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Thought for the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyr of Vietnam

Thought for the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyr of Vietnam (The Saint who influenced St Therese of the Child Jesus to dream of becoming a Missionary – she is of course, now a patron of Missionaries).

The letter below holds the last words of Saint Jean-Théophane Vénard—a French Catholic missionary sentenced to death in Vietnam—to his father, written in the night before his execution.

It is said that “on the way to martyrdom Father Vénard chanted psalms and hymns. To his executioner, who coveted his clothing and asked what he would give to be killed promptly, he answered:  ‘The longer it lasts the better it will be’.”last-words-before-execution-by-saint-jean-the--ophane-ve--nard-to-his-father_low-res

“20 January 1861

Very dear, very respected and beloved father,

Because my sentence keeps me waiting I want to send you another goodbye which will probably be the last.   The days of my imprisonment are passing gently.   Everybody around me honours me, a great number [of people] loves me.   From the great Mandarin to the last soldier, everybody regrets that the law of the kingdom condemns me to death. I did not have to endure torture, like many of my brothers.   A light cut of a saber will separate my head [from my body], like the gardener cuts a spring flower for his pleasure. We are all flowers planted on this earth that God reaps in His due time, some earlier, some later.   May it be the purple rose, the maiden lily, or the humble violet.   Let’s all try to please the Lord and Master according to the scent or colour that is given to us.

I wish you, dear father, a long, quiet and virtuous life.   Carry gently the cross of this life, like Jesus did, until the day of the peaceful passing.   Father and son will meet again in paradise.   I, little ephemeral, I will go there first.   Goodbye.

Your very devoted and respectful son

J Théophane Vénard”

However, Théophane’s decapitation at the hands of an executioner was a gruesome event.   He died, a martyr of Indochina, on February 2, 1861.   The best word to describe Théophane Vénard is “happy.”   He was happy at home, happy at school and seminary, happy when he was sick, happy to be sent to Vietnam.   And he was happy in his hiding hole, happy in his cage and happy to bend his neck for the executioner’s saber.   We may not wish for martyrdom but undoubtedly we would like to be infected with a joy like Théophane Vénard.

St Théophane Vénard, Pray for us!St Théophane Vénard - pray for us - 6 nov 2017


Quote/s of the Day – 6 November – On Achieving Sanctity!

Quote/s of the Day – 6 November – On Achieving Sanctity!

“We must have a real living determination to reach holiness.
‘I will be a saint’ – means I will despoil myself of all that is not God;
I will strip my heart of all created things;
I will live in poverty and detachment;
I will renounce my will,
my inclinations,
my whims and fancies
and make myself a willing slave to the will of God.”

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)we must have a real living determination - st mother teresa - 6 nov 2017

“God’s invitation to become saints is for all, not just a few.
Sanctity therefore must be accessible to all.
In what does it consist?
In a lot of activity? No.
In doing extraordinary things?
No, this could not be for everybody and at all times.
Therefore, sanctity consists in doing good
and in doing this good in whatever condition
and place God has placed us.
Nothing more, nothing outside of this.”

Blessed Louis Tezza (1841-1923)god's invitation - bl louis tezza - 6 nov 2017

“If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials,
it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain.
Do you want to become a great saint?
Ask God to send you many sufferings.
The flame of Divine Love never rises higher.
than when fed with the wood of the Cross,
which the infinite charity of the Saviour used to finish His sacrifice.
All the pleasures of the world are nothing,
compared with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar
offered to Jesus Christ. That is:
hard and painful things endured for Jesus Christ
and with Jesus Christ!”

