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Browsing Archive: June, 2012

Saint of the Day for June 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

First Martyrs of the See of Rome


Feastday: June 30
Died: 64

The holy men and women are also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome.” They were accused of burning Rome by Nero , who burned Rome to cover his own crimes. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at evening banquets, some crucified, others were fed to wild animals. These martyrs died before Sts. Peter and Paul, and are called “disciples of the Apostles. . . whom the Holy Roman church sent to their Lord before the Apost...


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Saint of the Day for June 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Peter


Feastday: June 29
Died: 64

Simon Peter or Cephas, the first pope, Prince of the Apostles, and founder, with St. Paul, of the see of Rome.

Peter was a native of Bethsaida, near Lake Tiberias, the son of John, and worked, like his brother St. Andrew, as a fisherman on Lake Genesareth. Andrew introduced Peter to Jesus, and Christ called Peter to become adisciple. In Luke is recounted the story that Peter caught so large an amount of fish that he fell down before the feet of Jesus and wa...
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Saint of the Day for June 28, 2012

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St. Irenaeus


Feastday: June 28
Died: 202

The writings of St. Irenaeus entitle him to a high place among the fathers of the Church, for they not only laid the foundations of Christian theology but, by exposing and refuting the errors of the gnostics, they delivered the Catholic Faith from the real danger of the doctrines of those heretics.

He was probably born about the year 125, in one of those maritime provinces of Asia Minor where the memory of the apostles was still cherished and where...


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Saint of the Day for June 27, 2012

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St. Cyril of Alexandria


Feastday: June 27

St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (June 27) Cyril was born at Alexandria, Egypt. He was nephew of the patriarch of that city, Theophilus. Cyril received a classical and theological education at Alexandria and was ordained by his uncle. He accompanied Theophilus to Constantinople in 403 and was present at the Synod of the Oak that deposed John Chrysostom, whom he believed guilty of the charges against him. He succeeded his uncle Th...


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Saint of the Day for June 26, 2012

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St. Anthelm


Feastday: June 26
1107 - 1178

Carthusian monk and bishop, defender of papal authority. Anthelm was born in 1107 in a castle near Chambery, in Savoy, France. He was ordained a priest and visited the Carthusian Charterhouse at Portes, where he entered the Order at the age of thirty. Two years later, in 1139, he was appointed abbot of Le Grande Chartreuse, which had been damaged. Anthelm made the monastery a worthy motherhouse of the Carthusians, constructing a defensive wall and a...


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Daily Readings for Saturday June 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19

2 The Lord pitilessly engulfed all the homes of Jacob; in his fury he tore down the fortresses of the daughter of Judah; he threw to the ground, he desecrated the kingdom and its princes.

10 Mute, they sit on the ground, the elders of the daughter of Zion; they have put dust on their heads and wrapped themselves in sackcloth. The young girls of Jerusalem bow their heads to the ground.

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Daily Readings for Friday June 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 12:1-11

1 It was about this time that King Herod started persecuting certain members of the church.

2 He had James the brother of John beheaded,

3 and when he saw that this pleased the Jews he went on to arrest Peter as well.

4 As it was during the days of Unleavened Bread that he had arrested him, he put him in prison, assigning four sections of four soldiers each to guard him, meaning to try him in pub...


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Daily Readings for Thursday June 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Second Kings 24:8-17

8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he came to the throne, and he reigned for three months in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.

9 He did what is displeasing to Yahweh, just as his father had done.

10 At that time the troops of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.

11 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon a...


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Daily Readings for Wednesday June 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Second Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3

8 The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, 'I have found the Book of the Law in the Temple of Yahweh.' And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.

9 Shaphan the secretary went to the king, reporting furthermore to him as follows, 'Your servants have melted down the silver which was in the Temple and have handed it over to the masters of works attached to the Temple of Yahweh.' ...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday June 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Second Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-35, 36

9 on hearing that Tirhakah king of Cush was on his way to attack him.

10 Sennacherib again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 'Tell Hezekiah king of Judah this, "Do not let your God on whom you are relying deceive you with the promise: Jerusalem will not fall into the king of Assyria's clutches.

11 You have learnt by now what the kings of Assyria have done to all the other countri...


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Daily Readings for Monday June 25, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18

5 The king of Assyria invaded the whole country and, coming to Samaria, laid siege to it for three years.

6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah on the Habor, a river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

7 This happened because the Israelites had sinned against Yahweh their God who had brought ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.” (Communion Rite)

Across the English-speaking world, people are stumbling through a new translation of the Mass, relearning phrases and prayers that have been in place for decades. More than a few people have exchanged sheepish glances as they have caught themselves saying something like: “And also with your Spirit!”

But this new translation includes...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
Saints Peter and Paul

The angel of the Lord … delivers all who fear God. (Psalm 34:8)

This scene sounds a lot like a suspenseful movie, doesn’t it? A hostage languishes in captivity until a heli­copter is heard in the distance. The chopper brings a group of highly-skilled forces who enter and snatch the hostage out of the mouth of dan­ger, whisking him to safety.

