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  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:27:19 AM PDT · 7 of 7
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  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:22:22 AM PDT · 5 of 7
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    Probably

  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:18:29 AM PDT · 3 of 7
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    Matthew 9

    9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT · 2 of 7
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    Matthew 4

    18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

    19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

    20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

    21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zeb'edee and John his brother, in the boat with Zeb'edee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.

    22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:09:44 AM PDT · 1 of 7
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    Mark 1

    16 And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.

    17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men."

    18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

    19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zeb'edee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.

    20 And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zeb'edee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him.

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/30/2014 7:50:30 AM PDT · 24 of 24
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    Interactive Saints for Kids

    St. Peter Chrysologus

    Feast Day: July 30
    Born: 406 :: Died: 450

    Peter was born in the small town of Imola in Italy. He studied under the guidance of Bishop Cornelius of Imola and was converted to Christianity. When he was ready, he was ordained as a deacon. Even as a boy, Peter understood that a person is truly great only if he can control his passions and put on the spirit of Christ.

    In 433, when the archbishop of Ravenna, Italy, died, Pope St. Leo the Great appointed Peter to take his pace. St. Peter did a very good job as a priest and bishop. He worked hard to get rid of the belief in false gods and false teachings that were still practiced by some pagans in his diocese. And he helped his people grow in faith.

    St. Peter soon became a very famous preacher and he was given the name "Chrysologus" which means "golden word." His sermons or homilies were all short. He was afraid his audience would get bored. These sermons were not especially unusual but his beautiful explanations of the Incarnation, the Creed, the place of Mary and John the Baptist in the great plan of salvation etc. led him to be named Doctor of the Church.

    His messages were more valuable than gold. He preached with such enthusiasm and fire that people listened to him breathlessly. In his sermons, St. Peter urged everyone to receive Jesus often in Holy Communion. He wanted people to understand that the Body of Christ should be the daily food for their souls.

    This good archbishop also worked for the unity of all the members of the Catholic Church. He kept the peace by helping people understand what Catholics believe. St. Peter Chrysologus died on December 2, 450, in his hometown of Imola, Italy.

    Reflection: We pray today that our hearts may always be open to listen to and understand the Word of God.

  • PhD candidate aims to ‘normalize the experiences of abortion providers’

    07/30/2014 7:47:06 AM PDT · 16 of 19
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    GRIEF — not normal. Can’t be done for someone who has killed their baby. They have to go through this process.

  • Euthanasia Movement Defends Pushing People to Starve Themselves to Death

    07/30/2014 7:44:19 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    Salvation to wagglebee

    Why would anyone choose to end their life if they had a strong belief in God’s goodness to help them through their ordeals?

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/30/2014 7:42:15 AM PDT · 23 of 24
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    Information: St. Peter Chrysologus

    Feast Day: July 30

    Born: 406 at Imola, Italy

    Died: 2 December 450 at Imola, Italy

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/30/2014 7:35:23 AM PDT · 22 of 24
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    Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    Saint Peter Chrysologus
    Optional Memorial
    Bishop and Doctor of the Church
    July 30th



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    (406-450) As Bishop of Ravenna, Italy, he was famous for his outstanding skill in preaching (thus the nickname Chrysologus, or "the golden-worded"), for his charities, and for his writings.

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

    Collect:
    O God, who made the Bishop Saint Peter Chrysologus
    an outstanding preacher of your incarnate Word,
    grant, through his intercession,
    that we may constantly ponder in our hearts
    the mysteries of your salvation
    and faithfully express them in what we do.
    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: Ephesians 3:8-12
    To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in him.

    Gospel Reading: Luke 6:43-45
    "For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:39:22 PM PDT · 18 of 24
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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. 

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:38:43 PM PDT · 17 of 24
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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.
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:37:49 PM PDT · 16 of 24
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    "As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live."

    -Saint John Paul II

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:32:31 PM PDT · 15 of 24
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    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Wednesday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time

    Commentary of the day
    Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
    Homily 18 on the Letter to the Hebrews

    "He goes and sells all that he has"

    "Poverty" (it is said) "humbles a man." (Prv 10,4, LXX) And again, Christ says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit." (Mt 5,3)… But will you hear the praises of poverty? Christ sought after it, and says, "The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." (Mt 8,20) And again he said to his disciples: "Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor two coats." (Mt 10,9f.) And his apostle Paul said: "As having nothing and yet possessing all things." (2 Cor 6,10)  And Peter said to him who was lame from his birth: "Silver and gold have I none." (Acts 3,6)… Let no man therefore esteem poverty a cause of disgrace. For if poverty be a virtue, all the wealth of the world is not worth a straw or fleck of dust by comparison with it. If, then, we would enter the kingdom of heaven, let us love poverty. For, he says: "Sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven." (Mt 19,21)…

    Whoever chooses poverty of his own accord is richer even than the king himself. For kings need many things and are in anxiety, but the poor man has enough of everything, and fears about nothing. Who then, tell me, is rich? He who is daily asking, and earnestly laboring to gather much together… or he who enjoys little as though it were great abundance?... For money enslaves. For it is said: "Gifts and presents blind the eyes of the wise" (Si 20,29)… Give away your possessions to the poor, then, follow Christ, and you shall be such as he is... You will hear on that day that blessed voice, saying: "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:29:55 PM PDT · 14 of 24
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    July 2014

    Pope's Intentions

    Universal: That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.

