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Quote/s of the Day – 19 June –

Quote/s of the Day – 19 June – Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests and the Memorial of Bl Maria Rosa Flesch FSMA (1826-1906)

“We, Christians,
are the true Israel which springs from Christ,
for we are carved out of His Heart,
as from a Rock!”

St Justin Martyr (100-165)
Father of the Church and Martyr

we-christians-are-the-true-israel-st-justin-martyr-28-june-2019-sacrd-heart05 and 19 june 2020

Looking forward to never-ending communion,
St Gertrude ended her earthly life on 17 November 1301 or 1302,
at the age of about 46.
In the seventh Exercise, that of preparation for death, St Gertrude wrote:

“O Jesus, You who are immensely dear to me,
be with me always,
so that my heart may stay with You
and that Your love may endure with me, 
with no possibility of division
and bless my passing,
so that my spirit,
freed from the bonds of the flesh,
may immediately find rest in you.
Amen”

St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

prayer to the sacred heart for our death - st gertrude the great 19 june 2020 sacred heart

“If the Jewish High priest carried the names
of the twelve tribes of Israel
written on his shoulders and on his breast,
how much more Christ, our High Priest,
carries our names
written on His Heart”

St John of Avila (1500-1569)
Doctor of the Church

if-the-jewish-high-priests-st-john-of-avila-28-june-2019-sacred-heart and 19 june 2020

“Do everything
out of love for God,
for God,
with God,
to get to God.”

Bl Maria Rosa Flesch FSMA (1826-1906)

do everything out opf love for god, for god, with god, to get to god - blmaria rosa flesch 19 june 2020 sacred heart

“The priesthood
is the love
of the heart of Jesus”

St John Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859)
Patron of Priests

the-priesthood-is-the-love-st-john-vianney-28-june-2019-sacred-heart and 19 june 2020

“Ah! Beside You I am not afraid of anything!
I snuggle up against You and,
like the lost sheep,
hear the beating of Your Heart.
Jesus, yet again I am Yours,
Yours forever.
With You, I am truly great,
without You, nothing but a weak reed. 
Upheld by You,
I am a pillar!”

St John XXIII (1881-1963)

Journal of a soul, 1901-1903

ah beside you i am not afraid - st john XXIII 19 june 2020 sacred heart

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One Minute Reflection – 3 June – God of the living

One Minute Reflection – 3 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Wednesday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Readings: 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12, Psalm 123:1-2, Mark 12:18-27 and the Memorial of St Juan Grande OH (1546-1600)

“He is not God of the dead but of the living.” …Mark 12:27

REFLECTION – “How blind are the eyes of the intellect on its own!   For they have not noticed that “the blind see, the lame walk” (Mt 11:5) on earth at the Saviour’s word…  so that we might believe that the flesh in its entirety will rise again at the resurrection.   If He cured diseases of the flesh on this earth and restored wholeness to the body, how much more, will He do so at the moment of resurrection, so that the flesh might rise again wholly and without blemish…  It seems to me that such people fail to look, at the divine action in its totality, at the beginning of creation, in the forming of man.   They don’t attend to the reason why earthly things were made.
The Word said:  “Let us make man in our image and likeness” (Gn 1:26)… Obviously man, formed in the image of God, was flesh.  Therefore, how absurd it is to claim, that flesh formed by God in His own image is despicable and worthless!   Clearly flesh must be precious in God’s eyes since it is His creation.   And since the culmination of His plan for all the rest of creation is to be found in it, this is what has the greatest worth in the eyes of the Creator.”… St Justin (c 100-160), Martyr, Apologist, Philosopher, Father of the Church (Treatise on the resurrection, 2.4.7-9)mark 12 27 - he is not the god of the dead but of the living - if he cured diseases of the flesh - st justin - 6 june 2018

