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Thought for the Day – 14 July – …Holiness thrives on the Cross, anywhere

Thought for the Day – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 10:25–37 and the Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) “Lily of the Mohawks”

The blood of martyrs is the seed of saints.   Nine years after the Jesuits, Isaac Jogues and Jean de Lelande were tomahawked by Iroquois warriors, a baby girl was born near the place of their martyrdom, Auriesville, New York.

Her mother was a Christian Algonquin, taken captive by the Iroquois and given as wife to the chief of the Mohawk clan, the boldest and fiercest of the Five Nations.   When she was four, Tekakwitha lost her parents and little brother in a smallpox epidemic that left her disfigured and half blind.   She was adopted by an uncle, who succeeded her father as chief.   He hated the coming of the Blackrobes—Jesuit missionaries—but could do nothing to them because a peace treaty with the French, required their presence in villages, with Christian captives.   She was moved by the words of three Blackrobes who lodged with her uncle but fear of him kept her from seeking instruction.   Tekakwitha refused to marry a Mohawk brave and at 20 finally received the courage ,to take the step of converting.   She was baptised with the name Kateri–Catherine–on Easter Sunday.

Now, she would be treated as a slave.   Because she would not work on Sunday, Kateri received no food that day.   Her life in grace grew rapidly.   She told a missionary that she often meditated on the great dignity of being baptised.   She was powerfully moved by God’s love for human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people.

She was always in danger, for her conversion and holy life created great opposition.   On the advice of a priest, Kateri stole away one night and began a 200-mile walking journey to a Christian Indian village at Sault S. Louis, near Montreal.

For three years she grew in holiness under the direction of a priest and an older Iroquois woman, giving herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity, and in strenuous penance.   At 23, Kateri took a vow of virginity, an unprecedented act for an Indian woman whose future depended on being married.   She found a place in the woods where she could pray an hour a day—and was accused of meeting a man there!

Her dedication to virginity was instinctive – Kateri did not know about religious life for women until she visited Montreal.   Inspired by this, she and two friends wanted to start a community but the local priest dissuaded her.   She humbly accepted an “ordinary” life. She practised extremely severe fasting as penance for the conversion of her nation. Kateri Tekakwitha died the afternoon before Holy Thursday.   Witnesses said that her emaciated face changed colour and became like that of a healthy child.   The lines of suffering, even the pockmarks, disappeared and the touch of a smile came upon her lips. She was Beatified in 1980 and Canonised in 2012.

We like to think that our proposed holiness is thwarted by our situation.   If only we could have more solitude, less opposition, better health.   Kateri Tekakwitha repeats the example of the saints – holiness thrives on the cross, anywhere.   Yet she did have what Christians—all people—need, the support of a community.   She had a good mother, helpful priests, Christian friends.   These were present in what we call primitive conditions and blossomed in the age-old Christian triad of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, union with God in Jesus and the Spirit, self-discipline and often suffering, and charity for her brothers and sisters.   It is really simple, is it not?

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – Eye has not seen….

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 10:25–37 and the Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity” and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) “Lily of the Mohawks”

Eye has not seen,
ear has not heard,
nor has it so much as dawned on man
what God has prepared
for those who love him.

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“The happiness to which I aspire
is greater than anything on earth.
Therefore, I regard with extreme joy,
whatever pains and sufferings
may befall me here.”

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“Jesus, I love You.”

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One Minute Reflection – 14 July – “Go and do likewise.”

One Minute Reflection – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel:  Luke 10:25–37 and the memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity” and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) “Lily of the Mohawks”

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REFLECTION – “In choosing these two Words addressed by God to His people and by putting them together, Jesus taught once and for all that love for God and love for neighbour are inseparable; moreover, they sustain one another.   Even if set in a sequence, they are two sides of a single coin – experienced together they are a believer’s strength!

To love God is to live of Him and for Him, for what He is and for what He does.   Our God is unmitigated giving, He is unlimited forgiveness, He is a relationship that promotes and fosters.

Therefore, to love God means to invest our energies each day to be His assistants in the unmitigated service of our neighbour, in trying to forgive without limitations and in cultivating relationships of communion and fraternity.   It is not a matter of pre-selecting my neighbour – this is not Christian but it is about having eyes to see and a heart to want what is good for him or her.   Today’s Gospel passage invites us all to be projected not only toward the needs of our poorest brothers and sisters but above all to be attentive to their need for fraternal closeness, for a meaning to life and for tenderness.”… Pope Francis (ANGELUS Sunday, 4 November 2018)therefore, to love god means - pope francis - good samaritan 14 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – God our Father, we are Your children and You have set us aside to come home to You by the light of the way of Your divine Son. Grant we pray, that we may grow in faith and love for You and our neighbour daily, by the intercession of  Saints Camillus and Kateri, may learn the gentleness and tenderness of love, to all around us.  We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever,

