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“RISEN WITH JESUS, YOU MUST HATE EVERY TYPE OF PROFANITY”

FREE OF ALL CHAINS

“If you want to be united with the Heart of Jesus risen from the dead, you must live a new life of grace, holiness and love. Just as Jesus lived a new life after the resurrection, a life above human misery, a heavenly, glorious and immortal life. Live always therefore, with the risen Christ, risen from darkness to light, from error to truth, from sin to grace, from death to life. If you have risen with Jesus you will be free of all chains, free from earthly affection, you will live not for earth but for heaven.

Having risen from the dead with Jesus, your heart must always live subject to your reason and your reason must be subject to faith: you must live with your body subject to your soul and your soul turned towards God. Risen with Jesus you must hate every type of profanity, think nothing of the good opinion of men, think nothing of the world and have no desire for earthly things, but only for the things of heaven. Having risen with Jesus you must work without fear, provide for your needs, but without anxiety, suffer, but without complaining, fight, but without dread.

Having risen with Jesus you must have a holy perseverance, without which the other virtues will not be worthy of an eternal reward. You will live a divine and supernatural life, full of celestial delights and of light, you will be a brother to the angels, a dove of paradise, a resplendent image of God himself.”
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

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FROM WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR SENSE OF PERSONAL WORTH?

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God (1 John 3:1).

From where do you get your affirmation or sense of personal worth?

For some it is their occupation or position in society, for others their achievements, be they academic or in sport, etc.

However, our true dignity and sense of worth comes from being baptised and having the gift of faith.

Through the power of the resurrection we can live a new life in the power of the Spirit.

In short, we can put on the new creation. We can live a new life, a life which radiates and gives witness to God’s love, mercy, forgiveness and power.”
– This short meditation was published in “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2013” published by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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“PUT ASIDE ALL EMPTY FEARS, PURSUE YOUR WAY IN PEACE”

THE BEAUTIFUL EVER-NEW LIFE AS A CHRISTIAN (IRRESPECTIVE OF YOUR PHYSICAL AGE)

“You who are just beginning life, and who, like a flower, open out your heart easily, let not the beautiful flower of your frankness be closed by a passing shadow: BE CONFIDING. And you who have already passed through many vicissitudes, you who have tested the fidelity of the world and the sincerity of men, do not shut yourselves up in yourselves, BE CONFIDING.

There are on earth two persons in whom a soul should first of all confide, the mother and the confessor.

Confide in your mother, child, for we know there are secrets which only your mother should know, – they are the secrets of your heart.

How like indeed these two hearts are, when both are pious, and how they understand each other! Confide in your confessor, for there are secrets which only your confessor should know – they are the secrets of your soul.

Lastly, remember that there is in the tabernacle a Friend always ready to greet you. Oh! go to Jesus in the Eucharist! It is His right to know all, pour out at His feet your heart and your soul.

Communicate, yes, communicate often, for Jesus Christ is guidance and strength, support in struggles, a healing balm, which cures our wounds while sanctifying them.

Have confidence then, entire confidence!

Confide in the Hand which guides our lives. Confidence in Him, Who came to save the world, and Whose voice says to us always: ‘Put aside all empty fears, pursue your way in peace!'”
– St Alph., Pious Reflections

 

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DO YOU CRAVE FOR A RADICAL CHANGE OF YOUR LIFE? ARE YOU CALLED TO BE A CATHOLIC NUN? – “THE WHOLE WORLD IS DESOLATE BECAUSE NO ONE REFLECTS IN THEIR HEART” (JER 12:11)

ARE YOU CALLED TO LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY OF THE CHRISTIAN RETREAT?

“The Christian Retreat was founded in 1789 by Fr Anthony Sylvester Receveur. In an age when faith and moral values were in decline, he offered ordinary people a means of drawing close to God. Through practising meditation and making a spiritual retreat, their lives were transformed.”

LIKE THE EARLY CHRISTIANS, WE HAVE LEFT EVERYTHING FOR JESUS CHRIST

“The house of prayer is ecumenical and welcomes Christians of all denominations and people of good will.”

“Today we witness an even greater breakdown in society, resulting in loss of faith, disorientation, loneliness and fear: Meditation and spiritual retreats are as relevant and as needed in the 21st century as they were in the 18th.

IF YOU KNEW THE GIFT OF GOD (Jn 4:10).

Today our life is CHALLENGING US to follow Jesus and to listen to his Word.

• “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6).

“The Word of God is never ambiguous. It speaks to the heart of every person whom God calls to solitude and retreat, and who listens to His voice” (Fr Anthony Receveur).

