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Quote/s of the Day – 3 December – St Francis Xavier

Quote/s of the Day – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

“It is impossible
to find a saint
who did not take
the “two P’s” seriously –
Prayer and Penance.”

“No-one may ever excel in great things,
who do not first excel in little things.”

“If you are in danger,
if your hearts are confused,
turn to Mary!”

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/03/quote-s-of-the-day-3-december-st-francis-xavier/

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)

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Thought for the Day – 19 October – Our Daily Bread

Thought for the Day – 19 October – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

“Month of the Holy Rosary”
Our Daily Bread

“In the Pater Noster, Jesus instructs us to ask for our daily bread – that is, for sufficient bread for today, not for tomorrow.
In this way, He warns us not to be too preoccupied with the future but, to trust in Providence and accept, from God’s hands, from day to day, whatever is necessary for us.
God is our Father and loves us as His children.
Knowing this, why should we worry about the future?

We are in the hands of God, Who looks after all His children.
Let us entrust ourselves completely to His care.
This does not mean that we should indulge in any kind of fatalism, expecting everything from God and doing nothing ourselves.
We cannot and should not expect unnecessary miracles.
We are under an obligation to work because work, is the result of and the punishment for, sin.
It enable us to co-operate with God in His work of creation and has ben ennobled and sanctified by Jesus Christ, Who chose to be “the carpenter’s son,” (Mt 13:55) and a carpenter Himself (Cf Mk 6:3).
We should work, therefore but, should not worry.

When we have done everything of which we ae capable, we should leave the rest to Divine Providence.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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One Minute Reflection – 27 August – “Stay awake! … for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” … Matthew 24:42,44

One Minute Reflection – 27 August – Thursday of the Twenty First week in Ordinary Time, Readings: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9Psalms 145: 2-34-56-7Matthew 24: 42-51 and the Memorial of Bl Amadeus of Lausanne OCist (1110—1159) Bishop

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! … for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” … Matthew 24:42,44

REFLECTION – “Listen to my words and give ear to my humble discourses,I cry out to you all, I exhort you: “Lift up your hearts to God, unbind yourselves from your attachment to the passions!” Here is what the prophet cries to you: “Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob” (Is 2:3), which is that of impassibility and let us contemplate with the eyes of our mind,s the joy held in store for us by the heavenly promises.
My beloved children, gather up your fervour, take wings of fire like the dove, as it is written, fly away (cf. Ps 54[55]:7), place yourselves among the virtuous, those on the right side (Mt 25:33). Receive joy, spiritual desire, impassioned for God. Taste the great sweetness of His love (cf. Rev 10:9-10) and, by it, considering all else as secondary, tread vainglory underfoot, the desire of the flesh and bitter anger! (…)
Let us hike up our tunics, be on the alert, have eagle eyes – this is the speediest flight for the trip that leads us from earth to heaven! It is true that travellers can have something to endure. And this happens to you too – indeed, as you see, you struggle under hard labours, you tire yourselves, you work the ground until you are out of breath, you pour with sweat, you are at the end of your strength, hungry, thirsty, one of you labouring at the plough, the other cultivating the vineyard, another pressing oil, or cooking, constructing, making bread or busy about the cellar. Briefly, each is at their post. All go forward on the highway to God, they approach the great city and, in death, they will have entry to the unutterable joy of the good things God reserves for all those who have loved Him! (…)
May we be accounted worthy of the kingdom of Christ Himself, our God, to whom belongs all glory and power with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, world without end. Amen.” … St Theodore the Studite (759-826) Monk at Constantinople – Catechesis 16

PRAYER – Lord God, renew Your Church with the Spirit of wisdom and love which You gave to St Amadeus. Lead us by that same Spirit, to seek You, the only fountain of true wisdom and the source of everlasting love. May we turn to You in sorrow and true repentance when we fail and strive always and everywhere to live in Your truth and Your love for all and thus be ready when You come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union with the Spirit, one God, forever and ever. St Amadeus, pray for Holy Mother Church and for us all, amen.

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Thought for the Day – 16 August – Work and Worry

Thought for the Day – 16 August – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Work and Worry

work and worry - bacci 16 aug 2020

“When we recite the Lord’s Prayer, we say with confidence “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
This does not mean, however, that we renounce, in a spirit of fatalism, all right to action and initiative on our part.

“Faith,” says St James, “unless it has works, is dead in itself” (Js 2:17-26).
The same applies to charity (Js 2:13-17).

Faith and charity, must be accompanied by action, which should always be inspired by the interior life.
But our external activity should never be allowed to quench the flame of the divine life within us.
If this should happen, our labour would grow sterile and would receive no blessing from God.

We should work hard but should always act as if death might come at any moment.
In other words, we should not become completely absorbed in our work but should keep before our minds, the ideals of the glory of God, our own sanctification and the salvation of our neighbour.
If our efforts seem to be successful, we should thank God.
But, if all our work appears to be in vain, we should thank Him just the same, for such things happen with God’s permission.
Providence often guides events in it’s own way for the promotion of God’s glory and for our greater good, which can be achieved through our humiliation, as well as through our success.

