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September: Month of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September: Month of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Seven Sorrows of
the Blessed Virgin Mary
1. The prophecy of Simeon
2. The Flight to Egypt
3. Loss of Child Jesus for 3 days
4. Meeting Jesus carrying His Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus
6. The Pieta – receiving Jesus’ Body
7. The Burial of Jesus

The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St Anselm and St Bernard.
The Cistercians and then the Servites undertook to propagate it.
The Devotion became widespread in the fourteenth and especially the fifteenth centuries, particularly in the Rhineland and Flanders, where Confraternities of the Sorrowful Mother sprang up. It was in this context that the first liturgical formularies in her honour were composed. A provincial council of Mainz in 1423 made use of these in establishing a “Feast of the Sorrows of Mary” in reparation for Hussite profanations of her images.

In 1494 the feast appeared in Bruges, where the Precious Blood of Christ was venerated; later on it made its way into France. It did not, however, become widespread in France before Benedict XIII included it in the Roman Calendar in 1727.

God vouchsafed to select the very things about Him which are most incommunicable and in a most mysteriously real way communicate them to her.   See how He had already mixed her up with the eternal designs of creation, making her almost a partial cause and partial model of it.   Our Lady’s co-operation in the redemption of the world gives us a fresh view of her magnificence.   Neither the Immaculate Conception nor the Assumption will give us a higher idea of Mary’s exaltation than the title of co-redemptress.   Her sorrows were not necessary for the redemption of the world but in the counsels of God they were inseparable from it.   They belong to the integrity of the divine plan.   Are not Mary’s mysteries Jesus’ mysteries and His mysteries hers?   The truth appears to be that all the mysteries of Jesus and Mary were in God’s design as one mystery.   Jesus Himself was Mary’s sorrow, seven times repeated, aggravated sevenfold.   During the hours of the Passion, the offering of Jesus and the offering of Mary were tied in one.   They kept pace together;  they were made of the same materials;  they were perfumed with kindred fragrance;  they were lighted with the same fire;  they were offered with kindred dispositions.   The two things were one simultaneous oblation, interwoven each moment through the thickly crowded mysteries of that dread time, unto the eternal Father, out of two sinless hearts, that were the hearts of Son and Mother, for the sins of a guilty world which fell on them contrary to their merits but according to their own free will.

— Fr. Frederick Faber, The Foot of the Cross.

Mater Dolorosa, please pray for us!mater dolorosa pray for us

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1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – 1 September 2017

Pope Francis has designated 1 September as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.   He hopes this day will be a time for individuals and communities to “reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which He has entrusted to our care and to implore His help for the protection of creation as well as His pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical on ecology entitled, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.”   Prior to the public release, the Holy Father sent the encyclical to all Bishops around the world with a handwritten note, seen below.

The Ecology Encyclical: Care for Our Common Home: https://youtu.be/RR2s5cZ8Dvw

A prayer for our earth
(from Laudato si’)

All-powerful God, You are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of Your creatures.
You embrace with Your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of Your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in Your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
That we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognise that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards Your infinite light.
We thank You for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace. AmenWORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION 1 SEPT 2017

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Thought for the Day – 1 September – the Memorial of St Giles, one of th Fourteen Holy Helpers

Thought for the Day – 1 September – the Memorial of St Giles, one of th Fourteen Holy Helpers

Despite the fact that much about St Giles is shrouded in mystery, we can say that he was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages.   St Giles may not have been a martyr but, as the word martyr means, he was a true witness to the faith.   This is attested to by the faith of the People of God in the Middle Ages.   He became one of the “holy helpers” and can still function in that role for us today.

It seems appropriate, that St Giles, who loved nature and whom nature loved, who made his home in a forest, in a hollow tree, should have his feast day today, 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

There is nothing random, nothing that happens by chance – all is held in God’s hands!

St Giles pray for us and for all of God’s creation.st giles pray for us

 

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Quote/s of the Day – Pope Francis – Laudato Si – – 1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Quote/s of the Day – Pope Francis – Laudato Si – – 1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

“Creatures are not just resources but have value in and of themselves and give glory to God

It is not enough, however, to think of different species merely as potential “resources” to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves.  Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see because they have been lost for ever.   The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity.   Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us.   We have no such right. (33)”

“Overpopulation is not the problem

Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate.   At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of “reproductive health”. […]   To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues.   It is an attempt to legitimise the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalised, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption. (50)”

Pope Francis – Laudato Si

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfolds rich blessing on our way,
O praise God! Alleluia!
The fruits and flowers that verdant grow,
Let them His praise abundant show.
O praise God, O praise God,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

