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Thought for the Day – 2 July – “The poverty that makes rich.”

Thought for the Day – 2 July – Monday of the Thirteenth Week, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 8:18-22

“The poverty that makes rich.”

Excerpt from the “Sacrum Commercium” – “The Sacred Exchange between St Francis and Lady Poverty”

“And when He had fulfilled all those
Things of which you have spoken,
and desired to return to the Father Who had sent Him,
He made me a Testament to His Elect
and confirmed it by irrefragable Decrees :

Lay not up Gold nor Silver, nor Money.
Carry neither Purse, nor Scrip, nor Bread, nor a Staff, nor Shoes, nor two Coats.
And if any Man will contend with thee and take away thy Coat,
let go thy Cloak also. And whoever shall compel thee to go a mile,
go with him other twain.
Lay not up unto yourselves Treasures upon Earth,
where Rust and Moth doth corrupt
and where Thieves break through and steal.
Take no thought, saying:
What shall we eat, or what shall we drink,
or wherewithal shall we be clothed?
And take no thought of the morrow,
for the morrow will take thought for itself.
Sufficient unto the Day is the Evil thereof.
Whosoever doth not renounce
all that he hath, cannot be my
disciple . . . And many the
like sayings, which are all to
be found in the Gospels.”st francis - sacrum commercium - lady poverty no 1- 2 july 2018

The Sacred Exchange between Saint Francis and Lady Poverty, is one of the richest texts of the early Franciscan movement, “the single most brilliant example of the simple but lapidary allegory which was to become a major mode of spiritual writing in the later Middle Ages.”   An allegory offering insights into Francis’s vision of poverty, the Sacred Exchange weaves a luxuriant tapestry of images held together by the strong threads of a biblical theology.   For all of its richness, however, no text of these first hundred and fifty years is more mysterious.   Like the weaver of an undated tapestry, the author of the Sacred Exchange is content to hide obscurely making sure that the ends and threads are in their proper place that the beauty and exactness of his work may be seen.   Although there are many names suggested, the author of the Sacred Exchange still remains unknown.   The same holds true for the date of its composition though it is believed by solid historical explorations, to date from late 13th century.

The allegory is an exhortation written to encourage Francis’s followers to live in the authentic way of the saint’s biblical vision of poverty.   The central figure of the work is Lady Poverty, the personification of biblical Wisdom and, at times, of the Church.
The Passage above is one of the most profound, as each word is taken from scripture and bound together into a poem of immense richness.
This is a lesson we now need to embrace, as difficult as it would seem in the world in which we live, the world led only by riches.   For this is a true desire for sanctity, with Christ alone as our riches!

St Francis, Pray for us!st francis pray for us - 2 july 2018

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Quote of the Day – 2 July

Quote of the Day – 2 July – Monday of the Thirteenth Week, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 8:18-22

Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens
and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man
has nowhere to rest his head.”…Matthew 8:20

“He [ Jesus] is our clothing,
that for love wraps us and winds us,
embraces us and totally encloses us,
hanging about us in tender love.”

Julian of Norwich (c 1342-c 1430)he jesus is our clothing - julian of norwich - 2 july 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 2 July – Monday of the Thirteenth Week, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 8:18-22

One Minute Reflection – 2 July – Monday of the Thirteenth Week, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 8:18-22 and the Memorial of Blessed Peter of Luxembourg (1369-1387)

Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”…Matthew 8:20

REFLECTION – “Hence the blessed apostle Peter, when he was going up to the temple and was asked for alms by a lame man, said, “I have neither silver nor gold but what I do have I give you:  in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise and walk” (Acts 3:6)… And Peter, that poor man, who did not have anything to give him who asked for alms, bestowed so great a gift of divine grace that, not content with setting one man upright on his feet, he healed those many thousands of believers in their hearts by giving them faith.”…St Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Father & Doctorfoxes have dens - matthew 8 - 20 and peter, that poor man, - st leo the great - 2 july 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, be the beginning and the end of all that we are and do and say. Prompt our actions with Your grace, may Your light be our only way, may Your commands be our only need and complete all, with Your all-powerful help.   Blessed Peter of Luxembourg, who was the rich young man made poor, pray for us!   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God with You, forever and ever, amen.bl peter of luxembourg pray for us - 2 july 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 2 July

Our Morning Offering – 2 July

All Shall be Well
By Julian of Norwich (c 1342-c 1430)

In You, Father almighty, we have
our preservation and our bliss.
In You, Christ,
we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother and Saviour.
In You, our Lord the Holy Spirit,
is marvelous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing,
for love You wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe,
that by Your grace
all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of things
shall be well.
Amenall shall be well - julian of norwich - 2 july 2018

