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Thought for the Day – 27 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

Thought for the Day – 27 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“And he said to the vinedresser,
‘Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit
on this fig tree and I find none.
Cut it down, why should it use up the ground?”…Luke 13:7

Answering God’s call to repent at last

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church – Confessions Bk. 8

Those trifles of all trifles and vanities of vanities, my one-time mistresses, held me back, plucking at my garment of flesh and murmuring softly:  “Are you sending us away?”   And ” From this moment shall we not be with you, now or forever?”   And: ” From this moment shall this or that not be allowed you, now or forever?”   What were they suggesting to me, O my God?… I hesitated to shake them off and leap upwards on the way I was called, for the strong force of habit said to me:  “Do you think you can live without them?”   But by this time its voice was growing fainter.   In the direction towards which I had already turned my face and was quivering in fear of going, I could see the austere beauty of Continence honourably soliciting me to come to her and not linger, her hands full of multitudes of good examples…   “The Lord their God gave me to them.   Why do you rely on yourself and so fail to stand at all?   Cast yourself upon Him and do not be afraid, He will not draw back and let you fall.   Cast yourself on Him without fea,; He will receive you and heal you”…

This disputation within my heart was nothing other than a struggle between myself against myself… When my most searching scrutiny had drawn up all my vileness from the secret depths of my soul and heaped it in my heart’s sight, a mighty storm rose up in me bringing a mighty rain of tears.   In order to give release to my tears and lamentations, I got up and went out… I flung myself down somehow under a certain fig tree and no longer tried to check my tears, which poured from my eyes in a flood, an acceptable sacrifice to Thee.   And I spoke to You freely:   “And Thou, O Lord, how long? How long, Lord, will You be angry forever?   Remember not our former iniquities.” (Ps 6:4; 78:5)…  And I continued my miserable complaining:   “How long, how long shall I go on saying tomorrow and again tomorrow?   Why not now, why not this very hour?”

And suddenly I heard a voice from some nearby house, a boy’s voice or a girl’s voice, a sort of sing-song repeated again and again:  “Take and read, take and read.”   I stopped weeping and immediately began to search my mind most carefully as to whether children were accustomed to chant these words in any kind of game and I could not remember that I had ever heard any such thing.   Damming back my flood of tears I rose up again, interpreting the incident as quite certainly a divine command to open the book of the apostle Paul and read the first passage on which my eyes should fall…  I returned hastily and took up the book and read what I had seen before:  “Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscence,” (Rom 13:13).   I had no wish to read any further and no need.   For in that instant, with the very ending of the sentence, it was as though a light of utter confidence shone in my heart, and all the darkness of uncertainty vanished away.

St Augustine, Pray for Us!st augustine pray for us - 27 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 Oct – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 27 Oct – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Speaking of:  Marian Gems

“She (Mary) is like a fiery chariot,
because she conceived within her the Word,
the only-begotten Son of God.
She carries and spreads,
the fire of love,
because her Son IS love.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchshe mary is like a fiery chariot - st catherine of asiena - 27 oct 2018

“If every woman were an image
of the Mother of God, a spouse of Christ
and an apostle of the divine Heart,
she would fulfil her feminine vocation
no matter in what circumstances she lived
and what her external activities might be.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein (1891-1942)

if every woman - st teresa benedicta no 2 - 27 oct 2018

“O Blessed Rosary of Mary,
sweet chain which binds us to God,
bond of love which unites us to the angels,
tower of salvation against the assaults of hell,
safe port in our universal shipwreck,
we shall never abandon you.”

Bl Bartholomew Longo (1841-1926)o blessed rosary - bl bartholomew longo - 27 oct 2018

“Mary is the image and model of all mothers,
of their great mission to be guardians of life,
of their mission to be teachers
of the art of living
and of the art of loving.”

