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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – First Week – Day Nineteen – 4 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – First Week – Day Nineteen – 4 November

First Week
Theme for the Week: Knowledge Of Self

Day 19 of 33

Luke 18:15-30

Jesus and the Children:
And they brought him also infants, that he might touch them. Which, when the disciples saw, they rebuked them.   But Jesus, calling them together, said:  Suffer children to come to me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.   Amen, I say to you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child, shall not enter into it.

The Rich Aristocrat
And a certain ruler asked him, saying:  Good master, what shall I do to possess everlasting life?   And Jesus said to him:  Why do thou call me good?   None is good but God alone.   You know the commandments:   You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shalt not steal, You shall not bear false witness, honour your father and mother.   Who said – all these things have I kept from my youth.   Which, when Jesus had heard, he said to him: ,Yet one thing is wanting to you – sell all whatever you have and give to the poor and you shall have treasure in heaven and come, follow me.   He having heard these things, became sorrowful, for he was very rich.

The Danger of Riches
And Jesus seeing him become sorrowful, said:  How hard shall it be for them, who have riches, to enter into the kingdom of God.   For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.   And they that heard it, said:  Who then can be saved?   He said to them:  The things that are impossible with men, are possible with God.

The Reward of Renunciation
Then Peter said:  Behold, we have left all things and have followed you.   He said to them: Amen, I say to you, there is no man that has left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive much more in this present time and in the world to come life everlasting.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, & Ave Maris Stella: NINETEEN FIRST WEEK- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 4 NOV 2018


Sunday Reflection – 4 November – “I am made one with Him, as I am conformed to Him.” – St Bernard

Sunday Reflection – 4 November – Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

 “I am made one with Him, as I am conformed to Him.”  St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church

Saint Bernard teaches, that it is not enough for us to take and eat the Bread from Heaven. We must also offer ourselves to be eaten.   Holy Communion is a wondrous exchange in which we become the bread of Christ.   Listen to Saint Bernard:

“My penitence, my salvation are His food.
I myself am His food.
I am chewed as I am reproved by Him;
I am swallowed by Him as I am taught;
I am digested by Him as I am changed;
I am assimilated as I am transformed;
I am made one with Him, as I am conformed to Him.
He feeds upon us and is fed by us
that we may be the more loosely bound to Him.”

Saint Bernard, ever the poet, uses images of eating and assimilation to describe how Christ unites us to Himself.   Our Lord becomes our food that we might become His.   We need the language of poets and preachers in our approach to the Eucharist.i am made one with him as i am conformed to him - st bernard - 4 nov 2018 sun reflection

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Thought for the Day – 4 November – The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

Thought for the Day – 4 November – The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

Working behind the scenes, Saint Charles deserves the credit for keeping the Council of Trent in session when at several points it was on the verge of breaking up.   Borromeo encouraged the pope to renew the Council in 1562, after it had been suspended for 10 years.   He took upon himself the task of the entire correspondence during the final phase.   Because of his work at the Council, Borromeo was unable to take up residence in Milan until the Council concluded.

Eventually, Borromeo was allowed to devote his time to the Archdiocese of Milan, where the religious and moral picture was far from bright.   The reform needed in every phase of Catholic life among both clergy and laity was initiated at a provincial council of all the bishops under him.   Specific regulations were drawn up for bishops and other clergy.   If the people were to be converted to a better life, Borromeo had to be the first to give a good example and renew their apostolic spirit

Charles took the initiative in giving a good example.   He allotted most of his income to charity, forbade himself all luxury and imposed severe penances upon himself.   He sacrificed wealth, high honours, esteem and influence to become poor.   During the plague and famine of 1576, Borromeo tried to feed 60,000 to 70,000 people daily.   To do this he borrowed large sums of money that required years to repay.   Whereas the civil authorities fled at the height of the plague, he stayed in the city, where he ministered to the sick and the dying, helping those in want.

Saint Charles Borromeo made his own the words of Christ:  “…I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:35-36).   Borromeo saw Christ in his neighbour, and knew that charity done for the least of his flock was charity done for Christ.

