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Quote/s of the Day – 27 November – “But not a hair of your head shall perish.” … Luke 21:9

Quote/s of the Day – 27 November – Wednesday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 21:12–19

“Blessed are you
when men revile you
and persecute you …
on my account”

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But to bear with insult,
patiently undergo humiliation,
pray for those who persecute us (Mt 5,39.44) –
that is the Lord’s cup,
that is the Lord’s feast.“

Saint Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchbut-to-bear-with-insult-patiently-undergo-humiliation...st-augustine-feast-of-st-james-25-july-2019. and 27 nov 2019.jpg

“Sheltered under the name of
Jesus Christ,
I do not fear these pains ….”

Saint Lawrence (Died 258), Deacon and Martyrsheltered-under-the-name-of-jesus-christ-st-lawrence-10-aug-2019 and 27 nov 2019.jpg

“One doesn’t suffer
when one suffers
for Christ.”

Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984) Priest and Martyrone-doesnt-suffer-when-one-suffers-for-christ-bl-jerzy-pray-for-us-19-oct-2019and 27 nov 2019.jpg

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men,
I also will acknowledge before my Father,
who is in heaven…”

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Thought for the Day – 10 August -“Come. You have my Father’s blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you”

Thought for the Day – 10 August – Feast of St Lawrence, Martyr (Died 258)

When the archdeacon returned, instead of bringing vessels of gold and silver, he brought the poor of the city, saying, “Behold, these choice pearls, these sparkling gems that adorn the temple, these sacred virgins, I mean, and these widows who refuse second marriage…. Behold then, all our riches.”

“Come. You have my Father’s blessing!
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you”

The faithful watched there for three days to mourn their holy Archdeacon who had been so good to them. God, by the glory of this holy martyr, demonstrates the value He sets upon love for the poor.   Innumerable prayers were offered at his tomb.   Saint Lawrence continued from his throne in heaven his charity to those in need, granting them, as Saint Augustine says, the smaller graces which they sought, and leading them to the desire of better gifts.

Our Lord appears before us in the persons of the poor.   Charity to them is a great sign of predestination.   It is almost impossible, the holy Fathers assure us, for any one who is charitable to the poor, above all for Christ’s sake, to perish.

St Lawrence, Pray for Us!st lawence pray for us 10 aug 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 August – St Lawrence

Quote/s of the Day – 10 August – Feast of Saint Lawrence (Died 258), Deacon and Martyr,

“Today the noble martyr
offered pleasing sacrifice to God,
Today he, being grievously tested,
Endured unto the end the torment of his fire…”

From the Mass of Saint Lawrence,
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“Sheltered under the name of
Jesus Christ,
I do not fear these pains,
for they do not last long.”sheltered under the name of jesus christ - st lawrence - 10 aug 2019

“Learn, unhappy man,
how great is the power of my God,
for your burning coals give me refreshment
but they will be your eternal punishment.”

St Lawrence (Died 258)learn unhappy man - st lawrence - 10 august 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 10 August – “Whoever loves his life loses it ..”

One Minute Reflection – 10 August – Feast of Saint Lawrence (Died 258), Deacon and Martyr, Gospel: John 12:24–26

“Whoever loves his life loses it and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” … John 12:25

REFLECTION – “The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Laurence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him, spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him and in each case, conquered the devil as he persecuted him.  … The blessed Lawrence carried out the office of deacon in the Church of Rome.   In that office he administered Christ’s sacred blood to the faithful and for Christ’s sake he shed his own blood.   The blessed apostle John clearly expounded the mystery of the Lord’s Supper when he said:  “Just as Christ laid down his life for us, so should we lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 Jn 3:16).   Saint Lawrence understood this and acted accordingly.   His self-sacrifice was similar in kind to that which he received at the altar. He loved Christ in his life and imitated Him in death.

Brethren, let us imitate Lawrence if we truly love Christ.   We cannot show a better proof of our love than by imitating Him.   “Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example that we might follow his footsteps” (1 Pt 2:21)…   Indeed the garden of the Lord contains not only the roses of martyrdom but also the lilies of virginity, the ivy of marriage and the violets of widowhood.   So no-one, my dear brethren, need despair of his vocation.   Christ suffered for all…  Therefore we must try to understand how the Christian ought to imitate Christ other than by shedding his blood or enduring martyrdom.

