Posted in NOTES to Followers

~ Missing in Action ~ 30 August

~ Missing in Action ~ 30 August

The PC has been the source of great good in our lives but, as we so well know, of even greater evil.
Many of you may recall that during the last week of June, I sustained an injury to my back. After a “not-long-enough” rest, I returned to Breathing Catholic but, sadly, now, the Repetitive Strain of the PC movements, posture and chair, have aggravated the injury to my previously dislocated shoulder blade.

So this Soldier of Christ has been temporarily “boarded.”
Please pray with me for patience in the trials and sufferings of this life and for our Divine Physician to touch all those who are in pain and myself and grant us cures in body and soul.

Missing you already sweet and faithful friends. 🧡🙏 Ana

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, FRANCISCAN OFM, NOTES to Followers, QUOTES on HAPPINESS, QUOTES on HUMILITY, QUOTES on PRIDE, QUOTES on SELF-DENIAL

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – St Bonaventure

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – “The Month of the Precious Blood” – The Memorial of St Bonaventure OFM (1221-1274) Seraphic Doctor of the Church
(No images until later. We are being subjected to constant Power Cuts again – they can be up to 8 hours per day.)

Since happiness is nothing else
than the enjoyment of the Supreme Good
and the Supreme Good is above us,
no-one can enjoy happiness,
unless he rises above himself.

As “pride, is the beginning
of all sin,” (Eccl. 10:15)
so humility, is the foundation of all virtue.
Learn to be really humble and not,
as the hypocrite, humble merely in appearance.

MORE:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/07/15/quote-s-of-the-day-15-july-st-bonaventure-2/

St Bonaventure (1221-1274)
Seraphic Doctor of the Church

Posted in JULY - The MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, NOTES to Followers, NOVENAS, The MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD

NOVENA OF DEVOTION TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS – Begins tomorrow, 22 June

NOVENA OF DEVOTION TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS
Begins tomorrow 22 June

Blood that but one drop of has the world to win
All the world forgiveness of its world of sin
.”
(Adoro te Devote – St Thomas Aquinas)

In his book, The Precious Blood, Father Frederick William Faber CO (1814-1863). calls St Paul the “Doctor of the Precious Blood” owing to his evident fondness to preach on It in his epistles (Romans 3:25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12).

He recounts that the lives of Saints are replete with devotion to the Precious Blood, making special mention of St. John Chrysostom, St. Austin, St. Gertrude and St Catherine of Sienna, whom he considered the Prophetess of the Precious Blood for putting emphasis on It as the solution to the ills of her times.

Father Faber also remarks that the Precious Blood makes us appreciate more deeply, Christ’s Redemption of mankind, His Sacrifice and Passion.

It also makes us comprehend the beautiful doctrine and the august realities of the Blessed Sacrament as we kneel in front of the Tabernacle in humble adoration.

Over time the Church gave Her blessing to the devotion by approving societies like the Missionaries of the Precious Blood; enriching confraternities like that of St Nicholas in Carcere, in Rome and that of the London Oratory; attaching indulgences to prayers and scapulars in honour of the Precious Blood and instituting commemorative Feasts of the Precious Blood, Friday after the fourth Sunday in Lent and, since Pope Pius IX, the first Sunday of July.

Sadly, however, the Feast was removed from the Universal Calendar in 1969, the argument being that the cultus of the Precious Blood is included in the Mass and Divine Office of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Nevertheless, we who follow the Traditional Calendar still celebrate this Feast and the Month of July, as dedicated to the Most Precious Blood, just as Pope Pius IX intended it to be.

Posted in MARIAN TITLES, MARTYRS, NOTES to Followers, PRAYERS for VARIOUS NEEDS, SAINT of the DAY, St JOSEPH, YouTube VIDEOS

Wishing all Dads a Blessed and Happy Father’s Day! Solemnity of Corpus Christ, Sunday within the Octave, Nostra Signora d Montesenario / Our Lady of Monte Senario, Florence, Italy (1240) and Memorials of the Saints – 19 June

Father’s Day + 2022
Wishing all Dads a Blessed and Happy Father’s Day!

