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“EACH SMALL TASK OF EVERYDAY LIFE IS PART OF THE TOTAL HARMONY OF THE UNIVERSE” – BY ST THERESE OF LISIEUX

“This Wednesday, 1st October, we celebrate the feastday of St Therese of Lisieux… St Therese was born in France in 1873 and at the age of 16 entered the Carmelite Convent in Lisieux. St Therese had a childlike simplicity, utter humility, constant self-sacrifice and a boundless love for God. St Therese died at the young age of 24, having written ‘The Story of a Soul’, which is regarded as a spiritual classic. Here are some quotes from St Therese for our prayerful reflection:

• Our Lord’s love makes itself seen quite as much in the simplest of souls as in the most highly gifted, as long as there is no resistance offered to His grace.

• The science of loving, yes, that’s the only kind of science I want and I’d barter away everything I possess to win it.

• When I act as charity bids, I have this feeling that it is Jesus who is acting in me; the closer my union to Him, the greater my love for all.

• Above all it’s the gospels that occupy my mind when I’m at prayer. I’m always finding fresh lights there.

• Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.

• Each small task of everyday life is a part of the total harmony of the universe.

• Time is but a shadow, a dream; already God sees us in glory and takes joy in our eternal beatitude. How this thought helps my soul! I understand why He let’s us suffer.

• How I thirst for Heaven – that blessed habitation where our love for Jesus will have no limit! But to get there we must suffer. Well, I wish to suffer all that shall please my Beloved, I wish to let Him do just as He wills with me.

• It is your arms Jesus, which are the elevator to carry me to heaven. So there is no need for me to grow up. In fact: just the opposite: I must become less and less.”
– From: Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris (Sept. 2014)

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THE SPACIOUS FIRMAMENT ON HIGH (HARVEST HYMN)

The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
The unwearied sun from day to day
Does his Creator’s power display,
And publishes to every land
The works of an almighty hand.

Soon as the evening shades prevail
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth;
Whilst all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings, as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.

What though in solemn silence all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball;
What though nor real voice nor sound
Amid their radiant orbs be found;
In reason’s ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice;
For ever singing as they shine,
‘The hand that made us is Divine.’
– J. Addison, 1672-1719

 
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BIBLE READING (NEHEMIAH 2:1-8)

IF IT PLEASES THE KING, GIVE ME LEAVE TO GO TO THE CITY OF MY ANCESTORS AND REBUILD IT.

And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king: that wine was before him, and he took up the wine and gave it to the king: and I was as one languishing away before his face.

And the king said to me: Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou dost not appear to be sick? this is not without cause, but some evil, I know not what, is in thy heart. And I was seized with an exceeding great fear:

And I said to the king: O king, live for ever: why should not my countenance be sorrowful, seeing the city of the place of the sepulchres of my fathers is desolate, and the gates thereof are burnt with fire?

Then the king said to me: For what dost thou make request? And I prayed to the God of heaven,

And I said to the king: If it seem good to the king, and if thy servant hath found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldst send me into Judea to the city of the sepulchre of my father, and I will build it.

And the king said to me, and the queen sat by him: For how long shall thy journey be, and when wilt thou return? And I pleased the king, and he sent me: and I fixed him a time.

And I said to the king: If it seem good to the king, let him give me letters to the governors of the country beyond the river, that they convey me over, till I come into Judea:

And a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, to give me timber that I may cover the gates of the tower of the house, and the walls of the city, and the house that I shall enter into. And the king gave me according to the good hand of my God with me.

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

 
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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 9:57-62)

(Week 26 of the year: Wednesday)

I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.

And it came to pass, as they walked in the way, that a certain man said to him: I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Jesus said to him: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

But he said to another: Follow me. And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father.

And Jesus said to him: Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God.

And another said: I will follow thee, Lord; but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house.

Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

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

 
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TODAY’S PSALM (PSALM 87)

(Week 26 of the year: Wednesday)

R. Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.

1. I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work wonders for the dead?
Will the shades stand and praise you? (R.)

2. Will your love be told in the grave
or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
or your justice in the land of oblivion? (R.)

3. As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you hide your face?

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is a lamp for my steps
and a light for my path.
Alleluia!

 
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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (JOB 9:1-12, 14-16)

(Week 26 of the year: Wednesday)

HOW CAN MAN BE IN THE RIGHT AGAINST GOD?

And Job answered, and said:

Indeed I know it is so, and that man cannot be justified compared with God.

If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one for a thousand.

He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath resisted him, and hath had peace?

Who hath removed mountains, and they whom he overthrew in his wrath, knew it not.

Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

Who commandeth the sun and it riseth not: and shutteth up the stars as it were under a seal:

Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and walketh upon the waves of the sea.

Who maketh Arcturus, and Orion, and Hyades, and the inner parts of the south.

Who doth things great and incomprehensible, and wonderful, of which there is no number.

If he come to me, I shall not see him: if he depart I shall not understand.

If he examine on a sudden, who shall answer him? or who can say: Why dost thou so?

What am I then, that I should answer him, and have words with him?

I, Who although I should have any just thing, would not answer, but would make supplication my judge.

And if he should hear me when I call, I should not believe that he had heard my voice.

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

 
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PRAYER TO ST JEROME

O God, you gave your confessor blessed Jerome to your Church as an eminent interpreter of the Holy Scriptures; grant that by virtue of his merits and with your assistance, we may practise what he taught by word and example. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
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