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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Trinity Sunday – 27 May 2018

Wishing you all a Blessed and Holy Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Trinity Sunday – 27 May 2018

HISTORY AND LITURGY

ORIGIN — The greatest dogma of the Christian faith is the mystery of the Holy Trinity. (Mystery, in this connection, means a supernatural fact revealed by God which in itself transcends the natural power of human reasoning.)   During the first thousand years of Christianity there was no special feast celebrated in honour of this mystery but, as Pope Alexander II (1073) declared, every day of the liturgical year was devoted to the honour and adoration of the Sacred Trinity.

Master of Flémalle, c. 1410. - holy trinity
Master of Flémalle, c. 1410.

However, to counteract the Arian heresy, which denied the fullness of divinity to the Son, a special Mass text in honour of the Holy Trinity was introduced and incorporated in the Roman liturgical books.   This Mass was not assigned for a definite day but could be used on certain Sundays according to the private devotion of each priest.  (Such Mass texts which are not prescribed but open to choice on certain days are now known as “votive Masses.”)   From the ninth century on, various bishops of the Frankish kingdoms promoted in their own dioceses a special feast of the Holy Trinity, usually on the Sunday after Pentecost.   They used a Mass text that Abbot Alcuin (804) is said to have composed.

Thus the custom of observing a special feast in honour of the Trinity became increasingly popular in the northern countries of Europe.    Several synods prescribed it for their respective territories in France, Germany, England and The Netherlands.   In the thirteenth centur, the orders of the Benedictines and Cistercians adopted the annual celebration of the feast.   It was kept on different Sundays in different places, until in 1334 Pope John XXII accepted the festival into the official calendar of the Western Church and ordered that henceforth it should be held everywhere on the Sunday after Pentecost.

A new Mass text was written and published.   It is interesting to note that the beautiful Preface of the Trinity as read today is the same one that appeared in the first text of the Sacramentary of Saint Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) Father and Doctor of the Church.   Most of the other prayers are of later origin.   The Divine Office in its present form, was arranged under Pope Saint Pius V (1572).   It is one of the most sublime offices of the breviary.

The Feast of the Holy Trinity, now belongs among the great annual festivals of Christianity.   Although it is not observed with additional liturgical services outside the Mass, its celebration quickly took root in the hearts and minds of the faithful and in all countries of Europe popular traditions are closely associated with this feast.Trinity-Sunday - wptrinity sunday 2

Dürer, 1511. holy trinity
Dürer, 1511.

SIGN OF THE CROSS — The making of the sign of the cross, which professes faith both in the redemption of Christ and in the Trinity, was practised from the earliest centuries. Saint Augustine (431) mentioned and described it many times in his sermons and letters.   In those days Christians made the sign of the cross (Redemption) with three fingers (Trinity) on their foreheads.   The words (“In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost”) were added later.   Almost two hundred years before Augustine, in the third century, Tertullian had already reported this touching and beautiful early Christian practice:

“In all our undertakings — when we enter a place or leave it;  before we dress; before we bathe;  when we take our meals;  when we light the lamps in the evening;  before we retire at night;  when we sit down to read;  before each new task — we trace the sign of the cross on our foreheads.” Tertullian (160-220)

DOXOLOGY — The ancient Christian doxology (prayer of praise) “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost” was used in the Oriental Church.   The second part (“as it was in the beginning…”) seems to have been added at the time of Emperor Constantine.   During the fifth century this beautiful short prayer came into the Western Church and spread very quickly.   Since then it has been in constant use in both liturgical and private devotions.   Finally, the Council of Narbonne (589) prescribed that it should be added after every psalm and hymn in the Divine Office.   It is an ancient tradition that in poetical hymns of the liturgy the Gloria Patri is rendered in a paraphrase (free version) within the last stanza.

EASTERN RITES — The churches of the Byzantine Rite do not celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity.   Instead, they observe the Sunday after Pentecost as the Feast of All Saints (Kyriake Ton Hagion Panton).   The official calendar of the Greek Church announces this feast with the interesting words “Today, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the festive day of all Saints everywhere in the world: in Asia, Lybia, in northern and eastern Europe.”   As may be seen from the territories mentioned, the term “whole world” applies only to the countries of that rite.   The Uniate Armenians keep the Feast of the Holy Trinity on the same day as the Latin Church.

FOLKLORE

SYMBOLS — During the first centuries of the Christian era the Holy Trinity was sometimes represented in paintings by three young men of identical shape and looks.   By the sixth century, however, it had become an accepted practice that only the Father and Son should be shown in human form;  the Holy Spirit is represented by the figure of a dove.

Andrei Rublev, 1411 or 1425-27
Andrei Rublev, 1411 or 1425-27
Miguel Ximénez, 1480-90.holy trinity
Miguel Ximénez, 1480-90.
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Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1430-40.

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Dürer, 1511.

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Hugo van der Goes, c. 1480.

In medieval times there were many imaginative and symbolic pictures, as well as designs, to indicate the great mystery of the faith.  The Church has not officially accepted any of them, has tolerated some, forbidden others.   One of the best-known symbols of this kind is the trefoil (shamrock).   A second plant to which this symbolism is attached is the pansy (viola tricolor), which even today is called “Trinity flower” in many parts of Europe.   In Puerto Rico a delicately perfumed white flower with three petals is called Trinitaria.   Another symbol is the figure of a triangle (Trinity) surrounded by rays (divinity) with the picture of an eye inside the triangle (omniscience and providence). This design became very popular and may be found all over Europe in homes, on wayside shrines and even in churches.   An interesting version of this symbol may be seen in the Great Seal of the United States (reproduced on every one-dollar bill).

