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Happy 80th Birthday Pope Francis!- 17 December 2016

Happy 80th Birthday Pope Francis!- 17 December 2016

O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, look down, in Your mercy, upon Your servant, Pope Francis, whom You have appointed to preside over Your Church and grant, we beseech You, that today on his 80th Birthday, You will bless him and protect him.

May he, both by word and example, edify all those under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length unto life everlasting. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Congratulations Pope Francis!

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Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 17 December

One Minute Reflection – 17 December

A loyal friend is like a safe shelter; find one, and you have found a treasure…..Sir 6:14

REFLECTION – “A friend is more to be longed for than the light; I speak of a genuine one. And wonder not: for it were better for us that the sun should be extinguished, than that we should be deprived of friends; better to live in darkness, than to be without friends.”……………………… St John Chrysostom

PRAYER – God of all consolation, teach me to put all my trust in You. Let me then go out and share the joy of Your love with my neighbour and give You grateful thanks for those You have given me to love and accompany me on our journey to You. St Olympias you were a stalwart and loving friend to St John Chrysostum, Pray for us! Amen

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Saturday of the Third/Gaudete Week of Advent – 17 December 2016

Saturday of the Third/Gaudete Week of Advent – 17 December 2016

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

Daily Meditation:

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

We now begin the second part of Advent.
We follow the Gospel story, as it bring us to Christmas.
Today, we hear the story of God’s plan,
using a long line of less-than-perfect kings
and 5 very special women, to bring us to Jesus.

God saved us, by becoming one of us,
entering into our human and sometimes messy history.

Jesus will come to each of us this Advent
in and through our human journey.

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever. Ps. 72

Closing Prayer:
Oh, God of wisdom,
I want to praise You and give You my life.

Like a loving parent,
You bless me.
You have watched over me,
knowing my history
and the path that led me to You.

You promise peace in my life.
I ask that I be always aware
of the strength of Your great power.
May it never leave me.

So many people before me
in so many generations,
have served You so humbly,
answering Your call.
Please give me the grace, wisdom and courage
to be Your humble servant.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

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

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Christmas Novena to the Christ Child – Day Two – 17 December

Christmas Novena to the Christ Child

DAY TWO

God’s Love Revealed In His Being Born An Infant.

O Dearest Infant! Tell me, what have You come on earth to do? Tell me, whom do You seek? Yes, I already know. You have come to die for me, in order to save me from hell. You have come to seek me, the lost sheep, so that, instead of fleeing from You, I may rest in Your loving arms.
Ah my Jesus, my treasure, my life, my love and my all! Whom will I love, if not You? Where can I find a brother, a friend, a spouse more loving and lovable than You are?

I love You, my dear God; I love You, my only good. I regret the many years when I have not loved You but rather spurned and offended You. Forgive me, O my beloved Redeemer; for I am sorry that I have treated You thus and I regret it with all my heart. Pardon me, and give me the grace never more to withdraw from You but constantly to love You in all the years that still lie before me in this life. My love, I give myself entirely to You; accept me and do not reject me as I deserve.
O Mary, you are my advocate. By your prayers you obtain whatever you wish from your Son. Pray to Him then to forgive me,and to grant me holy perseverance until death. Amen.

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Thought for the Day – 17 December

Thought for the Day – 17 December

Loyalty to friends is an important part of being a Christian and St Olympias suffered for hr loyalty to St John Chrysostum.  Her friendship was a great comfort to him in his suffering, as his letters show and his friendship was a support to her own sufferings.

Friendship is something that should be cherished and nurtured.

Looking at so many saints who accomplished great things and from whom we learn now – in our time – most had great friendships on which to rely and which were their help and comfort, both in their spiritual and temporal lives.

St Olympias and St John Chrysostum Pray for us!

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Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS

Quote of the Day – 17 December

Quote of the Day – 17 December

“For not eating and drinking makes friendship: such friendship even robbers have and murderers. But if we are friends, if we truly care for one another, let us in these respects help one another. This leads us to a profitable friendship: let us hinder those things which lead away to hell.”

~~~ Saint John Chrysostom

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Our Morning Offering – 17 December

Our Morning Offering – 17 December

O Lord and lover of men,
make shine in our hearts
the pure light of Your divine knowledge
and open the eyes of our mind to the
understanding of Your gospel teaching.
Instill in us the fear of
Your blessed commandments,
that trampling upon all carnal desires,
we may enter upon a spiritual life,
willing and doing all that is Your good pleasure.
For You are the light of our souls and of our bodies,
Christ O God and we give glory to You together with
Your eternal Father and Your
all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit,
now and for ever, world without end. Amen.

(From the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom)

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Saint of the Day – 17 December

Saint of the Day – 17 December – St Olympias of Constantinople/the Deaconess – (c361-408)

Throughout church history, holy widows have become friends with priests and bishops, supporting them spiritually and materially, including Olympias and John Chrysostom. A member of Constantinople’s wealthy elite, St. Olympias enjoyed a happy marriage to the prefect, Nebridius. However, when her husband died young, the lovely widow decided to remain single. She refused all suitors, including one advanced by the emperor Theodosius himself.

He punished her by placing her estate under public administration. But she made a striking appeal in 391, and he restored her control over her fortune. Olympias had already decided to live simply, and she began to divest herself, giving everything away to the needy and to the church. Her biographer described her largesse in this way:

Olympias distributed all of her immense wealth and assisted everyone simply and without distinction. She surpassed in generosity to all the Samaritan whose story is told in the gospels. Immediately after the distribution of all her goods, she gave to the archbishop, John Chrysostom, for the cathedral church of the royal city, ten thousand pounds of gold, twenty thousand of silver and all of her real estate situated in all the provinces. Then by the divine will she was ordained deaconess of this holy cathedral of God. And she built a monastery at an angle south of it. John also ordained as deaconesses of the cathedral her three relatives, Elisanthia, Martyria and Palladia. Thus the four deaconesses could stay together in the convent that Olympias had founded.

All were amazed at the holiness of these women: their constant praise and thanksgiving to God, their “charity which is the bond of perfection” (see Colossians 3:14),and their stillness. No man or woman from the outside was permitted to visit them. The holy patriarch John, the only exception, came regularly to sustain the women with his wise teaching.

Olympias, like the women who served Christ, prepared the archbishop’s daily meals and sent them to him. Only a wall separated his residence from the convent. She fed him not only before the plots against him but also after he was banished. Up to the end of his life, she provided for all his expenses as well as for those who were with him in exile.

Olympias also constructed a hospital and orphanage near the convent. She regularly provided hospitality to Christian leaders from all over the East, including Gregory of Nyssa.

When John Chrysostom fell afoul of the empress and was banished, she supported him. He reciprocated by encouraging Olympias when officials persecuted her. Optatus, the prefect of Constantinople, twice banished her for refusing to accept Arsacius and his successor, Atticus, the usurpers who had replaced John as archbishop. Atticus finally disbanded her community and ended her charitable works. Olympias died in exile in 408, a year after the death of John Chrysostom.

The Statue below is on the main Facade of St Peter’s in Rome.

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Saints for 17 December

St Briarch of Bourbriac
St John of Matha
St José Manyanet y Vives
St Judicaël
St Lazarus of Bethany
BL Mariano Alarcón Ruiz
Bl Mathilde Téllez Robles
St Maxentiolus
St Modestus of Jerusalem
St Olympias of Constantinople
Bl Peter of Spain
St Sturmi of Fulda
St Tydecho
St Wivina
St Yolanda
Martyrs of Eleutheropolis – (50+ Martyrs-Beati)