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Thought for the Day – 5 July – The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)

Thought for the Day – 5 July – The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)

Compassion for the sick and the poor led Dr Anthony Mary Zaccaria to see beyond the sick bodies of his patients and recognise the need for a different kind of healing.   After becoming “Fr” Zaccaria, he tried to fill that need and dedicated the rest of his life to doing so. …….the Pauline ardour of his preaching would probably “turn off” many people today. When even some psychiatrists complain at the lack of a sense of sin, it may be time to tell ourselves that not all evil is explained by emotional disorder, subconscious and unconscious drives, parental influence and so on.   The old-time “hell and damnation” mission sermons have given way to positive, encouraging, biblical homilies. We do indeed need assurance of forgiveness, relief from existential anxiety and future shock.   But we still need prophets to stand up and tell us, “If we say ‘We are without sin,’ we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).   (Fr Don Miller OFM).
St Anthony was such a prophet, he let God step in and lead him to a whole new set of plans.   May we too allow God room in our boat to navigate us to a new way of life!

“We are fools for Christ’s sake: 

our holy guide and most revered patron, was speaking about himself and the rest of the apostles and about the other people who profess the Christian and apostolic way of life.   

But there is no reason, dear brothers, that we should be surprised or afraid;  for the disciple is not superior to his teacher, nor the slave to his master.   We should love and feel compassion for those who oppose us, rather than abhor and despise them, since they harm themselves and do us good and adorn us with crowns of everlasting glory while they incite God’s anger against themselves.   And even more than this, we should pray for them and not be overcome by evil but overcome evil by goodness.   

We should heap good works like red-hot coals of burning love upon their heads, as our Apostle urges us to do, so that when they become aware of our tolerance and gentleness they may undergo a change of heart and be prompted to turn in love to God.”

St Anthony Mary Zaccaria, pray for us!st a m zaccaria - praty for us - 5 july 2018

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Thought for the Day – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Thought for the Day – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

We would probably go to confession to Peter, sooner than to any of the other apostles.  He is perhaps a more striking example of the simple fact of holiness.   Jesus says to us as he said, in effect, to Peter:  “It is not you who have chosen me but I who have chosen you. Peter, it is not human wisdom that makes it possible for you to believe but my Father’s revelation.   I, not you, build my Church.”

Paul’s experience of the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus was the driving force that made him one of the most zealous, dynamic and courageous ambassadors of Christ the Church has ever had.   But persecution, humiliation and weakness became his day-by-day carrying of the cross, material for further transformation.   The dying Christ was in him;  the living Christ was his life.

We owe our faith to these two great Apostles and like Jesus, Himself, their death was our life!

St Peter, the foundation of our home on earth, incomparable St Paul, “the chosen vessel”, you were partners in death and share the glorious crown.   You are both lamps to guide our feet, lights and jewels of the Universal Church, please Pray for us!

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Our Morning Offering – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Our Morning Offering – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

What Fairer Light?

Hymn for the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Elphis, c 493, wife of Boethius c 477– 524
Translation: R A Knox, 1888-1957

What fairer light is this than time itself doth own,
The golden day with beams more radiant brightening?
The princes of God’s Church this feast day doth enthrone,
To sinners heavenward bound their burden lightening.

One taught mankind its creed, one guards the heavenly gate,
Founders of Rome, they bind the world in loyalty;
One by the sword achieved, one by the cross his fate;
With laurelled brows they hold eternal royalty.

Rejoice, O Rome, this day, thy walls they once did sign
With princely blood, who now their glory share with thee.
What city’s vesture glows with crimson deep as thine?
What beauty else has earth that may compare with thee?

To God the three in one eternal homage be,
All honour, all renown, all songs victorious,
Who rules both heaven and earth by one divine decree
To everlasting years in empire glorious.what fairer light - blessed solemnity of sts peter and paul - 29 june 2018

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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – 29 June

Wishing you all a Holy and Blessed Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul 

The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
St Augustine (354-430)peter and paul

This day has been consecrated for us by the Martyrdom of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul.   It is not some obscure martyrs we are talking about.   “Their sound has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19).   These martyrs had seen what they proclaimed, they pursued justice by confessing the truth, by dying for the truth.

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The blessed Peter, the first of the Apostles, the ardent lover of Christ, who was found worthy to hear, “And I say to you, that you are Peter” (Matthew 16:13-20).   He himself, you see, had just said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   Christ said to him, “And I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.”   Upon this rock I will build the faith you have just confessed.   Upon your words, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” I will build My Church, because you are Peter.   Peter comes from petra, meaning a rock.   Peter, “Rocky”, from “rock” not “rock” from “Rocky”.   Peter comes from the word for a rock in exactly the same way as the name Christian comes from Christ.

