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Mass Readings: 7/17/2018
First: Isaiah 7:1-9
Resp: Psalm 48:2-8
Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24

Saint of the Day
St. Alexius (5th century)
Alexius was the only son of a wealth Roman Senator. When his parents arranged a marriage for him, he fled, disguised as a beggar. A Seventeen years later, a vision of Our Lady brought unwanted attention to him, so he returned to Rome and lived hidden in his father's house until his death.

Bl. Juan Moreno Speaks
Charity is the only answer to all social problems.

Scripture Verse of the Day
Luke 19:10
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."

The Words of St. Escriva
Dazzled
Coming closer to God means being ready to be converted anew, to change direction again, to listen attentively to his inspirations – those holy desires he places in our souls – and to put them into practice.
(The Forge, #32)

Catholic Catechism #2339
Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy. "Man's dignity therefore requires him to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within, and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint. Man gains such dignity when, ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward to his goal by freely choosing what is good and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end."

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