Celebrating the
6 January 2017 – EPIPHANY of the LORD

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Daily Meditation:
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. …
There is no fear in love but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love………… 1 John 4

“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down.
They were astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves.
On the contrary, their hearts were hardened”………….. Mark 6

How often fear takes away our ability to love!
But, love drives out fear.
It appears that the key is to “understand the incident of the loaves.”
If Jesus has power, then it is foolish for us to fear.
If we won’t let Jesus have power in our lives,
then our hearts are still hardened.

Let us surrender our hearts to the Lord,
that we might let Him love us
and take away all our fears,
that we might love more courageously, more completely.

Closing Prayer:
My love for You is so imperfect, Lord.
I know I am filled with fear
and yet I long to taste the depths of Your love.

Give me the joy of lasting peace
and fill my heart with so much love
that there is no more room for the worry and dread.

Open my eyes to those around me
and give me the courage to act in justice
to help make their lives better,
to share Your love with all.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.


Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 6 January

Thought for the Day – 6 January

Rubbing ailing limbs with oil or a medal? Planting a medal to buy land? Isn’t this superstition? Aren’t we long past that? Superstitious people rely only on the “magic” of a word or action. Brother André’s oil and medals were authentic sacramentals of a simple, total faith in the Father who lets His saints help Him bless His children and open their eyes! St André was convinced of the goodness of God our Father and the power of the intercession of the saints. Trusting that God is lavish in His goodness , St André called upon that goodness constantly. He was never disappointed. May such faith be ours!  As Pope Benedict XVI said at his canonisation, St Andre “lived the beatitude of the pure of heart.”

St André Bessette Pray for us!


Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY

Quote/s of the Day – 6 January

Quote/s of the Day – 6 January

“It is with the smallest brushes that the Artist paints the best paintings.”

“There is so little distance between heaven and earth
that God always hears us.  Nothing but a thin veil
separates us from God.”

