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Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day – August 25

St Louis was strong-willed, strong-minded. His word was trusted utterly and his courage in action was remarkable. What is most remarkable was his sense of respect for anyone with whom he dealt, especially the “humble folk of the Lord.” To care for his people he built cathedrals, churches, libraries, hospitals and orphanages. He dealt with princes honestly and equitably. He hoped to be treated the same way by the King of Kings, to whom he gave his life, his family and his country.
St Louis Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection

One Minute Reflection – August 25

The servant of the Lord…..must be an apt teacher, patiently and gently correcting those who contradict him….2 Tim 2:24-25

REFLECTION – All who undertake to teach must be endowed with deep love, the greatest patience and, most f all, profound humility. They must perform their work with earnest zeal. Then, through their humble prayers, the Lord will find them worthy to become fellow workers with Him in the cause of truth……St Louis IX King of France (Saint of the Day)

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PRAYER – Dear Lord, help me to teach others about You by my example as well as my words. Grant that I may spread Your truth and Your light wherever I go. St Louis, Pray for us! Amen

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Our Morning Offering

Our Morning Offering – August 25

Prayer inspired by St. Louis’ Last Instructions
to his Eldest Son, Philip.(Perhaps Philip prayed thus)

O God, we love You.
We want to do nothing to displease You.
If we have troubles, let us thank You.
If we don’t, we also humbly thank You.
Let us look for ways to grow closer to You,
whether in Confession, prayer, or at Mass.
Let us open our hearts to afflicted people
and do what we can to comfort them.
Let us look for ways to improve our society.
Thank You for friends who help us bear
our burdens and help us grow in holiness.
Let us turn away from gossip or swearing.
Let us always do what is right for those
we serve and promote peace among our neighbours.
Let us be quick to defend our Faith.
O Holy Trinity, all You holy saints,
please defend us from all evils.
Please give us grace to do Your will always,
so that You are honoured
and so we may be with You forever.
Amen.

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St King Louis IX – August 25

Happy Feast Day of St Louis – Patron of the Third Order of St. Francis, France, French monarchy; hairdressers – August 25

At his coronation as king of France, Louis IX bound himself by oath to behave as God’s anointed, as the father of his people and feudal lord of the King of Peace. Other kings had done the same, of course. Louis was different in that he actually interpreted his kingly duties in the light of faith. After the violence of two previous reigns, he brought peace and justice.

He was crowned king at 12, at his father’s death. His mother, Blanche of Castile, ruled during his minority. When he was 19 and his bride 12, he was married to Marguerite of Provence. It was a loving marriage, though not without challenge. They had 11 children.a7bf5603740787136f3a482e7d5540a4

Louis “took the cross” for a Crusade when he was 30. His army seized Damietta in Egypt but not long after, weakened by dysentery and without support, they were surrounded and captured. Louis obtained the release of the army by giving up the city of Damietta in addition to paying a ransom. He stayed in Syria four years.83a88363be4d3d1078b990685186f425

He deserves credit for extending justice in civil administration. His regulations for royal officials became the first of a series of reform laws. He replaced trial by battle with a form of examination of witnesses and encouraged the use of written records in court.

Louis was always respectful of the papacy, but defended royal interests against the popes and refused to acknowledge Innocent IV’s sentence against Emperor Frederick II.

Louis was devoted to his people, founding hospitals, visiting the sick and, like his patron St. Francis (October 4), caring even for people with leprosy. (He is one of the patrons of the Secular Franciscan Order.) Louis united France—lords and townsfolk, peasants and priests and knights—by the force of his personality and holiness. For many years the nation was at peace.

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Every day Louis had 13 special guests from among the poor to eat with him, and a large number of poor were served meals near his palace. During Advent and Lent, all who presented themselves were given a meal, and Louis often served them in person. He kept lists of needy people, whom he regularly relieved, in every province of his dominion.

Disturbed by new Muslim advances in Syria, he led another crusade in 1267, at the age of 41. His crusade was diverted to Tunis for his brother’s sake. The army was decimated by disease within a month, and Louis himself died on foreign soil at the age of 44. He was canonized 27 years later.

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St Louis on his deathbed giving last advice to his son
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St Louis receives the Last Rites and Holy Communion
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August 25 – Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day – August 25 –  King of France (1214-1270) King of France – Spouse: Margaret of Provence – Issue: among others… Isabella, Queen of Navarre,
Louis of France, Philip III of France, John Tristan, Count of Valois, Peter, Count of Perche and Alençon, Blanche, Infanta of Castile, Margaret, Duchess of Brabant, Robert, Count of Clermont, Agnes, Duchess of Burgundy – Patron of Patron of the Third Order of St. Francis, France, French monarchy; hairdressers

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Representation of St Louis considered to be true to life, early 14th Cent. Statue – Mainneville Church, Eure, France

St. Louis, King of France, patron of Tertiaries, was the ninth of his name. He was born at Poissy, France, in 1214. His father was Louis VIII, and his mother was Blanche, daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castille, surnamed the Conqueror. At the age of twelve he lost his father, and his mother became regent of the kingdom. From his tenderest infancy she had inspired him with a love for holy things.

