• October 20, 2018 – Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
    on October 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Courage Under Persecution/Sayings About the Holy Spirit Luke 12:8-12 Jesus and the Father are one. To accept one is to accept both. To deny one is to deny both. Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid if they are challenged and persecuted. The Holy Spirit will be with them when they are called to defend their faith. Prayer: Spirit of the Living God, even in the darkest and most challenging times I feel your presence. Thank you for that constant and blessed reassurance. […]

  • October 19, 2018 – Memorial of Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues, Priests and Companions, Martyrs
    on October 19, 2018 at 4:00 am

    The Leaven of the Pharisees/Courage Under Persecution Luke 12:1-7 Do not be afraid, Jesus tells his disciples in today’s gospel. He comforts and reassures them. They must not let their fears keep them from openly living their faith. Though their bodies may die, their spirits will live eternally. Prayer: Lord, I place my fears in your hands, confident that you will show me the way to live boldly as your disciple. […]

  • October 18, 2018 – Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist
    on October 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

    The Mission of the Seventy-two Luke 10:1-9 The Twelve were sent on a previous mission, and now Jesus is sending 72 ahead of him to prepare the way. They are to bring a spirit of humility and openness and to offer peace to those whose households they enter. There will be many challenges, but if they remain completely dependent on him, they will have all that they need. Prayer: I pray for release from the fear and anxiety that limits my trust in you. I pray for a spirit of humility in serving you and my sisters and brothers. […]

  • October 17, 2018 – Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
    on October 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Denunciation of the Pharisees and Scholars of the Law, cont’d Luke 11:42-46 Jesus rails against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. They offer tithes not to serve the poor but to mask injustice and their lack of charity. He accuses the lawyers of using God’s law to oppress and abuse the people. Prayer: You have called me to your holy work, Lord. Help me to be just and charitable and to stand against injustice. […]

  • October 16, 2018 – Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
    on October 16, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Denunciation of the Pharisees and Scholars of the Law Luke 11:37-41 Jesus offers a strong challenge to the Pharisees who ask him why his disciples don’t perform the ritual washing before the meal. They may have clean hands, but do they have clean hearts? The internal disposition of a person is more important, and it directs external actions. Prayer: Help me to love those to whom I am only able to relate on a superficial level. You know their hearts as you know mine and love them as much as you love me. […]