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Thursday of Passion Week: Daily Lenten Meditations


One of the painful things that must accompany close friendship here below is the frequent unavoidable absence of the one we love. I cannot always have the comfort of my friend’s companionship. There must of necessity come times when duty shall set our feet on paths that lead in opposite directions, and then the absence of my friend is painful—his kindly smile, the clasp of his hand, his gentle voice that tells of a heart warm in its love for me. And how the hours drag until my friend returns again!

Yes, so it must ever be with my earthly friends. But oh, how good it is to know that it need not be so in my relations with my Divine Friend! Our paths need never part. Wherever my journey may lead, my Divine Friend, if I will only have it so, will walk by my side unfailingly, holding my hand in reassuring clasp. In the loneliness of separation from my other friends His blessed presence will be comfort all-sufficing. In the silence of all other voices His voice will sound within my soul in accents whose sweetness no human words can tell.

Ah no, there need not be the bitterness of solitary hours in my life with so dear a friend as my Divine Friend ever eager to be my close companion. There is no need to fear the day when all my other friends shall have been taken to a better world, no need to dread the solitary journey I also soon must make out of this world of time into eternity; no, forever by my side, infinitely gentle and loving, will stand my Divine Friend, Christ Jesus.

Dear Jesus, Divine Friend, have mercy on us.

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL:  Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

EPISTLE:  Dan. 3:25, 34-45 

Daniel recalls the humiliation of the Israelites who were delivered to their enemies on account of their sins. Prayer of Azarias.

In those days Azarias prayed to the Lord, saying: O Lord our God: deliver us not up for ever, we beseech Thee, for Thy name’s sake, and abolish not Thy covenant: and take not away Thy mercy from us, for the sake of Abraham Thy beloved, and Isaac Thy servant, and Israel Thy holy one: to whom Thou hast spoken, promis-ing that Thou wouldst multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is on the sea shore: for we, O Lord, are diminished more than any nation, and are brought low in all the earth this day for our sins. Neither is there at this time prince, or leader, or prophet, or holocaust, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place of first-fruits before Thee, that we may find Thy mercy: nevertheless in a contrite heart and humble spirit let us be accepted. As in holocausts of rams, and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be made in Thy sight this day, that it may please Thee: for there is no confusion to them that trust in Thee. And now we follow Thee with all our heart, and we fear Thee, and seek Thy face. Put us not to confusion: but deal with us according to Thy meekness, and according to the multitude of Thy mercies. And deliver us according to Thy wonderful works, and give glory to Thy name, O Lord: and let all them be confounded that show evils to Thy servants, let them be confounded in all Thy might, and let their strength be broken: and let them know that Thou art the Lord the only God, and glorious over all the world, O Lord our God.

 GOSPEL:  Lk. 7: 36-50 

Conversion of Magdalen. Let us also weep for our sins.

At that time one of the Pharisees desired Jesus to eat with Him. And He went into the house of the Pharisee, and sat down to meat. And behold a woman that was in the city, a sinner, when she knew that He sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment: and standing behind at His feet, she began to wash His feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment. And the Pharisee, who had invited Him, seeing it, spoke within himself, saying: This man, if He were a prophet, would know surely who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: that she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said to him: Simon, I have somewhat to say to thee. And he said: Master, say it. A certain creditor had two debtors: the one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which therefore of the two loveth him most? Simon answering, said: He, I suppose, to whom he forgave more. And He said to him: Thou hast judged rightly. And turning to the woman, He said unto Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she with tears hath washed My feet, and hath wiped them with her hair. Thou gavest Me no kiss: but she, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss My feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she with ointment hath anointed My feet. Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much. But to whom less is forgiven, he loveth less. And He said to her: Thy sins are forgiven thee. And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves: Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And He said to the woman: Thy faith has saved thee: go in peace.

March 22, 2018   No Comments

Wednesday in Passion Week: Daily Lenten Meditations


Some good people have a highly developed sense of the fear of God. It is a wholesome thing, for, as the Holy Spirit reminds us, it is the “beginning of wisdom.” And yet, unbalanced by a lively appreciation of God’s fatherly kindness, it can have a very warping influence on our life as well as doing serious injustice to Him to whom the Psalmist addresses the beautiful words: “For You, O Lord, are kind and forgiving and rich in mercy.”

Kind and forgiving! Yes, that is a perfect picture of the Gentle Master. When first He shows Himself to us in Bethlehem’s cave it is a little Babe we see, kind and forgiving, indeed, beyond all words to tell.

Kind and forgiving, He grew to lovely Boyhood by Mary’s side in hidden Nazareth.

Kind and forgiving, He walked the ways of Galilee, or on the hillsides taught the multitudes His saving truths, or healed the sick or gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb.

Kind and forgiving, He whispered soothing words to hearts that bled, or saving words of absolution over souls dyed scarlet with the stains of sin.

