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LET NOT REGARD FOR PRIVATE SECURITY STOP YOU FROM PROCLAIMING THE TRUTH

The figure of John [the Baptist] demonstrates two laws about authentic people and shatters two dangers to which man’s authenticity generally succumbs. He shatters two situations in which an authentic man so very often suffocates and drowns. The first law and the first danger: the prophet stands before the king. And the first point:

• do not permit regard for private security or personal existence to make you into an inauthentic person.

So very often throughout history, whenever prophet and king have encountered one another, the king is always in the superior position. What is easier, what is simpler, than to muzzle a prophet! Yet, indeed, hasn’t it been – not the voices of those who went into the palaces and were welcome there – but rather the voices calling in the wilderness who filled the cosmos, who prepared the way, who directed people toward Advent, and who arranged for the proper meeting with the end and the Ultimate? Prophet and king! The prophet must have known that the king’s power and force and majesty would fall upon him and crush him if he said, “‘Non licit’: That is wrong because it is inauthentic and is not in accordance with the divine order.” And John said it, and he was crushed, and he was brutalised, and – for all time and eternity – he stands as the witness within history, as the witness before the face of the Lord, as authenticity itself. And he was right! Along with that are the second law and the second danger.

• Futility or ineffectiveness do not dispense one from speaking the truth, declaring what is wrong, and standing up for what is right and just.

How could this prophet think he could interfere in the family history and family scandals of the king, and be successful? Whoever considers success, or makes his decisions or attitudes dependent upon whether something is futile or certain of success, is already corrupt. Then authenticity no longer means his personal encounter with what is real; it is rather his personal dependence upon success, upon being heard, on popularity and applause, and on the roar of the great throngs. He is already corrupt. And woe if the prophets are mute out of fear that their word might not be heeded.
– Fr Alfred Delp, 20th century

 
 

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LAST RITES – DEFINITION

What are the Last Rites of the Catholic Church?

The Last Rites (also called Extreme Unction) are better known by the term Anointing of the Sick.

303. What are the effects of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?

The effects of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are to comfort and strengthen the soul, to remit sin, and even to restore health, when God sees it to be expedient. (Penny Catechism)

 

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PREDICTING THE FUTURE

The problems which we make for ourselves by an anxious forecasting of the future are not crosses which come from God. Let us not tempt Him by our false wisdom, trying to forestall His arrangements and to substitute our own providence for His. The fruit of our wisdom is always bitter; God permits this to confound us, when we break from His paternal guidance.

The future is not yet ours; perhaps it never shall be. If it does come, perhaps it will be quite different from what we have forecast. Let us close our eyes, then, to what God conceals from us, and holds in reserve for us in the treasure-house of His wisdom. Let us adore without seeing, let us be silent and rest tranquil.

THE REASON WHY ALL PREDICTED EVENTS TURN POUT FULL OF PROBLEMS AND WORRIES IF THEY DO HAPPEN

The crosses of the present moment always bring with them their own special grace, and consequently their consolation. We are conscious that it is the Hand of God which makes itself felt in them.

But the crosses which spring from anxious forecasting of the future are seen to be out of God’s order. We see them without having the grace to bear them; nay, we see them through a failing which turns aside grace.

Hence they appear harsh and unbearable; all is dark; we feel ourselves without resource; and the soul that wished, through curiosity, to taste the forbidden fruit, finds only death and revolt, with no consolation within itself.

This is the result of mistrusting God, and daring to violate His secret, which He guards jealously. ‘Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof,’ says Jesus Christ; and the evil of each day becomes a blessing when we submit to God’s good pleasure. Let us, then, cast all our cares into the heart of so good a Father.
(Fr Fenelon)

 

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PRAYER TO ST FIACC

PRAYER TO ST FIACH [FIACC]

(St Fiach, Patrician Bishop of Wexford – Feast: October 12th)

O blessed St Fiach, noble scion of royal lineage, and still more noble Priest of God, mindful in Heaven of the Irish Church thou didst so tenderly love and cherish here on earth, lift up thy stainless hands and bless our devoted Irish Priesthood and our faithful Irish people, that imitating thy prayer, thy spirit of generous sacrifice and untiring zeal, we may one day, Priests and people, rejoice with thee in Heaven. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty and Sons, Leeds, 1922

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2021 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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FAMILY CONSECRATION PRAYER

CONSECRATION OF THE FAMILY TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, Who didst manifest to St Margaret Mary the desire of reigning in Christian families, we today wish to proclaim thy most complete domination over our own.