Pope Benedict XVImary is the image and model of all mothers - pope benedict - 27 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 27 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

One Minute Reflection – 27 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and I find none. Cut it down, why should it use up the ground?’…Luke 13:7

REFLECTION – “Unfortunately, each of us strongly resembles the tree that, over many years, has repeatedly shown that it’s infertile.   But, fortunately for us, Jesus is like a farmer who, with limitless patience, still obtains a concession for the fruitless vine.   “Let it alone this year” the invincible patience of Jesus!   Have you thought about the patience of God?   Have you ever thought as well of His limitless concern for sinners?   How it should lead us to impatience with ourselves!   It’s never too late to convert, never.   God’s patience awaits us until the last moment.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 28 February 2016luke 13 7 - and he said to the vinedresser - unfortunately each of us strongly resembles the tree - pope francis 27 oct 2018

PRAYER – Come to help us in our weakness, God of mercy, forgive the sins of Your people and as nothing we can do is worthy in Your sight, save us through the intercession of the Mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ.   We make our prayer through Jesus with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.bl mother of our lord pray for us - 27 oct 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 27 October – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 27 October – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

A Morning Salutation to Mary
A Coptic Catholic Prayer

We greet you,
glorious Mother of the Light
O Blessed Mary,
from the rising of the sun
to its setting
praise is due to you,
O Mother of God.
You are the second heaven,
the bright unfading flower,
the ever-virgin mother.
For the Father chose you
and the Holy Spirit overshadowed you
and the Son humbled Himself
and took flesh from you.
Therefore, ask Him to give peace
to the world He has created
and to deliver it from every tribulation.
And we shall sing to Him a new song
and bless Him,
now and forever,
Amena morning salutation to mary - coptic prayer - 27 ocat 2018 sat prayer to mary

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Saint of the Day – 27 October – St Frumentius (Died c 383) Apostle to Ethiopia

Saint of the Day – 27 October – St Frumentius (Died c 383) Bishop, Confessor and Apostle to Ethiopia – born in Tyre, Eastern Roman Empire, in the early fourth century, died circa 383, Kingdom of Aksum was the first bishop of Aksum and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Kingdom of Aksum.   He is sometimes known by other names, such as Abuna (“Our Father”) and Aba Salama.   Patronage : Kingdom of Aksum.www-St-Takla-org--Coptic-Saints-Saint-Frumentius-Abba-Salama-01

Saint Frumentius was still a child when his uncle, a Christian philosopher of Tyre in Phoenicia, took him and his brother Edesius on a voyage to Ethiopia.   In the course of their voyage the vessel anchored at a certain port and the barbarians of that country slew with the sword all the crew and passengers, except the two children.

Because of their youth and beauty they were taken to the king at Axuma, who, charmed with the wit and sprightliness of the two boys, took special care of their education and later made Edesius his cup-bearer and Frumentius, who was a little older, his treasurer and secretary of state.   The king, on his deathbed, thanked them for their services and in reward gave them their liberty.

After his death the queen begged them to remain at court and assist her in the government of the state until the young prince came of age;  this they did, using their influence to spread Christianity.   When the young king reached his majority, Edesius desired to return to Tyre and Frumentius accompanied him as far as Alexandria.   There he begged Saint Athanasius (297-373), its Patriarch, to send a bishop to the country where they had spent many years and the Patriarch, considering him the best possible candidate for this office, in the year 328 consecrated him bishop for the Ethiopians.Frumentios01

Vested with this sacred character he gained great numbers to the Faith by his discourses and miracles and the entire nation embraced Christianity with its young king, thus fulfilling a famous prophecy of Isaiah, uttered 800 years before Christ.   (Isaiah 45:14) Saint Frumentius continued to feed and defend his flock until it pleased the Supreme Pastor to call him home and reward his fidelity and labours, in about the year 383.

We may note that the date of 27 October is also the feast day of a king of Ethiopia, Saint Elesbaan, who after overcoming the enemies of Christ, sent his royal diadem to Jerusalem in the time of the Emperor Justinus and embraced monastic life.   He died 250 years after Saint Frumentius, in 523.St-Frumentius

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Memorials of the Saints – 27 October

St Abban of Magh-Armuidhe
St Abraham the Poor
Bl Bartholomew of Vicenza
St Capitolina
St Colman of Senboth-Fola
St Colman of Templeshambo
St Desiderius of Auxerre
St Elesbaan of Ethiopia
St Emilina of Boulancourt
St Erotheides
St Florentius of Trois-Châteaux
St Frumentius (Died c 383) Apostle to Ethiopia
St Gaudiosus of Naples
Bl Goswin of Clairvaux
St Namatius of Clermont
St Odrian of Waterford
Bl Salvador Mollar Ventura
St Thraseas of Eumenia
St Uni

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Thought for the Day – 26 October – Prayer is the Light of the Soul

Thought for the Day – 26 October

Prayer is the Light of the Soulst john chrysostom on prayer - 26 oct 2018

“There is nothing more worthwhile than to pray to God and to converse with Him, for prayer unites us with God as His companions.   As our bodily eyes are illuminated by seeing the light, so in contemplating God our soul is illuminated by Him.   Of course, the prayer I have in mind is no matter of routine, it is deliberate and earnest.   It is not tied down to a fixed timetable – rather it is a state which endures by night and day.

