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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

June 14, 2009

As discussed in the Our Father post, our daily bread consists of both the word of God and the Body of Christ. We receive both at Mass each day. We can also receive the word of God daily via many devotional resources, both on-line and off-line.

EWTN offers the daily readings, an inspirational quote and it identifies the day’s feast or saint. You can also listen to the EWTN mass on-line or on the radio or satellite. They usually have excellent homilies.

The Living Faith booklet is a quarterly publication with variously authored reflections on one of the day’s readings. The Word Among Us  is monthly publication, but it also has the current meditation available on-line and links to the daily mass readings. Our Sunday Visitor  has My Daily Visitor   a bi-monthly periodical. It provides the saint or feast of the day, a Bible verse, the Mass readings, a meditation and a short prayer all on one page. Its content is also available on-line. OSV also offers My Daily Catholic Bible: Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition 20-Minute Daily Readings. Each day has a reading from each testament.

As always when digging into these topics, I find much more than I anticipated. There is The Catholic Calendar Page . They provide a whole slew of daily Catholic details, the Liturgical year and cycle, today’s saint (although the link appears to be broken right now), today’s Rosary Mystery (complete with a little explanation of the Rosary and a how-to pray the Rosary with an associated Scripture reading and a lesson for the Mystery), and the Readings for Mass. What is interesting to me is that they reference four different sources for the Mass Readings, from the Proper of the Season (what we usually hear at Mass), and then readings from the Common of pastors, from the Common of doctors of the Church, and from the Common of holy men and women [for religious]. These last three I am not familiar with so I will eventually be doing some research on them.

AmericanCatholic.org  has a number of daily features, saint of the day, minute meditations, daily catholic question and top catholic news. You can receive most of these directly in your inbox each day.

Presentation Ministries  has Today’s Nourishment on His Word. It has a link to the USCCB’s daily mass readings, One Bread, One Body Reflection , and the Best of Daily Bread Radio Program. The radio program is the teachings of the late Fr. Al Lauer.

A number of news/commentary sites offer you the current news headlines from a Catholic perspective along with links to the day’s readings, saint, homily and many other helpful and inspiring offerings. Some examples are Catholic News Agency , Catholic Culture , and Catholic Exchange.

Universalis.com provides the office of readings, morning prayer, evening prayer, night prayer, and the mass readings.  This is an international site. The first link is for the general calendar used in the United States. This link will allow you to select a general calendar for your region.

I’m sure there are many more sources for your Daily Bread, but this is a start. Pick one or two or a few and get started.

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