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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

 

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One Minute Reflection – 6 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B, Today’s Gospel Mark 12:18-27

One Minute Reflection – 6 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 12:18-27 and The Memorial of St Norbert (c 1080-1134) and St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)

“As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, (the) God of Isaac and (the) God of Jacob’?  He is not God of the dead but of the living.  You are greatly misled.” …Mark 12:26-27

REFLECTION – “How blind are the eyes of the intellect on its own!   For they have not noticed that “the blind see, the lame walk” (Mt 11:5) on earth at the Saviour’s word… so that we might believe that the flesh in its entirety will rise again at the resurrection.   If He cured diseases of the flesh on this earth and restored wholeness to the body, how much more, will He do so at the moment of resurrection, so that the flesh might rise again wholly and without blemish… It seems to me that such people fail to look, at the divine action in its totality, at the beginning of creation, in the forming of man.   They don’t attend to the reason why earthly things were made.
The Word said:  “Let us make man in our image and likeness” (Gn 1:26)…  Obviously man, formed in the image of God, was flesh.   Therefore how absurd it is to claim that flesh formed by God in his own image is despicable and worthless!   Clearly flesh must be precious in God’s eyes since it is His creation.   And since the culmination of His plan for all the rest of creation is to be found in it, this is what has the greatest worth in the eyes of the Creator.”…St Justin (c 100-160), Martyr, Apologist, Philosopher, Father of the Church (Treatise on the resurrection, 2.4.7-9)mark 12 27 - he is not the god of the dead but of the living - if he cured diseases of the flesh - st justin - 6 june 2018

PRAYER – Holy Father, You made us, we belong to You.   Grant that by the prayers of all your holy saints, we may attain eternal life with You to praise and worship You for all eternity.   May the prayers of St Norbert and St Marcellin, assist us our earthly pilgrimage.   We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus, with You and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-norbert-pray-for-us-2-6 JUNE 2017.st marcellin pray for us - 6 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – 8 May – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide – Today’s Gospel: John 16:5–11

Thought for the Day – 8 May – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide – Today’s Gospel: John 16:5–11

” 5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’  6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.  7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  8 And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;  10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more;  11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” (RSV-Catholic ed)

“It is better for you that I go”
St Bernard (1091-1153) Mellifluous Doctor
3rd sermon for Pentecost

The Holy Spirit overshadowed the Virgin Mary (Lk 1:35) and strengthened the apostles on the day of Pentecost.   In her case it was to soften the impact on her virginal body of the coming of the divinity and, in theirs, to “clothe them with power from on high” (Lk 24:49), that is with burning charity…   In their weakness how could they have fulfilled their mission of conquering death without that “love as strong as death” or not allowed the “gates of hell to prevail against them” without that “passion fierce as Sheol” ? (Mt 16:18; Sg 8:6).   However, when they saw such enthusiasm, some thought they were drunk (Acts 2:13).

They were indeed drunk but with new wine…, that which the “true Vine” poured down from the heights of heaven, that which “gladdens the human heart” (Jn 15:1; Ps 104[103]:15)…   This was a new wine for the dwellers on earth but it is found in abundance in heaven…, it runs in streams in the streets and squares of the holy city where it spreads gladness of heart…

And so in heaven, there was a special wine of which earth was ignorant.   Yet earth, too, had something of its own that was its glory – Christ’s flesh – and heaven thirsted for the presence of that flesh.   Could anyone stand in the way of so reliable and grace-filled an exchange, between heaven and earth, angels and apostles, as that by which earth possesses the Holy Spirit and heaven the flesh of Christ?…

“If I do not go away,” Jesus says, “the Advocate will not come to you.”   That is to say, if you do not allow what you love to leave you, you will not obtain what you desire.   “It is to your advantage that I go” and that I should carry you over from earth to heaven, from flesh to spirit, for the Father is spirit, the Son is spirit and the Holy Spirit is also spirit… And the Father “who is spirit seeks worshippers who will worship him in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:23-24).

Come O Holy Spirit, Come!come o holy spirit, come! - 8 may 2018.jpg

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 May – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

Quote/s of the Day – 3 May – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

Speaking of:  Seeking Augustine

A Christian is:
a mind through which Christ thinks,
a heart through which Christ loves,
a voice through which Christ speaks
and a hand through which Christ helps.a christian is - st augustine - 3 may 2018

Since love grows within you,
so beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul.since love grows within you - st augustine - 3 may 2018

Remember this.
When people choose to withdraw far from a fire,
the fire continues to give warmth
but they grow cold.
When people choose to withdraw far from light,
the light continues to be bright in itself
but they are in darkness.
This is also the case when people withdraw from God.remember this - st augustine - 3 may 2018

He who denies the existence of God,
has some reason for wishing
that God did not existhe who denies - st augustine - 3 may 2018

It is no advantage
to be near the light,
if the eyes are closed.it is no advantage - st augustine - 3 may 2018

Faith is to believe
what you do not see.
The reward of this faith,
is to see what you believe.faith is to believe what you do not see - st augustine - 3 may 2018

God provides the wind,
man must raise the sail.god provides the wind man must raise the sail - st augustine - 3 may 2018

God is always trying to give good things to us
but our hands are too full to receive them.

