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Daily Readings for Friday, May 17, 2024

Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 25:13-21, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:11-12, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:19-20, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:1-2, Gospel: John 21:15-19

St. Paschal Baylon: Saint of the Day for Friday, May 17, 2024

Franciscan lay brother and mystic. Born to a peasant family at Torre Hermosa, in Aragon, on Whitsunday, he was christened Pascua in honor of the feast. According to accounts of his early life, Paschal labored as a shepherd for his father, performed miracles, and was distinguished for his austerity. He also taught himself to read. Receiving a vision which told him to enter a nearby Franciscan community, he became a Franciscan lay brother of the Alcantrine reform in 1564, and spent most of his ...

Daily Readings for Thursday, May 16, 2024

Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 23:6-11, Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 22:30, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:7-11, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:1-2, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:5, Gospel: John 17:20-26

St. Simon Stock: Saint of the Day for Thursday, May 16, 2024

Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he joined a group of Carmelites with whom he later returned to Europe. Simon Stock founded many Carmelite Communities, especially in University towns such as Cambridge, ...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 20:28-38, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 68:33-36, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 68:29-30, Gospel: John 17:11-19

St. Dymphna: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Dymphna was born in Ireland sometime in the seventh century to a pagan father and devout Christian mother. When she was fourteen, she consecrated herself to Christ and took a vow of chastity. Soon afterward, her mother died and her father - who had loved his wife deeply - began to suffer a rapid deterioration of his mental stability. So unhinged was Dymphna's father, Damon, that the King's counselors suggested he remarry. Though he was still grieving for his wife, he agreed to remarry if a ...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 1:20-26, Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 1:15-17, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 113:1-8, Gospel: John 15:9-17

St. Matthias: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, May 14, 2024

How does one qualify to be an apostle? The first act of the apostles after the Ascension of Jesus was to find a replacement for Judas. With all the questions, doubts, and dangers facing them, they chose to focus their attention on finding a twelfth apostle. Why was this important? Twelve was a very important number to the Chosen People: twelve was the number of the twelve tribes of Israel. If the new Israel was to come from the disciples of Jesus, a twelfth apostle was needed. But Jesus ...

Daily Readings for Monday, May 13, 2024

Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 19:1-8, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 68:2-7, Gospel: John 16:29-33

St. John the Silent: Saint of the Day for Monday, May 13, 2024

Bishop of Colonia in Palestine and a hermit. Born in Nicopolis, Armenia, he established a monastery at the age of eighteen. Appointed a bishop at the age of twenty-eight, he spent nine years in his office before retiring to Jerusalem to embrace the eremitical life. Through a vision, he found his way to the monastery, or laura, of St. Sabas, asking to be walled up and living for seventy-five years as a silent recluse.