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Thought for the Day – 15 March

Thought for the Day – 15 March

In different times we hold up different models as examples of holiness. In our present time, we find holiness in people such as St John Paul, St Mother Teresa and St Padre Pio. They were people so grounded in prayer and their relationship with Christ that action must flow from them.   They were each able to stand up strong about the rights and dignity of all people despite the opposition all around them.

St. Louise de Marillac, co-founder of the Daughters of Charity, died in 1660.   Yet, she wasn’t canonized until 1934.   I believe it is because she is a saint for this present time. She was a great leader and changed the face of social work forever– all this because Christ was the centre of her life.

Through this season of Lent and into Easter, have we grown in holiness?   Have we focused our lives more on Christ?   Do we reach out more to those in need as Christ did?   Especially those considered outcasts of mainstream society?   If not, the blessing is we still have today, tomorrow and the next days to work on it!”   (From the 2010 article What Does Holiness Look Like?, by Sr. Denise LaRock, DC)

St Louise de Marillac Pray for us!


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LENTEN REFLECTION – The Second Week of Lent – Wednesday 15 MARCH

LENTEN REFLECTION – The Second Week of Lent – Wednesday 15 MARCH


Christ Calls Us Deeper Still.
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

Called on from grace to grace
All through our life Christ is calling us.  He called us first in Baptism; but afterwards also; whether we obey His voice or not, He graciously calls us still.   If we fall from our Baptism, He calls us to repent;  if we are striving to fulfil our calling, He calls us on from grace to grace and from holiness to holiness, while life is given us.
Abraham was called from his home, Peter from his nets, Matthew from his office, Elisha from his farm, Nathanael from his retreat;  we are all in course of calling, on and on, from one thing to another, having no resting-place but mounting towards our eternal rest and obeying one command only to have another put upon us.   He calls us again and again, in order to justify us again and again—and again and again and more and more, to sanctify and glorify us.

Christ calls us right now
It were well if we understood this; but we are slow to master the great truth, that Christ is, as it were, walking among us and by His hand, or eye, or voice, bidding us follow Him.   We do not understand that His call is a thing which takes place now.   We think it took place in the Apostles’ days;  but we do not believe in it, we do not look out for it in our own case. We have not eyes to see the Lord; far different from the beloved Apostle, who knew Christ even when the rest of the disciples knew Him not.   When He stood on the shore after His resurrection and bade them cast the net into the sea, “that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord” (John 21:7).

Do you accept Christ’s’ call?
There is nothing miraculous or extraordinary in His dealings with us.  He works through our natural faculties and circumstances of life.   Still what happens to us in providence is in all essential respects what His voice was to those whom He addressed when on earth: whether He commands by a visible presence, or by a voice, or by our consciences, it matters not, so that we feel it to be a command.   If it is a command, it may be obeyed or disobeyed; it may be accepted as Samuel or St. Paul accepted it, or put aside after the manner of the young man who had great possessions.

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Novena to St Joseph – Day Five – 15 March

Novena to St Joseph

Day Five

Saint Joseph, God has appointed you patron of the Catholic Church because you were the head of the Holy Family, the starting-point of the Church.   You were the father, protector, guide and support of the Holy Family.   For that reason you belong in a particular way to the Church, which was the purpose of the Holy Family’s existence.

I believe that the Church is the family of God on earth.   Its government is represented in priestly authority which consists above all in its power over the true Body of Christ, really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, thus continuing Christ’s life in the Church. From this power, too, comes authority over the Mystical Body of Christ, the members of the Church — the power to teach and govern souls, to reconcile them with God, to bless them and to pray for them.

You have a special relationship to the priesthood because you possessed a wonderful power over our Saviour Himself.   Your life and office were of a priestly function and are especially connected with the Blessed Sacrament.   To some extent you were the means of bringing the Redeemer to us — as it is the priest’s function to bring Him to us in the Mass — for you reared Jesus, supported, nourished, protected and sheltered Him.   You were prefigured by the patriarch Joseph, who kept supplies of wheat for his people.   But how much greater than he were you!   Joseph of old gave the Egyptians mere bread for their bodies.   You nourished, and with the most tender care, preserved for the Church, Him who is the Bread of Heaven and who gives eternal life in Holy Communion.