PRAYER – Holy Father, You made us, we belong to You. Grant that by the prayers of all your holy saints, we may attain eternal life with You to praise and worship You for all eternity.   May the prayers of St Juan Grande (1546-1600) assist us our earthly pilgrimage.   We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus, with You and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st juan grande pray for us 3 june 2020

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Memorials of “Mary Mother of the Church, Mater Ecclesiae” and the Saints – 1 June

“Mary Mother of the Church, Mater Ecclesiae” – The First Monday after Pentecost – established by Pope Francis – 1st official Memorial 2018

Vatican Decree here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/pope-francis-institutes-new-celebration-of-mary-mother-of-the-church/

mary mater ecclesiae - mother of the church - pray for us - 21 may 2018

St Justin Martyr (c 100-165) Father of the Church (Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/01/saint-of-the-day-1-june-st-justin/

St Agapetus of Ruthenia
Bl Alfonso Navarrete Benito
Saint Annibale Maria di Francia (1851-1927)

Bl Arnald Arench
Bl Arnold of Geertruidenberg
St Atto of Oca
St Candida of Whitchurch
St Caprasius of Lérins
St Clarus of Aquitaine
St Claudius of Vienne
Bl Conrad of Hesse
St Conrad of Trier
St Crescentinus
St Cronan of Lismore
St Damian of Scotland
St Dionysius of Ruthenia
St Donatus of Lucania
St Felinus of Perugia
Bl Ferdinand Ayala
St Firmus
St Fortunatus of Spoleto
Bl Gaius Xeymon
St Gaudentius of Ossero
St Giuse Túc
St Gratian of Perugia
Bl Herculanus of Piegare
St Iñigo of Oña
St Ischryrion and Companions
Bl James of Strepar
St Jean-Baptiste-Ignace-Pierre Vernoy de Montjournal
Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905)
His Lifestory:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/01/saint-of-the-day-1-june-blessed-john-baptist-scalabrini-1839-1905-the-apostle-of-the-catechism-and-the-father-of-migrants/

Bl John Pelingotto
Bl John Storey
St Juventius
Bl Leo Tanaka
St Melosa
St Pamphilus of Alexandria
St Peter of Pisa
St Porphyrius of Alexandria
St Proculus of Bologna
St Proculus the Soldier
St Ronan
St Secundus of Amelia
St Seleucus of Alexandria
St Simeon of Syracuse
St Telga of Denbighshire
St Thecla of Antioch
Bl Theobald Roggeri
St Thespesius of Cappadocia
St Wistan of Evesham
St Zosimus of Antioch

Martyrs of Alexandria – 5 saints: A group five of imperial Roman soldiers assigned to guard a group of Egyptian Christians who were imprisoned for their faith in the persecutions of Decius. During their trial, they encouraged the prisoners not to apostatize. This exposed them as Christians, were promptly arrested and executed. Martyrs. Their names are – Ammon, Ingen, Ptolomy, Theophilis and Zeno. They were beheaded in 249 at Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Caesarea – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Galerius. We know little more about them than the name – Paul, Valens and Valerius. They diedf in 309 at Caesarea, Palestine.

Martyrs of Lycopolis – 6 saints: Five foot soldiers and their commander who were martyred for their faith by order of the imperial Roman prefect Arriano during the persecutions of Decius. In Lycopolis, Egypt.

Martyrs of Rome – 6 saints: A group of spiritual students of Saint Justin Martyr who died with him and about whom we know nothing else but their names – Carito, Caritone, Evelpisto, Ierace, Liberiano and Peone. In Rome, Italy.

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Quote of the Day – 19 April – Divine Mercy Sunday

Quote of the Day – 19 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

“We, Christians,
are the true Israel which springs from Christ,
for we are carved out of His Heart,
as from a Rock!”

St Justin Martyr (100-165)
Father of the Church and Martyr

we-christians-are-the-true-israel-st-justin-martyr-28-june-2019-sacrd-heart05 and divine mercy sunday 19 april 2020

“If the Jewish High priest carried the names
of the twelve tribes of Israel
written on his shoulders and on his breast,
how much more Christ, our High Priest,
carries our names
written on His Heart”

St John of Avila (1500-1569)
Doctor of the Church

if-the-jewish-high-priests-st-john-of-avila-28-june-2019-sacred-heart and 19 april 2020 divine mercy sunday

Divine Mercy 3 O’Clock Prayer
St Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938)

You expired, O Jesus,
but the source of life
gushed forth for souls
and an ocean of mercy
opened up for the whole world.
O Fount of Life,
unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelop the whole world
and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water,
which gushed forth
from the Heart of Jesus
as a fount of mercy for us,
I trust in You.
Amen

divine-mercy-3-oclock-prayer-div-mercy-sunday-28-april-2019-and-5-oct-2019 and 19 april 2020 div mercy sunday

“Jesus, I trust in You”
these words summarise the faith of the Christian,
which is faith in the omnipotence of God’s merciful Love.”

Pope Benedict XVI

REGINA CÆLI
Second Sunday of Easter, 15 April 2007

jesus i trust in you these words summarise the faith of the christian pope benedict div mercy sunday 19 april 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 December – A new birth in Christ.

Quote/s of the Day – 23 December – Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent, Year A

“We adore and love the Word, 
born of the unbegotten and ineffable God,
since He became man for our sake,
so that having become a partaker of our sufferings,
He might provide a remedy for them.”

St Justin Martyr (100 to 165)we adore and love the word - st justin martyr 23 dec 2019.jpg

“In adoring our Saviour’s birth,
it is our origin that we celebrate.
Christ’s temporal generation
is the source of the Christian people,
the birth of His Mystical Body.
All of us encounter in this Mystery
a new birth in Christ.”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461)
Father & Doctor of the Churchin-adoring-our-saviours-birth-22-dec-2017.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 June – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Quote/s of the Day – 28 June – Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

“We, Christians,
are the true Israel which springs from Christ,
for we are carved out of His Heart,
as from a Rock!”

St Justin Martyr (100-165)

Father of the Church and Martyrwe christians are the true israel - st justin martyr 28 june 2019 sacrd heart05

“If the Jewish High priest carried the names
of the twelve tribes of Israel
written on his shoulders and on his breast,
how much more Christ, our High Priest,
carries our names
written on His Heart”

St John of Avila (1500-1569)
Doctor of the Churchif the jewish high priests - st john of avila - 28 june 2019 sacred heart

“When the Church,
in the days immediately succeeding her institution,
was oppressed beneath the yoke of the Caesars,
a young Emperor saw in the heavens across,
which became at once the happy omen
and cause of the glorious victory,
that soon followed.
And now, to-day, behold,
another blessed and heavenly token
is offered to our sight-
the most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
with a cross rising from it and shining forth
with dazzling splendour amidst flames of love.
In that Sacred Heart
all our hopes should be placed
and from it,
the salvation of men
is to be confidently besought.
…. there is in the Sacred Heart
a symbol and a sensible image
of the infinite love of Jesus Christ
which moves us to love one another…”

Pope Leo XIII

ANNUM SACRUM (Holy Year)
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII
ON CONSECRATION TO
THE SACRED HEART
25 MAY 1899there-is-in-the-sacred-heart-pope-leo-xiii-and-john-19-34-but-one-soldier-9-june-2018-sacred-heart.jpg

” I wish to serve the Sacred Heart of Jesus, today and always.
I want my devotion to His Heart
to be the measure of all my spiritual progress.
I desire to do everything in intimate union
with the Sacred Heart of Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament.”

St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)i wish to serve the sacred heart of jesus - st john XXIII 28 june 2019 sacred heart.jpg

“By blood, I am Albanian.
By citizenship, an Indian.
By Faith, I am a Catholic Nun.
As to my calling,
I belong to the World.
As to my heart,
I belong entirely to
the Heart of Jesus.”by blood i am an albanian - st mother teresa 28 june 2019 sacred heart.jpg

“Do not let the past disturb you –
just leave everything in
the Sacred Heart
and being again
with joy!”

