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Our Morning Offering – 15 July – Fifteenth Sunday of the Year – the Memorial of St Bonaventure (1221-1274) – Seraphic Doctor

Our Morning Offering – 15 July – Fifteenth Sunday of the Year – the Memorial of St Bonaventure (1221-1274) – Seraphic Doctor

Excerpt from the Prayer after Holy Communion
By St Bonaventure (1221-1274) Seraphic Doctor

Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus,
my inmost soul with the most joyous
and healthful wound of Your love
and with true, calm
and most holy apostolic charity,
that my soul may ever languish
and melt with entire love
and longing for You,
may yearn for You
and for Your courts,
may long to be dissolved
and to be with You.
Grant that my soul
may hunger after You,
the Bread of Angels,
the refreshment of holy souls,
our daily and supersubstantial bread,
having all sweetness and savour
and every delightful taste.
Amenprayer after holy comm - by st bonaventure - 15 july 2018

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Saint of the Day – 15 July – St Bonaventure O.F.M. (1221-1274) – Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 15 July – St Bonaventure O.F.M. (1221-1274) – Doctor of the Church – known as the “Seraphic Doctor” – Friar, Bishop, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Mystic, Preacher, Teacher.st bonaventure - gorgeous header

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Sanctity and learning raised Bonaventure to the Church’s highest honours and from a child he was the companion of Saints.    Yet at heart he was ever the poor Franciscan friar and practised and taught humility and mortification.

St Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order
Francisco de Herrera the Elder 1576 – 1656
St Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order
1628

St Francis gave him his name, for, having miraculously cured him of a mortal sickness, he prophetically exclaimed of the child, “O bona ventura!”-good luck.

cure of the infant bonaventure by st francis
Francisco de Herrera the Elder 1576 – 1656
The Cure of Saint Bonaventure as a Child by St Francis
1628

He is known also as the “Seraphic Doctor,” from the fervour of divine love which breathes in his writings.   He was the friend of S. Thomas Aquinas, who asked him one day whence he drew his great learning.   He replied by pointing to his crucifix.   At another time St Thomas found him in ecstasy while writing the life of St Francis and exclaimed, “Let us leave a Saint to write of a Saint.”   They received the Doctor’s cap together.

Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Francisco de Zurbarán 1598 -1664
Saint Bonaventure and St Thomas Aquinas before the Crucifix
1629 (lost in 1945)

 

He was the guest and adviser of St Louis and the spiritual director of St Isabella, the king’s sister.   At the age of thirty-five in 1257 he was made general of his Order and only escaped another dignity, the Archbishopric of York, by dint of tears and entreaties. Gregory X appointed him Cardinal Bishop of Albano.

When the Saint heard of the Pope’s resolve to create him a Cardinal, he quietly made his escape from Italy.   But Gregory sent him a summons to return to Rome.   On his way, he stopped to rest himself at a convent of his Order near Florence and there two Papal messengers, sent to meet him with the Cardinal’s hat, found him washing the dishes.   The Saint desired them to hang the hat on a bush that was near and take a walk in the garden until he had finished what he was about.   Then taking up the hat with unfeigned sorrow, he joined the messengers and paid them the respect due to their character.Saint_Bonaventure receives the Cardinals hat while washing the dishes

He sat at the Pontiff’s right hand and spoke first at the Council of Lyons.   His piety and eloquence won over the Greeks to Catholic union and then his strength failed.

San Buenaventura en el concilio de Lyon
Francisco de Zurbarán 1598 -1664
Saint Bonaventure at the Council of Lyon (1274) (c.1630)

He died while the Council was sitting and was buried by the assembled bishops, on 15 July 1274.

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Francisco de Zurbarán 1598 -1664
The Exposition of the Body of St Bonaventure
(c.1630)

For more details on St Bonaventure’s life here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/saint-of-the-day-15-july-st-bonaventure-seraphic-doctor/

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Devotion of The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Third Word – 28 March – Wednesday of Holy Week 2018

Devotion of The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Third Word – 28 March – Wednesday of Holy Week 2018

The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Seven Last Words of Christ refer, not to individual words but to the final seven phrases that Our Lord uttered as He hung on the Cross.   These phrases were not recorded in a single Gospel but are taken from the combined accounts of the four Gospels.   Greatly revered, these last words of Jesus have been the subject of many books, sermons and musical settings.   For centuries The Seven Last Words have been built into various forms of devotion for the consideration and consolation of the Christian people.

