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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-14 ^ | 02-19-14 | Revised New American Bible

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February 19, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Jas 1:19-27

Know this, my dear brothers and sisters:
everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger
for anger does not accomplish
the righteousness of God.
Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess
and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror.
He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets
what he looked like.
But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres,
and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts;
such a one shall be blessed in what he does.

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his heart, his religion is vain.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this:
to care for orphans and widows in their affliction
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 15:2-3a, 3ab-4ab, 5

R. (1b) Who shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord?
He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. Who shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord?
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. Who shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord?
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. Who shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord?

Gospel Mk 8:22-26

When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked,
“Do you see anything?”
Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.”
Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;
his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.
Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”

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

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From: James 1:19-27

Doers of the Word, Not Hearers Only

[19] Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to
speak, slow to anger, [20] for the anger of man does not work the righteousness
of God. [21] Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and
receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

[22] But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. [23]
For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who ob-
serves his natural face in a mirror; [24] for he observes himself and goes away
and at once forgets what he was like. [25] But he who looks into the perfect law,
the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that
acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.

[26] If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives
his heart, this man’s religion is vain. [27] Religion that is pure and undefiled be-
fore God and the Father is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.


19-27. In the previous verse the sacred writer referred to the effectiveness of “the
word of truth”. Now he makes the point that although the Gospel has this effec-
tiveness, it is not enough just to hear it: we need to listen to it with docility (ver-
ses 19-21) and put it into practice (verses 22-27). Further on he will emphasize
this connection between faith and works (cf. 2:14-26).

19-20. These counsels occur frequently in the wisdom books of the Old Testa-
ment (cf., e.g., Proverbs 1:5; 10:19; Sirach 5:12-13; 20:5-8). To put doctrine into
practice one needs to listen to it with a good disposition (verse 21). The letter will
have more to say about prudence in speech (cf. 1:26; and especially 3:1ff).

“The anger of man does not work the righteousness of God”: a Hebrew expres-
sion meaning that someone who gives way to anger is not acting justly in God’s

Anger is one of the “capital” sins (one of the “seven deadly sins”), capital be-
cause they lead to many other sins; anger leads particularly to the evil desire for
vengeance. Speaking of the effects of anger St. Gregory the Great explains that
it clouds one’s judgment when making decisions, makes it difficult to get on with
others, causes discord and makes it difficult to see where the truth lies. More-
over, “it deprives one of righteousness, as it is written, ‘The anger of man does
not work the righteousness of God’ (James 1:20) because when one’s mind is
not at peace, one’s critical faculty is impaired and one judges to be right what-
ever one’s anger suggests” (”Moralia”, 5, 45). This sin is avoided by the practice
of the virtue of patience, of which St. James spoke a few verses earlier (cf. 1:2-4;
also 5:7-11).

21. “First he calls”, St. Bede comments, “for the cleansing of mind and body from
vice, so that those who receive the word of salvation can live in a worthy manner.
A person who does not first turn his back on evil cannot do good” (”Super Iac. Ex-
positio, ad loc”.).

To listen docilely to the word of God one needs to try to keep evil inclinations at
bay. Otherwise, pride—deceiving itself with all sorts of false reasons — rebels a-
gainst the word of God (which it sees as a continuous reproach for a habit of sin
it is unwilling to give up).

22-25. Sacred Scripture frequently exhorts us to put the word of God into prac-
tice: “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like
a man who built his house upon the sand” (Matthew 7:26; cf., e.g., Ezekiel 33:
10-11; Matthew 12:50; Romans 2:13; James 2:14-26).

The comparison of the man looking into the mirror is a very good one: the word of
God is frustrated unless it leads to examination of conscience and a firm resolu-
tion to mend one’s ways. Those who are doers of the word will be “blessed”; our
Lord says the same thing when He describes as blessed those who “hear the
word of God and keep it” (Luke 11:28).

St. James’ counsels in this passage are a clear call for the consistency a Chris-
tian must seek at all times. Bl. John Paul II comments: “These are very serious,
very severe statements; a Christian should always be genuine, should never be
content with words alone. The mission he has received is a delicate one: he
should be leaven in society, light of the world, salt of the earth. As time goes by,
the Christian becomes more and more aware of his commitment, and the difficul-
ties it entails: he discovers he has to swim against the tide, he has to bear wit-
ness to truths which are absolute, yet invisible; he has to lose his earthly life in
order to gain eternity; he needs to feel responsible not just for himself but also
for his neighbor — for whom he should light the way, and edify and save. How-
ever, he realizes that he is not alone in all this [...]. The Christian knows that not
only did Jesus Christ, the Word of God, become man to reveal saving truth and
redeem mankind; He has also chosen to stay with us on earth, mysteriously re-
newing the sacrifice of the Cross by means of the Eucharist and becoming spiri-
tual food for the soul and accompanying it on its journey through life” (”Homily”,
1 September 1979).

