Marian Thought for the Day – 4 May – Mary’s Month! – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Marian Thought for the Day – 4 May – Mary’s Month! – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Mary is the “Virgo Prædicanda,” the Virgin who is to be Proclaimed
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

MARY is the Virgo Prædicanda, that is, the Virgin who to be proclaimed, to be heralded, literally, to be preached.

We are accustomed to preach abroad that which is wonderful, strange, rare, novel, important.   Thus, when our Lord was coming, St John the Baptist preached Him;  then, the Apostles went into the wide world and preached Christ.   What is the highest, the rarest, the choicest prerogative of Mary?   It is that she was without sin.   When a woman in the crowd cried out to our Lord, “Blessed is the womb that bare Thee!” He answered, “More blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.”   Those words were fulfilled in Mary.   She was filled with grace in order to be the Mother of God.   But it was a higher gift than her maternity to be thus sanctified and thus pure.   Our Lord indeed would not have become her son unless He had first sanctified her but still, the greater blessedness was to have that perfect sanctification.   This then is why she is the Virgo Prædicanda; she is deserving to be preached abroad because she never committed any sin, even the least;  because sin had no part in her;  because, through the fullness of God’s grace, she never thought a thought, or spoke a word, or did an action, which was displeasing, which was not most pleasing, to Almighty God;  because in her was displayed the greatest triumph over the enemy of souls.

Wherefore, when all seemed lost, in order to show what He could do for us all by dying for us;  in order to show what human nature, His work, was capable of becoming;  to show how utterly He could bring to naught the utmost efforts, the most concentrated malice of the foe and reverse all the consequences of the Fall, our Lord began, even before His coming, to do His most wonderful act of redemption, in the person of her who was to be His Mother.   By the merit of that Blood which was to be shed, He interposed to hinder her incurring the sin of Adam, before He had made on the Cross atonement for it. And therefore it is that we preach her who is the subject of this wonderful grace.

But she was the Virgo Prædicanda for another reason.   When, why, what things do we preach?   We preach what is not known, that it may become known.   And hence the Apostles are said in Scripture to “preach Christ.”   To whom?   To those who knew Him not—to the heathen world.   Not to those who knew Him but to those who did not know Him.

Preaching is a gradual work, first one lesson, then another.   Thus were the heathen brought into the Church gradually.   And in like manner, the preaching of Mary to the children of the Church and the devotion paid to her by them, has grown, grown gradually, with successive ages.   Not so much preached about her in early times as in later.   First she was preached as the Virgin of Virgins—then as the Mother of God—then as glorious in her Assumption—then as the Advocate of sinners—then as Immaculate in her Conception.   And this last has been the special preaching of the present century and thus that which was earliest in her own history is the latest in the Church’s recognition of her.

Mary Immaculate, Pray for us!mary immaculate - pray for us - 4 mary 2018.jpg


Thought for the Day – 4 May – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of Bl Jean-Martin Moyë (1730-1793)

Thought for the Day – 4 May – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of Bl Jean-Martin Moyë (1730-1793)

The heart of Jean-Martin Moye, a parish priest in Northeast France, was touched by the poverty and spiritual hunger of villagers living in Lorraine’s countryside.   He was particularly moved by the lack of educational opportunities for women as well as the absence of faith formation in the region.

On 14 January 1762, Father Moye sent a group of women to these abandoned places to teach and to carry out the works of mercy. This was the beginning of the Congregation of Divine Providence.

Marguerite LeComte and three other women went to these isolated hamlets to educate and evangelise.   The women travelled without provisions;  their only security was an abiding faith in God.  Village residents called the four “Sisters of Divine Providence” because they saw in the women the face of God – a tender God who is present at the very centre of creation and in the most ordinary and mundane events of life.

Fr Moye saw Emmanuel – God-with-us, the face of Love and wasted no time or effort in spreading love everywhere, regardless of all opposition and persecution.   This is what love is!