St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of Gracegod is always trying - st augustine - 3 may 2018

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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

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Thought for the Day – 9 April – Low Monday of Eastertide

Thought for the Day – 9 April – Low Monday of Eastertide

St Augustine of Hippo – The Easter Alleluia

This excerpt on the Easter Alleluia from St Augustine is a wonderful explanation of the joy of the Easter Season.   Just as Lent was a season of penance, so the fifty days of Easter is a season of praise and song, an anticipation for the age to come in heavenly glory.

“Our thoughts in this present life, should turn on the praise of God because it is in praising God, that we shall rejoice forever in the life to come and no one can be ready for the next life, unless he trains himself for it now. 

our thoughts in this present life - st augustine - 9 april 2018 - low monday  So we praise God during our earthly life and at the same time we make our petitions to Him.   Our praise is expressed with joy, our petitions with yearning.   We have been promised something we do not yet possess and because the promise was made by one who keeps His word, we trust Him and are glad;  but insofar as possession is delayed, we can only long and yearn for it.   It is good for us to persevere in longing until we receive what was promised and yearning is over, then praise alone will remain.

Because there are these two periods of time – the one that now is, beset with the trials and troubles of this life and the other yet to come, a life of everlasting serenity and joy – we are given two liturgical seasons, one before Easter and the other after.   The season before Easter signifies the troubles in which we live here and now, while the time after Easter which we are celebrating at present, signifies the happiness that will be ours in the future.   What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life; what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess.   This is why we keep the first season with fasting and prayer but now the fast is over and we devote the present season to praise.   Such is the meaning of the Alleluia we sing.

Both these periods are represented and demonstrated for us in Christ our head.   The Lord’s passion depicts for us our present life of trial – shows how we must suffer and be afflicted and finally die.   The Lord’s resurrection and glorification show us the life that will be given to us in the future.

Now therefore, brethren, we urge you to praise God.   That is what we are all telling each other when we say Alleluia.   You say to your neighbour, “Praise the Lord!” and he says the same to you.   We are all urging one another to praise the Lord and all thereby doing what each of us urges the other to do.   But see that your praise comes from your whole being;  in other words, see that you praise God, not with your lips and voices alone but with your minds, your lives and all your actions.

but see that you praise god - st augustine - low monday - 9 april 2018

We are praising God now, assembled as we are here in church;  but when we go on our various ways again, it seems as if we cease to praise God.   But provided we do not cease to live a good life, we shall always be praising God.   You cease to praise God only when you swerve from justice and from what is pleasing to God.   

If you never turn aside from the good life, your tongue may be silent but your actions will cry aloud and God will perceive your intentions;  for as our ears hear each other’s voices, so do God’s ears hear our thoughts.”

if you never turn aside from the good life - st augustine - low monday - 9 april 2018as our ears hear each other's voices - st augustine - 8 april 2018 - low monday of eastertide

This excerpt on the Alleluia as the song of the Easter Season of praise comes from St. Augustine’s discourse on the Psalms (Ps. 148, 1-2: CCL 40, 2165-2166).

We are the Easter People and Alleluia is our Song!

St Pope John Paul (1920-2005)we are the easter people and alleluia is our song - st john paul - 9 april 2018 - low monday

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Thought for the Day – 3 April – Easter Tuesday in the Easter Octave 

Thought for the Day – 3 April – Easter Tuesday in the Easter Octave

On the Spiritual Resurrection of the Children of God

If you be risen with Christ, mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. – Colossians 3

Let us represent to ourselves Jesus Christ, rising glorious from the Sepulchre.

“Faith in the Risen One is faith in something that has really taken place.   Today, it is still true, that Christianity is neither legend nor fiction, not mere exhortation nor mere solution.   Faith stands on the firm basis of reality that has actually taken place.   Today too, in the words of Scripture, we can as it were, touch the Lord’s glorified wounds and say, with Thomas, in gratitude and joy – My Lord and my God! (Jn 20:28)

One question, however, continually arises at this point.   Not everyone saw the Risen Jesus.   Why not?   Why did He not go in triumph to the Pharisees and Pilate to show them that He was alive and to let them touch His scars?   But in asking such a question, we are forgetting that Jesus was not a resuscitated corpse like Lazarus and the boy of Naim.   They were allowed to return once more, to their erstwhile biological life, which sooner or later, would have to end, after all, with death.   What happened in Jesus’ case, was quite different – He did not return to the old life but began a new one, a life that is ultimate, no longer subject to nature’s law of death but standing in God’s freedom and hence final and absolute.   A life, therefore, that is no longer part of the realm of physics and biology, although it has integrated matter and nature into itself on a higher plane.  And that is why it is no longer within the ambit of our senses of touch and sight.   The Risen One cannot be seen like a piece of wood or stone.   He can only be seen by the person to whom He reveals Himself.   And He only reveals Himself, to the one whom He can entrust with a mission.   He does NOT reveal Himself, to curiosity but to LOVE;  LOVE is the indispensable organ if we are to see and approach Him.”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

The Word of the Witnesses – Seek that Which is Above (1985)

the risen one cannot be seen like a piece of wood or a stone - ratzinger - benedict - 3 april 2018