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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-18-13
USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-18-13 | Revised New American Bible

Posted on 09/17/2013 9:22:53 PM PDT by Salvation

September 18, 2013

 

Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

 

 

Reading 1 1 Tm 3:14-16

Beloved:
I am writing you,
although I hope to visit you soon.
But if I should be delayed,
you should know how to behave in the household of God,
which is the Church of the living God,
the pillar and foundation of truth.
Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,

Who was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.

Responsorial Psalm PS 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (2) How great are the works of the Lord!
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
Majesty and glory are his work,
and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
He has given food to those who fear him;
he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
He has made known to his people the power of his works,
giving them the inheritance of the nations.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!

Gospel Lk 7:31-35

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.
We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”



TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; ordinarytime; prayer
For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.

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2 posted on 09/17/2013 9:27:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: 1 Timothy 3:14-16

The Church is God’s Household


[14] I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to
you so that, [15] if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave
in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the
pillar and bulwark of the truth.

The Mystery of our Religion


[16] Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion: He was
manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels,
preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in
glory.

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Commentary:

15. This verse contains three very evocative expressions which sum up
the letter’s ecclesiology or theology of the Church.

“The Church of the living God”: St Paul usually uses “church of God”
and (once) “church of Christ” (Rom 16:16), thereby implying continuity
with the “assemblies of Yahweh” in the Old Testament. The Church, in
other words, is the true people of God, founded on the New Covenant,
heir to the ancient promises and trustee of the means of salvation (cf.
“Lumen Gentium”, 9). It is “the church of the living God”, that is, it
receives from him supernatural life (grace) and distributes it to all.
“It pleased God to call men to share in his life and not merely singly,
without any bond between them, but he formed them into a people, in
which his children who had been scattered were gathered together”
Vatican II, “Ad Gentes”, 2).

“The household of God”: in the original Greek the definite article does
not appear, thereby emphasizing the family character of the Church. St
Paul frequently described the Church as God’s family: “you are fellow
citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph
2:19). The expression “household of God” conveys the idea of family
and also the idea of the cohesion of Christians as parts of a holy
building: the children of God, convoked by the will of God, form the
Church, a home and a temple, where God dwells in a fuller way than
he did in the ancient temple of Jerusalem (cf. 1 Kings 8:12-64).

This house or household of God is made up of all the believers; they
are living stones, as it were (1 Pet 2:5); its foundations are the
Apostles (1 Cor 3:11), and Christ himself is its cornerstone
(Mt 21:42); those who hold office in it are not domineering overlords
but conscientious stewards, who should rule with the same dedication
as a father does in his own household (1 Tim 3:4-5, 12).

“Pillar and bulwark of the truth”: those aspects of the building would
have been very meaningful to Christians familiar with the great pillars
of the temple of Jerusalem (cf. 1 Kings 7:15-52) or the columns of the
huge temple at Ephesus dedicated to the goddess Artemis. They very
graphically convey the idea of the Church’s solidity and permanence in
the role of safeguarding and transmitting the truth, for “the deposit
of revelation [...] must be religiously guarded and courageously
expounded” (”Lumen Gentium”, 25).

“The truth” which the Apostle mentions here is the Revelation God has
communicated to men. It is interesting to note that there are three
closely connected expressions in this chapter: deacons are exhorted
to hold “the mystery of faith” (v. 9); the Church is “the pillar and
bulwark of the truth” (v. 15); and then “the mystery of our religion”
is extolled (v. 16). These are three ways of looking at the Church’s
reason-of-being—Jesus Christ. For our Lord, who is the fullness of
Revelation (cf. Heb 1:2), is the center of our faith: he alone is the
supreme Truth (cf. In 14:6); and because he is the fullest expression
of God’s love for men (making them children of God), he is “the
mystery of our religion” (cf. “Reconciliatio Et Paenitentia”, 19).

16. The “pietatis mysterium”, the mystery of (our) religion, as opposed
to the “mystery of lawlessness” (2:Thess 2:7) which includes the devil
and his activity, refers first and foremost to Christ and his work of
redemption and reconciliation. By describing it as the mystery of
“piety”, the virtue which characterizes parent/children relations, it
includes the idea of God’s paternal love for men, for it is through
Christ that men become children of God.

“It is profoundly significant”, John Paul II comments, “that when Paul
presents this “mysterium pietatis” he simply transcribes, without
making a grammatical link with what he has just written, three lines
of a Christological hymn which—in the opinion of authoritative
scholars—was used in the Greek-speaking Christian communities”
(”Reconciliatio Et Paenitentia”, 20). The introduction itself (”we
confess”: by the confession of all), the rhythmic style, the fact that
no articles are used in the original Greek, and even the vocabulary
— all point to these verses having been taken from an early liturgical
hymn (cf. 1 Cor 14:26; Eph 5:19). It may even have been a kind of
counter to the idolatrous chants of pagan Ephesians: they used to
shout “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:34); St Paul
exclaims, “Great is the mystery of our religion.”

The order of ideas in this confession of faith is typical of the
christological hymns in the New Testament (cf. Phil 2:6-11; Col
1:15-20; Heb 1:3), and probably reflects the oral preaching of the
Apostles which took in the existence of the Word from all eternity,
his incarnation and life on earth; his message of salvation for the
whole world; his passion, death, resurrection and ascension into
heaven. Each of the three parts of this short creed stresses the
paradox of the mystery by using phrases involving contrasts (Semites
were very fond of this device). The first sentence, professing belief in
the Incarnation, uses a very early form of words—”manifested in the
flesh” (cf. 1 Jn 4:2; 2 In 7). Pope John Paul II comments as follows:
“he was made manifest in the reality of human flesh and was
constituted by the Holy Spirit as the Just One who offers himself
for the unjust” (”Reconciliatio Et Paenitentia”, 20).

