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Quote/s of the Day – 22 August – From the Fathers on the Queenship of Mary

Quote/s of the Day – 22 August – The Memorial of The Queenship of Mary, Holy Mother of God

“Let Heaven sustain me in its embrace,
because I am honoured above it.
For heaven was not thy mother
but Thou hast made it thy throne.
How much more honourable
and venerable than the throne of a king
is His mother.”

St Ephrem (306-373) Doctor of the Churchlet heaven sustain me st ephrem 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary.jpg

“Be enthroned, Lady,
for it is fitting that you should sit
in an exalted place since you are a Queen
and glorious above all kings.”

St Germanus (378-448)be enthroned lady - st germanus 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary.jpg

“O my Lady, my Sovereign,
You who rule over me,
Mother of my Lord . . .
Lady among handmaids,
Queen among sisters.”

St Ildephonsus (607-670)o my lady my sovereign st ildephonsus 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary .jpg

“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

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 July – “Speaking of Mary”

Quote/s of the Day – 16 July – The Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

“Speaking of Mary”

“In her, God spun a garment with which to save us.”

Saint Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctorin-her-god-spun-st-pehrem-annunciation-25-march-2019.jpg

“What shall we say, brethren?
Is she not our mother?
Certainly, brethren,
she is in truth our mother.
Through her we are born,
not to the world
but to God.”what-shall-we-say-brethren-st-aelred-9-may-2019

“But what are we to do for her?
What sort of gifts shall we offer her?
O that we might at least repay to her,
the debt we owe her!
We owe her honour,
we owe her devotion,
we owe her love,
we owe her praise.
We owe her honour
because she is the mother of Our Lord.
He who does not honour the mother,
will without doubt dishonour the son.
Besides, scripture says:
‘Honour your father and your mother.’”but what are we to do for her - st aelred - 16 july 2019.jpg

“Scripture says, ‘Praise the Lord in his saints’.
If the Lord is to be praised in those saints
through whom He performs mighty works and miracles,
how much more should He be praised in her,
in whom He fashioned Himself,
He who is wonderful beyond all wonder.”

Saint Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167)

From his sermons – Sermon 20

scripture-says-praise-the-lord-st-aelred-on-mary-9-may-2019

“Who is the flower but our Blessed Lord?
Who is the rod, or beautiful stalk
or stem or plant out of which the flower grows
but Mary, Mother of our Lord, Mary, Mother of God?”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)who-is-the-flower-but-our-blessed-lord-bl-john-henry-newman-1-may-2018.jpg

“Honouring Mary,
no matter how sacred,
is only the door
leading to Jesus.
Mary is the means,
Jesus is the end.
Mary is the road,
Jesus is the destination.”

Blessed Jacques Ghazir Haddad (1875-1954)honouring mary - bl jacques ghazir haddid 26 june 2019.jpg

mary is the road jesus is the destination - 26 june 2019 .jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 20 April – Yes, Lord, make us Easter people

Quote/s of the Day – 20 April – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

“We give glory to You, Lord,
who raised up Your Cross to span the jaws of death
like a bridge by which souls might pass
from the region of the dead to the land of the living. ..
You are incontestably alive.
Your murderers sowed Your living body in the earth
as farmers sow grain but it sprang up
and yielded an abundant harvest of men
raised from the dead.”

St Ephrem the Syrian (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Churchwe-give-glory-to-you-lord-st-ephrem-30-march-2018-good-friday.jpg

“Sursum corda” – lift up your hearts, high above the tangled web of our concerns, desires, anxieties and thoughtlessness – “Lift up your hearts, your inner selves!”   In both exclamations we are summoned, as it were, to a renewal of our Baptism: “Conversi ad Dominum” – we must distance ourselves ever anew from taking false paths, onto which we stray so often in our thoughts and actions.   We must turn ever anew towards Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.   We must be converted ever anew, turning with our whole life towards the Lord.   And ever anew we must allow our hearts to be withdrawn from the force of gravity, which pulls them down and inwardly we must raise them high,in truth and love.   At this hour, let us thank the Lord, because through the power of His word and of the holy Sacraments, He points us in the right direction and draws our heart upwards.”

