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GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling. Therefore, my God, I will put myself without reserve into Your hands. What have I in heaven, and apart from You what do I want upon earth? My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever. Amen.
– Bl. John Henry Newman

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 10:38-42)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 10:38-42)

(Week 27 of the year – Tuesday) 

MARTHA WELCOMED JESUS INTO HER HOUSE. IT IS MARY WHO HAS CHOSEN THE BETTER PART. 

Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered: “Martha, Martha,” he said “you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.”

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

 

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PRAYER FOR THE POPE AND THE BISHOPS

PRAYER FOR THE POPE AND THE BISHOPS

Good Lord Christ Jesus, I cry thee mercy for all states that be in Holy Church, for the Pope and all his cardinals, for all archbishops and bishops, and for all the order of priesthood, for all men and women of religion, and especially for them that are busy to save and defend the Faith of Holy Church. Lord, for thy mercy, bless them and grant them the victory over all their enemies, and speed them in all that they go about in thy worship; for all that are in grace, at this time, God send them perseverance unto their lives’ end, and make me worthy to be partaker of their prayers, and them of mine, and each of us of others.

– The Book of Margery Kempe (modernised text 1936)

 

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PSALM 55, DOUAY-RHEIMS BIBLE

PSALM 55, DOUAY-RHEIMS BIBLE

PSALM 55

Miserere mei, Deus 

A prayer of David in danger and distress

1 Unto the end, for a people that is removed at a distance from the sanctuary: for David, for an inscription of a title (or pillar) when the Philistines held him in Geth.

2 Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot; all the day long he hath afflicted me fighting against me.

My enemies have trodden on me all the day long; for there are many that make war against me.

From the height of the day I shall fear: but I will trust in thee.

In God I will praise my words, in God I have put my trust: I will not fear what flesh can do against me.

All day long they detested my words: all their thoughts were against me unto evil.

They will dwell and hide themselves: they will watch my heel.

As they have waited for my soul, for nothing shalt thou save them: in thy anger thou shalt break the people in pieces.

O God, I have declared to thee my life: thou hast set my tears in thy sight.

As also in thy promise. Then shall my enemies be turned back.

In what day soever I shall call upon thee, behold I know thy art my God.

In God will I praise the word, in the Lord will I praise his speech. In God have I hoped, I will not fear what man can do to me.

In me, O God, are vows to thee, which I will pay, praises to thee:

Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, my feet from falling: that I may please in the sight of God, in the light of the living.

Footnotes: Verse 4, The height of the day. That is, even at noonday, when the sun is the highest, I am still in danger. Verse 5, My words. The words or promises God has made in my favour. Verse 8, For nothing shalt thou save them. That is, since they lie in wait to ruin my soul, thou shalt for no consideration favour or assist them, but execute thy justice upon them. 

 

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IRISH PRAYER TO OUR LADY

IRISH PRAYER TO OUR LADY

ANCIENT IRISH PRAYER TO OUR LADY 

This prayer, in the original tongue, is in constant use among Irish speakers, in the West of Ireland, and there is attached to it a tradition that the Blessed Virgin will graciously manifest herself at the hour of death to those who say it with devotion every day. 

O glorious Virgin, Mother of God, blessed among all nations, worthy of praise and the greatest of praise, intercede for me with thy beloved Son. O honoured Lady, Mother of the King of Angels and Archangels, assist and deliver me from every difficulty and danger.

O Blossom of the Patriarchs, the Virgins and the Angels, Hope of Glory, Beauty of Virgins, Admiration of the Angels and Archangels, remember me, and forsake me not, I beseech thee, at the terrible hour of my death. O Star of the Sea, Gate of Heaven, Temple of God, Palace of Jesus Christ, Harbour of Safety, Power of all Nations, Pearl of all Sweetness, Hope of the Faithful; O Queen who shelters the guilty, who surpasses in radiance the Virgins and the Angels, thy presence gives joy to all the hosts of Heaven.

Therefore, O Mother of Mercy, I place in the protection of thy holy hands my going out, my coming in, my sleeping, my waking, the sight of my eyes, the touch of my hands, the speech from my lips, the hearing of my ears, so that in everything I may be pleasing to thine own beloved Son. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER TO ST MICHAEL FOR A HAPPY DEATH 

O powerful Protector of those who invoke thee, holy Archangel Michael, defend me against the attacks of Satan every moment of my life, and, above all, when the Sovereign Judge shall call me to render to Him an account of all my actions and of my fidelity in the accomplishment of His holy law. Amen.

ANTIPHON TO THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL 

St Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, that we may not be lost in the dreadful judgment.

[Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. – Leo XIII., Aug. 19th, 1893.]

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
 

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GOD, OMNIPOTENT AND MERCIFUL (HOMILY BY ST LEO, POPE)

GOD, OMNIPOTENT AND MERCIFUL (HOMILY BY ST LEO, POPE)

God, omnipotent and merciful, whose nature is goodness, whose will is power, whose work is mercy, foretold at the very beginning of the world, as soon as the devil’s malice had poisoned us with the venom of his envy, what were the remedies his compassion had foreordained for our healing. He bade the serpent know that there was to be a Child of the Woman, who should effectually crush the pride of his injurious head, signifying Christ to come in the flesh, that is, God and man, born of the Virgin, who should condemn by his undefiled birth the seducer of the human race.

CHRIST IN THE FLESH; GOD AND MAN, BORN OF THE VIRGIN 

The devil rejoiced that he had so deceived man by his artifices as to make him lose the gifts of God, that he had stripped him of the privilege of immortality, had brought him under the hard sentence of death, and that he himself had found some sort of solace in his unhappiness, in that he had found a comrade in guilt. He thought also to bring it to pass that God, by a justly earned severity, should change his feelings towards man whom he had created in such honour. There was need, beloved brethren, that God who is unchangeable, whose will and loving-kindness are inseparable, should fulfil his original purpose of goodness by a mysterious dispensation, so that man, driven into crime by the wicked craft of the devil, should not perish and frustrate the plan of God.

MAN, DRIVEN INTO CRIME BY THE DEVIL, SHOULD NOT PERISH

When, therefore, beloved brethren, the fulness of time appointed for man’s redemption was come, our Lord Jesus Christ entered this lower world. He came down from his throne in heaven without withdrawing from the glory which he has equal with the Father, and was born by a new order, by a new birth: a new order because he who is invisible in his own nature became visible in ours; he who is incomprehensible, willed to be comprehended; he who existed before all time, began to live in time; the Lord of the universe veiled the dignity of his majesty, and assumed the form of a servant; the impassible God did not disdain to become man capable of suffering, nor the immortal God to lay himself under the laws of death.

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

 

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