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NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY NINE – 22 September

NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY NINE – 22 September

St Padre Pio you have said:

How fortunate we are to be slaves of this great God who submitted Himself to death for us.

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.
In the confessional, Padre Pio laboured endlessly for the salvation of souls.
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.
His life was a celebration of love for You
and an oblation of himself in gratitude to You.
We pray that You will bless us too
with total love and thanksgiving.
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 – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A (1488-1555) “The Father of the Poor”

Thought for the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A (1488-1555) “The Father of the Poor”

The new Archbishop was so poor that he was given money for furnishings but he took it to the hospital for the indigent.   On being led to his throne in church, he pushed the silken cushions aside and with tears kissed the ground. His first visit was   to the prison. Two-thirds of his episcopal revenues were annually spent in alms.   He daily fed five hundred needy persons, made himself responsible for the bringing up of the city’s orphans and sheltered neglected foundlings with a mother’s care.

He wore the same habit that he had received in the novitiate, mending it himself.   The canons and domestics were ashamed of him but they could not convince him to change. Several hundred poor came to Thomas’s door each morning and received a meal, drink and money.   When criticised because he was at times being taken advantage of, he replied:

“If there are people who refuse to work, that is for the governor and the police to deal with.   My duty, is to assist and relieve those, who come to my door.”if there are people who refuse - st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2018

During his eleven years’ episcopate, not one poor maiden was married without an alms from the archbishop.   Spurred by his example, the rich and the selfish became liberal and generous.   And when, on the Nativity of Our Lady, 1555, after one week of illness, Saint Thomas was about to breathe his last, he gave his bed to a poor man and asked to be placed on the floor.

Holy Mass was being celebrated in his presence when after Communion he breathed his last, reciting the words: “Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”

It has been said that at his death he was probably the only poor man in his see.

This is our “mark” – this generosity to the poor, this utter self-giving and mercy.   This total trust in Divine Providence.   We are often tempted to tend our image in others’ eyes, without paying sufficient attention to how we look to Christ.   St Thomas still urges us to rethink our priorities.

We will be known by our fruits!

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A (1488-1555)

Quote/s of the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A (1488-1555)

“I am, notwithstanding, inexcusable, if I do not love You;
for You grant Your love to all who desire or ask it.
I cannot see without light:
yet if I shut my eyes in the midst of the noon-day light,
the fault is in me, not in the sun.”I am, notwithstanding, inexcusable, if I do not love you - st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2018

“What great profit you gain from God when you are generous!
You give a coin and receive a kingdom;
you give bread from wheat and receive the Bread of Life;
you give a transitory good and receive an everlasting one.
You will receive it back, a hundred times more than you offered.”what-great-profit-you-gain-st-thomas-of-villanova-22-sept-2017

“If you want God to hear your prayers,
hear the voice of the poor!”id you want god to hear your prayers - st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2018

“If you wish God to anticipate your wants,
provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you.
Especially anticipate the needs of those
who are ashamed to beg.
To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.”if you wish god to anticipate your wants - st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2018

“Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little.
Remember that he of whom you are speaking is your brother
and as he is, in the way of salvation,
God can make him a saint, in spite of his present weakness.”

St Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555)dismiss-all-anger-st-thomas-of-villanova-22-sept-2018


One Minute Reflection – 22 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:4–15

One Minute Reflection – 22 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:4–15 – Saturday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart and bring forth fruit with patience.”…Luke 8:15and as for that in the good soil - luke 8 15 - 22 sept 2018

REFLECTION – “If you ask me what Jesus Christ means by this sower who goes out early to cast his seed over his field then, my brethren, that sower is the good God Himself, who began the work of our salvation from the beginning of the world by sending us His prophets before the coming of Christ, to teach us what was needed, if we would be saved. Not content with sending His servants, He came Himself, He marked out the way we should take, He came to make known His holy Word.
Do you know what a person is like who is not fed by this holy Word?… Such a person is like a patient without a doctor, a traveller who is lost and without a guide, a poverty stricken person without means of help.   Brethren, it is absolutely impossible to love and please God, unless we are fed by this divine Word.   What can draw us to follow Him unless by knowing Him?   And who enables us to know Him, with all His perfections, beauty and love for us, if not the Word of God, who teaches us about everything He has done for us and the good things He has in store for us in the next life?”…St John Marie Vianney (1786-1859)do you know what a person is like - st john vianney - 22 sept 2018

“This parable reminds us that we are the soil where the Lord tirelessly sows the seed of His Word and of His love.   How do we receive it?   And it will do us good not to forget that we too are sowers.   God sows good seed and here too we can also ask ourselves: which type of seed comes out of our heart and our mouth?   Remember, what counts, is … what comes out of the mouth and of the heart.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 13 July 2014god sows goiod seed - pope francis - 22 sept 2018

PRAYER – All-powerful, eternal God, splendour of true light and neverending day, turn our ears and hearts to Your Word, that we may hear and live by the seed You have sown. May all that grows in us be of Your good seed and yield fruit a hundredfold.   Grant Lord, we pray, that by the prayers St Maurice and the Martyrs of Theban and St Thomas of Villanova, we may be filled with courage and love and spread Your Word by our lives. We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord and Word, with the Holy Spirit, one God with You, forever, maurice and theban martyrs - pray for us - 22 sept 2018st-thomas-of-villanova-pray-for-us 22 Sept 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A. (1488-1555)

Our Morning Offering – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A. (1488-1555)

I Will Love You, Lord
By St Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555)

I will love You, Lord,
in every way
and without setting limits to my love.
You set no limits
to what You have done for me;
You have not measured out Your gifts.
I will not measure out my love.
I will love You, Lord,
with all my strength,
with all my powers,
as much as I am able.
Ameni will love you Lord by St Thomas of Villanova - 22 sept 2018

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Saints of the Day – 22 September – St Maurice and the Martyrs of the Theban Legion: Martyrs (c 287)

Saints of the Day – 22 September – St Maurice and the Martyrs of the Theban Legion: Martyrs (c 287) – died in c 287 at Agaunum, an area of modern Switzerland.   Patronages – against cramps, against gout, alpine troops, armies, cloth dyers, clothmakers, infantrymen, Pontifical Swiss Guards, soldiers, swordsmiths, weavers, Austria, Sardinia, diocese of Angers, France, diocese of Magdeburg, Germany, 4 cities.

