Thought for the Day – 19 October – The Memorial of Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984)

Thought for the Day – 19 October – The Memorial of Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984)

Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko, a priest and martyr,….exercised his generous and courageous ministry beside all those who were working for freedom, for the defence of life and for its dignity. His work at the service of goodness and truth was a sign of contradiction for the regime governing Poland at the time. Love of the Heart of Christ led him to give his life and his witness was the seed of a new springtime in the Church and in society.
If we look at history, we can note how many pages of authentic spiritual and social renewal were written with the crucial contribution of Catholic priests, motivated solely by passion for the Gospel and for human beings and for their true freedom, both religious and civil.
How many initiatives of integral human promotion have been born from the intuition of a priestly heart! (13 June 2010, Pope Benedict XVI)
And so, let us pray for all our priests:

Pope Benedict’s Prayer for Priests

Eternal High Priest, You offered Yourself to the
Father on the altar of the Cross and through the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave Your priestly
people a share in Your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial
priesthood may be ever more conformed to You,
the divine Master.
May they preach the
Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to Your own Heart,
single- minded in service to You and to the Church
and shining examples of a holy,simple and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Your Mother and ours,draw all priests and the flocks
entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where
You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
BENEDICTUS PP. XVIpope benedict's prayer for priests - 19 oct 2017

Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, Pray for our Priests, pray for us all!bl jerzy pray for us

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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY SEVEN – 19 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY SEVEN – 19 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #7:  While he was Bishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtyla visited many of sick people in his archdiocese during the Lenten season.   Additionally, whenever he visited parishes he always visited the parishioners who were most gravely ill in their homes.   This also extended to every convent he visited, whereby he would always visit the sisters in the infirmary.   He did all of this not only to minister to their needs but also to ask for their prayers. He told one group of sisters:
Although I am young and strong, although I fly in airplanes, climb mountains, ski, I still turn to the weakest, so that by the riches of their suffering they may bring down the strength and power of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of God upon my work in the Archdiocese.”

REFLECTION:   “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (Jn 20:29). In today’s Gospel Jesus proclaims this beatitude: the beatitude of faith.   For us, it is particularly striking because we are gathered to celebrate a beatification but even more so because today the one proclaimed blessed is a Pope, a Successor of Peter, one who was called to confirm his brethren in the faith.   John Paul II is blessed because of his faith, a strong, generous and apostolic faith.   We think at once of another beatitude: “Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah!   For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven” (Mt 16:17).   What did our heavenly Father reveal to Simon?   That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.   Because of this faith, Simon becomes Peter, the rock on which Jesus can build his Church.   The eternal beatitude of John Paul II, which today the Church rejoices to proclaim, is wholly contained in these sayings of Jesus:  “Blessed are you, Simon” and “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe!”   It is the beatitude of faith, which John Paul II also received as a gift from God the Father for the building up of Christ’s Church.” ….. Pope Benedict XVI on the Beatification of St John seven - novena st john paul 19 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 Seven:   “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know Himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”  ― John Paul II, Fides et Ratio: On the Relationship Between Faith and Reasonfaith and reason - st john paul - 19 oct 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 19 October – The Memorials of St Paul of the Cross and Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko

Quote/s of the Day – 19 October
The Memorials of St Paul of the Cross and Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko

“Look upon the face of the Crucified,
who invites you to follow Him.
He will be a Father, Mother–everything to you.”look upon the face - st paul of the cross 19 oct 2017

“Do not live any longer in yourself
but let Jesus Christ live in you in such a way
that the virtue of this Divine Saviour may be resplendent
in all your actions, in order that all may see in you
a true portrait of the Crucified and sense,
the sweetest fragrance of the holy virtues of the Lord,
in interior and exterior modesty,
in patience,
in gentleness,
and in all others that follow.”

St Paul of the Cross (1604-1775) do not live - st paul of the cross - 19 oct 2017

“It is not enough for a Christian to condemn evil,
cowardice, lies and use of force, hatred and oppression.
He must at all times be a witness to
and defender of justice, goodness, truth, freedom and love.
He must never tire of claiming these values
as a right both for himself and others.”

Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984)it is not enough - bl jerzy popieluszko - 19 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 19 October – The Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests and Companions, Martyrs

One Minute Reflection – 19 October – The Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests and Companions, Martyrs

Do not grow lazy but imitate those who through faith and patience, are inheriting the promise .…Hebrews 6:12hebrews 6-12 - 19 oct 2017 - north american martyrs

REFLECTION – “My confidence is placed in God, who does not need our help for accomplishing His designs.
Our single endeavour should be to give ourselvs to the work and to be faithful to Him.”…..St Isaac Jogues SJ (1607-1646)my confidence is placed in god - st isaac jogues sj - 19 october 2017

PRAYER – My Lord and patient God, help me to practice patience in doing good. No matter what may occur, allow me to face each day with quiet courage and without complaint, knowing You are always at my side and that all is part of Your divine plan.   I pray for total abandonment to Your Will.  Sts John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues and your fellow Martyrs, please pray for us all, amen.19 OCT 2017 - One Minute Reflection JESUIT MARTYRS OF NORTH AMERICA - pray for us -

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Our Morning Offering – 19 October – The Memorial of St Paul of the Cross

Our Morning Offering – 19 October – The Memorial of St Paul of the Cross

Morning Offering
by Passionist Fr Chris Gibson CP

here I am in Your Presence.
I am entirely Yours.
I adore You.
I offer You my whole heart.
I wish only to do Your will.
I offer You all my efforts
I offer You all my sufferings.
I offer You this day
with all that it brings.
I offer them now,
but especially in the Eucharist,
in union with Your Sacrifice
on the Cross,
and in union with all those
who offer themselves to You
for the Salvation of the World.

“In this we know what love is:  in that he died for us.
We too should lay down our life for one another”       1 John 3:16lord here I am - passionist fr chris gibson on the feast of st paul of the cross - 19 oct 2917

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Saint of the Day – 19 October – St Paul of the Cross (1604-1775) CP

Saint of the Day – 19 October – St Paul of the Cross CP (1604-1775) Priest, Mystic, Preacher, endowed with miraculous powers of healing and prophecy, Founder of the Passionists – born  Paolo Francesco Danei on 3 January 1694, in the town of Ovada, Italy and he died at 81 on 18 October 1775, at the Retreat of Saints John and Paul (SS. Giovanni e Paolo), Rome.   By the time of his death, the congregation founded by Saint Paul of the Cross had one hundred and eighty fathers and brothers, living in twelve Retreats, mostly in the Papal States.    There was also a monastery of contemplative sisters in Corneto (today known as Tarquinia), founded by Paul a few years before his death to promote the memory of the Passion of Jesus by their life of prayer and penance.   Saint Paul of the Cross was beatified on 1 October 1852 and canonised on 29 June 1867.   His relics are also in the Church of Sts John and Paul, Rome.   His Memorial is celebrated on the day after his death due to the Feast of St Luke the Evangelist on 18 October.   Patronages – The Passionist Orders of Priests and paul of the cross - header

Paul Daneo was born on January 3, 1694, in Ovada, Italy, the second of 16 children.   Even as a young person, Paul felt strongly connected to God and moved by the passion of Christ.   At the age of 19, Paul’s father wanted him to become a merchant like himself. Marriage was a possibility looming in the future.   At times Paul dreamed of becoming a soldier and even enlisted in the Venetian army when volunteers were requested by the Pope.   But he soon realised that neither the adventure of a military career, the financial promise of the business world, nor the joys and sorrows of marriage were to be his life’s journey.   Listening one day to a simple sermon on the sufferings of Jesus, Paul suddenly experienced what he called his “conversion.”   He heard the voice of God calling him to a life of the spirit and a path of spiritual rigour.


