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Browsing Archive: May, 2012

Saint of the Day for May 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 31, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Joan of Arc
 
Feastday: May 30
Patron of soldiers and France
1412 - 1431

St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret.

At first the messages were personal and general. Then at last came the crowning order. In May, 1428, her voices "of St. ...

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Daily Readings for Wednesday May 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 31, 2012, In : Daily Readings 
Reading 1, First Peter 1:18-25

18 For you know that the price of your ransom from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors was paid, not in anything perishable like silver or gold,

19 but in precious blood as of a blameless and spotless lamb, Christ.

20 He was marked out before the world was made, and was revealed at the final point of time for your sake.

21 Through him you now have faith in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for this very purpose -- that your fait...

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 31, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 
“Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” (Mark 10:37)

It’s Friday night—family night at home, when everyone sits together to play a game or watch a movie on TV. As the mother sits on the sofa, two of her kids rush to join her, eager to have her arms around them as the movie starts. But the other three kids protest: “That’s not fair! They got to sit with you last week!” It may seem selfish of the two children to try to get the privileged ...

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Saint of the Day for May 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Maximinus of Trier

 Feastday: May 29
Patron of Trier; invoked as protection against perjury, loss at sea and destructive rains
Died: 347

Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle worker. He was probably born at Silly, France, and succeeded St. Agritus as bishop of Trier, giving refuge to St. Athanasius in 336. St. Paul, the patriarch of Constantinople, was also given Maximinus’ protection. Maximinus was an ardent enemy of the Arian heretics, opposing them i...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday May 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, First Peter 1:10-16

10 This salvation was the subject of the search and investigation of the prophets who spoke of the grace you were to receive,

11 searching out the time and circumstances for which the Spirit of Christ, bearing witness in them, was revealing the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow them.

12 It was revealed to them that it was for your sake and not their own that they were acting as servants ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.” (1 Peter 1:15)

At any other time in the church year, we might find this exhortation intimidating. There’s no way I can be as holy as Jesus, certainly not in every single thing I do! It’s just not humanly possible, no matter how pure my inten­tions and strong my willpower. I can’t possibly eliminate selfishness from my nature. I can’t love the way God loves.

True enough. This...


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What's Worse Than Abortion? This Is...

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : OLP Newsline 
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Reggie Littlejohn, President of (WRWF) as reported by The Blaze, China performs 13 million abortions per year. That averages to about 1,500 abortions per hour. 

Catholic Online has previously reported on the incredible brutality of abortion in China. While abortion is a violent form of murder, Chinese officials and doctors take the practice to another level, often subjecting women to even more abuse than they face in other countries such a...
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Saint of the Day for May 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

Bl. Margaret Pole

 Feastday: May 28
1473 - 1541

Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Rich­ard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret was widowed, named countess of Salisbury, and appointed governess to Princess Mary, daughter of Hemy VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, Spain. She opposed Henry’s mar­riage to Anne Boleyn, and the king exiled her from court, although he call...


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Daily Readings for Sunday May 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11

1 When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together,

2 when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting;

3 and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them.

4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave the...


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Daily Readings for Monday May 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, First Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

4 and into a heritage that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away. It is reserved in heaven for you

5 who are being kept safe by God's power through faith until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the f...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Pentecost

Scholars tell us that the first Pentecost took place during the Jewish Feast of Weeks. This was a festival at which the first fruits of the harvest were offered to God in thanksgiving. But on this particular day, instead of giving our first fruits to God, he gave his first fruit—the Holy Spirit—to us.

And what an amazing gift the Spirit has been! It is his power that has kept the church on track, despite human sinfulness, for two millennia. It is his grac...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 28, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“… A new birth to a living hope.” (1 Peter 1:3)

“Yes,” your doctor says. “The test results confirm it. You are preg­nant.” The excitement you feel on hearing these words is indescribable. You’re having your first child!

As the months progress, you find yourself focusing less on yourself and more on the little person you are carrying. It’s all about the baby now. At fleeting moments you may think about the pain of childbirth or the nighttime feedings...


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Saint of the Day for May 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Philip Neri

 Feastday: May 26
Patron of Rome

If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri.

Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the time he was a boy. In fact one incident almost cost him his life. Seeing a donkey loaded with fruit for market, the little boy had barely formed the thought of jumping on the donkey's back before he had done it. The donkey, surprised, lost his footing...


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Daily Readings for Saturday May 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 28:16-20, 30-31

16 On our arrival in Rome Paul was allowed to stay in lodgings of his own with the soldier who guarded him.

17 After three days he called together the leading Jews. When they had assembled, he said to them, 'Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.

18 They examined me and would have set me ...


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Daily Readings for Friday May 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 25:13-21

13 Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus.

14 Their visit lasted several days, and Festus put Paul's case before the king, saying, 'There is a man here whom Felix left behind in custody,

15 and while I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and elders of the Jews laid information against him, demanding his condemnation.

16 But I told them that Ro...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 26, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“With complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 28:31)

Imagine being the soldier guard­ing Paul during his house arrest in Rome! He would have seen this great apostle and evangelist toward the end of his life. He has been tested by trials and proved faith­ful through all his journeys. Now Paul could take advantage of two years of relative peace to wrap up his affairs. He wrote many ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 25, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“There is a man here left in custody by Felix.” (Acts 25:14)

If you were talking about the apos­tle Paul, is it likely that you’d refer to him simply as “a man”? Probably not. To us, Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles, an ardent ambassador for Christ, an eminent teacher, and a glorious hero of the faith. But to Festus, the Rome-appointed official who was holding him in prison, Paul is just a jailbird with odd ideas of no special interest.

As Festus discu...


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Saint of the Day for May 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 25, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. David I of Scotland

 Feastday: May 24
~1080 - 1153

David, the youngest son of Scotland’s virtuous queen, (Saint) Margaret, succeeded his brother to the Scottish throne in 1124. David’s friend, (Saint) Aelred, abbot of the English monastery of Rievaulx, was later to recount David’s religious devotion and his generosity to the poor. From his riches he also endowed the founding of several dioceses and many monasteries. David was to express profound remorse for an ill-conceived and ill...
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Daily Readings for Thursday May 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 25, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 22:30; 23:6-11

30 The next day, since he wanted to know for sure what charge the Jews were bringing, he freed Paul and gave orders for a meeting of the chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin; then he brought Paul down and set him in front of them.

6 Now Paul was well aware that one party was made up of Sadducees and the other of Pharisees, so he called out in the Sanhedrin, 'Brothers, I am a Pharisee and the son of Phari...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 25, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word.” (John 17:20)

When we enter into a time of intercessory prayer, it’s not uncom­mon to bring our own priorities to the forefront of our minds. We bring to God the issues that concern us and challenge us on a regular basis. How will I pay these bills? Can I trust my teenager to drive? How can I maintain a happy marriage? But if we look at Jesus’ prayer on the night before he d...


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Saint of the Day for May 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 24, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. John Baptist Rossi

 Feastday: May 23
1698 - 1764

This holy priest was born in 1698 at the village of Voltaggio in the diocese of Genoa and was one of the four children of an excellent and highly respected couple. When he ws ten a nobleman and his wifre who were spending the summer at Voltaggio obtained permission from his parents to take him back with them to Genoa to be trained in their house. He remained with them three years, winning golden opinions from all, notably from two Capuchi...


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Daily Readings for Wednesday May 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 24, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 20:28-38

28 'Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you the guardians, to feed the Church of God which he bought with the blood of his own Son.

29 'I know quite well that when I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy on the flock.

30 Even from your own ranks there will be men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce t...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 24, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely.” (John 17:13)

What would you pray for if you were facing a brutally painful, lin­gering death? Strength? Peace? The grace to endure it faithfully? Jesus prayed for his friends. He was con­cerned for what he had begun in their hearts. He wanted it to con­tinue and bear fruit until the day they were reunited with him. And guess what? He included us in his prayer. Us! With love and compas­sion, ...


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Saint of the Day for May 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Rita

 Feastday: May 22
Patron of impossible cases
Died: 1457

St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated his wife. He taught their children his own evil ways.