Our soul should be directed in God, not merely when we suddenly think of prayer but even when we are concerned with something else.   If we are looking after the poor, if we are busy in some other way, or if we are doing any type of good work, we should season our actions with the desire and the remembrance of God.   Through this salt of the love of God we can all become a sweet dish for the Lord.   If we are generous in giving time to prayer, we will experience its benefits throughout our life.

Prayer is the light of the soul, giving us true knowledge of God.   It is a link mediating between God and man.   By prayer the soul is borne up to heaven and in a marvellous way embraces the Lord.   This meeting is like that of an infant crying on its mother and seeking the best of milk.   The soul longs for its own needs and what it receives is better than anything to be seen in the world.

Prayer is a precious way of communicating with God, it gladdens the soul and gives repose to its affections.   You should not think of prayer as being a matter of words.   It is a desire for God, an indescribable devotion, not of human origin but the gift of God’s grace.   As Saint Paul says : we do not know how to pray as we ought but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.

Anyone who receives from the Lord the gift of this type of prayer possesses a richness that is not to be taken from Him, a heavenly food filling up the soul.   Once he has tasted this food, he is set alight by an eternal desire for the Lord, the fiercest of fires lighting up his soul.

To set about this prayer, paint the house of your soul with modesty and lowliness and make it splendid with the light of justice.   Adorn it with the beaten gold of good works and, for walls and stones, embellish it assiduously with faith and generosity.   Above all, place prayer on top of this house as its roof so that the complete building may be ready for the Lord.   Thus He will be received in a splendid royal house and by grace, His image will already be settled in your soul.”

A reading from the homilies of St John Chrysostom  (347-407) Father & Doctor, (Hom 6 on Prayer)

Prayer:  Give us the grace, Lord, to be in constant prayer so all of our lives, may be accomplished in sincerity of heart.

St John Chrysostom, Pray for Us!st john chrysostom pray for us - 13 sept 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Ten – 26 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Ten – 26 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 10 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:  Book 3, Chapter 10

That it is sweet to despise the world and to serve God.

Now, will I speak again, O Lord and will not be silent, I will say in the hearing of my God and my King Who is on high:  Oh, how great is the abundance of Your sweetness, O Lord, which You have hidden for those that fear You!

But what are You, for those who love You?   What, to those who serve You with their whole heart?   Unspeakable indeed is the sweetness of Your contemplation, which You bestow on those who love You.   In this most of all, have You shown me the sweetness of Your love, that when I had no being, You did make me and when I was straying far from You, You brought me back again, that I might serve You and You have commanded me to serve You.

O Fountain of everlasting love, what shall I say of You?   How can I forget You, Who have vouchsafed to remember me even after I was corrupted and lost?

Beyond all hope, You show mercy to Your servant and beyond all desert, have You manifested Your grace and friendship.   What return shall I make to You for this favour? For it is granted to all who forsake these things, to renounce the world and to assume the monastic life.   Is it much that I should serve You, Whom the whole creation is bound to serve?   It ought not to seem much to me to serve You but this does rather appear great and wonderful to me, that You vouchsafe to receive one so wretched and unworthy as Your servant.   It is a great honour, a great glory, to serve You and to despise all things for You for they who willingly subject themselves to Your holy service, shall have great grace.   They shall experience the most sweet consolation of the Holy Spirit, Who for the love of You, have cast aside all carnal delight.

Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat and Glory Be (See HERE: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ )DAY TEN - TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 26 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 October

Quote/s of the Day – 26 October

Speaking of: The Four Last Things – Part One

“A priest goes to Heaven
or a priest goes to Hell
with a thousand people behind.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)a priest goes to heaven - st john vianney - 26 oct 2018

“The issue is now clear.
It is between light and darkness
and every one must choose his side.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)
(Chesterton’s last words)the issue is now clear - g k chesterton - 26 oct 2018

“The doors of Hell
are locked from the inside!”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)the doors of hell are locked from the inside - c s lewis - 26 oct 2018

“Each and everyone of us,
at the end of the
journey of life,
will come,
face to face
with either one
or the other
of two faces…
And one of them,
either, the
merciful face of Christ
or the
miserable face of Satan,
will say,
“Mine, mine.”

