Monday, October 28, 2013

Fr Norris reflection

The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. 10 He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.' 
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.' 
(Then) the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.'
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.'
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.'
His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant! 11 So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
12 For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

The parable of Talents reminds me of when Fr Norris walked up to me outside St Michael's and gave me his diary on the reflections he did when at the Seminary at Holy Cross. I made the decision that this was a calling of God and I had to use my talents to make us of this gift.. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Thomas Merton on St. Bernard of Clairveaux (+playlist)

Fr Norris spiritual exercise

These are the 3 bones which we must possess.
1. Backbone
Under this comes; good character, we obtain this by sowing good acts, acquiring good habits as a result and we have a solid character. Remember too we learn by mistakes. Do not be idle though and make no mistakes as a consequence. Must use initiative. Strength of will. This can be acquired by going against ourselves in little things. If you will to do a thing, do it. Make and force ourselves to do things that go against human nature. Endurance is important. Both physically and spiritually. Stick to it. We must be prepared to rough it especially in China. Do not be a soft pansy. Perseverance and grit is the thing.
 — reading Fr Norris spiritual exercises. Mitigated from St Ignatius.
Fr Norris

Pope gives thanks for advances in Lutheran-Catholic relations

Pope gives thanks for advances in Lutheran-Catholic relations

Fr Norris contemplations on St Ignatius spiritual exercises.

Judgment of ourselves. 
Must We picture ourselves before the throne of God. Try and picture our judgment.What would the sentence just and omnipotent judge pass on us? Try and anticipate the sentence. In use bluffing yourself, God knows your inner most thoughts. The devil would use everything against me. My Guardian Angel would reproach me. The just and all holy judge, may love me but He hates my s in. I have used my best hypocrisy in actions. Appear good but do they really an ulterior motive behind Them. eg I would stay a quarter of a hour longer in the chapel to show how holy I was? If I have made this meditation badly it will count against me as by doing so I have spurned God's graces Which are bountiful in the meditation. The meditation adds to my responsibility.I can not plead ignorance to the Almighty judge. I could not ask for one more day to repent. Keep yourself free from sin now, so that you will not need the extra day. Keep to the truth. What have I done penances During life. When have I mortified myself.What effort have I made to Overcome my passions and become detached from worldly attractions? God has Given me all the grace I need.

Mark Baird

Fr Norris in Japan.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fr Norris spiritual exercise

Lord, I know you pity me. Heal my soul because I have sinned against you. Create in me or ' Lord, a heart clean and renew a vertical spirit within me. Great seriousness and sincerity in me throughout the day. Here and there. In the spiritual life should your own stone quarry. You can enjoy better fruits of their own labour. Remember that as more fasting, Mortification and Penance we do more spiritual joy we obtain. I ask of our Divine Lord up to where you want to go. Lord, I know you pity me. Heal my soul because I have sinned against you. Create in me or ' Lord, a heart clean and renew a vertical spirit within me. Great seriousness and sincerity in me throughout the day. Here and there. In the spiritual life should your own stone quarry. You can enjoy better fruits of their own labour.

29th Sunday - 20 October, 2013

29th Sunday - 20 October, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fr Jim Norris spiritual exercises Introductory links

There are daily translations of Fr Norris' contemplation's into several languages.Apologies to other cultures our primary language is English.

There are four parts to the Fr Jim Norris ministry. Look on the the links to other pages to 'like' and remember to to tick 'Get Notifications.' 
1.Submission (sequilla christii), what we want to do.
2.Diary of Fr Jim Norris mitigated from St Ignatius 30 day retreat he did in 1941 (Opus in fides), and
3. Rule (catechetical directory). A formation programme to help the novice deepen their faith.
4. St Josephs house (foundation of institute in Israel)

The Fr. Norris diary is mitigated from the St Ignatius exercises making it a reflection catechesis used in reference to the ‘exercises’ it gives the catechist a study guide to their own reflection and that of both Fr. Norris and St Ignatius.