Rita tried to perform her duties faithfully and to pray and receive the sacraments frequently. After nearly twe...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday May 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 20:17-27

17 From Miletus he sent for the elders of the church of Ephesus.

18 When they arrived he addressed these words to them: 'You know what my way of life has been ever since the first day I set foot among you in Asia,

19 how I have served the Lord in all humility, with all the sorrows and trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews.

20 I have not hesitated to do anything that would be helpfu...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3)

In this wonderful prayer of Jesus, we get a glimpse of eternity: not harps and jewels but intimacy with God. Nor do we have to wait until we die to experience this. Jesus knows us inside and out, and he longs for us to know him too, to let his love begin to transform us here and now.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me,” he says t...


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Saint of the Day for May 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Eugene de Mazenod

 Feastday: May 21
Patron saint of dysfunctional families
1782 - 1861
Canonized By: Pope John Paul II

Eugene de Mazenod was born on August 1, 1782, at Aix-en-Provence in France. Early in life he experienced the upheaval of the French Revolution. None the less, he entered the seminary, and following ordination he returned to labor in Aix-en-Provence. That area had suffered greatly during the Revolution and was not really a safe place for a priest. Eugene directed his minist...


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Daily Readings for Monday May 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 19:1-8

1 It happened that while Apollos was in Corinth, Paul made his way overland as far as Ephesus, where he found a number of disciples.

2 When he asked, 'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?' they answered, 'No, we were never even told there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit.'

3 He asked, 'Then how were you baptised?' They replied, 'With John's baptism.'

4 Paul said, 'John's bap...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2)

These Ephesians were almost completely in the dark! But while they were innocently unaware of the Holy Spirit, he was, of course, well aware of them. You could even say that the Spirit sent Paul as a spokes­man to “introduce” himself. And the new friends quickly made up for lost time.

Think about your best friend. Do you remember when you met? Would you say that you’re better friends now ...


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Saint of the Day for May 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Bernardine of Siena

 Feastday: May 20

In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital alone. And many of the people who died were those who were needed to tend the ill. It was a desperate situation -- more and more people were falling ill and fewer and fewer people were there to help them.

The twenty-year-old man who stood there had no...


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Daily Readings for Sunday May 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

15 One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers -- there were about a hundred and twenty people in the congregation,

16 'Brothers,' he said, 'the passage of scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, foretells the fate of Judas, who acted as guide to the men who arrested Jesus-

17 after being one of our number and sharing our ministry.

20 Now in the Bo...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

The Ascension of the Lord

Go into the whole world and pro­claim the gospel. (Mark 16:15)

What a simple, but immense, charge Jesus gave to his disciples! He even told them that those who accepted their message would be saved, while those who didn’t would be condemned.

Imagine their reaction: Really, Lord? We’re just fishermen. You can’t expect us to go out and save the whole human race! But Jesus made this a win-win situation. He did send his apostles out to pr...


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Saint of the Day for May 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Celestine

 Feastday: May 19

When the father of this Italian saint died, his good mother brought up her twelve children well, even though they were very poor. "Oh, if I could only have the joy of seeing one of you become a saint!" she use to say. Once when she asked as usual, "which one of you is going to become a saint?" little Peter (who was to become Pope Celestine) answered with all his heart, "Me, mama! I'll become a saint!" And he did.

When he was twenty, Peter became a hermi...


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Daily Readings for Saturday May 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 18:23-28

23 where he spent a short time before continuing his journey through the Galatian country and then through Phrygia, encouraging all the followers.

24 An Alexandrian Jew named Apollos now arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, with a sound knowledge of the scriptures, and yet,

25 though he had been given instruction in the Way of the Lord and preached with great spiritual fervour and was accurate in al...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with joyful cries.” (Psalm 47:2)

Have you ever given the Lord a rousing round of applause? When we’ve enjoyed a great concert, we clap exuberantly to show our appreciation. Sometimes we cheer. We may even give the performers a standing ovation and keep on applauding until they give us an encore. So let’s take the advice of the psalmist today and join him in a round of applause and loud shouts of acclamation for t...


