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  • NASCAR Owners Side With Trump: People Who Don't Stand 'Ought to Be Out of the Country'

    09/25/2017 9:27:22 PM PDT · 18 of 21
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    **NASCAR Owners Side With Trump: People Who Don’t Stand ‘Ought to Be Out of the Country’**

    Amen!

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:25:45 PM PDT · 20 of 20
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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. 


    "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28) 

     "Blessed are you among women,
     and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
    (Lk 1:42). 

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:24:53 PM PDT · 19 of 20
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    'However much we suffer for the love of Jesus Crucified, it is but little.'

    St. Benedict Joseph Labre

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:23:32 PM PDT · 18 of 20
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    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time
    Commentary of the day
    Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942), Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe
    Woman's position within the Church (©Institute of Carmelite Studies)

    "My mother and my brothers"

           In spite of the real organic oneness of head and body, the Church stands by the side of Christ like an independent person. Christ lived prior to all time and all humanity as Son of the eternal Father. Humankind came into being by the act of creation before Christ assumed its nature and entered into it. By entering into creation, he brought his divine life into it. From himself, he generated human nature anew, in that, through his redemption, he made humanity receptive to His grace and fulfilled it by grace. The Church is that humanity newly created and redeemed through Christ.

    The original cell of all redeemed humanity is Mary, in whom purification and sanctification through Christ, and impregnation by the Holy Spirit, first took place. Before the Son of Man was born of the Virgin, the Son of God conceived of this very virgin as one full of grace, and He created the Church in and with her.

    Every soul purified through baptism and raised to the state of grace is thereby conceived through Christ and for his sake. Yet the soul is conceived in and born through the Church... The Church is thus the mother of all the redeemed. But it is so because of its most intimate union with Christ, and because it stands at his side as the Spouse of Christ and cooperates with him in his work, the redemption of humanity.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:21:10 PM PDT · 17 of 20
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    September, 2017

    Pope's Prayer Intention

    Parishes, That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:19:40 PM PDT · 16 of 20
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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

    Litany of Seven Sorrows

    Lord, have mercy on us.       
    Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
    God, the Father of heaven, 
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world, .
    God the Holy Ghost, 
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
    Holy Virgin of virgins, 
    Mother of the Crucified, 
    Sorrowful Mother, 
    Mournful Mother, 
    Sighing Mother, 
    Afflicted Mother, 
    Foresaken Mother, .
    Desolate Mother, 
    Mother most sad, 
    Mother set around with anguish, 
    Mother overwhelmed by grief, 
    Mother transfixed by a sword, 
    Mother crucified in thy heart, 
    Mother bereaved of thy Son, 
    Sighing Dove, 
    Mother of Dolors, 
    Fount of tears, 
    Sea of bitterness, 
    Field of tribulation, 
    Mass of suffering, 
    Mirror of patience, 
    Rock of constancy, 
    Remedy in perplexity, 
    Joy of the afflicted, 
    Ark of the desolate, 
    Refuge of the abandoned,.
    Shiled of the oppressed, 
    Conqueror of the incredulous, 
    Solace of the wretched, 
    Medicine of the sick, 
    Help of the faint, 
    Strength of the weak, 
    Protectress of those who fight, 
    Haven of the shipwrecked, 
    Calmer of tempests, 
    Companion of the sorrowful, 
    Retreat of those who groan, 
    Terror of the treacherous, 
    Standard-bearer of the Martyrs, 
    Treasure of the Faithful, 
    Light of Confessors, 
    Pearl of Virgins, .
    Comfort of Widows, .
    Joy of all Saints, 
    Queen of thy Servants,
    Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled,

    Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin, 


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    Christ, graciously hear us.

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    That we may be made worthy
    of the promises of Christ.

    Let us pray, --- O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives and reigns world without end, 
    Amen.

