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Quote/s of the Day – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Quote/s of the Day – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

“Love Sacred Scripture and wisdom will love you;
love it tenderly and it will protect you;
honour it and you will receive its caresses.
May it be for you, as your necklaces and your earrings.”

“Love the science of Scripture and you will not love the vices of the flesh”

“The Scriptures are shallow enough,
for a babe to come and drink,
without fear of drowning
and deep enough,
for theologians to swim in,
without ever reaching the bottom.”love sacred scripture - love the science of scriptue - the scriptures are shallow enough - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“A false interpretation of Scripture,
causes that the gospel of the Lord,
becomes the gospel of man,
or, which is worse,
of the devil.”a false interpretation - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Does one not seem to dwell, already here on earth,
in the Kingdom of Heaven,
when one lives with these texts,
when one meditates on them,
when one does not know or seek anything else?”does one not seem to dwell - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Martyrdom does not consist only
in dying for one’s faith.
Martyrdom also consists, in serving God,
with love and purity of heart,
every day of one’s life.”
Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.”martyrdom-does-not-st-jerome-30-sept-2017

“It is our part to seek,
His to grant what we ask;
ours to make a beginning,
His to bring it to completion;
ours to offer what we can,
His to finish what we cannot.”it is our part to seek - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Begin now,
what you will be,
hereafter.”begin now what you will be hereafter - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“The face is the mirror of the mind
and eyes without speaking.
confess the secrets of the heart.”the face is the mirror - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Instead of speaking saintly words,
we must act them.”

instead of speaking - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

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St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

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One Minute Reflection – 30 September – Today’s Second Reading: James 5:1–6

One Minute Reflection – 30 September – Today’s Second Reading: James 5:1–6 – Twenty sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you...James 5:1

REFLECTIONS – “The condemnation is severe because “wealth is idolatry” that seduces people and Jesus knew people could not serve two masters — they must choose either God or money.   Wealth grabs you and doesn’t let you go and it goes against the first commandment to love God with all one’s heart.   It also goes against the second commandment to love one’s neighbour, because a love of wealth destroys the harmonious relationship between us and makes us selfish.   It ruins life, ruins the soul. Wealth can turn people into slaves!   Loving wealth destroys the soul and cheating people of their just wages and benefits, is a mortal sin!”…Pope Francis 24 May 2018come now you rich - james 5 1 - wealth can turn people into slaves - pope francis - 30 sept 2018

PRAYER – Dear and Holy God, let us offer You all our daily struggles against sin and evil. Grant us the strength to resist all forms of idolatory, to seek only You and never to allow the material goods of this world to seduce us.   Sustain us ever more with Your word and help us to find in it, the source of life.   May the prayers of St Jerome be a strength and succour for our journey.   We ask this through Jesus our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, Amen.st-jerome-pray-for-us-2.30 sept 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Our Morning Offering – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

A light for our Path
By St Jerome

O Lord,
You have given us Your word
for a light to shine upon our path,
grant us so to meditate on that word
and follow its teaching,
that we may find in it,
the light that shines more and more
until the perfect day.
Amena light for our path - lord you have given us your word - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

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Saint of the Day – 30 September – St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 30 September – St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor of the Church

Saint Jerome, born in Dalmatia in 347, was sent to school in Rome.   His boyhood was not free from fault, his thirst for knowledge was excessive and his love of books, a passion. He had studied under the best masters, visited foreign cities and devoted himself to the pursuit of learning.st jerome info - MY EDIT- 30 sept 2018

But Christ had need of his strong will and active intellect for the service of His Church.  He told him in a supernatural experience he never forgot, that he was not a Christian, but a Ciceronian – your heart is where your treasure is, said the Lord to him — that is, in the eloquent writings of antique times.   Saint Jerome obeyed the divine call, making a vow never again to read profane works and another of celibacy.

In Rome he had already assisted a number of holy women to organise houses of retirement where they consecrated themselves to God by vow.  Calumnies, arising from jealousy, made a certain headway against the scholar whose competence was beginning to attract honours.SAMSUNG

He fled from Rome to the wild Syrian desert and there for four years learned in solitude, intense sufferings and persecution from the demons, new lessons in humility, penance and prayer and divine wisdom.   I was very foolish to want to sing the hymns of the Lord on foreign soil and to abandon the mountain of Sinai to beg help from Egypt, he declared.NORTH ITALIAN SCHOOL - ST JEROME - SNIP DETAIL

