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Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,09-20-13,OM, Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gon,Paul Chong Ha-sang. Martyrs
USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-20-13 | Revised New American Bible

Posted on 09/19/2013 8:04:06 PM PDT by Salvation

September 20, 2013

 

Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

 

 

Reading 1 1 Tm 6:2c-12

Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm PS 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Why should I fear in evil days
when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
the abundance of their riches is their boast.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough
to remain alive always and not see destruction.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Fear not when a man grows rich,
when the wealth of his house becomes great,
For when he dies, he shall take none of it;
his wealth shall not follow him down.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,
“They will praise you for doing well for yourself,”
He shall join the circle of his forebears
who shall never more see light.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Gospel Lk 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.



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

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From: 1 Timothy 6:2c-12

False Teachers Described


[2] Teach and urge these duties. [3] If any one teaches otherwise and does not
agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which ac-
cords with godliness, [4] he is puffed up with conceit, he knows nothing; he has
a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words, which produce
envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, [5] and wrangling among men who
are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means
of gain. [6] There is great gain in godliness with contentment; [7] for we brought
nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; [8] but if
wehave food and clothing, with these we shall be content. [9] But those who de-
sire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful
desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. [10] For the love of money is
the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from
the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.

An Appeal to Defend the Faith


[11] But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. [12] Fight the good fight of the faith; take
hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good con-
fession in the presence of many witnesses.

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Commentary:

1-2. It is reckoned that approximately half the population of Ephesus were slaves;
so it is reasonable to assume that a sizable proportion of the Christians there
were slaves.

The Apostle does not tackle the social problem of slavery in a direct way; this
does not mean that he was happy about the situation; he simply felt it was more
urgent to make people appreciate the intrinsic dignity of all men and their equali-
ty in the order of grace (cf. Gal 3:29). Slaves too have been redeemed by Christ
and called to be holy; therefore, upright conduct is required of them as of others
(for other Pauline texts touching on slavery see, for example, Eph 6:5-9; Col 3:
22-4:1; Tit 2:9-10; Philem 8-21 and the notes on same).

St Paul provides two criteria to guide slaves in their dealings with others—aposto-
late and fraternity. For many pagans the example of their slaves was their only
way of learning about Christianity; therefore slaves should act in a way that reflec-
ted their faith and their Christian formation (v. 1). If their masters were believers,
the fraternity between master and slave should not lessen the slaves’ obligations:
they should fulfill these obligations out of a deep sense of Christian love. If this
policy is applied, the whole social structure will become imbued with a Christian
spirit and eventually the permanent abolition of slavery will come about, for “the
ferment of the Gospel has aroused and continues to arouse in the hearts of men
an unquenchable thirst for human dignity” (Vatican II, “Gaudium Et Spes”, 26).

See also the note on Col 3:22 - 4:1.

3-10. What he has to say about unmasking false teachers shows he is writing
from long experience. He twice describes them as knowing nothing. Their inten-
tions are wrong, because they seek only personal gain (v. 5); the reason why
they cause controversy and are forever arguing is to distract attention from their
defects and lack of true wisdom (v. 4).

“Sound words”: words which bring spiritual health, words of salvation (cf. note
on 1:8-10). “The sacred words [words of salvation] of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v.
3): this phrase, and the quotation from Luke 10:7 in 1 Timothy 5:18, give grounds
for thinking that at the time this letter was written there was in circulation among
the Christians of Ephesus, a written Gospel, specifically that of St Luke. However,
there is no other evidence to support this theory. The Apostle could be referring
to words of our Lord accurately passed on in oral teaching.

“Teaching which accords with godliness” (v. 3). The term “eusebeia” (”pietas”),
godliness/religion/piety, which appears in the New Testament only in the Second
Epistle of St Peter and in the Pastoral Epistles, has a broad meaning. Some-
times it refers to Christian doctrine, not in the sense of abstract truths but as a
revelation of God to man. Sometimes it means “religion” (cf. 1 Tim 6:54, where
it is translated as “godliness”). In this passage (v. 3) it is the same as “revealed
truth” insofar as revealed truth is our link with God; if one does not accept the
truth, one breaks that link; if one makes use of it for financial gain one perverts
its inner meaning.

10. “The love of money is the root of all evils”: probably a proverb accepted even
by pagans of the time, particularly the more educated ones. Christians were well
aware of the harmful effects of greed (cf. 1 Jn 2:17 and note). St Paul uses this
memorable phrase to get at the false teachers: the root cause of all their errors
is their greed for possessions. It is clearly a perverted thing to do to turn godli-
ness, religion, into a way of making money (v. 5). Those who try to satisfy this
ambition will end up unhappy and wretched.

