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Thought for the Day – 13 December – Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent and the Memorial of St Lucy (c 283-304)

Thought for the Day – 13 December – Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent  and the Memorial of St Lucy (c 283-304)

Gospel for today : Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus exclaimed, Come to me, all you that are weary
and are carrying heavy burdens
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.matthew 11 29-30

The symbol of “yoke” used by Jesus in the Gospel has a special significance.
Two bulls are required to carry a yoke.
When Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you” means He is already on one side of the yoke.
He is inviting us to put our shoulder on the other side!
When we take Jesus’ yoke upon ourselves, we experience that the burden is light
and the yoke is easy to carry because of the presence of Jesus.

The ones who walk in the way of the Lord, will never be tired
because the Lord Himself will be their peace and their rest.
The peace and rest that come from the Lord are the signs which assures us
that we are carrying the burden with Jesus, whereas, disturbance and
restlessness, are signs which suggest that we are trying to do things
our own way and are burdened with our own agenda!

So how do we “see” our Lord there, right next to us?
Touch the hem of Christ’s garment! Celebrate the Eucharist – for it is here
that we are given peace and strength – in this mystery, God holds us to His Heart
and we can find Him on the other side of the yoke and we become whole.

Lord Jesus, our Christ, may we always accept Your invitation just as St Lucy did, whose Memorial we celebrate today and whose prayers we implore!st lucy pray for us 2

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Quote/s of the Day – 13 December

Quote/s of the Day – 13 December

“If you want to honour the body of Christ,
do not scorn it when it is naked;
do not honour the Eucharistic Christ
with silk vestments and then,
leaving the church, neglect the other Christ
suffering from cold and nakedness”

St John Chrysostom (347-407)

Father and Doctor of the Church – (Hom. in Matthaeum, 50.3: PG 58)if-you-want-to-honour-the-body-of-christ-st-john-chrysostom-19-nov-2017

“The more we are afflicted in this world,
the greater is our assurance in the next;
the more we sorrow in the present,
the greater will be our joy in the future.”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Doctor of the Churchthe more we are afflicted - st isidore of seville - 13 dec 2017

“When it is all over, you will not regret having suffered;
rather, you will regret, having suffered so little
and suffered that little so badly.”

Bl Sebastian Valfre (1629-1710)when it is all over - bl sebastian valfre - 13 dec 2017

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Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent – 13 December 2017

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent – 13 December 2017

“Let us adore the Lord, the King who is to come.”

Daily Meditation:
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light…Matthew 11:28-30

Our Advent preparation is about growing in confidence that our God can indeed save us.
So often our struggles make us very weary and tired.
When we really “get it” that the One who made us
truly desires to set us free,
we really begin longing at a new level
to know what it is to be restored to a new vitality.

They will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint…Isaiah 40:31

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To Jesus Christ our Lord, who came among us in his mercy, let us constantly cry out with joy:
Come Lord Jesus!

You came from the Father to take on our human nature,
-now set free what was harmed in us by sin.

One day you will come again in glory to Your chosen people,
-come to us today and help us sinners to recognize Your mercy and tender love.

We glory in praising You, Lord Jesus,
-come and bring us Your salvation.

Through faith you lead us into light,
-may we reveal your justice through our deeds.

Closing Prayer:
Loving and powerful God,
Some days I can only be in awe of Your power and love.
You never tire of supporting me.
I constantly ask for help
knowing You will always be there.
From some place deep in my soul,
I hear You calling me by name
and I prepare with a joyful heart for Your coming.
Grant me the gift of hope, patience and waiting in these Advent days
because I want the focus of my waiting to be on You.
I want to praise and glorify You with my life,
knowing You are beside me.
Let me live my gratitude to You, rejoicing!
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”wednesday of the second week - 13 dec 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 13 December – The Memorial of St Lucy (c 283-304)

One Minute Reflection – 13 December – The Memorial of St Lucy (c 283-304)

Cast me not our of your presence and your Holy Spirit, take not from me….Psalm 51:13psalm 51 13

REFLECTION – “When the Holy Spirit is in a soul, He communicates Himself in one way or another.
We can say that He makes virtue contagious and turns a simple faithful into an apostle.”…St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)when the holy spirit - st claude de la colombiere 1641-1682 - 13 dec 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant that Your Holy Spirit may inspire me to be a true follower of Your Son.   May He dwell in me always and keep me ever on the path of holiness.   May the prayer of the virgin Martyr Lucy, support us, O Lord, so that with each passing year, we may celebrate her entry into life and finally see You face to face and greet her with joy.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever amen.st lucy - pray for us - 13 Dec 2017

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Saint of the Day – 13 December – St Lucy (c 283-304)

