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


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

[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.]


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


Quote/s of the Day – 2 February – Purification and Presentation

Quote/s of the Day – 2 February – The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin and the Presentation of the Lord

“And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him according to the custom of the law,
he took him up in his arms and blessed God ..…”

Luke 2:27-28

“We must be burning with love
and radiant with good deeds
and so take up Christ
in our hands with Simeon.
Could anyone hold up
a lighted candle in his hands
on this day, without at once
remembering that old man,
who on this same day,
took up in his arms Jesus, God’s Word,
clothed in flesh like a candle-flame clothed in wax
and affirmed Him to be
“the Light which would be a beacon for the Gentiles.”

Bl Guerric of Igny O.Cist (c 1080-1157)

“She, the holy Mother of God,
must go to the Temple like other Hebrew mothers,
as though she had lost something,
which needed restoring by a legal sacrifice.
He, that is the Son of God and Son of Man,
must be treated in all things,
as though He were a servant
and be ransomed in common.
with the poorest Jewish boy.
Mary adores the will of God
and embraces it with her whole heart.
… She was in the Temple of Jerusalem,
what she was in the house of Nazareth,
when she received the Archangel’s visit;
she was the Handmaid of the Lord.”

Servant of God Abbot Prosper Guéranger

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Our Morning Offering – 2 February – Prayer for the Feast By Servant of God Abbot Prosper Guéranger

Our Morning Offering – 2 February – The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin and the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

Prayer for the Feast
By Servant of God Abbot Prosper Guéranger OSB (1805-1875)

O Blessed Mother,
the sword is already in your heart.
You foreknow the future
of the Fruit of your womb.
May our fidelity in following Him,
through the coming mysteries,
of His public life
bring some alleviations
to the sorrows
of your maternal heart.


Quote/s of the Day – 27 December – Beloved of the Lord

Quote/s of the Day – 27 December – Feast of St John the Evangelist and the Third Day of the Christmas Octave

“John’s God-illumined mind,
conceived the incomparable height of divine wisdom,
when he reclined on the Redeemer’s breast,
during the holy Last Supper meal (Jn 13:25).
And because “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:3)
are within the heart of Jesus, it is from there, that he drew
and from there, that he greatly enriched our wretchedness,
as people who are poor and generously distributed these goods,
taken from their source, for the salvation of the whole world.
And because this blessed John speaks about God
in a marvellous way, that cannot be compared to that of anyone else,
it is only right that the Greeks as well as the Latins
have given him the name of “Theologian”.
Mary is “Theotokos” because she has truly given birth to God;
John is “Theologos” because he saw in an indescribable way,
that the Word of God, was with the Father
before the beginning of time and was God (Jn 1:1)
and because, too, he spoke about this, with extraordinary depth.”

St Peter Damian (1007-1072) Doctor of the Churchjohns-god-illumined-mind-st-peter-damian-27-dec-2018 and 2019.jpg

“If Moses, after having conversed
with God in the cloud,
came from the Divine interview
with rays of miraculous light encircling his head,
how radiant must have been the face of St John,
which had rested on the very Heart of Jesus,
in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge [Col. ii 3]
how sublime his writings!
how Divine his teaching!”if moses after having conversed with god - abbott gueranger on ST JOHN 27 dec 2019.jpg

“Then too, as Son and Guardian of Mary,
thou hast to present us to thine own and our Mother.
Ask her to give us, somewhat of the tender love,
wherewith she watches over the Crib of her Divine Son,
to see in us, the Brothers of that Child she bore
and to admit us, to a share of the maternal affection,
she had for thee, the favoured confidant
of the secrets of her Jesus.”

Abbot Prosper Guéranger OSB (1805-1875)then too, as son and guardian of mary - st john - by abbott guerange - 27 dec 2019.jpg


Thought for the Day – 14 May

Thought for the Day – 14 May – Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter, C and the Feast of St Matthias, Apostle of Christ

The virtues, labour and sufferings of St Mathias have not been handed down to us, this explains the lack of proper lessons on his life, such as we have for the feasts of the rest of the apostles.
St Clement of Alexandria (150-215) records in his writings several sayings of our holy apostle.   One of these is so very appropriate to the spirit of the present season, that we consider it a duty to quote it.
‘It behooves us to combat the flesh and make use of it, without pampering it by unlawful gratifications. As to the soul, we must develop her power by faith and knowledge.’
How profound is the teaching contained in these few words!   Sin has deranged the order which the Creator had established.   It gave the outward man such a tendency to grovel in things which degrade him, that the only means left us for the restoration of the image and likeness of God unto which we were created, is the forcible subjection of the body to the spirit.   But the spirit itself, that is, the soul, was also impaired by original sin and her inclinations were made prone to evil, what is to be her protection?   Faith and knowledge.   Faith humbles her and then exalts and rewards her and the reward is knowledge.