Blessed Jean-Martin, pray for us!bl jan-martin moye - pray for us - 4 may 2018

Act of Abandonment to Divine Providence

Providence of my God,
I adore You in all Your designs.
I place my destiny in Your hands,
confiding to You all that I have,
all that I am and all that I am to become –
my body and my soul,
my health and reputation,
my life, my death
and my eternal salvation.
As I rely entirely upon You
and expect all from Your goodness,
I will not give myself up to any useless anxiety.
I confide to You the success of all my undertakings
and in all difficulties I will have recourse to You
as a never-failing source of help.
I know that You will either preserve me
from the evils I dread,
or turn them to my good and Your glory.
Peaceful and contented in all,
I will allow Your Providence to govern my life
without worry or over eagerness.
Holy, wise, generous and loving Providence!
I thank you for the tender care,
You have taken of me up to this moment.
I humbly and earnestly entreat You
to continue the same for me;
direct all that I do, guide me in your ways,
govern me at every moment of my life
and bring me into the fullness of being.
that You have destined for me from all eternity.
May I please You and give You glory forever.

Blessed Jean-Martin Moye (1730-1793)act of abandonment to div providence - bl jean-martin moye - 4 may 2018



Quote/s of the Day – 4 May – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide: Today’s Gospel John 15:12-17

Quote/s of the Day – 4 May – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide: Today’s Gospel John 15:12-17

Speaking of:  LOVE

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…

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“What is the mark of love for your neighbour?
Not to seek what is for your own benefit
but what is for the benefit of the one loved,
both in body and in soul.”

St Basil the Great (329-379) Father & Doctor of the Churchwhat is the mark of love for your neighbour - st basil the great - 4 may 2018 - speaking of love

“Love is watchful.
Sleeping, it does not slumber.
Wearied, it is not tired.
Pressed, it is not straitened.
Alarmed, it is not confused
but like a living flame,
a burning torch,
it forces its way upward
and passes unharmed
through every obstacle.”

love is watchful - st thomas a kempis - 6 april 2018

“Nothing is sweeter than love,
nothing stronger or higher or wider;
nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller
and nothing better in heaven or on earth,
for love is born of God
and cannot rest except in God,
Who is above all created things.”

Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471) – Imitation of Christnothing is sweeter than love - thomas a kempis - 6 april 2018

“Love knows no limit
to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope,
it can outlast anything.
Love still stands,
when all else has fallen.”

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)love knows no limits - blaise pascal - 6 april 2018


One Minute Marian Reflection – 4 May Mary’s Month! – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

One Minute Marian Reflection – 4 May Mary’s Month! – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

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REFLECTION“MARY ‘S FAMILY:  THE TRINITY ON EARTH   It is only natural that the Church rejoice as one contemplates the modest home of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.   We read in the hymn from Matins on the feast of the Holy Family:  ‘It is pleasing to recall the humble house of Nazareth and its slender resources.   It is pleasing to tell again in song Jesus’ hidden life.
Jesus grows up in hidden seclusion, to be trained in Joseph’s unpretentious trade.   The loving mother sits beside her dear Son, the good wife by her husband, content if her loving attention can ease and comfort them in their weariness.’ “…St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975) – “Marriage: a Christian Vocation,” Christ is Passing By, 22
Let us offer to our Mother today:
A loving review of her life with Jesus,
as we recite the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.the loving mother - st josemaria - 4 may 2018.jpg

PRAYER – Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.   Blessed are thy among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.   Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen.holy mary mother of god pray for us sinners - 4 may 2018


Our Morning Offering – 4 May Mary’s Month! – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Our Morning Offering – 4 May Mary’s Month! – Friday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

A Prayer of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary
By St Ephrem the Syrian (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Church

O pure and immaculate and likewise blessed Virgin,
who are the sinless Mother of your Son,
the mighty Lord of the universe,
you who are inviolate and altogether holy,
the hope of the hopeless and sinful,
we sing your praises.
We bless you, as full of every grace,
you who did bear the God-Man,
we all bow low before you,
we invoke you and implore your aid.
Rescue us, O holy and inviolate Virgin,
from every necessity that presses upon us
and from all the temptations of the devil.
Be our intercessor and advocate
at the hour of death and judgement,
deliver us from the fire that is not extinguished
and from the outer darkness.
Make us worthy of the glory of your Son,
O dearest and most clement Virgin Mother.
You indeed are our only hope,
most sure and sacred in God’s sight,
to whom be honour and glory,
majesty and dominion,
forever and ever, world without end.
Ameno pure and immaculate - prayer of praise to the blessed virgin by st ephrem - 4 may 2018

