Marian Thought – 3 May – “These virtues of the Mother will also adorn her children…”

Marian Thoughts – May, the Month of Mary – 3 May 2019

Apostolic Exhortation of St Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)
Marialis Cultus – 2 February 1974
To Honour Mary

The Blessed Virgin’s role as Mother leads the People of God to turn with filial confidence to her who is ever ready to listen with a mother’s affection and efficacious assistance. Thus the People of God have learned to call on her as the Consoler of the afflicted, the Health of the sick and the Refuge of sinners, that they may find comfort in tribulation, relief in sickness and liberating strength in guilt.

For she, who is free from sin, leads her children to combat sin with energy and resoluteness.   This liberation from sin and evil (cf. Mt. 6:13)-it must be repeated-is the necessary premise for any renewal of Christian living.

The Blessed Virgin’s exemplary holiness encourages the faithful to “raise their eyes to Mary who shines forth before the whole community of the elect as a model of the virtues.”   It is a question of solid, evangelical virtues – faith and the docile acceptance of the Word of God, generous obedience (cf Lk. 1:38), genuine humility (cf. Lk. 1:48), solicitous charity (cf. Lk. 1:39-56), profound wisdom (cf. Lk. 1:29, 34; 2:19, 33:51), worship of God manifested in alacrity in the fulfillment of religious duties (cf. Lk. 2:21-41), in gratitude for gifts received (cf Lk. 1:46-49), in her offering in the Temple (cf. Lk. 2:22-24) and in her prayer in the midst of the apostolic community (cf. Acts 1:12-14), her fortitude in exile (cf. Mt. 2:13-23) and in suffering (cf. Lk. 2:34-35, 49; Jn. 19 25), her poverty reflecting dignity and trust in God (cf. Lk. 1:48, 2:24) her attentive care for her Son, from His humble birth to the ignominy of the cross (cf. Lk. 2:1-7; Jn. 19:25-27), her delicate forethought (cf. Jn. 2:1-11), her virginal purity (cf. Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:26-38), her strong and chaste married love.

These virtues of the Mother will also adorn her children who steadfastly study her example in order to reflect it in their own lives.   And this progress in virtue, will appear as the consequence and the already mature fruit, of that pastoral zeal which springs from devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

Second Reading
The Little Office of Mary
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
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Thought for the Day – 3 May – The Preaching of the Apostles

Thought for the Day – 3 May – The Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

The Preaching of the Apostles

Tertullian (c 155- c 240)
Priest, Father and Ancient Christian Writer

An excerpt from his On the Prescription of Heretics

Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself declared what He was, what He had been, how He was carrying out His Father’s will, what obligations He demanded of men.    This He did during His earthly life, either publicly to the crowds, or privately to His disciples.  Twelve of these He picked out, to be His special companions, appointed to teach the nations.

One of them fell from His place.   The remaining eleven were commanded by Christ, as He was leaving the earth to return to the Father after His resurrection, to go and teach the nations and to baptise them into the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The apostles cast lots and added Matthias to their number, in place of Judas, as the twelfth apostle.   The authority for this action is to be found in a prophetic psalm of David.   After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit which had been promised to them, so that they could work miracles and proclaim the truth, they first bore witness to their faith in Jesus Christ and established churches throughout Judea.   They then went out into the whole world and proclaimed to the nations the same doctrinal faith.

They set up churches in every city.   Other churches received from them a living transplant of faith and the seed of doctrine and through this daily process of transplanting they became churches.   They therefore qualify as apostolic churches by being the offspring of churches that are apostolic.

Every family has to be traced back to its origins.   That is why we can say that all these great churches constitute that one original Church of the apostles, for it is from them that they all come.   They are all primitive, all apostolic, because they are all one.   They bear witness to this unity by the peace in which they all live, the brotherhood which is their name, the fellowship to which they are pledged.   The principle on which these associations are based is common tradition by which they share the same sacramental bond.

The only way in which we can prove what the apostles taught—that is to say, what Christ revealed to them — is through those same churches.   They were founded by the apostles themselves, who first preached to them by what is called the living voice and later by means of letters.

The Lord had said clearly in former times – I have many more things to tell you but you cannot endure them now.   But He went on to say – When the Spirit of truth comes, He will lead you into the whole truth.   Thus Christ shows us that the apostles had full knowledge of the truth, for He had promised that they would receive the whole truth through the Spirit of truth.   His promise was certainly fulfilled, since the Acts of the Apostles prove, that the Holy Spirit came down on them.

