Sunday, June 30, 2024

Come Home to the Prince of Peace...

 This in indeed the Saviour of the world. 
 John 4:42

"Keep close to the
Catholic Church at all times, 
for the Church alone 
can give you true peace, 
since she alone possesses Jesus, 
the true Prince of Peace,
in the Blessed Sacrament."
St. Padre Pio 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Friends of God...

  Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
June 29

"This day has been made holy by the 
passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. 
... These martyrs realized what they taught: 
they pursued justice, they confessed the truth, they died for it."

St Augustine, Sermon 295

 We do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord,
and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. - 2 Cor 4:5

Entrance Antiphon (Today’s Liturgy)

These are the ones who, living in the flesh, planted the Church with their blood; they drank the chalice of the Lord and became friends of God. 

Prayer over the Offerings (Today's Liturgy)

May the prayer of the Apostles, O Lord, accompany the sacrificial gift that we present to your name for consecration, and may their intercession make us devoted to you in celebration of the sacrifice. Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer After Communion (Today’s Liturgy)

Grant us, O Lord, who have been renewed by this Sacrament, so to live in the Church, that, persevering in the breaking of the Bread and in the teaching of the Apostles, we may be one heart and one soul, made steadfast in your love. Through Christ our Lord.

Sts Peter and Paul, pray for us!

St Peter was chosen by Christ to be his first Vicar on earth; he was endowed with powers of the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:13-19) and charged with the role of Shepherd of Christ's flock (Jn 21:15-17). In St. Peter and his successors, we have a visible sign of unity and communion in faith and charity. Divine grace led St. Peter to profess Christ's divinity.  St. Peter suffered martyrdom by crucifixion under Nero, in about the year 64 AD. He was buried at the hill of the Vatican; recent excavations have revealed his tomb on the very site of St. Peter's Basilica.
St Paul was chosen to form part of the apostolic college by Christ himself on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-16). Selected to bring Christ's name to all peoples (Acts 9:15), he is the greatest missionary of all time, the advocate of pagans, the Apostle of the Gentiles. St. Paul was beheaded in the Tre Fontane along the Via Ostiense and buried nearby, on the site where the basilica bearing his name now stands. 
Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

Friday, June 28, 2024

He has declared, He has established...

  "For this is why the Word became man, 
and the Son of God  became the Son of man: 
so that man, by entering into communion 
with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship,
might become a son of God." - St Irenaeus

"(Christ) has declared the cup, a part of creation,
to be His own Blood, 
from which He causes our blood to flow; 
the bread, a part of creation,
He has established as His own Body, 
from which He gives increase to our bodies.”

St. Irenaeus
Nee Smyrna ~ 125-202 AD
Disciple of Polycarp
(Polycarp: disciple of St John the Apostle)
Bishop of Lyons, Father of the Church
Declared Doctoor of the Church (Doctor of Unity)
by Pope Francis in 2022
Theologian, prolific writer
Masterpiece - Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies)*
*(Detailed refute on teachings of Gnosticism)
Against Heresies is source of the quote above
Feast Day - June 28

"One should not seek among others the truth 
that can be easily gotten from the Church.  
For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles 
have placed all that pertains to truth, so that 
everyone can drink this beverage of life. 
She is the door of life." - St Irenaeus

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Remedies assured...

 ...grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. - John 1:17b

If the poison of pride is swelling up in you, turn to 
the Eucharist; and that Bread, Which is your God 
humbling and disguising Himself, will teach you humility. 

If the fever of selfish greed rages in you, 
feed on this Bread; and you will learn generosity. 

If the cold wind of coveting withers you, hasten to the 
Bread of Angels; and charity will come to blossom in your heart. 

If you feel the itch of intemperance, nourish yourself with 
the Flesh and Blood of Christ, Who practiced heroic self-control 
during His earthly life; and you will become temperate. 

If you are lazy and sluggish about spiritual things, strengthen 
yourself with this heavenly Food; and you will grow fervent. 

Lastly, if you feel scorched by the fever of impurity
go to the banquet of the Angels; and the spotless 
Flesh of Christ will make you pure and chaste.

St Cyril of Alexandria
Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Brilliant writer and orator
Pillar of Orthodoxy
Bold and brave presence
Preeminent role at Council of Ephesus
This Council defined the inseparable unity
of the divine and human natures of Christ, and thus the 
appropriateness of invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary
under the title of "Theotokos" or Mother of God.
Feast Day - June 27

"In Cana of Galilee Christ changed water into wine,
and shall we think Him less worthy of credit
when He changes wine into His Blood? 
St Cyril of Alexandria

St Cyril of Alexandria, pray for us!

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Seek, find, love...

 "Sanctity is not rigid like cardboard: 
it knows how to smile,
to give way to others and to hope.
It is life - a supernatural life." 
St Josemaría Escrivá

" ... Jesus hides in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar 
because He wants us to dare to approach Him.
He wants to nourish us so we 
become one single thing with Him.

