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Thought for the Day – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

Thought for the Day – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

“We are Nothing in Ourselves”
St John Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859)

“When we do nothing to be ashamed of, when everything is going along according to our wishes, we dare to believe that nothing could make us fall.   We forget our own nothingness and our utter weakness.   We make the most delightful protestations that we are ready to die rather than to allow ourselves to be conquered.   We see a splendid example of this in St Peter, who told our Lord that although all others might be scandalised in Him, yet he would never deny Him.

Alas!   To show him how man, left to himself, is nothing at all, God made use, not of kings or princes or weapons but simply of the voice of a maidservant, who even appeared to speak to him in a very indifferent sort of way.   A moment ago, he was ready to die for Him and now Peter protests, that he does not even know Him, that he does not know about whom they are speaking.   To assure them even more vehemently that he does not know Him, he swears an oath about it.

Dear Lord, what we are capable of when we are left to ourselves!   There are some who, in their own words, are envious of the saints who did great penances.   They believe that they could do as well.   When we read the lives of some of the martyrs, we would, we think, be ready to suffer all that they suffered for God;  the moment is short lived, we say, for an eternity of reward.   But what does God do to teach us to know ourselves or, rather, to know that we are nothing?   This is all He does:   He allows the Devil to come a little closer to us.   Look at this Christian who a moment ago was quite envious of the hermit who lived solely on roots and herbs and who made the stern resolution to treat his body as harshly.   Alas!   A slight headache, a prick of a pin, makes him, as big and strong is he is, sorry for himself.   He is very upset.   He cries with pain.   A moment ago he would have been willing to do all the penances of the anchorites — and the merest trifle makes him despair!

Look at this other one, who seems to want to give his whole life for God, whose ardour all the torments there are cannot damp.   A tiny bit of scandalmongering …. a word of calumny …. even a slightly cold reception or a small injustice done to him …. a kindness returned by ingratitude …. immediately gives birth in him to feelings of hatred, of revenge, of dislike, to the point, often, of his never wishing to see his neighbour again or at least of treating him coldly with an air which shows very plainly what is going on in his heart.   And how many times is this his waking thought, just as it was the thought that almost prevented him from sleeping?   Alas, my dear brethren, we are poor stuff and we should count very little upon our good resolutions!”

St John Vianney, Pray for us!

st john vianney pray for us - 20 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

Quote/s of the Day – – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

“Speaking of:  Humility”

“God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble”

James 4:6god resists the proud - james 4 - 6

“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues,
hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist,
there cannot be any other virtue,
except in mere appearance.”HUMILITY IS THE FOUNDATION-STAUGUSTINE

““It was pride that changed angels into devils;
it is humility that makes men as angels.”

St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of Graceit was pride - st augustine - 20 june 2018

“As patience leads to peace
and study to science,
so are humiliations,
the path that leads to humility.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Mellifluous Doctoras patience leads to peace - st bernard - 20 june 2018

“In the difficulties which are placed before me,
why should I not act like a donkey?
When one speaks ill of him – the donkey says nothing.
When he is mistreated – he says nothing.
When he is forgotten – he says nothing.
When no food is given him – he says nothing.
When he is made to advance – he says nothing.
When he is despised – he says nothing.
When he is overburdened – he says nothing.
The true servant of God must do likewise
and say with David:
“Before Thee I have become like a beast of burden.”

St Alphonsus Rodriguez (1532-1617)in the difficulties which are placed before me - st alphonsus rodriguez - 20 june 2018

“True humility
scarcely ever
utters words
of humility.”

“Humility consists
in not esteeming ourselves above other men
and in not seeking
to be esteemed above them.”

“Humility makes our lives
acceptable to God,
meekness makes us
acceptable to men.”true humility - humility consists - humility makes our lives - st francis de sales - 20 june 2018

“If, when stung by slander or ill-nature,
we wax proud and swell with anger,
it is a proof that our gentleness
and humility are unreal
and mere artificial show.”

“The highest point of humility
consists in not merely acknowledging one’s abjection
but in taking pleasure therein,
not from any want of breadth or courage
but to give the more glory to God’s Divine Majesty
and to esteem one’s neighbour,
more highly than one’s self.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of Charityif when stung by slander - the highest point of humility - st francis de sales - 20 june 2018

“The truly humble
reject all praise for themselves
and refer it all to God.”

St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (1696-1787) Most Zealous Doctorthe truly humble reject - st alphonsus liguori - 20 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

One Minute Reflection – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

Jesus said to his disciples: ” “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”…Matthew 6:1

REFLECTION – “Jesus says, “When you pray, go into your chamber.”   Now, what are these chambers but the heart signified in the Psalm where it is said:  “The things you say in your hearts, be sorry for in your room.”   He then continues: “And closing the doors, pray in secret to our Father.”   Our entering the room is not enough if the door is left open to the importunate, for external things enter brazenly in through this door and lay hold on our interior affections.   Temporal and visible penetrate through this door, that is, one of the senses, they enter our thoughts and by a swarm of fancies noisily disturb us while engaged in prayer.   Therefore, the door must be closed;  that is to say, the bodily sense must be resisted, so that a wholly spiritual prayer may be offered to the Father.   For this prayer is formed in the depths of the heart where a man prays in secret to the Father.   “And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you…”

