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Quote/s of the Day – 23 April – ‘The wonders of the Holy Spirit’

Quote/s of the Day – 23 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Easter, Readings: Acts 5:27-33, Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20, John 3:31-36

Nunc, Sancte, nobis Spiritus
By St Ambrose (340-397)
Come, Holy Ghost, Who ever One
Trans St John Henry Newman (1801-1890) Trans 1836

Come, Holy Ghost, Who ever One
Art with the Father and the Son.
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls possess
With Thy full flood of holiness.

In will and deed, by heart and tongue,
With all our powers, Thy praise be sung.
And love light up our mortal frame,
Till others catch the living flame.

Almighty Father, hear our cry
Through Jesus Christ our Lord most high,
Who with the Holy Ghost and Thee
Doth live and reign eternally

nunc-sancte-nobis-spirtus-come-holy-ghost-who-ever-one-st-ambrose-st-john-henry-newman-16-dec-2019 and 23 april 2020

“Your love is Your goodness –
the Holy Spirit proceeding
from the Father and the Son! “

William of Saint Thierry (c 1075-1148)

Abbot

your-love-is-your-goodness-the-holy-spirit-william-of-theirry-16-dec-2019 and 23 april 2020

“I do, therefore, pray and beseech you,
to cast away all confidence in your own powers,
in human wisdom and reputation
and keep all your hopes and thoughts continually,
fixed on God alone.
If you do this, then I shall consider
that you are sufficiently armed and prepared
against all the troubles which may beset you,
either in the mind or in the body.”

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)

i do therefore pray and beseech you to cast away - st francis xavier 23 april 2020

“I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness.   Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order to enter into yourself.   Then, in the sanctity of your baptised soul (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit), speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to Him:

O Holy Spirit, Soul of My Soul

O Holy Spirit,
Soul of my soul,
I adore You!
Enlighten me,
guide me,
strengthen me,
console me.
Tell me what I should do,
give me Your orders.
I promise to submit myself
to all that You desire of me
and to accept, all
that You permit to happen to me.
Just make me know Your Will.
Amen

o-holy-spirit-soul-of-my-soul-cardinal-desire-joseph-mercier-in-sinu-jesu-29-oct-2019 and 23 april 2020

If you do this, your life will flow along happily, serenely and full of consolation, even in the midst of trials.   Grace will be proportioned to the trial, giving you strength to carry it and you will arrive at the Gate of Paradise, laden with merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.”

By Désiré Joseph Cardinal Mercier (1851-1926)

submission to the holy spirit is the secret of sanctity desire cardinal mercier 23 april 2020

“Life is a battle.
Therefore, we have to be armed and ready
and always on the alert (Job 7:1)
We must be armed with the weapons of the spirit,
which we can easily obtain,
if we live all the time, in the presence of God.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

life is a battle - bacci - 23 april 2020

“I believe in the surprises of the Holy Spirit.
The story of the Church is a long story,
filled with the wonders of the Holy Spirit.
Why should we think that God’s imagination and love
might be exhausted?”

Leo Jozef Cardinal Suenens of Belgium (1904–1996)

i-believe-in-the-suprises-of-the-holy-spirit-leo-jozef-cardinal-suenens-9-feb-2020 and 23 april 2020

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Thought for the Day – 3 December – Woe to Me if I do not Preach the Gospel

Thought for the Day – 3 December – Tuesday of the First week of Advent, Year A and The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

Woe to Me if I do not Preach the Gospel

Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552)
Priest and Missionary

An excerpt from Letters to Saint Ignatius

“We have visited the villages of the new converts who accepted the Christian religion a few years ago.   No Portuguese live here—the country is so utterly barren and poor.   The native Christians have no priests.   They know only that they are Christians.   There is nobody to say Mass for them, nobody to teach them the Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Commandments of God’s Law.

I have not stopped since the day I arrived.   I conscientiously made the rounds of the villages.   I bathed in the sacred waters all the children who had not yet been baptised. This means that I have purified a very large number of children so young that, as the saying goes, they could not tell their right hand from their left.   The older children would not let me say my Office or eat or sleep until I taught them one prayer or another. Then I began to understand – the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.

I could not refuse so devout a request, without failing in devotion myself.   I taught them, first the confession of faith in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, then the Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father and Hail Mary.   I noticed among them persons of great intelligence.   If only someone could educate them in the Christian way of life, I have no doubt, that they would make excellent Christians.

