†Saint Quote "It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman." –St. Therese of Lisieux - The Little Flower
†Today's Meditation "Above all, it is necessary to ask of God every morning the gift of perseverance, and to beg of the Blessed Virgin to obtain it for you, and particularly in the time of temptation, by invoking the name of Jesus and Mary as long as the temptation lasts. Happy the man who will continue to act in this manner, and shall be found so doing when Jesus Christ shall come to judge him. 'Blessed is that servant, whom, when his Lord shall come, he shall find so doing' (Matt. 24:46)." —St. Alphonsus De Liguori, p. 167
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†Daily Verse "Thus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practice steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord." –Jeremiah 9:23-24
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St. Raymond Nonnatus
St. Raymond Nonnatus (1200-1240) was born in Catalonia, Spain, to a noble family. His life was saved by caesarean section after his mother died in childbirth, earning him the name 'Nonnatus' meaning 'one not born'. Raymond was a pious child drawn to the religious life, but his father had plans for him to serve in the royal court of the King of Aragon. To distract Raymond from his vocation, his father sent him to tend the family fields. This had the opposite effect and gave Raymond greater opportunity to pray in the country chapel. His father eventually allowed him to join the Mercedarians, a religious order which ransomed Christian slaves from their Muslim captors. Raymond became Master General of the order and personally freed hundreds of prisoners. When he ran out of money, he ransomed his own life to release Christians held in captivity. St. Raymond was tortured throughout his imprisonment, yet he converted numerous people to the Christian faith. To prevent him from preaching Christ, his captors pierced his lips with a red-hot iron and closed them with a padlock. He was eventually ransomed by his order and returned to Spain, and died a year later. After his death there was a dispute over who had the right to bury his body. To settle the matter, his body was placed on a blind mule and set loose. The mule went to the country chapel where Raymond had prayed in his youth, and it was there that he was buried. Many miracles were attributed to St. Raymond Nonnatus both before and after his death. He is the patron of children, childbirth, pregnant women, infants, and midwives. His feast day is August 31st.
Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 433 Reading 1
1 COR 3:1-9
Brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were unable to take it. Indeed, you are still not able, even now, for you are still of the flesh. While there is jealousy and rivalry among you, are you not of the flesh, and walking according to the manner of man? Whenever someone says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," are you not merely men?
What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building.
PS 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. From heaven the LORD looks down; he sees all mankind. R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. From his fixed throne he beholds all who dwell on the earth, He who fashioned the heart of each, he who knows all their works. R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield, For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
R. Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim liberty to captives. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.
At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God." But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, "To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent." And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
Daily Meditation: Luke 4:38-44
To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news. (Luke 4:43)
If you want one word that characterizes the Christian life, you'd find it hard to do better than "go." Abraham left his homeland to go where God called him (Genesis 12:1). The Israelites left Egypt to go to the Promised Land. Jesus left his heavenly throne to go to his people. And in today's Gospel, he goes from town to town, preaching the good news of his kingdom. It would have been much easier for him to stay put and let people come to him. But he didn't. He was constantly on the move, trying to reach as many people as he could.
This pattern continued when Jesus sent his apostles to "Go . . . and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). And go they did! They traveled far and wide, at great personal sacrifice, to tell people about a God who would leave his throne, be crucified, and rise again.
This "going" continues even now. Believers serve in soup kitchens and homeless shelters. They provide outreach to prisoners. They offer Bible studies and small groups where they can share their faith and invite other people to encounter the Lord. Some even move across countries and continents to reach people with the gospel.
Jesus asks every Christian to go, to leave what's comfortable and familiar and share the hope that we've found. Some of us can participate in parish ministries and mission efforts, and some can't. But everyone can still answer the call to go. We go when we intercede for suffering people miles away and donate to organizations that serve them. We go when we call or visit a sick friend and encourage or pray with them. We go when we offer to drive someone to church or to the grocery store. We go whenever we share our faith with someone else. Going and making disciples often requires sacrifice, but the reward is so great. We get to be coworkers with Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:9).
