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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 17:11-19)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 17:11-19)

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, “Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.”

When he saw them he said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan.

This made Jesus say, “Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.” And he said to the man, “Stand up and go your way. Your faith has saved you.”

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

 
 

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THE ANGELS OF THE FIRESIDE: THE ANGEL OF GRATITUDE

THE ANGELS OF THE FIRESIDE: THE ANGEL OF GRATITUDE

How to attain a happy home and a content family

The Angel of Gratitude

This is perhaps the most beloved of the Angels of the Fireside, because he unceasingly reminds us of our kindness to others. Nothing is so sweet as to feel that we are kind.

But it must be confessed, alas! that the angel of gratitude – that angel who, either as a child, friend, brother, sister, or companion, repeatedly makes us know that we are kind and generous – is not often to be found.

Unconditional appreciation and kindness

To merit this name it is not sufficient to manifest the gratitude of our hearts on particular occasions, such as when we receive a benefit, or on some feast or anniversary; on the contrary, this sentiment should so fill our hearts as to flood over all our faculties and senses.

Whenever we are in the presence of a benefactor, or in conversation with him, the smile on our lips and the gentleness of our words must let him see that “we are happy near him, because he is so kind.”

When we seek to give him pleasure, or to lavish attention upon him which we think he requires, our manner must say to him: “I do it all to remind you how kind you are.”

Finally, our repeated attentions, without being obtrusive, and our services, without being troublesome, must say to him: “I can never be as kind as you are.”

Oh! is it not true that there is happiness in having near us a heart thus filled with gratitude?

It will never weary of us, nor we of it.

It will never cease to be devoted to us, and we will never cease our efforts to do it good.

It will make us know that we can always rely on it, and it understands that it can equally depend on us.

Such a heart is not a mere dream of the imagination; there are many such in families, in communities, and amongst friends… but they have not the courage to show themselves.

Do you, who read and love these pages, not feel that they make known your experiences, and relate only what you yourself would wish to do for some people near you, and to whom you owe very much?

Why, then, do you not do it?

Why do you gradually permit to depart from you that desire to be grateful which God has been pleased to give you, and of which he will demand an account?

A grateful heart is a privileged grace.

The absence of this virtue, says Father Faber, is a grave fault, and certainly does not prove the holiness of him who is devoid of it.

Show me a person who retains for a long time the remembrance of some trifling favour, who seems never able to pay the debts which he thinks his heart owes, who exaggerates his obligations to others, who estimates them at twenty times their value; … in my opinion that person is infinitely more likely to become a saint than if he were raised in ecstasy during prayer.

Then prove yourselves grateful. Gratitude attracts new favours, too, and this sweet interchange of treasures between hearts softens them, opens them to grace, frees them from little antipathies, mean jealousies, petty rivalries – all of which are to the family what thorns are to the rose.

Prove yourselves grateful. It is impossible for a grateful heart ever to become a wicked heart.

– From: Golden Grains, A Collection of Little Counsels for the Sanctification and Happiness of Every-Day Life, H.M.Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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“THE IMAGES OF CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SERVE AS A BOOK OF INSTRUCTION”

Meditating on the crucifix and other pictures of Christ and His Saints

“The images of Christ and His Saints serve as a book of instruction wherein we may learn what Christ did and suffered for us; and what His Saints did and endured for Him, giving us an example we should follow.

They also serve to remind us of the great blessings that God conferred on us. They should incite us to gratitude to God and zeal for His service.”

– Father Gebhard, 1952

 

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“WE SEEK YOUR BLESSING, LORD”

We seek your blessing, Lord,
as we come before you with humble hearts.

We seek your blessing, Lord,
as we pray that Truth
may possess us and transform us.

We seek your blessing, Lord,
through holy Church in which you have placed us. Amen.

Loving Father, from my heart I thank you for the many blessings you have given me. I thank you for having created and baptised me, and for having placed me in your holy Catholic Church; and for having given me so many graces and mercies through the merits of Jesus Christ.

