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A MISSION PRAYER

A MISSION PRAYER

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your love everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your Spirit and Life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with may
feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.
It will be You, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You in the way You love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by my words but by my example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You.
Amen.

– Bl. John Henry Newman

 
 

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NEVER HESITATE TO BEAR HUMILIATION TO GAIN A SOUL FOR JESUS

NEVER HESITATE TO BEAR HUMILIATION TO GAIN A SOUL FOR JESUS

Souls! Souls! I must have souls!

Such is the cry of Jesus, and to obtain souls He died on the cross, and remains till the end of time enclosed in our tabernacles.

Souls! Souls! I must have souls!

Such is the cry of Satan; and to possess souls he scatters gold broadcast, he multiplies pleasures and scandals, inflames the imagination, and bestows glory which intoxicates.

Souls! Souls! Jesus must have souls!

Let this be the cry of all the readers and distributors of Golden Grains, and to gain a soul for Him, let them never hesitate to face fatigue, to incur a little expense, or to bear humiliation and censure.

– From Golden Grains, Sanctification and Happiness for Everyday Life, Eighth Edition, M. H. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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MAY THIS WAY OF SOWING CHARITY FIND MANY IMITATORS!

I know a person, passionately desirous of doing good, who used to apply a tenth of her alms to buy something which might be of service to souls.

Service to needy souls

Sometimes it was a little treatise on judgment, on the divine mercy, on the presence of God; sometimes, perhaps, a pious pamphlet or medal. For a shilling she often could buy a hundred of these trifles, which she selected in bright colours, red or blue… She let them fall, as if accidentally, along the road, so that they might be picked up by some child, young girl, or labourer returning from his work. Perhaps these few sentences, already heard at catechism, would awaken remorse or recall some forgotten resolution.

Pious seed

Oh! who can calculate what a holy harvest she has thus down? She never went on a journey without “forgetting” in the trains and diligences, those alms for souls! She never pretended to hear when anyone called after her to restore them.

She “lost” a great many of them by leaving them accidentally between the leaves of books borrowed by her, and in those which she lent.

She used them as wrappers when she had occasion to send parcels, and sometimes she gave a penny to some poor child to scatter them in public places.

A holy harvest

She never knew the good which sprung up from this pious seed, sown thus in some thousands of souls. Many grains were indeed trodden under foot, treated with contempt; but is it impossible to imagine that none of them took root?

Continue ceaselessly your labour, in silence and obscurity, industrious sower. God, who sees everything, God, who counts all your steps, writes it down in the book of life. May the publicity which I give to your zeal find you many imitators!

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

 
 

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AIMED AT COUNTRIES WITH A CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WHICH CURRENTLY GO THROUGH A CRISIS OF FAITH

“The Archbishop who leads the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation hailed a vocations festival in Birmingham last weekend as a ‘beautiful experience’.

‘PUTTING JESUS CHRIST AT THE CENTRE OF OUR DAYS’

Archbishop Rino Fisichella said: ‘Invocation is a very beautiful experience for the New Evangelisation. It is an experience of prayer, it is an experience of friendship, it is an experience which encourages us to put Jesus Christ at the centre of our days. There is a lot of people thinking and searching in the same way so I think this is a moment of grace.’

‘A MOMENT OF GRACE’

The Invocation festival took place last weekend at Oscott seminary and attracted more than 400 people hoping to discern their vocation.

The New Evangelisation is a term introduced by Saint John Paul II. The late pope often used the term in his encyclicals and writings when outlining how the Church should combat the challenges of secular culture.

COMBATTING THE CHALLENGES OF SECULAR CULTURE

Archbishop Fisichella said: ‘New Evangelisation means, essentially, to find a new language method, enthusiasm’. He said it was aimed at countries with a Christian heritage but that had a crisis of faith.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue July 11 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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“IT IS NOT THE HEALTHY WHO NEED A DOCTOR” (Mt 9:12)

• “It is not the healthy who need a doctor. (Matthew 9:12)

• Prefer nothing whatsoever to the love of Christ. (St Bonaventure)

• Our world is full of many wants and needs. Today, in many countries people cry out for the bare necessities of life: food, fresh water, clothing, housing and opportunity. In others the cry goes up because of a crushing sense of loneliness, or an emptiness in the human heart or a lack of meaning and purpose in life. There is, within every person, a God-shaped hole which can only be filled by God. We, Jesus’ followers, are called to witness to Christ and his love. We need to be prepared to share with others why we have joy, hope and love in our hearts. How true it is that when we give to God we are generous towards others.

