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Saturday, March 01, 2014
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
James 5:13-20
Psalm 141:1-3, 8
Mark 10:13-16

Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.

-- St. Basil, Adversus Eunomium III

Sunday, March 02, 2014
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34

For almighty God. . ., because he is supremely good, would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself.

-- St. Augustine, Enchiridion 3, 11

Monday, March 03, 2014
St. Katharine Drexel, Virgin (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 1:3-9
Psalm 111:1-2, 5-6, 9-10
Mark 10:17-27

You should never praise anyone until you see how how it turns out in the end.

-- St. Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Peter 1:10-16
Psalm 98:1-4
Mark 10:28-31

Our Lord gives to souls of prayer a deep understanding of Himself. He never deceives them.

-- St. Peter Julian Eymard

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Ash Wednesday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20 -- 6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

The garden of the Lord, brethren, includes - yes, it truly includes - includes not only the roses of martyrs but also the lilies of virgins, and the ivy of married people, and the violets of widows. There is absolutely no kind of human beings, my dearly beloved, who need to despair of their vocation; Christ suffered for all. It was very truly written about him: who wishes all men to be saved, and to come to the acknowledgement of the truth.

-- St. Augustine

Thursday, March 06, 2014
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 9:22-25

In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.

-- St Bernard

Friday, March 07, 2014
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs (Commemoration)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:1-9
Psalm 51:3 -- 6:18-19
Matthew 9:14-15

I wish they would work as hard at this as they do at their books, and so settle their account with God for their learning and the talents entrusted to them.This thought would certainly stir most of them to meditate on spiritual realities, to listen actively to what God is saying to them. They would forget their own desires, their human affairs, and give themselves over entirely to God's will and his choice. They would cry out with all their heart: Lord, I am here! What do you want me to do?

-- St Francis Xavier

Saturday, March 08, 2014
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 58:9-14
Psalm 86:1-6
Luke 5:27-32

Do you know how it happens that many who have lived long in religion, and practiced daily so many acts of obedience, have by no means succeeded in acquiring a habit of this virtue? Because not every time they obey, do they do it because such is the will of God (which is the formal reason of obedience); but they obey, now for one cause, now for another, so that their actions, being destitute of mutual similarity, cannot unite to form a habit of this virtue.

-- St Alphonsus Rodriguez

Sunday, March 09, 2014
First Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17
Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19
Matthew 4:1-11

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.

-- St Ambrose

Monday, March 10, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19:8-10, 15
Matthew 25:31-46

When women begin to dress immodestly, and men to make fun of religion, it is the beginning of the end.

-- Seneca

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19
Matthew 6:7-15

Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm doth bind the restless wave, who bidst the mighty ocean deep its own appointed limits keep. Oh hear us when we cry to thee, for those in peril on the sea. Amen

-- U.S. Navy hymn

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
Luke 11:29-32

When the Lord commanded us to be vigilant, he meant vigilance in both parts of man: in the body, against the tendency to sleep; in the soul, against lethargy and timidity. As Scripture says: Wake up, you just, and I have risen, and am still with you; and again, Do not lose heart.

-- St Ephrem

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
Matthew 7:7-12

Receive Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. You have given me all that I have, all that I am, and I surrender all to your divine will, that you dispose of me. Give me only your love and your grace. With this I am rich enough, and I have no more to ask.

-- St. Ignatius Loyola

Friday, March 14, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Ezekiel 18:21-28
Psalm 130:1-8
Matthew 5:20-26

The most powerful weapon to conquer the Devil is humility. For as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.

-- St Vincent de Paul

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Matthew 5:43-48

Now there is a great difference between believing in Christ, and in believing that Jesus is the Christ. For that he was the Christ even the devils believed; but he believes in Christ who both loves Christ, and hopes in Christ.

-- St. Augustine

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Second Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Genesis 12:1-4
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Matthew 17:1-9

Avoid evil practices; indeed, preach against them. Hear your bishop, that God may hear you. Work together in harmony,: struggle together, run together, suffer together, rest together, rise together, as stewards, advisors and servants of God. So be patient and gentle with one another, as God is with you.

-- St. Ignatius of Antioch

Monday, March 17, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Daniel 9:4-10
Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13
Luke 6:36-38

In order that the full and living Gospel might always be preserved in the Church the apostles left bishops as their successors. They gave them their own position of teaching authority.

-- St. Iranaeus, Adversus haereses

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20
Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Matthew 23:1-12

It is a great poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish

-- Mother Teresa

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 or Luke 2:41-51

We must also mortify our tongue, by abstaining from words of detraction, abuse, and obscenity. An impure word spoken in jest may prove a scandal to others, and sometimes a word of double meaning, said in a witty way, does more harm than a word openly impure.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 16:19-31

The faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity.

-- St. Caesarius of Arles, Sermo 9

Friday, March 21, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28
Psalm 105:16-21
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

These days no one thinks of the fears that the future holds. No one takes to heart the day of judgement, and the wrath of God. The punishments to come to unbelievers, and the eternal torments decreed for the faithless. If only they believed, they would heed, and if they took heed, they would escape.

-- St. Cyprian of Carthage

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Perfection does not consist in consolation, but rather in the submission of our wills to God-- above all in trials and suffering.

-- St. Henry Suso

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Third Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42

Vigilance and prayer are the safeguards of chastity. You should pray often and fervently to be preserved from temptations against purity, and for the grace to overcome them.

-- St. John Baptist de la Salle

Monday, March 24, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Kings 5:1-15
Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Luke 4:24-30

Fasting was instituted by Our Lord as a remedy for our mouth, for our gourmandizing and for our gluttony. Since sin entered the world through the mouth, the mouth must do penance by being deprived of foods prohibited and forbidden by the Church, abstaining from them for the space of forty days. But this glorious saint adds that, as it is not our mouth alone which has sinned, but also all our other senses, our fast must be general and entire, that is, all the members of our body must fast. For if we have offended God through the eyes, through the ears, through the tongue, and through our other senses, why should we not make them fast as well? And not only must we make the bodily senses fast, but also the soul's powers and passions-yes, even the understanding, the memory, and the will, since we have sinned through both body and spirit.

-- St Bernard

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Annunciation of the Lord (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Psalm 40:7-11
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-38

To prefer man to God: A strange and unhappy slavery is that of a man who seeks to please other men. I vow never to do anything nor to leave anything undone because of what people think. This will set up in me a great interior peace.

-- St. Claude de la Colombiere

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Matthew 5:17-19

Remember the devil never sleeps, but seeks our ruin in a thousand ways.

-- St. Angela Merici

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 7:23-28
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Luke 11:14-23

A truly obedient man does not discriminate between one thing and another, since his only aim is to execute faithfully whatever may be assigned to him.

-- St. Bernard

Friday, March 28, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hosea 14:2-10
Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17
Mark 12:28-34

The world would have peace if only men of politics would follow the Gospels.

-- St. Bridget of Sweden

Saturday, March 29, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21
Luke 18:9-14

Peace is simplicity of heart, serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, the bond of love. Peace means order, harmony in our whole being; it means continual contentment springing from the knowledge of a good conscience; it is the holy joy of a heart in which God reigns. Peace is the way to perfection, indeed in peace is perfection to be found. The devil, who is well aware of all this, makes every effort to have us lose our peace.

-- Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Lent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Psalm 23:1-6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41 or John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

I will not live an instant that I do not live in love. Whoever loves does all things without suffering, or, suffering, loves his suffering.

-- St. Augustine

Monday, March 31, 2014
Lenten Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 65:17-21
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
John 4:43-54

The greatest honor God can do a soul is not to give it much, but to ask much of it.

-- St. Therese of Lisieux

 

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