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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Nine – 25 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Nine – 25 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 9 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:  Book 1, Chapter 13, cont.

Fire tries iron and temptation a just man.
We often know not what we are able to do but temptations discover what we are.   Still, we must watch, especially in the beginning of temptation, for then the enemy is more easily overcome, if he be not suffered to enter the door of the mind but is withstood upon the threshold the very moment he knocks.   Whence a certain one has said “Resist beginnings;  all too late the cure.”  When ills have gathered strength, by long delay, first there comes from the mind a simple thought, then a strong imagination, afterwards delight and the evil motion and consent and so, little by little the fiend does gain entrance, when he is not resisted in the beginning.   The longer anyone has been slothful in resisting, so much the weaker he becomes, daily in himself and the enemy, so much the stronger in him.

Some suffer grievous temptations in the beginning of their conversion, others in the end and others are troubled nearly their whole life.   Some are very lightly tempted, according to the wisdom and the equity of the ordinance of God who weighs man’s condition and merits and pre-ordains all things for the salvation of His elect.

We must not, therefore, despair when we are tempted but the more fervently pray to God to help us in every tribulation – Who, of a truth, according to the sayings of St Paul, will make such issue with the temptation, that we are able to sustain it.

Let us then humble our souls under the hand of God in every temptation and tribulation, for the humble in spirit, He will save and exalt.   In temptation and tribulations, it is proved, what progress man has made and there also, is great merit and virtue made more manifest.

Recite:  Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat and Glory Be (See HERE: ) DAY NINE- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 25 oct 2018

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Thought for the Day – 25 October – The Memorial of Saints Crispin & St Crispinian – (†285 or 286) Martyrs

Thought for the Day – 25 October – The Memorial of Saints Crispin & St Crispinian – (†285 or 286) Martyrs

From the example of the saints, it appears how foolish the pretences of many Christians are, who imagine the care of a family, the business of a farm or a shop, the attention which they are obliged to give to their worldly profession, are impediments which excuse them from aiming at perfection.   Such, indeed, they make them but this is altogether owing to their own sloth and malice.   How many saints have made these very employments the means of their perfection!   Saint Paul made tents; Saints Crispin and Crispinian were shoemakers,the Blessed Virgin was taken up in the care of her poor cottage, Christ Himself worked with His foster father and those saints who renounced all commerce with the world, to devote themselves totally to the contemplation of heavenly things, made mats, tilled the earth, or copied and bound good books.

The secret of the art of their sanctification was, that fulfilling the maxims of Christ, they studied to subdue their passions and die to themselves;   they, with much earnestness and application, obtained of God and improved daily in their souls, a spirit of devotion and prayer;  their temporal business they regarded as a duty which they owed to God and sanctified it by a pure and perfect intention, as Christ on earth directed everything He did to the glory of His Father.

In these very employments, they were careful to improve themselves in humility, meekness, resignation, divine charity and all other virtues, by the occasion which call them forth at every moment and in every action.   Opportunities of every virtue and every kind of good work never fail in all circumstances and the chief means of our sanctification may be practised, in every state of life, which are self-denial and assiduous prayer, frequent aspirations and pious meditation or reflections on spiritual truths, which disengage the affections from earthly things and deeply imprint in the heart, those of piety and religion….by Father Alban Butler

Sts Crispin and Crispinian, Pray for Us!sts crispin & crisp[inian pray for us NO 2 - 25 oct 2018

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Quote of the Day – 25 October – The Memorial of Saints Crispin & St Crispinian – (†285 or 286) Martyrs

Quote of the Day – 25 October – The Memorial of Saints Crisp  in & St Crispinian – (†285 or 286) Martyrs

The feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian is 25 October.   Although this feast was removed from the Roman Catholic Church’s universal liturgical calendar following the Second Vatican Council, the two saints are still commemorated on that day in the most recent edition of the Roman Martyrology.   Sts Crispin and Crispinian were the first “band of brothers,” who fought bravely on the battlefield of the soul.

