Christmas Novena to the Christ Child – Day Eight – 23 December

Christmas Novena to the Christ Child

Day Eight
The Life Of The Child Jesus In Egypt And In Nazareth.

Our Blessed Redeemer spent the first part of His childhood in Egypt,
leading there for several years, a life of poverty and humiliation.
In that land Joseph and Mary were foreigners and strangers,
having there neither relatives nor friends.
Only with difficulty could they earn their daily bread by the labour of their hands.
Their home was poor, their bed was poor, their food was poor.
Here Mary weaned Jesus; dipping a piece of bread in water, she would put it in the sacred mouth of her Son.
Here she made His first little garments and clothed Him with them.
Here the Child Jesus took His first steps, stumbling and falling as other children first do.
Here too He spoke His first words, but stammeringly. O wonder of wonders!
To what has not God lowered Himself for love of us!
A God stumbling and falling as He walks! A God stammering in His speech!

Not unlike this was the poor and humble life that Jesus led in Nazareth after His return from Egypt.
There, until He was thirty years old, He lived as a simple servant or workman in a carpenter shop, taking orders form Joseph and Mary. “And He was subject to them.”
Jesus went to fetch the water;
He opened and closed the shop;
He swept the house, gathered the fragments of wood for the fire
and toiled all day long, helping Joseph in his work.
Yet who is this? God Himself, serving as a apprentice!
The omnipotent God, who with less than a flick of His finger created the whole universe,
here sweating at the task of planing a piece of work!
Should not the mere thought of this move us to love Him?

O Jesus, my Saviour!
When I consider how, for love of me, You didst spend thirty years of Your life hidden
and unknown in a poor workshop, how can I desire the pleasures and honours and riches of the world?
Gladly do I renounce all these things, since I wish to be Your companion on this earth,
poor as you were, mortified and humble as You were,
so that I may hope to be able one day to enjoy Your companionship in heaven.
What are all the treasures and kingdoms of this world?
You, O Jesus, are my only treasure, my only Good!
I keenly regret the many times in the past when I spurned
Your friendship in order to satisfy my foolish whims.
I am sorry for them with all my heart.
For the future I would rather lose my life a thousand times
than lose Your grace by sin.
I wish never to offend You again but always to love You.
Help me to remain faithful to You until death.
O Mary, you are the refuge of sinners, you are my hope. AmenDAY EIGHT NOVENA TO THE CHRIST CHILD - 23 DEC 2017 - NO 2

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Thought for the Day – 23 December – The Memorial of St John of Kanty (1390-1473)

Thought for the Day – 23 December – The Memorial of St John of Kanty (1390-1473)

Sweetness of disposition wins more people than a sharp mind and roughness.
Every human being is worthy of respect, even if his opinions are false and his attitudes wrong.
We may be right in our opinions but we are wrong if we defend those opinions in an unkind and uncharitable way.
Nevertheless, there is one truth, not many – blue is blue and not black – where our kind disposition and words fail to convince another of the truth and we meet violent roughness, we do as we are taught “shake the dust from your feet” (Luke 9:5).
In Christ’s words is a warning:  the act of “shaking off the dust from one’s feet” is an act of “testimony against” those who reject the Gospel.   At the time of Judgment, we will stand before Christ and be judged by the testimony of how we lived our lives.   The testimony of our lives, how we loved or did not love, will either be a testimony in our favour, or a testimony against us.
St John of Kanty, pray for us!st john of kanty - pray for us 2 - 23 DEC 2017


Quote of the Day – 23 December – The Memorial of St John of Kanty (1390-1473)

Quote of the Day – 23 December – The Memorial of St John of Kanty (1390-1473)

“Fight all error
but do it with good humour,
patience, kindness and love.
Harshness will damage your own soul
and spoil the best cause.”

St John of Kanty (1390-1473)fight all error - st john of kanty - 23 dec 2017

“Going hand-in-hand with that true brand of humility
one saw in him a great childlike humility.
There was nothing deceitful or ambiguous
in his actions and words.
Whatever was in his heart he unhesitantly
and honestly revealed.
If he thought that his words,
even when speaking the truth,
could accidentally offend someone,
he humbly asked for forgiveness
before approaching the altar.”

