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Quote of the Day – 24 November – The Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest and Companions, Martyrs

Quote of the Day – 24 November – The Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest and Companions, Martyrs

“The hottest places in hell
are reserved for those who,
in a period of moral crisis,
maintain their neutrality.”

Dante Alighieri (c 1265-1321)the hottest places in hell are reserved dante 24 nov 2018 mem of the vietnamese martyrs

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Thought for the Day – 10 November – Christian, Remember Your Dignity by St Pope Leo the Great

Thought for the Day – 10 November – Christian, Remember Your Dignity by St Pope Leo the Great

Today we celebrate the feast day of Pope Saint Leo the Great (c 400-461).   St Leo is referred to by many names, including “Doctor of Doctrine” and “Doctor of Unity of the Church.”   He is the first pope to be referred to by the title “Great” and the first pope made Doctor of the Church.   His writings, unifying doctrine and peacemaking, continue to inspire and instruct us today in the ways of the faith.   Below, an excerpt from a homily, encouraging Christians to take heed of the joy of Christ and exhorts them to live in freedom and dignity of the Incarnation!

Christian, Remember Your Dignity!

Dearly beloved, today our Saviour is born, let us rejoice.   Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life.   The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happiness.
No one is shut out from this joy, all share the same reason for rejoicing.   Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no man free from sin, came to free us all.   Let the saint rejoice as he sees the palm of victory at hand.   Let the sinner be glad as he receives the offer of forgiveness.   Let the pagan take courage as he is summoned to life.
In the fullness of time, chosen in the unfathomable depths of God’s wisdom, the Son of God took for Himself our common humanity in order to reconcile it with its creator.   He came to overthrow the devil, the origin of death, in that very nature by which He had overthrown mankind.
And so at the birth of our Lord the angels sing in joy – Glory to God in the highest and they proclaim peace to men of good will as they see the heavenly Jerusalem being built from all the nations of the world.   When the angels on high are so exultant at this marvellous work of God’s goodness, what joy should it not bring to the lowly hearts of men?
Beloved, let us give thanks to God the Father, through His Son, in the Holy Spirit, because in His great love for us He took pity on us and when we were dead in our sins He brought us to life with Christ, so that in Him we might be a new creation.   Let us throw off our old nature and all its ways and, as we have come to birth in Christ, let us renounce the works of the flesh.
Christian, remember your dignity and now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition   Bear in mind who is your head and of whose body you are a member.   Do not forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of God’s kingdom.
Through the sacrament of baptism you have become a temple of the Holy Spirit.   Do not drive away so great a guest by evil conduct and become again a slave to the devil, for your liberty was bought by the blood of Christ.

St Pope Leo the Great, Pray for Us!st pope leo the great pray for us 10 nov 2018

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Quote of the Day – 19 October

Quote of the Day – 19 October – The Memorial of St Peter of Alcantara OFM (1499-1562), St Isaac Jogues SJ (1607-1646) The North American Martyrs) & Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984)

“He does much
in the sight of God
who does his best,
be it ever so little.”he does much in the sight of god - st peter of alcantara - 19 oct 2018

“No tongue can express
the greatness of the love
which Jesus Christ
bears to our souls.
He did not wish,
that between Him
and His servants,
there should be any other pledge
than Himself…

St Peter of Alcantara (1499-1562)no tongue can express - st peter of alcantara - 19 oct 2018

“My confidence is placed in God,
who does not need our help
for accomplishing His designs.
Our single endeavour,
should be to give ourselves to the work
and to be faithful to Him.”

St Isaac Jogues SJ (1607-1646) Martyrmy confidence is placed in god - st isaac jogues - 19 oct 2018

”To live in Truth is the basic minimum of human dignity,
even if the price to defend the Truth could be costly.
You need to always remain faithful to the Truth.
Truth can never be betrayed.”to live in truth - bl jerzy popieluszko - 19 oct 2018

“Truth, like Justice,
is connected to Love
and Love has a Price.”

Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984) Martyrtruth like justice - bl jerzy popieluszko - 19 oct 2018

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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 – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17

Quote/s of the Day – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17, Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645) and St Joseph of Cupertino O.F.M. Conv. (1603-1663)

Speaking of:  Living the Word

“The Christian should be an
‘alleluia’
from head to foot.

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe christian should be an alleluia - st augustine - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evangelisation

“It is no use walking somewhere to preach,
unless our walking is our preaching.”

St Francis of Assisi (c 1181-1226)it is no use walking - st francis of assisi - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evangelisation

“To convert somebody,
go and take them by the hand
and guide them.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churchto convert somebody - st thomas aquinas - 18 sept 2018

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

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchcook 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 (1580-1654)we must speak to them with our hands - st peter claver - 23 may 2018

“Modern man listens
more willingly to witnesses,
than to teachers
and if he does listen to teachers,
it is because they are witnesses.”

Blessed Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers - bl pope paul VI no 2 - 18 sept 2018

“The only way to win audiences,
is to tell people about the life
and death of Christ.
Every other approach is a waste.”

Ven Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)the only way to win audiences - ven fulton sheen - 18 sept 2018

“Stay where you are – find your own Calcutta.”

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)stay where you are find your own calcutta - st mother teresa - 18 sept 2018

“Your faith will grow,
only in the measure,
that you give it away.”

Bishop Robert Barronyour faith will grow - bishop barron - 18 sept 2018

“You are a billboard for Christ.”

Father Mike Schmitzyou are a billboard for christ - fr mike schmitz - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evang

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One Minute Reflection – 25 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 23:1–12

One Minute Reflection – 25 August – Saturday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year B, Today’s Gospel:   Matthew 23:1–12 – The Memorials of Sts Louis IX, (1214-1270) King of France and St Joseph Calasanz (1557-1648) Founder

“….so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach but do not practice.”...Matthew 23:3

REFLECTION – “Someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks different languages (Acts 2:4).   These different languages are differing testimonies to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience and obedience.   We speak them when, in practising them ourselves, we show them to others.   The word is alive when it is our actions that speak.   Please, I beg you, let words be silenced and actions speak!   We are full of words but empty of deeds and because of this the Lord curses us just as he cursed the fig tree on which he found no fruit but only leaves (Mk 11:13f.).   Saint Gregory says that: “The Law has been made known to the preacher so that he might practice what he preaches.”   A person who spoils his teaching by his deeds is wasting his time spreading knowledge of the law.
But the apostles spoke according to the Spirit’s gift.   Happy are those who speak according to the Spirit’s gift and not according to their own feelings…  So let us speak as the Spirit gives us utterance.   Let us humbly and devoutly ask Him to shed His grace within us.”..St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Church (Sermons)the word is alive when it is our actions - st anthony of padua - 25 aug 2018

“All who undertake to teach must be endowed with deep love, the greatest of patience and, most of all, profound humility.   They must perform their work with earnest zeal. Then, through their humble prayers, the Lord will find them worthy to become fellow workers with Him in the cause of truth.”…St Joseph Calasanzall who undertake to teach - st joseph calasanz - 25 aug 2018

PRAYER – God our Father, help us to teach others about You by our example as well as our words.   Grant that we may spread Your truth and Your light wherever we go. St Louis, this is exactly what you sought to do, constantly serving God in penitence and prayer, ever mindful of His people.   You lived the greatest commandment and strove always to be an example to your people through your great love for our Lord and for His Church.   You gave St Joseph of Calasanz, remarkable gifts of priestly charity and patience.   Grant that while we honour him as a master of wisdom, we may imitate him, by teaching the truth by our way of life.   St Louis, St Joseph, please pray for our Priests and for us all! Amenst-louis-pray-for-us-2-25 aug 2017st joseph calasanz pray for us - 25 aug 2018

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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