Announcing a Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King – 26 November 2017

Announcing a Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King – 26 November 2017

Let us enter into Nine days of prayer which will focus on Jesus as the Universal King.  The Roman Catholic Church sets aside the last Sunday of the liturgical year as the Feast of Christ the King, this year 2017, the Feast is on 26 November.

The Feast of Christ the King is, as Catholic feasts go, a relatively recent one.  It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, to remind Catholics (and the world generally) that Jesus Christ is Lord of the Universe, both as God and as Man.   Pius XI announced the feast in his encyclical Quas Primas, which was delivered on 11 December 1925.   At the end of the encyclical, he declared that he expected three “blessings” to flow from the celebration of the feast:   first, that “men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state”;   second, that “Nations will be reminded by the annual celebration of this feast that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honour and obedience to Christ”;   and third, that “The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal.”






That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel
in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace
and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

the holy father's prayer intention november 2017


Devotion for the Month of November – The Holy Souls/The Faithful Departed

Devotion for the Month of November – The Holy Souls/The Faithful Departednovember - the month of the holy souls

As Christmas approaches, it is natural that our thoughts turn to those whom we have loved who are no longer with us.

How appropriate, then, that the Catholic Church offers us November, which begins with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory—those who have died in grace, yet who failed in this life to make satisfaction for all of their sins.

In recent years, perhaps no Catholic doctrine has been more misunderstood by Catholics themselves than the doctrine of Purgatory.   Consequently, we tend to downplay it, even seem a little embarrassed by it and it is the Holy Souls who suffer because of our discomfort with the doctrine.

Purgatory is not, as many people think, one last trial.   All of those who make it to Purgatory will one day be in Heaven.   Purgatory is where those who have died in grace but who have not fully atoned for the temporal punishments resulting from their sins, go to finish their atonement before entering Heaven.   A soul in Purgatory may suffer but he has the assurance that he will ultimately enter Heaven when his punishment is complete.   Catholics believe Purgatory is an expression of God’s love, His desire to cleanse our souls of all that might keep us from experiencing the fullness of joy in Heaven.

As Christians, we don’t travel through this world alone.   Our salvation is wrapped up with the salvation of others and charity requires us to come to their aid.   The same is true of the Holy Souls.   In their time in Purgatory, they can pray for usand we should pray for the faithful departed that they may be freed from the punishment for their sins and enter into Heaven.

We should pray for the dead throughout the year, especially on the anniversary of their death but in this Month of the Holy Souls, we should devote some time every day to prayer for the dead.   We should start with those closest to us—our mother and father, for instance—but we should also offer prayers for all the souls,and especially for those most forsaken.

We believe that those Holy Souls for whom we pray will continue to pray for us after they have been released from Purgatory.   If we live Christian lives, we too will likely find ourselves in Purgatory someday and our acts of charity toward the Holy Souls there now will ensure that they remember us before the throne of God when we are most in need of prayers.   It’s a comforting thought and one that should encourage us, especially in this month of November, to offer our prayers for the Holy Souls.

Let us Pray:

Incline Your ear, O Lord, unto our prayers,
wherein we humbly pray to You.
to show Your mercy upon the souls of Your servants,
whom You have commanded to pass out of this world,
that You would place them in the region of peace and light
and bid them be partakers with Your Saints.
Through Christ our Lord.   Amen incline your ear o lord - nov month of the holy souls

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Thought for the Day – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints: “What is a Saint?”

Thought for the Day – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints:

“What is a Saint?”

Saints are not freaks or exceptions, they are the standard operating model for human beings.   Because, as Charles Péguy put it, “life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have been a saint.” 

Why does the Church include All Saints’ Day (1 Nov) in her calendar of solemn feasts? Why does the Apostles’ Creed include “the communion of saints” as one of the 12 essential articles of our faith?

Because, as Charles Péguy (1873-1914) put it, “life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have been a saint.”

Saints are not freaks or exceptions:  They are the standard operating model for human beings.   In fact, in the biblical sense of the word, all believers are saints.   “Sanctity” means holiness.  All men, women and children, born or unborn, beautiful or ugly, straight or gay, are holy, for they bear the image of God.

Saints are not the opposite of sinners:  There are no opposites of sinners in this world. There are only saved sinners and unsaved sinners.   Thus holy does not mean “sinless” but “set-apart:”  called out of the world to the destiny of eternal ecstasy with God.

What is a saint?   First of all, one who knows he is a sinner.   A saint knows all the news, both the bad news of sin and the good news of salvation.   A saint is a true scientist, a true philosopher:

A saint knows the truth:   A saint is a seer, one who sees what’s there. A saint is a realist.