“It hurts you to see that some use the technique of speaking about the Cross of
Christ only so as to climb and obtain promotion. They are the same people who
regard nothing as clean unless it coincides with their own particular standards.
All the more reason, then, for you to persevere in the rectitude of your intentions,
and to ask the Master to grant you the strength to say: ‘Non mea voluntas, sed
tua fiat!—Lord, may I fulfill your Holy Will with love’”(St. J. Escriva, “Furrow”, 352).

These severe warnings show how much St Paul suffers over the harm being done.
“For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, live as
enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil 3:18). Good teachers, on the contrary, are
content with food and a roof over their head (v. 8); detachment has always been
a pre-condition of apostolic effectiveness: “The spirit of poverty and charity is the
glory and witness of the Church of Christ” (Vatican II, “Gaudium Et Spes”, 88).

11-16. The letter’s final piece of advice is given with special solemnity. There are
two reasons for constancy in the fight (v. 12): the call to eternal life, and fidelity
to the confession of faith made at Baptism. The second obligation, to keep what
is commanded (v. 14), is urged with an appeal to the presence of two witnesses
—God the Father, and Jesus Christ (v. 13), who firmly proclaimed his kingship to
Pontius Pilate.

There is a very close connection between perseverance and the eternal sove-
reignty of God (v. 16): “The eternity of God”, St Bernard teaches, “is the source
of perseverance [...]. Who hopes and perseveres in love but he who imitates the
eternity of his charity? Truly, perseverance reflects eternity in some way; only to
perseverance is eternity granted or, to put it better, only perseverance obtains
eternity for man” (”Book of Consideration”, 5, 14).

11. “Man of God”: this expression was used in the Old Testament of men who
performed some special God-given mission—for example, Moses (Deut 33:1; Ps
40:1), Samuel (1 Sam 9:6-7); Elijah and Elisha(1 Kings 17:18; 2 Kings 4:7, 27,
42). In the Pastoral Epistles (cf. also 2 Tim 3:17) it is applied to Timothy insofar
as ordination has conferred on him a ministry in the Church. Through ordination
“the priest is basically a consecrated man, a ‘man of God’ (1 Tim 6:11) [...]. The
ministerial priesthood in the people of God is something more than a holy public
office exercised on behalf of the community: it is primarily a configuration, a sa-
cramental and mysterious transformation of the person of the man-priest into the
person of Christ himself, the only mediator (cf. 1 Tim 2:5)” (A. del Portillo, “On
Priesthood”, pp. 44-45).

“Fight the good fight”: St Paul often uses military comparisons to describe the
Christian life (cf., e.g., 2 Cor 10:3-6; Eph 6:10-17; Col 1:29; 2 Tim 2:3; 4:7), and
they have found their way into the ascetical tradition of the Church (cf. note on
1 Tim 1:17-19). Here and in 2 Timothy he is referring more to keeping the truth
unsullied, and to preaching: the “good fight of the faith” is of great importance to
everyone.

“Confession in the presence of many witnesses”: in addition to the day of his con-
secration (cf. 1 Tim 4:14), Timothy would have often had occasion to make public
confession of his faith. However, this phrase is couched in such formal terms that
it seems to refer rather to the profession of faith which has been made at Baptism
ever since the early years of the Church (cf. Acts 2:38-41).

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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.


3 posted on 09/19/2013 8:10:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Luke 8:1-3

The Holy Women


[1] Soon afterward He (Jesus) went on through cities and villages, preaching and
bringing the Good News of the Kingdom of God. And the Twelve were with Him,
[2] and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary,
called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, [3] and Joanna, the
wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for
them out of their means.

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Commentary:

1-3. The Gospel refers a number of times to women accompanying our Lord. Here
St. Luke gives us the names of three of them—Mary, called Magdalene, to whom
the risen Christ appeared beside the Holy Sepulchre (John 20:11-18; Mark 16:9);
Joanna, a lady of some position, whom we also meet among the women who
went to the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection (Luke 24:10), and Susanna,
whom the Gospel does not mention again. The role of these women consisted in
helping Jesus and His disciples out of their own resources, thereby showing their
gratitude for what Christ had done for them, and in cooperating in His ministry.

