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Sunday, June 22nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 6:51-58.


The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – Solemnity – Year A

22 JUNE 2014

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6:51-58.

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – Solemnity – Year A

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The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus Domini, is a Latin Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the tradition and belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. It emphasizes the joy of the institution of the Eucharist, which was observed on Holy Thursday in the somber atmosphere of the nearness of Good Friday.

In the present Roman Missal, the feast is designated the solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.[1] It is also celebrated in some Anglican, Lutheran, and Old Catholic Churches that hold similar beliefs regarding the Real Presence.

The feast is liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or, “where the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is not a holy day of obligation, it is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity as its proper day”.[1] At the end of Holy Mass, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, generally displayed in a monstrance. The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

A notable Eucharistic procession is that presided over by the Pope each year in Rome, where it begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and makes its way to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where it concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) – Solemnity – Year A

Commentary of the day

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942),
Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe

Poem « I will remain with you »,
1938 (trans. ©Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites, 1992)

“Whoever eats this bread will live forever”

This Heart of the Trinity,
beats for us in a small tabernacle
Where it remains mysteriously hidden
In that still, white host.

That is your royal throne on earth, 0 Lord,
Which visibly you have erected for us,
And you are pleased when I approach it.

Full of love, you sink your gaze into mine
And bend your ear to my quiet words
And deeply fill my heart with peace.

Yet your love is not satisfied
With this exchange that could still lead to separation:
Your heart requires more.

You come to me as early morning’s meal each daybreak.
Your flesh and blood become food and drink for me
And something wonderful happens.

Your body mysteriously permeates mine
And your soul unites with mine: .
I am no longer what once I was.

You come and go, but the seed
That you sowed for future glory, remains behind (Mk 4,26; Jn 12,24),
Buried in this body of dust.

A luster of heaven remains in the soul,
A deep glow remains in the eyes,
A soaring in the tone of voice.

There remains the bond that binds heart to heart,
The stream of life that springs from yours
And animates each limb (1Co 12,27).

How wonderful are your gracious wonders!
All we can do is be amazed and stammer and fall silent
Because intellect and words fail.

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Saint(s) of the day

St. Thomas More, Martyr (1478-1535)

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SAINT THOMAS MORE, Martyr (1478-1535)

The life and martyrdom of Saint Thomas More have been the source of a message which spans the centuries and which speaks to people everywhere of the inalienable dignity of the human conscience, which (…) is “the most intimate centre and sanctuary of a person, in which he or she is alone with God, whose voice echoes within them” (Gaudium et Spes, 16). Whenever men or women heed the call of truth, their conscience then guides their actions reliably towards good. Precisely because of the witness which he bore, even at the price of his life, to the primacy of truth over power, Saint Thomas More is venerated as an imperishable example of moral integrity. And even outside the Church, particularly among those with responsibility for the destinies of peoples, he is acknowledged as a source of inspiration for a political system which has as its supreme goal the service of the human person.

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Thomas More had a remarkable political career in his native land. Born in London in 1478 of a respectable family, as a young boy he was placed in the service of the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Morton, Lord Chancellor of the Realm. He then studied law at Oxford and London, while broadening his interests in the spheres of culture, theology and classical literature. He mastered Greek and enjoyed the company and friendship of important figures of Renaissance culture, including Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam.

His sincere religious sentiment led him to pursue virtue through the assiduous practice of asceticism: he cultivated friendly relations with the Observant Franciscans of the Friary at Greenwich, and for a time he lived at the London Charterhouse, these being two of the main centres of religious fervour in the Kingdom. Feeling himself called to marriage, family life and dedication as a layman, in 1505 he married Jane Colt, who bore him four children. Jane died in 1511 and Thomas then married Alice Middleton, a widow with one daughter. Throughout his life he was an affectionate and faithful husband and father, deeply involved in his children’s religious, moral and intellectual education. His house offered a welcome to his children’s spouses and his grandchildren, and was always open to his many young friends in search of the truth or of their own calling in life. Family life also gave him ample opportunity for prayer in common and lectio divina, as well as for happy and wholesome relaxation. Thomas attended daily Mass in the parish church, but the austere penances which he practised were known only to his immediate family.

