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Quote/s of the Day – 24 February- Humility

Quote/s of the Day – 24 February – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Do not be attached, therefore,
to clothing and riches
because they divided My garments among themselves.
Nor to honours, for I experienced harsh words and scourgings.
Nor to greatness of rank,
for weaving a crown of thorns,
they placed it on My head.
Nor to anything delightful,
for in My thirst, they gave Me vinegar to drink.

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Doctor of the Church

(The Cross Exemplifies every Virtue
An excerpt from a Conference)do not be attached therefore - st thomas aquinas - 24 feb - humility.jpg

Nothing is to be done out of jealousy or vanity; instead, out of humility of mind everyone should give preference to others, everyone pursuing not selfish interests but those of others…Philippians 2:3-4

“Once humility is acquired,
charity will come to life, like a burning flame
devouring the corruption of vice
and filling the heart so full,
that there is no place for vanity.”…

St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)once-humility-is-acquired-st-vincent-ferrer-5-april-2018.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 28 January – The cross exemplifies every virtue

Thought for the Day – 28 January – The Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Church

The Cross Exemplifies every Virtue

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Priest and Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from a Conference

Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us?   There was a great need and it can be considered in a twofold way – in the first place, as a remedy for sin and secondly, as an example of how to act.

It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on account of our sins, we have found relief through the passion of Christ.   Yet, it is no less an example, for the passion of Christ completely suffices to fashion our lives.   Whoever wishes to live perfectly should do nothing but disdain what Christ disdained on the cross and desire what He desired, for the cross exemplifies every virtue.

If you seek the example of love:  Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends.   Such a man was Christ on the cross.   And if He gave His life for us, then it should not be difficult to bear whatever hardships arise for His sake.

If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross.   Great patience occurs in two ways – either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid.   Christ endured much on the cross and did so patiently, because when He suffered He did not threaten;,He was led like a sheep to the slaughter and He did not open His mouth.   Therefore, Christ’s patience on the cross, was great.   In patience let us run for the prize set before us, looking upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who, for the joy set before Him, bore His cross and despised the shame.

If you seek an example of humility, look upon the crucified one, for God wished to be judged by Pontius Pilate and to die.

If you seek an example of obedience, follow Him who became obedient to the Father even unto death.   For just as by the disobedience of one man, namely, Adam, many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one man, many were made righteous.

If you seek an example of despising earthly things, follow Him who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.   Upon the cross He was stripped, mocked, spat upon, struck, crowned with thorns and given only vinegar and gall to drink.

Do not be attached, therefore, to clothing and riches because they divided my garments among themselves.   Nor to honours, for He experienced harsh words and scourgings. Nor to greatness of rank, for weaving a crown of thorns, they placed it on my head.   Nor to anything delightful, for in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

St Thomas Aquinas, Pray for Us!st thomas aquinas pray for us 28 jan 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 January – St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 28 January – The Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Church

“Believing is an act of the intellect,
assenting to the divine truth,
by command of the will,
moved by God,
through grace.”everything-is-possible-mark-9-23- no 2 - believing-is-an-act-of-the-will-st-thomas-aquinas-5-june-2018

“The only-begotten Son of God,
wanting to make us
sharers in His divinity,
assumed our nature,
so that He, made man,
might make men gods.”the only-begotten son of god - st thomas aquinas - 28jan2019

“Charity is the form,
mover, mother
and root
of all the virtues.”charity is the form mover mother and root - st thomas aquinas 28 jan 2019

“To convert somebody,
go and take them by the hand
and guide them.”to-convert-somebody-st-thomas-aquinas-18-sept-2018

“We are like children,
who stand in need of masters
to enlighten us and direct us
and God has provided for this,
by appointing His angels,
to be our teachers and guides. “we are like children - st thomas aquinas no 2 - 28 jan 2019.jpg

“Just as a woman
had announced
the words of death
to the first man,
so also, a woman was the first
to announce to the Apostles
the words of life.”just-as-a-woman-had-announced-st-thomas-aquinas-22-july-2018.jpg

