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Saint of the Day – 18 September – St Joseph of Cupertino O.F.M. Conv. (1603-1663)

Saint of the Day – 18 September – St Joseph of Cupertino OFM Conv. (1603-1663) – Religious Priest and Friar of the First Order of St Francis Mystic, Confessor, Miracle Worker (born Giuseppe Maria Desa on 17 June 1603 at Cupertino, Diocese of Nardo, near Brindisi in the Kingdom of Naples, Italy as Joseph Desa – 18 September 1663 at Ossimo, Italy of a rapidly developed but severe fever).   He is buried in the Chapel of the Conception, Ossimo.   St Joseph was Beatified on 24 February 1753 by Pope Benedict XIV and Canonised on 16 July 1767 by Pope Clement XIII.   Patronages – Cities of Osimo and Cupertino, Italy, aviation, astronauts, mental handicaps, examinations, students, air crews, Air Forces, air travellers, aircraft pilots, paratroopers.


If ever a tiny child began life with nothing in his favour it was Joseph of Cupertino;  he had only one hopeful and saving quality—that he knew it.   Other boys of his own age were clever, he was easily the dullest of them all.   Others were winning and attractive, nobody ever wanted him.   While they had pleasant things said and given to them, Joseph always regarded himself down an ass and never looked for any special treatment.   He went to school with the rest of the children in the village but he did not succeed in anything.   He was absent-minded, he was awkward, he was nervous; a sudden noise, such as the ringing of a church-bell, would make him drop his schoolbooks on the floor.   He would sit with his companions after school hours and try to talk like them but every time his conversation would break down;  he could not tell a story to the end, no matter how he tried.   His very sentences would stop in the middle because he could not find the right words.   Altogether, even for those who pitied him, and wished to be kind to him, Joseph was something of a trial.

BUT he expressed an early interest in religious devotion, first setting up an altar in his family’s home where he prayed constantly.   In school, he got the nickname “Open Mouth” (Gaper) due to his jaw always hanging open in class while his eyes looked to the heavens.   At a young age, he began wearing a rough hair-shirt and fasting.   The few things he consumed he covered with a bitter powder to make them unpalatable.

At 17, he tried to join the Friars Minor of the Conventuals but his two Uncles who were members rejected him due to his ignorance and lack of an education.   Joseph tried again with the Capuchin Order and was admitted in 1620 but his frequent ecstatic states and absentmindedness made it impossible for him to perform even the simplest odd jobs and he was dismissed after eight months.   He then joined the Order of Conventuals at Grottella, where he was given the task of caring for a mule.   His virtues were such that he became a cleric at 22, a Priest at 25 in 1628.   Joseph still had little education, could barely read or write but received such a gift of spiritual knowledge and discernment that he could solve intricate questions.

Soon after he was sent to another monastery, he is said to have performed his first remarkable act.   While praying in the Church, he suddenly levitated into the centre of the Altar among the candles and flowers.   He levitated again in Rome in the presence of Pope Urban VIII.  From there, his feats grew more numerous and impressive – he rose 14 metres in the air at a Basilica in Rome and made many more dramatic flights onto candlelit Altars.  A few times, it’s said, he took others with him, including a Priest whom he grasped by the hand at a festival, whirling around in a dance until they were both borne aloft. Another time he cured a nobleman of lunacy by transporting him into the air for 15 minutes.   Once, he even threw a lamb into the sky and then flew after it, spending two hours talking to the animal in the air.   His life became a series of visions and ecstasies, which could be triggered any time or place by the sound of a Church bell, Church music, the mention of the name of God or of the Blessed Virgin or of a Saint, any event in the life of Christ, the Sacred Passion, a holy picture, the thought of the glory in heaven, etc.   Yelling, beating, pinching, burning, piercing with needles – none of this would bring him from his trances but he would return to the world on hearing the voice of his superior in the order.   When levitating and floating (which led to his patronage of people involved in air travel) he could hear heavenly music.

In addition to his levitations, which even in the 17th century, there was interest in the unusual, and Joseph’s ecstasies in public caused both admiration and disturbance in the community.   For 35 years he was not allowed to attend choir, go to the common refectory, walk in procession, or say Mass in church.   To prevent making a spectacle, he was ordered to remain in his room with a private Chapel.   He was brought before the Inquisition, and sent from one Capuchin or Franciscan house to another. But Joseph retained his joyous spirit, submitting to Divine Providence, keeping seven Lents of 40 days each year, never letting his faith be shaken.   Many other miracles are attributed to Joseph, including reading minds, prophecy, curing the sick, multiplying food, finding lost possessions and bilocation (being in two places at once).   He had many intense battles with the devil, who appeared sporting two-foot-long horns.   Joseph was once found apparently dead on the floor of his dormitory, flies covering his eyes and mouth. but he awoke and was absolutely fine.  When he arrived in Osimo, where he would spend the last years of his life, he is said to have seen angels and flown 23 metres into the air.

