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Thought for the Day – 3 April – Easter Tuesday in the Easter Octave 

Thought for the Day – 3 April – Easter Tuesday in the Easter Octave

On the Spiritual Resurrection of the Children of God

If you be risen with Christ, mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. – Colossians 3

Let us represent to ourselves Jesus Christ, rising glorious from the Sepulchre.

“Faith in the Risen One is faith in something that has really taken place.   Today, it is still true, that Christianity is neither legend nor fiction, not mere exhortation nor mere solution.   Faith stands on the firm basis of reality that has actually taken place.   Today too, in the words of Scripture, we can as it were, touch the Lord’s glorified wounds and say, with Thomas, in gratitude and joy – My Lord and my God! (Jn 20:28)

One question, however, continually arises at this point.   Not everyone saw the Risen Jesus.   Why not?   Why did He not go in triumph to the Pharisees and Pilate to show them that He was alive and to let them touch His scars?   But in asking such a question, we are forgetting that Jesus was not a resuscitated corpse like Lazarus and the boy of Naim.   They were allowed to return once more, to their erstwhile biological life, which sooner or later, would have to end, after all, with death.   What happened in Jesus’ case, was quite different – He did not return to the old life but began a new one, a life that is ultimate, no longer subject to nature’s law of death but standing in God’s freedom and hence final and absolute.   A life, therefore, that is no longer part of the realm of physics and biology, although it has integrated matter and nature into itself on a higher plane.  And that is why it is no longer within the ambit of our senses of touch and sight.   The Risen One cannot be seen like a piece of wood or stone.   He can only be seen by the person to whom He reveals Himself.   And He only reveals Himself, to the one whom He can entrust with a mission.   He does NOT reveal Himself, to curiosity but to LOVE;  LOVE is the indispensable organ if we are to see and approach Him.”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

The Word of the Witnesses – Seek that Which is Above (1985)

the risen one cannot be seen like a piece of wood or a stone - ratzinger - benedict - 3 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 April – Tuesday in the Easter Octave – Speaking of….. Seeking Sanctity from the Wisdom St Augustine

Quote/s of the Day – 3 April – Tuesday in the Easter Octave 
Speaking of ….. Seeking Sanctity from the Wisdom of St Augustine

Lord, teach me to know You
and to know myself.lord, teach me to know you and to know myself - st augustine - 3 april 2018

A Christian is:
a mind through which Christ thinks,
a heart through which Christ loves,
a voice through which Christ speaks
and a hand through which Christ helps.a cchristian is a mind through which christ thinks - st augustine - 3 april 2018

As the soul is the life of the body,
so God is the life of the soul.
As, therefore, the body perishes
when the soul leaves it,
so the soul dies
when God departs from it.as the soul is the life of the body - st augustine - 3 april 2018

For grace is given not because
we have done good works
but in order that,
we may be able,
to do them.for grace is given - st augustine - 3 april 2018

Since love grows within you,
so beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul.

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchsince love grows within you - st augustine - 3 april 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 3 April – Easter Tuesday and The Memorial of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

One Minute Reflection – 3 April – Easter Tuesday and The Memorial of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”   And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptised every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit...Acts 2:36-38acts 2 36-38

REFLECTION – “Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin.   Thus, fasting is the proper antidote to lust; prayer to pride, to envy, anger and sloth; alms to covetousness.”…St Richard of Chichestersatisfaction consists in cutting off - st richard of chichester - 2017

PRAYER – Grant us O God, our Father, Your grace, that we may constantly work to repair the damage caused by our sin that we may seek forgiveness and then go forth to sin no more, always amending what earthly damage we have caused.   St Richard of Chichester, may your prayers, assist us on our journey to our heavenly home.   We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.st richard of chichester pray for us - 3 april 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 3 April – Easter Tuesday & The Memorial of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

Our Morning Offering – 3 April – Easter Tuesday & The Memorial of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

May I Love You More Dearly
St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

Thanks be to You,
my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits
You have given me,
For all the pains and insults
You have borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer,
friend and brother,
May I know You more clearly,
Love You more dearly,
Follow You more nearly.
Amen

St Richard recited this prayer on his deathbed, surrounded by the clergy of the diocese. The words were transcribed, in Latin, by his confessor Ralph Bocking, a Dominican friar and were eventually published in the Acta Sanctorum, an encyclopedic text in 68 folio volumes of documents examining the lives of Christian saints.   The British Library copy, contains what is believed to be Bockings transcription of the prayer:

Gratias tibi ago, Domine Jesu Christe, de omnibus beneficiis quae mihi praestitisti;
pro poenis et opprobriis, quae pro me pertulisti;
propter quae planctus ille lamentabilis vere tibi competebat.
Non est dolor similis sicut dolor meusthanks be to you my lord jesus christ - st richard of chichester - 3 april 2018

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Saint of the Day – 3 April – St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

Saint of the Day – 3 April – St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253) also known as Richard de Wych – born in 1197 at Droitwich, Worcestershire, England as Richard de Wych – 3 April 1253 at Dover, Kent, England of natural causes.   Bishop, Teacher, Reformer, apostle of charity, Writer, Miracle Worker.   Patronages – coachmen, diocese of Chichester, England, Sussex, England.   Attributes – Bishop with a chalice on its side at his feet because he once dropped the chalice during a Mass and nothing spilled from it;  kneeling with the chalice before him;  ploughing his brother’s fields; a bishop blessing his flock with a chalice nearby.HEADER - ST RICHARD OF CHICHESTER

Richard was born, c 1197, in the little town of Wyche, eight miles from Worcester, England.   He and his elder brother were left orphans when young and Richard gave up the studies which he loved, to farm his brother’s impoverished estate.   His brother, in gratitude for Richard’s successful care, proposed to make over to him all his lands but he refused both the estate and the offer of a brilliant marriage, to study for the priesthood at Oxford.

In 1235 he was appointed, for his learning and piety, chancellor of that University and afterwards, by St Edmund of Canterbury, chancellor of his diocese.   He stood by that Saint in his long contest with the king and accompanied him into exile.   After St. Edmund’s death Richard returned to England to toil as a simple curate but was soon elected Bishop of Chichester in preference to the worthless nominee of Henry III.   The king in revenge refused to recognise the election and seized the revenues of the see.  Thus Richard found himself fighting the same battle in which St Edmund had died.   He went to Lyons, was there consecrated as Bishop by Innocent IV in 1245 and returning to England, in spite of his poverty and the king’s hostility, exercised fully his episcopal rights and thoroughly reformed his see. After two years his revenues were restored.

Young and old loved St Richard.   He gave all he had, and worked miracles, to feed the poor and heal the sick but when the rights or purity of the Church were concerned he was inexorable.   When a priest of noble blood polluted his office by sin, Richard deprived him of his benefice and refused the king’s petition in his favour.   On the other hand, when a knight violently put a priest in prison, Richard compelled the knight to walk round the priest’s church with the same log of wood on his neck to which he had chained the priest and when the burgesses of Lewes tore a criminal from the church and hanged him, Richard made them dig up the body from its unconsecrated grave and bear it back to the sanctuary they had violated.

Richard died in 1253, while preaching, at the Pope’s command, a crusade against the Saracens.   He was Canonised in 1262 by Pope Urban IV at Viterbo, Papal States (part of modern Italy).large - st richard of chichester

Richard is widely remembered today for the popular prayer ascribed to him:

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ

For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.

Richard recited this prayer on his deathbed, surrounded by the clergy of the diocese. The words were transcribed, in Latin, by his confessor Ralph Bocking, a Dominican friar and were eventually published in the Acta Sanctorum, an encyclopedic text in 68 folio volumes of documents examining the lives of Christian saints. The British Library copy, contains what is believed to be Bockings transcription of the prayer:

Gratias tibi ago, Domine Jesu Christe, de omnibus beneficiis quae mihi praestitisti;
pro poenis et opprobriis, quae pro me pertulisti;
propter quae planctus ille lamentabilis vere tibi competebat.
Non est dolor similis sicut dolor meusheader 2 - st richard

Shrine
Many miracles were wrought at Richard’s tomb in Chichester cathedral, which was long a popular place of pilgrimage and in 1262, just 9 years after his death, he was canonizsed at Viterbo by Pope Urban IV.    During the episcopate of the first Anglican bishop of Chichester, Richard Sampson, King Henry VIII of England, through his Vicar-General, Thomas Cromwell ordered the destruction of the Shrine of St Richard in Chichester cathedral in 1538.

