Prepare for Mass

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Mt 6:33

  • RSS Daily Readings – catholic.org

  • Spin the Tee for Totally Random Post

  • Resources

    Resources for Catholic Educators

    YEAR A

    YEAR B

    YEAR C

    Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Third Sunday of LENT

    Second Sunday of LENT

    First Sunday of LENT

    Previously Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Second Sunday of Ordinary Time



    Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

    Epiphany

    Holy Family

    Christmas

    Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Third Sunday of Advent

    Second Sunday of Advent

    First Sunday of Advent

    Christ the King Destruction of the temple = Facing fears and persevere filled with hope

    Not God of the Dead, God of the living Zacchaeus today salvation has come to this house

    Pharisee and the Tax Collector - The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor

    Persistence and helping each other live faithfully

    Spiritual cleansing - ten were made clean only one came back - gratitude

    Big faith is found in the smallest of things

    Rich Man and Lazarus

    Unjust Steward - The person who is trustworthy in small matters will also be trustworthy in big ones

    God’s Concern for the Lost

    Cost of Discipleship

    Crosses to bear and Narrow Gate Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

    Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, was from the very beginning free from the taint of original sin, the minds of the faithful were filled with a stronger hope that the day might soon come when the dogma of the Virgin Mary's bodily Assumption into heaven would also be defined by the Church's supreme teaching authority.

    The Liturgy on the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time prepares us in a certain way for the Solemnity of Mary's Assumption into Heaven, which we will be celebrating on 15 August. Indeed, it is fully oriented to the future, to Heaven, where the Blessed Virgin Mary has preceded us in the joy of Paradise.

    In particular, the Gospel passage, continuing last Sunday's message, asks Christians to detach themselves from material goods, which are for the most part illusory, and to do their duty faithfully, constantly aspiring to Heaven. May the believer remain alert and watchful to be ready to welcome Jesus when he comes in his glory.

    By means of examples taken from everyday life, the Lord exhorts his disciples, that is, us, to live with this inner disposition, like those servants in the parable who were waiting for their master's return. "Blessed are those servants", he said, "whom the master finds awake when he comes" (Lk 12: 37). We must therefore watch, praying and doing good.

    It is true, we are all travellers on earth, as the Second Reading of today's liturgy from the Letter to the Hebrews appropriately reminds us. It presents Abraham to us in the clothes of a pilgrim, as a nomad who lives in a tent and sojourns in a foreign land. He has faith to guide him.

    "By faith", the sacred author wrote, "Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go" (Heb 11: 8).

    Indeed, Abraham's true destination was "the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (11: 10). The city to which he was alluding is not in this world but is the heavenly Jerusalem, Paradise.

    This was well known to the primitive Christian community, which considered itself "alien" here below and called its populated nucleuses in the cities "parishes", which means, precisely, colonies of foreigners [in Greek, pároikoi] (cf. I Pt 2: 11). In this way, the first Christians expressed the most important characteristic of the Church, which is precisely the tension of living in this life in light of Heaven.

    Today's Liturgy of the Word, therefore, desires to invite us to think of "the life of the world to come", as we repeat every time we make our profession of faith with the Creed. It is an invitation to spend our life wisely and with foresight, to consider attentively our destiny, in other words, those realities which we call final: death, the last judgement, eternity, hell and Heaven. And it is exactly in this way that we assume responsibility for the world and build a better world.

    May the Virgin Mary, who watches over us from Heaven, help us not to forget that here on earth we are only passing through, and may she teach us to prepare ourselves to encounter Jesus, who is "seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead". source: vatican.va

    Be rich in what matters to God and don’t store up treasures for yourself.

    Seek and you will find knock and the door will be opened

    Previously... The Gospel episode of Jesus' visit to the house of Martha and Mary (cf. Lk 10: 38-42). While Martha is totally taken up with household tasks, Mary is seated at the Master's feet listening to his word. Christ affirms that Mary "has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her" (Lk 10: 42). Listening to the Word of God is the most important thing in our lives.

    Christ is always in our midst and desires to speak to our hearts. We can listen to him by meditating with faith on Sacred Scripture, by recollection in private and communal prayer, by silent meditation before the Tabernacle, from which he speaks to us of his love.

    Christians, especially on Sundays, are called to meet and listen to the Lord. This happens most completely through participation in Holy Mass, during which Christ prepares the banquet of the Word and of the Bread of Life for the faithful. But other moments of prayer and reflection, of rest and brotherhood, can also be profitably combined to make the Lord's Day holy.

    When, through the action of the Holy Spirit, God takes up his dwelling in the heart of the believer, it becomes easier for him/her to serve the brethren. This is what happened in a unique and perfect way in Mary Most Holy. To her we entrust this vacation period, to make the most of it as a favourable time to rediscover the primacy of the interior life.

