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One Minute Reflection – – 1 November – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:1–12 – The Solemnity of All the Saints

One Minute Reflection – – 1 November – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:1–12 – The Solemnity of All the Saints

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”...Matthew 5:12

REFLECTION – “The first two days of the month of November constitute for all of us an intense moment of faith, prayer and reflection on the “last things” of life.   Today we praise God for the countless host of saints from all ages, simple and ordinary men and women, who were at times “last” for the world, but “first” for God.   At the same time we remember our departed loved ones by visiting the cemeteries, it is a source of great consolation to think that they are in the company of the Virgin Mary, the apostles, the martyrs and all the saints of Heaven!

We, here on earth, along with those who have entered into eternity, form one great family and it is comforting to know, that there are other brothers and sisters, who have already reached heaven, who await us and pray for us, so that together in eternity we can contemplate the glorious and merciful face of the Father.

In the great assembly of saints, God wanted to reserve the first place for the Mother of Jesus.   Mary is at the centre of the communion of saints, as the singular custodian of the bond between the universal Church and Christ, of the bond of the family.   She is Mother, She is our Mother, our Mother.   For those who want to follow Jesus on the path of the Gospel, she is a trusted guide because she is the first disciple.   She is an attentive and caring Mother, to whom we can entrust every desire and difficulty.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 1 November 2014we, matthew 5 12 - rejoice and be glad - here on earth - pope francis - 1 nov 2018

PRAYER – Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place.   May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love. Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, our trusted guide and loving mother and all you holy Saints of the Church Triumphant, pray for us!   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.mother mary trusted guide pray for us 1 nov 2018holy-saints-in-heaven-pray-for-us-no-2-1-nov-2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 October

Quote/s of the Day – 26 October

Speaking of: The Four Last Things – Part One

“A priest goes to Heaven
or a priest goes to Hell
with a thousand people behind.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)a priest goes to heaven - st john vianney - 26 oct 2018

“The issue is now clear.
It is between light and darkness
and every one must choose his side.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)
(Chesterton’s last words)the issue is now clear - g k chesterton - 26 oct 2018

“The doors of Hell
are locked from the inside!”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)the doors of hell are locked from the inside - c s lewis - 26 oct 2018

“Each and everyone of us,
at the end of the
journey of life,
will come,
face to face
with either one
or the other
of two faces…
And one of them,
either, the
merciful face of Christ
or the
miserable face of Satan,
will say,
“Mine, mine.”

May we be Christ’s!”

Ven Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)each and everyone of us - ven fulton sheen - 26 oct 2018

“We’ve all got a terminal illness.
It’s called life.”

Servant of God Fr Benedict Groeschel (1933-2014)we've all got a terminal illness - sog benedict groeschel - 26 oct 2018

“The national anthem
of Hell is
“I Did It My Way”.”

Peter Kreeftthe national anthem of hell is i did it my way - peter kreeft - 26 oct 2018

“Many who plan
to seek God
at the eleventh hour
die at 10:30.”

Bumper Stickermany who plan to seek god at the 11th hour die at 10.30 - 26 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 June – The Memorial of St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202) Father of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 28 June – The Memorial of St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202) Father of the Church

“Our way of thinking,
is attuned to the Eucharist
and the Eucharist in turn,
confirms our way of thinking.”our-way-of-thinking-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018

“Jesus Christ, in His infinite love,
has become what we are,
in order that He may make us
entirely what He is.”jesus christ in his infinite love - st irenaeus - 28 june 2018

“It is not you that shapes God.
It is God that shapes you.
If then you are the work of God
await the Hand of the artist who does
all things in due season.
Offer Him your heart,
soft and tractable
and keep the form in which the artist
has fashioned you.
Let the clay be moist
lest you go hard
and lose the imprint of His Fingers.”it-is-not-you-that-shapes-god-strenaeus-28 june 2018

“As long as anyone has the means
of doing good to his neighbours
and does not do so,
he shall be reckoned a stranger
to the love of the Lord.”as-long-as-any-one-has-the-means-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018.no.2

The business of the Christian
is nothing else but to be
ever preparing for death.the business of the christian - st irenaeus - 28 june 2018

“The universal Church, that is, the faithful everywhere, must be in agreement with this Church because of her outstanding superiority.”

the universal church - st irenaeus

“Being obedient she (Mary)
became the cause of salvation for herself
and for the whole human race.
The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied
by Mary’s obedience:
what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief,
Mary loosened by her faith.”