Kind and forgiving, He saw Himself despised and ridiculed; beheld the darkening cloud of hatred grow darker and finally break out into the storm that lashed and beat and buffeted till there was left no life in Him.

Our Gentle Master is kind and forgiving. So was it in those far-off days which saw the toils and sufferings of His mortal life, so it is now in these more wondrous days of tabernacled solitude when, to be close to us, He lives His kind, forgiving life of Eucharistic love.

And yet good people will hold back from Him in fear! Strange, is it not?

Jesus, Gentle Master, have mercy on us.

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL:  Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

EPISTLE:  Lev. 19: 1,2, 11-19 

The law of God Whose word is stable.

In those days the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: I am the Lord your God. You shall not steal. You shall not lie, neither shall any man deceive his neighbor. Thou shalt not swear falsely by My name, nor profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord. Thou shalt not calumniate thy neighbor, nor oppress him by violence. The wages of him that hath been hired by thee shall not abide with thee until the morning. Thou shalt not speak evil of the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind; but thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, because I am the Lord. Thou shalt not do that which is unjust, nor judge unjustly. Respect not the per-son of the poor, nor honor the countenance of the mighty. But judge thy neighbor according to justice. Thou shalt not be a detractor, nor a whis-perer among the people. Thou shalt not stand by as thy neighbor’s blood is shed. I am the Lord. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart, if thou must reprove him openly, lest thou incur sin through him. Seek not revenge, nor be mindful of the injury of thy fellow countrymen. Thou shalt love thy friend as thyself. I am the Lord. Keep ye My laws. For I am the Lord your God.

GOSPEL:  Jn. 10: 22-38 

Obstinacy of the Jews in rejecting Jesus. The Sanhedrin hated our Lord and sought to stone Him. The Jews, rejecting the Pastor of their souls, are no longer His sheep, but the Gentiles, baptized or reconciled to God at the Easter Feast, are the sheep who hear His voice and to whom He gives eternal life.

At that time it was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem: and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. The Jews therefore came round about Him, and said to Him: How long dost Thou hold our souls in suspense? If Thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them: I speak to you, and you believe not. The works that I do in the name of My Father, they give testimony of Me: but you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice: and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give them life everlasting: and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall pluck them out of My hand. That which My Father hath given Me is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of My Father. I and the Father are one. The Jews then took up stones to stone Him. Jesus answered them: Many good works I have showed you from My Father; for which of those works do you stone Me? The Jews answered Him: For a good work we stone Thee not, but for blasphemy: and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God. Jesus answered them: Is it not written in your law: I said, you are gods? If he called them gods, to whom the word of God was spoken, and the Scripture cannot be broken: do you say of Him Whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world: Thou blasphemest: because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not. But if I do, though you will not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.

March 21, 2018   No Comments

Tuesday of Passion Week: Daily Lenten Meditations


Was there ever a heart that did not respond to the strong appeal of generous love? When another spends himself for me, when another suffers for my welfare, my heart expands with feelings of gratitude and I long to prove my deep appreciation.

Yes, so it is with my friends here on earth. But is it always so with my Divine Friend? Never was there a friend so generously devoted as He. Never was there a friend who suffered so much to prove His affection. Utterly self-forgetting, He sets no bounds to His giving. All that I am or have He has given me out of His infinitely bountiful love. My very life is a gift from His generous hand. My body with its wonderful powers, my soul with its more wonderful faculties, all come to me from my Divine Friend.

And more than this! He not only gives me temporal gifts, but an eternity of unimaginable joys in His own bright heaven He has prepared for me when life’s day is over.

But He did not stop there. When, by my sins, I offended my heavenly Father and lost my rich inheritance, He took my guilt upon Himself and suffered and died to atone for my wickedness.

Such is the generous love of my Divine Friend. And how do I respond to His infinite goodness? Am I not shamefully shabby at times in my treatment of Him? How seldom I go out of my way to let Him know that I appreciate His bountiful love! And when He comes to ask favors of me, the merest trifles though they always are, how often I find it in my heart to seek excuses to avoid the giving! Shaming, is it not?

Dear Jesus, Divine Friend, have mercy on us.

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL:  Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

EPISTLE:  Dan. 14: 27-42

The Epistle foretells the approaching Passion of the Messias and the rejection of Israel. Daniel destroying Bel is the figure of Christ denouncing the crimes of the world.

