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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 17 by Father 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 Nov 17 by Father 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 Nov 17 by Father 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 Nov 17 by Father 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 Nov 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Elizabeth of Hungary St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207–1231) was born in Hungary, the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and his wife Gertrude. As a child she was sent to Thuringa (now Germany) to be brought up with Prince Lu...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 32nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 18,1-8): Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should pray continually and not lose heart. He said, «In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor people. In the...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 17, 2018   « November 16  |  November 18 » Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, ReligiousLectionary: 496 Reading 1 3 Jn 5-8 Beloved,...

  • Meditations

    Posted Nov 17 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The story of Christ’s life and ministry cannot be told without giving due space to Satan’s activity. The Gospel writers carefully distinguish between cases of mere physical ailments and cases of a demonic character (both of which Jesu...

  • I've Seen the Lord

    Posted Nov 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    I’ve Seen the Lord: The Amazing Mystical Visions of Muslim-to-Christian Converts Articles Gospel by ChurchPOP Editor - May 5, 2016   Antonio Melina/Agência Brasil / Mark, Flickr / ChurchPOP Naeem Fazal was born and raised in Kuwait in a Muslim family. Af...

  • St. Giuseppe Moscatic A Holy Doctor

    Posted Nov 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    What a Beautiful Story.   November 16, 2018 St. Giuseppe Moscati: A Holy Doctor Louise Merrie In our era — when euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide have become legal in many places — we need to look to the example of Saint Giuseppe Moscati, an Italian doctor from the ...

  • That Which We Don't Know or Haven't Read 

    Posted Nov 16 by Tony Villari

    I wrote this post in August of 2013 and just realized, somehow, it reverted to draft and has been offline to my readers for about five years. I have reread it for content and to ensure I was in a proper state of mind, and I've checked for grammar and spelling, again to ensure my mental faculties wer...

  • The "Cusp of Forever"

    Posted Nov 16 by Tony Villari

    When I googled "Cusp of Forever" to see if anyone else writes of it, low and behold, I find my own humble post as the first listing!  The only other listings I find seem to be two artists, Ashar and Price, and neither of them captures my view of the "Cusp" in their art nearly as ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 16 by Father 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 Nov 16 by Father 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 Nov 16 by Father 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 Nov 16 by Father 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 Nov 16 by Father 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 Nov 16 by Father 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 Nov 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Gertrude the Great St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302), also known as Gertrude of Helfta, was born on the feast of Epiphany in Thuringia (modern Germany). She was sent to be educated at the Benedictine monastery in Helfta at the age...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." John 6:51  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 32nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 17,26-37): Jesus said to his disciples, «As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be on the day the Son of Man comes. Then people ate and drank; they took husbands and wives. But on the day Noah ente...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 16, 2018   « November 15  |  November 17 » Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 495 Reading 1 2 Jn 4-9 [Chosen ...

  • Meditations

    Posted Nov 16 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The beatitude of the saints is immutable, like that of the Son of God. . . Add ages to ages; multiply them equal to the sand of the ocean or the stars of heaven; exhaust all numbers, if you can, beyond what the human intelligence can conceive, an...

  • 50 Ways to Pray

    Posted Nov 15 by Shelly Howden

    Taken from 50 Ways To Pray: Teresa A. BlytheChapter 1: Biblical reflections: Meditation on the Heart's longing:  Jesus was famous for asking important questions. The questions of Jesus are an excellent starting place for spiritual practice. I have used variations of this exercise alone, in r...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 15 by Father 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 Nov 15 by Father 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 Nov 15 by Father 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 Nov 15 by Father 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 Nov 15 by Father 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 Nov 15 by Father 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 Nov 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Albert the Great St. Albert the Great (1206-1280) was born in Bavaria, Germany, the eldest son of a powerful military count. As a youth he was sent to study at the University of Padua where he encountered and entered the newly-foun...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth." Hebrews 11:13  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 32nd in Ordinary Time Saints November 15th: St. Albertus Magnus, bishop and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 17,20-25): The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, «The kingdom of God is not like som...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 15, 2018   « November 14  |  November 16 » Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 494 Reading 1 Phmn 7-20 Belov...

  • Meditations

    Posted Nov 15 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Prayer is more the work of the heart than of the head; it should, therefore, be simple, affective, and sincere. Let not the mind, then, weary itself in seeking for beautiful thoughts and sonorous phrases; we meditate not to prepare a finished ser...

