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Thought for the Day – 11 January – The Memorial of St Theodosius the Cenobiarch (423-529 died aged 106)

Thought for the Day – 11 January – The Memorial of St Theodosius the Cenobiarch (423-529 died aged 106)

Today is the Memorial of St Theodosius the Cenobiarch who was a Monk, an Abbot and a Founder.   Roughly translated, cenobitical means “people who have a life in common,” and refers to the monks who joined Saint Theodosius’ community.   These monks, of many nationalities, devoted themselves to the Lord but did not remain in seclusion  . Rather, they socialised and interacted with the outside world, most particularly in the form of charitable and hospitable works, which was a new approach to monasticism at that time!

To his monastery were annexed three infirmaries: one for the sick, the gift of a pious lady in that neighbourhood;  the two others St Theodosius built himself, one for the aged and feeble, the other for such as had been punished with the loss of their senses, or by falling under the power of the devil.

All succours, spiritual and temporal, were afforded in these infirmaries, with admirable order, care, and affection.   He erected also several buildings for the reception of strangers, in which he exercised an unbounded hospitality, entertaining all that came, for whose use there were one day above a hundred tables served with provisions – these, when insufficient for the number of guests, were more than once miraculously multiplied by his prayers.

The monastery itself was like a city of saints in the midst of a desert and in it reigned regularity, silence, charity, and peace.   The monks passed a considerable part of the day and night at their devotions in the church and at the times not set apart for public prayer and necessary rest, everyone was obliged to apply himself to some trade or manual labour.

It has always been recognised that love of neighbour is part of the love of God and the great saints have lived this, helping the sick, the poor and the needy without expecting any return.   Monasteries were the first hospitals where the sick were cared for, free of charge and where the goodness of God was shown in countless ways.   St Theodosius the Cenobiarch was a leader in his time and in ours – we can do no less than he did!

St Theodosius Pray for us!st theodosius - pray for us - 11 jan 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 January – Speaking of Worry

Quote/s of the Day – 11 January – Speaking of Worry

“Let not your hearts be troubled;
believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many rooms;
if it were not so, would I have told you
that I go to prepare a place for you?
And when I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself,
that where I am you may be also.
And you know the way where I am going.”

John 14:1-4john 14 1-4

“Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility,
there is neither anger nor vexation.
Where there is poverty and joy,
there is neither greed nor avarice.
Where there is peace and meditation,
there is neither anxiety nor doubt.”

St Francis of Assisi (1181/82 – 1226)where there is charity and wisdom - st francis - 11 jan 2018

“I will not mistrust Him, Meg,
although I shall feel myself weakening
and on the verge of being overcome with fear.
I shall remember how St Peter, at a blast of wind began to sink
because of his lack of faith and I shall do as he did:
call upon Christ and pray to Him for help.
And then, I trust He shall place His holy hand on me
and in the stormy seas, hold me up from drowning.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535) (Letter to his daughter, Meg, from his prison cell.)i will not distrust him Meg - st thomas more - 11 jan 2018

“It will be quite enough to receive the evils
that come upon us from time to time,
without anticipating them by the imagination.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchit will be quite enough - st francis de sales - 11 jan 2018

“Hold your eyes on God
and leave the doing to Him.
That is all the doing you have to worry about.”

St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)hold your eyes on god - st jane frances de chantal - 11 jan 2018

“Lay all your cares about the future
trustingly in God’s Hands and let yourself
be guided by the Lord just like a little child.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)lay all your cares - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 11 jan 2018

“Humble yourselves therefore,
under the mighty hand of God,
so that he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:6-71 peter 5 6-7

“Do not worry about anything
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7philippians 4 6-7

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One Minute Reflection – 11 January

One Minute Reflection – 11 January

Enough then, of worrying about tomorrow.  Let tomorrow take care of itself.   Today has troubles enough of its own….Matthew 6:34

REFLECTION – “Let us strive to make the present moment beautiful!”…St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchlet us strive - st frances de sales - 11 jan 2018
“Let us especially regret the smallest amount of time that we waste or fail to use in loving God.”..St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church

PRAYER – Lord God, help me to remember that yesterday is gone forever and tomorrow may never come. Let me live in the present and strive to do Your will. Let me abandon myself to Your divine guidance and Your providence in all things. Amenlet us especially regret - st john of the cross - 11 jan 2018


Our Morning Offering – 11 January

Our Morning Offering – 11 January

The Universal Prayer
Pope Clement XI

I believe, O Lord but may I believe more firmly
I hope but may I hope more securely,
I love but may I love more ardently
I sorrow but may I sorrow more deeply.

