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Quote/s of the Day – 15 January – The Memorial of Bl Nikolaus Gross (1898-1945) Martyr

Quote/s of the Day – 15 January – The Memorial of Bl Nikolaus Gross (1898-1945) Martyr

“If we do not risk our life today,
how do we then, want one day,
to justify ourselves
before God and our people?”if we do not risk - bl nikolaus gross 15 jan 2019

“…One must obey God more than men”.
If something is demanded of us
that goes against God or the Faith,
then, not only, may we but we must,
refuse obedience (towards men).”one must obey god - bl nikolays gross - 15 jan 2019

“Sometimes, my heart becomes heavy and the task appears insoluble if I measure my own human imperfection and inadequacy against the greatness of the obligation and the weight of the responsibility.

If a generation must pay the highest price, death, for its short life, we look for the answer in ourselves in vain.   We find it only in Him in whose hand we are safe in life and in death.   We never know what problems are waiting to test the power and strength of our souls…. Man’s ways lie in obscurity.

But even darkness is not without light.   Hope and faith, which always hasten ahead of us, already have a presentiment of the breaking of a new dawn.   If we know, that the best thing in us, the soul, is immortal, then we also know, that we shall meet each other again”.

Bl Nikolaus Gross (1898-1945) Martyrbut even darkness is not without light - bl nikolaus gross 15 jan 2019.jpg

“With the clear insight that the Nazi ideology was incompatible with Christian faith, he courageously took up his pen to plead for the dignity of human beings.   Nikolaus loved his wife and children very much.   However, the inner bond with his own family never allowed him to pull back from confessing Christ and His Church.   It was clear to him, “If we do not risk our life today, how then do we want to justify ourselves one day before God and our people?”.   For this conviction he submitted to being hanged, so that heaven itself might be opened to him.   In the Blessed Martyr Nikolaus Gross was accomplished what the prophet foretold “The just man will live on account of his faith” (Hb 1,4).

St Pope John Paul at the Beatification of Blessed Nikolaus Gross, 7 October 2001howver the inner bond - st john paul on bl nikolaus gross 15 jan 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 11 December – Grant us Your Light, O Lord

Our Morning Offering – 11 December – Tuesday of the Second week of Advent

Grant us Your Light, O Lord
By St Bede (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Church
(From ‘On the Apocalypse’)

Grant us Your light, O Lord,
so that the darkness of our hearts,
may wholly pass away
and we may come at last,
to the light of Christ.
For Christ is that morning star,
who, when the night of this world has passed,
brings to His saints,
the promised light of life
and opens to them,
everlasting day.
Amen

grant us your light o lord - st bede - 15 dec 2017

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Thought for the Day – 2 December – “Watching”

Thought for the Day – 2 December – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36, The First Sunday of Advent, Year C

“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”...Luke 21:36

“Watching”
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
Excerpt from Sermon 22advent-watching waiting preparing - 2 dec 2018-bl john henry newman watching sermon 22

“I conceive it may be explained as follows:—Do you know the feeling in matters of this life, of expecting a friend, expecting him to come and he delays? Do you know what it is to be in unpleasant company and to wish for the time to pass away and the hour strike, when you may be at liberty? Do you know what it is to be in anxiety lest something should happen which may happen or may not, or to be in suspense about some important event, which makes your heart beat, when you are reminded of it and of which you think the first thing in the morning? Do you know what it is to have a friend in a distant country, to expect news of him and to wonder, from day to day, what he is now doing and whether he is well? Do you know what it is so to live upon a person who is present with you, that your eyes follow his, that you read his soul, that you see all its changes in his countenance, that you anticipate his wishes, that you smile in his smile and are sad in his sadness, and are downcast when he is vexed and rejoice in his successes? To watch for Christ is a feeling such as all these; as far as feelings of this world, are fit to shadow out, those of another.