Centuries ago, architecture made use of many and sometimes strange, symbols to indicate the Trinity, like three animals (hares, stags, birds) in a circle, or three interlocked rings, or a candle with three flames.   Some churches display an architectural number symbolism in honour of the Trinity.   One of the most remarkable examples of this kind is the Holy Trinity Church of Stadl-Paura, Austria, built in 1722 – see below.   It has three aisles, three towers, three doors, three windows on either side, three altars, three bells, and three rows of pews.Dreifaltigkeitskirche_Stadl-Paura1stadl-paura-austria-9

SHRINES AND COLUMNS — From the fourteenth century on, the Holy Trinity was generally invoked for help against the dreaded epidemics of the Black Death.   Hundreds of Trinity churches in Europe owe their existence to public vows made in time of pestilence and cholera.   In subsequent ravages of those terrible diseases, these churches became much-frequented pilgrim shrines.   Later, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, public columns in honour of the Holy Trinity were placed in the main squares of cities and towns in central Europe.   Sculptured in marble or granite, they carry the traditional image of the Trinity and statues of the saints who were patrons against epidemics.   Many of these columns are outstanding examples of late baroque art.   The city of Vienna alone has eleven such Trinity columns which were erected during the epidemics of 1679 and 1713.

Plague Column, Vienna, Austria
Plague Column, Vienna, Austria
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The Holy Trinity Column, Olomouc, Czech Republic, a World Heritage Site

POPULAR CELEBRATION — During the late Middle Ages and up to the eighteenth century, the Feast of the Holy Trinity was celebrated with popular manifestations of solemnity, special honour and joy.   As an example may serve the festival at the Trinity column of downtown Vienna, in 1680, where the famous Augustinian preacher Abraham a Santa Clara (1709) delivered a sermon before many thousands in the festively decorated square.   At the end he appealed to the choir band to express with their instruments the honour, adoration and gratitude of all to the Holy Trinity, “upon which the whole group of many trumpets and kettle-drums right joyfully broke out in a ringing fanfare.”

A proof of the great devotion to the Trinity was the Holy Trinity Confraternities, which flourished to such a degree during the seventeenth century that they surpassed most of the other similar organisations both in the number of local groups and in membership…

Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs by Francis X. Weiser, S.J., Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1958.

COLLECT PRAYER
God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in profession the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory and honour be to God in the Unity of the Trinity;  to the Father and to the Son with the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.

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Follower of Artus Wolffort, 17th century.
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Master of the Lille Adoration, 1530s.
Ribera, c. 1635.
Ribera, c. 1635.
El Greco, 1577-79.
El Greco, 1577-79.

 

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Year B and Memorials of the Saints – 27 May 2018

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity/ Trinity Sunday (2018)

St Augustine of Canterbury (Optional Memorial) (Died c 605)
For the life of St Augustine here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/saint-of-the-day-27-may-st-augustine-of-canterbury/

St Acculus of Alexandria
St Antanansio Bazzekuketta
St Barbara Kim
St Barbara Yi
St Bruno of Würzburg
Bl Dionysius of Semur
Bl Edmund Duke
St Eutropius of Orange
St Evangelius of Alexandria
St Frederick of Liège
Bl Gausberto of Montsalvy
St Gonzaga Gonza
St James of Nocera
Bl John Hogg
St Julius the Veteran and Companions
St Liberius of Ancona
St Matiya Mulumba
Bl Matthias of Nagasaki
St Melangell
St Ranulphus of Arras
St Restituta of Sora and Companions
Bl Richard Hill
Bl Richard Holiday
St Secundus of Troia

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Holy Trinity Novena

Holy Trinity Novena

DAY NINE
GOD The Evangeliser (Holy Spirit)

SCRIPTURAL READING
“Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.   At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.   They were astounded and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?  Then how does each one of us hear them in his own native language?”…(Acts 2, 5-8)

MEDITATION
“Jesus said to them:  ‘The times and occasions are set by my Father’s own authority and it is not for you to know when they will be.   But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”…(Acts 1, 7-8)

PRAYER
Lord Holy Spirit,
come down upon Your sons and daughters
who proclaim the message of salvation.
Perform miracles in the sky above
and wonders on the earth below.
That people of every race and nation
will believe in Christ Jesus, our Savior.
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

Almighty and Everlasting God, by the profession of the true faith, You have given us, Your servants, grace to acknowledge the glory of the Eternal Trinity and in the power of Your Divine Majesty, to worship the Unity.   We beg You to grant that, by our fidelity in this same faith, we may always be defended from all dangers.   Through Christ our Lord. Amen.holy trinity novena - day nine - 26 may 2018

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Thought for the Day – 26 May – The Memorial of St Philip Neri Cong. Orat.(1515-1595)

Thought for the Day – 26 May – The Memorial of St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a disinterested clergy:  the whole post-Renaissance malaise.

At an early age, Philip abandoned the chance to become a businessman, moved to Rome from Florence and devoted his life and individuality to God.   After three years of philosophy and theology studies, he gave up any thought of ordination.   The next 13 years were spent in a vocation unusual at the time—that of a layperson actively engaged in prayer and the apostolate.

As the Council of Trent (1545-63) was reforming the Church on a doctrinal level, Philip’s appealing personality was winning him friends, from all levels of society, from beggars to cardinals.   He rapidly gathered around himself a group of laypersons won over by his audacious spirituality.   Initially, they met as an informal prayer and discussion group, and also served poor people in Rome.

