Sunday, August 29, 2021

Dominica XIV Post Pentecosten V: Traditional Latin Mass Sunday Gospel

From the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Matt 6:24-33
At that time, Jesus said unto His disciples: No man can serve two masters. And so on.

Homily by St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.
Bk. ii. on the Lord's Sermon on the Mount, ch. xiv.
"No man can serve two masters," and this is further explained "for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other." These words we ought carefully to weigh, for the Lord showeth straightway who be the two masters whom we have choice of: "Ye cannot serve God and Mammon." Mammon is a term which the Hebrews are said to use for riches. It is also a Carthaginian word for the Punic for "gain" is "mammon.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

On the Assumption of Our Lady

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Mary and Assumption

Faith and victory

Earthquakes, of belief and societal order and civility

Calamities, physical and natural

Believing as did she we look up and beyond

To her: crowned with glory shared in and given by Her Son our Lord

We look beyond the tragedies and betrayals

The sin and death of this world

And see the promise, life and joy of the next

Our faith is for us

As for Her

A lodestar

A compass on storm-tossed seas

The goal of all our prayers and striving

The reason for and motive of our faith

In Christ

She shows us the way

In her assumption

We see and know already the redemption fulfilled for all

And now we go on

In prayer she accompanies


At the foot of the Cross, at every holy Mass, she prays with us

Carrying our crosses as she shared so greatly in His

Persevering despite worldly discouragement and temptation to despair

We trust

As she did

And we will triumph

As does she

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee

Pray for us now and at the hour of our death