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WHEN SHE WAS COME INTO YORK, SHE WENT TO AN ANCHORESS…

WHEN SHE WAS COME INTO YORK, SHE WENT TO AN ANCHORESS…

“When she was come into York, she went to an anchoress who had loved her well ere she went to Jerusalem, to have knowledge of her ghostly increase, also desiring, for more ghostly communication, to eat with the anchoress that day nothing else but bread and water, for it was on Our Lady’s Eve.

And the anchoress would not receive her, because she had heard so much evil told of her, so she went forth to other strange folk, and they made her right good cheer for Our Lord’s love.

On a day, as she sat in a church in York, Our Lord Jesus Christ said to her soul: “Daughter, there is much tribulation thee-ward.” She was somewhat gloomy and abashed there-of, and therefore she, sitting still, answered not. Then said Our Blessed Lord again: “What! Daughter, art thou evil paid to suffer more tribulation for My love? If thou wilt suffer no more, I shall take it away from thee.” Then she answered: “Nay, Good Lord, let me be at thy will, and make me mighty and strong to suffer all that ever thou wilt that I suffer, and grant me meekness and patience there-with.”

So, from that time forward, as she knew that it was Our Lord’s will that she should suffer more tribulation, she received it goodly when Our Lord would send it, and thanked Him highly There-of, being right glad and merry the day that she suffered any discomfort. And in process of time, that day on which she suffered no tribulation, she was not merry nor glad as the day on which she suffered tribulation.

Afterwards, as she was in the Minster of York aforesaid, a clerk came to her, saying: “Damsel, how long will ye abide here?” – “Sir, I propose to abide these fourteen days.” And so she did.

In that time many good men and women prayed her to meat, and made her right good cheer, and were right glad to hear her dalliance, having great marvel of her speech, for it was fruitful.

Also she had many enemies who slandered her, scorned her, and despised her, of whom one man came to her while she was in the said Minster, and taking her by the collar of her gown, said to her: “Thou wolf! What is this cloth that thou hast on?” She stood still and would not answer in her own cause. Children of the monastery going beside, said to the man: “Sir, it is wool.” The man was annoyed because she would not answer, and began to swear many great oaths.

Then she began to speak for God’s cause; she was not afraid. She said: “Sir, ye should keep the commandments of God and not swear as negligently as ye do.” The man asked her who kept the commandments. She said: “Sir, they that keep them.” Then said he: “Keepest thou them?” She answered: “Sir, it is my will to keep them, for I am bound there-to, and so are ye, and every man that will be saved at the last.” When he had long jangled with her, he went away privily ere she was aware, so that she knew not where he went.”

– The Book of Margery Kempe (modernised text 1936)

 

 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: INITIATION INTO SPIRITUAL LIFE COURSE, SOHO, LONDON

“The ‘School of Mary’ in the UK presents:

The First Level Course

INITIATION INTO SPIRITUAL LIFE

London

March – May 2014
Lent and Easter Course

• DATE : The first lecture is on 15th March 2014

• TIME : 10am to 4.30pm

• VENUE: St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Soho
21 a Soho Square,
London
W1D 4NR
Road: Soho Square
Tube: Tottenham Court Road Underground Station

Description: The 7 days (7x6h = 42 hours) of lectures for the ‘Initiation into Spiritual life’ are the ‘First Level’ course of a 3 level education system. Note: A person who follows the First Level is not obliged to continue. The Course is one unit in itself and it does not require previous training.

The Course allows for a deeper immersion into Spiritual Life in THE GRACE OF LENT AND EASTER. It seeks to transmit important and essential teachings that form the necessary basis for spiritual life. The Course will allow participants to understand what spiritual life is and also how to effectively put what they learned into practice. It mainly explains two kinds of prayer techniques that form the two tables of the Mass:

1 – LECTIO DIVINA: How to listen to Jesus through the Holy Scriptures, and how to put His word into practice daily.

2 – PRAYER OF THE HEART: How to pray and connect with Jesus with our heart (how to immerse ourselves in Him in order to be nourished by Him).

The Course offers the minimum of spiritual knowledge and culture necessary for adult Christians to live their lives in fullness. The teaching is very practical, and clear!

A CLIMATE OF PRAYER: Silence and recollection are an absolute must for those who attend in order for the topics to be better understood. Questions are allowed, but many answers will be given during the Course.

The PATRONESS of the Course is OUR LADY, the mother of Jesus. Her presence is essential. An Icon of her, lit by a Candle, will be present.

A CERTIFICATE will be delivered confirming participation in this Course with the condition that you attend the whole Course.

TAKING NOTES: Please bring your Bible and a notebook. An audio recording of the Course will be available at the end of the Course. No recording is allowed.

The Course will take place from 1000 hrs to 1630 hrs on: 15th March, 22nd March, 29th March, 26th April, 10th May, 17th May & 31st May.

SYLLABUS:

I – Introduction and description of Spiritual life, its goal and its stages. Our Lady and her place in our Spiritual life.

II – The Roots of our Prayer.
Lectio Divina I: how to listen to God each day through the daily readings of the Bible.

III – Lectio Divina II: Continuation + Practice
Reading the Bible ‘in the Spirit’.

IV – General Laws of Spiritual life I: The Theological Acts: Faith Hope Love. Ups and downs. Temptation. Working with the Grace of God.

V – General Laws of Spiritual life II:
Christ in Spiritual Life. The Holy Spirit in Spiritual Life.

VI – The Prayer of the Heart I: History + ‘The Summary’ + The recollection movement.

VII – The Prayer of the Heart II: The action of God. General advices + Conclusion.

• This Course has received the approval and blessing of H.E. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark.

• INFO: http://www.amorvincit.com (external link)

• To register: http://graduationregistration.com/events/TSLC/The_Spiritual_Life_Course (external link)”

 

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BETWEEN 17 AND 32? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A GAP YEAR ON MISSION?

GAP YEAR ON MISSION

If you are a young person between the ages of 17-32 who has the heart to serve the poor, if you wish to discern your vocation and deepen your spiritual life during your gap year, we invite you to join in our mission. Our Charism can be summarised as “Giving to the poor the riches of the Church”. The pillars of our charism are the Eucharistic life, total fidelity to the Magisterium of the Pore and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We want to serve the poor according to the spirituality of the Servant of Yahweh, achieved through meditation on our spiritual rule, The Imitation of Christ.

For a registration form or more information, please contact:
Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World
P.O. Box 1112, St Albans AL1 9TE, email: msptw.uk@gmail.com
Please note that the place will only be confirmed upon receipt of registration form.

 

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“GOD IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO HEAR AND ANSWER THE PRAYERS OF THOSE WHO HAVE MADE THEMSELVES STRANGERS TO HIM”

“MOST PEOPLE LOOK UPON PRAYER IN THE SAME WAY THAT AN AVIATOR WOULD LOOK UPON A PARACHUTE… HE KNOWS THAT IT IS THERE… SHOULD AN EMERGENCY ARISE, HE WILL USE IT.”

Most of the time we tend to neglect prayer because we are just too preoccupied with other things. We claim to be too busy to make time for prayer. We find ourselves caught up in the cares of the world, wrapped up in the hectic pace of our daily lives and we fail to make the time or take the effort needed to pray the way we know we should. We can find a million excuses not to pray. Saint Augustine said, God is more willing to give the graces that we need, than we are to ask for them. Let us try to think of our relationship with God from His perspective.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen said that most people look upon prayer in the same way that an aviator would look upon a Parachute, he always keeps one with him close by; he knows that it is there, he hopes he will never have to use it, but should an emergency arise, he will use it. All too often that is the way people look upon prayer. Many people will only turn to God when they want something for themselves or when some crisis comes up in their lives. Once they get what they want or the crisis passes, they stop praying altogether.

“UNTIL NEXT TIME!”

God won’t hear from them until next time! Sadly, there are many who never bother with God, never bother to pray and never darken a church door until some crisis comes upon them. When suffering comes into their lives, all of a sudden they are down on their knees crying out, “O, help me Lord!” Then, they demand God to make miracles and to answer their prayer exactly as they have made it. God is under no obligation to hear and answer the prayers of those who have made themselves strangers to Him and strangers to prayer. If we pray only in this manner, we will never grow spiritually. If our prayers are selfish and we serve God only for what He might give us, we are not motivated by true love of God and neighbour.
– from “Dedicated Decades”, Spring 2012 issue. For subscription etc. please visit http://www.philomena.org (external link).

HELPFUL HINTS TO START BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AGAIN / OR FOR THE FIRST TIME

To get a more lively relationship with God, and a growing spiritual aspect of our lives, we could spend some time each day in spiritual reading (the Bible, especially the Gospels, lives and writings of saints and holy people etc.). It is important to make the time for it every day, even if we are “not in the mood”. Many find it helpful do get up a fraction earlier and do about 20 to 30 minutes reading and spiritual reflection first thing in the morning; others like to do this in the evening, turn off the TV, switch the phone off and unwind, spending their time with God before going to bed. You will find that your time with God becomes like an oasis of calm, and He’ll tell you what to do next. Here is a prayer to “start you off”, you could use this as part of your time with God, or simply begin with praying the “Our Father”.

Lord Jesus Christ,
today I once again entrust my life to You as my Redeemer.
From this day forward
I want to live my life for Your joy and honour
until the day that I return home, victorious in Your glory.
I believe that Your holy Blood has saved me from Satan’s power
and that the same Blood also freed me from the chains of the wicked.
I know that You are “yes” and “amen”,
that You have been victorious in me, and that my life reveals Your redemption and greatly glorifies You.
Amen.

 

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PRAYER TO CHRIST FOR NEWNESS OF LIFE

O Lord,
Your sorrowing Mother stood by Your Cross;
help us in our sorrows
to share Your sufferings.
Like a seed buried in the ground,
You have produced the harvest of eternal life for us;
make us always dead to sin and alive to God.

Shepherd of all,
in death You remained hidden from the world;
teach us to love our hidden spiritual life
with You and the Father.
In Your role as the new Adam,
You went down among the dead
to release all the just there since the beginning;
grant that all who are dead in sin
may hear Your voice and rise to new life.

Son of the living God,
You have allowed us through Baptism
to be buried with You;
grant that we may also rise with You in Baptism
and that we may walk in newness of life.
Amen.

 
 

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