And I thank you, dear Jesus, for having become a little child for my sake, to teach me to be holy and humble like you; and for having died upon the Cross that I might have pardon for my sins and get to heaven. Also I thank you for all your other mercies, most of all for those you have given me today. Amen.

 
 

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29th DECEMBER, BIBLE READING II (COLOSSIANS 3:12-21)

THE CHALLENGE FOR US IS REALLY TO ACT AS GOD’S PEOPLE.

You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.

Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wives, give way to your husbands, as you should in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and treat them with gentleness. Children, be obedient to your parents always, because that is what will please the Lord. Parents, never drive your children to resentment or you will make them feel frustrated.

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

 
 

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THE “LITTLE WAY NOVENA” TO ST THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS

FIRST DAY:

HUMILITY

“I am too little for great things.” – St Therese

Just as the Saint, whom all the world knows as The Little Flower, recognised that her approach to God must be based upon humility, so must we likewise recognise that God will only hear the humble. Therefore acknowledge our weakness, let us nevertheless ask with confidence. Little things done well for the love of God make up the life which is truly great. “To him that is little, mercy is granted.” If is possible to remain little even in the most responsible position, and is it not written that at the last day, “The Lord will arise to save the weak and lowly ones of the earth.” He does not say “to judge,” but “to save.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
O God, Who has so often chosen the weak things of this world to confound the strong, we implore You that through the glorious intercession of Saint Therese, You will hear and answer us in our need. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

SECOND DAY:

GRATITUDE

“Jesus does not ask for great things, but only for gratitude and self-surrender.” – St Therese

To God we owe everything, even those things which we receive from others. If, therefore, nature prompts us to gratitude to our neighbour, who by comparison has given us little, how much greater must be our gratitude to God? In return He asks our love. Let us then turn to Him in complete surrender, begging Him to continue to shower down His blessings upon us. “Amongst the disciples of the world, He meets with nothing but indifference and ingratitude, and alas! among His own, how few hearts surrender themselves without reserve to the infinite tenderness of His Love.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant, O God, that we may be ever grateful for all Your gifts. We implore You to bestow upon us through the prayers of Saint Therese, the further treasures of Your Divine Favours and Blessings, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

THIRD DAY:

LOVE OF GOD

“Your love has gone before me even from the days of my childhood.” – St Therese

God, shielding us with His love, has guarded every moment of our lives. In the hour of our greatest needs He draws even closer to us. Let us then turn to Him, and under His secure protection no evil can come to us. “Confidence alone must lead us to Love… Does not fear lead to the thought of the strict justice that is threatened to sinners? But that is not the justice Jesus will show to such as love Him.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
O God, Who in Your Divine Mercy watches over the creatures You have made, we beg You through the glorious intercession of St Therese, the favours of Your Divine Love, so that we may ever be drawn nearer to You and never leave You by sin. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

FOURTH DAY:

CONFIDENCE

“I do as children who have not learnt to read – I simply tell Our Lord all that I want and He always understands.” – St Therese

Who can ask with such confidence as a child when it asks its parents for some little favour; and who can plead with such success? We are God’s children – let us then turn to Our Divine Father for help and for the favours asked for in our petitions. “I feel that even had I on my conscience every crime one could commit, I should lose nothing of my confidence; my heart broken with sorrow, I would throw myself into the arms of my Saviour.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
O God, the Father of all mankind, grant to us Your children, through the prayers of Saint Therese offered to You at Your Heavenly Throne, help in all our tribulations, consolation in our sufferings and strength in our temptations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

FIFTH DAY:

GOD’S PROVIDENCE

“Since when has He lost the right to make use of one of His children in order to supply others with the nourishment they need.” – St Therese

In God’s great family some of His children have deserved better of Him than others. These, knowing through Love the will of their Father, ask with confidence and trust for the needs of others. He delights to grant them whatever they ask. Let us tell our needs to Saint Therese, and let us ask her to obtain for us God’s providential help. “You have said to me, as the Prodigal’s father to his elder son: ‘All I have is yours.’ And therefore I may use Your very words to draw down favours from Our Heavenly Father on all who are dear to me.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