If our spiritual outlook is in conformity with these principles, we shall be able to preserve our peace of mind, no matter how busy we may be.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 August – St Clare of Assisi

Quote/s of the Day – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

“Our labour here is brief
but the reward is eternal.
Do not be disturbed
by the clamour of the world,
which passes like a shadow.
Do not let false delights
of a deceptive world deceive you.”

our labour here is brief - st clare of assisi 11 aug 2020

“Love God, serve God,
everything is in that.”

love-god-serve-god-everything-is-in-that-st-clare-1-jan-2019 and 2020

“Totally love Him,
who gave Himself totally,
for your love.”

totally loe hm who game hmself totally for your love - st clare of assisi 17 july 2020

“Love that cannot suffer
is not worthy of that name.”

love that cannot suffer is not worthy of that name - st clare of assisi 11 aug 2020

“Happy the soul to whom it is given
to attain this life with Christ …
For He is the Brightness of eternal glory,
the Splendour of eternal light,
the Mirror without spot.”

happy the soul - st clare of assisi 11 aug 2020

“O blessed poverty,
who bestows eternal riches
on those who love and embrace her!”

o blesed poverty - st clare of assisi 11 aug 2020

“Never forget that the way
which leads to heaven is narrow;
that the gate leading to life is narrow and low;
that there are but few who find it and enter by it
and, if there be some who go in
and tread the narrow path for some time,
there are but very few who persevere therein.”

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/11/quote-s-of-the-day-11-august-the-memorial-of-st-clare-of-assisi-1194-1253/

St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

never forget that the way which leads to heaven - st clare of assisi 11 aug 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – St Benedict

Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

“It is time now for us to rise from sleep!”

it is time now for us to rise from sleep! st benedict 11 july 2020

“Listen and attend
with the ear of your heart.”

listen and attend with the ear of your heart st benedict 11 july 2020

“He should know,
that whoever undertakes,
the government of souls,
must prepare himself
to account for them.”

he should know that whoever undertakes the government - st benedict 11 july 2020

“There exists an evil fervour, a bitter spirit,
which divides us from God and leads us to hell.
Similarly, there is a good fervour,
which sets us apart from evil inclinations
and leads us toward God and eternal life.”

st-benedict-there-exists-an-evil-fervour-11-july-2017 and 11 juy 2020

“For at all times
we must so serve Him
with the good things He has given us,
that He may not, as an angry Father,
disinherit His children,
nor as a dread Lord, provoked by our evil deeds,
deliver us to everlasting punishment
as wicked servants who refuse
to follow Him to glory.”

for at all times we must so serve Him - st benedict 11 july 2020

“He, who labours as he prays,
lifts his heart to God,
with his hands.”

he who labours as he prays lifts his heart to god with his hands - st benedict 11 july 2020

“Run, while you have the light of life!”

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/11/quote-s-of-the-day-11-july-st-benedict/

St Benedict (c 480-547)

run while you have the light of life! 11 july 2020 st benedict

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Thought for the Day – 8 July – Falling into Sin

Thought for the Day – 8 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Falling into Sin

falling into sin - bacci 9 july 2020

“The just man falls seven times,” says the Book of Proverbs (24:16).
Unfortunately, we have all experienced how true this is.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (Cf 1 Jn 1:8).

We fall often, in many ways – in thought, in speech, in action and by omission.
Sometimes, we fall in a moment of weakness or of impatience, at other times, we sin by an act of premeditated malice.
“Watch and pray,” Our Lord warns us, “that you may not enter into temptation” (Mt 26:41).

Our Lord also said that we “must always pray not lose heart” (Lk 18:1).
In other words, we should have a spirit of prayer which is based on the love of God and keeps us close to Him.
It is only when we are united to God, that temptations cannot hurt us and we are protected by His grace, from falling into deliberate sin.

It is idle to protest that this would require the virtue of anchorite and that we are entangled in all kinds of other business.
Virtue is necessary for everybody, not only for anchorites.
“The kingdom of heaven has been enduring violent assulat and the violent have been seizing it by force” (Mt 11:12).
In order to attain to the kingdom of God, therefore, we have to do violence to our corrupted nature.
A life of solitude is not essential for prayer, however.
One can be busy from morning till night and pray continuously, so that his work is offered to God and done for the love of God.
In this way, work becomes prayer and will save us from falling into sin.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 June – Bl Louise-Thérèse de Montaignac and St Cyril of Alexandria

Quote/s of the Day – 27 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Memorial of St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) and Blessed Louise-Thérèse de Montaignac de Chauvance OSHJ (1820-1885) “Apostle of the Sacred Heart”

“You work for God, without doubt
but one must work IN God.”

you work for god without dout but one must work IN god - bllouise-therese 27 june 2020

“Love dies where there is no humility.”

love dies where there is nohumlity - bllouise-therese 27 june 2020

“To hand onto your children.
the faith you received from your parents,
is your first duty
and your greatest privilege as parents.
The home should be the first school of religion,
as it must be the first school of prayer.

to hand on to your children - bl louise-therese 27 june 2020

Prayer of Bl Louise-Thérèse
“O Jesus, Eternal Life in the womb of the Father,
Life of souls made in Your likeness,
In the name of Your Love,
make Your Heart known and revealed.”

