Thought for the Day – 14 November : Twelve Reasons From The Teachings Of The Church For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament – the Source and Summit of our Faith

Thought for the Day – 14 November : Twelve Reasons From The Teachings Of The Church For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament.

1. You are greatly needed!
“The Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic adoration.”    – (St Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)

2. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus!
“Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love.”    – (St Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Canae)

3. Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the centre of our Catholic life – the SOURCE and the SUMMIT!
“Every member of the Church must be vigilant in seeing that the sacrament of love shall be at the centre of the life of the people of God so that through all the manifestations of worship due Him shall be given back ‘love for love’ and truly become the life of our souls.” (St Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

4. Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for the evils of the world and bring about peace on earth.
“Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus and ready to make reparation for the great evils of the world.   Let your adoration never cease.”   –  (St Pope John Paul II, Dominicai Cenae)

5. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because you are the most important person in the world to Him – you are a treasure, believe it!
“Christ is reserved in our churches as the spiritual centre of the heart of the community, the universal Church and all humanity, since within the veil of the species, Christ is contained, the invisible heart of the Church, the Redeemer of the world, the centre of all hearts, by him all things are and of whom we exist.”    – (Blessed Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

6. Our Lord Jesus wants you to do more than to go to Holy Mass on Sunday.
“Our communal worship at Mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete.”    – (St Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

7. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus!
“Our essential commitment in life is to preserve and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and Eucharistic piety and to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist.”   –  (St Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)

8. The best time you spend on earth is with Jesus, your Best Friend, in the Blessed Sacrament!
“How great is the value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness!”    – (Blessed Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

9. Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine rays of His grace, His love, his peace.
“Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is, God with us, day and night, He is in our midst.   He dwells with us full of grace and truth.  He restores morality, nourishes virtue, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak.”   –  (Blessed Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

10. If Jesus were actually visible in church, everyone would run to welcome Him, but He remains hidden in the Sacred Host under the appearance of bread because He is calling us to faith, that we many come to Him in humility.
“The Blessed Sacrament is the ‘Living Heart’ of each of our churches and it is our very sweet duty to honour and adore the Blessed Host, which our eyes see, the Incarnate Word, whom they cannot see.”   –  (Blessed Pope Paul VI, Credo of the People of God)

11. With transforming mercy, Jesus makes our heart one with his.
“He proposes His own example to those who come to Him, that all may learn to be like Himself, gentle and humble of heart and to seek not their own interest but those of God.”  -(Blessed Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)

12. If the Pope himself would give you a special invitation to visit him in the Vatican, this honour would be nothing in comparison to the honour and dignity that Jesus Himself bestows upon you with the invitation of spending one hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
“The divine Eucharist bestows upon the Christian people the incomparable dignity.”   –  (Blessed Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)christ is truly emmanuel - bl pope paul VI - 14 nov 2017 - reasons to come to adoration

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 November

Quote/s of the Day – 14 November

“What is faith but a carriage to heaven?”

St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167)what is faith but a carriage to heaven - st aelred of rievaulx - 14 nov 2017

“Pray to God,
‘You are the Spirit
and I am only the trumpet
and without Your breath
I can give no sound.'”

St Joseph of Copurtino (1603-1663)pray to god - st joseph of cupertino - 14 nov 2017

“Can you expect to go to Heaven for nothing?
Did not our dear Saviour track the whole way to it
with His Blood and tears?”

St Elizabeth Ann Seaton (1774-1821)can you expect - st elizabeth ann seton - 14 nov 2017

“I tremble to think,
that I have to give,
an account of my tongue. …
Sometimes we kill with the tongue:
we commit real murders.”

St Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)i tremble to think - st faustina - 14 nov 2017


One Minute Reflection – 14 November

One Minute Reflection – 14 November

My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me…..John 10:27

REFLECTION – “The higher we go, the more we can hear the voice of Christ.”…Bl Pier Giorgio Frassatithe higher we go - bl pier - 14 nov 2017

PRAYER – Jesus my Lord and God, help me to climb high enough to hear Your voice.   Help me to strive daily to attain knowledge of You with a heart that longs for and loves you.   For it is Your voice and Your embrace I reach for. Amen

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, DOMINICAN OP, MORNING Prayers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS

Our Morning Offering – 14 November

Our Morning Offering – 14 November

Grant me, O Lord my God
St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Church

Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know You,
a heart to seek You,
wisdom to find You,
conduct pleasing to You,
faithful perseverance in waiting for You,
and a hope of finally embracing You.
Amen.grant me o lord my god - st thomas aquinas - 14 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – 14 November – Blessed John Licci O.P. (1400-1511)

Saint of the Day – 14 November – Blessed John Licci O.P. (1400-1511) Bl John was born in 1400 at Caccamo, diocese of Palermo, Sicily, Italy and he died on 14 November 1511 of natural causes.   Religious Priest of the Dominican Order, Preacher, Miracle-Worker.  Patronages – • against head injuries• Caccamo, Italy.   He was Beatified on 25 April 1753 by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed).

