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Prayer of the Day

  • Prayer for Policemen: Prayer of the Day for Thursday, April 25, 2024 - O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal Wisdom embraces the universe, Watch over all policemen and Law enforcement officers everywhere. Protect them from harm In the performance of their duty To stop crime, robbery, Riots and violence. We pray, help them keep our streets And homes safe, day and night. We commend them to your loving care Because their duty is dangerous. Grant them strength and courage In their daily assignments. Dear God, protect these brave men ... Continue Reading...
  • A Prayer for Special Intentions: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - Almighty and loving Father, I thank you for giving St. Gerard to us as a most appealing model and powerful friend. By his example, he showed us how to love and trust You. You have showered many blessings on those who call upon him. For Your greater glory and my welfare, please grant me the favours which I ask in his name. (Mention your needs here...) And you, my powerful patron, intercede for me before the throne of God. Draw near to that throne and ... Continue Reading...
  • Prayer After A Surgery: Prayer of the Day for Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - Blessed Savior, I thank you that this operation is safely past, and now I rest in your abiding presence, relaxing every tension, releasing every care and anxiety, receiving more and more of your healing life into every part of my being. In moments of pain I turn to you for strength, in times of loneliness I feel your loving nearness. Grant that your life and love and joy may flow through me for the healing of others in your name. Amen. Continue Reading...
  • Prayer for Eternal life with God: Prayer of the Day for Monday, April 22, 2024 - Heavenly Father, in glorifying Jesus and sending us your Spirit, You open the way to eternal life. May my sharing in this Gift increase my love and make my faith grow stronger. Send Your Spirit to cleanse my life so that the offering of myself to You at Mass may be pleasing to You. May my sharing in the Eucharist, our Bread of Life, bring me eternal life. Continue Reading...
  • A Prayer for the Dying and a Special Soul: Prayer of the Day for Sunday, April 21, 2024 - O most merciful Jesus, Lover of souls, I beseech Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, wash clean in the Thy Blood the sinners of the whole world who are to die this day. Remember most especially the soul I spiritually adopt with the intention of entrusting him or her to Thy Shepherd's care: I beseech Thee for the grace to move this sinner, who is in danger of going to Hell, to repent. I ask this ... Continue Reading...

 

Saint of the Day

  • St. Mark: Saint of the Day for Thursday, April 25, 2024 - Much of what we know about St. Mark, the author of the Second Gospel, comes largely from the New Testament and early Christian traditions. Mark the Evangelist is believed to be the 'John Mark' referred to in the Acts of the Apostles, the history of the early Church found in the Canon of the New Testament. He was the son of Mary of Jerusalem (Acts 12:12) whose home became a meeting place for the apostles. He is also the cousin of St. Barnabas (Colossians 4:10), a Levite and a Cypriot. Mark ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In 1612, he became a Franciscan Capuchin monk, taking the name of Fidelis. A missionary to Grisons, Switzerland, Fidelis was so successful that local Protestants claimed that he was a spy for the Austrian Emperor. Fidelis was stabbed to death in a church id Seewis. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV. ... Continue Reading...
  • St. George: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - It is uncertain when Saint George was born and historians continue to debate to this day. However, his death date is estimated to be April 23, 303 A.D. The first piece of evidence of George's existance appeared within the works of the Bollandists Daniel Papebroch, Jean Bolland, and Godfrey Henschen's Bibliotheca Hagiographica Graeca. George was one of several names listed in the historical text, and Pope Gelasius claimed George was one of the saints "whose names are justly reverenced among ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Abdiesus: Saint of the Day for Monday, April 22, 2024 - Also called Hebed Jesus, a deacon in the Christian community of Persia who was caught up in the persecutions conducted by King Shapur II. Records indicate that Abdiesus was accompanied in his martyrdom by Abrosimus, Acepsimus, Azadanes, Azades, Bicor, Mareas, Milles, and a women named Tarbula. Some were Persian courtiers, others priests and bishops. Tarbula was the sister of St. Simeon, and suffered a particularly cruel death by sawing. Continue Reading...
  • St. Anselm: Saint of the Day for Sunday, April 21, 2024 - St. Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury and Confessor APRIL 21,A.D. 1109 IF the Norman conquerors stripped the English nation of its liberty, and many temporal advantages, it must be owned that by their valor they raised the reputation of its arms, and deprived their own country of its greatest men, both in church and state, with whom they adorned this kingdom: of which this great doctor, and his master, Lanfranc, are instances. St. Anselm was born of noble parents, at Aoust, in Piedmont, about the ... Continue Reading...

