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PRAYER TO OBTAIN THE GRACE OF LABOURING HOLILY

PRAYER TO OBTAIN THE GRACE OF LABOURING HOLILY

O blessed St Joseph, whose life was passed in toil and prayer, obtain for me the grace, I beseech thee, to sanctify my work by purity of intention, by remembrance of God’s presence and by frequent prayer.

Teach me to be contented with my lot, and if temptation comes to me to envy those who are above me or richer than myself, obtain for me the grace to despise it, and, only remembering thy life of humble toil, to desire only to imitate thee in the company of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 6:19-23)

WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and woodworm destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth or woodworms destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. It follows that if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be all darkness. If then, the light inside you is darkness, what darkness that will be!”

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

 

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“IF YOU HAVE GOODS ON EARTH, DO NOT BECOME ATTACHED TO THEM”

PERFECT DETACHMENT

The Heart of Jesus calls us to a perfect detachment from all things. Look at the example He gave. How was He born? As the poorest of the poor, in a humble stable. How did He live? Birds have their nests and foxes have holes, but He, the Lord of all, has nowhere to lay His head. How did He die? Naked on a naked wooden cross, while others gambled for His clothes. Even after death He showed His poverty, He was wrapped in a linen cloth not His own and buried in a grave not His own but belonging to Joseph of Arimathea. After such examples O Christian, are you not embarrassed by your attachment to things of this earth?

ETERNAL RICHES

Detach yourself therefore from honour, pleasure, greatness and possessions, and see the things of this world as that divine Heart saw them, as a mass of dust and vanity. If you have goods on earth, do not become attached to them, if you do not have any, do not look for them or desire them, keep your eyes on the eternal riches of heaven. You must see as though you saw nothing, hear as though you heard nothing, use the things of this earth as though you did not need them, because this world will pass away.

O, what folly to love those things that you will soon be parted from! O, what foolishness to be lost chasing shadows and gain nothing but falsehood and ruin! Leave the world and you will find God. Leave everything and you will find everything.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 

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