Men and women enjoy equal dignity in the Church. Within the context of that
equality, women certainly have specific characteristics which must necessarily
be reflected in their role in the Church: “All the baptized, men and women alike,
share equally in the dignity, freedom and responsibility of the children of God....
Women are called to bring to the family, to society and to the Church, charac-
teristics which are their own and which they alone can give—their gentle warmth
and untiring generosity, their love for detail, their quick-wittedness and intuition,
their simple and deep piety, their constancy.... A woman’s femininity is genuine
only if she is aware of the beauty of this contribution for which there is no substi-
tute —and if she incorporates it into her own life” ([Blessed] J. Escriva, “Conversa-
tions”, 14 and 87).

The Gospel makes special reference to the generosity of these women. It is nice
to know that our Lord availed Himself of their charity, and that they responded to
Him with such refined and generous detachment that Christian women feel filled
with a holy and fruitful envy (cf. [St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 981).

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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

1 Timothy 6:2-12 ©

This is what you are to teach the brothers to believe and persuade them to do. Anyone who teaches anything different, and does not keep to the sound teaching which is that of our Lord Jesus Christ, the doctrine which is in accordance with true religion, is simply ignorant and must be full of self-conceit – with a craze for questioning everything and arguing about words. All that can come of this is jealousy, contention, abuse and wicked mistrust of one another; and unending disputes by people who are neither rational nor informed and imagine that religion is a way of making a profit. Religion, of course, does bring large profits, but only to those who are content with what they have. We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it; but as long as we have food and clothing, let us be content with that. People who long to be rich are a prey to temptation; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and dangerous ambitions which eventually plunge them into ruin and destruction. ‘The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith, and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds.

  But, as a man dedicated to God, you must avoid all that. You must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses.


Psalm

Psalm 48:6-10,17-20 ©

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Why should I fear in evil days

  the malice of the foes who surround me,

men who trust in their wealth,

  and boast of the vastness of their riches?

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

For no man can buy his own ransom,

  or pay a price to God for his life.

The ransom of his soul is beyond him.

  He cannot buy life without end,

  nor avoid coming to the grave.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Then do not fear when a man grows rich,

  when the glory of his house increases.

He takes nothing with him when he dies,

  his glory does not follow him below.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Though he flattered himself while he lived:

  ‘Men will praise me for all my success,’

yet he will go to join his fathers,

  who will never see the light any more.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Gospel Acclamation

Ps94:8

Alleluia, alleluia!

Harden not your hearts today,

but listen to the voice of the Lord.

Alleluia!

Or

Mt11:25

Alleluia, alleluia!

Blessed are you, Father,

Lord of heaven and earth,

for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom

to mere children.

Alleluia!


Gospel

Luke 8:1-3 ©

Jesus made his way through towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and several others who provided for them out of their own resources.


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Pray with Pope Benedict

Audience: Pope continues catechesis on Church as our Mother
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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:  II 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 Sorrowful Mysteries
(Tuesdays and Fridays)
1. The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46) [Spiritual fruit - God's will be done]
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26, Mark 15:15, John 19:1) [Spiritual fruit - Mortification of the senses]
3. The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-30, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:2) [Spiritual fruit - Reign of Christ in our heart]
4. The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:17) [Spiritual fruit - Patient bearing of trials]
5. The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:22-39, Luke 23:33-49, John 19:17-37) [Spiritual fruit - Pardoning of Injuries]

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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
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From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

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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.


12 posted on 09/19/2013 8:29:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Our Blessed Lady's Sorrows

Sea of Sorrow

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

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

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

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

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

Novena Prayer To Our Sorrowful Mother

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

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

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

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

Litany of the Seven Sorrows

For private use only.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Stabat mater dolorosa
iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.

Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.

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

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

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

Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?

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

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriendo desolatum,
dum emisit spiritum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer To Our Lady of Sorrows, by St. Bridget

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

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

Saint Alphonsus Liguori's Prayer To The Mother Of Sorrows

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


 

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13 posted on 09/19/2013 8:29:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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September 2013

Pope's Intentions

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

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

14 posted on 09/19/2013 8:30:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Daily Gospel Commentary

Friday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day
Blessed John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005
Speech of 29/04/1979 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

"Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women"

It is particularly moving to meditate on the attitude of Jesus to woman. He showed himself to be bold and surprising for those times in which woman was considered in paganism an object of pleasure, of possession and of labor, and was subordinated and humiliated in Judaism. Jesus always showed the greatest esteem and the greatest respect for woman, for every woman, and in particular he was sensitive to female suffering. Going beyond the religious and social barriers of the time, Jesus re-established woman in her full dignity as a human person before God and before men.

