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MISSION PRAYER

MISSION PRAYER

MISSION PRAYER OF BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your love everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your Spirit and Life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with may
feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.
It will be You, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You in the way You love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by my words but by my example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You.

Amen.

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Posted by on October 26, 2017 in Prayers for Today

 

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CONFIDENCE IN GOD IS AN INESTIMABLE GIFT

CONFIDENCE IN GOD IS AN INESTIMABLE GIFT

Let us endeavour to aspire to two things – great humility, and great confidence in God. We cannot be too humble, and we cannot be too confident. When humility and confidence are found united, confidence sustains humility, and humility purifies confidence. Humility can never be dejected, when it possesses confidence, and confidence can never be presumptuous when it is joined by humility.

Humility and confidence

We can then employ the language of Saint Teresa, who was accustomed to say: What great and good things are those possessed of who have confidence in You, and of how much do those deprive themselves, who have it not!

This inestimable gift of confidence is a grace which God bestows on all those who ask for it; but if, on the one hand, it flows from the Heart of God, and is infused, on the other, it cannot be acquired without our own co-operation.

– Cardinal Manning

 

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PRAYER OF THE VEN. FR. OLIER

PRAYER OF THE VEN. FR. OLIER

O Jesus, living in Mary, come and live in thy servants, with the spirit of thine own holiness, the fullness of thy strength, the reality of thy virtues, the perfection of thy ways, the communion of thy mysteries, and, for the glory of thy Father, rule by thy spirit over every adverse power. Amen.

[Indulgence of 300 days to those who, with contrite heart, devoutly recite this prayer. Pius IX., October 1859.]

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Prayers for Today

 

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ALCOHOL – DAILY TEMPERANCE PLEDGE

ALCOHOL – DAILY TEMPERANCE PLEDGE

O God, my Father, to show my love for thee, to make reparation to thy wounded honour, to obtain the salvation of souls, I firmly propose to take this day neither wine nor beer, nor any intoxicating drink.

I offer thee this act of mortification, in union with the sacrifice of thy Son Jesus Christ, Who daily offers Himself a Victim on the altar for thy greater glory. Amen.

[300 days’ Indulgence. – Pius X., Br., March 29th, 1904.]

 

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NEVER HESITATE TO BEAR HUMILIATION TO GAIN A SOUL FOR JESUS

NEVER HESITATE TO BEAR HUMILIATION TO GAIN A SOUL FOR JESUS

Souls! Souls! I must have souls!

Such is the cry of Jesus, and to obtain souls He died on the cross, and remains till the end of time enclosed in our tabernacles.

Souls! Souls! I must have souls!

Such is the cry of Satan; and to possess souls he scatters gold broadcast, he multiplies pleasures and scandals, inflames the imagination, and bestows glory which intoxicates.

Souls! Souls! Jesus must have souls!

Let this be the cry of all the readers and distributors of Golden Grains, and to gain a soul for Him, let them never hesitate to face fatigue, to incur a little expense, or to bear humiliation and censure.

– From Golden Grains, Sanctification and Happiness for Everyday Life, Eighth Edition, M. H. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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THE HOLY SPIRIT CHANGED THE CARNAL MINDS – ON JOHN 14:23-31

THE HOLY SPIRIT CHANGED THE CARNAL MINDS – ON JOHN 14:23-31

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode with him.” And so forth. John 14:23-31.

Homily of St Gregory, Pope

It would be well, beloved brethren, to consider briefly the words of the lesson from the Gospel, that afterwards we may have more time to spend on the consideration of this great festival [Pentecost]. Today the Holy Spirit, suddenly with a sound, came down on the disciples and changed their carnal minds, filling them with love for himself; and while outwardly fiery tongues appeared, inwardly their hearts were kindled into flame; for while they received the presence of God in the form of fire, the flames of his love engulfed them. The Holy Spirit himself is love, and so John says: “God is love.” He, then, that desires God with all his mind, in truth already possesses him whom he loves. Neither can anyone love God, if he does not possess him whom he loves.

The Holy Spirit is love

But behold, if anyone of you were asked whether he loved God, he would reply with confidence and conviction of mind: “I do.” But in the very beginning of this lesson you have heard what the Truth himself says: “If anyone love me, he will keep my word.” The test of love, then, is whether it is shown in works. And so in his epistle St John says again: “He who says, ‘I love God,’ and does not keep his commandments is a liar.” For then do we truly love God and keep his commandments, if we deny ourselves the gratification of our appetites. He who still abandons himself to unlawful desires, certainly does not love God, since of his own will he opposes him.

Preparing the house

“And my Father will love him, and we will come to him and will make our abode with him.” Consider, beloved brethren, what a great honour it is to have God coming into our hearts as a guest. Indeed, if some rich or powerful friend were entering our house, we should make all haste to have the house cleaned throughout, lest he should see something that would displease him. Let the one, then, who is preparing the house of his mind to receive God, cleanse it from all the filth of evil works. But mark what the Truth himself says: “We will come and make our abode with him.” For there are some, whose hearts he enters, but does not abide there. This is because, although they have been brought to acknowledge God on account of something that has pricked them with remorse, yet in time of temptation, they forget that very thing for which their conscience pricked them, and so they return to renew those offences as though they had never repented.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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PSALM 28 – AFFERTE DOMINO

PSALM 28 – AFFERTE DOMINO

An invitation to glorify God, with a commemoration of his mighty works.

A psalm for David, at the finishing of the tabernacle.

Bring to the Lord, O ye children of God: bring to the Lord the offspring of rams.

Bring to the Lord glory and honour: bring to the Lord glory to his name: adore ye the Lord in his holy court.

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of majesty hath thundered, the Lord is upon many waters.

The voice of the Lord is in power; the voice of the Lord in magnificence.

The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars: yea, the Lord shall break the cedars of Libanus.

And shall reduce them to pieces, as a calf of Libanus, and as the beloved son of unicorns.

The voice of the Lord divideth the flame of fire: The voice of the Lord shaketh the desert: and the Lord shall shake the desert of Cades.

The voice of the Lord prepareth the stags: and he will discover the thick woods: and in his temple all shall speak his glory.

The Lord maketh the flood to dwell: and the Lord shall sit king for ever.

The Lord will give strength to his people: the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Psalm 28. Ver. 6. “Shall reduce them to pieces”, &c. In Hebrew, “shall make them skip like a calf”. The psalmist here describes the effects of thunder (which he calls the voice of the Lord) which sometimes breaks down the tallest and strongest trees; and makes their broken branches skip, etc. All this is to be understood mystically of the powerful voice of God in his church; which has broken the pride of the great ones of this world, and brought many of them meekly and joyfully to submit their necks to the sweet yoke of Christ.

 

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