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Quote/s of the Day – 11 June – “Freely you have received, freely you are to give.”

Quote/s of the Day – 11 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: Acts: 11:21b-26; 12:1-3, Psalm 98(97),1.2-3ab.3cd-4.5-6, Matthew 10:7-13 and the Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle of Christ

“Freely you have received,
freely you are to give.”

Matthew 10:8 (DR)

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“So everyone who acknowledges me before men,
I also will acknowledge before my Father,
who is in heaven…”

Matthew 10:32

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“Pray as though everything depended on God.
Work as though everything depended on you.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of the Church

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“He should first
show them,
in deeds,
rather than words,
all that is good and holy.”

St Benedict (c 480-547)

show them in deeds - st benedict - 11 july 2019

“Someone who truly follows the Lord
wants everyone to follow Him,
which is why he turns to his neighbour
with kind attentions, prayers
and proclamation of the Gospel.
… Jesus loves the one who follows Him.”

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Evangelical Doctor

someone who truly follows the lord wants everyone to follow him - st anthony of padua 11 june 2020

“Teach us to give
and not to count the cost.”

teach us to give and not to count the cost - st ignatius 1 jan 2019

“It is not hard to obey
when we love the one,
whom we obey.”

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

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“Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which, the compassion of Christ, looks out to the world.
Yours are the feet,
with which, He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands,
with which, He is to bless others now.”

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Doctor of the Church

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“Let us renew our faith in Him
and put all our hope in His promises!
… Working to enrich … society and culture
with the beauty and truth of the Gospel
and never losing sight of that great hope
which gives meaning and value
to all the other hopes which inspire our lives.”

Pope Benedict XVI

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“God will put someone in your path today
who doesn’t necessarily need you…
but who desperately needs Christ in you.”

Mark Hart

Executive Vice President for Life Teen International.

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – Feast of All Saints and Blesseds of the Society of Jesus

Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – Feast of All Saints and Blesseds of the Jesuits

“If our church is not marked by caring for the poor,
the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.”if-our-church-st-iggy-31-july-2018

“Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need.
The man to whom our Lord has been liberal
ought not to be stingy.
We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy
as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.”

St Ignatius Loyola SJ (1491-1556)be-generous-to-the-poor-orphans-31-july-2018

“Take care, take care, never to close your heart to anyone!”

St Peter Faber (1506-1546)take-care-take-care-never-to-close-your-heart-to-anyone-st-peetr-faber - 2 aug 2018

“To do the will of God,
man must despise his own –
the more he dies to himself,
the more he will live to God.”

St Peter Claver SJ (1581-1654)to do the will of god - st peter claver - 5 nov 2018 all jesuit saints

“God gave Himself to you:
give yourself to God.”

St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595)god gave himself - st robert southwell - 21 feb 2018

“Any friend of the poor, is a friend of God.”any-friend-of-the-poor-is-a-friend-of-god-bl-john-sullivan-19-feb-2018

“Take life in instalments.
This one day now.
At least let this be a good day.
Be always beginning.”

Blessed John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933)take-life-in-instalments-bl-john-sullivan-19-feb-2018

“I hold that every poor man,
every vagrant, every beggar,
is Christ carrying His cross.
And as Christ, we must love and help him.”i hold that every poor man - st alberto hurtado - 5 nov 2018 - all jesuit saints and blesseds

“Christ roams through our streets
in the person of so many
of the suffering poor, sick and dispossessed
and people thrown out of their miserable slums.
Christ huddled under bridges,
in the person of so many children
who lack someone to call father,
who have been deprived for many years,
without a mother’s kiss on their foreheads…
Christ is without a home!
Shouldn’t we want to give Him one,
those of us who have the joy of a comfortable home,
plenty of good food,
the means to educate
and assure the future of our children?”

St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952)christ roams through our streets - st alberto hurtado - 5 nov 2018 all jesuit saints.jpg

” To serve Christ is to love this concrete Church
and to serve her with generosity
and with the spirit of obedience.”to-serve-christ-is-to-love-this-concrete-church-pope-francis-31-july-2018

“Ask for the grace of shame;
the shame that comes from the constant dialogue of mercy with Him;
the shame that makes us blush before Jesus Christ;
the shame that puts us in tune with the heart of Christ who is made sin for me;
the shame that harmonises our heart in tears and accompanies us in the daily following of “my Lord”.