How could we fail to recall his meetings with Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42), with the Samaritan women (Jn 4:1-42), with the widow of Naim (Lk 7:11-17), with the adulterous woman (Jn 8:3-9), with the woman who suffered from a haemorrhage (Mt 9:20-22), with the sinner at the house of Simon the Pharisee (Lk 7:36-50)? A mere enumeration of them stirs our hearts. And how could we fail to recall, above all, that Jesus willed to associate some women with the Twelve (Lk 8:2-3)? They accompanied him and served him, and were of comfort to him during the painful way to the Cross. And after the resurrection Jesus appeared to the holy women and to Mary Magdalen, bidding her announce his Resurrection to the disciples (Mt 28:8). Jesus, wishing to become incarnate and enter our human history, willed to have a Mother, Mary, and thus raised woman to the highest and most wonderful peak of dignity, the Mother of God Incarnate, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of the Assumption, Queen of Heaven and of Earth.

Therefore, you Christian women, like Mary Magdalen and the other women of the Gospel, must proclaim, testify that Christ really rose again, that he is our only true consolation! So look after your interior life of meditation and prayer.


15 posted on 09/19/2013 8:35:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Friday, September 20, 2013
Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, Martyr, Paul Chong Hasang, Martyr and Their Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Timothy 6:2-12
Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20
Luke 8:1-3

Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.

-- St Lucy


16 posted on 09/19/2013 8:36:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Just A Minute Just A Minute (Listen)
Some of EWTN's most popular hosts and guests in a collection of one minute inspirational messages. A different message each time you click.

17 posted on 09/19/2013 8:42:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Angelus 

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

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

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

Hail Mary . . . 

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

Hail Mary . . . 


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

Let us pray: 

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

Amen. 


18 posted on 09/19/2013 8:42:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Where is the daily thread discussing calling out the evil Jesuits in our midst?

This week:
We don’t need salvation to go to heaven
Shut up about infanticide and homos

Stand up and take the Church away from the Jesuits! If you do not you are a COWARD and will be judged so!


19 posted on 09/19/2013 9:28:44 PM PDT by SteelTrap
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Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest & Martyr & Saint Paul Chong Ha-sang, Martyr & Their Companions, Martrys

Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon,
Priest & Martyr
&
Saint Paul Chong Ha-sang,
Martyr
& Their Companions, Martrys
Memorial
September 20th

Collect:
O God, who have been pleased to increase
your adopted children in all the world,
and who made the blood of the Martyrs
Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon and his companions
a most fruitful seed of Christians,
grant that we may be defended by their help
and profit always from their example.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

First Reading: Wisdom 3:1-9
But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be an affliction, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble.

They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them for ever.

Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his elect, and he watches over his holy ones.


or Romans 8:31b-39

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:23-26
Jesus said to all, "If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake, he will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.


21 posted on 09/20/2013 6:53:45 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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St Andrew Kim Taegon and the glorious, immortal martyrs of Korea
St. Andrew Kim Taegon, St. Paul Chong Hasang [and Companions] Korean Martyrs
22 posted on 09/20/2013 6:57:46 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Information: St. Andrew Kim Taegon

Feast Day: September 20

Born: August 21, 1821

Died: September 16, 1846

Canonized: 6 May 1984 by Pope John Paul II

Major Shrine: Chŏltusan (Martyr's Mound), Seoul, South Korea

Patron of: Korean Clergy

23 posted on 09/20/2013 7:02:36 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Andrew Kim Taegon and St. Paul Chong Hasang


Feast Day: September 20
Born: (around) 1800 :: Died: 1846

St. Andrew Kim Taegon was born in Korea and came from a very noble family.

Christianity reached Korea in the seventeenth century and was brought there by lay people. The believers became strong in their faith by reading and listening to the Word of God and began to grow in number.

Andrew's parents who were earlier non-Christians converted and became Christians. Andrew was baptized when he was 15 years old and soon after, his father died as a martyr for the faith.

Missionary priests came from France and the Korean people began to receive the sacraments of the Church. Andrew traveled about 1,300 miles to Macao, which had the nearest seminary so he could study to become a priest.

The Government did not want Christianity to spread and began to trouble and torture the Christians.

A total of 113 Koreans & missionaries were killed between 1839 and 1867. St. Andrew was the first Korean to become a priest and first priest to die for the faith in Korea just a year after his ordination. That made him the leader of the Martyrs of Korea.

