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Thought for the Day – 20 September – The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs – Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati

Thought for the Day – 20 September – The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs – Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati

Andrew Kim waged his last combat on 16 September 1846.   He faced it with the same intrepid calm he had always shown in every trial of his life.   Fastened to a chair with his arms in chains, he was borne to the river’s edge some distance from Seoul.   A company of soldiers surrounded him, followed by a large crowd.   The sentence was read to the condemned man at the execution site.   Andrew then protested in a loud voice that if he had communicated with the French, it had been for his religion and his God.   “It is for Him that I die!” he cried out.   Then, after exhorting all those who heard him to become Christians if they desired to escape a miserable eternity, he gave himself up to the executioners for the long and cruel preparatory steps that were to precede his death.

The torturers pierced both his ears with arrows and left them in the wounds, raised up the hair on his neck and covered his face with lime in order to give him a grotesque and repulsive appearance.   His arms were then pulled back and bound from behind.   The soldiers passed long sticks under his armpits, lifted him up and circled the attending crowd three times, each time drawing closer to the execution post.   Commanded to kneel down, he obeyed and stretched out his neck.   As calm as though this were the most ordinary action of his life, he asked, “Am I well positioned like this? Can you strike easily?”

“No, not like that,” the soldiers answered. “Turn to the side a little. There, that’s fine!

“Strike, then,” said Andrew. “I am ready.”

They began their savage dance, whirling round him and working themselves up with a sort of death chant, brandishing their large sabres and striking at will.  The martyr’s head fell only at the eighth blow.

Thus did young Andrew Kim the first Korean priest, live and die.   He was scarcely twenty-five years old.   He received the finest funeral prayers – the tears of his bishop and all his brethren, who at his venerated tomb wept over so many eminent gifts, pledges of a fruitful apostolate, cut off by the sabres.

But he is not altogether dead.   His memory lives on in every heart and it is in the contact with his sacred bones that Korean priests come to seek the lights and generous inspirations of charity which will one day transform Korea and you and I!

St Andrew Kim Taegon (1821-1846)

Beautiful Holy Martyr for Christ, Pray for us!st andrew kim taegon pray for us 20 sept 2018

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Quote of the Day – 4 September – The Memorial of St Rose of Viterbo T.O.S.F. (c 1233 – 1251)

Quote of the Day – 4 September

The Memorial of St Rose of Viterbo T.O.S.F. (c 1233 – 1251)

“Live so as not to fear death.
For those who live well in the world,
death is not frightening
but sweet and precious.”

St Rose of Viterbo (c 1233 – 1251)live so as not to fear death - st rose of viterbo - 4 sept 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 September – The Memorial of St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) – Father & Doctor of the Church “Father of the Fathers”

Quote/s of the Day – 3 September – The Memorial of St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) – Father & Doctor of the Church
“Father of the Fathers”

“If we knew at what time we were to depart from this world,
we would be able to select a season for pleasure
and another for repentance.
But God, who has promised pardon to every repentant sinner,
has not promised us tomorrow.
Therefore we must always dread the final day,
which we can never foresee.
This VERY DAY is a day of truce, a day for conversion.
And yet we refuse to cry over the evil we have done!
Not only do we not weep for the sins we have committed,
we even add to them…”if-we-knew-at-what-time-we-were-st-gregory-the-great=no.2. 3 sept 2017

“Don’t be anxious about what you have,
but about what you are!”dont-be-anxious-st-pope-gregory-the-great- 3 sept 2017

“When we attend to the needs of those in want,
we give them what is theirs, not ours.
More than performing works of mercy,
we are paying a debt of justice.”

“The proof of love is in the works.
Where love exists, it works great things.
But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.”

