Sunday Reflection – 12 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Reflection – 12 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Jesus, our Daily Sacrifice

“Our Lord not only offered Himself as a Sacrifice on the Cross but He makes Himself a perpetual, a daily Sacrifice, to the end of time.

In the Holy Mass, that One Sacrifice on the Cross once offered is renewed, continued, applied to our benefit.
He seems to say, ‘My Cross was raised up 1800 years ago – and only for a few hours and very few of my servants were present there – but I intend to bring millions into my Church.   For their sakes then, I will perpetuate My Sacrifice, that each of them may be as though they had severally been present on Calvary.   I will offer Myself up, day by day to the Father, that everyone of my followers, may have the opportunity to offer his petitions to Him, sanctified and recommended by the all-meritorious virtue of My Passion.   Thus, I will be a Priest forever, after the order of Melchisedech – My priests shall stand at the Altar – but not they but I rather, will offer.   I will not let them offer mere bread and wine but I Myself, will be present upon the Altar instead and I will offer up Myself invisibly, while they perform the outward rite.’

And thus, the Lamb that was slain once for all, though He is ascended on high, ever remains a victim from His miraculous presence in Holy Mass under the figure and appearance of mere earthly and visible symbols.”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
Jesus, our Daily Sacrifice, Prayers, Verses and Devotionsand thus, the lambe that was slain - bl j h newman - 12 aug 2018 - sunday reflection


Thought for the Day – 12 August – The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

Thought for the Day – 12 August – The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

Always active, always at rest. – St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctoralways active always at rest - st augustine - 12 august 2018

At the age of sixteen, Jane Frances de Frémyot, already a motherless child, was placed under the care of a worldly-minded governess.   In this crisis, she offered herself to the Mother of God and secured Mary’s protection for life.   When a Protestant sought her hand, she steadily refused to marry “an enemy of God and His Church” and shortly afterwards, as the loving and beloved wife of the Baron de Chantal, made her house the pattern of a Christian home.
But God had marked her for something higher than domestic sanctity.   Two children and a dearly beloved sister died and, in the full tide of prosperity, her husband’s life was taken by the innocent hand of a friend.   For seven years the sorrows of her widowhood were increased by ill-usage from servants and inferiors and the cruel importunities of friends, who urged her to marry again.   Harassed almost to despair by their entreaties, she branded on her heart the name of Jesus and in the end left her beloved home and children to live for God alone.
It was on the 19th of March 1609, that Madame de Chantal bade farewell to her family and relations.   Pale, and with tears in her eyes, she passed round the large room, sweetly and humbly taking leave of each.   Her son, a boy of fifteen, used every entreaty, every endearment, to induce his mother not to leave them and at last passionately flung himself across the door of the room.   In an agony of distress, she passed on over the body of her son to the embrace of her aged and disconsolate father.   The anguish of that parting reached its height when, kneeling at the feet of the venerable old man, she sought and obtained his last blessing, promising to repay in her new home his sacrifice by her prayers.
Well might St Francis call her “the valiant woman.”
She was to found with St Francis de Sales a great Order.   Sickness, opposition, want, beset her and the death of children, friends and of St Francis himself followed, while eighty-seven houses of the Visitation rose under her hand.   Nine long years of interior desolation completed the work of God’s grace and in her seventieth year, St Vincent of Paul saw, at the moment of her death, her soul ascend, as a ball of fire, to heaven.

May we all rest in Christ and His Mother!

St Jane Frances de Chantal, Pray for us!st jane frances de chantal pray for us - 12 aug 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 12 August – The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

Quote/s of the Day – 12 August –

The Memorial of St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

“Hold your eyes on God
and leave the doing to Him.
That is all the doing,
you have to worry about.”