St. Paul Chong Hasang another Korean Catholic was a layperson and Catechist who also courageously died for the love for Christ.

These two martyrs gloriously represent the 113 Catholics who died for their faith in Korea. They were proclaimed saints by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Korea in 1984.

Today the Church is growing fast in Korea. The gift of faith is being received because of the sacrifice of the martyrs who showed them the way.


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Catholic Almanac

Friday, September 20

Liturgical Color: Red

Today is the Memorial of St. Andrew
Kim Taegon, priest and martyr, St. Paul
Chong Hasang, martyr, and their
companions. They are among the 103
Martyrs of Korea, killed in Korea from
1839-1867, because of their Catholic
faith.

25 posted on 09/20/2013 7:13:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Catholic Culture

   

               

Daily Readings for: September 20, 2013
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: O God, who have been pleased to increase your adopted children in all the world, and who made the blood of the Martyrs Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon and his companions a most fruitful seed of Christians, grant that we may be defended by their help and profit always from their example. 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    Beef and Mushroom Kebab

ACTIVITIES

o    Fourteen Holy Helpers

PRAYERS

o    Litany of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

LIBRARY

o    Ecclesia in Asia | Pope John Paul II

Ordinary Time: September 20th

Memorial of St. Andrew Kim, priest and martyr, St. Paul Chong, martyr, and Companions, martyrs

Old Calendar: St. Eustace and His Companions, martyrs

During the 17th century the Christian faith was brought to Korea through the zeal of lay persons. From the very beginning these Christians suffered terrible persecutions and many suffered martyrdom during the 19th century. Today's feast honors a group of 103 martyrs. Notable of these were Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean priest, and the lay apostle, Paul Chong Hasang. Also among the Korean martyrs were three bishops and seven priests, but for the most part they were heroic laity, men and women, married and single of all ages. They were canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 6, 1984.

Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar today was the feast of St. Eustace and His Companions. He was a martyr whose cult was introduced at Rome in the early Middle Ages.


St. Andrew Kim Taegon and St. Paul Chong Hasang and their companions

This first native Korean priest was the son of Korean converts. His father, Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839 and was beatified in 1925. After baptism at the age of fifteen, Andrew traveled thirteen hundred miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. That same year he crossed the Yellow Sea to Shanghai and was ordained a priest. Back home again, he was assigned to arrange for more missionaries to enter by a water route that would elude the border patrol. He was arrested, tortured and finally beheaded at the Han River near Seoul, the capital. Paul Chong Hasang was a lay apostle and a married man, aged forty-five. Christianity came to Korea during the Japanese invasion in 1592 when some Koreans were baptized, probably by Christian Japanese soldiers. Evangelization was difficult because Korea refused all contact with the outside world except for an annual journey to Beijing to pay taxes. On one of these occasions, around 1777, Christian literature obtained from Jesuits in China led educated Korean Christians to study. A home church began. When a Chinese priest managed to enter secretly a dozen years later, he found four thousand Catholics, none of whom had ever seen a priest. Seven years later there were ten thousand Catholics. Religious freedom came in 1883.

When Pope John Paul II visited Korea in 1984, he canonized Andrew, Paul, ninety-eight Koreans and three French missionaries who had been martyred between 1839 and 1867. Among them were bishops and priests, but for the most part they were laypersons: forty-seven women, forty-five men.

Among the martyrs in 1839 was Columba Kim, an unmarried woman of twenty-six. She was put in prison, pierced with hot awls and seared with burning coals. She and her sister Agnes were disrobed and kept for two days in a cell with condemned criminals, but were not molested. After Columba complained about the indignity, no more women were subjected to it. The two were beheaded. A boy of thirteen, Peter Ryou, had his flesh so badly torn that he could pull off pieces and throw them at the judges. He was killed by strangulation. Protase Chong, a forty-one-year-old noble, apostatized under torture and was freed. Later he came back, confessed his faith and was tortured to death.

Today there are approximately four million Catholics in Korea.

Excerpted from the Saint of the Day, Leonard Foley, O.F.M.

Patron: Korean clergy.

Symbols: Palm frond (for martyrdom); martyr's crown.

Things to Do:


St. Eustace and His Companions

The charming legend of Saint Eustace tells how a Roman general named Placidus was once out hunting. He pursued a noble stag, which suddenly turned and approached him. Between the stag's antlers Placidus saw a crucifix. A voice was calling him by name.

The hunter himself had been caught. The vision converted Placidus. He changed his name to Eustace, and gave away much of his money.

