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HOW CAN WE FOLLOW JESUS MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE?

HOW CAN WE FOLLOW JESUS MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE?

TO FOLLOW JESUS IS MEANS TO IMITATE HIM

In order to be able the better to imitate Jesus Christ, we must look upon Him continually: He is the model, of whom the artisan, who wishes to fashion his soul to His likeness, must not lose sight.

We must meditate on His example, for in this pious meditation the soul will find the necessary sustenance, and the only true nourishment for its piety.

We must remove all obstacles which hinder this imitation, such as:

Sins,

Bad habits,

Evil inclinations.

We must employ the sacraments, and, finally, take courage afresh each day and advance joyfully.

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Words of Wisdom

 

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AFFECTIONATE ASPIRATIONS TO JESUS SUFFERING AND AGONISING

AFFECTIONATE ASPIRATIONS TO JESUS SUFFERING AND AGONISING

Jesus, poor and abject, have mercy on us.

Jesus, unknown and despised, ~

Jesus, hated, ccalumniated, and persecuted, ~

Jesus, forsaken by men and tempted by the devil, ~

Jesus, betrayed and sold for a vile sum, ~

Jesus, blamed, accused, and condemned unjustly, ~

Jesus, clothed in a garb of disgrace and shame, ~

Jesus, buffeted and mocked, ~

Jesus, dragged with a cord around thy neck, ~

Jesus, scourged even to blood, ~

Jesus, to whom Barabbas was preferred, ~

Jesus, covered with infamy, ~

Jesus, crowned with thorns and mockingly saluted, ~

Jesus, loaded with the cross, our sins, and the maledictions of the people, ~

Jesus, sorrowful even unto death, ~

Jesus, overwhelmed with insults, sorrows, and humiliations, ~

Jesus, insulted, spat upon, beaten, outraged, and treated as a fool, ~

Jesus, suspended on the infamous wood of the cross between thieves, ~

Jesus, dishonoured before men, ~

 

Let us pray.

O good Jesus, Who hast suffered for the love of us an infinity of insults, and such humiliations as we cannot comprehend, imprint deeply in our hearts an esteem and love for them, and make us desire to practise them. Amen.

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

 

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O GOD, OF THOSE THAT FOUGHT THY FIGHT (HYMN)

O GOD, OF THOSE THAT FOUGHT THY FIGHT (HYMN)

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been tried, he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. (Jm 1:12)

 

O God, of those that fought thy fight,

Portion, and prize, and crown of light,

Break every bond of sin and shame

As now we praise thy Martyr’s name.

 

He decked not of the world’s allure,

But sin and pomp of sin foreswore:

Knew all their gall, and passed them by,

And reached the throne prepared on high.

 

Bravely the course of pain he ran,

And bare his torments as a man:

For love of thee his blood outpoured,

And thus obtained the great reward.

 

With humble voice and suppliant word

We pray thee therefore, holy Lord,

While we the Martyr’s feast-day keep,

Forgive thy loved and erring sheep.

 

Glory and praise for aye be done

To God the Father, and the Son,

And Holy Spirit, who reign on high,

One God, to all eternity. Amen.

 

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

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in More Inspirational Hymns

 

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THE ACT OF CONSECRATION OF THE HUMAN RACE TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

THE ACT OF CONSECRATION OF THE HUMAN RACE TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

 

(The Holy Father Pope Pius XI wanted the whole human race to be consecrated to Jesus, the universal King…If not being said in a Church, the word ‘altar’ should be replaced with ‘presence’.)

Most sweet Jesus, redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Your Altar. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united to You, behold, each one of us this day freely dedicates himself to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known You, many, too, despising Your precepts have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.

Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal sons who have abandoned You, grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, before they perish of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those whom heresy holds in error or discord keeps far away, call them back to the harbour of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one fold and one Shepherd.
Be King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or Islam, and do not refuse to bring them into the light of Your kingdom. Look, finally, with eyes of pity upon the children of that race, which was for so long a time Your chosen people, and let Your blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance, now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life.

Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm, unto all nations give an ordered tranquillity; bring it to pass that from pole to pole the earth may resound with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Devotions

 

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SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING, BIBLE READING I (2 SAMUEL 5:1-3)

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING, BIBLE READING I (2 SAMUEL 5:1-3)

They anointed David king of Israel.

All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron. “Look,” they said, “we are your own flesh and blood. In days past when Saul was our king, it was you who led Israel in all their exploits; and the Lord said to you, ‘You are the man who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you shall be the leader of Israel.’”

So all the elders of Israel came to the king of Hebron, and King David made a pact with them at Hebron in the presence of the Lord, and they anointed David king of Israel.

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

 
 

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PSALM 43 – DEUS AURIBUS NOSTRIS

PSALM 43 – DEUS AURIBUS NOSTRIS

THE CHURCH COMMEMORATES FORMER FAVOURS, AND PRESENT AFFLICTIONS; UNDER WHICH SHE PRAYS FOR SUCCOUR.

Unto the end, for the sons of Core, to give understanding.

We have heard, O God, with our ears: our fathers have declared to us,

The work thou hast wrought in their days, and in the days of old.

Thy hand destroyed the Gentiles, and thou plantedst them: thou didst afflict the people and cast them out.

For they got not the possession of the land by their own sword: neither did their own arm save them.

But thy right hand and thy arm, and the light of thy countenance: because thou wast pleased with them.

Thou art thyself my king and my God, who commanders the saving of Jacob.

Through thee we will push down our enemies with the horn: and through thy name we will despise them that rise up against us.

For I will not trust in my bow: neither shall my sword save me.

But thou hast saved us from them that afflict us: and hast put them to shame that hate us.

In God shall we glory all the day long: and in thy name we will give praise for ever.

But now thou hast cast us off, and put us to shame: and thou, O God, wilt not go out with our armies.

Thou hast made us turn back to our enemies: and they that hated us plundered for themselves.

Thou hast given us up like sheep to be eaten: thou hast scattered us among the nations.

Thou hast sold thy people for no price: and there was no reckoning in the exchange of them.

Thou hast made us a reproach to our neighbours, a scoff and derision to them that are round about us.

Thou hast made us a byword among the Gentiles: a shaking of the head among the people.

All the day long my shame is before me: and the confusion of my face hath covered me,

At the voice of him that reproacheth and detracteth me: at the face of the enemy and persecutor.

All these things have come upon us, yet we have not forgotten thee: and we have not done wickedly in thy covenant.

And our heart hath not turned back: neither hast thou turned aside our steps from thy way.

For thou hast humbled us in the place of affliction: and the shadow of death hath covered us.

If we have forgotten the name of our God, and if we have spread forth our hands to a strange god:

Shall not God search out these things: for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

Because for thy sake we are killed all the day long: we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

Arise, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, and cast us not off to the end.

Why turnest thou thy face away? and forgettest our want and our trouble?

For our soul is humbled down to the dust: our belly cleaveth to the earth.

Arise, O Lord, help us and redeem us for thy name’s sake.

 
 

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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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