Posted in NOVENAS

Novena to St Benedict – DAY ONE – 2 JULY

Novena to St Benedict – DAY ONE – 2 JULY

St Benedict’s Patronages:
-Agricultural workers
-Civil engineers
-Dying people
-Gall stones
-Heerdt (Germany)
-Heraldry and Officers of arms
-the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
-Inflammatory diseases
-Italian architects
-Kidney disease
-Nettle rash
-Norcia, (Italy)
-People in religious orders
-Schoolchildren and students
-Servants who have broken their master’s belongings
– Against poison
-Against witchcraft – To Read more about St Benedict go here:

In the Holy Rule, St Benedict you have said:

Listen, O my son, to the precepts of the master and incline the ear of your heart, and cheerfully receive and faithfully execute the admonitions of your loving Father, that by the toil of obedience you may return to Him from whom by the sloth of disobedience you have gone away.

To You, therefore, my speech is now directed, who, giving up your own will, take up the strong and most excellent arms of obedience, to do battle for Christ the Lord, the true King. (Holy Rule – Prologue)

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Glorious Saint Benedict,
sublime model of virtue, pure vessel of God’s grace!
Behold me humbly kneeling at your feet.
I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God.

To you I have recourse in the dangers that daily surround me.
Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and to my neighbour.
Inspire me to imitate you in all things.
May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His kingdom.

Graciously obtain for me from God those favours and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life.
Your heart was always full of love, compassion and mercy toward those who were afflicted or troubled in any way.
You never dismissed without consolation and assistance anyone who had recourse to you.
I therefore invoke your powerful intercession, confident in the hope that you will hear my prayers and obtain for me the special grace and favour I earnestly implore.

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Help me, great Saint Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.


O Holy Father, St. Benedict, pray for us.

Posted in JESUIT SJ, MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 2 July

Thought for the Day – 2 July

By the time of his death, Saint Bernardino Realino (saint of the day 2 July) was recognizsed as a man of great zeal and holiness.   Those who had known him at once hailed him as a saint.   Following his death, blood that had been collected from him while alive was observed to defy biological properties.   For over a century, the blood remained liquefied, foaming and frothing on the anniversary of his death.   Similarly, when his tomb was opened, the flesh of his body was found to be incorrupt, his blood frothing and emitting a sweet perfumed scent.


His life reminds us that it is never too late for a change in perspective!   As a young man, Bernardino achieved great worldly success but realised that worldly recognition and riches left him unfulfilled.   He turned to the Lord, listened for His Will and embraced a rich lifetime of service and obedience, providing necessary spiritual direction to others. On this, his feast day, we might pause to take stock of our own perspective and priorities. How do we judge success in our lives? How might that differ from the manner in which the Lord, Our God, judges success?   Are we able to live today’s Gospel – Matthew 10:37-42?

St Bernardino Realino, pray for us!

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Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS

Quote of the Day – 2 July

Quote of the Day – 2 July

“Whoever has become a servant of the Lord fears only his Master.
But whoever is without the fear of God, is often afraid of his own shadow.
Fearfulness is the daughter of unbelief.
A proud soul is the slave of fear; hoping in itself, in comes to such a state,
that it is startled by a small noise and is afraid of the dark.”

St John Climacus

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

One Minute Reflection – 2 July

One Minute Reflection – 2 July

“No one who prefers father or mother to me is worthy of me….”……..Mathew 10:37

REFLECTION – “To believe in God – for Christians does not mean simply to believe that God exists, nor merely to believe that He is truth.   It means to believe by loving, to believe by abandoning oneself to God completely, uniting and conforming oneself to Him.”…………..St Anthony of Padua

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PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant me an operative faith – a faith that will move mountains and is strong enough to know that absolutely nothing and no-one here on earth can compare to You.   Let me show that faith by lively love and by loving deeds and by conforming myself to Your will in all things – teach me that only YOU are first in line. This is how you lived your life St Bernardino Realino – turning your back on success, money and power to put only the God who created us first and now you are a Saint. Please pray for us, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 2 July

Our Morning Offering – 2 July


Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son
of the Eternal Father, save us. (after each line)
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness,
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs,
Blood of Christ, strength of confessors,
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins,
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
Blood of Christ, pledge of Eternal Life,
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

Let us pray:
Almighty and eternal God, You have appointed Your only-begottSon the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood.   Grant, we beg of You, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven.  Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Litany of the Most Precious Blood pays tribute to the blood our Lord both shed for us in His Passion and offers us in the Eucharist for our salvation.

It is important to remember that the host we consume at Mass is indeed the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ!  The host as the body of Christ contains our Lord’s blood as well.

The Litany of the Most Precious Blood was approved for public use in 1960 by Pope John XXIII, although devotion to the Precious Blood goes back centuries. Indeed, as Father Faber wrote in 1860 “the lives of the saints are replete with devotion to the precious blood.”   The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

May the Litany of the Most Precious Blood inspire you in your efforts to receive Him worthily in Communion and to have Him fortify you in your efforts to serve Him and others on your journey towards Eternal Life!