    The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady

    1. The Prophecy of Simeon 
    2. The Flight into Egypt .
    3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple 
    4. Mary meets Jesus Carrying the Cross 
    5. The Crucifixion
    6. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Her Son
    7. The Burial of Her Son and Closing of the Tomb.
    Consecration to Our Lady of Sorrows

    Most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, Mary, would that I could be in Heaven, there to contemplate the honors rendered to thee by the Most Holy Trinity and by the whole Heavenly Court! But since I am still a pilgrim in this vale of tears, receive from me, thy unworthy servant and a poor sinner, the most sincere homage and the most perfect act of vassalage a human creature can offer thee. 
    In thy Immaculate Heart, pierced with so many swords of sorrow, I place today my poor soul forever; receive me as a partaker in thy dolors, and never suffer that I should depart from that Cross on which thy only begotten Son expired for me. 
    With thee, O Mary, I will endure all the sufferings, contradictions, infirmities, with which it will please thy Divine Son to visit me in this life. All of them I offer to thee, in memory of the Dolors which thou didst suffer during thy life, that every thought of my mind, every beating of my heart may henceforward be an act of compassion to thy Sorrows, and of complacency for the glory thou now enjoyest in Heaven. 
    Since then, O Dear Mother, I now compassionate thy Dolors, and rejoice in seeing thee glorified, do thou also have compassion on me, and reconcile me to thy Son Jesus, that I may become thy true and loyal son (daughter); come on my last day and assist me in my last agony, even as thou wert present at the Agony of thy Divine Son Jesus, that from this painful exile I may go to Heaven, there to be made partaker of thy glory.
    Amen.

    Litany of Sorrows





    Stabat Mater dolorosa
    At the Cross Her Station Keeping


    Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of His mother, Mary (Lk 2:35). The hymn originated in the 13th century during the peak of Franciscan devotion to the crucified Jesus and has been attributed to Pope Innocent III (d. 1216), St. Bonaventure, or more commonly, Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306), who is considered by most to be the real author.

    The hymn is often associated with the Stations of the Cross. In 1727 it was prescribed as a Sequence for the Mass of the Seven Sorrows of Mary (September 15) where it is still used today. In addition to this Mass, the hymn is also used for the Office of the Readings, Lauds, and Vespers for this memorial. There is a mirror image to this hymn, which echoes the joy of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the birth of Jesus.

    STABAT Mater dolorosa
    iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
    dum pendebat Filius.
    AT, the Cross her station keeping,
    stood the mournful Mother weeping,
    close to Jesus to the last.
    Cuius animam gementem,
    contristatam et dolentem
    pertransivit gladius.
    Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
    all His bitter anguish bearing,
    now at length the sword has passed.
    O quam tristis et afflicta
    fuit illa benedicta,
    mater Unigeniti!
    O how sad and sore distressed
    was that Mother, highly blest,
    of the sole-begotten One.
    Quae maerebat et dolebat,
    pia Mater, dum videbat
    nati poenas inclyti.
    Christ above in torment hangs,
    she beneath beholds the pangs
    of her dying glorious Son.
    Quis est homo qui non fleret,
    matrem Christi si videret
    in tanto supplicio?
    Is there one who would not weep,
    whelmed in miseries so deep,
    Christ's dear Mother to behold?
    Quis non posset contristari
    Christi Matrem contemplari
    dolentem cum Filio?
    Can the human heart refrain
    from partaking in her pain,
    in that Mother's pain untold?
    Pro peccatis suae gentis
    vidit Iesum in tormentis,
    et flagellis subditum.
    Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
    she beheld her tender Child
    All with bloody scourges rent:
    Vidit suum dulcem Natum
    moriendo desolatum,
    dum emisit spiritum.
    For the sins of His own nation,
    saw Him hang in desolation,
    Till His spirit forth He sent.
    Eia, Mater, fons amoris
    me sentire vim doloris
    fac, ut tecum lugeam.
    O thou Mother! fount of love!
    Touch my spirit from above,
    make my heart with thine accord:
    Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
    in amando Christum Deum
    ut sibi complaceam.
    Make me feel as thou hast felt;
    make my soul to glow and melt
    with the love of Christ my Lord.
    Sancta Mater, istud agas,
    crucifixi fige plagas
    cordi meo valide.
    Holy Mother! pierce me through,
    in my heart each wound renew
    of my Savior crucified:
    Tui Nati vulnerati,
    tam dignati pro me pati,
    poenas mecum divide.
    Let me share with thee His pain,
    who for all my sins was slain,
    who for me in torments died.
    Fac me tecum pie flere,
    crucifixo condolere,
    donec ego vixero.
    Let me mingle tears with thee,
    mourning Him who mourned for me,
    all the days that I may live:
    Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,
    et me tibi sociare
    in planctu desidero.
    By the Cross with thee to stay,
    there with thee to weep and pray,
    is all I ask of thee to give.
    Virgo virginum praeclara,
    mihi iam non sis amara,
    fac me tecum plangere.
    Virgin of all virgins blest!,
    Listen to my fond request:
    let me share thy grief divine;
    Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
    passionis fac consortem,
    et plagas recolere.
    Let me, to my latest breath,
    in my body bear the death
    of that dying Son of thine.
    Fac me plagis vulnerari,
    fac me Cruce inebriari,
    et cruore Filii.
    Wounded with His every wound,
    steep my soul till it hath swooned,
    in His very Blood away;
    Flammis ne urar succensus,
    per te, Virgo, sim defensus
    in die iudicii.
    Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
    lest in flames I burn and die,
    in His awful Judgment Day.
    Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
    da per Matrem me venire
    ad palmam victoriae.
    Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
    by Thy Mother my defense,
    by Thy Cross my victory;
    Quando corpus morietur,
    fac, ut animae donetur
    paradisi gloria. Amen.
    While my body here decays,
    may my soul Thy goodness praise,
    safe in paradise with Thee. Amen.

