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Quote/s of the Day – 19 April – Thursday of the Third Week of Eastertide “Speaking of: Becoming a Saint”

Quote/s of the Day – 19 April – Thursday of the Third Week of Eastertide

“Speaking of:  Becoming a Saint”

“Think well.
Speak well.
Do well.
These three things,
through the mercy of God,
will make a man go to Heaven.”

St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)think well speak well do well-st camillus de lellis

“He who wishes for anything but Christ,
does not know what he wishes;
he who asks for anything but Christ,
does not know what he is asking;
he who works and not for Christ,
does not know what he is doing.”

St Philip Neri (1515-1595)he who wishes for anything - st philip neri - 19 april 2018

“The great saint may be said,
to mix all his thoughts with thanks.
All goods look better,
when they look like gifts.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)the great saint - g k chesterton - 19 april 2018 speaking of becoming a saint

“Enemy-occupied territory –
that is what this world is.
Christianity is the story of how,
the rightful king has landed,
you might say landed in disguise
and is calling us all, to take part,
in a great campaign of sabotage.”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)enemy occupied territory - c s lewis - 19 april - speaking of becoming a saint

“What people don’t realise, 
is how much Christianity costs.
They think faith is a big electric blanket,
when of course, it is the cross.”

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)what people don't realise = flannery o'connor - speaking of becoming a saint - 19 april 2018

“Take courage!
Fix your gaze on our saints.”

Pope Benedict XVItake courage - pope benedict - speaking of becoming a saint - 19 april 2018

“Take the Crucifixion personally.”take the crucifixion - fr mike schmitz - 19 april 2018

“The road to holiness
goes through your neighbour.”

Father Mike Schmitzthe road to holiness - fr mike schmitz - 19 april 2018

 

 

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Wishing our Holy Father Emeritus Papa Benedict XVI a Blessed 91st Birthday! 16 April 2018

Wishing our Holy Father Emeritus Papa Benedict XVI a Blessed 91st Birthday!
16 April 2018

Greatly beloved Papa Benedict
We send you all our Love
and our Prayers
on your 91st Birthdayhappy birthday papa benedict - 16 april 2018 - 91st birthday

He plans to spend his birthday in private, in the Vatican Gardens, with his brother Georg, who is 94.

Just like last year, he will most likely celebrate the day in a Bavarian style, which will remind him of the tastes of his land.

Throughout this year, Benedict has found all the rumours about his delicate health quite humorous.   He even wrote a letter to an Italian newspaper to thank them for paying so much attention to him.

Past recent birthdays have seen Benedict celebrate the day with a pint of beer.

His personal secretary, long-time aide and prelate of the Vatican Household, ArchBishop Georg Gaenswein, said “Certainly, his physical strength is lessening. It’s hard for him to walk.   However, he uses a walker, which ensures autonomy in movement and safety,” the aide said.

The rhythm of Benedict’s retirement in a monastery on Vatican City grounds consists of “prayer, meditation, reading, study, correspondence,” Gaenswein said. “He has visitors, too.   Music certainly still has its place, together with a daily walk.”happy 91st birthday papa benedict - 16 april 2018

 

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One Minute Reflection – 15 April – The Third Sunday of Easter Year B

One Minute Reflection – 15 April – The Third Sunday of Easter Year B

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”... Luke 24:45-48o lord let the light of your countenance shine upon us - pope benedict - third sun easter B - 15 april 2018

