Quote/s of the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Ildephonsus (607-667), Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366) and St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

Quote/s of the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Ildephonsus (607-667), Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366) and St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

“Go to Mary and sing her praises
and you will be enlightened.
For it is through her,
that the true Light
shines on the sea of this life.”

St Ildephonsus (607-667)go-to-mary-st-ildephonsus-23-jan-2018.jpg

“Suffering is the ancient law of love;
there is no quest without pain;
there is no lover,
who is not also a martyr.”

Blessed Henry Suso (1295-1366)suffering is the ancient law of love - bl henry suso 23 jan 2019.jpg

“Try to accept what God
is pleased to give you
no matter how bitter –
‘God wills it’,
is the thought
that will strengthen you
and help you over
the hard places
if we wish to be
true children of God.”

“Our dear
heavenly Mother Mary…
how little do our trials
and sorrows appear
when compared
to her bitter sufferings.”

St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)try-to-accept-what-god-st-marianne-cope-23-jan-2018.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 23 January –Wednesday of the Second week in Ordinary Time – First Reading: Hebrews 7:1–3

One Minute Reflection – 23 January –Wednesday of the Second week in Ordinary Time – First Reading: Hebrews 7:1–3 – and The Memorial of Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366)

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him…Hebrews 7:1

REFLECTION – “An ancient priest of the Mosaic order could only be selected from the tribe of Levi.   It was obligatory without exception that he should be of the family descending from Aaron and do service to God in outward worship with the sacrifices and blood of irrational animals.   But he that is named Melchizedek, which in Greek is translated “king of righteousness,” who was king of Salem, which would mean “king of peace,” without father, without mother, without line of descent, not having, according to the account, “beginning of years or end of life,” had no characteristics shared by the Aaronic priesthood.

For he was not chosen by humans, he was not anointed with prepared oil, he was not of the tribe of those who had not yet been born and, strangest of all, he was not even circumcised in his flesh and yet he blesses Abraham, as if he were far better than he.   He did not act as priest to the Most High God with sacrifices and libations, nor did he minister at the temple in Jerusalem.   How could he?   It did not yet exist.   And he was such, of course, because there was going to be no similarity between our Saviour Christ and Aaron, for He was neither to be designated priest after a period when he was not priest, nor was He to become priest but be it.   For we should notice carefully in the words, “You are a priest forever,” he does not say, “You shall be what you were not before,” any more than, “You were that before which you are not now” — but by Him who said, “I am who I am,”1 it is said, “You are, and remain, a priest forever.”

And the fulfilment of the oracle is truly wondrous to one who recognises how our Saviour Jesus, the Christ of God, now performs through His ministers even today, sacrifices after the manner of Melchizedek’s.   For just as He, who was priest of the Gentiles, is not represented as offering outward sacrifices but as blessing,  Abraham only with wine and bread, so in exactly the same way our Lord and Saviour Himself first and then all His priests among all nations, perform the spiritual sacrifice according to the customs of the church and with wine and bread darkly express the mysteries of His body and saving blood.   This, by the Holy Spirit, Melchizedek foresaw and used the figures of what was to come, as the Scripture of Moses witnesses, when it says, “And Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abraham.”   And thus it followed that to Him only was the addition of an oath, “The Lord God has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.’”.Eusebius of Caesarea (c 260-339) Bishop “Father of Church History”hebrews 2 1 - for this melchizidek - you are a priest forever - 23 jan 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me to have a true fervour in Your service. Help me to become a zealous worker for Your honour and glory, in imitation of your Son and of your holy saints. Grant that by the prayers of Blessed Henry Suso, we may grow in love, by Your grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

“In the history of early Christianity there is a fundamental distinction between the first three centuries and those that followed the Council of Nicaea in 325, the first Ecumenical Council.   Like a “hinge” between the two periods are the so-called “conversion of Constantine” and the peace of the Church, as well as the figure of Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine.   He was the most highly qualified exponent of the Christian culture of his time in very varied contexts, from theology to exegesis, from history to erudition.   Eusebius is known above all as the first historian of Christianity but he was also the greatest philologist of the ancient Church.”…Pope Benedicy XVI, 13 June 2007bl henry suso pray for us 23 jan 2019


