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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Thirty Two – 17 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Thirty Two – 17 November

Third Week

Day 32 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:  Book 2, Chapter 7

Of the Love of Jesus above All Things

Blessed is he that understands (Psalm 119:1,2) what it is to love Jesus and to despise himself for Jesus’ sake.   You ought to leave your beloved, for your beloved (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 22:37; Cant. 2:16);  for that Jesus will be loved alone above all things.

The love of things created is deceitful and inconstant, the love of Jesus is faithful and persevering.   He that cleaves to a creature, shall fall with that which is subject to fall;  he that embraces Jesus shall be made strong forever.

2. Love Him and keep Him for your friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake you, nor suffer you to perish in the end.   Some time or other you must be separated from all, whether you wish or not.   Keep close to Jesus both in life and in death and commit yourself to His faithfulness, who, when all fail, can alone help you.

Your Beloved is of that nature, that He will admit of no rival but will have your heart alone and sit on His throne as King.   If you could empty yourself perfectly from all creatures, Jesus would willingly dwell with you.

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 257-260
There are some very sanctifying interior practices for those souls who feel called by the Holy Spirit to a high degree of perfection.   They may be expressed in four words, doing everything through Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary, in order to do it more perfectly through Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus and for Jesus.

Through Mary
258. We must do everything through Mary, that is, we must obey her always and be led in all things by her spirit, which is the Holy Spirit of God.   “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God,” says St. Paul.   Those who are led by the spirit of Mary are children of Mary and, consequently children of God, as we have already shown.   Among the many servants of Mary only those who are truly and faithfully devoted to her are led by her spirit.   I have said that the spirit of Mary is the spirit of God, because she was never led by her own spirit but always by the spirit of God, who made Himself master of her to such an extent, that He became her very spirit.   That is why St Ambrose says, “May the soul of Mary be in each one of us to glorify the Lord.   May the spirit of Mary be in each one of us to rejoice in God.”   Happy is the man who follows the example of the good Jesuit Brother Rodriguez, who died a holy death, because he will be completely possessed and governed by the spirit of Mary, a spirit which is gentle yet strong, zealous yet prudent, humble yet courageous, pure yet fruitful.

With Mary
260. We must do everything with Mary, that is to say, in all our actions we must look upon Mary, although a simple human being, as the perfect model of every virtue and perfection, fashioned by the Holy Spirit for us to imitate, as far as our limited capacity allows.   In every action then, we should consider how Mary performed it or how she would perform it if she were in our place.   For this reason, we must examine and meditate on the great virtues she practised during her life, especially:   1) Her lively faith, by which she believed the angel’s word without the least hesitation and believed faithfully and constantly, even to the foot of the Cross on Calvary.   2) Her deep humility, which made her prefer seclusion, maintain silence, submit to every eventuality and put herself in the last place.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Ave Maris Stella: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-first-week-day-thirteen-29-october/

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/
AND
Litany of the Holy Name and O Jesus Living In Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-third-week-day-twenty-seven-12-november/DAY THIRTY TWO - THIRD WEEK - TOTAL CONSECRATION 17 NOV 2018

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Thought for the Day – 17 November – “The Creed” of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus

Thought for the Day – 17 November – St Gregory Thaumaturgus “the Wonder-Worker” (c 213-c 270)

“The Creed”
of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus

There is one God, the Father of the living Word,
who is His subsistent Wisdom and Power and Eternal Image,
perfect Begetter of the perfect Begotten, Father of the only-begotten Son.
There is one Lord, Only of the Only, God of God,
Image and Likeness of Deity, Efficient Word,
Wisdom comprehensive of the constitution of all things
and Power formative of the whole creation,
true Son of true Father, Invisible of Invisible
and Incorruptible of Incorruptible
and Immortal of Immortal
and Eternal of Eternal.
And there is One Holy Spirit,
having His subsistence from God
and being made manifest by the Son,
to wit to men, Image of the Son,
Perfect Image of the Perfect,
Life, the Cause of the living,
Holy Fount,
Sanctity, the Supplier, or Leader, of Sanctification,
in whom is manifested God the Father,
who is above all and in all
and God the Son, who is through all.
There is a perfect Trinity, in glory and eternity and sovereignty,
neither divided nor estranged.
Wherefore there is nothing, either created or in servitude in the Trinity,
nor anything superinduced, as if at some former period it was non-existent
and at some later period it was introduced.
And thus neither was the Son ever wanting to the Father,
nor the Spirit to the Son
but without variation and without change,
the same Trinity abideth ever.

