Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fed with Your Bounty...

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want... Psalm 23:1
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Lord, I have been
fed with Your bounty,
clothed with Your mercy,
comforted by Your love,
healed by Your grace,
and upheld by Your hand."
Javena Lee
From Prayers for Eucharistic Adoration
Pauline Books and Media

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Mass in my Life...

“My Jesus, let my heart sing out for joy, for You dwell in it. 
Let my mind be filled with heavenly thoughts
for Your Father desires to reign there. Let my soul be guided
by Your Spirit for He wishes to sanctify it.” - Mother Angelica

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“I am a child of God through Baptism 
and my resemblance to Him 
has grown stronger through Holy Communion. 
May I never forget my last Communion 
and may my heart yearn for the next one.

Somewhere, someplace 
there is a Mass being said –
a Calvary to be present at – a Communion to receive,
either sacramentally or spiritually –
an opportunity to be more like Jesus,
the privilege of helping my neighbor, a time to say ‘I thank You, God’,
a situation to choose Jesus over myself or a chance to make a sacrifice.”

Excerpt from The Mass in my Life
Mother Angelica
Our Lady of the Angels Monastery
Birmingham, Alabama

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Friday, August 28, 2015

God gives His ALL ...

 "To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances;
to seek Him, the greatest adventure;
to find Him, the greatest human achievement." ~ St Augustine

"God in His omnipotence could not give more,
in His wisdom knew not how to give more,
in His riches had not more to give,
than the Eucharist."

St Augustine
Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Powerful intellect, stirring orator, prolific writer
North Africa ~ 354-430
FEAST DAY - August 28

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“If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject
what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe,
but yourself.” - St. Augustine of Hippo 

"In 397, or twelve years after his conversion, Augustine wrote his Confessions, the greatest spiritual autobiography ever written. It is the work of a teacher who explains, a philosopher who thinks, and a theologian who instructs. It is the  work of a poet who achieves chaste beauty in the writing, and a mystic who pours out thanks for having found himself in peace. " - Ven Fulton J. Sheen in St Augustine of Hippo

St Augustine, pray for us!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

May it be said of you and of me...

My heart is steadfast, O God ... - Psalm 108, 1a


St Augustine has left us this praise of his mother, St Monica:

"She did not let a day pass
without being present
at the Divine Sacrifice
before Your altar, O Lord."

St Monica
North Africa ~ 333-387
Mother of St Augustine
Patroness of Married women and Mothers
FEAST DAY - August 27

"Nothing is far from God." - St Monica

As recounted by Augustine... before his mother died she told him:

"There was indeed one thing for which I wished to tarry a little in this life, and that was that I might see you a Catholic before I died. My God hath answered this more than abundantly, so that I see you are now made His servant and spurning all earthly happiness. What more am I to do here?"

Prayer for St Monica's intercession
Exemplary mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven.  Intercede for all mothers in our
day so that they may learn to draw their children to God.
Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. Amen.

St Monica, pray for us!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Mass is infinite like Jesus...

 "The Mass is the most beautiful thing
this side of Heaven." - Fr Frederick Faber

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"The Mass is infinite like Jesus.  ...
Ask an angel what the Mass is, and he will reply to you in truth,

"I understand what it is and why it is offered,
but I do not, however, understand how much value it has."

One angel, a thousand angels,
all of Heaven know this and think like this."

St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Invite someone to attend Mass with you -
and experience its beauty and depth!

ART IMAGE:  Victor Meirelles (1832–1903) ~ "The First Mass in Brazil"