Novena to St Joseph – 15 March – Day Six

Day Six
Saint Joseph, I venerate you as the gentle head of the Holy Family.   The Holy Family was the scene of your life’s work in its origin, in its guidance, in its protection, in your labour for Jesus and Mary and even in your death in their arms.   You lived, moved and acted in the loving company of Jesus and Mary.   The inspired writer describes your life at Nazareth in only a few words:  “And (Jesus) went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them” (Luke, 2:51).   Yet these words tell of your high vocation here on earth and the abundance of graces which filled your soul during those years spent in Nazareth.

Your family life at Nazareth was all radiant with the light of divine charity.   There was an intimate union of heart and mind among the members of your Holy Family.   There could not have been a closer bond than that uniting you to Jesus, your foster-Son and to Mary, your most loving wife. Jesus chose to fulfil toward you, His foster-father, all the duties of a faithful son, showing you every mark of honour and affection due to a parent. And Mary showed you all the signs of respect and love of a devoted wife.   You responded to this love and veneration from Jesus and Mary with feelings of deepest love and respect.   You had for Jesus a true fatherly love, enkindled and kept aglow in your heart by the Holy Spirit.   And you could not cease to admire the workings of grace in Mary’s soul and this admiration caused the holy love which you had consecrated to her on the day of your wedding grow stronger every day.

God has made you a heavenly patron of family life because you sanctified yourself as head of the Holy Family and thus by your beautiful example sanctified family life.   How peacefully and happily the Holy Family rested under the care of your fatherly rule, even in the midst of trials. You were the protector, counsellor and consolation of the Holy Family in every need.   And just as you were the model of piety, so you gave us by your zeal, your earnestness and devout trust in God’s providence and especially by your love, the example of labour according to the Will of God. You cherished all the experiences common to family life and the sacred memories of the life, sufferings and joys in the company of Jesus and Mary.   Therefore the family is dear to you as the work of God and it is of the highest importance in your eyes to promote the honour of God and the well-being of man.   In your loving fatherliness and unfailing intercession, you are the patron and intercessor of families and you deserve a place in every home.

Saint Joseph, I thank God for your privilege of living in the Holy Family and being its head.   As a token of your own gratitude to God, obtain God’s blessing upon my own family.   Make our home the kingdom of Jesus and Mary — a kingdom of peace, of joy and love.

I also pray for all Christian families.   Your help is needed in our day when God’s enemy has directed his attack against the family in order to desecrate and destroy it.   In the face of these evils, as patron of families, be pleased to help and as of old, you arose to save the Child and His Mother, so today arise to protect the sanctity of the home.   Make our homes sanctuaries of prayer, of love, of patient sacrifice and of work.   May they be modelled after your own at Nazareth.   Remain with us with Jesus and Mary, so that by your help we may obey the commandments of God and of the Church;  receive the holy sacraments of God and of the Church;  live a life of prayer and foster religious instruction in our homes.   Grant that we may be reunited in God’s Kingdom and eternally live in the company of the Holy Family in heaven.NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH - DAY SIX - 16 MARCH - PATRON OF FAMILIES-2017

*(prayer to be said at the end of each day’s devotion)

Saint Joseph, I, your unworthy child, greet you.
You are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you.
You know that I have special confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary,
I place all my hope of salvation in you, for you are especially powerful with God
and will never abandon your faithful servants.
Therefore I humbly invoke you and commend myself,
with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession.
I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life
and to assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin,
obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind
and perfect resignation to the divine Will.
Be my guide, my father and my model through life
that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ,
I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession
in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary
for my spiritual and temporal welfare,
particularly the grace of a happy death and the special grace I now implore:
(Mention your request)
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers
on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Memorare to St Joseph

Remember, most chaste spouse of Mary, ever Virgin,
my loving protector, Saint Joseph,
that never was it known
that anyone who implored your help
or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Full of confidence in your power
I fly unto you and beg your protection
Despise not my petitions,
O Guardian of the Redeemer,
my humble supplication
but in your bounty,
hear and answer me.

memorare to st joseph - day six - 15 march 2018


Thought for the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Thought for the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Drastic maladies, Clement reasoned, require drastic remedies.   If in Warsaw evil and moral perversity abounded in the extreme, then dosages of Catholicity in the extreme — if indeed there can be such a thing — were needed to correct them.   A powerful antidote invented by Clement Hofbauer was what he called the “Perpetual Mission.” He outlined it in the following manner:

“On all Sundays and holy days there is a sermon at five o’clock in the morning for servants, who . . . cannot attend the divine service at a later hour.   For their convenience Holy Mass is said immediately after the sermon. . . . Every day at six o’clock there is a Mass of Exposition, during which the people chant hymns.   After the Mass an instruction is given in Polish.   During these instructions and sermons Masses are constantly being said, so that those who do not understand Polish or German, or who have not the time to remain for a sermon, may not be deprived of the Holy Sacrifice.   Every day at eight o’clock there is a High Mass with Plain Chant, after which there are two sermons — the first in Polish and the second in German.   Then the school children come to the church and the Solemn High Mass with musical accompaniment is celebrated. . . . In the afternoon at three o’clock the confraternities chant the Office of the Blessed Virgin.   At four o’clock there is a German sermon, followed by Vespers solemnly chanted and followed in turn by a Polish sermon.   Finally there is a visit to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin publicly made with the faithful . . . . Every day at five o’clock there is a German sermon.   Then follow in order, a Visit to the Blessed Sacrament, a sermon in Polish, the Way of the Cross and congregational singing of hymns in honour of the Passion of Our Lord and of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   Lastly there is an Examination of Conscience for the people, the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity are made, a short sketch of the life of the saint whose feast is celebrated on the morrow is read and then the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is recited, after which the people are dismissed and the church is closed.”

This was the daily routine at St Benno’s for years!   Besides these were the many other pastoral, charitable and educational labours carried out by the religious community.   And its holy Superior assumed the lion’s share of these tasks.

O St Clement, pray for our world, pray for the Church, pray for us all!st clement mary hofbauer - pray for us - 15 march 2018-no 2


Quote of the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Quote of the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

St Clement was unrelenting in pursuing souls cut off from the life of grace, especially those facing imminent death. A nun entered the church one day and found Father Hofbauer kneeling before the altar. Unobserved by the saint, she saw his cheeks wet with tears as he pleaded for the conversion of some sinner outside the fold.

“Lord, give me this soul, for if Thou refuse, I shall go to Thy Mother!”

The nun was so deeply affected by this scene that she immediately knelt before an image of the Blessed Virgin and united her own prayers to those of Hofbauer’s.lord give me this soul - st clement mary hofbauer - 15 march 2018


One Minute Reflection – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

One Minute Reflection – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

What father among you will give his son a snake if he asks for a fish?...Luke 11:11

REFLECTION – There are “cases on record of boys who on their knees begged their parents to go to confession, accompanied them to the church and waited near the confessional until father or mother came out radiating the happiness of a new-found peace” … St Clement Mary Hofbauer

there are cases on record - st clement mary hofbauer - 15 march 2018

PRAYER – All-merciful Father, help me to be ever open to Your love and mercy, running to You in all my needs and in all my fears.   Allow me too, to run to the confessional when I have sinned, to ask for and receive forgiveness and love.   Grant that the prayers of St Clement Mary Hofbauer, may assist us all in living holy lives according to Your Commandments and the laws of the Church. Amenst clement mary hofbauer - pray for us - 15 march 2018-no 3

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Our Morning Offering – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Our Morning Offering – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

On the Memorial of St Clement, known as the Second Founder of the Redemptorists, we pray a prayer by St Alphonsus Liguori, (1696-1787), Doctor of the Church, the Founder.

The One Thing Necessary
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

O my God, help me to remember that time is short, eternity long.
What good is all the greatness of this world at the hour of death?
To love You, my God
and save my soul is the one thing necessary.
Without You, there is no peace of mind or soul.
My God, I need fear only sin and nothing else in this life,
for to lose You, my God, is to lose all.
O my God, help me to remember
that I came into this world with nothing,
and shall take nothing from it when I die.
To gain You, I must leave all.
But in loving You,
I already have all good things,
the infinite riches of Christ and His Church in life,
Mary’s motherly protection and perpetual help,
and the eternal dwelling place Jesus has prepared for me.
Eternal Father, Jesus has promised
that whatever we ask in His Name will be granted us.
In His Name, I pray:
give me a burning faith,
a joyful hope,
a holy love for You.
Grant me perseverance in doing Your will
and never let me be separated from You.
My God and my All,
make me a saint.
Amen.the one thing necessary - st alphonsus liguori - 24 feb 2018

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Saint of the Day – 15 March – St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820) “The Apostle of Vienna” 

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Saint of the Day – 15 March – St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820) Hermit, Priest, Religious, Co-Founder of the Redemptorist Order (in Austria),  “The Apostle of Vienna.”   St Clement was born on 26 December 1751 at Tasswitz, Moravia (in the modern Czech Republic) as John Dvorák and he died on 15 March 1820 at Vienna, Austria of natural causes.   He was Canonised on 20 May 1909 by Pope Pius X.   Patronage – Vienna, Austria (named by Pope Saint Pius X in 1914).   