St Gregory Thaumaturgus, Pray for Us! st gregory thaumaturgus pray for us - 17 nov 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary – Apostle of Charity (1207-1231) – Speaking of: Charity/Mercy

Quote/s of the Day – 17 November – The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary – Apostle of Charity (1207-1231)
Speaking of:  Charity/Mercy

As long as anyone has the means
of doing good to his neighbours
and does not do so,
he shall be reckoned a stranger
to the love of the Lord.

St Irenaeus (130-202) Father of the Churchas-long-as-anyone-has-the-means-st-irenaeus-8-oct-2018-speaking-of-seeking-the-good-samaritan

“Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan.”mercy imittes god - st john chrysostom - 17 nov 2018

“No one has ever been accused for not providing ornaments
but for those who neglect their neighbour,
a hell awaits with an inextinguishable fire
and torment in the company of the demons.
Do not, therefore, adorn the church
and ignore your afflicted brother,
for he is the most precious temple of all.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Churchno-one-has-ever-st-john-chrysostom-16-jan-2018

“Compassion, my dear Brother,
is preferable to cleanliness.
Reflect that with a little soap,
I can easily clean my bed covers
but even with a torrent of tears,
I would never wash from my soul,
the stain, that my harshness toward
the unfortunate would create.”

St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)compassion-my-dear-brother-st-martin-de-porres-3-nov-2018

“All our religion is but a false religion
and all our virtues are mere illusions
and we ourselves are only hypocrites
in the sight of God,
if we have not that universal charity for everyone –
for the good and for the bad,
for the poor and for the rich
and for all those who do us harm,
as much as those who do us good.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)all-our-religion-is-but-a-false-religion-st-john-vianney-4-aug-2018

“Any friend of the poor, is a friend of God.”

Blessed John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933)any-friend-of-the-poor-is-a-friend-of-god-bl-john-sullivan-19-feb-2018

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One Minute Reflection – 17 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 18:1–8

One Minute Reflection – 17 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 18:1–8 – Saturday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)

“When the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”...Luke 18:8

REFLECTION – “What more powerful incentive to prayer could be proposed to us than the parable of the unjust judge?   An unprincipled man, without fear of God or regard for other people, that judge nevertheless ended by granting the widow’s petition.   No kindly sentiment moved him to do so;  he was rather worn down by her pestering.   Now if a man can grant a request even when it is odious to him to be asked, how can we be refused by the one who urges us to ask?   Having persuaded us, therefore, by a comparison of opposites that “we ought always to pray and never lose heart,” the Lord goes on to put the question:  “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, do you think he will find faith on earth?”
Where there is no faith, there is no prayer.   Who would pray for something he did not believe in?   So when the blessed Apostle exhorts us to pray he begins by declaring: “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”   But to show that faith is the source of prayer and the stream will not flow if its springs are dried up, he continues: “But how can people call on him in whom they do not believe?” (Rom 10:13-14).   We must believe, then, in order to pray and we must ask God, that the faith enabling us to pray, may not fail.   Faith gives rise to prayer and this prayer obtains, an increase of faith.”…St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor – Sermon 115, 1 ; PL 38, 655luke 18 8 - when the son of man comes - we must believe then, in order to pray - st augustine - 17 nov 2018

faith gives rise to prayer and this prayer - st augustine - 17 nov 2018

PRAYER – Holy Father, grant us a strong Faith!   Poor Your graces into our hearts that we may believe with all our hearts, minds and souls and that in believing, we may constantly raise our entire being to You in prayer and supplication, in prayer and adoration, in prayer and love.    May the intercession of St Elizabeth of Hungary, a woman of deep prayer from her youth, strengthen our perseverance.   Through Jesus Christ, our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever, amen.st elizabeth of hungary pray for us - 17 nov 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 17 November – Make Me Like Yourself, Mary My Mother

Our Morning Offering – 17 November – Saturday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Mary’s day

Make Me Like Yourself, Mary My Mother
By St Louis-Marie de Montfort (1673-1716)

My powerful Queen,
you are all mine, through your mercy,
and I am all yours.
Take away from me, all that may displease God
and cultivate in me, all that is pleasing to Him.
May the light of your faith,
dispel the darkness of my mind,
your deep humility,
take the place of my pride,
your continual sight of God,
fill my memory, with His presence.
May the first, of the love of your heart
inflame the lukewarmness, of my own heart.
May your virtues, take the place of my sins.
May your merits, be my enrichment
and make up for all
that is wanting in me, before God.
My beloved Mother,
grant that I may, have no other spirit but your spirit,
to know Jesus Christ and His Divine will
and to praise and glorify the Lord,
that I may love God, with burning love like yours.
Amen.make me like yourself mary my mother, - my power queen - st louis de montfort - 17 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 17 November – St Gregory Thaumaturgus “the Wonder-Worker” (c 213-c 270)

Saint of the Day – 17 November – St Gregory Thaumaturgus “the Wonder-Worker” (c 213-c 270) Bishop, Confessor, Miracle-worker, Writer, Preacher – also known as Gregory of Neocaesarea, Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Theodorus – born in c 213 at Pontus, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey) as Theodorus and died in c 270 at Pontus, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey) of natural causes.   Patronages – against earthquakes, desperate causes, floods, forgotten causes, impossible causes, lost causes.st gregory thaumaturgus - icon my edit

Gregory was born around 213 to a wealthy pagan family in Neocaesarea.   His surviving theological writings are in an incomplete state, thus this lack of knowledge partially obscures his personality, despite his historical importance and his memorial title Thaumaturgus meaning  “the wonder-worker” in Latinised Greek, casts an air of legend about him.   Nevertheless, the lives of few bishops of the third century are so well authenticated, the historical references to him permit a fairly detailed reconstruction of his work.

Originally he was known as Theodore (“gift of God”).   He was introduced to the Christian religion at the age of fourteen, after the death of his father.   He had a brother Athenodorus (who later also became a Bishop) and on the advice of one of their tutors, the young men were eager to study at the Berytus in Beirut, then one of the four or five famous schools in the Hellenic world.   At this time, their brother-in-law was appointed assessor (legal counsel) to the Roman Governor of Palestine;  the youths had therefore an occasion to act as an escort to their sister as far as Caesarea in Palestine.   On arrival in that town, they learned that the celebrated scholar Origen, head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria, resided there. Curiosity led them to hear and converse with the master.   Soon both youths forgot all about Beirut and Roman law and gave themselves up to the great Christian teacher, who gradually won them over to Christianity.

In his written oration on Origen, Gregory describes the method employed by that master to win the confidence and esteem of those he wished to convert, how he mingled a persuasive candour with outbursts of temper and theological argument put cleverly at once and unexpectedly.   Persuasive skill rather than bare reasoning and evident sincerity and an ardent conviction, were the means Origen used to make converts. Gregory took up at first the study of philosophy, theology was afterwards added but his mind remained always inclined to philosophical study, so much so indeed, that in his youth he cherished strongly the hope of demonstrating that the Christian religion was the only true and good philosophy.   For seven years he underwent the mental and moral discipline of Origen (231 to 238 or 239).   There is no reason to believe that his studies were interrupted by the persecutions of Maximinus of Thrace, his alleged journey to Alexandria, at this time, may therefore be considered at least doubtful and probably never occurred.St. Gregory Thaumaturgus

