• Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious

Gospel Mk 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood."

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August 1, 2015

Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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St. Alphonsus Liguori was a well-known preacher, confessor, author, bishop and founder of a religious congregation in the 18th century. He spent most of his ninety years serving the people in and near Naples. He looked after the poor, youth, and all those in need of spiritual attention. Among his many writings is “The Way of the Cross” which is still used by parishes around the world for Lenten devotions.

St. Alphonsus experienced suffering, both physical and mental. He became crippled and almost blind while enduring problems related to his founding a new religious congregation, the Congregation of the Holy Redeemer (known today as the Redemptorists). Yet his faith is Christ always prevailed. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). Today we recognize St. Alphonsus Liguori as patron of vocations.

Suggested missionary action:  Let us pray to St. Alphonsus Liguori, patron of vocations, to lead men and women to become missionaries. And let us also ask St. Alphonsus to help us in living our own missionary vocation well, through our prayers and sacrifices.

Meet Those Who Offer a Listening Heart in the Missions… Support the “Messengers of Healing Hope and Peace” – priests and religious in training – in the Mission Church. Read more.


August 2, 2015

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The crowds who heard Jesus speak were eager to see miraculous signs of His power. Many had seen Him create enough food to satisfy thousands from just a few loaves and fish. Now they wanted Christ to prove Himself again. Instead He reminded them of the manna that Almighty God gave the Israelites on their long journey from Egypt. “They said to Him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever comes to Me will never thirst’” (John 6:34-35).

The crowd was puzzled. He was describing Himself as “the bread of life.” Not until later, when Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper and then suffered and died on the cross, did they understand. Jesus came to offer salvation to all people through the sacrifice of His body and blood.

Suggested missionary action:  Let us renew our efforts to transform our faith into action by sharing our belief in Christ. We can also help those who communicate the word of God by supporting the Church’s Missions.

Meet Those Who Offer a Listening Heart in the Missions… Support the “Messengers of Healing Hope and Peace” – priests and religious in training – in the Mission Church. Read more.

 

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