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Our Morning Offering – 20 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Our Morning Offering – 20 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My God and My All
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church
(From “The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ”)

My God and my all
I wish to seek no other good but You,
who are infinite goodness.
You, who take such good care of me,
make me have no other care,
except to please You.
Grant that all my thoughts
may always be,
in pleasing You always.
Drive far from me,
every occasion, that distracts me,
from Your love…
I love You,
infinite goodness,
I love You,
my delight.
O Word, Incarnate,
I love You more than myself…
I want nothing from You
but Yourself.
Amenmy god and my all - st alphonsus liguori - 20 jan 2019.jpg

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Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus – 3 January

Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus – 3 January

Holy Mother Church reveals to us the greatness of His name.   It was on the occasion of the rite of Circumcision that a name was given to children among Jews, eight days after birth.   So the Church uses the same Gospel as that of the Feast of the Circumcision and dwells on the second part which tells us that “the Child was called Jesus” (Gospel), “as God had bid that He should be called” (Collect).   This name means Saviour, for “there is no other name given to men whereby we must be saved” (Epistle).holy_name_pic

The name Jesus comes from the Greek Iesous which was derived from the Aramaic, Yeshu.   It means “Yaweh is salvation.”   The name was not unique, even in biblical times, and today it is common in Arabic-speaking East and in Spanish-speaking countries.   From apostolic times the name has been treated with the greatest respect, as honour is due the name which represents Our Lord, Himself.

Our Lord Himself solemnly promises that whatever we ask the Father in His Name, we shall receive.   God never fails to keep His word.   When, therefore, we say, “Jesus,” let us ask God for all we need with absolute confidence of being heard.   For this reason, the Church ends her prayer with the words, “through Jesus Christ,” which gives the prayer a new and Divine efficacy.   But the Holy Name is something still greater.john-14-13-14-10-jan-2018

Each time we say, “Jesus,” we give God infinite joy and glory, for we offer Him all the infinite merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.   St Paul tells us, that Jesus merited the Name Jesus by His Passion and Death.  “The Holy Name of Jesus is, first of all, an all-powerful prayer.   Our Lord Himself solemnly promises, that whatever we ask the Father in His Name, we shall receive.   God never fails to keep His word.   Each time we say “Jesus,” it is an act of perfect love, for, we offer to God, the infinite love of Jesus”St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Churchthe-holy-name-of-jesus-is-first-of-all-st-alhonsus-10-jan-2018.jpg

The Holy Name of Jesus saves us from innumerable evils and delivers us especially from the power of the devil, who is constantly seeking to do us harm.   The Holy Name of Jesus gradually fills our souls with a peace and joy we never had before.   The Holy Name of Jesus gives us strength that our sufferings become light and easy to bear.

Anyone who is finding it hard to pray, or experiencing the ”desert” in their lives, can benefit from simply praying the Holy Name of Jesus.   The loving invocation of the Holy Name can also be an effective way to make reparation to Our Blessed Lord for the atmosphere of blasphemy and irreligion which prevails generally today and remember, that although now fallen into obscurity in many countries, Catholics always bow their heads at the name of Jesus!

IHS panel

The origin of this feast is traced to the sixteenth century, when it was celebrated by the Franciscan Order.  The devotion developed through the construction of special altars dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus.   St Bernadine of Siena OFM (1380-1444) painted a wooden tablet with the Monogram of the Holy Name of Jesus – IHS – surrounded by the rays of the sun to help spread the devotion far and wide.

In 1721 the Church, under the rule of Pope Innocent XIII, made the keeping of this solemnity universal.    It is the central feast of all the mysteries of Christ the Redeemer, it unites all the other feasts of the Lord, as a burning glass focuses the rays of the sun in one point, to show what Jesus is to us, what He has done, is doing and will do for mankind.   Such joy Catholics are given, with this feast celebrated for an entire month – thus enabling constant reinforcement and reminders of our devotion.

