Novena in Honour of the Sacred Heart Day One – 19 June

Novena to the Sacred Heart
Day One – 19 June

First Day – What do you desire?

Today’s Scripture
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’   The two disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus.  Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” …John 1: 35-38

Reflection for the First Day
Jesus addresses the same question to you at the beginning of this novena
‘What do you want?’   St Augustine said that all our desires are really a longing for God in disguise – where there is real desire, there is prayer.   So, be at peace in your desire, you are already praying!

Today’s Prayer
Lord, I come to You at the start of this Novena with a muddle of desires.   Give me courage, to listen to what You want to say to me about these desires and give me the strength to accept Your loving desires for me and for my loved ones.

Daily Invocation
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

Novena Prayer
Lord Jesus, the needs of Your people,
open Your Sacred Heart in love for each of us.
You care for us when we are lost,
sympathise with us in loneliness
and comfort us in mourning.
You are closest to us when we are weakest.
You love us most, when we love ourselves least,
You forgive us most, when we forgive ourselves least
and You call us to spread Your love
in whatever way we can.
Lord Jesus, Your Sacred Heart
is moved with compassion
when we are suffering,
when we need Your help
and when we pray for each other.
I ask You to listen to my prayer during this Novena
and grant what I ask.
(Mention your intention silently.)
If what I ask is not for my own good
and the good of others,
grant me what is best,
that I may build up Your kingdom
of love in our world.
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Thought for the Day – 19 June – “When you pray, go to your inner room”

Thought for the Day – 19 June – Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 6:1–6 and the Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.”...Matthew 6:6

“When you pray, go to your inner room”

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein OCD (1891-1942)
Martyr, co-patron of Europe

The Prayer of the Church (trans. Darlington Carmel)

In those who have entered into the unity of the divine inner life, everything is one – rest and activity, contemplation and action, silence and speech, listening and communicating, loving receptiveness, and loving gift of self in thanksgiving and praise… We need hours of silent listening, when we allow the divine Word to work in us, until it craves to become fruitful in the sacrifice of praise and of action.

We need the traditional forms and participation in the set forms of acts of regular worship, so that the inner life can be awakened and guided and find a suitable expression.   The solemn divine praise must have its homes on earth, where it is developed, to the greatest perfection possible, to human beings.   From these, it ascends to heaven, for the whole Church and becomes effective in the members of the Church, quickening their interior life, inviting their participation.   But, it must itself be quickened from within, even in these places, by leaving space for silence and depth. Otherwise it would degenerate into mere lip-service.   Contemplative houses where souls stand in solitude and silence before the face of God, are a protection against this danger. They wish to be, in the heart of the Church, the love that vivifies all.we need hours of silent listening - st teresa benedicta edith stein 19 june 2019.jpg

St Romuald, Pray for Us!st-romuald-pray-for-us-no-2-19-june-2018.jpg

St Teresa Benedicta, Pray for Us!st-teresa-benedicta-pray-for-us-2-9 aug 2017.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 19 June – How to pray… St Romuald

Quote/s of the Day – 19 June – Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027)

“Better to pray one psalm
with devotion and compunction,
than a hundred with distraction.”better-to-pray-one-psalm-with-devotion-st-romuald-19-june-2018

“Sit in your cell as in paradise.
Put the whole world
behind you and forget it.
Watch your thoughts
like a good fisherman
watching for fish.”

St Romuald (c 951-1027)sit-in-your-cell-as-in-paradise-st-romuald-18-june-2018


One Minute Reflection – 19 June

One Minute Reflection – 19 June – Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 6:1–6 and the Memorial of St Romuald (c 951-1027) and St Juliana Falconieri OSM (1270 – 1341)

“Beware of practising your piety before men, in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven..”... Matthew 6:1

REFLECTION – ”Vainglory can find a place, not only, in the splendour and pomp of worldly wealth but even in the sordid garment of sackcloth as well.   It is then all the more dangerous, because it is a deception, under the pretence of service to God.
When one dazzles by immoderate adornment of the body and its raiment, or by the splendour of whatever else one may possess, by that very fact, one is easily shown to desire ostentatious display.   This person deceives nobody by a crafty semblance of holiness.   But if, through extraordinary squalor and shabbiness, one is attracting others’ attention to one’s manner of professing Christianity and if, one is doing this of choice and not merely enduring it through necessity, then one may determine by one’s other works whether one is doing it through an indifference toward needless adornment, or through ambition of some kind.   Indeed, the Lord has forewarned us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing:  “By their fruits you shall know them.”
Trials of one kind or another, that cause these people to lose the very advantages they have gained, through their dress or claimed to deny, what they sought to gain by it, will inevitably reveal, whether it is a case of a wolf under a sheep’s skin or a sheep under its own.   But just as sheep ought not to change their skin even though wolves sometimes hide themselves beneath it, so a Christian ought not try to delight the eyes of others by needless adornment, just because pretenders very often assume that scanty garb, which necessity demands and assume it, for the purpose of deceiving those, who are less aware.” … St Augustine (354-430) (Sermon on the Mount, 2)matthew 6 1 - beware of practising yuor piety - vainglory can find a place - st augustine 19 june 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, in Your wisdom You created us.   By Your providence You rule us. Penetrate our inmost being with Your holy light, so that we may shine only by our service and imitation of Your Son and never seek to shine by our own efforts.   May we be mirrors of His meek and humble Heart.   Grant that the prayers of St Romuald and St Juliana Falconieri may be help on our way.   Through Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, God forever,

