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Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorials of St Dominic (1170-1221) and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)

Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorials of St Dominic (1170-1221)

and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)

“We must sow
the seed,
not hoard it.”we must sow the seed not hoard it - st dominic - 8 aug 2018.jpg

“Heretics are to be converted by an example of humility
and other virtues far more readily, than by any external
display or verbal battles.
So let us arm ourselves with
devout prayers and set off showing signs of genuine humility
and go barefooted to combat Goliath.”heretics-st-dominic-8 aug 2017

“A man who governs his passions is master of his world.
We must either command them or be enslaved by them.
It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.”

St Dominic (1170-1221)a-man-who-governs-his-passions-st-dominic-8 aug 2017

“Whatever troubles may be before you,
accept them bravely,
remembering Whom you are trying to follow.
Do not be afraid.
Love one another, bear with one another
and let charity guide you all your life.
God will reward you as only He can.”

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)whatever troubles may be - st mary of the cross - 8 aug 2018

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Thought for the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Thought for the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Ignatius was a true mystic.   He centered his spiritual life on the essential foundations of Christianity—the Trinity, Christ, the Eucharist.   His spirituality is expressed in the Jesuit motto, Ad majorem Dei gloriam—“for the greater glory of God.”   In his concept, obedience was to be the prominent virtue, to assure the effectiveness and mobility of his men.   All activity was to be guided by a true love of the Church and unconditional obedience to the Holy Father, for which reason all professed members took a fourth vow to go wherever the pope should send them for the salvation of souls.

Luther nailed his theses to the church door at Wittenberg in 1517.   Seventeen years later, Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society that was to play so prominent a part in the Catholic Reformation.   He was an implacable foe of Protestantism.   Yet the seeds of ecumenism may be found in his words:  “Great care must be taken to show forth orthodox truth in such a way that if any heretics happen to be present they may have an example of charity and Christian moderation.   No hard words should be used nor any sort of contempt for their errors be shown.”  ( Fr Don Miller, OFM)

St Ignatius pray for us!st-ignatius-pray-for-us-31 july 2017 LOVE

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Thought for the Day – 10 July – Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38

Thought for the Day – 10 July – Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38

“The harvest is abundant…Matthew 9:37”
St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor

“All the farmer’s work naturally leads towards the harvest.   So how could Christ call a ‘harvest’ a work that was still in its initial stages?   Idolatry reigned over all the earth… Everywhere there was fornication, adultery, debauchery, greed, theft, wars…  The earth was filled with so many evils!   No seed had yet been sown there.   The thorns, thistles and weeds that covered the ground had not yet been pulled up.   The ground had not yet been ploughed, no furrow had yet been drawn.

So how could Jesus say that the harvest was abundant? … The apostles were probably distressed and frustrated:  “How are we going to be able to say anything, to stand upright before so many people?   How can we, the Eleven, correct all the inhabitants of the earth?   Will we who are so ignorant be able to approach scholars;  will we who are so stripped of everything be able to meet armed men; will we who are subordinates be able to approach people in authority?   We know only one language – will we be able to argue with the barbarians who speak foreign languages?   Who will bear with us if they don’t even understand our language?”

Jesus did not want such reasoning to discourage them.   So He called the Gospel a harvest.   It is as if He told them:  “Everything is prepared, all the preparations have been made.   I am sending you out to harvest the ripe grain.   You will be able to sow and reap on the same day.”

When the farmer leaves his home to go out and gather the harvest, he is brimming over with joy and shining with happiness.   He thinks neither of the suffering nor the difficulties that he might encounter…  Christ says, lend me your tongue and you will see the ripe grain going into the king’s granaries.   And so He then sends them out, telling them:  “I am with you always, until the end of the world.” (Mt 28:20)christ says, lend me your tongue - i am with you always - matthew 28 20 - st john chrysostom - 10 july 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 5 July – The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)

One Minute Reflection – 5 July – The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)

But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist;  fulfil your ministry……2 Timothy 4:52-timothy-4-5-but you, be self-possessed in all circumsdtances - st paul - 5 july 2017

REFLECTION – “In His mercy, God has chosen us, unworthy as we are, out of the world, to serve Him and thus to advance in goodness and to bear the greatest possible fruit of love in patience……We should keep running steadily in the race we have started, not losing sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection.”……….St Anthony Mary Zaccaria  (An excerpt from a letter of Saint Anthony to his congregation).in his mercy, god has chosen us - st anthony zaccaria - 5 july 2018

