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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-17, M, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2017 9:49:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2017 Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8Rely not on your wealth;say not: "I have the power."Rely not on your strengthin following the desires of your heart.Say not: "Who can prevail against me?"or, "Who will subdue me for my deeds?"for God will surely exact the punishment.Say not: "I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?"for the Most High bides his time.Of forgiveness be not overconfident,adding sin upon sin.Say not: "Great is his mercy;my many sins he will forgive."For mercy and anger alike are with him;upon the wicked alights his wrath.Delay not your conversion...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-17, FEAST, The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

    02/21/2017 9:47:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2017 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6R. (1) The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-17, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/20/2017 10:11:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 2:1-11My son, when you come to serve the LORD,stand in justice and fear,prepare yourself for trials.Be sincere of heart and steadfast,incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,undisturbed in time of adversity.Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;thus will you be wise in all your ways.Accept whatever befalls you,when sorrowful, be steadfast,and in crushing misfortune be patient;For in fire gold and silver are tested,and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.Trust God and God will help you;trust in him, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-17-17, OM, Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

    02/16/2017 9:18:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 17, 2017 Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,"Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire."They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth." The LORD came...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-17, M, Sts. Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop

    02/13/2017 11:04:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2017 Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop Reading 1 Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10When the LORD saw how great was man's wickedness on earth,and how no desire that his heart conceivedwas ever anything but evil,he regretted that he had made man on the earth,and his heart was grieved. So the LORD said:"I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,and not only the men,but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,for I am sorry that I made them."But Noah found favor with the LORD. Then the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-17, M, St. Scholastica, Virgin

    02/09/2017 8:50:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2017 Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin Reading 1 Gn 3:1-8Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animalsthat the LORD God had made.The serpent asked the woman,"Did God really tell you not to eatfrom any of the trees in the garden?"The woman answered the serpent:"We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;it is only about the fruit of the treein the middle of the garden that God said,'You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'"But the serpent said to the woman:"You certainly will not die!No, God knows...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-17, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2017 9:11:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-08-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2017 Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:4b-9, 15-17At the time when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens—while as yet there was no field shrub on earthand no grass of the field had sprouted,for the LORD God had sent no rain upon the earthand there was no man to till the soil, but a stream was welling up out of the earthand was watering all the surface of the ground—the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the groundand blew into his nostrils the breath of life,and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-06-17, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2017 7:37:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-06-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2017 Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Gn1:1-19In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,"Let there be light," and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."Thus evening came, and morning followed–the first day. Then God said,"Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,to separate one body of water...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-05-17, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/04/2017 9:08:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-05-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 5, 2017 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 58:7-10Thus says the LORD:Share your bread with the hungry,shelter the oppressed and the homeless;clothe the naked when you see them,and do not turn your back on your own.Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,and your wound shall quickly be healed;your vindication shall go before you,and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!If you remove from your midstoppression, false accusation and malicious speech;if you bestow...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-03-17, OM, St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

    02/02/2017 8:20:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-03-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 3, 2017 Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb13:1-8Let brotherly love continue.Do not neglect hospitality,for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,for you also are in the body.Let marriage be honored among alland the marriage bed be kept undefiled,for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.Let your life be free from love of moneybut be content with what you have,for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.Thus we may say with confidence: The Lord is my...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-31-17, M, St. John Bosco, Priest

    01/30/2017 7:57:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-17u | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2017 Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest Reading 1 Heb 12:1-4Brothers and sisters:Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to usand persevere in running the race that lies before uswhile keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,the leader and perfecter of faith.For the sake of the joy that lay before himJesus endured the cross, despising its shame,and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,in order that you may not grow weary and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-25-17, FEAST, Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

    01/29/2017 6:51:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2017 Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle Reading 1 Acts 22:3-16Paul addressed the people in these words:"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia,but brought up in this city.At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral lawand was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.I persecuted this Way to death,binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.Even the high priest and the whole council of elderscan testify on my behalf.For from them I even received letters to the brothersand set out for Damascus to bring...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-17, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    01/29/2017 6:12:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2017 Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Heb 10:1-10Brothers and sisters:Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect those who come to worship by the same sacrifices that they offer continually each year.Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer have had any consciousness of sins?But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins, for it is impossible that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-17, Day/ Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children

    01/28/2017 5:55:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 23, 2017 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Reading 1 Heb 9:15, 24-28Christ is mediator of a new covenant:since a death has taken place for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear before God on our behalf.Not that he might offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary with blood that is not his...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-28-17, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor/Church

    01/27/2017 8:27:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-28-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 28, 2017 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Heb 11:1-2, 8-19Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a placethat he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-27-17, OM, St. Angela Merici, Virgin

    01/26/2017 9:27:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-27-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 27, 2017 Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 10:32-39Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering.At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession.Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-21-17, M, St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

    01/26/2017 7:33:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 21, 2017 Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Heb 9:2-3, 11-14A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one,in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place.Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-26-17, M, Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

    01/25/2017 9:37:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-26-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 26, 2017 Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops Reading I 2 Tm 1:1-8Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of Godfor the promise of life in Christ Jesus,to Timothy, my dear child:grace, mercy, and peace from God the Fatherand Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God,whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faiththat first lived in your grandmother Loisand...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-20-17, OM, St. Fabian, Pope & Martyr, St. Sebastian, Martyr

