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Catholics Striving for Holiness (OLD)


Dear brethren in Christ, below you have the Zenit translation of the address Pope Francis gave today, March 12, 2017, before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Interesting read and text worthy to meditate.



Before the Angelus

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

The Gospel of this Second Sunday of Lent presents to us the account of Jesus’ Transfiguration (cf. Matthew 17:1-9). Taking three of the Apostles, Peter, James and John aside, He led them up a high mountain, where this singular phenomenon happened: Jesus’ face “shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light” (v. 2). Thus the Lord made that divine glory shine in His person, which could be…

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LENTEN REFLECTION – THE SECOND WEEK – Sunday 12 Marchsunday of the 2nd week of lent 12 march

A spontaneous question which can arise in our minds today is ‘why the scene of transfiguration’ – a scene which portrays the glory of Jesus – is inserted during the time of Len, which mainly focuses on the passion and death of Jesus?

The transfiguration scene is presented today to remove the fear and the despair of every believer.   This presentation of the glory of Jesus urges us to live the remaining time of Lent with courage and conviction.

The transfiguration is a special and privileged moment, both for Jesus and for His disciples.   For Jesus it was a moment of manifestation of His glory, divine confirmation of His status as the Son of God and an affirmation of His mission.   With all these extraordinary events confirming Jesus’ true identity, the one true response demanded from us is to listen to Him.

The transfiguration beautifully portrays the effects of God-experience.   God-experience reveals one’s true identity;  Jesus heard the voice from the cloud confirming His Sonship.   God-experience is an expererience of God’s love;  Jesus experiences the love of the Father in the voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”   God-experience transforms;  Jesus’ Face shines like the sun and His clothes become bright as light.

For the disciples, the Divine experience was so awe-inspiring that they became ecstatic.   The Divine experience was also so overwhelming that the disciples became terrified.

Though the disciples preferred to remain on the top of the mountain, Jesus leads them down.   Thus Jesus offers us a lesson that contemplation and action should go hand in hand.   The experience of the Lord should lead us to corresponding action – and our actions should receive their vitality and energy from our God-experience in prayer.

…..Fr Devasia Joseph SSP



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Novena to St Joseph – Day Two – 12 March

Novena to St Joseph

Day Two

Saint Joseph, I honour you as the true husband of Mary.  Scripture says: “Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary and of her was born Jesus who is called Christ” (Matt. 1:16). Your marriage to Mary was a sacred contract by which you and Mary gave yourselves to each other.   Mary really belonged to you with all she was and had.   You had a right to her love and obedience and no other person so won her esteem, obedience and love.

You were also the protector and witness of Mary’s virginity.   By your marriage you gave to each other your virginity and also the mutual right over it — a right to safeguard the other’s virtue.   This mutual virginity also belonged to the divine plan of the Incarnation, for God sent His angel to assure you that motherhood and virginity in Mary could be united.

This union of marriage not only brought you into daily familiar association with Mary, the loveliest of God’s creatures but also enabled you to share with her a mutual exchange of spiritual goods.   And Mary found her edification in your calm, humble and deep virtue, purity and sanctity.   What a great honour comes to you from this close union with her whom the Son of God calls Mother and whom He declared the Queen of heaven and earth! Whatever Mary had belonged by right to you also and this included her Son, even though He had been given to her by God in a wonderful way. Jesus belonged to you as His legal father.   Your marriage was the way which God chose to have Jesus introduced into the world, a great divine mystery from which all benefits have come to us.

God the Son confided the guardianship and the support of His Immaculate Mother to your care.   Mary’s life was that of the Mother of the Saviour, who did not come upon earth to enjoy honours and pleasures but to redeem the world by hard work, suffering and the cross.   You were the faithful companion, support, and comforter of the Mother of Sorrows. How loyal you were to her in poverty, journeying, work and pain.   Your love for Mary was based upon your esteem for her as Mother of God. After God and the Divine Child, you loved no one as much as her.   Mary responded to this love. She submitted to your guidance with naturalness and easy grace and childlike confidence.   The Holy Spirit Himself was the bond of the great love which united your hearts.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being the virginal husband of Mary.   As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus with all my heart, as you did and love Mary with some of the tenderness and loyalty with which you loved her.

*NOVENA PRAYER  *(prayer to be said at the end of each day’s devotion)

Saint Joseph, I, your unworthy child, greet you.  You are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you.   You know that I have special confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I place all my hope of salvation in you, for you are especially powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants.   Therefore, I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession.   I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind and perfect resignation to the divine Will.   Be my guide, my father and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death and the special grace I now implore:

(Mention your request)

Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.