We would live in future with thy life, we would cause to flourish in our midst those virtues to which thou hast promised peace here below, we would banish far from us the spirit of the world which thou hast cursed; and thou shalt reign over our minds in the simplicity of our faith, and over our hearts by the wholehearted love with which they shall burn for thee, the flame of which they shall keep alive by the frequent reception of thy Holy Eucharist.

O Divine Heart, deign to preside over our assemblings, to bless our enterprises, both spiritual and temporal, to dispel our cares, to sanctify our joys, to alleviate our sufferings.

If ever one or other of us should have the misfortune to afflict thee, remind him, O Heart of Jesus, that thou art good and merciful to the penitent sinner.

And when the hour of separation strikes, when death shall come to cast mourning into our midst, we will all, both those who go and those who stay, be submissive to thy eternal decrees. We shall console ourselves with the thought that a day will come when the entire family, reunited in heaven, can sin for ever thy glories and thy mercies.

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious Patriarch, St Joseph, present this consecration to thee, and keep it in our minds all the days of our life.

All glory to the Heart of Jesus, our King and our Father.

[Plenary Indulgence on the day of consecration, and every year on the day of renewal, on the usual conditions. – Pius X., May 19th, 1908.]

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty and Sons, Leeds, 1922

 

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INTERNET PRAYER

A PRAYER BEFORE USING THE INTERNET THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF BLESSED CARLO ACUTIS

Almighty and eternal God, you created us in your image and commanded us to seek and live what is good, true and beautiful.

Through the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis, we ask you to strengthen your Spirit in us, so that during the journey through the internet, we only focus our hands and eyes on what you like and treat people online with love and patience.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ROMANS 1:16-25)

MEN KNEW GOD AND YET REFUSED TO HONOUR HIM AS GOD.

I am not ashamed of the Good News: it is the power of God saving all who have faith – Jews first, but Greeks as well – since this is what reveals the justice of God to us: it shows how faith leads to faith, or as scripture says: The upright man finds life through faith.

The anger of God is being revealed from heaven against all the impiety and depravity of men who keep truth imprisoned in their wickedness. For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them since God himself has made it plain. Ever since God created the world his everlasting power and deity – however invisible – have been there for the mind to see in the things he has made. That is why such people are without excuse: they knew God and yet refused to honour him as God or to thank him; instead, they made nonsense out of logic and their empty minds were darkened.

The more they called themselves philosophers, the more stupid they grew, until they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for a worthless imitation, for the image of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds and reptiles. That is why God left them to their filthy enjoyments and the practices with which they dishonour their own bodies, since they have given up divine truth for a lie and have worshipped and served creatures instead of the creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen!

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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BY THE POWER AND GLORY OF THE HOLY CROSS…

“BY THE SIGN OF THE CROSS” – PRAYER FOR PROTECTION

By the power and glory of thy holy Cross, with which I bless myself, save me, O Lord Jesus; turn aside from me the poisonous darts of the enemy; destroy in me carnal lust; quicken me with the gifts of thy grace; shelter me under the shadow of thy wings.

By this same sign of thy holy Cross, deliver me, O Lord, from daily perils, disease, and death. Should sorrow or sickness overtake me for my sins, soothe my grief and allay my pain as thou willest, and as thou best knowest how.

Grant that, protected in thee and by thee, I may never be delivered into the hands of my enemies, visible or invisible; but rather in mercy than in anger do thou chastise me, good Jesus; and whenever I shall stray from thee do thou call me back again, and guard me in thy loving kindness to thy glory. May thy name be blessed for ever. Amen.

 

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DEVOTIONS FOR THE DAYS OF THE WEEK

THE DEVOTIONS FOR THE DAYS OF THE WEEK

• Sunday: the Resurrection, the Trinity
• Monday: the Holy Spirit, the Holy Souls
• Tuesday: the angels
• Wednesday: St Joseph
• Thursday: the Blessed Sacrament
• Friday: Christ’s Passion and the Sacred Heart
• Saturday: the Blessed Virgin

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2021 in Devotions

 

IT IS OUR DUTY TO ALWAYS GIVE A GOOD EXAMPLE

“Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart” (Mt11:29a,b)

Such is the lesson of the divine Master. Meekness [the opposite of anger] and resignation are virtues which are absolutely necessary.

Let us not yield to hastiness, the first impulses of which are almost always independent of our will.

Reproaches for what is already done are often useless; mildness renders efficacious those which are necessary.

If it is a duty to reprehend, it is equally and always a duty to give a good example; for impatience in a pious person can only be a source of scandal.

The habit of self-restraint and self-denial tends greatly to the increase of holiness [both in ourselves and in those around us].

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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