Saint of the Day – 13 December – St Lucy/Lucia of Syracuse  (c 283-304) Virgin and Martyr – Patron of the blind, eye disorders, martyrs, Perugia, Italy, Malta; epidemics; salesmen, Syracuse, Italy, throat infections, writers,  against fire, against poverty, against spiritual blindness,  peasants, penitent prostitutes, poor people, sick children, authors, cutlers, farmers, glass blowers, glass makers, glaziers, labourers, lawyer, maid servants, notaries, ophthalmologists, opticians, porters, printers, saddler, sailors, salesmen, seamstresses, stained glass workers, tailors, upholsterers, weavers and 10 further towns and cities.  Attributes – • cord• eyes• eyes on a dish• lamp• swords• woman hitched to a yoke of oxen• woman in the company of Saint Agatha, Saint Agnes of Rome, Barbara, Catherine of Alexandria and Saint Thecla• woman kneeling before the tomb of Saint AgathaSOD-1213-SaintLucy-790x480Niccolò_di_Segna_-_Saint_Lucy_-_Walters_37756

All that is really known for certain of Lucy is that she was a martyr in Syracuse during the Diocletianic Persecution of 304 AD.   Her veneration spread to Rome and by the 6th century to the whole Church.   The oldest archaeological evidence comes from the Greek inscriptions from the catacombs of St. John in Syracuse.

St Lucy was born in Sicily and died during the persecution of Diocletian.   The fact that she is still mentioned in the first Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass shows the great respect that the Church has for her.   One story about Lucy is that she is said to have made a vow to remain unmarried.   When the man to whom she was engaged found out, he turned her in as a Christian.   After torture that included having her eyes torn out, she was surrounded by bundles of wood which were set afire; they went out.   She prophesied against her persecutors and was executed by being stabbed to death with a dagger.   She was executed in Syracuse (Sicily) in the year 304.   Her name is mentioned in the First Eucharistic Prayer, geographical places are named after her, a popular song has her name as its title and down through the centuries many thousands of little girls have been proud of the name Lucy.unknown artist; Saint Lucy

One can easily imagine what a young Christian woman had to contend with in pagan Sicily in the year 300.   If you have trouble imagining, just glance at today’s pleasure-at-all-costs world and the barriers it presents against leading a good Christian life.

Her friends must have wondered aloud about this hero of Lucy’s, an obscure itinerant preacher in a far-off captive nation that had been destroyed more than 200 years before. Once a carpenter, He had been crucified by the Roman soldiers after his own people turned Him over to the Roman authorities.   Lucy believed with her whole soul that this man had risen from the dead.   Heaven had put a stamp on all He said and did.   To give witness to her faith she had made a vow of virginity.

What a hubbub this caused among her pagan friends!   The kindlier ones just thought her a little strange.   To be pure before marriage was an ancient Roman ideal, rarely found but not to be condemned.   To exclude marriage altogether, however, was too much.   She must have something sinister to hide, the tongues wagged.

Lucy knew of the heroism of earlier virgin martyrs in particular St Agatha to whom she prayed for intercession.   She remained faithful to their example and to the example of the carpenter, whom she knew to be the Son of God.

Lucy, whose name means “light” kept the light of her loyal faith burning through the experience of death.   Now she is enjoying the eternal wedding banquet.

Dolci, Carlo, 1616-1686; Head of a young Saint (St Lucy?)Saint_Lucy_by_Cosimo_Rosselli,_Florence,_c._1470,_tempera_on_panel_-_San_Diego_Museum_of_Art_-_DSC06640

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Memorials of the Saints – 13 December

St Lucy (of Syracuse) (Memorial) – St Lucy/Lucia of Syracuse (c 283-304) Virgin and Martyr

St Antiochus of Sulci
Bl Antonio Grassi
St Aristone
St Arsenius of Latro
St Aubert of Arras
Bl Bartholomew of Tuscany
BL Costanza Starace
St Edburgh of Lyminge
St Einhildis of Hohenburg
Bl Elizabeth Rose
St Jodocus
BL John Marinoni
St Martino de Pomar
St Odilia of Alsace
St Roswinda
St Tassio of Bavaria
St Wifred
Blessed Mercedarian Knights – (7 beati): A group of Mercedarian knights who fought the enemies of the Catholic faith in the first century of the Order.
• Blessed Bernardo de Podio
• Blessed Giacomo de Copons
• Blessed Giovanni de Bruquera
• Blessed Guglielmo de Sa
• Blessed Pietro Boguer
• Blessed Pietro Ricart
• Blessed Raimondo de Frexa

Martyrs of Jeongju – (6 saints): Six Christian laymen who were imprisoned, tortured and martyred together in the persecutions in Korea. They were beheaded on 13 December 1866 in Supjeong-i, Jeongju, Chungcheong-do, South Korea
and Canonised on 6 May 1984 by St Pope John Paul II.
• Bartholomaeus Chong Mun-Ho
• Iosephus Han Won-So
• Peter Cho Hwa-so
• Petrus Son Son-Ji
• Petrus Yi Myong-So
• Petrus Chong Won-Ji

Martyrs of Sebaste – (5 saints): A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than their names – Auxentius, Eustratius, Eugene, Mardarius and Orestes. They were martyred in c 302 at Sebaste, Armenia (in modern Turkey) and their relics are enshrined at the church of Saint Apollinaris in Rome, Italy.

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Our Morning Offering – 13 December – Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

Our Morning Offering – 13 December – Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

18th Century Advent Hymn/Prayer

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.18th cent prayer or hymn - 13 dec 2017