Pope Clement X (In the Bull of Canonisation of St John of Kanty on 16 July 1767)going hand in hand - st john of kanty - 23 dec 2017


One Minute Reflection – 23 December – Saturday of the Third Week of Advent and the Memorial of St John of Kanty (1390-1473)

One Minute Reflection – 23 December – Saturday of the Third Week of Advent and the Memorial of St John of Kanty (1390-1473)

On coming into the world, Jesus said …..”For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38). By one offering He has forever perfected those who are being sanctified.john-6-38. 23 dec image

REFLECTION – “Jesus Christ, the God-Man, was born in a manger and is spiritually reborn on the altar.    He suffered on Calvary and continues to offer Himself on the altar. In His earthly life, He spread His teaching and worked miracles among the crowds.   In the Eucharist, He spans the centuries and communicates Himself to all.”…St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Churchjesus christ the god man - st john chrysostom - 23 dec 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, in contemplating the birth of Your Son in time and in the Eucharist, may I ever attain a new birth.   May I through love of You, give my all to my neighbour in true charity.   Help me to learn from St John of Kanty to live in humility, true poverty of spirit and charity and of whom we ask for intercession.    St John of Kanty, pray for us! Amenst john of kanty pray for us - 23 dec 2017


Our Morning Offering – 23 December – Saturday of the Third Week of Advent 2017

Our Morning Offering – 23 December – Saturday of the Third Week of Advent 2017

As we draw to the end of this very short Advent-time, it is appropriate that we adopt the practice of praying this great prayer, EVERY DAY!

The Benedictus was the song of thanksgiving uttered by Zechariah on the occasion of the birth of his son, John the Baptist.
In the Roman Catholic Church, the Benedictus is part of Lauds because it is the song of thanksgiving for the coming of the Redeemer in the first part of the canticle.
It is believed to have been first introduced by Benedict of Nursia.   According to Durandus, the allusion to Christ’s coming under the figure of the rising sun had also some influence on its adoption.   It also features in various other liturgical offices, notably at a funeral, at the moment of interment, when words of thanksgiving for the Redemption are specially in place as an expression of Christian hope.

The Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
He has come to His people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of His servant David.
Through His holy prophets He promised of old
that He would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember His holy covenant.
This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship Him without fear,
holy and righteous in His sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called
the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare His way,
to give His people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever, amenTHE BENEDICTUS - 22 DEC 2017 VERSION FOR 2017

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Saturday of the Third Week of Advent – 23 December

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent – 23 December

“The Lord is at hand!   Come, let us adore him.”

Daily Meditation:

But who can endure the day of his coming
and who can stand when he appears?…Malachi 3:2

We now begin the final part of Advent.
We follow the Gospel story,
as it bring us to Christmas.
Today, we hear the story of God’s plan,
using a long line of less-than-perfect kings
and 5 very special women, to bring us to Jesus.
God saved us, by becoming one of us,
entering into our human and sometimes messy history.
Jesus will come to each of us this Advent
in and through our human journey.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for You are the God of my salvation;
for You I wait all the day long...Psalm 24:4-5

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To Christ our Redeemer who will come again
to free from the power of death
all those who return to him, let us humbly pray:
Come Lord Jesus!
As we proclaim Your coming Lord,
– cleanse our hearts of every vain desire,
Lord, may the Church which You founded,
– proclaim Your greatness to all peoples.
Your law is a light to my eyes,
– let it protect those who trust in You.
You allow the joys of Your coming
to be foretold to us by Your Church,
-may we receive You with eager devotion.

O Emmanuel,
King and Lawgiver
Desire of the nations,
Saviour of all people,
Come and set us free,
Lord, our God!emmanuel, king and lawgiver - 23 dec 2017.jpg

Closing Prayer:
Oh, God of wisdom,
I want to praise You and give You my life.
Like a loving parent,
You bless me.
You have watched over me,
knowing my history
and the path that led me to You.
Thank You for the peace
you promise peace in my life.
I ask that I be always aware
of the strength of Your great power.
May it never leave me.
So many people before me
in so many generations,
have served You so humbly,
answering Your call.
Please give me the wisdom and courage
to be Your humble servant.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

saturday of the third week - 23 dec 2017


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Saint of the Day – 23 December – St John of Kanty/Cantius (1390-1473)

Saint of the Day – 23 December – St John of Kanty/Cantius (1390 at Kanty, Silesia, Poland -1473 at Cracow, Poland, of natural causes ) Priest, Theologian, Scholastic Philosopher, Physicist, Teacher, Confessor, Philosopher, Apostle of Charity – Patron of Poland and Lithuania and various Universities.


He was born in Kęty, a small town near Oświęcim, Poland, to Stanisław and Anna Kanty. He attended the Kraków Academy at which he attained bachelor and licentiate.   In 1418 he became a Doctor of Philosophy.   Upon graduation he spent the next three years conducting philosophy classes at the university, while preparing for the priesthood.   Upon his ordination, he became rector at the school of the Canons Regular of the Most Holy Sepulcher in Miechow.    While there, he was offered a professorship of Sacrae Scripturae (Sacred Scripture) back at his alma mater, the Kraków Academy, which would later be named the Jagiellonian University.   He attained a doctorate in theology and eventually became director of the theology department.   He held the professorship until his death in 1473.   John spent many hours copying manuscripts of the Holy Scriptures, theological tracts and other scholarly works.
In physics, he helped develop Jean Buridan’s theory of impetus, which anticipated the work of Galileo and Newton.
During his time in Kraków, John Kanty became well known in the city for his generosity and compassion toward the poor, especially needy students at the university.   He subsisted on what was strictly necessary to sustain his life, giving alms regularly to the poor.

He was a serious man and a good teacher.   He ate no meat, slept on the floor and rested little.   Though John was hard on himself, he was patient and kind to his students, who loved him in return.   Some jealous faculty members, however, had him removed.   John was sent to do parish work but he was not acquainted with such duties.   Although the people liked him for his generous and energetic spirit, John was not successful as a parish priest.

John returned to the university to teach Scripture.   The material he taught was not remembered as much as his holiness.   He was known everywhere for his humility and spontaneous generosity.   He gave everything to people who were poor and kept only the clothes he most needed.   Four times he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, carrying his luggage on his back.   When John died at age 83, people had already claimed him as a saint.


John of Kanty/Cantius was beatified in Rome by Pope Clement X on 28 March 1676.   He was named patron of Poland and Lithuania by Pope Clement XII in the year 1737.  Ninety-one years after his beatification, Blessed John Cantius was canonised on 16 July 1767, by Pope Clement XIII.

The Roman Breviary distinguishes him with three hymns;  he is the only confessor not a bishop who has been given this honour in the Roman Catholic liturgy.

St John Cantius is a popular saint in Poland.   A number of churches and schools founded by Polish diaspora communities throughout North America are named in his honour.   “John Cantius” has been used as a first and middle name—see, for example, John Cantius Garand.   In 1998, a new religious institute was founded, based in Chicago, which took St. John Cantius as their patron saint.   Thus they are the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius.

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Memorials of the Saints – 23 December

St John of Kanty/Cantius (1390-1473) (Optional Memorial)

St Antonio of Saint Anne
St Besa of Egypt
Bl Bincema
St Dagobert II of Austrasia
Bl Epifanio Gómez Alvaro
St Frithbert of Hexham
Bl Hartmann of Brixen
Bl Herman of Scheda
Bl James Aymerich
St John Cirita
St John Stone
St Joseph Cho Yun-ho
St Mardonius of Rome
St Mazota of Abernethy
St Migdonius of Rome
St Nicolás Factor-Estaña
St Servulus of Rome
St Thorlac Thorhallsson
St Victoria
St Vintila of Orensee

Martyred Dominicans of Santander – (9 beati) – Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Bernardino Irurzun Otermín
• Blessed Eleuterio Marne Mansilla
• Blessed Eliseo Miguel Lagro
• Blessed Enrique Cañal Gómez
• Blessed Enrique Izquierdo Palacios
• Blessed Epifanio Gómez Alvaro
• Blessed José María García Tabar
• Blessed Manuel Gutiérrez Ceballos
• Blessed Miguel Rodríguez González
• Blessed Pedro Luís y Luís

Martyrs of Crete – (10 saints): A group of ten Christians who died in the persecutions of Decius. They were –
• Agathopus
• Basilides
• Cleomenes
• Eunician
• Euporus
• Evaristus
• Gelasius
• Saturninus
• Theodulus
• Zeticus
They were martyred in 250 on the island of Crete.