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THERE IS MANY A SAINT IN HEAVEN WHO SOMETIME WAS HEATHEN ON EARTH

THERE IS MANY A SAINT IN HEAVEN WHO SOMETIME WAS HEATHEN ON EARTH

FROM THE PRAYERS OF MARGERY KEMPE, 14th/15th CENTURY 

I cry thee mercy, Blissful Lord, for the King of England and for all Christian kings, for all lords and ladies that are in this world. God set them in such behaviour that they may most please thee, and be lords and ladies in Heaven without end.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for the rich men in this world, who have thy goods in possession; give them grace to spend them to thy pleasing.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for Jews and Saracens and all heathen people.

Good Lord, have mind that there is many a saint in Heaven, who sometime was heathen on earth, and so thou hast spread thy mercy to them that are on earth.

Lord, thou sayest thyself that no man shall come to thee without thee nor any man be drawn unless thou drawest him. And therefore, if there be any man undrawn, I pray thee, draw him after thee.

Me thou hast drawn, Lord, and I deserved never to have been drawn, but after thy great mercy, thou hast drawn me. If all this world knew all my wickedness as thou dost, they would marvel and wonder at the great goodness thou hast shown me. I would that all this world were worthy to thank thee for me, and as thou hast made of unworthy creatures worthy ones, so make all this world worthy to thank thee and praise thee.

– From the modernised translation, 1936

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Posted by on October 11, 2019 in Intercessory Prayers

 

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SHUN THE GOSSIP OF MEN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

SHUN THE GOSSIP OF MEN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

AVOIDING IDLE TALK

Shun the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion of worldly affairs, even though sincere, is a great distraction inasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and captivated by vanity.

Many a time I wish that I had held my peace and had not associated with men. Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip among ourselves when we so seldom part without a troubled conscience? We do so because we seek comfort from one another’s conversation and wish to ease the mind wearied by diverse thoughts. Hence, we talk and think quite fondly of things we like very much or of things we dislike intensely. But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure effectively bars inward and divine consolation.

Therefore we must watch and pray lest time pass idly.

When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something that will edify.

Bad habits and indifference to spiritual progress do much to remove the guard from the tongue. Devout conversation on spiritual matters, on the contrary, is a great aid to spiritual progress, especially when persons of the same mind and spirit associate together in God.

From: Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

 

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GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling. Therefore, my God, I will put myself without reserve into Your hands. What have I in heaven, and apart from You what do I want upon earth? My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever. Amen.
– Bl. John Henry Newman

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 11:1-4)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 11:1-4)

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY. 

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “Say this when you pray:

‘Father, may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.’”

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

 

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E’EN HEAVEN ITSELF GOD SET ASIDE (HYMN)

E’EN HEAVEN ITSELF GOD SET ASIDE (HYMN)

E’en heaven itself God set aside

In Maiden Mother to abide,

To clothe himself in earthly clay,

Our Ransomer, for men to slay.

 

The Maiden  brought him forth to light

To save us from our sorry plight;

He bought us with his very Blood

On Cross ‘mid pain in cruel flood.

 

May joyful hope, – a welcome guest,

Drive terror forth from every breast:

Our tears and prayers the Son will heed

If Mother for us intercede.

 

The Son accepts the Mother’s prayer;

Where rest her wishes, his are there.

Then let us love her each and all

And in the strife upon her call.

 

Be glory to the Three-in-One

Who ‘riched the Virgin with the Son;

To God in heaven let earth upraise

Through age on age a hymn of praise.

Amen.

 

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

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 10:38-42)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 10:38-42)

(Week 27 of the year – Tuesday) 

MARTHA WELCOMED JESUS INTO HER HOUSE. IT IS MARY WHO HAS CHOSEN THE BETTER PART. 

Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered: “Martha, Martha,” he said “you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.”

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

 

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I SALUTE, I ADORE, I LOVE THEE

I SALUTE, I ADORE, I LOVE THEE

I salute, I adore, I love thee, O Sacred Face of my Jesus, Saviour of mankind, outraged anew by blasphemers, profaned in the Adorable Sacrament of thy love, insulted by the abominations committed before thee, and I offer thee, through the heart of thy Blessed Mother, the worship of all the Angels and Saints, as sweet incense in thy sight, humbly beseeching thee, by the virtue of that look with which thou didst regard fallen man and resolve to raise him up to the kiss of peace with thee, to repair and renew in our souls thine image disfigured by sin. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
 

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