Thursday, November 24, 2016

Renewed by the one Bread ...

Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice;
the kingdom of heaven is theirs. - Matthew 5:10


Today’s Liturgy:  Prayer after Communion

Renewed by the one Bread
as we commemorate the holy Martyrs,
we humbly beseech you, O Lord,
that abiding as one in Your love,
we may merit by endurance an eternal prize.
Through Christ our Lord.

St Andrew Dũng-Lạc (priest) and Companions
117 Martyrs (btwn 1820-1862)* ~ Vietnam
The group consisted of 96 Vietnamese, 11 Spaniards, and 10 French:
8 Bishops, 50 priests, 59 lay Catholics, incl a 9 y/o
Feast Day – November 24


"In the midst of these torments, which usually terrify others, I am, by the grace of God, full of joy and gladness, because I am not alone - Christ is with me.  Our Master bears the whole weight of the cross, leaving me only the tiniest, last bit." St Paul Le-Bao-Tinh, Martyr, 1843

St Andrew Dung-Lac and companions, pray for us!

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Blessed Thanksgiving Day!
I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart ... Psalm 138:1a

Gratitude ... goes beyond the "mine" and "thine" and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen

As Catholics, our Eucharistic life 
(Eucharistia means thanksgiving) 
is literally one of Thanks-living!
  Consider a gift of gratitude to our Lord through a
daily HOLY HOUR and/or HOLY MASS
during the upcoming season of ADVENT!

"God has two dwelling places:
One in heaven and the other
in a grateful heart."  ~ Izaak Walton

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