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Memorial of Saint Lucy December 13, 2017 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SW_120711_II.mp3 This psalm is a joyful recognition and proclamation of God’s redemptive presence and action in our lives. In it we recall God’s benefits and gifts to me–to all of us. We acknowledge His l […]
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One blogger offers a list of "The best philosophy books for beginners."The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes is said to have wandered the streets with a lamp during the day, “looking for an honest man.” Today, it might be said, some people wander the internet, trying to sift through an ocean of opinions to find wisdom. Read More…
$515 will support the next project of the Santa Cruz Association. Congrats!The Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) Association of Colombia won Aleteia’s Lampstand contest in November. The association is dedicated to educating young people in life and Christian values. They do summer camps, retreats, excursions, prayer groups, charity work and other things — almost alway […]
The martyr who died in Italy became the most popular saint of the North.During the 3rd century a girl named Lucy (Lucia in Latin) was born to noble parents. At an early age Lucy dedicated her virginity to Christ, but her mother was not aware of it and arranged to have her married. Lucy refused Read More…
Photo of the Day: December 13, 2017The ‘Kongl. Teknologkoren’ choir performs at the Seglora church near the open-air museum, Skansen, in Stockholm, Sweden, on St. Lucy’s Day, December 13. Photograph by Henrik Montgomery for TT News via AFP
A reflection and prayer for December 13, 2017, Day 11 of AdventJesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for Read More…
At times, adolescents may seek in technology the security they can't find in themselves.Today’s new technologies are excellent, because they improve people’s lives. The problem arises from a harmful use of the internet—a negative use, to which the youngest people are most vulnerable, since they are in the midst of the process of forming their Read More… […]
We see what people care about by the energy they put into it. Parishes should take note.You might well think the parish didn’t want anyone to come to Mass for the Immaculate Conception. I was looking for the Mass times on the parish’s website, because I was away from home and had to go to Read More…
Psalm 93 [Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition]
1 The Lord is the God to whom revenge belongeth: the God of revenge hath acted freely.
2 Lift up thyself, thou that judgest the earth: render a reward to the proud.
3 How long shall sinners, O Lord: how long shall sinners glory?
4 Shall they utter, and speak iniquity: shall all speak who work injustice?
5 Thy people, O Lord, they have brought low: and they have afflicted thy inheritance.
6 They have slain the widow and the stranger: and they have murdered the fatherless.
7 And they have said: The Lord shall not see: neither shall the God of Jacob understand.
8 Understand, ye senseless among the people: and, you fools, be wise at last.
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? or he that formed the eye, doth he not consider?
10 He that chastiseth nations, shall he not rebuke: he that teacheth man knowledge?
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou shalt instruct, O Lord: and shalt teach him out of thy law.
13 That thou mayst give him rest from the evil days: till a pit be dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not cast off his people: neither will he forsake his own inheritance.
15 Until justice be turned into judgment: and they that are near it are all the upright in heart.
16 Who shall rise up for me against the evildoers? or who shall stand with me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the Lord had been my helper, my soul had almost dwelt in hell.
18 If I said: My foot is moved: thy mercy, O Lord, assisted me.
19 According to the multitude of my sorrows in my heart, thy comforts have given joy to my soul.
20 Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, who framest labour in commandment?
21 They will hunt after the soul of the just, and will condemn innocent blood.
22 But the Lord is my refuge: and my God the help of my hope.
23 And he will render them their iniquity: and in their malice he will destroy them: the Lord our God will destroy them.