Daily Mass readings and feast days

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  3. February 23
    Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 79

    Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 17-18
    The LORD said to Moses,
    “Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:
    Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

    “You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.
    Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,
    do not incur sin because of him.
    Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.
    You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    I am the LORD.”

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
    R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and all my being, bless his holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    He pardons all your iniquities,
    heals all your ills.
    He redeems your life from destruction,
    crowns you with kindness and compassion.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
    slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
    Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
    nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    As far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he put our transgressions from us.
    As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

    Reading 2 1 Cor 3:16-23
    Brothers and sisters:
    Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
    and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
    If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person;
    for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.

    Let no one deceive himself.
    If any one among you considers himself wise in this age,
    let him become a fool, so as to become wise.
    For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,
    for it is written:
    God catches the wise in their own ruses,
    and again:
    The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
    that they are vain.


    So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you,
    Paul or Apollos or Cephas,
    or the world or life or death,
    or the present or the future:
    all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.

    Alleluia 1 Jn 2:5
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever keeps the word of Christ,
    the love of God is truly perfected in him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 5:38-48
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “You have heard that it was said,
    An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
    But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
    When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
    turn the other one as well.
    If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
    hand over your cloak as well.
    Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
    go for two miles.
    Give to the one who asks of you,
    and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

    “You have heard that it was said,
    You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
    But I say to you, love your enemies
    and pray for those who persecute you,
    that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
    for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
    and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
    For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
    Do not the tax collectors do the same?
    And if you greet your brothers only,
    what is unusual about that?
    Do not the pagans do the same?
    So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

    Feast day of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
    Polycarp embraced Christianity while very young, about the year 80, and became a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist who made him Bishop of Smyrna, probably before his exile to Patmos in 96. Polycarp governed the See for seventy years, and among his disciples were Irenaeus and the writer Papias. Irenaeus recorded that Polycarp knew Saint John and others who had lived in the presence of Jesus. About the year 158, Bishop Polycarp went to Rome to consult Pope Anicetus regarding the date of Easter Mass because there was a difference in celebration of Easter in the East and in the West. It was agreed that both might follow their own custom. In the fourth general persecution, Bishop Polycarp was apprehended and brought before the proconsul. Refusing to deny Christ, Polycarp was condemned to be burned. Witnesses say that the flames did not touch him, but formed an arch over his head. Whereupon, he was pierced with a sword; such a great amount of blood issued from the wound that it extinguished the fire. The death of Saint Polycarp occurred about year 166. His body was burned but his bones were collected by the Christians and are still venerated in Rome. Saint Polycarp, please pray for us!
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  4. Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 341

    Reading 1 Jas 3:13-18
    Beloved:
    Who among you is wise and understanding?
    Let him show his works by a good life
    in the humility that comes from wisdom.
    But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts,
    do not boast and be false to the truth.
    Wisdom of this kind does not come down from above
    but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
    For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
    there is disorder and every foul practice.
    But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
    then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
    full of mercy and good fruits,
    without inconstancy or insincerity.
    And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
    for those who cultivate peace.

    Responsorial Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
    R. (9a) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul;
    The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
    R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
    The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
    R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
    The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
    The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
    R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
    Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
    find favor before you,
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
    R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

    Alleluia 2 Tm 1:10
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
    and brought life to light through the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 9:14-29
    As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John
    and approached the other disciples,
    they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.
    Immediately on seeing him,
    the whole crowd was utterly amazed.
    They ran up to him and greeted him.
    He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”
    Someone from the crowd answered him,
    “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit.
    Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down;
    he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid.
    I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.”
    He said to them in reply,
    “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?
    How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.”
    They brought the boy to him.
    And when he saw him,
    the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions.
    As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around
    and foam at the mouth.
    Then he questioned his father,
    “How long has this been happening to him?”
    He replied, “Since childhood.
    It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him.
    But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
    Jesus said to him,
    “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”
    Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
    Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering,
    rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it,
    “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you:
    come out of him and never enter him again!”
    Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out.
    He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, “He is dead!”
    But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up.
    When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private,
    “Why could we not drive the spirit out?”
    He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”

    Feast day of Blessed Tommaso Maria Fusco taken from https://catholicreadings.org/cathol...aso-maria-fusco-saint-of-the-day-february-24/
    Blessed Tommaso Maria Fusco was a son a pharmacist, and an Italian noble being seventh of eight children in a religious family. His mother died of cholera in 1837 when he was six, his father in 1841 when the boy was ten, and he was educated by his fraternal uncle Giuseppe, a priest and school teacher. He entered the seminary at Nocera, Italy in 1847 the same year his uncle Giuseppe died. Ordained on 22 December 1855.

    He opened a school for boys in his own home and organized prayer groups at night. Later, he joined the Congregation of the Missionaries of Nocera in 1857 and became a traveling missionary in southern Italy. Became a chaplain and spiritual director at the Shrine of Our Lady of Carmel in Pagani, Italy in 1860. In 1862, he opened a school of moral theology in his home and trained priests in the ministry of Confession.

    Tommaso founded the Priestly Society of the Catholic Apostolate to support missions, a congregation that received the approval of Pope Blessed Pius IX in 1874. pHe further founded the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood on 6 January 1873, a congregation devoted to the care of orphans. He served as a Parish priest at San Felice e Corpo di Cristo at Pagani from 1874 to 1887. Tommaso was a confessor to cloistered nuns at Pagani and Nocera and wrote on a number of topics including moral theology. His works always expressed his devotion to the Precious Blood.

    Late in life, he was the victim of slander when a brother priest became jealous of Tommaso’s good works and consequent notoriety. But Father Fusco prayed his way through the matter, continued his work, and was vindicated in the end.

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  5. Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 342

    Reading 1 Jas 4:1-10
    Beloved:
    Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
    Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
    You covet but do not possess.
    You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
    you fight and wage war.
    You do not possess because you do not ask.
    You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
    to spend it on your passions.
    Adulterers!
    Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
    Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world
    makes himself an enemy of God.
    Or do you suppose that the Scripture speaks without meaning when it says,
    The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy?
    But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
    God resists the proud,
    but gives grace to the humble.


