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Sunday Reflection – 20 January – “…Let him first strive to cleanse his conscience”

Sunday Reflection – 20 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

“…Let him first strive to cleanse his conscience”

St Caesarius of Arles (470-542) Bishop of Arles, Father of the Church

And so, dearly beloved brethren, let us each examine his conscience and when he sees that he has been wounded by some sin, let him first strive to cleanse his conscience by prayer, fasting, almsgiving and so dare to approach the Eucharist.   If he recognises his guilt and is reluctant to approach the holy altar, he will be quickly pardoned by the Divine Mercy, “for whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Mt 23:12).   If then, as I have said, a man conscious of his sins, humbly decides to stay away from the altar until he reforms his life, he will not be afraid of being completely excluded from the eternal banquet of heaven.

I ask you then, brethren, to pay careful attention.   If no-one dares approach an influential man’s table in tattered, soiled garments, how much more should one refrain in reverance and humility from the banquet of the Eternal King, that is, from the altar of the Lord, if one is smitten with poisonous envy, or anger, or is full of rage and fury?   For it is written, “Go first and be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift” (Mt 5:24).   And again, “Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?” And when he kept silent, that man said to the attendants, ‘bind his hands and feet and cast him forth into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” (Mt 22:12,13).   The same sentence awaits the man who dares present himself at the wedding feast, that is at the Lord’s table, if he is guilty of drunkenness, or adultery, or retains hatred in his heart.

St Caesarius of Arles (470-542) Bishop of Arles, was the foremost ecclesiastic of his generation in Merovingian Gaul. Caesarius is considered to be of the last generation of church leaders of Gaul that worked to promote large-scale ascetic elements into the Western Christian tradition.   Caesarius was a “popular preacher of great fervour and enduring influence”.   Among those who exercised the greatest influence on Caesarius were Augustine of Hippo, Julianus Pomerius and John Cassian.i ask you then brethren to pay careful attention - st caesarius bishop and father 20 jan 2019

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Thought for the day – 19 January – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906)

Thought for the day – 19 January – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906)

Blessed Marcelo was a pious man, of intense prayer and mortification, extremely sensitive to the needs and suffering of his faithful and an untiring apostle.   Homes, workers’ societies, centres where food was given to those who needed it, orphanages, night schools, creation of the faculty of theology of Seville, etc., were all part of his mark. He toured all the dioceses in which he exercised his ministry, travelling on a mule, he fought against the attempt to displace the teaching of religion from public centres as a senator from Granada, consoled the afflicted and took the gospel to every corner, preaching and confessing.

And at the centre of the heart of Blessed Marcelo was the Holy Eucharist.   He wrote:

“The masterpiece of Jesus Christ’s love for humanity is the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is within our reach.
We can all get close to Christ the guest and talk with Him
and perceive the warmth of His word.
The word!   How it inflames the spirits!
How will the word of Christ inflame them!
We can all get to the altar when He immolates Himself and shouts at us:
Look how much I have loved and loved you!
And we can all sit at His table
and eat the bread
and drink the intoxicating wine of charity. “

he immolates himself and shouts at us - bl marcelo spinola 19jan2019.jpg

Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Pray for Us!blessed-marcelo-pray-for-us.19 jan 2018.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 13 January

Quote/s of the Day – 13 January – The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Memorial of St Hilary of Poitiers (315-368) Father & Doctor of the Church and Blessed Francesco Maria Greco (1857-1931)

“O Lord, wishing to fulfil all things
that You ordained before the ages,
You received the servants of Your mystery,
from among the Angels, Gabriel,
from among Men, the Virgin,
from among the Heavens, the Star
and from among the Waters, the Jordan,
in which You washed away the sin of the world,
O our Saviour, glory to You.”

St John Damascene (675-749) Doctor of the Churcho-lord-wishing-to-fulfil-all-things-st-john-damascene-7-jan-20181.jpg

“God only knows how to be love
and He only knows how to be Father.
And the one who loves is not envious
and one who is Father is so totally.
This name does not permit compromises,
as if God were only father in some aspects
and not in others.”god only knows how to love - st hilary 13 jan 2019.jpg

“The privilege of our Church is such that
it is never stronger
than when it is attacked,
never better known
than when it is accused,
never more powerful
than when it appears forsaken.”
(Treatise on the Trinity)

“The Church is the Ship
outside which
it is impossible to understand
the Divine Word,
for Jesus spoke from the boat
to the people gathered
on the shore.”

“No matter how sinful
one may have been,
if he has devotion to Mary,
it is impossible that he be lost.”

St Hilary of Poitiers (315-368) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe-privilege-of-our-church-st-hilary-of-pitiers-13-jan-2018.jpg

“In solitude,
in the presence
of the Blessed Sacrament,
I learned the love of Jesus
and the power of this love.”

Blessed Francesco Maria Greco (1857-1931)in solitude in the presence of the blessed sacrament - bl francesco m greco 13 jan 2019.jpg

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Sunday Reflection – 13 January – Above all, let us pray Him to draw us to Him and to give us faith.

Sunday Reflection – 13 January – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Above all, let us pray Him to draw us to Him and to give us faith.

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
(Parochial & Plain Sermons, Vol. VI, no. 11)

“Above all, let us pray Him to draw us to Him and to give us faith.   When we feel that His mysteries are too severe for us and occasion us to doubt, let us earnestly wait on Him for the gift of humility and love.   Those who love and who are humble will apprehend them, carnal minds do not seek the and proud minds are offended at them but while love desires them, humility sustains them.

Let us pray Him to give us an earnest longing after Him – a thirst for His presence – an anxiety to find Him – a joy on hearing that He is to be found, even now, under the veil of sensible things – and a good hope that we shall find Him there.

Blessed indeed are they who have not seen and yet have believed.   They have their reward in believing, they enjoy the contemplation of a mysterious blessing, which does not even enter into the thoughts of other men and while they are more blessed than others, in the gift vouchsafed to them, they have the additional privilege of knowing that they are vouchsafed it.”let us pray him to give us - bl john henry newman 13 jan 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 13 January – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Our Morning Offering – 13 January – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

O Most Sacred, Most Loving Heart of Jesus
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O 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 the,
with all my best love and awe,
with my fervent affection,
with my most subdued, most resolved will.
You, for a while, 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 Thee,
that neither the events of the day
nor the circumstances of the time,
may have power to ruffle it
but that, in Your love
and Your fear,
it may have peace.
Amen.o most sacred most loving heart of jesus bl john henry newman - 13 jan 2019.jpg

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Sunday Reflection – 6 January – The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Sunday Reflection – 6 January – The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

“What other people are so fortunate as the Christian people?   What creature under heaven is so beloved as a devout soul into whom God comes, in order to feed him with His own glorious Body and Blood?   O grace unspeakable, O marvellous condescension, O love without measure, bestowed only on human beings!

There is nothing I can give to the Lord for this grace – this supreme love;  nothing acceptable I can offer Him but my heart entirely given to God and closely united to Him. Then, all that is within me will be filled with joy, when my soul is perfectly one with God.

Then He will say to me:  “If you will be with Me, I will be with you.”  And I will answer Him and say: “Stay with me, Lord, I implore You, for my desire is to be with You.”

This is my whole desire – that my heart be united to You.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Book 4-Chapter 13 #3
Blessed Sacramentwhat other people are so fortunate - thomas a kempis - sun reflec 6 jan 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 4 January on the Memorial of St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) the “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”

Thought for the Day – 4 January on the Memorial of St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) the “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”

Excerpt from an interview with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza who was the Relator of the Cause of St Manuel.

Eminence, I understand that there are three committees present that must analyse an alleged miracle – the Medical Commission of theologians and Cardinals and bishops. What is the Mission of this Commission, of Cardinals and bishops, in the process of approval of a miracle?   Which elements should you take into account to give your vote?

Examining the alleged miracles, the Congregation for the causes of Saints comes with a lot of seriousness.   The study involves a series of steps, including the medical part is especially important.   Finally, the Commission of Cardinals and bishops members of the Congregation examines the case.   They receive, along with the letter … full documentation of the case and a booklet with a summary, that highlights the most relevant areas of the analysis, as well as possible difficulties.

You have been the Relator of the cause of Blessed Manuel González García at the regular meeting of cardinals and bishops.   Can you explain the role of the Relator?

A cardinal is designated or a Bishop from among the members of the Congregation, and is called the ‘speaker’.   He is responsible for presenting the case and expresses his own outlook.   After this takes place, interventions of all those present, that is to adhere to or not to the conclusions of the Relator and then they present their own views.

The Relator presents the essential features of the biographical profile of Blessed, ie, describes the fundamentals of the case being examined, presents the evidence, the medical report (diagnosis of healing, prognosis, therapy, healing) and theological evaluation.   Finally, it formulates its conclusion, issues its own vote also asking the agreement of the other members and then presentation of all the results is proposed to the Holy Father.

BL Manuel González García devoted many of his energies to the clergy and to the formation of the same, as well as seminarians.   How can his message assist the current profile of the priest?

You ask me what particular message of Bl Manuel, can assist the priests and bishops of our time, in the whirlwind of their commitments.

Priests yesterday, today’s priests, priests of about-to-be:   Yes, it is right to pay attention to time and to the diverse situations and circumstances but I would like to talk about what transcends time.

Being priests is to be Christ and Christ is the one who atones for others, He is the one who begs for everyone.   He is the One at the top of the pedestal;   on the other hand, the priest is under the pedestal and carries its weight.   The priest elevates that weight to God with prayer.   And this is what is called in the Eucharist: the offering of Christ and of the whole Church.   In the instant that God raises His Son, raised, with the Son, also, is all mankind who, through the priest, must be saved.   Yes, also by the means of his Ministry, which closely associates it with Christ the Saviour.   This is the prayer of the priest.   It is true that the only saviour of the world is God but this prayer  brings God’s salvation.

Blessed Manuel Gonzalez with his example preached and believed that too much human activity, too, in a disproportionate manner, ends in a sort of Pelagianism.   The activity of man is worth something if it is presented and united to God in prayer and it is imbued in this charity.   From this it also follows, that the priest cannot be a victim because it is Christ, who has united in His person the priesthood and the victim.   In pagan sacrifices, the priest sacrifices to someone else – in Christianity Christ Himself is sacrificed.
 
That is the great warning of our blessed [Manuel] – there is no possibility of priesthood if not through self-sacrifice [and the] immolation that the priest lives in the continuing gift of his own being.

The one thing made very clear from the whole of the writings of St Manuel, is how much we leave Christ alone in the tabernacle of our hearts and our lives, how much we are cheating ourselves of Christ’s presence and gaze.   Saint Manuel González García’s writings are a means of discovering Who we adore, as well as reminding us constantly, why we ought to seek to always be adoring.

St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940)
“Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”
Pray for Us!st manuel gonzalez garcia pray for us no 2 -4 jan 2019