The saint still felt able to serve the Roman emperor. Taking up his command again, he led the legions to great victories. By this time his family had become Christian too, and all four of them — Eustace, his wife Theopista, and his sons Agapetus and Theopestus — refused to make sacrifices to pagan gods in the celebrations following his own victories.

All four were accordingly put to death in a bizarre fashion. They were taken to the colosseum in Rome, encased in a bronze bull, and roasted to death.

Although these events are supposed to have taken place around the year 118, no account of Saint Eustace and his family has been found prior to the seventh century. Yet he became one of the most popular saints in the middle ages, celebrated in prose and poetry as well as in art and popular devotion. Eustace is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and he is venerated as the patron of hunters.

Excerpted from the A Calendar of Saints by James Bentley

Patron: against fire; difficult situations; firefighters; hunters; Madrid; torture victims; family troubles.

Symbols: crucifix; stag; oven; white stag on a rock, with a crucifix between antlers; boar spear; hunter's horn; lion; Roman armour; bear, wolf or dog; wicker basket; brazen bull with a fire under it.


26 posted on 09/20/2013 7:42:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Word Among Us

Meditation: 1 Timothy 6:2-12

Saints Andrew Kim Tae-g¨¯n, Priest, Paul Ch¨¯ng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

Religion with contentment is a great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6)

Are you content? It¡¯s a surprisingly complicated question. We love Jesus, but sometimes we feel unfulfilled. We have heard, ¡°The love of money is the root of all evils¡±(1 Timothy 6:10), but it isn¡¯t always about money. Sure, material things like our possessions, food, or recreation can compete for our love. But the desire for recognition, status, or fame can also make us feel dissatisfied.

So what are you longing for? Each of us probably has something that feels just out of reach, and we think that if we had it, we would finally be happy. For some of us, it¡¯s money or material possessions. For others, it¡¯s recognition, popularity, or respect. Whatever it is for you, know that if it becomes a focal point, it can lead you into a trap. We can become envious of those who have what we want. Still yearning for something more, we can stray from the foundation of our faith and mistakenly think that we need Jesus and something else.

Banish this fiction from your mind! All you really need is Jesus. He wants to fill and satisfy you. He wants to give you true and lasting contentment. As you learn how to place the things of the world in their proper context, you will find yourself receiving more from Jesus.

The best way to find this kind of contentment is to bring your attachments to the Lord and ask him to set you free. Remember, you didn¡¯t bring anything into this world, and you won¡¯t take anything out of it. The only thing that will stand the test of time is knowing Christ, knowing who you are in him, and knowing that you have loved and served others. Use your possessions to advance these three goals, and you will please the Lord.

Jesus doesn¡¯t condemn anyone for having riches. But he does warn people who find their security in riches more than in him. His greatest desire is that our hearts be set on things above, not on earthly matters. This is the best way to keep our money and our possessions in the right perspective. It¡¯s also a great way to build the kingdom.

¡°Lord, help me overcome the attachments that keep me from you. Teach me to fix my affections on you and receive the deep contentment of knowing you!¡±

Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20; Luke 8:1-3


27 posted on 09/20/2013 7:45:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Marriage = One Man and One Woman Til' Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for September 20, 2013:

How do you signal each other when you’re ready to leave a party? Does the signal mean say goodbye to the host and leave? Or does it mean, “I’m heading for the door but I’ll probably pass five people on the way and want to have a conversation with each of them.”

28 posted on 09/20/2013 7:49:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Regnum Christi

Love Is Not Snobbish
| SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Taegŏn, priest and martyr and Saint Paul Chŏng Hasang, martyr, and their companions, martyrs

Father David Daly, LC

Luke 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod´s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe that you came into this world to redeem sinners. I hope in you and in your power to transform my soul, by your grace, from sinfulness to holiness. Lord, I love you and offer you the longings of my heart to put you truly first in my life. I want to love you with all my mind, heart, soul and strength.

Petition: Jesus, teach me to live universal charity.

1. “Accompanying Him Were the Twelve.” In this rather commonplace phrase from the Gospel, we perceive Jesus’ universal charity. He chose his twelve apostles from many different backgrounds. Most of them probably would not have been friends were it not for Christ. Matthew was a tax collector; Peter, James and John, fisherman. Judas was more “sophisticated” than the rest. Yet, Jesus called them all to be his closest collaborators. As a result, they would come to cooperate with and appreciate each other. When Christ is at the center of any relationship, differences can not only be overcome, they can become points of strength as well.

