Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fidelity...


  Let us praise Joachim and Anne, to whom, in their generation, 
the Lord gave Him who was a blessing for all the nations. 
- Entrance Antiphon (Today's Liturgy)

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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


Remembering ...
Sts Joachim and Anne
Parents of the Virgin Mary 
Patron of Grandparents


O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should be born from 
among humanity so that by a wonderful mystery humanity 
 might be born again from you, we pray that, in your kindness,
you may sanctify by the spirit of adoption those you have fed
with the Bread you give your children.  Through Christ our Lord. 
(Prayer after Communion, Today's Liturgy)

Sts Joachim and Anne, pray for us!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ever present, as He said...

Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee
and his brother John.  They were in a boat with their father Zebedee,
preparing their nets.  Jesus called them, and immediately
they left the boat and their father and followed him. - Matthew 4:21, 22

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Christ calling the Apostles James and John ~ Edward Armitage

"And just as He appeared before the holy Apostles in true flesh, so now He has us see Him in the Sacred Bread. Looking at Him with the eyes of their flesh, they saw only His Flesh, but regarding Him with the eyes of the spirit, they believed that He was God.

In like manneras we see bread and wine with our bodily eyes, let us see and believe firmly that it is His Most Holy Body and Blood, True and Living.  

For in this way our Lord is ever present among those who believe in Him, according to what He said: "Behold, I am with you all days even to the consummation of the world" (Mt. 28, 20).

 St. Francis of Assisi

  

Saint JAMES (the Greater)
Apostle and Martyr
Son of Zebedee and Salome
Brother of apostle John
Dubbed 'Son of Thunder'
Patron of Spain and laborers
+42 AD 
FEAST DAY - July 25

 

"Accept the help that the Virgin and the saints offer you.
Promise that you will press forward
on your way to join them."  ~  St Francis de Sales


St James, pray for us!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Graces are flying forth...

"The very words we use, a 'visit to the Blessed Sacrament,'
reminds us that we go to a living person, and that He is
no other than our blessed Savior." - Fr Francis A. Spencer, O.P

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"The life of our dear Lord in the sacred Host is most active.
He remains still in the tabernacle, it is true, but graces are
flying forth from His Heart in inconceivable abundance.
From the tabernacle, Our Lord works miracles both
on souls and bodies, as He did of old in Galilee and Judea."   ...
 
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"Before the tabernacle great saints have
communed with God upon the heights which we may never reach;
there, too, sinners have come,
and touched by the grace that goes out from Him,
found the contrite and humbled heart which He will never despise.
 
Think of the millions of the faithful
who day by day come into the house of God to pray.
Think of the religious to whom this very presence is as the air they breathe,
the very life and sustenance of their souls.
 
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No one shall every know all
that this adorable Sacrament is for human souls,
raising all our hearts
to that one Heart
which is the center and source of grace and love."


Fr. Francis Aloysius Spencer, O.P.

Bottom painting: Giotto

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Remedy for souls...

 "Blessed may you be, my Lord Jesus Christ. For our salvation
you allowed your side and heart to be pierced with a lance
and from that side water and your precious blood flowed out 
abundantly for our redemption. - St. Bridget of Sweden

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"Oh Jesus! Sweetness of hearts,
delight of the spirit,
by the bitterness of the vinegar and gall which
Thou didst taste on the Cross of Love for us,
grant us the grace to receive worthily
Thy Precious Body and Blood during our life
and at the hour of our death,
that they may serve as a remedy
and consolation for our souls.  Amen.”


St Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden
Wife, Widow, Religious, Foundress
Mystic and Visionary
1303-1373
Patroness: Sweden.  Co-patroness: Europe
Mother of eight, including St Catherine of Sweden
Founded religious order, Brigittines*
*distinctive skull cap over veil
FEAST DAY – July 23

 

"The world would have peace 
if only men of politics would follow the Gospels." 
St. Bridget of Sweden



St Bridget of Sweden, pray for us!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Burning with great-heartedness...

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up
of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  - Psalm 141:2


"Yes, I am happy, perfectly happy; and do you wish to know where I find true happiness? At the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. …

I would strongly urge that, even as the Magdalene anointed the Lord’s feet with tears and perfumed oil, you too would pour out the perfume of constant prayer and contemplation at the foot of the tabernacle. I should like the Eucharist to become a burning flame for your soul, so that, immersed in that flame, it might  emerge burning with love and great-heartedness.

I should like to see this Eucharistic altar, on which Jesus is sacrificed, accept your offering too, so that you may become a victim of love, whose perfume rises to the throne of the Eternal God!"

Fr Augustine Mary of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Carmelite priest  (1821 to 1871)

Photo>St Joseph Catholic Church ~ Ogden, Utah

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Remembering...  
St Mary Magdalene
Disciple of Jesus
"Apostle to the Apostles"
Feast Day – July 22

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“The story of Mary of Magdala reminds us all of a fundamental truth. A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for His help, has been healed by Him and has set out following closely after Him, becoming a witness of the power of His merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.” – Pope Benedict XVI


Painting> Mary Magdelene ~ Sandro Botticelli


St Mary Magdalene, pray for us!