Saturday, July 6, 2013

Bulletin 159

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806


CELEBRANT: Father Jeffery Fasching

July 7, 2013 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Epistle: Rom. 6:19-23--Gospel: Mk. 7:15-21

Mass Schedule July 8 through July 12

Mon 8 Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen & Widow—No Latin Mass

Tue 9 Requiem Mass + Mr. & Mrs. Kurien

Wed 10 Seven Holy Brothers, Martyrs and SS. Rufina & Secunda, Virgins & Martyrs

Thu 11 Saint Pius I, Pope & Martyr

Fri 12 Saint John Gualbert, Abbot

Jesus Christ has said that we should never perform our actions in order that we may be praised by men. If we seek a reward in heaven, then we must strive to hide our good works as much as possible. If not, the devil may very well rob us of our merit through pride. Many do good works that are not founded in the soul. In other words, their religion is strictly exterior.

The saints knew their religion well and always sought to humble themselves in order to obtain the mercy of God. Many Christians practice their religion based on their mood. Some do it routinely out of habit alone. Many people pray much and frequently receive the Sacraments, but they still keep their bad habits and secret vices. They want to be both friends of God and friends of sin.

False virtue is a great sin. We must always have a pure intention when we undertake good works. It is not the size and greatness of the act which gives them merit, but rather our intention to please God and God alone.

In Christ,

Fr. Jeff Fasching