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"While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son,..":Mass Readings for 02/26/05

Friday, February 25, 2005

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Here are the Sacred Scripture readings for Holy Mass for Saturday, February 26th, 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 and for the Church throughout the world during these troubling times. 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 , please also remember a specail intention of mine this week also (thanks!!). Please take a specail moment this week and visit Our Lord in a Blessed Sacrament Chapel near you- there are links provided at the bottom of this posting where you can find a Chapel near you- Jesus is waiting and wants to speak to you and bless you in a special way, go see what wonders await! Finally, take a moment before you leave this site and click on the banner link for Terri's fight.org and pray for this innocent women who's very life is in very real peril because she is disabled -I would also highly encourage you to watch EWTN's World Over Live's past episode which I belive you can even watch via webcast.
May Christ Our Lord richly bless you and those in your life and may Mary, Seat of Wisdom and Source of Grace, keep you all beneath her protective mantle of love and grace! May you and all those in your lives and all Christians have a Truely Holy and blessed Season of Lent!
At the bottom of this posting you can find several additional links which may assist you on your Lenten Journey. There are more links in the sidebar where I have some of my favorite links. Feel free to use the email this post feature at the bottom of this or any other posting to share the Readings and the availible links to those you know.
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!!
Ed

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February 26, 2005
Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

Reading I
Mi 7:14-15, 18-20


Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock of your inheritance,
That dwells apart in a woodland,
in the midst of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
as in the days of old;
As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,
show us wonderful signs.

Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt
and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;
Who does not persist in anger forever,
but delights rather in clemency,
And will again have compassion on us,
treading underfoot our guilt?
You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins;
You will show faithfulness to Jacob,
and grace to Abraham,
As you have sworn to our fathers
from days of old.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12


R (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R The Lord is kind and merciful.
He pardons all your iniquities,
he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R The Lord is kind and merciful.
He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R The Lord is kind and merciful.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R The Lord is kind and merciful.


Gospel
Lk 15:1-3, 11-32


Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
"This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
So to them Jesus addressed this parable.
"A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father,
‘Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.'
So the father divided the property between them.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings
and set off to a distant country
where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.
When he had freely spent everything,
a severe famine struck that country,
and he found himself in dire need.
So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens
who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.
And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed,
but nobody gave him any.
Coming to his senses he thought,
‘How many of my father's hired workers
have more than enough food to eat,
but here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him,
"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I no longer deserve to be called your son;
treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers."'
So he got up and went back to his father.
While he was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.
He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
His son said to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you;
I no longer deserve to be called your son.'
But his father ordered his servants,
‘Quickly, bring the finest robe and put it on him;
put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it.
Then let us celebrate with a feast,
because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again;
he was lost, and has been found.'
Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field
and, on his way back, as he neared the house,
he heard the sound of music and dancing.
He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.
The servant said to him,
‘Your brother has returned
and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf
because he has him back safe and sound.'
He became angry,
and when he refused to enter the house,
his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply,
‘Look, all these years I served you
and not once did I disobey your orders;
yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.
But when your son returns
who swallowed up your property with prostitutes,
for him you slaughter the fattened calf.'
He said to him,
‘My son, you are here with me always;
everything I have is yours.
But now we must celebrate and rejoice,
because your brother was dead and has come to life again;
he was lost and has been found.'"
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All-powerful and ever-living God, the lasting health of all who believe in you, hear us as we ask your loving help for your servant, John Paul our Pope; restore him to health, that he may again offer joyful thanks to you in your holy Church. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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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!!
You can click here to view the Holy Father's prayer intentions for the year and find out more information about the wonderful apostolate of the Apostleship of Prayer (the the U.S.) their site has many great links and wonderful prayer suggestions..please unite yourself in prayer with so many others throughout the world and please support this great holy effort with your prayers and good works!!
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 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 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 view the Saints for Saturday, February 26th!!
Click here to view The Decree on the Indulgence for the Year of the Eucharist!!
Click here to view: "RECONCILIATIO ET PAENITENTIA" (On Reconciliation And Penance)by His Holiness Pope John Paul II
Click here to view "REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL" by His Holiness Pope John Paul II
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