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)do not let the past disturb you - st mother teresa-28 june 2019 sacred heart351305

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Thought for the Day – 12 May – The Celebration of the Eucharist

Thought for the Day – 12 May – The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C

The Celebration of the Eucharist

Saint Justin Martyr (100-165)
Father of the Church, Apologist and Martyr

An excerpt from his First Apology in the Defence of Christians

No one may share the Eucharist with us, unless he believes that what we teach is true, unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ.

We do not consume the Eucharistic bread and wine as if it were ordinary food and drink, for we have been taught, that as Jesus Christ our Saviour became a man of flesh and blood by the power of the Word of God, so also the food, that our flesh and blood assimilates for its nourishment, becomes the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus, by the power of His own words, contained in the prayer of thanksgiving.

The apostles, in their recollections, which are called gospels, handed down to us what Jesus commanded them to do.   They tell us that He took bread, gave thanks and said – Do this in memory of me.   This is my body.   In the same way He took the cup, He gave thanks and said – This is my blood.   The Lord gave this command to them alone.   Ever since then, we have constantly reminded one another of these things.   The rich among us help the poor and we are always united.   For all that we receive, we praise the Creator of the universe through His Son Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

On Sunday, we have a common assembly of all our members, whether they live in the city or the outlying districts.   The recollections of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as there is time.   When the reader has finished, the president of the assembly speaks to us, he urges everyone to imitate the examples of virtue we have heard in the readings.   Then we all stand up together and pray.

On the conclusion of our prayer, bread and wine and water are brought forward.   The president offers prayers and gives thanks to the best of his ability and the people give assent by saying, “Amen.”   The Eucharist is distributed, everyone present communicates and the deacons take it to those who are absent.

The wealthy, if they wish, may make a contribution and they themselves decide the amount.   The collection is placed in the custody of the president, who uses it to help the orphans and widows and all who for any reason are in distress, whether because they are sick, in prison, or away from home.    In a word, he takes care of all who are in need.

We hold our common assembly on Sunday because it is the first day of the week, the day on which God put darkness and chaos to flight and created the world and because on that same day, our savioUr Jesus Christ rose from the dead.   For He was crucified on Friday and on Sunday He appeared to His apostles and disciples and taught them the things, that we have passed on for your consideration.no one may share in the eucharist - st justin martyr 12 may 2019.jpg

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Lenten Reflection – 9 April – “You will know that I Am He”

Lenten Reflection – 9 April – Tuesday of the Fifth week of Lent, First Reading: Numbers 21:4-9, Gospel: John 8:21–30

The Readings:
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalms 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21; John 8:21-30

“Accordingly Moses made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole and whenever the serpent bit someone, the person looked at the bronze serpent and recovered.”…Numbers 21:9

St Justin Martyr (100-165) Father of the Church and Martyr
comments on this verse from the First Reading proclaimed at Mass today:

“Tell me, did not God, through Moses, forbid the making of an image or likeness of anything in the heavens or on earth?   Yet didn’t He Himself have Moses construct the brazen serpent in the desert?   Moses set it up as a sign by which those who had been bitten by the serpents were healed.   In doing so, was Moses not free of any sin?   By this, as I stated above, God through Moses announced a mystery by which He proclaimed that He would break the power of the serpent, who prompted the sin of Adam.   He promises that He would deliver from the bites of the serpent (that is, evil actions, idolatries and other sins) all those who believe in Him who was to be put to death by this sign, namely, the Cross.”

