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Marian Thought for the Day – 3 May – Mary’s Month! – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

Marian Thought for the Day – 3 May – Mary’s Month! – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

On the Immaculate Conception
Mary is the “Virgo Purissima,” the Most Pure Virgin
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

BY the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin is meant the great revealed truth that she was conceived in the womb of her mother, St Anne, without original sin.

Since the fall of Adam all mankind, his descendants, are conceived and born in sin. “Behold,” says the inspired writer in the Psalm Miserere—“Behold, I was conceived in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me”.   That sin which belongs to every one of us and is ours, from the first moment of our existence, is the sin of unbelief and disobedience, by which Adam lost Paradise.   We, as the children of Adam, are heirs to the consequences of his sin and have forfeited in him, that spiritual robe of grace and holiness, which he had given him by his Creator at the time that he was made.   In this state of forfeiture and disinheritance we are all of us conceived and born and the ordinary way, by which we are taken out of it, is the Sacrament of Baptism.

But Mary never was in this state, she was by the eternal decree of God exempted from it. From eternity, God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, decreed to create the race of man and, foreseeing the fall of Adam, decreed to redeem the whole race by the Son’s taking flesh and suffering on the Cross.   In that same incomprehensible, eternal instant, in which the Son of God was born of the Father, was also the decree passed of man’s redemption through Him.   He who was born from Eternity was born by an eternal decree to save us in Time and to redeem the whole race and Mary’s redemption, was determined in that special manner which we call the Immaculate Conception.   It was decreed, not that she should be cleansed from sin but that she should, from the first moment of her being, be preserved from sin, so that the Evil One never had any part in her.   Therefore, she was a child of Adam and Eve as if they had never fallen, she did not share with them their sin, she inherited the gifts and graces (and more than those) which Adam and Eve possessed in Paradise.   This is her prerogative and the foundation of all those salutary truths, which are revealed to us concerning her.

Let us say then with all holy souls, Virgin most pure, conceived without original sin, Mary, pray for us.virgin most pure - pray for us - 3 may 2018

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Thought for the Day – 3 May – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

Thought for the Day – 3 May – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

As in the case of the other apostles, we see in James and Philip human men who became foundation stones of the Church and we are reminded again that holiness and its consequent apostolate are entirely the gift of God, not a matter of human achieving.   All power is God’s power, even the power of human freedom to accept His gifts.   “You will be clothed with power from on high,” Jesus told Philip and the others.   Their first commission had been to expel unclean spirits, heal diseases, announce the kingdom. They learned, gradually, that these externals were sacraments of an even greater miracle inside their persons—the divine power to love like God.

Sts Philip and James, pray for us!sts-philip-and-james-pray-for-us.3 may 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 May – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

Quote/s of the Day – 3 May – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

Speaking of:  Seeking Augustine

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 christian is - st augustine - 3 may 2018

Since love grows within you,
so beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul.since love grows within you - st augustine - 3 may 2018

Remember this.
When people choose to withdraw far from a fire,
the fire continues to give warmth
but they grow cold.
When people choose to withdraw far from light,
the light continues to be bright in itself
but they are in darkness.
This is also the case when people withdraw from God.remember this - st augustine - 3 may 2018

He who denies the existence of God,
has some reason for wishing
that God did not existhe who denies - st augustine - 3 may 2018

It is no advantage
to be near the light,
if the eyes are closed.it is no advantage - st augustine - 3 may 2018

Faith is to believe
what you do not see.
The reward of this faith,
is to see what you believe.faith is to believe what you do not see - st augustine - 3 may 2018

God provides the wind,
man must raise the sail.god provides the wind man must raise the sail - st augustine - 3 may 2018

God is always trying to give good things to us
but our hands are too full to receive them.

St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of Gracegod is always trying - st augustine - 3 may 2018

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One Minute Marian Reflection – 3 May – Mary’s Month! – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

One Minute Marian Reflection – 3 May – Mary’s Month! – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High…And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.…Luke 1:30-32,35the holy spirit will come upon you - luke 1 32,35

REFLECTION – “MARY AND THE BLESSED TRINITY:  Through the Incarnation of our Lord in her immaculate womb, Mary, the Daughter of God the Father, is also the Spouse of God the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God the Son.”…Let us offer to our Mother today:
A “Hail Mary” each time the clock strikes another hour…St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975) – “Mother of God and Our Mother,” Friends of God, 274.through the incarnation of our lord - st josemaria - 3 may 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You bestowed the Holy Spirit on Your Apostles while they were at prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus.   Fill us too with the gift of Your grace in the Holy Spirit and grant that by Mary’s prayer, we may give You faithful service and spread abroad the glory of Your name by word and example.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Your divine Son, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, amen.hail mary full of grace, pray for us - 3 may 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 3 May – Mary’s Month! – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

Our Morning Offering – 3 May – Mary’s Month! – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Sts Philip and James Apostles and Martyrs

