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One Minute Reflection – 10 August – “Whoever loves his life loses it ..”

One Minute Reflection – 10 August – Feast of Saint Lawrence (Died 258), Deacon and Martyr, Gospel: John 12:24–26

“Whoever loves his life loses it and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” … John 12:25

REFLECTION – “The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Laurence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him, spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him and in each case, conquered the devil as he persecuted him.  … The blessed Lawrence carried out the office of deacon in the Church of Rome.   In that office he administered Christ’s sacred blood to the faithful and for Christ’s sake he shed his own blood.   The blessed apostle John clearly expounded the mystery of the Lord’s Supper when he said:  “Just as Christ laid down his life for us, so should we lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 Jn 3:16).   Saint Lawrence understood this and acted accordingly.   His self-sacrifice was similar in kind to that which he received at the altar. He loved Christ in his life and imitated Him in death.

Brethren, let us imitate Lawrence if we truly love Christ.   We cannot show a better proof of our love than by imitating Him.   “Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example that we might follow his footsteps” (1 Pt 2:21)…   Indeed the garden of the Lord contains not only the roses of martyrdom but also the lilies of virginity, the ivy of marriage and the violets of widowhood.   So no-one, my dear brethren, need despair of his vocation.   Christ suffered for all…  Therefore we must try to understand how the Christian ought to imitate Christ other than by shedding his blood or enduring martyrdom.

The apostle Paul says of our Lord Jesus Christ:  “His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God.”   What majesty was His!   Paul adds: “He emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and became as men are” (Phil 2,6f.).   What humility He showed!   Christ humbled Himsel,; the Christian has His example to imitate.   “Christ became obedient” (v.8).   Why then should a Christian be proud?   It was after enduring this humility and defeating death that Christ ascended into heaven, let us follow Him.” … St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church (From a sermon delivered by St Augustine in about 400 AD on the occasion of the Feast of St Lawrence.)the-roman-church-commends-this-day-to-us-st-augustine-on-st-lawrence-10 aug 2017.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, You inspired St Lawrence with so ardent a love that his life was renowned for the service of Your people and his death for the splendour of his martyrdom.   Help us to love what he loved and to live as he showed us.   St Lawrence, Martyr for Christ and His Church, pray for us.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever amen.st-lawrence-pray-for-us-10-august-2018 and 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 10 August – Feast of St Lawrence, Martyr (died 258)

Thought for the Day – 10 August – Feast of St Lawrence, Martyr (died 258)

When the archdeacon returned, instead of bringing vessels of gold and silver, he brought the poor of the city, saying, “Behold, these choice pearls, these sparkling gems that adorn the temple, these sacred virgins, I mean, and these widows who refuse second marriage…. Behold then, all our riches.”

“Come. You have my Father’s blessing!

Inherit the kingdom prepared for you”

Christ, that is to say, heavenly mercy, comes to the door of your house every day, not only spiritually to the door of your soul but also materially to the door of your house.   For every time a poor person approaches your house, it is without any doubt Christ who is coming, He who said:  “As often as you did it for one of these little ones, you did it for me.”   So don’t harden you heart, give a little money to Christ, from whom you want to receive the Kingdom.   Give a piece of bread to Him, from whom you hope to receive life. Welcome Him into your home, so that He might welcome you into His paradise.   Give Him alms, so that in return He might give you eternal life.

What audacity to want to reign in heaven with Him to whom you refuse to give alms in this world!   If you receive Him during this earthly journey, He will welcome you into His heavenly happiness;  if you despise Him here in your homeland, He will turn His eyes away from you in His glory.   A Psalm says: “In your city, Lord, you despise their image.” (Ps 72:20 Vulg.)   If we despise those who are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26) in our city, that is to say, in this life, we must fear being rejected in His eternal city.   So be merciful here below…   Thanks to your generosity, you will hear that wonderful word said to you:   “Come.   Inherit the kingdom prepared for you”

Saint Caesarius of Arles (470-543), Monk and Bishop (Sermon 26 # 5)

St Lawrence, your total and complete response to Christ is our example today, please pray for us!st lawrence pray for us - 10 aug 2018