August 25, 2023 

Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint of the day

Saint Louis of France (1214-1270)

Saint Louis, a king of France, was born in 1214. He lost his father at a young age, and was moved to a love of holy things by his mother. He married a virtuous women, and became king two years later. Louis was a peaceful and just king, ruling by his faith. His reign was welcome, since the two kings before him were very violent. He led a crusade in 1238, and then again in 1267. Alas, he would never again see his homeland. He became ill while out on crusade, and died after receiving the Last Sacraments. He was canonized 27 years later. He is the patron saint of tertiaries.


Saint Louis, king of France, is a reminder that even our political leaders must carry the truths of their religion as they make policy. Think about your government representatives. Think of the many ways in which their decisions have moral implications.


Dear Jesus, please assist my government's leaders as they make weighty decisions about policy. Please use your love and compassion to influence the way they think and make decisions about what is best for my country.

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 423

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green

Daily readings

Reading 1: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14B-16, 22

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 146:5-6Ab, 6C-7, 8-9A, 9Bc-10

Alleluia: Ps 25:4B, 5A

Gospel: Mt 22:34-40

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