REFLECTION – “This very experience of repentance and forgiveness is relived in every community in the Eucharistic celebration, especially on Sundays.   The Eucharist, the privileged place in which the Church recognises “the Author of life” (Acts 3: 15) is “the breaking of the bread”, as it is called in the Acts of the Apostles.   In it, through faith, we enter into communion with Christ, who is “the priest, the altar and the lamb of sacrifice” (see Preface for Easter, 5) and is among us.   Let us gather round Him to cherish the memory of His words and of the events contained in Scripture;  let us relive His Passion, death and Resurrection.   In celebrating the Eucharist, we communicate with Christ, the victim of expiation and from Him we draw forgiveness and life.   What would our lives as Christians be without the Eucharist?   The Eucharist is the perpetual, living inheritance which the Lord has bequeathed to us in the Sacrament of His Body and His Blood and which we must constantly rethink and deepen so that, as venerable Pope Paul VI said, it may “impress its inexhaustible effectiveness on all the days of our earthly life” (Insegnamenti, V [1967], p. 779).”…Pope Benedict XVIin it, through faith, - pope benedict - 15 april 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, grant Your people constant joy in the renewed vigour of their souls. Grant them sorrow for their sins and gratitude for the suffering of Your Son.   Grant them forgiveness and life in the Holy Eucharist, through which we meet Him, who saved us. Grant, we pray, that we may grow in our love for the saving banquet to which we are called so that we may one day rejoice eternally, with You, in union with our Lord, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever amen.   “O Lord, let the light of your countenance shine upon us”!

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Thought for the Day – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide

Thought for the Day – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide

The Resurrection of the Lord is Our Hope

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world,

From the depths of my heart, I wish all of you a blessed Easter.   To quote Saint Augustine, “Resurrectio Domini, spes nostra – the resurrection of the Lord is our hope” (Sermon 261:1).   With these words, the great Bishop explained to the faithful that Jesus rose again so that we, though destined to die, should not despair, worrying that with death life is completely finished;  Christ is risen to give us hope (cf. ibid.).

Indeed, one of the questions that most preoccupies men and women is this:  what is there after death?   To this mystery today´s solemnity allows us to respond that death does not have the last word because Life will be victorious at the end.   This certainty of ours is based not on simple human reasoning but on a historical fact of faith:  Jesus Christ, crucified and buried, is risen with His glorified body.   Jesus is risen so that we too, believing in Him, may have eternal life.   This proclamation is at the heart of the Gospel message.   As Saint Paul vigorously declares:  “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”   He goes on to say:  “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Cor 15:14,19).   Ever since the dawn of Easter a new Spring of hope has filled the world; from that day forward our resurrection has begun because Easter does not simply signal a moment in history but the beginning of a new condition:   Jesus is risen not because His memory remains alive in the hearts of His disciples but because He Himself lives in us and in Him we can already savour the joy of eternal life.

The resurrection, then, is not a theory but a historical reality revealed by the man Jesus Christ by means of His “Passover”, His “passage”, that has opened a “new way” between heaven and earth (cf. Heb 10:20).   It is neither a myth nor a dream, it is not a vision or a utopia, it is not a fairy tale but it is a singular and unrepeatable event:  Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary, who at dusk on Friday was taken down from the Cross and buried, has victoriously left the tomb.   In fact, at dawn on the first day after the Sabbath, Peter and John found the tomb empty.   Mary Magdalene and the other women encountered the risen Jesus.   On the way to Emmaus the two disciples recognised Him at the breaking of the bread.   The Risen One appeared to the Apostles that evening in the Upper Room and then to many other disciples in Galilee.

If it is true that death no longer has power over man and over the world, there still remain very many, in fact too many signs of its former dominion.   Even if through Easter, Christ has destroyed the root of evil, He still wants the assistance of men and women in every time and place who help Him to affirm His victory using His own weapons:  the weapons of justice and truth, mercy, forgiveness and love.

Pope Benedict XVI – 13 April 2009 (Excerpt)even if through easter - pope benedict - 12 april 2018

 

 

 

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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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Thought for the Day – 7 April – Easter Saturday, Seventh Day in the Octave of Easter

Thought for the Day – 7 April – Easter Saturday, Seventh Day in the Octave of Easter

What is Faith? by Father Richard Frederick Clarke, SJ

Faith is that disposition of our minds which makes us ready to accept all that God has revealed simply because He has revealed it.   It is an assent to that which comes to us with God’s authority because it comes with His authority and not because in itself it commends itself to our reason.   It is quite satisfied that God has said that this or that is true and it gives its adherence to what He has said without any further question.   It thus earns the benediction of those “who have not seen but have believed.” (John 20:29)   Have I this simple, unquestioning faith?

