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Tuesday, December 9th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 18:12-14.


DAILY MASS

Father Jean Aubin

Celebrates the Catholic Mass

on

 The second Tuesday in Advent 

December 9,  2014.

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Tuesday of the Second week of Advent

9 December 2014

“It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”

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Jesus said to his disciples: “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.”

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Tuesday of the Second week of Advent

9 December 2014

Commentary of the day

Saint Claude la Colombière 

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 Saint Claude la Colombière (1641-1682), Jesuit
A sermon preached in London before the Duchess of York

The Son of God comes looking for us

Imagine to yourself the sadness of the poor shepherd whose sheep has strayed. The only thing to be heard in the fields round about is the call of this unfortunate lad who, having abandoned the better part  of the flock, runs about in woods and hills, passes by thicket and bush, mourning and calling out as hard as he can, unable to make up his mind to go back until he has found his sheep again and led it back to the fold.

Here is what the Son of God did when men had gone astray through their disobedience from their Creator’s way of behaving. He came down to earth and did not stint either care or labour to restore us again to the state from which we had fallen. It is what he still does daily for those who separate themselves from him by sin. He tracks them down, so to speak, never ceasing to call them back until he has restored them to the way of salvation. And indeed, if he did not wear himself out in this way, you well know what would become of us after the first mortal sin: it would be impossible for us to come back again after it. It is he who has to make all the advances, who must show us his grace, who must follow after us, who must invite us to take pity on ourselves, without which we would never dream of asking his mercy…

The zeal with which God pursues us is undoubtedly the result of a very great mercy. But the sweetness by which this zeal is accompanied shows an even more wonderful goodness. Notwithstanding the immense desire he has to cause us to return, he never uses force; he only makes use of gentleness for this purpose. In all the Gospel I see no sinner who was invited to repent except by endearments and kindness.

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Tuesday of the Second week of Advent

9 December 2014

Saints of the day

St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548)

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Saint Luan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
(1474-1548)

        Little is known about the life of Juan Diego before his conversion, but tradition and archaelogical and iconographical sources, along with the most important and oldest indigenous document on the event of Guadalupe, “El Nican Mopohua” (written in Náhuatl with Latin characters, 1556, by the Indigenous writer Antonio Valeriano), give some information on the life of the saint and the apparitions.

        Juan Diego was born in 1474 with the name “Cuauhtlatoatzin” (“the talking eagle”) in Cuautlitlán, today part of Mexico City, Mexico. He was a gifted member of the Chichimeca people, one of the more culturally advanced groups living in the Anáhuac Valley.

        When he was 50 years old he was baptized by a Franciscan priest, Fr Peter da Gand, one of the first Franciscan missionaries. On 9 December 1531, when Juan Diego was on his way to morning Mass, the Blessed Mother appeared to him on Tepeyac Hill, the outskirts of what is now Mexico City. She asked him to go to the Bishop and to request in her name that a shrine be built at Tepeyac, where she promised to pour out her grace upon those who invoked her. The Bishop, who did not believe Juan Diego, asked for a sign to prove that the apparition was true. On 12 December, Juan Diego returned to Tepeyac. Here, the Blessed Mother told him to climb the hill and to pick the flowers that he would find in bloom. He obeyed, and although it was winter time, he found roses flowering. He gathered the flowers and took them to Our Lady who carefully placed them in his mantle and told him to take them to the Bishop as “proof”. When he opened his mantle, the flowers fell on the ground and there remained impressed, in place of the flowers, an image of the Blessed Mother, the apparition at Tepeyac.

        With the Bishop’s permission, Juan Diego lived the rest of his life as a hermit in a small hut near the chapel where the miraculous image was placed for veneration. Here he cared for the church and the first pilgrims who came to pray to the Mother of Jesus.

        Much deeper than the “exterior grace” of having been “chosen” as Our Lady’s “messenger”, Juan Diego received the grace of interior enlightenment and from that moment, he began a life dedicated to prayer and the practice of virtue and boundless love of God and neighbour. He died in 1548 and was buried in the first chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. He was beatified on 6 May 1990 by Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of Santa Maria di Guadalupe, Mexico City and canonized on 31 July 2002.

