.

-- St. Teresa of Avila


25 posted on 01/29/2008 8:36:39 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic Culture

Daily Readings (on USCCB site):
» January 29, 2008
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Collect: All-powerful and ever-living God, direct your love that is, within us, that our efforts in the name of your Son may bring mankind to unity and peace. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Month Year Season
« January 29, 2008 »

Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time
Old Calendar: St. Francis De Sales, bishop, confessor and doctor

"'What is your name?' Jesus asked. 'My name is legion,' he answered 'for there are many of us.' And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the district. Now there was there on the mountainside a great herd of pigs feeding, and the unclean spirits begged him, 'Send us to the pigs, let us go into them' So he gave them leave. With that, the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs, and the herd of about two thousand pigs charged down the cliff into the lake, and there they were drowned (Mk 5:9-14)."

Before the reform of the Roman Calendar this was the feast of St. Francis de Sales which is now celebrated on January 24.


The Man Possessed by Legion
We see this man in the Gospel reading today, this man who was possessed by Legion and lived among the tombs and on the hillsides, screaming out and gnashing himself all day and night. Isn’t it interesting that, of all the people, he is the first one that the Lord sends out on a mission to go and preach the Gospel? He did not send His apostles as yet. And recall too that in the Jewish territories anyone whom Jesus healed He commanded them to tell no one about it. But this man was a pagan and so it was in the pagan areas, where the Jews would not have been going anyway because it was unclean, that the Lord sent this particular individual to go and preach the Gospel. And so he went through the Decapolis, the ten cities that were up on top of the mountainside, and he preached about what had happened and how his healing came about.

Now this can give us great hope in one form or another. If the world tends to reject us because of the way we are living our lives (as long as we are not doing something that is utterly foolish) then if it is because of faith that we do what we do, it is pleasing to God and it is fully acceptable in the sight of God. We do not need to be doing great things; we do not need to be extraordinary (in the way that we recognize some of the saints). But if we are filled with faith and we are living according to that faith, even if other people think that we are strange, if God sees that we are acceptable then we are on the right track.

At the same time, what we can also do is look back at our own lives and we can see the sinfulness of our lives. And we can wonder, as so often we do, whether God could even have mercy on such a rotten sinner as ourselves. “How could He ever forgive my sins? How could anything good ever come out of somebody like me?” we think. “Why would God ever want such a horrible person like me to be doing anything good for Him? Why would He want it?” Precisely because we are such horrible sinners. Can any of us suggest that we are possessed by hundreds of demons, living among the tombs and gnashing ourselves day and night? Yet this is the man that God sent to preach the Gospel to the pagans. And it is precisely because they all knew who he was. They saw him in his possessed form. They knew that he could not be bound and chained even with the strongest chains and that nothing could hold this man down. Now that he had been healed, once again, nothing could hold him down – not physically anymore, but spiritually; he was going to preach the Gospel no matter what it cost.

The people wanted to stay in their sinfulness and in their paganism. Even when they saw this, they did not want to change and they begged Jesus to leave their territory. What a sad reality! To have God Himself come to you, heal the one who is the most notorious in your entire society, and you would beg Him to leave because you do not want to change, because you do not want to leave your sinfulness! But it is precisely in the one who is healed that the people would have to continue to look at him and recognize what happened and be faced with the reality that the Gospel had been preached among them and that they would have to accept it and change their lives.

So if we look at our own sinfulness and we wonder what God would want with somebody like us, it is to live and to preach the Gospel precisely because if other people knew what a horrible life we have lived, then how can they reject the message of the Lord when they see that we are trying now to live a life of faith, that we have been healed by Jesus Christ? If, on the other hand, we have lived a holy life and by faith God has drawn us aside and made us a little bit odd according to the ways of the world and different in the eyes of those around us, praise God! That means the world is not worthy of you, but God has found you worthy; and it is a purification as He prepares you for the ultimate resurrection and for the glory of Heaven.

