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GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

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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PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL

PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL

PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL 

Glorious Archangel, St Raphael, great Prince of the Heavenly Court, illustrious by the gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities, and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favour is for my greater good. I ask especially for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost.

(Please click here for the instructions for a novena to SS Gabriel and Raphael) 

 

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“GO FROM PLEASURE TO PLEASURE – YOU SHALL NOT FIND HAPPINESS”

THE WHOLE EARTH CAN NO MORE SATISFY AN IMMORTAL SOUL THAN A PINCH OF FLOUR CAN ALLAY THE HUNGER OF A STARVING MAN.

“Worldly people say that it is too difficult to save our souls. Nevertheless, nothing is easier: Observe the commandments of God and of the Church, and avoid the seven deadly sins; or, if you will ‘avoid evil and do good’ – that is all.

Good Christians, who endeavour to save their souls are always contented and happy. They taste in advance the joy of heaven, and they will be happy for all eternity. On the other hand, unfaithful Christians, who are damning themselves are always complaining; they murmur and are sad, and thus will they be for all eternity.

A good Christian, covetous of heaven attaches little importance to the treasures of earth. He thinks only of adorning his soul, of amassing riches, which will truly satisfy him, and which will endure for ever. Look at the kings, the emperors, the great ones of the earth. They are very rich, but are they happy? If they love God, yes; but otherwise, no, they are not happy. In my opinion, no one is so much to be pitied as the rich, if they do not love God.

Go from continent to continent, from kingdom to kingdom, from riches to riches, from pleasure to pleasure – you shall not find happiness. The whole earth can no more satisfy an immortal soul than a pinch of flour can allay the hunger of a starving man.”
– Blessed Cure d’Ars

 
 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ACTS 18:1-8)

PAUL LODGED WITH THEM AND WORKED, AND HE USED TO HOLD DEBATES IN THE SYNAGOGUES.

Paul left Athens and went to Corinth, where he met a Jew called Aquilla whose family came from Pontus. He and his wife Priscilla had recently left Italy because an edict of Claudius had expelled all the Jews from Rome. Paul went to visit them, and when he found they were tentmakers, of the same trade as himself, he lodged with them, and they worked together. Every sabbath he used to hold debates in the synagogues, trying to convert Jews as well as Greeks.

After Silas and Timothy had arrived from Macedonia, Paul devoted all his time to preaching, declaring to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. When they turned against him and started to insult him, he took his cloak and shook it out in front of them, saying, “Your blood be on your own heads; from now on I can go to the pagans with a clear conscience.” Then he left the synagogue and moved to the house next door that belonged to a worshipper of God called Justus. Crispus, president of the synagogue, and his whole household, all became believers in the Lord. A great many Corinthians who had heard him became believers and were baptised.

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

 

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IRISH MONKS TRAVELLING IN IMITATION OF THE SELF-EMPTYING OF CHRIST

“PERIGRINI: PILGRIM EXILE” – ST COLUMBAN DREAMED ‘TO BE A PILGRIM’

“Leaving home and undertaking a journey at the behest of God has deep roots in the Bible. God called Abraham to ‘leave your country and your father’s house and go to the land that I will show you… and I will make you a great nation and I will bless you’ (Gen 12:1-2).

The notion of peregrinatio (pilgrim or wanderer) in Ireland goes right back to St Patrick himself. Fr Aidan Larkin, in his book ‘Columban, Pilgrim for Christ’, writes: ‘By returning freely to Ireland, Patrick undertook peregrinatio perennis, exile in perpetuity. He intended to stay in Ireland and die there… in his (Patrick’s letter to Coroticus, ‘I have not laboured for nor has my exile (peregrinatio) been to no purpose.’ For Patrick and those who came after him, exile forever from one’s country is considered to be ‘white martyrdom’. At the time it was a major decision to take because technically peregrinus had no rights. In fact, he could be killed with impunity.

LONGING FOR EXILE

As we have seen, the idea of peregrinatio is rooted in the scriptures, but Larkin claims that ‘for these Irishmen (Colmcille, Columban, etc.) it derived much power from being a form of ascetical renunciation of particular social and political structures of Irish society, in which the position and legal protection of the individual were closely linked to the family group and the local community.’ In this way the monk imitated the self-emptying of Christ which St Paul writes about in Philippians 2:6-11.

Columban’s biographer, Jonas of Susa, tells us that a holy woman who originally encouraged to leave his home expressed her own regret that she did not opt for portior peregrinatio (a more intense exile).

Presumably this advice remained with Columban as he lived his adult life at Comgall’s monastery in Bangor. Jonas tells us that after many years in Bangor, Columban ‘began to long for exile.’ Jonas points out that, at first, comgall refused permission, presumably because of the important roles Columban fulfilled in Bangor. Then, in either 590 or 591, Comgall relented and gave Columban permission to leave.

“IT WAS MY WISH TO VISIT THE PAGAN PEOPLE…”

TM Charles-Edwards, the Oxford historian of early Christian Ireland, claims that Columban is ‘the greatest of the perigrini who left Ireland for continental Europe.’

