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One Minute Reflection – 12 July – The Memorial of St Veronica

One Minute Reflection – 12 July – The Memorial of St Veronica

You have said, “Seek my face”.   My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek”.   Hide not your face from me.   Turn not your servant away in anger, you who have been my help.   Cast me not off, forsake me not, O God of my salvation………Psalm 27:8-9

REFLECTION – “Veronica- ‘Bernice’ in the Greek tradition, embodies the universal yearning of the devout men and women of the Old Testament, the yearning of all believers to see the Face of God.   On Jesus’ Way of the Cross, though, she at first did nothing more than perform an act of womanly kindness – she held out a facecloth to Jesus.   She did not let herself be deterred by the brutality of the soldiers or the fear which gripped the disciples.   She is the image of that good woman, who, amid turmoil and dismay, shows the courage born of goodness and does not allow her heart to be bewildered.   “Blessed are the pure in heart”, the Lord had said in his Sermon on the Mount, “for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8).   At first, Veronica saw only a buffeted and pain-filled Face.   Yet her act of love impressed the true image of Jesus on her heart: on His human Face, bloodied and bruised, she saw the Face of God and His goodness, which accompanies us even in our deepest sorrows.   Only with the heart can we see Jesus.  Only love purifies us and gives us the ability to see.   Only love enables us to recognise the God who is love itself.”…………..Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (24 March 2005)at-first-veronica-saw-only-a-joseph-card-ratzinger-24-march-2005- 12 july 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, grant us restless hearts, hearts which seek Your Face.   Keep us from the blindness of heart which sees only the surface of things.   Give us the simplicity and purity which allow us to recognise Your presence in the world.   When we are not able to accomplish great things, grant us the courage which is born of humility and goodness. Impress Your Face on our hearts.   May we encounter You along the way and show Your image to the world.   St Veronica, Pray for us! veronica - pray for us - 12 july 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 4 November – The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

One Minute Reflection – 4 November – The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks; your presence, O Lord, I seek.….Psalm 27:8

REFLECTION – “We must meditate before, during and after everything we do.   The prophet says: “I will pray and then I will understand.”   This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work.   In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in other men.”…St Charles Borromeowe must meditate before - st charles borromeo - 4 nov 2017

PRAYER – Almighty God, help me to seek You and speak with You always. Let me strive to avoid outer distractions and concentrate on Your message and Your will. Teach me to seek only You and to bring Your Son to all I meet. St Charles Borromeo, pray for us, charles - pray for us