He watches for Christ who has a sensitive, eager, apprehensive mind, who is awake, alive, quick-sighted, zealous in seeking and honouring Him; who looks out for Him in all that happens and who would not be surprised, who would not be over-agitated or overwhelmed, if he found that He was coming at once.

And he watches with Christ, who, while he looks on to the future, looks back on the past and does not so contemplate what his Saviour has purchased for him, as to forget what He has suffered for him. He watches with Christ, who ever commemorates and renews, in his own person, Christ’s Cross and Agony and gladly takes up that mantle of affliction which Christ wore here and left behind Him, when he ascended. And hence in the Epistles, often as the inspired writers show their desire for His second coming, as often, do they show, their memory of His first and never lose sight of His Crucifixion in His Resurrection. Thus if St Paul reminds the Romans that they “wait for the redemption of the body” at the Last Day, he also says, “If so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” If he speaks to the Corinthians of “waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” he also speaks of “always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” If to the Philippians of “the power of His resurrection,” he adds at once “and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” If he consoles the Colossians with the hope “when Christ shall appear,” of their “appearing with Him in glory,” he has already declared that he “fills up that which remains of the afflictions of Christ in his flesh for His body’s sake, which is the Church.” [Rom. viii. 17-28. 1 Cor. i. 7. 2 Cor. iv. 10. Phil. iii. 10. Col. iii. 4; i. 24.]

Thus the thought of what Christ is, must not obliterate from the mind, the thought of what He was and faith is always sorrowing with Him, while it rejoices. And the same union of opposite thoughts is impressed on us in Holy Communion, in which we see Christ’s death and resurrection together, at one and the same time, we commemorate the one, we rejoice in the other; we make an offering and we gain a blessing. {325}

This then is to watch – to be detached from what is present and to live in what is unseen, to live in the thought of Christ as He came once and as He will come again, to desire His second coming, from our affectionate and grateful remembrance of His first. And this it is, in which we shall find that men in general are wanting. They are indeed without faith and love also but at least they profess to have these graces, nor is it easy to convince them that they have not. For they consider they have faith, if they do but own that the Bible came from God, or that they trust wholly in Christ for salvation and they consider they have love, if they obey some of the most obvious of God’s commandments. Love and faith they think they have but surely they do not even fancy that they watch.

What is meant by watching and how it is a duty, they have no definite idea and thus it accidentally happens that watching, is a suitable test of a Christian, in that it is that particular property of faith and love, which, essential as it is, men of this world do not even profess that particular property, which is the life or energy of faith and love, the way in which faith and love, if genuine, show themselves.

…Year passes after year silently Christ’s coming is ever nearer than it was. O that, as He comes nearer earth, we may approach nearer heaven! O, my brethren, pray Him to give you the heart to seek Him in sincerity. Pray Him to make you in earnest. You have one work only, to bear your cross after Him. Resolve in His strength to do so. Resolve to be no longer beguiled by “shadows of religion,” by words, or by disputings, or by notions, or by high professions, or by excuses, or by the world’s promises or threats. Pray Him to give you what Scripture calls “an honest and good heart,” or “a perfect heart” and, without waiting, begin at once to obey Him with the best heart you have. Any obedience is better than none—any profession which is disjoined from obedience, is a mere pretence and deceit. Any religion which does not bring you nearer to God is of the world.
You have to seek His face – obedience is the only way of seeking Him. All your duties are obediences. If you are to believe the truths He has revealed, to regulate yourselves by His precepts, to be frequent in His ordinances, to adhere to His Church and people, why is it, except because He has bid you? and to do what He bids is to obey Him and to obey Him is to approach Him. Every act of obedience is an approach,—an approach to Him who is not far off, though He seems so but close behind this visible screen of things, which hides Him from us. He is behind this material framework, earth and sky are but a veil, going between Him and us, the day will come when He will rend that veil and show Himself to us. And then, according as we have waited for Him, will He recompense us. If we have forgotten Him, He will not know us but “blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when He comes, shall find watching … He shall gird Himself and make them sit down to meat and will come forth and serve them. And if He shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch and find them so, blessed are those servants,” [Luke 12:37, 38.]

