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Sunday Reflection – 2 December – “The Eucharistic Face of Christ”

Sunday Reflection – 2 December – First Sunday of Advent

The Eucharistic Face of Christ

In the Cenacle, together with Our Blessed Lady and the Apostles, one contemplates the Eucharistic Face of Christ.   The commandment of the Lord on the night before He suffered, “Do this in commemoration of me” (Lk 22:19), was certainly obeyed by the Apostles during the days that separated the Ascension of the Lord from Pentecost. The Mother of the Eucharist was there.   The very Face that disappeared into the heavens over the Mount of Olives on the day of the Ascension re-appears in every Holy Mass, hidden and yet shining, through the sacramental veils.

The Priestly Prayer of Christ to the Father, first uttered in the Cenacle on the night before He suffered, is wondrously actualised in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.   It is Christ, the Eternal High Priest, who stands at the altar with His Face turned toward the Father and His pierced Heart open for all eternity, that out of it we may receive the life-giving torrent that is the Gift of the Holy Spirit.   In some way, the final chapters of Saint John’s Gospel are a sustained contemplation of the Face of Jesus turned toward us and lifted to the Father.
Contemplate the Face of Jesus, portrayed in the Fourth Gospel, the Holy Spirit will surely draw you into His filial and priestly prayer to the Father. One who receives the Body and Blood of Christ, receives the very prayer of Christ into his soul.   The grace of every Holy Communion is that of Christ praying to His Father in us and for us.

Through the adorable mystery of the Eucharist, the Face we so long to contemplate, is set before our eyes and burned into our souls.   “It is given to us, all alike, to catch the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, with faces unveiled;  and so we become transfigured into the same likeness, borrowing glory from that glory, as the Spirit of the Lord enables us” (2 Cor 3:18). – (Fr) Dom Mark (vultusstblogs)through the adorable mystery of the eucharist - dom mark vultus christi - sun reflection 2 dec 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 2 December – The First Sunday of Advent – My Supreme and only Lord and Love

Our Morning Offering – 2 December – The First Sunday of Advent

My Supreme and only Lord and Love
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

The more, O my dear Lord,
I meditate on Your words, works,
actions and sufferings in the Gospel,
the more wonderfully glorious
and beautiful I see You to be.
And, therefore, O my dear Lord,
since I perceive You to be so beautiful,
I love You
and desire to love You more and more.
Since You are the Goodness,
Beautifulness,
Gloriousness,
in the whole world of being
and there is nothing like You
but You are infinitely more glorious
and more good than even
the most beautiful of creatures,
therefore, I love You with a singular love,
a one, only, sovereign love ….
And, I would lose everything,
whatever, rather than lose You.
For You, O my Lord,
ae my supreme
and only Lord and Love.
AmenMy supreme and only Lord and Love - bl john henry newman - 2 dec 2018

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Quote of the Day – 28 November – The Memorial of St Catherine Labouré DC (1806-1876)

Quote of the Day – 28 November – The Memorial of St Catherine Labouré DC (1806-1876)

“When I go to the Chapel,
I place myself before the good God and I say to Him:
‘Lord, here I am, give me what You will.’
If He gives me something, I am very pleased and I thank Him.
If He gives me nothing, I still thank Him
because I do not deserve anything.
And then again, I tell Him all that passes through my mind,
I recount my pains and my joys and … I listen.
If you listen to Him, He will speak to you also
because with the good God,
it is necessary to speak and to listen.
He will always speak to you,
if you go to Him simply and sincerely.”

St Catherine Labouréwhen I go to chapel - st catherine laboure - 28 nov 2018.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 November – The Memorial of St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

Quote/s of the Day – 27 November – The Memorial of St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

“What graces, gifts and virtues
the Holy Mass calls down!”what graces gifts and virtues the holy mass calls down no 2 -stleonardofportmaurice-27nov2018

“”I believe that were it not for the Holy Mass,
as this moment, the world would be in the abyss,
unable to bear up under the mighty load of its iniquities.
Mass is the potent prop that hold the world on its base.”mass is the potent prop-stleonardofportmaurice-27nov2018

“If the Lord, at the moment of my death,
reproves me for being too kind to sinners,
I will answer, ‘My dear Jesus, if it is a fault
to be too kind to sinners, it is a fault
I learned from You, for You never scolded anyone
who came to You seeking mercy.'”if the Lord at the moment of my death - stleonardofportmaurice-27nov2918

“If you practice the holy exercise
of Spiritual Communion,
a good many times each day,
within a month,
you will see yourself completely changed.”

St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

Act of Spiritual Communion
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

My Jesus,
I believe that You art present
in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things
and I desire You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least, spiritually, into my heart.
As though You were already there,
I embrace You
and unite myself wholly to You,
permit not, that I should ever,
be separated from You.
Amenif you practice the holy exercise-stleonardportmaurice-actofspiritualcomm-stalphonsus-27nov2018

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Sunday Reflection – 25 November – The Solemnity of Christ the King