Peregrinatio for Irish monks was not a choice for solitude. Colmcille and later Columban brought a community with them. In Columban’s case the group was composed of 12 monks with Columban as the abbot – patterned on Jesus and the apostles. Furthermore, in Letter IV which Columban wrote from Nantes to the monks of Luxeuil before he thought he would be deported back to Ireland, we learn that there is an added, missionary dimension to Columban’s peregrinatio: ‘It was my wish to visit the pagan people and to have the Gospel preached to them by us.’ Larkin argues persuasively that peregrinatio is intertwined with mission or preaching the Good News of the Gospel.

VERY SUCCESSFUL

Dr Marie Therese Flanagan of Queen’s University, Belfast, points out how successful Columban and his companions were. When Columban arrived in Gaul in 590 AD the rural areas had only absorbed Christianity superficially. She claims that the situation changed dramatically with the arrival of the ‘holy men from Ireland,’ endowed with spiritual gifts, willing to travel, to run risks and prepared to face up to the paganism of the country people in their own rural dwelling places. They succeeded in creating the conditions for conversions through a conscious choice of the Christian way of life. The arrival of the Irish peregrini initiated a movement of spiritual renewal in Gaul which also showed itself in a wave of new monastic foundations not directly subject to the bishops, as in Ireland.

Around 600 AD, Dr Flanagan asserts, there were around 200 monasteries in Gaul, but with the Irish influence, in the course of the seventh century, around 320 more were added, the majority of them in northern Gaul, an area which Pierre Riche has defined as a ‘barbarous zone.’ Larkin thinks the figure is high, but agrees that the impact of Columban and his monks was remarkable.”
– This article by Fr Sean McDonagh was published in The Catholic Universe newspaper on Sunday 31st March, 2013.

 

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ENTRUST YOUR PAINS AND ILLNESS TO ST RAPHAEL! – “MEDICINE OF GOD”

The book of Tobias suggests that it is God’s Will to cure the maladies of mankind through the Angel whom He wished to call RAPHAEL. St John’s Gospel referring to the pool of Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, tells where the multitude of infirm and sick lay waiting for the moving of the water. “An Angel of the Lord would come down at certain times in the pool and the water was moved. The first to go down into the water after it was moved, was cured of whatever infirmity he had.”

The hymns in the Office of St Raphael recall the healing power of this Archangel and his victory over the demon. We ask him for health of body and soul. We are sick not only when we suffer from physical disease, but also when we suffer from pride, sensuality, spiritual discouragement, indifference to grace and lack of charity, courage and fervour in prayer.
Raphael never considers our cure complete until he has brought us the peace of God which surpasses understanding. If to that end a miracle is required, we may depend upon him to obtain it! ENTRUST YOUR PAINS AND ILLNESSES TO RAPHAEL! He will teach you why you suffer and knowing this will make your pain much more bearable. He leads us to the joy, light and strength of God. Never can you guess when Raphael will work. It is best to leave the manner of action to his wisdom.

A brother helped by a brother is a strong city. Raphael proves himself to be truly a brother to us, at times by his inspiration, at other times by direct intervention but, at all times, you will find him a tower of strength and a kindly light, especially in illness. The important task of bearing your cross will not quite be so difficult if you WALK WITH RAPHAEL!

St Raphael is the special patron of Youth. The Angel took the young Tobias under his special care and protected him from the many dangers that beset his journey in a strange country. He will help our youth in their struggles against the three greatest enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. The decision of supreme importance in the life of a young man or woman is the choice of a lifetime helpmate. The consequences of this serious choice penetrate into the whole of their earthly life, even into Eternity.

Through Raphael, the young Tobias was led to his future bride, a young lady of rare beauty and high moral qualities. Just as he unites, so he separates individuals when it is a matter of wisdom and when their union would result in harm to their souls. Raphael will manage your affairs magnificently if only you will trust and obey him as Tobias did on his journey. Bring to him your difficulties, seek his help in earnest prayer and trust his guidance during the dangerous time of courtship to a happy marriage. St Raphael is the Angel of travel and the Angel of the Last Anointing. He will be with you to assist your soul as it makes its final journey from time to eternity.

“May Archangel Raphael, physician in care of our health, come down from Heaven and cure all those who are sick and help them to solve the difficult problems of life! Be with us, O Archangel, called the MEDICINE OF GOD; drive away diseases from our body and bring good health to our minds!”
– from “Dedicated Decades”, Winter 2012 issue. For subscriptions, please visit http://www.philomena.org (external link)

 

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PRAYER TO ST VINCENT FERRER

ST VINCENT FERRER, PRIEST

St Vincent was born at Valencia in Spain in 1350. He joined the Dominican Order at the age of seventeen, and taught and preached until he was forty. The he began to travel extensively, particularly in France, preaching and exhorting people to the faith.

PRAYER:

Father,
you called Saint Vincent Ferrer
to preach the gospel of the last judgement.
Through his prayers may we come with joy
to meet your Son in the kingdom of heaven,
where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

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