The second phrase describes how Christ is manifested: the angels
have direct sight of him, men came to know him through preaching.
Christ is manifested to all, for just as he is seen by the angels (that
part of creation nearest to God), so is he revealed to the Gentiles
(whom the Jews regarded as most distanced from God): “he appeared
to the angels, having been made greater than them, and he was
preached to the nations, as the bearer of salvation” (”ibid.”).

The last words profess faith in the glorification of Christ at the
extremes of creation—earth and heaven. On earth he is glorified
because faith in him implies recognizing him as God; and he is
glorified in heaven because the Ascension (which in Pauline teaching
marks the definitive victory of Christ—cf. Phil 2:19-2 and note) is the
definitive glorious revelation of his Person: “he was believed in, in the
world, as the one sent by the Father, and by the same Father he was
assumed into heaven as Lord” (”ibid.”).

And so the “mysterium pietatis” involves the reconciliation—union of
man with God in Christ: he takes our flesh without ceasing to be God;
the nations of the earth will recognize him, as will the angels in heaven,
he dwells in the hearts of men through faith, but his mansion is in
heaven at the Father’s side.

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

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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From: Luke 7:31-35

Jesus Reproaches His Contemporaries


(Jesus spoke to the crowds), [33] For John the Baptist has come eating no
bread and drinking no wine; and you say, `He has a demon.’ [34] The Son
of Man has come eating and drinking; and you say, Behold, a glutton and a
drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ [35] Yet wisdom is justified
by all her children.”

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Commentary:

31-34. See the note on Matthew 11:16-19.

[The note on Matthew 11:16-19 states:

16-19. Making reference to a popular song or a child’s game of His time, Jesus
reproaches those who offer groundless excuses for not recognizing Him. From
the beginning of human history the Lord has striven to attract all men to Himself:
“What more was there to do for My vineyard, that I have not done in it?” (Isaiah
5:4), and often He has been rejected: “When I looked for it to yield grapes, why
did it yield wild grapes?” (Isaiah 5:4).

Our Lord also condemns calumny: some people do try to justify their own
behavior by seeing sin where there is only virtue. “When they find something
which is quite obviously good,” St. Gregory the Great says, “they pry into it to
see if there is not also some badness hidden in it” (”Moralia”, 6, 22). The
Baptist’s fasting they interpret as the work of the devil; whereas they accuse
Jesus of being a glutton. The evangelist has to report these calumnies and
accusations spoken against our Lord; otherwise, we would have no notion of the
extent of the malice of those who show such furious opposition to Him who went
about doing good (Acts 10:38). On other occasions Jesus warned His disciples
that they would be treated the same as He was (cf. John 15:20).

The works of Jesus and John the Baptist, each in their own way, lead to the
accomplishment of God’s plan for man’s salvation: the fact that some people do
not recognize Him does not prevent God’s plan being carried into effect.]

35. The wisdom referred to here is divine Wisdom, especially Christ Himself (cf.
Wisdom 7:26; Proverbs 8:22). “Children of Wisdom” is a Hebrew way of saying
“wise men”; he is truly wise who comes to know God and love Him and be
saved by Him—in other words, a saint.

Divine wisdom is revealed in the creation and government of the universe, and,
particularly, in the salvation of mankind. Wise men “justifying” wisdom seems
to mean the wise, the saints, bear witness to Christ by living holy lives: “Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give
glory to your Father who is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


4 posted on 09/17/2013 9:31:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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

1 Timothy 3:14-16 ©

At the moment of writing to you, I am hoping that I may be with you soon; but in case I should be delayed, I wanted you to know how people ought to behave in God’s family – that is, in the Church of the living God, which upholds the truth and keeps it safe. Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed:

He was made visible in the flesh,

attested by the Spirit,

seen by angels,

proclaimed to the pagans,

believed in by the world,

taken up in glory.


Psalm

Psalm 110:1-6 ©

Great are the works of the Lord.

or

Alleluia!

I will thank the Lord with all my heart

  in the meeting of the just and their assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord,

  to be pondered by all who love them.

Great are the works of the Lord.

or

Alleluia!

Majestic and glorious his work,

  his justice stands firm for ever.

He makes us remember his wonders.

  The Lord is compassion and love.

Great are the works of the Lord.

or

Alleluia!

He gives food to those who fear him;

  keeps his covenant ever in mind.

He has shown his might to his people

  by giving them the lands of the nations.

Great are the works of the Lord.

or

Alleluia!


Gospel Acclamation

cf.1Th2:13

Alleluia, alleluia!

Accept God’s message for what it really is:

God’s message, and not some human thinking.

Alleluia!

Or

cf.Jn6:63,68

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life;

you have the message of eternal life.

Alleluia!


Gospel

Luke 7:31-35 ©

Jesus said to the people: ‘What description can I find for the men of this generation? What are they like? They are like children shouting to one another while they sit in the market-place:

‘“We played the pipes for you,

and you wouldn’t dance;

we sang dirges,

and you wouldn’t cry.”

‘For John the Baptist comes, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, “He is possessed.” The Son of Man comes, eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet Wisdom has been proved right by all her children.’


