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One Minute Reflection – 14 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11–19

One Minute Reflection – 14 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11–19 -Wednesday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Laurence O’Toole (1128 – 1180)

“Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?”…Luke 17:17

REFLECTION – “In our own day we see many people at prayer but, unfortunately, we see none of them turning back to give thanks to God… “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?” As I think you will remember, it was in these words that our Saviour complained about the lack of gratitude of the other nine lepers.   We read that they knew well how to make “supplications, prayers, petitions” since they lifted up their voices, crying out:  “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”   But they lacked the fourth thing required by the apostle Paul: “thanksgiving” (1Tm 2:1) for they did not turn back nor give thanks to God.
We see still more in our own day people who implore God for what they lack but a mere handful who seem to be grateful for the blessings they have received.   There is no harm in imploring Him but what causes God not to grant our prayers, is His finding us lacking in gratitude.   After all, perhaps it is even an act of mercy on His part to hold back from the ungrateful what they are asking for, so that they may not be judged all the more rigorously, on account of their ingratitude… For it is sometimes out of mercy that God holds back His mercy…
So you see that not all those who are healed of the leprosy of this world, I mean their manifest complaints, profit by their healing.   Indeed, many are secretly afflicted with an ulcer worse than leprosy, all the more dangerous in that it is more interior.   That is why it was right that the Saviour of the world should ask where the other nine lepers were, since sinners avoid healing.   So, too, after his sin, God questioned the first man:   “Where are you?” (Gn 3:9).”… St Bernard (1091-1153) Doctor of the Churchwere not ten cleansed. where are the nine - luke 17 17 - we see still more in our own day - st bernard - 14 nov 2018

PRAYER – You Lord, Holy Father, never forget Your solemn covenant and grant us new life each day. We though in our hearts of stone do forget and cease to thank and bless You. Make our hearts turn in gratitude, for all we are and have is by Your grace and we are as nothing without You. May our minds, hearts and souls sing with love and thanks to You, Lord our God. Grant us new hearts by the prayers of Your Saint Laurence O’Toole and all the saints in heaven, who always lived with grateful hearts, praising You always. We ask this this through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st laurence o'toole pray for us - 14 nov 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 November – The Feast of the Dedication of St John Lateran

Quote/s of the Day – 9 November – The Feast of the Dedication of St John Lateran

“What was done here, as these walls were rising,
is reproduced when we bring together those who believe in Christ.
For, by believing they are hewn out, as it were,
from mountains and forests, like stones and timber
but by catechising, baptism and instruction they are,
as it were, shaped, squared and planed
by the hands of the workers and artisans.
Nevertheless, they do not make a house for the Lord,
until they are fitted together through love”.

St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of the Church – Sermon 36what-was-done-here-st-augustine-9-nov-2017

“Today’s feast, brothers, ought to be all the more devout as it is more personal.
For other celebrations we have in common with other ecclesiastical communities
but this one is proper to us, so that if we do not celebrate it, nobody will.
It is ours because it concerns our church,
ours because we ourselves are its theme.
You are surprised and even embarrassed, perhaps,
at celebrating a feast for yourselves.
But do not be like horses and mules that have no understanding.
Your souls are holy because of the Spirit of God dwelling in you,
your bodies are holy because of your souls
and this building is holy because of your bodies.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchtoday's feast brothers - st bernard on the dedication of st john lateran 9 nov 2018

“Is not this an image of today’s event?
The ancient generations came up to this place,
generations of Romans, generations of bishops of Rome,
successors of St Peter
and they sang this hymn of joy, which I repeat today with you.
I join these generations, I, the new Bishop of Rome,
John Paul II, Polish by origin.
I stop on the threshold of this temple
and I ask you to welcome me in the Lord’s name.
I beg you to welcome me, as you welcomed my Predecessors
throughout the centuries, as you welcomed, only a few weeks ago,
John Paul I, so beloved by the whole world!
I beg you to welcome me too.
The Lord says:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you” (Jn 15:16).
This is the only appeal I can make –
I am not here by my own will.
The Lord has elected me.
In the Lord’s name I beg you therefore – welcome me!”

