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Blessed John Henry Newman may be canonised as early as next year, the Herald has learned

Blessed John Henry Newman could be Canonised as early as next year after a second miracle was approved, the Catholic Herald has learned.

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said in an email newsletter last week that it “looks now as if Newman might be Canonised, all being well, later next year.”

Fr Ignatius Harrison, the Postulator of the Cause, confirmed to the Catholic Herald that there were now just “two more hoops” for the Cause to jump through before Newman is Canonised – approval from a commission of bishops, and a declaration by Pope Francis.

“I am praying for next year, but there’s no way of knowing,” he said.

Another source with knowledge of the Cause told the Herald that panels of both the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints had judged the healing of a woman to be miraculous.   The Canonisation is likely to take place after Easter 2019.

The Archdiocese of Chicago had investigated the inexplicable healing of a woman who prayed for Newman’s intercession after suffering with with a “life-threatening pregnancy”.   Doctors who treated her reported that they had no explanation for her sudden recovery.

Blessed John Henry Newman was one of the most prominent converts to Catholicism from Anglicanism of the 19th century.

He was already an esteemed Anglican theologian when he founded the Oxford Movement to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots, before converting to the Catholic faith.

He was renowned as a brilliant thinker and was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.

He died in Birmingham in 1890, aged 89, after founding the Birmingham Oratory.

His prolific and original writings have led to many to call for him to be declared a Doctor of the Church.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Newman in Birmingham in 2010 after the Vatican approved the first miracle, the inexplicable healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan, an American who recovered from a crippling spinal condition.

“He compasses me round 
and bears me in His arms. 
He takes me up and sets me down.”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)


PRAYER FOR CANONISATION of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

God our Father,
You granted to Your servant,
Blessed John Henry Newman,
wonderful gifts of nature and of grace,
that he should be a spiritual light
in the darkness of this world,
an eloquent herald of the Gospel
and a devoted servant of the one Church of Christ.
With confidence in his heavenly intercession,
we make the petition for his Canonisation.
For his insight into the mysteries of the kingdom,
his zealous defence of the teachings of the Church
and his priestly love for each of your children,
we pray that he may soon be numbered among the Saints.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Nihil Obstat: Fr Pat McKinney S.T.L.

Imprimatur: + Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

30th March 2010pray-for-the-canonisation-bl-john-henry-9-oct-2017


Thought for the Day – 29 November – The Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

Thought for the Day – 29 November – The Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

St Francesco was loving, devout and penitential.   He was a sought-after confessor and preacher.   One witness at the canonical hearings regarding Francesco’s holiness testified, “In his preaching he spoke in a familiar way, filled as he was with the love of God and neighbour; fired by the Spirit, he made use of the word and deed of holy Scripture, stirring his listeners and moving them to do penance.”   Francesco showed himself a loyal friend of the poor, never hesitating to seek from benefactors what was needed.

At his death in Lucera, children ran through the streets crying out, “The saint is dead! The saint is dead!”   Francesco was Canonised in 1986.

Eventually we become what we choose.   If we choose stinginess, we become stingy.   If we choose compassion, we become compassionate.   The holiness of Francesco Antonio Fasani resulted from his many small decisions to cooperate with God’s grace.

St Francesco Antonio Fasani, Pray for Us!st francesco antonio fasani pray for us - 29 nov 2018


Quote of the Day – 29 November – The Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

Quote of the Day – 29 November – The Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

“The Will of God –
that is my Paradise.”

St Francesco Antonio Fasani (1681 – 1742)the will of god that is my paradise st francesco antonio fasani - no 2 - 29nov2018


One Minute Reflection – 29 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:20–28 – “Look up and raise your heads”

One Minute Reflection – 29 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:20–28, Thursday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

“Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”...Luke 21:28now when these things begin to take place - luke 21 28 - 29nov2018