In those days the Babylonians came to the king and said to him: Deliver us Daniel, who hath destroyed Bel, and killed the dragon; or else we will destroy thee and thy house. And the king saw that they pressed upon him violently: and, being constrained by necessity, he delivered Daniel to them. And they cast him into the den of lions, and he was there six days. And in the den there were seven lions, and they had given to them two carcasses every day, and two sheep: but then they were not given unto them, that they might devour Daniel. Now there was in Judea a prophet called Habacuc, and he had boiled pottage, and had broken bread in a bowl: and was going into the field to carry it to the reapers. And the Angel of the Lord said to Habacuc: Carry the dinner which thou hast into Babylon to Daniel, who is in the lion’s den. And Habacuc said: Lord, I never saw Babylon, nor do I know the den. And the Angel of the Lord took him by the top of his head, and carried him by the hair of his head, and set him in Babylon, over the den, in the force of his spirit. And Habacuc cried, saying: O Daniel, thou servant of God, take the dinner that God hath sent thee. And Daniel said: Thou hast remembered me, O God, and Thou hast not forsaken them that love Thee. And Daniel arose, and ate. And the angel of the Lord presently set Habacuc again in his own place. And upon the seventh day the king came to bewail Daniel: and he came to the den, and looked in, and behold, Daniel was sitting in the midst of the lions. And the king cried out with a loud voice, saying: Great art Thou, O Lord, the God of Daniel. And he drew him out of the lion’s den. But those that had been the cause of his destruction, he cast into the den, and they were devoured in a moment before him. Then the king said: Let all the inhabitants of the whole earth fear the God of Daniel: for He is the Savior, working signs and wonders in the earth; Who hath delivered Daniel out of the lion’s den.

GOSPEL:  Jn. 7: 1-13

Jesus denounces the crimes and the sins of the world; the Jews seek to kill Him.

At that time Jesus walked in Galilee, for He would not walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand. And His brethren said to Him: Pass from hence and go into Judea, that Thy disciples also may see Thy works which Thou dost. For there is no man that doth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly: if Thou do these things, manifest Thyself to the world. For neither did His brethren believe in Him. Then Jesus said to them: My time is not yet come; but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you: but Me it hateth, because I give testimony of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go you up to this festival day, but I go not up to this festival day: because My time is not accomplished. When He had said these things, He Himself stayed in Galilee. But after His brethren were gone up, then He also went up to the feast not publicly, but as it were privately. The Jews therefore sought Him on the festival day, and said: Where is He? And there was much murmuring among the multitude concerning Him. For some said: He is a good man. And others said: No, but He seduceth the people. Yet no man spoke openly of Him, for fear of the Jews.

March 20, 2018   No Comments

Missa Cantata will be offered on the Feast of St. Joseph

Latin High Mass – Missa Cantata will be offered on the Feast of St. Joseph, Monday, March 19, 2018 at St. Joseph Church 500 Woodlawn Ave. in Collingdale, Pennsylvania at 7:00 p.m. as part of their annual 40 Hours Eucharistic Devotions.

March 18, 2018   No Comments

Passion Sunday (Judica Sunday)

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Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine’s
The Church’s Year

This Sunday, called Judica from the first word of the Introit, is also called Passion Sunday, because from this day the Church occupies herself exclusively with the contemplation of the passion and death of Christ. The pictures of Christ crucified are covered today in memory of his having hidden Himself from the Jews until His entrance into Jerusalem, no longer showing Himself in public. (John XI. 54.) In the Mass the Glory be to the Father, etc. is omitted, because in the person of Christ the Holy Trinity was dishonored. The psalm Judica is not said today, because on this day the high priests held council about our Lord, for which reason the Church in the name of the suffering Saviour uses these words at the Introit:

INTROIT Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man, for Thou art my God and my strength. Send forth thy light and thy truth: they have conducted me, and brought me unto thy holy hill, and into thy tabernacles. (Ps. XLII. 1. 3.)

COLLECT We beseech Thee, Almighty God, graciously to look upon Thy family; that by Thy bounty it may be governed in body, and by Thy protection be guarded in mind. Through, &c.

EPISTLE (Heb. IX. 11-15.) Brethren, Christ being come, a high-priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, neither by the blood of goats or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who, by the Holy Ghost, offered himself without spot to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? And therefore he is the Mediator of the new testament; that by means of his death, for the redemption of those trangressions which were under the former testament; they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

EXPLANATION St. Paul here teaches, that Christ as the true high-priest of the New Testament, through His precious blood on the altar of the cross, has indeed rendered perfect satisfaction for sins, but that the sinner must also do his own part, by cooperating with Christ to make himself less unworthy of participating in His passion and merits, and to appropriate to himself its fruits. This is done when he diligently and devoutly assists at the unbloody Sacrifice of the Mass, by which the fruits of the death on the cross are attributed to us; when, according to the will of the Church, he purifies his conscience by true contrition and confession; and when he seeks by trust in Christ’s merits to render some satisfaction for his sins through voluntary penance and faithful following of Christ.

ASPIRATION Grant us, O meek Jesus, Thy grace, that through perfect sorrow for our sins and the exercise of good works we may become participators in the merits of Thy bitter passion.

