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Quote/s of the Day – 19 July – The Memorial of St John Plessington (c 1637-1679) Martyr of England

Quote/s of the Day – 19 July – The Memorial of St John Plessington (c 1637-1679) Martyr of England

“But I know it will be said that a Priest, ordained by authority derived from the See of Rome, is by the Law of Nation, to die as a Traitor but if that be so, what must become of all the Clergymen or England, for the first Protestant Bishops had their Ordination from those of the Church of Rome….?”but i know it will be said - st john plessington - 19 july 2018

“Bear witness, good hearers, that I profess, that I undoubtedly and firmly believe, all the Articles of the Roman Catholic Faith and for the truth of any of them, (by the assistance of God), I am willing to die and I had rather die, than doubt of any Point of Faith, taught by our Holy Mother the Roman Catholic Church.”

St John Plessington (c 1637-1679)
Martyred because he was a Catholic Priest

by Elizabeth I of Englandbear witness good hearers - st john plessington - 19 july 2018

John Plessington was born at Dimples Hall, near Garstang, Lancashire in 1637, the son of Robert Plessington and Alice Rawstone, into a family at odds with the authorities, for both their religious and political beliefs.   Educated by Jesuits at Scarisbrick Hall, at Saint Omer’s in France and then at the College of Saint Alban at Valladolid, Spain, he was ordained in Segovia on 25 March 1662.   He returned to England in 1663 ministering to Catholics in the areas of Holywell and Cheshire, often hiding under the name William Scarisbrick.   He was also tutor at Puddington Hall near Chester.   Upon arrest in Chester during the Popish Plot scare caused by Titus Oates, he was imprisoned for two months, and then hanged, drawn and quartered for the crime of being a Catholic priest.   His speech from the scaffold at Gallow’s Hill in Boughton, Cheshire was printed and distributed:

He said: “I know it will be said that a priest ordayned by authority derived from the See of Rome is, by the Law of the Nation, to die as a Traytor but if that be so what must become of all the Clergymen of the Church of England, for the first Church of England Bishops had their Ordination from those of the Church of Rome, or not at all, as appears by their own writers so that Ordination comes derivatively from those now living.”

He was martyred in 1679.   He was beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI, and canonised as one of the Forty Martyrs on 25 October 1970 by Blessed Pope Paul VI.

A lot more detail about St John here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-st-john-plessington/

and his scaffold speech here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/thought-for-the-day-19-july/

St John Plessington, Pray for Us!st-john-plessington-pray-for-us - 19 july 2017

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Quote/s of the Day – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

“Their sound has gone out into all the earth
and their words to the ends of the world”

Psalm 19psalm-19-sts-peter-and-paul-29 june 2017

“Where Peter is,
there is the Church.
Where the Church is,
there is Jesus Christ.
Where Jesus Christ is,
there is eternal salvation.”

St Ambrose (340-397)
One of the original four Doctors of the Churchwhere peter is - st ambrose - 29 june 2018where-peter-is-2 - 29 june 2017 - st ambrose

“There is one day for the passion of two apostles.
But these two also were as one;
although they suffered on different days, they were as one.
Peter went first, Paul followed.
We are celebrating a feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of the apostles.
Let us love their faith, their lives, their labours,
their sufferings, their confession of faith, their preaching.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchthese-two-also-were-as-one-staugustine-29 june 2017

“There must be general rejoicing, dearly beloved,
over this holy company whom God has appointed
for our example in patience and for our confirmation in faith.
But we must glory even more in the excellence of their fathers,
Peter and Paul, whom the grace of God has raised
to such a height among all the members of the Church
that He has set them like twin lights
of eyes in that Body whose head is Christ.”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Father & Doctor of the Churchhe has set them like twin lights inthe eyes - st pope leo the great - 29 june 2018

Today the Lord repeats to me, to you…: Follow Me!
Waste no time in questioning or in useless chattering;
do not dwell on secondary things but look to what is essential and follow Me.
Follow Me without regard for the difficulties.
Follow Me in preaching the Gospel.
Follow Me by the witness of a life shaped by the grace you received in baptism….. and holy orders.
Follow Me by speaking of Me, to those with whom you live, day after day,
in your work, your conversations and among your friends.
Follow Me by proclaiming the Gospel to all, especially to the least among us,
so that no one will fail to hear the word of life,
which sets us free from every fear
and enables us to trust in the faithfulness of God.
Follow Me!

