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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-13, M, St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest
USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-23-13 | Revised New American Bible

Posted on 09/22/2013 7:34:57 PM PDT by Salvation

September 23, 2013

 

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

 

Reading 1 Ezr 1:1-6

In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,
in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
both by word of mouth and in writing:
“Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
‘All the kingdoms of the earth
the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem,
which is in Judah.
Therefore, whoever among you belongs to any part of his people,
let him go up, and may his God be with him!
Let everyone who has survived, in whatever place he may have dwelt,
be assisted by the people of that place
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
together with free-will offerings
for the house of God in Jerusalem.’”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin
and the priests and Levites–
everyone, that is, whom God had inspired to do so–
prepared to go up to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.
All their neighbors gave them help in every way,
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
and with many precious gifts
besides all their free-will offerings.

Responsorial Psalm PS 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6

R. (3) The Lord has done marvels for us.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

Gospel Lk 8:16-18

Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”



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

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2 posted on 09/22/2013 7:37:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Ezra 1:1-6

The exiles return from Babylon


[1] In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth
of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of
Persia so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it
in writing:

[2] Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of Heaven, has given me
all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at
Jerusalem, which is in Judah. [3] Whoever is among you of all his people, may
his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and re-
build the house of the Lord, the God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem;
[4] and let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men
of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill
offerings for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.”

[5] Then rose up the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the
priests and the Levites, every one whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild
the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem; [6] and all who were about them
aided them with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, with beasts, and with
costly wares, besides all that was freely offered.

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Commentary:

1:1-6:22. The second book of Chronicles closed with an account of the fall of the
fall of Jerusalem as a consequence of the city’s repeated unfaithfulness to God
(cf. 2 Chron 36:17-21), and with the news of Cyrus’ calling, in God’s name, for the
rebuilding of the temple and the return of the exiles (cf. 2 Chron 36:22-23). The
book of Ezra starts by covering the same ground (1:1-4) and then goes on to de-
scribe how Cyrus’ decree was implemented. It deals with the preparation for the
return to Jerusalem (1:5-11), and who these repatriates were (2:1-70); how the
first thing they did at Jerusalem was to build an altar and start offering sacrifices
9(3:1-6), and about how, when they began to rebuild the temple, they met with
opposition from the people in the land (4:1-5), who petitioned the Persian king,
with the result that the rebuilding had to cease (4:6-24). But, encouraged by the
prophets Haggai and Zechariah, those who had returned set about their task
again (5:1-2) and kept at it, in the hope that the ban on building would be lifted
(5:3-5). The authorities then sent a new letter to King Darius (5:6-17), who de-
creed that the Jews be allowed to build the temple in peace, as Cyrus had already
instructed (6:1-12). This meant that they were able to finish the building and
dedicate it to the Lord (6:13-18), and then celebrate joyfully their first Passover in
their homeland (6:19-22).

The first part of the book shows how devout and tenacious these repatriates
were – fully committed to the worship of the Lord and the reconstruction of his
temple. But it also reveals the animosity shown towards them by those living in
the country. Only God’s will, expressed in decrees of the Persian kings, made it
possible for this enterprise to succeed. The chosen people were springing up
again in the promised land.

In Christian tradition, in the light of Jesus Christ’s message, these pages are read
as having a spiritual meaning to do with the advancement of the Church: just as
the people of God in the Old Testament, was able to reconstitute itself after the
bitter experience of the exile, and survived despite difficulties of all sorts, so too
the new people of God manages to survive over the course of the centuries even
though it encounters all kinds of obstacles. “If you do not trust words, believe in
deeds. How many tyrants have tried to oppress the Church? How much boiling
oil! How many pyres and sharp teeth and raised swords . . . ! And they have not
triumphed! Where are they now, those who waged ware against her? And where
is the Church? She shines brighter than the sun. The power of her enemies is
spent, but the strength of the Church is endless. Even when there were very few
Christians, the Church was not overcome; now that her faith and piety have
spread throughout the world, do you think you can defeat her? ‘Heaven will pass
away but my words shall never fail’; it is clear: God loves the Church more than
heaven itself. He did not take for himself a heavenly body but an ecclesial one.
Heaven exists for the Church, not the Church for the sake of heaven” (St John
Chrysostom, Sermo antequam iret in exilium, 2).