    For Evangelization: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:29:05 PM PDT · 13 of 24
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    Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
     

     

    July Devotion: The Precious Blood 
    Like the Sacred Wounds of Jesus, His Precious Blood deserves special honor because of its close relation to the Sacred Passion. That honor was given to it from the beginning by the Apostles who praised its redeeming power. (Rom. 5:9 "we are justified by His blood"; Heb. 13:12 "and so Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people by His blood, suffered outside the gate"; 1 John 1:7 "and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.") 
    The Church has always held devotion to the Precious Blood in high esteem. We continue to recognize and publicly acknowledge the profound indebtedness of the whole human race to Christ, Priest and Victim. 
    Standing at the foot of the cross, we see Jesus' head, hands, feet, and side pouring out streams of precious blood. It is precious because it: 
    •      Redeems us and atones for our sins. Through His precious blood we are reconciled to God, made one with Him. Death ceases to be death and heaven's gates are opened to us.  
    •      Cleanses us from all sin.  
    •      Preserves us and keeps us safe from the grasp of evil.  When the Father sees us washed in the Blood of the Lamb we are spared.  
    •      Comforts us. It is the constant reminder that Jesus - true God and true man suffered and died to save us and to open heaven to us because He loves us.  
    •      Sanctifies us.  The same blood that justifies by taking away sin, continues to work within us.  Its action gives us the grace to continue on the path toward the Kingdom of God.  It assists us in achieving our new nature, leading us onward in subduing sin and in following the commands of God.  
    Jesus shed His precious blood seven times during His life on earth.  They events were: 
    •      Jesus shed His Blood in the Circumcision  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood whilst praying in the Garden of Olives  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood in the scourging  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood in the crowning with thorns  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood while carrying His cross  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood in the crucifixion  
    •      Jesus shed His Blood and water when His side was pierced 
     
    The Power of the Precious Blood 
    "I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement; You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin's heart into the heart of the Word, and, being vivified by the breath of the Divinity, becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God." (St. Albert the Great)
     

    At their recent meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had continuous Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for "healing and peace."   They encouraged parishes and communities to have ongoing Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  In these dark months of woundedness, pain and violence we need to turn to the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, for healing, peace, and light.  
    "What power we have in the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!  He is there to protect us, to be our refuge and our redemption.  (In Exodus 12, God told Moses to have His chosen people mark their door posts with the blood of an unblemished lamb, during the first Passover. Those who did this were spared when the Angel of the death passed by). This is why Archbishop Sheen said that we must call down the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  For, he warned, when we stop calling down the Blood of the Lamb, we start calling down the blood of each other."  (From our book Bread of Life)      
    "And the Lamb on the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water" (Rev 7:17). 
    "In the tumultuous events of our time, it is important to look to the Eucharist: it must be at the heart of the life of priests and consecrated people; the light and strength of spouses in putting into practice their commitment to fidelity, chastity and the apostolate; the ideal in education and in training children, adolescents and young people; the comfort and support of those who are troubled, of the sick and all who are weeping in the Gethsemane of life."  (Pope John Paul II)  
    Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! 
    "The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night when He went into His agony.  But as often in the history of the church since that time, evil was awake, but the disciples were asleep.  That is why there came out of His anguished and lonely Heart a sigh: 'Could you not watch one hour with Me?'" (Mt 26:40).  Not for an hour of activity did he plead, but for an hour of friendship (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen).  
     
    St. Maria Goretti,  Patroness of Youth & Children of Mary, Feast-July 6 St. Maria of Italy (1890-1902), couldn't wait to make her First Communion.  She wanted to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist so that she could become more beautiful and pure like Him; she wanted Him to live in her, close to her heart.  After she received Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for the first time, she stayed in Church for a long time after Mass to talk to Him. Maria's family lived with and worked for a farmer. His son Alessandro kept trying to make Maria sin against purity.  One day, when everyone else was working, Alessandro grabbed Maria and tried to make her sin.  Maria kept crying out for him to stop, and each time she did, he stabbed her. Courageously,   Maria resisted him and was stabbed fourteen times. St. Maria died the next day.  
    "Look at Maria Goretti....  Like her, be capable of defending your purity of heart and body.  Be committed to the struggle against evil and sin.  Always esteem and love, purity and virginity." (Pope John Paul II, 1990)      
     
    A Prayer for Priests 
    O my God, help those priests who are faithful to remain faithful; to those who are falling, stretch forth Your Divine Hand that they may grasp it as their support.  In the great ocean of Your mercy, lift those poor unfortunate ones who have fallen, that being engulfed therein they may receive the grace to return to Your Great Loving Heart.  Amen.  Precious Blood of Jesus, protect them!
     
    The Eucharist is the fruit of our Lords Passion. Jesus gave up His Body on the cross so that He may give you His Body in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus poured out His very last drop of Blood on the cross so that He may fill you with His Divine Love each time that you receive Him in Holy Communion and visit Him in Eucharistic Adoration! 
    "The Eucharist, in the Mass and outside of the Mass, is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and is therefore deserving of the worship that is given to the living God, and to Him alone" (Pope John Paul II, September 29, 1979, Phoenix Park, Ireland) 
    "The bread and wine, fruit of human hands, transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit into the body and blood of Christ, become a pledge of the 'new heaven and new earth,' announced by the Church in her daily mission." "In Christ, whom we adore present in the mystery of the Eucharist, the father uttered his final word with regard to humanity and human history." "To live the Eucharist, it is necessary, as well, to spend much time in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament, something which I myself experience every day drawing from it strength, consolation and assistance."  "How could the Church fulfill her vocation without cultivating a constant relationship with the Eucharist, without nourishing herself with this food which sanctifies, without founding her missionary activity on this indispensable support?" "To evangelize the world there is need of apostles who are 'experts' in the celebration, adoration and contemplation of the Eucharist" (Pope John Paul II, World Mission Message 2004).
     
