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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-08-13 ^ | 05-08-13 | Revised New American Bible

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May 8, 2013


Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter


Reading 1 Acts 17:15, 22—18:1

After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,
they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothy
to join him as soon as possible.

Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:
“You Athenians, I see that in every respect
you are very religious.
For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,
I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’
What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.
The God who made the world and all that is in it,
the Lord of heaven and earth,
does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands,
nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything.
Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.
He made from one the whole human race
to dwell on the entire surface of the earth,
and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions,
so that people might seek God,
even perhaps grope for him and find him,
though indeed he is not far from any one of us.
For ‘In him we live and move and have our being,’
as even some of your poets have said,
‘For we too are his offspring.’
Since therefore we are the offspring of God,
we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image
fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination.
God has overlooked the times of ignorance,
but now he demands that all people everywhere repent
because he has established a day on which he will ‘judge the world
with justice’ through a man he has appointed,
and he has provided confirmation for all
by raising him from the dead.”

When they heard about resurrection of the dead,
some began to scoff, but others said,
“We should like to hear you on this some other time.”
And so Paul left them.
But some did join him, and became believers.
Among them were Dionysius,
a member of the Court of the Areopagus,
a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.

Responsorial Psalm PS 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14

R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
praise him, all you his hosts.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
R. Alleluia.
Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
the princes and all the judges of the earth,
Young men too, and maidens,
old men and boys.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
R. Alleluia.
Praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above earth and heaven.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
R. Alleluia.
He has lifted up the horn of his people;
Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
from the children of Israel, the people close to him.
R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
R. Alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; easter; prayer
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From: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1

Reception in Beroea (Continuation)

[15] Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a
command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they de-

Paul’s Speech in the Areopagus

[22] So Paul, standing in the middle of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I
perceive that in every way you are very religious. [23] For as I passed along, and
observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription,
‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to
you. [24] The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven
and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, [25] nor is he served by human
hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and
breath and everything. [26] And he made from one every nation of men to live on
all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of
their habitation, [27] that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel
after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, [28] for ‘In him we
live and move and have our being’; as even some of your poets have said, ‘For
we are indeed his offspring.’

[29] Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold,
or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man. [30] The
times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere
to repent, [31] because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in
righteousness by a man whom he has appointed and of this he has given assu-
rance to all men by raising him from the dead.

[32] Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but
others said, “We will hear you again about this.” [33] So Paul went out from
among them. [34] But some men joined him and believed, among them Diony-
sius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

Paul in Corinth, with Aquila and Priscilla

[1] After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.


22-33. Of all Paul’s addresses reported in Acts, this address in the Areopagus is
his longest to a pagan audience (cf. 14:15ff). It is a highly significant one, paral-
leling in importance his address to the Jews of Pisidian Antioch (cf. 13:16ff). It is
the first model we have of Christian apologetic method, which tends to stress the
reasonableness of Christianity and the fact that it has no difficulty in holding its
own with the best in human thought.

The speaker is clearly the same person as wrote the first three chapters of the
Epistle to the Romans, someone with a lot of experience of preaching the Gos-
pel; his method consists in first talking about the one, true, living God and then
proclaiming Jesus Christ, the divine Saviour of all men (cf. 2 Thess 1:9-10).

After an introduction designed to catch the attention of listeners and highlight
the central theme (vv. 22ff), the address can be divided into three parts: 1) God
is the Lord of the world; he does not need to live in temples built by men (vv. 24f);
2) man has been created by God and is dependent on him for everything (vv. 26f);
3) there is a special relationship between God and man; therefore, idolatry is a
grave sin (vv. 28f). Then, in his conclusion, Paul exhorts his listeners to accept
the truth about God, and to repent, bearing in mind the Last Judgment (vv. 30f).

The terminology Paul uses comes mainly from the Greek translation of the Old
Testament—the Septuagint. Biblical beliefs are expressed in the language of the
Hellenistic culture of the people.

22-24. “To an unknown God”: St Paul praises the religious feelings of the Athe-
nians, which lead them to offer worship to God. But he goes on to point out that
their form of religion is very imperfect because they do not know enough about
God and about the right way to worship him; nor does their religion free them
from their sins or help them live in a way worthy of human dignity. Religious A-
thenians, he seems to say somewhat ironically, are in fact superstitious, and
they do not know the one true God and his ways of salvation.

Paul criticizes pagan religion and points out its limitations, but he does not to-
tally condemn it. He regards it as a basis to work on: at least it means that his
listeners accept the possibility of the existence of a true God as yet unknown
to them. They are predisposed to receive and accept the supernatural revelation
of God in Christ. Revelation does not destroy natural religion: rather, it purifies it,
completes it and raises it up, enabling a naturally religious person to know the
mystery of God, One and Triune, to change his life with the help of the grace of
Christ and to attain the salvation he needs and yearns for.

23. “Those who acted in accordance with what is universally naturally and eter-
nally good were pleasing to God and will be saved by Christ [...], just like the righ-
teous who preceded them” (St Justin, “Dialogue with Tryphon”, 45). The Church’s
esteem for the positive elements in pagan religions leads her to preach to all men
the fullness of truth and salvation which is to be found only in Jesus Christ. “The
Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. She
has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct, the precepts and doctrines
which, although differing in many ways from her own teaching, nevertheless often
reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men, yet she proclaims, and is in
duty bound to proclaim without fail, Christ who is the way, and the truth, and the
life (Jn 14:6). In him, in whom God reconciled all things to himself, men find the
fullness of their religious life” (Vatican II, “Nostra Aetate”, 2).

24. Paul’s language is in line with the way God is described in the Old Testament
as being Lord of heaven and earth (cf. Is 42:5; Ex 20:21). The Apostle speaks of
God’s infinite majesty: God is greater than the universe, of which he is the crea-
tor. However, Paul does not mean to imply that it is not desirable for God to be
worshipped in sacred places designed for that purpose.

His words seem to echo those of Solomon at the dedication of the first Temple:
“Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee; how much less
this house which I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27).

Any worship rendered to God should be “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:24). But the
Lord has desired to dwell in a special way and to receive homage in temples built
by men. “The worship of God”, St Thomas Aquinas writes, “regards both God
who is worshipped and men who perform the worship. God is not confined to any
place, and therefore it is not on his account that a tabernacle or temple has to be
made. Worshippers, as corporeal beings, need a special tabernacle or temple set
up for the worship of God; and this for two reasons. First, that the thought of its
being appointed to the worship of God might instill a greater sense of reverence;
second, that the way it is arranged and furnished might signify in various respects
the excellence of Christ’s divine or human nature. [...] From this it is clear that the
house of the sanctuary was not set up to receive God as if dwelling there, but that
his name might dwell there, that is, in order that the knowledge of God might be
exhibited there” (”Summa Theologiae”, I-II, q. 102, a. 4. ad 1).

25. The idea that God does not need man’s service and does not depend on
man for his well-being and happiness is to be often found in the prophetical books.
“Now in Babylon you will see”, Jeremiah proclaims, “gods made of silver and gold
and wood, which are carried on men’s shoulders and inspire fear in the heathen.
Their tongues are smoothed by the craftsmen, and they themselves are overlaid
with gold and silver; but they are false and cannot speak. [...] When they have
been dressed in purple robes, their faces are wiped because of the dust from the
temple, which is thick upon them. Like a local ruler the god holds a scepter,
though unable to destroy any one who offends it. [...] Having no feet, they are
carried on men’s shoulders, revealing to mankind their worthlessness. And those
who serve them are ashamed because through them these gods are made to
stand, lest they fall to the ground” (Bar 6:4, 8, 12-13, 26-27).

This does not mean that the Lord does not want men to respond to the love-offe-
ring which he makes them. “Hear, O heavens,” Isaiah prophesies, “and give ear,
O earth; for the Lord has spoken: Sons have I reared and brought up, but they
have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib;
but Israel does not know, my people does not understand” (1:2-3).

In addition to being offensive and senseless, sin implies indifference and ingrati-
tude towards God, who, in an excess of love, is tireless in seeking man’s friend-
ship. “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son,”
we read in the prophet Hosea. “The more I called them, the more they went from
me. [...] Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but
they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of compassion, with
the bands of love” (11:1-4).

By far the greatest sign of God’s love for men is the Redemption, and the sacra-
ments of the Church, through which the fruits of the Redemption reach us. His
love is expressed in a special way in the Blessed Eucharist, which provides the
Christian with nourishment and is where Jesus wishes us to adore him and keep
him company.

26. “From one”: St Paul is referring to the text of Genesis 2:7: “then the Lord
God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath
of life”; in other words, he is speaking of the first progenitor of the human race.
The expression “from one” should not be interpreted as meaning from “one princi-
ple” but from “one man”.