    From the Liturgia Horarum. Translation by Fr. Edward Caswall (1814-1878)

    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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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:19:11 PM PDT · 15 of 20
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    St. Michael the Archangel

    ~ 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, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:18:30 PM PDT · 14 of 20
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    Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

    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.

    6. 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]

  • Trump predicts "Ray" Moore will struggle in Alabama Senate race

    09/25/2017 9:17:36 PM PDT · 22 of 37
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    Go, Roy!

  • Trump predicts "Ray" Moore will struggle in Alabama Senate race

    09/25/2017 9:17:09 PM PDT · 21 of 37
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    Bannon will definitely not desert him!

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:13:21 PM PDT · 13 of 20
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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.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:10:08 PM PDT · 10 of 20
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    09/25/2017 9:09:37 PM PDT · 9 of 20
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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 9:06:02 PM PDT · 7 of 20
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    Pray for Pope Francis.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-17, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2017 8:56:08 PM PDT · 6 of 20
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    Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible by Darton, Longman & Todd

    Readings at Mass

    Liturgical Colour: Green.


    First reading
    Ezra 6:7-8,12,14-20 ©
    King Darius wrote to the satrap of Transeuphrates and his colleagues: ‘Leave the high commissioner of Judah and the elders of the Jews to work on this Temple of God; they are to rebuild this Temple of God on its ancient site. This, I decree, is how you must assist the elders of the Jews in the reconstruction of this Temple of God: the expenses of these people are to be paid, promptly and without fail, from the royal revenue – that is, from the tribute of Transeuphrates. May the God who causes his name to live there overthrow any king or people who dares to defy this and destroy the Temple of God in Jerusalem! I, Darius, have issued this decree. Let it be obeyed to the letter!’
      The elders of the Jews prospered with their building, inspired by Haggai the prophet and Zechariah son of Iddo. They finished the building in accordance with the order of the God of Israel and the order of Cyrus and of Darius. This Temple was finished on the twenty-third day of the month of Adar; it was the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. The Israelites – the priests, the Levites and the remainder of the exiles – joyfully dedicated this Temple of God; for the dedication of this Temple of God they offered one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs and, as a sacrifice for sin for the whole of Israel, twelve he-goats, corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel. Then they installed the priests according to their orders in the service of the Temple of God in Jerusalem, as is written in the Book of Moses.
      The exiles celebrated the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Levites, as one man, had purified themselves; all were pure, so they sacrificed the passover for all the exiles, for their brothers the priests and for themselves.

    Responsorial Psalm
    Psalm 121(122):1-5 ©
    I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’
    I rejoiced when I heard them say:
      ‘Let us go to God’s house.’
    And now our feet are standing
      within your gates, O Jerusalem.
    I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’
    Jerusalem is built as a city
      strongly compact.
    It is there that the tribes go up,
      the tribes of the Lord.
    I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’
    For Israel’s law it is,
      there to praise the Lord’s name.
    There were set the thrones of judgement
      of the house of David.
    I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

    Gospel Acclamation cf.Ps129:5
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    My soul is waiting for the Lord,
    I count on his word.
    Alleluia!
    Or Lk11:28
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Happy are those
    who hear the word of God
    and keep it.
    Alleluia!