The Lord does not admonish us to pray but teaches us how to pray, just as the preceding passage does not admonish us to give alms but tells us what our intention ought to be when we are giving them.   This is due to the fact that He demands the purity of heart that one can only obtain by a continuous and undivided striving for eternal life through no other motive than a pure love of wisdom…St Augustine (354-430), Father & Doctor of the Church – Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, Bk. II, 3, 11beware of practising your piety - therefore the door must be closed - st augustine - 20 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, in Your wisdom, You created us, by Your providence You rule us, penetrate our inmost being with Your light, so that our way of life may always be one of faithful service to You, as we follow the way of Your Son.   Holy Mother, guide us as you guided Your Son. Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.holy mary-mother of god - pray-for-us.- 1 may 2017 and 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

Our Morning Offering – 20 June – Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ord Time Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

Litany of Humility
By Servant of God Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930)

He was accustomed to recite this prayer daily after the celebration of Holy Mass.

O Jesus meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver, me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That in the opinion of the world, others may increase
and I may decrease,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I,
provided that I become as holy as I should,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
Amenlitany of humility - card merry del val - 20 june 2018

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Saint of the Day – 20 June – St Adalbert of Magdeburg (910-981) “Apostle of the Slavs”

Saint of the Day – 20 June – St Adalbert of Magdeburg (910-981) Apostle of the Slavs” – Bishop, Monk, Missionary – born in 910 at Lorraine region and died on 20 June 981 at Merseburg, Germany of natural causes.   St Adalbert was the first Archbishop of Magdeburg (from 968) and a successful missionary to the Polabian Slavs to the east of what is contemporarily Germany.

Adalbert_of_Magdeburg

Adalbert was a monk at the Benedictine Monastery of St Maximinus in Trier, Germany. He was consecrated a Roman Catholic bishop and in 961 was sent to Kievan Rus – (was a loose federation of East Slavic tribes in Europe from the late 9th to the mid-13th century, under the reign of the Rurik dynasty.   The modern peoples of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine all claim Kievan Rus’ as their cultural ancestors, with Belarus and Russia deriving their names from it.).

Princess Olga of Kiev had asked Emperor Otto I (the Great) to provide her a missionary from the Roman Catholic Church.   Her son, Svyatoslav opposed her and stole her crown as soon as Adalbert arrived in Kievan Rus.   Adalbert’s missionary companions were slain and Adalbert barely escaped.   Kievan Rus subsequently was converted by missionaries from Constantinople and became part of Byzantine Christianity.

Upon escaping Kievan Rus, Adalbert traveled to Mainz, Germany, where he became the Abbot of Wissembourg in Alsace.   There he worked to improve the education of the monks.   He later became the first Archbishop of Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, in contemporary Germany.

The Archepiscopacies of Hamburg and Bremen had been established with the intention that they would serve as bases for missions in northern and eastern Europe.   The Archdiocese of Magdeburg was designated to provide missionaries to the eastern European Slavs.   Adalbert also established dioceses for Naumburg, Meissen, Merseburg, Brandenburg; Havelberg and Poznań, Poland.   He died on 20 June 981 in Zscherben (contemporarily in (former) Geusa, in Merseburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany).

A student of Adalbert for some years named Wojciech Sławnikowic, who at his Confirmation took the very name of his tutor, went on from Adalbert’s tutelage to successfully evangelise many Slavic peoples, receive the crown of martyrdom in Prussia and was canonisded as St Adalbert of Prague (c 956 – 23 April 997).   Evidently St Adalbert of Magdeburg transmitted something of his wisdom, zeal and own mission to his student, the younger St Adalbert (of Prague)

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 June

St Adalbert of Magdeburg (910-981)
St Bagne of Thérouanne
St Edburga of Caistor
St Gemma of Saintonge
St Goban of Picardie
St Helen of Öehren
St John of Pulsano
St Macarius of Petra
Bl Margareta Ebner
St Methodius of Olympus
Bl Michelina of Pesaro
St Novatus of Rome

Irish Martyrs – 17 beati – This is the collective title given to the 260 or more persons who are credited with dying for the faith in Ireland between 1537 and 1714. Seventeen of them were beatified together on 27 September 1992 by St Pope John Paul II.