St Clement was born in Tasswitz, Austria, on December 26, 1751 — the eve of the feast of the Apostle who Jesus loved — he was christened John.   But he would become known to the Catholic world by the names he would adopt in religious life, Clement Maria Hofbauer.

He was only six when his Bohemian-born father passed away.   On this tragic occasion, his mother stood him before a crucifix and said:  “Henceforth; He is your father. Take care that you never grieve Him by sin.”   The words etched so deeply upon his heart that he never forgot them — and ever lived by them.


Often, the boy would gather the household together to recite the Rosary, his favourite devotion, would fast until nightfall on Saturdays, in honour of the Blessed Virgin and would distribute to the poor food and money of which he deprived himself.   Not surprisingly, Hofbauer had yearned from his boyhood to enter the priesthood.   “Priests,” he said, “are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.”   But fulfilment of this, his singular earthly ambition, so long evaded him that it would seem he must have abandoned all hope of realising it.   Instead, he twice withdrew himself from the world to adopt the contemplative life of a hermit.  Yet, circumstances frustrated even these aspirations and at length he settled into the life of a baker.

If our heavenly Father will not reach a stone to one who asks for bread, could He deny the holy yearnings of so pious a soul?   Indeed, he would not leave this saint of predestination a common baker confecting common bread for common food but would call him to confect Bread of Life upon the Altar of God.

Three wealthy sisters who attended Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, where Hofbauer daily served as an altar boy, were caught in a torrential downpour at the cathedral one Sunday.   When Clement fetched a carriage for them, the ladies urged him to ride with them out of the drenching rain.   Long having observed his pious comportment in the sanctuary, the women inquired why their carriage guest, now thirty years old, had not entered the priesthood.   “That has been my most ardent desire since childhood,” Hofbauer admitted, “but I am obliged to forego it, because I lack the means to carry it out.”   At this the eldest sister announced:  “If that is the only obstacle, we will gladly see that you reach your goal.”   Thanks to the ladies’ generosity, an ecstatic saint was soon enrolled for seminary training at the University of Vienna.

As Clement Hofbauer began his pursuit of Holy Orders, Protestantism was in its third century of open defiance of the Church.   The poison of Freemasonry had been seeping into the body of Europe for more than six decades.   Where Catholicism had survived the ravages of the “Reformation,” many of its faithful were now weakened in spirit by Masonic “free thinking.”   In many if not most portions of the continent, Catholics — including priests and even bishops — had grown tepid and indifferent in their faith.   In this state, the wellsprings of grace seemed to dry up, and pitiful ignorance of even the most fundamental Truths of the Faith became pandemic.   As a consequence, even regions still nominally Catholic were infected with scepticism toward the Apostolic authority of Rome and were easily drawn to the false doctrine of the divine right of kings which had been resurrected by Luther.   Thus, emboldened monarchs intruded into ecclesiastical affairs with increasing brazenness.

Out of pure devotion, Saint Clement had undertaken several pilgrimages to Rome on foot in the years prior to entering the seminary.   Now he made it an annual exercise, to escape the repulsive air of unorthodoxy at the university and the religious repression of the imperial state  and to refresh himself spiritually in the capitol of Christendom.   He was joined on these arduous journeys by a fellow seminarian of kindred spirit, Thaddeus Huebl, ten years the saint’s junior.   By the fall of 1784, conditions in Vienna had become so intolerable that Hofbauer could not bring himself to return to the University.   He decided instead to complete his studies in the Eternal City.   The plan came to him with such suddenness and resoluteness that he implored Huebl to leave a hospital bed to join him.   Because of his stricken condition, Huebl at first rejected the idea.   But the saint would not be put off.   He insisted that Huebl join him, promising that God would take care of his friend’s health.   At this, Huebl consented — and his health was restored so rapidly as to seem miraculous.