The apostle Paul says of our Lord Jesus Christ:  “His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God.”   What majesty was His!   Paul adds: “He emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and became as men are” (Phil 2,6f.).   What humility He showed!   Christ humbled Himsel,; the Christian has His example to imitate.   “Christ became obedient” (v.8).   Why then should a Christian be proud?   It was after enduring this humility and defeating death that Christ ascended into heaven, let us follow Him.” … St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church (From a sermon delivered by St Augustine in about 400 AD on the occasion of the Feast of St Lawrence.)the-roman-church-commends-this-day-to-us-st-augustine-on-st-lawrence-10 aug 2017.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, You inspired St Lawrence with so ardent a love that his life was renowned for the service of Your people and his death for the splendour of his martyrdom.   Help us to love what he loved and to live as he showed us.   St Lawrence, Martyr for Christ and His Church, pray for us.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever amen.st-lawrence-pray-for-us-10-august-2018 and 2019.jpg

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Feast of St Lawrence and Memorials of the Saints – 10 August

St Lawrence (Died 258) Martyr (Feast)
St Lawrence here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/saint-of-the-day-feast-of-st-lawrence-of-rome-martyr/

St Agathonica of Carthage
St Agilberta of Jouarre
Bl Amadeus of Portugal O.F.M. (1420–1482)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/10/saint-of-the-day-blessed-amadeus-of-portugal-o-f-m-1420-1482/
St Aredius of Lyon
St Asteria of Bergamo
Bl Augustine Ota
St Bassa of Carthage
St Bessus
St Bettelin
St Blane (Died 590)
Bl Claude-Joseph Jouffret de Bonnefont
St Deusdedit the Cobbler
Bl Edward Grzymala
Bl Franciszek Drzewiecki
Bl Francois François
St Gerontius
Bl Hugh of Montaigu
Bl Lazare Tiersot
St Paula of Carthage
St Thiento of Wessobrunn

Martyrs of Alexandria – 260+ saints: A large number of Christians who died in Alexandria, Egypt between 260 and 267 in the persecutions of Decius and Valerian, whose names have not come down to us and who are commemorated together.

Martyrs of Rome – 165 saints: Group of 165 Christians martyred in the persecutions of Aurelian. 274 in Rome, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Antonio González Penín
• Blessed José Toledo Pellicer
• Blessed José Xavier Gorosterratzu Jaunarena
• Blessed Juan Martorell Soria
• Blessed Pedro Mesonero Rodríguez
• Blessed Victoriano Calvo Lozano

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Thought for the Day – 10 August – Feast of St Lawrence, Martyr (died 258)

Thought for the Day – 10 August – Feast of St Lawrence, Martyr (died 258)

When the archdeacon returned, instead of bringing vessels of gold and silver, he brought the poor of the city, saying, “Behold, these choice pearls, these sparkling gems that adorn the temple, these sacred virgins, I mean, and these widows who refuse second marriage…. Behold then, all our riches.”

“Come. You have my Father’s blessing!

Inherit the kingdom prepared for you”

Christ, that is to say, heavenly mercy, comes to the door of your house every day, not only spiritually to the door of your soul but also materially to the door of your house.   For every time a poor person approaches your house, it is without any doubt Christ who is coming, He who said:  “As often as you did it for one of these little ones, you did it for me.”   So don’t harden you heart, give a little money to Christ, from whom you want to receive the Kingdom.   Give a piece of bread to Him, from whom you hope to receive life. Welcome Him into your home, so that He might welcome you into His paradise.   Give Him alms, so that in return He might give you eternal life.

