Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes – DAY EIGHT– 9 February

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes – DAY EIGHT– 9 February (we Pray the Novena for our own intentions and for the sick, the infirm within our own communities but also for all those throughout the world who suffer, especially those who have no-one to pray for them in preparation for the Wold Day of the Sick on 11 February.)

O Immaculate Mother of God,
from heaven itself you came to appear to the little Bernadette
in the rough Grotto of Lourdes!
And as Bernadette knelt at your feet
and the miraculous spring burst forth
and as multitudes have knelt ever since
before your shrine, O Mother of God,
we kneel before you today to ask that in your mercy
you plead with your Divine Son to grant
the special favour we seek in this novena.
…………………………….. (make your request)
O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes,
glorious in your assumption,
triumphant in your coronation,
show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God,
Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother,
be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for eight - our lady of lourdes - 9 feb 2018

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Thought for the Day – 9 February – The Memorial of Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

Thought for the Day – 9 February – The Memorial of Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

In a letter to Count Stolberg, Clemens August Droste zu Vischering, the vicar‑general at that time, called Anna Katharina Emmerick a special friend of God.   In the words of Hans Urs von Balthasar we can say, “She brought her friendship with God to bear in solidarity with human beings.”   To bring friendship with God to bear in solidarity with human beings – does this not shed light on an important concern in the life of the church today?

The Christian faith no longer includes everyone.   In our world the Christian community represents people before God.   We must bring our friendship with God to bear, let it be the decisive factor in solidarity with human beings.

Anna Katharina Emmerick is united to us in the community of believers.  This community does not come to an end with death.   We believe in the lasting communion with all whom God has led to perfection.   We are united with them beyond death and they participate in our lives.   We can invoke them and ask for their intercession.   We ask Anna Katharina Emmerick, the newly named Blessed, to bring her friendship with God to bear in solidarity with us and with all human beings. (

Blessed Anne, pray for us!bl anne - pray for us no 2 - 9 feb 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 9 February – The Memorial of Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

Quote/s of the Day – 9 February – The Memorial of Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

“The prayer most pleasing to God is that
made for others and particularly for the poor souls.
Pray for them, if you want your prayers to bring high interest.”

Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)the prayer most pleasing - bl anne c emmerich - 9 feb 2018

“As much as by her patience to endure her physical weaknesses, we are impressed by the strength of character of the new blessed and her firmness in the faith.   She received this strength from the Holy Eucharist.   In this way, her example opened the hearts of poor and rich men, educated and humble people, to complete loving passion toward Jesus Christ.   Still today she communicates to all the salvific message: ‘By his wounds you have been healed’ (see 1 Peter 2:24).”

St Pope John Paul II, homily at the beatification of Blessed Anne, 3 October 2004as much as by her - st john paul - 9 feb 2018

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One Minute Reflection -9 February – The Memorial of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich 1774-1824)

One Minute Reflection -9 February – The Memorial of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed, even in heaven.”...Matthew 16:19matthew 16 19

REFLECTION –   “The Church is the only one, the Roman Catholic!   And if there were left upon earth but one Catholic, he would be the one, universal Church, the Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ against which the gates of Hell shall never prevail.”…
Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)the church is the only one - bl a c emmerich - 9 feb 2018

PRAYER – We come to You, our heavenly Father and beg You, that by the prayers of Your child, Bl Anne Emmerich, we may stand strongly in defense of our faith and the holy Church of Your Son.   Come O Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with courage and love, our minds with the words to defend your beloved Spouse and keep our wills always in uniformity with Yours.   We pray through Jesus our Lord, in unity with You, our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever anne - pray for us - 9 feb 2018


Our Morning Offering – 9 February – The Memorial of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

Our Morning Offering – 9 February – The Memorial of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

A Magnificat
Translated from the German by Olga Warnke of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour!
For He has blessed me lavishly
and makes me ready to respond.
He shatters my little world
and lets me be poor before Him.
He takes from me all my plans
and gives me more than I can hope for or ask.
He gives me opportunities
and the ability to become free
and to burst through my boundaries.
He gives the strength to be doing,
to build on Him alone,
for He shows Himself
as the ever greater One in my life.
He has made known to me this!
It is in my being servant that it becomes possible.
For God’s kingdom to break through
here and now.
Amen.a magnificat - 9 feb 2018


Saint of the Day – 9 February – Blessed Anna Katharina Emmerick/Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

Saint of the Day – 9 February – Blessed Anna Katharina Emmerick/Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) – Handicapped, Virgin, Religious, Penitent, Marian Visionary, Mystic, Ecstatic, Writer and Stigmatist.   Her body is incorrupt.


Anna Katharina Emmerick was born on 8 September 1774 in the farming community of Flamsche near Coesfeld.   She grew up amidst a host of nine brothers and sisters.   She had to help out in the house and with the farm work at an early age.   Her school attendance was brief, which made it all the more remarkable that she was well instructed in religious matters.   Her parents and all those who knew Anna Katherina noticed early on that she felt drawn to prayer and to the religious life in a special way.

Anna Katharina laboured for three years on a large farm in the vicinity.   Then she learned to sew and stayed in Coesfeld for her further training.   She loved to visit the old churches in Coesfeld and to join in the celebration of Mass.   She often walked the path of Coesfeld’s long Way of the Cross alone, praying the stations by herself.   She wanted to enter the convent but since her wish could not be fulfilled at that time, she returned to her parental home.   She worked as a seamstress and, while doing so, visited many homes.

Anna Katherina asked for admission to different convents but she was rejected because she could not bring a significant dowry with her.   The Poor Clares in Münster finally agreed to accept her if she would learn to play the organ.   She received her parents’ permission to be trained in Coesfeld by the organist Söntgen.   But she never got around to learning how to play the organ.   The misery and poverty in the Söntgen household prompted her to work in the house and help out in the family.   She even sacrificed her small savings for their sake.

Together with her friend Klara Söntgen Anna Katharina was finally able to enter the convent Agnetenberg in Dülmen in 1802.   The following year she took her religious vows.   She participated enthusiastically in the life of the convent.   She was always willing to take on hard work and loathsome tasks.  Because of her impoverished background she was at first given little respect in the convent.   Some of the sisters took offence at her strict observance of the order’s rule and considered her a hypocrite.   Anna Katharina bore this pain in silence and quiet submission.

From 1802 to 1811 Anna Katharina was ill quite often and had to endure great pain.

As a result of secularisation the convent of Agnetenberg was suppressed in 1811 and Anna Katharina had to leave the convent along with the others.   She was taken in as a housekeeper at the home of Abbé Lambert, a priest who had fled France and lived in Dülmen.   But she soon became ill.   She was unable to leave the house and was confined to bed.   In agreement with Curate Lambert she had her younger sister Gertrud come to take over the housekeeping under her direction.

During this period Anna Katharina received the stigmata.   She had already endured the pain of the stigmata for a long time.  The fact that she bore the wounds of Christ could not remain hidden.   Dr Franz Wesener, a young doctor, went to see her and he was so impressed by her that he became a faithful, selfless and helping friend during the following eleven years.   He kept a diary about his contacts with Anna Katharina Emmerick in which he recorded a wealth of details.

A striking characteristic of the life of Anna Katharina was her love for people.   Wherever she saw need she tried to help.  Even in her sickbed she sewed clothes for poor children and was pleased when she could help them in this way.   Although she could have found her many visitors annoying, she received all of them kindly.   She embraced their concerns in her prayers and gave them encouragement and words of comfort.

Many prominent people who were important in the renewal movement of the church at the beginning of the 19th century sought an opportunity to meet Anna Katharina, among them Clemens August Droste zu Vischering, Bernhard Overberg, Friedrich Leopold von Stolberg, Johann Michael Sailer, Christian and Clemens Brentano, Luise Hensel, Melchior and Apollonia Diepenbrock.   The encounter with Clemens Brentano was particularly significant.   His first visit led him to stay in Dülmen for five years.   He visited Anna Katharina daily to record her visions which he later published.

Anna Katharina grew ever weaker during the summer of 1823.   As always she joined her suffering to the suffering of Jesus and offered it up for the salvation of all.   She died on 9 February 1824.   She was buried in the cemetery in Dülmen.   A large number of people attended the funeral.   Because of a rumour that her corpse had been stolen the grave was reopened twice in the weeks following the burial.   The coffin and the corpse were found to be intact.

Clemens Brentano wrote the following about Anna Katharina Emmerick: “She stands like a cross by the wayside”.   Anna Katharina Emmerick shows us the centre of our Christian faith, the mystery of the cross.

The life of Anna Katharina Emmerick is marked by her profound closeness to Christ.   She loved to pray before the famous Coesfeld Cross and she walked the path of the long Way of the Cross frequently.   So great was her personal participation in the sufferings of our Lord that it is not an exaggeration to say that she lived, suffered and died with Christ. An external sign of this, which is at the same time, however, more than just a sign, are the wounds of Christ which she bore.


Anna Katharina Emmerick was a great admirer of Mary.   The feast of the Nativity of Mary was also Anna Katharina’s birthday.   A verse from a prayer to Mary highlights a further aspect of Anna Katharina’s life for us.   The prayer states, “O God, let us serve the work of salvation following the example of the faith and the love of Mary”.   To serve the work of salvation – that is what Anna Katharina wanted to do.

