Sunday, 31 July 2011

Matthew14:13-21 The Graces of the Multiplication of the Loaves

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The bread come down from heaven
7. The first element of eucharistic faith is the mystery of God himself, trinitarian love. In Jesus' dialogue with Nicodemus, we find an illuminating expression in this regard: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him" (Jn 3:16-17). These words show the deepest source of God's gift. In the Eucharist Jesus does not give us a "thing," but himself; he offers his own body and pours out his own blood. He thus gives us the totality of his life and reveals the ultimate origin of this love. He is the eternal Son, given to us by the Father. In the Gospel we hear how Jesus, after feeding the crowds by multiplying the loaves and fishes, says to those who had followed him to the synagogue of Capernaum: "My Father gives you the true bread from heaven; for the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world" (Jn 6:32-33), and even identifies himself, his own flesh and blood, with that bread: "I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh" (Jn 6:51). Jesus thus shows that he is the bread of life which the eternal Father gives to mankind.
A free gift of the Blessed Trinity
8. The Eucharist reveals the loving plan that guides all of salvation history (cf. Eph 1:10; 3:8- 11). There the Deus Trinitas, who is essentially love (cf. 1 Jn 4:7-8), becomes fully a part of our human condition. In the bread and wine under whose appearances Christ gives himself to us in the paschal meal (cf. Lk 22:14-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26), God's whole life encounters us and is sacramentally shared with us. God is a perfect communion of love between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. At creation itself, man was called to have some share in God's breath of life (cf. Gen 2:7). But it is in Christ, dead and risen, and in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, given without measure (cf. Jn 3:34), that we have become sharers of God's inmost life. (16) Jesus Christ, who "through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God" (Heb 9:14), makes us, in the gift of the Eucharist, sharers in God's own life. This is an absolutely free gift, the superabundant fulfilment of God's promises. The Church receives, celebrates and adores this gift in faithful obedience. The "mystery of faith" is thus a mystery of trinitarian love, a mystery in which we are called by grace to participate. We too should therefore exclaim with Saint Augustine: "If you see love, you see the Trinity." (17)  

Martha, Mary & Lazarus Cistercian Calendar

Friday 29th July. Luke (10: 38-42)

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From: Donald ...
To: William J ...
Sent: Fri, 29 July, 2011 21:06:53
Subject: Fw: Bethany hospitality

Dear William,
St Martha ONLY is on the Universal Church Calendar.
Our Cistercian Calendar has the Bethany hospitality committee, Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
Fr. T. did them honours in the Mass Introduction. 
. . .
Yours, Donald

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Sent: Sat, 30 July, 2011 14:37:18
Subject: The Blog Master's telepathy

Dear Father Donald,
I am still smiling at your 'Bethany hospitality committee'! Truly, Our Lord must have loved being amongst them, all the narratives have a wonderful intimacy about them. 
I will enjoy keeping the feast day in their names. Our Lord,
Courtyard of the Papal Residence, Castel Gandolfo
Sunday, 18 July 2010
The Homily from the previous year occasion, the Pope too speaks of the hospitality of Bethany.
Sts. Martha and Mary [Pope Benedict XVI's Homily]
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We are also reminded of this by this Sunday's Gospel passage with the well known episode of Jesus' visit to the house of Martha and Mary, recounted by St Luke (10: 38-42).
  • Martha and Mary are two sisters; they also have a brother, Lazarus, but he does not appear on this occasion. Jesus is passing through their village and, the text says, Martha received him at her home (cf. 10: 38). This detail enables us to understand that Martha is the elder of the two, the one in charge of the house. Indeed, when Jesus has been made comfortable, Mary sits at his feet and listens to him while Martha is totally absorbed by her many tasks, certainly due to the special Guest.
  • We seem to see the scene: one sister bustling about busily and the other, as it were, enraptured by the presence of the Teacher and by his words. A little later Martha, who is evidently resentful, can no longer resist and complains, even feeling that she has a right to criticize Jesus: "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me". Martha would even like to teach the Teacher! Jesus on the other hand answers her very calmly: "Martha, Martha", and the repetition of her name expresses his affection, "you are anxious and troubled about many things; only one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her" (10: 41-42). Christ's words are quite clear: there is no contempt for active life, nor even less for generous hospitality; rather, a distinct reminder of the fact that the only really necessary thing is something else: listening to the word of the Lord; and the Lord is there at that moment, present in the Person of Jesus! All the rest will pass away and will be taken from us but the word of God is eternal and gives meaning to our daily actions. 
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Nunraw Necrology August Menology

"The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God"

Nunraw August Memorial

Paul Henry Pringle d.1984
Brother Paul Henry Pringle Nunraw
Brother Paul Henry Pringle
Born 1st February 1922
Entered 8th May 1954
Professed 13th November 1959
Died 16th August 1984
Community Chronicle
Abbot's Tribute
Ponce de Leros + 1140
Noble, wealthy and an accomplished soldier, he was also a thief and a swindler. Finally touched by the grace of God, he made a sudden and complete conversion, setting about his new life in a very practical way by selling all he possessed and making restitution to all whom he had wronged. His example led to the conversion of six of his relatives. Together they made a pilgrimage to St James of Compostella, Mont-St-Michel and other shrines. Finally they settled in a valley known as Silvones in southern France, and lived in poverty and labor. During a famine Ponce himself collected food for the poor, and their grain supply was at times miraculously multiplied. Later he affiliated the community to the Cistercians with Mozen as their father-immediate, and Ponce became a lay-brother of our Order.
MBS, p. 218
Petronilla Le Clerc and Louise Ivore + 1650
Two lay-sisters of Parc aux Dames, who entered the convent together, made profession together and died on the same day.
William + 1143
An Englishman, quite possibly a pupil of Henry Murdoc of York, he was attracted to Clairvaux by the fame of St Bernard. He became the latter's secretary and it was he who took down Bernard's famous letter to his kinsman, Robert, "amid a downpour and without its becoming wet". He also served as associate reviser of the Chant in the Cistercian choir books.
In 1133 when Walter Espec wished to found a Cistercian monastery in York, William was chosen by Bernard to head the foundation. Within twelve years Rievaulx numbered 300 monks, including St Aelred. William founded three new abbeys in England and Scotland, among them Melrose, and his influence and example led to the foundation of Fountains. He also acted as mediator in ecclesiastical disputes, including the disputed election of the archbishop of York in 1140.
MBS, p. 221
Bl Waltheof + 1160
After his father's death, his mother married King David of Scotland and Waltheof was brought up at court where St Aelred became his close friend. Unlike Aelred, however, Waltheof was not attracted by court life and cultured society. He became a canon of St Augustine and was made prior of their house at Kirkham.
In 1143 he was elected archbishop of York and in order to escape from the position, he fled to the Cistercian monastery of Wardon, not far from London. During his novitiate he experienced great dryness of soul; doubts and fears were increased by the austerities which he found very difficult to bear. However, with the encouragement of Aelred, he remained firm in his resolve to persevere as a Cistercian. At some point he went to Rievaulx where Aelred was abbot and in 1147 he himself was made abbot of Melrose. He was an abbot after the mind of St Benedict: firm but gentle, full of tolerance and understanding of human
weakness. He was especially anxious that his monks refrain from criticizing one another and once a fault had been acknowledged and expiated in Chapter, he strictly forbade anyone to make any reference to it by word or sign. He had a special love for the lay-brothers, gave them frequent conferences and received them for spiritual direction.
Waltheof's piety was especially nourished by the liturgy and his greatest graces had their source in some text of the offices of the great feasts. He was also devoted to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
In 1159 he was offered the bishopric of St Andrew's, but feeling his end was near he declined to accept. On his death bed he thanked God for all the trials and sufferings of his life as for the most precious graces.
MBS, p. 224
Konrad von Herlesheim + 1270
He was knighted in his twentieth year and in the same year entered the monastery of Heyn, Germany. He served his community as treasurer and later procurator. Once when he longed for union with Christ, Our Lord said to him, "I will grant that my joy and yours may be one; my will and yours one; my glory and yours one."    

Friday, 29 July 2011

BVM Saturday Hagia Maria Sion Abbey New Abbot, Gregory Collins osb

Saturday 30 July of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.
MASS of the Saturday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The exciting news of  a monk of Glenstal Abbey elected to the monastery of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.
Fr. Gregory Collins wrote The Glenstal Book of Icons, Praying with the Glenstal Icons. An extract from his Byzantinprayers commemorating Mary is apt for this Saturday Votive Mass.

Father Abbot Gregory Collins OSB

New abbot of the Dormition

With profound gratitude to God and to all who in these days have accompanied our monastic community in their prayers, 
we are happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 the monastic chapter of our Abbey, presided over by Abbot Primate Dr. Notker Wolf OSB, has elected 
Father Gregory Collins of Glenstal Abbey, 
as the sixth abbot of Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
The Monks of Dormition Abbey

Gregory Collins OSB, The Glenstal Book of Icons (Dublin: Columba Press, 2002)

Prayers before the Icons of Mary as Hodegetria, p, 59.

Calling to mind our all-holy, sinless, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God, and ever-virgin Mary, let us commit ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God!
(Byzantine prayer commemorating Mary)

Let us magnify the Mother of God, the Mother of the light!
It is truly right to praise you, all blessed and immaculate Theotokos, the Mother of our God! You are higher than the Cherubim and incomparably more glorious than the Seraphim, for without sin you have given birth to God the Word. True bearer of God, we magnify you!
(Byzantine hymns to the Theotokos, adapted)

Lord Jesus Christ, by the prayers of your most pure Mother, purify the eyes of our hearts to see the mysteries of the Father's kingdom!
Lord Jesus Christ, by the prayers of your most pure Mother, open our inner ears to receive your word!
Lord Jesus Christ, by the prayers of your most pure Mother, send the Holy Spirit to guide us into the truth!

What shall we call you, O most favoured one? Heaven, because the sun of righteousness has shown forth through you? Paradise, because your have made the bloom of incorruptibility to spring up? Virgin, because you have remained the undefiled one? Pure Mother, because you have given birth to your Son, the God of all things? 0 pray to him for us that he may save our souls!
(Byzantine prayer to the Mother of God

Father Abbot Gregory

Father Abbot Gregory Collins OSB (enlarge picture)Gregory Collins was born in 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and grew up there also. - About himself he says that he was happy to be both an Irishman and Englishman. To overcome barriers between people to a certain extent it is already in the cradle. He feels so deeply the ecumenical idea of reconciliation between the churches and committed.
Prior to 1989 only one in the Irish Benedictine Glenstal (County Limerick) occurred, Gregory Collins is at the Queen's University in Belfast Byzantine studies and scholastic philosophy, and also taught. In 1988/89 he was on a scholarship at the British School of Archaeology in Athens to deepen his studies, he finally graduated in 1991 with a doctorate.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

St. James the Apostle by Benedict XVI 2006   

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Wednesday, 21 June 2006
James, the Greater 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are continuing the series of portraits of the Apostles chosen directly by Jesus during his earthly life. We have spoken of St Peter and of his brother, Andrew. Today we meet the figure of James. The biblical lists of the Twelve mention two people with this name: James, son of Zebedee, and James, son of Alphaeus (cf. Mk 3: 17,18; Mt 10: 2-3), who are commonly distinguished with the nicknames "James the Greater" and "James the Lesser".  
These titles are certainly not intended to measure their holiness, but simply to state the different importance they receive in the writings of the New Testament and, in particular, in the setting of Jesus' earthly life. Today we will focus our attention on the first of these two figures with the same name.
The name "James" is the translation of Iakobos, the Graecised form of the name of the famous Patriarch, Jacob. The Apostle of this name was the brother of John and in the above-mentioned lists, comes second, immediately after Peter, as occurs in Mark (3: 17); or in the third place, after Peter and Andrew as in the Gospels of Matthew (10: 2) and Luke (6: 14), while in the Acts he comes after Peter and John (1: 13). This James belongs, together with Peter and John, to the group of the three privileged disciples whom Jesus admitted to important moments in his life. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Abbot elected Dormition Abbey Jerusalem

Later further Links below . . .

Father Gregory Collins OSB, Glenstal Abbey,
 elected Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem
Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 3:33 pm

Father Gregory Collins OSB elected Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem  | Fr Gregory Collins OSB,Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem,Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor Dormition Abbey
 Fr Gregory Collins OSB has been elected as Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Following the announcement, Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor said:

"I warmly welcome the election of Fr Gregory Collins OSB as the sixth Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. I send him my congratulations and those of the people of Belfast, the city he was born in.

"I send him my good wishes and blessings as he takes up his appointment in Jerusalem - the sacred land in which Our Lord walked during his time on earth."

Gregory Collins was born in Belfast in 1960. He studied at Queen's University Belfast, gaining a doctorate in Byzantine Studies in 1991. He made Solemn Profession at Glenstal Abbey in 1994. Following ordination as priest in 1995, he studied Depth Psychology at the Jung Institute in Zurich. Between 1998 and 2002 Father Gregory was Headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School, after which he spent six years teaching
Orthodox Theology and the History of Theology at the Benedictine university of Sant' Anselmo in Rome. Since returning to Glenstal,

Father Gregory has had a varied ministry of writing and preaching retreats. Among his publications are The Glenstal Book of Icons (Dublin: Columba Press, 2002) and Meeting Christ in His Mysteries: A Benedictine Vision of the Spiritual Life (Dublin: Columba Press, 2011)

Abbot Gregory will leave for Jerusalem in early August.

For more information on Dormition Abbey see: 
Source: Irish Catholic Media Office
Tags: Abbot of Dormition Abbey in JerusalemBishop Noel TreanorBishop of Down 

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From: Donald . . .
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 Wed, 27 July, 2011 10:48:10
Subject: Gregory Glenstal Icons

Interesting two LINKS of YouTube  

ICONS AS IMAGES OF GOD ● Fr. Gregory Collins OSB

Copies of the Glenstal Icons Book are in

Nunraw store of Abbey Guest House shop.