July 24, St. Sharbel Makhluf

With you is the fountain of life, O Lord. — Psalm 36:10a

Mass Readings: Jeremiah 2:1-3,7-8/12-13/Matthew 13:10-17

A Successful Intercession

“If you’re here on July 24, you can come to my St. Sharbel party,” Suzanne said. Thanking her for the invitation, I hung up the phone and whipped out the Dictionary of Saints to discover who Sharbel was. And to try and figure out why my friend was throwing him a party. He’s a Lebanese saint and my friend is half-Lebanese. She subsequently explained that she’d prayed for his intercession when she had to dig a new well. When he came through, she decided to throw him a party. Sixty people came.

Suzanne lives high atop a mountain where Julie Andrews could sing to her heart’s content. The well was blessed by three priests. A barbershop quartet serenaded the guests. Celebration and festivities abounded atop Suzanne’s mountain. What glorious images for St. Sharbel’s Feast Day.

Prayer: Lord of the Dance, thank You for friends who celebrate with gratitude.

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July 24, St. Sharbel Makhluf

Thursday, July 24, 2014
With you is the fountain of life, O Lord. — Psalm 36:10a Mass Readings: Jeremiah 2:1-3,7-8/12-13/Matthew 13:10-17 A Successful Intercession... Read More

July 23, Wednesday Weekday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I will sing of your salvation. — Psalm 71 (see 15ab) Mass Readings: Jeremiah 1:1,4-10/ Matthew 13:1-9 Different Seasons Today’s... Read More

July 22, St. Mary Magdalen

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lord, show us your mercy and love. — Psalm 85:8a Mass Readings: Micah 7:14-15,18-20/ John 20:1-2,11-18 Staying Close Without fail, once a... Read More

July 21, St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Monday, July 21, 2014
To the upright I will show the saving power of God. — Psalm 50:23b Mass Readings: Micah 6:1-4,6-8/Matthew 12:38-42 Unrecognized Saints... Read More

July 20, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Lord, you are good and forgiving. — Psalm 86:5a Mass Readings: Wisdom 12:13,16-19/ Romans 8:26-27/ Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30 Prayer... Read More

July 19, Saturday Weekday

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Do not forget the poor, O Lord! — Psalm 10:12b Mass Readings: Micah 2:1-5/ Matthew 12:14-21 Don’t Tell Seeming unwilling to cause... Read More

July 18, Friday Weekday

Friday, July 18, 2014
You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die. — Isaiah 38 (see 17b) Mass Readings: Isaiah 38:1-6,21-22,7-8/ Matthew 12:1-8 Pharisee in the... Read More