    Gospel Luke 8:19-21 ©
    The mother and the brothers of Jesus came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. He was told, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.’ But he said in answer, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’
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    Salvation to All

    From: Luke 8:19-21

    The True Kinsmen of Jesus


    [19] Then His (Jesus’) mother and His brethren came to Him, but they could not
    reach Him for the crowd. [20] And He was told, “Your mother and your brethren
    are standing outside, desiring to see You.” [21] But He said to them, “My mother
    and my brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

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    Commentary:

    19-21. These words of our Lord show us that fulfillment of the Will of God is more
    important than kinship and that, therefore, our Lady is more united to her Son by
    virtue of her perfect fulfillment of what God asked of her, than by the Holy Spirit’s
    using her to make Christ’s body (cf. notes on Matthew 12:48-50 and Mark 3:31-
    35).

    [Notes on Matthew 12:48-50 states:

    48-50. Jesus obviously loved His Mother and St. Joseph. He uses this episode
    to teach us that in His Kingdom human ties do not take precedence. In Luke 8:
    19 the same teaching is to be found. Jesus regards the person who does the will
    of His Heavenly Father as a member of His own family. Therefore, even though it
    means going against natural family feelings, a person should do just that when
    needs be in order to perform the mission the Father has entrusted to him (cf.
    Luke 2:49).

    We can say that Jesus loved Mary more because of the bonds between them
    created by grace than because He was her son by natural generation: Mary’s
    divine motherhood is the source of all our Lady’s other prerogatives; but this very
    motherhood is, in its turn, the first and greatest of the graces with which Mary
    was endowed.]

    [Notes on Mark 3:31-35 states:

    31-35. In Aramaic, the language used by the Jews, the word “brethren” is a broad
    term indicating kinship: nephews, first cousins, and relatives in general are called
    ‘brethren’ (for further explanation cf. note on Mark 6:1-3). “Jesus did not say this
    to disown His mother, but to show that she is worthy of honor not only account of
    having given birth to Jesus, but also because she has all the virtues” (Theoplylact,
    “Enarratio In Evangelium Marci, in loc.”).

    Therefore, the Church reminds us that the Blessed Virgin “in the course of her
    Son’s preaching received the words whereby, in extolling a kingdom beyond the
    concerns and ties of flesh and blood, He declared blessed those who heard and
    kept the word of God as she was faithfully doing” (Vatican II, “Lumen Gentium”,
    58).

    Our Lord, then, is also telling us that if we follow Him we will share His life more
    intimately than if were a member of His family. St. Thomas explains this by sa-
    ying that Christ “had an eternal generation and a generation in time, and gave
    preference to the former. Those who do the will of the Father reach Him by hea-
    venly generation [...]. Everyone who does the will of the Father, that is to say,
    who obeys Him, is a brother or sister of Christ, because he is like Him who ful-
    filled the will of His Father. But he who not only obeys but converts others, be-
    gets Christ in them, and thus becomes like the Mother of Christ” (”Commentary
    on St. Matthew”, 12, 49-50.)]

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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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    Salvation to All

    From: Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20

    Completion of the building work


    (Darius the King speaking) [7] “Let the work on this house of God alone; let the
    governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its
    site. [8] Moreover I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders
    of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God; the cost is to be paid to these
    men in full and without delay from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province
    from Beyond the River. [12b] I Darius make a decree; let it be done with all dili-
    gence.” [14] And the elders of the Jews built and prospered, through the prophe-
    sying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. They finished their
    building by command of the God of Israel and by decree of Cyrus and Darius and
    Ar-ta-xerxes king of Persia; [15] and this house was finished on the third day of
    the month of Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

    Dedication of the temple


    [16] And the people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the re-
    turned exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. [17] They
    offered at the dedication of this house of God one hundred bulls, two hundred
    rams, four hundred lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel twelve he-goats, ac-
    cording to the number of the tribes of Israel. [18] And they set the priests in their
    divisions and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God at Jerusalem, as
    it is written in the book of Moses.

