SECOND PART OF THE LITURGICAL YEAR: THE EASTER CYCLE (MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION).
III. THE SEASON AFTER PENTECOST
Sunday, 19 August, 2007 (Bl 8x7)
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (II)
"We have been initiated into spiritual life by the Sacrament of Baptism, and strengthened, perfected, by the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Feast of Pentecost has celebrated the efficaciousness of Baptism and Confirmation: the graves and fruits given by the Holy Ghost. The Church recalls in the Liturgy today the duty of charity which derives from them." (Br 3x7)
Epistle: First Letter of Bl. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, 3:4-9. (Bl 8x7)
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke, 10:23-37.
St. John Eudes, Confessor (III) (Rd 2x4)
"St. John Eudes, born in Normandy, was educated by the Jesuits. Ordained Priest, he founded the Congregation of the Priests of Jesus and Mary, called Eudists, and the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. As preacher, writer and founder he promoted public devotion to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He died A.D. 1680."
Lesson: From the Book of Ecclesiasticus, 31:8-11.
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke, 12:35-40.
Monday, 20 August, 2007
St. Bernard, Abbot, Doctor of the Church (III)
"St. Bernard, born of noble Burgundian parents, was a monk of the Cistercian Order, a branch of the Benedictine Order. He became Abbot of the famous monastery of Clairvaux, which he himself had founded. The writings, sermons and letters of this great Doctor rendered invaluable services to the Church. He also preached the second crusade, and died at Clairvaux A.D. 1153."
Lesson: From the Book of Ecclesiasticus, 39:6-14.
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 5:13-19.
Tuesday, 21 August, 2007
St. Jane Francis Fremiot de Chantal, Widow (III)
"Born at Dijon, Jane Frances was a bright example as daughter, spouse, mother and widow. She founded the Order of the Visitation, guided by St. Francis de Sales. She died at Moulins A.D. 1641."
Lesson: From the Book of Proverbs, 31:10-31.
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 19:3-12.
Wednesday, 22 August, 2007
The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (II)
"Mary began her journey along the road to perfection at a height to which other Saints arrived only at the end of a long life of saintliness. In all other children of Adam original sin prevented the divine generosity from having a free course. But Mary was created immaculate, and therefore the grace of God streamed into her soul without check or hindrance. Her sinlessness, her heavenly purity, directed every action, every movement to God. Her heart was the pattern and model of all virtues, of all purity! 'Blessed are the pure in heart!'"
Lesson: From the Book of Ecclesiasticus, 24: 23-31.
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John, 19:25-27.
Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus & Symphorian, Martyrs (Comm.)
"These martyrs though commemorated together suffered in different persecutions, Timothy under Maximian, Bishop Hippolytus under Alexander, and the youth Symphorian under Aurelian."
Thursday, 23 August, 2007
St. Philip Benizi, Confessor (III)
"St. Philip was born at Florence of the noble family of Benizi. He entered the Order of the Servites as a lay brother. Ordained a priest, he was made General of the Order."
Epistle: First Letter of Bl. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, 4:9-14.
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 1:1-16.
Friday, 24 August, 2007
St. Bartholomew, Apostle (III)
"St. Bartholomew the Apostle, whose name means: son of Tholomy, is believed to be the same as the Nathaniel whom the Master praised as the Israelite in whom there was no guile. He preached the faith in India and Armenia. He was flayed alive and beheaded A.D. 71."
Epistle: First Letter of Bl. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, 12:27-31.
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke, 6:12-19.
Saturday, 25 August, 2007
St. Louis IX, King, Confessor (III)
"The pious queen of France, Blanche, educated her son Louis IX to be a model for all kings in his faith, courage, and love of justice. He undertook two crusades to reconquer the Holy Land. The plague, which decimated his army in Africa, struck him down and he died at Tunis. This most Christian king reigned from 1226 to 1270."
Lesson: From the Book of Wisdom, 10:10-14.
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke, 19:12-26.
 Remarks are abstracted from The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual, from Editio Typica of the Roman Missal and Breviary, 1962
(Baronius Press Limited, London, 2004, in conjunction with the Fraternal Society of St. Peter, www.baroniuspress.com)