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Catholic Missal of the day: Friday, July 14 2023

Friday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

Book of Genesis


Israel set out with all that was his. When he arrived at Beer-sheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
There God, speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he answered.
Then he said: "I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you a great nation.
Not only will I go down to Egypt with you; I will also bring you back here, after Joseph has closed your eyes."
So Jacob departed from Beer-sheba, and the sons of Israel put their father and their wives and children on the wagons that Pharaoh had sent for his transport.
They took with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan. Thus Jacob and all his descendants migrated to Egypt.
His sons and his grandsons, his daughters and his granddaughters--all his descendants--he took with him to Egypt.
Israel had sent Judah ahead to Joseph, so that he might meet him in Goshen. On his arrival in the region of Goshen,
Joseph hitched the horses to his chariot and rode to meet his father Israel in Goshen. As soon as he saw him, he flung himself on his neck and wept a long time in his arms.
And Israel said to Joseph, "At last I can die, now that I have seen for myself that Joseph is still alive."



Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart's requests.
The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
their inheritance lasts forever.
They are not put to shame in an evil time;
in days of famine they have plenty.
Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
For the LORD loves what is right,
and forsakes not his faithful ones.
The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
He is their refuge in time of distress.
The LORD helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew


Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved."
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."

St. Camillus of Lellis(Priest (1550-1614))

SAINT CAMILLUS OF LELLIS Priest (1550-1614) Camillus' early years did not indicate his future sainthood. At 19, he took service with his father, an Italian noble, against the Turks, and after four years hard campaigning found himself, through his violent temper, reckless habits and inveterate passion for gambling, a discharged soldier. In such straitened circumstances, he was obliged to work as a laborer on a Capuchin convent that was being constructed. A few words (and many prayers) from a Capuchin friar brought about his conversion. After deep interior searching and examination, Camillus resolved to become a religious. Thrice he entered the Capuchin novitiate, but each time an obstinate wound in his leg forced him to leave. He repaired to Rome for medical treatment, and there took St. Philip as his confessor. Afterward, he entered the hospital of St. Giacomo, of which he became the superintendent. The carelessness of the paid chaplains and nurses towards the suffering patients inspired Camillus with the thought of founding a congregation to minister to their wants. With this end, he was ordained a priest; and in 1586, his community of the Servants of the Sick was confirmed by the Pope. Its usefulness was soon felt, not only in hospitals, but in private houses. Summoned at every hour of the day and night, the devotion of Camillus never grew cold. With tenderness, he attended to the needs of his patients. He empathized, consoled and prayed with them. He knew miraculously the state of their souls; and St. Philip saw angels whispering to two Servants of the Sick who were consoling a dying person. One day, a sick man said to the Saint, "Father, may I beg you to make up my bed? It is very hard." Camillus replied, "God forgive you... Don't you know that I am your servant?" Camillus served God valiantly up to his final hour. During his last moments, he was granted the same consolations that he had so often procured for others. In the year 1614, he passed away after two weeks' saintly preparation, as the priest was reciting the words of the ritual, "May Jesus Christ appear to thee with a mild and joyful countenance!"

St. Kateri Tekakwitha(Virgin (1656-1680))

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (The first native American saint) Virgin (1656-1680) St. Kateri was a Native who received faith in Christ. Known as the "Lily of the Mohawks" and the Iroquois maiden, she carried the treasures of the Lord to those living without certainty of God's love. She was the first topropagate the marvels of sancity began by St. Scholastica, St. Gertrude, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Angela Merici and St. Rose of Lima. She is also compared to St. Therese of Child Jesus because of their spiritual similarities. Kateri spent her life partly in what is now the State of New York and partly in Canada. She was kind, gentle and hardworking. At the age of 20, she was baptized. When following her tribe in the hunting seasons, she continued her devotions before a rough cross carved by herself in the forest. When her family urged her to marry, Kateri serenely replied that she had Jesus as her only spouse. This decision, in view of the social conditions of women, exposed Kateri to the risk of living as an outcast and in poverty. It was a bold, unusual and prophetic gesture. On March 25, 1679, at the age of 23, with the consent of her spiritual director, Kateri took a vow of perpetual virginity - as far as we know the first time that this was done among Natives. The last months of Kateri's life were an even clearer manifestation of her solid faith, straight-forward humility, calm resignation and radiant joy, even in the midst of terrible sufferings. Her last words, simple and sublime, whispered at the moment of her death, sum up, like a noble hymn, a life of purest charity: "Jesus, I love you...." The Church declares to the world that Kateri Tekakwitha is saint, that she lived a life on earth of exemplary virtue and holiness and that she is now a member in heaven of the Communion of Saints who continually intercede with the merciful Father. During St. Kateri's canonization ceremony on October 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily: "Kateri impresses us by the action of grace in her life, in spite of the absence of external help and by the courage of her vocation - so unusual in her culture. In her, faith and culture enrich each other! May her example help us to live where we are, loving Jesus without denying who we are. Saint Kateri, Protectress of Canada and the first Native American saint, we entrust to you the renewal of the faith in the first nations and in all of North America! May God bless the first nations!”

St. Francis Solano(Priest (1549-1610))

SAINT FRANCIS SOLANOPriest(1549-1610) St. Francis Solano was born in the diocese of Cordova in Spain. He is remembered not just for winning thousands of souls to God, but for his humility and abundant love for Jesus. From his earliest years, he was characterized by a modest behavior, prudent silence and edifying meekness. Francis' education was entrusted to the Jesuit Fathers. Later on, he entered the Order of St. Francis. There, he distinguished himself with humility, obedience, fervent prayer and self-denial. In 1589, Fr. Francis sailed to South America to preach the Gospel to Natives in Peru. While near shore, the ship struck rocks and was in danger of drowning.The captain hurried the officers and principal passengers into the only lifeboat, and tried convincing Fr. Francis to accompany them. Refusing to leave the other passengers, Fr. Francis consoled themand prayed fervently, keeping up the hope in God's mercy. At last, rescuers arrived and all were taken off-board to safety. Fr. Francis did not confine his ministry to Lima. He visited the forests and deserts inhabited by the Natives, and by degrees won their trust. In this way, he baptized nine thousand souls. He was then recalled to Lima, which at that time was like a godless Ninive. Fr. Francis preached to hardened sinners; and the entire city was soon converted. Following a painful sickness, Fr. Francis' last words were, "God be praised!" His soul departed the earth on July 14, 1610. He was declared Blessed by Pope Clement X in 1675, and canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726. St. Francis' feast is held on July 24.


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Published: 2023-11-27T19:31:30Z | Modified: 2023-11-27T19:31:30Z