Before His passion the Lord Jesus, as you know, chose those disciples of His whom He called apostles.   Among these it was only Peter who almost everywhere, was given the privilege of representing the whole Church.   It was in the person of the whole Church, which he alone represented, that he was privileged to hear, “To you will I give the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”   After all, it is not just one man that received these keys but the Church in its unity.   So this is the reason for Peter’s acknowledged pre-eminence, that he stood for the Church’s universality and unity, when he was told, “To you I am entrusting,” what has in fact been entrusted to all.   To show you that it is the Church which has received the keys of the kingdom of heaven, listen to what the Lord says in another place to all His apostles:  “Receive the Holy Spirit” and immediately afterwards, “Whose sins you forgive, they will be forgiven them; whose sins you retain, they will be retained” (John 20:22-23).

Quite rightly, too, did the Lord after His resurrection entrust His sheep to Peter to be fed (Jn. 21: 15-19).   It is not, you see, that he alone among the disciples was fit to feed the Lord’s sheep but when Christ speaks to one man, unity is being commended to us.   And He first speaks to Peter, because Peter is the first among the apostles.   Do not be sad, Apostle.  Answer once, answer again, answer a third time.   Let confession conquer three times with love, because self-assurance was conquered three times by fear.   What you had bound three times must be loosed three times.   Loose through love what you had bound through fear.   And for all that, the Lord once and again, and a third time, entrusted His sheep to Peter.

There is one day for the passion of two apostles.   But these two also were as one; although they suffered on different days, they were as one.   Peter went first, Paul followed.   

We are celebrating a feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of the apostles.  Let us love their faith, their lives, their labours, their sufferings, their confession of faith, their preaching.

O God, who on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul
give us the noble and holy joy of this day,
grant, we pray, that Your Church
may in all things follow the teaching
of those through whom she received
the beginnings of right religion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amensaints-peter-and-paul-2sts peter and paul no 4 - pray for us

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Quote of the Day – 16 May – Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide

Quote of the Day – 16 May – Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide

“The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
when we do not know what prayer to offer,
to pray as we ought,
the Spirit Himself intercedes for us,
with groans beyond all utterance
and God, who can read our hearts,
knows well what the Spirit’s intent is;
for indeed, it is according to the mind of God
that He makes intercession for the saints.”

Romans 8:26-27romans 8 26 - 27 - the spirit comes to the aid of our weakness - 16 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 March 2018 – Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Quote/s of the Day – 30 March 2018 – Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

“But far be it from me to glory,
except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by which the world has been crucified to me
and I to the world.”

St Paulbut far be it from me - st paul - good friday 30 march 2018

“We give glory to You, Lord,
who raised up Your Cross to span the jaws of death
like a bridge by which souls might pass
from the region of the dead to the land of the living. ..
You are incontestably alive.
Your murderers sowed Your living body in the earth
as farmers sow grain but it sprang up
and yielded an abundant harvest of men
raised from the dead.”

St Ephrem the Syrian (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Churchwe give glory to you lord - st ephrem - 30 march 2018 - good friday

“Mount Calvary is the academy of love.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchmount calvary is the academy of love - st francis de sales - 30 march 2018 - good friday

” …Let us direct today our gaze toward Christ,
a gaze frequently distracted by scattered
and passing earthly interests.
Let us pause to contemplate His Cross.
The cross, fount of life and school of justice and peace,
is the universal patrimony of pardon and mercy.
It is permanent proof of a self-emptying and infinite love
that brought God to become man,
vulnerable like us, unto dying crucified.”

Pope Benedict XVI – 21 March 2008pope benedict - let us direct our gaze - good friday - 30 march 2018

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Thought for the Day – 26 January – Memorial of Sts Timothy and Titus, Disciples and Companions of the Apostle Paul and Bishops of the Catholic Church

Thought for the Day – 26 January – Memorial of Sts Timothy and Titus, Disciples and Companions of the Apostle Paul and Bishops of the Catholic Church

St Paul makes it clear to Timothy that he is to proclaim the Word with persistence BUT “through all patience.”   This is the most important part of these instructions!   Growth in the Spirit is a lifelong journey, in which great patience is needed.   The one who proclaims the Word needs patience in dealing with the one being taught.   This is a human enterprise and humans are notoriously slow to understand, accept and implement the Word of God in their lives.   Christians are to proclaim the Word without being judgmental.   So, as Paul tells Timothy so he tells you and me to go forth, proclaim the Word, live your faith, treat others with respect and kindness and do it all with patience and love.   Thus faith is the centre of the Christian’s life and from that centre he radiates Christ’s love to all whom he meets. (Msgr. Bernard Bourgeois)

In these letters, we get another glimpse of life in the early Church: great zeal in the apostolate, great communion in Christ, great friendship.   Yet always there is the problem of human nature and the unglamorous details of daily life: the need for charity and patience in “quarrels with others, fears within myself,” as Paul says.   Through it all, the love of Christ sustained them.   At the end of the Letter to Titus, Paul says that when the temporary substitute comes, “hurry to me.”

Sts Timothy and Titus, Pray for us!sts timothy and titus pray for us no 2 - 26 jan 2018