May 8, 2022

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8 May 2022

Ordinary Form
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 13,14.43-52
Psalm 100,1-2.3.5
Revelation 7,9.14b-17
John 10,27-30

Extraordinary Form
Third Sunday after Easter
1Peter 2,11-19
Psalm 110,9
Luke 24,46
John 16,16-22

May 10
Feast of St. Damien de Veuster

Father Damien had become internationally renowned before his death. After his death some critics from among the Protestant churches in Hawaii besmirched his character. Later in 1889, the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his family arrived in Hawaii for an extended stay. He became interested in the priest's controversy and went to MolokaŹ»i for a week and would later write an open letter in praise of Fr. Damien:

"Of Damien I begin to have an idea. He seems to have been a man of the peasant class, certainly of the peasant type: shrewd, ignorant and bigoted, yet with an open mind, and capable of receiving and digesting a reproof if it were bluntly administered; superbly generous in the least thing as well as in the greatest, and as ready to give his last shirt (although not without human grumbling) as he had been to sacrifice his life; essentially indiscreet and officious, which made him a troublesome colleague; domineering in all his ways, which made him incurably unpopular with the Kanakas, but yet destitute of real authority, so that his boys laughed at him and he must carry out his wishes by the means of bribes.

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May 1, 2022

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1 May 2022

Ordinary Form
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 5,27-32.40b-41
Psalm 30,2.4.5-6.11-12.13
Revelation 5, 11-14
John 21,1-19

Extraordinary Form
St. Joseph the Worker
Colossians 3,14-15.17.23-24
Psalm 36,1
Matthew 13,54-58

At the present moment there are only two events on Pope Francis' calendar for May of 2022. This Sunday, May 1 he will lead the Regina Caeli at Noon. On Sunday, May 15 he is schedule to offer Holy Mass and canonize ten new saints, including Charles de Foucauld.

If tradition holds, on Friday, May 6 he will attend the ceremony for the swearing in of new Swiss Guards, which is one of the world's oldest standing armies. This year May 6 will mark the 495th anniversary of the Sack of Rome, the battle in 1527 in which 147 Swiss Guards lost their lives defending Pope Clement VII from mutinous troops of the Holy Roman Empire.

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April 24, 2022

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24 April 2022
Octave Day of Easter

Ordinary Form
“Divine Mercy Sunday”
Acts 5,12-16
Psalm 118,2-4.13-15.22-24
Revelation 1,9-11a.12-13.17-19
John 20,19-31

Extraordinary Form
“Dominica in Albis”
1John 5,4-10
Matthew 28.7
John 20.26
John 20,19-31

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Peter Paul Rubens

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas
Peter Paul Rubens (1613-1615)
detail of the Rockox Triptych

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Heb 13,8

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April 17, 2022

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17 April
Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection

From a discourse by Saint Anastasius of Antioch
(Oratio 4, 1-2: PG 8-9, 1347-1349)

Christ, who has shown by his words and actions that he was truly God and Lord of the universe, said to his disciples as he was about to go up to Jerusalem: We are going up to Jerusalem now, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the Gentiles and the chief priests and scribes to be scourged and mocked and crucified (Matthew 20,18).

These words bore out the predictions of the prophets, who had foretold the death he was to die in Jerusalem. From the beginning holy Scripture had foretold Christ’s death, the sufferings that would precede it, and what would happen to his body afterward. Scripture also affirmed that these things were going to happen to one who was immortal and incapable of suffering because he was God.

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April 10, 2022

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10 April
Palm Sunday

From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop (Sermo Guelferbytanus 3: PLS 2, 545-546)

The passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience.

What may not the hearts of believers promise themselves as the gift of God's grace, when for their sake God's only Son, coeternal with the Father, was not content only to be born as man from human stock but even died at the hands of the men he had created? It is a great thing that we are promised by the Lord, but far greater is what has already been done for us, and which we now commemorate. Where were the sinners, what were they, when Christ died for them? When Christ has already given us the gift of his death, who is to doubt that he will give the saints the gift of his own life? Why does our human frailty hesitate to believe that mankind will one day live with God?

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