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Quote/s of the Day – 24 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:16–18 – Speaking of: Living the Light

Quote/s of the Day – 24 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:16–18 – Monday of the Twenty fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“No one after lighting a lamp, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.”…Luke 8:16

Speaking of:  Living the Light

“Do not have Jesus Christ on your lips
and the world in your heart?”do not have jesus christ on your lips - st ignatius of antioch - 24 sept speaking of living the light

“Christianity is not,
a matter of persuading people
of particular ideas
but of inviting them,
to share in the greatness of Christ.”

“A Christian is not his own master,
since all his time belongs to God.”christianity is not a matter of persuading - a christian is not his own master - st ignatius of antioch - speaking of living the light - 24 sept 2018

“We recognise a tree by its fruit
and we ought to be able to recognise
a Christian by his action.
The fruit of faith should be evident in our lives,
for being a Christian is more than making
sound professions of faith.
It should reveal itself in practical and visible ways.
Indeed it is better to keep quiet about our beliefs
and live them out,
than to talk eloquently about what we believe
but fail to live by it.”we recognise a tree by its fruit - st ignatius of antioch - speaking of living the light - no 2- 24 sept 2018

“Christianity is not a matter of persuading people of particular ideas
but of inviting them to share in the greatness of Christ.
So pray that I may never fall into the trap of impressing people
with clever speech but instead, I may learn to speak with humility,
desiring only to impress people with Christ Himself.”christianity-is-not-a-matter-st-ignatius-of-antioch-17-oct-2017

“Labour together with one another;
strive in company together;
run together; suffer together; sleep together;
and awake together,
as the stewards and associates
and servants of God.
Please Him under whom you fight
and from whom you receive your wages.
Let none of you be found a deserter.
Let your baptism endure as your arms;
your faith as your helmet;
your love as your spear;
your patience as a complete panoply.
Let your works be the charge assigned to you,
that you may receive a worthy recompense.
Be long-suffering, therefore, with one another,
in meekness, as God is towards you.
May I have joy of you for ever!
Give.” … (St Ignatius of Antioch: The Epistles)labour together with one another - st ignatius of antioch - 24 sept 2018 - speaking of living the light

“Pray without ceasing on behalf of other men…
For cannot he that falls, rise again?”

St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35-c 108) Martyr – Father of the Churchpray without ceasing - st ignatius of antioch - 24 sept 2018 - speaking of living the light

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 January – “Speaking of Conversion”

Quote/s of the Day – 9 January – “Speaking of Conversion”

“Do not have Jesus Christ on your lips
and the world in your heart.”

“We recognise a tree by its fruit
and we ought to be able to recognise
a Christian by his action.
The fruit of faith should be evident in our lives,
for being a Christian is more than making
sound professions of faith.
It should reveal itself in practical and visible ways.
Indeed it is better to keep quiet about our beliefs
and live them out,
than to talk eloquently about what we believe
but fail to live by it.”

“It is not that I want merely
to be called a Christian
but to actually BE ONE.
Yes, If I prove to be one,
then I can have the name!”

“Wherever the bishop shall appear,
there let the multitude also be;
even as, wherever Jesus Christ is,
there is the Catholic Church.”

St Ignatius of Antioch (37-105) Bishop & Martyrdo not have - st ignatius of antioch - 17 oct 2017

“God loves each of us
as if there were
only one of us.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchgod loves each of us as if - st augustine - 9 jan 2018

“Without the Way, there is no going,
Without the Truth, there is no knowing,
Without the Life, there is no living.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) The Imitation of Christwithout the way there is no going - thomas a kempis - 9 jan 2018

“Belief is a wise wager.
Granted that faith cannot be proved,
what harm will come to you if you gamble
on its truth and it proves false?
If you gain, you gain all;
if you lose, you lose nothing.
Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologianbelief is a wise wager - blaise pascal - 9 jan 2018

“The Catholic Church is the only thing
which saves a man from the degrading slavery
of being a child of his age”

“To become a Catholic is
not to leave off thinking
but to learn how to think.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)the catholic church - g k chesterton - 9 jan 2018

“Holiness cannot be bought.
Neither can it be earned by human strength.
No, “the simple holiness of all Christians,
ours – the kind we are called to every day,
can only be attained with the help
of four essential elements:
courage, hope, grace and conversion.”

Pope Francis (24 May 2016)holiness cannot be bought - pope francis - 9 jan 2018

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Thought for the Day – 18 December – Monday of Gaudete Week and the Memorial of Bl Giulia Nemesia Valle (1847-1916) – Called “the Angel of Charity”

Thought for the Day – 18 December – Monday of Gaudete Week and the Memorial of Bl Giulia Nemesia Valle (1847-1916) – Called “the Angel of Charity”

Try to gather together more frequently to give thanks to God and to praise Him.   For when you come together frequently, Satan’s powers are undermined and the destruction that he threatens is done away with in the unanimity of your faith.   Nothing is better than peace, in which all warfare between heaven and earth is brought to an end.