A saint is also an idealist:  A saint embraces heroic suffering out of heroic love.   A saint also embraces heroic joy.   (This is one of the criteria for canonisation:  Saints must have joy.)

A saint is a servant of Christ:  A saint is also a conqueror greater than Alexander, who only conquered the world.   A saint conquers himself.   What does it profit a man if he conquers the whole world but does not conquer himself?

A saint is so open that he can say, with Paul:   “I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient.   I know how to live in humble circumstances;  I know also how to live with abundance” (Phil. 4:11-12).

A saint marries God:  “for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death.”   A saint is also so determined, so stubborn, that he will die before compromising the truth and will write credo in the sand with his own blood as he dies.   (One saint actually did this.)

A saint is a sworn enemy of the world, the flesh and the devil:   He is locked in mortal combat with principalities and powers.   A saint is also a friend and lover of the world. He kisses this sin-cancered world with the tender lips of the God of John 3:16.   A saint declares God’s war on this world, sinking the cross into the enemy occupied earth like a sword, the hilt held by heaven.   At the same time he stretches his arms out on that very cross as if to say,  “See?   This is how wide my love is for you!”

A saint is Christ’s bride, totally attached, faithful, dependent:   A saint is also totally independent, detached from idols and from other husbands.   A saint works among these others money, power, pleasure as a married woman works with other men but will not marry them or even flirt with them.

A saint is higher than anyone else in the world:   A saint is the real mountain climber. A saint is also lower than anyone else in the world:   As with water, he flows to the lowest places like Calcutta.

A saint’s heart is broken by every little sorrow and sin:   A saint’s heart is also so strong that not even death can break it.   It is indestructible because it’s so breakable.

A saint takes his hands off the steering wheel of his life and lets God steer:   That’s scary, for God is invisible.   A saint also has hands that move the world.   He has feet that move through the world with a sure step.

A saint does not let others play God to him:   A saint takes his orders from the General, not from the army.   A saint also does not play God to others.

A saint is a little Christ:   Not only do we see Christ through His saints, as we see a light through a stained glass window but we also understand the saints only through Christ, as we understand eggs only through chickens.

The saints are our family:   We are one Body.   They are our legs and we are theirs. That’s why their feast is our feast.   As Pascal says, “Examples of noble deaths of Spartans and others hardly affect us… but the example of the deaths of martyrs affects us, for they are our members… we do not become rich through seeing a rich stranger, but through seeing a father or husband rich.”

We become saints not by thinking about it, and not (certainly) by writing about it, but simply by doing it.   There comes a time when the “how?” question stops and we just do it.   If the one we love were at our door knocking to come in, would we wonder how the door lock works and how we could move our muscles to open it?

Francis of Assisi once told his monks that if they were in the midst of the Beatific Vision and a tramp knocked at their door asking for a cup of cold water, turning away from the heavenly vision to help the tramp would be the real heaven and turning away from the tramp to keep the blissful vision would be turning from God’s face.

A saint is one who sees who the tramp is:   Jesusa saint is one who sees who the tramp is - jesus - 1 nove 2017


All you holy saints in heaven pray for us!holy saints in heaven pray for us no 2 - 1 nov 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 1 November – – The Solemnity of All the Saints

Quote/s of the Day – 1 November – – The Solemnity of All the Saints

“If we only got to heaven,
what a sweet and easy thing it will be there,
to be always saying with the angels and the saints,
‘Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus.’”

St Philip Neri (1515-1595) if we only got top heaven - st philip neri - all saints day 2017

...”But do not forget that all the saints
cannot endear you to Christ
as much as you can yourseIf.
It is entirely up to You!”

St Cajetan (1480-1547) Founder of the Theatinesbut do not forget that all the saints cannot endear you to christ - st cajetan

“Remember the sufferings of Christ,
the storms that were weathered…
the crown that came from those sufferings
which gave new radiance to the faith…
All saints give testimony to the truth
that without real effort,
no-one ever wins the crown.”

St Thomas à Becket (1118-1170)remember the sufferings - st thomas a becket - 1 nov 2017

“God creates out of nothing.
Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure but He does.
what is still more wonderful,
He makes saints out of sinners.”

