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One Minute Reflection – 19 November – The First World Day of the Poor

One Minute Reflection – 19 November – The First World Day of the Poor

Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being.   Do it for the Lord.……….Colossians 3:23colossians 3-23

REFLECTION -“We do not cease praying so long as we continue to do good.
The prayer of the heart and of good deeds has more value than the prayer of the lips.”…………….St Augustinewe do not cease praying-st augustine

PRAYER – Dear God, move me to make a morning offering to You with total sincerety each day and then grant that all my deeds may be a devout continuation of that prayer. Open my eyes to those who need me in any way, let me see as You do and do as You do. On this First annual World Day of prayer for the Poor help us all to start again sweet Shepherd, to become the shepherds of our neighbour, the and helper of all in need, in Him who showed us the way, with the Holy Spirit who breathes in us, amen.if there are poor - pope francis - 19 nov 2017

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NOVENA TO CHRIST KING in preparation for the Liturgical Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow

NOVENA TO CHRIST KING
in preparation for the Liturgical Feast
of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow

Day Two
Through Jesus Christ and in Him

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Hebrew 1:1-2a
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets;  in these last days, he spoke to us through a son . . .

Jesus is frequently ignored and ridiculed, is announced to have been a king of the past and not to be the king of the present, let alone of tomorrow, is pushed into the junk room of issues and personages that should not be mentioned aloud and publicly…(Benedict XVI, address during the encounter with young people at Błonia Field in Cracow, 27 May 2006)

PRAYER – God, the Father of all mercy and solace, the kindest Lord and King!   You haVE sent Your only Son to make the world believe that You arE its only love, happiness and meaning of existence.   Our Lord is not only the Redeemer but that He also loves
every soul and hath shed His Blood for everyone.    May Your Kingdom arrive sooner in the souls of those who are paying this homage to You today;  in our families, parishes and the entire Nation.   You who livest and reigns world without end. Amen.

Prayer to Jesus Christ King of the Universe
by Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha (1927)

O Jesus, Lord of our hearts and immortal King of centuries, we hereby solemnly swear to You to stand faithfully by Your throne and by You.   We swear never to blemish Your standard with unbelief, sectarianism or any other apostasy.   We vow to You to persevere in the holy Catholic faith until we die.
May our posterity engrave it on our tombstones that we were never embarrassed because of our faith in You, Jesus the King and Your Gospel.   May You reign in our hearts through grace.   May You reign in our families through family virtues.   May You reign in our schools through genuine Catholic upbringing.
May You reign in our society through justice and concord.  May You reign everywhere, always and forever.   May Your standard be a guide for us all, may Your Kingdom extend to every corner of the earth! Amen

Let us pray:  Almighty God, the powerful King of all creation, we humbly beseech You to send the hosts of angels for our protection so that we may serve You with devotion, with no hindrance and in peace.   We beseech You through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.DAY TWO - novena to christ the king - 18 november 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

One Minute Reflection – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

To you all, God’s beloved in Rome, called to be his holy people…..Romans 1:7romans 1 - 7

REFLECTION – “The present feast therefore deserves to be more than a local solemnity;  its extension to the Universal Church is a subject for the world’s gratitude.   Thanks to this Feast we can all make together in spirit today the pilgrimage, which our ancestors performed with such fatigue and danger, yet never thought they purchased at too high a price its holy joys and blessings. “Heavenly mountains, glittering heights of the new Sion!”  There are the gates of our true country, the two lights of the immense world.   There Paul’s voice is heard like thunder;   there Peter withholds or hurls the bolt.   The former opens the hearts of men, the latter opens Heaven.   Peter is the foundation-stone, Paul the architect of the temple where stands the altar by which God is propitiated.   Both together from a single fountain, which pours out its healing and refreshing waters” …Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 – c 609).there are the gares of our true country - Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 - c 609). - 18 nov 2017

PRAYER –  Lord God, give Your Church the help of the Apostles Peter and Paul, who first brought it the knowledge of the faith;  may they always obtain for it an increase of grace and continue to run with us on our journey home to You.   Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.sts peter and paul pray for us - 18 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

One Minute Reflection – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Adapt yourselves no longer to the pattern of this present world but let your minds be remade and your whole nature thus transformed…Romans 12:2

REFLECTION – “Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?”…–St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)extend your mercy towards others - st elizabeth of hungary - 17 nov 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, as You have taught Your Church that all the commandments are summed up in the love of You and of our neighbour, grant that as we follow St Elizabeth of Hungary in doing works of charity, we may be numbered among the blessed in Your Kingdom. May the prayers of St Elizabeth help us to give constant love and service to the afflicted and the needy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity. Amenst eliz of hungary pray for us 17 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

One Minute Reflection – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

My dear friends, do not be taken aback at the testing by fire which is taking place among you, as though something strange were happening to you; but in so far as you share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, so that you may enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed….1 Peter 4:12-131 peter 4 - 12-13

REFLECTION – “Bodily and spiritual affliction are the surest sign of Divine predilection. Gratitude for suffering is a precious jewel for our heavenly crown… Man should always firmly believe that God sends just that trial which is most beneficial for him.”…St Gertrude the Greatbodily and spiritual affliction - st gertrude - 16 nov 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, You made the heart of St Gertrude the dwelling-place of Your love. Grant to us that the power of Your protecting hand may keep us unshaken in the face of our ancient enemy and all his hidden snares.    Lighten our way so that, through the prayers of intercession by St Gertrude, we may experience the joy of Your presence in our hearts and courage at times of suffering. Amenst gertrude the great - pray for us - 16 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 15 November – – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 15 November – – The Memorials of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church and St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God ….Matthew 5:8

REFLECTION – “The surest and quickest way to attain perfection is to strive for purity of heart.   Once the obstacles have been removed, God finds a clear path and does wonders both in and through the soul.”…St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

“God refuses only the person who does not admit his own weakness; He sends away only the unhappy proud person. You must “hold him” well and strongly, with a poor spirit, with a poor heart, with a life entirely poor…”St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)

the surest and quickest way - st albert the great - 15 nov 2017god refuses - st raphael kalinowski - 15 nov 2017PRAYER – Lord God, You made St Albert great by his gift for reconciling human wisdom with divine faith. Help us so to follow his teaching that every advance in science may lead us to a deeper knowledge and love of You. May his prayers on our behalf be a succour to us all.   We ask too for the intercession of the blessed Father St Raphael that his zeal and perseverance may be the driving force of our lives.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.st albert the great - pray for us - 14 nov 2017st raphaelk kalinowski - pray for us - 15 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 14 November

One Minute Reflection – 14 November

My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me…..John 10:27

REFLECTION – “The higher we go, the more we can hear the voice of Christ.”…Bl Pier Giorgio Frassatithe higher we go - bl pier - 14 nov 2017

PRAYER – Jesus my Lord and God, help me to climb high enough to hear Your voice.   Help me to strive daily to attain knowledge of You with a heart that longs for and loves you.   For it is Your voice and Your embrace I reach for. Amen