In today’s readings, both Peter and Paul rejoice in being rescued by God. Peter’s story in the ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” (Matthew 7:27)

The citizens of Jerusalem expe­rienced just such a collapse. After numerous infidelities to God, he permitted Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, to conquer them. He dashed their city to the ground, deposed their king, and dragged him into exile along with all the powerful and skilled people of the land.

In the face of such devastation, there are two equally disastro...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“The king made a covenant before the Lord.” (2 Kings 23:3)

Josiah wasn’t your average eighteen-year-old learning to be responsible. He already had too much responsibility—he was king of Judah! What’s more, the odds were against him. His father, Amon, and his grandfather, Manasseh, had been terrible rulers. Manasseh revived idol worship and various occult practices. He even murdered his own son. Amon continued with more of the same, until he himself was murdere...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Enter through the narrow gate.” (Matthew 7:13)

That narrow gate! It’s tighter than the gap between the do’s and don’ts that we’re all familiar with. So you don’t lie, injure or kill—but what about forgiving a person who has grievously hurt you? You steer clear of coveting, cheating, and stealing— but what about giving financially, even though finances are tight? That’s a constricted road, for sure.

And how do you take time to encourage someone else...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
"Stop judging, that you may not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

We find the defendant guilty as charged. The judge’s gavel strikes: Crack! Crack! Crack! Bailiff, take him away. This scene is repeated count­less times on countless television shows. It is splashed over newspaper headlines and is a hot topic in books and blockbuster movies. In case you haven’t noticed, crime-and-punish­ment justice gets a lot of attention. And that side of justice isn’t a bad thing. It...


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Saint of the Day for June 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John the Baptist
 
Feastday: June 24

John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times an...

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Saint of the Day for June 23, 2012

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St. Joseph Cafasso
 
Feastday: June 23
Patron of prison chaplains, captives, imprisoned people and prisoners
1811 - 1860

Joseph Cafasso was born at Castelnuovo d'Asti in the Piedmont, Italy, of peasant parents. He studied at the seminary at Turin, and was ordained in 1833. He continued his theological studies at the seminary and university at Turin and then at the Institute of St. Franics, and despite a deformed spine, became a brilliant lecturer in moral theology there. He was a popular teacher, ...

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Saint of the Day for June 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Thomas More
 
Feastday: June 22
Patron of Lawyers
Died: 1535

St. Thomas More, Martyr (Patron of Lawyers) St. Thomas More was born at London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon leaving the university he embarked on a legal career which took him to Parliament. In 1505, he married his beloved Jane Colt who bore him four children, andwhen she died at a young age, he married a widow, Alice Middleton, to be a mother for his young chi...

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Saint of the Day for June 21, 2012

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St. Aloysius Gonzaga
 
Feastday: June 21
Died: 1591

St. Aloysius was born in Castiglione, Italy. The first words St. Aloysius spoke were the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. He was destined for the military by his father (who was in service to Philip II), but by the age of 9 Aloysius had decided on a religious life, and made a vow of perpetual virginity. To safeguard himself from possible temptation, he would keep his eyes persistently downcast in the presence of women. St. Charles Borromeo gave him...

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Saint of the Day for June 17, 2012

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St. Emily de Vialar
 
Feastday: June 17

St. Emily de Vialar, Virgin, Foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph "of the Apparition"

Anne Marguerite Adelaide Emily de Vialar was the eldest child and only daughter of Baron James Augustine de Vialar and his wife Antoinette, daughter of that Baron de Portal who was physician-in-ordinary to Louis XVIII and Charles X of France. She was born at Gaillac in Languedoc in 1797. At the age of fifteen she was removed from school in Paris to be companion to her fa...

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Saint of the Day for June 20, 2012

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St. Vincent Kaun
 
Feastday: June 20
Died: 1626

Martyr of Japan. A native of Korea, he was brought to Japan in 1591 as a prisoner of war and was subsequently converted to Christianity. Entering the Jesuits, he studied at the Jesuit seminary of Arima and worked for three decades as a catechist in both Japan and China. Seized during the persecution of the Church, he was burned alive at Nagasaki with Blessed Francis Pacheco. He was beatified in 1867. 

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Saint of the Day for June 19, 2012

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St. Romuald
 
Feastday: June 19
950 - 1027

St. Romuald was born at Ravenna about the year 956. In spite of an infinite desire for virtue and sanctity, his early life was wasted in the service of the world and its pleasures. Then one day, obliged by his father, Sergius, to be present at a duel fought by him, he beheld him slay his adversary. The crime made such an impression upon him that he determined to expiate it for forty days, as though it were entirely his own. For this purpose he retired to...