A Parent’s Prayer to St Joseph

O holy Joseph,
thou faithful Spouse
of the Blessed Mother,
thou who didst protect her
and her Divine Child with such care
and didst devote thy whole life to them;
I beseech thee to be also my
and my children’s protector
and advocate, with Jesus,
thy adopted Son.
Obtain for me the grace
to fulfil my duties to my children,
as thou and Mary have done to Jesus.

St Joseph Pray for all our Fathers
and for our spiritual Fathers
of Holy Mother Church
Amen.

Solemnity of Corpus Christ
Sunday within the Octave

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Nostra Signora d Montesenario / Our Lady of Monte Senario, Florence, Italy – Ordo Servorum Beatae Mariae Virginis (OSM) (1240) – 19 June:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/06/19/nostra-signora-d-montesenario-our-lady-of-monte-senario-florence-italy-1240-and-memorials-of-the-saints-19-june/

St Juliana Falconieri OSM (1270 – 1341) Virgin and Foundress of the Religious Sisters of the Order of Servites, Mystic.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/06/19/saint-of-the-day-19-june-st-juliana-falconieri-osm-1270-1341/

St Adleida of Bergamo
Bl Arnaldo of Liniberio
St Culmatius of Arezzo
St Deodatus of Jointures
St Deodatus of Nevers
St Gaudentius of Arezzo

St Gervase and St Protase (Died c 165) Martyrs, Twin Brothers of Martyr Parents, Laymen
Their Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/06/19/saints-of-the-day-19-june-saints-gervase-and-protase-died-c-165-martyrs/

St Hildegrin of Châlons-sur-Marne
Bl Humphrey Middlemore
St Innocent of Le Mans
St Lambert of Saragossa
St Lupo of Bergamo
St Modeste Andlauer
St Nazario of Koper
Bl Odo of Cambrai
St Rémi Isoré
Bl Sebastian Newdigate
Bl Thomas Woodhouse
Bl William Exmew
St Zosimus of Umbria

Posted in JUNE-THE SACRED HEART, NOTES to Followers, NOVENAS

REMINDER the NOVENA in HONOURof the SACRED HEART of JESUSBEGINS Wednesday 15 JUNE

REMINDER the NOVENA in HONOUR
of the SACRED HEART of JESUS
BEGINS Wednesday 15 JUNE

Feast Day: 19 days after Pentecost

Please join me in this most beautiful Novena to our Beloved Lord.🙏🧡

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a special form of Devotion to the physical Heart of Jesus. It is the Love He shares for humankind, with the Father and the Holy Ghost .
In the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries, devotion to the Sacred Heart arose in Benedictine and Cistercian Monasteries. Passages from the published work “Vitis Mystica” inspired the devotion and were used by the Church for the lessons of the Second Nocturn of the Feast. From the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Centuries, the Devotion was practiced by different Congregations such as Franciscans, Dominicans and Carthusians but remained an individual or private Devotion.

St John Eudes Orat. (1601-1680), established the Devotion publicly in the Seventeenth Century, gave it an Office and established a Feast for it. He shared Devotion to the Sacred Heart along with his Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Little by little the Devotions separated and the first Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was celebrated on 31 August 1670.
On 27 December 1673, on the Feast of St John the Beloved Apostle of the Heart of Our Lord, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque VHM. (1647-1690), a Nun at the Visitation Convent in France, began to have visions of Jesus. He [Jesus] asked her to promote Devotion to His Sacred Heart, symbolic of His Love for humanity. Jesus attached twelve promises to those who practiced Devotion to His Sacred Heart including peace in families, consolation in time of trouble, abundant blessings and refuge at the hour of death. By Order of Pope Leo XIII in 1899, all of mankind was Solemnly Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Jesus’ Sacred Heart is typically pictured as a flaming heart, pierced, surrounded by a Crown of Thorns and Bleeding. The wounds and thorns symbolise the manner of His Death and the fire represents His burning undying Love.