Many, many people hereabouts, are not becoming Christians for one reason only – there is nobody to make them Christians.   Again and again, I have thought of going round the universities of Europe, especially Paris and everywhere crying out like a madman, riveting the attention of those with more learning than charity – “What a tragedy, how many souls are being shut out of heaven and falling into hell, thanks to you!”what a tragedy how many souls - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2019.jpg

I wish they would work as hard at this as they do at their books and so settle their account with God, for their learning and the talents entrusted to them.

This thought would certainly stir most of them to meditate on spiritual realities, to listen actively to what God is saying to them.   They would forget their own desires, their human affairs and give themselves over entirely to God’s will and His choice.   They would cry out with all their heart – Lord, I am here!   What do you want me to do?   Send me anywhere you like—even to India.”

How can we too fail!

It is Advent. All our answers remain fragmentary.
The first thing we have to accept is, ever and again,
the reality of an enduring Advent.
If we do that, we shall begin to realise
that the borderline between “before Christ” and “after Christ”
does not run through historical time, in an outward sense
and cannot be drawn on any map,
it runs through our own hearts.
Insofar, as we are living on a basis of selfishness, of egoism,
then even today, we are “before Christ.”
But in this time of Advent, let us ask the Lord to grant
that we may live less and less “before Christ”
and certainly not “after Christ”
but truly “with Christ and in Christ” –
with Him who is indeed Christ yesterday, today and forever.

Joseph Ratzinger (1964)
aka Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIit is advent - all our answers remain - joseph ratzinger - pope benedict 3 dec 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 December – St Francis Xavier

Quote/s of the Day – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

“Leave your country, your people
and your father’s household
and go to the land I will show you.”

Genesis 12:1

genesis 12 1 - leave your country your people - st francis xavier 3 dec 2019.jpg

“I am in a country
where all the niceties of life are lacking.
But I am filled with many inner consolations.
Indeed, I run the risk of crying my eyes out
because of my tears of joy”

i am in a country - st francis xavier 3 dec 2019.jpg

“When trying to evangelise,
no tool is more effective,
than that of personal witness.
…People can argue with points of doctrine
but no-one can argue,
with a personal testimony!”

when-trying-to-evangelise-st-francis-xavier-3-dec-2018.jpg

“Prayer is powerful!
It fills the earth with mercy,
it makes the Divine clemency
pass from generation to generation,
right along the course of the centuries.
wonderful works have been achieved.
through prayer.”

St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

prayer-is-powerful-st-francis-xavier-3-dec-2018.jpg

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Advent Reflection – 3 December – Proclaiming the Hope of Christ

Advent Reflection – 3 December – Tuesday of the First week of Advent, Year A and the Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)- Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-2, 7-9, 12-13, Luke 10:21-24

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.”
Isaiah 11:6

Reflection
“In these passages, the meaning of Christmas shines through – God fulfils the promise by becoming man, not abandoning His people, He draws near to the point of stripping Himself of His divinity.   In this way God shows His fidelity and inaugurates a new Kingdom, which gives a new hope to mankind.   And what is this hope?   Eternal life. ”
... Pope Francis – General audience 21 December 2016Tuesday of the first week of advent - 3 dec 2019.jpg

Advent Action
Advent is a time to practice discipleship and the joy of sharing the message given to us! Today, share just a little of this joy of the Gospel and the hope of Christ, with those around you.   Giving this gift is immense, as the Lord shared His Father in the Gospel of today, so we share Him.   Spiritual love is tender, it is holy ground.   There is simply no greater investment.

” …. Paul does not seek himself, he does not want to make a fan club for himself, he does not wish to go down in history as the head of a school of great knowledge, he is not self-seeking, rather, St Paul proclaims Christ and wants to gain people for the true and real God.   Paul’s wish is to speak of and preach the One who entered his life and who is true life, who won him over on the road to Damascus.
Therefore, talking about God means making room for the One who enables us to know Him, who reveals His face of love to us; it means emptying ourselves of our own ego, offering it to Christ, in the awareness that it is not we who can win over others for God but, that we must expect God to send them, we must entreat God for them.
Talking about God, therefore, stems from listening, from our knowledge of God which is brought about through familiarity with Him, through the life of prayer and in accordance with the Commandments.”Pope Benedict XVI (Excerpt – How to speak about God – The Year of Faith – 28 November 2012)

Prayer
Lord, it is my hope that I may always be in “Your will
and way.”
Sometimes I am selfish with my time and my own desires.
Today, help me sort out things in my life.
I need to make You the first priority in my life
and not the things that really do not matter.
Assist me in conducting myself in ways that are most pleasing to You.
Lord, it is my desire to live more for You this day
and share the joy of Your love with all I meet.

