Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Christ declared... Christ established...

"For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God
became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into
communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship,
might become a son of God." - St Irenaeus

"(Christ) has declared the cup, a part of creation,
to be His own Blood, 
from which He causes our blood to flow; 
the bread, a part of creation,
He has established as His own Body,
from which He gives increase to our bodies.”

St. Irenaeus
Nee Smyrna ~ 125-202 AD
Disciple of Polycarp
(Polycarp: disciple of St John the Apostle)
Bishop of Lyons, Father of the Church
Theologian, prolific writer
Masterpiece - Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies)*
*(Detailed refute on teachings of Gnosticism)
Against Heresies is source of the quote above
FEAST DAY - June 28
Stained glass above: St Martha Church, Nuremberg (c. 1390) 

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"That in which we have faith is a firm system directed to the salvation of men; and, since it has been received by the Church, we guard it.……..In the Church, God has placed apostles, prophets, and doctors, and all the other means through which the Spirit works; in all of which none have any part who do not conform to the Church.  On the contrary, they defraud themselves of life by their wicked opinion and most wretched behavior. ~ St Irenaeus

St Irenaeus, pray for us!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Catechism 101...

...grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. - John 1:17b

"Since Christ Himself said in reference to the bread: 
"This is My Body," who will dare remain hesitant? 

And since with equal clarity He asserted: "This is My Blood," 
who will dare entertain any doubt and say that this is not His Blood?...
You have been taught these truths. 
Imbued with the certainty of faith, you know that what seems to be bread 
is not bread but the Body of Christ, although it seems to be bread when tasted. 
You also know that what seems to be wine is not wine 
but the Blood of Christ although it does taste like wine."
- From a catechetical instruction given by St Cyril for his successor, John - 4th c

St Cyril of Alexandria
Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Preeminent role at Council of Ephesus
This Council defined the inseparable unity
of the divine and human natures of Christ,
and thus the appropriateness of invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary
under the title of "Theotokos" or Mother of God.
FEAST DAY - June 27

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"In Cana of Galilee Christ changed water into wine,
and shall we think Him less worthy of credit
when He changes wine into His Blood? - St Cyril of Alexandria

St Cyril of Alexandria, pray for us!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Seek, find, love...

Today is Sunday and as a 4th c homily reminds: 
the Lord's Day is the lord of days...
yet let us today also remember ... St Josemaría Escrivá

"I am asked for very little compared to 
how much I am being given." - St Josemaría Escrivá

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"... Jesus hides in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar 
because He wants us to dare to approach Him. 
He wants to nourish us so we become one single thing with Him.

When He said, Apart from Me you can do nothing, 
He was not condemning Christians to ineffectiveness 
or obliging them to seek Him by a difficult and arduous route. 
On the contrary... He has stayed here with us, 
He is totally available to us."

St Josemaría Escrivá
Spain ~ 1902-1975
Priest, Founder of Opus Dei
 FEAST DAY - June 26

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Greatest of Marys, pray for us! ...

 "The Eucharist has been given to us so that our life
like that of Mary, can completely become a Magnificat."
- Pope Francis (as Cardinal Bergoglio)
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Irish Litany of Mary
(11th century)
Great Mary, pray for us
Greatest of Marys, pray for us
Greatest of Women, pray for us
Mother of Eternal Glory, pray for us
Mother of the Golden Light, pray for us
Honor of the Sky, pray for us
Temple of the Divinity, pray for us
Fountain of the Gardens, pray for us
Serene as the Moon, pray for us
Bright as the Sun, pray for us
Garden Enclosed, pray for us
Temple of the Living God, pray for us
Light of Nazareth, pray for us
Beauty of the World, pray for us
Queen of Life, pray for us
Ladder of Heaven, pray for us
Mother of God, pray for us
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"If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon Our Lady.
Say simply: "Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' 
This prayer has never failed me." - Bl Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Friday, June 24, 2016

Celebrating the birth of the herald...

Solemnity of the Birth 
of St John the Baptist - June 24

Today's Entrance Antiphon - Jn 1:6-7; Lk 1:17
 A man was sent from God, whose name was John.  He came 
to testify to the light, to prepare a people fit for the Lord.


Today's Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.  Alleluia, alleluia!

"Happy birthday of John the Baptist. His birth is the culmination of an age, an era, a Covenant. He is the last of the Old Testament Prophets. His birth signals an end and a beginning. The Book of Hebrews says By calling this covenant “new,” [God] has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear (Hebrews 8:13). 

Hence John would later say, “The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must increase; I must decrease. (Jn 3:29-30).  Today John the Baptist is born who will usher in the new by answering the most significant question ever posed:  "But where is the Lamb?'"
Msgr Charles Pope
Pastor ~ Holy Comforter - St Cyprian Parish ~ Washington, DC

“Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world.”
(St John the Baptist is quoted at every Mass)

Prayer after Communion (Today's Mass)

Having feasted at the banquet of the heavenly Lamb,
we pray, O Lord,
that, finding joy in the nativity of Saint John the Baptist,
your Church may know as the author of her rebirth
the Christ whose coming John foretold.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.


“I want to show you a sun that shone more brightly than all these, a soul that was truly free and detached, cleaving only to the will of God. I have often wondered who is the most mortified of the saints I know, and after some reflection I have come to the conclusion that it was Saint John the Baptist. He went into the desert when he was five years old and knew that our Savior and his came on earth in a place quite close by, one or two days' journey perhaps. How his heart, touched with love of his Savior from the time He was in His Mother's womb, must have longed to enjoy His presence! Yet he spends twenty-five years in the desert without coming to see our Lord even once; and leaving the desert he stays to catechize without visiting Him but waiting till our Lord comes to seek him out. Then when he has baptized Him he does not follow Him but stays behind to do his appointed task. How truly mortified was his spirit! To be so near his Savior and not see Him, to have Him so close and not enjoy His presence! Is this not a completely detached spirit, detached even from God Himself so as to do His will and serve Him, to leave God for God, and not to love God in order to love Him better? The example of this great saint overwhelms me with its grandeur.”  ~  St Francis de Sales

St John the Baptist, pray for us!