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Quote/s of the Day – 13 April – Thy Book

Quote/s of the Day – 13 April – Saturday of the Fifth week of Lent, Year C

“Study then, mortal, to know Christ, to learn your Saviour.
His body hanging on the cross, is a book, opened before your eyes.
The words of this book are Christ’s actions.
as well as His suffering and passion,
for everything that He did serves for our instruction.
His wounds are the letters or characters,
the five chief wounds being the five vowels
and the others the consonants of your book . . .
However much else you may know,
if you do not know this, I count all your learning for naught,
because without knowledge of this book,
both general and particular, it is impossible for you to be saved.

So eat this book which in your mouth and understanding
shall be sweet but which will make your belly bitter,
that is to say your memory,
because He that increases knowledge increases sorrow too.

May this book never depart from my hands, O Lord
but let the law of the Lord be ever in my mouth,
that I may know what is acceptable in Your sight.”

Dom John Whiterig OSB (c 1320–1371)
Hermit of Farne

Meditacio ad Crucifixum, Chapter 53, fols. 29v-30study therefore mortal 13 april 2019 - dom john whiterig - THY BOOK.jpg

“Thy body, sweet Jesus,
is like a book all written with red ink,
so is Thy body all written with red wounds . . .
grant me to read upon Thy book
and somewhat to understand,
the sweetness of that writing
and to have liking
in studious abiding of that reading.”

Richard Rolle (1290-1349)

Hermit, Mystic, Writer
Meditations on the Passionthy body sweet jesus - richard rolle - hermit - 13 april 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 3 January – The Name, the Heart and the Blood

Thought for the Day – 3 January – The Name, the Heart and the Blood

A name represents that person, his or her identity.   According to Matthew 1:21, Joseph was directed by an angel to call Mary’s son “Jesus,” a name that means “God saves.”   This is Jesus’ identity.   He is the Saviour of the world.   As such His Name is “above every name” and is the name at which “every knee should bend” (Philippians 2:9-10). Moreover, according to a speech that St Peter gave in front of the Sanhedrin, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved” (Acts: 4:12).   The Name of Jesus says it all and is all-powerful.   It’s a prayer in itself.

As Jesus can be represented by His Name, so He is also represented by His Heart.   The heart is the centre of a person, that person’s deepest interior or identity.   Thus devotion to the Name of Jesus goes with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.   Jesus fulfilled the Name given to Him when He suffered and died on the cross, when His Heart was pierced so that Blood and Water, the sacramental life of the Church, would flow forth and save the world.

Devotion to Jesus’ Name and Heart includes devotion to His Precious Blood.   These three go together:  the Name, the Heart, and the Blood.   In fact, Saint John XXIII wrote about this in a 30 June 1960 letter entitled “On Promoting Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.”   He wrote:

“We judge it most timely to call our beloved children’s attention to the unbreakable bond which must exist between the devotions to the Most Holy Name and Most Sacred Heart of Jesus — already so widespread among Christians — and devotion to the incarnate Word’s Most Precious Blood, ‘shed for many, to the remission of sins.’
“Suffice it to recall the spiritual favours that our predecessors from the sixteenth century on have attached to practising devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which in the previous century St Bernardine of Siena untiringly spread throughout Italy.   No less striking, are the benefits the popes have attached to practicing devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose rise and spread owe so much to the revelations of the Sacred Heart to St Margaret Mary Alacoque.   So highly have all the popes regarded this devotion that again and again in their official acts they have expounded its nature, defended its validity, promoted its practice.

“Likewise the devotion to the Most Precious Blood, which owes its marvelous diffusion to the 19th-century Roman priest, St Gaspar del Bufalo, has rightly merited the approval and backing of this Apostolic See.

“Amid today’s most serious and pressing spiritual needs, may this latest exercise of that ‘care for all the churches’ proper to our sovereign office awaken in Christian hearts a firm conviction about the supreme abiding effectiveness of these three devotions.”

