Sunday, April 26, 2015

Good Shepherd: nourishes, guards, guides


“For He hears the lamb’s innocent call,
And He hears the ewe’s tender reply.
He is watchful while they are in peace.
For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.”
- William Blake

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Good Shepherd (Detail) ~ Champaigne

"We adore You, Jesus,
eternal Shepherd of the human race. 
You are present in the Eucharist
to dwell continually
in the midst of Your people. 
You nourish us,
You guard us,
You guide us to the heavenly fold."

Ven. James Alberione
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52nd WORLD DAY of
Theme: "Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation."

Pope Francis' Message for 52nd World Day of Prayer for the Vocations:

TODAY (Roma)
Let us hold them in prayer
and offer thanksgiving for their 'YES' -
that they may nourish, guard and guide us!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Really live!

"Live on Him
that you may live for Him."
St John Vianney
THE LAST SUPPER by Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (oil on canvas)
And as they were eating, He took bread,
and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said,
"Take; this is My Body."
And He took a chalice, and when He had given thanks
He gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 
And He said to them,
"This is My Blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many."
Gospel of Mark 14:22-24
St Mark
Evangelist, Martyr (+68 AD)
Disciple of St Peter, Cousin of Barnabus
Symbol:  lion, often winged*
*The Gospel of St Mark begins with St John the Baptist,
"the voice of one crying in the wilderness,"
a voice that St Jerome compared to the roar of a lion.
FEAST DAY - April 25
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 Go out into the whole world and 
proclaim the Gospel to every creature.  ~ Mark 16:15
St Mark, pray for us!
Prayer over the Offerings (Today's Liturgy)
As we venerate the glory of Saint Mark,
we offer you, Lord, the sacrifice of praise
and humbly beseech you,
that your Church may always persevere
in the preaching of the Gospel.
Through Christ our Lord.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Hoping all things!

"May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame
of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven." ~ St Mary Euphrasia

“Draw near to our Lord,
thoroughly aware of your own nothingness,
and you may hope all things
from His Goodness and Mercy.
Never forget
that Jesus Christ is no less generous
in the Blessed Sacrament
than He was during His mortal life on earth.

St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
France ~ 1796-1868
Foundress ~ Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Motto: "One person is of more value than a world." 
FEAST DAY - April 24

"Go after the lost sheep without other rest than the cross,
other consolation than work,
other thirst than for justice." ~ St Mary Euphrasia
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Life, heart-whole

Jesus said to him:  Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, 
and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.  - Matt 22:37

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"There is something to be done on our side.  The wheat must be ground into bread, the wine must be pressed out of the grape, before we can give our Lord the opportunity to work His miracle of Transubstantiation.  

The offertory first, man stretching out his hands to God; 
then the consecration, God accepting and transforming man's gift. 

We must come to meet Him, come to meet Him early in the morning, when sleep has smoothed away for us the memories of yesterday, and no cares have yet assailed us to disturb the equilibrium of our lives.  We must hand over the direction of our lives to Him, if we are to know what it means to live an ordered life, heart-whole and mind-whole in a world like ours.  

Then we can go to Communion."

From The Window in the Wall, Reflections on the Holy Eucharist
by Ronald Knox (Sheed & Ward: 1956) - pg 51-52.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Who needs the Mass?

"There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something 
more precious, He would have given it to us." - St John Vianney

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“Ultimately, those love the Mass who recognize their need of the Mass. … Who needs the Mass?

Those need the Mass who know how to love.  These are the people who have a big heart, because they have rid themselves of the shackles of self-interest, have lost the fear of suffering for others, and have taken upon themselves the pain of others, sharing their burdens.

Those need the Mass who are painfully aware that they do not know how to love. This category includes those who are distressed by their coldness, their self-centeredness, their repugnance toward having to deal with other people’s problems. Those who desperately want a heart of flesh and recognize all too well that they are never going to get one on their own.”

Fr Edward Maristany
Loving the Mass

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