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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord 2018 & Memorials of the Saints – 9 April

Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord 2018

The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord.
How Is the Date of the Feast of the Annunciation Determined?
The Annunciation always falls on 25 March, exactly nine months before the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas.   However, the celebration of the feast is transferred to a different date if it falls on a Sunday of Lent, during Holy Week (which was the case this year), or during the octave of Easter.
The Church considers Masses for the Sundays of Lent, any time in Holy Week and any time from Easter through the Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) to be so important that even this Marian feast cannot replace one of them.   So, when the Annunciation falls on a Sunday in Lent (before Palm Sunday), it is transferred to the following Monday.   If it falls on Palm Sunday or on any day in Holy Week, it is transferred to Low Monday, the Monday after the Sunday after Easter and so, this year, 2018, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is transferred to today, Monday, 9 April 2018.

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St Acacius of Amida
St Aedesius of Alexandria
Bl Antony of Pavoni
St Brogan
St Casilda of Toledo
St Concessus the Martyr
St Demetrius the Martyr
St Dotto
St Eupsychius of Cappadocia
St Gaucherius
St Hedda the Abbot
St Heliodorus of Mesopotamia
St Hilary the Martyr
St Hugh of Rouen
Bl James of Padua
Bl John of Vespignano
Bl Katarzyna Faron
St Liborius of Le Mans
Bl Lindalwa Justo de Oliveira
St Madrun of Wales
St Marcellus of Die
Bl Marguerite Rutan
St Maximus of Alexandria
Bl Pierre Camino
St Prochorus
Bl Thomas of Tolentino
Bl Ubaldo Adimari
St Waltrude of Mons

Martyrs of Croyland – 9 saints: A group of Benedictine monks martyred by pagan Danes – Agamund, Askega, Egdred, Elfgete, Grimkeld, Sabinus, Swethin, Theodore and Ulric. Croyland Abbey, England.

Martyrs of Masyla: Massylitan Martyrs Group of Christians martyred in Masyla in northwest Africa.

Martyrs of Pannonia: Seven virgin-martyrs in Sirmium, Pannonia (modern Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia).

Martyrs of Thorney Abbey – 3+ saints: A group of Hermits, hermitesses and monks who lived in or around Thorney Abbey who were martyred together during raids by pagan Danes.   We know little more than the names of three – Tancred, Torthred and Tova. 869 by raiders at Thorney Abbey, Cambridgeshire, England.

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Sunday Reflection – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday Reflection – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

“He is not past, He is present now.” – Bl John Henry Newman (1801-1890) on the Eucharist

In every Mass Christ comes to us, in the Blessed Eucharist, Christ remains with us – Christ counteracts Time and the World

What makes Christianity in its fullness, much more than a historical religion – though Protestants claim their religion to be just that, and, indeed, Christ died long ago – is the fact that He is “living among us with a continual presence”.

In every Holy Mass we are touched by Christ’s spiritual presence when the Gospel is proclaimed.   We are touched by His real, full and personal presence in the Eucharist. When we walk up to receive the Eucharist, Christ Jesus comes to us.   He remains with us in the Blessed Sacrament, whether in the tabernacle or exposed for our adoration.   With Newman’s words from a sermon of 25th May 1858:

He is not past, He is present now.   And though He is not seen, He is here.   The same God who walked the water, who did miracles, etc., is in the Tabernacle. We come before Him, we speak to Him just as He was spoken to … years ago.”

We receive Christ Jesus, when we receive the consecrated host.   We adore Him, we listen to Him and we dare to speak to Him.   When we receive Holy Communion, He wants to grow in us and wants us to grow towards Him:

“In every holy mass and especially in communion but also whenever we adore Christ Jesus, kneeling before the tabernacle or before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, our fleeting lives touch eternity as the living God touches us.   God, does not merely present Himself before us as the Object of worship but God actually gives Himself to us to be received into our breasts. wonderful communion”!

