SAINT PIUS OF PEITRELCINA

Readings of the day: RB 5:14-19
Mass: 1 Timothy 6:13-16; Resp. Psalm 100; Luke 8:4-15

Today I remember a dear friend, mentor, and teacher, Father Paschal Cheline, OSB (1936-2015), who inculcated me with a love of and reverence for all things liturgical. In one of his classes, Fr Paschal offered a definition of liturgy: “The celebration of the presence of Jesus Christ the Lord among us in signs.” He also gave his students the definition taught him by his friend and confrere, Abbot Bonaventure Zerr, OSB (1936-1988). Abbot Bonaventure defined liturgy as Psalm 100, today’s Responsorial Psalm.

Psalm 100
Padre Pio

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of
his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, “the source and summit of the whole Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, 11), grant us the grace to worship you with gladness and thanksgiving; with praise, singing joyful songs to the Lord. 

PADRE PIO, SAINT PASCHAL BAYLON, SAINT BONAVENTURE, PRAY FOR US.
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Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the day: RB 5:1-13
Mass: 1 Timothy 6:2c-12; Psalm 49; Luke 8:1-3

Mary, called Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many others—the women who accompanied Jesus and the Twelve as they journeyed from one town and village to another. These courageous women continued to follow Jesus and were witnesses to his death and resurrection.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us the grace to follow you wherever you go, just like these faithful women. Increase our faith. Help us to do your will. Amen.

MARY, JOANNA, SUSANNA, AND ALL HOLY WOMEN, INTERCEDE FOR US.

Thus says the Lord: Let whoever is thirsty come to me and drink.
Streams of living water will flow from within the one who believes in me.
(Communion Antiphon, Mass)

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FEAST OF SAINT MATTHEW

Readings of the day: RB 4:63-78
Mass: Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13; Psalm 19; Matthew 9:9-13

It’s as if Saint Paul is cheering us on as we complete Saint Benedict’s chapter on the Tools for Good Works: “I, prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Which tool will guide you today as you live in a manner worthy of the call you have received? 

63The way to become holy is faithfully to fulfill God’s commandments every day:
64By loving chastity.
65By hating no one.
66By avoiding jealousy.
67And envy.
68And hostile rivalry.
69By not becoming full of self.
70Showing due respect for our elders.
71And love for those who are younger.
72By praying in the love of Christ for those who are hostile to us.
73By seeking reconciliation and peace before the sun goes down whenever we have a quarrel with another.
74And finally never despairing in the mercy of God.
75These, then, are the guidelines to lead us along the way of spiritual development. 76If we follow them day and night and never on any account give up, so that on judgment day we can give an account of our fidelity to them, that reward will be granted us by the Lord which he himself promised in the scriptures: 77What no eye has seen nor ear heard God has prepared for those who love him.
78The workshop in which we are called to work with steady perseverance along these guidelines is the enclosure of the monastery and stability in community life.  


“FOLLOW ME.”

SAINT MATTHEW, PRAY FOR US.

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Lectio: Tools for Good Works (con't)

SAINTS ANDREW KIM TAEI-GŎN AND PAUL CHŎNG HA-SANG, AND COMPANIONS


Readings of the day: RB 4:44-62
Mass: 1 Timothy 3:14-16; Resp. Psalm 111; Luke 7:31-35

Day three of Saint Benedict’s tools for good works. What tool speaks to you today; how will it guide your words and deeds?

44You should recognize with awe that there will be a day of judgment for all of us,
45which should make us fear the doom of an evil life.
46Above all, however, you should cultivate a longing for eternal life with a desire of great spiritual intensity.
47Keep the reality of death always before your eyes.
48Have a care about how you act every hour of your life.
49And be sure that God is present everywhere and that he certainly sees and understands what you are about.
50Whenever evil thoughts occur to you mind, cast them down at the feet of Christ and talk about them frankly to your spirit)tual father or mother.
51Take care to avoid any speech that is evil and degenerate.
52-53It is also well to avoid empty talk that has no purpose except to raise a laugh.
54As for laughter that is unrestrained and raucous, it is not good to be attracted to that sort of thing.
55You should take delight in listening to sacred reading.
56And in often turning generously to prayer.
57You should also in that prayer daily confess to God with heartfelt repentance any evil you have done in the past.
58And for the future have the firm purpose to right any wrong you may have done.
59Don’t act out sensuous desires that occur to you naturally.
60Turn away from the pursuit of your own will.
61Rather, you should follow in obedience the directions your abbot or abbess gives you, even if they, which God forbid, should contradict their own teaching by the way they live. In such a case just remember the Lord’s advice about the example of the Pharisees: Accept and follow their teaching but on no account imitate their actions.
62No one should aspire to gain a reputation for holiness. First of all, we must actually become holy; then there would be some truth in having a reputation for it. 


Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life, you have the words of everlasting life
(Gospel Acclamation, Mass)


SAINTS ANDREW KIM TAEI-GŎN AND PAUL CHŎNG HA-SANG,
AND COMPANIONS, PRAY FOR US.

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