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Novena to St Paul in preparation for the Feast of The Conversion of St Paul on 25 January Day THREE – 18 January

Novena to St Paul in preparation for the Feast of The Conversion of St Paul on 25 January

Day THREE – 18 January

“Suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him…. (he) heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?…I am Jesus….” They led (Saul) by the hand” (Acts 9:3,4,5,8)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI speaks of conversion as an act of obedience toward a reality that does not originate from us, that precedes us –  the concrete God.   (Joseph Ratzinger – The Nature and Mission of Theology {Ignatius, 1995 p 58})

Let us Pray:

Glorious St Paul,
your conversion is a powerful witness to the world
that God loves us and does not give up on us,
no matter how far we stray.
Help me to live a life of ongoing obedience to God
and conversion of my wilful heart.
Pray that I may renounce self-will
and surrender myself to my Creator
who has a plan to make me a saint.
May faith move me to believe that God can and will,
change the things in me that seem insurmountable.
Pray that I may love God’s will and providence for me.
In this confidence, I entrust to you, St Paul,
these, my intentions
………………………………….
(mention your request)

I ask this through Christ, Our Lord, amen.

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Novena to St Francis de Sales Day Four – 18 January

Novena to St Francis de Sales
Day Four – 18 January

“Self-love dies only when our body dies, so we must, while we live in this land of exile, continue to counterattack its assaults on our senses and its underhanded tactics.   It is enough if we firmly withstand, giving no wilful or deliberate consent … When we feel within ourselves the first movements of self-love or of other passions, let us prostrate ourselves immediately before the heart of God and tell Him, in a spirit of confidence and humility, “Lord, have mercy on me because I am a very weak creature.”   Then let us tranquilly rest in peace and put ourselves at God’s disposal.” (St Francis de Sales Letters 1675; O. XIX, pp. 272-273)

O blessed Francis de Sales,
who on earth did excel in a life of virtue,
especially in the love of God and neighbour,
I earnestly ask you to take me
under your compassionate care and protection.
Obtain for me conversion of mind and heart.
Grant that all people, especially ……………………..
(names of those whom you wish to include)
may experience the depth of God’s redeeming and healing love.
Teach me to fix my eyes on the things of heaven even as I walk each day
with my feet planted firmly on the earth.
Help me, through the practice of virtue and the pursuit of devotion,
to avoid anything that would otherwise cause me to stumble in my attempt
to follow Christ and to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit.
Encouraged by your prayers and example,
help me to live fully my sacred dignity
with the hope of experiencing my sacred destiny, eternal life with God.
Receive also this particular need or concern that I now lift up in prayer
………………………..…….
(mention your particular need).
O God, for the salvation of all, You desired that St Francis de Sales—
preacher, missionary, confessor, bishop and founder—
should befriend many long the road to salvation.
Mercifully grant that we,
infused with the humility and gentleness of his charity,
guided by his wisdom and sharing in his spirit may experience eternal life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

St Francis de Sales, pray for us.day-four-st-francis-de-sales-novena-18-jan-2018jpg

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Thought for the Day – 18 January – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

Thought for the Day – 18 January – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

BLESSED MOTHER FASCE
A woman with a strong personality, Maria Teresa Fasce sends everyone a precise message – trusting in Providence does not mean standing still and waiting but praying and doing.

An affectionate mother for all the helpless, Blessed Maria Teresa understood the importance of evangelisation as an activity to spread the charism of Saint Rita throughout the world.

Despite the difficulties, thanks to her tenacity, she was able to carry out charitable works dedicated to Rita that still exist today – the Basilica, the Beehive of Saint Rita (the project that welcomes young girls and boys in difficulty) and the Magazine From the Bees to the Roses.

Contemplation in action – this was Blessed Maria Teresa, who despite all the set-backs built a beautiful Basilica in honour of St Rita, where both saints now rest.   Blessed Maria is an example to us all.   Busy lives should not hinder our actions for God.

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The Basilica of St Rita of Cascia

Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce, Pray for Us!bl maria teresa fasce pray for us 18 jan 2019.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 18 January – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

Quote of the Day – 18 January – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)i love him bl maria teresa fasce 18 jan 2019

I love Him, even if it costs much,
I love Him, because, it is worth much,
I love Him, at all cost.

Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce (1881-1947)i love him - bl maria teresa fasce 18 jan 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 18 January – Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time:  Gospel Mark 2:1-12

One Minute Reflection – 18 January – Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time:  Gospel Mark 2:1-12 and the The Memorial of St Margaret of Hungary (1242-1270)

“I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.” …Mark 2:11

REFLECTION – “None can forgive sins except God alone, and so He who healed them is God… And so that people might understand that He had taken flesh for the remission of their sins and to gain resurrection for their bodies, He said: “That you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins on earth” – He then said to the paralytic: “Rise, pick up your stretcher”.   It would have been enough to have said: “Rise”, but… He added: “Pick up your stretcher and go home.”   First He granted remission of sins, then He manifested the power of the resurrection and then, by making him take up his stretcher, He taught that weakness and pain will no longer afflict the body.   Finally, by sending this man home healed, He showed that believers must rediscover the road to paradise, the same road that Adam, the father of all, abandoned when he was spoiled by the stain of sin.”…St Hilary (c.315-367) Father & Doctor of the Churchmark 2 11 i say to you rise take up your stretcher - first he granted remission of sins st hilary 18jan2019.jpg

PRAYER– Living God, You have given me the Eucharist as my food for heavenly life. Help me to partake of it often and so be strengthened on my pilgrim journey on earth.   Grant that St Margaret of Hungary, may add us all to her prayers, that by her intercession, we too may learn the true way home.   Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.st-margaret-of-hungary-pray-for-us-2-18-jan-2018.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 18 January – Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time

Our Morning Offering – 18 January – Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time

Go on, O Lord and Act
By St Augustine

Go on, O Lord and act,
stir us up and call us back,
inflame us and draw us to Thee,
stir us up and grow sweet to us,
let us now love Thee,
let us run to Thee.
Are there not many men …
who, out of a deeper pit of darkness..
return to Thee–who draw near to Thee
and are illuminated by that light
which gives those
who receive it power from Thee
to become Thy sons?

go on lord and act - stir us up and call us back - st augustine - mem of simpliacinus 18 jan 2019

 

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Saint of the Day – 18 January – Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

Saint of the Day – 18 January – Blessed Maria Giovanna Fasce OSA (1881-1947) Religious Augustinian nun with the religious name of Sr Maria Teresa.   Born on 27 December 1881 at Torriglia, Genoa, Italy and died on 18 January 1947 of natural causes.   Blessed Maria Teresa was an Italian Roman Catholic who served in various leadership positions in her convent in Genoa and was noted for the establishment of an orphanage and spreading the charism of Saint Augustine and Saint Rita of Cascia (1381-1457).   She was beatified at Saint Peter’s Square on 12 October 1997 by St Pope John Paul.10_12_16_bl-maria-teresa-fasce_st-o-day.png

Maria Giovanna Fasce was born on 27 December 1881 in Genoa to the middle-class Eugenio Fasce and his second wife Teresa Valente.   She had seven siblings and her oldest sibling was Luigia.   Her relations dubbed her as “Marietta”.   Her mother died in 1889 which prompted her oldest sister Luigia to take care of the younger children.

Fasce taught catechism to children and grew to love the charism of Saint Augustine.   She also met her confessor Father Mariano Ferriello in Genoa who encouraged her to learn of the Augustinian figures and pursue her vocation.

She became aware of the life of Saint Rita of Cascia and travelled to Rome in 1900 when Pope Leo XIII canonised her – this was the most important event of her life thus far and solidified her desire to become a nun.   She expressed this intention to her relatives who took the news badly and her brothers in particular were negative about it.   Her oldest sister Luigia accepted this but did not understand Fasce’s reasoning for living in a primitive place like Cascia.   She applied for admission to a Ligurian convent but was rejected much to her surprise.   The Abbess Giuseppina Gattarelli said that she believed Fasce was unable to handle the rigours of the monastic life.   Fasce reapplied and was accepted in 1906.santarita_beatafasce

On 22 June 1906 she entered the convent of the Order of Saint Augustine (she received the habit on the night of 25 December 1906) and made the profession of her initial vows on 25 December 1907 in the religious name of “Maria Teresa”.   She became quite disillusioned due to the convent’s decline and returned home in June 1910 for a period of deep reflection.   Her time at home saw her affirm her desire to be in the monastic life and returned to the convent in May 1911 and later made her solemn vows on 22 March 1912.

In August, 1920, she was elected abbess and was confirmed in this office nine times throughout the following 27 years until her death.   The great ambition of Mother Teresa, which she succeeded in converting into a plan of action, was the enrichment of the religious spirit of her community and of each one of the nuns.bl maria teresa fasce

Her influence, however, reached far beyond the walls of the cloister by means of the initiatives she undertook to spread devotion to Saint Rita and to promote the well-being of her adopted town.   Among these were the publication of the magazine “From the Bees to the Roses”, the establishment of an orphanage for girls, the founding of a seminary for candidates to the Order and the construction of the Basilica as a place of pilgrimage and the fitting resting place of the saint to whom she was so devoted.

During the Second World War she courageously protected the convent and defended the rights of the nuns as well as members of the resistance under attack.bl maria teresa portrait

Throughout her life Mother Teresa suffered many physical ailments, including cancer and a debilitating condition which at times made it difficult for her to walk.   All of this she bore with complete resignation and patience and was an example of fortitude and serenity to the nuns and people of Cascia.

She died peacefully on 18 January 1947 and was beatified together with Blessed Elías Nieves on 12 October 1997.   Her body is venerated in the lower shrine of the Basilica which she made possible next to Saint Rita of Cascia.blessed+maria+teresa+fasce

Mother Teresa Fasce was a cloistered contemplative nun, not only in name but also in fact, during the several decades of her religious life.   At the same time she was a woman of great vision and action, who had the capacity to inspire others even as she was inspired by the life and message of her patroness, Saint Rita.   She reminds us that there is no contradiction between contemplation and service – both are motivated by love and must be expressed in love.beatification tapestry bl maria teresa fasce