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Thought for the Day – 27 November – The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved by St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

Thought for the Day – 27 November – The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved by St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

“Conclusion”
Brothers, I want to send all of you away comforted today.   So if you ask me my sentiment on the number of those who are saved, here it is:  Whether there are many or few that are saved, I say that whoever wants to be saved, will be saved and that no one can be damned if he does not want to be.   And if it is true that few are saved, it is because there are few who live well.   As for the rest, compare these two opinions – the first one states that the greater number of Catholics are condemned, the second one, on the contrary, pretends that the greater number of Catholics are saved.   Imagine an Angel sent by God to confirm the first opinion, coming to tell you that not only are most Catholics damned but that of all this assembly present here, one alone will be saved.   If you obey the Commandments of God, if you detest the corruption of this world, if you embrace the Cross of Jesus Christ in a spirit of penance, you will be that one alone who is saved.

Now imagine the same Angel returning to you and confirming the second opinion.   He tells you that not only are the greater portion of Catholics saved but that out of all this gathering, one alone will be damned and all the others saved.   If after that, you continue your usuries, your vengeances, your criminal deeds, your impurities, then you will be that one alone who is damned.

What is the use of knowing whether few or many are saved?   Saint Peter says to us, “Strive by good works to make your election sure.”   When Saint Thomas Aquinas’s sister asked him what she must do to go to heaven, he said, “You will be saved if you want to be.”   I say the same thing to you and here is proof of my declaration.   No one is damned unless he commits mortal sin – that is of faith.   And no one commits mortal sin unless he wants to – that is an undeniable theological proposition.   Therefore, no one goes to hell, unless he wants to – the consequence is obvious.   Does that not suffice to comfort you?

Weep over past sins, make a good confession, sin no more in the future and you will all be saved.   Why torment yourself so?   For it is certain, that you have to commit mortal sin to go to hell and that to commit mortal sin, you must want to and that consequently, no one goes to hell, unless he wants to.   That is not just an opinion, it is an undeniable and very comforting truth – may God give you to understand it and may He bless you.   Amen.”

The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved
by St Leonard of Port Maurice
Full Sermon here: https://www.olrl.org/snt_docs/fewness.shtml

St Leonard of Port Maurice, Pray for Us!st leonard of port maurice pray for us no 2 - 27nov2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 November – The Memorial of St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

Quote/s of the Day – 27 November – The Memorial of St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

“What graces, gifts and virtues
the Holy Mass calls down!”what graces gifts and virtues the holy mass calls down no 2 -stleonardofportmaurice-27nov2018

“”I believe that were it not for the Holy Mass,
as this moment, the world would be in the abyss,
unable to bear up under the mighty load of its iniquities.
Mass is the potent prop that hold the world on its base.”mass is the potent prop-stleonardofportmaurice-27nov2018

“If the Lord, at the moment of my death,
reproves me for being too kind to sinners,
I will answer, ‘My dear Jesus, if it is a fault
to be too kind to sinners, it is a fault
I learned from You, for You never scolded anyone
who came to You seeking mercy.'”if the Lord at the moment of my death - stleonardofportmaurice-27nov2918

“If you practice the holy exercise
of Spiritual Communion,
a good many times each day,
within a month,
you will see yourself completely changed.”

St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

Act of Spiritual Communion
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

My Jesus,
I believe that You art present
in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things
and I desire You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least, spiritually, into my heart.
As though You were already there,
I embrace You
and unite myself wholly to You,
permit not, that I should ever,
be separated from You.
Amenif you practice the holy exercise-stleonardportmaurice-actofspiritualcomm-stalphonsus-27nov2018

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One Minute Reflection – 27 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:5–11

One Minute Reflection – 27 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:5–11, Tuesday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