1:1-4 Cyrus was king of Persia from 559 to 529 BC. History portrays him as a
ruler tolerant of the traditional customs of his subject peoples and respectful of
their religious practices. When he entered Babylon in triumph in 539 BC, he
established the cult of Marduk there, and when he heard about the position of the
deportees from Jerusalem he facilitated their return to their country to rebuild the
temple of their God.

But the sacred book, which looks beneath the surface of events, points out that
Cyrus’ decisions in favour of the Jews derived not just from the king’s good dis-
position but from God himself. The Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus (v. 1) and
the heads of the houses of Judah and Benjamin (1:5) so as to bring about in this
new stage of salvation history the rebuilding of the temple and to re-establish the
people in Jerusalem. God uses a pagan king to achieve his saving purpose for
the chosen people. That is what Isaiah 45:1 means when it calls Cyrus “the
Lord’s anointed”, even though the king does not realize he is forwarding the
Lord’s plans: “though you do not know me” (Is 45:4). Moreover, the “seventy
years” of exile prophesied by Jeremiah (cf. 2 Chron 336:21) are shortened by
Cyrus’ decree which causes the return from exile to happen in 538 BC. It all goes
to show that God is above kings and nations and that he is merciful to his people.

Unlike other passages which report Cyrus’ decree (cf. 2 Chron 36:22-23; Ezra
6:3-12), here we are told that the king acknowledges that “the Lord, the God of
heaven” (v. 2) – apparently the title given to the supreme Persian deity Ahura-
Mazda – is one and the same as “Lord, the God of Israel who is in Jerusalem”
(v. 3). This is a profession of faith in the one true God, the God who revealed
himself to the Jewish people, but whose power extends over all the nations.

1:5-7. Although the decree of Cyrus was addressed to all those belonging to the
people of God (1:3) living in the Persian empire, already seen as “the remnant”,
the “survivors” of what was ancient Israel (1:4), now only the “heads of the houses
of Judah and Benjamin” are mentioned (v. 5) – these being the two tribes that had
made up the kingdom of the South, the kingdom of Judah. Those deported after
the fall of the Northern kingdom (cf. 2 Kings 17:6) have disappeared from the
writer’s horizon in the same way as the author of 1 and 2 Chronicles put that
kingdom out of his mind. The reconstruction of the people in this new stage of its
existence that begins now is based solely on what had been the kingdom of
Judah, including the priests and Levites who had been attached to the temple of
Jerusalem: as this writer sees things, only the men of Judah were the true people
of Israel and of these, in a special way, those Jews who gave up their position in
Babylon and embarked on the adventure of returning to Jerusalem.

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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 8:16-18

Parable of the Sower. The Meaning of the Parables (Continuation)


(Jesus told the crowd,) [16] “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel,
or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the
light. [17] For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret
that shall not be known and come to light. [18] Take heed then how you hear; for
to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he
thinks that he has will be taken away.”

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Commentary:

[There is no commentary available for Luke 8:16-18. The commentary for the
same parable found in Mark 4:21-25 states:]

16-17. This parable contains a double teaching. Firstly, it says that hrist’s
doctrine should not be kept hidden; rather, it must be preached throughout the
whole world. We find the same idea elsewhere in the Gospels: “What you hear
whispered, proclaim it upon the housetops” (Mt 10:27); “Go into all the world and
preach the Gospel to the whole of creation...” (Mk 16:15). The other teaching is
that the Kingdom which Christ proclaims has such ability to penetrate all hearts
that, at the end of time, when Jesus comes again, not a single human action, in
favor or against Christ, will not become public or manifest.

24-25. Our Lord never gets tired of asking the Apostles, the seed which will
produce the Church, to listen carefully to the teaching he is giving: they are
receiving a treasure for which they will be held to account. “To him who has will
more be given ...”: he who responds to grace will be given more grace and will yield
more and more fruit; but he who does not will become more and more impoverished
(cf. Mt 25:14- 30). Therefore, there is no limit to the development of the theological
virtues: “If you say ‘Enough,’ you are already dead” (St. Augustine, “Sermon” 51).
A soul who wants to make progress in the interior life will pray along these lines:
“Lord, may I have due measure in everything, except in Love” (J. Escriva, “The
Way”, 427).