    So submit yourselves to God.
    Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
    Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
    Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
    and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
    Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
    Let your laughter be turned into mourning
    and your joy into dejection.
    Humble yourselves before the Lord
    and he will exalt you.

    Responsorial Psalm 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11a, 23
    R. (23a) Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
    And I say, “Had I but wings like a dove,
    I would fly away and be at rest.
    Far away I would flee;
    I would lodge in the wilderness.”
    R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
    “I would wait for him who saves me
    from the violent storm and the tempest.”
    Engulf them, O Lord; divide their counsels.
    R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
    In the city I see violence and strife,
    day and night they prowl about upon its walls.
    R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
    Cast your care upon the LORD,
    and he will support you;
    never will he permit the just man to be disturbed.
    R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.

    Alleluia Gal 6:14
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 9:30-3
    Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
    but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
    He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
    “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
    and they will kill him,
    and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
    But they did not understand the saying,
    and they were afraid to question him.

    They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
    he began to ask them,
    “What were you arguing about on the way?”
    But they remained silent.
    For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
    who was the greatest.
    Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
    “If anyone wishes to be first,
    he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
    Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
    and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
    “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
    and whoever receives me,
    receives not me but the One who sent me.”

    Feast day of Saint Tarasius, Bishop
    Tarasius was a subject of the Byzantine Empire. He became Consul in the Empire and then became a secretary to the Emperor Constantine and his mother, Irene. On being elected Patriarch of Constatinople, he accepted on the condition that a council would be appointed to resolve the dispute between the East and West over veneration of icons.
    As Patriarch, he incurred the enmity of the Emperor by his persistent refusal to sanction his divorce from his lawful wife. He witnessed the death of Constantine and the turmoil that followed. Tarasius's whole life in the episcopacy was one of penance and prayer, and of hard labor to reform his clergy and people. He occupied the See of Constantinople for 21 years 2 months. His charity toward the poor was one of the characteristic virtues of his life. He visited in person all the houses and hospitals in Constantinople, so that no person would be overlooked in the distribution of alms. Bishop Tarasius died in 806.
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    Also Saint Walburga death 779 was an Anglo-Saxon missionary to the Frankish Empire and abbess of the monastery. After her death at Eichstätt, her bones were placed in a rocky niche, which allegedly began to exude a miraculously therapeutic oil, which draws pilgrims to her shrine.
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  6. February 26
    Ash Wednesday
    Start of Lent Day of Abstinence (no meat) and fasting (small meals...no eating between)

    Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18
    Even now, says the LORD,
    return to me with your whole heart,
    with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
    Rend your hearts, not your garments,
    and return to the LORD, your God.
    For gracious and merciful is he,
    slow to anger, rich in kindness,
    and relenting in punishment.
    Perhaps he will again relent
    and leave behind him a blessing,
    Offerings and libations
    for the LORD, your God.

    Blow the trumpet in Zion!
    proclaim a fast,
    call an assembly;
    Gather the people,
    notify the congregation;
    Assemble the elders,
    gather the children
    and the infants at the breast;
    Let the bridegroom quit his room
    and the bride her chamber.
    Between the porch and the altar
    let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
    And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people,
    and make not your heritage a reproach,
    with the nations ruling over them!
    Why should they say among the peoples,
    ‘Where is their God?’”

    Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land
    and took pity on his people.

    Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17
    R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
    in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
    Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
    and of my sin cleanse me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    For I acknowledge my offense,
    and my sin is before me always:
    “Against you only have I sinned,
    and done what is evil in your sight.”
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    A clean heart create for me, O God,
    and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
    Cast me not out from your presence,
    and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    Give me back the joy of your salvation,
    and a willing spirit sustain in me.
    O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

    Reading 2 2 Cor 5:20—6:2
    Brothers and sisters:
    We are ambassadors for Christ,
    as if God were appealing through us.
    We implore you on behalf of Christ,
    be reconciled to God.
    For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
    so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

    Working together, then,
    we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
    For he says:

    In an acceptable time I heard you,
    and on the day of salvation I helped you.


    Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
    behold, now is the day of salvation.

    Verse Before the GospelPs 95:8
    If today you hear his voice,
    harden not your hearts.

    Gospel Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Take care not to perform righteous deeds
    in order that people may see them;
    otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
    When you give alms,
    do not blow a trumpet before you,
    as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
    to win the praise of others.
    Amen, I say to you,
    they have received their reward.
    But when you give alms,
    do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
    so that your almsgiving may be secret.
    And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

    “When you pray,
    do not be like the hypocrites,
    who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
    so that others may see them.
    Amen, I say to you,
    they have received their reward.
    But when you pray, go to your inner room,
    close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
    And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

    “When you fast,
    do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
    They neglect their appearance,
    so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
    Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    But when you fast,
    anoint your head and wash your face,
    so that you may not appear to be fasting,
    except to your Father who is hidden.
    And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

    Feast day of Saint Porphyrius
    Porphyrius was born in Thessalonica in Macedonia. In 378, at the age of twenty-five, he left home and friends to consecrate himself to God among the monks of Scete in Egypt. After spending five years there in monastic life, Porphyrius went to Palestine to visit the holy places of Jerusalem. He lived in a cave near the Jordan River for five years. One day while praying on Mount Calvary, Porphyrius was suddenly cured of an illness that had been afflicting him. The miraculous cure left no trace of his prior illness. In 393, the Bishop of Jerusalem ordained Porphyrius a priest and entrusted to him the keeping of the Holy Cross. In 396, the Archbishop called for Fr. Porphyrius to come to consult him about something, but the real reason was that the Archbishop wished to make him Archbishop of Gaza. As Bishop, Porphyrius set out to close the pagan temples in Gaza. This next section is from Wikipedia
    The people of Gaza were so hostile to Christians that the Christian church had to be built outside the walls, at a safe distance, and the Christian bishops of the 4th century were specifically termed "bishops of the churches about Gaza". The Christian community in Gaza then scarcely numbered 280, according to the vita of St. Porphyry, and the community-at-large resisted the closing of temples and destruction of pagan images which had started in more Christianized regions.