Pope Francis – Homily 29 June 2014today the lord repeats to me - follow me - pope francis - 29 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

One Minute Reflection – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 16:13–19

And I tell you, you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.   I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” …Matthew 16:18-19ON THIS ROCK - MATTHEW 16 18

REFLECTION – “And so it is with Rome, where the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, gave with their blood their final witness.   The vocation of Rome is of apostolic origin and the ministry which it is our lot to exercise here, is a service for the benefit of the entire Church and of mankind.   But it is an irreplaceable service, because it has pleased the Wisdom of God to place the Rome of Peter and Paul, so to speak, on the road that leads to the eternal City, by the fact that Wisdom chose to confide to Peter—who unifies in himself the College of Bishops—the keys of the kingdom of heaven.   What remains here, not through the effect of man’s will but through the free and merciful benevolence of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit, is the soliditas Petri, such as our predecessor Saint Leo the Great extolled in unforgettable terms:   “Saint Peter does not cease to preside over his See and preserves an endless sharing, with the Sovereign Priest.   The firmness that he received from the Rock which is Christ, he himself, having become the Rock, transmits it equally to his successors.”…Blessed Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) – Exhortation on Christian Joy, 1975and so it is with rome - bl paul VI - 29 june 2018.jpg

PRAYER – Lord our God, You give us the great joy of devoting this day to the honour of the apostles Peter and Paul.   Provide us, by their intercession, with help for our eternal salvation.   Grant that Your Church may follow their teaching to the full, because these are the men who first taught us to worship You in Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.sts-peter-and-paul-pray-for-us-29 June 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 June – The Memorial of St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202) Father of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 28 June – The Memorial of St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202) Father of the Church

“Our way of thinking,
is attuned to the Eucharist
and the Eucharist in turn,
confirms our way of thinking.”our-way-of-thinking-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018

“Jesus Christ, in His infinite love,
has become what we are,
in order that He may make us
entirely what He is.”jesus christ in his infinite love - st irenaeus - 28 june 2018

“It is not you that shapes God.
It is God that shapes you.
If then you are the work of God
await the Hand of the artist who does
all things in due season.
Offer Him your heart,
soft and tractable
and keep the form in which the artist
has fashioned you.
Let the clay be moist
lest you go hard
and lose the imprint of His Fingers.”it-is-not-you-that-shapes-god-strenaeus-28 june 2018

“As long as anyone has the means
of doing good to his neighbours
and does not do so,
he shall be reckoned a stranger
to the love of the Lord.”as-long-as-any-one-has-the-means-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018.no.2

The business of the Christian
is nothing else but to be
ever preparing for death.the business of the christian - st irenaeus - 28 june 2018

“The universal Church, that is, the faithful everywhere, must be in agreement with this Church because of her outstanding superiority.”

the universal church - st irenaeus

“Being obedient she (Mary)
became the cause of salvation for herself
and for the whole human race.
The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied
by Mary’s obedience:
what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief,
Mary loosened by her faith.”

St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202)being-obedient-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018 - no 2

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 June – The Memorial of St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) and St John Fisher (1469-1535) and St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyrs

Quote/s of the Day – 22 June – The Memorial of St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) and St John Fisher (1469-1535) and St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyrs

“To my mind the only art, is the faith
and Christ is my poetry.”to my mind - st paulinus of nola - 22 june 2018

“It is not surprising if, despite being far apart,
we are present to each other and
without being acquainted, know each other,
because we are members of one body,
we have one head,
we are steeped in one grace,
we live on one loaf,
we walk on one road
and we dwell in the same house.”

St Paulinus of Nolait is not surprising if - st paulinus of nola - 22 june 2018

“A good man is not a perfect man;
a good man is an honest man,
faithful and unhesitatingly responsive
to the voice of God in his life.”

St John Fishera good man is not a perfect man - st john fisher - 22 june 2018

“I reckon in this realm no one man,
in wisdom, learning
and long approved virtue together,
meet to be matched and compared with him.”

St Thomas More speaking of St John Fisheri reckon in this realm - st thomas more speaking of st john fisher - 22 june 2018

“The things we pray for, good Lord,
give us grace to labour for.”the things we pray for good lord give us grace to labour for - st thomas more - 22 june 2018.jpg

“We cannot go to heaven in featherbeds.”we cannot go to heaven - st thomas more - 22 june 2018

“One of the greatest problems of our time,
is that many are schooled
but few are educated.”one of the greatest problems - st thomas more - 22 june 2018

“If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable,
common sense would make us saintly.
But since we see that avarice, anger,
pride and stupidity commonly profit,
far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought,
perhaps we must stand fast a little,
even at the risk of being heroes.”if we lived in a state - st thomas more - 22 june 2018

“You wouldn’t abandon ship in a storm,
just because you couldn’t control the winds.”

St Thomas Moreyou wouldn't abandon ship - st thomas more - 22 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 14 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 5:20-26.

One Minute Reflection – 14 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 5:20-26.