REFLECTION – “Babylon falls because of its corruption;  Jerusalem because of its distraction; its failing to welcome the Lord who comes to her rescue.   She did not feel the need of salvation.   She had the writings of the prophets, Moses and this was enough.  But sealed writings!   She left no room for salvation, her door was closed to the Lord!   The Lord was knocking at her door but there was no willingness to receive Him, to listen, to be rescued by Him.   And so she falls…
Corruption gives you a sort of happiness, it gives you power and it also makes you feel self-satisfied, however, it doesn’t leave room for the Lord, for conversion.   The word corruption speaks of many things today – of not only economic corruption but corruption with so many different sins.   The worst kind of corruption is the spirit of worldliness.
When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads.   Do not give way to depression:  Hope!   Reality is ugly.   There are many, many people, cities and people, so many people who are suffering; many wars, so much hatred, so much envy, so much spiritual worldliness and so much corruption.   Yes, it’s true!   All of this will fall!
Let us ask the Lord for the grace to be prepared for the banquet that awaits us, always with our heads held high.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 27 November 2014when we think of the end of times - pope francis 29 nov 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, creator of all Light and creator of all good, grant that we may look up to You always and know that by Your Light and your goodness we are safe in this world of corruption.   May the Light of our Lord Jesus, make the path He has set out bright and clear and may the prayers of St Francesco Antonio Fasani be a help in our struggle.   Lead us, Lord, in Your kindness and mercy to the banquet which awaits us.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, francesco antonio fasani pray for us no 3 - 29 nov 2018


Our Morning Offering -29 November – Prayer to do the Will of God

Our Morning Offering -29 November – The Memorial of All Franciscan Saints and Blesseds and in particular, of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

Prayer to do the Will of God
By St Francis of Assisi (c 1181-1226)

Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,
grant us in our misery, the grace to do for You alone
what we know You want us to do
and always to desire, what pleases You.
Thus, inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened
and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow in the footprints of
Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
And, by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You,
Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity
and are glorified God all-powerful, forever and ever.
(From “A Letter to the Entire Order”)prayer to do the will of god by st francis of assisi - 29 nov 2018


Saint of the Day – 29 November – St Francesco Antonio Fasani (1681 – 1742) – 29 November

Saint of the Day – 29 November – St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv. (1681 – 1742) also known as Antony Fasani, Francis Anthony Fasani, Francis Fasani – was an Italian Friar and Priest of the Order of Conventual Friars Minor, Teacher, Confessor, Preacher, Mystic, Apostle of prayer and charity, Marian devotee – he was born on 6 August 1681 in Lucera, Foggia, Italy as Giovanniello Fasani and died on 29 November 1742 in Lucera, Foggia, Italy of natural causes.   Patronage – Lucera, his home town in fasani

St Francesco was the son of Giuseppe Fasani and Isabella della Monaca.   He began his studies at the Conventual friary in his town and there entered the Order, taking the religious names of Saints Francis and Anthony.   Fasani professed his religious vows in 1696.

Once having professed his vows, Fasani began theological studies in Agnone and continued them in the General Study Centre at Assisi, close to the tomb of St Francis.   It was there that Fasani was ordained to the priesthood in 1705.   He stayed in Assisi and completed his theological studies there in 1707.

From 1707 until his death in 1742, Fasani spent the rest of life in residence in his hometown of Lucera and endeared himself to the faithful of that town and all of Daunia and Molise.   In 1709, he received the degree of Doctor of Theology and, from that time on, Fasani became known to all as “Padre Maestro” (“Father Master”), a title which is still attributed to him today in Lucera.   Fasani also fulfilled many duties in the Franciscan Order, being a respected teacher of scholastic philosophy and was entrusted with the position of Master of novices and the junior professed friars. HEADER 1127francesco7

He was later appointed to serve as the guardian of the community of friars and the pastor of the town.   He came to be elected Minister Provincial of his province in the Order.   As a worthy ministry of “the one who uninterruptedly exercises his priestly mission for us in the Liturgy through the Spirit” (PO, 5), Fr Fasani dedicated himself with zeal-especially the administration of the sacrament of Penance and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.   “He heard the confession of every type of person,” asserted a witness, “with the greatest patience and kindness on his face”.   He was charitable and welcoming to all, giving as his reason the hope of being able one day to say to the Lord:  “I was indulgent, I don’t deny it but it was You who taught me to be so.”SAN FRANCESCO ANTONIO FASANI (1994)-apulia

Fasani was known for having a deep life of prayer and was considered to be a mystic, becoming greatly in demand as a confessor and preacher.   He constantly preached popular parish missions, gave retreats and led Lenten devotions and novenas – either in his own town or wherever he was requested.   It was reported by his contemporaries that he would levitate while at prayer.   At the same time, he was a steadfast friend of the poor, constantly seeking out the financial support necessary for efforts to meet their needs.

