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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great DAY TWO – 14 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great DAY TWO – 14 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #2:   While working in a factory during the Nazi Occupation of Poland, Karol Wojtyla heard that one of his co-workers was expecting a child.   The man worked the night shift and found out that his wife gave birth to their child.   After a full day of work during the day, Karol told his co-worker to go home to be with his family. Karol then worked the entire night shift in place of the new father.   He continued to work the night shift after his own shift until his co-worker’s wife regained her strength and he could return to work.

REFLECTION:  ”Follow me! In July 1958 the young priest Karol Wojtyla began a new stage in his journey with the Lord and in the footsteps of the Lord.   Follow me – Karol Wojtyla accepted the appointment, for he heard in the Church’s call the voice of Christ. And then he realised how true are the Lord’s words:  “Those who try to make their life secure will lose it but those who lose their life will keep it” (Lk 17:33).   Our Pope – and we all know this – never wanted to make his own life secure, to keep it for himself;   he wanted to give of himself unreservedly, to the very last moment, for Christ and thus also for us.   And thus he came to experience how everything which he had given over into the Lord’s hands came back to him in a new way.   His love of words, of poetry, of literature, became an essential part of his pastoral mission and gave new vitality, new urgency, new attractiveness to the preaching of the Gospel, even when it is a sign of contradiction.”…Pope Benedictday two - novena st john paul - 14 oct 2017

Let us Pray:

O Holy Trinity, we thank You for having given to the Church Pope John Paul II and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness, the glory of the Cross of Christand the splendour of the Spirit of love.

He, trusting completely in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us the way of holiness as the path to reach eternal communion with You Grant us, through his intercession, according to Your will, the grace that we implore,

………………….. [state your intention here].

Continue, beloved St John Paul, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God’s people.   We praise and thank You Father that St John Paul has been numbered among Your saints and make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

Totus Tuus, Amen.

Quote Day Two:   “Mary is ‘the Mother of the Son of God.
As a result she is also the favourite daughter of the Father
and the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Because of this gift of sublime grace,
she far surpasses all other creatures,
both in heaven and on earth.”
(REDEMPTORIS MATER – 1987)mary is the mother of the son of god - st john paul - 14 oct 2017

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Thought for the Day – 14 October – The Memorial of St Pope Callistus I

Thought for the Day – 14 October – The Memorial of St Pope Callistus I

The life of this man is another reminder that the course of Church history, like that of true love, never did run smooth.   The Church had to–and still must–go through the agonizing struggle to state the mysteries of the faith in language that, at the very least, sets up definite barriers to error.   On the disciplinary side, the Church had to preserve the mercy of Christ against rigorism, while still upholding the gospel ideal of radical conversion and self-discipline.  Every pope—indeed every Christian—must walk the difficult path between “reasonable” indulgence and “reasonable” rigorism.    (Fr Don Miller OFM)

St Callistus I, pray for us!st callistus I - pray for us - 14 oct 2017


Quote/s of the Day – Saturday 14 October

Quote/s of the Day – Saturday 14 October

“Mary’s grace has given:
glory to heaven:
a God to earth:
and faith to the nations.
She has conferred:
death on vices;
order to life;
and a rule on morals.”

St Peter Chrysologus (406-450)mary's grace has given - st peter chrysologus - sat 14 oct 2017

“Love for Christ
pierced Mary’s heart
in such a way that no part of it
was left unkindled.
Mary thus fulfilled
the first commandment of love
in all its fulness
and without the slightest imperfection.”

St Bernard (1090-1153)love for christ pierced mary's heart - st bernard - sat 14 oct 2017

“She is flower of the field
from whom bloomed the
precious lily of the valley.”

St Augustine (354-430)she is the flower of the field - st augustine

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One Minute Reflection – Saturday 14 October 

One Minute Reflection – Marian Devotion for Saturday 14 October

Forsake her not and she will preserve you;
love her and she will safeguard you.….Wisdom 4:6

REFLECTION – “Go to Mary and sing her praises and you will be enlightened.
For it is through her that the true Light shines on the sea of this life.”…St Ildephonsus  (607-667)gor to mary and sing her praises - st ildephonsus-no 2

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help me to have recourse often to Your holy Mother Mary. Grant that she may obtain from You all the graces I need to serve You in this world and give eternal glory to You in the next. Mary Mother of God and our Queen and Mother, pray for us, amen.mary our queen our mother pray for us


Our Morning Offering – 14 October – Saturday Devotion to our Mother

Our Morning Offering – 14 October – Saturday Devotion to our Mother

Mary, let me love your Jesus
By St Ildephonsus (607-667)

