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Tuesday, August 11th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 18:1-5.10.12-14.


Tuesday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time

11 August 2015

“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,

you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 18:1-5.10.12-14.

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst,
and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” 
©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Tuesday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time

11 August 2015

 Isaac the Syrian

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 Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul
Ascetical Discourses, 1st series, n°2

The stray sheep

      Lord Jesus Christ our God, I do not have a heart which sets off resolutely in search of you, nor is filled with repentance or tenderness, nothing which brings children back to their inheritance. Master, I have no tears with which to pray to you. My spirit is darkened by the things of this life and has no strength to aim towards you in its pain. My heart is cold in its trials, and tears of love for you cannot warm it. But you, Lord Jesus Christ my God, treasure of all that is good, give me perfect contrition and a longing heart, so that with all my soul I can set out in search of you, for without you I shall be deprived of all good; oh good God, give me your grace. May the Father who, outside time, in eternity, begot you in his inner being renew in me the form of your image.

I abandoned you; do not abandon me. I went out of you; come out in search of me. Lead me to your pasture; count me among the flock of your elect. With your sheep feed me on the green grass of your divine mysteries, where the pure in heart dwell, that heart which bears in itself the splendor of your revelations, the consolation and the sweetness of those who have borne injury and insults for you. May we be worthy of such magnificence, through your grace and your love of mankind, you our Savior Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Tuesday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time

11 August 2015

 St. Clare, Virgin (1194-1253)

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 SAINT CLARE
Virgin
(1194-1253)

        On Palm Sunday, March 17, 1212, the Bishop of Assisi left the altar to present a palm to a noble maiden, eighteen years of age, whom bashfulness had detained in her place. This maiden was St. Clare. Already she had learnt from St. Francis to hate the world, and was secretly resolved to live for God alone. The same night she escaped, with one companion, to the Church of the Portiuncula, where she was met by St. Francis and his brethren. At the altar of Our Lady, St. Francis cut off her hair, clothed her in his habit of penance, a piece of sack-cloth, with his cord as a girdle. Thus she was espoused to Christ.
In a miserable house outside Assisi she founded her Order, and was joined by her sister, fourteen years of age, and afterwards by her mother and other noble ladies. They went barefoot, observed perpetual abstinence, constant silence, and perfect poverty.
        While the Saracen army of Frederick II was ravaging the valley of Spoleto, a body of infidels advanced to assault St. Clare’s convent, which stood outside Assisi. The Saint caused the Blessed Sacrament to be placed in a monstrance, above the gate of the monastery facing the enemy, and kneeling before it, prayed, “Deliver not to beasts, O Lord, the souls of those who confess to Thee.” A voice from the Host replied, “My protection will never fail you.” A sudden panic seized the infidel host, which took to flight, and the Saint’s convent was spared. During her illness of twenty-eight years the Holy Eucharist was her only support and spinning linen for the altar the one work of her hands.
        She died in 1253, as the Passion was being read, and Our Lady and the angels conducted her to glory.
Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
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