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NOVENA TO CHRIST KING in preparation for the Liturgical Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow

in preparation for the Liturgical Feast
of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow

Day Two
Through Jesus Christ and in Him

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Hebrew 1:1-2a
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets;  in these last days, he spoke to us through a son . . .

Jesus is frequently ignored and ridiculed, is announced to have been a king of the past and not to be the king of the present, let alone of tomorrow, is pushed into the junk room of issues and personages that should not be mentioned aloud and publicly…(Benedict XVI, address during the encounter with young people at Błonia Field in Cracow, 27 May 2006)

PRAYER – God, the Father of all mercy and solace, the kindest Lord and King!   You haVE sent Your only Son to make the world believe that You arE its only love, happiness and meaning of existence.   Our Lord is not only the Redeemer but that He also loves
every soul and hath shed His Blood for everyone.    May Your Kingdom arrive sooner in the souls of those who are paying this homage to You today;  in our families, parishes and the entire Nation.   You who livest and reigns world without end. Amen.

Prayer to Jesus Christ King of the Universe
by Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha (1927)

O Jesus, Lord of our hearts and immortal King of centuries, we hereby solemnly swear to You to stand faithfully by Your throne and by You.   We swear never to blemish Your standard with unbelief, sectarianism or any other apostasy.   We vow to You to persevere in the holy Catholic faith until we die.
May our posterity engrave it on our tombstones that we were never embarrassed because of our faith in You, Jesus the King and Your Gospel.   May You reign in our hearts through grace.   May You reign in our families through family virtues.   May You reign in our schools through genuine Catholic upbringing.
May You reign in our society through justice and concord.  May You reign everywhere, always and forever.   May Your standard be a guide for us all, may Your Kingdom extend to every corner of the earth! Amen

Let us pray:  Almighty God, the powerful King of all creation, we humbly beseech You to send the hosts of angels for our protection so that we may serve You with devotion, with no hindrance and in peace.   We beseech You through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.DAY TWO - novena to christ the king - 18 november 2017


Thought for the Day – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Thought for the Day – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Peter, the rough fisherman whom Jesus named the rock on which the Church is built and the educated Paul, reformed persecutor of Christians, Roman citizen and missionary to the gentiles, are the original odd couple.

The major similarity in their faith-journeys is the journey’s end:  both, according to tradition, died a martyr’s death in Rome—Peter on a cross and Paul beneath the sword.

Their combined gifts shaped the early Church and they are our icons in faith and truth now, all these 2000 years later.

Believers have prayed at their tombs from the earliest days and still, day by day, year by year, century by century, the queues of hundreds, sometimes thousands, form – each and every day, to get to Peter, to get to Paul – at last!

Sts Peter and Paul, pray for us!

sts peter and paul no 4 - pray for us

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Quote of the Day – – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Quote of the Day – – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

“The beauty and harmony of the churches, destined to give praise to God, also draws us human being, limited and sinful, to convert to form a ‘cosmos,’ a well-ordered structure, in intimate communion with Jesus, who is the true Saint of saints.
This happens in a culminating way in the Eucharistic liturgy, in which the ‘ecclesia,’ that is, the community of the baptised, come together in a unified way to listen to the Word of God and nourish themselves with the Body and Blood of Christ. From these two tables the Church of living stones is built up in truth and charity and is internally formed by the Holy Spirit transforming herself into what she receives, conforming herself more and more to the Lord Jesus Christ.
She herself, if she lives in sincere and fraternal unity, in this way becomes the spiritual sacrifice pleasing to God.”

Pope Benedict XVI – 2008the beauty and harmony - pope benedict - 18 nov 2017the beauty and harmony - pope benedict - 18 nov 2017.-no2


One Minute Reflection – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

One Minute Reflection – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

To you all, God’s beloved in Rome, called to be his holy people…..Romans 1:7romans 1 - 7

REFLECTION – “The present feast therefore deserves to be more than a local solemnity;  its extension to the Universal Church is a subject for the world’s gratitude.   Thanks to this Feast we can all make together in spirit today the pilgrimage, which our ancestors performed with such fatigue and danger, yet never thought they purchased at too high a price its holy joys and blessings. “Heavenly mountains, glittering heights of the new Sion!”  There are the gates of our true country, the two lights of the immense world.   There Paul’s voice is heard like thunder;   there Peter withholds or hurls the bolt.   The former opens the hearts of men, the latter opens Heaven.   Peter is the foundation-stone, Paul the architect of the temple where stands the altar by which God is propitiated.   Both together from a single fountain, which pours out its healing and refreshing waters” …Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 – c 609).there are the gares of our true country - Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 - c 609). - 18 nov 2017

PRAYER –  Lord God, give Your Church the help of the Apostles Peter and Paul, who first brought it the knowledge of the faith;  may they always obtain for it an increase of grace and continue to run with us on our journey home to You.   Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.sts peter and paul pray for us - 18 nov 2017


Our Morning Offering – 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Our Morning Offering – 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Eternal God
By St Francis Xavier S.J. (1506-1552)

Eternal God,
Creator of all things,
remember that You alone
has created the souls of unbelievers,
which You have made
according to Your image and likeness.
Behold, O Lord,
how to Your dishonour,
many of them are falling into Hell.
Remember, O Lord,
Your Son Jesus Christ,
Who so generously shed His Blood
and suffered for them.
Do not permit that Your Son, Our Lord,
remain unknown by unbelievers,
but, with the help of Your Saints
and the Church,
the Bride of Your Son,
remember Your mercy,
forget their idolatry and infidelity,
and make them know Him,
Who You have sent,
Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord,
Who is our salvation,
our life and our resurrection,
through Whom we have been
saved and redeemed,
and to Whom is due glory forever. Ameneternal god - st francis xavier - 18 nov 2017


Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul, at Rome – 18 November

Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul, at Rome – 18 November

From the twelfth century the Dedications of the Vatican Basilica of St Peter and the Basilica of St Paul on the Via Ostiense, have been celebrated on this day, as the anniversary of their dedication by St Pope Silvester and St Pope Siricius in the fourth century.   In more recent times, this feast has been extended to the whole Roman Rite.   As the anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major (5 August) honours the motherhood of Our Lady, so this Feast honours the memory of the two Princes of the Apostles.