27-28. St Paul is speaking about the absolute nearness of God and his myste-
rious but real presence in every man and woman. St Augustine echoes this tea-
ching when he exclaims, “Yet all the time you were within me, more inward than
the most inward place of my heart, and loftier than the highest” (”Confessions”,
III, 6, 11).

Merely to exist, man needs God, his Creator. He also needs him if he is to con-
tinue in existence, to live and act. He needs him if he is to think and love. And
in particular he needs him in order to love goodness and be good. It is correct to
say that God is in us. This intimate union of God and man does not in any way
take from the fact that there is a perfect distinction and radical difference be-
tween God, who is infinite, and man, who is finite and limited.

“Men, who are incapable of existing of themselves,” St Athanasius writes, “are
to be found confined by place and dependent on the Word of God. But God ex-
ists of himself, he contains all things and is contained by none. He is to be found
within everything as far as his goodness and power is concerned, and he is out-
side of everything as far as his own divine nature is concerned” (”De Decretis Ni-
caenae Synodi”, 11).

Christian spirituality has traditionally seen in these ideas an invitation to seek
God in the depth of one’s soul and to always feel dependent upon him.

“Consider God”, says St John of Avila, “who is the existence of everything that
exists, and without whom there is nothing: and who is the life of all that lives, and
without whom there is death; and who is the strength of all that has capacity to
act, and without whom there is weakness; and who is the entire good of every-
thing that is good, without whom nothing can have the least little bit of good in it”
(”Audi, Filia”, chap. 64).

St Francis de Sales writes: “Not only is God in the place where you are, but he
is in a very special manner in your heart and in the depth of your soul, which he
quickens and animates with his divine presence, since he is there as the heart
of your heart, and the spirit of your soul; for, as the soul, being spread throughout
the body, is present in every part of it, and yet resides in a special manner in the
heart, so God, being present in all things, is present nevertheless in a special
manner in our spirit and therefore David called God ‘the God of his heart’ (Ps 73:
26); and Paul said that ‘we live and move and have our being in God’ (Acts 17:28).
By reflecting on this truth, you will stir up in your heart a great reverence for God,
who is so intimately present there” (”Introduction to the Devout Life”, II, chap. 2).

This quotation — in the singular — is from the Stoic poet Aratus (3rd century B.C.).
The plural in the quotation may refer to a similar verse in the hymn to Zeus writ-
ten by Cleanthes (also 3rd century).

“The devil spoke words of Scripture but our Saviour reduced him to silence”, St
Athanasius comments. “Paul cites secular authors, but, saint that he is, he gives
them a spiritual meaning” (”De Synodis”, 39). “We are rightly called ‘God’s off-
spring’, not the offspring of his divinity but created freely by his spirit and recrea-
ted through adoption as sons” (St Bede, “Super Act Expositio, ad loc”.).

29. If men are God’s offspring, and are in some way like him, clearly an inanimate
representation cannot contain the living God. Men have God’s spirit and therefore
they should recognize that God is spiritual. However, material representations of
God do serve a useful purpose, due to the fact that human knowledge begins from
sense experience. Visual images help us to realize that God is present and they
help us to adore him. Veneration of images — as encouraged by the Church — is,
therefore, quite different from idolatry: an idolater thinks that God dwells in the i-
dol, that he acts only through the idol, and in some cases he actually thinks that
the idol is God.

30. St Paul now moves on from speaking about natural knowledge of God to ex-
plaining the knowledge of God that comes from faith.

Although man can know God by using his reason, the Lord has chosen to make
known the mysteries of his divine life in a supernatural way, in order to make it
easier for man to attain salvation. “The Church maintains and teaches that God,
the beginning and end of all things, can be known with certainty, by the natural
light of human reason, from created things. [...] However, it pleased him in his
wisdom and goodness to reveal himself to mankind and to make known the eter-
nal decrees of his will in another, supernatural way” (Vatican I, “Dei Filius”, chap.

“It was also necessary for man to be instructed by divine Revelation concerning
those truths concerning God, which human reason is able to discover, for these
truths, attained by human reason, would reach man through the work of a few,
after much effort and mixed in with many errors; yet the entire salvation of man,
which lies in God, depends on knowledge of these truths. So, for salvation to
reach men more rapidly and more surely, it was necessary for them to be ins-
tructed by divine Revelation concerning the things of God” (St Thomas Aquinas,
“Summa Theologiae”, I, q. 1, a. 1).

Supernatural Revelation assures man of easily attained, certain knowledge of
divine mysteries; it also includes some truths—such as the existence of God —
which unaided human reason can discover (cf. Rom 1:20).

“It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom”, Vatican II teaches, “to reveal
himself and to make known the mystery of his will (cf. Eph 1:9). His will was that
men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in
the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature (cf. Eph 2:18; 2 Pet
1:4). By this revelation, then, the invisible God (cf. Col 1: 15; 1 Tim 1 :17), from
the fullness of his love, addresses men as his friends (cf. Ex 33:11; Jn 15:14-15),
and moves among them in order to invite and receive them into his own company”
(”Dei Verbum”, 2).

The knowledge of the triune God and his saving will which supernatural revelation
offers men is not just theoretical or intellectual knowledge: it has the aim of con-
verting man and leading him to repent and to change his life. It is, therefore, a cal-
ling from God; and God expects man to make a personal response to that call.
“The obedience of faith” (Rom 16:26; cf. Rom 1:5; 2 Cor 10:5-6) must be given to
God as he reveals himself. By faith man freely commits his entire self to God,
making ‘the full submission of his intellect and will to God who reveals’ (Vatican I,
“Dei Filius”, chap. 3), and willingly assenting to the Revelation given by him. Be-
fore this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and as-
sist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart
and converts it to God” (Vatican II, “Dei Verbum”, 5).

This practical knowledge of the living and true God revealed in Christ is in fact the
only way for man to know himself, despise his faults and sins, and find hope in
divine mercy. It is a self-knowledge—given by God—which enables the repentant
sinner to begin a new life and work freely with God at his own sanctification: “As
I see it, we shall never succeed in knowing ourselves unless we seek to know
God,” St Teresa writes. “Let us think of his greatness and then come back to our
own baseness; by looking at his purity we shall see our foulness; by meditating
on his humility, we shall see how far we are from being humble” (”Interior Castle”,
I, 2, 9).

31. On Jesus Christ as Judge of all, see the note on Acts 10:42.

32. When St Paul begins to tell the Athenians about Jesus’ resurrection from the
dead, they actually begin to jeer. For pagans, the notion of resurrection from the
dead was absurd, something they were not prepared to believe. If the Apostle
speaks in this way, the reason is that the truths of the Christian faith all lead into
the mystery of the Resurrection; even though he may have anticipated his liste-
ners’ reaction, he does not avoid telling them about this truth, which forms the
bedrock of our faith. “See how he leads them,” Chrysostom points out, “to the
God who takes care of the world, who is kind, merciful, powerful and wise: all
these attributes of the Creator are confirmed in the Resurrection” (”Hom. on Acts”,

The Apostle fails to overcome the rationalist prejudices of most of his audience.
Here we have, as it were, an application of what he wrote later to the Corinthians:
“The Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified.... folly to the Gentiles”
(1 Cor 1:22), the reason being that if people do not have an attitude and disposi-
tion of faith, then reason goes out of control and haughtily rejects mysteries. If
the human mind is made the measure of all things, it will despise and reject any-
thing it does not understand—including things which are beyond human understan-
ding. The mysteries God has revealed to man cannot be grasped by unaided hu-
man reason; they have to be accepted on faith. What moves the mind to accept
these mysteries is not the evidence they contain but the authority of God, who is
infallible truth and cannot deceive or be deceived. The act of faith, although strict-
ly speaking an act of the assenting mind, is influenced by the will; the desire to
believe presupposes that one loves him who is proposing the truth to be believed.

34. “Those careful to live an upright life do not take long to understand the word;
but the same does not go for others” (Chrysostom, Hom. on Acts, 39).

Among the few converts in Athens St Luke mentions Damaris. She is one of the
many women who appear in Acts—which clearly shows that the preaching of the
Gospel was addressed to everyone without distinction. In all that they did the A-
postles followed their Master’s example, who in spite of the prejudices of his age
proclaimed the Kingdom to women as well as men.

St. Luke told us about the first convert in Europe being a woman (cf. 16:14ff).
Something similar happened in the case of the Samaritans: it was a woman who
first spoke to them about the Saviour (cf. Jn 4). In the Gospels we see how atten-
tive women are to our Lord—standing at the foot of the Cross or being the first to
visit the tomb on Easter Sunday. And there is no record of women being hypocri-
tical or hating Christ or abandoning him out of cowardice.

