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Quote/s of the Day – 21 October – The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

Quote/s of the Day – 21 October

The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

“Now, we must help
each other
to get to Heaven.”now we must help each other to get to heaven - bl karl of austria to queen zita - 21 oct 2018

“I strive always,
in all things,
to understand,
as clearly as possible
and follow,
the will of God
and this,
in the most perfect way.”i strive always in all things - bl karlof austria - 21 oct 2018

“Thy Holy Will be done.
Jesus, Jesus, come!
Yes—yes.
My Jesus as Thou willst it—Jesus.”
(The last words of Bl Karl – 1 April 1922)

Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)thy holy will be done - last words bl karl of austria - 21 oct 2018

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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great:  DAY EIGHT – 20 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great:  DAY EIGHT – 20 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #8:  In addition to meeting with the sick at a parish visitation, Bishop Karol Wojtyla signaled out married couples and gave them a special blessing.   Often the parish priest would personally invite married couples to be present for the blessing. Wojtyla did this so that it would be a model for his priests in parish ministry.   He sought to show them that married couples formed the basic cell of the parish.   He stressed this point in a document in 1960, where he stated:
“Through [the sacrament of marriage], the family is created within the Church but, at the same time, the family in some measure created the Church as a living community of the people of God.   The meeting of the Bishop with married couples during the visitation of a parish is like touching this very basic bond of the human community which is shaped in the Church and which in turn shapes the Church.”

Reflection:   “Dear brothers and sisters, today our eyes behold, in the full spiritual light of the risen Christ, the beloved and revered figure of John Paul II.   Today his name is added to the host of those whom he proclaimed saints and blesseds during the almost 27 years of his pontificate, thereby forcefully emphasizing the universal vocation to the heights of the Christian life, to holiness, taught by the concilliar Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium.   All of us, as members of the people of God – bishops, priests, deacons, laity, men and women religious – are making our pilgrim way to the heavenly homeland where the Virgin Mary has preceded us, associated as she was in a unique and perfect way to the mystery of Christ and the Church.   Karol Wojtyla took part in the Second Vatican Council, first as an auxiliary Bishop and then as Archbishop of Kraków.   He was fully aware that the Council’s decision to devote the last chapter of its Constitution on the Church to Mary meant that the Mother of the Redeemer is held up as an image and model of holiness for every Christian and for the entire Church.   This was the theological vision which Blessed John Paul II discovered as a young man and subsequently maintained and deepened throughout his life.   A vision which is expressed in the scriptural image of the crucified Christ with Mary, his Mother, at his side.   This icon from the Gospel of John (19:25-27) was taken up in the episcopal and later the papal coat-of-arms of Karol Wojtyla:  a golden cross with the letter “M” on the lower right and the motto“Totus tuus”, drawn from the well-known words of St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort in which Karol Wojtyla found a guiding light for his life: “Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria – I am totally yours and all that I have is yours. I accept you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.” …Pope Benedict XVI at the Beatification Ceremonyday-eight-novena-st-john-paul-20-oct-2017

Let us Pray:

O Holy Trinity, we thank You for having given to the Church Pope John Paul II and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness, the glory of the Cross of Christand the splendour of the Spirit of love.

He, trusting completely in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us the way of holiness as the path to reach eternal communion with You Grant us, through his intercession, according to Your will, the grace that we implore,

………………….. [state your intention here].

Continue, beloved St John Paul, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God’s people. We praise and thank You Father that St John Paul has been numbered among Your saints and make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

Totus Tuus, Amen.

Quote Day 8:   “Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.”marriage-is-an-act-of-will-st-john-paul-20-oct-2017

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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great DAY ONE – 13 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great DAY ONE – 13 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #1:  During his Theological Studies in Seminary, Karol Wojtyla greatly desired to read the works of St John of the Cross in the original Spanish language. He mastered the language very quickly and was even asked by the Spanish instructor to assist him in translating a Spanish text that was to be read over the Polish new radio a few hours before it would be broadcast.