“He who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, not leaps.”dont be anxious,the proof of love, when we attend, he who would - st pope gregory - 3 sept 2018

“He truly believes
who puts what
he believes
into practice.”he truly believes - st pope gregory 3 sept 2018

There is more joy in heaven over a converted sinner
than over a righteous person standing firm.
A leader in battle has more love for a soldier
who returns after fleeing and who valiantly pursues the enemy,
than for one who never turned back
but who never acted valiantly either.
A farmer has greater love for land which bears fruitfully,
after he has cleared it of thorns, than for land
which never had thorns but which never yielded a fruitful harvest.”there is more joy in heaven - st pope gregory - 3 sept 2018

“The Emperor of heaven,
the Lord of men and of angels,
has sent you His epistles for your life’s advantage—
and yet you neglect to read them eagerly.
Study them, I beg you and meditate daily on the words
of your Creator. Learn the heart of God in the words of God,
that you may sigh more eagerly for things eternal,
that your soul may be kindled
with greater longings for heavenly joy.”he-emperor-of-heaven-st-gregory-the-great-3 sept 2017

“No one does more harm in the Church
than he who has the title or rank of holiness
and acts perversely.”

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604)
Father & Doctor of the Church
“Father of the Fathers”no one does more harm - st pope gregory the great - 3 sept 2018

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Quote of the Day – 31 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 25:1–13

Quote of the Day – 31 August – Friday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 25:1–13

‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ …Matthew 25:6

“Give me grace to amend my life
and to have an eye to mine end,
without grudge of death,
which to them that die in You,
good Lord,
is the gate of a wealthy life.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyrgive me grace good lord - st thomas more - 31 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 31 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 25:1–13

One Minute Reflection – 31 August – Friday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 25:1–13 and the memorial of St Aidan of Lindisfarne

But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ … Matthew 25:6

REFLECTION – “The souls’ husband is the Holy Spirit, by His grace.   When His interior inspiration calls the soul to repentance, then every enticement of vice is in vain.  The pride that wants command, the greed and lust that consumes everything:  this was the master that used to control and ravage the soul.   Their very names have been removed from the repentant sinner’s mouth…   When grace is poured into the soul and gives it light, God makes a covenant with sinners.   He is reconciled with them…   Then is celebrated the wedding of the bridegroom with His bride in the peace of a pure conscience.”…St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Churchbehold the bridegroom - matthew 25 6 - the souls' husband - st anthony of padua 31 aug 2018

“You have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation…..This is your goal!   This is the centre of your life;  this is the treasure of your heart.   If you reach your goal you will find happiness.   If you fail to reach it, you will find misery.”……St Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) Doctor of the Churchyou-have-been-created-for-the-glory-of-god-st-robert-bellarmine-31 aug 2017

PRAYER – My Lord and my God, help me eternal Father, to stay awake! Teach me to be constantly on guard against my own weakness, to constantly keep watch for temptation and to live constantly in prayer, that Your Son will lead me to safety.   Grant that by the prayers of your holy servant, St Aidan of Lindisfarne, who always remained prayerful and awake, waiting for the Lord, we may be ready to meet the bridegroom.    Through Jesus our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever,amen.st aidan of lindisfarne pray for us 31 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 21 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:23–30 and the Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

One Minute Reflection – 21 August – Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:23–30 and the Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life...Matthew 19:29and everyone who has left - matthew 19 29 - 21 aug 2018

REFLECTION – “Despite all our feelings of woe or of well-being, God wants us to understand and to believe, that we are more truly in heaven than on earth.   Our faith comes from the natural love of our soul and from the clear light of our reason and from the steadfast memory, which we have from God in our first creation.   And when our soul is breathed into our body, at which time we are made sensual, at once mercy and grace begin to work, having care of us and protecting us with pity and love, in which operation the Holy Spirit forms in our faith the hope, that we shall return up above to our substance, into the power of Christ, increased and fulfilled through the Holy Spirit… For in the same instant and place in which our soul is made sensual, in that same instant and place exists the city of God, ordained for Him from without beginning (Heb 11:16; Rv 21:2-3).   He comes into this city and will never depart from it, for God is never out of the soul, in which   He will dwell blessedly without end.”…Julian of Norwich (1342-1430) Mystic & Recluse (Revelations of divine love, ch. 55)