Sunday Reflection – 25 November – The Solemnity of Christ the King

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

On the Blessed Sacrament, Book 4, Chapter 1:9-13

Many people travel far to honour the relics of the saints, marvelling at their wonderful deeds and at the building of magnificent shrines.   They gaze upon and kiss the sacred relics encased in silk and gold and behold, You are here present before me on the altar, my God, Saint of saints, Creator of men, and Lord of angels!
Often in looking at such things, men are moved by curiosity, by the novelty of the unseen and they bear away little fruit for the amendment of their lives, especially when they go from place to place lightly and without true contrition.   But here, in the Sacrament of the  altar, You are wholly present, my God, the man Christ Jesus, whence is obtained the full realisation of eternal salvation, as often as You are worthily and devoutly received.  To this, indeed, we are not drawn by levity, or curiosity, or sensuality but by firm faith,  devout hope, and sincere love.
O God, hidden Creator of the world, how wonderfully You deal with us!   How sweetly and graciously You dispose of things with Your elect to whom You offer Yourself to be received in this Sacrament!   This, indeed, surpasses all understanding.   This in a special manner attracts the hearts of the devout and inflames their love.   Your truly faithful servants, who give their whole life to amendment, often receive in Holy Communion the great grace of devotion and love of virtue.
Oh, the wonderful and hidden grace of this Sacrament which only the faithful of Christ
understand, which unbelievers and slaves of sin cannot experience!   In it spiritual grace is conferred, lost virtue restored and the beauty, marred by sin, repaired.   At times, indeed, its grace is so great that, from the fullness of the devotion, not only the mind but also the frail body feels filled with greater strength.
Nevertheless, our neglect and coldness is much to be deplored and pitied, when we are not moved to receive with greater fervour Christ in Whom is the hope and merit of all who will be saved.   He is our sanctification and redemption.   He is our consolation in this life and the eternal joy of the blessed in heaven.   This being true, it is lamentable that many pay so little heed to the salutary Mystery which fills the heavens with joy and maintains the whole universe in being.
Oh, the blindness and the hardness of the heart of man that does not show more regard for so wonderful a gift but rather falls into carelessness from its daily use!   If this most holy Sacrament were celebrated in only one place and consecrated by only one priest in the whole world, with what great desire, do you think, would men be attracted to that place, to that priest of God, in order to witness the celebration of the divine Mysteries! But now there are many priests and Mass is offered in many places, that God’s grace and love for men may appear the more clearly as the Sacred Communion is spread more widely through the world.

Thanks be to You, Jesus, everlasting Good Shepherd, Who have seen fit to feed us poor
exiled people with Your precious Body and Blood and to invite us with words from Your
own lips to partake of these sacred Mysteries:   

“Come to Me, all you who labour and are burdened and I will refresh you.”come to me, all you who labour - jesus in the blessed sacrament, holy mass - sun reflection 24 nov 2018 thomas a kempis bk 4 ch1

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Sunday Reflection – 18 November – Reparation for outrages against the Most Blessed Sacrament – St Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday Reflection – 18 November

Reparation for outrages against the Most Blessed Sacrament

 St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

Meditate the following text written by Saint Alphonsus Maria and translated by Norman J. Muckermann, CSsR.    It is astonishingly relevant to the need for reparation, when one considers the current proliferation of so many outrages against the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The Sorrowful Heart of Jesus
It is impossible for us to appreciate how greatly afflicted the Heart of Jesus was for love of us and at the same time not be filled with pity for Him. . . . The principal sorrow affecting the Heart of Jesus was not so much knowing the torments and insults His enemies were preparing for Him.   Rather, it was seeing how ready we would be to reject His immense love.

Desecrations of the Sacred Host
Jesus distinctly saw all the sins which we would commit even after His sufferings, even after His bitter and ignominious death on the cross.   He foresaw, too, the insults which sinners would offer His Sacred Heart which He would leave on earth in the Most Holy Sacrament as proof of His love.   These insults are almost too horrible to mention:  people trampling the sacred hosts underfoot, throwing them into gutters or piles of refuse and even using them to worship the devil himself!

The Pledge of His Love
Even the knowledge that these and other defamations would happen did not prevent Jesus from giving us this great pledge of His love, the Holy Eucharist.   Jesus has an infinite hatred for sin, yet it seems that His great love for us even overcomes this bitterness.   Because of His love, He allows these sacrileges to happen in order not to deprive us of this Divine Food.   Should not this alone suffice to make us love a Heart that has loved us so much?

Jesus Forsaken on the Altar
What more could Jesus do to deserve our love?   Is our ingratitude so great that we will still leave Jesus forsaken on the altar, as so many are wont to do?   Rather, should we not unite ourselves to those few who gather to praise Him and acknowledge His divine presence?   Should we not melt with love, as do the candles which adorn the altars where the Holy Sacrament is preserved?   There the Sacred Heart remains burning with love for us.   Shall we not in turn burn with love for Jesus?”should we not melt with love - st alphonsus -18 nov 2018 sunday reflection

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Quote/s of the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

“My dear friends, do not be taken aback
at the testing by fire, which is taking place among you,
as though something strange, were happening to you
but insofar as you share in the sufferings of Christ,
be glad, so that you may enjoy
a much greater gladness, when his glory is revealed”

1 Peter 4:12-131-peter-4-12-13 - my dear friends, do not be overcome at the testing by fire - st peter 16 nov 2018

“Bodily and spiritual affliction
are the surest sign of Divine predilection.
Gratitude for suffering is a precious jewel
for our heavenly crown…
Man should always firmly believe that God
sends just that trial which is most beneficial for him.”bodily-and-spiritual-affliction-st-gertrude-16-nov-2017

“Every time, we look
at the Blessed Sacrament,
our place in heaven,
is raised forever.”every time we look - st gertrude the great - 16 nov 2018

“I understand that,
each time we contemplate,
with desire and devotion,
the Host in which is hidden
Christ’s Eucharistic Body,
we increase our merits in heaven
and secure special joys to be ours,
later in the beatific vision of God.”i understand that - st gertrude 18 nov 2018.jpg

“Angels constantly guard,
the clients of the Blessed Virgin,
from the assaults of Hell.”

St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)angels constantly guard the clients of the blessed virgin - st gertrude - 16 nov 2918