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Thought for the Day – 15 February – The Memorial of St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)

Thought for the Day – 15 February – The Memorial of St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)

This is a special day for the Jesuits, who claim today’s saint as one of their own.   It’s also a special day for people who have a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus—a devotion Claude de la Colombière promoted, along with his friend and spiritual companion, St Margaret Mary Alacoque.   The emphasis on God’s love for all was an antidote to the rigorous moralism of the Jansenists, who were popular at the time.

Claude showed remarkable preaching skills long before his ordination in 1675.   Two months later, he was made superior of a small Jesuit residence in Burgundy.   It was there he first encountered Margaret Mary Alacoque.   For many years after he served as her confessor.

As a fellow Jesuit and as a promoter of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saint Claude must be very special to Pope Francis who has so beautifully emphasised the mercy of Jesus.   The emphasis on God’s love and mercy are characteristic of both men.

“The past three centuries allow us to evalutate the importance of the message which was entrusted to Claude.   In a period of contrasts between the fervour of some and the indifference or impiety of many, here is a devotion centred on the humility of Christ, on His presence, on His love of mercy and on forgiveness.   Devotion to the Heart of Christ would be a source of balance and spiritual strengthening for Christian communities so often faced with increasing unbelief over the coming centuries.
May the canonisation of Claude La Colombiere be for the whole Church an appeal to live the consecration to the Heart of Christ, a consecration which is a self-giving that allows the charity and mercy of Christ to inspire us, pardon us and lead us in His ardent desire to open the ways of truth and life to all our brothers and sisters!”…St Pope John Paul II, during the canonisation of Saint Claude (31 May 1992)

St Claude de la Colombiere, pray for us!st claude - pray for us - 15 feb 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 15 February – The Memorial of St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)

Quote/s of the Day – 15 February – The Memorial of St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)

“May the Heart of Jesus Christ be our school!
Let us make our abode there.
Let us study its movements
and attempt to conform ours to them.
Yes, O Divine Jesus, I want to live there.”

“When the Holy Spirit is in a soul,
He communicates Himself,
in one way or another.
We can say that He makes virtue contagious
and turns a simple faithful into an apostle.”may the heart of jesus christ be our school - st claude de la colombiere - 15 feb 2018

“God is in the midst of us, or rather,
we are in the midst of Him;
wherever we are, He sees us and touches us,
at prayer, at work, at table, at recreation.”god is in the midst of us - st claude de la colombiere - 15 feb 2018

“God is more honoured by a single Mass
than He could be by all the actions of angels
and men together, however fervent and heroic they might be.
Yet, how FEW hear Mass with the intention of giving God
this sublime honour!
How FEW think with joy on the glory a Mass gives to God.
How FEW rejoice to possess the means of honouring Him
as He deserves! . . .
If we only knew the treasure we hold in our hands!”

St Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682)god-is-more-honoured-by-a-single-mass-st-claude - 15 feb 2017

“St Claude has been a dear friend of mine since I discovered his writings quite some years ago. . I count on his intercession. I turn to him when I feel my heart is tired and a little cold and distressed. This Saint of Hearts is a most willing guide leading us to the warmest Heart of Christ full of Mercy and Love.”

The Franciscan St John Wall O.F.M. (1620-1679) (Joachim of Saint Anne), who was martyred for the crime of being a Catholic priest near Redhill, Corcester, England on August 22nd, 1679, knew Saint Claude. After having spent a night in spiritual conversation with him, the soon–to–be martyr said,

“When I was in his presence I thought that I was dealing with Saint John returned to earth to rekindle that fire of love in the Heart of Christ.”

St John Wall O.F.M. (1620-1679)st-john-wall-on-st-claude.-15 feb 2018-when I was in his presence

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One Minute Reflection – 15 February – The Memorial of St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)

One Minute Reflection – 15 February – The Memorial of St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you...1 Peter 1:3-4

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REFLECTION – “Lord, I am in this world to show Your mercy to others.   Other people will glorify You, by making visible the power of Your grace, by their fidelity and constancy to You.   For my part I will glorify You, by making known how good You are to sinners, that Your mercy is boundless and that no sinner, no matter how great his offences, should have reason to despair of pardon.   If I have grievously offended You, My Redeemer, let me not offend You even more, by thinking that You are not kind enough to pardon me.” … St Claude de la Colombierefor my part i will glorify you - st claude de la colombiere - 15 feb 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, Your great mercy, gave us Your Son! Surely nothing can be a greater proof to us of Your unending love and mercy to Your lowly creatures, we who are dust.   Through Him, who died and rose for us, You have shown us the way of true mercy. Grant us this day that by the intercession of St Claude, we may take up our crosses with Him, never leaving the love of His Sacred Heart, so that we may join Your holy saints in eternal life.   Through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-claude-pray-for-us-15 feb 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 15 February – The Memorial of St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)

Our Morning Offering – 15 February – The Memorial of St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)

