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Wishing all Dads a Blessed and Happy Father’s Day! – 17 June

Wishing all Dads a Blessed and Happy Father’s Day! – 17 June

Strength of a Mountain
Unknown Author

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad!strength of a mountain - fathers' day - 17 june 2018

Don’t Forget to Say ‘Happy Father’s Day’ to a Priest this Weekend — and Pray for Him!

A Prayer for All our Fathers and our Priests

God our Father,
we give you thanks and praise
for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers,
newly embracing their vocation;
may they find the courage and perseverance
to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for our own fathers,
who have supported and challenged us;
may they continue to lead in strong and gentle ways.
We remember fathers around the world,
whose children are lost or suffering;
may they know that the God of compassion,
walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us,
with fatherly love and advice.
Most importantly, all our Priests,
our spiritual Fathers, who guide,
teach us and lead us to You
and who feed and nourish us
with Your Sacraments.
We remember fathers, grandfathers
and great-grandfathers,
who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory
and nurture us with their love.
Amenprayer for all fathers and priests - father's day - 17 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – 17 June – The Memorial of St Albert Chmielowski (1845-1916)

Thought for the Day – 17 June – The Memorial of St Albert Chmielowski (1845-1916)

At the beatification on 22 June 1983, St Pope John Paul II said:
“Brother Albert…reached [the] heights of holiness…by way of love… Adam Chmielowski studied painting and for a number of years engaged in artistic activities before following his vocation, which, after a first attempt in the Society of Jesus, led him to the Third Order Franciscans, from where his Albertine vocation took shape… Brother Albert laid down his life in the service of the very poor and of social outcasts.   [He] gave his life completely to Christ.   And in Christ [he] discovered the fullness of knowledge, of love and of service….”

Brother Albert confessed:  “I look at Jesus in His Eucharist.   Could His love have provided anything more beautiful?   If He is bread, let us too become bread…let us give ourselves.”   Brother Albert did this to the very end, until he died in his “beggars’ refuge” in Krakow in 1916.

On the basis of a new miracle worked by God through the intercession of Brother Albert (beatified 22 June 1983), St Pope John Paul II canonised him only six years later, on 12 November 1989, to the joy of the Polish people and for the consolation of all homeless people, for whom this Polish saint can be a powerful intercessor, just as he was a generous helper to them while on earth.

St Albert Chmielowski, Pray for us!st albert chmielowski - pray for us - 17 june 2018

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Quote of the Day – 17 June – The Memorial of St Albert Chmielowski (1845-1916)

Quote of the Day – 17 June – The Memorial of St Albert Chmielowski (1845-1916)

“I look at Jesus in His Eucharist.   
Could His love have provided
anything more beautiful?   
If He is bread, let us too become bread…
let us give ourselves.” 

St Albert Chmielowski (1845-1916)i look at jesus in his eucharist - st albert chmielowski - 17 june 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 17 June – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Sunday Reflection – 17 June – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

….What happens in Spring?   Plants blossom, trees flower.   I will ask you some questions. Can a sick tree or plant fully blossom if it is sick?   No!   Can a tree, a plant which is not watered by rain or artificially, blossom nicely?   No.   And can a tree and a plant whose roots have been removed or which have no roots flower?   No.   Without roots, can they flower?   No!   And this is a message:  Christian life has to be a life that must blossom in works of charity, in doing what is good.   But if you have no roots, you cannot blossom, and who is the root?   Jesus  ! If you are not with Jesus, there in the roots, you will not blossom.   If you do not water your life with prayer and the sacraments, will you bear Christian flowers?   No!   Because prayer and the sacraments water the roots and our life blossoms.   I hope that your Spring may be bloom beautifully, as blooming as Easter will be;  blossoming with good works, virtue and doing good to others.   Remember this, this is a very beautiful verse from my country:   “What blossoms a tree bears come from what lies underneath it”.   Never cut off Jesus’ roots.

During Mass, after breaking the consecrated Bread, that is the Body of Christ, the priest shows it to the faithful, inviting them to participate in the Eucharistic banquet.   We know the words that ring out from the sacred altar:  “Happy are those who are called to his Supper.   This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”.   Inspired by a passage in the Book of Revelation — “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Rev 19:9): it says “marriage” because Jesus is the Spouse of the Church — this invitation calls us to experience intimate union with Christ, the source of joy and holiness.   It is an invitation which brings happiness and at the same time spurs us to an examination of conscience enlightened by faith.

Although we are the ones who stand in procession to receive Communion;  we approach the altar in a procession to receive communion, in reality it is Christ who comes towards us to assimilate us in Him.   There is an encounter with Jesus!   To nourish oneself of the Eucharist means to allow oneself to be changed by what we receive.   Saint Augustine helps us understand this when he talks about the light he received when he heard Christ say to him:   “I am the food of strong men;  grow and you shall feed upon me;  nor shall you convert me, like the food of your flesh, into you but you shall be converted into me” (Confessions VII, 10, 16: pl 32, 742).

