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  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Feb 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope Saint Hilary Pope Saint Hilary (5th c.) was Bishop of Rome from 461 to 468. Not much is known of his early life other than that he was from Sardinia. He rose to prominence in the Church when he became archdeacon under Pope St. Leo t...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 7th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 9,41-50): Jesus said to his disciples: «If anyone gives you a drink of water because you belong to Christ and bear his name, truly, I say to you, he will not go without reward. If anyone should cause...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 28 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 28 2019   « February 27  |  March 1 » Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 344 Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8 Rely not on your...

  • The Mercy of Visiting the Sick

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Mercy of Visiting the Sick Louise Merrie One of the most important works of mercy we can do is to visit the sick. As we are living in a time where there is a movement to euthanize people with chronic illnesses and to encourage them to seek death through physician-assisted suicide, they n...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    A Tale of Two Trees by Max Lucado   Formless masses. Floating. Disconnected.   Divine artist. Earthly dream.   Light! Sun rays piercing through jungle trees. Sunsets that are volcanic with explosions of gold. Soft sheets of moonlight soothing a we...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    A Hand Full Of Fruit Wednesday, February 27, 2019 The Feast of Sukkot was the last great feast of Israel during the sacred year. In order to celebrate it, you had to bring the fruit of your fields to Jerusalem to present to the Lord. The Lord specifically told them not to go up to Jerusa...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Today is a fresh new start from You. Thank You for Your unending mercy and new beginnings. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;old things have passed away;behold, all things have become new.2 Corinthians 5:17 Lord, I need Your help to live in the present. Time...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Gabriel Possenti St. Gabriel Possenti (1838-1862), also known as St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, was one of thirteen children born to a well-to-do Italian family in Assisi. As a young man he enjoyed the society and the worldly ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 7th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 9,38-40): John said to Jesus, «Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he does not belong to our group». Jesus answered, &laqu...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 27 2019   « February 26  |  February 28 » Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 343 Reading 1 Sir 4:11-19 Wisdom br...

  • Meditations

    Posted Feb 27 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Jesus trembled and shuddered as He stood before the pillar, and took off His garments as quickly as He could, but His hands were bloody and swollen. The only return He made when His brutal executioners struck and abused Him was to pray for them i...

  • Contemplative Prayer - Or Certain Catastrophe

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Contemplative Prayer – Or Certain Catastrophe Anthony Lilles The urgency of contemplative prayer comes into focus when we begin to ponder the transitory nature of our lives and the precariousness of the society in which we live.  We lull ourselves into thinking that things hav...

  • What w Maccabees Can Teach Us About Holy Indifference

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 26, 2019 What 2 Maccabees Can Teach Us About Holy Indifference Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Too many today are like travelers without a map or GPS. Not so with us! We know that we are created by the hands of a loving God to praise Him, reverence Him, love Him, and serve Him; and by means of th...

  • Embrace the Long Days of Lent

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 26, 2019 Embrace the Long Days of Lent Cari Donaldson The twisted journeys that words take before they reach our modern ears are often signposts, pointing to the Divine gift that is human language. Etymology shows us a dusting of grace in even the most familiar of words. Observe the ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Virtually Entering The Holy Tuesday, February 26, 2019 I have a program on my computer that gives a virtual tour of the Temple Mount. It takes you through the Temple Gates, the Temple courts, and into the Holy of Holies. So I started going into the virtual Holy of Holies. Then one day I ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Greenhouse of the Heartby Max Lucado Proverbs 4:23 advises us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Think of your heart as a greenhouse and consider your thoughts as seed. We must be selective about the seeds we allow to come into the greenhouse. To...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionI remember you in my prayers night and day. 2 Timothy 1:3 A Time to ThinkOur greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control. –Lynn Thornton, writer A Time to ActCast your cares on the Lord for He cares. A Time to PrayDear God, hold our hands as we j...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord Jesus, There are challenging relationships and arguments that I am struggling with. I have let some of these issues grow into resentment and bitterness and my heart has become hard in these areas. I look to you, how you gave your life on the cross, forgiving me of my sins. Thank you, L...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Porphyry St. Porphyry (Porphyrius) of Gaza (c. 347-420 A.D.) was born in Thessalonica in present-day Greece. Although a wealthy man, at the age of 25 he went to live in Egypt as a desert hermit. He later moved to Palestine near the J...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 7th inOrdinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 9,30-37): Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; but Jesus did not want people to know where he was because he was teaching his disciples. And He told them, «The Son of Man will be del...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 26 2019   « February 25  |  February 27 » Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 342 Reading 1 Sir 2:1-11 My son, when...

