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Open House….Conversations with …. 30 August

Open House….Conversations with …. 30 August

Little weekly reflections from those ‘minds alive’, our friends and intercessors waiting on our arrival.

Mother, how do we live by example?

Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge was a British journalist and media celebrity who did not care much about God and religion.   But…he saw compassion actualised before his very eyes through the person of Mother Teresa and that made him do something he had sworn he would never do – he became a Catholic!
Muggeridge had an assignment to write about Mother Teresa.   Travelling to India, he thought the trip was just the usual work but the amazing thing was, in the course of his talks and days of observation of the little nun, he experienced a complete conversion of his heart, his mind, his soul, his very being.
He confessed:  “Words cannot express how much I owe her, she showed me Christianity in action.   She showed me the power of love.   She showed me how one loving person can start a tidal wave of love that can spread to the entire world!”

“You must first learn to forget yourself

so that you can dedicate yourself to God and to neighbour alike!”

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

you must first learn to forget yourself - st mother terea - 30 aug 2018 - conversations with 2


Thought for the Day – 30 August – The Memorial of St Jeanne Jugan L.S.P. (Mary of the Cross) (1792 – 1879)

Thought for the Day – 30 August – The Memorial of St Jeanne Jugan L.S.P. (Mary of the Cross) (1792 – 1879)

By her admirable work at the service of the most deprived elderly, St Mary of the Cross is also like a beacon to guide our societies which must always rediscover the place and the unique contribution of this period of life.
Born in 1792 at Cancale in Brittany, Jeanne Jugan was concerned with the dignity of her brothers and sisters in humanity whom age had made more vulnerable, recognising in them the Person of Christ himself.   “Look upon the poor with compassion”, she would say, “and Jesus will look kindly upon you on your last day”.
Jeanne Jugan focused upon the elderly a compassionate gaze drawn from her profound communion with God in her joyful, disinterested service, which she carried out with gentleness and humility of heart, desiring herself to be poor among the poor.   Jeanne lived the mystery of love, peacefully accepting obscurity and self-emptying until her death.   Her charism is ever timely while so many elderly people are suffering from numerous forms of poverty and solitude and are sometimes also abandoned by their families.
In the Beatitudes Jeanne Jugan found the source of the spirit of hospitality and fraternal love, founded on unlimited trust in Providence, which illuminated her whole life.  This evangelical dynamism is continued today across the world in the Congregation of Little Sisters of the Poor, which she founded and which testifies, after her example, to the mercy of God and the compassionate love of the Heart of Jesus for the lowliest.
May St Jeanne Jugan be for elderly people a living source of hope and for those who generously commit themselves to serving them, a powerful incentive to pursue and develop her work!

I would like to address to all the invitation to let yourselves be attracted by the luminous examples of these Saints, to let yourselves be guided by their teaching so that our entire life may become a song of praise to God’s love.   May their heavenly intercession obtain for us this grace and, especially, the motherly protection of Mary, Queen and Mother of humanity. Amen

Pope Benedict XVI – Homily at the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross/Jeanne Jugan – Vatican Basilica Sunday, 11 October 2009

Once after meeting Jeanne Jugan, Charles Dickens said, “there is in this woman something so calm and so holy, that in seeing her I know myself to be in the presence of a superior being.

Her words went straight to my heart, so that my eyes, I know not how, filled with tears.”

St Mary of the Cross, Pray for us!st mary of the cross - jeanne jugan - pray for us - 30 aug 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 30 August – The Memorial of St Jeanne Jugan /Mary of the Cross (1792 – 1879)

Quote/s of the Day – 30 August – The Memorial of St Jeanne Jugan /Mary of the Cross (1792 – 1879)

“Jesus is waiting
for you
in the chapel.
Go and find Him.”jesus is waiting for you in the chapel - st jeanne jugan - 19 june 2018

very little,
be very little
before God.”little,be very little - st jeanne jugan - 30 aug 2018

“God is with us,
it will be accomplished …
God will help us,
the work is His.”god is with us - st jeanne jugan - 30 aug 2018

“In our troubles,
we must always say,
“Blessed be God,
thank You my God,
or glory to God!”in our troubles, we must always say - st jeanne jugan 30 aug 2018

“The Hail Mary
will take us
to Heaven.”the hail mary will take us to heaven - st jeanne jugan - 30 aug 2018

“Do not call me Jeanne Jugan.
All that is left of her
is Sister Mary of the Cross,
unworthy though she is
of that lovely name.”

