Posted in LENT, MORNING Prayers, NOVENAS

Announcing a Novena in preparation for LENT – ASH WEDNESDAY is on 1 MARCH 2017

Each year as Lent approaches, we decide that “this one” will be our best ever but it is so easy to lose momentum halfway through the 40 days.  This year let us prepare by the most perfect method – by praying for help!   Let us ask that we may:

  • deepen our understanding of Jesus’ passion?
  • walk with Jesus through his passion and resurrection?
  • work on overcoming a temptation that keeps us from fully entering into life with Christ?
  • foster a new spiritual practice to ignite or inflame our relationship with Jesus?

In these last few days before Lent begins, let us to begin our preparatory prayer. We can turn to Jesus and ask, “What is the grace You desire to deepen within me over these next 40 days?”

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Posted in IGNATIAN/JESUIT SJ- Reflections, Jesuit Saints and more, NOVENAS

Novena to St Claude de la Colombiere – DAY ONE – 9 February

St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682 Memorial 15 February) was the spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and helped immensely to bring the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the world.   He is known as the faithful servant and perfect friend to the Sacred Heart.   Please join us in saying this Novena, not only for our own needs but that through the power of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the whole world and it’s many ills, may benefit.

DAY ONE

Novena to St Claude de la Colombiere

O divine Lord, You said,
‘Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you’.
You promised to bestow abundant blessings
on all the undertakings of those who honour your Sacred Heart.
Hear our humble, confident and incessant prayers
and grant us the grace we ask of Your infinite mercy in this novena.
We ask it through the intercession of St Claude La Colombiere,
whom You have honoured with the title ‘faithful servant and perfect friend’
and who had such filial, unbounded and unwearied confidence in You.
O St Claude, most ardent apostle of the Divine Heart of Jesus,
deign to intercede for me with this divine heart,
that I may obtain the grace I ask for in this novena.
(make your request)
Amen
Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory be…
Pray for us, St Claude, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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Posted in NOVENAS, The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes – DAY EIGHT – 9 February

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes – DAY EIGHT– 9 February (we Pray the Novena for our own intentions and for the sick, the infirm within our own communities but also for all those throughout the world who suffer, especially those who have no-one to pray for them in preparation for the Wold Day of the Sick on 11 February.)

DAY EIGHT
O Immaculate Mother of God,
from heaven itself you came to appear to the little Bernadette
in the rough Grotto of Lourdes!
And as Bernadette knelt at your feet
and the miraculous spring burst forth
and as multitudes have knelt ever since before your shrine, O Mother of God,
we kneel before you today to ask that in your mercy
you plead with your Divine Son to grant the special favour we seek in this novena.
(make your request)
O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes,
glorious in your assumption,
triumphant in your coronation,
show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother,
be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

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Posted in EUCHARISTIC Adoration, MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 9 February

Thought for the Day – 9 February

It seems at times that the saints begin with an unfair advantage.  Today’s highlighted Saint, Miguel Febres Cordero, was born with a Club foot.  At the age of five Our Lady appeared to him and he who previously could not stand alone or walk, ran to her – from then on his disability vanished!   Where is our ‘unfair advantage’?   Is it not in running to Him who waits in the Tabernacle?   Our Lord is truly with us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – is this not an unfair advantage?

St Miguel, Pray for us!

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

One Minute Reflection – 9 February

One Minute Reflection – 9 February

By patient endurance you will save your lives……Luke 21:19

REFLECTION – “Practice patience toward everyone and especially toward yourself.
Never be disturbed because of your imperfections but always get up bravely after a fall.”………..St Francis de Sales

PRAYER – God of Patience, let me endure my imperfections without rebelling. Help me to be patient with myself as well as with others. St Miguel, from your spiritual father, St Francis de Sales, you learnt the patience and joy of teaching and following the path of love, please pray for us all, amen.