    According to the vita, St. Porphyry was appointed bishop at the age of 45. He arrived in the city without incident, but a drought followed the same year, and the pagans "imputed the thing to the coming of the blessed man, saying that 'It was revealed unto us by Marnas that the feet of Porphyry bring bad luck to the city'." (Vita 19-20) Further harassment followed (Vita 21, 25) with the support of local officials.

    In response, St. Porphyry sent Marcus, his deacon and chronicler, to Constantinople in 398 to obtain an order to close the pagan temples of Gaza. An official named Hilarius duly arrived with soldiers to close the temples, but the Marneion remained open because Hilarius was bribed with a large sum of money (Vita 27). There was no great change, however, in the attitude of the people, who refused to allow Christians "to hold any civil office, but entreated them as naughty slaves" (Vita 32).

    St. Porphyry then went to Constantinople during the winter of 401-402, accompanied by the bishop of Caesarea Palaestina, and together they convinced the Empress Eudoxia, who was the dominant force at the court of Arcadius, to prevail upon the Emperor and obtain from him a decree for the destruction of the pagan temples at Gaza. Cynegius, a special imperial envoy, executed the decree in May, 402. Eight temples, those of Aphrodite, Hecate, the Sun, Apollo, Kore (Persephone), Tyche (Tychaion), the shrine of a hero (Heroeion), and even the Marneion, were either pulled down or burnt. "And there were also other very many idols in the houses and in the villages," Marcus relates, but the upper class who had such things had fled from the city in advance. Simultaneously soldiers, who were billeted in the vacated houses visited every house, seizing and burning the idols and private libraries as "books of magic".

    The Marneion, a temple sacred to Zeus Marnas, who was the local Hellenistic incarnation of Dagon, the patron of agriculture, a god who had been worshipped in the Levant since the third millennium BC, was set afire with pitch, sulfur and fat; it continued to burn for many days;

    Saint Porphyrius please pray for us, Gaza, the Church, priests, Bishops and Popes.
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  7. February 27
    Thursday after Ash Wednesday
    Lectionary: 220

    Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20
    Moses said to the people:
    “Today I have set before you
    life and prosperity, death and doom.
    If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
    which I enjoin on you today,
    loving him, and walking in his ways,
    and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
    you will live and grow numerous,
    and the LORD, your God,
    will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
    If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
    but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
    I tell you now that you will certainly perish;
    you will not have a long life
    on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
    I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:
    I have set before you life and death,
    the blessing and the curse.
    Choose life, then,
    that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,
    heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.
    For that will mean life for you,
    a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore
    he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

    Responsorial Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
    R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Blessed the man who follows not
    the counsel of the wicked
    Nor walks in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the company of the insolent,
    But delights in the law of the LORD
    and meditates on his law day and night.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    He is like a tree
    planted near running water,
    That yields its fruit in due season,
    and whose leaves never fade.
    Whatever he does, prospers.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Not so the wicked, not so;
    they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
    For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
    but the way of the wicked vanishes.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

    Verse Before the GospelMt 4:17
    Repent, says the Lord;
    the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Gospel Lk 9:22-25
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected
    by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
    and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

    Then he said to all,
    “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
    and take up his cross daily and follow me.
    For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
    but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
    What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
    yet lose or forfeit himself?”

    Feast day of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Cleric, Patron of Clerics
    Born in 1838, Gabriel was originally named Francis, after Francis of Assisi. Gabriel attended the Jesuit college of Spoleto, where he had a number of friends. He was careful in all things, how he dressed and his manners. After being cured of two bouts of illness, Gabriel decided to withdraw from worldy pursuits. He decided to join the Passionists and took the name Gabriel. In his suffering, he became an Apostle of Our Lady's Sorrows. At twenty-four years of age, Gabriel died of tuberculosis, having already attained an heroic degree of sanctity by his life of self-denial and devotion to Our Lord's passion. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. He is a patron saint of youth, especially young religious. Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows led a life without miraculous events, but after his death in 1862, many miracles occurred at his tomb in Isola di Gran Sasso, Italy.
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  9. February 28
    Friday after Ash Wednesday
    Lectionary: 221

    Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a
    Thus says the Lord GOD:
    Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,
    lift up your voice like a trumpet blast;
    Tell my people their wickedness,
    and the house of Jacob their sins.
    They seek me day after day,
    and desire to know my ways,
    Like a nation that has done what is just
    and not abandoned the law of their God;
    They ask me to declare what is due them,
    pleased to gain access to God.
    “Why do we fast, and you do not see it?
    afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?”

    Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits,
    and drive all your laborers.
    Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting,
    striking with wicked claw.
    Would that today you might fast
    so as to make your voice heard on high!
    Is this the manner of fasting I wish,
    of keeping a day of penance:
    That a man bow his head like a reed
    and lie in sackcloth and ashes?
    Do you call this a fast,
    a day acceptable to the LORD?
    This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:
    releasing those bound unjustly,
    untying the thongs of the yoke;
    Setting free the oppressed,
    breaking every yoke;
    Sharing your bread with the hungry,
    sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;
    Clothing the naked when you see them,
    and not turning your back on your own.
    Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
    and your wound shall quickly be healed;
    Your vindication shall go before you,
    and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
    Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
    you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!

    Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19
    R. (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
    in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
    Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
    and of my sin cleanse me.
    R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    For I acknowledge my offense,
    and my sin is before me always:
    “Against you only have I sinned,
    and done what is evil in your sight.”
    R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
    should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
    My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
    a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

    Verse Before the GospelAm 5:14
    Seek good and not evil so that you may live,
    and the Lord will be with you.

    Gospel Mt 9:14-15
    The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
    “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
    but your disciples do not fast?”
    Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
    as long as the bridegroom is with them?
    The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
    and then they will fast.”

