SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806 EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching
August 14th, 2011 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Epistle: I Cor. 10: 6-13
Gospel: Lk. 19: 41-47
Mass schedule August 15th through August 19th
Monday-Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary-NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday-Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday-Saint Hyacinth, Confessor
Thursday-Saint Agapitus, Martyr
Friday-Saint John Eudes, Confessor
If you wish to have a Mass offered for a particular intention or person you must see me first.
The website for the Latin Mass Community has been upgraded to include a mobile version for iPhones, BlackBerrys and other smart phones. Information, bulletins and updates for the Latin Mass Community will now be easily accessible and easily readable on these devices. The website remains the same.
While the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a holy day of obligation, in the United States the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated this year because the Feast falls on a Monday. I encourage all who are able to attend Mass, however, THERE WILL BE NO LATIN MASS ON THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION.
We will have a pot-luck dinner immediately following Mass in the Saint Agnes school cafeteria on Sunday, August 14th. All are invited to attend.
In the Gospel Jesus Christ says My house will be a house of prayer! You, who are faithful to Christ, welcome Him into your soul. Let Christ rest in you and find comfort for the many deceits that are practiced on His Heart. You are always with Christ and all that He has is yours. He takes delight in you; you are His home, His temple. Meditate often upon the mystery of love which envelops you and penetrates your every faculty.
Blessed is he who walks in truth. Blessed is he who understands that the kingdom of God is within himself, and who participates in everlasting life. Man does not understand the things of God. He is absorbed in the world of the senses, which is only a deceitful sham, a veil concealing the realities beyond. But you at least, a faithful son of Christ, should keep Him as your guest in your inmost soul. Be united with Him as the members are united together in the body, as the branches are united to the vine.
You live, no, not you, it is Christ Who lives in you by His grace. That grace is a participation in the Divine Nature. It has sanctified His humanity and He shares it with all those who love Him. Christ’s grace penetrates to the very essence of your soul, ennobling it and making it divine. Christ is thus with you as a new being, the Christian man, together you have one and same principle twofold activity, namely to pray and to love.
All that you do in union with Christ proceeds from you and from Him as from one and the same cause. Thus He continues to live on earth, and to work and to extend His kingdom to the end of time, through each of His faithful sons. All your trials borne with Christ’s help are yours together, for you two are but one. Thus Christ continues His Passion on earth. Every soul that suffers in patience helps Christ to fill up that which is still wanting in His life as victim.
Together you glorify the Father, you thank Him, you love Him; together in heaven you will sit at His right hand and you will enjoy the same happiness. Christ’s son, He has been with you a long time and yet you scarcely know Him. He invites you again today to rejoice lovingly at your union with Him by grace and through Him with the most Holy Trinity. Enter into yourself by a simple movement of your intelligence and of your will. You need not force your imagination or your feelings.
God is Spirit and He wishes to be adored in spirit and in truth. What happy hours you will spend together if you will but learn to do His will; what secrets He will whisper to you to make you holy and successful in all your endeavors! The three Divine Persons will dwell in you, for He has given you His grace. They have made heaven within you and They live in you Their infinitely happy life.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching