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Novena to Blessed Benedict Daswa- Day Five – 27 January

Novena to Blessed Benedict Daswa- Day Five – 27 January

As a voluntary catechist, Benedict Daswa helped to build up the Church community,
especially by preparing people for baptism.   He was a member of the Parish Pastoral
Council and was always regular at the meetings.   He led the Sunday Service when a
priest or a pastoral worker was not available and was very involved in youth ministry,
encouraging the young people to live good, productive lives and to be proud of their
Benedict promised his wife that he would start building their house as soon as the new
Church of Nweli was finished.   This task of building the first Catholic Church in the area
was a project so dear to his heart that he not only helped the priest with his own car to
transport the building material for it but worked tirelessly on it and encouraged others
to do likewise.   After its completion, true to his promise, he started building his own

Word of God
So we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually members one of another.
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them; if prophecy, in
proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who
exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal;
he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12, 5-8)

Reflection:  What do I do for the Church and in the Church?
Do I contribute to the building/upkeep of the church and its services?

Prayer:  I will not enter my house or get into my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
Until I find a place for the Lord,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob. (Psalm 132,3-5)


O Blessed Trinity,
I believe that you dwell in me through my baptism.
I love You, I adore You and I worship You.
I give you thanks for Blessed Benedict,
Whom you chose to bear witness unto death for his faith
In Jesus Christ, my Saviour and my Lord.

Almighty Father, You filled the heart of Blessed Benedict,
With great love and zeal in building up your kingdom.
You gave him the courage and the strength
To stand up for his faith without fear, even the fear of death.

Loving God, keep me free from all deeds of darkness.
Protect me from evil spirits and the powers of evil.
Make me a true apostle of life in my family and in society.
May Your light, O Lord, shine upon me and through me.

Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Blessed Benedict,
I ask that I may follow his example
Of always being ready to forgive in a Christian spirit.
You know all about my many problems and worries
And my great fears when I look to the future.
I draw strength and courage from the life of Blessed Benedict.

I come to You now, Lord, and through his intercession
I ask for this very special favour
(mention your request/s)
if it is according to Your will.

Help me always to follow the good example of Blessed Benedict.
By daily prayer and regular attendance at Church,
Help me to love You, O Lord, above all things
And to love others as You love me.

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Novena to St John Bosco – Day Six – 27 January

Novena to St John Bosco – Day Six – 27 January

6th Day:  For Salesian Cooperators and the Salesian Family

O Saint John Bosco,
you founded the Association of Salesian Cooperators,
the seed of the worldwide Salesian Family,
in order to ensure the widest possible participation
in the charitable work on behalf of young people.
Pray for all the members of the Salesian Family that,
inspired by your example and bonded in one spirit,
they may share in the Salesian mission and model in their life
and work pastoral educative charity.
Through your intercession may God
grant me the following grace
(mention your intention)
so that together with the Salesian Family
I may assist all I am able to
and help young people in today’s society.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory to the Father…
St John Bosco Pray for us!DAY SIX - NOVENA ST JOHN BOSCO - 27 JAN 2018


Thought for the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Thought for the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

“I ask you, Lord, to receive all my self-will
that by the infection of sin is unable to distinguish
good from evil.
Receive, O Lord, all my thoughts, words and deeds,
interior and exterior,
that I lay at the feet of your Divine Majesty.
Although I am utterly unworthy,
I beseech you to accept all my being.”

At Angela Merici’s death in 1540 she had started 24 groups.   St Charles Borromeo organised the Ursulines into a formal religious congregation and it was given papal approval in 1544.   Over the years the Ursulines have flourished as the oldest and one of the most respected of the church’s teaching orders.

To the long list of authorities Ursulines were to obey—Ten Commandments, Church, parents, civil laws—St Angela added “divine inspirations that you may recognise as coming from the Holy Spirit.”   A refreshing and liberating rule.   Also a dangerous one, for when it’s obeyed, the Holy Spirit may act in unexpected ways.

Innovation has always been a part of genuine sanctity.   New wineskins are often needed for the eternally new wine of the Gospel and the saints are not only holy but they are often creative geniuses as well – always, listening to the creative genius, the Holy Spirit!

St Angela Merici, pray for us!st angela merici pray for us no 2 - 27 jan 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Quote/s of the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

“We must give alms.
Charity wins souls
and draws them to virtue.”

“Consider that the devil doesn’t sleep,
but seeks our ruin in a thousand ways.”

“Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.”we must give alms - st angela merici - 27 jan 2018

“Do not lose heart, even if you should discover
that you lack qualities necessary for the work
to which you are called.
He who called you will not desert you
but the moment you are in need,
He will stretch out His saving hand.”do not lose heart - st angela merici - 27 jan 2018

“As our Saviour says:
“A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit.”
He says: A good tree, that is, a good heart
as well as a soul on fire with charity,
can do nothing but good and holy works.
For this reason Saint Augustine said:
“Love and do what you will,” namely,
possess love and charity and then do what you will.
It is as if he had said: Charity is not able to sin.”

St Angela Merici (1474-1540)as our saviour says - st angela merici - 27 jan 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

One Minute Reflection – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

“Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.”…Luke 14:13luke 14-13

REFLECTION – “Reflect that in reality you have a greater need to serve [the poor] than they have of your service….St Angela Merici (1474-1540)reflect that, in reality - st angela merici - 27 jan 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, let St Angela ever commend us to Your love and care.   May her charity and wisdom inspire us to treasure Your teaching and express it in our lives. Through our Lord Jesus, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, angela merici - pray for us - 27 jan 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Our Morning Offering – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Excerpt from St Angela Merici’s Daily Prayer

My God, enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me grace to die
rather than ever offend Your divine Majesty.
Place a guard around my affections
and my thoughts,
so that they may never turn aside
from You and Your ways
and banish me not from Your presence,
in which afflicted hearts find such consolation.
O Lord,
I beg of You by Your holy Passion,
by Your precious blood shed for love of us,
by the holy name of Jesus,
that this adorable name may be blessed
in heaven and on earth
and by the heavenly choirs
of angels and archangels.
I regret, O Lord, that I have begun so late
to serve Your divine Majesty.
Accept, I beseech You, O Lord,
all my thoughts, words and actions,
together with my whole being;
and placing all at the feet of Your divine Majesty,
I beg You to accept them,
unworthy as I am of such a favour.
Amenst angela merici's prayer - 27 jan 2018

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Saint of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici C.S.U. (1474-1540)

Saint of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici C.S.U. (1474-1540) –  Virgin, Founder, Religious sister, Teacher, Writer – born on 21 March 1474 at Desenzano, Lake Garda, Italy – 24 January 1540 at Brescia, Italy.  Her body is interred in the church of Saint Afra, Brescia, Italy and is incorrupt.   Patronages – against bodily ills, illness, sickness,  the death of parents, disabled, handicapped or physically challenged people, sick people.   Attributes –  cloak, ladder, tall ladder with young women climbing it.   St Angela founded the Company of St Ursula in 1535 in Brescia, in which women dedicated their lives to the service of the Church through the education of girls.   From this organisation later sprang the monastic Order of Ursulines, whose nuns established places of prayer and learning throughout Europe and, later, worldwide, most notably in the new world.HEADER AA ST ANGELA MERICIHEADER ST ANGELA MERICI 1

Angela Merici was born in Northern Italy and lived on Lake Garda with her parents and sister, her closest companions.   Angela diligently worked on her father’s farm and was also encouraged by her family to develop habits of prayer and fasting — which she continued to practice her whole life.

After the untimely death of her entire family, Angela went to stay with her uncle in a neighbouring town.   Angela, obviously quite distraught over this loss, prayed day and night to God for some sign that her family was in heaven.   One mid-day during harvest Angela was alone in the fields when she experienced a life-changing vision:  the heaven’s opened and angels and young women came toward her singing a melody, surrounded by light.   One of the young girl’s was Angela’s sister.   From this experience, Angela knew it was her purpose to establish a community of religious and dedicated young women — thus the foundation of the Sisters of Ursuline Order was laid.ST ANGELA MYSTICHEADER ST ANGELA MERICI 2


Angela spent her early life helping others as a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis.   She led a simple life, with only a few hours of sleep a night — much of her waking hours were spent praying.   When she was 40 years old she was asked by the Order to travel to the aid of Caterina Patengola, who had just lost her husband and two sons.   On her way to Brescia, Angela came to meet up with a religious reform movement, Divino Amore, that catered to the needs of the time.

They established infirmaries for those suffering from syphilis, cared for widows and their families and founded an orphanage and a shelter for former prostitutes.   Here, Angela encountered people and experiences that proved to be especially significant in her later life.   In only a few short years, a group of men and women gathered around Angela as their spiritual centre.