25. “The perfect law, the law of freedom”: that is, the good news brought by
Christ, who has made us children of God (cf. John 1:12; 1 John 3:1ff) and set us
free from every kind of servitude, both that of the Old Law (cf., e.g., Galatians 2:4
and 4:21ff...) and subjection to the devil, to sin and to death.

It can also be regarded as a law of freedom because when man obeys it he is ex-
pressing his freedom to the fullest degree (cf. John 8:31ff), and he is happy in this
life and will be blessed in the next (cf., e.g., Psalm 1:1ff; 119:1ff). Thus, when a
person sins and turns his back on this law, he becomes not a free man but a
slave: “Such a person may show that he has acted according to his preferences,”
St. Escriva explains, “but he does not speak with the voice of true freedom, be-
cause he has become a slave of his decision and he has decided for the worst,
for the absence of God, where there is no freedom to be found.

“I tell you once again: I accept no slavery other than that of God’s love. This is be-
cause, as I have told you on other occasions, religion is the greatest rebellion of
men, who refuse to live like animals, who are dissatisfied and restless until they
know their Creator and are on intimate terms with Him. I want you to be rebels,
free and unfettered, because I want you—it is Christ who wants us!—to be children
of God. Slavery or divine sonship, this is the dilemma we face. Children of God or
slaves to pride, to sensuality, to the fretful selfishness which seems to afflict so
many souls” (”Friends of God”, 37-38).

26-27. St. James now gives some examples of what doing “the word of truth”
(verse 18), that is, the Gospel, means—controlling one’s tongue, being charitable
and not letting oneself be stained by the world.

The Old Testament often refers to widows and orphans as deserving of special at-
tention (cf. Psalm 68:5; 146:9; Deuteronomy 27:19), and the first Christians made
arrangements for the care of widows in the early communities (cf. Acts 6:1ff; 9:39;
1 Timothy 5:3ff). Concern for widows and orphans is included in the works of mer-
cy (”by which the temporal or spiritual wants of our neighbor are relieved” (”St.
Pius X Catechism”, 943), which our Lord will take into account at the Last Judg-
ment (cf. Matthew 25:31-46).

“World” here has the pejorative meaning of “enemy of God and of Christians” (cf.
also 4:4; and other passages of Scripture, e.g., John 1:10; 7:7; 16:8-11; Ephe-
sians 2:2; 2 Peter 2:20); one needs to be constantly on the alert to avoid conta-

“God and the Father”: this is the literal meaning of the Greek. In New Testament
Greek the term “God” when preceded by the definite article normally means not
the divine nature but the person of the Father. In this case by adding the words
“and the Father” St. James does not mean another, distinct Divine Person: he is
simply making explicit the meaning of the term “the God”. It could also be trans-
lated by the paraphrase “before Him who is God and Father”.

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 8:22-26

The Curing of a Blind Man at Bethsaida

[22] And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to Him (Jesus) a
blind man, and begged Him to touch him. [23] And He took the blind man by
the hand, and led him out of the village. And when He had spit on his eyes and
laid His hands upon him, He asked, “Do you see anything?” [24] And he looked
up and said, “I see men, but they look like trees, walking.” [25] Then again He
laid His hands upon his eyes; and He looked intently and was restored, and saw
everything clearly. [26] And He sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even
enter the village.”


22-25. Normally the cures which Jesus worked were instantaneous; not so in
this case. Why? Because the blind man’s faith was very weak, it would seem,
to begin with. Before curing the eyes of his body, Jesus wanted the man’s faith
to grow; the more it grew and the more trusting the man became, the more sight
Jesus gave him. In this way Jesus acted in keeping with His usual pattern: not
working miracles unless there was a right predisposition, yet encouraging a good
disposition in the person and giving more grace as he responds to the grace al-
ready given.

God’s grace is essential even for desiring holy things: “Give us light, Lord. Be-
hold, we need it more than the man who was blind from his birth, for he wished
to see the light and could not, whereas nowadays, Lord, no one wishes to see
it. Oh, what a hopeless ill is this! Here, my God, must be manifested by Thy
power and Thy mercy” (St. Teresa, “Exclamations of the Soul to God”, 8).

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

James 1:19-27 ©

Remember this, my dear brothers: be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to rouse your temper; God’s righteousness is never served by man’s anger; so do away with all the impurities and bad habits that are still left in you – accept and submit to the word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. But you must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves. To listen to the word and not obey is like looking at your own features in a mirror and then, after a quick look, going off and immediately forgetting what you looked like. But the man who looks steadily at the perfect law of freedom and makes that his habit – not listening and then forgetting, but actively putting it into practice – will be happy in all that he does.

  Nobody must imagine that he is religious while he still goes on deceiving himself and not keeping control over his tongue; anyone who does this has the wrong idea of religion. Pure, unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows when they need it, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world.


Psalm 14:2-5 ©

The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks without fault;

he who acts with justice

and speaks the truth from his heart;

he who does not slander with his tongue.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

He who does no wrong to his brother,

who casts no slur on his neighbour,

who holds the godless in disdain,

but honours those who fear the Lord.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

He who keeps his pledge, come what may;

who takes no interest on a loan

and accepts no bribes against the innocent.

Such a man will stand firm for ever.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation


Alleluia, alleluia!

Your word is a lamp for my steps

and a light for my path.




Alleluia, alleluia!

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

enlighten the eyes of our mind,

so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.



Mark 8:22-26 ©

Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida, and some people brought to him a blind man whom they begged him to touch. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Then putting spittle on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked, ‘Can you see anything?’ The man, who was beginning to see, replied, ‘I can see people; they look like trees to me, but they are walking about.’ Then he laid his hands on the man’s eyes again and he saw clearly; he was cured, and he could see everything plainly and distinctly. And Jesus sent him home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’

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

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

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

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

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

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

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

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

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

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

This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

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

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

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

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Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

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

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

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross


The Mysteries of the Rosary

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

The Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]

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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.

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A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
Pray for Nancy Pelosi
Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
[Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"



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

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

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February Devotion: The Holy Family

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of February has been primarily asociated with the Holy Family, probably due to the feast of Our Lord's presentation at the temple, celebrated on February 2. At the very outset of Christ's work on earth, God showed the world a family in which, as Pope Leo XIII teaches, "all men might behold a perfect model of domestic life, and of all virtue and holiness." The harmony, unity, and holiness which characterized this holy Family make it the model for all Christian families.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph most kind, Bless us now and in death's agony.

Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, ever to follow the example of Thy holy Family, that in the hour of our death Thy glorious Virgin Mother together with blessed Joseph may come to meet us and we may be worthily received by Thee into everlasting dwellings: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Roman Missal

O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou defend us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace, and concord in Christian love: in order that, by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of Thy family, we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.

Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by thy kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.

O Saint Joseph, most holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal necessities; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity.

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be, three times.

O God, heavenly Father, it was part of Thine eternal decree that Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, should form a holy family with Mary, His blessed mother, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. In Nazareth home life was sanctified, and a perfect example was given to every Christian family. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may fully comprehend and faithfully imitate the virtues of the Holy Family so that we may be united with them one day in their heavenly glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. 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

Holy Family Chaplet

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, be with me in my last hour.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul
in peace with you.

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Amen.

Say 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary's, and 3 Glory be's.

The Holy Family Icon by Nicholas Markell


GOD our Heavenly Father, You call all peoples to be united as one family in worshipping You as the one and true God. You willed that Your Son become man, giving Him a virgin mother and a foster father to form the Holy Family of Nazareth.

WE pray: may the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, image and model of every human family unit walk in the spirit of Nazareth and grow in the understanding of its particular mission in society and the Church. May our families be living cells of love, faithfulness and unity, thus reflecting God's covenant with humanity and Christ's redeeming love for His Church.

JESUS, Mary and Joseph protect our families from all evil; keep us, who are away from home, one in love with our dear ones.

The Holy Family

"The Holy Family with the infant St. John the Baptist ( the Doni tondo )" by Michelangelo c.1506, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Parent's Prayer

Jesus, Son of God, Son of Man, and Son of Mary, I thank you for the gift of life you have entrusted to my care. Help me be a parent both tender and wise, both loving and forgiving.

Mary, Holy Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our Motherly Queen of Heaven, nourish our family with your heavenly grace. Help us to remain faithful to The Most Holy Trinity, in all our sorrows and joys.

Joseph, Earthly father to our Lord God, guardian and spouse of Mary, keep our family safe from harm. Help us in all times of discouragement or anxiety.

Holy Family of Nazareth, help our family to walk in your footsteps. May we be peace-loving and peace-giving.

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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Recovering God’s Plan for Marriage and Family: A Sermon on the Feast of the Holy Family

“Why were you looking for me?" (On the Feast of The Holy Family)
U.S. Postal Service Issues Holy Family Forever Stamp
On Prayer in the Life of the Holy Family
The Holy Family - held together by Love through all their problems [Ecumenical]
Feast of the Holy Family: The Christian Family is a Domestic Church
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February 2014 Year A

Pope's Intentions:

Universal: That the Church and society may respect the wisdom and experience of older people.

For Evangelization: That priests, religious, and lay people may work together with generosity for evangelization.

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Daily Gospel Commentary

Wednesday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day
Julian of Norwich (1342-after 1416), recluse
Revelations of divine love, ch. 52 (trans. copyright Calssics of Western Spirituality)

"Do you see anything?"

I saw that God rejoices that he is our Father, God rejoices that he is our Mother, and God rejoices he is our true spouse, and that our soul is his beloved. And Christ rejoices that he is our brother, and Jesus that he is our saviour...