The Vatican church, dedicated in honour of St Peter, is the second patriarchal church at Rome and in it reposes one half of the precious remains of the bodies of Saints Peter and Paul.   The tombs of the great conquerors and lords of the world have been long since destroyed and forgotten but those of the martyrs are glorious by the veneration which the faithful pay to their memory.   Amongst all the places which the blood of martyrs has rendered illustrious, that part of the Vatican hill which was consecrated with the blood and enriched with the relics of the prince of the apostles, has always been most venerable.   “The sepulchres of those who have served Christ crucified,” says Saint Chrysostom, “surpass the palaces of kings, not so much in the greatness and beauty of the buildings (though in this also they go beyond them) as in another thing of more importance, namely, in the multitude of those who, with devotion and joy, repair to them.   For the emperor himself, who is clothed in purple, goes to the sepulchres of the saints, and kisses them;   and, humbly prostrate on the ground, beseeches the same saints to pray to God for him;   and he who wears a royal crown upon his head, holds it for a great favour of God, that a tent-maker and a fisherman and these dead, should be his protectors and defenders and this he begs with great earnestness.”   And Saint Austin, or another ancient father.   “Now at the memory of the fisherman the knees of the emperor are bowed and the precious stones of the imperial crown shine most where the benefits of the fisherman are most felt.”peter and paulSOD-1118-DedicationoftheChurchesofSaintsPeterandPaul-790x480

The body of Saint Peter is said to have been buried immediately after his martyrdom, upon this spot, on the Vatican hill, which was then without the walls and near the suburb inhabited by the Jews.   The remains of this apostle were removed hence, into the cemetery of Calixtus, but brought back to the Vatican.   Those of Saint Paul were deposited on the Ostian Way, where his church now stands.   The tombs of the two princes of the apostles, from the beginning, were visited by Christians with extraordinary devotion above those of other martyrs.   Caius the learned and eloquent priest of Rome, in 210, in his dialogue with Proclus, the Montanist, speaks thus of them:  “I can show you the trophies of the apostles.   For, whether you go to the Vatican hill, or to the Ostian road, you will meet with the monuments of them, who by their preaching and miracles founded this church.”   Basilica_di_San_Pietro_(notte)Paolofuori_facade1

The Christians, even in the times of persecution, adorned the tombs of the martyrs and the oratories which they erected over them, where they frequently prayed.  Constantine the Great, after founding the Lateran church, built seven other churches at Rome and many more in other parts of Italy.   The first of these were, the churches of Saint Peter on the Vatican hill (where a temple of Apollo and another of Idaea, mother of the gods, before stood) in honour of the place where the prince of the apostles had suffered martyrdom and was buried and that of Saint Paul, at his tomb on the Ostian road.   The yearly revenues which Constantine granted to all these churches, amounted to seventeen thousand seven hundred and seventy golden pence, which is above thirteen thousand pounds sterling, counting the prices, gold for gold but, as the value of gold and silver was then much higher than at present, the sum in our money at this day would be much greater.   These churches had also a yearly income of above one thousand six hundred pounds upon the spices which Egypt and the East furnished.   The churches of Saint Peter had houses at Antioch and lands round about that city; at Tarsus, in Cilicia and at Tyre, also in Egypt, near Alexandria, in the province of Euphrates and elsewhere.   A part of these lands was appointed every year to furnish a certain quantity of spikenard, frankincense, balm, storax, cinnamon, saffron, and other precious drugs for the censers and lamps.   Anastasius gives a large account of the rich vessels of gold and silver which Constantine gave for the service of these churches; but, perhaps, confounded some later presents with those of this emperor.

These churches were built by Constantine in so stately and magnificent a manner as to vie with the finest structures in the empire, as appears from the description which Eusebius gives us of the church of Tyre, for we find that the rest were erected upon the same model, which was consequently of great antiquity.


Saint Peter’s church on the Vatican, being fallen to decay, it was begun to be rebuilt under Julius II, in 1506 and was dedicated by Urban VIII, in 1626, on this day, the same on which the dedication of the old church was celebrated.   The precious remains of many popes, martyrs and other saints are deposited partly under the altars of this vast and beautiful church and partly in a spacious subterraneous church under the other.   But the richest treasure of this venerable place consists in the relics of Saints Peter and Paul, which lie in a sumptuous vault beyond the middle of the church towards the upper end, under a magnificent altar, at which only the pope says mass, unless he commissions another to officiate there.   This sacred vault is called, The confession of Saint Peter, or, The threshold of the Apostles, (Limina Apostolorum,) to which devout persons have flocked, in pilgrimages, from the primitive ages.altarStPetersBaldach

Churches are dedicated only to God, though often under the patronage of some saint; that the faithful may be excited to implore, with united suffrages, the intercession of such a saint, and that churches may be distinguished by bearing different titles.   “Neither do we,” says Saint Austin, “erect churches, or appoint priesthoods, sacred rites, and sacrifices to the martyrs because, not the martyrs but the God of the martyrs, is our God.   Who, among the faithful, ever heard a priest, standing at the altar which is erected over the body of a martyr to the honour and worship of God, say, in praying:   We offer up sacrifice to thee, O Peter, or Paul, or Cyprian;   when at their memories (or titular altars) it is offered to God, who made them both men and martyrs and has associated them to his angels in heavenly honour.” And again:  “We build not churches to martyrs as to gods, but memories as to men departed this life, whose souls live with God. Nor do we erect altars to sacrifice on them to the martyrs, but to the God of the martyrs, and our God.”

Constantine the Great gave proofs of his piety and religion by the foundation of so many magnificent churches, in which he desired that the name of God should be glorified on earth, to the end of time.   Do we show ours by our awful deportment and devotion in holy places and by our assiduity in frequenting them?   God is everywhere present and is to be honoured by the homages of our affections in all places.   But in those which are sacred to Him, in which our most holy mysteries are performed and in which His faithful servants unite their suffrages, greater is the glory which redound to Him from them and He is usually more ready to receive our requests:  the prayers of many assembled together being a holy violence to his mercy.StPeter-cpst paul at st peters romepeter and paul 2.


Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul and Memorials of the Saints – 18 November

Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul (Optional Memorial)
St Rose Philippine Duchesne (Optional Memorial, United States)

St Amandus of Lérins
Bl Andreas Murayama Tokuan
St Anselm of Lérins
St Augusto Cordero Fernández
St Barulas
St Constant
Bl Cosmas Takeya Sozaburo
Bl Domingos Jorge
St Emiliano Martínez de La Pera Alava
St Esteban Anuncibay Letona
Bl Ferdinando Santamaria
St Francisco Marco Alemán
St Germán García y García
Bl Guilminus
Bl Ioannes Yoshida Shoun
St José María Cánovas Martínez
Bl Karolina Kózkówna
St Keverne
Bl eonard Kimura
St Mawes
St Maximus of Mainz
St Modesto Sáez Manzanares
St Mummolus of Lagny
St Nazarius of Lérins
St Noah the Patriarch
St Odo of Cluny
St Oriculus
St Patroclus of Colombier
St Romfarius of Coutances
St Romano of Antioch
St Teofredo of Vellaicum
St Thomas of Antioch
St Vidal Luis Gómara

Martyred Visitationists of Madrid:
• Blessed Amparo Hinojosa Naveros
• Blessed Augusto Cordero Fernández
• Blessed Carmen Barrera Izaguirre
• Blessed Emiliano Martínez de La Pera Alava
• Blessed Esteban Anuncibay Letona
• Blessed Francisco Marco Alemán
• Blessed Germán García y García
• Blessed Inés Zudaire Galdeano
• Blessed José María Cánovas Martínez
• Blessed Josefa Joaquina Lecuona Aramburu
• Blessed Laura Cavestany Anduaga
• Blessed Martina Olaizola Garagarza
• Blessed Modesto Sáez Manzanares
• Blessed Vidal Luis Gómara


NOVENA TO CHRIST KING in preparation for the Liturgical Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

in preparation for the Liturgical Feast
of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow (Mentor and hero of St John Paul).

prince cardinal adam sapieha.jpgDay One
With God the Father

Antiphon to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Luke 11:2

He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come”.
“Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Man, born of the Holy Virgin, came to reveal the fatherhood of God to mankind.   He came to reveal the fatherhood that only he himself knows as the Son who is of one substance with the Father.   So he came to lead mankind into the eternal and Divine dimension of all fatherhood and parenthood in the world created by God.   Also, of all order and harmony, for which the family dimension is essential.
Does to reveal mean only to remind?   More than that, to reveal means to restore. Christ came torestore the Divine fatherhood to mankind, this great human family. Only He could accomplish the restoration in a complete way.   In order to restore the Divine fatherhood to people, Christ had to bring back the people to God as Father.   This was his vital mission…”….(John Paul II, Homily delivered during the Mass at Masłów Aero Club in Kielce, 3 June 1991)

God, Father of mankind, we thank You for making us Your adopted children in Christ and letting us know about this great honour.   You have revealed that being a child of God means essentially acting with truth and simplicity, without a touch of duplicity and egoism.   Jesus Christ, our King and Lord, let all people know the kindness of God, Father of all creation and His care of those who fear Him.   Let us worship and praise the name of our King so that we may be brought to the glory of eternal life, where You live and reign, world without end. Amen

Prayer to Jesus Christ King of the Universe
by Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha (1927)

O Jesus, Lord of our hearts and immortal King of centuries, we hereby solemnly swear to You to stand faithfully by Your throne and by You.    We swear never to blemish Your standard with unbelief, sectarianism or any other apostasy.   We vow to You to persevere in the holy Catholic faith until we die.
May our posterity engrave it on our tombstones that we were never embarrassed because of our faith in You, Jesus the King and Your Gospel.   May You reign in our hearts through grace.   May You reign in our families through family virtues.   May You reign in our schools through genuine Catholic upbringing.
May You reign in our society through justice and concord.   May You reign everywhere, always and forever. May Your standard be a guide for us all, may Your Kingdom extend to every corner of the earth!   Amen

Let us pray. Almighty God, the powerful King of all creation, we humbly beseech You to send the hosts of angels for our protection so that we may serve You with devotion, with no hindrance and in peace.   We beseech You through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amenday-one-novena-christ-the-king-17-nov-2017



Thought for the Day – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Thought for the Day – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

“Elizabeth was a lifelong friend of the poor and gave herself entirely to relieving the hungry.   She ordered that one of her castles should be converted into a hospital in which she gathered many of the weak and feeble.   She generously gave alms to all who were in need, not only in that place but in all the territories of her husband’s empire.   She spent all her own revenue from her husband’s four principalities and finally she sold her luxurious possessions and rich clothes for the sake of the poor.

Twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, Elizabeth went to visit the sick.   She personally cared for those who were particularly repulsive; to some she gave good, to others clothing; some she carried on her own shoulders and performed many other kindly services.   Her husband, of happy memory, gladly approved of these charitable works.   Finally, when her husband died, she sought the highest perfection;  filled with tears, she implored me to let her beg for alms from door to door.

On Good Friday of that year, when the altars had been stripped, she laid her hands on the altar in a chapel in her own town, where she had established the Friars Minor and before witnesses she voluntarily renounced all worldly display and everything that our Saviour in the gospel advises us to abandon.   Even then she saw that she could still be distracted by the cares and worldly glory which had surrounded her while her husband was alive.   Against my will she followed me to Marburg.   Here in the town she built a hospice where she gathered together the weak and the feeble.   There she attended the most wretched and contemptible at her own table.

st elizabeth visiting the hospital she founded
St Elizabeth at the Hospice she built

Apart from those active good works, I declare before God that I have seldom seen a more contemplative woman.

Before her death I heard her confession.   When I asked what should be done about her goods and possessions, she replied that anything which seemed to be hers belonged to the poor.   She asked me to distribute everything except one worn-out dress in which she wished to be buried.   When all this had been decided, she received the body of our Lord. Afterward, until vespers, she spoke often of the holiest things she had heard in sermons. Then, she devoutly commended to God all who were sitting near her and as if falling into a gentle sleep, she died.”   – from a letter by Fr Conrad of Marburg, spiritual director of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Elizabeth understood well the lesson Jesus taught when he washed his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper:  the Christian must be one who serves the humblest needs of others, even if one serves from an exalted position.   In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order.   The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers.   This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe.  Of royal blood, Elizabeth could have lorded it over her subjects.   Yet she served them with such a loving heart that her brief life won for her a special place in the hearts of many.   Elizabeth is also an example to us in her following the guidance of a spiritual director.   Growth in the spiritual life is a difficult process.   We can play games very easily if we don’t have someone to challenge us.

St Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us!st elizabeth pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 November – Mercy/Charity/Love on the Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary – Apostle of Charity (1207-1231)

Quote/s of the Day – 17 November – Mercy/Charity/Love on the Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary – Apostle of Charity (1207-1231)

“It is better to err by excess of mercy
than by excess of severity. . .
Wilt thou become a Saint?
Be severe to thyself but kind to others.”

“Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Churchmercy imitates god - st john chrysostom - 17 nov 2017

“Two works of mercy set a person free:
Forgive and you will be forgiven
and give and you will receive.”two works of mercy - st augustine - 17 nov 2017

” Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works.
There is the goal;
that is why we run:
we run toward it and once we reach it,
in it we shall find rest.

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchlove is itself - st augustine - 17 nov 2017

“Lord, I am in this world to show Your mercy to others…
For my part I will glorify You by making known
how good You are to sinners, that Your mercy is boundless.”