(Dialogue with Trypho, 94)numbers 21 9 the brazen serpent - st justin martyr did not God - 9 april 2019.jpg

“When you have lifted up the Son of man,
then you will know that I Am He…”… John 8:28

Daily Meditation:
Enlighten our minds and sanctify our hearts.
In our reflection, Jesus is about to face a fiery furnace,
which represents the full onslaught of all our sins
and the crushing defeat of death itself.
Praying the Stations again,
might help us grow in a sense
that this is all “for me,” for my freedom.

We grow in a sense of repentance and deep sorrow.
We grow in a desire to celebrate
the glorious Light in the midst of all darkness.

Rid yourself of all your sins
and make a new heart and a new spirit.
Gospel antiphon, based upon Ezekiel 18:31

Closing Prayer:
Loving God,
You have heard my complaints, my impatience.
Sometimes I become frightened when I move away from You.
Guide my heart back to You.
Help me to think beyond my own wants
and to desire only to do You will.

Thank You for the many blessings in my life
and for the ways I feel Your presence.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.john 8 28 when yu have lifted up the son of man - tuesdayfifthweeklent 9 april 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 6 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B, Today’s Gospel Mark 12:18-27

One Minute Reflection – 6 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 12:18-27 and The Memorial of St Norbert (c 1080-1134) and St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)

“As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, (the) God of Isaac and (the) God of Jacob’?  He is not God of the dead but of the living.  You are greatly misled.” …Mark 12:26-27

REFLECTION – “How blind are the eyes of the intellect on its own!   For they have not noticed that “the blind see, the lame walk” (Mt 11:5) on earth at the Saviour’s word… so that we might believe that the flesh in its entirety will rise again at the resurrection.   If He cured diseases of the flesh on this earth and restored wholeness to the body, how much more, will He do so at the moment of resurrection, so that the flesh might rise again wholly and without blemish… It seems to me that such people fail to look, at the divine action in its totality, at the beginning of creation, in the forming of man.   They don’t attend to the reason why earthly things were made.
The Word said:  “Let us make man in our image and likeness” (Gn 1:26)…  Obviously man, formed in the image of God, was flesh.   Therefore how absurd it is to claim that flesh formed by God in his own image is despicable and worthless!   Clearly flesh must be precious in God’s eyes since it is His creation.   And since the culmination of His plan for all the rest of creation is to be found in it, this is what has the greatest worth in the eyes of the Creator.”…St Justin (c 100-160), Martyr, Apologist, Philosopher, Father of the Church (Treatise on the resurrection, 2.4.7-9)mark 12 27 - he is not the god of the dead but of the living - if he cured diseases of the flesh - st justin - 6 june 2018

PRAYER – Holy Father, You made us, we belong to You.   Grant that by the prayers of all your holy saints, we may attain eternal life with You to praise and worship You for all eternity.   May the prayers of St Norbert and St Marcellin, assist us our earthly pilgrimage.   We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus, with You and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-norbert-pray-for-us-2-6 JUNE 2017.st marcellin pray for us - 6 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day- 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165) Father of the Church

Quote/s of the Day- 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

Father of the Church

“We used to hate and destroy one another
and refused, to associate with people
of another race or country.
Now, because of Christ, we live together
with such people and pray for our enemies ”

“Let it be understood,
that those who are not found living
as He taught,
are NOT Christian- even though they profess
with the lips, the teaching of Christ.”we used to hate one another - let it be understood that those - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

“Not as common bread
or as common drink,
do we receive these…..
We have been taught,
that the food,
that has been Eucharistised,
by the word of prayer,
that food, which by assimilation,
nourishes our flesh and blood,
is the flesh and blood
of the incarnate Jesus.”not-as-common-bread-st-justin-martyr-1-june-2018.jpg

“The world suffers nothing from Christians
but hates them, because they reject its pleasures.”the world suffers nothing from Christians - 1 june 2018.jpg

“You can kill us
but you cannot do us
any real harm.”you can kill us - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

“We have strayed from the Immortal’s ways
and worship with a dull and senseless mind, Idols,
the workmanship of our own hands!”