Posted in FATHERS of the Church, NOTES to Followers, PENTECOST, QUOTES on GRACE, The HEART, The HOLY SPIRIT, The HOLY TRINITY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 5 June – ‘… Where will you find Him? …’

One Minute Reflection – 5 June – Pentecost Sunday, Alleluia! – Acts 2:1-11, John 14:23-31.

But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things … ” – John 14:26

REFLECTION – “Whoever has the Spirit as their teacher
has no need of human knowledge
but, enlightened by this Spirit’s Light,
beholds the Son, sees the Father
and worships the Trinity of Persons,
the One God, Who is inexpressibly One by nature.

Stand still, O man! Tremble, you who are mortal by nature,
and consider how you have been taken from nothing
and how, in coming from your mother’s womb,
you saw the world that was made before you were.
And if you could have understood the height of Heaven,
or show the nature of the sun,
the moon and the stars,
where they are fixed and how they move…
or even the nature of the earth, from which you were taken,
its limits and bounds, its size and greatness…,
if you had uncovered the end of all things
and counted the sand of the sea
and if, too, you could have known your own nature…
then would you be able to consider your Creator,
how, in the Trinity, Unity dwells without confusion
and how, in the Unity, there is Trinity without division.

Seek the Spirit!…
Perhaps God will comfort you and grant you,
as He has already granted you to see the world,
the sun and the light of day,
yes, He will deign to enlighten you now, in the same way…,
to enlighten you with the Light of the Threefold Sun…
Then you will learn the Spirit’s grace –
that, even when absent, he is present by his power
and, when present, He is unseen because of His Divine nature
and is everywhere and nowhere.

If you try to see Him with the senses
where will you find Him? You will simply say: -Nowhere.
But if you have the strength to contemplate Him spiritually,
it is He, rather, Who will enlighten your soul
and open the eyes of your heart.”
St Simeon the New Theologian (949-1022) Monk, Father (Hymn 21).

PRAYER – O God, Thou, Who on this day have taught the hearts of the faithful by the Light of the Holy Spirit, grant us, by that Holy Spirit Himself, to know what is right and ever to rejoice in His help. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen (Collect).

Posted in MARIAN PRAYERS, NOTES to Followers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day! 8 May +2022

Wishing all Mothers a Blessed
and Happy Mothers’ Day
May Mary, the Mother
of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our Mother,
be a guide and a comfort to us all.

For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith
And a mother’s steadfast love,
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above
.” – Author Unknown

Mary, my Good Mother
By St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)

Founder of the Marist Brothers

Mary, my Good Mother,
I am called here to do good.
I can achieve nothing
without the assistance
of your Divine Son,
and yours too.
This is why I ask you to help me.
I ask you to be with me,
directing my hands,
my words,
my heart,
my whole being.
And when I am faced with some difficulties,
Good Mother, I will entrust them to you
although I myself, will do all that depends on me.
I offer and commend to you,
all that will be entrusted to me, this day.
Amen

Posted in Catholic NEWS, NOTES to Followers

Rest In Peace, Bishop Daniel Dolan

Rest In Peace

It is with great sorrow that I send condolences to the family, friends, clergy, colleagues and flock of
Bishop Daniel Lytle Dolan (28 May 1951-26 April 2022),
long-time Pastor of Saint Gertrude the Great Church in West Chester, Ohio, who died suddenly
on the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel,
26 April. He was 70 years old.
Réquiem aetérnam dona ei, Dómine, et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
Amen

Soar up my Soul, unto thy rest
Cast off this loathsome load. …
The flowers of everlasting spring,
do grow for thy repast
.”

St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595) Martyr

Bishop Dolan was a follower and benefactor of Anastpaul.com for many years now.
He was a Holy and learned man.
A true follower of Christ, “meek and humble of heart.”
I would like too, to mention Bishop Dolan’s extended flock, in particular, those in France, Nigeria and South Africa,
I mention Marie and Pauline, who now, like myself feel bereft of a true Father.

And I saw the river, over which
every soul must pass
to reach the Kingdom of Heaven
and the name of that river, was suffering.
And I saw a boat
which carries souls across the river
and the name of that boat, was love.

