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1. MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS THEN SAY"May the Word of the Lord be on my mind, on my lips, and in my heart."

2. COMPOSITION OF PLACE—

"VISIO DIVINA" OR SEEING WITH HEART'S EYES (Optional)

I suggest this image of Joseph The Carpenter with child Jesus by Georges de La Tour, c. 1642. The experience of beholding a La Tour is likened to looking at the sunset; your eyes are glued to the dimming sun. Take a seat and quietly gaze and marvel at this masterpiece by someone who went through a similar crisis. Ten years after painting this, Georges de La Tour and his family perished in an epidemic in LunĂ©ville France. GUIDED MEDITATION—1—Does it evoke any feeling of the darkness surrounding you these days? Focus on your breathing and feel the silence evoked in you.—2—Move your attention towards the candle light. Feel in your eyes or palms the warmth. Look at those dirty fingernails. Ask for forgiveness and healing.—3—Notice too the straight flame unperturbed by Joseph's breath. Imagine the heart of God aflame with divine love for you.—4—Join in! The light leads the way as you enter the scene. As you move closer towards Jesus' glowing face you likewise move away from the cast shadows. Look at that face with a bright smile. Thank him briefly.—5—Now, tell Jesus quietly your heart's desires. Imagine his gaze shifting on you. You may opt to close your eyes. Listen to the Lord as he speaks. "BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD" (Ps 46:10). Use this image as a screen wallpaper on your mobile.

Readings at Mass - 7 Aug 2020

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Friday 7 August 2020

Friday of week 18 in Ordinary Time 
  or Saints Sixtus II, Pope, and his Companions, Martyrs 
  or Saint Cajetan, Priest 

Liturgical Colour: Green.

Readings at Mass


First reading
Nahum 2:1,3,3:1-3,6-7

Israel restored; Nineveh ruined

See, over the mountains the messenger hurries!
‘Peace!’ he proclaims.
Judah, celebrate your feasts,
carry out your vows,
for Belial will never pass through you again;
he is utterly annihilated.
Yes, the Lord is restoring the vineyard of Jacob
and the vineyard of Israel.
For the plunderers had plundered them,
they had broken off their branches.
Woe to the city soaked in blood,
full of lies,
stuffed with booty,
whose plunderings know no end!
The crack of the whip!
The rumble of wheels!
Galloping horse,
jolting chariot,
charging cavalry,
flash of swords,
gleam of spears...
a mass of wounded,
hosts of dead,
countless corpses;
they stumble over the dead.
I am going to pelt you with filth,
shame you, make you a public show.
And all who look on you will turn their backs on you and say,
‘Nineveh is a ruin.’
Could anyone pity her?
Where can I find anyone to comfort her?

Responsorial Psalm
Deuteronomy 32:35-36,39,41
It is the Lord who deals death and life.
It is close, the day of their ruin;
  their doom comes at speed.
For the Lord will see his people righted,
  he will take pity on his servants.
It is the Lord who deals death and life.
See now that I, I am He,
  and beside me there is no other god.
It is I who deal death and life;
  when I have struck it is I who heal.
It is the Lord who deals death and life.
When I have whetted my flashing sword
  I will take up the cause of Right,
I will give my foes as good again,
  I will repay those who hate me.
It is the Lord who deals death and life.

Gospel Acclamation1S3:9,Jn6:68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!
Or:Mt5:10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Happy those who are persecuted
in the cause of right,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Alleluia!

Gospel
Matthew 16:24-28

Anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life? Or what has a man to offer in exchange for his life?
  ‘For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and, when he does, he will reward each one according to his behaviour. I tell you solemnly, there are some of these standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom.’
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4. "FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING TO US TODAY THROUGH YOUR HOLY WORD."

†FINAL BLESSING

"MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS US, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN." The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties (CCC 2157). Wherever you are be mindful of your interior silence. "If we do not understand silence, we do not understand God."

Optional/Alternative Prayer Exercise

THE EXAMEN PRAYER at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality Philippines [www.cisphil.org]