And if He gave His life for us,
then it should not be difficult
to bear whatever hardships arise for His sake.
If you seek patience,
you will find no better example than the cross.
Christ endured much on the cross and did so patiently,
because “when he suffered he did not threaten,
he was led like a sheep to the slaughter
and he did not open his mouth.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churchand-if-he-gave-his-life-for-us-st-thomas-aquinas-28-jan-2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 January – Speaking of:  “Called by Name”

Quote/s of the Day – 14 January – Monday of the First week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Mark 1:14–20

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me
and I will make you become fishers of men.”
And immediately they left their nets
and followed him…Mark 1:17-18

Speaking of:  “Called by Name”

“Do not follow any road
but that which Christ trod.
This road seems hard
but it is safe.”do not follow any road but that which christ trod st augustine 14 jan 2019.jpg

“The Christian should be
an alleluia from head to foot.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe christian should be an alleluia - st augustine - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evangelisation.jpg

“If, then, you seek to know what path to follow,
take Christ because He is the way.”

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“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)go forth and set the world on fire - st ignatius loyola 14 jan 2019.jpg

“Many, many people hereabouts
are not becoming Christians,
for one reason only,
there is nobody to make them Christians.”

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)many many people are not becoming christians- st francis xavier 14 jan 2019.jpg

“Hear Him.   Hear your own name.”
Make both my joy
and your own joy
complete (1Jn 1:4)

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)hear him. hear your own name - st mother teresa 14 jan 2019.jpg

“If you follow Jesus,
you’re going to get into some trouble.”if you follow jesus - fr mike - 23 may 2018.jpg

“If not you, then who?
If not now, then when?

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“Thy Kingdom come”
means
“My Kingdom go.”

Mark Hart

(Lifeteen Int)they kingdom comes means my kingdom go - mark hart - 14 jan 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 28 January – The Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus (Angelic Doctor) and Doctor communis (Common Doctor)

Thought for the Day – 28 January – The Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus (Angelic Doctor) and Doctor communis (Common Doctor)

Pope John Paul II, recalled that “the Church has been justified in consistently proposing St Thomas as a master of thought and a model of the right way to do theology” (n. 43).   It is not surprising that, after St Augustine, among the ecclesiastical writers mentioned in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, St Thomas is cited more than any other, at least 61 times!   He was also called the Doctor Angelicus, perhaps because of his virtues and, in particular, the sublimity of his thought and the purity of his life.

The last months of Thomas’ earthly life remain surrounded by a particular, I would say, mysterious atmosphere.   In December 1273, he summoned his friend and secretary Reginald to inform him of his decision to discontinue all work because he had realised, during the celebration of Mass subsequent to a supernatural revelation, that everything he had written until then “was worthless”.   This is a mysterious episode that helps us to understand not only Thomas’ personal humility but also the fact that, however lofty and pure it may be, all we manage to think and say about the faith is infinitely exceeded by God’s greatness and beauty which will be fully revealed to us in Heaven.

The life and teaching of St Thomas Aquinas could be summed up in an episode passed down by his ancient biographers.   While, as was his wont, the Saint was praying before the Crucifix in the early morning in the chapel of St Nicholas in Naples, Domenico da Caserta, the church sacristan, overheard a conversation.   Thomas was anxiously asking whether what he had written on the mysteries of the Christian faith was correct.   And the Crucified One answered him:  “You have spoken well of me, Thomas. What is your reward to be?”.   And the answer Thomas gave him was what we too, friends and disciples of Jesus, always want to tell him:  “Nothing but Yourself, Lord!”…Pope Benedict XVI – First in the series of Catechesis on St Thomas Aquinas – 2 June 2010

 “Nothing but Yourself, Lord!”

St Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!st thomas aquinas - pray for us - 28 jan 2018

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 January – The Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus (Angelic Doctor) and Doctor communis (Common Doctor)

Quote/s of the Day – 28 January – The Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus (Angelic Doctor) and Doctor communis (Common Doctor)

“Nothing created has ever been able
to fill the heart of man.
God alone can fill it infinitely.”

“It is only God who creates.
Man merely rearranges.”