It was a common practice for the two pilgrims to sleep in fields, drawing a circle about their earthen beds and invoking their guardian angels to protect them within it.   In the mornings, they would attend Mass at the first church whose bells they heard. Having retired one evening in the neighbourhood of Santa Maria Maggiore, they were awakened in the very early morning by the soft pealing of a bell from the little church of San Giuliano.   Upon their arrival, they realised it was a convent church but of a religious order they did not recognise.   Impressed by the recollection of the Religious in their meditation, Hofbauer asked an altar boy what kind of priests these were.   “They are Redemptorists,” the boy returned, adding, “and some day you, too, will be one of them.”   Convinced that the astonishing oracle was a message from God, Saint Clement and his friend presented themselves to the Superior of the Convent and, with a burst of inspiration which left Huebl’s head spinning, found themselves enrolled as Redemptorists.

Monsignor Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, the Neapolitan Bishop of Agatha and the Founder of the Redemptorists, was not unknown to Clement Hofbauer.   The latter saint in recent years had become an enthusiastic reader of the former’s voluminous spiritual writings — works that would eventually merit Saint Alphonsus canonical recognition as one of the 32 Doctors of the Church.   But the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, founded by Liguori in 1732, was scarcely known outside of Naples and not at all beyond the borders of Italy.    Monsignor Liguori received with great joy the news that the first two non-Italians had entered his order in 1784.   Isolated from them as he was, however, his keen interest in them as the hope of spreading the Congregation into the German kingdoms had to be taken from afar.   Saint Alphonsus and Saint Clement would never meet in this life.

With a sense of urgency to carry on Liguori’s work and to cultivate new vocations in the German kingdoms to the north, the Superior General at San Guiliano shortened Hofbauer’s and Huebl’s novitiate.   In March of 1785, ten days after they took their vows as professed Religious, they received the Sacrament of Holy Orders.   Several months later, they were dispatched back across the Alps to establish the Congregation in the northern lands.

His first mission was to Warsaw, where he was in charge of the German church and he soon enjoyed a certain repute as a confessor and the instigator of good works to remedy the social evils of the day.   Thus he founded an orphanage, a poor school and a secondary school.   In 1808 the invading French cast him into prison, whence, after four weeks, he was able to go to Vienna.   Here he became the inspiration and religious leader of a group of German romantics—von Muller, Schlegel, Werner and others—and exerted tremendous influence not only among the poor but also and despite his rather scanty education, with officials, statesmen and scholars.   In this way he was able to defeat the project for a German national church at the Congress of Vienna and eventually succeeded in arranging for the legal establishment of the Redemptorists north of the Alps, though he did not live to see this occur, since he died in 1820.

As a consequence he is regarded by the Redemptorists as their second founder.   He was a man of great energy and drive, seeing clearly the end in view and always indefatigable in his work for souls, in the confessional especially, and among the poor.

St Clement’s is a story that continues with the Venerable Joseph Passerat who, as the succeeding Vicar General, brought to fulfilment the prophecies of Saint Alphonsus and Saint Clement about the Congregation, leading to an inspiring re flowering of the One True Faith in much of Europe.   It is a story that carries over, a century later, into the reign of Pope Saint Pius X who, after canonising Clement Hofbauer, valiantly defended the Faith against the very same forces of darkness posturing as Enlightenment.

But the Church’s victory has already been foretold.   By Jesus Christ, Who promises the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.   And by the Virgin Mary who, at Fatima, assured us: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart shall triumph.”

Saint Clement Maria Hofbauer, Pray for Us!Hofbauer's tombstone in the Church of Maria am Gestade, Vienna, Austria

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Memorials of the Saints – 15 March

Bl Anthony of Milan
St Aristobulos of Britannia
Bl Arnold of Siena
Bl Artemide Zatti
St Bodian of Hanvec
St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

St Eoghan of Concullen
St Eusebius II
Bl Francis of Fermo
Bl Jan Adalbert Balicki
St Leocritia of Córdoba
St Longinus the Centurian
St Louise de Marillac
Bl Ludovico de la Pena
St Mancius of Evora
St Matrona of Capua
St Matrona of Thessaloniki
St Menignus of Parium
Bl Monaldus of Ancona
St Nicander of Alexandria
St Peter Pasquale
St Pío Conde y Conde
St Sisebuto
St Speciosus
St Vicenta of Coria
Bl Walter of Quesnoy
Bl William Hart
St Pope Zachary

Three Daughters of Eltin:  Listed in several Irish martyrologie, but no details about them have survived.