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DAY ONE – NOVENA in honour of the EXALTATION of the HOLY CROSS

DAY ONE – NOVENA in honour of the EXALTATION of the HOLY CROSS – 5 September

‘Jesus Carries the Cross’

Jesus our Lord, You carried Your cross through the streets of Jerusalem,
with Your head bloodied by the crown of thorns.
Your enemies mocked You and your friends abandoned You.
You carried the cross, the sins of all humanity,
on Your shoulders and in the silence of Your sufferings, we are reborn.
Jesus our Lord, You taught us that we should also carry others’ sins.
to suffer in silence, yet our sufferings can make reparation for our sins
and the sins of all the word.
Teach us, O Lord, to accept situations that we cannot change
and carry them as you carried Your cross
through the streets of Jerusalem. Amen

DAILY PRAYER:

Dear Lord Jesus
Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified
and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption
and salvation of our souls,
to bear the sins of all the history of humanity,
from Adam to the end of time.
look down upon us and grant the petition we ask
…………….( mention your intention)
We trust completely in Your Mercy.
Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace,
sanctify our work,
give us and all those who are dear to us,
our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings,
bless our families,
and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted,
Your Peace, which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Your Commandments
we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.

O Cross, you are the glorious sign of victory.
Through your power may we share
in the triumph of Christ Jesus. Amen
Glory Be. (3x)

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Announcing a Novena for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on 14 September

This feast was observed in Rome before the end of the seventh century.   It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mount Calvary by St. Helena and preserved in Jerusalem but then had fallen into the hands of Chosroas, King of the Persians.   The precious relic was recovered and returned to Jerusalem by Emperor Heralius in 629.

The lessons from the Breviary tell us that Emperor Heraclius carried the Cross back to Jerusalem on his shoulders.   He was clothed with costly garments and with ornaments of precious stones.   But at the entrance to Mount Calvary a strange incident occurred. Try as hard as he would, he could not go forward. Zacharias, the Bishop of Jerusalem, then said to the astonished monarch:  “Consider, O Emperor, that with these triumphal ornaments you are far from resembling Jesus carrying His Cross.”   The Emperor then put on a penitential garb and continued the journey.

Triumph of the Cross
This day is also called the Exaltation of the Cross, Elevation of the Cross, Holy Cross Day, Holy Rood Day, or Roodmas.   The liturgy of the Cross is a triumphant liturgy.   When Moses lifted up the bronze serpent over the people, it was a foreshadowing of the salvation through Jesus when He was lifted up on the Cross.   Our Mother Church sings of the triumph of the Cross, the instrument of our redemption.   To follow Christ we must take up His cross, follow Him and become obedient until death, even if it means death on the cross.   We identify with Christ on the Cross and become co-redeemers, sharing in His cross.

We make the Sign of the Cross before prayer which helps to fix our minds and hearts to God.   After prayer we make the Sign of the Cross to keep close to God.   During trials and temptations our strength and protection is the Sign of the Cross.   At Baptism we are sealed with the Sign of the Cross, signifying the fullness of redemption and that we belong to Christ.   Let us look to the cross frequently and realise that when we make the Sign of the Cross we give our entire self to God — mind, soul, heart, body, will, thoughts.

O cross, you are the glorious sign of victory.
Through your power may we share in the triumph of Christ Jesus.

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Thought for the Day – 5 September – The Memorial of St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Thought for the Day – 5 September – The Memorial of St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Through her life and work Mother Teresa gave visibility to the invisible God, as a light bulb makes electricity visible.   As the light bulb does not produce the electricity, so too the power to do good belonged not to her but to the Lord.   There were therefore no grounds for her to be proud.   It was clear to her that the more united she was to Jesus, like the branch to the vine, the more abundantly she would bear fruit for Him.
“Let us thank God and Our Lady” was her spontaneous response when people thanked her for the blessings they received through her prayers.   Aware of the Source of all power, she wrote in the first pages of her handwritten Constitutions:
“It was Jesus Christ on the Cross through His blessed Mother—in His great mercy and love—who chose one of His most unworthy and most incapable of human beings to start His own work among the poor.   Therefore the Society as a whole or in detail is completely and will always remain the sole possession of the Mother of God.”

