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Quote/s of the Day – 7 November “On Achieving Sanctity”

Quote/s of the Day – 7 November “On Achieving Sanctity”

“Come, brothers, let us at length spur ourselves on.
We must rise again with Christ, we must seek the world
which is above and set our mind on the things of heaven.
Let us long for those who are longing for us,
hasten to those who are waiting for us
and ask those who look for our coming to intercede for us.
We should not only want to be with the saints,
we should also hope to possess their happiness.
While we desire to be in their company,
we must also earnestly seek to share in their glory.
Do not imagine that there is anything harmful
in such an ambition as this;
there is no danger in setting our hearts on such glory.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchcome brothers - st bernard - 7 nov 2017

“Holiness does not consist of doing more difficult things every day
but doing things with greater love every day.
Our great desires for holiness have to be expressed
by persevering in small things.
This has to be your ambition:
to persevere in the exact fulfilment of your present obligations,
because that work – humble, monotonous, small –
is prayer expressed in deeds.
And it prepares us to receive the grace for that other work –
great, broad and deep – about which we dream:
to place Christ at the summit of all human activities.”

St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975)holiness does not consist - st josemaria - 7 nov 2017

“Many little things done with love and for love
comprise our treasure for this or that day,
which we will carry with us into eternity.
Our interior life is normally nourished
by little things carried out with love and attention.”

St John Paul (1920-2005)many little things - st john paul - 7 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 6 October

Our Morning Offering – 6 October

By you, O Mary
St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

By you we have access to your Son,
O blessed finder of grace,
Mother of Life,
Mother of Salvation,
that by you He may receive us,
Who by you was given to us.
Amenby you O Mary by St Bernard

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Quote/s of the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

“How consoling it is to know , that we have a spirit, who from womb to tomb, NEVER LEAVES US, EVEN FOR AN INSTANT, not even when we dare to sin.   And this heavenly spirit guides and protects us, like a friend, a brother.”

St Padre Pio (1887-1968)how consoling - st padre pio - 2 oct 2017

“Each man has an angel guardian appointed to him….Angel guardians are given to man also as regards invisible and secret things, concerning the salvation of each one in his own regard.   Hence individual angels are appointed to guard individual men.”

St Thomas Aquinas  (1225-1274) Doctoreach mans has an - st thomas aquinas 2 oct 207

“When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped!   Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him:  He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.”

St John Bosco (1815-1888)when tempted - st john bosco - 2 oct 2017

“We should show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctorwe should show our affection - St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church 2 oct 2017

“The powers of hell will assail the dying Christian but his angel guardian will come to console him.   His patrons and St. Michael, who has been appointed by God to defend his faithful servants in their last combat with the devils, will come to his aid.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctorthe powers of hell - st alphonsus - 2 oct 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Quote/s of the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

“Has anyone ever come away from Mary,
troubled or saddened or ignorant
of the heavenly Mysteries?
Who has not returned to everyday life
gladdened and joyful
because a request has been granted
by the Mother of God?”

St Amadeus of Lausanne (1110-1159)has anyone come away from mary - St Amadeus of Lausanne (1110-1159)

“As the Mother of Christ,
Mary is the Mother
of our wisdom and justice,
of our holiness and redemption.
She is more our Mother
than the mother of our flesh.”

St Aelred (1109-1166)as the mother of christ - st aelred

“O Mary, I have not doubt
that whenever we run to you,
we shall obtain all that we desire.
Let those then who have no hope, hope in you.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churcho mary i have not doubt - st bernard

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One Minute Reflection – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

One Minute Reflection – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”….John 2:4-5jesus said to her, woman - john 2 4-5

REFLECTION – “The Church calls Mary the “Queen of Mercy” because we believe she opens the abyss of God’s mercy to whomever she wills, when she wills and as she wills.
No sinner — no matter how great — who has Mary as protector is ever lost.”…St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) – Doctor of the Churchthe church calls mary the queen of mercy - st bernard

