Mon 15 July – St Bonaventure, BD
Exodus 1:8-14. 22; Psalm: 124; Matthew 10:34-11:1
Being a saint is not all hard work! “Come, let us give a little time to folly…. and even in a melancholy day let us find time for an hour of pleasure” – St Bonaventure
Tue 16 July – (Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
Exodus 2:1-15; Psalm: 69; Matthew 11:20-24
The ‘Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel’ saw Mary not only as ‘mother’, but also as ‘sister’, reminding us that Mary is very close to us. She is the daughter of God and can help us be authentic daughters and sons of God.
Wed 17 July – Liturgy of the Day
Exodus 3:1-6. 9-12; Psalm: 103; Matthew 11:25-27
Gandhi said, ‘become the change you wish to see in the world’. If we wish to see more caring and more justice, we must therefore learn to care, and to act. We are God’s hands and voice in our world.
Thu 18 July – Liturgy of the Day
Exodus 3:13-20; Psalm: 105; Matthew 11:28-30
Prayer involves a listening with the ‘ears of the heart’. It is a listening that invites humility in order to be attuned to voices other than one’s own – to learn from them and be transformed by them.
Fri 19 July – Liturgy of the Day
Exodus 11:10 – 12:14; Psalm: 116; Matthew 12:1-8
Tears were regarded by some early theologians a blessing and a grace. They believed that tears water the soul, and help the heart’s cry to be heard. Allow God to see your tears – and to hear your heartfelt prayer.
Sat 20 July – (St Apollinaris, BM)
Exodus 12:37-42; Psalm: 136; Matthew 12:14-21
Originally from Syria, tradition has it that Apollinaris was made Bishop of Ravenna, Italy by St Peter himself. He faced constant persecution and died as a martyr under Rome.
Sun 21 July – 16th SUNDAY in Ordinary Time
Genesis 18:1-10; Psalm: 15; Luke 10:38-42
The psalms describe God as ‘slow to anger’. Resolve to live one day – today – in this way, for if we are slow to anger in small matters, we will learn to stay more calm and rational in larger ones.
Something to think about before praying: becoming peaceful and quiet.
An Excerpt from ‘The Imitation of Christ’ by Thomas à Kempis – Chapter 3 para 1 & 2
Of the good, peaceable man
First keep thyself in peace, and then shalt thou be able to be a peace-maker towards others. A peaceable man doth more good than a well-learned. A passionate man turneth even good into evil and easily believeth evil; a good, peaceable man converteth all things into good. He who dwelleth in peace is suspicious of none, but he who is discontented and restless is tossed away with many suspicions, and is neither quiet himself nor suffereth others to be quiet. He often saith what he ought not to say, and omitteth what it were more expedient for him to do. He considerith to what duties others are bound, and neglecteth those to which he is bound himself. Therefore be zealous first over thyself, and then mayest thou righteously be zealous concerning thy neighbour.
Thou knowest well how to excuse and to colour thine own deeds, but thou wilt not accept the excuses of others. It would be more just to accuse thyself and excuse thy brother. If thou wilt that others bear with thee, bear thou with others. Behold how far thou art as yet from true charity and humility which knows not how to be angry or indignant against any save self alone. It is no great thing to mingle with the good and the meek, for this is naturally pleasing to all, and every one of us willingly enjoyeth peace: but to be able to live peaceably with the hard and perverse, or with the disorderly, or those who oppose us, this is a great grace and a thing much to be commended and most worthy of a man.