    Feast day of Saint Romanus, died 460, Abbot
    Romanus left his family at the age of thirty-five and entered a monastery in Lyons. He remained there a short time and felt a calling to retire to the mountains. He took with him the constitutions and conferences of a celebrated monastic author, Cassian. He lived in the mountains between Switzerland and France, where he spent most of his time praying, reading, and cultivating the ground for food, eating only what grew wild. He was soon joined by his brother, Lupicinus. In time they attracted such a large number that it became necessary to erect two monasteries, one for men as well as one for women. They ruled the monasteries jointly as abbots, with their sister acting as abbess. They wore wooden shoes and the skins of animals sewn together. They abstained from meat and only used milk and eggs in times of sickness. Romanus became well known for his interceding miraculous cure of two lepers while on pilgrimage. Romanus died on his return home from a pilgrimage. His brother Lupicinus lived on for twenty more years. He was also revered for interceding in miracles, austerities and holiness. Both brothers were buried in the women's monastery, which was better protected at the time and the number of religious numbered about 500 at the time of Romanus' death.
    Saint Romanus feast day Feb. 28
    Saint Lupicinus feast day March 21
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  10. February 29
    Saturday after Ash Wednesday
    Lectionary: 222

    Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14
    Thus says the LORD:
    If you remove from your midst oppression,
    false accusation and malicious speech;
    If you bestow your bread on the hungry
    and satisfy the afflicted;
    Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
    and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
    Then the LORD will guide you always
    and give you plenty even on the parched land.
    He will renew your strength,
    and you shall be like a watered garden,
    like a spring whose water never fails.
    The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,
    and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;
    “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you,
    “Restorer of ruined homesteads.”

    If you hold back your foot on the sabbath
    from following your own pursuits on my holy day;
    If you call the sabbath a delight,
    and the LORD’s holy day honorable;
    If you honor it by not following your ways,
    seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice--
    Then you shall delight in the LORD,
    and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
    I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,
    for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

    Responsorial Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
    R. (11ab) Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
    Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
    for I am afflicted and poor.
    Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
    You are my God.
    R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
    Have mercy on me, O Lord,
    for to you I call all the day.
    Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
    R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
    For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
    Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
    and attend to the sound of my pleading.
    R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.

    Verse Before the GospelEz 33:11
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord,
    but rather in his conversion, that he may live.

    Gospel Lk 5:27-32
    Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.
    He said to him, “Follow me.”
    And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
    Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house,
    and a large crowd of tax collectors
    and others were at table with them.
    The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying,
    “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
    Jesus said to them in reply,
    “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.
    I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

    Feast day of Saint Oswald, Archbishop
    Oswald studied in the household of his uncle, Archbishop Odo of Fleury, France, where he was ordained. Returning to England in 959, he was later made Bishop of Worcester in 962 by Saint Dunstan. In this office, he worked hard to eliminate abuses and built many monasteries, including the famous abbey of Ramsey in Huntingdonshire. In 972, Bishop Oswald was made Archbishop of York, although he retained the See of Worcester in order to promote his monastic reforms which were under attack by Elfhere, King of Mercia. In addition to striving to improve the morals of his clergy, this holy man also labored to increase their theological knowledge- he himself wrote two treatises and several synodal decrees. Archbishop Oswald was associated for most of his public life with Saint Dunstan and St. Ethelwold and when he died in 992 popular veneration joined his name to theirs. He has been revered ever since as one of the three saints who revived English monasticism.
    Saint Oswald, please pray for us!
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  11. March 1
    First Sunday of Lent
    Lectionary: 22

    Reading 1 Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7
    The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground
    and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,
    and so man became a living being.

    Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,
    and placed there the man whom he had formed.
    Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow
    that were delightful to look at and good for food,
    with the tree of life in the middle of the garden
    and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

    Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals
    that the LORD God had made.
    The serpent asked the woman,
    “Did God really tell you not to eat
    from any of the trees in the garden?”
    The woman answered the serpent:
    “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
    it is only about the fruit of the tree
    in the middle of the garden that God said,
    ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.’”
    But the serpent said to the woman:
    “You certainly will not die!
    No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
    your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods
    who know what is good and what is evil.”
    The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
    pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
    So she took some of its fruit and ate it;
    and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
    and he ate it.
    Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
    and they realized that they were naked;
    so they sewed fig leaves together
    and made loincloths for themselves.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17
    R. (cf. 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
    in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
    Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
    and of my sin cleanse me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    For I acknowledge my offense,
    and my sin is before me always:
    “Against you only have I sinned,
    and done what is evil in your sight.”
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    A clean heart create for me, O God,
    and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
    Cast me not out from your presence,
    and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    Give me back the joy of your salvation,
    and a willing spirit sustain in me.
    O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

    Reading 2 Rom 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19
    Brothers and sisters:
    Through one man sin entered the world,
    and through sin, death,
    and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
    for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
    though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
    But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
    even over those who did not sin
    after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
    who is the type of the one who was to come.
    But the gift is not like the transgression.
    For if by the transgression of the one, the many died,
    how much more did the grace of God
    and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
    overflow for the many.
    And the gift is not like the result of the one who sinned.
    For after one sin there was the judgment that brought condemnation;
    but the gift, after many transgressions, brought acquittal.
    For if, by the transgression of the one,
    death came to reign through that one,
    how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
    and of the gift of justification
    come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.
    In conclusion, just as through one transgression
    condemnation came upon all,
    so, through one righteous act,
    acquittal and life came to all.
    For just as through the disobedience of the one man
    the many were made sinners,
    so, through the obedience of the one,
    the many will be made righteous.

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    Brothers and sisters:
    Through one man sin entered the world,
    and through sin, death,
    and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned.

    For if, by the transgression of the one,
    death came to reign through that one,
    how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
    and of the gift of justification
    come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.
    In conclusion, just as through one transgression
    condemnation came upon all,
    so, through one righteous act,
    acquittal and life came to all.
    For just as through the disobedience of the one man
    the many were made sinners,
    so, through the obedience of the one,
    the many will be made righteous.

