DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     March 5-7, 1999     vol. 10, no. 45


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Friday, March 5, 1999

    Friday March 5:
    Lenten Weekday and
    FIRST FRIDAY plus World Day of Prayer

    Purple or violet vestments

      First Reading: Genesis 37: 2-4, 12-13, 17-28
      Psalms: Psalm 105: 5, 16-21
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46

Saturday, March 6, 1999

      First Reading: Micah 7: 14-15, 18-20
      Psalms: Psalm 103: 1-4, 8-12
      Gospel Reading: Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32

SUNDAY, March 7, 1999

      First Reading: Exodus 17: 3-7
      Psalms: Psalm 95: 1-2, 6-9
      Second Reading: Romans 5: 1-2, 5-8
      Gospel Reading: John 4: 5-42

Monday, March 8, 1999

    Monday March 8:
    Lenten Weekday and
    Optional Feast of Saint John of God, religious founder

    Purple or violet vestments

      First Reading: 2 Kings 4: 1-15
      Psalms: Psalm 42: 2-3; 43: 3-4
      Gospel Reading: Luke 4: 24-30

Optional Feast of Saint John of God, religious founder

          This saint, known for his work in the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, lived in the 16th Century in Portugal and Spain. One day while traveling he came across a small child with no shoes. Because his own shoes would not fit the child he lifted Him upon his shoulders and carried him, offering solace and help. While stopping to drink, the child revealed Himself as the Infant Christ Child and presented John a pomagranate, the fruit of the region which is sweet and stood for charity. It was crowned with a cross, representing sacrifice, which Jesus said would be the "Cross of Granada" where John, at the age of 42, would establish the Brother Hospitallers of St. John of God in the year 1537. John was given the name "John of God" by his own bishop who saw in John, a true saint. John died saving others. After many close calls rescuing people from the streets and burning hospitals, he dove into the River Xenil to save a drowning lad and succumbed of pneumonia from the cold, icy waters at the age of 55.

March 5-7, 1999       volume 10, no. 45


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