Fasani died in Lucera and was buried in the parish church there.   Upon the news of his death, children could be heard running through the streets shouting, “The saint is dead!   The saint is dead!”stainedglass-anthonyfasani

The proceedings to open the cause for his canonisation began several years after his death.   Testimony to his holy life was given by many people of region.   Among them was his old friend, Blessed Antonio Lucci (1682–1752), who by then was a Bishop in the region.   Progress did not take place, however, until the 20th century, when he was beatified in 1951 by Pope Pius XII and subsequently Canonised in 1986 by St Pope John Paul II.SHRINE of st francesco fasani Parde-Maestro-Santo_gSHRINE of st francesco fasani Parde-Maestro-Santo 2_gHEADER - beautiful - san-francesco-lucera-1

From the Vatican biography of St Francesco: – “The spiritual life of Fr Fasani was characterised by those virtues that made him like his Seraphic Father St Francis.   In fact, it was said in Lucera:  “Whoever wants to see how St Francis looked while he was alive should come to see Padre Maestro.”   In imitation of St Francis he built his religious life on the basis of a generous participation in the mysteries of Christ through the most faithful practice of the evangelical counsels, which he considered to be a radical expression of perfect charity.   In his constant prayers, inflamed with seraphic love, he called out to God, saying to Him:  “O Highest Love, Immense Love, Eternal Love, Infinite Love.”

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Memorial of Our Lady of Beauraing and of the Saints – 29 November

All Saints of the Seraphic Order (Franciscan):   the Church celebrates the many Franciscan saints who followed in the footsteps of St Francis.   It is a special day for all Franciscans to celebrate the feast of ‘All the Saints of the Seraphic Order.’all saints of the Franciscan order - 29 nov
According to tradition, St Francis of Assisi prayed the following prayer:
“O Lord Jesus Christ, two favours I beg of You before I die.   The first is that I may, as far as it is possible, feel in my soul and in my body the suffering in which You, O gentle Jesus, sustained in Your bitter passion.   And the second favour is that I, as far as it is possible, may receive in my heart that excessive charity by which You, the Son of God, were inflamed and which actuated You willingly to suffer so much for us sinners.”
In response to his earnest prayer, the Lord appeared in the form of a seraph, or a six-winged angel (They are usually considered the highest order of angelic beings, immediately above the Cherubim and their special duty is to love God).   Then Jesus bestowed on St Francis the wounds of His suffering.   St Francis had been marked with the love of Christ, the stigmata.   St Francis died two years later in 1226, leaving the world the Franciscan Order, which became synonymous with the Seraphic Order.   To this day, seraph wings and seraphs are symbolic of the Franciscan Order.
The final Rule of life for Franciscan friars was also approved on this day in 1223.   To commemorate this and all the saintly examples produced in the Franciscan Order, on this day all the saints of the Seraphic order are remembered at Franciscan churches.

Our Lady of Beauraing/Our Lady of the Golden Heart:
Appeared multiple occasions between 29 November 1932 and 3 January 1933 On 2 February 1943, Bishop Andre Marie Charue authorized public devotion to Our Lady of Beauraing. On 2 July 1949 the Bishop declared that the Queen of Heaven had truly appeared to the children. Pilgrims flock to the small town of Beauraing, province of Namur (Belgium) and many cures are claimed. She is celebrated under this title on 29 November.

our lady of beauraing belgium - of the golden heart - 29 nov

Bl Alfredo Simón Colomina
Bl Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos Seña
St Blaise of Veroli
St Brendan of Birr
St Demetrius of Veroli
Bl Denis of the Nativity
Bl Edward Burden
St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)
Bl Frederick of Ratisbon
Bl George Errington
St Hardoin of Brittany
St Illuminata of Todi
St James of Saroug
Bl Jutta of Heiligenthal
St Paphnutius of Heracleopolis
St Paramon
St Philomenus of Ancyra
St Radbod of Utrecht
Bl Redemptorus of the Cross
St Sadwen of Wales
St Saturninus of Rome
St Saturninus of Toulouse
St Sisinius of Rome
St Walderic of Murrhardt
Bl William Gibson
Bl William Knight