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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-13, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor/Church
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Posted on 01/23/2013 8:33:19 PM PST by Salvation

January 24, 2013
 

Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

 

Reading 1 Heb 7:25—8:6

Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,
since he lives forever to make intercession for them.

It was fitting that we should have such a high priest:
holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners,
higher than the heavens.
He has no need, as did the high priests,
to offer sacrifice day after day,
first for his own sins and then for those of the people;
he did that once for all when he offered himself.
For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests,
but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law,
appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.

The main point of what has been said is this:
we have such a high priest,
who has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne
of the Majesty in heaven, a minister of the sanctuary
and of the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up.
Now every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices;
thus the necessity for this one also to have something to offer.
If then he were on earth, he would not be a priest,
since there are those who offer gifts according to the law.
They worship in a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary,
as Moses was warned when he was about to erect the tabernacle.
For God says, “See that you make everything
according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
Now he has obtained so much more excellent a ministry
as he is mediator of a better covenant,
enacted on better promises.

Responsorial Psalm ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17

R. (8a and 9a)  Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
May all who seek you
exult and be glad in you,
And may those who love your salvation
say ever, “The LORD be glorified.”
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Gospel Mk 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.
A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea.
Hearing what he was doing,
a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem,
from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan,
and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.
He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd,
so that they would not crush him.
He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases
were pressing upon him to touch him.
And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him
and shout, “You are the Son of God.”
He warned them sternly not to make him known.


TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; ordinarytime; prayer; saints
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From: Hebrews 7:25-8:6

Jesus Christ Is a Priest After the Order of Melchizedek (Continuation)


[25] Consequently he (Jesus) is able for all time to save those who draw near to
God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

[26] For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, un-
stained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. [27] He has no need,
like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for
those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. [28] In-
deed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the
oath which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect
for ever.

Christ Is High Priest of a New Covenant, Which Replaces the Old


[1] Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one
who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, [2] a mini-
ster in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the
Lord. [3] For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; hence it
is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. [4] Now if he were on
earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts accor-
ding to the law. [5] They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary; for
when Moses was about to erect the tent he was instructed by God, saying, “See
that you make everything according to the pattern which was shown you on the
mountain.” [6] But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry which is as much more
excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted
on better promises. [7] For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would
have been no occasion for a second.

[8] For he finds fault with them when he says: “The days will come, says the
Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the
house of Judah.

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Commentary:

23-25. Christ’s priesthood is everlasting. Just as Melchizedek had no “end of
life”, so too the Son of God holds his priesthood permanently. The Levites are
mere mortal men; Christ, however, has not been instituted as priest by “bodily
descent but by the power of an indestructible life” (v. 16); that is why he can
truly be said to be a priest “for ever”. This makes sense, for death is a conse-
quence of sin, and Christ has conquered sin and death. Moreover, death makes
it necessary for there to be a succession of human priests in order to provide
continuity; whereas the everlasting character of Christ’s priesthood renders any
further priesthood unnecessary.

St Thomas comments that this shows Christ to be the true and perfect Priest
in the strict sense of the word, for it was impossible for the Jewish priests to be
permanent mediators because death naturally deprived them of their priesthood.
The case of Christian priests is quite different, because they are not mediators
strictly speaking. There is only one Mediator, Jesus Christ; they are simply re-
presentatives of his, who act in his name. Christ is to the Levites as the perfect
(which is necessarily one) is to the imperfect (which is always multiple): “Incor-
ruptible things have no need to reproduce themselves [...]. Christ is immortal.
As the eternal Word of the Father, he abides forever: his divine eternity is
passed on to his body, for ‘being raised from the dead (he) will never die again’
(Rom 6:9). And so ‘because he continues for ever, he holds his priesthood per-
manently.’ Christ alone is the true Priest; the others (priests) are his ministers”
(”Commentary on Heb., ad loc.”).

The eternal character of Christ’s priesthood, St John Chrysostom points out,
gives us reason for great confidence: “It is as if the Apostle were saying, ‘Do
not be afraid or think that (although) he loves us and has the Father’s full confi-
dence he cannot live forever on the contrary, he does live forever!”’ (”Hom. on
Heb.”, 13). We can put our trust in Christ the Priest because his priesthood is
an enduring expression of his heartfelt love for all mankind: “The living Christ
continues to love us still; he loves us today, now, and he offers us his heart as
the fountain of our redemption: ‘he always lives to make intercession for (us)’
(Heb 7:25). We are always—ourselves and the entire world—embraced by the
love of this heart ‘which has loved men so much and receives such poor re-
sponse from them”’ (John Paul II, “Hom. in Sacre Coeur”, Montmartre, Paris,
1 June 1980).

Christ’s priesthood is an expression of his Love, from which it cannot be separa-
ted; since his Love is everlasting, so too is his priesthood. In the first place, his
priesthood is everlasting because it is linked to the Incarnation, which is some-
thing permanent; secondly, because Christ’s mission is that of saving all men in
all periods of history and not simply one of helping them by his teaching and his
example; thirdly, because Christ continues to be present—St Ephraem says—not
in the victims of the sacrifices of Mosaic worship, but in the prayer of the Church
(cf. “Com. in Epist. ad Haebreos, ad loc.”), particularly in the permanent efficacy
of the sacrifice of the Cross constantly renewed in the Mass, and in the praying
of the Divine Office. Finally, it is everlasting because Christ’s sacrifice is perpe-
tuated until the end of time in the Christian ministerial priesthood, for bishops
and priests “in virtue of the sacrament of Order, are consecrated as true priests
of the New Testament to preach the Gospel and shepherd the faithful and cele-
brate divine worship” (Vatican II, “Lumen Gentium”, 28).

Christ not only interceded for us when he was on earth: he continues to make in-
tercession for us from heaven: “This ‘always’ points to a great mystery,” St John
Chrysostom observes; “he lives not only here but also there, in heaven; not only
here and for a while, but also there, in life eternal” (”Hom. on Heb.”, 13). In sa-
ying that Christ “makes intercession” for us, the inspired text is saying that
Christ “takes the initiative, addresses the Father, presents him with a request
or a demand”, as if Christ were an advocate before the Father, a help, a defen-
der (a “Paraclete”: cf. 1 Jn 2:1). But in what sense does he continue to make
intercession for us, given that he cannot merit any more than he did when he
was on this earth? He intercedes, St Thomas replies, first by again presenting
his human nature to the Father, marked with the glorious signs of his passion,
and then by expressing the great love and desire of his soul to bring about our
salvation (cf. “Commentary on Heb.”, 7, 4). Christ, so to speak, continues to
offer the Father the sacrifice of his longsuffering, humility, obedience and love.
That is why we can always approach him to find salvation. “Through Christ and
in the Holy Spirit, a Christian has access to the intimacy of God the Father, and
he spends his life looking for the Kingdom which is not of this world, but which
is initiated and prepared in this world. We must seek Christ in the Word and in
the Bread, in the Eucharist and in prayer. And we must treat him as a friend, as
the real, living person he is—for he is risen. Christ, we read in the Epistle to the
Hebrews [Heb 7:24-25 follows]” (St J. Escriva, “Christ Is Passing By”, 116).

