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Quote/s of the Day – 26 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:1-4 “The Widow’s Mite”

Quote/s of the Day – 26 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:1-4 “The Widow’s Mite”

Speaking of:  Almsgiving

“When you can do good,
defer it not, because
“alms delivers from death.”

St Polycarp (69-155)when you can do good defer it not - st polycarp - speaking alms - 26 nov 2018

“In the matter of piety, poverty serves us better than wealth
and work better than idleness, especially since wealth
becomes an obstacle even for those
who do not devote themselves to it.
Yet, when we must put aside our wrath, quench our envy,
soften our anger, offer our prayers and show a disposition
which is reasonable, mild, kindly and loving,
how could poverty stand in our way?
For we accomplish these things not by spending money
but by making the correct choice.
Almsgiving, above all else, requires money but even this,
shines, with a brighter lustre, when the alms are given
from our poverty.
The widow who paid in the two mites, was poorer
than any human but she outdid them all.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctoralmsgiving, above all else, - st john chrysostom - speaking of alms - 26 nov 2018

“As far as you can, do some manual work.
so as to be able to give alms, for it is written,
that alms and faith purify from sin.”

St Poemen (340-450)it is written that alms - speaking of alms - st poemen - 26 nov 2018

“Let us give alms because these
cleanse our souls from the stains of sin.
Men lose all the material things
they leave behind them in this world
but they carry with them the reward of their charity
and the alms they give.
For these they will receive from the Lord
the reward and recompense they deserve.”

St Francis of Assisi (c 1181-1226)let us give alms - st francis - speaking of alms - 26 nov 2018

“Satisfaction consists in the cutting off
of the causes of the sin.
Thus, fasting is the proper antidote to lust;
prayer to pride, to envy, anger and sloth;
alms to covetousness.”

St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)satisfaction consists - st richard of chichester speaking of alms - 26 nov 2018

“If you are attached to the things of this earth,
you should give alms sufficient, to enable you
to punish your avarice, by depriving yourself,
of all, that is not absolutely necessary for life.”

St John Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859)if you are attached - st john vianney -speaking of alms - 26 nov 2018

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Thought for the Day – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Apostolic Father of the Church

Thought for the Day – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Apostolic Father of the Church

The story of Polycarp’s martyrdom is the earliest recorded account of a Christian martyr.

Polycarp was a disciple of St John the apostle.   While still quite young, he became the bishop of Smyrna and was one of the most respected leaders in the first half of the second century.   St Ignatius of Antioch and St Irenaeus spoke highly of him and people loved him very much.

Polycarp was seized for being a Christian.   Persecution and death would not tear him away from Jesus now.   Polycarp was led into the stadium of Smyrna.   The crowd demanded that he be left to the lions but instead he was sentenced to death by fire.   An eyewitness account claims that the flames didn’t harm him.   He was finally killed by the sword and his body was burned.

The community of believers celebrated the anniversary of Polycarp’s death with great joy, for in him they had seen an outstanding example of love and patience.   He had held strong and had won the treasure of eternal life.   Polycarp is remembered as an Apostolic Father, one who was a disciple of the apostles.

St Polycarp was a Christian leader in a pagan world.   He spoke clearly and simply, fearless in love and defense of Christ, even though persecutions raged around him.   He sought only to hand on the message he had been given by John.   Even as Polycarp prepared for martyrdom, his joy and confident trust were evident to all.

St Polycarp pray for us!st polycarp - pray for us - no 2 - 23 feb 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Father of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Father of the Church

“Stand fast, therefore, in this conduct
and follow the example of the Lord, firm
and unchangeable in faith, lovers of the brotherhood,
loving each other, united in truth,
helping each other with the mildness of the Lord, despising no man.”

“You threaten me with fire
which burns for an hour
and after a little is extinguished
but are ignorant of the fire
of the coming judgement
and of eternal punishment,
reserved for the ungodly.”

“Let us, therefore, forsake the vanity of the crowd
and their false teachings and turn back to the word
delivered to us from the beginning.”

“Hear me declare with boldness, I am a Christian!”