And today, we remember St Francis Xavier, the “second Paul”

please pray for us!
Amenst francis xavier pray for us 3 dec 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 3 December – I Love Thee, God, I love Thee

Our Morning Offering – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

I Love Thee, God, I love Thee
By St Francis Xavier
Translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ (1844-1889)

I love Thee, God, I love Thee—
Not out of hope for heaven for me
Nor fearing not to love and be
In the everlasting burning.
Thou, my Jesus, after me
Didst reach Thine arms out dying,
For my sake suffered nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat and care and cumber,
Yea and death and this for me,
And Thou could see me sinning.
Then I, why should not I love Thee,
Jesu so much in love with me?
Not for heaven’s sake, not to be
Out of hell by loving Thee,
Not for any gains I see,
But just the way that Thou didst me
I do love and will love Thee.
What must I love Thee, Lord, for then?
For being my king and God.
Ameno love thee god i love thee - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2019.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 3 December

St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552) (Memorial)

One of the Greatest Missionaries since St Paul:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/03/saint-of-the-day-3-december-st-francis-xavier-sj-1506-1552-one-of-the-greatest-missionaries-since-st-paul/

St Abbo of Auxerre
St Abran
St Agapius
St Agricola of Pannonia
St Alvaro González López
St Anthemius of Poitiers
St Attalia of Strasbourg
Bl Bernard of Toulouse
St Birinus of Dorchester
St Cassian of Tangiers
St Claudius of Africa
St Claudius the Martyr
St Crispin of Africa
St Edward Coleman
St Eloque of Lagny
St Emma of Bremen
St Ethernan
St Francisco Delgado González
St Francisco Fernández Escosura
St Hilaria the Martyr
St Jason the Martyr
Bl Johann Nepomuk von Tschiderer (1777-1860)
St John of Africa
St Juan Bautista Ferris Llopis
St Julián Heredia Zubia
St Lucius
St Lucy the Chaste
St Magina of Africa
St Mamas
St Manuel Santiago y Santiago
St Marcos García Rodríguez
St Maurus the Martyr
St Seleucus
St Stephen of Africa
St Theodore of Alexandria
St Theodulus of Edessa
St Valeriano Rodríguez García
St Veranus
Zephaniah the Prophet

Martyrs of Nicomedia: Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian – Ambicus, Julius and Victor. c 303 in Nicomedia, Bithynia (modern Izmit, Turkey).

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939.
• Blessed Alvaro González López
• Blessed Francisco Delgado González
• Blessed Francisco Fernández Escosura
• Blessed Juan Bautista Ferris Llopis
• Blessed Julián Heredia Zubia
• Blessed Manuel Santiago y Santiago
• Blessed Marcos García Rodríguez
• Blessed Valeriano Rodríguez García

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Thought for the Day – 5 November – The Crucifix Encounter – St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552) and St Guido Maria Conforti

Thought for the Day – 5 November – The Memorial of St Guido Maria Conforti   (1865-1931)

The Crucifix Encounter – St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

and St Guido Maria Conforti, Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries

The Source of My Vocation alongside St Francis Xavier

Conforti had  similar experience of the crucifix as Saint Francis Xavier had. It is divided into two part,; first is the similar experience of the cross since their childhood and second is the experience during their ministry.   Both Conforti and Xavier, contemplated the crucifix since they were children.

“I looked at Him and He looked at me
and it seemed as though
He was telling me many things.”

st guido's crucifix.JPG
This is the actual Crucifix which ‘spoke’ to St Guido

God revealed the fullness of His love in His Crucified Son.   One day this love touched the
heart of young Guido Conforti in an almost natural way.   He was but a child  . Every morning, He stopped at the “Church of Peace” to gaze at the the large Crucifix there.

“The huge crucifix which embellished the altar fascinated him.   He looked at the figure of Jesus and he really believed that Jesus looked at him.   Whatever the nature of the experience, it moved him deeply.   Indeed, so entranced did he become with this crucifix that he became increasingly reluctant to leave the church.   ‘It looked at me and told me so many things’, he was to remark one day, speaking of ‘his crucifix’, ‘for me it is a miraculous crucifix.   I owe my vocation to it’ he was heard to tell one of his friends.”

This was the beginning of an uninterrupted dialogue with Christ crucified.   Later when he was sixty years old and bishop, his sister often found him rapt in ecstasy before that crucifix, which had been brought to his residence, at his request.   Was it that dialogue with the Crucified Lord that sparked the idea to found a missionary congregation?

In the same way, Saint Francis Xavier had an experience with the crucifix in the chapel of the castle in Navarra.   The story says, that while he was cared by his mother in academic and religious education, he passed some time alone contemplating the crucifix which has a special smile.

“During these early years, Francis was often quite late coming home from classes. When that happened, his mother would begin to worry. Soon she would be searching for him in the squares and alleys of the castle town. Usually, she would find her son alone in Church, kneeling before the main altar, apparently absorbed in prayer.”

This experience of both, Xavier and Conforti, is important because it influenced their entire lives.   Both have shown the influence of the crucifix in their writings and especially in their ministry.

Conforti expressed the contemplation of the cross in his writings as bishop and as a founder.   As bishop he promoted his motto “Christ is all things” because his spirituality was centred on the person of Christ: “ Christ was always present in his thoughts and in the heart.   Christ was his constant companion in all the actions of his life.”   He always encouraged the Christians of his dioceses to contemplate the crucifix and to be formed by Him.

As founder of the Xaverian Missionaries, Conforti gave to them the contemplation of the crucifix as the centre of their spirituality.   “In the mind of Blessed Guido Conforti, consecration is born of the contemplation of the crucified Christ and of the love made manifest therein  .”Consecration is not only to make vows but it is more, an experience of the love of Christ on the cross, which invites the consecrated to imitate this love.”

St Francis Xavier, St Guido Maria Conforti, Pray for Us!sts francis xavier and guido maria conforti pray for us 5 nov 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 14 February -Prayer for Unbelievers

Our Morning Offering – 14 February – Thursday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Sts Cyril and Methodius “Apostles to the Slavs”- Patrons of Europe

Prayer for Unbelievers
By St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)

Eternal God,
Creator of all things
remember that the souls of unbelievers
have been created by You,
in Your own image and likeness
and formed to become Your own People..
Behold, O Lord,
how, to Your dishonour,
hell is being filled with these very souls.
Remember that Jesus Christ, Your Son,
for their salvation, suffered a most cruel death.
Do not permit, O Lord, I beseech You,
that Your divine Son be any longer
despised by unbelievers
but rather, being appeased by the prayers
of Your saints and the Church,
the most holy spouse of Your Son,
deign to be mindful of Your mercy
and forgetting their idolatry
and their unbelief,
bring them to know Him,
Whom You did send,
Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord,
Who is our health, life and resurrection,
through Whom,
we have been redeemed and saved,
and to Whom,
be all glory forever.
Amenprayer for unbelievers by st francis xavier sj 14 feb 2019.jpg

Prayer on the Memorial of Sts Cyril & Methodius
“Patrons of Europe”

Almighty and everlasting God,
who by the power of the Holy Spirit
moved Your servant Cyril
and his brother Methodius,
to bring the light of the Gospel
to a hostile and divided people,
overcome all bitterness
and strife among us,
by the love of Christ.
May we take Your word
into our hearts
that we may share it with all
and be one in professing the true faith.
Make us one united family
under the banner of the Prince of Peace,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever,
amen.prayer - sts cyril and methodius memorial 14 feb 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 January – Speaking of:  “Called by Name”

Quote/s of the Day – 14 January – Monday of the First week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Mark 1:14–20

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me
and I will make you become fishers of men.”
And immediately they left their nets
and followed him…Mark 1:17-18

Speaking of:  “Called by Name”

“Do not follow any road
but that which Christ trod.
This road seems hard
but it is safe.”do not follow any road but that which christ trod st augustine 14 jan 2019.jpg

“The Christian should be
an alleluia from head to foot.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe christian should be an alleluia - st augustine - 10 april 2018 - speaking of evangelisation.jpg

“If, then, you seek to know what path to follow,
take Christ because He is the way.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churchif-then-you-seek-st-thomas-aquinas-14-jan 2019 and mark 1 17-18.jpg

“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)go forth and set the world on fire - st ignatius loyola 14 jan 2019.jpg

“Many, many people hereabouts
are not becoming Christians,
for one reason only,
there is nobody to make them Christians.”