(Fr Sebastian Vazhakala MC  a member of St Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, who knew, worked and loved St Teresa for 31 years)

St Mother Teresa Pray for us that we too may make the invisible God visible! “Let us thank God and Our Lady”

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 September – The Memorial of St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Quote/s of the Day – 5 September – The Memorial of St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

“The cry of Jesus on the Cross, ‘I thirst’ (Jn 19: 28), expressing the depth of God’s longing for man, penetrated Mother Teresa’s soul and found fertile soil in her heart.”
—Pope John Paul II – 19 October 2003the cry of jesus on the cross - st john paul on mother teresa

“As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst.  “Repent and believe,” Jesus tells us.   What are we to repent?   Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe?   Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor – He knows your weakness.   He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”jesus thirsts even now

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.life is an opportunity - my pic - st mother teresa

“Unless we believe and see Jesus in the appearance of bread on the altar, we will not be able to see him in the distressing disguise of the poor.”unless we believe - st mother teresa

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”   

“If you can’t feed a hundred people
them just feed one.”do not wait for leaders - st mother t

The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peacethe simple path - st mother t

“The so-called right to abortion
has portrayed the GREATEST of GIFTS
a CHILD
as a competitor
an intrusion and
an inconvenience.”the so-called right to abortion - st mother T

St Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – September 5 – The Memorial of St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

One Minute Reflection – September 5 – The Memorial of St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Each one has his own gift from God……….1 Cor 7:7

REFLECTION – “Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with great love…..God doesn’t require us to succeed, He only requires that we try…….I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” ….St Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to be holy in the way that You have laid out for me. Let me carry out the duties of my state in life to the full and so attain the holiness proper to me. St Mother Teresa please pray for us that we may all use the gifts we have been given for the Glory of God. Amen

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Our Morning Offering – 4 September

Our Morning Offering – 4 September

St Mother Teresa’s Prayer
“Radiating Christ”

Dear Jesus, help us to spread
Your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through us and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel Your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see,
no longer us but only Jesus.
Stay with us
and then we shall begin to shine
as You shine,
so to shine as to be light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You.
None of it will be ours.
It will be You shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise You in the way You love best
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach You,
without preaching,
not by words but by our example;
by the catching force –
the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love
our hearts bear to You. Amen

st mother teresa's prayer - radiating christ

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Saint of the Day – 5 September – St Mother Teresa of Calcutta MC

Saint of the Day – 5 September – St Mother Teresa of Calcutta MC (born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) – Consecrated Religious Nun, Founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Apostle of Charity, Missionary, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 1978, Anti-Abortion Activist  – (26 August 1910 in Skopje, Albania (modern Macedonia) – 5 September 1997 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India of natural causes).   She was Beatified on 19 October 2003 by St John Paul and Canonised on  4 September 2016 by Pope Francis.   The canonisation miracle involved the healing of brain abscesses of a comatose 42 year old mechanical engineer in Santos, Brazil in 2008.   Patronages – World Youth Day, Missionaries of Charity.   Attributes – Habit, Rosary, Prayer posture, holding a child.

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When we think about the difference that love can make, many people very often think of one person: Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.   A tiny woman, just under five feet tall, with no tools except prayer, love and the unique qualities God had given her, Mother Teresa is probably the most powerful symbol of the virtue of charity today.

Mother Teresa wasn’t, of course, born with that name.   Her parents named her Agnes—or Gonxha in her own language—when she was born to them in Albania, a country north of Greece.   Agnes was one of four children.   Her childhood was a busy, ordinary one. Although Agnes was very interested in missionary work around the world, as a child she didn’t really think about becoming a nun;  but when she turned 18, she felt that God was beginning to tug at her heart, to call her, asking her to follow him.

Now Agnes, like all of us, had a choice. She could have ignored the tug on her heart.   She could have filled her life up with other things so maybe she wouldn’t hear God’s call.   But of course, she didn’t do that.   She listened and followed, joining a religious order called the Sisters of Loreto, who were based in Dublin, Ireland.   After two months in Ireland, spent mostly learning how to speak English, Agnes got on a boat (in 1928, hardly anyone took trips by plane) and 37 days later she arrived in the beautiful, busy, complicated country of India.   Here, Agnes took her final vows as a sister and took the name Teresa, after Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower.   She spent 15 years teaching in a girl’s school in Calcutta, a job that she loved and was very good at.   But then one day, she heard that call again.

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The voice in her heart was telling her that she was to make a very big change in her life—that she should leave her teaching position and go into the streets of Calcutta and care for the poor.   So Sister Teresa listened and said yes.   She had lived in India for years and she knew how desperate the poor of that country were, especially in the big cities.   It was these people, the dying poor, that Sister Teresa felt a special call to love.   After all, these were people who had absolutely no one else in the world to love them.   Not only were they poor but they were also dying.   Why did their feelings matter?   Wouldn’t they be gone soon enough?   Teresa saw these people differently.   She saw them through God’s eyes, which means that she saw each of them as his dear child, suffering and yearning for some kind touch or word, some comfort in their last days on earth.   She heard that call and chose to live it out—to let God love the forgotten ones through her charity.

As is the case with all great things, Teresa’s efforts started out small.   She got permission to leave her order, to live with the poor and to dress like them, too.   She changed her habit from the traditional one to the sari worn by Indian women.   Her sari would be white with blue trim, the blue symbolizing the love of Mary.   She didn’t waste time, either.   On her very first day among the poor of Calcutta, Mother Teresa started a school with five students, a school for poor children.   That school still exists today.   She quickly got some training in basic medical care and went right into the homes of the poor to help them.   Within two years, Teresa had been joined by other women in her efforts, all of them her former students.   She was soon “Mother Teresa” because she was the head of a new religious order: the Missionaries of Charity.