“Catholics are part of the Church Militant.   They struggle and they suffer for the triumph of Christ.   They must never lose sight of their Divine Model, so that their trials will be turned into joy.”…St Pius Xdespite all our feelings of woe - julian of norwich - 21 aug 2018they-struggle-and-they-suffer-st-pope-pius-x-21 aug 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, You filled the saints with strength and courage and gave them the knowledge of unity with You.   Grant, we pray, that in imitation of St Pope Pius X, we may defend the Catholic faith and renew all things in Christ, Your Son.   Help us Holy Father, to follow the example of St Pius and finally inherit eternal life ,with You and all the saints.   We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-pope-pius-pray-for-us-21 aug 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 7 July – Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 9:14-17.

One Minute Reflection – 7 July – Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 9:14-17.

And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast...Matthew 9:15

REFLECTION – “However, our mourning is right if we burn with desire to see Him.   How happy they were who were able to enjoy His presence before His Passion, to question Him as they wished and listen to Him as necessary… As for us, we see the fulfilment of what He said:  “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it” (Lk 17:22)…A little while and you will no longer see me and again a little while and you will see me” (Jn 16:19).   But now this is the hour of which He said:  “You will weep and mourn but the world will rejoice… But, He added, I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy away from you” (v.22).   The hope thus given us by Him, who is faithful in His promises, never now leaves us, without a certain joy — until that overwhelming joy comes on the day when we will be like Him because we will see Him as he is (1Jn 3:2)… “When a woman is in labour, she has pain because her hour has come,” says the Lord, “but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world” (Jn 16:21).   This is the joy no one can take away from us and with which we will be satisfied when we pass to eternal light from our present conception in faith.   So let us fast and pray since we are still on the threshold of birth.“…St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctormatthew 9 15 - the days will come - so let us fast and pray - sta augustine - 7 july 2018

PRAYER – Father almighty, as we wait and work and pray and fast in joyful hope of our eternal life with You, grant we pray that we may always remain steadfast in Your love. Blessed Maria Romero Meneses, pray for us that we will fully utilise the many gifts our Almighty God has bestowed on us as we journey home.   We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.bl maria romero meneses - pray for us - 7 july 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 June – The Memorial of Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

Quote/s of the Day – 30 June – The Memorial of Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

“The Beloved created
and the Lover destroyed.
The Beloved judged
and the Lover wept.
Then the Beloved redeemed him
and the Lover again had glory.
The Beloved finished His work
and the Lover remained forever,
in his Beloved’s companionship.”the Beloved created - bl raymond lull - 30 june 2018

“Death has no terrors
for a sincere servant of Christ,
who is labouring to bring souls
to a knowledge of the truth.”

Bl Raymond Lull (c 1232 – c1315)death has no terrors - bl raymond lull - 30 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 22 June – The Memorial of St John Fisher (1469-1535) and St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyrs

One Minute Reflection – 22 June – The Memorial of St John Fisher (1469-1535) and St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyrs

More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much refuse, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead…Philippians 3:8-11i even consider everything as a loss - phil 3-8 - st paul - 22 june 2018

REFLECTION – “Although I know well, Margaret, that because of my past wickedness, I deserve to be abandoned by God, I cannot but trust in His merciful goodness.   His grace has strengthened me until now and made me content to lose goods, land and life as well, rather than to swear against my conscience.   God’s grace has given the king a gracious frame of mind toward me, so that as yet he has taken from me nothing but my liberty.   In doing this His Majesty has done me such great good, with respect to spiritual profit, that I trust, that among all the great benefits he has heaped so abundantly upon me, I count my imprisonment the very greatest.

I cannot, therefore, mistrust the grace of God. By the merits of His bitter passion joined to mine and far surpassing in merit for me, all that I can suffer myself, His bounteous goodness, shall release me from the pains of purgatory and shall increase my reward in heaven besides.