St Paul has a deep appreciation of the role of the Christian woman—as mother,
wife and sister—in the spreading of Christianity, as can be seen from his letters
and preaching. Lydia in Philippi, Priscilla and Chloe in Corinth, Phoebe in Cen-
chrae, the mother of Rufus—who was also a mother to him—, and the daughters
of Philip (Acts 21:9): these are some of the women to whom Paul was ever-
grateful for their help and prayers.

“Women are called to bring to the family, to society and to the Church, charac-
teristics which are their own and which they alone can give—their gentle warmth
and untiring generosity, their love for detail, their quick-wittedness and intuition,
their simple and deep piety, their constancy...” (St. J. Escriva, “Conversations”,
87). The Church looks to women to commit themselves and bear witness to hu-
man values and to where human happiness lies: “Women have received from
God”, Bl. John Paul II says, “a natural charism of their own, which features great
sensitivity, a fine sense of balance, a gift for detail and a providential love for life-
in-the-making, life in need of loving attention. These are qualities which make for
human maturity” (”Address”, 7 December 1979).

When these qualities, with which God has endowed feminine personality, are de-
veloped and brought into play, woman’s “life and work will be really constructive,
fruitful and full of meaning, whether she spends the day dedicated to her husband
and children or whether, having given up the idea of marriage for a noble reason,
she has given herself fully to other tasks.

“Each woman in her own sphere of life, if she is faithful to her divine and human
vocation, can and, in fact, does achieve the fullness of her feminine personality.
Let us remember that Mary, Mother of God and Mother of men, is not only a mo-
del but also a proof of the transcendental value of an apparently unimportant life”
(St. J. Escriva, “Conversations”, 87).

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: John 16:12-15

The Action of the Holy Spirit (Continuation)

(Jesus said to His disciples,) [12] “I have yet many things to say to you, but you
cannot bear them now. [13] When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you in-
to all the truth; for He will not speak of His own authority, but whatever He hears
He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. [14] He
will glorify Me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you. [15] All that the
Father has is Mine; therefore I said that He will take what is Mine and declare it
to you.”


13. It is the Holy Spirit who makes fully understood the truth revealed by Christ.
As Vatican II teaches, our Lord “completed and perfected Revelation and con-
firmed it...finally by sending the Spirit of truth” (Vatican II, “Dei Verbum”, 4). Cf.
note on John 14:25-26.

14-15. Jesus Christ here reveals some aspects of the mystery of the Blessed
Trinity. He teaches that the Three Divine Persons have the same nature when
He says that everything that the Father has belongs to the Son, and everything
the Son has belongs to the Father (cf. John 17:10) and that the Spirit also has
what is common to the Father and the Son, that is, the divine essence. The ac-
tivity specific to the Holy Spirit is that of glorifying Christ, reminding and clarify-
ing for the disciples everything the Master taught them (John 16:13). On being
inspired by the Holy Spirit to recognize the Father through the Son, men render
glory to Christ; and glorifying Christ is the same as giving glory to God (cf. John
17:1, 3-5, 10).

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 Acts 17:15,22-18:1 ©
Paul’s escort took him as far as Athens, and went back with instructions for Silas and Timothy to rejoin Paul as soon as they could.
  So Paul stood before the whole Council of the Areopagus and made this speech:
  ‘Men of Athens, I have seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in all religious matters, because I noticed, as I strolled round admiring your sacred monuments, that you had an altar inscribed: To An Unknown God. Well, the God whom I proclaim is in fact the one whom you already worship without knowing it.
  ‘Since the God who made the world and everything in it is himself Lord of heaven and earth, he does not make his home in shrines made by human hands. Nor is he dependent on anything that human hands can do for him, since he can never be in need of anything; on the contrary, it is he who gives everything – including life and breath – to everyone. From one single stock he not only created the whole human race so that they could occupy the entire earth, but he decreed how long each nation should flourish and what the boundaries of its territory should be. And he did this so that all nations might seek the deity and, by feeling their way towards him, succeed in finding him. Yet in fact he is not far from any of us, since it is in him that we live, and move, and exist, as indeed some of your own writers have said:
“We are all his children.”
‘Since we are the children of God, we have no excuse for thinking that the deity looks like anything in gold, silver or stone that has been carved and designed by a man.
  ‘God overlooked that sort of thing when men were ignorant, but now he is telling everyone everywhere that they must repent, because he has fixed a day when the whole world will be judged, and judged in righteousness, and he has appointed a man to be the judge. And God has publicly proved this by raising this man from the dead.’
  At this mention of rising from the dead, some of them burst out laughing; others said, ‘We would like to hear you talk about this again.’ After that Paul left them, but there were some who attached themselves to him and became believers, among them Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman called Damaris, and others besides.
  After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.

Psalm Psalm 148:1-2,11-14 ©
Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
Praise the Lord from the heavens,
  praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all his angels,
  praise him, all his host.
Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
All earth’s kings and peoples,
  earth’s princes and rulers,
young men and maidens,
  old men together with children.
Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
Let them praise the name of the Lord
  for he alone is exalted.
The splendour of his name
  reaches beyond heaven and earth.
Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
He exalts the strength of his people.
  He is the praise of all his saints,
of the sons of Israel,
  of the people to whom he comes close.
Your glory fills all heaven and earth.

Gospel Acclamation Col3:1
Alleluia, alleluia!
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ,
you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is,
sitting at God’s right hand.
Or Jn14:16
Alleluia, alleluia!
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever.

Gospel John 16:12-15 ©
Jesus said:
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.

5 posted on 05/07/2013 9:16:14 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pray with Pope Benedict

Pope to welcome 70,000 youths, confirm 44 (this Sunday) [Catholic Caucus]
Pope Francis’ General Audience focused on women. Feminists aren’t going to be happy
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's "Letter On the Year of Faith" (Crossing Threshold of Faith)

Pope Francis – the real deal – has Audience with Cardinals
Benedict XVI's Final General Audience
On Ash Wednesday
On God As Creator of Heaven and Earth
On Abraham's Faith
On Christ As Mediator Between God and Man
On the Incarnation
On God the Almighty Father
Year of Faith: Indulgences and Places of Pilgrimage [Ecumenical]
On the Identity of Jesus

On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ
Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon (Catholic Caucus)
On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation
On the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation
On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith
On the Splendor of God's Truth
On the Knowledge of God
Archbishop Chaput says Year of Faith holds solution to relativism
Following the Truth: The Year Of Faith – 10 Things You Should Know [Catholic Caucus]
Papal Encyclical on Faith Announced

On the Desire for God
On the Ecclesial Nature of Faith
On the Nature of Faith
Catechism's benefits explained for Year of Faith (Catholic Caucus)
A Life of Faith: Papal Theologian Speaks on the Grace of Faith
ASIA/LAOS - "Year of Faith" amid the persecutions of Christians forced to become "animists"
From no faith to a mountain-top of meaning: Father John Nepil (Catholic Caucus)
Living the Year of Faith: How Pope Benedict Wants You to Begin [Catholic Caucus]
Share Your Faith in This Year of Faith: Two keys to help you do it.
On A New Series of Audiences for The Year of Faith

Pope will deliver year-long teaching series on restoring faith
Pope Benedict XVI Grants Plenary Indulgence to Faithful [Catholic Caucus]
Pope, at Marian shrine, entrusts Year of Faith, synod to Mary (Catholic Caucus)
Catholic Church Calls for Public Prayers in Offices on Fridays
Highlights in the Plan for Year of Faith: Traditional Events Will Take on Special Perspective
Catholic Church calls for public prayers in offices on Fridays
Vatican Unveils Logo for Year of Faith [Catholic Caucus]
Miami Prelate Recalls Pope's Visit to Cuba, Looks to Year of Faith [Catholic Caucus]
The World-Changing Year of Faith [Catholic Caucus]
Vatican to Issue Recommendations for Celebrating Year of Faith

6 posted on 05/07/2013 9:17:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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He is Risen! Truly Risen!

A blessed Eastertide to all!


7 posted on 05/07/2013 9:21:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Regina Caeli: Ask Jesus what he wants from you (Catholic Caucus)
If Christ Has Not Been Raised (you don't want to miss this one!)
The Few Witnesses to the Resurrection
Iraq: Christians celebrate Easter behind high blast walls and tight security cordons
8 things you need to know about Easter
Pope: Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter, 2013 [Full text]
Pope Francis Leads First Easter Celebrations
Resurrection of the Body (Ecumenical)
April 11 Audience: On Easter's Spiritual Joy
When did the Resurrection become truly the Faith, and the official teaching of the Church?
What are they thinking? (The Easter and Christmas only Church-goers, that is!)

