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Holy Trinity Novena

Holy Trinity Novena

DAY SIX
GOD The Sanctifier (Holy Spirit)

SCRIPTURAL READING
While meeting with them, He enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for “the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized you with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.   And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim…(Acts 1:4-5, 2:3-4)

MEDITATION
“It is best for you that I go away, because if I do not go, the Helper will not come to you. But if I do go away, then I will send Him to you.   And when He comes, He will prove to the people that they were wrong about sin and about what is right and about God’s judgement.   They are wrong about sin because they did not believe in Me; they are wrong about what is right because I am going to the Father.”…(Jn. 16:7-8)

PRAYER
Come, Holy Spirit, we need You.
Come, Holy Spirit, we pray.
Come with Your strength and Your power,
come with Your loving care.
Come like a spring in the desert,
come to the weary of soul.
Let Your sweet healing power,
come in Your powerful way!
Come, Holy Spirit, we love You.
Come, Holy Spirit, we plead;
make us holy as Our Father.
Guide us in our pilgrim way,
for without You no fruits will be gathered,
with You all things come true.
Eternal Holy Spirit, in Your mercy,
please grant my special petition:
…………………….(mention your petition)
Most Holy Trinity, Godhead indivisible,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
our first beginning and our last end,
You have made us after Your own image and likeness.
Grant that all the thoughts of my mind,
all the words of my mouth,
all the affections of my heart
and all my actions be always conformed to Your holy Will.
After having seen You here below in Your manifestations and by faith,
may I come at last to see You face to face,
in the perfect possession of You forever in heaven.
Amen

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, amen.holy trinity novena - day six - 23 may 2018

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Marian Thought for the Day – 23 May “Mary’s Month”

Marian Thought for the Day – 23 May “Mary’s Month”  – Wednesday in the 7th Week of Ordinary Time Year B

Mary is the “Vas Honorabile,” the Vessel of Honour
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

ST PAUL calls elect souls vessels of honour: of honour, because they are elect or chosen; and vessels, because, through the love of God, they are filled with God’s heavenly and holy grace.   How much more then is Mary a vessel of honour by reason of her having within her, not only the grace of God but the very Son of God, formed as regards His flesh and blood out of her!

But this title “honorabile,” as applied to Mary, admits of a further and special meaning. She was a martyr without the rude dishonour which accompanied the sufferings of martyrs.   The martyrs were seized, haled about, thrust into prison with the vilest criminals and assailed with the most blasphemous words and foulest speeches which Satan could inspire.   Nay, such was the unutterable trial also of the holy women, young ladies, the spouses of Christ, whom the heathen seized, tortured and put to death.   Above all, our Lord Himself, whose sanctity was greater than any created excellence or vessel of grace—even He, as we know well, was buffeted, stripped, scourged, mocked, dragged about, and then stretched, nailed, lifted up on a high cross, to the gaze of a brutal multitude.

But He, who bore the sinner’s shame for sinners, spared His Mother, who was sinless, this supreme indignity.  Not in the body, but in the soul, she suffered.   True, in His Agony she was agonised;   in His Passion she suffered a fellow-passion;   she was crucified with Him;   the spear that pierced His breast pierced through her spirit.   Yet, there were no visible signs of this intimate martyrdom, she stood up, still, collected, motionless, solitary, under the Cross of her Son, surrounded by Angels and shrouded in her virginal sanctity from the notice of all who were taking part in His Crucifixion.

Mary “Vas Honorabile,” Vessel of Honour – Pray for us!mary vessel of honour - pray for us -bl john henry - 23 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 May – Wednesday in the 7th Week of Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 23 May – Wednesday in the 7th Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Readings: James 4:13-17, Psalm 49:2-3, 6-11, Mark 9:38-40

Speaking of:  Living and Preaching the Gospel

But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him;
for no one who does a mighty work
in my name, will be able, soon after,
to speak evil of me.
For he that is not against us, is for us.

Mark 9:39-40but jesus said - do not forbid him - mark 9 39-40 - 23 may 2018

“The Christian should be
an Alleluia! from head to foot”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctorthe christian should be an alleluia from head to foot - st augustine - 23 may 2018

“Cook the truth in charity, 
until it tastes sweet.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of Charitycook the truth in charity until it tastes sweet - st francis de sales - 23 may 2018

“We must speak to them with our hands,
before, we try to speak, with our lips.”

St Peter Claver S.J. (1580-1654)we must speak to them with our hands - st peter claver - 23 may 2018

“If I’m not willing, to change my schedule,
so that I can, spend time with Jesus,
than I’m not really, a disciple of His.”if i'm not willing - fr mike - 23 may 2018

“If you follow Jesus,
you’re going to get into some trouble!”if you follow jesus - fr mike - 23 may 2018

“If not YOU,
then WHO?
If not NOW,
then WHEN?