Regardless of our situation, what we need to do is stop fighting with God and accept the fact that He has chosen us. He has chosen to heal us and now He is simply asking us to do His Will. We need to ask Him what His Will is for us and we need to seek to do it. When we see the examples that we hear of in the readings today, we realize that, one way or the other, not only are we no different from these people on one level, but we cannot even compare with them on either end of the spectrum. And so if that is the case, and God could choose these people, He can choose us as well. And He has. So it is time that we stop questioning God and it is time that we stop fighting with Him, and instead that we accept His choice, His call, and that we respond with our whole heart and seek to do His Will and to live and to preach the Gospel to others.

* This text was transcribed from the audio recording of a homily by Father Robert Altier with minimal editing.


26 posted on 01/29/2008 8:48:10 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Vultus Christi

The Choreography of Faith

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Week of Sexagesima
Tuesday of the Third Week of the Year I

2 Samuel 6:12–19
Mark 3:31–25

The Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant that figures so prominently in the First Reading is, according to Saint Maximus of Turin, a type of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saint Maximus explains that King David’s rapturous dance before the Ark was a prophetic gesture: “In high rejoicing he broke into dancing, for in the Spirit he foresaw Mary, born of his own line, brought into Christ’s chamber. . . . The Ark carried within it the tables of the covenant, while Mary bore the master of the same covenant.”

The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Ark of the Covenant contained the Law; the Virgin Mary contained the Word made Flesh, the living Gospel, the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. The Ark was resplendent both within and without with pure gold; Mary was resplendent both within and without with the dazzling radiance of her virginity. The Ark was adorned with earthly gold; Mary was begraced with an imperishable holiness.

True Devotion to Mary

Every authentic expression of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a way of “dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.” The Litany of Loreto calls upon Our Lady by means of this very expression: Foederis arca, ora pro nobis! Ark of the Covenant, pray for us.

David was not self-conscious in his dance. He was humble, spontaneous, and single-hearted: figuratively and literally moved by grace. Every encounter with the Mother of God — in the liturgy of the Church, in her images, and in the secret manifestations of her presence that comfort us in this valley of tears — should move us to a similar expression of devotion: humble, spontaneous, and single-hearted.

The Most Holy Eucharist

The same Ark of the Covenant that prefigures the Blessed Virgin Mary, also prefigures the tabernacle that contains the real presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. David danced with all his might before the ark of the covenant; the Church has always taught her faithful to give an outward demonstration of faith before the Mystery of the Eucharist.

Greeted With Wonder

In a text that was released last week, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, had this to say: “The Eucharist, bread transubstantiated into the Body of Christ and wine into the Blood of Christ, God among us, is to be greeted with wonder, reverence and an immense attitude of humble adoration.” David translated his wonder, his reverence, his adoration in an exuberant dance. In our Catholic tradition, we greet Our Lord, present in the Eucharist, by the genuflexion, by the profound inclination, and by kneeing before Him. What are these things if not a kind of dance, a choreography of the Church’s faith in the Most Holy Eucharist, that is both Sacrament and Sacrifice?

Kneeling

Archbishop Ranjith goes on to say, “It is clear that it became coherent and indispensable to take actions and attitudes of the body and spirit which makes it easier to [enter into] silence, recollection, and the humble acceptance of our poverty in the face of the infinite greatness and holiness of the One who comes to meet us in the Eucharistic species. The best way to express our sense of reverence to the Lord in Mass is to follow the example of Peter, who as the Gospel tells us, threw himself on his knees before the Lord and said, 'Lord, depart from me, for I am a sinner " (Luke 5, 8).”

