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July 2032: Mass Readings and Resources

Sunday June 1, 2031

July 2032 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 2 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in July 2032 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

July 2032 Liturgical Calendar

Click on the title for Mass readings for the day, resources, homilies, reflections, and more.

Thursday July 1, 2032

Thursday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Thursday of the 13th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus encounters a paralyzed man brought to him by some caring individuals. Jesus sees their faith and responds by addressing the paralyzed man, saying, "Take heart, son\; your sins are forgiven."

Friday July 2, 2032

Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time, we witness Jesus's encounter with Matthew, a tax collector. Tax collectors were often seen as collaborators with the Roman oppressors and were considered social outcasts. Yet Jesus extends an invitation to Matthew, saying, "Follow me." Matthew responds by leaving his tax collector's booth and becoming a disciple of Jesus.

Saturday July 3, 2032

St. Thomas, Apostle

St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He is perhaps best known as "Doubting Thomas". When the resurrected Jesus appeared in the upper room, Thomas was not there. The apostles told him about it, but he said "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." When Jesus appeared again, he invited Thomas to touch the marks. St. Thomas replied with a profession of faith: "My Lord and my God!".

Sunday July 4, 2032

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A encourage us to praise God for all of the blessings in our lives. Prayer, especially praise, relationship with Jesus, and letting go of our burdens are all possible themes for this weekend's readings. Here are some ideas.

Monday July 5, 2032

Monday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Monday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time, we witness two powerful healing encounters that demonstrate Jesus's authority and compassion. A synagogue leader approaches Jesus, humbly seeking his help as his daughter has just died. He believes that if Jesus lays his hand on her, she will come back to life. Jesus responds to the man's faith and accompanies him to his home.

Tuesday July 6, 2032

St. Maria Goretti

St. Maria Goretti is an Italian martyr. One day, a young man made sexual advances to her. When she resisted him, he stabbed her fourteen times. At the hospital, before she died, she forgave him. Her feast day is July 6. She is the patron saint of victims of rape and crime, teenage girls, and modern youth.

Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 14th week in Ordinary Time, we witness Jesus's continuous ministry of healing and teaching. A man who was demon-possessed and unable to speak is brought to Jesus, and with the driving out of the demon, the man is able to speak again. The crowd marvels at this miraculous healing, recognizing it as something unprecedented.

Wednesday July 7, 2032

Wednesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 14th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus selects and commissions his twelve disciples, empowering them with authority to drive out demons and heal diseases. The twelve apostles are named, representing a diverse group of individuals who would play significant roles in spreading the message of Jesus.

Thursday July 8, 2032

Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus continues instructing his disciples on their mission as he sends them out. He charges them to proclaim the message that the kingdom of heaven has come near. Furthermore, he commissions them with the authority to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and drive out demons, empowering them to bring tangible manifestations of God's kingdom.

Friday July 9, 2032

Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 14th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus prepares his disciples for the challenges they will face as they proclaim the message of the kingdom. He describes the difficult and hostile environment they will encounter, using the metaphor of sheep among wolves. Jesus urges them to be both shrewd and innocent in their dealings with others.

Chinese Martyrs

This feast day honors 120 Chinese martyrs who were canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. They died between 1648 and 1930. Many were killed during the Boxer Rebellion from 1899 to 1901. This uprising resulted in much violence against foreign and Christian influences in China.

Saturday July 10, 2032

Saturday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel for Saturday of the 14th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus encourages his disciples by reminding them of the relationship between a teacher and his students, and a master and his servants. He tells them that if he, the master, has been accused and slandered, they can expect similar treatment as his followers.

Sunday July 11, 2032

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A tell of how our relationship with God helps us grow, which in turn allows our lives to bear fruit. Discipleship, scripture, and evangelization are some possible themes for this week. Here are some ideas.

Monday July 12, 2032

Monday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Monday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus shares a challenging message with his disciples. He speaks about the divisive nature of his mission, explaining that his coming will not always bring peace but may cause conflicts even within families. Jesus's teachings and presence may lead to tensions and disagreements, as some will choose to follow him wholeheartedly, while others may reject him.

Tuesday July 13, 2032

Tuesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus denounces the towns of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum for their lack of repentance, despite witnessing many of his miracles. He expresses deep disappointment and warns of the severe consequences they will face on the day of judgment.

Wednesday July 14, 2032

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14 is the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha , the first Native American saint to be canonized. She is the patron saint of ecology, environmentalism, those who have lost their parents, people in exile, and Native Americans.

Wednesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus offers a prayer of praise and gratitude to the Father. He acknowledges that the Father has chosen to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom not to the wise and learned, but to those who are humble and childlike in their approach.

