Friday, October 31, 2014

Unlock your soul !

He has taken me to the banquet hall,
and his banner over me is love. – Song of Songs 2:4


“Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the joy of grace.
Throw wide the gate of your heart, stand before the sun of the everlasting light."
St. Ambrose

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Prayer Before Communion

 "We must receive the Holy Eucharist with the desire
and intention of removing from the heart all that is displeasing
to Him with whom we wish to dwell." - St Pio of Pietrelcina

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I wish, My Lord, to receive You
with the purity, humility, and devotion
with which Your most holy Mother received You,
with the spirit and fervor of the saints.
 

Traditional Prayer

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Credo!

 Amen, amen, amen, I believe, I believe, I believe
and confess to the last breath that this is the Life-giving Flesh,
that of the Only -begotten Son, our Lord and our God,
our Savior Jesus Christ." - Ancient Egyptian Eucharistic Prayer
 
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"O my brethren, here is mystery without mitigation, without relief!... that now, under the form of Bread, He should lie upon our Altars, and suffer Himself to be hidden in a small tabernacle!

Most incomprehensible, but still, while the thought overwhelms our imagination, it also overpowers our heart; it is the most subduing, affecting, piercing thought which can be pictured to us.  It thrills through us, and draws our tears, and abases us, and melts us into love and affection, when we dwell upon it. 

O most tender and compassionate Lord! You see, He puts out of our sight that mysteriousness of His, which is only awful and terrible; He insists not on His past eternity; He would not scare and trouble His poor children, when at length He speaks to them; no, He does but surround Himself with His own infinite bountifulness and compassion; He bids His Church tell us only of His mysterious condescension."
 

Bl John Henry Cardinal Newman

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fidelity to the mission...

After the Last Supper it was Jude who asked Our Lord why He chose 
to reveal Himself only to the disciples and not the world. He received the reply:
 
 Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.
- John 14: 23 (Today's Communion Antiphon)
 
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Missionaries of Charity ~Home for the dying - Khaligat ~ Calcutta, India
 
"The more lively the Eucharistic
faith of the people of God,
the deeper is its sharing in ecclesial life
in steadfast commitment to the mission
entrusted by Christ to His disciples."
 
Sacramentum Caritatis, 6
 
 
Sts Simon and Jude
Apostles, Martyrs (approx 65 AD)
St. Jude: patron saint of hospital workers,
desperate situations, and impossible causes.
St. Simon: patron saint of sawyers and tanners.
FEAST DAY - October 28
 
 
"Just as Christ was sent by the Father, so also He sent the apostles, filled with the Holy Spirit. This He did so that, by preaching the gospel to every creature (cf. Mark 16:15), they might proclaim that the Son of God, by His death and resurrection, had freed us from the power of Satan (cf. Acts 26:18) and from death, and brought us into the kingdom of His Father" ~ Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
 
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Almighty God, You chose Your servants Simon and Jude to be numbered 
 among the glorious company of the Apostles. As they were faithful
and zealous in their mission, so may we with ardent devotion 
make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives
and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Sts. Simon and Jude, pray for us!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Never be hungry again!

The poor will eat and be satisfied;
they who seek the LORD will praise him -
may your hearts live forever! - Psalm 22:26
 
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"Farmers everywhere provide bread for all humanity,
but it is Christ alone who is the Bread of Life....
 
Even if all the physical hunger of the world were satisfied,
even if everyone who is hungry were fed by his or her own labor or by
the generosity of others, the deepest hunger of man would still  exist....
 
Therefore, I say, Come, all of you, to Christ. 
He is the Bread of Life. 
Come to Christ and you will never be hungry again." 
 
St John Paul II