Sunday, July 22, 2018

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

"St Mary Magdalene seeks the Lord, and when she finds Him, she adores Him ...
Adoration takes first place.  Mary Magdalene reminds us of the need to recover
the primacy of adoration in the life of the Church and in the liturgical celebration."
Cardinal Robert Sarah, Essay on Saint Mary Magdalene

 "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. USA

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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

Excellent read - Saint Mary Magdalene, Prophetess of Eucharistic Love
- Fr Sean Davidson (2017) - Ignatius Press

Painting:  Forgiveness - Daniel Gerhartz  

"The love of God makes us do great things." - St Philip Neri

St Mary Magdalene, pray for us!

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