Thursday July 15, 2032

St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure was a 13 century Franciscan. He was a man of prayer known for his embrace of simplicity and poverty. When he was made a cardinal in 1273 he refused to wear the traditional red hat of a cardinal. Instead he left it hanging on a bush!

Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the comforting Gospel passage for Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus extends a compassionate invitation to all who are weary and burdened. He offers rest to those who feel weighed down by the struggles and challenges of life. Jesus acknowledges our human limitations and graciously invites us to come to him for solace and refreshment.

Friday July 16, 2032

Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus encounters opposition from the Pharisees regarding the actions of his disciples on the Sabbath. The disciples, feeling hungry, pluck heads of grain and eat them as they pass through the grain fields. The Pharisees, strictly observing Sabbath regulations, accuse Jesus's disciples of breaking the law.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to Our Blessed Mother as the patroness of the Carmelite order. Mount Carmel is located in the Holy Land. The early Carmelites lived as hermits there. They are a contemplative order

Sunday July 18, 2032

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

On the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the focus is on the Kingdom of Goda realm characterized by justice, kindness, and the power of faith. The First Reading reminds us of God's desire for justice and His guidance in living with kindness. In the Second Reading, we find solace in the Holy Spirit's support, aiding us in our moments of weakness. The Gospel parables further illuminate the Kingdom of God, where Jesus illustrates the coexistence of good and evil, the growth from humble beginnings, and the transformative influence of faith. As we contemplate the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, let us embrace the beauty of God's Kingdom, seeking to spread justice, kindness, and faith in our lives and communities.

Monday July 19, 2032

Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

The readings for Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 remind us that we must walk humbly with God. We would like signs and certainty. But instead we must trust in God.

Tuesday July 20, 2032

Tuesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

In the readings for Tuesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year 2, Jesus asks "Who are my mother and brothers?"

Wednesday July 21, 2032

Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

In the readings for Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year 2, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. "Some seed fell on good ground." We must prepare ourselves so that the Lord's message can take root in us.

Thursday July 22, 2032

St. Mary Magdalene: The Apostle to the Apostles

St. Mary Magdalene was one of the disciples of Jesus. She was probably wealthy and provided financial support for his ministry. She was present at Jesus crucifixion and burial and was one of the first witnesses to his resurrection.

Friday July 23, 2032

Saturday July 24, 2032

Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and weeds. Sometimes I can't see the evil in my life right away. What seems good at first can grow into something sinful.

Sunday July 25, 2032

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A are about the wisdom of God which is very different from the wisdom of the world. So possible topics include considering what is most important in our lives, putting God first, and rejecting worldly values. Here are some discussion activities, games, and resources.

Monday July 26, 2032

Monday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the parables for Monday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus uses vivid and relatable images to describe the nature of the kingdom of heaven. In the first parable of the mustard seed, Jesus compares the kingdom to a tiny seed that grows into a large tree, providing shelter and sustenance for birds. Despite its humble beginnings, the kingdom of heaven has the potential for expansive and impactful growth, welcoming all who seek refuge and life in its branches. (Matthew 13:31-35)

Tuesday July 27, 2032

Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the parable of the wheat and weeds, explained by Jesus in the gospel for Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time (Matthew 13:36-43), we encounter a powerful reminder of the reality of the end times. Jesus emphasizes the urgency to grow like wheat, drawing closer to the Lord and living according to His will.

Wednesday July 28, 2032

Wednesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the parables of the buried treasure and the pearl of great price from the gospel for for Wednesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time (Matthew 13:44-46), Jesus presents two different scenarios of encountering the Kingdom of God. In the first parable, a man stumbles upon a hidden treasure while working in a field, and in the second, a wealthy merchant actively searches for a valuable pearl.

Thursday July 29, 2032

Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus

St. Martha is the sister of St. Lazarus and St. Mary. This family lived in Bethany and were close friends of Jesus.

Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the parables in the gospel for Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time (Matthew 13:47-53), Jesus uses the images of good and bad fish and new and old treasures to teach valuable lessons about discernment and openness to change. In the sea, there are fish which are good for eating and those which are not. In our closets, we have new things and old things. We must learn to see what is useful in our lives and what is not.

Friday July 30, 2032

Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus returns to his hometown and begins teaching in the synagogue. The people are amazed by his wisdom and miraculous powers, but their amazement quickly turns into skepticism and offense. They struggle to accept that the son of a carpenter, someone they knew so well, could possess such divine gifts and authority.

Saturday July 31, 2032

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He was pursuing a career in the military when a cannonball shattered his leg. While recovering, he discovered that reflecting on the things of this world, such as fame and romance, only brought him temporary pleasure. Reading about the lives of the saints and thinking about serving Jesus Christ brought him lasting happiness.

Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Saturday of the 17th week in Ordinary Time, we hear of the death of John the Baptist. Like many martyrs, John had the audacity to speak truth to power.

