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Announcement of Novenas: ST FRANCIS de SALES – begins 15 January ST PAUL – begins 16 January ST JOHN BOSCO – begins 22 January

Announcement of Novenas:
ST FRANCIS de SALES – begins 15 January
ST PAUL – begins 16 January
ST JOHN BOSCO – begins 22 January

to ST FRANCIS de SALES CO OM OFM Cap (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church – begins 15 January.   St Francis de Sales is the Patron of Devotion so if there’s a Saint who might know what a Devout Heart is, it’s going to be him.   St Alphonsus Liguori said that the most useful practice of a Novena is to make up our minds at the beginning of the Novena to correct some fault we have been accustomed to commit.   Let us ask St Francis de Sales to stir our hearts toward greater devotion and love for God.ANNOUNCING A NOVENA TO ST FRANCIS DE SALES BEGINS 15 JAN - 10 JAN 2018

to ST PAUL – begins 16 January – We pray in honour of the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul on 25 January.   St Paul is the MOST NEGLECTED IN PRAYER by Catholics – come on folks let us pray for zeal, for courage, for perseverence, for strength, for LOVE of God and neighbour, in fact we can pray to ST PAUL FOR ALL our needs!ANNOUNCING A NOVENA TO ST PAUL - BEGINS 16 JAN - 10 JAN 2018

to ST JOHN BOSCO “Don Bosco” (1815-1888) “Father and Teacher of the Youth” – He was a follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Saint Francis de Sales, Bosco was an ardent Marian devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Mary Help of Christians.   He later dedicated his works to De Sales when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco – begins 22 January.   St John Bosco is the Patron of Christian apprentices, editors, publishers, schoolchildren, young people, magicians, juvenile delinquents. Choose ALL young people or your own children.   Or simply Pray the 9 days for your own growth in love of our Mother, the Help of Christians or our own growth in faith and sanctity.

Don’t forget to pray Novenas each day for nine straight days…announcing a novena to st don bosco - begins 22 jan - 10 JAN 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 January – The Memorial of St Basil the Great (329-379) and St Gregory of Nazianzen (330-390) Fathers & Doctors of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 2 January – The Memorial of St Basil the Great (329-379) and St Gregory of Nazianzen (330-390) Fathers & Doctors of the Church

“The hairsplitting difference between
formed and unformed makes no difference to us.
Whoever deliberately commits abortion
is subject to the penalty for homicide.”the hairsplitting difference - st basil the great - 2 jan 2018

“The bread which you use
is the bread of the hungry;
the garment hanging in your wardrobe
is the garment of him who is naked;
the shoes you do NOT wear,
are the shoes of the one who is barefoot;
the acts of charity that you do NOT perform,
are so many INJUSTICES that you commit.”the bread whioch you use - st basil the great - 2 jan 2018

“A tree is known by its fruit;
a man by his deeds.
A good deed is never lost;
he who sows courtesy reaps friendship
and he who plants kindness gathers love.”

St Basil the Great (329-379) Father & Doctor of the Churcha-tree-is-known. - st basil the great - 2016

“Give something, however small,
to the one in need.
For it is not small to one who has nothing.
Neither is it small to God,
if we have given what we could.”give-something however small - st gregory of nazianzen - 2016

“If anyone does not believe that Holy Mary
is the Mother of God,
such a one is a stranger
to the Godhead.”if anyone does not believe - st gregory of nazianzen - 2 jan 2018

“God accepts our desires as though
they were of great value.
He longs ardently for us to desire and love Him.
He accepts our petitions for benefits,
as though we were doing Him a favour.
His joy in giving, is greater than ours in receiving.
So let us not be apathetic in our asking,
nor set too narrow bounds to our requests;
nor ask for frivolous things
unworthy of God’s greatness.”

St Gregory of Nazianzen (330-390) Father & Doctor of the Churchgod accepts our desires - st gregory of nazianzen - 2 jan 2018

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The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for January 2018

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention
for January 2018

Religious Minorities in Asia

That Christian and other religious minorities
in Asian countries, may be able to practise
their faith in full freedom.

the holy father's prayer intention january 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 31 December – Feast of the Holy Family and the Seventh Day of the Octave

Sunday Reflection – 31 December – Feast of the Holy Family and the Seventh Day of the Octave

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.”   And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them and they all drank from it.   And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many..…Mark 14:22-24

The only ritual that Christ asks us to repeat, over and over again, is the Eucharist.
In it we remember Him as broken,
poured out,
empty,
heartbroken,
frightened,
humiliated,
vulnerable,
in anguish.
To celebrate this ritual properly, we need to have in our hearts what Christ has in His at the first Eucharist.
What was He feeling then?

Joy and thanksgiving.   Yes.   LOVE for those at the table with Him.   Surely.  But beyond this, His heart felt anguish, deep longing and fear at the prospect of the pain that was now a certainty before intimacy and community could be achieved.

It would perhaps do all of us good, occasionally when we leave the Eucharist, instead of going to a lively meal with the folks, to go off as Jesus did after the first Eucharist, to a lonely place to have an agony in the garden and to sweat some blood as we ask for strength to drink from the real chalice – the chalice of vulnerability.

Occasionally, when St Augustine handed the Eucharist to a communicant, instead of saying, “the Body of Christ”, he would say, “Receive what you are.”

