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Saint of the Day – 9 May – Blessed Theresa of Jesus/Karolina Gerhardinger (1797-1879)

Saint of the Day – 9 May – Blessed Theresa of Jesus/Karolina Gerhardinger (1797-1879). – Religious nun, Foundress, Teacher.    Born on 20 June 1797 at Stadtamhof, Bavaria, Germany as Caroline Gerhardinger and died on 9 May 1879 in München, Bavaria, Germany of natural causes.   She was Beatified on 17 November 1985 by St Pope John Paul II.   Patronages – The School Sisters of Notre Dame and Teachers.BETTER - Mother-Theresa-Gerhadinger2

Karolina Gerhardinger was born in Bavaria on 20 June 1797 as the sole child of Willibard and Franziska Gerhardinger.

Karolina lived during turbulent times in Bavaria.   At the age of 15, she was already a certified teacher in the school for girls in Stadtamhof near Regensburg.   She was a very gifted educator whose enthusiastic and encouraging acceptance of the children soon made her a beloved teacher.   Under the spiritual guidance of Bishop George Michael Wittmann (1760-1833), Karolina gradually recognised God’s call to found a religious community in order to respond to the needs of the times through education.

On 16 November 1835, Karolina professed her religious vows and took the name, Mary Theresa of Jesus.   Her love for God, nourished and strengthened by her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, enkindled the burning desire of her life:  to know God and to do God’s will.   God’s cause was the only concern of her heart.   Blessed Theresa anchored her community in poverty and dedicated it to Mary.karolina - therese

In 1822, Karolina had written, “The love of Jesus sees into the future.”   As foundress, she endeavoured to give the new congregation a future.   She sent her sisters in communities of twos and threes to small towns and villages where they taught girls who would have been deprived of an adequate education.   This brought about the development of a new form of apostolic religious life whereby all the sisters and houses were governed by a member of the congregation, a general superior.   As a result, the congregation experienced rapid growth and acceptance but Blessed Theresa and her sisters also suffered great hardship and painful struggle.   In 1865, the rule and constitutions of the School Sisters of Notre Dame were finally approved by Pope Pius IX. Blessed Theresa then continued to govern the congregation as its general superior until her death in Munich on May 9, 1879.header - Theresia_Gerhardinger

On 17 November 1985, Theresa of Jesus was declared “Blessed” by St Pope John Paul II in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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Announcing a Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts – from ASCENSION to PENTECOST – Begins Friday 11 May

Announcing a Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts – from ASCENSION to PENTECOST
Begins Friday 11 May

As we continue to celebrate Easter in the Catholic World, we also begin to look forward to the pivotal moment in Church history, the day everything changed, the moment that Christ sent His followers the Holy Spirit.

The Novena begins on the Friday of the 6th Week of Easter, which is the day after the Solemnity of the Ascension (Ascension Thursday).   Even where this Solemnity is transferred to the 7th Sunday of Easter, this Novena still begins on the Friday before.   We all know that Jesus told his Apostles that He would send them a helper, that even though He would return to the Father, He would always be with us.   “And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father…” Acts 1:4

This Pentecost Novena in honour of the Holy Spirit is in a sense the first Novena ever taken by followers of Christ and it was Christ Himself who instructed His followers to undertake it.  While the Apostles and Mary were gathered in the upper room they waited and they prayed, trusting in the promise that Christ made to them, not knowing what to expect but waiting with expectant hearts.   Now more than ever, we too need to pray and wait for the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us and empower us to face the challenges of every day.

JOHN 16:5-11 – Bishop Robert Barron

“Friends, once again in today’s Gospel Jesus promises to send us the Holy Spirit.   The Spirit is the fuel of the Church, the energy and life force of the Body of Christ.   And we can’t get Him through heroic effort.   We can only get Him by asking for Him.   That’s why, for the past two thousand years, the Church has begged for this power from on high.
Jesus told us that the Father would never refuse someone who asked for the Holy Spirit.   So ask!   And ask again!   Realise that every liturgy is a begging for the Holy Spirit.   Fr Hesburgh of Notre Dame once commented that the one prayer that is always appropriate—whether one is experiencing success or failure, whether one is confident or afraid, whether one is young or old— is “Come, Holy Spirit!”
He’s right, for this is the fundamental prayer of the Church.   Mind you, we pray it, as the first Apostles did, in the presence of Mary and with her support.   In the Hail Mary, we say, “Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”   What are we asking her to pray for but the Holy Spirit?”

announcing the pentecost novena - begins friday 11 may - posted 9 may 2018

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Marian Thought for the Day – 9 May “Mary’s Month!” – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

Marian Thought for the Day – 9 May “Mary’s Month!” – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

Mary is the “Virgo Veneranda,”

The All-Worshipful Virgin
Blessed John Henry Newman Cong. Orat. (1801-1890)

WE use the word “Venerable” generally of what is old.   That is because only what is old has commonly those qualities which excite reverence or veneration.

It is a great history, a great character, a maturity of virtue, goodness, experience, that excite our reverence and these commonly, cannot belong to the young.

But this is not true when we are considering Saints.   A short life with them is a long one. Thus Holy Scripture says, “Venerable age is not that of long time, nor counted by the number of years but it is the understanding of a man that has gray hairs and a spotless life is old age.   The just man, if he be cut short by death, shall be at rest;  being made perfect in a short time, he fulfilled a long time.” [Wisdom v.]

Nay, there is a heathen writer, who knew nothing of Saints, who lays it down that even to children, to all children, a great reverence should be paid and that on the ground of their being as yet innocent.   And this is a feeling very widely felt and expressed in all countries;  so much so that the sight of those who have not sinned (that is, who are not yet old enough to have fallen into mortal sin) has, on the very score of that innocent, smiling youthfulness, often disturbed and turned the plunderer or the assassin in the midst of his guilty doings, filled him with a sudden fear and brought him, if not to repentance, at least to change of purpose.

And, to pass from the thought of the lowest to the Highest, what shall we say of the Eternal God (if we may safely speak of Him at all) but that He, because He is eternal, is ever young, without a beginning and therefore without change and, in the fullness and perfection of His incomprehensible attributes, now just what He was a million years ago?   He is truly called in Scripture the “Ancient of Days,” and is therefore infinitely venerable;   yet He needs not old age to make him venerable;  He has really nothing of those human attendants on venerableness which the sacred writers are obliged figuratively to ascribe to Him, in order to make us feel that profound abasement and reverential awe which we ought to entertain at the thought of Him.

And so of the great Mother of God, as far as a creature can be like the Creator;  her ineffable purity and utter freedom from any shadow of sin, her Immaculate Conception, her ever-virginity—these her prerogatives (in spite of her extreme youth at the time when Gabriel came to her) are such as to lead us to exclaim in the prophetic words of Scripture both with awe and with exultation, “Thou art the glory of Jerusalem and the joy of Israel;  thou art the honour of our people;  therefore hath the hand of the Lord strengthened thee and therefore art thou blessed forever.”

Mary, Virgo Veneranda, Pray for us!mary virgo veneranda - pray for us - 9 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 May “Mary’s Month!” – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of Blessed Theresa of Jesus/Karolina Gerhardinger (1797-1879)

Quote/s of the Day – 9 May “Mary’s Month!” – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of Blessed Theresa of Jesus/Karolina Gerhardinger (1797-1879)

“All the works of God proceed slowly and in pain
but then, their roots are the sturdier
and their flowering the lovelier.”all the works of god - bl theresa of jesus gerhardinger - 9 may 2018

“Love gives everything gladly,
everything
again and again, daily!”love gives everything gladyly - bl karolina gerhardinger - 9 may 2018

“Prayer is that glowing furnace
in which the fire of divine love
is kindled and kept burning.”

Blessed Theresa of Jesus/Karolina Gerhardinger (1797-1879)prayer is that glowing furnace - bl theresa of jesus karolina gerhardinger - 9 may 2018

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One Minute Marian Reflection – 9 May “Mary’s Month!” – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

One Minute Marian Reflection – 9 May “Mary’s Month!” – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.   For today in the city of David, a saviour has been born to you, who is Messiah and Lord...Luke 2:10-11

REFLECTIONMARY:  WELCOMING THE SHEPHERDS:   “You must look at the Child in the manger.   He is our Love.   Look at Him, realising that the whole thing is a mystery. We need to accept this mystery on faith and use our faith to explore it very deeply.   To do this, we must have the humble attitude of a Christian soul.” …St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975) “Christ Triumphs through Humility,” Christ is Passing by 13.
Let us offer to our Mother today:   

Small hidden sacrifices,
especially those that go against the grain.you must look at the child in the manger - st josemaria - 9 may 2018

PRAYER – Almighty God, Your incarnate Word fills us with the new light He brought to men.   Let the light of faith in our hearts shine through all that we do and say.   Grant that through Mary, mother of Christ and our mother and protector, by her prayers and solace, we may learn humility and true faith.   We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord, with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.holy mary mother of god - pray for us - 9 may 2018

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Memorials of the Saints – 9 May

St Banban the Wise
St Beatus of Laon
St Beatus of Lungern
Bl Benincasa of Montepulciano
St Brynoth of Scara
St Dionysius of Vienne
Bl Fortis Gabrielli
St Gerontius of Cervia
St Giuse Hien
St Gorfor of Llanover
St Gregory of Ostia
St Hermas of Rome
Isaiah the Prophet
St John of Châlon
Bl Theresa of Jesus/Karolina Gerhardinger (1797-1879)
St Maria del Carmen Rendiles Martinez
St Pachomius of Tabenna
St Sanctan of Kill-da-Les
Bl Stefan Grelewski
Bl Thomas Pickering
St Vincent of Montes

Martyrs of Persia: 310 Christians murdered together for their faith in Persia. No details about them have survived.

20 Mercedarian Martyrs of Riscala: 20 Mercedarian friars who were murdered by Huguenot heretics for refusing to denounce their faith. 16th century at the Santa Maria convent at Riscala, France.

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Our Morning Offering – 9 May “Mary’s Month!” – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

Our Morning Offering – 9 May “Mary’s Month!” – Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide

Easter Act of Consecration
Marian Prayers of the Church

Mary,
In the brilliant light of Easter,
Teach us, too, that nothing is impossible with God.
All our struggles with self and others,
All our disappointments and shames,
All our failures and sinfulness
Are as nothing in this healing, life-giving light.
Accept, then, our all.
May God look upon it,
As once did the Mighty One upon your lowliness,
So that we might be gifted with that blessedness
Promised to all sons and daughters of the Resurrection.
Holy Mother of God,
Mary, ever Virgin,
intercede for us, with the Lord our God.
Ameneaster act of consecration to mary - 9 may 2018