GOSPEL (John VIII. 46-59.) At that time, Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews: Which of you shall convince me of sin? If I say the truth to you, why do you not believe me? He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God. The Jews therefore answered, and said to him: Do not we say well, that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered: I have not a devil; but I honor my Father, and you have dishonored me. But I seek not my own glory; there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Amen, amen, I say to you, if any-man keep my word, he shall not see death for ever. The Jews therefore said: Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest: If any man keep my word, he shall not taste death for ever. Art thou greater than our Father Abraham, who is dead? and the prophets are dead. Whom dost thou make thyself? Jesus answered: If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father that glorifieth me, of whom you say that he is your God. And you have not known him; but I know him. And if I shall say that I know him not, I shall be like to you, a liar. But I do know him, and do keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it, and was glad. The Jews therefore said to him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am. They took up stones therefore to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

Why did Christ ask the Jews, which of them should convince Him of sin?

To show us that he who would teach and punish others, should strive to be irreproachable himself; and to prove that He, being free from sin, was more than mere man, and therefore, the Messiah, the Son of God, as He repeatedly told the Jews, especially in this day’s gospel, and substantiated by His great and numerous miracles.

Why did He say: He that is of God, heareth the words of God?

To prove that the Jews on account of their stubbornness and unbelief were not the children of God, but of the devil. “Therefore,” St. Gregory says, “let every one when he hears the word of God, ask himself, of whom he is. Eternal truth demands that we be desirous of the heavenly fatherland, that we tame the desires of the flesh, be indifferent to the praises of the world, covet not our neighbor’s goods, and give alms according to our means. Therefore examine yourself, and if you find in your heart this voice of God, then you will know that you are of God.”


When Christ told the Jews the truth, He received insults and calumny; they called Him a Samaritan, that is, an unbeliever, a heretic, one possessed of a devil. This was a terrible slander, and it must have pained Him exceedingly, but at the same time it is a great consolation to those who are innocently calumniated, when they consider that Christ Himself received nothing better. St. Augustine consoles such by saying: “O friend, what is there that can happen to you that your Saviour did not suffer before you? Is it slander? He heard it, when He was called a glutton, a drunkard, a heretic, and a rebel, a companion of sinners, one possessed of a devil; He even heard, when casting out devils, that He did so by Beelzebub, prince of devils.” (Matt. IX. 34.) He therefore comforts His apostles, saying, If they have called the good man of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household? (Matt, X. 25.) Are the pains bitter? There is no pain so bitter that He has not endured it; for what is. more painful, and at the same time more ignominious, than the death of the cross? For think, says St. Paul, diligently upon him who endured such opposition from sinners against himself: that you be not wearied (by all contempt and calumny), fainting in your minds. (Heb. XII. 3.)

How and why did Christ defend Himself against those who slandered Hate?

Only by denying with the greatest modesty the things with which they reproached Him, saying that He had not a devil, that He was not a Samaritan, because He honored His Father not in their manner, but in His own. In repelling this calumny while He left the rest unanswered, Christ removed all doubt in regard to His divine mission, thus vindicating the honor of God, and securing the salvation of man. Christ thus teaches us by His own conduct to defend ourselves only against those detractions and insults which endanger the honor of God and the salvation of man, and then to defend ourselves with all modesty; by no means however to do it, if they injure only our own good name, for we should leave the restoration of that to God, as exemplified by Christ, who knows better than we how to preserve and restore it.

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How had Abraham seen Christ’s day?

In spirit, that is, by. divine revelation he foresaw the coming of Christ and rejoiced; also, he heard, by revelation from God, with the other just in Limbo, that Christ’s coming had taken place, and derived the greatest comfort from it.

Why did Christ conceal Himself from the Jews, instead of taking vengeance?

Because the time of His death had not come; because He would show His meekness and patience and teach us that we should avoid our enemies rather than resist them or take vengeance on them; Christ wished to instruct us to avoid passionate and quarrelsome people, for it is an honor for a man, to separate from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches. (Prov. XX. 3.)

PETITION When Thine enemies calumniated Thee, most meek Jesus, Thou didst answer them with tender words, and when they were about to stone Thee, Thou didst depart from them, whilst we can scarcely bear a hard word, and far from yielding to our neighbor, defend and avenge ourselves most passionately. Ah! pardon us our impatience, and grant us the grace to bear patiently the wrongs done us, and when necessary, answer with gentleness for Thy glory and the salvation of our neighbor.

March 17, 2018   No Comments

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent: Daily Lenten Meditations


The way had been long and the Master was weary. When they reached the well the others went into the village to purchase food for the evening meal while Jesus sat on the well-curb to rest. A woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her for a drink from the well—He a Jew, she a Samaritan. It was an unheard-of thing and she expressed her astonishment. “If you knew the gift of God,” the Master replied, “and who He is that says to you: Give Me to drink, you perhaps would have asked of Him and He would have given you living water.” The implication was of her deplorable ignorance with the consequent privation of an immense good.

“If you knew the gift of God.” Some day life for me will be almost over—life with its wondrous opportunities. Eternity, vast, unchangeable, will be closing in upon me. In a few brief moments my everlasting destiny shall be irrevocably fixed.