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Saint of the Day for June 18, 2012

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St. Gregory Barbarigo
 
Feastday: June 18
1625 - 1697

St. Gregory Barbarigo was born in 1625, of a very old and distinguished Venetian family. A brilliant student, he embraced a diplomatic career and accompanied the Venetian Ambassador, Contarini, to the Congress of Munster in 1648. Then he became a priest and was soon thereafter consecrated as the first Bishop of Bergamo by Pope Alexander VII. Later on he was elevated to the rank of Cardinal and also given authority over the diocese of Padua. He...

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Daily Readings for Sunday June 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Readings 
Reading 1, Isaiah 49:1-6

1 Coasts and islands, listen to me, pay attention, distant peoples. Yahweh called me when I was in the womb, before my birth he had pronounced my name.

2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, he hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me into a sharpened arrow and concealed me in his quiver.

3 He said to me, 'Israel, you are my servant, through whom I shall manifest my glory.'

4 But I said, 'My toil has been futile, I have exhausted myself for nothing, to no purpose.' Ye...

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Daily Readings for Saturday June 23, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Chronicles 24:17-25

17 After Jehoiada's death the officials of Judah came to pay court to the king, and the king listened to their advice,

18 and they abandoned the Temple of Yahweh, God of their ancestors, for the worship of sacred poles and idols. Judah and Jerusalem incurred wrath because of this guilt of theirs.

19 He sent their prophets to lead them back to Yahweh; these put the case against them, but they would not listen.

20 The spirit of God then invested Zechariah son o...

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Daily Readings for Friday June 22, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20

1 When Athaliah mother of Ahaziah learned that her son was dead, she promptly murdered all those of royal stock.

2 But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, surreptitiously rescued Jehoash son of Ahaziah from among the princes who were to be murdered, and put him with his nurse in the sleeping quarters; in this way she hid him from Athaliah, and he was not killed.

3 He stayed, hidden with her in the Temple of Yahweh for six years, whi...

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Daily Readings for Thursday June 21, 2012

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Reading 1, Sirach 48:1-14

1 Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his word flaring like a torch.

2 It was he who brought famine on them and decimated them in his zeal.

3 By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, three times also he brought down fire.

4 How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah! Has anyone reason to boast as you have? -

5 rousing a corpse from death, from Sheol, by the word of the Most High;

6 dragging kings down to destruction, and high dignitaries from their beds;

7...

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Daily Readings for Wednesday June 20, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Kings 2:1, 6-14

1 This is what happened when Yahweh took Elijah up to heaven in the whirlwind: Elijah and Elisha set out from Gilgal,

6 Elijah said, 'Elisha, you stay here, Yahweh is only sending me to the Jordan.' But he replied, 'As Yahweh lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you!' And they went on together.

7 Fifty of the brotherhood of prophets followed them, halting some distance away as the two of them stood beside the Jordan.

8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it...

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Daily Readings for Tuesday June 19, 2012

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Reading 1, First Kings 21:17-29

17 Then the word of Yahweh came to Elijah the Tishbite,

18 'Up! Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, in Samaria. You will find him in Naboth's vineyard; he has gone down to take possession of it.

19 You are to say this to him, "Yahweh says this: You have committed murder and now you usurp as well. For this -- and Yahweh says this -- in the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, the dogs will lick your blood too." '

20 Ahab said to Elijah, 'So you have cau...

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Daily Readings for Monday June 18, 2012

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Reading 1, First Kings 21:1-16

1 This is what happened next: Naboth of Jezreel had a vineyard close by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria,

2 and Ahab said to Naboth, 'Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden, since it adjoins my palace; I will give you a better vineyard for it or, if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.'

3 Naboth, however, said to Ahab, 'Yahweh forbid that I should give you my ancestral heritage!'

4 Ahab went home gloomy and out of temper at the words of Naboth ...

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Daily Readings for Sunday June 17, 2012

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Reading 1, Ezekiel 17:22-24

22 "The Lord Yahweh says this: From the top of the tall cedar tree, from the highest branch I shall take a shoot and plant it myself on a high and lofty mountain.

23 I shall plant it on the highest mountain in Israel. It will put out branches and bear fruit and grow into a noble cedar tree. Every kind of bird will live beneath it, every kind of winged creature will rest in the shade of its branches.

24 And all the trees of the countryside will know that I, Yahweh, am ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Lord called me from birth. (Isaiah 49:1)

What do you think is the most amazing thing about John the Bap­tist? His zeal for the Lord? His pas­sionate preaching? Maybe his gift of self-denial or the humility he dis­played despite his fame?

How about this instead: Even as a fetus, John leapt for joy in the pres­ence of the Virgin Mary because she was carrying the Son of God. John was still an unborn baby, barely aware of life outside of the womb, and yet th...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Do not worry.” (Matthew 6:31)

Father, when I think of who you are, I am amazed. You created every­thing, and you have authority and power over all you have made. Yet you call me child, and invite me to call you Father. I can turn to you anytime, anywhere, about anything, and you will hear and answer me. I am never alone, but always in the palm of your hand.