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)many many people are not becoming christians- st francis xavier 14 jan 2019.jpg

“Hear Him.   Hear your own name.”
Make both my joy
and your own joy
complete (1Jn 1:4)

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)hear him. hear your own name - st mother teresa 14 jan 2019.jpg

“If you follow Jesus,
you’re going to get into some trouble.”if you follow jesus - fr mike - 23 may 2018.jpg

“If not you, then who?
If not now, then when?

Father Mike Schmitzif not you then who - fr mike - 23 may 2018.jpg

“Thy Kingdom come”
means
“My Kingdom go.”

Mark Hart

(Lifeteen Int)they kingdom comes means my kingdom go - mark hart - 14 jan 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552) – “A near perfect imitation of Christ”

Thought for the Day – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

“A near perfect imitation of Christ”

Francis Xavier believed no one was more ill-equipped than he to take the gospel overseas.   But he was wrong.   En route from Lisbon to Goa, Francis already displayed the cheerfulness and generosity that would become the trademarks of his work.  Through his personal charm, he made friends with the toughest seamen on the ship. Then he engaged them in “apostolic conversations,” seeking to win them for Christ.

But Miracles, occurred frequently in his evangelisation to poor villages.   Once, while travelling through a pagan territory, Francis learned of a woman who had been in labour for three days and was probably near death.   Midwives and sorcerers were treating her with superstitious incantations.   Xavier went to the woman’s home and called on the name of Christ to heal her.   “I began with the Creed,” he wrote to Ignatius, “which my companion translated into Tamil.   By the mercy of God, the woman came to believe in the articles of faith.   I asked whether she desired to become a Christian and she replied that she would most willingly become one.   Then I read excerpts from the Gospels in that house where, I think, they were never heard before.   I then baptised the woman.” As soon as Francis baptised the woman, she was healed and gave birth to a healthy baby.

The woman’s family was so touched by this divine intervention that they invited Francis to instruct and baptise all of them, including the newborn.   News then travelled quickly throughout the village.   A representative of the Raja, the overlord, gave the village elders clearance to allow Francis to proclaim Christ there.   “First, I baptised the chief men of the place and their families,” he wrote, “and afterwards the rest of the people, young and old.”

In another village, crowds besieged Francis, begging him to pray for ailing family members.   Missionary and teaching duties overwhelmed him, so he enlisted some enthusiastic children to minister to the sick.   He sent the children to the homes of the ill and had them gather the family and neighbours.   He trained them to proclaim the creed and to assure the sick that if they believed, they would be cured.   Thus, Xavier not only responded to requests for prayer but he managed to spread Christian doctrine throughout the village.   Because the sick and their families had faith, he said, “God has shown great mercy to them, healing them in both body and soul.”   The children of the village had become little miracle workers.

In his passion for spreading the gospel, in his simple obedience, in his humble disregard for himself, the saint was a near perfect imitation of Christ!

St Francis Xavier, Teach us, Inspire us, Help us,

Pray for Us!st francis xavier pray for us 3 dec 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

Quote/s of the Day – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

“It is impossible
to find a saint
who did not take
the “two P’s” seriously –
Prayer and Penance.”it is impossible - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2018

“I am in a country
where all the niceties of life are lacking.
But I am filled with many inner consolations.
Indeed, I run the risk of crying my eyes out
because of my tears of joy!”i am in a country - saint-francis-xavier-3 dec 2017

“It is not the actual physical exertion
that counts towards a one’s progress,
nor the nature of the task but by the
spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.”it is not the actual physical - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2018

“When trying to evangelise,
no tool is more effective,
than that of personal witness.
…People can argue with points of doctrine
but no-one can argue,
with a personal testimony!”when trying to evangelise - st francis xavier 3 dec 2018

“Prayer is powerful!
It fills the earth with mercy,
it makes the Divine clemency
pass from generation to generation,
right along the course of the centuries.
wonderful works have been achieved.
through prayer.”prayer is powerful - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2018

“If you are in danger,
if your hearts are confused,
turn to Mary!”

