Daily Mass readings and feast days

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  1. He is feeling better. It is a mild ailment. Thank you for your kindness.
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    I'm so glad he is feeling better! My husband and I reminiscence about all the earaches we used to get when we were kids, and we vividly remember all the medicines and drops our moms would use. No fun. My own son is an adult now and I still get upset when he is ill.
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  3. It was probably more of a 'sick of school' day than a sick day. He is back to his normal routine.:)
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  4. February 13
    Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 11:4-13
    When Solomon was old his wives had turned his heart to strange gods,
    and his heart was not entirely with the LORD, his God,
    as the heart of his father David had been.
    By adoring Astarte, the goddess of the Sidonians,
    and Milcom, the idol of the Ammonites,
    Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD;
    he did not follow him unreservedly as his father David had done.
    Solomon then built a high place to Chemosh, the idol of Moab,
    and to Molech, the idol of the Ammonites,
    on the hill opposite Jerusalem.
    He did the same for all his foreign wives
    who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
    The LORD, therefore, became angry with Solomon,
    because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel,
    who had appeared to him twice
    (for though the LORD had forbidden him
    this very act of following strange gods,
    Solomon had not obeyed him).

    So the LORD said to Solomon: “Since this is what you want,
    and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes
    which I enjoined on you,
    I will deprive you of the kingdom and give it to your servant.
    I will not do this during your lifetime, however,
    for the sake of your father David;
    it is your son whom I will deprive.
    Nor will I take away the whole kingdom.
    I will leave your son one tribe for the sake of my servant David
    and of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”

    Responsorial Psalm 106:3-4, 35-36, 37 and 40
    R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    Blessed are they who observe what is right,
    who do always what is just.
    Remember us, O LORD, as you favor your people;
    visit us with your saving help.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    But they mingled with the nations
    and learned their works.
    They served their idols,
    which became a snare for them.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    They sacrificed their sons
    and their daughters to demons.
    And the LORD grew angry with his people,
    and abhorred his inheritance.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

    Alleluia Jas 1:21bc
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
    and is able to save your souls.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 7:24-30
    Jesus went to the district of Tyre.
    He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,
    but he could not escape notice.
    Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him.
    She came and fell at his feet.
    The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth,
    and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
    He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.
    For it is not right to take the food of the children
    and throw it to the dogs.”
    She replied and said to him,
    “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
    Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go.
    The demon has gone out of your daughter.”
    When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed
    and the demon gone.

    This is the 15th anniversary of the death of Sister Lucia of Fatima.

    (former) Feast day of Saint Catherine de Ricci, Virgin
    Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. From her earliest years, Catherine loved to pray. In her sixth year, Catherine's father placed her in a convent in Florence where her aunt was a nun. By the age of fourteen, Catherine decided to enter the convent of Dominican nuns in Tuscany. Catherine advanced steadily through the tasks that were asked of her so that at age twenty-five she became the perpetual prioress of the convent. The reputation of her sanctity drew to her many priests, three of whom later became pope. She corresponded with Saint Philip Neri and was even said to have 'appeared to him in Rome' in a miraculous manner, which he confirmed to be true. She experienced the Ecstasy of the Passion from noon until 4:00 P.M. on Fridays for twelve years. Many of the penances she undertook were for the souls in Purgatory. She died in 1589. Her feast day may have been on February 4 (the Church switches feast days around quite frequently....even so....this Saint of February is a notable one.) May she pray for us and for priests and the Pope. Amen
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    padraig New Member

    I am enjoying reading the stories of King Solomon at the moment because apart from anything else they make, apart from anything really great romantic tales. This like so much in Scripture have mede great subject matter for books and films and art down the ages.

    My mind went back to a book I read in my youth for instance, 'Kin Solomon's Mines'.

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    padraig New Member

    Jesus when He was on Earth used to teach on terms of stories. All the greatest preachers, like Fulton Sheen did so. I love stories.

