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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) was born in Germany to a devout peasant family. From a young age she received divine knowledge imparted to her through extremely detailed visions of the lives of J...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, 'he sat down at the right hand of God,' and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.'  For by a single offering he has ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 4th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 6,30-34): The apostles returned and reported to Jesus all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, «Go off by yourselves to a remote place and have some rest». For there were so many peo...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 9 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 9 2019   « February 8  |  February 10 » Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 328 Reading 1 Heb 13:15-17, 20-21 Broth...

  • ArchBishop Fulton J. Sheem

    Posted Feb 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 8, 2019 Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen – My Trusted Guide for Lent Al Smith As I prepare for Lent each year, I ask myself the same questions: what am I going to give up, what works of mercy will I perform, or what spiritual reading might I entertain this year? The older I get, the...

  • The Danger of Pride and the Power of Humility

    Posted Feb 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 8, 2019 The Danger of Pride and the Power of Humility Fr. William Casey Let’s begin this reflection on humility as the foundation of virtue with a reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians: Though he was in the form of God, [Jesus] did not count equality with Go...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Your God is a Good God by Max Lucado Use your uniqueness to take great risks for God! The only mistake is not to risk making one. Such was the error of the one-talent servant. Did the master notice him? Indeed, he did. And from the third servant, we learn a sobering lesson. “Then he who had...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    How To Avoid A CrashFriday, February 8, 2019It was the last day of summer camp. I was ‘going steady’ with a girl named Madge, and we were ‘in love.’ As she was leaving, I was waving goodbye and walking away; waving and walking, looking at her in one direction and walking in t...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionAnd whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 A Time to ThinkGood morning, Lord! What are You up to today? Can I be a part of it? Thank You. Amen. –Norman Grubb, missi...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 8 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, You are my refuge and my strength.Psalm 62:7 I run to You for shelter and You fill me with peace. You are the only one who is totally trustworthy. You are great, mighty and awesome. You will never fail me. With You, I am never alone. Please protect me, protect my mind and my ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    This is the Day that the Lord hath made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it. This is the Day, This is the Day that the Lord hath made.     Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Fat...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Josephine Bakhita St. Josephine Bakhita (d. 1947) was born into a wealthy Sudanese family near Darfur. She was kidnapped when she was nine years old and forced into slavery. Her kidnappers named her Bakhita (“fortunate”...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 4th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 6,14-29): King Herod also heard about Jesus because his name had become well-known. Some people said, «John the Baptist has been raised from the dead and that is why miraculous powers are at work in hi...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 8 2019   « February 7  |  February 9 » Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 327 Reading 1 Heb13:1-8 Let brotherly love...

  • The Scars We Wear

    Posted Feb 7 by Tony Villari

    My mother went through a "scarring" episode when I was much younger, back in the days of the "safety razor."  Safety was all about the razor, not the double-edged blade.  There was nothing safe about the blade that went into the razor until it was actually in the razor.  It was a...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Gift of Hopeby Max Lucado The aspiring young author was in need of hope. More than one person had told him to give up. “Getting published is impossible,” one mentor said. “Unless you are a national celebrity, publishers won’t talk to you.” Another warned, “Wr...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionLet the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, "The Lord reigns!" 1 Chronicles 16:31 A Time to ThinkGreat opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. –Sally Koch, author A Time to ActBlos...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Thank You for this beautiful day. Your voice is so important to me, I listen now, expectantly. I know You call some Christians to serve You in other countries. Other Christians are passionate and motivated to shine Your light in their workplaces. Please renew my heart that I may ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary that never was it know that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy elph, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confience, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother; to Thee do I come before Thee I stand, sinful & sorrowf...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Richard the King St. Richard the King (c. 720 A.D.), also known as Richard the Pilgrim, was a Saxon king born in Wessex, England, who was related by blood to the royal house of Kent. His brother-in-law was St. Boniface, and three of ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in t...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 4th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 6,7-13): Jesus called the Twelve to him and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over evil spirits. And He ordered them to take nothing for the journey except a staff; no food, no bag, ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 7 2019   « February 6  |  February 8 » Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 326 Reading 1 Heb 12:18-19, 21-24 Brothe...