“…As we are under great obligations to Jesus,
for His Passion endured for our love,
so also are we under great obligations to Mary,
for the martyrdom which she voluntarily suffered,
for our salvation, in the death of her Son”.

St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Doctor of the Churchas we are under great - st bonaventure on the sorrowful mother - the third word - 28 march 2018

The Third Word

“Woman, behold, your son.”… “Behold, your mother.” John 19:26-27

Gospel:  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”   Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”   And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home…Jn 19:26-27

Reflection:  Sinful man, behold the sorrowful face of Our Blessed Mother.   She, who through her acceptance of God’s will brought the Son of God into the world, now sees Him stretched between heaven and earth suffering unbearable torments for your sake. This Mother, who accepted God’s Gift to the world with great joy, is now overcome with great sorrow to see Him who is Innocent put to death for our sakes.   Weep. o sinful man, for you and your sinful habits are the cause of her sorrow.

Looking down on His Most Holy Mother, the Saviour of the world gives her a parting gift: sinful mankind.   With four words He gives us who have crucified Him into her care, so that she may care for us with the same kindness and dedication as she had for Him.   The sorrow at losing her only Son is replaced with the sorrow of a mother who is forced to watch as her children blindly go down the path to destruction.

But Our Saviour is not finished.   Turning to St John and speaking through him to us, He reminds and warns us to honour His mother.   How can we return to sin when we remember that our sin hurts Our Blessed Mother twice?   First, we hurt her when our sin adds to Our Lord’s suffering.   Second, just like any other mother, Our Blessed Mother is saddened to the point of tears when we turn from the narrow path that leads to Salvation and instead take the wide path that leads to Eternal Damnation.

O, Most Blessed Mother,
I beg that you forgive me
for all that I have done to offend you
and your Most Holy Son.
I beg you further to intercede with your Son on my behalf.
I deserve Eternal Punishment for my continual offenses
against both you and your Son.
Take me by the hand so that I may never again offend you
and help me to grow in virtue,
that I may make reparation for my offences.
Amen.

Prayer of Abandonment to God’s Providence

My Lord and my God:
into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future,
what is small and what is great,
what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot,
things temporal and things eternal.
Amen. Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.THE THIRD WORD - JOHN 19 26-27 - THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST - THE DEVOTION - 28 MARCH 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 25 March 2018 – Palm Sunday

Our Morning Offering – 25 March 2018 – Palm Sunday

To You, O Jesus
By St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Doctor of the Church

To You, O Jesus,
do I turn as my true and last end.
You are the river of life
which alone can satisfy my thirst.
Without You all else is barren and void.
Without all else, You alone are enough for me.
You are the Redeemer of those that are lost;
the sweet consoler of the sorrowful;
the Crown of Glory for the victors;
the recompense of the Blessed.
One day I hope to receive of Your fullness
and to sing the song of praise in my true home.
Give me only on earth some few drops of consolation
and I will patiently wait Your coming,
that I may enter into the Joy of my Lord.
Hosanna!
Amen.to you, o Jesus - by st bonaventure - palm sunday - 25 march 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – Speaking of Prayer

Quote/s of the Day – Speaking of Prayer

“Virtues are formed by prayer.
Prayer preserves temperance.
Prayer suppresses anger.
Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.
Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit
and raises man to Heaven.”

St Ephrem of Syria (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Churchvirtues are formed by prayer - st ephrem - 12 jan 2018

“When we pray,
the voice of the heart
must be heard
more than proceedings
from the mouth.”

St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Doctor of the Churchwhen we pray - st bonaventure - 12 jan 2018

“We do not have to talk very much
in order to pray well.
We know that God is there,
in His holy tabernacle;
let us open our hearts to Him;
let us rejoice in His Presence –
this is the best prayer.”

St John Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859) Patron of Priestswe do not have to talk - st john vianney - 12 jan 2018

“Without Prayer nothing good is done.
God’s works are done with our hands joined
and on our knees.
Even when we run,
we must remain spiritually
kneeling before Him.”

Blessed Luigi Orione (1872-1940)without prayer - bl luigi orione - 12 jan 2018

“You go to pray;
to become a bonfire,
a living flame,
giving light and heat.”

“You don’t know how to pray?
Put yourself in the presence of God
and as soon as you have said,
‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’
you can be sure you have already begun.”