  • Meditations

    Posted Feb 26 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The Eucharist is alive. If a stranger who knew nothing about the Eucharist were to watch the way we receive, would he know this? When you and I approach the Eucharist, does it look like we believe we are about to take into our bodies the living p...

  • Face of Wonder

    Posted Feb 25 by Tony Villari

    I see it in museums, and at the seashore, carnivals, parades and holiday celebrations.  The look in a child's eyes as they marvel at something is to look into the face of angels; the innocence, naiveté, and the wonder of all things new to them.  Amazing to me is that a child ev...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    He Wants to Comfort Youby Max Lucado My child’s feelings are hurt. I tell her she’s special. My child is injured. I do whatever it takes to make her feel better. My child is afraid. I won’t go to sleep until she is secure. I’m not a hero. I’m not a superstar. I&rsquo...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Holy As A Verb Monday, February 25, 2019 We think of holiness as a noun. Holiness is a state of being holy. It’s true. But in Hebrew, there’s much more to it. In Hebrew, the word Holy is ‘Kodesh.’ It’s a noun or adjective. But it comes in another form &ndash...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Rid yourselves of all malice. 1 Peter 2:1   A Time to Think Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears. –Rudyard Kipling, writer   A Time to Act Learn to think calmly and confidently, no matt...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father, Your ways are higher than my ways... “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your ways,And My thoughts than your thoughts.Isaiah 55:8-9 I come ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Walburga St. Walburga (710-777 A.D.) was born near Devonshire, England, the daughter of St. Richard the Pilgrim (a Saxon king) and the sister of Sts. Willibald and Winebald. When she was eleven her father and brothers went on pilgr...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I h...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 7th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 9,14-29): When Jesus came to the place where they had left the disciples, they saw many peo­ple around and some teachers of the Law arguing with them. When the people saw Jesus, they were astonished and ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 25 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 25 2019   « February 24  |  February 26 » Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 341 Reading 1 Sir 1:1-10 All wisdom co...

  • Guardian Angels

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    We have a Guardian Angel who watches over us who is assigned by God himself. We do not know their names for God does not want us to know so that we can call upon our Guardian Angel for help. Here is a prayer that you can pray and ask your Guardian Angel when you need him and also pray at bed time. ...

  • Responsibility for Happiness

    Posted Feb 24 by Tony Villari

    Why do you think it is easier to take care of the happiness of others than to take care of your own?  If you give a starving man a steak, he’ll still complain about how it’s cooked.  Let him cook his own steak so you can go have that super-meat-combination pizza&...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Problems Have a Purpose Max Lucado   Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15 NLT   God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems. My...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionArise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1 A Time to ThinkTake my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless prayer. –Frances Havergal, poet and hymn writer A Time to ActUse today as an opportunity to listen t...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Thank You for Your gift of Christian covenant marriage, as Jesus taught... "But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one fl...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Peace and Love of Christ Jesus be with you always.       Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Thomas Maria Fusco Bl. Thomas Maria Fusco (1831-1891) was born to a noble and pious family in Italy, the seventh of eight children. He was orphaned at an early age and raised by his uncle, a priest, who oversaw his education. He ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anx...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 7th (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 6,27-38): Jesus said to his disciples, «I say to you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you and pray for those who treat you badly. To the one who ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 24 2019   « February 23  |  February 25 » Seventh Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 81 Reading 1 1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 In those...

  • Meditations

    Posted Feb 24 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "It almost always happens that interior sentiments of pride precede the commission of grievous sins. Peter was not aware of his own weakness. He preferred himself before others; he trusted in himself as though he were incapable of sinning, boastin...

