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Thought for the Day – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

Thought for the Day – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

O wondrous blessed clarity of Clare!
In life she shone to a few,
after death she shines on the whole world!
On earth she was a clear light,
Now in heaven she is a brilliant sun.

O how great the vehemence of the
brilliance of this clarity!
On earth this light was indeed kept
within cloistered walls,
yet shed abroad its shining rays.
It was confined within a convent cell,
yet spread itself through the wide world.

Pope Innocent IV  (1195-1254)

He, Christ, is the splendour of eternal glory, “the brightness of eternal light and the mirror without cloud.”   Behold, I say, the birth of this mirror.   Behold Christ’s poverty even as He was laid in the manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes.   What wondrous humility, what marvellous poverty!   The King of angels, the Lord of heaven and earth resting in a manger!   Look more deeply into the mirror and meditate on His humility, or simply on His poverty.   Behold the many labours and sufferings He endured to redeem the human race.   Then, in the depths of this very mirror, ponder His unspeakable love which caused Him to suffer on the wood of the cross and to endure the most shameful kind of death.   The mirror Himself, from His position on the cross, warned passers-by to weigh carefully this act, as He said:  “All of you who pass by this way, behold and see if there is any sorrow like mine.”
Let us answer His cries and lamentations with one voice and one spirit:  “I will be mindful and remember and my soul will be consumed within me.”from a letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague by Saint Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare of Assisi, Pray for us!st-clare-pray-for-us-11 aug 2017 3

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become.
If we love things, we become a thing.
If we love nothing, we become nothing.
Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ,
rather it means becoming the image of the beloved,
an image disclosed through transformation.
This means we are to become vessels of God’s
compassionate love for others.”

St Clare’s second letter to Blessed Agnes of Praguewe-become-what-we-love-st-clare-11 aug 2017

“ Blessed be You, O God, for having created me. ”

St Clare’s Last Wordsblessed-be-you-o-god-st-clare-11 aug 2017

“Cling to His most sweet Mother,
who carried a Son whom the heavens could not contain;
and yet she carried Him in the little enclosure of her holy womb
and held Him on her virginal lap.”cling-to-his-most-sweet-mother-st-clare-11 aug 2017

“Gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him,
as you desire to imitate Him.
….Totally love Him, Who gave Himself totally for your love.”

“They say that we are too poor
but can a heart which possesses the infinite God be truly called poor?
We should remember this miracle of the Blessed Sacrament when in Church.
Then we will pray with great Faith to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist:
‘Save me, O Lord, from every evil – of soul and body.’”

St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)gaze-upon-him-consider-him-st-clare.11 aug 2017

St Pope John Paul II said of Saint Clare:
“her whole life was a Eucharist because …
from her cloister she raised up a continual ‘thanksgiving’ to God
in her prayer, praise, supplication, intercession, weeping, offering and sacrifice.

She accepted everything from the Father in union with the infinite ‘thanks’ of the only begotten Son.”

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)her-whole-life-was-a-eucharist-st-john-paul - 11 aug 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 11 August – Saturday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 17:14–20

One Minute Reflection – 11 August – Saturday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 17:14–20

He said to them, “Because of your little faith.   For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”…Matthew 17:20

REFLECTION – “The word “faith” has one syllable but two meanings.   First of all it is concerned with doctrine and it denotes the assent of the soul to some truth.   Faith in this sense brings blessing and salvation to the soul, as the Lord said:  “He who hears my word and believes in him who sent me, has eternal life.” (Jn 5:24)…
The word “faith” has a second meaning:  it is a particular gift and grace of Christ.  “To one is given throu gh the Spirit the utterance of wisdom and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing” (1Cor 12:8-9).   Faith in the sense of a particular divine grace conferred by the Spirit is not, then, primarily concerned with doctrine but with giving a person powers quite beyond their natural capability.   Whoever has this faith will say to a mountain: “Move from here to there” and it will move and anyone who can in fact say these words through faith and “believes without hesitation that they will come to pass,” (Mk 11:23) receives this particular grace.   It is to this kind of faith that the Lord’s words refer: “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed.”   Now a mustard seed is small in size but its energy thrusts it upwards with the force of fire.   Small are its roots, great the spread of its boughs and once it is fully grown the birds of the air find shelter in its branches (Mt 13:32).  So too, in a flash, faith can produce the most wonderful effects in the soul.
Enlightened by faith the soul gazes at the glory of God so far as human nature allows and, even before the consummation of all things, ranging beyond the boundaries of the universe, it has a vision of the judgement and of God making good the rewards he promised.    As far as it depends on you then, cherish this gift of faith that leads you to God and you will then receive the higher gift which no effort of yours can reach, no power of yours attain.”…Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (313-350) Bishop of Jerusalem, Father & Doctor of the Church (Baptismal Catechesis 5)if you have faith the size of a mustard seed - matthew 17 20 - as far as it depends on you then - sy cyril of jerusalem - 11 aug 2018

