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NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY SEVEN – 20 September

NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY SEVEN – 20 September

St Padre Pio you have said:

May the Grace and peace of the Holy Spirit always be at the centre of your heart.

Place your heart in the open side of the Saviour and unite it with the King of your heart who is within it as on a royal throne, in order that He might receive homage and obedience from all other hearts.

Keep your hearts door open, so that everyone can approach Him and gain an audience at all times.

May the King of all saints also be the King of your heart!

Let us Pray:

Gracious God,
You generously blessed Your servant, Padre Pio, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified,
as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son
and as a stirring inspiration to many people of Your infinite mercy, forgiveness and love.
Through his powerful intercession, many who suffered were healed of sickness and disease.
Endowed with the gift of discernment, he could read people’s hearts.
With dignity and intense devotion, he celebrated daily Mass,
inviting countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ,
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
and teach us to visit Our Lord when He quietly waits in the Tabernacle,
begging Him to unite our hearts to His.
Gracious God, St Pio lived totally for You
teach us too this great act of self-giving and complete oblation.
Grant us the grace of approaching the Altar of Sacrifice
with thanksgiving and complete reverence.
Through the intercession of Saint Pio,
we confidently beseech You to to grant us the grace of
………………. (state your petition here).
Help us to imitate his example of prayerful holiness and compassion,
so that we, too, may faithfully follow the Risen Lord
and one day rejoice in the Kingdom,
where You live and reign forever and ever.


Thought for the Day – 20 September – The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs – Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati

Thought for the Day – 20 September – The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs – Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati

Andrew Kim waged his last combat on 16 September 1846.   He faced it with the same intrepid calm he had always shown in every trial of his life.   Fastened to a chair with his arms in chains, he was borne to the river’s edge some distance from Seoul.   A company of soldiers surrounded him, followed by a large crowd.   The sentence was read to the condemned man at the execution site.   Andrew then protested in a loud voice that if he had communicated with the French, it had been for his religion and his God.   “It is for Him that I die!” he cried out.   Then, after exhorting all those who heard him to become Christians if they desired to escape a miserable eternity, he gave himself up to the executioners for the long and cruel preparatory steps that were to precede his death.

The torturers pierced both his ears with arrows and left them in the wounds, raised up the hair on his neck and covered his face with lime in order to give him a grotesque and repulsive appearance.   His arms were then pulled back and bound from behind.   The soldiers passed long sticks under his armpits, lifted him up and circled the attending crowd three times, each time drawing closer to the execution post.   Commanded to kneel down, he obeyed and stretched out his neck.   As calm as though this were the most ordinary action of his life, he asked, “Am I well positioned like this? Can you strike easily?”

“No, not like that,” the soldiers answered. “Turn to the side a little. There, that’s fine!

“Strike, then,” said Andrew. “I am ready.”

They began their savage dance, whirling round him and working themselves up with a sort of death chant, brandishing their large sabres and striking at will.  The martyr’s head fell only at the eighth blow.

Thus did young Andrew Kim the first Korean priest, live and die.   He was scarcely twenty-five years old.   He received the finest funeral prayers – the tears of his bishop and all his brethren, who at his venerated tomb wept over so many eminent gifts, pledges of a fruitful apostolate, cut off by the sabres.

But he is not altogether dead.   His memory lives on in every heart and it is in the contact with his sacred bones that Korean priests come to seek the lights and generous inspirations of charity which will one day transform Korea and you and I!

St Andrew Kim Taegon (1821-1846)

Beautiful Holy Martyr for Christ, Pray for us!st andrew kim taegon pray for us 20 sept 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 20 September – The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs

Quote/s of the Day – 20 September – The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs – Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati

“We have received baptism, entrance into the Church
and the honour of being called Christians.
Yet what good will this do us,
if we are Christians in name only and not in fact?”we-have-received-baptism-st-andrew-kim-taegon-20-sept-2017

“This is my last hour of life, listen to me attentively:
if I have held communication with foreigners,
it has been for my religion and for my God.
It is for Him that I die.
My immortal life is on the point of beginning.
Become Christians if you wish to be happy after death
because God has eternal chastisements in store
for those who have refused to know Him.”

St Andrew Kim Taegon (1821-1846)

the first native Korean priest

and the first priest to die for Christ in Korea.this-is-my-last-hour-of-life-st-andrew-kim-taegon-20-sept-2018


One Minute Reflection – 20 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:36–50

One Minute Reflection – 20 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:36–50 – Thursday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs – Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati & St Eustachius & family (died 2nd century) – Martyrs