In 1234, he married Margaret, the virtuous daughter of Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, and two years later he took the reigns of government into his own hands. In 1238, he headed a crusade, in which he fell a prisoner among the Mohammedans but a truce was concluded and he was set free and he returned to France. In 1267, he again set out for the East at the head of a crusade but he never again beheld his native land. In 1270, he was stricken by the pestilence at the siege of Tunis and after receiving the Last Sacraments, he died. Video link https://youtu.be/ya58prEt2e8?list=PL58g24NgWPIzvBk2IQVES_xC4WTm6-CDI

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August 25 – The Saints

Saints for August 25

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August – The Month of the Immaculate Heart

Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart for the Month of August

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
and tender Mother of all people,
I consecrate myself to yourIImmaculate Heart
and recommend to you my family, my country and the whole human race.
Please accept my consecration, dearest Mother
and use me as you wish, to accomplish your designs upon the world.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth,
rule over me, and teach me how to allow the Heart of Jesus
to rule and triumph in me and around me,
as it has ruled and triumphed in you. Amen.

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Thought for the Day – August 24

Thought for the Day – August 24
Bartholomew or Nathanael? We are confronted again with the fact that we know almost nothing about most of the apostles. Yet the unknown ones were also foundation stones, the 12 pillars of the new Israel whose 12 tribes now encompass the whole earth. Their personalities were secondary (without thereby being demeaned) to their great office of bearing tradition from their firsthand experience, speaking in the name of Jesus, putting the Word made flesh into human words for the enlightenment of the world. Their holiness was not an introverted contemplation of their status before God. It was a gift that they had to share with others. The Good News was that all are called to the holiness of being Christ’s members, by the gracious gift of God.
The simple fact is that humanity is totally meaningless unless God is its total concern. Then humanity, made holy with God’s own holiness, becomes the most precious creation of God.
St Bartholomew Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – August 24

One Minute Reflection – August 24

(God) chose to reveal His Son to me that I might spread among the Gentiles the good tidings concerning Him…………Gal; 1:16

REFLECTION – No matter where you may be or where you may be working, make sure the world will be renewed upon contact with you.
Make the Lord more present to humqan beings and the Gospel more known and loved by them………… Bl Pope Paul VI

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, teach me to imitate Your divine Son in my life. Grant that by my presence as well as by my deeds, I may bring Christ and His message to everyone I meet. Let me follow Your Apostles and manifest the love and zeal of St Bartholomew. May all the Apostles Pray for us. Amen

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August 24 – Our Morning Offering

PRAYER by ST BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

Jesus, joy of loving hearts,
You fount of life,
You Light of men,
from the best bliss that earth imparts
we turn unfilled to You again.
We taste You,
O You living Bread,
and long to feast upon You still:
We drink of You, the Fountainhead,
and thirst our souls ffom You to fill.
O Jesus, ever with us stay,
make all our moments calm and bright;
chase the dark night of sin away,
shed o’er the world Your holy light.
Amen, Amen

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St Bartholomew/Nathanael – August 24

Happy Feast Day of St Bartholomew Apostle – August 24

In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a man of Cana in Galilee who was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Jesus paid him a great compliment: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him” (John 1:47b). When Nathanael asked how Jesus knew him, Jesus said, “I saw you under the fig tree” (John 1:48b). Whatever amazing revelation this involved, it brought Nathanael to exclaim, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel” (John 1:49b). But Jesus countered with, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this” (John 1:50b).

Nathanael did see greater things. He was one of those to whom Jesus appeared on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias after his resurrection (see John 21:1-14). They had been fishing all night without success. In the morning, they saw someone on the shore, no one knew it was Jesus. Hesaid to cast their net again and they made so great a catch. Then John cried out to Peter, “It is the Lord.” Image 1-Konrad Witz; 2-El Greco; 3-Rembrandt van Rijn; 4- Jusepe de Ribera
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August 24 – Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day – August 24 – St Bartholomew 0ne of the Twelve – Apostle and Martyr – (1st Century) – Attributes – Knife and flayed skin – Patron of Armenia; bookbinders; butchers; Florentine cheese and salt merchants; Gambatesa, Italy; Catbalogan, Samar; Għargħur, Malta; leather workers; neurological diseases; plasterers; shoemakers; curriers; tanners, and various cities.
One of the Twelves Apostles. Probably a close friend of Saint Philip; Bartholomew’s name is always mentioned in the Gospels in connection with Philip and it was Philip who brought Bartholomew to Jesus. May have written a gospel, now lost; it is mentioned in other writings of the time. May have preached in Asia Minor, Ethiopia, India and Armenia; some one did, leaving behind assorted writings, and local tradition says it was Bartholomew. St. Nathanael, is St. Bartholomew. Image 3 – Anthony van Dyck; 4-Rubens; 5-Jusepe de Ribera.

