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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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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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THE JOY OF GIVING TO THE NEEDY

– Detachment from material things – charity – loving God and neighbour above everything else –

You cannot imagine the joy felt in depriving one’s self of some considerable amount of money or a cherished material object – an expensive garment, for example – in order to give it to a needy person.

It is like a link binding together that poor person and ourselves, and making us a sharer in all his prayers and in all his meritorious acts. It seems as though God could not think of him without thinking of us, and as though He could not love him without loving us also.

Besides, God always sends into the heart some little joy, to take the place of the material object of which we deprive ourselves for the poor.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
 

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THE HOLY EUCHARIST AND THE POPE – THESE ARE THE TWO OBJECTS OF SATAN’S INVETERATE HATRED AND RAGE

When the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became man, the sublime office of guarding the Saviour during the thirty-three years of His earthly life fell to God’s zealous advocate, St Michael. 

This is the pious belief of eminent Doctors and theologians. And since the Ark of the Covenant has been replaced by the Tabernacle, St Michael guards the Blessed Eucharist and keeps watch over the thousands of tabernacles and altars scattered throughout the world. Even so, he zealously guards Christ’s Vicar upon earth, the reigning Pope.

It has been revealed to various Saints that the great Archangel is the special guardian of the Blessed Sacrament; that he accompanies it everywhere: in the hands of the priest, upon the throne of exposition, in the tabernacle, when borne in procession, on its obscure visits to the sick, or wherever the love of the Divine Victim may cause it to be borne. Day and night, he keeps faithful vigil before the tabernacle in loving adoration.

At the beginning of Holy Mass, he is mentioned in the confession of faults. At the Offertory of a Solemn High Mass the priest implores the blessing of the Almighty upon the oblation, through the intercession of St Michael. And during the Canon of the Mass, after the Consecration, the priest prays God to command that the oblation is borne by the hands of His holy angel to His altar on high. The angel here referred to is doubtless the Archangel Michael. With loving solicitude, he watches over all the tiny particles which fall from the consecrated Hosts at the time of Holy Communion, that they may not be lost or desecrated.

The liturgy also presents St Michael to us as the incense-bearer standing beside the altar as our intercessor and as the bearer of the Church’s prayers before the throne of God. “An angel stood near the altar of the Temple, having a golden censer in his hand, and there was given to him much incense; and the smoke of the perfumes ascended before God” (Offertory Mass of St Michael).

Christ silent and veiled in the Holy Eucharist and Christ visible and speaking to us in the person of the Pope – these are the two objects of Satan’s inveterate hatred and rage. And these are also the two objects of St Michael’s greatest devotion and solicitude.

Let us range ourselves under the banner of St Michael, and by active zeal in the interests of Jesus, atone for the many outrages against the Blessed Sacrament and Christ’s vicar.

– From: ‘Neath St Michael’s Shield, Fifth Edition, 1962

 
 

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ST GABRIEL OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS – HE BEGAN TO TIRE OF THE WORLD’S VANITY WHEN HE FELL ILL

ST GABRIEL OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS – CONFESSOR

Gabriel, born at Assisi in Umbria, and called Francis in memory of his seraphic fellow-citizen, showed outstanding qualities of soul. As a youth, although by the gift of God already mercifully invited to a more perfect life, he began to tire of the vanity of the world only when he fell ill.

Entering the Institute of the Clerics of the Passion, he chose the name Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin to keep constant the memory of her joys and sorrows.

He was completely crucified to the world

He honoured her with every kind of devotion, especially when, as was his custom, he so sorrowfully contemplated her thoroughly afflicted by the torments of Jesus, that he shed a flood of tears.

He kept the flower of chastity immaculate, practised the austerity of his congregation, was completely crucified to the world, and lived only for God.

Thus passing his short life in the exercise of every virtue, more truly consumed by the fire of love than the ravages of illness, and refreshed with the help of the Mother of God, he passed to heaven in the year 1862. Pope Pius X added him to the number of the blessed. Benedict XV to the number of saints, and Pius XI was pleased to extend his office and Mass to the Universal Church.

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

 

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