PRAYER – Almighty God, grant that Your faithful, who rejoice in the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may be delivered from every evil here on earth, through her prayer and come to the enduring joys of heaven.  Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit Mary, our Consolation and Comforter, pray for us! Amen.mary our consolation - pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 23 August

Our Morning Offering – 23 August

To You we Cry, O Queen of Mercy!
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Doctor mellifluus (Mellifluous Doctor)

To you we cry,
O Queen of Mercy!
Return, that we may
behold you dispensing favours,
bestowing remedies,
giving strength.
Ah, tender Mother!
Tell your all-powerful Son
that we have no more wine.
We are thirsty after the wine of His love,
of that marvelous wine
that fills souls with a holy inebriation,
inflames them,
and gives them the strength to despise
the things of this world
and to seek with ardour heavenly goods.
Amen

to you we cry O queen of mercy no 2.- st bernard

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Thought for the Day – 22 August – The Queenship of Mary

Thought for the Day – 22 August – The Queenship of Mary

As St. Paul suggests in Romans 8:28–30, God has predestined human beings from all eternity to share the image of his Son.   All the more was Mary predestined to be the mother of Jesus. As Jesus was to be king of all creation, Mary, in dependence on Jesus, was to be queen.   All other titles to queenship derive from this eternal intention of God. As Jesus exercised his kingship on earth by serving his Father and his fellow human beings, so did Mary exercise her queenship.   As the glorified Jesus remains with us as our king till the end of time (Matthew 28:20), so does Mary, who was assumed into heaven and crowned queen of heaven and earth.
In the fourth century St Ephrem called Mary “Lady” and “Queen.”   Later Church fathers and doctors continued to use the title.   Hymns of the 11th to 13th centuries address Mary as queen: “Hail, Holy Queen,” “Hail, Queen of Heaven,” “Queen of Heaven.”   The Dominican rosary and the Franciscan crown as well as numerous invocations in Mary’s litany celebrate her queenship.
The feast is a logical follow-up to the Assumption and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast.   In his 1954 encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power. (Fr Don Miller OFM)
“Just as Mary surpassed in grace all others on earth, so also in heaven is her glory unique.   If eye has not seen or ear heard or the human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9), who can express what He has prepared for the woman who gave Him birth and who loved Him, as everyone knows, more than anyone else?” (St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) – Doctor of Light – Mellifluous Doctor)

just as mary surpassed in grace - st bernard
Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth Pray for your children!

mary our queen our mother pray for us

Your eyes opened to a new kind of light
Wide pools that gaze with merciful love upon the world
Your sword-pierced heart, immaculate,
Strong-walled as a cathedral
In the holy city of God.

Angels surround your throne
Holy Blessed Virgin,
Mother of God
Star-crowned Queen of heaven and
Queen of angels

We, though sinners, are yours,
Every tribe on earth, every race
Beckoned to enclosure
In deep mantle-folds of grace.

your eyes opened to a new kind of light - queenship of mary - poem

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The Memorare by St Bernard of Clairvaux “Doctor of Light”

On the Feast Day of St Bernard, August 20, can we do better than call on our Mother

The Memorare by St Bernard of Clairvaux

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled
to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought
thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by
this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins,
my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy
hear and answer me. Amen.

(The Express Novena you will recall, is 9 times the Memorare)

THE MEMORARE - ST BERNARDst bernard - doctor of light

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Thought for the Day – 20 August – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux

Thought for the Day – 20 August – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux

Man of the century!   Woman of the century!   You see such terms applied to so many today—“golfer of the century,” “composer of the century,” “right tackle of the century”—that the line no longer has any punch.   But Western Europe’s “man of the twelfth century,” without doubt or controversy, had to be Bernard of Clairvaux. Adviser of popes, preacher of the Second Crusade, defender of the faith, healer of a schism, reformer of a monastic Order, Scripture scholar, theologian, and eloquent preacher: any one of these titles would distinguish an ordinary man.   Yet Bernard was all of these—and he still retained a burning desire to return to the hidden monastic life of his younger days.
His ability as arbitrator and counsellor became widely known.   More and more he was lured away from the monastery to settle long-standing disputes.   On several of these occasions, he apparently stepped on some sensitive toes in Rome.   Bernard was completely dedicated to the primacy of the Roman See.   But to a letter of warning from Rome, he replied that the good fathers in Rome had enough to do to keep the Church in one piece.   If any matters arose that warranted their interest, he would be the first to let them know.

