SECOND WORLD DAY OF THE POOR – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 November 2018

SECOND WORLD DAY OF THE POOR – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18 November 2018

Excerpt From Pope Francis Message for the Second Annual World Day of the Poor

This poor man cried and the Lord heard himsecond annual world day of the poor - 18 nov 2018

6. The poor are the first to recognise God’s presence and to testify to His closeness in their lives. God remains faithful to His promise and even in the darkness of the night, He does not withhold the warmth of His love and consolation.   However, for the poor to overcome their oppressive situation, they need to sense the presence of brothers and sisters who are concerned for them and, by opening the doors of their hearts and lives, make them feel like friends and family. Only in this way can the poor discover “the saving power at work in their lives” and “put them at the centre of the Church’s pilgrim way” (Evangelii Gaudium, 198).
On this World Day, we are asked to fulfil the words of the Psalm:  “The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied” (Ps 22:26).   We know that in the Temple of Jerusalem, after the rites of sacrifice, a banquet was held.   It was this experience that, in many dioceses last year, enriched the celebration of the first World Day of the Poor.   Many people encountered the warmth of a home, the joy of a festive meal and the solidarity of those who wished to sit together at table in simplicity and fraternity.

I would like this year’s and all future World Days, to be celebrated in a spirit of joy at the rediscovery of our capacity for togetherness. Praying together as a community and sharing a meal on Sunday is an experience that brings us back to the earliest Christian community, described by the evangelist Luke in all its primitive simplicity:  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers… And all who believed were together and had all things in common and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:42.44-45).

7. Countless initiatives are undertaken every day by the Christian community in order to offer closeness and a helping hand in the face of the many forms of poverty all around us.   Often too, our co-operation with other initiatives inspired not by faith but by human solidarity, make it possible for us to provide help that otherwise we would have been unable to offer.   The realisation that in the face of so much poverty, our capacity for action is limited, weak and insufficient, leads us to reach out to others so that, through mutual co-operation, we can attain our goals all the more effectively.   We Christians, are inspired by faith and by the imperative of charity but we can also acknowledge other forms of assistance and solidarity, that aim, in part, for the same goals, provided that we do not downplay our specific role, which is to lead everyone to God and to holiness. Dialogue between different experiences and humility in offering our co-operation, without seeking the limelight, is a fitting and completely evangelical response that we can give.
In the service of the poor, there is no room for competition.   Rather, we should humbly recognise that the Spirit is the source of our actions that reveal God’s closeness and His answer to our prayers.   When we find ways of drawing near to the poor, we know that the primacy belongs to God, who opens our eyes and hearts to conversion.   The poor do not need self-promoters but a love that knows how to remain hidden and not think about all the good it has been able to do.   At the centre must always be the Lord and the poor.   Anyone desirous of serving is an instrument in God’s hands, a means of manifesting His saving presence.   Saint Paul recalled this when he wrote to the Christians in Corinth who competed for the more prestigious charisms:  “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you’” (1 Cor 12:21).   Paul makes an important point when he notes that the apparently weaker parts of the body are in fact the most necessary (cf. v. 22) and that those “we think less honourable we invest with the greater honour and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require” (vv. 23-24). Paul offers the community a basic teaching about charisms but also about the attitude it should have, in the light of the Gospel, towards its weaker and needier members.   Far be it from Christ’s disciples to nurture feelings of disdain or pity towards the poor.   Instead, we are called to honour the poor and to give them precedence, out of the conviction that they are a true presence of Jesus in our midst.   “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).

8. Here we can see how far our way of life must be from that of the world, which praises, pursues and imitates the rich and powerful, while neglecting the poor and deeming them useless and shameful.   The words of the Apostle Paul invite us to a fully evangelical solidarity with the weaker and less gifted members of the body of Christ:  “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together” (1 Cor 12:26).   In his Letter to the Romans, Paul also tells us:  “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.   Live in harmony with one another, do not be haughty but associate with the lowly” (12:15-16).   This is the vocation of each of Christ’s followers, the ideal for which we must constantly strive is ever greater conformity to the “mind of Jesus Christ” (Phil 2:5).