PRAYER – Lord, enable us to grasp in the spirit of Saint Paul, the sublime wisdom of Jesus Christ, the wisdom which inspired Saint Anthony Zaccaria to preach the message of salvation in Your church.   Grant this, we pray, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.   St Anthony Mary Zaccaria, pray for us amen.st-anthony-mary-zaccaria-pray-for-us-5 july 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 13 June – The Memorial of St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 13 June – The Memorial of St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Church

“He who is the beginning and the end,
the ruler of the angels,
made Himself obedient to human creatures.
The creator of the heavens obeys a carpenter;
the God of eternal glory listens to a poor virgin.
Has anyone ever witnessed anything comparable to this?
Let the philosopher no longer disdain from listening
to the common labourer;
the wise, to the simple;
the educated, to the illiterate;
a child of a prince, to a peasant.”he-who-is-the-beginning-and-the-end-st-anthony-of-padua-13 june 2017

“Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ
just as travelers lean on a staff
when they begin a long journey.”christians-must-lean-st-anthony-of-padua-13 june 2017

“Earthly riches are like the reed.
Its roots are sunk in the swamp
and its exterior is fair to behold –
but inside it is hollow.
If a man leans on such a reed,
it will snap off and pierce his soul.”earthly-riches-are-like-the-reed-st-anthony-of-padua-13 june 2017

“The devil is afraid of us
when we pray and make sacrifices.
He is also afraid when we are humble and good.
He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much.
He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.”the devil is afraid of us - st anthony of padua - 13 june 2018

“Actions speak louder than words;
let your words teach
and your actions speak.”

“The life of the body is the soul;
the life of the soul is God.”

“Charity is the soul of faith,
makes it alive;
without love, faith dies.”actions speak louder, charity is the soul of faith, the life of the body is the soul - st anthony of padua - 13 june 2018

“Damned money!
Alas! …
Money is the ‘droppings of birds’
that blinded the eyes of Tobit.”

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Churchdamned money! - st anthony of padua - 13 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – 5 June – The Memorial of St Boniface (672-754) “The Apostle of Germany” – Martyr

Thought for the Day – 5 June – The Memorial of St Boniface (672-754) “The Apostle of Germany” – Martyr

An excerpt from a letter by St Boniface (672-754) “The Apostle of Germany”, Bishop and Martyr:

“Let us stand fast in what is right and prepare our souls for trial.
Let us wait upon God’s strengthening aid and say to Him:
“O Lord, you have been our refuge in all generations.”
Let us trust in Him, who has placed this burden upon us.
What we ourselves cannot bear, let us bear with the help of Christ.
For He is all-powerful and He tells us:
“My yoke is easy and my burden light.”
Let us continue the fight, on the day of the Lord.
The days of anguish and of tribulation have overtaken us.
If God so wills,
“let us die for the holy laws of our fathers,”
so that we may deserve, to obtain an eternal inheritance with them.
Let us be neither dogs that do not bark,
nor silent onlookers,
nor paid servants,
who run away before the wolf.
Instead, let us be careful shepherds,
watching over Christ’s flock.
Let us preach the whole of God’s plan,
to the powerful and to the humble,
to rich and to poor,
to men of every rank and age,
as far as God gives us the strength, in season and out of season.”

St Boniface, Pray for us!

st-boniface-pray-for-us-25 June 2018.

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Quote/s of the Day – and Marian too – 29 May “Mary’s Month!” – The Memorial of Blessed Joseph Gerard O.M.I. (1831-1914)

Quote/s of the Day – and Marian too – 29 May “Mary’s Month!” – The Memorial of Blessed Joseph Gerard O.M.I. (1831-1914)

“Always believe, in the power of love and truth,
the love of neighbour, which is rooted in the love of God
and the truth, which sets people free.”

“Reject violence as a solution to any situation,
no matter how unjust it may be.”

“Above all, trust in the God of justice,
who created all things,
who sees all human events,
who holds in His hands,
the destiny of every person and of every nation.”always believe in the power of love - above all trust in the god of justice - reject violence - st pope john paul - 29 may 2018

“Let the eyes of our faith
never wander
from the Cross of Calvary.”let the eyes of our faith - st pope john paul - 29 may 2018- no 2

“May each of you, discover Mary, as your Mother.”

“May each of you, seek to be a son, a daughter, of Mary,
who at the foot of the Cross,
becomes in a particular way for us,
the “Mother of Divine Grace”.”