As I go about my day today, Father, I will remember who you are. You order the movement of the stars, you probe the depth of seas, an...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 22, 2012

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“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.” (Matthew 6:22-23)

Jesus spoke these words to a people whose eyes might be drawn occasionally to their neighbor’s house or crops or cattle. But today he speaks them to a people whose eyes are constantly bombarded with images from television, the Internet, billboards, and movies. Because we are subjected to so much visual clut­ter...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 21, 2012

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

What a comfort to know that God understands not only what we want in the heat of the moment but what we truly need! What we need to sustain our human life, yes: “daily bread,” no more, no less. But more fundamentally, what we need to live at peace with each other: divine power to give and receive forgiveness. Even what we need but are unable to achieve on our own: protection and deliverance from the forces that would a...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 20, 2012

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“Your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Matthew 6:4)

Knowing that his time was short, Elijah asked Elisha to request any­thing he wanted. Elisha wasted no time in asking for a “double por­tion” of Elijah’s spirit (2 Kings 2:9). This may sound like a huge request, but not when you consider the true Giver of this gift. Almighty God, the Lord and giver of life, delights in showering his children with gifts. He is so generous that every day he actively looks for ways to bless...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 19, 2012

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“Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

How many times have you heard these words from Jesus, and felt completely helpless? We all have someone in our lives that we simply can’t love or forgive—someone who has hurt us so deeply that we have resigned ourselves to bearing the wound for the rest of our lives.

It is precisely these memories, these fears, even these resentments that the Lord wants to heal. He knows that we will never find the strength to dea...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 18, 2012

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“Go on, take possession of the vineyard.” (1 Kings 21:15)

Just thinking about the way Naboth was treated by Jezebel and Ahab can make your blood boil. What a horrendous injustice! They completely ignored his rights and used false accusations to stir up a murderous mob to get rid of him. And their scheme worked. Naboth was put to death, and Ahab and Jezebel got what they wanted.

Sadly, Naboth is one of a long line of righteous victims in the Scriptures. Think of Uriah, deprived of his wife B...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 17, 2012

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“The seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” (Mark 4:27)

When you were a child, you may have been given a model for a present—perhaps a model airplane or boat. Can you remember looking at the picture on the box and getting excited to see that model in its fin­ished state? However, you found that if you didn’t follow the directions and assemble the pieces in the right order, your model didn’t come out quite right.

This is a useful analogy for think­ing about Jesus’ parables ...

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Saint of the Day for June 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John Francis Regis
 
Feastday: June 16

St. John Francis Regis Confessor of the Society of Jesus June 16     True virtue, or Christian perfection, consists not in great or shining actions, but resides in the heart, and appears to great edification, though in the usual train of common and religious duties constantly performed fidelity and fervor. Such a life has its trials, and often a severer martyrdom than that which stands the test of the flames. This we find in the life of the holy servant...

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Saint of the Day for June 15, 2012

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St. Germaine Cousin
 
Feastday: June 15
Patron victims of child abuse
1579 - 1601

When Hortense decided to marry Laurent Cousin in Pibrac, France, it was not out of love for his infant daughter. Germaine was everything Hortense despised. Weak and ill, the girl had also been born with a right hand that was deformed and paralyzed. Hortense replaced the love that Germaine has lost when her mother died with cruelty and abuse.

Laurent, who had a weak character, pretended not to notice that Germaine had ...

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Saint of the Day for June 14, 2012

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St. Methodius I
 
Feastday: June 14
Died: 847

Patriarch of Constantinople, modem Istanbul. He was born in Syracuse, Sicily, and builta monastery on the island of Chios. After some time in Constantinople, he was sent to Rome in 815 as the representative of Patriarch Nicephorus, who was exiled by Emperor Leo V the Armenian for refusing to yield to the imperial decrees on the destruction of icons. Methodius returned in 821 and was himself scourged and imprisoned for seven years. Finally, in 842, Emp...

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Saint of the Day for June 13, 2012

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St. Anthony of Padua
Doctor of the Church
 
Feastday: June 13
1195 - 1231

Saint Anthony was canonized (declared a saint) less than one year after his death.

There is perhaps no more loved and admired saint in the Catholic Church than Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustinian Order and then left it and joined the Franciscan Order in 1221, when he was 26 years old. The reason he became a Franciscan was becaus...

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Saint of the Day for June 12, 2012

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St. John of Sahagun
 
Feastday: June 12
1419 - 1479

John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though he already had several benefices. He was ordained in 1445; concerned about the evil of pluralism, he resigned all his benefices except that of St. Agatha in Burgos. He spent the next four years studying at the University of Salamanca and then began t...

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Saint of the Day for June 11, 2012

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St. Barnabas
 
Feastday: June 11
Patron of Cyprus, Antioch, against hailstorms, invoked as peacemaker
Died: 61

All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived in common with the earliest converts to Christianity in Jerusalem. He persuaded the community there to accept Paul as a disciple, was sent to Antioch, Syria, to look into the community there,...