At the urging of his confessor, Philip was ordained a priest and soon became an outstanding confessor himself, gifted with the knack of piercing the pretenses and illusions of others, though always in a charitable manner and often with a joke.   He arranged talks, discussions and prayers for his penitents, in a room above the church.   He sometimes led “excursions” to other churches, often with music and a picnic on the way.

Some of Philip’s followers became priests and lived together in community.   This was the beginning of the Oratory, the religious institute he founded.   A feature of their life was a daily afternoon service of four informal talks, with vernacular hymns and prayers. Giovanni Palestrina was one of Philip’s followers and composed music for the services. The Oratory was finally approved after suffering through a period of accusations of being an assembly of heretics, where laypersons preached and sang vernacular hymns!

Philip’s advice was sought by many of the prominent figures of his day.   He is one of the influential figures of the Counter-Reformation, mainly for converting to personal holiness many of the influential people within the Church itself.   His characteristic virtues were humility and gaiety.

After spending a day hearing confessions and receiving visitors, Philip Neri suffered a hemorrhage and died on the feast of Corpus Christi in 1595.   He was  Beatified in 1615 and Canonised in 1622.   Three centuries later, Cardinal John Henry Newman founded the first English-speaking house of the Oratory in London.

Many people wrongly feel that such an attractive and jocular personality as Philip’s cannot be combined with an intense spirituality.   Philip’s life melts our rigid, narrow views of piety.   His approach to sanctity was truly catholic, all-embracing and accompanied by a good laugh.   Philip always wanted his followers to become not less but more human through their striving for holiness.

St Philip Neri, Please Pray for us!st philip neri - pray for us - 26 may 2018

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 May – “Mary’s Month! – The Memorial of St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Quote/s of the Day – 26 May “Mary’s Month! – The Memorial of St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

“To petition Our Blessed Lady in our most urgent need,
repeat, after the fashion of the Rosary,
“Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me.”to petition our lady in our most urgent need - st philip neri - 26 may 2018

Cast yourself into the arms of God
and be very sure that if He wants anything of you,
He will fit you for the work and give you strength.cast yourself into the arms - st philip neri - 26 may 2018

First let a little love,
find entrance into their hearts
and the rest will follow.

The cross is the gift God gives to His friends.

The greatness of our love of God,
must be tested by the desire we have,
of suffering for His love.first let a little love, the corss is the gift, the greatness of our love of god - st philip neri - 26 may 2018

The true servant of God,
acknowledges no other country
but heaven.the true servant of god - st philip neri - 26 may 2018

At communion we ought to ask 
for the remedy of the vice to which 
we feel ourselves most inclined.at-communion-we-ought-st-philip-neri-26 may 2017

The best way to prepare for death is to spend every day of life as though it were the last.

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Obtain humility through sincere and frequent confession.obtain humility through sincere and frequent confession - st philip neri - 26 may 2018

WELL! And when shall we begin to do good?”

St Philip Neri (1515-1595)well and when shall we = st philip neri - 26 may 2018

 

 

 

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One Minute Marian Reflection – 26 May “Mary’s Month!” Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Marian Reflection – 26 May “Mary’s Month!” Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

You are the glory of Jerusalem, the surpassing joy of Israel…Judges 15:9

REFLECTION – “MARY:  THE WAY TO JESUS – “Mary does the immense favour of bringing to the cross, of placing face to face with the example of the Son of God, those who come close to her and contemplate her life.   It is in this confrontation that Christian life is decided.   And here, Mary intercedes for us, so that our behaviour may lead to a reconciliation of the younger brother — you and me — with the firstborn Son of the Father.   “Many conversions, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary.   Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life.”…St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975) “To Jesus through Mary,” Christ is Passing By 149
Let us offer to our Mother today:
Teaching someone how to say the Holy Rosary.mary does the immense favour - st josemaria escriva - 26 may 2018

PRAYER – “Hail, Mother of the Lord, Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary!   Blessed among all women, you are the image of the Church robed in paschal light, you are the honour of our people, you are the victory over every assault of evil.” ……………..Excerpt from the Prayer of Pope Francis at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima,12 May 2017.    Pray for us Holy Mother of God and our Mother, lead us to your Son!mary the way to jesus - pray for us - 26 may 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 26 May “Mary’s Month!” – The Memorial of St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Our Morning Offering – 26 May “Mary’s Month!” – The Memorial of St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Mary, I Love You
By St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Mary, I love you.
Mary, make me live in God,
with God and for God.
Draw me after you, holy mother.
O Mary, may your children persevere in loving you.
Mary, Mother of God and mother of mercy,
pray for me and for the departed.
Mary, holy Mother of God, be our helper.
In every difficulty and distress,
come to our aid, O Mary.
O Queen of Heaven,
lead us to eternal life with God.
Mother of God, remember me,
and help me always to remember you.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
Pray for us,
O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray to Jesus for me.
Amenmary I love you by st philip neri - 26 may 2918

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Saint of the Day – 26 May – St Philip Neri (1515-1595) “The Third Apostle of Rome”

Saint of the Day – 26 May – St Philip Neri Cong. Orat. (1515-1595) Priest and Founder, Mystic, Missionary of Charity known as  “The Third Apostle of Rome”, after Saints Peter and Paul, was an Italian priest noted for founding a society of secular clergy called the Congregation of the Oratory.   Patronages – Rome, Gravina, Italy, archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy Mandaluyong, US Special Forces, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Piczon Vill, Catbalogan, laughter, humour, joy.   St Philip Neri was extraordinarily touched by the divine presence and radiated such joy that he was moved to share it with all he met.St. Philip Neri by Giandomenico Tiepolo

St Philip made a life for himself in Rome, becoming a priest at the age of 35 and becoming known as one who had a particular apostolate for giving young men spiritual direction using unconventional ways to challenge the vain young men of the Eternal City. Once a man came to St Philip Neri and asked him if he thought wearing a hair shirt was a good penance.   St Philip replied that it would be a good penance if he wore the hair shirt outside his nice clothes.