Before leaving Palestine, Gregory delivered, in presence of Origen, a public farewell oration in which he returned thanks to the illustrious master he was leaving.   This oration is valuable from many points of view.   As a rhetorical exercise it exhibits the excellent training given by Origen and his skill in developing literary taste and the amount of adulation then permissible, towards a living person, in an assembly composed mostly of Christians and Christian in temper.   It contains, moreover, much useful information concerning the youth of Gregory and his master’s method of teaching.   A letter of Origen refers to the departure of the two brothers but it is not easy to determine whether it was written before or after the delivery of this oration.   In it, Origen exhorts his pupils, to bring the intellectual treasures of the Greeks to the service of Christian philosophy and thus imitate the Jews, who employed the golden vessels of the Egyptians to adorn the Holy of Holies.

Gregory returned to Pontus with the intention of practising law.   His plan, however, was again laid aside, for he was soon consecrated bishop of his native Caesarea by Phoedimus, Bishop of Amasea and metropolitan of Pontus.   This fact illustrates in an interesting way the growth of the hierarchy in the primitive Church – the Christian community at Caesarea was very small, being only seventeen souls and yet it was given a bishop.   Ancient canonical documents indicate that it was possible, for a community of even ten Christians, to have their own bishop.   When Gregory was consecrated he was forty years old and he ruled his diocese for thirteen years.

Nothing definite is known about his methods but he must have shown much zeal in increasing the little flock with which he began his episcopal administration.   An ancient source attests to his missionary zeal by recording a curious coincidence, Gregory began with only seventeen Christians but at his death there remained only seventeen pagans in the whole town of Caesarea.   Presumably the many miracles which won for him the title of Thaumaturgus were performed during these years.

St Gregory of Nyssa (c 335-c 395) wrote the Life and Panegyric of Gregory drawing on family traditions and a knowledge of the neighbourhood, the facts for which, were supplied to the writer by his grandmother, St Macrina the Elder (c 270-c 340).   He relates that before his episcopal consecration, Gregory retired from Neocaesarea into a solitude and was favoured by an apparition of the Blessed Virgin and John the Apostle and that the latter dictated to him a creed or formula of Christian faith, of which the autograph existed at Neocaesarea when the biography was being written.   The creed itself is important for the history of Christian doctrine.

St Gregory of Nyssa describes at length the miracles that gained for the Bishop of Caesarea the title of Thaumaturgus.   It is clear that Gregory’s influence must have been considerable and his miraculous power undoubted.   It might have been expected that Gregory’s name would appear among those who took part in the First Council of Antioch against Paul of Samosata;  probably he took part also in the second council held there, for the letter of that council is signed by a bishop named Theodore, which had been originally Gregory’s name.   To attract the people to the festivals in honour of the martyrs, Gregory organised amusements that might appeal to pagans, who were accustomed to religious ceremonies that combined solemnity with pleasure and merrymaking.

When the persecution of Decius began in 250, the bishop counselled his faithful to depart and not expose themselves to trials perhaps too severe for their faith and none fell into apostasy.   He himself retired to a desert and when he was pursued, was not seen by the soldiers.   On a second attempt, they found him praying with his companion, the converted pagan priest, now a deacon – they had mistaken them the first time for trees. The captain of the soldiers was convinced this had been a miracle and became a Christian to join him.   Some of his Christians were captured, among them Saint Troadus the martyr, who merited the grace of dying for the Faith.   The persecution ended at the death of the emperor in 251.

It is believed that Saint Gregory died in the year 270, on 17 of November.    The death of St Gregory took place in the seventieth year of his age and the 270th of the Christian Era.
Shortly before closing his eyes, he asked if there were yet some in the city who had not received holy baptism.   ” Seventeen,” was the answer.   The Saint, already in his agony, raised his eyes to heaven and said:  ” Thanks and praise to God!   When I took possession of my See, I found only seventeen Christians.   May God preserve all in the true faith, and give to all infidels, in the whole world, the light of the Saviour’s divine Word!”