He was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1504 under King Henry VII. The latter’s successor Henry VIII renewed his mandate in 1510, and even made him the Crown’s representative in the capital. This launched him on a prominent career in public administration. During the following decade the King sent him on several diplomatic and commercial missions to Flanders and the territory of present-day France. Having been made a member of the King’s Council, presiding judge of an important tribunal, deputy treasurer and a knight, in 1523 he became Speaker of the House of Commons.

Highly esteemed by everyone for his unfailing moral integrity, sharpness of mind, his open and humorous character, and his extraordinary learning, in 1529 at a time of political and economic crisis in the country he was appointed by the King to the post of Lord Chancellor. The first layman to occupy this position, Thomas faced an extremely difficult period, as he sought to serve King and country. In fidelity to his principles, he concentrated on promoting justice and restraining the harmful influence of those who advanced their own interests at the expense of the weak. In 1532, not wishing to support Henry VIII’s intention to take control of the Church in England, he resigned. He withdrew from public life, resigning himself to suffering poverty with his family and being deserted by many people who, in the moment of trial, proved to be false friends.

Given his inflexible firmness in rejecting any compromise with his own conscience, in 1534 the King had him imprisoned in the Tower of London, where he was subjected to various kinds of psychological pressure. Thomas More did not allow himself to waver, and he refused to take the oath requested of him, since this would have involved accepting a political and ecclesiastical arrangement that prepared the way for uncontrolled despotism. At his trial, he made an impassioned defence of his own convictions on the indissolubility of marriage, the respect due to the juridical patrimony of Christian civilization, and the freedom of the Church in her relations with the State. Condemned by the Court, he was beheaded.

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Thomas More, together with 53 other martyrs, including Bishop John Fisher, was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886. And with John Fisher, he was canonized by Pius XI in 1935, on the fourth centenary of his martyrdom.

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The life of Saint Thomas More clearly illustrates a fundamental truth of political ethics. The defence of the Church’s freedom from unwarranted interference by the State is at the same time a defence, in the name of the primacy of conscience, of the individual’s freedom vis-à-vis political power. Here we find the basic principle of every civil order consonant with human nature.

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Therefore, after due consideration and willingly acceding to the petitions addressed to me, I establish and declare Saint Thomas More the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, and I decree that he be ascribed all the liturgical honours and privileges which, according to law, belong to the Patrons of categories of people.

(John Paul II – Apostolic letter issued Motu Proprio proclaiming Saint Thomas More Patron of Statesmen and Politicians – October 31, 2000)

Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Saturday, June 21st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 6:24-34.


Saturday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

21 JUNE 2014

“Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:24-34.

Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink),
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap,
they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or
‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

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Commentary of the day

Julian of Norwich (1342-after 1416), recluse

Revelations of divine love, ch 85

“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself”

And in this sight I marvelled highly. For notwithstanding our simple living and our blindness here, yet endlessly our courteous Lord beholds us in this working, rejoicing; and of all things, we may please him best by wisely and truly believing, and enjoy with him and in him. For just as truly as we shall be in the bliss of God without end, praising and thanking him, so truly we have been in the foresight of God, loved and known in his endless purpose from the beginning of time.

In which love without beginning he made us; and in the same love he keeps us and never suffers us to be hurt in any way by which our bliss might be lost. And therefore when the Doom is given and we are all brought up above, then shall we clearly see in God the secret things which are now hidden from us. Then shall none of us be stirred to say: “Lord, if it had been otherwise, then it would have been well;” but we shall all say with one voice: “Lord, blessed may you be, for it is thus, it is well; and now we truly see that all things are done as you ordained before anything was made.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Friday, June 20th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 6:19-23.


Friday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

20 JUNE 2014

“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:19-23.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys,
nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound,
your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”


Thursday, June 19th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 6:7-15.


