FRIDAY THE FIFTH OF OCTOBER, 2018
Almighty God, we invoke you, the fountain of everlasting light, asking you to send forth your truth into our hearts and to pour out among us the glory of your brightness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
( “Sarum Breviary” 1085 )
Come, Holy Ghost, and touch my tongue as with a living flame;
I want the sanctifying grace my saviour bids me claim.
Come, Holy Ghost, with sacred fire baptise this heart of mine;
break every earthly idol down and all its dross refine.
I want a self-renouncing will, that owns his sweet control,
and through my life, I want his love a ceaseless flood to roll.
Come, Holy Ghost, the blood apply as you have never before,
that I may shout my saviour’s praise henceforth and evermore.
( Fanny Crosby, 1820–1915 )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Eileen Egan: relief worker, peace activist
Eileen Egan was a devoted Catholic, who spent her days as an active member of Catholic Relief Services and still found the time to pursue her passion for peacemaking which led her to found the American PAX Association, which later morphed into PaxChristi—USA.
After a career in Journalism, she became the first professional layperson on the staff of Catholic Relief Services in 1943. Through her work with CRS she travelled the world, meeting the needs of many. She worked with Polish refugees in Mexico, Holocaust survivors in Barcelona and, later, she worked among the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, Chinese dissidents in Hong Kong and displaced civilians in Southeast Asia.
She combined CRS’s practical work of providing economic assistance, food, housing and transportation to war victims with speaking, writing and demonstrating against the causes of war. In 1962 she co-founded the American Pax Society. Later, in the early 1970’s, it became Pax Christi USA.
As early as 1955 she met Mother Teresa in Calcutta and publicised her work in the West. She introduced Dorothy Day to Mother Teresa in 1970. One of her major accomplishments was the 1987 recognition of conscientious objection as a fundamental human right by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. After a lifetime of service, she died on the seventh of October, 2000 at the age of eighty-eight.
Quote: “You can take course after course of so-called theology and never hear the message at the heart of Christianity—the message of Jesus, which is indiscriminate love.”
Scripture. In “The Letter of James,” chapter three, at verses seventeen and eighteen, we read:
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
… for peace in the world.
… for those who work to bring about peace in the world.
… for the victims of war and those who care for them.
… for teachers. DETAILS
… for the six divers who died whilst attempting to save a teenage boy who had fallen into a disused mining pool in Malaysia and for all who routinely risk their own lives rescuing other people from dangerous situations. DETAILS
… for those who have died recently 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 in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From “Peace Be with You” by Eileen Egan:
For Christians in the ﬁrst days of the new community of the church. it was
shiningly. overpoweringly clear that the Lord’s Supper was indeed the mystery
In Jerusalem, where Bishop James and the presbyters he chose presided at the
sacramental meal, people who had formerly been enemies joined at the common table, above all, Jews and Samaritans. In Ephesus, where Timothy had been placed as bishop by Saint Paul, Christian Greeks sat beside Christian Jews and
Christian Romans. In Crete, traders of the Mediterranean world joined with local Cretans and Greeks in a church community led by Titus, upon whom the hands of Saint Paul had been laid. Antioch’s lively intellectual life attracted a large variety of peoples. Greeks could take part in the sacriﬁce beside a Roman rhetorician, and he beside a rough-mannered, hirsute Goth, as long as he was not an Arian.
A revolution of peace was occurring in the hearts of men and women in communities from Asia Minor, across Jerusalem to Gaul, Rome, Egypt, and Spain.
Those who partook of the body and blood of Jesus could not be the ones to
participate in the destruction of the bodies and the shedding of the blood of
members of the human family, members made in the image of God himself.
The Christians had a new way of viewing the human family, seeing all in the
new light of the incarnation. Christians were reminded of their special dignity
as “temples of the Holy Spirit.”
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
O God, who is the unsearchable abyss of peace, the ineffable sea of love, the fountain of blessings and the bestower of affection, who sends peace to those that receive it; open to us this day the sea of your love and water us with plenteous streams from the riches of your grace and from the most sweet springs of your kindness. Make us children of quietness and heirs of peace, enkindle in us the fire of your love; sow in us your fear; strengthen our weakness by your power; bind us closely to you and to each other in a firm and indissoluble bond of unity. Amen.
( Syrian Clementine Liturgy )
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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