“When you say to God, ‘our Father’, He has his ear right next to your lips.”

~~~ St André Bessette (Saint of the Day)


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One Minute Reflection – 6 January

One Minute Reflection – 6 January

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home…..Mt 1:24

REFLECTION – “When you invoke St Joseph, you don’t have to say much.
Say, “if you were in my place, St Joseph, what would you do? Well, pray for this on my behalf.”……..St André Bessette

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, You constantly provide us with examples of holy life. St André Bessette is a wonderful example of service, as was his hero, the foster Father of Your Divine Son, St Joseph. May both be intercessors and examples to me, to give to You my all. St André Bessette, Pray for us, amen!

matthew-1-2467ceeace4e8396c1b436adb5136cecfeOil painting of Brother Andre on wall of St Patrick's Basilica, Montreal


Our Morning Offering – 6 January


Father of light, unchanging God,
today You reveal to men of faith
the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh.
Your light is strong,
Your love is near;
draw us beyond the limits
which this world imposes,
to the life where Your Spirit
makes all life complete.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 6 January

Saint of the Day – 6 January – St André Bessette C.S.C. (1845-1937) – known as Brother André (French: Frère André) and since his canonization as Saint André of Montreal, was a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a significant figure of the Roman Catholic Church among French-Canadians, credited with thousands of reported miraculous cures associated within his pious devotion to Saint Joseph. Bessette was declared venerable in 1978 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982. Pope Benedict XVI approved the decree of sainthood for Blessed André on 19 February 2010, with the formal canonization taking place on 17 October 2010.

St. André was born Alfred Bessette in Quebec, 1845.  Sickness and weakness dogged André from birth. He was the eighth of 12 children born to a French Canadian couple near Montreal.  Adopted at 12, when both parents had died, he became a farmhand. Various trades followed: shoemaker, baker, blacksmith—all failures. He was a factory worker in the United States during the boom times of the Civil War.

At 25, André applied for entrance into the Congregation of the Holy Cross. After a year’s novitiate, he was not admitted because of his weak health.  But with an extension and the urging of Bishop Bourget, he was finally received.  He was given the humble job of doorkeeper at Notre Dame College in Montreal, with additional duties as sacristan, laundry worker and messenger. “When I joined this community, the superiors showed me the door, and there I remained 40 years,” he said.   In his little room near the door, he spent much of the night on his knees. On his windowsill, facing Mount Royal, was a small statue of Saint Joseph, to whom he had been devoted since childhood. When asked about it he said, “Some day, Saint Joseph is going to be honoured in a very special way on Mount Royal!”

When he heard someone was ill, he visited to bring cheer and to pray with the sick person. He would rub the sick person lightly with oil taken from a lamp burning in the college chapel. Word of healing powers began to spread.

When an epidemic broke out at a nearby college, André volunteered to nurse. Not one person died. The trickle of sick people to his door became a flood. His superiors were uneasy; diocesan authorities were suspicious; doctors called him a quack. “I do not cure,” he said again and again. “Saint Joseph cures.” In the end he needed four secretaries to handle the 80,000 letters he received each year.   He prayed with them to God through the intercession of St. Joseph. Hundreds credit their cures to St. André’s prayers.

For many years the Holy Cross authorities had tried to buy land on Mount Royal. Brother André and others climbed the steep hill and planted medals of Saint Joseph.  Suddenly, the owners yielded.  André collected $200 to build a small chapel and began receiving visitors there—smiling through long hours of listening, applying Saint Joseph’s oil. Some were cured, some not. The pile of crutches, canes and braces grew.


Statue of Brother André by Joseph-Émile Brunet on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, QC, Canada

The chapel also grew. By 1931, there were gleaming walls, but money ran out. “Put a statue of Saint Joseph in the middle. If he wants a roof over his head, he’ll get it.” The magnificent Oratory on Mount Royal took 50 years to build.  By the 1920s, the Oratory hosted more than a million pilgrims annually and hundreds of cures were attributed to his prayers every year.  The sickly boy who could not hold a job died at 92.

St. André Bessette died in Montreal on January 6, 1937. It is estimated that more than a million people attended his wake and funeral. He is the first Saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross.



Saints and Feasts : 6 January

Epiphany (Celebrated generally on Sunday 8 January) – Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child, signifying the extension of salvation to the Gentiles. The date of Epiphany, one of the oldest Christian feasts, is January 6, the 12th day after Christmas. However, in most countries, including the United States, the celebration of Epiphany is transferred to the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8 (inclusive). Greece, Ireland, Italy and Poland continue to observe Epiphany on January 6, as do some dioceses in Germany.
AND just in case you wish to know and be ready:
When Is the Feast of the Epiphany in Future Years?

Here is the date of Epiphany and the date it will be observed in most countries, next year and in future years:
Epiphany 2018: Saturday, January 6, 2018 (transferred to Sunday, January 7, in the United States and most other countries)
Epiphany 2019: Sunday, January 6, 2019
Epiphany 2020: Monday, January 6, 2020 (generally transferred to Sunday, January 5)
Epiphany 2021: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (generally transferred to Sunday January 2)
Epiphany 2022: Thursday, January 6, 2022 (generally transferred to Sunday January 2)
Epiphany 2023: Friday, January 6, 2023 (generally transferred to sUNDAY January 9)
Epiphany 2024: Saturday, January 6, 2024 (generally transferred to Sunday January 7)
Epiphany 2025: Monday, January 6, 2025 (generally transferred to Sunday January 5)
Epiphany 2026: Tuesday, January 6, 2026 (generally transferred to Sunday January 4)
Epiphany 2027: Wednesday, January 6, 2027 (generally transferred to Sunday, January 3)
Epiphany 2028: Thursday, January 6, 2028 (generally transferred to Sunday, January 2)
Epiphany 2029: Saturday, January 6, 2029 (generally transferred to Sunday, January 7)
Epiphany 2030: Sunday, January 6, 2030

Because Epiphany is one of the most important Christian feasts, it is a Holy Day of Obligation.

St André Bessette (Optional Memorial,
St Andrew Corsini
St Antoninus
St Basillisa of Antinoë
St Demetrius of Philadelphia
St Diman Dubh of Connor
St Edeyrn
St Eigrad
St Erminold of Prüfening
St Felix of Nantes
Bl Frederick of Saint-Vanne
Bl Gertrud of Traunkirchen
Bl Gertrude van Oosten
St Guarinus of Sion
St Guy of Auxerre
St Honorius
St Hywyn of Aberdaron
St John de Ribera
St Julian of Antinoë
St Julius
Bl Luc of Roucy
Bl Macarius the Scot
St Macra of Rheims
St Merinus
St Nilammon of Geris
St St Petran of Landévennec
Peter of Canterbury
Bl Peter Thomas
St Pia of Quedlinburg
St Pompejanus
St Rafaela Porras y Ayllón
Bl Raymond de Blanes
Bl Rita Amada de Jesus
St Schotin
St Wiltrudis of Bergen

Martyrs in Africa
Martyrs of Sirmium – 8 saints
Martyrs of Ukraine – 25 beati
Seven Holy Deacons
Twelve Apostles of Ireland