    It occurred to me when listening to the story of the Queen of Sheba if she really did historically exist? I think with Scripture it is best to take things as literally as possible.This makes it all the more wonderful a tale. Just imagine this great Queen trailing all the way north from Ethiopia to pay King Solomon a visit.

    It reminds me of the crowds from all round the world who travelled to see a saint...like Padre Pio, for instance.

    People will travel so far to sit at the feet of true Wisdom. It is so rare.

    What is Wisdom?

    Wisdom is the grace guided gift of referring all things to God. Thus of seeing at all times to the very heart of things.

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  7. HeavenlyHosts

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    The Bible is truth. It is literal.
  8. padraig

    padraig New Member

    We walk a fine line in such matters:


    Avoiding fundamentalism

    When we read the Bible, we should avoid a literal, fundamentalist interpretation. Pope Benedict XVI said in par. 44 of The Word of God, “The literalism championed by the fundamentalist approach actually represents a betrayal of both the literal and the spiritual sense.” For example, in Matthew’s Gospel we are told that, “Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod” (Mt 2:1). We know from history that Herod the Great died in 4 B.C. at the age of seventy. In Luke’s Gospel we are told that Jesus was born at the time when “Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria” (Lk 2:1-2). We know from the writings of Jewish historian Josephus, that this census took place between 6 and 7 A.D. In other words, there is a discrepancy of ten years in the accounts of the two evangelists as regards the date of Jesus’ birth. The only way to understand this anomaly is to say that Matthew and Luke were writing about the nativity of Jesus from a theological rather than a strictly historical perspective.

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    padraig New Member

    My great here Fr Linus is brilliant on how to apply Scripture here:

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  10. February 14
    Memorial of Saints Cyril, monk, and Methodius, bishop
    Lectionary: 333

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 11:29-32; 12:19
    Jeroboam left Jerusalem,
    and the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the road.
    The two were alone in the area,
    and the prophet was wearing a new cloak.
    Ahijah took off his new cloak,
    tore it into twelve pieces, and said to Jeroboam:

    “Take ten pieces for yourself;
    the LORD, the God of Israel, says:
    ‘I will tear away the kingdom from Solomon’s grasp
    and will give you ten of the tribes.
    One tribe shall remain to him for the sake of David my servant,
    and of Jerusalem,
    the city I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.’”

    Israel went into rebellion against David’s house to this day.

    Responsorial Psalm 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15
    R. (11a and 9a) I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.
    “There shall be no strange god among you
    nor shall you worship any alien god.
    I, the LORD, am your God
    who led you forth from the land of Egypt.”
    R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.
    “My people heard not my voice,
    and Israel obeyed me not;
    So I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts;
    they walked according to their own counsels.”
    R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.
    “If only my people would hear me,
    and Israel walk in my ways,
    Quickly would I humble their enemies;
    against their foes I would turn my hand.”
    R. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice.

    Alleluia Acts 16:14b
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Open our hearts, O Lord,
    to listen to the words of your Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 7:31-37
    Jesus left the district of Tyre
    and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
    into the district of the Decapolis.
    And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
    and begged him to lay his hand on him.
    He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
    He put his finger into the man’s ears
    and, spitting, touched his tongue;
    then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
    “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)
    And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
    his speech impediment was removed,
    and he spoke plainly.
    He ordered them not to tell anyone.
    But the more he ordered them not to,
    the more they proclaimed it.
    They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
    “He has done all things well.
    He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