St Pope John Paul (1920-2005)
RITE OF POSSESSION OF THE CHAIR
OF THE BISHOP OF ROME
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
Basilica of St John Lateran
Sunday, 12 November 1978the ancient generations came up to this place - st john paul - 9 nov 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 7 November – Wednesday of the Thirty First week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 7 November – Wednesday of the Thirty First week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Morning Prayer
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church

High and Holy God,
give me this day a word of truth
to silence the lies, that would devour my soul
and kind encourgements
to strengthen me when I fall.
Gracious One,
I come quietly to Your door
needing to receive from Your hands
the nourishment that gives life.
Amen and Amenmorning prayer of st bernard - high and holy god - 7 nov 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 4 November – “I am made one with Him, as I am conformed to Him.” – St Bernard

Sunday Reflection – 4 November – Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

 “I am made one with Him, as I am conformed to Him.”  St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church

Saint Bernard teaches, that it is not enough for us to take and eat the Bread from Heaven. We must also offer ourselves to be eaten.   Holy Communion is a wondrous exchange in which we become the bread of Christ.   Listen to Saint Bernard:

“My penitence, my salvation are His food.
I myself am His food.
I am chewed as I am reproved by Him;
I am swallowed by Him as I am taught;
I am digested by Him as I am changed;
I am assimilated as I am transformed;
I am made one with Him, as I am conformed to Him.
He feeds upon us and is fed by us
that we may be the more loosely bound to Him.”

Saint Bernard, ever the poet, uses images of eating and assimilation to describe how Christ unites us to Himself.   Our Lord becomes our food that we might become His.   We need the language of poets and preachers in our approach to the Eucharist.i am made one with him as i am conformed to him - st bernard - 4 nov 2018 sun reflection

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Quote/s of the Day- 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Quote/s of the Day- 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

“We should show our affection for the angels,
for one day they will be our co-heirs
just as here below they are our guardians
and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchwe-should-show-our-affection-st-bernard-of-clairvaux-1090-1153-doctor-of-the-church-2-oct-2018

“Let us be like the holy angels now. …
If one day we are to be in the angelic court,
we must learn now, while we are still here, the manners of the angels.”

St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)let us be like the holy angels now - st vincent ferrer - 1 oct 2018

“Since God often sends us His inspirations by means of his angels,
we ought frequently to offer Him our aspirations through the same channel….
Call on them and honour them frequently
and ask their help in all your affairs, temporal as well as spiritual.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchsince god often sends us - st francis de sales - 2 oct 2018

“Our prayers are so dear to God,
that He has appointed the angels to present them to Him,
as soon as they come forth from our mouths.
‘The angels,’ says St Hilary, ‘preside over the prayers of the faithful
and offer them daily to God.’
This is that smoke of the incense,
which are the prayers of saints,
which St John saw ascending to God from the hands of the angels (Apoc. 8,3)
and which he saw in another place,
represented by golden phials full of sweet odours, very acceptable to God.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Churchour prayers are so dear - st alphonsus - 2 oct 2018

“How happy is that guardian angel
who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)how happy is that guardian angel - st john vianney

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Our Morning Offering – 16 September – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 16 September – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church

Jesus, joy of loving hearts,
You Fount of life,
You Light of men,
from the best bliss that earth imparts
we turn unfilled to You again.
We taste You,
O You living Bread,
and long to feast upon You still:
We drink of You, the Fountainhead,
and thirst our souls from You to fill.
O Jesus, ever with us stay,
make all our moments calm and bright;
chase the dark night of sin away,
shed o’er the world Your holy light.
Amen, Amenjesus joy of loving hearts - st bernard - eucharistic prayer - 16 sept 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Quote/s of the Day – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

“While other martyrs suffered by sacrificing their own lives,
the Blessed Virgin suffered by sacrificing her Son’s life,
a Life that she loved far more than her own;
so that she not only suffered in her soul
all that her Son endured in His Body but moreover,
the sight of her Son’s torments,
brought more grief to her heart,
than if she had endured them all in her own person”.

St Anselm (1033-1109) Doctor of the Churchwhile-other-martyrs-st-anselm- our lady of sorrows - 15 sept 2017

“Truly, O Blessed Mother, a sword has pierced your heart….
He died in body through a love greater than anyone had known.
She died in spirit through a love unlike any other since His.”truly, o blessded mother - st bernard - 15 sept 2018

“The Martyrdom of Mary,
was not caused by the executioner’s sword
but proceeded from bitter sorrow of heart.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchthe martyrdom of mary - st bernard - 15 sept 2018

During the entire course of her life,
the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
never deviated in the slightest
from the precepts and examples of her Divine Son.
This was true both in the most sweet joys Mary experienced
and in the cruel sufferings she underwent,
which made the the Queen of Martyr.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)during-the-entire-course-of-her-life-pope-pius-xii.-15 sept 2017

“If you want to assist at Mass,
with devotion and with fruit,
think of the sorrowful Mother
at the feet of Calvary.”

St Padre Pioif-you-want-to-assist-st-pio-our lady of sorrows - 15 sept 2017