Jesus—the Name, the Heart, and the Blood that flowed from it to save the world—all represent the Person.   May the Name of Jesus be reverenced and honoured at all times and places world without end. Amen

Apostles of Prayer – Fr James Kubicki SJname-above-all-names-10-jan-2018

LORD JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD, HAVE MERCY ON ME A SINNERthe jesus prayer - 3 jan 2019

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Thought for the Day – 20 August – The Memorial of St Maria de Mattias A.S.C. (1805-1866)

Thought for the Day – 20 August – The Memorial of St Maria de Mattias A.S.C. (1805-1866)

“The spirit of this holy work is all love. “

St Maria de Mattias wrote:

“For the triumph of His mercy and to show His infinite love for us, our divine Redeemer, Jesus Christ shed all His precious Blood with great suffering and humiliation, as price of salvation and of glory.   He gave it all, He gave it for all and He does not stop giving it…

This lowly Congregation which lives and labours under the glorious title of the most precious Blood of Jesus Christ, must itself take on the shape and pattern of a living image of that divine love with which it was shed and of which it was and is, a symbol, expression, measure and pledge.

The spirit of this holy work is all love.   We have carved this word in our minds and on our hearts.   I repeat: Love! Love toward God and our dear neighbour…

What a beautiful consolation it is to see spouses of the divine Lamb, the Adorers of His most precious Blood, motivated by one sole will, the will of God, forming but one heart and one soul and thus united, making the heavens resound, with a hymn of thanksgiving, to the infinite goodness of God, while at the same time, they offer the Blood of His Son for the reconciliation of heaven with earth, of earth with heaven…”

St Maria de Mattias, Pray for us, that we may be all LOVE!st maria de mattias pray for us no 2 - 20 aug 2018

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Saint of the Day – 20 August – St Maria de Mattias A.S.C. (1805-1866)

Saint of the Day – 20 August – St Maria de Mattias A.S.C. (1805-1866) – Founder of the religious congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Mystic, Teacher, Preacher, Catechist – born on 4 February 1805 at Vallecorsa, Frosinone, Papal States (modern Italy) and died on 20 August 1866 in Rome, Italy of natural causes.header st maria de mattias

Maria De Mattias was born on 4 February 1805 at Vallecorsa, the southernmost town of the Papal States, in the geographical province of Frosinone.   Her family was not without wealth and learning—even if women were forbidden to study—nor did it lack a deep Christian faith.

Through dialogue with her father, Maria learned and internalised not only the truths of the faith but also and especially, episodes and persons of the Sacred Scriptures.   Her father read the Scriptures to her when she was still very young and she developed a great love for Jesus, the Lamb sacrificed for the salvation of humanity.   All of this happened while Vallecorsa and surrounding areas were experiencing the tragic period of banditry, 1810-1825.   In Maria’s soul, in fact, there was a comparison being made between the human blood poured out in hatred and revenge and the blood of Christ poured out for love, a Blood which saves.

Without formal education and without outside contacts, because of her social class, Maria spent her childhood and early adolescence withdrawn and focused on her beauty. But when she reached the age of sixteen or seventeen, she began to search for the meaning of her life, she felt a need for a boundless love.   Again, it was through dialogue with her father, to whom she revealed her interior darkness and through her having asked Our Lady to “give her light”, that God let her experience the beauty of His love in a “mystical” way.   It was manifested in its fullness in the Crucified Christ, in Christ who gives all His Blood.

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This experience was the source, the force, and the motivation that brought her to the roads of Italy “to make known to everyone the tender love of the Heavenly Father”, as she said, or “the Crucified Love Jesus”.   She was convinced that the reformation of society begins in the heart of the person and that a person becomes transformed when she/he comes to understand how precious each one is in God’s eyes, how much each person is loved…Jesus gave all this Blood to save the human race.maria

This had been Maria’s experience, therefore, she tried to lead all people, young and adult, to discover what had been revealed to her and changed her.   She had also experienced that this transformation is possible for everyone when, in 1822, when she was seventeen, Gaspar Del Bufalo (1786-1837-Founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood) (now “Saint”) went to preach a mission at Vallecorsa.   She saw how the townspeople changed.   It was that occasion that generated the dream in her heart to do what Fr Gaspar was doing.