Pope Damasus summoned him back to Rome and there assigned to the famous scholar, already expert in Hebrew and other ancient languages, the task of revising the Latin Bible.   Saint Jerome obeyed his earthly Head as he had obeyed his Lord.   Retiring once more in 386 to Bethlehem, the eloquent hermit sent forth from his solitary cell not only a solidly accurate version of the Scriptures but during thirty years’ time, a veritable stream of luminous writings for the Christian world.   He combated with unfailing efficacy several heresies being subtly introduced by various personages in his own region and elsewhere.Hans_Memling_-_St_Jerome_and_the_Lion - YOUNGER_-_WGA14946

For fourteen years the hand of the great scholar could no longer write but Saint Jerome could still dictate to six secretaries at a time, to each on a different subject, in those final years.   He died in his beloved Bethlehem in 420, when over 80 years old.   His tomb is still in a subterranean chapel of its ancient basilica but his relics were transported to Saint Mary Major Basilica of Rome, where the crib of Bethlehem is conserved.HEADER ST JEROME-813x1024

BERNINI'S ST JEROME IN THE VATICAN
Bernini’s St Jerome at St Peter’s Basilica

 

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One Minute Reflection – 1 July – The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 5:21-43

One Minute Reflection – 1 July – The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 5:21-43

“I say to you, arise!”...Mark 5:41

REFLECTION – “Then He entered the room where the child was and, taking the child by the hand, said to her:  ‘Talitha koum’.   The girl arose immediately and walked around.’  Let us desire Jesus to touch us and at once we too will walk.   Whether we are paralysed or whether we commit wrongful deeds, we find ourselves unable to walk.   Perhaps we are lying on the bed of our sins as if on a real bed.   No sooner will Jesus touch us than we shall at once be healed.”…St Jerome (347-420) Father & Doctormark 5 41 - I say to you arise - let us desire Jesus to touch us - st jerome - 1 july 2018

PRAYER – “By Your grace, Lord, touch our hands, we who are lying down;   raise us up from the bed of our sins;  cause us to walk.   When we have walked, give the command that we should be given something to eat.   Lying down, we cannot walk and, if we are not upright, we cannot receive the body of Christ, to whom be glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for endless ages. Amen”…St Jerome (347-420) Father & Doctorby your grace Lord, touch our hands - 1 july 2018 - st jerome.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

One Minute Reflection – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

“On this rock I will build my Church”…Matthew 16:18on-this-rock-matthew-16-18.22 feb 2017

REFLECTION – “How blessed is the Church of Rome, on which the Apostles poured forth all their doctrine along with their blood!” (De Praescriptione Hereticorum, 36)…….Tertullianhow blessed is the church of rome - tertullian - 22 feb 2018
“I decided to consult the Chair of Peter, where that faith is found exalted by the lips of an Apostle;  I now come to ask for nourishment for my soul there, where once I received the garment of Christ.   I follow no leader save Christ, so I enter into communion with Your beatitude, that is, with the Chair of Peter, for this I know is the rock upon which the Church is built.” (cf. Le lettere I, 15, 1-2)…………..St Jerome  (343-420)  Father & Doctori-decided-to-consult-the-chair-of-peter-st-jerome-22feb 2017

PRAYER – Holy Father, send Your Divine Enlightener into the hearts of all Your faithful, filling us with the strength to fulfil our mission as the followers of the Chair of St Peter. And most of all, we pray Lord Holy God to inspire and light the way of our Holy Father, Francis.   Sustain and guide him, keep him in health and strength, to lead Your people by the Light of the Way and the Truth.   Holy Father, have mercy on us, Holy Spirit guide and lead us, Lord Jesus Christ be our intercessor and teacher, amen.st-peter-saints-and-popes.-22 feb 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 22 February – Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Our Morning Offering – 22 February – Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Penitential Prayer
St Jerome (343-420) Father & Doctor of the Church

Show me, O Lord, Your mercy
and delight my heart with it.
Let me find You whom I so longingly seek.
Behold, here is the man
whom the robbers seized, manhandled
and left half dead on the road to Jericho.
Kind-hearted Samaritan,
come to my aid!
I am the sheep who wandered into the wilderness.
Seek after me
and bring me home again to Your fold.
Do with me according to Your Will,
that I may abide with You,
all the days of my life
and praise You with all those
who are with You
in heaven for all eternity.
Amenpenintential prayer - st jerome - 22 feb 2018

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Saint of the Day – 11 December – St Pope Damasus I (c 305-384)

Saint of the Day – 11 December – St Pope Damasus I (c 305-384) Priest and Pope – ( c 305 in Rome, Italy –  11 December 384 in Rome, Italy of natural causes).  Patronage – archeologists.   He was buried in the Mark and Marcellianus catacombs in Rome
and his bones re-buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Damaso.Dec. 11 - Pope St. Damasus

The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish extraction, Damasus started as a deacon in his father’s church and served as a priest in what later became the basilica of San Lorenzo in Rome.    He served Pope Liberius (352-366) and followed him into exile.

