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Quote of the Day – 18 June

Quote of the Day – 18 June – Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 5:38-42

“You don’t love in your enemies
what they are
but what you would have them become,
by your prayers!”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctoryou don't love in your enemies what they are but what you would have them become by your prayers - st augustine - 18 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 14 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 5:20-26.

One Minute Reflection – 14 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 5:20-26.

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother and then come and offer your gift...Matthew 5:23-24

REFLECTION – “The Church does not exist for us to remain divided when we come to it but rather so that our divisions might be nullified.   That is what the assembly means. Thus if we have come for the Eucharist, let us not do anything in contradiction to the Eucharist, let us not hurt our brother.   You have come to give thanks for the kindnesses you have received, therefore, do not separate yourself from your neighbour.
Christ offered his body to everyone without distinction when he said:  “Take and eat, all of you.”   Why do you not admit everyone to your own table? … You are remembering Christ and you disdain someone who is poor? … You are taking part in this divine meal; you should be the most compassionate of all people.   You have drunk the Lord’s blood and you do not acknowledge your brother?   But even if you have ignored him until now, at this table you must acknowledge him.   We must all be in the Church as in one common house, we form only one body.   We have only one baptism, one single table, one single source, as well as one single Father.”…St John Chrysostom (345-407), Father & Doctor of the Church (Homilies on the 1st Letter to the Corinthians, no 27 -cf Eph 4:5; 1 Cor 10:17 )therefore if you bring your gift to the altar mt 5 23-24-we must all be in the church - st john chrysostom - 14 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, true light and creator of light, grant that faithfully following the instructions of Your Son and pondering all that is holy, we may ever live in the splendour of Your presence.   By the gifts of the Holy Spirit, may we always be light to our neighbour.   Mary, Mother of Love and our loving mother, by your prayers, may we grow in charity and love.  We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord amen.loving mother pray for us - 14 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Quote/s of the Day – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Speaking of: “Seeking Sainthood”

“Pray as though everything depended on God.
Work as though everything depended on you.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchpray as though - st augustine - speaking of seeking sainthood - 11 june 2018

“Teach us to give
and not to count the cost.”teach us to give and not to count - st ignatius loyola - 11 june 2018 - speaking of seeking sainthood

“It is not hard to obey
when we love the one,
whom we obey.”

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)it is not hard - st ignatius - 11 june 2018 - seeking sainthood

“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.”

St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)let us begin in earnest - st margaret mary alacoque - 11 june2018 - seeking sainthood

“You cannot be half a saint;
you must be a whole saint
or no saint at all.”

St Therese of the Child Jesus/Lisieux (1873-1897) Doctor of the Churchyou cannot be half a saint - st therese lisieux - 11 june 2018 - seeking sainthood

“I know well that the greater
and more beautiful the work is,
the more terrible will be the storms,
that rage against it.”

St Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)i know ell - st faustina - 11 june 2018 - seeking sainthood

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One Minute Reflection – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

One Minute Reflection – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle – Today’s First Reading  Acts of the Apostles 11:21b-26.13:1-3.

News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.   When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad and he exhorted them all, to remain faithful to the Lord, with steadfast purpose;  for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.   And a large company was added to the Lord...Acts 11:22-24

REFLECTION – “While we cannot see God, there is something we can do, to open a way, for the eye of our understanding to come to Him.   It is certain that we can see now in His servants, one whom we can in no way see in Himself.   When we see them doing astonishing things, we can be sure that God dwells in their hearts…   None of us can look directly at the rising sun by gazing at its orb.   Our eyes are repelled as they strain to see its rays.   But we look at mountains bathed in sunlight and see that it has risen.   Because we cannot see the Sun of righteousness (Mal 3,20) Himself, let us see the mountains bathed in His brightness, I mean the holy apostles.   They shine with virtues and gleam with miracles…  The power of His divinity, is in itself, like the sun in the sky;  in human beings it is like the sun shining on earth…”…St Pope Gregory the Great (c 540-604), Father & Doctor of the Church (Homilies on the Gospel, no 30)when he came and saw - acts 11 22-24 - when we see them doing - st pope gregory the great - 11 june 2018 st barnabas

