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Thought for the Day – 6 August – ‘..Today salvation has come to this house.’

Thought for the Day – 6 August – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36

It is indeed good to be here, as you have said, Peter.   It is good to be with Jesus and to remain here forever.   What greater happiness or higher honour could we have than to be with God, to be made like Him and to live in His light?

Therefore, since each of us possesses God in his heart and is being transformed into His divine image, we also should cry out with joy:
It is good for us to be here – here where all things shine with divine radiance, where there is joy and gladness and exultation, where there is nothing in our hearts but peace, serenity and stillness, where God is seen.
For here, in our hearts, Christ takes up His abode together with the Father, saying as

He enters – Today salvation has come to this house.

With Christ, our hearts receive all the wealth of His eternal blessings and there where they are stored up for us in Him, we see reflected as in a mirror both the first fruits and the whole of the world to come.

St Anastasius of Sinai (630-701)

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Fr James Kubicki SJ of the Apostleship of Prayer, shares his own personal experience as a pilgrim, journeying up Mt Tabor, the location traditionally identified with the Feast of the Transfiguration.

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Quote of the Day – 6 August – Jesus goes before us to show us the way

Quote of the Day – 6 August – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36

“Jesus goes before us to show us the way,
both up the mountain and into heaven and —
I speak boldly — it is for us now,
to follow him with all speed . . .
Let us run with confidence and joy
to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah,
or like James and John.
Let us be caught up like Peter
to behold the divine vision
and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration.
Let us retire from the world,
stand aloof from the earth,
rise above the body,
detach ourselves from creatures
and turn to the Creator,
to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed:
‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.’”

Saint Anastasius (died 628)jesus goes before us to show us the way - st anastasius 6 aug 2019 transfiguration .jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 6 August – Listen to Him.”

One Minute Reflection – 6 August – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:28-36

“This is my beloved Son. listen to him.”...Luke 9:35this-is-my-beloved-son-listen-to-him-mark-9-7-6-aug-2018 AND 6 AUG 2019

REFLECTION – “Jesus is the Son-made-Servant, sent into the world to save us all through the Cross, fulfilling the plan of salvation.   His full adherence to God’s will renders His humanity transparent to the glory of God, who is love.   He is the fulfilment of revelation, that is why, beside Him appear transfigured, Moses and Elijah appear, they represent the Law and the Prophets, so as to signify that everything finishes and begins in Jesus.   Their instructions for the disciples and for us, is this: “Listen to Him!”.
Listen to Jesus.   He is the Saviour – follow Him.
To listen to Christ, in fact, entails taking up the logic of his Pascal Mystery, setting out on the journey with Him to make of oneself a gift of love to others, in docile obedience to the will of God, with an attitude of detachment from worldly things and of interior freedom. One must, in other words, be willing to “lose one’s very life” (cf. Mk 8:35), by giving it up so that all men might be saved, thus, we will meet in eternal happiness.   The path to Jesus always leads us to happiness, don’t forget it!” … Pope Francis (Angelus, 1 March 2015)listen to jesus he is the saviour follow him pope francis 6 aug 2019 transfiguration.jpg

PRAYER – Father, at the Transfiguration in glory of Your only-begotten Son, You confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness to Jesus of the prophets Moses and Elijah. You foreshadowed what we shall be when You bring our sonship to its perfection.   Grant that by listening to the voice of Jesus, we may become heirs with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God forever and may Mary, our tender and caring Mother, help us to be bright rays of the saving light of her Son Jesus. Amenmary-beloved-mother-pray-for-us-all - 6 aug 2018 and 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 6 August – Brightness of the Father’s glory

Our Morning Offering – 6 August – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Brightness of the Father’s glory
Transfiguration Hymn
Mount Saint Bernard Abbey
from the Liturgy of the Hours

Brightness of the Father’s glory
Springing from eternal light,
Source of light by light engendered.
Day enlightening every day.

In Your everlasting radiance
Shine upon us, Christ, true sun,
Bringing life to mind and body
Through the Holy Spirit’s pow’r.

Father of unfading glory.
Rich in grace and Strong to save.
Hear our prayers and come to save us,
Keep us far from sinful ways.

Dawn is drawing ever nearer,
Dawn that brings us all we seek,
Son who dwells within the Father,
Father uttering one Word.

Glory be to God the Father.
Glory to His Only Son,
Glory now and through all ages
To the Spirit Advocate.

Brightness of the Father’s Glory uses William Boyce’s tune Halton Holgate with new words by Mount Saint Bernard Abbey.   Mount Saint Bernard Abbey is a Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery in Leicestershire, UK founded in 1835.   In 1998, Nigerian born Cyprian Tansi was beatified by John Paul II. Blessed Cyprian had been a monk at Mount Saint Bernard for 14 years, from 1950, until his death, in 1964.   In the Liturgy of the Hours, Brightness of the Father’s Glory is used during Ordinary Time for Morning Prayer.brightness of the father's glory transfiguration hymn - 6 aug 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 6 August – Saint Pope Hormisdas (c 450-523)

Saint of the Day – 6 August – Saint Pope Hormisdas (c 450-523) – Papal Ascension 514 to 523 – talented diplomat, arbitrator and negotiater, born at Frosinone, Latium (southern Italy) and died at Rome on 6 August 523 of natural causes.St.-Hormisdas-Pope

One of the few popes to ever have children, Hormisdas’ actually raised his son to be a pope, Silverus (died 538).