    Verse Before the GospelMt 4:4b
    One does not live on bread alone,
    but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

    Gospel Mt 4:1-11
    At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert
    to be tempted by the devil.
    He fasted for forty days and forty nights,
    and afterwards he was hungry.
    The tempter approached and said to him,
    “If you are the Son of God,
    command that these stones become loaves of bread.”
    He said in reply,
    “It is written:
    One does not live on bread alone,
    but on every word that comes forth
    from the mouth of God.”


    Then the devil took him to the holy city,
    and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
    and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.
    For it is written:
    He will command his angels concerning you
    and with their hands they will support you,
    lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

    Jesus answered him,
    “Again it is written,
    You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
    Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain,
    and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
    and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you,
    if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.”
    At this, Jesus said to him,
    “Get away, Satan!
    It is written:
    The Lord, your God, shall you worship
    and him alone shall you serve.”


    Then the devil left him and, behold,
    angels came and ministered to him.

    Feast day of Saint Albinus died March 1, 550, Bishop
    Saint Albinus of Angers was a French abbot and bishop. Born to a noble Gallo-Roman family at Vannes, Brittany, St. Albinus was a monk and from 504, Abbot of Tintillac. His reputation spread during the twenty-five years in which he served as abbot. In 529, St. Albinus was elected, against his wishes, Bishop of Angers. He was a perfect model of virtue, especially of prayer, mortification of the senses and obedience. He was entirely dead to himself, living only for Christ. As Bishop, he governed his church with zeal, restoring discipline everywhere, while in his private conduct he lived the same life of sanctity as he had lived when he was a monk. His humility equaled his other virtues, so that he looked on himself as the most unprofitable among the servants of God. Saint Albinus, please pray for us!
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  12. March 2
    Monday of the First Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 224

    Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18
    The LORD said to Moses,
    “Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:
    Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

    “You shall not steal.
    You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.
    You shall not swear falsely by my name,
    thus profaning the name of your God.
    I am the LORD.

    “You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.
    You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.
    You shall not curse the deaf,
    or put a stumbling block in front of the blind,
    but you shall fear your God.
    I am the LORD.

    “You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment.
    Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty,
    but judge your fellow men justly.
    You shall not go about spreading slander among your kin;
    nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake.
    I am the LORD.

    “You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart.
    Though you may have to reprove him,
    do not incur sin because of him.
    Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen.
    You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    I am the LORD.”

    Responsorial Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
    R. (John 6:63b) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
    The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart.
    The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
    The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
    find favor before you,
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

    Verse Before the Gospel2 Cor 6:2b
    Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
    behold, now is the day of salvation.

    Gospel Mt 25:31-46
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
    and all the angels with him,
    he will sit upon his glorious throne,
    and all the nations will be assembled before him.
    And he will separate them one from another,
    as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
    He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
    Then the king will say to those on his right,
    ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
    Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
    For I was hungry and you gave me food,
    I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
    a stranger and you welcomed me,
    naked and you clothed me,
    ill and you cared for me,
    in prison and you visited me.’
    Then the righteous will answer him and say,
    ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
    or thirsty and give you drink?
    When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
    or naked and clothe you?
    When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
    And the king will say to them in reply,
    ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
    for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
    Then he will say to those on his left,
    ‘Depart from me, you accursed,
    into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.
    For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
    I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
    a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
    naked and you gave me no clothing,
    ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
    Then they will answer and say,
    ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
    or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
    and not minister to your needs?’
    He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you,
    what you did not do for one of these least ones,
    you did not do for me.’
    And these will go off to eternal punishment,
    but the righteous to eternal life.”

    Feast day of Blessed Charles the Good, Count of Flanders from 1119 to 1127, Martyr and patron of Counts, Crusaders
    Charles was the son of King Canute (Saint) of Denmark who was assassinated in Saint Alban's Church in Odense when Charles was just a newborn. His mother took five day old Charles to live with his maternal grandfather, Robert, Count of Flanders. When Charles grew up, he became a knight and traveled to the Holy Land in 1107 or 1108 with a fleet of English, Danes and Flemings. He distinguished himself and was offered the crown of the Kingdom of Jerusalem but refused. After Charles' cousin Baldwin became Count of Flanders, Charles became his close advisor (Baldwin was several years younger), who around 1118 arranged Charles' marriage to the heiress of the count of Amiens, Margaret of Clermont. The childless count Baldwin was wounded fighting at the Battle of Bures-en-Brai in September 1118, and he designated Charles as his successor before he died on 17 July 1119. People had a high regard for Charles' wise and beneficent ways as well as his holiness. We learn from Wikipedia :
    In 1125 Charles fought against the black marketeers that were price gouging the people during a famine. As a result, Count Charles expelled Jews from Flanders. Their price gouging was a source of additional suffering during the famine which afflicted his domains in that year. During the famine, Charles distributed bread to the poor, and took action to prevent grain from being hoarded and sold at excessively high prices. Prodded by his advisors, he also began proceedings to reduce the influential Erembald family, which was heavily engaged in this activity, to the status of serfs. As a result, Fr. Bertulf FitzErembald, provost of the church of St. Donation, masterminded a conspiracy to assassinate Charles and his advisors.

    On the morning of 2 March 1127, as Charles knelt in prayer in the church of St. Donatian, a group of knights answering to the Erembald family entered the church and hacked him to death with broadswords. This resulted in widespread public outrage, and he was almost immediately regarded popularly as a martyr and saint, although not formally beatified until 1882.
    The Erembalds, who had planned and carried out the murder of Charles, were besieged inside the castle of Bruges by the enraged nobles and commoners of Bruges and Ghent. All the conspirators were defeated, captured, and tortured to death.
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  13. March 3
    Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 225

    Reading 1 Is 55:10-11
    Thus says the LORD:
    Just as from the heavens
    the rain and snow come down
    And do not return there
    till they have watered the earth,
    making it fertile and fruitful,
    Giving seed to the one who sows
    and bread to the one who eats,
    So shall my word be
    that goes forth from my mouth;
    It shall not return to me void,
    but shall do my will,
    achieving the end for which I sent it.