Let us pray
O God, Creator of the world, Who governs all things according to Your Divine Wisdom, grant us through the intercession of Saint Therese whatever is necessary for our needs in this life that by their right use we may obtain the joy of everlasting happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

SIXTH DAY:

DIVINE GOODNESS

“Love is repaid by love alone… Love lives only by sacrifice…” – St Therese

When we offer ourselves up in oblation to God, our love for Him unites us to the great sacrifice of Calvary. To sacrifice ourselves unreservedly for Him is but a just return for His goodness. He will reward us a hundredfold in the world and with life everlasting in the next. “Tomorrow will be Eternity, then Jesus will reward you a hundredfold for the sweet joys you have given up for Him. He knows the extent of your sacrifice.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Receive, O God, the offering of our whole being as a sacrifice for the love of You. Grant us by the love You have of Your Servant Therese the grace of Your Divine Protection and the reward of Your love. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

SEVENTH DAY:

GENEROSITY

“A Saint has said, ‘The greatest honour God can bestow upon a soul is not to give it great things but to ask of it great things.'” – St Therese

When offering up our petitions to God we must also remember that He has an absolute right to claim on everything that we ourselves can give Him. If we are prepared willingly and generously to give Him all that He asks of us, even unto bitter sacrifice, He Himself will certainly not be outdone in generosity. “Let us give and give again, and give royally, never forgetting that our Beloved is a Hidden Treasure which few souls know how to find.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
O God, Who has seen fit to honour Your Servant Therese with the veneration of the Faithful, grant to us by Your grace to imitate her in her generous service of You, and in Your Mercy grant to us through her the favours we ask of You. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

EIGHTH DAY:

SACRIFICE

“Our Divine Lord asks no sacrifice beyond our strength.” – St Therese

The true spirit of petition is that which asks for things only in order that it may give more fully in return. Let us ask God to increase our strength that we may more willingly present our work and our sacrifices to Him. Let us remain steadfast when God seems to withhold His favours. “One cannot attain the end without adopting the means, and as Our Lord made me understand that it was by the Cross He would give me souls, the more crosses I met with the stronger grew my attraction to suffering.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
O God, Who disposes all things wisely, increase our trust in You: strengthen us in Your Love: and grant that through the example of Saint Therese we may be resigned to Your Will and receive Your Gifts with the gratitude of devoted children. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

NINTH DAY:

RESIGNATION

“Whatever has come from God’s Hands has always pleased me.” – St Therese

Saint Therese, like every true saint, lived in conformity to the Divine Will. Thus, as we make her our intercessor, so must we make her our model. Let us then ask God for whatever we need, and let us always be pleased with whatever He gives us, so that in offering our petitions we leave them unreservedly to His Eternal Wisdom, and to His Infinite Goodness and Love. “I leave myself in the Arms of Our Lord. He teaches me to draw profit from everything, from the good and from the bad which He finds in me… I have but to surrender myself wholly to Him, to do so without reserve, without even the satisfaction of knowing what it is all bringing to me.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

V. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
O God, Whose thoughts are not as our thoughts and Whose ways are not as our ways, grant our petitions through the intercession of Saint Therese, if they be for our good. Grant that in all things we may be conformed to Your Will and established in Your Love. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Little Flower of Jesus, Patroness of the Missions, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.
– From “The Little Way Associaton” booklet, issue no. 79 “At The Little Way Association we receive many letters from our friends telling us of the graces they have received following Novenas to St Therese. And our Saint wishes us to give her the pleasure – through our prayers and sacrifices – of showering graces on souls.” Contact: The Little Way Association, Sacred Heart House, 119 Cedars Road, Clapham Common, London SW4 0PR

 
 

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FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE MINISTRY OF OUR BELOVED BENEDICT XVI

Father,
we thank you for the ministry of our beloved Benedict XVI.
Thy will be done.
You gather your people
in the unity of the Spirit
in the new covenant instituted by Christ.

Keep, we beseech you, continuity for your flock
under the successor of St Peter,
and keep your Church faithful to her mission
as a leaven in the world,
renewing all peoples in Christ
and transforming them into your own family.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
 

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