St Irenaeus of Lyons (c 135 – c 202)being-obedient-st-irenaeus-28 june 2018 - no 2

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Our Morning Offering – 31 March – Holy Saturday 2018

Our Morning Offering – 31 March – Holy Saturday 2018

Sabbatum Sanctum
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

I look at You, my Lord Jesus
and think of Your most holy Body
and I keep it before me,
as a pledge of my own resurrection.
Though I die, as die I certainly shall,
nevertheless, I shall not forever die,
for I shall rise again.
O You, who are the Truth,
I know and believe with my whole heart,
that this very flesh of mine will rise again.
I know, base and odious as it is at present,
that it will one day, if I be worthy,
be raised incorruptible
and altogether beautiful and glorious.
This I know,
this by Your grace,
I will ever keep before me.
Ameni look at you my lord jesus - sabbatum sanctum - 31 march 2018 - bl john henry newman

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Lenten Reflection – 14 March 2018 – – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

Lenten Reflection – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

Isaiah 49:8-15, Psalms 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18, John 5:17-30

Isaiah 49:13 – “For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.”

John 5:28-29 – “…. for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgement.”

As we approach the end of the Lenten journey, the tone becomes darker and we can feel the crises approaching.
Today’s first reading is a lovely one, Israel’s God promising that all is going to be well “I shall answer you” and “they shall find food on all the bare places.”   And there is a beautiful image of God as mother, utterly incapable of forgetting Israel.   Notice however, that Israel is feeling forgotten, they are hungry and thirsty and in desolate places and in darkness.

These dark tones return in today’s gospel, which continues from yesterday.   Jesus here lays His cards on the table and states plainly and simply, His intimate relationship with the One whom He calls Father and precisely because of who He is – He incurs now the homicidal wrath of His opponents.

We need to be clear this Lent, NOW and forever, about who we think Jesus is – and KNOW that what we believe, will bring the same response – hostility, ire, persecution even hatred!   For it is literally – it is very important to be aware of this – a matter of life and death!

But, “the one who hears my word and believes the One who sent me, has eternal life”. There is Resurrection here but there is also first death.

We must choose our sides NOW!   Now is the time!…(Fr Nicholas King SJ – Reflections for Lent)

Am I ready?
Have I chosen my side?
Am I prepared?

“There was once a good Trappist Father, who was trembling all over at perceiving the approach of death.   Someone said to him, “Father, of what then are you afraid?”   “Of the judgement of God,” he said. “Ah! if you dread the judgement–you who have done so much penance, you who love God so much, who have been so long preparing for death–what will become of me?”

See, my children, to die well we must live well;  to live well, we must seriously examine ourselves:  every evening think over what we have done during the day; at the end of each week review what we have done during the week;  at the end of each month review what we have done during the month;  at the end of the year, what we have done during the year.   By this means, my children, we cannot fail to correct ourselves and to become fervent Christians in a short time.   Then, when death comes, we are quite ready; we are happy to go to Heaven.”St John Vianney (1786-1859) lenten reflection - wed of the 4th week - 14 march 2018

I have nothing, O my Saviour and my God!

I have nothing, O my Saviour and my God!
I have nothing which can be pleasing unto Thee;
I can do nothing,
I am nothing
but I have a heart
and this is enough for me.
Health, honour and life itself
may be taken from me
but no man can rob me of my heart.
I have a heart and with this heart I can love Thee,
O my Saviour Jesus, worthy of all adoration!
And with this heart,
it is my determination to love You
and always I resolve to love Thee,
only to love Thee always.
Amen

Father John Croiset SJi have nothing o my saviour and my god - fr croiset sj - 14 march 2018

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Thought for the Day – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

Thought for the Day – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

Each of us must enter on eternity.
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

“Each of us must come to the evening of life.   Each of us must enter on eternity.   Each of us must come to that quiet, awful time, when we will appear before the Lord of the vineyard and answer for the deeds done in the body, whether they be good or bad.  That, my dear brethren, you will have to undergo. … It will be the dread moment of expectation when your fate for eternity is in the balance and when you are about to be sent forth as the companion of either saints or devils, without possibility of change. There can be no change;  there can be no reversal. As that judgement decides it, so it will be for ever and ever.   Such is the particular judgement. … when we find ourselves by ourselves, one by one, in His presence and have brought before us most vividly all the thoughts, words and deeds of this past life.   Who will be able to bear the sight of himself?

And yet we shall be obliged steadily to confront ourselves and to see ourselves.   In this life we shrink from knowing our real selves.   We do not like to know how sinful we are. We love those who prophesy smooth things to us and we are angry with those who tell us of our faults.

But on that day, not one fault only but all the secret, as well as evident, defects of our character will be clearly brought out.   We shall see what we feared to see here and much more.   And then, when the full sight of ourselves comes to us, who will not wish that he had known more of himself here, rather than leaving it for the inevitable day to reveal it all to him! …………………….We can believe what we choose.   We are answerable for what we choose to believe.”we can believe what we choose - bl j h newman - 14 march 2018