Virgin Mary, hear my prayer:
through the Holy Spirit
you became the Mother of Jesus;
from the Holy Spirit may I too have Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit
your flesh conceived Jesus;
through the same Spirit
may my soul receive Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit
you were able to know Jesus,
to possess Jesus,
and to bring Him into the world.
Through the Holy Spirit
may I too come to know your Jesus.
Imbued with the Spirit,
Mary, you could say:
“I am the handmaid of the Lord,
be it done unto me according to your word”;
in the Holy Spirit,
lowly as I am,
let me proclaim the great truths about Jesus.
In the Spirit you now adore Jesus as Lord
and look on Him as Son;
in the same spirit,
Mary, let me love your Jesus.

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Saint of the Day -14 October – St Pope Callistus I (Died c 223)

Saint of the Day – St Pope Callistus I (Died c 223) – 14 October Pope and Martyr Also known as Callixtus I/Calixtus I.  Papal Ascension – c 218 – martyred c 223.   Legend says he was killed by being thrown down a well with a millstone around his neckbut there is no solid evidence.   Patronage – cemetery workers.callistus I

The most reliable information about this saint comes from his enemy Saint Hippolytus, an early antipope, later a martyr for the Church.   A negative principle is used:  if some worse things had happened, Hippolytus would surely have mentioned them.

Callistus was a slave in the imperial Roman household.   Put in charge of the bank by his master, he lost the money deposited, fled and was caught.   After serving time for a while, he was released to make some attempt to recover the money.   Apparently he carried his zeal too far, being arrested for brawling in a Jewish synagogue.   This time he was condemned to work in the mines of Sardinia.   Through the influence of the emperor’s mistress he was released and went to live at Anzio.

After winning his freedom, Callistus was made superintendent of the public Christian burial ground in Rome–still called the cemetery of Saint Callistus–probably the first land owned by the Church.   The pope ordained him a deacon and made him his friend and adviser.

Callistus was elected pope by a majority vote of the clergy and laity of Rome and thereafter was bitterly attacked by the losing candidate, Saint Hippolytus, who let himself be set up as the first antipope in the history of the Church.   The schism lasted about 18 years.

Hippolytus is venerated as a saint.   He was banished during the persecution of 235 and was reconciled to the Church.   He died from his sufferings in Sardinia.   He attacked Callistus on two fronts—doctrine and discipline.   Hippolytus seems to have exaggerated the distinction between Father and Son–almost making two gods–possibly because theological language had not yet been refined.   He also accused Callistus of being too lenient, for reasons we may find surprising:  1) Callistus admitted to Holy Communion those who had already done public penance for murder, adultery and fornication;  2) he held marriages between free women and slaves to be valid—contrary to Roman law;  3) he authorised the ordination of men who had been married two or three times;  4) he held that mortal sin was not a sufficient reason to depose a bishop;  5) he held to a policy of leniency toward those who had temporarily denied their faith during persecution.

Pope Saint Callistus I is held to have initiated a practice in the Church known as Ember (meaning four times per year) Days, to bring down blessings on each season of the year. Within the liturgical year, the Church designated a group of three days which were set aside for fast and abstinence.   This observation occurred four times during the course of the liturgical year.    The practice, which was observed for centuries, has since faded.

Callistus was martyred during a local disturbance in Trastevere, Rome and is the first pope–except for Peter–to be commemorated as a martyr in the earliest martyrology of the Church.

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Memorials of the Saints – 14 October

St Pope Callistus I (Optional Memorial)

Bl Ana María Aranda Riera
St Angadrisma of Beauvais
St Bernard of Arce
St Celeste of Metz
St Dominic Loricatus
St Donatian of Rheims
St Fortunatus of Todi
St Franciszek Roslaniec
St Gaudentius of Rimini
St Gundisalvus of Lagos
Bl Jacques Laigneau de Langellerie
St Lupulo of Capua
St Lupus of Caesarea
St Manacca
St Manehildis
St Modesto of Capua
Bl Richard Creagh
Bl Roman Lysko
St Rusticus of Trier
St Saturninus of Caesarea
St Stanislaw Mysakowski
St Venanzio of Luni

Martyrs of Caesarea – (4 saints): Three brothers and a sister martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian – Carponius, Evaristus, Fortunata and Priscian. In 303 in Caesarea, Cappadocia (in modern Turkey) – their relics enshrined in Naples, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Ana María Aranda Riera
• Blessed Jacques Laigneau de Langellerie