“As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” …Luke 21:6

REFLECTION – ” Indeed, if each one of us is faithful to the Lord, when our death comes, as shall we say what St Francis said:  ‘sister death, come’.   It will not frighten us.   And even on the day of judgement, we will look to the Lord and we can say:  ‘Lord I have many sins but I tried to be faithful.’   And since the Lord is good, we will not be afraid.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 22 November 2016luke 21 6 as for these things which you see the day will come - andevenonthedayofjudgment -pope francis - 26nov2018

PRAYER – True Light of the world, Lord Jesus Christ, as You enlighten all men for their salvation, give us grace, we pray, to herald Your coming, by preparing the ways of justice, love and peace.   Grant us the assistance of the intercession of St Leonard of Port Maurice, who so diligently worked to bring Your good news to all.   Let his example be an inspiration in our lives.   Lord Jesus Christ who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever, amen.st leonard of port maurice pray for us - 27 nov 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 27 November – The Memorial of The Medal of the Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Our Morning Offering – 27 November – The Memorial of The Medal of the Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Prayer to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate,
we unite ourselves to you
under your title of Blessed Mother,
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
May this medal be for each one of us
a sure sign of your motherly affection for us and a
constant reminder of our filial duties towards you.
While wearing it, may we be blessed
by your loving protection
and preserved in the grace of your Son.
Most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Saviour,
keep us close to you every moment of our lives
so that like you, we may live and act
according to the teaching and example of your Son.
Obtain for us, your children,
the grace of a happy death
so that in union with you we may enjoy
the happiness of heaven forever.
Amen
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.prayer to our lady of the miraculous medal - 2- 27 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 27 November – St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

Saint of the Day – 27 November – St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751) – Born on 20 December 1676 at Porto Maurizio, Italy on the Riviera di Ponente as Paul Jerome Casanova and died at 11:00 pm on 26 November 1751 at the monastery of Saint Bonaventura, Rome, Italy.    Franciscan Friar, Priest, Preacher – in particular Parish Mission Preacher, ascetic Writer, Spiritual Director.   His Memorial is celebrated in the universal calendar, today, 27 November and by the Franciscans on 26 November.  St Leonard founded many pious societies and confraternities and exerted himself to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Passion of Christ.   He was among the few to insist that the concept of the Immaculate Conception of Mary be defined as a dogma of the faith.header-San Leonardo de Puerto-Maurizio-26

Leonard was born in 1676 in Port Maurice, on the cost of northern Italy.   His father was a ship captain.   Because he was a gifted student, he was sent to Rome when he was 13 to live with his uncle while attending the Jesuits’ Roman College.   His family wanted him to become a doctor but after completing his studies, Leonard decided to become a Franciscan friar.   He hoped he could become a missionary to China.st leonard glass

After ordination, Leonard became seriously ill with a bleeding ulcer and was sent home.  No one knew if he would recover.   Leonard promised God that if he did get well, he would devote his life to the missions and to helping sinners change their lives.   It took more than four years but Leonard regained his health and began 40 years of mission work.   Surprisingly, he did not become a missionary in foreign lands.   He became a missionary to the people of his own country.S_Leonardo

Leonard travelled throughout Italy, preaching at parish missions and retreats.   He would often spend two or three weeks in a parish before moving on.   That gave him time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with all who wanted to confess their sins and receive God’s forgiveness.   Leonard thought this was the most important part of his ministry.   It was a sign that through his preaching, the Holy Spirit had inspired people to transform their lives and begin to live as followers to Jesus.    St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787), called Leonard “the great missionary of the 18th century.”san-leonardo-di-artallo-208157.2.2

Everywhere the saint made conversions and was very often obliged both in cities and country districts to preach in the open, as the churches could not contain the thousands who came to listen.   Pope Clement XII and Pope Benedict XIV called him to Rome;  the latter especially held him in high esteem both as a preacher and as a propagandist and exacted a promise that he would come to Rome to die.   Pope Benedict XIV appointed him to several complex diplomatic assignments.   In Genoa and Corsica, in Lucca and Spoleto the citizens expected a jewelled cardinal to represent the intentions of the pope.   Instead, they were confronted by a humble, shoeless, muddy friar to confound their hostility and pride.st leonard preaching in corsica

