Sr. Lucia Fatima Miracle needed for 4 year old girl – Please Pray!

Let us pray!

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Catholics have been asked to republish this article from Listening in the Desert on our blogs. We are happy to oblige.


This year is the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. And today, February 13th is the anniversary of the death of the Carmelite nun, Sr. Lucia of Fatima.

It seems fitting that today should be the day we begin praying for her intercession for a a sweet 4 year old girl named Christina Thomas. Last week, Christina was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The doctors have said there is nothing they can do.

4 year old Christina Thomas 4 year old Christina Thomas

We need a miracle. Christina’s father, Kenny, is a secular Carmelite, like myself, and we both have a great devotion to Fatima. We have informed Kenny’s Bishop that we will ONLY be asking for the intercession of Sr. Lucia, as this is very important in the beatification process.

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NOVENA to St Claude de la Colombiere – DAY EIGHT – 14 February

APOLOGIES – I messed up somehow with my dates!   Consequently there are 2 days missing from this Novena 6 and 7.   Next year I promise to do better St Claude, please forgive me.

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.


O Lord Jesus Christ,
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)
Divine Lord,
You deigned to make St Claude the faithful servant and wonderful lover of your Sacred Heart.
Grant us, through his intercession,
the grace to imitate the virtues of this divine heart
and be inflamed by its love.
We ask You this,
You who lives and reigns with God the Father
and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory be…
Pray for us, St Claude, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ, amen.


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Thought for the Day -14 February

Thought for the Day -14 February

Sts Cyril and Methodius were thrust into a totally unexpected task, requiring astonishing energy, flexibility and presenting immense challenges.   They evangelised a whole people and brought them the treasures of the Christian faith.   Faith is prepared for the unexpected and adapts itself to new and changing circumstances.   Holiness means reacting to human life with God’s love:  human life as it is, crisscrossed with the political and the cultural, the beautiful and the ugly, the selfish and the saintly.    For Cyril and Methodius much of their daily cross had to do with the language of the liturgy.    They are not saints because they got the liturgy into Slavonic but because they did so with the courage and humility of Christ.

St Cyril and St Methodius, Pray for us!




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One Minute Reflection – 14 February

One Minute Reflection – 14 February

On that day you will know that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you……….John 14:20

REFLECTION – “Jesus Christ must live in us and we must live only in Him.
His life must be our life and our life must be a continuation and expression of His life.”………….St John Eudes

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, make me realise that You are living in me and I am in You.   Enable me to readiate You in my outward life by being consciously generous, loving, humble, kind.   By being consciously united to You in every thought, word and deed.   I pray that Your purpose may be mine too, do the Father’s Will.   That the Saints who walk before me, Sts Cyril and Methodius, St Valentine, may pray for us all, amen!


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Our Morning Offering – 14 February

Our Morning Offering – 14 February

Keep me, O God, from pettiness;
let me be large in thought,
in word,
in deed.
Let me be done with fault-finding and self-seeking.
May I put away all pretense
and meet everyone face to face
without self-pity and without prejudice.
May I never be hasty in judgment and always generous.
Let me take time for all things.
Make me grow calm, serene and gentle.
Teach me to put into action my better impulses,
straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that I may realise it is the little things of life
that create differences
and that in the big things of life we are one.
And, O Lord God, let me not forget to be kind!
Through kindness itself, Your Son, Jesus Christ, amen.



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Blessed Memorial of St Valentine – 14 February

Blessed Memorial of St Valentine – 14 February (176-273) Bishop and Martyr – Patron of affianced couples, against epilepsy, against fainting, against plague, apiarists, bee keepers, betrothed couples, Bussolengo, Italy, engaged couples, greeting card manufacturers, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, travellers, young people.

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Saint Valentine is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on 14 February and since the High Middle Ages is associated with a tradition of courtly love.

All that is reliably known of the saint commemorated today, is his name and that he was martyred and buried at a cemetery on the Via Flaminia close to the Ponte Milvio to the north of Rome.

Because so little is reliably known of him, in 1969 the Catholic Church removed his name from the General Roman Calendar, leaving his liturgical celebration to local calendars. The Church continues to recognise him as a Saint, listing him as such in the Roman Martyrology and authorising liturgical veneration of him on 14 February.   Saint Valentine’s Church in Rome, built in 1960 for the needs of the Olympic Village, continues as a modern, well-visited parish church.


Father Frank O’Gara of Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, tells the story of the man behind the holiday—St Valentine.

“He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time,” Father O’Gara explains. ”   He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people.   This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died.

I think we must bear in mind that it was a very permissive society in which Valentine lived,” says Father O’Gara.   “Polygamy would have been much more popular than just one woman and one man living together.    And yet some of them seemed to be attracted to Christian faith. But obviously the church thought that marriage was very sacred between one man and one woman for their life and that it was to be encouraged.    And so it immediately presented the problem to the Christian church of what to do about this.