During our lifetime here we have in us a marvellous mixture of both well-being and woe. We have in us our risen Jesus Christ, and we have in us the wretchedness and harm of Adam's falling... We are so afflicted in our feelings by Adam's falling in various ways, by sin and by different pains, and in this we are made dark and so blind that we can scarcely accept any comfort. But in our intention we wait for God and trust faithfully to have mercy and grace; and this is his own working in us. And in his goodness he opens the eye of our understanding, by which we have sight, sometimes more, sometimes less, according to the ability God gives us to receive. And now we are raised to the one, and now we are permitted to fall to the other.

This mixture is so marvellous in us that we scarcely know, about ourselves or about our fellow-Christians, what condition we are in, these conflicting feelings are so extraordinary. But what matters is that we say a holy “yes” to God which we make when we feel him, truly willing with all our heart to be with him, and with all our soul and all our might. And then we hate and despise our evil inclinations... And so we remain in this mixture all the days of our life.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
First Reading:
James 1:19-27
Psalm 15:2-5
Mark 8:22-26

With those who are perfect and walk with simplicity, there is nothing small and contemptible, if it be a thing that pleases God; for the pleasure of God is the object at which alone they aim, and which is the reason, the measure, and the reward of all their occupations, actions, and plans; and so, in whatever they find this, it is for them a great and important thing.

-- St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

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Alleluia, alleluia!

16 posted on 02/19/2014 6:56:31 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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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 02/19/2014 7:57:33 AM 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.


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Information: St. Conrad of Piacenza

Feast Day: February 19

Born: 1290, Piacenza, Province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Died: February 19, 1351, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Patron of: cure of hernias

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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Barbatus

Feast Day: February 19
Born:612 :: Died:682

Barbatus was born in Benevento, Italy. He liked to read the Bible and as soon as he was old enough, he was ordained a priest.

Being a fiery preacher, he was made a pastor. Although he was very good at his work, his life as a pastor was not easy. St. Barbatus encouraged the people that belonged to his flock, to lead better lives. He reminded them to be sorry for their sins. Some people did not like him telling them how to live and were angry. They treated him very badly and finally forced him to leave.

Young St. Barbatus resigned from his parish and went back to Benevento where he had been born. He was received with great joy.

There were challenges in that city, too. Many converts to Christianity still kept pagan idols in their homes. They found it hard to destroy their good luck charms. They worshiped a golden viper and animal skin hung in a tree. They believed in magic powers.

St. Barbatus preached against such superstitions. But the people hung on to their false gods. The saint warned them that because of this sin, their city would be attacked by enemies and it was. The army of Emperor Constans besieged Benevento.

The people then listened to the preacher, soon gave up their error and peace returned. Barbatus then cut down the tree with his own hand, and melted down the golden viper to make a chalice for the altar.

St. Barbatus was made bishop. He continued his work to convert his people and assisted the Pope in a council. He died on February 29, 682, at the age of seventy.

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Wednesday, February 19

Liturgical Color: Green

Today the Church recalls St. Alvarez of
Cordova. He was a very holy man who
built a monastery in the mountains of
Cordova Spain. After he died in 1430,
repeated attempts to move his relics to
the city were halted by violent storms at
each attempt.

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Catholic Culture


Daily Readings for:February 19, 2014
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you. 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.


o    Legume Soup


o    On how our Work is Love, and how we can work with Christ to save Souls with our Love


o    Ordinary Time, Pre-Lent: Table Blessing 1


o    Be Merciful, O Lord, for We Have Sinned | Pope John Paul II

Ordinary Time: February 19th

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time


Old Calendar: St. Conrad of Piacenza (Hist), St. Gabinus (Hist) ; Other Titles: President's Day

Historically today is the feast of St. Conrad of Piacenza, a friar and hermit celebrated for piety and miraculous cures at Noto in Sicily and St. Gabinus, brother of Pope St. Caius, father of St. Susanna, who was ordained in his old age.

St. Conrad of Piacenza

St. Conrad was a Franciscan tertiary and hermit. He was a noble, born at Piacenza, Italy. While hunting, Conrad made a fire that quickly engulfed a neighboring cornfield. A poor man was arrested as an arsonist and condemned to death, but Conrad stepped forward to admit his guilt in the matter. As a result, he had to sell his possessions to pay for the damages. Conrad and his wife decided to enter the religious life. She became a Poor Clare, and he entered the Franciscan Third Order as a hermit. Conrad went to Noto, on Sicily, where he lived the next three decades at St. Martin's Hospital and in a hermitage built by a wealthy friend. During his last years, he lived and prayed in the grotto of Pizzone outside of Noto. His cult was approved by Pope Paul III.

Excerpted from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints

St. Gabinus
St. Gabinus was the father of St. Susanna. In the Spring of 293 AD, Diocletian announced the engagement of Maxentius Galerius to Susanna. Susanna refused the marriage proposal. Her father Gabinus and her uncle Caius supported this decision and encouraged her to keep her commitment to Christ. Her non-Christian uncles, Claudius and Maximus tried to persuade Susanna to marry Maxentius, after all this would make her Empress one day. In a conversation between the four brothers, Claudius and Maximus were converted to Christianity. The General Maxentius then came to the house, believing he could persuade Susanna to marry him. Susanna’s refusal soon led to the suspicion that she and other members of her family might be Christians. The Roman Consul Macedonius then called Susanna to Roman Forum and asked her to prove her loyalty to the state by performing an act of worship before the God Jupiter. She refused, confirming the fact that both she and other members of her family might well be Christian, There was no attempt to arrest her however, as she was a member of the Emperor’s family.

