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Lenten Preparation Novena – Day Five – 1 March 2019 “Come Back to Me With all your Heart”

Lenten Preparation Novena – Day Five – 1 March 2019
“Come Back to Me With all your Heart”

Lent 2019 will begin on
Wednesday, 6 March
The Holy Triduum is
Thursday 18 April – Holy Saturday 20 April
Easter Sunday 21 April 2019

“Do not delay turning back to the LORD,
do not put it off day after day.
For suddenly his wrath will come forth;
at the time of vengeance, you will perish…”
Sirach 5:7

Saint Augustine of Hippo comments on this verse

“The mind fluctuates between presumption and desperation.   You must have fear, otherwise presumption will kill you;  you must have fear, that is, rather than counting on the mercy of God, lest you fall into judgement.   You also need to have fear, so that desperation does not kill you, when you begin to think, that the horrible sins that you have committed, cannot be forgiven you.   In that case, you end up not repenting and incur instead the sentence of Wisdom, which says, “I also will laugh at your destruction.” How then does the Lord treat those who are in danger from both these maladies?   To those who are in danger from presumption, He says, “Do not be slow in turning to the Lord.   Do not put it off from day to day, for suddenly his anger will come and in the time of vengeance will utterly destroy you.”   To those who are in danger from despair, what does He say?   “In whatever day the wicked person shall be converted, I will forget all his iniquities.”   Accordingly, for the sake of those who are in danger because of despair, He has offered us a refuge of pardon.   And for those who are in danger, because of presumption and are deluded by delays, He has made the day of death uncertain.   You do not know when your last day may come.   You are an ingrate.   Why not use the day today that God has given you to repent?”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church

(Tractates on the Gospel of John, 33)you do not know when your last day may come - st augustine - 1 march 2019 lenten prep novena

A Meditation for this ‘Prelude to Lent’

REFLECTION“The one came for a son’s privileges, the other for a servant’s drudgery.”

“Would you see how a penitent should come to God? turn to the parable of the Prodigal Son.   He, too, had squandered away his birthright, as Esau did.   He, too, came for the blessing, like Esau.   Yes, but how differently he came!  he came with deep confession and self-abasement.   He said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee and am no more worthy to be called thy son, make me as one of thy hired servants” but Esau said, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me.”   The one came for a son’s privileges, the other for a servant’s drudgery.   The one killed and dressed his venison with his own hand and enjoyed it not;  for the other the fatted calf was prepared and the ring for his hand and shoes for his feet and the best robe and there was music and dancing.”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)would you see how a penitent should come to god - bl john henry newman - 1 march 2019 - lent prep novena

When you feel the temptation to dwell on your own weakness,
raise your eyes to Christ crucified and say:
‘Lord, I am a poor sinner but you can work the miracle of making me a little bit better’.
In the Church, holy yet made up of sinners,
you will find everything you need to grow towards holiness.

Pope Francis – Gaudete et ExscultateWHEN YOU FEEL THE TEMPTATION TO DWELL - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 1 march 2019.jpg

Lenten Preparation Novena
DAY FIVE

Dear Lord,
we are fast approaching the holy season of Lent.
We begin to realise anew that these are the days of salvation,
these are the acceptable days.
We know that we are all sinners.
We know that in many things we have all offended Your infinite majesty.
We know that sin destroys Your life in us
as a drought withers the leaves and chokes the life from the land,
leaving an arid, dusty desert.
Help us now, Lord,
in our feeble attempts to make up for past sin.
Bless our efforts with the rich blessing of Your grace.
Make us realise ever more our need of penance and of mortification.
Help us to see,
in our ordinary difficulties and duties,
in the trials and temptations of every day,
the best opportunity of making up for past infidelities.
Every day we are so often reminded in field and wood,
in sky and stream,
of Your own boundless generosity to us.
Help us to realise that You are never outdone in generosity,
and that the least thing we do for You will be rewarded,
full measure, pressed down, shaken together and flowing over.
Then we shall see, in our own souls,
how the desert can blossom,
and the dry and wasted land can bring forth the rich,
useful fruit that was expected of it from the beginning.
United with Your Son, who makes His way to Calvary,
I offer You my intention
………………………………….
(Mention your intention)
Amenlenten preparation novena day five - 1 march 2019

