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One Minute Reflection – 26 June – The Memorial of St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)

One Minute Reflection – 26 June – The Memorial of St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975) – Today’s Gospel Matthew7:6.12-14.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.”do to others - matthew 7 - 12
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”…Matthew 7:12-14enter through the narrow gate - matthew 7 - 13 - 14

REFLECTION – “Never say of anybody under you:  he is no good.   It is you who are no good, for you cannot find a place where he will be of use.”…The Furrow #975
“…He does not give us this standard as a distant target, as a crowning point of a whole lifetime of struggle.   It is — it ought to be, I repeat so that you may turn it into specific resolutions — the starting point, for Our Lord presents it as a sign of Christianity:  ‘By this shall all men know that you are my disciples.'”…Friends of God #223
“All the things of this world are no more than earth.   Place them in a heap under your feet and you will be so much the nearer to heaven.”…The Way #676never say of anyone - he does not give us - all the things of this world - st josemaria - 26 june 2018

PRAYER – Enable me loving Father, to live a life of purity that will make me live in You. Let me be so united with You that whatever I might ask will be in total accord with Your will for me.   St Josemaria, your inspiration and teachings help and show us the way to sanctification, please intercede for us all, amen.st-josemaria-pray-for-us-28 june 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 25 June – Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 25 June – Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”…Matthew 7:5

REFLECTION – “Let us especially resolve not to judge others, not to doubt their good will, to drown evil in an abundance of good, sowing loyal friendship, justice and peace all around us.”… St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975)matthew 7-5 you hyprocrite - let us especially resolve not to judge - st josemaria - 25 june 2018

PRAYER – God of power and mercy, be with us in our endeavours to be true to Your commandments and be light in our world.   Grant that we may always act in true humility towards our neighbour, assisting where we are able without allowing our hearts to pass judgment on things we do not see and understand.   May our Mother Mary be with us and lead us to the truth of Her Son.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.blessed virgin mother mary - pray for us - 25 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 May – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

Quote/s of the Day – 8 May – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

Speaking of: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) Seeking Gilbert Keith, Part Two ……

English Catholic Convert, writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the “prince of paradox” (Part One – https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/quote-s-of-the-day-18-april-wednesday-of-the-third-week-of-eastertide/)

“Among the rich you will never find,
a really generous man even by accident.
They may give their money away
but they will never give themselves away,
they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones.
To be smart enough to get all that money,
you must be dull enough to want it.”

A Miscellany of Men, 1912among the rich you will never find - g k chesterton - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

“To have a right to do a thing,
is not at all the same,
as to be right in doing it.”

A Short History of England, 1917to have a right to do a thing - g k - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

“Once abolish the God
and the government
becomes the God.”

Christendom in Dublin, 1933once abolish the god - seeking g k chesterton part tow - 8 may 2018

“If there were no God,
there would be no atheists.”

Illustrated London News, Where All Roads Lead, 1922if there were no god - g k chesterton - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

“There are those who hate Christianity
and call their hatred
an all-embracing love for all religions.”

Illustrated London News, 1906

“These are the days,
when the Christian is expected,
to praise every creed except his own.”

Illustrated London News, 1928these are the days & there are those who hate - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

“A Catholic is a person,
who has plucked up courage,
to face the incredible and inconceivable idea,
that something else may be wiser than he is.”

The Surrender on Sex, 1934a catholic is a person - seeking chesterton - part two - 8 may 2018

“Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong;
it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.
In a word, God paints in many colours;
but he never paints so gorgeously,
I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
In a sense our age has realised this fact
and expressed it in our sullen costume.
For if it were really true that white
was a blank and colourless thing,
negative and non-committal, then white would be used,
instead of black and grey for the funereal dress
of this pessimistic period.
Which is not the case.”

“Tremendous Trifles” 1909

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)chastity does not mean - g k chesterton - seeking chesterton part two - 8 may 2018

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Thought for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

Thought for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

The 76 years of Isidore’s life were a time of conflict and growth for the Church in Spain. The Visigoths had invaded the land a century and a half earlier and shortly before Isidore’s birth they set up their own capital.   They were Arians—Christians who said Christ was not God.   Thus, Spain was split in two:  one people (Catholic Romans) struggled with another (Arian Goths).   Isidore reunited Spain, making it a centre of culture and learning.   The country served as a teacher and guide for other European countries whose culture was also threatened by barbarian invaders.