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Sunday Reflection – 14 July – The Sacrament that You Receive is Effected by the Words of Christ

Sunday Reflection – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 10:25–37

The Sacrament that you Receive is Effected by the Words of Christ

Saint Ambrose (340-397)
Bishop and Great Latin Father & Doctor of the Church

An Excerpt from his Work, ‘On the Mysteries’

We see that grace can accomplish more than nature, yet so far, we have been considering instances, of what grace can do through a prophet’s blessing.   If the blessing of a human being had powe,r even to change nature, what do we say of God’s action in the consecration itself, in which the very words of the Lord and Saviour are effective?   If the words of Elijah had power even to bring down fire from heaven, will not the words of Christ have power to change the natures of the elements?   You have read that in the creation of the whole world He spoke and they came to be;  He commanded and they were created.   If Christ could by speaking, create out of nothing what did not yet exist, can we say that His words are unable to change existing things, into something they previously were not?   It is no lesser feat to create new natures for things than to change their existing natures.

What need is there for argumentation?   Let us take what happened in the case of Christ Himself and construct the truth of this mystery, from the mystery of the incarnation.  Did the birth of the Lord Jesus from Mary come about in the course of nature?   If we look at nature we regularly find, that conception results from the union of man and women.   It is clear then, that the conception by the Virgin was above and beyond the course of nature.   And this body that we make present, is the body born of the Virgin.   Why do you expect to find, in this case, that nature takes its ordinary course, in regard to the body of Christ, when the Lord Himself was born of the Virgin, in a manner above and beyond the order of nature?   This is indeed the true flesh of Christ, which was crucified and buried.   This is then in truth the Sacrament of His Flesh.

The Lord Jesus Himself declares – ‘This is my body.’   Before the blessing contained in these words, a different thing is named; after the consecration, a body is indicated.   He Himself speaks of His blood.   Before the consecration, something else is spoken of, after the consecration, blood is designated.   And you say – “Amen,” that is: “It is true.”   What the mouth utters, let the mind within acknowledge, what the Word says, let the heart ratify.

So the Church, in response to grace so great, exhorts her children, exhorts her neighbours, to hasten to these mysteries –  neighbours, she says, come and eat, brethren, drink and be filled.   In another passage the Holy Spirit has made clear to you what you are to eat, what you are to drink.   Taste, the prophet says and see, that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who puts his trust in Him.

Christ is in that sacrament, for it is the body of Christ.   It is, therefore, not bodily food but spiritual.   Thus the Apostle too says, speaking of its symbol – Our fathers ate spiritual food and drank spiritual drink.   For the body of God is spiritual; the body of Christ is that of a divine spirit, for Christ is a spirit.   We read – The spirit before our face is Christ the Lord.   And in the letter of Saint Peter we have this – Christ died for you.   Finally, it is this food that gives strength to our hearts, this drink which gives joy to the heart of man, as the prophet has written.and you say amen that is it is true - st ambrose sun reflec - 14 july 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 14 July – Prayer before Holy Communion

Our Morning Offering – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Prayer before Holy Communion
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God, holiness becomes Your House,
and yet You make Your abode in my breast.
My Lord, my Saviour, to me You come,
hidden under the semblance of earthly things,
yet in that very flesh and blood
which You took from Mary,
You, who did first inhabit Mary’s breast,
come to me.
My God, You see me;
I cannot see myself…
You see how unworthy, so great a sinner is,
to receive the One Holy God,
whom the Seraphim adore with trembling…
My God, enable me to bear You,
for You alone can.
Cleanse my heart and mind from all that is past…
give me a true perception of things unseen,
and make me truly, practically,
and in the details of life,
prefer You to anything on earth,
and the future world,
to the present.

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Saint of the Day – 14 July – Saint Kateri ‘Catherine’ Tekakwitha (1656–1680) “Lily of the Mohawks”

Saint of the Day – 14 July – Saint Kateri ‘Catherine’ Tekakwitha (1656–1680) aged 24 Virgin laywoman, Penitent, Ascetic – known as Lily of the Mohawks – born in 1656 in the Mohawk village of Osserneon (Auriesville), modern New York, USA and died on 17 April 1680 at Caughnawaga, Canada of natural causes.   Patronages – ecologists, ecology, environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, loss of parents, people in exile, people ridiculed for their piety, Native Americans, Igorots, Cordilleras,Thomasites, Northern Luzon,[citation needed] Diocese of Bangued, Vicariate of Tabuk, Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe, Diocese of Baguio, Marikina City, Cainta, Rizal, Antipolo City, Philippines.St_Kateri-Caterina-Tekakwitha_V.jpg

Kateri contracted smallpox in an epidemic; her family died and her face was scarred.  She converted to Roman Catholicism at age twenty, when she was renamed Kateri Catherine, baptised in honour of Saint Catherine of Siena.   Refusing to marry, she left her village and moved for the remaining five years of her life to the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal in New France, now Canada.