Blessed Louise-Thérèse de Montaignac de Chauvance (1820-1885)
“Apostle of the Sacred Heart”

o jesus eternal life in the womb of the father -bl louise therese de montaignac 27 june 2020

“By nature, each one of us
is enclosed, in his own personality
but supernaturally, we are all one.
We are made one body in Christ
because we are nourished by one flesh.
As Christ is indivisible, we are all one in Him.
Therefore, He asked His Father
“that they may all be One, as We also are one.”

by natue each one of us is enclosed - st cyril of alex - 27 june 2020

“We have passed over the waves
of this present life like a sea,
with its commotion and insane bustle.
We have eaten spiritual manna,
the bread that came down from heaven
giving life to the world.”

my-father-gives-you-the-true-bread-john-6-32-we-have-passed-over-sdt-cyril-of-alex-7-may-2019 (1)

“Christ, has dominion over all creatures,
a dominion not seized by violence
nor usurped but His,
by essence and by nature.

christ has dominion over all - st cyril of alexandria 24 nov 2019 christ the king

“The mark of Christ’s sheep
is their willingness to hear and obey,
just as disobedience
is the mark of those who are not His.
We take the word ‘hear’
to imply obedience
to what has been said.”

john 10 3 he calls his own sheep - the mark of christ's sheep is their willingness to hear - st cyril of alex 13 may 2019

“We must note, therefore,
that he that does things pleasing to God,
serves Christ but he that follows his own wishes,
is a follower, rather of himself and not of God.”

we must note therefore that he does - st cyril of alex - 10 august 2018

“Our lives are all controlled by the Spirit now
and are not confined to this physical world
that is subject to corruption.
The light of the Only-begotten has shone on us
and we have been transformed into the Word,
the source of all life.”

St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)
Father and Doctor of the Incarnation

our lives are all controlled by the spirit now - st cyril of alex doctor of the incarnation 17 may 2020

More from St Cyril here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/06/27/quote-s-of-the-day-27-june-st-cyril-of-alexandria-376-444-father-and-doctor/

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Thought for the Day – 14 June – The Divine Worker

Thought for the Day – 14 June – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) and the Memorial of St Germaine Cousin (1579–1601) Shepherdess

The Divine Worker

the divine worker - Bacci 15 june 2020

“Let us open the Gospel of St John.
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word ws God.   He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him and without him, was made nothing that has been made” (John 1:1-3).
The work of creation is attributed in a special way, to the Eternal Word, the Son of God.
He was the divine Worker, Who created from nothing, the sky, earth and the marvels which they contain.

Then the Eternal Word of God, became man (Jn 1:14).
But what position did He choose to occupy amongst us?
He could have been born heir to the illustrious throne of Rome, the most powerful in history.
He could have been born in Athens amongst the philosophers of the Areopagus, who handed down, through the centuries, the light of human wisdom and beauty.
But, it was not likely that the Word of God, should have abandoned, so to speak, the eternal glory of the Father, in order to wear the mantle of petty human power.
He had no need of this.
He came amongst us, to instruct us in the humility of the path to Heaven, not in the way of human greatness.
He was born, therefore, as the son of an artisan, “the carpenter’s son, (Mt 13:55) and an artisan Himself, “the carpenter, the son of Mary” (Mk 6:3).
According to the most ancient and most reliable tradition,  He was one of the many carpenters in the Palestinian countryside who were prepared to adapt themselves to whatever job arose, whether it was the making of a door, a handle for a hoe, or a plough (Cf Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 88:8).
From His youth, therefore, Jesus was a carpenter’s apprentice and, when St Joseph died, He carried on His trade and earned a livelihood for His Mother Mary and Himself.

It was only after many years of manual labour that Jesus ceased to be an artisan and dedicated Himself to work of the mind and heart.
In the three years of His public life, He was an Apostle of truth and goodness.
In this way, He sanctified every type of work, manual, intellectual and spiritual.

The great lesson which Jesus wished to teach us is, that every kind of work, is good and noble.
The manual labour of the farm-hand and of the artisan, is, a co-operation in the work of the Redemption.
Both were made holy by Jesus.
Let those who work with their hands take inspiration from Jesus, Who subjected Himself, for thirty years to all the sacrifices involved in manual labour.
Let intellectuals and apostolic workers look to Jesus also, for when His Hour had come, He sacrificed Himself in His apostolate and gave His life for us.
In His regard, the peasant’s hoe and the writer’s pen, the workman’s hammer and the priest’s stole, are all noble and holy.
The only condition, is that, all should perform their duties conscientiously from the motive of the love of God and of their neighbour.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

Cardinal Bacci and I did not plan that this post should fall on the Feast day of little St Germaine Cousins, the Shepherdess who gave every second of her labour and her life, for the love of God and His Will.   She teaches us to sanctify the meanest of tasks, to constantly remember our daily offering of each and every form of our work for the glory of God and to honour His Divine Will and Providence.

St Germaine, Pray for us, amen!

ST GERMAINE COUSINS PRAY FOR US 15 JUNE 2020

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Thought for the Day – 16 February – The Duties of Our State

Thought for the Day – 16 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Duties of Our State

Everyone finds himself in a certain position in life.
He may be there, either through force of circumstances, or, through somebody else’s desire, or through some secret inspiration from God,
In any case, each of us is in a certain place and God, either wills it or permits it.
We should not complain about our state in life.
No matter what that state is, we can either be saved or damned for all eternity.
In any position, we can do a great deal of good or a great deal of evil, according to the way in which we co-operate with the grace of God.
We should not envy the positions of others.
This would be unjust, because, it would be tantamount to questioning the arrangements of Providence, which gives everyone the graces necessary, in his particular state.
It would also be injurious, insofar, as we should be worried and disturbed, instead of working peacefully and earnestly, in the place assigned to us by God.

