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Quote/s of the Day – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Quote/s of the Day – 29 June – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

“Their sound has gone out into all the earth
and their words to the ends of the world”

Psalm 19psalm-19-sts-peter-and-paul-29 june 2017

“Where Peter is,
there is the Church.
Where the Church is,
there is Jesus Christ.
Where Jesus Christ is,
there is eternal salvation.”

St Ambrose (340-397)
One of the original four Doctors of the Churchwhere peter is - st ambrose - 29 june 2018where-peter-is-2 - 29 june 2017 - st ambrose

“There is one day for the passion of two apostles.
But these two also were as one;
although they suffered on different days, they were as one.
Peter went first, Paul followed.
We are celebrating a feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of the apostles.
Let us love their faith, their lives, their labours,
their sufferings, their confession of faith, their preaching.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchthese-two-also-were-as-one-staugustine-29 june 2017

“There must be general rejoicing, dearly beloved,
over this holy company whom God has appointed
for our example in patience and for our confirmation in faith.
But we must glory even more in the excellence of their fathers,
Peter and Paul, whom the grace of God has raised
to such a height among all the members of the Church
that He has set them like twin lights
of eyes in that Body whose head is Christ.”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Father & Doctor of the Churchhe has set them like twin lights inthe eyes - st pope leo the great - 29 june 2018

Today the Lord repeats to me, to you…: Follow Me!
Waste no time in questioning or in useless chattering;
do not dwell on secondary things but look to what is essential and follow Me.
Follow Me without regard for the difficulties.
Follow Me in preaching the Gospel.
Follow Me by the witness of a life shaped by the grace you received in baptism….. and holy orders.
Follow Me by speaking of Me, to those with whom you live, day after day,
in your work, your conversations and among your friends.
Follow Me by proclaiming the Gospel to all, especially to the least among us,
so that no one will fail to hear the word of life,
which sets us free from every fear
and enables us to trust in the faithfulness of God.
Follow Me!

Pope Francis – Homily 29 June 2014today the lord repeats to me - follow me - pope francis - 29 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – – 10 November – The Memorial of St Pope Leo the Great (c400-461) Doctor of the Church

Thought for the Day – – 10 November – The Memorial of St Pope Leo the Great (c400-461) Doctor of the Church

Leo is called Great in large part because he saved the city of Rome on two separate occasions.   But far more noteworthy is his work safeguarding the Roman and apostolic faith from the confusion of so many different figures.   Since Christ as perfect Man reveals man to himself (concerning which Vatican II reminds us in Gaudium et Spes §22), understanding Christ’s dignity is essential for recognising our own as restored and elevated in the grace He has won for us.

Preserving and transmitting this teaching does not usually oblige us to face the barbarians at the gates.   In the face of those who would obscure the truth, our call—Pope Leo’s call—is to put on what St Paul calls “the mind of Christ.”   Embracing what we ourselves have received, we can be tailored to His understanding of us, rather than our conjectures about Him.   There are only two choices: we can either remember Him Whose members we are in the Body of Christ, or slide into the grave danger highlighted by John Courtney Murray, SJ:

“Self-understanding is the necessary condition of a sense of self-identity and self-confidence, whether in the case of an individual or in the case of a people… Otherwise the peril is great. The complete loss of one’s identity is, with all propriety of theological definition, hell.   In diminished forms it is insanity.”

As to insanity, some would say riding out to meet a barbarian without an army fits the bill.   But knowing himself and the One who called him, Pope Leo could ride out to Attila, confident that the Hun’s efforts would amount to an empire built on sand, a mass of broken lives and a brief (but memorable) footnote in the textbooks….(Br Leo Camurati OP)

St Pope Leo the Great Pray for us, that we may build our houses upon the Rock of Christ and His Church!st pope leo THE GREAT - pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 November – The Memorial of St Pope Leo the Great (c400-461) Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 10 November – The Memorial of St Pope Leo the Great (c400-461) Doctor of the Church

“Peter has spoken by the mouth of Leo.”

“Those who are not good to others
are bad to themselves.”

“PEACE is the first thing the angels sang.
PEACE is the mark of the children of God.
PEACE is the nurse of love.
PEACE is the mother of unity.
PEACE is the rest of the blessed souls.
PEACE is the dwelling place of eternity.”

