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

If we do not venture to approach men who are in power, except with humility and reverence, when we wish to ask a favour, how much must we beseech the Lord God of all things with all humility and purity of devotion?   And let us be assured that it is not in many words, but in the purity of heart and tears of compunction that we are heard.   For this reason prayer ought to be short and pure, unless, perhaps it is lengthened by the inspiration of divine grace.   At the community exercises, however, let the prayer always be short, and the sign having been given by the Superior, let all rise together. (Holy Rule 20)

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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 MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 9 July

Thought for the Day – 9 July

“She Interpreted Everything in a Key of Love – a courageous Witness of the beauty and power of Divine Love” (

“Saint Veronica, true to the name she took in religion, became a “true image” of Christ crucified;  her configuration to the Lord was accompanied by profound mystical experiences such as her crowning with thorns and the stigmata.    Veronica’s spirituality, as revealed above all in her Diary, is Christ-centred and spousal:  she saw all things in the light of Christ’s love, manifested in His Passion and she united herself to His self-oblation to the Father for the salvation of souls.   Her love of the Scriptures was deeply linked to her love of the Church and her strong sense of the communion of the saints.
St. Veronica Giuliani invites us to make our Christian life grow, our union with the Lord in being for others, abandoning ourselves to His will with complete and total trust and to union with the Church, Bride of Christ;  she invites us to participate in the suffering love of Jesus Crucified for the salvation of all sinners;  she invites us to fix our gaze on Paradise, the goal of our earthly journey, where we will live together with so many brothers and sisters the joy of full communion with God;  she invites us to nourish ourselves daily from the Word of God to warm our hearts and give direction to our life. The last words of the saint can be considered the synthesis of her passionate mystical experience:  “I have found Love, Love has let Himself be seen!” …. May the life and teaching of Saint Veronica Giuliani inspire us to grow in union with the Lord and His Church and to share in Christ’s loving concern for the salvation of sinners.”

Pope Benedict XVI 15 December 2010

“VERONICA” – Latin alteration of BERENICE, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning “true image”.   This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus’ face with a cloth and miraculously found His image imprinted upon it. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani.

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One Minute Reflection – 9 July

One Minute Reflection – 9 July

Because the loaf of (Eucharist) bread is one,
we, many though we are,
are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf…………1 Cor 10:17

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REFLECTION – “In the Eucharist, all is love. Jesus comes to us and dwells in us.
In doing so, He teaches us how we are to love one another.”………….St Augustine (354-430)

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PRAYER – Most loving Father, grant that every Eucharistic Celebration may unit me more closely to Your Divine Son. May it also unite me to all Christians and help me to show greater love for them every day. St Veronica Giuliani, you truly experienced total and supreme love in Holy Communion, pray for us that we might come to understand this immense and ineffable love of our Saviour for us all, as He becomes our food of life, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 9 July

Our Morning Offering – 9 July

“It Is I: Be Not Afraid”
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801–1890)

WHEN I sink down in gloom or fear,
Hope blighted or delayed,
Thy whisper, Lord, my heart shall cheer,
“’Tis I: be not afraid!”

Or, startled at some sudden blow,
If fretful thoughts I feel,
“Fear not, it is but I!” shall flow,
As balm my wound to heal.

Nor will I quit Thy way, though foes
Some onward pass defend;
From each rough voice the watchword goes,
“Be not afraid!… a friend!”

And O! when judgment’s trumpet clear
Awakes me from the grave,
Still in its echo may I hear,
“’Tis Christ! He comes to save.”

it is I - be not afraid - bl john henry newman


Saint of the Day – 9 July – St Veronica Giuliani

Saint of the Day – 9 July – St Veronica Giuliani – Italian Capuchin Poor Clares nun, Abbot, Mystic, Stigmatist.  (1660 at Mercatello, Duchy of Urbino (part of modern Italy) as Ursula Giuliani – 9 July 1727 at Città di Castello, Italy of natural causes).   The figure of the cross was found impressed upon her heart.   Her body is incorrupt.   She was beatified on 17 June 1804 by Pope Pius VII and canonised on 26 May 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI.  Attributes – crowned with thorns and embracing the Cross, holding a heart marked with a cross, embracing a Crucifix.