None of this will escape you if you have perfect faith and love toward Jesus Christ.  These are the beginning and the end of life:  faith the beginning, love the end.  When these two are found together, there is God and everything else concerning right living follows from them.   No one professing faith sins: no one possessing love hates.   A tree is known by its fruit.   So those who profess to belong to Christ will be known by what they do. For the work we are about is not a matter of words here and now but depends on the power of faith and on being found faithful to the end.

…Nothing is hidden from the Lord but even our secrets are close to Him.   Let us then do everything in the knowledge that He is dwelling within us that we may be His temples, and He, God within us.   He is and will reveal Himself, in our sight, according to the love we bear Him in holiness.

St Ignatius of Antioch (35-108)

(excerpt from a letter to the Ephesians by Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr, Father of the Church)

Faith means the fundamental response
to the love that has offered itself up for me.
It thus becomes clear that faith is ordered primarily
to the inconceivability of God’s love,
which surpasses us and anticipates us.
Love alone is credible;
nothing else can be believed
and nothing else ought to be believed.
This is the achievement, the ‘work’ of faith:
to recognise this absolute prius,
which nothing else can surpass;
to believe that there is such a thing as love, absolute love
and that there is nothing higher or greater than it.

Cardinal Hans Urs Von Balthasar (1905-1988)faith means - card hans urs von balthasar - 18 dec 2017

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Thought of the Day- 17 October – The Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c35-c108) Father of the Church

Thought of the Day- 17 October – The Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c35-c108) Father of the Church

Ignatius’s great concern was for the unity and order of the Church.
Even greater was his willingness to suffer martyrdom rather than deny his Lord Jesus Christ.
He did not draw attention to his own suffering but to the love of God which strengthened him.
He knew the price of commitment and would not deny Christ, even to save his own life.

“Ask for me this only in your prayers, that strength may be given me of the Lord that I may not be called but proved to be a Christian.
Then shall I be seen to be faithful when the world no longer sees me.
For nothing that appeareth is eternal.
For the things which are perceived are temporal but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I write to the Churches and charge you all that willingly I die for Christ, if you prevent me not.
I ask of you that your love for me be not untimely; allow me to be devoured of wild beasts, through whom I may attain unto God.
I am the grain of God ground between the teeth of wild beasts,
that I may be found to be the pure bread of Christ.
Then indeed shall I be the true disciple of Christ
when the world shall no longer behold my body.
Beseech Christ on my behalf that through these means
I may be found a perfect sacrifice.
Not as Peter and Paul do I command you.
They were apostles, I am the least of them;
they were free but I am a slave even unto this day
but, if you wish, I shall be the freedman of Jesus Christ
and in Him I shall rise again and be free. Amen.”- from a letter to the Romans from Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Keep St Ignatius before your eyes always and ask him to Pray for us all, to Pray for his beloved Holy Mother, the Church!

st ignatius of antioch pray for us - 17 oct 2017 - no 2

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 October – The Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c35-c108) Father of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 17 October – The Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c35-c108) Father of the Church

“Do not have Jesus Christ on your lips
and the world in your heart.”

“We recognise a tree by its fruit
and we ought to be able to recognise
a Christian by his action.
The fruit of faith should be evident in our lives,
for being a Christian is more than making
sound professions of faith.
It should reveal itself in practical and visible ways.
Indeed it is better to keep quiet about our beliefs
and live them out,
than to talk eloquently about what we believe
but fail to live by it.”

“It is not that I want merely
to be called a Christian
but to actually BE ONE.
Yes, If I prove to be one,
then I can have the name!”

“Wherever the bishop shall appear,
there let the multitude also be;
even as, wherever Jesus Christ is,
there is the Catholic Church.”do not have - st ignatius of antioch - 17 oct 2017

“He who died in place of us,
is the one object of my quest.
He who rose for our sakes
is my one desire.”

“My dear Jesus, my Saviour,
is so deeply written in my heart,
that I feel confident,
that if my heart were to be cut open
and chopped to pieces,
the name of Jesus would be found
written on every piece.”

he who died - st ignatius of antioch 17 oct 2017

“Christianity is greatest when it is hated by the world.”CHRISITIANITY IS GREATEST - 17 OCT 2017

St Ignatius of Antioch (c35-c108) Father of the Church

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One Minute Reflection – 17 October – The Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c35-c108) Father of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 17 October – The Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c35-c108) Father of the Church

Live according to what you have learned and accepted…. Philippians 4:9Philippians 4-9

REFLECTION – “Christianity is not a matter of persuading people of particular ideas but of inviting them to share in the greatness of Christ. So pray that I may never fall into the trap of impressing people with clever speech but instead I may learn to speak with humility, desiring only to impress people with Christ Himself.”…St Ignatius of Antiochchristianity is not a matter - st ignatius of antioch - 17 oct 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant that I may believe what I have learned, never presuming to know better than the teachings of Holy Mother Church and that I may put into practice what I believe. Let my commitment be like unto the Martyr, St Ignatius of Antioch, who went with joy to his horrific death, for the faith in Christ, Your Son, one God with You and the Holy Spirit. St Ignatius, pray for us, amen.st ignatius of antioch pray for us - 17 oct 2017