St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)you go to pray - st josemaira - 12 jan 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 12 September – The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

One Minute Reflection – 12 September – The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

When the appointed time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman.….Galatians 4:4galatians 4 4

REFLECTION – “This most holy, sweet and worthy name was eminently fitted to so holy, sweet and worthy a virgin.   For Mary means a bitter sea, star of the sea, the illuminated or illuminatrix.   Mary is interpreted Lady.   Mary is a bitter sea to the demons;  to men she is the Star of the sea;  to the Angels she is illuminatrix and to all creatures she is Lady.” … St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Seraphic Doctorthis most holy sweet and worthy name - st bonaventure.2

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, assist us at all times to obtain a spirit of worthy penance, for our sins and that of all the world.   To the invocation of Your Divine Son, Jesus, we call on the intercession of His holy Mother to aid us on our pilgrimage.   With great affection and confidence, we honour the Holy Hearts and invoke the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, to be our constant source of pure assistance and succour.   Blessed Virgin, Most Holy Mother, pray for us. Amenblessed virgin holy mother pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 August – The Queenship of Mary

Quote/s of the Day – 22 August – The Queenship of Mary

“She has surpassed the riches of the virgins,
the confessors, the martyrs, the apostles,
the prophets, the patriarchs and the angels,
for she herself is the first-fruit of the virgins,
the mirror of confessors, the rose of martyrs,
the ruler of apostles, the oracle of prophets,
the daughter of patriarchs, the queen of angels.”

…St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Seraphic Doctor

she has surpassed the riches - st bonaventure

“Mary has the authority over the angels
and the blessed in heaven.
As a reward for her great humility,
God gave her the power and mission of assigning to saints
the thrones made vacant by the apostate angels
who fell away through pride.
Such is the will of the almighty God who exalts the humble,
that the powers of heaven, earth and hell,
willingly or unwillingly, must obey the commands
of the humble Virgin Mary.
For God has made her queen of heaven and earth,
leader of his armies, keeper of his treasure,
dispenser of his graces, mediatrix on behalf of men,
destroyer of his enemies and faithful associate
in his great works and triumphs.”

…St Louis Marie de Montfort

mary has the authority over the angels - st louis de montfort

“To serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there
and to live under her commands, is more than to govern.”

…St John Marie Vianney

to serve the queen of heaven - st john vianney

“Prayer is powerful beyond limits
when we turn to the Immaculata
who is queen even of God’s heart.”

…St Maximilian Kolbe

prayer is powerful beyond limits - st max kolbe

“No one has access to the Almighty
as His mother has – none has merit such as hers.
Her Son will deny her nothing that she asks
and herein lies her power.
While she defends the Church,
neither height nor depth,
neither men nor evil spirits,
neither great monarchs,
nor craft of man, nor popular violence,
can avail to harm us – for human life is short
but Mary reigns above, a Queen forever.”

Bl Cardinal John Henry Newman

no one has access to the almighty - bl john henry newman

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One Minute Reflection – August 22 – The Memorial of the Queenship of Mary

One Minute Reflection – August 22 – The Memorial of the Queenship of Mary

My fruit is better than gold, yes than pure gold and my revenue than choice silver………….Prv 8:19

proverbs 8 19

REFLECTION – “Mary is the stem of the beautiful flower on which the Holy Spirit rests with the fullness of His gifts.   Hence, those who want to obtain the seven gifts of the Spirit must seek the flower of the Holy Spirit on the stem (Mary).
We go to Jesus through Mary and through Jesus we find the grace of the Holy Spirit.”…St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Seraphic Doctor

mary is the stem - st bonaventure

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, You made Mary the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.   Help me through Mary and Jesus to reach the Spirit and obtain His surpassing gifts.   Holy Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, be my companion and my guide. Amen

mary queen - pray for us

 

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Thought for the Day – 15 July by Pope Benedict XVI – 10 March 2010 on St Bonaventure

Thought for the Day – 15 July by Pope Benedict XVI – 10 March 2010 on St Bonaventure

“Of these his writings, which are the soul of his government and show the way to follow either as an individual or a community, I would like to mention only one, his masterwork, the “Itinerarium mentis in Deum,” which is a “manual” of mystical contemplation.