St. Francis of Assisi
(Translated by William H Draper) (Image by St Francis by Albert Chevallier Tayler)

dear mother earth - st francis prayer

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One Minute Reflection – 1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

One Minute Reflection – 1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it...Genesis 2:15genesis 2 15

REFLECTION – “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life.   This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22).   We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7);  our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.”..Pope Francis “LAUDATO SI’this sister now cries out to us - pope francis laudato si

PRAYER – O God, from the very beginning of time You commanded the earth to bring forth vegetation and every fruit of every kind. You provide the sower with seed and give bread to eat.   Grant, we pray, that this land, enriched by Your bounty and cultivated by human hands, may be fertile with abundant crops.   Then Your people, enriched by the gifts of Your goodness, will praise You unceasingly now and for all ages unending. Through our Lord Jesus Christ in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Our Morning Offering – 1 September – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Praise God for Creation
From the Psalter Week 1

When God had filled the earth with life
and blessed it, to increase,
then cattle dwelt with creeping things
and lion with lamb, at peace.

He gave them vast, untrodden lands,
with plants to be their food;
then God saw all that He had made
and found it very good.

Praise God, the Father of all life,
His Son and Spirit blest,
by whom creation lives and moves,
in Whom it comes to rest.

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Saint of the Day – 1 September – St Giles

Saint of the Day – 1 September – St Giles (c 650 at Athens, Greece – between 710 and 724 in France of natural causes).   Monk, Hermit, Abbot.   St Giles is also known as Giles the Hermit, was a Greek, Christian, hermit saint from Athens, whose legend is centered in Provence and Septimania.   Giles founded the abbey in Saint-Gilles-du-Gard whose tomb became a place of pilgrimage.   It was a stop on the road that led from Arles to Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrim Way of St. James.   Giles is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.  Patronages: • cancer patients; against breast cancer
• epileptics; against epilepsy
• noctiphobes; against fear of night or noctiphobia
• mentally ill people; against insanity or mental illness
• lepers, against leprosy
• against sterility
• beggars
• blacksmiths
• breast feeding
• disabled, handicapped, crippled or physically challenged people
• forests, woods
• hermits
• horses
• paupers, poor people
• rams
• spur makers
• Monte San Savino, Italy
• Tolfa, Italy
• Edinburgh, Scotland

Attributes:  arrow; crosier; hermitage; hind; deer.Saint Giles and the Deer.3.

The life of St. Giles, known in early writings as Aegidius, is derived from a mixture of legend and history woven together around the deeds of a saint.   He is reputed to have been born in Athens, the son of Theodore and Pelagia, in about 640.   When he was twenty-four his parents died and Giles, stricken by the double loss and unconsoled by the pleasures of fashionable life, sold all that he had and gave to the poor in order to follow Christ.

He took to sea and landed on the coast of Provence.   On the shore he saw human footsteps and following these, he found a cave in which an old hermit had lived for years on roots and herbs and who was content to share his cave, his food and his prayers with the young man.   After three days Giles began to fear his friends might find him, so he hailed a passing ship and sailed on further westwards to Marseilles.   Still seeking solitude, he crossed the Rhone and travelled towards a rocky promontory above the river Gardon and here, in a cave, the entrance of which was hidden by a thicket, he found another solitary, also a Greek.   He stayed only a short time before continuing his journey until, finally, in the depth of a forest near Nimes, he found a hollow of a rock in a green glade by a stream, shaded by four gigantic oaks.   There he lived in peace and prayer, his only companion a gentle hind (his emblem), whose milk he drank.

Founding a monastery

Here he was discovered by Flavius (Wamba), king of the VisiGoths.  The king was out hunting and shot an arrow at the hind, missed it and hit Giles, who was at his devotions. One hunter shot an arrow into the thorn bush, hoping to hit the deer but instead hit Giles in the leg, crippling him.   The king sent doctors to care for hermit’s wound and though Giles begged to be left alone, the king came often to see him.  Though wounded, Giles continued at his prayers and refused all compensation for the injury done to his body.   This incident made him a great favourite at Court, especially with Wamba, who pressed him to stay.   The king would have given him lands for any foundation he chose, but no entreaties would persuade him to desert his life of solitude and prayer.

From this, Gile’s fame as sage and miracle worker spread and would-be followers gathered near the cave.   The French king, because of his admiration, built the monastery of Saint Gilles du Gard for these followers and Giles became its first abbot, establishing his own discipline there.   Legend goes on to say that Giles consented to be the founder of the monastery near Nimes about 673, which flourished till the Saracen invasion, when it was burned down and he and his monks took refuge with Charles Martel, aiding him by their prayers in his great battle for Christianity in the West.   St. Giles’ monastery was restored, and with the words, ” Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace,” he died on September 1st, 720.

The patron saint of the outcast

St. Giles became one of the most popular saints in the West, the patron saint of woodland, of lepers, beggars, cripples and of those struck by sudden misery and driven into solitude like the hind, which, according to one tradition, came to St. Giles wounded.

The combination of the town, monastery, shrine and pilgrims led to many handicapped beggars hoping for alms;  this and Giles’ insistence that he wished to live outside the walls of the city and his own damaged leg, led to his patronage of beggars, and to cripples since begging was the only source of income for many.   Hospitals and safe houses for the poor, crippled, and leprous were constructed in England and Scotland, and were built so cripples could reach them easily.   On their passage to Tyburn for execution, convicts were allowed to stop at Saint Giles’ Hospital where they were presented with a bowl of ale called Saint Giles’ Bowl, “thereof to drink at their pleasure, as their last refreshing in this life.”   Once in Scotland during the seventeenth century his relics were stolen from a church and a great riot occurred.

In Spain, shepherds consider Giles the protector of rams.   It was formerly the custom to wash the rams and colour their wool a bright shade on Giles’ feast day, tie lighted candles to their horns and bring the animals down the mountain paths to the chapels and churches to have them blessed.   Among the Basques, the shepherds come down from the Pyrenees on 1 September, attired in full costume, sheepskin coats, staves and crooks, to attend Mass with their best rams, an event that marks the beginning of autumn festivals, marked by processions and dancing in the fields.

He is also the patron saint of over one hundred and fifty churches in the United Kingdom, (though not to be confused with another abbot of the same name, who was in the same province two hundred years earlier).   In the Prayer Book he is described as “St. Giles, Abbot and Confessor”

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1 September – Feast of Our Lady of Montevergine and Memorials of the Saints

Our Lady of Montevergine: Also known as –
• Madonna di Montevergine
• Madonna Bruna
• Mamma Schiavona
One of the so-called Black Madonnas, image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, normally holding the Christ Child, who have been “inculturated”, that is, made the little Jewish girl Mary look more like the people in the area of the artist, or which are actually black in color. This one serves as part of the altar piece of the Sanctuary on Montevergine. This site is the goal of thousands of pilgrims each year.



Abigail the Matriarch
St Aegidius
St Agia
St Anea
St Arcanus
St Arealdo of Brescia
Bl Colomba of Mount Brancastello
St Constantius the Bishop
St Donatus of Sentianum
St Felix of Sentianum
St Gideon the Judge
St Giles
St Giles of Castaneda
Bl Giustino of Paris
Bl Giovanna Soderini
St Jane Soderini
St Joshua the Patriarch
Bl Juliana of Collalto
St Laetus of Dax
St Lupus of Sens
St Lythan
St Nivard of Rheims
St Priscus
St Regulus
St Sixtus of Rheims
St Terentian
St Verena
St Victorious
St Vincent of Xaintes

Exiles of Campania
Twelve Holy Brothers: Martyrs of the South –
A group of martyrs who died c 303 at various places in southern Italy. In 760 their relics were brought together and enshrined in Benevento, Italy as a group.
• Saint Arontius of Potenza
• Saint Donatus of Sentianum
• Saint Felix of Sentianum
• Saint Felix of Venosa
• Saint Fortunatus of Potenza
• Saint Honoratus of Potenza
• Saint Januarius of Venosa
• Saint Repositus of Velleianum
• Saint Sabinian of Potenza
• Saint Sator of Velleianum
• Saint Septiminus of Venosa
• Saint Vitalis of Velleianum
One tradition describes Saint Boniface of Hadrumetum and Saint Thecla of Hadrumetum as their parents.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Martyred Hospitallers of Saint John of God – (12 beati)
• Blessed Alejandro Cobos Celada
• Blessed Alfonso Sebastiá Viñals
• Blessed Amparo Carbonell Muñoz
• Blessed Antonio Villanueva Igual
• Blessed Carmen Moreno Benítez
• Blessed Crescencio Lasheras Aizcorbe
• Blessed Enrique López y López
• Blessed Francesc Trullen Gilisbarts
• Blessed Guillermo Rubio Alonso
• Blessed Isidro Gil Arano
• Blessed Joaquim Pallerola Feu
• Blessed Joaquín Ruiz Cascales
• Blessed José Franco Gómez
• Blessed José Prats Sanjuán
• Blessed Josep Samsó y Elias
• Blessed Manuel Mateo Calvo
• Blessed Mariano Niño Pérez
• Blessed Maximiano Fierro Pérez
• Blessed Miquel Roca Huguet
• Blessed Nicolás Aramendía García
• Blessed Pedro Rivera
• Blessed Pio Ruiz De La Torre
• Blessed Simó Isidre Joaquím Brun Ararà