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TAKING ON BOARD THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS PARALYSES THE POWERS OF ACTION

TAKING ON BOARD THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS PARALYSES THE POWERS OF ACTION

MARY’S ARMY

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HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

Human respect, often called common prudence, respect for the opinions of others, and the like, paralyses the powers of action of those who are called to be apostles and reduces works for souls to triviality.

Living in the midst of great communities of pagans or non-Catholics or the lapsed, the faithful make little or no effort to convert them and the graces God offers are returned unused.

Aware of this, the Army of Mary sets itself to a deliberate campaign against the operation of the spirit of human approval in its members. The principal means employed are insistence upon sound and strict discipline and constant indoctrination of the fact that human respect in a Child of Mary is comparable to cowardice in a soldier. Love, loyalty and discipline, if they are genuine, will certainly result in sacrifice and courage. “What a shame to be the delicate member of a Thorn-crowned Head!”  … words of St Bernard which the member must constantly apply to himself.

“If you fought only when you felt ready for the fray, where would be your merit?” asks St Therese of Lisieux.

“What does it matter even if you have no courage, provided you behave as though you were really brave? If you feel too lazy to pick up a bit of thread, and yet do so for the love of Jesus, you gain more merit than for a much nobler action done on an impulse of fervour. Instead of grieving, be glad that, by allowing you to feel your own weakness, Our Lord is furnishing you with an occasion of saving a greater number of souls.”

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part 1)

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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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DO NOT FEAR PEOPLE’S USELESS OPINIONS – TRUST GOD INSTEAD

DO NOT FEAR PEOPLE’S USELESS OPINIONS – TRUST GOD INSTEAD

What can anyone do to you by word or injury? He hurts himself rather than you, and no matter who he may be he cannot escape the judgment of God. Keep God before your eyes, therefore…

THE VAIN JUDGMENTS OF MEN

The voice of Christ tells us… My Child, trust firmly in the Lord, and do not fear the judgment of men when conscience tells you that you are upright and innocent. For it is good and blessed to suffer such things, and they will not weigh heavily on the humble heart that trusts in God rather than in itself. Many men say many things, and therefore little faith is to be put in them.

An impossibility

Likewise, it is impossible to satisfy all men. Although St Paul tried to please all in the Lord, and became all things to men, yet he made little of their opinions. He laboured abundantly for the edification and salvation of others, as much as lay in him and as much as he could, but he could not escape being sometimes judged and despised by others. Therefore, he committed all to God Who knows all things, and defended himself by his patience and humility against the tongues of those who spoke unjustly or thought foolish things and lies, or made accusations against him. Sometimes, indeed, he did answer them, but only lest his silence scandalise the weak.

Today he is here, tomorrow he is not seen

Who are you, then, that you should be afraid of mortal man? Today he is here, tomorrow he is not seen. Fear God and you will not be afraid of the terrors of men. What can anyone do to you by word or injury? He hurts himself rather than you, and no matter who he may be he cannot escape the judgment of God. Keep God before your eyes, therefore, and do not quarrel with peevish words.

If it seems, then, that you are worsted and that you suffer undeserved shame, do not repine over it and do not lessen your crown by impatience. Look instead to heaven, to Me, Who have power to deliver you from all disgrace and injury, and to render to everyone according to his works.

– From: The Imitation of Christ by Venerable Thomas à Kempis

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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PRAYER TO ST JOHN PAUL II

O St John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the Church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.

May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.

Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace. O St John Paul, from heaven’s window, where we see you next to Mary, send God’s blessing down upon us all. Amen.

 

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19th FEBRUARY, GOSPEL READING (MARK 8:22-26)

HE WAS CURED AND HE COULD SEE EVERYTHING PLAINLY AND DESTINCTLY.

Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida, and someone brought to him a blind man whom they begged him to touch.

He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Then, putting spittle on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked, “Can you see anything?”

The man, who was beginning to see, replied, “I can see people; they look like trees to me, but they are walking about.”

Then he laid his hands on the man’s eyes again and he saw clearly; he was cured, and he could see everything plainly and distinctly. And Jesus sent him home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”

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

 
 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 105)

R. O give thanks to the Lord for he is good.

1. O give thanks to the Lord for he is good;
for his great love is without end.
Who can tell the Lord’s mighty deeds?
Who can recount all his praise? (R.)

2. They are happy to do what is right,
who at all times do what is just.
O Lord, remember me
out of the love you have for your people. (R.)

3. Come to me, Lord, with your help
that I may see the joy of your chosen ones
and may rejoice in the gladness of your nation
and share the glory of your people. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of God is something alive and active;
it can judge secret emotions and thoughts.
Alleluia!

 

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“HOW COULD YOU EXPECT ME TO FORGIVE?”

“In the Gospel [at yesterday’s Mass] we have the theme of ‘forgiveness’. The scene is a meal given by a Pharisee at which Jesus had been invited. A woman comes in, with a bad name in the town, and weeps on His feet, wiping away the tears with her hair, and then anointing and kissing them. Jesus reprimands the Pharisee for his lack of proper greeting and welcome, and he delights in the welcome and attention of this woman. Jesus says to the Pharisee, ‘I tell you that her sins, her many sins must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love… Then he (Jesus) said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’

An author wrote a true story concerning a preacher. He preached a sermon on ‘forgiveness’ in a church. Later he received a letter from someone who had been in that church and had heard his sermon. The letter came from a woman whose husband has suffered terribly as a result of a vicious crime that had been committed against him. The letter contained the question, ‘How could you expect me to forgive those despicable people who made my husband suffer so much?’ The preacher wrote back, ‘No, dear friend, I don’t expect you to forgive these despicable people who did that to your husband, for I am a frail human being like yourself. But JESUS CHRIST expects it of you and expects it of me. No matter what happens, we must try to love our enemies, Christ so taught us and so lived.’

St Teresa of Avila wrote, ‘The saints rejoiced at injuries and persecutions, because in forgiving them they had something to present to God when they prayed to Him.'”
– From “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris”

 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 115)

R. A thanksgiving sacrifice I make to you, O Lord.

1. I trusted, even when I said:
“I am sorely afflicted,”
and when I said in my alarm:
“No man can be trusted.” (R.)

2. O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful.
Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds. (R.)

3. A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord’s name.
My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.
Alleluia!

 

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