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Quote/s of the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Quote/s of the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

“On hearing Christ’s voice, we open the door to receive Him,
as it were, when we freely assent to His promptings
and when we give ourselves over to doing what must be done.
Christ, since He dwells in the hearts of His chosen ones
through the grace of His love, enters so that He might eat with us
and we with Him. He ever refreshes us by the light of His presence
insofar as we progress in our devotion to and longing for the things of heaven.
He Himself is delighted by such a pleasing banquet.”

St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Doctor of the Churchon hearing christ's voice - st bede the venerable - 21 sept 2017

“That gaze overtook him completely, it changed his life.
We say he was converted. He Changed his life.
As soon as he felt that gaze in his heart, he got up and followed Him.
This is true: Jesus’ gaze always lifts us up.
It is a look that always lifts us up and never leaves you in your place,
never lets us down, never humiliates. It invites you to get up –
a look that brings you to grow, to move forward, that encourages you,
because the One who looks upon you loves you.
The gaze makes you feel that He loves you.
This gives the courage to follow Him: ‘and he got up and followed Him.'”

Pope Francis 21 September 2013that gaze overtook him completely-pope francis

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One Minute Reflection – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

One Minute Reflection – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

“Jesus saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: Follow me.“…
Matthew 9:9

REFLECTION – “Jesus saw Matthew, not merely in the usual sense, but more significantly with His merciful understanding of men.”
He saw the tax collector and, because He saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him, He said to him: “Follow me.”
This following meant imitating the pattern of His life – not just walking after Him.
Saint John tells us: “Whoever says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
“And he rose and followed him.”
There is no reason for surprise that the tax collector abandoned earthly wealth as soon as the Lord commanded him.
Nor should one be amazed that neglecting his wealth, he joined a band of men whose leader had, on Matthew’s assessment, no riches at all. Our Lord summoned Matthew by speaking to him in words.
By an invisible, interior impulse flooding his mind with the light of grace, He instructed him to walk in his footsteps.
In this way Matthew could understand that Christ, who was summoning him away from earthly possessions, had incorruptible treasures of heaven in His gift.” – from a homily by St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Doctor of the Churchour lord summoned matthew by speaking - st bede - 21 sept 2017

PRAYER – Lord, You showed Your great mercy to Matthew the tax-gatherer,by calling him to become Your Apostle,supported by his prayer and example, may we always answer Your call and live in close union with You.
We make our prayer, in union with God our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.   St Matthew, Apostle of Christ, pray for us, amen.st matthew - pray for us - 21 sept 2017

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Our Morning Offerings – 16 September

Our Morning Offerings – 16 September

MARY, LET ME LOVE YOUR JESUS

By St ILDEPHONSUS OF SPAIN – 677

Virgin Mary, hear my prayer:
through the Holy Spirit
you became the Mother of Jesus;
from the Holy Spirit may I too have Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit your flesh conceived Jesus;
through the same Spirit may my soul receive Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit you were able to know Jesus,
to possess Jesus,
and to bring Him into the world.
Through the Holy Spirit may I too come to know your Jesus.
Imbued with the Spirit,
Mary, you could say:
“I am the handmaid of the Lord,
be it done unto me according to your word”;
in the Holy Spirit,
lowly as I am,
let me proclaim the great truths about Jesus.
In the Spirit you now adore Jesus as Lord
and look on Him as Son;
in the same spirit,
Mary, let me love your Jesus. Amen

MARY LET ME LOVE YOUR JESUS - ST ILDEPHONSUS

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St John Chrysostom and St Paul – 13 September the Memorial of St John Chrysostum (347-407) of the “Golden Mouth”

St John Chrysostom and St Paul – 13 September the Memorial of St John Chrysostum (347-407) of the “Golden Mouth”

St John Chrysostom and St Paul
John Chrysostom here gives eloquent praise to the passionate love of Christ that drove St. Paul to face persecution and hardship with joy and leave behind the honours and benefits of the world.   It is read each year on January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, persecutor turned apostle.st PAUL!!!

Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is and in what our nobility consists and of what virtue this particular animal is capable.   Each day he aimed ever higher;  each day he rose up with greater ardour and faced with new eagerness the dangers that threatened him.  He summed up his attitude in the words:  “I forget what is behind me and push on to what lies ahead.”   When he saw death imminent, he bade others share his joy:  “Rejoice and be glad with me!”  And when danger, injustice and abuse threatened, he said:  “I am content with weakness, mistreatment and persecution.”   These he called the weapons of righteousness, thus telling us that he derived immense profit from them.

Thus, amid the traps set for him by his enemies, with exultant heart he turned their every attack into a victory for himself;  constantly beaten, abused and cursed, he boasted of it as though he were celebrating a triumphal procession and taking trophies home, and offered thanks to God for it all:  “Thanks be to God who is always victorious in us!”   This is why he was far more eager for the shameful abuse that his zeal in preaching brought upon him than we are for the most pleasing honours, more eager for death than we are for life, for poverty than we are for wealth;   he yearned for toil far more than others yearn for rest after toil.   The one thing he feared, indeed dreaded, was to offend God;   nothing else could sway him.   Therefore, the only thing he really wanted was always to please God.

The most important thing of all to him, however, was that he knew himself to be loved by Christ.   Enjoying this love, he considered himself happier than anyone else;   were he without it, it would be no satisfaction to be the friend of principalities and powers.   He preferred to be thus loved and be the least of all, or even to be among the damned, than to be without that love and be among the great and honoured.

To be separated from that love was, in his eyes, the greatest and most extraordinary of torments  the pain of that loss would alone have been hell and endless, unbearable torture.   So too, in being loved by Christ he thought of himself as possessing life, the world, the angels, present and future, the kingdom, the promise and countless blessings. Apart from that love nothing saddened or delighted him;  for nothing earthly did he regard as bitter or sweet.

Paul set no store by the things that fill our visible world, any more than a man sets value on the withered grass of the field.   As for tyrannical rulers or the people enraged against him, he paid them no more heed than gnats.   Death itself and pain and whatever torments might come were but child’s play to him, provided that thereby he might bear some burden for the sake of Christ.

This excerpt from a homily preached by St. John Chrysostom around c 400 in praise of St. Paul (Hom. 2 de laudibus sancti Pauli: PG 50, 477-480) is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25 with the biblical reading taken from Galatians 1, the story of Paul’s Conversion on the road to Damascus.st john chrysostom pray for us.3ST PAUL PRAY FOR US

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Thought for the Day – 13 September – 13 September – St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”

Thought for the Day – 13 September – 13 September – St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”

What I find interesting is that some people in the Church think Pope Francis is a liberal who is over concerned with social justice issues.   Some of these same people would then hold Chrysostom in high regard, especially being a Doctor of the Church.   Both of these sons of the Church share much in common.

Chrysostom had just as much concern about the relationship of the bishops and priests to the laity as Pope Francis does.   Each showing concern over the laity being treated with respect and dignity, Chrysostom asked,  “How should the church be governed?   Should the patriarchs act like emperors, issuing decrees…Should bishops see themselves as local governors, demanding unquestioning submission of the people?”   Pope Francis has told priests they must be “shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.”   Chrysostom reminded those in authority that they are not rulers but preachers and pastors.  He also stressed that “each individual is answerable not to a priest, bishop, or patriarch but to God.”

Pope Francis has caused quite a stir regarding some of his statements about finances; frankly Chrysostom would not disagree with him.  Actually, I have found Chrysostom to be even more frank then Pope Francis.   He does not mince words when saying, “Lift up and stretch out your hands, not to heaven, but to the poor…if you lift up your hands in prayer without sharing with the poor, it is worth nothing.”   And Pope Francis twice quoted Chrysostom in Evangelii Gaudium, he said, “Ethics — a non-ideological ethics — would make it possible to bring about balance and a more humane social order. With this in mind, I encourage financial experts and political leaders to ponder the words of one of the sages of antiquity: ‘Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood.  It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs.’”   The second quote expressed that we need look at money in a different way, basically through the eyes of Christ.

Both men have a great concern for the poor.   Chrysostom even said if we wish to honour Christ’s body we must first clothe and feed him in our brother. Then, with what we have left, adorn the altar with gold chalices.   He believed “feeding the hungry is a greater work than raising the dead.”   Pope Francis has urged us to not waste food, that throwing it away is like stealing from the poor.   He has also warned us to not, “become starched Christians, those over-educated Christians who speak of theological matters as they calmly sip their tea. No!”   Like Chrysostom, Pope Francis wants us to go out and “care for the flesh of Christ” to seek Him out in the poor.

