Quotes of the Day – 18 October – Feast of St Luke the Evangelist
“Most Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
“And I say to you:
Ask and it shall be given you;
seek and you shall find;
knock and it shall be opened to you.
For everyone that asks receives
and he that seeks finds
and to him that knocks,
it shall be opened.”
“Can any of you by worrying
add a moment to your life-span?”
“For where your treasure is,
there also will your heart be.”
“Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
“Stay with us, for it is nearly evening
and the day is almost over.”
Advent and Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787))
Jesus is a prisoner in the womb of Mary
“Consider the painful life that Jesus Christ led in the womb of His mother and the long-confined and dark imprisonment that He suffered there for nine months. He had His senses but He could not use them. A tongue but He could not speak. Eyes but he could not see. Hands but He could not stretch them out. Feet but He could not walk. For nine months, He had to remain the womb of Mary, a voluntary prison but also a prison of love. He was innocent but He had offered Himself to make payment for our debts and our crimes.
What gratitude and love we should demonstrate for our Lord in return for the love and goodness that He has given us. He has put Himself into chains, in order to deliver us from the chains of evil.
O my Jesus, You are the innocent one. I implore You to bind my poor soul to Your feet by Your holy love, so that it may never again be separated from You.”
“Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
O Radiant Dawn,
splendour of eternal light, sun of justice!
Come and shine on those
who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.
Dawn never happens quickly. Long before dawn, while it is quite dark, the birds start their sounds of joy. Slowly the night changes from dark, to charcoal, to haze, to light. Today’s Scripture presents to us the image of waiting. In the Gospel, Mary and Elizabeth, wait and wonder together and the Lord waits, St John the Baptist waits. Oftentimes, we are called to wait. We must believe that in our waiting, the dawning also exists. We know that the Lord will always draw us from darkness into His cleansing light. Patience is a virture – displayed so wonderfully and painfully by the Lord. How can we give into our impatience? Rest in Me, remember me in the womb of My mother Mary and learn patience!
One Minute Reflection – 26 August – The Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa
… “Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”…Luke 1:42 (Image Annunciation detail by Carlo Crivelli)
REFLECTION – “… in Mary there is accomplished the stupendous and complete victory of good over evil, of love over hatred, of grace over sin.”…St John Paul
PRAYER – As it was Your will heavenly Father, that, at the angel’s message, Your Word should be conceived by the Blessed Virgin Mary, grant that as we believe her to be truly the Mother of God, so may we be helped always, by her intercession. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, ‘totus tuus’ Maria – please pray for us, amen. (The image below is by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo – The Virgin of the Annunciation – detail)
One Minute Reflection – 11 May
Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb……….Luke 1:42
REFLECTION – “Do you wish to know the most intimate perfections of Jesus and the most hidden attractions of His love?
Then seek them in the heart of Mary!”………..St Peter Julian Eymard Today’s Saint, St Ignatius of Laconi also practised a strong devotion to Our Blessed Mother, praying daily for her intercession. He attributed many miraculous events in his simple life to her grace and assistance.
PRAYER – Lord Jesus, keep ever before me the tried and trusted Christian motto: “To Jesus through Mary.” And let me learn to seek You in her Mother’s heart! St Ignatius of Laconi, please assist us by your intercession to grow in love and trust in the Mother of God, amen!