The Office and the Mass composed by Bernardine dei Busti (died 1500) were approved by Sixtus IV.   The feast was officially granted to the Franciscans on 25 February 1530 and spread over a great part of the Church.   The Office used at present is nearly identical with the Office of Bernardine dei Busti.   The hymns “Jesu dulcis memoria,” “Jesu Rex admirabilis,” “Jesu decus angelicum,” are ascribed to St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), Doctor of the Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us 

”The invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus is the simplest way of praying always.   When the Holy Name is repeated often by a humbly attentive heart, the prayer is not lost by heaping up empty praises but holds fast to the Word and ”brings forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15).   This prayer is possible at all times because it is not one occupation among others but the only occupation – that of loving God which animates and transfigures every action in Christ Jesus” (CCC 2668).ccc2668 the invocation of the holy name - 3 jan 2019

Last year I posted the little booklet “The Wonders of the Holy Name by Fr Paul O’Sullican.   You open the category “The Holy Name” and the posts will be there.   I think there were 14 posts in total, so it will take you a few days to go through them. 

Last year’s post for this Feast Day is here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/3-january-feast-of-the-most-holy-name-of-jesus/

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Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) – 1 January

Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

1 January- The Octave Day of Christmas and the First Day of the Month of the Holy Name

The name of Jesus is holy

“Consider that the name of Jesus is a name of gladness, a name of hope and a name of love.
A name of gladness, because if the memory of past sins afflicts us, this name comforts us, reminding us that the Son of God became human for this purpose, to make Himself our Redeemer.
The name of Jesus, is a name of hope, because the person that prays to the eternal Father in the name of Jesus, may hope for every grace.
The name of Jesus is a name of love, because it is a sing that represents top us how much God has done for our love.
The name of Jesus, helps us to remember all the sufferings that He endured for us in His life and in His death. As a devout writer says of the Holy Name, ‘my Jesus, how much has it cost You to be Jesus – that is to say, my Redeemer!'”

Scripture

“At the name of Jesus,
every knee should bow,
of those that are in heaven,
on earth and under the earth”
Philippians 2:10

Prayer (St Alphonsus)

My beloved Jesus,
write Your Name on my poor heart
and on my tongue,
in order that when I am tempted to sin,
I may resist all sin
by invoking Your Holy Name.
If I am tempted to despair,
Your Name will help me to trust.
If I feel myself becoming tepid
in my love for You,
Your Name will inflame my heart.
Help me always to call upon
Your Holy Name.
Amen.christmas with st alphonsus -my beloved jesus write your name - 1 jan 2018.jpg

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Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) 31 December

Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

31 December – The Seventh Day of the Christmas Octave

Jesus weeps

“Consider the tears of the Infant Jesus.   The tears of newborn babies are often tears of pain.   Jesus did not weep because of pain but rather, because of compassion and love. “They weep because of suffering, Christ because of compassion” says St Bernard.   Tears are a great sign of love and behold how our God loves us, since for the love of humanity, we see Jesus made flesh, become an infant and shed tears.  “These tears” teaches St Ambrose, “washed away our sins” because by His cries and tears He implored mercy for us who were condemned to eternal death.   Oh, how eloquently did the tears of this Divine Little One plead in our behalf.   How precious were His tears to God.   It was then that the Father caused the angels to proclaim that He had made peace with humanity and received them again into His favour.   And on earth peace to all people of goodwill.

My beloved Infant Jesus, while You were weeping in the stable at Bethlehem, You were thinking of me! Eternal Father, I offer You the tears of the Infant Jesus, for the sake of His tears, please forgive me.”

Scripture

“But you have been anointed by the Holy One”

1 John 2:20

Prayer

O Mighty God!
O God of love!
it is too much!
it broke the heart of Your sweet Son Jesus
to see the misery of man spread out before His eyes.
He died by it as well as for it.
And we, too, in our measure,
our eyes ache
and our hearts sicken and our heads reel,
when we but feebly contemplate it.
O most tender heart of Jesus,
why do You not end,
when will You end,
this ever-growing load of sin and woe?
When will You chase away the devil into his own hell
and close the pit’s mouth,
that Your chosen may rejoice in You,
quitting the thought of those who perish
in their wilfulness?
Amen
(Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)christmas with st alphonsus - o might god o god of love - bl john henry newman - 31dec2018

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Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) – 30 December

Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

30 December – The Fifth Day of the Christmas Octave

“Jesus sleeps”

