Celebrating and Learning from Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R. (1819-1867) on his Memorial today, 5 October

Celebrating and Learning from Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R. (1819-1867) on his Memorial today, 5 October

TOP 10 Practical Guide to Holiness

1. Go to Mass with deepest devotion.
2. Spend a half hour to reflect upon your main failing
and make resolutions to avoid it.
3. Do daily spiritual reading for at least 15 minutes, 
if a half hour is not possible.
4. Say the rosary every day.
5. Also daily, if at all possible, visit the Blessed Sacrament
and toward evening, meditate on the Passion of Christ for a half hour.
6. Conclude the day with evening prayer
and an examination of conscience over all the faults & sins of the day.
7. Every month make a review of the month in confession.
8. Choose a special patron every month
and imitate that patron in some special virtue.
9. Precede every great feast with a novena, that is, nine days of devotion.
10. Try to begin and end every activity with a “Hail Mary.”

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Thought for the Day – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R. (1819-1867) “The Cheerful Ascetic”

Thought for the Day – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R. (1819-1867)
“The Cheerful Ascetic”

From His Preaching:  On Divine Mercy

“Oh, if only all the sinners of the whole wide world were present here!   Yes, even the greatest, the most hardened, even those close to despair, I would call out to them, “The Lord God is merciful and gracious, patient and of much compassion” (Exodus 34:6). I would show them why the Apostles call God the Father of Mercy, the God of all consolation.   I would tell them that the prophet in the Old Testament even said that the earth is full of the mercy of God and that mercy is above all His works.

O, Mother of Mercy!   You understood the mercy of God when you cried out in the Magnificat, “His mercy is from generation to generation!”   Obtain for all sinners a childlike confidence in the mercy of God.

It is not His justice but His mercy which is the motive of your trust.   He is the God of all consolations and the Father of mercies.   He does wish the death of a sinner but that he be converted and live.   He came to heal the sick and to seek those who were lost.   He spared the woman taken in adultery.   He showed mercy to the thief crucified with Him. He took upon Himself our punishment.   He prayed for His murderers.   He now intercedes for us at the right hand of God.   None of the damned was ever lost because his sin was too great but because his trust was too small.”

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Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Pray for Us!


Quote of the Day – 5 October – The Memorial of St Mary Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)

Quote of the Day – 5 October – The Memorial of St Mary Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)

“Oh, how great, is the goodness of God,
greater than we can understand.
There are moments
and there are mysteries,
of the Divine Mercy
over which, the heavens are astounded.
Let our judgement of souls cease,
for God’s mercy upon them, is extraordinary.”

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One Minute Reflection – 5 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:13–16

One Minute Reflection – 5 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:13–16 – Friday of the Twenty-sixth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Blesseds Francis Xavier Seelos  (1819-1867) and Bartholomew Longo  (1841-1926)

“He who hears you, hears me and he who rejects you,
rejects me and he who rejects me, rejects him who sent me.”...Luke 10:16

REFLECTION – “Someone, having listened to the verse:  “Offer to God a sacrifice of praise” (Ps 50[49].14), said to himself:  “I will go to church every day when I get up and sing a morning hymn;  then an evening hymn at the end of the day and then, in my own home, a third and fourth hymn.   This is how I will make a sacrifice of praise every day and offer it to my God.”   It is good to do this if you do it in truth but beware of placing your confidence in what you do and fear lest, while your tongue is speaking eloquently before God, your life may be speaking badly…
Take care you don’t live evilly, while speaking well.”…St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church

PRAYER – And we exult you, O Mary Assumed into Heaven, as we contemplate you who have been glorified and, in the risen Christ, have become the co-worker of the Holy Spirit in communicating divine life to mankind.   In you we see the goal of holiness to which God calls all the Church’s members.   In your life we recognise the clear sign of the path to spiritual maturity and Christian holiness. With you, with Blesseds Francis Xavier Seelos,  Bartholomew Longo and with all the saints, we glorify God the Trinity, who sustains our earthly pilgrimage and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen (by St Pope John Paul Nov 2000)


Our Morning Offering – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo (1841-1926) – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

Our Morning Offering – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo (1841-1926) – Apostle of the Holy Rosary and the Month of the Holy Rosary

In this prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary, we ask the Virgin Mary to help us to cultivate a habit of interior prayer through the daily recitation of the rosary.   We pray this prayer, particularly during the month of October, as we daily cultivate the habit of praying the Holy Rosary.   This is the object of all of our prayers- to arrive at the point where we can “pray without ceasing,” as Saint Paul tells us to do.