St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Father of the Churchquotes of st polycarp-23 feb 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Father of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Father of the Church and Friday of the First Week of Lent 2018

Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear news of you, that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind struggling together for the faith of the gospel...Philippians 1:27

REFLECTION – “Eighty and six years have I served Christ, nor has He ever done me any harm.   How, then, could I blaspheme my King who saved Me?….I bless Thee for deigning me worthy of this day and this hour that I may be among Thy martyrs and drink the cup of my Lord Jesus Christ.”…St Polycarpeight and six years have I served Christ - st polycarp - 23 feb 2018

PRAYER – Lord of all creation, You gave St Polycarp, a place in the company of the Martyrs.   Grant that, through his intercession, we may, like him, drink from that cup which Christ drank and so rise to eternal life.   Through Christ our Lord, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st polycarp - pray for us - 23 feb 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Father of the Church

Our Morning Offering – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Father of the Church

Prayer Before His Martyrdom
St Polycarp

Lord God almighty,
Father of Jesus Christ,
Your dear Son,
through whom we have come to know You,
God of the angels and powers,
God of all creation,
God of those who live in Your presence,
the race of the just, I bless You.
You have considered me worthy
of this day and hour,
worthy to be numbered with the Martyrs
and to drink the cup of Your Anointed One,
and thus to rise and live forever,
body and soul,
in the incorruptibility of the Holy Spirit.
Amenprayer before his martyrdom - st polycarp - 23 feb 2018

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Saint of the Day – 23 February – St Polycarp (c 69 – c 155) Martyr and Father of the Church

Saint of the Day – 23 February – St Polycarp of Smyrna – (69-155) – Martyr, Apostolic Church Father and Bishop of Smyrna, Writer, Preacher, Theologian – Patron against dysentery and earache.   Bishop of Smyrna (Asia Minor), Polycarp was martyred between 155 and 167.   His name means “much fruit”.HEADER - st polycarp

It is recorded by St Irenaeus, who heard him speak in his youth and by Tertullian, that he had been a disciple of John the Apostle.    Saint Jerome wrote that Polycarp was a disciple of John and that John had ordained him bishop of Smyrna.

 

With Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp is regarded as one of three chief Apostolic Fathers.   The sole surviving work attributed to his authorship is his Letter to the Philippians and a letter addressed to him by Ignatius of Antioch, he is known especially for the account of his martyrdom, the first such account to be written after the narrative of Stephen’s martyrdom in the Acts of the Apostles.   This extraordinary narrative was composed shortly after Polycarp’s death.   Many passages should be quoted here, like this one, where the governor invites Polycarp to curse Christ.   Here is the bishop’s response:

“For eighty six years I have been His servant and He has done me no wrong.   How can I blaspheme against my king and saviour?”   

 

This text is also the first one where we find a mention of the cult of relics and of the celebration of the anniversary of the martyrdom:  “Collecting the remains that were dearer to us than precious stones and finer than gold, we buried them in a fitting spot. Gathering there, so far as we can, in joy and gladness, we will be allowed by the Lord to celebrate the anniversary day of his martyrdom, both as a memorial for those who have already fought the contest and for the training and preparation of those who will do so one day.”

 

Last year’s post with more detail:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/saint-of-the-day-23-february-st-polycarp-of-smyrna/

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 January – The memorial of St Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) Apostle of Sri Lanka – “Speaking of Charity”

Quote/s of the Day – 16 January –  The memorial of St Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) Apostle of Sri Lanka – “Speaking of Charity”

“Help one another
with the generosity
of the Lord
and despise no one.
When you have
the opportunity
to do good,
do not let it go by.”

St Polycarp of Smyrna (69-155) Father of the Churchhelp one another - st polycarp - 16 jan 2018

“No one has ever been accused
for not providing ornaments
…Do not, therefore, adorn the church
and ignore your afflicted brother,
for he is the most precious temple of all.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Churchno one has ever - st john chrysostom - 16 jan 2018

“Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows
because charity itself is the soul’s beauty.”

“You cannot attain to charity except through humility.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchbeauty grows in you - st augustine - 16 jan 2018

“It is by the path of love, which is charity,
that God draws near to man and man to God.
But where charity is not found,
God cannot dwell.
If, then, we possess charity,
we possess God, for “God is Charity”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Churchit is by the path of love - st albert the great - 16 jan 2018

If you want God to hear your prayers,
hear the voice of the poor.
If you wish God to anticipate your wants,
provide those of the needy without waiting
for them to ask you.
Especially anticipate the needs of those
who are ashamed to beg.
To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.”

St Thomas of Villanova (1486-1555)if you want god to hear your prayers - st homas of villanova - 16 jan 2018

“No man discovers anything big
if he does not make himself small.”

“Show me your hands.
Do they have scars from giving?
Show me your feet.
Are they wounded in service?
Show me your heart.
Have you left a place for divine love?”

Venerable Fulton J Sheen (1895-1979)no man discovers - ven fulton sheen - 16 jan 2018