    Feast of Saint Valentine died 269, Priest, martyr, Patron of greetings
    Valentine was a priest in Rome and a physician who, with St. Marius and his family, administered the sacraments to those either in prison or undegoing persecution during the reign of Claudius II. During this time, anyone who received the sacrament of Holy Orders could generally be expected to be put to death. Father Valentine was captured and while in prison, he often wrote letters to the devout, signing them, "Remember your Valentine (meaning he asked for their prayers)." When all attempts to make him renounce his faith failed, he was beheaded and buried on the Flaminian Way. Pope Julius I erected a basilica in St. Valentine's honor in 350.
    Feast day also for Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Patrons for the unity of the Eastern and Western Churches
    Two brothers, Cyril and Methodius were born in Thessolonica in 826 and 827. They were educated at Constantinople. Cyril began to preach in southern Russia and then the two of them were sent to preach to the Bulgarians, whom they soon converted to Christianity between the years 861-865. The brothers extended their evangelization to Moravia and Dalmatia. When they came to Rome to render an account of their missions, they were consecrated Bishops. Bishop Cyril died in 869. Bishop Methodius continued to preach and evangelize in Moravia, Bohemia, and Poland with great success. Bishop Methodius died in Moravia on April 6, 883. The two brothers are known as the Apostles of the Slavs. They are also known as the founders of the Slav alphabet sometimes referred to as the Cyrillic alphabet in its earliest form. Methodius translated Holy Scripture into Slavic letters for the people to read. The relics of the two brother saints are venerated in the church of Saint Clement in Rome.
    Please pray for us. Thank you for bringing Christianity to the Slavic people.
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  11. February 15
    Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 12:26-32; 13:33-34
    Jeroboam thought to himself:
    “The kingdom will return to David’s house.
    If now this people go up to offer sacrifices
    in the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem,
    the hearts of this people will return to their master,
    Rehoboam, king of Judah,
    and they will kill me.”
    After taking counsel, the king made two calves of gold
    and said to the people:
    “You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough.
    Here is your God, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
    And he put one in Bethel, the other in Dan.
    This led to sin, because the people frequented those calves
    in Bethel and in Dan.
    He also built temples on the high places
    and made priests from among the people who were not Levites.
    Jeroboam established a feast in the eighth month
    on the fifteenth day of the month
    to duplicate in Bethel the pilgrimage feast of Judah,
    with sacrifices to the calves he had made;
    and he stationed in Bethel priests of the high places he had built.

    Jeroboam did not give up his evil ways after this,
    but again made priests for the high places
    from among the common people.
    Whoever desired it was consecrated
    and became a priest of the high places.
    This was a sin on the part of the house of Jeroboam
    for which it was to be cut off and destroyed from the earth.

    Responsorial Psalm 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22
    R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    We have sinned, we and our fathers;
    we have committed crimes; we have done wrong.
    Our fathers in Egypt
    considered not your wonders.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    They made a calf in Horeb
    and adored a molten image;
    They exchanged their glory
    for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    They forgot the God who had saved them,
    who had done great deeds in Egypt,
    Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
    terrible things at the Red Sea.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

    Alleluia Mt 4:4b
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    One does not live on bread alone,
    but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 8:1-10
    In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,
    Jesus summoned the disciples and said,
    “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
    because they have been with me now for three days
    and have nothing to eat.
    If I send them away hungry to their homes,
    they will collapse on the way,
    and some of them have come a great distance.”
    His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread
    to satisfy them here in this deserted place?”
    Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
    They replied, “Seven.”
    He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
    Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them,
    and gave them to his disciples to distribute,
    and they distributed them to the crowd.
    They also had a few fish.
    He said the blessing over them
    and ordered them distributed also.
    They ate and were satisfied.
    They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets.
    There were about four thousand people.

    He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples
    and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

    Feast day of Saint Claude de la Colombiere, Priest
    Born in 1641, Claude entered the Society of Jesus in Lyons, France and gained widespread fame as an orator and educator in Paris. He had great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. While on a trip to the Visitation Convent at Paray-le-Monial, Fr. Claude met Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque and learned of the visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that she had been privileged to receive. Fr. Claude spent eighteen months at Paray-le-Monial acting as her spiritual director and encouraging her to spread the devotion as she had been commanded by Our Lord.
    Father Claude himself became a zealous apostle of the devotion to the Sacred Heart, regarding it as the means of revitalizing t:he Faith among the people. He continued to promote the devotion when he was sent to London to preach to the Duchess of York as well as other Protestants. Because of the intense hostility against Catholics at the time, his efforts earned a death sentence. Father Claude received a commutation of his death sentence and returned to France in ill health. He died at Paray-le-Monial in 1682 at the age of forty-one, in accord with the last message he received form Sister Margaret Mary: "He (Jesus) wants the sacrifice of your life in this country."
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  12. February 16
    Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 76

    Reading 1 Sir 15:15-20
    If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;
    if you trust in God, you too shall live;
    he has set before you fire and water
    to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.
    Before man are life and death, good and evil,
    whichever he chooses shall be given him.
    Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;
    he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.
    The eyes of God are on those who fear him;
    he understands man’s every deed.
    No one does he command to act unjustly,
    to none does he give license to sin.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
    R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the LORD.
    Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
    who seek him with all their heart.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    You have commanded that your precepts
    be diligently kept.
    Oh, that I might be firm in the ways
    of keeping your statutes!
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Be good to your servant, that I may live
    and keep your words.
    Open my eyes, that I may consider
    the wonders of your law.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes,
    that I may exactly observe them.
    Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
    and keep it with all my heart.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

    Reading 2 1 Cor 2:6-10
    Brothers and sisters:
    We speak a wisdom to those who are mature,
    not a wisdom of this age,
    nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away.
    Rather, we speak God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden,
    which God predetermined before the ages for our glory,
    and which none of the rulers of this age knew;
    for, if they had known it,
    they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
    But as it is written:
    What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
    and what has not entered the human heart,
    what God has prepared for those who love him,

    this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.

    For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

    Alleluia Mt 11:25
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
    I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
    Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
    not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
    will pass from the law,
    until all things have taken place.
    Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
    and teaches others to do so
    will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.
    But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
    will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses
    that of the scribes and Pharisees,
    you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

    “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
    You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
    But I say to you,
    whoever is angry with his brother
    will be liable to judgment;
    and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’
    will be answerable to the Sanhedrin;
    and whoever says, ‘You fool,’
    will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
    Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
    and there recall that your brother
    has anything against you,
    leave your gift there at the altar,
    go first and be reconciled with your brother,
    and then come and offer your gift.
    Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
    Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
    and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
    and you will be thrown into prison.
    Amen, I say to you,
    you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.

    “You have heard that it was said,
    You shall not commit adultery.
    But I say to you,
    everyone who looks at a woman with lust
    has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    If your right eye causes you to sin,
    tear it out and throw it away.
    It is better for you to lose one of your members
    than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
    And if your right hand causes you to sin,
    cut it off and throw it away.
    It is better for you to lose one of your members
    than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

    “It was also said,
    Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
    But I say to you,
    whoever divorces his wife - unless the marriage is unlawful -
    causes her to commit adultery,
    and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

    “Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
    Do not take a false oath,
    but make good to the Lord all that you vow.
    But I say to you, do not swear at all;
    not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
    nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
    nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
    Do not swear by your head,
    for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
    Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,' and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
    Anything more is from the evil one.”


    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses
    that of the scribes and Pharisees,
    you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

    “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
    You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
    But I say to you,
    whoever is angry with brother
    will be liable to judgment.

    “You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
    But I say to you,
    everyone who looks at a woman with lust
    has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

    “Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
    Do not take a false oath,
    but make good to the Lord all that you vow.

    But I say to you, do not swear at all.
    Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
    Anything more is from the evil one.”

    Feast day of Saint Onesimus, Martyr
    Onesimus was a native of Phrygia. As a slave, ran away to Rome after robbing his owner. In Rome, he met the Apostle Paul who was then a prisoner. Paul converted Onesimus to Christianity, baptized him, and sent him back to Colossae with a letter to Philemon, his former owner, beseeching his pardon.
    The letter reads (in part):

    I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me. I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel. But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary. For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. -Paul of Tarsus to Philemon, Epistle to Philemon 1: 10-16

    This letter written by the hand of St. Paul himself had the desired effect. Onesimus obtained pardon of Philemon and returned to St. Paul, whom he served faithfully. He was later sent to Colossae with Tychicus as the bearer of the Epistle to the Colossians. During the reign of Roman emperor Domitian, Onesimus was imprisoned in Rome and may have been martyred by stoning (although some sources claim that he was beheaded).
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  13. February 17
    Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 335

    Reading 1 Jas 1:1-11
    James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
    to the twelve tribes in the dispersion, greetings.

    Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters,
    when you encounter various trials,
    for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
    And let perseverance be perfect,
    so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
    But if any of you lacks wisdom,
    he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly,
    and he will be given it.
    But he should ask in faith, not doubting,
    for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea
    that is driven and tossed about by the wind.
    For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord,
    since he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways.

    The brother in lowly circumstances
    should take pride in high standing,
    and the rich one in his lowliness,
    for he will pass away “like the flower of the field.”
    For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass,
    its flower droops, and the beauty of its appearance vanishes.
    So will the rich person fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

    Responsorial Psalm 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76
    R. (77a) Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.
    Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I hold to your promise.
    R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.
    You are good and bountiful;
    teach me your statutes.
    R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.
    It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
    that I may learn your statutes.
    R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.
    The law of your mouth is to me more precious
    than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
    R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.
    I know, O LORD, that your ordinances are just,
    and in your faithfulness you have afflicted me.
    R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.
    Let your kindness comfort me
    according to your promise to your servants.
    R. Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.

    Alleluia Jn 14:6
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
    no one comes to the Father except through me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 8:11-13
    The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
    seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
    He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
    “Why does this generation seek a sign?
    Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
    Then he left them, got into the boat again,
    and went off to the other shore.

    Feast day of the Seven founders of the Order of the Servites
    On the feast of the Assumption in 1233, seven members of a Florentine Confraternity devoted to the Holy Mother of God were gathered in prayer. They were Alessio Falconierei, Bonfiglio Monaldo, Bonaiunta Manetto, Manetto Antellese, Amedeo Amedei, Uguccione Uguccioni and Sostenio Sostenei. The Blessed Virgin appeared to the young men, exhorting them to devote themselves to her service by retiring from the world. With the approval of their Bishop, these zealous Christian who had once been prominent businessmen of Florence retired to Monte Senario, near Florence. They founded a new Order which, in recognition of the special manner of venerating the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, was called "Servants of Mary" or "Servites".
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  14. February 18
    Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Jas 1:12-18
    Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation,
    for when he has been proven he will receive the crown of life
    that he promised to those who love him.
    No one experiencing temptation should say,
    “I am being tempted by God”;
    for God is not subject to temptation to evil,
    and he himself tempts no one.
    Rather, each person is tempted when lured and enticed by his desire.
    Then desire conceives and brings forth sin,
    and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.

    Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers and sisters:
    all good giving and every perfect gift is from above,
    coming down from the Father of lights,
    with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
    He willed to give us birth by the word of truth
    that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

    Responsorial Psalm 94:12-13a, 14-15, 18-19
    R. (12a) Blessed the man you instruct, O Lord.
    Blessed the man whom you instruct, O LORD,
    whom by your law you teach,
    Giving him rest from evil days.
    R. Blessed the man you instruct, O Lord.
    For the LORD will not cast off his people,
    nor abandon his inheritance;
    But judgment shall again be with justice,
    and all the upright of heart shall follow it.
    R. Blessed the man you instruct, O Lord.
    When I say, “My foot is slipping,”
    your mercy, O LORD, sustains me;
    When cares abound within me,
    your comfort gladdens my soul.
    R. Blessed the man you instruct, O Lord.

