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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Thirty – 15 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Thirty – 15 November

Third Week

Day 30 of 33

Matthew 27:36-44

Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.   And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus the King of the Jews.”   Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.   And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!   If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”   So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others, he cannot save himself.   He is the King of Israel, let him come down now from the cross and we will believe in him.   He trusts in God, let God deliver him now, if he desires him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”   And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:  Book 2, Chapter 12

Of the King’s High Way of the Holy Cross

Unto many this seems a hard saying, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus” (Matt. 16:24).   But much harder will it be to hear that last word, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire” (Matt. 25:41).   For they who now willingly hear and follow the word of the Cross, shall not then fear (Psalm 112:7) to hear the sentence of everlasting damnation.   This sign of the Cross shall be in the heaven, when the Lord shall come to judgement (Matt. 24:30).   Then all the servants of the Cross, who in their life-time conformed themselves unto Christ crucified, shall draw near unto Christ the Judge with great confidence.

Why therefore fear you to take up the Cross which leads you to the kingdom? In the Cross is salvation, in the Cross is life, in the Cross is protection against our enemies, in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the Cross is strength of mind, in the Cross joy of spirit, in the Cross the height of virtue, in the Cross the perfection of holiness.

Take up, therefore, your Cross and follow Jesus (Luke 14:27) and you shall go into life everlasting.

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: TWENTY NINE - THIRD WEEK - TOTAL CONSECRATION 15 NOV 2018

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Thought for the Day – 15 November – St Albert Magnus OP (1200-1280) Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”)

Thought for the Day – 15 November – St Albert Magnus OP (1200-1280) Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”)

Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam.

Students of philosophy know him as the master of Thomas Aquinas.   Albert’s attempt to understand Aristotle’s writings established the climate in which Thomas Aquinas developed his synthesis of Greek wisdom and Christian theology.   But Albert deserves recognition on his own merits as a curious, honest and diligent scholar.

He was the eldest son of a powerful and wealthy German lord of military rank.   He was educated in the liberal arts.   Despite fierce family opposition, he entered the Dominican novitiate.

His boundless interests prompted him to write a compendium of all knowledge:  natural science, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, astronomy, ethics, economics, politics and metaphysics.   His explanation of learning took 20 years to complete. “Our intention,” he said, “is to make all the aforesaid parts of knowledge intelligible to the Latins.”

He achieved his goal while serving as an educator at Paris and Cologne, as Dominican provincial and even as Bishop of Regensburg for a short time.   He defended the mendicant orders and preached the Crusade in Germany and Bohemia.

An information glut faces us Christians today in all branches of learning.   One needs only to read current Catholic periodicals, to experience the varied reactions to the findings of the social sciences, for example, in regard to Christian institutions, Christian life-styles and Christian theology.   Ultimately, in Canonising Albert, the Church seems to point to his openness to truth, wherever it may be found, as his claim to holiness.   His characteristic curiosity prompted Albert to mine deeply for wisdom within a philosophy his Church warmed to with great difficulty but his influence was vast and led the great minds who followed him, to delve more deeply and create greater clarity and understanding.

St Albert the Great, Pray for Us!

St Thomas Aquinas and St Albert the Great

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Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”)

Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1  280) Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”)

Known as Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”) for the extraordinary depth of his knowledge and learning, Albertus Magnus wrote extensively on numerous subjects. Here are some words of wisdom from a variety of his writings.

“Anyone who receives this Sacrament, 
with the devotion of sincere faith,
will never taste death.”anyone who receives this sacrament - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“The greater and more persistent,
your confidence in God, the more
abundantly you will receive, all that you ask.”the greater and more persistent - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“I have never gone out, to mingle with the world, 
without losing something of myself.”i have never gone out to mingle - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“The surest and quickest way
to attain perfection, is to strive,
for purity of heart.
Once the obstacles have been removed,
God finds a clear path and does wonders,
both in and through the soul.”the-surest-and-quickest-way-st-albert-the-great-15-nov-2017

“Above all, one should accept everything,
in general and individually, in oneself or in others,
agreeable or disagreeable,
with a prompt and confident spirit,
as coming from the hand of His infallible Providence
or the order He has arranged.”

On Cleaving to Godabove all, one should accept - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“Mary is the Divine Page
on which the Father
wrote the Word of God,
His Son.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

mary is the divine page - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 15 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:20–25

One Minute Reflection – 15 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:20–25 – Thursday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) and St Leopold the Good (1073-1136)

“…For behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”...Luke 17:21for behold, the kingdom of god is in the midst of you - luke 17 21 - 15 nov 2018

REFLECTION – “The kingdom of God according to our Lord and Saviour’s word “does not come with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ but the kingdom of God is within us”.   For the Word “is very near, in our mouth and in our heart” (cf. Dt 30:14; Rm 10:8).  So it is clear, that the one who prays that the kingdom of God may come, prays that the kingdom of God may spring up in him, bear fruit and be rightly perfected.   This is because every saint is ruled by God, obeys the spiritual laws of God and dwells in himself as in a well-ordered city.   The Father is present with him and Christ rules with the Father, in his perfected soul, in accord with the verse we called to mind a little earlier, “We will come to him and make our home with him” (Jn 14:23).
As we make continual progress, the highest point of the kingdom of God will be established for us when the apostle Paul’s word is fulfilled, when Christ with all His enemies made subject to Him will deliver “the kingdom to God the Father … that God may be all in all” (1 Cor 15:24, 28).
Therefore, let us pray constantly (cf. Thess 5:17) with a character being divinised by the Word and let us say to our Father in heaven, “hallowed be your name, your kingdom come” (Mt 6:9).”…Origen (c 185-253) Father of the Church

luke 17 21 - for behold the kingdom of god- so it is clear that the one who prays - origen 15 november 2018

PRAYER – Our Father, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done! Grant us Lord, a true knowledge of our salvation, so that freed from fear and from the power of our foes, we may serve You faithfully, all the days of our lives and thus attain eternal joy with You.   May the prayers of St Albert and St Leopold on our behalf, be a succour to us all.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.