Humility and Lucidity

It is inspiring to see the humility and lucidity with which Archbishop Ranjith and other Roman officials are willing to critique and correct the practices and adaptations of the past forty years. Speaking of Holy Communion in the hand, he says,

“Whatever the reasons for this practice, we cannot ignore what is happening worldwide where this practice has been implemented. This gesture has contributed to a gradual weakening of the attitude of reverence towards the sacred Eucharistic species whereas the previous practice had better safeguarded that sense of reverence. There instead arose an alarming lack of recollection and a general spirit of carelessness. We see communicants who often return to their seats as if nothing extraordinary has happened. . . . In many cases, one cannot discern that sense of seriousness and inner silence that must signal the presence of God in the soul. Then there are those who take away the sacred species to keep them as souvenirs, those who sell, or worse yet, who take them away to desecrate it in Satanic rituals. Even in large concelebrations, also in Rome, several times the sacred species has been found thrown onto the ground. This situation not only leads us to reflect upon a serious loss of faith, but also on outrageous offenses.”

The Reform of the Reform

With the teaching and example of Our Holy Father to guide it, the reform of the reform is well under way. Archbishop Ranjith concludes:

“Now I think it is high time to review and re-evaluate such good practices and, if necessary, to abandon the current practice that was not called for by Sacrosanctum Concilium, nor by Fathers, but was only accepted after its illegitimate introduction in some countries. Now, more than ever, we must help the faithful to renew a deep faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic species in order to strengthen the life of the Church and defend it in the midst of dangerous distortions of the faith that this situation continues to cause.”

A Rightly Ordered Choreography

The Church does not wish to suppress “dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.” She wishes only that it be rightly ordered. The choreography must be worthy of the Mystery or, as Saint Paul says, “let all things be done to edification” (2 Cor 14:26).


27 posted on 01/29/2008 8:52:06 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Regnum Christi

 

Doing the Will of God
January 29, 2008


For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.

Tuesday of the Third week in Ordinary time
Father Jason Wallace, LC

Mark 3: 31-35
The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, "Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you." But he said to them in reply, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you want me to be so close to your heart that you consider me your brother or sister.  I hope I will be able to heed your call and always do your will. I love you for calling me to partake in your divine life. I humbly look to you with eyes of gratitude.

Petition: Lord Jesus, let me enjoy the intimacy of your heart.

1. God’s Will: Nothing More, Nothing Less  We are all called to be united to the Holy Spirit and listen to the inspirations he whispers in our hearts. Our goal is to find God’s will and then to follow it without desiring to do more or less than he expects of us. For some of us, the road to sanctity will be in accomplishing great things for the Church. Others will be sanctified in the small things, and still others in ways like sufferings and hardships. One is not better than the other; all have equal weight. Holiness is not about what we do, but about the love with which we do what God wills of us. 

2. Be My Mother, Be My Brother  How much we love our mom and dad, our brothers and sisters, and our relatives! Joy comes to our hearts, and sparkles fill our eyes at the very thought of them. As we opened those Christmas cards last month and saw the family pictures, our smiles expressed the love we felt in remembering them and the good times we had shared. It brings us great joy for Christ to say that we can become part of his inner circle and be as close to him as his own mother is. We can be a saint like her. We can have her heart. All we have to do is do his will.

3. Sitting Around Jesus  As the crowd sat there listening to and asking questions of our Lord, we can imagine they asked the same questions we all do: “Where does life come from?” “Where are we going?” “What is the point of all this hustle and bustle if we all end up in the grave?” “What is the meaning of my life?”  We all blurt out these questions in our hearts as we grow closer to Christ. And we hear Jesus’ answer: “Do my will!” Let us respond to Christ with generous hearts: “Lord, I want to serve you.  I want to be happy with you for eternity. I want to do what makes you and others happy. I want to do your will!”

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, guide me always to seek your will. Never allow me to try and impose my will upon you, but rather help me to accept the road you want me to travel. I want to be your intimate friend.

Resolution: I will read Numbers 2822-2827 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I can access them here.