I adore You as my first beginning;
I long for You as my last end;
I praise You as my constant benefactor;
I invoke You as my gracious protector.

By Your wisdom direct me,
by Your righteousness restrain me,
by Your indulgence console me,
by Your power protect me.

I offer You, Lord,
my thoughts to be directed to You,
my words, to be about You;
my deeds, to respect Your will,
my trials to be endured for You.

I will whatever You will,
I will it because You will it,
I will it in the way You will it,
I will it for as long as You will it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding, I pray:
arouse my will,
cleanse my heart,
sanctify my soul.

May I weep for past sins,
repel future temptations,
correct evil inclinations,
nurture appropriate virtues.

Give me, good ‘God,
love for You, hatred for myself,
zeal for my neighbour,
contempt for the world.

May I strive to obey superiors,
to help those dependent on me,
to have care for my friends,
forgiveness for my enemies.

May I conquer sensuality by austerity,
avarice by generosity,
anger by gentleness,
lukewarmness by fervour.

Render me prudent in planning,
steadfast in danger,
patient in adversity,
humble in prosperity.

Make me, O Lord, attentive at prayer,
moderate at meals,
diligent in work,
steadfast in intent.

May I be careful to maintain interior innocence,
outward modesty,
exemplary behavior,
a regular life.

May I be always watchful in subduing nature,
in nourishing grace,
in observing Your law,
in winning salvation.

May I learn from You
how precarious are earthly things,
how great divine things,
how fleeting is time,
how lasting things eternal.

Grant that I may prepare for death,
fear judgment,
flee hell,
gain paradise.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.excerpt from the universal prayer - pope clement XI - 11 jan 2018

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Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Vitalis of Gaza (Died c 625)

Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Vitalis of Gaza (Died c 625) Monk, Hermit and apostle of charity and prayer.

Roman martyrology:   At Gaza, Vitalis was a monk for many years and earned considerable controversy for his methods in reforming the local prostitutes and scandalous women.

Vitalis was a monk of Gaza, of unknown origin, who in his monk’s dress, at the age of 60, arrived in the gay and dazzling city of Alexandria, Egypt, like a ghost of the desert.   In his lonely cell he had read the story of the woman taken in adultery and had felt impelled to travel to the city and work among the prostitutes.   He obtained the name and address of every harlot, hired himself our as a day labourer and every night took his wage to one of these unfortunate women.

It was a very strange and unconventional procedure.   He would sup with the woman, then, giving her the money, would say:  “I pay thee this, that thou mayest spend one night without sin.”   Afterwards he would pray with her, often passing the night in reciting the Psalms and, on leaving, would extract a solemn promise that she would tell no one of the nature of his visit.

It led to great scandal and he was gravely misunderstood, but the Church refused to intervene and he continued his mission.   Thus he visited in turn every harlot in Alexandria and many, moved by his purity and sincerity as well as by his earnest appeal, abandoned their shameful calling.   Many, indeed, afterwards married and became good wives and mothers.

Vitalis was killed when a man, misunderstanding the nature of the monk’s visit to a brothel, struck him on the head.   Vitalis managed to return to his hut where he died. Apparently during his burial, former prostitutes came out to explain his works before processing with candles and lanterns as his body was brought to the grave.St.-Vitalis-of-Gaza-FB-Cover

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 January

St Alexander of Fermo
St Anastasius of Suppentonia
Bl Anna Maria Janer Anglarill
St Boadin of Ireland
St Breandan of Ireland
St Eithne
St Fedelemia
Bl Francis Rogaczewski
St Francisca Salesia Aviat
St Honorata of Pavia
St Hyginus, Pope
St Leucius of Alexandria
St Leucius of Brindisi
St Liberata of Pavia
St Lucius the Soldier
St Luminosa of Pavia
St Mark the Soldier
St Michael of Klopsk
St Palaemon
St Paldo
St Peter Balsam
St Peter of Alexandria
St Peter of Anea
St Peter the Soldier
St Salvius of Amiens
St Severus of Alexandria
St Speciosa of Pavia
St Taso
St Theodosius the Soldier
St Theodosius of Antioch
St Theodosius the Cenobiarch
St Tipasio of Tigava
St Tommaso da Cori
St Vitalis of Gaza –
Bl William Carter