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24 August – The Saints

Saints for today

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Thought for the Day – 23 August

Thought for the Day #stroseoflima

It is easy to dismiss excessive penances of the saints as the expression of a certain culture or temperament. But a woman wearing a crown of thorns may at least prod our consciences. We enjoy the most comfort-oriented life in human history. We eat too much, drink too much, use a million gadgets, fill our eyes and ears with everything imaginable. Commerce thrives on creating useless needs on which to spend our money. It seems that when we have become most like slaves, there is the greatest talk of “freedom.” Are we willing to discipline ourselves in such an atmosphere? “Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.” (St Rose of Lima)

“If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into fiery Gehenna” (Matthew 18:8–9).
St Rose of Lima Pray for us!
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One Minute Reflection – 23 August

One Minute Reflection #stroseoflima

It is in Christ….that we have been redeemed and our sins forgiven, so immeasurably  generous is God’s favour (grace) to us……..Eph 1:7

REFLECTION – If only we would learn how great it is to possess divine grace and how many riches it has within itself, how many joys and delights.

We would devote all our concern to winning for ourselves pains and afflictions in order to attain the unfathomable treasure of grace…..St Rose of Lima (Saint of the Day)

PRAYER – God is all goodness, keep ever in my mind the surpassing riches of Your grace.  Grant that I may devote all my efforts to co-operating with that grace and growing in it day by day. St Rose of Lima Pray for us! Amen

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August 23 – Our Morning Offering

Our Morning Offering #stbernardofclairvaux #mypic

 

MORNING PRAYER OF ST BERNARD

High and Holy God,
give me this day
a word of truth
to silence the lies
that would devour my soul
and kind encourgements
to strengthen me when I fall.
Gracious One,
I come quietly to Your door
needing to receive
from Your hands
the nourishment
that gives life.
Amen and Amen

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23 August – The Saints

Saints celebrating their Memorials today #august23

via http://catholicsaints.info/23-august/

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23 August – Saint of the Day

St Rose of Lima T.O.S.D. #august23 #stroseoflima ( 20 April 1586 – 15 August 1617) – Virgin and Penitent – Attributes – rose, anchor, the Infant Jesus – Patron of embroiderers, gardeners, florist, India, Latin America, people ridiculed or misunderstood for their piety; for the resolution of family quarrels, indigenous peoples of the Americas, Peru, Philippines, against vanity, Lima, Peruvian Police Force, Santa Rosa California, Santa Rosa, Luguna, Alcoy, Cebu.

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The first canonized saint of the New World has one characteristic of all saints—the suffering of opposition—and another characteristic which is more for admiration than for imitation—excessive practice of mortification.

She was born to parents of Spanish descent in Lima, Peru, at a time when South America was in its first century of evangelization. She seems to have taken Catherine of Siena (April 29) as a model, in spite of the objections and ridicule of parents and friends.

The saints have so great a love of God that what seems bizarre to us and is indeed sometimes imprudent, is simply a logical carrying out of a conviction that anything that might endanger a loving relationship with God must be rooted out. So, because her beauty was so often admired, Rose used to rub her face with pepper to produce disfiguring blotches. Later, she wore a thick circlet of silver on her head, studded on the inside, like a crown of thorns.df12d14f893d383fb63800df169eeced

When her parents fell into financial trouble, she worked in the garden all day and sewed at night. Ten years of struggle againsther parents began when they tried to make Rose marry. They refused to let her enter a convent and out of obedience she continued her life of penance and solitude at home as a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic. So deep was her desire to live the life of Christ that she spent most of her time at home in solitude.

During the last few years of her life, Rose set up a room in the house where she cared for homeless children, the elderly and the sick. This was a beginning of social services in Peru. Though secluded in life and activity, she was brought to the attention of Inquisition interrogators, who could only say that she was influenced by grace.

What might have been a merely eccentric life was transfigured from the inside. If we remember some unusual penances, we should also remember the greatest thing about Rose: a love of God so ardent that it withstood ridicule from without, violent temptation and lengthy periods of sickness. When she died at 31, the city turned out for her funeral. Prominent men took turns carrying her coffin. (Lives of the Saints by Fr Leonard Foley O.F.M.)

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