St Jeanne Jugan/Mary of the Cross (1792-1879)do not call me jeanne jugan - st mary of the cross - 30 april 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 30 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 24:42–51

One Minute Reflection – 30 August – Thursday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 24:42–51

Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming...Matthew 24:42

REFLECTION – “We must sleep in such a way as to be easily awakened.   For Scripture says, “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.” (Lk 12:35-36).   For a sleeping man is of no more use than a dead man.   Therefore we ought often to get up at night and bless God.
Blessed are those who watch for Him and so make themselves like the angels, whom we call “watchers”.   A man asleep is worth nothing, no more than if he were dead.   But whoever has the light keeps watch and “darkness does not overcome him” (Jn 1:5) neither sleep.   Whoever has been illumined is therefore wakened to God and such a person is alive, “for what came to be in him was life.” (Jn 1:4)   “Happy the man,” says Wisdom,”who obeys me and happy those who keep my ways, happy the man watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts” (Pr 8:34)…St Clement of Alexandria (150-215) Father of the Churchwatch theefore - matthew 24 42 - for a sleeping man - st clemtn of alexandria - 30 aug 2018

PRAYER – God our Saviour, through the grace of Baptism you made us children of light. Hear our prayer, that we may always walk in that light and work for truth, love and charity, as Your witnesses before men.   Dispel from our hearts the darkness of sin and keep us ever watchful for the true light, Christ Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God forever.   St Jeanne Jugan, you lived a life of total charity ever watchful to the needs of your neighbour, please pray for us, jeanne jugan pray for us 30 aug 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 30 August – The Memorial of St Jeanne Jugan L.S.P. (Mary of the Cross) (1792 – 1879)

Our Morning Offering – 30 August – The Memorial of St Jeanne Jugan L.S.P. (Mary of the Cross) (1792 – 1879)

Radiating Christ
St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance
everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through us and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel Your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us
but only Jesus.
Stay with us
and then we shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You.
None of it will be ours.
It will be You shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise You in the way You love best
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach You without preaching,
not by words but by our example;
by the catching force –
the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love
our hearts bear to You.
Amen.radiating-christ-by-st-mother-teresa-6-april-2018 - no 2 30 aug 2018

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Saint of the Day – 30 August – St Mary of the Cross (1792 – 1879) Jeanne Jugan

Saint of the Day – 30 August – St Mary of the Cross L.SP.(1792 – 1879) Jeanne Jugan – Founder – born on 25 October 1792 at Les Petites-Croix, Cancale, d’Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France and died on 29 August 1879 at Saint-Pern, d’Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France of natural causes.   Patronages – the destitute elderly, poor and abandoned.   St Jeanne Jugan was a French woman who became known for the dedication of her life to the neediest of the elderly poor.   Her service resulted in the establishment of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who care for the elderly who have no other resources throughout the world. SAINT Jeanne juganiSt-Jeanne-Jugan-Little-Sisters-of-the-Poor-768x543

Jeanne was born 25 October 1792, in the port city of Cancale in Brittany, the sixth of the eight children of Joseph and Marie Jugan.   She grew up during the political and religious upheavals of the French Revolution.   Four years after she was born, her father, a fisherman, was lost at sea.   Her mother struggled to provide for the young Jeanne and her siblings, while also providing them secretly with religious instruction amid the anti-Catholic persecutions of the day.

Jugan worked as a shepherdess while still very young and learned to knit and spin wool. She could barely read and write.   When she was 16, she took a job as the kitchen maid of the Viscountess de la Choue.  The viscountess, a devout Catholic, had Jugan accompany her when she visited the sick and the poor.   At age 18 and again six years later, she declined marriage proposals from the same man.   She told her mother that God had otherplans, and was calling her to “a work which is not yet founded”.   At age 25, the young woman became an Associate of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary founded by St John Eudes (1501-1680) (Eudists).   Jugan also worked as a nurse in the town hospital of Saint-Servan.   She worked hard at this physically demanding job but after six years, she left the hospital due to her own health issues.   She then worked for 12 years as the servant of a fellow member of the Eudist Third Order, until the woman’s death in 1835. In the course of Jugan’s duties, the two women recognised a similar Catholic spirituality and began to teach catechism to the children of the town and to care for the poor and other unfortunates.

In 1837, Jugan and a 72-year-old woman (Françoise Aubert) rented part of a small cottage and were joined by Virginie Tredaniel, a 17-year-old orphan.   These three women then formed a Catholic community of prayer, devoted to teaching the catechism and assisting the poor.