What audacity to want to reign in heaven with Him to whom you refuse to give alms in this world!   If you receive Him during this earthly journey, He will welcome you into His heavenly happiness;  if you despise Him here in your homeland, He will turn His eyes away from you in His glory.   A Psalm says: “In your city, Lord, you despise their image.” (Ps 72:20 Vulg.)   If we despise those who are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26) in our city, that is to say, in this life, we must fear being rejected in His eternal city.   So be merciful here below…   Thanks to your generosity, you will hear that wonderful word said to you:   “Come.   Inherit the kingdom prepared for you”

Saint Caesarius of Arles (470-543), Monk and Bishop (Sermon 26 # 5)

St Lawrence, your total and complete response to Christ is our example today, please pray for us!st lawrence pray for us - 10 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 10 August – Feast of St Lawrence, Martyr (died 258) – Today’s Gospel: John 12:24–26

One Minute Reflection – 10 August – Feast of St Lawrence, Martyr (died 258) – Today’s Gospel:  John 12:24–26

“If anyone serves me, he must follow me and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honour him.”…John 12:26if anyone serves me - john 12 26 - 10 august 2018

REFLECTION – “Dear brothers, your faith recognises this seed fallen into the earth that death has multiplied.   Your faith recognises it because it dwells in your hearts.   No christian hesitates to believe what Christ said of Himself.   But when this seed died and multiplied, many seeds were scattered on the earth.    Saint Lawrence is one of them and today we celebrate the day when he was sown.   We see what a tremendous harvest has sprung up from all those seeds scattered over all the earth and the sight fills us with joy, provided only that we ourselves belong to God’s grain store, by His grace.
For not everything that is harvested goes into the grain store.   The same necessary and fruitful rain causes both good seed and straw to grow but we don’t store both of them in the barn.   Now is the time for us to choose…  Listen to me, you holy seed, for I have no doubt that it is here in abundance…  Listen to me or, rather, listen to Him in me who was first called a good seed.   Do not love your life in this world!   If you truly love yourselves do not thus love your life and then you will save your life!.. “Whoever loves his life in this world will lose it.”   It is the good seed who said that: the seed thrown into the ground who died that He might bear much fruit.   Listen to Him because as He speaks so has He done.  He both teaches us and shows us the way by example.
Christ wasn’t attached to the life of this world.   He came into the world to be stripped of Himself, to give His life and take it up again when He willed…  He, the true man, is true God, a sinless man that He might take away the sin of the world, clothed with power so great that He could truly say:  “I have power to lay down my life and power to take it up again.   No one can take it from me;   it is I who lay it down and I who take it up again” (Jn 10,18)…. St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church (Sermon 305)now is the time for us to choose - st augustine - 10 august 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You inspired St Lawrence with so ardent a love that his life was renowned for the service of Your people and his death for the splendour of his martyrdom.   Help us to love what he loved and to life as he showed us.   St Lawrence, Martyr for Christ and His Church, pray for us.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever amen.st lawrence pray for us - 10 august 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 August – The Feast of St Lawrence

 Quote/s of the Day – 10 August – The Feast of St Lawrence of Rome

“Sheltered under the name of Jesus Christ,
I do not fear these pains, for they do not last long.”

“Learn, unhappy man, how great is the power of my God;
for your burning coals give me refreshment
but they will be your eternal punishment.”

St Lawrence

learn unhappy man - st lawrence

“(St Lawrence) loved Christ in his life, he imitated Him in his death…After all, we shall not be able to give a better proof of love than by imitating His example…”

“Christ humbled himself:  you have something, Christian, to latch on to.
Christ became obedient. – Why do you behave proudly?
After running the course of these humiliations and laying death low,
Christ ascended into heaven – let us follow Him there.
Let us listen to the Apostle telling us, ‘If you have risen with Christ,
savour the things that are above and is, seated at God’s right hand.’ “

(From a sermon delivered by St. Augustine in about 400 AD on the occasion of the Feast of Saint Lawrence.)

st lawrence imitated Christ in his life - st Augustine

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One Minute Reflection – 10 August

One Minute Reflection – 10 August

“I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat;  but if it dies, it produces much fruit.   Whoever loves his life loses it and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.”…John 12:24-25

REFLECTION – “The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Laurence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and in each case, conquered the devil as he persecuted him.   For in that Church, you see, as you have regularly been told, he performed the office of deacon; it was there that he administered the sacred chalice of Christ’s blood;  there that he shed his own blood for the name of Christ…And we too, brethren, if we truly love Him, let us imitate Him.   After all, we shall not be able to give a better proof of love than by imitating His example;  for Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, so that we might follow in His footsteps.” …(From a sermon delivered by St. Augustine in about 400 AD on the occasion of the Feast of Saint Lawrence.)

the roman church commends this day to us-st augustine on st lawrence

PRAYER – Lord God, You inspired St Lawrence with so ardent a love that his life was renowned for the service of Your people and his death for the splendour of his martyrdom.   Help us to love what he loved and to life as he showed us.   St Lawrence, Martyr for Christ and His Church, pray for us.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever amen.

ST LAWRENCE PRAY FOR US

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Saint of the Day – Feast of St Lawrence of Rome – Martyr

Saint of the Day – St Lawrence of Rome – Martyr and Deacon (ArchDeacon – distributor of alms and “Keeper of the Treasures of the Church”) – (Born at Huesca, Spain –  cooked to death on a gridiron on 10 August 258).  (Latin: Laurentiuslit. “laurelled”.   St Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy under Pope St Sixtus II who were martyred in the persecution of the Christians that the Roman Emperor Valerian ordered in 258.    His remains were  buried in the cemetery of Saint Cyriaca on the road to Tivoli, Italy.   His tomb was opened by Pelagius to inter the body of Saint Stephen the Martyr and his mummified head removed to the Quirinal Chapel.   The gridiron believed to have been his deathbed is in San Lorenzo in Lucina and his garments in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Lateran Palace.   Patronages – against fire, against lumbago, of archives, archivists, armories, armourers, brewers, butchers, chefs, cooks, comedians, comediennes, comics, confectioners, cutlers, deacons, glaziers, laundry workers, librarians, libraries, paupers, the poor, restauranteurs, schoolchildren, students, seminarians, stained glass workers, tanners, vine growers, vintners, wine makers, Ceylon, Sri Lanka, 38 cities and dioceses.   Attributes – book of Gospels, cross,
gridiron, deacon holding a book, deacon holding a gridiron, deacon holding a bag of money, purse of money.

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Saint Lawrence was chief of the seven Roman deacons of Pope Sixtus II who had been his mentor in Spain and taken him to Rome and ordained him as Deacon there, after he had been called to the Holy Office.   In 258, Emperor Valerian increased his persecutions of the Christians.   One day when Pope Sixtus II was in the cemetery of Saint Calistus celebrating Mass accompanied by some members of his clergy, he was arrested.   Along with him, the other six Roman deacons were arrested.   As the soldiers took the Pontiff to be put to death, Lawrence followed him in anguish crying out:  “Where are you going, my father, without your son? Where are you going, Holy Pontiff, without your deacon?   Isn’t it the custom to offer the sacrifice with an assistant?   Let me prove I am worthy of the choice you made when you entrusted me with the distribution of the Blood of Our Lord.” 

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The Pope replied to Saint Lawrence:  “I am not leaving you, my son.  They are lenient on old men, not the youth. A greater combat is reserved for you.  You will follow me in three days.” With the Pontiff’s execution, Lawrence was the highest ranking church authority left in Rome.

Saint Lawrence was brought before Cornelius Secularis, prefect of Rome under the Emperor Valerian, who, according to Dom Prosper Guéranger in his Liturgical Year:  “aimed at ruining the Christians by prohibiting their assemblies, putting their chief men to death, and confiscating their property.”   Saint Lawrence asked for a short delay, so he could gather these riches for the prefect and true to the promise of Pope Sixtus, returned three days after the pontiff’s death to hand them over.   However, heeding Pope Sixtus II’s final words, Lawrence used his three days to distribute the material wealth of the Church to the poor, before the Roman authorities could lay their hands on it.

When the archdeacon returned, instead of bringing vessels of gold and silver, he brought the poor of the city, saying, “Behold, these choice pearls, these sparkling gems that adorn the temple, these sacred virgins, I mean, and these widows who refuse second marriage…. Behold then, all our riches.”   In response to his boldness, Cornelius ordered the scourging and torture of Saint Lawrence upon the rack.

st lawrence arrested

From the Liturgical Year:
“…Lawrence was taken down from the rack about midday.   In his prison, however, he took no rest but wounded and bleeding as he was, he baptised the converts won to Christ by the sight of his courageous suffering.   He confirmed their faith and fired their souls with a martyr’s intrepidity.   When the evening hour summoned Rome to its pleasures, the prefect recalled the executioners to their work, for a few hours’ rest had sufficiently restored their energy to enable them to satisfy his cruelty.” 

