A call from Fatima

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS

 

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From May to October 1917 Our Lady appeared six times to three peasant children (Sister Lucia dos Santos, who passed away in 2005, together with St. Jacinta and St. Francisco Marto), in a rural area near the town of Fatima in Portugal. She calls each of us to return to God, to do penance in reparation for our sins, and to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners.

Our Lady went on to say “God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with intention of making reparation to me.”

WHAT TO DO

GO TO CONFESSION on, or eight days either side of, the first Saturday of the month.

ATTEND MASS AND RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION on the first Saturday of five consecutive months.

PRAY THE ROSARY.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

 

“The only way to glorify God is Our Lord’s way. That is, we the adopted children must become as much like the only begotten Son as possible, and so in our own little way reflect the loving relationship of the Son and his Father. We can only do this if we grow in sensitivity to our Father’s will. His will must become our food, as it was for our Lord: it must sustain and nourish us, give us life, knowledge and love. But it cannot become our real nourishment until and unless we make frequent acts of union with our Father’s will. Thus, our will too will become wise, faithful, strong, beautiful, just and, above all, loving, a flame of love.” (Fr. Bonaventure Perquin, OP.)

The eucharist, pledge of our resurrection

FROM THE TREATISE AGAINST HERESIES BY Saint IRENAEUS, BISHOP AND MARTYR

( lib. 5, 2, 2 – 3: SC 153, 30 – 38 )

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THE EUCHARIST, PLEDGE OF OUR RESURRECTION

If our flesh is not saved, then the Lord has not redeemed us with his blood, the eucharistic chalice does not make us sharers in his blood, and the bread we break does not make sharers in his body. There can be no blood without veins, flesh and the rest of the human substance, and this the Word of God actually became: it was with his own blood that he redeemed us. As the Apostle says: In him, through his blood, we have been redeemed, our sins have been forgiven.

We are his members and we are nourished by creatures, which is his gift to us, for it is he who causes the sun to rise and the rain to fall. He declared that the chalice, which comes from his creation, was his blood, and he makes it the nourishment of our blood. He affirmed that the bread, which comes from his creation, was his body, and he makes it the nourishment of our body. When the chalice we mix and the bread we bake receive the word of God, the eucharistic elements become the body and blood of Christ, by which our bodies live and grow. How then can it be said that flesh belonging to the Lord’s own body nourished by his body and blood is incapable of receiving God’s gift of eternal life? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians that we  are members of his body, of his flesh and bones. He is not speaking of some spiritual and incorporeal kind of man, for spirits do not have flesh and bones. He is speaking of real human body composed of flesh, sinews and bones, nourished by the chalice of Christ’s blood and receiving growth from the bread which is his body.

The slip of a vine planted in the ground bears fruit at the proper time. The grain of wheat falls into the ground and decays only to be raised up again and multiplied by the Spirit of God who sustains all things. The wisdom of God places these things at the service of man and when they receive God’s word they become the eucharist, which is the body and blood of Christ. In the same way our bodies, which have been nourished by the eucharist, will be buried in the earth and will decay, but they will rise again at the appointed time, for the Word of God will raise them up to the glory of God the Father. Then the Father will clothe our mortal nature in immortality and freely endow corruptible nature with incorruptibility, for God’s power is shown most perfectly in weakness.

 

 

Our Lady of Fatima

 

OUR LADY O FATIMA (FEAST DAY: 13th MAY)

 

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Most Holy Virgin, who came to Fatima to reveal the graces hidden in the recitation of the Holy Rosary, inspire our hearts with a deep love of this devotion, that meditating on the Holy Mysteries, we may obtain the conversion of sinners and ( here recall the other favours you are praying for), which we ask of you in this Novena. Amen.

 

 

The Chaplet Of Divine Mercy

THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY

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Thought for the week (Divine Mercy Sunday)

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY)

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Tell the whole world of great mercy, that whoever approaches the Fount of Life of this day [Divine Mercy Sunday] will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment. Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to my mercy. Oh how much I am hurt by a soul’s distrust! Such a soul believes that I am holy and just, but does not believe that I am mercy and does not trust in my goodness. My heart rejoices in this title of mercy. Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of my hand are crowned with mercy.” Words of Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina, 300-301.

 

 

Easter Blessing

                                                                                   EASTER BLESSING

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TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS, WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER.

 

 

 

The power of Christ’s blood

FROM THE CATECHESES BY SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, BISHOP

(Cat. 3, 13 – 19: SC 50, 174 – 1777)

The Power of Christ’s Blood

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If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. Sacrifice a lamb without blemish, commanded Moses, and sprinkle its blood on your doors. If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he did not dare to enter, so how much less will the devil approach now when he sees, not that figurative blood on the doors, but the true blood on the lips of believers, the doors of the temple of Christ.

If you desire further proof of the power of this blood, remember where it came from, how it ran down from the cross, flowing from the Master’s side. The gospel records that when Christ was dead, but still hung on the cross, a soldier came and pierced his side with a lance and immediately there poured out water and blood. Now the water was a symbol of baptism and the blood, of the holy eucharist. The soldier pierced the Lord’s side, he breached the wall of the sacred temple, and I have found the treasure and made it my own. So also with the lamb: the Jews sacrificed the victim and I have been saved by it.

There flowed from his side water and blood. Beloved, do not pass over his mystery without thought; it has yet another hidden meaning, which I will explain to you. I said that water and blood symbolized baptism and the holy eucharist. From these two Sacraments the Church is born: from baptism, the cleansing water that gives rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit, and from the holy eucharist. Since the symbols of baptism and the eucharist flowed from his side, it was from his side that Christ fashioned the Church, as he had fashioned Eve from the side of Adam. Moses gives a hint of this when he tells the story of the first man and makes him exclaim: Bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh! As God then took a rib from Adam’s side to fashion a woman, so Christ has given us blood and water from his side to fashion the Church. God took the rib when Adam was in a deep sleep, and in the same way Christ gave us the blood the water after his own death.

Do you understand, then, how Christ has united his bride to himself and what food he gives us all to eat? By one and the same food we are both brought into being and nourished.  As a woman nourishes her child with her own blood and milk, so does Christ unceasingly nourish with his own blood those to whom he himself has given life.

The Lamb that was slain

FROM AN EASTER HOMILY BY SAINT MELITO OF SARDIS, BISHOP

                                                                                  (Nn. 65071: SC 123, 95 – 101)

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THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN HAS DELIVERED US FROM DEATH AND GIVEN US LIFE

There was much proclaimed by the prophets about the mystery of the Passover: that mystery is Christ, and to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

For the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven, to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born a man. Having then a body capable of suffering, he took the pain of fallen man upon himself; he triumphed over the diseases of soul and body that were its cause, and by his Spirit, which was incapable of dying, he dealt man’s destroyer, death, a fatal blow.

He was led forth like a lamb; he was slaughtered like a sheep. He ransomed us from our servitude to the world, as he had ransomed Israel from the land of Egypt; he freed us from our slavery to the devil, as he had freed Israel from the hand of Pharaoh. He sealed our souls with his own Spirit, and the members of our body with his own blood.

He is the one who covered death with shame and cast the devil into mourning, as Moses cast Pharaoh into mourning. He is the One who smote sin and robbed iniquity of offspring. He is the One who brought us out of slavery into freedom, out of darkness into light, out of death into life, out of tyranny into an eternal kingdom; who made us a new priesthood, a people chosen to be his own for ever. He is the Passover that is our salvation.

It is he who endured every kind of suffering in all those who foreshadowed him. In Abel he was slain, in Isaac bound, in Jacob exiled, in Joseph sold, in Moses exposed to die. He was sacrificed in the Passover lamb, persecuted in David, dishonored in the prophets.

It is he who made man of the Virgin, he who was hung on the tree; it is he who was buried in the earth, raised from the dead, and taken up to the heights of heaven. He is the mute lamb, the slain lamb, the lamb born of Mary, the fair ewe. He was seized from the flock, dragged off to be slaughtered, sacrificed in the evening, and his body knew no decay. He is the One who rose from the dead, and who raised man from the depths of the tomb.

 

 

Thought for the week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK


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“Only by experiencing forgiveness, by recognizing one is loved with a freely given love, a love greater than our wretchedness but also greater than our own merit, do we at last enter a truly filial and free relationship with God. Let us meditate on this parable of the Prodigal Son. Let us compare ourselves to the two sons and, especially, contemplate the Heart of the Father. Let us throw ourselves into his arms and be regenerated by his merciful love.” Pope Benedict XVI