Pope Francis to Canonise Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) on 13 October 2019

The Vatican announces the date of the Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), along with four others on Sunday 13 October 2019, the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.vatican announces canonisation of Bl John Henry Newman today 1 july 2019.jpg

“Praise to the Holiest in the height
And in the the depth be praise.
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways!”
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In February, the Pope signed a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to Blessed John Henry Newman, the inexplicable healing of a woman with a “life-threatening pregnancy”.

Ordained a Catholic priest in 1847, he was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in 1879, although he was not a bishop.   Newman’s conversion to the Catholic faith was controversial in England and resulted in him losing many friends, including his own sister who never spoke to him again.

The British cardinal founded the Oratory of St Philip Neri in England and was particularly dedicated to education, founding two schools for boys.   He died in Birmingham in 1890 at the age of 89.

In October, Cardinal Newman will become Britain’s first new saint since the Canonisation of St John Ogilvie (1579-1615) Martyr, Memorial 10 March, in 1976.

At Newman’s beatification Mass in Birmingham, England in September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said that Newman’s “insights into the relationship between faith and reason, into the vital place of revealed religion in civilised society and into the need for a broadly-based and wide-ranging approach to education, were not only of profound importance for Victorian England but continue today, to inspire and enlighten many all over the world.   “What better goal could teachers of religion set themselves than Blessed John Henry’s famous appeal for an intelligent, well-instructed laity:   ‘I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it…..” 

As Blessed, John Henry’s Memorial is 9 October, the date he was received into the Catholic Church.god has created me - bl john henry newman 3 feb 2019

“God has created me to do Him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission.
I may never know it in this life
but I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good, I shall do His work.
I shall be an angel of peace,
a preacher of truth in my own place,
while not intending it,
if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him…
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him,
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him…
He does nothing in vain…
He may take away my friends.
He may throw me among strangers.
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink,
hide the future from me.
Still, He knows what He is about.”


The Others to be Canonised on the same day are:

Sister Mariam Thresia of India is the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family.

Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini is the founder of the Daughters of Saint Camillus.

Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God.

Marguerite Bays of Switzerland, of the Third Order of Saint Francis of Assisi.



July Devotion – The Most Precious Blood

July Devotion – The Most Precious Blood

Holy Mother Church dedicates the month of July to the Precious Blood of Jesus, which was “shed for the many, for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Like the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the subject of Catholic devotion in June, the Precious Blood has long been venerated for its role in our redemption.july the month of the most precious blood - 1 july 2019.jpg

Devotion to the “Body Parts” of Jesus
Many non-Catholics find Catholic devotion to the “body parts” of Jesus Christ to be a little odd. In addition to the Sacred Heart and the Precious Blood, there are devotions to the Five Wounds (in Christ’s hands, feet, and side), to the shoulder wound, where Christ carried the Cross and to the wounds caused by the crown of thorns, to name just a few.

Faced with Protestant discomfort with these devotions, many Catholics have abandoned or downplayed them. But we should not do that. These devotions provide a living witness to our belief in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Our Saviour is not an abstraction, He is God-Made-Man. And as the Athanasian Creed tells us, in becoming man, Christ assumed humanity into the Godhead.

It’s an awesome thought – our physical nature is united to God through the Person of Jesus Christ. When we venerate Christ’s Precious Blood or His Sacred Heart, we aren’t making an idol out of Creation, we are worshiping the One True God Who so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son to save us from everlasting death!

Christ’s Precious Blood, like His Sacred Heart, is a symbol of His love for all mankind.   In this prayer, we recall the shedding of His Blood and ask, that He may guide our live,s so that we may be worthy of Heaven.

Lord Jesus Christ,
who came down from heaven to earth
from the bosom of the Father
and shed Thy Precious Blood
for the remission of our sins,
we humbly beseech Thee,
that in the day of judgment
we may deserve to hear,
standing at Thy right hand:
“Come, ye blessed.”
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.


Thought for the Day – 1 July – Charity … the Mirror of the Church

Thought for the Day – 1 July – The Memorial of Bl Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855) and the first day of the Month of the Most Precious Blood

The Pope’s invitation to write books to present, in a modern language, the doctrine of the Church was accomplished by publishing works that were destined to produce fruits well into the future. His prodigious act  ivity in many fields was supported by a mystical life of prayer, which included the daily offering of his blood in union with the precious Blood of JESUS.   On 18 November 2007, he was proclaimed a Blessed and was presented as a luminous model of intellectual charity.

In his exhortation, Veritatis Gaudium of 29 January 2018, Pope Francis, quoting words from the book The Five Wounds of Holy Church, published by Rosmini in 1848, issued an invitation to follow Rosmini’s recommendations for the formation of clergy and of the faithful.

The fundamental dimensions of the charism
The Institute, as a religious family born of Charity, offers God’s help for sanctification in the perfection of charity.   It is a gift for all categories of people, because God does not exclude anyone from His love.   In practice, the following groups belong to the Institute: brothers and priests with vows (Rosminians), the Sisters of Providence (Rosminian Sisters), Adopted Sons and Ascribed members.   These latter do not live in communities but participate in the charism while following their chosen way of life.   They can be men and women, married couples, diocesan priests, even bishops!