“The faith of those who LIVE
their faith is a serene faith.
What you long for will be given you;
what you love will be yours for ever.”quotes of st pope leo the great - peter has spoken - 10 nov 2017

“Our sharing in the Body and Blood of Christ
has no other purpose than to transform us
into that which we receive.”our sharing in the body - st leo - 10 nov 2017

“God decreed that all nations should be saved in Christ.
Dear friends, now that we have received instruction
in this revelation of God’s grace, let us celebrate
with spiritual joy the day of our first harvesting,
of the first calling of the Gentiles.
Let us give thanks to the merciful God,
“who has made us worthy,” in the words of the Apostle,
“to share the position of the saints in light;
who has rescued us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of this beloved Son.”
This came to be fulfilled, as we know, from the time
when the star beckoned the three wise men
out of their distant country and led them to recognise
and adore the King of heaven and earth.
The obedience of the star calls us
to imitate its humble service:
to be servants, as best we can,
of the grace that invites all men to find Christ.”god decreed - st leo the great - 10 nov 2017

“The cross of Christ is the true ground
and chief cause of Christian hope.”

“Let no one be ashamed of the cross
by which Christ has redeemed the world.
None of us must be afraid to suffer
for the sake of justice or doubt the
fulfillment of the promises,
for it is through toil that we come to rest
and through death that we pass to life.”

“By Baptism we are made flesh of the Crucified.”by baptism - st leo the great - quotes on the cross - 10 nov 2017

“No-one, however weak, is denied
a share in the victory of the cross.
No-one is beyond the help
of the prayer of Christ.”no-one however weak - st pope leo - 10 nov 2017

St Pope Leo the Great (c400-461) Doctor of the Church

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One Minute Reflection – 10 November – The Memorial of St Leo the Great (c 400-461) Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 10 November – The Memorial of St Leo the Great (c 400-461) Doctor of the Church

No temptation has overtaken you, that is not common to man. God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength but with the temptation, will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it....1 Corinthians 10:13

REFLECTION – “Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.”…St Pope Leo the Great (c 400-461)virtue is nothing without - st leo the great - 10 nov 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, You built Your Church on the firm foundation of the Apostle Peter and You promised that the gates of hell would never overcome it. So too, may we trust in Your power, that by our faith we may receive the grace to withstand the enemy who will not prevail against us. May your Holy Spirit grant us the grace of fortitude to withstand our temptations, supported by the prayers of St Pope Leo the Great, keep us ever faithful to Your love. Amenst pope leo pray for us - 10 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 10 November – The Memorial of St Pope Leo the Great (c400-461) Doctor of the Church

Our Morning Offering – 10 November – The Memorial of St Pope Leo the Great (c400-461) Doctor of the Church

Prayer of St Pope Leo the Great

Grant to us, O Lord,
not to mind earthly things
but rather to love heavenly things,
that while all things around us pass away,
we even now may hold fast
to those things which last forever.
Amen

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Saint of the Day – 10 November – St Pope Leo I Doctor of the Church (c 400 – 461)

Saint of the Day – 10 November – St Pope Leo I Doctor of the Church (c 400 – 461)  Born in Tuscany, he became Pope in the year 440.   He was a true father and shepherd of his people.   He constantly strove to preserve the integrity of the faith, defended the unity of the Church, repelled or alleviated the incursions of the barbarians and, in very truth, he is called the GREAT!  (Born c 400 at Tuscany, Italy – 461 at Rome).  He was a Roman aristocrat and was the first pope to have been called “the Great”.   He is perhaps best known for having met Attila the Hun in 452 and persuading him to turn back from his invasion of Italy.   He is also a Doctor of the Church, most remembered theologically for issuing the Tome of Leo, a document which was a major foundation to the debates of the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon.   The Council of Chalcedon, the fourth ecumenical council, dealt primarily with Christology, and elucidated the orthodox definition of Christ’s being as the hypostatic union of two natures, divine and human, united in one person, “with neither confusion nor division”.leo 1

Only two popes have earned the title Great—Gregory I and Leo I. Leo was born in the beginning of the fifth century.   When he was a deacon, other church leaders looked to him for advice and for explanations of the faith.   Leo was sent to settle arguments between leaders.   With strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the Church and of the Church as the ongoing sign of Christ’s presence in the world, Leo the Great displayed endless dedication as pope. Elected in 440, he worked tirelessly as “Peter’s successor,” guiding his fellow bishops as “equals in the episcopacy and infirmities.”

