Thursday, June 18, 2020

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The Heart of God Beats for You
Our human hearts were made to love and to be loved, to give and receive love. Every beat of every heart is made possible through a God who is love. But do you know that the very heart of God also beats for you? That is what Jesus said to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Apostle of the Heart of Jesus, as he revealed his enflamed heart to her: "Behold this Heart which has so loved men as to spare Itself nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, to testify to them Its love." This revelation is what we have come to know as the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

—from the book Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart by Anne Costa


†Saint Quote
"Seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself, 'Who could be the Master of these beautiful things?' I felt a great desire to see him, to know him and to pay him homage."
— St. Josephine Bakhita

† Meditation of the Day

"It is inevitable that the barque of Peter will encounter rough sailing. This is why we must stand together in faith and doctrine. Sometimes our morning prayer could easily include the Apostle's Creed as a reminder of our beliefs."

— Rev. Thomas J. Donaghy, p. 22

An Excerpt From Inspirational Thoughts for Everyday


"'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.' The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."

Lamentations 3: 24-26


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Sts. Mark & Marcellian
Sts. Mark and Marcellian (d. 286 A.D.) were twin brothers who were martyred for their faith in Rome under Emperor Diocletian. According to legend they were both deacons from a distinguished family who were thrown into prison for being Christians. Their mother and father, who were pagans, visited their sons in prison and pleaded with them to return to the worship of false gods so that they could be saved. At the same time, St. Sebastian also visited the brothers and encouraged them to stand strong in their faith. St. Sebastian's exhortation was so persuasive that the parents of Marcellian and Mark were converted, along with several friends who were present, as well as the other prisoners. All of these new Christian converts were eventually martyred alongside Mark and Marcellian. The brothers had their feet nailed to a wood post, and later their bodies were pierced with lances. Their feast day is June 18th.

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Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 368

Reading 1SIR 48:1-14

Like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah
whose words were as a flaming furnace.
Their staff of bread he shattered,
in his zeal he reduced them to straits;
By the Lord's word he shut up the heavens
and three times brought down fire.
How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
Whose glory is equal to yours?
You brought a dead man back to life
from the nether world, by the will of the LORD.
You sent kings down to destruction,
and easily broke their power into pieces.
You brought down nobles, from their beds of sickness.
You heard threats at Sinai,
at Horeb avenging judgments.
You anointed kings who should inflict vengeance,
and a prophet as your successor.
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,
in a chariot with fiery horses.
You were destined, it is written, in time to come
to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD,
To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons,
and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you
And who falls asleep in your friendship.
For we live only in our life,
but after death our name will not be such.
O Elijah, enveloped in the whirlwind!

Then Elisha, filled with the twofold portion of his spirit,
wrought many marvels by his mere word.
During his lifetime he feared no one,
nor was any man able to intimidate his will.
Nothing was beyond his power;
beneath him flesh was brought back into life.
In life he performed wonders,
and after death, marvelous deeds.

Responsorial Psalm97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7

R. (12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Fire goes before him
and consumes his foes round about.
His lightnings illumine the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
All who worship graven things are put to shame,
who glory in the things of nought;
all gods are prostrate before him.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

ROM 8:15BC
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
through which we cry: Abba! Father!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

MT 6:7-15
Jesus said to his disciples:
"In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

"This is how you are to pray:

'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.'

"If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."


Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:8)

Hoping to help people who couldn't hear well, Thomas Edison developed a device he called the megaphone. Based on an earlier instrument known as the "speaking trumpet," Edison's invention amplified the normal human voice so that it could be heard up to two miles away.

In ancient times, pagan worshippers used repetition as a megaphone of sorts for communicating with their gods. They repeated phrases and divine names over and over, at an ever-increasing volume, in the hope of attracting their attention (1 Kings 18:26-29; Acts 19:34). But in today's Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples not to pray like that. Why? Because "Your Father knows what you need before you ask him" (Matthew 6:8).

We don't worship a God who is deaf or indifferent to our sufferings. We don't need to win him over to do good things for us. Our God knows us completely. Our God is our Father. He created us, loves us, and knows us inside and out. So when we express our needs to the Lord in petition or intercession, it's not to give him new information or to change his mind. He already knows what we need. He already wants to bless us, and he already knows how he will do it.

So why pray? Why bother, if it doesn't change anything?

Because prayer changes us by putting us in contact with God. When we turn our hearts toward him and bring him our needs, we recognize that he is God and we are not. We acknowledge that we can't fix ourselves—or anyone else. We can't solve all our problems; we need God's power and goodness to help us. This realization softens our hearts, and we become more open to receive his mercy and grace.

But the effects of our prayer don't stop with us. It can even change the course of history! Through our intercession, Jesus is inviting us to cooperate with him in accomplishing his will in the world. So by interceding, we are opening up our hearts and our circumstances to our loving Father and yielding to his plans. And that doesn't take a megaphone.

"Father, I bring you my needs today. I trust in your goodness. Your will be done!"

Sirach 48:1-14
Psalm 97:1-7


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If you want your children to know who they are and to achieve their identity, teach them to give themselves away unselfishly. In the workshop in Nazareth, Joseph and Jesus crafted the cross of self-giving love. Jesus took all those lessons and ultimately lived them out on Calvary.

— Devin Schadt
from 7 Secrets of St. Joseph for Dads


"Nothing was beyond his power;
beneath him flesh was brought back into life.
In life he performed wonders,
and after death, marvelous deeds."
And this prophet was believed by many to have been resurrected in Jesus.
And has always been not only among us...but in us.


We pray today "All who worship graven things are put to shame,
who glory in the things of nought;
all gods are prostrate before him.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!"


In the Holy Gospel our Lord tells us not to babble like pagans who THINK that by many words things will happen.
It only takes God one word for things to happen. This is the will.
And so He teaches us what to pray and how to pray.
The Lord's prayer.
He condenses 13 normal daily Jewish prayers into one.
One is enough....but shall we limit prayer to once a day?
He did not come to abolish morning, mid morning, noon, mid afternoon, afternoon, nor night prayers. HE came to shine light on what and how we areto pray, giving life and light to the soul.
We repeat the Lord's prayer in Catholic faith...and it remains the prayer of all saints.
Learn every tenet of the prayer. Learn what it seeks and desires...the Father's will be done in our hearts.



Random bible verse from an online generator:
Hebrews 415

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.


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