Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Wednesday 22 November 2017, S Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, Memoria. This much venerated early Christian martyr is one of those whose name appears in the second part of the Roman Canon of the Mass, along with John the Baptist, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes and Anastasia. She is the patroness of musicians and in sacred art is often shown with a harp. May she pray for us as we sing to the Lord with all our heart, and may God bless you.

Tuesday 21 November 2017, the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Memoria. Here is an extract from the account of our Lady's presentation in the Temple, as seen in vision by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich: 'During these holy proceedings I often saw Mary appear so tall among the priests that she stood high above them, whereby I was given a picture of her wisdom and grace. The priests were filled with joyful astonishment. At the end of the ceremony I saw Mary being blessed by the first among the priests. She stood on a little elevated throne between two priests, and the one who blessed her stood facing her, with others behind him. The priests prayed from scrolls, answering each other, and the first one held his hands over her as he blessed her. At this moment I was granted a wonderful insight into the inner being of the holy child Mary. I saw her as if transfused with light by the priest's blessing, and under her heart in an indescribable glory of light I saw the same appearance as I had seen in contemplating the Holy of Holies in the Ark of the Covenant. In a shining space shaped like Melchizedek's chalice I saw indescribable figures of the blessing in the form of light. It was as though corn and wine, flesh and blood, were striving to unite with each other. I saw at one and the same time how, above this appearance, her heart opened like a temple door; and how this mystery, surrounded by a kind of canopy of symbolic jewels, passed into her opened heart. It was as though I saw the Ark of the Covenant entering the Holy of Holies in the Temple. Thenceforth, the highest good then on earth was enshrined in her heart'. May our Lady pray specially for us on this day, and may God bless you.

Monday 20 November 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. This little squirrel was almost invisible, well camouflaged against the bark of the tree and blending closely with it. As for ourselves, through our Baptism we are 'hidden with Christ in God', as S Paul puts it in the Letter to the Colossians. May we truly know that baptismal life, and the joy of living in Him, as He lives in us. God bless you.

19 November 2017, Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. 'But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober'. This passage, which forms the New Testament Mass reading, comes from the earliest Pauline writing that we have. It is good to be reminded that we 'are all sons of light and sons of the day'. Let us therefore live in that light, calling upon Him who is at all times the Light of the world. May God bless you this Sunday, the day of Light.

Saturday 18 November 2017, The Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul, Optional Memoria. Among the oldest of the holy places in Rome are the two Basilicas which are honoured today. They remind us of the ancientness of the Faith and its two great saints, Peter and Paul, shown here - S Peter with his keys, S Paul with his sword. Their churches are shown in the upper roundels and, in the lower roundels, the image of the Church as ship - S Peter's fishing boat on the left, and Noah's ark with the dove above, on the right. Today as we pray for the Church, may these two saints pray for her, and for us, that we may remain faithful to the tradition we have been given. May God bless you.


©SBVM 2013