Thursday, November 24, 2022

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, 
may merit by endurance an eternal prize.
Through Christ our Lord.

St Andrew Dũng-Lạc (priest) 
and Companions
117 Martyrs (btwn 1820-1862)* ~ Vietnam
Companions: 96 Vietnamese, 11 Spaniards, 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
"Remember the past with gratitude. 
Live the present with enthusiasm. 
Look forward to the future with confidence."
St John Paul II

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. - Fr 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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