St Philip had a long history of playing jokes on a distinguished friend of his, Cesare Baronius, who would become a cardinal.   St Philip would send Baronius shopping for wine, with the strict instruction that he was to taste every wine in the shop until he found the right one.   After taking such great trouble sampling many types of wine, St Philip would tell Baronius casually that he only required half a bottle of wine.

He was greatly unsettled when many Italians started leaving the Church because of a bogus and damaging history of the Church was doing the rounds.   He commissioned Baronius to write a factual history of the Catholic Church and when Baronius would give him drafts to read, St Philip would flippantly throw them over his shoulder.   St Philip didn’t allow anyone in his circle to take themselves too seriously.   It took Baronius 30 years to write a true history of the Church, which was entitled, Ecclesiastical Annals.neri 2

The saint’s best-known achievement is that he founded the Roman Congregation of the Oratory.   Key to his success was that he used humour as his medicine.   He may have made others laugh, from going around Rome with half his beard shaved off, doing humorous dances or setting penances for young men that involved them making fools of themselves in public.   But he needed jokes more badly than those around him.   He was said to have had an all consuming love of God and in order to concentrate before offering Mass, St Philip would need to hear jokes or read humorous anecdotes which distracted him just a little from total absorption in the glory of God, so that he was able to concentrate on the task at hand, which was to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.Joan_Llimona_-_San_Felipe_Neri_en_la_consagración_de_la_Santa_Misa

He had a phenomenal capacity for love – his heart would hammer so strongly against his chest that it shook furniture.   His facility to love so greatly was received on the eve of Pentecost, 1544, when St Philip saw a vision of a ball of fire enter through his mouth and go to his heart.   Straightaway he was filled with an intense divine love and fell to the floor, crying out, “Enough, enough, Lord, I can bear no more!”Guercino_San_Filippo_Neri._San_Marino.JPG

St Philip Neri is the patron saint of joy and with this in mind, he could become a powerful intercessor for people who have periods of feeling down.   We pray a lot to St Valentine and St Raphael – so that these saints may find us romantic partners who will love us.   But we might do well to pray to St Philip Neri that he inspires us with the ability to cherish others and to be filled with the joy of love…   Perhaps most acutely for our selfie age, he could become an intercessor for people who agonise over how they look, who spend all their free time finding flattering selfies to post on Facebook and fear that that narcissism is beginning to rule their lives.

More on St Philip’s life:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/saint-of-the-day-26-may-s-philip-neri-cong-orat/neriSt Philip Neri by Alessandro Algardi

The work of the Oratory continues in Rome and across the world today.   The Oratorians take no formal vows but promise to live in charity with one another.   Some 500 priests serve more than 70 oratories around the world today.   Cardinal Blessed John Henry Newman and St Francis de Sales were both members of this order.

Philip was always in touch with the supernatural—people said that they noticed his face radiating light and he often fell into deep, ecstatic trances while celebrating Mass.   In fact, his normal congregations got used to beginning Mass with him, then leaving after the “Lamb of God” to let him experience his rapture and return two hours later to finish the liturgy and receive Communion.

Philip died of a massive heart attack on this date in 1595, which was the feast of Corpus Christi.   His relics rest in the reliquary chapel in the Basilica and the Shrine contains the sketch below, which depicts him conversing with someone on the streets in Rome.philip_neri__snite_

St Philip Neri, your body and soul were touched with divine love and you shared it with with all others, pray for us!neri 4

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Memorials of the Saints and Feast of Our Lady of Caravaggio (1432) – 26 May

St Philip Neri Cong. Orat. (1515-1595) (Memorial)

Our Lady of Caravaggio/Nostra Signora di Caravaggio: Title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared in an apparition on 26 May 1432 in the countryside outside Caravaggio, Lombardy, Italy. Giannetta de’ Vacchi: Varoli was cutting hay in a field when the Virgin appeared. Mary requested penance from and a chapel built by the locals. A new spring of healing water appeared in the hay field. The apparition anniversary became a day of pilgrimage to the shrine of Santa Maria del Fonte built at the site and devotion to the Madonna of Caravaggio spread through the region and eventually around the world. In 1879, Italians from Lombardy built a chapel for their settlement in southern Brazil. As it was the only sacred art that any of them possessed, they dedicated the chapel to the Madonna di Caravaggio. Today the shrine hosts over a million pilgrims annually. Patronage – diocese of Cremona, Italy.

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St Alphaeus
St Anderea Kaggwa
Bl Andrea Franchi
St Becan of Cork
Bl Berengar of Saint-Papoul
St Damian the Missionary
St Desiderius of Vienne
St Pope Eleuterus
St Felicissimus of Todi
St Fugatius the Missionary
St Gioan Ðoàn Trinh Hoan
St Guinizo of Monte Cassino
St Heraclius of Todi
Bl Lambert Péloguin of Vence
St Mariana de Paredes y Flores of Quito
St Odulvald of Melrose
St Paulinus of Todi
St Peter Sanz
St Ponsiano Ngondwe
St Priscus of Auxerre and Companions
St Quadratus of Africa
St Quadratus the Apologist
St Regintrudis of Nonnberg
St Simitrius of Rome and Companions
St Zachary of Vienne

