Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1726-1755)
“Let us begin in earnest
to work out our salvation,
for no-one will do it for us,
since even He Himself,
Who made us without ourselves,
will not save us without ourselves!”
“Let every knee bend before You,
O greatness of my God,
so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host.
May every heart love You,
every spirit adore You
and every will be subject to You!
St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)
“The Most Blessed Sacrament
is Christ made visible.
The poor sick person
is Christ again made visible.”
St Gerard Majella (1726-1755)
Sunday Reflection – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
“And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognised him… but he vanished from their sight.”…Luke 24:30-31
“Before Communion you hear about Jesus Christ and you know Him – you are told of His Cross, of His suffering; doubtless you are affected, are even touched with compassion.
But let these same truths be presented to you after Communion. Oh, how much more deeply your soul is moved! It cannot hear enough, it understands much more perfectly. Before Communion, you contemplate Jesus outside you, now you contemplate Him within you, with His own eyes!
It is the mystery of Emmaus re-enacted. When Jesus taught the two disciples along the way, explaining the Scriptures to them, their faith still wavered, though they felt inwardly some mysterious emotion. But participating in the Fraction of the bread, immediately their eyes were opened and their hearts were like to burst with joy.
The voice of Jesus had not sufficed to reveal His presence to them, they had to feel His Heart, had to be fed with the Bread of understanding!”
St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)
Apostle of the Eucharist
Quote/s of the Day – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Today Blesseds Pope Paul and Oscar Romero will be canonised – Alleluia!
“Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is,
God with us, day and night, He is in our midst.
He dwells with us full of grace and truth.
He restores morality, nourishes virtue,
consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak.”
Saint Pope Paul VI (1897-1978), Mysterium Fidei
“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”
Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917–1980)
Our Morning Offering – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Prayer of Thanksgiving for
the Holy Eucharist
By St Pope John Paul (1920-2005)
For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast! (1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
O Christ the Saviour,
we give You thanks
for Your redeeming sacrifice,
the only hope of men!
O Christ the Saviour,
we give You thanks
for the eucharistic breaking of bread,
which You instituted
in order to really meet Your brothers,
in the course of the centuries!
O Christ the Saviour,
put into the hearts of the baptised,
the desire to offer themselves with You
and to commit themselves,
for the salvation of their brothers!
You, who are really present
in the Blessed Sacrament,
spread Your blessings
abundantly on Your people
Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)
“I have looked into Your eyes with my eyes.
I have put my heart near Your Heart.”
“To keep me from sin and straying from Him,
God has used,
devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament.
My life vows destined
to be spent in the light
irradiating from the tabernacle
and it is to the Heart of Jesus,
that I dare go.
for the solution of all my problems.”
“Never hesitate, to hold out your hand,
never hesitate to accept,
the outstretched hand of another.”
“Do not walk through time
without leaving worthy evidence
of your passage.”
“Holy Mother Church is a home for one and all.
She desires to belong to everyone
and in particular she is the Church of the poor,
like the village fountain”.
“Before everything else,
fidelity to the Church –
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.
Jesus did not found several churches
but one single Church.”
St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)
Sunday Reflection – 7 October – Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
The Beating Heart of the Church –
the Eucharistic Heart of Christ.
This is what Pope Benedict XVI said on 10 June 2007:
“Today’s solemnity of Corpus Christi, which was celebrated last Thursday in the Vatican and in other countries, invites us to contemplate the supreme Mystery of our faith – the Most Holy Eucharist, the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the altar. Every time that the priest renews the Eucharistic Sacrifice, in the prayer of consecration he repeats: ‘This is my Body…this is my Blood.’ He lends his voice, his hands and his heart to Christ, who wanted to remain with us in order to be the beating Heart of the Church.
But even after the Celebration of the Divine Mysteries the Lord Jesus remains present in the tabernacle. For this reason, praise is rendered to Him especially through Eucharistic Adoration, as I sought to remind everyone in the recent Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis (see nos. 66-69) following the Synod on this topic. In fact, there is an intrinsic connection between celebration and adoration. The Holy Mass is in itself already the greatest act of adoration on the part of the Church. ‘No one eats this flesh,’ St Augustine wrote, ‘unless he has first adored it’ (Com. on Psalms 98,9; CCL XXXIX, 1385). Adoration, apart from the Holy Mas, prolongs and intensifies what has taken place in the liturgical celebration and makes it possible, to receive Christ in a real and profound way.”
Quote/s of the Day – 4 October – The Memorial of St Francis of Assisi (1181/2–1226)
“The one you are looking for,
is the One who is looking.”
“Let the whole world of mankind tremble,
the whole world shake
and the heavens exult when Christ,
the Son of the living God,
is on the altar in the hands of a priest.
O admirable heights and sublime lowliness!
O sublime humility! O humble sublimity!
That the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God,
so humbles Himself that for our salvation,
He hides Himself under the little form of bread!
Look, brothers, at the humility of God
and pour out your hearts before Him!
Humble yourselves, as well,
that you may be exalted by Him.
Therefore, hold back nothing
of yourselves, for yourselves,
so that He,
Who gives Himself totally to you,
may receive you totally.”
“Jesus is happy to come with us,
as Truth is happy to be spoken,
as Life to be lived,
as Light to be lit,
as Love is to be loved,
as Joy to be given,
as Peace to be spread.”
“The deeds you do may be the only sermon
some persons will hear today.”
St Francis of Assisi (1181/2–1226)