Kateri took a vow of perpetual virginity.   Upon her death at the age of 24, witnesses said that minutes later her scars vanished and her face appeared radiant and beautiful. Known for her virtue of chastity and mortification of the flesh, as well as being shunned by some of her tribe for her religious conversion to Catholicism, she is the fourth Native American to be venerated in the Roman Catholic Church and the first to be Canonised.

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Only known portrait from life of Catherine Tekawitha, c 1690, by Father Chauchetière

Under the pontificate of St Pope John Paul II, she was Beatified in 1980 and Canonised by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Basilica on 21 October 2012  . Many miracles and supernatural events are attributed to her intercession.

This wonderful crown of new blesseds, God’s bountiful gift to His Church, is completed by the sweet, frail yet strong figure of a young woman who died when she was only twenty-four years old –  Kateri Tekakwitha, the “Lily of the Mohawks”, the Iroquois maiden, who in seventeenth century North America was the first to renew the marvels of sanctity of St Scholastica, Saint Gertrude, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Angela Merici and Saint Rose of Lima, preceding, along the path of Love, her great spiritual sister, Therese of Child Jesus.

She spent her short life partly in what is now the State of New York and partly in Canada. She was a kind, gentle and hardworking person, spending her time working, praying, and meditating.   At the age of twenty she received Baptism.  Even when following her tribe in the hunting seasons, she continued her devotions, before a rough cross carved by herself in the forest.   When her family urged her to marry, she replied very serenely and calmly that she had Jesus as her only spouse.   This decision, in view of the social conditions of women in the Indian Tribes at the time, exposed Kateri to the risk of living as outcast and in poverty.   It was a bold, unusual and prophetic gesture – on 25 March, 1679, at the age of twenty-three, with the consent of her spiritual director, Kateri took a vow of perpetual virginity – as far as we know the first time that this was done among the North American Indians.Statue_Kateri_Tekakwitha.jpg

The last months of her life were an ever clearer manifestation of her solid faith, straight-forward humility, calm resignation and radiant joy, even in the midst of terrible sufferings.   Her last words, simple and sublime, whispered at the moment of her death, sum up, like a noble hymn, a life of purest charity – “Jesus, I love you….”.

The Church has declared to the world that Kateri Tekakwitha is saint, that she lived a life on earth of exemplary holiness and that she is now a member in heaven of the Communion of Saints who continually intercede with the merciful Father on our behalf.

During the Canonisation ceremony on 21 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily – “Kateri impresses us by the action of grace in her life in spite of the absence of external help and by the courage of her vocation, so unusual in her culture.   In her, faith and culture enrich each other!   May her example help us to live where we are, loving Jesus without denying who we are.   Saint Kateri, Protectress of Canada and the first native American saint, we Entrust to you the renewal of the faith in the first nations and in all of North America!   May God bless the first nations!”

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Memorials of the Saints – 14 July

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C *2019

St Camillus de Lellis (Optional Memorial)
St Camillus!

Mare de Déu de Canòlich/Mother of God of Canolich:
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Our Lady of Dromon: Saint-Geniez, Alpes de Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
In 1656, about 2.5 miles from the alpine village of Saint-Geniez, as 12-year-old herder Honoré was praying before a wooden cross on a stone mound, he heard the voice of the Blessed Virgin asking him to dig there to uncover chapels dedicated to her long ago. Excavations on the mountain located a crypt chapel dating back to around 1000, on the site of the ancient city of Theopolis. The upper chapel holds an alabaster statue of the Virgin and Child from the 1600s. The annual pilgrimage takes place on Bastille Day, 14 July.

Bl Angelina di Marsciano
Bl Boniface of Canterbury
St Colman of Killeroran
St Cyrus of Carthage
St Deusdedit of Canterbury
St Donatus of Africa
Bl Dorotea Llamanzares Fernández
St Francis Solano
Bl Giorgio of Lauria
Bl Hroznata of Bohemia
Bl Humbert of Romans
St Idus of Ath Fadha
St Ioannes Wang Kuixin
St Just
St Justus of Rome
St Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) (Optional Memorial USA)

St Liebert
St Marchelm
Bl Michael Ghebre
St Optatian of Brescia
St Papias of Africa
Bl Toscana of Verona
St Ulric of Zell