    01/19/2017 7:39:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20, 2017 Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 8:6-13Brothers and sisters:Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministryas he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.But he finds fault with them and says:Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe day...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-17, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2017 9:53:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17, 2017 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham,since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,and said, I will indeed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-13-17,OM, St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    01/12/2017 11:14:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 13, 2017 Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11Let us be on our guardwhile the promise of entering into his rest remains,that none of you seem to have failed.For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.But the word that they heard did not profit them,for they were not united in faith with those who listened.For we who believed enter into that rest,just as he has said: As I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter into my rest," and yet his works were accomplishedat the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-17, OM, St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

    01/06/2017 8:52:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2017 Christmas Weekday Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21Beloved:We have this confidence in God,that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life.This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you should pray. All...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-06-17, OM, St. Andre Bessette, Religious

    01/05/2017 7:57:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-06-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2017 Christmas Weekday Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over the worldbut the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies,and the Spirit is truth. So there are three that testify,the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony,the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this,that he has...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-05-17, M, St. John Neumann, Bishop

    01/04/2017 8:37:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 5, 2017 Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop Reading 1 1 Jn 3:11-21 Beloved:This is the message you have heard from the beginning:we should love one another,unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil Oneand slaughtered his brother. Why did he slaughter him? Because his own works were evil,and those of his brother righteous. Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to lifebecause we love our brothers.Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer,and you know that no...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-04-17, M, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

    01/03/2017 9:49:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 4, 2017 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious Reading 1 1 Jn 3:7-10 Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,just as he is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin,because God's seed remains in him;he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way,the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;no one who...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 01-02-17, M,Sts. Basil/Great, Gregory Nazianzen,Doctors/Church

    01/01/2017 9:13:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-02-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2017 Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church Reading 1 1 Jn 2:22-28 Beloved:Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-30-16, FEAST, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

    12/29/2016 7:49:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 30, 2016 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph When a Sunday does not occur between December 25 and January 1, this feast is celebrated on December 30 with only one reading before the Gospel. Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 God sets a father in honor over his children;a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.Whoever honors his father atones for sins,and preserves himself from them.When he prays, he is heard;he stores up riches who reveres his mother.Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,and, when he prays, is heard.Whoever reveres his father will live a long...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-29-16, OM, St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr

    12/28/2016 8:21:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 29, 2016 The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11 Beloved:The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandmentsis a liar, and the truth is not in him.But whoever keeps his word,the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to youbut an...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-28-16, FEAST, The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

    12/27/2016 9:33:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 28, 2016 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Jn 1:5–2:2 Beloved:This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christand proclaim to you:God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness,we lie and do not act in truth.But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,then we have fellowship with one another,and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.If we say, “We are without sin,”we deceive ourselves, and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-27-16, FEAST, St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    12/26/2016 7:52:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 27, 2016 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved:What was from the beginning,what we have heard,what we have seen with our eyes,what we looked uponand touched with our handsconcerns the Word of life— for the life was made visible;we have seen it and testify to itand proclaim to you the eternal lifethat was with the Father and was made visible to us—what we have seen and heardwe proclaim now to you,so that you too may have fellowship with us;for our fellowship is with the Fatherand with his Son, Jesus Christ.We are writing...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-26-16, FEAST, St. Stephen, First Martyr

    12/25/2016 9:15:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 26, 2016 Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked up intently to heavenand saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,and he said,“Behold,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-21-16, OM, St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/20/2016 8:26:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 21, 2016 Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Advent Reading 1 Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover–here he comesspringing across the mountains,leaping across the hills.My lover is like a gazelleor a young stag.Here he stands behind our wall,gazing through the windows,peering through the lattices.My lover speaks; he says to me,“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,and come!“For see, the winter is past,the rains are over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth,the time of pruning the vines has come,and the song of the dove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs,and the vines, in...
  • Some Freeing Spiritual Truths from St. John of the Cross

    12/15/2016 8:06:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Freeing Spiritual Truths from St. John of the Cross Msgr. Charles Pope • December 14, 2016 • Yesterday’s feast of St. John of the Cross points to a rich vein of teaching from the spiritual master. Among St. John’s teachings is that deep union with God requires a growing purification from the things of this world and from inordinate passions. The path to this is often not easy. In this post I would like to ponder some hard spiritual truths that will set us free.In calling them “hard truths,” I mean that they are not the comfortable bromides...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-14-16, M, St. John of the Cross, Priest/Doctor of Church

    12/13/2016 9:36:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2016 Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25 I am the LORD, there is no other;I form the light, and create the darkness,I make well-being and create woe;I, the LORD, do all these things.Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above,like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.Let the earth open and salvation bud forth;let justice also spring up!I, the LORD, have created this. For thus says the LORD,The creator of the heavens,who is God,The designer and maker of the earthwho established it,Not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-16, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2016 8:10:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2016 Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Zep 3:1-2, 9-13 Thus says the LORD:Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,to the tyrannical city!She hears no voice,accepts no correction;In the LORD she has not trusted,to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purifythe lips of the peoples,That they all may call upon the name of the LORD,to serve him with one accord;From beyond the rivers of Ethiopiaand as far as the recesses of the North,they shall bring me offerings. On that dayYou need not be ashamed of all your...
  • St. Joseph Teaches Us How to Live Out Advent