[The commentary for still another similar parable found in Matthew 13: 12 states:]

12. Jesus is addressing his disciples and explaining to them that, precisely
because they have faith in him and want to have a good grasp of his teaching,
they will be given a deeper understanding of divine truths. But those who do not
“follow him” (cf. note on Mt 4:18-22) will later lose interest in the things of God
and will grow even blinder: it is as if the little they have is being taken away from
them.

This verse also helps us understand the meaning of the parable of the sower, a
parable which gives us a wonderful explanation of the supernatural economy of
divine grace: God gives grace, and man freely responds to that grace. The result
is that those who respond to grace generously receive additional grace and so
grow steadily in grace and holiness; whereas those who reject God’s gifts become
closed up within themselves; through their selfishness and attachment to sin they
eventually lose God’s grace entirely. In this verse, then, our Lord gives a clear
warning: with the full weight of His divine authority He exhorts us—without taking
away our freedom—to act responsibly: the gifts God keeps sending us should yield
fruit; we should make good use of the opportunities for Christian sanctification
which are offered us in the course of our lives.

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

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


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

     Readings at Mass


First reading

Ezra 1:1-6 ©

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, to fulfil the word of the Lord that was spoken through Jeremiah, the Lord roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his kingdom: ‘Thus speaks Cyrus king of Persia, “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; he has ordered me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah to build the Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel–he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, wherever he lives, be helped by the people of that place with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, as well as voluntary offerings for the Temple of God which is in Jerusalem.”’

  Then the heads of families of Judah and of Benjamin, the priests and the Levites, in fact all whose spirit had been roused by God, prepared to go and rebuild the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem; and all their neighbours gave them every assistance with silver, gold, goods, cattle, quantities of costly gifts and with voluntary offerings of every kind.


Psalm

Psalm 125:1-6 ©

What marvels the Lord worked for us.

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,

  it seemed like a dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter,

  on our lips there were songs.

What marvels the Lord worked for us.

The heathens themselves said: ‘What marvels

  the Lord worked for them!’

What marvels the Lord worked for us!

  Indeed we were glad.

What marvels the Lord worked for us.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage

  as streams in dry land.

Those who are sowing in tears

  will sing when they reap.

What marvels the Lord worked for us.

They go out, they go out, full of tears,

  carrying seed for the sowing:

they come back, they come back, full of song,

  carrying their sheaves.

What marvels the Lord worked for us.


Gospel Acclamation

James1:18

Alleluia, alleluia!

By his own choice the Father made us his children

by the message of the truth,

so that we should be a sort of first-fruits

of all that he created.

Alleluia!

Or

Mt5:16

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your light must shine in the sight of men,

so that, seeing your good works,

they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.

Alleluia!


Gospel

Luke 8:16-18 ©

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.’


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Pray with Pope Benedict

Audience: Pope continues catechesis on Church as our Mother
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 Joyful Mysteries
(Mondays and Saturdays)

1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) [Spiritual fruit - Humility]
2. The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) [Spiritual fruit - Love of Neighbor]
3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) [Spiritual fruit - Poverty of Spirit]
4. The Presentation (Luke 2:21-38) [Spiritual fruit - Purity of mind & body]
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) [Spiritual fruit - Obedience ]

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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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13 posted on 09/22/2013 8:08:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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 09/22/2013 8:11:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Daily Gospel Commentary

Monday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day
Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
Homilies on the Acts of the apostles, n°20, 3-4 ; PG 60, 162

"He places it on a lampstand"

Nothing is more cold than a christian who is not dedicated to saving others. In this respect there can be no pretense of poverty: the widow who gave her two tiny coins would rise up and call you to account (Lk 21,2). Peter too, who said: “Silver and gold have I none” (Acts 3,6). And Paul, who was so poor that he often went hungry and lacked the necessary means to live on (1Cor 4,11). Neither can you protest your humble birth: they too were of modest degree. Ignorance won't give you any better excuse: they were uneducated as well... It's no good claiming sickness: Timothy was subject to frequent illnesses (1Tim 5,23)... Anybody at all can be of service to his neighbor if he would do what he can...