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Pray with Pope Benedict

The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei)[Catholic Caucus]

Year of Faith: Does God Command Evil Actions in the Bible? Part II (Part I linked
Francis "Lights" Up – Pope's First Encyclical Due Friday
Pope: Homily at Mass for Evangelium Vitae Day [full text]
Adoration with Pope energizing Catholics worldwide
Parishes Worldwide Prepare for Eucharistic Adoration Hour (June 2 at 11 am ET)
Pope [Francis] at Pentecost: Newness, harmony and mission
Audience: Do not be ‘part-time’ Christians
Pope Francis: Regina caeli
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

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Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)
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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
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Jesus, High Priest
 

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

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

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

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

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

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

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

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

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

This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

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

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

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

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Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

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

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

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

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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

5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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

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

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

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

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

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

 

The Mysteries of the Rosary

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


The 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]


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~ PRAYER ~

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

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

PLEASE JOIN US -

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


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


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Our Blessed Lady's Sorrows

Sea of Sorrow

Oh! on what a sea of sorrow
Was the Virgin-Mother cast,
When her eyes with tears o'erflowing
Gazed upon her Son aghast,
From the bloodstained gibbet taken,
Dying in her arms at last.

In her bitter desolation,
His sweet mouth, His bosom too,
Then His riven side beloved,
Then each hand, both wounded through,
Then His feet, with blood encrimsoned,
Her maternal tears bedew.

She, a hundred times and over,
Strains Him closely to her breast
Heart to Heart, arms arms enfolding,
Are His wounds on her impressed:
Thus, in sorrow's very kisses,
Melts her anguished soul to rest.

Oh, dear Mother! we beseech thee,
By the tears thine eyes have shed,
By the cruel death of Jesus
And His wounds' right royal red,
Make our hearts o'erflow with sorrow
From thy heart's deep fountainhead.

To the Father, Son, and Spirit,
Now we bend on equal knee:
Glory, sempiternal glory,
To the Most High Trinity;
Yea! perpetual praise and honor
Now and through all ages be.

Novena Prayer To Our Sorrowful Mother

Most Blessed and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother's pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request,
For to whom shall I fly in my wants and miseries, if not to thee, O Mother of mercy, who, having so deeply drunk the chalice of thy Son, canst most pity us poor exiles, still doomed to sigh in this vale of tears? Offer to Jesus but one drop of His Precious Blood, but one pang of His adorable Heart; remind Him that thou art our life, our sweetness, and our hope, and thou wilt obtain what I ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hail Mary
Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us
(Seven times each)

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

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

Litany of the Seven Sorrows

For private use only.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
Mother crucified,
Mother sorrowful,
Mother tearful,
Mother afflicted,
Mother forsaken,
Mother desolate,
Mother bereft of thy Child,
Mother transfixed with the sword,
Mother consumed with grief,
Mother filled with anguish,
Mother crucified in heart,
Mother most sad,
Fountain of tears,
Abyss of suffering,
Mirror of patience,
Rock of constancy,
Anchor of confidence,
Refuge of the forsaken,
Shield of the oppressed,
Subduer of the unbelieving,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Medicine of the sick,
Strength of the weak,
Harbor of the wrecked,
Allayer of tempests,
Resource of mourners,
Terror of the treacherous,
Treasure of the faithful,
Eye of the Prophets,
Staff of the Apostles,
Crown of Martyrs,
Light of confessors,
Pearl of virgins,
Consolation of widows,
Joy of all Saints,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble,
in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let Us Pray.
Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love
--- sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Amen.

Conclude with the Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, and three Hail Marys,
in honor of the Most Holy Heart of Mary.

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Stabat mater dolorosa
iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.

Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta,
mater Unigeniti!

Quae maerebat et dolebat,
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati poenas inclyti.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?

Pro peccatis suae gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis,
et flagellis subditum.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriendo desolatum,
dum emisit spiritum.

Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valide.

Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati,
poenas mecum divide.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
crucifixo condolere,
donec ego vixero.

Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,
et me tibi sociare
in planctu desidero.

Virgo virginum praeclara,
mihi iam non sis amara,
fac me tecum plangere.

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
passionis fac consortem,
et plagas recolere.

Fac me plagis vulnerari,
fac me Cruce inebriari,
et cruore Filii.

Flammis ne urar succensus,
per te, Virgo, sim defensus
in die iudicii.

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
da per Matrem me venire
ad palmam victoriae.

Quando corpus morietur,
fac, ut animae donetur
paradisi gloria. Amen.

Prayer To Our Lady of Sorrows, by St. Bridget

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, who didst endure a martyrdom of love and grief beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus! Thou didst cooperate in the benefit of my redemption by thine innumerable afflictions and by offering to the Eternal Father His only begotten Son as a holocaust and victim of propitiation for my sins. I thank thee for the unspeakable love which led thee to deprive thyself of the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner. Oh, make use of the unfailing intercession of thy sorrows with the Father and the Son, that I may steadfastly amend my life and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins, and that, persevering till death in His grace. I may obtain eternal life through the merits of His Cross and Passion. Amen.

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

Saint Alphonsus Liguori's Prayer To The Mother Of Sorrows

O, my Blessed Mother, it is not one sword only with which I have pierced thy heart, but I have done so with as many as are the sins which I have committed. O, Lady, it is not to thee, who art innocent, that sufferings are due, but to me, who am guilty of so many crimes. But since thou hast been pleased to suffer so much for me, by thy merits, obtain me great sorrow for my sins, and patience under the trials of this life, which will always be light in comparison with my demerits; for I have often deserved Hell.
Amen.


 

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September 2013

Pope's Intentions

Value of Silence. That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.

Persecuted Christians. That Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world may by their witness be prophets of Christ's love.

14 posted on 09/17/2013 9:55:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Daily Gospel Commentary

Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day
Blessed John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005
Encyclical « Dives in Misericordia » § 13 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

In the Church Christ calls us to conversion

The Church lives an authentic life when she professes and proclaims mercy-the most stupendous attribute of the Creator and of the Redeemer-and when she brings people close to the sources of the Savior's mercy, of which she is the trustee and dispenser. Of great significance in this area is constant meditation on the Word of God, and above all conscious and mature participation in the Eucharist and in the sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation.