Susanna refused the marriage proposal, not only because she was a Christian but in addition, she had taken a vow of virginity. When Diocletian on the eastern frontier learned of his cousin’s refusal and the reasons why, he was deeply angered, and ordered her execution. A cohort of soldiers arrived at the house and beheaded her. Her father Gabinus was arrested and starved to death in prison. Maximus and Claudius, together with Claudius’s wife Prepedigna and their children, Alexander and Cuzia are all martyred. Ironically the only survivor was Pope Caius, who had escaped and hid in the catacombs. These murders within Diocletian’s own family would foreshadow the last great persecution against the Christian church which the Emperor began in 303 AD. Diocletian’s daughter Valeria was divorced, and in June 293 AD married Maxentius who would succeed Diocletian in 305 AD.

In the year 330 AD, a basilica was built over the site of the house of Susanna. It was first named San Caius in honor of the pope who had lived here. The bodies of Susanna and Gabinus were brought back from the catacombs and buried in the church.

Excerpted from The Church of Santa Susanna

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The Word Among Us

Meditation: James 1:19-27

6th Week in Ordinary Time

Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you. (James 1:21)

James’ writing is peppered with vivid metaphors. Images like surf being tossed by the wind, mirror gazing, and ship rudders all illustrate his teachings on discipleship. Today’s first reading is a prime example as he urges us to “humbly welcome the word that has been planted” in our hearts (James 1:21).

What’s so special about God’s word? Where is the grace in it? Well, it was by his word that God brought everything into existence: “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). It was his “all-powerful word” that sprang down from heaven to bring God’s justice on the earth (Wisdom 18:15). And it’s his word that has the power to save our very souls (James 1:21). No wonder we ought to welcome it!

So how do we do that? Before you invite a guest into your home, you usually make sure that your home is clean and uncluttered. Similarly, James urges us to get rid of the clutter of sin in our lives: “Put away all filth and evil excess” (James 1:21). In humility, repent before the Lord of ways that you don’t honor him. James pointed specifically to ways of relating to other people that are characterized by impatience, anger, or harshness. Repenting, or “uncluttering” ourselves in this area, can help create an open and welcoming environment in our hearts—exactly what we need for the word of God to take root in us.

Welcoming God’s word also means spending time with him, just as we would do for houseguests. It means taking the time to be with him so that his word finds a home in us.

When we welcome God’s word in this way, we find that it has the power to redeem and transform our souls—that part of us that thinks, feels, imagines, and desires. You can almost sense this happening at times when, while praying or meditating on Scripture, you experience the Lord giving you peace or softening your heart toward someone or filling you with a desire to share his love with someone else. Devote an allowance of time every day just to sit with the Lord. Then look for opportunities during the day to be with him and “catch up.” It’s during these times together that you can really sense his grace blossoming within you.

“Jesus, I welcome your grace within me.”

Psalm 15:2-5; Mark 8:22-26

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

Daily Marriage Tip for February 19, 2014:

“Your offenses; your sins I remember no more.” (Is 43:25) “Child, your sins are forgiven.” (Mk 2:5) We humans hold grudges – but that is not the way of God, the way of love. Let go of an annoyance or fault of your beloved today. Don’t bring it up again – at least for a […]

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Vultus Christi

Into the silence of God

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:48

The Mectildian Jubilee Year (1614–2014) continues to provide me with an opportunity to share something of the immense treasure of her spiritual doctrine with the readers of Vultus Christi. I came, this evening, upon a non–dated text of Mother Mectilde de Bar, edited by Mère Marie–Véronique Andral in Catherine de Bar, Itinéraire spirituel.  The text, entitled Un écrit sur l’oraison [Writing on Prayer] reveals Mother Mectilde’s own experience of prayer. She speaks of three annihilations through which the soul must pass before entering into the sacred silence and sweet repose of God.

In the first annihilation the soul is stripped of the desire to feel anything in prayer. Inexorably, this comes through suffering. Mother Mectilde says that if one knew what awaited the soul at this crossroads, one wouldn’t have the courage even to set out towards it. Mother Mectilde then speaks of a second annihilation in which one is stripped of inward thoughts and feelings. Whereas formerly one could, at least, think about God, in this state all such thoughts vanish and the mere formulation of a prayer seems to require an impossible effort. The third annihilation is the stripping away of every delight, consolation, and support. One finds oneself in complete darkness without even being able to feel the faintest Godward movement of the soul. One is tempted to stop praying altogether. Prayer seems a waste of time, an utterly fruitless exercise, a delusion. One feels nothing, grasps nothing, and begins to wonder if anything of one’s prayer has ever been real.

