21 Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Men Beheaded By ISIS

The Coptic Egyptian Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii had Tony Rezk make an icon of the the 21 Coptic Egyptian Men who were beheaded by the hands of the the ISIS in Libya last week.

Tony Rezk_21 Coptic Martyrs of 2015_2015The Icon shows them kneeling near the Mediterranean Sea before they were beheaded for Christ.  They are in the orange jumpsuits they died in and have red sashes to show that they shed their blood for Jesus.  The angeles are showering down on them the crown of martyrdom.  Many verbally professed Jesus as they died.AVVENIFOTO_45142876_300

 

Let us keep on praying the Holy Rosary for the conversion of all those behind the beheading, torturing, kidnapping, rapping and crucifying of the Christians in muslim countries right now.  We need to pray about what else we can do as well.

What Can Traditional Catholics Do?

We are in a Church and world filled with land mines.  Most Novus Ordo bishops, priests and Catholics have written us off as “extremist”, backward looking and not “Catholic” because we question the changes that Vatican II made.  They also do everything possible to hinder Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum and making the Latin Sacraments available in any normal parish.  They hate anything that has to do with what the Church practiced before Vatican II.

stpetersbasilicavaticanThe world is full of groups who hate us too.  The muslims, the feminist, the homosexuals, the secular governments, the marxist, the media, the music, the movies are all against us.  It is because we live moral lives and are against homosexual sex, living together before marriage, immodesty, killing the innocent babies in the womb and believe in the permanence of the vows of marriage between a man and a woman.  The world is against us because we will not go along with the illuminati’s plan to have a one world religion and government.

There is only one power behind all this evil we experience all day long.   Behind the masons, illuminati, bankers, Hollywood, homosexual activist, atheist, pagan religions, muslims, protestantism, divorce, pornography, our government, is a demonic power.

‘For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.’  Ephesians 6:12

Here are 12 things we must do in this caustic environment where we pray in and live in.

  1. Start with me.  When all is said and done, I too will die.  I will personally have to give an account to God for all that I have done and have failed to do.  That includes the evil things I have done and the good actions I have failed to do.  I too, personally, live in a land mine of the devil, with constant temptations to get me to trip, fall and burn forever in hell.  Before I try to save the souls of others or try to reform the Church, I need to watch out for my soul, my words, my prayers and my actions.  So I need to prayerfully and humbly attempt to live pure lives and do God’s will in all situations.
  2. Pray.  Humbly I recognize that I can not save the world and that Jesus is the Savior.  But I still must help save souls and reform the Church by offering up the Holy Mass, praying, especially before the Blessed Sacrament and doing what I can.  Every Holy Rosary counts greatly too.  We are the intercessors for the Church and the world’s salvation.
  3. Give a good example.  Everything I do; how I kneel and pray, how I work, how I play, how I study, how I love and greet people, how I drive, how I eat and how I speak gives either a good example or bad example of what it means to be a true Catholic.
  4. Be willing to be persecuted.  Jesus, St. John the Baptist, the Apostles and all the saints were persecuted by church members and the world.  Jesus warned us; ‘Woe to you when all men speak good of you.’  It may not be long before the muslims, the masons and our own government begin to imprison us and kill us.  We must look forward to going to our true home in heaven.
  5. Have faith in God and Mary, Angels and Saints.  We are doing what God and Our Lady want.  We are not alone.  They feel all the pain we suffer for being true to our 2000 year old Catholic faith.  The Church belongs to Jesus.  He started it.  He promised that the Gates of Hell will not prevail against Her.  So He suffers along with us as we stand up to protect the Catholic Sacraments, the truth of the Holy Bible and magisterium.  God is with us and helping us.  Mary is with us and helping us.  The Angels are fighting along with us.  The saints doing their part to help us.  The holy souls in purgatory are praying for us.  We are not in the holy battle alone.
  6.  Speak the truth.  No matter what the cost, we need to speak Catholic truth to our families, our parishes, our friends, our priests, our bishops and to everyone who will listen.  We speak the truth with love, firmness and intellectual facts.
  7. Detachment from human respect.  One of the greatest enemies to carrying the cross and to follow in Jesus’ footsteps is carrying about what others think of us.  We put our eyes on what Jesus thinks about us and not what others do.
  8. Fight fear.  I read that the only fear we should have is of having fear itself.  People and the devil put fear in our hearts to discourage us from doing and saying what is right and paying the price for that.  Jesus said over and over, ‘Fear is not needed, but faith.”
  9. Keep everything in perspective.  God is a billion times greater and more powerful than the rebellious pope, cardinals, bishops, religious, priests and laity.  Right now most of us are still able to speak what we believe as Catholics.  Right now, in some parts of the world we are free to pray and go to the Latin Mass.  Right now we are out of prison and able to eat, rest, have a family, walk, play and work.  All we have is right now.
  10. Do not get discouraged.  We are only called to be faithful and do what we can.  So we take one step at a time.  The saying goes; “A thousand mile trip begins with one step.”  As the communist have said, ‘Do not expect to control the world overnight.’   No, they just work slowly and eventually it happens.
  11. Watch, write down and share miracles.  As we go through ‘this valley of tears’, we go with God, Mary, the angels and saints.  And because of this there will be obvious miracles that will accompany us.  Expect miracles to happen.  Through out the history of the Catholic Church and the martyrdom of the saints, many many times God showed His support by miraculous events.  God will continue to do miracles today too.
  12. Support each other.   Jesus sent the Apostles out two by two.  We need to pray together and work together.  We need to help each other, love each other and have fun with each other.