PRAYER – Holy God, grant we pray, Your Holy Spirit of love and divine grace to grow ever more in faith.   By our prayers and love for You and our neighbour, may we merit Your divine assistance.   Lord Jesus, help us to dwell often on the manner in which we are following You.   Let us strive each day to become more and more like You in all things and, to become beacons of Your Light, to all the world.   St Clare of Assisi, you who were a light to all, pray for us, amen.st-clare-of-assisi-pray-for-us-11 aug 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clareof Assisi(1194-1253)

Our Morning Offering – 11 August – The Memorial of St Clareof Assisi(1194-1253)

I Come, O Lord
By St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

I come, O Lord,
unto Thy sanctuary
to see the life and food of my soul.
As I hope in Thee, O Lord,
inspire me with that confidence
which brings me to Thy holy mountain.
Permit me, Divine Jesus,
to come closer to Thee,
that my whole soul may do homage
to the greatness of Thy majesty,
that my heart,
with its tenderest affections,
may acknowledge Thy infinite love,
that my memory may dwell
on the admirable mysteries
here renewed every day
and that the sacrifice,
of my whole being,
may accompany Thine.
Ameni come o lord into thy sanctuary - st clare - 11 aug 2018

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Saint of the Day – 11 August – St Philomena (c 291 – 304) “The Wonder Worker”

Saint of the Day – 11 August – St Philomena (c 291 – 304) “The Wonder Worker” , Virgin, Martyr.   Patronages – • against barrenness, infertility, sterility • against bodily ills • against mental illness • against sickness, sick people • babies, infants, newborns, toddlers • children, young people, youth • Children of Mary • desperate, forgotten, lost or impossible causes • Living Rosary • orphans • poor people • priests • prisoners • students • test takers.giuseppe-bezzuoli-santa-filomenast philomena header

The tomb of this virgin and martyr, unknown until the first years of the 19th century, was providentially discovered in 1802 in the catacombs of Priscilla on the Via Salaria, Rome, Italy.   It was covered by stones, the symbols on which indicated that the body was a martyr named Saint Philomena.   The bones were exhumed, catalogued and effectively forgotten since there was so little known about the person.Cathédrale_Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption_de_Montauban_-_Couronnement_de_sainte_Philomène_-_Jules_Jolivet_PM82000423

In 1805 Canon Francis de Lucia of Mugnano, Italy was in the Treasury of the Rare Collection of Christian Antiquity (Treasury of Relics) in the Vatican.   When he reached the relics of Saint Philomena he was suddenly struck with a spiritual joy and requested that he be allowed to enshrine them in a chapel in Mugnano.   After some disagreements, settled by the cure of Canon Francis following prayers to Philomena, he was allowed to translate the relics to Mugnano.   Miracles began to be reported at the shrine including cures of cancer, healing of wounds and the Miracle of Mugnano in which Venerable Pauline Jaricot was cured a severe heart ailment overnight.   Philomena became the only person recognised as a Saint solely on the basis of miraculous intercession as nothing historical was known of her except her name and the evidence of her martyrdom.st philomena 2

God, by many miracles, made the discovery of Saint Philomena’s body famous and the cult of the young Saint spread everywhere with an extraordinary rapidity.   She received such exceptional homage, that she deserves to be placed in the first ranks of the virgin martyrs, whom the Church venerates.   The Holy Curé of Ars called her his dear little Saint and performed wonders himself by his prayers to her.st philomena Masa Feszty (Hungarian, 1895–1979)