    The Power of the Precious Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist  
     
    "The Precious Blood belongs in an especial manner to men. Much more, therefore, does God invite them to come to its heavenly baths, and receive therein, not only the cleansing of their souls, but the power of a new and amazing life. Every doctrine in theology is a call to the Precious Blood.  Every ceremony in the Church tells of it . . . .  Every supernatural act is a growth of it. Everything that is holy on earth is either a leaf, bud, blossom or fruit of the Blood of Jesus. To its fountains God calls the sinner, that he may be lightened of his burdens. There is no remission of him in anything else.  Only there is his lost sonship to be found. The saints are no less called by God to these invigorating streams. It is out of the Precious Blood that men draw martyrdoms, vocations, celebacies, austerities, heroic charities, and all the magnificent graces of high sanctity.  The secret nourishment of prayer is from those fountains" (Father Faber, The Precious Blood).  
     

    The Most Precious Blood of Jesus
    July is traditionally associated with the Precious Blood of Our Lord. It may be customary to celebrate the votive Mass of the Precious Blood on July 1.

    The extraordinary importance of the saving Blood of Christ has ensured a central place for its memorial in the celebration of this cultic mystery: at the centre of the Eucharistic assembly, in which the Church raises up to God in thanksgiving "the cup of blessing" (1 Cor 10, 16; cf Ps 115-116, 13) and offers it to the faithful as a "real communion with the Blood of Christ" (1 Cor 10, 16); and throughout the Liturgical Year. The Church celebrates the saving Blood of Christ not only on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, but also on many other occasions, such that the cultic remembrance of the Blood of our redemption (cf 1 Pt 1, 18) pervades the entire Liturgical Year. Hence, at Vespers during Christmastide, the Church, addressing Christ, sings: "Nos quoque, qui sancto tuo redempti sumus sanguine, ob diem natalis tui hymnum novum concinimus." In the Paschal Triduum, the redemptive significance and efficacy of the Blood of Christ is continuously recalled in adoration. During the adoration of the Cross on Good Friday the Church sings the hymn: "Mite corpus perforatur, sanguis unde profluit; terra, pontus, astra, mundus quo lavanturflumine", and again on Easter Sunday, "Cuius corpus sanctissimum in ara crucis torridum, sed et cruorem roesum gustando, Deo vivimus (194).

    Catholic Word of the Day: LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, 09-25-12
    ST. GASPAR: Founder of the Society of the Precious Blood
    Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (London, 9/18)

    Devotion to the Drops of Blood Lost by our Lord Jesus Christ on His Way to Calvary (Prayer/Devotion)
    Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood
    Catholic Word of the Day: PRECIOUS BLOOD, 12-03-11
    The Traditional Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Catholic Caucus)
    Devotion to the Precious Blood
    DOCTRINE OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,And More on the Precious Blood
    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
    NOTHING IS MORE POTENT AGAINST EVIL THAN PLEADING THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST
    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus


    "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you"  (Jn 6:53).  
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:28:31 PM PDT · 12 of 24
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    A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
    God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
    Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
    Pray for Nancy Pelosi
    Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
    Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
    [Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
    Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

    From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

    "Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

       

    PLEASE JOIN US -

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


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

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:27:40 PM PDT · 11 of 24
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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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  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:26:55 PM PDT · 10 of 24
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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]

  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 9:26:27 PM PDT · 9 of 24
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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.

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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

    Jeremiah 15:10,16-21 ©

    ‘Woe is me, my mother, for you have borne me

    to be a man of strife and of dissension for all the land.

    I neither lend nor borrow,

    yet all of them curse me.

    ‘When your words came, I devoured them:

    your word was my delight

    and the joy of my heart;

    for I was called by your name,

    the Lord, God of Hosts.

    I never took pleasure in sitting in scoffers’ company;

    with your hand on me I held myself aloof,

    since you had filled me with indignation.

    Why is my suffering continual,

    my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?

    Do you mean to be for me a deceptive stream

    with inconstant waters?’

    To which the Lord replied,

    ‘If you come back,

    I will take you back into my service;

    and if you utter noble, not despicable, thoughts,

    you shall be as my own mouth.

    They will come back to you,

    but you must not go back to them.

    I will make you

    a bronze wall fortified against this people.

    They will fight against you

    but they will not overcome you,

    because I am with you

    to save you and to deliver you

    – it is the Lord who speaks.

    I mean to deliver you from the hands of the wicked

    and redeem you from the clutches of the violent.’


    Psalm

    Psalm 58:2-5,10-11,17-18 ©

    O God, you have been a refuge in the day of my distress.

    Rescue me, God, from my foes;

      protect me from those who attack me.

    O rescue me from those who do evil

      and save me from blood-thirsty men.

    O God, you have been a refuge in the day of my distress.

    See, they lie in wait for my life;

      powerful men band together against me.

    For no offence, no sin of mine, Lord,

      for no guilt of mine they rush to take their stand.

    O God, you have been a refuge in the day of my distress.

    O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,

      for you, O God, are my stronghold,

      the God who shows me love.

    O God, you have been a refuge in the day of my distress.

    As for me, I will sing of your strength

      and each morning acclaim your love

    for you have been my stronghold,

      a refuge in the day of my distress.

    O God, you have been a refuge in the day of my distress.

    O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn,

      for you, O God, are my stronghold,

      the God who shows me love.

    O God, you have been a refuge in the day of my distress.


    Gospel Acclamation

    Ps118:105

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    Your word is a lamp for my steps

    and a light for my path.

    Alleluia!

