Novena to St Anne – Day Eight – 24 July

Novena to St Anne – Day Eight – 24 July

Reflections by:
By Fr Daniel A Lord, SJ


Next to Mary, Anne is the favourite name for all the world.   It is the symbol of her motherly virtues.   It is so intimately associated with Mary and with Jesus that it commands our affection.   Thousands of girl babies each year are named for the mother of Mary.   Time was, when the highest honour that could be conferred upon a baby girl, was to call her Mary Anne, linking in a double name the virtue and intercession of the world’s two most powerful women.

Today that name remains the symbol of strength and power.

We call upon Anne, knowing that the Saviour will listen to the prayers of His devoted grandmother.

In her name we ask favours and blessings, sure that the God, who chose her daughter, to be His Mother, will be generous to the woman who shaped His Mother to her high career.

Fortunate the women whose name is Anne.

Blessed the millions across the world who pray to the great Saint Anne, knowing that her name is dear to God and that prayer to her is prayer that the Saviour, her Grandson, will willingly heed.

To her whose name and fame we love, we pray:

Daily Prayer:

O glorious St Anne,
you are filled with compassion
for those who invoke you
and with love for those who suffer!
Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles,
I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you
to take the present intention
which I recommend to you in your special care.
…………………(make your intention)
Please recommend it to your daughter,
the Blessed Virgin Mary
and place it before the throne of Jesus,
so that He may bring it to a happy issue.
Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted.
But, above all, obtain for me the grace, one day,
to see my God face to face
and with you and Mary and all the saints,
to praise and bless Him for all eternity.

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St Anne, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St Anne, intercede for me.


Hail, St Anne! I rejoice at your exalted glory.
You gave birth to Mary,
whose divine Son brought salvation to our lost world
by conquering death and restoring life and hope to sinners.
Pray to Him who, for love of us,
clothed Himself with human flesh
in the chaste womb of your daughter.
Glorious S. Anne,
with your blessed daughter,
deliver me from everything that is displeasing in the sight of God.
Pray to your gentle and powerful Grandson,
that He may cleanse my soul in His precious blood,
that He may send His Holy Spirit to enlighten
and direct me in all that I do,
always obedient to His holy inspirations.
Good mother, keep a watchful eye on me.
Help me bear all my crosses.
Please give me the fullness of your bounty
and sustain me with courage.
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Thought for the Day – 24 July – Insane or saintly?

Thought for the Day – 24 July – Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Saint Christina ‘Mirabilis/the Astonishing’ (1150-1224)

Christina was very introverted and assiduously avoided being around others.   She would take extreme measures to avoid contact with people, by doing such things as climbing high up in trees (to avoid the smell of SIN) or even hiding in ovens.   Many people thought her to be insane but others who knew her, venerated her for her holiness.   She lived her entire life in poverty and spent her last three years living in St. Catherine’s convent at Saint-Trond.

There have been other saints that some felt were more insane than they were saintly.  In the eyes of the world, even now, those who follow Christ in piety and love, oftentimes are seen to be ‘odd’ and ‘weird.’   However, it is not for us to judge others, as our Lord Jesus said.   St John the Baptiser lived in the wilderness and ate locusts but our Lord said, that among men born of women, John was the greatest.   Jesus instructed us to love one another.   On a human level, Christina may have seemed unusual but she lived to please God, not men.   This is the calling of each of us – to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and love one another as we love ourselves.


St Christina,
you lived a life of poverty
and loneliness in the eyes of others.
But you knew, that in the eyes of God,
you were wealthy and had His love
and the companionship of saints and angels.
Help us to see beyond the things of the world
and to realise, that, we are never alone with God
and that we are surrounded by
a “great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us.”
Pray that we remember to offer up our sufferings
for those who do not see beyond the material
and those who are seeking love and fulfilment,
that they may come to know God
and understand, that they are never alone.

St Christina, ‘Mirabilis’, Pray for Us!ST CHRISTINA MIRABILIS PRAY FOR US 24 JULY 2019.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 24 July – “A sower went out to sow”

Quote/s of the Day – 24 July – Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9

“A sower went out to sow”

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“Jesus invites us today to look inside ourselves –
to give thanks for our good soil
and to tend the soil that is not yet good.
Let us ask ourselves if our heart is open
to welcome the seed of the Word of God with faith.
Let us ask ourselves if our rocks of laziness
are still numerous and large,
let us identify our thorns of vice
and call them by name.
Let us find the courage to reclaim the soil,
to effect a conversion of our heart,
bringing to the Lord in Confession
and in prayer, our rocks and our thorns.”

