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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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Book of Job Introduction[1]
Ever notice that the guy in front of you always gets the last apple fritter at Starbucks? On a Monday morning? When you skipped dinner the night before? And why does the subway train always leave just as you get through the turnstile? Does it know that you're already running late and it just wants to spite you? Why do you always get stuck in the middle seat on planes, no matter how far in advance you book? And why does the lady next to you always forget to wear deodorant that day? And, why oh why didn't you take the blue pill? The Book of Job deals with these exact issues. Well, not these exact issues, but the millennia-ago versions. If you think about it, these questions really get to the heart of most religious thought. If you believe in a righteous force that governs the universe, then why isn't activity on earth righteous? And didn't God say that the righteous would be rewarded and the wicked punished with fire? So why didn't you get…

Monday, July 31, 2017

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FEAST OF ST. IGNATIUS
2 Maccabees, Chapter 15, Verse 23 And now, Sovereign of the heavens, send a good angel to spread fear and trembling ahead of us.
It is said that Judas was a man who was ever in body and soul the chief defender of his fellow citizens, and had maintained from youth his affection for his compatriots. He believed and acted accordingly. If your faith waivers now call upon our sovereign Lord to send the good angel to spread fear among the world and the devil and his demons thus allowing our faith, hope and love to grow for the battle ever rages. Be of stout heart.


Feast of St. Ignatius[1]

Ignatius, by nation a Spaniard, was born of a noble family at Loyola, in Cantabria. At first he attended the court of the Catholic king, and later on embraced a military career. Having been wounded at the siege of Pampeluna, he chanced in his illness to read some pious books, which kindled in his soul a wonderful eagerness to follow in the footsteps of Christ and the saints. He went to Mo…

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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EIGHT SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST(17th S. in Ord. Time) NOVENA ST. JOHN VIANNEY

2 Maccabees, Chapter 15, Verse 18 They were not so much concerned about wives and children, or family and relations; their first and foremost fear was for the consecrated sanctuary.
Today’s meditation: Where is God’s consecrated Sanctuary?
Instruction on Calumny[1]

Is calumny a grievous sin? When the occasion is important, and the slander is deliberately uttered, with evil intention, when one’s neighbor is thereby grievously injured, and his good name damaged, every one may see how grievous and detestable, in such a case, this sin is.
Is it sinful to disclose the faults of our neighbor? To make public the faults and sins of our neighbor uselessly, merely for the entertainment of idle persons, is always sinful. But if, after trying in vain to correct his faults and sins by brotherly admonition, we make them known to his parents or superiors, for his punishment and amendment, so far from being a sin, it is rather a goo…

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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FEAST OF ST. MARTHA
2 Maccabees, Chapter 15, Verse 8 He urged his men not to fear the attack of the Gentiles, but mindful of the help they had received in the past from Heaven, to expect now the victory that would be given them by the Almighty.
As an old retired military man it was common for us to say while we were loading our magazines with bullets, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. We knew that without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Optimists see stepping stones where pessimists see stumbling blocks.
Heavenly Intercession[1]
"Stretching out his right hand, Jeremiah presented a gold sword to Judas. As he gave it to him he said 'Accept this holy sword as a gift from God; with it you shall crush your adversaries.' " —2 Maccabees 15:15-16
Nicanor planned to slaughter the Jews on the Sabbath. Because they would not break the Sabbath by fighting, they would be e…