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One Minute Reflection – 19 May – ‘Are You the sweet song of love …’

One Minute Reflection – 19 May – “Mary’s Month” – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter,Readings: Acts 16: 22-34, Psalms 138: 1-2, 2-3, 7-8, John 16: 5-11 and the Memorial of St Francisco Coll y Guitart OP (1812-1875) “The Apostle of Modern Times”

“It is better for you that I go.   For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.   But if I go, I will send him to you.” … John 16:7

REFLECTIONSt Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] OCD (1891-1942) Martyr, Co-Patron of Europe
“Who are You, sweet light, that fills me
and illumines the darkness of my heart? (…)
Are You the master who builds the eternal cathedral,
Which towers from the earth through the heavens?
Animated by You, the columns are raised high
And stand immovably firm.
Marked with the eternal name of God,
They stretch up to the light,
Bearing the dome
That crowns the holy cathedral,
Your work that encircles the world:
Holy Spirit, God’s moulding hand! (…)

Are You the sweet song of love
And of holy awe
That eternally resounds around the triune throne,
That weds in itself, the clear chimes of each and every being?
The harmony
That joins together, the members to the Head,
In which each one
Finds the mysterious meaning of being blessed
And joyously surges forth,
Freely dissolved in Your surging,
Holy Spirit, eternal jubilation!”john 16 7 but if i go i will send him - st teresa benedicta are you the sweet song of love 19 may 2020

PRAYER – Almighty God and Father, Your ways are not our ways, teach us to willingly agree to them, for You know which way we should go.   Help us to say “yes” always to Your plan and to render ourselves, as a sacrament of Your divine love to all we meet.   Fill us with the Your grace and Your Spirit, to make us Your tools, to bring glory to Your kingdom.   Our Father, who art in heaven, may Your Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.   Mary Mother of God, pray for us! St Francisco Coll, you who constantly sought to be a light of the beauty of God, pray for us!   Through our Our Lord Jesus Christ with You, in the union of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.ianua caeli heaven's gate pray for us mary - 25 aug 2019

st francisco coll y guitart pray for us 19 may 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 30 April – ‘You are with me.’

One Minute Reflection – 30 April – Tuesday of the Second week of Easter. Readings: Acts 4:32-37, Psalm 93:1-2, 5, John 3:7-15

“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear its sound but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.   So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” … John 3:8john 3 8 the wind blows where it wishes - 21 april 2020

REFLECTIONSt Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] OCD (1891-1942) Martyr
“At last I stood at Church’s gate.
It opened. I sought admission.
From Your priest’s mouth Your blessing greets me.
Within me stars are strung like pearls.
Red blossom stars show me the path to You.
They wait for You at Holy Night.
But Your goodness
Allows them to illuminate my path to You.
They lead me on.
The secret which I had to keep in hiding
Deep in my heart,
Now I can shout it out –
I believe-I profess!
The priest accompanies me to the altar,
I bend my face-
Holy water flows over my head.

Lord, is it possible that someone who is past
Midlife can be reborn (Jn 3:4)?
You said so and for me it was fulfilled,
A long life’s burden of guilt and suffering
Fell away from me.
Erect I receive the white cloak,
Which they place round my shoulders,
Radiant image of purity!
In my hand I hold a candle.
Its flame makes known
That deep within me glows Your holy life.

My heart has become Your manger,
Awaiting You,
But not for long!
Maria, Your mother and also mine
Has given me her name.
At midnight she will place her newborn child
Into my heart.

Ah, no-one’s heart can fathom,
What You’ve in store for those who love You (1Cor 2:9).
Now You are mine and I won’t let You go.
Wherever my life’s road may lead,
You are with me.
Nothing can ever part me from Your love (Rm 8:39).”ah-no-ones-heart-can-fathom-st-teresa-benedicta-30-april-2019 and 21 april 2020

PRAYER – True Light of the World, Lord Jesus Christ, as You enlighten all men for their salvation, fill us the grace of the Holy Spirit, that our eyes may be opened and our path visible.   May our hearts be filled with the certainty of Your love and grant us the grace to share Your light with all.   May Your love in us overcome all things, let there be no limit to our faith, our hope and our endurance.   Lead us in Your ways of peace to eternal life by Your Mother’s protecting help.   Who live and reign with the Father and Holy Spirit, God forever and ever, amen.bl virgin mary mother of god pray for us 27 july 2019

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 December – The Feast of the Holy Innocents

Quote/s of the Day – 28 December – The Feast of the Holy Innocents – The Fourth Day of the Christmas Octave

“These then, whom Herod’s cruelty
tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom,
are justly hailed as “infant martyr flowers”;
they were the Church’s first blossoms,
matured by the frost of persecution
during the cold winter of unbelief.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of the Churchthese-then-28-dec-2017 and 2019.jpg

“The star of Bethlehem
shines forth in the dark night of sin.
Upon the radiance
that goes forth from the manger,
there falls the shadow of the cross.
In the dark of Good Friday, the light is extinguished
but it rises more brightly, as the sun of grace.
on the morning of the resurrection.
The road of the incarnate Son of God,
is through the cross and suffering.
to the splendour of the resurrection.
To arrive with the Son of Man,
through suffering and death,
at this splendour of the resurrection,
is the road for each one of us,
for all mankind.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
[Edith Stein] (1891-1942)the star of bethlehem shines forth - st teresa benedicta - holy innocents 28 dec 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 December – “See the gold that I expect of you” – St Stephen

Quote/s of the Day – 26 December – Feast of St Stephen the ProtoMartyr and The Second Day in the Christmas Octave

“Love, indeed, is the source
of all good things,
it is an impregnable defence
and the way that leads to heaven.   
He who walks in love
can neither go astray,
nor be afraid,
love guides him,
protects him
and brings him
to his journey’s end.”