Faith is never opposed to reason.   It is above and beyond reason but never contrary to it. What God has spoken can never be in contradiction with what our reason tells us is true. It may contradict our ordinary experience, as in the case of miracles; it may seem to set aside the testimony of our senses, as in the case of the Blessed Eucharist;  it may require our acceptance of what is beyond the power of reason to grasp, as the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity but it never requires us to believe in an absurdity.   Thank God for your faith in the Catholic religion, since all others are ultimately in contradiction with reason.

Yet faith requires us to believe many things that are difficult of belief and that we cannot believe without the help of God.   Faith is a gift of God.   No amount of searching or inquiry will obtain it.   I must humbly pray to God, “Give me a strong faith; increase my faith; make me loyal in my readiness to believe,” if I wish my faith to be that of a true child of the Catholic Church. (Beautiful Pearls of Catholic Truth-1897)

“Of course, this adherence to God is not without content;  with it we are aware that God has shown Himself to us in Christ, He has made us see His face and has made Himself really close to each one of us.   Indeed, God has revealed thatHhis love for man, for each one of us, is boundless:  on the Cross, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God made man, shows us in the clearest possible way how far this love reaches, even to the gift of Himself, even to the supreme sacrifice.   With the mystery of Christ’s death and Resurrection, God plumbs to the depths of our humanity to bring it back to Him, to uplift it to His heights. Faith is believing in this love of God that is never lacking in the face of human wickedness, in the face of evil and death but is capable of transforming every kind of slavery, giving us the possibility of salvation.

Having faith, then, is meeting this “You”, God, who supports me and grants me the promise of an indestructible love that not only aspires to eternity but gives it;  it means entrusting myself to God with the attitude of a child, who knows well that all his difficulties, all his problems are understood in the “you” of his mother.   And this possibility of salvation through faith is a gift that God offers all men and women.   I think we should meditate more often — in our daily life, marked by problems and at times by dramatic situations — on the fact that believing in a Christian manner means my trusting abandonment to the profound meaning that sustains me and the world, that meaning that we are are unable to give to each other but can only receive as a gift and that is the foundation on which we can live without fear.   And we must be able to proclaim this liberating and reassuring certainty of faith with words and show it by living our life as Christians.”

Pope Benedict XVI – General Audience “What is faith?” – 24 October 2012

having faith then - pope benedict - 7 april 2018 easter sat 7th day of the octave

“We speak, we cast the seed, we scatter the seed.
There are those who deride us,
those who reproach us,
those who mock at us.
If we fear them, we have nothing left to sow
and on the day of reaping, we will be left without a harvest.
Therefore, may the seed in the good soil sprout!”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchwe speak, we cast the seed - st augustine - 7 april 2018 - easter saturday

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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 – 5 April – Easter Thursday Fifth Day in the Easter Octave Speaking of the Resurrection

Quote/s of the Day – 5 April – Easter Thursday Fifth Day in the Easter Octave

Speaking of the Resurrection

“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen and you are overthrown.
Christ is risen and the demons are fallen.
Christ is risen and the angels rejoice.
Christ is risen and life reigns.
Christ is risen and not one dead remains in the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead,
is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Church, Easter Homilyo death where is your sting - st john chrysostom - easter thursday - 5 april 2018

The Lord’s triumph, on the day of the Resurrection, is final.
Where are the soldiers the rulers posted there?
Where are the seals that were fixed to the stone of the tomb?
Where are those who condemned the Master?
Where are those who crucified Jesus?
He is victorious and faced with His victory,
those poor wretches have all taken flight.
Be filled with hope:
Jesus Christ is always victorious.”