St Justin Martyr (c 100-165) Father of the Churchwe-have-strayed-st-justin-martyr-1-june-2018.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

One Minute Reflection – 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

The words I spoke to you are spirit and life………John 6:64john-6-64 - 1 june 2017

REFLECTION – “As by, the Word of God, Jesus our Saviour was made Flesh and had both Flesh and Blood for our salvation, so also the food, which has been blessed by the word of the prayer, instituted by Him, is both the Flesh and Blood of Jesus Incarnate.”…St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

as by the word of god - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, my Saviour, let me daily take to my heart and my soul, Your words. Grant that they may lead me to penance and also provide needed consolation amid the troubles of life.   St Justin, when you discovered the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, your life was completely changed and given to Him, so that you could heed His command to go forth and spread the good news to all.   Please pray for us, that we may be inspired to imitate your courage and zeal, even as we struggle on our pilgrim path.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, with almighty God, our Father and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-justin-martyr-pray-for-us.- 1 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – 1 June

Thought for the Day – 1 June

In about 165, Justin was arrested for being a Christian but refused to give up his faith. The judge asked him, “Do you have an idea that you will go to heaven and receive some suitable rewards?” Justin answered, “It is not an idea that I have; it is something that I know well and hold to be most certain.”   The judge ordered him killed.   He was beheaded along with his companions for refusing to offer sacrifice to the Roman gods. St. Justin gave his life for Christ and died for the Saviour whom he loved above all else.   St Justin reminds us never to sacrifice to the false gods of our age.   That includes the materialism, hedonism and nihilism that are ever present.   We have received the gift of faith with little labour of our own.   Let us learn how to value it from those who reached it after long search and lived in the misery of a world which did not know God, not much different to our times.   Let us fear, as St. Justin did, the account we shall have to render for the gift of God.   We have been chosen as St Justin was, to do the work of Christ – to make Him known regardless of the consequences!  I am drawn to the thought “would I be open to changing my surname to ‘Martyr’ do I have the courage, the love for God to accept such a change?”

St Justin Martyr, pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day- 1 June

Quote/s of the Day- 1 June

“Many spirits are abroad in the world and the church
and the credentials they display are splendid gifts of
eloquence and ability.
Christian – look carefully – for the Print of the nails!”

“We used to hate and destroy one another
and refused to associate with people
of another race or country.
Now, because of Christ, we live together
with such people and pray for our enemies ”

“Let it be understood
that those who are not found living
as He taught,
are NOT Christian- even though they profess
with the lips the teaching of Christ.”

“Not as common bread or as common drink do we receive these…..
We have been taught that the food that has been Eucharistized
by the word of prayer, that food which by assimilation nourishes
our flesh and blood, is the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus.”

“The world suffers nothing from Christians
but hates them because they reject its pleasures.”

“You can kill us
but you cannot do us any real harm.”

St Justin Martyr

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St. Justin Martyr on the Eucharist

“No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes that what we teach is true, unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ.

We do not consume the eucharistic bread and wine as if it were ordinary food and drink, for we have been taught that as Jesus Christ our Saviour became a man of flesh and blood by the power of the Word of God, so also the food that our flesh and blood assimilates for its nourishment becomes the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus by the power of his own words contained in the prayer of thanksgiving.

The apostles, in their recollections, which are called gospels, handed down to us what Jesus commanded them to do.   They tell us that he took bread, gave thanks and said:  Do this in memory of me. This is my body. In the same way he took the cup, he gave thanks and said:This is my blood.   The Lord gave this command to them alone.   Ever since then we have constantly reminded one another of these things.   The rich among us help the poor and we are always united.   For all that we receive we praise the Creator of the universe through his Son Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

On Sunday we have a common assembly of all our members, whether they live in the city or the outlying districts.   The recollections of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as there is time.   When the reader has finished, the president of the assembly speaks to us; he urges everyone to imitate the examples of virtue we have heard in the readings.   Then we all stand up together and pray.