St Fulgentius of Ruspe (460-533)love indeed is the source of all good things - st stephen - by st fulgentius 26 dec 2019.jpg

“He [St Stephen],
followed the Lord in what may be,
by nature, the most difficult and even,
apparently, impossible for the human heart.
He fulfilled the command to love one’s enemies,
as did the Saviour Himself.
The Child in the manger,
who has come to fulfill His Father’s will,
even to death on the Cross,
sees before Him in spirit,
all who will follow Him on this way.
His heart goes out to the youth
whom He will one day await with a palm
as the first to reach the Father’s throne.
His little hand points him out to us,
as an example, as if to say,
“See the gold that I expect of you.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

[Edith Stein] (1891-1942)see the gold that i expect of you - st teresa benedicta of the cross 26 dec 2019 st stephen.jpg

“For believers, the day of death
and even more so,
the day of martyrdom,
is not the end of everything
but rather, the “passage”
to immortal life,
it is the day of the final birth,
the “dies natalis.”
Thus is understood,
the link that exists between
the “dies natalis” of Christ
and the “dies natalis”
of St Stephen.
If Jesus had not been
born on earth,
men would not have been able
to be born for heaven.
Precisely because
Christ was born,
we are able
to be “reborn.”

Pope Benedict XVI

26 December 2006for believers the day of death - st stephen - pope benedict 26 dec 2019.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 9 August – “Let go of your plans.”

Quote of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr

“Let go of your plans.
The first hour of your morning belongs to God.
Tackle the day’s work that He charges you with
and He will give you the power to accomplish it.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/09/quote-s-of-the-day-9-august-the-memorial-of-st-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross-1891-1942-martyr/let go of your plans - st teresa benedicta of the cross 9 aug 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 10 August – Follow me

One Minute Reflection – 10 August – Friday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Matthew 16:24–28 and the Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” ... Matthew 16:24matthew 16 24 - if any man ...take up his cross and follow me - 9 aug 2019 no 2 lg

REFLECTION – “Two years before he gave his spirit back to heaven… Francis understood that just as he had imitated Christ in the actions of his life, so he should be conformed to him… in his Passion…  He was in no way terrified but… by the Seraphic ardour of his desires, he was transformed into Him who chose to be crucified, because of “the excess of his love” (Eph 2:4).   On a certain morning about the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, while Francis was praying on the mountainside, he saw a Seraph with six fiery and shining wings descend from the height of heaven.   And when, in swift flight, the Seraph had reached a spot in the air near the man of God, there appeared between the wings, the figure of a man crucified, with His hands and feet extended in the form of a cross and fastened to a cross…

When Francis saw this, he was overwhelmed and his heart was flooded with a mixture of joy and sorrow.   He rejoiced, because of the gracious way Christ looked upon him under the appearance of the Seraph but, the fact that he was fastened to a cross, “pierced his soul with a sword” of compassionate sorrow (Lk 2:35).   He wondered exceedingly at the sight of so unfathomable a vision, realising that the weakness of Christ’s passion, was in no way compatible, with the immortality of the Seraph’s spiritual nature.   Eventually, he understood by a revelation from the lord, that divine providence had shown him this vision so that, as Christ’s lover, he might learn in advance, that he was to be totally transformed into the likeness of Christ crucified, not by the martyrdom of his flesh but by the fire of his love consuming his soul.” … St Bonaventure OFM (1221-1274) Doctor of the Churcheventually he understood that he was to be - st bonaventure on st francis - 9 aug 2019

PRAYER – “O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You. Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me and I shall be met with peace. How wondrous are the marvels of Your love, we are amazed, we stammer and grow dumb, for word and spirit fail us. Amen” …St Teresa Benedicta of the Crossi-do-not-see-very-far-ahead-st-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross-9-aug-2018.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 9 August – I Shall Follow You

Our Morning Offering – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr

I Shall Follow You
By St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

O Prince of Peace,
to all who receive You,
Your bright light and peace.
Help me to live in daily contact with You,
listening to the words You have spoken
and obeying them.
O Divine Child, I place my hands in Yours;
I shall follow You.
Oh, let Your divine life flow into me.
O my God, fill my soul with holy joy,
courage and strength to serve You.
Enkindle Your love in me
and then walk with me
along the next stretch of road before me.
I do not see very far ahead
but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down,
a new prospect will open before me
and I shall meet with peace.
How wondrous are the marvels of Your love,
We are amazed, we stammer and grow dumb,
for word and spirit fail us.
Ameni shall follow you - o prince of peace - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 august 2019

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Memorials of the Saints – 9 August

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr, Co-Patron of Europe (Optional Memorial)
Here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/09/saint-of-the-day-9-august-st-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross-edith-stein-1891-1942/
AND:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/saint-of-the-day-9-august-st-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross-ocd/

St Amor of Franche-Comté
St Autor of Metz
St Bandaridus of Soissons
St Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro
St Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola (1845-1912)
St Claude Richard
St Domitian of Châlons
Bl Falco the Hermit
St Firmus of Verona
Bl John Norton
Bl John of Salerno
Bl John Talbot
St Marcellian of Civitavecchia
Bl Michal Tomaszek
St Nathy
St Numidicus of Carthage
St Phelim
Bl Richard Bere
St Romanus Ostiarius
St Rusticus of Sirmium
St Rusticus of Verona
St Secundian of Civitavecchia
St Stephen of Burgos
Bl Thomas Palaser
St Verian of Civitavecchia
Bl Zbigniew Adam Strzalkowski

Martyrs of Civitavecchia: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Decius. We know little more than the names – Marcellian, Secundian and Verian. 250 near Civitavecchia, Italy.

Martyrs of Constantinople: 10 saints: A group of ten Christians who were arrested, tortured and executed for defending an icon of Christ in defiance of orders from Emperor Leo the Isaurian. We know the names of three, but nothing else about them – Julian, Marcian and Mary. They were beheaded in Constantinople.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Antonio Mateo Salamero
Bl Faustino Oteiza Segura
Bl Florentín Felipe Naya
Bl Florentino Asensio Barroso
Bl Francisco López-Gasco Fernández-Largo
Bl Guillermo Plaza Hernández
Bl Joan Vallés Anguera
Bl José María Garrigues Hernández
Bl Josep Figuera Rey
Bl Josep Maria Aragones Mateu
Bl Julián Pozo Ruiz de Samaniego
Bl Mateo Molinos Coloma
Bl Narcís Sitjà Basté

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 July – Our Vocation

Quote/s of the Day – 10 July – Wednesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 10:1–7

“And preach as you go, saying,
‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

Matthew 10:7matthew 10 7 and preach as you go - 10 july 2019

“It is our
vocation
to stand
before God
for all.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)it is our vocation to stand before god for all st teresa benedicta 10 july 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 30 June – “Follow me.”

