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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-14
USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-30-14 | Revised New American Bible

Posted on 01/29/2014 8:15:12 PM PST by Salvation

January 30, 2014

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

 

 

Reading 1 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29

After Nathan had spoken to King David,
the king went in and sat before the LORD and said,
“Who am I, Lord GOD, and who are the members of my house,
that you have brought me to this point?
Yet even this you see as too little, Lord GOD;
you have also spoken of the house of your servant
for a long time to come:
this too you have shown to man, Lord GOD!

“You have established for yourself your people Israel as yours forever,
and you, LORD, have become their God.
And now, LORD God, confirm for all time the prophecy you have made
concerning your servant and his house,
and do as you have promised.
Your name will be forever great, when men say,
‘The LORD of hosts is God of Israel,’
and the house of your servant David stands firm before you.
It is you, LORD of hosts, God of Israel,
who said in a revelation to your servant,
‘I will build a house for you.’
Therefore your servant now finds the courage to make this prayer to you.
And now, Lord GOD, you are God and your words are truth;
you have made this generous promise to your servant.
Do, then, bless the house of your servant
that it may be before you forever;
for you, Lord GOD, have promised,
and by your blessing the house of your servant
shall be blessed forever.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14

R. (Lk 1:32b) The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
LORD, remember David
and all his anxious care;
How he swore an oath to the LORD,
vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob.
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
“I will not enter the house where I live,
nor lie on the couch where I sleep;
I will give my eyes no sleep,
my eyelids no rest,
Till I find a home for the LORD,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
The LORD swore an oath to David
a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
“Your own offspring
I will set upon your throne.”
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
“If your sons keep my covenant,
and the decrees which I shall teach them,
Their sons, too, forever
shall sit upon your throne.”
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
For the LORD has chosen Zion,
he prefers her for his dwelling:
“Zion is my resting place forever;
in her I will dwell, for I prefer her.”
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

Gospel Mk 4:21-25

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”



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

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From: 2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29

David’s prayer


[18] Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O
Lord God, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far? [19] And
yet this was a small thing in thy eyes, O Lord God; thou hast spoken also of
thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast shown me future gene-
rations, O Lord God!

[24] And thou didst establish for thyself thy people Israel to be thy people for
ever; and thou, O Lord, didst become their God. [25] And now, O Lord God, con-
firm for ever the word which thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concer-
ning his house, and do as thou hast spoken; [26] and thy name will be magnified
for ever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of thy ser-
vant David will be established before thee. [27] For thou, O Lord of hosts, the
God of Israel, hast made this revelation to thy servant, saying, “I will build you a
house’; therefore thy servant has found courage to pray this prayer to thee. [28]
And now, O Lord God, thou art God, and thy words are true, and thou hast pro-
mised this good thing to thy servant; [29] now therefore may it please thee to
bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou,
O Lord God, hast spoken, and with thy blessing shall the house of thy servant
be blessed for ever.”

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Commentary:

7:18-29. David’s prayer in response to the prophecy is a song of praise that fol-
lows the three main points of the prophecy: the divine election of David himself
(vv. 18-21), the election of the people as people of God (vv. 22-24), and the con-
solidation of the Davidic dynasty (vv. 25-29). In this prayer David identifies him-
self with his line, and therefore the blessings which have come on him extend
to the whole house of David (vv. 28-29). “David is par excellence the king ‘after
God’s own heart’, the shepherd who prays for his people and prays in their name.
His submission to the will of God, his praise and his repentance, will be a model
for the prayer of the people. His prayer, the prayer of God’s Anointed, is a faithful
adherence to the divine promise (2 Sam 7:18-29) and expresses a loving and joy-
ful trust in God, the only King and Lord.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church,
2579).

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

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


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From: Mark 4:21-25

Parables of the Lamp and the Measure


[21] And He (Jesus) said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel,
or under a bed, and not on a stand? [22] For there is nothing hid, except to be
made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. [23] If any man
has ears to hear, let him hear.” [24] And He said to them, “Take heed what you
hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be
given you. [25] For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.”

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Commentary:

21. A “bushel” was a container used for measuring cereals and vegetables. It
held a little over eight liters (two gallons).

