St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

‘Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.’

‘There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.’

Faith is to believe what we do not see and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.

‘God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.’

‘If you believe what you like in the Gospels and reject what you do not like, it is not the Gospels you believe, but yourself.’

If you are struggling with habitual sin, errant children, or a lack of motivation to repent of your sins, pray to St Augustine (and to his mother, St Monica).

St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, pray for us.

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Urgent prayer intention

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Alexandra Pope, a nineteen-year-old girl who died on Wednesday of a heart attack. She was not Catholic (or even religious), and so needs many prayers. Please also pray for her family’s consolation and conversion. Being atheists, their pain is all the more horrible.

Thank you. God bless.

Saint Martha and Saint Lazarus

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

(Luke 10:38-42)

 

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord”, Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord”, she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

(John 11:20-27)

 

Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus.

(John 11:5)

The Catholic Table

I have just finished reading a book called The Catholic Table, by Emily Stimpson Chapman. It discusses food and eating from a Catholic perspective, with plenty of scriptural references and quotes from the saints, as well as lovely recipes at the end of each chapter.

If you have ever had issues with food – eating too much, too little, or even both – I would highly recommend it. Recognising food as a gift from God, an opportunity to practise virtue, a way to bond with others, and, ultimately, as the means through which God gives Himself to us, helps us to enjoy it without abusing it, even if this improvement is a slow process.

Emily also has a blog of the same name, which you can find here. It contains many more recipes, hosting tips and articles on food in the context of the spiritual life.

It’s comfortable to read (even for slow readers like me) and written with humour. Why not give it a go? 🙂