28Feb 28 Feb, 2017. Tuesday, Week 8

1st Reading: Sirach 35:1-12

He recommends generosity to the poor and condemns extortion

The one who keeps the law makes many offerings;
one who heeds the commandments makes an offering of well-being.
The one who returns a kindness offers choice …

27Feb 27 Feb, 2017. Monday, Week 8

1st Reading: Sirach 17:20-24

Repent from sin while you are still alive. The dead cannot praise God

Their iniquities are not hidden from him,
and all their sins are before the Lord.

One’s almsgiving is like a signet ring with …

25Feb 25 Feb, 2017. Saturday, Week 7

1st Reading: Sirach 17:1-15

God made us in the divine image, and looks with favour on us

The Lord created human beings out of earth,
and makes them return to it again.

He gave them a fixed number of days, …

24Feb 24 Feb, 2017. Friday, Week 7

1st Reading: Sirach 6:5-17

Let your friends be tried and trusted. Faithful friends are a tonic

Pleasant speech multiplies friends,
and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies.

Let those who are friendly with you be many,
but let your advisers be …

23Feb 23 Feb, 2017. Thursday, Week 7

1st Reading: Sirach 5:1-8

Do not delay to turn back to the Lord

Do not rely on your wealth, or say, “I have enough.”
Do not follow your inclination and strength in pursuing the desires of your heart.
Do not …

22Feb 22 Feb, 2017. The Chair of St Peter, Apostle

The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter commemorates the day when Saint Peter held his first service of worship in Rome. The magnificent marble cathedra (throne) fashioned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for St. Peter’s basilica in Rome (c.1650) surrounds …

21Feb 21 Feb, 2017. Tuesday, Week 7

Saint Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church

1st Reading: Sirach 2:1-11

Experience shows that those who hope in the Lord are not forsaken

My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for testing.
Set your …

20Feb 20 Feb, 2017. Monday, Week 7

1st Reading: Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 1:1-10

All wisdom comes from God and returns to him

All wisdom is from the Lord, and with him it remains forever.
The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of eternity–who …

18Feb 18 Feb, 2017. Saturday, Week 6

1st Reading: Hebrews 11:1-7

Heroic examples of faith, from the Scriptures

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds …

17Feb 17 Feb, 2017. Friday, Week 6

The Seven Founders of the Servite Order; Saint Fintan, abbot

1st Reading: Genesis 11:1-9

When people sought independence from God, their language is scrambled

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from …

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