May we be Christ’s!”

Ven Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)each and everyone of us - ven fulton sheen - 26 oct 2018

“We’ve all got a terminal illness.
It’s called life.”

Servant of God Fr Benedict Groeschel (1933-2014)we've all got a terminal illness - sog benedict groeschel - 26 oct 2018

“The national anthem
of Hell is
“I Did It My Way”.”

Peter Kreeftthe national anthem of hell is i did it my way - peter kreeft - 26 oct 2018

“Many who plan
to seek God
at the eleventh hour
die at 10:30.”

Bumper Stickermany who plan to seek god at the 11th hour die at 10.30 - 26 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 26 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:54-59

One Minute Reflection – 26 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:54-59 – Friday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“You hypocrites!   You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”...Luke 12:56

REFLECTION – “The gospel tells us that some people were rebuked by the Lord because, clever as they were at reading the face of the sky, they could not recognise the time for faith when the kingdom of heaven was at hand. It was the Jews who received this reprimand but it has also come down to us.   The Lord Jesus began His preaching of the gospel with the admonition:  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 4:17). His forerunner, John the Baptist, began his in the same way:  “Repent,” he said, “for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 3:2).   Today, for those who will not repent at the approach of the kingdom of heaven, the reproof of the Lord Jesus is the same…you hypocritesd luke 12 56 - today, for those who will not repent - st augustine - 26 oct 2018

As for when the end of the world will be, that is God’s concern… Even so, the time is very near for each of us, for we are mortal.   There are hazards all around us.  We should be in less danger from them were we made of glass.   What more fragile than a vessel of glass? And yet it can be kept safe and last indefinitely.   Of course it is exposed to accidents but it is not liable to old age and the suffering it brings.   We, therefore, are the more frail and infirm.   In our weakness we are haunted by fears of all the calamities that regularly befall the human race and if no such calamity overtakes us, still, time marches on.   We may evade the blows of fortune but shall we evade death?   We may escape perils from without but shall we escape what comes from within us?   Now, suddenly, we may be attacked by any malady.   And if we are spared?   Even so, old age comes at last and nothing will delay it.”…St Augustine (354-430) – Father & Doctor of the Church – Sermon 109we may evade he blows of fortune - st augustine - 26 oct 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You fill us with Your grace and teach us true faith.   Strengthen in our hearts that faith that no trials may quench the fire, that we may seek Your face in every moment and accept AND LIVE all of Your will.   Send us Your Spirit to keep the fire blazing.   May the humble love and intercession of Mary Mother of our faith, be our succour.   Through Jesus Your Son our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.mary mother of faith - pray for us - 19 may 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 26 October

Our Morning Offering – 26 October

Lord Jesus, May we Seek Your Face
By Pope Benedict XVI

Lord Jesus,
grant us restless hearts,
hearts which seek Your Face.
Keep us from the blindness of heart
which sees only the surface of things.
Give us the simplicity and purity
which allows us to recognise
Your Presence in the world.
When we are not able
to accomplish great things,
grant us the courage
which is born of humility and goodness.
Impress Your Face on our hearts.
May we encounter You along the way
and show forth Your image to the world.
Amenlord jesus may we seek your face - pope benedict - DA VINCI FACE OF CHRIST no 2 - 26 oct 2018

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Saint of the Day – 26 October – St Pope Evaristus (c 44 – c 108)

Saint of the Day – 26 October – St Pope Evaristus (c 44 – c 108) – Martyr, Bishop of Rome – Pope Evaristus accounted as the fifth Bishop of Rome, holding office from c 99 to his death c 108.    He was also known as AristusPope_Evaristus

He succeeded Saint Anacletus on the throne of Saint Peter, elected during the second general persecution, under the reign of Domitian.   That emperor no doubt did not know that the Christian pontificate was being perpetuated in the shadows of the catacombs.  The text of the Liber Pontificalis, says of the new pope:

