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In the Holy Rule, St. Benedict you have said:

What, dearest brothers, can be sweeter to us than this voice of the Lord inviting us?   See, in His loving kindness, the Lord shows us the way of life.   Therefore, having our loins girt with faith and the performance of good works, let us walk His ways under the guidance of the Gospel, that we may be found worthy of seeing Him who has called us to His kingdom (cf 1 Thes 2:12).

If we desire to dwell in the tabernacle of His kingdom, we cannot reach it in any way, unless we run to it by good works.   But let us ask the Lord with the Prophet, saying to Him:  “Lord, who shall dwell in Your tabernacle, or who shall rest in Your holy hill” (Ps 14[15]:1)? . (Holy Rule 1)



Glorious Saint Benedict,
sublime model of virtue, pure vessel of God’s grace!
Behold me humbly kneeling at your feet.
I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God.

To you I have recourse in the dangers that daily surround me.
Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and to my neighbor.
Inspire me to imitate you in all things.
May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His kingdom.

Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life.
Your heart was always full of love, compassion and mercy toward those who were afflicted or troubled in any way.
You never dismissed without consolation and assistance anyone who had recourse to you.
I therefore invoke your powerful intercession, confident in the hope that you will hear my prayers and obtain for me the special grace and favor I earnestly implore.

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Help me, great Saint Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will, and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.


O Holy Father, St. Benedict, pray for us.


Thought for the Day – 3 July

Thought for the Day – 3 July

“Poor Thomas! He made one remark and has been branded as “Doubting Thomas” ever since.   But if he doubted, he also believed.   He made what is certainly the most explicit statement of faith in the New Testament:  “My Lord and My God!” and, in so expressing his faith, gave Christians a prayer that will be said till the end of time.   He also occasioned a compliment from Jesus to all later Christians:  “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).

Thomas should be equally well-known for his courage.   Perhaps what he said was impetuous—since he ran, like the rest, at the showdown—but he can scarcely have been insincere when he expressed his willingness to die with Jesus.   The occasion was when Jesus proposed to go to Bethany after Lazarus had died.   Since Bethany was near Jerusalem, this meant walking into the very midst of his enemies and to almost certain death.   Realising this, Thomas said to the other apostles,  “Let us also go to die with him” (John 11:16b).

Thomas shares the lot of Peter the impetuous, James and John, the “sons of thunder,” Philip and his foolish request to see the Father—indeed all the apostles in their weakness and lack of understanding.   We must not exaggerate these facts, however, for Christ did not pick worthless men.   But their human weakness again points up the fact that holiness is a gift of God, not a human creation – it is given to ordinary men and women with weaknesses, it is God who gradually transforms the weaknesses into the image of Christ, the courageous, trusting and loving one.” Fr. Don Miller, OFM

Saint John Chrysostom said about Thomas:  “Thomas, being once weaker in faith than the other apostles, toiled through the grace of God more bravely, more zealously and tirelessly than them all, so that he went preaching over nearly all the earth, not fearing to proclaim the Word of God to savage nations.”   If Thomas can be transformed, so, too, can we.  When our faith is shaken, we think of Thomas’ doubt… but we also must think of his courage.   What will we accomplish when our faith overflows within us, pouring forth in the courageous acclamation, “My Lord and My God!”?

St Thomas, Apostle of Christ, Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – 3 July

One Minute Reflection – 3 July

“My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”…John 20:28-29

REFLECTION – “the Apostle Thomas’ case is important to us for at least three reasons: first, because it comforts us in our insecurity; second, because it shows us that every doubt can lead to an outcome brighter than any uncertainty; and, lastly, because the words that Jesus addressed to him remind us of the true meaning of mature faith and encourage us to persevere, despite the difficulty, along our journey of adhesion to him”………….Pope Benedict XVI, 27 September 2006.