        The miraculous image, which is preserved in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows a woman with native features and dress. She is supported by an angel whose wings are reminiscent of one of the major gods of the traditional religion of that area. The moon is beneath her feet and her blue mantle is covered with gold stars. The black girdle about her waist signifies that she is pregnant. Thus, the image graphically depicts the fact that Christ is to be “born” again among the peoples of the New World, and is a message as relevant to the “New World” today as it was during the lifetime of Juan Diego.

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Tuesday of the Second week of Advent

9 December 2014

Saints of the day

St. Leocadia,

Virgin and Martyr († c. 304)

Crypt of Saint Leocadia, Oviedo.

Crypt of Saint Leocadia, Oviedo.

SAINT LEOCADIA
Virgin and Martyr
(† c. 304)

        St. Leocadia was a native of Toledo, and was apprehended by an order of Dacian, the cruel governor under Diocletian in 304. Hearing of the martyrdom of St. Eulalia, she prayed that God would not prolong her exile, but unite her speedily with her holy friend in his glory. Her prayer was heard, and she happily expired in prison.

        Three famous churches in Toledo bear her name, and she is honored as principal patroness of that city. In one of those churches most of the councils of Toledo were held. Her relics were kept in that church with great respect, till, in the incursions of the Moors, they were conveyed to Oviedo, and some years afterward to the abbey of St. Guislain, near Mons in Hainault. They were finally carried back to Toledo with great pomp, and placed in the great church there on the 26th of April, 1589.

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

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Monday, December 8th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 1:26-38.


DAILY MASS

Father Mike Powell

of

Saint William Parish in Tewksbury, MA

Celebrates Catholic Mass

on

December 8, 2014,

The feast of

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity

8 December 2014

“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1:26-38. 

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity

8 December 2014

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the solemn belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is universally celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on September 8. It is one of the most important Marian feasts celebrated in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.

The feast was first solemnized as a Holy Day  of Obligation on 6 December 1708 under the Papal Bull Commissi Nobis Divinitus by Pope Clement XI  and is often celebrated with Holy Mass,  parades, fireworks, processions, ethnic foods, and cultural festivities in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is generally considered a Family day,  especially in many Catholic countries. 

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity

8 December 2014

Commentary of the day

Catechism of the  Catholic Church 
§ 490-493

“Hail, full of grace! “

To become the mother of the Saviour, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.” (Vatican II, LG 56)   The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace”. In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.

Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”

The “splendour of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” (LG 56) comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son” (LG 53). The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love” (Eph 1,3-4).

The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God “the All-Holy” (Panagia), and celebrate her as “free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature”. By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity

8 December 2014

Saints of the day

St. Narcisa de Jesús Martillo Morán (1832-1869)

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Saint Narcisa de Jesús Martillo Morán
(1832-1869)

        Narcisa de Jesús Martillo Morán was born in 1832 in the hamlet of St Joseph in Nobol, Daule, Ecuador. The Dominicans had been looking after the parish for almost three hundred years. She was the daughter of Peter Martillo and Josephine Morán, landowners, modest people with a deep faith. Her father, who had a lively intelligence and was a great worker, amassed considerable wealth.

        He was very devoted to the future saint Marianna of Jesus and Saint Hyacinth of Poland who is venerated fervently throughout the province of Guayas. They had nine children, who grew healthy and strong. Narcisa was the sixth. In 1838, when she was six, her mother died. Helped by a teacher and an older sister she learnt to read, write, sing, play the guitar, sew (a skill she really mastered), weave, embroider and cook. She had great qualities, with a particular bent for music. Often, her prayer became song, and her song was intimate and devout, reaching the heart of Him who well deserved it, as a song which she loved to sing in her youth said.