The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about.    And he secretly married them because of the edict.”

Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of Emperor Claudius the second.    There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison.

One of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind.    He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage.    The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter.    He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”

What Valentine means to me as a priest, explains Father O’Gara, “is that there comes a time where you have to lay your life upon the line for what you believe.     And with the power of the Holy Spirit we can do that —even to the point of death.”

Valentine’s martyrdom has not gone unnoticed by the general public.    In fact, Whitefriars Street Church is one of three churches that claim to house the remains of Valentine. Today, many people make the pilgrimage to the church to honour the courage and memory of this Christian saint.

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Saint/s of the Day – 14 February – Cyril and Methodius

Saint/s of the Day – 14 February – Cyril and Methodius – (826 or 827 and 815-869 and 885) Bishops and Confessors; Equals to the Apostles; Patrons of Europe; Apostles to the Slavs. CYRIL – PATRON of unity between Eastern and Western Churches, ecumenism, against storms, Slavic peoples (given in 1863 by Pope Pius IX, Slavic countries, various Diocese.

Two brothers who were Byzantine Christian theologians and Christian missionaries. Through their work they influenced the cultural development of all Slavs, for which they received the title “Apostles to the Slavs”.    They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe Old Church Slavonic.    After their deaths, their pupils continued their missionary work among other Slavs.    Both brothers are venerated in the Orthodox Church as saints with the title of “equal-to-apostles”.    In 1880, Pope Leo XIII introduced their feast into the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared them co-patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia.


Because their father was an officer in a part of Greece inhabited by many Slavs, these two Greek brothers ultimately became missionaries, teachers, and patrons of the Slavic peoples.   After a brilliant course of studies, Cyril (called Constantine until he became a monk shortly before his death) refused the governorship of a district such as his brother had accepted among the Slavic-speaking population.    Cyril withdrew to a monastery where his brother Methodius had become a monk after some years in a governmental post.

A decisive change in their lives occurred when the Duke of Moravia asked the Eastern Emperor Michael for political independence from German rule and ecclesiastical autonomy (having their own clergy and liturgy).    Cyril and Methodius undertook the missionary task.   Cyril’s first work was to invent an alphabet, still used in some Eastern liturgies.    His followers probably formed the Cyrillic alphabet.    Together they translated the Gospels, the psalter, Paul’s letters and the liturgical books into Slavonic and composed a Slavonic liturgy, highly irregular then.   That and their free use of the vernacular in preaching led to opposition from the German clergy.    The bishop refused to consecrate Slavic bishops and priests, and Cyril was forced to appeal to Rome.    On the visit to Rome, he and Methodius had the joy of seeing their new liturgy approved by Pope Adrian II.   Cyril, long an invalid, died in Rome 50 days after taking the monastic habit.

Methodius continued mission work for 16 more years.   He was papal legate for all the Slavic peoples, consecrated a bishop and then given an ancient see (now in the Czech Republic).    When much of their former territory was removed from their jurisdiction, the Bavarian bishops retaliated with a violent storm of accusation against Methodius.    As a result, Emperor Louis the German exiled Methodius for three years.    Pope John VIII secured his release.   Because the Frankish clergy, still smarting, continued their accusations, Methodius had to go to Rome to defend himself against charges of heresy and uphold his use of the Slavonic liturgy. He was again vindicated.

Legend has it that in a feverish period of activity, Methodius translated the whole Bible into Slavonic in eight months.    He died on Tuesday of Holy Week, surrounded by his disciples, in his cathedral church.

Opposition continued after his death and the work of the brothers in Moravia was brought to an end and their disciples scattered.    But the expulsions had the beneficial effect of spreading the spiritual, liturgical and cultural work of the brothers to Bulgaria, Bohemia and southern Poland.    Patrons of Moravia and specially venerated by Catholic Czechs, Slovaks, Croatians, Orthodox Serbians and Bulgarians, Cyril and Methodius are eminently fitted to guard the long-desired unity of East and West.

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Saints 14 February

St Cyril (Memorial)
St Methodius (Memorial)
St Valentine of Rome (Optional Memorial)

St Abraham of Harran
St Antoninus of Sorrento
St Auxentius of Bithynia
St Conran of Orkney
St Eleuchadius
St Juan García López-Rico
St Nostrianus of Naples
St Theodosius of Vaison
St Valentine of Terni
Bl Vicente Vilar David
St Vitale of Spoleto

20 Mercedarians of Palermo
Martyrs of Alexandria – 16 saints
Martyrs of Rome
Martyrs of Terni