Each time we receive Communion, we resemble Jesus more;  we transform ourselves more fully into Jesus.   As the Bread and the Wine are converted into the Body and Blood of the Lord, so too those who receive it with faith, are transformed into a living Eucharist.

You reply “Amen” to the priest who distributes the Eucharist saying “the Body of Christ”; that is, you recognise the grace and the commitment involved in becoming the Body of Christ.   Because when you receive the Eucharist, you become the Body of Christ.  This is beautiful;  it is very beautiful.   As it unites us to Christ, tearing us away from our selfishness, Communion opens us and unites us to all those who are a single thing in Him.   This is the wonder of Communion:  we become what we receive!

Let us approach the Eucharist:  receiving Jesus who transforms us into Him makes us stronger.   The Lord is so good and so great!

Pope Francis, General Audience, 21 March 2018each time we receive communion - pope francis - 17 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 17 June – The Memorial of St Albert Chmielowski (1845-1916)

One Minute Reflection – 17 June – The Memorial of St Albert Chmielowski (1845-1916)

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is,
there also will your heart be.”….Matthew 6:19-21matthew-6-19-21-17 june 2017

REFLECTION – Reflecting on his own priestly vocation, St Pope John Paul II wrote in 1996 that Brother Albert had played a role in its formation …..“because I found in him a real spiritual support and example in leaving behind the world of art, literature and the theatre and in making the radical choice of a vocation to the charity” ………..St John Paul speaking of St Albert Chmielowski (Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination)I found in him a real - st john paul speaking of st albert chmielowski - 17 june 2018

PRAYER – Father of goodness, make me realise and understand that each and all of my brothers represent the face of Jesus and that He is the only way to You for us all!   Help me to extend all of myself to my neighbour in loving imitation of Your Son.   St Albert Chmielowski, pray for us that we too may be a light in the darkness of this world, to all who call out to us in their pain and suffering.   And please pray for us!  Amenst-albert-chmielowski-pray-for-us-17 june 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 17 June – The Month of the Sacred Heart, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Our Morning Offering – 17 June – The Month of the Sacred Heart, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

I Pray You Lord
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

I pray You Lord,
in Holy Communion,
to give me the grace
of a cheerful heart,
an even temper,
sweetness, gentleness
and brightness of mind,
as walking in Your light
and by Your grace.
I pray You to give me the spirit
of overabundant, ever-springing love,
which empowers and sweeps away,
the vexations of life
by its own richness and strength
and which, above all things,
unites me to You,
who are the fountain
and the centre of all mercy,
loving kindness and joy.
AmenI pray you lord - bl john henry newman - 17 june 2018 - prayer before holy communion

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Saint of the Day – 17 June – St Albert Chmielowski T.O.S.F. (1845-1916)

Saint of the Day – 17 June – St Albert Chmielowski T.O.S.F. (1845-1916) – The Painter Who Became an Advocate for the Poor and then a Saint!   Artist, Founder, Tertiary Franciscan, Apostle of Charity.  albert chmielowski - headerheader 2 - eccehomo-600dpi

This Krakow native’s experience of the Church was remarkably similar to that of Pope Francis.   He strove to emulate the example of St Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis took his papal name and was the living embodiment of the Church of the poor Francis has spoken so much about.

Adam Chmielowski was born into an aristocratic family in Igołomia, a village outside of Krakow, in 1845.   Then, Poland formally didn’t exist:   The once-mighty Polish state was partitioned between Austria, Prussia and Russia in 1772, 1773 and 1795.   Yet the Polish people refused to accept this and many rebelled against the oppressors.

One such upheaval was the January Insurrection of 1863-1864, directed against the Russian Empire, in which the Poles fought bravely yet were brutally suppressed.   Not yet 18, Adam took part.   During one battle, a Russian grenade killed Adam’s horse and badly damaged his leg, which was amputated.   Adam, however, didn’t take pity on himself;  he stoically taught himself to function with a wooden limb and offered up the dismemberment to God for the cause of Polish independence.

After the uprising, Adam decided to pursue a career in painting and was accepted at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he studied with many famous Polish painters.   Upon returning to Poland, Adam worked as a painter 1870-1885.   In total, he produced 61 paintings  . He quickly became one of the most feted Polish artists, living briefly in Warsaw and then in artsy, intellectual Krakow.   Adam’s social circle consisted of the best-known Polish artists, actors and writers.albert and jesus painting

Yet Adam Chmielowski wasn’t happy with this glitzy life of celebrity.   At one point, he was even hospitalised for depression.   Adam remained a devout Catholic,and his paintings — including his masterpiece, the unfinished Ecce Homo, which depicts the mocked Christ — often dealt with religious themes.

He knew that he needed to grow closer to God.   Adam briefly thought of becoming a Jesuit, but his enthusiasm fizzled after entering the novitiate.   He kept asking God what He wanted of him.

Nineteenth-century Krakow was a city of social inequality.   In Adam’s day, more than a fifth of its population consisted of the unemployed, who were frequently homeless.   The filthy, lice-infested city homeless shelter had terrible sanitary conditions  . The Church in Krakow, especially the Vincentians and other orders, aided the poor.   However, this was insufficient.