He spent long hours in prayer, wrestling often with his own inner darkness and fierce temptations, a struggle that continued throughout 40 years of his life.   But it was in his connection to the Crucified Jesus that Paul found solace and meaning and in his meditations on Christ’s passion that new inner directions opened up for Paul.   His prayer life became an experience for him of the tremendous love God has for us.

Paul could see how many of his contemporaries did not know that God’s love had not deserted them.   The sick, the poor, the ordinary people of his day had few hours of rest, little hope of healing and lived in crippling fear of war and bloodshed.   Few found spiritual strength in the ritualistic services of the Church, which had became increasingly inaccessible to those who were living at the margins of society.   It was these abandoned people who Paul wanted to reach and eventually, it was to their side that Paul traveled long hours throughout the harsh countryside to preach a message of faith, compassion and loving redemption.

Paul had dreamed of gathering companions who would live together in community and promote this new message.   But it took from 1720 to 1741—twenty-one years of humble service as a hospital chaplain and traveling preacher combined with quiet perseverance in the face of official Church rejection—for Paul to receive his first papal authority to found his religious order, “The Congregation of the Passion.”paul-50

For over 40 years, Paul and his “like-minded companions,” the Passionists, preached the loving memory of the passion and death of Jesus Christ.   Paul would challenge his hearers to die a mystical death with Christ so as to rise up with Christ to a life of faith and love.  The sick and the poor remained special recipients of Paul’s care but he would also preach to the clergy and remind them of their obligations to serve the neglected. After many years of preaching, teaching and serving the Passionist community as its founder and leader, Paul died in 1775.


Paul received gifts of prophecy and healing from the Holy Spirit.   He was so powerful when he preached and so gentle in confession that he brought many sinners back to the Lord.   Paul once said, “England is always before my eyes, and if ever again it becomes Catholic, the benefit to the Church will be immeasurable.”   Within 65 years, a Passionist named Blessed Dominic Barberi went to England to help reconcile John Henry Newman and others to the Catholic Church, aiding the revival of Catholicism there.


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Memorials of the Saints – 19 October

St Paul of the Cross (Optional Memorial)

North American Martyrs (Optional Memorial) – 8 saints: Two priests and six lay-brothers, all Jesuits, who were sent as missionaries to the area of modern Canada and New York and who were murdered by the locals for their work.
• Saint Antoine Daniel
• Saint Charles Garnier
• Saint Gabriel Lalemant
• Saint Isaac Jogues
• Saint Jean de Brébeuf
• Saint Jean de la Lande
• Saint Noel Chabanel
• Saint Rene Goupil
Canonised – 29 June 1930 by Pope Pius XI

Bl Agnes of Jesus
St Altinus
St Aquilinus of Evreux
St Asterius of Ostia
St Beronicus of Antioch
St Desiderius of Longoret
St Ednoth
St Ethbin
St Eusterius of Salerno
St Frideswide
Bl Jerzy Popieluszko
St Laura of Cordoba
St Lucius of Rome
St Luke Alonso Gorda
St Lupus of Soissons
St Matthaeus Kohyoe
St Pelagia of Antioch
St Peter of Alcantara
St Philip Howard
St Potenzianus of Sens
St Ptolemy of Rome
St Sabiniano of Sens
St Theofrid
St Varus of Kemet
St Verano of Cavaillon

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: 18 Beati
• Blessed Antonio Elizalde Garvisu
• Blessed Constantino Miguel Moncalvillo
• Blessed Dionisio Arizaleta Salvador
• Blessed Emiliano Pascual Abad
• Blessed Eusebio de Las Heras Izquierdo
• Blessed Ferran Castán Messeguer
• Blessed Francesc Solá Peix
• Blessed Francisco Marco Martínez
• Blessed Francisco Milagro Mesa
• Blessed Francisco Simón Pérez
• Blessed Josep Ferrer Escolà
• Blessed Josep Ribé Coma
• Blessed Julio Leache Labiano
• Blessed Juan Senosiaín Zugasti
• Blessed Manuel Font y Font
• Blessed Narcís Simón Sala
• Blessed Nicolas Campo Giménez
• Blessed Pere Vives Coll