26-28. These last verses form a paean in praise of Christ, summing up and roun-
ding off what has gone before. Christ is proclaimed to be “holy, blameless, un-
stained,” that is, sinless, totally devoted to God the Father, just and faithful. Sa-
cred Scripture uses similar language to describe people of outstanding holiness,
such as Zechariah and Elizabeth (cf. Lk 1:6), Simeon, who was “righteous and
devout”, Joseph of Arimathea (cf. Lk 23:50), the centurion Cornelius (cf. Acts
10:22), etc. The praise given Christ here, however, hints at a perfection which is
more than human. Christ is, at the same time, “separated from sinners”, not in
the sense that he refuses to have any dealings with them or despises them, for,
on the contrary, we know that the Pharisees abused him, saying, “Behold, a
glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Mt 11:19) and
“This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk 15:2; cf. Mt 9-11:13 and
par.; Lk 7:34); he is “separated from sinners” because he can have no sin in
him, since the presence of sin in his human nature is absolutely incompatible
with the holiness of the unique person that Christ is—the divine Word. He is the
perfect embodiment of all the ancient prerequisites for a priest of the true God
(cf. Lev 21:4, 6, 8, 15). Christ, finally, from the point of view of his human nature
also, has been “exalted above the heavens” not only ethically speaking, by
virtue of his sublime holiness, but also in his very body, through his glorious
ascension (cf. Acts 2:33-26; 10:42); he is therefore the “Son who has been
made perfect forever”.

“Who was Jesus Christ?” St Alphonsus asks himself. “He was, St Paul replies,
holy, blameless, unstained or, even better, he was holiness itself, innocence it-
self, purity itself’ (”Christmas Novena”, 4). And St Fulgentius of Ruspe extols
Christ in these beautiful terms: “He is the one who possessed in himself all that
was needed to bring about our redemption, that is, he himself was the priest and
the victim; he himself was God and the temple—the priest by whose actions we
are reconciled; the sacrifice which brings about our reconciliation; the temple
wherein we are reconciled; the God with whom we have been reconciled.

Therefore, be absolutely certain of this and do not doubt it for a moment: the
only-begotten God himself, the Word made flesh, offered himself to God on our
behalf in an odor of sweetness as sacrifice and victim—the very one in whose ho-
nor as well as that of the Father and the Holy Spirit the patriarchs, prophets and
priests used to offer sacrifices of animals in Old Testament times; and to whom
now, that is, in the time of the New Testament, in the unity of the Father and the
Holy Spirit, with whom he shares the same unique divinity, the holy Catholic
Church never ceases to offer on behalf of the entire universe the sacrifice of the
bread and wine, with faith and charity” (”De Fide Ad Petrum”, 22).

The sublimity of Christ’s priesthood is a source of encouragement, hope and holy
pride for the priests of the New Testament, given that “every priest in his own way
puts on the person of Christ and is endowed with a special grace. By this grace,
the priest, through his service of the people committed to his care and all the peo-
ple of God, is able the better to pursue the perfection of Christ, whose place he
takes. The human weakness of his flesh is remedied by the holiness of him who
became for us a high priest, ‘holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners’
(Heb 7:26)” (Vatican II, “Presbyterorum Ordinis”, 12). For all these reasons St
Pius X, addressing priests, wrote: “We ought, therefore, to represent the person
of Christ and fulfill the mission he has entrusted to us; and thereby attain the end
which he has set out to reach [...]. We are under an obligation, as his friends, to
have the same sentiments as Jesus Christ, who is ‘holy, blameless, unstained’
(Heb 7:26). As his ambassadors we have a duty to win over men’s minds to ac-
cept his law and his teaching, beginning by observing them ourselves; insofar as
we have a share in his power, we are obliged to set souls free from the bonds of
sin, and we must ourselves be very careful to avoid falling into sin” (St Pius X,
“Haerent Animo”, 5).

1-2. The key point of the epistle is now proclaimed with great formality—the su-
periority of Christ’s priesthood. This links up what was already said in 1:3 (about
Christ being enthroned at the right hand of the Majesty) with what will be deve-
loped in chapters 9 and 10 (about the new temple and new form of worship). In
Christ the Old Covenant, which offered worship by means of sacrifice and offe-
rings, finds its total perfection; from Christ onwards the New Covenant begins,
with a new sacrifice and a new temple. Little by little, consideration of the priest-
hood of the Mosaic form of worship gives way to examination of Christ’s new
form of divine service.

It is not just a matter of one temple or stone being replaced by another or by ma-
ny such temples. The old temple has given way to a heavenly sanctuary, heaven
itself. This is why Christ’s ascension and enthronement at the right hand of the
Father is so important: it marks the definitive entry of Jesus Christ’s sacred hu-
manity into his true temple, one not made by human hands. This makes it easier
to understand the sense in which the temple of Jerusalem and the worship con-
nected with it were a foreshadowing of future events.

Christ, then, possesses the true, definitive priesthood, for he exercises his minis-
try in the sanctuary of heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of the Father.
This heavenly ministry of Christ is a further confirmation of the superiority of his
priesthood. Firstly, because he is seated at the right hand of the Majesty in hea-
ven (cf. Ps 110:1)—”Majesty” meaning the Godhead itself, for it is a way of refer-
ring to God (cf. the “throne of grace” in 4:16). Moreover, the “throne of the Majes-
ty” is the equivalent of supreme authority to rule and judge. This can be seen
from descriptions of the Last Judgment: “When the Son of man comes in his
glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne” (Mt 25:
31; cf. Rev 3:21; 20:11; Mt 19:28; etc.). Secondly, Christ carries out his ministry
in a new sanctuary and a new tabernacle (”tent”), which are “true” in the sense
that the sanctuary and tabernacle of Moses were only an “image” of them. The
earthly liturgy is a reflection of the true, heavenly liturgy, which is the eternal con-
tinuation of Christ’s priesthood in the presence of the Father, for “in the earthly
liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in
the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is
sitting at the right hand of God, Minister of the holies and of the true tabernacle”
(Vatican II, “Sacrosanctum Concilium”, 8).

Some Fathers see the true sanctuary and tabernacle as representing the Church,
in its total sense of Church militant plus Church triumphant. And St Cyril of Ale-
xandria, for example, points out in one of his works that “the old tabernacle was
set up in the desert by Moses and it was highly suitable for performing all the
sacred ceremonies of the Law. But the mansion which is appropriate to Christ is
the city on high, that is, heaven, the divine tent which is not the product of human
handiwork but rather something holy and begotten by God. Christ, established
therein, offers to God the Father those who believe in him, those sanctified by the
Spirit” (St Cyril, “Explanation of Heb.”).

3-6. To compare the earthly and heavenly tabernacles, the author resorts to ana-
logy and metaphor, which is all that he can do. Bearing this in mind, one should
not interpret the words of this passage as meaning that Jesus Christ consumma-
ted his sacrifice only in heaven, for the sacrifice of Calvary happened only once
and was complete in itself. What this passage is saying is that, in heaven, Christ,
the eternal Priest, continuously presents to the Father the fruits of the Cross. In
the New Covenant there is only one sacrifice—that of Jesus Christ on Calvary; this
single sacrifice is renewed in an unbloody manner every day in the sacrifice of the
Mass; there Jesus Christ the only Priest of the New Law — immolates and offers,
by means of priests who are his ministers, the same victim (body and blood)
which was immolated in a bloody manner once and for all on the Cross.

7-12. The comparison between the two covenants, the Old made with Moses and
written on stone, and the New, engraved on the minds and hearts of the faithful (cf.
2 Cor 3:3; Heb 10:16, 17) is developed with the help of a quotation from Jeremiah
(Jer 31:31-34), where the prophet announces the spiritual alliance of Yahweh with
his people. Jeremiah’s words, quoted from the Greek translation (very close to the
riginal Hebrew), refer directly to the restoration of the Jews after the Exile. Now
that the chosen people have been purified by suffering they are fit to be truly the
people of God: “I will be their God, and they shall be my people”; this promise of
intimate friendship is the core of the prophecy. That is what it means when it
says the Law will be written on the minds and hearts of all, and all even the least
— shall know God. It may be that Jeremiah sensed the messianic restoration that
lay beyond the restoration of the chosen people on its return from exile; certainly
we can see that this oracle finds its complete fulfillment only with the New Cove-
nant: the return from Babylon was merely an additional signal/symbol of the per-
fect Covenant which Christ would establish. For it is in that New Covenant that
God truly forgives sins and remembers them no more.

The Old Covenant is said not to have been faultless, or sinless. This does not
mean it was bad; rather; as St Thomas explains, it was powerless to atone for
sins, it did not provide people with the grace to avoid committing sins, it simply
showed people how to recognize sins, those who lived under the Old Law conti-
nued to be subject to sin (cf. “Commentary on Heb.”, 7, 2).

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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, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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From: Mark 3:7-12

Cures Beside the Sea of Galilee


[7] Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Gali-
lee followed; also from Judea [8] and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the
Jordan and from about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing all that He did,
came to Him. [9] And He told His disciples to have a boat ready for Him; [10] for
He had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon Him to touch
Him. [11] And whenever the unclean spirits beheld Him, they fell down before
Him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” [12] And He strictly ordered them
not to make Him known.

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Commentary:

10. During our Lord’s public life people were constantly crowding round Him to
be cured (cf. Luke 6:19; 8:45; etc). As in the case of many other cures, St.
Mark gives us a graphic account of what Jesus did to these people (cf. Mark 1:
31, 41; 7:31-37; 8:22-26; John 9:1-7, 11, 15). By working these cures our Lord
shows that He is both God and man: He cures by virtue of His divine power and
using His human nature. In other words, only in the Word of God become man
is the work of our Redemption effected, and the instrument God used to save us
was the human nature of Jesus—His Body and Soul—in the unity of the person of
the Word (cf. Vatican II, “Sacrosanctum Concilium”, 5).

This crowding round Jesus is repeated by Christians of all times: the holy human
nature of our Lord is our only route to salvation; it is the essential means we must
use to unite ourselves to God. Thus, we can today approach our Lord by means
of the sacraments, especially and pre-eminently the Eucharist. And through the
sacraments there flows to us, from God, through the human nature of the Word,
a strength which cures those who receive the sacraments with faith (cf. St Tho-
mas Aquinas, “Summa theologiae”, III, q. 62, a. 5).

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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, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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

Readings at Mass


First reading Hebrews 7:25-8:6 ©
The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him.
  To suit us, the ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because he has done this once and for all by offering himself. The Law appoints high priests who are men subject to weakness; but the promise on oath, which came after the Law, appointed the Son who is made perfect for ever.
  The great point of all that we have said is that we have a high priest of exactly this kind. He has his place at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in the heavens, and he is the minister of the sanctuary and of the true Tent of Meeting which the Lord, and not any man, set up. It is the duty of every high priest to offer gifts and sacrifices, and so this one too must have something to offer. In fact, if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are others who make the offerings laid down by the Law and these only maintain the service of a model or a reflection of the heavenly realities. For Moses, when he had the Tent to build, was warned by God who said: See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.
  We have seen that he has been given a ministry of a far higher order, and to the same degree it is a better covenant of which he is the mediator, founded on better promises.

Psalm Psalm 39:7-10,17 ©
Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.
You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
  but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
  Instead, here am I.
Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.
In the scroll of the book it stands written
  that I should do your will.
My God, I delight in your law
  in the depth of my heart.
Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.
Your justice I have proclaimed
  in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed;
  you know it, O Lord.
Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.
O let there be rejoicing and gladness
  for all who seek you.
Let them ever say: ‘The Lord is great’,
  who love your saving help.
Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

Gospel Acclamation cf.Jn6:63,68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life;
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!
Or cf.2Tim1:10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Our Saviour Jesus Christ abolished death
and he has proclaimed life through the Good News.
Alleluia!

Gospel Mark 3:7-12 ©
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lakeside, and great crowds from Galilee followed him. From Judaea, Jerusalem, Idumaea, Transjordania and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him. And he asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to keep him from being crushed. For he had cured so many that all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he warned them strongly not to make him known.