    The Church is God's family in the world. In this family no one ought to go without the necessities of life. Yet at the same time caritas- agape extends beyond the frontiers of the Church. The parable of the Good Samaritan remains as a standard which imposes universal love towards the needy whom we encounter “by chance” (cf. Lk 10:31), whoever they may be. Without in any way detracting from this commandment of universal love, the Church also has a specific responsibility: within the ecclesial family no member should suffer through being in need. The teaching of the Letter to the Galatians is emphatic: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (6:10). source:vatican.va In the sending of the seventy-two, Jesus confirms that through his disciples, and those who would come to believe in him through their word, his peace and the news that “the kingdom of God has come near to you” would be proclaimed to the world. At their joyful return, despite rejection, Jesus rejoices at their success in the submission of the evil spirits in his name: the message is never to cease, never to give up.

    God’s will is for his people to be one. Like the Christians in Thessalonika, we are urged to “rejoice always” and “pray without ceasing”, trusting that as we commit ourselves wholly to working with God, his purpose of unity will finally be fulfilled.



  • Subscribe


  • PrayerPress.com


    "Religion is not a Technology!" - There needs to be a personal relationship there. - Father Ted Tyler
    If the close relationship between the Last Supper and the mystery of Jesus' death on the Cross is emphasized on Holy Thursday, today, the Feast of Corpus Christi, with the procession and unanimous adoration of the Eucharist, attention is called to the fact that Christ sacrificed himself for all humanity. His passing among the houses and along the streets of our city will be for those who live there an offering of joy, eternal life, peace and love.

    In the Gospel passage, a second element catches one's eye: the miracle worked by the Lord contains an explicit invitation to each person to make his own contribution. The two fish and five loaves signify our contribution, poor but necessary, which he transforms into a gift of love for all.

    "Christ continues today" I wrote in the above-mentioned Post Synodal Exhortation, "to exhort his disciples to become personally engaged" (Sacramentum Caritatis, n. 88).

    Thus, the Eucharist is a call to holiness and to the gift of oneself to one's brethren: "Each of us is truly called, together with Jesus, to be bread broken for the life of the world".

    source: vatican.va


  • Prepare for Mass now on Twitter

  • Twitter Updates

  • Loving Means Acting Like The Good Samaritan

    Today, for example, the liturgy invites us to reflect on the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan (cf. Lk 10: 25-37), which introduces us into the heart of the Gospel message: love for God and love for neighbour. But the person speaking to Jesus asks: who is my neighbour? And the Lord answers by reversing the question and showing through the account of the Good Samaritan that each one of us must make himself close to every person he meets: "Go and do likewise" (Lk 10: 37).

    Loving, Jesus says, means acting like the Good Samaritan. And we know that he himself is the Good Samaritan par excellence; although he was God, he did not hesitate to humble himself to the point of becoming a man and giving his life for us.

    Love is therefore the "heart" of Christian life; indeed, love alone, awakened in us by the Holy Spirit, makes us Christ's witnesses.
    source:vatican.va


  • Texts of St. Josemaría:

    Our Lady was a guest at one of those noisy country weddings attended by people from many different villages. Mary was the only one who noticed the wine was running out. Don’t these scenes from Christ’s life seem familiar to us? The greatness of God lives at the level of ordinary things. It is natural for a woman, a homemaker, to notice an oversight, to look after the little things that make life pleasant. And that is how Mary acted.

    “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)

    If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. Because of the miracle at the marriage feast at Cana, which Christ performed at his Mother’s request, his disciples learned to believe in him (cf. John 2:11). Our Mother is always interceding with her Son so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us, so that we can cry out, “You are the Son of God.”

    Grant me, dear Jesus, the faith I truly desire. My Mother, sweet Lady, Mary most holy, make me really believe! (Holy Rosary–Appendix, Wedding Feast at Cana)

    The Christian apostolate — and I’m talking about an ordinary Christian living as just one more man or woman among equals — is a great work of teaching. Through real, personal, loyal friendship, you create in others a hunger for God and you help them to discover new horizons — naturally, simply. With the example of your faith lived to the full, with a loving word, which is full of the force of divine truth.

    Be daring. Count on the help of Mary, queen of apostles. Without ceasing to be a mother, Our Lady is able to get each of her children to face his own responsibilities. Mary always does the immense favor of bringing to the cross, of placing face to face with the example of the Son of God, those who come close to her and contemplate her life. It is in this confrontation that Christian life is decided. And here Mary intercedes for us so that our behavior may lead to a reconciliation of the younger brother — you and me — with the firstborn Son of the Father.