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July 2032: Mass Readings and Resources

July 2032 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 2 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in July 2032 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

July 2032 Liturgical Calendar

Click on the title for Mass readings for the day, resources, homilies, reflections, and more.
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Thursday July 1, 2032

Thursday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Thursday of the 13th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus encounters a paralyzed man brought to him by some caring individuals. Jesus sees their faith and responds by addressing the paralyzed man, saying, "Take heart, son\; your sins are forgiven."

Friday July 2, 2032

Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time, we witness Jesus's encounter with Matthew, a tax collector. Tax collectors were often seen as collaborators with the Roman oppressors and were considered social outcasts. Yet Jesus extends an invitation to Matthew, saying, "Follow me." Matthew responds by leaving his tax collector's booth and becoming a disciple of Jesus.

Saturday July 3, 2032

St. Thomas, Apostle

St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He is perhaps best known as "Doubting Thomas". When the resurrected Jesus appeared in the upper room, Thomas was not there. The apostles told him about it, but he said "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." When Jesus appeared again, he invited Thomas to touch the marks. St. Thomas replied with a profession of faith: "My Lord and my God!".

Sunday July 4, 2032

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A encourage us to praise God for all of the blessings in our lives. Prayer, especially praise, relationship with Jesus, and letting go of our burdens are all possible themes for this weekend's readings. Here are some ideas.

Monday July 5, 2032

Monday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Monday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time, we witness two powerful healing encounters that demonstrate Jesus's authority and compassion. A synagogue leader approaches Jesus, humbly seeking his help as his daughter has just died. He believes that if Jesus lays his hand on her, she will come back to life. Jesus responds to the man's faith and accompanies him to his home.

Tuesday July 6, 2032

St. Maria Goretti

St. Maria Goretti is an Italian martyr. One day, a young man made sexual advances to her. When she resisted him, he stabbed her fourteen times. At the hospital, before she died, she forgave him. Her feast day is July 6. She is the patron saint of victims of rape and crime, teenage girls, and modern youth.

Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 14th week in Ordinary Time, we witness Jesus's continuous ministry of healing and teaching. A man who was demon-possessed and unable to speak is brought to Jesus, and with the driving out of the demon, the man is able to speak again. The crowd marvels at this miraculous healing, recognizing it as something unprecedented.

Wednesday July 7, 2032

Wednesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 14th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus selects and commissions his twelve disciples, empowering them with authority to drive out demons and heal diseases. The twelve apostles are named, representing a diverse group of individuals who would play significant roles in spreading the message of Jesus.

Thursday July 8, 2032

Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus continues instructing his disciples on their mission as he sends them out. He charges them to proclaim the message that the kingdom of heaven has come near. Furthermore, he commissions them with the authority to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and drive out demons, empowering them to bring tangible manifestations of God's kingdom.

Friday July 9, 2032

Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 14th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus prepares his disciples for the challenges they will face as they proclaim the message of the kingdom. He describes the difficult and hostile environment they will encounter, using the metaphor of sheep among wolves. Jesus urges them to be both shrewd and innocent in their dealings with others.

Chinese Martyrs

This feast day honors 120 Chinese martyrs who were canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. They died between 1648 and 1930. Many were killed during the Boxer Rebellion from 1899 to 1901. This uprising resulted in much violence against foreign and Christian influences in China.

Saturday July 10, 2032

Saturday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel for Saturday of the 14th week in Ordinary Time, Jesus encourages his disciples by reminding them of the relationship between a teacher and his students, and a master and his servants. He tells them that if he, the master, has been accused and slandered, they can expect similar treatment as his followers.

Sunday July 11, 2032

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A tell of how our relationship with God helps us grow, which in turn allows our lives to bear fruit. Discipleship, scripture, and evangelization are some possible themes for this week. Here are some ideas.

Monday July 12, 2032

Monday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Monday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus shares a challenging message with his disciples. He speaks about the divisive nature of his mission, explaining that his coming will not always bring peace but may cause conflicts even within families. Jesus's teachings and presence may lead to tensions and disagreements, as some will choose to follow him wholeheartedly, while others may reject him.

Tuesday July 13, 2032

Tuesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus denounces the towns of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum for their lack of repentance, despite witnessing many of his miracles. He expresses deep disappointment and warns of the severe consequences they will face on the day of judgment.

Wednesday July 14, 2032

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14 is the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha , the first Native American saint to be canonized. She is the patron saint of ecology, environmentalism, those who have lost their parents, people in exile, and Native Americans.

Wednesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus offers a prayer of praise and gratitude to the Father. He acknowledges that the Father has chosen to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom not to the wise and learned, but to those who are humble and childlike in their approach.