St John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Posted in EASTER, NOTES to Followers, The RESURRECTION

Easter Sunday – 17 April – Jesus Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is Risen!
He is truly Risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Wishing you all a most Blessed and Holy Easter! Alleluia!

“This is the day which the Lord hath made:
let us rejoice and be glad in it
.” – Psalm 117:24

I am taking a few days off to rest a while and to rest your inboxes.

My deepest gratitude to the benefactors of “Breathing Catholic.” Your faithfulness and love are in my heart and my prayers.
May the Risen Lord fill your hearts with His infinite love, may He protect your faith and your families..

See you soon. 💘🙏

Glory be to Thee, O Lord!
Ana

Posted in CHRIST, the WAY,TRUTH,LIFE, FATHERS of the Church, NOTES to Followers, POETRY, QUOTES on CONVERSION, QUOTES on DEATH, QUOTES on GOOD WORKS, QUOTES on the CROSS of CHRIST, The HOLY CROSS

Quote/s of the Day – 15 April – Good Friday – ‘Put on Christ’

Quote/s of the Day – 15 April – Friday of the Passion of the Lord

GOOD FRIDAY
A Day of Deep Mourning,
Fasting and Abstinence!

The Word of the Cross

Look on thy God, Christ hidden in our flesh.
A bitter word, the Cross and bitter sight:
Hard rind without, to hold the heart of Heaven.
Yet sweet it is, for God upon that tree
Did offer up His Life upon that rood
My Life hung, that my Life might stand in God.
Christ, what am I to give Thee for my life?
Unless take from Thy Hands the cup they hold,
To cleanse me with the precious draught of death.
What shall I do? My body to be burned?
Make myself vile? The debt’s not paid out yet.
Whate’er I do, it is but I and Thou,
And still do I come short, still must Thou pay
My debts, O Christ, for debts Thyself hadst none.
What love may balance Thine? My Lord was found
In fashion like a slave, that so His slave
Might find himself in fashion like his Lord.
Think you the bargain’s hard, to have exchanged
The transient for the eternal, to have sold
Earth to buy Heaven? More dearly God bought me!

St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)
Father of the Church

By the Cross, death was slain
and Adam was restored to life.
The Cross is the glory of all the Apostles,
the Crown of the Martyrs,
the Sanctification of the Saints.
By the Cross, we put on Christ
and cast aside our former self.
By the Cross we, the sheep of Christ,
have been gathered into one flock,
destined for the Sheepfold of Heaven.

St Theodore the Studite (759-826)
Father, Abbot, Theologian, Writer

“On whose dear arms, so widely flung,
The weight of this world’s ransom hung,
The price of humankind to pay
And spoil the spoiler of his prey
All hail, O Cross, our only hope!

St Venantiu Fortunatus (c 530 – c 609

Posted in NOTES to Followers

POWER – LESS

My dearest friends

For the past week our Electricity supplier has cut our power for up to 10 hours per day. This made it very difficult to do the posts but I managed. Then, on Sunday morning, at 08.00, without prior warning, our electricity went off and is still off. We managed to get our phones charged elsewhere and so I am able to let you know. So sorry! We need to save up to buy a generator.

I 🙏 I will be back soon.

💘 Ana

Posted in NOTES to Followers, QUOTES for the NEW YEAR, The WORD

It’s 2022!

It’s 2022!

May the Peace and Love
of Our Lord, Jesus Christ
reign in our hearts
and grant us His Grace and Blessings

in 2022

Let us pray for the strength and courage to withstand the father of lies, as the persecutions manifested in the past two years, continue to bombard us all.

“Be on your guard,
stand firm in the faith,
be courageous,
be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Posted in CHRISTMASTIDE!, NOTES to Followers

Christmas Wishes for You

Christmas Wishes for You 💖🙏

I offer today, special Prayers for you ALL and for all my extended family on WordPress. Most especially, my heart’s deepest thanksgiving for those most generous and loving Benefactors, who, in their generosity have constantly contributed to the upkeep of this site.
For those who, in the midst of their manifold duties during this very busy time, have still found time to send Christmas donations and prayers.

