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On the Memorial of St John XXIII – 11 October –  let us Pray: The Official Prayer for the Intercession of St John XXIII

On the Memorial of St John XXIII – 11 October –  let us Pray:

The Official Prayer for the

Intercession of St John XXIII

Dear Pope John,
your simplicity and meekness carried the scent of God
and sparked in people’s hearts the desire for goodness.
You spoke often of the beauty of the family gathered
around the table to share bread and faith:
pray for us that once again true families would live in our homes.
With outstretched hands you sowed hope
and you taught us to listen for God’s footsteps as
He prepares a new humanity:
help us have a healthy optimism of defeating evil with good.
You loved the world with its light and darkness
and you believed that peace is possible:
help us be instruments of peace at home and in our communities.
With paternal gentleness you gave all children a caress:
you moved the world and reminded us that hands have been given
to us not for striking but for embracing and drying tears.
Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to cursing the darkness
but that we bring the light,
bringing Jesus everywhere and always praying to Mary. Amenvatican prayer to st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

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Thought for the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963) “The Daily Decalogue of St Pope John XXIII”

Thought for the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)
“The Daily Decalogue of St Pope John XXIII”

Pope John XXIII’s message is still extraordinarily timely today.    His life, his Discourses and his actions bring us to the heart of the faith and the heart of Christian commitment.

As we know, one of Pope John’s most important decisions was to convoke the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, which was inaugurated on 11 October 1962 here in St Peter’s Basilica.

I was present (indeed, by a fortunate circumstance, it was I who organsed the distribution of the first Council Documents “sub peculiari secreto” to the Council Fathers!) and I remember how the day unfolded to its extraordinary conclusion in St Peter’s Square by moonlight.

We could recall a wealth of Pope John’s teachings and episodes concerning him but today I intend to focus on several thoughts which might be useful in our personal life and spiritual renewal.

The Church, in his view, has a motherly face:  her task is to keep “her arms open to receive everyone”. She is a “home for one and all” that “desires to belong to everyone, and in particular she is the Church of the poor, like the village fountain”, with no distinctions of race or religion.

The Church’s holiness and human wisdom are expressed very clearly in what is called “The daily decalogue of Pope John XXIII”:

1)      Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2)      Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance:  I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice;  I will be courteous in my behaviour;  I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3)      Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

4)      Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5)      Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

6)      Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7)      Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing;  and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8)       Only for today, I will make a plan for myself:  I may not follow it to the letter but I will make it.    And I will be on guard against two evils:  hastiness and indecision.

9)      Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

10)     Only for today, I will have no fears.  In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness.  Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

To conclude:  here is an all-embracing resolution:   “I want to be kind, today and always, to everyone”.   In this way, we can put Pope John’s hope for every Christian into practice:  “Every believer in this world must be a spark of light, a core of love, life-giving leaven in the mass:   and the more he is so, the more he will live, in his innermost depths, in communion with God”.    (EUCHARISTIC CONCELEBRATION
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Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

“It is easier for a father to have children
than for children to have a real father.”it is easier - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy.
It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person,
making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness.
These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness,
His Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils…
I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love You more and more.'”every time - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

Holy Mother Church is a home for one and all.
She desires to belong to everyone
and in particular she is the Church of the poor,
like the village fountain”.

St Pope John XXIIIholy mother church is-st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

One Minute Reflection – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘whom shall I send?…’
“Here I am, I said, send me!” … Isaiah 6:8

REFLECTION – “I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.” …St Pope John XXIII   “In the last moments of his earthly life, he entrusted his testament to the Church:  “What counts the most in life is blessed Jesus Christ, His holy Church, His Gospel, truth and goodness”. – St Pope John Paul IIi have looked into your eyes - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

PRAYER – Help me my Lord, to discern through prayer and meditation, what You truly want of me.   Then enable me to offer it to You and indeed to offer myself and all I have to You. St John XXIII, pray for Holy Mother Church, pray for all the members of the Mystical Body, pray for our sons and daughters and for us all, pray for me! Amenst john 23 - pray for us - 11 oct 2017


Our Morning Offering – 11 October – The memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

Our Morning Offering – 11 October – The memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

By St John XXIII

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we
gather in Your name.

Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength
to know Your will,
to make it our own and to
live it in our lives.

Guide us by Your wisdom,
support us by Your power,
for You are God, sharing the
glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all:
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favour.

Unite us to Yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in Your name
may we temper justice with love,
so that all our decisions may be pleasing
to You and earn the reward promised to
good and faithful servants.
You live and reign with the Father
and the Son, One God, forever and ever.
Amen.opening prayer at the second vatican council - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

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Saint of the Day – 11 October – St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

Saint of the Day – 11 October – St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) Priest, Bishop of Rome and of the Universal Church, Reformer, Writer, Teacher, known as “Good Pope John.  Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli on 25 November 1881 at Sotto il Monte, diocese of Bergamo, Italy as Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli – 7:50pm on 3 June 1963 at Rome, Italy of stomach cancer.  Papal Ascension – elected 28 October 1958 and was installed on 4 November 1958.   He was buried in Saint Peter’s basilica, Vatican City.   St John was Canonised on 5 July 2013, Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree of canonisation and was canonised on 27 April 2014 in a joint ceremony with St Pope John II by Pope Francis.  Patronages – papal delegates, Patriarchy of Venice, The Second Vatican Council, Christian unity, the Diocese of Bergamo, Sotto il Monte, Valsamoggia, the Italian Army.   Attributes – Papal vestments, Papal Tiara.


