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“A FAINT FAITH IS BETTER THAN A STRONG HERESY” (ST THOMAS MORE)

“A FAINT FAITH IS BETTER THAN A STRONG HERESY” (ST THOMAS MORE)

“Only faith can guarantee the blessings we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended.”  (Second Mass Reading, Hebrews 11:1-2; 8-19)

“…Let us prayerfully reflect on what some holy people have said about ‘faith’:

  • Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with the things that are not at hand. (St Thomas Aquinas)
  • Faith is the proof of what cannot be seen. What is seen gives knowledge, not faith. (Pope St Gregory the Great)
  • For when you meet frequently the forces of Satan are annulled and his destructive power is cancelled in the concord of your faith. (St Ignatius of Antioch)
  • Faith furnishes prayer with wings, without which it cannot soar to heaven. (St John Climacus)
  • Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church is often labelled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards. (Pope em. Benedict XVI)
  • Someone may object that it is foolish to believe what he cannot see… Yet life in this world would be altogether impossible if we were to believe only what we can see. (St Thomas Aquinas)
  • A faint faith is better than a strong heresy. (St Thomas More)
  • How can a man say he believes in Christ if he doesn’t do what Christ commends him to do? (St Ignatius of Antioch)
  • I used to pray often during the day, and the love of God and the fear of Him increased in me more and more; my faith began to grow and my spirit was stirred, so that in one day I would say as many as hundred prayers. I used to rise at dawn for prayer, in snow, frost or rain, because of the glow of the Spirit in me. (St Patrick)
  • Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. (Pope St John Paul II)
  • To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. (St Thomas Aquinas)

– From: Spiritual Thought From Fr Chris, August 2016

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LET MY HEART NEVER REST UNTIL IT FINDS YOU

LET MY HEART NEVER REST UNTIL IT FINDS YOU

O loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ,

You move hearts that are harder than rock,

You melt spirits that are colder than ice,

and You reach souls that are more impenetrable than diamonds.

Touch my heart with Your sacred wounds

and permeate my soul with Your Precious Blood,

so that wherever I turn

I will see only my Divine Crucified Lord,

and everything I see

will appear coloured with Your Blood.

 

Lord Jesus,

let my heart never rest until it finds You,

Who are its centre, its love, and its happiness.

By the wound in Your Heart,

pardon the sins that I have committed

whether out of malice or out of evil desires.

Place my weak heart in Your own Divine Heart,

continually under Your protection and guidance,

so that I may persevere in doing good

and in fleeing evil until my last breath.

Amen.

 

– St Margaret Mary Alacoque

 

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A SELECTION OF SHORT INDULGENCED PRAYERS

Please memorise them that you can use them on any occasion and in particular needs.

To the King of ages, immortal and invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, if this ejaculation is recited devoutly every day for a month.

My God and my all.

An indulgence of 300 days.

O God, be merciful to me, the sinner.

An indulgence of 500 days.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when the invocation has been devoutly recited every day for a month.

My God, I love Thee.

An indulgence of 300 days.

My Jesus, mercy.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when this invocation is devoutly recited every day for a month.

My Lord and my God!

The faithful who, at the elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass or when it is solemnly exposed, recite this ejaculation with faith, piety and love, are granted: An indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a week, if this pious practice is followed daily, on conditions of confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Hail, O Cross, our only hope.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence once a month under the usual conditions for the daily repetition of this ejaculation. The faithful who invoke the sacred names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph conjointly, may gain: an indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for the daily repetition of the invocation.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions if this invocation be devoutly repeated daily.

Queen of the most holy Rosary; pray for us.

An indulgence of 300 days.

Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us 

An indulgence of 300 days.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, let me breathe forth my spirit in peace with you.

An indulgence of 7 years for each invocation. A plenary indulgence on the usual condition, for the recitation of each of the foregoing invocations every day for a month.

From a sudden and unprovided death, deliver us, O Lord.

An indulgence of 300 days.

– Selected Indulgenced Prayers from ‘The Raccolta’

 

 

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A FIRM DEFENCE AGAINST THE WILES OF ALL MY ENEMIES, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels

O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, transfix the affections of my inmost soul with that most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, with true, serene, holiest apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with entire love and longing for Thee, that it may desire Thee, and faint for Thy courts, long to be dissolved and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels, the Refreshment of holy souls, our daily and supersubstantial Bread, who hast all sweetness and savour, and the delight of every taste. Let my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, upon whom the Angels desire to look, and my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savour.

May it ever thirst for Thee, the Fountain of life, the Source of wisdom and knowledge, the Fountain of eternal light, the Torrent of pleasure, the Richness of the House of God.

May it ever yearn for Thee, find Thee, stretch towards Thee, attain to Thee, meditate upon Thee, speak of Thee, and do all things to the praise and glory of Thy holy name, with humility and discretion, with all virtues; a firm defence against the wiles of all my enemies, visible and invisible; a perfect quieting of all my impulses, fleshly and spiritual; a cleaving unto Thee, the one true God; and a blessed consummation of my end when Thou dost call.