Thursday July 15, 2032

St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure was a 13 century Franciscan. He was a man of prayer known for his embrace of simplicity and poverty. When he was made a cardinal in 1273 he refused to wear the traditional red hat of a cardinal. Instead he left it hanging on a bush!

Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the comforting Gospel passage for Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus extends a compassionate invitation to all who are weary and burdened. He offers rest to those who feel weighed down by the struggles and challenges of life. Jesus acknowledges our human limitations and graciously invites us to come to him for solace and refreshment.

Friday July 16, 2032

Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus encounters opposition from the Pharisees regarding the actions of his disciples on the Sabbath. The disciples, feeling hungry, pluck heads of grain and eat them as they pass through the grain fields. The Pharisees, strictly observing Sabbath regulations, accuse Jesus's disciples of breaking the law.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to Our Blessed Mother as the patroness of the Carmelite order. Mount Carmel is located in the Holy Land. The early Carmelites lived as hermits there. They are a contemplative order

Sunday July 18, 2032

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

On the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the focus is on the Kingdom of Goda realm characterized by justice, kindness, and the power of faith. The First Reading reminds us of God's desire for justice and His guidance in living with kindness. In the Second Reading, we find solace in the Holy Spirit's support, aiding us in our moments of weakness. The Gospel parables further illuminate the Kingdom of God, where Jesus illustrates the coexistence of good and evil, the growth from humble beginnings, and the transformative influence of faith. As we contemplate the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, let us embrace the beauty of God's Kingdom, seeking to spread justice, kindness, and faith in our lives and communities.

Monday July 19, 2032

Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

The readings for Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 remind us that we must walk humbly with God. We would like signs and certainty. But instead we must trust in God.

Tuesday July 20, 2032

Tuesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

In the readings for Tuesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year 2, Jesus asks "Who are my mother and brothers?"

Wednesday July 21, 2032

Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

In the readings for Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year 2, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. "Some seed fell on good ground." We must prepare ourselves so that the Lord's message can take root in us.

Thursday July 22, 2032

St. Mary Magdalene: The Apostle to the Apostles

St. Mary Magdalene was one of the disciples of Jesus. She was probably wealthy and provided financial support for his ministry. She was present at Jesus crucifixion and burial and was one of the first witnesses to his resurrection.

Friday July 23, 2032

Saturday July 24, 2032

Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and weeds. Sometimes I can't see the evil in my life right away. What seems good at first can grow into something sinful.

Sunday July 25, 2032

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A are about the wisdom of God which is very different from the wisdom of the world. So possible topics include considering what is most important in our lives, putting God first, and rejecting worldly values. Here are some discussion activities, games, and resources.

Monday July 26, 2032

Monday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the parables for Monday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus uses vivid and relatable images to describe the nature of the kingdom of heaven. In the first parable of the mustard seed, Jesus compares the kingdom to a tiny seed that grows into a large tree, providing shelter and sustenance for birds. Despite its humble beginnings, the kingdom of heaven has the potential for expansive and impactful growth, welcoming all who seek refuge and life in its branches. (Matthew 13:31-35)

Tuesday July 27, 2032

Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the parable of the wheat and weeds, explained by Jesus in the gospel for Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time (Matthew 13:36-43), we encounter a powerful reminder of the reality of the end times. Jesus emphasizes the urgency to grow like wheat, drawing closer to the Lord and living according to His will.

Wednesday July 28, 2032

Wednesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the parables of the buried treasure and the pearl of great price from the gospel for for Wednesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time (Matthew 13:44-46), Jesus presents two different scenarios of encountering the Kingdom of God. In the first parable, a man stumbles upon a hidden treasure while working in a field, and in the second, a wealthy merchant actively searches for a valuable pearl.

Thursday July 29, 2032

Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus

St. Martha is the sister of St. Lazarus and St. Mary. This family lived in Bethany and were close friends of Jesus.

Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the parables in the gospel for Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time (Matthew 13:47-53), Jesus uses the images of good and bad fish and new and old treasures to teach valuable lessons about discernment and openness to change. In the sea, there are fish which are good for eating and those which are not. In our closets, we have new things and old things. We must learn to see what is useful in our lives and what is not.

Friday July 30, 2032

Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus returns to his hometown and begins teaching in the synagogue. The people are amazed by his wisdom and miraculous powers, but their amazement quickly turns into skepticism and offense. They struggle to accept that the son of a carpenter, someone they knew so well, could possess such divine gifts and authority.

Saturday July 31, 2032

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He was pursuing a career in the military when a cannonball shattered his leg. While recovering, he discovered that reflecting on the things of this world, such as fame and romance, only brought him temporary pleasure. Reading about the lives of the saints and thinking about serving Jesus Christ brought him lasting happiness.

Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Saturday of the 17th week in Ordinary Time, we hear of the death of John the Baptist. Like many martyrs, John had the audacity to speak truth to power.

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