  • Revised statement of faith

    Posted Nov 14 by Br. E.G. Carriere

    The following is a revised version of my statement of faith. It is open for interpretation and lets you know more on how my faith has changed over time. Statement of Faith Section 1: The BibleI believe in the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, and autho...

  • Laying down your burdens

    Posted Nov 14 by Br. E.G. Carriere

    Laying down your burdens Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 What is it that burdens you? What is it that weighs you down and tempts you to fall into depression, sorrow or even despair? Is there something that you tend t...

  • Trusting the Almighty

    Posted Nov 14 by Br. E.G. Carriere

    TRUSTING THE ALMIGHTYBy Raising Hope Ministry Uganda When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he ca...

  • Really ?? Is everone going nuts?

    Posted Nov 14 by HOLLY G

    Man, 35, reportedly marries computer hologram Akihiko Kondo, 35, poses for a photograph with a doll modeled after virtual reality singer Hatsune Miku, wearing their wedding rings, at his apartment after marrying her in Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters) Surrounded by nearly 40 people, a 35-year-old man ...

  • 4 Lessons from Mark Twain's Little Known Life of St. Joan of Ar

    Posted Nov 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    4 Lessons from Mark Twain’s Little-Known Life of St. Joan of Arc Articles Cool People Lists by Matthew Sewell - August 23, 2015   Public Domain, via enchantedsleeper.tumblr.com / Public Domain, Wikipedia / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons / ChurchPOP Few peop...

  • You Can Trust in the Mercy of God

    Posted Nov 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 14, 2018 You Can Trust in the Mercy of God Raoul Plus, S.J. Detestation of sin is not the whole of repentance; or if it is, such repentance is fruitful only if it is accompanied by confidence in God’s mercy. When Judas came to consider the sin he had committed, he was horrifie...

  • Awareness of Our Sins Helps Us to Root It Out

    Posted Nov 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 14, 2018 Awareness of Our Sin Helps Us to Root It Out Dustin Siggins Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Arlington Diocese in Virginia told young adults last month to tell God “exactly what you need, in great faith.” He urged emulation of the blind Bartimaeus by asking God to ...

  • Mary's Intercession Speeds Up Hour of Grace

    Posted Nov 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 14, 2018 Mary’s Intercession Speeds Up the Hour of Grace Jeannie Ewing “Mary speeds up the hour of grace.” – Fr. Jacques Philippe I always loved hearing about the wedding feast at Cana in scripture, but when Jesus said to His mother, “Woman, my ho...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Nov 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 (TNIV)   A Time to Think Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death. —Debbie Macomber   A Time to Act Reli...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Nov 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Road Of Rabbi Shaul Wednesday, November 14, 2018   A Jewish Rabbi named Shaul, whom we know as Saul or Paul, was struck by the power of God and became blind. The Lord told him to go to Straight Street. Was that a coincidence? Shaul was saved on Damascus Road, but in order t...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 14 by Father 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 Nov 14 by Father 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 Nov 14 by Father 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 Nov 14 by Father 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 Nov 14 by Father 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 Nov 14 by Father 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 Nov 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed John Licci Blessed John Licci (1400-1511) was born to a poor peasant farmer near Palermo, Sicily. His mother died in childbirth, and his father was forced to leave his infant alone at home while he worked in the fields.&nb...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him." 1 John 5:14-15  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 32nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 17,11-19): On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along the border between Samaria and Galilee, and as He entered a village, ten lepers came to meet him. Keeping their distance, they called to him, &...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 14 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 14, 2018   « November 13  |  November 15 » Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 493 Reading 1 Ti 3:1-7 Belov...

