Wednesday in the Octave of Christ the King
Job, Chapter 3, Verse 25
For what I feared overtakes me; what I dreaded comes upon me.
God bragging about Job, and Satan, once again,
doesn't buy it.
God gives Satan permission to hurt Job
physically, something he wouldn't let him do last time. Just don't kill him.
Satan's method of choice? Give Job sores from
his tippy-toes to his noggin.
Job's wife apparently doesn't find this
attractive, because she suggests that he curse God and die. But Job refuses to
Job's buddies Eliphaz, Zophar, and Bildad come
to visit and chill with him while he rolls around in ash and sackcloth. This is
all standard procedure, don't worry.
Then in this chapter Job cries out that he is in pain, and
rues the day he was born—poetically, of course.
Wednesday in the Octave of Christ the King
Mass daily or via EWTN or the internet.
on the virtues of Mary (Humility, Generosity, Chastity, Patience,
Temperance, Understanding/love and Wisdom. One for each day.
doing the Daniel fast (Monday-Saturday).
Exercise-Universal Man Plan.
The Virtue of Patience
CHRIST tells you:
MY CHILD, I came down from Heaven for
your salvation and perfection. Not only did I make reparation for your sins,
but I also gave you an example of the virtues which you need in order to gain
eternal life. I took upon Myself your daily trials and difficulties, in order
to show you how to deal with them.
One of the virtues which you often need in your daily life
is patience. I had to practice a great deal of patience with the people around
Me during My earthly life. I had to bear the same things which annoy and
irritate you. I bore these trials with patience. Meditate on My patience and
pray for the wisdom and strength to imitate Me in this holy virtue.
Consider how I treat My loyal
followers. I do not send them an easy life, but one which demands great
patience, not many earthly joys, but many trials; not honors, but contempt and
hatred; not ease, but endless labors. Through their unwavering patience they
earn a crown of unending glory.
Some are willing to suffer only what
they choose to endure. Others can be patient with certain people, but not with
everyone. A truly patient man, however, makes no exceptions and sets no
conditions as to when, or with whom he will be patient. One who possesses
supernatural patience does not consider what kind of people cause his trial;
whether they are superiors, equals, or inferiors, whether they are well meaning
or malicious. He is interested only in taking this trial as though I were
handing it to him. As long as the matter does not require him to defend his
rights, or to correct the people involved, he is willing to bear his trial for
THINK: The supernatural virtue of
patience is an act of love for God shown by the disregard of one’s own
convenience or inconvenience. It is another form of self-giving. Jesus could
have saved me with far less inconvenience to Himself. He endured much more for me
than He needed to. That was His way of showing His love for me. If I fix my
eyes on Him, I shall never again say that I can take anything except this or
that. I shall be willing to suffer anything for Jesus. I shall lose sight of
the people involved and see only Jesus.
PRAY: Dear patient Jesus, who can
describe the boundless love with which You suffered so many trials in Your
daily life? Can I think of this and still refuse to practice greater patience
in my own life? You are still practicing patience with me, as You wait for me
to come to my senses and start practicing a bit of humility in my daily life.
If I were truly humble, I would find it easy to be patient. I deserve far worse
than what I now suffer in my daily life. Therefore, I shall be patient with the
trials which come along. Someday I may rise to a higher generosity with You. I
may even reach the joy which Your saints had in suffering for You. I must,
however, begin today. I hope to face my problems and annoyances with patience,
for Your sake, my Jesus. Amen.
Mass Proper’s for the Vigil of St.
INTROIT. Dominus secus mare. St. Matt. 4.
JESUS our Lord walking by the sea of Galilee saw two brethren, Peter and Andrew, and he called them saying: Follow me; and I will make you fishers of men. Ps. 19. The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth his handy work.
V. Glory be.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that as we do prevent the festival of thy
holy Apostle Saint Andrew, so he may implore thy mercy for us; that we, being
delivered from all our iniquities, may likewise be defended against all
EPISTLE Ecclus. 44: 25-27; 45, 2-4; 6-9 1-6
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom. The blessing of the Lord
was upon the head of the just man. Therefore, the Lord gave him an inheritance,
and divided him his portion in twelve tribes: and he found grace in the eyes of
all flesh. He magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words He
made prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings and gave him
commandments in the sight of his people and showed him His glory. He sanctified
him in his faith and meekness and chose him out of all flesh. And He gave him
commandments before His face, and a law of life and instruction: and He exalted
him. He made an everlasting covenant with him and girded him about with a
girdle of justice: and the Lord crowned him with a crown of glory. Thanks be to
GOSPEL John 1: 35-51
At that time, John stood, and two of his disciples: and beholding Jesus walking, he saith, "Behold the Lamb of God." And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. And Jesus turning, and seeing them following Him, He saith to them, "What seek you?" Who said to Him, "Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master), where dwellest Thou?" He saith to them, "Come and see." They came, and saw where He abode, and they stayed with Him that day: now it was about the tenth hour. And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed him. He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him, "We have found the Messias" (which is, being interpreted, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus; and Jesus, looking upon him, said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jona; thou shalt be called Cephas," which is interpreted, Peter. On the following day, He would go forth into Galilee: and He findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him, "Follow Me." Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathamel, and saith to him, "We have found Him of Whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write, Jesus, the son of Joseph of Nazareth." And Nathanæl saith of him, "Can anything of good come from Nazareth?" Philip saith to him, "Come, and see." Jesus saw Nathanæl coming to Him: and He said to him, "Behold an Isrælite indeed, in whom there is no guile." Nathanæl saith to Him, Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him, "Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the flg-tree, I saw thee." Nathanæl answered Him, and said, "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God, Thou art the King of Isræl." Jesus answered, and said to him, "Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig-tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou See." And He saith to him, "Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the Heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
OFFERTORY. Ps. 8.
