He spoke to us a message of peace, and taught us to live as sisters and brothers.
His message took form in the vision of our ancestors,
as they fashioned a nation where all might live as one.
This message lives on in our midst, as a task for today and a promise for tomorrow.
We thank you, God, for your blessings in the past,
and for all that, with your help, we must yet achieve.
And so with hearts full of love we join the saints today to praise your glory,
in union with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sacramentary for Mass]]>
Pope St John XXIII]]>
Thou, Thou, my Jesus after me
Did reach Thine arms out dying,
For my sake suffered nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat and care and cumber,
Yes and death — and this for me,
And Thou could see me sinning.
Then I, why should not I love Thee,
Jesus, so much in love with me?
Not for heaven’s sake; not to be
Out of hell by loving Thee;
Not for any gains I see;
But just the way that Thou did me
I do love and I will love Thee:
What must I love Thee, Lord, for then?
For being my King and God. Amen.
St Francis Xavier SJ,
translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ
There is nothing stable but you, O my God!
You are the center and life of all who change, who trust you as their Father, who look to you, and are content to put themselves into your hands.
John Henry Cardinal Newman]]>
Saint Polycarp, died 167 AD, disciple of Saint John the Evangelist]]>
Prayer irrigates the
St Francis of Assisi]]>
Mirabai (1498 – 1547) — the most renowned woman poet-saint of India.]]>