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Holy Trinity Novena

Holy Trinity Novena

DAY EIGHT
GOD The Divine Mercy (Jesus)

SCRIPTURAL READING
“They went about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to where ever they heard He was.   Whatever villages or towns or countryside He entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged Him that they might touch only the tassel on His cloak;  and as many as touched it were healed.”...(Mk. 6:55-56)

MEDITATION
“Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of diseases and sickness.   The news about Him spread through the whole country of Syria, so that people brought to Him all those who were sick, suffering from all kinds of diseases and disorders:  people with demons and epileptics and paralytics – Jesus healed them all.”…(Mt. 4, 23-24)

PRAYER
Lord Jesus Christ,
You showed Your love and compassion
for the poor and the sick,
curing everyone who came to You in faith, or in hope.
No one who appealed to You, was ever disappointed,
be they believers or not – both saints and sinners.
Please pour down Your mercies upon us
who are sick and wounded in the struggles
we face in life.
Have mercy on us Lord,
on our infirmities caused by human frailty and sinfulness.
Touch Lord, our aching bodies and spirits
with Your merciful love.
Bless me through the love with which You plead for us
before the throne of God,
bless me in the Blessed Sacrament
with which You give Yourself to us in Holy Communion.
Grant that all this love and bitter pain,
may not be lost on me.
Eternal Son,in Your mercy, grant my 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

Pray the Divine Mercy Chapletholy trinity novena - day eight - 25 may 2018

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Marian Thought for the Day – 25 May “Mary’s Month” – The Memorial of St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Church

Marian Thought for the Day – 25 May “Mary’s Month” – The Memorial of St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Church

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, any my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.”

With these words Mary first acknowledges the special gifts she has been given.
Above all other saints, she alone could truly rejoice in Jesus, her saviour, for she knew that He who was the source of eternal salvation, would be born in time in her body, in one person both her own son and her Lord.

“For the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

Mary attributes nothing to her own merits.   She refers all her greatness to the gift of one whose essence is power and whose nature is greatness, for He fills with greatness and strength, the small and the weak who believe in Him.   She did well to add:  “and holy is his name,” to warn those who heard and indeed, all who would receive His words, that they must believe and call upon His name.   For they too could share in everlasting holiness and true salvation according to the words of the prophet: “and it will come to pass, that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”   This is the name she spoke of earlier when she said “and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.”

– from a homily by St Bede (673-735)

Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for us!blessed virgin mary - pray for us - 25 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 25 May “Mary’s Month” – The Memorial of St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Church and St Mary Magdalen of Pazzi (1566-1607)

Quote/s of the Day – 25 May “Mary’s Month” – The Memorial of St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Church and St Mary Magdalen de Pazzi (1566-1607)

“Unfurl the sails and let God steer us where He will.”unfurl-the-sails-st-bede - 25 May 2017

“Christ is the Morning Star,
who, when the night of this world is past,
gives to His saints, the promise of the light of life,
and opens everlasting day.”

St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Churchchrist-is-the-morning-star-st-bede- 25 may 2018.pg

“Prayer ought to be humble, fervent,
resigned, persevering and accompanied
with great reverence. One should consider,
that he stands in the presence of a God
and speaks with a Lord, before whom,
the angels tremble from awe and fear.”prayer ought to be humble - st mary magdalen de pazzi - 25 may 2018

“O Sisters, if we would only comprehend the fact,
that while the Eucharistic Species remain within us,
Jesus is there and working in us,
inseparably with the Father and the Holy Spirit
and therefore the whole Holy Trinity is there.”

St Mary Magdalen de Pazzi (1566-1607)o sisters if we would only - st mary magdalen of pazzi - 25 may 2018

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One Minute  Marian Reflection – 25 May “Mary’s Month”

One Minute  Marian Reflection – 25 May “Mary’s Month” Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Those who love me I also love and those who seek me, find me…Proverbs 8:17

REFLECTION – “MARY:  OUR MOTHER – “Find out for yourself by personal experience the meaning of Mary’s maternal love.   It is not enough just to know that she is our Mother and to think and talk about her as such.   She is your Mother and you are her child.   She loves you as if you were her only child in this world.   Treat her accordingly. Tell her about every­thing that happens to you;  honour her and love her.   No one will do it for you or as well as you.”…” St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975) Mother of God and our Mother,” Friends of God, 293.

Let us offer to our Mother today:
Many affectionate thoughts and prayers, by saying “Mary, my mother” each time we pause in our work.proverbs 8 17 - mary our mother, find out for yourself - st josemaria - 25 may 2018

PRAYER – Holy Almighty Father, grant us the grace to understand the immense love You have given us, in granting us the Mother of Your Divine Son, as our Mother too.   Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, teach us, help us, show us the way, as all mothers do.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son and our Saviour, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God with our Father, forever, amen.mary beloved mother-pray for us all

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Our Morning Offering – 25 May “Mary’s Month”

Our Morning Offering – 25 May “Mary’s Month” Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Mary, Virgin and Mother,
shows us what love is
and whence it draws its origin
and its constantly renewed power.
To her we entrust the Church
and her mission in the service of love.

Pope Benedict XVI:
Deus Caritas Est, 42

Holy Mary, Mother of God
By Pope Benedict XVI:
Deus Caritas Est, 42

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you have given the world its true light,
Jesus, your Son – the Son of God.
You abandoned yourself completely
to God’s call and this became a wellspring
of the goodness which flows forth from Him.
Show us Jesus.
Lead us to Him.
Teach us to know and love Him,
so that we too, can become capable of true love
and be fountains of living water
in the midst of a thirsting world.

