The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 January 2018

The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 January 2018


Your right hand, O Lord,
glorious in power
(Ex 15:6)

Day 2: No longer as a slave but a beloved brother

Genesis 1:26-28 God created humankind in God’s own image

Psalm 10:1-10 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?

Philemon No longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother

Luke 10:25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which victims are forced or tricked into sex work, child labour and the harvesting of organs for the profit of the exploiters. It is a global, multimillion-dollar industry. It is also a growing problem across the Caribbean. Reformed Churches in the Caribbean have joined with the Council for World Mission and the Caribbean and North American Council for Mission to educate Christian communities to end the scourge of human trafficking.


One of the first things we learn about God in the Hebrew and Christian Bible is that God created humankind in his own image. However, this profound and beautiful truth has often been obscured or denied throughout human history. For instance, in the Roman Empire, the dignity of those enslaved was denied. The Gospel message is entirely different to this. Jesus challenged the social norms that devalued the human dignity of Samaritans, describing the Samaritan as the ‘neighbour’ of the man who had been attacked on the road to Jericho – a neighbour to be loved, according to the Law. And Paul, made bold in Christ, describes the once-enslaved Onesimus as ‘a beloved brother’, transgressing the norms of his society and affirming Onesimus’s humanity.

Christian love must always be a courageous love that dares to cross borders, recognising in others a dignity equal to our own. Like St Paul, Christians must be ‘bold enough in Christ’ to raise a united voice in clearly recognising trafficked persons as their neighbours and their beloved brothers and sisters, and so work together to end modern-day slavery.


Gracious God,
draw near to those who are victims of human trafficking,
assuring them that you see their plight and hear their cry.

May your Church be united in compassion and courage to work for that day
when no one will be exploited
and all will be free to live lives of dignity and peace.
This we pray in the name of the Triune God
who can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.

The right hand of God
is lifting in our land,
lifting the fallen one by one;
each one is known by name,
and rescued now from shame,
by the lifting of the right hand of God.

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On the Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906) – 19 January

On the Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906) – 19 January

As today we have been thinking of all our Priests, let us pray:

Pope Benedict’s Prayer for Priests

Eternal High Priest, You offered Yourself to the
Father on the altar of the Cross and through the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave Your priestly
people a share in Your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial
priesthood may be ever more conformed to You,
the divine Master.
May they preach the
Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to Your own Heart,
single- minded in service to You and to the Church
and shining examples of a holy,simple and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Your Mother and ours,draw all priests and the flocks
entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where
You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
BENEDICTUS PP. XVIpope-benedicts-prayer-for-priests-19-oct-2017

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Novena to St Paul in preparation for the Feast of The Conversion of St Paul on 25 January

Novena to St Paul in preparation for the Feast of The Conversion of St Paul on 25 January

Day FOUR – 19 January

For St John Paul, conversion means returning to God “through evaluating earthly realities in the unfailing light of His truth.”   The proof of St Paul’s conversion is his profession:  “For me to live is Christ” (Phil 1:21).   Conversion is a conversion to the will and design of God:  “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).

Let us Pray:

Glorious St Paul,
your conversion is a powerful witness to the world
that God loves us and does not give up on us,
no matter how far we stray.
Help me to live a life of ongoing conversion.
True conversion means converting my life to the
design of God, the plan He has for me right now.
Pray that I will love God’s will and providence for me.
May I learn to truly surrender myself to wisdom and tenderness of God.
Pray that I may love God’s will and providence for me.
In this confidence, I entrust to you, St Paul,
these, my intentions ………………..
(mention your request)

I ask this through Christ, Our Lord, amen.

St Paul Pray for us!day-4-novena-st-paul.-2018



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Novena to St Francis de Sales: Day Five – 19 January

Novena to St Francis de Sales
Day FIVE – 19 January

“This poor life is only a journey to the happy life to come.   We must not be angry with one another on the way but rather we must march on as a band of brothers and sisters united in meekness, peace and love.   I state absolutely and make no exception:  do not be angry at all if that is possible.   Do no accept any pretext whatever for opening your heart’s door to anger.   Saint James tells us positively and without reservation,” … a man’s anger does not fulfil God’s justice.”   [St Francis de Sales Jas 1:20] (INT. Part III, Ch. 8; O. III, p. 162)