The Eucharist brings Christians of all times, whether in the action of holy Mass or in the stillness of the Blessed Sacrament into the presence of Christ and is the living reminder that we live at all times in the presence of God and have the presence of God within us and before us in a passing world.   It makes us realise that although every day and hour passes and will never come back, we are held and find our stay in the presence and love of God.   The real presence of God in the Holy Eucharist makes us realise that eternal life, our life with God, has begun for us with baptism and cannot be lost to us by any outward force, only by severe sin.   Therefore Newman can say that by the Holy Eucharist “We are brought into the unseen world.” (Excerpted Sr Brigitte Maria Hoegemann FSO)he is not past, he is present now - bl john henry newman - sunday reflection - 8 april 2018 - div mercy sunday

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Thought for the Day – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

Thought for the Day – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

What many do not know is that St John Paul II had been anticipating preaching a homily on Divine Mercy Sunday 2005 at a new parish in Albis, Rome.  It was dedicated to God, the Merciful Father.   We all watched with grief as his health rapidly declined during that Lent of 2005.   He began to prepare his homily for the event, what some believe may be the last handwritten lines of our saintly pontiff.   He left this world hours before it was to be delivered.

It would be his successor, Benedict XVI, who would deliver to that community the pope’s final words  . In fact Pope Benedict called them St John Paul II’s spiritual last will and testament.   It’s clear he didn’t intend them solely for a parish in the suburbs but for all of us. It represents his final mercy mandate to the world. ”To humanity, which sometimes seems bewildered and overwhelmed by the power of evil, selfishness and fear, the Risen Lord offers His love that pardons, reconciles and re-opens hearts to hope.   It is a love that converts hearts and gives peace.”

Ten years later, with the emergence of unimagined evils perpetrated by groups like ISIS and others, we may be more overwhelmed than ever.   Jesus and the Gospel are our only hope.   He continued, “How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy!…Jesus I trust in You, have mercy upon us and upon the whole world.”to humanity which sometimes seems - st john paul - 8 april 2018 - div mercy sunday

This Divine Mercy Sunday invites us each to evaluate our lives in light of St John Paul II and the Church’s profound message of mercy.   Take a few moments to reflect on the meaning of your life, evaluate your plans and goals.   Consider where you spend your attention, energy and affection.   Gathered together would a fitting summary of your life be, “Here was one who modelled God’s Divine Mercy in prayer, word and deed. Here was one who loved, forgave, pardoned, reconciled and reopened hearts to hope”? It is my prayer for you and it is certainly possible by God’s grace and the intercession of St Faustina and St John Paul II……Thomas Smith – writer/presenter/speaker and moreplenary indulgence - div mercy

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Quote of the Day – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

Quote of the Day – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God, Who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people at all and now you are the people of God: once you were outside the mercy and now you have been given mercy.”

1 Peter 2:9-101 peter 2 9-10 - octave day of easter and div mercy sunday - breviary reading - 8 april 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday and the Memorial of Bl Augustus Czartoryski S.D.B. (1858-1893)

One Minute Reflection – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday and the Memorial of Bl Augustus Czartoryski S.D.B. (1858-1893)

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, God of hosts.   My soul is longing and yearning, is yearning for the courts of the Lord…. One day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere” …Psalm 84[83]: 2, 11

REFLECTION – “Blessed Augusto Czartoryski wrote these words of the Psalm, his motto of life, on the holy card of his first Mass.   In them is contained the rapture of a man who, following the voice of the call, discovers the beauty of the ministerial priesthood.   In them resounds the echo of the different choices that the person who is discerning God’s will and wishes to fulfil it must make.   Augustus Czartoryski, a young prince, carefully prepared an effective method to discern the divine plan.   In prayer, he presented to God all questions and deep perplexities and then in the spirit of obedience he followed the counsel given by his spiritual guides.   In this way he came to understand his vocation and to take up the life of poverty to serve the “least”.   The same method enabled him throughout the course of his life to make decisions, so that today we can say that he accomplished the designs of Divine Providence in a heroic way.   I would like to leave this example of holiness especially to young people, who today search out the way to decipher God’s will relating to their own lives and desire to faithfully forge ahead each day according to the divine word.   My dear young friends, learn from Blessed Augustus to ask ardently in prayer for the light of the Holy Spirit and wise guides, so that you may understand the divine plan in your lives and are able to walk constantly on the path of holiness.”…St Pope John Paul on the Beatification of Blessed Augustus on Sunday, 25 April 2004