When Liberius died, Damasus was elected bishop of Rome; but a minority elected and consecrated another deacon, Ursinus, as pope.   The controversy between Damasus and the antipope resulted in violent battles in two basilicas, scandalising the bishops of Italy. At the synod that Damasus called on the occasion of his birthday, he asked them to approve his actions.   The bishops’ reply was curt:  “We assembled for a birthday, not to condemn a man unheard.”   Supporters of the antipope even managed to get Damasus accused of a grave crime—probably sexual—as late as 378.   He had to clear himself before both a civil court and a Church synod.

As pope, his lifestyle was simple in contrast to other ecclesiastics of Rome and he was fierce in his denunciation of Arianism and other heresies.   A misunderstanding of the Trinitarian terminology used by Rome threatened amicable relations with the Eastern Church and Damasus was only moderately successful in dealing with that challenge.

He appointed St Jerome as his confidential secretary.   Invited to Rome originally to a synod of 382 convened to end the schism of Antioch, Jerome made himself indispensable to the pope and took a prominent place in his councils.   Jerome spent three years (382–385) in Rome in close intercourse with Pope Damasus and the leading Christians.   Writing in 409, Jerome remarked, “A great many years ago when I was helping Damasus, bishop of Rome with his ecclesiastical correspondence and writing his answers to the questions referred to him by the councils of the east and west…”jerome and damasus

In order to put an end to the marked divergences in the western texts of that period, Damasus encouraged the highly respected scholar Jerome to revise the available Old Latin versions of the Bible into a more accurate Latin on the basis of the Greek New Testament and the Septuagint, resulting in the Vulgate.   Jerome devoted a very brief notice to Damasus in his De Viris Illustribus, written after Damasus’ death:  “he had a fine talent for making verses and published many brief works in heroic metre. He died in the reign of the emperor Theodosius at the age of almost eighty”.

The letters from Jerome to Damasus are examples of the primacy of the See of Peter:

Yet, though your greatness terrifies me, your kindness attracts me.   From the priest I demand the safe-keeping of the victim, from the shepherd the protection due to the sheep.   Away with all that is overweening;  let the state of Roman majesty withdraw.   My words are spoken to the successor of the fisherman, to the disciple of the cross.   As I follow no leader save Christ, so I communicate with none but your blessedness, that is with the chair of Peter.   For this, I know, is the rock on which the church is built!   This is the house where alone the paschal lamb can be rightly eaten.   This is the ark of Noah and he who is not found in it shall perish when the flood prevails.   But since by reason of my sins I have betaken myself to this desert which lies between Syria and the uncivilised waste, I cannot, owing to the great distance between us, always ask of your sanctity the holy thing of the Lord.   Consequently I here follow the Egyptian confessors who share your faith and anchor my frail craft under the shadow of their great argosies. I know nothing of Vitalis;  I reject Meletius;  I have nothing to do with Paulinus.   He that gathers not with you scatters;  he that is not of Christ is of Antichrist!”

During his pontificate, Christianity was declared the official religion of the Roman state, and Latin became the principal liturgical language as part of the pope’s reforms.   His encouragement of Saint Jerome’s biblical studies led to the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Scripture which 12 centuries later the Council of Trent declared to be “authentic in public readings, disputations, preaching.”

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Saint of the Day – 21 October – St Hilarion of Gaza (c 291-371)

Saint of the Day – 21 October – St Hilarion of Gaza (c 291-371) Hermit and Miracle-Worker.

St Hilarion spent most of his life in the desert according to the example of Anthony the Great.

Shortly after St Hilarion’s death, St Jerome wrote about the life of this hermit who had introduced monasticism into Palestine.   Jerome told of Hilarion’s lifelong pursuit of solitude, where he could encounter God in prayer.

Hilarion was born in Thabatha, south of Gaza in Syria Palaestina of pagan parents. He successfully studied rhetoric with a Grammarian in Alexandria.   It seems that he was converted to Christianity in Alexandria.   After that, he shunned the pleasures of his day—theatre, circus and arena—and spent his time attending church.   According to St Jerome, he was a thin and delicate youth of fragile health.