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Saint of the Day – 4 May – Blessed Jean-Martin Moyë (1730-1793)

Saint of the Day – 4 May – Blessed Jean-Martin Moyë (1730-1793) Priest, Missionary, Founder, Writer, Teacher, Innovator, Evangelist – born on 27 January 1730 in Cutting, Meurthe, France and died on 8 February 1793 in Trier, Rhineland Palatinate (modern Germany) of typhoid fever.   Bl Jean-Martin was Beatified on 21 November 1954 by Pope Pius XII.   Blessed Jean-Martin was a French Catholic priest who was served as a Missionary in China and was the Founder of the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence, the first expression of consecrated life among the women of China. Header - beautiful large - Young moye

Moye was the sixth of the thirteen children of Jean Moye and Anne Catharine Demange, part of a long-established and prosperous farming family of the region.   The fervent Catholic faith of the family can be seen in the fact that, apart from Jean-Martin, a younger brother also became a priest, as well as five of his first cousins and later two of his nephews.

Moye had an uneventful childhood, growing up on his family’s extensive holdings.   He received his basic education from his older brother, Jean-Jacques, a seminarian, who taught him until his untimely death in 1744 at the age of 24.   Jean-Martin completed his education at the College of Pont-à-Mousson, following which he studied philosophy at the Jesuit College of Strasbourg.   In the fall of 1751 he then entered the local diocesan Seminary of Saint-Simon in Metz, the same one at which his brother had studied.   There one of his professors included Canon François Thiébaut, a noted Biblical scholar of the era, who would later serve as the representative of the local clergy to the Estates General.

He was ordained a priest on 9 March 1754 by Louis-Joseph de Montmorency-Laval, the Bishop of Metz.   Upon his ordination, he was granted a benefice by King Stanislas Leszczynski, the last Duke of Lorraine, of the income generated from the Chapel of St. Andrew in the cemetery of Dieuze.   This income allowed him to accept the poorly paid office of Vicar for three different parishes in Metz, one of which, the Parish of the Holy Cross (French: Sainte-Croix), had Canon Thiébaut as pastor.   He then undertook a number of different ministries as part of his service, among them acting as confessor for the seminarians of Saint-Simon.

The parish extended well beyond the city limits and Moye undertook the spiritual care of the members of the parish living in the small and isolated hamlets in the countryside. Through this service he became aware of the need of education by the girls of the region, who lacked any access to schools. He conceived of a project to remedy this situation by placing volunteer teachers in these rural locations.   The first volunteer was a working class woman, Marguerite Lecomte, whom he stationed in the hamlet of Saint-Hubert on 14 January 1762.   She would remain in this post without disturbance throughout the upheavals of the French Revolution.   Volunteers were quickly sent out to various other locations, going out as far as Freiburg im Breisgau, then in the Habsburg dominion.

Out of the desire to provide the faithful of the parish with means to deepen their spiritual lives, Moye began to publish some tracts, in collaboration with a younger colleague, the Abbé Louis Jobal de Pagny (1737-1766).   The first, in 1762, was a pamphlet entitled Du soin extrème qu’on doit avoir du Baptême des enfants (Extreme Care on the Baptism of Infants).   It treated the baptism of newborn infants, especially stillborn babies.   It was a development of Abrégé de l’Embryologie sacrée, a work by a Sicilian moral theologian, Francesco Cangiamiglia, which had just been published in Paris, having originally been published in Sicily in 1745 with ecclesiastical approval.