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Daily Readings for Saturday June 16, 2012

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Reading 1, First Kings 19:19-21

19 Leaving there, he came on Elisha son of Shaphat as he was ploughing behind twelve yoke of oxen, he himself being with the twelfth. Elijah passed near to him and threw his cloak over him.

20 Elisha left his oxen and ran after Elijah. 'Let me kiss my father and mother, then I will follow you,' he said. Elijah answered, 'Go, go back; for have I done anything to you?'

21 Elisha turned away, took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He used the oxen's tackle for coo...

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Daily Readings for Friday June 15, 2012

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Reading 1, Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8-9

1 When Israel was a child I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt.

3 I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I myself took them by the arm, but they did not know that I was the one caring for them,

4 that I was leading them with human ties, with leading-strings of love, that, with them, I was like someone lifting an infant to his cheek, and that I bent down to feed him.

8 Ephraim, how could I part with you? Israel, how could I give you up? How could I make you like ...

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Daily Readings for Thursday June 14, 2012

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Reading 1, First Kings 18:41-46

41 Elijah said to Ahab, 'Go back now, eat and drink; for I hear the approaching sound of rain.'

42 While Ahab went back to eat and drink, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the ground, putting his face between his knees.

43 'Now go up', he told his servant, 'and look out to sea.' He went up and looked. 'There is nothing at all,' he said. Seven times Elijah told him to go back.

44 The seventh time, the servant said, 'Now there is a cloud, small as...

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Daily Readings for Wednesday June 13, 2012

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Reading 1, First Kings 18:20-39

20 Ahab called all Israel together and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.

21 Elijah stepped out in front of all the people. 'How long', he said, 'do you mean to hobble first on one leg then on the other? If Yahweh is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.' But the people had nothing to say.

22 Elijah then said to them, 'I, I alone, am left as a prophet of Yahweh, while the prophets of Baal are four hundred and fifty.

23 Let two bulls be given us; let them choos...

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Daily Readings for Tuesday June 12, 2012

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Reading 1, First Kings 17:7-16

7 But after a while the stream dried up, for the country had had no rain.

8 And then the word of Yahweh came to him,

9 'Up and go to Zarephath in Sidonia, and stay there. I have ordered a widow there to give you food.'

10 So he went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks. Addressing her he said, 'Please bring a little water in a pitcher for me to drink.'

11 She was on her way to fetch it when he called after her. 'Please',...

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Daily Readings for Monday June 11, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3

21 The Lord helped them, and a great number believed and were converted to the Lord.

22 The news of them came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem and they sent Barnabas out to Antioch.

23 There he was glad to see for himself that God had given grace, and he urged them all to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion;

24 for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a large number of people were won over to the Lord.

25 Barnabas...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 16, 2012

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary

His mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51)

Today’s Gospel reading makes it clear that whatever the Immaculate Heart of Mary means, it doesn’t mean that Mary was serene and untroubled. It doesn’t mean that she was devoid of questions about what God was asking of her and how her son’s special vocation was to unfold. The question she asks of Jesus here even sounds like a reproach. Why have you done this to us? We have been very worried about you...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 15, 2012

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Immediately blood and water flowed out. (John 19:34)

On the biological level, the heart is an organ that pumps oxygen-rich blood to all parts of the body, sustaining life and activity. On the spiritual level, Jesus’ Sacred Heart continuously pumps life into our souls, supplying us with all the grace we need to stay close to the Lord and walk in his ways.

That’s the “function” of Jesus’ heart. But there is so much more to this feast than a remembrance of what h...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 14, 2012

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“Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” (Matthew 5:22)

At first glance, these words seem very harsh. Surely Jesus wouldn’t put my anger on the same level as murder! Wouldn’t he understand if I received Communion today, but put off reconciling with my brother or sister for a while longer?

For the answer, we have to look inside our hearts. Anger is a normal human emotion, but as with all other emotions, we should never let it con­trol us. Just a brief look at the ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 13, 2012

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“I have not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)

High jumpers face a daunting task: propelling their entire bodies over a bar that can stand as much as two feet higher than the top of their heads. From the ground, it looks impossible that the soles of anyone’s feet could actually rise above that bar. Yet they do. The bar in today’s reading seems to be set impossibly high, too. Yet Jesus really does mean that he wants us to uphold the whole law. He wants us to live pure and u...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 12, 2012

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“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13)

The late Pentecostal preacher David du Plessis was once approached by a congregant who complained that people do not seem thirsty for the Lord these days. Without missing a beat, du Plessis replied: “It’s not that they are not thirsty enough. It’s that we are not salty enough!” This reply might take us aback and put us on the defen­sive, but let’s look at it from a differ­ent angle. Instead of thinking about how “unsalty” we m...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 11, 2012

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St. Barnabas

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said … . (Acts 13:2)

You almost can’t help being in awe of stories from the days of the early church. Power from heaven comes down to earth. Amazing mir­acles happen. Heroes and heroines of faith overcome major obstacles as people flock to the church by the hundreds or even thousands. God’s glory seemed to shine so brightly back then.

