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Novena to St Claude de la Colombiere – DAY FOUR – 12 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 FOUR

 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted,
have pity on us miserable sinners
and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the
intercession of St Claude and through the most
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
your tender Mother and ours.

St Claude, you who were a faithful believer
in the divine treasures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
obtain for us, we beseech thee,
from this adorable Heart,
the graces we need so sorely.
We ask these favours of you with unbounded confidence.
May the divine Heart of Jesus be pleased
to bestow them upon us through your intercession,
so that once again He may be loved and glorified through you.
(make your request)

O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst wondrously open
the unsearchable riches of Your Sacred Heart,
grant unto us, by the merits of St Claude
and our imitation of him,
that we may love You in all things and above all things
and may be worthy to have our everlasting dwelling
in the same Sacred Heart,
who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Thought for the Day – 12 February

Thought for the Day – 12 February

Today, Saint Julian is considered the patron saint of hospitality, hotel workers, ferrymen, travelers, circus performers, hunters and murderers.   His life story, while considered legend, is important for its focus on his faith in the Lord, as well as his dedication to charity.   Through his service, he brought the poor, the sick and the marginalised to God, through the mirroring of Christ’s love on earth.   The legend provides further hope to sinners, like ourselves—if the Lord can forgive a murderer, He surely can forgive us our sins.

The lives of the saints should inspire us.   How have we sought to repent for our wrongdoings?   How might we turn our sin into service?   Our Lady of Lourdes implores us to pray for sinners—penance, penance, penance!   Our Lord, through the holy words of His Son, directs us to love and serve others.   Where in our lives could we be more hospitable?

St Julian the Hospitaller, Pray for us!

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Quote of the Day – 12 February

Quote of the Day – 12 February

De Verazze (author of the Golden Legend) writes of St Julian : “The enemy conspired again to ruin Julian—disguised as a weak pilgrim, he was let in by Julian with the others. At midnight he woke up and made a mess of the house.”   The following morning Julian saw the damage and swore never to let in anyone else in his home. He was so furious he had everyone leave. “And Jesus went to him, again as a pilgrim, seeking rest.   He asked humbly, in the name of God, for shelter. But Julian answered with contempt: ‘I shall not let you in. Go away, for the other night I had my home so vandalized that I shall never let you in.’   And Christ told him ‘Hold my walking-stick, please’.   Julian, embarrassed, went to take the stick and it stuck to his hands.   And Julian recognized him at once and said:

 ‘He tricked me, the enemy who does not want me to be Your faithful servant.   But I shall embrace You, I do not care about him and for Your love I shall give shelter to whoever needs.’

He knelt and Jesus forgave him and Julian asked, full of repentance, forgiveness for his wife and parents.

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One Minute Reflection – 12 February

One Minute Reflection – 12 February

I was ill and you comforted me…..
As often as you did it for one
of my least brothers, you did it for me…….Matthew 25:26,40

REFLECTION – “Before all things and above all things,
care must be taken of the sick.
They must be served in every deed
as Christ Himself.”…………….St Benedict

PRAYER – Jesus, infinite Healer, teach me to visit and comfort the sick. Help me always to see You in them and not count the cost. St Julian, you were a perfect example of giving your utmost love to the sick, please pray for us, amen!

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Our Morning Offering – 12 February

Our Morning Offering – 12 February

Prayer For Charity In Truth

Father, Your truth is made known in Your Word.
Guide us to seek the truth of the human person.
Teach us the way to love because You are Love.

Jesus, You embody Love and Truth.
Help us to recognize Your face in the poor.
Enable us to live out our vocation
to bring love and justice to Your people.

Holy Spirit, You inspire us to transform our world.
Empower us to seek the common good for all persons.
Give us a spirit of solidarity and make us one human family.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

This prayer is based on Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth)

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Saint of the Day – 12 February – St Julian the Hospitaller

Saint of the Day – 12 February – St Julian the Hospitaller/St Julian the Poor -The earliest known reference to Julian dates to the late twelfth century. Patron of Boatmen, carnival workers, childless people, circus workers, clowns, ferrymen, fiddlers, fiddle players, hospitallers, hotel-keepers, hunters, innkeepers, jugglers, knights, murderers, pilgrims, shepherds, to obtain lodging while traveling, travelers, wandering musicians, Macerata, Italy and San Giljan, Malta, Ghent, Belgium.