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Daily Readings for Friday May 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 19, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 18:9-18

9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, 'Be fearless; speak out and do not keep silence:

10 I am with you. I have so many people that belong to me in this city that no one will attempt to hurt you.'

11 So Paul stayed there preaching the word of God among them for eighteen months.

12 But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a concerted attack on Paul and brought him before the...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 18, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 19, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“No one will take your joy away from you.” (John 16:22)

Suppose you were to find a very old locket that was engraved inside. The words on the inscription may not mean much to you, but they were probably very special to the original owner of the locket. That is, after all, the nature of an engrav­ing: to convey a lasting message to a loved one.

Do you know that God has been engraving your heart with words of love since the day he created you? These declarations a...


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Saint of the Day for May 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Paschal Baylon

 Feastday: May 17
Patron of Eucharistic congresses and Eucharistic associations
1540 - 1592

Franciscan lay brother and mystic. Born to a peasant family at Torre Hermosa, in Aragon, on Whitsunday, he was christened Pascua in honor of the feast. According to accounts of his early life, Paschal labored as a shepherd for his father, performed miracles, and was distinguished for his austerity. He also taught himself to read. Receiving a vision which told him to enter a nearby F...


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Daily Readings for Thursday May 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 1:1-11

1 In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning

2 until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven.

3 He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God.

4 Wh...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Greet Prisca and Aquila.” (Romans 16:3)

With all of its sermons, conver­sions, miracles, and travels, the Book of Acts gives us a bird’s eye view of the early church. It doesn’t give us the full stories of all the heroes and heroines of that first generation of Christians. To paraphrase what John said about his Gospel, “there wouldn’t be enough books in the entire world” to write down all those stories (John 21:25)!

Think, for example, about Barnabas....


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Saint of the Day for May 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Simon Stock

 Feastday: May 16

Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he joined a group of Carmelites with whom he later returned to Europe. Simon Stock founded many Carmelite Communities, especially in Universit...


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Daily Readings for Wednesday May 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 17:15, 22--18:1

15 Paul's escort took him as far as Athens, and went back with instructions for Silas and Timothy to rejoin Paul as soon as they could.

22 So Paul stood before the whole council of the Areopagus and made this speech: 'Men of Athens, I have seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in all religious matters,

23 because, as I strolled round looking at your sacred monuments, I noticed among o...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“What … you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.” (Acts 17:23)

Athens: one of the great cities of the classical world. It was a cultural center and home to the philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, as well as many renowned dramatists and artists. Athens was one of the first known democracies in history, and inspired the foundation of democ­racies in our own time. Above all, Athenians were an intellectually curi­ous people. As St. Luke tells us, they ...


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A Mile Every Message

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
A Mile in Every Message
May 15
When Jesus Christ entered the ministry at age 30, He returned to His hometown of Nazareth to preach before His family and friends, and He chose text from Isaiah, announcing Himself as its ultimate fulfillment.
Many preachers since Christ have sensed a certain application of these words to themselves as well, for no one can minister effectively without the anointing and empowering of the Holy Spirit. Consider, for example, the unconventional Billy Sunday,...

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Saint of the Day for May 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Dymphna

 Feastday: May 15
Patron of those suffering for nervous and mental affictions

Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry him. When none could be found, his evil advisers told him to marry his own daughter. Dymphna fled from her castle together with St. Gerebr...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday May 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 16:22-34

22 The crowd joined in and showed its hostility to them, so the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be flogged.

23 They were given many lashes and then thrown into prison, and the gaoler was told to keep a close watch on them.

24 So, following such instructions, he threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 In the middle of the night Paul and Silas wer...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly such a severe earth­quake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open.” (Acts 16:25-26)

Paul and Silas had no idea what God was up to. They were pretty sure God didn’t want them to languish in prison for the rest of their lives, but they didn’t know whether to pray for a miraculous release, dismissal of the charges again...


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Carroll's Countenance

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
Carroll’s Countenance
May 14
Both wounded and embittered, B. H. Carroll returned from the Civil War. His side had lost, and he could walk only with the aid of crutches. Being angry with God, he swore to never again set foot in a church. But his mother begged him to attend a Methodist camp meeting for her sake. He attended, though I had not an atom of interest. The meeting closed without any change upon my part. The last sermon had been preached, the benediction pronounced, and the c...

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Saint of the Day for May 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Matthias - Apostle

 Feastday: May 14

How does one qualify to be an apostle?

