Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Wednesday 17 January 2018, S Anthony, Abbot, Memoria. Seen here in the image is the entrance to the cave of S Anthony, set in the mountain high above his monastery, which lies below in the valley by the Red Sea, Egypt. Pilgrims climb up by means of steps up the mountainside, and enter here, before descending by steps cut out of the rock down to the cave proper. There they find an altar and an icon of the saint, arranged beneath an icon of the Lord which is set into the rock itself. May S Anthony, called the 'Father of monasticism', pray for us, and may God bless you in your own calling this day.

Tuesday 16 January 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time. Fast asleep at dusk … this fox was totally at home, not concerned about anything. May we too be totally at home in God, resting and abiding in Him, as He is in us. As S John Paul II wrote, 'My place is in You, your place is in me'. May He bless you this day, and may you know Him in all certainty as your true home and native land.

Monday 15 January 2018, SS Maurus and Placid, Disciples of our Holy Father S Benedict. The image opposite illustrates this story from the Life of S Benedict by Pope Gregory the Great: 'One day as venerable Benedict was in his cell, the aforesaid young Placidus, a Monk of the holy man, went out to the lake to fetch water, and letting down the bucket to take up water, by chance fell in himself after it, and was presently carried away by the stream, a bow's shoot from the side. This accident was at the same time revealed to the man of God in his cell, who quickly called Maurus, saying: "Run, brother Maurus, for the child who went to fetch water is fallen into the lake, and the stream hath carried him a great way." … Maurus having asked and received his benediction, upon the command of his Superior went forth in haste, and, being come to the place to which the child was driven by the stream, thinking still he went upon the dry land, he ran upon the water, took him by the hair of the head, and returned speedily back. No sooner had he set foot upon firm ground but he came to himself, and perceiving that he had gone upon the water, much astonished, he wondered how he had done that which wittingly he durst not adventure. So, returning to his Superior, he related what had happened, which the venerable man Benedict ascribed to Maurus his prompt obedience, and not to his own merits; but contrariwise Maurus attributed it wholly to his command, not imputing any virtue to himself in that which he had done unwittingly. This humble and charitable contention, the child who was saved, was to decide, for he said: "When I was drawn out of the water, methought I saw my Abbot's garments over my head and imagined that he had drawn me out." As we celebrate these two lives today, we ask their prayers in our own following of the Lord, and may God bless you.

14 January 2018, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Much of this, the Gospel reading for the Mass, contains references to Jesus looking, and seeing. In particular, our Lord 'looked at' Simon, re-naming him Cephas, which means Peter. Here one is reminded of the words in 1 Samuel, at the calling of David, where it is said, 'the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart'. May God's light shine in your heart today, and may you let Him see everything that is there. May God bless you.

Saturday 13 January 2018, S Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Optional Memoria. In today's Gospel, we read that Jesus 'went up on the mountain, and called to him those whom he desired; and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out'. Here are the origins of the apostolic calling: to be with our Lord, and to be sent out. It is also true of every Christian: to be with Christ in prayer, and to be sent, whether in spirit or physically, wherever we may be needed, for the good of Christ and His Church. May your own calling be deepened in whatever way you are led, and may God bless you this day.

Friday 12 January 2018, S Benet Biscop, Abbot, Memoria. S Benet Biscop travelled to Rome as a young man, staying behind on the island of Lérins on the way back from his second visit, becoming a monk of that great Abbey. In 672 he returned to Northumbria, travelling again to Rome, bringing back books for the monastic libraries as well as introducing plainchant into this country. As such we owe him much; may he pray for us, and may God bless you this day.


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