Shortly thereafter it was Bernard who intervened in a full-blown schism and settled it in favour of the Roman pontiff against the antipope.

Bernard felt responsible in some way for the degenerative effects of the crusade.   This heavy burden possibly hastened his death, which came August 20, 1153.

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Juan Correa de Vivar (1510 – 16 April 1566)
Death of St Bernard – 1545

Bernard’s life in the Church was more active than we can imagine possible today.  His efforts produced far-reaching results.   But he knew that they would have availed little without the many hours of prayer and contemplation that brought him strength and heavenly direction.   His life was characterised by a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. His sermons and books about Mary are still the standard of Marian theology….Fr Don Miller OFM

St Bernard Pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux

Quote/s of the Day – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux

“Are you troubled?
Think but of Jesus – speak but the name of Jesus,
the clouds disperse
and peace descends anew from heaven.
Have you fallen into sin? So that you fear death?
..invoke the name of Jesus
and you will soon feel life returning.
No obduracy of the soul, no weakness,
no coldness of heart can resist this holy name –
there is no heart which will not soften
and open in tears at this holy name.”are you troubled - st bernard

“The measure of love is love without measure.”the measure of love - st bernard

“Jesus, what made You so small?
LOVE!”

jesus what made you so small - LOVE - st bernard

“There are those who seek knowledge
for the sake of knowledge – that is curiosity.
There are those who seek knowledge
to be known by others – that is vanity.
There are those who seek knowledge
in order to serve – that is Love.”there are those who seek knowledge - st bernard

“The three most important virtues are:
humility,
humility
and humility.”the 3 most important virtues are - st bernard

“Let us not imagine that we obscure
the glory of the Son by the great praise
we lavish on the Mother –
for the more she is honoured,
the greater is the glory of her Son.
There can be no doubt that whatever we say
in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.”LET US NOT IMAGINE-ST BERNARD

“Love for Christ pierced Mary’s heart
in such a way that no part of it
was left unkindled.
Mary thus fulfilled
the first commandment of love
in all its fulness
and without the slightest imperfection.”QUOTE ST BERNARD

“Action and contemplation are very close companions;
they live together in one house on equal terms.
Martha and Mary are sisters.”

action and contemplation - st bernard

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church

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One Minute Reflection – 20 August – – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux

One Minute Reflection – 20 August – – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux

Hold fast to …. a good conscience. Some men, by rejecting the guidance of conscience, have made shipwreck of their faith…1 Timothy 1:191 timothy 1 19

REFLECTION – “A good conscience is a treasury of riches.
Indeed, what greater riches can there be – or what can be sweeter – than a good conscience?….St Bernarda good conscience - st bernard

PRAYER – All-knowing God, let me be able to stand in Your presence with a good conscience.
Help me to avoid anything that would sully my conscience and do all I can to remain united with You.
St Bernard, pray for us, amen.st bernard pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 20 August – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux

Our Morning Offering – 20 August – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux

Morning Prayer of St Bernard

High and holy God
Give me this day
a word of truth
to silence the lies
that would devour my soul
and kind encouragements
to strengthen me when I fall.
Gracious One
I come quietly to Your door
needing to receive
from Your hands
the nourishment
that gives life.
Amen and Amen.