“When the devil is called
the god of this world,
it is not because he made it
but because we serve him
with our worldliness.”nothing created has - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“To pretend angels do not exist
because they are invisible,
is to believe we never sleep
because we don’t see ourselves sleeping.”to pretend angels do not exist - st thomas aquinas - 29 jan 2018

“Charity is
the form,
mover,
mother
and root
of all
the virtues.”

“To love is to
will the good
of the other.”

“The greatest kindness
one can render
to any man
consists in leading him
from error to truth.”charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“Believing is
an act of the intellect
assenting to the divine truth,
by command of the will,
moved by God through grace.”believing is an act of the intellect - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“He who is NOT angry
when there is just cause
for anger is IMMORAL.
WHY?
Because anger looks to
the good of justice.
And if you can live amid injustice
without anger,
you ARE IMMORAL
as well as UNJUST!”he who is not angry - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“The celebration of Holy Mass
is as valuable, as the death
of Jesus on the cross.”the celebration of holy mass - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“Mary means Star of the sea,
for as mariners are guided to port
by the ocean star, so Christians attain
to glory through Mary’s maternal intercession.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churchmary-means-star-of-the-sea-st-thomas-aquinas

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Saint of the Day – 28 January – St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus (Angelic Doctor) and Doctor communis (Common Doctor)

Saint of the Day – 28 January – St Thomas Aquinas O.P. (1225-1274 aged 49 ) Doctor angelicus (Angelic Doctor) and Doctor communis (Common Doctor).   Priest, Religious, Master Theologian, Philosopher, Write, Teacher, Jurist.   Also known as:  The Angelic Doctor/Doctor Angelicus, Common Doctor/Doctor Communis. The Great Synthesiser, The Dumb Ox, The Universal Teacher.    Patron of Academics, Theologians, against storms, against lightning, apologists, book sellers, Catholic academies, Catholic Schools – (proclaimed on 4 August 1880 by Pope Leo XIII), Catholic universities, Catholic Colleges, chastity, learning; pencil makers, philosophers, publishers, scholars, students, University of Vigo and of St. Tomas, Batangas, theologians, Aquino, Italy; Belcastro, Italy, Diocese of Aquino,  Falena, Italy.   Attributes – chalice, dove, usually speaking into his ear, sometimes as he writes, monstrance, ox, star, sun, teacher with pagan philosophers at his feet, teaching, person trampled under foot.   By universal consent, Thomas Aquinas is the pre-eminent spokesman of the Catholic tradition of reason and of divine revelation.   He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honoured with the titles Angelic and Common Doctor, being one of the 36 Doctors of the Church and is regarded as the “Master Theologian.”

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St Thomas Aquinas is known as the greatest philosopher and theologian of the intellectually rich 13th century and for many hundreds of years the work of this Patron Saint of Catholic Schools dominated the curriculum of seminaries and colleges around the world.   He has been called one of the most profound teachers on Eucharistic doctrine, not only expounding on the mysterious processes in which bread and wine become the actual Body and Blood of Christ but coining the word transubstantiation used to describe it.   And, because he wrote not only for scholars but also for the simple Catholic worshipper down the ages, the church has officially accorded him the titles “Angelic” and “Common” Doctor of the Church.”

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It is generally believed Thomas Aquinas was born about the year 1225 at the castle of his father, the Count of Aquino, in Rocca Secca near Naples, Italy.   A precocious child, he amazed his teachers at the Monastery of Monte Cassino, where he received his early education, with one persistent question:  “What is God?”   It was a question he would reflect upon all his life.

When attending the University of Naples, he was attracted to the intellectual apostolate of the Dominican Friars and joined the order.   Outraged at his rejection of their own plans for him to become a prestigious abbot and looking down on Dominicans as beggars, his aristocratic family kidnapped him on his way to Paris and imprisoned him at Rocca Secca.   It took almost two years and the intercession of the Pope and the Emperor before his family finally gave up and allowed him to rejoin the Dominicans.

