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Quote/s of the Day – 21 July – The Memorial of St Lawrence of Brindisi OFM Cap (1559-1619) Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 21 July – The Memorial of St Lawrence of Brindisi OFM Cap (1559-1619) Doctor of the Church

“God is love and all his operations proceed from love.
Once he wills to manifest that goodness
by sharing His love outside Himself,
then the Incarnation becomes the supreme manifestation
of His goodness and love and glory.
So, Christ was intended before all other creatures
and for His own sake.
For Him all things were created
and to Him all things must be subject
and God loves all creature,
in and because of Christ.
Christ is the first-born of every creature
and the whole of humanity.
as well as the created world,
finds its foundation and meaning in Him.
Moreover, this would have been the case,
even if Adam had not sinned.”

“God is love
and all His operations
proceed
from
LOVE…”god is love and all his operations spring from love - st lawrence of brindisi - 21 july 2018

“For Him all things were created
and to Him all things must be subject
and God loves all creature,
in and because of Christ.”for him all things were created and in him - st lawrence of brindisi - 21 july 2018

“Christ is the first-born of every creature
and the whole of humanity.
as well as the created world,
finds its foundation and meaning in Him.”christ is the first born - st lawrence of brindisi - 21 july 2018

“The Holy Spirit sweetens the yoke
of the divine law and lightens its weight,
so that we may observe God’s commandments
with the greatest of ease and even with pleasure”the-holy-spirit-st-lawrence-of-brindisi- 21 july 2018

“The word of God is replete with manifold blessings,
since it is, so to speak, a treasure of all goods.
It is the source of faith, hope, charity, all virtue,
all the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
all the beatitudes of the Gospel,
all good works,
all the rewards of life,
all the glory of paradise…”

“…The word of God
is a light to the mind
and a fire to the will.”

St Lawrence of Brindisi(1559-1619) Apostolic Doctorthe word of god - 21 july 2018 - st lawrence of brindisi

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Thought for the Day – 17 July – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24

Thought for the Day – 17 July – Tuesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24

To be converted and return to the Lord
Verse Homily of
Saint Jacob of Sarug (c 449-521)
Syrian monk and Bishop

I will go back to my Father’s house like the prodigal son (Lk 15:18) and He will welcome me.
For I was dead through sin as though by sickness;
raise me up from my distress that I may praise Your name!
O Lord of heaven and earth, come to my help and show me Your way,
that I may come to You.
Draw me to You, Son of the Most Good
and bring Your compassion to completion.
I will set out towards You and there be filled with joy.
Knead for me now the grain of life at this time when I am crushed.

I set out in search of You and the Evil One spied on me like a thief (cf. Lk 10:30).
He bound and chained me in the pleasures of this wicked world:
he imprisoned me in its pleasures and slammed the door in my face.
There was no one to free me, so that I might set out in search of You, O Lord, my good!…
O Lord, I long to be Yours and walk Your way.
See how I meditate Your commandments by day and by night (Ps 1:2).
Grant my request and accept my prayer, O merciful one!
Do not cast off the hope of Your servant, for he is waiting for you.

Saint Jacob of Sarug (c 449-521)

the prodigal son - large

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 June – The Memorial of St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202) Father of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 28 June – The Memorial of St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202) Father of the Church

“Our way of thinking,
is attuned to the Eucharist
and the Eucharist in turn,
confirms our way of thinking.”our-way-of-thinking-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018

“Jesus Christ, in His infinite love,
has become what we are,
in order that He may make us
entirely what He is.”jesus christ in his infinite love - st irenaeus - 28 june 2018

“It is not you that shapes God.
It is God that shapes you.
If then you are the work of God
await the Hand of the artist who does
all things in due season.
Offer Him your heart,
soft and tractable
and keep the form in which the artist
has fashioned you.
Let the clay be moist
lest you go hard
and lose the imprint of His Fingers.”it-is-not-you-that-shapes-god-strenaeus-28 june 2018

“As long as anyone has the means
of doing good to his neighbours
and does not do so,
he shall be reckoned a stranger
to the love of the Lord.”as-long-as-any-one-has-the-means-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018.no.2

The business of the Christian
is nothing else but to be
ever preparing for death.the business of the christian - st irenaeus - 28 june 2018

“The universal Church, that is, the faithful everywhere, must be in agreement with this Church because of her outstanding superiority.”

the universal church - st irenaeus

“Being obedient she (Mary)
became the cause of salvation for herself
and for the whole human race.
The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied
by Mary’s obedience:
what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief,
Mary loosened by her faith.”

