MONDAY THE SECOND OF OCTOBER, 2017
Lord, you are the comfort of all who trust you, the help and shield of all who hope in you. O Lord my God, from your hand I accept all things without a murmur, for whatever you do is right.
Is it your will that I walk in darkness? Behold, your way is good, and I will praise you.
Do you will that my path be light and peace? Again I praise you; your grace orders all things, and at all times.
One thing only be far from me: I entreat you, let me not walk in sin and unrighteousness, nor be counted among them who care not for you. Let my will be only yours, then I shall fear nothing, no suffering and no death, and all things must work together for my good.
Lord, keep me in your love and truth, comfort me with your light, and guide me by your Spirit. Amen.
( S. Weiss )
PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY
Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips.
When I was in trouble I called to the Lord;
I called to the Lord and he answered me.
Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips
and from a deceitful tongue.
What shall be given to you?
What more shall be done to you,
The sharp arrows of a warrior,
tempered in burning coals!
Woe is me, that I must lodge in Meshech
and dwell among the tents of Kedar.
My soul has dwelt too long
with enemies of peace.
I am for making peace,
but when I speak of it,
they make ready for war.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips.
God of consolation,
look on us, pilgrims
in a strange land;
preserve us from
slander and deceit,
show us the truth
and give to our souls
the peace of Christ.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Anthony Ashley Cooper: "poor man's earl"
Mother Marie-Joseph Aubert:
Divine Providence in New Zealand
(both transferred from Sunday)
Saint Laika’s starts off the month of October with a double commemoration; two servants of God who cared for the poor and needy in their own unique way.
Anthony Ashley Cooper, or “Lord Ashley” as he preferred to be called was the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury. Born in 1801, he grew up in a loveless family, and was affectionately cared for by his parents’ housekeeper, who was a model of Christian love for him. Most commentators on his life credit her with establishing his love for the poor and his activism on their behalf.
One of the major accomplishments of his life was the overhaul of the “Lunacy Laws” that committed people to insane asylums. The deplorable conditions in which these unfortunate people were held stripped them of every shred of human dignity. By his efforts conditions improved and inmates were treated with more care. He also was instrumental in improving life for children by introducing a series of child labour laws. Because of Lord Ashley, companies were forbidden to send women and children into the mines where they would labour in the dark all day. He also got legislation passed to prohibit the use of children as “climbing boys” (children who spent their lives climbing into chimneys to act as chimney sweeps). He was also very much involved in setting up schools for poor children where they could get a rudimentary education.
He died on the first of October, 1885. At his funeral the streets were lined by the working poor, who called him the poor man’s earl.
Mother Marie-Joseph Aubert was born near Lyons, France in 1835. She felt a calling to join a religious order, and to care for the sick. As a young woman, she was recruited by a missionary bishop, and left France for New Zealand, where she would spend almost all of her life. She worked among the Maori people and cared for them. She often ran afoul of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in New Zealand, who wanted to restrict her work to more traditional roles. One bishop ordered her to return to France.
She replied: “I have come here for the Maoris, I shall die in their midst.”
So for many years she worked outside the convent as a lay woman until a different bishop invited her back to the mission work she loved.
Her life was spent teaching the impoverished people, setting up clinics to improve their health, and operating a home for the incurably ill. When government funds ran out, she simply said she would trust in divine providence.
She died on the first of October, 1926.
Scripture: In "Psalm One Hundred and Forty-Six", verses five to seven we read:
"Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free.”
... for peace in the world.
... for the poor and those who campaign for their welfare.
... for those who leave their own lands to serve God abroad.
... for those whose lands have been invaded, or taken over, by foreign cultures.
... that the peoples of the world adopt non-violent ways to sort out their disagreements, whether at the domestic level or between nations. DETAILS
... for those living with cerebral palsy and those who care for them. DETAILS
... for those killed or injured when a gunman opened fire from the thirty-second floor of a Las Vegas hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by twenty-two thousand people; for those traumatised; for all who witnessed the atrocity; for all who came to the aid of the victims; for the family and friends of the victims; for all waiting for news of loved ones who were at the concert. DETAILS
... for the Reverend Chris Bedding, an Australian priest who has been suspended by his bishop for speaking out on social media against that which is wrong in the language of the people. DETAILS
... for those who will lose their jobs due to Monarch Airlines going into receivership; for all the firm's customers stranded abroad and all whose journeys have been cancelled. DETAILS
... for the people of Catalan. DETAILS
... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
From the writings of Basil of Caesarea:
The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked. The shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot. The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor. The acts of charity you do not perform are the injustices you commit.
What keeps you from giving now? Isn’t the poor man there? Aren’t your own warehouses full? Isn’t the reward promised? The command is clear: the hungry man is dying now, the naked man is freezing now, the man in debt is beaten now – and you want to wait until tomorrow?
“I’m not doing any harm,” you say. “I just want to keep what I own, that’s all.”
You own? You are like someone who sits down in a theatre and keeps everyone else away, saying that what is there for everyone’s use is his own.
If everyone took only what he needed and gave the rest to those in need, there would be no such thing as rich or poor. After all, didn’t you come into life naked; and won’t you return naked to the earth?
Lord God, your son came among us to serve and not to be served, and to give his life for the life of the world. Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help, Through us give hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, peace to the troubled, and rest to the weary; through Jesus Christ our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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