PRAYER – O God, who decreed that Saint Barnabas, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit, should be set apart to convert the nations, grant that the Gospel of Christ, which he strenuously preached, may be faithfully proclaimed by word and by deed.   We pray you Lord, that by the intercession of St Barnabas, we too may grow in faith and love and live to glorify Your kingdom.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.st barnabas - pray for us - 11 june 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Our Morning Offering – 11 June – Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Steer the Ship of my Life, Lord
By St Basil the Great (329-379)

Steer the ship of my life, Lord,
to Your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from
the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can see the right direction
in which I should go.
And give me the strength
and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough
and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring
hardship and danger in Your name
we shall find comfort and peace.
Amensteer the ship of my life lord - st basil - 11 june 2018 - no 2. jpg

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Quote of the Day – 10 June -Tenth Sunday of the Year B

Quote of the Day – 10 June -Tenth Sunday of the Year B

“If we approach with faith, we too will see Jesus…
for the Eucharistic table takes the place of the crib.
Here, the Body of the Lord is present,
wrapped not in swaddling clothes, 
but in the rays of the Holy Spirit.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407)

Father & Doctor of the Churchif we approach with faith - st john chrysostom - 10 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 9 June – The Memorial of St Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 9 June – The Memorial of St Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Church

Show(ing) yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect, with integrity in your teaching, dignity and sound speech that cannot be criticised, so that the opponent will be put to shame, without anything bad to say about us…Titus 2:7-8

REFLECTION – “Anyone who wants to be an example to others, must first examine himself.”…St Ephremanyone who wants - st ephrem - 2 titus 7-8

PRAYER – O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power and idle talk.    But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.  Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother; for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen….Prayer of St Ephrem of whom we ask, please pray for us!st ephrem pray for us 2

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Thought for the Day — 8 June – The Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and The World Day for the Sanctification of Priests

Thought for the Day — 8 June – The Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and The World Day for the Sanctification of Priests

The World Day for the Sanctification of Priests 2002 takes its inspiration from the theme of John Paul II’s Letters to Priests for Holy Thursday 2000, 2001, and 2002.   Below is an excerpt from the Congregation of the Clergy to all our Priests all over the world.

From St John Chrysostom (347-407)  Father & Doctor

“These are really the ones who are in charge of spiritual travail and responsible for the birth which comes through baptism.   Through them we put on Christ and are buried in union with the Son of God and become members, obedient to our blessed Head (cf. Rom 6,1; Gal 3,27).   For that reason they should not only be more justly feared than rulers and kings but also, be more honoured, than our parents.   For our parents generated us of blood and the will of the flesh (cf. Jn 1,13) but the priests are the authors of our birth from God, even that blessed regeneration which is true freedom and adopted sonship according to grace” (cf. St John Chrysostom, De sacerdotio, III, 6, PG 48, 643-644).

From St Anthony of Padua  (1195-1231) Evangelical Doctor

“Our altar of gold is the Heart of Christ.   We must enter into the Holy of Holies, which is this same Heart of Jesus and gather up the riches of His love” (St Anthony of Padua).

From St John of Avila (1500-1569) Doctor of the Church

“If the Jewish High priest carried the names of the twelve tribes of Israel written on his shoulders and on his breast, how much more Christ, our High Priest, carries our names written on His Heart” (St John of Avila).

From the holy Curé of Ars (1786-1859) Patron of Priests

“The Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus” (CCC, n. 1589—St John Vianney, quoted in B. Nodet, Jean-Marie Vianney, Curé d’Ars, 100).

“The priest is not a priest for himself.   He does not give absolution to himself.   He does not administer the sacraments to himself.   He does not exist for himself, he exists for you” (Curé of Ars: Monnin II 453).

From St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

“Today everything which concerns the Sacred Heart of Jesus has become familiar and doubly dear to me.   My life seems destined to be spent in the light shining from the tabernacle and it is to the Heart of Jesus that I must look for a solution to all my troubles. I feel I would be ready to shed my blood for the cause of the Sacred Heart.   My fondest wish is to be able to do something for that precious object of my love.