Thank you!

Give, and there will be gifts for you:
a full measure, pressed down,
shaken togethe and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap …

Luke 6:38

And my wishes for a most Holy and Blessed Christmas
May the Divine Babe of Bethlehem
fill your hearts with His joy, peace and love!
And my Love and Prayers to you and yours.
Ana

“And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth;
we have beheld his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father.

John 1:14

Posted in NOTES to Followers

Dear Rosemary ….

Dear Rosemary …

We have a very special child of God and a fellow-pilgrim here with us, on Breathing Catholic.
She has been a generous and loving supporter and benefactor of this project and of me personally, for many years now.
She has been a friend in need and a support in trial.
She has been a wise head and a shoulder to cry on.
As the times have been so difficult for all of us and as she is not very well, I wished to manifest the great regard I hold her and her husband in, that they might know how much they are appreciated. Across the thousands of miles, Rosemary has always, remained close in Christ.

God love you,keep you in the Palm of His Hand and bless you. Remember all the evils of the world will pass away. God alone is our Refuge and our Fortress.

Let nothing perturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away,
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Doctor of the Church

May Our Beloved Lord,
grant you the strength,
courage and wisdom,
to rest in Him alone!

Happy Birthday dearest Rosemary!

💘🙏Ana

Posted in NOTES to Followers, NOVENAS, OCTOBER - The HOLY ROSARY, The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, The HOLY ROSARY/ROSARY CRUSADE

Announcing a Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary – Begins 28 September

Announcing a Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary
Begins 28 September
The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is on 7 October.

Please join me in praying a Novena in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary for the nine days preceding her Feast on 7 October and, of course, October is the Month of the Holy Rosary.

This Feast was instituted to commemorate the victory of Christianity over the forces of Islam at the battle of Lepanto on 7 October 1571.   The victory was brought about through the recitation of the Rosary.   In thanksgiving for another victory over the same foes in Hungary in 1715, the Feast was extended to the entire Church.
In the course of centuries the Rosary has been a source of abundant blessings.   In her apparitions at Lourdes, France, in 1858 and again at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, Mary urged Catholics to pray the Rosary daily in order to bring about the conversion of sinners and a lasting world peace.   Resolve to say your Rosary every day.   Besides being a beautiful tribute of love and filial piety, to your Heavenly Mother, it will be your support and joy in life and your consolation at the hour of death.

Posted in NOTES to Followers, QUOTES on PATIENCE

Update

Dear friends, I will be back next week, regardless of how well my eyes work. The Doctor said 2 weeks for the right eye to settle and recover. Those 2 weeks end on Wednesday coming.

At the present moment I cannot focus and type via touch and a prayer. However, I miss you and our friends in Heaven too much and will just struggle on.

Bless you all for your wonderful notes of encouragement and for your prayers. A special note of heartfelt gratitude to those who have continued to support the Site, even though there have been no posts for 10 days, your kindness and charity are humbling and holy. Please keep those prayers rising in supplication and may the good Lord grant us all patience in the trials of this life. Amen 🙏💖

“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.”

St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)

Posted in NOTES to Followers

I beg your prayers please 🙏🤗

Dear Fellow Pilgrims

I ask for your prayers please as tomorrow I undergo surgery on my right eye. This is just a maintenance procedure and an attempt to keep this eye functioning to the best of it’s, not very good, ability.

Sadly, my left eye is beyond help. BUT we have many Saints who are Patrons of eye ailments and diseases. St Lucy, of course, St Augustine, St Raphael the Archangel (of the blind), St Clare of Assisi, St Odelia, St Leodagar of Poitiers, St Giovanna of Orvieto (25 July posted this year) and MORE ….

🙏🙏🙏

I will be out of action for a few days but you will all remain in my prayers. “May the Lord Jesus touch all our eyes!

Posted in MARIAN PRAYERS, MARY'S MONTH, NOTES to Followers

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! 9 May +2021

Wishing all Mothers a Blessed and Happy Mothers’ Day
May Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our Mother, be a guide and a comfort to us all.