22. This parable contains a double teaching. Firstly, it says that Christ’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, pro-
claim it upon the house-tops” (Matthew 10:27); “Go into all the world and preach
the Gospel to the whole of creation...” (Mark 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 and manifest.

24-25. Our Lord never gets tired of asking the Apostles, the seed which will pro-
duce the Church, to listen carefully to the teaching He is giving: they are recei-
ving 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 impove-
rished (cf. Matthew 25:14-30). Therefore, there is no limit to the development of
the theological virtues: “If you say ‘Enough,’ you are already dead” (St. Augus-
tine, “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” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 247).

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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

2 Samuel 7:18-19,24-29 ©

After Nathan had spoken to him, King David went in and, seated before the Lord, said: ‘Who am I, O Lord, and what is my House, that you have led me as far as this? Yet in your sight, O Lord, this is still not far enough, and you make your promises extend to the House of your servant for a far-distant future. You have constituted your people Israel to be your own people for ever; and you, Lord, have become their God.

  ‘Now, O Lord, always keep the promise you have made your servant and his House, and do as you have said. Your name will be exalted for ever and men will say, “The Lord of Hosts is God over Israel.” The House of your servant David will be made secure in your presence, since you yourself, Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, “I will build you a House”; hence your servant has ventured to offer this prayer to you. Yes, Lord, you are God indeed, your words are true and you have made this fair promise to your servant. Be pleased, then, to bless the House of your servant, that it may continue for ever in your presence; for you, Lord, have spoken; and with your blessing the House of your servant will be for ever blessed.’


Psalm

Psalm 131:1-5,11-14 ©

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.

O Lord, remember David

  and all the many hardships he endured,

the oath he swore to the Lord,

  his vow to the Strong One of Jacob.

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.

‘I will not enter the house where I live

  nor go to the bed where I rest.

I will give no sleep to my eyes,

  to my eyelids I will give no slumber

till I find a place for the Lord,

  a dwelling for the Strong One of Jacob.’

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.

The Lord swore an oath to David;

  he will not go back on this word:

‘A son, the fruit of your body,

  will I set upon your throne.

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.

‘If they keep my covenant in truth

  and my laws that I have taught them,

their sons also shall rule

  on your throne from age to age.’

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.

For the Lord has chosen Zion;

  he has desired it for his dwelling:

‘This is my resting-place for ever;

  here have I chosen to live.

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.


Gospel Acclamation

Ph2:15-16

Alleluia, alleluia!

You will shine in the world like bright stars

because you are offering it the word of life.

Alleluia!

Or

Ps118:105

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your word is a lamp for my steps

and a light for my path.

Alleluia!


Gospel

Mark 4:21-25 ©

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand? For there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to this.’

  He also said to them, ‘Take notice of what you are hearing. The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given – and more besides; for the man who has will be given more; from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’


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

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~ PRAYER ~

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

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

PLEASE JOIN US -

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


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


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Feast of
the Holy Name of Jesus


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

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

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

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

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

 

Blessed be the most holy Name of Jesus without end!

 

January Devotion: The Holy Name of Jesus

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

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

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

---Roman Breviary

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

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

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

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

 

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

 

Phil:2:10-11

 


 

 

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

St. Bernard on the Most Holy Name of Jesus [Ecumenical]
Saving the day in His Holy Name: St. Genevieve gets a reprieve [Catholic Caucus]
The Holy Name of Jesus
Holy Name of Jesus [San Bernadino of Siena] Ecumenical
The Holy Name of Jesus
Devotion to the Holy Name [of Jesus]
The Name of Jesus: Its Power in Our Lives
The Holy Name of Jesus
Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus
The Holy Name of Jesus

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January 2014

Pope's Intentions

Universal: That all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of all peoples.

For Evangelization: That Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward the unity desired by Christ.

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Daily Gospel Commentary

Thursday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day
Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), Founder of the Friars Minor
Admonitions, 19-22.28 (trans. ©The Classics of Western spirituality, 1982)

"To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away"

Blessed is the servant who attributes every good to the Lord God, for he who holds back something for himself hides within himself the money of his Lord God (Mt 25:18), and that which he thought he had shall be taken away from him (Mt  25,18.28; Lk 8: 18).

Blessed is the servant who esteems himself no better when he is praised and exalted by people than when he is considered worthless, simple, and despicable; for what a man is before God, that he is and nothing more...

