Monday, October 31, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--32nd. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Let my prayer enter into your presence; incline your ear to my supplication, O Lord.
V. O Lord, God of my salvation, day and night have I cried before you.
Ps. 87:3; V. 2
Learning to "pray unceasingly" is a great way to seek the face of God. It is this dialogue with Him that allows us to become more made "in His image and likeness".

Friday, October 28, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

You have made known unto me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy at the sight of your countenance, O Lord.
Ps. 15:11
W no longer have to fear seeing the face of God. In seeing the face of Christ, we see the Father and are elated beyond description.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; and your youth shall be renewed like the eagle's.
Ps. 102:2, 5
We do well to remember all that God has done for us, especially loving and forgiving us. "Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who created heaven and earth."

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycles A and B.
By the Word of the Lord, the heavens were established, and all the power therein by the Spirit of his mouth.
Ps. 32:6
Here is a perfect example of the Trinity at work. The co-equal persons of our Triune God, by the power of love, bring forth creation.
O Lord, how good and delightful your Spirit is in us!
Wisdom 12:1
We are animated by grace. It is by that grace we recognize our goodness and the ultimate good, God.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

We have received your mercy, O God, in the midst of your temple; even as your name, so does praise extend to the ends of the earth.
V. All that we have heard, we have now seen, in the city of our God, on his holy mountain.
Ps. 47:10, 11; V. 9
The mercy we have received is the Death and Resurrection of Christ. From the mountain that was Calvary, we recall the saving mysteries in the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass.

Monday, October 24, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycle A and B.
Abandon me not, O Lord my God, do not depart from me; come to my assistance, O Lord, mainstay of my deliverance.
V. O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger; chastise me not in your wrath.
Ps. 37:22, 23; V. 2
We realize our dependence on God for our lives. We plead to God for forgiveness, with mercy do we wish to be considered.
Your mercy extends to all things, O Lord, and you despise none of the things you have made. You overlook the sins of men for the sake of repentance. You grant them your pardon, because you are the Lord our God.
V. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for my soul confides in you. 
Wisdom 11:24, 25, 27; V. Ps. 56
Again we see the Introit from Ash Wednesday, the plea to extend mercy to us. We pray that God will take pity on us in spite of our sinful ways.

Friday, October 21, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

We shall rejoice in your salvation; and in the name of the Lord our God shall we place our pride.
Ps. 19:6
Only in God shall we find all we seek. It is in His saving power that we are able to do good.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

O Lord, grant me life according to your word, so that I may learn your commandments.
Ps. 118:107, 125
We ask God for sustenance spiritually and materially. In return, we offer back what He has given us.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion.
Ps. 147:1
We are the crowing achievement of God's creation. As in Him "we live, move, and have our being", "it is truly right and just, always and everywhere" to give Him adoration, praise, and thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two choices; the first is for Cycle A and B.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, this I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord.
V. To gaze in delight upon the Lord's beauty, and to be sheltered in his holy temple.
Ps. 26:4
This is how we are to adore the Lord. This is communion in its simplest form.
The righteous cried out for help, and the Lord heard them; and he delivered them out of all their troubles.
V. The Lord is near to all the broken-hearted, and he shall save the contrite in spirit.
Ps. 23:18; V. 19
Only in God alone is our salvation. He is never far away from us, even as we wander off in sin.

Monday, October 17, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice; seek the Lord and be strengthened; seek his face for evermore.
V. Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; declare his deed amongst the gentiles.
Ps. 104: 3, 4; V. 1
It is only in God where will we find the grace to live our lives as He intends.As we gaze upon His face when we dwell in His house, our hearts find their rest in Him.

Friday, October 14, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

O Lord our governor, how admirable is your name in all the earth!
Ps. 8:2ab
The admirable name is that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We would do well to follow the advise in Philippians 2.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

I shall meditate upon your commandments which I greatly love; I will extend my hands towards your commandments which I greatly love.
Ps. 118: 47, 48
Here the Psalmist focuses on the Law of the Lord. He is actually praying to Jesus, the fulfillment of that Law; we should do likewise.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord throughout my life; I will sing in honor of my God as long as I have being.
Ps. 145:2
Let everything that has breathe praise the Lord. Let man, who was made in the image and likeness of God, lead the chorus.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance.
V. Unto you have I cried, O Lord; O my God, be not silent with me, lest I become like those who go down into the grave.
Ps. 27:9, V. 1
God will not forget us, the apple of His eye. He Who holds us in the palm of His hand will hear ans answer our sincere prayers to Him.

Monday, October 10, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

I have called out because you answered me, O God; incline your ear and hear my words; keep me, O Lord, like the apple of your eye; protect me under the shadow of your wings.
V. Hear my just cause, O Lord; attend to my supplication.
Ps. 16:6, 8; V. 1
There is only one God Who hears our prayers. That same God cherishes our being; with a fatherly love He cares for us.

Friday, October 07, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Remove from me all scorn and contempt, for I have kept your commandments; for your law is the object of my meditations.
Ps. 118:22, 24
A final, small examination of conscience before reception of Communion. Are we being totally honest with God and ourselves, or are we being deceiving by saying we have not sinned?

Thursday, October 06, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Remember me, O Lord, you who dominate all authority; put the right words on my lips, so that my speech may be convincing in the presence of the King.
Esther 14:12, 13
What an appropriate prayer as the Litany of the Eucharist begins. Reminds one of the dialogue between priest and congregation--"Pray, brothers and sisters,..../May the Lord...."

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Let those who fear the Lord put their trust in him; he is their help and their protection.
Ps. 113:11
"Our help in in the name of the Lord, who created heaven and earth." This is the only being in which we can place all of our cares, worries, and anxieties.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the second is for Cycles B and C.
Though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, O Lord.
V. Your rod and your staff have comforted me.
Ps. 22:4
We return to a Gradual from the 16th. Sunday of Ordinary Time. Even when death confronts us, God will be there to see us through it.
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.
V. Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron.
Ps. 132:1; V. 2
One of the marks of the Catholic Church is unity, or oneness. How well do we express that as the Body of Christ, the new People of God?

Monday, October 03, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

O Lord, if you were to take into account our iniquities, who would withstand the test? But forgiveness abides with you, O God of Israel.
V. Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Ps. 129: 3, 4;  V. 1, 2
God is both loving and merciful. Like the Prodigal Father, he will restore us to our rightful place if we are repentant.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

October 2016 Morning Offering Prayer Intentions

Here are the intentions for this month when reciting the Morning Offering:
Universal Intention - Journalists.  That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.
Evangelization Intention - World Mission Day. That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.
Reflections for these intentions are found here.