    Many conversions, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life. And so the “Do whatever he tells you” has turned into real self-giving, into a Christian vocation, which from then on enlightens all our personal life. (Christ is Passing By, 149)

    opusdei.us

  • RSS Today’s Gospel

  • RSS Homily of the Day

  • RSS Father Dave Dwyer’s Homilies

    • Love Your Enemies...Even on 9/11 September 11, 2014
      Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time. On this day, the 13th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, the readings happen to hit us right between the eyes. These are tough challenges that Jesus sets for us, indeed. (Preached on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:15pm, St. Malachy's Church, New York City)
    • What Defines You? September 9, 2014
      Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest. How do we see and hear Paul develop throughout these readings of recent past? How does this affect us? (Preached on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City)
    • It All Belongs To God September 4, 2014
      Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time. We should remember that although we think we own things and all, everything belongs to God. (Preached on Thursday, September 4, 2014, 12:15pm, St. Malachy's Church, New York City)
    • If Only We'd Known August 28, 2014
      Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. If you knew Jesus was coming back today - waht would YOU do? (Preached on Thursday, August 28, 2014, 12:15pm, St. Malachy's Church, New York City)
  • RSS Busted Halo Show – Father Dave Dwyer The Catholic Channel Sirius 159

    • Saints of Our Lives, episode 8 September 12, 2014
      Saints of Our Lives is Team Busted Halo acting out the lives of the saints in soap opera fashion for your educational and entertainment pleasure. In our first episode of Saints of Our Lives, we dramatize the life of St. Clare of Assisi.  The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave Dwyer is on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Channel 129, Monday through Thursday, 7:00pm t […]
    • Interview: Kirk Cameron September 5, 2014
      Kirk Cameron began his acting career at age 10, and by age 14 his role on Growing Pains earned him a Golden Globe nomination and landed him on magazine covers and in the hearts of teen girls around the world. He is also known for his memorable performances in the Left Behind movies, and the feature film Fireproof, the highest grossing independent film of 200 […]
    • Fatherly Advice: How Do I Respond to Religious Arguments Online? August 27, 2014
      A fan of the show named writes in with a peculiar situation that many of us go through: responding to religious arguments online. In this case, a distant cousin put some hateful remarks about religion on her wall. How should she respond, if at all? What do you think?  The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave Dwyer is on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Channel 129, Mo […]
    • Saints of Our Lives, episode 7 August 15, 2014
      Saints of Our Lives is Team Busted Halo acting out the lives of the saints in soap opera fashion for your educational and entertainment pleasure. In our first episode of Saints of Our Lives, we dramatize the life of St. Bernard.  The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave Dwyer is on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Channel 129, Monday through Thursday, 7:00pm to 10:00p […]
  • Pages

  • Holy Eucharist

  • Today is a great day



  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 3,175 other followers

  • September 2014
    S M T W T F S
    « Aug    
     123456
    78910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    282930  
  • 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Advent baptism beatitudes catholic catholic church catholicism christ christian christianity Christ Jesus christmas 2008 church compassion Corpus Christi cross daily lent reflections divine mercy sunday easter epiphany Eucharist faith fifth sunday of easter fishers of men forgiveness god God the Father good shepherd Gospel Reflections grace holy eucharist holy spirit jesus jesus christ jesus miracles John the Baptist lent lent 2009 Life Teen Lord Jesus Christ love magi mary mass Mass (liturgy) mercy ordinary time palm sunday Pentecost Pope Benedict XVI Prepare for Christmas prepare for easter Prepare for Mass Psalms Religion Religion and Spirituality repentance roman catholic sacrifice Second Sunday in Ordinary Time serenity Son of God Sunday sunday mass sunday mass preparation sunday mass readings Third Sunday of Advent third sunday of easter trinity sunday trust year a year b year c
  • Ordinary Time Prayer

    Heavenly Father You are the One from Whom every family derives its origin. Grant that, in keeping with Your glorious riches we may be strengthened with power through the Spirit for the development of our inner selves. Help us to develop our natural potentialities to the full while at the same time growing in Your likeness to Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen Lord Jesus I know that all human relations take time if they are to grow and deepen. This is also true of my relations with You, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which must grow over the course of my life. However, this growth is not automatic; time alone means nothing unless I add earnest efforts to it. You have inspired Your Church to set aside special times when this growth can develop more intensely - the special seasons of the Church Year. If I fail to move toward You during these times, I waste precious opportunities and endanger my spiritual life. Help me to take them seriously and make a real attempt to use them well, so that I may grow into the person You want me to be. New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book Lenten Prayer Almighty and Everlasting God,
    You have given the human race
    Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
    He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
    And giving His life on the Cross.
    Help us to bear witness to You
    By following His example of suffering
    And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
    We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.

