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Our Morning Offering – 30 September – O Lord, Show Thy Mercy to Me By St Jerome

Our Morning Offering – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Confessor, Father and Doctor of the Church

O Lord, Show Thy Mercy to Me
By St Jerome (347-419)
Confessor, Father and Doctor of the Church

O Lord, show Thy mercy to me
and gladden my heart.
I am like the man
on the way to Jericho,
who was overtaken by robbers,
wounded and left for dead.
O Good Samaritan,
come to my aid.
I am like the sheep which went astray.
O Good Shepherd,
seek me out and bring me home,
in accord with Thy will.
Let me dwell in Thy house
all the days of my life
and praise Thee,
forever and ever
with those who are there.
Amen.

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One Minute Reflection – 23 August – “I shall repay you on my way back.” – Luke 10:35

One Minute Reflection – 28 August – St Augustine (354-430) – Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of Grace and Father – 2 Corinthians 3:4-9, Luke 10:23-37

“The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’” – Luke 10:35

REFLECTION – “Who is my neighbour?” In answer the Word explained, in the form of a story, God’s entire economy of salvation. He told of man’s descent from heaven, the robbers’ ambush, the stripping of the garment of immortality, the wounds of sin, the progress of death over half of man’s nature while his soul remained immortal. Then came the passage of the Law that brought no help—neither the priest nor the Levite tended the wounds of the man who fell among robbers—for “it was impossible for the blood of goats and oxen to remove man’s sin” (Heb 10:4). And then He came, clothed in our human nature as the first-fruits of the mass in which there was a portion of every race, Jewish, Samaritan, Greek — all mankind. With His body (that is, the beast of the story) He proceeded to the place of man’s disaster, healed his wounds and set him upon His own beast. He created for him the inn of His loving providence, in which all those who labour and are burdened can find rest (Mt 11,28) (…)

“Whoever abides in me and I in him” (Jn 6:56) … Whoever finds shelter in Christ’s mercy accepts two denarii from Him, one of which signifies the love of God with one’s whole heart and the other the love of one’s neighbour as oneself, according to the lawyer’s reply (Mk 12:30f). But “not the hearers of the law are just before God but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Rm 2:13). Hence we must not merely accept these two coins … but we must, by our own good deeds, co-operate in the fulfilment of these two commandments. And so, the Lord says to the innkeeper, that whatever he does in caring for the wounded man will be made up to him at the Lord’s second coming according to the measure of his devotion.” … St Gregory of Nyssa (c 335–C 395) Father of the Church, Monk, Bishop – Sermons on the Song of Songs, no14 – [Brother of St Basil the Great (Father & Doctor)]

PRAYER – Give heed to our humble prayers, Almighty God and through the intercession of blessed Augustine, Thy Confessor and Bishop, kindly grant Thy oft-given mercy to those upon whom Thou bestows great hope in Thy forgiveness. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen (Collect).

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One Minute Reflection – 7 October – “Go and do likewise.”

One Minute Reflection – 7 October – Monday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 and the Memorial of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” … Luke 10:37luke-10-37-go-and-do-likewise-the-good-samaritan-8-oct-2018 and 7 oct 2019

REFLECTION – “Jesus carries us to the inn.   Imagine you are in the arms of Jesus, being carried, half-dead in sin—some of your own making, some done to you—to a place of help.   You can rest in His arms.   In another surprise, the inn is the Church, the hospital for sinners.   The innkeeper might be a priest, family member, or friend who helps you through a dark time in your life.
This is the rest of the story – the Good Samaritan is Jesus!
He always pursues us, even when we don’t ask for it—even in our sins.   We must receive the Good Samaritan’s love and mercy first, or we have nothing to give away (1 Jn 4:19). And then our response to this love is repentance—going beyond the mind we have now/giving up the lies we believe about God or ourselves—and then going to confession. This is followed by The Ultimate Challenge – to be that good neighbour or the innkeeper in a world where everyone is wounded by something!
Be like Jesus—be a good spiritual neighbour in a dark and lonely world!
In a world which demands of Christians a renewed witness of love and fidelity to the Lord, may all of us feel the urgent need, to anticipate one another in charity, service and good works (cf. Heb 6:10).”…Pope Benedict (3 November 2011)be like jesus be a good spiritual neighbour - 7 oct 2019 good samaritan pope benedict.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty Father, may we learn to trust your Son who carries us!   Grant us the grace, we pray, to lean on this great gift of faith which You bestow on us and to learn and understand the mystery of Your commandment of love, where love of You and love of neighbour become one.   Teach us good Jesus Your ways of true charity and may Your holy and blessed Mother always be at our side, as we pray her Rosary, which grants us peace and strength.   Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever, amen.our lady of the rosary pray for us 7 oct 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 14 July – “Go and do likewise.”

One Minute Reflection – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel:  Luke 10:25–37 and the memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity” and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) “Lily of the Mohawks”

“Go and do likewise.”... Luke 10:37luke 10 37 go and do likewise - 14 july 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “In choosing these two Words addressed by God to His people and by putting them together, Jesus taught once and for all that love for God and love for neighbour are inseparable; moreover, they sustain one another.   Even if set in a sequence, they are two sides of a single coin – experienced together they are a believer’s strength!

To love God is to live of Him and for Him, for what He is and for what He does.   Our God is unmitigated giving, He is unlimited forgiveness, He is a relationship that promotes and fosters.

Therefore, to love God means to invest our energies each day to be His assistants in the unmitigated service of our neighbour, in trying to forgive without limitations and in cultivating relationships of communion and fraternity.   It is not a matter of pre-selecting my neighbour – this is not Christian but it is about having eyes to see and a heart to want what is good for him or her.   Today’s Gospel passage invites us all to be projected not only toward the needs of our poorest brothers and sisters but above all to be attentive to their need for fraternal closeness, for a meaning to life and for tenderness.”… Pope Francis (ANGELUS Sunday, 4 November 2018)therefore, to love god means - pope francis - good samaritan 14 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – God our Father, we are Your children and You have set us aside to come home to You by the light of the way of Your divine Son. Grant we pray, that we may grow in faith and love for You and our neighbour daily, by the intercession of  Saints Camillus and Kateri, may learn the gentleness and tenderness of love, to all around us.  We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st-camillus-de-lellis-pray-for-us-14-july-2017

st kateri tekakwitha pray for us 14 july 2019

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Thought for the Day – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 – The Good Samaritan

Thought for the Day – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 – The Good Samaritan

And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”…Luke 10:37

Jesus carries us to the inn.   Imagine you are in the arms of Jesus, being carried, half-dead in sin—some of your own making, some done to you—to a place of help.   You can rest in His arms.   In another surprise, the inn is the Church, the hospital for sinners.   The innkeeper might be a priest, family member, or friend who helps you through a dark time in your life.

This is the rest of the story – the Good Samaritan is Jesus!

He always pursues us, even when we don’t ask for it—even in our sins.   We must receive the Good Samaritan’s love and mercy first, or we have nothing to give away (1 Jn 4:19). And then our response to this love is repentance—going beyond the mind we have now/giving up the lies we believe about God or ourselves—and then going to confession. This is followed by The Ultimate Challenge – to be that good neighbour or the innkeeper in a world where everyone is wounded by something!

Be like Jesus—be a good spiritual neighbour in a dark and lonely world!

“In a world which demands of Christians a renewed witness of love and fidelity to the Lord, may all of us feel the urgent need to anticipate one another in charity, service and good works (cf. Heb 6:10).”…Pope Benedict (3 November 2011)luke 10 37 - go and do likewise - the good samaritan - 8 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37

One Minute Reflection – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 – Monday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbour to the man who fell among the robbers?”   He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.  ” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”...Luke 10:36-37which of these three do you think - good samaratan parable - luke 10 36-37 - 8 oct 2018

REFLECTION – “Jesus brings about an unexpected reversal in the traditional concept of neighbour.   The Samaritan is the neighbour and not the wounded man, as we would have expected.   This means that we must not wait till our neighbour appears along our way, perhaps quite dramatically.   It belongs to us to be ready to notice him, to find him. We are all called to be the neighbour!   The problem of the doctor of the law is reversed. From an abstract and academic problem, it becomes a concrete and living problem.   The question to ask is not “Who is my neighbour?” but “Whose neighbour can I be here and now?…
If one of us were to pose Jesus the question “Who is my neighbour?” what would he answer?   He would certainly remind us that our neighbour is not only our fellow countrymen but also those outside our community, not only Christians but Muslims also, not only Catholics but Protestants also.   But he would immediately add that this is not the most important thing.   The most important thing is not to know who my neighbour is but to see whose neighbour I can be here and now, for whom I can be the Good Samaritan.”…Fr Raneiro Cantalamessa – Preacher to the Papal Household (14 July 2007)the most important thing - good samaratan parable luke 10 36-37 - fr raneiro cantalamessa - 8 oct 2018

PRAYER – Lord God and Father, who entrusted the earth to men and each to the other, as one family of man, give us the grace this day, to see Your Face in our neighbour and to seek all who need our help.   Grant us the grace to work faithfully for Your glory and for our neighbour’s good.   May the prayers of St Hugh Canefro who worked tirelessly for his neighbour be a help to us all and may Mary our Holy Mother, keep us ever in her guiding care.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.

st hugh canefro pray for us - 8 oct 2018holy mary mother of god pray for us sinners - 4 may 2018