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Novena to St Dominic – DAY ONE – 30 July

Novena to St Dominic

First Day: The Force of Good Example
He shone in his days as the morning star, in the midst of a cloud and as the moon at the full; and as the sun, when it shines, so did he shine in the temple of God. (Sirach 50:6,7)


St Dominic was born in Spain in 1170.   With the dawn of reason his whole soul turned to God.   His childhood was most pious and his youth angelic in purity.   In the University of Palencia he was the model student.   At twenty five he became a canon regular at Osma and with the religious habit he put on the Lord Jesus and strove in all things to imitate Him.   His time was divided into prayer, study of Scripture and community duties. Silence and retirement were his delight; works of penance and tears of contrition his meat and drink. Going in 1205 to France, he spent many years in every kind of labour for the conversion of the Albigensian heretics.  Like Jesus Christ he passed the day in apostolic work, the night in prayer.   His penance was extreme but to others he was gentle, sweet and kind.   Many were converted by his miracles, many by the example of his holy life.   Six times he journeyed to Rome, once to Spain, once to Paris, walking barefoot, praying or singing on the road; preaching in the towns and villages, spending the nights in contemplation.   He founded in 1215 the Order of Friars Preachers for the conversion of souls.   He was a man of truly apostolic heart, a column of the Faith, a trumpet of the Gospel, the light of Christ to men.   He died at Bologna in 1221.

Let us pray:

O most enlightened teacher of divine truth,
Holy father St Dominic,
who taught what was profitable for salvation
and made yourself all things to all men,
that you might win all to Christ;
help us to close our ears and hearts to all false doctrine
and whatever may be harmful to our souls
and to open them joyfully to the truths of Holy Church.
Pray for us, blessed St Dominic,
that we may be examples to others,
especially to those who have fallen away
from the one, true faith
and for this our special intention …
(make your request)
Through Christ our Lord. Amen


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NOVENA in Honour of and preparation for, the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord – Day Three – 30 July

NOVENA Transfiguration of our Lord – Day Three – 30 July

Explanation of this Novena here:

The Revelation of Christ’s Divine Glory

Third Day: Way of Witnessing to the Resurrection
The Transfiguration was necessary to help the apostles increase their faith and recognise the divinity of Jesus and His union with the Father, the Spirit and the prophets of the Old Testament.
Maybe there is another kind of transfiguration that is needed for us so that, like the apostles, when the vision was over, we may be able to “look up and see no one, but only Jesus.”
The transfiguration to which we refer is the indwelling of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the word, in our neighbour, and in ourselves.
This kind of transfiguration will enable us to see the common things of earth, sky and sea with a new wonder and fresh joy.
It will also enable us to see the presence of Jesus within ourselves and in the people who cross our path, even if they drive us crazy. We may think that such an attitude is too difficult to acquire but it is something that we can continuously ask for and desire.

Let us Pray:

O God, according to Your plan, You have called us to holiness
by Your grace which You have revealed in Jesus Christ.
Through Your Gospel You show us the way
so that we may share in Your mission of the glorious splendour of unending life. Amen


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Novena In Honour of Saint John Marie Vianney – Day Five– 30 July

Novena In Honour of Saint John Marie Vianney

DAY FIVE – We pray for the habit of FREQUENT CONFESSIONS

O Holy Priest of Ars,
you knew how important was a good confession for the Christian life.
It was to procure the happy fruits of millions of souls
that you agreed to be in an uncomfortable confessional,
which was like a prison, up to 15 to 16 hours on certain days.
I will try to develop the habit of frequent confession,
to prepare properly each time
and to have always regret for my sins,
so that the grace of final perseverance
but also the sanctification of my soul will be assured.
Ask this grace for me. Holy Priest of Ars,
I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for …
(mention silently your special intentions).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be



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Thought for the Day – 30 July – The Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Words”

Thought for the Day – 30 July – The Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Words”

In addition to his zeal in the exercise of his office, Peter Chrysologus was distinguished by a fierce loyalty to the Church, not only in its teaching but in its authority as well.   He looked upon learning not as a mere opportunity but as an obligation for all, both as a development of God-given faculties and as a solid support for the worship of God……Next to virtue, learning, in his view, was the greatest improvement to the human mind and the support of true religion.   Ignorance is not a virtue, nor is anti-intellectualism. Knowledge is neither more nor less a source of pride than physical, administrative, or financial prowess. ( Fr Don Miller, OFM)
Keep in mind that we cannot practice anything at all if we do not study it – we cannot “be” a Catholic if we do not study our faith!

