Quote of the Day – 9 January
“O Lord, wishing to fulfill all things
that You ordained before the ages,
You received the servants of Your mystery,
from among the Angels, Gabriel,
from among Men, the Virgin,
from among the Heavens, the Star
and from among the Waters, the Jordan,
in which You washed away the sin of the world,
O our Saviour, glory to You.”
St. John of Damascus
Thought for the Day – 4 December
John defended the Church’s understanding of the veneration of images and explained the faith of the Church in several other controversies.
For over 30 years, he combined a life of prayer with these defenses and his other writings.
His holiness expressed itself in putting his literary and preaching talents at the service of the Lord.
And so too, we have been graced with talents – many and varied – for what purpose BUT to use them at the service of the Lord!
St John Damascene Pray for us!
“The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God. …
I do not worship matter. I worship the Creator of matter
who became matter for my sake, who willed to take His abode in matter,
who worked out my salvation through matter.
Never will I cease honoring the matter which wrought my salvation! I honour it
but not as God. Because of this I salute all remaining matter with reverence
because God has filled it with his grace and power.
Through it my salvation has come to me.”
“The saints must be honoured as friends of Christ
and children and heirs of God. Let us carefully
observe the manner of life of all the apostles,
martyrs, ascetics and just men who announced
the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their
faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering
and perseverance unto death so that we may also
share their crowns of glory.”
“Angels are intelligent reflections of light,
that original light which has no beginning.
They can illuminate.
They do not need tongues or ears,
for they can communicate without speech, in thought.”
~~~ St John Damascene – Father and Doctor of the Church (Saint of the Day)
One Minute Reflection – 4 December
I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now…………..Jn 16:12
REFLECTION – God knows all things and provides what is profitable for each one.
He revealed what it is to our benefit to know. But He kept secret what we are
unable to bear now……….St John Damascene
PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help me to meditate on Your Revelations every day. Grant that by learning fully
what You have revealed, I may one day in heaen attain the knowledge of all that You did not reveal.
St John Damascene Pray for us!
PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF MARY by St John Damascene
I salute thee, O Mary!
thou art the hope of Christians:
receive the prayer of a sinner,
who loves thee tenderly,
honours thee in a special manner
and places in thee the whole hope
of his salvation. From thee I have my life.
Thou dost reinstate me in the grace of thy Son:
thou art the sure pledge of my salvation.
I beseech of thee, therefore, to deliver me
from the burden of my sins:
dispel the darkness of my mind,
banish from my heart the love of the world,
repress thou the temptations of mine enemies
and so rule my whole life, that by thy means
and under thy guidance,
I may obtain everlasting happiness in heaven.
Saint of the Day – 4 December – St John Damascene/John of Damascus FATHER & DOCTOR of the CHURCH “called the “last of the Church Fathers”(675/6-749) – Patron of Pharmacists, icon painters, theology students
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family. When his father died, he became the governor of Damascus. But the spirit of the Muslim rulers was turning against Christians, so John left his position in the government and became a monk in Jerusalem. He spent most of his life in the monastery of Saint Sabas, near Jerusalem and all of his life under Muslim rule, indeed, protected by it.
He is famous in three areas:
First, he is known for his writings against the iconoclasts, who opposed the veneration of images. Paradoxically, it was the Eastern Christian emperor Leo who forbade the practice, and it was because John lived in Muslim territory that his enemies could not silence him.
Second, he is famous for his treatise, Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, a summary of the Greek Fathers (of which he became the last). It is said that this book is for Eastern schools what the Summa of Aquinas became for the West.
Third, he is known as a poet, one of the two greatest of the Eastern Church, the other being Romanus the Melodist. His devotion to the Blessed Mother and his sermons on her feasts are well known.
Apostleship of Prayer Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36pyHrbbW0Y