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Thought for the Day – 15 October – ‘He is a true friend.’

Thought for the Day – 15 October – The Memorial of St Teresa of Jesus of Avila (1515-1582) Doctor of the Church “Doctor of Prayer”

Let us Always be Mindful of Christ’s Love

Saint Teresa of Jesus of Avila
Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from her On the Book of Life

If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us.   He is a true friend. And I clearly see, that if we expect to please Him and receive an abundance of His graces, God desires, that these graces, must come to us from the hands of Christ, through His most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight.

Many, many times I have perceived this through experience.   The Lord has told it to me. I have definitely seen, that we must enter by this gate if we wish His Sovereign Majesty to reveal to us, great and hidden mysteries.   A person should desire no other path, even if he is at the summit of contemplation, on this road he walks safely.   All blessings come to us through our Lord.  He will teach us, for in beholding His life we find that He is the best example.

What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side?   Unlike our friends in the world, He will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed.   Blessed is the one who truly loves Him and always keep Him near.   Let us consider the glorious Saint Paul – it seems that no other name fell from his lips than that of Jesus, because the name of Jesus was fixed and embedded in his heart.   Once I had come to understand this truth, I carefully considered the lives of some of the saints, the great contemplatives and found that they took no other path – Francis, Anthony of Padua, Bernard, Catherine of Siena.   A person must walk along this path in freedom, placing himself in God’s hands.   If God should desire, to raise us, to the position of one who is an intimate and shares His secrets, we ought to accept this gladly.

Whenever we think of Christ, we should recall the love that led Him to bestow on us so many graces and favours and, also, the great love God showed, in giving us in Christ, a pledge of His love, for love calls for love in return.   Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love Him.   For, if at some time, the Lord should grant us the grace, of impressing His love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort.

Jesus, What a True Friend You are
By St Teresa of Jesus of Avila (1515-1582)

Jesus, what a true friend You are
and how powerful.
May You be blessed forever, Lord,
for offering Your hand of love
in my darkest,
most lonely moments,
for loving me
more than I love myself
and for putting up with
such a stubborn soul as mine.
Amenjesus-what-a-true-friend-you-are-3-oct-2019-by-st-teresa-of-avila.jpg

St Teresa, Pray for Us!st teresa of jesus of avila pray for us 15 oct 2019.jpg

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Journeying with Newman – The Thanksgiving Novena – Day Nine

Journeying with Newman
The Thanksgiving Novena for, with and to
the beloved and blessed John Henry Newman

Day Nine – 12 October

Model of Friendship

Intention:
That we are helped to cultivate the gift of charity.

“The love of our private friends
is the only preparatory exercise
for the love of all men.”

From his writings
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)the love of our private friends - john henry newman 12 oct 2019.jpg

Prayer:
Please pray one decade of the Rosary (any you choose) for this Intention and add the following Prayer:

O God our heavenly Father,
we offer You heartfelt thanks
for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman.
In him You give us,
an inspiring example of priest and teacher,
heroic and humble, in his labour
for the salvation of souls
and the pursuit of holiness.
Through his intercession,
we ask You to lead us,
by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit
and so grant us peace and joy,
in the one fold of the Redeemer.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amenday nine the newman novena - 12 oct 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 March – St Marie Eugénie de Jésus

Quote/s of the Day – 10 March – The Memorial of St Marie Eugénie de Jésus (1817-1898)

“Be the cotton
between sheets of glass,
to keep others, from shattering.”

“Transform
everything into
Praise and Thanksgiving!”

“Love never says
‘I have done enough.'”

St Marie Eugénie de Jésus (1817-1898)quotes st marie eugenie de jesus 10 march 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 31 January -The Memorial of St John Bosco (1815-1888)

Quote/s of the Day – 31 January -The Memorial of St John Bosco (1815-1888)

“Do not try to excuse your faults,
try to correct them.”

“Fly from bad companions
as from the bite
of a poisonous snake.”

