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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Twenty Nine – 14 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Twenty Nine – 14 November

Third Week

Day 29 of 33

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

Of the Imitation of Christ and Contempt of all the Vanities of the World

He that follows Me, walks not in darkness (John 8:12), says the Lord.   These are the words of Christ, by which we are admonished, how we ought to imitate His life and manners, if we would truly be enlightened and delivered from all blindness of heart.   Let, therefore, our chief endeavour be, to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ.

The doctrine of Christ exceeds all the doctrine of holy men and he that has the Spirit will find therein the hidden manna (Apocalypse. 2:17).   But it happens that many, who often hear the Gospel of Christ, feel little desire after it, because they have not the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9).   But whosoever will fully and with relish understand the words of Christ, must endeavour to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ.

2. What does it avail you to discourse profoundly of the Trinity, if you be void of humility and are thereby displeasing to the Trinity?   Surely profound words do not make a man holy and a just and a virtuous life makes him dear to God.   I had rather feel contrition, than know the definition thereof.   If you did know the whole Bible by heart and the sayings of all the philosophers, what would all that profit you without the love of God (1 Cor. 13:2) and without His grace?

Vanity of vanities and all is vanity (Eccles. 1:2), except to love God and to serve Him only. This is the highest wisdom, by contempt of the world, to press forward towards heavenly kingdoms.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Ave Maris Stella:

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary:
Litany of the Holy Name and O Jesus Living In Mary: DAY TWENTY NINE - THIRD WEEK - TOTAL CONSECRATION 14 NOV 2018

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Thought for the Day – 14 November – The Memorial of St Laurence O’Toole (1128 – 1180)

Thought for the Day – 14 November – The Memorial of St Laurence O’Toole (1128 – 1180)

“In his letter announcing the Jubilee year Pope Francis describes Mercy as the ‘summary of the Christian faith… the mystery of the Trinity… the bridge between God and man’, ‘the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us’ (MV2).   These are very large claims and warrant our deep reflection and humble openness to receive. They are reflected in the actions of Pope Francis where he makes the work of compassion – Lampedusa, prisoners, travellers in mourning – take precedence over the defence of doctrine.   Cardinal Kasper, whose book on Mercy had such influence on him, tells us that compassion is the ultimate ethic and that mercy is the attribute of God which envelopes and infuses all the other divine attributes.   Mercy is not a piece of God beside other pieces, it is God-size.   Meister Eckhart says that we can call God good, we can call God love, but the best name for God is Mercy.   This is a far-cry from the narrow, wimpy, disparaging notion of mercy which often prevails among us.

St Laurence O’Toole was a prophetic witness to that power of mercy, an intercessor driven by his deep concern for his people.   As a ten year old he was the personification of intercession, the fragile guarantee of no harm to his family from a violent leader.   As Archbishop he was like a combination of a Bro Kevin and a Crosscare service at the frequent times of famine, siege and poverty in the city.   He was exercised by the hold which chieftains, rulers and corruption had over monastic, diocesan and Church life, and brought significant reform across them all including the abolition of slavery in 1170.

Again, in all his dealings with and journeys to meet Henry II he truly carried his suffering people on his shoulders, as the symbol for the Holy Year depicts, a shepherd pleading for and negotiating reconciliation at great cost to himself.   This hermit of Glendalough, this good shepherd of Dublin, died like his Lord, while on a last superhuman effort to soften the hard heart of Henry II.

Such is the quality and depth of advocacy and intercession. Where might find Laurence today in our seriously divided and pain-filled society?”…Sr Helena O’Donoghue RSM, Dublin, November 2015

St Laurence O’Toole, Pray for Us!st laurence o'toole pray for us no 2- 14 nov 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 14 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11–19

One Minute Reflection – 14 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11–19 -Wednesday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Laurence O’Toole (1128 – 1180)

“Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?”…Luke 17:17

REFLECTION – “In our own day we see many people at prayer but, unfortunately, we see none of them turning back to give thanks to God… “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?” As I think you will remember, it was in these words that our Saviour complained about the lack of gratitude of the other nine lepers.   We read that they knew well how to make “supplications, prayers, petitions” since they lifted up their voices, crying out:  “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”   But they lacked the fourth thing required by the apostle Paul: “thanksgiving” (1Tm 2:1) for they did not turn back nor give thanks to God.
We see still more in our own day people who implore God for what they lack but a mere handful who seem to be grateful for the blessings they have received.   There is no harm in imploring Him but what causes God not to grant our prayers, is His finding us lacking in gratitude.   After all, perhaps it is even an act of mercy on His part to hold back from the ungrateful what they are asking for, so that they may not be judged all the more rigorously, on account of their ingratitude… For it is sometimes out of mercy that God holds back His mercy…
So you see that not all those who are healed of the leprosy of this world, I mean their manifest complaints, profit by their healing.   Indeed, many are secretly afflicted with an ulcer worse than leprosy, all the more dangerous in that it is more interior.   That is why it was right that the Saviour of the world should ask where the other nine lepers were, since sinners avoid healing.   So, too, after his sin, God questioned the first man:   “Where are you?” (Gn 3:9).”… St Bernard (1091-1153) Doctor of the Churchwere not ten cleansed. where are the nine - luke 17 17 - we see still more in our own day - st bernard - 14 nov 2018

PRAYER – You Lord, Holy Father, never forget Your solemn covenant and grant us new life each day. We though in our hearts of stone do forget and cease to thank and bless You. Make our hearts turn in gratitude, for all we are and have is by Your grace and we are as nothing without You. May our minds, hearts and souls sing with love and thanks to You, Lord our God. Grant us new hearts by the prayers of Your Saint Laurence O’Toole and all the saints in heaven, who always lived with grateful hearts, praising You always. We ask this this through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, laurence o'toole pray for us - 14 nov 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 14 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11–19

Our Morning Offering – 14 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11–19 -Wednesday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”...Luke 17:18

Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ
St Richard of Chichester (1198-1253)

Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits and blessings,
which You have given me,
for all the pains and insults,
which You have borne for me.
Merciful Friend, Brother and Redeemer,
may I know You more clearly,
love You more dearly
and follow You more nearly,
day by day.
Amenthank you lord jesus christ - st richard of chichester - 14 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 14 November – St Laurence O’Toole (c 1128 – 1180) 

Saint of the Day – 14 November – St Laurence O’Toole (c 1128 – 1180)  – Archbishop of Dublin, Abbot, Reformer, Mediator, Preacher, Apostle of Charity, Papal Legate to Ireland, he established new Churches and monasteries – born Lorcan Ua Tuathail in 1128 at Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland and died on 14 November 1180 at Eu, diocese of Rouen, Normandy, France of natural causes.   Patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin.St_-Laurence-O-Toole1

Saint Laurence was the son of the king of Leinster in Ireland.   His birth caused such great joy to his father, that in thanksgiving, to honour Christ, he pardoned a vassal who was an enemy and even chose him for sponsor of the child.   They were stopped on the way to church by a man who was regarded as a prophet and who told them in verse that the child would be magnificent on earth and glorious in heaven and that his name must be Laurence.   Though the king had decided otherwise, the infant was indeed given that name.

When only ten years old, his father delivered him up as a hostage to a rival prince who required this of his sincerity when there was a question of a treaty of peace but who treated the child with great inhumanity, leaving him to suffer hunger and cold and other inhuman conditions until his health was nearly ruined.   His father, hearing of this, by menaces obliged the tyrant to put him temporarily in the hands of the Bishop of Glendenoch in the county of Wicklow.   The holy youth was soon cured and, by his fidelity in corresponding with the divine grace, he grew to be a model of virtues.   When his father came for him, he declared he desired to enter into the service of the Church and remain with the good bishop.   To this his father willingly agreed.

On the death of the bishop, who was also Abbot of a monastery of the same city, Saint Laurence was chosen Abbot in 1150, though only twenty years old and doubting his competence.   Nonetheless, he governed with a paternal spirit, employing all his revenues during a famine in the province, to procure food for the needy, remedies for the sick and aid of all kinds for the unfortunate.   Never did he use his revenues, even when prosperity returned, for anything but care of the poor, repairs for ruined or decrepit churches or the construction of new ones and the foundation of hospitals. When the see of Glendenoch became vacant once more in 1161, it was Saint Laurence who was chosen to fill it and although he could not resolve to accept that new dignity, he was obliged soon afterwards to become Archbishop of Dublin and he was told that to refuse would be to resist the Will of God.220px-Dublin_Christ_Church_Cathedral_Baptistery_Window_Saint_Laurence_O'Toole_2012_09_26

He established a regular life for the Canons of his cathedral, according to the example of Saint Augustine and he himself followed all the rules with exactitude, sharing their table, their prayer and their silence.  Each Lent he returned to Glendalough to make a forty days’ retreat in St. Kevin’s Cave on a precipice of Lugduff Mountain over the Upper Lake.Saint_Laurence_OToole