        She had a clear perception of her call to sanctity, especially from when she received confirmation, aged seven, on 16th September 1839. She grew into the habit of withdrawing frequently in a small wood near her home to give herself freely to the contemplation of divine realities. The tree of Guayabo, near which she prayed, is today the destination for large pilgrimages. She turned a small room in her house into a domestic chapel. She decided to imitate Saint Marianna of Jesus, identifying with the vocation of a victim. She undertook a demanding path of penance to unite herself more closely with the suffering Christ and cooperate in the redemption of the world. She helped with the domestic chores and out in the fields. She was a young, thoughtful, lovable, happy girl with a sweet and peaceful character, extremely good and obedient, generous, compassionate towards the poor, very devout, loved by all the neighbours. She was a very attractive young woman, blonde with blue eyes, tall, strong and agile. She showed herself to be an excellent catechist. She could not do without communicating the fire of divine love to her family and to the children of the neighbourhood.

       In January 1852 her father, a good man, died. Narcisa, who was then 19, moved to Guayaquil to stay with a very well-known family who lived near the cathedral. She stayed in this city until 1868, except for those months she lived in the city of Cuenca. She moved house a number of times to preserve her privacy and to dedicate herself with greater freedom to prayer and penance, earning her living by doing tailoring work. She helped the poor and the sick. She was docile to the instructions of her spiritual directors and shared ideals, and sometimes a house, with the Blessed Mercedes of Jesus Molina. Driven by a desire for greater perfection, and advised by a Franciscan religious, she set off in June 1868 for Lima (Perù) and lived as a lay member in the Dominican convent of Patrocinio, founded in 1688, in the area where Saint John Macias used to graze his flock. The Lord favoured her with extraordinary gifts, and showed her how pleasing her life was, in the midst of trials of the spirit.

        Towards the end of September 1869, she had high fevers. Medical remedies could do little, but she kept up her normal rhythm of life, ending with a novena and the celebration of the Eucharist, with great joy, dressed in white, on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, 8th December 1869, the same day on which Blessed Pius IX opened in Rome Vatican Council I. At the end of the day she took leave of the sisters, saying she was going on a journey very far.

        This was taken as a joke, but not long after, one of the sisters, charged with blessing the cells, noticed a splendour and a special scent in Narcisa’s cell. The community gathered and they saw that she was dead. She was 37 years old.

        Afterwards, it became known that she had made a private vow of perpetual virginity, poverty, obedience, enclosure, eremitical life, fasting on bread and water, daily Communion, confession, mortification and prayer. All these vows she kept faithfully. She lived in continuous union with Jesus Christ. Her mortifications were very severe. She carried constantly on her body the signs of the Lord’s crucifixion. She had a firm faith and admirable hope. The doctors were amazed that she could have lived so long with so little food. Her body remained supple for a long time and from it came a pleasant scent, and in front of it many graces were granted. The city of Lima acclaimed her as a saint, as did the people of Guayaquil and Nobol. The Dominican Sisters of Patrocinio guarded the memory of her virtues and her tomb with great veneration until her body, practically incorrupt, was transferred to Guayaquil in 1955. The documents of the diocesan process of canonization were handed over to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 1964. Pope John Paul II beatified her on 25th October 1992 and Pope Benedict XVI canonized her on 12th October 2008. On 22nd August 1998 they dedicated a shrine in her honour in Nobol, where her incorrupt body is at present. Devotion to the “Niña Narcisa” shows the spontaneous identification of ordinary people with this woman from the Ecuadorian coast. The example of her life, pure and pious, of work and apostolate, sends out a very topical message.

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity

8 December 2014

Saints of the day

St. Patapius, Hermit

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Saint Patapius
Hermit

        At Constantinople, St. Patapius, solitary, renowned for virtues and miracles.

The Roman Martyrology

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St. Patapius, Hermit

St. Patapios was born in the 4th century A.D. in Thebes, Egypt to wealthy Christian parents. Patapios, at a young age, lived the life of a hermit in the desert. Many visited him to take his advice and to listen to his preaching. Later in his life, Patapios left Thebes and the desert for Constantinople. There he met two other ascetics, Varas and Ravoulas which both became saints. Saint Ravoulas was hermit at the gate of Romanos. Saint Varas built the monastery of St John the Baptist at Petrion.

