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PRAYER TO OBTAIN THE GRACE OF LABOURING HOLILY

PRAYER TO OBTAIN THE GRACE OF LABOURING HOLILY

O blessed St Joseph, whose life was passed in toil and prayer, obtain for me the grace, I beseech thee, to sanctify my work by purity of intention, by remembrance of God’s presence and by frequent prayer.

Teach me to be contented with my lot, and if temptation comes to me to envy those who are above me or richer than myself, obtain for me the grace to despise it, and, only remembering thy life of humble toil, to desire only to imitate thee in the company of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (PROVERBS 30:5-9)

(Week 25 of the year: Wednesday)

GIVE ME NEITHER POVERTY NOR RICHES, GRANT ME ONLY MY SHARE OF BREAD TO EAT.

Every word of God is fire tried: he is a buckler to them that hope in him.

Add not any thing to his words, lest thou be reproved, and found a liar:

Two things I have asked of thee, deny them not to me before I die.

Remove far from me vanity, and lying words. Give me neither beggary, nor riches: give me only the necessities of life:

Lest perhaps being filled, I should be tempted to deny, and say: Who is the Lord? or being compelled by poverty, I should steal, and forswear the name of my God.

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

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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ONLY GOD – AND NOTHING LESS (POEM)

WITH A DIVINE INTENTION

For all the beauty life has got
I’ll never throw myself away
Save for one thing I know not what
Which lucky chance may bring my way.

The savour of all finite joy
In the long run amounts to this –
To tire the appetite of bliss
And the fine palate to destroy.
So for life’s sweetness, all the lot,
I’ll never throw myself away
But for a thing, I know not what,
Which lucky chance may bring my way.

The generous heart upon its quest
Will never falter, nor go slow,
But pushes on, and scorns to rest,
Wherever it’s most hard to go.
It runs ahead and wearies not
But upwards hurls its fierce advance
For it enjoys I know not what
That is achieved by lucky chance.

He that is growing to full growth
In the desire of God profound,
Will find his tastes so changed around
That of mere pleasures he is loth,
Like one who, with the fever hot,
At food will only look askance
But craves for that, he knows not what,
Which may be brought by lucky chance.

Do not amaze yourself at this
That pleasure is of earthly things
That cause from which most evil springs
And most the enemy of bliss.
And so all creatures earth-begot
Begin from it to turn their glance
And seek a thing, I know not what,
Which may be won by lucky chance.

For once the will has felt the hand
Of the Divine upon it set,
It never ceases to demand,
Divinity must pay the debt.
But since its loveliness to scan
Only true faith may steal a glance,
It finds it out as best it can
By risking on a lucky chance.

With love of One so high elated,
Tell me, if you would find great harm
If the servants He created
Did not rival Him in charm?
Alone, without face, form, or features,
Foothold, or prop, you would advance
To love that thing, beyond all creatures,
Which may be won by happy chance.

Think not that the interior sprite
Which is of vastly greater worth,
Can find among the joys of earth
Much for amusement or delight.
This world no beauty can advance
Which is, or ever was begot,
To vie with that, I know not what,
Which may be won by lucky chance.

The man who strains for wealth and rank
Employs more care, and wastes more health
For riches that elude his stealth
Than those he’s hoarded in the bank;
But I my fortune to advance
The lowlier stoop my lowly lot
Over some thing, I know not what,
Which may be found by lucky chance.

For that which by the sense down here
Is comprehended as our good,
And all that can be understood
Although it soars sublime and sheer;
For all that beauty can enhance –
I’ll never lose my happy lot:
Only for that, I know not what,
Which can be won by lucky chance.
– St John of the Cross
tr. Roy Campbell

 

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WHAT DID DAVID LACK AFTER HIS SIN? HE STILL HAD HIS MAGNIFICENT PALACES AND HUNDRED OTHER AMUSEMENTS…

THE ONE THING NECESSARY

“The one thing necessary! ‘In such sort,’ says Saint Augustine, ‘that with God we have everything, and without Him we have nothing.’

Of what use to a rich man are his gold and his fortune, if God fails him? What does it avail the monarch to wear the mantle of royalty, if he is stripped of the grace of God? Of what service to the scholar is his brilliant knowledge, if he does not know how to love God? Of what profit is it to the general to have a whole army under his command, if he himself groans under the yoke of Satan?

What did David lack after his sin? He had still his splendid gardens and magnificent palaces, the pleasures of the chase and hundred other amusements. Nevertheless, amid all these enjoyments, he found neither peace nor contentment, and his tears fell night and day. Ah! he heard a voice whispering to him: ‘Where is your God?’ And the voice added: ‘Return to your God. He alone can satisfy you.'”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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3rd MARCH, GOSPEL READING (MARK 10:17-27)

SELL EVERYTHING YOU OWN AND FOLLOW ME.

Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, “Good master what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” And he said to him, “Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days.”

Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, “There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” But his face fell at these words and he went away, for he was a man of great wealth.

Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, “My children,” he said to them “how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They were more astonished than ever. “In that case” they said to one another “who can be saved?” Jesus gazed at them. “For men” he said “it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.”

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

 

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“DESPISE THE MAXIMS OF THE WORLD, THEY ARE ALL FALSE, HOLLOW AND CONTRARY TO DIVINE LAW”

PRAYER: “O Jesus, I do not deserve to live, unless I serve You with all my life.”

PERFECT UNITY WITH JESUS.

THE WORLD IS DEAD TO ME AND I AM DEAD TO THE WORLD.

Do you want perfect unity with Jesus? Then you must renounce the world. Reading the Gospels, it is clear that He launched many an attack on the world through His words and actions. He condemned it, and even excluded it from His divine prayers.

Worldliness then must be seen as the great enemy that you, O Christian, must wholly hate, seeing that it was so hated by our Lord Jesus, Eternal Truth and Infinite Wisdom. Despise the goods of the world, they contain nothing but seductions and the poison of death. Despise the maxims of the world, they are all false, hollow and contrary to divine law. Think nothing of the hatred of the world, if Jesus Christ was treated as a madman, it is no surprise that His followers are likewise treated.

The world is mired in malice, friendship with it means enmity with God, and if you follow the world, you too will become worldly with the worldly, corrupt with the corrupt and damned with the damned. Therefore despise it all, so as to be able to say with St Paul, the world is dead to me and I am dead to the world.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 

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27th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (JAMES 5:1-6)

THE CRIES OF THE REAPERS YOU CHEATED HAVE REACHED THE EARS OF THE LORD.

The answer for the rich: start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body.

It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers moved your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.

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

 
 

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