2. Mary, Called Magdalene: Not only did he choose men to be his close collaborators, but as the Gospel says there were also “women who provided for him out of their resources.” Jesus assigned them different roles, but he saved and transformed their lives all the same. We think of Mary Magdalene as a close friend of Christ, but we should also remember that he transformed her, with the power of God’s grace, by expelling seven demons from her.

3. The Wife of Herod’s Steward: Another of the women following Jesus was “Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward.” It is amazing to realize that the Gospel took root even in the midst of the fiefdom of Herod, a man who had absolutely no esteem for our Lord. We, then, should never ‘write someone off.’ Prayer, sacrifice, and charity can be effective means for the worst sinner’s conversion. Jesus’ message was capable of inspiring followers in all societal conditions and groupings. Similarly, we are called to build the Kingdom at all levels of our secularized world.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus Christ, you give us the example of unconditional love for each and every person. You do not care what our background is or how many sins we have committed. Your mercy is infinite and everlasting! Thank you for your love. I beg you to teach me to love without limits.

Resolution: I promise to practice universal charity today by being kind to someone with whom I do not ordinarily associate.


29 posted on 09/20/2013 8:28:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Love of Money

by Food For Thought on September 20, 2013 ·

 

Today’s first reading and gospel show us how to live as followers of Jesus Christ where money is concerned. The first reading warns us about love of money. It does not warn us against money and wealth but it is the love of it. In itself, money is neither good nor bad; but it is our addiction to it that sets us off on a perilous journey. When we place money at the center of our lives, we let it become our god. The gospel, on the other hand, tells us of how some women disciples used their financial resources to fund the mission of Jesus. For these women, the purpose of having money is to further the work of Jesus.

Has wealth become the center of my life? Does my attachment to money ever stand in the way of doing what Jesus would wish me to do? How can I use my financial resources to further the work of Jesus?


30 posted on 09/20/2013 8:36:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

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All Issues > Volume 29, Issue 5

<< Friday, September 20, 2013 >> St. Andrew Kim Taegon,
Paul Chong Hasang,
& the Korean Martyrs

 
1 Timothy 6:2-12
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Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20 Luke 8:1-3
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IN GOD WE TRUST

 
"There is, of course, great gain in religion — provided one is content with a sufficiency." —1 Timothy 6:6
 

There are many who have careers in religion. Praise God for these people who faithfully spend their lives to build up the Church! Jesus says that the laborer in His service is worth his keep (Mt 10:10; 1 Cor 9:14). St. Paul even notes that those in religious service who lead and teach well deserve to be paid double (1 Tm 5:17). However, those who gain from the Gospel must be vigilant to conduct themselves in a way that no one would suspect them of only "being in it for the money" (see 2 Tm 3:2).

Our specific call at Presentation Ministries (PM) is to offer the Gospel free of charge. Like St. Paul, we all receive no salary, so those who can't afford it can receive the Gospel (see 1 Thes 2:9). God will provide for our needs when we serve the Gospel for the sake of the truth. The Gospel of the cross demands great personal sacrifice. We believe God will supply all that we need when we serve Him and spread the Gospel in truth (Phil 4:19).

This is part of the reason why PM does not charge subscriptions or set fees for our publications, such as One Bread, One Body, and other services. We trust God to supply our financial needs as long as our hearts are completely set on spreading His Word. Like St. Paul, we do not want to personally gain from our service of the Gospel, lest we be accused of serving God for personal gain (1 Cor 9:15-18). May the Word of God continue to spread and increase! (Acts 12:24)

 
Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank You for those who donate to PM and thus enable many to receive teaching about Your Word.
Promise: "If we have food and clothing we have all that we need." —1 Tm 6:8
Praise: St. Andrew heroically lived for God by travelling many miles to pursue his vocation and by heroically dying for his God.
 