9. Faith naturally inspires a message of hope.   Often it is precisely the poor who can break through our indifference, born of a worldly and narrow view of life.   The cry of the poor, is also a cry of hope, that reveals the certainty of future liberation.   This hope is grounded in the love of God, who does not abandon those who put their trust in Him (cf. Rom 8:31-39).   As Saint Teresa of Avila writes in The Way of Perfection: “Poverty comprises many virtues.   It is a vast domain.   I tell you, whoever despises all earthly goods is master of them all” (2:5).   It is in the measure in which we are able to discern authentic good, that we become rich before God and wise in our own eyes and in those of others.   It is truly so.   To the extent that we come to understand the true meaning of riches, we grow in humanity and become capable of sharing.

10. I invite my brother bishops, priests and especially deacons, who have received the laying on of hands for the service of the poor (cf. Acts 6:1-7), as well as religious and all those lay faithful – men and women – who in parishes, associations and ecclesial movements, make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor, to experience this World Day as a privileged moment of new evangelisation.   The poor evangelise us and help us each day, to discover the beauty of the Gospel.   Let us not squander this grace-filled opportunity.   On this day, may all of us feel that we are in debt to the poor, because, in hands outstretched to one another, a salvific encounter can take place, to strengthen our faith, inspire our charity and enable our hope, to advance securely on our path, towards the Lord who is to come.

From the Vatican, 13 June 2018


Sunday Reflection – 18 November – Reparation for outrages against the Most Blessed Sacrament – St Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday Reflection – 18 November

Reparation for outrages against the Most Blessed Sacrament

 St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

Meditate the following text written by Saint Alphonsus Maria and translated by Norman J. Muckermann, CSsR.    It is astonishingly relevant to the need for reparation, when one considers the current proliferation of so many outrages against the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The Sorrowful Heart of Jesus
It is impossible for us to appreciate how greatly afflicted the Heart of Jesus was for love of us and at the same time not be filled with pity for Him. . . . The principal sorrow affecting the Heart of Jesus was not so much knowing the torments and insults His enemies were preparing for Him.   Rather, it was seeing how ready we would be to reject His immense love.

Desecrations of the Sacred Host
Jesus distinctly saw all the sins which we would commit even after His sufferings, even after His bitter and ignominious death on the cross.   He foresaw, too, the insults which sinners would offer His Sacred Heart which He would leave on earth in the Most Holy Sacrament as proof of His love.   These insults are almost too horrible to mention:  people trampling the sacred hosts underfoot, throwing them into gutters or piles of refuse and even using them to worship the devil himself!

The Pledge of His Love
Even the knowledge that these and other defamations would happen did not prevent Jesus from giving us this great pledge of His love, the Holy Eucharist.   Jesus has an infinite hatred for sin, yet it seems that His great love for us even overcomes this bitterness.   Because of His love, He allows these sacrileges to happen in order not to deprive us of this Divine Food.   Should not this alone suffice to make us love a Heart that has loved us so much?

Jesus Forsaken on the Altar
What more could Jesus do to deserve our love?   Is our ingratitude so great that we will still leave Jesus forsaken on the altar, as so many are wont to do?   Rather, should we not unite ourselves to those few who gather to praise Him and acknowledge His divine presence?   Should we not melt with love, as do the candles which adorn the altars where the Holy Sacrament is preserved?   There the Sacred Heart remains burning with love for us.   Shall we not in turn burn with love for Jesus?”should we not melt with love - st alphonsus -18 nov 2018 sunday reflection

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Thirty Three – 18 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Thirty Three – 18 November

Third Week

Day 33 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:  Book 4, Chapter 11

That the Blood of Christ and the Holy Scriptures

Are Most Necessary unto a Faithful Soul

O most sweet Lord Jesus, how great is the pleasure of the devout soul that feasts with You in Your banquet, where there is set for her, no other food to be eaten but Yourself, her only Beloved and most to be desired, above all the desires of her heart!   To me also it would be indeed sweet, in Your presence to pour forth tears from the very bottom of my heart and with the grateful Magdalene, to wash Your feet with tears (Luke 7:38).   But where is that devotion?   Where that bountiful flowing of holy tears?   Surely in Your sight and Your holy Angels, my whole heart ought to burn and to weep for j  oy. For in this Sacrament I have You mystically present, hidden under another shape.   For to look upon You in Your own Divine brightness, my eyes would not be able to endure, nor could even the whole world stand in the splendour of the glory of Your majesty.   Herein then You have regard to my weakness, that You hide Yourself under this Sacrament.