    Alleluia Jn 14:23
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord;
    and my Father will love him
    and we will come to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 8:14-21
    The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
    and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
    Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
    guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
    and the leaven of Herod.”
    They concluded among themselves that
    it was because they had no bread.
    When he became aware of this he said to them,
    “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
    Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
    Are your hearts hardened?
    Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
    And do you not remember,
    when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
    how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
    They answered him, “Twelve.”
    “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
    how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
    They answered him, “Seven.”
    He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

    Feast day of Saint Simeon, died 112, Bishop, Martyr, Patriarch of Jerusalem, first cousin of Jesus
    Simeon was the son of Cleophas, who was a brother to St. Joseph. He was therefore nephew to St. Joseph, and cousin to Our Savior. After the martyrdom of James (the first Bishop) and the conquest of Jerusalem which immediately followed, it is said that those of the apostles and disciples of the Lord that were still living came together from all directions for the majority of them also were still alive to take counsel as to who was worthy to succeed James. They all with one consent pronounced Symeon, the son of Clopas, of whom the Gospel also makes mention; to be worthy of the episcopal throne of that parish. It is noted that Simeon led most of the Christians to Pella before the outbreak of the First Roman-Jewish War in 66 and the destruction of Herod's Temple in 70. It is thought that Simeon was put to death in about 112 AD.
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  15. February 19
    Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Jas 1:19-27
    Know this, my dear brothers and sisters:
    everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger
    for anger does not accomplish
    the righteousness of God.
    Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess
    and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
    and is able to save your souls.

    Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
    For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
    he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror.
    He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets
    what he looked like.
    But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres,
    and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts;
    such a one shall be blessed in what he does.

    If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue
    but deceives his heart, his religion is vain.
    Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this:
    to care for orphans and widows in their affliction
    and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

    Responsorial Psalm 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
    R. (1b) Who shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord?
    He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
    who thinks the truth in his heart
    and slanders not with his tongue.
    R. Who shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord?
    Who harms not his fellow man,
    nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
    By whom the reprobate is despised,
    while he honors those who fear the LORD.
    R. Who shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord?
    Who lends not his money at usury
    and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
    He who does these things
    shall never be disturbed.
    R. Who shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord?

    Alleluia Eph 1:17-18
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
    enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
    that we may know what is the hope
    that belongs to his call.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia

    Gospel Mk 8:22-26
    When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
    people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
    He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
    Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked,
    “Do you see anything?”
    Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.”
    Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;
    his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.
    Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”

    Feast day of Saint Conrad of Piacenza, hermit, patron of those who suffer from hernias
    Born into the noble family of Piacenza, Italy in 1290, Conrad married a nobleman's daughter as a young man. While on a hunting trip, he had some brush set on fire to flush out some game. The fire spread and destroyed an entire grain field and a neighboring forest. Unable to put out the flames, Conrad and his men fled to the city and an innocent peasant was apprehended, tortured and charged with setting the fire. The peasant was condemned to death. When Conrad saw the doomed man on the way to being executed, he was horrified and publicly confessed his responsibility in setting the fire. He and his wife sacrificed their money to make restitution. This event inspired each of them to enter religious life. Conrad, at the age of twenty-five joined the Third Order Franciscan hermits and his wife joined the Poor Clares. In quest of more solitude, Conrad went to a hermitage in Sicily near Syracuse, where for the next thirty-six years, he lived a life of prayer and severe penance, spending a great deal of time caring for the sick in a nearby hospital. Conrad died in 1351.
    [​IMG] Saint Conrad, please pray for us.
  16. February 20
    Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Jas 2:1-9
    My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
    as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
    For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
    comes into your assembly,
    and a poor person with shabby clothes also comes in,
    and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
    and say, “Sit here, please,”
    while you say to the poor one, “Stand there,” or “Sit at my feet,”
    have you not made distinctions among yourselves
    and become judges with evil designs?

    Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
    Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
    to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom
    that he promised to those who love him?
    But you dishonored the poor.
    Are not the rich oppressing you?
    And do they themselves not haul you off to court?
    Is it not they who blaspheme the noble name that was invoked over you?
    However, if you fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,
    You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.
    But if you show partiality, you commit sin,
    and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

    Responsorial Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
    R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Let my soul glory in the LORD;
    the lowly will hear me and be glad.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    Glorify the LORD with me,
    let us together extol his name.
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
    and your faces may not blush with shame.
    When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
    and from all his distress he saved him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

    Alleluia John 6:63c, 68c
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
    you have the words of everlasting life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 8:27-33
    Jesus and his disciples set out
    for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
    Along the way he asked his disciples,
    “Who do people say that I am?”
    They said in reply,
    “John the Baptist, others Elijah,
    still others one of the prophets.”
    And he asked them,
    “But who do you say that I am?”
    Peter said to him in reply,
    “You are the Christ.”
    Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

    He began to teach them
    that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
    and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
    and be killed, and rise after three days.
    He spoke this openly.
    Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
    At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
    rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
    You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

    Feast day of Saint Eucherius, Bishop
    Eucherius was born in Orleans, France. His meditations on the Letters of Saint Paul influenced him to abandon the world in 714. He retired to an abbey in Rouen. He soon acquired a reputation for sanctity. When his uncle, the Bishop of Orleans, died, the people clamored for Eucherius to take his place. Charles Martel, mayor of the palace, granted this request, despite his own lack of favor toward Eucherius. Thus Eucherius left his own beloved solitude to become Bishop in 721. His apostolic zeal was tempered with such meekness that he was beloved by all who knew him. After being sent into exile by Charles Martel, Eucherius retired to a monastery where he spent the remainder of his life in prayer and contemplation. He died in 743.
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  17. It is also the feast day of Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto
    [​IMG] Please pray for us!
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  18. February 21
    Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
    Reading 1 Jas 2:14-24, 26
    What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
    if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
    Can that faith save him?
    If a brother or sister has nothing to wear
    and has no food for the day,
    and one of you says to them,
    “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,”
    but you do not give them the necessities of the body,
    what good is it?
    So also faith of itself,
    if it does not have works, is dead.

    Indeed someone might say,
    “You have faith and I have works.”
    Demonstrate your faith to me without works,
    and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.
    You believe that God is one.
    You do well.
    Even the demons believe that and tremble.
    Do you want proof, you ignoramus,
    that faith without works is useless?
    Was not Abraham our father justified by works
    when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?
    You see that faith was active along with his works,
    and faith was completed by the works.
    Thus the Scripture was fulfilled that says,
    Abraham believed God,
    and it was credited to him as righteousness,

    and he was called the friend of God.
    See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
    For just as a body without a spirit is dead,
    so also faith without works is dead.

    Responsorial Psalm 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
    R. (see 1b) Blessed the man who greatly delights in the Lord’s commands.
    Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
    who greatly delights in his commands.
    His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
    the upright generation shall be blessed.
    R. Blessed the man who greatly delights in the Lord’s commands.
    Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
    his generosity shall endure forever.
    Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious and merciful and just.
    R. Blessed the man who greatly delights in the Lord’s commands.
    Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
    who conducts his affairs with justice;
    He shall never be moved;
    the just man shall be in everlasting remembrance.
    R. Blessed the man who greatly delights in the Lord’s commands.

    Alleluia Jn 15:15b
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I call you my friends, says the Lord,
    for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 8:34–9:1
    Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
    “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
    take up his cross, and follow me.
    For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
    but whoever loses his life for my sake
    and that of the Gospel will save it.
    What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
    and forfeit his life?
    What could one give in exchange for his life?
    Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words
    in this faithless and sinful generation,
    the Son of Man will be ashamed of
    when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

    He also said to them,
    “Amen, I say to you,
    there are some standing here who will not taste death
    until they see that the Kingdom of God has come in power.”

