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Sunday Mass Readings 01/30/2005: "The Sermon on the Mount"

Saturday, January 29, 2005


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Here are the Sacred Scripture readings for Holy Mass for Sunday, January 30th, 2005. Please take a moment to meditate on this day's readings and unite yourself in prayer with the Church throughout the world. Please remember the Holy Father and his intentions in your prayers today and always. Since Our Lord preached about the Beatitudes while giving the "Sermon on the Mount" I have provided a link here so that you may read the Lectio Divina reflections from the Congregazione Pie Discepole del Divin Maestro (The Disciples of the Divine Master) in Rome; which should help you in your meditation on Sunday's Mass Readings.
May Christ richly bless you and those in your life and may Our Lady keep you all beneath her protective mantle of love and grace!!
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!
Ed

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I
Zep 2:3; 3:12-13


Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth,
who have observed his law;
seek justice, seek humility;
perhaps you may be sheltered
on the day of the LORD's anger.

But I will leave as a remnant in your midst
a people humble and lowly,
who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD:
the remnant of Israel.
They shall do no wrong
and speak no lies;
nor shall there be found in their mouths
a deceitful tongue;
they shall pasture and couch their flocks
with none to disturb them.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10


R. (Mt 5:3) Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations.
Alleluia.
R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!
or:
R. Alleluia.


Reading II
1 Cor 1:26-31


Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.
Not many of you were wise by human standards,
not many were powerful,
not many were of noble birth.
Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,
and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,
those who count for nothing,
to reduce to nothing those who are something,
so that no human being might boast before God.
It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,
who became for us wisdom from God,
as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,
so that, as it is written,
"Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord."


Gospel
Mt 5:1-12a


When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven."

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Here are some other links that you may find helpful!!
Click here for the website for the Holy See (the Vatican)!!
Click here to go to the website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops very informative website!!!
Click here to go to EWTN's wonderful website!!
Click here to find a Catholic Church near you and Mass times and times for the Sacrament of Penance!!
You may click here to be directed to a site where you can pray the Rosary Online!!!
You may click here to learn about the Divine Mercy!!!
You may click here to go to the online Perpetual Adoration Chapel with a live webcast!!!
You may click here to read several homilies by a wonderful Catholic Priest here in Minnesota
You may click here to find a Perpetual Adoration Chapel near you throughout the US and Canada!!!
You can click here to find a Adoration Chapel in all other parts of our world!!!
You can click here to find the readings and prayers for the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) and many prayers for today!!!
Click on this link to read selected writings of Saint JoseMaria Escriva dealing with life "To Jesus through Mary"
Click here to read about St. Louis Marie de Monfort's Total Concecration to Jesus through Mary..this is a neat site to go to!!
Click here for a wonderful Catholic Apologetics site!!!
Click her to go to ECCLESIA TRIUMPHANS CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS website!!
Click here to go to Envoy Magazine's website..this is a great magazine!!
Click here to go to yet another great Catholic apologetics site ("Corunum Apologetic Website")...my thanks to the people who put this together on the web!!
Click here to go to more information on the Examination of Conscience!!
Click here for a excellent article about the Examination of Conscience!!
Click here for a excellent resource for Catholic Sacramentals and Holy Land imports by a wonderful devout Catholic family apostolate..please check them out and support their apostolate!!
Click here to link to one of EWTNs pages on the Scared Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary..a nice site!!
Click her for a link that will take you to a very nice webpage which has many morelinks for Catholic prayer requests..have others join you in your prayers..please say a few for us here too (thanks!!).
Click here for the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus..nice website!!
Click here to submit a prayer to the St. Jude Prayer Line!!!(remember us in your prayers too please!)
Click here to link to The Institute of Carmelite Studies which has great resources!!!
Click here to go to the website for the Carmelite Nuns in Hudson, Wisconsin!! Please remember them in your prayers and for a increase in their vocations!
Click here to go to the website dedicated to the Holy Doctors of the Catholic Church...a very informative site you need to check out!!
Click here to go to the website for my wonderful Parish!!!
Click her to go to the SEVEN JOYS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:Franciscan Crown!!!
Click here to go to the SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: Servite Chaplet!!
Click here to go to the LENTEN COMPANION: Illustrated Online Stations of the Cross!!!
Click here to go to the website for the Monks of Adoration..very nice site!!
Click here to view the Saints for Sunday, January, 30th!!
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PRAYER TO
SAINT MICHAEL
THE ARCHANGEL


St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our defense against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the divine power,
thrust into hell Satan
and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.

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Litany of Humility

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may, increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

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Prayer For Help Against Spiritual Enemies


Glorious Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly hosts, who stands always ready to give assistance to the people of God; who fought with the dragon, the old serpent, and cast him out of heaven, and now valiantly defends the Church of God that the gates of hell may never prevail against her, I earnestly entreat you to assist me also, in the painful and dangerous conflict which I sustain against the same formidable foe.
Be with me, O mighty Prince! that I may courageously fight and vanquish that proud spirit, whom you, by the Divine Power, gloriously overthrew, and whom our powerful King, Jesus Christ, has, in our nature, completely overcome; so having triumphed over the enemy of my salvation, I may with you and the holy angels, praise the clemency of God who, having refused mercy to the rebellious angels after their fall, has granted repentance and forgiveness to fallen man. Amen.

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A MORNING PRAYER WRITTEN BY ST. THERESE

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.
Amen.



PRAYER TO ST. THERESE

O little St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own - speak a word for me to our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were - to that Queen of heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her as the Queen of the heart of Jesus to obtain for me by her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment, and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life. Defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity.
Amen
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