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Thought for the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Thought for the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

“Michael is the one who fights against the devil, he protects us against the serpent that seduces us, that makes us fall and then accuses us before God, claiming us as his own.   Michael, was asked by the Lord to fight the devil” and he helps us resist temptation on our earthly journey toward heaven.

Gabriel is the one who “brings the good news”, he’s the one who announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist and to Mary and Joseph, the birth of Jesus.  Gabriel too accompanies us and helps us on our journey when we ‘forget’ the Gospel.   He reminds us that “Jesus came to save us.”

Raphael, meanwhile, “walks with us taking care of us on our journey and helping us not take the wrong steps.”

These are our companions, at our service and at God’s service.

Let us Pray:

“Michael:   Help us in our battle – each of us has a battle to fight in our lives;
Gabriel:   Bring us news, bring us the good news of salvation;
Raphael:   Take us by the hand and lead us forward without taking the wrong turns.
Always walking forward, but with your help!
Amen”

Pope Francis – 29 September 2017 – Santa Martaholy archangels pray for us - 29 sept 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Quote/s of the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

“You should be aware, that the word “angel”,
denotes a function, rather than a nature.
Those holy spirits of heaven,
have indeed always been spirits.
They can only be called angels,
when they deliver some message.
Moreover, those who deliver messages
of lesser importance are called angels
and those who proclaim messages
of supreme importance are called archangels.”

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) Father & Doctor of the Churchyou should be aware - pope st gregory the great - 29 sept 2018

“Angels take different earthly forms
at the bidding of their master, God.
They thus reveal themselves to human beings
and unveil the Divine Mysteries to them”

St John Damascene (675-749) Father & Doctor of the Churchangels take different forms - st john damascene - no 3- 29 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 29 September – Today’s Gospel: John 1:47–51 – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

One Minute Reflection – 29 September – Today’s Gospel: John 1:47–51 – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”…John 1:51

REFLECTION“I believe in one God…, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all that is, visible and invisible.”   The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith.   The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.   St Augustine says:  “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature.   If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’;  if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’:  from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.  ” With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God.   Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 18:10), they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word” (Ps 103:20).   As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will:  they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendour of their glory bears witness (cf Dan 10:9).
Christ is the centre of the angelic world.   They are his angels:  “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him” (Mt 25:31).   They belong to Him because they were created through and for Him:  “for in him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities – all things were created through him and for him,” (Col 1:16).   They belong to Him still more because He has made them messengers of His saving plan:  “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?” (Heb 1:14).
Angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation, announcing this salvation from afar or near and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan.”...Catechism of the Catholic Church #328-332you will see heaven opened and the angels - john 1 51 - angels have been present since creation ccc 328-332 - 29 sept 2018

PRAYER – God of all Wisdom, You direct the ministry of angels and of human beings. Grant that the angels who always minister to You in heaven may defend us during our life on earth and protect us from evil.  Grant this, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amenholy-archangels-pray-for-us 29 sept 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Our Morning Offering – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Prayer to St Michael

St Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our defense against the wickedness
and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray
and do thou o’ prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl throughout the world,
seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen

Prayer to St Gabriel

O God, who from among all Your angels
chose the Archangel Gabriel
to announce the mystery of the Incarnation,
mercifully grant that we who solemnly
remember him on earth,
may feel the benefit of his patronage in heaven,
with Jesus who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen

Prayer to the Archangel Raphael

Glorious Archangel St Raphael,
great prince of the heavenly court,
you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace.
You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air,
consoler of the afflicted and refuge of sinners.
I beg you, assist me in all my needs
and in all the sufferings of this life,
as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels.
Because you are the “medicine of God”,
I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul
and the ills that afflict my body.
I especially ask of you the great grace of purity
to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Amen29 sept 2018 - prayers to michael, gabriel and raphael

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Thought for the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

Thought for the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

Thank you, Matthew, for your story, because it is you who writes your own story.   Thank you, because you were a sinner and became an Apostle.   And that is very encouraging for me because I’m a sinner and have to become an Apostle.   Thank you, Matthew, because you were a publican who was lining his pockets with the money of the Jews but when Jesus called you, you were ready to leave everything and follow Him.

Thank you, Matthew, because you could have stayed where you were thinking that it was crazy to leave your job, your money, your plans and your future… but you were brave enough to follow Jesus instead.   And I give thanks with you to Jesus because He knew you well and was aware of the great things that you could do.   While on that day some of the Jews looked at you with disdain, that Jew, Jesus of Nazareth, passed by your tax office and smiled at you.   He stood there, gazing at you with affection, a loving look, the like of which a publican in Palestine had probably never experienced.   And you couldn’t look anywhere else.   That loving face of Jesus was inviting you to do something special with your life.