I will not mistrust Him, Meg, though I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear. I shall remember, how Saint Peter at a blast of wind, began to sink because of his lack of faith and I shall do as he did, call upon Christ and pray to Him for help.   And then I trust He shall place His holy hand on me and in the stormy seas, hold me up from drowning.

And finally, Margaret, I know this well, that without my fault He will not let me be lost.   I shall, therefore, with good hope commit myself wholly to Him.   And if He permits me to perish for my faults, then I shall serve as praise for His justice.   But in good faith, Meg, I trust that His tender pity shall keep my poor soul safe and make me commendHhis mercy.

And, therefore, my own good daughter, do not let you mind be troubled over anything that shall happen to me in this world.   Nothing can come but what God wills.   And I am very sure, that whatever that be, however bad it may seem, it shall indeed be the best.” – from a letter written by Saint Thomas More from prison to his daughter Margareti will not distrust him Meg - st thomas more - 11 jan 2018nothing can happen to me - st thomas more - 16 march 2018

PRAYER – Almighty, ever-living God, You set the perfection of true faith in martyrdom. Strengthen us by the prayers of the martyrs, St Thomas More and St John Fisher , so that our lives may bear witness to the faith we profess. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.sts thomas moe and john fisher - pray for us

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Thought for the Day – 18 April – Wednesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Acts 8:1-8, Psalm 66:1-7, John 6:35-40

Thought for the Day – 18 April – Wednesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Acts 8:1-8, Psalm 66:1-7, John 6:35-40

St John Chrysostom (347-407) – Sermon 45 on the Gospel of John – John 6:40

And I will raise him up at the last day.   Why does He continually dwell upon the Resurrection?   Is it that men may not judge of God’s providence by present things alone; that if they enjoy not results here, they become not on that account desponding but wait for the things that are to come and that they may not, because their sins are not punished for the present, despise Him, but look for another life.

Now those men gained nothing but let us take pains to gain by having the Resurrection continually sounded in our ears;  and if we desire to be grasping, or to steal, or to do any wrong thing, let us straightway take into our thoughts that Day, let us picture to ourselves the Judgment-seat, for such reflections will check the evil impulse more strongly than any bit.   Let us continually say to others and to ourselves, There is a resurrection, and a fearful tribunal awaits us.

If we see any man insolent and puffed up with the good things of his world, let us make the same remark to him and show him that all those things abide here:  and if we observe another grieving and impatient, let us say the same to him and point out to him that his sorrows shall have an end;  if we see one careless and dissipated, let us say the same charm over him and show that for his carelessness he must render account.

This saying is able more than any other remedy to heal our souls.   For there is a Resurrection and that Resurrection is at our doors, not afar off, nor at a distance.  For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come and will not tarry. Hebrews 10:37   And again, We must all appear before the judgement-seat of Christ 2 Corinthians 5:10;   that is, both bad and good, the one to be shamed in sight of all, the other in sight of all to be made more glorious.   For as they who judge here, punish the wicked and honour the good publicly, so too will it be there, that the one sort may have the greater shame and the other more conspicuous glory.

Let us picture these things to ourselves every day.  If we are ever revolving them, no care for present things will be able to sting us.   For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18   Continually let us say to ourselves and to others, There is a Resurrection, and a Judgement and a scrutiny of our actions;  and let as many as deem that there is such a thing as fate repeat this and they shall straightway be delivered from the rottenness of their malady;  for if there is a Resurrection, and a Judgement, there is no fate, though they bring ten thousand arguments and choke themselves to prove it.

But I am ashamed to be teaching Christians concerning the Resurrection:  for he that needs to learn that there is a Resurrection and who has not firmly persuaded himself that the affairs of this world go not on by fate and without design and as chance will have them, can be no Christian.

Wherefore, I exhort and beseech you, that we cleanse ourselves from all wickedness and do all in our power to obtain pardon and excuse in that Day….For a man cannot possibly live a pure life without believing in the Resurrection!for a man cannot - st john chrysostom - 18 april 2018