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Novena to St Benedict – Day Seven – 8 July

Novena to St Benedict – Day Seven – 8 July

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

We believe that God is present everywhere and that the eyes of the Lord behold the good and the bad in every place (cf Prov 15:3).   Let us firmly believe this, especially when we take part in the Work of God.   Let us, therefore, always be mindful of what the Prophet says, “Serve the Lord with fear” (Ps 2:11).   And again, “Sing wisely” (Ps 46[47]:8).   And, “I will sing praise to Thee in the sight of the angels” (Ps 137[138]:1).   Therefore, let us consider how it becomes us to behave in the sight of God and His angels and let us so stand to sing, that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. (Holy Rule 19)

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LET US PRAY: Day Seven

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.

Amen.

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

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Thought for the Day – 8 July

Thought for the Day – 8 July

Unsteady Hearts – Learning to give thanks!

The lack of genuine gratitude we experience within our souls and even the sense of selfishness we can have in our prayers to God for deeper feelings toward Him can fill us with disgust.   It doesn’t take much in the way of self reflection to know how unsteady our hearts can be.   Are we really sorry for our sins or do we simply want the psychological relief of unburdening ourselves?   O’Connor sees both her tendencies towards scruples and utter laxity.   Yet, despite these unpleasant truths she can in the end step away from her self concern and self focus and say simply to God “I am thankful.”   In the end, we have to let go of self conscious shame and take hold of what is greater than ourselves and worthy of our attention.

“You’ve done so much for me already and I haven’t been particularly grateful.   My thanksgiving is never in the form of self sacrifice—a few memorised prayers babbled once over lightly.   All this disgusts me in myself but does not fill me with the poignant feeling I should have to adore You with, to be sorry with, or to thank You with.   Perhaps the feeling I keep asking for, is something again selfish—something to help me to feel that everything with me is all right.   And yet it seems only natural but maybe being thus natural is being thus selfish.   My mind is a most insecure thing, not to be depended on.   It gives me scruples at one minute and leaves me lax the next.  If I must know all these things through the mind, dear Lord, please strengthen mine.   Thank you, dear God, I believe I do feel thankful for all You’ve done for me. I want to. I do.”

Excerpt From: Flannery O’Connor. “A Prayer Journal.”

“Praying actualizes and deepens our communion with God.   Our prayer can and should arise above all from our heart, from our needs, our hopes, our joys, our sufferings, from our shame over sin and from our gratitude for the good.”………..Pope Benedict XVI

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Quote of the Day – 8 July

Quote of the Day – 8 July

“Know also that you will probably gain more by praying fifteen minutes before the Blessed Sacrament than by all the other spiritual exercises of the day. True, Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, for He has made the promise, ‘Ask, and you shall receive,’ but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament will obtain a more abundant measure of grace.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Most Zealous Doctor

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One Minute Reflection – 8 July

One Minute Reflection – 8 July

I bear with all of this for the sake of those whom God has chosen..2 Timothy 2:10

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REFLECTION – “Patience has distinctive qualities that discourses do not possess. All who bear their cross with patience, eloquently proclaim Jesus Christ.”………….St Alphonsus Liguori

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PRAYER – Heavenly Father, teach me to be patient under the crosses that come my way. Let my silent example speak vlumes to others and lead them to faith in Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. St Killian, you worked tirelessly and patiently for the glory of the Kingdom, please intercede for us all, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 8 July

Our Morning Offering – 8 July

Morning Prayer of
St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

My God,
just as I wish to love nothing more than You,
so I wish to live only for You.
I offer You all my thoughts,
all my words,
all my actions
and all my sufferings of this day;
please bestow Your holy blessing
upon them all. Amen

morning prayer of st louis de montfort

 

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Saint of the Day – 8 July – St Killian

Saint of the Day – 8 July – St Killian Bishop, Martyr, Missionary, “Apostle of Franconia”(nowadays the northern part of Bavaria) – (c.640 in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland – Martyred on 8 July 689).   Patronages – against rheumatism, against gout, whitewashers, Bavaria, Germany, archdiocese of Paderborn, Germany, diocese of Würzburg, Germany, Tuosist, County Kerry, Ireland (staging point for his mission to mainland Europe).  Attributes – bishop being murdered with two priests, bishop holding a crozier and sword, bishop holding a large sword and standing between two priests, with Saint Colman and and Saint Totnan.

