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Thought for the Day – 12 October The Priest of the Gulag: Walter Ciszek, S.J. (1904-1984)

Thought for the Day – 12 October
The Priest of the Gulag: Walter Ciszek, S.J. (1904-1984)

Walter Ciszek SJ was freed on this day in 1963 after 23 years in prison in the Soviet Union for doing clandestine missionary work.
He described his experiences in two books. With God in Russia and He Leadeth Me.
This is how he prayed in prison:

Gradually too, I learned to purify my prayer and remove from it all the elements
of self-seeking.   I learned to pray for my interrogators, not so they would see things my way or come to the truth so that my ordeal would end but because they, too, were children of God and human beings in need of His blessing and His daily grace. I learned to stop asking for more bread for myself and instead to offer up all my sufferings, the pains of hunger that I felt, for the many others in the world and in Russia at that time who were enduring similar agony and even greater suffering.   I tried very hard not to worry about what tomorrow would bring, what I should eat or what I should wear but rather to seek the kingdom of God and his justice, his will for me and for all mankind.
“Thy will be done.”    That was the key, but only slowly did I come to experience
how perfect a prayer is the Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer…. The human mind could not elaborate a better pattern in prayer than the one the Lord himself gave us.

During his time in Russia, Fr Ciszek narrowly escaped death by drowning, freezing, starvation, illness, electrocution, firing squad, explosion and beating.    Millions of victims of the Gulag died in these ways and others.  Why did Fr Ciszek survive?   The answer is once again the “strange and mysterious ways of divine providence,” but one might speculate.   Fr Ciszek did:   “I felt that one reason that God in His providence had brought me safely home was so that I might help others understand these truths a little better.”    Which truths?   “That God has a special purpose, a special love, a special providence to all those He has created,” and that, therefore, “every moment of our life has a purpose, that every action of ours, no matter how dull or routine or trivial it may seem in itself, has a dignity and a worth beyond human understanding.”

Fr Walter Ciszek’s canonisation process has

Fr Walter, please pray for us as we pray for your canonisation!

Prayer for the Cause of Canonisation
of Fr Walter Ciszek S.J. (1904-1984)

We adore You, Most Holy Trinity
and we thank You for the exemplary life
of Your Servant, Father Walter Ciszek.
We pray that his strong faith
in Your loving providence,
his great love for You
and his kindness to all people,
be recognised by the Church.
If it be Your Will,
may he be given to us
as a saintly model of these virtues
so that we too may be better motivated
to dedicate our lives to
Your greater honour and glory.
We commend our petition through the prayers
of the Holy Mother of God.
For to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
is due all glory, honour and worship,
now and forever. Amenprayer for the cause of the canonisation of walter ciszek - anniversary of his release - 12 oct (2017)


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Quote/s of the Day – 12 October

Quote/s of the Day – 12 October

“He belongs to you but more than that,
He longs to be in you, living and ruling in you,
as the head lives and rules in the body.
He wants His breath to be in your breath,
His heart in your heart
and His soul in your soul.”

St John Eudeshe belongs to you - st john eudes - 12 oct 2017

“It is with the smallest brushes
that the artist paints the most
exquisitely beautiful pictures.”

St André Bessetteit is with the smallest brushes - 12 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 12 October – The Memorial of St Edwin of Northumbria

One Minute Reflection – 12 October – The Memorial of St Edwin of Northumbria

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains
but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have and if I deliver my body to be burned but have not love, I gain nothing.….1 Cor 13:1-3

REFLECTION – ““What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see the misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.”
St Augustine (354-430)what does love look like - st augustine - 12 oct 2017

PRAYER – Almighty, ever-living God, as You sent Your only Son to rescue us because Your love has no end, help to follow Your love and live in the way He showed us. St Edwin of Northumbria, once you learnt of the love of God, you brought it to your land and taught your people its true meaning, please pray for us, edwin pray for us


Our Morning Offering – 12 October

Our Morning Offering – 12 October

I am His; I am yours, my good Mother!
By Blessed John Henry Newman

O Mother of Jesus
and my Mother, let me dwell with you,
cling to you and love you with ever-increasing love.
I promise the honour, love and trust of a child.
Give me a mother’s protection,
for I need your watchful care.
You know better than any other,
the thoughts and desires of the Sacred Heart.
Keep constantly before my mind,
the same thoughts, the same desires,
that my heart may be filled with zeal
for the interests of the
Sacred Heart of your Divine Son.
Instill in me a love of all that is noble,
that I may no longer be easily turned to selfishness.
Help me, dearest Mother,
to acquire the virtues that God wants of me:
to forget myself always, to work solely for Him,
without fear of sacrifice.
I shall always rely on your help to be,
what Jesus wants me to be.
I am His; I am yours, my good Mother!
Give me each day your holy and maternal blessing,
until my last evening on earth,
when your Immaculate Heart will present me,
to the heart of Jesus in heaven,
there to love and bless you
and your divine Son for all eternity. Amen

Image – Stachiewicz – Christ’s Farewell to Maryi am his, i am yours - bl john henry newman - 12 oct 2017

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Saint of the Day – 12 October – St Edwin of Northumbria (586-616)

Saint of the Day – 12 October – St Edwin of Northumbria (586-616) King and Martyr. Name Meaning:  • valuable friend (teutonic) • wealthy friend (old english).  (Born 586 at Deira, South Northumbria, England – 633 in battle with pagan Welsh and Mercians at Hatfield Chase, England, he is considered a Martyr.)   His relics are at Whitby in North Yorkshire and his head is in Saint Peter’s Church, York, North Yorkshire.   Patronages – • converts, • hoboes, tramps, homeless peopl, • kings, • large families.ST EDWIN 2


Edwin, born in 586, was a prince of the Royal family of Deira in England.   His father, King Aelle, was deposed and Edwin was forced to flee and was raised in exile.