John Licci is one of the longest living holy men of the Church.  His 111 years on this earth in a small town near Palermo, Sicily, were filled with many miracles.  Born to a poor farmer, John’s mother died in childbirth.   His life from then on, all 111 years, was a tale of miracles.

John’s father, who fed the baby on crushed pomegranates, had to work the fields and was forced to leave the infant alone.   The baby began crying and a neighbour woman took him to her home to feed him.   She laid the infant on the bed next to her paralysed husband – and the man was instantly cured.   The woman told John’s father of the miracle but he was more concerned that she was meddling and had taken his son without his permission.   He took the child home to feed him more pomegranate pulp.   As soon as the child was removed from the house, the neighbour’s paralysis returned; when John was brought back in, the man was healed.  Even John’s father took this as a sign and allowed the neighbours to care for John.

A precocious and emotional child, John began reciting the Daily Offices before age 10. While on a trip to Palermo, Italy at age 15, John went to Confession in the church of Saint Zita of Lucca where his confession was heard by Blessed Peter Geremia who suggested John consider a religious life.   John considered himself unworthy but Peter pressed the matter, John joined the Dominicans in 1415 and wore the habit for 96 years, the longest period known for anyone.

He founded the convent of Saint Zita in Caccamo, Italy.   Lacking money for the construction, John prayed for guidance.   During his prayer he had a vision of an angel who told him to “build on the foundations that were already built.”   The next day in the nearby woods he found the foundation for a church called Saint Mary of the Angels, a church that had been started many years before but had never been finished.   John assumed this was the place indicated and took over the site.

During the construction, workmen ran out of materials;  the next day at dawn a large ox-drawn wagon arrived at the site.   The driver unloaded a large quantity of stone, lime and sand – then promptly disappeared, leaving the oxen and wagon behind for the use of the convent.   At another point a well got in the way of construction – John blessed it and it immediately dried up.  When construction was finished, he blessed it again and the water began to flow.   When roof beams were cut too short, John would pray over them, and they would stretch.   There were days when John had to miraculously multiply bread and wine to feed the workers.   Once a young boy came to the construction site to watch his uncle set stones;  the boy fell from a wall, and was killed;  John prayed over him and restored him to life and health.

John and two brother Dominicans who were working on the convent were on the road near Caccamo when they were set upon by bandits.   One of the thieves tried to stab John with a dagger, the man’s hand withered and became paralysed.   The gang let the brothers go, then decided to ask for their forgiveness.   John made the Sign of the Cross at them and the thief‘s hand was made whole.

One Christmas a nearby farmer offered to pasture the oxen that had come with the disappearing wagon-driver.   John declined, saying the oxen had come far to be there and there they should stay.   Thinking he was doing good, the layman took them anyway. When he put them in the field with his own oxen, they promptly disappeared, he later found them at the construction site, contentedly munching dry grass near Father John.

While he did plenty of preaching in his 90+ years in the habit, usually on Christ’s Passion, John was not known as a great homilist.   He was known, however, for his miracles and good works.   His blessing caused the breadbox of a nearby widow to stay miraculously full, feeding her and her six children.   His blessing prevented disease from coming to the cattle of his parishioners.   Noted healer, curing at least three people whose heads had been crushed in accidents.   He became the Dominican Provincial of Sicily.

Bl John Licci died peacefully in his hometown on 14 November 1511.




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Memorials of the Saints – 14 November

St Adeltrude of Aurillac
St Alberic of Utrecht
St Antigius of Langres
St Dubricius of Wales
St Etienne-Théodore Cuenot
St Hypatius of Gangra
Bl Jean of Tufara
Bl John Licci (1400-1511)
St John Osorinus
St Jucundus of Bologna
St Lawrence O’Toole
Bl Maria Louise Merkert
Bl Maria Teresa of Jesus
St Modanic
St Ruf of Avignon
St Serapion of Alexandria
St Serapion of Algiers
St Siard
St Venerando the Centurian
St Venerandus of Troyes

Holy Fathers of Merida

Martyrs of Emesa: Group of Christian women tortured and executed for their faith in the persecutions of the Arab chieftain Mady. They died in Emesa (modern Homs, Syria).

Martyrs of Heraclea – (3 saints): Group of Christians murdered together for their faith. The only details we have are three of their names – Clementinus, Philomenus and Theodotus. They were martyred in Heraclea, Thrace.

Martyrs of the Jaffa Gate:
• Blessed Déodat of Rodez
• Blessed Nikola Tavelic
• Blessed Pierre of Narbonne
• Blessed Stefano of Cuneo