This Sunday morning (13 October) the brilliant yet modest priest, John Henry Newman will become – what he always was – a SAINT. Which is to say that the Bishop of Rome, Francis, will officially “raise” Blessed Cardinal Newman “to the Altar.” Newman profoundly shook the English Church world by his conversion to the Roman Church in 1845. There are some wonderful pieces (short and long) available at the You Tube channel of Bishop Robert Barron which help explain the importance of this holy man. https://www.youtube.com/user/wordonfirevideo/videos
Here is the Jesus Prayer attributed to Newman:
“Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance wherever I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that my life may only be a radiance of Yours. / Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus! / Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine. It will be You, shining on others through me. / Let me praise You in the way which You love best, by shining on those around me. Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You. Amen.”
While hardly brief, this prayer radiates a holiness we should aspire to. With that hanging participle, we leave you to look up the Newman link we shared above !
Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, 2nd October
“Angel of God my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day be at my side, To light, to guard, to rule, to guide. Amen.”
St Basil the Great (+378) taught that every member of the faithful has an Angel Guard for life. St Bernard of Clairvaux (+1153) promoted this devotion in medieval times. In the book of Exodus (23:20) we read that the LORD raises up an Angel guard for his people – a fearsome Angel not to be taken lightly. In old and modern times there are Jewish teachings regarding angel guards. I tend to believe that all living things have some sort of “angel” but only humans have THIS sort of Angel along the lines mentioned in Exodus or in Psalm 91. We mostly keep our angel very busy in the course of life; also I believe that our personal angel is there at our mortal ending to escort us along that last mysterious journey to bring us “to the place prepared.” Probably (this is just me thinking) that even if we have a purifying journey (call it what you will) our Angel guard will not leave us. When the journey is FINALLY over, we two can whoop it up. The Vatican does not teach this! Just my hunch about it all. TODAY is your Hard Working Angel Appreciation Day!
Don’t you hate them? None of the Sisters know beans about “blogging” and we could not remember our password! Sound familiar? Now we are here. But not sure how we got here! Sound familiar? Well, if you are of a certain generation, yes. If you are younger, lucky you, because this is all just natural to you. We look forward to being more intelligent in the near future, but for now, we will just try to POST ! With some luck and a few prayers, you will hear more from us. Meanwhile, God Bless!