St. Patapios lived at the area of Blachernae at the Xero Oros (dry mountain) and he established a monastery, the Monastery of the Egyptians, where he eventually died.

From: Catholic Online


Sunday, December 7th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 1:1-8.


DAILY MASS

Sunday Mass Celebrated

at

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame

on

Sunday, December 7, 2014.

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Second Sunday of Advent – Year B

7 December 2014

“I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy Spirit.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 1:1-8. 

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ (the Son of God).
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.'”
John (the) Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy Spirit.”

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Second Sunday of Advent – Year B

7 December 2014

Saint of the day

St. Ambrose,

Bishop and Doctor of the Church – Memorial

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SAINT AMBROSE
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
(c. 339 – 397) 

        Ambrose was of a noble family, and was governor of Milan in 374, when a bishop was to be chosen for that great see. As the Arian heretics were many and fierce, he was present to preserve order during the election. Though only a catechumen, it was the will of God that he should himself be chosen by acclamation; and, in spite of his utmost resistance, he was baptized and consecrated.

        He was unwearied in every duty of a pastor, full of sympathy and charity, gentle and condescending in things indifferent, but inflexible in matters of principle. He showed his fearless zeal in braving the anger of the Empress Justina, by resisting and foiling her impious attempt to give one of the churches of Milan to the Arians, and by rebuking and leading to penance the really great Emperor Theodosius, who in a moment of irritation had punished most cruelly a sedition of the inhabitants of Thessalonica.

        He was the friend and consoler of St. Monica in all her sorrows, and in 387 he had the joy of admitting to the Church her son, St. Augustine.

        St. Ambrose died in 397, full of years and of honors,  and is revered by the Church of and as one of her greatest doctors.

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

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Saturday, December 6th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 9:35-38.10:1.6-8.


DAILY MASS

Catholic Mass celebrated

by

Father Robert Reed

for Saturday, December 6, 2014

from

CatholicTV’s Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Saturday of the First week of Advent

6 December 2014

“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.

Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9:35-38.10:1.6-8. 

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel  of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.

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Saturday of the First week of Advent

6 December 2014

Saint of the day

St. Nicholas of Bari († 342)

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ST. NICHOLAS OF BARI
(† 342)

        St. Nicholas, the patron Saint of Russia, was born toward the end of the third century. His uncle, the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, ordained him priest, and appointed him abbot of a monastery; and on the death of the archbishop he was elected to the vacant see.

        Throughout his life he retained the bright and guileless manners of his early years, and showed himself the special protector of the innocent and the wronged. Nicholas once heard that a person who had fallen into poverty intended to abandon his three daughters to a life of sin. Determined, if possible, to save their innocence, the Saint went out by night, and, taking with him a bag of gold,  flung it into the window of the sleeping father and hurried off. He, on awaking, deemed the gift a godsend, and with it dowered his eldest child. The Saint, overjoyed at his success, made like venture for the second daughter; but the third time as he stole away, the father, who was watching, overtook him and kissed his feet, saying: “Nicholas, why dost thou conceal thyself from me? Thou art  my helper, and he who has delivered my soul and my daughters’ from hell.”

        St. Nicholas is usually represented by the side of a vessel, wherein a certain man had concealed the bodies of his three children whom he had killed, but who were restored to life by the Saint.

        He died in 342. His relics were translated in 1807, to Bari, Italy, and there, after fifteen centuries, “the manna of St. Nicholas” still flows from his bones and heals all kinds of sick.

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

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Friday, December 5th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 9:27-31.


DAILY MASS

Friday 5 December 2014

  Fr. Nino Cavoto celebrates Daily Mass from St. Basil’s Church in Toronto

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Friday of the First week of Advent

5 December 2014

Then he touched their eyes and said,

“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9:27-31.

