Rembrandt For the man who loves God, it is sufficient to please the one he loves,

and there is no greater recompense to be sought than the loving itself,

for love is from God by the very fact that God himself is love.

- Pope Saint Leo the Great (400-461), Doctor of the Church, Feast day November 10

The Story of Salvation

The first of many series from Augustine Institute … The Story of Salvation …

Daily Examen

How to become a better person, by doing a daily examen – reflect back on your mistakes of the day and how you could improve yourself …



  1. Passage:  Read Daily Gospel.
  2. Posture:  Relaxed and peaceful. A harmony of body and spirit.
  3. Place:  Where you are alone and uninhibited in your response to God’s presence.
  4. Presence of God:  Be aware of it and acknowledge and respond to it.
  5. Pray: Read the Gospel of the day very slowly aloud and listen carefully and peacefully to it.

Read aloud or whisper in a rhythm with your breathing – a phrase at a time, with pauses and repetitions when and where you feel like it.

Do not be anxious, do not try to look for profound thoughts.

Be content to be like a child who climbs into its mother’s lap and listens to her words and her story.

When you finish, remind yourself that God continues to live in you during the rest of the day.

Close with an Our Father.


St.-Zita-300x287If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.
~ A Celtic Blessing

(found in church today)

holy_fam.jpg  Family life will be the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014. Around 150 Synod fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” It is expected to last two weeks.

Pope Francis has asked that the Church sets aside a Day of Prayer on Sunday 28 September to pray for this important international meeting.

You can also look back on the last Synod of Bishops meeting on the family held in 1980 that resulted in the document Familiaris Consortio.

114I found this prayer to St Dismas today and would like to share it with all of you. St Dismas was the thief crucified with Our Lord Jesus. He saw how Our Lord Jesus suffered so patiently while He hung on the Cross and he repented of his sins before he died.

This is the prayer that Pope Benedict’s family prayed every day as a
family! This is the good thief who repented.

Prayer to Saint Dismas

Glorious Saint Dismas, you alone of all the great Penitent Saints were
directly canonized by Christ Himself; you were assured of a place in
Heaven with Him “this day” because of the sincere confession of your
sins to Him in the tribunal of Calvary and your true sorrow for them
as you hung beside Him in that open confessional; you who by the
direct sword thrust of your love and repentance did open the Heart of
Jesus in mercy and forgiveness even before the centurion’s spear tore
it asunder; you whose face was closer to that of Jesus in His last
agony, to offer Him a word of comfort, closer even than that of His
Beloved Mother, Mary; you who knew so well how to pray, teach me the
words to say to Him to gain pardon and the grace of perseverance; and
you who are so close to Him now in Heaven, as you were during His last
moments on earth, pray to Him for me that I shall never again desert
Him, but that at the close of my life I may hear from Him the words He
addressed to you: “This day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.”

Background of St Dismas:
All that is known of Dismas is that he is the Good Thief crucified with Christ on Calvary. The other thief is known as Gestas. A completely unsubstantiated myth from the Arabic Gospel of the Infancy that enjoyed great popularity in the West during the Middle Ages had two thieves who held up the Holy Family on the way to Egypt. Dismas bought off Gestas with forty drachmas to leave them unmolested, whereupon the Infant predicted that they would be crucified with Him in Jerusalem, and that Dismas would accompany Him to Paradise. His feast day is March 25th.

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