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  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 29 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: August 29th: Beheading of John the Baptist, martyr View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 6,17-29): Herod had sent to have John arrested, and had him chained up in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife whom he had married. For John had told him, «It is...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 29 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 29 2019   « August 28  |  August 30 » Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the BaptistLectionary: 428/634 Reading 1 1 Thes 3:7-13 We hav...

  • Evening Prayer for August 28, 2019

    Posted Aug 28 by Russell Hjelm

    Father in Heaven,   There are times when it is so difficult to understand why there is so much opposition and persecution taking place against Your Church. At other times the answer seems to be clear, and that is that the world understands the implications of Your Truth better than many of Yo...

  • Psalm 18:23

    Posted Aug 28 by Russell Hjelm

    I was also upright before Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity. [Psalm 18:23 Modern English Version (MEV)]   Okay, let's face it. No matter how much we twist and turn this verse, we have to admit it can't be about us, but only about Jesus, Who dwells within us. Take out Jesus and the prove...

  • What is the Miraculous Medal?

    Posted Aug 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 28, 2019 What is the Miraculous Medal? Fr. William Saunders Q: I received a Miraculous Medal for Confirmation. Where does this come from and what does this mean?  The story of the Miraculous Medal arises from the apparitions of our Blessed Mother to St. Catherine Laboure, a novic...

  • Matthew 13:33

    Posted Aug 28 by Russell Hjelm

    He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast which a woman took and mixed in sixty pounds of meal until it had leavened the whole batch.” [Matthew 13:33 - Modern English Version (MEV)]   Even a small helping of the Kingdom can have a long-term impact on our l...

  • Morning Prayer for August 28, 2019

    Posted Aug 28 by Russell Hjelm

    Father in Heaven,   We readily admit that there are few, if any, of us who would consciously pray that we would endure persecution. We do understand, however, that persecution will come simply because we believe in You. Help us, Lord, not to try to avoid or run away from any persecution, but ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Aug 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The God Coin Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Messiah asked those who were testing him about paying taxes, “Whose image is on this coin?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” To which He responded, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and render to God ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Aug 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Behind the Shower Curtain by Max Lucado I'm going to have to install a computer in my shower. That's where I have my best thoughts.   I had a great one today.   I was mulling over a recent conversation I had with a disenchanted Christian brother. He was upse...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Aug 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17   A Time to Think It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipo...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Aug 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God Almighty,   Please empower me by Your Holy Spirit today.   I do not want to do anything out of my own might and power...   'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord Almig...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 28 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 28 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 Aug 28 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 Aug 28 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 Aug 28 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 Aug 28 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 Aug 28 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 Aug 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Augustine of Hippo St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430 A.D.) was born in North Africa to a pagan father and a Christian mother, St. Monica. His mother did her best to raise him in the Christian faith, but Augustine, a brilliant a...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor have this in common." Proverbs 22:1-2  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 21st in Ordinary Time View saints August 28th: St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 23,27-32): Jesus said, «Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs beauti...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 28 2019   « August 27  |  August 29 » Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 427 Reading 1 1 Thes 2:9-13 ...

  • Evening Prayer for August 27, 2019

    Posted Aug 27 by Russell Hjelm

    Father in Heaven,   It is so wonderful that we can come to You with our hopes, our hurts, our needs, our desires, our praise, and our sorrow. We need You more than we are willing to admit most of the time. We're quick to jump up and down for joy when all the "good" things happen, but when tho...

  • Psalm 18:22

    Posted Aug 27 by Russell Hjelm

    For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me. [Psalm 18:22 Modern English Version (MEV)]   Why all this talk about rules and statutes? Don't you realize that we are Christians, and Christians are no longer under the law? That is one of the most popular ral...

  • 10 Ways to Grow in Friendship with Jesus & Mary

    Posted Aug 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 27, 2019 10 Ways to Grow in Friendship with Jesus & Mary Fr. Ed Broom, OMV The ultimate purpose of our life is to grow to know, love and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus is the real purpose of our existence. He gives meaning...

  • Matthew 13:31-32

    Posted Aug 27 by Russell Hjelm

    He told them another parable, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. This indeed is the least of all seeds, but when it has grown, it is the greatest among herbs and is a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its b...