Joseph died in 1663 after an illness and was Canonised in 1767.   The Church of San Francesco in Osimo was renamed the Basilica of St Joseph of Cupertino (Basilica di San Giuseppe da Copertino) in his honour.   The Basilica has a painting of Joseph levitating above the Altar and in the crypt his preserved body is encased in a glass coffin, which is levitating now thanks to the help of two Angel statues.   On 18 September of each year, his coffin is carried in a procession around Osimo.

When, in 1657, Joseph had been taken to his last place of confinement, he had said he would never leave it.   He added one thing more for a sign.   He told his companions that the first day on which he failed to receive communion would be the day on which he would die.   And so it came about.   On August 10, 1663, he was seized with an intermittent fever.   So long as it was only intermittent he continued to rise every morning to say mass.   The last day was the feast of the Assumption;  on that day, says the Act of his canonisation, he had ecstasies and experiences surpassing anything he had ever had before.   Then he was compelled to take to his bed; but still he persisted in hearing mass when he could and never missed communion.   He became worse, and extreme unction was administered.   When he had received it, he had one request to make, it was that his body should be buried in some out-of-the-way corner and that it should be forgotten where it was laid.   He fell into his agony.   There came constantly to his lips the words of St Paul: “Cupio dissolvi et esse cum Christo.” (I desire to depart and be with Christ).   Someone at the bedside spoke to him of the love of God;  he cried out: “Say that again, say that again!”   He pronounced the Holy Name of Jesus.   He added: “Praised be God! Blessed be God! May the holy will of God be done!” The old laughter seemed to come back to his face;  those around could scarcely resist the contagion.   And so he died.   It was 18 September 1663.   He was just sixty years of age.

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NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY FIVE – 18 September

NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY FIVE – 18 September

St Padre Pio you have said:

St Therese of the Child Jesus used to say, “I don’t want to choose either to die or to live but let Jesus do as He likes with me.”   I see clearly that this is the image of all souls who are stripped of self and filled with God… What St. Therese has said ought to be said by every soul inflamed with love of God.

Let us Pray:

Gracious God, You generously blessed Your servant, Padre Pio, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified,
as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son
and as a stirring inspiration to many people of Your infinite mercy, forgiveness and love.
Through his powerful intercession, many who suffered were healed of sickness and disease.
Endowed with the gift of discernment, he could read people’s hearts.
With dignity and intense devotion, he celebrated daily Mass,
inviting countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ,
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Gracious God, St Pio lived totally for You
teach us too this great act of self-giving and complete oblation.
Through the intercession of Saint Pio,
we confidently beseech You to to grant us the grace of
………………. (state your petition here).
Help us to imitate his example of prayerful holiness and compassion,
so that we, too, may faithfully follow the Risen Lord
and one day rejoice in the Kingdom,
where You live and reign forever and ever. Amenday five - novena st pio - 18 sept

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Thought for the Day – 18 September – The Memorial of St Joseph of Cupertino

Thought for the Day – 18 September – The Memorial of St Joseph of Cupertino

St Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1668) was an Italian mystic whose life is a wonderful combination of a complete lack of natural capacity and an extraordinary supernatural efficiency.
He lacked every natural gift.
He was incapable of passing a test, maintaining a conversation, taking care of a house, or even touching a dish without breaking it.
He was called Brother Ass by his companions in the monastery.
Joseph could not comment on any passage of Scriptures except one: “Beatus venter qui Te portavit” [Blessed be the womb that bore Thee].
When the time came for his examination for the diaconate, the Bishop opened the Gospels at random and his eyes fell on that one text Joseph knew well. Joseph was able to expound on it with success.    A year later came the tests for the priesthood.   All the postulants except Joseph were very well prepared.   The Bishop called on a number of the candidates, who responded superbly.   Supposing that all were at the same intellectual level, the Bishop approved all of them without questioning the rest. Joseph was among the candidates who were asked nothing.   Therefore, on March 4, 1628, Joseph became a priest at 25 years of age despite his limitations and the opinion of men.

There is a misconception about efficiency that defines it purely in terms of production. This is wrong because to do something is not an end in itself.   What explains the action is the end one has in mind.

The right notion of efficiency is to do what one is supposed to do according to his vocation.   Therefore, in order to be efficient, each one should ask if he is accomplishing the plans of God for him.   If he works in collaboration with the plans of God, the grace will multiply his efforts and he will do much more than he is capable of otherwise.   This rule, which applies to St Joseph of Cupertino, also applies to St.Thomas Aquinas, who is situated at the other pole of human capacity.