Blessed is that religious who takes no pleasure and joy except in the most holy words and deeds of the Lord and with these leads people to the love of God in joy and gladness... Blessed is the servant who, when he speaks, does not reveal everything about himself in the hope of receiving a reward, and who is not quick to speak, but wisely weighs what he should say and how he should reply. Woe to that religious who does not keep in his heart the good things the Lord reveals to him and who does not manifest them to others by his actions, but rather seeks to make such good things known by his words. He thereby receives his reward while those who listen to him carry away but little fruit...  

Blessed is that servant who stores up in heaven (Mt 6,20) the good things which the Lord has revealed to him and does not desire to reveal them to others in the hope of profiting thereby. For the Most High will manifest his deeds to whomever he wishes. Blessed is the servant who keeps the secrets of the Lord in his heart.


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Thursday, January 30, 2014
St. Hyacinth Marescotti, Virgin (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
Psalm 132:1-5, 11-14
Mark 4:21-25

But since all your satisfactions and penances are too small and deficient to atone for so many sins, unite them to those of your Savior Jesus lifted upon the Cross. Receive his Divine Blood as it flows from His wounds, and offer It up to appease Divine justice. Unite your reparation to that of the most Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross and from the love of Jesus for His Mother, you will obtain everything.

-- St Peter Julian Eymard


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16 posted on 01/29/2014 9:04:32 PM PST 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. 


17 posted on 01/29/2014 9:05:53 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Information: St. Hyacintha of Marescotti

Feast Day: January 30

Born: 1585, Vignanello, Italy

Died: 30 January 1640, Viterbo

Canonized: 1807 by Pope Pius VII

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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Bathildis


Feast Day: January 30
Born:(around)615 :: Died:680

The story begins around the year 630. A frightened, Christian English girl had been kidnapped and was on a pirate ship. Where was she going? Who could she ask? Finally, the ship docked and she heard people saying they were in France. Bathildis was quickly sold as a slave to Erkenwald, the Mayor of the Palace of King Clovis.

The rest of the story is like a Cinderella fairy tale, except that this story is really true. The quiet girl paid careful attention as her duties were explained or showed to her. Each day, she went from one task to another doing the very best she could. When she was older she was put in charge of the household.

Bathildis was shy and gentle, but even King Clovis began to notice her. The more he observed, the more he was impressed. This was the kind of girl who would make a wonderful wife - even for a king.

In 649, Clovis married Bathildis. The little slave girl had become the queen. They had three sons. Clovis died when the oldest son was only five, and Bathildis became ruler of France until her sons grew up.

Everyone was surprised that Bathildis could rule so wisely. She remembered only too well her years as a slave and what it was like to be poor. She had been sold as if she were a "thing of no importance." Bathildis wanted everyone to know how precious they were to God.

She was filled with love for Jesus and his Church. She used her royal position to help and protect the Church in every way she could. As queen, she did not become proud or haughty but cared for the poor. She also made a law that protected Christians from being captured and sold as slaves.

She filled France with hospitals. She started a seminary to train priests and a convent for nuns. When her son Clotaire was fifteen, Queen Bathildis handed the throne over to him and entered the convent of Chelles.

As a nun, she set aside her royal dignity and became humble and obedient. She never demanded or even expected that other people should treat her like royalty. She was also very kind and gentle with the sick. She suffered a long, painful illness before her death on January 30, 680.


19 posted on 01/30/2014 7:47:16 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Mark
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Mark 4
21 And he said to them: Doth a candle come in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? Et dicebat illis : Numquid venit lucerna ut sub modo ponatur, aut sub lecto ? nonne ut super candelabrum ponatur ? και ελεγεν αυτοις μητι ο λυχνος ερχεται ινα υπο τον μοδιον τεθη η υπο την κλινην ουχ ινα επι την λυχνιαν επιτεθη
22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be made manifest: neither was it made secret, but that it may come abroad. Non est enim aliquid absconditum, quod non manifestetur : nec factum est occultum, sed ut in palam veniat. ου γαρ εστιν τι κρυπτον ο εαν μη φανερωθη ουδε εγενετο αποκρυφον αλλ ινα εις φανερον ελθη
23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. Si quis habet aures audiendi, audiat. ει τις εχει ωτα ακουειν ακουετω
24 And he said to them: Take heed what you hear. In what measure you shall mete, it shall be measured to you again, and more shall be given to you. Et dicebat illis : Videte quid audiatis. In qua mensura mensi fueritis, remetietur vobis, et adjicietur vobis. και ελεγεν αυτοις βλεπετε τι ακουετε εν ω μετρω μετρειτε μετρηθησεται υμιν και προστεθησεται υμιν τοις ακουουσιν
25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, that also which he hath shall be taken away from him. Qui enim habet, dabitur illi : et qui non habet, etiam quod habet auferetur ab eo. ος γαρ αν εχη δοθησεται αυτω και ος ουκ εχει και ο εχει αρθησεται απ αυτου