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PRAYER – Heavenly God and Father and Your divine Son, dear Jesus in whom we trust, send Your Holy Spirit to guide and teach us, to lead us into the ways of holiness.   Grant, we pray, that by the intercession of Blessed Augustus, we may fulfil Your Holy Will by the light of the Holy Spirit.   Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.bl augustus czartoryski - pray for us - 8 april 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

Our Morning Offering – 8 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

Most Merciful Jesus,
whose very nature it is
to have compassion on us
and to forgive us,
do not look upon our sins
but upon our trust which we place
in Your infinite goodness.
Receive us all into the abode
of Your Most Compassionate Heart
and never let us escape from It.
We beg this of You by Your love
which unites You to the Father
and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze
upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners,
all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
show us Your mercy,
that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy
forever and ever.
Amen.div mercy prayer - day one from the novena - 8 april 2018 for div mercy sunday

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One Minute Reflection – 7 April – Easter Saturday and the Memorial of St John Baptiste de La Salle (1651-1719)

One Minute Reflection – 7 April – Easter Saturday and the Memorial of St John Baptiste de La Salle (1651-1719)

Do not worry about tomorrow;  tomorrow will take care of itself.   Sufficient for a day is its own evil.…Matthew 6:34

REFLECTION – “Do not have any anxiety about the future.   Leave everything in God’s hands, for He will take care of you.” …St John Baptiste de La Salle (1651-1719)do not have any anxiety - st john baptiste de la salle - 7 april 2018

PRAYER – In Your providence, Lord God, You chose St John Baptiste de la Salle, to educate the young in the Christian faith and way of life. Raise up, Lord, in the Church today, teachers who will devote themselves wholeheartedly to the human and Christian education of our youth.   May the prayers of St John, help us all to seek and do Your holy will in all things, amen.st john baptiste de la salle - pray for us - 7 april 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 7 April – Easter Saturday and the Memorial of St John Baptiste de La Salle (1651-1719)

Our Morning Offering – 7 April – Easter Saturday and the Memorial of St John Baptiste de La Salle (1651-1719)

LaSallian Prayer

Father in heaven, God of love,
all I have and am is Yours.
Grant that I may become
a living sign of Your compassion in this world.
Grant me the faith
to live my life,
always in the awareness of Your loving presence.
Grant me zeal
to serve without thought of reward,
those to whom you send me.
Grant me charity
to bear the burdens of my brothers and sisters.
Teach me to seek Your Son’s face,
in the last
the lost
and the least.
In whatever I undertake,
may I seek above all things,
to procure Your glory,
as far as I am able
and as You will require of me.
Strengthen me by Your Holy Spirit,
to follow Jesus by living
the commitment I make this day.
Amen

LaSallian Invocation:
Live Jesus in our hearts forever!lasallian prayer - father in heaven, god of love - st john baptiste de la salle - 7 april 2018

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Thought for the Day – 6 April – Easter Friday the Sixth day in the Easter Octave

Thought for the Day – 6 April – Easter Friday the Sixth day in the Easter Octave

“When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.”…John 21:9-14

“Today …. is bathed in the luminous joy of Easter.   In these days, in fact, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Resurrection and experiences the great joy that comes to her from the Good News of Christ’s victory over evil and over death.   This joy is not only prolonged in the Octave of Easter but is extended for 50 days until Pentecost.

