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LENTEN REFLECTION – Tuesday of the Fifth Week – 4 April 2017

LENTEN REFLECTION – Tuesday of the Fifth Week – 4 April 2017

Look at the cross of Christ – Blessed John Henry Newman

“Look around, and see what the world presents of high and low.    Go to the court of princes.    See the treasure and skill of all nations brought together to honour a child of man.    Observe the prostration of the many before the few.    Consider the form and ceremonial, the pomp, the state, the circumstance and the vainglory.    Do you wish to know the worth of it all? Look at the cross of Christ.

Go to the political world.    See nation jealous of nation, trade rivalling trade, armies and fleets matched against each other.    Survey the various ranks of the community, its parties and their contests, the strivings of the ambitious, the intrigues of the crafty.    What is the end of all this turmoil – the grave!    What is the measure – the cross.

Go, again, to the world of intellect and science.    Consider the wonderful discoveries which the human mind is making, the variety of arts to which its discoveries give rise, the all but miracles by which it shows its power.    And next, the pride and confidence of reason and the absorbing devotion of thought to transitory objects, which is the consequence.    Would you form a right judgment of all this?    Look at the cross.

Again, look at misery, look at poverty and destitution, look at oppression and captivity. Go where food is scanty, and lodging unhealthy.    Consider pain and suffering, diseases long or violent, all that is frightful and revolting.   Would you know how to rate all these? Gaze upon the cross.

Thus in the cross, and Him who hung upon it, all things meet.    All things subserve it, all things need it.    It is their centre and their interpretation.    For He was lifted up upon it, that He might draw all peoples and all things to himself.

………………..And so, too, as regards this world, with all its enjoyments, yet disappointments, let us not trust it.    Let us not give our hearts to it.    Let us not begin with it.    Let us begin with faith.    Let us begin with Christ.    Let us begin with His cross and the humiliation to which it leads.    Let us first be drawn to Him who is lifted up, that so He may, with Himself, freely give us all things.    Let us “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” and then all those things of this world “will be added to us.”

They alone are able truly to enjoy this world, who begin with the world unseen.    They alone enjoy it, who have first abstained from it.    They alone can truly feast, who have first fasted.    They alone are able to use the world, who have learned not to abuse it. They alone inherit it, who take it as a shadow of the world to come and who for that world to come relinquish it.”


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Thought for the Day – 4 April

Thought for the Day – 4 April

How amazing it is – what one person can accomplish when he works for God alone!   We all find ourselves in situations of leadership or influence and the good we can do by our labour and our example knows no bounds.    Look around, see the lives you can touch – become a genuine influence and example to others.   We have every tool we need AND we have every reason to work for the glory of the Kingdom!

St Isidore of Seville, pray for us!


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Quote/s of the Day – 4 April

Quote/s of the Day – 4 April

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“Confession heals, confession justifies,
confession grants pardon of sin,
all hope consists in confession;
in confession there is a chance for mercy.”

St Isidore of Seville – Father & Doctor of the Church


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One Minute Reflection – 4 April

One Minute Reflection – 4 April

Have just men for your……companions;
in the fear of God be your glory…………Sirach 9:16

REFLECTION – “Seek the association of persons who are good. For if you are the companion of their life, you will also be the companion of their virtue.”…….St Isidore of Seville

PRAYER – God of goodness, help me to be continually in the company of true Christians.
Let me be edified by their virtues and their works and let our association bring us all to heavenly glory.   St Isidore of Seville, pray for us, amen.


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Our Morning Offering – 4 April

Our Morning Offering – 4 April

Excerpt from a Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas

O merciful God,
grant that I may ever perfectly
do Your Will in all things.
Let it be my ambition to work
only for Your honour and glory.
Give me, O God,
an ever watchful heart
which nothing can ever
lure away from You;
a noble heart,
which no unworthy affection
can draw downwards to the earth;
an upright heart,
which no evil can warp;
an unconquerable heart,
which no tribulation can crush;
a free heart,
which no perverted affection
can claim for its own.
Bestow on me, O God,
understanding to know You,
diligence to seek You,
and wisdom to find You;
a life which may please You,
and a hope which may
embrace You at the last.

Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas

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Saint of the Day – 4 April – St Isidore of Seville – Father and Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 4 April – St Isidore of Seville – Father and Doctor of the Church (560-636) Bishop, Father, Doctor, Scholar, Writer, Teacher, Reformer and Evangelist – Patron of news dealers, the internet, computer programmers and technicians, 2 dioceses, 13 cities.  He was, for over three decades, Archbishop of Seville.  The 19th-century historian Montalembert called him, in an oft-quoted phrase, “The last scholar of the ancient world.”   Born in Cartagena of a family that included three other sibling saints–Leander, Fulgentius and Florentina–he was educated by his elder brother, whom he succeeded as bishop of Seville.1 isisdore.jpg

St Isidore of Seville is sometimes called “the schoolmaster of the Middle Ages” because his books and schools helped shape the education and culture of medieval Europe.   For ten centuries, Isidore’s voluminous works were among those most quoted by other writers.   And his establishment of cathedral schools laid a foundation for the medieval universities and for education in the West.2-saint-isidore-isidro-of-seville-mary-evans-picture-library.jpg

In 599, Isidore became bishop of Seville and for thirty-seven years led the Spanish church through a period of intense religious development.    Isidore also organised representative councils that established the structure and discipline of the church in Spain.    At the Council of Toledo in 633 he obtained a decree that required the establishment of a school in every diocese.    Reflecting the saint’s broad interests, the schools taught every branch of knowledge, including the liberal arts, medicine, law, Hebrew, and Greek.Isidor_von_Sevilla.jpeg

Isidore wrote many books, the most famous being the Etymologies, an encyclopedia of grammar, rhetoric, theology, history, medicine, and mathematics.   He also wrote a dictionary of synonyms, brief biographies of illustrious men, treatises on theological and philosophical subjects, a history of world events since the creation and a history of the Goths, which is our only source of information about them.   Throughout his long life, Isidore lived austerely so that he could give to the poor.   But while Isidore had compassion for needy, he thought they were better off than their oppressors, as he explains in this selection:

We ought to sorrow for people who do evil rather than for people who suffer it. The wrongdoing of the first leads them further into evil.   The others’ suffering corrects them from evil.   Through the evil wills of some, God works much good in others. Some people, resisting the will of God, unwittingly do His purpose.   Understand then that so truly are all things subject to God that even those who oppose His law nevertheless fulfil His will.

Evil men are necessary so that through them the good may be scourged when they do wrong…Some simple men, not understanding the dispensation of God, are scandalised by the success of evil men.   They say with the prophet: “Why does the way of the wicked prosper?”   Those who speak thus should not wonder to see the frail temporal happiness of the wicked.   Rather they should consider the final end of evil men and the everlasting torments prepared for them.   As the prophet says: “They spend their days in wealth and in a moment they go down to hell.”

Shortly before his death, Isidore had two friends clothe him in sackcloth and rub ashes on his head so that he could come before God as a poor penitent.   He died peacefully at Seville in 636.


King Reccared abjures his heresy before St. Leander.
King Reccared abjures his heresy before St Isidore
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Saints’ Memorials – 4 April

St Isidore of Seville (Optional Memorial)

Bl Abraham of Strelna
St Agathopus of Thessalonica
St Aleth of Dijon
St Benedict the Black
St Gaetano Catanoso
Bl Giuseppe Benedetto Dusmet
St Gwerir of Liskeard
St Henry of Gheest
St Hildebert of Ghent
St Peter of Poitiers
St Plato
St Theodulus of Thessalonica
St Theonas of Egypt
St Tigernach of Clogher
St Zosimus of Palestine