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Our Morning Offering – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280)

Our Morning Offering – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

Guide me Lord
By St Albert

O Lord Jesus Christ,
Who seeks those who stray
and receives them when returning,
make me approach You
through the frequent hearing of Your Word,
lest I sin against my neighbour
by the blindness of human judgement,
through the austerity of false justice,
through comparing his inferior status,
through too much trust in my merits
or through ignorance of the Divine Judgement.
Guide me to search diligently,
each corner of my conscience,
lest the flesh dominate the spirit.
Amenguide me lord by st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 15 November – St Leopold III (1073-1136) – “Leopold the Good”

Saint of the Day – 15 November – St Leopold III (1073-1136) – “Leopold the Good” Margrave of Austria (the Margraviate of Austria was a southeastern frontier march (borderland) of the Holy Roman Empire created in 976 out of the territory on the border with the Principality of Hungary) – born in 1073 at Melk, Lower Austria, Austria and died in 1136 at the abbey of Klosternburg, Niederosterrich, Austria of natural causes. Patronages – against the death of children, large families, Lower Austria, step-parents, Austria (since 1663 but officially proclaimed on 17 December 1913 by Pope Pius X), Upper Austria, Abetone, Italy.814px-Hl_Leopold_(Österreich_18_Jh)

Leopold was born at Babenberg castle in Gars am Kamp, the son of Margrave Leopold II and Ida of Formbach-Ratelnberg.   The Babenbergs came to Austria from Bavaria where the family had risen to prominence in the 10th Century.   He grew up in the diocese of Passau under the influence of the reformer Bishop Altmann of Passau.

In 1096 Leopold succeeded his father as Margrave of Austria at the age of 23.   He married twice.   His first wife, who died in 1105, may have been one of the von Perg family.   The following year he married Agnes, the widowed sister of Emperor Henry V whom he had supported against her father Henry IV.   This connection to the Salians raised the importance of the House of Babenberg, to which important royal rights over the Margravate of Austria were granted.   Also, Agnes had influential connections through her previous marriage to Frederick of Hohenstaufen, one of her sons being Conrad III of Germany.

Leopold called himself “Princeps Terræ”, a reflection of his sense of territorial independence.   He was considered a candidate in the election of the Kaiser of the Holy Roman Empire in 1125 but declined this honour.Saint_Leopold_III_Margrave_of_Austria_(Church_at_Gaaden)

He is mainly remembered for the development of the country and, in particular, the founding of several monasteries.   His most important foundation is Klosterneuburg (1108).   According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to him and led him to a place where he found the veil of his wife Agnes, who had lost it years earlier.   He established the Klosterneuburg Monastery there.   He subsequently expanded the settlement to become his residence.   Leopold also founded the monasteries of Heiligenkreuz, Kleinmariazell and Seitenstetten which developed a territory still largely covered by forest.   All of these induced the church to Canonise him in 1485.Leopold_III_of_Austria

Leopold also fostered the development of cities, such as Klosterneuburg, Vienna and Krems.   The writings of Henry of Melk and Ava of Göttweig, which are the first literary texts from Austria, date back to Leopold’s time.

He is buried in the Klosterneuburg Monastery, which he founded.   His skull is kept in an embroidered reliquary, which leaves the forehead exposed, it also wears an archducal crown.

In 1663, under the rule of his namesake Emperor Leopold I, he was declared patron saint of Austria instead of Saint Koloman.

The brother, Joseph and Michael Haydn, each of whom sang in the choir of St Stephen’s Cathedral, both sang in that capacity at Klosterneuburg on this day.   Joseph Haydn later became the more famous composer of the two.   Michael Haydn later (1805) wrote a Mass in honour of Leopold, the Missa sub titulo Sancti Leopoldi.

St Leopold was Canonised on 6 January 1485 by Pope Innocent leopold III snip

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Memorials of the Saints – 15 November

St Albertus Magnus OP (1200-1280) (Optional Memorial)

St Anianus of Wilparting
St Arnulf of Toul
Bl Caius of Korea
St Desiderius of Cahors
St Eugene of Toledo
St Felix of Nola
St Findan
St Fintan the Missionary
St Gurias of Edessa
Bl Hélène-Marie-Philippine de Chappotin de Neuville
Bl Hugh Faringdon
Bl John Eynon
Bl John Rugg
Bl John Thorne
St Joseph Mukasa
St Joseph Pignatelli
St Leopold III/Leopold the Good ( 1073 – 1136)
Bl Lucy of Narni
St Luperius of Verona
St Machudd of Llanfechell
St Malo of Aleth
St Marinus of Wilparting
Bl Miguel Díaz Sánchez
St Paduinus of Le Mans

Bl Richard Whiting
Bl Roger James
St Shamuna of Edessa
St Sidonius of Saint-Saens

Martyrs of Hippo – 20 saints: 20 Christians martyred together and celebrated by Saint Augustine. The only details about them to survive are three of the names – Fidenziano, Valerian and Victoria. Hippo, Numidia (in north Africa).

Martyrs of North Africa – 3 saints: A group of Christians murdered for their faith in imperial Roman north Africa. The only details that have survived are the names of three of them – Fidentian, Secundus and Varicus.