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Thought for the Day – 2 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:1–23

Thought for the Day – 2 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:1–23 – Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

‘This people honours me with their lips but their heart is far from me…”…Mark 7:6

“The interior life is primordial… The active life is the consequence of the interior life and has no value unless it depends upon it.   We should like to do everything to the best of our ability, perfectly.   But if it isn’t linked to our interior life it is to no purpose.   All the value of our life and activity stems from our interior life, the life of love for God and the Virgin Mary, the Immaculata – not in theories or sweetness but in the practice of a love that consists in the union of our will with the will of the Immaculate Virgin.

Above and over all we must deepen this interior life.   If it is truly a case of spiritual life then supernatural means are required.   Prayer, prayer and prayer alone is what is needed to undertake the interior life and its flowering. Interior recollection is necessary.

Let us not be anxious about unnecessary things but gently, peacefully, let us try to preserve recollection of spirit and be attentive to God’s grace.   That is why silence helps us.”…St Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) Martyrprayer prayer and prayer alone - st maximillian kolbe - 2 sept 2018

“You must, so to speak, tear off your own skin, which Saint Paul calls the old man, in order to be clothed with the Spirit of Jesus Christ, which is, according to the same Apostle, the new man.”

.St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchyou must so to speak tear off your own skin - st francis de sales - 2 sept 2018

“So let me ask you – are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord’s presence, when you calmly spend time with Him, when you bask in His gaze?   Do you let His fire inflame your heart?   Unless you let Him warm you more and more with His love and tenderness, you will not catch fire.   How will you then be able to set the hearts of others on fire by your words and witness?

Pope Francis Gaudete et Exscultateso let me ask you - pope francis - gaudete et exscultate - 2 sept 2018

And you Immaculata, who are our example, who are our constant intercessor, pray for us!immaculate mary pray for us - 2 sept 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 April – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Speaking of:  “Gaudete et Exsultate” – “Rejoice and Be Glad”

Quote/s of the Day – 17 April – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Speaking of:  “Gaudete et Exsultate” – “Rejoice and Be Glad”
Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on holiness: 9 April 2018

“We are all called to be holy,
by living our lives with love
and by bearing witness,
in everything we do,
wherever we find ourselves.”we are all called - no 2 - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Thanks be to God,
throughout the history of the church,
it has always been clear,
that a person’s perfection is measured,
not by the information,
or knowledge, they possess
but by the depth of their charity.”thanks be to god no 2- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Jesus explained with great simplicity,
what it means to be holy,
when He gave us the Beatitudes
(Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23).”jesus explained - pope franics - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Giving and forgiving,
means, reproducing in our lives,
some small measure,
of God’s perfection,
which gives and forgives
superabundantly.”giving and forgiving means- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“It is true, that the primacy
belongs to our relationship with God
but we cannot forget,
that the ultimate criterion,
on which our lives will be judged,
is what we have done for others.”it is true- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“The saints surprise us,
they confound us
because by their lives,
they urge us to abandon
a dull and dreary
mediocrity.”the saints surprise us - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - no 2 - 17 april 2018

“A community that cherishes
the little details of love,
whose members care for one another
and create an open
and evangelising environment,
is a place where the risen Lord is present,
sanctifying it in accordance
with the Father’s plan.”a community - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“We should not think
of the devil as a myth,
a representation, a symbol,
a figure of speech or an idea.
This mistake would lead us
to let down our guard,
to grow careless
and end up more vulnerable.”we should not think - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“The devil does not need
to possess us.
He poisons us with
the venom of hatred,
desolation, envy and vice.
When we let down our guard,
he takes advantage of it,
to destroy our lives,
our families and our communities.”the devil does not need to - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“Discernment is not about discovering,
what more we can get out of this life
but about recognising, how we can better
accomplish, the mission entrusted
to us at our baptism.”discernment is not about - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Let us ask the Holy Spirit,
to pour out upon us,
a fervent longing,
to be saints
for God’s greater glory
and let us encourage one another,
in this effort.”

Pope Francis – “Gaudete et Exsultate”let us ask the holy spirit - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018