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PRAYER – Father, let our celebration of the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, be the source of his unfailing help and protection. Fill us with Your life-giving grace through faith in Your Son, whom St Thomas acknowledged to be his Lord and God. St Thomas continue to intercede for us that we may grow strong in faith and trust. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever Amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 3 July

Our Morning Offering – 3 July

The Twenty-Four Hour Prayer
By St John Chrysostum (347-407)
Doctor of the Church

[1]   O Lord, deprive me not of Your heavenly blessings.
[2]   O Lord, deliver me from eternal torment.
[3]   O Lord, if I have sinned in my mind or thought, in word or deed, forgive me.
[4]   O Lord, deliver me from every ignorance and heedlessness, from pettiness of the soul and stony hardness of heart.
[5]   O Lord, deliver me from every temptation.
[6]   O Lord, enlighten my heart darkened by evil desires.
[7]   O Lord, I, being a human being, have sinned;  You, being God, forgive me in Your loving kindness, for You know the weakness of my soul.
[8]   O Lord, send down Your grace to help me, that I may glorify Your holy Name.
[9]   O Lord Jesus Christ, inscribe me, Your servant, in the Book of Life and grant me a blessed end.
[10]   O Lord my God, even if I have done nothing good in Your sight, yet grant me, according to Your grace, that I may make a start in doing good.
[11]   O Lord, sprinkle on my heart the dew of Your grace.
[12]   O Lord of heaven and earth remember me, Your sinful servant, cold of heart and impure, in Your kingdom.
[13]   O Lord, receive me in repentance.
[14]   O Lord, leave me not.
[15]   O Lord, save me from temptation.
[16]   O Lord, grant me pure thoughts.
[17]   O Lord, grant me tears of repentance, remembrance of death and the sense of peace.
[18]   O Lord, grant me mindfulness to confess my sins.
[19]   O Lord, grant me humility, charity and obedience.
[20]   O Lord, grant me magnanimity, and gentleness.
[21]   O Lord, implant in me the root of all blessings, the fear of You in my heart.
[22]   O Lord, vouchsafe that I may love You with all my heart and soul and that I may obey in all things Your will.
[23]   O Lord, shield me form evil persons and devils and passions, and all other lawless matters.
[24]   O Lord, who knows Your creation and that which You have willed for it, may Your will also be fulfilled in me, a sinner, for You are blessed forevermore. Amen.24 hour prayer ST JOHN CHRYSOSTUMou are blessed forevermore. Amen.


Saint of the Day – 3 July – St Thomas the Apostle of Christ

Saint of the Day – 3 July – St Thomas the Apostle of Christ – Apostle, Martyr, Preacher, Evangelist (called Didymus which means “the twin” was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ.   He is informally called ‘Doubting Thomas’ because he doubted Jesus’ Resurrection when first told (in the Gospel of John account only), followed later by his confession of faith, “My Lord and my God,”, on seeing Jesus’ wounded Body.   He was ready to die with Jesus when Christ went to Jerusalem but is best remembered for doubting the Resurrection until allowed to touch Christ’s wounds.   An old tradition says that Thomas Baptised the three Magi.   He was Martyred by being stabbed with a spear in c 72 while in prayer on a hill in Mylapur, India and is buried near the site of his death.   His relics later moved to Edessa, Mesopotamia and finally to Tortona, Italy in the 13th Century.   His Patronages are:people in doubt; against doubt• architects• blind people and against blindnessbuilders• construction workers• geometricians• stone masons and stone cutters• surveyors• theologians• Ceylon• East Indies• India• Indonesia• Malaysia • Pakistan• Singapore• Sri Lanka• Diocese of Bathery, India• Castelfranco di Sopra, Italy• Certaldo, Italy• Ortona, Italy.

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We feel great kinship for the Apostle Thomas because, like him, most of us curiously combine faith and doubt.   We sometimes share the enthusiasm St Thomas expressed when upon Lazarus’s death Jesus decided to go to Bethany.   “Let’s go too,” Thomas said to the other disciples,“that we may die with him” (see John 11:16).   But also like him we sometimes wonder where Jesus is headed and where He is taking us (see John 14:5).