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!”
When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

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Friday of the First week of Advent

5 December 2014

Saint of the day

St. Sabas,

Abbot (439-532)

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Abbot

(439-532)

        St. Sabas, one of the most renowned patriarchs of the monks of Palestine, was born in the year 439, near Cæsarea. In order to settle a dispute which had arisen between some of his relatives in regard to the administration of his estate, while still young he forsook the world and entered a monastery, wherein he became a model of fervor.

        When Sabas had been ten years in this monastery, being eighteen years old, he went to Jerusalem to visit the holy places, and attached himself to a monastery then under control of St. Euthymius; but on the death of the holy abbot our Saint sought the wilderness, where he chose his dwelling in a cave on the top of a high mountain,  at the bottom of which ran the brook Cedron.

        After he had lived here five years, several came to him, desiring to serve God under his direction.   He was at first unwilling to consent, but finally founded a new monastery of persons all desirous to devote themselves to praise and serve Goa without interruption.

        His great sanctity becoming known, he was ordained priest, at the age of fifty-three, by the patriarch of Jerusalem, and made Superior-General of all the anchorites of Palestine.

        He lived to be ninety-four, and died on the 5th of December, 532.

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

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Thursday, December 4th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 7:21.24-27.


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Catholic Mass on the first Thursday in Advent

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Thursday of the First week of Advent

4 December 2014

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them

will be like a  wise man who built his house on rock.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 7:21.24-27. 
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a  wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

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Thursday of the First week of Advent

4 December 2014

Saints of the day

St. John Damascus,

Syrian monk and priest (c. 675-749)

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Syrian monk and priest
(c. 675-749)

         Saint John Damascene has the double honor of being the last but one of the fathers of the Eastern Church, and the greatest of her poets. It is surprising, however, how little that is authentic is known of his life. The account of him by John of Jerusalem, written some two hundred years after his death, contains an admixture of legendary matter, and it is not easy to say where truth ends and fiction begins.

        The ancestors of John, according to his biographer, when Damascus fell into the hands of the Arabs, had alone remained faithful to Christianity. They commanded the respect of the conqueror, and were employed in judicial offices of trust and dignity, to administer, no doubt, the Christian law to the Christian subjects of the Sultan. His father, besides this honorable rank, had amassed great wealth; all this he devoted to the redemption of Christian slaves on whom he bestowed their freedom. John was the reward of these pious actions. John was baptized immediately on his birth, probably by Peter II, bishop of Damascus, afterwards a sufferer for the Faith.

         The attainments of the young John of Damascus commanded the veneration of the Saracens; he was compelled reluctantly to accept an office of higher trust and dignity than that held by his father. As the Iconoclastic controversy became more  violent, John of Damascus entered the field against the Emperor of the East, and wrote the first of his three treatises on the Veneration due to Images. This was probably composed immediately after the decree of Leo the Isaurian against images, in 730.

        Before he wrote the second, he was apparently ordained priest, for he speaks as one having authority and commission. The third treatise is a recapitulation of the arguments used in the other two. These three treatises were disseminated with the utmost activity throughout Christianity.

        John devoted himself to religious poetry, which became the heritage of the Eastern Church, and to theological arguments in defense of the doctrines of the Church, and refutation of all heresies. His three great hymns or “canons,” are those on Easter, the Ascension, and Satin Thomas’s Sunday. His eloquent defense of images has deservedly procured him the title of “The Doctor of Christian Art.”

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Thursday of the First week of Advent

4 December 2014

Saints of the day

St. Barbara,

Virgin and Martyr (3rd century)

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Virgin and Martyr
(3rd century)

        St. Barbara was brought up a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for the purpose. Here in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to receive instruction and Baptism by stealth from a Christian priest.

        Dioscorus, on discovering his daughter’s conversion, was beside himself with rage. He himself denounced her before the civil tribunal. Barbara was horribly tortured, and at last was beheaded, her own father, merciless to the last, acting as her executioner. God, however, speedily punished her persecutors. While her soul was being borne by angels to Paradise, a flash of lightning struck Dioscorus, and he was hurried before the judgment-seat of God.

