SAINT WENCESLAUS; SAINT LAWRENCE RUIZ AND COMPANIONS

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 7:19-23Mass: Haggai 1:1-8; Resp. Psalm 149; Luke 9:7-9
When thinking about Herod the Tetrarch the first thing that came to mind was Psalm 1: “Blessed the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the company with scoffers.” Then I read Pope Francis’ tweet for today: “Encountering Jesus can give a decisive direction to our life, filling it with meaning.” Herod encountered Jesus; he encountered John the Baptist.
September 28, 2017 Read More

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 7:10-18Mass: Ezra 9:5-9; Resp. Psalm (Tobit 13); Luke 9:1-6
It sounds so simple: Jesus summons the Twelve. He gives them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. Jesus then provides a rather straightforward job description: proclaim the Kingdom of God; heal the sick; take nothing for the journey—no walking stick, sack, food, money, or a second tunic. When you enter a house, stay there and leave from there. If you aren’t welcomed then shake the dust from you
September 27, 2017 Read More

SAINTS COSMAS AND DAMIAN

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 7:5-9Mass: Ezra 6:7-8,12b,14-20; Resp. Psalm 122; Luke 8:19-21
The Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenary Physicians 
Cosmas and Damian 

In our daily reading of the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict, we are in the thick of Chapter 7, “Humility.” What is humility? Cardinal Basil
September 26, 2017 Read More

Monday,Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 7:1-4Mass: Ezra 1:1-6; Resp. Psalm 126; Luke 8:16-18

What Jesus says to the crowd today reminds of a radio program I listened to years ago. There was a segment where people would call, “Mr. Obvious,” asking a question to which the answer was, well, obvious. I imagine someone in the crowd raising his hand, then

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina
Readings of the day: RB 6Mass: Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a; Matthew 20:1-16a
In Chapter 6 of the Holy Rule, Saint Benedict addresses the importance of cherishing silence in the monastery. We read: “the disciple’s role is to
be silent and listen.” A most fitting prayer for today can be found in the Gospel Acclamation for Mass and Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.

September 24, 2017 Read More
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