Remember, most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, my loving protector Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked for your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in your goodness, I come before you and humbly implore you. Despise not my petitions, foster-father of the Redeemer but graciously receive them. Amen.


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Thought for the Day – 12 March

Thought for the Day – 12 March

Sufferings and pain are difficult for anyone to bear and in St. Seraphina’s case they were a true martyrdom.   Seraphina had to make sense out of it, young as she was.   She drew strength from the sufferings of Jesus and found her happiness in God, in spite of her terrible afflictions.   We have little reason to complain about our and we have many lessons to learn from her.

St Seraphina Pray for us!



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One Minute Reflection – 12 March

One Minute Reflection – 12 March

For his sake I have forfeited everything…..
so that Christ may be my wealth and
I may be in him…………Phil 3:8-9

REFLECTION – “An act of renunciation is an act of union with God.
The Divine Master looks lovingly upon a person who gains a victory over self.”……….St Madeleine Sophie Barat

PRAYER – Divine Master, teach me to give up all things so that I may be united closely to You. Let me be willing to lose all things rather than give up my union with You. Dear St Seraphina, so young and innocent, you knew completely serenity in suffering and union with the Father, please pray for us! Amen

phil 3-8 and 9an act of renunciation-stmadeleinesophiebaratST SERAPHINA PRAY FOR US

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Our Morning Offering – 12 March

Our Morning Offering – 12 March

The Second Week of Lent – Sunday

Loving God,
there is so much darkness in my life
and I often try to hide from You.
Take my hand Divine Son and Saviour
and lead me out of the shadows of my fear.
Help me to change my heart
and be transfigured by Your Holy Spirit.
Bring me to Your truth
and help me to respond to Your generous love.
Let me recognise the fullness of Your love
which will fill my life.
Free me from the darkness in my heart. Amen

2nd week of lent - sunday 12 march

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Saint of the Day – 12 March – St Seraphina

Saint of the Day – 12 March – St Seraphina/Fina – (1238-1253) – Virgin – Patron of physically challenged people, handicapped people and spinners

She was a little girl, very pretty, born into a very poor family, whose father died when she was very young.   As a little girl she learned to sew and spin, spending most of her time at home.


After her father’s death, she was struck with a strange and paralyzing illness. She became misshapen and ugly, in constant pain, unable to get out of bed or even to move.   Her mother took care of her but had to leave her for hours at a time to attend to her work. Seraphina’s only consolation was the crucifix and she realized that she was called to imitate the suffering Christ.

So she never complained.   She managed to remain serene and something beautiful shone out of her face.   Then she was struck another blow.   Her mother died and she was left completely destitute, her neighbours repelled by her appearance and her sickness, her only friend a girl named Beldia who visited her and brought her food.

In her reading, St. Seraphina had heard of the great sufferings of Pope St. Gregory the Great and he became her special saint.   She prayed to him, drew strength from the sufferings that he had to endure and prayed that he would obtain for her the patience she needed to bear her own sufferings.   She was now so weak and helpless that it was clear to everyone she could not live very long.

Eight days before her death, alone and almost completely forsaken, St. Gregory appeared to her and told her: “Dear child, on my feast day, God will give you rest” (in those days his feast day was celebrated on March 12).   On that day, she died.   The whole city attended her funeral and from that moment everyone began to pray to her.   On the place where she had lain, her neighbours found white violets growing and even today in the village of San Geminiano where she lived, the white violets that bloom in March are called Santa Fina flowers.   She died on March 12,1253, at the age of fifteen.

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Saints for 12 March

2nd Sunday in Lent

St Almut of Wetter
St Alphege the Bald
Bl Angela Salawa
St Basilissa of Asia
Bl Beatrix of Engelport
St Bernard of Carinola
Bl Claudius the Minor
St Egdunus
St Fechno
St Girolamo da Recanati
St Heiu of Hartlepool
St Indrecht of Iona
St Innocent I, Pope
St Joseph Zhang Dapeng
St Luigi Orione
St Maximilian of Thebeste
St Mura McFeredach
St Paul Aurelian
St Peter the Deacon
St Seraphina
St Theophanes the Chronographer

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 8 saints
Peter of Nicomedia
Doroteo of Nicomedia
Gorgonio of Nicomedia