Sunday, October 19, 2014

The heart and center!

"Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Living Heart
of each of our parishes." - Bl Pope Paul VI

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“The Eucharistic mystery
stands at the heart and center of the Liturgy
since it is the fount of life
by which we are cleansed and strengthened
to live not for ourselves but for God
and to be united in love among ourselves.”

Blessed Pope Paul VI
Beatification day - today - 19 October 2014

“When we look to this great Pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle, 
we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks! 
Thank you, our dear and beloved Pope Paul VI! 
Thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and His Church!” 
- Pope Francis, 10/19/14

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"If evil increases, the devotion of the People of God should also increase." 
- Bl Pope Paul VI

 Bl Pope Paul VI , pray for us!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

St Luke, pray for us!

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings of peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation! - Isaiah 52:7  Entrance Antiphon - Feast of St Luke

Prayer over the gifts (Liturgy – Oct 18, 2014)
Grant through your heavenly gifts that we may
serve you in freedom of heart, we pray, O Lord,
so that the offerings we make on the feast day of
Saint Luke may bring us healing and give us glory.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Communion Antiphon
The Lord sent out disciples to proclaim throughout
the towns: The kingdom of God is at hand for you.
(See Lk 10:1,9)

Prayer after Communion
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that what we have received from your holy altar
may sanctify us and make us strong in the faith
of the Gospel which Saint Luke proclaimed.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

St Luke
Evangelist, Martyr
Wrote Gospel and Acts of the Apostles
In Dives in Misericordia, St JPII calls Luke: "Gospel of Mercy"
Greek, Physician, Painter
Convert, then fellow-Worker of St Paul
Symbol: winged ox
Patron:  Artists, Physicians and Surgeons
Feast Day – October 18


St Luke, thank you for enlivening our love of Jesus as Friend
through the holy Gospel!

This is a Friend who will not terrify you, who will not abandon you.
Hope in Him, and Heaven is yours! ~ St Joseph Cafasso

Saint Luke, pray for us!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wheat of God

"The death of martyrs blossoms in the FAITH of the living."
~ Pope St Gregory the Great

Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome.
Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five of these letters are to Churches in Asia Minor; they urge the Christians there to remain faithful to God and to obey their superiors. He warns them against heretical doctrines, providing them with the solid truths of the Christian faith.
The sixth letter was to Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, who was later martyred for the faith. The final letter begs the Christians in Rome not to try to stop his martyrdom. Ignatius bravely met the lions in the Circus Maximus.
"I am writing to all the Churches and I enjoin all, that I am dying willingly for God's sake, if only you do not prevent it. I beg you, do not do me an untimely kindness.   The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ."

~ St Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Romans

St Ignatius of Antioch
Bishop and Martyr
Church Father
First Century - d. 107
Disciple of St John the Evangelist
First to use term "Catholic" Church
FEAST DAY - October 17


"My desire is to belong to God." ~ St Ignatius of Antioch

St Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Supremely humbled... in the Host

Instead of these things thou didst give thy people the food of angels... providing every pleasure and suited to every taste. - Wisdom 16:20

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"Let every knee bend before Thee,
O greatness of my God,
so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host.

May every heart love Thee,
every spirit adore Thee and
every will be subject to Thee."

St Margaret Mary Alacoque
Saint of the Sacred Heart
Visitation Sister
France ~ 1647-1690
FEAST DAY - October 16

"All for the Eucharist, nothing for me."- St Margaret Mary 

 St Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us!

The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary
for those devoted to His Sacred Heart:
  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
  5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
  9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
  12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

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Enthronement and Consecration
of the Sacred Heart as King of the Family


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Why look for more?

...those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. - Psalm 34:10b 

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One day St. Teresa of Avila heard someone say: "If only I had lived at the time of Jesus... If only I had seen Jesus... If only I had talked with Jesus..."
To this she responded: "But do we not have in the Eucharist the living, true and real Jesus present before us? Why look for more? In the presence of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament we ought to be like the Blessed in heaven before the Divine Essence."

St Teresa of Avila
 Spain ~ 1515-1582
Carmelite Contemplative, Reformer
Prolific Writer*
*Way of Perfection, Interior Castle,
The Life of Teresa of Jesus (Autobiography)
FEAST DAY - October 15

  St. Teresa’s most popularly known writing is a brief poem known as her 
“Bookmark”, because it was found in her prayer book after her death in 1582.

Original Spanish:

Nada te turbe,
nada te espante;
todo se pasa,
Dios no se muda.
La pacientia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene nada la falta:
solo Dios basta.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.