Lord, be the Centre of Our Hearts
by St Claude de la Colombiere

O God, what will You do to conquer
the fearful hardness of our hearts?
Lord, You must give us new hearts,
tender hearts, sensitive hearts,
to replace hearts
that are made of marble and of bronze.
You must give us Your own Heart, Jesus.
Come, lovable Heart of Jesus.
Place Your Heart deep in the centre of our hearts
and enkindle in each heart a flame of love
as strong, as great, as the sum of all the reasons
that I have for loving You, my God.
O holy Heart of Jesus, dwell hidden in my heart,
so that I may live only in You and only for You,
so that, in the end,
I may live with You eternally in heaven, amenlord be the centre of our hearts - st claude de la colombiere - o god what will you do to conquer - 15 feb 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 30 January 2018

Our Morning Offering – 30 January 2018

O make my heart beat with Your Heart!
By Bl Cardinal John Henry Newman

Most Sacred,
most loving Heart of Jesus,
You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist,
And You beat for us still.
Now, as then, You say:
“With desire I have desired.”
I worship You
with all my best love and awe,
With fervent affection,
With my most subdued,
most resolved will.
For a while, You take up Your abode within me.
O make my heart beat with Your Heart!
Purify it of all that is earthly,
All that is proud and sensual,
All that is hard and cruel,
Of all perversity,
Of all disorder,
Of all deadness.
So fill it with You,
That neither the events of the day,
Nor the circumstances of the time,
May have the power to ruffle it;
But that in Your love and Your fear,
It may have peace. Ameno make my heart beat with your heart!-bl john henry newman.8 june 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Quote/s of the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

“Let the soul who is desirous
of advancing in perfection
hasten to My Sacred Heart.”let the soul - st gertrude - 16 nov 2017

“I understand that, each time
we contemplate with desire
and devotion, the Host in which
is hidden Christ’s Eucharistic Body,
we increase our merits in heaven
and secure special joys to be ours,
later in the beatific vision of God.”i understand that - st gertrude - 16 nov 2017

“Angels constantly guard
the clients of the Blessed Virgin
from the assaults of Hell.”

St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)angels constantly guard - st gertrude - 16 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Our Morning Offering – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
By St Gertrude the Great

O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
fountain of eternal life,
Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love.
You are my refuge and my sanctuary.
O my adorable and loving Saviour,
consume my heart with the burning fire
with which Yours is aflamed.
Pour down on my soul those graces
which flow from Your love.
Let my heart be united with Yours.
Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things.
May Your Will be the rule of all my desires and actions.
Amenprayer to the sacred heart by st gertrude - 16 nov 2017

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Thought for the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those Devoted to His Sacred Heart:

Thought for the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary

or those Devoted to His Sacred Heart:

1.   I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2.   I will establish peace in their families.
3.   I will console them in all their troubles.
4.   They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life
and especially at the hour of their death.
5.   I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6.   Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
7.   Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8.   Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9.   I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart
shall be exposed and honoured.
10.  I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names
written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
12.  The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those
who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months
the grace of final repentance;
they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments;
My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

From Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Vision of Jesusthe 12 promises of the sacred heart - 16 oct 2017

Our scientific-materialistic age cannot “prove” private revelations.   Theologians, if pressed, admit that we do not have to believe in them.   But it is impossible to deny the message Margaret Mary heralded:  that God loves us with a passionate love.   Her insistence on reparation and prayer and the reminder of final judgment should be sufficient to ward off superstition and superficiality in devotion to the Sacred Heart while preserving its deep Christian meaning.

St Margaret Mary, Pray for us!st margaret mary pray for us 2

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorials of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1725-1755)

Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorials of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1725-1755)

“All for the Eucharist
nothing for me.”all for the eucharist - st m m - 16 oct 2017

“Announce it and let it be announced to the whole world,
that I set neither limit nor measure to my gifts of grace,
for those who seek them in my Heart.”
Revelations of Our Lord to St Margaret Mary Alacoqueannounce it and let it be announced - st margaret mary

“The Sacred Heart is the symbol
of that boundless love
which moved the Word to take flesh,
to institute the Holy Eucharist,
to take our sins upon Himself
and, dying on the Cross,
to offer Himself as a victim
and sacrifice to the eternal Father.”the sacred heart is the symbol - st mm - 16 oct 2017

“Let every knee bend before You,
O greatness of my God,
so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host.
May every heart love You,
every spirit adore You
and every will be subject to You!

St Margaret Mary Alacoquelet every knee bend before you - st mm 16 oct 2017

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“The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible.
The poor sick person is Christ again made visible.”the most blessed - st gerard - 16 oct 2017

“Who except God can give you peace?
Has the world ever been able
to satisfy the heart?”who except god - st gerard majella - 16 oct 2017

“Consider the shortness of time,
the length of eternity and reflect how everything
here below comes to an end and passes by.
Of what use is it to lean upon that,
which cannot give support? “

St Gerard Majellaconsider - st gerard majella - 16 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

One Minute Reflection – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;  for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.….Philippians 2:12-13

REFLECTION – “Let us begin in earnest to work out our salvation, for no one will do it for us, since even He Himself, Who made us without ourselves, will not save us without ourselves!”…..St Margaret Mary Alacoquelet us begin in earnest - st margaret mary - 16 october 2017

PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ, You wondrously revealed all of the deep treasures of Your Heart to St Margaret Mary. May her merits and example win us the grace to love You above all things and in all things so that we may make our abode in Your own Sacred Heart.   St Margaret Mary, pray for us that we may live in the Sacred Heart of Christ our Lord.   Through You, Lord Jesus, who live and reign forever, in union with God our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.st margaret mary - pray for us