Antonio Cardinal Bacciwe should not complain about our state in life - bacci - 16 feb 2020

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Second Thought for the Day – 8 February – Blessed Esperanza’s Spiritual Testament

Second Thought for the Day – 8 February – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Esperanza de Jesus (1893-1983)

Extract from Blessed Esperanza’s Spiritual Testament

“In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, I write to my beloved sons and my beloved daughters this Testament.

I leave entrusted to the Most Holy Virgin, all my sons and daughters and my two beloved Congregations and all the poor people received in them.

I wish to leave to my sons and daughters the precious inheritance that I have, freely and without any merit, received from the Good Jesus.

Recommendations that I make to my beloved sons and to my beloved daughters:
Be humble, love one another, eradicate from your heart the rash judgements, never look for responsibilities or high positions, stay in the hands of obedience like little children; never have discussions or quarrels, never occupy yourselves with things for which you are not responsible, be very charitable and attached to prayer, because the means to obtain grace and glory is prayer;  always follow the narrow path of mortification; work to acquire detachment and disdain with respect to yourselves; you will succeed in this with the knowledge of Our God, His love and the knowledge of your nothingness and your miseries; always and in everything, try to accomplish the Will of Our God and always seek His glory and not yours.

Keep yourselves free, my children, from all greed, try hard to have no attachment to earthly things, because the Son and Handmaid of Merciful Love must be occupied with charity, divine and spiritual things and you will arrive there easily if your hearts are strongly attached to the Good Jesus.

Walk with great attention in order to not become implicated in cares foreign to your vocation and to your state, never get involved in secular business contrary to your vocation, not even in the name of charity or prudence.

The Request I address to the Good Jesus, at the time of the death of my body and the life of my soul, by the mercy and the love of my God. I ask that the Good Jesus personally and the glory of God be the cause of the actions of all the sons and daughters and that He always be their Advocate and defend them against the enemies of the respective Congregations, always repeating in their favour: “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing!”

Jesus, at the time of death, see to it that all the sons and daughters can say, full of love and confidence, what I say to You in these moments, with hope in Your charity, love and mercy:  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

Blessed Esperanza de Jesus, Pray for Us!

bl esperanza de jesus pray for us no 2 8 feb 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 7 February – Being a Missionary

Quote/s of the Day – 7 February – The Memorial of Bl Alfredo Cremonesi PIME (1902-1953) Priest and Martyr

“If I were born a thousand times,
I would go back on mission,
a thousand times.”

if i were born a thousand times - bl alfredp cremonesi 7 feb 2020

“[Being a Missionary is]
the most wonderful work
that a man is given.”

Bl Alfredo Cremonesi (1902-1953)

being a missionary is the most wonderful work bl alfredo cremonesi 7 feb 2020

“The Crucified One made us missionaries
and it is the Crucified One again,
who must nourish in us, love for souls.”

the crucified one made us missionaries - bl paolo manna 7 feb 2020

“The well-being of souls is only in Christ.
Therefore, let the love of Jesus
be our perfection and our profession,
let us light our hearts
from the eternal flames of love
that radiate from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

Blessed Paolo Manna PIME (1872-1952)
“A Burning Soul”

Priest, Missionary in Burma (Myanmar),
Superior General of PIME,
Founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union

Bl Paolo Manna’s life here:  https://anastpaul.com/2019/09/15/saint-of-the-day-15-september-blessed-paolo-manna-pime-1872-1952-a-burning-soul/

the well-being of souls is only in christ bl paolo manna 7 feb 2020

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Thought for the Day – 4 February – “Ora et labora” Work and Sanctity

Thought for the Day – 4 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Work and Sanctity

“A man does who not work, cannot be a saint.
But it is not enough to work alone, just as it is not enough to pray alone, in order to become holy.
Either, on it’s own, is too little.
Perfection consists in praying and working.
This is how Jesus spent His Life.
The Apostolic Constitution (Pius XII), Sponsa Christi, urges, even the contemplative Orders, to devote themselves to work.
It assures them, that work will prove no obstacle to their growth in perfection but, will be “a powerful and consistent exercising of all the virtues and the pledge of an effective combination of the contemplative and active life, after the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth” (AAS 1951, p 13).
We must sanctify our work with prayer.
The Benedictines have practised throughout the centuries, their celebrated motto “Ora et labora,” “Pray and work.”
By means of it, they transformed the world during the darkest centuries of the Church.
They converted impenetrable forests into fertile plains.
They set up centres of work and study which later became flourishing cities.
They appeased the barbarians who were threatening to destroy civilisation.
They built monasteries and cathedrals.

Above all, they preached the Gospel to the people and bound them together, in the brotherhood of Christian charity.
This is an illustration of what can be accomplished by work united with prayer.
It produces holiness in the individual and, through him, in human society.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacciwe must sanctify our work with prayer - bacci 4 feb 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – St Guido Maria Conforti

Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – The Memorial of St Guido Maria Conforti (1865-1931)

“Work always with the same spirit of Christ.
Keep Jesus before your eyes.
He is the model of all called to glory.”

The First Circular Letterwork always with the same spirit of christ - st guido maria conforti 5 nov 2019.jpg

“Don’t be discouraged,
the Lord measures,
not so much the results of your labour,
as the right intention
with which you work.”

don't be discouraged - st guido maria conforti 5 nov 2019.jpg

“Persevere always with a simple spirit,
humility, mortification, good intention,
cleanliness of heart, fraternal charity
and you will constitute a formidable army,
for the Lord will be by your side.”