May this be the portion of every one of us!

It is hard to attain it but it is woeful to fail.

Life is short, death is certain and the world to come, is everlasting.”luke 21 36 - be vigilant - life is short, death is certain and the world to come everlasting - 2 dec 2018 1st sun advent

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One Minute Reflection – 29 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:20–28 – “Look up and raise your heads”

One Minute Reflection – 29 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:20–28, Thursday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

“Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”...Luke 21:28now when these things begin to take place - luke 21 28 - 29nov2018

REFLECTION – “Babylon falls because of its corruption;  Jerusalem because of its distraction; its failing to welcome the Lord who comes to her rescue.   She did not feel the need of salvation.   She had the writings of the prophets, Moses and this was enough.  But sealed writings!   She left no room for salvation, her door was closed to the Lord!   The Lord was knocking at her door but there was no willingness to receive Him, to listen, to be rescued by Him.   And so she falls…
Corruption gives you a sort of happiness, it gives you power and it also makes you feel self-satisfied, however, it doesn’t leave room for the Lord, for conversion.   The word corruption speaks of many things today – of not only economic corruption but corruption with so many different sins.   The worst kind of corruption is the spirit of worldliness.
When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads.   Do not give way to depression:  Hope!   Reality is ugly.   There are many, many people, cities and people, so many people who are suffering; many wars, so much hatred, so much envy, so much spiritual worldliness and so much corruption.   Yes, it’s true!   All of this will fall!
Let us ask the Lord for the grace to be prepared for the banquet that awaits us, always with our heads held high.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 27 November 2014when we think of the end of times - pope francis 29 nov 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, creator of all Light and creator of all good, grant that we may look up to You always and know that by Your Light and your goodness we are safe in this world of corruption.   May the Light of our Lord Jesus, make the path He has set out bright and clear and may the prayers of St Francesco Antonio Fasani be a help in our struggle.   Lead us, Lord, in Your kindness and mercy to the banquet which awaits us.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st francesco antonio fasani pray for us no 3 - 29 nov 2018

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Thought for the Day – 27 November – The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved by St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

Thought for the Day – 27 November – The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved by St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

“Conclusion”
Brothers, I want to send all of you away comforted today.   So if you ask me my sentiment on the number of those who are saved, here it is:  Whether there are many or few that are saved, I say that whoever wants to be saved, will be saved and that no one can be damned if he does not want to be.   And if it is true that few are saved, it is because there are few who live well.   As for the rest, compare these two opinions – the first one states that the greater number of Catholics are condemned, the second one, on the contrary, pretends that the greater number of Catholics are saved.   Imagine an Angel sent by God to confirm the first opinion, coming to tell you that not only are most Catholics damned but that of all this assembly present here, one alone will be saved.   If you obey the Commandments of God, if you detest the corruption of this world, if you embrace the Cross of Jesus Christ in a spirit of penance, you will be that one alone who is saved.

Now imagine the same Angel returning to you and confirming the second opinion.   He tells you that not only are the greater portion of Catholics saved but that out of all this gathering, one alone will be damned and all the others saved.   If after that, you continue your usuries, your vengeances, your criminal deeds, your impurities, then you will be that one alone who is damned.

What is the use of knowing whether few or many are saved?   Saint Peter says to us, “Strive by good works to make your election sure.”   When Saint Thomas Aquinas’s sister asked him what she must do to go to heaven, he said, “You will be saved if you want to be.”   I say the same thing to you and here is proof of my declaration.   No one is damned unless he commits mortal sin – that is of faith.   And no one commits mortal sin unless he wants to – that is an undeniable theological proposition.   Therefore, no one goes to hell, unless he wants to – the consequence is obvious.   Does that not suffice to comfort you?

