Sunday Reflection – 2 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:1–23 – Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
John Paul and Jean-Marie
When the Curé of Ars spoke of the Sacrament of the Altar, he glowed! He communicated to his hearers the Eucharistic fire that burned in his own heart. Thirty-two years ago, St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) devoted his Holy Thursday Letter to Priests, to Saint Jean-Marie Vianney. I think that today we can read that letter as one saint talking about another. This is what Pope John Paul II said:
“The Eucharist was at the very centre of Saint Jean Vianney’s spiritual life and pastoral work. He said: “All good works put together are not equivalent to the Sacrifice of the Mass, because they are the works of men and the Holy Mass is the work of God.” It is in the Mass that the sacrifice of Calvary is made present for the Redemption of the world. Clearly, the priest must unite the daily gift of himself to the offering of the Mass: “How well a priest does, therefore, to offer himself to God in sacrifice every morning!” “Holy Communion and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are the two most efficacious actions for obtaining the conversion of hearts.”
Recollection and Adoration
Thus the Mass was for John Mary Vianney the great joy and comfort of his priestly life. He took great care, despite the crowds of penitents, to spend more than a quarter of an hour in silent preparation. He celebrated with recollection, clearly expressing his adoration at the consecration and communion. He accurately remarked:
“The cause of priestly laxity is not paying attention to the Mass!”
Let us always, daily, pray for all our Priests!
St John Vianney (1786-1859) Patron of Priests Prayer for Priests By St John Vianney
God, please give to Your Church today many more priests after Your own heart. May they be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd. May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining models of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of Your grace in the sacraments. May their loving devotion to Your Son, Jesus in the Eucharist and to Mary His Mother, be the twin fountains of fruitfulness for their ministry. Amen
Thought for the Day – 2 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:1–23 – Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
‘This people honours me with their lips but their heart is far from me…”…Mark 7:6
“The interior life is primordial… The active life is the consequence of the interior life and has no value unless it depends upon it. We should like to do everything to the best of our ability, perfectly. But if it isn’t linked to our interior life it is to no purpose. All the value of our life and activity stems from our interior life, the life of love for God and the Virgin Mary, the Immaculata – not in theories or sweetness but in the practice of a love that consists in the union of our will with the will of the Immaculate Virgin.
Above and over all we must deepen this interior life. If it is truly a case of spiritual life then supernatural means are required. Prayer, prayer and prayer alone is what is needed to undertake the interior life and its flowering. Interior recollection is necessary.
Let us not be anxious about unnecessary things but gently, peacefully, let us try to preserve recollection of spirit and be attentive to God’s grace. That is why silence helps us.”…St Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) Martyr
“You must, so to speak, tear off your own skin, which Saint Paul calls the old man, in order to be clothed with the Spirit of Jesus Christ, which is, according to the same Apostle, the new man.”
.St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church
“So let me ask you – are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord’s presence, when you calmly spend time with Him, when you bask in His gaze? Do you let His fire inflame your heart? Unless you let Him warm you more and more with His love and tenderness, you will not catch fire. How will you then be able to set the hearts of others on fire by your words and witness?
Pope Francis Gaudete et Exscultate
And you Immaculata, who are our example, who are our constant intercessor, pray for us!
Quote of the Day – 2 September – The Memorial of St Solomon le Clercq FSC (1745-1792) Martyr
“I’m Solomon Le Clercq and I want, I want to sign, to say that I’ll die, I’ll die a happy man if Jesus is at my side and I say: I want to live for Jesus, I want! I want to die for Jesus, I want! To live and to die a real man of God! To live and die a real Brother from God!”
One Minute Reflection – 2 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:1–23 – Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
“You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.”..Mark 7:8
REFLECTION – “With these words, Jesus wants to caution us too, today, against the belief, that outward observance of the law is enough to make us good Christians. This is what Jesus condemns because this is a counter-witness to Christianity. After His exhortation, Jesus focuses attention on a deeper aspect and states: “there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him” (v. 15). In this way he emphasises the primacy of interiority, that is, the primacy of the “heart, it is not the external things that make us holy or unholy but the heart, which expresses our intentions, our choices and the will to do all, for the love of God….Pope Francis – Angelus, 30 August 2015
PRAYER – Father of might and power, every good and perfect gift comes down to us from You. Implant in our hearts, the love of Your name, increase our zeal for Your service, nourish what is good in us and tend it with watchful care. May our blessed Mother, guide and protect us on our journey and may Your holy Saints, pray for us. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.