“Evaristus, born in Greece of a Jewish father named Juda, originally from the city of Bethlehem, reigned for thirteen years, six months and two days, under the reigns of Domitian, Nerva and Trajan, from the Consulate of Valens and Veter (96) until that of Gallus and Bradua (108).   This pontiff divided among the priests the titles of the city of Rome.   By a constitution he established seven deacons who were to assist the bishop and serve as authentic witnesses for him.   During the three ordinations which he conducted in the month of December, he promoted six priests, two deacons and five bishops, destined for various churches.   Evaristus received the crown of martyrdom.   He was buried near the body of Blessed Peter in the Vatican, on the sixth day of the Calends of November (25 October 108).   The episcopal throne remained vacant for nineteen days.”St. Evaristus, pope

It was at the same time as Saint Ignatius, the illustrious bishop of Antioch, that Pope Saint Evaristus gave his life by martyrdom.   The acts of his martyrdom are lost but we perceive that the same faith, heroism and devotion united the churches of the East and of the West.   He is often represented with a sword because he was decapitated, or with a crib, because it is believed that he was born in Bethlehem, from which his father migrated.

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Memorials of the Saints – 26 October

St Adalgott of Einsiedeln
St St Alanus of Quimper
Albinus of Buraburg
St Alfred the Great
St Alorus of Quimper
St Amandus of Strasburg
St Amandus of Worms
St Aneurin
St Aptonius of Angouleme
St Arnold of Queralt
St Bean of Mortlach
St Bernard de Figuerols
Bl Bonaventura of Potenza
St Cedd
Bl Celina Chludzinska
St Cuthbert of Canterbury
Bl Damian dei Fulcheri
St Eadfrid
St Eata of Hexham
St Pope Evaristus – (c 44 – c 107) Martyr
St Felicissimus of Carthage
St Fulk of Piacenza
St Gaudiosus of Salerno
St Gibitrudis
St Gwinoc
St Humbert
St Lucian
St Marcian
St Quadragesimus of Policastro
St Rogatian of Carthage
St Rusticus of Narbonne
St Sigibald of Metz

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 5 saints

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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: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ ) 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.
Amen

O LORD, THE HOUSE OF MY SOUL IS NARROW - full prayer -NEW - 25 OCT 2018 -ST AUGUSTINE

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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 Christians.st-crispin-crispinian

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:
Marciano
Martirio

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

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Eight – 24 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Eight – 24 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 8 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:   Book 1, Chapter 13
Of Resisting Temptations

As long as we live in this world, we cannot be without temptations and tribulations. Hence it is written in Job “Man’s life on earth is a temptation.”   Everyone, therefore, should be solicitous about his temptations and watch in prayer lest the devil find an opportunity to catch him – who never sleeps but goes about, seeking whom he can devour.

No-one is so perfect and holy as sometimes not to have temptations and we can never be wholly free from them.   Nevertheless, temptations are very profitable to man, troublesome and grievous though they may be, for in them, a man is humbled, purified and instructed.   All the Saints passed through many tribulations and temptations and were purified by them.   And they that could not support temptations, became reprobate, and fell away.

Many seek to flee temptations and fall worse into them.   We cannot conquer by flight alone but by patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies.   He who only declines them outwardly and does not pluck out their root, will profit little, nay, temptations will sooner return and he will find himself in a worse condition.

By degrees and by patience you will, by God’s grace, better overcome them than by harshness and your own importunity.   Take council the oftener in temptation and do not deal harshly with one who is tempted but pour in consolation, as thou would wish to be done unto yourself.

Inconstancy of mind and little confidence in God, is the beginning of all temptations.  For as a ship without a helm is driven to and fro by the waves, so the man who neglects and gives up his resolutions is tempted in many ways.

Recite:  Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat and Glory Be (See HERE: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ )DAY EIGHT- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 24 oct 2018

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Thought for the Day – 24 October – The Memorial of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

Thought for the Day – 24 October – The Memorial of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

St Luigi and St Joseph – “The Pious Union of St Joseph”

In his daily life, Fr Guanella had a great devotion to St Joseph, custodial father of Jesus and safeguard of the virginity of Mary, his wife, the Mother of God.   He reminded his priests and nuns that St Joseph is the administrator of all their homes.   All superiors must have the love and care of St Joseph, as well as the kindness and gentleness of Mary, in dealing with the residents.

His love and care had no limit.   His dear impaired people were assisted to the very end. When he was home, it was his duty to give his blessing for the dying.   His motto was, “Let us give them bread and paradise” and this was implanted in the hearts of all his nuns and priests.

