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That national leaders may firmly commit themselves
to ending the arms trade, which victimises so many innocent people.





The Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.
The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost.
In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.

Understood in the light of the Scriptures, the term “Sacred Heart of Jesus” denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of His being and His person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom;  infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind.   The “Sacred Heart” is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for His brothers.  Excerpted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy


Devotion to the Sacred Heart was also an essential component of Pope John Paul II’s hopes for the “new evangelisation” called for by the Church.

“For evangelisation today,” he said, “the Heart of Christ must be recognized as the heart of the Church:  It is He who calls us to conversion, to reconciliation.  It is He who leads pure hearts and those hungering for justice along the way of the Beatitudes.   It is He who achieves the warm communion of the members of the one Body.   It is He who enables us to adhere to the Good News and to accept the promise of eternal life  . It is He who sends us out on mission. The heart-to-heart with Jesus broadens the human heart on a global scale.”

Here are some of the relevant documents: Leo XIII in his Encyclical Letter Annum sacrum (1889) on the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart; Pius XI in Caritate Christi Compulsi (On The Sacred Heart) and Miserentissimus Redemptor (On Reparation To The Sacred Heart); Pius XII in his Encyclical Letter Haurietis aquas; Paul VI in his Apostolic Letter Investigabiles divitias Christi (1965) and John Paul II in Message on the centenary of the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1999), in L’Osservatore Romano, 12 June 1999.

Posted in MORNING Prayers, NOVENAS



The Holy Spirit
Only one thing is important: eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared: sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness and indifference. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will and inflames the heart with the love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, because the Spirit comes to us in our needs. When we don’t know what to say, it is the Spirit who speaks within us.

day seven ascension to pentecost

The Gift of Counsel
The gift of Counsel fills the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances.   Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, priests, public servants and Christian citizens.   Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct your way in truth.”

Come and fill me, O Spirit of Counsel.   Help me and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do your holy will.   Transform my heart to prefer only what is good;  turn it away from all that is evil and direct me by the straight path of your commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father

Act of Consecration

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

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Novena to the Uganda Martyrs Day Eight – 1 June

Novena to the Uganda Martyrs Day Eight – 1 June

O God, who in Your love and mercy
was pleased to send missionaries to Uganda
to bring the light of Christ to all the peoples,
we thank You for the gift of the
Holy Martyrs of Uganda, our ancestors in faith,
whom You gave the strength to overcome sin and the
anguish of torture and to bear witness to the truth.
Mary, Queen of Peace!
To you we commend the men,
women and children of Uganda.
Through your prayers,
may the Spirit of God grant lasting peace
and prosperity to their nation.
May the light of Christ cast out the spiritual darkness
which breeds selfishness,
violence, hatred for others
and contempt for their rights.
May all hearts be opened to the power of God’s love.
May those divided by ethnic or political antagonisms
learn to work together
in order to build a society of justice,
peace and freedom for their children.
To the Holy Martyrs, we beg for intercession,
be pleased to hear our prayer and pray for us that this,
our special request may be granted
(make your intention)
Holy Martyrs of Uganda, we honour and praise you!
Please pray for us!
O heavenly Father, we make our prayer
through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever, amen.


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Thought for the Day – 1 June

Thought for the Day – 1 June

In about 165, Justin was arrested for being a Christian but refused to give up his faith. The judge asked him, “Do you have an idea that you will go to heaven and receive some suitable rewards?” Justin answered, “It is not an idea that I have; it is something that I know well and hold to be most certain.”   The judge ordered him killed.   He was beheaded along with his companions for refusing to offer sacrifice to the Roman gods. St. Justin gave his life for Christ and died for the Saviour whom he loved above all else.   St Justin reminds us never to sacrifice to the false gods of our age.   That includes the materialism, hedonism and nihilism that are ever present.   We have received the gift of faith with little labour of our own.   Let us learn how to value it from those who reached it after long search and lived in the misery of a world which did not know God, not much different to our times.   Let us fear, as St. Justin did, the account we shall have to render for the gift of God.   We have been chosen as St Justin was, to do the work of Christ – to make Him known regardless of the consequences!  I am drawn to the thought “would I be open to changing my surname to ‘Martyr’ do I have the courage, the love for God to accept such a change?”

St Justin Martyr, pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day- 1 June

Quote/s of the Day- 1 June

“Many spirits are abroad in the world and the church
and the credentials they display are splendid gifts of
eloquence and ability.
Christian – look carefully – for the Print of the nails!”