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  PRAYERS AFTER
HOLY MASS AND COMMUNION

 


Leonine Prayers
    Following are the Prayers after Low Mass which were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII who composed the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, and were reinforced by Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII to pray for the conversion of Russia. Below the normal Leonine Prayers is the longer version of the Prayer to St. Michael, composed by His Excellency Pope Leo XIII to defend against The Great Apostasy.
Latin

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructis ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

    Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et fientes in hac lacrymarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exilium, ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

    Oremus. Deus, refugium nostrum et virtus, populum ad te clamantem propitius respice; et intercedente gloriosa, et immaculata Virgine Dei Genitrice Maria, cum beato Joseph, ejus Sponso, ac beatis Apostolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus Sanctis, quas pro conversione peccatorum, pro libertate et exaltatione sanctae Matris Ecclesiae, preces effundimus, misericors et benignus exaudi. Per eundum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis, satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen.

Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.

Vernacular

   Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

   Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

   Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

   Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.


Complete Prayer to Saint Michael
    The following is the longer version of the vital prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 after his startling vision as to the future of the Church. This prayer was dedicated for the Feast of St. Michael 1448 years from the date of the election of the first Leo - Pope Saint Leo the Great. Everyone is familiar with the first prayer below which was mandated by His Holiness as part of the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass. Below are both the short and longer versions of this poignant prayer which should never be forgotten.

    Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

    V: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
    R: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
    V: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
    R: As we have hoped in Thee.
    V: O Lord hear my prayer.
    R: And let my cry come unto Thee.

    V: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls. Amen.


Prayer Before the Crucifix

   Look down upon me, O good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment; the while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."

Indulgence of ten years; a plenary indulgence if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, Raccolta 201)

Anima Christi - Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee, that with
Thy saints I may praise Thee for ever and ever. Amen.

Indulgence of 300 days; if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, seven years Raccolta 131)

Prayer for Vocations

   O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst take to Thyself a body and soul like ours, to teach us the glory of self-sacrifice and service, mercifully deign to instill in other hearts the desire to dedicate their lives to Thee. Give us PRIESTS to stand before Thine Altar and to preach the words of Thy Gospel; BROTHERS to assist the priests and to reproduce in themselves Thy humility; SISTERS to teach the young and nurse the sick and to minister Thy charity to all; LAY PEOPLE to imitate Thee in their homes and families. Amen

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Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)
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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
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Continue to Pray for Pope Benedict [Ecumenical]
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Jesus, High Priest
 

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.


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Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

1.  Sign of the Cross:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

2.  The Apostles Creed:  I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  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 who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

4. (3) Hail Mary:  HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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. (Three times)

5. Glory Be:  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.

Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

 

The Mysteries of the Rosary

By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.


The Luminous Mysteries or Mysteries of Light
(Thursdays) see Rosarium Virginis Mariae
1. Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan (II Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 3:17 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Gratitude for the gift of Faith]
2. Jesus' self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1- 12) [Spiritual fruit - Fidelity]
3. Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with His call to conversion (Mark 1:15, Mark 2:3-13; Luke 7:47- 48, John 20:22-23) [Spiritual fruit - Desire for Holiness]
4. Jesus' Transfiguration (Luke 9:35 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Spiritual Courage]
5. Jesus' institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery. (Luke 24:13-35 and parallels, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) [Spiritual fruit - Love of our Eucharistic Lord]

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~ PRAYER ~

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
 Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we  humbly pray,
 and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
 by the power of God,
 Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
 Amen
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A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
Pray for Nancy Pelosi
Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
[Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

PLEASE JOIN US -

Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  


There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.


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Feast of
the Holy Name of Jesus


Luke 2:21 "...Et vocatum est Nomen eius IESUS"
("And His Name was called JESUS")

Psalm 90:14 "Because he hoped in me I will deliver him:
I will protect him because he hath known My Name."

Zacharias 10:12 "I will strengthen them in the Lord,
and they shall walk in His Name, saith the Lord."

Apocalypse 3:8 "I know thy works. Behold, I have given before thee a door opened, which no man can shut: because thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied My Name."

Apocalypse 15:4 "Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and magnify Thy Name?..."

 

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


That at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
Phil:2:10-11
 

 
 

Litany Of The Holy Name of Jesus
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
Jesus, The Name above all Names
Devotion to the Holy Name (of Jesus) [Catholic Caucus]
Lessons In Iconography : The Chi Rho - Christ
St. Francis de Sales on the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Excerpt from a Sermon) (Catholic Caucus)
St. Francis de Sales on the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

St. Bernard on the Most Holy Name of Jesus [Ecumenical]
Saving the day in His Holy Name: St. Genevieve gets a reprieve [Catholic Caucus]
The Holy Name of Jesus
Holy Name of Jesus [San Bernadino of Siena] Ecumenical
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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JANUARY, 2013, Intentions of the Holy Father

The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.

Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013
St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hebrews 7:25 -- 8:6
Psalm 40:7-10, 17
Mark 3:7-12

Turn yourself round like a piece of clay and say to the Lord: I am clay, and you, Lord, the potter. Make of me what you will.

-- Blessed John of Avila


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Just A Minute Just A Minute (Listen)
Some of EWTN's most popular hosts and guests in a collection of one minute inspirational messages. A different message each time you click.

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The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray: 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 


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Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

Saint Francis de Sales,
Bishop & Doctor of the Church
Memorial
January 24th

Portrait of St. Francis de Sales by J. J. Owens (early 20th century)

"...I wish to recall the figure of St Francis de Sales, whom the Liturgy commemorates on 24 January. Born in Savoy in 1567, he studied law in Padua and Paris and then, called by the Lord, became a priest. He dedicated himself to preaching and to the spiritual formation of the faithful with great success. He taught that the call to holiness was for everyone and that each one as St Paul says in his comparison of the Church to the body has a place in the Church. St Francis de Sales is the patron Saint of journalists and of the Catholic press."

-- Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, January 24, 2010

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) born in Thorens, Savoy, in France, was Bishop of Geneva; here he fought Calvinism vigorously. With St. Jane de Chantal, he founded the Order of the Visitation. He wrote Introduction to the Devout Life, a classic of spiritual direction. He died in Lyons and was canonized in 1665. In 1877, Pius IX proclaimed him Doctor of the Church. Pius XI declared him patron of journalists and other writers.

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

 

Collect:
O God, who for the salvation of souls,
willed that the Bishop Saint Francis de Sales
become all things to all,
graciously grant that, following his example,
we may always display the gentleness of your charity
in the service of our neighbor.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

First Reading: Ephesians 3:8-12
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in Him.

Gospel Reading: John 15:9-17
As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved You; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.


POPE BENEDICT XVI, GENERAL AUDIENCE, Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Saint Francis de Sales

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our catechesis today deals with Saint Francis de Sales, an outstanding Bishop and master of the spiritual life in the period following the Council of Trent. After a powerful experience of God’s liberating love in his youth, Saint Francis became a priest and then Bishop of Geneva, at that time a stronghold of Calvinism. His fine education, his personal gifts of charity, serenity and openness to dialogue, together with his brilliance as a spiritual guide, made Francis a leading figure of his age. His spiritual writings include the celebrated Introduction to the Devout Life, which insists that all Christians are called to perfection in their proper state of life, foreshadowing the insistence of the Second Vatican Council on the universal call to holiness. His Treatise on the Love of God develops this teaching, stressing that we find ourselves and our true freedom in the love of God. The Christian humanism of Saint Francis de Sales has lost none of its relevance today. May this great Saint and Doctor of the Church guide us in the pursuit of holiness and help us to find our fulfilment in the joy and freedom born of the love of God.

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On St. Francis de Sales
The Authority of the Church, Chapter II: That the Church is an infallible guide for our faith.
Wise Advice from St. Francis de Sales for When People Question your Motives

St. Francis de Sales on the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
St. Francis de Sales, the Providence of God, & the Primary Motive of the Incarnation
St. Francis de Sales on Hasty Judgement
St. Francis de Sales Counsels to Married Catholics
St. Joseph's Humility (By St. Francis de Sales)
St. Francis de Sales on St. Joseph (Some Excerpts for St. Joseph's Day 2004)
Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church
St. Francis de Sales: Catholic Encyclopedia Entry
January 24: The Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales: Bishop, Doctor of the Church, Gentleman Saint
Saint Francis de Sales

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St. Francis de Sales
Feast Day: January 24
Born:

21 August 1567, Château de Thorens, Savoy

Died: 28 December 1622, Lyon, France
Canonized: 19 April 1665, Rome by Pope Alexander VII
Major Shrine: Annecy, France
Patron of: Catholic press; confessors; deaf people; educators; writers; journalists



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St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales
Feast Day: January 24
Born:1567 :: Died:1622

Francis was born at the de Sales castle called Chateau of Thorens in Savoy, France. His wealthy family provided him with an excellent education. He studied at La Roche, Annecy, Clermont College in Paris, and did law at the University of Padua.

By the age of twenty-four, Francis was a Doctor of Law. He returned home, and led a hard-working life as Senate advocate. He was not really interested in important positions or a social life.

In his heart, Francis was listening to a call that kept coming back like an echo. It seemed to be an invitation from the Lord telling him to "Leave all and follow Me." Francis finally tried to explain his struggle to his family.

His father was very disappointed. He wanted Francis to be a great man of the world.But Francis spent lots of time in prayer, finally his gentle ways won over the family and Francis became a priest on December 18, 1593.

In those times Christians were bitterly divided. Father Francis offered to go to a dangerous area of France to win back Catholics who had become Protestants. His father tried to stop him. He said it was bad enough that he had allowed Francis to become a priest; he was not going to let him die as a martyr as well.

But Francis knew that the Lord would protect him. He and his cousin, Father Louis de Sales, began their long walk to the Duchy of Chablais. The two priests soon learned how to live with insults and physical discomforts and their lives were often in danger.

Francis explained the teachings of the Catholic faith in very simple and clear language. And his gentle way with everyone, slowly brought many back to the Roman Catholic Church.

When he was thirty-five years old, Francis became the bishop of Geneva, Switzerland. He travelled and preached throughout the Duchy of Savoy, working with children whenever he could.

He was a good friend of Saint Vincent de Paul. With the help of St. Jane de Chantal, he started a religious order of sisters in 1610. These women are called the order of the Visitation.

Francis wrote wonderful books about the spiritual life and the way to become holy. The books, "Treatise on the Love of God" and "Introduction to the Devout Life", are still available in book stores today. They are considered spiritual "classics."

Bishop de Sales died at Lyons on December 28, 1622, at the age of fifty-six. Because of his good work that brought many people back to God and the Church, he was given the special title "Doctor of the Church." He is also the patron saint of journalists.

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Thursday, January 24
Liturgical Color: White

Today the Church remembers St. Babylas. He was the Bishop of Antioch in 240 A.D. He refused the emperor admittance to the church until he repented his sins. Eventually he was martyred for publicly proclaiming the faith.

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Mark
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Mark 3
7 But Jesus retired with his disciples to the sea; and a great multitude followed him from Galilee and Judea, Jesus autem cum discipulis suis secessit ad mare : et multa turba a Galilæa et Judæa secuta est eum, και ο ιησους ανεχωρησεν μετα των μαθητων αυτου προς την θαλασσαν και πολυ πληθος απο της γαλιλαιας ηκολουθησαν αυτω και απο της ιουδαιας
8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond the Jordan. And they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing the things which he did, came to him. et ab Jerosolymis, et ab Idumæa, et trans Jordanem : et qui circa Tyrum et Sidonem multitudo magna, audientes quæ faciebat, venerunt ad eum. και απο ιεροσολυμων και απο της ιδουμαιας και περαν του ιορδανου και οι περι τυρον και σιδωνα πληθος πολυ ακουσαντες οσα εποιει ηλθον προς αυτον
9 And he spoke to his disciples that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. Et dicit discipulis suis ut navicula sibi deserviret propter turbam, ne comprimerent eum : και ειπεν τοις μαθηταις αυτου ινα πλοιαριον προσκαρτερη αυτω δια τον οχλον ινα μη θλιβωσιν αυτον
10 For he healed many, so that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had evils. multos enim sanabat, ita ut irruerent in eum ut illum tangerent, quotquot habebant plagas. πολλους γαρ εθεραπευσεν ωστε επιπιπτειν αυτω ινα αυτου αψωνται οσοι ειχον μαστιγας
11 And the unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him: and they cried, saying: Et spiritus immundi, cum illum videbant, procidebant ei : et clamabant, dicentes : και τα πνευματα τα ακαθαρτα οταν αυτον εθεωρει προσεπιπτεν αυτω και εκραζεν λεγοντα οτι συ ει ο υιος του θεου
12 Thou art the Son of God. And he strictly charged them that they should not make him known. Tu es Filius Dei. Et vehementer comminabatur eis ne manifestarent illum. και πολλα επετιμα αυτοις ινα μη φανερον αυτον ποιησωσιν

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7. But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judea,
8. And from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things He did, came to him.
9. And he spoke to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him, because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
10. For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
11. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, You ard the Son of God.
12. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

THEOPHYL. At the same time again, he goes away, that by quitting the ungrateful he might do good to more, for many followed him, and he healed them. For there follows, And great multitude from Galilee, &c. Syrians and Sidonians, being foreigners, receive benefit from Christ; but His kindred the Jews persecute Him: thus there is no profit in relationship, if there be not a similarity in goodness.

BEDE; For the strangers followed Him, because they saw the works of His powers, and in order to hear the words of His teaching. But the Jews, induced solely by their opinion of His powers, in a vast multitude come to hear Him, and to beg for His aiding health; wherefore there follows, And he spoke to his disciples, that they should wait, &c.

THEOPHYL. Consider then how he hid His glory, for he begs for a little ship, lest the crowd should hurt Him, so that entering into it, he might remain unharmed. it follows, As many as had scourges, &c. But he means by scourges, diseases, for God scourges us, as a father does His children.

BEDE; Both therefore fell down before the Lord, those who had the plagues of bodily diseases, and those who were vexed by unclean spirits. The sick did this simply with the intention of obtaining health, but the demoniacs, or rather the devils within them, because under the mastery of a fear of God they were compelled not only to fall down before Him, but also to praise His majesty; wherefore it goes on, And they cried out, saying, You are the Son of God. And here we must wonder at the blindness of the Arians, who, after the glory of His resurrection, deny the Son of God, Whom the devils confess to be the Son of God, though still clothed with human flesh.

There follows, And he straitly charged them, that they should not make him known. For God said to the sinner, Why do you preach my laws? A sinner is forbidden to preach the Lord, lest any one listening to his preaching should follow him in his error, for the devil is an evil master, who always mingles false things with true, that the semblance of truth may cover the witness of fraud. But not only devils, but persons healed by Christ, and even Apostles, are ordered to be silent concerning Him before the Passion, lest by the preaching of the majesty of His Divinity, the economy of His Passion should be retarded. But allegorically, in the Lord's coming out of the synagogue, and them retiring to the sea, The prefigured the salvation of the Gentiles, to whom The deigned to come through their faith, having quitted the Jews on account of their perfidy. For the nations, driven about in divers by-paths of error, are fitly compared to the unstable sea.

Again, a great crowd from various provinces followed Him, because He has received with kindness many nations, who came to Him through the preaching of the Apostles. But the ship waiting upon the Lord in the sea is the Church, collected from amongst the nations; and He goes into it lest the crowd should throng Him, because flying from the troubled minds of carnal persons, The delights to come to those who despise the glory of this world, and to dwell within them. Further, there is a difference between thronging the Lord, and touching Him; for they throng Him, when by carnal thoughts and deeds they trouble peace, in which truth dwells; but he touches Him, who by faith and love has received Him into his heart; wherefore those who touched Him are said to have been saved.

THEOPHYL. Morally again, the Herodians, that is, persons who love the lusts of the flesh, wish to slay Christ. For the meaning of Herod is, 'of skin.' But those who quit their country, that is, a carnal mode of living, follow Christ, and their plagues are healed, that is, the sins which wound their conscience. But Jesus in us is our reason, which commands that our vessel, that is, our body, should serve Him, lest the troubles of worldly affairs should press upon our reason.

Catena Aurea Mark 3
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Christ preaching at the seaport

Jan Brueghel

1597
London, Private Collection

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Catholic Culture

Daily Readings for: January 24, 2013
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: O God, who for the salvation of souls willed that the Bishop Saint Francis de Sales become all things to all, graciously grant that, following his example, we may always display the gentleness of your charity in the service of our neighbor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Ordinary Time: January 24th

Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor; Optional memorial of Our Lady of Peace

Old Calendar: St. Timothy, bishop and martyr

His ardent love of God and souls, his great kindliness, rare wisdom and sure teaching made St. Francis exceptionally influential in bringing about conversions and in guiding souls in the spiritual life. He won back to the faith more than 70,000 heretics, thus restoring to the Church a great part of the Chablais, which had been ravaged by Protestantism. He was St. Jane de Chantal's spiritual director, and with her founded the Order of the Visitation. He is the author of Treatise on the Love of God and Introduction to the Devout Life. St. Francis died at Lyons in 1622.

This is also the optional memorial of Our Lady of Peace celebrated in the diocese of Honolulu.

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII today is the feast of St. Timothy, bishop and martyr. St. Timothy was the faithful companion of St. Paul on his missionary journeys. His feast is now celebrated on January 26. St. Francis de Sales feast was celebrated on January 29 and the feast of Our Lady of Peace was celebrated on July 9.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


St. Francis de Sales
Francis was born on August 21, 1567, and ordained to the priesthood in 1593. From 1594 to 1598 he labored at the difficult and dangerous task of preaching to the Protestants of Chablais and effected the return of some 70,000 souls to the Catholic faith. In 1602 he became bishop of Genf. His zeal for souls is attested in 21,000 extant letters and 4,000 sermons which exemplify how he applied St. Paul's words: "I have become all things to all men." You may epitomize his character in two words, kindliness and lovableness — virtues that were the secret of his success. His writings reflect his kindheartedness and sweet disposition.

Most widely known is the saint's Introduction to the Devout Life, which, with the Imitation of Christ, is rightly considered the finest outline of Christian perfection. Francis' Introduction proves to the world that true piety makes persons amiable, lovable and happy. A renowned and holy friendship existed between him and St. Frances de Chantal. In cooperation with her he founded the Visitation Nuns in 1610. Out of love for his own poor diocese, he refused opportunities for advancement, including the cardinalate. In recognition of the Introduction and his other writings, Francis has been declared a doctor of the Church.

How Francis developed a gentle and amiable disposition is a story in itself; he was not born a saint. By nature his temperament was choleric, fiery; little was needed to throw him into a state of violent anger. It took years before he mastered his impatience, his unruly temper. Even after he became bishop, there were slips, as for instance, when someone rang a bell before he had finished preaching. The important point, of course, is that by constant perseverance he did in time attain perfect self-mastery. Wherein lies a lesson.

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

Patron: Authors; Diocese of Baker, Oregon; Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio; Catholic press; Diocese of Columbus, Ohio; confessors; deaf people; deafness; Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware; educators; journalists; teachers; writers.

Symbols: Bald man with a long beard wearing a bishop's robes holding a book; heart pierced with thorns or picture of the Virgin.