In Rome, six years before his death and physically tired by his work, Fr Guanella was inspired to build a Church and start an Association in honour of St Joseph, patron of the dying.   Pope Pius X, a very close friend, expressed a desire to have a church in Trionfale, a very poor area near the Vatican.   The Pope’s desire strengthened Fr Guanella’sown ideas.   Trusting to divine providence, he put a down payment on the land and the foundation was immediately begun.   On the property, there was a barn which became the first Chapel of St Joseph.   The people called it the ‘Basilichetta’ (small Basilica.)     In 1912, Fr Guanella announced to the Pope that the Church was completed in honour of St Joseph and His Holiness, whose baptismal name was Joseph Sarto.

The Pope admired Fr Guanella for his courage and devotion to St Joseph and when he heard about the Pious Union Association of prayers for the dying, he said to Fr Luigi, “Please make me the first member.”

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In 1913, Pope Pius X gave his approval, making the Church of the Pious Union the main centre for all the universal church.   His beloved Pope Pius X died in 1914, one year before Fr Guanella’s own death.   The two saints understood each other so well.

St Joseph, Pray for us!st joseph pray for us - 6 jan 2018

St Pope Pius X, Pray for Us!st-pius-x-pray-for-us-21 aug 2017 no 2

St Luigi Guanella, Pray for Us!st-luigi-guanella-pray-for-us-2

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Quote/s of the Day – 24 October – The Memorial of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

Quote/s of the Day – 24 October – The Memorial of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

“The sun of our lives is the Eucharist.”the sun of our lives - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“The fountain of holy love
is in Jesus Christ
and we have Jesus with us,
in the Most Holy
Sacrament of the Altar.
From that throne of love,
how often He enlightens the minds of His children
and how many again find their peace of heart.”the fountain of holy love - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“The earth is filled with tabernacles – Praise Him!”the earth is filled with tabernacles - st luigi guanella 24 oct 2018

“Our union in heaven
will depend upon
our communion
with God on earth.”our union in heaven - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Plant your heart
in Jesus Crucified
and all the thorns
will seem like roses.”plant your heart in jesus crucified - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Whoever finds Mary,
finds the way to Salvation.”whoever finds mary - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Charity lights the path to divine love.”charity lights the path - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Imitate the Heart of Christ in love for the poor.”imitate the heart of christ no 2 - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“Refuse God nothing!”

St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)reguse god nothing - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 24 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:39–48

One Minute Reflection – 24 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:39–48 – Wednesday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time. Year B and The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Claret CMF (1807-1870) and St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

“But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into…”…Luke 12:39but know this if the householder - luke 12 39 24 oct 2018

REFLECTION – “There is need of living well but, there is even more need of dying well.   A good death is everything, especially today, where people think only of things and enjoyment here on earth, rejecting eternity.” … St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)there is need of living well - st luigi guanella - 24 oct 2018

“The disciple is one, who awaits the Lord and His Kingdom.   May the Virgin Mary help us, not to be people and communities dulled by the present, or worse, nostalgic for the past but striving toward the future of God, toward the encounter with Him, our life and our hope.”...Pope Francis – Angelus, 7 August 2016the disciples is one who awaits the lord - pope francis - 24 oct 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to keep my death constantly before my eyes, for this is my final account.   I pray You for a holy life that my death may be holy and that I may come to You and live for all eternity with You.   When my hour is come, bid me come to You, Lord.   Hear the prayers of your Saints, Anthony Mary Claret and Luigi Guanella, who lived each moment of their lives for the glory of Your Kingdom.   We ask this through Christ, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st anthony mary claret pray for us - 24 oct 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 24 October – The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Claret CMF (1807-1870)

Our Morning Offering – 24 October – The Memorial of St Anthony Mary Claret CMF (1807-1870)

I Want to Love You, My God
By St Anthony Mary Claret (1807-1870)

I want to love You, my God,
with all my heart,
with all my being,
with all my strength.
I consecrate to You,
my thoughts,
desires,
words
and actions,
whatever I have
and whatever I can be.
Let me use what I have
for Your greater honour
and glory,
according to Your will.
Ameni want to love you my god - st anthony mary claret - 24 oct 2018

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Saint of the Day – 24 October – St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915) “Servant of Charity”