The historian and bishop, St Gregory of Tours (538-594) refers twice in his History of the Franks to a Basilica of Sts Crispin and Crispinian in the northern French city of Soissons, if the Church was already well-established at that time, the commemoration of the martyrs dates from much closer to their martyrdom.

The St Crispin’s Day speech was delivered on 25 October 1415 by King Henry V of England to rouse his soldiers on the morning of the Battle of Agincourt and later chronicled by William Shakespeare in his play, Henry V, in Act IV Scene iii 18–67. In the speech, which fell on Saint Crispin’s Day, Henry V urged his men — who were vastly outnumbered by the French — to recall how the English had previously inflicted great defeats upon the French.

The speech by Shakespeare has been famously portrayed by Sir Laurence Olivier to raise British spirits during the Second World War, and by Sir Kenneth Branagh in the 1989 film Henry V (see video below) and it made famous the phrase “band of brothers.”   The play was written around 1600 and several later writers have used parts of it in their own texts.excerpt from the speech by henry V st crispians day - 25 oct 2018 shakespeare

Note: the text is Shakespeare’s, as the wording of Henry’s historical speech is not known.

WESTMORLAND.   O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

KING.   What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin, Westmorland? No, my fair cousin,
If we are mark’d to die, we are enough
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.

God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost,
It yearns me not if men my garments wear,
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.

But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God’s peace!  I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!

Rather proclaim it, Westmorland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart, his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse,
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.

This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.”

Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words—
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester—
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.

This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin, Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd—
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother, be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition,
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

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One Minute Reflection – 25 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:49–53

One Minute Reflection – 25 October – Today’s Gospel:  Luke 12:49–53 – Thursday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Saints Crispin & St Crispinian – (†285 or 286) Martyrs

Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth?   No, I tell you, but rather division…”…Luke 12:51

REFLECTION – “In all our affections, order is necessary.   Love your father, love your mother, love your children after God.   If it becomes inevitable to place love of one’s relatives and children in the balance with love of God, without it being possible to preserve them both, then not to prefer one’s own family, is piety towards God.”…St Jerome (343-420) Father & Doctor of the Churchluke 12 51 - do you think i have come to give peace on earth - in all our affections order is necessary - st jerome - 25 oct 2018

PRAYER – Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, You glorious Trinity are our lesson in love and unity. Grant us this day the grace of true love for You and true order in all our affections.   May the intercession of Sts Crispin and Crispinian, strengthen us.   Amen.sts crispin & crisp[inian pray for us - 25 oct 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 25 October

Our Morning Offering – 25 October

O Lord the House of My Soul is Narrow
By St Augustine ((354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church

O God, the Light of the heart that sees You,
The Life of the soul that loves You,
The Strength of the mind that seeks You,
May I ever continue to be steadfast in Your love.
Be the joy of my heart;
Take all of me to Yourself and abide therein.
The house of my soul is, I confess, too narrow for You.
Enlarge it that You may enter.
It is ruinous but do repair it.
It has within it what must offend Your eyes,
I confess and know it,
But whose help shall I seek in cleansing it but Yours alone?
To You, O God, I cry urgently.
Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep me from false pride and sensuality
That they not get dominion over me.


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Saints of the Day – 25 October – Sts Crispin & Crispinian (†285 or 286) Martyrs

Saints of the Day – 25 October – Sts Crispin & Crispinian (†285 or 286) Martyrs – twin brother cobblers – Patronages – cobblers; curriers; glove makers; lace makers; lace workers; leather workers; saddle makers; saddlers; shoemakers; tanners; weavers, San Crispin, San Pablo City, Philippines.HEADER - Crépin_et_Crépinien_(Kalkar)crispincrispinianitalianprint

These two glorious martyrs came from Rome to preach the Faith in Gaul toward the middle of the third century.   Fixing their residence at Soissons, they instructed many in the Faith of Christ, which they preached publicly in the day and at night they worked at making shoes, though they are said to have been nobly born and brothers.