A man of wealth, Hormisdas was born about 450 AD in Frosinone, Campagnia di Roma, Italy, in other words, the plains around the city of Rome.   This would put him in the centre of continual politics and controversy his whole life.   As a youth, Hormisdas married and had at least one son.   He most likely had a career in law or diplomacy, since he seemed to have such talent in this field.

However, as a middle-aged man, Hormisdas was probably widowed and turned his attention to the Church.   He became a deacon.   A well-known figure in Rome, Hormisdas was a foremost clerical supporter of Pope Symmachus during the Laurentian Schism, a time of competing papacies.   He was a notary of the 502 synod.

The day after the burial of the dead pope, Symmachus, Hormisdas was elected without notable controversy.   The people of Rome were probably tired of the anger and fighting.
His first action after his election was to receive back into the Church all the adherents of the Laurentian schism, those who had not yet reconciled.   The schism had lasted much too long, most likely because of a hatred directed at the person of Symmachus. Hormisdas wanted to move forward.

The second action Hormisdas took was to try to clear up the long lasting Acacian schism. This had been going on for 30 years, since 484.   Some Eastern bishops had tried to take the matter into their hands by writing to Symmachus asking for an attempt at re-unification.   However, Symmachus wanted the bishops to condemn Acacius and the bishops disagreed.   It was time for the new pope to try.Pope_hormisdas-e1496087523114

Emperor Anastasius, succssor to Zeno, was still on the throne.   He had maintained the Henoticon to the point that he was inclined toward Monophysitism, the belief that the Divine nature and the human nature of Jesus were one.   This was not the teaching of Rome.   Anastasius had driven three patriarchs out of their cities for their too orthodox teachings.

Discontent had been growing towards Anastasius’ inclinations.   A commander of the army, Vitalian of Lower Moesia, led a revolt.   He made two demands – 1. he wanted the office of distribution of grain for the troops restored to his person, a rather minor request;  and  2. he wanted the decisions of the Council of Chalcedon to be recognised and full unity with Rome.   Vitalian was very insistent.   He got many supporters as he marched towards Constantinople with his growing army.   By the time he arrived, in the late fall of 514, the emperor’s nephew, Hypatius, was waiting for him with the emperor’s army.   Hypatius was defeated and Emperor Anastasius was obligated to negotiate.

Vitalian was in a position to push his agenda.   He demanded that Anastasius convene a synod at Heraclea on 1 July 515, invite the pope and submit to the pope’s arbitration, the dispute about the various empty sees to restore unity.   Playing a game of chance with letters to the pope, the emperor sent out two letters by two carriers.   It took months for the pope to receive either and his ambassadors got to Heraclea too late for the synod.

A game of cat and mouse took up the next three years as ambassadors went back and forth, to no avail.   But suddenly, Anastasiius died in July of 518 and his supporter, the Patriarch Timotheus died shortly thereafter.   The new emperor, Justin I was a Chalcedonian Christian and was bound to reject the Monophysitism.   Within a year, negotiations had ironed out a formula.

In March, 519, the new Patriarch John signed a confession of faith, also known as the Formula of Hormisdas, reaffirming the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon.
The first sentence of the Formula reads as follows:  “The first condition of salvation is to keep the norm of the true faith and in no way to deviate from the established doctrine of the Fathers.”

Pope Hormisdas lived several years after his crowning accomplishment, dying on August 6, 523 AD.   He is buried in St Peter’s Basilica.   The Papal Medallion below is one of the only 56 on the main floor of St Peter’s Basilica.st pope medallion at st peter's M-Hormisdas-52

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Feast of the Transfiguration and Memorials of the Saints – 6 August

Transfiguration of Our Lord (Feast)
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/06/feast-of-the-transfiguration-of-the-lord-6-august-todays-gospel-mark-92-10/
AND:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/august-6-the-feast-of-the-transfiguration-of-the-lord/

Bl Gezelin of Schlebusch
St Gislain of Luxemburg
St Glisente of Brescia
Bl Goderanno
Bl Guillermo Sanz
St Hardulf of Breedon
St Pope Hormisdas (c 450-523)
St James the Syrian
St Justus of Alcala
Bl Maria Francesca Rubatto
Bl Octavian of Savona
St Pastor of Alcala
St Stephen of Cardeña
Bl Tadeusz Dulny
Bl William of Altavilla

Martyrs of Cardeña: Two hundred Benedictine monks at the Saint Peter of Cardegna monastery, Burgos, Spain who were martyred in the 8th century by invading Saracens. They were buried by local Christians in a nearby churchyard in Burgos, Spain and Beatified in 1603 by Pope Clement VIII (cultus confirmed).

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: 10 Beati
• Blessed Alejandro Casare Menéndez
• Blessed Andrés Soto Carrera
• Blessed José González Ramos Campos
• Blessed José María Recalde Magúregui
• Blessed Juan Silverio Pérez Ruano
• Blessed Saturnino Ortega Montealegre