St Peter Chrysologus, pray for us!

st peter chrysologus pray for us 2

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 July – Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus

Quote/s of the Day – 30 July – Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus

“He (Christ) really made His body a living sacrifice,
because, though slain, He continues to live.
In such a victim death receives its ransom
but the victim remains alive.
Death itself suffers the punishment.
This is why death for the martyrs is actually a birth
and their end a beginning.
Their execution is the door to life
and those who were thought to have been
blotted out from the earth
shine brilliantly in heaven.”

he (Christ) really made his body - st peter chrysologus

“He is The Bread sown in the virgin,
leavened in the Flesh,
molded in His Passion,
baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre,
placed in the Churches
and set upon the Altars,
which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful.”

he is the bread 2.- st peter chrysologus

“For he who touches
the Body of Christ unworthily,
receives his damnation.”

for he who touches the body of christ - st peter chrysologus

“Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ.”

anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil -st peter chrysologus

“The poor stretch out the hand
but God receives what is offered.”

the poor stretch out the hand - st peter chrysologus

“Now that we are reborn,…
in the likeness of our Lord
and have indeed been adopted
by God as his children,
let us put on the complete image
of our Creator
so as to be wholly like Him,
not in the glory that He alone possesses
but in innocence, simplicity, gentleness,
patience, humility, mercy, harmony,
those qualities in which He chose to become
and to be, one with us.”

nw that we are reborn-st peer chrysologus

St Peter Chrysologus (400-450) Doctor of the Church


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One Minute Reflection – 30 July – Memorial of St Peter Chrysologus

One Minute Reflection – 30 July

On the way of duty I walk, along the paths of justice, granting wealth to those who love me…..Proverbs 8:20-21

PROVERBS 8 20 21

REFLECTION – “Mary’s grace has given glory to heaven; a God to earth and faith to the nations.Sh has conferred death on vices, order on life and a rule on morals.”….St Peter Chrysologus (c400-450) Doctor of the Church


PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant me the grace to have Mary as my constant intercessor. In all difficulties let me call on her aid, for she is Your beloved Daughter. St Peter, you who so loved our Holy Mother, pray that we too may love her with total abandon and trust. Amen

st peter chrysologus pray for us


Our Morning Offering – 30 July

Our Morning Offering – 30 July

Prayer before Mass and Holy Communion
By Blessed Angela of Foligno (1248-1309)

Holy God,
I go to You in order to be received,
go pure in order to be purified,
go alive in order to be enlivened,
go just in order to be justified,
go united and conjoined to Christ
in order to be incorporated through Him,
with Him
and in Him,
God created and God made man,
who is given in this most high mystery,
through the hands of the priest.
Thanks be to God always.

prayer before mass and holy communion by bl angela of foligno

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Saint of the Day – 30 July – St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Worded” “Doctor of Homilies” – Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 30 July – St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Worded” “Doctor of Homilies” – Doctor of the Church – Bishop, Confessor, Teacher, Writer and Doctor of the Church.   People knew St Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Homilies, for his very simple and short but inspired sermons, for he was afraid of fatiguing the attention of his hearers.    He was born c 400 at Imola, Italy and died 2 December 450 at Imola, Italy.   Patronage – against fever and against mad dogs.   His piety and zeal won universal admiration.   After hearing oratory of his first homily as bishop, Roman Empress Galla Placidia supposedly gave him the surname Chrysologus, meaning “golden-worded.”   He fought paganism and the Monophysite heresy, enforced reforms and built several churches and ornate altars in his see.    176 of his sermons have survived;  it is the strength of these beautiful explanations of the Incarnation, the Creed, the place of Mary and John the Baptist in the great plan of salvation, etc., that led to his being proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII.

St. Peter Chrysologus

Peter was born in Imola, where Cornelius, bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Imola, baptised him, educated him and ordained him a deacon.   He was made an archdeacon through the influence of Emperor Valentinian III.   Pope Sixtus III appointed Peter as Bishop of Ravenna circa 433, apparently rejecting the candidate whom the people of the city of Ravenna elected.   At that time Ravenna was the capital of the West.