    12/12/2016 7:30:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CE.com ^ | December 6, 2016 | Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    St. Joseph Teaches Us How to Live Out AdventFr. Ed Broom, OMV Saint Joseph can help us to live a most fruitful Advent, and for many reasons. Let us quietly meditate upon five extraordinary virtues of this greatest of all saints so that we can live a most fervent Advent season and allow Jesus to be born in the depths of our hearts this Christmas!1. Silence. Not once in the Bible do we hear a word from the great Saint Joseph. This silence of Saint Joseph is very eloquent. It teaches us a fundamental attitude to enter into deep prayer:...
  • ST. DAMASUS, POPE

    12/11/2016 7:25:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Lives of the Saints via CNA.com ^ | 12-11-16 | Rev. Alban Butler
    ST. DAMASUS, POPE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016 Saint Damasus was born in Rome at the beginning of the fourth century. His father, a widower, had received Holy Orders there and served as parish priest in the church of St. Laurence.Damasus was archdeacon of the Roman Church in 355 when the Pope, Saint Liberius, was banished to Berda. Damases followed him into exile, but afterwards returned to Rome. On the death of Saint Liberius in 366, our Saint was chosen to succeed him, at the age of sixty-two. A certain Ursinus, jealous of his election and desiring for himself that high office,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-16, OM, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

    12/08/2016 8:35:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2016 Friday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 R. (see John 8:12) Those who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-16, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2016 8:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,“My way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my God”? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-16, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2016 10:57:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2016 Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-04-16, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/03/2016 6:58:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,a spirit of counsel and of strength,a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,but he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-16, M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2016 9:50:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 3, 2016 Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest Reading 1 Is 30:19-21, 23-26 Thus says the Lord GOD,the Holy One of Israel:O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,no more will you weep;He will be gracious to you when you cry out,as soon as he hears he will answer you.The Lord will give you the bread you needand the water for which you thirst.No longer will your Teacher hide himself,but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:“This is the way; walk in it,”when you would turn to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Venerable Servants of God, Black Catholics

    11/27/2016 5:15:27 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies
    Servant of God, Mother Mary Lange   She was born Elizabeth Lange in the around 1794 in Santiago de Cuba, where she lived in a primarily French speaking community. She received an excellent education and in the early 1800s Elizabeth left Cuba and settled in the United States. Elizabeth came to Baltimore as a courageous, loving, and deeply spiritual woman. There was no free public education for African American children in Maryland until 1868, so she responded to that need by opening a school in her home in the Fells Point area of the city for the children.  Providence intervened...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-25-16, OM, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

    11/24/2016 9:42:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 25, 2016 Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rv 20:1-4, 11—21:2 I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven,holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a heavy chain.He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent,which is the Devil or Satan,and tied it up for a thousand years and threw it into the abyss,which he locked over it and sealed,so that it could no longer lead the nations astrayuntil the thousand years are completed.After this, it is to be released for a short time. Then I saw thrones; those who sat on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-23-16, OM, St. Columban, St. Clement I, Bl. Miguel Pro

    11/22/2016 8:12:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 23, 2016 Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rv 15:1-4 I, John, saw in heaven another sign, great and awe-inspiring:seven angels with the seven last plagues,for through them God’s fury is accomplished. Then I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire.On the sea of glass were standing thosewho had won the victory over the beastand its image and the number that signified its name.They were holding God’s harps,and they sang the song of Moses, the servant of God,and the song of the Lamb: “Great and wonderful are your works,Lord God almighty.Just...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-22-16, St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

    11/21/2016 9:24:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2016 Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Rv 14:14-19 I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.Another angel came out of the temple,crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,“Use your sickle and reap the harvest,for the time to reap has come,because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.”So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth,and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-18-16, OM, Ded, Basilicas - Peter & Paul, St. Rose Duquesne

    11/17/2016 9:27:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2016 Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rv 10:8-11 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.Then the voice spoke to me and said:“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angelwho is standing on the sea and on the land.”So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.He said to me, “Take and swallow it.It will turn your stomach sour,but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-16, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2016 10:11:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2016 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious Reading 1 Rv 5:1-10 I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earthwas able to open the scroll or to examine it.I shed many tears because no one was found worthyto open the scroll or to examine it.One...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-16-16, OM, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude

    11/15/2016 10:47:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 16, 2016 Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rv 4:1-11 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,and I heard the trumpetlike voicethat had spoken to me before, saying,“Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.”At once I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat onewhose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other throneson which twenty-four elders sat,dressed in white garments and with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-15-16, OM, St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    11/14/2016 8:36:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-15-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 15, 2016 Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rv 3:1-6, 14-22 I, John, heard the Lord saying to me:“To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this: “‘The one who has the seven spirits of Godand the seven stars says this: “I know your works,that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die,for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.If you are not...