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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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LORD JESUS, RECEIVE MY SOUL, AMEN

LORD JESUS, RECEIVE MY SOUL, AMEN

DIVINE JESUS

Divine Jesus, Incarnate Son of God, Who for my salvation didst vouchsafe to be born in a stable, to pass thy life in poverty, trials, and misery, and to die amid the sufferings of the Cross, I entreat thee, say to thy Divine Father, at the hour of my death: “Father, forgive him,” say to thy beloved Mother: “Behold thy son,” and to my soul: “This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”

My God, my God, forsake me not in that hour. I thirst, yes, my soul thirsts after thee, who art the fountain of living waters. My life passes like a shadow; yet a little while, and all will be consummated. Wherefore my adorable Saviour! from this moment, for all eternity, into thy hands I commend my spirit. Lord Jesus, receive my soul. Amen.

[His Holiness Pope Pius IX., by a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences, June 10th, 1856, confirmed an Indulgence of three hundred days, to be gained by all the faithful every time that they shall say the foregoing with contrite heart and devotion.] 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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IN ALL THINGS CONSIDER YOUR END

IN ALL THINGS CONSIDER YOUR END

In all things consider the end; how you shall stand before the strict Judge from Whom nothing is hidden and Who will pronounce judgment in all justice, accepting neither bribes nor excuses. And you, miserable and wretched sinner, who fear even the countenance of an angry man, what answer will you make to the God Who knows all your sins? Why do you not provide for yourself against the day of judgment when no man can be excused or defended by another because each will have enough to do to answer for himself? In this life your work is profitable, your tears acceptable, your sighs audible, your sorrow satisfying and purifying.

PRIORITIES

The patient man goes through a great and salutary purgatory when he grieves more over the malice of one who harms him than for his own injury; when he prays readily for his enemies and forgives offences from his heart; when he does not hesitate to ask pardon of others; when he is more easily moved to pity than to anger; when he does frequent violence to himself and tries to bring the body into complete subjection to the spirit.

It is better to atone for sin now and to cut away vices than to keep them for purgation in the hereafter. In truth, we deceive ourselves by our ill-advised love of the flesh. What will that fire feed upon but our sins? The more we spare ourselves now and the more we satisfy the flesh, the harder will the reckoning be and the more we keep for the burning.

– From: Thomas a Kempis; The Imitation of Christ

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2019 in Words of Wisdom

 

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A PERFECT PICTURE BELOW OF ALL THAT IS ABOVE

A PERFECT PICTURE BELOW OF ALL THAT IS ABOVE

Nature affords no more beautiful picture of the calm and peace that is man’s heritage than a quiet, lonely, pine-fringed lake at sunset.

During the day there may have been breezes that stirred the waters, but as evening comes on, the waters begin to still, and long, vague reflections appear, until at sunset, the wind having died down and the waters stilled, they present a perfect picture below of all that is above.

The soul tossed by anxiety and care of the earth mirrors but poorly the glory of God, but as personal desires lessen, the reflection of Heaven in the soul begins to appear, until at last, the desires all stilled, God is perfectly mirrored, as far as He can be, in the image He has made. (Fr Norman)

 

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