Pope Francis SJ – 31 July 2013 on the Feast of St Ignatiusask-for-the-grace-of-shame-pope-francis-31-july-2018

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Our Morning Offering – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Our Morning Offering – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Teach Us Good Lord
By St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Teach us, good Lord,
to serve You as You deserve;
to give
and not to count the cost,
to fight
and not to heed the wounds,
to toil
and not to seek for rest,
to labour
and not to ask for reward,
except that of knowing
that we are doing Your will.
Amenteach us good lord - st ignatius loyola - 31 july 2018

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31 July – St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)!

Today, 31 July, the Church liturgically recalls for us, one of the Master’s of the spiritual life, Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556).   The Pilgrim died in 1556 and was the author of the Spiritual Exercises and founder of the Society of Jesus.  Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a man who’s path to be a soldier for Christ and His Church, was started by a cannonball injury.

For the life of St Ignatius here:  https://anastpaul.com/2017/07/31/saint-of-the-day-31-july-st-ignatius-loyola-founder-of-the-society-of-jesusthe-jesuits/

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Esteban Murillo

From the life of Saint Ignatius from his own words by Luis Gonzalezst-ignatius-best-pic-ever-my-snip.jpg

Ignatius was passionately fond of reading worldly books of fiction and tales of knight-errantry.   When he felt he was getting better, he asked for some of these books to pass the time.   But no book of that sort could be found in the house, instead they gave him a life of Christ and a collection of the lives of saints written in Spanish.

By constantly reading these books he began to be attracted to what he found narrated there.   Sometimes in the midst of his reading, he would reflect on what he had read.   Yet at other times he would dwell on many of the things which he had been accustomed to dwell on previously.   But at this point our Lord came to his assistance, insuring that these thoughts were followed by others which arose from his current reading.

While reading the life of Christ our Lord, or the lives of the saints, he would reflect and reason with himself:  “What if I should do what Saint Francis or Saint Dominic did?” In this way he let his mind dwell on many thoughts, they lasted a while until other things took their place.   Then those vain and worldly images would come into his mind and remain a long time.   This sequence of thoughts persisted with him for a long time.

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But there was a difference.  When Ignatius reflected on worldly thoughts, he felt intense pleasure; but when he gave them up out of weariness, he felt dry and depressed.   Yet when he thought of living the rigourous sort of life he knew the saints had lived, he not only experienced pleasure when he actually thought about i, but even after he dismissed these thoughts, he still experienced great joy.   Yet he did not pay attention to this, nor did he appreciate it until one day, in a moment of insight, he began to marvel at the difference.   Then he understood his experience – thoughts of one kind left him sad, the others full of joy.   And this was the first time he applied a process of reasoning to his religious experience.   Later on, when he began to formulate his spiritual exercises, he used this experience, as an illustration to explain the doctrine he taught his disciples, on the discernment of spirits.

SCULPTURE OF ST. IGNATIUS PART OF EXHIBIT ON SPANISH SACRED ART AT NATIONAL GALLERY
The upper portion of the sculpture “Saint Ignatius Loyola,” by Juan Martinez Montanes and Francisco Pacheco.

“After we experience the great peace of knowing God’s love for us, which quiets our anxieties and insecurities, we find another deep desire stirring within us.   We desire greatness, because we are made for greatness.”

Milanese School, Saint Ignatius Loyola Receiving a Vision of the Crucified Chri
Milanese School – St Ignatius receiving a vision of Christ
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Thought for the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius

Thought for the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius

Ignatius was a true mystic.   He centered his spiritual life on the essential foundations of Christianity—the Trinity, Christ, the Eucharist.   His spirituality is expressed in the Jesuit motto, Ad majorem Dei gloriam—“for the greater glory of God.”   In his concept, obedience was to be the prominent virtue, to assure the effectiveness and mobility of his men.   All activity was to be guided by a true love of the Church and unconditional obedience to the Holy Father, for which reason all professed members took a fourth vow to go wherever the pope should send them for the salvation of souls.
Luther nailed his theses to the church door at Wittenberg in 1517.   Seventeen years later, Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society that was to play so prominent a part in the Catholic Reformation.   He was an implacable foe of Protestantism.   Yet the seeds of ecumenism may be found in his words:  “Great care must be taken to show forth orthodox truth in such a way that if any heretics happen to be present they may have an example of charity and Christian moderation. No hard words should be used nor any sort of contempt for their errors be shown.” ( Fr Don Miller, OFM)