To Our Lady of the Rosary

O Virgin Mary,
grant that the recitation of your Rosary
may be for me each day,
in the midst of my manifold duties,
a bond of unity in my actions,
a tribute of filial piety,
a sweet refreshment,
an encouragement to walk joyfully
along the path of duty.
Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary,
that the study of the mysteries may form in my soul,
little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening
and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding,
my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being.
So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work,
by interior acts of admiration and of supplication,
or by aspirations of love.
I ask this of you, O Queen of the Holy Rosary,
through Saint Dominic and Blessed Bartholomew Longo,
your sons of predilection,
the renowned preachers of your mysteries
and the faithful imitators of your virtues.
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Saint of the Day – 5 October – Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R. (1819-1867)

Saint of the Day – 5 October – Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R. (1819-1867) Priest, Religious, Missionary, Preacher, Catechist, Spiritual Director, Apostle of Charity – known as the “The Cheerful Ascetic” – born on Francesco Saverio Seelos on 11 January 1819 at Füssen, Bavaria, Germany and died on 4 October 1867 in New Orleans, Louisiana of yellow fever.   Patronage – against Cancer.header - POS-F490_Blessed-Francis-Xavier-Seelos___84782.1491928544

Francis Xavier Seelos, one of 12 children born to Mang and Frances Schwarzenbach Seelos, entered the world on 11 January 1819, in Füssen (Bavaria, Germany).   He was baptised on the same day in the parish church of Saint Mang where his father, after having been a textile merchant, would, in 1830, become the sacristan.

Having completed his primary education in 1831, he expressed a desire to become a priest and, with the encouragement of his Pastor, he attended middle school at the Institute of Saint Stephen in Augsburg.   Receiving his diploma in 1839, he went on to the University in Munich, Bavaria, where he completed his studies in Philosophy.
He then began to study theology in preparation to enter the seminary where he was admitted on 19 September francis xavier glass

It was during this time that through his acquaintance with the missionaries of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, he came to know both the charism of the Institute, founded to evangelise the most abandoned and its apostolic works, especially those among the immigrants in the United States of America.   Moved by a profound apostolic zeal and deeply touched by the letters published in the Catholic newspaper Sion, from the Redemptorist missionaries describing the lack of spiritual care for the thousands of German speaking immigrants, Seelos decided to enter the Congregation, asking to be allowed to work as a missionary in the United States.

Receiving the necessary approval on 22 November 1842, he sailed the following March  from the port of Le Havre, France, arriving in New York on 20 April 1843.
On 22 December 1844, after having completed his theological studies and novitiate, Seelos was ordained a Priest in the Redemptorist Church of St James in Baltimore, Maryland, francis xavier snip

A few months after his ordination, he was transferred to St Philomena’s Parish in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he remained nine years.   His first six years there were spent as assistant pastor with St John Neumann (1811-1860), who was also the superior of the Redemptorist comm  unity. The remaining three years, Francis Seelos served as superior of that same community.   It was during these years that he was appointed Master of Novices for the Redemptorists.

In addition to his work as assistant pastor, Seelos, together with Neumann, dedicated himself to preaching missions.   Regarding his relationship with St John Neumann, Seelos said:  “He has introduced me to the active life” and, “he has guided me as spiritual director and confessor”.st john neumann and bl francis xavier seelos - 5 october 2018

His availability and innate kindness in understanding and responding to the needs of the faithful, quickly made him well known as an expert confessor and spiritual director so much so that people came to him even from neighbouring towns.   In both Baltimore and Pittsburgh, Seelos made Confession become, rather than a torment, the locus of a life-giving experience of an encounter with Christ Patient and Merciful.   His confessional was open to all:  “I hear confessions in German, English, French, of Whites and of Blacks”.
The faithful described him as the missionary with the constant smile on his lips and a generous heart, especially towards the needy and the marginalised.
It is no coincidence that in Pittsburgh, after his death, the people began to attribute to his intercession many favours received.