28 posted on 01/29/2008 8:54:54 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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This is Kinda Late in the Day ... Can you unsubscribe me... I live in Kuwait... The it is 8 Hours ahead of EST

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29 posted on 01/29/2008 8:55:21 PM PST by philly-d-kidder ( sOUTH OF iRAQ eAST oF sAUIDI wEST OF iRAN AND nORTH OF dUBAI...kuwait)
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Homily of the Day

Homily of the Day
Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph. D.  
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He Loved People, But He Could Walk Alone

January 29, 2008

2 Sam 6:12-15,17-19 / Mk 3:31-35

Today’s gospel records one of the saddest moments in Jesus’ life. His family thought He was crazy, and they were trying to get Him to forget His outlandish ideas and come home with them. What a terrible moment of isolation and utter aloneness it must have been, to be abandoned by those who had been closest to Him all his life, those He loved most dearly.

Jesus’ reaction at this sad and humiliating moment is worth pondering at length. He didn’t waver. He remembered who He was and what was the mission the Father had given Him. And He stood firm in His commitment ... firm and very alone.

There are times in every human life when the normal supports that we’ve come to count on simply aren’t there. The temptation is to scurry to a safe place in the midst of the crowd. The temptation is to bend to the pressures and head for a place in the shadows. That’s when we need to think of Jesus standing tall and alone. That’s when we need to ask His help in remembering who we are and where God has called us.

That’s a prayer that is always answered. And with the answer always comes the strength to stay the course. There are no exceptions, because God is faithful.


30 posted on 01/29/2008 9:04:47 PM PST 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 124 (125)
The Lord guards his people
Those who trust in the Lord are like the mountain of Sion:
 it cannot be shaken, it will stand firm for ever.

Jerusalem – the mountains stand guard over it,
 and the Lord stands guard over his people,
 both now and for ever.
The sceptre of the wicked shall not rest
 upon the inheritance of the just;
lest the just themselves stretch out their hands
 and turn to wickedness.

Be good, O Lord, to the good
 and the upright of heart.
As for those who turn away to crooked paths,
 the Lord shall treat them like the doers of evil.
Peace be on 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.

Psalm 130 (131)
Childlike trust in God
Lord, I do not puff myself up or stare about,
or walk among the great or seek wonders beyond me.

Truly calm and quiet I have made my spirit:
quiet as a weaned child in its mother’s arms –
like an infant is my soul.

Let Israel hope in the Lord, now and for all time.

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 Apocalypse 4,5
The song of the redeemed
You are worthy, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honour and power;
for you made all things, and it is by your will that they existed and were created.

You are worthy, Lord, to receive the book and open its seals,
for you were killed, and with your blood you have ransomed people from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and made them rulers and priests for God; and they will rule over the earth.

The Lamb is worthy, who was killed, to receive power and riches and wisdom, strength and honour, glory and blessing.

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.

Short reading Romans 12:9 - 12 ©
Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying.

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.

Prayers and Intercessions ?
God has established his people in hope, and so with joy we acclaim him:
Lord, you are the hope of your people.
We give you thanks, Lord, that in Christ we have been made rich
in word and in knowledge.
O God, you know the hearts of rulers: in your wisdom guide those who guide the state.
Let them draw from your well of good counsel and be pleasing to you in what they plan and what they do.
You give artists the gift of reflecting your splendour in their work:
through the things they make, make the world bright with hope and joy.
You do not send us trials greater than we can bear:
strengthen the weak and raise the fallen.
Through your Son you have promised mankind resurrection on the last day:
remember those who have already left behind their mortal bodies.
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.

Most gentle Lord, may our evening prayer rise up to you and may your blessing come down upon us,
 so that with your help here and in the next life
 we may deserve salvation.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.
Amen.

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

31 posted on 01/29/2008 9:06:24 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Word Among Us


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Meditation
2 Samuel 6:12-19



Prayer can take many forms. Just consider the scene in today’s first reading, when David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. He not only had many sacrifices offered, he also danced before God with childlike abandon! This probably wasn’t what most people were expecting of their king. They were probably surprised at his lack of decorum. Yet David was so filled with joy that he let all pretenses fall away and danced freely before the God who had been so good to him and his people.