“At times the thought of my arrogance, of my unbelievable self-love and of my great unworthiness alarms and dismays me and robs me of my courage but I soon find reason for comfort, in the words spoken by Jesus to Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque:  ‘I have chosen you to reveal the marvels of my heart, because you are such an abyss of ignorance and insufficiency’.

“Ah! I wish to serve the Sacred Heart of Jesus, today and always.   I want my devotion to His Heart to be the measure of all my spiritual progress.   I desire to do everything in intimate union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

“My greatest joy will be to seek and find comfort only in that Heart which is the source of all consolation.   I am determined to give myself no peace until I can truly say, I am absorbed into the Heart of Jesus”   (Bl. John XXIII, Journal of a Soul, [“During the retreat in preparation for the ordination to the diaconate, 9-18 December 1903”], pp. 208-209, New English Library: London, 1966).

Prayer for Priests

O Jesus, eternal High Priest, who, in an incomparable love for men,
allowed Catholic priesthood to issue from Your Sacred Heart,
deign to continue to pour out on Your priest,
the life-giving streams of Infinite Love.
Live in them, transform them into Yourself;
Render them by Your grace instruments of Your Mercy;
Act in them and through them
and grant that they may perform in Your Name
and by the strength of Your Spirit,
the works which You Yourself
accomplished for the salvation of this world.
Divine Redeemer of souls,
see how great is the multitude of those,
who still sleep in the darkness of error;
count the number of those unfaithful sheep,
who are walking on the edge of an abyss;
consider the crowds of the poor, the hungry,
the ignorant and the weak,
who are groaning in their state of abandonment.
Return to us again, dear Sacred Heart of Jesus,
live again in very truth in them;
act through them and pass again through this world
teaching, pardoning, consoling, offering sacrifice,
renewing the Bonds of Love
between the Heart of God and the hearts of men.
We pray through the intercession
of Mary, Mother of all hearts.
Amenprayer for priests - 8 june 2018 - sacred heart.jpg

 

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One Minute Reflection – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 12:28-34.

Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel!   The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.” …Mark 12:29-31

REFLECTION – “We cannot truly love God without loving our neighbour, nor can we truly love our neighbour, without loving God.   This is why… the Holy Spirit was given a second time to the disciples.   First it was given by the Lord, while He was still dwelling on earth and later, while He was watching over us in heaven (Jn 20:22; Acts 2).   He was given to us on earth, that we may love our neighbours, from heaven that we may love God.   Why first on earth and later from heaven, except for the reason, given us openly by John:  “How can anyone who does not love his brother whom he sees, love God whom he does not see?”   So let us love our neighbours, my friends, let us love the one who is near us, so that we may be able to attain the love of the one, who is above us.”…St Gregory the Great (c 540-604), Pope, Doctor of the Church (Homilies on the Gospel, no 30)so let us love our neighbours and you must love the lord your god - st pope gregory and mark 12 30-31 - 7 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord Almighty God, You sanctify Your Church, by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Fulfil in us the words of Your Son that our love for You and Your children may be come to perfection.   Grant that by the prayers of St Anthony Mary Gianelli, who served You through his neighbour, with love and zeal, we too may attain our heavenly home. Through Christ our Lord, in union with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.st anthony mary gianelli - pray for us - 7 june 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 7 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Give me Yourself, O my God,
St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of Grace

Give me Yourself, O my God,
give Yourself to me.
Behold I love You,
and if my love is too weak a thing,
grant me to love You more strongly.
I cannot measure my love to know how much
it falls short, of being sufficient
but let my soul hasten to Your embrace
and never be turned away, until it is hidden,
in the secret shelter, of Your presence.
This only do I know,
that it is not good for me
when You are not with me,
when You are only outside me.
I want You in my very self.
All the plenty in the world
which is not my God is utter want.
Amengive me yourself o my god - prayer of st augustine - act of petition - 22 april 2018 no 2 - 4th sun of easter year B