When He said, Apart from Me you can do nothing,
He was not condemning Christians to ineffectiveness or 
obliging them to seek Him by a difficult and arduous route. 
On the contrary ... He has stayed with us, 
He is totally available to us."

St Josemaría Escrivá
Spain ~ 1902-1975
Priest, Founder of Opus Dei
Opus Dei - Finding God in daily life
 Feast Day - June 26
Painting above: Ariel Agemian

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St Josemaria Escriva describes this experience
about himself as a young seminarian...
"Why am I becoming a priest? 
Our Lord wants something: what is it?  
And in Latin — not very elegant Latin — 
… I kept repeating 
Domine, ut videam! Ut sit! Ut sit!  -
 The thing that you want, and 
that I don’t know — make it happen!”

St Josemaría Escrivá, pray for us!

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Friends of the King! ...

 “The Eucharist is the visible manifestation
of the generosity of God.” 
  Raniero Cardinal Cantalamessa

“Beneath the accidents of bread, Jesus is accessible – if the King disguises Himself, we can converse with Him without ceremonies and court etiquette:  indeed He seems to have waived His claim to them by appearing incognito.

Take pleasure in remaining in His society:  do not lose such precious time, for this hour is of the utmost value to the soul, and the good Jesus desires you to spend it with Him.

When you have received our Lord, since He really dwells within you, try to close the eyes of your body and to open those of your soul; look into your heart.  … He will reveal Himself to youin proportion to the desire you have of seeing Him.  He will not show Himself openly or reveal His glories or bestow His treasures, save on souls who prove that they ardently desire Him, for these are His real friends.”

Excerpt from The Way of Perfection 34:9-11
St Teresa of Avila (1582 +)

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Monday, June 24, 2024

The birth of the herald...

Solemnity of the Nativity
of St John the Baptist 
June 24

“Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen
no one greater than John the Baptist." - 
Matthew 11:11


Today's Entrance Antiphon - Jn 1:6-7; Lk 1:17
 A man was sent from God, whose name was John.  He came 
to testify to the light, to prepare a people fit for the Lord.

"Fortunate is John, who through the spirit of God deserved
to express his joy before he uttered any infant cries. 
Fortunate is he who deserved to possess divine benefits before
he got human goods.  Fortunate is he who deserved acquaintance
with heaven sooner than with earth.  Fortunate is he who deserved
to announce future events before he saw any present ones.  
Fortunate is who could receive God before he was received 
into his own body. Fortunate, yes, outstandingly fortunate
is he who acquired merit before he knew how to seek it.  
Fortunate is he who did not come to grace through toil 
but was enabled by grace and then proceeded to his labors." 

St Peter Chrysologus 

Hat tip : Magnificat, Vol 20, N0. 4/June 2018
Magnificat Home
Painting:  The Birth and Naming of John the Baptist - Juan de Flandes

Today's Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.  Alleluia, alleluia!

"Happy birthday of John the Baptist. His birth is the culmination of an age, an era, a Covenant. He is the last of the Old Testament Prophets. His birth signals an end and a beginning. The Book of Hebrews says By calling this covenant “new,” [God] has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear (Hebrews 8:13). 

Hence John would later say, “The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must increase; I must decrease. (Jn 3:29-30).  Today John the Baptist is born who will usher in the new by answering the most significant question ever posed:  "But where is the Lamb?'"
Msgr Charles Pope
Pastor: Holy Comforter - St Cyprian Parish ~ Washington, DC

“Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world.”
(St John the Baptist is quoted at every holy Mass)

Prayer after Communion (Today's Mass)
Having feasted at the banquet of the heavenly Lamb,
we pray, O Lord,
that, finding joy in the nativity of Saint John the Baptist,
your Church may know as the author of her rebirth
the Christ whose coming John foretold.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

St John the Baptist in the Desert - Philllipe de Champaign

“I want to show you a sun that shone more brightly than all these, a soul that was truly free and detached, cleaving only to the will of God. I have often wondered who is the most mortified of the saints I know, and after some reflection I have come to the conclusion that it was Saint John the Baptist. He went into the desert when he was five years old and knew that our Savior and his came on earth in a place quite close by, one or two days' journey perhaps. How his heart, touched with love of his Savior from the time He was in His Mother's womb, must have longed to enjoy His presence! Yet he spends twenty-five years in the desert without coming to see our Lord even once; and leaving the desert he stays to catechize without visiting Him but waiting till our Lord comes to seek him out. Then when he has baptized Him he does not follow Him but stays behind to do his appointed task. How truly mortified was his spirit! To be so near his Savior and not see Him, to have Him so close and not enjoy His presence! Is this not a completely detached spirit, detached even from God Himself so as to do His will and serve Him, to leave God for God, and not to love God in order to love Him better? The example of this great saint overwhelms me with its grandeur.”  -  St Francis de Sales

St John the Baptist, pray for us,
the He may increase and 
we may decrease!