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Sunday Reflection – 22 July – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Reflection – 22 July – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sit laus plena, sit sonora

Remember, Mother Church, the holy and venerable hands,
the hands that, taking bread, broke and gave it,
the hands that have strengthened the bolts of your gates,
the hands that blessed your children within you (cf. Ps 147:12).
Remember the voice of Him whose word runs swiftly,
blessing and saying, “Take and eat, this is my Body”;
“This chalice is the new testament in my Blood” (cf. 1 Cor 11:24-25).
Remember the Crucified, the Risen One, the Lord of glory
whose Face alone plants peace in your borders,
whose Heart would save your souls from death,
and feed you in time of famine (cf. Ps 32:19).
Remember His hands, His Face and His Heart,
remember His words on the night before He suffered,
and out of your remembering, let praise come to flower on your lips.
Praise to fill that Upper Room,
praise to fill the Church,
praise to fall like a balm on every heart that has forgotten
the language of the Great Thanksgiving.

Remember the chalice of blessing
and adore the Blood of Christ.
Remember the bread that we break
and adore the Body of Christ.
Remember the one Bread by which we,
though many, are made one (cf. 1 Cor 10:16-17).
Remember the chalice of the Blood
in which every tear of yours dissolves into joy.
Remember the broken Bread
by which every brokenness of yours is made whole.
Remember the chalice offered to those who have nothing to offer.
Remember the Bread given to those who have nothing to give.
Remember and into your remembering,
welcome the immensity of a silence that seeks only to adore.remember the chalic of blessing - sunday reflection - 22 july 2018 - from vultus christi

(Excerpt By Dom Mark, Vultus Christi)

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Sunday Reflection – 15 July – Fifteenth Sunday of the Year

Sunday Reflection – 15 July – Fifteenth Sunday of the Year

“….in the Blessed Sacrament Our Lord Himself is the light which manifests Him as our model and reveals His beauties to us.   He is Himself His light, His means of being known, just as the sun is itself its own proof.   To make Himself known, He has only to show Himself.   Recognition of Him need not come from its being reasoned out.

A child does not have to discourse with himself to recognise his parents.   Our Lord reveals Himself through His presence, just as parents do.   But as we grow to know His voice better and as our hearts become more sympathetic to Him in emptying themselves of what is not Him, our Lord manifests Himself in a clearer and more intimate manner, which only those know, who love Him.   He gives the soul a divine conviction which overshadows the light of human reason.

Look at Magdalene:  one word from Jesus and she recognises Him.   He acts in the same way in the Blessed Sacrament:   He says one word only but it rings in our very hearts:  “It is I!….”   We sense His Presence, we believe in it more firmly than if we were to see Him with bodily eyes.”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)it is I - st peter julian eymard - 15 july 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 8 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Reflection – 8 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

“What does Jesus Christ do in the Eucharist?   

It is God who, as our Saviour, offers Himself each day for us to His Father’s justice.   

If you are in difficulties and sorrows, He will comfort and relieve you.   

If you are sick, He will either cure you or give you strength to suffer so as to merit Heaven.   

If the devil, the world and the flesh are making war upon you, He will give you the weapons with which to fight, to resist and to win victory.

If you are poor, He will enrich you with all sorts of riches for time and eternity.   

Let us open the door of His sacred and adorable Heart and be wrapped about for an instant by the flames of His love and we shall see what a God who loves us can do.   

O my God, who shall be able to comprehend?”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)

what does jesus christ do in the eucharist - sun reflection - 8 july 2018 -no 2 LARGER st john vianney

 

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Sunday Reflection – 1 July – By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

Sunday Reflection – 1 July – By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

O my dear Jesus, what can You do to make me love You?
Make me understand, what an excess of love You have shown me, by reducing Yourself to food,
in order to unite Yourself to poor sinners!
You, my dear Redeemer, have so much affection for me,
that You have not refused to give Yourself, again and again, entirely to me in Holy Communion.
And yet, I have had the courage to drive You away from my soul on so many occasions!
You do not despise a humble and contrite heart.
You became human for my sake.
You died for me.
You even went so far as to become my food.
What more can there remain for You to do in order to gain my love?
Oh, that I could die with grief, every time that I remember, that I have despised Your grace.
I repent, O my love, with my whole heart for having offended You.
I love You, O infinite goodness! I love You, O infinite love!
I desire nothing but to love You and I fear nothing but to live without Your love.
My beloved Jesus, do not refuse to come to me.
Come, because I would rather die a thousand times than drive You away again.
I will do all that I can to please You.
Come and inflame my whole soul with Your love.
Grant that I may forget everything, to think only of You,
and to desire You alone,
my sovereign and my only good.prayer before holy communion - o my dear jesus - 1 july 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 24 June – Help to Holiness by St Alphonsus Liquori

Sunday Reflection – 24 June – Help to Holiness by St Alphonsus Liquori  (1696-1787)         Most Zealous Doctor

St Alphonsus helps us, with:
Help To Holiness – Desire And Resolution
Holiness means loving God.

