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  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Pointing To The Moon Tuesday, March 12, 2019 When man first went to the moon, the transmission was to be broadcast to the earth. Satellite dishes were set up throughout the world. One of these was set up in a sheep field in Australia. A power failure caused all of its coordinates to be l...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for all the blessings You have poured over me.   I begin this new day with a grateful heart.   I pray for those who are lacking necessities: food, clothes, clean water and shelter. ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 12 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 Mar 12 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 Mar 12 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 Mar 12 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 Mar 12 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 Mar 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Luigi Orione St. Luigi Orione (1872-1940) was born in northern Italy and entered a Franciscan friary at the age of 13, but had to leave due to poor health. He became a pupil of St. John Bosco at his Turin oratory for boys, and late...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 1st of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 6,7-15): Jesus said to his disciples, «When you pray, do not use a lot of words, as the pagans do, for they hold that the more they say, the more chance they have of being heard. Do not be like them. Your Fath...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 12 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 12 2019   « March 11  |  March 13 » Tuesday of the First Week of LentLectionary: 225 Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from...

  • Don't Pray to Be Spared Hardship

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Don’t Pray to Be Spared Hardship? Should Christians pray for strength to endure hardship rather than praying spared hardship in the first place? Thoughts on carrying crosses, redemptive suffering, and praying for deliverance from evil for the first week of Lent Steven D. Greydanus Sha...

  • God Will Not Be Conquered by Your Efforts to Understand Him

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    God Will Not Be Conquered by Your Efforts to Understand Him Max Milan How can anyone know God? How can we plumb the depths or reach the heights of the Infinite? How do we respond to statements like, “See, God is great beyond our knowledge, the number of his years past searching out,&rd...

  • A Woman For All Seasons:

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 11, 2019 A Woman For All Seasons: St. Frances Of Rome Claire Dwyer If you are busy juggling family, friends, work, and prayer, trying to balance works of mercy with your daily duty, prayer time with household chores, and marriage with ministry, then let today’s saint be an inspira...

  • Understand the Means for Attaining Spiritual Perfection

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 11, 2019 Understand the Means for Attaining Spiritual Perfection Lorenzo Scupoli If you wish, beloved in Christ, to reach the height of perfection and, by drawing near to your God, to become one spirit with Him, you must before all else gain a true idea of what constitutes genuine spiri...

  • The Hidden Promises about the Mansions in the Fathers House

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    March 11, 2019 The Hidden Promise about the Mansions in the Father’s House Stephen Beale John 14 contains one of Jesus’ great promises to us: In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you (verse 2). ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Season To Fly Monday, March 11, 2019 If you catch a migrating bird during the season of bird migration and put it in a cage, it will beat its breast against the bars of the cage and pace back and forth. But if you wait for the season of migration to end, you can open up the cage and ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection In the day when I am afraid, I will have confidence in Thee. Psalm 56:3   A Time to Think Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown, motivational speaker   A Time to Act Turn ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for providing a home for me.   Please fill my home with Your grace, love, blessing, and wisdom.   By wisdom, a house is built, and through understanding, it is established. Pr...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 11 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 Mar 11 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 Mar 11 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 Mar 11 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 Mar 11 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 Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Eulogius of Cordoba St. Eulogius of Cordoba (9th c.) was a priest from a prominent Christian family in Cordoba (Cordova), Spain. He was well-educated, humble, gentle, friendly, and a gifted leader with the charism of encouragement, e...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified." Romans 2:13  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 1st of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 25,31-46): Jesus said to his disciples, «When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, He will sit on the throne of his Glory. All the nations will be brought before him, and as a shepherd separat...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 11 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 11 2019   « March 10  |  March 12 » Monday of the First Week of LentLectionary: 244 Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,"Sp...

  • 10 Types of Internet Trolls You'll Meet Online

    Posted Mar 10 by HOLLY G

    BULLYING AND TROLLING OFTEN GO HAND IN HAND 10 Types of Internet Trolls You'll Meet Online   Haters gonna hate, trolls gonna troll by Elise Moreau  An Internet troll is a member of an online social community who deliberately tries to disrupt, attack, offend or generally ...