In 599, Isidore became bishop of Seville and for thirty-seven years led the Spanish church through a period of intense religious development..  Isidore also organised representative councils that established the structure and discipline of the church in Spain.   At the Council of Toledo in 633 he obtained a decree that required the establishment of a school in every diocese.   Reflecting the saint’s broad interests, the schools taught every branch of knowledge, including the liberal arts, medicine, law, Hebrew, and Greek.    Isidore was an amazingly learned man and is called “The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages.”   The encyclopedia he wrote was used as a textbook for nine centuries in so many schools which he had founded.   AND he required seminaries to be built in every diocese, wrote a Rule for religious orders and founded schools that taught every branch of learning.   Isidore wrote numerous books, including a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of Goths and a history of the world—beginning with creation!   He also wrote a dictionary of synonyms, brief biographies of illustrious men, treatises on theological and philosophical subjects.  He completed the Mozarabic liturgy, which is still in use in Toledo, Spain.   For all these reasons, Isidore has been suggested as patron of the Internet.    Several others—including Anthony of Padua—also have been suggested.

Throughout his long life, Isidore lived austerely so that he could give to the poor and he continued his austerities even as he approached age 80.   During the last six months of his life, he increased his charities so much that his house was crowded from morning till night with the poor of the countryside.  But while Isidore had compassion for needy, he thought they were better off than their oppressors, as he explains in this selection:

“We ought to sorrow for people who do evil rather than for people who suffer it.   The wrongdoing of the first leads them further into evil.   The others’ suffering corrects them from evil.   Through the evil wills of some, God works much good in others.   Some people, resisting the will of God, unwittingly do His purpose.   Understand then that so truly are all things subject to God that even those who oppose His law nevertheless fulfil His will.

Evil men are necessary so that through them the good may be scourged when they do wrong…Some simple men, not understanding the dispensation of God, are scandalised by the success of evil men.   They say with the prophet:  “Why does the way of the wicked prosper?”   Those who speak thus should not wonder to see the frail temporal happiness of the wicked.   Rather they should consider the final end of evil men and the everlasting torments prepared for them.   As the prophet says:  “They spend their days in wealth and in a moment they go down to hell.”

Shortly before his death, Isidore had two friends clothe him in sackcloth and rub ashes on his head so that he could come before God as a poor penitent.   He died peacefully at Seville in 636.

Our society can well use Isidore’s spirit of combining learning and holiness.   Loving, understanding and knowledge can heal and bring a broken people back together.   We are not barbarians like the invaders of Isidore’s Spain.   But people who are swamped by riches and overwhelmed by scientific and technological advances can lose much of their understanding love for one another.

St Isidore, pray for the whole Church, the whole world, for us all, amen!st isidore - pray for us no 2 - 4 april 2018

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Quote of the Day – 28 March – Wednesday of Holy Week 2018

Quote of the Day – 28 March – Wednesday of Holy Week 2018

By nothing else except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
has death been brought low, the sin of our first parent destroyed,
hell plundered, resurrection bestowed,
the power given us to despise the things of this world,
even death itself, the road back to the former blessedness made smooth,
the gates of paradise opened, our nature seated at the right hand of God
and we made children and heirs of God.
By the cross all these things have been set aright…
It is a seal that the destroyer may not strike us,
a raising up of those who lie fallen,
a support for those who stand,
a staff for the infirm,
a crook for the shepherded,
a guide for the wandering,
a perfecting of the advanced,
salvation for soul and body,
a deflector of all evils,
a cause of all goods,
a destruction of sin,
a plant of resurrection
and a tree of eternal life.

St John Damascene (675-749) Father & Doctor of the Churchby nothing else except the cross - st john damascene - 28 march 2018 - wed of holy week 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – – 24 March – The Memorial of Bl Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917–1980) to be Canonised this year, 2018.

Quote/s of the Day – – 24 March – The Memorial of Blessed Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917–1980) to be Canonised this year, 2018.

“Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism.
Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.”peace is not - bl oscar romero - 24 march 2018

“I don’t want to be an anti, against anybody.
I simply want to be the builder of a great affirmation:
the affirmation of God,
who loves us and who wants to save us.”

“If we are worth anything,
it is not because we have more money or more talent,
or more human qualities. Insofar as we are worth anything,
it is because we are grafted onto Christ’s life,
His cross and resurrection.
That is a person’s measure.”i don't want to be an anti - bl oscar romero - 24 march 2018

“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”

Blessed Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917–1980)there are many things - bl oscar romero - 24 march 2018