Saint of the Day – 2 July – St St Bernadino Realino SJ

Saint of the Day – 2 July – St St Bernadino Realino SJ – Priest, Lawyer, Teacher, Apostle of Charity -(1 December 1530 in Carpi, Modena, Italy -2 July 1616 in Lecce, Italy of natural causes).   Canonised on 22 June 1947 by Pope Pius XII.  Patronage -Lecce, Italy (proclaimed on 15 December 1947 by Pope Pius XII).  His body is incorrupt and emits a perfumed fragrance.


Bernardino Realino was born near Modena, Italy, on 1 December 1530.   At university he began studying philosophy and medicine but switched to law which he thought would open greater chances for advancement and wealth.   Family connections helped him become mayor of Felizzano at age 26, which also involved being a judge.   He was regarded as honest by the people and was reappointed to the post.   Other posts followed until he was made mayor of Castelleone.
Despite his successful career, Realino began losing interest in worldly advancement and began giving away his money to the poor.   In August 1564 he met two Jesuit novices and learned that the Jesuits had only recently come to Naples.   Further encounters strengthened his vocation and then he had a vision of Our Lady, who told him to enter the Jesuits.   He was accepted as a novice on 13 October 1564 at the age of 34.
Realino wanted to be a brother but was told he should be ordained a priest.   Only seven months after taking first vows he was ordained on 24 May 1567.   It was a tribute to his maturity that the Jesuit General (St) Francis Borgia made him master of novices in Naples, although still studying theology.   He also began the pastoral work which would occupy the rest of his active life.   He preached and taught catechism, visited slaves on the galleys in Naples harbour and heard confessions.
In 1574 he was sent to Lecce in Apulia, where there was a plan to set up a Jesuit house and college.   The local response was enthusiastic and Realino began the pastoral work which would last for 42 years:  preaching, hearing confessions, counselling clergy, visiting the sick and those in prison and giving conferences to men and women religious. Several times he was instructed to move to Naples or Rome but each every time he was about to leave the city, he was prevented by some unexpected occurrence – a sudden fever or bad weather.   Eventually his superiors allowed him to stay on in Lecce doing his pastoral work.   In 1583 he set up a sodality for diocesan priests to nurture their spiritual life and improve their competence to hear confessions.   The people showed their love for their pastor, especially during his final illness in June 1616.   Crowds gathered outside the Jesuit residence and only men were allowed in to kiss his hand and devoutly touch religious objects to his body.   On his death-bed, the city mayor and magistrates formally requested Fr Realino to be Lecce’s defender and protector in heaven.   Unable to speak, he nodded.   The distinguished lawyer who spent most of his life as a parish priest in relative seclusion died at the age of 86 with his eyes fixed on a crucifix.   His last words were: “O Madonna, mia santissima” (O my Lady, my most holy one).

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Saints’ Memorials and Feasts of Our Lady

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (2017)

Our Lady of the Garden
Our Lady of Madhu
Our Lady of Montallegro
Our Lady of the Grove
Our Lady of the Leśniów Spring
Our Lady of the Visitation
Our Lady of the Way of Leon
Our Lady of Vaussivieres

Bl Benedict Metzler
St Bernadine Realino
Bl Giovanni da Fabriano Becchetti
St Jacques Fermin
Bl Jarich of Mariengaarde
St Jéroche
St Lidanus of Sezze
St Martinian of Rome
St Monegundis
St Oudoceus
Bl Peter of Luxembourg
Bl Pietro Becchetti da Fabriano
St Processus of Rome
St Swithun

Martyred Soldiers of Rome – 3 saints: Three soldiers who were converted at the martyrdom of Saint Paul the Apostle. Then they were martyred, as well. We known nothing else about them but their names – Acestes, Longinus and Megistus. Martyred c.68 in Rome, Italy

Martyrs in Carthage by Hunneric – 7 saints: A group of seven Christians tortured and murdered in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric for remaining loyal to the teachings of orthodox Christianity. They were some of the many who died for the faith during a period of active Arian heresy. – Boniface, Liberatus, Maximus, Rogatus, Rusticus, Septimus and Servus.

Martyrs of Campania – 10 saints: A group of ten Christians marytred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them to have survived are their names – Ariston, Crescention, Eutychian, Felicissimus, Felix, Justus, Marcia, Symphorosa, Urban and Vitalis. Martyred in 284 in Campania, Italy.

Martyrs of Seoul – 8 saints: Additional Memorial – 20 September as part of the Martyrs of Korea.
A group of eight Christians who were martyred together as part of the lengthy persecutions in Korea.
• Agatha Han Sin-ae
• Antonius Yi Hyeon
• Bibiana Mun Yeong-in
• Columba Gang Wan-suk
• Ignatius Choe In-cheol
• Iuliana Gim Yeon-i
• Matthaeus Gim Hyeon-u
• Susanna Gang Gyeong-bok
They were martyred on 2 July 1801 at the Small West Gate, Seoul, South Korea. Beatified on 15 August 2014 by Pope Francis.