After these three strippings away, Mother Mectilde assures us that the soul enters into God’s own sacred silence. Although the way into the silence of God is fraught with interior sufferings and bitterness of spirit, God allows the soul to experience, ever so faintly, the occasional taste of His sweetness, lest one be overwhelmed by the darkness. Mother Mectilde writes from the perspective of one who, having lived through (and died through) these successive strippings away, has entered into the silence of God.  Here, then, is her text as I translated it:

Not in Feelings

It seems to me, according to my little knowledge and experience, that a soul whom God wishes to lead into interior silence must pass through three ways. . . . As I see it, the soul must enter first into the annihilation of the outward sensibility and be in a state of having no relish for feeling anything. Without this, one will taste [only] very imperfectly the sacred repose and silence of the soul in the course of which God acts. To arrive at this, experience teaches us how fitting it is that one should suffer. So true is this that I doubt that this one or that one who talks about the sweet and sacred repose of the soul in God, would, if he knew [what he is talking about] have courage enough to set out in pursuit of it.

Nor in Thoughts

But entrance into the second degree, which is the annihilation of the views and sentiments of the interior sensibility, requires suffering of quite another sort.

Nor in Any Delight or Support of the Soul

In the third degree, or annihilation, into which the soul must enter, if God were not to take away from the soul all the delights and all the support that one derives from one’s own lights and from the affections of the will [to love, according to Saint Thomas, is to will the good] and other dispositions, I do not know how the soul would ever get through it. Temptations in this regard are extreme, and there are strange difficulties concerning apprehensions over losing the time by which one enters into a state that is so dark to the spirit.

A Certain Fleeting Sweetness

The soul, then, having arrived at these strippings away, and being, as it were, all annihilated in God, enters into this sacred silence, the beginnings of which, though they be arduous, are mingled with the sweetnesses of a certain felt experience of the presence of God in the soul.

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Regnum Christi

Jesus, His Way
Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Father Scott Reilly, LC


Mark 8:22-26

When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on him and asked, "Do you see anything?" Looking up he replied, "I see people looking like trees and walking." Then he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. Then he sent him home and said, "Do not even go into the village."

Introductory Prayer:Lord, I believe you are leading me, but sometimes I sense insecurity creeping within me. So I renew my confidence in you once more. I know that you can desire only what is good for me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. In return, take my love and my desire to please you in everything.
Petition: Deepen my humility and increase my trust in you, dear Jesus!

1. Jesus Leads: From the very get-go, we push ahead for self-sufficiency. Think of a little child who strives to walk by himself, without his parents helping him keep his balance. In the spiritual life, it’s the opposite: We need to reach out to Christ for guidance, support and strength. Admitting our faults can be a humbling, but fruitful experience. Pride prevents us from doing this gracefully, but––have faith––if we do, Jesus will unleash his power within our lives. “Holiness is not in one exercise or another, it consists in a disposition of the heart, which renders us humble and little in the hands of God, conscious of our weakness but confident, even daringly confident, in his fatherly goodness” (St. Therese of Lisieux).

2. Patience, God has a Plan: “I want it now” is a modern cliché. Our wanting it now, though, doesn’t always work with God. His plan is a plan for our greater good—even if it isn’t our plan. The blind man’s sight wasn’t healed instantly, but gradually. How we want to be holy now and never return to the valley of filth and pride! Yet we seem to fall again and again. Holiness is always a work in progress, but that doesn’t faze Jesus. He knows the power his grace can work in our lives. Simply turn your difficulties over to him and keep trying. Our failures teach us to be humble, and this can only bring us closer to God. “This I know very well: although I should have on my soul all the crimes that could be committed, I would lose none of my confidence; rather, I would hasten, with my heart broken into pieces by sorrow, to cast myself into the arms of my Savior. I know how greatly he loved the prodigal son; I have marked his words to Mary Magdalene, to the adulterous woman, to the Samaritan. No, no one could make me afraid, because I know to whom to cling by reason of his love and mercy. I know that all this multitude of offenses would disappear in the twinkling of an eye, as a drop in a roaring furnace” (St. Therese of Lisieux).

3. Humble Jesus: He tells the man not to go into the village. Is Jesus afraid or in a hurry? No, his humility simply beckons him to move on quietly without anyone knowing. Jesus is fascinated with humility and thus practices it. We, on the other hand, love to get the credit; we crave recognition. Simply enter a professional office and behold the recognition plaques lining the walls like wallpaper. Jesus had no plaques; he had only a reputation of doing good deeds. He teaches us the power of purity of intention, which shuns any type of self-aggrandizement.  

Conversation with Christ: Jesus, help me to abandon myself to your care; I trust in you completely. Knowing that I am weak and you are my strength gives me confidence. Help me to keep in mind that I am little and you are great. You are the one who deserves the glory, and you ought to be the protagonist in my life. Help me to go about quietly doing good like you.

Resolution: I will make an act of charity, praying, “Jesus, I do this only because I want to prove my love for you.”

