Keeping Up Catholic

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Prayer of the Day

  • Bless Me, O Lord.: Prayer of the Day for Monday, October 25, 2021 - Heavenly Father, Almighty God, I humble myself before your Presence. What a joy it is to come to you. I thank you and I praise your infinite Majesty, Omnipotence and Perfections. Please forgive me of all my sins. Lord I come to you in my nothingness. I want to worship you and adore you, to love you with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my strength. I want to burn with desire for you like an angel. I need you my Lord, I am ... Continue Reading...
  • A Prayer to obtain Final Perseverance: Prayer of the Day for Friday, October 08, 2021 - Eternal Father, I humbly adore Thee, and thank Thee for having created me, and for having redeemed me through Jesus Christ. I thank Thee most sincerely for having made me a Christian, by giving me the true faith, and by adopting me as Thy son, in the sacrament of baptism. I thank Thee for having, after the numberless sins I had committed, waited for my repentance, and for having pardoned (as I humbly hope) all the offences which I have offered to Thee, and for which I am now sincerely sorry, ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Francis of Assisi’s Vocation Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Monday, October 04, 2021 - Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of our minds. Give us a right faith, a firm hope and a perfect charity, so that we may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will. Amen. Continue Reading...
  • Memore to St. Joseph: Prayer of the Day for Sunday, October 03, 2021 - Remember, O most chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession was left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power, I fly unto you, and beg your protection. Despise not, O foster-father of the Redeemer, my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen. Continue Reading...
  • Prayer for the Unborn Child: Prayer of the Day for Saturday, October 02, 2021 - Almighty God, our Father, you who have given us life and intended us to have it forever, grant us your blessings. Enlighten our minds to an awareness and to a renewed conviction that all human life is sacred because it is created in your image and likeness. Help us to teach by word and the example of our lives that life occupies the first place, that human life is precious because it is the gift of God whose love is infinite. Give us the strength to ... Continue Reading...

 

Saint of the Day

  • St. Daria: Saint of the Day for Monday, October 25, 2021 - There is very little known about them. Chrysanthus was an Egyptian, son of a Patrician, Polemius. He was brought to Rome from Alexandria during the reign of Numerian, and despite the objections of his father, who had brought him to Rome, was baptized by a priest named Carpophorus. Chrysanthus refused is father's attempts to get him married, finally married Daria, a Greek and a priestess of Minerva, converted her, and convinced her to live with him in chastity. When they converted a number of ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Francis Borgia: Saint of the Day for Sunday, October 10, 2021 - Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. He became a Duke when he was only thirty-three and lived a happy, peaceful life with his wife Eleanor and their eight children. But unlike so many other powerful nobles, Francis was a perfect Christian gentleman, a true man of God and his great joy was to receive Holy Communion often. This happy life ended when his beloved wife died. Francis did something that astonished all the nobles of Spain; he gave up his Dukedom to his son ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Bruno: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, October 06, 2021 - Bruno was born in Cologne of the prominent Hartenfaust family. He studied at the Cathedral school at Rheims, and on his return to Cologne about 1055, was ordained and became a Canon at St. Cunibert's. He returned to Rheims in 1056 as professor of theology, became head of the school the following year, and remained there until 1074, when he was appointed chancellor of Rheims by its archbishop, Manasses. Bruno was forced to flee Rheims when he and several other priests denounced Manasses in 1076 ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Faustina Kowalska: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, October 05, 2021 - Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament was born as Helena Kowalska, in Glogowiec, Leczyca County, north-west of LĂłdz in Poland on August 25, 1905. She was the third of 10 children to a poor and religious family. Faustina first felt a calling to the religious life when she was just seven-years-old and attended the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. After finishing her schooling, Faustina wanted to immediately join a convent. However, her parents refused to let her. Instead, ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Francis of Assisi: Saint of the Day for Monday, October 04, 2021 - Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181. In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or apologetic because he'd been gone, Pietro was furious because she'd had his new son baptized Giovanni after John the Baptist. The last thing Pietro wanted in his son was a man of God -- he wanted a man of business, a cloth merchant like he was, and he especially wanted a son who would reflect his ... Continue Reading...

