One Minute Reflection – 27 April – Friday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Our Lady of Montserrat

One Minute Reflection – 27 April – Friday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide and the Feast of Our Lady of Montserrat – Gospel today John 14:1-6

“Let not your hearts be troubled;  believe in God, believe also in me.“…John 14:1john 14 1

REFLECTION – “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)i will not distrust him Meg - st thomas more - 11 jan 2018

PRAYER – “[Lord God] I believe in You, increase my faith.   All my hopes are in You, secure my trust.   I love You, teach me to love You more each day… I adore You as my first beginning, I long for You as my final end.   I praise You as my constant helper and call on You as my loving protector.   Guide me by Your Wisdom, correct me with Your Justice, comfort me with Your Mercy, protect me by Your Power… Lord, enlighten my understanding, enflame my will, purify my heart, sanctify my soul.   Help me to repent of my past sins and to rise above my human weaknesses and to grow stronger as a Christian…”(from the Universal Prayer by Pope Clement XI (1649-1721))

lord god I believe - from the universal prayer - pope clement XI - 27 april 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 16 March – The Memorial of St Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649) Martyr and Friday in the 4th Week of Lent 20

Quote/s of the Day – 16 March – The Memorial of St Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649) Martyr and Friday in the 4th Week of Lent 2018

CCC 2473:  Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the faith:
it means witness even unto death.
The martyr bears witness to Christ who died and rose,
to whom he is united by charity.
He bears witness to the truth of the faith and of Christian doctrine.
He endures death through an act of fortitude.
“Let me become the food of the beasts,
through whom it will be given me to reach God”
[This quote at the end is from the Letter to the Romans by S. Ignatius of Antioch].

“Nothing can happen to me that God doesn’t want.
And all that He wants, no matter how bad it may
appear to us, is really for the best.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyrnothing can happen to me - st thomas more - 16 march 2018

“The smallest of life’s events are directed by the Lord.
Creatures are instruments but it is the hand of Jesus that directs all.

St Theresa of the Child Jesus (1873-1897) Doctor of the Churchthe-smallest-of-lifes-events-st-tofl.16 march 2018

“Martyrdom is a grace which I do not think I deserve.
But if God accepts the sacrifice of my life,
may my blood be a seed of freedom and
a sign of that hope will soon be a reality.”

Blessed Oscar Romero (1917-1980) Martyrmartyrdom is a grace - bl oscar romero - 16 march 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent “Speaking of Death & Eternity”

Quote/s of the Day – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

“Speaking of Death & Eternity”

“Christ’s martyrs feared neither death nor pain. He triumphed in them who lived in them; and they, who lived not for themselves but for Him, found in death itself the way to life.”

St Augustine – (354-430) – Father & Doctor of the Churchchrist's martyrs - st augustine - 14 march 2018

“The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636) – Doctor of the Churchthe more we are afflicted - st isidore - 14 march 2018

“A man may very well lose his head and yet come to no harm – yea, I say, to unspeakable good and everlasting happiness.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535) a man may very well - st thomas more - 14 march 2018

“Let us prepare ourselves for death;  we have not a minute to lose:  it will come upon us at the moment when we least expect it; it will take us by surprise.  Look at the saints, my children, who were pure;  they were always trembling, they pined away with fear and we, who so often offend the good God–we have no fears.   Life is given us that we may learn to die well and we never think of it.   We occupy ourselves with everything else.   The idea of it often occurs to us and we always reject it;  we put it off to the last moment.   O my children! this last moment, how much it is to be feared!   Yet the good God does not wish us to despair;   He shows us the good thief, touched with repentance, dying near Him on the cross;   but he is the only one and then see, he dies near the good God.   Can we hope to be near Him at our last moment–we who have been far from Him all our life?   What have we done to deserve that favour?   A great deal of evil and no good.”

St John Vianney  (1786-1859) let us prepare ourselves for death - st john vianney - 14 march 2018


One Minute Reflection – – 16 February – The First Friday of Lent 2018

One Minute Reflection – – 16 February – The First Friday of Lent 2018

‘But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them and then they will fast.’…Matthew 9:15matthew 9 15

REFLECTION – “The scripture is full of places that prove fasting to be not the invention of man but the institution of God and to have many more profits than one.   And that the fasting of one man may do good unto another, our Saviour shows Himself where He says that some kind of devils cannot be cast out of one man by another “without prayer and fasting.”   And therefore I marvel that they take this way against fasting and other bodily penance.”…St Thomas More (1478 – 1535)the scripture is full of places - 16 feb 2018 - first friday of lent 2018 on fasting

PRAYER – Give us the grace O Lord, to continue the works of penitence we have begun, so that the Lenten observance we have taken upon ourselves, may be accomplished in sincerety of heart.   “A humbled, contrite heart, O God, You will not spurn.” (Ps 51) Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.lent - first friday 16 feb - psalm 51 - a humbled contrite heart - juice font

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Our Morning Offering – 1 February – Prayer of a Martyr, St Thomas More (1478-1535)

Our Morning Offering – 1 February – Prayer of a Martyr, St Thomas More (1478-1535)

The prayer below, was written by Saint Thomas More while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, awaiting execution by King Henry VIII.

Give me the grace, good Lord!
By St Thomas More (1478-1535)

Give me the grace, good Lord.
To set the world at naught.
To set the mind firmly on You
and not to hang upon the words of men’s mouths.
To be content to be solitary.
Not to long for worldly pleasures.
Little by little utterly to cast off the world
and rid my mind of all its business.
Not to long to hear of earthly things
but that the hearing of worldly fancies
may be displeasing to me.
Gladly to be thinking of God,
piteously to call for His help.
To lean into the comfort of God.
Busily to labour to love Him.
To know my own vileness and wretchedness.
To humble myself under the mighty hand of God.
To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them,
patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here.
To be joyful in tribulations.
To walk the narrow way that leads to life.
To have the last thing in remembrance.
To have ever before my eyes,
my death that is ever at hand.
To make death no stranger to me.
To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell.
To pray for pardon before the judge comes.
To have continually in mind,
the passion that Christ suffered for me.
For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.
To buy the time again that I have lost.
To abstain from vain conversations.
To shun foolish mirth and gladness.
To cut off unnecessary recreations.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all,
to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.
To think my worst enemies my best friends,
for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him
so much good with their love and favour,
as they did him with their malice and hatred.
These minds are more to be desired of every man,
than all the treasures of all the princes and kings,
Christian and heathen,
were it gathered and laid together, all in one heap.
Amengive me the grace good lord - st thomas more - 1 feb 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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Thought for the Day – 29 December – Fifth Day of the Octave and the Memorial of St Thomas a Becket

Thought for the Day – 29 December – Fifth Day of the Octave and the Memorial of St Thomas a Becket

I think we know that the twentieth century is probably the century of the greatest flowering of Christian martyrs:  across Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Vietnam, in communist regimes in Latin America and other places too.   Now the twenty-first century is following a similar pattern in other parts of the world:  the Middle East, parts of Africa, Pakistan.   This moment of prominence for St Thomas a Becket helps us to remember and focus on this fruitfulness of courage and faith which is always the seed of the Church.

For some, Thomas died a traitor, betraying the loyalty they believe he owed to the King. For others he died a martyr, put to death for his defence of the things of the Lord, in this case the honour and rights of the Church.

We know that this relationship between the role and powers of the state on the one hand and the role and commitment of the Church on the other, is never an easy one.   It is always a point of tension, a daily struggle in conscience and in public debate.   But Thomas’ martyrdom reminds us what can happen when the state seeks to dominate religious belief and reshape it to its own ends, to its own selection of values.   When observance of those particular values becomes absolute requirement then we are on a path of confrontation.   The example of Thomas a Becket stands before us as a reminder to every age that the point may come where there is no longer any space left for that religious freedom, such a basic human right, which permits the holding and expressing of religious belief in word and action in the public forum.

The tensions that can lead to that point were well delineated in the speech given by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 when he spoke in Westminster Hall. He said:

‘Each generation, as it seeks to advance the common good, must ask anew:  what are the requirements that governments may reasonably impose upon citizens, and how far do they extend?   By appeal to what authorities can moral dilemmas be resolved.   These questions take us directly to the ethical foundations of civil discourse.   If the moral principles underpinning the democratic process are themselves determined by nothing more solid than social consensus, then the fragility of the process becomes all too evident – herein lies the real challenge for democracy.’    Pope Benedict called modern democracies, including our own, to engage in constructive dialogue which brings together faith and reason, affirming that ‘religion is not a problem for legislators to solve, but a vital contributor to national conversation.’

I have only to think of another Thomas, four hundred years after Becket, whose dilemma and heroism echoes that of the earlier Thomas.  Thomas More was also asked to show where his fundamental loyalty lay and he too, lacking support from his fellow clergy, stood alone, an uncompromising figure, yet never seeking conflict or confrontation. What was well summed up of him, in words beautifully attributed to him, can also be applied to Thomas a Becket. ‘I am indeed the King’s good servant, but God’s first.’

Excerpt from the Archbishop of Westminister at the Symposium on St Thomas a Becket at Lambeth Palace on 27 May 2016.

St Thomas a Becket, God’s good servant, pray for us!st thomas a becket pray for us no 2 - 29 dec 2017


Our Morning Offering – 10 September

Our Morning Offering – 10 September

Give me, good Lord a full faith
By St Thomas More

Give me, good Lord,
a full faith and a fervent charity,
a love of You, good Lord,
incomparable above the love of myself;
and that I love nothing to Your displeasure
but everything in an order to You.
Take from me, good Lord,
this lukewarm fashion,
or rather key-cold manner of meditation
and this dullness in praying to You.
And give me warmth, delight and life
in thinking about You.
And give me Your grace
to long for Your holy sacraments
and specially to rejoice
in the presence of Your blessed Body,
sweet Saviour Christ,
in the holy Sacrament of the altar,
and duly to thank You
for Your gracious coming.
Amengive me good lord a full faith by st thomas more

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Quote of the Day – 24 July

Quote of the Day – 24 July

“Those in the Catholic Church,
whom some rebuke for praying to Saints
and going on pilgrimages,
do not seek any Saint as their saviour.
Instead, they seek saints as those whom their Saviour loves
and whose intercession and prayer for the seeker
He will be content to hear.
For His Own sake, He would have those He loves honoured.
And when they are thus honoured for His sake,
then the honour that is given them for His sake ‘
overflows especially to Himself.”

St Thomas More

those in the Catholic church - st thomas more