  • Morning Prayer for August 27, 2019

    Posted Aug 27 by Russell Hjelm

    Father in Heaven, We are humbled and immensely thankful that You do, in fact, know everything about us; our joy, our sadness, our triumphs, our failures, our hurts, and our needs. We take great comfort in knowing that, while You may not keep us out of all trials, You have promised that You will be ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Aug 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Hand Delivered Bouquets by Max Lucado Through Christ, God has accepted you. Think about what this means. You cannot keep people from rejecting you. But you can keep rejections from enraging you.   Rejections are like speed bumps on the road. They come with the journey. You...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Aug 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Exceeding The Orthodox Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Orthodox Jews live by the Laws of Moses as interpreted by their rabbis. Virtually everything in their life is governed by law or one tradition or another. Think of how zealous they are, how careful, how vigilant they are in following what t...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Aug 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. James 1:2   A Time to Think If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart. –O...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Aug 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   You love all the children of the world…   Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world.   And You love all the people in the world.   You want us all...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 27 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And H...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 27 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 Aug 27 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 Aug 27 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 Aug 27 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 Aug 27 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 Aug 27 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 Aug 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Monica St. Monica (322-387 A.D.) was raised in a Christian home in Tagaste, North Africa. Early in life she struggled with alcoholism, sneaking draughts of wine from the family cellar, before being caught and overcoming the ha...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "No weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, says the Lord." Isaiah 54:17 &nbs...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 21st in Ordinary Time View saints August 27th: St. Monica View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 23,23-26): Jesus said, «Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You do not forget the mint, anise and cumin seeds when you pay the tenth of...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 27 2019   « August 26  |  August 28 » Memorial of Saint MonicaLectionary: 426 Reading 1 1 Thes 2:1-8 You yourselves know, brothers and si...

  • Evening Prayer for August 26, 2019

    Posted Aug 26 by Russell Hjelm

    Father in Heaven, The world tells us we need to be independent, that we need to be self-sufficient, and that we need to stand on our own two feet. The truth, however, is that we are intimately connected to You, the Lord of the universe, and we rely on You for our very lives. Most days it's a great ...

  • Psalm 18:21

    Posted Aug 26 by Russell Hjelm

    For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. [Psalm 18:21 Modern English Version (MEV)] High on the list of blessings that God has bestowed on us is the precious gift of His word. Everything we need to know about Him, about ourselves, about our relationship with...

  • It is the Lord Who Heals

    Posted Aug 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 26, 2019 It Is the Lord Who Heals Fr. John R.P. Russell In the Gospels, Jesus heals two blind men. He gives sight to the blind. Then, he drives the demon out of a demoniac. He gives voice to the mute. Then, he goes around to all the cities and villages curing every disease and healing ...

  • Through Faith, We Can Have Contact With the Living God

    Posted Aug 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 26, 2019 Through Faith, We Can Have Contact With the Living God Stephen Beale Hebrews 12—the text for next Sunday’s Mass readings—employs extraordinary imagery to describe our ability, as Christians, to have contact with the living God. Here is the text as it will be...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Aug 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15 (NIV) Matthew 5:8   A Time to Think Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of His presence. &nda...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Aug 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your sacrifice which you accomplished to forgive my sins. Thank You for being our Messiah Prophet to bring the message of God and His love to me and to all people. Thank You for being our Messiah Priest to make the sacri...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Jeremiah 31:31 The New King James Version A New Covenant   31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 26 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 Aug 26 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 Aug 26 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 Aug 26 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 Aug 26 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 Aug 26 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 Aug 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Orontius of Lecce St. Orontius of Lecce (1st c.) was the son of the Roman imperial treasurer in Lecce, Italy. Upon his father's death he inherited the position. Orontius was converted to the Christian faith along with his nephew, For...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of Go...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 21st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 23,13-22): Jesus said, «Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor do you allow other...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 26 2019   « August 25  |  August 27 » Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 425 Reading 1 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10 Paul,...

  • Meditations

    Posted Aug 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Often Jesus asks the sick to believe. He makes use of signs to heal: spittle and the laying on of hands, mud and washing. The sick try to touch him, ‘for power came forth from him and healed them all’. And so in the sacraments Christ ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Aug 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    You Have Clout with God by Max Lucado   You may find yourself in an impossible situation. You feel outnumbered and outmaneuvered. You want to quit. Could I ask you to memorize this promise and ask God to bring it to mind? Write it where you’ll find it. Tattoo it, if not o...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Aug 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6   A Time to Think I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Aug 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer This prayer is based upon the prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10   Most gracious heavenly Father,   I call to You in prayer.   I pray that you would bless me indeed.   Please enlarge my terr...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So G...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 25 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 Aug 25 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 Aug 25 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 Aug 25 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 Aug 25 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 Aug 25 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 Aug 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Genesius of Rome St. Genesius of Rome (d. 303 AD) was a renowned actor and playwright, the leader of a popular acting troupe during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. When the Emperor was killing Christians, Genesius wrote plays to m...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he is revealed we may have confidence and not be put to shame before him at his coming." 1 John 2:28  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 21st (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 13,22-30): Jesus went through towns and villages teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, «Lord, is it true that few people will be saved?». And Jesus answered, «Do...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 25 2019   « August 24  |  August 26 » Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 123 Reading 1 Is 66:18-21 Thus says the LORD:I know...

  • The Big Farewell

    Posted Aug 24 by Tony Villari

    Reality is what it is, and what it ain't it ain't. Sometimes, what it is it ain't, and what it ain't, well... it is. Other times it is nothing, and then it ain't nothing. But, if it is nothing, it ain't, and if it ain't nothing, it is. Acknowledging nothing gives nothing existence;  Ther...

  • Before the "Big Bang"

    Posted Aug 24 by Tony Villari

    A trait most scientists say they have in common is they require the "scientific method" be applied, to virtually everything theoretical, in order to declare proof of a hypothesis and make a statement of fact.  In other words, the results of an experiment have to be repeatable.  This is why...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 24 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 Aug 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 21st 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 Aug 24 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 Aug 24 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 Aug 24 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 Aug 24 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 Aug 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Bartholomew St. Bartholomew (1st c.) is one of Jesus' Twelve Apostles who, together with his friend and fellow Apostle Philip, came from Cana in Galilee. All we know of St. Bartholomew (also called Nathaniel) is what is mentio...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer." Psalm 38:15  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Aug 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: August 24th: Bartholomew, apostle View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 1,45-51): Philip found Nathanael and said to him, «We have found the one that Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets as well: He is Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth». Nathanael r...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Aug 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   August 24 2019   « August 23  |  August 25 » Feast of Saint Bartholomew, ApostleLectionary: 629 Reading 1 Rv 21:9b-14 The angel spoke to me, say...

  • Enter the Narrow Gate to a Universal Church

    Posted Aug 23 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 23, 2019 Enter the Narrow Gate to a Universal Church Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Start small, finish big.  That seems to be God’s motto.  He begins salvation history with two people from what is now Iraq.  When planning to raise a really big family, why start with...

  • Will Only a Few People Be Saved?

    Posted Aug 23 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    August 23, 2019 Will Only a Few People Be Saved? Gayle Somers In Sunday’s readings, someone in a crowd called out to Jesus, “Will only a few people be saved?”  Why was this the wrong question to ask? Gospel (Read Lk 13:22-30) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus &ldqu...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Aug 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    God's Mission: Adoption by Max Lucado   When we come to Christ, God not only forgives us, he also adopts us. Through a dramatic series of events, we go from condemned orphans with no hope to adopted children with no fear. Here is how it happens. You come before the judgment se...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Aug 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Father’s Legacy Friday, August 23, 2019 A study of men who were in therapy found that 23% of them had physically absent fathers, 29% had psychologically absent fathers, 18% had disapproving fathers, 15% had dangerous fathers, and only 15% had fathers who were nurturing. Thus 85...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Aug 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV)   A Time to Think When the dream in our heart is one that God has planted there, a strange happiness flowers into us. At that moment all of th...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Aug 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Too often I think of myself more highly than I should.   I’m sorry for when I’ve been guilty of the sin of pride...   “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Aug 23 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Aug 23 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 Aug 23 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 Aug 23 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 Aug 23 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 Aug 23 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 Aug 23 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 Aug 23 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Rose of Lima St. Rose (1586-1617) was born in Lima, Peru, one of ten children belonging to a Spanish immigrant and his wife, a descendant of the Incas. Rose was beautiful and very pious. She was so sensitive to compliment...