REFLECTION:   “Follow me.” The Risen Lord says these words to Peter.   They are His last words to this disciple, chosen to shepherd His flock.   “Follow me” – this lapidary saying of Christ can be taken as the key to understanding the message which comes to us from the life of our late beloved Pope John Paul II. …” …Pope Benedictday-one-novena-st-john-paul-13-oct-2017-2

Let us Pray:

O Holy Trinity, we thank You for having given to the Church Pope John Paul II and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness, the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendour of the Spirit of love.

He, trusting completely in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us the way of holiness as the path to reach eternal communion with You Grant us, through his intercession, according to Your will, the grace that we implore,

………………….. [state your intention here].

Continue, beloved St John Paul, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God’s people.   We praise and thank You Father that St John Paul has been numbered among Your saints and make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

Totus Tuus, Amen.

Quote Day One:  “Only the chaste man and the chaste woman are capable of real love.”only-the-chaste-man-st-john-paul-6-oct-20171

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One Minute Reflection – 7 October – Today’s Gospel – Mark 10:2–16 – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

One Minute Reflection – 7 October – Today’s Gospel – Mark 10:2–16 – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

“…The two shall become one flesh.”...Mark 10:8

REFLECTION – “In the world of the Bible, God’s relationship with Israel is described using the metaphors of betrothal and marriage – idolatry is thus adultery and prostitution… But God’s eros for man is also totally agape.   This is not only because it is bestowed in a completely gratuitous manner, without any previous merit but also because it is love which forgives… In this biblical vision, on the one hand we find ourselves before a strictly metaphysical image of God:  God is the absolute and ultimate source of all being but this universal principle of creation—the Logos, primordial reason—is at the same time a lover with all the passion of a true love.   Eros is thus supremely ennobled, yet at the same time it is so purified as to become one with agape…  The first novelty of biblical faith consists… in its image of God.   The second, essentially connected to this, is found in the image of man.
The biblical account of creation speaks of the solitude of Adam, the first man and God’s decision to give him a helper… The idea is certainly present that man is somehow incomplete, driven by nature to seek in another the part that can make him whole, the idea that only in communion with the opposite sex can he become “complete”.   The biblical account thus concludes with a prophecy about Adam:  “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife and they become one flesh” (Gen 2:24).
Two aspects of this are important.   First, eros is somehow rooted in man’s very nature; Adam is a seeker, who “abandons his mother and father” in order to find woman, only together do the two represent complete humanity and become “one flesh”.   The second aspect is equally important.   From the standpoint of creation, eros directs man towards marriage, to a bond which is unique and definitiv, thus and only thus, does it fulfil its deepest purpose.   Corresponding to the image of a monotheistic God is monogamous marriage.   Marriage based on exclusive and definitive love, becomes the icon of the relationship between God and His people and vice versa.   God’s way of loving becomes the measure of human love…Pope Benedict XVI – Encyclical letter “Deus caritas est”, # 9-11mark 10 8 the two shall become one flesh-marriage based on exclusive and definitive love - pope benedict XVI

PRAYER – Almighty, everliving God, whose love surpasses all that we ask or deserve, open up for us, the treasures of Your mercy.   Teach us the truth of love and forgive us all that weighs on our conscience.   Grant us even more than we dare to ask and grant us the merciful and guiding assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   Through Him who redeemed us in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.our-lady-of-the-rosary-pray-for-us-7 oct 2017oly Spirit, one God forever and ever.   Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, pray for us, amen.

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Quote/s of the Day – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

“Love Sacred Scripture and wisdom will love you;
love it tenderly and it will protect you;
honour it and you will receive its caresses.
May it be for you, as your necklaces and your earrings.”