Amenholy mary mother of god by pope benedict deus caritas est no 42 - 25 may 2018

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Saint of the Day – 25 May – St Pope Gregory VII (c 1015-1085)

Saint of the Day – 25 May – St Pope Gregory VII (1015-1085) Monk, Priest, Reformer, Administrator, Adviser, born Hildebrand of Sovana (Italian:  Ildebrando da Soana), was Pope from 22 April 1073 to his death in 1085.     Patronage – Diocese of Sovana.   St Pope Gregory was born in c 1015 in Soana (modern Sovana), Italy and died on 25 May 1085 at Salerno, Italy of natural causes.   Pope Gregory “was probably the most energetic and determined man ever to occupy the See of Peter and was driven by an almost mystically exalted vision of the awesome responsibility and dignity of the papal office” (Eamonn Duffy, Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes.  Header - pope-gregory-vii-1

A disciple of Pope Gregory VI
Born at Sovana, a small town in southern Tuscany, the son of a blacksmith and christened Hildebrand, he was educated in Rome by the archpriest John Gratian, who in 1045 became Pope Gregory VI.   However, because of a financial deal involved in getting rid of his corrupt predecessor, Gregory was deposed in 1046 by the reforming German king and Holy Roman Emperor Henry III and went into retirement in the Benedictine monastery of Cluny, France.   Hildebrand went with his master into exile at Cluny and spent three years there as a monk.

Ambassador of four popes
However, he returned to Rome in 1049 to serve the newly elected Pope St Leo IX as papal treasurer.   Hildebrand became a deacon and then prior of the monastery of St Paul’s Outside the Walls and was an assistant to a major influence on the next four popes, all of whom were reformers.   He was also successful in various ambassadorial roles.   On the death of Pope Alexander II (1061-73, he was elected pope by popular acclaim by the clergy and people of Rome.   He still had to be ordained priest and bishop before he could act as pope.gregorio_vii

Conflict with King Henry IV of Germany
Taking his name from his mentor Gregory VI, Gregory VII immediately set about cleaning up the abuses of simony, clerical concubinage and lay investiture.   He demanded that bishops take an oath of obedience to him and threatened those who wouldn’t carry out papal decrees.   Over lay investiture he faced opposition from King Philip I of France, William the Conqueror of England and the young King Henry IV of Germany.   Henry, whose father had appointed bishops and popes at will, resented the brusqueness of this new pontiff and gathered “his” bishops at Worms and insisted Gregory be deposed.   But Gregory then excommunicated Henry and all the bishops collaborating with him and absolved his subjects from allegiance.   Ecclesiastical support for Henry cracked and in 1077 he had to travel to the house of Matilda of Canossa in Italy where Gregory was staying and there he begged the Pope’s pardon and absolution. Gregory left Henry standing in humiliation for three days in the snow before eventually granting him pardon.

Pyrrhic victory and death
But Gregory’s victory was short lived.   Henry rallied his forces and in 1080 invaded Italy, captured Rome, declared Gregory deposed.   He installed an antipope Guibert of Ravenna as Clement III.   Gregory took refuge in Castel Sant’Angelo, invited in the Normans under Robert Guiscard to rescue him.   However, the Normans behaved so badly in Rome that the Romans turned on Gregory and forced him to retire first to Monte Cassino and then to Salerno south of Naples where he died.   His last words were famously an adaptation of Psalm 44 (45) verse 7:  “I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore I die in exile”.pope-saint-gregory-vii-01

Papal claims
Gregory’s pontificate represents a strong staking out of the papal claim of power over the secular world and though he achieved little, the spirit of papal reform continued and the papacy never receded from its claims to freedom from secular and political control in spiritual matters.   From this time on also the pope began to be presented not just as the vicar of St Peter, but as “the vicar of Christ himself” (Innocent III 1198-1216).

His influence
Gregory’s beatification (1585) and canonisation (1605) took place at a time when the papacy was in conflict with secular powers – Queen Elizabeth I and James I in England. His feast was extended to the universal Church in 1728, causing some fury among proponents of Gallicanism in France.

He was later seen as a precursor of Vatican I with its definition of the doctrine of papal infallibility  . One could perhaps be forgiven for detecting a hint of spin or ideology in his promotion but the tyrannies of the 20th century bear out the value of his insistence on the freedom of the Church in speaking out on spiritual matters.

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 Gregory VII under glass, Salerno cathedral
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Memorials of the Saints – 25 May

St Bede the Venerable (Optional Memorial) (673-735) Priest, Monk, O.S.B. DOCTOR of the Church (Added by Pope Leo XIII in 1899)
Here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/saint-of-the-day-25-may-st-bede-the-venerable-o-s-b/

St Pope Gregory VII (1015-1085) (Optional Memorial)

St Mary Magdalen of Pazzi (1566-1607) (Optional Memorial)

St Agustin Caloca
St Aldhelm of Sherborne
Bl Antonio Caixal
Bl Bartolomeo Magi di Amghiari
St Canio
St Cristobal Magallanes Jara
St Denis Ssebuggwawo
St Dionysius of Milan
St Dunchadh of Iona
St Egilhard of Cornelimünster
Bl Gerardo Mecatti
St Gerbald
St Injuriosus of Auvergne
St Iosephus Chang Song-Jib
Bl James Bertoni
Bl Juan of Granada
St Leo of Troyes
St Madeline Sophie Barat
St Matthêô Nguyen Van Ðac Phuong
St Maximus of Evreux
Bl Nicholas Tsehelsky
St Pasicrates of Dorostorum
Bl Pedro Malasanch
St Pherô Ðoàn Van Vân
St Scholastica of Auvergne
St Senzio of Bieda
St Urban I, Pope
St Valentio of Dorostorum
St Victorinus of Acquiney
St Winebald of Saint Bertin
St Worad of Saint Bertin
St Zenobius of Florence

