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"In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth..": Mass Readings for 02/07/05

Sunday, February 06, 2005

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Here are the Sacred Scripture readings for Holy Mass for Monday, February 7th, 2005. Please take some time today and meditate on the readings and unite yourself in prayer with the Holy Church throughout the world. Please pray especially today for the Holy Father and his intentions. 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 Today's Mass Readings. Please remember my daughter and I and those in our lives in your prayers also (thanks!!).
May Christ Our Lord richly bless you and those in your life and may Mary, Seat of Wisdom and Source of Grace, keep you beneath her protective mantle of love and grace!
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!!
Ed

February 7th, 2005
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Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time


Reading I
Gn 1:1-19


In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,
the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,
while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

Then God said,
"Let there be light," and there was light.
God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."
Thus evening came, and morning followed–the first day.

Then God said,
"Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,
to separate one body of water from the other."
And so it happened:
God made the dome,
and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it.
God called the dome "the sky."
Evening came, and morning followed–the second day.

Then God said,
"Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin,
so that the dry land may appear."
And so it happened:
the water under the sky was gathered into its basin,
and the dry land appeared.
God called the dry land "the earth,"
and the basin of the water he called "the sea."
God saw how good it was.
Then God said,
"Let the earth bring forth vegetation:
every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth
that bears fruit with its seed in it."
And so it happened:
the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth that
bears fruit with its seed in it.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed–the third day.

Then God said:
"Let there be lights in the dome of the sky,
to separate day from night.
Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years,
and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth."
And so it happened:
God made the two great lights,
the greater one to govern the day,
and the lesser one to govern the night;
and he made the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth,
to govern the day and the night,
and to separate the light from the darkness.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed–the fourth day.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c


R (31b) May the Lord be glad in his works.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
R May the Lord be glad in his works.
You fixed the earth upon its foundation,
not to be moved forever;
With the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;
above the mountains the waters stood.
R May the Lord be glad in his works.
You send forth springs into the watercourses
that wind among the mountains.
Beside them the birds of heaven dwell;
from among the branches they send forth their song.
R May the Lord be glad in his works.
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all–
the earth is full of your creatures;
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
R May the Lord be glad in his works.


Gospel
Mk 6:53-56


After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.
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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!!!
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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 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 Monday, February 7th!!
Click here to view The Decree on the Indulgence for the Year of the Eucharist!!
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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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