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Novena to St Benedict – Day Four – 5 July

Novena to St Benedict – Day Four – 5 July

In the Holy Rule, St. Benedict you have said:

The first degree of humility, then, is that a man always have the fear of God before his eyes (cf Ps 35[36]:2), shunning all forgetfulness and that he be ever mindful of all that God has commanded, that he always consider in his mind how those who despise God will burn in hell for their sins and that life everlasting is prepared for those who fear God.   And while he guards himself evermore against sin and vices of thought, word, deed and self-will, let him also hasten to cut off the desires of the flesh.

Let a man consider that God always sees him from Heaven, that the eye of God beholds his works everywhere and that the angels report them to Him every hour.   The Prophet tells us this when he shows God thus ever present in our thoughts, saying:  “The searcher of hearts and reins is God” (Ps 7:10)…Therefore, in order that he may always be on his guard against evil thoughts, let the humble brother always say in his heart:  “Then I shall be spotless before Him, if I shall keep myself from iniquity” (Ps 17[18]:24) . (Holy Rule 7)

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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.



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Thought for the Day – 5 July

Thought for the Day – 5 July

Compassion for the sick and the poor led Dr Anthony Mary Zaccaria to see beyond the sick bodies of his patients and recognise the need for a different kind of healing.   After becoming “Fr” Zaccaria, he tried to fill that need and dedicated the rest of his life to doing so. …….“the Pauline ardour of his preaching would probably “turn off” many people today. When even some psychiatrists complain at the lack of a sense of sin, it may be time to tell ourselves that not all evil is explained by emotional disorder, subconscious and unconscious drives, parental influence and so on.   The old-time “hell and damnation” mission sermons have given way to positive, encouraging, biblical homilies.   We do indeed need assurance of forgiveness, relief from existential anxiety and future shock.   But we still need prophets to stand up and tell us, “If we say ‘We are without sin,’ we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). (Fr Don Miller OFM).
St Anthony was such a prophet, he let God step in and lead him to a whole new set of plans.   May we too allow God room in our boat to navigate us to a new way of life!

St Anthony Mary Zaccaria, pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 July

Quote/s of the Day – 5 July

“That which God commands
seems difficult and a burden.
The way is rough;
you draw back;
you have no desire to follow it.
Yet DO SO –  and you will attain glory.”

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“What good thing could God deny us
when He is the one who invites us to ask?”

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“If you want to obtain what you pray for,
adapt yourself to it, that is,
if you want humility,
do not avoid humiliations.”

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St Anthony Mary Zaccaria

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One Minute Reflection – 5 July

One Minute Reflection – 5 July

But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances;  put up with hardship;  perform the work of an evangelist;  fulfill your ministry……2 Timothy 4:5

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REFLECTION – “In His mercy God has chosen us, unworthy as we are, out of the world, to serve Him and thus to advance in goodness and to bear the greatest possible fruit of love in patience……We should keep running steadily in the race we have started, not losing sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection.”……….St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (An excerpt from a letter of Saint Anthony to his congregation).

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PRAYER – Lord, enable us to grasp in the spirit of Saint Paul, the sublime wisdom of Jesus Christ, the wisdom which inspired Saint Anthony Zaccaria to preach the message of salvation in Your church.   Grant this, we pray, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. St Anthony Mary Zaccaria, pray for us amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 5 July

Our Morning Offering – 5 July

Morning Prayer
of St Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

Lord, help me to live this day,
quietly, easily;
to lean on Your great strength,
trustfully, restfully;
to wait for the unfolding of Your will,
patiently, serenely;
to meet others,
peacefully, joyfully;
to face tomorrow,
confidently, courageously.

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Saint of the Day – 5 July – St Anthony Mary Zaccaria B. or C.R.S.P.

Saint of the Day – 5 July – St Anthony Mary Zaccaria B. or C.R.S.P. – Priest, Founder, Philospher, Doctor of Medicine/Physician, Renewal of the Forth Hours’ Adoration Devotion, Preacher, Administrator.   Founder of the The Clerics Regular of St. Paul (the Barnabites) and the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul.  (1502 at Cremona, Lombardy, Italy –  5 July 1539 of natural causes at Cremona, Lombardy, Italy – aged just 37).  He was buried at Saint Paul’s Convent of the Angelics at Milan, Italy.   His body found incorrupt in 1566 when it was translated to the Church of St. Barnabas in Milan, Italy.   He was Beatified on 3 January 1890 and Canonised on 15 May 1897, Rome by Pope Leo XIII.   Patronages – The Barnabites, The Angelic Sisters of St Paul, Physicians, The Laity (third order) of St Paul.   Attributes – black cassock, lily, Crucifix, Chalice, Host.

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St Anthony was born in Cremona (near Milan), Italy.  He lost his father at the age of two and was raised by his pious mother.   She was devoted to his upbringing, instructing him in the ways of faith from an early age.   With her guidance and the grace of the Holy Spirit, Anthony demonstrated great piety as a child.  He took a private vow of chastity before his twelfth birthday, and frequently was observed giving away his possessions, food and clothing to the poor and needy.

His gifted mind allowed him to excel at scholastic endeavours and he studied both philosophy and medicine, eventually practicing as a Physician for three years.   During that time Anthony felt more and more called not to the healing of men’s bodies but of their souls and eventually pursued theological studies.   Drawn to the priesthood, Anthony was ordained in 1528, at the age of 26 and served the community—particularly those in hospitals and in need—for two years.

Saint Anthony moved to Milan, following the Countess Ludovica Torelli of Guastalla, one of his spiritual advisees.   Once in Milan, Saint Anthony founded three religious orders: one for men, known as the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul (the Barnabites); a branch of uncloistered nuns, the Angelic Sisters of Saint Paul;  and a lay congregation for married people, the Laity of Saint Paul, sometimes referred to as the Oblates of Saint Paul.   The three foundations met regularly and engaged together in various forms of apostolic action.   Their aim was the reform of the decadent society of their day, beginning with the clergy and religious.

The main devotion and teachings of the orders founded by Saint Anthony were those of Saint Paul, with an emphasis on love for the Eucharist and the suffering of Christ crucified.   Dedicated to reformation of the clergy, Saint Anthony earned himself enemies within the church and was twice accused of heresy (both times acquitted).   So humble, he refused to serve as superior of his orders, instead traveling, reforming convents and monasteries and extending the membership of the laity.

St Anthony is also known for popularising and renewing, the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, known as the Forty-hour devotion.   He also is said to have originated the ringing of church bells at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, in recognition of the hour of the crucifixion of Christ.

He caught the plague in 1539, while on a mission to Guastalla, Italy.   Despite his sickness, he continued to minister to the ill, as well as engage in the strict penances and mortification he had begun early in life.   He died peacefully at age 37, and was buried in the convent of the Angelics of Saint Paul in Milan.  His incorrupt body was translated to the Church of Saint Barnabas in Milan. He is survived by the legacy of the orders he founded, as well as several letters written in service of the Lord.

What is the Forty Hours Devotion?

Forty Hours’ Devotion, in Italian called Quarant’ore or Quarantore, is an exercise of devotion in which continuous prayer is made for forty hours before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition and to which Indulgences are attached.   A celebration of such a devotion is begun by a Solemn Mass or “Mass of Exposition” and ended by a “Mass of Deposition”.   Each of these masses includes a procession and the litany of the saints being chanted.
The precise origin of the Forty Hours’ Devotion is obscure.   St. Charles Borromeo speaks as if this practice of praying for forty hours was very ancient;  and he refers it to the forty hours that Christ’s Body remained in the tomb.   The number 40 is also associated with the rain at the time of the flood of Noah lasting 40 days and nights, the Hebrews wandering in the desert for 40 years on the way to the Promised Land and Jesus fasting for 40 days before beginning his public ministry.
Devotion to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is professed by the faithful publicly by means of popular devotions such as Corpus Christi processions and the Forty Hours, as well as Eucharistic Adoration, Daily, Perpetual and Nocturnal.

Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman (1802-1865), first Archbishop of Westminster, England, observed of the Forty Hours:

“In no other time or place, is the sublimity of our religion so touchingly felt. No ceremony is going forward in the sanctuary, no sound of song is issuing from the choir, no voice of exhortation proceeds from the pulpit, no prayer is uttered aloud at the altar. There are hundreds there and yet they are engaged in no congregational act of worship. Each heart and soul is alone in the midst of a multitude; each uttering its own thoughts, each feeling its own grace. Yet you are overpowered, subdued, quelled, into a reverential mood, softened into a devotional spirit, forced to mediate, to feel, to pray. The little children who come in, led by a mother’s hand, kneel down by her in silence, as she simply points toward the altar, overawed by the still splendour before them: the very babe seems hushed to quiet reverence in her bosom.”  — From “The Sacramentals of the Holy Catholic Church,” by Andrew A. Lambing (Benziger Brothers, New York, 1892)

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Saints’ Memorials and Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 5 July

St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (Optional Memorial) –
St Elizabeth of Portugal (Optional Memorial in the USA)
Mary’s Seven Joys
Our Lady of Refuge

St Agatho of Sicily
St Athanasius the Athonite
St Athanasius of Jerusalem
St Cast
St Cyprille of Libya
St Cyrilla of Cyrene
St Domèce
St Domitius of Phrygia
St Edana of West Ireland
Bl Edward Cheevers
Bl Elias of Bourdeilles
St Erfyl
St Fragan
Bl George Nichols
St Grace of Cornwall
St Gwen
Bl Humphrey Pritchard
Bl Joseph Boissel
St Marinus of Tomi
St Mars of Nantes
St Marthe
Bl Matthew Lambert
St Modwenna
St Numerian of Treves
Bl Patrick Cavanagh
St Philomena of San Severino
St Probus of Cornwall
Bl Richard Yaxley
Bl Robert Meyler
St Rosa Chen Aijieh
St Sedolpha of Tomi
St Stephen of Reggio
St Teresia Chen Qingjieh
St Theodotus of Tomi
Bl Thomas Belson
St Thomas of Terreti
St Triphina of Brittany
St Triphina of Sicily
St Zoe of Rome