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Quote of the Day – 25 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:19-21 and The Memorial of St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

Quote of the Day – 25 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:19-21 and The Memorial of St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

“… how can anyone put on Jesus Christ
and imitate His example,
if he does not study this Jesus,
who must inspire and perfect our faith?
He must run the race to which he is challenged,
the glorious race in which,
he overcomes the enemy of the human family
and follows the way of the cross.
Under the lordly banner of that cross,
he will attain eternal life.”
(from his first Pastoral Letter as Bishop)how can anyone put on jesus christ - st vincent strambi - 25 sept 2018

“I would sacrifice everything,
sooner than disobey the orders,
of the Vicar of Jesus Christ.”
(Said by St Vincent when all Bishops in the provinces annexed to France in 1808 were threatened with exile and the confiscation of their property if they refused to take the oath of allegiance to Napoleon. He was arrested.)

St Vincent Strambi (1745-1824)i would sacrifice everything - st vincent strambi - 25 sept 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 20 September – The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs

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

“We have received baptism, entrance into the Church
and the honour of being called Christians.
Yet what good will this do us,
if we are Christians in name only and not in fact?”we-have-received-baptism-st-andrew-kim-taegon-20-sept-2017

“This is my last hour of life, listen to me attentively:
if I have held communication with foreigners,
it has been for my religion and for my God.
It is for Him that I die.
My immortal life is on the point of beginning.
Become Christians if you wish to be happy after death
because God has eternal chastisements in store
for those who have refused to know Him.”

St Andrew Kim Taegon (1821-1846)

the first native Korean priest

and the first priest to die for Christ in Korea.this-is-my-last-hour-of-life-st-andrew-kim-taegon-20-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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Quote/s of the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Quote/s of the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

“If our church is not marked by caring for the poor,
the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.”if-our-church-st-iggy-31 july 2018

“Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need.
The man to whom our Lord has been liberal
ought not to be stingy.
We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy
as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.”be generous to the poor orphans - 31 july 2018

“If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials,
it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain.
Do you want to become a great saint?
Ask God to send you many sufferings.
The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed
with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity
of the Saviour used to finish His sacrifice.
All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared
with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to
Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured
for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ…..If God causes you
to suffer much, it is a sign that He certainly
intends to make you a saint.”

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)if-god gives-you-st-iggy - 31 july 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 29 July – Today’s Gospel: John 6:1–15 and the Memorial of St Martha

Quote/s of the Day – 29 July – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Today’s Gospel: John 6:1–15 and the Memorial of St Martha

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” – Luke 10:42

“Our Lord’s words teach us that though we labour
among the many distractions of this world,
we should have but one goal.
For we are but travelers
on a journey without as yet a fixed abode;
we are on our way, not yet in our native land;
we are in a state of longing, not yet of enjoyment.
But let us continue on our way
and continue without sloth or respite,
so that we may ultimately arrive at our destination.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor
(Sermo 103, 1-2, 6: PL 38, 613, 615)our-lords-words-teach-us-st-augustine.29 july 2017

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?”…John 6:8-9

“Before the suffering, loneliness, poverty
and difficulties of so many people,
what can we ourselves do?
Complaining doesn’t resolve anything
but we can offer the little that we have,
like the lad in the Gospel.
We surely have a few hours of time, certain talents, some skills….
Who among us doesn’t have “five loaves and two fish” of his own?
We all have them!
If we are willing to place them in the Lord’s hands,
they will be enough to bring about a little more love,
peace, justice and especially joy in the world.”

Pope Francis – Angelus, 26 July 2015before the suffering loneliness poverty ....pope francis - 29 july 2018

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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 – 30 June – Saturday of the Twelth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 30 June – Saturday of the Twelth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 8:5-17 – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome & Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

“I say to you, many will come, from the east and the west and will recline with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.”…Matthew 8:11

REFLECTION – “And the saints who preceded us are also waiting for us, slow and lazy as we are.   Their joy is not perfect so long as there is reason to weep over our sins.   The apostle testifies to this for me when he says:  “Without us, they were not to be made perfect.” (Heb 11:40)   So see: Abraham is waiting. Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets are waiting for us to possess perfect beatitude with us… If you are holy, you will have joy when you leave this life but that joy will only be complete when not one of the members of the Body we are all to form together is missing anymore.   You will also wait for others in the same way as you were awaited.   Now if you who are only one member cannot have perfect joy if another member is absent, how much more our Lord and Saviour, who is both the author and the head of the entire Body… Then we will have come to the maturity of which the apostle Paul said:  “The life I live now is not my own;  Christ is living in me.” (Gal 2:20)   Then our pontiff will drink the new wine in the new heaven, on the new earth, in the new human person, with the new human persons, with those who sing the new song.”…Origen (c185-253)matthew 8 11 - and the saints who preceded us - origen - 30 june 2018

PRAYER – Grant us Lord, a true knowledge of salvation, so that freed from fear and from the power of our foes, we may serve You faithfully, all the days of our life and attain the light and joy of our heavenly home.   By the blood of the Martyrs and the glory of the Communion of Saints, strengthen us with their faith and endurance.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in unity with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.first martyrs of the church of rome - pray for us - 30 june 2018bl raymond lull - pray for us - 30 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 14 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B 

 Speaking of:   Seeking Thomas à Kempis

“Man sees your actions
but God your motives.”

“What else does anxiety
about the future bring you
but sorrow upon sorrow?”

“He who loves
with purity, 
considers not,
the gift of the lover
but the
love of the giver.”man sees your actions - what else does anxiety - he who loves with purity - thomas a kempis - 14 june 2018

“Nothing, how little so ever it be,
if it is suffered for God’s sake,
can pass without merit
in the sight of God.”

“Who has a harder fight, 
than he who is striving,
to overcome himself?”nothing, how little and who has a harder fight - thomas a kempis - 14 june 2018

“Habit is overcome by habit.”habit is overcome by habit = 14 june 2018

“Love wakes much and sleeps little
and, in sleeping, does not sleep.
It faints but is not weary;
it is restricted in its liberty
and is great freedom.
It sees reasons to fear
and does not fear
but, like an ember or a spark of fire,
flames always upward,
by the fervour of its love, toward God
and through the special help of grace,
is delivered from all perils and dangers.”love wakes much and sleeps little - thomas a kempis - 14 june 2018

“For a small reward,
a man will hurry away on a long journey;
while for eternal life,
many will hardly take a single step.”for a small reward, a man will hurry away - thomas a kempis - 14 june 2018

“In the Cross is salvation;
in the Cross is life, 
in the Cross is protection against our enemies, 
in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness,
in the Cross is strength of mind, 
in the Cross is joy of spirit,
in the Cross is excellence of virtue,
in the Cross is perfection of holiness.
There is no salvation of soul,
nor hope of eternal life,
save in the Cross.”in the cross - thomas a kempis - 14 june 2018 - no 2

“He will be with you also,
all the way, that faithful God.
Every morning when you awaken,
to the old and tolerable pain,
at every mile of the hot uphill dusty road
of tiring duty,
on to the judgment seat,
the same Christ there as ever,
still loving you,
still sufficient for you, even then.
And then, on through all eternity.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)he will be with you also that same christ - thomas a kempis - 14 june 2018