I wonder if in that solemn hour I shall hear ringing in my ear the voice of my Divine Friend: “If you knew the gift of God.” If you knew the gift of God that lay in the trials and sufferings of life from which you shrank so impatiently! If you knew the gift of God hidden in the humble duties of your prosaic life, in the weariness, the loneliness, the monotony of it all! If you knew the gift of God in the voice of conscience urging you to repentance, in the whispered inspiration of grace, in the wonderful Sacraments—if you knew, think what you might be now: a saint of God . . . but now it is too late!

Dear Jesus, Divine Friend, have mercy on us. 

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL: Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

EPISTLE: Is. 49:8-15

The Prophet Isaias sees hastening from all sides the Christian people who are waiting with holy impatience for the Easter Feast, when at last their souls may quench their thirst in the springs of grace through the Sacraments of Baptism and Penance.

Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time I have heard thee, and in the day of salvation I have helped thee: and I have preserved thee, and given thee to be a covenant of the people, that thou mightest raise up the earth and possess the inheritances that were destroyed: that thou mightest say to them that are bound: Come forth: and to them that are in darkness: Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be every plain. They shall not hunger, nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun strike them: for He that is merciful to them shall be their shepherd, and at the fountains of waters He shall give them drink. And I will make all My mountains away, and My paths shall be exalted. Behold these shall come from afar, and behold these from the north and from the sea, and these from the south country. Give praise, O ye heavens, and rejoice, O earth; ye mountains, give praise with jubilation: because the Lord hath comforted His people, and will have mercy on His poor ones. And Sion said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and the Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? And if she should forget, yet will not I forget thee, saith the Lord almighty.

GOSPEL:  Jn. 8:12-20

To those who are in darkness Jesus gives light, for He is “the light of the world, and he who followeth Him, walketh not in darkness, but in the light of life.” Let us ask Christ to fill our minds and our hearts with the light of His grace.

At that time Jesus spoke to the mul-titudes of the Jews, saying: I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said to Him: Thou givest testimony of Thyself: Thy testimony is not true. Jesus answered and said to them: Although I give testimony of Myself, My testimony is true: for I know whence I came and whither I go: but you know not whence I come or whither I go. You judge according to the flesh: I judge not any man: and if I do judge, My judgment is true, because I am not alone: but I and the Father that sent Me. And in your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that give testi-mony of Myself: and the Father that sent Me giveth testimony of Me. They said therefore to Him: Where is Thy Father? Jesus answered: Neither Me do you know, nor My Father: if you did know Me, perhaps you would know My Father also. These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, teaching in the temple: and no man laid hands on Him, because His hour was not yet come.

March 17, 2018   No Comments

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent: Daily Lenten Meditations


There must have been disappointment in His voice as well as in His Heart as He asked the question: “Philip, have I been so long a time with you, and have you not known Me?” Humanly speaking it must have been downright discouraging. Three long years the gentle Master instructed them, keeping them close to Himself that they might come to know Him well. And now when the end had almost come one of His chosen Twelve made it clear that, in spite of His efforts, He still was unknown to them.

My indignation rises at the thought, and yet I wonder if at times my Divine Friend might not quite justly put a like question to me. Yes, so long a time indeed, has He been with me, and still is it not true that it would sometimes seem as if I really did not know our Lord?

So long a time has He been with me caring for all my needs like a tender father, leading me by the hand along the dark ways of life, being my companion in my lonely hours, bearing with me in my weakness, forgiving my faults and failings, whispering words of comfort and counsel, yes, even feeding my soul with His Flesh and Blood and making Himself a Prisoner in a dark cell—and all just to be with me, His poor sinful child.

And I? Ah, surely I often treat Him as if I knew Him not. Like an unknown stranger I pass Him by. Hour by hour He stands by my side and I heed Him not. Creatures, ah yes, how well I know them! But my Divine Friend—what a matter for shame that I should know Him so poorly!

Dear Jesus, Divine Friend, have  mercy on us.

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL: Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal 

EPISTLE:  III Kings 17:17-24

Raising of the dead by the Prophet Elias.

In those days the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick, and the sickness was very grievous, so that there was no breath left in him. And she said to Elias: What have I to do with thee, thou man of God? Art thou come to me that my iniquities should be remembered, and that thou shouldst kill my son? And Elias said to her: Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him into the upper chamber where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed, and he cried to the Lord, and said: O Lord my God, hast Thou afflicted also the widow, with whom I am after a sort maintained, so as to kill her son? And he stretched, and measured himself upon the child three times, and cried to the Lord and said: O Lord my God, let the soul of this child, I beseech Thee, return into his body. And the Lord heard the voice of Elias: and the soul of the child returned into him, and he revived. And Elias took the child, and brought him down from the upper chamber to the house below, and delivered him to his mother, and said to her: Behold thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elias: Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and the word of the Lord in thy mouth is true.

GOSPEL:  Jn. 11:1-45 

Resurrection of Lazarus.