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 261-265

In Mary
261. We must do everything in Mary.   To understand this, we must realise that the Blessed Virgin is the true earthly paradise of the new Adam and that the ancient paradise was only a symbol of her.   There are in this earthly paradise untold riches, beauties, rarities and delights, which the new Adam, Jesus Christ, has left there.   It is in this paradise that He “took his delights” for nine months, workedHhis wonders and displayed His riches with the magnificence of God Himself.  In this earthly paradise grows the real Tree of Life, which bore our Lord, the fruit of Life, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which bore the Light of the world.   In this divine place there are trees planted by the hand of God and watered by His divine unction, which have borne and continue to bear fruit, that is pleasing to Him.   Only the Holy Spirit can teach us the truths that these material objects symbolise.

262. The Holy Spirit, speaking through the Fathers of the Church, also calls our Lady the Eastern Gate, through which the High Priest, Jesus Christ, enters and goes out into the world.   Through this gate, He entered the world the first time and through this same gate, He will come the second time.

For Mary
265. Finally, we must do everything for Mary.   We take Mary for our proximate end, our mysterious intermediary and the easiest way of reaching Him.   Relying on her protection, we should undertake and carry out, great things for our noble Queen.   We must defend her privileges when they are questioned and uphold her good name when it is under attack.   We must attract everyone, if possible, to her service and to this true and sound devotion.   As a reward for these little services, we should expect nothing in return, save the honour of belonging to such a lovable Queen and the joy of being united through her to Jesus, her Son, by a bond that is indissoluble in time and in eternity.

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 THIRTY THREE - THIRD WEEK - TOTAL CONSECRATION - 18 NOV 2018

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Thought for the Day– 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Thought for the Day– 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

“The present feast therefore deserves to be more than a local solemnity, its extension to the Universal Church is a subject for the world’s gratitude.   Thanks to this Feast we can all make together in spirit today the pilgrimage, which our ancestors performed with such fatigue and danger, yet never thought they purchased at too high a price its holy joys and blessings.   “Heavenly mountains, glittering heights of the new Sion!”   There are the gates of our true country, the two lights of the immense world.   There Paul’s voice is heard like thunder;  there Peter withholds or hurls the bolt  . The former opens the hearts of men, the latter opens Heaven.   Peter is the foundation-stone, Paul the architect of the temple where stands the altar by which God is propitiated.   Both together form a single fountain, which pours out its healing and refreshing waters”

Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 – c 609)there-are-the-gares-of-our-true-country-bishop-venantius-fortunatus-c-530-c-609-18-nov-2018

Sts Peter and Paul, Pray for Us!sts peter and paul pray for us - 18 nov 2018


Quote of the Day – 18 November – The Memorial of St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852)

Quote of the Day – 18 November – The Memorial of St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852)

“Jesus, I live for You,
I labour for You,
I desire only You.
You in me and I in You;
You with me and I with You;
You all mine and I all Yours.”jesus i liove for you, i labour for you - st rose duchesne - 18 nov 2018

“I am where God wills me to be
and so I have found rest and security.
His wisdom governs me,
His power defends me,
His grace sanctifies me,
His mercy encompasses me,
His joy sustains me
and all will go well with me.”i am where god wills me to be - st rose philippine duchesne - 18 nov 2018

“Do not look back to the past,
nor forward to the future.
Claim only the present,
for it holds God’s will.”do not look back - st rose philippine duchesne - 18 nov 2018

“Let us bear our cross
and leave it to God
to determine the length
and the weight.”

“He will never let the trial surpass,
the strength He gives you
and at the very moment you think yourself
overwhelmed by sorrow,
He will lift you up and give you peace.”

St Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769-1852)let us bear our cross - he will never let the trial surpass the strength - st rose philippine duchesne - 18 nov 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 18 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 13:24–32

One Minute Reflection – 18 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 13:24–32 – Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul and the Memorial of St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852)

And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory…Mark 13:26

REFLECTION – “From this it follows that, at His second coming, Jesus will rule over that land of which there remains much to possess.   But how blessed will be those who were His subjects from His first coming!   Truly, they will be loaded with gifts in spite of the resistance of so many enemies and the attacks of so many foes, they will receive… their share of the Promised Land.   But when submission has been carried out by force, on that day when “the last enemy, who is death, shall have been destroyed” (1Cor 15:26), there can be no more favour for those who refuse to submit.”…Origen (c 185-253) Father of the Churchmark 13 26 and then they will see - but how blessed will be those - origen - 18 nov 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, give Your Church the help of the Apostles Peter and Paul, who first brought it the knowledge of the faith, may they always obtain for it an increase of grace and continue to run with us on our journey home to You.   And may the prayers of your holy apostle of prayer, St Rose Philippine Duchesne, be a succour in our trials.   Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.sts-peter-and-paul-pray-for-us-18-nov-2018

st rose philippine duchesne pray for us no 2 - 18 nov 2018



Our Morning Offering – 18 November – Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 18 November – Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852)
The Prayer below is by the Founder of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St Madeleine-Sophie Barat (1779 – 1865)

O Sacred Heart of Jesus
By St Madeleine-Sophie Barat (1779 – 1865)

Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Give me a heart
that is one with your own,
A humble heart,
that knows and loves its nothingness,
A gentle heart,
that holds and calms its own anxiety,
A loving heart,
that has compassion
for the suffering of others,
A pure heart,
that recoils even
at the appearance of evil,
A detached heart,
that longs for nothing
other than the goodness of heaven,
A heart detached from self-love
and embraced by the love of God,
Its attention focused on God,
Its goodness its only treasure,
in time and in eternity.
Ameno sacred heart of jesus by st sophie barat - 18 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 18 November – St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852)

Saint of the Day – 18 November – St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852) – Religious, of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Missionary, Teacher, Apostle of Prayer – born on 29 August 1769 at Grenoble, France and died on 18 November 1852 at Saint Charles, Missouri of natural causes.   Along with the foundress, St Madeleine-Sophie Barat (1779 – 1865), she was a prominent early member of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and founded the congregation’s first communities in the United States.   She spent the last half of her life teaching and serving the people of the Midwestern United States, then the western frontier of the nation.   Her Body is incorrupt.Santa_Filippina_Rosa_Duchesne

Rose Philippine Duchesne was born 29 August 1769 in Grenoble, France, the second of seven daughters, along with one son.   She was baptised in the Church of St Louis and received the name of Philip, the apostle and Rose of Lima, first saint of the new continent.   She was educated at the Convent of the Visitation of Sts Marie d’en Haut, then, drawn to the contemplative life, she became a novice there when she was 18 years old.

At the time of the Revolution in France, the community was dispersed and Philippine returned to her family home, spending her time nursing prisoners and helping others who suffered.   After the Concordat of 1801, she tried with some companions to reconstruct the monastery of St Marie but without success.

In 1804, Philippine learned of a new congregation, the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and offered herself and the monastery to the Foundress, Mother Madeleine Sophie Barat.   Mother Barat visited St Marie in 1804 and received Philippine and several companions as novices in the Society.

Even as Philippine’s desire deepened for the contemplative life, so too her call to the missions became more urgent – a call she had heard since her youth.   In a letter she wrote to Mother Barat, she confided a spiritual experience she had had during a night of adoration before the Eucharist on Holy Thursday:   “I spent the entire night in the new World … carrying the Blessed Sacrament to all parts of the land … I had all my sacrifices to offer: -a mother, sisters, family, my mountain!   When you say to me ‘now I send you’, I will respond quickly ‘I go”‘.   She waited, however, another 12 rose philippine

In 1818 Philippine’s dream was realised.   She was sent to respond to the bishop of the Louisiana territory, who was looking for a congregation of educators to help him evangelise the Indian and French children of his diocese.    At St Charles, near St Louis, Missouri, she founded the first house of the Society outside France.   It was in a log cabin – and with it came all the austerities of frontier life: extreme cold, hard work, lack of funds.   She also had difficulty learning English.   Communication at best was slow;  news often did not arrive from her beloved France.   She struggled to remain closely united with the Society in rose arrives in the us