Our prayer, too, can—and should—take many forms. Don’t you sometimes feel like dancing before God in your prayer time? Go ahead! How about singing a song to him, something you just made up? If it seems appropriate, give it a try. What about marching around the room as a symbolic way of sharing in Jesus’ victory over sin and death? Or running through the forest, delighting in God’s gift of the created world? Or letting out a big belly laugh because the Lord has made you joyful? Or maybe falling prostrate before the Lord, saying the name of Jesus over and over again? These, and so many other forms of prayer, can be just as acceptable as sitting before God in long silence, praying the rosary, or just talking to God as familiarly as you would talk to your neighbor.

Sometimes, we can feel constrained by conventions and structured forms of prayer. Certainly, traditional, structured ways of prayer have their place and can be very powerful in helping us build up our relationship with God. But God also wants us to feel free to express ourselves spontaneously if we feel it is appropriate. An unstructured expression of worship, love, or gratitude may very well help us break through to a deeper relationship with God.

Remember that God is your Father. He loves you as his very own child. Children are naturally spontaneous and free, and you can be this way before God. He delights in seeing his children coming before him in many different ways. Why not take a chance and become a little spontaneous as you let your Father know how much you love him?

“Jesus, as you rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, teach me also to express my joy and worship. You are great, O Lord, and I take delight in you!”

Psalm 24:7-10; Mark 3:31-35



32 posted on 01/29/2008 9:18:55 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body


<< Tuesday, January 29, 2008 >>
 
2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19 Psalm 24 Mark 3:31-35
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FAMILY MATTERS
 
"...gazing around Him at those seated in the circle..." —Mark 3:34
 

Before Jesus became flesh, His experience of family was that of superabundant love circulating between Himself, the Holy Spirit, and the Father (Jn 1:1-2). Then Jesus came to earth as a Man, and His experience of family was the love flowing through the Holy Family (Lk 2:39-40), and, later, through His relatives (Mk 3:31-32). Jesus has an unimaginably rich family history.

Today's Gospel presents an abrupt diversion from Jesus' family experience. Jesus gazes at the crowd seated in the circle around Him (Mk 3:34). These people are "hanging on His words" (Lk 19:48). They seek wisdom, healing, or words of direction from One greater than they (Lk 11:31-32). Suddenly the Master is interrupted by a summons from His family. The members in the crowd immediately realize that their time with Jesus is up. They naturally assume Jesus must attend to family matters, and mentally prepare to return home, not knowing if they will ever see Him again. Imagine the look on their faces as Jesus gazes lovingly at them and tells them they are His family, because they are doing the will of God (Mk 3:34-35). Imagine the joy of Jesus in sharing with them the never-ending love that flows in His family.

At Baptism, you were begotten from above (Jn 3:3), given a new nature, and adopted into the family of God. You are no longer strangers; you are included in the best family ever. Live your Baptism. Do God's will. Live in His family love (Jn 15:10).

 
Prayer: Holy Father, Holy Jesus, and Holy Spirit, may I bear much fruit for You (Jn 15:8) and lead many thousands into our family.
Promise: "Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to Me." —Mk 3:35
Praise: Mark, his wife, and their children made their faith a family matter by entering into the Catholic Church together on Easter.
 

33 posted on 01/29/2008 9:27:40 PM PST 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 142 (143)
A prayer in time of trouble
Lord, I trust you: do not hide your face from me.
Lord, listen to my prayer:
 in your faithfulness turn your ear to my pleading;
 in your justice, hear me.
Do not judge your servant:
 nothing that lives can justify itself before you.

The enemy has hounded my spirit,
 he has crushed my life to the ground,
 he has shut me in darkness, like the dead of long ago.
So my spirit trembles within me,
 my heart turns to stone.
I remind myself of the days of old,
 I reflect on all your works,
 I meditate once more on the work of your hands.
I stretch out my arms to you,
 I stretch out my soul, like a land without water.