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

31 posted on 09/20/2013 8:39:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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32 posted on 09/20/2013 8:46:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Luke
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Luke 8
1 AND it came to pass afterwards, that he travelled through the cities and towns, preaching and evangelizing the kingdom of God; and the twelve with him: Et factum est deinceps, et ipse iter faciebat per civitates, et castella prædicans, et evangelizans regnum Dei : et duodecim cum illo, και εγενετο εν τω καθεξης και αυτος διωδευεν κατα πολιν και κωμην κηρυσσων και ευαγγελιζομενος την βασιλειαν του θεου και οι δωδεκα συν αυτω
2 And certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary who is called Magdalen, out of whom seven devils were gone forth, et mulieres aliquæ, quæ erant curatæ a spiritibus malignis et infirmatibus : Maria, quæ vocatur Magdalene, de qua septem dæmonia exierant, και γυναικες τινες αι ησαν τεθεραπευμεναι απο πνευματων πονηρων και ασθενειων μαρια η καλουμενη μαγδαληνη αφ ης δαιμονια επτα εξεληλυθει
3 And Joanna the wife of Chusa, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who ministered unto him of their substance. et Joanna uxor Chusæ procuratoris Herodis, et Susanna, et aliæ multæ, quæ ministrabant ei de facultatibus suis. και ιωαννα γυνη χουζα επιτροπου ηρωδου και σουσαννα και ετεραι πολλαι αιτινες διηκονουν αυτοις απο των υπαρχοντων αυταις

33 posted on 09/21/2013 6:34:28 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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1. And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
2. And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
3. And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered to him of their substance.

THEOPHYL. He who descended from heaven, for our example and imitation, gives us a lesson not to be slothful in teaching. Hence it is said, And it came to pass afterward that he went, &c.

GREG. NAZ. For He passes from place to place, that He may not only gain many, but may consecrate many places. He sleeps and labors, that He may sanctify sleep and labor. He weeps, that He may give a value to tears. He preaches heavenly things, that He may exalt His hearers.

TIT BOST. For He who descends from heaven to earth, brings tidings to them that dwell on earth of a heavenly kingdom But who ought to preach the kingdom of heaven? Many prophets came, yet preached not the kingdom of heaven, for how could they pretend to speak of things which they perceived not?

ISID. PELEUS. Now this kingdom of God some think to be higher and better than the heavenly kingdom, but some think it to be one and the same in reality but called by different names; at one time the kingdom of God from Him who reigns, but at another the kingdom of heaven from the Angels and Saints, His subjects, who are said to be of heaven.

THEOPHYL; But like the eagle, enticing its young ones to fly, our Lord, step by step, raises up His disciples to heavenly things. He first of all teaches in the synagogues, and performs miracles. He next chooses twelve whom He names Apostles; He afterwards takes them alone with Him, as He preached throughout the cities and villages, as it follows, And the twelve were with him.

THEOPHYL. Not teaching or preaching, but to be instructed by Him. But lest it should seem that the women were hindered from following Christ, it is added, And certain women which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils.

THEOPHYL; Mary Magdalene is the same of whose repentance, without mention of her name, we have just read. For the Evangelist, when he relates her going with our Lord, rightly distinguishes her by her known name, but when describing the sinner but penitent, He speaks of her generally as a woman; lest the mark of her former guilt should blacken a name of so great report. Out of whom seven devils are reported to have gone, that it might be shown that she was full of all vices.

GREG. For what is understood by the seven devils, but all vices? For since all time is comprehended by seven days, rightly by the number seven is universality represented: Mary therefore had seven devils, for she was full of every kind of vice. It follows, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who ministered to him of their substance.

JEROME; It was a Jewish custom, nor was it thought blamable, according to the ancient manners of that nation, that women should afford of their substance food and clothing to their teachers. This custom, as it might cause offense to the Gentiles, St. Paul relates he had cast off. But these ministered to the Lord of their substance, that He might reap their carnal things, from whom they had reaped spiritual things. Not that the Lord needed the food of His creatures, but that He might set an example to masters, that they ought to be content with food and clothing from their disciples.

THEOPHYL; But Mary is by interpretation, "bitter sea," because of the loud wailing of her penitence; Magdalene, "a tower, or rather belonging to a tower," from the tower of which it is said, you art become my hope, my strong tower from the face of my enemy. Joanna is by interpretation "the Lord her grace," or "the merciful Lord," for from Him comes every thing that we dive upon. But if Mary, cleansed from the corruption of her sins, points to the Church of the Gentiles, why does not Joanna represent the same Church formerly subject to the worship of idols?

For every evil spirit whilst he acts for the devil's kingdom, is as it were Herod's steward. Susanna is interpreted, "a lily," or its grace, because of the fragrance and whiteness of the heavenly life, and the golden heat of inward love.

Catena Aurea Luke 8
34 posted on 09/21/2013 6:34:49 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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Christ in Heaven with Four Saints and a Donor

Domenico Ghirlandaio

c 1492
Tempera on wood, 308 x 199 cm
Pinacoteca Comunale, Volterra

35 posted on 09/21/2013 6:35:12 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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