The Second Circular Letterpersevere always - st guido maria conforti 5 nov 2019.jpg

“On the last day, we will not be asked
if we accomplished great deeds,
or been acclaimed by men,
rather we will be asked
if we followed His will,
in the state and condition,
to which we were called.”

The Eighth Circular Letter

St Guido Maria Conforti (1865-1931)on the last day - st guido maria conforti 5 nov 2019.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 22 September –    Let’s get to work!

Quote of the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of

St Ignatius of Santhia OFM Cap (1686-1770)

“Paradise is not made for slackers.   Let’s get to work!” 

St Ignatius of Santhia (1686-1770)paradise is not made for slackers - st ignatius of santhia 21 sept 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – St Benedict

Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

“Ora et labora.”ora et labora st benedict pray and work - 11 july 2019.jpg

“Before all
and above all,
attention shall be paid
to the care of the sick,
so that they shall be served,
as if they were Christ Himself.”before-all-and-above-all-st-benedict-11-july-2018.jpg

“Be careful to be gentle,
lest in removing the rust,
you break the whole instrument.”becareful-to-be-gentle-st-benedict-11-july-2019.jpg

“He should first
show them,
in deeds,
rather than words,
all that is good and holy.”show them in deeds - st benedict - 11 july 2019.jpg

“Let them put
Christ
before all else
and may He lead us all,
to everlasting life.”

St Benedict (c 480-547)put christ before all else - st benedict 11 july 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 1 May – Sanctification through work

Quote/s of the Day – 1 May – Wednesday of the Second week of Easter, the first day of Mary’s Month and the Memorial of St Joseph the Worker, Gospel: John 3:16–21

“Sanctity, for the vast majority of people,
implies sanctifying their work,
sanctifying themselves in it
and sanctifying others through it.”sanctity for the vast majority - st joseph worker - st josemaria escriva 1 may 2019.jpg

“It is no good offering to God,
something that is less perfect
than our poor human limitations permit.
The work that we offer, must be without blemish
and it must be done as carefully as possible,
even in its smallest details,
for God will not accept shoddy workmanship.
‘Thou shalt not offer anything that is faulty,’
Holy Scripture warns us,
‘because it would not be worthy of him.’
For that reason, the work of each one of us,
the activities that take up our time and energy,
must be an offering worthy of our Creator.
It must be operatio Dei, a work of God,
that is done for God –
in short, a task that is complete and faultless.”

St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)it is no good offering to god - on work - st josemaria escriva 1 may 2019.jpg

“A spirituality must be lived that will help believers
to sanctify themselves through their work,
imitating St Joseph, who everyday,
had to provide for the needs of the Holy Family
with his hands and who because of this,
the Church indicates as patron of workers.”

Pope Benedict XVIa spirituality must be lived - pope benedict 1 may 2019.jpg

“Work done grudgingly, is servitude.

Work done willingly, is service.

Work done lovingly, is a Sacrament!”

Unknownwork-done-grudgingly-1-may-2018-st-joseph-the-worker-unknown-author.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 6 April – Do not be dismayed

Quote of the Day – 6 April – Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent, Year C and the Memorial of Blessed Zefirino Agostini (1813-1896)

“Do not be dismayed by toil or suffering,
nor by the meagre fruit of your labours.
Remember that God rewards,
not according to results but effort.”

Blessed Zefirino, 1874do not be dismayed by the meagre fruits - bl sefirino agostino 6 april 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 February – The Memorial of St Jerome Emiliani (1486–1537)

Quote/s of the Day – 8 February – The Memorial of St Jerome Emiliani (1486–1537)

“God wishes to test you, like gold in the furnace.
The dross is consumed by the fire but the pure gold remains
and its value increases.
It is in this manner, that God acts with His good servant,
who puts his hope in Him and remains unshaken in times of distress.
God raises him up and, in return for the things,
he has left out of love for God, He repays him a hundredfold in this life
and with eternal life hereafter.
If then you remain constant in faith, in the face of trial,
the Lord will give you peace and rest for a time in this world
and forever in the next.”god-wishes-to-test-you-st-jerome-emiliani-8-feb-2018.jpg

“I urge you to persevere in your love for Christ
and your faithful observance of the law of Christ.
Our goal is God, the source of all good.
As we say in our prayer,
we are to place our trust in God and in no one else.
In His kindness, our Lord wished to strengthen your faith,
for without it, as the evangelist points out,
Christ could not have performed many of His miracles.”i-urge-you-to-persevere-st-jerome-emiliani-8-feb-2018

“With your patience you will save your soul.”
(Letter 3 #1)with your patience you will save your soul - st jerome emiliani 8 feb 2019.jpg

“Therefore, having done what you could,
the Lord will be satisfied with you
because for Him,
who is the most benign,
goodwill compensates
for the lack of success. “
(Letter 5 #4)therefore having done what you could - st jerome emiliani 8 feb 2019.jpg

“…if I do not speak the truth,
I become a slave of the father of lies
and become a member of this father of lies.”
(Letter 6 #5)

St Jerome Emiliani (1486–1537)if i do not speak the truth - st jerome emiliani - 8 feb 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 January – St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat OSFS (1844-1914)

Quote/s of the Day – 10 January – 4th day after Epiphany and The Memorial of St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat OSFS (1844-1914)

“Let us work for the happiness of others.”

let us work for the happiness of others st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Go often to rest your heart
near the tabernacle;
you will find there,
the necessary strength
and graces
to go more surely
along the path of fidelity.”go often to rest your heart near the tabernacle - st leonie aviat no 1 - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“God does not try us beyond our strength.
When He sends difficulty,
He adds the means of overcoming it.”god does not try us - st leonie - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Our good Jesus always puts grace,
where He puts a sacrifice.”