Don't say that it's impossible for you to draw others because, if you are a christian, it's impossible that you shouldn't. Every tree bears its own fruit (Mt 17,17f) and, since there is no contradiction in nature, what we are saying is likewise true since it follows from the very nature of a christian... It is easier for light to be darkness than that the christian should not shine!


15 posted on 09/22/2013 8:12:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Monday, September 23, 2013
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Galatians 2:19-20
Psalm 16:1-2, 5-8, 11
Matthew 16:24-27

Whatever a man prefers to God, that he makes a god to himself.

-- St Cyprian


16 posted on 09/22/2013 8:17:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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.

17 posted on 09/22/2013 8:18:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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 09/22/2013 8:18:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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As usual, very beautiful [for our Lord], Salvation.

For your thread's viewers: Rare footage of Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio, please pray for us!
19 posted on 09/23/2013 5:52:34 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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Thanks, mlizzy!

Absolutely beautiful.


20 posted on 09/23/2013 7:07:24 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest, "Padre Pio"

Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest
"Padre Pio"
Memorial
September 23rd


Vatican Website

"Padre Pio" was born in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina, joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of fifteen, and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years he lived at the monastery of San Stefano Rotundo, where his miraculous abilities as spiritual advisor, confessor and inercessor attracted the attention of the world. Still, Padre Pio's humility -- manifested through his constant devotion to the Eucharist -- was perhaps the more impressive. He would often remark, "I only want to be a friar who prays."

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

 

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace,
gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son
and, by means of his ministry,
renewed the wonders of your mercy,
grant that through his intercession
we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ,
and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

Readings: From the Common of Pastors 

See Vatican website for Biography and Canonization information

http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_20020616_index_padre-pio_en.html


21 posted on 09/23/2013 7:12:29 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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22 posted on 09/23/2013 7:36:41 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Thecla


Feast Day: September 23
Born: (a few decades after Christ) :: Died: (when she was 80 years old)

Thecla was born in the first century at Iconium in Greece (which is now in Turkey). She was beautiful, well-educated and came from a very rich family.

At the age of 18, her father got her engaged to a rich and generous pagan prince named Thamyris.

When St. Paul the apostle came to preach the Gospel of Jesus in Iconium, Thecla's prayer to know the one, true God was answered.

She immediately gave up all her dreams of marriage, forgot her beauty, converted to Christianity and became a true follower of Jesus. She was the first woman evangelist in the Church.

When her parents and Thamyris found out what she had done, they tried to make her change her mind, with no success. Then they reported her to the governor who decided to have her burned at the stake.

When the fire was lit, Thecla bravely went making the Sign of the Cross. Suddenly, a strong wind blew and heavy rain poured down putting out the fire.

She was then thrown to the lions and making the Sign of the Cross she offered her spirit to the Lord. At once, the lions lay down at her side, and licked her feet, like pet kittens.

The next day each of her arms were tied to a bull and the soldiers began burning the bulls with red-hot irons trying to make them angry so they would eat her. But the bulls remained calm and did not move.

Finally she was thrown into a valley with poisonous snakes but a fire began and destroyed the snakes.

The shocked judge asked Thecla "Who are you, that you are always saved?" She answered "I am a daughter of Christ, Son of the living God. He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life; He is the one who protects me. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever." The judge immediately set her free.

Then many people began to believe in Jesus including her mother and people in her town. The queen gave her money to care for the poor and the sick and St. Paul encouraged her to continue her mission. She finally died at the age of 80.


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You are welcome! :)

http://rosaryforpeace.com/litany-of-the-saints.mp3
24 posted on 09/23/2013 8:51:35 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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Catholic Almanac

Monday, September 23

Liturgical Color: Green

Today is the Memorial of St. Pio of with the stigmata while praying before a
crucifix. St. Pio heard confessions many
hours each day and had the ability to
read the souls of those who came to
him.