Kilian, Tichard King (-1974)

St Killian was born to the Irish nobility.   He became a Monk at the monastery of Hy and is thought to have become the abbot.  He was appointed as Bishop and travelled throughout Ireland.    With eleven companions, he became a missionary through Gaul to Würzburg, Germany whose people he found to be pagan and whom he resolved to convert.  On a pilgraimage to Rome, Italy in 686 he received papal authority for his mission;   Pope Conon ordained him as a missionary bishop.   Kilian then returned to Würzburg in 687 with Saint Colman and Saint Totnan.   With them, he evangelised East Franconia and East Thuringia, areas in modern Bavaria, Germany, converted Duke Gozbert and a large part of Gozbert’s subjects.

After Duke Gozbert converted, Killian explained that the duke’s marriage with Geilana, his brother’s widow, was unlawful.   He secured the duke’s promise to leave her, which made an enemy of pagan Geilana.   She plotted against the saint and caused the murder of him, Colman and Totnan, and the burial of their corpses, sacred vessels, vestments and holy writings at the crime scene.   When the duke returned to her, Geilana denied knowing the location of the missionaries.   The actual murderer went mad, confessed his crime and died miserably.   Geilana herself eventually died insane.

martyrdom of st killian with Saint Colman and and Saint Totnan

Kilian 1989 card
1989 German Stamp honouring St Killian, St Colman and St Totnan

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Kilian’s good work did not long survive him.   When Saint Boniface arrived in Thuringia, he found evidence of his predecessor’s influence.   The relics of the martyrs, after cures had brought fame to their burial place, were transferred to the Church of Our Lady in 743 by Saint Burchard, first Bishop of Würzburg.   After Burchard obtained Pope Zachary’s permission for their public veneration, they were solemnly transferred, probably on 8 July 752, to the newly finished Cathedral of the Saviour.   Later they were buried in Saint Kilian’s vault in the new cathedral erected on the spot where tradition says they were martyred.   His skull is still preserved, is bejewelled and is processed on his feast day. Killian’s copy of the New Testament was preserved in Würzburg Cathedral until 1803, and since then has been in the university library.

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Saints’ Memorials – 8 July

St Abraham the Martyr
Bl Adolf IV of Schauenburg
St Adrian III, Pope
St Ampelius of Milan
St Apollonius of Benevento
St Aquila the Tent Maker
St Arnold
St Auspicius of Toul
St Auspicius of Trier
Brogan of Mothil
St Colman of Thuringia
St Doucelin
St Edgar the Peaceful
Bl Pope Eugene III
St Glyceria of Heraclea
St Grimbald
St Ioannes Wu Wenyin
St Ithier of Nevers
St Killian
St Landrada
Bl Mancius Araki Kyuzaburo
St Morwenna
St Pancras of Taormina
Bl Peter the Hermit
St Priscilla the Tent Maker
St Procopius of Ceasarea
St Sunniva of Bergen
St Thibaud de Marly
St Totnan of Thuringia

Abrahamite Monks/Martyrs of Constantinople: A group of monks in a monstery founded by Saint Abraham of Ephesus. Martyred in the iconoclast persecutions of emperor Theophilus. They were martyred in c 835 in Constantinople.

Martyrs of Shanxi – 7 saints: In 1898 seven sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary were sent to the Shanxi diocese in China to serve the poor in hospitals, and care for the unwanted or other destitutes in orphanages. They were –
• Anne-Catherine Dierks
• Anne-Francoise Moreau
• Clelia Nanetti
• Irma Grivot
• Jeanne-Marie Kuergin
• Marianna Giuliani
• Pauline Jeuris
There they all died in one of the periodic crackdowns against foreign missionaries.
They were beheaded on 9 July 1900 at Taiyuanfu, China- Beatified on 24 November 1946 by Pope Pius XII and Canonised on 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Syrmium – 5 saints: Five Christians martyred together for their faith. We know nothing else about them but the names – Cecilia, Eperentius, Eraclius, Sostratus and Spirus. They were martyred in the 4th century in Syrmium, Pannonia (modern Serbia).