Faithful to the Redemptorist charism, he practised a simple life style and a simple manner of expressing himself.   The themes of his preaching, rich in biblical content, were always heard and understood even by the simplest people.   A constant endeavour in his pastoral activity was instructing the little children in the faith.   He not only favoured this ministry, he held it as fundamental for the growth of the Christian community in the Parish.Beato_Francesco_Saverio_Seelos

In 1854, he was transferred from Pittsburgh, to a number of cities in the state of Maryland:  Baltimore, then Cumberland in 1857, and to Annapolis (1862), all the while engaged in Parish ministry.   In Cumberland and Annapolis, he also served in the formation of future Redemptorists as Prefect of Students.   Even in this post, he was true to his character remaining always the kind and happy pastor, always prudently attentive to the needs of his students and conscientious of their doctrinal formation.   Above all, he strove to instil in these future Redemptorist missionaries the enthusiasm, the spirit of sacrifice and apostolic zeal for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the people.
In 1860, His Excellency Michael O’Connor, Bishop of Pittsburgh, upon leaving his diocese, recommended Father Seelos as the Priest most qualified to succeed him.   Francis Seelos wrote Pope Paul IX explaining his inadequacy to accept such a responsibility and asking “to be liberated from this calamity”.   He was overjoyed when another Priest was named Bishop of francis xavier seelos lg

Following the outbreak of the Civil War in the United States, new laws were enacted in 1863 which required every able bodied male to make himself available for military duty. Seelos, as Superior of the Redemptorist seminary, travelled to Washington to meet with President Abraham Lincoln and ask him to exempt the Redemptorist seminarians from military service.   Lincoln, according to Seelos himself, was not only extremely receptive of the petition but promised to do everything in his power to bring it about. In fact, the students were exempted from going off to war.

Relieved from his office as Prefect of Students because, according to a zealous confrere, he was too obliging and not severe enough with the seminarians, from 1863 to 1866 he dedicated himself to the life of an itinerant missionary preaching in English and German in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

After a brief period of parish ministry in Detroit, Michigan, he was assigned in 1866 to the Redemptorist community in New Orleans, Louisiana.   Here also, as pastor of the of the Assumption, he was known as a pastor who was joyously available to his faithful and singularly concerned for the poorest and the most abandoned.   As in other cities, his prayers were considered very powerful in obtaining favours from francis xavier_sample

In God’s plan, however, his ministry in New Orleans was destined to be brief.   In the month of September, exhausted from visiting and caring for the victims of Yellow Fever, he contracted the dreaded disease.   After several weeks of patiently enduring his illness, he passed on to eternal life on 4 October 1867, at the age of 48 years and 9 months….

The National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos is located in St Mary’s Assumption Church, the first German Catholic Church in New Orleans and in the state of Louisiana. The Shrine contains the official portrait of Father Seelos, which was used in Rome for his beatification, as well as photographs that depict Father Seelos and his life as a missionary.

St Pope John Paul II beatified Blessed Francis in St Peter’s Square on 9 April 2000.   In the beatification homily, the pope stated:  “Today, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos invites the members of the Church to deepen their union with Christ in the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.   Through his intercession, may all who work in the vineyard for the salvation of God’s people be encouraged and strengthened in their task.”blessed francis xavier

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Memorials of the Saints -5 October

Bl Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R. (1819-1867)

Bl Alberto Marvelli
St Alexander of Trier
St Anna Schaeffer
St Apollinaris of Valence
St Attilanus of Zamora
St Aymard of Cluny
Bl Bartholomew Longo (1841-1926) Apostle of the Holy Rosary

Biography here:

St Boniface of Trier
St Charitina of Amasa
St Eliano of Cagliari
St Faustina Kowalska
St Firmatus of Auxerre
St Flaviana of Auxerre
Bl Flora of Beaulieu
St Gallo of Aosta
St Jerome of Nevers
Bl John Hewett
St Magdalveus of Verdun
St Mamlacha
St St Marcellinus of Ravenna
Bl Marian Skrzypczak
St Meinulph
St Palmatius of Trier
Bl Raymond of Capua
Bl Robert Sutton
Bl Sante of Cori
St Thraseas of Eumenia
St Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles
Bl William Hartley

Martyrs of Messina – 30 saints: A group of about 30 Benedictine monks and nuns, some blood relatives, who were sent in the early days of the order to establish monasteries in the vicinity of Messina, Sicily, Italy, and who were martyred. We know the names, and a few details, about seven of them –
• Donatus
• Eutychius
• Faustus
• Firmatus
• Flavia
• Placidus
• Victorinus
6th century Messina, Sicily, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Eugenio Andrés Amo
• Blessed Sebastià Segarra Barberá
• Blessed Rafael Alcocer Martínez