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother and then come and offer your gift...Matthew 5:23-24

REFLECTION – “The Church does not exist for us to remain divided when we come to it but rather so that our divisions might be nullified.   That is what the assembly means. Thus if we have come for the Eucharist, let us not do anything in contradiction to the Eucharist, let us not hurt our brother.   You have come to give thanks for the kindnesses you have received, therefore, do not separate yourself from your neighbour.
Christ offered his body to everyone without distinction when he said:  “Take and eat, all of you.”   Why do you not admit everyone to your own table? … You are remembering Christ and you disdain someone who is poor? … You are taking part in this divine meal; you should be the most compassionate of all people.   You have drunk the Lord’s blood and you do not acknowledge your brother?   But even if you have ignored him until now, at this table you must acknowledge him.   We must all be in the Church as in one common house, we form only one body.   We have only one baptism, one single table, one single source, as well as one single Father.”…St John Chrysostom (345-407), Father & Doctor of the Church (Homilies on the 1st Letter to the Corinthians, no 27 -cf Eph 4:5; 1 Cor 10:17 )therefore if you bring your gift to the altar mt 5 23-24-we must all be in the church - st john chrysostom - 14 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, true light and creator of light, grant that faithfully following the instructions of Your Son and pondering all that is holy, we may ever live in the splendour of Your presence.   By the gifts of the Holy Spirit, may we always be light to our neighbour.   Mary, Mother of Love and our loving mother, by your prayers, may we grow in charity and love.  We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord amen.loving mother pray for us - 14 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day- 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165) Father of the Church

Quote/s of the Day- 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

Father of the Church

“We used to hate and destroy one another
and refused, to associate with people
of another race or country.
Now, because of Christ, we live together
with such people and pray for our enemies ”

“Let it be understood,
that those who are not found living
as He taught,
are NOT Christian- even though they profess
with the lips, the teaching of Christ.”we used to hate one another - let it be understood that those - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

“Not as common bread
or as common drink,
do we receive these…..
We have been taught,
that the food,
that has been Eucharistised,
by the word of prayer,
that food, which by assimilation,
nourishes our flesh and blood,
is the flesh and blood
of the incarnate Jesus.”not as common bread - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

“The world suffers nothing from Christians
but hates them, because they reject its pleasures.”the world suffers nothing from Christians - 1 june 2018.jpg

“You can kill us
but you cannot do us
any real harm.”you can kill us - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

“We have strayed from the Immortal’s ways
and worship with a dull and senseless mind, Idols,
the workmanship of our own hands!”

St Justin Martyr (c 100-165) Father of the Churchwe have strayed - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 15 May – Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide – Speaking of: The Holy Spirit

Quote/s of the Day – 15 May – Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide

“Speaking of :  The Holy Spirit

“Come O Holy Spirit, Come!” Pope Francis

“Let us be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Allow Him to speak to our hearts
and He will tell us this:
God is Love!”let us be guided by the holy spirit - pope francis - 15 may 2018

“Submit to the Holy Spirit
which comes from within
and He will lead you on the path to
Holiness.”submit to the holy spirit - pope francis - 15 may 2018

“The Holy Spirit upsets us
because He moves us,
makes us walk,
pushes the Church forward.”the holy spirit upsets us - pope francis - 15 may 2018

“Let us renew each day
our trust in the
workings of the Holy Spirit
and open our hearts to
His inspiration.”let us renew each day - pope francis - 15 may 2018

“The Holy Spirit gives us Joy!
He is the author
and creator of Joy.”the holy spirit gives us joy - pope francis - 15 may 2018

“Through the Holy Spirit,
the Father and the Son come to dwell in us,
do we live in God and of God,
is our life really animated by God?
How many things do I put before God?”through the holy spirit - pope francis - 15 may 2018

“The truth of Christ,
that the Holy Spirit teaches us
and gives us, always and forever,
involves our daily lives.
Let us invoke Him more often,
to guide us on the path
of Christ’s disciples.”the truth of christ - pope franics - 15 may 2018

“Holy Spirit may my heart be open
to the Word of God,
may my heart be open to good,
may my heart be open
to the beauty of God, every day.”

Pope Francisholy spirit may my heart be open - pope francis - 15 may 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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Quote/s of the Day – 2 May – Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter and the Memorial of St Athanasius (c295-373) – Father and Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 2 May – Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter and the Memorial of St Athanasius (c295-373) – Father and Doctor of the Church

“He became what we are,
that He might make us what He is.”

“You cannot put straight in others
what is warped in yourself.”

“Christians, instead of arming
themselves with swords,
extend their hands in prayer.”he became what we are - christians instead of arming - you cannot put straight - st athanasius - 2 may 2018

“Accordingly, in the Church,
one God is preached,
one God who is above all things
and through all things and in all things.
God is above all things as Father,
for He is principle and source;
He is through all things through the Word;
and He is in all things in the Holy Spirit.”

St Athanasius (c295-373)

Father and Doctor of the Churchaccordingly, in the church - st athanasius - 2 may 2018