Moye’s work with rural education and his writings provoked criticism from certain elements of the city.   He was accused with recklessness for his sending young women to live in the isolated hamlets of the countryside. He was further accused of rigorism in his dealing with penitents, as well as making unfair criticisms of both the clergy and of midwives in his writings on Baptism.   They prevailed on Bishop de Montmorency-Laval to take action against the two authors.   As a result, in May 1762, the bishop ordered Moye to suspend the sending out of volunteers—though those already in the countryside were left in their situations.   He further transferred him from Metz to serve as vicar of Dieuze.   As this was his native region, Moye did not consider it a punishment but worried about the future of his volunteers, who were coming to be called the “poor Sisters”.   His coworkers in the project assured him that the setback was only jean-martin moye 2

Moye was again accused of an extreme rigidity in his dealing with the people of the parish, such as those who came to him for confession.   He also opposed the traditional festivities celebrated by the peasants during the year.   This time the bishop responded more severely, and, during Holy Week of 1767, the most sacred period of the Christian year, Moye was suspended from his post.   Over the course of the next year and a half, until 1768, he moved from parish to parish, providing the pastors with what help he could provide.   Finally he was given refuge by the Grand Prior of the Abbey of Saint-Dié, an abbey nullius, independent of local bishops, where he was asked to help run a kind of minor seminary.

During his time at the abbey, Moye had two important developments in his life, the first being making the acquaintance of a local priest, Antoine Raulin, who had worked to develop education in the region.   He also came to the decision to offer his services as a missionary to Asia.   That following October he enrolled in the seminary of the Foreign Missions Society of Paris, which specialised in that work.   He returned to Lorraine the following spring, where he visited the volunteers, now a religious institute called the Sisters of Providence, as well as preaching parish missions throughout the region. Apparently believing that he would not return from China, where he was to be sent, he formally renounced his family inheritance.

After completing the training period at the seminary, Moye was assigned to serve in the Apostolic Vicariate of Sichuan.   He then put the care of the Sisters of Providence in the hands of two colleagues who were admirers of their work, one of them being Raulin.   He also appointed Marie Morel as their first Mother Superior.   He left France for China on 30 December 1771.   He would spend ten years in the Chinese missions, not returning to Paris until 6 June 1784.   Nine years of mission work, frequently interrupted by persecution and imprisonment, made him realise the necessity of Chinese help.   In 1782 he founded the “Christian Virgins”, religious women following the rules of the Congregation of Providence at home, devoting themselves to the care of the sick and to the Christian instruction of Chinese women and children in their own homes.jean-martin-moye-29ad2563-7a28-4a71-a0c4-2376f7f3935-resize-750

Exhausted and ill, Moye returned to France in 1784.   He resumed the direction of the Sisters of Divine Providence and evangelised Lorraine and Alsace by preaching missions. The French Revolution of 1791 drove him into exile and with his Sisters he retired to Trier.   After the capture of the city by the French troops, typhoid fever broke out and, helped by his Sisters, he devoted himself to hospital work.   He contracted the disease and died in 1793.

Moye was buried in the cemetery of the cathedral.   The cemetery, however, was closed in 1808 and paved over to form the Konstantinsplatz of the city.   His grave has never been identified.

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 May

St Albian of Albée
Bl Angela Bartolomea dei Ranzi
Bl Angela Isabella dei Ranzi
St Antonia of Constantinople
St Antonina of Nicaea
St Antonia of Nicomedia
St Antonius of Rocher
St Arbeo of Freising
St Augustine Webster
St Cunegund of Regensburg
St Curcodomus of Auxerre
St Cyriacus of Ancona
St Enéour
St Ethelred of Bardney
St Florian of Lorch
Bl Hilsindis
Bl Jean-Martin Moyë (1730-1793)
St Judas Cyriacus
Bl Ladislas of Gielniów
St Luca da Toro
Bl Margareta Kratz
Bl Michal Giedroyc
St Nepotian of Altino
Bl Paolino Bigazzini
St Paulinus of Cologne
St Paulinus of Senigallia
St Pelagia of Tarsus
St Porphyrius of Camerino Rino
St Richard Reynolds
St Robert Lawrence
St Silvanus of Gaza