St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

(More Quotes by St Jane here: )hold your eyes on god - st jane de chantal - 12 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 12 August – Today’s Gospel: John 6:41–51

One Minute Reflection – 12 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: John 6:41–51

…the bread which I shall give, for the life of the world is my flesh...John 6:51

REFLECTION – “How could humankind, which remained riveted to the earth and subject to death, gain entry to immortality once more?   Its flesh had to become assimilated to the life-giving force in God. Now, God the Father’s life-giving force is His Word, His only Son, and so it was He whom God sent as Saviour and Redeemer…
If you put a breadcrumb into oil, water or wine, it at once soaks up their properties. If you place iron into contact with fire it will shortly become full of the fire’s energy and, even though by nature it is only iron, will take on the appearance of fire.   In the same way, then, God’s life-giving Word, by uniting Himself to the flesh He assumed, caused it to become life giving.
Did He not say: “Whoever believes in me has eternal life. I am the bread of life.”   And again: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live for ever and the bread that I will give is my flesh… Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”   So then, by eating the flesh of Christ, the Saviour of us all and drinking His blood, we have life in ourselves, we become one with Him, we remain in Him and He in us.
Therefore it is for Him to enter within us, through the Holy Spirit, in a way fitting to God and to mingle with our body, after a fashion, through the holy flesh and precious blood, we receive, under the forms of bread and wine, as our life-giving blessing.   Indeed…, God has exercised His condescension towards our weakness and placed all His life-force into the elements of bread and wine, which are thus endowed with the spirit of His own life. So believe in it without hesitation, for our Lord Himself has clearly said: “This is my body” and “This is my blood”.”…St Cyril of Alexandria (380-444) Bishop, Father & Doctor of the Churchthe bread which i shall give john 6 51 - god has exercised his condescension - st cyril of alex - 12 aug 2018

PRAYER – Almighty God and Father, by Your grace, we are made one in mind and heart. Give us a love for what You command and a longing for what You promise, so that, amid this world’s changes, our hearts may be set on the world of lasting joy.   Grant, we pray that by the prayers of St Jane de Chantal and Blessed Pope Innocent XI, we will be made always faithful and may Mary, the Mother of our life, lead us to our everlasting joy, Your Son, Jesus Christ.   Through Him, with Him and in Him, in the union of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, august 2017bl pope innocent xi - pay for us - 12 august 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 12 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 12 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Your Sacred Table
A Prayer Before Holy Mass and Communion
By Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church

Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.
Amenyour sacred table - prayer before holy comm - st francis de sales - 5 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – 12 August – Blessed Pope Innocent XI (1611-1689)

Saint of the Day – 12 August – Blessed Pope Innocent XI (1611-1689) Bishop of Rome, Lawyer, Apostle of Charity, Reformer, Administrator – born Benedetto Odescalchi on 19 May 1611 at Como, Italy and died on 12 August 1689 at Rome, Italy of natural causes.   Patronage – Diocese of Novara, Diocese of Como.   He is known in Budapest as the “Saviour of Hungary” and “Father of the Poor”   Papal Ascension – he was elected unanimously on 21 September 1676 and installed on 4 October 1676 and reigned until his death.Inocencius_XI

Blessed Innocent was born to a noble family and educated by the Jesuits at Como and studied jurisprudence at Rome and Naples. Como. jpg
Birthplace of Blessed Pope Innocent XI in Como

Pope Urban VIII appointed him successively prothonotary, president of the Apostolic Camera, commissary at Ancona, administrator of Macerata and Governor of Picena.   Innocent X then made him Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Cosma e Damiano on 6 March 1645 and, somewhat later, Cardinal-Priest of Sant’ Onofrio.

As cardinal he was beloved by all on account of his deep piety, charity and unselfish devotion to his duties.   When he was sent as legate to Ferrara in order to assist the people stricken with a severe famine, the pope introduced him to the people of Ferrara as the “father of the poor”, “Mittimus patrem pauperum”.     In 1650 he became Bishop of Novara, a capacity in which he spent all the revenues of his see in order to relieve the poor and sick of his diocese.   With the permission of the pope, he resigned as Bishop of Novara in favour of his brother, Giulio, in 1656 and went to Rome, where he took a prominent part in the consultations of the various congregations in which he was a member.

