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Novena to St Paul – Day Three – 18 January

January 25 – The Conversion of St Paul

Novena to St Paul


“Suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him…. (he) heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?…I am Jesus….” They led (Saul) by the hand” (Acts 9:3,4,5,8)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI speaks of conversion as an act of obedience toward a reality that does not originate from us, the precedes us:  the concrete God. (Joseph Ratzinger – The Nature and Mission of Theology {Ignatius, 1995 p 58})

Let us Pray:

Glorious St Paul,
your conversion is a powerful witness to the world
that God loves us and does not give up on us,
no matter how far we stray.

Help me to live a life of ongoing obedience to God and conversion of my wilful heart.   Pray that I may renounce self-will and surrender myself to my Creator who has a plan to make me a saint.   May faith move me to believe that God can and will change the things in me that seem insurmountable.

Pray that I may love God’s will and providence for me.
In this confidence, I entrust to you, St Paul,
these, my intentions
(mention your request)
I ask this through Christ, Our Lord, amen.
St Paul Pray for us!




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Novena to St Francis de Sales – Day Four – 18 January

Novena to St Francis de Sales


“Self-love dies only when our body dies, so we must, while we live in this land of exile, continue to counterattack its assaults on our senses and its underhanded tactics. It is enough if we firmly withstand, giving no willful or deliberate consent … When we feel within ourselves the first movements of self-love or of other passions, let us prostrate ourselves immediately before the heart of God and tell Him, in a spirit of confidence and humility, “Lord, have mercy on me because I am a very weak creature.” Then let us tranquilly rest in peace and put ourselves at God’s disposal.” (St Francis de Sales Letters 1675; O. XIX, pp. 272-273)

O blessed Francis de Sales,
who on earth did excel in a life of virtue,
especially in the love of God and neighbour,
I earnestly ask you to take me under your compassionate care and protection.
Obtain for me conversion of mind and heart.
Grant that all people, especially ……………….
(names of those whom you wish to include)
may experience the depth of God’s redeeming and healing love.
Teach me to fix my eyes on the things of heaven even as I walk each day
with my feet planted firmly on the earth.
Help me, through the practice of virtue and the pursuit of devotion,
to avoid anything that would otherwise cause me to stumble in my attempt
to follow Christ and to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit.
Encouraged by your prayers and example,
help me to live fully my sacred dignity with the hope of experiencing my sacred destiny: eternal life with God.
Receive also this particular need or concern that I now lift up in prayer…….
(mention your particular need).
O God, for the salvation of all, You desired that St. Francis de Sales—
preacher, missionary, confessor, bishop and founder—
should befriend many long the road to salvation.
Mercifully grant that we,
infused with the humility and gentleness of his charity,
guided by his wisdom and sharing in his spirit may experience eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
St. Francis de Sales, pray for us.



Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 18 January

Thought for the Day – 18 January

The church recognizes Margaret of Hungary as a saint in spite of the traces of willfulness and pride that seem to have marked her life.   But she excelled in charity and “love covers over many a sin” (1 Peter 4:8).   Those of us who want to be holy, but have many “in-spite-ofs” to contend with, can be glad for that.   There is hope for us all yet!

St Margaret of Hungary Pray for us!



Posted in CATHOLIC Quotes, MORNING Prayers

Quote of the Day – 18 January

Quote of the Day – 18 January

”People say:
‘What is the sense of our small effort?’
They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time,
take one step at a time.
A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread
in all directions.
Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that.
No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless.
There’s too much work to do.”

~~~ Dorothy Day


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

One Minute Reflection – 18 January

One Minute Reflection – 18 January

Above all, let your love for one another be intense because love covers a multitude of sins…………….1 Peter 4:8

REFLECTION – “Your eyes, O Lord, have a true view of people. This is what they really are and nothing more.”…………..St Francis de Sales

PRAYER – All-knowing Lord, let me realise that my real self is only what I am in Your eyes. All my weaknesses and sins You know but true too, You know the love I bear for You and for Your children.   Grant me Your grace to love more and more, so that I may become a saint and join St Margaret in heaven, she who is a true example of immense love.   St Margaret of Hungary pray for us, amen.


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Our Morning Offering – 18 January

Our Morning Offering – 18 January

A Morning Offering of St Francis de Sales

My God, I give You this day.
I offer You, now,
all of the good that I shall do
and I promise to accept,
for love of You,
all of the difficulty that I shall meet.
Help me to conduct myself during this day
in a manner pleasing to You, amen.


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Saint of the Day – 18 January – St Margaret of Hungary O.P. (1242-1271) – Virgin & Nun

Saint of the Day – 18 January – St Margaret of Hungary O.P. (1242-1271) – Virgin & Nun

Margaret was born to Béla IV, king of Hungary, at a moment when the country was threatened by enemies.   So the king promised God that if things reversed in his favour he would dedicate his little princess to the religious life.   The prayer was answered and Béla put Margaret in the care of the Dominican Sisters at Veszprém.   When Margaret was 12, Béla built a convent for her on an island in the Danube near Buda.   There the young teenager professed her vows.


A young woman of extraordinary beauty, St. Margaret attracted the attention of suitors even though she was a nun.


Ottokar, the king of Bohemia, was determined to marry her. For political reasons, Béla liked the idea.   He asked Margaret to get released from her commitments and marry Ottokar.   Béla had not bargained for the steely resistance of his strong-willed daughter.   She responded to his request with defiance:

“When I was only 7-years-old, you tried to espouse me to the Polish Duke.   You will remember my answer then.   I said that I wished to serve Him only to whom you had espoused me at my birth.   As a child, I would not yield to your will in opposition to God’s claims on me.   Do you think that I am likely to give in to you now that I am older and wiser?   And am I more capable of grasping the greatness of the divine grace that has been given me?   Then, my Father, stop trying to turn me from my determination to remain a religious.   I prefer the heavenly kingdom to that which has been offered me by the King of Bohemia.  I would rather die than obey these commands of yours that will bring death to my soul.   Mark my words.   If matters ever come to such a pass and I am driven to it, I will surely put an end to the whole affair by mutilating myself, so that I shall never again be desirable to any man.”

So Béla backed down.   Witnesses say that had he persisted, gritty Margaret would likely have fulfilled her threat.   Margaret punished herself with extreme self-abnegation that some observers call “self-crucifixion.”   Butler’s Lives of the Saints says that she performed “marvelous” service to the sick, so nauseating that its “details cannot be set out before the fastidious modern reader.”   Although she was a princess among nuns, she objected to any special treatment and went out of her way to perform the most menial tasks to help the poor and sick.    Since she was a princess and the convent was built for her, no one seems to have been able to temper her excesses.   A life of extreme austerity lead to great fatigue and her ultimate death on January 18, 1271.

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Saints for 18 January

St Margaret of Hungary

St Agathius the Martyr
St Ammonius of Astas
St Archelais the Martyr
Bl Beatrix of Este the Younger
Bl Charlotte Lucas
St Catus
Bl Christina Ciccarelli
St Day/Dye
St Deicola of Lure
Bl Fazzio of Verona
Bl Félicité Pricet
St Jaime Hilario Barbel Cosen
St Leobard of Tours
St Margaret of Hungary
Bl Maria Teresa Fasce
Bl Monique Pichery
St Moseus of Astas
St Prisca of Rome
St Susanna the Martyr
St Thecla the Martyr
S tUlfrid of Sverige
Bl Victoire Gusteau
St Volusian of Tours

Martyrs of Carthage – 3 saints
Martyrs of Egypt -37 saints
Martyrs of Nicaea – 3 saints