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31st JULY, GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 13:44-46)

HE SELLS EVERYTHING HE OWNS AND BUYS THE FIELD.

Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.”

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

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ST MATILDA – A LIFE OF HOLINESS AND PERFECTION

A young princess began to ask herself some important questions, saying:
I am beautiful – but so what? I am noble – but so what? I am very rich, I have gold, silver, jewels, palaces, villas and gardens – but so what? I have valets and servants who wait on me, I am courted by many and receive honour and homage – but so what?

All this will end in a moment with death.

She prostrated herself before a crucifix and Jesus spoke lovingly to her heart and she knew the vanity of all these things and became a Benedictine nun, beginning a life of holiness and perfection. She was most faithful to the Heart of Jesus and received graces and blessings. Once, Jesus appeared to her saying, “I give you my Heart as your refuge, your mirror, your centre, your treasure and your everything.” Another time, while in ecstasy, she saw the young Jesus holding His Heart in His hand shining brighter than the sun, that shot rays in every direction, and the loving Saviour showed her all the graces given to men, according to their capacity and desire, came from His Heart. And speaking of herself before she died, she said, “If I wanted to write down all the graces the Heart of my Jesus has given me, I would have to write a book larger than the breviary.” She is the dear St Matilda.

Homage: In union with the Heart of Jesus and to build your love for this adorable Heart, recite the ‘Our Father’, devoutly and take time to think about the word you are saying.
– Mons. N. Tafuri

 

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PRAYER FOR DETACHMENT FROM EARTHLY GOODS

O Jesus, Who didst choose a life of poverty and obscurity, grant me the grace to keep my heart detached from the transitory things of this world. Be thou henceforth my only treasure, for thou art infinitely more precious than all other possessions.

My heart is too solicitous for the vain and fleeting things of earth. Make me always mindful of thy warning words: “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?” Grant me the grace to keep thy holy example always before my eyes, that I may despise the nothingness of this world and make thee the object of all my desires and affections. Amen.

 
 

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