Saints James and Philip, Pray for us!sts-philip-and-james-pray-for-us-3-may-2017.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 3 May – Perhaps, we feel inclined to disagree with Him?

Quote of the Day – 3 May – Friday of the Second Week of Easter

“The happiness that God designs for His higher creatures, is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other, in an ecstasy of love and delight, compared with which, the most rapturous love between a man and woman, on this earth, is mere milk and water.   And for that, they must be free.

Of course, God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way – apparently He thought it worth the risk.   Perhaps, we feel inclined to disagree with Him?   But there is a difficulty about disagreeing with God.   He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes – you could not be right and He wrong – anymore, than a stream can rise higher than it’s own source!”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)god knew what would happen - c s lewis - 3 may 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 3 May – I believe

One Minute Reflection – 3 May – Friday of the Second Week of Easter, Gospel: John 14:6–14 and the Feast of Sts James and Philip and the Memorial of Saint Stanislaw Kazimierczyk CRL (1433–1489)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father…”...John 14:12

REFLECTION – “Jesus is the Father’s Emissary.   From the beginning of His ministry, He “called to him those whom he desired … And he appointed twelve, whom also He named apostles, to be with Him and to be sent out to preach.” (Mk 3:13-14)   From then on, they would also be His “emissaries” (Greek apostoloi).   In them, Christ continues His own mission = “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” (Jn 20:21)   The apostles’ ministry is the continuation of His mission, Jesus said to the Twelve: “he who receives you receives me.” (Mt 10:40)

Jesus unites them to the mission He received from the Father.   As “the Son can do nothing of his own accord” but receives everything from the Father who sent Him, so those whom Jesus sends can do nothing apart from Him (Jn 5:19.30), from whom they received both the mandate for their mission and the power to carry it out.   Christ’s apostles knew that they were called by God as “ministers of a new covenant,” “servants of God,” “ambassadors for Christ,” “servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor 4:1).

In the office of the apostles, there is one aspect that cannot be transmitted – to be the chosen witnesses of the Lord’s Resurrection and so the foundation stones of the Church. But their office also has a permanent aspect.   Christ promised to remain with them always.   The divine mission entrusted by Jesus to them “will continue to the end of time, since the Gospel they handed on is the lasting source of all life for the Church.  Therefore, … the apostles took care to appoint successors.” (Vatican II, LG 20) Catechism of the Catholic Church- #858-860the divene mission - vatican LG 20 - he who believes in me - john 14 12 - 3 may 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty Father, we believe, strengthen our faith.   Divine Son, we follow You, remain with us.   Holy Spirit, come, guide our steps.   Glory be to the Father and to the So and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, amen. Saints James and Philip, Saint Stanislaw, pray for us!st james and philip pray for us 3 may 2019- no 4jpg.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 3 May – ‘O Mary’

Our Morning Offering – 3 May – ‘Mary’s Month’ – Friday of the Second Week of Easter

O Mary
By St John Paul II (1920-2005)

O Mary, sorrowful Mother,
you are a silent witness
of these decisive moments
for the history of salvation.
Give us your eyes
so that on the face
of the crucified One,
disfigured by pain,
we may recognise
the image of
the glorious Risen One.
Help us to embrace Him
and entrust ourselves to Him,
so that we be made worthy
of His promises.
Help us to be faithful today
and throughout our lives.
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Saint of the Day – 3 May – Saint Stanislaw Kazimierczyk CRL (1433–1489)

Saint of the Day – 3 May – Saint Stanislaw Kazimierczyk CRL (1433–1489) aged 55, Priest of the Canons Regular of the Lateran – Apostle of the Holy Eucharist and of the poor, of Confession, famed Preacher, ascetic, mystic.   Born on 27 September as Stanisław (Louis) Sołtys and died on 3 May 1489 in Kazimierz, Lubelskie, Poland of natural causes.   Patronage – of Preachers.Stanislaw_Kazimierczyk_painting

Stanisław Sołtys was born 27 September 1433 in Kraków to Maciej Sołtys and Jadwiga. His parents had long wanted a child and he was born on exactly the same date that the remains of Saint Stanisłaus  (1030– 1079), Patron of Poland, were being moved.   His parents were members of the Brotherhood of the Blessed Sacrament.