  • On Bullying, Awareness, Acceptance, Tolerance

    Posted Mar 10 by Gail Dobson

    Suddenly, yesterday(?) I was accused of being a 'bully'! It kinda shocked me at first, but as the accuser's narrative expanded and spread, it turns out that I am really a 'bully' because I speak my mind. My heart, my mind does not follow the standard religious dogma of ANY religion. I have never hid...

  • We Need to Address the Mental Health Effects of 'Adult Bullying

    Posted Mar 10 by HOLLY G

    We Need to Address the Mental Health Effects of 'Adult Bullying'  by Eliza Blissett This is a really difficult article for me to write, but I feel it’s importance is so necessary that any emotional pain or triggering thoughts experienced through writing this are completely worth the mes...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Mar 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Hidden Heroes by Max Lucado   A revival can begin with one sermon. History proves it. John Egglen had never preached a sermon in his life. Never.   Wasn’t that he didn’t want to, just never needed to. But then one morning he did. The snow left his tow...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection In the day when I am afraid, I will have confidence in Thee. Psalm 56:3   A Time to Think Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown, motivational speaker   A Time to Act Turn ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 10 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You for wanting to be with me and for opening Your arms wide whenever I come to You.   I lift up my spiritual life to You.   Please, forgive me for the sins that I need to be forgiven...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 10 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 Mar 10 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 witho...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mar 10 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 Mar 10 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 Mar 10 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 Mar 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Macarius of Jerusalem St. Macarius of Jerusalem (4th c.) was the Bishop of Jerusalem from 312-335 A.D. Little is known of his life before this time. He took part in the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. and vigorously opposed the Arian he...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mar 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm brought him victory, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness like a b...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mar 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 1st (C) of Lent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 4,1-13): Jesus was now full of Holy Spirit. As He returned from the Jordan, the Spirit led him into the desert where He was tempted by the devil for forty days. He did not eat anything during that time, and in th...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mar 10 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 10 2019   « March 9  |  March 11 » First Sunday of LentLectionary: 24 Reading 1 Dt 26:4-10 Moses spoke to the people, saying: "The priest ...

  • BULLIES are COWARDS and I refuse to turn the other cheek

    Posted Mar 9 by HOLLY G

    It is believed that bullying is aggressive behavior that occurs between school-aged children until they eventually grow up and out of their vicious behavior. But bullying goes well beyond adolescence—it’s a rampant problem that extends to all walks of life. Because many school yard bul...

  • The Right Fit?

    Posted Mar 9 by Tony Villari

    A square peg in a round hole?  Trying is always an option.  Make the hole bigger, and use a lot of putty to fill in around the peg.  Make the round hole square or make the square peg round.  Carpenters do it all the time.  Learn to adapt and overcome in the face of...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Today I pray for the Christians and churches that are being persecuted around the world.   My prayer is that they will remain steadfast in their faith and that they will know the love, peace, and joy of the Lord...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 1st Sunday of Lent) 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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Frances of Rome St. Frances of Rome (1384-1440) was born to a noble family in Rome. As a young girl her desire to become a nun was refused by her father, who instead arranged her marriage at the age of 12. St. Frances accepted this...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but fr...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Saturday after Ash Wednesday View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 5,27-32): After this Jesus went out, and as He noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax-office, He said to him, «Follow me». So Levi, leaving everything, got up and followed Jesus. ...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 9 2019   « March 8  |  March 10 » Saturday after Ash WednesdayLectionary: 222 Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "When one is given the Spirit of wisdom, one is able to perceive God’s fingerprints upon the wonders of the world. One is able to see the pattern God has established in history (world history, faith history, and even our own personal history...

  • Quote of the Day.

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

    March 9, 2019 "Realize it, my brethren; —every one who breathes, high and low, educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman, has a mission, has a work. We are not sent into this world for nothing; we are not born at random; . . . God sees every one of us; He creates e...

