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YOU HAVE HERE NO LASTING HOME

YOU HAVE HERE NO LASTING HOME

YOU ARE A STRANGER AND A PILGRIM WHEREVER YOU MAY BE

You have here no lasting home. You are a stranger and a pilgrim wherever you may be, and you shall have no rest until you are wholly united with Christ.

Why do you look about here when this is not the place of your repose? Dwell rather upon heaven and give but a passing glance to all earthly things. They all pass away, and you together with them. Take care, then, that you do not cling to them lest you be entrapped and perish. Fix your mind on the Most High, and pray unceasingly to Christ.

GIVE BUT A PASSING GLANCE TO EARTHLY THINGS

If you do not know how to meditate on heavenly things, direct your thoughts to Christ’s passion and willingly behold His sacred wounds. If you turn devoutly to the wounds and precious stigmata of Christ, you will find great comfort in suffering, you will mind but little the scorn of men, and you will easily bear their slanderous talk.

CHRIST WAS LEFT BY FRIENDS, HE HAD ENEMIES AND DEFAMERS 

When Christ was in the world, He was despised by men; in the hour of need He was forsaken by acquaintances and left by friends in the depths of scorn. He was willing to suffer and to be despised; do you dare to complain of anything? He had enemies and defamers; do you want everyone to be your friend, your benefactor? How can your patience be rewarded if no adversity test it? How can you be a friend of Christ if you are not willing to suffer any hardship? Suffer with Christ and for Christ if you wish to reign with Him.

SPIRITUAL PEACE

Had you but once entered into perfect communion with Jesus or tasted a little of His ardent love, you would care nothing at all for your own comfort or discomfort but would rejoice in the reproach you suffer; for love of Him makes a man despise himself.

A man who is a lover of Jesus and of truth, a truly interior man who is free from uncontrolled affections, can turn to God at will and rise above himself to enjoy spiritual peace.

– From: Thomas a Kempis; The Imitation of Christ (15th century)

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 18:1-8)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 18:1-8)
GOD WILL SEE JUSTICE DONE TO HIS CHOSEN WHO CRY TO HIM. 
 
 

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ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 30

Jerome was born in Strido in Dalmatia. As a youth, he was baptised at Rome and was educated in the liberal arts by Donatus and other very learned men. From a religious motive he travelled through all of Palestine. Then he retired into the vast desert of Syria. There he spent four years reading the divinely inspired books and meditating upon the blessedness of heavenly things.

HE MEDITATED UPON THE BLESSEDNESS OF HEAVENLY THINGS

After being ordained a priest by Paulinus, Bishop of Antioch, he returned to Palestine, to Bethlehem, to be close by the Crib of Christ the Lord. Here he drew up for himself a holy rule and overcame the snares of the devil by pious works and constant reading and writing. From all over the world he was called upon as an inspired authority to settle questions about the interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

AN EXPERT IN THE INTERPRETATION OF SACRED SCRIPTURE 

Pope Damasus and St Augustine consulted him often about very difficult passages of Scripture because of his singular knowledge and understanding not only of the Latin and Greek languages, but also of Hebrew and Chaldaic. He translated the Old Testament from the Hebrew. At the command of Pope Damasus, he made a faithful translation of the New Testament from the Greek and also wrote commentaries on many parts of Scripture. In his extremely old age, he passed [A. D. 420]. He was buried in Bethlehem, and was later transferred to Rome and entombed in the basilica of St Mary Major.

PRAYER:

O God, who graciously gave your Church blessed Jerome, your Confessor and peerless teacher, to explain the Holy Scriptures, grant, we beseech you, that, with the help of his merits and by your assistance, we may be able to put into practice what he has taught us by his life and works. Through our Lord.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold headings added]

 

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PSALM 53, DOUAY – RHEIMS BIBLE

PSALM 53, DOUAY – RHEIMS BIBLE

PSALM 53

Deus, in nomine tuo.

A prayer for help in distress.

1 Unto the end, in verses, understanding for David. 2 When the men of Ziph had come and said to Saul: Is not David hidden with us? (1 Kings [1 Samuel] 23.19.)

3 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me in thy strength.

O God, hear my prayer: Give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen up against me; and the mighty have sought after my soul: and they have not set God before their eyes.

For behold God is my helper: and the Lord is the protector of my soul.

Turn back the evils upon my enemies; and cut them off in thy truth.

I will freely sacrifice to thee, and will give praise, O God, to thy name: because it is good:

For thou hast delivered me out of all trouble: and my eye hath looked down upon my enemies.

 

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PSALM 36 – NOLI ÆMULARI

PSALM 36 – NOLI ÆMULARI

AN EXHORTATION TO DESPISE THIS WORLD; AND THE SHORT PROSPERITY OF THE WICKED; AND TO TRUST IN PROVIDENCE.