20 posted on 01/30/2014 5:28:25 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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21. And he said to them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
22. For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
23. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
24. And he said to them, Take heed what you hear: with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you: and to you that hear shall more be given.
25. For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.

CHRYS. After the question of the disciples concerning the parable, and its explanation, He well subjoins, And he said to them, Is a candle brought, &c. As if he said, A parable is given, not that it should remain obscure, and hidden as if under a bed or a bushel, but that it should be manifested to those who are worthy. The candle within us is that of our intellectual nature, and it shines either clearly or obscurely according to the proportion of our illumination. For if meditations which feed the light, and the recollection with which such a light is kindled, are neglected, it is presently extinguished.

PSEUDO-JEROME; Or else the candle is the discourse concerning the three sorts of seed. The bushel or the bed is the hearing of the disobedient. The Apostles are the candlestick, whom the word of the Lord has enlightened; wherefore it goes on, For there is nothing hidden, &c. The hidden and secret thing is the parable of the seed, which comes forth to light, when it is spoken of by the Lord.

THEOPHYL. Or else the Lord warns His disciples to be as light, in their life and conversation; as if He said, As a candle is put so as to give light, so all will look to your life. Therefore be diligent to lead a good life; sit not in corners, but be you a candle. For a candle gives light, not when placed under a bed, but on a candlestick; this light indeed must be placed on a candlestick, that is, on the eminence of a godly life, that it may be able to give light to others. Not under a bushel, that is, in things pertaining to the palate, nor under a bed, that is, in idleness. For no one who seeks after the delights of his palate and loves rest can be a light shining over all.

BEDE; Or, because the time of our life is contained under a certain measurement of Divine Providence, it is rightly compared to a bushel. But the bed of the soul is the body, in which it dwells and reposes for a time. He therefore who hides the word of God under the love of this transitory life, and of carnal allurements, covers his candle with a bushel or a bed. But be puts his light on a candlestick, who employs his body in the ministry of the word of God; therefore under these words He typically teaches them a figure of preaching. Wherefore it goes on, For there is nothing hidden, which shall not be revealed, nor is there any thing made secret, which shall not come abroad. As if He said, Be not afraid of the Gospel, but amidst the darkness of persecution raise the light of the word of God upon the candlestick of your body, keeping fixedly in your mind that day, when the Lord will throw light upon the hidden places of darkness, for then everlasting praise awaits you, and everlasting punishment your adversaries.

CHRYS. Or else, There is nothing hid; as if He said, If you conduct your life with care, accusation will not be aide to obscure your light.

THEOPHYL. For each of us, whether he have done good or evil, is brought to light in this life, much more in that which is to come. For what can be more hidden than God, nevertheless He Himself is manifested in the flesh. It continues, If any man have ears to ear, let him hear.

BEDE; That is, if any man have a sense for understanding. the word of God, let him not withdraw himself, let him not turn his ear to fables, but let him lend his ear to search those things which truth has spoken, his hands for fulfilling them, his tongue for preaching them. There follows, And he said to them, Take heed what you hear.

THEOPHYL. That is, that none of those things which are said to you by me should escape you. With what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you, that is, whatsoever degree of application you bring, in that degree you will receive profit.

BEDE; Or else, If you diligently endeavor to do all the good which you can, and to teach it to your neighbors, the mercy of God will come in, to give you both in the present life a sense to take in higher things, and a will to do better things, and will add for the future an everlasting reward. And therefore it is subjoined, And to you shall more be given.