MORNING PRAYER OF ST BERNARD.2

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Saint of the Day – 20 August – St Bernard of Clairvaux – Abbot Confessor Doctor of the Church – “Doctor Mellifluus” and the Last Father of the Church

Saint of the Day – 20 August – St Bernard of Clairvaux – Abbot Confessor Doctor of the Church and the Last Father of the Church – “Doctor Mellifluus”, Theologian, Reformer, Writer, Mystic, Preacher, Mariologist, Advisor, Mediator – (1090 at Fontaines-les-Dijon, Burgundy, France – 20 August 1153 at Clairvaux Abbey, Ville-sous-la-Ferté, Aube, France).   He was Canonised in 1170 by Pope Alexander III.   Patronages – Cistercians, beekeepers, bees, Burgundy and France, candlemakers, chandlers, Gibraltar,  Knights Templar, Queens College, Cambridge, England, Speyer Cathedral, wax-melters, wax refiners.   Attributes – White Cistercian habit, devil on a chain, white dog.  St Bernard, the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey in Burgundy, was one of the most commanding Church leaders in the first half of the twelfth century as well as one of the greatest spiritual masters of all times and the most powerful propagator of the Cistercian reform.

 

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St Bernard’s parents were Tescelin de Fontaine, lord of Fontaine-lès-Dijon and Alèthe de Montbard, both members of the highest nobility of Burgundy. Bernard was the third of seven children, six of whom were sons.   At the age of nine years, he was sent to a school at Châtillon-sur-Seine run by the secular canons of Saint-Vorles.   Bernard had a great taste for literature and devoted himself for some time to poetry.   His success in his studies won the admiration of his teachers. He wanted to excel in literature in order to take up the study of the Bible.   He had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary and he would later write several works about the Queen of Heaven.

St Bernard would expand upon Anselm of Canterbury’s role in transmuting the sacramentally ritual Christianity of the Early Middle Ages into a new, more personally held faith, with the life of Christ as a model and a new emphasis on the Virgin Mary. In opposition to the rational approach to divine understanding that the scholastics adopted, Bernard would preach an immediate faith, in which the intercessor was the Virgin Mary.

Bernard was only nineteen years of age when his mother died.   During his youth, he did not escape trying temptations and around this time he thought of retiring from the world and living a life of solitude and prayer.

In 1098 Saint Robert of Molesme had founded Cîteaux Abbey, near Dijon, with the purpose of restoring the Rule of St Benedict in all its rigour.   Returning to Molesme, he left the government of the new abbey to Saint Alberic of Cîteaux, who died in the year 1109. At the age of 22, while Bernard was at prayer in a church, he felt the calling of God to enter the Cistercian Monks of Cîteaux.    In 1113 Saint Stephen Harding had just succeeded Saint Alberic as third Abbot of Cîteaux when Bernard and thirty other young noblemen of Burgundy sought admission into the Cistercian order.   Bernard’s testimony was so irresistible that 30 of his friends, brothers and relatives followed him into the monastic life.

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In 1115, St Bernard was sent to begin a new monastery near Aube- Clairvaux, the Valley of Light.   As a young abbot he published a series of sermons on the Annunciation.   These marked him not only as a most gifted spiritual writer but also as the “cithara of Mary,” especially noted for his development of Mary’s mediatorial role.

 

The Peacemaker
St Bernard’s spiritual writing as well as his extraordinary personal magnetism began to attract many to Clairvaux and the other Cistercian monasteries, leading to many new foundations.   He was drawn into the controversy developing between the new monastic movement which he pre-eminently represented and the established Cluniac order, a branch of the Benedictines.  This led to one of his most controversial and most popular works, his Apologia. Bernard’s dynamism soon reached far beyond monastic circles.   He was sought as an advisor and mediator by the ruling powers of his age.   More than any other he helped to bring about the healing of the papal schism which arose in 1130 with the election of the antipope Anacletus II.   It cost Bernard eight years of laborious travel and skillful mediation.   At the same time he laboured for peace and reconciliation between England and France and among many lesser nobles.   His influence mounted when his spiritual son was elected pope in 1145.   At Eugene III’s command he preached the Second Crusade and sent vast armies on the road toward Jerusalem.   In his last years he rose from his sickbed and went into the Rhineland to defend the Jews against a savage persecution.StBernard