“Our good Master never lets Himself
be outdone in generosity.
He gives back one hundredfold
what we sacrifice to Him.”our good Jesus, our good master - st leonie aviat - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“When we work for God, nothing is small!”when we work for god nothing is small st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“I formed the habit
of never approaching anyone
without casting a glance at our Lord.
Try my little method –
I can assure you it is a good one.”I formed the habit of never approaching st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Pray to your good angels;
use them as messengers
in your little joys and sufferings.”pray to your good angels - st leonie aviat - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Continue to entrust everything to God,
absolutely everything you have to do,
so that He may teach you more and more,
the happiness of living,
in union with Him.”

St Léonie Aviat (1844-1914)continue to entrust everything to god - st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

Quote/s of the Day – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

“It is impossible
to find a saint
who did not take
the “two P’s” seriously –
Prayer and Penance.”it is impossible - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2018

“I am in a country
where all the niceties of life are lacking.
But I am filled with many inner consolations.
Indeed, I run the risk of crying my eyes out
because of my tears of joy!”i am in a country - saint-francis-xavier-3 dec 2017

“It is not the actual physical exertion
that counts towards a one’s progress,
nor the nature of the task but by the
spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.”it is not the actual physical - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2018

“When trying to evangelise,
no tool is more effective,
than that of personal witness.
…People can argue with points of doctrine
but no-one can argue,
with a personal testimony!”when trying to evangelise - st francis xavier 3 dec 2018

“Prayer is powerful!
It fills the earth with mercy,
it makes the Divine clemency
pass from generation to generation,
right along the course of the centuries.
wonderful works have been achieved.
through prayer.”prayer is powerful - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2018

“If you are in danger,
if your hearts are confused,
turn to Mary!”

St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)if you are in danger, if your hearts are confused, turn to mary - st francis xavier 3 dec2018

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Thought for the Day – 13 November – The Memorial of St Agostina Livia Pietrantoni S.D.C. (1864-1894)

Thought for the Day – 13 November – The Memorial of St Agostina Livia Pietrantoni S.D.C. (1864-1894)

We look to Saint Agostina and contemplate her life and the way that she lived it- always for others, never for herself.   First she laboured in the home, taking care of her younger siblings and helping out on the farm.   Then, she was a migrant farm worker to earn more money to support her family, while providing love and direction to the many other children in the same situation.   When she entered religious life, she dedicated her life to the sick and the poor in the tuberculosis ward- a place of constant suffering and death. Every day she faced the deadly disease and found joy and love in giving care to the people who contracted it.   She knew that she was nothing and was prepared to let go of herself entirely every day, in service to the lowest of the low, even after being so brutally attacked, she forgave instantly- she saw the best in the worst of people and knew what she had to do.

I am cowardly and weak and selfish and I hope that one day I can hold in my heart, a tiny fraction of the love and the self-giving of this gentle St Agostina.

We will lie down for such a long time after death that it is worth while to keep standing while we are alive.   Let us work now, one day we will rest. – St Agostina

St Agostina Pietrantoni – Pray for Us!st agostina pietrantoni pray for us no 2 13 nov 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 13 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:7–10

One Minute Reflection – 13 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:7–10 – Tuesday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568) & St Agostina Livia Pietrantoni S.D.C. (1864-1894)

“So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants, we have only done what was our duty.’ ”…Luke 17:10

REFLECTION – “You do not say to your servant, “Sit down” but require more service from him and do not thank him.   The Lord also, does not allow only one work or labour for you, because so long as we live, we must always work.   Know that you are a servant overwhelmed by very much obedience.   You must not set yourself first, because you are called a son of God.   Grace must be acknowledged but nature not overlooked.  Do not boast of yourself if you have served well, as you should have done.   The sun obeys, the moon complies and the angels serve.   Let us not require praise for ourselves, nor prevent the judgement of God and anticipate the sentence of the Judge but reserve it, for its own time and Judge. ”…Saint Ambrose (340-397) Father & Doctor of the Church (Exposition of the Gospel of Luke, 8)so you also when you have done - luke 17 10 - do not boast of yourself st ambrose - 13 nov 2018

PRAYER– Holy Father, I beg Your grace to achieve sanctity.   Grant me the wisdom to follow Your Son, the fortitude to persevere in all trails and to be Your servant to all Your children but most of all Holy Father, grant me Your grace to obtain eternal life.   Precious youths, St Stanislaus and St Agostina, please pray for us all , amen.st-stanislaus-pray-for-us-13-nov-2017-no-3st agostini pietrantoni pray for us 13 nov 2018

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Quote of the Day – 19 October

Quote of the Day – 19 October – The Memorial of St Peter of Alcantara OFM (1499-1562), St Isaac Jogues SJ (1607-1646) The North American Martyrs) & Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984)

“He does much
in the sight of God
who does his best,
be it ever so little.”he does much in the sight of god - st peter of alcantara - 19 oct 2018

“No tongue can express
the greatness of the love
which Jesus Christ
bears to our souls.
He did not wish,
that between Him
and His servants,
there should be any other pledge
than Himself…

St Peter of Alcantara (1499-1562)no tongue can express - st peter of alcantara - 19 oct 2018

“My confidence is placed in God,
who does not need our help
for accomplishing His designs.
Our single endeavour,
should be to give ourselves to the work
and to be faithful to Him.”

