Thought for the Day – 7 July – Christ IS near at either hand!

Thought for the Day – 7 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Life of Saint Francis of Assisi
known as the “Anonymous of Perugia”
(13th century)

“The Lord sent them ahead of him to every town and place he intended to visit”

Filled with the Holy Spirit’s graces as he already was, blessed Francis foretold to his brothers what was going to happen to them.   In the wood beside the chapel of Saint Mary of the Portioncula, where they were accustomed to meet for prayer, he called together those six brothers he already had and said:  “Dearest brothers, let us have a good understanding of our vocation – in His mercy, God has not called us just for our own benefit but for the service and even for the salvation, of many others.   So let us go out through the world, let us encourage and show men and women, by word and example, how to do penance for their sins and recall those commandments of God they have forgotten for so long.”

Then he added – “Do not be afraid, little flock (Lk 12,32) but put your trust in the Lord. Don’t ask each other – ‘And how are we going to preach, we who are ignorant and without learning?’   Remember, rather, our Lord’s words to His disciples:  ‘It is not you who will be speaking but the Spirit of your Father who will be speaking in you’ (Mt 10,20). Therefore, it is the Lord Himself, who will transmit His Spirit and wisdom to you, to teach men and women the ways and practices of His commandments”.

Christ be near, at either hand,
Christ behind, before me stand;
Christ with me, where’er I go,
Christ around, above, below.

Christ be in my heart and mind,
Christ within my soul enshrined;
Christ control, my wayward heart;
Christ abide and ne’er depart.

Christ my life and only way,
Christ my lantern, night and day;
Christ be my unchanging friend,
guide and shepherd to the end.

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Quote/s of the Day – 7 July – “Give to whoever asks you…”

Quote/s of the Day – 7 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 and the Memorial of Blessed Maria Romero Meneses F.M.A. (1902-1977)

‘…he sent them on ahead of him, two by two…’

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“Give to whoever asks you.
And what can I give?
I must give myself,
I must give my intelligence
to teach those who do not know
and to correct those in error.
I must give my life.
I must give my time
so that all the thirsty can drink…”

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One Minute Reflection – 7 July – Our Missionary Strategy

One Minute Reflection – 7 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

After this the Lord appointed seventy* others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come...Luke 10:1

REFLECTION – “Jesus gives His disciples a missionary strategy.
Pray for more labourers to carry out God’s work.
Blend with people in their food habits and lifestyle without imposing your standards upon them.
No purse, could mean don’t make them feel you are self-sufficient to manage on rainy days and could buy comforts unaffordable to them on other days;
no haversack, meaning don’t load yourself with unnecessary baggage, or even give the impression that you are going to rob them of what they have;
no sandals, meaning, let your feet kiss the soil you tread so as to allow it to stick to you, telling them that you have come to belong.
Give them the gift of Peace. If not accepted, don’t force yourself on them but leave even the soil behind.
And, finally, let not your joy revolve around your success of working miracles but let it stem from the fact, that you have eternity with God as your inheritance, since your names are written in heaven.
Are you ready to be a labourer for God?”…Fr Isaac Arackaparambil SDPluke 10 1 - he sent them on two by two - 14 sun in ord time year c - from gods word.jpg

PRAYER – Be gracious Lord, to us who serve You and in Your kindness increase Your gifts of grace within us, so that fervent in faith, hope and love, we may go forth to share our gifts.   Grant, we pray, that with the motherly hand of Mary ever in ours, we may fulfil our mission and arrive safely home with You.   We make our prayer through Jesus our Christ and Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.sancta mater maria ora pro nobis pray for us 10 may 2019.jpg


Sunday Reflection – 7 July – “I Will Give You Rest”

Sunday Reflection – 7 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

“I Will Give You Rest”

“I will give you rest.
This is what Jesus did during His mortal life and this is what He still does in His continuing life in His Church.
How strongly and gently He received, corrected and raised up Mary of Magdala, Matthew, Peter and Paul!
With what humility and love He continues to receive countless millions of souls in the Eucharistic Communion which marks the highest point of union between the human and the divine!”

St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

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Our Morning Offering – 7 July – May I be Worthy to Approach

Our Morning Offering – 7 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

O Lord, my God,
May I be Worthy to Approach
Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

O Lord, my God,
grant Your servant the blessing of Your kindness,
that I may be worthy to approach
Your sublime Sacrament with true devotion.
Rouse me from the sloth
and idleness, which have gripped me,
that my heart may more readily be lifted up to You.
Come to me with Your saving Presence
and let me, in spirit, taste Your sweetness,
which lies hidden,
in the most Blessed Sacrament
as in a plentiful fountain.
Give light to my eyes too,
that I may gaze upon this great mystery
and strengthen me to believe it
with persevering faith.
It is You Who effect this work,
no human being has such power.
It is Your holy institution and not human invention.
No human beings are able to grasp and understand
these things of themselves,
for they are far above
even the keen intelligence of the Angels.
And shall I, a wretched sinner,
mere dust and ashes,
be able to probe and grasp
so sacred and incomprehensible a mystery?

