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  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 16 2019   « July 15  |  July 17 » Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 390 Reading 1 Ex 2:1-15a A certain man of the...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The works of man, whether they are good or bad, are not always isolated, transitory acts; more often, especially in the case of the leaders of nations and those who are invested with public authority, they continue to subsist after they are concl...

  • Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Sanctity and Happiness

    Posted Jul 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    O Come Holy Spirit  Beloved of My Soul I Adore Thee, I Love Thee, Enlighten Me, Guide Me, Console Me.  Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to submit and abide to everything that you ask of me and to accept all that thy allow to Happen to Me.  Just show m...

  • Holy People Stand on Holy Ground

    Posted Jul 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 15, 2019 Holy People Stand on Holy Ground Mike Bonifas The country church is red brick, its steeple a stout weathervane amid storms on the Oklahoma plains. In 1937, Stanley Rother was baptized as an infant beneath its roof in the village of Okarche. In 1981, Father Stanley Rother was kil...

  • What Is The Second Secret of Fatima?

    Posted Jul 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 15, 2019 What Is the Second Secret of Fatima? Fr. Nicholas Sheehy, LC After seeing a vision of Hell, it might seem that the rest of the Fatima message would be relatively humdrum, but this is not the case. The July apparition at Fatima stands out because the children received the “...

  • The Holy Spirit Does These Five Suprising Things

    Posted Jul 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 15, 2019 The Holy Spirit Does These Five Surprising Things Stephen Beale We tend to have many preconceived notions of how the Holy Spirit operates. On one end of the spectrum, the Pentecostal movement associates the Spirit with enthusiasm and ecstasy, hence terms like ‘baptism in ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Your Own Melchizedek Monday, July 15, 2019 The high priest of Israel could never become king, nor could the king ever become the high priest. The kingship and the priesthood were two separate bloodlines and tribes –They could never be joined. Yet, in the book of Zechariah, God call...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Water for Your Soul by Max Lucado   Where do you find water for the soul? Jesus gave an answer one October day in Jerusalem. People had packed the streets for the annual reenactment of the rock-giving-water miracle of Moses. Each morning a priest filled a golden pitcher with wa...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them. 1 John 4:16 (The Daily Life Bible) A Time to...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   Please be with me today.   I want to draw near to you and I humbly ask you to draw near to me (James 4:8a)   I look to You for all of my conversations, all of my relationships, all of my endeavo...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day James 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV) 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.   New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is taken from the New ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 15 by Arch 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 Jul 15 by Arch 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 Jul 15 by Arch 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 Jul 15 by Arch 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 Jul 15 by Arch 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 Jul 15 by Arch 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 Jul 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Bonaventure St. Bonaventure (1221–1274) was born with the name Giovanni in Tuscany, Italy. As a child he became seriously ill and was in danger of death until his mother brought him to St. Francis of Assisi, who was then livi...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, th...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 15th in Ordinary Time Saints July 15th: Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 10,34--11,1): Jesus said to his disciples, «Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring pe...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 15 2019   « July 14  |  July 16 » Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 389 Reading 1 Ex 1:8-14, 22 A n...

  • Life: It's That Easy

    Posted Jul 14 by Tony Villari

    I constantly tout that life was never meant to be hard; we make it that way.  God gave us ten easy to understand commandments, and we wrote a user's guide, Holy Scripture, to help us understand what God meant to impart.  We called this "scripture" the "WORD" of God.&nbs...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 14 by Arch 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 Jul 14 by Arch 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 Jul 14 by Arch 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 Jul 14 by Arch 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 Jul 14 by Arch 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 Jul 14 by Arch 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 Jul 14 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Kateri Tekakwitha St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), also known as the 'Lily of the Mohawks,' was born in present-day New York. Her father was a Mohawk chief, and her mother an Algonquin who had been converted to the Christian fait...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 14 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day “'Come now, let us settle the matter', says the Lord. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of th...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 14 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 15th (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 10,25-37): A teacher of the Law came and began putting Jesus to the test. And he said, «Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?». Jesus replied, «What is written in the Script...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 14 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 14 2019   « July 13  |  July 15 » Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 105 Reading 1 Dt 30:10-14 Moses said to the people:"If only ...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 14 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it; the Christian rule is, ‘Either marriage, with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.’ Now this is so difficult and so...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Serve One Another by Max Lucado   Jesus “set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for this new day.   Thank You that I am able to see, to hear, to speak and to move about today.   I am blessed because You are a creative, forgiving and understanding God.   ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Matthew 21:9 New King James Version (NKJV) 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:   “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 13 by Arch 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 Jul 13 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 15th 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 Jul 13 by Arch 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 Jul 13 by Arch 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 Jul 13 by Arch 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 Jul 13 by Arch 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 Jul 13 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Henry II Saint Henry II (972-1024 A.D.) was born to the Duke of Bavaria and the Princess of Burgundy. He was a pious child and was given the education of a priest. However, his destiny changed when he succeeded his father as the Du...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 13 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me." Colossians 1:28-29 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 13 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 14th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 10,24-33): Jesus said to his apostles, «A student is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master. A student should be glad to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If the he...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 13 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 13 2019   « July 12  |  July 14 » Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 388 Reading 1 Gn 49:29-32; 50:15-26a Jacob ga...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 13 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "My great God, you know all that is in the universe, because you yourself have made it. It is the very work of your hands. You are omniscient, because you are omnicreative. You know each part, however minute, as perfectly as you know the whole. Yo...

  • The Good Samaritan & the True Cost of Charity

    Posted Jul 12 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 12, 2019 The Good Samaritan & the True Cost of Charity Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. To this day, the road from Jericho to Jerusalem is long, winding, and desolate. The two travelers could have been heading back home after weeks on temple duty.  Or they could have been on their way t...

  • Saint Kateri Tekakwitha the Saint who Ran Towards God

    Posted Jul 12 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 12, 2019 Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the Saint Who Ran Towards God Cari Donaldson In her dreams, she sees her Algonquin mother, though not yet her mother, still just a young woman, and she is running.  Through the smoke and the confusion, her mother runs from the attacking Mohawk warri...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Unplanned Bethlehem Finale Friday, July 12, 2019 On our tour to Israel, I had the last day all planned out. We’d end up on the road to Emmaus with a very ‘special’ conclusion. But the tour guide wanted first to take us to this place near Bethlehem. It seemed poor, d...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Again I assure you that if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, then my Father who is in heaven will do it for you. Matthew 18:19 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Make no mistake about it, responsibilities toward other huma...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God, I don't want to strive against You by my own self-efforts. I want to totally depend on You. Please increase my faith. Please forgive my unbelief. James writes... If any of you lacks wisdom,let him ask of God,who gives to all liberally a...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Proverbs 16:9 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 9 The heart of man plans his course, but Adonai directs his steps.   Tree of Life Version (TLV) Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jew...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 12 by Arch 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 Jul 12 by Arch 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 Jul 12 by Arch 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 Jul 12 by Arch 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 Jul 12 by Arch 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 Jul 12 by Arch 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 Jul 12 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Veronica St. Veronica (1st c.) is one of the holy women of Jerusalem who accompanied Jesus on the Way of the Cross. Out of her sorrow and compassion she offered Jesus her veil to wipe the blood and sweat from his face as He carried...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 12 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 12 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 14th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 10,16-23): Jesus said to his disciples, «Look, I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. Be on your guard with respect to people, for they will hand y...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 12 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 12 2019   « July 11  |  July 13 » Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 387 Reading 1 Gn 46:1-7, 28-30 Israel set out w...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 12 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "St. Bridget once received and bore patiently a succession of trials from various persons. One of them made an insulting remark to her; another praised her in her presence, but complained of her in her absence; another calumniated her; another spo...