Thou hast crowned him with glory and worship: thou hast
made him to have dominion of the works of thy hands, O Lord.
GRANT, O Lord, that this oblation, which we, remembering the festival of thy blessed Apostle Saint Andrew, do offer to be hallowed unto thee, may likewise avail to the cleansing of our souls from all evil. Through.
COMMUNION. St. John 1:41.
Andrew saith unto his brother Simon: We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ: and he brought him to Jesus.
O LORD, who hast vouchsafed to feed us with these holy sacraments, we humbly
pray thee: that, at the intercession of thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, the
mysteries which we have offered in remembrance of his glorious passion may be
profitable unto us for the healing of our souls. Through.
Every Wednesday is
Dedicated to St. Joseph
The Italian culture has
always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make
Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or
spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass.
You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you
could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family night,
perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do, make the day special.
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
§ PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION
OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY
§ SECTION TWO THE SEVEN
SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
§ CHAPTER FOUR OTHER
§ Article 2-CHRISTIAN
§ II. The Celebration
1684 The Christian funeral confers
on the deceased neither a sacrament nor a sacramental since he has
"passed" beyond the sacramental economy. It is nonetheless a
liturgical celebration of the Church. The ministry of the Church aims at
expressing efficacious communion with the deceased, at the participation in
that communion of the community gathered for the funeral and at the
proclamation of eternal life to the community.
1685 The different funeral rites
express the Paschal character of Christian death and are in keeping with the
situations and traditions of each region, even as to the color of the
liturgical vestments worn.
1686 The Order of Christian
Funerals (Ordo exsequiarum) of the Roman liturgy gives three types of funeral
celebrations, corresponding to the three places in which they are conducted
(the home, the church, and the cemetery), and according to the importance
attached to them by the family, local customs, the culture, and popular piety.
This order of celebration is common to all the liturgical traditions and
comprises four principal elements:
1687 The greeting of the community.
A greeting of faith begins the celebration. Relatives and friends of the
deceased are welcomed with a word of "consolation" (in the New
Testament sense of the Holy Spirit's power in hope). The community
assembling in prayer also awaits the "words of eternal life." the
death of a member of the community (or the anniversary of a death, or the
seventh or fortieth day after death) is an event that should lead beyond the
perspectives of "this world" and should draw the faithful into the
true perspective of faith in the risen Christ.
1688 The liturgy of the Word during
funerals demands very careful preparation because the assembly present for the
funeral may include some faithful who rarely attend the liturgy, and friends of
the deceased who are not Christians. the homily in particular must "avoid
the literary genre of funeral eulogy" and illumine the mystery of
Christian death in the light of the risen Christ.
1689 The Eucharistic Sacrifice.
When the celebration takes place in church the Eucharist is the heart of the
Paschal reality of Christian death. In the Eucharist, the Church expresses
her efficacious communion with the departed: offering to the Father in the Holy
Spirit the sacrifice of the death and resurrection of Christ, she asks to
purify his child of his sins and their consequences, and to admit him to the
Paschal fullness of the table of the Kingdom. It is by the Eucharist thus
celebrated that the community of the faithful, especially the family of the
deceased, learn to live in communion with the one who "has fallen asleep
in the Lord," by communicating in the Body of Christ of which he is a
living member and, then, by praying for him and with him.
1690 A farewell to the deceased is
his final "commendation to God" by the Church. It is "the last
farewell by which the Christian community greets one of its members before his
body is brought to its tomb." The Byzantine tradition expresses this
by the kiss of farewell to the deceased:
By this final greeting "we
sing for his departure from this life and separation from us, but also because
there is a communion and a reunion. For even dead, we are not at all separated
from one another, because we all run the same course and we will find one
another again in the same place. We shall never be separated, for we live for
Christ, and now we are united with Christ as we go toward him . . . we shall
all be together in Christ."