st peters papal massIt is so difficult to be a traditional Catholic today in the Church and in the world, but we are nonetheless so so blessed to be so close to Jesus’ heart in the suffering bleeding Mystical Body of Christ, His Church.

Bible Reading Monday 1st. Week Of Lent

EPISTLE
Ezech 34:11-16
Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself will seek My sheep and will visit them. As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered: so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the peoples and will gather them out of the countries and will bring them to their own land: and I wil feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the rivers and in all the habitations of the land. I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel; there shall they rest on the green grass and be fed in fat pastrues upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my sheep and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. I will seek that which was lost, and that which was driven away I will bring again: and I will bind up that which was broken; and I will strengthen that which was weak; and that which was fat and strong I will preserve; and I will feed them in judgment, saith the Lord almighty.
GOSPEL
Mt. 25:31-46
At that time Jesus said to His disciples: When the Son of Man shall come in His majesty, and all the Angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the seat of His Majesty: and all nations shall be gathered together before Him, and He shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats; and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then shall the King say to them that shall be on His right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; naked, and you covered Me: sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then shall the just answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see Thee hungry, and feed Thee: thirsty, and give Thee drink? and when did we see Thee a stranger, and took Thee in: or naked, and covered Thee? or when did we see Thee sick or in prison, and came to Thee? And the King answering, shall say to them: Amen I sat to you: as long as you it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to Me. Then He shall say to them also that shall be on His left hand: Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave Me not to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me not to drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me not in; naked, and you covered me not; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Then they also shall answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see Thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to Thee? Then He shall answer them, saying: Amen, I say to you: as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to Me. And these shall go into everlasting punishment; but the just into life everlasting.

Modernism, Evolution And Change, Pope Pius X

St. Pope Pius X’s condemned everything we are seeing transpire in front of our eyes in Rome right now.  In Encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis # 26, 1907, he clearly states:

Pope St. Pius X‘Venerable Brethren, what the Modernists have to say about their development.

  • First of all they lay down the general principle that in a living religion everything is subject to change, and must change,
  • and in this way they pass to what may be said to be, among the chief of their doctrines, that of Evolution. To the laws of evolution everything is subject – dogma, Church, worship, the Books we revere as sacred, even faith itself, and the penalty of disobedience is death.’

