Posted in MORNING Prayers

Our Morning Offering – 11 December

Our Morning Offering – 11 December

SUSCIPE PRAYER of Ven Catherine McAuley

My God, I am Yours for time and eternity.
Teach me to cast myself entirely
into the arms of Your loving Providence
with a lively, unlimited confidence
in Your compassionate, tender pity.
Grant, O most merciful Redeemer,
That whatever You ordain or permit
may be acceptable to me.
Take from my heart all painful anxiety;
let nothing sadden me but sin,
nothing delight me
but the hope of coming
to the possession of You
my God and my all,
in your everlasting kingdom.


Posted in MORNING Prayers

One Minute Reflection – 11 December

One Minute Reflection – 11 December

Blest are they who have not seen and yet have believed……….Jn 20:29

REFLECTION – “He who walking on the sea could calm the bitter waves, who gives life to the dying seeds of the earth; He who was able to loose the mortal chains of death and after three days’ darkness could bring again to the upper world the brother for sister Martha: He, I believe, will make Damasus rise again from the dust.”……………St Pope Damasus I

PRAYER – Jesus my Lord and my God, help me to believe in You with all my might.  And let me translate that belief into practice by obeying Your commands every day. St Pope Damasus Pray for us. Amen


Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 11 December

Saint of the Day – 11 December – St Pope Damasus I – c305-384) Priest and Pope

Pope St. Damasus I was elected as the 37th Pope in October 366. He was opposed by Ursicinus, antipope and was accussed of adultery but exonerated by Emperor Gratian himself. By a Roman synod of 44 bishops, the accusers were excommunicated. Damasus defended the Church against multiple schisms. In two Roman synods (368 and 369) he condemned the heresies of Apollinarianism and Macedonianism.

Damasus had an extraordinary devotion to Christian martyrs and went to great legnths to maintain and restore Roman catacombs. He had a great devotion to St. Laurence and to honour the saint, Damasus built a church in his own house, now the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Damaso. Pope St. Damasus I built many of the great churches in Rome. One of his most notable achievements was his commission to St. Jerome to revise the Latin translation of  Sacred Scripture on the basis of the original Greek and from this came the Latin Vulgate which became the official Bible of the Church.

Pope St. Damasus I died in 384 and was the last pope interred at the Cemetery of Callixtus. He is buried alongside his mother, Laurentia, and sister, Irene.

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Saints for 11 December

St Damasus I, Pope (Optional Memorial)
St Aithalas of Arbela
St Apseus of Arbela
Bl Arthur Bell
Barsabas of Persia
St Cian
St Daniel the Stylite
Bl David of Himmerod
Bl Dominic Yanez
St Eutychius the Martyr
St Fidweten
Bl Franco of Siena
Bl Hugolinus Magalotti
Bl Jean Laurens
Bl Kazimierz Tomasz Sykulski
María Maravillas de Jesús
Bl Martín Lumbreras Peralta
Bl Martino de Melgar
Bl Melchor Sánchez Pérez
Bl Pilar Villalonga Villalba
Bl Severin Ott
Martyrs of Saint Aux-Bois – (3 saints)
Martyrs of Rome – (3 saints)

Posted in ADVENT

The Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday or REJOICE Sunday – 11 December 2016

Gaudete Week – REJOICE Week
Our week begins with “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin. It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday. The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, “The Lord is near.” This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose coloured and the rose coloured vestments often used at the Eucharist.

The second part of Advent begins on December 17th each year – this year, in 2015, it is Thursday of the Third Week of Advent. For the last eight days before Christmas, the plan of the readings changes. The first readings are still from the prophesies, but now the gospels are from the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. We read the stories of faithful women and men who prepared the way for our salvation. We enter into the story of how Jesus’ life began. These stories are filled with hints of what his life will mean for us. Faith and generosity overcome impossibility. Poverty and persecution reveal glory.

Preparing our Hearts and asking for Grace

We prepare this week by feeling the joy. We move through this week feeling a part of the waiting world that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to believe the reign of God is close at hand. And so we consciously ask:

Prepare our hearts
and remove the sadness
that hinders us from feeling
the joy and hope
which His presence
will bestow.

Each morning this week, in that brief moment we are becoming accustomed to, we want to light a third inner candle. Three candles, going from expectation, to longing, to joy. They represent our inner preparation, or inner perspective. In this world of “conflict and division,” “greed and lust for power,” we begin each day this week with a sense of liberating joy. Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say,

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.”

Each day this week, we will continue to go through our everyday life, but we will experience the difference our faith can bring to it. We are confident that the grace we ask for will be given us. We will encounter sin – in our own hearts and in our experience of the sin of the world. We can pause in those moments, and feel the joy of the words,

“You are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people
from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

We may experience the Light shining into dark places of our lives and showing us patterns of sinfulness and inviting us to experience God’s mercy, help and reconciliation. Perhaps we wish to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week. We may want to make gestures of reconciliation with a loved one, relative, friend or associate. With more light and joy, it is easier to say, “I’m sorry; let’s begin again.”

Each night this week we want to pause in gratitude. Whatever the day has brought, no matter how busy it has been, we can stop, before we fall asleep, to give thanks for a little more light, a little more freedom to walk by that light, in joy.

Our celebration of the coming of our Saviour in history, is opening us up to experience his coming to us this year and preparing us to await his coming in Glory.

Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
We await your coming. Come, O Lord.


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Thought for the Day – 11 December

Thought for the Day – 11 December

To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate.

The history of the papacy and the Church is inextricably mixed with the personal biography of Damasus. In a troubled and pivotal period of Church history, he stands forth as a zealous defender of the faith who knew when to be progressive and when to entrench.

Damasus makes us aware of two qualities of good leadership: alertness to the promptings of the Spirit and service. His struggles are a reminder that Jesus never promised His Rock protection from hurricane winds nor His followers immunity from difficulties. His only guarantee is final victory.

St Damasus Pray for us!