St Gregory’s remains were translated to Calabria, Italy, where many miracles once more occurred and continue so, as St Gregory intercedes for impossible causes.img-Saint-Gregory-Thaumaturgus

Some of the many miraculous events in Gregory’s life:

Saint Gregory of Nyssa writes that the Wonder-Worker was the first person known to receive a vision of the Mother of God.   The Virgin and Saint John the Baptist appeared to him in a vision and gave him what became a statement of doctrine on the Trinity.
Gregory had the power of healing by laying on of his hands.   Often the healing was so powerful that the patient was cured of his illness, and became a fervent convert on the spot.
During the construction of a church for his growing flock, the builders ran into a problem with a huge buried boulder.   Gregory ordered the rock to move out of the way of his church and it did.
In order to stop the River Lycus from its frequent and damaging floods, Gregory planted his staff at a safe point near the river bank.   He then prayed that the river would never rise past the staff.   The staff took root, grew into a large tree and the river never flooded past it again.   This act led to his patronage against floods and flooding.
Two local pagans, hearing that Gregory was an easy target for obtaining money, decided to con the bishop.   One lay beside the road where Gregory was travelling and pretended to be dead.   The other stopped the bishop, pleaded poverty and asked for money to bury his dead friend.   Gregory had no money with him, so he took off his cloak and threw it over the “dead” man, telling the “live” one to sell the cloak and use the funds.   When Gregory had moved on, the “live” con-man found that his friend had died.
Two brothers in Gregory’s diocese had inherited a piece of land that contained a lake. Unable to decide how to divide the lake, the two settled on armed combat to settle the matter.   On the night before the battle, Gregory prayed for a peaceful solution to the matter.   The next morning the brothers found that the lake had dried up leaving easily dividable farm land.   This is one of the miracles which led to his patronage of impossible causes.
When returning from the wilderness, Gregory had to seek shelter from a sudden and violent storm.   The only structure nearby was a pagan temple.   Gregory made the sign of the cross to purify the place, then spent the night there in prayer, waiting out the storm.   The next morning, the pagan priest arrived to receive his morning oracles.   The demons who had been masquerading as pagan gods advised him that they could not stay in the purified temple or near the holy man.   The priest threatened to summon the anti–Christian authorities to arrest Gregory.   The bishop wrote out a note reading “Gregory to Satan:  Enter”.   With this “permission slip” in hand, the pagan priest was able to summon his demons again.
The same pagan priest, realising that his gods unquestioningly obeyed Gregory’s single God, found the bishop and asked how it was done.   Gregory taught the priest the truth of Christianity.   Lacking faith, the priest asked for a sign of God’s power.   Gregory ordered a large rock to move from one place to another – it did.   The priest immediately abandoned his old life and eventually became a deacon under bishop Gregory.   This ordering about of boulders, led to Gregory’s patronage against earthquakes.

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Memorials of the Saints – 17 November

St Elizabeth of Hungary TOSF (1207-1231) (Memorial)
About St Elizabeth:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/saint-of-the-day-st-elizabeth-of-hungary-1207-1231-t-o-s-f/

St Acisclus
St Aignan of Orléans
St Alphaeus of Palestine
St Eugene of Florence
St Eusebio Roldán Vielva
St Florinus of Remüs
St Giacinto Ansalone
St Gregory of Tours
St Gregory Thaumaturgus (c 213-c 270) Bishop
St Hilda of Whitby
St Hugh of Lincoln
St Hugh of Noara
St Josefa Gironés Arteta
St Juan de Castillo-Rodriguez
St Laverius
St Lazarus Zographos
St Lorenza Díaz Bolaños
St Namasius of Vienne
Bl Salomea of Galicia
Bl Sébastien-Loup Hunot
St Thomas Hioji Nishi Rokuzaemon
St Victoria of Cordoba
Bl Yosafat Kotsylovsky
St Zacchaeus of Palestine

Jesuit Martyrs of Paraguay – 3 saints

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Eusebio Roldán Vielva
• Blessed Josefa Gironés Arteta
• Blessed Lorenza Díaz Bolaños