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Thought for the Day – 6 August – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Thought for the Day – 6 August – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Commenting on the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor, St Leo contrasts the law, symbolised by Moses, with the grace of the gospel brought by Jesus Christ.   He notes how this glimpse of the glory of His divinity and risen humanity was given to Peter, James & John to prepare them for the shock and scandal of the cross.

“The Lord reveals his glory in the presence of chosen witnesses.   His body is like that of the rest of mankind but He makes it shine with such splendour that His face becomes like the sun in glory and his garments as white as snow.

This marvel of the transfiguration contains another lesson for the apostles, to strengthen them and lead them into the fullness of knowledge.   Moses and Elijah, the law and the prophets, appeared with the Lord in conversation with him.   This was in order to fulfill exactly, through the presence of these five men, the text which says:  Before two or three witnesses every word is ratified.

What word could be more firmly established, more securely based, than the word which is proclaimed by the trumpets of both old and new testaments, sounding in harmony and by the utterances of ancient prophecy and the teaching of the Gospel, in full agreement with each other?

The writings of the two testaments support each other.   The radiance of the transfiguration reveals clearly and unmistakably the one who had been promised by signs foretelling Him under the veils of mystery.   As Saint John says:  The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.   In him the promise made through the shadows of prophecy stands revealed, along with the full meaning of the precepts of the law.   He is the one who teaches the truth of the prophecy through His presence and makes obedience to the commandments possible through grace.

In the preaching of the holy Gospel all should receive a strengthening of their faith.  No one should be ashamed of the cross of Christ, through which the world has been redeemed.”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Doctor of the Church

“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.”……John 8:12

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Novena to St Dominic – DAY EIGHT – 6 August

Novena to St Dominic

Eighth Day: The Death of St Dominic

Well done, good and faithful servant; because you have been faithful over a few things, I will place you over many. Enter into the joy of the Lord. (Matthew 25:2)

St. Dominic died at Bologna, August 6, 1221, at midday.   Father Ventura, prior of Bologna, was present and thus describes the death of St. Dominic.   “Father Dominic returned from Venice about the end of July.   Although very weary with traveling, he conversed on the affairs of the Order with me till late.   I begged him to rest that night but he prayed in the Church till Matins at midnight and then was present in choir.   Afterwards he complained of his head and his last illness began.   Lying on a straw mattress, he called the novices around him and exhorted them to fervour with cheerful words and smiling coun­tenance.   After being carried to a hill not far off, for better air, he preached to his brethren and was then anointed.   Fearing that he would not be buried ‘under the feet of his brethren,’ he was carried back to the convent.   The brethren re­cited prayers for a departing soul.   When they came to the words, ‘Come to his help, ye saints of God;  hasten to meet him, ye angels of the Lord:  receive his soul and offer it in the sight of the Most High,’ having lifted his hands to Heaven, he gave up his spirit.”

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered the heart of man to conceive what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Pray for us, blessed father, St. Dominic, That we may be made worthy of the prom­ises of Christ.

Let us pray:

O most kind father, St. Dominic,
by your saintly life and death,
bless and guide us in the path of your holy way,
that persevering until death, we may,
ever work for the glory of God
and the salvation of souls,
especially the return to the one, true, faith
of our family and friends who have lapsed.
Finally, we ask for this our special intention …
(make your request)
Through Christ our Lord. Amen


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Quote of the Day – 6 August – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Quote of the Day – 6 August – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

“No one should fear to suffer for the sake of justice;
no one should lose confidence in the reward that has been promised.
The way to rest is through toil, the way to life is through death.
Christ has taken on Himself the whole weakness of our lowly human nature.
If then we are steadfast in our faith in Him and in our love for Him,
we win the victory that He has won,
we receive what He has promised.”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Doctor of the Church

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One Minute Reflection – 6 August

One Minute Reflection – 6 August

‘Master, it is good that we are here; . . . ‘” Luke 9:28-33

REFLECTION – “Jesus goes before us to show us the way, both up the mountain and into heaven and — I speak boldly — it is for us now to follow him with all speed, . . .Let us run with confidence and joy to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah, or like James and John. Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. Let us retire from the world, stand aloof from the earth, rise above the body, detach ourselves from creatures and turn to the Creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed: ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.'”…St Anastasius (died 628)

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PRAYER – Father, at the Transfiguration in glory of your Only-begotten Son, You confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness to Jesus of the prophets Moses and Elijah. You foreshadowed there what we shall be when You bring our sonship to its perfection. Grant that by listening to the voice of Jesus, we may become heirs with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 6 August

