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Thought for the Day – 2 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:1–23

Thought for the Day – 2 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:1–23 – Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

‘This people honours me with their lips but their heart is far from me…”…Mark 7:6

“The interior life is primordial… The active life is the consequence of the interior life and has no value unless it depends upon it.   We should like to do everything to the best of our ability, perfectly.   But if it isn’t linked to our interior life it is to no purpose.   All the value of our life and activity stems from our interior life, the life of love for God and the Virgin Mary, the Immaculata – not in theories or sweetness but in the practice of a love that consists in the union of our will with the will of the Immaculate Virgin.

Above and over all we must deepen this interior life.   If it is truly a case of spiritual life then supernatural means are required.   Prayer, prayer and prayer alone is what is needed to undertake the interior life and its flowering. Interior recollection is necessary.

Let us not be anxious about unnecessary things but gently, peacefully, let us try to preserve recollection of spirit and be attentive to God’s grace.   That is why silence helps us.”…St Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) Martyrprayer prayer and prayer alone - st maximillian kolbe - 2 sept 2018

“You must, so to speak, tear off your own skin, which Saint Paul calls the old man, in order to be clothed with the Spirit of Jesus Christ, which is, according to the same Apostle, the new man.”

.St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchyou must so to speak tear off your own skin - st francis de sales - 2 sept 2018

“So let me ask you – are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord’s presence, when you calmly spend time with Him, when you bask in His gaze?   Do you let His fire inflame your heart?   Unless you let Him warm you more and more with His love and tenderness, you will not catch fire.   How will you then be able to set the hearts of others on fire by your words and witness?

Pope Francis Gaudete et Exscultateso let me ask you - pope francis - gaudete et exscultate - 2 sept 2018

And you Immaculata, who are our example, who are our constant intercessor, pray for us!immaculate mary pray for us - 2 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

One Minute Reflection – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 16:13–19

And I tell you, you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.   I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” …Matthew 16:18-19ON THIS ROCK - MATTHEW 16 18

REFLECTION – “And so it is with Rome, where the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, gave with their blood their final witness.   The vocation of Rome is of apostolic origin and the ministry which it is our lot to exercise here, is a service for the benefit of the entire Church and of mankind.   But it is an irreplaceable service, because it has pleased the Wisdom of God to place the Rome of Peter and Paul, so to speak, on the road that leads to the eternal City, by the fact that Wisdom chose to confide to Peter—who unifies in himself the College of Bishops—the keys of the kingdom of heaven.   What remains here, not through the effect of man’s will but through the free and merciful benevolence of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit, is the soliditas Petri, such as our predecessor Saint Leo the Great extolled in unforgettable terms:   “Saint Peter does not cease to preside over his See and preserves an endless sharing, with the Sovereign Priest.   The firmness that he received from the Rock which is Christ, he himself, having become the Rock, transmits it equally to his successors.”…Blessed Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) – Exhortation on Christian Joy, 1975and so it is with rome - bl paul VI - 29 june 2018.jpg

PRAYER – Lord our God, You give us the great joy of devoting this day to the honour of the apostles Peter and Paul.   Provide us, by their intercession, with help for our eternal salvation.   Grant that Your Church may follow their teaching to the full, because these are the men who first taught us to worship You in Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.sts-peter-and-paul-pray-for-us-29 June 2017

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Thought for the Day – 14 June – The Memorial of St Methodius I of Constantinople (8th Cent – 847) “Defender of Icons”

Thought for the Day – 14 June – The Memorial of St Methodius I of Constantinople (8th Cent – 847) “Defender of Icons”

Iconoclasm is still with us today, within and without the Catholic Church. Let us consider this statement from the Second Council of Nicaea that St Methodius fought all his life to defend:

“Following the divinely inspired teaching our of holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church (for we know that this tradition comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in her), we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, in houses and on streets.”

And, from our present-day Catechism of the Catholic Church, we have these words:

“The contemplation of sacred icons, united with meditation on the Word of God and the singing of liturgical hymns, enters into the harmony of the signs of celebration, so that the mystery celebrated, is imprinted in the heart’s memory and is then expressed in the new life of the faithful”…CCC 1162.

St Methodius, “Defender of Icons”, Pray for usst methodius - pray for us - 14 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 April – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Speaking of:  “Gaudete et Exsultate” – “Rejoice and Be Glad”

Quote/s of the Day – 17 April – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Speaking of:  “Gaudete et Exsultate” – “Rejoice and Be Glad”
Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on holiness: 9 April 2018

“We are all called to be holy,
by living our lives with love
and by bearing witness,
in everything we do,
wherever we find ourselves.”we are all called - no 2 - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Thanks be to God,
throughout the history of the church,
it has always been clear,
that a person’s perfection is measured,
not by the information,
or knowledge, they possess
but by the depth of their charity.”thanks be to god no 2- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Jesus explained with great simplicity,
what it means to be holy,
when He gave us the Beatitudes
(Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23).”jesus explained - pope franics - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Giving and forgiving,
means, reproducing in our lives,
some small measure,
of God’s perfection,
which gives and forgives
superabundantly.”giving and forgiving means- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“It is true, that the primacy
belongs to our relationship with God
but we cannot forget,
that the ultimate criterion,
on which our lives will be judged,
is what we have done for others.”it is true- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“The saints surprise us,
they confound us
because by their lives,
they urge us to abandon
a dull and dreary
mediocrity.”the saints surprise us - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - no 2 - 17 april 2018

“A community that cherishes
the little details of love,
whose members care for one another
and create an open
and evangelising environment,
is a place where the risen Lord is present,
sanctifying it in accordance
with the Father’s plan.”a community - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“We should not think
of the devil as a myth,
a representation, a symbol,
a figure of speech or an idea.
This mistake would lead us
to let down our guard,
to grow careless
and end up more vulnerable.”we should not think - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“The devil does not need
to possess us.
He poisons us with
the venom of hatred,
desolation, envy and vice.
When we let down our guard,
he takes advantage of it,
to destroy our lives,
our families and our communities.”the devil does not need to - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“Discernment is not about discovering,
what more we can get out of this life
but about recognising, how we can better
accomplish, the mission entrusted
to us at our baptism.”discernment is not about - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Let us ask the Holy Spirit,
to pour out upon us,
a fervent longing,
to be saints
for God’s greater glory
and let us encourage one another,
in this effort.”

Pope Francis – “Gaudete et Exsultate”let us ask the holy spirit - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018