St Isaac Jogues SJ (1607-1646) Martyrmy confidence is placed in god - st isaac jogues - 19 oct 2018

”To live in Truth is the basic minimum of human dignity,
even if the price to defend the Truth could be costly.
You need to always remain faithful to the Truth.
Truth can never be betrayed.”to live in truth - bl jerzy popieluszko - 19 oct 2018

“Truth, like Justice,
is connected to Love
and Love has a Price.”

Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984) Martyrtruth like justice - bl jerzy popieluszko - 19 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno (c 1030-1101)

Quote/s of the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno (c 1030-1101)

“If the bow is stretched for too long,
it becomes slack and unfit for its purpose.”if-the-bow-st-bruno - 6 oct 2017

“No act is charitable if it is not just.”no act is charitable if it is not just - st bruno - 6 oct 2018

““By your work,
you show what you love
and what you know.”by your work - st bruno - 6 oct 2018

“While the world changes,
the Cross stands firm.”

St Bruno (c 1030-1101)while the world changes - st bruno - 6 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 24 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:16–18

One Minute Reflection – 24 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:16–18 – Monday of the Twenty fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“No one after lighting a lamp, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.”…Luke 8:16

REFLECTION – “Christ,” wrote a Father of the Church, (Saint John Chrysostom), “has left us in this world to be like lamps…, to act like leaven…, to become seed, to bear fruit.”   If our lives were to have this kind of impact, we would not need to open our mouths.  Words would be unnecessary if we could show our works.   There wouldn’t be a single pagan left if we were truly christians.
We should avoid making the mistake of thinking that the apostolate consists, in the witness of a few pious practices.   We are christians, you and I but at the same time and without resolution of continuity, we are citizens and fellow-workers at very clear obligations, which we are to carry out in an exemplary fashion if we want to become holy once and for all.   It is Jesus Christ who urges us: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.   Nor do they light a lamp and then set it under a bushel basket;  it is set on a lampstand , where it gives light to all in the house.   Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Mt 5:14-16)….Saint Josémaria Escriva de Balaguer (1902-1975) Homily in Amigos de Diosno one after lighting a lamp luke 8 16 - christ wrote st john chrysostom - st josemaria - 24 sept 2018

“All of us who have received Baptism, pray that the Holy Spirit help us not to fall into these bad habits that cover the light and that He help us to carry forward, the light we received freely, that light of God that does so much good – the light of friendship, the light of meekness, the light of faith, the light of hope, the light of patience, the light of goodness.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 19 September 2016all of us who have received baptism - pope francis 24 sept 2018

PRAYER – Lord, be the beginning and the end of all that we do, all that we say, in every moment be our Light.   Prompt our actions with Your grace and complete them with Your all-powerful love.   May we always seek Your Face in every circumstance, in every moment, so that Your Light may become our life.   Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek, you lived your life in the Presence of the Holy Face of Christ our Lord, please intercede for us and for all the world.   We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.bl-anton-martin-pray-for-us

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Thought for the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Thought for the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Excerpt from the Homily of Pope Benedict

General Audience, 9 April 2008

“Today, I would like to speak about Benedict, the Founder of Western Monasticism and also the Patron of my Pontificate.

I begin with words that St Gregory the Great wrote about St Benedict:  “The man of God who shone on this earth among so many miracles was just as brilliant in the eloquent exposition of his teaching” (cf. Dialogues II, 36).   The great Pope wrote these words in 592 AD.   The holy monk, who had died barely 50 years earlier, lived on in people’s memories and especially in the flourishing religious Order he had founded.   St Benedict of Nursia/Norcia, with his life and his work, had a fundamental influence on the development of European civilisation and culture.   The most important source on Benedict’s life is the second book of St Gregory the Great’s Dialogues.   It is not a biography in the classical sense.   In accordance with the ideas of his time, by giving the example of a real man – St Benedict, in this case – Gregory wished to illustrate the ascent to the peak of contemplation which can be achieved by those who abandon themselves to God.   He therefore gives us a model for human life in the climb towards the summit of perfection.   St Gregory the Great also tells in this book of the Dialogues of many miracles worked by the Saint and here too he does not merely wish to recount something curious but rather to show how God, by admonishing, helping and even punishing, intervenes in the practical situations of man’s life.   Gregory’s aim was to demonstrate that God is not a distant hypothesis placed at the origin of the world but is present in the life of man, of every man.

Throughout the second book of his Dialogues, Gregory shows us how St Benedict’s life was steeped in an atmosphere of prayer, the foundation of his existence.   Without prayer there is no experience of God.   Yet Benedict’s spirituality was not an interiority removed from reality.   In the anxiety and confusion of his day, he lived under God’s gaze and in this very way never lost sight of the duties of daily life and of man with his practical needs.   Seeing God, he understood the reality of man and his mission.   In his Rule he describes monastic life as “a school for the service of the Lord” (Prol. 45) and advises his monks, “let nothing be preferred to the Work of God” [that is, the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours] (43, 3).