At that time there was a certain man sick, named Lazarus, of Bethania, of the town of Mary and of Martha her sister. (And Mary was she that anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair: whose brother Lazarus was sick.) His sisters therefore sent to Him, saying: Lord, behold he whom Thou lovest is sick. And Jesus hearing it said to them: This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister Mary and Lazarus. When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He still remained in the same place two days. Then after that, He said to His disciples: Let us go into Judea again. The disciples say to Him: Rabbi, the Jews but now sought to stone Thee, and goest Thou thither again? Jesus answered: Are there not twelve hours of the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world: but if he walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him. These things He said, and after that He said to them: Lazarus our friend sleepeth: but I go that I may awake him out of sleep. His disciples therefore said: Lord, if he sleep he shall do well. But Jesus spoke of his death: and they thought that He spoke of the repose of sleep. Then therefore Jesus said to them plainly: Lazarus is dead: and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe: but let us go to him. Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples: Let us also go that we may die with Him. Jesus therefore came, and found that he had been four days already in the grave. (Now Bethania was near Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off.) And many of the Jews were come to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Martha therefore as soon as she heard that Jesus was come, went to meet Him: but Mary sat at home. Martha therefore said to Jesus: Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But now also I know that whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee. Jesus said to her: Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith to Him: I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live: and every one that liveth and believeth in Me shall not die forever. Believest thou this? She saith to Him: Yea, Lord, I have believed that Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God, Who art come into this world. And when she had said these things, she went out and called her sister Mary secretly, saying: The Master is come, and calleth for thee. She, as soon as she heard this, riseth quickly, and cometh to Him: for Jesus was not yet come into the town, but He was still in that place where Martha had met Him. The Jews therefore who were with her in the house and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up speedily and went out, followed her, saying: She goeth to the grave to weep there. When Mary therefore was come where Jesus was, seeing Him, she fell down at His feet, and saith to Him: Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. Jesus therefore when He saw her weeping, and the Jews that were come with her weeping, groaned in the spirit and was troubled, and said: Where have you laid him? They say to Him: Lord, come and see. And Jesus wept. The Jews therefore said: Behold how He loved him. But some of them said: Could not He that opened the eyes of the man born blind have caused that this man should not die? Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself, cometh to the sepulcher. Now it was a cave, and a stone was laid over it. Jesus saith: Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith to Him: Lord, by this time he stinketh, for he is now of four days. Jesus saith to her: Did I not say to thee that if thou believe, thou shalt see the glory of God? They took therefore the stone away: and Jesus lifting up His eyes said: Father, I give Thee thanks that Thou hast heard Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always, but because of the people who stand about have I said it: that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me. When He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice: Lazarus, come forth. And presently he that had been dead came forth, bound feet and hands with winding bands, and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said to them: Loose him and let him go. Many therefore of the Jews who were come to Mary and Martha, and had seen the things that Jesus did, believed in Him.



March 16, 2018   No Comments

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent: Daily Lenten Meditations

All Meditations are taken from the book Minute Meditations, from Angelus Press: https://angeluspress.org/products/minute-meditations?mc_cid=517d5bdeb0&mc_eid=1ea5146073


It was on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius. The golden beams of the morning sun came dancing merrily over the waters hand in hand with the fresh crisp breeze as it gently skimmed the silvery surface and awakened the tiny wavelets from their slumber. Breakfast was over—that wonderful breakfast prepared and served by Jesus after the miraculous draught of fishes. The Master had drawn Peter aside and the two were strolling along the sandy beach. For a time they were silent. Then Jesus spoke and His voice was full of tender pathos: “Simon,” He said, looking gently upon the once faithless, now deeply repentant Apostle, “Simon, do you love Me?”

“Do you love Me?” It was a question that spoke of the unfathomed depths of ardent yearning in the dear Heart of Jesus. It was a question that told of wounded affections, yet still all-forgiving and faithful.

“Do you love Me?” Ah, how often I, too, hear it—that same touching question, whispered by Jesus in accents no less pathetic than when Peter first heard it!

“Do you love Me?” Softly it comes in moments all unexpected, the voice of the Master patiently pleading.

When the path of godliness grows painful and I would desire to abandon it for the broad way that leads to death; when virtue has lost its attraction and willful nature demands pleasure at whatever price; when the flesh rises up against the spirit and my truant affections rebel against restraint; in the hour of darkness and discouragement or the hour of sunshine and success, softly it comes, that same pleading question, now tenderly urging, now gently reproving: Child of My Heart, do you love Me?

And dare I answer with Peter: “Lord, You know that I love You”? Dare I?

O Divine Light, be my Light! 

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL: Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

EPISTLE:  IV Kings 4:25-38

Eliseus, who is a figure of Christ, raises the son of the Sunamite woman.