    Amen.
    Our Father...
    MARY, Mother of Jesus,
    you were Jesus’ gift for us from the Cross.
    He gave you to us as our mother.
    Intercede for all our needs.
    Hail Mary...
    Glory Be...


  • Advent Prayer

    This Advent season, as you celebrate the season of waiting for the Lord, use this prayer each week as you light the candles of your Advent wreath. Lord, our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: He is Emmanuel, the hope of all people, He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, He is the Savior of every nation. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this Advent wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. -www.catholicmom.com
  • The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light

    pope benedict address to diplomatic core - vatican.va As a new year begins, our own hearts and the entire world continue to echo the joyful message proclaimed twenty centuries ago in the night of Bethlehem, a night which symbolizes humanity’s deep need for light, love and peace. To the men and women of that time, as to those of our own day, the heavenly hosts brought the good news of the coming of the Saviour: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Is 9:1). The mystery of the Son of God who became the son of man truly surpasses all human expectations. In its absolute gratuitousness this saving event is the authentic and full response to the deep desire of every heart. The truth, goodness, happiness and abundant life which each man and woman consciously or unconsciously seeks are given to us by God. In longing for these gifts, each person is seeking his Creator, for “God alone responds to the yearning present in the heart of every man and woman” (Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, 23). Humanity throughout history, in its beliefs and rituals, demonstrates a constant search for God and “these forms of religious expression are so universal that one may well call man a religious being” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 28). The religious dimension is an undeniable and irrepressible feature of man’s being and acting, the measure of the fulfilment of his destiny and of the building up of the community to which he belongs. Consequently, when the individual himself or those around him neglect or deny this fundamental dimension, imbalances and conflicts arise at all levels, both personal and interpersonal.
  • Each of us has dignity

    The Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son are reminders that each one of us has dignity and are worth everything to God who wants a relationship with us and for us to be happy forever.
  • The Multitudes Were Following After Him

    The crowds were following Jesus when he turned around and made them think about something. Easy is it to follow him when it is convenient. Hard is it to follow him when doing so will cause us discomfort. Sometimes doing the right thing will cause us some discomfort but it is the cross that we are asked to bear.
  • Narrow Gate

    There is a question that has always nagged believers: Will there be many or few people saved? During certain periods this problem became so acute as to cause some people terrible anxiety.

    This Sunday's Gospel informs us that Jesus himself was once asked this question. "Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, 'Lord, will only a few people be saved?'"

    The question, as we see, focuses on the number -- How many will be saved? Will it be many or few? In answering the question, Jesus shifts the focus from "how many" to "how" to be saved, that is, by entering "through the narrow gate."

    We see this same attitude in regard to Jesus' second coming. The disciples ask "when" the return of the Son of Man will happen and Jesus answers indicating "how" we should prepare ourselves for that return, and what to do during the time of waiting (cf. Matthew 24:3-4).

    Jesus' way of responding to these questions is not strange or discourteous. He is just acting in the way of one who wants to teach his disciples how to move from a life of curiosity to one of true wisdom; from the allure of idle questions to the real problems we need to grapple with in life.

    From this we already see the absurdity of those who, like the Jehovah Witnesses, believe they know the precise number of the saved: 144,000.

    This number, which recurs in the Book of Revelations has a purely symbolic value (the square of 12 -- the number of the tribes of Israel -- multiplied by 1,000) and is explained by the expression that immediately follows: "A great multitude that no man could number" (Revelations 7:4, 9).

    Above all, if 144,000 is really the number, then we can both close up shop. Above the gate to heaven there must be a sign like the ones parking lots put up: "Full."

    If, therefore, Jesus is not so much interested in revealing to us the number of the saved as he is in telling us how to be saved, we can understand what he is trying to tell us here. In substance, there are two things: one negative and the other positive.

    It is useless, or rather it is not enough, to belong to a certain ethnic group, race, tradition, or institution, not even the chosen people from whom the Savior himself comes. What puts us on the road to salvation is not a title of ownership ("We ate and drank in your presence..."), but a personal decision, followed by a consistent way of life. This is even more clear in Matthew's text which contrasts two ways and two gates, one narrow and the other wide (cf. Matthew 7:13-14).

    Why are these ways respectively called "narrow" and "wide"? Is it perhaps that the way of evil is always easy and pleasant to follow and the way of goodness always hard and tiresome?

    Here we must be careful not to cede to the usual temptation of believing that here below everything goes magnificently well for the wicked and everything goes terribly for the good.

    The way of the wicked is wide, but only at the beginning. As one goes down this way it gradually becomes narrow and bitter. In any case, it becomes very narrow at the end because it finishes in a blind alley.

