Daily homily thoughts, 9/17

Lord Jesus Christ, who when the world was growing cold, to the inflaming of our hearts by the fire of your love raised up blessèd Francis
bearing in his body the marks of your passion: mercifully grant to us, your people, true penitence and grace to bear the Cross for love of you; who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Daily homily thoughts, 9/16

Great words from St Cyprian in Matins today!

Cyprian sends greetings to his brother Cornelius. My very dear brother, we have heard of the glorious witness given by your courageous faith. On learning of the honor you had won by your witness, we were filled with such joy that we felt ourselves sharers and companions in your praiseworthy achievements. After all, we have the same Church, the same mind, the same unbroken harmony. Why then should a priest not take pride in the praise given to a fellow priest as though it were given to him? What brotherhood fails to rejoice in the happiness of its brothers wherever they are?

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Divine providence has now prepared us. God’s merciful design has warned us that the day of our own struggle, our own contest, is at hand. By that shared love which binds us close together, we are doing all we can to exhort our congregation, to give ourselves unceasingly to fastings, vigils and prayers in common. These are the heavenly weapons which give us the strength to stand firm and endure; they are the spiritual defenses, the God-given armaments that protect us.

Let us then remember one another, united in mind and heart. Let us pray without ceasing, you for us, we for you; by the love we share we shall thus relieve the strain of these great trials.

Daily homily thoughts, 9/15

The 7 sorrows of Mary

The prophecy of Simeon
The flight into Egypt.
The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem.
Mary’s meeting Jesus on the Via Dolorosa.
The Crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary.
The Piercing of the Side of Jesus with a spear, and his descent from the Cross.
The burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea.