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Lenten Reflection – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Lenten Reflection – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Jeremiah 18:18-20, Psalms 31:5-6, 14-16, Matthew 20:17-28

Jeremiah 18:18-19 – Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue and let us not heed any of his words.” Give heed to me, O LORD and hearken to my plea.

Psalm 31:5 & 13-14 – Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. Yea, I hear the whispering of many – terror on every side! – as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in thee, O LORD, I say, “Thou art my God.”

Matthew 20:26-28 – It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”wed of the second week - 28 feb 2018

There are several ways in which we can get things wrong on our journey to God and this season of Lent is a good time to become aware of them.

Firstly, we must not be taken by surprise if trying to follow God’s lead brings us persecution and hatred. Jeremiah in today’s first reading is not at all pleased with this state of affairs and is quite firm in his demands that his God should rescue him.

The psalmist is facing a similar situation (“terror all aound me”) and he is not exactly delighted that his life is in danger. However, he does not make any complaints, simply places his life confidently into the hands of God.

In the Gospel, Jesus is for the third time privately predicting to his slightly dim-witted disciples (though it is easy for us at this distance to second-guess the disciples – you? me? – have we done any better?) what is going to happen to Him and it is at least, as bas as what faces Jermiah, except for the last part of the prediction, which we hardly ever notice “and on the third day he will be raised.” That, however, is not what goes wrong. The failure on the part of His hearers is that of the mother of the sons of Zebedee. So James and John have to have it explained to them that Jesus’ way is the way of death.

Not that the other apostles are any better and now it is their turn to get things wrong, as they turn crossly on the two brothers. This is presumably not because they are shocked that James and John had so radically misunderstood Jesus but because, they had got ahead in the power-game.

For, the odd thing is – and at this point in Lent we shall do well to remind ourselves of it – that we are following a Lord who came not to be served but to serve – and to give His life!

On my journey to the Resurrection, do I trust God despite the difficulties I encounter?
Are there times in my life where I exercise power over others and delight in it?
Am I really one who serves?

Fr Nicholas King – The Lenten Journey to Easter

Loyalty to You 
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God, my whole life has been a course of mercies and blessings shown to one who has been most unworthy of them.
I require no faith, for I have had long experience as to Your Providence toward me.
Year after year, You have carried me on, refreshed me, borne with me, directed me, sustained me.
O forsake me not when my strength fails me.
And You never will forsake me.
I may rest upon Your arm; I may go to sleep in Your bosom.
Only give me and increase in me, that true loyalty to You, which is the bond of the covenant between You and me and the pledge in my own heart and conscience that You, the Supreme God, will not forsake me, the most miserable of Your children!o my god, my whole life - bl john henry newman - 28 feb 2018

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Thought for the Day – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Thought for the Day – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

“The cup that Jesus speaks about is neither a symbol of death nor a symbol of victory.
It is a symbol of life, filled with sorrows and joys, that we can hold, lift and drink
as a blessing and a way to salvation. “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?”,
Jesus asks us. It is a question that will have a different meaning every day of our lives.
Can we embrace fully the sorrows and joys that come to us day after day?

Drinking the cup that Jesus drank is living a life in and with the spirit of Jesus, which is
the spirit of unconditional love. The intimacy between Jesus and His Father is an
intimacy of complete trust….it is only love – pure, unrestrained and ultimate love.
That intimacy gave Jesus the strength to drink the cup.

That same intimacy Jesus wants to give us so that we can drink ours!”

Fr Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) (Can you drink the Cup)the intimacy between jesus and his father - 28 feb 2018-henri nouwen

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Quote of the Day – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Quote of the Day – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

“Does our life become from day to day more painful,
more oppressive, more replete with sufferings?
Blessed be He a thousand times who desires it so.
If life be harder, love makes it also stronger 
and only this love, grounded on suffering,
can carry the Cross of my Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Blessed Miguel Pro – Martyr (1891-1927)DOES OUR LIFE BECOME-BL MIGUEL PRO

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One Minute Reflection – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent and the Memorial of Blessed Stanislaw Antoni Trojanowski (1908-1942) Martyr

One Minute Reflection – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent and the Memorial of Blessed Stanislaw Antoni Trojanowski (1908-1942) Martyr

But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?”…Matthew 20:22

REFLECTION – “The task of the heart is self-preservation, holding together what is its own.   The pierced Heart of Jesus has truly… overturned this definition.   This Heart is not concerned with self-preservation but with self-surrender.   It saves the world by opening itself.   The collapse of the opened Heart is the content of the Easter Mystery.   The Heart saves, indeed, but it saves, by giving itself away.”…Pope Benedict XVIthe task of the heart is self-preservation - pope benedict xvi - 28 feb 2018

PRAYER – We give You thanks Holy God and Father, for sending us Your Son to teach us how to love, to teach us that only in giving ourselves may we receive ourselves.   Our hearts are made of stone but You O God, can turn them into flesh and teach us to open our hearts completely to the way of the Cross.   May the Martyr Blessed Stanislaw Trojanowski, offer his prayers for us, as we strive to learn, as he did, this way our Lord taught us.   Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.bl stanislaw trojanowski pray for us - 28 feb 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Our Morning Offering – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Heart Of Jesus
By Blessed Miguel Pro – Martyr (1891-1927)

