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JOURNAL POSTINGS Thursday 17 August 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. The leadership of Moses was taken up by Joshua after the death of Moses. Joshua was the man who did not leave the tent of meeting after Moses had gone away from his encounter with the Lord. As he took up his task, we read in today's Old Testament reading: 'The Lord said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. And you shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, 'When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'" The tent, and the ark, are both symbols of the presence of God. As God was with Moses, and with Joshua, so He is with us. We have the 'tent' of the Blessed Sacrament, but also the presence of God Himself planted in our hearts by our Baptism. May you know this presence today in all you undertake. God bless you.

Wednesday 16 August 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. Today's Old Testament reading records the death of Moses, and concludes with these words: 'And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel'. It is our Lord Himself who was to be raised up as the 'prophet like Moses'. Not only was He to be the great leader, but he was like Moses in His humility. We read in the Book of Numbers: 'Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth'. In the song of Philippians 2 we read of our Lord: 'And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross'. We cannot help thinking of the humility of His most blessed Mother as we read these words. Humility is truth. May God bless you this day, and give you the gift of His humility as part of your Christ-likeness.

Tuesday 15 August 2017, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity. Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, visionary, saw the Assumption in this way: 'I saw on this night several of the Apostles and holy women in the little garden, praying and singing Psalms before the grotto. I saw a broad pathway of light descend from Heaven and rest upon the tomb. In it were circles of glory full of angels, in the midst of whom the resplendent soul of the Blessed Virgin came floating down. Before her went her Divine Son, the marks of His Wounds flashing with light. In the innermost circle, that which surrounded the holy soul of Mary, the angels appeared like the faces of very young children; in the second circle, they were like those of children from six to eight years old; and in the outermost, like the faces of youths, I could clearly distinguish only the face, the rest of the figure consisting of perfectly transparent light. Encircling the head of the Blessed Virgin like a crown, was a choir of blessed spirits. I know not what those present saw of all this. But I saw that some gazed up in amazement and adoration, while others cast themselves prostrate in fright upon the earth. These apparitions, becoming more and more distinct as they approached nearer, floated over the grotto, and another pathway of light issued from it and arose to the heavenly Jerusalem. The blessed soul of Mary, floating before Jesus, penetrated through the rock and into the tomb, out of which she again arose radiant with light in her glorified body and, escorted by the entire multitude of celestial spirits, returned in triumph to the heavenly Jerusalem'. May you know much joy on this heavenly day! God bless you!

Monday 14 August 2017, S Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr, Memoria. This great Franciscan saint and theologian, who died in Auschwitz, said this of our Lady: 'The Immaculate One left this earth, but her life is deep in the hearts of men and has spread wide and far. If all the souls that have made this earthly pilgrimage could speak, there would be countless ponderous tomes to witness the activity of the Immaculate One, that sensitive mother of souls, purchased by the Precious Blood of her Divine Son'. As we prepare for coming Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin, these words from one of her most devoted sons are most apt. As we give thanks for his witness, especially to 'that sensitive mother of souls', let us also ask his prayers, that we too may follow with devotedness in the way of Christ, which is also that of His most Blessed Mother. God bless you.

13 August 2017, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Lord said to the prophet Elijah, '"Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice'. These words form part of the Old Testament Mass reading for today, and they lie at the heart of every contemplative vocation, indeed every call to Christian prayer. May we truly listen to the 'still small voice' in our hearts and in our lives today, and be ready to respond in whatever way the Lord asks of us. God bless you.

Saturday 12 August 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. Recently after our grass was cut, the birds appeared in the late afternoon to make the most of what was left behind, and here is a photo of some of them. It was a clear reminder of our Lord's words in S Matthew's Gospel: 'Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?' Let us give thanks today for God's gracious Providence, and renew our trust in Him for all that we need. May God bless you.

 

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