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  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Mark 8
22 And they came to Bethsaida; and they bring to him a blind man, and they besought him that he would touch him. Et veniunt Bethsaidam, et adducunt ei cæcum, et rogabant eum ut illum tangeret. και ερχεται εις βηθσαιδαν και φερουσιν αυτω τυφλον και παρακαλουσιν αυτον ινα αυτου αψηται
23 And taking the blind man by the hand, he led him out of the town; and spitting upon his eyes, laying his hands on him, he asked him if he saw any thing. Et apprehensa manu cæci, eduxit eum extra vicum : et exspuens in oculos ejus impositis manibus suis, interrogavit eum si quid videret. και επιλαβομενος της χειρος του τυφλου εξηγαγεν αυτον εξω της κωμης και πτυσας εις τα ομματα αυτου επιθεις τας χειρας αυτω επηρωτα αυτον ει τι βλεπει
24 And looking up, he said: I see men as it were trees, walking. Et aspiciens, ait : Video homines velut arbores ambulantes. και αναβλεψας ελεγεν βλεπω τους ανθρωπους οτι ως δενδρα ορω περιπατουντας
25 After that again he laid his hands upon his eyes, and he began to see, and was restored, so that he saw all things clearly. Deinde iterum imposuit manus super oculos ejus : et cœpit videre : et restitutus est ita ut clare videret omnia. ειτα παλιν επεθηκεν τας χειρας επι τους οφθαλμους αυτου και εποιησεν αυτον αναβλεψαι και αποκατεσταθη και ενεβλεψεν τηλαυγως απαντας
26 And he sent him into his house, saying: Go into thy house, and if thou enter into the town, tell nobody. Et misit illum in domum suam, dicens : Vade in domum tuam : et si in vicum introieris, nemini dixeris. και απεστειλεν αυτον εις [τον] οικον αυτου λεγων μηδε εις την κωμην εισελθης μηδε ειπης τινι εν τη κωμη

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22. And he comes to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man to him, and besought him to touch him.
23. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
26. And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

GLOSS. After the feeding of the multitude, the Evangelist proceeds to the giving sight to the blind, saying, And they come to Bethsaida, and they bring a blind man to him, and besought him to touch him.

BEDE; Knowing that the touch of the Lord could give sight to a blind man as well as cleanse a leper. It goes on, And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town.

THEOPHYL. For Bethsaida appears to have been infected with much infidelity, wherefore the Lord reproaches it, Woe to you, Bethsaida, for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. He then takes out of the town the blind man, who had been brought to Him, for the faith of those who brought him was not true faith. It goes on; And when he had spit in his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

PSEUD-CHRYS. He spat indeed, and put His hand upon the blind man, because He wished to show that wonderful are the effects of the Divine word added to action; for the hand is the symbol of working, but the spittle, of the word proceeding out of the mouth. Again He asked him whether he could see any thing, which he had not done in the case of any whom He had healed, thus showing that by the weak faith of those who brought him, and of the blind man himself, his eyes could not altogether be opened.

Wherefore there follows: And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees walking; because he was still under the influence of unfaithfulness, he said that he saw men obscurely.

BEDE; Seeing indeed the shapes of bodies amongst the shadows, but unable to distinguish the outlines of the limbs, from the continued darkness of his sight; just as trees standing thick together are wont to appear to men who see them from afar, or by the dim light of the night, so that it cannot easily he known whether they be trees or men.

THEOPHYL. But the reason why he did not see at once perfectly, but in part, was, that he had not perfect faith; for healing is bestowed in proportion to faith.

PSEUDO-CHRYS. From the commencement, however, of the return of his senses, he leads him to apprehend things by faith, and thus makes him see perfectly; wherefore it goes on, After that, he put his hands again upon his eyes, and he began to see, and afterwards he adds, And he was restored, and saw all things clearly; that is, being perfectly healed in his senses and his intellect.

It goes on: And he sent him away to his house, saying, Go in to your home, and if you enter in to the town, tell it not to anyone.

THEOPHYL. These precepts he gave him, because they were unfaithful, as has been said, lest perchance he should receive hurt in his soul from them, and they by their unbelief should run into a more grievous crime.

BEDE; Or else, he leaves an example to His disciples that they should not seek for popular favor by the miracles which they did. Mystically, however, Bethsaida is interpreted 'the house of time valley,' that is, the world, which is the vale of tears. Again, they bring to the Lord a blind man, that is, one who neither sees what he has been, what he is, nor what he is to be. They ask Him to touch him, for what is being touched, but feeling compunction?

BEDE; For the Lord touches us, when He enlightens our minds with the breath of His Spirit, and he stirs us up that we may recognize our own infirmity, and be diligent in good actions. He takes the hand of the blind man, that He may strengthen him to the practice of good works.

PSEUDO-JEROME; And He brings him out of the town, that is, out of the neighborhood of the wicked; and lie puts spittle into his eyes, that he may see the will of God, by the breath of the Holy Ghost; and putting His hands upon him, He asked him if he could see, because by the works of the Lord His majesty is seen.