St Albert the Great (1200-1280), also a Doctor of the Church, who taught him Aristotelian philosophy at Paris and Cologne, soon spotted his genius and became his mentor.   When Thomas was nicknamed the “Dumb Ox” by his classmates, most likely because of his bulky frame and quiet manner, Albert prophesied:  “You call him a dumb ox, but I tell you this dumb ox will bellow so loudly that his bellowing will fill the world.”snip - thomas and albertst thomas and albert

Indeed, this master teacher attracted thousands of people to his public lectures, compiled more than 20 volumes of work, was consulted by popes and a king (Louis IX), and showed that one could use pure reason, not faith, to defend theological tenets such as the existence of God.   His greatest work, the Summa Theologica (Summary of Theology), which he began in 1265, is, a comprehensive treatise on all the Christian mysteries.

Despite his reputation as a thinker, Thomas remained a humble, devout priest who resisted attempts to make him a bishop, fasted frequently and spent whole nights in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and the Crucifix.   He told his intimate friend, St Bonaventure(1217-1274), another Doctor of the Church, that it was while he leaned his head against the tabernacle and turned his mind in sorrow to the image of the crucified Christ, that he derived all his learning.

Once, when Thomas was lost in prayer while living in the Dominican priory in Naples, a sacristan concealed himself to watch.   He saw Thomas lifted into the air and heard Christ speak to him from the crucifix on the chapel wall, “Thomas, you have written well of me.   What reward will you have?”

“Lord, nothing but yourself,” he heard Thomas reply.

Soon after, while saying Mass on 6 December 1273 in that same chapel, Thomas had a profound revelation.   He told his longtime secretary that compared to this experience, “All that I have written seems like straw to me.”

After that, he never wrote again, leaving his Summa Theologica unfinished.

In May of 1274, Thomas was called to the Second Council of Lyon, where his works for Pope Urban IV would be presented.   While journeying to the meeting, Thomas hit his head on the branch of a fallen tree and fell ill.   He was escorted to Monte Cassino to recover, then he set out again.   Unfortunately, he became ill once again and stopped at the Cistercian Fossanova Abbey, where the monks cared for him for several days.

He received his last rites and prayed, “I receive Thee, ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil, toiled, preached and taught…”

On the day of Thomas’ death, 7 March1274, St Albert the Great, then in Cologne, suddenly broke into tears among the community and exclaimed, “Brother Thomas Aquinas, my son in Christ, the light of the Church, is dead!   God has revealed it to me.”

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 January – Memorial of Sts Timothy and Titus, Disciples and Companions of the Apostle Paul and Bishops of the Catholic Church “Speaking of Obedience”

Quote/s of the Day – 26 January – Memorial of Sts Timothy and Titus, Disciples and Companions of the Apostle Paul and Bishops of the Catholic Church

“Speaking of Obedience”

“On each occasion I say:
‘Lord, thy will be done!
It’s not what this or that one wants
but what You want me to do.’
This is my fortress,
this is my firm rock,
this is my sure support.”

St John Chrysostom 347-407) Father & Doctor of the Churchon each occasion I say - st john chrysostom - 26 jan 2018

“Obedience, is rightly placed before all other sacrifices,
for in offering a victim as sacrifice, one offers a life
that is not one’s own;
but when one obeys,
one is immolating one’s own will.”

St Gregory the Great (540-604) Father & Doctor of the Churchobedience is rightly - st gregory the great - 26 jan 2018

“A Christian faithful to obedience,
knows not delays
but prepares his ears for hearing
and his hands and his feet for labour.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churcha christian faithful - st bernard - 26 jan 2018

“Obedience unites us so closely to God.
that in a way transforms us into Him,
so that we have no other will but His.
If obedience is lacking,
even prayer cannot be pleasing to God.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churchobedience unites us - st thomas aquinas - 26 jan 2018

“No man commands safely
unless he has learned well
how to obey.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) – Imitation of Christno man commands - thomas a kempis - 26 jan 2018

“The Devil doesn’t fear austerity
but holy obedience.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchthe devil doesn't fear - st francis de sales - 26 jan 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 28 January

One Minute Reflection – 28 January

Obedience is better than sacrifice and submission than the fat of rams………….1 Sm 15:22

REFLECTION – “Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way, transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His.   If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God.”………….St Thomas Aquinas (Saint of the Day)

PRAYER – Omniscient Lord, teach me to value obedience to Your laws and Your will.   Grant that I may be completely obedient to You in all things.   St Thomas Aquinas pray for us, amen!

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