The Resurrection Appearances Chronologically Arranged
Are There Discrepancies in the Resurrection Accounts? If so, Can They be Resolved?
Saint Gregory the Great’s Sermon on the Mystery of the Resurrection
Pope Benedict XVI warns of moral 'darkness' as he celebrates Easter Mass
Easter Changes Everything
New Catholics a sign of Easter blessing for church (in Oregon)
On Easter Joy -- General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI
The Christ of the Folded Napkin
Reflection on Hope and New Life After the Easter Feasts (Thomas Rosica, CSB)
Easter Time [Eastertide or Easter Season]
Risen Christ opens for a us a completely new future says the Pope at Easter Mass
Man Who "Died" 5 Times Is Becoming Catholic (Thousands to Enter Church at Easter)
On the Resurrection-Pope Benedict XVI
Octave of Easter, Pope Benedict XVI
The Double Alleluia
Easter Sunday
Eastertide Overview
Our 'Great Sunday' (Season of Easter) [Editorial Column]
Happy Easter: The Tomb is Empty! The Warrior of Love has conquered!

Homily Of His Holiness Benedict XVI (Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, Saint Peter's Basilica)
Pope to Baptize Prominent Muslim
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)
The Exultet
The Dark before Dawn
Easter and the Holy Eucharist(Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil
Easter Day and Easter Season
THE EASTER LITURGY [Easter Vigil] (Anglican and Catholic Rites)
Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil
Poles visit symbolic Christ's Graves on Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil tonight
2 Paschal Candles; Lights On at Vigil And More on Washing of the Feet
RCIA and Holy Saturday
The Time Of Easter or Eastertide -- Easter Seasosn
Easter Day and Easter Season
Easter Reflections -- 50 Days of the Easter Season
The Blessed Season of Easter - Fifty Days of Reflections

8 posted on 05/07/2013 9:22:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)
9 posted on 05/07/2013 9:22:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
10 posted on 05/07/2013 9:23:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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.

11 posted on 05/07/2013 9:24:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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 Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]

12 posted on 05/07/2013 9:24:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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.

13 posted on 05/07/2013 9:25:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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"



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.

14 posted on 05/07/2013 9:28:39 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Grace

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Toward the end of the eighteenth century a zealous Jesuit priest, Father Lalomia, started among the students of the Roman college of his Society the practice of dedicating May to Our Lady. The devotion, which others had promoted in a small way, soon spread to other Jesuit Colleges and to the entire Latin church and since that time it has been a regular feature of Catholic life.


Thou who wast a virgin before thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin in thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin after thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.

My Mother, deliver me from mortal sin.
Hail Mary (three times).

Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

Remember, O Virgin Mother of God, when thou shalt stand before the face of the Lord, that thou speak favorable things in our behalf and that He may turn away His indignation from us.
Roman Missal

Thou art my Mother, O Virgin Mary: keep me safe lest I ever offend thy dear Son, and obtain for me the grace to please Him always and in all things.


May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, by the worshipful intercession of Thy glorious Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be delivered from all dangers, and through her loving kindness made to be of one heart and mind: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Roman Missal


Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, 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!
Roman Breviary


O blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found
the way to restoration? Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted. Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, 0 blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succour the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection. Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.
Saint Augustine


Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Magnificat Prayer
My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my savior,
For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed.
God who is mighty has done great things for me,
holy is his name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm; he has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry he has given every good thing, while the rich he has sent empty away. He has upheld Israel his servant, ever mindful of his mercy; Even as he promised our fathers, promised Abraham and his descendants forever.
(Lk 1:46-55) 

Hail, most gracious Mother of mercy, hail, Mary, for whom we fondly yearn, through whom we obtain forgiveness! Who would not love thee? Thou art our light in uncertainty, our comfort in sorrow, our solace in the time of trial, our refuge from every peril and temptation. Thou art our sure hope of salvation, second only to thy only-begotten Son; blessed are they who love thee, our Lady! Incline, I beseech thee, thy ears of pity to the entreaties of this thy servant, a miserable sinner; dissipate the darkness of my sins by the bright beams of thy holiness, in order that I may be acceptable in thy sight.

O Mary, my dear Mother, how much I love thee! And yet in reality how little! Thou dost teach me what I ought to know, for thou teachest me what Jesus is to me and what I ought to be for Jesus. Dearly beloved Mother, how close to God thou art, and how utterly filled with Him! In the measure that we know God, we remind ourselves of thee. Mother of God, obtain for me the grace of loving my Jesus; obtain for me the grace of loving thee!
Cardinal Merry del Val


O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! glorious Queen of heaven and earth! powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, 0 Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. 0 deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.

May my heart bum with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, 0 Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother's blessing and a Mother's care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.


Saint John Vianney, better known as the Cure of Ars, when asked how long he had loved Mary, said: "I loved her almost before I could know her." In this prayer he expresses that love.
O thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy. When I can no longer say: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands," do thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thee for all eternity. Amen.
Saint John Vianney


O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous
tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. 0 Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. 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

Memorare of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary!
That never was it known
That anyone who fled to thy protection,
Implored thy help or sought thy intercession
Was left unaided. 

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee!
O Virgin of virgins, My Mother!

To Thee I come before Thee I stand,
Sinful and Sorrowful,
Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate,
Despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy,
Hear and answer me.


Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part Two
Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part One
A Mother’s Love, The Blessed Virgin Mary Saying YES To God
Chesterton on devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary [Ecumenical]
The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary
A Comparison is Instituted Between the Disobedient and Sinning Eve and the Virgin Mary..

Magnificat: The Hymn of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Catholic Caucus]
The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal... (Pt 2) (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal and Paternal Love (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
Discovering Mary [Excellent New Book For Converts]
Beginning Our Lady's Month [Catholic Caucus]
Give it all to Mary [Catholic Caucus]
Mary, Tabernacle of the Lord By Archbishop Fulton Sheen(Catholic Caucus)
Mary is our Mother and Queen of the New Davidic Kingdom (Scriptures Agree With Catholic Church)

Hail Mary
Holy Water Silhouette (Virgin Mary -video))
How could Mary be the Mother of God?
Mary, the Mother of God (a defense)
Calling Mary “Mother of God” Tells Us Who Jesus Is
The Holy Spirit And Mary (Catholic Caucus)
Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing
Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)
Radio Replies First Volume - Devotion to Mary
The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Catholic Discovery of America(Catholic Caucus)

Mary is the star that guides us to holiness, says Holy Father during Angelus [Catholic Caucus]
The Efficacy and Power of One Hail Mary [Ecumenical]
When Did Belief in the Virgin Birth Begin?
Mary, Motherhood, and the Home BY Archbishop Fulton Sheen
On Mary, Mother of Priests
Benedict reflects on Mary and the priesthood [Catholic Caucus]
Radio Replies First Volume - Mary
Mary and the Sword Continued Part #2 by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
Mary and the Sword by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen(Catholic Caucus)

Why Did Mary Offer a Sin Offering? [Ecumenical]
Mary and Intercessory Prayer
Mary: Holy Mother
Mary not just for Catholics anymore
Pope concludes Month of Mary in the Vatican Gardens
Consecration to Mary(Catholic Caucus)
Mary’s Marching Orders
Praying the Hail Mary Like Never Before [Ecumenical]
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament [Catholic Caucus]
Catholic Caucus: The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - THE HAIL MARY

Our Roots: The Immaculate Conception [Ecumenical]
The Blessed Virgin in the History of Christianity [Ecumenical]
Archbishop Sheen Today! -- Mary and the --------
Mary Immaculate: Patroness of the United States [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
"The Woman He Loved": Fulton Sheen and the Blessed Mother(Catholic Caucus)
September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary and -----
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May 2013

Pope's Intentions

Administrators of Justice. That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience.

Seminaries. That seminaries, especially those of mission churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.

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Daily Gospel Commentary

Wednesday of the Sixth week of Easter
Commentary of the day
Vatican Council II
Constitution on the Church « Lumen gentium », §4 and 12 (©Libreria Vaticana editrice, alt.)

