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Truth has arisen from the earth, and justice look down from heaven

                                      From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop (Sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop 185;PL38, 997-999)

                                       TRUTH HAS ARISEN FROM THE EARTH, AND JUSTIC LOOK DOWN FROM HEAVEN 

Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man.

You would have suffered eternal death, had he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from sinful flesh, had he not taken on himself the likeness of sinful flesh. You would have suffered everlasting unhappiness, had it not been for this mercy. You would never have returned to life, had he not shared your death. You would have been lost if he had not hastened to your aid. You would have perished, had he not come.

Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.   He has become our justice, our sanctification, our redemption, so that, as it is written: Let him who glories glory in the Lord.

Truth, then, has arisen from the earth: Christ who said, I am the Truth, was born of a virgin. And justice looked down from heaven: because believing in this new-born child, man is justified not by himself but by God.

Truth has arisen from the earth: because the Word was made flesh. And justice looked down from heaven: because every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.

Truth has arisen from the earth: flesh from Mary. And justice

looked down from heaven: for man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.

For this reason, when our Lord was born of the Virgin, the message of the angelic voices was: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

For how could there be peace on earth unless Truth has arisen from the earth, that is, unless Christ, were born of our flesh? And he is our peace who made the two into one: that we might be men of good will, sweetly linked by the bond of unity.

Justified by faith, let us be at peace with God: for justice and peace have embraced one another. through our Lord Jesus Christ: for Truth has arisen from the earth. Through whom we have access to that grace in which we stand, and our boast is in our hope of God’s glory. He does not say: “of our glory,” but of God’s glory: for justice has not proceeded from us but has looked down from heaven. Therefore, he who glories, let him glory, not in himself, but in the Lord. 

Let us then rejoice in this grace, so that our glorying may bear witness to our good conscience by which we glory, not in ourselves, but in the Lord. That is why Scripture says: He is my glory, the one who lifts up my head.  For what greater grace could God have made to dawn on us than to make his only Son become the son of man, so that a son of man might in his turn become the son of God?

Ask if this were merited; ask for its reason, for its justification, and see whether you will find any other answer but sheer grace.

 

 

 

The Promises of Jesus to Those Devoted to HIS Sacred Heart

                                                     THE PROMISES OF JESUS TO THOSE DEVOTED TO HIS SACRED HEART

 

12 PROMISES OF JESUS T0 TH0SE DEVOTED TO HI ACRE HEART

Sacred Heart of Jesus

                                                                                SACRED HEART OF JESUS

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O Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fountain of Eternal Life, Your Heart is a glowing  furnance of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary. O my adorable and loving Savour, consume my heart with the burning fire with which Yours is aflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your Love. Let my heart be united  with YOURS. Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things. May your will be the rule of all my desired and actions. Amen

 

 

 

Sacred Heart

                                                                                 SACRED HEART

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“Come to Me, all who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of Heart. Your souls will find rest, for My yoke is easy and my burden light” Mathew 11:28

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Let us exercise our desire in prayer

From a letter to Proba by Saint Augustine, bishop (Ep. 130, 8, 15, 17-9, 18: CSEL 44, 56-57, 59-60) Let us exercise our desire in prayer

LET US EXERCISE OUR DESIRE IN PRAYER

Why in our fear of not praying as we should, do we turn to so many things, to find what we should pray for? Why do we not say instead, in the words of the psalm: I have asked one thing from the Lord, this is what I will seek: to dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, to see the graciousness of the Lord, and to visit his temple there. The days do not come and go in succession, and the beginning of one day does not mean the end of another; all days are one, simultaneously and without end, and the life lived out in these days has itself no end.

So that we might obtain this life of happiness, he who is true life itself taught us to pray, not in many words as though speaking longer could gain us a hearing. After all, we pray to one who, as the Lord himself tells us, knows what we need before we ask for it.

Why he should ask us to pray, when he knows what we need before we ask him, may perplex us if we do not realize that our Lord and God does not want to know what we want (for he cannot fail to know it) but wants us rather to exercise our desire through our prayers, so that we may be able to receive what he is preparing to give us. His gift is very great indeed, but our capacity is too small and limited to receive it. That is why we are told: Enlarge your desires, do not bear the yoke with unbelievers.

The deeper our faith, the stronger our hope, the greater our desire, the larger will be our capacity to receive that gift, which is very great indeed. No eye has seen it; it has no colour. No ear has heard it; it has no sound. It has not entered man’s heart; man’s heart must enter into it.

In this faith, hope and love we pray always with unwearied desire. However, at set times and seasons we also pray to God in words, so that by these signs we may instruct ourselves and mark the progress we have made in our desire, and spur ourselves on to deepen it. The more fervent the desire, the more worthy will be its fruit. When the Apostle tells us: Pray without ceasing, he mans this: Desire unceasingly that life of happiness which is nothing if not eternal and ask it of him who alone is able to give it.

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The golden rule

                                                                                THE GOLDEN RULE

SO ALWAYS TREAT OTHERS AS WOULD LIKE THEM TO TREAT YOU; THAT IS THE LAW OF THE PROPHETS. (Matthew 7 : 12)

We thank God – For our help is in the name of the Lord who made Heaven and Earth.

JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES; THOSE WHO DO NOT GATHER WITH ME SCATTERS. TRULY, THOSE WHO TRY TO HINDER THE SPREADING  OF THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL, NEITHER YOU OR I WILL LIKE TO BE IN THEIR SHOES ON JUDGEMENT DAY. 

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We are made holy by sharing in Christ body and blood

 

From a treatise against Fabianus by Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe, bishop (Cap. 28, 16-19: CCL 91 A, 813-814)

                                       WE ARE MADE HOLY BY SHARING IN CHRIST BODY AND  BLOOD 

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 In our offering of the holy sacrifice we fulfil the command of our Saviour, as recorded by the apostle Paul:

“The Lord Jesus, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and after he had given thanks, broke it and said: This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. The same way, after the supper, he took the cup saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you shall proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.”

This sacrifice is offered, then, to proclaim the Lord’s death; it is offered in remembrance of him who laid down his life for our sake. As he says: Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends. Because Christ died for us out of love, we ask, when we make remembrance of his death at the time of sacrifice, that we too may be granted love through the coming of the Holy Spirit. We pray that by the love which Christ had for us when he braved the cross, we may receive the grace of the Spirit and be crucified to the world, and the world to us. The death Christ died, he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. Let us imitate our Lord’s death and live a new life. Strengthened with the gift of his love, let us die to sin and live for God.

 

For God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Indeed our sharing in the Lord’s body and blood when we eat his bread and drink his cup teaches us that we should die to the world, and that we should keep our life hidden with Christ in God, crucifying our flesh with its vices and evil desires.

That is why all the faithful who love God and their neighbour truly drink the cup of the Lord’s love even though they may not drink the cup of his bodily suffering. And becoming inebriated from it, they put to death whatever in their nature is rooted in earth. They clothe themselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not indulge fleshly desires. They do not fix their gaze on visible things but contemplate things which the eye cannot see. Thus, they drink the Lord’s cup by preserving the holy bond of love; without it, even if a man should deliver his body to be burned, he gains nothing. But the gift of love enables us to become in reality what we celebrate as mystery in the sacrifice.

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Saints Felicity and Perpetua

                                                   SAINTS FELICITY AND PERPETUA

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SAINTS FELICITY AND PERPETUA’S STORY

“Mary and Child with Saints Felicity and Perpetua (Sacra Conversazione) | Anonymous” 

“When my father in his affection for me was trying to turn me from my purpose by arguments and thus weaken my faith, I said to him, ‘Do you see this vessel—waterpot or whatever it may be? Can it be called by any other name than what it is?’ ‘No,’ he replied. ‘So also I cannot call myself by any other name than what I am—a Christian.’”

So writes Perpetua: young, beautiful, well-educated, a noblewoman of Carthage in North Africa, mother of an infant son and chronicler of the persecution of the Christians by Emperor Septimius Severus.

Perpetua’s mother was a Christian and her father a pagan. He continually pleaded with her to deny her faith. She refused and was imprisoned at 22.

 

In her diary, Perpetua describes her period of captivity: “What a day of horror! Terrible heat, owing to the crowds! Rough treatment by the soldiers! To crown all, I was tormented with anxiety for my baby…. Such anxieties I suffered for many days, but I obtained leave for my baby to remain in the prison with me, and being relieved of my trouble and anxiety for him, I at once recovered my health, and my prison became a palace to me and I would rather have been there than anywhere else.”

Despite threats of persecution and death, Perpetua, Felicity–a slavewoman and expectant mother–and three companions, Revocatus, Secundulus and Saturninus, refused to renounce their Christian faith. For their unwillingness, all were sent to the public games in the amphitheater. There Perpetua and Felicity were beheaded, and the others killed by beasts.

Felicity gave birth to a girl a few days before the games commenced.

Perpetua’s record of her trial and imprisonment ends the day before the games. “Of what was done in the games themselves, let him write who will.” The diary was finished by an eyewitness.


Reflection

Persecution for religious beliefs is not confined to Christians in ancient times. Consider Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who with her family, was forced into hiding and later died in Bergen-Belsen, one of Hitler’s death camps during World War II. Anne, like Perpetua and Felicity, endured hardship and suffering and finally death because she committed herself to God. In her diary, Anne writes, “It’s twice as hard for us young ones to hold our ground, and maintain our opinions, in a time when all ideals are being shattered and destroyed, when people are showing their worst side, and do not know whether to believe in truth and right and God.”


Saint Felicity is the Patron Saint of:

Widows
Mothers of Deceased Sons

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Thought for the day

                                                             THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“I arise today, through God’s strength to pilot me,

God’s might to uphold me,

God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look before me,

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s  word to speak for me,

God’s hand to guard me,

God’s shield me to protect me,

God’s host to save me from snares of devils,

From temptation of vices,

From everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near.” (Attrib. St. Patrick)

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