In Colossians the apostle Paul speaks of two ways to serve the gospel, to serve salvation. One consists in the active proclamation in word and deed.   But what if that is no longer possible?   Paul, who obviously finds himself in such a situation, writes: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” (Col 1:24).

Anna Katharina Emmerick served salvation in both ways.   Her words, which have reached innumerable people in many languages from her modest room in Dülmen through the writings of Clemens Brentano, are an outstanding proclamation of the gospel in service to salvation right up to the present day.   At the same time, however, Anna Katharina Emmerick understood her suffering as a service to salvation.   Dr Wesener, her doctor, recounts her petition in his diary:  “I have always requested for myself as a special gift from God that I suffer for those who are on the wrong path due to error or weakness, and that, if possible, I make reparation for them.”   It has been reported that Anna Katharina Emmerick gave many of her visitors religious assistance and consolation.   Her words had this power because she brought her life and suffering into the service of salvation.   In serving the work of salvation through faith and love, Anna Katharina Emmerick can be a model for us all.

Dr Wesener passed on this remark of Anna Katharina Emmerick:  “I have always considered service to my neighbour to be the greatest virtue.   In my earliest childhood I already requested of God that he give me the strength to serve my fellow human beings and to be useful.   And now I know that he has granted my request.”   How could she who was confined to her sickroom and her bed for years serve her highborn?   (

Her Works:  • The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
• The Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations
• The Lowly life and Bitter Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother

Anna was Beatified on 3 October 2004, by St Pope John Paul II.  However, the Vatican focused on her own personal piety rather than the religious writings associated to her by Clemens Brentano.   Her documents of postulation towards canonisation is handled by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter.   Father Peter Gumpel who was involved in the analysis of the matter at the Vatican told Catholic News Service: “Since it was impossible to distinguish what derives from Sister Emmerich and what is embroidery or additions, we could not take these writings as a criteria. Therefore, they were simply discarded completely from all the work for the cause”.

In 2003 actor Mel Gibson brought Anne Catherine Emmerich’s vision to prominence as he used her book The Dolorous Passion as a key source for his movie The Passion of the Christ.   Gibson stated that Scripture and “accepted visions” were the only sources he drew on and a careful reading of Emmerich’s book shows the film’s high level of dependence on it.

In 2007 German director Dominik Graf made the movie The Pledge as a dramatisation of the encounters between Anne Catherine and Clemens Brentano, based on a novel by Kai Meyer.the passion 1the passion

House of the Virgin Mary

Neither Brentano nor Emmerich had ever been to Ephesus and indeed the city had not yet been excavated;  but visions contained in The Life of The Blessed Virgin Mary were used during the discovery of the House of the Virgin Mary, the Blessed Virgin’s supposed home before her Assumption, located on a hill near Ephesus, as described in the book Mary’s House.

In 1881, a French priest, the Abbé Julien Gouyet used Emmerich’s book to search for the house in Ephesus and found it based on the descriptions.   He was not taken seriously at first but sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey persisted until two other priests followed the same path and confirmed the finding.

The Holy See has taken no official position on the authenticity of the location yet but in 1896 Pope Leo XIII visited it and in 1951 Pope Pius XII initially declared the house a Holy Place. St Pope John XXIII later made the declaration permanent. Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1967, St Pope John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 visited the house and treated it as a shrine.

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Memorials of the Saints – 9 February

St Alexander of Rome
St Alexander of Soli
St Alto of Altomünster
St Ammon of Membressa
St Ammonius of Soli
Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

St Ansbert of Rouen
St Apollonia of Alexandria
St Attracta of Killaraght
St Brachio of Auvergne
St Cuaran the Wise
St Didymus of Membressa
St Donatus the Deacon
St Eingan of Llanengan
St Emilian of Membressa
Bl Erizzo
Bl Francisco Sanchez Marquez
Bl Giacomo Abbondo
Bl Godeschalk of Želiv
St Lassa of Membressa
Bl Marianus Scotus
St Maro
St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz (1854-1910)
St Nebridius of Egara
St Nicephorus of Antioch
St Poëmus of Membressa
St Primus the Deacon
St Raynald of Nocera
St Romanus the Wonder Worker
St Ronan of Lismore
St Sabino of Abellinum
St Sabinus of Canosa
St Teilo of Llandaff

Martyrs of Alexandria: An unknown number of Christians who were massacred in church in 4th century Alexandria, Egypt by Arian heretics for adhering to the orthodox faith.

Martyrs of Membressa: A group of 44 Christians martyred together. We know little else about them some names –
• Ammon
• Didymus
• Emilian
• Lassa
• Poemus
They were martyred in Membressa in Africa.