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When on 20 October 1958 the cardinals, assembled in conclave, elected Angelo Roncalli as pope many regarded him because of his age and ambiguous reputation, as a transitional pope, little realising that the pontificate of this man of 76 years would mark a turning point in history and initiate a new age for the Church.   He took the name of John in honour of the precursor and the beloved disciple—but also because it was the name of a long line of popes whose pontificates had been short.

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the third of thirteen children, was born on 25 November 1881 at Sotto il Monte (Bergamo) of a family of sharecroppers.   He attended elementary school in the town, was tutored by a priest of Carvico and at the age of twelve entered the seminary at Bergamo.   A scholarship from the Cerasoli Foundation (1901) enabled him to go on to the Apollinaris in Rome where he studied under (among others) Umberto Benigni, the Church historian.   He interrupted his studies for service in the Italian Army but returned to the seminary, completed his work for a doctorate in theology and was ordained in 1904.   Continuing his studies in canon law he was appointed secretary to the new bishop of Bergamo, Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi.   Angelo served this social-minded prelate for nine years, acquiring first-hand experience and a broad understanding of the problems of the working class.   He also taught apologetics, church history, and patrology.

With the entry of Italy into World War I in 1915 he was recalled to military service as a chaplain.   On leaving the service in 1918 he was appointed spiritual director of the seminary but found time to open a hostel for students in Bergamo.   It was at this time also that he began the research for a multi-volume work on the episcopal visitation of Bergamo by St Charles Borromeo, the last volume of which was published after his elevation as pope.

In 1921 he was called to Rome to re-organise the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Nominated titular archbishop of Areopolis and apostolic visitator to Bulgaria (1925), he immediately concerned himself with the problems of the Eastern Churches.   Transferred in 1934 to Turkey and Greece as apostolic delegate, he set up an office in Istanbul for locating prisoners of war   In 1944 he was appointed nuncio to Paris to assist in the Church’s post-war efforts in Franc, and became the first permanent observer of the Holy See at UNESCO, addressing its sixth and seventh general assemblies in 1951 and 1952.  In 1953 he became cardinal-patriarch of Venice and expected to spend his last years there in pastoral work.   He was correcting proofs of the synodal Acts of his first diocesan Synod (1958) when he was called to Rome to participate in the conclave that elected him pope.

In his first public address Pope John expressed his concern for reunion with separated Christians and for world peace.   In his coronation address he asserted “vigorously and sincerely” that it was his intention to be a pastoral pope since “all other human gifts and accomplishments—learning, practical experience, diplomatic finesse—can broaden and enrich pastoral work but they cannot replace it.”   One of his first acts was to annul the regulation of Sixtus IV limiting the membership of the College of Cardinals to 70;  within the next four years he enlarged it to 87 with the largest international representation in history.   Less than three months after his election he announced that he would hold a diocesan synod for Rome, convoke an ecumenical council for the universal Church and revise the Code of Canon Law.   The synod, the first in the history of Rome, was held in 1960;   Vatican Council II was convoked in 1962;  and the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code was appointed in 1963.

His progressive encyclical, Mater et Magistra, was issued in 1961 to commemorate the anniversary of Leo XIII’s Rerum novarum.Pacem in terris, advocating human freedom and dignity as the basis for world order and peace, came out in 1963.   He elevated the Pontifical Commission for Cinema, Radio, and Television to curial status, approved a new code of rubrics for the Breviary and Missal, made notable advances in ecumenical relations by creating a new Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity and by appointing the first representative to the Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in New Delhi (1961).   In 1960 he consecrated fourteen bishops for Asia, Africa and Oceania.  The International Balzan Foundation awarded him its Peace Prize in 1962.

Since his death on 3 June 1963, much has been written and spoken about the warmth and holiness of the beloved Pope John.   Perhaps the testimony of the world was best expressed by a newspaper drawing of the earth shrouded in mourning with the simple caption, “A Death in the Family.”

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 October

St Pope John XXIII (Optional Memorial)

St Agilbert of Paris
St Alexander Sauli
St Anastasius V
St Anastasius the Apocrisarius
St Andronicus of Ephesus
St Andronicus the Soldier
St Ansilio
St Bruno the Great
St Canice
St Digna of Sicily
St Dionisio de Santarem
St Emilian of Rennes
St Ethelburgh of Barking
St Eufridus
St Firminus of Uzes
St Germanus of Besancon
St Gratus of Oloron
St Guiadenzio of Gniezno
St Gummarus
Bl James Grissinger
St Juliana of Pavilly
St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta
St Nectarius of Constantinople
St Phêrô Lê Tùy
St Philip the Deacon
St Philonilla
St Placid
St Placidia
St Probus of Side
St Santino of Verdun
St Sarmata
St Taracus of Cladiopolis
St Zenaides

Martyrs of Vilcassin – 4 saints: Four Christians who were martyred together. We know little more than the names – Nicasius, Pienza, Quirinus and Scubicolus. Their martyrdom occured in Vexin Lugdunense territory of Gaul (modern Vilcassin, France), date unknown.