Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Really live! ...

"Live on Him that you 
may live for Him."- St John Vianney


And as they were eating, He took bread,
and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said,
"Take; this is My Body."
And He took a chalice, and when He had given thanks
He gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 
And He said to them,
"This is My Blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many."

Gospel of Mark 14:22-24

St Mark the Evangelist
Evangelist, Martyr (+68 AD)
Disciple of St Peter, Cousin of Barnabus
Symbol:  lion, often winged*
*The Gospel of St Mark begins with St John the Baptist,
"the voice of one crying in the wilderness,"
a voice that St Jerome compared to the roar of a lion.
FEAST DAY - April 25
Image above:  The Last Supper ~ Frans Pourbus
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 Go out into the whole world and 
proclaim the Gospel to every creature.  ~ Mark 16:15
  
Prayer over the Offerings (Today's Liturgy)

As we venerate the glory of Saint Mark,
we offer you, Lord, the sacrifice of praise
and humbly beseech you,
that your Church may always persevere
in the preaching of the Gospel.
Through Christ our Lord.

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Basilica San Marco ~ Venice, Italy
Contains the reliquary of St Mark's body


St Mark the Evangelist, pray for us!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hoping all things! ...

"May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame 
of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven." ~ St Mary Euphrasia


“Draw near to our Lord,
thoroughly aware of your own nothingness,
and you may hope all things
from His Goodness and Mercy.
Never forget
that Jesus Christ is no less generous
in the Blessed Sacrament
than He was during His mortal life on earth.


St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
France ~ 1796-1868
Her "three inseparable devotions":
Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Eucharist, Mary
Foundress ~ Sisters of the Good Shepherd
By time of death:  established 110 convents in 35 countries
Motto: "One person is of more value than a world." 
FEAST DAY - April 24

 

"Go after the lost sheep without other rest than the cross,
other consolation than work,
other thirst than for justice." ~ St Mary Euphrasia

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jesus, I trust in You! ...

“Let your heart ever belong to God through purity of intention,
attachment to His love, and confidence in His divine mercy. 
… You must reach the point where Jesus is sufficient to you.”
 - St. Peter Julian Eymard

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

"Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; 
for forgiveness has risen from the grave." - St John Chrysostom



Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (#10):

"Especially from the Eucharist,
grace is poured forth upon us
as from a fountain."

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First Mass of St John of Malta

 "O what awesome mysteries take place during Mass! ... One day we will know what God is doing for us in each Mass, and what sort of gift He is preparing in it for us.  Only His divine love could permit that such a gift be provided for us ... this fountain of life gushing forth with such sweetness and power (914) ...

"O living Host, my one and only strength, fountain of  love and mercy, embrace the whole world, fortify faint souls.  Oh, blessed be the instant and the moment when Jesus left us His most merciful Heart!" (223).

St Maria Faustina Kowalska
Diary: Divine Mercy in my Soul

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Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. - Psalm 6:2


   "No traveling soul can worthily love its God, but when this soul
does everything it possibly can, and trusts in divine mercy, why
should Jesus reject it?  Didn't He command us to love God in
accordance with our strength?  When you have given and
consecrated everything to God, why do you fear?" - St Pio (1916) 

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“Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His Love
and the future to His Providence. ”- St. Augustine

 "Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the
goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of
Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly 
into the hearts of those who pray."- St. Louis de Montfort
Jesus, I trust in You!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A truth worth echoing ... (Easter Saturday)

 "Him whom the heavens cannot contain, the womb of one woman bore. 
She ruled our Ruler.  She carried Him in whom we all are. 
She gave milk to our Bread." - St Augustine, Sermon 184



"When we go before Jesus on the altar,
we always find Him with Mary His Mother,
as the magi did at Bethlehem (Mt 2:11). 

And Jesus in the sacred Host,
from the altar of our hearts,
can repeat to each one of us what He said to
St John the Evangelist from the altar of Calvary,
Behold thy Mother (Jn 19:27). "


Fr Stefano Manelli, O.F.M.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The wealth of His love... (Easter Friday)

In Christ who is the source of my strength 
I have strength for everything.  - Phil 4:13


"Love makes the heart leap and dance.
Love makes it exult and be festive.
Love makes it sing and be silent as it pleases.
Love grants it rest and enables it to act.
Love possesses it and gives it everything.
Love takes it over completely and dwells in it.
And Holy Communion is the mansion of love."

St. Veronica Giuliani

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