Under the guidance of one of St Gaspar’s companions, (now Venerable) Fr Giovanni Merlini, she founded the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Acuto (Frosinone) on 4 March 1834, at the age of twenty-nine.   She had been called by the Administrator of Anagni, Bishop Giuseppe Maria Lais, to teach the young girls—she had learned to read and write on her own.   Maria, however, who nurtured a dream to reform society and the world, did not limit her activity to the school.   She also gathered mothers and young boys to catechise them, to encourage them to love Jesus and to teach them to live Christian lives, according to their state.   The men, to whom she could not speak according to the customs of the time, went spontaneously to listen to her, even in hiding.   The shepherds, abandoned to their own resources, asked to be instructed by her, even after sundown.   People flocked to the religious functions to listen to the teacher.st maria de mattias 2

Thus, Maria, from the timid and introverted girl that she was, had become a preacher who attracted little girls, adults, the simple and the learned, lay persons and priests.   It was because, when she spoke about Jesus and the mysteries of the faith, it was as though she had seen these realities, personally.   Her consuming desire was that “not even one drop of the Divine Blood would be lost”, that it would reach all sinners to purify them and so that, washed in that river of mercy, they would rediscover the right way to peace and union among people.   This zeal was caught by many young women and, through them, Maria De Mattias was able to open about seventy communities during her lifetime, three of which were in Germany and England.   Almost all were in small isolated towns of Central Italy, except for Rome, to which she was called by Pius IX for the San Luigi Hospice and for the school of Civitavecchia.

Maria De Mattias life was one lived with the one desire of “giving pleasure to Jesus” who had stolen her heart in her youth and in a joyful commitment to save “the dear neighbour” from ignorance regarding the mystery of God’s love for humanity.   All of this led her not to spare her energies, she did not give up when faced with disappointments or difficulties, she always worked in deep communion with the local and universal Church and for love of Her.

Maria De Mattias died at Rome on 20 August 1866 and was buried in Rome’s Verano Cemetery, according to the desire of Pope Pius IX, who chose a tomb for her and commissioned a bas-relief on it depicting the vision of Ezechiel:  “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord”.

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Her reputation for holiness remained alive after her death.   The process for her beatification began thirty years later, culminating in that blessed event 1 October 1950, when Pius XII pronounced her “Blessed.”   She was Canonised on 18 May 2003 by St Pope John Paul II at the Vatican Basilica.MDM-Guatemala

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Our Morning Offering – 28 July – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 28 July – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B (and still in the Month of Precious Blood)

Wash Me With Your Precious Blood
By St Peter Canisius (1521-1597) Doctor of the Church

See, O merciful God,
what return
I, Your thankless servant,
have made for the innumerable favours
and the wonderful love
You have shown me!
What wrongs I have done,
what good left undone!
Wash away, I beg You,
these faults and stains
with Your precious blood,
most kind Redeemer,
and make up for my poverty
by applying Your merits.
Give me the protection I need,
to amend my life.
I give and surrender myself wholly to You,
and offer You all I possess,
with the prayer,
that You bestow Your grace on me,
so that I may be able to devote and employ
all the thinking power of my mind
and the strength of my body,
in Your holy service,
who are God blessed
forever and ever.
Amensee o merciful lord - wash me with your precious blood - st peter canisius - 28 july 2018

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Quote of the Day – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

Quote of the Day – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

“Whenever anything disagreeable
or displeasing happens to you,
remember Christ crucified
and be silent!”

St John of the Cross (1542-1591) – Doctor of the Churchwhenever anything displeasing - st john of the cross - 1 july 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

Our Morning Offering – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

Constant Prayer
to the Precious Blood of Jesus
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

Precious Blood,
ocean of divine mercy,
Flow upon us!
Precious Blood,
most pure offering,
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood,
hope and refuge of sinners,
Atone for us!
Precious Blood,
delight of holy souls,
Draw us!
Amen.

constant prayer to the precious blood - st catherine of siena - 1 july 2018