St Josemarie Escrivá (1902-1975), The Forge, 660the lord triumph on the day of the resurrection is final - st josemaria - easter thursday 5 april 2018

“Faith in the Resurrection of Jesus says that,
there is a future for every human being;
the cry for unending life,
which is a part of the person, is indeed answered.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Benedictus, 128faith in the resurrection of jesus - pope benedict - easter thursday - 5 april 2018

“The Gospel of Easter is very clear:
we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen
and to become witnesses of His Resurrection.
This is not to go back in time;
it is not a kind of nostalgia.
It is returning to our first love,
in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world
and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth.”

Pope Francis, Easter Vigil Homily, 2014POPE FRANCIS EASTER VIGIL

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Second Thoughts for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday, the Fourth day in the Octave of Easter

Second Thoughts for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday, the Fourth day in the Octave of Easter

“He is not here, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him” (Mk 16:6)

“There is another important aspect (in the Resurrection):  Jesus show Himself in the act of departure.

This is clearest in the event of Emmaus and in His meeting with Mary Magdalen.   He summons us to go with Him.

Resurrection is not an indulgence of curiosity – it is MISSION.   It’s intention is to transform the world!   It calls for an active joy, the joy of those who are themselves going along the path of the Risen One.

That is true today too – He only shows Himself to those who walk with Him.  The angel’s first word to the women was “He is not here, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him” (Mk 16:6).   So once and for all, we are told where the Risen One is to be found and how we are to meet Him – HE GOES BEFORE YOU.   He is present in preceding us.

By following Him, we can see Him!”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
The Word of the Witnesses – Seek that Which is Abovehe only shows himself - pope benedict - joseph ratzinger - easter wed - 4 april 2018 - no 2 with octave note

“They alone are able truly, to enjoy this world, who begin with the world unseen. They alone enjoy it, who have first abstained from it.   They alone can truly feast, who have first fasted.   They alone are able, to use the world, who have learned not to abuse it.   They alone inherit it, who take it as a shadow, of the world to come and who for that world to come relinquish it.”

Look at the cross of Christ – Blessed John Henry Newman  (1801-1890)THEY ALONE ARE ABLE TRULY - BL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN 0 4 APRIL EASTER WED 2018

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Thought for the Day – 3 April – Easter Tuesday in the Easter Octave 

Thought for the Day – 3 April – Easter Tuesday in the Easter Octave

On the Spiritual Resurrection of the Children of God

If you be risen with Christ, mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. – Colossians 3

Let us represent to ourselves Jesus Christ, rising glorious from the Sepulchre.

“Faith in the Risen One is faith in something that has really taken place.   Today, it is still true, that Christianity is neither legend nor fiction, not mere exhortation nor mere solution.   Faith stands on the firm basis of reality that has actually taken place.   Today too, in the words of Scripture, we can as it were, touch the Lord’s glorified wounds and say, with Thomas, in gratitude and joy – My Lord and my God! (Jn 20:28)

One question, however, continually arises at this point.   Not everyone saw the Risen Jesus.   Why not?   Why did He not go in triumph to the Pharisees and Pilate to show them that He was alive and to let them touch His scars?   But in asking such a question, we are forgetting that Jesus was not a resuscitated corpse like Lazarus and the boy of Naim.   They were allowed to return once more, to their erstwhile biological life, which sooner or later, would have to end, after all, with death.   What happened in Jesus’ case, was quite different – He did not return to the old life but began a new one, a life that is ultimate, no longer subject to nature’s law of death but standing in God’s freedom and hence final and absolute.   A life, therefore, that is no longer part of the realm of physics and biology, although it has integrated matter and nature into itself on a higher plane.  And that is why it is no longer within the ambit of our senses of touch and sight.   The Risen One cannot be seen like a piece of wood or stone.   He can only be seen by the person to whom He reveals Himself.   And He only reveals Himself, to the one whom He can entrust with a mission.   He does NOT reveal Himself, to curiosity but to LOVE;  LOVE is the indispensable organ if we are to see and approach Him.”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

The Word of the Witnesses – Seek that Which is Above (1985)

the risen one cannot be seen like a piece of wood or a stone - ratzinger - benedict - 3 april 2018