    The joy that is experienced in it has the characteristic of diminishing more and more as one tastes it, and it finally causes nausea and sadness. We see this in certain forms of intoxication experienced in drugs, alcohol and sex. A larger dose or stronger stimulation is needed each time to produce pleasure of the same intensity.

    Finally the organism no longer responds and it begins to break down, even physically.

    The way of the just is instead narrow at the beginning, when one starts off on it, but it then becomes a spacious boulevard because hope, joy and peace of heart are found in it.

    Father Cantalamessa

  • Faithfully Waiting

    Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

    Be watchful for you know not the day nor the hour

    You also must be ready for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour

    To whom much is given much will be expected

    Keep your lamps burning

    Watchful Servants/Faithful or Unfaithful Servant

    Are you faithful to God?

  • Thoughts on Greed

    Greed and envy focus a person on self. Those who pursue wealth seek security and safety. They use their riches to shield themselves from life's vicissitudes and to find comfort and confidence in material things. In the pursuit of wealth they lose sight of the real meaning of life because they are seduced by the illusion that with their fortune they can control their lives. Yet one day everyone will die - possessions cannot protect against that day. source: Catholic-Bible-School.org

    Novena Prayer to St Martha "St. Martha, I resort to thy protection and aid and as a proof of my affection and faith I offer this light which I shall burn every Tuesday. Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favor thou didst enjoy when the Savior was lodged in thy house,. Intercede for my family that we may always hold God in our hearts, and that we may be provided for in all our necessities, I ask, St. Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon at thy feet."

  • Pope Benedict XVI on the sinful woman redeemed by love

    The manner in which she chose to come before Jesus, bathing his feet with tears and drying them with her hair, kissing them and sprinkling scented oil upon them, was done to shock those who viewed people in her condition with the merciless eye of the judge. What is striking, on the other hand, is the tenderness with which Jesus treated this woman, exploited and judged by so many. In Jesus she found at last a pure eye, a heart capable of loving without exploiting. In the gaze and heart of Jesus she received the revelation of God-Love!

    To avoid any misunderstanding, it should be noted that Jesus' mercy was not expressed by putting moral law in parentheses. For Jesus, good is good and evil is evil. Mercy does not change the connotations of sin but consumes it in a fire of love.



  • Life is not just a succession of events or experiences; it is a search for the true, the good, and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this - in truth, in goodness, and in beauty - that we find happiness and joy. -PB16 Message for the 43rd World Communications Day May 24, 2009


  • Find a Mass

  • RSS Unknown Feed

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • Holy Mass

  • Recent Posts

  • Catholic Roundup’s

  • Pray the Rosary



    Praying the Rosary by Susan Bailey

    Praying the Holy Rosary everyday is a good and holy thing to do.


    Order Susan Bailey's CD...
    Click here for more information


    Prepare for Mass

    Live a good life

    Strive for holiness

    Care for body and soul

  • RSS LifeTeenSundaySundaySunday Podcast

    • 7 Reasons to Not Drink Soda This School Year September 22, 2014
      Since I began working as a dietitian some three years ago, I have asked hundreds of patients about what types of beverages they drink during a typical day. This question has resulted in answers such as “a few glasses of water,” “three cups of milk,” or “ten cans of soda.” While soda can certainly be a tasty treat, it is not necessarily something you should d […]
  • RSS Gus Lloyd’s Reflections

    • Monday, September 22, 2014 September 22, 2014
      Gus talks panhandling this morning. His hometown of Tampa passed an ordinance recently prohibiting panhandling downtown and near banks. Gus, like most people, feels conflicted about giving to panhandlers and asks his listeners how they feel about banning that activity and if they have rules on giving to people who panhandle. Also, Dr. Frank Hermann sits […] […]
      Scott Shea
    • Prayer and Generosity September 22, 2014
      n the first reading today, we begin a few days in the book of Proverbs, a book that is full of short verses that contain the wisdom of the ages. Much of the book is attributed to Solomon, the wisest man ever to live. In the Gospel reading from Luke 8 Jesus tells us that, […]
      Gus Lloyd
  • RSS EWTN Daily

    • Today's Homily - Sunday -- 9/14/2014 September 14, 2014
      Fr. John Paul Mary: : --- Exaltation of the Cross
    • Today's Homily - Monday -- 9/15/2014 September 15, 2014
      Fr. Miguel Marie: : --- Our Lady of Sorrows
    • Today's Homily - Tuesday -- 9/16/2014 September 16, 2014
      Fr. Leonard Mary: : --- Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian
    • Today's Homily - Wednesday -- 9/17/2014 September 17, 2014
      Fr. Mitch Pacwa: : --- Stigmata of St. Francis
    • Today's Homily - Thursday -- 9/18/2014 September 18, 2014
      Fr. Anthony: : --- Joseph of Cupertino
    • Today's Homily - Friday -- 9/19/2014 September 19, 2014
      Fr. John Paul: : --- St. Januarius
    • Today's Homily - Saturday -- 9/13/2014 September 13, 2014
      Fr. Leonard Mary: : --- St. John Chrysostom
    • Sunday Night Prime -- 9/7/2014 September 7, 2014
      Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR: : --- Fr. Apostoli reads viewer emails and answers their questions
    • The Journey Home -- 9/15/2014 September 15, 2014
      Marcus Grodi w/ Deacon Rick Bauer: : --- Marcus is joined by Deacon Rick Bauer to discuss his journey from Church of Christ minister to the Catholic Church.
    • Mother Angelica Live Classics -- 9/16/2014 September 16, 2014
      Mother Angelica: : --- Mother talks about how like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we too don’t always recognize Jesus either.
    • Threshold of Hope -- 9/9/2014 September 9, 2014
      Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.: : --- Fides Et Ratio
    • EWTN Live -- 9/17/2014 September 17, 2014
      Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ w/ Fr. Maurice Emelu: : --- Fr. Maurice Emelu joins Fr. Mitch to talk about his new series, Word For A Wounded World, which delivers power-packed inspired words that will equip us with the tools we need for reconciliation and healing on our journey to Heaven.
    • Life on the Rock -- 9/19/2014 September 19, 2014
      Fr. Mark w/ Chris Stefanick and Fr. Michael Schmitz: : --- Fr. Mark and Doug welcome Chris Stefanick and Fr. Michael Schmitz to talk about the Chosen: A Journey toward Confirmation, a new preparation program on passing along the Catholic Faith to the next generation.
    • The World Over -- 9/11/2014 September 11, 2014
      Raymond Arroyo w/ HARRY CONNICK, JR, MORGAN FREEMAN AND ASHLEY JUDD: : --- BILL DONOHUE, president of the Catholic League, on the controversy over the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade and the reason for the Catholic League's decision NOT to march in next year's event. CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Monday -- 9/15/2014 September 15, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- World powers are pledging their support to combat the Islamic State – Wyatt Goolsby reports from The White House and we discuss strategy with former Army Special Forces officer Steven Bucci from The Heritage Foundation. President Obama presents the nation’s highest military honor today – Jason Calvi has that story. Pope Francis presided […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Tuesday -- 9/16/2014 September 16, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- Jason Calvi speaks with Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly, as President Obama ramps up the U.S. response to the international Ebola crisis. Wyatt Goolsby covers a hearing on Capitol Hill that answers the question about possible ground troops in Iraq. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) delivers findings on the Affordable Care […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Wednesday -- 9/17/2014 September 17, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- The House is expected to support President Obama’s strategy to arm Syrian rebels – Wyatt Goolsby reports from Capitol Hill. What’s more important for professional athletes – performance or perception? We discuss recent NFL crises with DLE Agency’s Doug Eldridge. Our Jason Calvi introduces us to a Catholic couple playing a key role in the […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Thursday -- 9/18/2014 September 18, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- We speak with a member of Christians for Independence in Scotland about today’s referendum vote – and our Wyatt Goolsby reports on the Scottish culture in the U.S. Our Jason Calvi reports from The White House on the meeting between Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and President Obama. Alan Holdren speaks with Cardinal Burke in Rome a […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Friday -- 9/12/2014 September 12, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- Wyatt Goolsby reports on international efforts against ISIS. An Eastern Catholic Patriarch tells Jason Calvi about his visit with President Obama. Bipartisan Policy Center’s Jason Grumet talks about Congress’ to-do list before mid-terms. University of Maryland, Baltimore County researcher Laura Hussey talks about voting pressure and beha […]
    • EWTN Bookmark -- 9/14/2014 September 14, 2014
      Doug Keck w/Fr. Gallagher: : --- Fr. Bruno Lanteri is known, loved, and followed as the founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and as Fr. Gallagher observes, for his counsel that, should we fall 1,000 times a day, the Lord delights in forgiving those of a contrite heart and urging us to “begin again.”
  • Flickr Photos