The infidels listened to their instructions and were astonished at the example of their lives, especially of their charity, disinterestedness, heavenly piety and contempt of glory and all earthly things and the effect was the conversion of many to the Christian faith.

The brothers had continued their employment several years when a complaint was lodged against them.   The emperor, to gratify their accusers and give way to his savage cruelty, gave orders that they should be convened before Biotin’s Varus, the most implacable enemy of the

The martyrs were patient and constant under the most cruel torments and finished their course by the sword about the year 286.   A Christian brother and sister buried their bodies on their own terrain, where later a public oratory was constructed. Bossche_Saints_Crispin_and_Crispinianmartyrdom crispin and crispiniancrispin and crispinian

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Memorials of the Saints – 25 October

St Alfons Arimany Ferrer
St Bernard of Calvo
St Canna verch Tewdr Marw
St Chrysanthus
St Crispin & St Crispian – (†285 or 286) Martyrs
St Cyrinus of Rome
St Daria
St Dulcardus
Bl Edmund Daniel
St Fronto of Périgueux
St Fructus of Segovia
St Gaudentius of Brescia
St George of Périgueux
St Goeznoveus of Leon
St Guesnoveus
Bl Henry of Segusio
St Hilary of Javols
St Hilary of Mende
St Hildemarca of Fecamp
St Januarius of Sassari
St Lucius of Rome
St Lupus of Bayeux
St Mark of Rome
Bl Maurus of Pécs
St Miniato of Florence
St Peter of Rome
St Protus of Sassari
St Recaredo Centelles Abad
St Tabitha
Bl Thaddeus McCarthy
St Theodosius of Rome

Martyrs of Constantinople:

Martyrs of Cruz Cubierta – 5 beati: A mother, Blessed María Teresa Ferragud Roig de Masiá and her four daughters, Blessed María Joaquina Masiá Ferragud, Blessed María Vicenta Masiá Ferragud, Blessed María Felicidad Masiá Ferragud and Blessed Josefa Ramona Masiá Ferragud, all nuns, who were Martyred in the Spanish Civil War, on 25 October 1936 in Cruz Cubierta, Alzira, Valencia, Spain.
They were Beatified on 11 March 2001 by St Pope John Paul II.

Forty Martyrs of England and Wales – 40 saints: Following the dispute between the Pope and King Henry VIII in the 16th century, faith questions in the British Isles became entangled with political questions, with both often being settled by torture and murder of loyal Catholics. In 1970, the Vatican selected 40 martyrs, men and women, lay and religious, to represent the full group of perhaps 300 known to have died for their faith and allegiance to the Church between 1535 and 1679. They each have their own day of memorial, but are remembered as a group on 25 October.

• Alban Roe • Alexander Briant • Ambrose Edward Barlow • Anne Line • Augustine Webster • Cuthbert Mayne • David Lewis • Edmund Arrowsmith • Edmund Campion • Edmund Gennings • Eustace White • Henry Morse • Henry Walpole • John Almond • John Boste • John Houghton • John Jones • John Kemble • John Lloyd • John Pain • John Plesington • John Rigby • John Roberts • John Southworth • John Stone • John Wall • Luke Kirby • Margaret Clitherow • Margaret Ward • Nicholas Owen • Philip Evans • Philip Howard • Polydore Plasden • Ralph Sherwin • Richard Gwyn • Richard Reynolds • Robert Lawrence • Robert Southwell • Secular Clergy • Swithun Wells • Thomas Garnet.
Canonised on 25 October 1970 by St Pope Paul VI

Martyrs of Rome – 67 saints: A group of 46 soldiers and 21 civilians martyred together in the persecutions of Claudius II. 269 in Rome, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Alfons Arimany Ferrer
• Blessed Recaredo Centelles Abad