The wax image of St. Veronica that encloses her skull and bones; enshrined and venerated in the Capuchin Monastery of Citta-di-Castello, Italy.

She was born Orsola [Ursula] Giuliani at Mercatello in the Duchy of Urbino on December 27, 1660.   Her parents were Francesco and Benedetta Mancini Giuliani.   She was the youngest of seven sisters, three of whom embraced the monastic life.

It is told that at the age of three years Ursula supposedly began to show great compassion for the poor.   She would set apart a portion of her food for them and even part with her clothes when she met a poor child scantily clad.   Her mother died when Ursula was seven years of age.

When others did not readily join in her religious practices she was inclined to be dictatorial.   At the age of 16, she experienced a vision which corrected this imperfection of character:   she saw her own heart as a “heart of steel”.   In her writings she confesses that she took a certain pleasure in the more stately circumstances which her family adopted when her father was appointed superintendent of finance at Piacenza.   When Veronica came of age, her father believed she should marry and so he desired her to take part in the social activities of the young people.   But she pleaded so earnestly with her father that, after much resistance, he finally permitted her to choose her own state in life.

For fifty years Ursula Giuliani lived as Sister Veronica in the Capuchin convent of Città di Castello in Umbria, Italy.   With gritty determination tempered by humility, she led her sisters as novice mistress for thirty-four years and as abbess for eleven.   St. Veronica governed the convent with obvious common sense.   For example, so that her young novices would not get puffed up with pride, she forbade them to read the elevated works of the great spiritual masters.   Instead she required them to study books on Christian basics.   And as a most practical woman, she improved her sisters’ comfort by enlarging the convent rooms and having water piped inside.

Like Teresa of Ávila, another very down-to-earth saint, Veronica enjoyed an unusually profound communion with God.   In the following excerpt from her Diary, she struggled to put into words her experience of the divine presence:

“While I was about to go to Holy Communion, I seemed to be thrown wide open like a door flung open to welcome a close friend and then shut tight after his entry.   So my heart was alone with Him—alone with God.   It seems impossible to relate all the effects, feelings, leaping delight and festivity my soul experienced.   If I were to speak, for example, of all the happy and pleasant times shared with dear friends . . . , I would be saying nothing comparable to this joy.   And if I were to add up all the occasions of rejoicing in the universe, I would be saying that all this amounts to little or nothing beside what, in an instant, my heart experiences in the presence of God.   Or rather what God does to my heart, because all these other things flow from Him and are His works.

Love makes the heart leap and dance. Love makes it exult and be
festive.   Love makes it sing and be silent as it pleases.   Love grants it rest
and enables it to act.   Love possesses it and gives it everything.   Loves
takes it over completely and dwells in it.   But I am unable to say more
because if I wished to relate all the effects that my heart experiences in
the act of going to Holy Communion and also at other times, I would
never finish saying everything.   It is sufficient to say that communion is
a . . . mansion of love itself.”

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Veronica had a lifelong devotion to Christ crucified that eventually became manifested in physical signs.   The marks of the crown of thorns appeared on her forehead in 1694 and the five wounds on her body in 1697. Veronica was humiliated by the stigmata itself and by her bishop’s rigorous testing of her experience.   He removed the saint from ordinary community life and put her under constant observation.   When he decided that the phenomena were authentic, he allowed her to return to normal convent life and continue her service to her sisters.   In 1727, Veronica died of apoplexy at the age of sixty- seven.



Saints’ Memorials, Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Martyrs of China (Optional Memorial; 76 saints): 25 priests, friars, nuns, seminarians and lay people, all members of the Franciscan and all murdered together for their faith in the Boxer Rebellion:
• André Bauer • Elia; Facchini • Francesco; Fogolla • Franciscus; Zhang; Rong • Gregorio; Grassi • Iacobus; Yan; Guodong • Iacobus; Zhao; Quanxin • Ioannes; Wang; Rui • Ioannes; Zhang; Huan • Ioannes; Zhang; Jingguang • Jeanne-Marie; Kerguin • Maria; Chaira • Marianna; Giuliani • Marie; Adolphine; Dierks • Marie; Amandine • Marie; de; Saint; Just • Mary; Hermina; Grivot • Matthias; Feng; De • Patricius; Dong • Petrus; Wang; Erman • Petrus; Wu; Anbang • Petrus; Zhang; Banniu • Philippus; Zhang; Zhihe • Simon; Chen • Thomas; Shen; Jihe •
They were beheaded on 9 July 1900 at Taiyuanfu, Shanxi, China and Canonized on 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

