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Thought for the Day – 11 January

Thought for the Day – 11 January

It has always been recognised that love of neighbour is part of the love of God and the great saints have lived this, helping the sick, the poor and the needy without expecting any return.   Monasteries were the first hospitals where the sick were cared for, free of charge and where the goodness of God was shown in countless ways.   St Theodosius the Cenobiarch was a leader in his time and in ours – we can do no less than he did!

St Theodosius Pray for us!


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One Minute Reflection – 11 January

One Minute Reflection – 11 January

If you lavish your food on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom shall become like midday; then the LORD will guide you always and satisfy your thirst in parched places, HE will give strength to your bones and you shall be like a watered garden, like a flowing spring whose waters never fail…….Isaiah 58:10-11

REFLECTION – “Love is the bond of life, the mother of the poor and the teacher of the rich.
It is the nurse of orphans, the attendant of the elderly, the treasure of the indigent and the common port of all the afflicted.”……..St Gregory of Nyssa.

PRAYER – O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through His poverty might be rich, deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired, by the devotion of Your servant St Theodosius the Cenobiarch, may serve You with singleness of heart and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. St Theodosius the Cenobiarch. Pray for us! Amen



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Our Morning Offering – 11 January

Our Morning Offering – 11 January

Grant that my soul may hunger after You,
the Bread of Angels,
the refreshment of holy souls,
our daily and super substantial bread,
having all sweetness and savor
and every delightful taste.
May it ever seek You, find You, run to You,
come up to You, meditate on You,
speak of You
and do all for the praise and glory of Your name,
with humility and discretion, with love and delight,
with ease and affection,
with perseverance to the end
and be You alone ever my hope,
my entire confidence,
my riches, my delight, my pleasure,
my joy, my rest and tranquility, my peace,
my sweetness, my food, my refreshment,
my refuge, my help, my wisdom, my portion,
my possession, my treasure;
in Whom may my mind and my heart be ever fixed
and firm and rooted immovably, amen.



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Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Theodosius the Cenobiarch (423-529)

Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Theodosius the Cenobiarch (423-529)  died aged 106), Hermit/ AbboT/Founder of the Cenobitical Communities.   Roughly translated, cenobitical means “people who have a life in common,” and refers to the monks who joined Saint Theodosius’ community.   These monks, of many nationalities, devoted themselves to the Lord, but did not remain in seclusion.  Rather, they socialized and interacted with the outside world, which was a new approach to monasticism at that time!

Theodosius was born to pious parents in Mogarissos, Cappadocia (modern Turkey). Attracted to the academic life, he began his studies at an early age, impressing all with his intellect and mind and became a lector while still young.   Even as a child, he felt a desire to imitate Abraham by leaving his parents, friends, relatives and everything else for the love of God.   Acting upon his calling, Theodosius left home and set out for Jerusalem at the time of the Holy Fourth Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon held in 451.    After visiting the holy places, he decided to lead a life of prayer. He asked the guidance of a holy man named Abbot Longinus.   Soon people realized how holy Theodosius himself was.   Many men asked to join him.   To escape the steady stream of pilgrims, Theodosius withdrew further into the wilderness, settling on a mountaintop, residing in a cave that tradition tells us is the same cave that the three Magi spent the night in following their paying homage to Jesus.

Theodosius built a large monastery at Cathismus, near Bethlehem.   Before long, it was filled with monks from Greece, Armenia, Arabia, Persia and the Slavic countries. Eventually, it grew into a “little city.”   One building was for sick people, one for the elderly and one for the poor and homeless.

Theodosius was always generous.   He fed an endless stream of poor people. Sometimes it seemed like there would not be enough food for the monks.   But Theodosius had great trust in God.   He never turned travelers away, even when food was scarce. The monastery was a very peaceful place.   The monks lived in silence and prayer.   It was going so well that the patriarch of Jerusalem appointed Theodosius head of all the monks in the east.

Theodosius died in 529 at the age of 106.   The patriarch of Jerusalem and many people attended his funeral.   Theodosius was buried where he had first lived as a monk.

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Saints for 11 January

St Alexander of Fermo
St Anastasius of Suppentonia
Bl Anna Maria Janer Anglarill
St Boadin of Ireland
St Breandan of Ireland
St Eithne
St Fedelemia
Bl Francis Rogaczewski
St Francisca Salesia Aviat
St Honorata of Pavia
St Hyginus, Pope
St Leucius of Alexandria
St Leucius of Brindisi
St Liberata of Pavia
St Lucius the Soldier
St Luminosa of Pavia
St Mark the Soldier
St Michael of Klopsk
St Palaemon
St Paldo
St Peter Balsam
St Peter of Alexandria
St Peter of Anea
St Peter the Soldier
St Salvius of Amiens
St Severus of Alexandria
St Speciosa of Pavia
St Taso
St Theodosius the Soldier
St Theodosius of Antioch
St Theodosius the Cenobiarch
St Tipasio of Tigava
St Tommaso da Cori
St Vitalis of Gaza
Bl William Carter