  • The Barrel of Love/Life

    Posted Mar 8 by Larry Makinson

    I saw the following comment here at ULC and it reminded me of a story.    "This forum sees us all bound together by affiliation to UCL but we still can’t agree."   I keep this story in mind always, as I go through life.  I believe this story is applicable, here, at ULC...

  • With Jesus Crucified

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

    With Jesus Crucified Dan Burke Presence of God – O Jesus, I place myself at the foot of the Cross, help me to understand how necessary it is to suffer in order to resemble You. MEDITATION For the soul who aspires to union with God, penance is not only a means of subjecting the f...

  • Rising from the Ashes

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

    March 7, 2019 Rising from the Ashes Marty Doucette As we begin this forty days’ Lenten journey – what Eastern Orthodoxy aptly calls “Forty Nights of Bright Darkness” – it is a good thing to reflect upon the meaning of those ashes placed upon our foreheads in the ...

  • How We Redefine the Good to Justify Our Sins

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

    March 8, 2019 How We Redefine the Good to Justify Our Sins Fr. George W. Rutler I remember a political debate where participants were asked, “Who is your favorite philosopher?” Mostly their answers were ones you’d expect — Aristotle, Plato and so on. But one piously s...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. John of God St. John of God (1495-1550) was born in Portugal to poor and devout Christian parents. How he came to be separated from them and homeless at the age of 8 is uncertain, but he eventually found work as a shepherd until th...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Friday after Ash Wednesday View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 9,14-15): The disciples of John came to Jesus with the question, «How is it that we and the Pharisees fast on many occasions, but not your disciples?». Jesus answered them, «How can you expe...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 8 2019   « March 7  |  March 9 » Friday after Ash WednesdayLectionary: 221 Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throa...

  • How Jonah Prefigures Christ

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

    March 7, 2019 How Jonah Prefigures Christ Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet Jonah did not want to go to the Ninevites and preach doom. He feared that if God were to pardon them — as in his immense goodness he was wont to do — the pagans would be confirmed in their unbelief and would ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Perpetua & St. Felicity St. Perpetua and St. Felicity (d. 203 A.D.) were friends who lived in Carthage, North Africa. They were both catechumens preparing to receive the Church's sacraments: Perpetua was a married noblewoman n...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "But, as it is written, 'What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him'— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depth...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Thursday after Ash Wednesday Saints March 7th: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 9,22-25): Jesus said, «The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and p...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   March 7 2019   « March 6  |  March 8 » Thursday after Ash WednesdayLectionary: 220 Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:"Today I have ...

  • Overcoming Fear: The Only Way Out is Through

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

    March 6, 2019 Overcoming Fear: The Only Way Out is Through Alan Scott A few years ago I spent time with three of my family members from England. They came to the U.S. specifically to visit my mother, who is their aunt. During their visit the stories that we shared brought true joy to my fami...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Mar 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Already Fallen FoeWednesday, March 6, 2019The Bible describes the enemy as one who has fallen. Messiah speaks of seeing him having fallen from heaven. The Epistles speak of him being defeated by the power of Salvation. So for you, it means your enemy is fallen, and the fight you have to fight is...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Mar 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself. Genesis 1:27 NLT   A Time to Think Jesus tends to His people individually. He personally sees to our needs. We all receive Jesus' touch. We experience His care. –Ma...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Mar 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   You are God, our Protector, and our Healer.   I pray for all the nations and peoples that are in the midst of war, struggling to recover from brokenness and trying to rebuild after disasters.   ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

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

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Colette St. Colette (1381-1447) was born in Picardy, France, the daughter of a poor carpenter who served the local Benedictine abbey. Her parents conceived her in their old age after praying to St. Nicholas for a child, naming Cole...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day Ash Wednesday In biblical times it was common to sprinkle ashes on the head as a sign of repentance and humility. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is the time we contemplate our relationship with God and identify t...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Ash Wednesday View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 6,1-6.16-18): Jesus said to his disciples, «Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven. When you give something to the poor, ...