August 9-15: Readings and Feasts

AUGUST 9 Mon Weekday [Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin and Martyr]

Dt 10:12-22/Mt 17:22-27 

10 Tue Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr Feast

2 Cor 9:6-10/Jn 12:24-26 

11 Wed Saint Clare, Virgin Memorial Dt 34:1-12/Mt 18:15-20 

12 Thu Weekday [Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious]

Jos 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17/Mt 18:21—19:1 

13 Fri Weekday [Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs]

Jos 24:1-13/Mt 19:3-12 

14 Sat Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr Memorial

Jos 24:14-29/Mt 19:13-15 

15 SUN THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Solemnity

 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56 

Our liturgical calendar this week takes us to distant times and places and a variety of saints.

On Monday to a German concentration camp to remember the heroic death of Edith Stein, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. On Tuesday we’re in 3rd century Rome for the martyrdom of Lawrence the Deacon; Wednesday in 13th century Assisi with St. Clare; Thursday in 17th century France remembering St. Jane Francis de Chantal, Friday to Rome for Pontian and Hippolytus, 3rd century martyrs, Saturday to a German concentration camp again, remember Maximilian Kolbe. Sunday we’re in 1st century Jerusalem celebrating the assumption of Mary into heaven.

 A wide variety. They’re a school for learning how many ways God can be served.

The liturgy itself is a school, open day by day.

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