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Our Morning Offering – 2 July

Our Morning Offering – 2 July

All Shall be Well
By Julian of Norwich (c 1342-c 1430)

In You, Father almighty, we have
our preservation and our bliss.
In You, Christ,
we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother and Saviour.
In You, our Lord the Holy Spirit,
is marvelous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing,
for love You wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe,
that by Your grace
all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of things
shall be well.
Amenall shall be well - julian of norwich - 2 july 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 6 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 6 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Excerpt of the Lorica
St Patrick (c 385-461)

I arise today
Through God’s strength
to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength,
the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation,
Amenexcerpt of the lorica - st patrick - i arise today through God's strength - 6 june 2017

It is believed that St Patrick composed the prayer in 433, before he was about to convert High King of Ireland Lóegaire mac Néill.   It is called a “lorica,” which literally means “deer leap” but is usually translated as “breastplate” and is a prayer of one who is going into battle, a prayer for protection.   In this case, it was a spiritual battle against the paganism and evil spirits of the Emerald Isle.

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Second Thoughts for the Day – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Second Thoughts for the Day – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Adopted into the Family of God

“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen 12:3)
“For all, who are led by the Spirit of God, are children of God.” (Romans 8:14)

…”How would God be revealed to the other families of the earth?   How would the other families of the earth enter the Covenant and become heirs to the promises of God.
The language of families here is significant, for it is through the revelation of God as Trinity, the Divine Family, that all other families of the earth would be invited into the Covenant family.
For the reality of the Trinity did not emerge for the earliest Christians in the context of complex philosophical discussions but in the experience of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

As Pope Benedict XVI stated in 2006.
“the intimacy of God Himself, discovering that He is not infinite solitude but communion of light and love, life given and received in an eternal dialogue between the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit – ‘Lover, Loved and Love,’ revealed the relational nature of God, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and by the incarnation of Jesus Christ.”    (Angelus, St Peter’s Square, 11 June 2006).

And it was by means of the revelation of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that the early Christians came to know themselves as children of God, adopted into the family and Covenant of God.   The Spirit, Paul tells us, empowers us to understand, that we too are children of God, for through the Spirit, we are able to cry “Abba, Father!”   This Spirit-infused call to God as Abba, is an explicit recognition of our lineage, we belong in this family, for “it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”

But the pathway to entering the family as heirs, children destined to share in the gifts and promises of the Father, in the Kingdom of God, was blazed for us, by the obedience of the Son.   As Paul says in Galatians 3:29, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.”   Christ through His suffering and death for us, has made us “joint heirs with Christ,” worthy of adoption into God’s family. We belong to the family of God, because we belong to the Son, who has made us “joint heirs.”   Through the true heir, we are simply joined with our Covenantal and Divine Family.

We are welcomed into God’s family as joint heirs because of the love of the Trinity for us. The Trinity models the nature of the family by allowing us to experience the source of all love.   It is because of the Trinitarian model of love for us and our experience of that love, that Jesus instructs us to go out and make the family bigger.   We belong to the family of God but so do those who have not yet come home.   We have learned something now about the nature of God and the extent of God’s family and the call is the same to all – come home and be loved!…John W Martens “The Word on the Street Year B”

John Martens is Professor of Theology at St Thomas University and Director of the MA in Theology at St Paul’s Seminary School of Divinity, Minnesota.lover, loved and love - pope benedict - holy trinity sunday - 27 may 2018

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Thought for the Day – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Thought for the Day – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Brothers and sisters, rejoice.
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the holy ones greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you…2 Corinthians 13:11-13

“The one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church is the People of God,
the Body of Christ
and the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
These three biblical images, point to the Trinitarian dimension of the Church.
In this dimension, are found, all disciples of Christ,
who are called, to live it, ever more deeply and in an ever more intense communion.”

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

the one holy catholic and apostolic church - st john paul - 27 may 2018 - trinity sunday

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Quote of the Day – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Quote of the Day – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

In all our undertakings —
when we enter a place or leave it;
before we dress;
before we bathe;
when we take our meals;
when we light the lamps in the evening;
before we retire at night;
when we sit down to read;
before each new task —
we trace the Sign of the Cross on our foreheads.

Tertullian (160-220) Father of the Churchin all our undertakings - tertullian - 27 may 2018 - trinity sunday

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One Minute Reflection – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

One Minute Reflection – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…“…Matthew 28:19

REFLECTION – “The Son is in the Father and the Father in the Son. O adorable mystery which has been from eternity! I adore You.   O my incomprehensible Creator, before whom I am an atom, a being of yesterday or an hour ago!   Go back a few years and I simply did not exist, I was not in being and things went on without me but You are from eternity and nothing whatever from one moment could go on without You.   O adorable mystery!   In the name of God, the Omnipotent Father, who created me!   In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Son of the living God, who bled for me!   In the name of the Holy Spirit, who has been poured out on me!”…Bl John Henry Newman (1801-1890)go therefore - mt 28 19 - bl john henry newman - o adorable mystery - 27 may trinity sunday

PRAYER – God our Father, You revealed the great mystery of Your Godhead to men, when You sent into the world, the Word who is Truth and the Spirit who makes us holy.   Help us to believe in You and worship You, as the true faith teaches, three persons eternal in glory, one God, infinite in mystery.   We make our prayer through Jesus our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God with you forever amen.all your creatures rightly give You praise - 27 may 2018 - trinity sunday

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Our Morning Offering – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Our Morning Offering – 27 May – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

An Act of Oblation to the Holy Trinity
By St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of Charity

I vow and consecrate to God
all that is in me,
my memory and my actions, to God the Father;
my understanding and my words, to God the Son;
my will and my thoughts, to God the Holy Spirit.
I consecrate my heart, my body,
my tongue, my senses and all my sorrows
to the sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ,
who consented to be betrayed
into the hands of wicked men
and to suffer the torment of the Cross for me.
Amenan act of oblation to the holy trinity by st francis de sales - 27 may 2018 - i vow and consecrate to god - breviary prayer