You weren’t happy and Jesus offered you Happiness.   You were wasting your life and Jesus invited you to do something great with it.   You only loved your money but Jesus helped you to expand your heart to love God and others more than yourself.   Your talents were wasted in that tax office and millions of souls were waiting for you.   Thank you, Matthew, because you said ‘yes’ to Jesus.

Mary, Queen of the Apostles, help me to have the courage to say ‘yes’ to Him as well and become a saint, like you, like St Matthew and please pray for us all!

Fr George Boronat M.D. S.T.D is a Catholic priest from the Prelature of Opus Dei, working in the Archdiocese of Southwark in London.mary queen of the apostles pray for us - 23 may 2018st matthew pray for us - 21 sept 2018

We thank You, heavenly Father,
for the witness of Your apostle
and evangelist Matthew
to the Gospel of Your Son our Saviour
and we pray that, after his example,
we may with ready wills and hearts
obey the calling of our Lord to follow Him;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amenprayer-on-the-feast-of-st-matthew1-21 sept 2017

And about the story of Pope Francis and St Matthew here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/thought-for-the-day-21-september-the-feast-of-st-matthew-apostle-and-evangelist-pope-francis-and-the-calling-of-st-matthew/

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

Quote/s of the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

“But as you have seen the power of Him that called, so consider also the obedience of him that was called – how he neither resisted, nor disputing said, ‘What is this?   Is it not indeed a deceitful calling, wherewith He calls me, being such as I am?’ nay,  for this humility again had been out of season but he obeyed straightaway and did not even request to go home and to communicate with his relations concerning this matter -as neither indeed, did the fishermen but as they left their net and their ship and their father, so did he his receipt of custom and his gain and followed, exhibiting a mind prepared for all things and breaking himself at once away, from all worldly things, by his complete obedience, he bore witness, that He who called him, had chosen a good time.

…Because He who is acquainted with the hearts and knows the secrets of each man’s mind, knew also when each of these would obey.”
(Homily 30 on Matthew)

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father and Doctor of the Churchhe who is acquainted with the hearts - st john chrysostom - 21 sept 2018 st matthew

“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-christs-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 - 21 sept 2018 feast of st matthew

“He looked on sinners,
called them
and brought them
to sit beside Him.”

Pope Francis
(2015)he looked on sinners - pope franics feast of st matthew 21 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

One Minute Reflection – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” …Matthew 9:11b

REFLECTION – “Our Lord chose Matthew, the tax collector, to encourage his fellows to join Him.   He looked on sinners, called them and brought them to sit beside Him.   What a wonderful sight!   Angels stand trembling while publicans, seated, rejoice.   The angels are struck with awe before the Lord’s greatness while sinners eat and drink with Him. The scribes choke with hatred and indignation, the publicans rejoice because of His mercy.   The heavens saw the sight and were filled with wonder;  hell saw it and was maddened.   Satan saw it and was enraged;  death saw it and withered;  the scribes saw it and were much troubled.
There was joy in heaven and happiness among the angels because the rebellious had been persuaded, the recalcitrant quieted and sinners reformed and because publicans had been made righteous.   Just as our Lord did not turn away from the shamefulness of the cross in spite of the entreaties of His friends (Mt 16:22) so he did not refuse the company of publicans in spite of the taunts of His enemies.   He despised mockery and scorned praise, thus accomplishing all that is for mankind’s good.”…St Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Church – Commentary on the Gospel, or Diatessaron, 5, 17 (SC 121, p.115 rev.)why does your teacher - matthew 9 11b - he looked on sinners - st ephrem - 21 sept 2018

“He looked at Matthew calmly, peacefully. He looked at him with eyes of mercy; he looked at him as no one had ever looked at him before. And this look unlocked Matthew’s heart; it set him free, it healed him, it gave him hope, a new life, as it did to Zacchaeus, to Bartimaeus, to Mary Magdalene, to Peter, and to each of us. Even if we do not dare raise our eyes to the Lord, he looks at us first. This is our story, and it is like that of so many others. Each of us can say: “I, too, am a sinner, whom Jesus has looked upon”. I ask you, in your homes or in the Church, to be still for a moment and to recall with gratitude and happiness those situations, that moment, when the merciful gaze of God was felt in our lives.”…Pope Francis – 21 September 2015, The Feast of St Matthewjesus looked at him - pope francis - 21 sept 2018 - st matthew

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