Come quickly and hear me, O Lord,
 for my spirit is weakening.
Do not hide your face from me,
 do not let me be like the dead,
 who go down to the underworld.
Show me your mercy at daybreak,
 because of my trust in you.
Tell me the way I should follow,
 for I lift up my soul towards you.
Rescue me from my enemies:
 Lord, I flee to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
 for you are my God.

Your good spirit will lead me to the land of justice;
 for your name’s sake, Lord, you will give me life.
In your righteousness you will lead my soul
 away from all tribulation.

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.
Lord, I trust you: do not hide your face from me.

Reading 1 Peter 5:8-9
Be calm and keep watch. The Devil, your enemy, is circling you like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, strong in faith.

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.
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.

Prayer
Let us pray.
Of your kindness, Lord, dispel the darkness of this night, so that we your servants may go to sleep in peace and wake to the light of the new day, rejoicing in your name.
Through Christ our Lord, 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.

34 posted on 01/29/2008 9:29:35 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Prayers for you and your mother.


35 posted on 01/30/2008 3:39:57 AM PST by kronos77 (-www.savekosovo.org- and -www.kosovo.net- Save Kosovo from Islam!)
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May God comfort you in your loss, in Jesus' name.

Carolyn

36 posted on 01/30/2008 4:50:51 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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I join in prayer for you and all the loved ones - God’s peace and blessing as you deal with your mother’s homegoing.


37 posted on 01/30/2008 9:40:40 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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We did not forget you.Had to find this post.We prayed on the air for your Mom and your family Freeper FRiend .((((Hugs))))Fatima


38 posted on 02/03/2008 9:34:20 PM PST by fatima
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Thank you all for your prayers.

If you were unable to hear the hymns Kosta posted in .ram format, here is one of them in MP3

Vjecnaja Pamjat (Memory Eternal - MP3)

The service was in a small parish church in Moscow. It was well attended. One of those present was my friend Victor, whose article I once translated and posted here, (Why Is the End of the World Inevitable?). It is remarkable because that was the first church he restored as an iconographer. Another was a cat, -- who walked from the outside, went straight to the coffin, paused rubbing at the stand, and marched on into the altar. My mother left 6 orphaned cats, now in common care where she lived.

My mother lived a remarkable and blessed life. May her memory be eternal and her soul in peace.

39 posted on 02/09/2008 2:24:05 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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(((Hugs)))Love the story about the cat.


40 posted on 02/09/2008 2:49:41 PM PST by fatima
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I'd like to salute the fine people who are involved in setting up Lenten fish fries. I give them credit for their volunteer efforts to provide delicious meals at low prices for those of us who look forward to these fish fries every Lenten season.
41 posted on 02/09/2008 7:53:24 PM PST by Ciexyz
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Amen! And thank you so much for the links!


42 posted on 02/10/2008 10:04:25 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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I have an update about the cat.

On that day everyone took it to be a sign of my mother’s great love for cats. Now I learned that my wife actually asked Claretian fraternity of St. Jude to pray and the petitions she had were that my mother see Jesus and that a cat be in her company in paradise. The sign therefore was given us to know that the entire petition was fulfilled.


44 posted on 02/11/2008 6:19:01 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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Annalex, may you and your wife know peace and comfort at this sad time of loss. Please accept my condolences upon the passing of your Mother. We can stand firm on the promise of eternal rest with the Lord in heaven.
45 posted on 02/11/2008 6:28:46 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: annalex

:)Thank you Jesus.You take care annalex,(((Hugs)))


46 posted on 02/11/2008 6:35:53 PM PST by fatima
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To: annalex

LOL! That is cool!


47 posted on 02/11/2008 6:41:35 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: annalex

Thank you so much for sharing that with us!


48 posted on 02/11/2008 9:27:04 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: annalex

keep-thread-alive bump.


49 posted on 10/06/2013 7:51:26 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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