Saint of the Day – 24 October – St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915) – Priest, Founder, Apostle of Charity, Marian devotee, Eucharistic Adorer and passionate apostle – born Aloysius Guanella on 9 December 1842 in Fraciscio di Campodolcino, Sondrio, diocese of Como, Italy and died on 24 October 1915 (aged 72) in Como, Italy of complications from a stroke he suffered on 27 September 1915.   Founder of the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence (1890) and the Servants of Charity (24 March 1908) alongside his friends Fr David Albertario (1846-1902) and Blessed Giuseppe Toniolo (1845-1918).   Guanella also founded the Pious Union of Saint Joseph (1914) with his supporter and first member St Pope Pius X.   These religious communities focused on the relief of the poor throughout the world.   The Servants of Charity motto reads “In Omnibus Charitas”  – “In all things Love” which became the cornerstone for Guanella’s own life.   Patronages – Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence, Servants of Charity and the Pious Union of Saint Joseph.Guanella2

Louis Guanella was born in Fraciscio di Campodolcino in Val San Giacomo (Sondrio) on 19 December 1842.   The particular geographical location where he grew up, formed Louis into a solid character – firm, temperate and with a spirit of sacrifice.   He was always distinguished for his great faith, strengthened by popular piety, a faith alive for its closeness to the poor and simple.st luigi very young

He studied at the Gallio College in Como and in various diocesan seminaries.   In 1866 he was ordained priest and, soon after, appointed parish priest at Savogno.   He dedicated himself zealously to young people busying himself with helping them in their schooling and revitalising Catholic Action.bl luigi priest beautiful

He was in contact with St Don Bosco SDB (1815-1888) at the time.   Fascinated by the Salesian charism, he tried opening a College for the young but the operation didn’t go ahead.   However, he wanted to stay with Don Bosco and in 1875 became a Salesian.   He was in charge of the “Saint Aloysius” Oratory in Turin and soon after was appointed Rector of the “Dupraz” College in Trinità (Cuneo).   He remained in the Salesian Congregation for just three years, because the Lord had arranged otherwis -: the bishop in fact called him back to the diocese.   Louis had no fear of defending young people and the poor even in front of the powerful and the politicians.

This was another reason why he had to close the school he had opened for poor children in Traona.   Sent by the bishop to look after a hostel for poor elderly people, he founded a group of Ursulines there, whom he organised into a Congregation – the Daughters of Holy Mary of Providence.   The new Congregation was dedicated to the education of youth, especially those who were poor and on the margins but also, to support and be with poor elderly folk.   In Como he founded the House of Divine Providence, at the centre of which he built a Shrine to the Sacred Heart.   With support from the bishop he also founded a male branch – The Servants of Charity, with the same aims.bl luigi header

His Congregations flourished in Italy, Switzerland and the United States.   In support of the dying he founded the Pia Unione del Transito  – Pious Union of Saint Joseph.   He built various churches and works for emigrants and fringe-dwellers.

What he gained from his experience with Don Bosco was not only a love for the young that he carried with him all his life but in particular, blind obedience and sacrifice in his relationships with his superiors.   Like Don Bosco he was obedient to the bishop even when it meant suffering and misunderstanding.   He died at Como 24 October 1925. luigi

Declared Venerable on 6 April 1962, Beatified on 25 October 1964 by Paul VI and Canonised on 23 October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI.st luigi canonisation tapestry

His older sister was the Servant of God Caterina Guanella (25 March 1841 – 13 June 1891).

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Memorials of the Saints – 24 October

St Anthony Mary Claret CMF (1807-1870) (Optional Memorial)
About St Anthony Mary here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/saint-of-the-day-24-october-st-anthony-mary-claret-1807-1870-cmf/

Bl Amado García Sánchez
St Audactus of Thibiuca
St Cadfarch
St Ciriacus of Hierapolis
St Claudian of Hierapolis
St Ebregislus of Cologne
St Felix of Thibiuca
St Fortunatus of Thibiuca
St Fromundus of Coutances
St Giuse Lê Dang Thi
Bl Giuseppe Baldo
St Januarius of Thibiuca
St Luigi Guanella

St Maglorius of Wales
St Marcius of Monte Cassino
St Martin of Vertou
St Proclus of Constantinople
St Senoch
St Senócus of Tours
St Septimus of Thibiuca

Martyrs of Ephesus – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together. All we know about them are the names Mark, Sotericus and Valentina.
They were stoned to death near Ephesus, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey). Their relics are enshrined on the island of Tasos.