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Holy Trinity Novena

Holy Trinity Novena

DAY SEVEN
GOD The Provider (Father)
“Gives us this day our daily bread”

SCRIPTURAL READING
When Jesus had said this, He raised His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come.   Give glory to Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You.   Just as You gave Him authority over all people, so that He may give eternal life to all You gave Him.   Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God and the one whom You sent, Jesus Christ.   I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that You gave Me to do. Now glorify Me, Father, with You, with the glory that I had with You before the world began.
“I revealed Your name to those whom You gave Me out of the world.   They belonged to You and You gave them to me and they have kept Your word.   Now they know that everything You gave Me, is from You, because the words You gave to Me I have given to them and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from You and they have believed that You sent Me.”…(Jn. 17:1-8)

MEDITATION
“So do not start worrying:   Where will my food come from?   Or my drink?   Or my clothes?   These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.   Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.   Instead be concerned about everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what He required of you and He will provide You with all those other things.   So do not worry about tomorrow;  it will have enough worries of its own.   There is no need to add to the trouble each day brings.”… (Mt. 6:31-34)

PRAYER
We praise and thank You, Father
for Your unfailing gift of Divine Providence.
You feed the birds of the air
and clothe the lilies of the field.
But You provide so much more generously
for Your sons and daughters, who obey and follow Your will.
Bless we pray, the poor and the needy,
not only with spiritual gifts
but also with food, to sustain body
and soul and with their other earthly needs.
Eternal Father 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

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, amen.holy trinity novena - day seven - 24 may 2018

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Marian Thought for the Day – 24 May “Mary’s Month” – Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Marian Thought for the Day – 24 May “Mary’s Month” – Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Mary is the “Consolatrix Afflictorum,” the Consoler of the Afflicted
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

St PAUL says that his Lord comforted him in all his tribulations, that he also might be able to comfort them who are in distress, by the encouragement which he received from God.   This is the secret of true consolation:  those are able to comfort others who, in their own case, have been much tried and have felt the need of consolation and have received it.   So of our Lord Himself it is said:  “In that He Himself hath suffered and been tempted, He is able to succour those also that are tempted.”

And this, too, is why the Blessed Virgin is the comforter of the afflicted.   We all know how special a mother’s consolation is and we are allowed to call Mary our Mother from the time that our Lord from the Cross established the relation of mother and son between her and St John.   And she especially can console us because she suffered more than mothers in general.   Women, at least delicate women, are commonly shielded from rude experience of the highways of the world but she, after our Lord’s Ascension, was sent out into foreign lands almost as the Apostles were, a sheep among wolves.   In spite of all St John’s care of her, which was as great as was St Joseph’s in her younger days, she, more than all the saints of God, was a stranger and a pilgrim upon earth, in proportion to her greater love of Him who had been on earth, and had gone away.   As, when our Lord was an Infant, she had to flee across the desert to the heathen Egypt, so, when He had ascended on high, she had to go on shipboard to the heathen Ephesus, where she lived and died.

O ye who are in the midst of rude neighbours or scoffing companions, or of wicked acquaintance, or of spiteful enemies and are helpless, invoke the aid of Mary by the memory of her own sufferings among the heathen Greeks and the heathen Egyptians.

Mary “Consolatrix Afflictorum,”Consoler of the Afflicted – Help of Christians

Help us!, Pray for Us!our-lady-help-of-christians-pray-for-us-24 may 2018jpgour lady consoler of the afflicted - pray for us - 24 may 2018

 

 

 

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Quote of the Day – 24 May “Mary’s Month” – Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Quote of the Day – 24 May “Mary’s Month” – Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

“This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace,
continues uninterruptedly, from the consent,
which she loyally gave, at the Annunciation
and which she sustained, without wavering beneath the Cross,
until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect.

Taken up to heaven, she did not lay aside this saving office
but by her manifold intercession, continues to bring us
the gifts of eternal salvation.   By her maternal charity,
she cares for the brethren of her Son,
who still journey on earth, surrounded by dangers and difficulties,
until they are led into their blessed home.

Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church
under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix.
This, however, is so understood,
that it neither takes away anything from,
nor adds anything to,
the dignity and efficacy of Christ the one Mediator.”

Lumen Gentium, 62
Blessed Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)lumen gentium 62 - bl pope paul VI - 24 may 2018

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One Minute Marian Reflection – 24 May “Mary’s Month” – Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

One Minute Marian Reflection – 24 May “Mary’s Month” – Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

He said to the disciple, “there is your mother.”...John 19:27

REFLECTION – “MARY:  HELP OF CHRISTIANS – “Yes, we are still pilgrims but our Mother has gone on ahead, where she points to the reward for our efforts.   She tells us that we can make it.   If we are faithful, we will reach home.   Not only is the Blessed Virgin our model but she is also the Help of Christians.   And as we besiege her with our petitions — ‘Show that you are our Mother’ – she cannot help but watch over her children with motherly care.” … St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975) “Cause of our Joy,” Christ is Passing By, 177.
Let us offer to our Mother today:
In addition to the mysteries of the day, one more part (five decades) of the Holy Rosary.john 19 27 - yes, we are still pilgrims - st josemaria - 24 may 2018