But what about us? Most of the time, our experiences don’t match up with wha...

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Catholic Facts and General Knowledge

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 9, 2012, In : Catechism Lessons 
Catholic Belief

    To gain the happiness of heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world. Man must know, love and serve God in a supernatural manner in order to gain happiness of heaven. Man is raised to the supernatural order only by grace, a free gift of God.
    We learn to know, love, and serve God from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who teaches us through the Catholic Church.
    In order to be saved, all persons who have attained the use of reason must believe explicitly that God...

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Becoming a Catholic

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Interested In Learning More About The Catholic Church?

Welcome! This page explains the process by which one can - through their local Catholic church - learn more about the faith. We hope this information is helpful to you!

The process by which adults come into the Church has come to be known as "the RCIA", which is short for "The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults."

Who is the process for?

    The unbaptized. The primary focus of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is on those who are...

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Defending Marriage and Family is Defending the Common Good

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 9, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic online) - It seems that almost weekly there is another assault on true marriage. The unrelenting efforts of an activist wing of the homosexual community have nearly succeeded in reframing the issues of the debate. They aim to enforce a Cultural Revolution. They have been joined by eager collaborators in the Judiciary and elected officials who believe they are some kind of new "liberators".

Notice the pervasive use of the language of this new Cultural Revolution. There ...

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Saint of the Day for June 10, 2012

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St. Getulius
 
Feastday: June 10
Died: 120

Martyr with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus. He was the husband of St. Symphorosa. An officer in the Roman army, he resigned when he became a Christian and returned to his estates near Tivoli, Italy. There he converted Caerealis, an imperial legate sent to arrest him. With his brother Amantius and with Caerealis and Primitivus, Getulius was tortured and martyred at Tivoli.  

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Saint of the Day for June 9, 2012

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St. Ephrem
 
Feastday: June 9
Died: 373?

"I was born in the way of truth: though my childhood was unaware of the greatness of the benefit, I knew it when trial came."

Ephrem (or Eprhaim) the Syrian left us hundreds of hymns and poems on the faith that inflamed and inspired the whole Church, but few facts about his own inspiring life.

Most historians infer from the lines quoted above that Ephrem was born into a Christian family -- although not baptized until an adult (the trial or furnace), which wa...

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Saint of the Day for June 8, 2012

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St. William of York

 
Feastday: June 8
Died: 1154

St. William of York, Bishop (Feast day is June 8th). William of York was the son of Count Herbert, treasurer to Henry I. His mother Emma, was the half-sister of King William. Young William became treasurer of the church of York at an early age and was elected archbishop of York in 1140.

William's election was challenged on the grounds of simony and unchastity. He was cleared by Rome, but later, a new Pope, the Cistercian Eugene III, suspended Willi...

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Daily Readings for Sunday June 10, 2012

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Reading 1, Genesis 3:9-15

9 But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked.

10 'I heard the sound of you in the garden,' he replied. 'I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.'

11 'Who told you that you were naked?' he asked. 'Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you to eat?'

12 The man replied, 'It was the woman you put with me; she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.'

13 Then Yahweh God said to the woman, 'Why did you do that?' The woman replied, 'The snake tem...

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Daily Readings for Saturday June 09, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Timothy 4:1-8

1 Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom:

2 proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, give encouragement -- but do all with patience and with care to instruct.

3 The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they will collect themselve...

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Daily Readings for Friday June 08, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Timothy 3:10-17

10 You, though, have followed my teaching, my way of life, my aims, my faith, my patience and my love, my perseverance

11 and the persecutions and sufferings that came to me in places like Antioch, Iconium and Lystra -- all the persecutions I have endured; and the Lord has rescued me from every one of them.

12 But anybody who tries to live in devotion to Christ is certain to be persecuted;

13 while these wicked impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving other...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 10, 2012

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The Body and Blood of Christ

Take it; this is my body. (Mark 14:22)

Have you ever had the experience of recalling a past event, or a person whom you once knew, and having that memory be so vivid that it’s as if you were reliving the event, or encountering that person all over again? This is how powerful our capacity for memory can be, and it gives us a glimpse into what can happen whenever we celebrate the Eucharist.

