One Minute Reflection – 14 December – The Memorial of St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church
In all truth I tell you, unless a grain of wheat
falls into the earth and dies,
it remains only a single grain;
but if it dies it yields a rich harvest…John 12:24
REFLECTION – “O you souls who wish to go on with so much safety and consolation, if you knew how pleasing to God is suffering and how much it helps in acquiring other good things, you would never seek consolation in anything; but you would rather look upon it as a great happiness to bear the Cross of the Lord.”…Saint John of the Cross
PRAYER – Lord God, You gave St John of the Cross, the grace of complete self-denial and an ardent love for the Cross of Christ. Grant that by following always in the footsteps of Christ and by the prayers of St John of the Cross on our behalf, we may come to the eternal vision of Your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.
Quote/s of the Day – 13 December
“If you want to honour the body of Christ,
do not scorn it when it is naked;
do not honour the Eucharistic Christ
with silk vestments and then,
leaving the church, neglect the other Christ
suffering from cold and nakedness”
St John Chrysostom (347-407)
Father and Doctor of the Church – (Hom. in Matthaeum, 50.3: PG 58)
“The more we are afflicted in this world,
the greater is our assurance in the next;
the more we sorrow in the present,
the greater will be our joy in the future.”
St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Doctor of the Church
“When it is all over, you will not regret having suffered;
rather, you will regret, having suffered so little
and suffered that little so badly.”
Bl Sebastian Valfre (1629-1710)
One Minute Reflection – 13 October – The Memorial of St Gerald of Aurillac
I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong….2 Cor 12:9-10
REFLECTION – “Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins.
On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the divine medicine.”…St Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
PRAYER – Almighty Father, let Your light so penetrate our minds, that walking by Your commandments, we may always follow You, our leader and our Guide in the path of Him who suffered and died for our love. St Gerald of Aurillac, you consecrated yourself and gave up your riches to the poor to follow the way of the Lord, please pray for us. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen
Quote/s of the Day – 25 September
As they were looking on,
so we too gaze on His wounds as He hangs.
We see His blood as he dies.
We see the price
offered by the Redeemer,
touch the scars of His Resurrection.
He bows His head,
as if to kiss you.
His heart is made bare open,
as it were, in love to you.
His arms are extended
that He may embrace you.
His whole body is displayed
for your redemption.
Ponder how great these things are.
Let all this be rightly weighed in your mind:
as He was once fixed to the Cross
in every part of His body for you,
so He may now be fixed
in every part of your soul.
St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor
There is no evil to be faced,
that Christ does not face with us.
There is no enemy, that Christ
has not already conquered.
There is no cross to bear,
that Christ has not already borne for us
and does not now bear with us.
And on the far side of every cross we find
the newness of life in the Holy Spirit,
that new life, which will reach its fulfillment,
in the Resurrection.
This is our faith.
This is our witness before the world.
St John Paul (1920-2005)
Quote/s of the Day – 31 July
“Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need.
The man to whom our Lord has been liberal
ought not to be stingy.
We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy
as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.”
“If our church is not marked by caring for the poor,
the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.”
“If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials,
it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain.
Do you want to become a great saint?
Ask God to send you many sufferings.
The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed
with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity
of the Saviour used to finish His sacrifice.
All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared
with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to
Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured
for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ…..If God causes you
to suffer much, it is a sign that He certainly
intends to make you a saint.”
St Ignatius of Loyola
Thought for the day – 28 July
“From early in her life, Sister Alphonsa experienced great suffering. With the passing of the years, the heavenly Father gave her an ever fuller share in the Passion of His beloved Son. We recall how she experienced not only physical pain of great intensity but also the spiritual suffering of being misunderstood and misjudged by others. But she constantly accepted all her sufferings with serenity and trust in God, being firmly convinced that they would purify her motives, help her to overcome all selfishness and unite her more closely with her beloved divine Spouse. She wrote to her spiritual director: “Dear Father, as my good Lord Jesus loves me so very much, I sincerely desire to remain on this sick bed and suffer not only this but anything else besides, even to the end of the world. I feel now that God has intended my life to be an oblation, a sacrifice of suffering” (20 November 1944). She came to love suffering because she loved the suffering Christ. She learned to love the Cross through her love of the crucified Lord.
…Every one who has been baptised into Christ has discovered a pearl of “great value” and a “treasure” worth all that one has in life . For all the baptised share in the very life of the Blessed Trinity and are called to be “light” and “salt” for the world .”…St Pope John Paul at the Beatification of St Alphonsa, 8 February 1986.
Let us be that “light” and that “salt”!
St Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us!