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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 27 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 Oct 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 30th 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 Oct 27 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 Oct 27 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 Oct 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Bl. Bartholomew of Vicenza Bl. Bartholomew of Vicenza (1201-1270), also known as Bartholomew of Braganca or Breganza, was born to a noble family in Vicenza, Italy. While studying in Padua he entered the newly established Dominican Order ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 27 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 Oct 27 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 Oct 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 29th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 13,1-9): One day some persons told Jesus what had occurred in the Temple: Pilate had Galileans killed and their blood mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus replied, «Do you think that th...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 27 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 27, 2018   « October 26  |  October 28 » Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 478 Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers...

  • Scripture Speaks To See Christ Jesus

    Posted Oct 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 26, 2018 Scripture Speaks: To See Christ Jesus Gayle Somers A blind man insists on crying out to Jesus, getting on everyone’s nerves. How was his vision better than theirs? Gospel (Read Mk 10:46-52) As Jesus, His disciples, and “a sizable crowd” were leaving Jerich...

  • Why We Must Drink the Cup of Jesus Today

    Posted Oct 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 26, 2018 Why We Must Drink the Cup of Jesus Today Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV A homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Have you ever had the thought of quitting on some inspired goal? Maybe you have been trying to practice a particular virtue or overcome a vice? Maybe you have been t...

  • Thomas Aquainas & the Power of Pure Prayer

    Posted Oct 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 26, 2018 Thomas Aquinas & the Power of Pure Prayer Dr. Kevin Vost Purity of Heart We study to seek truth, and Truth Himself declared to us, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). Only when our heart, our conscience, and our will are pure, fre...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    You Who Art On Earth Friday, October 26, 2018   We are to pray, “Our Father Who art in Heaven”. Notice that it speaks of God’s “art”, but there’s nothing about your “art” at all. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in one...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   I seek You and Your Kingdom first and with all my heart...   Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to You. Matthew 6:33   I want to be covered with the righteousness o...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 26 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 Oct 26 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 Oct 26 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 Oct 26 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 Oct 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Alfred the Great St. Alfred the Great (849–899 A.D.) was the fifth son of the King of Wessex in England. Legend has it that at the age of four he was sent to Rome to be anointed as king by Pope Leo IV. Alfred rose to the throne...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For it is the God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 26 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 Oct 26 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 Oct 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 29th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 12,54-59): Jesus said to the crowds, «When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once: ‘A shower is coming’. And so it happens. And when the wind blows from the south, you say: &l...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 26 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 26, 2018   « October 25  |  October 27 » Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 477 Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 Brothers an...

  • THE DEVIL JOKE...have a good laugh

    Posted Oct 25 by HOLLY G

    Talking to the devil... One Sunday morning, everyone in one bright, beautiful, tiny town got up early and went to the local church. Before the services started, the towns people were sitting in their pews and talking about their lives, their families, etc...... Suddenly, Satan appeared at the fron...

  • 128. Blind Eyes, Seeing Heart

    Posted Oct 25 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 24, 2018 128. Blind Eyes, Seeing Heart (Mark 10:46-52) Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction “All my hope is naught save in your great mercy.” – St. Augustine Mark 10:46-52: They reached Jericho; and as he left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus...

  • The Sanctity of a Cemetary

    Posted Oct 25 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 25, 2018 The Sanctity of a Cemetery: Remembering Souls Who Need Prayers Maura Roan McKeegan A few days ago, I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. Everything in life felt too much, too hard, too overwhelming. Objectively, I knew things could have been much worse; yet my mind ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 25 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 Oct 25 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 Oct 25 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 Oct 25 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 Oct 25 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Sts. Crispin and Crispinian Sts. Crispin and Crispinian (d. 286 A.D.) were brothers, believed to be twins, from a noble Roman family. They were Christians and went as missionaries into Gaul (present-day France). Taking the Apostle St. Pa...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 25 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, wickedness was there, and in the place of righteousness, wickedness was there as well. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time for every ma...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 25 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 Oct 25 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 Oct 25 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 29th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 12,49-53): Jesus said to his disciples, «I have come to bring fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already kindled; but I have a baptism to undergo and what anguish I feel until it is over! Do...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 25 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 25, 2018   « October 24  |  October 26 » Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 476 Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21 Brother...