Leonard had a great devotion to the Stations of the Cross.   He believed that praying the Stations would help people better understand that through His Passion and Death, Jesus showed His great love for us.   By this Franciscan saint’s work, almost 600 sets of the Stations of the Cross were erected throughout Italy, most of them in the parishes where he had preached and even one at the Colosseum in Rome, which to this day are used by the Holy Father during Lent and especially on Good Friday.   They were a lasting reminder to the people, of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and they encouraged people to stay close to Jesus through prayer.12_11_26_leonard_port_maurice

St Leonard died in Rome in 1751 at the age of 75.   He was Canonised in 1867 and in 1923 he was named the patron saint of parish mission preachers.   His ministry reminds us that Jesus is always calling us to grow in our love for Him and our brothers and sisters. When we think about Jesus’ Death on the Cross, we can remember all people who suffer in their daily journeys.   We can reach out to and pray for the hungry, the homeless, the unborn, the elderly and the neglected people of our world.leonard

 

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal/The Medal of the Immaculate Conception & Memorials of the Saints – 27 November

Memorial of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal/The Medal of the Immaculate Conception (the correct title is the latter) :
27 November is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and is celebrated by it’s own Mass in Some Places.our lady of the MM
The Miraculous Medal is a devotion to the Virgin Mary called the “Miraculous” Medal for the many miracles associated with those that wear it. It is one of my favorite medals to wear.
The Miraculous Medal came to the world through an Apparition of the Virgin Mary to Catherine Labouré in Paris, France in 1830.   In Mary’s second apparition, she asked that “a medal should be struck in this image.   The people wearing it will receive my indulgence and those who piously say this short prayer will enjoy my very special protection”.
Two of the most famous conversions due to the miraculous medal was that of Fr Alphonse Ratisbonne NDS (1814-1884), an anti-Catholic Jewish banker and Claude Newman (1923-1944).   He received a vision of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. After his conversion, he became a priest and worked for the conversion of the Jewish people.

St Acacius of Sebaste
St Acharius of Noyon
St Apollinaris of Monte Cassino
St Barlaam
Bl Bernardine of Fossa
St Bilhild of Altmünster
Bl Bronislao Kostkowski
St Eusician
St Facundus
St Fergus the Pict
St Gallgo of Wales
St Gulstan
St Hirenarchus of Sebaste
St James Intercisus
St John Angeloptes
St John of Pavia
St Josaphat
Bl José Pérez González
Bl Juan Antonio de Bengoa Larriñaga
St Laverius
St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

St Maximus of Reiz
St Primitivus of Sahagun
St Secundinus of Ireland
St Severinus the Hermit
St Siffred of Carpentras
St Valerian of Aquileia
St Virgilius of Salzburg

Martyrs of Antioch – (3 saints): A group of Christians martyred together for their faith. Little information has survived except for their names – Auxilius, Basileus and Saturninus.

Martyrs of Nagasaki – (11 beati): A group of eleven Christians martyred together for their faith during a period of official persecution in Japan. They are:
• Blessed Alexius Nakamura
• Blessed Antonius Kimura
• Blessed Bartholomaeus Seki
• Blessed Ioannes Iwanaga
• Blessed Ioannes Motoyama
• Blessed Leo Nakanishi
• Blessed Matthias Kozasa
• Blessed Matthias Nakano
• Blessed Michaël Takeshita
• Blessed Romanus Motoyama Myotaro
• Blessed Thomas Koteda Kyumi
They were martyred on 27 November 1619 in Nagasaki, Japan and Beatified on 7 May 1867 by Pope Pius IX.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Bartolomé Gelabert Pericás
• Blessed Eduardo Camps Vasallo
• Blessed José Pérez González
• Blessed Juan Antonio de Bengoa Larriñaga
• Blessed Miguel Aguado Camarillo
• Blessed Pedro Armendáriz Zabaleta