St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)if you are in danger, if your hearts are confused, turn to mary - st francis xavier 3 dec2018

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Our Morning Offering – 3 December – I Love Thee, God, I love Thee

Our Morning Offering – 3 December – The Memorial of St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

I Love Thee, God, I love Thee
By St Francis Xavier
Translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ (1844-1889)

I love Thee, God, I love Thee—
Not out of hope for heaven for me
Nor fearing not to love and be
In the everlasting burning.
Thou, my Jesus, after me
Didst reach Thine arms out dying,
For my sake suffered nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat and care and cumber,
Yea and death and this for me,
And Thou could see me sinning.
Then I, why should not I love Thee,
Jesu so much in love with me?
Not for heaven’s sake, not to be
Out of hell by loving Thee,
Not for any gains I see,
But just the way that Thou didst me
I do love and will love Thee.
What must I love Thee, Lord, for then?
For being my king and God.
Ameni love thee god i love thee - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2018

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Saint of the Day – 3 December – St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552) – One of the greatest Missionaries since St Paul

Saint of the Day – 3 December – St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552 – aged 46) – Priest, Missionary, co-Founder with St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) and St Peter Faber (1506-1546) of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) – he was born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta on 7 April 1506 at Javier, Spanish Navarre, Basque region and died on 3 December 1552 at Sancian, China of a fever contracted on a mission journey.    Patronages:  African missions, black missions, foreign missions (proclaimed on 25 March 1904 by St Pope Pius X), missionaries, navigators, parish missions, plague epidemics, World Youth Day 2011, Australia, Borneo, Brunei, China, East Indies, India, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Apostleship of Prayer, Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, Fathers of the Precious Blood, Missioners of the Precious Blood, University of Saint Francis Xavier, 6 cities, 16 dioceses.  His body is incorrupt.st francis xavier info
St Francis was a companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre, Paris, in 1534.   He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time and was influential in evangelisation work, most notably in India.   He also was the first Christian missionary to venture into Japan, Borneo, the Maluku Islands and other areas.   In those areas, struggling to learn the local languages and in the face of opposition, he had less success than he had enjoyed in India.   Xavier was about to extend his missionary preaching to China when he died on Shangchuan Island.ST FRANCES XAVIER

He was Beatified by Pope Paul V on 25 October 1619 and Canonised by Pope Gregory XV on 12 March 1622.   In 1624 he was made co-patron of Navarre.   Known as the “Apostle of the Indies” and “Apostle of Japan”, he is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries since Saint Paul.   In 1927, Pope Pius XI published the decree “Apostolicorum in Missionibus” naming Saint Francis Xavier, along with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, co-patron of all foreign missions.   He is now co-patron saint of Navarre with San Fermin. The Day of Navarre (Día de Navarra) in Spain marks the anniversary of Saint Francis Xavier’s death, on 3 December 1552.

A young Spanish gentleman, in the dangerous days of the Reformation, was making a name for himself as a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris.   He was aspiring, apparently, to a high dignity, until Saint Ignatius of Loyola decided to undertake the spiritual conquest of this ardent soul.   What does it profit a man to gain the entire world, if he suffers the loss of his soul?   Ignatius often repeated to the brilliant teacher. The words of Christ, joined to the example of Ignatius and his disciples, prevailed.   It was not long before his gifted friend decided to labour for the glory of God, by adopting the evangelical life of an apostle, to which he was indeed called.   He was among the first members of the Society of Jesus, those who with Ignatius made their religious vows in the church of Montmartre in Paris, on the feast of the Assumption in 1534.

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St Ignatius, St Peter & St Francis
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St Francis, St Ignatius, St Peter

On his way to Rome with the others, handicapped by severe penances he had imposed on himself, he remained in Venice and exercised a brief apostolate by caring for the sick in the city hospital.   The others waited for him to regain his ability to walk.   These first fervent Jesuits were intending to embark for the Holy Land but were prevented by a war.   In Rome, Francis again went to a hospital to serve the sick and visited the prisons to encourage and console the poor inmates, while preparing for ordination with the others, according to the desire of the Pope.ST FRANCIS XAVIER LG

