Thursday, July 9, 2015


"The future starts today, not tomorrow." — Pope Saint John Paul II

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong, Priest, & Companions, Martyrs (d. 1648-1930): Martyr-link, Martyrs-link ūnus, Martyrs-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Quoth the bulletin:
Saint Augustine Zhao Rong was a Chinese diocesan priest who was martyred with his 119 companions in 1815. The 120 martyrs in this group died between 1848 & 1930.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Genesis, chapter forty-four, verses eighteen thru twenty-one, twenty-three(B) thru twenty-nine & chapter forty-five, verses one thru five;
Psalm One Hundred Five, verses sixteen thru twenty-one;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses seven thru fifteen.

Mass Journal: Week 23
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Reflection by Matthew Kelly of the Dynamic Catholic Institute
As Catholics, the one thing we do more than anything else is celebrate. Everything the Church does is centered around a celebration. We celebrate life. We celebrate the changing seasons with the richness of the Church's calendar. We celebrate excellence by honoring as saints the heroes of our faith. We celebrate birth & eternal life with baptism & burial. We celebrate truth, beauty, & goodness by seeking them out wherever they are to be found & honoring them in our everyday lives. We celebrate Christmas & Easter. We celebrate pilgrimage—our common journey & our own individual journeys. We celebrate salvation. We celebrate forgiveness with reconciliation. We celebrate total dedication to the service of God's people with Holy Orders. We celebrate education. We celebrate communion with God & community with the Mass. We celebrate unity by seeking to bridge the gap. We celebrate love with marriage. We celebrate…

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