Certain revelations having the character of authenticity say that Saint Philomena was the daughter of a Greek prince, who accompanied her parents to Rome on a journey and that her glorious martyrdom occurred there under Diocletian in the third century.   The two arrows engraved on her tombstone in opposite directions referred to the efforts of the persecutor to slay her with a volley of arrows, after Angels preserved her from death by drowning;  the arrows turned against the archers.   Finally she was beheaded, like so many other miraculously protected heroes and heroines of Christ.   This opinion, which certain circumstances attending the translation of her relics in 1805 to the city of Mugnano appeared to verify, has prevailed.   In that city, devotion to her has been extraordinary and remains so to this day, miracles have multiplied both there and elsewhere for those who invoke her.

Other very serious studies, maintain that she was a child of the Roman people, immolated in the first century for Jesus Christ, at the age of twelve or thirteen years.   An examination of her bones permitted her age to be estimated and the vial of dried blood in her tomb clearly indicated her martyrdom.   The instruments of torture painted on the terra cotta plaque which enclosed her tomb — an arrow, an anchor, a torch — show us what sort of tortures she bore, all of which are known to us through other martyrdoms of the same early centuries.   The inscription:   Peace be with you, Philomena, reveals her name.st-philomena2

What is beyond doubt is that this Saint responds unfailingly to the faith of those who invoke her.   Invoked everywhere with wonderful success, she was entitled the wonder-worker of the 19th century.   She has shown herself to be the protectress, in particular, of small children.   A mother whose young son died despite her prayers, placed a picture of the Saint on his corpse, begging that he be returned to her.   And the child rose as though from sleep, stood up beside his bed and had no more symptoms of any sickness whatsoever.   A little girl who had put out her eye playing with a pair of scissors, which injury was declared irreparable by physicians, had her eye restored when she washed her face in oil taken from the Saint’s lamp and this eye seemed to everyone more vivid and bright than the other.st philomena

Many doubts remain about this little Saint, however, although she is no longer anywhere on the Church’s calendar, devotion to her has never floundered or diminished.   Personal devotion to any saint and we know ourselves, that there are many unknown saints around us and when they leave this earth, we ask them for their prayers of intercession and therefore, the faithful continue without doubt to venerate St Philomena.

Popes loved her and they were joined in fervour by some of the era’s greatest saints  . John Vianney, the Cure of Ars, called Philomena the True Light of the Church Militant.   He built a basilica in her honour, where he installed the relic he had been given by the Venerable Pauline Jaricot, foundress of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. (Innumerable “pagan babies” were given the name Philomena in honour of the foundress’s favourite saint, as I recall.)   Father Damien dedicated the first leper chapel on Molokai in her honour.   The American missionary saints John Neumann and Frances Cabrini spread devotion to Philomena throughout the Catholic United States.   St Peter Julian Eymard was a great devotee as was St Anthony Mary Claret.  Padre Pio, himself no mean wonder-worker, once silenced critics of her cult by snarling, “For the love of God!  It might well be that her name is not Philomena but this Saint has performed many miracles and it is not the name that did them.”st philomena statue

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 August

St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253) (Memorial)
The story of St Clare: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/saint-of-the-day-11-august-st-clare-of-assisi/

St Alexander the Charcoal Burner
St Cassian of Benevento
St Chromatius the Prefect
St Digna of Todi
St Equitius of Valeria
St Gaugericus of Cambrai
Bl Jean-Georges Rehm
Bl John Sandys
St Lelia
St Philomena (Died 304) Virgin Martyr

St Rusicola of Arles
St Rufinus of Marsi
St Susanna of Rome
St Taurinus of Evreux
Bl Theobald of England and Companion
St Tiburtius of Rome
Bl William Lampley

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War
Bl Armando Óscar Valdés
Bl Benjamín Fernández de Legaria Goñi
Bl Carlos Díaz Gandía
Bl Rafael Alonso Gutiérrez
Bl Ramon Rosell Laboria