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Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”)

Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1  280) Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”)

Known as Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”) for the extraordinary depth of his knowledge and learning, Albertus Magnus wrote extensively on numerous subjects. Here are some words of wisdom from a variety of his writings.

“Anyone who receives this Sacrament, 
with the devotion of sincere faith,
will never taste death.”anyone who receives this sacrament - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“The greater and more persistent,
your confidence in God, the more
abundantly you will receive, all that you ask.”the greater and more persistent - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“I have never gone out, to mingle with the world, 
without losing something of myself.”i have never gone out to mingle - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“The surest and quickest way
to attain perfection, is to strive,
for purity of heart.
Once the obstacles have been removed,
God finds a clear path and does wonders,
both in and through the soul.”the-surest-and-quickest-way-st-albert-the-great-15-nov-2017

“Above all, one should accept everything,
in general and individually, in oneself or in others,
agreeable or disagreeable,
with a prompt and confident spirit,
as coming from the hand of His infallible Providence
or the order He has arranged.”

On Cleaving to Godabove all, one should accept - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“It is by the path of love, which is charity,
that God draws near to man and man to God.
But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell.
If, then, we possess charity, we posses God,
for ‘God is Charity’ (1 John 4:8).”st albert the great - it is by the path of love - 15 nov 2016

“Mary is the Divine Page
on which the Father
wrote the Word of God,
His Son.”mary is the divine page - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“Saint Joseph was the just man
by his constant fidelity, an effect of justice;
by his perfect discretion, a sister to prudence;
by his upright conduct, a mark of strength
and by his inviolable chastity, a flower of temperance.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Churchst joseph was the just man - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

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Thought for the Day – 8 November – Pope Benedict on Blessed John Duns Scotus

Thought for the Day – 8 November – The Memorial of Blessed John Duns Scotus OFM (c 1265-1308)

Excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s

Catechesis on Blessed John Duns Scotus
General Audience – 7 July 2010

“The Immaculate Conception”

This morning, after several Catecheses on various great theologians, I would like to present to you another important figure in the history of theology.   He is Blessed John Duns Scotus, who lived at the end of the 13th century.   An ancient epitaph on his tombstone sums up the geographical coordinates of his biography:  “Scotland bore me, England received me, France taught me, Cologne in Germany holds me”.   We cannot disregard this information, partly because we know very little about the life of Duns Scotus.   He was probably born in 1266 in a village called, precisely, “Duns”, near Edinburgh.
Attracted by the charism of St Francis of Assisi, he entered the Family of the Friars Minor and was ordained a priest in 1291.   He was endowed with a brilliant mind and a tendency for speculation, which earned him the traditional title of Doctor subtilis, “Subtle Doctor”.

Mary is the subject of the Doctor subtilis’ thought.   In the times of Duns Scotus the majority of theologians countered with an objection that seemed insurmountable, the doctrine which holds that Mary Most Holy was exempt from original sin from the very first moment of her conception – in fact, at first sight the universality of the Redemption brought about by Christ might seem to be jeopardised by such a statement, as though Mary had had no need of Christ or His redemption.   Therefore the theologians opposed this thesis.   Thus, to enable people to understand this preservation from original sin Duns Scotus developed an argument that was later, in 1854, also to be used by Bl Pope Pius IX when he solemnly defined the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.   And this argument is that of “preventive Redemption”, according to which the Immaculate Conception is the masterpiece of the Redemption brought about by Christ because the very power of His love and His mediation obtained, that the Mother be preserved from original sin.   Therefore Mary is totally redeemed by Christ but already before her conception.   Duns Scotus’ confreres, the Franciscans, accepted and spread this doctrine enthusiastically and other theologians, often with a solemn oath, strove to defend and perfect it.

In this regard I would like to highlight a fact that I consider relevant.   Concerning the teaching on the Immaculate Conception, important theologians like Duns Scotus enriched what the People of God already spontaneously believed about the Blessed Virgin and expressed in acts of devotion, in the arts and in Christian life in general with the specific contribution of their thought.   Thus faith both in the Immaculate Conception and in the bodily Assumption of the Virgin was already present in the People of God, while theology had not yet found the key to interpreting it in the totality of the doctrine of the faith.   The People of God therefore precede theologians and this is all thanks to that supernatural sensus fidei, namely, that capacity infused by the Holy Spirit that qualifies us to embrace the reality of the faith with humility of heart and mind. In this sense, the People of God is the “teacher that goes first” and must then be more deeply examined and intellectually accepted by theology.