• Blessed Conn O’Rourke
• Blessed Conor O’Devany
• Blessed Dermot O’Hurley
• Blessed Dominic Collins
• Blessed Edward Cheevers
• Blessed Francis Taylor
• Blessed George Halley
• Blessed John Kearney
• Blessed Matthew Lambert
• Blessed Maurice Eustace
• Blessed Patrick Cavanagh
• Blessed Patrick O’Healy
• Blessed Patrick O’Loughran
• Blessed Peter Higgins
• Blessed Robert Meyler
• Blessed Terrence Albert O’Brien
• Blessed William Tirry

Martyrs of Lower Moesia: Martyred on the Black Sea at Lower Moesia (in modern Bulgaria), date unknown.
St Cyriacus
St Paul

Martyred in Nagasaki: 9 Beati : burned alive on 20 June 1626 in Nagasaki, Japan. Their ashes were thrown into the sea and no relics remain. They were Beatified on 7 May 1867 by Pope Pius IX.
• Blessed Baltasar de Torres Arias
• Blessed Francisco Pacheco
• Blessed Gaspar Sadamatsu
• Blessed Giovanni Battista Zola
• Blessed Ioannes Kisaku
• Blessed Michaël Tozo
• Blessed Paulus Shinsuke
• Blessed Petrus Rinsei
• Blessed Vincentius Kaun

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Thought for the Day – 19 June – The Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

Thought for the Day – 19 June – The Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

Saint Romuald’s body was buried at the monastery in Paranzo.   Three decades later, his incorrupt body was transferred to Fabriano in 1481.   Many miracles have been reported at his tombside in the great Cathedral of Fabriano.   The Order he founded continues to operate today, with five distinct congregations.   The most austere of those, the hermits, continue to live in a manner much like that of Saint Romuald—strict adherence to silence and prayer for the reparation of the sins of mankind.

The quiet and contemplative life of Saint Romuald reminds us, that humility, meekness and a deep desire for the Lord are the hallmarks of our faith.   These simple tenets, lived as model for others, are a powerful witness to the depth of our hope and confidence in the Lord, a reminder of our obedience to Him and a powerful call to prayer.   When we pray, as Saint Romuald said, our bodies, hearts, souls and minds should be focused solely on God:  “Better to pray one psalm with devotion and compunction than a hundred with distraction.”

Prayer is the gauge of our love for God.   If we pray, we love Him but if we don’t pray, we do not love Him.   It is as simple as that, for surely we want always to speak to the one we love?   Let us ask Saint Romuald to obtain for us the grace of prayer and perseverance in prayer, particularly when we find the going hard.

St Romuald, pray for usst romuald - pray for us - 19 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 18 June – The Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

Quote/s of the Day – 18 June – The Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

Speaking of: Prayer

“It is better to say
one Our Father fervently
and devoutly
than a thousand,
with no devotion
and full of distraction.”

St Edmund (841-869)it is better to say one our father - st edmund - king and martyr - 18 june 2018

“Sit in your cell as in paradise.
Put the whole world
behind you and forget it.
Watch your thoughts
like a good fisherman
watching for fish.”

St Romuald (c 951-1027)sit in your cell as in paradise - st romuald - 18 june 2018

“Were you to ask,
‘what are the means
of overcoming temptations’,
I would answer:
The first means is prayer;
the second is prayer;
the third is prayer;
and should you ask me,
a thousand times,
I would repeat the same.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Most Zealous Doctorwere you to ask - st alphonsus - 18 june 2018

“When we speak to Jesus
with simplicity and with all our heart,
He does like a mother
who holds her child’s head with her hands
and covers it with kisses and caresses.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)when we speak to jesus - st john vianney - 19 june 2018

“Jesus is waiting
for you
in the chapel.
Go and find Him.”

St Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879) 30 Augustjesus is waiting for you in the chapel - st jeanne jugan - 19 june 2018

“To clasp the hands in prayer
is a beginning of an uprising
against the disorder of the world.”

Karl Barth (1886-1968)to clasp the hands in prayer - karl barth - 19 june 2018

“Friends,
do not be afraid
of silence or stillness.
Listen to God.
Adore Him in the Eucharist.”

Pope Benedict XVIfriends, do not be afraid - pope benedict - 18 june 2018

“Turn your car into a monastery.”

Bishop Robert Barronturn your car into a monastery - bishop robert barron - 18 june 2018

“Seek a relationship
when you pray, not answers.
You won’t always find answers
but you will always find Jesus.”

Father Mike Schmitzseek a relationship when you pray - fr mike schmitz - 18 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 19 June – The Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

One Minute Reflection – 19 June – The Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.   And if we know that he hears us, in regard to whatever we ask, we know that, what we have asked him for, is ours...1 John 5:14-15and we have this confidence in him - 1 john 5-14-15 - 19 june 2018

REFLECTION – “Better to pray one psalm with devotion and compunction than a hundred with distraction.”…St Romualdbetter to pray one psalm with devotion - st romuald - 19 june 2018

PRAYER – Father, through St Romuald You renewed the life of solitude and prayer in your Church.   By our prayer and self-denial as we follow Christ our Lord, bring us the joy of heaven.   Kindly receive the intercession of St Romuald still, as we beg his prayers for all of your Church.   We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amenst romuald - pray for us no 2 - 19 june 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 19 June – Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Our Morning Offering – 19 June – Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Prayer to the Two Loving Hearts
By St John Eudes (1501-1680)

O Jesus, only Son of God, only Son of Mary,
I offer You the most loving Heart
of Your divine Mother
which is more precious
and pleasing to You than all hearts.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus,
I offer you the most adorable Heart
of your well-beloved Son,
who is the life and love and joy of your Heart.

Blessed be the Most Loving Heart
and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
and the most glorious
Virgin Mary, His Mother,
in eternity and forever.
Amenprayer to the two loving hearts by st john eudes - 18 june 2018