Christ’s Pasch is the supreme and unequalled act of God’s power.   It is an absolutely extraordinary event, the most beautiful, ripe fruit of the “Mystery of God”.   It is so extraordinary that it is ineffable in its dimensions that escape our human capacity for knowing and investigating.   Yet, it is also a “historical” event, witnessed to and documented.   It is the event on which the whole of our faith is founded.   It is the central content in which we believe and the main reason why we believe.

There is a glorified Resurrected Saviour now seated at the right hand of the Father, holding the place He has prepared for each of us.   His wounds are glorified now, beautiful, streaming the light of grace upon an earth being reborn, revealing the depth of His love and the Hope that springs eternal.   Through taking on our very humanity, He did for us what we could never have done for ourselves.   He “who knew no sin” walked in the perfect obedience of the Son and bridged the gap between the Father and the sons and daughters who had rejected His invitation to communion, through the offering of His own Body on the altar of the Cross.

Through His passion, obedience unto death, and Resurrection, He welcomed us into the very inner life of the Trinity.   In Him we now make our home in God.   In His sacred humanity He transforms the entire human experience.   He invites us to live differently and shows us the path to a fullness of life now and eternal glory in the new world to come.   He opened eternity to all who were bound by the chains of time.   He clothed in glorious freedom those once wrapped in the grave clothes of death.   He gave purpose to the sheep who had wandered aimlessly in empty self pursuits.

The whole world, created through Him, is now re-created in Him.   We can see our lives differently as we open ourselves to His Spirit and allow Him to replace our finite vision with the eyes of eternal perspective.   Our feet are now shod with the hope of the Good News.   His redemptive mission continues through us to a world waiting to be born anew. He walks through time in His Body on earth, His church;  the world reconciled and invites all men and women to follow Him.”

Pope Benedict XVIhe walks through time - pope benedict - 6 april 2018

Faith helps us recognise that Christ is God;  it shows that He is our saviour;  it brings us to identify ourselves with Him and to act as He acted.   When the risen Christ frees the apostle Thomas from his doubts, showing him His wounds, Jesus exclaims:  “Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed.”   And St Gregory the Great comments that “He is referring in particular to us, for we possess spiritually Him whom we have not seen in the body.”  He is referring to us, provided our behaviour agrees with our faith.   A person does not truly believe unless he puts into practice what he believes.   That is why St Paul says of those whose faith is limited to words:   “They profess recognition of God, but in their behaviour they deny him”

St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)

(Christ is Passing By)

a person does not truly believe - st josemaria - 6 april easter friday - 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 April – Easter Friday the Sixth day in the Easter Octave – “Speaking of Love”

Quote/s of the Day – 6 April – Easter Friday the Sixth day in the Easter Octave

“Speaking of Love”

“Nothing is sweeter than love,
nothing stronger or higher or wider;
nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller
and nothing better in heaven or on earth,
for love is born of God
and cannot rest except in God,
Who is above all created things.”nothing is sweeter than love - thomas a kempis - 6 april 2018

“Love is watchful.
Sleeping – it does not slumber.
Wearied – it is not tired.
Pressed – it is not straitened.
Alarmed – it is not confused
but like a living flame,
a burning torch,
it forces its way upward
and passes unharmed,
through every obstacle.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) The Imitation of Christlove is watchful - st thomas a kempis - 6 april 2018

“What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs
and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.”

St Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Father & Doctorwhat does love look like - st augustine - 6 april 2018

“The proof of love is in the works.
Where love exists, it works great things.
But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.”

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) Father & Doctorthe proof of love is in the works - st pope gregory the great - 5 april 2018

“The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love;
It signifies Love,
It produces love.
The Eucharist is the consummation
of the whole spiritual life.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus / Doctor communisthe eucharist is the sacrament of love - st thomas aquinas - 6 april 2018

Love knows no limit to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope,
it can outlast anything.
Love still stands,
when all else has fallen.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)love knows no limits - blaise pascal - 6 april 2018

“The person who does not decide to love forever
will find it very difficult to really love, even for one day.”

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)the person who does not - st john paul - 6 april 2018