Our Lady of Chiquinquira
Our Lady of Itatí
Our Lady of Peace
Our Lady of Victories

Bl Adrian Fortescue
St Agrippinus of Autun
St Alexander of Egypt
St Audax of Thora
St Brictius of Martola
St Copra of Egypt
St Cyril of Gortyna
Bl Dionysius the Rhetorician
St Everild of Everingham
St Faustina of Rome
St Felician of Sicily
Bl Fidelis Chojnacki
St Floriana of Rome
St Hérombert of Minden
Bl Jane Scopelli
St Joachim Ho
Bl Luigi Caburlotto
Bl Marguerite-Marie-Anne de Rocher
Bl Marie-Anne-Madeleine de Guilhermier
Bl Marija Petkovic
St Patermutius of Egypt
St Paulina do Coração Agonizante de Jesus
St Ursula/Veronica Giuliani

Four Holy Polish Brothers – 4 saints: Four brothers who became hermits, Benedictine monks and saints – Andrew, Barnabas, Benedict and Justus. They were born in Poland and died in 1008 of natural causes.

Martyrs of Gorkum – 19 saints: Nineteen martyrs killed by Calvinists for loyalty to the Pope and for their belief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist. They are –
• Adrianus van Hilvarenbeek • Andreas Wouters • Antonius van Hoornaar • Antonius van Weert • Cornelius van Wijk • Francisus de Roye • Godfried van Duynen • Godfried van Melveren • Hieronymus van Weert • Jacobus Lacops • Joannes Lenaerts • John of Cologne • Leonardus van Veghel • Nicasius Janssen van Heeze • Nicolaas Pieck • Nicolaas Poppel • Petrus van Assche • Theodorus van der Eem • Willehad van Deem •
They werehanged on 9 July 1572 in Brielle, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.
Beatified on 24 November 1675 by Pope Clement X and Canonised on 29 June 1867 by Pope Pius IX.

Martyrs of Orange – 32 beati: 32 nuns from several orders who spent up to 18 months in prison and were finally executed for refusing to renounce Christianity during the persecutions of the French Revolution.
• Anne Cartier • Anne-Andrée Minutte • Dorothée-Madeleine-Julie de Justamond • élisabeth Verchière • élisabeth-Thérèse de Consolin • Jeanne-Marie de Romillon • Madeleine-Françoise de Justamond • Madeleine-Thérèse Talieu • Marguerite-Eléonore de Justamond • Marguerite-Marie-Anne de Rocher • Marguerite-Rose de Gordon • Marguerite-Thérèse Charensol • Marie Cluse • Marie-Anastasie de Roquard • Marie-Anne Béguin-Royal • Marie-Anne Depeyre • Marie-Anne Doux • Marie-Anne Lambert • Marie-Anne-Madeleine de Guilhermier • Marie-Claire du Bac • Marie-Clotilde Blanc • Marie-Elisabeth Pélissier • Marie-Gabrielle-Françoise-Suzanne de Gaillard de Lavaldène • Marie-Gertrude de Ripert d’Alauzier • Marie-Marguerite Bonnet • Marie-Marguerite de Barbégie d’Albrède • Marie-Rose Laye • Rosalie-Clotilde Bes • Suzanne-Agathe Deloye • Sylvie-Agnès de Romillon • Thérèse-Henriette Faurie
They were guillotined between 6 July and 26 July 1794 at Orange, Vaucluse, France.
Beatified on 10 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI.

Martyrs of the Baths – 10,204 saints: A group of Christians enslaved by Diocletian to build the gigantic baths in imperial Rome, Italy. The end of their labours coincided with the beginning of the great persecutions of Diocletian and they were all executed. Ancient records indicated there were 10,204 of them; Zeno of Rome is the only one whose name has come down to us and we know nothing else about any of their individual lives.
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