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One Minute Reflection – 22 June

One Minute Reflection – 22 June – Saturday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 6:24–34 and the Memorial of St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyr

Look at the birds in the sky,they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? ..Matthew 6:26matthew 6 26 look at the birds of the air - 22 june 2019

REFLECTION – “I will not mistrust Him, Meg, though I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear. I shall remember, how Saint Peter at a blast of wind, began to sink because of his lack of faith and I shall do as he did, call upon Christ and pray to Him for help. And then I trust He shall place His holy hand on me and in the stormy seas, hold me up from drowning.”…St Thomas More (1478-1535)i-will-not-distrust-him-meg-st-thomas-more-11-jan-2018 and today 22 june 2019

“In the face of the situations of so many people, near and far, who live in wretchedness, Jesus’ discourse might appear hardly realistic, if not evasive  . In fact, the Lord wants to make people understand clearly, that it is impossible to serve two masters – God and mammon [riches].   Whoever believes in God, the Father, full of love for His children, puts first the search for His Kingdom and His will.   And this is precisely the opposite of fatalism or ingenuous irenics.   Faith in Providence does not, in fact, dispense us from the difficult struggle, for a dignified life but frees us, from the yearning for things and from fear of the future.
It is clear that although Jesus’ teaching remains ever true and applicable for all it is practised in different ways according to the different vocations – a Franciscan friar will be able to follow it more radically, while a father of a family must bear in mind his proper duties to his wife and children.   In every case, however, Christians are distinguished by their absolute trust in the heavenly Father, as was Jesus.   It was precisely Christ’s relationship with God the Father that gave meaning to the whole of His life, to His words, to His acts of salvation until His Passion, death and Resurrection.   Jesus showed us what it means to live with our feet firmly planted on the ground, attentive to the concrete situations of our neighbour, yet, at the same time keeping our heart in Heaven, immersed in God’s mercy.” … Pope Benedict XVI (Sunday, 27 February 2011).faith in providence - pope bendict 22 june 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, we trust in You and abide in You. Grant us we pray, that by the prayers of our heavenly Mother, our Mother of divine Providence and St Thomas More, who said “I will trust Him”, that we too may ever know that You are with us and guide, help and feed us everyday.   Through Christ our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.mary, mother of divine providence, pray for us 22 june 2019

st thomas more pry for us 22 june 2019

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 July 2018 – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42,11:1.

Quote/s of the Day – 16 July 2018 – Monday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42,11:1.

Speaking of:  Seeking Abandonment to Divine Providence
with Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J. (1675-1751)

“God instructs the heart,
not by ideas
but by pains and contradictions.”god instructs the heart not by ideas but by pains and contradictions - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“There is not a moment in which God
does not present Himself
under the cover of some pain to be endured,
of some consolation to be enjoyed,
or of some duty to be performed.
All that takes place within us,
around us,
or through us,
contains and conceals His divine action.”there is not a moment - de caussade - 15 july 2018

“The books the Holy Spirit is writing,
are living and every soul a volume,
in which the divine author,
makes a true revelation of His word,
explaining it to every heart,
unfolding it in every moment.”the books the holy spirit is writing - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“The duties of each moment
are the shadows beneath which,
hides the divine operation.”the duties of each moment - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“You would be very ashamed,
if you knew what the experiences you call,
setbacks, upheavals, pointless disturbances
and tedious annoyances really are.
You would realise that your complaints about them,
are nothing more nor less,
than blasphemies – though that never occurs to you.
Nothing happens to you except by the will of God
and yet [God’s] beloved children curse it,
because they do not know it, for what it is!”

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)you would be very ashamed - de caussade - 16 july 2018

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Quote of the Day – 13 July

Quote of the Day – 13 July – Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B -Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23.

“Jesus said to his Apostles:  “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves” … Matthew 10:16

“We must offer ourselves to God,
like a clean, smooth canvas
and not worry ourselves,
about what God
may choose to paint on it
but at each moment,
feel only the stroke of His brush.”

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J. (1675-1751)we must offer ourselves to god - fr jean pierre de caussade - 13 july 2018

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Thought for the Day – 30 April – Monday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786-1842) – known as “The Labourer of Divine Providence”.

Thought for the Day – 30 April – Monday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786-1842) – known as “The Labourer of Divine Providence”

Speaking of: Trusting in God’s Providence

A letter from Mother Luisita OCDS

“For greater things you were born.

God will provide for all of our needs.   Let us trust that we will receive all from Him who loves us so much and is always watching over us!

As you try to see all things as coming from the hand of God, adore His designs.   I would like to see you have more trust in Divine Providence.   Otherwise, you will be suffering many disappointments and your projects will meet with failure.   Trust, my child, only in God.   Everything human is changeable and the one who is for you today will be against you tomorrow.   You see how good our God is!   We should have more confidence in Him every day and have recourse to prayer, not permitting anything to discourage us or make us sad.   He has given me so much confidence in His Divine Will that I leave everything in His hands and I am at peace.

My beloved child, let us praise God in everything because all that happens is for our own good.   Try to fulfil your duties the best you can and for God alone and always remain happy and serene in all the tribulations of life.   As for me, I have placed all in the hands of God and I have been successful.   We have to learn to detach ourselves a little, trust in God alone and do God’s holy will with joy.

How beautiful it is to be in the Hands of God, searching His Divine Gaze in readiness to do whatever He wishes.”

“Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have trust in God, trust also in me.”
John 14:1john 14 1 - do not let your hearts be troubled - 30 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 April – Monday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786-1842) – known as “The Labourer of Divine Providence”.

Quote/s of the Day – 30 April – Monday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786-1842) – known as “The Labourer of Divine Providence”.

Speaking of:  Recognising God’s Hand

“There is absolutely nothing
that gives us more peace, 
or does more to make us holy,
than obeying the will of God.”there is absolutely nothing - fr jean pierre de caussade - 30 april 2018

“God makes all chosen souls, pass through
a fearful time of poverty,
misery and nothingness.
He desires to destroy in them gradually,
all the help and confidence they derive
from themselves, so that He may be
their sole source of support,
their confidence,
their hope,
their only resource.”god makes all chosen souls pass - fr jean pierre de caussade - 30 april 2018

“We must offer ourselves to God
like a clean, smooth canvas
and not worry ourselves about
what God may choose to paint on it
but at each moment,
feel only, the stroke of His brush.”

Fr Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
‘Abandonment to Divine Providence’we must offer ourselves - fr jean pierre de caussade - 30 april 2018

“The poor are Jesus
they are not just an image of Him.”

St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786-1842)the poor are jesus - st joseph benedict cottolengo - 30 april 2018

“The Lord always sets signs on our path
to guide us according to His will, 
to our own true good.”

Pope Benedict XVIthe lord always set signs - pope benedict - 30 april 2018

“If you do this one thing
you will become a saint.
If you don’t do it,
you never will.
The one thing is this:
Let Jesus interrupt your life.”

Father Mike Schmitzif you do this one thing - fr mike - 30 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 April – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938)

Quote/s of the Day – 26 April – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938)

“Every day, I am happier, in my complete abandonment,
into His Hands.   I see His will, even in the most insignificant
and tiny things that happen.
In everything I find a lesson, that serves to make me
understand better, His mercy toward me.
I love His designs, with my whole being
and that is enough.every day i am happier - st rafael arnaiz baron - 26 april 2018

If at times, God is not in the soul,
it is because we do not want Him there.
We have such an accumulation of things to do,
of distractions, of interests, vain desires, conceit,
we have so much world within us,
that God distances Himself…
but, all we have to do is want Him.if at times, god is not in the soul, st rafael arnaiz baron - 26 april 2018

It is difficult to explain why one loves suffering!
But I believe, that it can be explained,
because it is not suffering in itself
but rather as it is in Christ
and whoever loves Christ
loves His Cross.

To savour the Cross…to live sick,
unknown, abandoned by all—
only You…and on the Cross.
How sweet the bitterness,
the loneliness, the grief, the pain,
wolfed down and swallowed in silence,
without help.
How sweet the tears shed next to Your Cross.

Ah! If I knew how to tell the world where true happiness is!
But this the world does not understand, nor can it…
because to understand the Cross…one must love it.
To love it one must suffer
and not only suffer
but love the suffering…
In this, Lord, how few follow You to Calvary.”

St Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938)it is difficult to explain- ah if ia knew how to tell - to savour the cross - st rafael baron - 26 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 April – Saturday of the Second Week of Eastertide “Speaking of Divine Providence”

Quote/s of the Day – 14 April – Saturday of the Second Week of Eastertide

“Speaking of Divine Providence”

“To escape the distress caused by regret
for the past
or fear about the future,
this is the rule to follow:
leave the past to the infinite mercy of God,
the future to His good Providence,
give the present wholly to His love
by being faithful to His grace.”to escape the distress caused by regret - fr de caussade - 14 april 2018

“But,” say you, “what will become of me if . . . ?”
This is indeed a temptation of the enemy.
Why should you be so ingenious
in tormenting yourself beforehand
about something which perhaps will never happen?
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
Uneasy forebodings do us much harm;
why do you so readily give way to them?
We make our own troubles
and what do we gain by it?
but lose, instead, so much both for time and eternity.“but say you - what will become of me if - fr jean pierre de caussade - 14 april 2018

“never lose sight of the great and consoling truth
that nothing happens in this world
but by the command of God,
or at least, with His divine permission;
and that, whatever He wills, or permits
turns infallibly to the advantage
of those, who are submissive and resigned.”

Fr Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J. (1675-1751)

‘Abandonment to Divine Providence’never lose of the great and consoling truth - fr caussade - 14 april 2018