BEDE; Or else, putting spittle into the eyes of the blind man, he hays His hands upon him that he may see, because He has wiped away the blindness of the human race both by invisible gifts, and by the Sacrament of His assumed humanity; for the spittle, proceeding from the Head, points out the grace of the Holy Ghost. But though by one word He could cure the man wholly and all at once, still He cures him by degrees, that He may show the greatness of the blindness of man, which can hardly, and only as it were step by step, be restored to light; and He exhibits to us His grace, by which He furthers each step towards perfection. Again, whoever is weighed down by a blindness of such long continuance, that he is unable to distinguish between good and evil, sees as it were men like trees walking, because he sees the deeds of the multitude without the light of discretion.

PSEUDO-JEROME; Or else, he sees men as trees, because he thinks all men higher than himself. But He put His hands again upon his eyes, that he might see all things clearly, that is, understand invisible things by visible, and with the eye of a pure mind contemplate, what the eye has not seen, the glorious state of his own soul after the rust of sin. He sent him to his home, that is, to his heart; that he might see in himself things which he had not seen before; for a man despairing of salvation does not think that he can do at all what, when enlightened, he can easily accomplish.

THEOPHYL. Or else, after He has healed him He sends him to his home; for the home of every one of us heaven, and the mansions which are there.

PSEUDO-JEROME. And He says to him, If thou enter into the town, tell it not to any one, that is, relate continually to your neighbors your blindness, but never tell them of your virtue.

Catena Aurea Mark 8
29 posted on 02/19/2014 5:39:16 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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Healing of the Blind Man

Duccio di Buoninsegna

Tempera on wood, 43 x 45 cm
National Gallery, London

30 posted on 02/19/2014 5:39:44 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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Homily of the Day

Jesus always shows compassion on the sick and has done countless miracles, healing them of their diseases. In today’s Gospel, he again is moved with pity on a blind man. He performs this miracle outside the village, away from the crowd, so as not to attract attention to himself, not to be admired, not to be glorified by the people.  But Christ performs a miracle to increase the faith of the people especially of the person who receives the healing.

Do not think that Christ came mainly to heal our illnesses. Often, he does heal us when we are sick but this is only a sign of the power he has over any kind of evil. For there is a more serious illness than that of the body and that is the illness of the spirit, meaning sin. We are all quick to ask Christ to heal us when we are physically ill, but we rarely ask him to heal us of our sinfulness. Maybe we are comfortable with our sins and do not seriously want to change. But if we do want healing, we need only to approach Christ and beg for his healing.

It is interesting to note that Christ uses his spittle in this healing. The spittle comes from the mouth where speech comes from, where the word comes from. Today, Jesus heals our wounds of sin with his Word. That is why it is so vital for us to listen to his Word when it is proclaimed. Listening to Christ’s Word has the power to heal us.

In several of his healings, Christ touches the sick. We may think that it would have been amazing if we had lived in Christ’s time so we could touch him physically, but this does not have to be. We are in fact more fortunate than those who actually saw Christ because now we do not need to touch him physically to be healed. As long as we have faith in Christ, we are already touching him. Let us allow him to hold our hand as he did with this blind man and lead us to salvation from our sins.

31 posted on 02/19/2014 7:55:46 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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"A second time Jesus laid hands on His eyes." —Mark 8:25

Jesus took the blind man outside the village, put spittle on his eyes, "laid His hands on him, and asked, 'Can you see anything?' The man opened his eyes and said, 'I can see people but they look like walking trees!' Then a second time Jesus laid hands on his eyes, and he saw perfectly; his sight was restored and he could see everything clearly" (Mk 8:23-25).

Is your spiritual sight clouded? Jesus may have already laid His hands on you through Baptism and Confirmation, but you still may be out of touch with reality. We Christians may be even blind to being blind — having blinded ourselves by sin (Is 29:9; 1 Jn 2:11). Like the blind man in today's Gospel reading, we need Jesus to lay hands on us a second time. We need a renewal of our Baptisms and Confirmations. We need to confess our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Then our spiritual sight will be restored (Mk 8:25). We will "see everything clearly" and perfectly (Mk 8:25). We will more clearly see Jesus' will for us, and eventually see Him face to face in the eternal light of heaven (1 Cor 13:12). Come to Jesus a second time.

Prayer: Father, I will not stay another moment in sin. I will walk in Your light (1 Jn 1:7).
Promise: "Looking after orphans and widows in their distress and keeping oneself unspotted by the world make for pure worship without stain before our God and Father." —Jas 1:27
Praise: Juanita regularly gives large amounts of money to finance the spread of the gospel.

32 posted on 02/19/2014 7:57:41 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Is the truncating monster back? Happens every FReepathon — or so it seems.

33 posted on 02/19/2014 8:11:08 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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40 Years after Roe vs. Wade, ordinary people are praying for an end to this legalized killing.

34 posted on 02/19/2014 8:18:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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