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Quote/s of the Day – 20 September – Christ the Light

Quote/s of the Day – 20 September – “Month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary” – Readings: Ezra 1: 1-6; Psalm 126: 1b-6; Luke 8: 16-18

Christ the Light

“In You is the source of life
and in Your Light Lord, we see light”

Psalm 35(36)

You are the salt of the earth …
You are the light of the world.”

Matthew 5:13,14

“Light came into the world.”

John 3:19

“I am the light of the world
he who follows me will not walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

“This, beloved, is the way
in which we found our salvation,
Jesus Christ, the High Priest
Who offers our gifts,
the Patron and Helper
in our weakness (Heb 10:20; 7:27; 4:15).
It is through Him,
that we look straight at the heavens above.
Through Him, we see mirrored,
God’s faultless and transcendent countenance.
Through Him, the eyes of our heart were opened.
Through Him, our unintelligent
and darkened mind
shoots up into the light.
Through Him, the Master was pleased
to let us taste the knowledge
that never fades,”

St Pope Clement I (c 35 – c 99)

“He wants you to become
a living force for all mankind,
lights shining in the world.
You are to be radiant lights
as you stand beside Christ,
the Great Light,
bathed in the glory of Him
who is the Light of Heaven.”

St Gregory Nazianzen (330-390)
Father & Doctor of the Church

“It is no advantage
to be near the light,
if the eyes are closed.”

“Proclaim the Good News!
What good news is that?
Day is born from Day…
Light from Light –
the Son from the Father,
the saving power of God!”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of Grace

“He is the Light of Truth,
the Path of life,
the Power and Mind,
Hand and Strength of the Father.
He is the Sun of Justice,
Source of Blessings,
Flower of God,
God’s Son, Creator of the world,
Life of our mortality
and Death to our death.
He is the Master of the virtues.
He is God to us …!”

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

“Run with eager desire
to this Source of Life and Light,
all you who are vowed
to God’s service.”

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

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 September – “Leaving all things, they followed him.”

Quote/s of the Day – 2 September – “Month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary” – Readings: Colossians 1: 9-14; Psalms 98: 2-3ab, 3cd-4-6; Luke 5: 1-11

“Leaving all things,
they followed him.”

Luke 5:11

“I am the light of the world;
he who follows me will not walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

“If we follow Christ closely we shall be allowed,
even on this earth,
to stand, as it were,
on the threshold of the heavenly Jerusalem
and enjoy the contemplation,
of that everlasting feast,
like the blessed Apostles,
who, in following the Saviour as their leader,
showed and still show,
the way to obtain the same gift from God.
They said – See, we have left all things and followed You.
We too follow the Lord
and we keep His feast
by deeds rather than by words.”

St Athanasius (297-373)
Father & Doctor of the Church

“We will follow You, Lord Jesus.
But in order for us to follow You,
call us because without You,
no-one will ascend towards You.
For You are the way, the truth, the life.
You are also our help,
our trust, our reward.
Welcome those who belong to You,
You who are the way;
strengthen them, You who are the truth;
give them life, You who are the life.”

St Ambrose (340-397)
Father & Doctor of the Church

“My sheep follow me,” says Christ.
By a certain God-given grace,
believers follow in the footsteps of Christ.
No longer subject to the shadows of the Law ,
they obey the commands of Christ,
and guided by His words,
rise through grace,
to His own dignity,
for they are called children of God.
When Christ ascends into heaven,
they also follow Him.”

St Cyril of Alexandria (380-444)
Father & Doctor of the Church

“There are two ways of keeping God’s word,
namely, one, whereby we store in our memory
what we hear and the other,
whereby we put into practice,
what we have heard
(and none will deny that the latter
is more commendable, inasmuch,
as it is better to sow grain,
than to store it in the barn).”

Blessed Jordan of Saxony OP (1190-1237)

“Place all your trust in God,
let Him be your fear and your love.
He will answer for you,
He will do what is best for you.
You have here no lasting home.
You are a stranger and a pilgrim
wherever you may be
and you shall have no rest,
until you are wholly united with Christ.
Why do you look about here
when this is not the place of your repose?”

Thomas à Kempis CRSA (1380-1471)

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Lenten Reflection – 8 April – “The eyes of those who believe in Christ see light even amid the darkest night…” Pope Benedict

Lenten Reflection – 8 April – Monday of the Fifth week of Lent, Year C

The Readings:
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41C-62;; Psalms 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6; John 8:12-20

“I am the light of the world;  he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”…John 8:12

Pope Benedict XVI

“The eyes of those who believe in Christ see light

even amid the darkest night…”

24 September 2011

“While all around us there may be darkness and gloom, yet we see a light. a small, tiny flame that is stronger than the seemingly powerful and invincible darkness.   Christ, risen from the dead, shines in this world and He does so most brightly in those places where, in human terms, everything is sombre and hopeless.   He has conquered death – He is alive – and faith in Him, like a small light, cuts through all that is dark and threatening.   To be sure, those who believe in Jesus do not lead lives of perpetual sunshine, as though they could be spared suffering and hardship but there is always a bright glimmer there, lighting up the path that leads to fullness of life (cf. Jn 10:10).   The eyes of those who believe in Christ see light even amid the darkest night and they already see the dawning of a new day.”the eyes of those who believe in christ - pope benedict 8 april 2019.jpg

Daily Meditation:

Help us to pass from our old life of sin
to our new life of grace.
This week we let the powerful Light of God’s love
shine into the deepest, darkest corners of our soul,
revealing the most unloving parts of our hearts,
and we ask forgiveness and holiness.

Perhaps we might make the Stations of the Cross
to stir our hearts more deeply with the sense of His love for us.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil,
for thou art with me
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Closing Prayer:
Father of love,
I know that You are the source of all
that it good and graced in my life.
Help me to move from the life of sin
to which I so often cling,
into the new life of grace You offer me.
You know what I need to prepare for Your kingdom.
Bless me with those gifts.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen

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One Minute Reflection – 8 April – “I am the Light of the world”

One Minute Reflection – 8 April – Monday of the Fifth week of Lent, Year C, Gospel: John 8:12–20

“I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”...John 8:12

REFLECTION – “It would seem to me that the Lord’s words:  “I am the light of the world” are clear enough for those with eyes that enable them to have a share in that light.   But those who only have bodily eyes are astonished to hear it said by our Lord Jesus Christ – “I am the light of the world.”   There may even be those who say:  “Would Christ be the sun that determines the day by its rising and setting?”… No, Christ is not that.   The Lord is not the created sun but Him by whom the sun was created.   For “all things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be” (Jn 1:3).   Therefore, He is the light who created the light we see.   Let us love this light, understand it, desire it, that led by it we may in due course attain it and may live in it so as never to die…

So you see, my brethren, you see, if you have eyes that see spiritual things, what kind of light this is of which the Lord says:  “Whoever follows me does not walk in darkness.” Follow that sun and let us see whether or not you walk in darkness.   Behold how He arises and comes towards you.   Following His course He makes His way westwards but you on your part, must walk towards the rising sun, the Christ.”…St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchi am the light of the world john 8 12 - he is the light who created the light - st augustine 8 april 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, Your abounding grace has enriched us with every blessing. Transform us from our sinful condition to newness of life and prepare us for the glory of Your kingdom.   Open our eyes to see by the light of Your Son, who always walks with us. Let us lift our eyes to Him, for even now He is preparing for us a place, in His Father’s house  .Listen, we pray, to the prayers of all the angels and saints, who petition on our behalf and may our Mother Mary, keep ever close to our path.   Through Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for always and forever, amen.mater misericordiae mother of merct pray for us 8 april 2019.jpg

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Friday of the Second Week of Advent – 15 December

Friday of the Second Week of Advent – 15 December

Let us adore the Lord, the King who is to come.

Daily Meditation:
I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go…Isaiah 48:17-18

In our self-reliant independence, we can easily forget that
our God really knows what is good for us and calls us to that goodness.
In our rebellion, we sometimes cling to our freedom
to be self-destructive or to simply keep our life on a shallow level.
Let’s let ourselves be drawn into the invitation to live our lives
touched by the grace of God-with-us.

Those who follow You, Lord, will have the light of life.  (John 8:12)

Wisdom is vindicated by her works

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To Christ our Redeemer, who comes to save us from our
sins, let us cry out with joy:
Come, Lord Jesus!

The prophets of old foretold Your birth among us,
– now make virtue come to life in us.

We proclaim Your saving work,
– now grant us your salvation.

You came to heal the contrite,
– heal the weakness of Your people.

You came and saw fit to reconcile the world,
– when You come again in judgement, free us from the
torments of punishment.

Closing Prayer:
Lord Jesus,
in the darkness of these Advent nights
let me be guided by the light of Your word.
Give me the humility to be led by You
and the wisdom to learn from You.
I feel Your light in my life
and in the world.
I am grateful for the Saviour who awaits us,
and eagerly await the time of rejoicing.
Let me look forward in hope
and turn to You with great trust,
knowing You will guide my steps
along the unknown path of this day.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”friday of second week - 15 dec 2017

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Thought for the Day – 6 August – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Thought for the Day – 6 August – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Commenting on the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor, St Leo contrasts the law, symbolised by Moses, with the grace of the gospel brought by Jesus Christ.   He notes how this glimpse of the glory of His divinity and risen humanity was given to Peter, James & John to prepare them for the shock and scandal of the cross.

“The Lord reveals his glory in the presence of chosen witnesses.   His body is like that of the rest of mankind but He makes it shine with such splendour that His face becomes like the sun in glory and his garments as white as snow.

TWO WITNESSES
This marvel of the transfiguration contains another lesson for the apostles, to strengthen them and lead them into the fullness of knowledge.   Moses and Elijah, the law and the prophets, appeared with the Lord in conversation with him.   This was in order to fulfill exactly, through the presence of these five men, the text which says:  Before two or three witnesses every word is ratified.

What word could be more firmly established, more securely based, than the word which is proclaimed by the trumpets of both old and new testaments, sounding in harmony and by the utterances of ancient prophecy and the teaching of the Gospel, in full agreement with each other?

The writings of the two testaments support each other.   The radiance of the transfiguration reveals clearly and unmistakably the one who had been promised by signs foretelling Him under the veils of mystery.   As Saint John says:  The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.   In him the promise made through the shadows of prophecy stands revealed, along with the full meaning of the precepts of the law.   He is the one who teaches the truth of the prophecy through His presence and makes obedience to the commandments possible through grace.

In the preaching of the holy Gospel all should receive a strengthening of their faith.  No one should be ashamed of the cross of Christ, through which the world has been redeemed.”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Doctor of the Church

“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.”……John 8:12

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