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Thought for the Day – 5 November – Excerpt from St John Chrysostom’s ((347-407) Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 23:1-12

Thought for the Day – 5 November – Excerpt from St John Chrysostom’s ((347-407) Homiletic Commentary on Matthew 23:1-12

“And where shall we find this humility?   Will ye that we go again to the city of virtue, the tents of the holy men, the mountains.   I mean and the groves?   For there too shall we see this height of humility.

For men, some illustrious from their rank in the world, some from their wealth, in every way put themselves down, by their vesture, by their dwelling, by those to whom they minister;  and, as in written characters, they throughout all things inscribe humility.

And the things that are incentives of arrogance, as to dress well and to build houses splendidly and to have many servants, things which often drive men even against their will to arrogance; these are all taken away.   For they themselves light their fire, they themselves cleave the logs, themselves cook, themselves minister to those that come there.

No one can be heard insulting there, nor seen insulted, nor commanded, nor giving commands;  but all are devoted to those that are waited on and every one washes the strangers’ feet, and there is much contention about this.   And he doeth it, not inquiring who it is, neither if he be a slave, nor if he be free;  but in the case of every one fulfills this service.   No man there is great nor mean.  What then?   Is there confusion?   Far from it but the highest order.   For if any one be mean, he that is great seeth not this but hath accounted himself again to be inferior even to him and so becomes great.

There is one table for all, both for them that are served and for them that serve;  the same food, the same clothes, the same dwellings, the same manner of life.   He is great there, who eagerly seizes the mean task.   There is not mine and thine but this expression is exterminated, that is a cause of countless wars.

4. And why dost thou marvel, if there be one manner of life and table and dress for all, since indeed there is even one soul to all, not in substance only (for this is with all men also) but in love?   How then should it ever be lifted up itself against itself?   There is no wealth and poverty there, honour and dishonour;   how then should haughtiness and arrogance find an entrance?   For they are indeed little and great in respect of their virtue;   but, as I have said, no one seeth this.   He that is little, feels not pain, as despised; for neither is there any one to despise him; and should any one spurn him, this above all are they taught, to be despised, to be spurned, to be set at nought, in word and in deed. And with the poor and maimed do they associate and their tables are full of these guests; so that for this are they worthy of the heavens.   And one tends the wounds of the mutilated, another leads the blind by the hand, a third bears him that is lamed of his leg.

There is no multitude of flatterers or parasites there;  or rather they know not even what flattery is;  whence then could they be lifted up at any time?   For there is great equality amongst them, wherefore also there is much facility for virtue.

For by these are they of an inferior sort better instructed, than if they were compelled to give up the first place to them.

For like as the impetuous man derives instruction from him that is smitten and submits to it;  so the ambitious from him that claims not glory but despises it.   This they do there abundantly and as the strife is great with us to obtain the first place, so great is it with them not to obtain it but utterly to refuse it and great is their earnest desire who shall have the advantage in honouring, not in being honoured.

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One Minute Reflection – 5 November

One Minute Reflection – 5 November

Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.   He who is greatest among you shall be your servant;  whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted...Matthew 23:10-11matthew 23 11

REFLECTION – “In a very poor plantation village in Sri Lanka, I was received with unimaginable honours.   For days the first visit of a cardinal had been prepared: garlands, the long road neatly and painstakingly covered with fresh sand, flowers, music, everything that these poor people were able to muster.   When we finally reached the church–a wretched building-the Jesuit Father, who had been living there, impoverished, for forty years among his parish children, whispered in my ear: “Do not believe that these people did all that on account of Christoph Schönborn.  They do it for Christ.”…Encountering Christ in the Gospel | Excerpts from Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s ‘My Jesus’

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PRAYER – Lord God, teach us humility, to give and not to count ever the cost to ourselves, to take the lowest part and the back seat – teach us Lord, to strive and not to seek for glory, save for that of Your Kingdom.   Lord have mercy on us all, who seek rewards for our own sakes, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 5 November

Our Morning Offering – 5 November – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time A

A Prayer Before Holy Communion
By St Francis de Sales

Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good
and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.
Amenyour sacred table - prayer before holy comm - st francis de sales - 5 nov 2017


Feast of the Holy Relics – 5 November

Feast of the Holy Relics – 5 November

By relics of the Saints we mean all that remains of them after their death — their bones, their ashes, their clothing and other objects used by them.   Enemies of the Church have condemned the cult of the relics of the Saints as being borrowed from pagan customs and without apostolic origin.   The decision of the Council of Trent suffices to show the falsehood and bad faith of their reasoning.   That Council, in effect, decreed quite otherwise, that the bodies of the martyrs and other Saints, who were the living members of Jesus Christ and the temples of the Holy Spirit, must be honoured by the faithful and that through them God grants a great many benefits to the living.   Its decision was based on the usage already established in the first century and which has remained constant in the Church, as well as on the teaching of the Fathers and Councils.

The cult of holy relics is therefore not only permitted but commanded;   it is not only a right, but a duty.   Let us note well that the cult of holy relics diverges from pagan practices in that it is supernatural.   We do not honour what remains of the Saints for any motive derived from naturebut from motives based on the Faith.  If one honours the memory and remains of great men worthy of that appellation, it is regarded as justice but when one honours the memory and remains of the Saints, it is more than justice, it is the virtue of religion.   The final object of the cult of the holy relics is God who sanctifies the Saints; it is Jesus Christ, whose members the Saints are.   This cult is so legitimate that God Himself sometimes glorifies the relics of His Saints by heavenly perfumes, by other marvelous privileges, by countless miracles.   Let us add that the cult of holy relics also has its foundation in the glorious resurrection which is awaiting the bodies of the Saints. God Himself will reassemble these remains at the end of the world and will give them all the brilliance and beauty of which they are capable.

Relic of Hand of St. Stephen
Reliquary of St Stephen’s Hand
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Various Relics
Reliquary of the crib
Holy Crib Reliquary at St Mary Major
Crown of Thorns Reliquary

Let us then venerate, with respect, devotion and confidence, these precious relics which once were animated by such great souls, were the instruments of beautiful and holy works and of astonishing virtues and which will some day be honoured by a brilliant and immortal glory.   Let us value pilgrimages made to the tombs of the Saints and celebrate religiously the feast of the holy relics, which appropriately follows closely upon All Saints Day, the feast day of the splendid holy souls who are in heaven.

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Feast of Holy Relics and Memorials of the Saints – 5 November

Feast of Holy Relics

St Augustine of Terracina
Bl Bernhard Lichtenberg
St Bertille
St Canonica
St Comasia
St Ðaminh Mau
St Dominator of Brescia
St Domninus the Physician
St Epistemis
St Eusebius of Terracina
St Felix of Terracina
St Fibitius
St Galation
St Gerald of Beziers
Bl Gomidas Keumurjian
Bl Gregory Lakota
St Guetnoco
St Guido Maria Conforti
St St Hermenegild
St Idda
St Juan Antoni Burró Mas
St Juan Duarte Martín
St Kanten
St Kea
St Laetus of Orleans
St Magnus of Milan
St Mamete
St Marco of Troia
Bl María del Carmen Viel Ferrando
Bl Simon Ballachi
St Spinulus of Moyen-Moûtier
St Sylvanus of Syria

Martyrs of Caesarea Maritima – 4 saints: Four young Christian men who were martyred together in the persecutions of Maximian – Aussenzius, Philotheus, Timothy and Theotimus. They were martyred in the arena at Caesarea Maritima, Palestine.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Juan Antoni Burró Mas
• Blessed Juan Duarte Martín
• Blessed María del Carmen Viel Ferrando