O blessed Francis de Sales, who on earth did excel in a life of virtue,
especially in the love of God and neighbour,
I earnestly ask you to take me under your compassionate care and protection.
Obtain for me conversion of mind and heart.
Grant that all people, especially
(names of those whom you wish to include)
may experience the depth of God’s redeeming and healing love.
Teach me to fix my eyes on the things of heaven
even as I walk each day with my feet planted firmly on the earth.
Help me, through the practice of virtue and the pursuit of devotion,
to avoid anything that would otherwise
cause me to stumble in my attempt
to follow Christ and to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit.
Encouraged by your prayers and example,
help me to live fully my sacred dignity
with the hope of experiencing my sacred destiny:
eternal life with God.
Receive also this particular need or concern that I now lift up in prayer.
(mention your particular need).
O God, for the salvation of all,
You desired that St Francis de Sales—
preacher, missionary, confessor, bishop and founder—
should befriend many along the road to salvation.
Mercifully grant that we,
infused with the humility and gentleness of his charity,
guided by his wisdom and sharing in his spirit may experience eternal life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.

St Francis de Sales, pray for us.DAY FIVE - ST FRANCIS DE SALES NOVENA - 19 JAN 2018jpg

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Thought for the day – 19 January – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906) Saints and Lawyers?

Thought for the day – 19 January – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906)

Speaking of Saints and Lawyers?

A lawyer was visited by Satan who promised that if he sold his soul to him, he would be wealthy, have a beautiful wife who would never leave him and all his cases would be successes.

The lawyer said “Yeh, but what’ the catch?”

So many ‘official’ saints were Lawyers – I have been trying to work this out, what is the connection between holiness and the mind of the lawyer?   Especially in the light of the general opinion we all have of lawyers, something akin to the second-hand car salesman! In other words, a bit of a lier and a cheat, at the very least, someone who shines and polishes the little bit of truth available to him.   Perhaps it is just this – this ability to grab the bit of truth available and make it grow, make it shine, make it the reason why we must have that car or why the judge must release the prisoner?

So the saintly lawyers, grab the bit of truth and delve deeper and further until they find the whole truth – this must be it!   And in that digging they, of course, find the ONLY truth – Jesus the Christ and His Church!   Then, if they were good lawyers, that natural instinct, to delve, to dig, will continue and in that effort, sanctity is achieved.

Here are some, I could find on a quick search, who kept their eye on heaven:
Blessed Anacleto González Flores
Blessed Angelo Carletti
Blessed Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam
Blessed Antonio Franco
Blessed Augustine Novello
Blessed Bartholomew Longo
Blessed Bernardine of Fossa
Blessed Charles Steeb
Blessed Contardo Ferrini
Blessed Demosthenes Ranzi
Blessed Dermot O’Hurley
Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli
Blessed Giacomo Villa
Blessed Giuseppe Antonio Tovini
Blessed Henry of Segusio
Blessed Humbert of Romans
Blessed Jacopone da Todi
Blessed James the Almsgiver
Blessed Jean of Hainaut
Blessed John of Vercelli
Blessed John Storey
Blessed José Perpiñá Nácher
Blessed Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi
Blessed Manuel Basulto Jiménez
Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre
Blessed Mark Fantucci
Blessed Nazju Falzon
Blessed Paul Burali d’Arezzo
Blessed Paul of Wallachia
Blessed Peter de Geremia
Blessed Pierre de Barellis
Blessed Pietro of Gubbio
Blessed Pope Innocent XI
Blessed William Scott
Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
Saint Amphilochius of Iconium
Saint Andrew Avellino
Saint Aprus of Toul
Saint Bernadine Realino
Saint Bertrand of Aquileia
Saint Charles Borromeo
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Saint Francis de Sales
Saint Germanus of Auxerre
Saint Gregory Barbarigo
Saint Ivo of Kermartin
Saint James of the Marches
Saint Jerome
Saint John Houghton
Saint John of Avila
Saint John of Capistrano
Saint Josemaria Escriva
Saint Liphardus of Orleans
Saint Paulinus of Nola
Saint Philogonius of Antioch
Saint Raymond of Penyafort
Saint Richard of Chichester
Saint Salvius of Albi
Saint Satyrus of Milan
Saint Sylvester Gozzolini
Saint Theophilus the Lawyer
Saint Thomas a Becket
Saint Thomas More
Saint Tryphillius of Leucosia
Saint Turibius of Mogroveio
Venerable Cesare Baronio
Venerable Luis de Trelles y Nogerol

Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, pray for us that we too shine and polish the truth until we meet you in heaven as saints!blessed marcelo - no 2 pray for us



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Quote/s of the Day – 19 January – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906) “Speaking of Priests”

Quote/s of the Day – 19 January  – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906)

“Speaking of Priests”

“The power of the priest,
is the power of the divine person;
for the transubstantiation of the bread
requires as much power
as the creation of the world.”