Things to Do:


Our Lady of Peace
Our Lady Queen of Peace has been the patroness of the Catholic Church in Hawaii since 1827. The first Catholic missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands arrived at Honolulu Bay on July 7, 1827. These missionaries were members of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of Perpetual Adoration and upon their arrival in the islands dedicated their labors to the patroness of the Congregation, Our Lady Queen of Peace and placed the Islands under her protection. It was in her honor that these missionaries erected the first Catholic Church.

After more than a decade of contentious relations with the Hawaiian government, the missionaries were finally allowed to proceed with their evangelization work. In thanksgiving, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace was erected. Completed in 1843, a statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace was placed in the niche above the main altar. The Cathedral was solemnly blessed and dedicated to Our Lady of Peace on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1843.

The original statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace is located in the Convent Chapel of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts in Picpus, France. During the troubled days of the Commune, in 1871, the populace, incited by atheistic leaders, invaded churches, chapels and convents, destroying every emblem of religion that fell into their hands. The chapel of Our Lady Queen of Peace became their prey. The Superior, with tears in her eyes, begged them to spare their beloved shrine; and, strange to say, the rabble went away, leaving it unharmed. When the tempest of the persecution subsided, the statue was again returned to its usual place and honored and venerated by a phalanx of devout souls.

On July 9, 1906, the statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace was solemnly crowned in the name of Pope Pius X by his Eminence Cardinal Amette, Archbishop of Paris. Every year on July 9 the feast of Our Lady Queen of Peace is celebrated with great solemnity in the Congregation of the Fathers and Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and Perpetual Adoration.

During World War I Pope Benedict XV added the title Queen of Peace to the Litany of Loreto.

Things to Do:

  • Pray the Litany of Loreto.

  • Pray for peace in the world, especially for an end to the war in Iraq and for the safety of all soldiers.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Day Seven: Walking in Solidarity

To walk humbly with God means walking in solidarity with all who struggle for justice and peace. Walking in solidarity has implications not just for individual believers, but for the very nature and mission of the whole Christian community. The Church is called and empowered to share the suffering of all by advocacy and care for the poor, the needy and the marginalised. Such is implicit in our prayer for Christian unity this week.

Vatican Resources


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Saint Francis de Sales is the Doctor of Authors and the Catholic Press. He is the Patron of Journalists and a superb model for overcoming temptation and depression.

This amazing bishop cared gently for his flock through practical solutions and assistance. He directed and counseled the faithful to realize that their own secular calling was as sacred as Christ's call, in that for thirty years he was a common laborer (carpenter). Jesus, with his mother and father, sanctified all their duties and labors in Nazareth, with whatever their duties brought them each day. They eked out a living from a poor and unkown region of the world where there were great hardships and pressure from relatives, and their own Jewish religion leaders and priests. They suffered through exile, abandonment, denial, betrayal, and excruciating punishment though a horrible death by criminal crucifixion.

Francis wanted all to understand clearly, through his ministry and pamphlet writings, that Jesus climaxed his career, leaving his employment, for about three years, but only to instruct his followers about some stories that his mother had taught him when he was growing up in Nazareth as a young boy.

Francis is often referred to as the 'Gentleman' saint because of his tremendous kindness and gentleness. Although Francis had special favorite religious and clergy friends, he identified with the laity enormously.

Should you experience temptation or anxiety, read and implore this saint to aid you, for his counsel and his wisdom in guiding and instructing others, is unsurpassed. He believed that all are called to be great saints because of the unlimited love Christ showed to each person wherever they live. In short, all are called to love Jesus wholeheartedly in all of their responsibilites and duties.

Sayings from his spiritual classic, Introduction to the Devout Life, are found at the end.


St Francis de Sales, 1567-1622. Doctor of Authors and the Catholic Press, Feast Jan 24th.


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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Mark 3:7-12

Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

He warned them sternly not to make him known. (Mark 3:12)

Can you imagine trying to keep a huge, exciting secret under wraps? That is exactly what Jesus was doing. As the Messiah, he came to bring healing, a new reign, and redemption, but he knew that the people would have a hard time understanding that the blessings would be released only after his death and resurrection. That’s why it was so important to keep the “messianic secret” until the right moment. Otherwise, people might get so caught up in all the miracles that they would lose sight of the long-term goal of redemption through the cross.

Well, the secret is out now. Sin has been defeated, and death has lost its sting. But at the same time, Jesus remains a mystery to us in so many other ways. He still surprises us with the depths of his kindness and compassion. We have only begun to scratch the surface of what it means that he is both completely just and completely merciful. How can he both be sovereign over all creation and yet still hear and answer our prayers?

Every day, Jesus invites us to learn a bit more of the mystery of who he is. It is as if we sat down with a tapestry needle and a piece of white fabric. As we glimpse his love, we start to make stitches in one color. But then the color shifts as we feel him convicting us of our sins. It may change again when he gives us new strength to weather a difficult time in our lives. Over time, our plain fabric starts to fill with a picture.

But this picture of God doesn’t develop only through prayer and study. Day after day, in situation after situation, that picture can become clearer and more detailed. Every time we try to yield to his laws or listen for his Spirit’s promptings, we learn a little bit more. Then, as time passes, we can look back and see how our image of God has changed and filled out.

Today, think about one facet of God—maybe his mercy, his love, or his patience. How has your perspective on that facet changed or deepened over the years? Spend some time contemplating this aspect of your heavenly Father. Then praise him for revealing himself to you!

“Jesus, I want to know you more.”

Hebrews 7:25–8:6; Psalm 40:7-10, 17


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Marriage = One Man and One Woman
Til' Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for January 24, 2013:

The internet and social media can enrich our lives, but they can also threaten your marriage. It’s not only pornography or finding old flames on Facebook, but also the time taken from interaction with your beloved. Agree on mutual limits to screen time.  


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Vultus Christi

Thursday of Adoration and Reparation for Priests

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Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

I am often asked what it means to make reparation or to be, as we say here at the monastery, a reparator. To be a reparator is to give Our Lord Jesus Christ what others deny Him; it is offer Him what other souls refuse to give Him, not in condemnation of such souls, but by identifying with them, and by representing them before Our Lord.

Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. (John 19:28)

Long ago, Our Lord said, "I thirst" -- yet that thirst continues, not yet quenched, because it is a thirst for souls and for the faith, and love, and adoration, and hope, and thanksgiving, and confidence that only souls can offer Him freely. The terrible thirst of Our Lord's Passion will continue until the end of time, but so too will the call to reparation continue to enliven His Church with souls who will offer themselves in the name of their brethren, to quench His thirst, and to comfort His grieving Heart.

