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Thought for the Day – 11 July – “O God, Be With Us”

Thought for the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Benedict’s name means “blessed.”   His most famous monastery, Monte Cassino, has been destroyed and rebuilt three times.   His monks follow the motto Ora et labora, which means “Pray and work.”

It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography has been written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence on monasticism in the West.   Benedict is well recognised in the later Dialogues of Saint Gregory but these are sketches to illustrate miraculous elements of his career.   Pope Benedict did a great Catechesis on him, excerpt here and at the end, is a link to the Rule:

The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labour and living together in community under a common abbot.   Benedictine asceticism is known for its moderation and Benedictine charity has always shown concern for the people in the surrounding countryside.   In the course of the Middle Ages, all monasticism in the West was gradually brought under the Rule of St Benedict.

Today the Benedictine family is represented by two branches:  the Benedictine Federation encompassing the men and women of the Order of St Benedict and the Cistercians, men and women of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance.

The Church has been greatly blessed through Benedictine devotion to the liturgy, not only in its actual celebration with rich and proper ceremony in the great abbeys but also through the scholarly studies of many of its members.   Liturgy is sometimes confused with guitars or choirs, Latin or Bach.   We should be grateful to those who both preserve and adapt the genuine tradition in the Church, our great act of worship!

O God, Be With Us
St Benedict (c 480-547)

O God,
from Whom to be turned,
is to fall,
to Whom to be turned,
is to rise,
and in Whom to stand,
is to abide forever,
grant us in all our duties,
Your help,
in all our perplexities,
Your guidance,
in all our dangers,
Your protection,
and in all our sorrows,
Your peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St Benedict, Pray for Europe, Pray for the Church, Pray for Us all!st-benedict-pray-for-us-11-july-2017-3.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – St Benedict

Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

“Ora et labora.”ora et labora st benedict pray and work - 11 july 2019.jpg

“Before all
and above all,
attention shall be paid
to the care of the sick,
so that they shall be served,
as if they were Christ Himself.”before-all-and-above-all-st-benedict-11-july-2018.jpg

“Be careful to be gentle,
lest in removing the rust,
you break the whole instrument.”becareful-to-be-gentle-st-benedict-11-july-2019.jpg

“He should first
show them,
in deeds,
rather than words,
all that is good and holy.”show them in deeds - st benedict - 11 july 2019.jpg

“Let them put
before all else
and may He lead us all,
to everlasting life.”

St Benedict (c 480-547)put christ before all else - st benedict 11 july 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 11 July – “Without cost you have received…”

One Minute Reflection – 11 July – Thursday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 10:7–15 and the Memorial of St Benedict and Bl Valeriu Traian Frentiu (1875-1952)

“Without cost you have received,
without cost you are to give.”…Matthew 10:8

REFLECTION – “To undertake the discipleship of Jesus means to take up your cross — we all have one — to accompany Him on His path, an uncomfortable path that is not of success or of fleeting glory but one which takes us to true freedom, to that which frees us from selfishness and sin.   It is necessary to clearly reject that worldly mentality which places one’s “I” and one’s own interests at the centre of existence.   That is not what Jesus wants from us!   Instead Jesus invites us to lose our life for Him and for the Gospel, to receive it renewed, fulfilled and authentic.   We are certain, thanks to Jesus, that this path leads us to the resurrection, to the full and definitive life with God.   Choosing to follow Him, our Master and Lord who made Himself the Servant of all, one to walk behind and to listen attentively to His Word — remember to read a passage from the Gospel every day — and in the Sacraments.”… Pope Francis (Angelus, 13 September 2015)matthew 10 8 without cost you have received - it is necessary to clearly reject - pope francis 11 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, You appointed St Benedict to be a wise master in the school of Your service, give us the grace to put Your love before all else and so to run with joy in the way of Your commandments.   Listen we pray to the intercession of St Benedict as we ask him for his prayers.   Through Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit, God forever, benedict pray for us 11 july 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 11 July – With All My Heart I Seek You

Our Morning Offering – 11 July – Thursday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C

With All My Heart
I Seek You
By St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

With all my heart
I seek You,
let me not stray
from Your commands…
Open my eyes,
that I may consider
the wonders of Your law.
I am a wayfarer of earth,
hide not Your commands from me…
Make me understand
the way of Your precepts,
and I will meditate
on Your wondrous deeds…
Your compassion is great, O Lord…
Amenwith all my heart i seek you st john paul 11 july 2019

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Saint of the Day – Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu (1875-1952) Bishop and Martyr

Saint of the Day – Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu (1875-1952) Bishop of the Greek-Catholic Rite and Martyr – born on 25 April 1875 in Resita, Caras-Severin, Romania and died on 11 July 1952 in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania of starvation and mulnutrition.   Patronage – Resita, valeriu snip.JPG

Valeriu Traian Frenţiu, the son of the priest Joachim Frenţiu and his wife Rozalia, attended the primary school of his hometown and the gymnasium.   He studied theology in Budapest and was ordained priest on 28 September 1898.   He received his doctorate in 1902 to the doctor of theology.   From 1904 to 1912 he worked in the community as a pastor.