"When he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth"

Through the Spirit of Life, a “fountain of water springing up to life eternal” (Jn 4,14), the Father gives life to men, dead in sin, until, in Christ, he brings to life their mortal bodies.(Rm 8,11) The Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the faithful, as in a temple (1Cor 3,16). In them he prays on their behalf and bears witness to the fact that they are adopted sons (Gal 4,6). The Church, which the Spirit guides in the way of all truth and which He unified in communion and in works of ministry, he both equips and directs with hierarchical and charismatic gifts and adorns with his fruits. By the power of the Gospel he makes the Church keep the freshness of youth. Uninterruptedly he renews it and leads it to perfect union with its Spouse. The Spirit and the Bride both say to Jesus, the Lord, "Come!"(Rv 22,17)...

The entire body of the faithful, anointed as they are by the Holy One, cannot err in matters of belief. They manifest this special property by means of the whole peoples' supernatural discernment in matters of faith when "from the Bishops down to the last of the lay faithful" (Saint Augustine) they show universal agreement in matters of faith and morals. That discernment in matters of faith is aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth. It is exercised under the guidance of the sacred teaching authority, in faithful and respectful obedience to which the people of God accepts that which is not just the word of men but truly the word of God.(1Thes 2,13) Through it, the people of God adheres unwaveringly to the faith given once and for all to the saints,(Jude 3) penetrates it more deeply with right thinking, and applies it more fully in its life.

It is not only through the sacraments and the ministries of the Church that the Holy Spirit sanctifies and leads the people of God and enriches it with virtues, but, "allotting his gifts to everyone according as he wills,(1Cor 12,11), he distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank. By these gifts he makes them fit and ready to undertake the various tasks and offices which contribute toward the renewal and building up of the Church, according to the words of the Apostle: "The manifestation of the Spirit is given to everyone for the profit of all" (1Cor 12,7).

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18 posted on 05/07/2013 9:33:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Regina Coeli


This prayer, which dates from the twelfth century, is substituted for the Angelus during Easter Season.

Glory to God in the highest!

In Latin

In English

Regina coeli, laetare, alleluia: Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia. Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.


V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, Alleluia,

R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.


Oremus: Deus qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus, ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.

R. Amen.

Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia: For He whom you merited to bear, alleluia, Has risen as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia.


V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.


Let us pray: O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

19 posted on 05/07/2013 9:34:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Acts 17:15, 22 -- 18:1
Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14
John 16:12-15

Behold a great priest who in his days pleased the Lord, and was found righteous; and in the time of wrath he was taken in exchange for the world.

-- Ecclus 44:16

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St. Peter of Tarantaise
Feast Day: May 8
Born: 1102, Saint-Maurice-l'Exil near Vienne, a town ot the Rhône-Alpes
Died: 1174, Bellevaux Abbey
Major Shrine: 1191 by Pope Celestine III

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Blessed Catherine of St. Augustine

Feast Day: May 08
Born: 1632 :: Died: 1668

Catherine de Longpre was born at Saint Saveur near Cherbourg in France. Catherin family was devout Catholics and she was baptized the very day she was born. Her grandparents were very good examples because of their true love and care of the poor.

Catherine watched wide-eyed as her grandmother invited a handicapped beggar into her home. She offered him a bath, clean clothes and a delicious meal. As Catherine and her grandparents sat around the fire that night, they prayed the Our Father out loud. They thanked God for his blessings.

Because there was no hospital in their small French town, the sick were nursed back to health in the home of Catherine's grandparents. Catherine began to realize that sickness and suffering take patience. She was just a little girl but she prayed to ask Jesus to make people suffer less.

When she was still quite young, she joined the convent of Sisters of St. Augustine. The sisters who took care of the sick in hospitals were called Hospitaller Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus. Her older sister took her vows and became a nun the day Catherine entered the convent.

In 1648, Cathereine listened to the missionary priests begging sisters to come to New France or Canada. Catherine's sister was chosen to be one of the first of their order to go as a missionary to Canada. Sister Catherine was just sixteen, but she begged to be chosen too. She pronounced her vows on May 4, 1648. Then she sailed for Canada the next day. It was the day before her sixteenth birthday.

Her parents were very distressed. Her father even presented a petition in the courts to stop her. Because Catherine was very affectionate by nature, she felt an extreme gratitude and tenderness for their concern. But she had made up her mind to live and die in Canada in service to the poor and sick. Years later, her farther had a change of heart and supported her.

Life was hard in Quebec, Canada but Sister Catherine loved the people. The Indians were very grateful for her cheerful ways. She cooked and cared for the sick in the order's poor hospital building. But Sister Catherine learned about fear, too.

The Iroquois Indians were killing people and burning villages. She prayed to St. John Brebeuf, one of the Jesuit priests who had just been killed by the Iroquois in 1649. She asked him to help her be true to her calling. She heard him speaking in her heart, telling her to remain.

Food was not enough and the winters were terribly cold. Some of the sisters could not take the hard life and constant fear of death and they returned to France. Sister Catherine was afraid, too. Sometimes she could hardly pray. And while she smiled at all the dear people she cared for in the sick wards, she grew sad.

But she made a promise never to leave Canada and to remain, performing her works of charity until death. She was just twenty-two years old when she made that vow. Despite the hard pioneer life of the French colony, more people came. The Church grew. God blessed the new land with more missionaries.

In 1665, Sister Catherine became the novice mistress of her community. She kept up her life of prayer and hospital ministry until her death. Sister Marie Catherine of St. Augustine died on May 8, 1668. She was thirty-six years old. She was declared "blessed" by Pope John Paul II in 1989.

Reflection: Jesus never promised us that our lives would be easy and without pain. But he did promise to be with us always. We pray that we may learn to trust him completely.

22 posted on 05/08/2013 8:26:56 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Wednesday, May 8
Liturgical Color: White

Pope St. Benedict II died on this day in 685 A.D., after serving as pope for less than a year. Although his reign was short, he was able to direct the restoration of many churches in Rome and set up endowments to help the poor.

23 posted on 05/08/2013 1:44:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Catholic Culture

Daily Readings for: May 08, 2013
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, as we celebrate in mystery the solemnities of your Son's Resurrection, so, too, we may be worthy to rejoice at his coming with all the Saints. 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.

Easter: May 8th

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Old Calendar: Vigil of the Ascension (Trad); Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel (Hist); St. Acathius, martyr (Hist)

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of the apparition of St. Michael. The feast commemorates an apparition of St. Michael on the summit of Monte Gargano, in Italy on the Adriatic coast, and the dedication of the sanctuary built on the site of the apparition. It is also the feast of St. Acathius, a priest at Sebaste, Armenia, during Diocletian's persecution.

Apparition of St. Michael
It is evident from Holy Scripture that God is pleased to make frequent use of the ministry of the heavenly spirits in the dispensations of His providence in this world. The Angels are all pure spirits; by a property of their nature they are immortal, as is every spirit. They have the power of moving or conveying themselves at will from place to place, and such is their activity that it is not easy for us to conceive of it. Among the holy Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are particularly distinguished in the Scriptures. Saint Michael, whose name means Who is like unto God?, is the prince of the faithful Angels who opposed Lucifer and his followers in their revolt against God. Since the devil is the sworn enemy of God’s holy Church, Saint Michael is given to it by God as its special protector against the demon’s assaults and stratagems.

Various apparitions of this powerful Angel have proved the protection of Saint Michael over the Church. We may mention his apparition in Rome, where Saint Gregory the Great saw him in the air sheathing his sword, to signal the cessation of a pestilence and the appeasement of God’s wrath. Another apparition to Saint Ausbert, bishop of Avranches in France, led to the construction of Mont-Saint-Michel in the sea, a famous pilgrimage site. May 8th, however, is destined to recall another no less marvelous apparition, occurring near Monte Gargano in the Kingdom of Naples.

In the year 492 a man named Gargan was pasturing his large herds in the countryside. One day a bull fled to the mountain, where it could not be found. When its refuge in a cave was discovered, an arrow was shot into the cave, but the arrow returned to wound the one who had sent it. Faced with this mysterious occurrence, the persons concerned decided to consult the bishop of the region. He ordered three days of fasting and prayers. After three days, the Archangel Michael appeared to the bishop and declared that the cavern where the bull had taken refuge was under his protection, and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honor of all the Holy Angels.

Accompanied by his clergy and people, the pontiff went to that cavern, which he found already disposed in the form of a church. The divine mysteries were celebrated there, and there arose in this same place a magnificent temple where the divine Power has wrought great miracles. To thank God’s adorable goodness for the protection of the holy Archangel, the effect of His merciful Providence, this feast day was instituted by the Church in his honor.

It is said of this special guardian and protector of the Church that, during the final persecution of Antichrist, he will powerfully defend it: “At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince who protects the children of thy people.”

— Excerpted from Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Vie des Saints pour tous les jours de l’année, by Abbé L. Jaud (Mame: Tours, 1950).