Rosmini did not receive from God a call to any specific work of charity, like many other founders and thus the Institute is meant to mirror the Church in its identity and in its mission of universal charity.   The development of our charism has been conditioned and slowed down by historical and ecclesial events but in recent years it has begun to increase.

The fundamental dimensions of the spirituality of our charism
Union with God begins with justice, that is, with the commitment to personal purification and detachment from sin.  It grows into adherence to grace in such a way that we desire only and in an orderly fashion, to do the will of God, manifested through the duties of our state of life, the voice of the Church, the indications of superiors and the demands of our neighbours.   All this is masterly expressed in the pages of Maxims of Christian Perfection.   Since Rosmini affirms the supreme value of the person, the Rosminian way enhances and directs a conscious and mature Christian witness.

The fundamental dimensions of our specific charismatic mission
Indifference to one’s own choices becomes total openness to calls from God and from the Church.   Both Rosminian brethren and Sisters put their total being at the disposal of charity.   Thanks to the marvellous conjunction of consecrated and lay life, the Rosminian charismatic Family is the mirror of the Church.   It tends to promote and develop works of charity that reach the most important places of the Church and society.

Blessed Antonio Rosmini, Pray for us!bl antonio rosmini pray for us no 2 - 1 july 2019.jpg


Quote of the Day – 1 July – The Blood of Christ

Quote of the Day – 1 July – Monday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Tim, Year C – July the Month of the Most Precious Blood

“The Blood of Christ
is His sacrifice
applied to us,
it enters the souls
of the redeemed,
it is the
source of all heroism!”

St John XXIII (1881-1963)the blood of christ is his sacrifice - st john XXIII 1 july 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 1 July – He totally encloses us …

One Minute Reflection – 1 July – Monday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Today’s Gospel Matthew 8:18–22 and the Memorial of Bl Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855)

“Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”…Matthew 8:20matthew 8 20 - foxes have dens 1 july 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “He [ Jesus] is our clothing, that for love wraps us and winds us,
embraces us and totally encloses us, hanging about us in tender love.”… Blessed
Julian of Norwich (c 1342-c 1430)he-jesus-is-our-clothing-julian-of-norwich-1-july-2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, be the beginning and the end of all that we are and do and say. Prompt our actions with Your grace, may Your light be our only way, may Your commands be our only need and complete all, with Your all-powerful help.   Blessed Antonio Rosmini who gave all for the sake of glory of God, pray for us!   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God with You, forever and ever, antonio rosmini praty for us 1 july 2019.jpg


Our Morning Offering – 1 July- St Gertrude’s Prayer to the Father

Our Morning Offering – 1 July – Monday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – July the Month of the Most Precious Blood

Daily Offering to the Father
by the Merits of the Most Precious Blood
By St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302

Eternal Father,
I offer You
the Most Precious Blood
of Your divine Son, Jesus,
in union with all the
Masses said throughout
the world today.
For all the Souls in Purgatory,
for sinners everywhere,
sinners in the universal Church,
those in my own home
and in my family.
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Saint of the Day – 1 July – Blessed Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855)

Saint of the Day – 1 July – Blessed Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855) aged 58 – Priest, Founder of the Institute of Charity (also known as the Rosminians), Philosopher, Writer, pioneer of the concept of social justice and was a key figure in Italian Liberal Catholicism.   Born on 24 March 1797 in Rovereto, Austrian Tyrol (modern Trent, Italy) and died on 1 July 1855 in Stresa, Viterbo, Italy of natural causes.   bl-rosmini-ritratto-2-800x500-d0bad0bed0bfd0b8d18f1.jpg

Antonio Rosmini was born on 24 March 1797 to Pier Modesto and Giovanna dei Conti Formenti di Riva at Rovereto, a very “Italian” town although part of the Austrian Empire since 1509.   He was baptised the following day and received his early education locally.

In 1816 he enrolled at the University of Padua, Italy, where he received doctorates in theology and canon law.   After his studies he returned to Rovereto to prepare for Holy Orders.

In February 1820 he accompanied his sister, Margherita, to Verona where the Marquess Maddalena of Canossa (now Blessed) had founded a religious institute.   During the visit Maddalena invited him to found a male religious institute as a twin to her own institute. While the young man politely declined, her invitation in time proved prophetic.

Antonio was ordained a priest on 21 April 1821 at Chioggia, Italy.  bl antonio rosmini.jpgIn 1823 he travelled to Rome with the Patriarch of Venice, who arranged an audience for him with Pope Pius VII.   In that audience the Pontiff encouraged him to undertake the reform of philosophy.

In 1826 he went to Milan to continue his research and publish the results of his philosophical studies.   He wrote on many subjects, including the origin of ideas and certitude, the nature of the human soul, ethics, the relationship between Church and State, the philosophy of law, metaphysics, grace, original sin, the sacraments and education.