One Minute Reflection – 30 June – Thirteenth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 9:51–62 and the Memorial of Gennaro Maria Sarnelli C.Ss.R. (1702–1743)

“Follow me.”…Luke 9:59

REFLECTION – “The Saviour preceded us on the path of poverty.   All the possessions of heaven and earth belonged to Him.   They presented for Him no danger, He could make use of them while keeping His heart completely free.   But He knew that it is almost impossible for a human being to have possessions without subjecting ourselves to them and becoming a slave.   That is why He gave up everything and so showed us by His example, even more than by His words, that only the one who possesses nothing possesses everything.   His birth in a stable and His flight to Egypt already showed, that the Son of the Man had nowhere to rest His head.   Whoever wants to follow Him must know that we have here below no permanent dwelling.   The more deeply we become aware of it, the more ardently we shall aim towards our future dwelling and we shall exult in the thought, that we will find our home in heaven.”…St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942) Martyr – Meditation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Crossluke 9 59 follow me - he gave up everyting - st teresa benedicta of the cross 30 june 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, strength of those who hope in You.   Support us in our prayer because we are weak and can do nothing without You.   Help us as we follow Your Son, whose Light leads us home to You.   Grant us always the help of Your grace and listen, we pray to the prayers of Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli, who cries to You on our behalf. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in unity with You and the Holy Spirit, one G always and for all eternity, amen.bl gennaro maria sarnelli pray for us 30 june 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 19 June – “When you pray, go to your inner room”

Thought for the Day – 19 June – Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 6:1–6 and the Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.”...Matthew 6:6

“When you pray, go to your inner room”

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein OCD (1891-1942)
Martyr, co-patron of Europe

The Prayer of the Church (trans. Darlington Carmel)

In those who have entered into the unity of the divine inner life, everything is one – rest and activity, contemplation and action, silence and speech, listening and communicating, loving receptiveness, and loving gift of self in thanksgiving and praise… We need hours of silent listening, when we allow the divine Word to work in us, until it craves to become fruitful in the sacrifice of praise and of action.

We need the traditional forms and participation in the set forms of acts of regular worship, so that the inner life can be awakened and guided and find a suitable expression.   The solemn divine praise must have its homes on earth, where it is developed, to the greatest perfection possible, to human beings.   From these, it ascends to heaven, for the whole Church and becomes effective in the members of the Church, quickening their interior life, inviting their participation.   But, it must itself be quickened from within, even in these places, by leaving space for silence and depth. Otherwise it would degenerate into mere lip-service.   Contemplative houses where souls stand in solitude and silence before the face of God, are a protection against this danger. They wish to be, in the heart of the Church, the love that vivifies all.we need hours of silent listening - st teresa benedicta edith stein 19 june 2019.jpg

St Romuald, Pray for Us!st-romuald-pray-for-us-no-2-19-june-2018.jpg

St Teresa Benedicta, Pray for Us!st-teresa-benedicta-pray-for-us-2-9 aug 2017.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 4 May – “It is I, be not afraid.”

One Minute Reflection – 4 May – Mary’s Month and a Marian Saturday of the Second Week of Easter,Gospel: John 6:16–21 and the Memorial of St José Maria Rubio y Peralta SJ (1864-1929)

“It is I, be not afraid.”…John 6:20john 6 20 - it is I be not afraid 4 may 2019

REFLECTIONSaint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942)
Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe – “At the Helm”

Fierce are the waves, Lord, rough the seas,
And dark, so dark, the night.
I beg of You to grant me, please,
On lonely vigil, light.

Then steer your ship with steady arm,
Trust me and rest your soul.
Your little boat I’ll keep from harm,
I’ll guide it toward its goal.

Be firm of purpose as you keep
The compass e’er in view.
Through stormy night you’ll cross the deep,
’twill help you to steer true.

The needle trembles faintly, then
Holds steady and prevails;
It points your way and guides you when
I, God, direct your sails.

Be therefore steadfast, calm and true,
Your God is at your side.
Through storm and night He’ll see you through
With conscience as your guide.then steer your ship - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 4 may 2019 john 6 20.jpg

PRAYER – Let us praise You Lord, with voice and mind and deed and since life itself is Your gift, may all we have and are, be Yours!   May our Mother be with us and pray for us and listen, we pray, to the prayers of St José Maria Rubio as we ask his intercession. Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, in union with You, one God for all eternity, amen.st jose maria rubio pray for us 4 may 2019

holy-mary-mother-of-god-pray-for-us-sinners-4-may-2018

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One Minute Reflection – 30 April – My heart has become Your manger

One Minute Reflection – 30 April – Tuesday of the Second week of Easter and the Feast of Our Lady, Mother of Africa (1840) and the Memorial of St Pope Pius V OP (1504-1572), The Pope of Lepanto

“…So that everyone who believes, may have eternal life in him”…John 3:15jesus and nicodemus john 3 15 everyone who believes may have eternal life in him 30april2019.jpg

REFLECTION –
“My Lord, God,
You have led me by a long, dark path,
Rocky and hard.
Often my strength threatened to fail me.
I almost lost all hope of seeing the light.
But when my heart grew numb with deepest grief,
A clear star rose for me.
Steadfast it guided me- I followed,
At first reluctant, but more confidently later.

At last I stood at Church’s gate.
It opened. I sought admission.
From Your priest’s mouth Your blessing greets me.
Within me stars are strung like pearls.
Red blossom stars show me the path to You.
They wait for You at Holy Night.
But Your goodness
Allows them to illuminate my path to You.
They lead me on.
The secret which I had to keep in hiding
Deep in my heart,
Now I can shout it out:
I believe-I profess!
The priest accompanies me to the altar:
I bend my face-
Holy water flows over my head.

Lord, is it possible that someone who is past
Midlife can be reborn (Jn 3:4)?
You said so and for me it was fulfilled,
A long life’s burden of guilt and suffering
Fell away from me.
Erect I receive the white cloak,
Which they place round my shoulders,
Radiant image of purity!
In my hand I hold a candle.
Its flame makes known
That deep within me glows Your holy life.

My heart has become Your manger,
Awaiting You,
But not for long!
Maria, Your mother and also mine
Has given me her name.
At midnight she will place her newborn child
Into my heart.