St Charles Borromeo, Pray for us!ST CHARLES BORROMEO PRAY FOR US 4 NOV 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 4 November – The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

Quote/s of the Day – 4 November – The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

“Charity is that,
with which no man is lost
and without which,
no man is saved.”charity is that - st charles borromeo - 4 nov 2018

“We must meditate before, during and after everything we do.
The prophet says: “I will pray and then I will understand.”
This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties
we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work.
In meditation we find the strength,
to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in other men.”we-must-meditate-before-st-charles-borromeo-4-nov-2017

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God,
we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness.
We must keep ourselves in the presence of God,
as much as possible and have no other view or end,
in all our actions but the divine honour.”

St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)if-we-wish-st-charles-borromeo-4-nov-2018


One Minute Reflection – 4 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 12:28b-34

One Minute Reflection – 4 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 12:28b-34 -Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) and St Felix of Valois (1127-1212)

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’   There is no other commandment greater than these.”...Mark 12:30-31

REFLECTION – “You cannot love God without loving your neighbour and you cannot love your neighbour without loving God.   In effect, the visible sign a Christian can show, in order to witness to his love for God to the world and to others, to his family, is the love he bears for his brothers, is the love of his people.   The Commandment to love God and neighbour is the first, not because it is at the top of the list of Commandments.   Jesus does not place it at the pinnacle but at the centre, because it is from the heart that everything must go out and to which everything must return and refer.
In the Old Testament, the requirement to be holy, in the image of God who is holy, included the duty to care for the most vulnerable people, such as the stranger, the orphan and the widow (cf. Ex 22:20-26).   Jesus brings this Covenant law to fulfilment, He who unites in Himself, in His flesh, divinity and humanity, a single mystery of love.
Now, in the light of this Word of Jesus, love is the measure of faith and faith is the soul of love.   We can no longer separate a religious life, a pious life, from service to brothers and sisters, to the real brothers and sisters that we encounter.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 26 October 2014)you shall love the lord your god - mark 12 30-31 - in the light of this word of jesus - pope francis - 4 nov 2018

PRAYER – God power and mercy, by whose grace, Your people give You praise and worthy service, help us to see Your face in our neighbour.   To love them all as we love You.   Save us from faltering on our way and grant us the joys You have promised  . St Felix of Valois and St Charles Borromeo kindly assist our journey by your prayers. Through Jesus our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, felix of valois pray for us - 4 nov 2018

st-charles-pray-for-us-3-4 nov 2017


Our Morning Offering – 4 November – Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 4 November – Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

Prayer Before Holy Communion
Veni Domine Jesu!
By Fr Henry Augustus Rawes OSC (1826 – 1885) Oblate of St Charles
(1940 Prayer Book)

O Jesus, hidden God, I cry to You,
O Jesus, hidden Light, I turn to You,
O Jesus, hidden love, I run to You,
with all the strength I have, I worship You,
with all the love I have, I cling to You,
with all my soul, I long to be with You
and fear no more to fail, or fall from You.

O Jesus, never-ending love, Who seeks me,
You who die for longing love of me,
King, in all Your beauty, come to me,
white-robed, blood-sprinkled Jesus, come to me
and go no more, dear Lord, away from me.

O sweetest Jesus, bring me home to You,
free me, dearest God, from all but You.
From all the chains that keep me back from You,
call me, most powerful love, I’ll follow You,
You are my all and I love only You.

O hidden love, who now is loving me,
O wounded love, who once was dead to me,
O patient love, who wearies not of me,
O bear with me, till I am lost in You,
O bear with me, till I am found in You,

(Fr Henry Augustus Rawes (11 December 1826 – 24 April 1885) was a Catholic hymn writer and preacher.
Born at Easington, near Durham, England, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and entered the Anglican ministry in 1853.   Converted to Catholicism in 1856.   One of the original members of the Oblates of Saint Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), whose feast day it is today.   Ordained a priest in 1857.   He was Superior of the Oblate congregation from 1880 until his death.   Founded the Society of Servants of the Holy Ghost.  Translated the treatises of Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Blessed Sacrament and the Lord’s Prayer.   He wrote several books of devotion and sermons and many hymns, noted for poetic beauty. He died at Brighton.)veni domine Jesu - prayer before holy comm fr rawes - 4 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 4 November – St Felix of Valois (1127-1212)