“Act today in such a way,
that you need not blush
tomorrow.”do not try to excuse, fly from bad, act in such a way - st john bosco 31 jan 2019.jpg

“We do not go
to Holy Communion
because we are good,
we go to become good.”we do not go to holy comm - st john bosco 31 jan 2019 no 2.jpg

“Ask the Blessed Virgin for the grace
to receive Communion frequently and worthily…
Try to imagine that the Blessed Virgin, herself,
will give you the Sacred Host.
No-one would dare strike at the Heart of Jesus
while He is in Mary’s hands.”ask the blessed virgin for the grace - st john bosco 31jan2019.jpg

“Be good. This will make your angel happy.
When sorrows and misfortunes, physical or spiritual,
afflict you, turn to your guardian angel
with strong trust and he will help you.”

“Ask your angel
to console and assist you,
in your last moments.”

“Be ever more convinced that,
your guardian angel is really present,
that he is ever at your side.
St Frances of Rome always saw him
standing before her,
his arms clasped at his breast,
his eyes uplifted to Heaven –
but at the slightest failing,
he would cover his face as if in shame
and at times,
turn his back to her!”be good. ask your angel, be ever more convinced - st john bosco on angels - 31 jan 2019.jpg

“Serve the Lord joyfully!”
“Servite Domino in laetitia!”

St John Bosco (1815-1888)serve the lord - servite domini - no 2 st john bosco 31jan2019.jpg

and more here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/quote-s-of-the-day-31-january-the-memorial-of-st-john-bosco-1815-1888/

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

“I have looked into Your eyes with my eyes.
I have put my heart near Your Heart.”io have looked into your eyes - st pope john XXIII - 11 oct 2018

“To keep me from sin and straying from Him,
God has used,
devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament.
My life vows destined
to be spent in the light
irradiating from the tabernacle
and it is to the Heart of Jesus,
that I dare go.
for the solution of all my problems.”to keep me from sin - st pope john xxIII

“Never hesitate, to hold out your hand,
never hesitate to accept,
the outstretched hand of another.”never hesitate to hold out your hand - st john XXIII - 11 oct 2018

“Do not walk through time
without leaving worthy evidence
of your passage.”do not walk through time - st john XXIII - 11 oct 2018

“Holy Mother Church is a home for one and all.
She desires to belong to everyone
and in particular she is the Church of the poor,
like the village fountain”.holy-mother-church-is-st-john-23-11-oct-2017

“Before everything else,
fidelity to the Church –
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.
Jesus did not found several churches
but one single Church.”

St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)before everything else - st pope john XXIII - 11 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 24 January – The Memorial of St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church: Doctor caritatis (Doctor of Charity)

Quote/s of the Day – 24 January – The Memorial of St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church: Doctor caritatis (Doctor of Charity)

“Do not look forward
to the changes and chances
of this life in fear;
rather look to them
with full hope that,
as they arise, God,
whose you are,
will deliver you out of them.
He is your keeper.
He has kept you hitherto.
Do you but hold fast
to His dear hand
and He will lead you
safely through all things;
and, when you cannot stand,
He will bear you in His arms.
Do not look forward to
what may happen tomorrow.
Our Father will either
shield you from suffering,
or He will give you
strength to bear it.”do not look forward - st francis de sales - 24 jan 2018

“Anxiety is the greatest evil
that can befall a soul, except sin.
God commands you to pray
but He forbids you to worry.”anxiety is the greatest evil - st francis de sales - 24 jan 2018

“Great occasions for serving God
come seldom but little ones,
surround us daily.”great occasions - st francis de sales - 24 jan 2018

“Half an hour’s meditation
each day is essential,
except, when you are busy.
Then a full hour is needed.”

“Let us think only
of spending
the present day well.
Then, when tomorrow
shall have come,
it will be called
TODAY
and then,
we will think about it.”

“Every morning,
prepare your soul
for a tranquil day.”half an hour - st francis de sales - 24 jan 2018

“What we need,
is a cup of understanding,
a barrel of love
and an ocean of patience.”

“A quarrel between friends,
when made up,
adds a new tie to friendship.”