The first act of the apostles after the Ascension of Jesus was to find a replacement for Judas. With all the questions, doubts, and dangers facing them, they chose to focus their attention on finding a twelfth apostle. Why was this important? Twelve was a very important number to the Chosen People: twelve was the number of the twelve tribes of Israel. If the new Israel was to come from the disciples of Jesu...


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Daily Readings for Monday May 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Daily Readings 

Reading 1, Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

15 One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers -- there were about a hundred and twenty people in the congregation,

16 'Brothers,' he said, 'the passage of scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, foretells the fate of Judas, who acted as guide to the men who arrested Jesus-

17 after being one of our number and sharing our ministry.

20 Now in the Bo...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

St. Matthias

It is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us … become with us a witness to his resurrection. (Acts 1:21,22)

Peter, new head of the infant church, was thinking long-term. His concern, St. John Chrysostom tells us, “was to have eyewitnesses, even though the Spirit was to come upon all. It had to be someone who had lived with Jesus, not simply some­one who was a disciple.” It had to be someone who could look people in the eye and declare wit...


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Sermon from a Tombstone

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, May 13, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
Sermon from a Tombstone
May 13
In a letter to Lady Huntingdon in 1768, Henry Venn, close friend of evangelist George Whitefield, described a typical Whitefield meeting. The evangelist had preached from this text while standing on a tombstone in the churchyard of Cheltenham Parish Church, permission being denied him to preach in the church. Venn wrote:
To give your ladyship any just description of what our eyes witnessed and our hearts felt within the last few days at Cheltenham, exceeds ...

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Saint of the Day for May 13, 2012

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St. John the Silent

 Feastday: May 13
452 - 558

Bishop of Colonia in Palestine and a hermit. Born in Nicopolis, Armenia, he established a monastery at the age of eighteen. Appointed a bishop at the age of twenty-eight, he spent nine years in his office before retiring to Jerusalem to embrace the eremitical life. Through a vision, he found his way to the monastery, or laura, of St. Sabas, asking to be walled up and living for seventy-five years as a silent recluse


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Daily Readings for Sunday May 13, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48

25 and as Peter reached the house Cornelius went out to meet him, fell at his feet and did him reverence.

26 But Peter helped him up. 'Stand up,' he said, ' after all, I am only a man!'

34 Then Peter addressed them, 'I now really understand', he said, 'that God has no favourites,

35 but that anybody of any nationality who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 13, 2012

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“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

It was one o’clock in the morning when the couple received news that their two sons would be returning home from the war in two months’ time. They were so excited that they stayed awake all the rest of the night reminiscing about their boys and making plans for their eventual reunion. They knew their sons were still in harm’s way, but there was no room for doubt an...


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Saint of the Day for May 12, 2012

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Sts. Nereus & Achilleus

 Feastday: May 12

So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross.

Everything we know from authority about the two first- century martyrs comes from a testimony written by Pope St. Damasus in the fourth century and inscribed on a memorial tablet that commemorates their lives. But even this commentary comes 300 years after they d...


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Daily Readings for Saturday May 12, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 16:1-10

1 From there he went to Derbe, and then on to Lystra, where there was a disciple called Timothy, whose mother was Jewish and had become a believer; but his father was a Greek.

2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him,

3 and Paul, who wanted to have him as a travelling companion, had him circumcised. This was on account of the Jews in the locality where everyone knew his father was a Greek.

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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 12, 2012

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“The Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.” (Acts 16:7)

Have you ever planned a trip? Maybe you’ve arranged transporta­tion, lodging, even meal plans. You’re packed and ready to go, tickets in hand, itinerary ready. Imagine what would happen if, at the last min­ute, everything falls through. Your transportation is canceled, the hotel is full, or your money is stolen. It’s hard to overcome your aggravation to see how it might be for the best. Paul’s second...


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Saint of the Day for May 11, 2012

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St. Ignatius of Laconi

 Feastday: May 11
1701 - 1781

Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But when the illness left him, his father convinced him to wait. A couple of years later, Ignatius was almost killed when he lost control of his horse. Suddenly, however, the horse stopped and trotted on quietly. Ignatius was convinced, then, tha...
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Daily Readings for Friday May 11, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 15:22-31

22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose delegates from among themselves to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas, known as Barsabbas, and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood,

23 and gave them this letter to take with them: 'The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of gentile birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia.

