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Novena to Bl Benedict Daswa – DAY SIX – 28 January

DAY 6 – A MAN OF PRAYER AND CHARITY TO THE END

People who knew Benedict well observed that he was a prayerful person in his daily life, in his family, and in the Church. He had a deep personal relationship with Christ and was guided and strengthened by his faith in every aspect of life. He had special love and concern for the sick, the vulnerable and those in prison and liked to visit them. He gave freely of his resources to help the poor and the needy in his village, as well the learners in Nweli Primary school. In the afternoon of 2 February 1990, as Benedict was working in his orchard, his sisterin-law urgently requested him to take her very sick child to the doctor at Makwarela (Sibasa).    Before he started his car, he said to her, “Let us first pray”.    On his way back to Mbahe, he gave a lift home to a man living in a neighbouring village. The man was carrying a bag of mealie-meal and was unable to get public transport because of unrest in the area.

Word of God
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me”. (Matthew 25, 35-40)

Deepening of Faith
… The whole Church as such, is directly called to the service of charity: “In the very
early days the Church added the agape to the Eucharistic Supper, and thus showed
herself to be wholly united around Christ by the bond of charity. So too, in all ages, she
is recognized by this sign of love, and while she rejoices in the undertakings of others,
she claims works of charity as her own inalienable duty and right. For this reason,
mercy to the poor and the sick, works of charity and mutual aid intended to relieve
human needs of every kind, are held in special honour in the Church”. (CL41)

Reflection: Do I help and support people in need?
Do I pay attention to the poor and destitute in my community?

Prayer: In return for my love they accuse me, even as I make prayer for them.
So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
(Psalm 109, 4-5)

NOVENA PRAYER:

O Blessed Trinity,
I believe that you dwell in me through my baptism.
I love You, I adore You and I worship You.
I give you thanks for Blessed Benedict,
Whom you chose to bear witness unto death for his faith
In Jesus Christ, my Saviour and my Lord.

Almighty Father, You filled the heart of Blessed Benedict,
With great love and zeal in building up your kingdom.
You gave him the courage and the strength
To stand up for his faith without fear, even the fear of death.

Loving God, keep me free from all deeds of darkness.
Protect me from evil spirits and the powers of evil.
Make me a true apostle of life in my family and in society.
May Your light, O Lord, shine upon me and through me.

Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Blessed Benedict,
I ask that I may follow his example
Of always being ready to forgive in a Christian spirit.
You know all about my many problems and worries
And my great fears when I look to the future.
I draw strength and courage from the life of Blessed Benedict.

I come to You now, Lord, and through his intercession
I ask for this very special favour………
(mention your request/s)
if it is according to Your will.

Help me always to follow the good example of Blessed Benedict.
By daily prayer and regular attendance at Church,
Help me to love You, O Lord, above all things
And to love others as You love me.
Amen.

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Novena to St John Bosco – DAY SEVEN – 28 January

7th Day (January 28) – For Missionaries

O Saint John Bosco,
in your love and concern for all the scattered children of God,
you sent your sons and daughters to the farthest part of the world
to bring the knowledge of the loving God and the Light of the Gospel.
Pray for all missionaries and pray for us, that,
inspired by your example and in your spirit,
we may be united in work and prayer to win souls for Christ.
Through your intercession
may God grant me the following grace…………..
(mention your request)
so that together with Salesian missionaries all over the world
I may assist in bringing all I meet especially the young
to the love of Christ, amen.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory to the Father…
St John Bosco, Pray for us!

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Thought for the Day – 28 January

Thought for the Day – 28 January

For St Thomas, the goodness of God can be seen in everything and the whole of creation is a mighty love song of God.   He learned more at the foot of the Crucifix and before the Blessed Sacrament, he said, than in all his readings and writings.   We can look to Thomas Aquinas as a towering example of Catholicism in the sense of broadness, universality and inclusiveness.   We should be determined anew to exercise the divine gift of reason in us, our power to know, learn and understand.   At the same time we should thank God for the gift of His revelation, the incarnation of His Son, Jesus Christ who is here with us always in the Holy Sacrament.

St Thomas Aquinas Pray for us!

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Saint of the Day – 28 January – St Thomas Aquinas

Saint of the Day – 28 January – St Thomas Aquinas O.P. (1225-1274 aged 49) THE ANGELIC DOCTOR – DOCTOR of the CHURCH/Priest, Religious, Theologian, Philosopher, Write, Teacher, Jurist.   Also known as: Angelic Doctor/Doctor Angelicus/Doctor Communis/Great Synthesizer/The Dumb Ox/The Universal Teacher.    Patron of Academics, Theologians, against storms; against lightning; apologists; book sellers; Catholic academies, Catholic Schools – (proclaimed on 4 August 1880 by Pope Leo XIII), Catholic universities, Catholic Colleges, chastity, learning; pencil makers, philosophers; publishers; scholars; students; University of Vigo and of St. Tomas;, Batangas; theologians, Aquino, Italy; Belcastro, Italy, Diocese of Aquino,  Falena, Italy.

St Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest and Doctor of the Church.   He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis.   The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio.

He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy developed or opposed his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics and political theory.   Unlike many currents in the Church of the time, Thomas embraced several ideas put forward by Aristotle—whom he called “the Philosopher”—and attempted to synthesize Aristotelian philosophy with the principles of Christianity.   The works for which he is best known are the Summa Theologiae and the Summa contra Gentiles.   His commentaries on Scripture and on Aristotle form an important part of his body of work. Furthermore, Thomas is distinguished for his eucharistic hymns, which form a part of the Church’s liturgy.