St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)the power of the priest - st bernardine - 19 jan 2018

“The worthy priest is
an angel of purity,
in mind and body,
a cherub of light and knowledge,
a seraph of love and Charity,
an apostle of zeal in work and sanctity,
a little god on earth
in power and authority,
in patience and benignity.
He is the living image of Christ in this world,
of Christ watching, praying, preaching,
catechising, working, weeping,
going from town to town,
from village to village,
suffering, agonising, sacrificing Himself
and dying for the souls
created to His image and likeness. . .
He is the light of those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death.
He is the destroyer of error,
schisms and heresies,
the converter of sinners,
the sanctifier of the just,
the strength of the weak,
the consolation of the afflicted,
the treasure of the poor.
He is the confusion of hell,
the glory of heaven,
the terror of demons,
the joy of angels,
the ruin of Satan’s kingdom,
the establishment of Christ’s empire,
the ornament of the Church. . .”

St John Eudes (1501-1680)the worthy priest is...-st john eudes - 19 jan 2018

“What tongue, human or angelic,
may ever describe a power so immeasurable
as that exercised by the simplest priest in Mass?
Who could ever have imagined that the voice of man,
which by nature hath not the power,
even to raise a straw from the ground,
should obtain through grace,
a power so stupendous,
as to bring from Heaven to earth,
the SON of GOD?”

St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)what tongue,human or angelic - st leord of port maurice - 19 jan 2018

“St Bernard tells us that everything
has come to us through Mary;
and we may also say that everything
has come to us through the priest;
yes, all happiness, all graces, all heavenly gifts.”

“The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.
When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“If we had not the Sacrament of Orders,
we should not have Our Lord.
Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle?
It was the priest.
Who was it that received your soul,
on its entrance into life? The priest.
Who nourishes it, to give it strength
to make its pilgrimage? The priest.
Who will prepare it to appear before God,
by washing that soul, for the last time,
in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest –
always the priest.
And if that soul comes to the point of death,
who will raise it up,
who will restore it to calmness and peace?
Again the priest.
You cannot recall one single blessing from God
without finding,
side by side with this recollection,
the image of the priest.”

St Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, the Cure of Ars (1786-1859) – Patron of Priestsst john vianney - 3 quotes on the priesthood - 19 jan 2018

To be Continued ……………….

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One Minute Reflection – 19 January – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre (1835-1906)

One Minute Reflection – 19 January – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre (1835-1906)

And Jesus called to him the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits… So they went out and preached that men should repent...Mark 6:7,12mark 6 - 7,12

REFLECTION – “‘O Priest! You are not yourself because you are of God.   You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.   You are not you own because you are the spouse of the Church.   You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.   You are not from yourself because you are nothing. What then are you?   Nothing and everything.   O Priest!   Take care lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you: “He saved others, himself he cannot save!”‘ ...St NorbertO Priest! - St Norbert

PRAYER – O Lord of all, today we pray for our priests. All our priests from the Holy Father to our the newly ordained. Keep them holy and for yourself O Lord. Keep them in the image of Your Son, our High Priest, Jesus Christ. Keep them pure in heart, loving in spirit, filled with charity for all and most of all, with the greatest of love for You. Bless their hearts and their hands, that administer Your Eucharistic Son to your faithful. Grant that the prayers of Blessed Marcelo Spínola, may intercede for all our priests and ourselves. Amenblessed marcelo - pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 19 January

Our Morning Offering – 19 January

O Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
By Fr Vincent Martin Lucia

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
burning with love for me,
inflame my heart with love for You,
until, with You, I have one will,
that I may love the things You love
and do what You would do.
You have said:
“Anyone who does
the will of MY Father
is brother and sister
and mother to me.”
Centre my life in the depth
of Your love, Jesus,
that I may be free from
the seductions of the flesh
and the passing things of this world.
Set my heart on You alone,
so that I may find:
my joy in Your friendship,
my treasure in Your love,
my wealth in Your merits,
my riches in Your grace,
my happiness in my union with You
and my peace in the Father’s will.
Ameno eucharistic heart of jesus by fr vincent martin lucia - 19 jan 2018

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Saint of the Day – 19 January – Blessed Marcelo Spinola y Maestre (1835-1906)