In the winter of 1839, Jugan encountered Anne Chauvin, an elderly woman who was blind, partially paralysed and had no one to care for her.   Jugan carried her home to her apartment and took her in from that day forward, letting the woman have her bed while she slept in the attic.   She soon took in two more old women in need of help and by 1841 she had rented a room to provide housing for a dozen elderly people.   The following year, she acquired an unused convent building that could house 40 of them.   From this act of charity, with the approval of her colleagues, Jeanne then focused her attention upon the mission of assisting abandoned elderly women and from this beginning arose a religious congregation called The Little Sisters of the Poor.   Jugan wrote a simple Rule of Life for this new community of women and they went door-to-door daily requesting food, clothing and money for the women in their care.   This became Jugan’s life work, and she performed this mission for the next four decades.

During the 1840s, many other young women joined Jugan in her mission of service to the elderly poor.   By begging in the streets, the foundress was able to establish four more homes for their beneficiaries by the end of the decade.   In 1847 based on the request of Leo Dupont (known as the Holy Man of Tours) she established a house in that city.   She was much sought after whenever problems arose and worked with religious and civil authorities to seek help for the poor.   By 1850, over 100 women had joined the congregation.


Jugan, however, was forced out of her leadership role by the Abbé Auguste Le Pailleur, the priest who had been appointed Superior General of the congregation by the local bishop.   In an apparent effort to suppress her true role as foundress, he assigned her to do nothing but begging on the street until she was sent into retirement and a life of obscurity for 27 years.   Her eyesight was impaired in her final jeanne jugan with the elderly icon

After communities of Little Sisters had begun to spread throughout France, the work spread to England in 1851.   From 1866-1871 five communities of Little Sisters were founded across the United States.   By 1879, the community Jeanne founded had 2,400 Little Sisters and had spread across Europe and to North America.   On 1 March that year, Pope Leo XIII approved the Constitutions for the Little Sisters of the Poor for an initial period of seven years.   At the time of her death on 29 August 1879, many of the Little Sisters did not know that she was the one to have founded the congregation.   Le Pailleur, however, was investigated and dismissed in 1890 and Jugan came to be acknowledged as their foundress.

In September 1885, the congregation arrived in South America and made a first foundation in Valparaíso, Chile, from which it expanded later Jeanne_Jugan-lg

Jugan died in 1879 at the age of 86 and was buried in the graveyard of the General Motherhouse at Saint-Pern.   She was Beatified in Rome by Pope John Paul II on 3 October 1982 and Canonised on 11 October 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI, who said, “In the Beatitudes, Jeanne Jugan found the source of the spirit of hospitality and fraternal love, founded on unlimited trust in Providence, which illuminated her whole life.”

Today, pilgrims can visit the house where she was born, the House of the Cross at Saint-Servan and the Motherhouse where she lived her last 23 years at La Tour Saint Joseph in Saint-Pern.

st jeanne jugan statue

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Memorials of the Saints -30 August

St Adauctus of Rome
St Agilus
Bl Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster
St Arsenius the Hermit
St Boniface of Hadrumetum
St Bononius of Lucedio
Bl Bronislava of Poland
Bl Edward Shelley
Bl Ero di Armenteira
Bl Eustáquio van Lieshout
St Fantinus of San Mercurius
St Felix of Rome
St Fiacre
St Gaudentia of Rome
Bl Giovanni Giovenale Ancina
St Jeanne Jugan L.S.P. (Mary of the Cross) (1792 – 1879)

Bl John Roche
St Loarn
St Margaret Ward
Bl María Rafols-Bruna
St Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran
St Pammachius
St Pelagius the Hermit
St Peter of Trevi
Bl Riccardo of Lotaringia
Bl Richard Flower
Bl Richard Leigh
Bl Richard Martin
St Rumon of Tavistock
Sylvanus the Hermit
St Thecla of Hadrumetum
St Theodosius of Oria
Bl Yusuf Nehme

Martyrs of Colonia Suffetulana – 60 saints: A group of 60 Christians martyred for destroying a statue of Hermes.
They were martyred in Colonia Suffetulana, Africa.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed José Ferrer Adell
• Blessed Manuel Medina Olmos
• Blessed Vicente Cabanes Badenas
Martyrs of Barranco del Chisme (Spanish Civil War) – 10 beati:
• Blessed Alberto José Larrazábal Michelena
• Blessed Antonio María Arriaga Anduiza
• Carles Canyes Santacana
• Blessed Caterina Margenat Roura
• Diego Ventaja Milán
• Blessed Eleuterio Angulo Ayala
• Blessed Josefa Monrabal Montaner
• Manuel Medina Olmos
• Blessed Maria Dolores Oller Angelats
• Blessed Nicasio Romo Rubio