Jesus promised that anyone who eats his flesh and drinks his blood abides in ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 9, 2012

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“This poor widow put in more… . ” (Mark 12:43)

What a contrast! Jesus had just finished warning his disciples against the scribes who liked to parade around in long robes and be treated with honor. He even accused them of devouring “the houses of widows” (Mark 12:40). And in the very next scene, we see a poor widow giving generously to the Temple treasury— donating “her whole livelihood” (12:44). In just a few short verses, we are shown both the oppressor and the oppressed, the...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 8, 2012

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“The great crowd heard this with delight.” (Mark 12:37)

Suppose you’re an expert on a particular subject, something you have studied and taught for years. But your students just don’t seem to get it. How do you make them understand? You could dazzle—and intimidate—them with your supe­rior knowledge. But instead, you choose to reason with them on their level. You help them to grasp it for themselves.

This is what Jesus does in today’s Gospel reading. He wants to clarify the people...

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Daily Readings for Thursday June 07, 2012

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Reading 1, Exodus 24:3-8

3 Moses went and told the people all Yahweh's words and all the laws, and all the people answered with one voice, 'All the words Yahweh has spoken we will carry out!'

4 Moses put all Yahweh's words into writing, and early next morning he built an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve standing-stones for the twelve tribes of Israel.

5 Then he sent certain young Israelites to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice bullocks to Yahweh as communion sacrifices.

6 Moses th...

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Saint of the Day for June 7, 2012

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St. Willibald
 
Feastday: June 7
700 - 786

Bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface. After studying in a monastery in Waitham, in Hampshire, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome (c. 722) with his father, who died on the way at Lucca, Italy. Willibald continued on to Rome and then to Jerusalem. Captured by Saracens who thought him a spy, he was eventually released and continued on to...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 7, 2012

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“Remember Jesus Christ… . Imparting the word of truth without deviation.” (2 Timothy 2:8,15)

“Words, words, words.” A con­temporary one-act play by that title explores the absurd proposition that if you sat a monkey down in front of a keyboard for long enough, he could eventually produce a Shakespeare play. We might think of that proposi­tion as we see Paul warning Timothy to avoid “disputing about words,” which “serves no useful purpose” (2 Timothy 2:14). Perhaps this led ...

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Saint of the Day for June 6, 2012

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St. Norbert
 
Feastday: June 6

St. Norbert was born at Xanten in the Rhineland, about the year 1080. The early part of his life was devoted to the world and its pleasures. He entered upon the ecclesiastical state in a worldly spirit.

The thunderstorm had boiled up suddenly as Norbert was out riding. Norbert, who had always chosen the easy way, would never have deliberately gone on a journey that promised danger, risk, or discomfort. He had moved easily from the comforts of the noble family he was...

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Daily Readings for Wednesday June 06, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12

1 From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God in accordance with his promise of life in Christ Jesus,

2 to Timothy, dear son of mine. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 Night and day I thank God whom I serve with a pure conscience as my ancestors did. I remember you in my prayers constantly night and day;

6 That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift of God that you possess through t...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 6, 2012

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“Stir into flame the gift of God that you have.” (2 Timothy 1:6)

Stop, drop, and roll. For decades, this fire safety mantra has been taught to schoolchildren so that they can have a quick way to remember what to do if their clothes ever catch fire. Fire needs fuel and heat, but without air, it can’t burn for long. So one of the best ways to put out a fire is to get rid of its source of oxygen.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have St. Paul telling Timothy—and all of us—to fan i...

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Saint of the Day for June 5, 2012

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St. Boniface of Mainz
 
Feastday: June 5
Patron of brewers; Fulda; Germany; World Youth Day
675 - 754

Winfrith had expected to return to England from Friesland (in what is now Holland) in triumph. He had left the land where he was a respected scholar, teacher, and priest because he was convinced he was called to missionary work. He had argued and pestered his abbot into letting him go because he would gain greater success for God in foreign lands. He had abandoned a successful, safe life in his mi...

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Daily Readings for Tuesday June 05, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Peter 3:12-15, 17-18

12 while you wait for the Day of God to come, and try to hasten its coming: on that Day the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat.

13 What we are waiting for, relying on his promises, is the new heavens and new earth, where uprightness will be at home.

14 So then, my dear friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live blameless and unsullied lives so that he will find you at peace.

15 Think of our Lord's patience as your opportu...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 5, 2012

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“Whose image and inscription is this?” (Mark 12:16)

There are times when talking with Jesus can be like taking an ele­vator from the ground floor of our earthly thinking to the penthouse of divine thought. Jesus has this knack for elevating topics both mundane and magnificent so that we can get a glimpse into his Father’s heart. And this is just what he did with the Pharisees who asked him a trick question about paying taxes.

The Pharisees thought they had Jesus cornered. If he said yes,...

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Saint of the Day for June 4, 2012

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St. Francis Caracciolo
 
Feastday: June 4
Patron of Naples (Italy), Italian cooks
1563 - 1608

Founder of the Minor Clerks Regular with St. John Augustine Adorno. He was born in 1563, a member of a noble Neapolitan family. Though he had a rare skin disease, much like leprosy, Francis became a priest, at which time his skin disease disappeared. In 1588, he co-founded the Minor Clerks Regular and spent the rest of his life as the superior. He was canonized in 1807. His cult is now confined to local c...

