Thought for the Day – St Rose of Lima
It is easy to dismiss excessive penances of the saints as the expression of a certain culture or temperament. But a woman wearing a crown of thorns may at least prod our consciences. We enjoy the most comfort-oriented life in human history. We eat too much, drink too much, use a million gadgets, fill our eyes and ears with everything imaginable. Commerce thrives on creating useless needs on which to spend our money. It seems that when we have become most like slaves, there is the greatest talk of “freedom.” Are we willing to discipline ourselves in such an atmosphere? “Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.” (St Rose of Lima)
“If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into fiery Gehenna” (Matthew 18:8–9)
St Rose of Lima Pray for us!
Our Morning Offering – 23 August
To You we Cry, O Queen of Mercy!
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Doctor mellifluus (Mellifluous Doctor)
To you we cry,
O Queen of Mercy!
Return, that we may
behold you dispensing favours,
Ah, tender Mother!
Tell your all-powerful Son
that we have no more wine.
We are thirsty after the wine of His love,
of that marvelous wine
that fills souls with a holy inebriation,
and gives them the strength to despise
the things of this world
and to seek with ardour heavenly goods.
Quote/s of the Day – 12 August – The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)
“Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to Him.
That is all the doing you have to worry about.”
“We should go to prayer with deep humility
and an awareness of our nothingness.
We must invoke the help of the Holy Spirit
and that of our good angel
and then remain still in God’s presence,
full of faith, that He is more in us than we are in ourselves.”
“With God there is no need for long speeches.
In heaven the angels utter no other word than this: “HOLY.”
This is their entire prayer and in paradise they are occupied
with this single word as an act of homage,
to the single Word of God, who lives eternally….
In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking.”
St Jane Frances de Chantal
“She was full of faith and yet all her life long,
she had been tormented by thoughts against it.
Nor did she once relax in the fidelity God asked of her.
And so I regard her as one of the holiest souls
I have ever met on this earth.”
St Vincent de Paul
Novena to St Dominic
Seventh Day: Love of God and Our Neighbour
That we have passed from death to life we know because we love the brothers. The man who does not love is among the living dead. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer and you know that eternal life abides in no murderer’s heart. The way we came to understand love was that he laid down his life for us; we too must lay down our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:14-16)
Love is the fulfilling of the law and Dominic, the preacher of God’s law, was consumed with the fire of love. In all his actions his love for God appeared and his constant prayer was that he might have true charity and love God purely for his own sake. From this love sprang that ardent desire to suffer for God which made him a martyr in spirit. So deeply was he moved by the love of Jesus Crucified that he longed to die for him. His life of generous self-sacrifice proved his love sincere. As a youth he sold his only treasure, the books from which he studied, to feed the poor. His life was entirely devoted to the hardest apostolic labour, traveling far and wide to seek the lost sheep of the Good Shepherd and braving every kind of danger. His prayers for souls were continual and daily he did penance for sinners. The one object of his Order was the salvation of souls. Throughout his life he preached to the heathen hoping for martyrdom. He had compassion for the suffering and misery of others. To all he was gentle, kind and merciful.
The true love of God is proved by the desire to be like Christ, and to labor and suffer for others.
Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten of God and has knowledge of God. The man without love knows nothing of God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
Pray for us, blessed father, St. Dominic, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
O Holy Father St. Dominic,
who showed us the way to eternal happiness
and won many souls to God by founding the Order of Friars Preachers,
pray for us,
that we may follow in your footsteps
and ever work for the glory of God
and the salvation of souls.
We pray that we may grow
in love and devotion
for our Father who art in heaven
and manifest this devotion,
through our love and assistance
to our neighbour.
We ask too Holy St Dominic,
that our prayers and yours,
may draw back those
who have lapsed from the one, true faith
and for this our special intention …
(make your request)
Through Christ our Lord. Amen
NOVENA Transfiguration of our Lord – Day Four – 31 July
Explanation of this Novena here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/announcing-a-novena-in-honour-of-the-transfiguration-of-our-lord/
The Revelation of Christ’s Divine Glory
Fourth Day: Responsibility in our mission
In the transfiguration episode, we can see just how much Peter lived his calling with enthusiasm and with a sense of responsibility. “Master, it is wonderful for us to be here, so let us make three tents, one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Here we see Peter in all his generosity. At this moment he feels at the height of his power and ability. He is growing in awareness of his responsibility, the weight he carries on his shoulders.
Let us Pray:
You have so loved us
that we have been called to be Your sons,
Sons and daughters of God.
Help us to fulfil the mission given us by Your Son
with fidelity, responsibility and generosity.
Novena In Honour of Saint John Marie Vianney
DAY SIX – We Pray for REAL PRESENCE
O Holy Priest of Ars,
whose only comfort in this world was the real presence of Jesus in the tabernacle,
was it not your great joy to distribute the Eucharist to the pilgrims who visited you?
You refused Communion to the souls who refused to reform
but to souls of goodwill you opened wide the doors of the Eucharistic Feast.
You, who each day at Holy Mass received Holy Communion with great loves,
give me some of your fervour.
With freedom from mortal sin,
obtain for me a sincere desire to profit from receiving Holy Communion.
Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for…
(mention silently your special intentions)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
Our Morning Offering – 31 July
Eternal Lord of All
By St Ignatius Loyola
Eternal Lord of all things,
I come before Your infinite goodness,
and before Your glorious mother
and all saints of the heavenly court,
to make my offering,
with Your help and favour:
it is my wish, desire and determination,
provided that it would be
for Your greater service and praise,
to imitate You in suffering injury,
actual as well as spiritual,
should Your most Holy Majesty
choose to receive me in such a way of life. Amen