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One Minute Reflection – 20 January – The first sign of Mercy: Cana – John 2:1–11

One Minute Reflection – 20 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – The first sign of Mercy: Cana – John 2:1–11

This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him....John 2:11

REFLECTION – “The miracle by which our Lord Jesus Christ changed water into wine is not at all astonishing to those who know that God is its author.   Indeed, it is exactly the same thing which produced wine in those six jars on that wedding day … and which renews this transformation in the vines each year.   That which the servants poured into the jars was changed into wine by the action of the Lord; in the same way the rain that falls from the clouds is changed into wine through the same action of the Lord.   And yet we do not wonder at it because it is repeated every year; custom has caused astonishment to disappear.   Yet it is far more worthy of our attention than what took place in the jars filled with water.
Indeed, who is there who dreams of considering the work of God who directs and governs the whole world?   Isn’t that person then seized with astonishment and as it were crushed beneath the weight of these miracles?   If they consider the power enclosed within a single seed of the first species to come, they will discover a great reality there that astounds the observer.   But people, otherwise occupied, have become insensible to the works of God, which would daily provide motives for praising the Creator.   This is why God reserves to Himself the work of certain unusual wonders, so as to awaken them from their sleepiness and lead them to praise Him.”…St Augustine (354-430)john 2 11 this the first of his signs -that which the servants - st augustine - 20 jan 2019

PRAYER – Almighty God, ruler and creator of all things in heaven and on earth, listen favourably to the prayer of Your people.   Open our eyes that we may see, open our ears that we may hear, open our hearts that we may love Your glory, manifest around us in all the great deeds of Your Word.   Grant us love and peace in our day and may the prayers of Your Saints and Martyrs, lead us home to You.   St Pope Fabian and St Sebastian pray for us!   We make our prayer through Your Son Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st pope fabian pray for us no 2 - 20 jan 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 18 January – Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time

Our Morning Offering – 18 January – Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time

Go on, O Lord and Act
By St Augustine

Go on, O Lord and act,
stir us up and call us back,
inflame us and draw us to Thee,
stir us up and grow sweet to us,
let us now love Thee,
let us run to Thee.
Are there not many men …
who, out of a deeper pit of darkness..
return to Thee–who draw near to Thee
and are illuminated by that light
which gives those
who receive it power from Thee
to become Thy sons?

go on lord and act - stir us up and call us back - st augustine - mem of simpliacinus 18 jan 2019

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 January – Speaking of:  “Called by Name”

Quote/s of the Day – 14 January – Monday of the First week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Mark 1:14–20

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me
and I will make you become fishers of men.”
And immediately they left their nets
and followed him…Mark 1:17-18

Speaking of:  “Called by Name”

“Do not follow any road
but that which Christ trod.
This road seems hard
but it is safe.”do not follow any road but that which christ trod st augustine 14 jan 2019.jpg

“The Christian should be
an alleluia from head to foot.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe christian should be an alleluia - st augustine - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evangelisation.jpg

“If, then, you seek to know what path to follow,
take Christ because He is the way.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churchif-then-you-seek-st-thomas-aquinas-14-jan 2019 and mark 1 17-18.jpg

“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)go forth and set the world on fire - st ignatius loyola 14 jan 2019.jpg

“Many, many people hereabouts
are not becoming Christians,
for one reason only,
there is nobody to make them Christians.”

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)many many people are not becoming christians- st francis xavier 14 jan 2019.jpg

“Hear Him.   Hear your own name.”
Make both my joy
and your own joy
complete (1Jn 1:4)

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)hear him. hear your own name - st mother teresa 14 jan 2019.jpg

“If you follow Jesus,
you’re going to get into some trouble.”if you follow jesus - fr mike - 23 may 2018.jpg

“If not you, then who?
If not now, then when?

Father Mike Schmitzif not you then who - fr mike - 23 may 2018.jpg

“Thy Kingdom come”
means
“My Kingdom go.”

Mark Hart

(Lifeteen Int)they kingdom comes means my kingdom go - mark hart - 14 jan 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 12 January – 6th day after Epiphany – Today’s Gospel: John 3:22–30

One Minute Reflection – 12 January – 6th day after Epiphany – Today’s Gospel: John 3:22–30

“This joy of mine has been made complete.
He must increase, but I must decrease.”…John 3:29-30this joy of mine ...he must increase - john 3 29-30 12 jan 2019

REFLECTION – “Listen, children of light: you who have been adopted for the Kingdom of God;  listen, my dearest brethren; listen and exult for joy in the Lord, you just, for “praise from the upright is fitting” (Ps 33:1).   Listen to what you already know;  reflect on what you have heard ; love what you believe; proclaim what you love!…
Christ is born, God from His Father, man through His mother.   He was born from His Father’s immortality and His mother’s virginity.   From the Father without the aid of a mother;  from the mother without that of a father.   From His Father without time; from His mother without seed.   According to His Father he is the principle of life; according to His mother, the ending of death.   According to His Father, He was born to determine the order of days;  according to His mother, to consecrate the day that is here.
He sent John the Baptist before Him, causing him to be born when the days were beginning to decrease, while He Himself was born when the days began to grow in length, thus prefiguring John’s own words:  “He must increase, I must decrease”.   For indeed, human life must grow weaker in itself but stronger in Jesus Christ “so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2Cor 5:15) and so that each one of us might repeat those words of the apostle Paul:  “Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20).”…St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctorchrist is born - st augustine 12 jan 2019