The Catholic Church honours Thomas Aquinas as a saint and regards him as the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood, and indeed the highest expression of both natural reason and speculative theology. In modern times, under papal directives, the study of his works was long used as a core of the required program of study for those seeking ordination as priests or deacons, as well as for those in religious formation and for other students of the sacred disciplines (philosophy, Catholic theology, church history, liturgy, and canon law).

Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the Catholic Church’s greatest theologians and philosophers. Pope Benedict XV declared: “This (Dominican) Order … acquired new luster when the Church declared the teaching of Thomas to be her own and that Doctor, honoured with the special praises of the Pontiffs, the master and patron of Catholic schools.”

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By universal consent, Thomas Aquinas is the preeminent spokesman of the Catholic tradition of reason and of divine revelation.   He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honoured with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor. (Image below – Benozzo Gozzoli – Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas)

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At five he was given to the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino in his parents’ hopes that he would choose that way of life and eventually became abbot.   In 1239, he was sent to Naples to complete his studies.   It was here that he was first attracted to Aristotle’s philosophy.   By 1243, Thomas abandoned his family’s plans for him and joined the Dominicans, much to his mother’s dismay.   On her order, Thomas was captured by his brother and kept at home for over a year.   Once free, he went to Paris and then to Cologne, where he finished his studies with Albert the Great.   In class, his silence during discussions and his large size earned him the nickname “the dumb ox.”  He held two professorships at Paris, lived at the court of Pope Urban IV, directed the Dominican schools at Rome and Viterbo, combated adversaries of the mendicants, as well as the Averroists and argued with some Franciscans about Aristotelianism.

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His greatest contribution to the Catholic Church are his writings.   The unity, harmony and continuity of faith and reason, of revealed and natural human knowledge, pervades his writings.   One might expect Thomas, as a man of the gospel, to be an ardent defender of revealed truth.   But he was broad enough, deep enough, to see the whole natural order as coming from God the Creator, and to see reason as a divine gift to be highly cherished.

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The Summa Theologiae, his last and, unfortunately, uncompleted work, deals with the whole of Catholic theology.   But this brilliant man was very humble.   He knew that all his gifts came from God.   While celebrating Mass on December 6, 1273, he received a revelation from God.  After that, he stopped writing.   He said  “I cannot go on…. All that I have written seems to me like so much straw compared to what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.”  Thomas died at age 49 on his way to the Council of Lyons, France. Pope Gregory X had asked him to come. When asked why he stopped writing, he replied,   He died March 7, 1274.

 

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 January

Quote/s of the Day – 28 January

“Faith has to do with things that are not seen
and hope with things that are not at hand.”

“The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable
as the death of Jesus on the cross.”

“To love is to will the good of the other.”

“If you can live amid injustice without anger,
you are immoral as well as unjust.”

“In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick
and unless he takes medicine, he will die.
Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick
on account of sin.
For that reason he needs medicine
so that he may be restored to health –
and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.”

“To pretend angels do not exist
because they are invisible is to believe
we never sleep because we don’t see
ourselves sleeping.”

“To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself
is a mark of perfection but to bear with patience
wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection
and even of actual sin.”

“All the efforts of the human mind
cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.”

~~~ ST THOMAS AQUINAS (Saint of the Day)

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One Minute Reflection – 28 January

One Minute Reflection – 28 January

Obedience is better than sacrifice and submission than the fat of rams………….1 Sm 15:22

REFLECTION – “Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way, transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His.   If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God.”………….St Thomas Aquinas (Saint of the Day)

PRAYER – Omniscient Lord, teach me to value obedience to Your laws and Your will.   Grant that I may be completely obedient to You in all things.   St Thomas Aquinas pray for us, amen!

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Our Morning Offering – 28 January

Our Morning Offering – 28 January

The Offering of the Day

Grant us this day, Lord,
a vigilant heart,
that no alien thought can lure
away from You;
a pure heart,
that no unworthy love can soil;
an upright heart,
that no distress can overcome.
And give us, Lord,
understanding to know You,
zeal to seek You,
wisdom to find You
and a hope,
that will one day take hold of You.
Through Christ our Lord, amen.

(Adapted from a prayer of St Thomas Aquinas)

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Saints for 28 January

St Thomas Aquinas (Memorial)

St Aemilian of Trebi
St Agatha Lin
Bl Amadeus of Lausanne
St Antimus of Brantôme
St Archebran
Bl Bartolomé Aiutamicristo
St Brigid of Picardy
St Callinicus
St Cannera of Inis Cathaig
Bl Charlemagne (a decree of canonization was issued by the anti-pope Paschal III, but this was never ratified by valid authority.)
St Constantly
St Flavian of Civita Vecchia
St Glastian of Kinglassie
Bl James the Almsgiver
St James the Hermit
St Jerome Lu
St John of Reomay
St Joseph Freinademetz
Bl Julian Maunoir
St Julian of Cuenca
St Lawrence Wang
St Leucius of Apollonia
Bl María Luisa Montesinos Orduña
St Maura of Picardy
Bl Mosè Tovini
Bl Odo of Beauvais
Bl Olympia Bida
St Palladius of Antioch
St Paulinus of Aquileia
Bl Peter Won Si-jang
St Richard of Vaucelles
St Thyrsus of Apollonia

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