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PSALM 47 – MAGNUS DOMINUS

PSALM 47 – MAGNUS DOMINUS

God is greatly to be praised for the establishment of his church.

A psalm of a canticle, for the sons of Core, on the second day of the week.

Great is the Lord, and exceedingly to be praised in the city of our God, in his holy mountain.

With the joy of the whole earth is mount Sion founded, on the sides of the north, the city of the great king.

In her houses shall God be known, when he shall protect her.

For behold the kings of the earth assembled themselves: they gathered together.

So they saw, and they wondered, they were troubled, they were moved: trembling took hold of them.

There were pains as of a woman in labour. With a vehement wind thou shalt break in pieces the ships of Tharsis.

As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God hath founded it for ever.

We have received thy mercy, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

According to thy name, O God, so also is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of justice.

Let mount Sion rejoice, and the daughters of Judah be glad; because of thy judgments, O Lord.

Surround Sion, and encompass her: tell ye in her towers.

Set your hearts on her strength; and distribute her houses, that ye may relate it in another generation.

For this is God, our God unto eternity, and for ever and ever: he shall rule us for evermore.

 

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DEDICATION OF THE BASILICAS OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES: GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 14:22-33)

DEDICATION OF THE BASILICAS OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES: GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 14:22-33)

DEDICATION OF THE CHURCHES OF STS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES – NOVEMBER 18

Tell me to come to you across the water.

After the crowds had eaten as much as they wanted, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a headwind.

In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. “It is a ghost” they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, “Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.”

It was Peter who answered. “Lord,” he said “if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.” “Come” said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink. “Lord! Save me!” he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. “Man of little faith,” he said “why did you doubt?” And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

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

 
 

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IT IS GOOD FOR US TO HAVE OTHERS KNOW OUR FAULTS AND REBUKE THEM, FOR IT GIVES US GREATER HUMILITY

IT IS GOOD FOR US TO HAVE OTHERS KNOW OUR FAULTS AND REBUKE THEM, FOR IT GIVES US GREATER HUMILITY

Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. (Mt11:29)

HUMILITY

Be not troubled about those who are with you or against you, but take care that God be with you in everything you do.

Keep your conscience clear and God will protect you, for the malice of man cannot harm one whom God wishes to help. If you know how to suffer in silence, you will undoubtedly experience God’s help. He knows when and how to deliver you; therefore place yourself in His hands, for it is a divine prerogative to help men and free them from all distress.

It is often good for us to have others know our faults and rebuke them, for it gives us greater humility. When a man humbles himself because of his faults, he easily placates those about him and readily appeases those who are angry with him.

It is the humble man whom God protects and liberates; it is the humble whom He loves and consoles. To the humble He turns and upon them bestows great grace, that after their humiliation He may raise them up to glory. He reveals His secrets to the humble, and with kind invitation bids them to come to Him. Thus, the humble man enjoys peace in the midst of many vexations, because his trust is in God, not in the world. Hence, you must not think that you have made any progress until you look upon yourself as inferior to others.

– From: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis

 

 

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HE THAT LOVETH HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT (Jn 12:25)

HE THAT LOVETH HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT (Jn 12:25)

Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life eternal. (John 12:24,25)

Die by the unbelief of the Jews, be multiplied by the faith of the nations

The Lord Jesus was himself that grain which should die and be multiplied; die by the unbelief of the Jews, be multiplied by the faith of the nations. But now, encouraging us to follow in the footsteps of his Passion, he says: “He who loves his life, shall lose it.” This may be understood in two ways. First, he who loves his life, shall lose it; you love, you shall lose. If you desire to possess life in Christ, do not fear death for the sake of Christ. Second, in another way: he who loves his life, shall lose it; love not, lest you lose; love it not in this life, lest you lose it in life everlasting.

Detachment from the world (“Not of this world”)

But what I have said last, seems better to correspond with the meaning of the Gospel; for there follows: “And he who hates his life in this world, keeps it unto life eternal.” Therefore, in what was said above: “He who loves (that is, in this world [= attachment]), he of course shall lose it. But he who hates (that is, in this world [= detachment]) is he who shall keep it unto life eternal.” A great and wonderful saying, that in proportion as a man loves his life, it perishes; and as he hates, so it lasts. If you have loved it ill, then you have hated it; if you have hated it well, then you have loved it. Happy are they who, hating their life, keep it, lest they should lose it by loving.

Suffer like Christ; and beware of trying to take a shortcut into blessed eternity

But take care lest there steal upon you a desire for self I destruction, understanding this in the sense that it is your duty to hate your life in this world. For on such grounds certain wrong-minded and perverted men, who with regard to themselves, are murderers of a specially cruel and impious character, give themselves to the flames, suffocate themselves in the waters, dash themselves into pieces by casting themselves headlong, and perish. Christ did not teach this; for he, when the devil suggested to him that he should cast himself headlong, answered: “Return from where you came, Satan, for it is written: ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'” And he said to Peter, signifying by what death he should glorify God: “When you were young, you did gird yourself and walked where you would, but when you are old, another shall gird you, and lead you where you are not able to go.” In this passage he made it sufficiently plain that he who follows in the footsteps of Christ must not be slain by himself, but by another.