Philippine and four other Religious of the Sacred Heart forged ahead.   In 1820 she opened the first free school west of the Mississippi.   By 1828 she had founded six houses. These schools were for the young women of Missouri and Louisiana.   She loved and served them well but always in her heart she yearned to serve the American Indians. When she was 72 and no longer superior, a school for the Potawatomi was opened at Sugar Creek, Kansas. hough many thought Philippine was too sick to go, the Jesuit head of the mission insisted: “She must come; she may not be able to do much work but she will assure success to the mission by praying for us Her very presence will draw down all manner of heavenly favours on the work”.rosephillipineduchesne

She was with the Potawatomi but a year, however, her pioneer courage did not weaken and her long hours of contemplation impelled the Indians to name her, Quah-kah-ka-num-ad, “Woman-Who-Prays-Always”.   But Philippine’s health could not sustain the regime of village life.   In July 1842, she returned to St Charles, although her heart never lost its desire for the missions:  “I feel the same longing for the Rocky Mountain missions and any others like them, that I experienced in France when I first begged to come to America…”.pd_de_villa_duchesne._st._louis

She spent the last decade of her life living there in a tiny room under a stairway near the chapel.   Toward the end of her life, she was very lonely, going blind, feeble and yearned for letters from Mother Barat.   She died at St Charles, Missouri, 18 November 1852 at the age of 83.   Initially, St Philippine was buried in the convent cemetery, when her remains were exhumed three years later they were found to be intact.   The Holy See ordered in 1951 that she be buried more suitably.   Construction was begun on a larger shrine, and her remains were moved there on 13 June 1952.   She was Beatified on 12 May 1940 by Ven Pope Pius XII and Canonised on 3 July 1988 by St Pope John Paul II.

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Shrine of St Rose Philippine Duchesne

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Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul & Memorials of the Saints – 18 November

Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul (Optional Memorial):  From the twelfth century the Dedications of the Vatican Basilica of St Peter and the Basilica of St Paul on the Via Ostiense, have been celebrated on this day, as the anniversary of their dedication by St Pope Silvester and St Pope Siricius in the fourth century.   In more recent times, this feast has been extended to the whole Roman Rite.   As the anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major (5 August) honours the motherhood of Our Lady, so this Feast honours the memory of the two Princes of the Apostles.
About this Feast:

St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852) (Optional Memorial, United States)

St Amandus of Lérins
Bl Andreas Murayama Tokuan
St Anselm of Lérins
St Augusto Cordero Fernández
St Barulas
St Constant
Bl Cosmas Takeya Sozaburo
Bl Domingos Jorge
St Emiliano Martínez de La Pera Alava
St Esteban Anuncibay Letona
Bl Ferdinando Santamaria
St Francisco Marco Alemán
St Germán García y García
Bl Guilminus
Bl Ioannes Yoshida Shoun
St José María Cánovas Martínez
Bl Karolina Kózkówna
St Keverne
Bl eonard Kimura
St Mawes
St Maximus of Mainz
St Modesto Sáez Manzanares
St Mummolus of Lagny
St Nazarius of Lérins
St Noah the Patriarch
St Odo of Cluny
St Oriculus
St Patroclus of Colombier
St Romfarius of Coutances
St Romano of Antioch
St Teofredo of Vellaicum
St Thomas of Antioch
St Vidal Luis Gómara

Martyred Visitationists of Madrid:
• Blessed Amparo Hinojosa Naveros
• Blessed Augusto Cordero Fernández
• Blessed Carmen Barrera Izaguirre
• Blessed Emiliano Martínez de La Pera Alava
• Blessed Esteban Anuncibay Letona
• Blessed Francisco Marco Alemán
• Blessed Germán García y García
• Blessed Inés Zudaire Galdeano
• Blessed José María Cánovas Martínez
• Blessed Josefa Joaquina Lecuona Aramburu
• Blessed Laura Cavestany Anduaga
• Blessed Martina Olaizola Garagarza
• Blessed Modesto Sáez Manzanares
• Blessed Vidal Luis Gómara