PSUEDO-JEROME; According. to the measure of his faith the understanding of mysteries is divided to every man, and the virtues of knowledge will also be added to them. It goes on: For he that has, to him shall be given; that is, he who has faith shall have virtue, and he who has obedience to the word, shall also have the understanding of the mystery. Again, he who, on the other hand, has not faith, fails in virtue; and he who has not obedience to the word, shall not have the understanding of it; and if he does not understand he might as well not have heard.

PSEUD-CHRYS Or else, he who has the desire and wish to hear and to seek, to him shall be given. But be who has not the desire of hearing. divine things even what he happens to have of the written law is taken from him.

BEDE; For sometimes a clever reader by neglecting his mind, deprives himself of wisdom, of which he tastes the sweetness, who, though slow in intellect, works more diligently.

CHRYS. Again it may be said, that he has not, who has not truth. But our Lord says that he has, because he has a lie, for every one whose understanding believes a lie, thinks that he has something.

Catena Aurea Mark 4
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The Last Judgment

Master of the Bambino Vispo

1422
Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

22 posted on 01/30/2014 5:29:43 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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CATHOLIC ALMANAC

Thursday, January 30

Liturgical Color: Green

Today the Church honors St. Adelelmus,
abbot. St. Adelelmus was a 12th century
military officer. He made a pilgrimage to
Rome and was so impressed that he
became a monk. He was known for his
holiness and ability to work miracles.

23 posted on 01/30/2014 5:36:20 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Catholic Culture

 

Daily Readings for:January 30, 2014
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. 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    Life of St. Martina

PRAYERS

o    Hymn to St. Martina

o    Novena for Purification

·         Ordinary Time: January 30th

·         Wednesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Old Calendar: St. Martina, virgin and martyr

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Martina who was a Roman virgin born of an illustrious family. Both of her parents died while she was very young. She distributed among the poor the immense wealth which she inherited and so laid up for herself unfailing treasures in heaven. With great constancy she refused to offer sacrifices to false gods. She was tortured in various inhuman ways, she was exposed to the attacks of beasts in the amphitheater, and was finally beheaded about the year 228.


St. Martina
She was a noble Roman virgin, who glorified God, suffering many torments and a cruel death for her faith, in the capital city of the world, in the third century. There stood a chapel consecrated to her memory in Rome, which was frequented with great devotion in the time of St. Gregory the Great. Her relics were discovered in a vault, in the ruins of her old church and translated with great pomp in the year 1634, under the Pope Urban VIII, who built a new church in her honor, and composed himself the hymns used in her office in the Roman Breviary. The city of Rome ranks her among its particular patrons. The history of the discovery of her relics was published by Honoratus of Viterbo, an Oratorian.

— Taken from Vol. I of The Lives or the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints by the Rev. Alban Butler, the 1864 edition published by D. & J. Sadlier, & Company.

Patron: Nursing mothers; Rome, Italy.

Symbols: Maiden with a lion; being beheaded by a sword; tortured by being hung on a two-pronged hook; receiving a lily and the palm of martyrdom from the Virgin and Child.

Things to Do:


24 posted on 01/30/2014 5:50:49 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Mark 4:21-25

3rd Week in Ordinary Time

To the one who has, more will be given. (Mark 4:25)

 Many experts agree that exploring alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power is very important for the world’s future. At the same time, the world still has vast untapped resources that can be used right now. For example, Brazil and Venezuela combined have the potential to produce over six hundred billion barrels of oil. And the United States could produce an estimated 2.3 trillion barrels. But these resources will remain unused unless we can find a safe way to bring them out from under the ground.

 Jesus has some very important things to say about untapped resources as well, but he’s talking about the resources within us—our gifts and talents. Much like the earth’s resources, they were given to us for a reason: they were meant to be used and not kept “under a basket” (Mark 4:21). But there are a couple of remarkable differences between our resources and those found in nature. Oil will eventually run out, and there are some places where we shouldn’t go drilling to get it. But there’s no limit on how we can use our gifts. In fact, the more we use them, the more they grow. The more we give out, the more we have to give!

 Some of us may not realize the awesome potential we have for building the kingdom of God. Or we may wonder if we are using our gifts to the fullest. If you need a little inspiration, think of those whose service to God has made a big difference in your life—not necessarily Mother Teresa, but your neighbors and friends who do so much with the skills they have. Your parish, small group, or Bible study wouldn’t be the same if they weren’t making their own unique contributions.