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

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Wednesday, December 3rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 15:29-37.


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Wednesday of the First week of Advent

3 December 2014

Readings of the day

Book of Isaiah 25:6-10a. 

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, The web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces; The reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said: “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, but Moab will be trodden down as a straw is trodden down in the mire.

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Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul. 
He guides me in right paths

Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life; 
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 15:29-37.

Then Jesus took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves,

and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 15:29-37. 

At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.  
Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.
The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.
Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.”
The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?”
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.

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Wednesday of the First week of Advent

3 December 2014

Saint of the day

St. Francis Xavier,

Priest (1506-1552) – Memorial

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SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER
Priest
(1506-1552)

        Young Spanish gentleman, in the dangerous days of the Reformation, was making a name for himself as a Professor of Philosophy in the University of Paris, and had seemingly no higher aim, when St. Ignatius of Loyola won him to heavenly thoughts.

        After a brief apostolate amongst his countrymen in Rome he was sent by St. Ignatius to the Indies, where for twelve years he was to wear himself out, bearing the Gospel to Hindostan, to Malacca, and to Japan. Thwarted by the jealousy, covetousness, and carelessness of those who should have helped and encouraged him, neither their opposition nor the difficulties of every sort which he encountered could make him slacken his labors for souls.

        The vast kingdom of China appealed to his charity, and he was resolved to risk his life to force an entry, when God took him to Himself, and on the 2d of December, 1552, he died, like Moses, in sight of the land of promise.

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

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Saint Francis Xavier

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Francis Xavier,  SJ,  born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta (7 April 1506 – 3 December 1552), was a Roman Catholic missionary born in Xavier, Kingdom of Navarre (now part of Spain), and co-founder of the Society of Jesus. He was a study companion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre,  (Paris) in 1534. He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time. He was influential in evangelization work most notably in India. He also ventured into Japan, Borneo,  the Maluku Islands,  and other areas which had, until then, not been visited by Christian missionaries.  In these areas, being a pioneer and struggling to learn the local languages in the face of opposition, he had less success than he had enjoyed in India. It was a goal of Xavier to extend his missionary preaching to China but he died in Shangchuan Island shortly before doing so.

St. Francis Xavier was beatified by Paul V on 25 October 1619, and was canonized by Gregory XV on 12 March 1622. In 1624 he was made co-patron of Navarre alongside Santiago. He is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries since St. Paul. He is known as the “Apostle of the Indies,” and the “Apostle of Japan”. In 1927, Pope Pius XI published the decree “Apostolicorum in Missionibus” naming St. Francis Xavier, along with St. Therese of Lisieux, co-patron of all foreign missions. He is now co-patron saint of Navarre with San Fermin. The Day of Navarre (Día de Navarra) in Spain marks the anniversary of Saint Francis Xavier’s death on December 3, 1552.

St. Francis Xavier is noteworthy for his missionary work, both as organizer and as pioneer, reputed to have converted more people than anyone else has done since Saint Paul. Pope Benedict XVI said of both Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier: “not only their history which was interwoven for many years from Paris and Rome, but a unique desire — a unique passion, it could be said — moved and sustained them through different human events: the passion to give to God-Trinity a glory always greater and to work for the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ to the peoples who had been ignored.” By consulting with the earlier ancient Christians of St. Thomas in India, Xavier developed Jesuit missionary methods. His success also spurred many Europeans to join the order, as well as become missionaries throughout the world. His personal efforts most affected Christians in India and the  East indies (Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor). India still has numerous Jesuit missions, and many more schools. Xavier also worked to propagate Christianity in China and Japan.  However, following the persecutions of Daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi  and the subsequent closing of the Japanese Empire  to foreigners, the Christians of Japan were forced to go underground to develop an independent Christian culture. Likewise, while Xavier inspired many missionaries to the Empire of China, Chinese Christians also were forced underground and developed their own Christian culture.