Even though he was poorly gifted humanly speaking, St Joseph of Cupertino did the will of God, sanctified his soul and allowed God to shine through his incapacity in a way that attracted the admiration of multitudes.   Even today, when one of us hears about his extreme incapacity and the marvelous things God did through him, we do not forget his name.   It is the application of that passage of the Magnificat:  “For He has found humility in His handmaid, and all generations shall call me blessed.”   Once we hear about the incapacity of St.Joseph of Cupertino and his humility in accepting the will of God, his name remains in our memories forever.

St Joseph of Cupertino represents one side of the scale that gives a perfect equilibrium to the Catholic Church.   Both he and St Thomas Aquinas are necessary for that perfect balance.   I think that in Heaven the two could be closely joined glorifying Our Lady and Our Lord.

What is the application for us?   If we received gifts from nature or from God, let us admire St Joseph of Cupertino in order to be detached from them and use them well.   If we lack qualities or have to endure sufferings, let us admire him and follow his example of confidence in order to accomplish what God has planned for us.

St Joseph of Cupertino, pray for us!st joseph of cupertino pray for us 2 - 18 sept 2017


Quote/s of the Day – September, the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

Quote/s of the Day – September, the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

“When she was asked to become the mother of the Messiah,
Mary’s faith enabled her to give a humble and generous response….
Mary’s faith was frequently tested during the public life of Jesus,
especially when she witnessed the rejection of her son.
At the foot of the cross, her pilgrimage of faith had its moment
of most severe testing. Mary continued to believe that,
because Jesus was the Son of God,
His sacrifice would bring salvation to humanity.”

when she was asked - st john paul - 18 sept 2017

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things.
From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone.
From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!”

St Pope John Paul

from mary we learn - st john paul - 18 sept 2017

“From the nature of His work, the Redeemer
ought to have associated His Mother with His work.
For this reason we invoke her under the title of
Co-redemptrix.   She gave us the Saviour,
she accompanied Him in the work of redemption,
as far as the Cross itself, sharing with Him the
sorrows of the agony and of the death in which
Jesus consummated the redemption of mankind.”

Pope Pius XIfrom the nature of his work - pope pius xi - 18 sept 2017


One Minute Reflection – 18 September – The Memorial of St Joseph of Cuperti

One Minute Reflection – 18 September – The Memorial of St Joseph of Cupertino

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

REFLECTION – “Clearly, what God wants above all, is our will,which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own.   When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God, from whom all good things come that he does this.   The will is what man has as his unique possession.” – Saint Joseph of Cupertino, from the reading for his feast in the Franciscan breviary

clearly what god wants above all - st joseph of cupertino 18 sept 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to be holy in the way that You have laid out for me. Let me carry out my duties of my state of life to the full and grant me the grace to carry my crosses in honour of You.   Only in You may I attain holiness, learning to give myself, my will, my heart and my soul only to You.   St Joseph of Cupertino, you who were so disadvantaged, achieved by the grace of God, sanctity in this life and now behold His Face through all eternity. We ask for your intercession, joseph of cupertino pray for us


Our Morning Offering – September 18

Our Morning Offering – September 18

Lord,Give me Your Heart
By St Claude de la Colombiere

O God, what will You do to conquer
the fearful hardness of our hearts?
Lord, You must give us new hearts,
tender hearts, sensitive hearts,
to replace hearts that are made
of marble and of bronze.
You must give us Your own Heart, Jesus.
Come, lovable Heart of Jesus.
Place Your Heart deep
in the centre of our hearts
and enkindle in each heart
a flame of love as strong,
as great, as the sum of all the reasons
that we have for loving You, my God.
O holy Heart of Jesus,
dwell hidden in our hearts,
so that we may live only in You
and only for You,
so that, in the end, we may live
with You eternally in heaven.

lord, give me your heart - st claude de la colombiere 18 sept 2017

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Memorials of the Saints – 18 September

St Ariadne
St Dominic Trach Doai
St Eumenius Thaumaturgus
St Eustorgius of Milan
St Ferreolus the Tribune
St Ferreolus of Limoges
St Hygbald
St Irene of Egypt
St Joseph of Cupertino
St Józef Kut
St Juan Massias
St Oceano of Nicomedia
St Richardis of Andlou
St Sophia of Egypt

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Carlos Eraña Guruceta
• Blessed Fernando García Sendra
• Blessed Jacinto Hoyuelos Gonzalo
• Blessed Jesus Hita Miranda
• Blessed José García Mas
• Blessed José María Llópez Mora
• Blessed Justo Lerma Martínez
• Blessed Salvador Chuliá Ferrandis
• Blessed Salvador Fernández Pérez
• Blessed Vicente Gay Zarzo
• Blessed Vicente Jaunzarás Gómez