“Forasmuch as we have lately been informed that in our cathedral church of Chichester there hath been used long heretoforeand yet at this day is used, much superstition and a certain kind of idolatry about the shrine and bones of a certain bishop of the same, whom they call Saint Richard and a certain resort there of common people, which being men of simplicity are seduced by the instigation of some of the clergy, who take advantage of their credulity to ascribe miracles of healing and other virtues to the said bones, that God only hath authority to grant. . . . . We have appointed you, with all convenient diligence to repair unto the said cathedral church and to take away the shrine and bones of that bishop called Saint Richard, with all ornaments to the said shrine belonging, and all other the reliques and reliquaries, the silver, the gold and all the jewels belonging to said shrine and that not only shall you see them to be safely and surely conveyed unto our Tower of London there to be bestowed and placed at your arrival but also ye shall see both the place where the shrine was kept, destroyed even to the ground and all such other images of the said church, where about any notable superstition is used, to be carried and conveyed away, so that our subjects shall by them in no ways be deceived hereafter but that they pay to Almighty God and to no earthly creature such honour as is due unto him the Creator. . . . . Given under our privy seal at our manor of Hampton Court, the 14th day of Dec., in the 30th year of our reign (1538).   Document issued by Thomas Cromwell on behalf of Henry VIII.”

The document ordering the destruction of the shrine was issued to a Sir William Goring of Burton and a William Ernley.   They received £40 for carrying out the commission on 20 December 1538.   The Shrine of St. Richard had, up to this point, enjoyed a level of popularity approaching that accorded to Thomas Becket at Canterbury.   It seems that someone associated with the parish of West Wittering in Sussex, possibly William Ernley, using his position as royal commissioner for the destruction of St Richard’s Shrine, may have spirited away the relics and bones of St Richard and hidden them in their own parish church, as there are persistent legends of the presence there, of the remains of the saint:

The Lady Chapel not only contains the Saxon Cross but also an ancient broken marble slab engraved with a Bishop’s pastoral staff and a Greek cross believed to have come from a reliquary containing the relics of St Richard of Chichester, a 13th century bishop who often visited West Wittering.  Part of his story is shown in the beautiful red, white and gold altar frontal presented by Yvonne Rusbridge in 1976.   On the left St Richard is shown feeding the hungry in Cakeham and on the right leading his followers from the church, his candle miraculously alight despite the gust of wind which blew out all the other candles.

st richard statue 2

The modern St Richard’s Shrine is located in the retro-quire of Chichester cathedral and was re-established in 1930 by Dean Duncan Jones.   In 1987 during the restoration of the Abbey of La Lucerne, in Normandy, the lower part of a man’s arm was discovered in a reliquary, the relic was thought to be Richard’s.  After examination, to establish its provenance, the relic was offered to Bishop Eric Kemp and received into the cathedral on 15 June 1990.   The relic was buried in 1991 below the St Richard altar.   A further relic, together with an authentication certificate, was offered from Rome at the same time and is now housed at the bishops chapel in Chichester.   The modern shrine of Richard contains an altar that was designed by Robert Potter, a tapestry designed by Ursula Benker-Schirmer (partly woven in her studio in Bavaria and partly at the West Dean College) and an icon designed by Sergei Fyodorov (image below) that shows St Richard in episcopal vestments, his hand raised in blessing towards the viewer but also in supplication to the figure of Christ who appears to him from heaven.shrine of st richardst richard of chichester 3

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Memorials of the Saints – 3 April

Bl Alexandrina di Letto
St Attala of Taormina
St Benatius of Kilcooley
St Benignus of Tomi
St Burgundofara
St Chrestus
St Comman
St Evagrius of Tomi
Bl Francisco Solís Pedrajas
Bl Gandulphus of Binasco
Bl Iacobus Won Si-bo
St John I of Naples
Bl John of Penna
St Joseph the Hymnographer
Bl Juan Otazua Madariaga
Bl Lawrence Pak Chwi-deuk
St Luigi Scrosoppi of Udine
Bl Maria Teresa Casini
St Nicetas of Medicion
St Papo
Bl Piotr Edward Dankowski
St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

Bl Robert Middleton
St Sixtus I, Pope
Bl Thurstan Hunt
St Vulpian of Tyre