One Minute Reflection – 26 May
It is your special privilege to take Christ’s part – not only to believe in him but also to suffer for him……..Phil 1:29
REFLECTION – “The greatness of God must be tested by the desire we have to suffer for His sake …..
Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you!”……………………..St Philip Neri
PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ, let me be closely united with You in all things. Grant that I may carry my cross willingly and seek to carry Yours! Because of You and in union with You. St Philip Neri, pray for us all, amen.
One Minute Reflection – 25 May
Jesus said to them, “You are badly misled because you fail to understand the Scriptures…….”….Matthew 22:29
REFLECTION – “The whole series of the Divine Scriptures is interpreted in a fourfold way.
We should ascertain what everlasting truths are intimated therein,
what deeds are narrated,
what future events are foretold
and what commands or counsels are … therein.”,,,,,,,St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Doctor of the Church
PRAYER – Heavenly Father, teach me how to read Your wonderful words in the Scriptures with true understanding.
Let me adhere always to the interpretations given by Your Holy Church. Come O Holy Spirit and guide my mind. Lord Jesus Christ,
stand beside me and bless my footsteps. Holy St Bede, intercede for us and pray for us all, amen.
One Minute Reflection – 23 May
The Servant of the Lord….must be an apt teacher, patiently and gently correcting those who contradict him…..2 Tm 2:24-25
REFLECTION – “All who undertake to teach must be endowed with deep love, the greatest patience and, most of all, profound humility. They must perform their work with earnest zeal. Then through their humble prayers, the Lord will find them worthy to become fellow workers with Him in the cause of truth.”………….St Louis
PRAYER – Dear Lord, help me to teach others about You by my example as well as my words. Grant that I may spread Your love and Your truth and Your light wherever I go. St John Baptist de Rossi, you always showed the way by your example, your love for the poor and helpless and by your teachings to seminarians, priests and all the people, please pray for us, amen,
One Minute Reflection – 22 May
I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shalll I send?….”Here I am.” I said, “send me!”……………Isaiah 6:8
REFLECTION – “You ask what you might offer to God?
What does God expect from you – except yourself?”
PRAYER – Help me to discern through prayer and meditation what You truly want of me.
The enable me to offer it to You and indeed, to offer myself and all I have and all I am, to You.
St Rita of Cascia, you prayed so earnestly to give yourself totally to the Lord and suffer for Him, please pray for us, amen.
One Minute Reflection – 21 May
May the Lord make you overflow with love for one another and for all………….1 Thes 3:12
REFLECTION – “I find my happiness in pastoral work. It is for this that I am a bishop and not to write books, still less to pay court to the great, or to waste my time among the rich. It is true…that this is not the way to become a cardinal but if one could become a saint, would it not be better still?”
PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me the frace to strie after perfect love. Help me to bring forth frequents acts of love so that I may grow in this greatest of virtues. St Eugene you overflowed with love, they said your heart was as big as the world, please pray for us all, amen.
ONE MINUTE REFLECTION – 20 May
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favoured one! The Lord is with you.”………..Luke 1:28
REFLECTION -“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many — on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”……..St Bernardine of Siena
PRAYER – Lord God, You sent your angel to Mary and Your divine Son became man when she gave her consent to the angel’s announcement. Help me to give a perpetual consent to all that You will for me and a perpetual refusal to all that only I, in my pride, wish. Help me to see and understand and pray unceasingly to discern Your will. Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, help us all. St Bernardine of Siena, please pray for us, amen.
One Minute Reflection – 19 May
Those who love me I also love and those who seek me find me…….Proverbs 8:17
REFLECTION – “Blessed are those who abandon themselves into Our Lady’s hands. Their names are written in the Book of Life.”………………St Bonaventure (1217-74) Doctor seraphicus (Seraphic Doctor)
PRAYER – Heavenly Father, make a devoted client of Your beloved Daughter, Mary. Let me entrust myself always into her hands so that she may protect me as she took cate of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in His infancy, childhood and throughout His life. Make me unto her, Lord my God! Mary, my beloved Mother, give me your spirit and pray for us all amen!