24 We h...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 11, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, May 12, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Some … have upset you … and disturbed your peace of mind.” (Acts 15:24)

It’s a common frustration. You buy something on eBay or an online retailer, or even at the local hardware store. Then when you begin to use the item, you discover that it’s defec­tive—nicked, outdated, or missing a crucial bolt. The product can’t do the job you thought it could do.

In a way, this is why the new Christians of Antioch were upset. However, their disappointment cen­...


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Saint of the Day for May 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 11, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Solange

 Feastday: May 10
Patron of Berry, France, Bourges, France, for rain, rape victims, shepherds

St. Solange d. 880, Born of a poor family of vineyard workers near Bourges, France, she became a shepherdess whose beauty attracted the lustful attention of a noble in Poitiers. He kidnapped her, but when she leaped from the horse on which he was carrying her off, he pursued and killed her. The sources of the story are questionable, however.  Feastday is May 10.   


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Daily Readings for Thursday May 10, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 15:7-21

7 and after a long discussion, Peter stood up and addressed them. 'My brothers,' he said, 'you know perfectly well that in the early days God made his choice among you: the gentiles were to learn the good news from me and so become believers.

8 And God, who can read everyone's heart, showed his approval of them by giving the Holy Spirit to them just as he had to us.

9 God made no distinction between them a...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 10, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 11, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” (John 15:9)

How many times have we heard these words, felt warmed by them, and yet not really grasped the radi­cal truth behind them? Let’s take a look, for instance, at what Jesus means when he says, “As the Father has loved me.” Let’s consider a few instances in Jesus’ life where we get a glimpse into how much the Father loves his Son.

When Jesus was baptized by John, the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit d...


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Saint of the Day for May 9, 2012

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St. Pachomius

 Feastday: May 9
292 - 348

St. Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upeer Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor's army as a twenty-year-old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became embedded in his mind and led to his conversion after his discharge. After being baptized, he became a disciple of an anchorite, Palemon, and took the habit. The two of them led a life of extreme austerity and total dedication to God; they combined manual labor wi...


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Daily Readings for Wednesday May 09, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 15:1-6

1 Then some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, 'Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.'

2 This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was decided that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the question with the apostles and elders.

3 The members of the...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 9, 2012

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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.” (John 15:1)

In Japanese culture, the art of growing a Bonsai tree is a lifelong and rewarding experience for the grower. The spectator is also greatly rewarded by the beauty of the tree’s appearance and shape. Each tree is carefully trimmed, pruned, clamped, defoliated, and grafted for the grower’s purpose and delight. The grower carefully removes unnecessary leaves, branches, or needles that hinder its beau...


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Saint of the Day for May 8, 2012

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St. Peter of Tarantaise

 Feastday: May 8
1102 - 1175

Cistercian archbishop. Peter was born near Vienne, in Dauphine, France, and joined the Cistercian Order at Bonneveaux at the age of twenty with his two brothers and father. Known for his piety, at age thirty he was sent to serve as the first abbot of Tamie, in the Tarantaise Mountains, between Geneva and Savoy. There he built a hospice for travelers. In 1142, he was named the archbishop of Tarantaise against his wishes, and he devoted muc...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday May 08, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 14:19-28

19 Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and turned the people against them. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the town, thinking he was dead.

20 The disciples came crowding round him but, as they did so, he stood up and went back to the town. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

21 Having preached the good news in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went b...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 8, 2012

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“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

If you’ve ever watched a scary movie, you know how easy it is to let frightening images get stuck in your imagination. A movie, with its spe­cial effects and dramatic music, can make you forget you’re in the safety of your living room. Suddenly, you’re transported to a dangerous and scary place where everything seems malevolent.

The example may sound trite, but spiritually, there are always things ...


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Saint of the Day for May 7, 2012

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St. Rose Venerini

 Feastday: May 7
1656 - 1728
Beatified By: May 4, 1952
Canonized By: 3 June 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

Blessed Rose was born at Viterbo in 1656, the daughter of Godfrey Venerini, a physician. Upon the death of a young man who had been paying court to her, she entered a convent, but after a few months had to return home to look after her widowed mother. Rose use to gather the women and girls of the neighborhood to say the rosary together in the evenings,...


