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Novena to St Joseph the Worker – Day Six – 27 April

Novena to St Joseph the Worker – Day Six – 27 April

“Your ordinary contact with God takes place where your fellow men, your yearnings, your work and your affections are. There you have your daily encounter with Christ. It is in the midst of the most material things of the earth that we must sanctify ourselves, serving God and all mankind. “

St Josemaria Escriva – Conversations, 113

Let us Pray:

DAY SIX

DAY SIX NOVENA ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

O Glorious St. Joseph,
model of all those who are devoted to labour,
obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously,
putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations,
to work with gratitude and joy,
in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins,
considering it an honour to employ and develop
by means of labour the gifts received from God,
to work with order, peace, moderation and patience,
without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties,
to work above all with purity of intention
and detachment from self, having always death
before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost,
of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success,
so fatal to the work of God.
All for Jesus, all through Mary,
all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph.
Such shall be my watchword in life and in death.
Humbly we ask of you dear St Joseph,
to intercede for all workers, in the difficulties
of their daily lives especially for the unemployed,
in their anxieties for tomorrow,
so that through the guidance of God,
the great Architect and Builder, they all
may use their strength and talents
to make visible God’s new creation,
to offer a concrete service to society
and to earn wages worthy of their efforts.
With confidence and trust
we make our intention
(make your intention)
I pray to you, dear St Joseph, through our Lord,
Jesus Christ, your dearly beloved foster Son,
in union with the Father and the Holy ,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen

Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 27 April

Thought for the Day – 27 April

Her work was part of her religion and she often remarked that a lazy servant was lacking in a religious spirit.   She was put in charge of the children of the house and in time was appointed housekeeper. But she did not limit her work to household duties.  She visited prisons, the sick and the poor and was the only one in the house who could subdue the violent tempr of the head of the household.   She became a familiar figure in Lucca, making her rounds and extending love to as many as she could.
The life of St Zita shows that fidelity to ordinary duties is a sure way to holiness.    She was simply a servant girl but she made her work a song of praise to God and her whole life an expression of religious devotion.    Her life was full of the ordinary and this is what made her a saint.   That kind of holiness is within the reach of all of us!

St Zita, pray for us!

ST ZITA PRAY FOR US 2

ST ZITA - APRIL 27

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

One Minute Reflection – 27 April

One Minute Reflection – 27 April

Comfort and upbuild one another as indeed you are doing…..1 Thes 5:11

REFLECTION – “If on any particular day we do nothing more than give a little joy to a neighbour, that day will not be wasted. For we have succeeded in giving comfort to an immortal soul.”………Bl Contardo Ferrini T.O.S.F.

Bl Contardo Ferrini - quote

PRAYER – God of all consolation, teach me to put all my trust in You. Grant me the grace to then go and offer my neighbour all the Christian consolation and assistance in every tribulation. Be my help in all things my God and allow me to pass Your help to others in need St Zita you were a true light to all those more in need than yourself, although you suffered, you never complained but instead gave good for evil. Please pray for us all, amen.

ST ZITA AND 1 THES 5-11

 

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, MORNING Prayers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS

Our Morning Offering – 27 April

Our Morning Offering – 27 April

Help us, O Lord, our God
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Mellifluous Doctor

Help us, O Lord, our God,
since we cannot flee from the body,
nor the body flee from us.
We must carry it about, because it is bound up with us.
We cannot destroy it; we are forced to preserve it.
But the world surrounds us and assails us
through the five gateways of sense.
Alas! Everywhere we are in conflict,
everywhere darts fly against us,
everywhere there are temptations,
there are snares!
Deliver us, we beseech You, from our enemies;
defend us from all dangers to the soul
and to the body, Lord,
that at length we may come to Your eternal rest,
through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

help us o lord our god-st bernard

Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 27 April – St Zita of Lucca

Saint of the Day – 27 April – St Zita of Lucca (1212-1272) Virgin, apostle of charity.   Also known as Cita, Sita, Citha, Sitha.   Patronages: housewives, butlers, domestic servants (proclaimed by Pope Pius XII), homemakers, housemaids, lost keys, maids, manservants, people ridiculed for their piety, rape victims, servants, servers, single laywomen, waiters, waitstaff, waitresses, Lucca, Italy.   Attributes: depicted with bag, cooking equipment, dishes, keys, kitchen equipment, loaves, plates, platters, rosary, serving maid with a bag and keys.   Her body is incorrupt.