Benedetto was unanimously elected pope on 21 September 1676 and he took the name of Innocent XI.   Immediately upon his accession he turned all his efforts towards reducing the expenses of the Curia.   He passed strict ordinances against nepotism among the cardinals and he himself lived very parsimoniously and exhorted the cardinals to do the same.

innocent XI

His pontificate was marked by the prolonged struggle with Louis XIV of France on the subject of the so-called “Gallican Liberties” and also about certain immunities claimed by ambassadors to the papal court.   Innocent died on 12 August of 1689 after a long illness.  He was seventy-eight years of age.   His body lies with those of St Pius X (1903 – 1914), Blessed John XXIII (1958 – 1963) and, eventually, with St John Paul II (1978 – 2005) in the Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome.Tomb_of_Innocentius_XI_in_the_Chapel_of_St._Sebastian_of_Saint_Peter's_Basilicainnocent body

The cause for his Canonisation was first introduced in 1714 but the influence of France forced it to be suspended in 1744.   In the 20th century it was reintroduced and Pope Pius XII Beatified him on 7 October 1956.   Below is the Monument to Blessed Pope Innocent XI at  St Peter’s Basilica.INNOCENT LG statueMonument to Pope Innocent XI, St. Peter's Basilica

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Memorials of the Saints – 12 August

St Jeanne de Chantal/Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641) (Optional Memorial)
Details of St Jane here:

St Anicetus of Marmora
St Antôn Nguyen Ðích
Bl Charles Meehan
St Discolio of Vercelli
St Euplus of Catania
St Eusebius of Milan
St Felicissima the Blind
St Giacobe do Mai Nam
St Gracilian
St Herculanus of Brescia
Bl Pope Innocent XI (1611-1689)

St Jambert of Canterbury
Bl Józef Stepniak
Bl Józef Straszewski
St Julian of Syria
Bl Karl Leisner
St Macarius of Syria
St Merewenna
St Micae Nguyen Huy My
St Murtagh of Killala
St Photinus of Marmora
Bl Pierre Jarrige de la Morélie de Puyredon
St Porcarius of Lerins
St Simplicio of Vercelli
St Ust

Martyrs of Augsburg – 4 saints: The mother, Hilaria, and three friends of of Saint Afra of Augsburg. While visiting the tomb of Saint Afra who were seized by the authorities and martyred when they visited Afra’s tomb – Digna, Eunomia, Euprepia and Hilaria. They were burned alive c 304.

Martyrs of Rome – 5 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than their names – Crescentian, Juliana, Largio, Nimmia and Quiriacus.
• c.304 in Rome, Italy
• buried on the Ostian Way outside Rome.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:

Bl Antoni Perulles Estivill
Bl Atilano Dionisio Argüeso González
Bl Buenaventura García-Paredes Pallasá
Bl Carles Barrufet Tost
Bl Domingo Sánchez Lázaro
Bl Enrique María Gómez Jiménez
Bl Félix Pérez Portela
Bl Gabriel Albiol Plou
Bl José Jordán Blecua
Bl Josep Nadal Guiu
Bl Juana Pérez Abascal
Bl Manuel Basulto Jiménez
Bl Manuel Borràs Ferré
Bl Miquel Domingo Cendra

and these below:
Martyrs of Barbastro – 6 beati: Six Claretian brothers and priests who were martyred together in the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War.
• Gregorio Chirivas Lacamba
• José Pavón Bueno
• Nicasio Sierra Ucar
• Pere Cunill Padrós
• Sebastián Calvo Martínez
• Wenceslau Clarís Vilaregut
They were martyred on 12 August 1936 in Barbastro, Huesca, Spain and Beatified on 25 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of La Torre de Fontaubella – 4 beati: Four parish priests who were murdered together in the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War.
• Antoni Nogués Martí
• Joan Rofes Sancho
• Josep Maria Sancho Toda
• Ramon Martí Amenós
They were martyred on 12 August 1936 in La Torre de Fontaubella, Tarragona, Spain and Beatified on 13 October 2013 by Pope Francis. Their beatification celebrated in Tarragona, Spain.

Martyrs of Puerta de Hierro – 5 beati: Five nun in the Archdiocese of Madrid, Spain, all members of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, and all martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Estefanía Saldaña Mayoral
• María Asunción Mayoral Peña
• María Dolores Barroso Villaseñor
• María Severina Díaz-Pardo Gauna
• Melchora Adoración Cortés Bueno
They were martyred on 12 August 1936 in Puerta de Hierro, Aravaca, Madrid, Spain and Beatified on
27 October 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.