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Our Morning Offering – 19 June – Most Sacred, Most Loving Heart

Our Morning Offering – 19 June – Wednesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Month of the Sacred Heart

Most Sacred, Most Loving Heart
By Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus,
You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist,
And You beat for us still.
Now, as then, You say:
“With desire I have desired.”
I worship You with all my best love and awe,
With fervent affection,
With my most subdued, most resolved will.
For a while You take up Your abode within me.
O make my heart beat with Your Heart!
Purify it of all that is earthly,
All that is proud and sensual,
All that is hard and cruel,
Of all perversity,
Of all disorder,
Of all deadness.
So fill it with You,
That neither the events of the day,
Nor the circumstances of the time,
May have the power to ruffle it
But that, in Your love and Your fear,
It may have peace.
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Saint of the Day – 19 June – St Juliana Falconieri OSM (1270 – 1341)

Saint of the Day – 19 June – St Juliana Falconieri OSM (1270 – 1341) Virgin and Foundress of the Religious Sisters of the Order of Servites, Mystic, apostle of charity – born in 1270 at Florence, Italy and died on 12 June 1341 at Florence, Italy of natural causes.   Patronages – sick people, sickness.   Her relics lie at the church of San Annunziata in Florence which was built by her father.Juliana_Falconieri

Juliana Falconieri was born in answer to prayer, in 1270.   Her father built the splendid church of the Annunziata in Florence, while her uncle, Blessed Alexius, became one of the founders of the Servite Order.   Under his care Juliana grew up, as he said, more like an angel than a human being.   Such was her modesty that she never used a mirror or gazed upon the face of a man during her whole life.   The mere mention of sin made her shudder and tremble and once hearing a scandal related she fell into a dead swoon.

Statue of St Julia at the Annunziata Church in Florence

Her devotion to the sorrows of Our Lady drew her to the Servants of Mary and, at the age of fourteen, she refused an offer of marriage and received the habit from St Philip Benizi de Damaini (1233-1285) himself, one of the seven holy founders.

Her sanctity attracted many novices, for whose direction she was bidden to draw up a rule and thus with reluctance she became foundress of the “Mantellate”.  The Servites’ dress consisted of a black gown, secured by a leather girdle and a white veil.   Because the gown had short sleeves to facilitate work, people called the sisters of the new Order “Mantellate.”   The sisters devoted themselves especially to the care of the sick and other works of mercy.She was with her children as their servant rather than their mistress, while outside her convent she led a life of apostolic charity, converting sinners, reconciling enemies and healing the sick by sucking with her own lips their ulcerous sores.chronicill-julianav2jpg

She was sometimes rapt for whole days in ecstasy and her prayers saved the Servite Order when it was in danger of being suppressed.   She was visited in her last hour by angels in the form of white doves and Jesus Himself, as a beautiful child, crowned her with a garland of flowers.   She wasted away through a disease of the stomach, which prevented her taking food.   She bore her silent agony with constant cheerfulness, grieving only for the privation of Holy

At last, when, in her seventieth year, she had sunk to the point of death, she begged to be allowed once more to see and adore the Blessed Sacrament.  It was brought to her cell, and reverently laid on a corporal, which was placed over her heart.   At this moment she expired and the Sacred Host disappeared.   After her death the form of the Host was found stamped upon her heart in the exact spot over which the Blessed Sacrament had been laid.  Immediately after her death she was honoured as a saint.

The Servite Order was approved by Pope Martin V in the year 1420.   Pope Benedict XIII recognised the devotion long paid to her and granted the Servites permission to celebrate the feast of the Blessed Juliana.   Pope Clement XII Canonised her in the year 1737 and extended the celebration of her feast day to the entire Church.   Juliana is usually represented in the habit of her Order with a host upon her breast.

Founder Statue inside St Peter’s Basilica
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Memorials of the Saints – 19 June

St Romuald (c 951-1027) (Optional Memorial)
Biography of St Romuald:

St Adleida of Bergamo
Bl Arnaldo of Liniberio
St Culmatius of Arezzo
St Deodatus of Jointures
St Deodatus of Nevers
St Gaudentius of Arezzo
St Gervase
St Hildegrin of Châlons-sur-Marne
Bl Humphrey Middlemore
St Innocent of Le Mans
St Juliana Falconieri OSM (1270 – 1341)

St Lambert of Saragossa
St Lupo of Bergamo
St Modeste Andlauer
St Nazario of Koper
Bl Odo of Cambrai
St Protase
St Rémi Isoré
Bl Sebastian Newdigate
Bl Thomas Woodhouse
Bl William Exmew
St Zosimus of Umbria