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New Website launch!

Dear Friends, On the glorious feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord, (Monday 25th March 2019) we will be launching our new updated website.

The current address (www.ancilla-domini.org) should redirect you to the new website, but the new address is www.sbvm.org.uk [Please note that if your web browser includes https before the address, it will NOT work with the additional 's' at the end] On the Home page, the fifth tab at the top, 'Daily Updates' has, when you click on to it, the daily reflections and the Rule of St Benedict.

JOURNAL POSTINGS Saturday 23 March 2019, Lent Feria.Today's Gospel reading is the story of the Prodigal Son, which will be repeated on the Fourth Sunday of Lent. St Augustine wrote, 'When a man's love then goes even away from himself to those things which are without, he begins to share the vanity of his vain desires, and prodigal as it were to spend his strength. He is dissipated, exhausted, without resource or strength, he feeds swine; and wearied with this office of feeding swine, he at last remembers what he was, and says, "How many hired servants of my Father's are eating bread, and I here perish with hunger!" But when the son in the parable says this, what is said of him? … "And when he returned to himself". If he returned to himself, he had gone away from himself. …Returning then to himself, that he might not remain in himself, what did he say? "I will arise and go to my Father". … He returns to himself, and goes to his Father, where he may keep himself in all security'. May we too make this journey, and come to the Father, who is always waiting and ready to receive us. May God bless you.

Friday 22 March 2019, Lent Feria. The Novena for the canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi, Passionist Father, has begun in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Known for his re-evangelisation of this area in the nineteenth century, he is especially warmly remembered for his reception of Blessed John Henry Newman into the Church on a rainy night in October 1845. May he indeed be raised to the altars, and pray for us, and may God bless you.

Thursday 21 March 2019, The Passing of our Holy Father St Benedict, Feast. Here is the account of the death of St Benedict, written by Gregory the Great: 'Six days before his departure he caused his grave to be opened, and immediately after he fell into a fever, by the violence whereof his strength began to wax faint, and the infirmity daily increasing, the sixth day he caused his disciples to carry him into the Oratory, where he did arm himself for his going forth by receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord; then, supporting his weak limbs by the hands of his disciples, he stood up, his hands lifted towards Heaven, and with words of prayer at last breathed forth his soul. The same day two of his Brethren, the one living in the Monastery and the other in a place far remote, had a revelation in one and the self-same manner. For they beheld a way, spread with garments and shining with innumerable lamps, stretching directly eastwards from his cell up to Heaven; a man of venerable aspect stood above and asked them whose way that was. But they professing they knew not, he said to them: "This is the way by which the beloved of the Lord, Benedict, ascended." Thus the disciples who were present knew of the death of the holy man, and so also those who were absent understood it by the sign foretold them. He was buried in the Oratory of St John the Baptist which he himself had built upon the ruins of Apollo's altar'. His choice of his place of death, the Oratory, combined with his reception of Holy Communion, show his profound understanding of the Sacrament. May he pray for us, and may our own path be enlightened as his was. May God bless you.

 

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