25 posted on 09/23/2013 3:21:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Catholic Culture

 

Daily Readings for: September 23, 2013
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace, gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son and, by means of his ministry, renewed the wonders of your mercy, grant that through his intercession we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ, and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection. 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    Farfalle with Sausage & Peppers

ACTIVITIES

o    Prepare for Death

PRAYERS

o    Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

o    Prayer for Saint Pio's Intercession

o    Recommendation of Departing Soul

Ordinary Time: September 23rd

Memorial of St. Padre Pio

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

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

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter in the government of the Church. He is mentioned after the apostles in the Roman Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I). It is also the feast of St. Thecla, a virgin of Asia Minor in the early days of the Church. Her cultus, which is very ancient, goes back to the second century. She is considered the first woman martyr.


St. Pio of Pietrelcina

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

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

In 1956 he founded the House for the Relief of Suffering, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year. Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968 at age 81.

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

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

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St. Linus

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

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

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

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

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

Symbols: Triple cross; fleeing demons.


St. Thecla

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

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

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

Things to Do:


26 posted on 09/23/2013 3:50:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Luke 8:16-18

Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Take care, then, how you hear. (Luke 8:18)

Have you ever heard of “active listening”? Active listening is a strategy involving a variety of techniques that help the listener eliminate all internal and external distractions and fully focus on the speaker. Proponents of active listening suggest that you face the speaker, lean in toward him or her, make eye contact, and try to ignore everything else around you. They also suggest refraining from talking back to the speaker; just put your whole focus on listening and getting a sense of the thoughts and feelings the speaker is trying to convey.

When Jesus calls us in today’s reading to consider carefully how we listen, it sounds as if he too is encouraging active listening. He even follows these words with an example that we might miss—if we aren’t listening actively enough! “To anyone who has, more will be given” (Luke 8:18).

Jesus makes it clear that the spiritually rich will get richer, while the spiritually poor will remain in their poverty. It sounds a lot like the parable of the talents, doesn’t it? The one who hears from God and shares what he hears with others will be able to hear God’s voice much more clearly. The one who doesn’t take the time to listen will have nothing to share.

So how do we know what God is saying to us? Through active listening. The Holy Spirit is speaking to us all day long. He is like a dove perched on our shoulder, and we have to be careful how we walk lest he fly away. When we are careful to make sure he is with us, we will sense his thoughts, his words, and his promptings.

Receiving the Eucharist. Meditating on Scripture. Listening closely to a friend, a family member, or even a new acquaintance. Paying attention to our consciences. Carefully observing situations at home and at work that may need our attention. These are all ways we can hear the Spirit’s still, small voice. The more active, alert, and attentive we are, the more we’ll hear. And the more we hear, the more we’ll have. And the more we have, the more we’ll be able to give away.

“Lord, help me grow in my ability to listen and act on your word. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me!”

Ezra 1:1-6; Psalm 126:1-6


27 posted on 09/23/2013 3:54:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Marriage = One Man and One Woman Til' Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for September 23, 2013:

(Reader’s Tip) It’s easy to go about our daily life without really connecting. I make a point of sitting next to my spouse and holding hands to reconnect.

28 posted on 09/23/2013 4:03:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Incorrupt Body of Padre Pio:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp8NKbiuQzM


29 posted on 09/23/2013 4:08:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thanks, Salvation... what an amazing saint Padre Pio was! I like how he said the Rosary [pretty much] continually; he inspires!


30 posted on 09/23/2013 4:12:50 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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When the men of his house kept him in his room (I don’t know the reason.) it is said that he said 80 Rosaries a day.

Imagine!


31 posted on 09/23/2013 4:17:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Regnum Christi

A Just Settlement
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Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest

Luke 8: 16-18

Jesus said to the crowd: "No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away."

Introductory Prayer: Lord, you dwell in brightness, truth and love. Nothing makes sense without your love. Without you, Lord, insipidity invades people, things and events. I believe that you are my refuge and the source of my happiness now and forever. I am convinced that your promises will be fulfilled sooner or later; this is why I prefer a single day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.

Petition: Lord, enlighten my mind and heart to follow your path that leads to the endless day.