The Writer
Although he suffered from constant physical debility and had to govern a monastery that soon housed several hundred monks and was sending forth groups regularly to begin new monasteries (he personally saw to the establishment of sixty-five of the three hundred Cistercian monasteries founded during his thirty-eight years as abbot), he yet found time to compose many and varied spiritual works that still speak to us today. He laid out a solid foundation for the spiritual life in his works on grace and free will, humility and love.   His gifts as a theologian were called upon to respond to the dangerous teachings of the scintillating Peter Abelard, of Gilbert de la Porree and of Arnold of Brescia.   His masterpiece, his Sermons on the Song of Songs, was begun in 1136 and was still in composition at the time of his death.   With great simplicity and poetic grace Bernard writes of the deepest experiences of the mystical life in ways that became normative for all succeeding writers.   For Pope Eugene he wrote Five Books on Consideration, the bedside reading of Pope John XXIII and many other pontiffs through the centuries.

Final Years
The death of his contemporaries served as a warning to Bernard of his own approaching end.   The first to die was Suger in 1152, of whom Bernard wrote to Eugene III, “If there is any precious vase adorning the palace of the King of Kings it is the soul of the venerable Suger”.   Conrad III and his son Henry died the same year.   From the beginning of the year 1153, Bernard felt his death approaching.   The passing of Pope Eugenius had struck the fatal blow by taking from him one whom he considered his greatest friend and consoler.   Bernard died at age sixty-three on 20 August 1153, after forty years spent in the cloister.   He was buried at the Clairvaux Abbey, but after its dissolution in 1792 by the French revolutionary government, his remains were transferred to Troyes Cathedral.

 

Doctor of the Church
Bernard was canonised by Pope Alexander III on 18 January 1174.   Pope Pius VII declared him a Doctor of the Church in 1830.   At the 800th anniversary of his death, Pope Pius XII issued an encyclical on Bernard, Doctor Mellifluus, in which he labeled him “The Last of the Fathers.”   Bernard did not reject human philosophy which is genuine philosophy, which leads to God;  he differentiates between different kinds of knowledge, the highest being theological.   The central elements of Bernard’s Mariology are how he explained the virginity of Mary, the “Star of the Sea”, and her role as Mediatrix.

Legacy
St Bernard was instrumental in re-emphasising the importance of lectio divina and contemplation on Scripture within the Cistercian order.    Bernard had observed that when lectio divina was neglected monasticism suffered.   He considered lectio divina and contemplation guided by the Holy Spirit the keys to nourishing Christian spirituality.

He “noted centuries ago:  the people who are their own spiritual directors have fools for disciples.”   Bernard’s theology and Mariology continue to be of major importance, particularly within the Cistercian and Trappist orders.   Bernard led to the foundation of 163 monasteries in different parts of Europe.   At his death, they numbered 343.   His influence led Alexander III to launch reforms that would lead to the establishment of canon law.  He was the first Cistercian monk placed on the calendar of saints.   He is labeled the “Mellifluous Doctor” for his eloquence.   Cistercians honour him as the founder of the order because of the widespread activity which he gave to the order.

Saint Bernard’s “Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Jesus” and the Memorare are probably his most famous prayers.

Bernard is Dante Alighieri’s last guide, in Divine Comedy, as he travels through the Empyrean.  Dante’s choice appears to be based on Bernard’s contemplative mysticism, his devotion to Mary and his reputation for eloquence.   He is also the author of the poems often translated in English hymnals as “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” and “Jesus the Very Thought of Thee”.