Ah, no-one’s heart can fathom,
What You’ve in store for those who love You (1Cor 2:9).
Now You are mine and I won’t let You go.
Wherever my life’s road may lead,
You are with me.
Nothing can ever part me from Your love (Rm 8:39).”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] OCD (1891-1942) Martyrah no-ones heart can fathom - st teresa benedicta 30 april 2019.jpg

PRAYER – True Light of the world, Lord Jesus Christ, as You enlighten all men for their salvation, give us grace, we pray, to herald Your coming, by preparing the ways of justice and of peace.   May the intercession of Your Mother and our Mother of Africa and St Pope Pius V, assist us on our journey to You.   Who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever, amen.our lady mother of africa pray for us 30 april 2019

st pope pius V pray for us - 30 april 2019

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A Blessed and Holy Easter to you all!

A Blessed and Holy Easter to you all!the-door-is-open-pope-benedict-1-april-2018 (1).jpg

Christós anésti.
Jesus Christ is risen! He is truly risen!
Alleluia
Amen

“The star of Bethlehem
shines forth in the dark night of sin.
Upon the radiance
that goes forth from the manger,
there falls the shadow of the cross.
In the dark of Good Friday,
the light is extinguished
but it rises more brightly, as the sun of grace.
on the morning of the resurrection.
The road of the incarnate Son of God,
is through the cross and suffering.
to the splendour of the resurrection.
To arrive with the Son of Man,
through suffering and death,
at this splendour of the resurrection,
is the road for each one of us,
for all mankind.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
[Edith Stein] (1891-1942)the star of bethlehem - st teresa benedicta 21 april 2019 for easter sunday.jpg

Day of resurrection, day of our joy !

A homily attributed to Saint John Chrysostom (345-407) – Father & Doctor

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Ps 118:24) Why? Because the sun is no longer darkened and everything is illuminated, the curtain in the Temple is no longer torn, the Church is revealed;  we are no longer holding palm branches, we are surrounding the newly baptised.

“This is the day the Lord has made”…   This now is the day in the real sense of the word, the triumphant day, the day consecrated to celebrating the resurrection, the day when we adorn ourselves with grace, the day when we share the spiritual Lamb, the day when we give milk to those who have just been born, the day when the plan of Providence for the poor is realised. “Let us rejoice and be glad in this day.”

This is the day when Adam was freed, when Eve was delivered from her pain, when savage death shuddered, when the power of rocks was broken, when the bars of the tomb were torn away…, when the unchangeable laws of the powers of hell were abrogated, when the heavens were opened because Christ, our Master, rose.

This is the day when, for the good of humankind, the green and fertile plant of the resurrection multiplied its offshoots all over the world as in a garden, when the lilies of the newly enlightened opened…, when the crowd of believers rejoices, when the martyrs’ crowns again grow green.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 December – Feast of the Holy Innocents – 4th Day of the Christmas Octave

Quote/s of the Day – 28 December – Feast of the Holy Innocents – 4th Day of the Christmas Octave

“We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
the white-robed army of martyrs praise you.”

From the Te Deumwe-praise-you-o-god-te-deum-28-dec-2017

“These then, whom Herod’s cruelty
tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom,
are justly hailed as “infant martyr flowers”;
they were the Church’s first blossoms,
matured by the frost of persecution
during the cold winter of unbelief.”these-then whom herod's cruelty - st augustine-28-dec-2017

”The precious death of any martyr
deserves high praise
because of his heroic confession;
the death of these children
is precious in the sight of God
because of the beatitude
they gained so quickly.
For already, at the beginning
of their lives, they pass on.
The end of the present life
is for them the beginning of glory.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe-precious-death-st-augustine-28-dec-2017

“The star of Bethlehem
shines forth in the dark night of sin.
Upon the radiance
that goes forth from the manger,
there falls the shadow of the cross.
In the dark of Good Friday, the light is extinguished
but it rises more brightly, as the sun of grace.
on the morning of the resurrection.
The road of the incarnate Son of God,
is through the cross and suffering.
to the splendour of the resurrection.
To arrive with the Son of Man,
through suffering and death,
at this splendour of the resurrection,
is the road for each one of us,
for all mankind.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

[Edith Stein] (1891-1942)the star of bethlehem shines forth in the dark night - st teresa benedicta 28dec2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 Oct – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 27 Oct – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Speaking of:  Marian Gems

“She (Mary) is like a fiery chariot,
because she conceived within her the Word,
the only-begotten Son of God.
She carries and spreads,
the fire of love,
because her Son IS love.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchshe mary is like a fiery chariot - st catherine of asiena - 27 oct 2018

“If every woman were an image
of the Mother of God, a spouse of Christ
and an apostle of the divine Heart,
she would fulfil her feminine vocation
no matter in what circumstances she lived
and what her external activities might be.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein (1891-1942)

if every woman - st teresa benedicta no 2 - 27 oct 2018

“O Blessed Rosary of Mary,
sweet chain which binds us to God,
bond of love which unites us to the angels,
tower of salvation against the assaults of hell,
safe port in our universal shipwreck,
we shall never abandon you.”

Bl Bartholomew Longo (1841-1926)o blessed rosary - bl bartholomew longo - 27 oct 2018

“Mary is the image and model of all mothers,
of their great mission to be guardians of life,
of their mission to be teachers
of the art of living
and of the art of loving.”

Pope Benedict XVImary is the image and model of all mothers - pope benedict - 27 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 16 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27–35

One Minute Reflection – 16 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27–35 – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian and St Ninian

“If any man would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross
and follow me.”…Mark 8:34

REFLECTION – “Being one with Christ is our sanctity, and progressively becoming one with him our happiness on earth, the love of the cross in no way contradicts being a joyful child of God. Helping Christ carry his cross fills one with a strong and pure joy, and those who may and can do so, the builders of God’s kingdom, are the most authentic children of God.   And so those who have a predilection for the way of the cross by no means deny that Good Friday is past and that the work of salvation has been accomplished.   Only those who are being saved, only children of grace, can in fact be bearers of Christ’s cross.   Only in union with the divine Head does human suffering take an expiatory power.   To suffer and to be happy although suffering, to have one’s feet on the earth, to walk on the dirty and rough paths of this earth and yet to be enthroned with Christ at the Father’s right hand, to laugh and cry with the children of this world and ceaselessly sing the praises of God with the choirs of angels – this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth.”…St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)to suffer and to be happy - st t benedicta of the Cross - 16 sept 2018