A psalm for David himself.

Be not Emulous of evildoers; nor envy then that work iniquity.

For they shall shortly whither away as grass, and as the green herbs shall quickly fall.

Trust in the Lord, and do good, and dwell in the land, and thou shalt be fed with its riches.

Delight in the Lord and he will give thee the request of thy heart.

Commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in him, and he will do it.

And he will bring forth thy justice as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Be subject to the Lord and pray to him.

Envy not the man who prospereth in his way; the man who doth unjust things.

Cease from anger, and leave rage; have no emulation to do evil.

For evildoers shall be cut off; but they that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the land.

For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: and thou shalt seek his place, and shalt find it.

But the meek shall inherit the land, and shall delight in abundant peace.

The sinner shall watch the just man: and shall gnash upon him with his teeth.

But the Lord shall laugh at him: for he foreseeth that his day shall come.

The wicked have drawn out the sword: they have bent their bow.

To cast down the poor and needy, to kill the upright of heart.

Let their sword enter into their own hearts, and let their bow be broken.

Better is a little to the just, than the great riches of the wicked.

For the arms of the wicked shall be broken in pieces; but the Lord strengtheneth he just.

The Lord knoweth the days of the undefiled; and their inheritance shall be for ever.

They shall not be confounded in the evil time; and in the days of famine they shall be filled: because the wicked shall perish.

And the enemies of the Lord, presently after they shall be honoured and exalted, shall come to nothing and vanish like smoke.

The sinner shall borrow, and not pay again; but the just sheweth mercy and shall give.

For such as bless him shall inherit the land: but such as curse him shall perish.

With the Lord shall the steps of a man be directed, and he shall like well his way.

When he shall fall he shall not be bruised, for the Lord putteth his hand under him.

I have been young, and now I am old; and I have not seen the just forsaken nor his seed seeking bread.

He sheweth mercy, and lendeth all the day long; and his seed shall be in blessing.

Decline from evil and do good, and dwell for ever and ever.

For the Lord loveth judgment, and will not forsake his saints: they shall be preserved for ever.

The unjust shall be punished, and the seed of the wicked shall perish.

But the just shall inherit the land, and shall dwell therein for evermore.

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment.

The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be supplanted.

The wicked watcheth the just man, and seeketh to put him to death.

But the Lord will not leave him in his hands; nor condemn him when he shall be judged.

Expect the Lord and keep his way: and he will exalt thee to inherit the land: when the sinners shall perish thou shalt see.

I have seen the wicked highly exalted, and lifted up like the cedars of Libanus.

And I passed by, and lo, he was not: and I sought him and his place was not found.

Keep innocence, and behold justice: for there are remnants for the peacable man.

But the unjust shall be destroyed together: the remnants of the wicked shall perish.

But the salvation of the just is from the Lord, and he is their protector in the time of trouble.

And the Lord will help them and deliver them: and he will rescue them from the wicked, and save them, because they have hoped in him.

 
 

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PSALM 1 – BEATUS VIR

The happiness of the just and the evil state of the wicked.

Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the chair of pestilence:

But his will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree which is planted near the running waters, which shall bring forth its fruit, in due season.

And his leaf shall not fall off: and all whatsoever he shall do shall prosper.

Not so the wicked, not so: but like the dust, which the wind driveth from the face of the earth.

Therefore the wicked shall not rise again in judgment: nor sinners in the council of the just.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the just: and the way of the wicked shall perish.

 

 
 

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LONG DISTANCE MIRACLE – ‘YOU MAY GO, YOUR SON WILL LIVE’ (Jn 4:50)

• “We go to the scriptures for life, wisdom and truth.

• Gospel Reading: John 4:43-54

• ‘You may go, your son will live’ (John 4:50)

• Jesus’ healing of the official’s son was a ‘long distance miracle.’ The sick boy was healed simply by Jesus’ word, ‘You may go, your son will live’ (John 4:50). How does Jesus speak his word to us today? In the Scriptures we encounter directly the word and the promises of Christ, and it is in the Scriptures that we find life. The Holy Spirit is the One who teaches us to go to the Scriptures for this life, grace and power. The Spirit is also the One who changes the way we approach the Scriptures. St Clement of Alexandria said: ‘The Word of God as the Word made flesh and in the word of the Scriptures is the face, the countenance, the representation of God, in whom he is brought to life and made known.’

• Lord Jesus, your word is living and active, sharper than any double-edge sword, it speaks to my heart and has the power to change the way I think and act. May your word burn in my heart.

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

• Today my prayer is for… ”
– This short 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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