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Thought for the Day – 9 February – Let us give thanks…

Thought for the Day – 9 February – Saturday of the Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – First Reading: Hebrews 13:15–17

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. …Hebrews 13:15

“Let us bear all things thankfully, be it poverty, be it disease, be it anything else whatever, for God alone knows the things expedient for us, “for we do not know how to pray as we ought.”

We, then, who do not know even how to ask for what is fitting unless we have received of the Spirit, let us take care to offer up thanksgiving for all things and let us bear all things nobly.

Are we in poverty? Let us give thanks.   Are we in sickness? Let us give thanks.   Are we falsely accused? Let us give thanks.   When we suffer affliction, let us give thanks. This brings us near to God.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor
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Posted in QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on JOY, QUOTES on the CHURCH, SAINT of the DAY

Quote/s of the Day – 9 February Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich & St Miguel Febres Cordero

Quote’s of the Day – 9 February – The Memorial of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) & St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz FSC (1854-1910)

The Church is the only one, the Roman Catholic!
And if there were left upon earth but one Catholic,
he would be the one, universal Church,
the Catholic Church,
the Church of Jesus Christ
against which the gates of Hell shall never prevail.”…

Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)the-church-is-the-only-one-bl-a-c-emmerich-9-feb-2018.jpg

“The heart is rich
when it is content
and it is always content
when its desires
are fixed
on God.”

St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz (1854-1910)the heart is rich - st miguel febres cordero 9 feb 2019.jpg

Posted in MORNING Prayers, The GOOD SHEPHERD, The WORD

One Minute Reflection -9 February -Gospel: Mark 6:30–34 “To see, to have compassion, to teach.”

One Minute Reflection -9 February – Saturday of the Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C , Gospel: Mark 6:30–34

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REFLECTION – “To see, to have compassion, to teach.   The first and second, to see and to have compassion, are always found together in the attitude of Jesus – in fact His gaze is not the gaze of a sociologist or a photojournalist, for He always gazes with “the eyes of the heart”.   These two verbs, to see and to have compassion, configure Jesus as the Good Shepherd.   His compassion too, is not merely a human feeling but is the deep emotion of the Messiah in whom God’s tenderness is made flesh.”...Pope Francis – Angelus, 19 July 2015mark 6 34 - to see to have compassion to teach - pope francis 9 feb 2019.jpg

PRAYER – All-powerful, eternal God, splendour of true light and never-ending day, let our striving for Your kingdom not fall short through selfishness or fear, may the universe be alive with the Spirit and our homes be the pledge of the world redeemed.   May our eyes see and our hearts have compassion, to all those who need us.   May the intercession of our Holy Mother, St Apollonia and all the saints, be a strength and a comfort.   Through Jesus, our compassionate and loving Redeemer, with the Holy Spirit, one God with You forever, amen.holy mary mother of god - pray for us - 13 may 2018st apollonia pray for us 9 feb 2019




Our Morning Offering – 9 February – A Daily Holy Family Prayer

Our Morning Offering – 9 February – Saturday of the Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – The Month of the Holy Family

Daily Holy Family Prayer

Holy Family of Nazareth,
keep our family safe from all dangers and evil.
May Jesus always be the centre of our life
and of our home.
Grant us peace in this life and in the next.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
to you we entrust
the well-being
and salvation of our family.
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Saint of the Day – 9 February – St Apollonia of Alexandria (Died c 249)

Saint of the Day – 9 February – St Apollonia of Alexandria (Died c 249) Consecrated Virgin Martyr, Deaconess – who was one of a group of virgin martyrs who suffered in Alexandria during a local uprising against the Christians prior to the persecution of Decius.   According to church tradition, her torture included having all of her teeth violently pulled out or shattered.   For this reason, she is popularly regarded as the patroness of dentistry and those suffering from toothache or other dental problems. French court painter Jehan Fouquet painted the scene of St Apollonia’s torture in The Martyrdom of St Apollonia.   Patronages – against tooth disease and toothache, of dental technicians, dentists, 3 Cities.

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St Apollonia by Carlo Dolci

At Alexandria, in 249, the mob rose in savage fury against the Christians.   Metras, an old man, perished first.   His eyes were pierced with reeds and he was stoned to death.   A woman named Quinta was the next victim.   She was led to a heathen temple and bidden worship.   She replied by cursing the false god again and again and she too was stoned to death.   After this the houses of the Christians were sacked and plundered.   They took the spoiling of their goods with all joy.

St Apollonia, an consecrated virgin and Deaconess, was the most famous among the martyrs.   Her teeth were beaten out, she was led outside the city, a huge fire was kindled and she was told she must deny Christ, or else be burned alive.   She was silent for a while and then, moved by a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, she leapt into the fire and died in its flames.saint_apollonia_by_artemisia_gentileschi_ca-_1642-1644

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There were indeed many Christians who came, pale and trembling, to offer the heathen sacrifices.   But the judges themselves were struck with horror at the multitudes who rushed to martyrdom.   Women triumphed over torture, till at last the judges were glad to execute them at once and put an end to the ignominy of their own defeat.

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Memorials of the Saints – 9 February

St Alexander of Rome
St Alexander of Soli
St Alto of Altomünster
St Ammon of Membressa
St Ammonius of Soli
Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

St Ansbert of Rouen
St Apollonia of Alexandria (Died c 249) Virgin Martyr

St Attracta of Killaraght
St Brachio of Auvergne
St Cuaran the Wise
St Didymus of Membressa
St Donatus the Deacon
St Eingan of Llanengan
St Emilian of Membressa
Bl Erizzo
Bl Francisco Sanchez Marquez
Bl Giacomo Abbondo
Bl Godeschalk of Želiv
St Lassa of Membressa
Bl Marianus Scotus
St Maro
St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz FSC (1854-1910)
About St Miguel:

St Nebridius of Egara
St Nicephorus of Antioch
St Poëmus of Membressa
St Primus the Deacon
St Raynald of Nocera
St Romanus the Wonder Worker
St Ronan of Lismore
St Sabino of Abellinum
St Sabinus of Canosa
St Teilo of Llandaff

Martyrs of Alexandria: An unknown number of Christians who were massacred in church in 4th century Alexandria, Egypt by Arian heretics for adhering to the orthodox faith.

Martyrs of Membressa: A group of 44 Christians martyred together. We know little else about them some names –
• Ammon
• Didymus
• Emilian
• Lassa
• Poemus
They were martyred in Membressa in Africa.