The Couvent et Basilique Saint-Bernard, a collection of buildings dating from the 12th, 17th and 19th centuries, is dedicated to Bernard and stands in his birthplace of Fontaine-lès-Dijon.ST BERNARD.3ST BERNARD.2St Bernard of Clairvaux BY GOYA - Copyf42f94e04f9e0dc3510140d5a8ced100--bernard-of-clairvaux-st-bernards

 

 

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 August

St Bernard of Clairvaux (Memorial) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxzST45pYDw

St Amadour the Hermit
St Bernard of Valdeiglesius
St Brogan
St Burchard of Worms
St Christopher of Cordoba
St Cristòfol Baqués Almirall
St Edbert of Northumbria
Bl Georg Hafner
Bl Gervais-Protais Brunel
St Gobert of Apremont
St Haduin of Le Mans
St Heliodorus of Persia
St Herbert Hoscam
St Leovigild of Cordoba
Bl Louis-François Lebrun
St Lucius of Cyprus
Bl Maria de Mattias
St Maximus of Chinon
St Oswine of Deira
St Philibert of Jumièges
St Porphyrius of Palestrina
St Ronald of Orkney
St Samuel the Patriarch
Bl Wladyslaw Maczkowski
St Zacchaeus the Publican

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: 8 Beati
Enrique Rodríguez Tortosa
Francesc Llagostera Bonet
Ismael Barrio Marquilla
José Tapia Díaz
Magí Albaigés Escoda
Manuel López Álvarez
María Climent Mateu
Serapio Sanz Iranzo
Tomás Campo Marín

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Our Morning Offering – 30 May

Our Morning Offering – 30 May

To You we Cry, O Queen of Mercy!
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Doctor mellifluus (Mellifluous Doctor)

To you we cry,
O Queen of Mercy!
Return, that we may
behold you dispensing favours,
bestowing remedies,
giving strength.
Ah, tender Mother!
Tell your all-powerful Son
that we have no more wine.
We are thirsty after the wine of His love,
of that marvelous wine
that fills souls with a holy inebriation,
inflames them,
and gives them the strength to despise
the things of this world
and to seek with ardor heavenly goods.
Amen

to you we cry O queen of mercy - st bernard

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Our Morning Offering

Our Morning Offering

The Memorare
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Doctor mellifluus (Mellifluous Doctor)

Remember,
O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known,
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come,
before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions
but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.
Amen

THE MEMORARE - ST BERNARD

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 May

Quote/s of the Day – 11 May

“By asking the beloved disciple
to treat Mary as his mother,
Jesus founded Marian devotion.”

St John Paul (1920-2005)

BY ASKING THE BELOVED DISCIPLE - ST JOHN PAUL

“The Mother of God,
is the Ladder of Heaven.
God came down by this Ladder
that men might,
by Mary,
climb up to Him in Heaven.”

St Fulgentius (460-533)

THE MOTHER OF GOD-ST FULGENTIUS

“Consider this great mystery!
The Son of God has passed whole and entire,
from the heart of the Father
to the womb of Mary
and from the womb of the Mother
to the lap of the Church.”

St Peter Damian (1007-72) Doctor of the Church

CONSIDER THIS GREAT MYSTERY-ST PETER DAMIAN

“Let us not imagine that we obscure
the glory of the Son by the great praise
we lavish on the Mother;
for the more she is honoured,
the greater is the glory of her Son.
There can be no doubt that whatever we say
in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.”

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) – Doctor of the Church

LET US NOT IMAGINE-ST BERNARD

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Our Morning Offering – 10 May

Our Morning Offering – 10 May

MARY, our MOTHER
SAINT BERNARD (1090-1153)

Mary, our Mother,
the whole world reveres you
as the holiest shrine of the living God,
for in you the salvation of the world dawned.
The Son of God was pleased
to take human form from you.
You have broken down the wall of hatred,
the barrier between heaven and earth
which was set us by the
disobedience of Adam and Eve.
In you heaven met earth
when divinity and humanity
were joined in one person – the God-Man.
Mother of God,
we sing your praises,
but we must praise you even more.
Our speech is too feeble to honour you as we ought,
for no tongue is eloquent enough
to express your excellence.
Mary, most powerful,
most holy, and worthy of all love.
Your name brings new life,
and the thought of you inspires love
in the hearts of those devoted to you. Amen

MARY OUR MOTHR BY ST BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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Our Morning Offering – 27 April

Our Morning Offering – 27 April

Help us, O Lord, our God
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Mellifluous Doctor

Help us, O Lord, our God,
since we cannot flee from the body,
nor the body flee from us.
We must carry it about, because it is bound up with us.
We cannot destroy it; we are forced to preserve it.
But the world surrounds us and assails us
through the five gateways of sense.
Alas! Everywhere we are in conflict,
everywhere darts fly against us,
everywhere there are temptations,
there are snares!
Deliver us, we beseech You, from our enemies;
defend us from all dangers to the soul
and to the body, Lord,
that at length we may come to Your eternal rest,
through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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Saint of the Day – 17 April – St Stephen Harding

Saint of the Day – 17 April – St Stephen Harding O.Cist. (1050-1104) Monk, priest, writer, teacher and co-founder of the Cistercian Order – Patron of the Cistercians Attributes:  Dressed in the Cistercian habit, abbot’s crozier, holding the Carta caritatis (“Charter of Charity”), a founding document for the Cistercian Order.

Harding was born in Sherborne, Dorset, in the Kingdom of England, and spoke English, Norman, French and Latin.   He was placed in Sherborne Abbey at a young age, but eventually left the monastery and became a travelling scholar, journeying with one devout companion, into Scotland and afterwards to Paris and then to Rome.    He eventually moved to Molesme Abbey in Burgundy, under the Abbot Robert of Molesme (c. 1027-1111).

When Robert left Molesme to avoid what he perceived to be the abbey’s increasing wealth and overly strong connections to the aristocracy, Harding and Alberic of Cîteaux went with him.    Seeing no hope of a sufficient reformation in Molemse, Robert appointed another abbot for the abbey and then, with Alberic, Harding and twenty-one other monks, received permission from Hugh, the Archbishop of Lyons and legate of the Holy See, to found a new monastery in Citeaux, a marshy wilderness five leagues from Dijon.    There, they formed a new, more austere, monastery.    Eudes, afterwards Duke of Burgundy, built them a little church, which was placed under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin, as all the churches of the Cistercians from that time have been.

Stephen became the third abbot of Cîteaux.    However, very few were joining the community and the monks were suffering from hunger and sickness.    In 1112, Bernard of Clairvaux entered the community, bringing with him thirty companions.    Between 1112 and 1119, a dozen new Cistercian houses were founded to accommodate those joining the young order. Harding’s organisational skills were exceptional; he instituted the system of general chapters and regular visitations.    In 1119, he received official approbation for the Carta Caritatis (Charter of Charity), an important document for the Cistercian Order, establishing its unifying principles.

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St Bernard of Clairvaux received by St Stephen Harding

Stephen Harding served Cîteaux Abbey as abbot for twenty-five years.    While no single person is considered the founder of the Cistercian Order, the shape of Cistercian thought, and its rapid growth in the 12th century were arguably due to Harding’s leadership. Insisting on simplicity in all aspects of monastic life, he was largely responsible for the severity of Cistercian architecture and the simple beauty of the Order’s liturgy.   He was an accomplished scribe for the monastery’s scriptorium; his highest achievement is considered to be the Harding Bible, famous among medieval manuscripts.    In 1133, he resigned as head of the order because of age and infirmity.   He died on 28 March 1134, and was buried in the tomb of Alberic, his predecessor, in the cloisters at Cîteaux.

In a joint commemoration with Robert of Molesme and Alberic, the first two abbots of Cîteaux, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates Stephen Harding’s in a joint feast day on 26 January too.

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The north aisle of the Church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in London was formerly a chapel dedicated to him.