The Eucharist brings us ever nearer to that love which is “more powerful than death” (Sg 8,6): "For as often as we eat this bread and drink this cup," we proclaim not only the death of the Redeemer but also His resurrection, "until he comes" in glory (Roman Missal; cf. 1Cor 11,26). The same Eucharistic rite, celebrated in memory of Him who in His messianic mission revealed the Father to us by means of His words and His cross, attests to the inexhaustible love by virtue of which He desires always to be united with us and present in our midst, coming to meet every human heart.

It is the sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation that “prepares the way” (Lk 3,3; Is 40,3) for each individual, even those weighed down with great faults. In this sacrament each person can experience mercy in a unique way, that is, the love which is more powerful than sin.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Priest (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Corinthians 12:31; 13:1-10, 13
Psalm 25:1-5, 8-10
Matthew 11:25-30

What will be the crown of those who, humble within and humiliated without, have imitated the humility of our Savior in all its fullness!

-- St Bernadette


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

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The Angelus 

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

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

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

Hail Mary . . . 

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

Hail Mary . . . 


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

Let us pray: 

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

Amen. 


18 posted on 09/17/2013 10:01:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Information: St. Joseph of Cupertino

Feast Day: September 18

Born: June 17, 1603, Copertino, Puglia, Kingdom of Naples

Died: September 18, 1663, Osimo, Marche, Papal States

Canonized: July 16, 1767, Rome by Pope Clement XIII

Patron of: Aviation, astronauts, mental handicaps, test taking, students

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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Joseph of Cupertino


Feast Day: September 18
Born: 1603 :: Died: 1663

Joseph was born in a small Italian village to poor parents. He was very unhappy as a boy and a teenager. His mother thought he was a big nuisance so she shouted at him often and was very strict with him.

Joseph soon became very slow and absent-minded. He would wander around as if he were going nowhere. But he had a bad temper, too, and so not many people liked him.

He tried to learn the trade of shoe-making, but failed. He asked if he could become a Franciscan priest, but they did not want him. He then managed to join the Capuchin order, but eight months later he was asked to leave.

He could not seem to do anything right. He dropped piles of dishes and kept forgetting to do what he was told. His mother was not at all pleased to have the eighteen-year-old Joseph back home again.

She finally convinced the Franciscan monastery to take him on as a helper. He was given the Franciscan habit to wear and was assigned to care for the horses.

About this time, Joseph began to change. He grew more humble and gentle. He became more careful and successful at his work. He also began to do more penance.

The Franciscans finally decided to let him become a member of the order and he started studying to become a priest. Although he was very good, he still had a hard time with studies. But Joseph trusted in God's help and he did become a priest.

God began to work miracles through Father Joseph. Over seventy times people saw him rise from the ground while saying Mass or praying. He would balance near the ceiling like a star at the top of a Christmas tree.

Often he went into ecstasy (where you do not see or hear the people around you) and would be completely wrapped up in talking with God. He became very holy. Everything he saw made him think of God.

Father Joseph became so famous for his miracles that he was kept hidden. This made him happy for the chance to be alone with his beloved Jesus who always stayed close to him until he died in 1663.

The life of this saint can help us to understand that to be holy or close to God we do not need people to praise us for our talents and abilities which are a free gift from God.


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Catholic Almanac

Wednesday, September 18

Liturgical Color: Green

Today the Church honors St. Joseph of
Cupertino, priest. Because he
possessed the gift of levitation, St. Joseph
is the patron saint of pilots and
air travelers. He is also patron saint of
students. He died in 1663.

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Catholic Culture

 

Daily Readings for: September 18, 2013
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. 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.

RECIPES

o    None

ACTIVITIES

o    Patron Saints and Namedays

o    Religion in the Home for Elementary School: September

o    Religion in the Home for Preschool: September

PRAYERS

o    September Devotion: Our Lady of Sorrows

o    Collect for St. Joseph of Cupertino

Ordinary Time: September 18th

Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Old Calendar: St. Joseph of Cupertino, Confessor

St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663) was born at Cupertino, Italy, and died in Osimo. He was of lowly origin and had little formal education. In his youth he was employed as an apprentice to a shoemaker. He joined the Conventual Franciscans as a lay brother but was later ordained a priest. He was noted for his great austerities, his angelic purity, his great devotion to Our Lady and especially for his ardent love of God. According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is his feast.


St. Joseph of Cupertino

Joseph of Cupertino was such an extraordinary saint that his fellow-Christians could scarcely cope with him. First of all he was forgetful, even as a child, often not turning up for the scanty meals his impoverished widowed mother prepared. He would wander about the village of Cupertino, Italy, where he was born, gazing open-mouthed at everything. He found it hard to learn. And he was clumsy.

When he was seventeen he decided he wanted to become a monk or friar. The Franciscans would not take him because, they said, he was too stupid. The Capuchins threw him out after eight months because he broke everything. Eventually a Franciscan house at La Grotella accepted him as a stableboy.

He prayed and fasted and did his best to perform every task to perfection. Eventually the delighted brothers decided to accept him as one of their equals, and in 1628 he was ordained priest. From that time onwards Joseph of Cupertino was continually passing into ecstatic trances, sometimes even appearing to float above the ground. No meals could be taken in the monastery without some extraordinary interruption because of Joseph's miraculous behaviour. For thirty-five years the community decided that he should be kept out of the choir and refectory.

Naturally enough his miracles and above all the reports of his supernatural levitations attracted countless curious visitors. In 1653 the church authorities transferred him to a Capuchin friary in the hills of Pietarossa and kept him completely out of sight. Finally Saint Joseph was allowed to join his own order at a place called Osima, but he was still kept out of sight until his death in 1663. All this he bore without the remotest complaint. Fittingly the twentieth century has made the saint patron of pilots and airline passengers.

