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Monthly Archives: August 2013

31st AUGUST, GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 25:14-30)

YOU HAVE SHOWN YOU CAN BE FAITHFUL IN SMALL THINGS, COME AND JOIN IN YOUR MASTER’S HAPPINESS

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man on his way abroad summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out. The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. ‘Sir,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.’ Next the man with the two talents came forward. ‘Sir,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your Master’s happiness.’

Last came forward the man who had the one talent. ‘Sir,’ said he, ‘I heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered; so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered? Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have recovered my capital with interest. So now, take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the five talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away. As for this good-for-nothing servant, throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.'”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

[Let us always strive to do good with the talents we have been given and not keep them to ourselves without using them for God.]

 
 

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31st AUGUST, RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 97)

R. The Lord comes to rule the people with fairness.

1. Sing a new song to the Lord
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation. (R.)

2. Let the sea and all within it, thunder;
the world, and all its peoples.
Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills ring out their joy
at the presence of the Lord: for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth. (R.)

3. He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with fairness. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
You will shine in the world like bright stars
because you are offering it the word of life.
Alleluia!

 
 

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31st AUGUST, BIBLE READING (1 THESSALONIANS 4:9-12)

YOU HAVE LEARNT FROM GOD YOURSELVES TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

As for loving our brothers, there is no need for anyone to write to you about that, since you have learnt from God yourselves to love one another, and in fact this is what you are doing with all the brothers throughout the whole of Macedonia.

However, we do urge you, brothers, to go on making even greater progress and to make a point of living quietly, attending to your own business and earning your living, just as we told you to, so that you are seen to be respectable by those outside the Church, though you do not have to depend on them.

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

 
 

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THE BEGINNINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS

ST IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

“Inigo de Recalde de Loyola, youngest of 13 children of Don Beltran Yanez de Loyola and Maria Saenz di Licona y Balda, was born in 1491 in the family castle in the Basque province of Guipozcoa, in northeastern Spain, near the French border.

As befitted a boy from an aristocratic family, he spent time as a page at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella, the rulers of Spain. Here, by his later testimony, he was involved in gambling, wenching, and duelling.

He then entered military service, but fought in only one major battle, the defence of Pamplona against the French in 1521. The professional soldiers knew that their position was indefensible, and proposed to surrender. Inigo (or Ignatius, to give him the Latin form of his name) had visions of military glory, and urged his comrades to fight. He was promptly hit in the leg by a cannon ball, the town surrendered anyway, and the French sent him home on a stretcher.

The leg was badly set, and did not heal properly. It had to be rebroken and reset, and again it healed crookedly and left him with a permanent limp. Meanwhile, he was bedridden for many months and spent the time reading.

He asked for tales of knightly adventure but instead was given a Life of Christ, written by a Carthusian monk. He read it and his life was transformed.

Ignatius made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to see with his own eyes the scenes of Our Lord’s life and death. He wanted to stay and preach to the Muslims, but the Franciscans stationed there advised him that he needed an education in order to preach effectively.

Back in Spain, he spent ten years (1524-1534) getting an education at Barcelona, Alcala, Salamanca and Paris, beginning by going to elementary school to learn Latin grammar and ending with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Paris. In Salamanca, he often preached to groups of people assembled by chance; but in those days a layman undertaking to preach on his own, without a licence or supervision, was automatically suspected of heresy.

Ignatius was twice imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition and questioned about his beliefs, an experience that made a deep impression on him. (He was finally acquitted, but forbidden to discuss religious matters for three years.)

In 1534, he and six fellow students formed a group which vowed to travel to Jerusalem and there preach the Gospel to the Muslims. (The most famous of the six is Francis Xavier, who went to India and China as a missionary, and who is commemorated on 3rd December.)

This group later took the name, ‘The Society of Jesus,’ and. Were nicknamed the Jesuits by outsiders, a nickname that stuck.
– This article was published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Sunday 25th August, 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).”

 
 

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LORD JESUS, LET US BECOME A TRUE BRANCH ON THE VINE

Lord Jesus, let us realise that every action of ours no matter how small or how secular enables us to be in touch with You. Let our interest lie in created things – but only in absolute dependence upon Your presence in them. Let us pursue You and You alone through the reality of created things. Let this be our prayer – to become closer to You by becoming more human.

Let us become a true branch on the vine that is You, a branch that bears much fruit. Let us accept You in our lives in the way it pleases You to come into them: as Truth, to be spoken; as Life, to be lived; as Light, to be shared; as love, to be followed; as Joy, to be given; as Peace, to be spread about; as Sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives and friends, among our neighbours and all people. Amen.

 
 

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THE PITFALLS OF “IT’S JUST A LITTLE SIN, IT DOES NOT REALLY MATTER THAT MUCH”

A LITTLE NEGLIGENCE

“A little negligence in the service of God is sufficient for the devil to make us lose much merit.

A little negligence in resisting temptation is sufficient for the devil, to make us forthwith fall into sin.

A little negligence in correcting our venial faults is sufficient for the devil, to make us fall into much more serious faults.