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Saint of the Day – 17 October – St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – c 108) Father of the Church

Saint of the Day – 17 October – St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – c 108) Father of the Church – Bishop of Antioch and Martyr, Theologian, Teacher, Writer, also known as Ignatius Theophorus “the God-bearing”.   He was martyred by being thrown to wild animals c 108 at Rome, Italy.   His relics are at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome with his major Shrine being at the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome.   Patronages -• against throat diseases• Church in eastern Mediterranean• Church in North Africa.   Canonised pre-congregation by John The Apostle (mentioned in later writings of the Church.)   En route to Rome, where he met his martyrdom, Ignatius wrote a series of letters. (Read them here: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=3836).HEADER - ST IGNATIUS

This correspondence now forms a central part of the later collection known as the Apostolic Fathers.   His letters also serve as an example of early Christian theology. Important topics they address include ecclesiology, the sacraments and the role of bishops.   In speaking of the authority of the church, he was the first to use the phrase “catholic church” in writing.   He wrote in this regard:  See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as you would the apostles;   and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God.   Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop.   Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is administered either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it.   Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude of the people also be;   even as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. —Letter to the Smyrnaeans, Ch 8

His sentiments before his approaching martyrdom are summed in his word in the Communion antiphon,  “I am the wheat of Christ, ground by the teeth of beasts to become pure bread.”   

The sixth letter was to Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, who was later martyred for the faith. The final letter begs the Christians in Rome not to try to stop his martyrdom. “The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ.”

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Detail | Saint Ignatius with Madonna and Child | Lorenzo Lotto

Ignatius bravely met the lions in the Circus Maximus.

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In the Martyrology we read: “At Rome, the holy bishop and martyr Ignatius. He was the second successor to the apostle Peter in the see of Antioch. In the persecution of Trajan he was condemned to the wild beasts and sent in chains to Rome.   There, by the emperor’s order, he was subjected to most cruel tortures in the presence of the Senate and then thrown to the lions.   Torn to pieces by their teeth, he became a victim for Christ.”

The bishop and martyr Ignatius occupies a foremost place among the heroes of Christian antiquity.   His final journey from Antioch to Rome was like a nuptial procession and a Way of the Cross.   For the letters he wrote along the way resemble seven stations of the Cross;   they may also be called seven nuptial hymns overflowing with the saint’s intense love for Christ Jesus and his longing to be united with Him.   These letters are seven most precious jewels in the heirloom bequeathed to us by the Church of sub-apostolic times.

The year of St Ignatius’ death is unknown but scholars place it at c 108;   perhaps it occurred during the victory festivities in which the Emperor Trajan sacrificed the lives of 10,000 gladiators and 11,000 wild beasts for the amusement of the bloodthirsty populace. The scene of his glorious triumph and martyrdom was most likely the Circus Maximus;   that mammoth structure, glittering with gold and marble, had then been just completed.

“From Syria to Rome I must do battle with beasts on land and sea. For day and night I am chained to ten leopards, that is, the soldiers who guard me and grow more ferocious the better they are treated. Their mistreatment is good instruction for me, yet am I still far from justified. Oh, that I may meet the wild beasts now kept in readiness for me. I shall implore them to give me death promptly and to hasten my departure. I shall invite them to devour me so that they will not leave my body unharmed as already has happened to other witnesses. If they refuse to pounce upon me, I shall impel them to eat me. My little children, forgive me these words. Surely I know what is good for me. From things visible I no longer desire anything; I want to find Jesus. Fire and cross, wild beasts, broken bones, lacerated members, a body wholly crushed, and Satan’s every torment, let them all overwhelm me, if only I reach Christ.”

 

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The saint, now condemned to fight the wild beasts, burned with desire for martyrdom. On hearing the roar of the lions he cried out:   “I am a kernel of wheat for Christ. I must be ground by the teeth of beasts to be found bread (of Christ) wholly pure”.

 

St Ignatius is also the first Father of the Church who wrote about Mary.   He defended the veracity of the humanity of Christ against the docetists by affirming that Jesus pertained to the line of David because he was born of Mary.   Jesus was conceived by Mary – He came from her – and this conception was virginal and pertains to the most hidden mysteries in the silence of God.   mary and jesus with raisins

The Final Prayer of St Ignatius of Antioch

I am the wheat of God,
and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts,
that I may be found the pure bread of God.
I long after the Lord,
the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ.
Him I seek, who died for us and rose again.
I am eager to die for the sake of Christ.
My love has been crucified,
and there is no fire in me that loves anything.
But there is living water springing up in me,
and it says to me inwardly:
“Come to the Father.”the final prayer of st ignatius of antioch - 17 oct 2017