PRAYER – Look upon us Lord, Creator and Ruler of the whole world, give us the grace to serve You with all our hearts, to take up our cross and follow You, that we may come to know the power of Your love and the forgiveness which You give and You teach.   Grant that by the intercession of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian and St Ninian, we may attain the glory of Your kingdom and see You face to face.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.sts-cornelius-and-cyprian-pray-for-us-16 sept 2017st ninian pray for us - 16 sept 2018

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Thought for the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

Thought for the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

“A Lesson in Love”

Her name reflects her beloved spiritual sister and fellow Carmelite, Teresa of Ávila and her fate of sharing in the Cross of Christ in a very tangible, visible way. Edith, now Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, viewed her own life as a sacrificial offering to God for her people. In 1939, she offered her life to God for all those she loved:  for the Church, for the Carmelite Order, for the Jewish people, for her family, and for “the deliverance of Germany and peace throughout the world.”   Rather than give in to despair, darkness and hopelessness, Edith offered her own life and sufferings to God for others—even for those who murdered her.   She saw herself as her brothers’ keeper and asked Our Lord to accept her life for theirs.

A Jewish businessman from Cologne, Julius Markan, who had been put in charge of the prisoners at Westerbork Camp, remembers how she cared for those around her as they faced death. He wrote:

“Amongst the prisoners who were brought in on the 5th of August, Sister Benedicta stood out on account of her calmness and composure.   The distress in the barracks and the stir caused by the new arrivals were indescribable. Sister Benedicta was just like an angel, going around amongst the women, comforting them, helping them and calming them.   Many of the mothers were near to distraction, they had not bothered about their children the whole day long but just sat brooding in dumb despair.   Sister Benedicta took care of the little children, washed them and combed them, attending to their feeding and other needs.   During the whole of her stay there, she washed and cleaned for people, following one act of charity with another, until everyone wondered at her goodness.”

Another person who met her on the way to her death, Dr. Wielek, recalled a conversation he had with her in Westerbork just before she was transferred to Auschwitz:

“In one conversation she said to me: ‘The world is made up of opposites but in the end nothing remains of these contrasts.   What only remains is great love. How is it possible for it to be otherwise?’”

Indeed in this world, we do experience such opposites,good and evil, joy and suffering, life and death. “What only remains is great love.”   Edith’s final conviction teaches us how to suffer, how to offer ourselves and how to embrace a world so seemingly full of violations against the human person.   Edith shows how to live as a balm for these wounds in the world—and how such a life lived for Christ will ultimately heal it.
(Angela Micali Stout)

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Pray for us!st-teresa-benedicta-pray-for-us-2-9 aug 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

Quote/s of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

“Today I stood with you beneath the cross
And felt more clearly than I ever did
That you became our Mother only there.

But those whom you have chosen for companions
To stand with you around the eternal throne,

They must stand with you beneath the Cross,
And with the lifeblood of their bitter pains,
Must purchase heavenly glory for those souls
Whom God’s own Son entrusted to their care.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross – Good Friday 1938today-i-stood-with-you-beneath-the-cross-st-teresa-benedicta-9 aug 2017

“Our love of neighbour is the measure of our love of God.
For Christians — and not only for them —
no one is a ‘stranger’.
The love of Christ knows no borders”our-love-of-neighbour-is-the-measure-of-our-love-of-god-st-teresa-benedicta-9 aug 2017

“God is there in these moments of rest
and can give us, in a single instant, exactly what we need.
Then the rest of the day can take its course,
under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace.
And when night comes and you look back over the day
and see how fragmentary everything has been
and how much you planned that has gone undone
and all the reasons you have, to be embarrassed and ashamed:
just take everything, exactly as it is,
put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him.
Then you will be able to rest in Him – really rest –
and start the next day, as a new life.”just take everything - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

“Whatever did not fit in with my plan, did lie within the plan of God.
I have an ever deeper and firmer belief,
that nothing is merely an accident.
when seen in the light of God, that my whole life,
down to the smallest details,
has been marked out for me,
in the plan of Divine Providence
and has a completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes.
And so I am beginning to rejoice,
in the light of glory, wherein this meaning, will be unveiled to me.”i have an ever deeper and firmer belief - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

“Every true prayer, is a prayer of the Church,
by means of that prayer, the Church prays,
since it is the Holy Spirit, living in the Church,
Who in every single soul, ‘prays in us with unspeakable groanings’.”every true prayer - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

“Since Mary is the prototype of pure womanhood,
the imitation of Mary, must be the goal of girls’ education.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) since mary is the prototype - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 9 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 16:13–23

One Minute Reflection – 9 August – Thursday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 16:13–23 and the Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

“Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.“…Matthew 16:19whatever you bind on earth - matthew 16 -19

REFLECTION – “Sin is before all else, an offence against God, a rupture of communion with Him.   At the same time it damages communion with the Church.   For this reason, conversion entails, both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically, by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

Only God forgives sin (Mk 2,7).   Since He is the Son of God, Jesus says of Himself, “The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Mk 2,10) and exercises this divine power:  “Your sins are forgiven” (v.5; Lk 7,48).   Further, by virtue of His divine authority He gives this power to men to exercise in His name (Jn 20,21).   Christ has willed that in her prayer and life and action, His whole Church should be the sign and instrument of the forgiveness and reconciliation that He acquired for us at the price of His blood.   But He entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution, to the apostolic ministry, which He charged with the “ministry of reconciliation” (2Cor 5,18).   The apostle is sent out “on behalf of Christ” with “God making his appeal” through him and pleading: ”  Be reconciled to God” (v.20).