Francis Xavier is the patron saint of his native Navrre, which celebrates his feast day on 3 December as a government holiday. In addition to Roman Catholic masses remembering Xavier on that day (now known as the Day of Navarra), celebrations in the surrounding weeks honor the region’s cultural heritage. Furthermore, in the 1940s, devoted Catholics instituted the Javierada,  an annual day-long pilgrimage (often on foot) from the capital at Pamplona  to Xavier, where his order has built a basilica and museum and restored his family’s castle.

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Tuesday, December 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 10:21-24.


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Father Robert Reed celebrates the Catholic Mass on the first Tuesday in Advent,

Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

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Tuesday of the First week of Advent

2 December 2014

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:21-24. 

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.  
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

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Tuesday of the First week of Advent

2 December 2014

Saints of the day

St. Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr (4th century)

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SAINT BIBIANA
Virgin and Martyr
(4th century)

        St. Bibiana was a native of Rome. Flavian, her father, was apprehended, burned in the face with a hot iron, and banished to Aequapendente, where he died of his wounds a few days after; and her mother, Dafrosa, was some time after beheaded.

        Bibiana and her sister Demetria, after the death of their parents, were stripped of all they had in the world and suffered much from poverty. Apronianus, Governor of Rome, summoned them to appear before him. Demetria, having made confession of her faith, fell down and expired at the foot of the tribunal, in the presence of the judge.

        Apronianus gave orders that Bibiana should be put into the hands of a wicked woman named Rufina, who was to bring her to another way of thinking; but Bibiana, making prayer her shield,  remained invincible. Apronianus, enraged at the courage and perseverance of a tender virgin, ordered her to be tied to a pillar and whipped with scourges loaded with leaden plummets till she expired.

        The Saint underwent this punishment cheerfully, and died in the hands of the executioners.

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

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Tuesday of the First week of Advent

2 December 2014

Saints of the day

Bl. Ivan Slezyuk, Bishop (1896-1973)

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Blessed Ivan Slezyuk
Bishop of the “clandestine” Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church 

(1896-1973)

        The Blessed Bishop was born on 14 January 1896 in the village of Zhyvachiv, Stanislaviv (now Ivano-Frankivsk) Region. After graduating from the seminary in 1923, he was ordained to the priesthood. In April 1945 Bishop Hryhory Khomyshyn ordained him as his Co-adjutor with the right of succession as a precaution in case Bishop Khomyshyn should be arrested.

        However, shortly thereafter on 2 June 1945, Bishop Ivan was arrested and deported for ten years to the labour  camps in Vorkuta, Russia. In 1950 he was transferred to the labour camps in Mordovia, Russia. After his release on 15 November 1954, he returned to Ivano-Frankivsk.

        In 1962, he was arrested for the second time and imprisoned for five years in a camp of strict regiment. After his release on 30 November 1968, he had to often go to the KGB for regular “talks.”  The last visit was two weeks before his death, which was on 2 December 1973 in Ivano-Frankivsk.
He was beatified on 27 June 2001 by pope John Paul II. 

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Monday, December 1st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 8:5-11.


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Monday of the First week of Advent

1 December 2014

The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;

only say the word and my servant will be healed.”

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When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him,
saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven,

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Monday of the First week of Advent

1 December 2014

Commentary of the day

Saint Bernard (1091-1153),

1 330px-Fra_bartolomeo_02_Vision_of_St_Bernard_with_Sts_Benedict_and_John_the_EvangelistSaint Bernard (1091-1153),

Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church

6th sermon for Advent

The whole earth will be filled with the majesty of God

One day the Lord will come to restore our bodily strength as the apostle Paul says : « We await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will change our mortal body to conform with his glorious body” (Phil 3,20-21)…

The God of Hosts, Lord of might and King of glory will come from heaven to transform our mortal bodies himself and make them like his glorious body. What glory, what joy there will be when the world’s Creator, who concealed himself in lowly form when he came to redeem us, will appear in all his glory and majesty…, in the sight of all, to glorify our wretched bodies! Who will then call to mind his first coming when he is seen descending in light, preceded by angels who, at the sound of the trumpet, will take up our body of dust to carry it before Christ? (1Thes 4,16f)…