Fr Mike Schmitzif not you then who - fr mike - 23 may 2018

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One Minute Marian Reflection – 23 May “Mary’s Month”

One Minute Marian Reflection – 23 May “Mary’s Month” Wednesday in the 7th Week of Ordinary Time Year B

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together...Acts 2:1

REFLECTION – “MARY:  QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES – “If we take our Lady’s hand, she will make us realise more fully that all men are our brothers – because we are all sons of that God, whose daughter, spouse and mother she is.   Our neighbours’ problems must be our problems.   Christian fraternity should be something very deep in the soul, so that we are indifferent to no one. Mary, who brought up Jesus and accompanied Him through His life and is now beside Him in heaven, will help us recognise Jesus as He crosses our path and makes Himself present to us, in the needs of others.”… St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975) “To Jesus through Mary,” Christ is Passing By- 145.
Let us offer to our Mother today:
A kind word, a friendly conversation, a helping hand to persons with whom we live or work.acts 2 1 if we take our lady's hand - st josemaria - mary queen of the apostles - 23 may 2018

PRAYER – Almighty God, we offer our thanks for the great gift of the Mother of Your Divine Son, for as she was a Mother to His apostles, so still is she a Mother to us all.  Grant we pray, that by her intercession, we may learn to recognise Jesus in all our neighbours and serve them as we would Him.   Through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.mary queen of the apostles pray for us - 23 may 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 23 May “Mary’s Month”

Our Morning Offering – 23 May “Mary’s Month” Wednesday in the 7th Week of Ordinary Time Year B

O Mother and Handmaid of God
By St Methodius (c 815 – 885)

Your name, O Mother of God,
is replete with all graces
and Divine blessings.
You have contained Him who cannot be contained,
and nourished Him who nourishes all creatures.
He who fills heaven and earth,
and is the Lord of all,
was pleased to be in need of you,
for it was you who clothed Him with that flesh
which He did not have before.
Rejoice, then, O Mother and Handmaid of God!
Rejoice, because you have made Him a debtor
who gives being to all creatures.
We are all debtors to God,
but He is a debtor to you.
That is why, O most holy Mother of God,
you possess more goodness
and greater charity than all the other Saints
and have freer access to God than any of them,
for you are His Mother.
Be mindful of us,
we beg you,
in our miseries,
for we celebrate your glories
and know how great is your goodness.
Ameno mother and handmaid of god - st methodius - 23 may 2018

 

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Saint of the Day – 23 May – St John Baptist de Rossi (1698-1764)

Saint of the Day – 23 May – St John Baptist de Rossi (1698-1764) born Giovanni Battista de Rossi (22 February 1698 at Voltaggio, diocese of Genoa, Italy –  23 May 1764 at Trinita dei Pellegrini, Italy of multiple strokes) Priest, Preacher and Teacher,  Apostle of Charity.  Patronage – Voltaggio.

St John was born in 1698, near Genova, Italy.    When he was 10, he went on a summer holiday to his relatives, a very pious couple.    They noted the piety of the youth and asked permission of his parents to take him to their house in Geneva to educate him there.   Capuchin priests came often to visit the house of this couple to ask for assistance for the poor.    These religious recommended the youth to the Provincial Father.    He made arrangements for John to study in Rome.    In the Roman College he studied with great application, gaining the liking of his professors and friends.    He was ordained a priest at the age of 23. ST JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI - HEADER - maxresdefault

He read in some exaggerated book, that recommended doing very strong penances and he dedicated himself to mortify himself in food, drink and sleep, so intensely that a nervous depression overtook him that left him incapable of doing anything for several months.    He was able to regain his strength but from then on he always had to struggle against his poor health.    He learned that the best mortification is to accept the sufferings and the work of every day, doing well in each moment what one must do and to have patience with the people and the bothers of life.

From the time he was a seminarian, he felt a great predilection for the poor, the sick and the abandoned.    The Supreme Pontiff had founded a shelter to receive people that did not have anywhere to spend the night and the young John Batiste went there for many years to care for the poor and the needy, to teach them catechism and to prepare them to receive the Sacraments.    He took several friends with him, over whom the work had a great influence.    He also agreed to go himself in the early hours of the morning to the market, when the farmers were arriving to sell their produce.    There he taught the children and the adults catechism and prepared to make their confession and receive first Communion.

The first years of his priesthood he almost never dared to confess because it seemed to him that he would not be able to give the proper counsel.    But one day a holy Bishop asked him to dedicate himself to hearing confessions in his Diocese for a time.    There John Batiste discovered that this was the office for which God had destined him.    Upon returning to Rome, he told one of his friends, “Before I was asking myself what would be the path for me to achieve heaven and to save many souls.    I have discovered that the help that I can give to those that want to be saved is to confess them.    The great amount of good that can be done by confession is incredible.”

He went to help a priest in a church that very few people attended.    But from the time that Rossi began to confess there, the Church was frequented by hundreds and hundreds of penitents that came to be absolved of their sins.    Each penitent brought other people with them to be confessed by him and the conversions that were happening were admirable.