Carthusian Martyrs: A group of Carthusian monks who were hanged, drawn and quartered between 19 June 1535 and 20 September 1537 for refusing to acknowledge the English royalty as head of the Church:
• Blessed Humphrey Middlemore
• Blessed James Walworth
• Blessed John Davy
• Blessed John Rochester
• Blessed Richard Bere
• Blessed Robert Salt
• Blessed Sebastian Newdigate
• Blessed Thomas Green
• Blessed Thomas Johnson
• Blessed Thomas Redyng
• Blessed Thomas Scryven
• Blessed Walter Pierson
• Blessed William Exmew
• Blessed William Greenwood
• Blessed William Horne
• Saint Augustine Webster
• Saint John Houghton
• Saint Robert Lawrence

Martyrs of Cirta: Also known as
• Martyrs of Cirtha
• Martyrs of Tzirta
A group of clergy and laity martyred together in Cirta, Numidia (in modern Tunisia) in the persecutions of Valerian. They were – Agapius, Antonia, Emilian, Secundinus and Tertula, along with a woman and her twin children whose names have not come down to us.

Martyrs of England: 85 English, Scottish and Welsh Catholics who were martyred during the persecutions by Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are commemorated together on 22 November.
• Blessed Alexander Blake • Blessed Alexander Crow • Blessed Antony Page • Blessed Arthur Bell • Blessed Charles Meehan • Blessed Christopher Robinson • Blessed Christopher Wharton • Blessed Edmund Duke • Blessed Edmund Sykes • Blessed Edward Bamber • Blessed Edward Burden • Blessed Edward Osbaldeston • Blessed Edward Thwing • Blessed Francis Ingleby • Blessed George Beesley • Blessed George Douglas • Blessed George Errington • Blessed George Haydock • Blessed George Nichols • Blessed Henry Heath • Blessed Henry Webley • Blessed Hugh Taylor • Blessed Humphrey Pritchard • Blessed John Adams • Blessed John Bretton • Blessed John Fingley • Blessed John Hambley • Blessed John Hogg • Blessed John Lowe • Blessed John Norton • Blessed John Sandys • Blessed John Sugar • Blessed John Talbot • Blessed John Thules • Blessed John Woodcock • Blessed Joseph Lambton • Blessed Marmaduke Bowes • Blessed Matthew Flathers • Blessed Montfort Scott • Blessed Nicholas Garlick • Blessed Nicholas Horner • Blessed Nicholas Postgate • Blessed Nicholas Woodfen • Blessed Peter Snow • Blessed Ralph Grimston • Blessed Richard Flower • Blessed Richard Hill • Blessed Richard Holiday • Blessed Richard Sergeant • Blessed Richard Simpson • Blessed Richard Yaxley • Blessed Robert Bickerdike • Blessed Robert Dibdale • Blessed Robert Drury • Blessed Robert Grissold • Blessed Robert Hardesty • Blessed Robert Ludlam • Blessed Robert Middleton • Blessed Robert Nutter • Blessed Robert Sutton • Blessed Robert Sutton • Blessed Robert Thorpe • Blessed Roger Cadwallador • Blessed Roger Filcock • Blessed Roger Wrenno • Blessed Stephen Rowsham • Blessed Thomas Atkinson • Blessed Thomas Belson • Blessed Thomas Bullaker • Blessed Thomas Hunt • Blessed Thomas Palaser • Blessed Thomas Pilcher • Blessed Thomas Pormort • Blessed Thomas Sprott • Blessed Thomas Watkinson • Blessed Thomas Whitaker • Blessed Thurstan Hunt • Blessed William Carter • Blessed William Davies • Blessed William Gibson • Blessed William Knight • Blessed William Lampley • Blessed William Pike • Blessed William Southerne • Blessed William Spenser • Blessed William Thomson •
They were Beatified on 22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Novellara: A bishop and several his flock who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian and whose relics were kept and enshrined together. We know nothing else about them but the names – Apollo, Bono, Cassiano, Castoro, Damiano, Dionisio, Leonida, Lucilla, Poliano, Tecla, Teodora and Vespasiano. They were Martyred on 26 March 303. Their relics were enshrined in the parish of Saint Stephen in Novellara, Italy in 1603.