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Quote/s of the Day – 20 July – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8

Quote/s of the Day – 20 July – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8

” And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless…”.…Matthew 12:7

“I desire mercy”:
namely, the loyalty of a heart,
that recognises its own sins,
that mends its ways and returns,
to be faithful to the covenant with God.
“And not sacrifice”:
without a penitent heart,
every religious action is ineffective!”i desire mercy - namely, the loyalty - pope francis - 20 july 2018

” If our heart is closed,
if our heart is made of stone,
then the stones will end up
in our hands and, then,
we will be ready
to throw them at someone.”

Pope Francis – General audience, 13 April 2016if our heart is closed - pope francis - 20 july 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 19 July – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30.

One Minute Reflection – 19 July – Thursday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30.

“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”…Matthew 11:28-30

REFLECTION – “Jesus asks us to go to Him, for He is true Wisdom, to Him who is “gentle and lowly in heart”.   He offers us “his yoke”, the way of the wisdom of the Gospel which is neither a doctrine to be learned, nor an ethical system but rather a Person to follow: He Himself, the Only Begotten Son, in perfect communion with the Father.”…Pope Benedict, XVI, General Audience, 7 December 2011come to me all who are burdened - matthew 11 28-29- jesus asks us to go to him - pope benedict - 19 july 2018

PRAYER – “Holy God, our Father, we turn to You in confidence as children and pray, give us meekness of heart, make us “poor in spirit” that we may recognise that we are not self-sufficient, that we are unable to build our lives on our own but need You, we need to encounter You, to listen to You, to speak to You.   Help us to understand that we need Your gift, Your wisdom, which is Jesus Himself, in order to do the Your will in our lives and thus to find rest in the hardships of our journey.”   Blessed Jozef Puchala, Holy Martyr for Christ, Pray for us, amen.   (Adapted from the same homily above.)bl jozef puchala martyr - 19 july 2018- pray for us

NOTE:   The Image used for the Reflection above is called “Christ the Consolator” by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890).   You would be mistaken in believing that this great Artist was a Mormon but of course, he was a Danish Artist of a Christian leaning (Mormons are NOT Christians and were begun by Joseph Smith in the 1820s in New York), studied and was inspired and drawn to Catholicism (but did not convert) in Rome and was vastly influenced by Rembrandt (a protestant) in Holland.   The Mormons have used his artworks endlessly – in their temples, advertising and media, he would be highly indignant I believe, without a doubt!

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Quote/s of the Day – 18 July – The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for July “Pray for our Priests and their Pastoral Ministry”

Quote/s of the Day – 18 July – The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for July “Pray for our Priests and their Pastoral Ministry”holy fathers prayer intention for july 2018 - 1 july 2018

“He made them,
the vicars of His love.

St Ambrose (340-397)

Father & Doctor of the Churchhe made them the vicars of his love - st ambrose - 18 july 2018

“The power of the priest,
is the power of the divine person,
for the transubstantiation of the bread,
requires as much power,
as the creation of the world.”

St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)the power of the priest - st bernardine -2018

“St Bernard tells us that everything has come to us through Mary
and we may also say that everything has come to us through the priest,
yes, all happiness, all graces, all heavenly gifts.
If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord.
Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle?
It was the priest.
Who was it that received your soul, on its entrance into life?
The priest.
Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage?
The priest.
Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing that soul,
for the last time, in the blood of Jesus Christ?
The priest – always the priest.
And if that soul comes to the point of death, who will raise it up,
who will restore it to calmness and peace?
Again the priest.
You cannot recall one single blessing from God,
without finding, side by side with this recollection,
the image of the priest.”st bernard tells us that all things - st john vianney on the priesthood - 18 july 2018

“If I were to meet a priest and an angel,
I should salute the priest before I saluted the angel.
The latter is the friend of God
but the priest holds His place.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859) Patron of Priestsif i were to meet a priest - st john vianney - 18 july 2018

“Day after day, it is necessary to learn,
that I do not possess my life for myself.
Day by day, I must learn to abandon myself,
to keep myself available for whatever He, the Lord,
needs of me at a given moment,
even if other things seem more appealing
and more important to me,
this means giving life, not taking it.”