May theologians always be ready to listen to this source of faith and retain the humility and simplicity of children!   I mentioned this a few months ago saying: “There have been great scholars, great experts, great theologians, teachers of faith who have taught us many things.   They have gone into the details of Sacred Scripture… but have been unable to see the mystery itself, its central nucleus…. The essential has remained hidden!… On the other hand, in our time there have also been “little ones” who have understood this mystery.   Let us think of St Bernadette Soubirous; of St Thérèse of Lisieux, with her new interpretation of the Bible that is “non-scientific’ but goes to the heart of Sacred Scripture”

Dear brothers and sisters, Bl Duns Scotus teaches us that in our life the essential is to believe that God is close to us and loves us in Jesus Christ and, therefor,e to cultivate a deep love for Him and for His Church.   We on earth are witnesses of this love.   May Mary Most Holy help us to receive this infinite love of God, which we will enjoy eternally to the full in Heaven, when our soul is at last united to God for ever in the Communion of Saints.

Blessed John Duns Scotus, Pray for Us!bl john duns scotus pray for us - 8 nov 2018 no 2

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One Minute Reflection – 3 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-11

One Minute Reflection – 3 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-11 – Saturday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”…Luke 14:11

REFLECTION – “Humility is not just about self-mistrust but about the entrusting of ourselves to God.   Distrusting ourselves and our own strength produces trust in God and from that trust generosity of soul is born.

The most holy Virgin, Our Lady, gave us an outstanding example of this when she spoke these words:  “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).   When she said she was the handmaid of the Lord she was performing the greatest act of humility it is possible to do and all the more so in that she was contradicting the praise given her by the angel – that she would be mother of God, that the child to be born from her womb would be called Son of the Most High, a greater dignity than any we might imagine – I say, she opposed her lowliness and unworthiness to all these praises and greatness by saying that she was the handmaid of the Lord.   Yet note how, no sooner had she rendered her duty to humility than she practised outstanding generosity by saying:  “May it be to me according to your word”.
What she wanted to say was:  It is true I am in no way capable of this grace if one is to consider what I am of myself but insofar as what is good in me comes from God and what you say to me is His own most holy will, I believe it may happen and will happen. And so, without the least hesitation, she said:  “Let it be done to me according to your word”St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchluke 14 11 for everyone who exalts himself - humility is not just about - st francis de sales - 3 nov 2018

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help us to appreciate and live Your spiritual values and give them the first place in our hearts.   Grant that we may always seek them first and remain forever united with You.   Send Your Spirit with his gifts and blessings and may the Mother of all Virtue, assist us in our need.   Help us to follow the path of humility St Martin so splendidly showed us, that we may obtain from You, as he did, a place in Your Kingdom. St Martin de Porres, pray for us, amen.mater admirabilis - pray for us - 5 may 2018 - better edit.

st-martin-pray-for-us-3-nov-2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 Oct – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 27 Oct – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Speaking of:  Marian Gems

“She (Mary) is like a fiery chariot,
because she conceived within her the Word,
the only-begotten Son of God.
She carries and spreads,
the fire of love,
because her Son IS love.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchshe mary is like a fiery chariot - st catherine of asiena - 27 oct 2018

“If every woman were an image
of the Mother of God, a spouse of Christ
and an apostle of the divine Heart,
she would fulfil her feminine vocation
no matter in what circumstances she lived
and what her external activities might be.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein (1891-1942)

if every woman - st teresa benedicta no 2 - 27 oct 2018

“O Blessed Rosary of Mary,
sweet chain which binds us to God,
bond of love which unites us to the angels,
tower of salvation against the assaults of hell,
safe port in our universal shipwreck,
we shall never abandon you.”

Bl Bartholomew Longo (1841-1926)o blessed rosary - bl bartholomew longo - 27 oct 2018

“Mary is the image and model of all mothers,
of their great mission to be guardians of life,
of their mission to be teachers
of the art of living
and of the art of loving.”

Pope Benedict XVImary is the image and model of all mothers - pope benedict - 27 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 24 October – The Memorial of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

Quote/s of the Day – 24 October – The Memorial of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

“The sun of our lives is the Eucharist.”the sun of our lives - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“The fountain of holy love
is in Jesus Christ
and we have Jesus with us,
in the Most Holy
Sacrament of the Altar.
From that throne of love,
how often He enlightens the minds of His children
and how many again find their peace of heart.”the fountain of holy love - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“The earth is filled with tabernacles – Praise Him!”the earth is filled with tabernacles - st luigi guanella 24 oct 2018

“Our union in heaven
will depend upon
our communion
with God on earth.”our union in heaven - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Plant your heart
in Jesus Crucified
and all the thorns
will seem like roses.”plant your heart in jesus crucified - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Whoever finds Mary,
finds the way to Salvation.”whoever finds mary - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Charity lights the path to divine love.”charity lights the path - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Imitate the Heart of Christ in love for the poor.”imitate the heart of christ no 2 - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Refuse God nothing!”