St. Acathius
At Constantinople, St. Acathius, who, being denounced as a Christian by the tribune Firmus, and cruelly tortured at Perinthus by the judge Bibian, was finally condemned to death at Byzantium by the procunsul Flaccinus. His body was afterwards miraculously brought to the shore of Squillace in Calabria, where it is preserved with honor. — Excerpted from the Martyrology.

Saint Acacius was a priest at Sebaste, Armenia, during Diocletian's persecution. He was arrested and executed under the governor Maximus with seven women and Hirenarchus, who was so impressed with the devotion to their faith he became a Christian and suffered the same fate. — Excerpted from the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Patron: Against headaches and at the time of death's agony.

Symbols: Pictured with a crown of thorns.

24 posted on 05/08/2013 1:51:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  John 16
12 I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now. Adhuc multa habeo vobis dicere, sed non potestis portare modo. ετι πολλα εχω λεγειν υμιν αλλ ου δυνασθε βασταζειν αρτι
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall shew you. Cum autem venerit ille Spiritus veritatis, docebit vos omnem veritatem : non enim loquetur a semetipso, sed quæcumque audiet loquetur, et quæ ventura sunt annuntiabit vobis. οταν δε ελθη εκεινος το πνευμα της αληθειας οδηγησει υμας εις πασαν την αληθειαν ου γαρ λαλησει αφ εαυτου αλλ οσα αν ακουση λαλησει και τα ερχομενα αναγγελει υμιν
14 He shall glorify me; because he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it to you. Ille me clarificabit, quia de meo accipiet, et annuntiabit vobis. εκεινος εμε δοξασει οτι εκ του εμου ληψεται και αναγγελει υμιν
15 All things whatsoever the Father hath, are mine. Therefore I said, that he shall receive of mine, and shew it to you. Omnia quæcumque habet Pater, mea sunt. Propterea dixi : quia de meo accipiet, et annuntiabit vobis. παντα οσα εχει ο πατηρ εμα εστιν δια τουτο ειπον οτι εκ του εμου λαμβανει και αναγγελει υμιν

25 posted on 05/08/2013 6:32:51 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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12. I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13. However when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will show you things to come.
14. He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine and shall show it to you.
15. All things that the Father has are mine; therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it to you.

THEOPHYL. Our Lord having said above, It is expedient for you that I go away, He enlarges now upon it: I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

AUG. All heretics, when their fables are rejected for their extravagance by the common sense of mankind, try to defend themselves by this text; as if these were the things which the disciples could not at this time bear, or as if the Holy Spirit could teach things, which even the unclean spirit is ashamed openly to teach and preach.

But bad doctrines such as even natural shame cannot bear are one thing, good doctrines such as our poor natural understanding cannot bear are another. The one are allied to the shameless body, the other lie far beyond the body. But what are these things which they could not bear; I cannot mention them for this very reason; for who of us dare call himself able to receive what they could not? Some one will say indeed that many, now that the Holy Ghost has been sent, can do what Peter could not then, as earn the crown of martyrdom.

But do we therefore know what those things were, which He was unwilling to communicate; for it seems most absurd to suppose that the disciples were not able to bear then the great doctrines, that we find in the Apostolic Epistles, which were written afterwards, which our Lord is not said to have spoken to them. For why could they not bear then what every one now reads and bears in their writings, even though he may not understand? Men of perverse sects indeed cannot bear what is found in Holy Scripture concerning the Catholic faith, as we cannot bear their sacrilegious vanities; for not to bear means not to acquiesce in.

But what believer or even catechumen before he has been baptized and received the Holy Ghost, does not acquiesce in and listen to, even if he does not understand, all that was written after our Lord's ascension; But some one will say, Do spiritual men never hold doctrines which they do not communicate to carnal men, but do to spiritual?

There is no necessity why any doctrines should be kept secret from the babes and revealed to the grown up believers. Spiritual men ought not altogether to withhold spiritual doctrines from the carnal, seeing the Catholic faith ought to be preached to all; nor at the same time should they lower them in order to accommodate them to the understanding of persons who cannot receive them, and so make their own preaching contemptible, rather than the truth intelligible.

So then we are not to understand these words of our Lord to refer to certain secret doctrines which if the teacher revealed, the disciple would not be able to bear, but to those very things in religious doctrine which are within the apprehension of all of us. If Christ chose to communicate these to us, in the same way in which He does to the Angels, what men, yea what spiritual men, which the Apostles were not now, could bear them? For indeed every thing which can be known of the creature is inferior to the Creator; and yet who is silent about Him?

While in the body we cannot know all the truth, as the Apostle says, We know in part (1 Cor 13); but the Holy Spirit sanctifying us fits us for enjoying that fullness of which the same Apostle says, Then face to face. Our Lord's promise, But when He the Spirit of truth shall come, He shall teach you all truth, or shall lead you into all truth, does not refer to this life only, but to the life to come, for which this complete fullness is reserved. The Holy Spirit both teaches believers now all the spiritual things which they are capable of receiving, and also kindles in their hearts a desire to know more.

DIDYMUS. Or He means that His hearers had not yet attained to all those things which for His name's sake they were able to bear; so, revealing lesser things, He puts off the greater for a future time, such things as they could not understand till the Cross itself of their crucified Head had been their instruction. As yet they were slaves to the types, and shadows, and images of the Law, and could not bear the truth of which the Law was the shadow. But when the Holy Ghost came, He would lead them by His teaching and discipline into all truth, transferring them from the dead letter to the quickening Spirit, in Whom alone all Scripture truth resides.

CHRYS. Having said then, you cannot bear them now, but then you shall be able, and, The Holy Spirit shall lead you into all truth; lest this should make them suppose that the Holy Spirit was the superior, He adds, For He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak.

AUG. This is like what He said of Himself above, i.e., I can of My own Self do nothing; as I hear I judge. But that may be understood of Hi m as man; how must we understand this of the Holy Ghost, Who never became a creature by assuming a creature? As meaning that He is not from Himself: The Son is born of the Father, and the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father. In what the difference consists between proceeding and being born, it would require a long time to discuss, and would be rash to define.

But to hear is with Him to know, to know to be. As then He is not from Himself, but from Him from Whom He proceeds, from Whom His being is, from the same is His knowledge. From the same therefore His hearing. The Holy Ghost then always hears, because He always knows; and He has heard, hears, and will hear from Him from Whom He is.

DIDYMUS. He shall not speak of Himself, i.e., not without Me, and Mine and the Father's will: because He is not of Himself, but from the Father and Me. That He exists, and that He speaks, He has from the Father and Me. I speak the truth; i.e., I inspire as well as speak by Him, since He is the Spirit of Truth. To say and to speak in the Trinity must not be understood according to our usage, but according to the usage of incorporeal natures, and especially the Trinity, which implants Its will in the hearts of believers, all of those who are worthy to hear It.

For the Father then to speak, and the Son to hear, is a mode of expressing the identity of their nature, and their agreement. Again, the Holy Spirit, Who is the Spirit of truth, and the Spirit of wisdom, cannot hear from the Son what He does not know, seeing He is the very thing which is produced from the Son, i.e. truth proceeding from truth, Comforter from Comforter, God from God. Lastly, lest any one should separate Him from the will and society of the Father and the Son, it is written, Whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak.

AUG. But it does not follow from hence that the Holy Spirit is inferior; for it is only signified that He proceeds from the Father.

AUG. Nor let the use of the future tense perplex you; that hearing is eternal, because the knowledge is eternal. To that which is eternal, without beginning, and without end, a verb of any tense may be applied. For though an unchangeable nature does not admit of was and shall be, but only is, yet it is allowable to say of It, was and is and shall be: was, because It never began; shall be, because It never shall end; is, because It always is.

DIDYMUS. By the Spirit of truth too the knowledge of future events has been granted to holy men. Prophets filled with this Spirit foretold and saw things to come, as if they were present: And He will show you things to come.

BEDE. It is certain that many filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit have foreknown future events. But as many gifted saints have never had this power, the words, He will show you things to come, may be taken to mean, bring back to your minds the Joys of your heavenly country. He did however inform the Apostles of what was to come, viz. of the evils that they would have to suffer for Christ's sake, and the good things they would receive in recompense.

CHRYS. In this way then He raised their spirits; for there is nothing for which mankind so long, as the knowledge of the future. He relieves them from all anxiety on this account, by showing that dangers would not fall upon them unawares. Then to show that He could have told them all the truth into which the Holy Spirit would lead them, He adds, He shall glorify Me.