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much”….Luke 7:47

REFLECTION – “Today, in particular, Jesus brings us to inner conversion:  He explains why He forgives us and teaches us to make forgiveness received from and given to, our brothers and sisters – the “daily bread” of our existence.
…Dear friends, from the Word of God we have just heard emerge practical instructions for our life.   Jesus does not enter into a theoretical discussion with His interlocutors on this section of Mosaic Law;  He is not concerned with winning an academic dispute about an interpretation of Mosaic Law but His goal is to save a soul and reveal that salvation is only found in God’s love.   This is why He came down to the earth, this is why He was to die on the Cross and why the Father was to raise Him on the third day.
Jesus came to tell us, that He wants us all in Paradise and that hell, about which little is said in our time, exists and is eternal for those who close their hearts to His love. …it is stressed that there is no forgiveness without the desire for forgiveness, without opening the heart to forgiveness – here it is highlighted, that only divine forgiveness and divine love, received with an open and sincere heart, give us the strength to resist evil and “to sin no more”, to let ourselves be struck by God’s love so that it becomes our strength.   Jesus’ attitude, thus becomes a model to follow, for every community, which is called to make love and forgiveness the vibrant heart of its life.”…Pope Benedict XVI – Sunday, 25 March 2007her sins which are many - luke 7 47 and there is no forgiveness without - pope benedict - 20 sept 2018

” Salvation enters the heart, only when we open the heart, in the truth of our sins.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 18 Sept 2014 (“Pope Francis” painting by Natalia Tsarkova)salvation enters the heart only when we - pope francis 20 sept 2018

PRAYER – Grant us Lord, a true knowledge of salvation, so that, freed from fear and from the power of our foes, we may serve You faithfully, all the days of our life.   Give us Holy Father, a true desire for repentance and forgiveness and teach us each day, to forgive all with love.   Holy Martyrs, St Eustachius and family and those who so filled with love, died for the faith in Korea, please pray for us that we too may be filled with holy love and courage.   We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ in union with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever, eustachius and family martyrs - pray for us - 20 sept 2018holy-martyrs-of-korea-pray-for-us-20-sept-2017

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Our Morning Offering – 20 September – 

Our Morning Offering – 20 September

God of Our Life
St Augustine (354-430) 
Father & Doctor of the Church

God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry
chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies gray and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them
and our hearts are lonely
and our souls have lost their courage.
Flood the path with light,
run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise;
tune our hearts to brave music;
give us the sense of comradeship
with heroes and saints of every age;
and so quicken our spirits
that we may be able to encourage the souls of all
who journey with us on the road of life,
to Your honour and glory.
Amengod of our life there are days when the burdens - st augustine - 4 april 2018

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Saint of the Day – 20 September -St Eustachius, Wife and Sons – Martyrs (Died c 188)

Saint of the Day – 20 September -St Eustachius born as Placidas, Wife and Sons – Martyrs (Died c 188) One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers – Patronages – against fire, difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters, hunting, huntsmen, Madrid, torture victims, euchasius lg

The remarkable story of Saint Eustachius, is a lesson given by God Himself on the marvels of His Divine Providence.   He was a distinguished and very wealthy officer of the Roman army under the Emperor Trajan, in the beginning of the second century.   He practised generous charity to the poor, although he had not yet perceived the errors of idolatry.

One day, while this distinguished officer was vainly pursuing a deer, the animal suddenly stood immobile before him in the light of a hilltop and he perceived between its horns a luminous cross.   On the cross was the image of the crucified Saviour and a voice said to him, ‘I am the Christ whom you honour without knowing it;  the alms you give to the poor have reached Me.’   Like Saint Paul, he fell from his horse and remained inert for a time.   Coming to himself, he said interiorly, What is this voice I have heard?   You who speak to me, who are you, that I may believe in you?   And the Lord told him interiorly that He was the Creator of the light, of the seasons, of man and all things visible, that He had suffered to save the human race, died and been buried but had risen the third day.

-Eustachius - durer

This was sufficient and the officer went home to fulfil the prescription he had received to be baptised with his wife and two young sons.   His spouse had received a similar revelation at the same time as himself and they all went to the Christian authority of the region in secret, to be baptised the same night.

In a short time he lost all his possessions through natural catastrophes and robbers.   But he had been advised beforehand that the Lord wanted to make of him another Job, that already the ancient enemy had plotted against him and that he was not to allow any thought of blasphemy to arise in his heart amid the sufferings that were awaiting him. He prayed for strength and retired from the region after the calamities, with his wife and children.   When by unforeseeable and extraordinary accidents, his wife and children were also taken from him and he believed the children dead, he was close to despair and wished his life might end but the warning of the Lord returned to his mind and he entered into the service of a land-owner of a village called Badyssus, to tend the fields. He remained for fifteen years in this occupation.   During this time his loved ones were well and safe, all spared in the perilous circumstances which had removed them from his sight but separated, each one like himself, from the three others.Saint_Eustace

In those days the empire was suffering greatly from the ravages of barbarians and was sinking under the assaults.   The emperor Trajan had Eustachius sought out and when he was found, had him clothed in splendid garments to give him command over the troops he intended to send against the invaders.   During the celebration that accompanied his return, he related to the emperor all that had occurred to him.   When the troops were being assembled, his own sons were conscripted.   Seeing them, he noticed them as young men taller than most and of great nobility of bearing and countenance and kept them near him without yet recognising them.   One of the two, while on bivouac near the very house of his own mother, who like Eustachius had taken employment in the garden of a landowner, related the confused memories of his childhood to his companion. Suddenly, the two brothers recognised one another and embraced in an effusion of joy.

Their mother, by a delicate attention of Providence, had chanced to overhear them and reflecting on what she heard, became certain they were her own sons.   She went to the captain of the campaign to inquire about them and immediately recognised him.   Not wishing to startle him, she began to relate her story, identifying herself as the wife of a certain Placidus and saying she believed she was now in the presence of her two sons from whom she had been separated and whom she had not seen for long years.   One must imagine the sentiments of the captain on hearing this narration, the reunion which followed and the prayers of thanksgiving sent up to God by the family and also the troops, who joined them in their joy and prayers.

Returning to Rome victorious, Eustachius was received in triumph and greatly honoured, but when commanded to sacrifice during the celebration to the false gods, refused.   The infuriated emperor Adrian — for Trajan had died — ordered him with his wife and children to be exposed to a starved lion.   But instead of harming these servants of God, the beast came up to them, lowered its head as if in homage and left the arena.   The emperor, more furious still, caused the martyrs to be shut up inside a brazen bull, under which a fire was to be kindled, that they might be roasted to death.   Saint Eustachius prayed aloud and thanked God, asking Him who had reunited them to cause that their lives end at the same time, so they might be received together by Him into the happiness of His presence.   They expired but neither their bodies nor even their hair was injured. They were found entire the next day and at first it was believed they were still alive. Many believed in Christ through this final miracle, which to us today seems perhaps less miraculous than the story of their existence while alive.   A church in honour of the martyrs still exists in Rome:  Saint-Eustachius in Thermis.st_eustachius_by_elfessa-d5uoekm

Eustachius became known as a patron saint of hunters and firefighters and also of anyone facing adversity;  he was traditionally included among the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He is one of the patron saints of Madri  d, Spain. The island of Sint Eustatius in the Caribbean Netherlands is named after him.   The d’Afflitto, one of the oldest princely families in Italy, claim to be direct descendants of Saint Eustachius.

The novels “The Herb of Grace” (US title: Pilgrim’s Inn) (1948) by British author Elizabeth Goudge and Riddley Walker (1980) by American author Russell Hoban, incorporate the legend into their plot.   It has also inspired the film Imagination.

The saint’s cross-and-stag symbol is featured on bottles of Jägermeister, a German alcoholic digestif.   This is related to his status as patron of hunters; a Jägermeister was a senior foresters and gamekeeper in the German civil service until 1934, prior to the drink’s introduction in 1935.   Jägermeister has a round logo of a shining cross between the antlers of a deer/stag referring to two persons who had seen such a vision: Saint Hubertus and Saint Eustachius.

st eustachius

Saint Eustachius has a church dedicated to him in the southern part of India – he is called Saint Esthak in this part of the world and in County Kildare, Ireland.   There is a church dedicated to him on the campus of Newbridge College in Newbridge, County Kildare and the schools’ logo and motto is influenced by the vision of Saint Eustachius;  a nearby village is named Ballymore Eustace.

Sant’Eustachio is also honoured in Tocco da Casauria, a town in the Province of Pescara in the Abruzzo region of central Italy.   The town’s church, built in the twelfth century, was dedicated to Saint Eustachius.   It was rebuilt after being partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1706.

About the 14 Holy Helpers hereSt. Eustace

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 September

Martyrs of Korea:  St Andrew Kim Taegon, St Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati (Memorial)

St Agapitus of Rome
St Candida of Carthage
St Dionysius of Phrygia
St Dorimedonte of Synnada
St Eusebia of Marseilles
St Eustachius
St Evilasius of Cyzicum
St Fausta of Cyzicum
Bl Francisco Martín Fernández de Posadas
St Glycerius of Milan
St John Charles Cornay
Bl John Eustace
St Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres
St Lawrence Mary Joseph Imbert
Bl Marie Therese of Saint Joseph (1855-1938)
St Paul Chong Hasang
St Priscus
Susanna of Eleutheropolis
Bl Thomas Johnson

Martyrs of Constantinople – 3 saints: A priest and two bishops who were imprisoned, tortured and martyred for the defense of icons in the iconoclast persecutions of emperor Leo the Isaurian. – Andrea, Asiano and Hypatius. They were martyred in 735 in Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey) and their bodies were thrown to the dogs.

Martyrs of Pergen – 6 saints: A group of lay people martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Elagabalus. The names that have come down to us are Dionysius, Dioscorus, Philippa, Privatus, Socrates and Theodore. They were crucified c 220 at Pergen, Pamphylia, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey).

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Cristobal Iturriaga-Echevarría Irazola
• Blessed Santiago Vega Ponce
• Blessed Juan Antonio López Pérez