God has appointed you patron of the Church because the glorious title of patriarch also falls by special right to you.   The patriarchs were the heads of families of the Chosen People and theirs was the honour to prepare for the Savior’s incarnation.   You belonged to this line of patriarchs, for you were one of the last descendants of the family of David and one of the nearest forebears of Christ according to the flesh.   As husband of Mary, the Mother of God, and as the foster-father of the Saviour, you were directly connected with Christ.   Your vocation was especially concerned with the Person of Jesus; your entire activity centered about Him.   You are, therefore, the closing of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New, which took its rise with the Holy Family of Nazareth.   Because the New Testament surpasses the Old in every respect, you are the patriarch of patriarchs, the most venerable, exalted and amiable of all the patriarchs.

Through Mary, the Church received Christ and, therefore, the Church is indebted to her. But the Church owes her debt of gratitude and veneration to you also, for you were the chosen one who enabled Christ to enter into the world according to the laws of order and fitness.   It was by you that the patriarchs and the prophets and the faithful reaped the fruit of God’s promise.   Alone among them all, you saw with your own eyes and possessed the Redeemer promised to the rest of men.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of being the Patron of the Church.   As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain for me the grace to live always as a worthy member of this Church, so that through it I may save my soul.   Bless the priests, the religious and the laity of the Catholic Church, that they may ever grow in God’s love and faithfulness in His service.   Protect the Church from the evils of our day and from the persecution of her enemies, both within and without her.   Through your powerful intercession may the church successfully accomplish its mission in this world — the glory of God and the salvation of souls!


*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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Quote/s of the Day – 15 March

Quote/s of the Day – 15 March

“I gave myself to God to accept the designs of His Providence, if He willed me to continue, for the remainder of Lent, in a state of interior abandonment and even affliction so as to honour the sufferings of Jesus Christ which the Church places before our eyes.”

“Let us love suffering then
and let us make strong resolutions
to desire as much of it as the will of God
wants us to experience.
Rest assured that it is a sign
of God’s love for you since it is through this
that He makes you somewhat like his Son.
Suffer then, in His same spirit, through
submission to all that God wills of you.”

“The person who does not love does not know God, for God is Charity.”