    Or

    Jn15:15

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    I call you friends, says the Lord,

    because I have made known to you

    everything I have learnt from my Father.

    Alleluia!


    Gospel

    Matthew 13:44-46 ©

    Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

      ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.’

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    From: Matthew 13:44-46

    The Hidden Treasure; The Pearl


    (Jesus said to His disciples,) [44] “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hid-
    den in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and
    sells all that he has and buys that field.

    [45] “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
    [46] who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and
    bought it.

    *********************************************************************************************
    Commentary:

    44-46. In these two parables Jesus shows the supreme value of the Kingdom of
    Heaven, and the attitude people need if they are to attain it. The parables are very
    alike, but it is interesting to note the differences: the treasure means abundance
    of gifts; the pearl indicates the beauty of the Kingdom. The treasure is something
    stumbled upon; the pearl, the result of a lengthy search; but in both instances
    the finder is filled with joy. Faith, vocation, true wisdom, desire for Heaven, are
    things which sometimes are discovered suddenly and unexpectedly, and some-
    times after much searching (cf. St. Gregory the Great, “In Evangelia Homilae”,
    11). However, the man’s attitude is the same in both parables and is described
    in the same terms: “he goes and sells all that he has and buys it”: detachment,
    generosity, is indispensable for obtaining the treasure.

    “Anyone who understands the Kingdom which Christ proposes realizes that it is
    worth staking everything to obtain it [...]. The Kingdom of Heaven is difficult to win.
    No one can be sure of achieving it, but the humble cry of a repentant man can
    open wide its doors” (St. J. Escriva, “Christ Is Passing By”, 180).

    *********************************************************************************************
    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: Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21

    Jeremiah’s second “confession”


    [10] Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention
    to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me.

    [16] Thy words were found, and I ate them,
    and thy words became to me a joy
    and the delight of my heart;
    for I am called by thy name,
    O Lord, God of hosts.
    [17] I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,
    nor did I rejoice;
    I sat alone, because thy hand was upon me,
    for thou hadst filled me with indignation.
    [18] Why is my pain unceasing,
    my wound incurable,
    refusing to be healed?
    Wilt thou be to me like a deceitful brook,
    like waters that fail?

    [19] Therefore thus says the Lord:
    “If you return, I will restore you,
    and you shall stand before me.
    If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless.
    you shall be as my mouth.
    They shall turn to you,
    but you shall not turn to them.
    [20] And I will make you to this people
    a fortified wall of bronze;
    they will fight against you,
    but they shall not prevail over you,
    for I am with you
    to save you and deliver you, says the Lord.
    [21] will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
    and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”

    *********************************************************************************************
    Commentary:

    15:10-21. Jeremiah again opens his heart to the Lord. The mission God gave
    him has not proved easy. In vv. 10-11 he seems to share his thoughts with his
    mother, with himself and with God, and in vv. 15-21 he makes a prayerful com-
    plaint to God, who spells out what course he should take and offers hope of de-
    liverance. Verses 12-14, which break the thread of the passage and are to be
    found again in 17:3-4, seem to stress the solidarity that exists between Jere-
    miah and the people.

    Despite the fact that Jeremiah has sought only to serve the Lord and intercede
    with him even on behalf of enemies, wishing no one evil, he has been rejected
    and cursed and has become a source of discord. He tells the Lord how pained
    he feels (vv. 10-11) and he goes on to recall times when he felt very happy in his
    relations with God (v. 16), and other times when he felt desolate because every-
    one rejected him (vv. 17-18). As in the first “confession” (11:18-12:6), the Lord’s
    reply seems harsh, calling him to personal conversion (v. 19a). Because Jere-
    miah must preach conversion to others, he must begin with himself, by being
    true to the mission entrusted to him; he must shed any feelings of pessimism.
    Once he is cleansed, he will be well able to speak the word of the Lord and the
    people will heed him (vv. 19b-21).

    Jeremiah’s trusting dialogue with the Lord, and the reply he is given (v. 19), are
    a personal call to the reader of this passage: “This is meant for everyone, for
    God is always calling on us to return to him” (Origen, Homiliae in Jeremiam,
    14, 18).

    *********************************************************************************************
    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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    For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.
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    By the Babe Unborn

    by G. K. Chesterton

    If trees were tall and grasses short,
    As in some crazy tale,
    If here and there a sea were blue
    Beyond the breaking pale,

    If a fixed fire hung in the air
    To warm me one day through,
    If deep green hair grew on great hills,
    I know what I should do.
    In dark I lie; dreaming that there
    Are great eyes cold or kind,
    And twisted streets and silent doors,
    And living men behind.

    Let storm clouds come: better an hour,
    And leave to weep and fight,
    Than all the ages I have ruled
    The empires of the night.

    I think that if they gave me leave
    Within the world to stand,
    I would be good through all the day
    I spent in fairyland.
    They should not hear a word from me
    Of selfishness or scorn,
    If only I could find the door,
    If only I were born.

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    One Bread, One Body

    One Bread, One Body

    Language: English | Español

    All Issues > Volume 30, Issue 4

    << Tuesday, July 29, 2014 >> St. Martha
     
    Jeremiah 14:17-22
    View Readings
    Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13 John 11:19-27
    or Luke 10:38-42

    Similar Reflections
     

    HOME ALONE?