On 14 December 1912 he was appointed Bishop of Lugoj, he was consecrated on 14 January 1913.  He devoted himself to the formation of priests and established a seminary in Lugoj.  On 25 February 1922 he was appointed Bishop of Oradea Mare. Valeriu_Traian_Frenţiu_1

After the death of Archbishop Alexandru Nicolescu in 1941 he became Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Făgăraş and Alba Iulia.   In 1947 he returned to his diocese of Oradea Mare.

On 28 October 1948, he was arrested and interned in the camp Dragoslavele and in February 1949 he was interned in solitary confinement in the monastery Căldăruşani.

In 1950 he was sent to Sighet Prison, where he died on 11 July 1952 as a result of starvation and malnutrition.   He was buried without a coffin in a mass grave in the graveyard of the poor during the night.   The Grave was levelled to be unobserved as a burial place and to avoid pilgrimages to the graves of the martyrs killed in Sighet.   The images below show clearly how Blessed Valeriu became virtually half the size he was previously!

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On 19 March 2019, Pope Francis approved the Beatification of Blessed Valeriu Frenţiu and six other Greek-Catholic bishops killed by the communist regime in Romania in the mid-20th century.   Pope Francis personally presided at the ceremony at Liberty Field in Blaj, Romania on 2 June 2019.7-Bishops-beatification bl valeriu traian frentiubeatification poster bl valeriu

On 5 June at his General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on these Martyred Bishops.   He said:

“One of these new blesseds, Mgr. Iuliu Hossu, during his imprisonment wrote: ‘God sent us into this darkness of suffering to forgive and pray for the conversion of all,'” he said.

“Thinking of the terrible tortures to which they were subjected, these words are a testimony of mercy,” Pope Francis reflected.

Each of the seven bishops died after being held in prisons or labour camps in Romania between 1950 and 1970 under Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime, which harshly persecuted and imprisoned Romanian Catholics in both the Greek and Latin rites.

The Catholic community, both Greek and Latin, is alive and active,” Pope Francis said. “We have shown that unity does not take away legitimate diversity.”

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in both rites during his three-day visit to Romania with Masses in the Latin rite for the feast of Mary’s visitation in the Bucharest Cathedral and at Transylvania’s Marian pilgrimage shrine of Șumuleu-Ciuc, in addition to the Divine Liturgy in Blaj.
If you have the time please do watch this beautiful Divine Liturgy!

The Seven Romanian Greek-Catholic Bishops Hieromartyrs are:

–Blessed Ioan Balan
–Blessed Ioan Suciu
–Blessed Vasile Aftenie
–Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu
–Blessed Tito Livio Chinezu
–Blessed Alexandru Rusu
–Blessed Iuliu Hossu (Cardinal Bishop)

Bishops Iuliu Hossu, who had been imprisoned in 1954 and died in hospital in 1970, Vasile Aftenie, who died in prison 1950; Ioan Balan, imprisoned 1950-54, he died in a monastery in 1959, Valeriu Traian Frentiu, who died in prison 1952; Ioan Suciu, died in prison 1953, Tito Livio Chinezu, died in prison 1955 and Alexandru Rusu, who died in prison 1963.   St Pope Paul VI had made Bishop Hossu a cardinal but at his request only revealed this elevation after his death.

Holy New Martyrs of Romania, pray to God for us!7 New-Romanian-martryrs-2019.icon

Romanian Postage Stamp of Blessed Valeriu


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Memorials of the Saints – 11 July

St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547) (Memorial) Patron of Europe and Founder of Western Monasticism
St Benedict, His Medal, His Monastery:
and more here:

St Abundius of Ananelos
St Amabilis of Rouen
St Anna An Jiaoshi
St Anna An Xingshi
Bl Antonio Muller
St Berthevin of Lisieux
St Cindeus
St Cowair
St Cyprian of Brescia
St Cyriacus the Executioner
St Drostan
St Hidulf of Moyenmoutier
St Januarius
St John of Bergamo
Bl Kjeld of Viborg
St Leontius the Younger
St Marcian of Lycaonia
St Marciana of Caesarea
Maria An Guoshi
Maria An Linghua
Bl Marie-Clotilde Blanc
Bl Marie-Elisabeth Pélissier
Bl Marie-Marguerite de Barbégie d’Albrède
St Olga of Kiev
St Pelagia
St Pius I, Pope
St Placid of Dissentis
Bl Rosalie-Clotilde Bes
St Sabinus of Brescia
St Sabinus of Poitiers
St Sidronius
St Sigisbert of Dissentis
Bl Thomas Hunt
Bl Thomas Sprott
St Thurketyl
Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu (1875-1952) Martyr