St Ignatius Loyolaif god give you an abundant - st ignatius loyola - 6 nov 2017


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One Minute Reflection – 5 November

One Minute Reflection – 5 November

With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started….Hebrews 12:1

REFLECTION – “In Catholic tradition, devotion to the saints is not merely a mark of respect or a brief prayer on certain occasions….but a deeply felt spiritual communion, an attentive study of the precious examples and lessons, which the saints give us to cheer and encourage us.”…St Pope John XXIIIin catholic tradition - st pope john 23 - 6 nov 2017

PRAYER – Oh bless us O Holy Father, in Your saints, in the suffering army in Purgatory and in Your angels!   May those who stand in adoration with You in Heaven and those who cry out for mercy, be our intercessors as we struggle to throw off everything that hinders us on our way to You and them!   Eternal Father, may we reach our heavenly goal by their constant prayer.   As we pray for the Holy Souls and they for us, may the Saints and angels be our champions, amen.


Our Morning Offering – 6 November

Our Morning Offering – 6 November

O Holy Father, Who Dwell in Heaven
By Blessed Columba Marmion

O Holy Father, who dwell in heaven,
we are Your children since You do will
to be called our Father.
May Your Name be hallowed, honoured, glorified!
May Your perfections be praised and exalted
more and more upon the earth!
May we manifest in ourselves, by our works,
the splendour of Your grace!
Extend, then, Your reign –
may Your kingdom ever increase,
this kingdom, which is also that of Your Son,
since You have made Him the head of it.
May Your Son be truly the King of our Souls
and may we testify to His Kingship over us,
by perfect accomplishment of Your Will.
May we, like Him, ever seek to adhere to You,
by fulfilling Your good pleasure,
Your eternal designs for us, so as to be like Jesus
in all things and through Him,
worthy children of Your Love!
Ameno holy father, who dwell in heaven - bl columba marmion - 6 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – St Leonard of Noblac (c496-559)

Saint of the Day – St Leonard of Noblac (c 496-559) Monk, Hermit, Abbot, Miracle-worker.  Patronages – • against burglaries • against robberies or robbers • barrel makers, coopers • blacksmiths • captives, prisoners • childbirth • coal miners • coppersmiths • farmers • greengrocers, grocers • horses • locksmiths • miners • porters • prisoners of war • 33 cities.   Attributes – depicted as an abbot holding chains, fetters or locks, or manacles.

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Saint Leonard was born to noble and illustrious parents in Gaul (now France), in the castle of Vendome in Orleans.   Born into Frankish royalty, he belonged to the court of King Clovis and his relatives were dignitaries, military commanders and people of both privilege and society.   Leonard was baptised by future Saint Remigius and the King, himself, stood as sponsor for him.   While he was still very young, the kingdom was threatened by an invading army.   The Queen, knowing of Leonard’s Christian faith, jokingly suggested to Leonard that he invoke the help of his God to repel an invading repeal the attack.   Leonard prayed, the tide of battle turned and the armies of Gaul were victorious.   Saint Remigius used this miracle to convert the King and thousands of followers to Christianity.

From an early age, Leonard was destined for the service of the Lord.   As he matured, he was so moved by the holy examples of Saint Remigius, Archbishop of Rheims that he renounced the world in order to lead a more perfect life.   Looking to Saint Remigius for advice and spiritual guidance, Leonard quickly came to embrace and exemplify the greatest of Christian virtues and while still a young man, took the tonsure (monk’s haircut) as a symbol to the world of his commitment to serving the Lord.   His first calling was in service to prisoners, who he showed great charity, and worked miracles of freedom.  Leonard asked the kind monarch to grant him personally the right to liberate prisoners whom he would find worthy of it, any time at all.   Based upon his exemplary life, prudence and good judgment (despite a young age), the king agreed.

Leonard earned himself a reputation of goodness, piety and sancity and soon all in the kingdom knew of him.   He became a person of pilgrimage, with the sick and poor traveling great distances for his healing and charity.   To each, he devoted himself, not only taking care of their physical needs but teaching them the virtues of patience and love and instructing them in the ways of sound doctrine.   The king, so pleased with the reputation the holy man was earning for the court, desired to attach him permanently into his service but Leonard, ever humble, replied that he preferred to live in humility and obscurity, as Christ had chosen for Himself for so many years.   With the king’s permission, Leonard retired to a monastery in Orleans.