St Ignatius pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius de Loyola

Quote/s of the Day – 31 July

“Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need.
The man to whom our Lord has been liberal
ought not to be stingy.
We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy
as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.”

be generous - st iggy

“If our church is not marked by caring for the poor,
the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.”

if our church - st iggy

“If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials,
it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain.
Do you want to become a great saint?
Ask God to send you many sufferings.
The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed
with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity
of the Saviour used to finish His sacrifice.
All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared
with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to
Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured
for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ…..If God causes you
to suffer much, it is a sign that He certainly
intends to make you a saint.”

St Ignatius of Loyola

if gd gives you - st iggy

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One Minute Reflection – 31 July

One Minute Reflection – 31 July

My brothers, I implore you by God’s mercy, to offer your very selves to him: a living sacrifice, dedicated and fit for his acceptance, the worship offered by mind and heart………Romans 12:1

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REFLECTION – “We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favour, now acknowledging our faults and communicating to Him all that concerns us, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires and in all things seeking His counsel.”…St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

we must speak to god - st ignatius

PRAYER – Almighty God, grant that the example of Your saints may spur us on to perfection, so that we who are celebrating the feast of St Ignatius, may follow him step by step in his way of life to reach You in heaven. St Ignatius, pray for us, amen.

st ignatius pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola

Our Morning Offering – 31 July

Eternal Lord of All
By St Ignatius Loyola

Eternal Lord of all things,
I come before Your infinite goodness,
and before Your glorious mother
and all saints of the heavenly court,
to make my offering,
with Your help and favour:
it is my wish, desire and determination,
provided that it would be
for Your greater service and praise,
to imitate You in suffering injury,
insults
and poverty,
actual as well as spiritual,
should Your most Holy Majesty
choose to receive me in such a way of life. Amen

eternal lord of all - st ignatius for his feast day 31 July

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One Minute Reflection – 3 January

One Minute Reflection – 3 January

I planted the seed and Apollos watered it but God made it grow…………1 Cor 3:6

REFLECTION – We must work as if success depended upon us alone.

At the same time, we must be wholeheartedly convinced that we are doing nothing –  it is God Who is doing everything………St Ignatius Loyola

PRAYER – All-powerful God, let me realise that no matter what I do, it is only through You that I do it.  Help me to work as if all depended on me and pray as if all depended on You.  St Genevieve you were a sure example of working as if all dependd on you, please pray for us.  St Ignatius and all the great saints of the Society of Jesus, pray for us unceasingly, amen!

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THE TITULAR FEAST OF THE JESUITS

Today, 3 January, the Celebration of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, we celebrate too, the gift of the Society of Jesus.

See Video 3 January 2014 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUuOT_rre0w
Pope Francis celebrates the Holy Mass at the Church of the
Jesus, with all the Jesuits in Rome, for thanksgiving for the entry of
Blessed Peter Faber into the catalogue of Saint and on the Solemnity of the
Holy Name of Jesus, the titular feast of the Society of Jesus.

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”………..John 14:6

The giving of the name “Company (Society) of Jesus” occurred in September 1540 when the early companions and Ignatius were founded as a religious institute.

Ignatius and two of his companions, Peter Faber and James Lainez, decided to go to Rome to place themselves and the other companions at the disposal of the Pope. A few miles outside of Rome at a chapel at La Storta, the companions stopped to pray. At this spot, Ignatius had the second most significant of his mystical experiences. In his vision, God the Father told Ignatius, “I will be favourable to you in Rome” and that he would place him (Ignatius) with His Son. Ignatius did not know what his experience meant, for it could mean persecution as well as success since Jesus experienced both.

Formal approval of this new order was given by Pope Paul III on September 27, 1540. Since they had referred to themselves as the Company of Jesus, in English their order became known as the Society of Jesus. Ignatius was elected on the first ballot of the group to be superior but he begged them to reconsider, pray and vote again a few days later. The second ballot came out as the first, unanimous for Ignatius, except for his own vote. He was still reluctant to accept but his Franciscan confessor told him it was God’s will, so he acquiesced. On the Friday of Easter week, April 22, 1541, at the Church of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, the friends pronounced their vows in the newly formed Order.

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