    Celebration of the Passover


    [19] On the fourteenth day of the first month the returned exiles kept the pass-
    over. [20] For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of
    them were clean. So they killed the Passover lamb for all the returned exiles, for
    their fellow priests, and for themselves;

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    Commentary:

    6:1-12. Eventually, God in his providence sorted the situation out and it became
    quite clear that the building work of Jerusalem had been legally authorized; so
    Darius gave his permission and every encouragement to push the project forward.
    The repatriates benefit from a special royal decree which reads as if the king not
    only recognized the Jews’ rights in the matter but also acknowledged the God
    whom they meant to worship in that temple. Darius invokes this God against any-
    one who might dare frustrate his wishes (v. 12). It is a kind of sign that the work
    the Jews are engaged in is desired by God, even though he makes his mind
    known through a foreign king. The same happened with Cyrus.

    6:13-15. It is interesting that this last stage of building the temple is attributed to
    “the elders of the Jews”. Maybe Jeshua and Zerubbabel are no longer around. It
    is also clear to see that the divine commandment is put into effect through de-
    crees issued by Persian kings, who are now named in regnal order. Given the
    importance of the event, the exact date is naturally given — 3 March 515 BC.

    The New Testament says that the Church is “God’s building” (1 Cor 3:9). “The
    Lord compared himself to the stone which the builders rejected but which was
    made into the cornerstone (Mt 21:42; cf. Acts 4:11; Pet 2:7; Ps 117:22). On this
    foundation the Church is built by the apostles (cf. 1 Cor 3:11)” (Vatican II, “Lu-
    men gentium”, 6). Christians are like living stones being used in the construction
    of the Church in this life (cf. 1 Pet 2:5). This building of God’s rests on a sound
    foundation but it is something ongoing; there is always building to be done; It en-
    counters external obstacles, and the builders themselves can grow tired; although
    the Lord allowed difficulties to arise with the building of the temple, it would in due
    course be completed; so too the Church will manage to make its way, thanks to
    the effort each Christian makes in his or her own place in the world.

    6:16-18. Even though it is the climax in the whole story-line of the book, the de-
    dication of the temple is described succinctly, especially when compared to the
    account of the dedication of Solomon’s temple according to 2 Chronicles 5:1-7:
    22. It is probably done this way to show that this is not a new temple, but the
    continuation of the one that was there before. On the other hand, to legitimize
    the fact that there is a new altar and even a new temple, 2 Maccabees 1:18-36,
    which attributes the building to Nehemiah, records a different tradition about the
    dedication.

    The Ezra text delights in noting the generous offerings made by the Israelites.
    In the Christian tradition, the ceremony of dedication survives in the dedication
    of churches, and pastors do not fail to encourage the faithful to make appropriate
    spiritual offerings: “Therefore, my beloved friends, if we wish to celebrate with joy
    the dedication of the temple, we must not destroy the living temple of God within
    us by evildoing. I will say it in a way that everybody can understand: we must pre-
    pare our souls in the same way as we would like the church to be prepared when
    we enter it. Do you want to visit a clean basilica? Then do not dirty your soul with
    sin. Just as you would like the basilica to be well-lit, God does not wish your soul
    to be in darkness, but rather he desires that the Lord’s saying would prove true:
    that the light of good works may be shining within you so that he who lives in the
    heavens may be glorified (St Caesarius of Arles, “Sermons”, 229, 3).

    6:19-22. The account of the repatriates’ return to Israel is reminiscent at times of
    events relating to the Exodus. One of these is the celebration of Passover. How-
    ever, the context and the meaning of this celebration have nuances proper to
    each situation.

    In the Exodus, Passover was celebrated prior to setting out on the journey, as
    a preparation for that great salvific intervention by God on behalf of his people.
    Here the Passover comes at the end, to show appreciation to God, who has al-
    lowed them to return from Babylon, rebuild the temple and begin to live normal
    lives again in the land he promised them. It is noteworthy that, alongside the
    repatriates, some “people of the land” (v. 21) also share in the Passover meal.

    Passover is the great festival that celebrates the saving action of God: that ac-
    tion is not just a past event, a memory of the escape from Egypt; it happens in
    various ways over the course of the life of the people down the ages. The cele-
    bration of this festival is a memorial of a past event which is made present at
    every Passover. All this helps us to appreciate the meaning of the paschal (Eas-
    ter, Passover) mystery of Jesus, the greatest saving intervention by God on be-
    half of mankind, which brought to fullness the ancient Passover celebrations.
    Every time that the memorial of the mystery of Jesus’ passion, death and resur-
    rection is celebrated in the Eucharist, its salvific power takes effect.

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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.