     
    "Lord, do You not care that my sister left me to serve alone!" —Luke 10:40, RSV-CE
     

    Martha was serving alone. Many Christians also feel quite alone in their service to the Lord and His people. Martha complained to Jesus that He should get Mary to help her (Lk 10:40). We also pray to Jesus that He will get someone to help us. Many times, Jesus doesn't send anyone to help. This gives us the impression that Jesus doesn't care. In fact, Jesus may not be concerned at that particular time about others helping us to continue our work. Rather, His care is that we temporarily stop our work to listen to Him (Lk 10:39). When we are alone in service, we should give up our expectation of others helping us. Rather, we should meet Jesus' expectation that we stop and listen to Him. When we're all alone, we shouldn't just do something; we should sit there.

    Jesus cares about our serving alone. He cares so much that He wants to be with us and speak to us. After being "alone" with Jesus, we have the wisdom and strength to serve alone, or we will see the Lord raise up others to help us. First and foremost, Jesus cares about our listening to Him. Do you care to listen to Him and to spend time with Him alone?

     
    Prayer: Father, may I not run from loneliness but run to You.
    Promise: "When I found Your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart." —Jer 15:16
    Praise: St. "Martha said to Jesus, '...I am sure that God will give You whatever You ask of Him' " (Jn 11:21-22).
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    Homily of the Day

    In the first reading, Israel was experiencing a severe drought, so Jeremiah cried out to Yahweh for help on behalf of his people. He was appalled at the great suffering he witnessed and asked God for mercy and forgiveness.
    There are moments in our lives when we are totally crushed by an event and we have no one else to turn but God. We go down on our knees and beg God for help. These are humbling experiences but they remind us of our mortality and we realize that only God can save us. A Christian does not curse God during times of darkness and disasters. He humbles himself before God and implores his merciful help.

    This is what Martha and Mary did after the death of Lazarus when Jesus came to see them. They begged for his help and said to him that if he had come earlier, he would have been able to save Lazarus from death. Jesus told them to have faith and declared that he is the resurrection and the life. Martha did not fully understand the words of Jesus though she loved him immensely. Only when Jesus raised up Lazarus from death was she totally astounded. Surely, from that moment on her faith was greatly enhanced.
    God sometimes answers our prayers with “miracles” to strengthen our faith. But when we are already a bit spiritually mature, he may send us trials which are harder to bear but which require that we firmly believe in His goodness. The martyrs had this faith and they were willing to die for God and for His Son Jesus.

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    Regnum Christi

    Do You Believe?
    U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
    July 29, 2014, Memorial of Saint Martha

    John 11:19-27

    And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise." Martha said to him, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."

    Introductory Prayer: Heavenly Father, once again I renew my faith in your plan for my life. I trust in your loving providence, and I know that no one can snatch me from your hands. You know well that I love you. I wish to be more open and docile to your plan and action in my life. Take this time that I now set aside for prayer. Take my mind, will and heart; take my gifts and talents. I lay them at your feet through this prayer. Do with me today according to your holy and loving plan. Amen.

    Petition: Lord Jesus, deepen my faith in your resurrection.

    1. Do You Believe This? This is the fundamental question in our life of faith: do we, in fact, believe it all? Do we really believe that the human race was mysteriously subjected to the catastrophic consequences of our first parents’ disobedience to the divine will? Do we really believe what we say in the Creed every Sunday? Do we believe that Jesus of Nazareth died and rose from the dead to conquer sin, and now lives to draw all people to himself as their savior? The great challenge for the Christian in our thoroughly post-modern, post-Christian, technical age is to unabashedly say “Yes!”

    2. Keeping Faith Simple: One of the greatest challenges in the Christian life is to keep our faith simple. Our tendency is toward sophistication and complication. While certainly the ability to think and reason well is a gift and has its place in the Christian life, we must be equally aware that the in-born tendency to rationalism can be a non-starter for a genuine life of faith. We cannot afford to fall into today’s error of trying to size God down according to our meager perceptions and self-centered attitudes. Christ is much more; God ways are far more sublime than what our limited vision can create. A simple faith is so pleasing to God because then he has leeway for his supernatural action. Then he can do something within us and through us.

    3. Keeping Faith Robust: This simple faith can and must launch us upward and outward in the task of bringing Christ’s love to every soul. Our simple faith can rapidly ignite and convert us into relentless apostles of the Kingdom, like St. Paul. We need to make his words our own: “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? (…) No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).

    Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, give me strength to bear the burden of drawing others closer to you. Let me feel, with St. Paul, the sting of “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” And when I do set out to give others reasons for my faith, accompany me with your Holy Spirit to give success to my poor efforts.

    Resolution: For love of Jesus, I will renew, refresh and invigorate the act of faith with which I begin every day in my morning offering.

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

    Daily Marriage Tip for July 29, 2014:

    (Reader’s Tip) Say “thank you,” especially for the little things. It lets your spouse know you noticed and appreciated what they did, no matter how little the task.

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    The Word Among Us

    Meditation: Luke 10:38-42

    Saint Martha

    Martha, Martha. (Luke 10:41)

    Most likely, Martha was already busy with her everyday chores when Jesus and the disciples arrived, but she cared too much to leave these travelers unattended. She just taxed herself even more. So when Martha snapped at Jesus for letting Mary sit at his feet while she slaved away, it was probably because she was already stressed out. Jesus knew this, and he didn’t mind. He loved Martha. He accepted her with all of her strengths and weaknesses. And with patience and gentleness, he spoke to her, aproned and anxious as she was, and challenged her to take a different view of Mary’s actions.

    The issues weighing on Martha were important. But they did not eclipse the most important item: a relationship with God. All the things that Martha focused on needed to be done. But Martha was still learning that time spent in Jesus’ presence often brings the peace and clarity we need to accomplish necessary tasks more quickly and efficiently. Jesus didn’t fault her for not knowing that, but he did point it out in a way that she could hear and understand.

    This is how Jesus deals with us as well: one step at a time. He gives us only as much as we can digest at once, even though it can sometimes feel as though we have swallowed an ice cube whole! Jesus takes us where we are and tries to move us one step closer to his vision for us. He isn’t put off by our lack of understanding, frustrations, or other weaknesses. He isn’t even upset when we chide him!

    Jesus loves you just as much as he loved Martha. And with the same gentle, patient acceptance, he wants to meet you as you are, warts and all. He longs to draw you more deeply into his heart and life. You can trust that he will tell you the truth: about what’s important, about what needs to be done, about yourself. And as you choose to spend time in his presence, he will deepen your understanding of the life he calls you to. He will strengthen your faith and fill you with more of his love.

    “Jesus, I want to love you and the people around me more deeply. I commit myself to sitting with you to learn how best I can do that.”

    Jeremiah 14:17-22; Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13; John 11:19-27 (Alternate Gospel Reading)

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    Daily Readings for:July 29, 2014
    (Readings on USCCB website)

    Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whose Son was pleased to be welcomed in Saint Martha's house as a guest, grant, we pray, that through her intercession, serving Christ faithfully in our brothers and sisters, we may merit to be received by you in the halls of heaven. 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    Charoses

    o    Poireaux a la Provencale

    o    Poppy Seed Cookies

    o    Provencal Salad

    o    Ratatouille

    o    St. Martha's Supper for a Warm Day

    ACTIVITIES

    o    Scrapbooks

    o    St. Martha in the Kitchen

    PRAYERS

    o    Prayer to St. Martha

    o    Novena In Honor of Saint John Marie Vianney

    ·         Ordinary Time: July 29th

    ·         Memorial of St. Martha, virgin

    Old Calendar: St. Martha; Sts. Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus & Beatrice, martyrs

    Jesus liked to stay at the house of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, his friends at Bethany, when he was in Judea. One of these visits has ever remained dear to Christian memory. On that occasion Martha, busily serving the Master, asked Him to persuade Mary to help her. Without in any way reproaching Martha, Jesus explained to her that certain souls, called by God, should choose a better part still — the primary duty of listening to Him and contemplating Him. This feast is celebrated today both in the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

    According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of Sts. Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus & Beatrice. Pope Felix II was martyred in Tuscany, Italy, in the fourth century. The brothers Simplicius and Faustinus and their sister, Beatrice, gave their lives for Christ at Rome, A.D. 303.


    St. Martha
    Martha was born of noble and wealthy parents, but she is still more illustrious for the hospitality she gave to Christ our Lord. After His Ascension into heaven, she was seized by the Jews, together with her brother and sister, Marcella her handmaid, and Maximin, one of the seventy two disciples of our Lord, who had baptized the whole family, and many other Christians. They were put on board a ship without sails or oars, and left helpless on the open sea, exposed to certain shipwreck. But God guided the ship, and they all arrived safely at Marseilles.

    This miracle, together with their preaching, brought the people of Marseilles, of Aix, and of the neighborhood to believe in Christ. Lazarus was made Bishop of Marseilles and Maximin of Aix. Magdalen, who was accustomed to devote herself to prayer and to sit at our Lord's feet, in order to enjoy the better part which she had chosen, that is, contemplation of the joys of heaven, retired into a deserted cave on a very high mountain. There she lived for thirty years, separated from all human intercourse; and every day she was carried to heaven by the angels to hear their songs of praise.

    But Martha, after having won the love and admiration of the people of Marseilles by the sanctity of her life and her wonderful charity, withdrew in the company of several virtuous women to a spot remote from men, where she lived for a long time, greatly renowned for her piety and prudence. She foretold her death long before it occurred; and at length, famous for miracles, she passed to our Lord on the fourth of the Kalends of August. Her body which lies at Tarascon is held in great veneration.

    Excerpted from The Liturgical Year, Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.

    Patron: Butlers; cooks; dietitians; domestic servants; homemakers; hotel-keepers; housemaids; housewives; innkeepers; laundry workers; maids; manservants; servants; servers; single laywomen; travellers.

    Symbols: Water pot and asperge; cooking utensils; ladle or skimmer; broom; bunk of keys at her girdle; two asperges; dragon bound with a girdle (symbolizing temptation resisted); torch (symbolizing enlightenment and zeal); censer (symbolizing prayer and worship); boat; covered table with cloth, cups, pitcher and bowl containing fruit.

    Things to Do:

    From St. Martha one basic lesson learned is that there is both active and contemplative work. Some vocations require more of one, but we all need to stop and experience quiet to pray, meditate, contemplate. Parents' time allotted for prayer is shorter than unmarried singles or religious, but time should be set aside. Children need to learn to start putting time aside for personal prayer and spiritual reading. This will help to develop good life-long prayer habits.

    Another lesson to learn is that we serve Christ our Brother when we serve others through our work, whether it be the daily duty of household chores or other charitable work outside the home. In serving others we serve our Brother Christ.

    • Since St. Martha is the patron of cooks, today would be a good day to honor and thank the person (usually Mom!) for all her meals she has prepared. Surprise her/him by cooking a special meal or take her/him out to dinner.
    • An excellent book for meditation called Praying While You Work: Devotions for Use of Martha Rather Than Mary by Dom Hubert Van Zeller. The book has been reprinted by Sophia Institute Press under the name: Holiness for Housewives: And Other Working Women

     


    Sts. Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice

    The two brothers were cruelly tormented, and at length beheaded at Rome in the persecution of Diocletian, in the year 303. Their sister Beatrice took up their bodies out of the Tiber and gave them burial. She concealed herself for seven months in the house of a virtuous widow called Lucina, with whom she spent her time, night and day in fervent prayer, and in the exercise of other good works. She was discovered and impeached by a pagan kinsman, who designed to possess himself of her estate, which was contiguous to his own; she resolutely protested to the judge that she would never adore gods of wood and stone, and was strangled by his order in prison the following night. Lucina buried her body near her brothers on the side of the highway to Porto, in the cemetery called Ad Ursum Pileatum. Pope Leo translated their relics into a church which he built to their honor in the city, they now lie in that of St. Mary Major.