Thursday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

19 JUNE 2014

“This is how you are to pray”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:7-15.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they
will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what
you need before you ask him.
This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test,
but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

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Thursday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

Benedict XVI,
pope from 2005 to 2013

Apostolic Exhortation « Sacramentum caritatis »
§92 (trans. © Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

The Eucharist, link between the first and the new creation

To develop a profound eucharistic spirituality that is also capable of significantly affecting the fabric of society, the Christian people, in giving thanks to God through the Eucharist, should be conscious that they do so in the name of all creation, aspiring to the sanctification of the world and working intensely to that end… The liturgy itself teaches us this, when, during the presentation of the gifts, the priest raises to God a prayer of blessing and petition over the bread and wine, “fruit of the earth,” “fruit of the vine” and “work of human hands.” With these words, the rite not only includes in our offering to God all human efforts and activity, but also leads us to see the world as God’s creation, which brings forth everything we need for our sustenance.

The world is not something indifferent, raw material to be utilized simply as we see fit. Rather, it is part of God’s good plan, in which all of us are called to be sons and daughters in the one Son of God, Jesus Christ (cf. Eph 1:4-12). The justified concern about threats to the environment present in so many parts of the world is reinforced by Christian hope, which commits us to working responsibly for the protection of creation.
The relationship between the Eucharist and the cosmos helps us to see the unity of God’s plan and to grasp the profound relationship between creation and the “new creation” inaugurated in the resurrection of Christ, the new Adam. Even now we take part in that new creation by virtue of our Baptism (cf. Col 2:12ff.). Our Christian life, nourished by the Eucharist, gives us a glimpse of that new world – new heavens and a new earth – where the new Jerusalem comes down from heaven, from God, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2).

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Wednesday, June 18th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 6:1-6.16-18.


Wednesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

18 JUNE 2014

“Pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:1-6.16-18.

Jesus said to his disciples: «Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order
that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues
and in the streets to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues
and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.

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Commentary of the day
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890),
priest, founder of a religious community, theologian

Sermon « Times of Private Prayer », PPS, vol.1, no.19

“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret”

Those who seek the unseen God, seek him in their hearts and hidden thoughts, not in loud words, as if he were far off from them. Such men would retire from the world into places where no human eye saw them, there to meet him humbly and in faith, who is “about their path, and about their bed, and spieth out all their ways.” And he, the Searcher of hearts (Rm 9,27), would reward them openly. Prayers uttered in secret, according to God’s will, are treasured up in God’s Book of Life (Ps 68[69],29). They seem, perhaps, to have sought an answer here, and to have failed. Their memory perishes even in the mind of the petitioner, and the world never knew of them. But God is ever mindful, and in the last day, when the books are opened (Dn 7,10; Rv 20,12), they shall be disclosed and rewarded before the whole world…

Now, we know well enough that we are bound to be in one sense in prayer and meditation all the day long (Lk 18,1). The question then arises… need we pray at certain times of the day in a set manner?… Though set times and forms of prayer are not absolutely necessary in private prayer, yet they are highly expedient; or rather, times are actually commanded us by our Lord in the text, “Thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet…” Even our Saviour had his peculiar seasons of communing with God. His thoughts indeed were one continued sacred service offered up to his Father; nevertheless, we read of his going up “into a mountain apart to pray,” and again, of his “continuing all night in prayer to God” (Mt 14,23; Lc 6,12).

Now it is necessary to insist upon this duty of observing private prayer at stated times, because amid the cares and hurry of life men are very apt to neglect it: and it is a much more important duty than it is generally considered, even by those who perform it.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Tuesday, June 17th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 5:43-48.


Tuesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

17 JUNE 2014

“I say to you, love your enemies,
and pray for those who persecute you”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:43-48.

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies,
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Tuesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

Julian of Norwich (1342-after 1416), recluse

Revelations of divine love, ch. 35

“He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good”

All will be well; for the fulness of joy is to contemplate God in everything. For by the same blessed power, wisdom and love by which he made all things, our good Lord always leads them to the same end, and he himself will bring them there, and at the right time we shall see it… Everything which our Lord God does is righteous, and all which he tolerates is honorable; and in these two are good and evil comprehended. For our Lord does everything which is good, and our Lord tolerates what is evil. I do not say that evil is honorable, but I say that our Lord God’s toleration is honorable, through which his goodness will be known eternally, and his wonderful meekness and mildness by this working of mercy and grace…

God himself is true righteousness, and all his works are righteously performed, as they are ordained from eternity by his exalted power, his exalted wisdom, his exalted goodness. And what he has ordained for the best he constantly brings to pass in the same way, and directs to the same end… in which righteousness we are endlessly and marvelously protected, above all creatures.