Pope Benedict XVIday after day it is necessary to learn - pope benedict on the priesthood - 18 july 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 July 2018 – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42,11:1.

Quote/s of the Day – 16 July 2018 – Monday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42,11:1.

Speaking of:  Seeking Abandonment to Divine Providence
with Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J. (1675-1751)

“God instructs the heart,
not by ideas
but by pains and contradictions.”god instructs the heart not by ideas but by pains and contradictions - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“There is not a moment in which God
does not present Himself
under the cover of some pain to be endured,
of some consolation to be enjoyed,
or of some duty to be performed.
All that takes place within us,
around us,
or through us,
contains and conceals His divine action.”there is not a moment - de caussade - 15 july 2018

“The books the Holy Spirit is writing,
are living and every soul a volume,
in which the divine author,
makes a true revelation of His word,
explaining it to every heart,
unfolding it in every moment.”the books the holy spirit is writing - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“The duties of each moment
are the shadows beneath which,
hides the divine operation.”the duties of each moment - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“You would be very ashamed,
if you knew what the experiences you call,
setbacks, upheavals, pointless disturbances
and tedious annoyances really are.
You would realise that your complaints about them,
are nothing more nor less,
than blasphemies – though that never occurs to you.
Nothing happens to you except by the will of God
and yet [God’s] beloved children curse it,
because they do not know it, for what it is!”

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)you would be very ashamed - de caussade - 16 july 2018

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Thought for the Day – 15 July

Thought for the Day – 15 July – Fifteenth Sunday of the Year – the Memorial of St Bonaventure (1221-1274) – Seraphic Doctor

Perhaps not a household name for most people, Saint Bonaventure, nevertheless, played an important role in both the medieval Church and the history of the Franciscan Order. A senior faculty member at the University of Paris, Saint Bonaventure certainly captured the hearts of his students through his academic skills and insights.   But more importantly, he captured their hearts through his Franciscan love for Jesus and the Church.   Like his model, Saint Francis, Jesus was the centre of everything—his teaching, his administration, his writing, and his life  . So much so, that he was given the title “Seraphic Doctor.”

Bonaventure so united holiness and theological knowledge that he rose to the heights of mysticism while remaining a very active preacher and teacher, one beloved by all who met him.   To know him was to love him;  to read him is still for us today to meet a true Franciscan and a gentleman.

In his bull of Canonisation, Pope Sixtus IV wrote:

Bonaventure was great in learning but no less great in humility and holiness.   His innocence and dove-like simplicity were such that Alexander of Hales, the renowned doctor whose disciple Saint Bonaventure became, used to say of him that it seemed as though Adam had never sinned in him.

A man of eminent learning and eloquence and of outstanding holiness, he was known for his kindness, approachableness, gentleness and compassion.Pope Gregory X on hearing of the death of Bonaventure.

Let us learn from the great Saint himself, to grow in the fruits he possessed in such abundance – humility, kindness, gentleness, charity, chastity, generosity, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, modesty and self-control. (Matthew 7: 15-20)

“We must beg the Holy Spirit,
with ardent longing, to give us these fruits.
The Holy Spirit alone,
knows how to bring to light,
the sweetness hidden away
under the rugged exterior of the words of the Law.
We must go to the Holy Spirit for interior guidance.”

St Bonaventure from Holiness of Lifewe must beg the holy spirit - st bonaventure - 15 july 2018

St Bonaventure, Pray for us!st-bonaventure-pray-for-us-15 jukly 2017 - 2.jpg

Prayer To Obtain the
Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
By St Bonaventure (1221-1274) – Seraphic Doctor

We, therefore, pray
to the most kind Father
through You, His only-begotten Son,
who for us became man,
was crucified and glorified,
that He send us
out of His treasures
the Spirit of sevenfold grace
who rested upon You in all fullness:
the Spirit, I say, of WISDOM,
that we may taste the life-giving flavours
of the fruit of the tree of life,
which You truly are;
the gift also of UNDERSTANDING,
by which the intentions
of our mind are illumined;
the gift of COUNSEL,
by which we may follow in Your footsteps
on the right paths;
the gift of FORTITUDE,
by which we may be able to
weaken the violence
of our enemies’ attacks;
the gift of KNOWLEDGE,
by which we may be filled
with the brilliant light
of Your sacred teaching
to distinguish good and evil;
the gift of PIETY,
by which we may acquire
a merciful heart;
the gift of FEAR,
by which we may draw away
from all evil
and be set at peace
by submitting in awe to
Your eternal majesty.
for You have wished
that we ask for these things
in that sacred prayer which
You have taught us;
and now we ask to obtain them,
through Your cross,
for the praise of Your most Holy Name.
to You,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory,
thanksgiving, beauty and power,
forever and ever.
Amen