O Mother of Jesus and my Mother
By Bl John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O Mother of Jesus and my Mother,
let me dwell with you, cling to you
and love you with ever-increasing love.
I promise the honour,
love and trust of a child.
Give me a mother’s protection,
for I need your watchful care.
You know better than any other
the thoughts and desires of the Sacred Heart.
Keep constantly before my mind
the same thoughts,
the same desires,
that my heart may be filled with zeal
for the interests of the Sacred Heart
of your Divine Son.
Instill in me a love of all that is noble,
that I may no longer be easily turned to selfishness.
Help me, dearest Mother,
to acquire the virtues that God wants of me,
to forget myself always,
to work solely for Him,
without fear of sacrifice.
I shall always rely on your help
to be what Jesus wants me to be.
I am His; I am yours, my good Mother!
Give me each day your holy and maternal blessing
until my last evening on earth,
when your Immaculate Heart
will present me to the heart of Jesus in heaven,
there to love and bless you
and your divine Son for all eternity.
Ameno mother of jesus and my mother - bl john henry newman - 3 may 2018

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3 May – Feast of Sts Philip and James – Apostles and Martyrs

May – Feast of Sts Philip and James – Apostles and MartyrsHEADER-the-apostles-philip-and-james-albrecht-d-rer

Philip was one of the first chosen Disciples of Christ.   On the way from Judea to Galilee Our Lord found Philip and said, “Follow Me.”   Philip straightway obeyed and then in his zeal and charity sought to win Nathaniel also, saying, “We have found Him of Whom Moses and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth” and when Nathaniel in wonder asked, “Can any good come out of Nazareth?”   Philip simply answered, “Come and see” and brought him to Jesus.   Another characteristic saying of this apostle is preserved for us by St John.   Christ in His last discourse had spoken of His Father and Philip exclaimed, in the fervour of his thirst for God, “Lord, show us the Father and it is enough.”  According to the anonymous Acts of Philip, through a miraculous healing and his preaching, Philip converted the wife of the proconsul of the city of Phyrgia.   This enraged the proconsul, and he had Philip, Bartholomew tortured.   Philip and Bartholomew were then crucified upside down and Philip preached from his cross.   As a result of Philip’s preaching the crowd released Bartholomew from his cross but Philip insisted that they not release him, and Philip died on the cross.   Another account is that he was martyred by beheading in the city of Hierapolis.philip

 

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St James the Less, the author of an inspired epistle, was also one of the Twelve.   St Paul tells us that he was favoured by a special apparition of Christ after the Resurrection.   On the dispersion of the apostles among the nations, St James was left as Bishop of Jerusalem and even the Jews held in such high veneration his purity, mortification and prayer, that they named him the Just.   The earliest of Church historians has handed down many traditions of St James’s sanctity.   He was always a virgin, says Hegesippus, and consecrated to God.   He drank no wine, wore no sandals on his feet and but a single garment on his body.   He prostrated himself so much in prayer that the skin of his knees was hardened like a camel’s hoof.   The Jews, it is said, used out of respect to touch the hem of his garment.   He was indeed a living proof of his own words, “The wisdom that is from above first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, full of mercy and good fruits.”   He sat beside St Peter and St Paul at the Council of Jerusalem and when St Paul at a later time escaped the fury of the Jews by appealing to Caesar, the people took vengeance on James and crying, “The just one hath erred,” stoned him to death.james the lesser

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Why do we celebrate the feasts of St Philip and St James the Less on the same day?   We celebrate them on the same day because their relics were brought to Rome together on the same day in early May.   They rest there still, in the Basilica of the Holy Apostles.   The reception of the Bodies of Sts Philip and James, which were brought from the East, somewhere about the 6th Century, gave rise to the institution of to-day’s Feast and this led gradually, to the insertion into the Calendar, of the special Feasts for the other Apostles and Evangelists.Sts. Philip and James popup800px-SS_Apostoli_001

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Church and Crypt therein, of the Apostles in Rome

For more on Sts Philip and James:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/blessed-feast-day-of-sts-philip-and-james-apostles-of-jesus-christ/

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Memorials of the Saints – 3 May – Feast of Sts Philip and James – Apostles and Martyrs

St James the Lesser Apostle (Feast)
St Philip the Apostle (Feast)


St Adalsindis of Bèze
Bl Adam of Cantalupo in Sabina
St Ahmed the Calligrapher
St Aldwine of Peartney
St Pope Alexander I
St Alexander of Constantinople
Bl Alexander of Foigny
St Alexander of Rome
Bl Alexander Vincioli
St Ansfrid of Utrecht
St Antonina of Constantinople
St Diodorus the Deacon
Bl Edoardo Giuseppe Rosaz
St Ethelwin of Lindsey
St Eventius of Rome
St Fumac
St Gabriel Gowdel
St Juvenal of Narni
Bl Maria Leonia Paradis
St Maura of Antinoe
St Peter of Argos
St Philip of Zell
Bl Ramon Oromí Sullà
St Rhodopianus the Deacon
St Scannal of Cell-Coleraine
Bl Sostenaeus
St Stanislas Kazimierczyk
St Theodolus of Rome
St Timothy of Antinoe
Bl Tommaso Acerbis
Bl Uguccio
Bl Zechariah