I believe, O Lord
but strengthen my faith,
Heart of Jesus, I love Thee
but increase my love.
Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee,
but give greater vigour
to my confidence.
Heart of Jesus,
I give my heart to Thee,
but so enclose it in Thee
that it may never
be separated from Thee.
Heart of Jesus, I am all Thine,
but take care of my promise
so that I may be able
to put it into practice even unto
the complete sacrifice of my life.
Amenheart of jesus - bl miguel pro - 28 feb 2018

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Saint of the Day – 28 February – Blessed Stanislaw Antoni Trojanowski (1908-1942) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 28 February – Blessed Stanislaw Antoni Trojanowski (1908-1942) Martyr  and Religious Brother – also known as:  Tymoteusz, Timoteo Trojanowski, Stanislaw Tymoteusz Trojanowski,   prisoner 25431.   Born on 29 July 1908 in Sadlowo, Mazowieckie, diocese of Plock, Poland – 28 February 1942 in the death camp hospital at Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Malopolskie, Nazi-occupied Poland of pneumonia.   He was Beatified on 13 June 1999 by St Pope John Paul II.

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In the Auschwitz death camp near Krakow in Poland, Blessed Timoteusz Trojanowski, a Brother of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and martyr, who, during the domination of his homeland under a regime hostile to humanity and religion, exhausted by tortures suffered for confessing his Christian faith, brought to fruition his martyrdom.

Stanislaw Antoni was born 29 July 1908 in the village of Sadlowo, in the diocese of Plock, parents and Ignacy Franciszka Zebkiewicz.   The precarious economic situation of the family led him to work from an early age.   This involved poor attendance at primary school.   On 5 March 1930 he entered the convent of Friars Minor Conventual and Niepokalanow (founded by St Maximillian Kolbe) and on 6 January 1931 he was able to begin his novitiate with the name of Tymoteusz.   He made a simple profession of vows on 2 February 1932 and professed his solemn vows on 11 February 1935.   His whole religious life was held in Niepokalanow, working in the shipping department of the magazine “Knights of the Immaculate Conception” in the warehouse and infirmary, where he devoted himself to the sick brethren.

On 3 May 1937, he reported to his superior his wish to go on a mission “anywhere, anytime, provided the will of God.”

He was disciplined and faithful to his vocation, had great confidence on the part of his famous superior, Father Kolbe.

With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he chose to remain at Niepokalanow.   On 14 October 1941 he was arrested by the Gestapo with six brothers, including a Friar Bonifacy and locked up in prison in Warsaw because they were Catholics.   In prison he was able to devote much time to prayer, bolstering the courage to others.

On 8 January 1942 he was again deported with Bonifacy to the concentration camp of Oswiecim with the number 25431.   He was originally intended for the transport of construction materials, then the excavation and transport of gravel and finally to the collection of rapeseed.   He endured, with great courage, the hunger, cold and hard work.   He never lost heart, always encouraging others to trust in the protection of God.   The cold caused the pneumonia that led to his death in the hospital at the death camp on 28 February 1942.   (From the translated Roman Martyrology)

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Memorials of the Saints – 28 February

St Abercius
Bl Antonia of Florence
St Augustus Chapdelaine
St Caerealis
St Caerealis of Alexandria
St Cyra of Beroea
Bl Daniel Brottier
St Ermine
St Gaius of Alexandria
St Pope Hilary/Hilarius
St Justus the Potter
St Llibio
St Macarius the Potter
St Maidoc
St Marana of Beroea
St Oswald of Worcester
St Proterius of Alexandria
St Pupulus of Alexandria
St Romanus of Condat
St Ruellinus of Treguier
St Rufinus the Potter
St Serapion of Alexandria
St Sillan of Bangor
Bl Stanislaw Antoni Trojanowski  (1908-1942) Martyr
St Theophilus the Potter
Bl Villana de’Botti

Martyrs of Alexandria – A number of clerics and layman who died as martyrs of charity for ministering to the sick during a plague that ravaged Alexandria, Egypt in 261.

Martyrs of Unzen – 16 lay people martyred together in one of the periodic anti-Christian persecutions in imperial Japan – They were martyred on 28 February 1627 in Unzen, Japan and Beatified on 24 November 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.
• Alexius Sugi Shohachi
• Damianus Ichiyata
• Dionisius Saeki Zenka
• Gaspar Kizaemon
• Gaspar Nagai Sohan
• Ioannes Araki Kanshichi
• Ioannes Heisaku
• Ioannes Kisaki Kyuhachi
• Leo Nakajima Sokan
• Ludovicus Saeki Kizo
• Ludovicus Shinzaburo
• Maria Mine
• Paulus Nakajima
• Paulus Uchibori Sakuemon
• Thomas Kondo Hyoemon
• Thomas Uzumi Shingoro