Mother’s Day Prayer
Hail Mary, Mother of God
Intercessions from 1727
the Liturgical Order of Blessing

Hail Mary, Mother of God
and our Mother,
pray for all mothers,
so that they will be able
to fulfil their maternal responsibilities.
Help them to be lovers and nurturers
of all human life from the moment of conception
until natural death,
all the while, being examples for their own children.
Pray for their children,
so that they, too, will be faithful followers of your Son.
We pray for our mothers,
who have given us life and love,
that we may show them reverence and love.
We pray for mothers,
who have lost a child through death,
that their faith may give them hope
and their family and friend,
support and console them.
We pray for mothers who have died,
that God may bring them
into the joy of His kingdom
We offer these prayers
through Christ, our Lord
and your Son,
in union with the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen

Posted in "Follow Me", EASTER, NOTES to Followers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, The RESURRECTION

EASTER SUNDAY – 4 April – Jesus Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Alleluia!

EASTER SUNDAY – 4 April

A Blessed and Holy Easter to you all!
Alleluia!
Christós anésti!
Jesus Christ is risen!
He is truly risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Amen

[Easter is the Anglo- Saxon word for April, and was derived, as Venerable Bede tells us, (in his book De temporum ratione c. 13,) from Easter, a goddess of our pagan ancestors. Others derive Easter from Oest, Oost the Saxon for rising, or the east: and hence, Osteren, the Resurrection. Tr. from Butler’s Moveable Feasts.]

THIS IS THE DAY WHICH THE LORD HATH MADE;
LET US BE GLAD AND REJOICE THEREIN!

The night between Saturday and Sunday has well nigh run its course and the day-dawn is appearing. The Mother of sorrows is waiting, in courageous hope and patience, for the blissful moment of her Jesus’ return.

… But Jesus is not to tarry in the gloomy sepulchre. Quicker than a ray of light through a crystal, He passes through the stone that closes the entrance of the cave. Pilate had ordered his seal to be put upon this stone and a guard of soldiers is there, to see that no-one touches it. Untouched it is and unmoved and yet, Jesus is free!

Thus, as the holy Fathers unanimously teach us, was it at His birth: -He appeared to the gaze of Mary, without having offered the slightest violence to her maternal womb. The birth and the resurrection, the commencement and the end of Jesus’ mission, these two mysteries bear on them, the seal of resemblance – in the first, it is a Virgin Mother; in the last, it is a sealed tomb giving forth its captive God.

And while this Jesus, this Man-God, thus breaks the sceptre of death, the stillness of the night is undisturbed. His and our victory has cost Him no effort. 0 death! where is now thy kingdom? Sin had made us thy slaves; thy victory was complete and now, lo! thou thyself art defeated! Jesus, whom thou didst exultingly hold under thy law, ( 1 Apec. 1, 5. 2 I. Cor xv, 26. ‘Ibid. 56) has set Himself free and we, after thou hast domineered over us for a time, we too shall be free from thy grasp. The tomb thou makest for us, will become to us the source of a new life, for He that now conquers thee is ‘the First-born among the dead ~ and to-day is the Pasch, the Passover, the deliverance, for Jesus and for us, His brethren.

He has led the way, we shall follow and the day will come, when thou, the enemy, that destroys all things, shalt thyself be destroyed by immortality. Thy defeat dates from this moment of Jesus’ Resurrection,and, with the great Apostle, we say to thee:

‘O death! where is thy victory?

O death! where is thy sting?

Servant of God Abbot Dom Prosper Guéranger OSB (1805-1875)
Abbot of Solesmes

Posted in NOTES to Followers

Same Again … no electricity 🙄

Remember, a very important aspect of daily life is MAINTENANCE! This word applies to our temporal affairs and, of course, most importantly, to our spiritual lives.

South Africa’s problem is lack of this big word, “Maintenance” – for very many years – around 30 odd! – Now we stumble in the darkness, the only light being the light of fires – I doubt the analogy is lost on you all.

Please pray for us – let us pray constantly for each other.