May each of you, “make a place for her in your home”
and even more so in your heart,
every day and throughout your life,
especially at those times, of trial and suffering.”may each of you (on mary) - st pope john paul - 29 may 2018

Maseru Race Course (Lesotho)
Thursday, 15 September 1988

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Taken from the Beatification Homily of St Pope John Paul II
(See today’s thought for the Day)

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 May – Wednesday in the 7th Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 23 May – Wednesday in the 7th Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Readings: James 4:13-17, Psalm 49:2-3, 6-11, Mark 9:38-40

Speaking of:  Living and Preaching the Gospel

But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him;
for no one who does a mighty work
in my name, will be able, soon after,
to speak evil of me.
For he that is not against us, is for us.

Mark 9:39-40but jesus said - do not forbid him - mark 9 39-40 - 23 may 2018

“The Christian should be
an Alleluia! from head to foot”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctorthe christian should be an alleluia from head to foot - st augustine - 23 may 2018

“Cook the truth in charity, 
until it tastes sweet.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of Charitycook the truth in charity until it tastes sweet - st francis de sales - 23 may 2018

“We must speak to them with our hands,
before, we try to speak, with our lips.”

St Peter Claver S.J. (1580-1654)we must speak to them with our hands - st peter claver - 23 may 2018

“If I’m not willing, to change my schedule,
so that I can, spend time with Jesus,
than I’m not really, a disciple of His.”if i'm not willing - fr mike - 23 may 2018

“If you follow Jesus,
you’re going to get into some trouble!”if you follow jesus - fr mike - 23 may 2018

“If not YOU,
then WHO?
If not NOW,
then WHEN?

Fr Mike Schmitzif not you then who - fr mike - 23 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 April – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Speaking of:  “Gaudete et Exsultate” – “Rejoice and Be Glad”

Quote/s of the Day – 17 April – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Speaking of:  “Gaudete et Exsultate” – “Rejoice and Be Glad”
Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on holiness: 9 April 2018

“We are all called to be holy,
by living our lives with love
and by bearing witness,
in everything we do,
wherever we find ourselves.”we are all called - no 2 - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Thanks be to God,
throughout the history of the church,
it has always been clear,
that a person’s perfection is measured,
not by the information,
or knowledge, they possess
but by the depth of their charity.”thanks be to god no 2- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Jesus explained with great simplicity,
what it means to be holy,
when He gave us the Beatitudes
(Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23).”jesus explained - pope franics - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Giving and forgiving,
means, reproducing in our lives,
some small measure,
of God’s perfection,
which gives and forgives
superabundantly.”giving and forgiving means- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“It is true, that the primacy
belongs to our relationship with God
but we cannot forget,
that the ultimate criterion,
on which our lives will be judged,
is what we have done for others.”it is true- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“The saints surprise us,
they confound us
because by their lives,
they urge us to abandon
a dull and dreary
mediocrity.”the saints surprise us - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - no 2 - 17 april 2018

“A community that cherishes
the little details of love,
whose members care for one another
and create an open
and evangelising environment,
is a place where the risen Lord is present,
sanctifying it in accordance
with the Father’s plan.”a community - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“We should not think
of the devil as a myth,
a representation, a symbol,
a figure of speech or an idea.
This mistake would lead us
to let down our guard,
to grow careless
and end up more vulnerable.”we should not think - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“The devil does not need
to possess us.
He poisons us with
the venom of hatred,
desolation, envy and vice.
When we let down our guard,
he takes advantage of it,
to destroy our lives,
our families and our communities.”the devil does not need to - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“Discernment is not about discovering,
what more we can get out of this life
but about recognising, how we can better
accomplish, the mission entrusted
to us at our baptism.”discernment is not about - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Let us ask the Holy Spirit,
to pour out upon us,
a fervent longing,
to be saints
for God’s greater glory
and let us encourage one another,
in this effort.”

Pope Francis – “Gaudete et Exsultate”let us ask the holy spirit - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

 

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One Minute Reflection – 13 April – Friday of the Second Week of Eastertide

One Minute Reflection – 13 April – Friday of the Second Week of Eastertide

…”for if this plan or this undertaking is of men, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them.   You might even be found opposing God!”… Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the name.   And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ…Acts 5:38,40-42then they left the presence - acts 5 40-42

REFLECTION – “We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel!   We cannot be Christians part-time.   If Christ is at the centre of our lives, He is present in all that we do.”…Pope Franciswe cannot keep ourselves - POPE FRANCIS - 13 APRIL 2018

PRAYER – Almighty, ever-living God, grant us the grace to bear the hardships of this life with a steadfast mind, even as You strengthened the Apostles and all the Saints after them, whom no threats could daunt, no pains or penalties break.   Dear sweet St Margaret of Castello, you who disregarded your own sufferings to help those who suffer more, pray for us!   Through Jesus our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.bl margaret of castello - pray for us 13 april 2018