Saint of the Day – 4 November – St Felix of Valois (1127-1212) – Priest, Hermit and Co-Founder of the Trinitarians.   He was born in April 1127 in the province of Valois, France as Hugh and died on 4 November 1212 at the Cerfroi monastery, Picardy, France of natural causes.Felix_de_Valois

St Felix was son of the Count of Valois.   His mother throughout his youth, did all she could to cultivate in him, a spirit of charity.   The unjust divorce between his parents matured a long-formed resolution of leaving the world and, confiding his mother to her pious brother, Thibault, Count of Champagne, he took the Cistercian habit at Clairvaux.juan-del-castillo-saint-felix-of-valois

His rare virtues drew on him such admiration that, with St Bernard’s consent, he fled to Italy, where he led an austere life with an aged hermit.   At this time he was ordained priest and his old counsellor having died, he returned to France and for many years lived as a solitary at Cerfroid.   Here God inspired him with the desire of founding an Order for the redemption of Christian captives and moved St John of Matha (1160-1213), a young nobleman, a native of Provence and doctor of divinity, who was lately ordained priest, having heard of the holy hermit of Cerfroid, sought him out and put himself under his direction.   St John proposed to him the project of founding an order for the redemption of captives.   Felix, though seventy years of age, readily agreed as it conincided with his  similar wish.   Together they drew up the rules of the Order of the Holy Trinity.

Meeting of St John and St Felix by Vincenzo Carducci

Many disciples gathered round them and, seeing that the time had come for further action, the two Saints made a pilgrimage to Rome to obtain the confirmation of the Order from Innocent III.   Their prayer was granted and the last fifteen years of Felix’s long life were spent in organising and developing his rapidly increasing foundations.   When Felix returned to France to establish the order, he was received with great enthusiasm and King Philip Augustus authorised the institute in France and fostered it by benefactions.felix with his orderSaint_Felix_of_Valois_2

Margaret of Blois granted the order 20 acres (81,000 m2) of the wood where Felix had built his first hermitage and on almost the same spot he erected the famous Monastery of Cerfroid, the mother-house of the institute.   Within forty years the order possessed six hundred monasteries in every part of Europe.   St John was obliged to go to Rome to found a house of the order, the church of which, Santa Maria in Navicella, still stands on the Caelian Hill.   St Felix remained in France to look after the interests of the congregation.   He founded a house in Paris attached to the church of St Maturinus, which afterwards became famous under Robert Guguin, master general of the order.


Trinitarian Church in Bratislava

St Felix died amongst his fellow Trinitarians at their motherhouse in Cerfroid on 4 November 1212.San_felix_valois

Although no bull of his Canonisation is extant, it is the tradition of his institute that he was canonised by Pope Urban IV on 1 May 1262.   His feast was kept in the Diocese of Meaux as early as the year 1215. On 21 October 1666, Pope Alexander VII confirmed his status as a saint because of his immemorial cult.   In 1679 St Felix’s feast was transferred to 20 November by Pope Innocent XI, when it was placed in the General Roman Calendar because, since 1613, 4 November was the feast day of Saint Charles Borromeo.   In 1969, his feast was restored to 4 November, his dies natalis.


Statues of Felix of Valois and John of Matha. Charles Bridge, Prague.

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 November

Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) ArchBishop of Milan (Memorial)
About St Charles:
And Pope Benedict on the 400th Anniversary of St Charles’s Canonisation:

St Agricola of Bologna
St Amandus of Avignon
St Amandus of Rodez
St Birstan
St Clarus the Hermit
St Clether
St Emeric of Hungary
St Felix of Valois (1127 – 1212) Trinitarian Founder

Bl Frances d’Amboise
St Gerard de Bazonches
St Gregory of Burtscheid
Bl Helen Enselmini
Bl Henry of Zweifalten
St Hermas of Myra
Bl Joan Antoni Burró Mas
St Joannicus of Mount Olympus
St John Zedazneli
St Modesta of Trier
St Nicander of Lycia
St Patrobas
St Perpète
St Philologus
St Pierius
St Proculus of Autun
Bl Teresa Manganiello
St Vitalis of Bologna