Saint Ignatius having remained in Venice, the other five returned there afterwards. Francis was sent by Saint Ignatius to the Orient in 1534, where for twelve years he laboured unceasingly to win souls, sleeping only three hours a night, eating very little, and bearing the Gospel to Hindustan, to Malacca and as far as Japan.   At all times thwarted by jealousy, covetousness and the carelessness of those who should have helped and encouraged him, he did not slacken in his apostolic endeavours despite opposition and the difficulties of every sort which he encountered.st francis xavier lg new

Miracles accompanied him everywhere, he resurrected several who had died.    His inexhaustible kindness was not the least of his assets in winning thousands of pagans to the Faith.   He baptised so many that his arm became virtually disabled, ten thousand in a single month in the kingdom of Trevancor, where in the same space of time he saw to the building of forty-five churches.   At Meliapour, site of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas, he found the marble on which the Apostle was sacrificed and which exuded blood the first time Mass was said upon it.   Passing through various islands, cities and provinces of India, he strengthened his first conquests by additional preaching.   He planted crosses in the public squares and overcame all obstacles.saint-francis-xavier-andrea-pozzo-1701

Saint Francis is called Apostle of Japan as well as of India.   There the pagan priests opposed and calumniated him and tried without success to outwit him in debates. Humiliated, they used subtle means to instil dislike for him in the minds of the court authorities.   But he won the love as well as the respect of those he evangelised, blessing them with such miracles as filling the hitherto sterile sea of Cangoxima with inexhaustible reserves of fish.   The vast kingdom of China appealed to his charity and he was resolved to risk his life to force an entry, when God took him to Himself.   It was on 2 December 1552, that the Apostle of the Indies died on Sancian, an island facing the city of Canton in China, like Moses, in sight of the land of promise.

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St Francis on the South Colonnade at St Peter’s Rome
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St Francis on the Charles Bridge, Prague

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St Francis was first buried on a beach at Shangchuan Island, Taishan, Guangdong.   His incorrupt body was taken from the island in February 1553 and was temporarily buried in St Paul’s church in Portuguese Malacca on 22 March 1553.   An open grave in the church now marks the place of Xavier’s burial.   Pereira came back from Goa, removed the corpse shortly after 15 April 1553 and moved it to his house.   On 11 December 1553, Xavier’s body was shipped to Goa.   The body is now in the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, where it was placed in a glass container encased in a silver casket on 2 December 1637. This casket, constructed by Goan silversmiths between 1636 and 1637, was an exemplary blend of Italian and Indian aesthetic sensibilities.   There are 32 silver plates on all the four sides of the casket depicting different episodes from the life of the Saint.   The right forearm, which Xavier used to bless and baptise his converts, was detached by Superior General Claudio Acquaviva in 1614.   It has been displayed since in a silver reliquary at the main Jesuit church in Rome, Il Gesù.

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Casket of Saint Francis Xavier in the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India
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St Francis’ Incorrupt arm at the Jesuit Church of the Gesu, Rome
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Our Morning Offering – 6 February

Our Morning Offering – 6 February – The Memorial of St Paul Miki S.J. & Companions – 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki

O God, I Love You
By St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552)

O God, I Love You,
not simply to be saved,
and not because
those who fail to love You
will be punished with eternal fire.
You, You, my JESUS,
have all-embraced me,
on the cross.
You have borne the nails,
the lance, much ignominy,
numberless griefs, sweatings
and anguish and death,
and these on account of me
and for me, a sinner.
Why therefore,
should I not love You,
O, most loving JESUS?
Not that in heaven
You shall save me,
nor lest for eternity
You shall condemn me;
not with the hope of any reward,
but as You have loved me,
so also will I love You,
only because You are my King,
and because You are my God.
Ameno god i love you - st francis xavier - 6 feb 2018

 

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One Minute Reflection – 3 December

One Minute Reflection – 3 December 2017

For the sake of the joy which lay before him he endured the cross………….Heb 12:2Hebrews 12 - 2 - 3 dec 2016

REFLECTION – I am in a country whee all the niceties of life are lacking.
But I am filled with many inner consolations. Indeed, I run the risk of crying my eyes out because of my tears of joy!…..St Francis Xavier (Saint of the Day)I am in a country - st francis xavier - 3 dec 2016

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant me the inner consolation to possess spiritual joy in all circumstances, Let me be so united with You that I will joyfully bear with all tribulations. St Francis Xavier be my example and pray for me! Amenst francis xavier - pray for us - 3 dec 2016