This book was conceived in a place of profound spirituality: the hill of La Verna, where St. Francis had received the stigmata.   In the introduction, the author illustrates the circumstances that gave origin to his writing:

“While I meditated on the possibility of the soul ascending to God, presented to me, among others, was that wondrous event that occurred in that place to Blessed Francis, namely, the vision of the winged seraphim in the form of a crucifix. And meditating on this, immediately I realised that such a vision offered me the contemplative ecstasy of Father Francis himself and at the same time the way that leads to it” (Journey of the Mind in God, Prologue, 2, in Opere di San Bonaventura. Opuscoli Teologici / 1, Rome, 1993, p. 499).

The six wings of the seraphim thus became the symbol of six stages that lead man progressively to the knowledge of God through observation of the world and of creatures and through the exploration of the soul itself with its faculties, up to the satisfying union with the Trinity through Christ, in imitation of St. Francis of Assisi.

The last words of St. Bonaventure’s “Itinerarium,” which respond to the question of how one can reach this mystical communion with God, would make one descend to the depth of the heart:

“If you now yearn to know how that happens (mystical communion with God), ask grace, not doctrine;  desire, not the intellect; the groaning of prayer, not the study of the letter;  the spouse, not the teacher;  God, not man; darkness not clarity;  not light but the fire that inflames everything and transport to God with strong unctions and ardent affections. … We enter therefore into darkness, we silence worries, the passions and illusions;  we pass with Christ Crucified from this world to the Father, so that, after having seen him, we say with Philip: that is enough for me” (Ibid., VII, 6).

Dear friends, let us take up the invitation addressed to us by St. Bonaventure, the Seraphic Doctor, and let us enter the school of the divine Teacher.   We listen to his Word of life and truth, which resounds in the depth of our soul.    Let us purify our thoughts and actions, so that He can dwell in us, and we can hear His divine voice, which draws us toward true happiness”.        Pope Benedict XVI – 10 March 2010 on St Bonaventure

St Bonaventure, pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 15 July

Quote/s of the Day – 15 July

“Christ is both the way and the door.
Christ is the staircase and the vehicle,
like the “throne of mercy over the Ark of the Covenant,”
and “the mystery hidden from the ages.”
A man should turn his full attention to this throne of mercy
and should gaze at Him hanging on the cross,
full of faith, hope and charity, devoted,
full of wonder and joy, marked by gratitude
and open to praise and jubilation.
Then such a man will make with Christ a “pasch,”
that is, a passing-over.
Through the branches of the cross.
he will pass over the Red Sea,
leaving Egypt and entering the desert.
There he will taste the hidden manna
and rest with Christ in the sepulcher,
as if he were dead to things outside.
He will experience, as much as is possible for one who is still living,
what was promised to the thief who hung beside Christ:
‘Today you will be with me in paradise.'”
– from Journey of the Mind to God by Saint Bonaventure

“The life of God — precisely because God is triune —
does not belong to God alone.
God who dwells in inaccessible light and eternal glory
comes to us in the face of Christ and the activity of the Holy Spirit.
Because of God’s outreach to the creature,
God is said to be essentially relational, ecstatic, fecund,
alive as passionate love. Divine life is therefore also our life.
The heart of the Christian life is to be united
with the God of Jesus Christ by means of communion with one another.
The doctrine of the Trinity is, ultimately, therefore,
a teaching not about the abstract nature of God,
nor about God in isolation from everything other than God
but a teaching about God’s life with us and our life with each other.”

“God might have created a more beautiful world;
He might have made heaven more glorious;
but it was impossible for Him to exalt a creature
higher than Mary in making her His Mother.”

god might have created-st bonaventure

 

“If there is anyone who is not enlightened
by this sublime magnificence of created things,
he is blind.
If there is anyone who, seeing all these works of God,
does not praise Him,
he is dumb;
if there is anyone who, from so many signs,
cannot perceive God,
that man is foolish.”

if there is anyone who is not enlightened-st bonaventure

 

St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Seraphic Doctor

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One Minute Reflection – 15 July

One Minute Reflection – 15 July

With knowledge and understanding he filled them……….Sirach 17:7

REFLECTION – “Do all your actions in accord with the right light of your reason.
In all things, seek your salvation, the edification of others and the praise and glory of God.”…..St Bonaventure

do all yur actions-st bonaventure

 

PRAYER – God of goodness and reason, grant me the gift of right reasoning and Christian understanding. Let me act always in accord with the dictates of that reason and so be pleasing to You. St Bonaventure , pray for us that we may always be graced with the gifts of Holy Spirit, amen.

st bonaventure pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 15 July

Our Morning Offering – 15 July

Excerpt from the Prayer of
St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Seraphic Doctor

Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus,
my inmost soul with the most joyous
and healthful wound of Your love
and with true, calm
and most holy apostolic charity,
that my soul may ever languish
and melt with entire love and longing for You,
may yearn for You and for Your courts,
may long to be dissolved and to be with You.
Grant that my soul may hunger after You,
the Bread of Angels,
the refreshment of holy souls,
our daily and supersubstantial bread,
having all sweetness and savour
and every delightful taste. Amen

pierce, o most sweet lord jesus - st bonaventure (excerpt)

 

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Saint of the Day – 15 July – St Bonaventure – Seraphic Doctor

Saint of the Day – 15 July – St Bonaventure – Seraphic Doctor – Friar, Bishop, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Mystic, Preacher, Teacher – (1221 at Bagnoregio, Tuscany, Italy – 15 July 1274 at Lyon, France of natural causes).  He was Canonised on 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV.   He was born Giovanni di Fidanza and was the seventh Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, he was also Cardinal Bishop of Albano.  He was canonised on 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV and declared a Doctor of the Church in the year 1588 by Pope Sixtus V.   He is known as the “Seraphic Doctor” (Latin: Doctor Seraphicus).

St Bonaventure was born at Bagnorea in Umbria, not far from Viterbo, then part of the Papal States.   Almost nothing is known of his childhood, other than the names of his parents, Giovanni di Fidanza and Maria Ritella.

He entered the Franciscan Order in 1243 and studied at the University of Paris, possibly under Alexander of Hales and certainly under Alexander’s successor, John of Rochelle. In 1253 he held the Franciscan chair at Paris.    A dispute between seculars and mendicants delayed his reception as Master until 1257, where his degree was taken in company with Thomas Aquinas.   Three years earlier his fame had earned him the position of lecturer on The Four Books of Sentences—a book of theology written by Peter Lombard in the twelfth century—and in 1255 he received the degree of master, the medieval equivalent of doctor.

After having successfully defended his order against the reproaches of the anti-mendicant party, he was elected Minister General of the Franciscan Order.   On 24 November 1265, he was selected for the post of Archbishop of York;   however, he was never consecrated and resigned the appointment in October 1266.[6]

Bonaventure was instrumental in procuring the election of Pope Gregory X, who rewarded him with the title of Cardinal Bishop of Albano and insisted on his presence at the great Second Council of Lyon in 1274.   There, after his significant contributions led to a union of the Greek and Latin churches, Bonaventure died suddenly and in suspicious circumstances.   The 1913 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia has citations that suggest he was poisoned but no mention is made of this in the 2003 second edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia.   The only extant relic of the saint is the arm and hand with which he wrote his Commentary on the Sentences, which is now conserved at Bagnoregio, in the parish church of St. Nicholas.

He steered the Franciscans on a moderate and intellectual course that made them the most prominent order in the Catholic Church until the coming of the Jesuits.   His theology was marked by an attempt completely to integrate faith and reason.   He thought of Christ as the “one true master” who offers humans knowledge that begins in faith, is developed through rational understanding and is perfected by mystical union with God.

Bonaventure’s feast day was included in the General Roman Calendar immediately upon his canonisation in 1482.  In 1969 it was classified as an obligatory memorial and assigned to the date of his death, 15 July.

 

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Our Morning Offering – 4 June

Our Morning Offering – 4 June

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

By St Bonaventure

We beg the all-merciful Father through You,
His only-begotten Son made man for our sake,
crucified and glorified for us,
to send upon us from His treasure-house,
the Spirit of sevenfold grace,
who rested upon You in all His fullness:

the spirit of wisdom:
enabling us to relish the fruit of the tree of life,
which is indeed Yourself;

the gift of understanding: to enlighten our perceptions;
the gift of prudence, enabling us to follow in Your footsteps;

the gift of strength: to withstand our adversary’s onslaught;

the gift of knowledge: to distinguish good from evil
by the light of thy holy teaching;

the gift of piety: to clothe ourselves with charity and mercy;

the gift of fear: to withdraw from all ill-doing
and live quietly in awe of Your eternal majesty.