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 7 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:  Book 1, Chapter 18, cont.

Outwardly they suffered want but within they were refreshed with grace and Divine consolation.   They were aliens to the world, they seemed as nothing and the world despised them but they were precious and beloved in the sight of God.   

They persevered in true humility, they lived in simple obedience, they walked in charity and patience and so every day they advanced in spirit and gained great favour with God. They were given for example to all religious and ought more to excite us to advance in good, than the number of lukewarm to induce us to grow remiss.

Oh! how great was the fervour of all religious in the beginning of their holy institute!   Oh, how great was their devotion in prayer, how great was their zeal for virtue!   How vigorous the discipline that was kept up, what reverence and obedience, under the rule of the superior, flourished in all!   Their traces that remain still bear witness, that they were truly holy and perfect men who did battle so stoutly and trampled the world under their feet.

Now, he is thought great who is not a transgressor and who can, with patience, endure what he has undertaken.   Ah, the lukewarmness and negligence of our state! that we soon fall away from our first fervour and are even now tired with life, from slothfulness and tepidity.

Oh that advancement in virtue be not quite asleep in thee, who has so often seen the manifold examples of the devout!

Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat and Glory Be (See See HERE: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ )DAY SEVEN- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 23 oct 2018

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Thought for the Day – 23 October – The Memorial of St John of Capistrano OFM (1386-1456)

Thought for the Day – 23 October – The Memorial of St John of Capistrano OFM (1386-1456)

It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists.   Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption.   The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events.

Imagine being born in the 14th century.   One-third of the population and nearly 40 percent of the clergy were wiped out by the bubonic plague.   The Western Schism split the Church with two or three claimants to the Holy See at one time.   England and France were at war.   The city-states of Italy were constantly in conflict.   No wonder that gloom dominated the spirit of the culture and the times.

John Capistrano was born in 1386.   His education was thorough.   His talents and success were great.   When he was 26 he was made governor of Perugia.   Imprisoned after a battle against the Malatestas, he resolved to change his way of life completely.   At the age of 30 he entered the Franciscan novitiate and was ordained a priest four years later.

John’s preaching attracted great throngs at a time of religious apathy and confusion.   He and 12 Franciscan brethren were received in the countries of central Europe as angels of God.   They were instrumental in reviving a dying faith and devotion.

The Franciscan Order itself was in turmoil over the interpretation and observance of the Rule of St Francis.   Through John’s tireless efforts and his expertise in law, the heretical Fraticelli were suppressed and the “Spirituals” were freed from interference in their stricter observance.

John of Capistrano helped bring about a brief reunion with the Greek and Armenian Churches.

When the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453, John was commissioned to preach a crusade for the defence of Europe.   Gaining little response in Bavaria and Austria, he decided to concentrate his efforts in Hungary.   He led the army to Belgrade.   Under the great General John Hunyadi, they gained an overwhelming victory and the siege of Belgrade was lifted.   Worn out by his superhuman efforts, Capistrano was an easy prey to an infection after the battle.   He died on October 23, 1456.

John Hofer, a biographer of John Capistrano, recalls a Brussels organisation named after the saint.   Seeking to solve life problems in a fully Christian spirit, its motto was: “Initiative, Organisation, Activity.”   These three words characterised John’s life.   He was not one to sit around.   His deep Christian optimism drove him to battle problems at all levels with the confidence engendered by a deep faith in Christ.   (Lives of the Saints – Franciscan Media)

St John of Capistrano, Pray for us!

St John’s full biography here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/saint-of-the-day-23-october-st-john-capistrano-ofm-1386-1456-the-soldier-saint/st john of capistrano pray for us 23 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 October – The Memorial of Blessed Arnold Rèche FSC (1838-1890)

Quote/s of the Day – 23 October – The Memorial of Blessed Arnold Rèche FSC (1838-1890)

“..With the grace of God
that we obtain from prayer,
we can do anything.
All we have to do is to will it.”with the grace of god - bl arnold rche - 23 oct 2018

“We do not stand alone
but in a history,
with men and women like ourselves,
who have heard Your word and said
“Yes” to Your call.”

Blessed Arnold Rèchewe do not stand alone - bl arnold reche - 23 oct 2018