Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bulletin 267

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806


CELEBRANT: Father Jeff Fasching

August 2nd, 2015

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Epistle: 1 Cor. 12:2-11
Gospel: Lk. 18:9-14

Mon 3 No Latin Mass

Tue 4 Saint Dominic, Confessor

Wed 5 Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major

Thu 6 Transfiguration of Our Lord

Fri 7 Sacred Heart of Jesus

Join the Latin Mass community for a pot-luck dinner immediately following Sunday Mass on August 16th in the school cafeteria.

A plenary indulgence may be gained by visiting a church on the second day of August and reciting there an Our Father and the Creed.

Sanctifying grace and charity alone give supernatural life to the soul. St. Thomas says that while grace and charity sanctify the soul and unite it to God, these gifts are ordered for the good of others. St. Paul himself says: ...”all this without charity, is nothing.” Charity is always the most fundamental characteristic of the Christian soul. It is also the greatest gift the Holy Ghost can give us! “No man can say the Lord Jesus but by the Holy Ghost,” says St. Paul. A soul not vivified by the Holy Ghost cannot perform acts of supernatural value.

Humility is the virtue which allows us to practice charity. In the parable of the Pharisee and the publican, the Pharisee praises himself and is puffed up with pride. He cannot pray because he has no charity. Remember the words of St. James: “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” Jas. 4:6. The pride of the the Pharisee is his condemnation, whereas the attitude of the publican is completely different. He is a poor man who knows he has sinned. In humility he trusts in God's mercy: “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” God loves to pardon the humble! St. Augustine says: “God prefers humility in things that are done badly, rather than pride in those which are done well.” We are not justified by our virtues and good works, but by grace and charity!

In Christo Jesu et
Maria Immaculata,

Father Jeff Fasching