    Portuguese Palms

    More Photos
  • RSS Daily Catholic Mass Readings

    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 22 September 2014
      Proverbs 3:27-34 27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. 28Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" -- when you have it with you. 29Do not plan evil against your neighbor ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Saturday 20 September 2014
      1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49 35But some one will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" 36You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Thursday 18 September 2014
      1 Corinthians 12:31; 13:1-10, 13 1231But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.131If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Tuesday 16 September 2014
      1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31 12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free -- ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 15 September 2014
      Hebrews 5:7-9 7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered;9and being made perfect ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Sunday 14 September 2014
      Numbers 21:4-9 4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way. 5And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Saturday 13 September 2014
      1 Corinthians 10:14-22 14Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols. 15I speak as to sensible men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 08 September 2014
      Micah 5:1-4 1Now you are walled about with a wall; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike upon the cheek the ruler of Israel. 2But you, O Bethlehem Eph'rathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Sunday 07 September 2014
      Ezekiel 33:7-9 7"So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Saturday 06 September 2014
      1 Corinthians 4:6-15 6I have applied all this to myself and Apol'los for your benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7For who sees anything different in you? What ...
  • RSS Unknown Feed

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • RSS Catholic Answers Forums

    • Who was Jesus? September 22, 2014
      I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong area. :blush: No, I am not literally asking that... though I bet I'm going to get a ton of posters here who didn't read my description. :banghead: ... :rotfl: Lol, anyway I'm sure a lot of you haven't heard of it, but a few years ago a very interesting shown aired on Discovery channel and still […]
    • When conversations pay off September 22, 2014
      Something occurred today at work that I felt compelled to share with others because it offers a great example at the powers of prayer and simple conversation. One of my co-workers (We can call him Bob) is a fallen away Catholic who has, over the last several months, become concerned about his faith and life direction. His thoughts are preoccupied with salvat […]
    • Adding water to wine September 22, 2014
      After all these years I've either just noticed or increasingly noticed something that is done differently by different priests and realized I don't have a clue as to why . . . when adding the water to the wine during Mass, some priests add a little (or a lot) to ALL the chalices into which the wine has been distributed/divided, while other priests […]
    • can anyone recommend books on this subject? September 22, 2014
      hi , im not sure if this is the right place to post this... i would like to find some books, about the history/politics of the holy land around the time of Jesus. Jewish society , zealots, pharisees ect. roman occupation, uprisings ,wars , culture , literature... i just don't know what to type into amazon :shrug:
    • Visiting a friend September 22, 2014
      Hey I have a friend who has recently been charged with a terrible crime and remanded in custody, he has asked for me and some others to go and see him. I don't feel comfortable with it ,now Jesus was clear that what you do to each other you do to him ,he also said I was imprisoned and you didn't visit me. So what do you guys think ? I don't kn […]
    • god's will, our free will and suffering September 22, 2014
      I'm wondering if you guys have any ideas so I do understand that suffering can be punishment ofr sin, either our own, or someon else's, or else as a way to sanctify us and I do realize that without bad things happening sometimes, good things can't happen. or at least we wouldn't know the difference. but I guess I still struggle with the c […]
    • Study links changing winds to warming in pacific September 22, 2014
      ---Quote--- A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming. The study compared ocean surface temperatures from 1900 to 2012 to surface air pressure, a stand-in for […]
    • Islamic State-linked group threatens to kill French hostage in Algeria September 22, 2014
      Algiers (AFP) - An Algerian group linked to Islamic State group jihadists threatened to kill a French hostage within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on the IS in Iraq, in a video posted Monday. Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate), which has pledged allegiance to IS, said in the video that it carried out Sunday's kidnapping of the Frenchm […]
    • Old Testament = Allegory, New Testament = Literal? September 22, 2014
      Is it accurate to say that the entirety of the Old Testament is all allegory, from the characters to the events, although it contains an objective moral to every story? Meanwhile, the entirety of the NT is literal, factual events that occurred. It is the allegory of the Old Testament brought to life and lived out in an example made by the life of Jesus?
    • Is addiction always a sin? September 22, 2014
      I was listening to a mass online and baby was being baptised at the mass. So everyone renounced Satan and his acts. So priest started naming Satan's acts that we must renounce and crowd answered "We renounce". And priest said: "Do you renounce alchoholism, drug addiction and ALL OTHER ADDICTIONS?" I was shocked. Does that mean all ad […]
    • Emma Watson September 22, 2014
      Has anyone read/heard Emma Watson's recent UN Address? I think that Watson is incredibly beautiful and talented, but at one point in the speech, she mentions something about women being able to control their bodies. This kind of language is often euphemistic for being pro-abortion or pro-abortifacient-drugs. Do you believe that that was her intent? It d […]
    • How to approach my parish priest regarding Latinizations September 22, 2014
      Hi all, I just moved to a city with only one Ukrainian Catholic church, which I've begun attending. However, I am noticing certain aspects of the liturgy that are deeply concerning to me. Perhaps it's because the parish I was attending before was truly Eastern (those in the western suburbs of Toronto will know exactly which church I'm referrin […]
    • Do you have advice to overcome the sin of laziness? September 22, 2014
      Hi, I'm new to the Catholic Church, just confirmed on the Easter Vigil. I love the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and try to go once a month. I'm trying to go weekly. Two of my most persistent sins are anger and laziness. I've brought these to the confessional almost every time and by God's grace I seem to be gaining control of my anger. Bu […]
    • Praying the Rosary September 22, 2014
      Why do catholic's pray the Rosary? I am catholic and know how to pray the Rosary, and don't know how to explain it to non catholic's.
    • Satanic "Black Mass" September 22, 2014
      In light of the black mass that recently occurred in Oklahoma City, I think the Catholic community needs to begin to discuss what we are going to do to prevent things like this from happening again in the future. Any ideas?