St Claude de la Colombiere S.J. (1641-1682)lord, i am in this world - st claude de la colombiere- 17 nov 2017


One Minute Reflection – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

One Minute Reflection – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Adapt yourselves no longer to the pattern of this present world but let your minds be remade and your whole nature thus transformed…Romans 12:2

REFLECTION – “Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?”…–St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)extend your mercy towards others - st elizabeth of hungary - 17 nov 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, as You have taught Your Church that all the commandments are summed up in the love of You and of our neighbour, grant that as we follow St Elizabeth of Hungary in doing works of charity, we may be numbered among the blessed in Your Kingdom. May the prayers of St Elizabeth help us to give constant love and service to the afflicted and the needy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity. Amenst eliz of hungary pray for us 17 nov 2017


Our Morning Offering – 17 November – St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Our Morning Offering – 17 November – St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Blest are the Pure in Heart” – From the Breviary
(A perfect hymn/prayer for the Feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary)

Blest are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God,
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ’s abode.

The Lord, who left the heavens,
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with men,
their pattern and their King.

Still to the lowly soul,
He does Himself impart
and for His dwelling and His throne,
chooses the pure in heart.

Lord, we Thy presence seek,
May ours this blessing be:
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple fit for Theeblest are the pure in heart - on feast of st elizabeth of hungary - 17 nov 2017


Saint of the Day – 17 November – St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

Saint of the Day – 17 November – St Elizabeth of Hungary TOSF (1207-1231) Princess, Widow member of the Third Order of the Franciscans, Mother, Apostle of the poor, the sick, the needy..  Also known as St Elizabeth of Thuringia.   Born in 1207 at Presburg, Hungary – 1231 at Marburg, Germany of natural causes.   Her relics, including her skull wearing a gold crown she had worn in life, are preserved at the convent of Saint Elizabeth in Vienna, Austria.   Patronages – hospitals, nurses, bakers, brides, countesses, dying children, exiles, homeless people, lace-makers, widows. all Catholic charities and the Third Order of Saint Francis.   She was Canonised on 27 May 1235 by Pope Gregory IX at Perugia, Italy. HEADER - Marcos da Cruz - st elizabeth

Elizabeth was born in 1207.   Her father was Alexander II, the King of Hungary.   Her marriage was arranged when she was just a child and at age four, she was sent to Thuringia for education and eventual marriage.   When she was 14, she married Louis of Thuringia.   They loved each other deeply.elizabeth-of-hungary-spinning-for-poor-marianne-stokes_1895

Elizabeth went out with loaves of bread to feed those who were poor.   Her husband saw her and took hold of her cape to see what she was carrying. What he saw was roses rather than bread!   Because of this, she is also known as the patroness of bakers.   Louis supported her in all she did to relieve the sufferings of those who were poor or sick.   But Louis’s mother, Sophia, his brother and other members of court resented Elizabeth’s generosity.   She was taunted and mocked by the royal family but deeply loved by the common people.   Louis loved her and defended her.   They had three children.

In 1227, after six years of marriage, Louis went to fight in the Crusades.   He died on the way.   Elizabeth was grief stricken.   Her in-laws accused her of mismanaging the finances of the kingdom, forcing her and her children out of the palace.   For a while, they found refuge only in barns.   Finally, they were taken in by her uncle, the bishop of Bamberg.   When her husband’s friends returned from the Crusades, they helped restore her to her rightful place in the palace.   Elizabeth increased her service to others.   She was 24 when she died.

She was canonised only four years later.   Elizabeth is symbolized by a triple crown—for roles as a member of royalty, as a mother, and as a saint, crowned in heaven. Canonization of St Elisabeth of Hungary in 1235

Elisabeth-Kirche Marburg
Elisabeth-Kirche Marburg
Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Memorials of the Saints – 17 November

St Elizabeth of Hungary (Memorial) –

St Acisclus
St Aignan of Orléans
St Alphaeus of Palestine
St Eugene of Florence
St Eusebio Roldán Vielva
St Florinus of Remüs
St Giacinto Ansalone
St Gregory of Tours
St Gregory Thaumaturgus
St Hilda of Whitby
St Hugh of Lincoln
St Hugh of Noara
St Josefa Gironés Arteta
St Juan de Castillo-Rodriguez
St Laverius
St Lazarus Zographos
St Lorenza Díaz Bolaños
St Namasius of Vienne
Bl Salomea of Galicia
Bl Sébastien-Loup Hunot
St Thomas Hioji Nishi Rokuzaemon
St Victoria of Cordoba
Bl Yosafat Kotsylovsky
St Zacchaeus of Palestine

Jesuit Martyrs of Paraguay – 3 saints

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Eusebio Roldán Vielva
• Blessed Josefa Gironés Arteta
• Blessed Lorenza Díaz Bolaños


Thought for the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Thought for the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

The characteristic of St Gertrude’s piety is her devotion to the Sacred Heart, the symbol of that immense charity which urged the Word to take flesh, to institute the Holy Eucharist, to take on Himself our sins and, dying on the Cross, to offer Himself as a victim and a sacrifice to the Eternal Father.

Faithful to the mission entrusted to them, the superiors of Helfta appointed renowned theologians, chosen from the Dominican and Franciscan friars, to examine the works of the saint.   These approved and commented them throughout.   In the sixteenth century Lanspergius and Blosius propagated her writings.   The former, who with his confrere Loher spared no pains in editing her works, also wrote a preface to them.   The writings were warmly received especially in Spain and among the long list of holy and learned authorities who used and recommended her works may be mentioned :
—St. Teresa, who chose her as her model and guide,—Yepez—the illustrious Suare,—the Discalced Carmelite Friars of France—St Francis de Sales—M. Oliver—Fr Faber—Dom Gueranger.

The Church has inserted the name of Gertrude in the Roman Martyrology with this eulogy:  “On the 17th of November, in Germany (the Feast) of St Gertrude Virgin, of the Order of St. Benedict, who was illustrious for the gift of revelations.”

Let us run to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, O Come let us Adore Him!

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Quote/s of the Day – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)


“Let the soul who is desirous
of advancing in perfection
hasten to My Sacred Heart.”

“I understand that, each time
we contemplate with desire
and devotion, the Host in which
is hidden Christ’s Eucharistic Body,
we increase our merits in heaven
and secure special joys to be ours,
later in the beatific vision of God.”