These are the things for which petition.
Grant them for the honour of Your Holy Name,
to which, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory,
thanksgiving, renown and lordship for ever and ever. Amen

prayer for the seven gifts of the holy spirit - st bonaventure

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One Minute Reflection – 2 June

One Minute Reflection – 2 June

“If anyone would serve me. let him follow me”………John 12:26

john 12 26

REFLECTION – “Do you wish to receive grace upon grace and to grow from virtue to virtue?
The make the Stations of the Cross every day!”………..St Bonaventure

do you wish to receive grace upon grace-st bonaventure

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help me to make the Stations of the Cross frequently and even everyday if possible. Grant that in following You by this devotion, I may obtain the grace and courage to follow You in all the events of my life. Sts Marcellinus and Peter, you followed Christ in all things, giving your lives for love of Him, please pray for us all, amen!

sts marcellinus and peter pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 22 May

Our Morning Offering – 22 May

Mother of Mercy
By St Bonaventure (1217-74)
Seraphic Doctor

Virgin full of goodness,
Mother of Mercy,
I entrust to you my body and soul,
my thoughts, my actions,
my life and my death.
O my Queen, help me,
and deliver me from all
the snares of the devil.
Obtain for me the grace
of loving my Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, with a true and perfect love,
and after Him, O Mary,
to love you with all my heart
and above all things.
Amen

virgin full of goodness-st bonaventure

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Our Morning Offering – 20 May

Our Morning Offering – 20 May

I Call Upon You, Mother of God
By St Bonaventure (1217-1274) – Seraphic Doctor

I shall call upon you, Mother of God
and you will hear me;
your praises will gladden my heart.
I have called to you in trouble
and you have heard me at your throne in heaven.
Take up my cause, Mother,
for I have departed from my innocence;
but because I have hoped in you,
I shall not lose my soul.
To you, Mother, have I pleaded,
after having wandered from God
and I was saved by the power of your intercession.
In you, Mother, I place all my hope
because of your most loving compassion.
Into your hands I entrust my soul and body,
my whole life and the hour of my death.
Intercede for us, Mother of God and Mediatrix,
who have brought salvation to mankind. Amen

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Posted in CATHOLIC DEVOTIONS of the Month, DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, MORNING Prayers, The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 19 May

One Minute Reflection – 19 May

Those who love me I also love and those who seek me find me…….Proverbs 8:17

REFLECTION – “Blessed are those who abandon themselves into Our Lady’s hands. Their names are written in the Book of Life.”………………St Bonaventure (1217-74) Doctor seraphicus (Seraphic Doctor)

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PRAYER – Heavenly Father, make a devoted client of Your beloved Daughter, Mary.   Let me entrust myself always into her hands so that she may protect me as she took cate of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in His infancy, childhood and throughout His life.   Make me unto her, Lord my God!   Mary, my beloved Mother, give me your spirit and pray for us all amen!

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Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Quote/s of the Day – 17 February

Quote/s of the Day – 17 February

“Mary means enlightener, because She brought forth the Light of the world. In the Syriac tongue, Mary signifies Lady.”
~~~~~ St Isidore of Seville

“Let me say something concerning this name also, which is interpreted to mean Star of the sea, and admirably suits the Virgin Mother.”
~~~~~ St Bernard

“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

“God the Father gathered all the waters together
and called them the seas or maria [Latin, seas].
He gathered all His grace together
and called it Mary or Maria . . .
This immense treasury is none other than Mary
whom the Saints call the ‘treasury of the Lord.’
From Her fullness all men are made rich.”
~~~~~ St Louis de Montfort

“This most holy, sweet and worthy name was ’eminently fitted to so holy, sweet and worthy a virgin. For Mary means a bitter sea, star of the sea, the illuminated or illuminatrix. Mary is interpreted Lady. Mary is a bitter sea to the demons; to men She is the Star of the sea; to the Angels She is illuminatrix, and to all creatures She is Lady .”
~~~~~St Bonaventure

“When you find yourself tossed by the raging storms on this great sea of life, far from land, keep your eyes fixed on this Star to avoid disaster. When the winds of temptation or the rocks of tribulation threaten, look up to the Star, call upon Mary!”
~~~~~ St Bernard

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Posted in MORNING Prayers

One Minute Reflection – 28 November

Those who love me, I also love and those who seek me find me……….Prv 8:17

REFLECTION – Blessed are those who abandon themselves into Our Lady’s hands.Their names are written in the Book of Life…………….St Bonaventure

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, make me a devoted client of Your Beloved Mary, the Mother of our Lord the Christ. Let me entrust myself always into her hands so that she may protect me as she took care of Your Son. Let me place complete trust in her, as St Catherine did, knowing that she will lead me to You. St Catherine Labouré Pray for us! Amen

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