St. Nicholas of Tolentino
BORN in answer to the prayer of a holy mother, and vowed before his birth to the service of God, Nicholas never lost his baptismal innocence. His austerities were conspicuous even in the austere Order—the Hermits of St. Augustine—to which he belonged, and to the remonstrances which were made by his superiors he only replied, "How can I be said to fast, while every morning at the altar I receive my God?" He conceived an ardent charity for the Holy Souls, so near and yet so far from their Saviour; and often after his Mass it was revealed to him that the souls for whom he had offered the Holy Sacrifice had been admitted to the presence of God. Amidst his loving labors for God and man, he was haunted by fear of his own sinfulness. "The heavens," said he, "are not pure in the sight of Him Whom I serve; how then shall I, a sinful man, stand before Him?" As he pondered on these things, Mary, the Queen of all Saints, appeared before him. "Fear not, Nicholas," she said, "all is well with you: my Son bears you in His Heart, and I am your protection." Then his soul was at rest; and he heard, we are told, the songs which the angels sing in the presence of their Lord. He died September 10, 1310.
Reflection. — Would you die the death of the just? there is only one way to secure the fulfilment of your wish. Live the life of the just. For it is impossible that one who has been faithful to God in life should make a bad or an unhappy end.
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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Commemoration of St. Nicholas of Tolentino
Introit • Ps. 83, 10, 11
Behold, O God, our protector, and look on the face of Thy Christ: for better is one day in Thy courts above thousands. Ps. 83, 2, 3. How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. Glory be …
Guard Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with Thy continual kindness; and because without Thee human frailty falleth, let it, by Thine assistance, ever be both with-held from harm and guided to what is salutary. Through our Lord.
Give ear, O Lord, to our supplications, which we offer in commemoration of blessed Nicholas, Thy confessor, that, as we have no confidence in our own justice, we may be assisted by the prayers of him who was pleasing to Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Gal. 5, 16-24
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.
[He exhorts them to stand to their Christian liberty. Of the fruits of the flesh and of the spirit.]
BRETHREN, walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would. But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects,
Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences.
Gradual • Ps. 117, 8, 9
It is good to confide in the Lord, rather than to have confidence in man. It is good to trust in the Lord, rather than to trust in princes.Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 94, 1. Come, let us praise the Lord with joy; let us joyfully sing to God our Saviour. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 6, 24-33
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthrew.
[A continuation of the sermon on the mount.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore, I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the meat: and the body more than the raiment?
Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they? And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature by one cubit? And for raiment why are you solicitous? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. And if the grass of the field, which is today, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe: how much more you, O ye of little faith?
Be not solicitous therefore, saying, What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore solicitous for tomorrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
Offertory • Ps. 33, 8, 9
The angel of the Lord shall encamp round about them that fear Him, and shall deliver them. O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet!
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that this saving Victim may become both the cleansing of our sins, and the propitiation of Thy might. Through our Lord.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the offering of our lowliness may be pleasing to Thee in honor of Thy saints, and purify us in both body and mind. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 6, 33
Seek first the kingdom of God: and all things shall be added unto you, saith the Lord.
May Thy Sacraments, O God, ever purify and fortify us, and bring us to the effect of everlasting salvation. Through our Lord.
We pray Thee, O almighty God, that, having received heavenly nourishment, we may thereby, through the intercession of blessed Nicholas, Thy confessor, be fortified against all harm and danger. Through our Lord.