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THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

Thus the Christian pierces through the veil of this world and sees the next. He holds intercourse with it; he addresses God as a child might address his parent, with as clear a view of him, and with as unmixed a confidence in him; with deep reverence indeed, and godly fear and awe, but still with certainty and exactness: as St Paul says, ‘I know whom I have believed’, with the prospect of judgment to come to sober him, and the assurance of present grace to cheer him.

– St John Henry Newman; Realisation of the Unseen World. (P. S. VII, 211)

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 18:1-8)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 18:1-8)
GOD WILL SEE JUSTICE DONE TO HIS CHOSEN WHO CRY TO HIM. 
 
 

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DO NOT FORGET THAT LOST TIME NEVER RETURNS

DO NOT FORGET THAT LOST TIME NEVER RETURNS

ALL IN ALL

When a man reaches a point where he seeks no solace from any creature, then he begins to relish God perfectly. Then also he will be content no matter what may happen to him. He will neither rejoice over great things nor grieve over small ones, but will place himself entirely and confidently in the hands of God, Who for him is all in all, to Whom nothing ever perishes or dies, for Whom all things live, and Whom they serve as He desires.

ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR END

Always remember your end and do not forget that lost time never returns. Without care and diligence you will never acquire virtue. When you begin to grow lukewarm, you are falling into the beginning of evil; but if you give yourself to fervour, you will find peace and will experience less hardship because of God’s grace and the love of virtue.

IT IS GREATER WORK TO RESIST VICES AND PASSIONS THAN TO SWEAT IN PHYSICAL TOIL

A fervent and diligent man is ready for all things. It is greater work to resist vices and passions than to sweat in physical toil. He who does not overcome small faults, shall fall little by little into greater ones.

WATCH OVER YOURSELF

If you have spent the day profitably, you will always be happy at eventide. Watch over yourself, arouse yourself, warn yourself, and regardless of what becomes of others, do not neglect yourself. The more violence you do to yourself [the more you work on yourself], the more progress you will make.

– From: Thomas a Kempis; The Imitation of Christ

 

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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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YOU CANNOT CONTINUE TO LIVE IN SIN AND AFTERWARDS GO TO HEAVEN

YOU CANNOT CONTINUE TO LIVE IN SIN AND AFTERWARDS GO TO HEAVEN

JUDGMENT

In that day every trial borne in patience will be pleasing and the voice of iniquity will be stilled; the devout will be glad; the irreligious will mourn; and the mortified body will rejoice far more than if it had been pampered with every pleasure. Then the cheap garment will shine with splendour and the rich one become faded and worn; the poor cottage will be more praised than the gilded palace. In that day persevering patience will count more than all the power in this world; simple obedience will be exalted above all worldly cleverness; a good and clean conscience will gladden the heart of man far more than the philosophy of the learned; and contempt for riches will be of more weight than every treasure on earth.

A GOOD AND CLEAN CONSCIENCE 

Then you will find more consolation in having prayed devoutly than in having fared daintily; you will be happy that you preferred silence to prolonged gossip.

Then holy works will be of greater value than many fair words; strictness of life and hard penances will be more pleasing than all earthly delights.

Learn, then, to suffer little things now that you may not have to suffer greater ones in eternity. Prove here what you can bear hereafter. If you can suffer only a little now, how will you be able to endure eternal torment? If a little suffering makes you impatient now, what will hell fire do?  In truth, you cannot have two joys: you cannot taste the pleasures of this world and afterwards reign with Christ.

ALL IS VANITY, EXCEPT TO LOVE GOD AND TO SERVE HIM ALONE

If your life to this moment had been full of honours and pleasures, what good would it do if at this instant you should die? All is vanity, therefore, except to love God and to serve Him alone.

He who loves God with all his heart does not fear death or punishment or judgment or he’ll, because perfect love assures access to God.

It is no wonder that he who still delights in sin fears death and judgment.

It is good, however, that even if love does not as yet restrain you from evil, at least fear of hell does. The man who casts aside the fear of God cannot continue long in goodness but will quickly fall into the snares of the devil.

– From: Thomas a Kempis; The Imitation of Christ

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2019 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TO BE THE LAMB’S CELESTIAL BRIDE (HYMN)

TO BE THE LAMB’S CELESTIAL BRIDE (HYMN)

To be the Lamb’s celestial bride

Is Juliana’s one desire;

For this she quits her father’s home,

And leads the sacred virgin choir.

 

By day, by night, she mourns her Spouse

Nailed to the Cross, with ceaseless tears;

Till in herself, through very grief,

The image of that Spouse appears.

 

Like him, all wounds, she kneels transfixed

Before the Virgin Mother’s shrine;

And still the more she weeps, the more

Mounts up the flame of love divine.

 

That love so deep the Lord repaid

His handmaid on her dying bed;

When, with the food of heavenly life,

By miracle her soul he fed.

 

All praise to thee, O Maker blest!

Praise to the everlasting Son;

Praise to the mighty Paraclete

While ages upon ages run.

Amen.

 

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

 

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ST JULIANA OF FALCONIERI, VIRGIN

ST JULIANA OF FALCONIERI, VIRGIN

ST JULIANA OF FALCONIERI, VIRGIN – MEMORIAL: JUNE 19

Juliana,of the noble Falconieri family, was heard to say the most sweet names of Jesus and Mary spontaneously from the cradle, among the cries from her infant lips.

SHE SOLEMNLY VOWED HER VIRGINITY TO GOD

When she had not yet finished her fifteenth year, giving up early nuptials and her inheritance, although it was a rich one, she solemnly vowed her virginity to God in the presence of St Philip Benizi; and from whom she was the first of all to take the religious habit of the nuns called the Mantellates. When her example was followed by a great number of noble women and her own mother put herself under her daughter’s religious instruction, Juliana did then found the order of the Mantellates.

SHE EXCELLED IN A WONDERFUL HUMILITY

She excelled in a wonderful humility, constant prayer and extraordinary abstinence. When, because of ill health, she could in no way take and retain food, and on that account was kept from the Eucharistic table, she begged the priest to bring her the Divine Bread which she could not take into mouth and, at least, to put it on her heart. When the priest had done this, at that moment the Divine Bread disappeared and Juliana breathed her last with a smiling countenance [in 1341].

PRAYER:

O God, who miraculously fortified blessed Juliana, your Virgin, in her last illness with the precious body of your Son, Grant, we beseech you, that with her merits pleading for us, we also, refreshed and strengthened by the same sacrament in our dying agony, may be brought to our heavenly home. Through the same…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold headings added]

 

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