St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

i understand that - st gertrude - 16 nov 2017


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One Minute Reflection – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

One Minute Reflection – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

My dear friends, do not be taken aback at the testing by fire which is taking place among you, as though something strange were happening to you; but in so far as you share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, so that you may enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed….1 Peter 4:12-131 peter 4 - 12-13

REFLECTION – “Bodily and spiritual affliction are the surest sign of Divine predilection. Gratitude for suffering is a precious jewel for our heavenly crown… Man should always firmly believe that God sends just that trial which is most beneficial for him.”…St Gertrude the Greatbodily and spiritual affliction - st gertrude - 16 nov 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, You made the heart of St Gertrude the dwelling-place of Your love. Grant to us that the power of Your protecting hand may keep us unshaken in the face of our ancient enemy and all his hidden snares.    Lighten our way so that, through the prayers of intercession by St Gertrude, we may experience the joy of Your presence in our hearts and courage at times of suffering. Amenst gertrude the great - pray for us - 16 nov 2017


Our Morning Offering – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Our Morning Offering – 16 November – The Memorial of St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
By St Gertrude the Great

O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
fountain of eternal life,
Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love.
You are my refuge and my sanctuary.
O my adorable and loving Saviour,
consume my heart with the burning fire
with which Yours is aflamed.
Pour down on my soul those graces
which flow from Your love.
Let my heart be united with Yours.
Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things.
May Your Will be the rule of all my desires and actions.
Amenprayer to the sacred heart by st gertrude - 16 nov 2017


Saint of the Day – St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) – 16 November

Saint of the Day – 16 November – St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) Virgin, Benedictine Religious, Mystic, Theologian, Writer.  Born – on 6 January 1256 at Eisleben, Thuringia (part of modern Germany) – she died on a Wednesday of Easter season, 17 November 1302 at the convent of Saint Mary’s of Helfta, Saxony (part of modern Germany) of natural causes.   Her relics reside in the old Monastery of Helfta.   Patronages – nuns, Magdeburg, Germany, Diocese of, Naples, Italy, West Indies.   St Gertrude received Equipotent Canonisation and a universal Feast day was declared in 1677 by Pope Clement XII.

St Gertrude the Great, of whom I would like to talk to you today, brings us once again this week to the Monastery of Helfta, where several of the Latin-German masterpieces of religious literature were written by women.   Gertrude belonged to this world.  She is one of the most famous mystics, the only German woman to be called “Great”, because of her cultural and evangelical stature:  her life and her thought had a unique impact on Christian spirituality.   She was an exceptional woman, endowed with special natural talents and extraordinary gifts of grace, the most profound humility and ardent zeal for her neighbour’s salvation.  She was in close communion with God both in contemplation and in her readiness to go to the help of those in need.

At Helfta, she measured herself systematically, so to speak, with her teacher, Matilda of Hackeborn, of whom I spoke at last Wednesday’s Audience.   Gertrude came into contact with Matilda of Magdeburg, another medieval mystic and grew up under the wing of Abbess Gertrude, motherly, gentle and demanding.   From these three sisters she drew precious experience and wisdom;  she worked them into a synthesis of her own, continuing on her religious journey with boundless trust in the Lord.   Gertrude expressed the riches of her spirituality not only in her monastic world but also and above all in the biblical, liturgical, Patristic and Benedictine contexts, with a highly personal hallmark and great skill in communicating.

Gertrude was born on 6 January 1256, on the Feast of the Epiphany but nothing is known of her parents nor of the place of her birth.   Gertrude wrote that the Lord himself revealed to her the meaning of this first uprooting:  “I have chosen you for my abode because I am pleased that all that is lovable in you is my work…. For this very reason I have distanced you from all your relatives, so that no one may love you for reasons of kinship and that I may be the sole cause of the affection you receive”  (The Revelations, I, 16, Siena 1994, pp. 76-77).

When she was five years old, in 1261, she entered the monastery for formation and education, a common practice in that period.   Here she spent her whole life, the most important stages of which she herself points out.   In her memoirs she recalls that the Lord equipped her in advance with forbearing patience and infinite mercy, forgetting the years of her childhood, adolescence and youth, which she spent, she wrote, “in such mental blindness that I would have been capable… of thinking, saying or doing without remorse everything I liked and wherever I could, had you not armed me in advance, with an inherent horror of evil and a natural inclination for good and with the external vigilance of others.   “I would have behaved like a pagan… in spite of desiring you since childhood, that is since my fifth year of age, when I went to live in the Benedictine shrine of religion to be educated among your most devout friends” (ibid., II, 23, p. 140f.).saint-gertrude (1)

Gertrude was an extraordinary student, she learned everything that can be learned of the sciences of the trivium and quadrivium, the education of that time;  she was fascinated by knowledge and threw herself into profane studies with zeal and tenacity, achieving scholastic successes beyond every expectation.   If we know nothing of her origins, she herself tells us about her youthful passions: literature, music and song and the art of miniature painting captivated her.   She had a strong, determined, ready and impulsive temperament.   She often says that she was negligent;  he recognises her shortcomings and humbly asks forgiveness for them.   She also humbly asks for advice and prayers for her conversion.   Some features of her temperament and faults were to accompany her to the end of her life, so as to amaze certain people who wondered why the Lord had favoured her with such a special love.

From being a student she moved on to dedicate herself totally to God in monastic life, and for 20 years nothing exceptional occurred: study and prayer were her main activities.   Because of her gifts she shone out among the sisters;   she was tenacious in consolidating her culture in various fields.
Nevertheless during Advent of 1280 she began to feel disgusted with all this and realised the vanity of it all.   On 27 January 1281, a few days before the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, towards the hour of Compline in the evening, the Lord with his illumination dispelled her deep anxiety.   With gentle sweetness He calmed the distress that anguished her, a torment that Gertrude saw even as a gift of God, “to pull down that tower of vanity and curiosity which, although I had both the name and habit of a nun alas I had continued to build with my pride, so that at least in this manner I might find the way for you to show me your salvation” (ibid., II, p. 87).   She had a vision of a young man who, in order to guide her through the tangle of thorns that surrounded her soul, took her by the hand.   In that hand Gertrude recognised “the precious traces of the wounds that abrogated all the acts of accusation of our enemies” (ibid., II, 1, p. 89), and thus recognised the One who saved us with His Blood on the Cross:  Jesus.gertrude the great

From that moment her life of intimate communion with the Lord was intensified, especially in the most important liturgical seasons Advent-Christmas, Lent-Easter, the feasts of Our Lady even when illness prevented her from going to the choir.   This was the same liturgical humus as that of Matilda, her teacher;  but Gertrude describes it with simpler, more linear images, symbols and terms that are more realistic and her references to the Bible, to the Fathers and to the Benedictine world are more direct.

Her biographer points out two directions of what we might describe as her own particular “conversion”:  in study, with the radical passage from profane, humanistic studies to the study of theology, and in monastic observance, with the passage from a life that she describes as negligent, to the life of intense, mystical prayer, with exceptional missionary zeal.   The Lord who had chosen her from her mother’s womb and who since her childhood had made her partake of the banquet of monastic life, called her again with his grace “from external things to inner life and from earthly occupations to love for spiritual things”.   Gertrude understood that she was remote from him, in the region of unlikeness, as she said with Augustine;  that she had dedicated herself with excessive greed to liberal studies, to human wisdom, overlooking spiritual knowledge, depriving herself of the taste for true wisdom;  she was then led to the mountain of contemplation where she cast off her former self to be reclothed in the new.   “From a grammarian she became a theologian, with the unflagging and attentive reading of all the sacred books that she could lay her hands on or contrive to obtain. She filled her heart with the most useful and sweet sayings of Sacred Scripture. Thus she was always ready with some inspired and edifying word to satisfy those who came to consult her while having at her fingertips the most suitable scriptural texts to refute any erroneous opinion and silence her opponents” (ibid., I, 1, p. 25).