Excerpted from A Calendar of Saints by James Bentley

Patron: air travellers; astronauts; aviators; paratroopers; pilots; students; test takers.

Symbol: airplane.

Things To Do:


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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Psalm 111:1-6

24th Week in Ordinary Time

Great are the works of the Lord! (Psalm 111:2)

That you are reading this meditation is a work of the Lord. That you know him at all is his work. That you acknowledge him, praise him, and worship him is his work. That you spend time in his presence and receive his Body and Blood in the Eucharist is his work. That you repent and accept his forgiveness—this, too, is his work.

Great are these works: perfect and delightful, beautiful and intricate! They are wondrous, nonetheless so because they occur in you. Who can change his own heart or procure grace for himself? None of us can manufacture this kind grace or this depth of mercy. The best we can do is humbly receive all that God graciously offers us. The best we can do is rejoice in the grace that is the hallmark of our lives.

Give thanks, then! You are always in God’s thoughts. You occupy a special place in his heart. Even before you were born, he knew you and loved you. To this day, he cherishes and delights in you! God is for you, and his word is always at work in you. So, too, is his great power, through which he does vastly more than you can ask or imagine.

Great are all God’s works! He has sustained the Church for more than two thousand years, in spite of human weaknesses, failures, misunderstandings, and willful rebellion. He has continually fed us on his word in Scripture, inspired us with the lives of the saints, and, century after century, made known his works to new generations. He has revealed himself as the bread of life so that our hunger can always be satisfied. He is a fountain of living water so that we need never thirst.

What are some of God’s great works in your life? How has he revealed himself to you? As Father, brother, friend? Warrior, savior, redeemer? Deliverer, comforter, healer? Maybe you have felt his love, his compassion, or his understanding in a particularly personal way. If any of this applies to you, then spend you prayer time today thanking and praising him for it. Then tell someone about the God who has worked in you. Tell them how great are his works!

“Father, great are your works in and through me. Thank you for your goodness and kindness, today and always!”

1 Timothy 3:14-16; Psalm 111:1-6; Luke 7:31-35


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

Daily Marriage Tip for September 18, 2013:

Marriage is not always 50/50. Sometimes one of you will need to give much more than the other. Striving to give your all to your beloved is better than measuring tit for tat.

24 posted on 09/18/2013 3:29:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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marriage is 100%-100%.

50/50 is a business partnership or a hedonism encounter.


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Vultus Christi

The Hard and Rugged Paths

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 07:17

Chapter LVIII.  Of the Discipline of Receiving Brethren into Religion

11 Apr. 11 Aug. 11 Dec.

Afterwards let him go into the Novitiate, where he is to meditate and study, to take his meals and to sleep. Let a senior, one who is skilled in gaining souls, be appointed over him to watch him with the utmost care, and to see whether he is truly seeking God, and is fervent in the Work of God, in obedience and in humiliations. Let all the hard and rugged paths by which we walk towards God be set before him.

In the School of the Host

The hard and rugged paths by which a novice walks towards God are set before him in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.  The novice has only to gaze upon the Sacred Host to discover the true spirit of his vocation.

In finem dilexit. “Before the festival day of the pasch, Jesus knowing that his hour was come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end” (John 13:1).  Showing His “love unto the end,” Jesus walked towards His Father along the hard and rugged way of the Cross, leaving us the adorable mysteries of His Body and Blood as the abiding memorial of His Passion.  The true spirit of our Benedictine life is one of participation in Our Lord’s Eucharistic kenosis (self–emptying).  Compelled by an excess of divine pity, it was not enough for Christ to become for our sake “obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:); He chose to perpetuate the kenosis of His passion, even after His glorious resurrection and ascension in heaven, in the adorable Sacrament of His Body and Blood.  In the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar we find Our Lord Jesus Christ in a condition of profound humiliation that, until His return in glory, announces the mystery of His death. “For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come” (1 Corinthians 11:26).

The States of the Sacred Host

The monk who contemplates the Sacred Host will, by the secret action of the Holy Ghost, come to resemble the One whom he contemplates.  Mother Mectilde de Bar suggests that each soul is called to participate in some way in what she calls the states of Jesus the Host.  The knowledge of each soul’s particular correspondence to the Divine Host is, she says, given only in the light that comes from prayer. Once a soul has discerned what this correspondence is, she must pray for the grace to adhere to it by love, even though it be a hard and rugged thing to enter into the mystery of the Christus passus (Christ suffering).  It is Christ who gives one the courage to live faithfully in correspondence the states that are His in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.  It is He who prepares for each soul a particular way of relating to the Host; He applies it to the soul; He has already won for each soul the grace to enter fruitfully into correspondence with Himself in the various states of His sacramental presence.

What are these states? Writing in Le véritable esprit (The True Spirit), a spiritual handbook for her Benedictines, Mother Mectilde enumerates twenty–four of them.  One must not, however, conclude that in her  list of the twenty–four states of the Host, she has exhausted the diversity by which the Holy Ghost actualizes the infinite richness of Christ in the Church.  Mother Mectilde offers her inventory of twenty–four states as a point of departure and as an indication of what the Holy Spirit may bring to light in each soul. “The Spirit breatheth where he will and thou hearest his voice: but thou knowest not whence he cometh and whither he goeth. So is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

And there are diversities of ministries. but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but the same God, who worketh all in all. And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit. To one indeed, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom: and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit: To another, faith in the same spirit: to another, the grace of healing in one Spirit: To another the working of miracles: to another, prophecy: to another, the discerning of spirits: to another, diverse kinds of tongues: to another, interpretation of speeches. But all these things, one and the same Spirit worketh, dividing to every one according as he will. For as the body is one and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body: So also is Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:5–12)

Here then are the twenty–four states of the Host that Mother Mectilde discerned; to each of them corresponds a virtue or fruit.  Each state constitutes a particular form of holiness; a hard and rugged path to glory; a grace given for the upbuilding of the Church, and a participation in the priesthood and victimhood of Christ.

1. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is the servant. The fruit of correspondence to Jesus in His Eucharistic servanthood is perfect charity. “In this we have known the charity of God, because he hath laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). “For which is greater, he that sitteth at table, or he that serveth? Is it not he that sitteth at table? But I am in the midst of you, as he that serveth” (Matthew 22:27).

2. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is the victim immolated for sinners.  The fruit of correspondence to Jesus in His immolation is continual death, according to the Apostle’s word: “Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies. For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake; that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you” (2 Corinthians 4:10–12).

3. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is silent. The fruit of correspondence to Jesus in His Eucharistic silence is perfect silence. “Jesus, for His part, was silent”; Jesus autem tacebat (Matthew 26:63). And the psalmist says, “Be still and see that I am God” (Psalm 45:11).

4. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is, as it were, exiled and banished from His homeland. The fruit of correspondence to Jesus in His Eucharistic sojourn is pure love. “Woe is me, that my sojourning is prolonged! I have dwelt with the inhabitants of cedar. My soul hath been long a sojourner. With them that hated peace I was peaceable: when I spoke to them they fought against me without cause.” (Psalm 119:5–7). Purified by much suffering, the Apostles says, “Charity rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; Charity beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:6–7).

5. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is unrecognized. “Verily thou art a hidden God, the God of Israel the saviour” (Isaias 45:15). The fruit of correspondence to Jesus unrecognized in the Most Holy Eucharist is profound littleness. “In that same hour, he rejoiced in the Holy Ghost, and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones. Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight” (Luke 10:21).

6.  Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is contradicted and persecuted. “Often have they fought against me from my youth, let Israel now say. Often have they fought against me from my youth: but they could not prevail over me. The wicked have wrought upon my back: they have lengthened their iniquity” (Psalm 128:1–3). The fruit of correspondence to Jesus contradicted and persecuted in the Most Holy Eucharist is invincible patience.

7. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is powerless. The fruit of correspondence to the powerlessness of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is perfect submission. “Naked came I out of my mother’ s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). And the psalmist prays: “But be thou, O my soul, subject to God: for from him is my patience. For he is my God and my saviour: he is my helper, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 61:6–7).

8. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is forsaken and neglected even as it is written: “Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not” (Isaias 53:3). The fruit of correspondence to Jesus forsaken and neglected in the Most Holy Eucharist is flight from creatures.

9. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is consumed in such a way that the Sacred Species cease to exist. The fruit of correspondence to the destruction of the Sacred Species is the destruction of the old man, according to Saint Paul’s words: “Put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth” (Ephesians 4:22–24).

10. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus makes expiation, being, as it were, a penitent, not in the sense of having had to repent of any sin, for He is, as we say in the Roman Canon, “the Pure Victim, the Holy Victim, the Spotless Victim,” but in the sense of being entirely turned toward His Father as the New Adam making perfect reparation for all mankind. “Him, who knew no sin,” says the Apostle, “God hath made sin for us, that we might be made the justice of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The fruit of correspondence to this reparation of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is penitence in a spirit of reparation.

11. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is exposed to the power of His enemies. The fruit of correspondence to the exposure of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist to His enemies is perseverance in suffering. Concerning this Saint Paul writes, “There was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me. For which thing thrice I besought the Lord, that it might depart from me. And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for power is made perfect  in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. For which cause I please myself in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ. For when I am weak, then am I powerful” (2 Corinthians 12:7–10).

12. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is abandoned to His Father’s Providence. The fruit of correspondence to Jesus’ abandonment to His Father’s Providence in the Most Holy Eucharist is total abandonment to Divine Providence. “Be not solicitous therefore, saying, What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31–33).

13. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus suffers the outrages and wicked treatment of sinners. The fruit of correspondence to Jesus suffering the outrages and wicked treatment of sinners in the Most Holy Eucharist is the humble acceptance of suffering. “Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword? (As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.) But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us” (Romans 8:35–37).

14. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is poor. The fruit of correspondence to the poverty of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is poverty in spirit. “And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:2–3), and again, “Yet one thing is wanting to thee: sell all whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).

15. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is as one buried. The fruit of correspondence to burial of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is a supreme indifference to changing things and an abiding repose in God. “In peace in the selfsame I will sleep, and I will rest: For thou, O Lord, singularly hast settled me in hope” (Psalm 4:9–10).

16. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is as one annihilated. The fruit of correspondence to the annihilation of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is a descent into nothingness before God, according to the word of the holy prophet Job, “I am brought to nothing: as a wind thou hast taken away my desire: and my prosperity hath passed away like a cloud” (Job 30:15).

17. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus renders sovereign homage to the holiness of God. The fruit of correspondence to the poverty of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is purity of life.  The prophet Isaias bears witness to this state: “And I said: Woe is me, because I have held my peace; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people that hath unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King the Lord of hosts. And one of the seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a live coal, which he had taken with the tongs off the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: Behold this hath touched thy lips, and thy iniquities shall be taken away, and thy sin shall be cleansed. (Isaias 6:5–7).

18. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is hidden. The fruit of correspondence to the hiddenness of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is an entire forgetfulness of self. This the Apostle teaches, saying, “Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead; and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2–3).

19. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is a prisoner of love. The fruit of correspondence to the enclosure of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is captivity of the senses. Saint Paul says, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from fornication; That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour: Not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God . . .For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 3–5, 7).

20. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is solitary. The fruit of correspondence to the solitude of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is a profound solitude. “Therefore, behold I will allure her, and will lead her into the wilderness: and I will speak to her heart” (Osee 2:14). “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and he passed the whole night in the prayer of God” (Luke 6:12).

21. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is all purity and centred in God alone. The fruit of correspondence to the poverty of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is the faithful reference of all things to God. “Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened. For Christ our pasch is sacrificed. Therefore let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7–8).

22. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is as one estranged among the wicked. The fruit of correspondence to the estrangement  of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is the loss of oneself. “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26–27).

23. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is obedient. The fruit of correspondence to the obedience of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is trusting obedience. In the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, Jesus is obedient to the commandment that He Himself gave to His Apostles: “And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. In like manner the chalice also, after he had supped, saying: This is the chalice, the new testament in my blood, which shall be shed for you” (Luke 22:19–20).

24. Under the appearance of the Host, Jesus is held captive. The fruit of correspondence to the captivity of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is the captivity of one’s whole self in a spirit of sacrifice. “But Jesus he delivered up to their will” (Luke 23:25). “For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 50:18–19).


26 posted on 09/18/2013 3:35:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Luke
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Luke 7
31 And the Lord said: Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? Ait autem Dominus : Cui ergo similes dicam homines generationis hujus ? et cui similes sunt ? τινι ουν ομοιωσω τους ανθρωπους της γενεας ταυτης και τινι εισιν ομοιοι
32 They are like to children sitting in the marketplace, and speaking one to another, and saying: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have mourned, and you have not wept. Similes sunt pueris sedentibus in foro, et loquentibus ad invicem, et dicentibus : Cantavimus vobis tibiis, et non saltastis : lamentavimus, et non plorastis. ομοιοι εισιν παιδιοις τοις εν αγορα καθημενοις και προσφωνουσιν αλληλοις και λεγουσιν ηυλησαμεν υμιν και ουκ ωρχησασθε εθρηνησαμεν υμιν και ουκ εκλαυσατε
33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say: He hath a devil. Venit enim Joannes Baptista, neque manducans panem, neque bibens vinum, et dicitis : Dæmonium habet. εληλυθεν γαρ ιωαννης ο βαπτιστης μητε αρτον εσθιων μητε οινον πινων και λεγετε δαιμονιον εχει
34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking: and you say: Behold a man that is a glutton and a drinker of wine, a friend of publicans and sinners. Venit Filius hominis manducans, et bibens, et dicitis : Ecce homo devorator, et bibens vinum, amicus publicanorum et peccatorum. εληλυθεν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εσθιων και πινων και λεγετε ιδου ανθρωπος φαγος και οινοποτης φιλος τελωνων και αμαρτωλων
35 And wisdom is justified by all her children. Et justificata est sapientia ab omnibus filiis suis. και εδικαιωθη η σοφια απο των τεκνων αυτης παντων

27 posted on 09/18/2013 6:12:46 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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31. And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
32. They are like to children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and you have not wept.
33. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say, He has a devil.
34. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and you say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a wine-bibber, a friend of Publicans and sinners!
35. But wisdom is justified of all her children.

CYRIL; There was as a certain play among, the Jewish children of this kind. A company of boys were collected together, who mocking the sudden changes in the affairs of this life, some of them sang, some mourned, but the mourners did not rejoice with those that rejoiced, nor did those who rejoiced fall in with those that wept. They then rebuked each other in turn with the charge of want of sympathy. That such were the feelings of the Jewish people and their rulers, Christ implied in the following words, spoken in the person of Christ; Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation, and to what are they like?

They are like to children sitting in the market-place.

THEOPHYL; The Jewish generation is compared to children, because formerly they had prophets for their teachers, of whom it is said, Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings have you perfected praise.

AMBROSE; But the prophets sung, repeating in spiritual strains their oracles of the common salvation; they wept, soothing with mournful dirges the hard hearts of the Jews. The songs were not sung in the market-place, nor in the streets, but in Jerusalem. For that is the Lord's forum, in which the laws of His heavenly precepts are framed.

GREG. NYSS. But singing and lamentation are nothing else but in the breaking forth, the one indeed of joy, the other of sorrow. Now at the sound of a tune played upon a musical instrument, man by the concordant beating of his feet, and motion of his body, portrays his inward feelings. Hence he says, We have sung, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you and you have not wept.

AUG. Now these words have reference to John and Christ. For when he says, We have mourned, and you have not wept, it is in allusion to John, whose abstinence from meat and drink signified penitential sorrow; and hence he adds in explanation, For John came neither eating bread, nor drinking wine, and you say he has a devil.

CYRIL; They take upon themselves to slander a man worthy of all admiration. They say that he who mortifies the law of sin which is in his members has a devil.

AUG. But his words, We have piped to you, and you have not danced, refer to the Lord Himself, who by using meats and drinks as others did, represented the joy of His kingdom. Hence it follows, The Son of man came eating and drinking &c.

TIT. BOST. For Christ would not abstain from this food, lest He should give a handle to heretics, who say that the creatures of God are bad, and blame flesh and wine.

CYRIL; But where could they point out the Lord as gluttonness? For Christ is found every where repressing excess, and leading men to temperance. But He associated with publicans and sinners. Hence they said against Him, He is a friend of Publicans and sinners, though He could in no wise fall into sin, but on the contrary was to them the cause of salvation. For the sun is not polluted though sending its rays over all the earth, and frequently falling upon unclean bodies. Neither will the Sun of righteousness be hurt by associating with the bad. But let no one attempt to place his own condition on a level with Christ's greatness, but let each considering his own infirmity avoid having dealing with such men, for "evil communications corrupt good manners." It follows, And wisdom is justified of all her children.

AMBROSE; The Son of God is wisdom, by nature, not by growth, which is justified by baptism, when it is not rejected through obstinacy, but through righteousness is acknowledged the gift of God. Herein then is the justification of God, if he seems to transfer His gifts not to the unworthy and guilty, but to those who are through baptism holy and just.