With great pastoral care they each speak about everyday sins we all need to combat. They do not hesitate to speak out against the pharisaical behavior of keeping rules and laws while not loving our neighbour.   Chrysostom asks us, “For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl and yet bite and devour our brothers and sisters?” Pope Francis tells us we are murdering Christians when we speak badly of them with others.   Reminding us, “There is no such thing as innocent slander.”

I am sure most of us occasionally have moments of “elder brother syndrome.” (Luke 11:32)   We can benefit from a reminder from both men that the Church is a hospital where anyone seeking God can come to be healed.   Chrysostom said the Church is “not a courtroom, for souls. She does not condemn on behalf of sins but grants remission of sins.”

Pope Francis sees the Church as a field hospital after battle.   Saying it is “useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”   Of course, we are all wounded sinners needing the medicine of the sacraments.   Chrysostom reminds us to not be ashamed when we repent but to have a change of heart and seek God’s love and mercy.   Mercy is a favourite topic of Pope Francis, “there is no limit to the divine mercy, which is offered to everyone…The Lord is always ready to roll away the tombstone of our sins, which separate us from Him, the light of the living.”

These are a few examples showing the similarities between both men.   I believe this shows how Chrysostom’s words are relevant for us today and that there’s nothing novel about Pope Francis’s approach.   Both men challenge us, make us uncomfortable and do not seek to please men with their words but lead them to truth.   The fact that they have so many similar things to say is ultimately a testament of the timelessness of the gospel message itself.   And proof that God is with us and working through his shepherds.”

St John Chrysostom, Pray for the Church, Pray for Pope Francis, Pray for us all!st john chrysostom pray for us.2

(JESSICA ARCHULETA)

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Quote/s of the Day- 13 September – The Memorial of St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”

Quote/s of the Day – 13 September –  St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”

“When you are before the altar where Christ reposes,
you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men;
but believe that there are troops of angels
and archangels standing by you and trembling with respect
before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth.
Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence,
fear and veneration.”when you are before the altar - st john chrysostom

“It is not man that causes the things offered to become
the Body and Blood of Christ but He who was crucified for us,
Christ Himself. The priest, in the role of Christ,
pronounces these words, but their Power and Grace are God’s.
This is my body, He says. This word transforms the things offered.”it is not man that causes - st john chrysostom

“Let us, then, come back from that table like lions breathing out fire,
thus becoming terrifying to the Devil and remaining mindful of our Head
and of the love He has shown for us. . .
This Blood, when worthily received, drives away demons and puts them
at a distance from us, and even summons to us angels and the Lord of angels. . .
This Blood, poured out in abundance, has washed the whole world clean. . .
This is the price of the world;  by it Christ purchased the Church. . .
This thought will check in us unruly passions.
How long, in truth, shall we be attached to present things?
How long shall we remain asleep?
How long shall we not take thought for our own salvation?
Let us remember what privileges God has bestowed on us,
let us give thanks,
let us glorify Him,
not only by faith but also by our very works.”let us then come from that table - st john chrysostom

“Let the mouth also fast from disgraceful speeches and railings.
For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl
and yet bite and devour our brothers and sisters?
The evil speaker eats the flesh of his brother
and bites the body of his neighbour!”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”let the mouth also fast from disgraceful-st john chrysostom

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One Minute Reflection – 13 September – St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”

One Minute Reflection – 13 September – St John Chrysostom (347-407) Doctor – “John of the Golden Mouth”

It is (Christ) who is head of the body, the Church….Colossians 1:18

REFLECTION – “Never separate yourself from the Church.
No institution has the power of the Church.
The Church is your hope.
The Church is your salvation.
The Church is your refuge.”..St John Chrysostomnever separate yourself from the church - st john chrysostom

PRAYER – Lord God, strength of those who hope in You, by Your will, St John Chrysostom became renowned in the Church for his astounding eloquence and his forbearance in persecution. Grant that we may be enriched by his teaching and encouraged by the example of his unconquerable fortitude. St John of the Golden Mouth, pray for us, amen.st john chrysostom pray for us