St Gertrude - Merazhofen_Pfarrkirche_Chorgestühl_links_Gertrud_von_Helfta

Gertrude transformed all this into an apostolate:  she devoted herself to writing and popularising the truth of faith with clarity and simplicity, with grace and persuasion, serving the Church faithfully and lovingly so as to be helpful to and appreciated by theologians and devout people.

Little of her intense activity has come down to us, partly because of the events that led to the destruction of the Monastery of Helfta.   In addition to The Herald of Divine Love and The Revelations, we still have her Spiritual Exercises, a rare jewel of mystical spiritual literature.

In religious observance our Saint was “a firm pillar… a very powerful champion of justice and truth” (ibid., I, 1, p. 26), her biographer says.   By her words and example she kindled great fervour in other people.   She added to the prayers and penances of the monastic rule others with such devotion and such trusting abandonment in God that she inspired in those who met her an awareness of being in the Lord’s presence.   In fact, God made her understand that he had called her to be an instrument of his grace.   Gertrude herself felt unworthy of this immense divine treasure, and confesses that she had not safeguarded it or made enough of it.   She exclaimed: “Alas! If You had given me to remember You, unworthy as I am, by even only a straw, I would have viewed it with greater respect and reverence that I have had for all Your gifts!” (ibid., II, 5, p. 100). Yet, in recognising her poverty and worthlessness she adhered to God’s will, “because”, she said, “I have so little profited from your graces that I cannot resolve to believe that they were lavished upon me solely for my own use, since no one can thwart your eternal wisdom.   Therefore, O Giver of every good thing who has freely lavished upon me gifts so undeserved, in order that, in reading this, the heart of at least one of Your friends may be moved at the thought that zeal for souls has induced you to leave such a priceless gem for so long in the abominable mud of my heart” (ibid., II, 5, p. 100f.).

Two favours in particular were dearer to her than any other, as Gertrude herself writes: “The stigmata of Your salvation-bearing wounds which you impressed upon me, as it were, like a valuable necklaces, in my heart and the profound and salutary wound of love with which you marked it. 
“You flooded me with your gifts, of such beatitude that even were I to live for 1,000 years with no consolation neither interior nor exterior the memory of them would suffice to comfort me, to enlighten me, to fill me with gratitude.   Further, You wished to introduce me into the inestimable intimacy of your friendship by opening to me in various ways that most noble sacrarium of Your Divine Being which is Your Divine Heart…. To this accumulation of benefits you added that of giving me as Advocate the Most Holy Virgin Mary, your Mother and often recommended me to her affection, just as the most faithful of bridegrooms would recommend His beloved bride to His own mother” (ibid., II, 23, p. 145).

Looking forward to never-ending communion, she ended her earthly life on 17 November 1301 or 1302, at the age of about 46.   In the seventh Exercise, that of preparation for death, St Gertrude wrote: “O Jesus, you who are immensely dear to me, be with me always, so that my heart may stay with You and that Your love may endure with me with no possibility of division;  and bless my passing, so that my spirit, freed from the bonds of the flesh, may immediately find rest in you. Amen” (Spiritual Exercises, Milan 2006, p. 148).

It seems obvious to me that these are not only things of the past, of history; rather St Gertrude’s life lives on as a lesson of Christian life, of an upright path and shows us that the heart of a happy life, of a true life, is friendship with the Lord Jesus.   And this friendship is learned in love for Sacred Scripture, in love for the Liturgy, in profound faith, in love for Mary, so as to be ever more truly acquainted with God himself and hence with true happiness, which is the goal of our life.   Many thanks. …..POPE BENEDICT XVI Saint Peter’s Square, Wednesday, 6 October 2010Santa_Giustina_(Padua)_-_Ecstasy_of_St._Gertrude_by_Pietro_Liberi


Feasts of the Blessed Virgin and Memorials of the Saints – 16 November

St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) (Optional Memorial) –
St Margaret of Scotland (1045-`1093) (Optional Memorial) –

Patronage of Our Lady:  Feast permitted by a 1679 decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites for all provinces of Spain, in memory of the victories obtained there over infidels. Pope Benedict XIII granted it to the Papal States and it may now be celebrated with due permission by churches throughout the world.

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn/Our Lady of Ostra Brama:  is the prominent Catholic painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated by the faithful in the Chapel of the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius, Lithuania.   The painting was historically displayed above the Vilnius city gate; city gates of the time often contained religious artifacts intended to ward off attacks and bless passing travelers.
The painting is in the Northern Renaissance style and was completed most likely around 1630.   The Virgin Mary is depicted without the infant Jesus.   The artwork soon became known as miraculous and inspired a following.   A dedicated chapel was built in 1671 by the Discalced Carmelites.   At the same time, possibly borrowing from the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the painting was covered inexpensive and elaborate silver and gold clothes leaving only the face and hands visible.
In 1702, when Vilnius was captured by the Swedish army during the Great Northern War, Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn came to her people’s rescue.   At dawn, the heavy iron city gates of the gate fell crushing and killing four Swedish soldiers.   After this, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Army successfully counter-attacked near the gate.
In the following centuries, the following grew stronger and Our Lady became an important part of religious life in Vilnius.   The following inspired many copies in Lithuania, Poland and diaspora communities worldwide.   In 5 July 1927, the image was canonically crowned as Mother of Mercy.   The chapel was visited by St Pope John Paul II in 1993.   It is a major site of pilgrimage in Vilnius and attracts many visitors, especially from Poland.

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn

The Gate of Dawn in Vilnius; the painting can be seen through the glass window

St Afan of Wales
St Africus of Comminges
Bl Agnes of Assisi
St Agostino of Capua
St Alfric of Canterbury
St Anianus of Asti
St Céronne
St Edmund Rich of Abingdon
Bl Edward Osbaldeston
St Elpidius the Martyr
St Eucherius of Lyon
St Eustochius the Martyr
St Felicita of Capua
St Fidentius of Padua
St Gobrain of Vannes
St Ludre
St Marcellus the Martyr
St Othmar of Saint Gal
Bl Simeon of Cava

Martyrs of Africa – (11 saints)

Martyrs of Almeria – (9 saints): Soon after the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, the Communist-oriented Popular Front had all clergy and religious arrested and abused as they considered staunch Christians to be enemies of the revolution. Many of these prisoners were executed for having promoted the faith and this memorial remembers several of them killed in the province of Almeria.
• Adrián Saiz y Saiz
• Bienvenido Villalón Acebrón
• Bonifacio Rodríguez González
• Diego Ventaja Milán
• Eusebio Alonso Uyarra
• Isidoro Primo Rodríguez
• Justo Zariquiegui Mendoza
• Manuel Medina Olmos
• Marciano Herrero Martínez
Beatification – 10 October 1993 by St Pope John Paul II

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Thought for the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church: Pope Benedict XVI on St Albert, Faith and Science

Thought for the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church Pope Benedict XVI on St Albert, Faith and Science (Excerpt)

One of the great masters of medieval theology is St Albert the Great.   The title “Great”, (Magnus), with which he has passed into history indicates the vastness and depth of his teaching, which he combined with holiness of life.   However, his contemporaries did not hesitate to attribute to him titles of excellence even then.   One of his disciples, Ulric of Strasbourg, called him the “wonder and miracle of our epoch”.