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The Roman legion of Christians, called the Theban Legion, under the presidency of their General, Maurice, numbered more than six thousand men.   They marched from the East into Gaul, which was in revolt.   They were camped near the Lake of Geneva, when they received orders to join with the others in a solemn sacrifice to the gods.   They retired a little farther away, to a site today called Saint Maurice d’Augaune, in order to abstain but were told to return and join in the festival with the others. elgreco_saint_maurice

They found themselves in the sad necessity of disobeying the command.   It was not an act of felony for these brave soldiers, who had already fought many battles but of heroic loyalty.   Nonetheless, the barbaric prince gave the order to decimate the Legion.   It would seem the emperor’s messengers might have feared a forced resistance but the disciples of Jesus Christ hoped for nothing but a peaceful victory over the world and the demon, with all his false maurice and theban martyrs-2

The names of the soldiers were written on papers and placed in the caps of the centurions, for 600 were destined to perish as examples.   These embraced their comrades, who encouraged them and even envied their fate.   The plain soon flowed with the blood of the martyrs.   The survivors persisted in declaring themselves Christians and the butchery began again – the blood of another 600 reddened the waters of the Rhone.   The others all persevered in their faith and Saint Maurice sent to the tyrant an admirable letter, saying:

“Emperor, we are your soldiers, we are ready to combat the enemies of the empire but we are also Christians and we owe fidelity to the true God.   We are not rebels but we prefer to die, innocent, rather than to live, guilty.”st maurice and theban martyrs

The Emperor, seeing himself defeated, ordered them all to be massacred.   As the massacre began, these generous soldiers deposed their weapons, offered their necks to the sword and suffered themselves to be butchered in silence.San_Maurizio_Candido_Essuperio_Vittore_e_compagni_the theban legion - AG

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Memorials of the Saints – 22 September

St Augustinus Yu Chin-Kil
St Basilia
St Digna of Rome
St Emerita of Rome
St Emmeramus
St Florentius the Venerable
St Ignatius of Santhia
St Irais
St Jonas
Bl Joseph Marchandon
St Lauto of Coutances
St Lindru of Partois
St Maurice & Co
Bl Otto of Freising
St Sadalberga
St Sanctinus of Meaux
St Silvanus of Levroux
St Thomas of Villanueva/Villanova O.S.A. (1488-1555)

About St Thomas here:

Martyrs of the Theban Legion:  Martyrs (c 287)
A Roman imperial legion of 6,600 soldiers, all of whom were Christians; they had been recruited from the area around Thebes in Upper Egypt, were led by Saint Maurice and served under Emperor Maximian Herculeus.   Around the year 287, Maximian led the army across the Alps to Agaunum, an area in modern Switzerland, in order to suppress a revolt by the Bagandre in Gaul.   In connection with battle, the army offered public sacrifices to the Roman gods; the Theban Legion refused to participate.   For refusing orders, the Legion was decimated – one tenth of them were executed. When the remainder refused to sacrifice to the gods, they were decimated again.   When the survivors still refused to sacrifice, Maximinian ordered them all killed.   Martyrs.
Known members of the Legion include:
• Alexander of Bergamo
• Candidus the Theban
• Chiaffredo of Saluzzo
• Exuperius
• Fortunato
• Innocent of Agaunum
• Maurice
• Secundus the Theban
• Ursus the Theban
• Victor of Agaunum
• Victor of Xanten
• Victor the Theban
• Vitalis of Agaunum
Other profiled saints associated with the Legion include:
• Antoninus of Piacenza (martyred soldier; associated by later story tellers)
• Adventor of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
• Cassius (may have been a member)
• Florentius the Martyr (may have been a member)
• George of San Giorio (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
• Gereon (not a member, but another soldier who was martyred for refusing to make a sacrifice to Roman gods)
• Octavius of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
• Pons of Pradleves (escaped the massacre to become an evangelists in northern Italy)
• Secundus of Asti (not a member but linked due to art work)
• Solutor of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers)
• Tiberio of Pinerolo (may have been a member)
• Verena (wife of a member of the Legion)
They were martyred c 287 in Agaunum (modern Saint-Maurice-en-Valais, Switzerland. A basilica was built in Agaunum to enshrine the relics of the Legion.

Martyrs of Valencia, Spain – Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Alfonso Lopez
• Blessed Antonio Gil-Monforte
• Blessed Antonio Sáez de Ibarra López
• Blessed Carlos Navarro Miquel
• Blessed Esteban Cobo-Sanz
• Blessed Federico Cobo-Sanz
• Blessed Félix Echevarría Gorostiaga
• Blessed Francisco Carlés González
• Blessed Francisco Vicente Edo
• Blessed Germán Gozalvo Andreu
• Blessed Josefina Moscardó Montalvá
• Blessed Luis Echevarría Gorostiaga
• Blessed María Purificación Vidal Pastor
• Blessed Miguel Zarragua Iturrízaga
• Blessed Simón Miguel Rodríguez
• Blessed Vicente Sicluna Hernández