Monday, February 27, 2017

So sweet... yes, so sweet!

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and
deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the 
basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. - Col 2:8

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“There is more sweetness
in one hour of prayer before Jesus 
in the Blessed Sacrament
than in all the world's crowded theaters,
and brilliant drawing rooms,
and giddy diversions, and social gatherings.”


St Gabriel Possenti
Passionist clerical student
Italy ~1838-1862
Exemplary devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows
Feast Day: February 27

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“Love Mary! She is lovable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity." - St Gabriel Possenti


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Our Lady of Sorrows


St Gabriel is remarkable for he obediently and willingly converted in a very short time from a life of excess, devoted to the pleasures of this world, 
to becoming inextricably linked to the Passion of Our Lord. 
He shows us that all are blessed with the graces 
to fall in love with Our Lord, no matter what the cost.

Gabriel died at age 24 of tuberculosis and was buried the day of his death. A companion in the novitiate, Bernard Mary of Jesus, exclaimed:
“Tears come to my eyes and I am filled with shame for having been so far from the virtues that he attained in such a short time.”

St Gabriel Possenti, pray for us! 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Where Charity and Love Prevail...

Where Charity and Love Prevail
(Gregorian Hymn - composed sometime around 4th century)


Where charity and love prevail,
There God is ever found.
Brought here together by Christ's love,
By love are we thus bound.

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With grateful joy and holy fear,
His charity we learn,
Let us with heart and mind and soul,
Now love Him in return.

Forgive we now each other's faults,
As we our faults confess.
And let us love each other well,
In Christian holiness.

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Let strife among us be unknown,
Let all contention cease.
Be His the glory that we seek,
Be ours His holy peace.

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Let us recall that in our midst,
Dwells God's Begotten Son,
As members of His body joined,
We are in Him made one.

AMEN

Top Photo image: Adoration - Heralds of the Gospel

Saturday, February 25, 2017

When more is more...

"The Mass is very long and tiresome unless
you love God." - GK Chesterton

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"The goods of the soul are an end;
the goods of the body are for an end. 
 
Hence concerning temporal goods
we ought to seek according to a measure,
but concerning the goods of the soul
we ought to seek as much as we can."
 
St Thomas Aquinas
 

Painting: "Celebrando la Santa Misa" ~ Girolano Romani

Friday, February 24, 2017

Choosing one's paths...

"God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament
of the altar.” – St Maximilian Kolbe

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“When there are two roads
which will bring me to some place, I take the one
with more churches so as to be nearer the Blessed Sacrament.

When I see a place where my Jesus is,
I could not be happier, and I say, 
“You are here, my God and my All.”


Venerable J.J. Olier  (+1657)

Painting: Road to Church ~ Glenn Barclay

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sharing in His Chalice...

This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God 
and did not fear the words of the godless, 
for he was built on solid rock.  (Today's Liturgy - Entrance Antiphon)



 Collect (Today's Liturgy)

God of all creation, who were pleased
to give the Bishop Saint Polycarp
a place in the company of the Martyrs,
grant, through his intercession,
that, sharing with him in the chalice of Christ,
we may rise through the Holy Spirit to eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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 St Polycarp of Smyrna
69-155 AD
Disciple of apostle St John
Friend of Ignatius of Antioch
Apostolic Father 
Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr
Exemplary in catechesis
Feast Day - February 23

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Polycarp was denounced to the government, arrested, and tried on the charge of being a Christian. When the proconsul urged him to save his life by cursing Christ, he replied: “Eighty-six years I have served Him, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?” 

Earlier, in a Letter to the Philippians...
“Stand fast, therefore, in this conduct and follow the example of the Lord, ‘firm and unchangeable in faith, lovers of the brotherhood, loving each other, united in truth,’ helping each other with the mildness of the Lord, despising no man.”

And wrote on another occasion...

“If we pray to the Lord to forgive us, we ourselves must be forgiving; we are all under the eyes of our Lord and God, and every one of us must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, where each of us will have to give an account.”



St Polycarp, pray for us!