Our Morning Offering – 23 January – The Memorial of Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366)

Our Morning Offering – 23 January – The Memorial of Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366)

Prayer in Praise of God’s Infinite Goodness
By Bl Henry Suso (1295-1366)

O God, unlimited Goodness,
when I desire to praise You,
no words can express
all that is contained in my heart.
The most beautiful creatures,
the most sublime spirits,
the most pure beings-
everything is infinitely beneath You.
But if I plunge into the abyss of Your goodness,
O Master,
all praise is so small that it disappears.
I traverse the firmament and the earth,
the surface and the deep,
the forests and prairies,
mountains and valleys:
all in unison cause to resound in my ears
the symphony of Your glory without limit.
When I think of You,
the Good that merits praise,
you are the One
that my soul has chosen
in the unique object of its love.
And my heart wishes to praise You until death.
Amenprayer in praise of god's infinite goodness bl henry suso 23 jan 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366)

Saint of the Day – Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366) Henry (also called Amandus, a name adopted in his writings and Heinrich Seuse in German), was a German Dominican friar and the most popular vernacular writer of the fourteenth century.   Suso is thought to have been born on 21 March 1295.   An important author in both Latin and Middle High German, he is also notable for defending Meister Eckhart’s legacy after Eckhart was posthumously condemned for heresy in 1329.   He died in Ulm on 25 January 1366 and was Beatified 1831, by Pope Gregory XVI. Blessed Henry was a Priest, Preacher, Writer, Poet, Mystic.   His body is henry suso.jpg

Henry was born in Switzerland—hence the epithet “Suso,” or “Swiss”—in 1290.   The gentle Henry was a great disappointment to his military family.   Gifted with a deep awareness of God’s presence within him and drawn to a life of prayer, at the age of thirteen, he entered the Dominican convent at Lake Constance near the Alps on the Swiss-German border.   His Dominican formation developed and matured his natural contemplative gifts, giving his prayer an outlet in a joyful zeal to share its fruits with others.   Once ordained, he travelled constantly and widely, preaching and hearing confessions.henri_suzo_45_02

Bl Henry Suso is known in the Order for his gentleness and slight eccentricity.   For example, he once erected a Maypole and danced around it in a joyful display of uninhibited love for the Lord.    He used to call his beloved crucified Lord “God’s Eternal Wisdom”, which indeed Christ is.   Although in his lifetime Blessed Henry suffered much and was not renowned for being a great theologian or preacher, the manuscripts surviving of his writings suggest he was the most widely read spiritual author in the later Middle Ages until the publication of the Imitatio Christi.   Henry wrote the spiritual classic The Little Book of Eternal Wisdom, or The Exemplar.    He had a very strong devotion to Christ’s passion and crucifixion and speaks of it in very human terms. This makes him and especially his Little Book of Eternal Wisdom, ideal reading and material for meditation during Lent.   In many images you will  see him writing the name of Jesus under his heart – it is believed that he really did ‘tattoo’ himself in this way.blessed-henry-suso

From his teens, Henry had imposed severe penances on himself.   However, his greatest sufferings were not of his own making.   In his innocence, he was constantly misunderstood and taken advantage of.   On one preaching tour, Henry was victim of the deceit of his lay companion, who lied about Henry’s poisoning a well in the town.   The story was believed and Henry was almost clubbed to death.   In another situation, which found him in the middle of disputes between feuding families, he was falsely accused by a woman from one of them as being the father of her child.

Henry was a contemporary of John Tauler OP and Master Eckhart, Dominican theological writers of the Rhineland Mystics of Germany in the fourteenth century.   Henry complemented their theology with his beautiful devotional poetry.

He died in Ulm, near Bavaria, in 1365.   His body was later found incorrupt and emitting a fragrance reminiscent of that of his Holy Father Dominic 150 years before.

Suso was esteemed as a preacher and was heard in the cities and towns of Swabia, Switzerland, Alsace and the Netherlands.   His apostolate, however, was not with the masses but rather with individuals of all classes who were drawn to him by his singularly attractive personality and to whom he became a personal director in the spiritual life.