And mercy is an operation which comes from the goodness of God, and it will go on operating so long as sin is permitted to harass righteous souls… By his toleration God permits us to fall, and in his blessed love, with his power and wisdom, we are protected, and by his mercy and race we are raised to much more joy. And so in righteousness and mercy he wishes to be known and loved, now and forever.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Monday, June 16th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 5:38-42.


Monday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

16 JUNE 2014

“When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:38-42.

Jesus said to his disciples: «You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

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Monday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

Saint Caesarius of Arles (470-543),
monk and Bishop

Sermons to the people, no. 23, 4-5,
drawing its inspiration from Saint Augustine ; SC 243

“But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil”

“Whoever keeps the whole Law but falls short in one particular has become guilty in respect to all of it” (Jas 2,10). What is this one law if not true love, perfect charity? It is of this that Saint Paul also said: “For the whole Law is fulfilled in one statement, namely: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Gal 5,14)…

For true charity is patient in adversity and moderate in prosperity; strong in painful suffering, joyful in good works; completely safe in temptation. It is very gentle amongst genuine brothers, very patient amongst false. It is innocent in the midst of snares, groans amidst evildoing and breathes naturally in the truth. It is chaste in the married woman, Susannah, in the widow, Anna, in the virgin, Mary (Dn 13,1f.; Lk 2,36). It is humble in Peter’s obedience and free in Paul’s arguments. It is human in the witness of Christians, divine in the forgiveness of Christ. For true charity, beloved brethren, is the soul of the whole of Scripture, the strength of prophecy, the structure of knowledge, the fruit of faith, the wealth of the poor, the life of the dying. So keep it faithfully; cherish it with all your heart and all the strength of your soul (cf Mk 12,30).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Sunday, June 15th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 3:16-18.


The Most Holy Trinity – Solemnity – Year A

15 JUNE 2014

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 3:16-18.

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not
perish but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in
the name of the only Son of God.

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Catholicism

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Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Western Christian liturgical calendar, and the Sunday of Pentecost in Eastern Christianity.[citation needed] Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

In the Catholic Church it is officially known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, it marked the end of a three-week period when church weddings were forbidden. The period began on Rogation Sunday, the fifth Sunday after Easter. Trinity Sunday was established as a Double of the Second Class by Pope John XXII to celebrate the Trinity.[7] It was raised to the dignity of a Double of the First Class by Pope Pius X on 24 July 1911. During the Middle Ages, especially during the Carolingian period, devotion to the Blessed Trinity was a highly important feature of private devotion and inspired several liturgical expressions.[5] The currently prescribed liturgical color is white.

In the traditional Divine Office, the Athanasian Creed (Quicumque vult) is said on this day at Prime. Before 1960, it was said on all Sundays after Epiphany and Pentecost which do not fall within Octaves or on which a feast of Double rank or higher was celebrated or commemorated, as well as on Trinity Sunday. The 1960 reforms reduced it to once a year, on this Sunday.

In the 1962 Missal, the Mass for the First Sunday After Pentecost is not said or commemorated on Sunday (it is permanently impeded there by Trinity Sunday), but is used during the week if the ferial Mass is being said.

The Thursday after Trinity Sunday is observed as the Feast of Corpus Christi. In some countries, including the United States, Canada, and Spain, it may be celebrated on the following Sunday, when parishioners are more likely to attend Mass and be able to celebrate the feast.
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Commentary of the day

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942),
Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe

Poem « I will remain with you »,
1938 (trans. ©Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites, 1992)

« Then the angel showed me the river of Life…
flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb » (Rv 22,1)

You reign at the Father’s right hand (Ps 109 (110),1)
In the kingdom of his eternal glory
As God’s Word from the beginning. (Jn 1,1)

You reign on the Almighty’s throne
Also in transfigured human form,
Ever since the completion of your work on earth (Jn 17,4; 19,30).
I believe this because your word teaches me so,
And because I believe, I know it gives me joy,
And blessed hope blooms forth from it.