    Responsorial Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19
    R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.
    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. From all their distress God rescues the just.
    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. From all their distress God rescues the just.
    The LORD has eyes for the just,
    and ears for their cry.
    The LORD confronts the evildoers,
    to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
    R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
    When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
    and from all their distress he rescues them.
    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
    and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
    R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

    Verse Before the GospelMt 4:4b
    One does not live on bread alone,
    but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

    Gospel Mt 6:7-15
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
    who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
    Do not be like them.
    Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    “This is how you are to pray:

    Our Father who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name,
    thy Kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread;
    and forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us;
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

    “If you forgive men their transgressions,
    your heavenly Father will forgive you.
    But if you do not forgive men,
    neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

    Feast day of Saint Katharine Drexel, Foundress, patroness of philanthropy
    Katharine was born in Philadelphia in 1858. When she was just five weeks old, her mother died and so the infant Katharine and her older sister were brought to her uncle Drexel's home to be raised. Her Uncle was the founding banker of what would become Chase Bank in America today. When their father remarried, they went back to live with he and his wife. Being wealthy, Katharine and siblings were instructed by private tutors. They took trips across America and voyages to Europe to learn about the world. Three times a week, the Drexel family distributed food, clothing, and rent assistance from their family home at 1503 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. When widows or single women were too shy to come to the Drexels for assistance, the family quietly sought them out. When Katharine was twenty years old, she made her social debut. However, her step mother was ill with a terminal illness and that profoundly influenced Katharine. She realized that money and prestige couldn't prevent death and suffering. Katharine was also taken by the plight of Native Americans. She had read about them and on trips had seen first hand their suffering. When her father died, the three daughters received a large inheritance. In January 1887, the sisters were received in a private audience by Pope Leo XIII. They asked him for missionaries to staff some Indian missions that they had been financing. To their surprise, the Pope suggested that Katharine become a missionary herself. Although Drexel had already received marriage proposals, "…after consultation with her spiritual director, Bishop James O'Connor, she made the decision to give herself totally to God, along with her inheritance, through service to American Indians and Afro-Americans." Her uncle, Anthony Drexel, tried to dissuade her from entering religious life, but she entered the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Pittsburgh in May 1889 to begin her six-month postulancy. Her decision rocked Philadelphia social circles. The local newspaper headline read: "Miss Drexel Enters a Catholic Convent—Gives Up Seven Million" Katharine began to donate money to the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. She soon realized that people were needed to help, not just money so Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. From the age of 33 until her death in 1955, she dedicated her life and a fortune of 20 million dollars to this work. In 1894, Mother Drexel took part in the opening of the first mission school for Native Americans in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Other schools quickly followed opening for Native Americans west of the Mississippi and for black children in the South. In 1915, Mother Drexel founded Xavier University in New Orleans. At her death, there were more than 500 Sisters teaching in 63 schools throughout the country.
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    St Claude was St Margaret Mary's Spiritual Director. They were very close.

    St Claude was very ,very holy. I would say he was a very pure innocent soul. He wrote a very stirking homily on the need not waste time. It struck home to me as it seed to show forth a soul who kind of stormed the Kingdomof Heaven, who ran rather than walked the ways of the Lord.

    Yet after he died St Margaret Mary saw him in Purgatory for a brief hour. Kind of in the hall way waiting to get in befor ethe Blessed Sacrament.

    But it reminded me how very pure and sinless we have to be to enter the presense of the Lord.
     
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  15. March Forth! Declarative sentence day! March 4
    Wednesday of the First Week in Lent
    Lectionary: 226

    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10
    The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
    “Set out for the great city of Nineveh,
    and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”
    So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,
    according to the LORD’s bidding.
    Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;
    it took three days to go through it.
    Jonah began his journey through the city,
    and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,
    “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”
    when the people of Nineveh believed God;
    they proclaimed a fast
    and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.

    When the news reached the king of Nineveh,
    he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe,
    covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes.
    Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh,
    by decree of the king and his nobles:
    “Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep,
    shall taste anything;
    they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water.
    Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God;
    every man shall turn from his evil way
    and from the violence he has in hand.
    Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath,
    so that we shall not perish.”
    When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way,
    he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them;
    he did not carry it out.

    Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
    R. (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
    in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
    Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
    and of my sin cleanse me.
    R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    A clean heart create for me, O God,
    and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
    Cast me not out from your presence,
    and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
    R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
    should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
    My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
    a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

    Verse Before the Gospel Jl 2:12-13
    Even now, says the LORD,
    return to me with your whole heart
    for I am gracious and merciful.

    Gospel Lk 11:29-32
    While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
    “This generation is an evil generation;
    it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
    except the sign of Jonah.
    Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
    so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
    At the judgment
    the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
    and she will condemn them,
    because she came from the ends of the earth
    to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
    and there is something greater than Solomon here.
    At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
    and condemn it,
    because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
    and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

    Feast day of Saint Casimir, Patron of Lithuania and Poland
    Casimir was born into the royal family of King Casimir III in 1458. He was educated in the royal court, but he rejected the luxury and practiced many mortifications in private. In his teens, Prince Casimir went with his father to the border of Hungary to participate in a military campaign with the goal of installing Prince Casimir as ruler of Hungary. The ruler of Hungary, however, had amassed thousands of troops and so in prudence, Prince Casimir retreated to Krakow to continue his studies. As Casimir grew into his twenties, a marriage was arranged for him, but he declined because he wanted to remain celibate. Harsh penances that he imposed upon himself took a toll and he succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of 25 on March 4, 1484.
    One biographer wrote that Casimir composed a prayer to the Blessed Virgin. Later, a copy of Omni die dic Mariae (Daily, Daily Sing to Mary) was found in Casimir's coffin. The hymn became so strongly associated with St. Casimir that sometimes it known as Hymn of St. Casimir and he is credited as its author. One of the first miracles attributed to Casimir was his appearance before the Lithuanian army during a siege in 1518. Casimir showed where Lithuanian troops could safely cross the Daugaya River and relieve the city, besieged by the army of Moscow.