Surrounded by this ill-favored company, the prefect thus addressed the valiant deacon:  ‘Sacrifice to the gods, or else the whole night long shall be witness of your torments.’ ‘My night has no darkness,’answered Laurence, ‘and all things are full of light to me.’   They struck him on the mouth with stone, but he smiled and said, ‘I give Thee thanks, O Christ.’

Then an iron bed or gridiron with three bars was brought in and the saint was stripped of his garments and extended upon it while burning coals were placed beneath it.   As they were holding him down with iron fork, Lawrence said ‘I offer myself as a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.’   The executioners continually stirred up the fire and brought fresh coals, while they still held him down with their forks.   Then the saint said:  ‘Learn, unhappy man, how great is the power of my God; for your burning coals give me refreshment but they will be your eternal punishment. I call Thee, O Lord, to witness:  when I was accused, I did not deny Thee;  when I was questioned, I confessed Thee, O Christ; on the red-hot coals I gave Thee thanks.’   And with his countenance radiant with heavenly beauty, he continued:  ‘Yea, I give Thee thanks, O Lord Jesus Christ, for that Thou hast deigned to strengthen me.’ He then raised his eyes to his judge and said:  ‘See, this side is well roasted; turn me on the other and eat.’ Then, continuing his canticle of praise to God [he said]:  ‘I give Thee thanks, O Lord, that I have merited to enter into Thy dwelling place.’

As he was on the point of death, he remembered the Church.  The thought of the eternal Rome gave him fresh strength and he breathed forth this ecstatic prayer:  ‘O Christ, only God, O Splendour, O Power of the Father, O Maker of heaven and earth and builder of this city’s walls!   Thou has placed Rome’s scepter high over all;  Thou hast willed to subject the world to it, in order to unite under one law the nations which differ in manners, customs, language, genius, and sacrifice.   Behold the whole human race has submitted to its empire and all discord and dissensions disappear in its unity.   Remember thy purpose:  Thou didst will to bind the immense universe together into one Christian Kingdom.   O Christ, for the sake of Thy Romans, make this city Christian;  for to it Thou gavest the charge of leading all the rest to sacred unity.  All its members in every place are united – a very type of Thy Kingdom;  the conquered universe has bowed before it.  Oh! may its royal head bowed in turn! Send Thy Gabriel and bid him heal the blindness of the sons of Iulus, that they may know the true God.   I see a prince who is to come – an Emperor who is a servant of God.   He will not suffer Rome to remain a slave; he will close the temples and fasten them with bolts forever.’

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Thus he prayed and with these last words, he breathed forth his soul.   Some noble Romans who had been conquered to Christ by the martyr’s admirable boldness, removed his body:  the love of the most high God had suddenly filled their hearts and dispelled their former errors.   From that day, the worship of the infamous gods grew cold;  few people went now to the temples but hastened to the altars of Christ.   Thus Lawrence, going unarmed to the battle, had wounded the enemy with his own sword.”

The burned body of Saint Lawrence was carried away by converted Roman Senators who buried him in a grotto in the Verano field, near Tivoli.   On this day, the reliquary containing his burnt head is displayed in the Vatican for veneration.   His feast spread throughout Italy and northern Africa after his martyrdom—and even Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote a beautiful sermon on St Lawrence’s life, connecting his “treasures of the Church” to martyrdom and the Holy Eucharist.   Emperor Constantine built a beautiful basilica in Lawrence’s honour.   Saint Lawrence is especially honoured in the city of Rome, where he is one of the city’s patrons.   There are several churches in Rome dedicated to him, including San Lorenzo in Panisperna, traditionally identified as the place of his execution.  The gridiron on which he was grilled is venerated there today.

... Relic of St Lawrence of Rome by Lawrence OPGrill of St. LawrenceHigh altar

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Since the Perseid Meteor Shower typically occurs every year in mid-August, on or near Saint Lawrence’s feast day, some refer to the shower as the “Burning Tears of Saint Lawrence.”   Saint Lawrence, for his care and love of the poor, is considered their patron.   For having saved the treasures of the Church—including its documents, he is recognized as the patron saint of librarians.   For his courage in being grilled to death, he is also the patron saint of cooks and kitchen workers.

St Lawrence pray for us all!