WE CENTRE OUR LIFE ON THE WORD OF GOD
• THROUGH Prayer Meditation Worship
• BY Witness Teaching Evangelisation
• IN Truth and friendship Justice and solidarity Peace and harmony

• “We have no other plan for the Christian Retreat than the simple plan of the Gospel” (Fr Anthony Receveur).

Today our life is RADICAL. It challenges worldly values.

“Whoever would come after me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me” (Lk 9:23).

BACK TO BASICS

“The Spirit of the Christian Retreat is opposed to the spirit of the world. We find it in retreat, silence and meditation, in lives directed towards God and towards Jesus Crucified” (Fr Anthony Redeveur).

THE RADICALITY OF OUR LIFE redefines the values of the world in the light of the Gospel. “Our Congregation’s motto of ‘All by the Cross’ calls us to enter the Paschal Mystery of life, death and resurrection. We strive towards conversion of heart and a deeper love.

In answer to the call of God to serve:

• I AM VULNERABLE

• I AM OPEN

• I AM AUTHENTIC

• I AM JUST

Today our life is DIFFERENT.

Our business is THE CARE OF SOULS.

We live in a world thirsting for meaning, for love, for peace, ultimately FOR GOD. In our Congregation, we reach out to people who feel they are spiritually rootless and have lost the true meaning of their lives. For their sake:

• I AM PRESENT

• I AM STRONG

• I AM FAITHFUL

• I AM FRIEND

“Like the early Christians, we have left everything for Jesus Christ. We have one heart and mind and form a single family” (Fr Anthony Receveur).

Achievement, wealth and pursuit of pleasure are the focus of many lives today. Religious life has different values: • Celibacy: the total gift of ourselves to God and a life of love and companionship with our Sisters; Poverty: recognising our dependence on God and one another • Obedience: listening and discerning the will of God. • “Desire each day more intensely to please Him who alone can satisfy your heart” • “Confidence in Divine Providence gives us courage and joy, it is an inexhaustible treasure” • “We imitate Jesus in His obedience to the Father” (Fr Anthony Receveur).

Phone/ write to: Sr Anne Dunne (East Molesey, Surrey, near London) : info@christian-retreat.org ; phone: +44 (0) 20 8941 2313 or Sr Margaret Buckley (Co: Galway, Ireland): 00353 90 96 79 311. ” Web: http://www.christian-retreat.org (external link).

 
 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 67)

R. Kingdom of the earth, sing to God.

1. You poured down, O God, a generous rain:
when your people were starved you gave them new life.
It was there that your people found a home,
prepared in your goodness, O God, for the poor. (R.)

2. May the Lord be blessed day after day.
He bears our burdens, God our saviour.
This God of ours is a God who saves.
The Lord our God holds the keys of death. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord;
I go, but I will come back to you,
and your hearts will be full of joy.
Alleluia!

 

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PRAYER TO ST PETER CHANEL

ST PETER CHANEL, PRIEST AND MARTYR; MEMORIAL: APRIL 28

Born in France in 1803, St Peter Chanel did pastoral work there for a few years after ordination, and then entered the Marist Society and was sent to Oceania. There was considerable resistance to missionaries at the time, though he did receive a few converts into the faith before he was clubbed to death on the island of Futuna in 1841.

PRAYER:

Father,
you called Saint Peter Chanel to work for your Church
and gave him the crown of martyrdom.
May our celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection
make us faithful witnesses to the new life he brings,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

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“RISEN WITH JESUS, YOU MUST HATE EVERY TYPE OF PROFANITY”

If you want to be united with the Heart of Jesus risen from the dead, you must live a new life of grace, holiness and love. Just as Jesus lived a new life after the resurrection, a life above human misery, a heavenly, glorious and immortal life. Live always therefore, with the risen Christ, risen from darkness to light, from error to truth, from sin to grace, from death to life. If you have risen with Jesus you will be free of all chains, free from earthly affection, you will live not for earth but for heaven.

Having risen from the dead with Jesus, your heart must always live subject to your reason and your reason must be subject to faith: you must live with your body subject to your soul and your soul turned towards God. Risen with Jesus you must hate every type of profanity, think nothing of the good opinion of men, think nothing of the world and have no desire for earthly things, but only for the things of heaven. Having risen with Jesus you must work without fear, provide for your needs, but without anxiety, suffer, but without complaining, fight, but without dread.

Having risen with Jesus you must have a holy perseverance, without which the other virtues will not be worthy of an eternal reward. You will live a divine and supernatural life, full of celestial delights and of light, you will be a brother to the angels, a dove of paradise, a resplendent image of God himself.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 

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