• Father, we pray for Europe that it would rediscover its Christian roots through a surge of new evangelisation. Raise up in us a courageous witness to the good, the true and the beautiful of the Gospel.

• Our Father…, Ten Hail Marys…, Glory be…

• Today my prayer is for… ”
– This meditation was published in “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2013” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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“MAY THE WARM BREATH OF TRUE LOVE PERMEATE THE WHOLE WORLD” – PRAYER TO ST PAUL, APOSTLE

Holy Apostle Paul who, with your teachings and with your charity, have taught the entire world, look kindly upon us, your children and disciples.

We expect everything from your prayers to the Divine Master and to Mary, Queen of Apostles. Grant, Doctor of the Gentiles, that we may live by faith, be saved by hope, and that charity alone reign in us.

Obtain for us, vessel of election, docile correspondence to divine grace, so that it may not remain unfruitful in us. Grant that we may ever better know you, and imitate you; that we may be living members of the Church, the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ. Raise up many and holy apostles.

May the warm breath of true charity permeate the entire world. Grant that all may know and glorify God and the Divine Master, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

And, dear Lord Jesus, you know we have no faith in our own power. In your mercy grant that we may be defended against all adversity, through the powerful intercession of St Paul our teacher. Amen.

 
 

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“THERE IS, IN FACT, NO ONE BETTER QUALIFIED TO CARRY OUT OUR OWN PERSONAL MISSION THAN WE ARE”

BEING EVANGELISERS IN EVERYDAY LIFE

“On Sunday, Pope Francis gave out copies of a hefty text to a procession of people that included a bishop, a priest, a seminarian, an artist, a journalist, a blind man and members of a family. What did all these people, from countries as diverse as Japan, Tanzania and Australia, have in common? They were all Catholics, certainly, by virtue of their baptism. But by virtue of their baptism they were also all called to be evangelisers. That, in a nutshell, is the message of ‘Evangelii Gaudium’, the major new document that Francis handed out that day in St Peter’s Square.

EVANGELII GAUDIUM

The apostolic exhortation, whose English title is ‘The Joy of the Gospel’, is the first teaching document in which we truly hear Pope Francis’s voice. Yes, he released an encyclical, ‘Lumen Fidei’, in July, but that was mainly the work of Benedict XVI. This new text is, as Catholic journalist Francis X Rocca puts it, ‘his real debut as papal author’. The document follows the synod of bishops on the new evangelisation in October 2012. But, in typically Franciscan style, it is not a conventional post-synodal exhortation. It is rather, as the Pope said it would be in June, an ‘exhortation on evangelisation in general’ that seeks to ‘take everything from the synod but put it in a wider framework’.

GOD GIVES US THE MEANS TO RESPOND TO HIS CALLING

Pope Francis’s contention is, as we have said, that each of us is called, through our baptism, to become an evangeliser. This is a message the bishops have been trying to convey since at least the Second Vatican Council, with varying degrees of success. Many of us are able to accept the idea at an intellectual level, but worry that we don’t have what it takes to become evangelisers in everyday life. We are well aware of our weaknesses and know that there are others more capable of carrying out the task. Pope Francis’s encouraging message in ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ is that there is, in fact, no one better qualified to carry out our own personal mission than we are. God compensates for our weaknesses by giving us the grace to fulfil our calling. He has not only called us but also gives us the means to respond to his calling.

TAKING THE MESSAGE OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO THE PERIPHERIES

In the first few months of his electrifying pontificate Francis has shown us what it means to be an evangeliser. It is to throw yourself into the greatest adventure that life can offer, taking the message of God’s unconditional love to the peripheries, to the people whom no one appears to care about. It is there, as Francis says, that we ourselves discover Christ more deeply than ever before.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” newspaper, issue November 29 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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