On the conclusion of our prayer, bread and wine and water are brought forward.   The president offers prayers and gives thanks to the best of his ability and the people give assent by saying, “Amen”.   The eucharist is distributed, everyone present communicates, and the deacons take it to those who are absent.

The wealthy, if they wish, may make a contribution and they themselves decide the amount.   The collection is placed in the custody of the president, who uses it to help the orphans and widows and all who for any reason are in distress, whether because they are sick, in prison, or away from home.   In a word, he takes care of all who are in need.

We hold our common assembly on Sunday because it is the first day of the week, the day on which God put darkness and chaos to flight and created the world and because on that same day our savior Jesus Christ rose from the dead.   For he was crucified on Friday and on Sunday he appeared to his apostles and disciples and taught them the things that we have passed on for your consideration.”  Here is a video of the Mass in 155 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-FwgO_s5_A

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One Minute Reflection – 1 June

One Minute Reflection – 1 June

The words I spoke to you are spirit and life………John 6:64

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REFLECTION – “Make sure that you never spurn the Saviour’s words.
They have in themselves such tremendous majesty that they can instil fear into those who have wandered from the path of righteousness, whereas they ever remain a great solace to those who heed them.”……..St Justin

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PRAYER – Lord Jesus, my Saviour, let me daily take to my heart and my soul Your words. Grant that they may lead me to penance and also provide needed consolation amid the troubles of live St Justin, when you discovered the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, your life was completely changed and given to Him so that you could heed His command to go forth and spread the good news to all. Please pray for us, that we may be inspired with your courage and zeal, amen.

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Saint of the Day – 1 June – St Justin

Saint of the Day – 1 June – St Justin also known as St Justin Martyr –  Martyr, first Christian Philosopher, Apologist, Orator, Teacher, Writer, Missionary (c100 – beheaded in 165 at Rome, Italy.  His relics in the Capuchin church, Romeat Nablus Palestine) – Patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, speakers, philosophers.  Attributes ax, pen, sword.

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Born at the turn of the second century, Justin grew up under pagan parents and early on began to seek after knowledge.   According to Justin himself, he studied under several of the most important philosophical systems of the day but found them all wanting.

Around the age of 30, however, he went out into a field near the sea to be be alone with his thoughts and had an encounter that would change his life.   An older man began to follow him at a distance. Justin turned to speak to him and before he really knew what was happening, the man was presenting the gospel.   Finally, Justin had found the true philosophy for which he had been searching. Of that moment, he wrote:

“A fire was suddenly kindled in my soul.   I fell in love with the prophets and these men who had loved Christ;  I reflected on all their words and found that this philosophy alone was true and profitable.   That is how and why I became a philosopher.   And I wish that everyone felt the same way that I do.”

Justin spent the rest of his life defending this true and profitable philosophy.   He even went to Rome itself to found a school at which he taught Christian philosophy.   He wrote several defenses of the Christian faith, even writing apologetic works directed to the Roman emperor and the Roman senate.   His books give us insight into the early Church. In one of them he described the ceremony of Baptism around the year 160. It was similar to the ceremony today.    In another place, he wrote that the Sunday meetings of the Christian community included readings from Scripture, a homily, offering of bread and wine and giving Holy Communion.  Two of his so-called apologies have come down to us; they are addressed to the Roman emperor and to the Senate.

After contending for Christianity with a cynic philosopher, he was turned in to the government as a heretic and false teacher.   They arrested him and six of his disciples. When asked to reject Christ and make a sacrifice to the Roman gods, Justin boldly replied:

“No one who is rightly minded turns from true belief to false.”

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The Trial of St Justin

In his new found faith, not only did he find truth but Justin found a truth worth living and dying for –– as he was beheaded for his refusal to denounce Jesus.   In his life, Justin sought to demonstrate how the Christian faith was consistent with reason and logic.  In his death, he earned the surname Martyr.