Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church

Intention: That we may be a people of life, speaking for the dignity and needs of all people, especially the poor, the oppressed, the exploited, the misunderstood, and the forgotten.

Today’s Gospel | John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.  But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe.  Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.  And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

From the Meditation on Saint Catherine of Siena

If you were to suffer insults and scorn because you aim to do good and to work for your perfection, would you be ready to put up with such treatment patiently? On such occasions we see whether our virtue is solid.


Eternal Father, Jesus taught us that to live well, we must learn to do your will.  There are days when this is not easy, when our lives are a puzzle that we do not know how to put together.  Help us in those moments to be still and seek your face through our struggles and doubts. Lead us to the right paths, especially those that we might never find on our own.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.