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Thought for the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Thought for the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

“Michael is the one who fights against the devil, he protects us against the serpent that seduces us, that makes us fall and then accuses us before God, claiming us as his own.   Michael, was asked by the Lord to fight the devil” and he helps us resist temptation on our earthly journey toward heaven.

Gabriel is the one who “brings the good news”, he’s the one who announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist and to Mary and Joseph, the birth of Jesus.  Gabriel too accompanies us and helps us on our journey when we ‘forget’ the Gospel.   He reminds us that “Jesus came to save us.”

Raphael, meanwhile, “walks with us taking care of us on our journey and helping us not take the wrong steps.”

These are our companions, at our service and at God’s service.

Let us Pray:

“Michael:   Help us in our battle – each of us has a battle to fight in our lives;
Gabriel:   Bring us news, bring us the good news of salvation;
Raphael:   Take us by the hand and lead us forward without taking the wrong turns.
Always walking forward, but with your help!

Pope Francis – 29 September 2017 – Santa Martaholy archangels pray for us - 29 sept 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Quote/s of the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

“You should be aware, that the word “angel”,
denotes a function, rather than a nature.
Those holy spirits of heaven,
have indeed always been spirits.
They can only be called angels,
when they deliver some message.
Moreover, those who deliver messages
of lesser importance are called angels
and those who proclaim messages
of supreme importance are called archangels.”

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) Father & Doctor of the Churchyou should be aware - pope st gregory the great - 29 sept 2018

“Angels take different earthly forms
at the bidding of their master, God.
They thus reveal themselves to human beings
and unveil the Divine Mysteries to them”

St John Damascene (675-749) Father & Doctor of the Churchangels take different forms - st john damascene - no 3- 29 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 29 September – Today’s Gospel: John 1:47–51 – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

One Minute Reflection – 29 September – Today’s Gospel: John 1:47–51 – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”…John 1:51

REFLECTION“I believe in one God…, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all that is, visible and invisible.”   The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith.   The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.   St Augustine says:  “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature.   If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’;  if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’:  from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.  ” With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God.   Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 18:10), they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word” (Ps 103:20).   As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will:  they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendour of their glory bears witness (cf Dan 10:9).
Christ is the centre of the angelic world.   They are his angels:  “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him” (Mt 25:31).   They belong to Him because they were created through and for Him:  “for in him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities – all things were created through him and for him,” (Col 1:16).   They belong to Him still more because He has made them messengers of His saving plan:  “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?” (Heb 1:14).
Angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation, announcing this salvation from afar or near and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan.”...Catechism of the Catholic Church #328-332you will see heaven opened and the angels - john 1 51 - angels have been present since creation ccc 328-332 - 29 sept 2018

PRAYER – God of all Wisdom, You direct the ministry of angels and of human beings. Grant that the angels who always minister to You in heaven may defend us during our life on earth and protect us from evil.  Grant this, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amenholy-archangels-pray-for-us 29 sept 2017


Our Morning Offering – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Our Morning Offering – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Prayer to St Michael

St Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our defense against the wickedness
and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray
and do thou o’ prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl throughout the world,
seeking the ruin of souls.

Prayer to St Gabriel

O God, who from among all Your angels
chose the Archangel Gabriel
to announce the mystery of the Incarnation,
mercifully grant that we who solemnly
remember him on earth,
may feel the benefit of his patronage in heaven,
with Jesus who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Prayer to the Archangel Raphael

Glorious Archangel St Raphael,
great prince of the heavenly court,
you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace.
You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air,
consoler of the afflicted and refuge of sinners.
I beg you, assist me in all my needs
and in all the sufferings of this life,
as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels.
Because you are the “medicine of God”,
I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul
and the ills that afflict my body.
I especially ask of you the great grace of purity
to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Amen29 sept 2018 - prayers to michael, gabriel and raphael

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Saint of the Day – 29 September – Blessed Luigi Monza (1898 – 1954)

Saint of the Day – 29 September – Blessed Luigi Monza (1898 – 1954) Priest, Founder of the Secular Institute of the Little Apostles of Charity, devotee of Eucharistic Adoration, Apostle of Charity – born on 22 June 1898 in Cislago, Varese, Italy and died on 29 September 1954 in Lecco, Italy of a heart attack.   Patronage – the Little Apostles of luigi monza header

Father Luigi was born on 22 June 1898 in Cislago between Varese and Milan.   The child appeared very frail and was baptised immediately.   Fortunately his health slowly improved and over the years he grew stronger.   In May 1913 a serious accident radically changed the life of the Monza family, his father Giuseppe fell from a tree and became paralyzed. He confided to his parish priest, Fr Luigi Vismara, that he had long felt the desire to consecrate himself to the Lord in the priesthood.

In September 1913, thanks to the help of his parish priest, Luigi left for the Salesian Missionary Institute of Penango Monferrato near Asti.   On returning home for the summer holidays after the school year 1915/16 he found the family situation deteriorated.   In fact, his father was completely disabled and forced to bed and Pietro, the eldest son, had been called to fight on the eastern front.   Luigi decided not to leave the weight of the family only on the shoulders of his mother, as sister Giuseppina had entered the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception of Ivrea.

Fr Vismara came to his aid again and managed to get him into the Collegio Villoresi of Monza.   When everything seemed resolved, on 16 January 1917, he lost his father and was later called in the army.   When he was discharged, he resumed his studies.  Cardinal Tosi ordained him a priest on 19 September 1925.   He was assigned to the parish church of  St Maurizio in Vedano Olona, ​​in the province of Varese.   Luigi_Monza

Fr Monza immediately became part of the parish life.   His method was based on personal witness as a direct form of evangelisation, on the exercise of charity, on the formation of a community capable of living in loving relationship with each other.    He founded a school for the teaching of French, to allow migrants, almost all headed to France or Switzerland, to learn the basics of the language with which they could communicate in the new country.   The most successful activity was the sport of the “Viribus unitis” soccer team.   In May of 1926 the fascists formed the Vedanese Sports Union, with the evident intention to oppose the “team of priests”.   They preceded to provoke unrest and triggered a series of violent attacks that, despite the mediation of Fr Luigi, culminated in the arrest of eight young men of the oratory.   Even Fr Luigi was arrested along with Fr De Maddalena and despite the intervention of the Curia had to spend four long months before the two were released.    After his release, the diocese decided to temporarily transfer the young priest to the parish of St Mary of the Rosary in Milan and then assign him to the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles in Saronno, where he arrived in November 1928.   It was in this family environment that Luigi formed the first oratorian nucleus, initially constituted by no more than thirty boys.   In a short time he constituted a choir and his house became a classroom to study and  a room for singing and recreation.donluigimonza10

On 30 October 1936, Fr Luigi took part in the first official meeting that began the institute that from that day took the name “La Nostra Famiglia”.   So he got busy buying a house and, with great personal sacrifice, he managed to buy a land located in Vedano Olona on which the first stone was laid on 29 August 1937.

In the meantime he was appointed parish priest of the church of San Giovanni alla Castagna di Lecco, a suburb of the city.   Within a few months he managed to win the sympathy of the parishioners by being loved and appreciated for his human and spiritual gifts.    At the centre of the parish life he placed Eucharistic adoration that he practised assiduously and with which he “infected” his parishioners.   And from the many testimonies that have remained of the period of Lecco, it is clear that in the ministry of Don Luigi the preaching, characterised by great simplicity, was also of great importance.   With the arrival of Fr Monza to St John the Catholic association, already present in the parish, had new stimuli and new vigour; in fact he dedicated himself with great care to the development of all Catholic organisations.blessed luigibl luigi monza

After the World War II, true peace was still far away.   In Vedano the displaced returned to their countries and the house of La Nostra Famiglia remained available for new initiatives.   In January 1946 Professor Giuseppe Vercelli, director of the Carlo Besta Neurological Institute of Milan, proposed to Clara Cucchi to take care of the re-education of abnormal psychic children.   This activity, which was well inserted in the spirit of the Institute, was extremely challenging and risky for the small community, composed of girls who were free of pedagogical medical knowledge.   But Don Luigi and Clara let themselves be guided by events, perceiving in the Vercelli proposal a sign of God’s will.

In those years the heart problems of which Fr Monza suffered for some time were accentuated, aggravated by the loss of his mother on 17 April 1953.   On 25 August 1954, when returning from the house of Varaz, Fr Luigi, began to suffer pain that within a few hours increased.   The doctor had him hospitalised for he had suffered a serious heart attack.    His condition deteriorated and on the morning of 29 September 1954, he received the Viaticum and died by saying,  “My Jesus, mercy … “… (translated).

Blessed Luigi was beatified in Milan on 30 April 2006.

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Feast of The Three Archangels – Michael, Gabriel & Raphael and Memorials of the Saints – 29 September

St Gabriel the Archangel (Feast)
St Michael the Archangel (Feast)
St Raphael the Archangel (Feast)
About the three Archangels here:

Bl Alericus
St Anno of Eichstätt
St Casdoe of Persia
St Catholdus of Eichstätt
Bl Charles of Blois
St Dadas of Persia
St Diethardus of Eichstätt
St Fraternus of Auxerre
St Gabdelas of Persia
St Grimoaldus of Pontecorvo
St Gudelia
St Guillermo Courtet
Bl John de Montmirail
Bl John of Ghent
St Lazaro of Kyoto
St Liutwin of Trier
Bl Luigi Monza (1898 – 1954)
St Miguel de Aozaraza
St Quiriacus of Palestine
St Rene Goupil
St Rhipsime
Bl Richard Rolle
St Sapor of Persia
St Theodota of Thrace
St Vicente Shiwozuka de la Cruz

Martyrs of Thrace – 3 saints: Three Christian men murdered in Thrace for their faith. They are – Eutychius, Heracleas and Plautus.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Antonio Arribas Hortigüela
• Blessed Antonio Martínez López
• Blessed Dario Hernández Morató
• Blessed Francesc de Paula Castelló Aleu
• Blessed Francisco Edreira Mosquera
• Blessed José Villanova Tormo
• Blessed Pau Bori Puig
• Blessed Vicente Sales Genovés
• Blessed Virgilio Edreira Mosquera