  • Ordination before Education?

    Posted Feb 6 by Mark DeFillo

    As we all know, many people have issues with how the Universal Life Church gives ordination to people, and then encourages ministers to obtain appropriate training and education, whereas most mainstream religious traditions of the West do precisely the opposite: requiring candidates to complete exte...

  • Why we Pray, Fast, and Give Alms

    Posted Feb 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 6, 2019 Why We Pray, Fast, and Give Alms JP Nunez Lent is coming soon, and Catholics all around the world are about to hear a lot of preaching about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, the three spiritual practices that our Church especially recommends during this penitential season. We...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Father’s EmbarrassmentWednesday, February 6, 2019When my father was a child and his parents took him out to a restaurant, he would sneak off and go to other tables and beg for their food. When my grandparents realized what was happening, they were embarrassed. It made it seem as if they we...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 A Time to ThinkYou will find it is necessary to let things go, simply for the reason that th...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father, You are my light in the darkness. You know my deepest thoughts and desires, and yet You love me. When I come to You, I can rest in the truth that I am fully known and loved by You... For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.Psalm 139:1...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    May the Lord Bless you and keep you, may his countenance be gracious to you, and may the Peace of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit remain with you forever and ever Amen.      Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Paul Miki and Companions St. Paul Miki (1562–1597) and his twenty-five companions, known as the Martyrs of Nagasaki, were crucified for the faith in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1597. A Japanese layman of great nobility and wealth, Paul...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 4th in Ordinary Time Saints February 6th: Saint Paul Miki and companions View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 6,1-6): Jesus re­turned to his own coun­try, and his dis­ciples followed him. When the Sabbath came, He began teaching in the synagogue, an...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 6 2019   « February 5  |  February 7 » Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, MartyrsLectionary: 325 Reading 1 Heb 12:4-7, 11-15 ...

  • What is Disicpleship

    Posted Feb 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    This applies to all Christians. Discipleship is for everyone.   What is Discipleship? Those Catholic Men By Chris Ratliff The notion of discipleship is a powerful one. For anyone to say he is a Christian ought to mean, “I am a disciple of Christ.” And to be a disciple mea...

  • A Young Man's Self-Image is Healed in Christ

    Posted Feb 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    February 5, 2019 A Young Man’s Self-Image is Healed in Christ Fr. Peter Michael Henry Growing up in America in the last five decades has proven to be extremely dangerous to boys and young men. One has only to consider the endless diet of harmful Hollywood nonsense that is ever present t...

  • The Light

    Posted Feb 5 by Tony Villari

    I hadn't thought much about this post.  I had to write.  I had the itch if you will, but I really didn't have a topic.  Most of the time this is the way I write, and it seems to get me through.  I'd say I'm possibly stretching my luck, but that ship sailed long ago.   Humi...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, I reach out to You with my arms lifted high. I am in pain and every day feels like a battle to get through each moment. I am weary from my heartache and I need Your presence to get through the murky waters ahead. I look to You, my strength has failed. Please forgive me for the ti...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Peace of Almighty God and the Holy Spirit be with you in every moment thine.     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 Spiri...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Agatha St. Agatha (231-251 A.D.) was born in Sicily into an affluent family. At a young age she made the decision to devote herself to Christ, resisting every offer of marriage. Struck by her beauty and wealth, a magistrate named Q...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 4th in Ordinary Time Saints February 5th: St. Agatha, virgin and martyr View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 5,21-43): Jesus crossed to the other side of the lake and while He was still on the shore, a large crowd gathered around him. Jairus, an official of the s...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 5 2019   « February 4  |  February 6 » Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and MartyrLectionary: 324 Reading 1 Heb 12:1-4 Brothers and si...

  • Meditations

    Posted Feb 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Man threw away everything he had—his right to speak freely, his communion with God, his time in Paradise, his unclouded life—and went out naked, like a survivor from a shipwreck. But God received him and immediately clothed him, and t...

  • A World of Fools and Hypocrites?