Archive for the ‘take up cross’ Category

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on August 29, 2010


Sunday September 5th is The Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 5 2010 – (9/5/2010) – Readings

Wis 9:13-18b
Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Phmn 9-10, 12-17
Lk 14:25-33

Spirit and song podcast – www.spiritandsong.com/podcasts
LifeTeen Sunday Sunday Sunday podcast

Listen to the
Readings

 

 

The cost of discipleship

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me

cannot be my disciple.

Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith ;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

First Reading

Who can know God’s counsel,
or who can conceive what the LORD intends?

For the deliberations of mortals are timid,
and unsure are our plans.

For the corruptible body burdens the soul
and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns.

And scarce do we guess the things on earth,
and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;
but when things are in heaven, who can search them out?

Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom
and sent your holy spirit from on high?

And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight.

His ways are above our ways as the heavens are above the earth

Responsorial Psalm

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Second Reading

I, Paul, an old man,
and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,
whose father I have become in my imprisonment;
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.
I should have liked to retain him for myself,
so that he might serve me on your behalf
in my imprisonment for the gospel,
but I did not want to do anything without your consent,
so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while,
that you might have him back forever,
no longer as a slave
but more than a slave, a brother,
beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,
as a man and in the Lord.
So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.

Gospel

“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.

Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple.Which of you wishing to construct a tower
does not first sit down and calculate the cost
to see if there is enough for its completion?
Otherwise, after laying the foundation
and finding himself unable to finish the work
the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
and decide whether with ten thousand troops
he can successfully oppose another king
advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
But if not, while he is still far away,
he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.

In the same way,
anyone of you
who does not renounce
all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”

IT’S THE HARD KNOCK LIFE FOR US

Mass Preparation for this Sunday

The Center for Liturgy at St Louis University

TheWorkofGod.org

Things aren’t always what they seem

Fr Tommy Lane

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – www.scborromeo.org

LifeTeen

Catholic Doors Homilies

Loyola Press Sunday Connection

Catholic Culture

Posted in 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, catholic, catholicism, christianity, church, faith, jesus christ, Prepare for Mass, sunday mass, sunday mass readings, take up cross, take up your cross and follow me, Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, year c | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on June 14, 2010


Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday June 20th is The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 20 2010 – (6/20/2010) – Readings

Zec 12:10-11; 13:1
Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Gal 3:26-29
Lk 9:18-24

LifeTeen Sunday Sunday Sunday

Listen to the
Readings

 

“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”


His mission was to suffer and die so we may liveThey shall look on him whom they have pierced and mourn for himMy soul thirsts for GodThrough Faith we are children of God in Christ JesusWho do you say I am?The Christ of GodThe Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.

Take up your cross and follow Jesus

 

First Reading

Thus says the LORD:
I will pour out on the house of David
and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem
a spirit of grace and petition;
and they shall look on him whom they have pierced,
and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son,
and they shall grieve over him as one grieves over a firstborn.

On that day the mourning in Jerusalem shall be as great
as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

On that day there shall be open to the house of David
and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
a fountain to purify from sin and uncleanness.

Responsorial Psalm

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.

Second Reading

Brothers and sisters:

Through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free person,
there is not male and female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if you belong to Christ,
then you are Abraham’s descendant,
heirs according to the promise.

Gospel

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist;
others, Elijah;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”

Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them
and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

Mass Preparation for this Sunday

Coloring Page
Turris Fortis
The Center for Liturgy at St Louis University
TheWorkofGod.org
Fr Tommy Lane
Stories about carrying our cross from frtommylane.com
St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – www.scborromeo.org
LifeTeen
Catholic Doors Homilies
Loyola Press Sunday Connection
Catholic Culture
Sacerdos

Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert

Posted in 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, catholic, catholic mass, catholicism, christianity, church, cross, deny self, follow jesus, Gospel Reflections, lamenting, Prepare for Mass, Religion, take up cross, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, year c | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,175 other followers

%d bloggers like this: