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Mass Readings: 5/23/2018
First: James 4:13-17
Resp: Psalm 49:2-3,6-11
Gospel: Mark 9:38-40

Saint of the Day
St. John Baptist Rossi (1698-1764)
John helped start a hospice for homeless and led many sinners to repentance. A sought after preacher, he once said that the shortest road to heaven was through confession. He was known as the apostle of the abandoned.

St. Jerome Speaks
There is no doubt that through the reading of the Sacred Scriptures the soul is set aflame in God and becomes purified from all vices.

Scripture Verse of the Day
John 20:29
Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

The Words of St. Escriva
Loyalty
That passage of the Second Epistle to Timothy makes me shudder, when the Apostle laments that Demas has fallen in love with this present world and gone to Thessalonica. For a trifle, and for fear of persecution, this man, whom Saint Paul had quoted in other epistles as being among the saints, had betrayed the divine enterprise.

I shudder when I realise how little I am: and it leads me to demand from myself faithfulness to the Lord even in events that might seem to be indifferent – for if they do not help me to be more united to Him, I do not want them.
(Furrow, #343)

Catholic Catechism #2264
Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow.

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