He still has a lot to teach us.   Above all, St Albert shows that there is no opposition between faith and science, despite certain episodes of misunderstanding that have been recorded in history.   A man of faith and prayer, as was St Albert the Great, can serenely foster the study of the natural sciences and progress in knowledge of the micro- and macrocosm, discovering the laws proper to the subject, since all this contributes to fostering thirst for and love of God.   The Bible speaks to us of creation as of the first language through which God who is supreme intelligence, who is the Logos reveals to us something of himself.   The Book of Wisdom, for example, says that the phenomena of nature, endowed with greatness and beauty, is like the works of an artist through which, by analogy, we may know the Author of creation (cf. Wis 13: 5).   With a classical similitude in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance one can compare the natural world to a book written by God that we read according to the different approaches of the sciences (cf. Address to the participants in the Plenary Meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 31 October 2008; L’Osservatore Romano English edition, 5 November 2008, p. 6).   How many scientists, in fact, in the wake of St Albert the Great, have carried on their research inspired by wonder at and gratitude for a world which, to their eyes as scholars and believers, appeared and appears as the good work of a wise and loving Creator! Scientific study is then transformed into a hymn of praise.   Enrico Medi, a great astrophysicist of our time, whose cause of beatification has been introduced, wrote:  “O you mysterious galaxies… I see you, I calculate you, I understand you, I study you and I discover you, I penetrate you and I gather you.   From you I take light and make it knowledge, I take movement and make it wisdom, I take sparkling colours and make them poetry;  I take you stars in my hands and, trembling in the oneness of my being, I raise you above yourselves and offer you in prayer to the Creator, that through me alone you stars can worship” (Le Opere. Inno alla creazione).

St Albert the Great reminds us that there is friendship between science and faith and that through their vocation to the study of nature, scientists can take an authentic and fascinating path of holiness.

His extraordinary openmindedness is also revealed in a cultural feat which he carried out successfully, that is, the acceptance and appreciation of Aristotle’s thought.   In St Albert’s time, in fact, knowledge was spreading of numerous works by this great Greek philosopher, who lived a quarter of a century before Christ, especially in the sphere of ethics and metaphysics.   They showed the power of reason, explained lucidly and clearly the meaning and structure of reality, its intelligibility and the value and purpose of human actions.   St Albert the Great opened the door to the complete acceptance in medieval philosophy and theology of Aristotle’s philosophy, which was subsequently given a definitive form by St Thomas.   This reception of a pagan pre-Christian philosophy, let us say, was an authentic cultural revolution in that epoch.   Yet many Christian thinkers feared Aristotle’s philosophy, a non-Christian philosophy, especially because, presented by his Arab commentators, it had been interpreted in such a way, at least in certain points, as to appear completely irreconcilable with the Christian faith. Hence a dilemma arose: are faith and reason in conflict with each other or not?

This is one of the great merits of St Albert:  with scientific rigour he studied Aristotle’s works, convinced that all that is truly rational is compatible with the faith revealed in the Sacred Scriptures.   In other words, St Albert the Great thus contributed to the formation of an autonomous philosophy, distinct from theology and united with it only by the unity of the truth.   So it was that in the 13th century a clear distinction came into being between these two branches of knowledge, philosophy and theology, which, in conversing with each other, cooperate harmoniously in the discovery of the authentic vocation of man, thirsting for truth and happiness:  and it is above all theology, that St Albert defined as “emotional knowledge”, which points out to human beings their vocation to eternal joy, a joy that flows from full adherence to the truth.

St Albert the Great was capable of communicating these concepts in a simple and understandable way.   An authentic son of St Dominic, he willingly preached to the People of God, who were won over by his words and by the example of his life.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us pray the Lord that learned theologians will never be lacking in holy Church, wise and devout like St Albert the Great and that he may help each one of us to make our own the “formula of holiness” that he followed in his life:  “to desire all that I desire for the glory of God, as God desires for His glory all that He desires”, in other words always to be conformed to God’s will, in order to desire and to do everything only and always for His glory.

Pope Benedict XVI – Saint Peter’s Square, Wednesday, 24 March 2010

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Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorials of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church and St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)

Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorials of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church and St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)

“Nor could He have commanded anything more lovable,
for this sacrament produces love and union.
It is characteristic of the greatest love to give itself as food.
“Had not the men of my text exclaimed:
‘ Who will feed us with his flesh to satisfy our hunger?’
as if to say: ‘I have loved them and they have loved me
so much that I desire to be within them
and they wish to receive me so that the,
may become my members.’
There is no more intimate or more natural means
for them to be united to me and I to them.
Nor could He have commanded anything
which is more like eternal life.
Eternal life flows from this sacrament
because God with all sweetness
pours Himself out upon the blessed.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

“Our Redeemer ever present in the most Blessed Sacrament,
extends His hands to everyone.
He opens His heart and says, ‘Come to Me, all of you.'”

St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)our redeemer ever present - st raphael kalinowski - 15 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 15 November – – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 15 November – – The Memorials of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church and St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God ….Matthew 5:8

REFLECTION – “The surest and quickest way to attain perfection is to strive for purity of heart.   Once the obstacles have been removed, God finds a clear path and does wonders both in and through the soul.”…St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

“God refuses only the person who does not admit his own weakness; He sends away only the unhappy proud person. You must “hold him” well and strongly, with a poor spirit, with a poor heart, with a life entirely poor…”St Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)

the surest and quickest way - st albert the great - 15 nov 2017god refuses - st raphael kalinowski - 15 nov 2017PRAYER – Lord God, You made St Albert great by his gift for reconciling human wisdom with divine faith. Help us so to follow his teaching that every advance in science may lead us to a deeper knowledge and love of You. May his prayers on our behalf be a succour to us all.   We ask too for the intercession of the blessed Father St Raphael that his zeal and perseverance may be the driving force of our lives.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, albert the great - pray for us - 14 nov 2017st raphaelk kalinowski - pray for us - 15 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