— Excerpted from The Liturgical Year, Abbot Gueranger OSB

St Matthias, Apostle of Christ, Pray for Us!ST MATTHIAS PRAY FOR US.jpg


Our Morning Offering – 2 February – The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Our Morning Offering – 2 February – The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Prayer for the Feast
of the Presentation of the Lord
By Abbot Prosper Guéranger OSB (1805-1875)

O Blessed Mother,
the sword is already in your heart.
You foreknow the future
of the Fruit of your womb.
May our fidelity in following Him,
through the coming mysteries,
of His public life
bring some alleviations
to the sorrows
of your maternal heart.
Amenprayer for the feast of the presentation by abbott gueranger 2 feb 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 13 February – “Shrove Tuesday”

One Minute Reflection – 13 February – “Shrove Tuesday”

“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”…John 17:14-15shrove tuesday 1

REFLECTION – “In this sense, then, the world is everything that is opposed to our Lord Jesus Christ, that refuses to recognise Him and that resists His divine guidance.   Those false maxims which tend to weaken the love of God in our souls;  which recommended the vanities that fasten our hearts to this present life;  which cry down everything that can raise us above our weaknesses or vices;  which decoy and gratify our corrupt nature by dangerous pleasures, which, far from helping us to the attainment of our last end, only mislead us-all these are ‘the world.'”…Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger (The Liturgical Year)

the world is everything - abbott gueranger - 13 feb 2018 shrove tuesday

PRAYER – All-provident Lord, my God, You are my Father and in You is all my hope and trust. Teach me to live according to Your precepts, knowing that through them I will attain virtue and thus be filled with true joy.   Help me to love Your Creation but never to succumb to the enticements of the material world which constantly beckon and attempt to seduce my love.   Grant us all strength during our Lenten journey to minimise the snares of the ‘world’ around us and to open our hearts only to You.   Through our Saviour, who came to teach us and lead us, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.the jesus prayer 3 - 13 feb 2018 - shrove tuesday


Thought for the Day – 27 December – the Feast of St John the Apostle and Evangelist “The Disciple whom Jesus Loved”  and the 3rd Octave Day

Thought for the Day – 27 December – the Feast of St John the Apostle and Evangelist “The Disciple whom Jesus Loved”  and the 3rd Octave DayJesus_last_supper-1014x487Bookmark-St-John

Taken From THE LITURGICAL YEAR, Abbot Dom Guéranger OSB, Book II

NEAREST to Jesus’ Crib, after Stephen, stands John, the Apostle and Evangelist.   It was only right that the first place should be assigned to him, who so loved his God that he shed his blood in his service;   for, as this God Himself declares, greater love than this hath no man, that he lay down his life for his friends, [St. John xv 13] and Martyrdom has ever been counted by the Church as the greatest act of love and as having, consequently, the power of remitting sins, like a second Baptism.   But next to the sacrifice of Blood, the noblest, the bravest sacrifice and that which most wins the heart of Him Who is the Spouse of souls, is the sacrifice of Virginity.   Now just as St Stephen is looked upon as the type of Martyrs, St John is honoured as the Prince of Virgins.   Martyrdom won for Stephen the Crown and palm;   Virginity merited for John most singular prerogatives, which, while they show how dear to God is holy Chastity, put this Disciple among those who by their dignity and influence are above the rest of men.

St John was of the family of David, as was our Blessed Lady.   He was consequently a relation of Jesus.   This same honour belonged to St James the Greater, his brother;  as also to St James the Less and St Jude, both sons of Alpheub.   When our Saint was in the prime of his youth, he left not only his boat and nets, not only his Father Zebedee but even his betrothed, when everything was prepared for the marriage.   He followed Jesus, and never once looked back.   Hence the special love which our Lord bore him.   Others were Disciples or Apostles, John was the Friend of Jesus.   The cause of this our Lord’s partiality was, as the Church tells us in the Liturgy, that John had offered his Virginity to the Man-God.   Let us, on this his Feast, enumerate the graces and privileges that came to St. John from his being the Disciple whom Jesus loved.