Thus saith the Lord God: Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from Mine eyes: cease to doIn those days a Sunamite woman came to Eliseus to Mount Carmel: and when the man of God saw her coming towards him, he said to Giezi his servant: Behold that Sunamitess. Go therefore to meet her, and say to her: Is it well with thee, and with thy husband, and with thy son? And she answered: Well. And when she came to the man of God to the mount, she caught hold on his feet: and Giezi came to remove her. And the man of God said: Let her alone: for her soul is in anguish, and the Lord hath hid it from me and hath not told me. And she said to him: Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say to thee: Do not deceive me? Then he said to Giezi: Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thy hand and go. If any man meet thee, salute him not: and if any man salute thee, answer him not: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. But the mother of the child said: As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. He arose there-fore, and followed her. But Giezi was gone before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child, and there was no voice nor sense: and he returned to meet him, and told him, saying: The child is not risen. Eliseus therefore went into the house, and behold perversely, learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow. And then come and accuse Me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and will hearken to Me, you shall eat the good things of the land: saith the Lord almighty. the child lay dead on his bed: and going in he shut the door upon him, and upon the child: and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay upon the child: and he put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands, and he bowed himself upon him: and the child’s flesh grew warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house, once to and fro: and he went up and lay upon him: and the child gaped seven times, and opened his eyes. And he called Giezi, and said to him: Call this Sunamitess. And she being called, went in to him. And he said: Take up thy son. She came and fell at his feet, and worshipped upon the ground: and took up her son, and went out, and Eliseus returned to Galgal.

GOSPEL:  Lk. 7:11-16 (From the 15th Sunday of Pentecost)

Resurrection of the young man of Naim. Our Lord’s power over death.

AT that time, Jesus went into a city called Naim: and there went with Him His disciples, and a great multitude. And when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a great multitude of the city was with her. Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, He said to her: Weep not. And He came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it stood still. And He said: Young man, I say to thee, arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother. And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: A great prophet is risen up amongst us, and God hath visited His people.


March 15, 2018   No Comments

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent: Daily Lenten Meditations

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“O My people, what have I done to you or wherein have I molested you? Answer Me.” Strange, pitiful cry of the heavenly Father wounded by the waywardness of His rebellious children! Strange, indeed, yet stranger still that same sad lament on the lips of the Gentle Master!

“What have I done to you? Wherein have I molested you?” Our Divine Friend, our heavenly Benefactor, kind, with more than a father’s strong kindness; loving, with more than a mother’s tender love; prodigal in His bountiful giving even to the last drop of His own life’s blood—and yet His very children treat Him as if He were a tyrant who by wanton cruelty has deserved their hatred!

And myself? True, I may not have to accuse myself of anything so wicked as that. I love our Lord, of course I do, and yet I cannot deny that He has ample cause to address to me that heartbroken query: “What have I done to you?”

With creature friends I take such care to give no cause for pain, but with Jesus—well, at times I just seem not to care. I disregard His precious love to take a creature’s love instead. His gifts, unstintingly bestowed, I grasp with scarcely a word of thanks—at times I even use those very gifts to wound Him. The promises I sometimes make, I break at will, and even utterly disregard His commands. His company I seldom seek, and when I do I am so very rude. And when He comes to visit me I act almost as if He were a nuisance in my life.

Ah! Worthy indeed am I of that sad complaint: “What have I done to you?” And what shall I answer?

O Sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may ever love You more and more.

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL: Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

EPISTLE:  Is. 1:16-19

Our souls shall be made white as snow.

Thus saith the Lord God: Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from Mine eyes: cease to do perversely, learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow. And then come and accuse Me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and will hearken to Me, you shall eat the good things of the land: saith the Lord almighty.

GOSPEL:  Jn. 9:1-38

Healing of the man blind from his birth, who was sent to wash himself in the pool of Siloe.

At that time Jesus, passing by, saw a man who was blind from his birth: and His disciples asked Him: Rabbi, who hath sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind? Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him that sent Me, whilst it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world. When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle, and spread the clay upon his eyes, and said to him: Go, wash in the pool of Siloe (which is interpreted, Sent). He went therefore and washed, and he came seeing. The neighbors therefore, and they who had seen him before that he was a beggar, said: Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said: This is he. But others said: No, but he is like him. But he said: I am he. They said therefore to him: How were thine eyes opened? He answered: That man that is called Jesus made clay and anointed mine eyes, and said to me: Go to the pool of Siloe, and wash. And I went, I washed, and I see. And they said to him: Where is he? He saith: I know not. They bring him that had been blind to the Pharisees: Now it was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Again therefore the Pharisees asked him how he had received his sight. But he said to them: He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and I see. Some therefore of the Pharisees said: This man is not of God, who keepeth not the sabbath. But others said: How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say therefore to the blind man again: What sayest thou of Him that hath opened thine eyes? And he said: He is a prophet. The Jews then did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight and asked them, saying: Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said: We know that this is our son and that he was born blind: but how he now seeth we know not, or who hath opened his eyes we know not: ask him; he is of age, let him speak for himself. These things his parents said, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had already agreed among themselves, that if any man should confess him to be Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore did his parents say: He is of age, ask himself. They therefore called the man again that had been blind, and said to him: Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner. He said therefore to them: If He be a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see. They said then to him: What did He to thee? How did He open thine eyes? He answered them: I have told you already, and you have heard: why would you hear it again? Will you also become His disciples? They reviled him therefore, and said: Be thou His disciple: but we are the disciples of Moses. We know that God spoke to Moses: but as to this man, we know not from whence He is. The man answered and said to them: Why, herein is a wonderful thing, that you know not from whence He is, and He hath opened mine eyes: now we know  that God doth not hear sinners: but if a man be a server of God and doth His will, him He heareth. From the beginning of the world it hath not been heard, that any man hath opened the eyes of one born blind. Unless this man were of God, he could not do anything. They answered and said to him: Thou wast wholly born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and when He had found him, He said to him: Dost thou believe in the Son of God? He answered and said: Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him? And Jesus said to him: Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said: I believe, Lord! (Here kneel.) And falling down, he adored Him.