 Today, let’s praise and thank the Lord for the gifts that these people are to us. Let’s also ask him how we can shine our lights a little more brightly today. God has called each of us to shine in different ways, and each light does something to scatter the darkness in the world. Joined together in Christ, we can become a glorious source of renewable, spiritual energy!

“Lord, you have given me so much. Help me to use all that I have to bring glory to you!”

2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29; Psalm 132:1-5, 11-14


25 posted on 01/30/2014 5:59:41 PM PST 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 January 30, 2014:

“The deepest insecurity for women is the fear of isolation and deprivation, and for men it’s a dread of failure and shame.” (Kristin Taveira) Does this ring true for you? Check it out with each other.

26 posted on 01/30/2014 6:05:08 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Vultus Christi

I lost myself in Him

Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:11


Catherine de Bar’s Mysterious Prophetic Dream

Some time after her religious profession in 1633, and before the destruction of the monastery of Bruyères in 1635, Catherine de Bar (Mother Saint John the Evangelist) had a mysterious dream. She wrote an account of this dream for her spiritual director. The text of this account, given by Mère Marie–Véronique Andral in Catherine de Bar: Itinéraire spirituel, is an extraordinary revelation of all that will come to characterize the spiritual experience of the future Benedictine. Mother Saint John writes:

It seemed to me that I was in a fairground in which there were a great number of boutiques enriched with the most beautiful and precious things imaginable. I was a merchant, and I had a boutique that appeared even more magnificent than the others.

As I was occupied with looking at all these riches, I heard a great noise and each one began to run, saying, “Behold, the Lord!” At once I felt that I had so burning a desire to see Him that I did everything possible to discover where He was. Having seen Him stopping in all the boutiques, I thought in myself that He would also stop in mine, which obliged me to wait in the entry to welcome Him.

At length, my Lord arrived in the midst of a great crowd of people. He was clothed in a long white robe with a cincture of gold; His hair, almost blonde, hung to His shoulders; His face was somewhat long, and His eyes so charming that they stole away every heart. In truth, He barely passed in front of me but, in passing, He cast upon me such a glance that I remained altogether transported by it and heartily compelled to leave my boutique in order to follow Him. I took with me in my robe, nonetheless, the most beautiful things and the easiest to carry, and so I followed Him in the crowd.

I felt within myself that I was not only to follow Him, but also to walk in His footsteps. It required great attention to recognize His footprints among those of the people. This caused me to neglect all the rest and so, almost imperceptibly, I lost all that I was carrying with me.

The multitude being, little by little, dispersed, I found myself outside the city, alone with Our Lord, whom I tried to follow as closely as possible. Then, I fell. All my attention was to put myself again in His footsteps, and as quickly as possible. He led me by very difficult paths, extremely narrow, all rocky, and full of thorns, which tore away my shoes, my headdress, and my clothes. My arms, my hands, my feet, and my whole body were bloodied.

Finally, after these inconceivable sufferings, being stripped of my garments by the briars and thorns, I found myself clothed now in a white robe, with a cincture of gold like that of Our Lord, in a lovely path where still I was following Him closely. For all of this, He did not look at me. I thought within myself, “If only He would look at me, I should be content!” And then, to console myself, I said, “He knows well that I love him!” I felt a kind of channel between His Heart and mine, something like a tube or conduit, which went from one to the other, and which united them in such a way that the two [hearts] were but one.

After having walked a long time following Our Lord, I found myself in a great prairie where the grass appeared to be of gold — which signifies charity — all adorned with flowers. In it were big sheep with raised heads, feeding only on the dew from heaven; although they were up to their necks in the pasture, they ate nothing of it. I was shown that these sheep represent  the contemplative souls who feed on God alone, and who fill themselves on nothing apart from His divine plenitude. Among these sheep, I saw one who was very thin and who was going away from the flock. The sheep did this so much that, at the end, he left the flock altogether.