After hearing of Saint Anthony, whose name (according to St.erome), “was in the mouth of all the races of Egypt” Hilarion, at the age of fifteen, went to live with him in the desert for two months.   As Anthony’s hermitage was busy with visitors seeking cures for diseases or demonic affliction, Hilarion returned home along with some monks.   At Thabatha, his parents having died in the meantime, he gave his inheritance to his brothers and the poor and left for the wilderness.Hilarion_the_Great_(Menologion_of_Basil_II)

St Jerome wrote about the divine irony of the fame that denied it to him because his miracles attracted so many people. In this brief excerpt, Jerome describes Hilarion’s faith and a typical miracle:

Once . . . when he was eighteen years old, brigands tried to find him at night.   Either they believed that he had something to steal or they thought he would scorn them if they didn’t intimidate him. . . . From evening till dawn, they hunted in every direction but couldn’t find him.   In the broad daylight, however, they came upon him and apparently as a joke asked him:  “What would you do if robbers attacked you?”   He answered:   “A naked person does not fear robbers.”   “You could be killed.”   “I could,” he said.   “But I am not afraid of robbers because I am ready to die.”   Admiring his faith, they confessed their folly of the night before and their blindness and promised to reform their lives…

A woman of Eleutheropolis, despised by her husband of fifteen years because of her sterility, . . . was the first who dared to intrude upon blessed Hilarion’s solitude.   While he was still unaware of her approach, she suddenly threw herself at his knees saying:  “Forgive my boldness. . . ., he asked her why she had come and why she was weeping.   When he learned the cause of her grief, raising his eyes to heaven, he commanded her to have faith and to believe.   He followed her departure with tears.   When a year had gone by, he saw her with her son.

Like Anthony, Hilarion took only a little food once a day at sunset.   When tempted sexually, he ate even less.  “I’ll see to it, you jackass,” he said, “that you shall not kick.”  He never bathed nor changed his tunic until it wore out.   He said, “It is idle to expect cleanliness in a hair shirt.”   Jerome relates that even though Hilarion suffered extreme dryness of spirit, he persevered in prayer and cured many people of sickness and demon possession.   The parade of petitioners and would-be disciples drove Hilarion to retire to more remote locations.   But they followed him everywhere.   First he visited Anthony’s retreat in Egypt.   Then he withdrew to Sicily, later to Dalmatia and finally to Cyprus. He died there in 371.hilarion monastery

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Thought for the Day – 30 September The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor of the Church

Thought for the Day – 30 September The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor of the Church

This is a saint of explosive likes and dislikes, of tremendous zeal and passion.

As a young man, he made friendships which lasted a lifetime but his thunderous invectives against his enemies, against heretics and critics are just as famous.    Thus, he is seen to be the most ‘human’ of saints but still (and this is of huge encouragement to us) one of the most powerful forces for good in the entire history of the Church.

He was, as someone has said, no admirer of moderation whether in virtue or against evil.
He was swift to anger but also swift to feel remorse, even more severe on his own shortcomings than on those of others.
The mortifications he inflicted on himself are legend – even a tiny bit of these would do us well in tempering our own sins.

I, personally, feel less worried about my leanings to explosive anger when I look at Jerome for he is an example to us of learning control, of fighting evil, of doing penance but also of growing in sanctity, of loving the Church and the Holy Scriptures and thus becoming master of tendencies to lose control!

St Jerome, please pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 September – The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Quote/s of the Day – 30 September
The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

“What Jerome is ignorant of,
no man has ever known.”

St Augustine of Hippowhat jerome is ignorant of - st augustine - 30 sept 2017

“Every day we are changing,
every day we are dying
and yet we fancy ourselves eternal.”every day we are changing - st jerome - 30 sept 2017

“It is our part to seek,
His to grant what we ask;
ours to make a beginning,
His to bring it to completion;
ours to offer what we can,
His to finish what we cannot.”it is our part to seek - st jerome - 30 sept 2017

“If Christ did not want to dismiss the Jews
without food in the desert for fear,
that they would collapse on the way,
it was to teach us that it is dangerous to try
to get to heaven without the Bread of Heaven.”

“Without doubt, the Lord grants all favours
which are asked of Him in Mass,
provided they be fitting for us.”if christ did not want to dismiss the jews - st jerome - 30 sept 2017

“To be a Christian is a great thing,
not merely to seem one.
And somehow or other, those please the world most,
who please Christ the least…
Christians are made, not born.”to be a christian - st jerome - 30 sept 2017

“If a soul is not clothed with the teachings of the Church.
he cannot merit to have Jesus seated in him.”if a soul is not clothed - st jerome - 30 sept 2017

“Good, better, best.
Never let it rest.
‘Til your good is better
and your better is best.”good better best - st jerome - 30 sept 2017

St Jerome (347-419)

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One Minute Reflection – 30 September – The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

One Minute Reflection – 30 September – The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

In your fight against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood…..Hebrews 12:4