Pope Benedict

22 March 2008susum-corda-lift-up-your-hearts-pope-benedict-easter-vigil-holy-sat-31-march-2018.jpg

Yes, Lord, make us Easter people,
men and women of light,
filled with the fire of Your love.
Amen

Pope Francisyes-lord-make-us-easter-people-31-march-2018-holy-sat.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 25 March – In her, God spun a garment with which to save us

Quote/s of the Day – 25 March – The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

“And so when God’s birth is proclaimed to you, keep silent.
Let Gabriel’s word be held in your mind 
for nothing is impossible to this glorious Majesty,
who humbled Himself for us
and was born of our humanity.”and so when god's birth is proclaimed to you - st ephrem - 25 march 2019 annunciation.jpg

“God assumed smallness in her –
yet without diminishing His nature –
to make us great!”god assumed smallness in her to make us great - st ephrem 25 march annunciation.jpg

“In her, God spun a garment with which to save us.”

Saint Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctorin her god spun - st pehrem - annunciation 25 march 2019.jpg

“Him, whom the heavens cannot contain,
the womb of one woman bore.
She ruled our Ruler,
she carried Him, in whom we are,
she gave milk to our Bread.”

St Augustine (354-430)him, whom the heavens cannot contain - st augustine 25 march annunciation .jpg

“The scene of the Annunciation
merits consideration for another reason, too,
it is not only wholly Christological;,
it is wholly trinitarian as well…
The angel’s initial salutation…
brings her the greeting of the ‘Lord’, the Father…
she will give birth to the ‘Son of the Most High’…
the Holy Spirit will overshadow her…”

Cardinal Hans Urs Von Balthasar (1905-1988)the scene of the annunciation - hans urs von balthasar - 25 march 2019.jpg

“The Annunciation, recounted at the beginning
of St Luke’s Gospel, is a humble, hidden event –
no-one saw it, no one except Mary knew of it –
but, at the same time,
it was crucial to the history of humanity.
When the Virgin said her “yes”
to the Angel’s announcement,
Jesus was conceived and with Him began
the new era of history that was to be ratified
in Easter as the “new and eternal Covenant”.

Pope Benedict XVI

 Angelus
St Peter’s Square, Fifth Sunday of Lent, 25 March 2007the annunciation - pope benedict 25 march 2019.jpg

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Lenten Reflection – 25 March – Today, Mary became God’s heaven for us

Lenten Reflection – 25 March – The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Daily Meditation:
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”

Today we step out of Lent, in one way.
We are nine months away from Christmas.
This is the feast of the Incarnation – the enfleshment of our God for us.
In Jesus, God entered this world, our world.

This day thereby offers wonderful Lenten graces.

Ahaz has his own plans.
He refuses to ask God for help, because he doesn’t want God’s help.
And, of course, he makes it sound pious.
There’s fruit in that for all of us, whenever we refuse to ask for God’s help.

Mary, on the other hand, is God’s servant.
She is humble and she says “yes.”
And God, for whom “nothing is impossible, does the rest.

I delight to do thy will, O my God,
thy law is within my heart.
Psalm 40:8luke 1 38 mary said - solemnity of the annunciation 25 march 2019

“The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Lk 1:49)

Saint Ephrem (306-373)
Doctor of the Church
Sermons on the Mother of God, 2, 93-145

Contemplate Mary, my beloved, see how Gabriel went into her house and her questioning:   “How can this be?”   The Holy Spirit’s servant gave her this answer: “Nothing is impossible for God, for him, all is easy.”   Consider how she believed the word she had heard and said:   “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord.”   From that moment the Lord descended in a way known to Him alone,  He bestirred Himself and came according to His good pleasure,  He entered her without her feeling it and she opened herself to Him without experiencing any suffering.   She bore within herself, as a child, Him by whom the world was filled.   He descended to become the model that would renew Adam’s ancient image.