However, we are most like Thomas because doubts occasionally rattle our brains and cloud our souls.   So we all relate to the story of doubting Thomas (see John 20:25–29). Thomas was absent the first time Jesus appeared after his resurrection.  The apostle swore he would not believe, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails and place my hand in his side”.   Eight days later Jesus appeared again and told Thomas to touch his wounds. “My Lord, and my God,” Thomas exclaimed, recovering his thomas apostle kneeling before christ glass

Some early Christian writers criticised Thomas’s faithless behaviour.  But others praised him for helping us cure our doubts, as Gregory the Great does in this homily:

“. . . For the faithlessness of Thomas aids us in our belief more than does the faith of the disciples who believed. . . . When he is brought to believe by feeling with his own hand, every doubt having been removed, our own mind is confirmed in faith. . . .The divinity cannot be seen by any mortal man.   So Thomas saw man and confessed him to be God, saying, “My Lord, and my God.”
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Then Jesus spoke these words that give us much joy:  “Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed” (see John 20:29).   This sentence undoubtedly signifies to us who hold in our minds Him whom we have not seen in the flesh.   But we are signified only if we follow up our faith by works.   For he really believes, who carries out in deed what he believes.

We do not know for sure where Thomas conducted his missionary activity after Pentecost.    Some claim that he evangelised among the Parthians.   But a stronger tradition says he carried the gospel to India.  He is supposed to have recruited the Christians of Malabar and died a martyr by the spear at Mylapore, near Madras.   An ancient stone cross there marks the place where his remains lay buried until they were removed to Edessa in 394 and then later to Italy.

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Bust Of The Apostle Thomas - Sir Anthony Van Dyck

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Saints’ Memorials – 3 July

St Thomas the Apostle (Feast) –

St Anatolius of Alexandria
St Anatolius of Constantinople
Bl Andreas Ebersbach
Bl Barbara Jeong Sun-mae
St Bladus
St Byblig
St Cillene
St Dathus of Ravenna
St Eusebius of Laodicea
St Firminus
St Firmus
Bl Gelduin
St Germanus of Man
St Giuse Nguyen Ðình Uyen
St Gunthiern
St Guthagon
St Heliodorus of Altinum
St Hyacinth of Caesarea
St Ioannes Baptista Zhao Mingxi
St Irenaeus of Chiusi
St Pope Leo II
St Maelmuire O’Gorman
St Mark of Mesia
St Mennone the Centurian
St Mucian of Mesia
St Paul of Mesia
St Petrus Zhao Mingzhen
St Philiphê Phan Van Minh
St Raymond of Toulouse

Martyrs of Alexandria – 13 saints: Thirteen Christian companions marytred together. No details about them have survived but the names – Apricus, Cyrion (2 of), Eulogius, Hemerion, Julian, Julius, Justus, Menelaus, Orestes, Porfyrios and Tryphon (2 of). They martyred in Alexandria, Egypt, date unknown.

Martyrs of Constantinople – 24 saints: A group of 24 Christians martyred in the persecutions of Arian emperor Valens. We know little more than their names – Acacios, Amedinos, Ammonius, Ammus, Cerealis, Cionia, Cionius, Cyrianus, Demetrius, Eulogius (2), Euphemia, Heliodoros, Heraclios, Horestes, Jocundus, Julian, Martyrios, Menelaeus, Sestratus, Strategos, Thomas, Timotheos and Tryphon. They were martyred in c367 in Constantintinople.

Theodotus and Companions – 6 saints: Six Christians who were imprisoned, tortured and martyred together in the persecutions of Trajan. Saint Hyacinth ministered to them in prison. We know nothing else about them but their names – Asclepiodotus, Diomedes, Eulampius, Golinduchus, Theodota and Theodotus. They were beheaded in c110, location unknown.