Posted in ADVENT

Monday of the First Week of Advent 2016

“Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Daily Meditation:
That He may instruct us in His ways.
Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

We want to begin this journey by rallying ourselves
to turn to the Lord with great hope.
In the midst of many discouraging challenges in our lives
and the violence in the world around us,
we desire to spend this day in anticipation of the graces
our God desires to give us.

They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again. Isaiah 2

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you; but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Closing Prayer:
Loving God,
I sense that all is Your creation
and everything and all of us,
are being drawn back toward Your loving heart.

Help me to be a person of peace,
to speak about Your peace in an uneasy world
and to live it among the people
You have put into my life every day.

Light in me a desire to prepare for Your coming
to stand in the darkness, waiting, eager and filled with joy.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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Posted in MORNING Prayers

Thought for the Day – 28 November

Devotion to Mary is at the very heart of Catholicism and from time to time we are reminded by Our Lady, that this love is not unfounded.  This devotion is as ancient as the Church itself and is one of the qualities that marks a Catholic.  The beauty which emanates from devotion to Mary, is how she constantly leads us to her Son.  We will find on examination of the great Saints who loved her so deeply that they also loved Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, first and foremost – Mary takes second place once she has led us to Him.

Today’s Saint, St Catherine Labouré, said the following:

“Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord and I say to Him, ‘Lord, here I am. Tell me what You would have me do.’ If He gives me some task, I am content and I thank Him. If He gives me nothing, I still thank Him since I do not deserve to receive anything more than that. And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell Him about my pains and my joys and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach Him plainly and simply.”
– St. Catherine Laboure (1806 – 1876)

St Catherine Pray for us!

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Posted in MORNING Prayers

One Minute Reflection – 28 November

Those who love me, I also love and those who seek me find me……….Prv 8:17

REFLECTION – Blessed are those who abandon themselves into Our Lady’s hands.Their names are written in the Book of Life…………….St Bonaventure

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, make me a devoted client of Your Beloved Mary, the Mother of our Lord the Christ. Let me entrust myself always into her hands so that she may protect me as she took care of Your Son. Let me place complete trust in her, as St Catherine did, knowing that she will lead me to You. St Catherine Labouré Pray for us! Amen

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Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 28 November – St Catherine Labouré

St Catherine Labouré DC (1806-1876) Sister of Charity, Mystric and Visionary – Patron of the Miraculous Medal, infirm people, the elderly

St. Catherine Labouré (born Zoe ) was the ninth of eleven children. On October 9, 1815 Catherine was nine years old when her mother died. After this, she and her younger sister were raised by their aunt. It is said that after her mother’s funeral, Catherine picked up a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and kissed it; saying “Now you will be my mother.”

She was a simple, uneducated young woman. In 1830, having cared for her father’s household for a decade, she joined the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at Châtillon-sur-Seine, France. On July 31, late at night a shining child awakened her and escorted her to the chapel.

There Mary spoke with her for two hours, telling her she would have a difficult task to perform and predict future events. On November 27, Mary appeared to give Catherine her mission. She saw Mary standing on a globe, with rays of light flooding from her hands. Later Catherine gave this account of the vision:

While I contemplated her, the Blessed Virgin lowered her eyes and looked upon me. Then I heard a voice saying to me: “The ball that you see represents the entire world . . . and each person in particular. These rays symbolize the graces that I shed on those who ask for them.” With this I understood how agreeable to the Blessed Virgin are the prayers addressed to her. I discovered how generous she is toward those who invoke her, what precious graces she would give those who would ask them of her and with what joy she would grant them.

At this moment I scarcely knew where I was. All I can say is that I was immersed in supreme delight, when a panel of oval shape formed around the Blessed Virgin. On it traced these words: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!” Then a voice said to me: “Have a medal struck on this model. All those who wear it will receive great graces. It should be worn around the neck. Great graces will be the portion of those who wear it with confidence.” All at once the picture appeared to turn and I saw the reverse of the medal. Solicitous about what should be inscribed on the reverse, one day I seemed to hear a voice saying: “The M and the two hearts are enough.”
Catherine spoke about the apparitions only to Father M. Aladel, her confessor, who determined that they were genuine. With the permission of the archbishop of Paris, Aladel had 1500 medals struck in 1832. The conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne, an Alsatian Jew who had reluctantly worn the medal and then had the same vision as Catherine, enormously increased its popularity.

Catherine herself maintained her anonymity. She even refused to appear at the archbishop’s investigation in 1836 that declared the visions authentic. She lived quietly for the rest of her life at a convent in Enghien-Neuilly, answering the door, raising poultry, and tending the sick. But when Catherine died in 1876, an outburst of popular veneration exploded at her funeral. And the healing of a 12-year-old girl, crippled from birth, at her grave helped spread her fame widely. Catherine Labouré has become one of the most esteemed of all the saints and the Miraculous Medal is almost a Catholic Staple, loved, worn and revered by millions and the cause of miracles in everyday life.

St Catherine’s Body is incorrupt.

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