1. Torch Bearers: There are advantages to carrying a torch in the dark. This common knowledge informed our Lord’s address and helped him propose it to his listeners. At night, a torchbearer sheds light so that all who are with him can walk confidently, without stumbling along a dark path. Time is not wasted stepping insecurely and hesitantly; rather, the whole group walks purposefully and goes quickly where it needs and wants to be. When a group has a torchbearer, all in it are relieved, including the torchbearer himself. This is the value of my faith to a highly secularized society. Do I nurture an appreciation for the gift of faith that I have received from God? Am I afraid to allow its light to shine?

2. Wisdom at its Best: Jesus affirms, “For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.” When I am not praised and recognized by others, I might feel sad or forgotten. This is when I need to shine a lot of light to get out of that black hole. Do my good works seem to go unperceived? The Lord himself will expose them on the judgment day. The more they are hidden from others now, the more merits I will gain before God. All secrets will be cracked open in the future. My duty is not to crack them open now, but to keep them hidden and to be a torchbearer for the journey to that place of eternal reward.

3. A Rewarded Success: “To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.” Here Jesus plumbs deeper into what we have already reflected on.  “To anyone who has” obviously refers to the torchbearer who has successfully led his band of friends. He will be entrusted with more responsibility, or simply respected by the others. “And from the one who has not”: The torchbearer who can’t keep his flame alive will be ousted. He will be taken away. Do I staunchly live the fire of the faith, or do I hesitate in witnessing to his love?

Conversation with Christ: Lord, help me to be a wise torchbearer. Do not allow laziness and presumption to distract me from the basic task of keeping my lamp filled with oil at all times. Lord, give me a robust faith!

Resolution: In my conversations today, I will bear witness to the light by avoiding all slanderous talk, and I will elevate the topics of conversation by talking about things that could inspire others to praise God.


32 posted on 09/23/2013 4:24:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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<< Monday, September 23, 2013 >> St. Pio of Pietrelcina
 
Ezra 1:1-6
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Psalm 126:1-6 Luke 8:16-18
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AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE

 
"To the man who has, more will be given; and he who has not, will lose even the little he thinks he has." —Luke 8:18
 

The above saying might seem, at first glance, to imply that God plays favorites, much like a teacher's best student seems to be favored by the teacher. However, God "shows no partiality" (Acts 10:34) and plays no favorites. The meaning of Luke 8:18 becomes clearer when we read it in the context of the parable of the sower and the seed, which directly precedes today's Gospel reading (Lk 8:4-15). The one "who has" is like the soil which bears fruit "a hundredfold" (see Lk 8:8). Such a person is constantly open to God's grace. Since the Lord lavishly (Ti 3:6) pours out His Spirit without ration (Jn 3:34), the one "who has" grace is always receiving more grace upon grace (see Jn 1:16). Therefore, more will be given to the one who has (Lk 8:18).

The one "who has not" resembles the first type of soil, the "rocky ground" (see Lk 8:6). His heart is rock-hard (Ez 36:26) and will not allow God's grace to sink in (see Heb 3:15; Jer 17:9). The Lord continues to pour out grace abundantly on such a person (see Mt 5:45), yet the world, the flesh, and the devil "steal it away" (see Lk 8:12). The one who has wants more of God and takes an active part in daily Bible study, frequent or daily Mass, and Christian community and service, and thereby receives more. The one who has not shuts his heart to these avenues of God's grace. What little grace he had remaining is left to leak away.

Therefore, shut your heart to the pleasures of the world and "open wide your hearts" (2 Cor 6:13) to the grace of God.

 
Prayer: Father, as I hear Your voice, may I never harden my heart (Heb 3:7-8). Give me a new heart of love for You (Ez 36:26).
Promise: "There is nothing hidden that will not be exposed; nothing concealed that will not be known and brought to light." —Lk 8:17
Praise: St. Pio was blessed beyond imagining and shared that goodness with countless others.

33 posted on 09/23/2013 4:35:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Both men and women regret abortions.

 

But the babies are with God.


34 posted on 09/23/2013 4:39:19 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 8
16 Now no man lighting a candle covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it upon a candlestick, that they who come in may see the light. Nemo autem lucernam accendens, operit eam vase, aut subtus lectum ponit : sed supra candelabrum ponit, ut intrantes videant lumen. ουδεις δε λυχνον αψας καλυπτει αυτον σκευει η υποκατω κλινης τιθησιν αλλ επι λυχνιας επιτιθησιν ινα οι εισπορευομενοι βλεπωσιν το φως
17 For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad. Non est enim occultum, quod non manifestetur : nec absconditum, quod non cognoscatur, et in palam veniat. ου γαρ εστιν κρυπτον ο ου φανερον γενησεται ουδε αποκρυφον ο ου γνωσθησεται και εις φανερον ελθη
18 Take heed therefore how you hear. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given: and whosoever hath not, that also which he thinketh he hath, shall be taken away from him. Videte ergo quomodo audiatis ? Qui enim habet, dabitur illi : et quicumque non habet, etiam quod putat se habere, auferetur ab illo. βλεπετε ουν πως ακουετε ος γαρ εαν εχη δοθησεται αυτω και ος εαν μη εχη και ο δοκει εχειν αρθησεται απ αυτου

35 posted on 09/23/2013 6:04:42 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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16. No man, when he has lighted a candle, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed; but sets it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
17. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
18. Take heed therefore how you hear: for whosoever has, to him shall be given; and whosoever has not, form him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.

THEOPHYL; Having before said to His Apostles, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to others in parables; He now shows that by them at length must the same mystery be revealed also to others, saying, No man when he has lighted a candle covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed.

EUSEB. As if He said, As a lantern is lighted that it should give light, not that it should be covered under a bushel or a bed, so also the secrets of the kingdom of heaven when uttered in parables, although hid from those who are strangers to the faith, will not however to all men appear obscure. Hence he adds, For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest, neither any thing hid that shall not be known, and come abroad. As if He said, Though many things are spoken in parables, that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand, because of their unbelief, yet the whole matter shall be revealed.

AUG. Or else in these words He typically sets forth the boldness of preaching, that no one should, through fear of fleshly ills, conceal the light of knowledge For under the names of vessel and bed, he represents the flesh, but of that of lantern, the word, which whosoever keeps hid through fear of the troubles of the flesh, sets the flesh itself before the manifestation of the truth, and by it he as it were covers the word, who fears to preach it. But he places a candle upon a candlestick who so submits his body to the service of God, that the preaching of the truth stands highest in his estimation, the service of the body lowest.

ORIGEN; But he who would adapt his lantern to the more perfect disciples of Christ, must persuade us by those things which were spoken of John, for he was a burning and a shining light. It becomes not him then who lights the light of reason in his soul to hide it under a bed where men sleep, nor under any vessel, for he who does this provides not for those who enter the house for whom the candle is prepared, but they must set it upon a candlestick, that is, the whole Church.

CHRYS. By these words he leads them to diligence of life, teaching them to be strong as exposed to the view of all men, and fighting in the world as on a stage. As if he said, Think not that we dwell in a small part of the world, for you will be known of all men, since it cannot be that so great virtue should lie hid.

MAXIM. Or perhaps the Lord calls Himself a light shining to all who inhabit the house, that is, the world, since He is by nature God, but by the dispensation made flesh. And so like the light of the lamp He abides in the vessel of the flesh by means of the soul as the light in the vessel of the lamp by means of the flame. But by the candlestick he describes the Church over which the divine word shines, illuminating the house as it were by the rays of truth. But under the similitude of a vessel or bed he referred to the observance of the law, under which the word will not be contained.

THEOPHYL; But the Lord ceases not to teach us to hearken to His word, that we may be able both to constantly, meditate on it in our own minds, and to bring it forth for the instruction of others. Hence it follows, Take heed therefore how you hear; for whosoever has, to him shall be given. As if he says, Give heed with all your mind to the word which you hear, for to him who has a love of the word, shall be given also the sense of understanding what he loves; but whoso has no love of hearing the word, though he deems himself skillful either from natural genius, or the exercise of learning, will have no delight in the sweetness of wisdom; for oftentimes the slothful man is gifted with capacities, that if he neglect them he may be the more justly punished for his negligence, since that which he can obtain without labor he disdains to know, and sometimes the studious man is oppressed with slowness of apprehension, in order that the more he labors in his inquiries, the greater may be the recompense of his reward.

Catena Aurea Luke 8
36 posted on 09/23/2013 6:05:01 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

37 posted on 09/23/2013 6:05:24 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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