“Friendships begun in this world
will be taken up again,
never to be broken off. “what we need - st francis de sales - 24 jan 2018

“Don’t get upset
with your imperfections.
It’s a great mistake
because it leads nowhere –
to get angry
because you are angry,
upset at being upset,
depressed at being depressed,
disappointed because
you are disappointed.
So don’t fool yourself.
Simply surrender
to the Power of God’s Love,
which is always greater
than our weakness.”dont get upset with your imperfections-st francis de sales - 24 jan 2018

“Don’t sow your desires
in someone else’s garden;
just cultivate your own as best you can;
don’t long to be other than what you are
but desire to be thoroughly what you are.
Direct your thoughts, to being very good at that
and to bearing the crosses, little or great,
that you will find there.
Believe me, this is the most important
and least understood point to the spiritual life.
We all love according to what is our taste;
few people like what is according to their duty
or to God’s liking.
What is the use of building castles in Spain
when we have to live in France?”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchdont sow your desires - st francis de sales - 24 jan 2018

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Thought for the Day – 2 January – The Memorial of St Basil the Great (329-379) and St Gregory of Nazianzen (330-390) Fathers & Doctors of the Church – On Friendship “We seemed to be two bodies with a single spirit.”

Thought for the Day – 2 January – The Memorial of St Basil the Great (329-379) and St Gregory of Nazianzen (330-390) Fathers & Doctors of the Church – On Friendship “We seemed to be two bodies with a single spirit.”

St Gregory of Nazianzen
On 2 January the Roman Catholic Church honours the memory of two friends from an area of what is now Turkey that was called Cappadocia.   These men began their friendship while away at school and later became bishops who were the backbone of Catholic Orthodoxy during a period of doctrinal struggle and confusion.   Gregory presided over the 2nd ecumenical council, held at Constantinople, whose great achievement was the completion of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed that the Catholic Church recites each Sunday and the definition of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. These Cappadocian Fathers, both Fathers and Doctors of the Church, proved to be some of the most influential Christian teachers of all time, honoured by both East and West, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic.   Gregory here shares some memories of their friendship.

“Basil and I were both in Athens.   We had come, like streams of a river, from the same source in our native land, had separated from each other in pursuit of learning and were now united again as if by plan, for God so arranged it.

I was not alone at that time in my regard for my friend, the great Basil.   I knew his irreproachable conduct and the maturity and wisdom of his conversation.   I sought to persuade others, to whom he was less well known, to have the same regard for him. Many fell immediately under his spell, for they had already heard of him by reputation and hearsay.

What was the outcome?   Almost alone of those who had come to Athens to study he was exempted from the customary ceremonies of initiation for he was held in higher honour than his status as a first-year student seemed to warrant.

Such was the prelude to our friendship, the kindling of that flame that was to bind us together.   In this way we began to feel affection for each other.   When, in the course of time, we acknowledged our friendship and recognised that our ambition was a life of true wisdom, we became everything to each other:   we shared the same lodging, the same table, the same desires the same goal.   Our love for each other grew daily warmer and deeper.

The same hope inspired us – the pursuit of learning.   This is an ambition especially subject to envy.   Yet between us there was no envy.   On the contrary, we made capital out of our rivalry.   Our rivalry consisted, not in seeking the first place for oneself but in yielding it to the other, for we each looked on the other’s success as his own.

We seemed to be two bodies with a single spirit.   Though we cannot believe those who claim that everything is contained in everything, yet you must believe that in our case each of us was in the other and with the other.

Our single object and ambition was virtue and a life of hope in the blessings that are to come;  we wanted to withdraw from this world before we departed from it.   With this end in view we ordered our lives and all our actions.   We followed the guidance of God’s law and spurred each other on to virtue.   If it is not too boastful to say, we found in each other a standard and rule for discerning right from wrong.

Different men have different names, which they owe to their parents or to themselves, that is, to their own pursuits and achievements.   But our great pursuit, the great name we wanted, was to be Christians, to be called Christians.”

Learning of these two great Doctors of the Church, St Basil the Great and St Gregory of Nazianzen and their lifelong friendship, their collaboration, most especially against the battle against Arianism, cannot help but call to our minds a similar and immensely brilliant collaboration and personal friendship, which yielded endless fruit for the life of the Church.

Do you know of whom I speak?   Of course – St Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI – one already in the Halls of Heaven and raised to the Community of our Saints.  Both these great modern fathers are “Doctors” of the Church – whether yet recognised officially or not and the one blessedly still with us is a saint amongst the faithful.st john paul and benedict - 2016

Sts Basil and Gregory Pray for us!   St John Paul, Pray for us!   Beloved Papa Benedict continue to keep us all in your prayers.   Pray that our friendships may be as Godly as yours was!st basil and st gregory - pray for us - 2 jan 2018st john paul pray for us