  • Spiritual Dryness Allows God to Transform your Soul

    Posted Jul 11 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 11, 2019 Spiritual Dryness Allows God to Transform Your Soul Luis M. Martinez There is a divine richness in spiritual dryness that produces a marvelous transformation in the soul. St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus tells us of it in her autobiography, but with such ingenuousnes...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 11 by Arch 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 Jul 11 by Arch 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 Jul 11 by Arch 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 Jul 11 by Arch 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 Jul 11 by Arch 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 Jul 11 by Arch 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 Jul 11 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Benedict of Nursia St. Benedict of Nursia (480-547 A.D.) and his twin sister, St. Scholastica, were born to a Roman nobleman and his wife in Nursia, Italy. He spent his childhood with his parents in Rome. As a young man he found in...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 11 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "The Lord exists forever; your word is firmly fixed in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand today, for all things are your servants." Psalm 119:89-91 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 11 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 14th inOrdinary Time Saints July 11th: Benedict, abbot, patron saint of Europe View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 10,7-15): Jesus said to his disciples, «Go and proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’. Heal the sick, bring the ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 11 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 11 2019   « July 10  |  July 12 » Memorial of Saint Benedict, AbbotLectionary: 386 Reading 1 Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5 Judah approached J...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Today, I am praying for people in this world who do not have earthly fathers.   They may have never known their father, or their father was taken from them, or he may have abandoned them at some point, o...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 68:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV) 5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.   6 God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    An Unearthly Love by Max Lucado   Your goodness can’t win God’s love. Nor can your badness lose it. But you can resist it. We tend to do so honestly. Having been rejected so often, we fear God may reject us as well. Rejections have left us skittish and jumpy. Like ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Communists Who Preached Messiah Wednesday, July 10, 2019 There was a believer imprisoned for his faith under Communist rule. He was being interrogated and tortured. “Give me one proof that Jesus even existed, for you know He never did,” his interrogator taunted him. The b...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 6:63   A Time to Think Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for tho...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Good morning Father God,   Thank You for another beautiful day of life with You.   I pray that I will live this day to the fullest for you and for others.   Let me work my hardest and love others with Your godly l...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 Timothy 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to [a]doctrine.   Footnotes: [a] 1 Timothy 4:13 teaching   New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is tak...

  • Embracing the Risky Mission for Jesus Today

    Posted Jul 10 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 10, 2019 Embracing the Risky Mission for Jesus Today Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV I was really fascinated by the giant python snake that laid coiled up in a zoo cage in the beautiful Philippines island of Bohol. I was more shocked when the zoo keeper showed me many pictures of past visitors to...

  • St. Benedict: Luminous Star of History

    Posted Jul 10 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 10, 2019 St. Benedict: Luminous Star of History Daniel Stewart Today, monasticism is usually seen as an archaic practice of insulation and irrelevance and is portrayed as quaint or even silly. Inside our fast-paced culture of connectivity and entertainment, it can be difficult to imagine...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 10 by Arch 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 Jul 10 by Arch 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 Jul 10 by Arch 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 Jul 10 by Arch 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 Jul 10 by Arch 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 Jul 10 by Arch 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 Jul 10 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Amelia St. Amelia (741-772 A.D.) was born into a noble and pious Christian family in the land of the Ardennes, bordering what is today Belgium and Luxembourg. Amelia was a devout child of strong character who committed her virginit...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 10 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it." Matthew 16:2...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 10 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 14th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 10,1-7): Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over the unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: fi...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 10 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 10 2019   « July 9  |  July 11 » Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 385 Reading 1 Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a Wh...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 10 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "I do not wish the soul to consider her sins, either in general or in particular, without also remembering the Blood and the broadness of My mercy, for fear that otherwise she should be brought to confusion. And together with confusion would come ...

  • The Beauty of Nature is God's Artwork

    Posted Jul 9 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 9, 2019 The Beauty of Nature is God’s Artwork John-Mark L. Miravalle The most basic, uncontroversial manifestation of beauty is the beauty of the natural world. Sunsets, waterfalls, canyons, deserts, mountain vistas, forest glades, ocean views — these are the images that come...

  • Sometimes the Holy Spirit Leads us into Our Dark Nights.

    Posted Jul 9 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 9, 2019 Sometimes the Holy Spirit Leads Us into Our Dark Nights Stephen Beale Thanks to the Pentecostal movement, contemporary Christian culture often associates experiences of the Holy Spirit with ecstasy or enthusiasm. Scripture, however, shows us that often it’s quite the oppos...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 9 by Arch 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 Jul 9 by Arch 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 Jul 9 by Arch 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...