During His public life, Jesus not only forgave sins but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness, He reintegrated forgiven sinners, into the community of the People of God from which sin had alienated or even excluded them.   A remarkable sign of this is the fact that Jesus receives sinners at His table (Mk 2,16), a gesture that expresses in an astonishing way, both God’s forgiveness and the return to the bosom of the People of God (cf. Lk 15; 19,9).”…Catechism of the Catholic Church – § 1440-1443ccc 1440 - sin is before all else, an offence against god - 9 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord our God, the Light and Creator of Light, grant that faithfully pondering on all that is holy, we may ever live in the splendour of Your presence.   By the help and intercession of St Teresa Benedicta, You may never permit us to separate ourselves from You and thus we may come, to completion in You, Through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-teresa-benedicta-pray-for-us-9 aug 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

Our Morning Offering – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

I Do Not See Very Far Ahead
By St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)

O my God,
fill my soul with holy joy,
courage and strength to serve You.
Enkindle Your love in me
and then walk with me
along the next stretch of road before me.
I do not see very far ahead
but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down,
a new prospect will open before me
and I shall be met with peace.
How wondrous are the marvels of Your love,
we are amazed,
we stammer and grow dumb,
for word and spirit fail us.
Ameni do not see very far ahead - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

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Saint of the Day – 9 August – St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein (1891-1942)

Saint of the Day – 9 August – St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein (1891-1942) Nun, Discalced Carmelite, Martyr.   Below is a lengthy biography from the Vatican, it’s worth reading.

“We bow down before the testimony of the life and death of Edith Stein, an outstanding daughter of Israel and at the same time a daughter of the Carmelite Order, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a personality who united within her rich life a dramatic synthesis of our century.   It was the synthesis of a history full of deep wounds that are still hurting … and also the synthesis of the full truth about man.   All this came together in a single heart that remained restless and unfulfilled until it finally found rest in God.”   These were the words of Pope John Paul II when he beatified Edith Stein in Cologne on 1 May 1987.

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Edith Stein was born in Breslau on 12 October 1891, the youngest of 11, as her family were celebrating Yom Kippur, that most important Jewish festival, the Feast of Atonement.   “More than anything else, this helped make the youngest child very precious to her mother.”   Being born on this day was like a foreshadowing to Edith, a future Carmelite nun.   Edith’s father, who ran a timber business, died when she had only just turned two.   Her mother, a very devout, hard-working, strong-willed and truly wonderful woman, now had to fend for herself and to look after the family and their large business.   However, she did not succeed in keeping up a living faith in her children.   Edith lost her faith in God. “I consciously decided, of my own volition, to give up praying,” she said.

In 1911 she passed her school-leaving exam with flying colours and enrolled at the University of Breslau to study German and history, though this was a mere “bread-and-butter” choice.   Her real interest was in philosophy and in women’s issues.   She became a member of the Prussian Society for Women’s Franchise.   “When I was at school and during my first years at university,” she wrote later, “I was a radical suffragette.   Then I lost interest in the whole issue.  Now I am looking for purely pragmatic solutions.”st teresa benedicta info

In 1913, Edith Stein transferred to Gottingen University, to study under the mentorship of Edmund Husserl.   She became his pupil and teaching assistant and he later tutored her for a doctorate.   At the time, anyone who was interested in philosophy was fascinated by Husserl’s new view of reality, whereby the world as we perceive it does not merely exist in a Kantian way, in our subjective perception.   His pupils saw his philosophy as a return to objects:  “back to things”.   Husserl’s phenomenology unwittingly led many of his pupils to the Christian faith.   In Gottingen Edith Stein also met the philosopher Max Scheler, who directed her attention to Roman Catholicism.   Nevertheless, she did not neglect her “bread-and-butter” studies and passed her degree with distinction in January 1915, though she did not follow it up with teacher training.

“I no longer have a life of my own,” she wrote at the beginning of the First World War, having done a nursing course and gone to serve in an Austrian field hospital.   This was a hard time for her, during which she looked after the sick in the typhus ward, worked in an operating theatre and saw young people die.   When the hospital was dissolved, in 1916, she followed Husserl as his assistant to the German city of Freiburg, where she passed her doctorate summa cum laude (with the utmost distinction) in 1917, after writing a thesis on “The Problem of Empathy.”

During this period she went to Frankfurt Cathedral and saw a woman with a shopping basket going in to kneel for a brief prayer.   “This was something totally new to me.   In the synagogues and Protestant churches I had visited people simply went to the services. Here, however, I saw someone coming straight from the busy marketplace into this empty church, as if she was going to have an intimate conversation.  It was something I never forgot.”   Towards the end of her dissertation she wrote:   “There have been people who believed that a sudden change had occurred within them and that this was a result of God’s grace.”   How could she come to such a conclusion?   Edith Stein had been good friends with Husserl’s Göttingen assistant, Adolf Reinach and his wife.   When Reinach fell in Flanders in November 1917, Edith went to Göttingen to visit his widow.   The Reinachs had converted to Protestantism.   Edith felt uneasy about meeting the young widow at first but was surprised when she actually met with a woman of faith.   “This was my first encounter with the Cross and the divine power it imparts to those who bear it … it was the moment when my unbelief collapsed and Christ began to shine his light on me – Christ in the mystery of the Cross.”

Later, she wrote:   “Things were in God’s plan which I had not planned at all. I am coming to the living faith and conviction that – from God’s point of view – there is no chance and that the whole of my life, down to every detail, has been mapped out in God’s divine providence and makes complete and perfect sense in God’s all-seeing eyes.”

In Autumn 1918 Edith Stein gave up her job as Husserl’s teaching assistant.   She wanted to work independently.   It was not until 1930 that she saw Husserl again after her conversion and she shared with him about her faith, as she would have liked him to become a Christian, too.   Then she wrote down the amazing words: “Every time I feel my powerlessness and inability to influence people directly, I become more keenly aware of the necessity of my own holocaust.”

Edith Stein wanted to obtain a professorship, a goal that was impossible for a woman at the time.   Husserl wrote the following reference:  “Should academic careers be opened up to ladies, then I can recommend her whole-heartedly and as my first choice for admission to a professorship.”   Later, she was refused a professorship on account of her Jewishness.

Back in Breslau, Edith Stein began to write articles about the philosophical foundation of psychology.   However, she also read the New Testament, Kierkegaard and Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.   She felt that one could not just read a book like that but had to put it into practice.   In the summer of 1921. she spent several weeks in Bergzabern (in the Palatinate) on the country estate of Hedwig Conrad-Martius, another pupil of Husserl’s.   Hedwig had converted to Protestantism with her husband.   One evening Edith picked up an autobiography of St Teresa of Avila and read this book all night. “When I had finished the book, I said to myself: This is the truth.”   Later, looking back on her life, she wrote:  “My longing for truth was a single prayer.”young st teresa

On 1 January 1922 Edith Stein was baptised.   It was the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus, when Jesus entered into the covenant of Abraham.   Edith Stein stood by the baptismal font, wearing Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ white wedding cloak.   “I had given up practising my Jewish religion when I was a 14-year-old girl and did not begin to feel Jewish again until I had returned to God.”   From this moment on she was continually aware that she belonged to Christ not only spiritually but also through her blood.   At the Feast of the Purification of Mary – another day with an Old Testament reference – she was confirmed by the Bishop of Speyer in his private chapel.   After her conversion she went straight to Breslau:   “Mother,” she said, “I am a Catholic.”   The two women cried. Hedwig Conrad Martius wrote:  “Behold, two Israelites indeed, in whom is no deceit!” (cf. John 1:47).