About the year 1171 Saint Laurence was obliged, for the affairs of his diocese, to go to England to see the king, Henry II, who was then at Canterbury.   He was received by the Benedictine monks of Christ Church with the greatest honour and respect.   On the following day, as the holy Archbishop was advancing to the altar to officiate, a maniac, who had heard much of his sanctity and who thought it would be a gift to the Church to make of him another martyr in the likeness of Saint Thomas Becket, struck him a violent blow on the head.   All present concluded that he was mortally wounded but the Saint recovered his senses and asked for some water, which he blessed.   He then requested that the wound be washed with it, and the blood was immediately stanched and the archbishop celebrated Mass.   He obtained the offender’s pardon from the king  . His prayers brought about many miracles, including the return to their senses for those who had become alienated, a miracle rare in the history of religion.   After he attended a General Council in Rome in 1179, the Pope made him his legate for all of Ireland and he visited all its provinces to re-establish ecclesiastical discipline everywhere.Mosaic medallion of St Lavrence O'Toole in St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.

In 1175 Henry II of England became offended with Roderick, the monarch of Ireland and prudence that he granted him everything he asked and left the whole negotiation to his discretion.287px-Wexford_Church_of_the_Immaculate_Conception_South_Aisle_Window_Saint_Laurentius_O_Toole_Detail_2010_09_29

After a stay at the Monastery of Abingdon south of Oxford – necessitated by a closure of the ports – he landed at Le Tréport, Normandy, at a cove named after him, Saint-Laurent. He fell ill and was conveyed to the Abbey of St Victor at Eu.   Mortally ill, it was suggested that he should make his will, to which he replied:  “God knows, I have not a penny under the sun to leave anyone.”   His last thoughts were of his people in Dublin : “Alas, you poor, foolish people, what will you do now?   Who will take care of you in your trouble?   Who will help you?”   He died on 14 November 1180.

The Saint is described as tall and graceful in figure.   He was well known as an ascetic, wore a hair shirt, never ate meat and fasted every Friday on bread and water.   In contrast to this, it is said that when he entertained, his guests lacked for nothing, while he drank water coloured to look like wine so as not to spoil the feast.

Due to the great number of miracles that rapidly occurred either at his tomb or through his intercession, Lorcán was canonised only 45 years after his death in 1225 by Pope Honorius

St Laurence’s heart was preserved in a reliquary in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin from the 13th century. His skull was brought to England in 1442 by a nobleman named Sir Rowland Standish who had fought at Agincourt. The bones were interred at the parish church of Chorley in England, now named St Laurence’s, until they disappeared in the English Reformation. Lorcán’s heart remains in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The reliquary was stolen in 2012, with the Dean of Christ Church saying “It has no economic value but it is a priceless treasure that links our present foundation with its founding father”. It was recovered in Phoenix Park in 2018 after a tip-off to the Garda Síochána. Media reported that the unidentified thieves thought it was cursed and caused family members’ illnesses. At a special ceremony in Christ Church on 26 April 2018, the heart was returned to it’s home.The-cage-and-heartthe-Stolen-Holy-Heart-of-St-Laurence

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Memorials of the Saints – 14 November

St Adeltrude of Aurillac
St Alberic of Utrecht
St Antigius of Langres
St Dubricius of Wales
St Etienne-Théodore Cuenot
St Hypatius of Gangra
Bl Jean of Tufara
Bl John Licci OP (1400-1511)
Biography here:

St John Osorinus

St Joseph Pignatelli SJ (1737 – 1811) ‘Restorer of the Society of Jesus’
St Jucundus of Bologna
St Laurence O’Toole/Lorcán Ua Tuathail (c 1128 – 1180)

Bl Maria Louise Merkert
Bl Maria Teresa of Jesus
St Modanic
St Ruf of Avignon
St Serapion of Alexandria
St Serapion of Algiers
St Siard
St Venerando the Centurian
St Venerandus of Troyes

Holy Fathers of Merida

Martyrs of Emesa: Group of Christian women tortured and executed for their faith in the persecutions of the Arab chieftain Mady. They died in Emesa (modern Homs, Syria).

Martyrs of Heraclea – (3 saints): Group of Christians murdered together for their faith. The only details we have are three of their names – Clementinus, Philomenus and Theodotus. They were martyred in Heraclea, Thrace.

Martyrs of the Jaffa Gate:
• Blessed Déodat of Rodez
• Blessed Nikola Tavelic
• Blessed Pierre of Narbonne
• Blessed Stefano of Cuneo