Day By Day

 

JOURNAL POSTINGS Monday 26 June 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. Behind the kitchen of our monastery, there is a row of about ten of these beautifully coloured foxgloves, ranging from deep pink to white. The bees love them, and are seen climbing up into the calyces at frequent intervals. May we too seek our nourishment from God, staying close to Him throughout our day. God bless you.

Sunday 25 June 2017, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Nearly every evening, this blackbird takes up a lofty position and begins his evening concert, his mellifluous song flying out over the valley named after Mary, Mother of the Lord. Her song, 'My soul magnifies the Lord' is sung up and down the valley in the chapels of the different orders living in Maryvale. May your own song to the Lord be blessed this Sunday, and may you know the closeness of the Lord.

Saturday 24 June 2017, the Nativity of S John the Baptist, Solemnity. This icon of S John the Baptist shows him with wings, for he is the messenger of the Lord, come to prepare His way. 'Messenger' translates as 'angel' in both Hebrew and Greek, so John's function is clear. His posture is one of adoration, his gaze set on unseen realities. As we honour John today, we pray also that we may be messengers of the Divine in our own lives, and may S John the Baptist pray for us. God bless you.

Friday 23 June 2017, Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The image opposite shows the statue of the Sacred Heart that stands in our front hall. S Justin Martyr, one of the earliest Christian Martyrs, said: 'We are carved out of His Heart as from a rock'. That Heart poured itself out in love for the whole world, and so we unite ourselves today with that priceless gift, flowing for us out of the wounded side of the Lord. May it bring you joy, peace and hope, and may God bless you.

Thursday 22 June 2017, SS John Fisher, Bishop, and S Thomas More, Martyrs, Feast. Here is an extract from the homily preached at their canonisation Mass in 1935 by Pope Pius XI: 'John Fisher, gifted by nature with a most gentle disposition, thoroughly versed in both sacred and profane lore, so distinguished himself among his contemporaries by his wisdom and his virtue that under the patronage of the King of England himself, he was elected Bishop of Rochester. … You are well aware, Venerable Brethren and Beloved Sons, of the reason why John Fisher was called in judgment and obliged to undergo the supreme test of martyrdom. It was because of his courageous determination to defend the sacred bond of Christian marriage-a bond indissoluble for all, even for those who wear the royal diadem-and to vindicate the Primacy with which the Roman Pontiffs are invested by divine command. That is why he was imprisoned and afterwards led to death. … The other star of sanctity that traced a luminous path across that dark period of history was Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of the King of England. … A strong and courageous spirit, like John Fisher, when he saw that the doctrines of the Church were gravely endangered, he knew how to despise resolutely the flattery of human respect, how to resist, in accordance with his duty, the supreme head of the State when there was question of things commanded by God and the Church, and how to renounce with dignity the high office with which he was invested'. May they pray for us, that the role of faith in our public discourse is affirmed, even in these difficult times. May God bless you.

Wednesday 21 June 2017, S Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, Memoria. S Aloysius was a Jesuit, and as such the patron of what is now the Oxford Oratory Church, originally in the care of the Society of Jesus and now in the care of the Oratory Fathers. Also in this Church, the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was once a curate. In his poem 'The Wreck of the Deutschland, he wrote these lines: 'I whirled out wings that spell/ And fled with a fling of the heart to the heart of the Host./ My heart, but you were/ dovewinged, I can tell,/ Carrier-witted, I am bold to boast,/To flash from the flame to the flame then, tower from the grace to the/grace'. May S Aloysius pray for us, and may we too cleave to the 'heart of the Host', in all our dealings this day. God bless you.

Tuesday 20 June 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. This small bird was taking shelter in the space underneath the chapel. 'Under the shadow of Thy wings will I take refuge'. In all that troubles us, the overshadowing wings are there. May God bless you and may you know the grace of His protection this day.

 

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