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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Fourteen – 23 July

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We can ask for everything in the Name of Jesus.

The Angels are our dearest and best friends and
are most ready and able to help us in every difficulty and danger.
It is most regrettable that many Catholics do not
know, love and ask the Angels for help.  The
easiest way is to say the Name of Jesus is in n their
honour.  This gives them the greatest joy.  They
in return will help us in all our troubles and keep
us safe from many dangers.
Let us say the Name of Jesus in honour of all
the Angels but especially in honour of our dear
Angel Guardian who loves us so much.

Our Sweet Lord is present in millions of
Consecrated Hosts in the countless Churches
of the World.
During many hours of the busy day and during
the long nights He is forgotten and left alone.
We can do much to console and comfort Him by
saying: My Jesus I love and adore You in all the
Consecrated Hosts of the World and I thank You
with all my heart for remaining on all the altars
of the World for love of us. Then say twenty,
fifty or more times the Name of Jesus with this
We may do most perfect penance for our sins
by offering the Passion and Blood of Jesus many
times each day for this intention.
The Precious Blood purifies our souls and raises
us to a high degree of holiness. It is all so
easy! We have only to repeat lovingly, joyfully,
reverently Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

If we are sad, or cast down, if we are worried
with fears and doubts this Divine Name will give
us a delightful peace.  If we are weak and wavering
it will give us a new strength and energy.
Did not Jesus, when on Earth, go about consoling
and comforting all those who were unhappy?  He
is still doing it every day for those who ask Him.
If we are suffering from weak health, if we are
in pain, if some disease is taking hold of our poor
bodies, He can cure us.  Did He not cure the sick,
the lame, the blind, the lepers? Does He not say
to us: “Come to me all you who labour and are
heavily burdened and I will refresh you”.  Many
could have good health if they only asked Jesus
for it.  By all means consult doctors, use remedies,
but above all call on Jesus.
The Name of Jesus is the shortest, the easiest,
the most powerful of all prayers. Our Lord tells
us that anything we ask the Father in His Name,
viz. in the Name of Jesus, we shall receive. Everytime
we say Jesus we are saying a fervent prayer
for all, all we need.

The Souls In Purgatory:

It is very lamentable that so many Christians
forget and neglect the souls in Purgatory.
It is possible that some of our dear friends
are suffering in these dreadful fires waiting.
waiting for our prayers and help which we could
so easily give them and do not give them.
We have pity for the poor whom we see in the
streets, for the hungry and for all those who suffer.
None suffer so terribly as the souls in Purgatory.
for the fire of Purgatory as St. Thomas tells us is
the same as the fire of Hell!
How often, dear reader, do you pray for the holy
souls?  Days and weeks and perhaps months pass
and you do little, perhaps nothing for them!
You can easily help them if you say frequently
the Name of Jesus.
a) you thus offer for them the Precious Blood
and sufferings of Jesus Christ as we have explained;
b) also you gain every time you say Jesus 300 days Indulgence.
Having the custom of repeating often the Holy
Name you can like St. Mechtilde relieve thousands
of souls, who will never cease praying for
you with incredible fervour.

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Thought for the Day – 3 July

Thought for the Day – 3 July

St Bridget was an exceedingly active and busy person, besides her deep and mystical life of prayer and communion with God.  Her maid, nevertheless told others after the Saint’s death, that she was “kind and meek to every creature and that she had a smiling face” regardless of what we would today consider to be the ‘stress’ of her activity.   Truly holy people are gentle with others, eminently kind and compassionate toward all and this is the first sign of genuine holiness.   How I treat others, is pretty much a mirror of what is going on in my heart.  If I aim to see God’s face in all and my heart is on fire with love of Him, then how I treat others will shine forth and reflect this love!

St Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 July

Quote/s of the Day – 23 July

“There is no sinner in the world,
however much at enmity with God,
who cannot recover God’s grace,
by recourse to Mary
and by asking her assistance.”

there is no sinner - st bridget of sweden

“True wisdom, then, consists in works, not in great talents,
which the world admires;
for the wise in the world’s estimation . . . are the foolish
who set at naught the will of God 
and know not how to control their passions.”

true wisdom, then - st bridget

St Bridget of Sweden

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One Minute Reflection – 23 July

One Minute Reflection – 23 July

You have heard that it was said:
“You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.”
But I say to you: ‘ love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.’…..Matthew 5:43-44

MATTHEW 5-43,44

REFLECTION – “We must show love for those who do evil to us and pray for them.
Nothing is dearer or more pleasing to God than this.”…St Bridget of Sweden

we must show love for those - st bridget

PRAYER – God of love, grant me the great grace to show love and forgiveness for those who do evil to me. Let me at least be able to pray for their salvation, won for them too, by your Divine Son, Jesus th Christ. St Bridget of Swden, pray for us, amen.

st bridget of sweden - pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 23 July

Our Morning Offering – 23 July

Prayer in Praise and Thanksgiving
By St Bridget of Sweden

To You be praise indeed, O eternal God
and endless thanksgiving for the fact
that You deigned to become a human being
and that for us in the world,
You willed to consecrate Your venerable Body
out of material bread
and lovingly bestow it on us as food
for the salvation of our souls!

prayer in praise and thanksgiving by st bridget of sweden

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Saint of the Day – 23 July – St Bridget of Sweden (c 1303-1373)

Saint of the Day – 23 July – St Bridget of Sweden (c 1303-1373)  – Widow, Religious, Mystic, Confessor, Founder of the Bridgettines Nuns and Monks, author of “The Pieta” book of devotions.    Born in  1302 or 1303 at Finsta Castle, Uppsala, Sweden and died on 23 July 1373 at Rome, Italy of natural causes.  She was buried in 1374 at the Vadstena, Sweden convent she had founded.   St Bridget was Canonised on 7 October 1391 by Pope Boniface IX.   Patronages –  Europe, Sweden, widows.   Attributes – Religious habit, Pilgrim’s hat, staff & bag; crown, writing-book.  She is one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia, Sts Cyril and Methodius, Catherine of Siena and Edith Stein.


The most celebrated Saint of Sweden was the daughter of Birger Persson, the Governor and Provincial Judge of Uppland and of Ingeborg Bengtsdotter, who was related to the royal family.   Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303.   From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the Passion of Jesus.

When she was only ten, it is recorded that she had a vision of Jesus on the Cross and heard Him say, “Look at me, my daughter.”

“Who has treated you like this?” cried little Bridget.

Jesus answered, “Those who despise me and refuse my love for them.”  From that moment on, Bridget tried to stop people from offending Jesus.

When she was 14, Bridget married an 18-year old man named Ulf.   Like Bridget, Ulf had set his heart on serving God.   They had eight children, of whom one was St Catherine of Sweden.   Bridget and Ulf also served the Swedish court, Bridget as the Queen’s personal maid.   Bridget tried to help King Magnus and Queen Blanche lead better lives, however for the most part, they did not listen to her.

All her life, Bridget had marvellous visions and received special messages from God.   In obedience to them, she visited many rulers and important people in the Church.   She explained humbly what God expected of them.

After her husband died, Bridget put away her rich clothes and lived as a poor nun.   Later, in 1346, she began the order of the Most Holy Saviour, also known as Bridgettines.   She still kept up her own busy life, travelling about doing good everywhere she went.   And through all this activity, Jesus continued to reveal many secrets to her, which she received without the least bit of pride.

Shortly before she died, the saint went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.   At the shrines there, she had visions of what Jesus had said and done in each place.

All St Bridget’s revelations on the sufferings of Jesus were published after her death.   Her Prayers continue to be a favourite devotion of Catholics all over the world and are published under the title the “Pieta Prayers.”


St. Bridget died in Rome on July 23, 1373.   She was proclaimed a saint by Pope Boniface IX in 1391.