March 15, 2018   No Comments

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent: Daily Lenten Meditations


In the darkness of night a tiny boat is riding in the midst of the troubled sea. An ominous murmur moves over the waters. Then, with a shock and a roar the tempest swoops down from the mountains. A group of terrified seamen strain at the sails and the oars in vain endeavor to ride out the storm. Then, in the distance, approaching them, walking upon the waters, they behold a human form. They think it a phantom and cry out for fear. It is Jesus, the Master. He sees their alarm, and sweet and clear above the roar of the tempest comes the voice they know so well: “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

“It is I. Do not be afraid.” To us also, as to the frightened Apostles, our Divine Friend must often speak the same words of assurance. For we too have our hours of fear, we too often see phantoms approaching.

The failure of our cherished plans, the dying of a long-clasped hope, the abandonment of one we have loved, temptations, humiliations, sickness—such may indeed have the appearance of specters stalking in our pathway. Pause and look closely, and we shall find that the loving hand of the Master has ordered it all, or at least has permitted it, to chasten our hearts and lift them up from earthly attachments to heavenly longings. “It is I. Do not be afraid.”

Ah, then, let the winds rave, let the storm rage on! I have heard His sweet voice: “It is I. Do not be afraid,” and I know that with Jesus near all will be well.

Dear Jesus, Divine Friend, have mercy on us.

EPISTLE AND GOSPEL: Taken from the Angelus Press 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

EPISTLE:  Ex. 32:7-14

God announced to Moses His intention to destroy the ungrateful race of the Jews. Almighty God had seen His people prostrated before the Golden Calf. Moses prayed and his prayer appeased the anger of God. Let us do penance and our Lord will hear our prayers

In those days the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Go down from the mountain; thy people, which thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt, hath sinned. They have quickly strayed from the way which thou didst show them: and they have made to themselves a molten calf, and have adored it, and sacrificing victims to it, have said: These are thy gods, O Israel, that have brought thee out of the land of Egypt. And again the Lord said to Moses: I see that this people is stiff-necked: let Me alone, that My wrath may be kindled against them, and that I may destroy them, and I will make of thee a great nation. But Moses besought the Lord his God, saying: Why, O Lord, is Thine indignation enkindled against Thy people, whom Thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt, with great power and with a mighty hand? Let not the Egyptians say, I beseech Thee: He craftily brought them out, that He might kill them in the mountains and destroy them from the earth: let Thine anger cease, and be appeased upon the wickedness of Thy people: remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Thy servants, to whom Thou sworest by Thine own self, saying: I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven: and this whole land that I have spoken of I will give to your seed, and you shall possess it for ever. And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which He had spoken against His people.

GOSPEL:  Jn. 7:14-31

Jesus confounds His perfidious enemies by appealing to the authority of Moses, but fails to change their hearts.

At that time, about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught. And the Jews wondered, saying: How doth this man know letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them and said: My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do the will of Him, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory. But He that seeketh the glory of Him that sent Him, He is true, and there is no injustice in Him. Did not Moses give you the law: and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why seek you to kill Me? The multitude answered and said: Thou hast a devil: who seeketh to kill Thee? Jesus answered and said to them: One work I have done, and you all wonder. Therefore Moses gave you circumcision (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers): and on the sabbath day you circumcise a man. If a man receive circumcision on the sabbath day, that the law of Moses may not be broken: are you angry at Me, because I have healed the whole man on the sabbath day? Judge not according to the appearance, but judge just judgment. Some therefore of Jerusalem said: Is not this He Whom they seek to kill? And behold He speaketh openly, and they say nothing to Him. Have the rulers known for a truth that this is the Christ? But we know this Man whence He is: but when the Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence He is. Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying: You both know Me, and you know whence I am: and I am not come of Myself, but He that sent Me is true, Whom you know not. I know Him, because I am from Him, and He hath sent Me. They sought therefore to apprehend Him: and no man laid hands on Him, because His hour was not yet come. But of the people many believed in Him.

March 13, 2018   No Comments