    Excerpted from The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints, Volume 7

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    Part 3: Life in Christ (1691 - 2557)

    Section 2: The Ten Commandments (2052 - 2557)

    Chapter 1: You Shall Love the Lord Your God with All Your Heart, and with All Your Soul, and with All Your Mind (2083 - 2195)

    Article 3: The Third Commandment (2168 - 2195)

    Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.90

    The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.91

    I. THE SABBATH DAY

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    The Gospel reports many incidents when Jesus was accused of violating the sabbath law. But Jesus never fails to respect the holiness of this day.98 He gives this law its authentic and authoritative interpretation: "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath."99 With compassion, Christ declares the sabbath for doing good rather than harm, for saving life rather than killing.100 The sabbath is the day of the Lord of mercies and a day to honor God.101 "The Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."102

    90.

    Ex 20:8-10; cf. Deut 5:12-15.

    91.

    Mk 2:27-28.

    98.

    Cf. Mk 1:21; Jn 9:16.

    99.

    Mk 2:27.

    100.

    Cf. Mk 3:4.

    101.

    Cf. Mt 12:5; Jn 7:23.

    102.

    Mk 2:28.

    II. THE LORD'S DAY

    This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.103

    The day of the Resurrection: the new creation

    349
    638
    (all)

    2174

    Jesus rose from the dead "on the first day of the week."104 Because it is the "first day," the day of Christ's Resurrection recalls the first creation. Because it is the "eighth day" following the sabbath,105 it symbolizes the new creation ushered in by Christ's Resurrection. For Christians it has become the first of all days, the first of all feasts, the Lord's Day (he kuriake hemera, dies dominica) Sunday: We all gather on the day of the sun, for it is the first day [after the Jewish sabbath, but also the first day] when God, separating matter from darkness, made the world; and on this same day Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead.106

    103.

    Ps 118:24.

    104.

    Cf. Mt 28:1; Mk 16:2; Lk 24:1; Jn 20:1.

    105.

    Cf. Mk 16:1; Mt 28:1.

    106.

    St. Justin, I Apol. 67:PG 6,429 and 432.

    Sunday — fulfillment of the sabbath

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    (all)

    2175

    Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ's Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man's eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ:107 Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord's Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.108

    107.

    Cf. 1 Cor 10:11.

    108.

    St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Magn. 9,1:SCh 10,88.

    2176

    The celebration of Sunday observes the moral commandment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship "as a sign of his universal beneficence to all."109 Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people.

    109.

    St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II,122,4.

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    Day 228 - How does Jesus deal with the Sabbath? // Why do Christians replace the Sabbath with Sunday?

    How does Jesus deal with the Sabbath?

    Jesus observes the Sabbath, but at the same time he deals with it very liberally, as one who has complete command over it: "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath" (Mk 2:27).

    The fact that Jesus claims the right to heal on the Sabbath and to interpret the Sabbath laws mercifully poses a dilemma for his Jewish contemporaries: Either Jesus is the Messiah sent by God, which makes him "Lord even of the sabbath" (Mk 2:28), or else he is merely a man, in which case his actions on the Sabbath are a sin against the Law.


    Why do Christians replace the Sabbath with Sunday?

    Christians replaced the celebration of the Sabbath with the celebration of Sunday because Jesus Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday. The "Lord's Day", however, does include elements of the Sabbath.

    The Christian Sunday has three essential elements: (1) It recalls the creation of the world and communicates the festive splendor of God's goodness to the passage of time. (2) It recalls the "eighth day of creation", when the world was made new in Christ (thus a prayer from the Easter Vigil says: "You have wonderfully created man and even more wonderfully restored him."). (3) It includes the theme of rest, not just to sanctify the interruption of work, but to point even now toward man's eternal rest in God. (YOUCAT questions 363-364)


    Dig Deeper: CCC section (2173-2176) and other references here.

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    CATHOLIC ALMANAC

    Sunday, July 29

    Liturgical Color: White

    Today is the Memorial of St. Martha. She
    was the sister of Lazarus and Mary of
    Bethany. Upon the death of Lazarus it
    was to St. Martha that Jesus proclaimed,
    "I am the Resurrection and the Life."

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    St. Martha

    Feast Day: July 29
    Died: (around 80 AD)

    Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus who lived in the little town of Bethany near Jerusalem. They were dear friends of Jesus, and he often came to visit them. In fact, the Gospel tells us: "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary and Lazarus."

    It was St. Martha who lovingly served the Lord when he visited them. One day, she was preparing a meal for Jesus and his disciples. She realized that the task would be easier if her sister Mary would help instead of sitting quietly at Jesus' feet, listening to him.

    "Lord, tell my sister to help me," Martha suggested. Jesus was very pleased with Martha's loving service but he wanted her to know that listening to God's Word and praying is even more important. So he said gently, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious about many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part."

    St. Martha's great faith in Jesus was seen when her brother Lazarus died. As soon as she heard that Jesus was coming to Bethany, Martha went to meet him. She trusted Jesus and said to him: "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

    Then Jesus told her that Lazarus would rise. He said, "He who believes in me, even if he die, shall live. Do you believe this?" And Martha answered, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who has come into the world." Jesus worked a great miracle and raised Lazarus from the dead!