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Daily Reading

  • Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Reading I Jer 31:7-9         Thus says the LORD:     Shout with joy for Jacob,         exult at the head of the nations;         proclaim your praise and say:     The LORD has delivered his people,         the remnant of Israel.     Behold, I will bring them back         from the land of the north;     I will gather them from the ends of the world,         with the blind and the lame in their midst,     the mothers and those with child;         they shall return as an immense throng.     They departed in tears,         but I will console them and guide them;     I will lead them to brooks of water,         on a level road, so that none shall stumble.     For I am a father to Israel,         Ephraim is my first-born. Responsorial Psalm Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 R. (3)    The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,     we were like men dreaming. Then our mouth was filled with laughter,     and our tongue with rejoicing. R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. Then they said among the nations,     "The LORD has done great things for them." The LORD has done great things for us;     we are glad indeed. R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, O LORD,     like the torrents in the southern desert. Those that sow in tears     shall reap rejoicing. R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. Although they go forth weeping,     carrying the seed to be sown, They shall come back rejoicing,     carrying their sheaves. R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. Reading II Heb 5:1-6 Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather the one who said to him:     You are my son:         this day I have begotten you; just as he says in another place:     You are a priest forever         according to the order of Melchizedek. Alleluia Cf. 2 Tm 1:10 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mk 10:46-52 As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and… Continue Reading...

Daily Reflection

  • Act of Faith and Hope - Click here for daily readings Lately, I have been listening to the soundtrack from the musical Hamilton. The song sung by Aaron Burr, Wait For It, has been especially captivating. The song is about how Burr has hopes and dreams, but also feels the weight of needing to leave some kind of legacy. In the tension between wants and oughts, he finds himself unable to pick sides. He keeps his opinions to himself, never fully committing to one side or the other for fear of choosing wrongly. This feature song expresses his desire to be patient, waiting for the moment he was made for, the time he’s supposed to shine. The problem with waiting like Burr is that very often, the moment you’re waiting for passes you by. Perhaps you don’t recognize it for what it is, since you are so in the habit of waiting for what could be coming next. Or, you never see the moment because in order for it to arrive you had to make a hard choice in one direction or the other.  In our Gospel today, Bartimaeus is begging on the side of the road. He is blind, but hears the crowd approaching. His ears pick up the words, “It is Jesus!” “Jesus of Nazareth is coming! Quick, get your mother/father/sister/brother so He can heal them!” Bartimaeus has been waiting, and waiting, and waiting to be healed. He is at a crossroads. Will he lean into hope, or be held back by despair? If he calls out, will anyone hear him? He doesn’t have anyone to advocate for him, no one to draw attention to his case. The crowd is huge, even he can tell that. How could Jesus even hear him, let alone see him?  But he does call out an act of faith and hope. He is pushed aside, others tell him to sit back down, and stay in his place. “Who are you to ask for a miracle? Why should Jesus heal you?” A greater act of faith and hope, a defiant one even in the midst of the crowd’s rejection: “Son of David, have pity on me!” Bartimaeus is bold. His call to Jesus is one with multiple acts of faith. First, he has faith Jesus will take pity on him and stop at all. Second, that Jesus’ pity will move Him to restore Bartimaeus’ sight. Third, and perhaps most important, Bartimaeus doesn’t just call Jesus, “Jesus”. He names Him as the “Son of David”, a title which points toward Jesus’ identity as the Messiah.  Bartimaeus did not wait for the perfect moment. He was not timid nor lukewarm in his request. Bartimaeus is a model for all of us to boldly proclaim Jesus’ identity as the Lord of our lives and in Him do we place our hope and trust. We should not wait for things to be perfect before coming to God with our hopes and dreams. The perfect moment is the moment we bring them to God,… Continue Reading...