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Daily Readings for Monday May 07, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 14:5-18

5 but eventually with the connivance of the authorities a move was made by gentiles as well as Jews to make attacks on them and to stone them.

6 When they came to hear of this, they went off for safety to Lycaonia where, in the towns of Lystra and Derbe and in the surrounding country,

7 they preached the good news.

8 There was a man sitting there who had never walked in his life, because his feet w...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 7, 2012

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“When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out.” (Acts 14:11)

A man who had never walked before in his life had jumped up and was standing right in front of the crowd. What an amazing miracle! It’s no wonder that the people couldn’t contain their excitement. So Barnabas and Paul seized this oppor­tunity to tell them about the One who healed this man.

Even in the midst of our own uncertainties and unresolved ques­tions, today should be a day of rej...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 5, 2012

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“They shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.” (Acts 13:51)

When Paul and Barnabas arrived in Pisidian Antioch, they followed their usual custom and went first to the town’s synagogue. There, the “children of the family of Abraham” listened attentively to Paul’s preach­ing about Jesus. Some became believers, while others invited him back to explain further. However, some of the Jewish leaders managed to turn many of their...


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Daily Readings for Sunday May 06, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 9:26-31

26 When he got to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him: they could not believe he was really a disciple.

27 Barnabas, however, took charge of him, introduced him to the apostles, and explained how the Lord had appeared to him and spoken to him on his journey, and how he had preached fearlessly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

28 Saul now started to go round with them in ...


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Ou Daily Bread Meditation for May 6, 2012

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“Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.” (John 15:5)

How comforting it is to know that we do not walk alone through this life! No matter how isolated or weak we may feel, the truth is that Jesus is with us and will never abandon us. With Jesus as “the vine,” we can be assured that we will receive every­thing we need to nourish and sustain us. With the Father as the “vine grower,” all the circumstances of our lives—both pleasant and difficult— becom...


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Saint of the Day for May 4, 2012

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St. Florian

 Feastday: May 4

The St. Florian commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on May 4th, was an officer of the Roman army, who occupied a high administrative post in Noricum, now part of Austria, and who suffered death for the Faith in the days of Diocletian. His legendary "Acts" state that he gave himself up at Lorch to the soldiers of Aquilinus, the governor, when they were rounding up the Christians, and after making a bold confession, he was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, s...


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Daily Readings for Friday May 04, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 13:26-33

26 'My brothers, sons of Abraham's race, and all you godfearers, this message of salvation is meant for you.

27 What the people of Jerusalem and their rulers did, though they did not realise it, was in fact to fulfil the prophecies read on every Sabbath.

28 Though they found nothing to justify his execution, they condemned him and asked Pilate to have him put to death.

29 When they had carried out...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 4, 2012

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“We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you.” (Acts 13:32)

Do you recognize this story? Most likely, you do. In these few verses, through his account of St. Paul’s preaching, Luke has penned the heart of the gospel message. He managed to cram years of Jesus’ ministry into a few short sentenc­es—along with a backdrop, a plot, and a climax!

Let’s see… . Jesus came to the people he and his Father created, but we didn’t recognize him. And though he was an inno...


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Saint of the Day for May 3, 2012

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St. James the Lesser

 Feastday: May 3
Patron of Hatmmakers

St. James the Less, the author of the first Catholic Epistle, was the son of Alphaeus of Cleophas. His mother Mary was either a sister or a close relative of the Blessed Virgin, and for that reason, according to Jewish custom, he was sometimes called the brother of the Lord. The Apostle held a distinguished position in the early Christian community of Jerusalem. St. Paul tells us he was a witness of the Resurrection of Christ; he is also...


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Daily Readings for Thursday May 03, 2012

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Reading 1, First Corinthians 15:1-8

1 I want to make quite clear to you, brothers, what the message of the gospel that I preached to you is; you accepted it and took your stand on it,

2 and you are saved by it, if you keep to the message I preached to you; otherwise your coming to believe was in vain.