St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202)being-obedient-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018 - no 2

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Our Morning Offering – 5 June – The Memorial of St Boniface (672-754) “The Apostle of Germany”

Our Morning Offering – 5 June – The Memorial of St Boniface (672-754) “The Apostle of Germany”

Eternal God, our Refuge
By St Boniface (672-754)

Eternal God,
the refuge and help of all Your children,
we praise You
for all You have given us,
for all You have done for us,
for all that You are to us.
In our weakness,
You are strength,
in our darkness,
You are light,
in our sorrow,
You are comfort and peace.
We cannot number Your blessings,
we cannot declare Your love
For all Your blessings,
we bless You.
May we live as in Your presence,
and love the things that You love,
and serve You in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ameneternal god our refuge - st boniface - 5 june 2018

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 May – Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter and the Memorial of St Athanasius (c295-373) – Father and Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 2 May – Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter and the Memorial of St Athanasius (c295-373) – Father and Doctor of the Church

“He became what we are,
that He might make us what He is.”

“You cannot put straight in others
what is warped in yourself.”

“Christians, instead of arming
themselves with swords,
extend their hands in prayer.”he became what we are - christians instead of arming - you cannot put straight - st athanasius - 2 may 2018

“Accordingly, in the Church,
one God is preached,
one God who is above all things
and through all things and in all things.
God is above all things as Father,
for He is principle and source;
He is through all things through the Word;
and He is in all things in the Holy Spirit.”

St Athanasius (c295-373)

Father and Doctor of the Churchaccordingly, in the church - st athanasius - 2 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 April – Saturday of the Second Week of Eastertide “Speaking of Divine Providence”

Quote/s of the Day – 14 April – Saturday of the Second Week of Eastertide

“Speaking of Divine Providence”

“To escape the distress caused by regret
for the past
or fear about the future,
this is the rule to follow:
leave the past to the infinite mercy of God,
the future to His good Providence,
give the present wholly to His love
by being faithful to His grace.”to escape the distress caused by regret - fr de caussade - 14 april 2018

“But,” say you, “what will become of me if . . . ?”
This is indeed a temptation of the enemy.
Why should you be so ingenious
in tormenting yourself beforehand
about something which perhaps will never happen?
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
Uneasy forebodings do us much harm;
why do you so readily give way to them?
We make our own troubles
and what do we gain by it?
but lose, instead, so much both for time and eternity.“but say you - what will become of me if - fr jean pierre de caussade - 14 april 2018

“never lose sight of the great and consoling truth
that nothing happens in this world
but by the command of God,
or at least, with His divine permission;
and that, whatever He wills, or permits
turns infallibly to the advantage
of those, who are submissive and resigned.”

Fr Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J. (1675-1751)

‘Abandonment to Divine Providence’never lose of the great and consoling truth - fr caussade - 14 april 2018

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Thought for the Day – 13 April – Friday of the Second Week of Eastertide

Thought for the Day – 13 April – Friday of the Second Week of Eastertide

“Calls You by Your Name”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

God beholds me individually, whoever I am.

He “calls you by your name”.