Saint Zita was born in Tuscany in the village of Monsagrati, not far from Lucca where, at the age of 12 she became a servant in the Fatinelli household.    For a long time, she was unjustly despised, overburdened, reviled and often beaten by her employers and fellow servants for her hard work and obvious goodness.    The incessant ill-usage, however, was powerless to deprive her of her inward peace, her love of those who wronged her, and her respect for her employers.    By this meek and humble self-restraint, Zita at last succeeded in overcoming the malice of her fellow-servants and her employers, so much so that she was placed in charge of all the affairs of the house.    Her faith had enabled her to persevere against their abuse and her constant piety gradually moved the family to a religious awakening.

Zita often said to others that devotion is false if slothful.    She considered her work as an employment assigned to her by God and as part of her penance and obeyed her master and mistress in all things as being placed over her by God.    She always rose several hours before the rest of the family and employed in prayer a considerable part of the time which others gave to sleep.    She took care to hear mass every morning with great devotion before she was called upon by the duties of her station, in which she employed the whole day, with such diligence and fidelity that she seemed to be carried to them on wings and studied when possible to anticipate them.

One anecdote relates a story of Zita giving her own food or that of her master to the poor. On one morning, Zita left her chore of baking bread to tend to someone in need.    Some of the other servants ensured the Fatinelli family was aware of what happened; when they went to investigate, they claimed to have found angels in the Fatinelli kitchen, baking the bread for her.
St. Benita Zita died peacefully in the Fatinelli house on April 27, 1272.    It is said that a star appeared above the attic where she slept at the moment of her death.    She was 60 years old and had served and edified the family for 48 years.   By her death, she was practically venerated by the family.    After one hundred and fifty miracles wrought in the behalf of such as had recourse to her intercession were juridically proven, she was canonised in 1696.

Her body was exhumed in 1580, discovered to be incorrupt   St Zita’s body is currently on display for public veneration in the Basilica di San Frediano in Lucca.

To this day, families bake a loaf of bread in celebration of St. Zita’s feast day.    Soon after Zita’s death a popular cult grew up around her, centring on the church of St Frigidian in Lucca.    This was also joined by prominent members of the city.    Pope Leo X sanctioned a liturgical cult within the church in the early 16th century, and was confirmed upon her canonisation.    In 1748, Pope Benedict XIV added her name to the Roman Martyrology.

During the late medieval era, her popular cult had grown throughout Europe.    In England she was known under the name Sitha and was popularly invoked by maidservants and housewives, particularly in event of having lost one’s keys, or when crossing rivers or bridges.    Images of St. Zita may be seen in churches across the south of England.    The church of St Benet Sherehog in London had a chapel dedicated to her, and was locally known as St. Sithes

Posted in FEASTS and SOLEMNITIES, SAINT of the DAY

Saints and Feasts – 27 April

Our Lady of Montserrat

St Adelelmus of Le Mans
St Asicus of Elphin
St Castor of Tarsus
St Enoder
St Floribert of Liege
Bl Hosanna of Cattaro
Bl Jakov Varingez
St John of Kathara
St Joseph Outhay Phongphumi
St Laurensô Nguyen Van Huong
St Liberalis of Treviso
St Maughold
Bl Nicolas Roland
St Noël Tenaud
Bl Peter Armengol
St Pollio of Cybalae
St Simeon of Jerusalem
St Stephen of Tarsus
St Tertullian of Bologna
St Theophilus of Brescia
St Winewald of Beverley
St Zita of Lucca

Martyrs of Nicomedia: A group of Christians murdered together for their faith. In most cases all we have are their names – Dioscurus, Evanthia, Felicia, Felix, Germana, Germelina, Johannes, Julius, Laetissima, Nikeforus, Papias, Serapion and Victorinus. They died at Nicomedia, Bithynia, Asia Minor (modern Izmit, Turkey)