I so wanted to enjoy the happiness of the souls whom these sheep represented, but I was allowed only to look at them and, so doing, I went beyond them, always following my divine guide. He led me then into a great plain, at the end of which there was a magnificent palace, but its door was so low and so narrow that one could hardly see it. This made me think that I should never be able to pass through it. I was extremely saddened by this. Then, Our Lord, who had been pretending not to see me, ever since that first glance when He passed in front of my boutique, turned around and looked at me. I understood, at the same time that, in order to enter into the palace, I would have to be brought to nothing utterly. In that moment, Our Lord entered in, and I with Him. But I made such efforts to go in after Him that, not only was my tunic stripped away, but I left there even my skin all in shreds. I lost myself in Him, and so lost was I that I no longer found myself.

The future foundress of the Benedictine of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament gives no explanation of her mysterious dream. For Mother Saint John, it is transparent enough by itself.  Are the various boutiques of the fair the many religious orders of the Church, each one displaying its wares? Why, after a single personal glance of Jesus, must she leave her own boutique behind to follow Him, losing everything she has along the way? Mother Saint John was not permitted even to linger among those perfect contemplative souls whom she saw represented as sheep in the meadow, feeding only on dew from heaven. Why does she find herself, in the end, completely alone? She was called to make her way past them all into a vast solitary plain. The little door she sees in the distance resembles the famous low door of the Church of the Holy Nativity in Bethlehem. Going through that door is like passing through a birth channel; it is in fact a new birth. On the other side of that door she will be established by grace in a humility so profound that, through her life and in all her writings, she will describe it as an anéantissement, a being brought to nothing.


27 posted on 01/30/2014 6:16:57 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Vultus Christi

Prayer: Something Very Simple

Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:43

It is enough for you to be with Me.
This is all I ask of you.
I do not ask for elevated thoughts,
or for emotional outpourings,
or for nicely constructed phrases.
I ask only that you stay with Me.

I need your company even now
just as I needed the company
of Peter, James, and John
in Gethsemani.
They slept on, it is true, but I knew they were there,
and their mere presence
was a consolation to My agonizing Heart.

You are afraid of distractions, of daydreams,
and of foolish thoughts;
these do not offend Me
because they are no more than flies
buzzing in the background.
I am absorbed by your presence before Me.
Does this shock you that I should say such a thing?
But I am absorbed by you:
My eyes rest upon you;My Heart is all yours;
I am listening intently to you;
and all My attention is focused on you
when you come seeking Me.
Believe that I am totally absorbed by you,
and soon you will be totally absorbed by Me.

I speak here using human terms,
using the language of friendship, of affection, of love.
I am present here in all the sensitivity and tenderness of My humanity.
I am here offering you My friendship,
ready to spend as much time with you
as you are ready to spend with Me.

I want you close to Me:
as close as John was to Me when, at My last supper,
he rested his head upon My breast.
Prayer such as this cannot be calculated or measured
in terms of minutes and hours.
It is what it is and this for as long as you abide in My presence.

Even when the time of your adoration is ended,I remain with you.
I am in you, all attentive to you, all loving,
ready at every moment to enter into conversation with you,
to strengthen you in temptation,
to comfort you in your sorrows,
to be a light for you in your darkness.

It requires but a little bit of faith
to realise that one is never alone,
to become aware of My presence,
of My readiness to communicate Myself to you wordlessly
by an infusion of My grace.

Use what I am telling you now
to comfort others who struggle in their prayer,
who find that prayer is difficult, and arduous,and wholly exceptional in the lives of ordinary people.For the man who seeks My Faceand desires to rest upon My Heart,
I make prayer something very simple:
wordless, peace–giving, cleansing, and divinely fruitful.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest


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Regnum Christi

Let Christ’s Light Shine
| SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time


 

Mark 4:21-25

He said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear." He also told them, "Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."

Introductory Prayer:Lord, thank you for reminding me today of my dignity as a Christian. By your grace in baptism and by your teaching in the gospels and in the Church, you have put light in my soul. Lord, you are my light.

Petition:Christ, help me to be a sincere witness of your light.

1. Transparency in Our Lives: God sees us. This is a simple truth—an extremely powerful truth. God looks at us with love. We cannot hide from God. We cannot hide from ourselves. We cannot even hide from others. We need to live in the presence of God. God lets light shine on our lives so that we can see the truth about ourselves, and so that we need not be ashamed that others see the truth about who we are. True happiness is preserved and increased by the tenacious living of sincerity.