As in Marxism, the Modernist believes religion is nothing more than a dialectic struggle between the new religious ideas of the liberals, fighting it out with the religious ideas of the traditionalist to come up with a new synthesis.  This where the Novus Ordo Catholic Church comes from along with all the New Sacraments.

Catholics duking it out with Protestantism = New Catholicism that is very popular.  But now we started duking it out with the atheist, muslim, hindu and buddhist.  Then we will start duking it our with wiccans, druids and new age.  The final evolution will be to have a new synthesis with New Catholicism with satanist.  Maybe we already have that with the illuminati.

We are so blessed to have the Holy Spirit to educate us in divine truth that never has to evolve because it is true, makes intellectual sense, gives peace, is prove-able and produces miracles.

Bible Readings 1st Sunday Of Lent

EPISTLE
II Cor. 6:1-10
Brethren, We exhort you that you receive not the grace of God in vain. For He saith: In an accepted time have I heard thee, and in the day of salvation have I helped thee. Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold now is the day of salvation. Giving no offense to any man, that our ministry be not blamed: but in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labors, in watchings, in fastings, in chastity, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, in the word of truth, in the power of God, by the armor of justice on the right hand and on the left: by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers and yet true, as unknown and yet known: as dying, and behold we live: as chastised and not killed: as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: as needy, yet enriching many: as having nothing and possessing all things.
Ps. 90:1-7,11-16
He that dwelleth in the aid of the Most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of heaven. He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector and my refuge: my God, in Him will I trust. For He hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters, and from the sharp word. He will overshadow thee with His shoulders, and under His wings thou shalt trust. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark, of invasion or of the noonday devil. A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee. For He hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk, and thou shalt trample underfoot the lion and the dragon. Because he hoped in Me I will deliver him: I will protect him, because he hath known my Name. He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation. I will deliver him, and I will glorify him: I will fill him with length of days, and I will show him my salvation.
GOSPEL
Mt. 4:1-11
At that time Jesus was lead by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards He was hungry. And the tempter coming said to Him: If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Who answered and said: It is written: Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. Then the devil took Him up into the holy city and set Him upon the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him: If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down. For it is written: That He hath given His Angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear Thee up, lest perhaps Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. Jesus said to him: It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil took Him up into a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, and said to Him: All these will I give Thee, if falling down Thou wilt adore me. Then Jesus saith to him: Begone Satan! for it is written: The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and Him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left Him. And behold Angels came, and ministered to Him.

Divorce And Remarrying Hurts Children

With the Extraordinary Synod On The Family planned for October 2015, we who respect God’s commandments, need to shout out clearly that Marriage vows are sacred and that the part these vows that says “Till Death Do Us Part” means what it says.

A_005_Wedding_PdeV1-31to2-6_01If the pope, cardinals, bishops and other powerful people in the Catholic Church cannot respect God’s law, then let us keep the suffering silent victims, the children from divorce families in their awareness.  Here are two examples of suffering children have from divorce and adultery that I experienced just in the last few days.

My friend and her granddaughters were here at a parish dinner.  The 12 year old had on  short leggings and the other 9 year old had tight pants.  I hesitated to talk with them about modesty because I had never met them before.  But since the grandmother is part of the parish, I approached them with kindness.  I told the 12 year old, with much kindness, that tights cause men to want to have sex with her and I knew that is not what she wanted.  As you can imagine, it still did not go over that well.  But we then begin to have a good talk.

The grandmother told me she has little influence with them because they live with her son’s ex-wife.  So I asked what happened.  The girls began to tell me how their dad “remarried”, had a child and moved to Texas 3 years ago to be with the “new wife’s” family.  The girls told me how much they miss being with their dad.