    Here is the hymn:
    Daily, daily,
    sing to Mary,
    Sing, my soul, her praises due;
    All her feasts,
    her actions honor,
    With the heart’s devotion true.

    Lost in wondering
    contemplation,
    Be her majesty confest;
    Call her Mother,
    call her Virgin,
    Happy Mother, Virgin blest.

    She is mighty
    to deliver;
    Call her, trust her lovingly;
    When the tempest
    rages round thee,
    She will calm the troubled sea.

    Gifts of heaven
    she has given,
    Noble Lady! to our race;
    She, the Queen,
    who decks her subjects
    With the light of God’s own grace.

    (There are more verses to this hymn. It someone wants to add a video of the hymn, please do.)
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  17. March 5
    Thursday of the First Week in Lent
    Lectionary: 227

    Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25
    Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,
    had recourse to the LORD.
    She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,
    from morning until evening, and said:
    “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.
    Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,
    for I am taking my life in my hand.
    As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathers
    that you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.
    Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you,
    O LORD, my God.

    “And now, come to help me, an orphan.
    Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion
    and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy,
    so that he and those who are in league with him may perish.
    Save us from the hand of our enemies;
    turn our mourning into gladness
    and our sorrows into wholeness.”

    Responsorial Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8
    R. (3a) Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
    I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
    for you have heard the words of my mouth;
    in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
    I will worship at your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name.
    R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
    Because of your kindness and your truth;
    for you have made great above all things
    your name and your promise.
    When I called, you answered me;
    you built up strength within me.
    R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
    Your right hand saves me.
    The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
    your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
    forsake not the work of your hands.
    R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

    Verse Before the GospelPs 51:12a, 14a
    A clean heart create for me, O God;
    give me back the joy of your salvation.

    Gospel Mt 7:7-12
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Ask and it will be given to you;
    seek and you will find;
    knock and the door will be opened to you.
    For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds;
    and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
    Which one of you would hand his son a stone
    when he asked for a loaf of bread,
    or a snake when he asked for a fish?
    If you then, who are wicked,
    know how to give good gifts to your children,
    how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
    to those who ask him.

    “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
    This is the law and the prophets.”

    Feast day of Saint John Joseph of the Cross, Priest
    Carlo Gaetano Calosirto was born on 15 August 1654 on the island of Ischia off the coast of Naples.

    He entered the Order of Friars Minor in Naples before he turned sixteen and assumed the religious name of "John Joseph of the Cross". He was the first Italian to follow the reform movement of Saint Peter of Alcantara. In 1674 he was sent to found a convent for the order in Piedmont and assisted in the actual construction and established there the most perfect silence and monastic fervor.

    One day Saint John Joseph was found in the chapel in ecstasy, raised far above the floor. He won the hearts of all his religious, and became a priest out of obedience to his Superiors. He obtained what seemed to be an inspired knowledge of moral theology, in prayer and silence. He assisted at the death of his dear mother who rejoiced and seemed to live again in his presence, and after he had sung the Mass for the repose of her soul, saw her soul ascend to heaven, to pray thereafter their God face to face.

    With his superiors' permission he established another convent and drew up rules for the Community, which the Holy See confirmed. Afterward he became a master of novices vigilant and filled with gentleness, and of a constantly even disposition. Some time later he was made Provincial of the Province of Naples, erected in the beginning of the 18th century by Clement XI. He labored hard to establish in Italy this branch of his Order, which the Sovereign Pontiff had separated from the same branch in Spain. His ministry brought him many sufferings, especially moral sufferings occasioned by numerous calumnies. Nonetheless, the Saint succeeded in his undertakings, striving to inculcate in his subjects the double spirit of contemplation and penance which Saint Peter of Alcantara had bequeathed to the Franciscans of the Strict Observance. He gave them the example of the most sublime virtues, especially of humility and religious discipline. God rewarded his zeal with numerous gifts in the supernatural order, such as those of prophecy and miracles. He desired those whom he restored to health to take some certain medicine that the cure might be attributed to a mere natural source.

    Finally, consumed by labors for the glory of God, he was called to his reward. Stricken with apoplexy, he died an octogenarian in his convent at Naples, March 5, 1734. Countless posthumous miracles confirmed the sanctity and glory of the Saint, and he was canonized in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI.


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  18. March 6 First Friday
    Friday of the First Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 228

    Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28
    Thus says the Lord GOD:
    If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed,
    if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,
    he shall surely live, he shall not die.
    None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;
    he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced.
    Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
    says the Lord GOD.
    Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way
    that he may live?

    And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do evil,
    the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does,
    can he do this and still live?
    None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered,
    because he has broken faith and committed sin;
    because of this, he shall die.
    You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!”
    Hear now, house of Israel:
    Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
    When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
    it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
    But if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed,
    does what is right and just,
    he shall preserve his life;
    since he has turned away from all the sins that he committed,
    he shall surely live, he shall not die.

    Responsorial Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8
    R. (3) If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
    LORD, hear my voice!
    Let your ears be attentive
    to my voice in supplication.
    R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
    If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
    LORD, who can stand?
    But with you is forgiveness,
    that you may be revered.
    R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
    I trust in the LORD;
    my soul trusts in his word.
    My soul waits for the LORD
    more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
    Let Israel wait for the LORD.
    R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
    For with the LORD is kindness
    and with him is plenteous redemption;
    And he will redeem Israel
    from all their iniquities.
    R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

    Verse Before the GospelEz 18:31
    Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
    and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

    Gospel Mt 5:20-26
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “I tell you,
    unless your righteousness surpasses that
    of the scribes and Pharisees,
    you will not enter into 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.”