  • Love Is Not like Chalk

    Posted Feb 23 by Tony Villari

    Love Is Not Like Chalk   If you can say to yourself that I have the ability to leave this person and just stop loving them, then you never truly loved in the first place.  God ordered Abraham to kill Isaac, his son.  What God would condone this, much less order it?  I would hav...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    God's Loving Pursuitby Max Lucado "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." ~~ Psalm 23:6 Dare we envision a God who follows us? Who pursues us? Who chases us? Who tracks us down and wins us over? Who follows us with "goodness and mercy" all the days of our lives? Isn't...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionTherefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3 A Time to ThinkBegin each day renewed, refreshed and glad to be alive. –Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Guideposts founder A Time to ActBelieve God loves you and is present in every aspect o...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, Thank You for this beautiful new day. I come to You and humbly ask that You will create in me a clean heart, and forgive me of my sins and failures. Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me.Do not cast me away from Your presence,And do not take You...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The following is a Hymn that can be prayed which will help you sleep safe and sound at night. Come Holy Spirit I need thee,  Come Sweet Spirit I pray, Come in thy strength and thy power, Come in thy own special way. May God bless you and keep you, May his light shine upon you and be gracious t...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,  ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Ho...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Polycarp of Smyrna St. Polycarp of Smyrna (c. 69-155 A.D.) became a Christian in his youth, a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. St. John ordained him Bishop of Smyrna (in modern day Turkey) and from this position Polycarp became...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 6th in Ordinary Time Saints February 23rd: St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 9,2-13): Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their eyes. Even his c...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 23 2019   « February 22  |  February 24 » Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and MartyrLectionary: 340 Reading 1 Heb 11:1-7 Brothers an...

  • Meditations

    Posted Feb 23 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "God sees you in secret. Know that he sees into your very depths, infinitely farther than you do yourself. Make a simple, lively act of faith in his presence. Christian soul, place yourself entirely under his gaze. He is very near. He is present, ...

  • Peace...be still.

    Posted Feb 22 by Brother Matthew Michael

    We live in a world of constant distraction. Even as I write this to you I am using an electronic instrument of distraction. As I go about the world in my daily life I try to remain as silent as possible, only to be asked the inevitable question; "Why don't you talk more"? People love to hear themsel...

  • A Thomistic Litany of Humility

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 22, 2019 A Thomistic Litany of Humility Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P. Cardinal Merry del Val’s classic Litany of Humility is known to many Catholics. It’s a powerfully worded prayer, one that always makes a splash. However, revisiting it as a Dominican, the litany raises ...

  • Turn The Other Cheek

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 22, 2019 Turn the Other Cheek? Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. “Love your enemies and turn the other cheek.”  “Judge not, lest you be judged” (Lk 6: 27-38). It sounds admirable to some, but preposterous to others.  The 19th century philosopher Frie...

  • The Mighty Power of the Name of Jesus

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 22, 2019 The Mighty Power of the Name of Jesus Venatius Oforka There is something in the name of Jesus that is awesome and fascinating. Hence, the quiver of an intercessor cannot be complete without it. The name of Jesus is the seat of authority. St. Paul highlights the power that is...

  • Be an Old Oak

    Posted Feb 22 by Tony Villari

    When we think of our lives as older, or even as decaying, scarred, and useless, we forget to consider the life we give to those around us.  We forget how much people we know rely on our strength, just as life clings onto branches of the old oak.  Where others may fall to the wayside i...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Awakened SleepersFriday, February 22, 2019There’s a famous movie called “Awakenings” based on a true story of a group of people who succumbed to a “sleeping disease” in the 1920s. And they fell asleep. They fell asleep for days, weeks, months, years, decades. And de...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lavish GraceMax Lucado Romans 3:23 says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Worry is falling short on faith. Impatience is falling short on kindness. The critical spirit falls short on love. So, how often do you sin, hmm… in an hour? For the sake of discussion, let’...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionRejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. Romans 12:12 A Time to ThinkUnwrap the hidden beauties in an ordinary day. –Gerhard E. Frost, author A Time to ActFind joy where and when it surfaces. A Time to PrayDear Lord, please hel...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    This Little Light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, Oh, This Little Light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, This Little Light of mine, I gonna let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it shine, Let it Shine.  Keep the Light Of Christ Shining in your Hearts. Never let the Light Go Out. Let the Light of Chr...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Margaret of Cortona St. Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297) was born in Tuscany, Italy, the only child of a working-class family. She lost her mother at age seven, and had a poor relationship with her stepmother. Margaret was spoiled, ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love." Eph...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Feb 22 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Feast of the Chair of St. Peter Enshrined in the beautiful Bernini reliquary in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the relic of the actual Chair of St. Peter the Apostle, venerated because it was from that very chair that the f...