He sees me and understands me, as He made me.   He knows what is in me, all my own peculiar feelings and thoughts, my dispositions and likings, my strength and my weakness.   He views me in my day of rejoicing and my day of sorrow.   He sympathises in my hopes and my temptations.   He interests Himself in all my anxieties and remembrances, all the risings and fallings of my spirit.   He has numbered the very hairs of my head and the cubits of my stature.   He compasses me round and bears me in His arms.   He takes me up and sets me down. 

he compasses me round - bl john henry newman - 13 april 2018

He notes my very countenance, whether smiling or in tears, whether healthful or sickly.   He looks tenderly upon my hands and my feet.   He hears my voice, the beating of my heart and my very breathing.   I do not love my self better than He loves me.   I cannot shrink from pain more than He dislikes my bearing it and if He puts it on me, it is as I will put it on myself, if I am wise, for a greater good afterwards…

I Will Put Myself In Your Hands

O my God, I will put myself
without reserve into Your hands.
Wealth or woe,
joy or sorrow,
friends or bereavement,
honour or humiliation,
good report or ill report,
comfort or discomfort.
Your presence or the
hiding of Your countenance,
all is good
if it comes from You.
You are Wisdom
and You are love –
what can I desire more.
Amen

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

i will put myself in your hands - prayer - bl joh henry newman - 13 april 2018

 

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Quote of the Day – 9 April – Low Monday of Eastertide

Quote of the Day – 9 April – Low Monday of Eastertide

“God is always trying to give good things to us
but our hands are too full to receive them.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctorgod is always trying to give good things - st augustine - 9 april 2018 low monday of eastertide

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Thought for the Day – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Thought for the Day – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

“The cup that Jesus speaks about is neither a symbol of death nor a symbol of victory.
It is a symbol of life, filled with sorrows and joys, that we can hold, lift and drink
as a blessing and a way to salvation. “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?”,
Jesus asks us. It is a question that will have a different meaning every day of our lives.
Can we embrace fully the sorrows and joys that come to us day after day?

Drinking the cup that Jesus drank is living a life in and with the spirit of Jesus, which is
the spirit of unconditional love. The intimacy between Jesus and His Father is an
intimacy of complete trust….it is only love – pure, unrestrained and ultimate love.
That intimacy gave Jesus the strength to drink the cup.

That same intimacy Jesus wants to give us so that we can drink ours!”

Fr Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) (Can you drink the Cup)the intimacy between jesus and his father - 28 feb 2018-henri nouwen

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Lenten Reflection – 27 February 2018 – Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent, Year B and the Memorial of St Gregory of Narek (950-1003) – Doctor of the Church

Lenten Reflection – 27 February 2018 – Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent, Year B and the Memorial of St Gregory of Narek (950-1003) – Doctor of the Church

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20, Psalms 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23, Matthew 23:1-12

Isaiah 1:10 – Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
Psalm 50:8-9 – I do not reprove you for your sacrifices;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I will accept no bull from your house,
nor he-goat from your folds.
Matthew 23:2-3 – “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice…
All their actions are done to be seen by others, for they broaden their CLERICAL COLLARS and lengthen their CHASUBLES.”tuesday of the second week - 27 feb 2018

God often works by shocking us (otherwise we should drift into comfortable complacency).   Today’s readings are very shocking indeed.
First of all you have Isaiah calling the religious leaders of his time and place “rulers of Sodom” and his compatriots, ‘peoples of Gomorrah” and as they digest this he bellows at them:  “Wash! Make yourselves clean!” and reminds them – that is us of course, of how much they have got wrong and how much they have still to put right.
But there is hope, nevertheless, ‘come now, let us reason together’, says God disarmingly.

And the Psalm today offers another shock.   Suddenly, it is the sacrificial system that is thrown into doubt.   God is apparently bored by all these sacrifices – unless they are accompanied by internal reform, they are of not value.   And this Lent, the same applies to all of us, of course!

Finally, the Gospel brings yet another shock, as Jesus lays into the Pharisees and scribes. Now, we must be beware of nodding wisely as we listen and saying ‘quite right Jesus, they had it coming to them’, for the scribes and the Pharisees are you and me, anyone who exercises any kind of Christian leadership and so ‘I have translated the word ‘phylactery’ as ‘clerical collar’ and ‘hem’ as ‘chasuble’.   For all these criticisms can be laid against us all and this Lent we need to look closely at this fact!   (Fr Nicholas King S.J. – Daily Meditations for Lent)

Our task, by contrast, is to ‘humble ourselves’ as Jesus did in the awfulness of the Cross and from that plight it is possible for God to rescue us.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of our failings in order to start that turn back toward God. Many of us are unaware that we are in the pig pen like the prodigal before he realised his state and sought his father’s house.