The words of the Christmas Hymn “In dulci jubilo” are attributed to Suso.   In his biography (or perhaps autobiography), it was written:
Now this same angel came up to the Servant (Suso) brightly and said that God had sent him down to him, to bring him heavenly joys amid his sufferings, adding that he must cast off all his sorrows from his mind and bear them company and that he must also dance with them in heavenly fashion.   Then they drew the Servant by the hand into the dance and the youth began a joyous song about the infant Jesus ..:

In sweet rejoicing,
now sing and be glad!
Our hearts’ joy
lies in the manger;
And it shines like the sun
in the mother’s lap.
You are the alpha and omega!bl henry suso lg.jpg


Thought for the Day – 7 January – The Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

Thought for the Day – 7 January – The Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

As a lawyer, priest and preacher, St Raymond of Penyafort made a significant mark on the history of Spain and the church.   His preaching helped re-Christianise Spain after the Moors were overthrown.   And his compilation of papal and conciliar decrees was the main source of canon law for seven centuries.

An accomplished lawyer and scholar, Raymond joined the Dominicans at Barcelona in 1222.   The 47-year-old novice was assigned to develop a book of case studies for confessors that helped to shape the medieval church’s penitential system.   Also a gifted preacher, Raymond had remarkable success evangelising Moors and Jews.   And he travelled throughout Spain, rejuvenating the spiritual life of Christians, that the Moors had enslaved.   Among his main themes were spiritual combat and standing firm in trials.

He wrote:

“Your purity of life, your devotion, deserve and call for a reward, because you are acceptable and pleasing to God, your purity of life must be made purer still, by frequent buffetings, until you attain perfect sincerity of heart.   If from time to time you feel the sword falling on you with double or treble force, this also should be seen as sheer joy and the mark of love.”

And then, he encouraged and prayed for us all:

“May the God of love and peace,
set your hearts at rest
and speed you on your journey,
may He meanwhile,
shelter you from disturbance by others,
in the hidden recesses of His love,
until He brings you, at last,
into that place of complete plenitude,
where you will repose forever,
in the vision of peace,
in the security of trust
and in the restful enjoyment of His riches.”may the god of love and peace - st raymond of penafort - 7 jan 2019.jpg

St Raymond of Peñafort, Pray for Us!st raymond of penafort pray for us no 2. 7 jan 2019.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 7 January – The Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

Quote/s of the Day – 7 January – The Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

“Look then on Jesus,
the author and preserver of faith –
in complete sinlessness, He suffered
and at the hands of those who were His own
and was numbered among the wicked.
As you drink the cup of the Lord Jesus
(how glorious it is!),
give thanks to the Lord,
the Giver of all blessings.”look then on jesus the author - st raymond of penafort - 7 jan 2019.jpg

“The preacher of God’s truth,
has told us, that all who want to live righteously,
in Christ, will suffer persecution. . . . “the preacher of god's truths - st raymond - 7 jan 2019.jpg

“May you never be numbered among those,
whose house is peaceful, quiet and free from care;
those on whom the Lord’s chastisement does not descend;
those who live out their days in prosperity
and in the twinkling of an eye will go down to hell!”may you never be numbered - st raymond of penafort 7 jan 2019.jpg

“This is that enviable and blessed cross of Christ . . .
the cross in which alone we must make our boast,
as Paul, God’s chosen instrument, has told us.”this is that enviable - st raymond of penafort.jpg

St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275)

“Father of Canon Law”

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Memorials of the Saints -7 January

St Raymond of Peñafort OP (1175-1275) (“Father of Canon Law”) (Optional Memorial)

St Aldric of Le Mans
Bl Ambrose Fernandez
St Anastasius of Sens
St Brannock of Braunton
St Candida of Greece
St Canute Lavard
St Cedd
St Clerus of Antioch
St Crispin I of Pavia
St Cronan Beg
St Emilian of Saujon
St Felix of Heraclea
Bl Franciscus Bae Gwan-gyeom
St Januarius of Heraclea
St Julian of Cagliari
St Kentigerna
St Lucian of Antioch
Bl Marie-Thérèse Haze
St Pallada of Greece
St Polyeuctus of Melitene
St Reinhold of Cologne
St Spolicostus of Greece
St Theodore of Egypt
St Tillo of Solignac
St Valentine of Passau
St Virginia of Ste-Verge
Bl Wittikund of Westphalia