This very expression of the Gospel, which the Evangelist repeats several times—–The Disciple whom Jesus loved [St. John xiii 23; xix 26; xxi 7; xxi 20]—–says more than any commentary could do.   St Peter, it is true, was chosen by our Divine Lord to be the Head of the Apostolic College and the Rock whereon the Church was to be built:  he, then, was honoured most;   but St John was loved most.   Peter was bid to love more than the rest loved and he was able to say, in answer to Jesus’ thrice repeated question, that he did love Him in this highest way:  and yet, notwithstanding, John was more loved by Jesus than was Peter himself, because his Virginity deserved this special mark of honour.

Chastity of soul and body brings him who possesses it into a sacred nearness and intimacy with God.   Hence it was that at the Last Supper—–that Supper which was to be renewed on our Altars to the end of the world, in order to cure our spiritual infirmities and give life to our souls—–John was placed near to Jesus, nay, was permitted, as the tenderly loved Disciple, to lean his head upon the Breast of the Man-God.   Then it was that he was filled, from their very Fountain, with Light and Love:   it was both a recompense and a favour and became the source of two signal graces, which make St John an object of special reverence to the whole Church.jesus and john

Divine wisdom wishing to make known to the world the Mystery of the Word and commit to Scripture those profound secrets which, so far, no pen of mortal had been permitted to write, the task was put upon John.   Peter had been crucified, Paul had been beheaded and the rest of the Apostles had laid down their lives in testimony of the Truths they had been sent to preach to the world; John was the only one left in the Church.   Heresy had already begun its blasphemies against the Apostolic Teachings;  it refused to admit the Incarnate Word as the Son of God, Consubstantial to the Father. John was asked by the Churches to speak and he did so in language heavenly above measure.   His Divine Master had reserved to this His Virgin-Disciple the honour of writing those sublime Mysteries which the other Apostles had been commissioned only to teach—–THE WORD WAS GOD, and this WORD WAS MADE FLESH for the salvation of mankind.   Thus did our Evangelist soar, like the Eagle, up to the Divine Sun and gaze upon Him with undazzled eye, because his heart and senses were pure and therefore fitted for such vision of the uncreated Light.   If Moses, after having conversed with God in the cloud, came from the Divine interview with rays of miraculous light encircling his head:  how radiant must have been the face of St John, which had rested on the very Heart of Jesus, in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge [Col. ii 3] how sublime his writings! how Divine his teaching!   Hence the symbol of the Eagle, shown to the Prophet Ezechiel, [Ezech. i 10; x 14] and to St John himself in his Revelations, [Apoc. iv 7] has been assigned to him by the Church:  and to this title of The Eagle has been added, by universal tradition, the other beautiful name of Theologian.

This was the first recompense given by Jesus to His Beloved John—–a profound penetration into Divine Mysteries.   The second was the imparting to him of a most ardent charity, which was equally a grace consequent upon his angelic purity, for purity unburdens the soul from grovelling egotistic affections and raises it to a chaste and generous love.   John had treasured up in his heart the Discourses of his Master:  he made them known to the Church, and especially that Divine one of the Last Supper, wherein Jesus had poured forth His whole Soul to His Own, whom He had always tenderly loved but most so at the end. [1 St. John xiii 1]   He wrote his Epistles and Charity is his subject: God is Charity—–he that loveth not, knoweth not God—–perfect Charity casts out fear—–and so on throughout, always on Love.   During the rest of his life, even when so enfeebled by old age as not to be able to walk, he was for ever insisting upon all men loving each other, after the example of God, Who had loved them and so loved them!  Thus, he that had announced more clearly than the rest of the Apostles the Divinity of the Incarnate Word, was par excellence the Apostle of that Divine Charity which Jesus came to enkindle upon the earth.

But our Lord had a further gift to bestow and it was sweetly appropriate to the Virgin-Disciple.   When dying on his Cross, Jesus left Mary upon this earth. Joseph had been dead now some years.   Who then shall watch over His Mother? Who is there worthy of the charge?   Will Jesus send His Angels to protect and console her?   For, surely, what man could ever merit to be to her as a second Joseph?   Looking down, He sees the Virgin-Disciple standing at the foot of the Cross:   we know the rest, John is to be Mary’s Son:   Mary is to be John’s Mother.   Oh! wonderful Chastity, that wins from Jesus such an inheritance as this!   Peter, says St Peter Damian, shall have left to him the Church, the Mother of men; but John shall receive Mary, the Mother of God, whom he will love as his own dearest Treasur, and to whom he will stand in Jesus’ stead;   whilst Mary will tenderly love John, her Jesus’ Friend, as her Son.beloved by dyce

Can we be surprised after this, that St John is looked upon by the Church as one of her greatest glories?   He is a Relative of Jesus in the flesh;   he is an Apostle, a Virgin, the Friend of the Divine Spouse, the Eagle, the Theologian, the Son of Mary; he is an Evangelist, by the history he has given of the Life of his Divine Master and Friend;  he is a Sacred Writer, by the three Epistles he wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost;  he is a Prophet, by his mysterious Apocalypse, wherein are treasured the secrets of time and eternity.   But is he a Martyr? Yes, for if he did not complete his sacrifice, he drank the Chalice of Jesus, [St. Matt. xx 22] when, after being cruelly scourged, he was thrown into a caldron of boiling oil before the Latin Gate at Rome.   He was therefore a Martyr in desire and intention, though not in fact.   If our Lord, wishing to prolong a life so dear to the Church, as well as to show how he loves and honours Virginity, miraculously stayed the effects of the frightful punishment, St John had, on his part, unreservedly accepted Martyrdom.

Such is the companion of Stephen at the Crib, wherein lies our Infant Jesus.   If the Protomartyr dazzles us with the robes he wears of the bright scarlet of his own blood;  is not the virginal whiteness of John’s vestment fairer than the untrod snow?   The spotless beauty of the Lilies of Mary’s adopted Son and the bright vermilion of Stephen’s Roses——what is there more lovely than their union?   Glory, then, be to our New-Born King, Whose court is tapestried with such heaven-made colours as these!   Yes, Bethlehem’s Stable is a very Heaven on earth and we have seen its transformation.   First we saw Mary and Joseph alone there:  they were adoring Jesus in His Crib;   then, immediately, there descended a heavenly host of Angels singing the wonderful Hymn;  the Shepherds soon followed, the humble, simple-hearted Shepherds;  after these entered Stephen the Crowned and John the Beloved Disciple;   and even before there enters the pageant of the devout Magi, we shall have others coming in, and there will be each day grander glory in the Cave, and gladder joy in our hearts.   Oh! this birth of our Jesus!   Humble as it seems, yet how Divine!   What King or Emperor ever received in his gilded cradle, honours like these shown to the Babe of Bethlehem?   Let us unite our homage with that given Him by these the favoured inmates of His court.   Yesterday the sight of the Palm in Stephen’s hand animated us and we offered to our Jesus the promise of a stronger Faith:   today the Wreath that decks the brow of the Beloved Disciple breathes upon the Church the heavenly fragrance of Virginity:  an intenser love of Purity must be our resolution, and our tribute to the Lamb.

Beloved Disciple of the Babe of Bethlehem!  how great is thy happiness!  how wonderful is the reward given to thy love and thy purity!  In thee was fulfilled that word of thy Master:  Blessed are the clean of heart;  for they shall see God.   Not only didst thou see this God-Man:  thou wast His Friend and on His Bosom didst rest thy head.   John the Baptist trembles at having to bend the head of Jesus under the water of Jordan; Magdalen, though assured by his own lips that her pardon was perfect as her love, yet dares not raise her head, but keeps clinging to his feet;  Thomas scarce presumes to obey Him when He bids him put his finger into His wounded Side;  and thou, in the presence of all the Apostles, sittest close to Him, leaning thy head upon His Breast!   Nor is it only Jesus in his Humanity that thou seest and possessest;  but, because thy heart is pure, thou soarest like an eagle up to the Sun of Justice and fixest thine eye upon Him in the light inaccessible wherein He dwells eternally with the Father and the Holy Ghost.

Thus was rewarded the fidelity wherewith thou didst keep intact for Jesus the precious treasure of thy Purity.   And now, O worthy favourite of the great King!  forget not us poor sinners.   We believe and confess the Divinity of the Incarnate Word Whom thou hast evangelised unto us;  but we desire to draw nigh to Him during this holy season, now that He shows himself so desirous of our company, so humble, so full of love, so dear a Child, and so poor!   Alas! our sins keep us back;   our heart is not pure like thine; we have need of a Patron to introduce us to our Master’s crib. [Isa. i 3] Thou, O Beloved Disciple of Emmanuel!   Thou must procure us this happiness.   Thou hast shown us the Divinity of the Word in the bosom of the Eternal Father;  lead us now to this same Word made flesh.   Under thy patronage Jesus will permit us to enter into the Stable, to stand near His Crib, to see with our eyes and touch with our hands [1 St. John i 1] this sweet Fruit of eternal Life.   May it be granted us to contemplate the sweet Face of Him that is our Saviour and thy Friend;  to feel the throbs of that Heart which loves both thee and us, which thou didst see wounded by the Spear, on Calvary.   It is good for us to fix ourselves here near the Crib of our Jesus and share in the graces He there lavishes and learn, as thou didst, the grand lesson of this Child’s simplicity:  thy prayers must procure all this for us.

Then too, as Son and Guardian of Mary, thou hast to present us to thine own and our Mother.   Ask her to give us somewhat of the tender love wherewith she watches over the Crib of her Divine Son; to see in us the Brothers of that Child she bore;  and to admit us to a share of the maternal affection she had for thee, the favoured confidant of the secrets of her Jesus.

We also pray to thee, O holy Apostle! for the Church of God.   She was planted and watered by thy labours, embalmed with the celestial fragrance of thy virtues and illumined by thy sublime teachings; pray now that these graces may bring forth their fruit, and that to the end of her pilgrimage faith may be firm, the love of Jesus fervent, and Christian morals pure and holy.   Thou has told us in thy Gospel of a saying of thy Divine Master:  I will not now call you my Servants but my Friends: [St. John xv 15] pray, dear Saint, that there may come to this, from our hearts and lips, a response of love and courage, telling our Emmanuel that, like thyself, we will follow Him whithersoever He leads john pray for us - 27 dec 2017

Let us, on this second day after our Divine Infant’s Birth, meditate upon the Sleep He deigns to take.   Let us consider how this God of all goodness, Who has come down from Heaven to invite His creature man to come to Him and seek rest for his soul, seeks rest Himself in our earthly home and sanctifies by His Own Divine sleep that rest which to us is a necessity.   We have just been dwelling with delighted devotion on the thought of His offering His Breast as a resting-place for the Beloved Disciple and for all souls that imitate John in his love and devotedness:  now let us look at this our God, sweetly sleeping in His humble Crib, or on His Mother’s lap.Brooklyn_Museum_-_Saint_Peter_and_Saint_John_Run_to_the_Sepulchre_(Saint_Pierre_et_Saint_Jean_courent_au_sépulcre)_-_James_Tissotbeloved runs to the tomb -



Quote/s of the Day on Confession – 25 October

Quote/s of the Day on Confession – 25 October

“The confession of evil works, 
is the first beginning of good works.
You do the truth
and come to the light.”

St Augustine (354-430) Doctor & Father of the Churchthe confession of evil - st augustine - 25 oct 2017

“A man is repaired in an instant by Divine grace.”

“One who has confessed and received absolution,
will be less punished in Purgatory than one
who has gone no further than contrition.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churcha man is repaired - st thomas aquinas - 25 oct 2017

“Are you scorched, are you burnt to the very core,
by the heat of concupiscence? Even so, poor sufferers!
You must not lose courage; there is a cool fountain
ready to refresh you and heal all your wounds;
not indeed the first font, which gave you the life you have lost;
but the second Baptism, the divine Sacrament of Penance,
which can restore you to grace and purity!”

Prosper Louis Pascal Guéranger O.S.B. (1805-1875)are you scorched - abbot gueranger - 25 oct 2017

“Confession is stronger than an exorcism!”

Fr Gabriele Amorth, SSP (1925-2016) – Chief Exorcist/Romeconfession is stronger - fr armorth - 25 oct 2017



Quote of the Day – 2 February

Quote of the Day – 2 February

“O Blessed Mother, the sword is already in your heart.
You foreknow the future of the Fruit of your womb.
May our fidelity in following Him through the coming mysteries
of His public life bring some alleviations
to the sorrows of your maternal heart. ”

Abbot Gueranger