Saints’ Memorials and Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St Bridget of Sweden (Optional Memorial)

Our Lady of Altino

Panagia Evangelistria/ Our Lady of Tinos:  The complex is built around a miraculous icon which according to tradition was found after the Virgin appeared to the nun Pelagia and revealed to her the place where the icon was buried.   The icon is widely believed to be the source of numerous miracles.    It is by now almost completely encased in silver, gold, and jewels and is commonly referred to as the “Megalócharē” (“[She of] Great Grace”) or simply the “Chárē Tēs” (“Her Grace”).   By extension the church is often called the same and is considered a protectress of seafarers and healer of the infirm.
The icon was found on the very first days after the creation of the modern Greek State, henceforth Our Lady of Tinos was declared the patron saint of the Greek nation.   The icon was at the time thought to be the handwork of St. Luke the Evangelist, a possibility that can neither be confirmed nor ruled out and a nationwide fund collection was carried out for the building of a church to house it.   The church, built in the Renaissance style, was inaugurated in 1830 and since then it constitutes the major Christian pilgrimage in Greece, equal to what is Lourdes in France or Fatima in Portugal.   The church receives a vast number of donations in silver and gold votives each year;  these are auctioned and used for charities.
The church is officially dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.   The major feast of the church, however, is on 15 August when the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) is commemorated by the Greek Orthodox Church, following the strong tradition of the Aegean Islands where the Dormition is grandly celebrated in mid-August as the principal summer feast.

Anne of Constantinople
Apollonius of Rome
Bl Basil Hopko
Bl Beaudoin of Beaumont
Conan of Cornwall
Bl Emilio Arce Díez
Eugene of Rome
Herundo of Rome
Bl Jane of Orvieto
John Cassian
Bl Josep Sala Picó
Bl Juan de Luca
Bl Juan de Montesinos
Bl Leonard da Recanati
Bl Margarita de Maturana
Bl Pedro Ruiz de los Paños Angel
Phocas the Gardener
Primitiva of Rome
Rasyphus of Macé
Rasyphus of Rome
Ravennus of Macé
Redempta of Rome
Romula of Rome
Severus of Bizye
Theophilus of Rome
Trophimus of Rome
Valerian of Cimiez
Bl Wojciech Gondek

Martyrs of Barcelona – 7 beati: Seven Christians, some lay people, some members of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and some of the Franciscan Daughters of Mercy, who were martyred in two groups on the same day in the Spanish Civil War.
• Catalina Caldés Socías
• Francesc Mayol Oliver
• Miquel Pons Ramis
• Miquela Rul-Làn Ribot
• Pau Noguera Trías
• Prudència Canyelles Ginestà de Aguadé
• Simó Reynés Solivellas
23 July 1936 in Barcelona, Spain. They were Beatified on 28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Martyrs of Bulgaria: An unknown number of Christians killed for their faith during the 9th century war between the Greek Emperor Nicephorus and the Bulgars.

Martyrs of Carabanchel Bajo – 9 beati: A group of nine Passionist priests, brothers and clerics who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Anacario Benito Nozal
• Felipe Ruiz Fraile
• Felipe Valcobado Granado
• José Osés Sainz
• José Ruiz Martinez
• Julio Mediavilla Concejero
• Laurino Proaño Cuesta
• Manuel Pérez Jiménez
• Maurilio Macho Rodríguez
22 July 1936 in Carabanchel Bajo, Madrid, Spain. They were Beatified on 1 October 1989 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Horta – 10 beati: A lay woman and nine Minim nuns who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Ana Ballesta Gelmá
• Dolors Vilaseca Gallego
• Josefa Pilar García Solanas
• Josepa Panyella Doménech
• Lucrecia García Solanas
• Maria Montserrat Ors Molist
• Mercè Mestre Trinché
• Ramona Ors Torrents
• Teresa Ríus Casas
• Vicenta Jordá Martí
23 July 1936 at the Sant Genís dels Agudells highway, Horta, Barcelona, Spain. They were Beatified on
27 October 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Martyrs of Manzanares – 5 beati: Five Passionist clerics who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Abilio Ramos y Ramos
• Epifanio Sierra Conde
• José Estalayo García
• Vicente Díez Tejerina
• Zacarías Fernández Crespo
They were shot on 23 July 1936 in Manzanares, Ciudad Real, Spain and Beatified on 1 October 1989 by Pope John Paul II.