However, Benedict states that in the first place prayer is an act of listening (Prol. 9-11), which must then be expressed in action.   “The Lord is waiting every day for us to respond to his holy admonitions by our deeds” (Prol. 35).   Thus, the monk’s life becomes a fruitful symbiosis between action and contemplation, “so that God may be glorified in all things” (57, 9).   In contrast with a facile and egocentric self-fulfilment, today often exalted, the first and indispensable commitment of a disciple of St Benedict is the sincere search for God (58, 7) on the path mapped out by the humble and obedient Christ (5, 13), whose love he must put before all else (4, 21; 72, 11) and in this way, in the service of the other, he becomes a man of service and peace  . In the exercise of obedience practised by faith inspired by love (5, 2), the monk achieves humility (5, 1), to which the Rule dedicates an entire chapter (7).   In this way, man conforms ever more to Christ and attains true self-fulfilment as a creature in the image and likeness of God.

Benedict describes the Rule he wrote as “minimal, just an initial outline” (cf. 73, 8);  in fact, however, he offers useful guidelines not only for monks but for all who seek guidance on their journey toward God.   For its moderation, humanity and sober discernment between the essential and the secondary in spiritual life, his Rule has retained its illuminating power even to today.

By proclaiming St Benedict Patron of Europe on 24 October 1964, Paul VI intended to recognise the marvellous work the Saint achieved with his Rule for the formation of the civilisation and culture of Europe.

Having recently emerged from a century that was deeply wounded by two World Wars and the collapse of the great ideologies, now revealed as tragic utopias, Europe today is in search of its own identity.   Of course, in order to create new and lasting unity, political, economic and juridical instruments are important, but it is also necessary to awaken an ethical and spiritual renewal which draws on the Christian roots of the Continent, otherwise a new Europe cannot be built.   Without this vital sap, man is exposed to the danger of succumbing to the ancient temptation of seeking to redeem himself by himself – a utopia which in different ways, in 20th-century Europe, as Pope John Paul II pointed out, has caused “a regression without precedent in the tormented history of humanity” (Address to the Pontifical Council for Culture, 12 January 1990).

Today, in seeking true progress, let us also listen to the Rule of St Benedict as a guiding light on our journey.   The great monk is still a true master at whose school we can learn to become proficient in true humanism.

Here is a PDF of the Rule for downloading:  http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/03d/0480-0547,_Benedictus_Nursinus,_Regola,_EN.pdf

St Benedict, Pray for Europe, Pray for the World,

Pray for the Church, Pray for us all!st-benedict-pray-for-us-11 july 2017 - 3

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

“Ora et labora.”ora et labora - st benedict - 11 july 2018

“Be careful to be gentle,
lest in removing the rust,
you break the whole instrument.”becareful-to-be-gentle-st-benedict-11 july 2017

“He should first show them,
in deeds,
rather than words,
all that is good and holy.”first show them in deeds - 11 july 2018

“Before all
and above all,
attention shall be paid
to the care of the sick,
so that they shall be served,
as if they were Christ Himself.”before all and above all - st benedict - 11 july 2018

“He who labours as he prays,
lifts his heart to God with his hands.”

“Whenever you begin any good work,
you should first of all,
make a most pressing appeal
to Christ our Lord,
to bring it to perfection.”

St Benedict of Nursia (c 480-547)he-who-labours-as-he-prays-st-benedict-11 july 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 5 July – The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)

One Minute Reflection – 5 July – The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)

But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist;  fulfil your ministry……2 Timothy 4:52-timothy-4-5-but you, be self-possessed in all circumsdtances - st paul - 5 july 2017

REFLECTION – “In His mercy, God has chosen us, unworthy as we are, out of the world, to serve Him and thus to advance in goodness and to bear the greatest possible fruit of love in patience……We should keep running steadily in the race we have started, not losing sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection.”……….St Anthony Mary Zaccaria  (An excerpt from a letter of Saint Anthony to his congregation).in his mercy, god has chosen us - st anthony zaccaria - 5 july 2018

PRAYER – Lord, enable us to grasp in the spirit of Saint Paul, the sublime wisdom of Jesus Christ, the wisdom which inspired Saint Anthony Zaccaria to preach the message of salvation in Your church.   Grant this, we pray, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.   St Anthony Mary Zaccaria, pray for us amen.st-anthony-mary-zaccaria-pray-for-us-5 july 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Readings: 2 Peter 1:2-7, Psalms 91(90):1-2.14-15ab.15c-16, Mark 12:1-12

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes and the elders in parables.   “A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press and built a tower.   Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey...Mark 12:1-2

REFLECTION – “With all my heart I bless God for having let me know really good souls.   I could announce to them that they are also the Lord’s vineyard:  their faith is the cistern, their hope is the tower, their love is the press, the law of God is the hedge which separates them from the children of darkness.”…St Pio of Pietrelcina “Padre Pio” OFM CAP. (1887-1968)with all my heart i bless god - mark 12-1 - the vineyard - st padre pio - 4 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord, be the beginning and the end of all that we do and say.   Prompt our actions with Your grace and complete them with Your all powerful help.   St Filippo Smaldone, you shone the light of Christ on all around you, strengthened by love of Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament and by His Holy Mother.   Pray for us, that we may be little lanterns in the darkness and ‘good vines’ pruned to perfection.   Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st filippo smaldone - pray for us - 4 june 2018