St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)reguse god nothing - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY SIX – 18 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY SIX – 18 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #6:   In 1954, Father Karol Wojtyla was awarded a “Bronze Badge for Hiking Tourism.” Wojtyla won this badge for hiking on foot on multiple occasions during that year, totalling 166 km (103 miles).   More than half of these excursions were completed during the winter (November 1 – March 31).   Needless to say, Father Wojtyla enjoyed hiking.

REFLECTION:   “Divine Mercy: the Holy Father found the purest reflection of God’s mercy in the Mother of God.   He, who at an early age had lost his own mother, loved his divine mother all the more.   He heard the words of the crucified Lord as addressed personally to him:  “Behold your Mother.”   And so he did as the beloved disciple did:   he took her into his own home” (eis ta idia: Jn 19:27) – Totus tuus.   And from the mother he learned to conform himself to Christ.” – Pope Benedictday-six-novena-st-john-paul-18-oct-2017

Let us Pray:

O Holy Trinity, we thank You for having given to the Church Pope John Paul II and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness, the glory of the Cross of Christand the splendour of the Spirit of love.

He, trusting completely in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us the way of holiness as the path to reach eternal communion with You Grant us, through his intercession, according to Your will, the grace that we implore,

………………….. [state your intention here].

Continue, beloved St John Paul, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God’s people. We praise and thank You Father that St John Paul has been numbered among Your saints and make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

Totus Tuus, Amen.

Quote Day Six:   “Mary, who was present on the day of Pentecost, at the beginning of the life of the Church, with the Apostles, disciples and pious women, always remains present in the Church, she, the first woman missionary, is Mother and support, of all those who proclaim the Gospel!” (Rome, 12 Oct 1979)mary who was present on the day of pentecost - 18 oc 2018

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Thought for the Day – 18 October – The Feast of St Luke the Evangelist – St Luke the Painter and the Painter in Words.

Thought for the Day – 18 October – The Feast of St Luke the Evangelist – St Luke the Painter and the Painter in Words.

“According to a pious tradition, Luke is thought to have painted the image of Mary, the Virgin Mother.   But the real portrait that Luke draws of Jesus’ Mother is the one that emerges from the pages of his work – in scenes that have become familiar to the People of God, he draws an eloquent image of the Virgin.   The Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Presentation in the Temple, life in the home of Nazareth, Jesus’ discussion with the doctors and His being lost and Pentecost have provided abundant material down the centuries for the ever new creations of painters, sculptors, poets and musicians.

What is most important however is to discover that, through pictures of Marian life, Luke introduces us to Mary’s interior life, helping us at the same time to understand her unique role in salvation history.

Mary is the one who says fiat, a personal and total “yes” to God’s invitation, calling herself the “handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1: 38).   This attitude of total assent to God and unconditional acceptance of His Word represents the highest model of faith, the anticipation of the Church as the community of believers.

The life of faith grows and develops in Mary through sapiential meditation on the words and events of Christ’s life (cf. Lk 2: 19, 51).   She “ponders in her heart” to understand the deep meaning of His words, in order to assimilate it and share it with others.

The Magnificat hymn (cf. Lk 1: 46-55) shows another important aspect of Mary’s “spirituality”:  she embodies the figure of the poor person, capable of putting all her trust in God, who casts down the mighty from their thrones and raises up the lowly.

Luke also describes the figure of Mary in the early Church, showing that she is present in the Upper Room as they await the Holy Spirit – “All these [the 11 Apostles] with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren” (Acts 1: 14).

The group gathered in the Upper Room forms the original nucleus of the Church.   Within it Mary carries out a double role: on the one hand, she intercedes for the birth of the Church through the Holy Spirit;  on the other, she shares her experience of Jesus with the newborn Church.

Luke’s work thus offers the Church … a powerful stimulus to make the most of the “Marian dimension” of Christian life as she follows the way of Christ.” …St Pope John Paul 15 October 2000

Mary Immaculate, Pray for Us!mary immaculate - pray for us - 4 mary 2018

St Luke, Pray for Us!st luke pay for us -18 oct 2018