To love God, we must first desire to love Him.
If we do not want something, we will, certainly go to little trouble to obtain it!
So it is with the love of God.
He that has a small wish to advance in divine love will become lukewarm and, continuing this tepidity,
will soon fall totally away from God.
On the other hand whoever aspires after holines, and makes daily efforts to advance, will, little by little, attain it.
Saint Teresa assures us:
God leaves no deisre without its reward.
But let us not trust to our own efforts, to advance in holiness but hope for all, from and through God.
He will give us strength which, of course, we do not possess.
I can do all things in him who strengthen me.
Philippians 4:13
Many desire holiness but never take the means to gain it!
They want to do great penance and practice great prayer,
but such desires are mere fancies.
Saint Teresa often said:
The devil has no dread of irresolute souls.

RESOLUTIONS

Let us then fix our minds in the ways of God.
Let us resolve to meditate each day on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us resign ourselves in peace to God’s plan for us.
Let us endeavour, in the time remaining to us, to give all to God.
Jesus has given Himself to us,
may God help us to give ourselves to Him.help to holiness - desire and resolution - 24 june 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 17 June – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Sunday Reflection – 17 June – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

….What happens in Spring?   Plants blossom, trees flower.   I will ask you some questions. Can a sick tree or plant fully blossom if it is sick?   No!   Can a tree, a plant which is not watered by rain or artificially, blossom nicely?   No.   And can a tree and a plant whose roots have been removed or which have no roots flower?   No.   Without roots, can they flower?   No!   And this is a message:  Christian life has to be a life that must blossom in works of charity, in doing what is good.   But if you have no roots, you cannot blossom, and who is the root?   Jesus  ! If you are not with Jesus, there in the roots, you will not blossom.   If you do not water your life with prayer and the sacraments, will you bear Christian flowers?   No!   Because prayer and the sacraments water the roots and our life blossoms.   I hope that your Spring may be bloom beautifully, as blooming as Easter will be;  blossoming with good works, virtue and doing good to others.   Remember this, this is a very beautiful verse from my country:   “What blossoms a tree bears come from what lies underneath it”.   Never cut off Jesus’ roots.

During Mass, after breaking the consecrated Bread, that is the Body of Christ, the priest shows it to the faithful, inviting them to participate in the Eucharistic banquet.   We know the words that ring out from the sacred altar:  “Happy are those who are called to his Supper.   This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”.   Inspired by a passage in the Book of Revelation — “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Rev 19:9): it says “marriage” because Jesus is the Spouse of the Church — this invitation calls us to experience intimate union with Christ, the source of joy and holiness.   It is an invitation which brings happiness and at the same time spurs us to an examination of conscience enlightened by faith.

Although we are the ones who stand in procession to receive Communion;  we approach the altar in a procession to receive communion, in reality it is Christ who comes towards us to assimilate us in Him.   There is an encounter with Jesus!   To nourish oneself of the Eucharist means to allow oneself to be changed by what we receive.   Saint Augustine helps us understand this when he talks about the light he received when he heard Christ say to him:   “I am the food of strong men;  grow and you shall feed upon me;  nor shall you convert me, like the food of your flesh, into you but you shall be converted into me” (Confessions VII, 10, 16: pl 32, 742).

Each time we receive Communion, we resemble Jesus more;  we transform ourselves more fully into Jesus.   As the Bread and the Wine are converted into the Body and Blood of the Lord, so too those who receive it with faith, are transformed into a living Eucharist.

You reply “Amen” to the priest who distributes the Eucharist saying “the Body of Christ”; that is, you recognise the grace and the commitment involved in becoming the Body of Christ.   Because when you receive the Eucharist, you become the Body of Christ.  This is beautiful;  it is very beautiful.   As it unites us to Christ, tearing us away from our selfishness, Communion opens us and unites us to all those who are a single thing in Him.   This is the wonder of Communion:  we become what we receive!

Let us approach the Eucharist:  receiving Jesus who transforms us into Him makes us stronger.   The Lord is so good and so great!