Our Morning Offering – 6 August

Lord Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart
(Traditional Catholic prayer)

Lord Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
I ardently beseech You to make
my heart like Yours.
Give me the grace to gradually acquire
a heart which is generous
and empty, meek and patient.
Give me the grace to feel good
in silence and anonymity.
Free me from fear of ridicule,
fear of failure.
Keep sadness far from my heart.
Make me free, strong and happy.
Let nothing disturb my peace,
nor frighten me.
Let my heart be free from the need
for self-satisfactions.
Let me sleep in the bed of peace.
Clothe me in Your sweetness and patience,
meekness and strenth,
gentleness and viour, maturity and serenity.
And may Your light shine in me
and those who see me, see You, Lord Jesus.


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6 August- The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

6 August – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

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This feast became widespread in the West in the 11th century and was introduced into the Roman calendar in 1457 to commemorate the victory over Islam in Belgrade.  Before that, the Transfiguration of the Lord was celebrated in the Syrian, Byzantine and Coptic rites.   The Transfiguration foretells the glory of the Lord as God and His Ascension into heaven.   It anticipates the glory of heaven, where we shall see God face to face.   Through grace, we already share in the divine promise of eternal life.


Our divine Redeemer, being in Galilee about a year before His sacred Passion, took with him St Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, Sts James and John and led them to a high mountain.   Tradition assures us that this was Mount Tabor, which is exceedingly high and beautiful and was anciently covered with green trees and shrubs and was very fruitful.  It rises something like a sugar-loaf, in a vast plain in the middle of Galilee.   This was the place in which the Man-God appeared in His glory.

Whilst Jesus prayed, He suffered that glory which was always due to His sacred humility and of which, for our sake, He deprived it, to diffuse a ray over His whole body.   His face was altered and shone as the sun and His garments became white as snow.   Moses and Elias were seen by the three apostles in His company on this occasion and were heard discoursing with Him of the death which He was to suffer in Jerusalem.

The three apostles were wonderfully delighted with this glorious vision and St Peter cried out to Christ, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents: one for thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias”   Whilst St. Peter was speaking, there came, on a sudden, a bright shining cloud from heaven, an emblem of the presence of God’s majesty and from out of this cloud was heard a voice which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him”  The apostles that were present, upon hearing this voice, were seized with a sudden fear and fell upon the ground;  but Jesus, going to them, touched them and bade them to rise.   They immediately did so and saw no one but Jesus standing in His ordinary state.

This vision happened in the night.   As they went down the mountain early the next morning, Jesus bade them not to tell any one what they had seen till He should be risen from the dead.

Excerpted from Butler’s Lives of the Saints, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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“In the Transfiguration Christ enjoyed for a short while that glorified state which was to be permanently His after His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.    The splendour of His inward Divinity and of the Beatific Vision of His soul overflowed in His body and permeated His garments so that Christ stood before Peter, James and John in a snow-white brightness.   The purpose of the Transfiguration was to encourage and strengthen the Apostles who were depressed by their Master’s prediction of His own Passion and Death.   The Apostles were made to understand that His redeeming work has two phases: The Cross, and glory—that we shall be glorified with Him only if we first suffer with Him.”

—Msgr. Rudolph G. Bandas

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Saints’ Memorials and the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

Transfiguration of Our Lord (Feast)

Bl Gezelin of Schlebusch
St Gislain of Luxemburg
St Glisente of Brescia
Bl Goderanno
Bl Guillermo Sanz
St Hardulf of Breedon
St Pope Hormisdas
St James the Syrian
St Justus of Alcala
Bl Maria Francesca Rubatto
Bl Octavian of Savona
St Pastor of Alcala
St Stephen of Cardeña
BlTadeusz Dulny
Bl William of Altavilla

Martyrs of Cardeña: Two hundred Benedictine monks at the Saint Peter of Cardegna monastery, Burgos, Spain who were martyred in the 8th century by invading Saracens. They were buried by local Christians in a nearby churchyard in Burgos, Spain and Beatified in 1603 by Pope Clement VIII (cultus confirmed).

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: 10 Beati
Alejandro Casare Menéndez
Andrés Soto Carrera
Antoni Serra Hortal
Bl Carlos López Vidal
Francesc Vives Antich
José González Ramos Campos
José María Recalde Magúregui
Juan Silverio Pérez Ruano
Pau Bertrán Mercadé
Saturnino Ortega Montealegre