And I pray that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring me a sinner to that unspeakable Feast where Thou, with Thy Son and Thy Holy Spirit, art to holy ones true light, fullness of blessedness, everlasting joy, and perfect happiness. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

– St Bonaventure

 

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PRAYER FOR CHRIST’S HELP AT EVERY MOMENT OF THE DAY

O Christ, You are adored in heaven and on earth, every second, every minute.

You are patience, compassion and mercy itself:

You love the just, have mercy on sinners, call all men to salvation and promise them the future good; receive our prayers this day, and shape our life to Your will, sanctify our souls and bodies, correct our thoughts and make them victorious over temptation and sadness; protect and bless us, so that we may arrive at the unity of faith and knowledge of Your glory.

You who are God, with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 

THE POWER OF THE FAMILY ROSARY

By Fr Hugh S. Thwaites

“In my work of going round visiting homes I have seen this conclusion born out time and time again. Homes can be transformed by starting the recitation of the daily rosary. I remember a woman telling me that she could not thank me enough for having nagged her into starting it; it had united her family as never before.
And I remember another home where I called. There was a strange tension there: the children were silent and the wife seemed withdrawn, but the husband was willing to start the family rosary. When I called back again a couple of months later, the atmosphere was quite different. The children were chatty and the wife was friendly, and the husband walked down the road with me afterwards and said how amazing it was that the home was so much happier.

One reason, I think, why the daily rosary makes for a happy home, is this. From what some possessed people have said, and from what of the saints have said, it seems certain that demons fear the rosary. It makes their hair stand on end, so to speak. Holy water certainly drives them out, but they come back again. The daily rosary drives them out and keeps them out. It is rather like living in an old house where there are mice everywhere. The only way to get rid of them is to bring in cats. If you get a couple of cats, after a week or two there simply will not be any more mice. Mice fear the very smell of cats. And in a home where the rosary is said every day, after a time the demons realise they are impotent in front of Our Lady, and go elsewhere.

This must be one reason why, as they say, “the family that prays together stays together.” In that home, utterly free of evil spirits, there is an atmosphere one does not find outside. In a demon-infested city like London, where I live, such a home is an oasis of God’s grace, and the children find a comfort and peace there which they enjoy greatly. We human beings are not meant to live in the company of demons, but with God and with the angels and saints in heaven.
So, as I see it, in this effort we are making to keep the faith and pass it on, the practice of the rosary is absolutely indispensable. Whatever else people may do, even though they go to Mass every day, they still need to say the rosary in their home. It is the medicine our Mother has told us to take, to keep our faith strong and healthy.”

 

LOSS OF FAITH CAUSED BY NEGLECT OF THE FAMILY ROSARY

By Fr Hugh S. Thwaites

“It seems to me that a principal cause of the loss of faith is the dropping off in the practice of the family rosary.
In Austria, after World War II, there was a complete collapse of vocations. One year, apparently, no one at all entered the seminaries. So the bishops held a synod, to find out how it could be that this had happened. The conclusion they reached was that the war had so disrupted family life that the centuries-old practice of the rosary in the home had stopped, and had just not started up again. This is my experience, too; when the rosary goes, the faith soon collapses.

I remember someone telling me of a friend of his, a great Catholic, the pillar of the parish, whose children had all lapsed, one after the other. They had all fallen away from the sacraments and from attending Mass. So I said to him, “I wouldn’t mind betting that your friend had been brought up to recite the family rosary when he was a boy, and that his children haven’t.” The next time I saw him, he said that this was indeed true. His friend had recited the family rosary at home when he was a boy, and when he had got married and started his own family they had all said the rosary. But then, one evening when they were about to start the rosary, one of the children switched on the television, and that was that. The custom of the family rosary was dropped and in due course the children gave up the practice of the faith.

On the day of Judgement that one unrebuked action will be seen to have affected the eternity of many people. God sent His Mother to Fatima to tell us that we had to say the rosary every day. There were no other prayers She asked us to say. Accordingly, we should do what She asked…
In that most holy home at Nazareth, do you think that Our Lady had to ask for anything twice? If we want in any way to be like Jesus, we must do what His Mother asks. If we do not, can we expect things to go right? We cannot with impunity disobey the Mother of God. She knows better than we the dangers of this spiritual warfare. She sees more clearly than we do the dangers that beset us. She warns us: You must pray the rosary every day.

If the garage mechanic warns you that your car needs repairing or else it will break down, surely you would heed that warning. If the petrol gauge warns you that you need more petrol, do you do nothing about it? A friend of mine ran out of petrol halfway through the Blackwall tunnel. His wife told me it was quite an experience. But I am sure that ever since then he has kept a careful eye on his petrol gauge.

So if Our Blessed Lady comes to Fatima and tells us, not just once, but six times, that we must say the rosary every day, do we disregard that warning? If we do, then we have only ourselves to blame when we find that our children have lapsed from the faith…
So I think that the abandonment of the family rosary is a main reason why so many Catholics have lost the faith. It seems to me that the Church of the future is going to consist solely of those families who have been faithful to the rosary. But there will be vast numbers of people whose families used to be Catholic.”