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Thought for the Day – 24 August – “God has given”

Thought for the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

The name “Nathanael” means “God has given”

“The apostles’ glory is so indistinguishable and so bonded together by the cement of so many graces that in celebrating the feast of one of them the common greatness of all is called to our interior attention. For they share together the same authority of supreme judge, the same honourable rank and they hold the same power to bind and loose (Mt 19:28; 18:18).   They are those precious pearls that Saint John tells us he beheld in the Book of Revelation out of which are constructed the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem (Rv 21:21.14)…   And indeed, whenever the apostles beam divine light through their signs or miracles, they open up the heavenly glory of Jerusalem, to all those peoples who have been converted to the christian faith…

Of them, too, the prophet says: “Who are these who fly along like clouds?” (Is 60:8)…  God raises the minds of His preachers to contemplation of truths on high… so that they can abundantly pour down the rain of God’s word into our hearts.   Thus they drink water from the spring, so as to give drink to us too.

Saint Bartholomew drew from the fullness of this spring, when the Holy Spirit came upon him, as on the other apostles, in the form of tongues of fire (Acts 2:3).”

St Peter Damian (1007-1072) – Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Sermon 42, 2nd for Saint Bartholomew, PL 144, 726)

St Bartholomew, Pray for Us!st-bartholomew-pray-for-us-24-aug-2018.jpg

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Quote’s of the day – 24 August – ‘There is o guile in him.’

Quote’s of the day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

“Here is a true child
of Israel.
There is no guile
in him.”

John 1:47john 1 47 here is atrue child of israel - st bartholomew - 24 aug 2019

Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are
the Son of God!
You are the
King of Israel!”

John 1:49john 1 49 rabbi you are the son of god - st bartholomew - 24 aug 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 24 August – “Come and see.”

One Minute Reflection – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

Philip said to him, “Come and see.” … John 1:46

REFLECTION – “Nathanael’s reaction suggests another thought to us – in our relationship with Jesus we must not be satisfied with words alone.   In his answer, Philip offers Nathanael a meaningful invitation:  “Come and see!” (Jn 1: 46).  Our knowledge of Jesus needs above all a first-hand experience – someone else’s testimony is, of course important, for normally the whole of our Christian life begins with the proclamation handed down to us by one or more witnesse, but afterwards, we, ourselves, have to become personally committed, in a deep and intimate relationship with Jesus.” … Pope Benedict XVI – General Audience, 4 November 2006come and see john 1 45 - in our relationship with jesus - pope benedict 24 aug 2019

PRAYER – Almighty Lord and Father, strengthen in us that faith with which St Bartholomew gave himself wholeheartedly to Christ Your Son.   Grant, at his intercession, that Your Church may become the Sacrament of salvation, for all the nations of the earth.   We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord and Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever, amen.st-bartholomew-pray-for-us-2.jpg
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Feast of St Bartholomew and Memorials of the Saints – 24 August

St Bartholomew the Apostle (Feast)
St Bartholomew:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/saint-of-the-day-24-august-st-bartholomew-apostle-of-christ/

St Abban
St Abyce
St Agofridus of Lacroix
Bl André Fardeau
Bl Antonio de Blanes
St Emilie de Vialar (1797–1856)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/24/saint-of-the-day-24-august-st-emilie-de-vialar-1797-1856/

St Eutychius of Troas
St George Limniotes
St Irchard

St Jeanne-Antide Thouret (1765-1826)

Bl Miroslav Bulesic
St Ouen of Rouen
St Patrick the Elder
St Ptolemy of Nepi
St Romanus of Nepi
St Sandratus
St Taziano of Claudiopolis

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Fortunato Velasco Tobar
• Blessed Isidre Torres Balsells
• Blessed Rigoberto Aquilino de Anta Barrio

Martyred in World War II: 6 Beati
Czeslaw Jozwiak
Edward Kazmierski
Edward Klinik
Franciszek Kesy
Jarogniew Wojciechowski
Luis Almécija Lázaro

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Thought for the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

Thought for the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

Bartholomew or Nathanael?   We are confronted again with the fact that we know almost nothing about most of the apostles.   Yet the unknown ones were also foundation stones, the 12 pillars of the new Israel whose 12 tribes now encompass the whole earth.   Their personalities were secondary—without thereby being demeaned—to their great office of bearing tradition from their firsthand experience, speaking in the name of Jesus, putting the Word Made Flesh into human words for the enlightenment of the world.   Their holiness was not an introverted contemplation of their status before God.   It was a gift that they had to share with others.   The Good News, was that, all are called to the holiness of being Christ’s members, by the gracious gift of God.

The simple fact is that humanity is totally meaningless unless God is its total concern.   Then humanity, made holy with God’s own holiness, becomes the most precious creation of God…(via Franciscan Media)

Note:   the name “Nathanael” means “God has given”.

St Bartholomew, Pray for us!st bartholomew pray for us - 24 aug 2018

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Quote of the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle

Quote of the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle

“Here is a true child of Israel.   There is no guile in him.”
Bartholomew/Nathanael answered him : 
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God;  you are the King of Israel.”

John 1:47-48john-1-47-48.here is a true child of israel - feast of st bartholomew - 24 aug 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

One Minute Reflection – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel:  John 1:45–51

“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”…John 1:51

REFLECTION – “The apostles’ glory is so indistinguishable and so bonded together by the cement of so many graces that in celebrating the feast of one of them the common greatness of all is called to our interior attention.   For they share together the same authority of supreme judge, the same honourable rank and they hold the same power to bind and loose (Mt 19:28; 18:18).   They are those precious pearls that Saint John tells us he beheld in the Book of Revelation out of which are constructed the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem (Rv 21:21.14)…   And indeed, whenever the apostles beam divine light through their signs or miracles, they open up the heavenly glory of Jerusalem to all those peoples who have been converted to the christian faith…
Of them, too, the prophet says: “Who are these who fly along like clouds?” (Is 60:8)…  God raises the minds of His preachers to contemplation of truths on high…  so that they can abundantly pour down the rain of God’s word into our hearts.   Thus they drink water from the spring so as to give drink to us too.   Saint Bartholomew drew from the fullness of this spring when the Holy Spirit came upon him, as on the other apostles, in the form of tongues of fire (Acts 2:3).”…  St Peter Damian (1007-1072) – Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Sermon 42, 2nd for Saint Bartholomew, PL 144, 726)you will see heaven opened - john 1 51 - st bartholomew drew from this - st peter damian - 24 aug 2018 feast of st bartholomew

PRAYER – Almighty Lord and Father, strengthen in us that faith with which St Bartholomew gave himself wholeheartedly to Christ Your Son.   Grant, at his intercession, that Your Church may become the Sacrament of salvation, for all the nations of the earth.   We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord and Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever, amen.st-bartholomew-pray-for-us-24 aug 2017