    Posted Feb 4 by Tony Villari

    I think I became a minister for all the right reasons; it was an appropriate time in my life.  I had a message I thought was important because the world seemed to be in turmoil and undergoing a desire for understanding.  In particular, there seemed to be a desire to understand personal fai...

  • How the Book of Job Retells Genesis 1-3

    Posted Feb 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    I found this article of interest, thought I would share it with you. How the Book of Job Retells Genesis 1-3 Stephen Beale Job and Genesis do not seem like they belong together. The two books have different authors, different contents, and different literary styles — variances that ...

  • Cynicism

    Posted Feb 4 by Tony Villari

    I think the definition of "cynicism" is a definition of humankind.  If you're a cynic, you must be human.  No argument from me; it is our nature, right?  Are we all "motivated purely by self-interest "or is there something more?  Those that aren't cy...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Take Up Your Cross by Max Lucado   The phrase “take up your cross” has not fared well through the generations. Ask for a definition, and you’ll hear answers like, “My cross is my mother-in-law, my job, my bad marriage, my cranky boss, or the dull preache...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Feb 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Thirteen Thousand British Soldiers Monday, February 4, 2019 In 1864, Emperor Tewodros II of Abyssinia imprisoned a representative of the British government named Cameron along with his staff and several missionaries in a mountain fortress called Magdala. When the Emperor refused to relea...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionMake every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 A Time to ThinkThere is no place so awake and alive as becoming. —Sue Monk Kidd, author A Time to ActAsk God to give you the grace to know Hi...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, I want You to shape my life. Humbled, I approach You, knowing that I need You to be the center of my life. Sometimes I find myself living like my old self, living from a place of selfishness and shame. But You have called me to "put off (my) old self, which is being corrupted ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    May the Love and Peace of Christ reign in your hearts and minds.   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 beg...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Jane of Valois St. Jane of Valois (1464-1505) was born to French King Louis XI and Charlotte of Savoy. Much of her life was marked by neglect and emotional abuse. Her father resented her because she was a sickly and deformed female...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, 'Abba! Father!' it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 4th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 5,1-20): Jesus and his disciples arrived on the other side of the lake in the region of the Gerasenes. No sooner did Jesus leave the boat than He was met by a man with evil spirits who had come from the tomb...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 4 2019   « February 3  |  February 5 » Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 323 Reading 1 Heb 11:32-40 Brothers and si...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Feb 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your unending grace and patience. Jesus said, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32 Jesus, You are the Truth and I will follow You every day of my life. Each morning when I rise, let Your name and Your praise be the first w...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Feb 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    God Runs Toward Youby Max Lucado Brighten your day by envisioning God running toward you. When his patriarchs trusted, God blessed. When Peter preached or Paul wrote or Thomas believed, God smiled. But he never ran. That verb was reserved for the story of the prodigal son. “But when he was ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Feb 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:12   A Time to Think The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle them with the Fire of Thy Love, Send forth Thy Spirit., and they shall be created.  Create in me a Clean heart oh God, And renew a right Spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presents and take not they Holy Spirit from me, Re...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Feb 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Blaise St. Blaise (d. 316 A.D.) was born into a wealthy Christian family in Armenia. He was trained as a physician before becoming a priest, and was finally ordained a bishop. When a wave of Christian persecution began, God instruc...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Feb 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Feb 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 4th (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 4,21-30): Jesus began to speak in the synagogue, «Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen». All agreed with him and were lost in wonder, while he kept on speaking of the grac...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Feb 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   February 3 2019   « February 2  |  February 4 » Fourth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 72 Reading 1 Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the LORD cam...

  • Meditations

    Posted Feb 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Undertake courageously great tasks for God's glory, to the extent that he'll give you power and grace for this purpose. Even though you can do nothing on your own, you can do all things in him. His help will never fail you if you have confidence ...

  • Hypocrisy

    Posted Feb 2 by Tony Villari

    I have been accused of many things in my life, a hypocrite not being the least, nor the worst.  This is something I can admit without hesitation.  I have to because I put it out there; I wear it in plain view.  It isn't that I'm proud of it, but to deny it would evidence the very trut...