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ST DOMINIC – “COME TO MEET HIM, YOU ANGELS”

St Dominic, Confessor; [Memorial: August 8]

Dominic was born at Calaruega in Spain, of the noble family of Guzman, and received his liberal arts and theological training at Palencia. He became, first, a canon of the church of Osma, and after that, the founder of the Order of Preachers.

The founder of the Order of Preachers [Dominicans]

His capacity and courage were very conspicuous in converting the heretics who were attempting to corrupt the people of Toulouse. Going to Rome, he sought the approbation and confirmation of his Order from Pope Innocent III. He obtained his approval from Innocent’s successor, Honorius III. When, by his efforts, countless men began to lead a religious and holy life, at Bologna, in the year of Christ 1221, leaving to his brethren charity, humility and poverty as his true patrimony, while these words were being said, “Come to his aid, you saints of God, come to meet him, you angels,” he fell asleep in the Lord on the eighth day before the Ides of August. Pope Gregory IX added him to the number of the saints.

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

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ECCLESIASTES 11:9-12:8)

(Week 25 of the year: Saturday)

REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR IN THE DAYS OF YOUR YOUTH, BEFORE THE DUST RETURNS TO THE EARTH, AND THE BREATH TO GOD.

Rejoice therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart be in that which is good in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgment.

Remove anger from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh. For youth and pleasure are vain.

Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the time of affliction come, and the years draw nigh of which thou shalt say: They please me not:

Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain:

When the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall stagger, and the grinders shall be idle in a small number, and they that look through the holes shall be darkened:

And they shall shut the doors in the street, when the grinder’s voice shall be low, and they shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall grow deaf.

And they shall fear high things, and they shall be afraid in the way, the almond tree shall flourish, the locust shall be made fat, and the caper tree shall be destroyed: because man shall go into the house of his eternity, and the mourners shall go round about in the street.

Before the silver cord be broken, and the golden fillet shrink back, and the pitcher be crushed at the fountain, and the wheel be broken upon the cistern,

And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it.

Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes, and all things are vanity.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ECCLESIASTES 3:1-11)

(Week 25 of the year: Friday)

THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERY OCCUPATION UNDER HEAVEN.

All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build.

A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away.

A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

A time to love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace.

What hath man more of his labour?

I have seen the trouble, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

He hath made all things good in their time, and hath delivered the world to their consideration, so that man cannot find out the work which God hath made from the beginning to the end.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
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PRAYER TO ST FIDELIS

ST FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN, PRIEST AND MARTYR; MEMORIAL: APRIL 24

St Fidelis was born at Sigmaringen in Germany in 1578. He was a lawyer, and then entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin at Freiburg in Breisgau. He lived a life of prayer and penance, and gained a great reputation as a preacher. He was sent by the newly-formed Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith to preach the Protestants in Switzerland, where he was put to death by a group of fanatics in 1622.

PRAYER:

Father,
you filled Saint Fidelis with the fire of your love
and gave him the privilege of dying
that the faith might live.
Let his prayers keep us firmly grounded in your love,
and help us to come to know the power of Christ’s resurrection.
Through Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

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PRAYER: I AM A LINK IN A CHAIN… I HAVE MY MISSION

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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