AUG. By pouring love into the hearts of believers, and making them spiritual, and so able to see that the Son Whom they had known before only according to the flesh, and thought a man like themselves, was equal to the Father. Or certainly because that love filling them with boldness, and casting out fear, they proclaimed Christ to men, and so spread His fame throughout the whole world. For what they were going to do in the power of the Holy Ghost, this the Holy Ghost says He does Himself.

CHRYS. And because He had said, You have one Master, even Christ (Matt 23:8), that they might not be prevented by this from admitting the Holy Ghost as well, He adds, For He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it to you.

DIDYMUS. To receive must be taken here in a sense agreeable to the Divine Nature. As the Son in giving is not deprived of what He gives, nor imparts to others with any loss of His own, so too the Holy Ghost does not receive what before He had not; for if He received what before He had not, the gift being transferred to another, the giver would be thereby a loser.

We must understand then that the Holy Ghost receives from the Son that which belonged to His nature, and that there are not two substances implied, one giving and the other receiving, but one substance only. In like manner the Son too is said to receive from the Father that wherein He Himself subsists. For neither is the Son any thing but what is given Him by the Father, nor the Holy Ghost any substance but that which is given Him by the Son.

AUG. But it is not true, as some heretics have thought, that because the Son receives from the Father, the Holy Ghost from the Son, as if by gradation, that therefore the Holy Ghost is inferior to the Son. He Himself solves this difficulty, and explains His own words: All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall show it to you.

DIDYMUS. As if He said, Although the Spirit of truth proceeds from the Father, yet all things that the Father has are Mine, and even the Spirit of the Father is Mine, and receives of Mine. But beware, when you hear this, that you think not it is a thing or possession which the Father and the Son have. That which the Father has according to His substance, i.e. His eternity, immutability, goodness, it is this which the Son has also.

Away with the evils of logicians who say, therefore the Father is the Son. Had He said indeed, All that God has are Mine, impiety might have taken occasion to raise its head; but when He said, All things that the Father has are Mine, by using the name of the Father, He declares Himself the Son, and being the Son, He usurps not the Paternity, though by the grace of adoption He is the Father of many saints.

HILARY. Our Lord therefore has not left it uncertain whether the Paraclete be from the Father, or from the Son; for He is sent by the Son, and proceeds from the Father; both these He receives from the Son. You ask whether to receive from the Son and to proceed from the Father be the same thing.

Certainly, to receive from the Son must be thought one and the same thing with receiving from the Father; for when He says, All things that the Father has are Mine, therefore said I, that He shall receive of Mine, He shows herein that the things are received from Him, because all things which the Father has are His, but that they are received from the Father also. This unity has no diversity; nor does it matter from whom the thing is received; since that which is given by the Father is counted also as given by the Son.

Catena Aurea John 16
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The Sermon of St Stephen

Vittore Carpaccio

Tempera on canvas, 152 x 195 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Acts 17:15, 22–18:1

6th Week of Easter

What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you. (Acts 17:23)

As a young Helen Keller was learning about the world, she met a famous preacher who introduced her to Christianity. Helen exclaimed, “I always knew he was there, but I didn’t know his name!”

The Athenians who received Paul’s message must have felt as Helen Keller did. Amongst their many shrines was an altar inscribed “To an Unknown God” (Acts 17:23), ensuring that no deity was excluded from worship. The people in Athens were intrigued by Paul’s preaching, but his novel message seemed odd to them. Some thought Paul was preaching two different gods: “Jesus” and a goddess, “Anastasis” (“Resurrection”).

Whereas once Paul would have regarded these gentile idolaters as impure and under God’s unwavering condemnation, he now regarded them as children of God awaiting the light of truth. So, guided by “the Spirit of truth” that Jesus promised in today’s Gospel (John 16:13), Paul tailored his speech in a way they could understand. He was not harsh and didn’t condemn them. Instead, he used their own culture and their own faith vocabulary as a springboard for teaching them about the one Creator God and the Redeemer, Christ. Paul didn’t win everyone over that day, but a few followed him, and seeds were planted in others, who asked to hear him again.

In our own day, many people are like these Athenians. They are hungry for spiritual things, but they have little knowledge of the one true God. They may have heard about Jesus and his resurrection but have never understood how this message applies to them. They may even have been brought up in the Church, yet never grasped the depth of God’s love for them.

And so, God is calling you. You are part of his plan to ignite a fire in hearts that are seeking—even in hearts that don’t yet know they are seeking the Lord. You don’t need Paul’s oratorical skills. Your own words, spoken in love, can be life-changing—especially when they are reinforced by the evidence of your own life. So go ahead and tell God you want to cooperate with him. Perhaps he’ll use your efforts to encourage someone at just the right moment!

“Holy Spirit, lead me to those seeking truth just as you led St. Paul.”

Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14; John 16:12-15

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Daily Marriage Tip for May 8, 2013:

Your spouse is not your competitor. Too often couples keep score on who cleaned more, took care of the kids last, or has the hardest job. You’re both on the same team. If somebody wins an argument, that means the other lost. The marriage loses.

29 posted on 05/08/2013 6:54:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Vultus Christi

A School of the Lord's Service

 on May 8, 2013 5:58 AM |
7 Jan. 8 May. 7 Sept.
We have, therefore, to establish a school of the Lord's service, in the setting forth of which we hope to order nothing that is harsh or rigorous. But if anything be somewhat strictly laid down, according to the dictates of sound reason, for the amendment of vices or the preservation of charity, do not therefore fly in dismay from the way of salvation, whose beginning cannot but be strait and difficult. But as we go forward in our life and in faith, we shall with hearts enlarged and unspeakable sweetness of love run in the way of God's commandments; so that never departing from His guidance, but persevering in His teaching in the monastery until death, we may by patience share in the sufferings of Christ, that we may deserve to be partakers of His kingdom. Amen.

Adoration in Spirit and in Truth

In writing his Rule, Saint Benedict seeks only to establish a school of the Lord's service, that is to say, a school of adoration in spirit and in truth. A man enters the monastery to learn how to adore God as God seeks to be adored.

The hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24)

Men Who Have Their Gaze Directed to God

The Father seeks men who will adore Him in the Holy Spirit and in union with the Son. He seeks men who will adore Him as the Son adores Him, that is, perpetually. The school of the Lord's service is a school of perpetual adoration. Perpetual adoration does not imply that a monk be, at every moment, kneeling before the Sacred Host; it means, rather, that the compass of his heart is oriented steadily and unswervingly ad Patrem: towards the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit. It was to this that Pope Benedict XVI referred in his discourse at Subiaco, the cradle of Benedictine life, in April 2005, only days before his election: "We need men who have their gaze directed to God."

Come to the Father

In the school of the Lord's service a man learns, through obedience, silence, and humility, to surrender to the mysterious operations of the Holy Ghost by which his spirit enters the rhythm of a ceaseless return to the Father through the Son, in filial love and in sacerdotal offering. He begins, over time, to hear what Saint Ignatius of Antioch describes in his Epistle to the Romans: "There is within me a water that lives and speaks, saying to me inwardly, Come to the Father."

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings. And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit desireth; because he asketh for the saints according to God. (Romans 8:26-27)

The Sacred Liturgy

Nowhere does the Holy Spirit help our infirmity more powerfully than in the sacred liturgy of the Church: "the foremost and indispensable font of the Christian spirit" (Saint Pius X, Tra le sollecitudini). Saint Benedict's school of the Lord's service gives absolute primacy to the Opus Dei (the Work of God, i.e. the Divine Office) because it is there that the Holy Spirit descends mightily and sweetly to succour our weakness, praying for us and in us with unspeakable groanings. Father Augustine Baker's disciple, the English Benedictine mystic, Dame Gertrude More wrote:

The Divine Office is such a heavenly thing that in it we find whatsoever we can desire: for sometimes in it we address ourselves to Thee for help and pardon for our sins; and sometimes Thou speakest to us, so that it pierceth and woundeth with desire of Thee the very bottom of our souls; and sometimes Thou teachest a soul to understand more in it of the knowledge of Thee and of herself than ever could have been by all the teaching in the world showed to a soul in five hundred years; for Thy words are works.

The Holy Spirit, labouring in us through the Divine Office, obtains all that the Father, in His wisdom and love, desires to bestow upon the saints, that is, upon the Body of the Church, the Bride of Christ. Thus does the monastery's stable rhythm of choral prayer refresh the Church with wave upon wave of divine life.

30 posted on 05/08/2013 7:05:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Athenians and Us


by Food For Thought on May 8, 2013 ·

What does this promise of our Lord before his passion have to do with
us 2,000 years after his death and resurrection? Also, what connection
is there with the Athenians of the first century, during the time of
Jesus and St. Paul? What did Jesus mean when he said, “The Spirit of
truth to guide us to all truth.”