On Ash Wednesday, 20 February 1828, Fr Rosmini withdrew to write the Constitutions of the budding Institute of Charity, in which he incorporated the principle of passivity (to be concerned with one’s personal sanctification until God’s will manifests itself to undertake some external work of charity) and the principle of impartiality (to free one of any personal preference in assuming a work of charity).

To assure himself of God’s will in his philosophical and foundational work, Rosmini went to Rome a second time, in November 1828 and there received Pope Leo XII’s support.   On 15 May 1829 he met with the new Pope, Pius VIII, who confirmed his double mission as philosopher and founder.   During this visit to Rome, Fr Rosmini published “Maxims of Christian Perfection” and “Origin of Ideas”, winning the admiration of many scholars.

By 1832 the Institute of Charity had spread to Northern Italy and by 1835 it reached England, where the community enjoyed substantial growth.   In England the Rosminians are credited with introducing the use of the Roman collar and cassock and the practice of wearing the religious habit in public.   They were known for preaching missions, the practice of the Forty Hours, May devotions, the use of the scapular, novena celebrations, public processions and the blessing of throats on the feast of St antonio rosmini.header.jpg

Pope Gregory XVI approved the Constitutions of the Institute of Charity on 20 December 1838.   On 25 March 1839 vows were taken by 20 Italian and 6 British priests  . On 20 September 1839 Fr Rosmini was appointed provost general for life.

This happy period of growth and apostolic success, however, was tempered by opposition to his intellectual and philosophical writings from 1826 until his death.

Primarily his “Treatise on Moral Conscience” (1839) led to a sharp, 15-year controversy which required more than one Papal injunction to silence the “Rosminian Question”. Another important, controversial work was “The Five Wounds of the Church” (1832).

Fr Rosmini found himself wedged between the obligation to renew Catholic philosophy and finding his works on the Index.   But his obedience to the Church was admirable: ” In everything, I want to base myself on the authority of the Church and I want the whole world to know that I adhere to this authority alone” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Note on the Force of the Doctrinal Decrees”, L’Osservatore Romano English edition [ORE], 25 July 2001, p. 9).

To close the issue definitively, the Pontiff submitted all Rosmini’s works to examination by the Congregation of the Index.   On 3 July 1854, it was decreed:  “All the works of Antonio Rosmini-Serbati that have recently been examined are to be dismissed [from the Index or any error] and this examination in no way detracts from the good name of the author, nor of the religious Society founded by him, nor from his life and singular merits towards the Church” (R. Malone, “Historical Overview of the Rosmini Case”, ORE, 25 July 2001, p. 10).

Less than a year after this Decree Fr Antonio Rosmini died on 1 July 1855 at Stresa, Italy, at age 58…

He was Beatified on 18 November 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Monument to St Antonio Rosmini in Milan (1896).

His body is interred in the Church of the Santissimo Crocifisso built by him in Stresa.

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Today the Rosminians operate on 5 continents and continue to flourish.

O God, light of the faithful and shepherd of souls,
who set blessed Antonio in the Church
to feed your sheep by his words and form them by his example,
grant that through his intercession
we may keep the faith he taught by his words
and follow the way he showed by his example.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Pastors)BL ANTONIO SNIP FROM THE ROSMINIANS.JPG


Memorials of the Saints – 1 July

The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ:   The feast was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969, “because the Most Precious Blood of Christ the Redeemer is already venerated in the solemnities of the Passion, of Corpus Christi, of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and in the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.” However, as this is the Month of the Most Precious Blood, this day, is most worthy of celebrating this Feast Day everyday.

St Junipero Serra (1713-1784) (Optional Memorial, USA)

St Aaron of Caerleon
St Aaron the Patriarch
Bl Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855)
St Arnulf of Mainz
Bl Assunta Marchetti
St Atilano Cruz Alvarado
St Calais of Anisole
St Carilephus
St Castus of Sinuessa
St Cewydd
St Concordius of Toledo
St Cuimmein of Nendrum
St Domitian of Lerins
Bl Elisabeth de Vans
St Eparchius of Perigord
St Eutychius of Umbria
St Esther the Queen
St Gall of Clermont
Bl George Beesley
St Golvinus of Leon
St Gwenyth of Cornwall
St Huailu Zhang
Bl Jan Nepomucen Chrzan
Bl Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil
St Julius of Caerleon
St Justino Orona Madrigal
St Juthware
St Leonorious of Brittany
St Leontius of Autun
Bl Luis Obdulio Navarro
St Martin of Vienne
Bl Montford Scott
Bl Nazju Falzon
St Nicasius of Jerusalem
St Oliver Plunkett (1629-1681) Martyr

Bl Pierre-Yrieix Labrouhe de Laborderie
St Secundinus of Sinuessa
St Servan of Culross
St Theobald of Vicenza
St Theodoric of Mont d’Or
Bl Thomas Maxfield
Bl Tullio Maruzzo
St Veep

Martyrs of Rome – 6 saints: Six Christians who were martyred together. No details have survived except their names – Esicius, Antonius, Processus, Marina, Serenus and Victor. They were martyred in Rome, Italy, date unknown.