So let our soul rejoice and our body rest in hope while it is waiting for our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ who will transform it to make it like his glorious body. One of the prophets wrote: “If my soul thirsts for you, how much more does my body desire you too!” (Ps 62,2 Vg). The soul of this prophet begged and prayed for the first coming of the Savior who was to redeem it, but his flesh begged even more earnestly for the final coming when it would be glorified. Then will all our prayers be satisfied: the whole earth will be filled with the majesty of God. May God in his mercy lead us to that glory, that happiness, that peace which passes all that can be imagined (Phil 4,7), and may our Lord Jesus Christ not permit our ardent waiting for the Savior to be dismayed.

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Monday of the First week of Advent

1 December 2014

Saints of the day

Bl. brother Charles of Jesus, Priest (1858-1916)

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BLESSED CHARLES OF JESUS
Charles de Foucauld

Priest
(1858-1916)

         CHARLES DE FOUCAULD (Brother Charles of Jesus) was born in Strasbourg, France on September 15th, 1858. Orphaned at the age of six, he and his sister Marie were raised by their grandfather in whose footsteps he followed by taking up a military career. 
         He lost his faith as an adolescent. His taste for easy living was well known to all and yet he showed that he could be strong willed and constant in difficult situations. He undertook a risky exploration of Morocco (1883-1884). Seeing the way Muslims expressed their faith questioned him and he began repeating, ‘‘My God, if you exist, let me come to know you.’’
         On his return to France, the warm, respectful welcome he received from his deeply Christian family made him continue his search. Under the guidance of Fr. Huvelin he rediscovered god in October 1886.  he was then 28 years old. ‘‘As soon as I believed in God, I understood that I could not do otherwise than to live for him alone.’’
         A pilgrimage to the Holy Land revealed his vocation to him : to follow Jesus in his life at Nazareth. He spent 7 years as a Trappist, first in France and then at Akbès in Syria. Later he began to lead a life of prayer and adoration, alone, near a convent of Poor Clares in Nazareth.
         Ordained a priest at 43 (1901) he left for the Sahara, living at first in Beni Abbès and later at Tamanrasset among the Tuaregs of the Hoggar. He wanted to be among those who were, ‘‘the furthest removed, the most abandoned.’’ He wanted all who drew close to him to find in him a brother, ‘‘a universal brother.’’ In a great respect for the culture and faith of those among whom he lived, his desire was to ‘‘shout the Gospel with his life’’. ‘‘I would like to be sufficiently  good  that people would say, ‘‘If such is the servant, what must the Master be like ?’’
         On the evening of December 1st 1916, he was killed by a band of marauders who had encircled his house.
         He had always dreamed of sharing his vocation with others : after having written several rules for religious life, he came to the conclusion that this ‘‘life of Nazareth’’ could led by all. Today the ‘‘spiritual family of Charles de Foucauld’’ encompassed several associations of the faithful, religious communities and secular institutes for both lay people and priests.

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Monday of the First week of Advent

1 December 2014

Saints of the day

St. Eligius, Bishop († 665)

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Bishop
(† 665)

        Eligius, a goldsmith at Paris, was commissioned by King Clotaire to make a throne. With the gold and precious stones  given him he made two. Struck by his rare honesty, the king gave him an appointment at court, and demanded an oath of fidelity sworn upon holy relics; but Eligius prayed with tears to be excused, for fear of failing in reverence to the relics of the Saints.

        On entering the court he fortified himself against its seductions by many austerities and continual ejaculatory prayers. He had a marvellous zeal for the redemption of captives, and for their deliverance would sell his jewels, his food, his clothes, and his very shoes, once by his prayers breaking their chains and opening their prisons. His great delight was in making rich shrines for relics.

        His striking virtue caused him, a layman and a goldsmith, to be made Bishop of Noyon, and his sanctity in this holy office was remarkable.

        He possessed the gifts of miracles and prophecy, and died in 665.

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

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