Our Morning Offering – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

Prayer “O Lord, King of all!”
St Albert the Great (1200-1280)

We pray to You, O Lord,
who are the supreme Truth,
and all truth is from You.
We beseech You, O Lord,
who are the highest Wisdom,
and all the wise depend on You for their wisdom.
You are the supreme Joy,
and all who are happy owe it to You.
You are the Light of minds,
and all receive their understanding from You.
We love, we love You above all.
We seek You, we follow You,
and we are ready to serve You.
We desire to dwell under Your power
for You are the King of all. Amenour lord, king of all - st albert the geat op


Saint of the Day – 15 November – St Albert the Great OP (1200-1280) Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 15 November – St ALBERTUS MAGNUS/Albert the Great OP (1200-1280) Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church – Doctor universalis (Universal Doctor) – Priest and Friar of the Order of Preachers,Theologian, Scientist, Philosopher, Teacher, Writer.   Born in c 1200 at Lauingen an der Donau, Swabia (part of modern Germany) – 15 November 1280 at Cologne, Prussia (part of modern Germany) of natural causes.   Patronages – • Medical Technicians• Natural Sciences• Philosophers• schoolchildren• Scientists (proclaimed on 13 August 1948 by Pope Pius XII) Theology students.   Scholars have referred to him as the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages.H_LITANY-OF-ALBERT-THE-GREATSaint-Albert-the-Great - HEADERSOC0080

Born around 1206 in Launingen, Germany, Albert was educated as a young man at the University of Padua, and joined the Dominican Order in 1223.   He spent the following years engaged in various studies and teaching assignments in several German cities, most prominently Cologne.   He left Cologne for the University of Paris in 1245.

It was there that one of his students, a brilliant if quiet and heavy-set young man was so impressed by him that he later accompanied him back to Cologne and later became his most famous pupil!   Albert said of his student, St Thomas Aquinas, after St. Thomas’ remarkable explanation of a difficult treatise, “We call this young man a dumb ox but one day his bellowing in his teaching will be heard throughout the world.”

ST ALBERT AND ST THOMAS. getty - my snipSt-Albert-and-St-Thomas-Aquinas (1)

Not that St Albert wasn’t an intellectual heavyweight in his own right.   He was known as Albertus Magnus (Albert the Great).   St Albert can truly be called a Renaissance man, a century before the Renaissance actually began!   This Dominican friar and bishop was also known for his scholarly contributions to the sciences and philosophy as well as theology.   The publication of his complete writings in Paris in 1899 came to 38 volumes and covered his extensive knowledge of such diverse subjects as theology, botany, astronomy, mineralogy, alchemy (the forerunner of chemistry), justice and law among others!   He was the first to comment on virtually all of the writings of Aristotle, thus making them accessible to wider academic debate.   The study of Aristotle brought him to study and comment on the teachings of Muslim academics, notably Avicenna and Averroes and this would bring him into the heart of academic debate.

In 1254 Albert was made provincial of the Dominican Order and fulfilled the duties of the office with great care and efficiency.   During his tenure he publicly defended the Dominicans against attacks by the secular and regular faculty of the University of Paris, commented on John the Evangelist and answered what he perceived as errors of the Islamic philosopher Averroes.

In 1259 he took part in the General Chapter of the Dominicans at Valenciennes together with Thomas Aquinas, masters Bonushomo Britto, Florentius, and Peter (later Pope Innocent V) establishing a ratio studiorum or program of studies for the Dominicans that featured the study of philosophy as an innovation for those not sufficiently trained to study theology.   This innovation initiated the tradition of Dominican scholastic philosophy put into practice, for example, in 1265 at the Order’s studium provinciale at the convent of Santa Sabina in Rome, out of which would develop the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the “Angelicum”

In 1260 Pope Alexander IV made him bishop of Regensburg, an office from which he resigned after three years.   During the exercise of his duties he enhanced his reputation for humility by refusing to ride a horse, in accord with the dictates of the Order, instead traversing his huge diocese on foot.   This earned him the affectionate sobriquet “boots the Bishop” from his parishioners.   In 1263 Pope Urban IV relieved him of the duties of bishop and asked him to preach the eighth Crusade in German-speaking countries.  After this, he was especially known for acting as a mediator between conflicting parties.   In Cologne he is not only known for being the founder of Germany’s oldest university there but also for “the big verdict” (der Große Schied) of 1258, which brought an end to the conflict between the citizens of Cologne and the archbishop.   Among the last of his labours was the defense of the orthodoxy of his former pupil, Thomas Aquinas, whose death in 1274 grieved Albert (the story that he travelled to Paris in person to defend the teachings of Aquinas can not be confirmed).

After suffering a collapse of health in 1278, he died on 15 November 1280, in the Dominican convent in Cologne, Germany.   Since then 15 November 1954, his relics are in a Roman sarcophagus in the crypt of the Dominican St Andreas Church in Cologne. Although his body was discovered to be incorrupt at the first exhumation three years after his death, at the exhumation in 1483 only a skeleton remained.

Pope Pius XI, when he canonised him in 1931, said he had “that rare and divine gift, scientific instinct, in the highest degree.”   Like St Thomas, he was very much influenced by Aristotle in seeing the compatibility of natural sciences and philosophy with theology. Also like his star pupil, he rightly saw God’s hand behind all creation!

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Memorials of the Saints – 15 November

St Albertus Magnus (Optional Memorial) –;

St Alonso Rodriguez
St Anianus of Wilparting
St Arnulf of Toul
Bl Caius of Korea
St Desiderius of Cahors
St Eugene of Toledo
St Felix of Nola
St Findan
St Fintan the Missionary
St Gurias of Edessa
Bl Hélène-Marie-Philippine de Chappotin de Neuville
Bl Hugh Faringdon
Bl John Eynon
Bl John Rugg
Bl John Thorne
St Joseph Mukasa
St Joseph Pignatelli
St Leopold III
Bl Lucy of Narni
St Luperius of Verona
St Machudd of Llanfechell
St Malo of Aleth
St Marinus of Wilparting
Bl Miguel Díaz Sánchez
St Paduinus of Le Mans

Bl Richard Whiting
St Rocco Gonzalez
Bl Roger James
St Shamuna of Edessa
St Sidonius of Saint-Saens

Martyrs of Hippo – 20 saints: 20 Christians martyred together and celebrated by Saint Augustine. The only details about them to survive are three of the names – Fidenziano, Valerian and Victoria. Hippo, Numidia (in north Africa).

Martyrs of North Africa – 3 saints: A group of Christians murdered for their faith in imperial Roman north Africa. The only details that have survived are the names of three of them – Fidentian, Secundus and Varicus.


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

Posted in CATHOLIC Quotes, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS

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