3 The tradition I handed on to you in the first place, a tradition which I had myself received, was that Christ died for our sins,...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 3, 2012

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Sts. Philip and James

Show us the Father. (John 14:8)

Philip and James, whose mem­ory we are honoring today, were among those Jesus had specially chosen as his apostles. So they had been with him for a few years already when Jesus told them and the rest of the twelve: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father” (John 14:7). But despite all their time together, they didn’t understand what he was talking about. So Philip asked: “Master, show us the Father” (14:8).

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Saint of the Day for May 2, 2012

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St. Athanasius

 Feastday: May 2
Died: 373

St. Athanasius, the great champion of the Faith was born at Alexandria, about the year 296, of Christian parents. Educated under the eye of Alexander, later Bishop of his native city, he made great progress in learning and virtue. In 313, Alexander succeeded Achillas in the Patriarchal See, and two years later St. Athanasius went to the desert to spend some time in retreat with St. Anthony.

In 319, he became a deacon, and even in this capacity...


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Daily Readings for Wednesday May 02, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 12:24--13:5

24 The word of God continued to spread and to gain followers.

25 Barnabas and Saul completed their task at Jerusalem and came back, bringing John Mark with them.

1 In the church at Antioch the following were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

2 One day while they were offering worship to ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 2, 2012

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“I came into the world as light.” (John 12:46)

My brothers and sisters, I came to earth so that everyone who believes in me may not remain in the dark­ness. So come! Come into my light!

Come into my light so that you can see the path you should follow. Many of you are facing important decisions right now. You don’t have to make these decisions all on your own. Come into my light so I can help you find the way. Let me show you my hopes, plans, and dreams for you. So often, ...


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Saint of the Day for May 1, 2012

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St. Marculf

 Feastday: May 1

Marculf is also known as Marcoul. He was born at Bayeux, Gaul, at noble parents. He was ordained when he was thirty, and did missionary work at Coutances. Desirous of living as a hermit, he was granted land by king Childebert at Nanteuil. He attracted numerous disciples, and built a monastery, of which he was abbot. It became a great pilgrimage center after his death on May 1. St. Marculf was regarded as a patron who cured skin diseases, and as late as 168...


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Daily Readings for Tuesday May 01, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 11:19-26

19 Those who had scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, but they proclaimed the message only to Jews.

20 Some of them, however, who came from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch where they started preaching also to the Greeks, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus to them.

21 The Lord helped them, and a great number believed an...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 1, 2012

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“How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” (John 10:24)

The Jews gathered around Jesus, demanding to know, once and for all, whether he really was the Messiah. That kind of plea surfaces in every­one at times. We all want assurances from God—both about who he is and about our own lives. What job should I take? Whom should I marry? How should I manage my finances? We all want to do the right thing, to please him, and to trust him w...


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Saint of the Day for April 30, 2012

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St. Pius V, Pope

 Feastday: April 30
1504 - 1572

Pope from 1566-1572 and one of the foremost leaders of the Catholic Reformation. Born Antonio Ghislieri in Bosco, Italy, to a poor family, he labored as a shepherd until the age of fourteen and then joined the Dominicans, being ordained in 1528. Called Brother Michele, he studied at Bologna and Genoa, and then taught theology and philosophy for sixteen years before holding the posts of master of novices and prior for several Dominican ho...


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Daily Readings for Monday April 30, 2012

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Reading 1, Acts 11:1-18

1 The apostles and the brothers in Judaea heard that gentiles too had accepted the word of God,

2 and when Peter came up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers protested to him

3 and said, 'So you have been visiting the uncircumcised and eating with them!'

4 Peter in reply gave them the details point by point,

5 'One day, when I was in the town of Jaffa,' he began, 'I fell into a trance ...


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Our Daily Bread Meditation for April 30, 2012

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“Peter began and explained it to them step by step.” (Acts 11:4)

This is an interesting reading to have for a Mass! Rather than read the actual story of the conversion of Cornelius, the first Gentile (a power­fully dramatic account in Acts 10), the church asks us to meditate on Peter’s re-telling of the story to the believers in Jerusalem. Why should we ponder only a second-hand ver­sion of one of the most historic events in the church’s life?

Perhaps the answer is because...


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