And so when God’s birth is proclaimed to you, keep silent.   Let Gabriel’s word be held in your mind for nothing is impossible to this glorious Majesty, who humbled Himself for us and was born of our humanity.   Today, Mary became God’s heaven for us, in that the sublime Divinity came down and placed His dwelling within her.   God assumed smallness in her – yet without diminishing His nature – to make us great.   In her, God spun a garment with which to save us.   All the words of the prophets and just ones were fulfilled in her.   From her, arose the light that drove away the shadows of paganism.

Mary’s titles are numberless… she is the palace in which the mighty King of kings abode, yet He did not cast her out when He came, because it was from her that He took flesh and was born.   She is the new heaven in which dwelt the King of kings, in her Christ arose and from her rose up to enlighten creation, formed and fashioned in His image. She is the stock of the vine that bore the grape, she yielded a fruit greater than nature, and He, although other than her in His nature, ripened in colour on being born of her. She is the spring from which living waters sprang up for the thirsty and all those who drank them yielded fruit a hundredfold.

mary's titles are numberless - st ephrem - annunciation - sermon 25 march 2019

Closing Prayer:
God of infinite love,
I thank You for this feast of our salvation,
right here in the middle of Lent.
I turn to You to beg for Your help.
I need the inspiration and help of Mary on this journey.
Please grant me the grace to be humbly faithful
to what You are calling me to do.
Please give me what I need to be free and to be Your servant.
Please let Mary guide us in the path to peace in our world.
I ask You this, through Jesus our Lord.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen

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One Minute Reflection – 21 January – Today’s Gospel: Mark 2:18–22

One Minute Reflection – 21 January – Monday of the Second week in Ordinary Time – Today’s Gospel: Mark 2:18–22 and The Memorial of St Agnes (c 291- c 304) Virgin and Martyr

“As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.”…Mark 2: 19b

REFLECTION – “Lord, I invite you to a wedding banquet in songs.   In Cana, there was not enough wine to express our praise.   You, the guest who filled the jars with good wine, fill my mouth with your praise!
The wine at Cana is symbol of our praise because those who drank of it marvelled.   At that wedding banquet which was not your own, You, the truly righteous, filled six jars to overflowing with delicious wine.   So at the banquet to which I am inviting You, You can fill the ears of a multitude with Your sweetness.
In times past You were invited to the wedding feasts of others.  Here now is Your own banquet;  it is chaste and beautiful.   May it give joy to Your people!   May your songs delight Your guests, may my zither accompany Your song!
Our soul is Your betrothed, our body is Your bridal chamber, our senses and our thoughts are the guests.   If for You, one single person is a wedding banquet, how great will be the banquet, for the whole Church!”…St Ephrem (c 306-373) Father & Doctor of the Churchmark 2 19 as long as they have the bridegroom - our souls is your betrothed - st ephrem  21 jan 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty Lord, God and Father, protect us by Your power throughout the course of this day, even as You have enabled us to begin it.   Let our every thought, word and deed rejoice and strive always to please the love of our souls.   For we, Your people, are the bride of Your Son, who came to betroth us to Himself.   Grant that by the prayers of one so young, who lived each moment for Him, we may be brought to perfection with You in our final home.   St Agnes, pray for us!   We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st-agnes-pray-for-us-21-jan-2018.jpg

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Our Morning Offering 1 January – Prayer of St Ephrem to the Mother of God

Our Morning Offering 1 January – The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God
By St Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Church

O Immaculate and wholly-pure Virgin Mary,
Mother of God,
Queen of the world,
hope of those who are in despair,
you are the joy of the saints,
you are the peacemaker
between sinners and God,
you are the advocate of the abandoned,
the secure haven
of those who are on the sea of the world,
you are the consolation of the world,
the ransom of slaves,
the comfortress of the afflicted….
O great Queen, we take refuge in your protection.
After God, you are all my hope.
We bear the name of your servants,
allow not the enemy to drag us to hell.
I salute you, O great mediatress of peace
between men and God,
Mother of Jesus our Lord,
who is the love of all men and of God,
to whom be honour and benediction
with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Ameno immac virgin mary mother of god - st ephrem 1 jan 2018