Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.

SAINT DENIS, BISHOP, AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.  Luke’s Gospel contains some beloved passages about Mary. Without Luke, we would have no Annunciation, no Visitation, no Magnificat. So why...

By the finger of God . . . I drive out demons.

27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME By the finger of God . . . I drive out demons.  When Jesus used this dramatic image, his listeners might have recalled two stories from the Hebrew Scriptures. These stories demonstrate—in spectacular fashion—God’s triumph over his enemies...

. . . a friend to whom he goes at midnight.

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY (MEMORIAL) . . . a friend to whom he goes at midnight.  Would you feel comfortable awakening someone at midnight to ask for a favor? You’d probably do it only with a close friend—someone who cares about you so much that your problem naturally...

Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.

SAINT BRUNO, PRIEST (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.  Jonah thought he had every reason to be angry with the Lord. After a perilous trip to Nineveh to announce God’s message, Jonah couldn’t understand why God had decided not to carry...

The people of Nineveh believed God.

BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS, PRIEST (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) The people of Nineveh believed God.  The prophet Nahum called Nineveh “the bloody city, all lies, Full of plunder . . . A multitude of slain, a mass of corpses” (3:1, 3). The primary task of its king was to...

You have answered correctly, do this and you will live.

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI (MEMORIAL) You have answered correctly, do this and you will live.  You almost wish that this scholar of the law would have stopped while he was ahead. He had correctly identified the greatest commandments—love God with your whole being and...

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