“Consider that the manger served as Jesus’ cradle, straw was His bed and straw His pillow, so that He was constantly interrupted in His sleep by the hardness and roughness of this little bed. Notwithstanding all of this, the sweet babe, from time to time, slept despite His sufferings. But the sleep of Jesus, differed from other children. The slumbers of other children are useful for the preservation of life but not for the operations of the soul, because, the soul, being buried in sleep along with the senses, cannot work but such was not the sleep of Jesus Christ. Let us ask Him, by the merit of His blessed slumbers, to deliver us from the deadly slumber of sinners, who unhappily sleep in the death of sin, forgetful of God and of His love. Instead we ask for the sleep of the holy spouse, when the soul forgets all earthly things, to attend only to God and to the things that concern the glory of God.
My beloved and holy Infant, in humans sleep is the emblem of death but in You, it is the sign of eternal life because while You are sleeping You merit for me eternal salvation. Make me always love You in this life so that I may breathe forth my soul in Your arms, united to You, sleeping with You forever, without fear of losing You again.”

Scripture

All who keep his commandments abide in him and he in them.
And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.
1 John 3:24

When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Proverbs 3:24

Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ,
meek and humble of heart,
You offer to those who follow You,
a yoke that is good to bear,
a burden that is light.
Accept, we beg You, our prayer and work of the day
and grant us the rest, we need,
that we may be ever more willing to serve only You.
Save us Lord,
while we are awake,
protect us while we sleep,
that we may keep watch with Christ
and rest with Him in peace,
Amen Alleluia.christmas with st alphonsus-let us ask him by the merits - save us lord -30dec2018

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Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

29 December – The Fifth Day of the Christmas Octave

Jesus lies on the straw

“Consider that the Mother of Jesus has neither wool or down to make a bed for the tender infant.   What does she do?   She gathers together a small handful of straw into the manger.   How hard and how painful is this bed for an infant that has just been born. The limbs of a baby are so delicate and especially the limbs of Jesus, which were formed by the Holy Spirit with special care and delicacy.   Straw is a bed fit only for beasts and yet the Son of God had no other bed on which lie, than a bed of miserable straw.   St Francis of Assisi, while sitting at table one day, reflected on this fact and immediately rose from his place at table, threw himself on the ground and finished his meal.   “What” he said, “My Lord was laid on straw and I continue to sit?”

My beloved Jesus, I do not desire to leave You alone to cry and to suffer.   Your tears both afflict and console me.   They afflict me because You are so innocent but they console me, because they assure me of the gift of salvation.   I, too, will weep, because it is my sins that are the cause of Your sufferings.”

Scripture

“…he who says he abides in him,
ought to walk in the same way, in which he walked.”

1 John 2:6

Prayer (St Alphonsus)

O Most merciful Infant Jesus,
I give You thanks
for all that You suffered for me.
O my sweetest Love,
I am sorry that I have offended You.
I desire to be always faithful in Your service.
Fill my heart with Your love.
O Mary, grant that I may belong
entirely to you and your Son, Jesus.
Amenchristmas with st alphonsus - 1 john 2 6 he who - i too will weep 29 dec 2018

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Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

28 December – The Fourth Day of the Christmas Octave

Jesus is nourished at His Mother’s breast

“Consider that Jesus, as soon as He was swathed, looked for and took milk from the breast of Mary.   What a spectacle it must have been to those in Paradise to witness the divine Word, who had become an infant, sucking milk from a virgin who was His own creature! Sister Paula, the Camaldolese, in contemplating a little image of Jesus taking milk, felt herself immediately inflamed with a tender love for God, with great wonder and awe at His humility.   O my Jesus, permit me to join my voice with the voice of the women in the gospel who proclaimed, “blessed to the womb that bore you and the breasts that fed you.”

Scripture

“…In these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,
whom he appointed the heir of all things,
through whom also he created the world.
…And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Hebrews 1:2,6

Prayer (St Alphonsus)

“My beloved Jesus,
You are the bread of angels
and my bread of eternal life.
Grant me a tender devotion
to Your holy Infancy,
so that I may forget everything else
for love of this tender Child
and think of nothing but You.
Amen”christmas with st alphonsus - in these last days hebrew 1 2 - 28 dec 2018