“Love the science of Scripture and you will not love the vices of the flesh”

“The Scriptures are shallow enough,
for a babe to come and drink,
without fear of drowning
and deep enough,
for theologians to swim in,
without ever reaching the bottom.”love sacred scripture - love the science of scriptue - the scriptures are shallow enough - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“A false interpretation of Scripture,
causes that the gospel of the Lord,
becomes the gospel of man,
or, which is worse,
of the devil.”a false interpretation - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Does one not seem to dwell, already here on earth,
in the Kingdom of Heaven,
when one lives with these texts,
when one meditates on them,
when one does not know or seek anything else?”does one not seem to dwell - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Martyrdom does not consist only
in dying for one’s faith.
Martyrdom also consists, in serving God,
with love and purity of heart,
every day of one’s life.”
Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.”martyrdom-does-not-st-jerome-30-sept-2017

“It is our part to seek,
His to grant what we ask;
ours to make a beginning,
His to bring it to completion;
ours to offer what we can,
His to finish what we cannot.”it is our part to seek - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Begin now,
what you will be,
hereafter.”begin now what you will be hereafter - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“The face is the mirror of the mind
and eyes without speaking.
confess the secrets of the heart.”the face is the mirror - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Instead of speaking saintly words,
we must act them.”

St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

More here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/quotes-of-the-day-30-september-the-memorial-of-st-jerome-347-419-father-and-doctorinstead of speaking - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:3–12

Quote/s of the Day – 17 August – Friday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:3–12

“Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?   So they are no longer two but one flesh.   What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” Matthew 19:4-6

“Speaking of Marriage”

“By their very nature, the institution of matrimony itself
and conjugal love are ordained for the procreation
and education of children and find in them their ultimate crown.”

Second Vatican Council
Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World), 48by their very nature vat II gaudium et spes - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“The obvious effect
of frivolous divorce
will be frivolous marriage.
If people can be separated
for no reason,
they will feel it easier,
to be united for no reason.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)the obvious effect - g k chesterton - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“To defend his purity,
Saint Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow,
Saint Benedict threw himself into a thorn bush
and Saint Bernard plunged into an icy pond…
You – what have you done?”

St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975)to defend his purity - st josemaria - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“Do not forget,
that true love sets no conditions,
it does not calculate
or complain
but simply loves.”

St John Paul the Great (1920-2005)do not forget that true love sets no conditions - st pope john paul - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“No one justifies lying, cheating,
betraying, promise breaking,
devastating and harming strangers.
But we expect and we tolerate doing this,
to the one person in the world,
we promised most seriously,
to be faithful to forever –
we justify divorce.”

Peter Kreeftno one justifies lying - kreeft - 17 aug 2018 speaking of marriage

“Marriage is the real vocation crisis in the United States…
We have a vocation crisis to life-long,
life-giving, loving, faithful marriage.
If we take care of that one,
we’ll have all the priests and nuns
we’ll need for the Church.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolanmarriage is the real vocation crises - card t dolan - 17 aug 2017 - speaking of marriage

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One Minute Reflection 17 August – Friday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:3–12

One Minute Reflection 17 August – Friday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 19:3–12

“‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh’?   So they are no longer two but one flesh.”…Matthew 19:5-6

REFLECTION – “Jesus responds with the overwhelming truth, the blunt truth — this is the truth! — of fullness, always.   And Jesus never negotiates the truth.   And this small group of enlightened theologians always negotiated truth, reducing it to a case study.   Jesus, on the contrary, does not negotiate truth – this is the truth about marriage and there is no other…Pope Francis (Santa Marta, May 20, 2016)matthew 19 5 for this reason a man leaves - jesus responds with the truth - pope francis - 17 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord our God,
creator of the universe and all living things,
You made man and woman in your own likeness (Gn 1:27)
and gave them loving hearts
with which to participate in Your work of love.
You willed that in this church today
the lives of your servants, N….. and N….., should be united,
and now You will that they may make their home together,
may seek to love each other more and more each day
and follow Christ’s example in His love for others
even to death on the cross.
Bless, strengthen and protect the love of these newlyweds;
may their love sustain their fidelity to each other,
bringing them happiness and enabling them to find in Christ
the joy of complete self-giving to the one they love.
May their love, like Yours, O Lord,
become a source of life;
may it make them ever attentive to the needs of their neighbours;
and may their home be open to all in need.
Supported by their love and the love of Christ,
may they play an active part
in building up a more just and fraternal world
and thus be faithful to their human and christian vocation.
Amen…The Roman Missal – Rite of marriage : Nuptial Blessing 5nuptial blessing 5 excerpt - 17 aug 2018