Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord God, St. John Vianney spent much of his life listening to the confessions of the faithful. May his example teach me to rededicate myself to the reconciliation You are offering.'Tis also the festival of Saint Sithney, Religious (died circa 529, A.K.A. Senzi), the patron saint of mad dogs/against rabies: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Euphronius of Tours, Bishop (circa 503-573), eighth (VIII) Bishop of Tours (555-573), who presided over the Council of Tours (567): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link & Wikipedia-link Tours, & Wikipedia-link Council.
Commentary: A kinsman of the ninth (IX) Bishop of Tours, St. Gregory of Tours [17 November].
'Tis also the festival of Saint Lua of Killaloe, Priest & Abbot (circa 554-609, A.K.A. of Limerick; also spelt Molua, Lughaidh) founder of a monastery at Killaloe (Cill-da-Lua, "Lua's Church"): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Killaloe.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Raynerius of Split, Bishop & Martyr, O.Cam. (died 1180; also spelt Rainerio, Rajnerije, etc.), martyred defending the property rights of the Church, Archbishop of Split (1175-1180), Bishop of Cagli (1156-1175): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Split & Wikipedia-link Cagli.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed William Horne, Religious & Martyr, O.Cart. (died 1540), martyred in the reign of the English king Henry VIII, one of the Carthusian Martyrs of London: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List); Martyrs-link Charterhouse & Wikipedia-link Charterhouse.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter thirty, verses one, two, twelve thru fifteen, & eighteen thru twenty-two;
Psalm One Hundred Two (R/. seventeen), verses sixteen, seventeen, & eighteen; nineteen, twenty, & twenty-one, & twenty-nine, twenty-two, & twenty-three;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter fourteen, verses twenty-two thru thirty-six;
or, the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter fifteen, verses one, two, & ten thru fourteen.
Commentary: No, your memory is not playing tricks on you, today's first option for the Gospel Reading is the exact same as yesterday's Gospel Reading: Matthew, 14:22-36.
Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus comes to the disciples walking on stormy waters, arousing their fear. When the trials of life confront the ego, the first reaction is fear, since the ego is fundamentally persuaded that there is no power beyond itself upon which it can rely.Video reflection by Father David Baker (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.
Protestant theologian Paul Tillich claims that the state of being that produces anxiety and fear is a stubborn resting in oneself and in the things of the world. As long as the fragile ego is central, a person will live in constant fear of attack, humiliation, and self-loss. Peace will come only when one is awakened to what Tillich calls “ultimate concern,” the infinite power of Being itself, supporting, challenging, and calling one out of oneself.
Only when a person realizes the infinite depth of who she is in the divine power will she experience salvation, the feeling of being securely held up and accepted. It is a question, for Tillich, of seeing differently, of developing a new vision of oneself and the world, of experiencing a conversion at a fundamental level.
Mass Readings—Memorial of St. John Vianney
The Book of Ezekiel, chapter three, verses seventeen thru twenty-one;
Psalm One Hundred Seventeen, verses one(b/c), two
(R/. the Gospel according to Mark, chapter sixteen, verse fifteen);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verse thirty-five thru chapter ten, verse one.
Scripture Study—Pierced Hands Bible Reading Plan: Day 4
The Book of Genesis, chapter four (verses one thru twenty-six);
The Book of Genesis, chapter five (verses one thru thirty-two);
Psalm Four (verses one thru eight);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter two, verses thirteen thru twenty-three.
Commentary: Cain & Abel (4:1-16), Beginnings of Civilization (4:17-26), & Adam's Descendants to Noah (5:1-32); Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies (Psalm 4); & the Escape to Egypt (Matthew, 2:13-18) & the Return from Egypt (Matthew, 2:19-23).
Scripture Study—Day 91: Decapitation Rock, Day 2
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter thirteen, verses eight thru fourteen.
Commentary: Amnon Defiles Tamar (cont'd; 2 Samuel, 13:8-14).
Papal Quote o' the Day
"Confession is an act of honesty & courage; an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to a loving & forgiving God. It is an act of the prodigal son who returns to his Father & is welcomed by Him with the gift of peace."Saint Quote o' the Day
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
"Here is a rule for everyday life: Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God."
—St. John Vianney (1786-1859, feast: 4 August)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"Until you hear Jesus in the silence of your heart, you will not be able to hear Him saying, 'I thirst' in the hearts of the poor…"Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
"What is the Mass? The Mass is a drama; it's not a tragedy because there's a Resurrection. In every great drama there is first of all the conception of it strong in the mind of the artist. Second, there are long rehearsals, the choosing of characters & types; third, there is opening night; & fourth, there are road companies. The drama of the Mass was conceived in the mind of the eternal dramatist, for the Lamb was slain from the beginning of the world. Then there were the rehearsals & the types & the choosing of characters: paschal lamb, the serpent, & the many other instances & prototypes of sacrifice in the Old Testament. Then came the opening night, the Last Supper, which looked forward to the cross. And then the Lord sent out His road companies, His priests: 'Do this in memory of me.' Same action, same words, same drama, only different characters pronouncing the lines. When, therefore, we begin the Mass, we are reaching back to the cross of Calvary & lifting it out of its rocks & planting it right down here in our midst. Every time a Mass is offered, Calvary is represented somewhere on earth."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)