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Our Morning Offering – 14 April – Good Friday

Our Morning Offering – 14 April – Good Friday

THE PRAYER
“O SACRED HEAD”
By St. Bernard Of Clairvaux

O Sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head, so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes o’er You,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore You
And tremble as they gaze.

I see Your strength and vigour
All fading in the strife,
And death, with cruel vigour,
Bereaving You of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn Your face on me!

In this Your bitter Passion,
Good Shepherd, think. of me,
With Your most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be;
Beneath Your Cross abiding,
‘Forever would I rest,
In Your dear love confiding,
And will Your presence blest.

O SACRED HEAD-BY ST BERNARD

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One Minute Reflection – 8 April

One Minute Reflection – 8 April

By his ‘will’, we have been sanctified
through the suffering of the body of
Jesus Christ……….Hebrews 10:10

 

REFLECTION – “God’s infinite power, His profound wisdom and the reign of His justice were known.
However, the dimensions of His clemency were not yet known. Jesus came as interpreter of the Divinity.”……….St Bernard

PRAYER – Merciful Father, let me not spurn Your clemency which You sent us in Jesus Christ. Grant that Christ’s loving sacrifice may bear fruit in me in accord with Your will for me. St Julie Billiart, you carried your crosses always trusting in the clemency of our God and trusted solely in Christ our companion, please pray for us, amen.

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LENTEN REFLECTION – The First Week of Lent – 3 MARCH

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LENTEN REFLECTION – 3 MARCH

Emptied for Our Sake
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By Bernard of Clairvaux

Christ’s self-emptying was neither a simple gesture nor a limited one.   He emptied Himself even to the assuming of human nature, even to accepting death, death on a cross (Philippians 2:7).

Who is there that can adequately gauge the greatness of the humility, gentleness and self-surrender, revealed by the Lord of majesty in assuming human nature, in accepting the punishment of death, the shame of the cross?

But somebody will say: “Surely the Creator could have restored His original plan without all that hardship?”   Yes, He could but He chose the way of personal suffering so that man would never again have reason to display that worst and most hateful of all vices, ingratitude.

Even if God made you out of nothing, you have not been redeemed out of nothing.   In six days He created all things and among them, you.   On the other hand, for a period of thirty whole years He worked your salvation in the midst of the earth.

What He endured in those labours!   To His bodily needs and the abuses from His enemies did He not add the mightier burden of the humiliation of the cross and crown it all with the horror of His death?   And this was indeed necessary.   Man and beast you save, 0 Lord (Psalm 36:6).   How you have multiplied your mercy, 0 God!

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 February

Quote of the Day – 6 February

“Like my Master I shall die upon the cross.   Like Him, a lance will pierce my heart so that my blood and my love can flow out upon the land and sanctify it to His name.”

~~~ St Paul Miki

“The measure of love,
is love without measure.”

~~~ St Bernard of Clairvaux

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Our Morning Offering – 5 February

Our Morning Offering – 5 February

Help us, O Lord, our God,
since we cannot flee from the body,
nor the body flee from us:
we must carry it about,
because it is bound up with us.
We cannot destroy it;
we are forced to preserve it.
But the world surrounds us and assails us
through the five gateways of sense.
Alas! Everywhere we are in conflict,
everywhere darts fly against us,
everywhere there are temptations,
there are snares!
Deliver us, we beseech You,
from our enemies;
defend us from all dangers to the soul
and to the body, Lord,
that at length we may come to Your eternal rest,
through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

St Bernard of Clairvaux

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Our Morning Offering – 24 December

Our Morning Offering – 24 December

Nativity Prayer of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Let Your goodness Lord appear to us, that we
made in Your image, conform ourselves to it.
In our own strength
we cannot imitate Your majesty, power and wonder
nor is it fitting for us to try.
But Your mercy reaches from the heavens
through the clouds to the earth below.
You have come to us as a small child,
but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts,
the gift of eternal love.
Caress us with Your tiny hands,
embrace us with Your tiny arms
and pierce our hearts with Your soft, sweet cries.
Amen

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