Once, Edwin, a pagan, met a stranger who predicted the restoration of his kingdom if he would promise to do whatever would be taught him regarding his own salvation.   Edwin promised and the stranger, laying his hand upon his head, bade him remember that sign. Shortly after that incident, due to diverse political and military circumstances Edwin recovered the Kingdom of Deira and afterward became King of all Northumbria, one of the seven parts into which England was divided at that time.

When his first wife died, he married the Catholic Princess Ethelburga, daughter of the King of Kent.   He agreed that she should be allowed to practice her religion and promised to study the truths of the Catholic Faith.   He also welcomed to his court St Paulinus, Archbishop of York and chaplain of the Queen, who began to exercise influence over him.   An attempt on Edwin’s life was made but he was saved by a minister who took the dagger blow directed against him.   The same night his wife gave birth to a daughter, Enflaed.   That child became the first Catholic baptised in his kingdom.

Touched by these two things, Edwin promised to convert if he would win the war against the King of the West Saxons.   He conquered this King on the battlefield and stopped worshiping idols and began to take instruction from St Paulinus.   To encourage him, Pope Boniface V sent a letter and gifts but Edwin remained pagan.   St Paulinus continued to teach him, but the King did not convert.Discovering Our Cities: The City Founded on Faith (York)

One day, the Archbishop approached the King, laid his hand on his head and asked him if he remembered that sign.   Edwin recalled the stranger from time past;  quite moved he repented of his former life, converted and was baptised on Easter 627.   He became an exemplary Catholic and an apostle of his people.   He also helped the Catholic Faith to be spread in other Kingdoms of the English Heptarchy.

Penda, a powerful pagan King of Mercia, in alliance with the Welsh Prince Cadwallon invaded Northumbria.   At the battle of Hatfield Chase, on October 12, 633, they defeated and killed St Edwin, which was their intention.  Edwin is considered a Martyr for the Faith.

The Death of Saint Edwin


Feast of Our Lady Aparecida, Our Lady of the Pillar and Memorials of the Saints – 12 October

Our Lady Aparecida:   Also known as – Our Lady Who Appeared
In October 1717, Dom Pedro de Almedida, Count of Assumar passed through the area of Guarantinqueta, a small city in the Paraiba river valley.   The people there decided to hold a feast in his honour and though it was not fishing season, the men went to the waters to fish for the feast.   Three of the fishermen, Domingos Garcia, Joco Alves and Felipe Pedroso, prayed to the Immaculate Conception and asked God’s help.   However, after several hours they were ready to give up. Joco cast his net once more near the Port of Itaguagu but instead of fish, he hauled in the body of a statue.   The three cast their net again, and brought up the statue’s head.  After cleaning the statue they found that it was Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.   Naming their find Our Lady Aparecida, they wrapped it in cloth and continued to fish; now their nets were full.
While we do not know why the statue was at the bottom of the river, we do know who made it. Frei Agostino de Jesus, a carioca monk from Sao Paulo known for his sculpture. The image was less than three feet tall, was made around 1650 and must have been underwater for years. It is a dark brown colour, is covered by a stiff robe of richly embroidered thick cloth and wears an imperial crown which was added in 1904. Only her face and hands can be seen.   Pope Pius XII proclaimed her principal patroness of Brazil in 1930.   The statue was vandalised by being broken into several pieces just prior to a visit by St Pope John Paul II but a group of dedicated artists and artisans carefully pieced it together again.
Patronages: • Aparecida, Brazil, diocese of • Brazil • World Youth Day 2013Our Lady Aparecida imageOUR LADY OF APARECIDA

Our Lady of the Pillar:  Tradition says that in the early day of the Church, Saint James the Greater was spreading the Gospel in Spain but making very little progress.   He was dejected and questioning his mission.   About 44, the Virgin Mary, who was still living in Jerusalem at the time, bi-located and appeared to him in a vision to boost his morale. In it, she was atop a column or pillar, which was being carried by angels.   That pillar is believed to be the same one venerated in Zaragoza, Spain today. Miraculous healings reported at the scene.
PatronageS: • Imus, Philippines, diocese of • Tagbilaran, Philippines • Zamboanga, Philippines, archdiocese of • Zamboanga City, Philippines • Zaragoza, Spain.

St Amelius of Mortara
St Amicus of Mortara
St Cyprian
St Domnina of Anazarbus
St Edisto
St Edistius of Ravenna
St Edwin of Northumbria
St Evagrius the Martyr
St Felix
St Felix IV, Pope
St Fiace
St Herlindis
St Juan Osiense
St Maximilian of Celeia
St Meinards
St Monas of Milan
St Pantalus of Basle
St Priscian the Martyr
St Relindis
Bl Roman Sitko
St Salvinus of Verona
Bl Thomas Bullaker

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Bartolomé Caparrós García
• Blessed Eufrasio of the Child Jesus
• Blessed José González Huguet
• Blessed Pedro Salcedo Puchades
• Blessed Rafael Lluch Garín