Saint Maximin, the abbot of the monastery, saw to it that Leonard was soon ordained a deacon, which office he accepted out of obedience.   However, Leonard did not aspire to any additional ecclesiastical dignities.   Rather, he desired a life of austerity, sanctification and preaching—the latter task taking him from the monastery to the pagans of the province of Limoges.   On his evangelical journeys, Leonard discovered a nearby mountain, heavily forested and rich in solitude.   There he built a cell from the fallen branches of trees and remained for some time, taking great pleasure in the provisions of the Lord.   Leonard lived on herbs, wild fruits and spring water, relying solely on the Lord to provide.   He spent his days in communion with God, devoting himself to prayer, meditation and physical mortification.   Somehow, he was still found by those who sought him and continued to work miracles for the people through his devotion and suffering.  For example, from his prayers, the spouse of a nearby king successfully delivered a healthy child following a difficult labour.   In deep gratitude, the king bestowed upon Saint Leonard the part of the forest in which he lived, allowing him to do with it as he would.  Leonard built a beautiful oratory to the Our Blessed Mother, and was soon joined by two disciples.

With a more prominent building, Leonard was easier to find and the sick increased in numbers, seeking healing.   Similarly, word of Saint Leonard’s charity toward those in prison spread and following prayers for his intercession, prisoners reported witnessing their chains break before their eyes.   These prisoners would then travel in pilgrimage and thanksgiving to Saint Leonard, dragging their heavy chains and offering them in homage.   Soon, a large collection of chains and leg irons could be found at the oratory! Saint Leonard treated each of these freed prisoners with respect and dignity, offering those who wished a tract of land in the forest on which to begin anew.   Many remained, transforming their lives into honest work, serving the oratory and the poor of the region and coming to Christ through the work of Saint Leonard.   Eventually, a monastery was constructed, attracting an even greater number of disciples.

He fell ill while traveling and as the end of his time on earth grew near, he miraculously had himself transported back to the Oratory of Our Lady, where he died.    Numerous miracles of healing and freedom continued to occurand he remains a popular saint of intercession throughout France and Europe.   After his death, churches and monasteries were widely dedicated to him throughout Europe, including in France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Bohemia, Poland and many other countries.   Pilgrims continued to travel long distances to his tomb and over 4,000 miraculous favours have been recorded at his intercession.

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Memorials of the Saints – 6 November

St Atticus
St Barlaam of Novgorod
Bl Beatrice of Olive
Bl Christina of Stommeln
St Demetrian of Cyprus
St Edwen of Northumbria
St Efflam of Brittany
St Emilian of Faenza
St Erlafrid of Hirschau
St Felix of Fondi
St Felix of Genoa
St Felix of Thynissa
St Illtyd
St Israel of Limoges
St Leonard of Noblac –
St Leonard of Reresby
Bl Leonianus of Autun
St Melaine of Rennes
St Paul of Constantinople
St Pinnock
St Severus of Barcelona
Bl Simon of Aulne
St Stephen of Apt
St Theobald of Dorat
St Théophane Vénard
St Valentine of Genoa
St Victor Chumillas-Fernández
St Winnoc of Wormhoult

All Saints of Ireland
All Saints of Africa

Martyrs of Antioch – 10 saints: Ten Christians murdered together by Arabs after their seizure of Antioch, Syria. No names or other details about them have come down to us. 637 in Antioch, Syria.

Martyrs of Gaza – 9 saints: A group of Christian soldiers who were captured by Saracens invading the area of Gaza in Palestine. When the men continued to profess their Christianity, they were executed. We know the names of some of the martyrs – Himerius, John (2 of them), Kallinikos (Callinoco), Paul, Peter, Stephen and Theodore (2 of them). They were beheaded in Gaza, Palestine.

Martyrs of Spain – 498 saints and beati: – Martyred Franciscan Capuchins of Barcelona – 26 beati
Martyred Vincentians of Spain – 14 beati