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AT THE HOUR OF DEATH THE MASSES YOU HAVE HEARD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST CONSOLATION

AT THE HOUR OF DEATH THE MASSES YOU HAVE HEARD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST CONSOLATION

THE HOLY MASS

At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.

At every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less according to your fervour.

Assisting devoutly at Mass you render to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage. You afford to the souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

You are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you.

You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.

Every Mass wins you a higher degree of sanctifying grace here, and glory in heaven hereafter.

You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

When you hear Mass and offer the Holy Sacrifice in honour of any particular Saint or Angel, thank God for the favour bestowed on him, etc., etc.

One Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death. Therefore, try to hear Mass every day.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

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TODAY’S PSALM (PSALM 87)

(Week 26 of the year: Wednesday)

R. Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord.

1. I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work wonders for the dead?
Will the shades stand and praise you? (R.)

2. Will your love be told in the grave
or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
or your justice in the land of oblivion? (R.)

3. As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you hide your face?

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is a lamp for my steps
and a light for my path.
Alleluia!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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6th APRIL, GOSPEL READING (JOHN 11:1-45)

THE RAISING OF LAZARUS

There was a sick man named Lazarus who was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This is the same Mary, who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair. Her brother Lazarus was sick.

So the sisters sent this message to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” On hearing this, Jesus said, “This illness will not end in death; rather it is for God’s glory, and the Son of God will be glorified through it.”

It is a fact that Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus; yet, after he heard of the illness of Lazarus, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Only then did he say to his disciples, “Let us go into Judaea again.” They replied, “Master, recently the Jews wanted to stone you. Are you going there again?”

Jesus said to them, “Are not twelve working hours needed to complete a day? Those who walk in the daytime shall not stumble, for they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, for there is no light in them.”

After that Jesus said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going to wake him.” The disciples replied, “Lord, a sick person who sleeps will recover.”

But Jesus had referred to Lazarus’ death, while they thought that he had meant the repose of sleep. So Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead; and for your sake I am glad I was not there, for now you may believe. But let us go there, where he is.” Then Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

When Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. As Bethany is near Jerusalem, about two miles away, many Jews had come to Martha and Mary, after the death of their brother, to comfort them.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, while Mary remained sitting in the house. And she said to Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha replied, “I know that he will rise in the resurrection, at the last day.” But Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection. Whoever believes in me, though he die, shall live. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Martha then answered, “Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”

After that Martha went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, “The Master is here and is calling for you.” As soon as Mary heard this, she rose and went to him. Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.

The Jews, who were with her in the house consoling her, also came. When they saw her get up and go out, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep.

As for Mary, when she came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping, who had come with her, he was moved in the depths of his spirit and troubled. Then he asked, “Where have you laid him?” They answered, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.

The Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “If he could open the eyes of the blind man, could he not have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus was deeply moved again, and drew near to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across it. Jesus said, “Take the stone away.”

Martha said to him, “Lord, by now he will smell, for this is the fourth day.”

Jesus replied, “Have I not told you that, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they removed the stone.

Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, thank you for you have heard me. I knew that you hear me always; but my prayer was for the sake of these people, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When Jesus had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Untie him, and let him go.”

Many of the Jews who had come with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw what he did.

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

 

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WEEP NO MORE! PRAY INSTEAD AT THE GRAVES OF YOUR DEAD LOVED ONES; IT MAKES THEM HAPPY, AND SO THEY MAY INTERCEDE TO GOD FOR YOU AND YOUR AFFAIRS FROM ON HIGH

THEY SEE WHAT WE CAN ONLY HOPE FOR

THE OBJECT OF LIFE

“They sleep below, in the cold ground, your beloved dead. May they rest in peace! What! the mere thought of those who are dear to you causes you sadness? Oh! weep no more; they sleep in the Lord; they rest in the shadow of His cross; they see what we can only hope for. How happy they are!

Pray above their tombs, in order that they may intercede from on high in your favour; pray; for nothing rejoices these dear absent ones like the perfume of your prayers, mounting to the throne of God.