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Saint of the Day – 7 July – St Pantænus, Father of the Church (Died c 216)

Saint of the Day – 7 July – St Pantænus, Father of the Church (Died c 216) Theologian, Philosopher, Teacher, Confessor and Defender of the Faith, Writer and interpreter of the Bible, the Trinity, and Christology, pantaenus snip.JPG

This learned father and apostolic man, flourished in the second century.   He was by birth a Sicilian, by profession a Stoic philosopher.   His esteem for virtue led him into an acquaintance with the Christians and being charmed with the innocence and sanctity of their conversation, he opened his eyes to the truth.   He studied the Holy Scriptures under the disciples of the apostles and his thirst after sacred learning, brought him to Alexandria, in Egypt, where the disciples of St Mark had instituted a school of the Christian doctrine.

Pantænus sought not to display his talents in that great mart of literature and commerce but this great progress in sacred learning, was after some time discovered and he was drawn out of that obscurity, in which his humility sought to bury itself.   Being placed at the head of the Christian school some time before the year 179, by his learning and excellent manner of teaching, he raised its reputation above all the schools of the philosophers and the lessons which he taught and which were gathered from the flowers of the prophets and apostles, conveyed light and knowledge into the minds of all his hearers.  This school was the earliest catechetical school and became influential in the development of Christian theology.   A famous pupil was St Clement of Alexandria.Saint_Pantaenus

The Indians who traded at Alexandria entreated him to pay their country a visit, whereupon he forsook his school and went to preach the Gospel to the Eastern nations. St Pantænus found some seeds of the faith already sown in the Indies and a book of the Gospel of St Matthew in Hebrew, which St Bartholomew had carried thither.   He brought it back with him to Alexandria, where he returned, after he had zealously employed some years in instructing the Indians in the faith.

St Pantænus continued to teach in private, till about the year 216, when he closed a noble and excellent life by a happy death.

Although no writings by Pantaenus are extant, his legacy is known by the influence of the Catechetical School on the development of Christian theology, in particular in the early debates on the interpretation of the Bible, the Trinity, and Christology.    He was the main supporter of St Serapion, Bishop of Antioch (191–211) for acting against the influence of pantaenus.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 7 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

St Alexander
St Angelelmus of Auxerre
St Antonino Fantosati
St Apollonius of Brescia
Bl Pope Benedict XI
Bl Bodard of Poitiers
St Bonitus of Monte Cassino
St Carissima of Rauzeille
St Eoaldus of Vienne
St Ethelburga of Faremoutier
Bl Francisco Polvorinos Gómez
St Hedda of Wessex
Bl Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin
Bl Juan Antonio Pérez Mayo
Bl Juan Pedro del Cotillo Fernández
Bl Justo González Lorente
St Maelruan
Bl Manuel Gutiérrez Martín
St Marcus Ji Tianxiang
Bl María del Consuelo Ramiñán Carracedo
Bl Maria Romero Meneses FMA (1902-1977)

Bl Marie-Gabrielle-Françoise-Suzanne de Gaillard de Lavaldène
St Medran
St Merryn
Bl Oddino Barrotti
St Odo of Urgell
St Odran
St Palladius of Ireland
St Pantaenus of Alexandria
St Pantænus, Father of the Church (Died c 216)
Bl Pascual Aláez Medina
Bl Peter To Rot (1912-1945) Martyr
About Bl Peter:

St Prosper of Aquitaine
St Syrus of Genoa
St They
St Willibald of Eichstatt

Martyrs of Durres – 7 saints: Also known as – Martyrs of Dyrrachium/ Martyrs of Durazzo. A group of seven Italian Christians who fled Italy to escape the persecutions of emperor Hadrian. Arrived in Dyrrachium, Macedonia to find Saint Astius tied to a cross, covered in honey, laid in the sun and left to be tortured by biting and stinging insects. When they expressed sympathy for Astius, they were accused of being Christians, arrested, chained, weighted down, taken off shore and drowned. We know little more about each of them than their names – Germaus, Hesychius, Lucian, Papius, Peregrinus, Pompeius and Saturninus. T hey were born in Italy and were martyred at sea c117 off the coast of Dyrrachium (Durazzo), Macedonia (modern Durres, Albania).