He received his education from the Canons Regular of the Lateran at their school, not far from his home, which was attached to their convent and to the local parish church of the Corpus Christi, that the order administered.   He went onto receive doctorates in theological studies and in his philosophical studies from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.   He received a bachelor’s degree in 1451.

The successful completion of his studies in 1456 saw him enter the Canons Regular of the Lateran and thus became a novice.   He took the religious name of Stanisław Kazimierczyk after the patron of Poland. bl stanislaus.JPG

He was ordained as a priest in 1456 and was then named as the vice-prior of the order despite being a new priest and not having experience.   He was also made the novice master in charge of new candidates to the order.   He dedicated himself to the care of the ill and the poor and was noted for the deep devotion of the Holy Mass.   He developed a reputation for great spiritual insight as a confessor.   It was his allure as a preacher and confessor that saw people seek him out to preach and hear their confessions.   He preached in strong defence of the doctrine of the Real Presence in the Eucharist against the preachings of the Polish followers of John Wycliffe and Jan Hus.   It was due to this, that he gained the title “Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament”.   Saint John Cantius (1390-1473) – a colleague of his at the Jagiellonian and a major scientist of the period, was a close friend of his.

He slept little and often slept on the ground more as a penitential act.   On one occasion he went to visit the tomb of his patron when he saw the Mother of God with the Infant Jesus in her arms, Saint Stanisław and other saints were around her.   He often delivered his sermons in German as well as his native Polish.   King John I Albert once attributed an 8 September 1487 battle win against the Ottoman Empire to him.Saint Stanislaus of Kazimierz

He died  on 3 May 1489 and immediately was acclaimed a saint by all who knew him and those to whom he ministered.   He had fallen quite ill during Lent and requested anointing.   He put his hands on his conferees’ heads to bless them and to bid them farewell and died with his hands upraised to entrust his soul to God.

The faithful referred to him often as “Blessed” despite the fact that he had not been beatified but was called this due to his great reputation for personal holiness – in the 1500s this title was recorded as being given.   His remains were moved in 1632 after the priest Martin Kłoczyński commissioned a splendid altar in his honour to house the remains – a total of 176 purported miracles were reported to have taken place in the first year since his death.

The Canons Regular of the Lateran made several requests to the pope to seek beatification in 1773 but no cause was ever initiated  . The Cardinal Archbishop of Kraków Karol Józef Wojtyła (the future St Pope John Paul II) asked the order, in 1971, to collect existing documents and evidence on the life of the late priest and set up a historical commission to aid them in this on 15 December 1972.   The beatification process launched under Pope John Paul II on 14 October 1986 and the priest was titled as a Servant of God once the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (CCS) issued the official nihil obstat to the cause.   St John Paul II both named him as Venerable upon the confirmation of his heroic virtue and approved his longstanding “cultus” which allowed for the pope to preside over the Beatification on 18 June 1993 as a solemnisation of that “cultus”.

Pope Benedict XVI approved a miracle on 19 December 2009 and on 19 February 2010 confirmed the date for Canonisation.   He Canonised him on 17 October 2010 in Saint Peter’s Square.76. Saint Stanislas Soltys Kazimierczyk - phili


Feast of St James and St Philip – Memorials of the Saints – 3 May


St James the Lesser Apostle (Feast)
St Philip the Apostle (Feast)
Sts James and Philip:

St Adalsindis of Bèze
Bl Adam of Cantalupo in Sabina
St Ahmed the Calligrapher
St Aldwine of Peartney
St Pope Alexander I
St Alexander of Constantinople
Bl Alexander of Foigny
St Alexander of Rome
Bl Alexander Vincioli
St Ansfrid of Utrecht
St Antonina of Constantinople
St Diodorus the Deacon
Bl Edoardo Giuseppe Rosaz
St Ethelwin of Lindsey
St Eventius of Rome
St Fumac
St Gabriel Gowdel
St Juvenal of Narni
Bl Maria Leonia Paradis
St Maura of Antinoe
St Peter of Argos
St Philip of Zell
Bl Ramon Oromí Sullà
St Rhodopianus the Deacon
St Scannal of Cell-Coleraine
Bl Sostenaeus
St Stanislas Kazimierczyk CRL (1433–1489)
St Theodolus of Rome
St Timothy of Antinoe
Bl Uguccio
Bl Zechariah