Meditate above their graves, and you will recognise the insignificance of temporal things, you will understand at last that Heaven should be the one goal of our lives, and that our unceasing occupation should be to amass treasures for eternity.”
– Lacordaire

 
 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MARK 12:18-27)

HE IS GOD, NOT OF THE DEAD, BUT OF THE LIVING.

Some Sadducees – who deny that there is a resurrection – came to Jesus and they put this question to him, “Master, we have it from Moses in writing, if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first married a wife and then died leaving no children. The second married the widow, and he too died leaving no children; with the third it was the same, and none of the seven left any children. Last of all the woman herself died. Now at the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be, since she had been married to all seven?”

Jesus said to them, “Is not the reason why you go wrong, that you understand neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when you rise from the dead, men and women do not marry; no, they are like angels in heaven. Now about the dead rising again, have you never read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the Bush, how God spoke to him and said: I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? He is God, not of the dead, but of the living. You are very much mistaken.”

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

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (TOBIT 1:1; 2:1-8)

TOBIT FEARED GOD MORE THAN HE FEARED THE KING.

The tale of Tobit son of Tobiel, of the lineage of Asiel and tribe of Naphtali. In the days of Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, he was exiled from Thisbe, which is south of Kedesh-Naphtali in Upper Galilee, above Hazor, some distance to the west, north of Shepat.

At our feast of Pentecost (the feast of Weeks) there was a good dinner. I took my place for the meal; the table was brought to me and various dishes were brought. Then I said to my son Tobias, “Go, my child, and seek out some poor, loyal-hearted man among our brothers exiled in Niniveh, and bring him to share my meal. I will wait until you come back, my child.” So Tobias went out to look for some poor man among our brothers, but he came back again and said, “Father!” I answered, “What is it, my child?” He went on, “Father, one of our nation has just been murdered; he has been strangled and then thrown down in the market place; he is there still.” I sprang up at once, left my meal untouched, took the man from the market place and laid him in one of my rooms, waiting until sunset to bury him. I came in again and washed myself and ate my bread in sorrow, remembering the words of the prophet Amos concerning Bethel:

Your feasts will be turned to mourning,
and all your songs to lamentation.
And I wept. When the sun was down, I went and dug a grave and buried him. My neighbours laughed and said, “See! He is not afraid any more.” (You must remember that a price had been set on my head earlier for this very thing.) “The time before this he had to flee, yet here he is, beginning to bury the dead again.”

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

 

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WHEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, THE WORLD HAD THREE FLOORS AND THE EARTH WAS UPHELD BY PILLARS – AND AT ONE POINT, EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR US…

“The first Christians were predominantly of Jewish extraction. The way they understood the physical world around them enabled them to understand the meaning of the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus in a unique way that still has implications for us today. Their primary understanding of redemption was firstly formed by the belief in the way God had created the world around them, and secondly in their belief in a universal truth. Their understanding of the physical structure of the world was, however, archaic, but the universal truth, namely that love is communicated by touch, was right. Nevertheless by putting these two concepts together considerable light can be thrown on the essence of any authentic spirituality that claims to be Christian.

HUMAN BEINGS LIVED IN A WORLD WITH THREE FLOORS

In the Old Testament human beings lived in a world with three floors. On the first floor, upheld by pillars to stop the earth from falling into the waters below, men and women lived out their lives until when, after death, they were sent down to the ground floor to live in the shadowy world of Sheol. What we would call the sky, they called the firmament. God was seated on a throne above it using it as his ‘footstool’. The firmament was visualised as something solid, rather like a transparent cooking pot that enabled God to observe how human beings were behaving. The firmament was supported on either side by the ‘eternal hills’ and had flaps strategically placed, enabling God to send down rain and snow, wind and thunderbolts, and angels too, when their services were being called for. Although the sun shone as it arched its way across the firmament, like the moon and the stars, the ground floor and the first floor had been plunged into spiritual darkness. These were now the places where the demons ruled, ever since the first man and woman had rejected God. So, in future men and women would no longer ‘walk and talk’ with God, ‘in the cool of the evening’, as they had done in the first paradise.

LAYING ON OF HANDS

When Jesus was born on the first floor, His physical presence radiated the love that shone out of Him to bring light where darkness had prevailed before. This love, like all human love, was communicated through touch, by a kiss, an embrace, by the washing of feet, all common practices in the world into which He was born. The very moment after His death on the cross, the New Testament pictured Christ descending into Sheol on the ground floor, to redeem those who had died before Him with the fullness of love that He had just received. It was believed that all who died before Christ’s coming would have to wait for His redemptive action. The same demons that were put to flight as He descended through the nether regions to release the ‘captives’ were put to flight for a second time, as He ascended through the air above, leading the captives back to His Father. Now seated at God’s right hand they could both send the Holy Spirit through the corridor made through the realm of the demons at His Ascension. This enabled the love that the apostles had already received to be surcharged on the first Pentecost Day with the Pleroma, or the fullness of love, that He had received on the first Easter Day. Now they in their turn literally handed on what they had received from Jesus to all who freely chose to receive it. That’s why all the sacraments involved the laying on of hands, so that what Christ had handed on to the apostles could be handed on generation after generation all the way down to us.

CHRIST’S TOUCH

So it is absolutely true to say that the love that Jesus experienced after His resurrection is handed on to us today through the hands of the priest who baptised us, and through the hands of the bishop who confirmed us. The measure in which that love possesses us is only limited by our capacity to receive it. These physical touches that happen but twice through the priest and through the bishop can be received every day through the touch of Christ Himself in thhe sacred mysteries. That is why for St Francis this was the most profound mystery of all:

‘He shows Himself to us in this sacred bread as He once appeared to His apostles in real flesh. With their own eyes they saw only flesh, but they believed that He was God, because they contemplated Him with the eyes of the spirit. We too with our own eyes see only bread and wine, but we must see further and firmly believe that this is His most holy Body and Blood living and true. In this way our Lord remains continually with His followers, as He promised: ‘Behold I am with you all days even to the end of the world’.” (Admonition 1)

The common belief of the first Christians in a universe with three floors was, of course, erroneous, but it is worth understanding for the insight which it can give us into the essential meaning of ‘Physical Redemption’ which cannot be discarded. It is the physical presence of Christ bursting with uncreated life and energy which brought and still brings to this world the love that impelled God to create it in the first place. It is this love and this love alone that, as was revealed to St Francis on La Verna, unites us to God.

ASCETICISM OF THE HEART

Now the most powerful form of energy that was originally responsible for the creation of the world entered the world again as human love in the person of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the story of how this otherworrldly
love gradually penetrated every part of Him, until it reached out through Him to others to transform their lives, as it had transformed His. There is [daily Holy Mass] one way to receive this love, as St Francis shows throughout his life, and that is to set aside daily quality space and time for prayer. When anyone asks me what ascetical practice they should adopt, I always answer that first and above all others you should adopt the asceticism of the heart. That is: don’t give up anything you like or enjoy (apart from sin, of course!) Except if it prevents you from giving quality space and time for daily prayer each day.

If you do that, come what may, you will eventually receive the love that will make you want to throw away all the so called pleasures and pasttimes that you once thought you could not do without, just as a miner throws away the dross when he has found true gold. The big question that was continually asked by the Fathers of the Church was not how do we love God, but what do we do to allow His love to enter into us so that He can give us the inner power and strength to love Him as we should and to love our neighbour as ourselves. As Jesus put it: First seek God and His kingdom and then everything else will be given to you. Prayer was everything in the spirituality of St Francis, all he was given, all he received, was received there.”
– This article by David Torkington was published in Messenger of Saint Anthony, March 2013 issue. For subscriptions, please contact: Messenger of Saint Anthony, Basilica del Santo, via Orto Botanico 11, 35123 Padua, Italy.

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[ NB. The greatest prayer is the Holy Mass. Those who pray well alone, however, pray also best together. And also remember to offer the Holy Rosary at least once a day in our troubled times, PLEASE. ♥ ]

 

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