Soren Kierkegaardgod creates out of nothing - soren kierkegaard - 1 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints

One Minute Reflection – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints

You are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God………Eph 3:19

REFLECTION – “A ray of light enables us to see the dust that is in the air.
In the same way, the lives of the Saints show up our defects.
If we fail to see our faults, it is because we have not looked at the lives of
holy men and women.”…St Anthony of Paduaa ray of light enables us to see - st anthony of padua - 1 nov 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to love and respect Your Saints.   Grant me to obtain an example from their way of life, fellowship in their communion and aid through their intercession.   Holy Saints in Heaven, Pray for us. Amenholy saints in heaven pray for us - 1 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints

Our Morning Offering – 1 November – The Solemnity of All the Saints

Prayer of St Gertrude to the Saints in Heaven

I salute you through the Heart of Jesus,
O all you holy angels and saints of God;
I rejoice in your glory and I give thanks to our Lord
for all the benefits which He has showered upon you;
I praise Him and glorify Him
and offer you, for an increase of your joy and honour,
the most gentle heart of Jesus.
Deign therefore, to pray for me
that I may become
according to the heart of God. Amenprayer of st gertrude to the saints in heaven - 1 nov 2017

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1 November – The Feast of All the Saints

1 November – The Feast of All the Saints:

All Saints Day is a special feast day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown.   While most saints have a particular feast day on the Catholic calendar (usually, though not always, the date of their death), not all of those feast days are observed.   And saints who have not been canonised—those who are in Heaven but whose sainthood is known only to God—have no particular feast day.   In a special way, All Saints Day is their feast.

Date: 1 November
Type of Feast: Solemnity; Holy Day of Obligation
Readings: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a
Prayers: Litany of the Saints
Other Names for the Feast: All Saints’ Day, Feast of All Saints, Solemnity of All Saints

All Saints Day is a surprisingly old feast.   It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom.   When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honoured.   By the late fourth century, this common feast was celebrated in Antioch and Saint Ephrem the Syrian mentioned it in a sermon in 373.

In the early centuries, this feast was celebrated in the Easter season and the Eastern Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, still celebrate it then, tying the celebration of the lives of the saints in with Christ’s Resurrection.

The current date of November 1 was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741) when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.   Gregory ordered his priests to celebrate the Feast of All Saints annually.   This celebration was originally confined to the diocese of Rome but Pope Gregory IV (827-844) extended the feast to the entire Church and ordered it to be celebrated on November 1.

In English, the traditional name for All Saints Day was All Hallows Day.  (A hallow was a saint or holy person.)   The vigil or eve of the feast, 31 October, is still commonly known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween.   Despite concerns among some Christians (including some Catholics) in recent years about the “pagan origins” of Halloween the vigil was celebrated from the beginning—long before Irish practices, stripped of their pagan origins (just as the Christmas tree was stripped of similar connotations), were incorporated into popular celebrations of the feast.

In fact, in post-Reformation England, the celebration of Halloween and All Saints Day were outlawed not because they were considered pagan but because they were Catholic. Later, in the Puritan areas of the Northeastern United States, Halloween was outlawed for the same reason, before Irish Catholic immigrants revived the practice as a way of celebrating the vigil of All Saints Day.


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Solemnity of All Saints and Memorials of the Saints – 1 November

All Saints Day (Solemnity):  (a Holy Day of Obligation)  Instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown.   It owes its origin in the Western Church to the dedication of the Roman Pantheon in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the martyrs by Pope Saint Boniface IV in 609, the anniversary of which was celebrated at Rome on 13 May.   Pope Saint Gregory III consecrated a chapel in the Vatican basilica in honour of All Saints, designating 1 November as their feast.   Pope Gregory IV extended its observance to the whole Church. It has a vigil and octave and is a holy day of obligation;   the eve is popularly celebrated as Hallowe’en. Patronage – Arzignano, Italy.

St Amabilis of Auvergne
St Austremonius
St Benignus of Dijon
St Cadfan
St Caesarius of Africa
St Caesarius of Damascus
St Ceitho
St Cledwyn of Wales
Bl Clemens Kyuemon
St Cyrenia of Tarsus
St Dacius of Damascus
St Deborah the Prophetess
St Dingad
Bl Dionysius Fugixima
St Floribert of Ghent
St Gal of Clermont
St Genesius of Lyon
St Germanus of Montfort
St Harold the King
St James of Persia
St Jerome Hermosilla
St John of Persia
St Julian of Africa
St Juliana of Tarsus
St Lluís Estruch Vives
St Marcel of Paris
St Mary the Slave
St Mathurin
St Meigan
St Nichole
St Nuño de Santa Maria Alvares Pereira
St Pabiali of Wales
St Pere Josep Almató Ribera Auras
St Peter Absalon
Bl Peter Paul Navarra
Bl Petrus Onizuka Sadayu
St Rachel the Matriarch
St Ruth the Matriarch
St Salaun of Leseven
St Severinus of Tivoli
Bl Teodor Jurij Romza
St Valentin Faustino Berri Ochoa
St Vigor of Bayeux