(Humility, A great virtue) How long have you been in Japan? A young friend asked Father Jim Norris. Twenty five years, the Columban missionary from Rotorua replied. What have you to show for it? It was a question the missionary had often asked himself, looking back over the years of seemingly barren...
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fr Jim Norris exercises. Arrival in Japan 1941.

Fr James Norris 
On the 16th July, we once again boarded the GI express That took 24 hours to carry us to Hahata. We arrived acerca noon on the 17th, the address That Showed Given Jim had us to the jeep driver, courtesy of the American Forces, and time immediately drove us to Diamyo-machi church. A Seminarian, the future Fr Hatakeyama, met us and tried to explain That I this was not the Bishops house. Whatever conversation there was, had perforce to be in Latin. Finally I Climbed into the jeep with us and took us to 39 Josuidori, where we were warmly welcomed by Bishop Fukahori.
haphazard I have detailed our route to our destination, our experience aptly Reflects Because the atmosphere of the time. Everyone was new, young and ignorant, Feeling This Way along with trial and error basis, seemingly going no place but somehow getting there. Given the times and everyone's youth and lack of experience amid the aftermath of the war, I do not see how it could have been any different. The first Columbans had finally arrived in Kyushu.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fr Norris spiritual exercise for today.

Remember this and value it. No one is worthy of a vocation to the priesthood. God however gives the grace necessary. Missionaries must be content with the conditions. Often no food or bed, no comfort. If he has the spirit of Christ and true zeal these small matters will not worry him. We must get spirit of vocation. Poverty, resignation to God’s Will, obedience. We must not get engrossed in world affairs. Requirements physical fitness, intellectual fitness, spiritual fitness and a certain amount of goodwill. Our spiritual director will sanction vocation. Work hard and all will be alright. Be resigned to do God’s will in every matter. In priesthood too, all personal likes must be kept under control. When duty calls we must not think of our own comfort.
Remember you have left the world now, true ambition towards Christ now. Let nothing bother us now but the vocation.

Reading 1JON 1:1–2:1-2, 11

This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai:

“Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;
their wickedness has come up before me.”
But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.
He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,
paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,
away from the LORD.

The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,
and in the furious tempest that arose
the ship was on the point of breaking up.
Then the mariners became frightened and each one cried to his god.
To lighten the ship for themselves, they threw its cargo into the sea.
Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship,
and lay there fast asleep.
The captain came to him and said, “What are you doing asleep?
Rise up, call upon your God!
Perhaps God will be mindful of us so that we may not perish.”

Then they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots
to find out on whose account we have met with this misfortune.”
So they cast lots, and thus singled out Jonah.
“Tell us,” they said, “what is your business?
Where do you come from?
What is your country, and to what people do you belong?”
Jonah answered them, “I am a Hebrew,
I worship the LORD, the God of heaven,
who made the sea and the dry land.”

Now the men were seized with great fear and said to him,
“How could you do such a thing!– 
They knew that he was fleeing from the LORD,
because he had told them.–
They asked, “What shall we do with you,
that the sea may quiet down for us?”
For the sea was growing more and more turbulent.
Jonah said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,
that it may quiet down for you;
since I know it is because of me
that this violent storm has come upon you.”

Still the men rowed hard to regain the land, but they could not,
for the sea grew ever more turbulent.
Then they cried to the LORD: “We beseech you, O LORD,
let us not perish for taking this man’s life;
do not charge us with shedding innocent blood,
for you, LORD, have done as you saw fit.”
Then they took Jonah and threw him into the sea,
and the sea’s raging abated.
Struck with great fear of the LORD,
the men offered sacrifice and made vows to him.

But the LORD sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah;
and Jonah remained in the belly of the fish
three days and three nights.
From the belly of the fish Jonah prayed 
to the LORD, his God.
Then the LORD commanded the fish to spew Jonah upon the shore. 

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary