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Daily Readings for Thursday, September 21, 2023

Reading 1: Ephesians 4:1-7, Reading 1: Ephesians 4:11-13, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 19:2-5, Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13

Nuptial Blessing, Longer: Prayer of the Day for Thursday, September 21, 2023

O God, by Your mighty power You made all things out of nothing. First, You set the beginnings of the universe in order. Then, You made man in Your image, and appointed woman to be his inseparable helpmate. Thus You made woman's body from the flesh of man, thereby teaching that what You have been pleased to institute from one principle might never lawfully be put asunder. O God, You have sanctified marriage by a mystery so excellent that in the marriage union You foreshadowed the union of Christ ...

St. Matthew: Saint of the Day for Thursday, September 21, 2023

Little is known about St. Matthew, except that he was the son of Alpheus, and he was likely born in Galilee. He worked as a tax collector, which was a hated profession during the time of Christ. According to the Gospel, Matthew was working at a collection booth in Capernaum when Christ came to him and asked, "Follow me." With this simple call, Matthew became a disciple of Christ. From Matthew we know of the many doings of Christ and the message Christ spread of salvation for all people who ...

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher Tells UN, The Human Person Must be at the Center of Goals

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, played a significant role in the recent High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly on September 18-19. This forum focused on revitalizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their critical importance for the global community.

Remembering the Korean Martyrs

On September 20th each year, the Church commemorates the feast of the Korean martyrs, a solemn occasion that pays tribute to 103 valiant men, women, and children who sacrificed their lives for their unwavering faith in the early years of Korean Christianity. This revered group of martyrs, collectively known as Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions, remains a symbol of steadfastness and devotion to Christ. They were among the estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Korean Christians who ...

Pope Francis Commemorates St. Daniele Comboni, Champion Against African Slavery

In a powerful homage to the enduring legacy of St. Daniele Comboni, Pope Francis celebrated the "apostolic zeal" of this Italian missionary priest and bishop who played a pivotal role in the fight against slavery in Africa. Comboni's profound impact on the abolitionist movement during the mid-19th century resonates even today, as Pope Francis emphasized during his general audience on September 20, 2023.

Daily Readings for Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Reading 1: Wisdom 3:1-9, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 125:1-5, Gospel: Luke 9:23-26

In Time of Danger: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, September 20, 2023

O God, Who knowest us to be set in the midst of such great perils, that, by reason of the weakness of our nature, we cannot stand upright, grant us such health of mind and body, that those evils which we suffer for our sins we may overcome through Thine assistance. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Feastday: September 20 The evangelization of Korea began during the 17th century through a group of lay persons. A strong vital Christian community flourished there under lay leadership until missionaries arrived from the Paris Foreign Mission Society. During the terrible persecutions that occurred in the 19th century (in 1839, 1866, and 1867), one hundred and three members of the Christian community gave their lives as martyrs. Outstanding among these witnesses to the faith were the ...

Questions for Reflection for September 21, 2023 HD

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