  • Let Us Pray for Sinners, Even After Death

    Posted Nov 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 13, 2018 Let Us Pray for Sinners, Even After Their Death François René Blot, S.J. The Church condemns none to eternal torments. She publishes decrees to declare that one is in heaven; she has never published any to declare that another is in hell. The Rev. Father de Ra...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Nov 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. Isaiah 58:9 (NLT)   A Time to Think While we are waiting on God, we are waiting with God. —Louie Giglio   A Time to Act Kno...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Nov 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Dilemma Of The Skeptics Tuesday, November 13, 2018   Skeptics claim that the Bible came from men and not from God. The question to ask them is: What kind of men, good or bad? For bad men wouldn’t have written the words of the Bible because they condemn sin and pronoun...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Christian Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Thank you for Your Holy Spirit.   Holy Spirit, thank You for filling me, for speaking to my heart and for guiding me.   Please help me to follow Your direction, strong enough to do You...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 13 by Father 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 Nov 13 by Father 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 Nov 13 by Father 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 Nov 13 by Father 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 Nov 13 by Father 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 Nov 13 by Father 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 Nov 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Frances Xavier Cabrini St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850–1917) was the thirteenth child of a modest farming family born near Milan, Italy. Her father would often gather his children in the kitchen to hear him read from a book ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, yo...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 32nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 17,7-10): Jesus said to his disciple, «Who among you would say to your servant coming in from the fields after plowing or tending sheep: ‘Come at once and sit down at table?’. No, you tel...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 13 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 13, 2018   « November 12  |  November 14 » Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, VirginLectionary: 492 Reading 1 Ti 2:1-8, 11-14 Be...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father, most Gracious and Loving God,   I pray to You and ask that You will abundantly bless my family and me.   And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine ha...

  • There is Renewed Interest in the End Times

    Posted Nov 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 12, 2018 There Is Renewed Interest in the End Times Russell Shaw As I stood in line waiting to go to confession recently (yes, I still do that), a man who’d lately exited the confessional approached me and in a confidential tone of voice said, “I’m beginning to beli...

  • The Importance of Cultivating Silence During Advent

    Posted Nov 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    November 12, 2018 The Importance of Cultivating Silence During Advent Stephen Beale At Christmas, God speaks to us in a way far more profound and mysterious than any other kind of speech known to man: He communicates to us through the Word made flesh. The task of Advent, which is just weeks ...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Nov 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Josaphat St. Josaphat (1580-1623) was born to a devout religious family of Ruthenian ancestry in what is now Ukraine, and was baptized in the Eastern Orthodox Church. He devoted his virginity to the Virgin Mary and grew in his revere...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with sho...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 12 by Father 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 Nov 12 by Father 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 Nov 12 by Father 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 Nov 12 by Father 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 Nov 12 by Father 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 Nov 12 by Father 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 32nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 17,1-6): Jesus said to his disciples, «Scandals will necessarily come and cause people to fall; but woe to the one who has brought it about. It would be better for that one to be thrown into the sea w...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 12, 2018   « November 11  |  November 13 » Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and MartyrLectionary: 491 Reading 1 Ti 1:1-9 Paul, a slav...

  • Meditations

    Posted Nov 12 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The Devil didn't deal out temptations to Our Lord only. He brings these evil schemes of his to bear on each of Jesus' servants—and not just on the mountain or in the wilderness or when we're by ourselves. No, he comes after us in the city a...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 11 by Father 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 Nov 11 by Father 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 Nov 11 by Father 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 Nov 11 by Father 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...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Nov 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Martin of Tours St. Martin of Tours (c. 316-397 A.D.) was born into a pagan family in what is now Hungary. He was raised in Italy where his father, a senior officer in the Roman army, was stationed. At the age of ten Martin joined ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Nov 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 11 by Father 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 Nov 11 by Father 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...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Nov 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 32nd (A) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 12, 38-44): In his teaching to the crowds Jesus said, «Beware of those teachers of the Law who enjoy walking around in long robes and being greeted in the marketplace, and who like to occupy reser...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Nov 11 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   November 11, 2018   « November 10  |  November 12 » Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 155 Reading 1 1 Kgs 17:10-16 In those days,...

  • ODE TO OLDER WOMEN

    Posted Nov 10 by HOLLY G

    Love Older Women   SHE WALKED UP AND TIED HER OLD MULE TO THE HITCHING POST. AS SHE STOOD THERE, BRUSHING SOME OF THE DUST FROM HER FACE AND CLOTHES, A YOUNG GUNSLINGER STEPPED OUT OF THE SALOON WITH A GUN IN ONE HAND AND A BOTTLE OF WHISKEY IN THE OTHER. THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER LOOKED AT THE OLD...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Nov 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16 (NIV) A Time to Think The changes we dread most may contain our salvation. &mdas...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Nov 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, I want to praise You and thank You for this new day... O LORD, our Lord,How excellent is Your name in all the earth,Who have set Your glory above the heavens!Psalm 8:1 Thank You for the times You have made Your presence known to me in a mighty way. Please move in m...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Nov 10 by Father 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 Nov 10 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 32nd 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 Nov 10 by Father 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...