“We used to hate and destroy one another
and refused to associate with people
of another race or country.
Now, because of Christ, we live together
with such people and pray for our enemies ”

“Let it be understood
that those who are not found living
as He taught,
are NOT Christian- even though they profess
with the lips the teaching of Christ.”

“Not as common bread or as common drink do we receive these…..
We have been taught that the food that has been Eucharistized
by the word of prayer, that food which by assimilation nourishes
our flesh and blood, is the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus.”

“The world suffers nothing from Christians
but hates them because they reject its pleasures.”

“You can kill us
but you cannot do us any real harm.”

St Justin Martyr


St. Justin Martyr on the Eucharist

“No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes that what we teach is true, unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ.

We do not consume the eucharistic bread and wine as if it were ordinary food and drink, for we have been taught that as Jesus Christ our Saviour became a man of flesh and blood by the power of the Word of God, so also the food that our flesh and blood assimilates for its nourishment becomes the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus by the power of his own words contained in the prayer of thanksgiving.

The apostles, in their recollections, which are called gospels, handed down to us what Jesus commanded them to do.   They tell us that he took bread, gave thanks and said:  Do this in memory of me. This is my body. In the same way he took the cup, he gave thanks and said:This is my blood.   The Lord gave this command to them alone.   Ever since then we have constantly reminded one another of these things.   The rich among us help the poor and we are always united.   For all that we receive we praise the Creator of the universe through his Son Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

On Sunday we have a common assembly of all our members, whether they live in the city or the outlying districts.   The recollections of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as there is time.   When the reader has finished, the president of the assembly speaks to us; he urges everyone to imitate the examples of virtue we have heard in the readings.   Then we all stand up together and pray.

On the conclusion of our prayer, bread and wine and water are brought forward.   The president offers prayers and gives thanks to the best of his ability and the people give assent by saying, “Amen”.   The eucharist is distributed, everyone present communicates, and the deacons take it to those who are absent.

The wealthy, if they wish, may make a contribution and they themselves decide the amount.   The collection is placed in the custody of the president, who uses it to help the orphans and widows and all who for any reason are in distress, whether because they are sick, in prison, or away from home.   In a word, he takes care of all who are in need.

We hold our common assembly on Sunday because it is the first day of the week, the day on which God put darkness and chaos to flight and created the world and because on that same day our savior Jesus Christ rose from the dead.   For he was crucified on Friday and on Sunday he appeared to his apostles and disciples and taught them the things that we have passed on for your consideration.”  Here is a video of the Mass in 155


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One Minute Reflection – 1 June

One Minute Reflection – 1 June

The words I spoke to you are spirit and life………John 6:64

john 6 64

REFLECTION – “Make sure that you never spurn the Saviour’s words.
They have in themselves such tremendous majesty that they can instil fear into those who have wandered from the path of righteousness, whereas they ever remain a great solace to those who heed them.”……..St Justin

make sure that you never spurn the Saviour's words-st justin

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, my Saviour, let me daily take to my heart and my soul Your words. Grant that they may lead me to penance and also provide needed consolation amid the troubles of live St Justin, when you discovered the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, your life was completely changed and given to Him so that you could heed His command to go forth and spread the good news to all. Please pray for us, that we may be inspired with your courage and zeal, amen.

st justin martyr pray for us


Our Morning Offering – 1 June

Our Morning Offering – 1 June

By Cardinal Merry del Val

Reveal Your Sacred Heart to me, O Jesus
and show me Its attractions.
Unite me to It for ever.
Grant that all my aspirations
and all the beats of my heart,
which cease not even while I sleep,
may be a testimonial to You of my love for You
and may say to You:
“Yes, Lord, I am all Yours;
pledge of my allegiance to You rests forever in my heart
and will never cease to be there.
May You accept the slight amount of good that I do
and be graciously pleased to repair all my wrong-doing;
so that I may be able to bless You in time and in eternity.” Amen.

act of love to the sacred heart - merry de val

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Saint of the Day – 1 June – St Justin

Saint of the Day – 1 June – St Justin also known as St Justin Martyr –  Martyr, first Christian Philosopher, Apologist, Orator, Teacher, Writer, Missionary (c 100 – beheaded in 165 at Rome, Italy.  His relics in the Capuchin Church, Romeat Nablus Palestine) – Patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, speakers, philosophers.  Attributes ax, pen, sword.

st justin 1


Born at the turn of the second century, Justin grew up under pagan parents and early on began to seek after knowledge.   According to Justin himself, he studied under several of the most important philosophical systems of the day but found them all wanting.