Saint of the Day – 19 January – Blessed Marcelo Spinola y Maestre (1835-1906) Cardinal – served as Archbishop of Seville, Founder of the Handmaids of the Divine Heart (Religious Sisters), Lawyer.   He was beatified on 29 March 1987 by St Pope John Paul II at Vatican City and his canonisation cause is still pending.   Blessed Marcelo was born 14 January 1835 on the Isle of San Fernando, diocese of Cadiz, Spain as Marcelo Rafael José María de los Dolores Hilario –  20 January 1906 at Seville, Spain of natural causes.   Patronage s – Archdiocese of Seville, Handmaids of the Divine Heart.   Attributes – Cardinal’s attire, Crucifix.blessed marcelo spinola

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Marcelo Spínola was born on the island of San Fernando in Cádiz Province on 14 January 1835 at 06.00.   His parents were Juan Spínola y Osorno, Marquis of Spínola and Antonia Maestre y Osorno;  they had eight children, of whom four died in infancy.   He was baptised the following day in the military parish of San Fernando by the military chaplain of the second battalion of the Real Cuerpo de Artillería de la Marina.   His last name is also listed as Espínola.

He did his initial studies in the school of San Fernando, directed by priests from 1843-1845;  then at the Colegio Santo Tomás in Cádiz, 1845-1846 where he studied Latin, Spanish and French grammar and basic philosophy.   He then went to the school of Motril, where his father had been transferred from 1846-1847.   He went on to the school in Granada, 1847-1848, where he studied physics, chemistry and natural history.   His university education was completed at the University of Valencia from 1849-1852 and the University of Seville, graduating on the 29 June 1856.

He opened a law office in Huelva, offering free services to the poor.   He moved to Sanlúcar de Barrameda when his father was transferred to that city as chief of the port. He decided to follow his sacerdotal vocation on the advice of Canon Diego Herrero y Espinosa de los Monteros and began to study theology at home.   He received the ecclesiastical tonsure on 29 May 1863 and the diaconate on 20 February 1864.

He was ordained on 21 March 1864.   He did pastoral work in the archdiocese of Seville from 1864 in various parishes until 1880 and was then appointed titular bishop of Milos and auxiliary bishop of Seville by Pope Leo XIII on 16 December 1880.   He was transferred to the diocese of Coria on 10 November 1884 and to the diocese of Málaga on 10 June 1886.   Bl Marcelo was promoted to the metropolitan see of Seville on 2 December 1895 and he also served as a Senator of the Spanish Kingdom from 1891 to 1894 and from 1898 until his death.

He was created a cardinal by Pope Pius X in the consistory of 11 December 1905.   He was made a Cardinal-Priest but with no title assigned to him but Blessed Marcelo died at noon on 20 January 1906 in Seville, prior to being officially installed as a Cardinal.

On 24 January 1913, his remains were transferred to a new mausoleum built in the chapel of Dolores in the Cathedral of Seville, the Seat of the Archbishop.   The statue below is situate in the Cathedral at the Shrine of Blessed Marcelo.Blessed_Marcelo_Spínola_Y_Maestre_-_Cathedral_of_Seville

The cause of beatification commenced on 19 February 1956 under Pope Pius XII and began on a diocesan level in the Archdiocese of Seville.  The Positio – which documented his life of heroic virtue – was submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 1978.   This culminated with the decree of heroic virtue on 24 September 1983 in which Pope John Paul II bestowed upon him the title of Venerable.   A miracle attributed to his intercession was investigated and ratified in 1985.   St John Paul II confirmed the miracle on 10 November 1986 and it led to his beatification on 29 March 1987.   Another miracle is at present under investigation.

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Memorials of the Saints – 19 January

St Abachum of Persia
Bl Andrew of Peschiera
St Arsenius of Corfu
St Audifax of Persia
St Bassian of Lodi
Bl Beatrix of Lens
St Branwallader of Jersey
St Canute
St Catellus of Castellammare
St Contentius
Bl Elisabetta Berti
St Faustina of Como
St Fillan
St Firminus of Gabales
St Germanicus of Smyrna
St Godone of Novalesa
St John of Ravenna
St Joseph Sebastian Pelczar
St Liberata of Como
Bl Marcelo Spínola y Maestre
St Maris of Persia
St Messalina of Foligno
St Ponziano of Spoleto
St Remigius of Rouen
St Wulstan of Worcester

Martyrs of Numidia – 9 saints: A group of Christians martryred together for their faith. The only details to survive are nine of their names – Catus, Germana, Gerontius, Januarius, Julius, Paul, Pia, Saturninus and Successus. 2nd century Numidia in North Africa.