    Feast day of Saint Colette, Virgin
    Colette was born at Corbie, France, in 1381 of humble and aged parents. When she was twenty-two, her parents died and she began life as an Anchoress according to the rule of the third order of Saint Francis. After four years of this observance, Colette was inspired in 1406 to introduce the strict observance of St. Clare, which was only observed in a modified form at her time. Pope Benedict XIII entrusted the reform of the Third Order to Colette. She traveled the length and breadth of France and Flanders, founding or reforming convents; and in doing so, she is said to have met Joan of Arc at Moulins in 1429. Over the course of forty years, she surmounted many spiritual and physical obstacles to establish fifteen communitied of reformed Poor Clares. One branch of the Order is still called the Colettines after her. Colette died in 1447 at the convent she founded in Ghent.
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  19. Saturday of the First Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 229

    Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19
    Moses spoke to the people, saying:
    “This day the LORD, your God,
    commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.
    Be careful, then,
    to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
    Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:
    he is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways
    and observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,
    and to hearken to his voice.
    And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:
    you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;
    and provided you keep all his commandments,
    he will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory
    above all other nations he has made,
    and you will be a people sacred to the LORD, your God,
    as he promised.”

    Responsorial Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
    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!
    I will give you thanks with an upright heart,
    when I have learned your just ordinances.
    I will keep your statutes;
    do not utterly forsake me.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

    Verse Before the Gospel2 Cor 6:2b
    Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
    behold, now is the day of salvation.

    Gospel Mt 5:43-48
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “You have heard that it was said,
    You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
    But I say to you, love your enemies,
    and pray for those who persecute you,
    that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
    for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
    and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
    For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
    Do not the tax collectors do the same?
    And if you greet your brothers and sisters only,
    what is unusual about that?
    Do not the pagans do the same?
    So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

    Feast day of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs, died 203, Patronesses of Widows, Death of children
    Perpetua and Felicity were friends who died as martyrs in Carthage in the early days of the Church. There are authentic documents which attest to their martyrdom. There is a diary of Perpetua, a page by another martyr, and a first witness account. Perpetua was a twenty-two year old noble lady of Carthage with a baby son. Felicity was a married slave who was pregnant. They were arrested under the anti-Christian edict of 202 AD along with three fellow Christians (Saturninus, Secundulus, and Revocatus). All had been converted by a layman, Saturus, who joined them voluntarily in the dungeon in which they were imprisoned for having refused to sacrifice to the false gods. Saint Perpetua yielded her nursing child to her pagan father, but remained firm in her Faith in spite of his pleas. Saint Felicity gave birth to a child in prison and also remained steadfast in the Faith when the child was taken from her. The martyrs were condemned to death and mauled by beasts in the amphitheater before finally being beheaded in the year 203. So shaken was the executioner by Saint Perpetua's commanding aristocratic appearance that she herself had to guide his blade to her neck. Their martyrdom became known throughout the Church- Saint Augustine preached in their honor at least three times. Saints Perpetua and Felicity are mentioned in the Roman Canon or Eucharistic Prayer I.
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  20. March 8
    Second Sunday of Lent
    Lectionary: 25

    Reading 1 Gn 12:1-4a
    The LORD said to Abram:
    “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk
    and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.

    “I will make of you a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
    I will make your name great,
    so that you will be a blessing.
    I will bless those who bless you
    and curse those who curse you.
    All the communities of the earth
    shall find blessing in you.”

    Abram went as the LORD directed him.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22.
    R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    Upright is the word of the LORD,
    and all his works are trustworthy.
    He loves justice and right;
    of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
    upon those who hope for his kindness,
    To deliver them from death
    and preserve them in spite of famine.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
    Our soul waits for the LORD,
    who is our help and our shield.
    May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
    who have put our hope in you.
    R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

    Reading 2 2 Tm 1:8b-10
    Beloved:
    Bear your share of hardship for the gospel
    with the strength that comes from God.

    He saved us and called us to a holy life,
    not according to our works
    but according to his own design
    and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
    but now made manifest
    through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
    who destroyed death and brought life and immortality
    to light through the gospel.

    Verse Before the Gospel Mt 17:5
    From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
    This is my beloved Son, hear him.

    Gospel Mt 17:1-9
    Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
    and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
    And he was transfigured before them;
    his face shone like the sun
    and his clothes became white as light.
    And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
    conversing with him.
    Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
    “Lord, it is good that we are here.
    If you wish, I will make three tents here,
    one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
    While he was still speaking, behold,
    a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
    then from the cloud came a voice that said,
    “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
    listen to him.”
    When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
    and were very much afraid.
    But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
    “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
    And when the disciples raised their eyes,
    they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

    As they were coming down from the mountain,
    Jesus charged them,
    “Do not tell the vision to anyone
    until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

    Feast day of Saint John of God, Religious, died 1550, patron of booksellers This man's life is very interesting if you want to look at it on wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_God

    John was born in Portugal in 1495 of humble and virtuous parents. One day, when John was eight years of age, he disappeared. Whether he had been deliberately kidnapped, or whether he had been taken by a cleric who had been given hospitality in the home, is not clear. According to his original biography, his mother died from grief soon after this and his father joined the Franciscan Order. He ended up in Spain (a foreign land) where he had no one to care for him, nothing on which to live and he had to be content with whatever food he could find. He was eventually taken in by a man called Francisco Mayoral and the boy settled down as a shepherd caring for his sheep in the countryside. In 1522, he enlisted in a military company and served against the French and later, the Turks when Charles V was King of Spain. Military life was hard and at one point John was even condemned to death, but the charge was dropped. In 1536, he left the army and was hired by a lady near Seville to be a shepherd. At forty years of age, he decided to take an entirely different course of life and devoted himself to the service of God. (From Wikipedia:
    Landing in Gibraltar, he began to wander around the region of Andalusia, trying to find what God might want from him.[3]

    It was during this period of his life that John is said to have had a vision of the Infant Jesus, who bestowed on him the name by which he was later known, John of God, also directing him to go to Granada.[4] John then settled in that city, where he worked disseminating books, using the recent moveable type printing press of Johannes Gutenberg to provide people with works of chivalry and devotional literature.[3]

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