For where you are, there also are your own, (Jn 17,24)
Heaven is my glorious homeland,
I share with you the Father’s throne. (Ap 3,21)

The Eternal who made all creatures,
Who, thrice holy, encompasses all being,
In addition has a silent, special kingdom of his own.

The innermost chamber of the human soul
Is the Trinity’s favorite place to be,
His heavenly throne on earth.

To deliver this heavenly kingdom from the hand of the enemy,
The Son of God has come as Son of Man,
He gave his blood as the price of deliverance.
In the heart of Jesus, which was pierced, (Jn 19,34)
The kingdom of heaven and the land of earth are bound together.
Here is for us the source of life. (Jn 7,38)

This heart is the heart of the triune Divinity,
And the center of all human hearts
That bestows on us the life of God.

It draws us to itself with secret power, (Jn 12,32)
It conceals us in itself in the Father’s bosom
And floods us with the Holy Spirit.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Saturday, June 14th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 5:33-37.


Saturday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time

14 JUNE 2014

‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow.’

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:33-37.

Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.’
But I say to you, do not swear at all; not by heaven,
for it is God’s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem,
for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.


Friday, June 13th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 5:27-32.


Friday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time

13 JUNE 2014

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:27-32.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has
already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your
whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.
It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.’
But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

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Commentary of the day

Paul VI,
Pope from 1963-1978

Address of 04/05/1970 to the Équipes Notre Dame
(© copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

«God created man in his image…, man and woman he created them » (Gn 1,27)

As holy Scripture teaches us, before being a sacrament marriage is a great, earthly reality. “God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him, man and woman he created them.” We always have to go back to that first page of the Bible if we would understand what is, what should be a human couple, a home… The duality of the sexes has been willed by God that, together, man and woman might be in the image of God and, like him, a source of life: “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it” (v.28). A careful reading of the prophets, the Wisdom books, the New Testament, shows us, besides, the meaning of this fundamental reality and teaches us not to reduce it to physical desire… but to discover in it the complementarity of man and women’s values, the greatness and the fragility of conjugal love, its fruitfulness and its openness to the mystery of God’s plan of love. Today this teaching retains all its value and arms us against temptations to a destructive eroticism…

As Christians know, human love is good in its origins and if, like everything in man, it is wounded and deformed by sin, it finds healing and redemption in Christ… How many couples have found their way to sanctity in their conjugal life, in that community of life that is the only one to be founded on a sacrament! Work of the Holy Spirit, baptismal rebirth makes “, “a new creation” of us, “so that we too might live in newness of life” (cf Tt 3,5; Gal 6,15; Rm 6,4). In this great work of renewing all things in Christ, marriage too, purified and renewed, becomes a new reality, a sacrament of the New Covenant. And see how, at the threshold of the New Testament as at the entrance to the Old, there stands a couple. But whereas that represented by Adam and Eve was the source of the evil unleashed on the world, that of Joseph and Mary is the summit from which holiness spreads over all the earth.

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Pope Paul VI

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Pope Paul VI (Latin: Paulus VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (Italian pronunciation: [dʒioˈvani baˈtista enˈriko antoˈnjo maˈrja monˈtini]; 26 September 1897 – 6 August 1978), reigned from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding Pope John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements.[citation needed]

Montini served in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State from 1922 to 1954. While in the Secretariat of State, Montini and Domenico Tardini were considered as the closest and most influential co-workers of Pope Pius XII, who in 1954, named him Archbishop of Milan, the largest Italian diocese, while not naming Montini a cardinal, a designation that traditionally accompanies the position; Montini automatically became the Secretary of the Italian Bishops Conference. John XXIII elevated him to the College of Cardinals in 1958, and after the death of John XXIII, Montini was considered one of his most likely successors.[2] In fact, John XXIII had sent oblique signals during his papacy that Montini would make a fine pope.[citation needed]

Montini, upon his election to the papacy, took the pontifical name Paul VI to indicate a renewed worldwide mission to spread the message of Christ, therefore, being the most recent pontiff to date to take that pontifical name. He re-convoked the Second Vatican Council, which was automatically closed with the death of John XXIII, and gave it priority and direction. After the council had concluded its work, Paul VI took charge of the interpretation and implementation of its mandates, often walking a thin line between the conflicting expectations of various groups within Catholicism. The magnitude and depth of the reforms affecting all fields of Church life during his pontificate exceeded similar reform policies of his predecessors and successors.[citation needed]

