APRIL DEVOTIONS IN THE MONTH OF OUR SAVIOUR'S RESURRECTION

STAY WITH US LORD! Bishop Anthony writes: He does, of course, stay with us always in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar which He bequeathed to us on the evening before He died in agony for our Redemption. The purpose of the Cross is the ultimate mystery which we will never know fully in this earthly life. Isn't it so, that we glimpse (know) Jesus as fully as we ever can in one moment – then our limited understanding of what He, as GOD, did for us retreats, and we are again back in that hazy tunnel! The Crib leads to the Cross, and perhaps that is a better Christmass meditation, but it sums up our earthly condition, and why GOD chose, having created us, to come to live with us and to share that necessarily ‘smelly' human condition for Himself! Only Christ, the God-Man, can suffice. We know, in truth, that we exist as human beings, and we know that we are sinful: we do things every day that we should not do. The enormous mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus lies at the heart of our own humanity, our own sinfulness. GOD created us, and he came to share His creation, to walk with us, to teach us, and then to pour out His Blood so that we might have eternal Life. How could we possibly understand that! Deep in the beating Heart of the Living God lies the answer that we can never know fully in this mortal life. Christ is GOD, and He came to visit us. PLEASE STAY WITH US LORD!

Pope John Paul II wrote this: It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His breast like the Beloved Disciple (see: John 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in His Heart. If, in our time, Christians must be distinguished above all by the ‘art of prayer', how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brothers and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support? Saint Alphonsus Liguori said: “Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments, the one dearest to God, and the one most helpful to us.” The Eucharist is the very Body and Blood of the Risen Lord, and it is a priceless treasure. By not only celebrating It, but also by praying before It, outside of Mass, we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace.

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Let us pray:

Risen Lord Jesus! We need Thee! Stay with us now and until the end of time. Grant, we pray, that the material progress of people may never obscure the spiritual values which are the soul of our civilisation. Sustain us, we beseech Thee, on our journey. In Thee we believe; in Thee do we hope. For Thou alone hast the words of eternal life. For the sake of Thy Sacred Name. Amen

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And a Passing Thought

Withdraw to the inner chamber of your mind. Shut out all things except God and anything that may help you seek Him. Then, after barring the door of your inner chamber: seek God.

{Saint Anselm of Canterbury}

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RISEN LORD JESUS: WE GIVE THEE OURSELVES UNRESERVEDLY!

RISEN JESUS: WE ADORE THEE IN THY MOST HOLY SACRAMENT!

THOU WHO DIDST DIE THAT WE MIGHT LIVE: MAY WE SEE THEE FOR ALL ETERNITY!

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WE ARE AN EASTER PEOPLE: AND ALLELUJA IS OUR SONG!

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And they drew nigh to the village whither they went; and He made as if he would have gone further. But they constrained Him, saying: STAY WITH US, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And He went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, He took bread and blessed it and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him, and He vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another: did not our hearts burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures? (Saint Luke. Chapter 24)

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LORD: STAY WITH US, AS WE TOO WALK THE LONG ROAD TO EMMAUS WITH THEE!
 

 

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