CHRYS. But by the children of wisdom, He means the wise. For Scripture is accustomed to indicate the bad rather by their sin than their name, but to call the good the children of the virtue which characterizes them.

AMBROSE; He well says, of all, for justice is reserved for all, that the faithful may be taken up, the unbelievers cast out.

AUG. Or, when he says, wisdom is justified of all her children, he show that the children of wisdom understand that righteousness consists neither in abstaining from nor eating food, but in patiently enduring want. For not the use of such things, but the coveting after them, must be blamed; only let a man adapt himself to the kind of food of those with whom he lives.

Catena Aurea Luke 7
28 posted on 09/18/2013 6:13:17 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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The sermon of Saint John the Baptist

Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

1566

29 posted on 09/18/2013 6:15:55 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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I would agree with you. Sometimes one spouse has to give even more than 100 percent.


30 posted on 09/18/2013 7:51:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Regnum Christi

Perpetually Dissatisfied
| SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time


Father Robert Presutti

 

Luke 7:31-35

"Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ´We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.´ For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ´He is possessed by a demon.´ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ´Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.´ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

Introductory Prayer: Eternal God, prayer is your gift to me. I believe that you give me complete and unlimited access to your power and mercy. I want to value this gift of prayer above all things. As I begin this meditation, I renew my faith, my hope and my love for you.

Petition: Lord, give me discernment and constancy in my efforts to follow you.

1. Endless Excuses: Some very good and religious people in Jesus’ day complained about John the Baptist, precursor of the Messiah, because of his austere lifestyle. “He must be crazy,” they said. They also complained about Jesus’ apparently excessive liberality with sinners and nonbelievers. The habit of constantly sifting reality through our own preconceptions can lead us to reject the things of God. This is the opposite of faith. It is even the opposite of the healthy exercise of reason and has become a limiting rationalism. Rather than seeking to place God neatly in our own self-created and prearranged world, we need to let ourselves be shaped by God’s criteria.

2. Fickleness: Spiritual fickleness inevitable leads us to reject God. The inability to follow through on a particular spiritual path necessarily leaves us midcourse, far from the goal. It does not matter whether we follow the austerity of the disciple John or the apparently liberality of the disciples of Jesus. What matters is that we follow through to completion whatever particular path God has given us. As long as we move, God can guide our steps. If we don’t move, there is nothing to guide. Waiting around for some mythical “perfect conditions” is in reality capriciousness and unwillingness to commit.

3. Wisdom: Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit by which we are able to see and comprehend the divine and human realities from God’s perspective. Wisdom leads to equilibrium and balance in our judgments and assessments. We prepare for this gift by our effort to make good decisions and live by them. The supernatural gifts build upon the human virtues.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I am indebted to you for your teaching and for your example. Help me to learn from your life and your example, and keep me from ever dismissing them as irrelevant. Help me to be constant in my resolutions so that I will continue to grow closer to you and serve you better.

Resolution: I will avoid making excuses today.


31 posted on 09/18/2013 7:54:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Alive or Dead

by Food For Thought on September 18, 2013 ·

 

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Many of us are already dead without knowing it. When we have lost grasp of the true meaning of life, we are actually dead, even if our bodies move around physically. We are like zombies, working hard, eating and living just to satisfy our concupiscence of the flesh, running the rat race without any spiritual direction. We never really have time to think about what life is all about. We have very little time or no time for God. Our perennial excuse is “We are too busy.” When sickness makes us bedridden, sometimes it is a blessing in disguise for us to stop and pause, take account of our lives and start examining what is really important in life. Today Jesus is also attempting to resurrect us from our deep sleep, inviting us to wake up to see the bigger picture of life. We were created, we LIVE in order to LOVE. Love is what makes life meaningful. It is to give ourselves for others, as Christ has done. Let us have this “holy fear” to be alive and not be overwhelmed to dwell too much in the world that we forget that this world is passing and we are just passing through. We may be physically alive but in a state of eschatological death. Christ comes today to “fill our lives” with faith and love. When we lose our life, we will find it and really be alive.


32 posted on 09/18/2013 7:59:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One Bread, One Body

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<< Wednesday, September 18, 2013 >>
 
1 Timothy 3:14-16
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"THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD" (1 Tm 3:15)

 
"I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just." —Psalm 111:1
 

How do you know what the Lord is saying through the Bible when three Spirit-filled pastors disagree on the interpretation of a Biblical text? The Church is "the pillar and bulwark of truth" (1 Tm 3:15).

How do you know if Jesus is really present in the Eucharist? (Very good Christians honestly disagree on such an extremely important matter.) The Church is "the pillar and bulwark of truth" (1 Tm 3:15).

Many denominations maintain that morality, especially sexual morality, needs to be updated and applied to our modern times. Yet isn't the truth always the truth? Isn't there right and wrong? Isn't there objective morality? Shouldn't society submit to divine revelation and not vice versa? We need the Church, "the pillar and bulwark of truth" (1 Tm 3:15).

Without the Church, clearly defined and in continuity with the Church founded by Jesus, we don't know what books are in the Bible, how to interpret important parts of it, and how to apply it in our world today. Without the Church, we don't have a Bible, accessibility to the whole truth, or protection from being brainwashed by secular humanism. "I am writing you about these matters so that...you will know what kind of conduct befits a member of God's household, the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of truth" (1 Tm 3:14-15).

 
Prayer: Father, may I know and live the teachings of the Pope, the visible leader of the visible Church.
Promise: "God's wisdom is vindicated by all who accept it." —Lk 7:35
Praise: Martha repented of dabbling in her own ideas of morality and became a staunch defender of Mother Church.

33 posted on 09/18/2013 8:11:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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34 posted on 09/18/2013 8:12:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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