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Posted in MORNING Prayers

Our Morning Offering – 8 February

A Magnificat
Translated from the German by Olga Warnke of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour!
For He has blessed me lavishly
and makes me ready to respond.
He shatters my little world
and lets me be poor before Him.
He takes from me all my plans
and gives me more than I can hope for or ask.
He gives me opportunities
and the ability to become free
and to burst through my boundaries.
He gives the strength to be doing,
to build on Him alone,
for He shows Himself
as the ever greater One in my life.
He has made known to me this!
It is in my being servant that it becomes possible.
For God’s kingdom to break through
here and now, amen.

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Saint of the Day – 9 February -St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz/Brother Miguel

Saint of the Day – 9 February -St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz F.S.C. (1854-1910 aged 55) Patron of Brothers of the Christian Schools/Christian Brothers, Ecuador, Teachers, Writers.   His name uses Spanish naming customs:  the first or paternal family name is Febres-Cordero and the second or maternal family name is Muñoz.

Francisco Luis Febres-Cordero y Muñoz (7 November 1854 – 9 February 1910) , known as Saint Miguel Febres Cordero and more popularly as Brother Miguel.   He became a professed member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, colloquially known as the La Salle Brothers.   He assumed the name Miguel upon his admittance into the order.   He resided in his native home of Ecuador for almost four decades where he promoted education and evangelisation before he relocated to Spain where he continued to perform his duties for his order.   He also became a prolific writer and penned various manuals and poems and hymns amongst other publications.   Pope Paul VI beatified him on 30 October 1977 and Pope John Paul II canonised him almost a decade later on 21 October 1984 as the first Ecuadorian saint.   He remains a national hero in his native land and his tomb has become a site of pilgrimage.

How would you like to have a teacher who was described like this:  he was kind to everyone and treated all of his students, rich or poor, the same.   He liked to be with the students and they liked to be with him.   All of the children in the school loved him.   That is exactly what a saint said about today’s saint.San Miguel Febres,10a.jpg

Miguel was born in Ecuador where his family was influential in politics.   As a child, he suffered from a disability that kept him from standing and walking like other children.   He could not stand alone until he was five years old, when it was said he experienced a vision of Our Lady.    Miguel was educated at home until he was 14, then went to school taught by the Christian Brothers.   He was a gifted student and when he was only 17, he published the first of many books, a textbook on Spanish grammar.

He joined the Christian Brothers and was a teacher for 32 years in Ecuador.   As a teacher he was always looking for new ways to present the material.   He wanted to make the lessons and work more pleasant for students.   He laughed with his students and was understanding and patient.

Brother Miguel continued writing and his scholarly works in literature earned him academic honours in South America and Europe.   But Brother Miguel did not think he was very important.   He thought the most important ones were his students.st-miguel-febres-cordero-munoz-9-feb-542x720.jpg

In 1907, Miguel was called to the Motherhouse in Belgium to translate some books.   On the way he stopped for a short visit in New York City.   From Belgium he went to a school in Spain where young men were preparing to become Christian Brothers.   In 1909, during the Spanish Revolution, the school came under attack.   Brother Miguel took the Blessed Sacrament from the chapel and led the novices across the bay to safety in Barcelona.   He died of pneumonia a year later.   He laid to rest in Ecuador and the people welcomed him home with a great procession through the streets of Quito, Ecuador.   He is, a national hero and an extremely busy saint, answering the prayers of many.

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Saints for 9 February

St Alexander of Rome
St Alexander of Soli
St Alto of Altomünster
St Ammon of Membressa
St Ammonius of Soli
Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich
St Ansbert of Rouen
St Apollonia of Alexandria
St Attracta of Killaraght
St Brachio of Auvergne
St Cuaran the Wise
St Didymus of Membressa
St Donatus the Deacon
St Eingan of Llanengan
St Emilian of Membressa
Bl Erizzo
Bl Francisco Sanchez Marquez
Bl Giacomo Abbondo
Bl Godeschalk of Želiv
St Lassa of Membressa
Bl Marianus Scotus
St Maro
St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz
St Nebridius of Egara
St Nicephorus of Antioch
St Poëmus of Membressa
St Primus the Deacon
St Raynald of Nocera
St Romanus the Wonder Worker
St Ronan of Lismore
St Sabino of Abellinum
St Sabinus of Canosa
St Teilo of Llandaff

Martyrs of Alexandria