The BreadCast
Daily Exposition of the Readings of Catholic Mass, from the book 'Our Daily Bread' by James H. Kurt (now with Chanted Verses, and added text of Prayer for the Day). Additional cast - SaintsCast, entries from the book 'Prayers to the Saints' (also by James Kurt). Both books bear imprimatur.

O apostle of Christ’s Sacred Heart,

in mystic wonder you beheld Him

and let Him wash you clean

in the streams that flow

from His Heart divine –

pray indeed we shall unite ourselves

to Jesus and His love,

that we shall submerge

our needs and sorrows

in the abyss of His mercy

and seek perfection

in union with His Sacred Heart.

There let us find salvation,

reparation for all our sins;

there let us find heavenly joy,

the peace that surpasses understanding.

With you let us enter His presence,

let us be bathed in His light,

ever progressing toward His kingdom

till we are devoted entirely

to advancing His eternal glory.

Pray His will and His way be known in us

as we entrust ourselves to His love.

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Category:Saints -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

O mother of the unfortunate

and model of prayer and penance,

completely you gave yourself

to service of the Lord

and neighbor,

chastising your flesh

by constant fast and abstinence

and generously offering

your goods and your time

to all those in need –

pray we shall at least desire

to imitate your thorough devotion,

that our lives will be spent

not on things of this world

but for the reign of Heaven.

All we can do for others

let us do,

and let all be done for God,

that He alone

will rule our hearts and lives

and we will worship

Him alone,

dying to ourselves all the while.

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Category:Saints -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

(Eph.1:11-14;   Ps.33:1-2,4-5,12-13;   Lk.12:1-7)

 

“What you have whispered in locked rooms

will be proclaimed from the housetops.”

 

What we have whispered and what has been whispered to us, the teaching of the Lord, the truth of the Spirit, is destined to grow unto praise of God – to be proclaimed to the ends of the earth.  What begins here in a small way in Jesus the Messiah, shall proceed in His disciples to all nations.  In the dark, first it is but whispered.  It sinks deep into the locked rooms of our guarded hearts.  There the truth finds a home, takes root, and grows.  And all the world shall know…  All the world shall know all that is spoken in your heart.

Brothers and sisters, “when you heard the glad tidings of salvation, the word of truth, and believed in it, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit who had been promised.”  In Him and in His truth whispering in your heart you found “the pledge of our inheritance, the first payment against the full redemption of a people God has made His own to praise His glory.”  Though a tiny spark at first, concealed in the dark, this flame has burned intensely, and now becomes the fire of praise unto God.  “We were predestined to praise His glory”; this was the Lord’s desire from the first moment He touched us with His Word.  And now His plan must be fulfilled.

As Jesus looks about in our gospel and sees “a crowd of thousands had gathered, so dense that they were treading on one another,” He realizes how the flame has already begun to grow.  And so He warns His disciples to be true to the Word He has labored to plant in their minds and hearts and souls.  He knows that they will be tempted by “the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy,” that they may be inclined to speak what will tickle the public’s ear in order to gain their approval and support.  Thus does He say, “Do not be afraid”: do not be afraid of what the truth may bring or that you might be killed for speaking it.  Remain true to what I have whispered to you in our locked rooms, for the Word must go out to the ends of the earth.  Their mission upon them, He calls His friends to fulfill it.

And so let all our voices resound with the praise of God who has saved us, for “praise from the upright is fitting.”  “Exult, you just, in the Lord… for upright is the word of the Lord, and all His works are trustworthy.”  Now all must know that “of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full,” so fail not to “chant His praises,” to proclaim His truth to all the world.  It is here we are called to do so.

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O LORD, let us not fear to praise your glory

before all the world.

YHWH, we are called through your Son to declare your glory, to sing your praises in the light of this day.  May we in faith and sincerity fulfill this call and come at last into your kingdom.

You are our LORD, you are our God, and all things are known to your eyes.  Life and death are in your hands, and only in you do we find the promise of the Holy Spirit fulfilled – only in you and by your Son will we inherit eternal glory.  Let us be your true disciples that, though we die for your cause, we may ever have life in you.

Praise you, LORD, for your goodness to us, for your watching over us and providing your Son to save us and your Spirit to lead us to your glory.  Let the truth you have spoken in the depths of our hearts be proclaimed openly to the ears of all men that the devil may be overcome and all your poor sparrows find their home in you.

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Category:Daily BreadCasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT