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In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in Him.

Posted on July 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In the dispensation of the fulness of times,
to re-establish all things in Christ,
that are in heaven and on earth, in Him.
Ephesians 1:10
For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit, that we are the sons of God.
17 And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God, and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us.
19 For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him that made it subject, in hope:
21 Because the creature also itself shall be delivered from the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
22 For we know that every creature groaneth and travaileth in pain, even till now.
23 And not only it, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption of the sons of God, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen, is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?
25 But if we hope for that which we see not, we wait for it with patience.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit desireth; because he asketh for the saints according to God.
28 And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints.
29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son; that he might be the firstborn amongst many brethren.
30 And whom he predestinated, them he also called. And whom he called, them he also justified. And whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us?
32 He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things?
Romans 8:16-32
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But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear – St. Matthew 13:16f

Posted on July 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

But blessed are your eyes,
because they see,
and your ears,
because they hear.

17 For, amen, I say to you,
many prophets and just men
have desired to see the things that you see,
and have not seen them,
and to hear the things
that you hear
and have not heard them.

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1st Letter St. Clare to St Agnes :What a great and praiseworthy exchange:

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What a great and praiseworthy exchange:

….. to leave the things of time for those of eternity,
….. to choose the things of heaven for the goods of earth,
….. to receive the hundred-fold in place of one,
….. and to possess a blessed eternal life!
St. Clare
post communion

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A LETTER FROM CLARE

…..To the esteemed and most holy virgin, Lady Agnes, daughter of the most excellent and illustrious King of Bohemia: Clare, an unworthy servant of Jesus Christ and a useless servant of the enclosed Ladies of the Monastery of San Damiano, her subject and servant in all things, presents herself totally with a special reverence that she attain the glory of everlasting happiness. …..As I hear of the fame of your holy conduct and irreproachable life, which is known not only to me but to the entire world as well, I greatly rejoice and exult in the Lord. I am not alone in rejoicing at such great news, but I am joined by all who serve and seek to serve Jesus Christ. For, though you, more than others, could have enjoyed the magnificence and honour and dignity of the world and could have been married to the illustrious emperor with splendour befitting you and His Excellency. …..You have rejected all these things and have chosen with your whole heart and soul a life of holy poverty and destitution. Thus you took a spouse of a more noble lineage, who will keep your virginity ever unspotted and unsullied, the Lord Jesus Christ.When you have loved him, you are chaste; when you have touched him, you become more pure; when you have accepted him, you are a virgin. Whose power is stronger, whose generosity more abundant,whose appearance more beautiful,whose love more tender, whose courtesy more gracious. In whose embrace you are already caught up; who has adorned your breast with precious stones and has placed priceless pearls on your ears and has surrounded you with sparkling gems as though blossoms ofspringtime and placed on your head a golden crown as a sign of yourholiness…… Therefore, most beloved sister, or should I say, Lady, worthy of great respect: because you are the spouse and the mother and the sister of my Lord Jesus Christ, and have been beautifully adorned with the sign of an undefiled virginity and most holy poverty: Be strengthened in the holy service which you have undertaken out of a burning desire for the Poor Crucified, who for the sake of all of us took upon himself the Passion of the Cross, delivered us from the power of the Prince of Darkness to whom we were enslaved because of the disobedience of our first parent, and so reconciled us to God the Father.
O blessed poverty, who bestows eternal riches on those who love and embrace her! O holy poverty, God promises the kingdom of heaven and, in fact, offers eternal glory and a blessed life to those who possess and desire you! O God-centred poverty, whom the Lord Jesus Christ who ruled and now rules heaven and earth, who spoke and all things were made, condescended to embrace before all else!
….. “The foxes have dens,” he says, “and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man, Christ, has nowhere to lay his head”, but bowing his head gave up his spirit…… If so great and good a Lord, then, on coming into the Virgin’s womb, chose to appear despised and needy, and poor in this world so that people who were in utter poverty, want and absolute need of heavenly nourishment might become rich in him by possessing the kingdom of heaven, be very joyful and glad! Be filled with a remarkable happiness and a spiritual joy! Because, since contempt of the world has pleased you more than its honours, poverty more than earthly riches, and you have sought to store up greater treasures in heaven rather than on earth, where rust does not consume nor moth destroy nor thieves break in and steal, your reward is very rich in heaven! And you have truly merited to be called a sister, spouse and mother of the Son of the Most High Father and of the glorious Virgin…… You know, I believe, that the kingdom of heaven is promised and given by the Lord only to the poor for she who loves temporal things loses the fruit of love. Such a person cannot serve God and money, for either the one is loved and the other hated, or the one is served and the despised. ….. You also know that one who is clothed cannot fight another who is naked, because she is more quickly thrown who gives her adversary a chance to get hold of her; and that one who lives in the glory of the earth cannot rule with Christ in heaven. ….. Again you know that is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, you have cast aside your garments, that is earthly riches, that you might not be overcome by the one fighting against you and you might enter the kingdom of heaven through the straight path and narrow gate. ….. What a great and praiseworthy exchange: ….. to leave the things of time for those of eternity, ….. to choose the things of heaven for the goods of earth, ….. to receive the hundred-fold in place of one, ….. and to possess a blessed eternal life! ….. Because of this I have resolved, as best I can, to beg Your Excellency and your holiness by my humble prayers in the mercy of Christ, to be strengthened in his holy service, and to progress from good to better, from virtue to virtue, that he whom you serve with the total desire of your soul may bestow on you the reward for which you so long…… I also beg you in the Lord, as much as I can, to include in your holy prayers me, your servant, though useless, and the other sisters with me in the monastery, who are all devoted to you, that by their help we may merit the mercy of Jesus Christ, and together with you may merit to enjoy the everlasting vision. ….. Farewell in the Lord. And pray for me.
The 1st Letter of St Clare to St Agnes of Prague

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St. Colette’s method of proclaiming the Gospel was not to preach, but to pray.

Posted on July 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

St. Colette’s intercession with the Lord has spanned
the five centuries since her death, calling forth
miracles of love. The deaf hear, the blind see,
the lame walk and the dead are restored to life.
St. Colette’s method of proclaiming the Good News of
the Gospel was not to preach but to pray. Her whole life
was spent in prayer.
Even when she was asked to help her brothers
the Friars Minor, in their reform, and was invited
into their chapter room, she did not tell them
what they ought to do, she simply knelt down
and prayed, and those who watched,
one by one, also fell on their knees.
Poor Clare Colettine Nuns
Wales
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Byzantine Monastic Vocation Experience for Men

Posted on July 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Entitled ‘You Have Seduced Me O Lord,’

it’s open to all young adult single men interested in religious-monastic vocation and Byzantine spirituality. It will be a marvelous opportunity to meet our Order (Basilian Monks), the Oriental spirituality, to reflect on God’s call and to breathe in the Church with both lungs (western & oriental). This monastic vocation experience will include moments of Liturgical Prayer in the Byzantine Rite, Meditations on Oriental Spirituality of Byzantium, and moments of reflection, fraternity and sharing. Readings and community discussions will be based on texts from Holy Scripture, and the Holy Greek Fathers of the Oriental Church. It will be a period of Graces in which each of the participants can really discern whether our Lord Jesus Christ is calling him to follow Him with charitable soul and pure heart. God Calls You. The Church Needs You. Come Join Us! Event dates:August 18-26, 2008. Those who would like can stay on with us after the retreat for up to 20 days (until 20 September) will be able to stay directly with the Monks in the Abbey, following the monastic schedule and way of life of the Basilian Community of Grottaferrata.Deadline for registration: August 5, 2008 http://www.abbaziagreca.it/enOrganized by: Basilian Monks, Exarchic Greek Abbey of St. Mary of Grottaferrata Contact: Father Antonio, O.S.B.M.Email: segreteria@abbaziagreca.itAddress: Corso del Popolo, 128, i-00046 Grottaferrata (Rome), ItalyPhone: 0039-06-945-93-09

Men desiring to learn more about the Basilian Monks of Grottaferratamay request a brochure and/or a vocation video

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