2.  Light for the World: Our life is not just for ourselves. We are called to be a gift for others, a gift that leads them to God. This is the greatest thing about our life: We are called to give life. We are called to participate in the fruitfulness of God. We give life by enlightening others. We help other people come to the light by trying sincerely to go clearly towards the light and by not fearing to show people the truth. The light shed by our lives produces a real effect in souls. Vatican II reminds us that modern man needs reasons for hope. A Christian carries hope. Will I keep it hidden; perhaps even kill it by being afraid to share it? Or will I let the world receive hope? Will I let the world see that we all can be much greater than we think because our Father is greater than we think?

3. Standing up for the Light of Truth to Be Lived: Moral relativism seems to be the norm for our times. Many people think that they can decide what principles they will live by, instead of seeking to form their consciences by principles in accordance with God’s loving design for the human person. Am I content merely to follow what I know to be right, or do I also look to enlighten the consciences of others, prudently and charitably? Have I ever given the impression of condoning actions that are wrong? Do I take an interest in promoting the value of life in all of its stages? Am I courageous in nobly defending others when people criticize them behind their backs?

Conversation with Christ:Lord, thank you for this calling. You have given light to my soul so that I can be a light for others. Lord, help me to have confidence in the power of your light: the power of your truth and grace. Let me be brave enough to allow this light to penetrate my soul even more today. Let me be brave enough to not hide from your light; let me be brave enough to give it to others.

Resolution:I will  enlighten my conscience better about a point of our faith or morals by looking it up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (It can be found on-line at http://www.vatican.vaif needed).


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Come to the light

by Food For Thought on January 30, 2014 ·

When David prayed to God saying: “…you make your promises extend to the House of your servant for a far-distant future …” he realized that it was beyond his vision. God had plans for the nation of Israel but not according to man’s limited understanding because it was God himself who will build it. Men are just partners in the historical process. Remember, that the Israelites understood that man cannot gaze at God because he will surely perish. Man’s finite capacity cannot comprehend that which is infinite.  This is why, in order for man to understand, it would take the initiative of God to reveal it in a way that his finite capacity can understand. This is through Jesus. Now, seeing God is possible. When we see Jesus, we can see God and not perish. Jesus comes as the Light to a world in darkness. His light is to be held up as a beacon for all to be led out of our sinful world of darkness and into the light of his presence and love. He will show us the way towards the “House” that David once spoke of – far, far into the distant future. We are also told to listen. If we abide and remain in his love and light, we can become fruitful because we will share in that vision for the building up of the “Kingdom of God.” We are given the choice whether or not to respond to his invitation to come into the light and hold it up for others to see.


30 posted on 01/30/2014 6:58:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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"NO GREATER LOVE" (Jn 15:13)

 
"Who am I, Lord God, and who are the members of my house, that You have brought me to this point?" —2 Samuel 7:18
 

David was awed by the graces the Lord had given to him and his family. Yet, "the least born into the kingdom of God is greater" than David (Mt 11:11). David was a king, but he was not an adopted child of God, as is each Christian. It was prophesied that the Messiah would come from David's line. However, David could not even dream that the Messiah would be God, Who would live among us, change our human nature by dying on the cross, rise from the dead, and live within us.

The Lord promised that David's house would last forever (see 2 Sm 7:16, 29), but David had no idea that God would raise from the dead those who believe in Jesus, the son of David (see Jn 11:25-26). Of course, David never had any opportunity to receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus, God Himself. It would have been impossible for David even to conceive of such a thing.

David was blessed, but we as Christians are much more than blessed (Mt 13:16-17). No one has ever been loved more than we are (see Jn 15:13). Thank, live, and love accordingly.

 
Prayer: Father, I will live in Love and live in You (1 Jn 4:16).
Promise: "Listen carefully to what you hear. In the measure you give you shall receive." —Mk 4:24
Praise: Ralph awoke with a terrible headache and couldn't see out of one eye. After attending Sunday Mass, his wife urged him to approach his priest for prayer. His priest prayed for him right on the street outside the church. A moment later, Jesus restored his sight and the headache vanished.

31 posted on 01/30/2014 7:02:06 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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32 posted on 01/30/2014 7:04:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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