“Love the poor and honour them as you would honour Christ Himself,”

~~~ St Louise de Marillac


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One Minute Reflection – 15 March

One Minute Reflection – 15 March

Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?……………………Matthew 6:26

REFLECTION“If you completely entrust everything to the guidance of Divine Providence and love the most holy will of God, this will contribute greatly to your
peace of mind and heart. In fact, this is one of the most essential practices I know of for growth into holiness.”……..St Louise de Marillac

PRAYER – Loving and compassionate Father, we celebrate with great joy the faith and works of St Louise de Marillac. Instill in us the fire of her love, the tenacity of her belief and the tenderness of her care for the most abandoned. Draw us together into the light of your presence and help us to trust in the power of Your Spirit and the Light of Your Son, leading us to ever closer to You, who live and reign forever and ever. St Louise de Marillac, pray for us, amen.


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Our Morning Offering – 15 March

Our Morning Offering – 15 March

The Second Week of Lent

God of Love,
through this Lenten journey,
purify my desire to serve You.
Free me from any temptations to judge others,
to place myself above others.
Please let me surrender even my impatience
with others,
that with Your love and Your grace,
I might be less and less absorbed with myself,
and more and more full of the desire
to follow Your Son, in laying down my life
according to His example.


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Saint of the Day – 15 March – St Louise de Marillac D.C.

Saint of the Day – 15 March – St Louise de Marillac D.C.  (1591-1660 body incorupt) Wife, Mother, Widow, Foundress, Apostle of Charity – Patron of disappointing children, loss of parents, people rejected by religious orders, sick people, social workers (proclaimed on 12 February 1960 by Pope John XXIII), Vincentian Service Corps, widows.   With Saint Vincent de Paul, she founded the Daughters of Charity in 1642, receiving Vatican approval in 1655.

Louise was born and raised in Paris, during a time when great social strife had befallen the city.   The gap between the rich and poor was ever increasing, with more and more families and children suffering without the basic necessities of living.   At that time, nearly one in six citizens would die of poverty-related conditions or diseases.   Louise felt drawn to change that, but her road to ministry would be a long one.

Born the illegitimate daughter of Louis de Marillac, Louise never knew her mother was passed away shortly after her birth.   Her father graciously raised her, demonstrating great love for her, despite societal opinion.   Due to family relations, Louise grew up interacting with members of the aristocracy, specifically the royal court of Queen Marie de Medicis, receiving a formal education and instruction in deportment.   When her father remarried, Louise’s new stepmother refused to recognise her and she was sent to be schooled at the royal monastery of Poissy.   The education Louise received was among the finest available at the time and she demonstrated a keen mind and intellect, especially in practical and organizational tasks.   Her intellect was only surpassed by her dedication and commitment.

Upon her father’s death, when Louise was approximately 15 years old, she left the school and took up residence with an elderly religious, who inspired her to consider her own vocation.   Louise, who had been quite frail and frequently sick throughout her childhood, applied to the Paris order of Capuchins but was denied entrance.  Confused, and heartbroken, Louise was left without a plan for the next phase of her life. When her family arranged a marriage for her to Antoine Le Gras, a young man with an appointment to the royal court, Louise obeyed their wishes and was wed.  The union produced one child, Michel, whom Louise came to love intensely.   Louise put her energies into maintaining a household and being a mother with the same intensity that she had pursued her studies. When her husband fell ill and became bedridden, she spent her days nursing him and tending to her beloved son, who had also developed medical issues.   Through her nursing, Louise came to love her husband very much and after a period of year, when she was 32, was devastated by his death.   Not knowing where else to turn, Louise looked to God who had been her comfort throughout her life.

Directed by the Lord to that “the time would come when I would be in the position to make vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and that I would be in a small community where others would do the same,” Louise sought out a new spiritual director, Saint Vincent de Paul.   Together, these two pious saints would lastingly change the world.

Under his direction, Louise regulated her own life, creating a Rule of the World, which scheduled her service to others, prayer and contemplative time and management of household duties.   Like with many things in her life, Louise required an outside direction to temper her zeal for service and prayer, lest she damage her own frail health.   Louise began a ministry to the poor of Paris, taking four young poor women into her home and teaching them to serve those in need.   These were the first sisters of the Company of the Daughters of Charity, founded when Louise was 44 years old.   She instructed her new charges, “Love the poor and honour them as you would honor Christ Himself.” Saint Vincent, recognizing her intelligence, ability to get things done, organisation and zeal for service to the Lord encouraged and supported her Daughters of Charity and extension of his own service organisation the Confraternities of Charity.   “Your convent,” Saint Vincent said to Louise, “will be the house of the sick; your cell, a hired room; your chapel, the parish church; your cloister, the streets of the city or the wards of the hospital.”

Saint Louise went on to build and develop over 40 houses of the Company of the Daughters of Charity, throughout Paris and then extending throughout France.   The sisters served the poor and sick, expanding into orphanages, mental institutions, homes for the elderly, prisons and even battlefields.   Saint Louise had such a talent for organisation, she revolutionised the way in which religious interacted with hospital staff, creating integrated team approaches which cared for both the physical needs of the patient alongside the spiritual needs.   This model continues to be used today.

Saint Louise continued her work and direction of her sisters until the day of her death at age 68.   She said to her sisters, “Take good care of the service of the poor. Above all, live together in great union and cordiality, loving one another in imitation of the union and life of our Lord. Pray earnestly to the Blessed Virgin, that she might be your only Mother.”  Her incorrupt body lies in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Rue du Bac, Paris.   Her work continues today, as her order and those that came after it, continue their missions of service.

After Louise’s death in 1660, one of Louise’s Daughters of Charity found her young granddaughter, tearfully praying at her grandmother’s tomb.   When asked why she was crying, Louise’s granddaughter expressed concern that the Daughters of Charity would disappear, now that her grandmother was dead.   The sister eloquently responded: “When all the poor in the world are no longer poor, when all the hungry are fed, and all the naked clothed, when the sick and the dying and the abandoned babies and the orphans and the outcast and the lonely and forsaken are all gathered in heaven, until that day, there will always be Daughters of Charity.”

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Saints – 15 March

Bl Anthony of Milan
St Aristobulos of Britannia
Bl Arnold of Siena
Bl Artemide Zatti
St Bodian of Hanvec
St Clement Mary Hofbauer
St Eoghan of Concullen
St Eusebius II
Bl Francis of Fermo
Bl Jan Adalbert Balicki
St Leocritia of Córdoba
St Longinus the Centurian
St Louise de Marillac
Bl Ludovico de la Pena
St Mancius of Evora
St Matrona of Capua
St Matrona of Thessaloniki
St Menignus of Parium
Bl Monaldus of Ancona
St Nicander of Alexandria
St Peter Pasquale
St Pío Conde y Conde
St Sisebuto
St Speciosus
St Vicenta of Coria
Bl Walter of Quesnoy
Bl William Hart
St Pope Zachary