The Supreme Pontiff entrusted to him the office of going to confess and preach to the prisoners in jail and the employees that worked at the prisons.    And there he obtained many conversions.    They invited from everywhere the sick, prisoners and people that desired to be converted.   He went to many places to preach missions and obtained from heaven numerous conversions.    In the hospitals he was an esteemed confessor and consoler of the sick.    His friends were always the poor, the helpless, the sick, street children and sinners seeking conversion.    He lived for them and he totally spent his life for them.    He always remained humble and ready to help as many as possible.  .

On May 23, 1764, he suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 66.  His poverty was such that they had to use alms to pay for his burial.    260 priests, the Archbishop, many religious and an immense crowd attended his funeral.    The requiem Mass was sung by the Pontifical choir of the Basilica in Rome.

On a superficial level St John Baptist de Rossi’s life was uneventful.    A simple priest, for forty years he worked in the capacity of an assistant pastor in Rome.   On a spiritual level, however, he touched thousands of needy people—the sick, the homeless, prostitutes, transient cattle drivers who came to market in Rome and other rough sorts. By day he devoted himself to the sick poor in Rome’s hospitals.   By night he ministered to street people at a refuge.

Caregivers can look to John Baptist as a model.   Before he would speak to a dying person about salvation, he did all he could to relieve their suffering.   No service for the sick, no matter how repugnant, repulsed him.   And his selflessness won people’s hearts.

Once, for example, a young man dying of syphilis rebuffed de Rossi’s attention until the priest emptied his bedpan.   Touched by John Baptist’s humble care, the fellow finally listened to him and made a good confession before he died.   Other priests and penitents were amazed by John Baptist’s persuasiveness in the confessional.   With a few gentle words he turned people’s lives.   Once a young man came to him who was sexually entangled with a woman who kept coming to his house under the pretence of washing and mending his clothes.   A brief conversation with John Baptist broke the youth’s addiction.   As a sign of his cure, the next day he brought the priest a pile of his clothes he had taken from the woman.

John Baptist exhorted others to follow his example in caring for souls.   Here is an excerpt from one of his sermons to his fellow priests:

“Ignorance is the leprosy of the soul.   How many such lepers exist in the church here in Rome, where many people don’t even know what’s necessary for their salvation?   It must be our business to try to cure this disease.   The souls of our neighbours are in our hands and yet how many are lost through our fault?   The sick die without being properly prepared because we have not given time or care enough to each particular case.   Yet with a little more patience, a little more perseverance, a little more love, we could have led these poor souls to heaven.”

Many of us shrink from going to the hospitals from fear of infection or from the sights and smells that await us there.   Courage!   We are not in the world to follow our own will and pleasure but to imitate the Lord.

John Baptist de Rossi, himself worn out by his unselfish service, suffered a stroke in 1763 and died a year later.   “The poor come to church tired and distracted by their daily troubles. If you preach a long sermon they can’t follow you.   Give them one idea that they can take home, not half a dozen, or one will drive out the other and they will remember none.”

St John Baptist de Rossi was Canonised on 8 December 1881 by Pope Leo XIII.st-john-baptist-de-rossi

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Memorials of the Saints – 23 May

St Basileus of Braga
St Desiderius of Langres
St Epitacius of Tuy
St Euphebius of Naples
St Euphrosyne of Polotsk
St Eutychius of Valcastoria
St Florentius of Valcastoria
St Goban Gobhnena
St Guibertus of Gorze
Bl Ivo of Chartres
St Jane Antide Thouret
St John Baptist de Rossi (1698-1764)
Bl Józef Kurzawa
Bl Leontius of Rostov
St Michael of Synnada
St Onorato of Subiaco
St Spes of Campi
St Syagrius of Nice
St William of Rochester
Bl Wincenty Matuszewski

Martyrs of Béziers: 20 Mercedarian friars murdered by Huguenots for being Catholic. Martyrs. 1562 at the Mercedarian convent at Béziers, France.

Martyrs of Cappadocia: A group of Christians tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian and Galerius. Their names and the details of their lives have not come down to us. They were crushed to death in c.303 in Cappadocia (in modern Turkey).

Martyrs of Carthage: When a civil revolt erupted in Carthage in 259 during a period of persecution by Valerian, the procurator Solon blamed it on the Christians, and began a persecution of them. We know the names and a few details about 8 of these martyrs – Donatian, Flavian, Julian, Lucius, Montanus, Primolus, Rhenus and Victorius. They were beheaded in 259 at Carthage (modern Tunis, Tunisia).

Martyrs of Mesopotamia: A group of Christians martyred in Mesopotamia in persecutions by imperial Roman authorities. Their names and the details of their lives have not come down to us. They were suffocated over a slow fire in Mesopotamia.

Martyrs of North Africa: A group of 19 Christians martyred together in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal King Hunneric for refusing to deny the Trinity. We know little more than a few of their names – Dionysius, Julian, Lucius, Paul and Quintian. c 430.