The Missionaries of Charity tried to care for as many of the dying as they could.   They bought an old Hindu temple and made it into what they called a home for the dying. Hospitals had no room or interest in caring for the dying—especially the dying poor—so the dying had no choice but to lie on the streets and suffer.   The sisters knew this, so they didn’t wait for the poor to come to them.   They constantly roamed the streets, picking up what looked from the outside like nothing but a pile of rags but was actually a sick child or a frail old person.

When a dying person came or was brought to Mother Teresa and her sisters, they were met with nothing but love.   They were washed and given clean clothes, medicine, and—most important—someone who could hold their hand, listen, stroke their foreheads and comfort them with love in their last days.

One of the most feared diseases in the world is leprosy.   It’s a terrible sickness that deadens a person’s nerves and can even cause their fingers, toes, ears and nose to eventually fall away.   You know that in Jesus’ time, lepers were kept away from communities.   Lepers in poor countries like India, where they have a hard time getting the medicines to treat the disease, are often treated the same way.   So Mother Teresa saw people with leprosy in the same way—through God’s loving eyes.   She got the help of doctors and nurses, gathered lepers from the slums and began treating and caring for them in a way that no one before her had tried to do.

Mother Teresa’s work of love started out small but it isn’t small anymore. There are more than four thousand Missionaries of Charity today, living, praying and caring for the helpless in more than a hundred different houses around the world.

From the late 1980s through the 1990s, despite increasing health problems, Mother Teresa traveled across the world for the profession of novices, opening of new houses, and service to the poor and disaster-stricken.   New communities were founded in South Africa, Albania, Cuba and war-torn Iraq.   By 1997, the Sisters numbered nearly 4,000 members and were established in almost 600 foundations in 123 countries of the world.

After a summer of travelling to Rome, New York and Washington, in a weak state of health, Mother Teresa returned to Calcutta in July 1997.   At 21.30 on 5 September, Mother Teresa died at the Motherhouse.   Her body was transferred to St Thomas’s Church, next to the Loreto convent where she had first arrived nearly 69 years earlier. Hundreds of thousands of people from all classes and all religions, from India and abroad, paid their respects.   She received a state funeral on 13 September, her body being taken in procession – on a gun carriage that had also borne the bodies of Mohandas K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru – through the streets of Calcutta.   Presidents, prime ministers, queens and special envoys were present on behalf of countries from all over the world.

When we think about her work, we can learn all we need to know about love:  it doesn’t take any money or power to love.   It doesn’t take great talent or intelligence.   It simply takes love.

Mother Teresa did wonderful, brave work in caring for the forgotten but if there’s one thing she would want you to remember about love, it’s that you don’t have to travel to foreign countries to practice the virtue of charity.   In fact, love has to start where you live.

She was canonised by Pope Francis at St Peter’s in Rome overflowing with pilgrims and dignataries from every corner of the globe on 4 September 2016.

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Note: – all the biographies of St Mother Teresa are longed and detailed, this one is written for children – it’s all we need to know.   Loyola Kids Book of Heroes by Amy Welborn

 

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 September

St Albert of Butrio
St Alvitus of León
Bl Anselm of Anchin
St Anseric of Soissons
St Bertin the Great
St Charbel
Bl Florent Dumontet de Cardaillac
St Genebald of Laon
Bl Gentilis
Bl Gerbrand of Dokkum
St Guise Hoang Luong Canh
Bl John the Good of Siponto
Bl Jordan of Pulsano
St Obdulia
St Phêrô Nguyen Van Tu
St Romulus of Rome
St Mother Teresa of Calcutta
St Victorinus of Amiterme
St Victorinus of Como
Bl William Browne

Martyrs of Armenia – 1,000 saints: A group of up to 1,000 Christian soldiers in the 2nd century imperial Roman army of Trajan, stationed in Gaul. Ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods, they refused and were transferred to Armenia. Ordered again to sacrifice to pagan gods, they refused again. Martyrs. We know the names of three of them, but nothing else – Eudoxius, Macarius and Zeno.

Martyrs of Capua – 3 saints: Three Christians who were martyred together. Long venerated in Capua, Italy. We know their names, but little else – Arcontius, Donatus and Quintius. They were martyred in Capua, Italy.

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 80 saints: A group of 80 Christians, lay and clergy, martyred together in the persecutions of Valens. We know little more than the names of three of them – Menedemo, Teodoro and Urbano. They were locked on a boat which was then set on fire on the shore of Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey) c 370.

Martyrs of Porto Romano – 4+ saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. We know little more than their names – Aconto, Herculanus, Nonno and Taurino. c180 at Porto Romano, Italy.