Leo is known as one of the best administrative popes of the ancient Church.  His work branched into four main areas, indicative of his notion of the pope’s total responsibility for the flock of Christ.   He worked at length to control the heresies of Pelagianism–overemphasizing human freedom– Manichaeism–seeing everything material as evil–and others, placing demands on their followers so as to secure true Christian beliefs.

A second major area of his concern was doctrinal controversy in the Church in the East, to which he responded with a classic letter setting down the Church’s teaching on the two natures of Christ.   With strong faith, he also led the defense of Rome against barbarian attack, taking the role of peacemaker.leo and attilaleo sculpture at st peters

In these three areas, Leo’s work has been highly regarded.   His growth to sainthood has its basis in the spiritual depth with which he approached the pastoral care of his people, which was the fourth focus of his work.  He is known for his spiritually profound sermons.   An instrument of the call to holiness, well-versed in Scripture and ecclesiastical awareness, Leo had the ability to reach the everyday needs and interests of his people.   One of his sermons is used in the Office of Readings on Christmas.   Almost 100 sermons and 150 letters of Leo I have been preserved.

It is said of Leo that his true significance rests in his doctrinal insistence on the mysteries of Christ and the Church and in the supernatural charisms of the spiritual life given to humanity in Christ and in his Body, the Church.  Thus Leo held firmly that everything he did and said as pope for the administration of the Church represented Christ, the head of the Mystical Body and Saint Peter, in whose place Leo acted.

Leo died on 10 November 461 and, as he wished to be buried as close as possible to the tomb of St Peter, his body was placed in a tomb in the portico of St Peter’s basilica.   In 688 his remains were moved inside the basilica itself.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that Leo’s papacy “…was undoubtedly one of the most important in the Church’s history.”

The significance of Leo’s pontificate lies in his assertion of the universal jurisdiction of the Roman bishop, as expressed in his letters and still more in his 100 extant orations. This assertion is commonly referred to as the doctrine of Petrine supremacy.

According to Leo and several Church Fathers as well as certain interpretations of the Scriptures, the Church is built upon Peter, in pursuance of the promise of Matthew 16:16–19.    Peter participates in everything which is Christ’s;  what the other apostles have in common with him they have through him.   What is true of Peter is true also of his successors.   Every other bishop is charged with the care of his particular flock, the Roman pontiff with that of the whole Church.   Other bishops are his assistants in this great task.   In Leo’s eyes the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon acquired their validity from his confirmation.

Leo’s letters and sermons reflect the many aspects of his career and personality and are invaluable historical sources.   His rhythmic prose style, called cursus leonicus, influenced ecclesiastical language for centuries.

In 1754 Pope Benedict XIV proclaimed Leo I a Doctor of the Church.

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 April – Good Friday

Quote/s of the Day – 14 April – Good Friday

“The passion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience.    What may not the hearts of believers promise themselves as the gift of God’s grace, when for their sake God’s only Son, co-eternal with the Father, was not content only to be born as man from human stock but even died at the hands of the men he had created?”

– St. Augustine

THE PASSION-ST AUGUSTINE

“No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross.    No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ.    His prayer brought benefit to the multitude that raged against him.   How much more does it bring to those who turn to him in repentance.”

St. Leo the Great

ST LEO THE GREA

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Thought for the Day – 1 March 2017- Ash Wednesday

“And so we begin a new spiritual journey today – a journey of preparation to rise with the Risen Lord on the day of Easter.   As part of our preparation, the Gospel sets before us reflections on three cardinal works necessary for our spiritual life: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.   These three works deal with three important areas of our life.   Prayer is our relationship with God;  fasting aims at our personal growth and almsgiving reveals our relationship with our neighbour and our responsibilities toward them.

During the Eucharistic celebration today we will be marked with ashes.   By imposing ashes on our foreheads, we are reminded to repent of our sins, to believe in the Gospel and to aim at what is permanent – life with the Risen Lord.” Fr Devasia Joseph SSP

“What the Christian should be doing at all times
should be done now (during Lent) with greater care and devotion,
so that the Lenten fast enjoined by the apostles
may be fulfilled, not simply by abstinence from food
but above all by the renunciation of sin.” – St Pope Leo the Great

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