The traditional account, as recorded in the Roman Breviary, is that Sixtus had a vision of Pope Saint Peter the Apostle and Saint Apollinaris of Ravenna, the first bishop of that see, who showed Peter, a young man, the next Bishop of Ravenna.   When a group from Ravenna arrived, including Cornelius and his archdeacon Peter from Imola, Sixtus recognised Peter as the young man in his vision and consecrated him as a bishop.

In his extant homilies, Bishop Peter explained Biblical texts briefly and concisely.   He also condemned Arianism and Monophysitism as heresies and explained the Apostles’ Creed, the mystery of the Incarnation and other topics in simple and clear language.   He dedicated a series of homilies to Saint John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.   Peter advocated daily reception of Eucharist.   He urged his listeners to confide in the forgiveness offered through Christ.   His surviving works attest to the Church’s traditional beliefs about Mary’s perpetual virginity, the penitential value of Lent, Christ’s Eucharistic presence and the primacy of St. Peter and his successors.   He shared the confidence of Saint Pope Leo I the Great (440-461), another doctor of the Church.

A synod held in Constantinople in 448 condemned Eutyches for Monophysitism; Eutyches then appealed to Peter Chrysologus but failed in his endeavour to win the support of the Bishop.   The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon (451) preserves the text of letter of Saint Peter Chrysologus in response to Eutyches;  Peter admonishes Eutyches to accept the ruling of the synod and to give obedience to the Bishop of Rome as the successor of Saint Peter.

Archbishop Felix of Ravenna in the early eighth century collected and preserved 176 of his homilies.   Various authors edited and translated these works into numerous languages.

St Peter died circa or after 450 during a visit to Imola, the town of his birth. Older reference books say he died on 2 December but a more recent interpretation of the ninth-century “Liber Pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis” indicated that he died on 31 July.

When in 1729 he was declared a Doctor of the Church, his feast day, not already included in the Tridentine Calendar, was inserted in the General Roman Calendar for celebration on 4 December.   In 1969 his feast was moved to 30 July, as close as possible to the day of his death, 31 July, the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

A contemporary portrait of Saint Peter Chrysologus, found in the mosaics of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Ravenna, depicts him among the members of the eastern and western imperial family, showing his extraordinary influence.

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Saints’ Memorials – 30 July

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St Peter Chrysologus (Optional Memorial) “Golden Words” –

St Abdon
Bl Antonio di San Pietro
Bl Edward Powell
St Ermengyth
St Hatebrand
St Julitta of Caesarea
St Leopold Bogdan Mandic
Bl Manés de Guzmán
St María Natividad Venegas de La Torre
Bl Richard Featherstone
St Rufinus of Assisi
St Senen
St Tatwine of Canterbury
St Terenzio of Imola
Bl Thomas Abel
St Ursus of Auxerre
Bl Vicenta Chavez-Orozco

Martyrs of Castelseras: Three Dominicans, two of them priests, one a novice, who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War for refusing to renounce Christianity.
• Joaquín Prats Baltueña
• José María Muro-Sanmiguel
• Zosimo Izquierdo Gil
They were shot on 30 July 1936 at a farm house outside Castelserás, Teruel, Spain and Beatified on 11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Tebourba – 3 saints: Three girls martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little else about them but the names – Donatilla, Maxima and Secunda. 304 at Tebourba in North Africa.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. Today’s list includes the following:

The Martyred Hospitallers of Spain and
Bl Alejandro Arraya Caballero
Alejandro González Blanco
Bernabé Núñez Alonso
Bl Eugenio García Tribaldos
Francesc Salla Saltó
Bl Guillermo Álvarez Quemada
Bl Jaume Puig Mirosa
Bl Juan Lanz Palanca
Bl Luis Aguirre Bilbao
Bl Luis Herrero Arnillas
Bl Miguel Solas del Val
Bl Pablo Díaz de Zárate y Ortiz de Zárate
Rafael Martí Fugueras
Ramón Palos Gascón
Bl Ricardo Pla Espí
Bl Sebastià Llorens Telarroja
Sergio Cid Pazo