  • Another MISCREANT gets his due

    Posted Oct 24 by HOLLY G

    Former Catholic priest gets 20 years in child rape case   Updated: Oct 24, 2018 03:40 PM EDT A 76-year-old former Catholic priest has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two middle-school-age children in South Carolina four decades ago.           ...

  • What Children Teach Us About Our Relationship with God

    Posted Oct 24 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 24, 2018 What Children Teach Us About Our Relationship with God Fr. Edward Looney Earlier this month the Church celebrated the feast of the Guardian Angels. When was the first time you heard about Angels? I’m wiling to bet it was as a child. Perhaps the Guardian Angel prayer was...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 24 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 Oct 24 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 Oct 24 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 Oct 24 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 Oct 24 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Anthony Mary Claret St. Anthony Mary Claret (1807–1870) was born in Spain, the fifth of eleven children, the same year Napoleon invaded the country. He took up his father's trade of weaving before entering the priesthood. He se...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 24 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:11-12  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 24 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 Oct 24 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 Oct 24 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 29th in Ordinary Time Saints View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 12,39-48): Jesus said to his disciples, «Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You a...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 24 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 24, 2018   « October 23  |  October 25 » Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 475 Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brother...

  • St. John of Capistrano

    Posted Oct 23 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 23, 2018 St. John of Capistrano San John Capistrano The Italian priest St. John of Capistrano (1386-1456) was a well-educated lawyer; when only twenty-six, he became governor of the region of Perugia. Captured in a local war several years after this, John decided to change his life...

  • 15 Biblical Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration

    Posted Oct 23 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 23, 2018 15 Biblical Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration Fr. Ed Broom, OMV One of the many channels that can be utilized to augment our faith, devotion, and love for the most Holy Eucharist is by reading and meditating upon key Biblical passages, both in the Old Testament as well as...

  • We Don't Have To Hide Our Anger From God

    Posted Oct 23 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 23, 2018 We Don’t Have to Hide Our Anger From God Michele Chronister Recently, my husband was called up for jury duty. This is an inconvenience for most people, but it came at a particularly inopportune time for our family. I was in the middle of a difficult stretch with my anxi...

  • The Holy Family Shows Us How to Create a Healthy Home

    Posted Oct 23 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 23, 2018 The Holy Family Shows Us How to Create a Healthy Home Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik The life of the Holy Family at Nazareth was a hidden life of prayer and work. Their whole day’s work was done for God alone, because prayer, simple and sublime, filled it completely. A charmin...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   Thank You for showing me how to live in The Bible...   Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge Proverbs 23:12   I’m trying to examine myself in light of that Scripture.   Plea...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 23 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 Oct 23 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 Oct 23 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 Oct 23 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 Oct 23 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John of Capistrano St. John of Capistrano (1385-1456) was born in Capistrano, Italy. After the death of his father, his mother sent him to study law in Perugia where he rose to prominence. He achieved great success as a lawyer and ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 23 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowin...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 23 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 Oct 23 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 Oct 23 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 29th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm 1st Reading (Eph 2:12-22): Brothers and sisters: You were at that time without Christ, alienated from the community of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now i...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 23 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 23, 2018   « October 22  |  October 24 » Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 474 Reading 1 Eph 2:12-22 Brothers...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Oct 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good. Proverbs 19:8 A Time to Think May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the li...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Get The Junk Out Of Your Closet Monday, October 22, 2018 In Matthew, Messiah speaks about going into your prayer closet. Have you ever thought about how strange it is to talk about praying in a closet? Your closet might have vacuum cleaners, umbrellas, winter coats, and mothballs in it. The word c...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Oct 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Get The Junk Out Of Your Closet Monday, October 22, 2018 In Matthew, Messiah speaks about going into your prayer closet. Have you ever thought about how strange it is to talk about praying in a closet? Your closet might have vacuum cleaners, umbrellas, winter coats, and mothballs in it. The word c...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Oct 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus paid it all,All to Him I owe;Sin had left a crimson stain,He washed it white as snow. Dear Lord, You paid it all. You made the greatest sacrifice, You are spotless and without sin. You took my sin, and everyone's sin, upon Yourself and You took my place on the Cross. Thank You for Your e...

