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<< Friday, August 16, 2002 >> St. Stephen of Hungary
Ezekiel 16:59-63
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Isaiah 12:2-6 Matthew 19:3-12
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"I will re-establish My covenant with you, that you may know that I am the Lord." —Ezekiel 16:62

Although we broke the covenant (Ez 16:59), the Lord remembered the covenant (Ez 16:60), set up an everlasting new covenant (Ez 16:60), and re-established the old covenant (Ez 16:62). From Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David, God has kept the covenant on His mind. He promised us a new covenant (Jer 31:31). This was fulfilled by Jesus in the blood of the covenant which He gave us at the Last Supper and on the cross (Mt 26:28).

The greatest day of our lives is the day when we were baptized into Jesus' death and resurrection (Rm 6:3). We then go through life looking for every opportunity to live practically our baptismal covenant. Thus we love the Mass, for it is a renewal and deepening of our baptismal covenant. We even rejoice with the Lord over our repentance (Lk 15:7) and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation by which we repair our unfaithfulness to the covenant. We seek God's will about applying our baptismal covenant by getting married, being a priest, choosing religious life, or living other vocations.

Live, breathe, think, walk, talk, pray, and proclaim your baptismal covenant.

Prayer: Father, I covenant to love You unconditionally, completely, and forever.
Promise: "Thus they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, let no man separate what God has joined." —Mt 19:6
Praise: St. Stephen wrote: "Virtues...make up the royal crown and without them no one is fit to rule here on earth or attain to the heavenly kingdom."
(For a related teaching, order our tapes on Baptismal Promises on audio AV 83-1, AV 83-3, AV 84-1, AV 84-3 or our video series beginning with V-83.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 7, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 12, 2002
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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