    Feast day of Saint Peter Damian, Cardinal, Doctor of the Church died 1072
    St. Peter Damian fought simony with great vigor, and equally vigorously upheld clerical celibacy; and as he supported a severely ascetical life for monks. He wrote 67 works that include hymns, prayers and works. His most famous writings are
    His most famous work is De Divina Omnipotentia, a long letter in which he discusses God's power.
    In the short treatise Dominus vobiscum (The Book of "The Lord be with You") (PL 145:231-252), he questions whether a hermit praying in solitude should use the plural; Damian concludes that the hermit should use the plural, since he is linked to the whole church by faith and fellowship.
    His Life of Romauld and his treatise The Eremitical Order demonstrate his continuing commitment to solitude and severe asceticism as the ultimate form of Christian life.
    He was especially devoted to the Virgin Mary, and wrote an Officium Beatae Virginis
    The treaty about sodomy and insiders of the Catholic Church called Liber Gomorrhianus
    On several occasions, Peter tried to fight against the anti-pope that was usurping the papacy. from Wikipedia
    He rendered valuable assistance to Pope Alexander II in his struggle with the antipope, Honorius II. In July 1061 Pope Nicholas II died and once more a schism ensued. Peter Damian used all his powers to persuade the antipope Cadalous to withdraw, but to no purpose. Finally Anno II, Archbishop of Cologne and acting regent in Germany, summoned a council at Augsburg at which a long argument by Peter Damian was read and greatly contributed to the decision in favor of Alexander II.

    Saint Peter Damian, please pray for us.
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  19. February 22
    Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4
    I exhort the presbyters among you,
    as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ
    and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
    Tend the flock of God in your midst,
    overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
    as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
    Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
    but be examples to the flock.
    And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,
    you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

    Responsorial Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6
    R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
    Beside restful waters he leads me;
    he refreshes my soul.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    Even though I walk in the dark valley
    I fear no evil; for you are at my side
    With your rod and your staff
    that give me courage.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    You spread the table before me
    in the sight of my foes;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    Only goodness and kindness follow me
    all the days of my life;
    And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
    for years to come.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

    Alleluia Mt 16:18
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church;
    the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 16:13-19
    When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
    he asked his disciples,
    “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
    They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
    still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
    He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
    Simon Peter said in reply,
    “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
    Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
    For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
    And so I say to you, you are Peter,
    and upon this rock I will build my Church,
    and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
    Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
    and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    To honor the dignity of the office of the papacy, to whom Jesus committed the power of the keys of heaven, the Church instituted this feast. Celebration of Saint Peter's Chair means veneration, in the person of Peter, God's providential plan which caused him to be chosen to be the chief of the apostles and the first Pastor of the Church. All the Popes, bishops of Rome and successors of Saint Peter are, like him, heads of the one true Church established by Our Lord Jesus Christ. They continue to transmit to us our Savior's teaching and to lead us in His Name.
    Jesus said, "And I say to thee: That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give to three, the keys of the kingdom of Heaven And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in Heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven...........Go therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world."

    An addition, February 22 is also the anniversary of the day when Our Lord asked Sister Faustina to paint the Divine Mercy image in 1931.
    On the night of Sunday, 22 February 1931, while she was in her cell in Płock, Jesus appeared wearing a white garment with red and pale rays emanating from his heart. In her diary (Notebook I, items 47 and 48), she wrote that Jesus told her:

    Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in You" (in Polish: "Jezu, ufam Tobie"). I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and then throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.
    In the same 22 February 1931 message about the Divine Mercy image, Kowalska also wrote (Notebook I, item 49) that Jesus told her that he wanted the Divine Mercy image to be "solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy."
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    Sam Powers

    An interesting God-incidence which I heard Fr. Seraphim speak of once of this date:

    It is Fr. Seraphim, the world's leading Divine Mercy expert, who makes a fascinating connection between the mission of St. Faustina and the larger role of icons and sacred artwork. He notes that St. Faustina was given her mission to the Church and to the world on Feb. 22, 1931, when Jesus appeared before her and instructed her to have an image painted of Him according to the pattern He presented (see Diary, 47).

    It just so happens that Feb. 22, 1931, was the first Sunday of Lent, the designated Feast of Orthodoxy, celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine Rite to commemorate the return of icons to the churches and an end to the heresy of iconoclasm, the destruction of sacred images.

    So in other words, on the feast day devoted to sacred icons, Christ came to St. Faustina instructing her to have an image of Himself painted and "venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world" to underscore the graces He makes available to us through the veneration of sacred images.

    An Icon Finds a Home | The Divine Mercy

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