Where in my life could I be more humble?
Where do I seek recognition, honour or positions of power, perhaps to the detriment of my neighbour?
Has power gone to my head?

YOU HAVE NOT THE TIME!

“We can only find our happiness on earth in loving God and we can only love Him in prayer to Him.   We see that Jesus Christ, to encourage us often to have recourse to Him through prayer, promises never to refuse us anything if we pray for it as we should.   But there is no need to go looking for elaborate and roundabout ways of showing you that we should pray often, for you have only to open your catechism and you will see there that the duty of every good Christian is to pray morning and evening and often during the day — that is to say, always….

Which of us, my dear brethren, could, without tears of compassion, listen to those poor Christians who dare to say that they have not time to pray?   You have not the time!   Poor blind creatures, which is the more precious action:  to strive to please God and to save your soul, or to go out to feed your animals in the stable or to call your children or your servants in order to send them out to till the earth or to tidy up the stable?   Dear God!   How blind man is! …. You have not the time!   But tell me, ungrateful creatures, if God had called you to die that night, would you have exerted yourselves?   If He had sent you three or four months of illness, would you have exerted yourselves?   Go away, you miserable creatures;  you deserve to have God abandon you in your blindness and leave you thus to perish.   We find that it is too much to give Him a few minutes to thank Him for the graces which He is giving us at every instant! ….

You must get on with your work, you say.

That, my dear people, is where you are greatly mistaken.  You have no other work to do except to please God and to save your souls.   All the rest is not your work.   If you do not do it, others will, but if you lose your soul, who will save it?”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)

And now, my heavy laden soul,
what will you do?
You call with your lips and voice to
God most high,
God, who cares only for deeds and
is not taken in by words.
You, my soul, with a heart always turned toward Egypt,
how can I describe you?

Am I
a Sodom, to be punished likewise with destruction, 
or the prosecutor of Ninevah, who was struck dumb? 

Am I
more cowardly and barbarous than the
queen of the south, 
lower than Canaan, 
more stubborn than Amalek,
incurable as the city of idols, 
a relic left behind from the rebellion of Israel,
a reminder of the broken covenant of Judah, 
more reproachable than Tyre, 
more shunned than Zidon, 
more immoral than Galilee,
more unpardonable than faithless Capernaum,
maligned like Korazin, 
slandered like Bethsaida? 

Or am I
immodest as Ephraim as he grayed,
or a dove, whose gentleness seems due to
feeblemindedness and not to inner calm, 
or an evil serpent born of lion’s cubs,
or the serpent’s egg filled with decay,
or like the last blow against Jerusalem?

Or am I
in the words of our Lord
and the sayings of the prophets,
an abandoned tabernacle about to collapse,
the unlatched doors of the stronghold,
my speaking edifice stained again,
having given up my rightful inheritance,
my home built by God,
as Moses, David and Jeremiah prophesied?  
My thinking body now consumed by disease,
afflicted with carping counsel, rehabilitated by the law,
anointed with the clay of mildness,
incapable of finding my own salvation,
torn away from the maker’s hand,
expelled as just punishment
by order of the Almighty, to an unholy place,
rejected, exiled, greatly shunned, nothing spared,
having buried my gift in the ground, 
like the one chastised in the Gospel by
losing his inheritance.

But you, God,
Lord of souls and all flesh,
in the words of one divinely graced, 
You are long-suffering and abounding in mercy.
In the voice of blessed Jonah,
grant that I finish to Your delight
this book of prayers, now begun.
And having sown these words with tears
and set forth on this journey toward the dwellings You have prepared,
may I return joyfully in the time of harvest
with the bounty of atonement,
with sheaves of goodness and the fruits of delight.

St Gregory of Narek (950-1003) – Doctor of the Churchbut you God - st gregory of narek - 27 feb 2018