    Later, Jesus came again to have supper with Lazarus, Martha and Mary. St. Martha served them at table as always. This time, though, Martha did it lovingly and served them with a joyful heart.

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    Information: St. Martha

    Feast Day: July 29

    Born: Palaestina (modern-day Israel)

    Died: 80, Tarascon, Gaul (modern-day France) or Cyprus

    Patron of: butlers; cooks; dietitians; domestic servants; homemakers; hotel-keepers; housemaids; housewives; innkeepers; laundry workers; maids; manservants; servants; servers; single laywomen; travelers

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    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Saint Martha - Memorial

    Commentary of the day
    Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church
    Introduction to the Devout Life, III, 19 (trans. John Ryan)

    "Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus" (Jn 11,5)

    Love everyone with a great, charitable love, but have no friendship except for those that communicate with you in the things of virtue... If this communication be in the sciences, the friendship is certainly very commendable; but still more so if it be in virtues, in prudence, discretion, fortitude, and justice. Should your mutual and reciprocal communications relate to charity, devotion, and Christian perfection, O God, how precious will this friendship be! It will be excellent, because it comes from God; excellent, because it tends to God; excellent because its very bond is God; excellent, because it shall last eternally in God. Oh, how good it is to love on earth as they love in heaven; and to learn to cherish one another in this world as we shall do eternally in the next!

    I speak not here of that simple love of charity which we must have for all, but of that spiritual friendship, by which two, three or more souls communicate one to another their devotion and spiritual affections, and make themselves have but one spirit. (Cf Acts 4,32) Such happy souls may justly sing: "Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Ps 132[133],1)… I consider all other friendships as but so many shadows in comparison with this one… For Christians who live in the world and desire to embrace true virtue, it is necessary to unite themselves together by a holy and sacred friendship. By this means they encourage, assist and conduct one another to good deeds… Surely no one can deny that our Lord loved Saint John, Lazarus, Martha and Magdalen with a more sweet and most special friendship, for the Scripture tells us so.

     

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    Saint Martha

    Saint Martha
    Memorial
    July 29th


    Vincenzo Campi
    Christ in the House of Mary and Martha
    Oil on canvas
    Galleria Estense, Modena

    Our Lord Jesus Christ frequented the home of Martha, her brother Lazarus, and her sister Mary. As our Lord's friends in Bethany, they took loving care of him. We should ask God to help us unite the work ethic of Martha with Mary's contemplation. In this way, we will achieve a unity of life in which we always stay close to the Lord.

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

    Collect:
    Almighty ever-living God,
    whose Son was pleased to be welcomed
    in Saint Martha's house as a guest,
    grant, we pray,
    that through her intercession,
    serving Christ faithfully in our brothers and sisters,
    we may merit to be received by you
    in the halls of heaven.
    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: 1 John 4:7-16
    Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

    By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.


    Gospel Reading: John 11:19-27
    Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."

    optional Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42


    Related Page: “Martha, Martha” — by Dr. Robin Maas, Pentecost 2010 Issue


    BENEDICT XVI
    ANGELUS
    Courtyard of the Papal Residence, Castel Gandolfo, Sunday, 18 July 2010

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    We are now in the heart of summer, at least in the northern hemisphere. This is the period in which schools are closed and the greater part of the holidays are concentrated. Even the pastoral activities in parishes are reduced and I myself have suspended the Audiences for a while. It is therefore a favourable time to give priority to what is effectively most important in life, that is to say, listening to the word of the Lord. We are also reminded of this by this Sunday's Gospel passage with the well known episode of Jesus' visit to the house of Martha and Mary, recounted by St Luke (10: 38-42).

    Martha and Mary are two sisters; they also have a brother, Lazarus, but he does not appear on this occasion. Jesus is passing through their village and, the text says, Martha received him at her home (cf. 10: 38). This detail enables us to understand that Martha is the elder of the two, the one in charge of the house. Indeed, when Jesus has been made comfortable, Mary sits at his feet and listens to him while Martha is totally absorbed by her many tasks, certainly due to the special Guest.
    We seem to see the scene: one sister bustling about busily and the other, as it were, enraptured by the presence of the Teacher and by his words. A little later Martha, who is evidently resentful, can no longer resist and complains, even feeling that she has a right to criticize Jesus: "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me". Martha would even like to teach the Teacher! Jesus on the other hand answers her very calmly: "Martha, Martha", and the repetition of her name expresses his affection, "you are anxious and troubled about many things; only one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her" (10: 41-42). Christ's words are quite clear: there is no contempt for active life, nor even less for generous hospitality; rather, a distinct reminder of the fact that the only really necessary thing is something else: listening to the word of the Lord; and the Lord is there at that moment, present in the Person of Jesus! All the rest will pass away and will be taken from us but the word of God is eternal and gives meaning to our daily actions.

    Dear friends, as I said, this Gospel passage is more than ever in tune with the vacation period, because it recalls the fact that the human person must indeed work and be involved in domestic and professional occupations, but first and foremost needs God, who is the inner light of Love and Truth. Without love, even the most important activities lose their value and give no joy. Without a profound meaning, all our activities are reduced to sterile and unorganised activism. And who, if not Jesus Christ, gives us Love and Truth? Therefore, brothers and sisters, let us learn to help each other, to collaborate, but first of all to choose together the better part which is and always will be our greatest good.

    Source: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/angelus/2010/documents/hf_ben-xvi_ang_20100718_en.html

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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.