Jesus had earlier said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” When
Jesus realized that his death was near, he implanted to the disciples
all the tools that they would need to help them continue their mission
here on earth. It was at that moment that Jesus wanted them to grasp
the truth: He was not only sent by God like the prophets before him,
but that he himself is one with God.

At that time, most of his teachings must have appeared confusing and
hard to accept. Jesus gave hope to those who were very confused and
very sad. If we were in the place of the apostles during the Last
Supper, how would we have felt? What would be going through our minds?
Would we have been confused and overwhelmed by his many teachings even
if they touched the heart and may have appeared at that time

After his resurrection, our Lord sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles
so that he may be with them in a different way. The Spirit guided them
in all the things they did and reminded them of all that he had said.
It was the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that they began to understand
the teachings of Jesus.

The Holy Spirit revealed and confirmed that the God loves all that he
had created. Today, the Holy Spirit continues to reveal and guide us
towards this truth, even in the midst of all the troubles and problems
we are encountering.

As for the Athenians in the 1st century, the Holy Spirit showed them an
indication of this truth. Through his preaching at the Areopagus, St.
Paul opened their hearts and minds to accept the fullness of this

32 posted on 05/08/2013 7:13:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Vultus Christi

Humble thy heart and endure

 on May 8, 2013 8:19 AM |
7 Jan. 8 May. 7 Sept.
We have, therefore, to establish a school of the Lord's service, in the setting forth of which we hope to order nothing that is harsh or rigorous. But if anything be somewhat strictly laid down, according to the dictates of sound reason, for the amendment of vices or the preservation of charity, do not therefore fly in dismay from the way of salvation, whose beginning cannot but be strait and difficult. But as we go forward in our life and in faith, we shall with hearts enlarged and unspeakable sweetness of love run in the way of God's commandments; so that never departing from His guidance, but persevering in His teaching in the monastery until death, we may by patience share in the sufferings of Christ, that we may deserve to be partakers of His kingdom. Amen.

Hard and Rugged Paths

In contrast with some of the Desert Fathers and, in fact, with certain other schools of holiness, Saint Benedict resolves to order nothing that is harsh or rigorous. This does not mean that the Benedictine way is strewn with rose petals; in Chapter LVIII of the Rule, Saint Benedict says that the senior monk charged with caring for novices must set before then "all the hard and rugged paths by which we walk towards God." The Benedictine way, although characterized by mildness, moderation, and mercy, remains the via crucis (the way of the Cross), the narrow way, the way of immolation and of sacrifice, because for the Christian there can be no other way. "If we be dead with him, we shall live also with him. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him" (2 Timothy 2:11-12).


Harshness and rigour have no place in the pedagogy of the Rule; it is a pedagogy of moderation, flexibly adapted, and re-adapted, with gentleness and discretion, to the infirmities and weakness of those enrolled in the school of the Lord's service. Both Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face would find in the pedagogy of the Rule a spiritual sensibility akin to their own.

Saint Benedict acknowledges that, at certain hours and seasons, it may be necessary to hold his monks to a certain strictness, according to the dictates of sound reason. The strict application of certain principles derives then, not from the subjective moods or personal inclinations of the superior, but from the necessity of amending vices (bad habits) or preserving charity.

Patience and Perseverance

Being a merciful father, full of sympathy for the fearful and fragile among his sons, Saint Benedict enjoins them not to retreat in dismay when the observance seems narrow and too difficult. "Do not therefore lose your confidence, which hath a great reward. For patience is necessary for you; that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise" (Hebrws 10:35-36).

Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation. Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in the time of clouds. Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end. Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience. For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation. Believe God, and he will recover thee: and direct thy way, and trust in him. Keep his fear, and grow old therein. Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy: and go not aside from him, lest ye fall. Ye that fear the Lord, believe him: and your reward shall not be made void. Ye that fear the Lord, hope in him: and mercy shall come to you for your delight. (Ecclesiasticus 2:1-9)

A Calm and Quiet Soul

The first steps in one's conversion of life are never easy. The primary classes in the school of the Lord's service are daunting to those unaccustomed to the pedagogy of the Rule. It would be foolish to yield to a sudden panic and, breathless, bolt for the door. Rather one must quiet one' soul in the presence of the Lord and wait upon Him to bestow the peace that allows one to see clearly and to judge rightly.

Delight in the Lord, and he will give thee the requests of thy heart. Commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in him, and he will do it. And he will bring forth thy justice as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Be subject to the Lord and pray to him. (Psalm 36:4-7)

33 posted on 05/08/2013 7:16:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Regnum Christi

Nothing But the Truth
Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Father John Doyle, LC


John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."

Introductory Prayer: Lord, as I begin this prayer I offer you my whole self: my thoughts, desires, decisions, actions, hopes, fears, weaknesses, failures and petty successes. I open my entire being to you, aware that you know everything already. I’m certain of your mercy and of the purifying power of your penetrating, loving gaze.

Petition: Lord, allow me to be sincerely and truthfully yours.

1. My Truth Before God: Jesus tells his apostles he has many more things to tell them, but it seems that they are not yet ready to accept the truth. They were not ready, for one thing, to acknowledge the fact that in a few short hours all of them would flee before the prospect of the Cross, leaving Christ quite alone. I, too, may find it hard to see, or to accept, a realistic picture of my relationship with Christ or my state of soul. I may justify myself or my indifference with any number of psychological consolations. I might convince myself that I am not quite as bad off as so-and-so. Perhaps I put up an excellent external show, living all the motions, but with little true conviction and sincerity.

2. Cheap Deceptions: In our consumer-oriented world, first impressions often seem to count more than the goodness or evil of a thing. Opinion polls appear to set the standard for right and wrong, and a false idea of tolerance is a highly held ideal. Truth can be seen as bluntly offensive, and so it is repackaged in a more appealing way. However, none of these attempts by the “spirit of the world” can ever succeed in the end, just as no amount of darkness can ever stop the smallest beam of light. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world declaring the truth loud and clear in the depths of the human soul. Only the truth -- which comes from Christ -- has the power to bring true peace and joy to the human heart when all illusions are shown up as such.

3. Living in the Truth: As Christians we must be on guard against the spirit of insincerity. No one who lives outside the truth can claim to be a disciple of Christ. Little falsehoods in our lives are utterly destructive to the action of the “Spirit of Truth” in our souls. Our Savior never spoke out so strongly against anything as he did against the pretended righteousness of the leaders of his time. How many things have I done recently just to be praised by others? How many good things have I done which are known to God alone? Am I capable of standing firm to my convictions in the face of misunderstanding or ridicule?

Conversation with Christ: Jesus, the example of your life and death is one of complete honesty. Empower me through the “Spirit of Truth” to be sincere in all that I do before God and others.

Resolution: I will ask forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation at the first available opportunity for any insincerity in my life.

34 posted on 05/08/2013 7:21:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body


<< Wednesday, May 8, 2013 >>
Acts 17:15, 22—18:1
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Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14 John 16:12-15


"He has set the day on which He is going to 'judge the world with justice' through a Man He has appointed — One Whom He has endorsed in the sight of all by raising Him from the dead." —Acts 17:31

When Paul had proclaimed to the Athenians that Jesus had been risen from the dead, "some sneered, while others said, 'We must hear you on this topic some other time' " (Acts 17:32). Today, the reaction to Jesus' resurrection is similar. Over a month ago, we began the Easter season. We may have tried to proclaim that Jesus is risen. Yet "who has believed what he has heard from us?" (Rm 10:16)

We may feel like blaming those that we've talked to about Jesus' resurrection for hardening their hearts. But how do we know their hearts? Rather, we ought to remove the planks from our own eyes by repenting of not witnessing more for Christ, and not backing up our witness with a radical life of faith (see Mt 7:5). Maybe the first persons to believe in the risen Christ this Easter season will be those who claim to already be believers.

We can bear witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with power (Acts 4:33). Let's ask the Spirit to prove us wrong about our compromises with the world (see Jn 16:8). He will guide us to all truth (Jn 16:13). Then we will be able to guide others to the ultimate truth: "Jesus is risen!"

Prayer: Father, make these next ten days among the most eventful of my life. Give me a new Pentecost.
Promise: He "will announce to you the things to come." —Jn 16:13
Praise: Teenagers Sam and Monica, brother and sister, read the Bible each evening before going to sleep.

35 posted on 05/08/2013 7:24:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Did you pray in front of a
Planned Parenthood Clinic
Please pray for an
end to abortion in the United States.
Click to see pro-life march video in Aurora - 1-16-10

36 posted on 05/08/2013 7:27:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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