– St Augustine, Bishop, Treatise 51 on John, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 (headings in bold added afterwards)

 

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (APOCALYPSE 3:1-6; 14-22)

TODAY’S BIBLE READING (APOCALYPSE 3:1-6; 14-22)

WILL YOUR NAMES, TOO, BE BLOTTED OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE? (Apc3:5b)

Week 33 of the Year, Cycle II, Tuesday

If one of you opens the door, I will come in to share his meal.

I, John, heard the Lord saying to me: “Write to the angel of the church in Sardis and say, ‘Here is the message of the one who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know all about you: how you are reputed to be alive and yet are dead. Wake up; revive what little you have left: it is dying fast. So far I have failed to notice anything in the way you live that my God could possibly call perfect, and yet do you remember how eager you were when you first heard the message? Hold on to that.

Repent. If you do not wake up, I shall come to you like a thief, without telling you at what hour to expect me. There are a few in Sardis, it is true, who have kept their robes from being dirtied, and they are fit to come with me, dressed in white. Those who prove victorious will be dressed, like these, in white robes; I shall not blot their names out of the book of life, but acknowledge their names in the presence of my Father and his angels. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.’

” Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea and say, ‘Here is the message of the Amen, the faithful, the true witness, the ultimate source of God’s creation: I know all about you: how you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other, but since you are neither, but only lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth. You say to yourself, “I am rich, I have made a fortune, and have everything I want,” never realising that you are wretchedly and pitiably poor, and blind and naked too. I warn you, buy from me the gold that has been tested in the fire to make you really rich, and white robes to clothe you and cover your shameful nakedness, and eye ointment to put on your eyes so that you are able to see. I am the one who reproves and disciplines all those he loves: so repent in real earnest. Look, I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears my calling and opens the door, I will come in to share his meal, side by side with him. Those who prove victorious I will allow to share my throne, just as I was victorious myself and took my place with my Father on his throne. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

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

 
 

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ST GERTRUDE: AT THE AGE OF FIVE SHE CONSECRATED HERSELF TO JESUS CHRIST

ST GERTRUDE: AT THE AGE OF FIVE SHE CONSECRATED HERSELF TO JESUS CHRIST

The kingdom of heaven * is like a merchant in search of good pearls. When he finds a single one of great price, he gives all that he has and buys it. (Mt13:44)

ST GERTRUDE, VIRGIN – FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 16

Gertrude was born at Eisleben, in Saxony. At the age of five, she consecrated herself and her virginity to Jesus Christ in the monastery of the Order of St Benedict at Rodardsdorf. She had as teacher St Mechtilde and, under her direction, she attained the greatest heights of contemplation. She burned with such love towards the most divine Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Passion of our Lord that she could not think of them without pouring forth abundant tears. She wrote many books to foster devotion. She also was distinguished for the gifts of divine revelations and prophecy. At length, consumed by her ardour of her love for God rather than by any disease, she departed from this world, famous for miracles in her life and after her death.

St Gertrude, pray for us.

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

 

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IT IS EVER GOD’S WAY TO PERFECT HIS GREATEST PROJECTS WITH INADEQUATE INSTRUMENTS

IT IS EVER GOD’S WAY TO PERFECT HIS GREATEST PROJECTS WITH INADEQUATE INSTRUMENTS

MARY’S ARMY

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HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

A life of intense practical faith is necessarily one of hope and trust, which sustain the Child of Mary amidst all the obstacles he encounters in sanctifying himself and working for souls. He knows that he has at his disposal nothing less than the infinite might of God and so he strives to co-operate with grace as steadfastly as God permits him.

Frequent instruction and meditation on the power of trust unite him with God more closely by convincing him of the worthlessness of worldly things: his prayers are rendered efficacious; they engender within him holy desires and increase his energies, labours and sacrifices for souls.

If success graces his efforts, he is thankful to God; if he seems to fail, he merely increases his trust and regards his failure as postponed success. The mark of the Cross is for him always a sign of hope. The work of the Lord will always bear the Lord’s own mark.

It is never done under ideal circumstances nor as one would have chosen or imagined. In fact, when he sees his work threatened by obstacles that seem destined to prevent the achievement of success, so long as the obstacles are not due to neglect on his part, he knows that they are, in reality, the requisites for success, the fuel which feeds his efforts and helps them to attain their purpose. It is ever God’s way to perfect his greatest projects with inadequate instruments.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I).

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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