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Our Morning Offering – 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Our Morning Offering – 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Eternal God
By St Francis Xavier S.J. (1506-1552)

Eternal God,
Creator of all things,
remember that You alone
has created the souls of unbelievers,
which You have made
according to Your image and likeness.
Behold, O Lord,
how to Your dishonour,
many of them are falling into Hell.
Remember, O Lord,
Your Son Jesus Christ,
Who so generously shed His Blood
and suffered for them.
Do not permit that Your Son, Our Lord,
remain unknown by unbelievers,
but, with the help of Your Saints
and the Church,
the Bride of Your Son,
remember Your mercy,
forget their idolatry and infidelity,
and make them know Him,
Who You have sent,
Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord,
Who is our salvation,
our life and our resurrection,
through Whom we have been
saved and redeemed,
and to Whom is due glory forever. Ameneternal god - st francis xavier - 18 nov 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 October

Quote/s of the Day – 21 October

“Take in one hand a sponge full of water
and in the other a little pebble – press them equally.
Nothing will come out of the pebble
but out of the sponge will come abundance of water.
The sponge is the soul filled with the Holy Spirit
and the stone is the cold and hard heart
which is not inhabited by the Holy Spirit.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)take in one hand - st john vianney - 21 oct 2017

“To live according to the Holy Spirit
means to live by faith and hope and charity –
to allow God to take possession of our lives
and to change our hearts,
to make us resemble him more and more.”

St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975)to live according - st josemaria - 21 oct 2017

“It is not the actual physical exertion that counts
towards one’s progress, nor the nature of the task
but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.”

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)it is not - st francis xavier - 21 oct 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 27 July

Our Morning Offering – 27 July

“O God, I love You and not because
I hope for heaven thereby.”
St Francis Xavier translated by Gerald Manley Hopkins

I love You, God, I love You—
Not out of hope for heaven for me
Nor fearing not to love and be
In the everlasting burning.
You, my Jesus, after me
Did reach Your arms out dying,
For my sake suffered nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat and care and cumber,
Yes and death, and this for me,
And You could see me sinning:
Then I, why should not I love You,
Jesu so much in love with me?
Not for heaven’s sake, not to be
Out of hell by loving You;
Not for any gains I see;
But just the way that You loved me
I do love and will love You.
What must I love You Lord, for then?
For being my king and God. Amen

I love you lord - st francis xavier

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Our Morning Offering – 6 February

Our Morning Offering – 6 February

A Prayer of St. Francis Xavier SJ

O God I Love You,
not simply to be saved,
and not because those who fail to love You
will be punished with eternal fire.
You, You, my JESUS, have all-embraced me on the cross.
You have borne the nails, the lance, much ignominy,
numberless griefs, sweatings and anguish and death,
and these on account of me and for me, a sinner.
Why therefore, should I not love You,
O, most loving JESUS?
Not that in heaven You shall save me,
nor lest for eternity You shall condemn me;
not with the hope of any reward,
but as You have loved me, so also will I love You,
only because You are my King,
and because You are my God. Amen

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St Francis Xavier – 3 December

Today is the Memorial of the Patron of the Missions and, after St Paul, known as one of the greatest of all Missionaries. One of his most beloved attributes was his great love for his friends, most especially St Ignatius Loyola, St Peter Faber and the other founding members of the Society of Jesus.

He wrote:

“For my own great comfort and that I may have you constantly in mind, I have cut from your letters to me your NAMES, written in your own hand and these I always carry about with me, together with the Vow of Professions I made, to be my solace and refreshment.”

“We, who are many, are one in body in Christ and individually we are members one of another.”….Romans 12:5

Think about your friends.  What can you do to make your friendships stronger?  How can we show them them that we cherish and love them?

St Francis Xavier, St Ignatius Loyola Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – 3 December

For the sake of the joy which lay before him he endured the cross………….Heb 12:2

REFLECTION – I am in a country whee all the niceties of life are lacking.
But I am filled with many inner consolations. Indeed, I run the risk of crying my eyes out because of my tears of joy!…..St Francis Xavier (Saint of the Day)

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant me the inner consolation to possess spiritual joy in all circumstances, Let me be so united with You that I will joyfully bear with all tribulations. St Francis Xavier be my example and pray for me! Amen

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