Paul VI was a Marian devotee, speaking repeatedly to Marian congresses and mariological meetings, visiting Marian shrines and issuing three Marian encyclicals. Following his famous predecessor Saint Ambrose of Milan, he named Mary as the Mother of the Church during the Second Vatican Council.[3]

Paul VI sought dialogue with the world, with other Christians, other religions, and atheists, excluding nobody. He saw himself as a humble servant for a suffering humanity and demanded significant changes of the rich in North America and Europe in favour of the poor in the Third World.[4] His positions on birth control (see Humanae Vitae) and other issues were often controversial, especially in Western Europe and North America.[citation needed]

His pontificate took place during many significant world events, e.g. the John F. Kennedy assassination of November 1963 just five months after becoming pope, the Vietnam War, the millennium anniversary of the baptism of Poland in 1966, the student revolts, the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, the continued breakup of the British Empire, the continued push for civil rights in the US and the advent of the contraceptive pill, legal abortion, increased marital separation, annulments, divorce and homosexual rights movements in many developed countries in the wake of their sexual revolutions, as well as increased crime and drug abuse in these countries.[citation needed]

Paul VI died on 6 August 1978, the Feast of the Transfiguration, in Castel Gandolfo, after a period of ill health. As per his will, he was buried in the grottos of the Vatican not in an ornate tomb, but a grave in the ground as he wished. The diocesan process for the beatification of Paul VI began on 11 May 1993, and so he was given the title “Servant of God”. The diocesan process concluded its business in 1998.[5]

On 20 December 2012, Pope Benedict XVI, in an audience with the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, declared that the late pontiff had lived a life of heroic virtue, which means that he can now be called “Venerable”.[6]

A miracle attributed to the intercession of the late pope discovered and was approved on 9 May 2014 by Pope Francis in an audience with the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The beatification ceremony for Paul VI shall be held on 19 October 2014, which means that he will be called “Blessed”.[7]

Pope Paul VI
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St. Anthony of Padua,
Priest and Doctor of the Church (1195-1231)

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SAINT ANTONY OF PADUA
Priest and Doctor of the Church
(1195-1231)

In 1221 St. Francis held a general chapter at Assisi; when the others dispersed, there lingered behind, unknown and neglected, a poor Portuguese friar, resolved to ask for and to refuse nothing.

Nine months later, Fra Antonio rose under obedience to preach to the religious assembled at Forli, when, as the discourse proceeded, “the Hammer of Heretics,” “the Ark of the Testament,” “the eldest son of St. Francis,” stood revealed in all his sanctity, learning, and eloquence before his rapt and astonished brethren.

Devoted from earliest youth to prayer and study among the Canons Regular, Ferdinand de Bulloens, as his name was in the world, had been stirred, by the spirit and example of the first five Franciscan martyrs, to put on their habit and preach the Faith to the Moors in Africa.

Denied a martyr’s palm, and enfeebled by sickness, at the age of twenty-seven he was taking silent but merciless revenge upon himself in the humblest offices of his community. From this obscurity he was now called forth, and for nine years France, Italy, and Sicily heard his voice, saw his miracles, and men’s hearts turned to God.

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One night, when St. Antony was staying with a friend in the city of Padua, his host saw brilliant rays streaming under the door of the Saint’s room, and on looking through the keyhole he beheld a little Child of marvellous beauty standing upon a book which lay open upon the table, and clinging with both arms round Antony’s neck. With an ineffable sweetness he watched the tender caresses of the Saint and his wondrous Visitor. At last the Child vanished, and Fra Antonio, opening the door, charged his friend, by the love of him whom he had seen, to “tell the vision to no man” as long as he was alive.

Suddenly, in 1231, our Saint’s brief apostolate was closed, and the voices of children were heard crying along the streets of Padua, “Our father, St. Antony, is dead.” The following year, the church-bells of Lisbon rang without ringers, while at Rome one of its sons was inscribed among the Saints of God.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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