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Quote/s of the Day – 5 March – Shrove Tuesday 2019

Quote/s of the Day – 5 March – Tuesday of the Eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Psalm 50:5-8 – Shrove Tuesday 2019

“Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
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“The planting of Christ’s Cross in the heart,
is sharp and trying –
but the stately tree rears itself aloft
and has fair branches and rich fruit
and is good to look upon.”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Parochial Sermons, #iv,17the planting of christ's cross in the heart - bl john henry newman - shrove tuesday 5 march 2019

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Shrove Tuesday – 5 March – Ready?

Shrove Tuesday – 5 March – Ready?

The English term provides the best meaning for this period – “To shrive” meant to hear confessions.   In the Anglo-Saxon “Ecclesiastical Institutes,” recorded by Theodulphus and translated by Abbot Aelfric about 1000, Shrovetide was described as follows:
“In the week immediately before Lent, everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor, shall so “shrive him,” as he then may hear by his deeds, what he is to do in the way of penance.”
To highlight the point and motivate the people, special plays or masques were performed which portrayed the passion of our Lord or final judgement.   Clearly, this Shrovetide preparation for Lent, included the confessing of sin and the reception of absolution.   As such, Lent then would become a time for penance and renewal of faith.

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Beginning of Lent:  A Time of Penance, Purification and Conversion

We are at the beginning of Lent, a time of penance, purification and conversion.   It is not an easy program but then Christianity is not an easy way of life.   It is not enough just to be in the Church, letting the years roll by.   In our life, in the life of Christians, our first conversion — that unique moment which each of us remembers, when we clearly understood everything the Lord was asking of us — is certainly very significant.   But the later conversions are even more important and they are increasingly demanding.   To facilitate the work of grace in these conversions, we need to keep our soul young, we have to call upon our Lord, know how to listen to Him and, having found out what has gone wrong, know how to ask His pardon.

“’If you call upon me, I will listen to you,’ we read in holy scripture.   Isn’t it wonderful how God cares for us and is always ready to listen to us — waiting for man to speak?   He hears us at all times but particularly now.   Our heart is ready and we have made up our minds to purify ourselves.   He hears us and will not disregard the petition of a ‘humble and contrite heart.’

The Lord listens to us.   He wants to intervene and enter our lives to free us from evil and fill us with good.   ‘I will rescue him and honour him,’ he says of man.   So we must hope for glory.   Here again we have the beginning of the interior movement that makes up our spiritual life.   Hope of glory increases our faith and fosters our charity, the three theological virtues, godly virtues which make us like our Father God, have been set in motion.

What better way to begin Lent?   Let’s renew our faith, hope and love.   The spirit of penance and the desire for purification come from these virtues.   Lent is not only an opportunity for increasing our external practices of self-denial.   If we thought it were only that, we would miss the deep meaning it has in Christian living, for these external practices are — as I have said — the result of faith, hope and charity.”

St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)
Christ is Passing By No 57

Explaining “Shrove” – https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/the-meaning-of-shrove-tuesday-13-february-2018/beginning lent - our heart is ready - st josemaria escriva - 5 march 2019.jpg

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The meaning of Shrove Tuesday – 13 February 2018

The meaning of Shrove Tuesday – 13 February 2018

Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive, which means to hear a confession, assign penance and absolve from sin.   In the Middle Ages, especially in Northern Europe and England, it became the custom to confess one’s sins on the day before Lent began in order to enter the penitential season in the right spirit.   How I wish the Church would bring this practice back NOW and not concentrate on flipping pancakes – entendre intended!   Though we, as the “Church” can re-institute this practice ourselves.catholics-go-to-confession-on-shrove-tues-13-feb-2018.jpg

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From the earliest days of Christianity, Lent, the penitential period before Easter, has always been a time of fasting and abstinence.

While the Lenten fast today is confined to Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstinence from meat is required only on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the other Fridays of Lent, in previous times (and not so long away either, ask anyone over 60) the fast was quite severe.   Christians abstained from all meat and items that came from animals, including butter, eggs, cheese and fat.

That is why Shrove Tuesday became known as Mardi Gras, the French term for Fat Tuesday.   Over time, Mardi Gras extended from a single day to the entire period of Shrovetide, the days from the last Sunday before Lent through Shrove Tuesday.

In the countries that speak Romance language (languages derived primarily from Latin), Shrovetide is also known as Carnivale—literally, “farewell to meat.”   In the English-speaking countries, Shrove Tuesday became known as Pancake Day, because Christians used up their eggs, butter and milk to make pancakes and other pastries.

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One Minute Reflection – 13 February – “Shrove Tuesday”

One Minute Reflection – 13 February – “Shrove Tuesday”

“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”…John 17:14-15shrove tuesday 1

REFLECTION – “In this sense, then, the world is everything that is opposed to our Lord Jesus Christ, that refuses to recognise Him and that resists His divine guidance.   Those false maxims which tend to weaken the love of God in our souls;  which recommended the vanities that fasten our hearts to this present life;  which cry down everything that can raise us above our weaknesses or vices;  which decoy and gratify our corrupt nature by dangerous pleasures, which, far from helping us to the attainment of our last end, only mislead us-all these are ‘the world.'”…Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger (The Liturgical Year)

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PRAYER – All-provident Lord, my God, You are my Father and in You is all my hope and trust. Teach me to live according to Your precepts, knowing that through them I will attain virtue and thus be filled with true joy.   Help me to love Your Creation but never to succumb to the enticements of the material world which constantly beckon and attempt to seduce my love.   Grant us all strength during our Lenten journey to minimise the snares of the ‘world’ around us and to open our hearts only to You.   Through our Saviour, who came to teach us and lead us, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.the jesus prayer 3 - 13 feb 2018 - shrove tuesday

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Thought for the Day – 28 February

Thought for the Day – 28 February

After having renounced everything, one can still worship other idols, such as fame and name.   To be able to enjoy ‘hundred-fold’, one must detach oneself from ‘self’.   A true disciple is not the one who has left all material possessions to follow Jesus, rather the one who has given up the home of self-prestige, brother hatred, sister gossiping, mother backbiting, father pride and child selfishness.   When a person is free from such entanglements, she or he will receive a hundred times more the home of humanness, brother love, sister charity, mother understanding, father humility and child generosity.   This is the way one obtains eternal life.   It is easier to be a philanthropic than a disciple.   The former gives from abundance and earns worldwide praises;  the latter strives hard to let go the wealth of ego and receives mockery and persecution.   Only those who walk the talk can teach the value of renunciation and commitment.  (Sr Virginia Rajakumari SAB)

Lord, Lord help us all!

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Quote of the Day – 28 February

Quote of the Day – 28 February

“Those on earth who contemplate the wounds of My Face

shall in heaven behold it radiant with glory.”

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Jesus to Sr Mary of St Peter in 1844 and dictated The Golden Arrow Prayer

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One Minute Reflection – 28 Februa

One Minute Reflection – 28 February

Whoever wishes to be my follower
must take up his cross each day
and follow in my footsteps…………..Luke 9:23

REFLECTION – Let the primary desire of your heart be to stir up in yourselves an ardent and affectionate desire to imitate Jesus in all your works.
Strive to do everything as the Lord Himself would do……………St John of the Cross

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help me to pattern my life after You.  Grant that I may imitate You completely – in all my thoughts, words and deeds.  May Your Holy Face be before my eyes in every moment, in every word, in every deed.    Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner!  Amen

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