The location of the hospitals built by him is also debated between the banks of the River Gardon in Provence and an island near the River Potenza heading to Macerata. He was known as the patron of the cities of Ghent and Macerata.   The Paternoster (Our Father prayer) of St. Julian can be found as early as 1353 in Boccaccio’s Decameron, and is still passed on by word of mouth throughout some places in Italy.  The account is included the 13th-century Leggenda Aurea of Genoan Giacomo da Varazze, a Dominican priest. Beautiful stained glass depicting St. Julian by an unknown artist in the Cathedral of Chartres also dates back to the 13th century.    Early fresco paintings of him are found in the Cathedral of Trento (14th century) and the Palazzo Comunale di Assisi.

However, little is known of him, he has inspired countless books, poems, paintings, frescos, stained glass windows, and songs, especially during the Middle Ages. Despite the lack of historical facts, the holy (legendary) events of his life may be looked to as inspiration, influencing our choices and actions even today and calling us to service.

Legend suggests that Saint Julian was born into a noble family and raised in Italy, France, or Belgium near the beginning of the first century. He grew up privileged, a counselor and friend to kings.   He was an avid hunter and during one such outing, encountered a talking stag.   The stag, having been pursued by Julian, turned and predicted that Julian would be responsible for the death of his own parents.   Julian was so bothered by the prediction that he left his homeland without warning, traveling far from his parents..
He married a wealthy widow and together then built a noble home.   During one trip from his home, Julian’s parents (who had been searching for him) visited without notice.   His wife, out of respect, offered the master bedroom to the visitors, and when Julian returned home to find an unknown couple in his bed, legends indicate he slew them (pictured below).   Overcome with fear and repentance, the couple left their home, traveling to Rome for absolution.
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As pious legend recounts, one afternoon a man afflicted with leprosy came to the hospital but all the beds were full. In penance and service, Julian gave the man his own bed, planning to sleep on the floor.  The leper revealed himself to be an angel of the Lord, declaring that Jesus had accepted his penance and promptly disappeared.

Devotion to St. Julian started in the Maltese Islands in the 15th century after the discovery of his relics in the city of Macerata.   It was introduced by the noble family of De Astis, high-ranking in Malta at the time, who had strong connections with the Bishop of Macerata.   Three churches were built in his honor before the arrival of the Knights: in Tabija, towards Mdina; in Luqa and in Senglea (Isla).   This last one had a storage room for hunters and served to popularize this devotion through the sailors arriving at the Three Cities.   In the 16th century there existed a hospital, Ospedale di San Giuliano, in the Citadel in Gozo, showing a wide devotion to the saint.   Being an order of hospitaliers, the Knights of St. John helped widen further this devotion.   In 1539 they rebuilt the church in Senglea and in 1590 built another church in the parish of Birkirkara, a section that since then was called St. Julian’s.   In 1891 the church was made a parish, the only one ever dedicated to the saint in Malta.

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Saints for 12 February

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (2017)
Madonna del Pilerio

St Alexius of Kiev
St Ammonius of Alexandria
Bl Anthony of Saxony
St Anthony Kauleas
St Benedict of Aniane
Bl Benedict Revelli
St Damian of Africa
St Damian of Rome
St Ethelwald of Lindisfarne
St Eulalia of Barcelona
St Gaudentius of Verona
St Goscelinus of Turin
Bl Gregory of Tragurio
Bl Humbeline of Jully
St Jak Bushati
St Julian of Alexandria
St Julian the Hospitaller
Bl Ladislaus of Hungary
Bl Ludan
St Meletius of Antioch
St Modestus of Alexandria
St Modestus of Carthage
St Modestus the Deacon
Bl Nicholas of Hungary
St Sedulius
Bl Thomas of Foligno

Martyrs of Albitina – 46 saints
Martyred in England
Bl George Haydock
Bl James Fenn
Bl John Nutter
Bl John Munden
Bl Thomas Hemeford
Martyred in the Spanish Civil War
Josep Gassol Montseny