Agreeing with their sadness, the 9 year old told me that she is full of sorrow inside and has no one to tell about it.  She then began to cry.  The older girl did not cry, but showed great pain too in her face when we were talking about their parents divorce and father moving away.

I told them that they need to come close to God and Our Lady to find someone with whom they can pour out their interior pain and that that is what God and Mary are here for, to help us when we have no one to turn to in our secret pains.

But I also told them that it makes me mad that they are suffering so much in silence because of the sin of their parents (divorce).  I reminded them that breaking God’s rules causes suffering for everyone.

Right now there a millions and millions of silent children victims of parents who;

  • only lived together, fought and separated and now share custody over the children,
  • did get married, fought, divorced and now share custody and have to move from house to house every week.
  • had casual sex, the woman got pregnant and the child never has a dad in his life,
  • committed adultery and then went back to their spouse and left the child.

I went to bless a house and the wife told me all about the times her husband has been unfaithful to her.  She talked outside so that her girls would not know that her husband is being unfaithful again and be traumatized again as had happened the first time.  One of her daughters had to go through counseling to get over her dad’s unfaithfulness.  The oldest son is in jail for marijuana too.

How can you protect children from emotional abuse caused by separation, divorce and infidelity of their parents?

  • Only date a holy man or woman that is capable of living up to the wedding vows.
  • Stay virgins until you are married in the Catholic Church “till death do us part”.
  • Husbands be holy, loving, communicating, providing and faithful.
  • Wives be holy, loving, communicating, disciplined and faithful.
  • Remind yourselves sex and marriage is only for having children, a remedy for sexual concupiscence, and to help each other get to heaven.
  • Do everything possible to live a holy married life by assisting at Holy Mass, frequent confession, prayer, reading the Holy Bible, retreats and good advice.

As compassionate Catholics we want justice for these silent children victims of adults who broke their wedding vows or never had the decency to make them before having sex.

Their is also an extremely high percent of sexual abuse of step daughters by stepdads because:

  • They are already sinning by living in an adultery relationship,
  • They are sexually attracted to the young women who is not their own daughter,
  • The mother ignores what is happening because she also is sinning in adultery and is “in love” with this man.

Please write to the pope, your bishop and priests telling them of your personal experiences of pain that you are going through or went through from;

  • being sexually abused by your stepdad,
  • the trauma of your parents separation and divorce,
  • having to see your parents have different sexual partners in your house,
  • and having to know about your parent’s adultery.

Make your letter short and factual.  They need to be reminded that there is more to compassion then to give the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus to people living in sinful adultery relationships.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know what marriage is all about.

Bible Reading For Saturday After Ash Wednesday

EPISTLE
Is. 58:9-14
Thus saith the Lord God: If thou wilt take away the chain out of the midst of thee, and cease to stretch out the finger and to speak that which profiteth not. When thou shalt pour out thy soul to the hungry and shalt satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light rise up in darkness, and thy darkness shall be as the noonday. And the Lord will give thee rest continually, and will fill thy soul with brightness and deliver thy bones, and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a fountain of water whose waters shall not fail. And the places that have been desolate for ages shall be built in thee: thou shalt raise up the foundations of generation and generation: and thou shalt be called the repairer of the fences, turning the paths into rest. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thine own will in my holy day, and call the sabbath delightful and the holy of the Lord glorious, and glorify Him, while thou dost not thine own ways, and thine own will is not found, to speak a word: then shalt thou be delighted in the Lord, and I will lift thee up above the high places of the earth, and will feed thee with the inheritance of Jacob thy father. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
GOSPEL
Mk. 6:47-56

At that time, when it was late, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and Jesus alone on the land. And seeing His disciples laboring in rowing (for the wind was against them), and about the fourth watch of the night He cometh to them, walking upon the sea: and He would have passed by them. But they, seeing Him walking upon the sea, thought it was an apparition, and they cried out. For they all saw Him, and were troubled. And immediately He spoke with them, and said to them: Have a good heart, it is I, fear ye not. And He went up to them into the ship, and the wind ceased. And they were far more astonished within themselves: for they understood not concerning the loaves, for their heart was blinded. And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Genesareth and set to the shore. And when they were gone out of the ship, immediately they knew Him: and running through that whole country, they began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard He was. And whithersoever He entered, into the towns or into villages or cities, they laid the sick in the streets and besought Him that they might touch but the hem of His garment, and as many as touched Him were made whole.

