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Friday, August 4, 2023

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St. John Mary Vianney

Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37
Psalm 81:3-6, 10-11
Matthew 13:54-58

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celebrate god’s love

“These, then, are the festivals of the Lord which you shall celebrate at their proper time with a sacred assembly.” —Leviticus 23:4

The Lord has created us to celebrate His love. In the midst of our life of celebration, the Lord calls us to come together repeatedly for special seasons of celebration. The Church year begins with the celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons. In the new covenant, we also celebrate the Day of Atonement (see Lv 23:27) on Good Friday, the day Jesus atoned for all the sins which have been or will be committed. Good Friday is the center of the Triduum, the three most important days of the liturgical year. The Triduum is preceded by the celebration of Lent and followed by our greatest celebration, the Easter season, which St. Athanasius called the “fifty-day Sunday.” The Easter season is seven weeks concluding with the Feast of Weeks, that is, Pentecost (see Lv 23:15ff).

We should also be celebrating the holy days and the feasts of Mary and the other saints. We should celebrate our baptismal anniversaries even more than we celebrate our birthdays. Most especially, we should celebrate each Sunday “as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2177).

The Lord calls us to be caught up in “the liturgical worship of the Church” (Vatican II, Laity, 11). We have been created to celebrate together God’s love forever. Celebrate!

Prayer:  Father, deepen my faith and love so that they will produce joy and celebration.

Promise:  “Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel, the pleasant harp and the lyre. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast; for it is a statute in Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.” —Ps 81:3-5

Praise:  St. John Vianney frequently spent eleven hours per day in the confessional bringing sinners back to God.


Rescript:  In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat for One Bread, One Body covering the period August 1, 2023 through September 30, 2023. Reverend Steve J. Angi, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio January 4, 2023

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