At this time, Adam became increasingly attracted to St Francis of Assisi.  This medieval champion of the poor’s ministry resonated with Krakow’s socioeconomic problems. Eventually, Adam welcomed the homeless into his own apartment.   In 1887, Adam Chmielowski became a Third Order Franciscan and took vows at the hands of Krakow Archbishop Cardinal Albin Dunajewski.   He began to call himself “Brother Albert” and wore a gray habit.

st albert

The following year, Brother Albert realised that to bring Krakow’s poor lasting change, the city’s homeless shelter would need reform.   He negotiated an agreement with the city government, making him the institution’s caretaker.   To finance the improvements, Brother Albert auctioned off his paintings.   In addition to improving the material conditions, he banned alcohol in the shelter.   He asked the poor to work (making exceptions for the elderly and those with disabilities), teaching them practical skills and lectured on the Catechism and the Gospels.St Albert Chmielowski

Eventually, Brother Albert founded two religious orders, the Albertine Brothers and Sisters, devoted to the poor.   They set up homes for the poor, sick and elderly in 20 Polish cities.   Brother Albert worked to help as many poor persons as possible until his death in 1916, amidst World War I.   During that bloody conflict, he sent Albertine Brothers and Sisters to the trenches to aid war invalids.   After his death, thousands of Kracovians visited his tomb, convinced that he died a saint.

Today, the Albertines run homes for the poor and sick all over the world.   Visitors to Krakow can make a pilgrimage to the Albertine-run Ecce Homo Shrine, which features a museum devoted to St Albert and the famous titular painting. (NC Register) – For more details and images here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/saint-of-the-day-17-june-st-albert-chmielowski-t-o-s-f-the-19th-century-polish-saint-who-was-influenced-by-st-francis-of-assisi-later-influenced-pope-st-john-paul-ii/brat_albert-world

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Feast of Maria in the Forest and Memorials of the Saints – 17 June

Maria in the Forest: Also known as:
• Holy Mary in the Forest
• Maria im Walde
The Apparitions occurred in a wooded area near Dolina, Grafenstein, Carinthia, Austria on the 17, 18 and 19 June 1849 to three young shepherdesses.680px-Grafenstein_Dolina_Autobahnkirche_Maria_im_Walde_Altarbild_22092011_126

St Adolph of Utrecht
St Agrippinus of Como
St Albert Chmielowski (1845-1916)

St Antidius of Besançon
Bl Arnold of Foligno
St Avitus of Perche
St Blasto of Rome
St Botolph of Ikanhoe
St Briavel of Gloucestershire
St David of Bourges
St Dignamerita of Brescia
St Diogenes of Rome
St Emily de Vialar
St Gundulphus of Bourges
St Herveus of Bretagne
St Himerius of Amelia
St Hypatius of Chalcedon
St Molling of Wexford
St Montanus of Gaeta
St Nectan of Hartland
Bl Paul Burali d’Arezzo
Bl Peter Gambacorta
St Phêrô Ða
Bl Philippe Papon
Bl Pierre-Joseph Cassant
St Prior
St Rambold of Ratisbon
Bl Ranieri Scaccero
St Theresa of Portugal

Martyrs of Apollonia – 7 saints: A group of Christians who fled to a cave near Apollonia, Macedonia to escape persecution for his faith, but were caught and executed. The names we know are – Basil, Ermia, Felix, Innocent, Isaurus, Jeremias and Peregrinus. They were beheaded at Apollonia, Macedonia.

Martyrs of Aquileia – 4 saints: Four Christian martyrs memorialised together. No details about them have survived, not even if they died together – Ciria, Maria, Musca and Valerian. c.100 in Aquileia, Italy.

Martyrs of Chalcedon – 3 saints: Three well-educated Christian men who were sent as ambassadors from King Baltan of Persia to the court of emperor Julian the Apostate to negotiate peace between the two states, and an end of Julian’s persecutions of Christians. Instead of negotiating, Julian imprisoned them, ordered them to make a sacrifice to pagan idols and when they refused, had them executed. Their names were Manuel, Sabel and Ismael. They were beheaded in 362 in Chalcedon (part of modern Istanbul, Turkey) and their bodies burned and no relics survive.

Martyrs of Fez – 4 beati: A group of Mercedarians sent to Fez, Morocco to ransom Christians imprisoned and enslaved by Muslims. For being openly Christian they were imprisoned, tortured, mutilated and executed. Martyrs – Egidio, John, Louis and Paul. They were martyred in Fez, Morocco.

Martyrs of Rome – 262 saints: A group of 262 Christians martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. In c303 in Rome, Italy. They were buried on the old Via Salaria in Rome.

Martyrs of Venafro – 3 saints: Three Christian lay people, two of them imperial Roman soldiers, who were converts to Christianity and were martyred together in the persecutions of Maximian and Diocletian – Daria, Marcian and Nicander. They were beheaded c.303 in Venafro, Italy. By 313 a basilica had been built over their graves which were re-discovered in 1930. They are patrons of Venafro, Italy.