By 1532, Angela has assembled a small group of women who were her followers and together they embarked on the formation of Angela’s community.   By 1536, Angela had won approval from the Diocese for the first Rule written by a woman for a community of women.

On 25 November 1535, Merici gathered with 12 young women who had joined in her work in a small house in Brescia near the Church of St Afra, where together they committed themselves in the founding of the Company of St Ursula, placed under the protection of the patroness of medieval universities.   Her goal was to elevate family life through the Christian education of future wives and mothers.   Merici taught her companions to be consecrated to God and dedicated to the service of their neighbour but to remain in the world, teaching the girls of their own neighbourhood and to practice a religious form of life in their own homes.   The members wore no special habit and took no formal religious vows.   Merici wrote a Rule of Life for the group, which specified the practice of celibacy, poverty and obedience in their own homes.   The Ursulines opened orphanages and schools.   On 18 March 1537, she was elected “Mother and Mistress” of the group.   The Rule she had written was approved in 1544 by Pope Paul III.   Angela gave the Ursulines a military structure, dividing towns into districts governed hierarchically by mature Christian women.   This design allowed the community to support members in daily Christian living and protect them from spiritually unhealthy influences.St Angela Merici and daughters1_27_best_Saint_Angela_Merici

The rule that Angela wrote for the company required members to remain faithful to the Christian basics.   In the following excerpt, she explains the importance of daily vocal and mental prayer:

“Each one of the sisters should be solicitous about prayer, mental as well as vocal, that is a companion to fasting.   For Scripture says prayer is good with fasting. As by fasting we mortify the carnal appetites and the senses, so by prayer we beg God for the true grace of spiritual life.   Thus, from the great need we have of divine aid, we must pray always with mind and heart, as it is written, “Pray constantly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NJB).   To all we counsel frequent vocal prayer that prepares the mind by exercising the bodily senses.   So each one of you, every day will say with devotion and attention at least the Office of the Blessed Virgin and the seven penitential psalms (Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143) because in saying the office we are speaking with God.

To afford matter and some method in mental prayer, we exhort each one to raise her mind to God and to exercise herself in it every day.   And so in the secret of her heart, let her say: “My Saviour, illumine the darkness of my heart, and grant me grace rather to die than to offend your Divine Majesty any more.   Guard, O Lord, my affections and my senses, that they may not stray, nor lead me away from the light of your face, the satisfaction of every afflicted heart.

I ask you, Lord, to receive all my self-will, that by the infection of sin is unable to distinguish good from evil.   Receive, O Lord, all my thoughts, words, and deeds, interior and exterior, that I lay at the feet of your Divine Majesty.   Although I am utterly unworthy, I beseech you to accept all my being.”

When Merici died in Brescia on 27 January 1540, there were 24 communities of the Company of St. Ursula serving the Church through the region.   Over the years the Ursulines have flourished as the oldest and one of the most respected of the church’s teaching orders.   Her body was clothed in the habit of a Franciscan tertiary and was interred in the Church of St Afra.   Her body was later found to be incorrupt.   Merici was beatified in Rome on 30 April 1768, by Pope Clement XIII.   She was later canonised on 24 May 1807 by Pope Pius angela shrine and incorrupt bodyST ANGELA MERICI 2angela mericist-angela-merici-statue-in-st-peters-basilica

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Memorials of the Saints – 27 January

St Angela Merici (1474-1540) (Optional Memorial) INCORRUPT

Bl Antonio Mascaró Colomina
St Avitus
St Candida of Bañoles
St Carolina Santocanale
St Devota of Corsica
St Domitian of Melitene
St Emerius of Bañoles
Bl Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulewicz/George Matulaitis
St Gilduin
Bl Gonzalo Diaz di Amarante
St Henry de Osso y Cervello
St John Maria Muzeyi
Bl John of Warneton
St Julian of Le Mans
St Julian of Sora
St Lupus of Châlons
Bl Manfredo Settala
St Marius of Bodon
Bl Michael Pini
St Natalis of Ulster
St Paul Josef Nardini
Bl Rosalie du Verdier de la Sorinière
St Theodoric of Orléans
St Pope Vitalian

Martyrs of North Africa – 30 saints: A group of 30 Christians martyred together by Arian Vandals. The only details to have survived are four of their names – Datius, Julian, Reatrus and Vincent. c 500 in North Africa.

Datius of Africa and 46 companions

Lucius of Africa and 40 companions