REFLECTION – “Martyrdom does not consist only in dying for one’s faith.
Martyrdom also consists, in serving God, with love and purity of heart,
every day of one’s life.”…St Jeromemartyrdom does not - st jerome - 30 sept 2017

PRAYER – Dear and Holy God, let me offer You all my daily struggles against sin and evil.
Grant me the strength to resist even to the shedding of blood, if it should be required of me.
Sustain me ever more with Your word and help me to find in it, the source of life.
St Jerome Pray for us. Amenst jerome pray for us - 30 sept 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 17 August – The Memorial of St Hyacinth of Poland

One Minute Reflection – 17 August – The Memorial of St Hyacinth of Poland

Come, blessed of my Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Matthew 25:34

REFLECTION – “Mary, the Mother of our Lord, accompanied by the choirs of Angels, will come to meet you. What a day of joy that will be for you!”….St Jerome (343-420) Doctor of the Church

mnary the moher of our lord - st jerome

PRAYER – O Mary, Mother of God and my mother, watch over me at every moment and keep me free from sin. Then upon my death, come to meet me and lead me to my eternal home in heaven. As you, St Hyacinth, took Mary with you and she made smooth your path, pray that we too may always ‘take Mary with us’ to lead us safely home to her son, who is our Lord, amen.

st hyacinth of poland pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 20 July

Quote/s of the Day – 20 July

“Let sleep find you holding your Bible
and when you head nods let it be resting
on the sacred page.”
St Jerome (343-420) One of the Original 4 Doctors

le sleep find you - st jerome

“The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind’s eye.
In it we see our inner face.
From the Scriptures we can learn
our spiritual deformities and beauties.
And there too we discover the progress
we are making and how far we are from perfection.”
St Gregory the Great (540-604) One of the Original 4 Doctors

the holy bible is like a mirror - st gregory he great

“The Old Testament is like a radio
with its hidden voice
announcing the One to come.
The New Testament is like a television
because the Word became both audible and visible.”
Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

the old testament - fulton sheen

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One Minute Reflection – 1 March

One Minute Reflection – 1 March

“Whoever is not with me is against me and whoever does not gather with me
scatters”………Luke 11:23

REFLECTION – “The devil desires to keep souls prisones but the Lord desires to set them free.   The devil incites us to evil but the Saviour invites us to practise good.   What accord is there between works that are so contrary?”…………..St Jerome

PRAYER – My Lord and my Saviour let me never give up the freedom from sin which You won for me. Help me to cling to You and shun all contact with evil. Help me Lord to renew my zeal and ambition to attain holiness in my Lenten journey. May my daily striving be because I love You, Lord Jesus, my love above all things! Amen

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One Minute Reflection – 22 February

One Minute Reflection – 22 February

“On this rock I will build my Church’,,,,,,,,,,Matthew 16:18

REFLECTION – “How blessed is the Church of Rome, on which the Apostles poured forth all their doctrine along with their blood!” (De Praescriptione Hereticorum, 36)…….Tertullian
“I decided to consult the Chair of Peter,
where that faith is found exalted by
the lips of an Apostle;
I now come to ask for nourishment for my soul there,
where once I received the garment of Christ.
I follow no leader save Christ,
so I enter into communion with Your beatitude,
that is, with the Chair of Peter,
for this I know is the rock upon which the Church is built”
(cf. Le lettere I, 15, 1-2)…………..St Jerome

PRAYER – Holy Father, send Your Divine Enlightener into the hearts of all Your faithful, filling us with the strength to fulfil our mission as the followers of the Chair of St Peter. And most of all, we pray Lord Holy God to inspire and light the way of our Holy Father, Francis. Sustain and guide him, keep him in health and strength, to lead Your people by the Light of the Way and the Truth. Holy Father, have mercy on us, Holy Spirit guide and lead us, Lord Jesus Christ be our intercessor and teacher, amen.

on-this-rock-matthew-16-18on-this-rock-i-willbuild-my-church-matthew-16-18how-blessed-is-the-church-of-rome-tertulliani-decided-to-consult-the-chair-of-peter-st-jerome

 

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Our Morning Offering – 22 February

Our Morning Offering – 22 February

Show me, O Lord, Your mercy
and delight my heart with it.
Let me find You whom I so longingly seek.
Behold, here is the man whom the robbers seized,
manhandled, and left half dead on the road to Jericho.
Kind-hearted Samaritan, come to my aid!
I am the sheep who wandered into the wilderness.
Seek after me and bring me home again to Your fold.
Do with me according to Your Will,
that I may abide with You all the days of my life
and praise You with all those who are with You
in heaven for all eternity. Amen
By St Jerome

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