Our Morning Offering – 2 September – Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
To Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament By St John Neumann (1811-1860)
How much do I love You,
O my Jesus!
I wish to love You
with my whole heart,
yet I do not love You enough.
I have but one desire,
that of being near You,
in the Blessed Sacrament.
You are the sweet Bridegroom of my soul.
My Jesus, my love, my all,
gladly would I endure
hunger, thirst, heat and cold
to remain always with You
in the Blessed Sacrament.
Saint of the Day – 2 September – St Ingrid of Sweden O.P. (Died 1292) – also known as St Ingrid of Skänninge – Dominican Religious and Mystic.
Ingrid Elovsdotter was born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century. Following the death of her husband, she resolved to consecrate the rest of her life to God. She placed herself under the spiritual direction of Peter of Dacia, a Dominican priest. In one of his letters, Petrus de Dacia has left a description of the ascetic life style and mystic revelations of one of his “spiritual daughters” in this circle of women, which likely refers to Ingrid.
She was the first Dominican nun in Sweden and in 1281 after making a pilgrimage to Rome she founded the first Dominican cloister, called St Martin’s in Skänning, which was formally recognised in 1281, 1 year prior to her death. Ingrid made pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, Jerusalem and Rome.
She died in 1282 surrounded by an aura of sanctity. After her death in 1282, Ingrid became object of veneration and pilgrimages to her convent. She was, however, not formally recognised by the Pope as such. When her relative, Bridget of Sweden, was formally recognised by the Pope in 1391, it caused a need to have Ingrid to be granted a similar status as well. At the Council of Costance, an application was made for her canonisation. In 1499, Pope Alexander VI agreed to a Translation (relic), which took place in her convent in 1507.
The remains of Ingrid was removed to the Vadstena Abbey after the Swedish Reformation. In 1645, the skull was stolen from the Vadstena church by Antoine de Beaulieu, who believed it to be the skull of Bridget of Sweden. Antoine de Beaulieu gave the skull to the French ambassador Gaspard Coignet de la Thullerie, who in turn placed it in the church of Courson-les-Carrières in France. In 1959, it was given to the Brigitinesse abbey of Mary’s Refuge in Uden in the Netherlands, where it is exhibited as the skull of Bridget of Sweden.
Bl Albert of Pontida
St Antoninus of Pamiers
St Antoninus of Syria
Bl Antonio Franco
St Castor of Apt
St Comus of Crete
St Eleazar the Patriarch
St Elpidius of Lyon
St Elpidius the Cappadocian
St Ingrid of Sweden (died 1282)
St Justus of Lyons
St Lanfranco of Vercelli
St Margaret of Louvain
St Prospero of Tarragona
St Solomon le Clerq FSC (1745-1792) Martyr
About St Solomon here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/saint-of-the-day-2-september-st-solomon-le-clercq-fsc/
St Theodota of Bithynia
St Valentine of Strasbourg
St William of Roeskilde
Marytrs of Nicomedia – 3 saints: Three Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. No details about them but their names have survived – Concordius, Theodore and Zenone. They were martyrd in
Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey).
Martyrs of September – 191 beati: Also known as – • Martyrs of Paris,• Martyrs of Carmes.
A group of 191 martyrs who died in the French Revolution. They were imprisoned in the Abbey of St-Germain-des-Prés, Hôtel des Carmes in the rue de Rennes, Prison de la Force and Seminaire de Saint-Firmin in Paris, France by the Legislative Assembly for refusing to take the oath to support the civil constitution of the clergy. This act placed priests under the control of the state, and had been condemned by the Vatican.
They were massacred by a mob on 2 September and 3 September 1792 and Beatified on 17 October 1926 by Pope Pius XI.
Martyrs of 2 September – 10 saints: A group of ten Christian martyrs; their names are on old martyrologies but we have lost all record of their lives and deaths. They were canonised.
Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Baldomer Margenat Puigmitja
• Blessed Fortunato Barrón Nanclares
• Blessed Joan Franquesa Costa
• Blessed José María Laguía Puerto
• Blessed Lorenzo Insa Celma
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