PRAYER – Almighty ever-living God, through Christ Your Son, You made of us a new creation.   Shape us then, in His likeness, since in Him, our human nature now lives with You.   Grant that by the prayers of our blessed Virgin Mary and of Your holy men and women, we may be granted assistance in our struggle here below.   Through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for all eternity, amen.blessed virgin holy mother pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 January – The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Quote/s of the Day – 6 January – The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?
For we saw his star when it rose
and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:2matthew 2 2 - where is he - 6 jan 2019

“For by gold, the power of a king is signified,
by frankincense the honour of God,
by myrrh the burial of the body
and accordingly they offer Him,
gold as King,
frankincense as God,
myrrh as Man.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Churchfor-by-gold-st-john-chrysostom-7-jan-2018

“Though many kings of the Jews
had been born and died, none of them,
did the Magi seek to adore.
And so they, who came from a distant foreign land,
to a kingdom that was entirely strange to them…
But they had learnt, that such a King was born,
that by adoring Him, they might be sure of obtaining
from Him the salvation which is of God.”though many kings had been born and died st augustine 6 jan 2019

“Truth,
by which the world is held together,
has sprung from the earth,
in order to be carried
in a woman’s arms.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchtruth by which the world is held together - st augustine - 6 jan 2019.jpg

“Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder
at what they see:
heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God,
God in man, one whom the whole universe
cannot contain, now enclosed in a tiny body.
As they look, they believe and do not question,
as their symbolic gifts bear witness:
incense for God,
gold for a king,
myrrh for one who is to die.”

St Peter Chrysologus (c 400-450) Father & Doctor of the Churchtoday the magi gaze in deep wonder - st peter chrysologus 6 jan 2019.jpg

“What are you doing, O Magi?
Do you adore a little Babe, in a wretched hovel,
wrapped in miserable rags?
Can this Child be truly God? …
Are you become foolish, O Wise Men …
Yes, these Wise Men have become fools
that they may be wise!”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchwhat-are-you-doing-o-magi-st-bernard-7-jan-2018.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 31 December – Rejoice! For Jesus Christ is Born

Quote of the Day – 31 December – The Seventh Day of the Christmas Octave

Rejoice!  For Jesus Christ is Born
Let the just rejoice,
for their Justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
for their Saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
for their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let free men rejoice,
for their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
for Jesus Christ is born.

St Augustine (354-430) – Father & Doctor of the Churchlet the just rejoice for their justifier is born - st augustine 31 dec 2018

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Thought for the Day – 28 December – Feast of the Holy Innocents – 4th Day of the Christmas Octave

Thought for the Day – 28 December – Feast of the Holy Innocents – 4th Day of the Christmas Octave

A tiny child is born, who is a great king.   Wise men are led to him from afar.   They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth.   When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed.   To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if he would have faith in the child, he himself would reign in peace in this life and for ever in the life to come.

Why are you afraid, Herod, when you hear of the birth of a king?   He does not come to drive you out but to conquer the devil.   But because you do not understand this you are disturbed and in a rage and to destroy one child whom you seek, you show your cruelty in the death of so many children.

You are not restrained by the love of weeping mothers or fathers mourning the deaths of their sons, nor by the cries and sobs of the children.   You destroy those who are tiny in body because fear is destroying your heart.   You imagine that if you accomplish your desire you can prolong your own life, though you are seeking to kill Life Himself.

Yet your throne is threatened by the source of grace—so small, yet so great—who is lying in the manger.   He is using you, all unaware of it, to work out His own purposes freeing souls from captivity to the devil.   He has taken up the sons of the enemy into the ranks of God’s adopted children.

The children die for Christ, though they do not know it.   The parents mourn for the death of martyrs.   The child makes of those, as yet unable to speak, fit witnesses to Himself.   See the kind of kingdom that is His, coming as He did in order to be this kind of King.   See how the deliverer is already working deliverance, the saviour already working salvation.

But you, Herod, do not know this and are disturbed and furious.   While you vent your fury against the child, you are already paying Him homage and do not know it.

How great a gift of grace is here!   To what merits of their own, do the children owe this kind of victory?   They cannot speak, yet they bear witness to Christ.   They cannot use their limbs to engage in battle, yet already they bear off the palm of victory.

St Quodvultdeus (died 450) Bishop, Father of the Church, Spiritual child of St Augustinehow great a gift of grace is here - st quodvultdeus -holy innocents 28dec 2018

“And while he thus persecutes Christ,
he furnished an army of martyrs,
clothed in white robes,
of the same age as the Lord.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church

and while he thus persecutes christ - st augustine 28dec2018

Holy Innocents, Pray for us!holy-innocents-pray-for-us-no-2-28-dec-2017