Let us make the good resolution to-day, to continue watchful, to abstain from all deliberate sins, even venial ones, keeping in mind this maxim:

IN THE DEVIL’S HAND, LITTLE BECOMES MUCH.”
– St Francis de Sales

 
 

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PRAYER TO SAINT HENRY

ST HENRY, MEMORIAL: JULY 13

Born in 973, Henry became Duke of Bavaria on his father’s death in 995, and was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1014. He was married, but had no children. He was ardent for the reform of the Church, took part in synods, founded monasteries, appointed bishops of integrity. With his wife he lived a semi-monastic life of prayer and discipline.

PRAYER:

Lord,
you filled Saint Henry with your love
and raised him from the cares of an earthly kingdom
to eternal happiness in heaven.
In the midst of the changes of this world,
may his prayers keep us free from sin
and help us on our way towards you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR BISHOP JOHN’S MINISTRY

THANKSGIVING MASS FOR BISHOP JOHN HINE’S MINISTRY

• WHERE: Aylesford Priory

• WHEN : 28th September 2013

“Bishop John has submitted his resignation from his office to the Holy Father, and will in due course hear from the Congregation for Bishops. Bishop John has kindly offered to continue with his particular responsibilities for the Kent Deaneries until the end of the year, at which point he plans on a life with much less travelling! I would like to thank Bishop John for all his efforts over the years in the diocese, and wish him all the best as he prepares for his move.

I would like you to invite you to join me at Aylesford Priory in a Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop John’s ministry. The Friars have kindly offered to host a midday Mass on Saturday 28th September. I would be grateful if you could extend this invite in my name to the people in the parishes, as I would imagine some of them, especially those in Kent, may like to join us for the Mass.

Archbishop Peter”

 
 

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HOW PRAYING THE ROSARY DEFENDED CHRISTIAN EUROPE AGAINST INVASION IN 1571

THE VICTORY OF LEPANTO, GAINED BY THE CHRISTIAN ARMY AGAINST THE INVADING FORCES OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE IS THE IMMORTAL VICTORY NOT ONLY OF CHRISTIANITY; BUT ALSO THE POWER OF PRAYER, SINCE POPE PIUS V, TOGETHER WITH ALL THE FAITHFUL, WAS PRAYING MANY ROSARIES AT THE SAME TIME.

“…During the whole of his pontificate, [Pope Pius V] ceased not to organise the Christian forces to overcome the Turkish power, which at that time had reached its greatest splendour. To such end, he called for prayers and penitential processions, which he personally took part in, notwithstanding his labours and pains caused by his sickness. ‘For many day – says the Cardinal of St Severina – the Holy Father abstained from every external occupation in order to attend to prayer alone.’ And God began to reward the zeal of His Vicar with miraculous facts. These prodigies happened so frequently, that Soliman, aware of the physical and moral cures wrought by the penances of the Holy Father, was heard to exclaim: ‘I fear more the prayers of this Pope than all the soldiers of the Emperor.’

Being thus assured in advance of heavenly assistance, St Pius took up wholeheartedly the organisation of the Crusade. In the final days of the year 1570 all seemed to be compromised, all lost; but then in the month of July 1571 the Holy Alliance was drawn up and on the horizon could be glimpsed the dawn of the great day of Lepanto.

This masterpiece of diplomacy was the work of one man who was not a politician but a Saint and who had never wished to be involved in politics. To bring peace between Venice and Spain was something which seemed impossible, seeing that Spain dominated almost all the rest of Italy and which tolerated, with gritted teeth, the Republic of the Adriatic which dominated the sea. But the Pope, by means of long and difficult labour, was able to do it, and thus on September 15th 1571, the Christian fleet, under the command of Don John of Austria and of the legate Mark Anthony Colonna, sailed from Messina to fight the Turkish fleet.

On the morning of October 7th, the fleet was in the vicinity of the Gulf of Lepanto… [T]hey doubted not the victory and so great was the faith they had in the prayers of St Pius V, that when the wind, which had firstly been against them, changed direction, directing the smoke of the gunners towards the Turks, they took it as a prelude to the divine assistance and as a heralding sign of the fulfilment of the prediction of the Holy Father… Just before midday they prepared themselves for battle which lasted for several hours, until at last the Christian fleet was completely victorious.

It was almost five o’clock in the evening when the battle ended. On October 7th 1571, at the same hour, St Pius, who after the departure of the fleet had redoubled his penances and prayers, was examining with some of the Prelates the accounts of Bussotti, his treasurer. All of a sudden, almost as if by an irresistible impulse, he arose, went to the window and fixed his gaze towards the East as one in ecstasy. Then, returning to the Prelates, his eyes shining with a divine light, he said: ‘Let us do our business works no more – he said – but rather go to thank God. The Christian fleet has obtained the victory.’ He took leave of the Prelates and went immediately to the Chapel, where a Cardinal, having heard the happy news, found him immersed in tears of joy.

The Holy Father Pius V attributed the triumph of Lepanto to the intercession of the Virgin and wanted the invocation ‘Auxilium christianorum, ora pro nobis’ to be added to the Litany of Loreto, establishing a feast in honour of Our Lady of Victories on October 7th.”
– The above are excerpts of the article entitled “The Pope of the Rosary and the Victory of Lepanto” published in “De Vita Contemplativa” (Monthly magazine for monasteries), Year VII, Number 5, May 2013.

 
 

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