Immediately after her conversion she wanted to join a Carmelite convent.   However, her spiritual mentors, Vicar-General Schwind of Speyer and Erich Przywara SJ, stopped her from doing so.   Until Easter 1931 she held a position teaching German and history at the Dominican Sisters’ school and teacher training college of St Magdalen’s Convent in Speyer.   At the same time she was encouraged by Arch-Abbot Raphael Walzer of Beuron Abbey to accept extensive speaking engagements, mainly on women’s issues.   “During the time immediately before and quite some time after my conversion I … thought that leading a religious life meant giving up all earthly things and having one’s mind fixed on divine things only.   Gradually, however, I learnt that other things are expected of us in this world…   I even believe that the deeper someone is drawn to God, the more He has to `get beyond himself’ in this sense, that is, go into the world and carry divine life into it.”

She worked enormously hard, translating the letters and diaries of Cardinal Newman from his pre-Catholic period as well as Thomas Aquinas’ Quaestiones Disputatae de Veritate.   The latter was a very free translation, for the sake of dialogue with modern philosophy.   Erich Przywara also encouraged her to write her own philosophical works. She learnt that it was possible to “pursue scholarship as a service to God… It was not until I had understood this that I seriously began to approach academic work again.”   To gain strength for her life and work, she frequently went to the Benedictine Monastery of Beuron, to celebrate the great festivals of the Church year.

In 1931 Edith Stein left the convent school in Speyer and devoted herself to working for a professorship again, this time in Breslau and Freiburg, though her endeavours were in vain.   It was then that she wrote Potency and Act, a study of the central concepts developed by Thomas Aquinas.   Later, at the Carmelite Convent in Cologne, she rewrote this study to produce her main philosophical and theological oeuvre, Finite and Eternal Being.   By then, however, it was no longer possible to print the book.   In 1932 she accepted a lectureship position at the Roman Catholic division of the German Institute for Educational Studies at the University of Munster, where she developed her anthropology.   She successfully combined scholarship and faith in her work and her teaching, seeking to be a “tool of the Lord” in everything she taught. “If anyone comes to me, I want to lead them to Him.”

In 1933 darkness broke out over Germany.   “I had heard of severe measures against Jews before.   But now it dawned on me that God had laid his hand heavily on His people and that the destiny of these people would also be mine.”   The Aryan Law of the Nazis made it impossible for Edith Stein to continue teaching.   “If I can’t go on here, then there are no longer any opportunities for me in Germany,” she wrote; “I had become a stranger in the world.”   The Arch-Abbot of Beuron, Walzer, now no longer stopped her from entering a Carmelite convent.   While in Speyer, she had already taken a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience.   In 1933 she met with the prioress of the Carmelite Convent in Cologne.   “Human activities cannot help us but only the suffering of Christ.   It is my desire to share in it.”st teresa benedicta icon

Edith Stein went to Breslau for the last time, to say good-bye to her mother and her family.   Her last day at home was her birthday, 12 October, which was also the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles.   Edith went to the synagogue with her mother.   It was a hard day for the two women.   “Why did you get to know it [Christianity]?” her mother asked, “I don’t want to say anything against Him.   He may have been a very good person.   But why did He make Himself God?” Edith’s mother cried.   The following day Edith was on the train to Cologne.   “I did not feel any passionate joy.   What I had just experienced was too terrible.   But I felt a profound peace – in the safe haven of God’s will.”   From now on she wrote to her mother every week, though she never received any replies.   Instead, her sister Rosa sent her news from Breslau.

Edith joined the Carmelite Convent of Cologne on 14 October and her investiture took place on 15 April, 1934.   The mass was celebrated by the Arch-Abbot of Beuron.   Edith Stein was now known as Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce – Teresa, Blessed of the Cross. In 1938 she wrote:  “I understood the cross as the destiny of God’s people, which was beginning to be apparent at the time (1933).   I felt that those who understood the Cross of Christ should take it upon themselves on everybody’s beha  lf. Of course, I know better now what it means to be wedded to the Lord in the sign of the cross.   However, one can never comprehend it, because it is a mystery.”   On 21 April 1935 she took her temporary vows.   On 14 September 1936, the renewal of her vows coincided with her mother’s death in Breslau.   “My mother held on to her faith to the last moment.   But as her faith and her firm trust in her God … were the last thing that was still alive in the throes of her death, I am confident that she will have met a very merciful judge and that she is now my most faithful helper, so that I can reach the goal as well.”   When she made her eternal profession on 21 April 1938, she had the words of St John of the Cross printed on her devotional picture:   “Henceforth my only vocation is to love.”   Her final work was to be devoted to this author.St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross-lg

Edith Stein’s entry into the Carmelite Order was not escapism.   “Those who join the Carmelite Order are not lost to their near and dear ones but have been won for them, because it is our vocation to intercede to God for everyone.”   In particular, she interceded to God for her people:   “I keep thinking of Queen Esther who was taken away from her people precisely because God wanted her to plead with the king on behalf of her nation.   I am a very poor and powerless little Esther but the King who has chosen me is infinitely great and merciful.   This is great comfort.” (31 October 1938)

On 9 November 1938 the anti-Semitism of the Nazis became apparent to the whole world.   Synagogues were burnt and the Jewish people were subjected to terror.   The prioress of the Carmelite Convent in Cologne did her utmost to take Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce abroad.   On New Year’s Eve 1938 she was smuggled across the border into the Netherlands, to the Carmelite Convent in Echt in the Province of Limburg.   This is where she wrote her will on 9 June 1939:  “Even now I accept the death that God has prepared for me in complete submission and with joy as being his most holy will for me. I ask the Lord to accept my life and my death … so that the Lord will be accepted by His people and that His Kingdom may come in glory, for the salvation of Germany and the peace of the world.”st teresa benedicta artwork

While in the Cologne convent, Edith Stein had been given permission to start her academic studies again.   Among other things, she wrote about “The Life of a Jewish Family” (that is, her own family): “I simply want to report what I experienced as part of Jewish humanity,” she said, pointing out that “we who grew up in Judaism have a duty to bear witness … to the young generation who are brought up in racial hatred from early childhood.”