Today, think about how God has gone out of his way to find you and has sent people to care for you. Ask the Spirit to help you find creative ways to go and reach people with his love.
"Jesus, I will go for you. Here I am, Lord. Send me."
1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Psalm 33:12-15, 20-21
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: "For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building." The Book of Heaven volumes are going through much of what seems to be of a suffering lady that has visions of our Lord, or real apparitions. And she speaks as of our Lord sometimes as if He is literally inside of her being, like in her heart, and she speaks to him There. If I'm hearing things right! But God can choose to reside anywhere, right? Can He reside in You? Can we ask Him to come inside our dwelling place? This building? This building that makes for a bigger building?
We pray today; _"From his fixed throne he beholds all who dwell on the earth, He who fashioned the heart of each, he who knows all their works.
Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own"_
In the Gospel today we heard: _"they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her." And then many more were brought for healing and we heard: "He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God." So wait up a second. The sick came to be cured, and demons came out shouting?
Are we saying here that demons make people sick? In my studies of bad spirits, exorcisms and such, I've learned not to go directly blaming everything on the devil. Like this morning, we got struck again, another car accident at work. I wake up, and there's alerts and messages and missed calls, someone struck our vehicle. We've had dear strikes, other car strikes, and here we are struck again. I've already called an exorcist priest for a blessing on the business. You would've thought he'd touch every car and office, but he just said a few prayers and with holy water.
Yet, that's how things work. It only takes the touch of God or a word of God, and it is done. Lazarus rose from the dead, and died again...physically. I am delivered from temptation but I get struck again.
What is one to do?
Welcome to a world that lives with evil, and sickness and evil that can cause sickness.
I've also learned that when we are sick, we should see a priest, for anointing of the sick. It's not just for the dying! But, as it stands, most people don't know, and many priests might negate the very notion. Yet, the Sacrament gives strength...in grace. So what've we to learn from the Son of God? Susceptibility matters. Can we make ourselves available to Him?
Can we make Him a dwelling place inside? Or do we let other things inside that cause dis order and dis ease? I rather choose order, obedience. I rather choose grace. And I hope the same for you.
Lord, help us make You a beautiful dwelling place...in our hearts for You to live and work and shine!
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†Saint Quote Quote of the Day "Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul." –St. Teresa of Avila - Teresa of Jesus
†Today's Meditation "I realize as never before that the Lord is gentle and merciful; He did not send me this heavy cross until I could bear it. If He had sent it before, I am certain that it would have discouraged me . . . I desire nothing at all now except to love until I die of love. I am free, I am not afraid of anything, not even of what I used to dread most of all . . . a long illness which would make me a burden to the community. I am perfectly content to go on suffering in body and soul for years, if that would please God. I am not in the least afraid of living for a long time; I am ready to go on fighting." —St. Therese of Lisieux, p. 122
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†Daily Verse "Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee. Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock." –Isaiah 26:3-4
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St. Fiacre (d. 670 A.D.) was born in Ireland and was raised from childhood in an Irish monastery. There he grew in knowledge as well as holiness, and became a priest. He retired to a hermitage to live in prayer and solitude, but men began to flock to him to imitate his way of life and become his disciples. To escape them, Fiacre left Ireland to establish a new hermitage in France. He went to the bishop and asked for land to plant a garden to grow food as well as herbs for medicinal healing, a science which he studied in the monastery. The bishop agreed to give Fiacre as much land as he could entrench. Fiacre picked a plot of land and walked around its perimeter, dragging his shovel behind him. Wherever his spade touched the ground, the land was miraculously cleared and the soil became entrenched. St. Fiacre lived a life of great mortification in prayer, fasting, vigils, and manual labor in his garden. Disciples gathered around him again, and soon formed a monastery. St. Fiacre then built an oratory in honor of the Virgin Mary, a hospice in which he received strangers, and a cell for his own dwelling. His fame for performing miracles became widespread, and his garden became a place of pilgrimage for centuries for those seeking healing. St. Fiacre is best known as the patron of gardeners, florists, and cab drivers. His feast day is August 30th.
Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 1 COR 2:10B-16
Brothers and sisters: The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. Among men, who knows what pertains to the man except his spirit that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms. Now the natural man does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually. The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment by anyone. For "who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
R. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. R. The Lord is just in all his ways. Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom and speak of your might. R. The Lord is just in all his ways. Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom. Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. R. The Lord is just in all his ways. The LORD is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works. The LORD lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. R. The Lord is just in all his ways.
Alleluia LK 7:16
R. Alleluia, alleluia. A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel LK 4:31-37
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet! Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and said to one another, "What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.
Daily Meditation: Luke 4:31-37
They were astonished at his teaching. (Luke 4:32)
How many seminars, homilies, lectures, or speeches have you heard in your life? Probably more than you can count. Definitely more than you can remember. For some reason or another, most of these talks didn't make a deep impression. Perhaps the speakers weren't well prepared or were not dynamic enough. Perhaps you were distracted or bored. Or perhaps it was so long ago that the memory has faded. Whatever the reason, it's not often that we hear words that make a lasting impact in our lives.
The people in today's Gospel reading had a different experience. They were astonished at Jesus because he spoke "with authority" (Luke 4:32). It wasn't just because he knew the Scriptures well. It wasn't just because he was a moving speaker who could sway a crowd. It was because his words resonated inside their hearts. They were words of God's compassion and mercy, words that had the power to heal and to save. They even had the power to scatter evil spirits!
Don't you wish you could hear Jesus preach like this? Well, in a sense you can—every time you open the Scriptures. The same One who spoke to that crowd can speak to you through the pages of the Bible because these words are inspired by the Holy Spirit himself. They bear not just information about God; they bear the very breath of God. And that breath can infuse us with the life and wisdom and power of God if we approach these words in prayer and with an open heart.
If you want to experience the power of God's word, start with today's Gospel reading. Focus on the possessed man's words: "I know who you are—the Holy One of God!" (Luke 4:34). Let that statement sink in. All of creation, even the fallen angels, recognize Jesus as the Holy One. You recognize him too, and he's right here with you. Take a few moments to worship him. Go beyond the words and go to Jesus. Thank and praise him for his majesty, and let yourself be transformed by his grace and love!
"Thank you, Lord, for the gift of your word! Let it reach into the depth of my soul to teach me, inspire me, and guide me in the way of salvation."
1 Corinthians 2:10-16 Psalm 145:8-14
From today's 1st Holy Scripture: _"Now the natural man does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually."
It is not easy to be truly of the spirit. But only if we allow it to be...let the faith flow.
We pray today; "The LORD is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works. The LORD lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The Lord is just in all his ways."
In the Gospel today we heard: "Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet! Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm."
They would say "see how He does all things right".
From Bishop Barron today: "Friends, in today's Gospel, Jesus teaches in the synagogue at Capernaum. One of the things that he comes to do is to teach, for at the root of our troubles and our suffering is a powerful clouding of the mind. What is it like to be in the same room with Jesus? The people "were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority." "Astonished" is a pretty strong word. But we have to understand the tenor of the time. When a Jewish rabbi would speak, he would reference his teacher—another rabbi—who in turn had learned from another rabbi, and he by another, and so on. Finally, appeal would be made, implicitly or otherwise, to Moses, who had received the word and Commandments of God on Mt. Sinai. What makes Jesus' teaching so striking—apart from the content, which is striking enough—is his manner of teaching. He doesn't appeal to "Rabbi so and so" and finally back to Moses. He teaches on his own authority. The Greek word here (exousia) is instructive, meaning "from his own being." He moves through his public life, Chesterton said, like a lightning bolt." ....................... We have then, our Lord, wanting to deliver us merely by His Word and in an instant things will come to be. Do you Believe!!??
Lord help me believe!
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