Lent Ember Days 2015, Next Wed Feb 25, Fri 27 & Sat 28.

Lent is here.  In the first week of Lent comes the Spring Ember days.  These three days, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Feb 25, 27, 28 are the Spring Ember days.

ember-daysOn these 3 Ember days we fast by having only 1 full meal and 2 small meals. But on Friday there is no meat as all Fridays and on Wednesday and Saturday, meat is only allowed at the large meal.

These days are also days to pray for our own conversion, conversion of sinners, for the good of Holy Mother Church and peace in the world.

Who Is A Traditional Catholic?

As traditional Catholics, trying to be faithful to the Catholic Faith and to extend Christendom, we need to take time to reflect on what direction we should take at this very serious time in the world’s history to see what we should do.

AVVENIFOTO_45142876_300Faces of some of the 21 Coptic Christians before they died for Jesus by the ISIS

To start with, we need to define who we are and what is our mission in this short life.

Here are 20 things that many of us Traditional Catholics have discovered and can identify with and what have made us into who we are today.

  1. We are simply Catholics who have discovered the buried treasures of God.
  2. It started with finding about the Mass of All Ages, (also called the Latin Mass or the Tridentine Mass), when Pope Benedict promulgated the Summorum Pontificum.
  3. From this we have discovered the GREAT difference between New Mass, (Also called Novus Ordo Mass), which most of us have only know, and that of the Latin Mass.
  4. We have discovered, to our great surprise, that for the first time in Catholic history the Roman Missal was drastically changed by Bugnini and the Concilium, with the support of Pope Paul VI and promulgated in 1969.
  5. We have found out that the Latin Mass has been part of the Roman Rite Catholics for centuries and centuries and developed very slowly in tiny increments over these centuries from the Last Supper and the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
  6. We have found out that much of the New Mass, (Canon # 2 which is almost exclusively used at all Catholic Masses), and the new rubrics were created by Bugnini and the Concilium.
  7. We have found out that the protestant advisers at Vatican II were very successful in helping put together the New Mass and saying it into the vernacular.
  8. We can see clearly the emphasis of the Sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary at the Latin Mass.
  9. We clearly see that the emphasis in the New Mass is put on the Last Supper and “do this in remembrance” like the protestant Martin Luther desired it to be.
  10. We clearly see the protestant emphasis on the congregation and the presider over the assembly versus the emphasis in the Latin Mass of the priest offering Sacrifice in Persona Christi.
  11. We experience the man centered gathering at the New Mass where people come to feel good, to look at the priest they like, to do what they want, dress how they want, (sexy women dressed immodestly and men poorly dressed in shorts), talk when they want, hear the homily they want and text when they are bored.  Where as in the Latin Mass, it is very quiet, most people dress well and are respectful of Jesus in the Tabernacle, kneel in prayer and women wear veils.
  12. We notice people arrive early at the Latin Mass to pray and stay after to give thanks. In the Novus Ordo Mass, some people come late and leave early.
  13. At the Novus Ordo Mass we hear mostly man pleasing songs, (hip hop music), with choirs showing off in front of church.  Where as at the Latin Mass, the Choir is hidden up in the Choir loft just to support the Holy Latin Mass with organ music and gregorian chant or other ancient sacred hymns, (and many of the songs are in Latin).
  14. Then we found out that the New Sacrament Rites of the Catholic Church have eliminated much of the very very important prayers of the Rites, (like exorcisms against the devil), and have been replace by new prayers and rubrics.
  15. We see the huge difference contained in the words and rubrics of the Pre-Vatican II Sacraments and for this reason have our children receive the Sacraments in the ancient Latin Rites.
  16. We experience the watered down preaching at the New Mass and the deep spiritual and practical preaching at the Latin Mass.
  17. We see a lot of talk on love in the Novus Ordo Church but with very little love for saving souls from the devil purgatory or Hell.  But the love from the Novus Ordo Catholics is rarely shown to us traditional Catholics, instead they hate us, persecute us and make it almost impossible to have the Sacraments in the ancient Rites that Pope Benedict allowed all Catholics to have since Summorum Pontificum in 2007.
  18. We have heard a lot of talk about Ecology and Social Justice at the Novus Ordo Church, but without ever going to the root of these problems, which is personal SIN.
  19. We have seen that changes in catechesis has produced the fruits of almost all of our families becoming atheist, agnostic, protestant or non-denominationals.  They no longer believe in sin, hear rock or rap music, dress immodestly, live with anyone they want, have children all over the place, get abortions and have serious vices of drug abuse, alcohol abuse and pornography.  And they see nothing wrong with their own sins or with homosexual sex or “marriage”.
  20. We traditional Catholics believe in the 2000 years of Catholic teachings, practices and tradition.  We believe sin is sin as Jesus taught.  We believe in the Holy Bible as the actual authoritative Word of God.  We believe in obeying the laws of God contained in our Catholic faith.  We believe in Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, the devil and his demons.  We believe that one mortal sin not repented of and confessed, will lead us to eternal damnation.

Pope Pius X_holy cardMore or less this is what we have discovered and believe.  Many of us believe that the Vatican II Council was a disaster.  The New Church people believe that it is the best thing that happened in the history of the Catholic Church and want to implement it more and more or have an even more liberal Council Vatican III.

On a whole, we traditional Catholics believe that the heresies of modernism, secularism and progressivism, condemned by Pope Pius X, have caused all the problems in the Catholic Church and is very much alive and active today in almost every part of the Church’s Sacraments and hierarchy.  The heresy of modernism was condemned in the encyclical Pascendi Domini Gregis by Pope Pius X Sept. 8, 1907

Bible Readings Friday After Ash Wednesday

EPISTLE
Is. 58:1-9
Thus saith the Lord God: Cry, cease not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their wicked doings and the house of Jacob their sins. For they seek Me from day to day and desire to know My ways, as a nation that hath done justice and hath not forsaken the judgment of their God: the ask of Me the judgments of justice: they are willing to approach to God. Why have we fasted, and Thou hast not regarded: have we humbled our souls, and Thou hast not taken notice? Behold in the day of your fast your own will is found and you exact of all your debtors. Behold you fast for debate and strife, and strike with the fist wickedly. Do not fast as you have done until this day, to make your cry to be heard on high. Is this such a fast as I have chosen, for a man to afflict his soul for a day? Is this it, to wind his head about like a circle, and to spread sackcloth and ashes? Wilt thou call this a fast and a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this rather the fast that I have chosen? Loose the bands of wickedness, undo the bundles that oppress, let them that are broken go free, and break asunder every burden. Deal thy bread to the hungry, and bring the needy and the harborless into thy house: when thou shalt see one naked, cover him, and despise not thine own flesh. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall speedily arise, and thy justice shall go before thy face, and the glory of the Lord shall gather thee up. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall hear; thou shalt cry, and He shall say: Here I am. For I the Lord thy God am merciful.
GOSPEL
Mt. 8:5-13

At that time Jesus saith to His disciples: You have heard that it hath been said: Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thy enemy. But I say to you: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you; and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even the publicans this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? Do not also the heathens this? Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have reward of your Father who is in heaven. Therefore when thou dost an alms-deed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth: that thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father, who seeth in secret, will repay thee.