Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Friday 19 October 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time. It is also the Optional Memoria of S Paul of the Cross, Founder of the Passionist Congregation, to which Blessed Dominic belonged. He in turn received Blessed John Henry Newman into the Church on 9 October 1845. S Paul of the Cross, who had a profound devotion to the Passion, wrote this: 'Christ Crucified is a work of love. The miracle of miracles of love. The most stupendous work of the love of God. The bottomless sea of the love of God, where virtues are found, where one can lose oneself in love and sorrow. A sea and a fire or a sea of fire. The most beneficial means of abandoning sin and growing in virtue, and so in holiness'. May God bless you this day, and root you ever more deeply in the mystery of Christ's Passion.

Thursday 18 October 2018, S Luke, Evangelist, Feast. Here is Domenico Ghirlandaio's fresco painting of S Luke, in Florence. The calm and peaceful expression of the saint, as also of the ox which is his symbol, gives us the essence of the 'beloved physician', as he is also known. Here he is, writing his gospel, the 'Good News' which will bring healing to countless millions down the ages. S Luke, pray for us, and may God bless you this day.

Wednesday 17 October 2018, S Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr, Memoria. The Epistles of this early Christian martyr have come down to us; here are a few lines from his Letter to the Romans: 'The prince of this world would fain carry me away, and corrupt my disposition towards God. Let none of you, therefore, who are [in Rome] help him; rather be on my side, that is, on the side of God. Do not speak of Jesus Christ, and yet set your desires on the world. Let not envy find a dwelling-place among you; nor even should I, when present with you, exhort you to it, be persuaded to listen to me, but rather give credit to those things which I now write to you. For though I am alive while I write to you, yet I am eager to die. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me desiring to be fed; but there is within me a water that lives and speaks, saying to me inwardly, Come to the Father. I have no delight in corruptible food, nor in the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, the heavenly bread, the bread of life, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became afterwards of the seed of David and Abraham; and I desire the drink of God, namely His blood, which is incorruptible love and eternal life'. May this same love inspire us, and may God bless you this day.


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