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free will and is directed toward the freedom of created being to accept the gift and to respond as a gift. This exchange of self-giving becomes an interpersonal dialogue from one to the other, originating from God to man and in His image and likeness finding human expression between man and woman. This vocation to giftedness which is to be lived out in the “unity of the two” culminates in the gift of being father or mother and finds fulfillment in the free self-gift of God. Human mystery finds its definitive light in Christ, who, “by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear.” Humanity therefore finds itself fully revealed in Christ and through His sacrifice is called into adoption as sons and daughters of God. Our relationship to God as children to the Father enables us to become spouses and thus father or mother. The overabundance of God’s original gift bears fruit in the sacrament of matrimony. This fruit is the openness to communicating the gift which is first received from God. Its expression arises from the total self-gift of the man and woman in unity with the other. From this unity comes the child and through the child the gift of being father and mother. If a man is to claim the gift of being a father, he must first accept the mystery of woman’s unique giftedness to be a mother. The woman offers herself totally and freely as a

gift to her husband in order to receive God’s gift of her own maternity, and in order to fully receive his wife’s self-gift man must give himself freely and totally to her. Unless they do this, they deny God’s gift of fatherhood and motherhood. To deny God’s gift is to deny their own dignity as adopted sons and daughters of the Father. It cannot be stated enough that from the beginning man was created to receive the gift of God and to respond to His gift with his own, self-gift. Subsequent to the creation of Eve, this task of receiving the gift of the other and responding with his own, self-gift was to be extended to his wife in that the “two shall become one.” The difficulties we have in living this out today arises from original sin in which the man and his wife, faced with the trickery of the serpent, took and ate the fruit, which had not been given to them. Ever since original sin mankind has been plagued with a desire to take rather than to receive. This is often disguised by a false notion of receiving when something is presented as a gift but the conditions placed upon the thing prevent it from being a free gift. Finally, we arrive at the truth of fatherhood. We find its finest human expression in St. Joseph who cooperated with the great mystery of salvation in the fullness of time as determined by God. He thus made his life one of service to Mary; to Jesus; and to the mission of redemption connected to Jesus.

JUNE LITURGICAL CALENDAR June 1 | Fri | Saint Justin, Martyr | red | memorial | 1 Pt 4:7-13/Mk 11:1126 (351) June 2 | Sat | Weekday | green/red/ white | [Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs; BVM] | Jude 17, 20b-25/Mk 11:27-33 (352) June 3 | SUN | THE MOST HOLY TRINITY | white | solemnity | Dt 4:3234, 39-40/Rom 8:14-17/Mt 28:16-20 (165) Pss Prop June 4 | Mon | Weekday (Ninth Week in Ordinary Time) | green | 2 Pt 1:2-7/ Mk 12:1-12 (353) Pss I June 5 | Tue | Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr | red | memorial | 2 Pt 3:12-15a, 17-18/Mk 12:13-17 (354) June 6 | Wed | Weekday | green/white | [Saint Norbert, Bishop] | 2 Tm 1:1-3, 6-12/Mk 12:18-27 (355) June 7 | Thu | Weekday | green | 2 Tm 2:8-15/Mk 12:28-34 (356) June 8 | Fri | Weekday | green | 2 Tm 3:10-17/Mk 12:35-37 (357) June 9 | Sat | Weekday | green/white/ white | [Saint Ephrem, Deacon and

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Doctor of the Church; BVM] | 2 Tm 4:1-8/Mk 12:38-44 (358) June 10 | SUN | THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST | white | (Corpus Christi) | solemnity | Ex 24:3-8/Heb 9:11-15/Mk 14:12-16, 22-26 (168) Pss Prop June 11 | Mon | Saint Barnabas, Apostle (Tenth Week in Ordinary Time) | red | memorial | Acts 11:21b26; 13:1-3* (580)/Mt 5:1-12 (359) Pss II June 12 | Tue | Weekday | green | 1 Kgs 17:7-16/Mt 5:13-16 (360) | 13 | Wed | Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church | white | memorial | 1 Kgs 18:20-39/Mt 5:17-19 (361) June 14 | Thu | Weekday | green | 1 Kgs 18:41-46/Mt 5:20-26 (362) June 15 | Fri | The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus | white | solemnity | Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9/Eph 3:8-12, 14-19/ Jn 19:31-37 (171) Pss Prop June 16 | Sat | The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary | white | memorial | 1 Kgs 19:19-21(364)/Lk

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2:41-51* (573) June 17 | SUN | ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME | green | Ez 17:22-24/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34 (92) Pss III

1:8-12/Lk 1:5-17 (586) | Day: Is 49:1-6/ Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80 (587) Pss Prop

June 18 | Mon | Weekday | green | 1 Kgs 21:1-16/Mt 5:38-42 (365)

June 25 | Mon | Weekday (Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time) | green | 2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18/Mt 7:1-5 (371) Pss IV

June 19 | Tue | Weekday | green/ white [Saint Romuald, Abbot] | 1 Kgs 21:17-29/Mt 5:43-48 (366)

June 26 | Tue | Weekday | green | 2 Kgs 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36/Mt 7:6, 12-14 (372)

June 20 | Wed | Weekday | green | 2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14 /Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 (367)

June 27 | Wed | Weekday | green/ white [Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church] | 2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3/Mt 7:15-20 (373)

June 21 | Thu | Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious | white | memorial | Sir 48:1-14/Mt 6:7-15 (368) June 22 | Fri | Weekday | green/white/ red [Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop; Saints John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs] | 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20/Mt 6:19-23 (369) June 23 | Sat | Weekday | green/white | [BVM] | 2 Chr 24:17-25/Mt 6:24-34 (370) June 24 | SUN | THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST | white | solemnity | Vigil: Jer 1:4-10/1 Pt

June 28 | Thu | Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr | red | memorial | 2 Kgs 24:8-17/Mt 7:21-29 (374) June 29 | Fri | Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles | red | solemnity | Vigil: Acts 3:1-10/Gal 1:11-20/Jn 21:15-19 (590) | Day: Acts 12:1-11/2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18/ Mt 16:13-19 (591) Pss Prop June 30 | Sat | Weekday | green/red/ white [The First Martyrs of Holy Roman Church; BVM] | Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19/ Mt 8:5-17 (376) www.SouthTexasCatholic.com

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