Around the age of 30, however, he went out into a field near the sea to be be alone with his thoughts and had an encounter that would change his life.   An older man began to follow him at a distance. Justin turned to speak to him and before he really knew what was happening, the man was presenting the gospel.   Finally, Justin had found the true philosophy for which he had been searching. Of that moment, he wrote:

“A fire was suddenly kindled in my soul.   I fell in love with the prophets and these men who had loved Christ;  I reflected on all their words and found that this philosophy alone was true and profitable.   That is how and why I became a philosopher.   And I wish that everyone felt the same way that I do.”

Justin spent the rest of his life defending this true and profitable philosophy.   He even went to Rome itself to found a school at which he taught Christian philosophy.   He wrote several defenses of the Christian faith, even writing apologetic works directed to the Roman emperor and the Roman senate.   His books give us insight into the early Church. In one of them he described the ceremony of Baptism around the year 160. It was similar to the ceremony today.    In another place, he wrote that the Sunday meetings of the Christian community included readings from Scripture, a homily, offering of bread and wine and giving Holy Communion.  Two of his so-called apologies have come down to us; they are addressed to the Roman emperor and to the Senate.

After contending for Christianity with a cynic philosopher, he was turned in to the government as a heretic and false teacher.   They arrested him and six of his disciples. When asked to reject Christ and make a sacrifice to the Roman gods, Justin boldly replied:

“No one who is rightly minded turns from true belief to false.”

The Trial of St Justin

In his new found faith, not only did he find truth but Justin found a truth worth living and dying for –– as he was beheaded for his refusal to denounce Jesus.   In his life, Justin sought to demonstrate how the Christian faith was consistent with reason and logic.  In his death, he earned the surname Martyr.

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Saints – 1 June

St Justin Martyr (Memorial)
Comforter of the Afflicted
Notre-Dame du Laus
Our Lady of Grace

St Agapetus of Ruthenia
Bl Alfonso Navarrete Benito
Bl Arnald Arench
Bl Arnold of Geertruidenberg
St Atto of Oca
St Candida of Whitchurch
St Caprasius of Lérins
St Clarus of Aquitaine
St Claudius of Vienne
Bl Conrad of Hesse
St Conrad of Trier
St Crescentinus
St Cronan of Lismore
St Damian of Scotland
St Dionysius of Ruthenia
St Donatus of Lucania
St Felinus of Perugia
Bl Ferdinand Ayala
St Firmus
St Fortunatus of Spoleto
Bl Gaius Xeymon
St Gaudentius of Ossero
St Giuse Túc
St Gratian of Perugia
St Hannibal Mary di Francia
Bl Herculanus of Piegare
St Iñigo of Oña
St Ischryrion and Companions
Bl James of Strepar
St Jean-Baptiste-Ignace-Pierre Vernoy de Montjournal
Bl John Baptist Scalabrini
Bl John Pelingotto
Bl John Storey
St Juventius
Bl Leo Tanaka
St Melosa
St Pamphilus of Alexandria
St Peter of Pisa
St Porphyrius of Alexandria
St Proculus of Bologna
St Proculus the Soldier
St Ronan
St Secundus of Amelia
St Seleucus of Alexandria
St Simeon of Syracuse
St Telga of Denbighshire
St Thecla of Antioch
Bl Theobald Roggeri
St Thespesius of Cappadocia
St Wistan of Evesham
St Zosimus of Antioch

Martyrs of Alexandria – 5 saints: A group five of imperial Roman soldiers assigned to guard a group of Egyptian Christians who were imprisoned for their faith in the persecutions of Decius. During their trial, they encouraged the prisoners not to apostatize. This exposed them as Christians, were promptly arrested and executed. Martyrs. Their names are – Ammon, Ingen, Ptolomy, Theophilis and Zeno. They were beheaded in 249 at Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Caesarea – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Galerius. We know little more about them than the name – Paul, Valens and Valerius. They diedf in 309 at Caesarea, Palestine.

Martyrs of Lycopolis – 6 saints: Five foot soldiers and their commander who were martyred for their faith by order of the imperial Roman prefect Arriano during the persecutions of Decius. In Lycopolis, Egypt.

Martyrs of Rome – 6 saints: A group of spiritual students of Saint Justin Martyr who died with him and about whom we know nothing else but their names – Carito, Caritone, Evelpisto, Ierace, Liberiano and Peone. In Rome, Italy.