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Daily Readings for Monday June 04, 2012

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Reading 1, Second Peter 1:2-7

2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of our Lord.

3 By his divine power, he has lavished on us all the things we need for life and for true devotion, through the knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and goodness.

4 Through these, the greatest and priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them you should share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the world through disordered passion.

5 With this in...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 4, 2012

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… so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:4)

Imagine you have just received an invitation to a birthday party, baby shower, or wedding from someone close to you. Your heart is filled with excitement as you open the invitation to find out the date and time of the celebration. You eagerly look forward to the event, a time of celebration when your friend isn’t asking much—just that you show up so that you can enjoy the conver-sations, the food, and the...

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Saint of the Day for June 3, 2012

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St. Charles Lwanga and Companions
Martyrs of Uganda
 
Feastday: June 3

For those of us who think that the faith and zeal of the early Christians died out as the Church grew more safe and powerful through the centuries, the martyrs of Uganda are a reminder that persecution of Christians continues in modern times, even to the present day.

The Society of Missionaries of Africa (known as the White Fathers) had only been in Uganda for 6 years and yet they had built up a community of converts whose fait...

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Daily Readings for Sunday June 03, 2012

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Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40

32 'Put this question, then, to the ages that are past, that have gone before you, from when God created the human race on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything like it ever heard?

33 Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you have heard it, and remain alive?

34 Has it ever been known before that any god took action himself to bring one nation out of ano...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
The Most Holy Trinity

Go, therefore… (Matthew 28:19)

Have you ever started to leave a friend’s house, but then turned turn back to say: “Oh, and one more thing… .” That’s kind of what Jesus does here. Just before he ascends into heaven, he turns to his apostles and tells them one more thing: “Go … and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Teach them. Tell them what you know. Make them students of my life, my Father’s love, and the power of the Spirit. Baptize them...

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Saint of the Day for June 2, 2012

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Sts. Marcellinus and Peter - Martyrs
 
Feastday: June 2
Died: 304

Though we know very little about these two martyrs under Diocletian, there is no question that the early church venerated them. Evidence of the respect in which they were held are the basilica Constantine built over their tombs and the presence of their names in the first eucharistic prayer.

Pope St. Damasus says that he heard the story of these two martyrs from their executioner who became a Christian after their deaths. Marcellinu...

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Daily Readings for Saturday June 02, 2012

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Reading 1, Jude 1:17, 20-25

17 But remember, my dear friends, what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.

20 But you, my dear friends, must build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit;

21 keep yourselves within the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.

22 To some you must be compassionate because they are wavering;

23 others you must save by snatching them from the fire; to others again you must ...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 2, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Keep yourselves in the love of God.” (Jude 21)

That’s quite a tall order, isn’t it? How in the world are we supposed to keep ourselves in God’s love? Isn’t that more something God does for us?

Well, yes and no. It’s true that only God can sustain us. It’s true that we can’t earn God’s love or do anything to make him love us any more—or any less, for that mat­ter. But Jude isn’t telling us to keep working hard to make sure that our Father still loves us. Instead, his wo...

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Saint of the Day for June 1, 2012

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St. Justin Martyr

Feastday: June 1
100 - 165

Christian apologist, born at Flavia Neapolis, about A.D. 100, converted to Christianity about A.D. 130, taught and defended the Christian religion in Asia Minor and at Rome, where he suffered martyrdom about the year 165. Two "Apologies" bearing his name and his "Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon" have come down to us. Leo XIII had a Mass and an Office composed in his honour and set his feast for 14 April.

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Daily Readings for Friday June 01, 2012

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Reading 1, First Peter 4:7-13

7 The end of all things is near, so keep your minds calm and sober for prayer.

8 Above all preserve an intense love for each other, since love covers over many a sin.

9 Welcome each other into your houses without grumbling.

10 Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others.

11 If anyone is a speaker, let it be as the words of God, if anyone serves, let it be as in str...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 31, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 2, 2012, In : Daily Readings 
The Visitation of Mary

Blessed are you among women! (Luke 1:42)

Don’t you find it remarkable that God chose to bring about his work of redemption through two human babies and their mothers? Jesus was still in Mary’s womb, yet in his presence, Elizabeth and her own unborn son, John, were filled with the Holy Spirit. This scene gives us a glimpse of the immense love of God, who simply can’t wait to share his life with his people. What a fore­shadowing this is of the glory of the risen Chri...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for June 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, June 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“He looked around at everything and … went out to Bethany.” (Mark 11:11)

Picture the scene. Jesus, just arrived at the Temple, is confronted with a spectacle that makes him boil with anger. Right there in its outer court, a place intended for prayer, merchants and money changers are doing a brisk business. And what about the religious authorities who should be keeping the Temple holy? They’re lining their pockets with the revenues. You can imagine Jesus’ dis­ciples poking each other...

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