-From Prayer “To Obtain the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit” included at the closing The Tree of Life”
― Bonaventure, Bonaventure: The Soul’s Journey into God, the Tree of Life, the Life of St. Francisprayer to obtain the seven gifts of the holy spirit - st bonaventure - 15 july 2018

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Quote of the Day – 13 July

Quote of the Day – 13 July – Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B -Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23.

“Jesus said to his Apostles:  “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves” … Matthew 10:16

“We must offer ourselves to God,
like a clean, smooth canvas
and not worry ourselves,
about what God
may choose to paint on it
but at each moment,
feel only the stroke of His brush.”

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J. (1675-1751)we must offer ourselves to god - fr jean pierre de caussade - 13 july 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 July – “Speaking of:  Suffering”

Quote/s of the Day – 10 July

“Speaking of:  Suffering”

“Only those who do not fight are never wounded.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctoronly those who do not fight - st john chrysostom - 27 april 2018

“God whispers to us in our pleasures,
speaks in our conscience
but shouts in our pains –
it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”god whispers to us in our pleasures - c s lewis - 10 july 2018

“God, who foresaw your tribulation,
has specially armed you to go through it,
not without pain but without stain.”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)god, who foresaw your tribulation - c s lewis - 10 july 2018

“Don’t waste your suffering.”

St John Paul the Great (1920-2005)don't waste your suffering - st john paul - 27 april 2018

“Suffering without Christ just hurts.
But suffering with Christ,
can transform the world.”

Father Mike Schmitzsuffering without christ - fr mike - 10 july 2018

 

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Quote of the Day – 2 July

Quote of the Day – 2 July – Monday of the Thirteenth Week, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 8:18-22

Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens
and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man
has nowhere to rest his head.”…Matthew 8:20

“He [ Jesus] is our clothing,
that for love wraps us and winds us,
embraces us and totally encloses us,
hanging about us in tender love.”

Julian of Norwich (c 1342-c 1430)he jesus is our clothing - julian of norwich - 2 july 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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Thought for the Day – 18 June – Pope Francis: to love your enemies, prayer is the way

Thought for the Day – 18 June – Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 5:38-42

Pope Francis: to love your enemies, prayer is the way

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

“Pray for the one who hurt me?” the Pope asked. “Yes,” he answered, “because it changes lives.”   If we think it is impossible, then pray, the Pope said.   Pray every day for the grace to forgive and the grace to love.

“This advice: ‘Be holy, for I the Lord your God, am holy.’   And then: ‘You shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect’,” the Pope remarked.   Forgiveness and prayer are the way to do this.   “This is the way of holiness,” he said. “If all men and women of the world learned this, there would be no wars, there would not be.”

Wars begin “in bitterness, rancour, the desire for revenge, to make someone pay.   But that destroys families, destroys friendships, destroys neighbourhoods, destroys so much,” he said.   For Pope Francis, this is why we must pray always for the grace not to hold grudges and for “the grace to pray for our enemies, to pray for the people that do not love us, the grace of peace.”

If we make this our daily prayer, the Pope continued, even just praying one prayer a day for our enemies, this is how we will “win” and make progress “on the path of holiness and perfection.”   In the end, “evil is overcome by good,” he said, and “sin is won with generosity.”   “Prayer is an antidote against hatred, against wars, these wars that start at home, which start in the neighbourhood, which begin in families,” he said.

The Pope said if he knows that someone wants to hurt him and does not love him, “I pray especially for him.”

“Pray for there to be peace.”

“Prayer is an antidote against hatred.”

Pope Francis 19 February 2017prayer is an antidote against hatred - pope francis - 18 June 2018