Between the porch and the altar the priests the Lord's ministers shall weep, and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare thy people: and give not thy inheritance to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them. Why should they say among the nations: Where is their God? (Joel 2:17)

The Sacrament of Love is rightly the object of reparation because it is there that Our Lord suffers the coldness, the indifference, the ingratitude, and the irreverence of men, beginning with His priests. For this reason, reparation must begin with His priests, with priests who will adore Him and, in adoring Him, offer themselves to His Heart as victims of reparation and of love.

I am come to cast fire on the earth; and what will I, but that it be kindled? (Luke 12:49)

Those who offer themselves to Our Lord Jesus Christ, in this way, will experience the consuming fire of His merciful love making of them a holocaust of love to Love. Our Lord will send upon them the fire of the Holy Ghost, not to destroy utterly, but to purify, leaving nothing, after its flames have done their work, but what is wholly acceptable to Him and pleasing to His Father.


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Regnum Christi

Touching the Lord
| SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church


Father Walter Schu, LC

Mark 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.  And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, "You are the Son of God." He warned them sternly not to make him known.



Introductory Prayer:
Lord, this time of prayer should be everything for me: the moment that I long for, the food that sustains me, the comfort that strengthens me. I know that you are at work in me even when I don’t feel you and don’t even seem able to perceive your presence. I want to pray fervently and from the heart, not just with my mind.



Petition:
Lord, help me to touch you in this moment of prayer. Help me to touch you in the Eucharist so that your presence will transform me.



1. Was Jesus Afraid?
In yesterday’s Gospel text, Jesus silenced the Pharisees in the synagogue. So incensed were they against the Lord that they began to plot with the Herodians to kill him. Now Jesus has retreated from the synagogues to the lakeshore and the open fields. Was Christ afraid? Was he running from his enemies? Hardly. The Lord was simply aware that his hour had not yet come. When it does approach, he will embrace it by marching resolutely to Jerusalem and his passion and death. The ones who really are afraid are the demons. They recognize that God is manifesting his power through Christ, and they tremble before him. The Son of God has come to win back what Satan’s lies have stolen. Does Christ’s power accompanying me in my life give me the courage I need to confront any situation as his witness?



2. To Touch the Lord:
In this vivid Gospel scene, the crowds of stricken humanity clamor around Jesus. Jews and gentiles journey from the far away regions of Idumea to the south, and Tyre and Sidon to the north, to catch a glimpse of the Master, to hear him speak words that no one has ever spoken before—to touch him and be healed of their infirmities. Oh, that we too had lived during the time of Christ in order to touch him and be cured of our sadness and selfishness, our heartache and egotism, our loneliness and lies, and even our physical ailments! Did Christ love those people who surrounded him by the lakeshore more than he loves us? No. He enables us to touch him more easily than they – every time we receive him in the Eucharist. Then why are we not yet healed? The disciples once cried out to Jesus, “Increase our faith!” And he replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed….”



3. The Person of Christ:
Irresistible. How can we grow in our faith in Christ? How can we, too, experience the irresistible attraction of his person like the crowds in Mark’s Gospel did? Nothing fills our life as much as contemplating the figure of Christ and perceiving the irresistible power of attraction he exercises through the centuries. Draw close to him, and in the depths of your souls contemplate him in all of the beauty of his human and divine stature. Along with the Eucharist, it is through prayer that we can come to touch Christ. Prayer is the most solemn moment for confessing our love; it is the raison d’être of our life, the ideal of our apostolate, the nourishment of our whole existence.



Conversation with Christ:
Thank you, Lord, for letting me catch a glimpse of who you are through this meditation. Help me to respond to the attraction of your person with my whole life and to hold nothing back from you.



Resolution:
I will visit Christ in the Eucharist or make a spiritual communion to thank him for his love and to contemplate him in the beauty of his divine and human stature.


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The Divine Physician

 

by Food For Thought on January 24, 2013 · 

When we are very sick, we try all means to get healed. We go to the best doctors, but sometimes this does not help. In our helplessness, we even try medicines which we heard have healed others even these are not prescribed to us. Then we seek faith healers. Yes, we hope for miracles for our healing.

In the Gospel, we find Jesus being sought by many sick people who wanted to be healed. They have heard of the many miracles that Jesus had been doing. With their faith, that even by just touching his cloak, they hoped to be healed from their illness. They believed that only Jesus can do this by the fact that even the evil spirits recognized him as the Son of God.

The miracles of Jesus which they have either experienced or witnessed led the people to seek him. Do we also seek Jesus in our life? Do we seek him only because of our need for healing or because we recognize him as the Son of God, our brother and savior? How are we seeking him daily in our life?


35 posted on 01/24/2013 8:00:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

 


<< Thursday, January 24, 2013 >> St. Francis de Sales
 
Hebrews 7:25—8:6
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Psalm 40:7-10, 17 Mark 3:7-12
 

"HOME ALONE?"

 
Jesus "is always able to save those who approach God through Him." —Hebrews 7:25
 

Sooner or later, we all come to the conclusion that we are weak. In infancy, we begin life with years of utter dependence on others. As we grow up and become stronger, sickness, failure, sin, and the deaths of others serve as constant reminders of our human weakness, lest we forget our dependence on God. Finally, old age picks up where childhood left off. We progressively become weaker and more dependent on others.

Our human weakness is a serious problem for us. We cope with this by crying out for help. Babies cry to their parents. Later, these parents who have grown old cry out to their babies who have grown up. In our weakness, we depend on each other. Most of all, we depend on the only perfectly dependable One, that is, God. Thus, our human weakness isn't so much of a problem.

Sometimes, however, we feel "home alone," cut off from others and even from God. We feel panic as if we are trapped in our human weakness. However, these feelings of isolation and doom are unfounded. We are never cut off from God, because we can always approach God the Father through Jesus (Heb 7:25). He has torn open forever the veil which had separated us from the holy of holies of His presence (see Mt 27:51; Heb 10:19). In our weakness, God's power can always reach perfection (see 2 Cor 12:9). We need not fear isolation. We are never alone (see Jn 16:32; Mt 28:20).

 
Prayer: Father, may Your love push the fear of loneliness out of my life (see 1 Jn 4:18).
Promise: "Because He had cured many, all who had afflictions kept pushing toward Him to touch Him." —Mk 3:10
Praise: St. Francis de Sales pastored his flock with gentleness, patience, understanding, and great love.

36 posted on 01/24/2013 8:04:27 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born."

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37 posted on 01/24/2013 8:07:24 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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