Friday, June 29, 2012

Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

Today is the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles.  Readings are here

You can find more information about Saint Peter here. There is a lot of information there!  Saint Peter was crucified upside down, as he saw himself unworthy to be crucified in the same way as our Lord.

The same site also has a lengthy page for Saint Paul here

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

Today is the Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr.  Readings are here.

More information can be found here and here.


Irenaeus (2nd century AD – c. 202) was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire (now Lyons, France). He was an early church father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a hearer of Polycarp, who in turn was a disciple of John the Evangelist.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist and Psalm 66

Today is the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.  Readings are here.  More information is available about John here.  Today, we celebrate his birth.

Psalm 66
To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him. He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.

Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time and Psalm 65

Today is the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time and readings are here.

Psalm 65
To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.

Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea: Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power: Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people. They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Readings are here.

More information can be found here.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ and Psalm 64

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Readings are here.  This is also known as the feast of Corpus Christi.

From the Wikipedia article:  "Like Trinity Sunday and the Solemnity of Christ the King, it does not commemorate a particular event in Jesus' life. Instead it celebrates the Body and Blood of Christ really present in the Eucharist."

More information is available here and here.

Psalm 64
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away. And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Work of Mercy

Today I'm going to drive a few hours to visit a man in the hospital.  He has growths in his brain, lungs, and stomach.  I don't think he has a lot of visitors.  Going is the right thing to do.

I asked someone who has met him once or twice if she or anyone in her family would like to go with me, as they'd stopped by to see him when he was at the local hospital.  She said yes.  I had no idea today was her 40th birthday when I asked.

Knowing her, it is not surprising she'd choose going to the hospital 3 hours away to visit someone she barely knows on her birthday.  She's happy about it.   She thanked me for driving us up there for him.

God's love shining so brightly through another is an amazing sight.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and Psalm 63

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  Readings are here.

I learned from Wikipedia that the particular celebration of the Trinity came about due to the Arian heresy.  

Psalm 63
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Memorial of Saint Justin, martyr

Today is the Memorial of Saint Justin, martyr.  Readings are here

You can find more here:
Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various pagan philosophies. 


As a young man, he was principally attracted to the school of Plato. However, he found that the Christian religion answered the great questions about life and existence better than the philosophers.

Upon his conversion he continued to wear the philosopher's mantle, and became the first Christian philosopher. He combined the Christian religion with the best elements in Greek philosophy. In his view, philosophy was a pedagogue of Christ, an educator that was to lead one to Christ.

Justin is known as an apologist, one who defends in writing the Christian religion against the attacks and misunderstandings of the pagans. Two of his so-called apologies have come down to us; they are addressed to the Roman emperor and to the Senate.

For his staunch adherence to the Christian religion, Justin was beheaded in Rome in 165.
And much more here.