Weep over past sins, make a good confession, sin no more in the future and you will all be saved.   Why torment yourself so?   For it is certain, that you have to commit mortal sin to go to hell and that to commit mortal sin, you must want to and that consequently, no one goes to hell, unless he wants to.   That is not just an opinion, it is an undeniable and very comforting truth – may God give you to understand it and may He bless you.   Amen.”

The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved
by St Leonard of Port Maurice
Full Sermon here: https://www.olrl.org/snt_docs/fewness.shtml

St Leonard of Port Maurice, Pray for Us!st leonard of port maurice pray for us no 2 - 27nov2018

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One Minute Reflection – 27 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:5–11

One Minute Reflection – 27 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:5–11, Tuesday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

“As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” …Luke 21:6

REFLECTION – ” Indeed, if each one of us is faithful to the Lord, when our death comes, as shall we say what St Francis said:  ‘sister death, come’.   It will not frighten us.   And even on the day of judgement, we will look to the Lord and we can say:  ‘Lord I have many sins but I tried to be faithful.’   And since the Lord is good, we will not be afraid.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 22 November 2016luke 21 6 as for these things which you see the day will come - andevenonthedayofjudgment -pope francis - 26nov2018

PRAYER – True Light of the world, Lord Jesus Christ, as You enlighten all men for their salvation, give us grace, we pray, to herald Your coming, by preparing the ways of justice, love and peace.   Grant us the assistance of the intercession of St Leonard of Port Maurice, who so diligently worked to bring Your good news to all.   Let his example be an inspiration in our lives.   Lord Jesus Christ who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever, amen.st leonard of port maurice pray for us - 27 nov 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 24 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 20:27–40

One Minute Reflection – 24 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 20:27–40 – Saturday of the Thirty Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – The Memorial of St Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, Vietnam Martyrs

“Now he is not God of the dead but of the living;  for all live to him.”...Luke 20:38

REFLECTION – “ Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the earthly one.   The first man was from the earth, earthly;  the second man from heaven.   ” If we thus act, beloved, then we shall nevermore die in time to come. Even though our bodies may decay, we shall be living in Christ as he himself affirmed: “Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”   We are assured, on the witness of our Lord Himself, that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the saints are alive.   For it was concerning them that our Lord said:  “All are alive for him, for he is not God of the dead but of the living.”   And the apostle Paul said, speaking of himself:  “For me, life is Christ, death gain. I long to depart and be with Christ.”   And again:  “So long as we are in the body, we are away from the Lord  . For indeed, we walk by faith, not by sight.”   This is what we believe, my dearest brethren.   Besides:  “If we have placed our hope in this world only, we are the most pitiable people of all.”
Life in this world, as you yourselves can see, is just the same for animals, wild beasts, birds and ourselves and it can even be longer for them.   But what is proper to humans is what Christ gives us through His Spirit, provided we sin no more – life without end…: “The wages of sin is death;  the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”St Pacian, Father of the Church (c 310–391) (Biblical references: 1Cor 15:49.47; Jn 11:25; Phil 1:21.23; 2Cor 5:6-7; 1Cor 15:19; Rm 6:23)luke 20 38 - he is not god of the dead - what is proper to humans - st pacian - 24 nov 2018

“It is not this life that will serve as a reference point for eternity, for the other life that awaits us; rather, it is eternity — that life — which illumines and gives hope to the earthly life of each one of us! If we look at things from only a human perspective, we tend to say that man’s journey moves from life to death. This is what we see! But this is only so if we look at things from a human perspective. Jesus turns this perspective upside down and states that our pilgrimage goes from death to life – the fullness of life!” …Pope Francis – Angelus, 10 November 2013if we look at things from only a human pope francis - luke 20 38 now he is not god of the dead - 24 nov 2018

PRAYER – O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions faithful to the Cross of Your Son, even to the shedding of their blood, grant, through their intercession, that, spreading Your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be Your children both in name and in truth and thus come to our resurrection with Jesus Christ, Your Son.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.st andrew dung lac pray for us 24 nov 2018