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Our Morning Offering – 29 November -O Christ Jesus, When All is Darkness

Our Morning Offering – 29 November – Friday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Blessed Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos SJ (1711-1735)

O Christ Jesus,
When All is Darkness
By St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness
and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love
and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose,
Your will through all things.
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Quote/s of the Day – 25 October – Speaking of: “In the world but not of the world”

Quote/s of the Day – 25 October – Friday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 12:54-59

Speaking of: “In the world but not of the world”

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

St Augustine (354-430)
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“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

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“Tell others about the Truth that sets you free.”

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

“You are a billboard for Christ.”

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Our Morning Offering – 29 September – Anima Christi

Our Morning Offering – 29 September – Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Anima Christi
By St Ignatius Loyola SJ (1491-1556)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from You.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to You
That with Your saints, I may praise You
Forever and ever.
Amen

This prayer attracts an Indulgence of 300 days, or of 7 years, if recited after Holy Communion.anima christi st ignatius loyola - 29 september 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 31 July – Did you know THAT about St Ignatius of Loyola!

Thought for the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Learn a bit more about St Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius Loyola is best known as the person who founded the Jesuits and whose spiritual insights gave birth to Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises.   A lesser-known fact is that the cannonball wound he received in battle is actually what led to his conversion experience.   Without this conversion, there would be no Jesuits, no Ignatian spirituality.

Listed below are seven more fun facts about St Ignatius of Loyola that you’re unlikely to hear in general conversation about this 16th-century saint:

He once allowed the donkey on which he was riding to determine whether he should follow and bodily attack someone he thought had insulted the Blessed Virgin Mary.  (Fortunately, the donkey chose the path that led away from the insulter.)

He thought that his leg had been set poorly after the cannonball incident and that, as a result, he wouldn’t look good in his courtier’s tights.   So he had a doctor re-break his leg and start over!

He may be the only Canonised saint to have a notarised police record—for night-time brawling, with intent to inflict serious harm.

He was hauled before the Spanish Inquisition on a number of occasions.

At age 33, he joined a class of young children so he could learn Latin.

He sometimes cried with so much devotion at Mass that he couldn’t continue and he feared he would lose his eyesight.

He penned over 6,800 letters in his lifetime, making him one of the most prolific letter writers of his time—or any time, for that matter.

And below is a fun infographic by Loyola Press eating alongside St Ignatius as he grew up in Loyola, Spain, servds in the royal court, fasted after his conversion and later, lived out his last years in Rome.

The food Ignatius ate offers rich insight into his spiritual transformation, from the sumptuous feasts he enjoyed at court, to the severe fasting he subjected himself to post-conversion.

There’s hope for us yet!

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Quote/s of the Day – 31 July – Wisdom of St Ignatius

Quote/s of the Day – 31 July – The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

“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.”we-must-speak-to-god-st-ignatius-31-july-2018 and 2019.jpg

“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

“What seems to me white,
I will believe black,
if the hierarchical Church,
so defines.”what seems to me to be white - st ignatius loyola 31 july 2019.jpg

“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.”if-god-gives-you-st-iggy-31-july-2017

“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)go forth and set the world on fire - st ignatius loyola 2 - 14jan2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 31 July – Where your treasure is…

One Minute Reflection – 31 July – Wednesday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 13:44-46 and The Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field” … Matthew 13:44

REFLECTION – “Christ is the treasure store of all grace for He is “filled with grace and truth” (Jn 1:14) and angels and humans receive from His fullness.   He possesses the very source of fullness and, when He opens His hand, He fills all rational creatures with blessings.   But this treasure store of graces, is concealed beneath the veil of the sacrament of the altar.   Is it not true that “the Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field”? (Mt 13:44).   And is not the field, in this case, the sacrament of the body of Christ, gathered in the fields?   In this field we possess a hidden treasure because all kinds of graces are hidden there.   “The man who discovered it went away in his joy, sold all he possessed and bought it” (Mt 13:44).   Someone who knows the wealth of this sacrament willingly renounces all other activity, to freely give himself to participation and devotion towards this sacrament.   He knows he will gain possession of eternal life according to the words of the Lord:   “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life” (Jn 6:55).
The treasure of all glory exists in Christ.   All the glory, possessed by both angels and men, who are to be saved until the day of judgement, whether it be glory of body or glory of soul, is drawn from that store of treasure.   For that store is He, the one whose treasures go to great depths and who set the incomprehensible limits of His glory.   And so, He commands us to run to this treasure when He says:   “Gather up treasure for yourselves in heaven” (Mt 6:20).   This treasure is hidden beneath the veil of bread and wine that you might have the merit of faith.
So may the Lord be praised for His mercies since He represented His Body to us beforehand under the image of heavenly treasure!” … St Bonaventure (1221-1274) Doctor of the Churchmatthew 13 44 the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure - the treasure of all glory exists in christ st bonaventure 31 july 2019.jpg

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.   Grant us the grace, by his intercession, to find our treasure in Your divine Son, through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God for always and forever, amen.st-ignatius loyola -pray-for-us-2-31-july-2017 2018 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 31 July – Suscipe and then Teach us, Good Lord

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

Suscipe
By St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Take, Lord
and receive all my liberty,
my memory,
my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To You, Lord,
I return it.
Everything is Yours,
do with it what You will.
Give me only Your love
and Your grace,
that is enough for me.
Amen

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.
Amen

suscipe - st ignatius loyola - 20 oct 2018

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