Pope Francis, General Audience, 21 March 2018each time we receive communion - pope francis - 17 june 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 10 June -Tenth Sunday of the Year B

Sunday Reflection – 10 June -Tenth Sunday of the Year B

“The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass gives boundless honour to the Most Blessed Trinity because it represents the passion of Jesus Christ and because, through the Mass, we offer God the merits of Our Lord’s obedience, of His sufferings and of His Precious Blood.   The whole of the heavenly court also receives an accidental joy from the Mass.

Several doctors of the Church—together with St Thomas Aquinas—tell us that, for the same reason, all the blessed in Heaven rejoice in the communion of the faithful because the Blessed Sacrament, is a memorial of the passion and death of Jesus Chris and that by means of it, men share in its fruits and work out their salvation”

St Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)

“Adore and praise the immense love Jesus has for you in this Sacrament of Himself.
In order not to leave you a lonely orphan in this land of exile and misery, He comes from heaven for you personally, to offer you companionship and consolation.
Thank Him, therefore, with all your love and all your strength;
thank Him in union with all the saints!”…Fr Vincent M Lucia “Come to me”

adore and praise the immense love - for lucia - 10 june 2018 - sunday reflection

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Sunday Reflection – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Sunday Reflection – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Holy Communion
Bl John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God, holiness becomes Your House and yet You dost made Your abode in my breast. My Lord, my Saviour, to me You come, hidden under the semblance of earthly things, yet in that very flesh and blood which You took from Mary. You, who did first inhabit Mary’s breast, come to me.

My God, You see me; I cannot see myself.   Were I ever so good a judge about myself, ever so unbiased and with ever so correct a rule of judging, still, from my very nature, I cannot look at myself and view myself truly and wholly.   But You, as You come to me, contemplates me.

When I say, Domine, non sum dignus—”Lord, I am not worthy”—You whom I am addressing, alone understands in their fullness the words which I use.   You see how unworthy so great a sinner is to receive the One Holy God, whom the Seraphim adore with trembling.   You see, not only the stains and scars of past sins but the mutilations, the deep cavities, the chronic disorders which they have left in my soul.   You see the innumerable living sins, though they be not mortal, living in their power and presence, their guilt and their penalties, which clothe me.   You see all my bad habits, all my mean principles, all wayward lawless thoughts, my multitude of infirmities and miseries, yet You come.   You see most perfectly how little I really feel what I am now saying, yet You come.

O my God, left to myself should I not perish under the awful splendour and the consuming fire of Your Majesty.   Enable me to bear You, lest I have to say with Peter, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”o my god, left to myself - bl john henry newman - 27 may 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 13 May – The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – “O Blessed Host”

Sunday Reflection – 13 May – The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord “O Blessed Host”

” Blessed Host” Eucharistic Prayer before Holy Communion
By St Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
Diary 159

O Blessed Host, in golden chalice enclosed for me,
That through the vast wilderness of exile I may pass –
pure, immaculate, undefiled;
Oh, grant that through the power of Your love
This might come to be.

O Blessed Host, take up Your dwelling within my soul,
O Thou my heart’s purest love!
With Your brilliance the darkness dispel.
Refuse not Your grace to a humble heart.

O Blessed Host, enchantment of all heaven,
Though Your beauty be veiled
And captured in a crumb of bread,
Strong faith tears away that veil.eucharistic prayer before holy comm - st faustina - o blessed host - 13 may 2018 - sunday reflection.jpg

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Sunday Reflection – 6 May – Sixth Sunday of Eastertide B

Sunday Reflection – 6 May – Sixth Sunday of Eastertide B

We Offer to Jesus the Adoration of our Whole Being
By Fr Vincent Martin Luca

Lay your whle being, your faculties and all your works in homage at the foot of the Eucharistic Altar and Throne and say to the Lord:
“To You alone be love and glory!”

Offer Him the homage of your thoughts, desiring the Divine Eucharist to be the dominant thought of your life;
the homage of your affections, calling Jesus, the King and God of your heart;
the homage of your will, desiring henceforth to have no other law,
no other end than His service,
His love
and His glory;
the homage of your memory, in order to remember Him alone and thus to live
in Him,
by Him
and for Him alone.

Then contemplate the greatness of the love of Jesus as He institutes, multiplies and perpetuates His Divine Eucharist, to the end of time.
Marvel at His wisdom in the Divine invention which excites the wonder of the angels themselves.
Praise His power which has triumphed over every obstacle and exalt His goodness,
which has determined the gifts of that power.

On realising that you are the very end of the greatest and the holiest of Sacraments,
break forth into a transport of joy and love,
for you alone,
what He has done for all!
What LOVE!sunday reflection - 6 may - fr vincent luca page 242 come to me