PRAYER – Have pity on us Mother and heal the wounds of our souls, remove the sorrow and worries of our souls.    Console us in our day of suffering and enlighten us by your wisdom.   Show us your mercy, Mother and pray for us, turn our sadness into true joy. Fill our hearts with your sweetness and make us forget the miseries of this life.   Be gracious to your children and do not allow them to be overcome in their temptations.  For Hail Mary, full of grace, our Mother and Mother of our Lord, He is with thee!   Amenour lady help of christians pray for us - 24 may 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 24 May “Mary’s Month” – Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Our Morning Offering – 24 May “Mary’s Month” – Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Our Lady, Help Of Christians
By St John Bosco (1815-1888)

Most Holy Virgin Mary,
Help of Christians,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not
to remember their children,
how can you,
the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help
for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak,
cure the sick,
convert sinners.
Grant through your intercession,
many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth
we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.
Amenprayer to our lady help of christians by st john bosco - 24 may 2018

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Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians – 24 May

Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians – 24 May – Also known as Auxilium Christianorum.our lady header - help of christians - wp size

The tradition of this advocation goes back to 1571, when the whole of Christendom was saved by Our Lady, Help of Christians when Catholics throughout Europe prayed the Rosary.   The great battle of Lepanto occurred on 7 October 1571.   For this reason, this date has been chosen as the feast of the Holy Rosary.   In 1573 Pope Pius V instituted the feast in thanksgiving for the decisive victory of Christianity over Islamism.

Near the end of the 17th century, Emperor Leopold I of Austria took refuge in the Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Pasau, when 200,000 Ottoman Turks besieged the capital city of Vienna but a great victory occurred thanks to Our Lady, Help of Christians, on 8 September, Feast of Our Lady’s Birthday, plans were drawn for the battle.   On 12 September, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, Vienna was finally freed through the intercession of Mary, Help of Christians.   All Europe had joined with the Emperor crying out “Mary, Help!” and praying the Holy rosary.our lady help of christians-spanish - lg

In 1809, Napoleon’s men entered the Vatican, arrested Pius VII and brought him in chains to Grenoble and eventually Fontainbleau.   His imprisonment lasted five years. The Holy Father vowed to God that , if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary.   Military reverses forced Napoleon to release the Pope and on May 24th 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome.   Twelve months later, the Pope decreed that the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, be kept on 24 May.Our-Lady-Help-of-Christians.lg

St John Bosco (1815 – 1888) was a dynamic priest who founded the Salesian Order in the XIX century in Italy.   His many prophetic dreams, beginning at age nine, guided his ministry and gave insights on future events.don-bosco-y-maria-auxiliadora

On 14 May 1862, Don Bosco dreamed about the battles the Church would face in the latter days.   In his dream, the Pope of those days anchors the ‘ship’ of the Church between two pillars, one with a statue of Our Lady ( the Auxilium Christianorum or ‘Help of Christians’) and the other with a large Eucharistic Host.Don Bosco Dream

St John Bosco wrote about his congregation, the Salesians:  “The principal objective is to promote veneration of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Mary, Help of Christians.   This title seems to please the august Queen of Heaven very much.”

The Salesian Sisters of St John Bosco or Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, are the sister order of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

St John Bosco, himself, on 9 June1868, dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians, the mother church of his congregation at Turin (Italy).   The Salesian Fathers and their Sisters have carried the devotion to their numerous establishments all over the world.Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians ~Turin, ItalyMary-help-of-christians-1Our lady help of christians basilica - turin

More info here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/saint-of-the-day-24-may-the-feast-of-mary-help-of-christians/

 

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Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians/Auxilium Christianorum and Memorials of the Saints – 24 May

Our Lady, Help of Christians/Auxilium Christianorum

Our Lady of China:  Our Lady of China is a title for the Virgin Mary in China who is believed to have appear at the small village of Donglu in 1900.   In Chinese she is called Zhōnghuá Shèngmǔ.   She is also known as Our Lady of Donglu.Official_authentic_portrait_Lady_of_China


St Afra of Brescia
Bl Benedict of Cassino
St David of Scotland
Bl Diego Alonso
St Donatian of Nantes
St Gennadius of Astroga
St Hubert of Bretigny
Bl Isidore Ngei Ko Lat
St Joanna the Myrrhbearer
Bl John del Prado
Bl John of Montfort
Bl Juan of Huete
Bl Louis-Zéphirin Moreau
St Manahen
St Marciana of Galatia
Bl Mario Vergara
St Meletius the Soldier
Bl Nicetas of Pereslav
St Palladia
St Patrick of Bayeux
Bl Philip of Piacenza
St Rogatian of Nantes
St Sérvulo of Trieste
St Simeon Stylites the Younger
St Susanna
Bl Thomas Vasière
St Vincent of Lérins
St Vincent of Porto Romano

Martyrs of Istria: A group of early martyrs in the Istria peninsula. We know little more than some names – Diocles, Felix, Servilius, Silvanus and Zoëllus.

Martyrs of Plovdiv: 38 Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian. We don’t even known their names. They were beheaded in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Martyrs of the Small West Gate: Additional Memorial – 20 September as part of the Martyrs of Korea. A group of lay catechists and catechumens who were imprisoned and executed together for the crime of being Christian.
• Saint Agatha Kim A-Gi
• Saint Agatha Yi So-Sa
• Saint Anna Pak A-Gi
• Saint Augustine Yi Kwang-Hon
• Saint Barbara Han A-Gi
• Saint Damianus Nam Myong-Hyok
• Saint Lucia Pak Hui-Sun
• Saint Magdalena Kim Ob-I
• Saint Petrus Kwon Tug-In
They were beheaded on 24 May 1839 at the Small West Gate, Seoul, South Korea and were Canonised on 6 May 1984 by Pope John Paul II.

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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.