In Echt, Edith Stein hurriedly completed her study of “The Church’s Teacher of Mysticism and the Father of the Carmelites, John of the Cross, on the Occasion of the 400th Anniversary of His Birth, 1542-1942.”   In 1941 she wrote to a friend, who was also a member of her order:  “One can only gain a scientia crucis (knowledge of the cross) if one has thoroughly experienced the cross.   I have been convinced of this from the first moment onwards and have said with all my heart:   ‘Ave, Crux, Spes unica’ (I welcome you, Cross, our only hope).”   Her study on S. John of the Cross is entitled: “Kreuzeswissenschaft” (The Science of the Cross).

Edith Stein was arrested by the Gestapo on 2 August 1942, while she was in the chapel with the other sisters.   She was to report within five minutes, together with her sister Rosa, who had also converted and was serving at the Echt Convent.   Her last words to be heard in Echt were addressed to Rosa:  “Come, we are going for our people.”   Together with many other Jewish Christians, the two women were taken to a transit camp in Amersfoort and then to Westerbork.   This was an act of retaliation against the letter of protest written by the Dutch Roman Catholic Bishops against the pogroms and deportations of Jews.   Edith commented, “I never knew that people could be like this, neither did I know that my brothers and sisters would have to suffer like this. … I pray for them every hour.   Will God hear my prayers?   He will certainly hear them in their distress.”   Prof. Jan Nota, who was greatly attached to her, wrote later:  “She is a witness to God’s presence in a world where God is absent.”st teresa benedicta art

On 7 August, early in the morning, 987 Jews were deported to Auschwitz.  It was probably on 9 August that Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, her sister and many other of her people were gassed.
When Edith Stein was beatified in Cologne on 1 May 1987, the Church honoured “a daughter of Israel”, as Pope John Paul II put it, who, as a Catholic during Nazi persecution, remained faithful to the crucified Lord Jesus Christ and, as a Jew, to her people in loving faithfulness.”   St John Paul II canonised her in 1998 and proclaimed her a co-patroness of Europe the next year.Edith-Stein_0

More here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/saint-of-the-day-9-august-st-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross-ocd/

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Our Morning Offering – 14 July

Our Morning Offering – 14 July – Saturday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sweet Light!
By St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)

Who are You,
sweet Light, that fills me
And illumines
the darkness of my heart?
You lead me like a mother’s hand,
And should You let go of me,
I would not know
how to take another step.
You are the space
That embraces my being
and buries it in Yourself.
Away from You,
it sinks into the abyss
Of nothingness,
from which You raised it to the light.
You, nearer to me than I to myself
And more interior
than my most interior
And still impalpable
and intangible
And beyond any name,
Holy Spirit eternal love!
Amensweet light - who are you sweet light that fills me - prayer of st teresa benedicta - 14 july 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 January – Speaking of Worry

Quote/s of the Day – 11 January – Speaking of Worry

“Let not your hearts be troubled;
believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many rooms;
if it were not so, would I have told you
that I go to prepare a place for you?
And when I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself,
that where I am you may be also.
And you know the way where I am going.”

John 14:1-4john 14 1-4

“Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility,
there is neither anger nor vexation.
Where there is poverty and joy,
there is neither greed nor avarice.
Where there is peace and meditation,
there is neither anxiety nor doubt.”

St Francis of Assisi (1181/82 – 1226)where there is charity and wisdom - st francis - 11 jan 2018

“I will not mistrust Him, Meg,
although I shall feel myself weakening
and on the verge of being overcome with fear.
I shall remember how St Peter, at a blast of wind began to sink
because of his lack of faith and I shall do as he did:
call upon Christ and pray to Him for help.
And then, I trust He shall place His holy hand on me
and in the stormy seas, hold me up from drowning.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535) (Letter to his daughter, Meg, from his prison cell.)i will not distrust him Meg - st thomas more - 11 jan 2018

“It will be quite enough to receive the evils
that come upon us from time to time,
without anticipating them by the imagination.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchit will be quite enough - st francis de sales - 11 jan 2018

“Hold your eyes on God
and leave the doing to Him.
That is all the doing you have to worry about.”

St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)hold your eyes on god - st jane frances de chantal - 11 jan 2018

“Lay all your cares about the future
trustingly in God’s Hands and let yourself
be guided by the Lord just like a little child.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)lay all your cares - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 11 jan 2018

“Humble yourselves therefore,
under the mighty hand of God,
so that he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-71 peter 5 6-7

“Do not worry about anything
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7philippians 4 6-7

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Quote/s of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“Today I stood with you beneath the cross
And felt more clearly than I ever did
That you became our Mother only there.

But those whom you have chosen for companions
To stand with you around the eternal throne,

They must stand with you beneath the Cross,
And with the lifeblood of their bitter pains,
Must purchase heavenly glory for those souls
Whom God’s own Son entrusted to their care.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross – Good Friday 1938

today i stood with you beneath the cross - st teresa benedicta

“Our love of neighbour is the measure of our love of God.
For Christians — and not only for them —
no one is a ‘stranger’.
The love of Christ knows no borders”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

our love of neighbour is the measure of our love of god - st teresa benedicta

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One Minute Reflection – 9 August

One Minute Reflection – 9 August

Have no anxiety at all but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus…Philippians 4:6-7

REFLECTION – “Let go of your plans.  The first hour of your morning belongs to God. Tackle the day’s work that He charges you with and He will give you the power to accomplish it.”…..St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

let go of your plans - st teresa benedicta

PRAYER – May St Teresa Benedicta pray for us Lord, as we celebrate with joy her yearly feast, her purity and strength of soul are precious gifts which light us on our way. Through our Lord Jesus Christ in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.   St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, please pray for us that we may manifest strength and courage with our hand in the hand of the Lord, amen.

st teresa benedicta pray for us