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Saint of the Day – 2 July – Blessed Peter of Luxembourg (1369-1387)

Saint of the Day – 2 July – Blessed Peter of Luxembourg (1369-1387) – Bishop and Cardinal – born in 1369 in Lorraine, France and died in 1387 at the Carthusian monastery, Villeneuve, France of a fever.  Patron of Avignon, France.Portrait_du_Bienheureux_Pierre_de_Luxembourg_-_Musée_du_Petit_Palais_d'Avignon

Blessed Peter of Luxemburg, descended both by his father and mother from the noblest families in Europe, was born in Lorraine in the year 1369.   When still a schoolboy twelve years of age, he went to London as a hostage for his brother, who had been taken prisoner.   The English were so won by Peter’s holy example that they released him at the end of the year, taking his word the ransom would be paid.   King Richard II of England invited him to remain at his court but Peter returned to Paris, determined to have no master but Christ.

Because of his prudence and sanctity, at the early age of fifteen he was appointed bishop of Metz.   He made his public entry into his see barefoot and riding on a donkey.   He governed his diocese with all the zeal and prudence of maturity and divided his revenues in three parts — for the Church, the poor and lastly, his household.   His charities often left him personally destitute;  only twenty pence would remain to him when he died.

bl peter of luxembourg - refined and enlarged mosaic

Created Cardinal of Saint George, his austerities in the midst of court life were so severe that he was ordered to moderate them.   Peter replied, I shall always be an unprofitable servant but I can at least obey.   Ten months after this last promotion he fell ill with a fever;  he lingered for some time in a sinking condition, his holiness increasing as he drew near his end.   Blessed Peter, it was believed, never stained his soul by mortal sin, yet as he grew in grace his holy contempt for self became more and more intense.  When he had received the last sacraments, he forced his attendants each in turn to scourge him for his faults and then lay silent until he died.   The year was 1387 and the Cardinal-Saint was only 18 years old.

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God was pleased to glorify His servant after his death.   Among other miracles attributed to him the following one is related.   On 5 July 1432, a child about twelve years old was killed when he fell from a high tower in the palace of Avignon, upon a sharp rock.   The father, distraught with grief, picked up the scattered pieces of the skull and brains and carried them in a sack, with the mutilated body of his son, to Blessed Peter’s shrine. There, with many tears, he besought the Saint’s intercession.   After a time the child returned to life and he was set upon the altar for all to see.   In honour of this miracle, the city of Avignon chose Blessed Peter as its patron Saint.   The image below shows Bl Peter as the Patron of Avignon.

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Memorials of the Saints – 2 July

Bl Benedict Metzler
St Bernadine Realino (1530-1616)
Bl Giovanni da Fabriano Becchetti
St Jacques Fermin
Bl Jarich of Mariengaarde
St Jéroche
St Lidanus of Sezze
St Martinian of Rome
St Monegundis
St Oudoceus
Bl Peter of Luxembourg (1369-1387)
Bl Pietro Becchetti da Fabriano
St Processus of Rome
St Swithun

Martyred Soldiers of Rome – 3 saints: Three soldiers who were converted at the martyrdom of Saint Paul the Apostle. Then they were martyred, as well. We known nothing else about them but their names – Acestes, Longinus and Megistus. Martyred c68 in Rome, Italy

Martyrs in Carthage by Hunneric – 7 saints: A group of seven Christians tortured and murdered in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric for remaining loyal to the teachings of orthodox Christianity. They were some of the many who died for the faith during a period of active Arian heresy. – Boniface, Liberatus, Maximus, Rogatus, Rusticus, Septimus and Servus.

Martyrs of Campania – 10 saints: A group of ten Christians marytred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them to have survived are their names – Ariston, Crescention, Eutychian, Felicissimus, Felix, Justus, Marcia, Symphorosa, Urban and Vitalis. Martyred in 284 in Campania, Italy.

Martyrs of Seoul – 8 saints: Additional Memorial – 20 September as part of the Martyrs of Korea.
A group of eight Christians who were martyred together as part of the lengthy persecutions in Korea.
• Agatha Han Sin-ae
• Antonius Yi Hyeon
• Bibiana Mun Yeong-in
• Columba Gang Wan-suk
• Ignatius Choe In-cheol
• Iuliana Gim Yeon-i
• Matthaeus Gim Hyeon-u
• Susanna Gang Gyeong-bok
They were martyred on 2 July 1801 at the Small West Gate, Seoul, South Korea.   Beatified on 15 August 2014 by Pope Francis.