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Daily Reading

  • Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist - Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved:    Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for:God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble.So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesuswill himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish youafter you have suffered a little.To him be dominion forever.  Amen.I write you this briefly through Silvanus,whom I consider a faithful brother,exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.Remain firm in it.The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.Greet one another with a loving kiss.Peace to all of you who are in Christ. Responsorial Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17 R.    (2)  For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.or:R.    Alleluia.The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.or:R.    Alleluia.The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?Who is like the LORD among the sons of God?R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.or:R.    Alleluia.Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.At your name they rejoice all the day,and through your justice they are exalted.R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.or:R.    Alleluia. Alleluia 1 Cor 1:23a-24b R. Alleluia, alleluia.We proclaim Christ crucified;he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mk 16:15-20 Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:“Go into the whole worldand proclaim the Gospel to every creature.Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;whoever does not believe will be condemned.These signs will accompany those who believe:in my name they will drive out demons,they will speak new languages.They will pick up serpents with their hands,and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,was taken up into heavenand took his seat at the right hand of God.But they went forth and preached everywhere,while the Lord worked with themand confirmed the word through accompanying signs. - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be… Continue Reading...

Daily Reflection

  • Encouragement at Work in the World / La Motivación Obrando en el Mundo - Click here for daily readings It’s great to see some results for the work you put in.  For example, if you are trying to get to a healthier weight, it’s quite rewarding to know that your efforts to improve diet and increase exercise are working. If you’re trying to make a certain grade in school and get the “A”, it’s rewarding to know you put the work in to study and know the material. If you ace a presentation at work and are rewarded with a hard-earned raise, it’s great to know that the hours you put in were worth it.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus commands the Apostles to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world and to baptize new followers of Christ. Then Jesus gives an outline for how to know it’s being done correctly: demons will be cast out in his name, and many will be healed. If their hands fall upon a serpent or a poison, it won’t kill them.  Jesus knew the work of spreading the Gospel would be difficult. He knew it would cost all the Apostles, except John, their lives, and while some are still asked to give up their life for the sake of the Gospel today, it’s much fewer and far between, especially in the developed world. Still, the world finds plenty of ways for us to “pay” for spreading the Gospel: the loss of job and professional prospects, political persecution, loss of freedom of speech in some countries.  We know we are doing good things for the Kingdom of God, even when persecuted, but it’s still great to experience those “mountaintop” events in which we have confirmation we are doing great things for God. For example, when someone new joins the RCIA program, a child receives First Holy Communion, or someone surrenders their life to God after horrific pain.  As humans, we often need some encouragement to keep going. Jesus laid it all out for us, and even today, we still see not-quite-as-literal signs taking place. How are you spreading the Gospel? What signs do you see even today that God is still at work in the world? Let’s carry Jesus’ Great Commission forward, and be encouraged by the signs that God is at work even in a world of wars, famine, pain and sorrow.  Contact the author Es fantástico ver algunos resultados de un trabajo realizado. Por ejemplo, si estás intentando alcanzar un peso más saludable, es muy gratificante saber que tus esfuerzos por mejorar la dieta y aumentar el ejercicio están funcionando. Si estás tratando de obtener una determinada calificación en la escuela y obtener una “A”, es gratificante saber que te esfuerzas por estudiar y conoces el material. Si realizas una presentación excelente en el trabajo y eres recompensado con un aumento por haber hecho tanto esfuerzo, es fantástico saber que las horas que dedicaste valieron la pena. En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús manda a los Apóstoles a proclamar el Evangelio al mundo entero y bautizar a… Continue Reading...