  • Priest is found dead after giving evidence against Bishop

    Posted Oct 22 by HOLLY G

    Priest is found dead after giving evidence against a Catholic bishop who 'raped a nun repeatedly over a period of two years' in India      By REUTERS PUBLISHED: 07:13 EDT, 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:47 EDT, 22 October 2018 A Catholic priest who had g...

  • How Do We Remain in the Word

    Posted Oct 22 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 20, 2018 How Do We Remain in the Word? Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction How do we remain in the Word? The night before He died, Christ commanded his disciples to remain in Him – and explained that  this means to keep His Word. (See John 15.) Obeying this command goes be...

  • St. Catherine of Siena on the Agony in the Garden

    Posted Oct 22 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 22, 2018 St. Catherine of Siena on the Agony in the Garden Br. Raymond La Grange, O.P. There are many fascinating stories about St. Catherine of Siena. She once almost got her head cut off. Another time, she caught the head of someone else just after it was cut off. Jesus literally re...

  • Saint John Paul II

    Posted Oct 22 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 22, 2018 Saint John Paul II: Prophet, Priest, Exorcist Kathleen Beckman The renowned Pope John Paul II biographer George Weigel gave a moving keynote presentation on suffering in the life of St. John Paul II at the 2005 national conference of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Re...

  • The Paradox of Holiness

    Posted Oct 22 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    October 22, 2018 The Paradox of Holiness: Hidden Yet Radiant Stephen Beale There is something about holiness that must be hidden. St. Paul implies this in Colossians 3:3 when he writes, For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Jesus Himself counsels us to be &lsqu...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 22 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 Oct 22 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 Oct 22 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 Oct 22 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 Oct 22 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. John Paul II Pope St. John Paul II (1920–2005) was born in Poland and was a vibrant, athletic, and intelligent child. His deeply religious father played an important role in his spiritual formation after his mother's dea...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 22 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." 1 John 4:6  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 22 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 29th in Ordinary Time Saints October 22nd: St. John Paul II, pope View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 12,13-21): Someone in the crowd spoke to Jesus, «Master, tell my brother to share with me the family inheritance». He replied, «My friend, who ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 22 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 22, 2018   « October 21  |  October 23 » Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 473 Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers a...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 22 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 Oct 22 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 21 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 Oct 21 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 Oct 21 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 Oct 21 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 Oct 21 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Ursula & Her 11,000 Companions St. Ursula (4th c.) was a pious Christian princess from Britain, perhaps Wales. According to the 13th century Golden Legend she set sail and embarked on a pilgrimage to Rome with a large court of hand...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Oct 21 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm." Ephesians 6:13  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Oct 21 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 29th (B) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mc 10,35-45): James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, «Master, we want you to grant us what we are going to ask of you». And He said, «What do you want me to d...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Oct 21 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   October 21, 2018   « October 20  |  October 22 » Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 146 Reading 1 Is 53:10-11 The LORD was pleasedto cr...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 21 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 Oct 21 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...

  • Meditations

    Posted Oct 21 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "The heart cannot exist without love; it will love either God or creatures. If it does not love creatures, it certainly will love God. In order to become holy, we must therefore banish from our heart all that is not for God. When anyone came to th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Oct 20 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 Oct 20 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 29th 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 Oct 20 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 Oct 20 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 Oct 20 by Father Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Paul of the Cross St. Paul of the Cross (1694–1775) was born near Turin, Italy, the second of sixteen children—only six of whom survived infancy. His devout parents ensured his strong religious upbringing. In his c...