Augustine had perceived, for whatever reason, that the words of consecration, “this is my body, this is my blood”, are intended more to change the people present, than to change bread and wine.
(Fr R Rolheiser – Light for the World)

Lord Jesus Christ we pray…thank You for abiding with us.
May we always reverence the Holy Eucharist, as Your Real Presence amongst us. Amenthe only ritual - the eucharist - rolheiser - 31 dec 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 9 December 2017- Saturday of the First Week of Advent

Our Morning Offering – 9 December 2017- Saturday of the First Week of Advent

A 10th Century Advent Prayer to Our Lord Jesus
Unknown author

You are our eternal salvation,
The unfailing light of the world.
Light everlasting,
You are truly our redemption.
Grieving that the human race was perishing
through the tempter’s power,
without leaving the heights You came to the depths
in Your loving kindness.
Readily taking our humanity by Your gracious will,
You saved all earthly creatures, long since lost,
Restoring joy to the world.
Redeem our souls and bodies, O Christ,
and so possess us as Your shining dwellings.
By Your first coming, make us righteous;
At Your second coming, set us free:
So that, when the world is filled with light
and You judge all things,
We may be clad in spotless robes
and follow in Your steps, O King,
Into the heavenly hall.
Amena 10th century advent prayer - 9 dec 2017

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Thought for the Day – 4 December – Monday of the First Week of Advent

From “The Liturgical Year” by Dom Gueranger O.S.B. (1805-1875)
Volume 1 Advent – Chapter The Fifth
On Hearing Mass During The Time Of Advent

There is no exercise which is more pleasing to God, or more
meritorious, or which has greater influence in infusing solid piety into
the soul, than the assisting at the holy sacrifice of the Mass.    If this be
true at all the various seasons of the Christian year, it is so, in a very
special manner, during the holy time of Advent.   The faithful, therefore,
should make every effort in order to enjoy this precious blessing, even on
those days when they are not obliged to it by the precept of the Church.

With what gratitude ought they to assist at that divine sacrifice, for
which the world had been longing for four thousand years!   God has granted
them to be born after the fulfilment of that stupendous and merciful
oblation and would not put them in the generations of men who died before
they could partake of its reality and its riches!   This notwithstanding,
they must earnestly unite with the Church in praying for the coming of the
Redeemer, so to pay their share of that great debt which God had put upon
all, whether living before or after the fulfilment of the mystery of the
Incarnation.   Let them think of this in assisting at the holy sacrifice.

Let them also remember that this great sacrifice, which perpetuates on
this earth even to the end of time, though in an unbloody manner, the real
oblation of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, has this for its express
aim:  to prepare the souls of the faithful for the mysterious coming of God,
who redeemed our souls only that He might take possession of them.   It not
only prepares, it even effects this glorious advent.

Let them, in the third place, lovingly profit by the presence of and
intimacy with, Jesus, to which this hidden yet saving mystery admits them;
that so, when He comes in that other way, whereby He will judge the world
in terrible majesty, He may recognise them as His friends and even then,
when mercy shall give place to justice, again save them!  Amen.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”there is no exercise - dom gueranger - 4 dec 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 December – The Memorial of St John Damascene (676-749) – Father and Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 4 December – The Memorial of St John Damascene (676-749) – Father and Doctor of the Church

“Think of the Father as a spring of life begetting the Son,
like a river and the Holy Ghost like a sea,
for the spring and the river and sea are all one nature.
Think of the Father as a root and of the Son as a branch
and the Spirit as a fruit, for the substance in these three is one.
The Father is a sun with the Son as rays and the Holy Ghost as heat.”ST JOHN DAMASCENE ON THE HOLY TRINITY

“‘How can this come about?’ Mary asked.
‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you,’ the angel answered’
and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow.’
And now you are the one who puts the question:
‘How can bread become Christ and wine His Blood?’
I answer:
‘The power of the Holy Spirit will be at work
to give us a marvel which surpasses understanding.'”how can this come about - st john damascene - 4 dec 2017

“If the Word of God is living and powerful
and if the Lord does all things whatsoever he wills;
if he said, “Let there be light” and it happened;
if he said, “let there be a firmament” and it happened;
…if finally the Word of God Himself willingly became man
and made flesh for Himself out of the most pure
and undefiled blood of the holy and ever Virgin,
why should He not be capable of making bread
His Body and wine and water His Blood?…
God said “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood.”if the word of god - st john damascene - 4 dec 2017

“”GLUTTONY should be destroyed by self-control;

UNCHASTITY by desire for God and longing for the blessings held in store;

AVARICE by compassion for the poor;

ANGER by goodwill and love for all men;

WORLDLY dejection by spiritual joy;

LISTLESSNESS by patience, perseverance and offering thanks to God;

SELF-ESTEEM by doing good in secret and, by praying constantly,with a contrite heart;

and PRIDE by not judging or despising anyone, in the manner of the boastful Pharisee
and by considering oneself the least of all men.”GLUTTONY - ST JOHN DAMASCENE - 4 DEC 2017 - no 2.

“The saints must be honoured as friends of Christ
and children and heirs of God. Let us carefully
observe the manner of life of all the apostles,
martyrs, ascetics and just men who announced
the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their
faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering
and perseverance unto death so that we may also
share their crowns of glory.”the saints must be honoured-st john damascene doctor of the church (675-749)

“Angels are intelligent reflections of light,
that original light which has no beginning.
They can illuminate.
They do not need tongues or ears,
for they can communicate without speech, in thought.”angels are intelligent reflections of light - st john damascene - 4 dec 2016

St John Damascene (676-749) – Father and Doctor of the Church