Pope Francis

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One Minute Reflection – 24 July – ‘He came Himself … ‘

One Minute Reflection – 24 July  – Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9 and the Memorial of St Charbel Makhluf (1828-1898)

“A sower went out to sow” … Matthew 13:3

REFLECTION – “Now if you ask me what Jesus Christ means by the sower who goes out early to sow seed in his field, my dear brethren, that sower is the good God Himself! He began His work for our salvation from the beginning of the world by sending His prophets to us before the coming of the Messiah to teach us what we had to do to be saved.   And, not satisfied with sending His servants, He came Himself, marked out for us the way we should take and came to preach His holy word.

Do you know what those people are like who aren’t sustained by that holy word or who abuse it?   They are like the sick without a doctor, like a traveller who has gone astray without a guide, like a poor man without means.   Let us rather say, my brethren, that it is altogether impossible to love God and please Him without being nourished by this divine word.   What is there that can draw us to attach ourselves to Him if not because we know Him?   And what enables us to know Him with all His perfections, beauty and love for us if not God’s word, which teaches us all He has done for us and the good things He is preparing for us in the life to come, if we try hard to please Him?” … St John-Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859) Priest, Curé of Ars – Sermonsmatthew 13 3 a sower went out to sow - now if you ask me st john vianney 24 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Holy, almighty God, You sent Your prophets and then Your only Son to teach us and lead us to eternal life.   Remember Lord, Your solemn covenant, renewed and consecrated by the blood of the Lamb, so that Your people may obtain forgiveness for their sins and a continued growth in grace.   Send us Your Spirit, to enlighten our hearts and minds and grow in love for You and the Word made flesh.   Guide us in our understanding and living, by the Words of the Word.   Saint Charbel Makhluf intercede for us, that we may merit to be co-heirs of His Kingdom.   Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever,, 2018 and 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 24 July – Lord God, Lift Me Up

Our Morning Offering – 24 July – Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C

Lord God, Lift Me Up
By St John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Lord God, my Beloved,
if You are still mindful of my sins
and will not grant my petitions,
let Your will be done,
for that is my chief desire.
Show Your goodness and mercy
and You shall be known for them.
If You are waiting for me
to do good works
and upon their performance
You will grant my petitions,
cause them to be accomplished in me.
Send also, the punishment for my sins,
that is acceptable to You.
For how will I raise myself up to You,
born and bred as I am in misery,
unless You, Lord,
will lift me up
with the Hand that made me?
Amenlord god, lift me up st john of the cross 24 july 2019

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Saint of the Day – 24 July – Saint Christina Mirabilis (1150-1224)

Saint of the Day – 24 July – Saint Christina Mirabilis (1150-1224) Virgin, mendicant, apostle of prayer of reparation, mystic – also known as Christina the Astonishing  – Patronages – millers, people with mental disorders, mental health workers, mental health caregivers, professionals, psychiatrists and christina mirabilis

St Christina was born to a peasant family in Belgium.   She was orphaned as a child and raised by her two older sisters.   When she was 21 she had what was believed to be a severe seizure and was pronounced dead.   At her funeral she suddenly revived and levitated before the bewildered congregation.   She said that during her coma she had been to heaven, hell and purgatory and had been given the option to either die and enter heaven, or return to earth to suffer and pray for the holy souls in purgatory.Christina_the_Astonishing_1630_prayer_card_Fasti_Mariani

Christina chose the greater act of charity.   From then on she lived in extreme poverty, wearing rags, sleeping on rocks and begging for her food.   She is called “Astonishing” because she did the most bizarre things and suffered the pains of inhuman feats without being physically harmed by them.   She would roll in fire and hide in hot ovens;  she would stand in freezing water for hours in the dead of winter;  she allowed herself to be dragged under water by a mill wheel;  she spent much time in graveyards.   She would also climb trees to escape the strong odour of sin in those she met.St. Christina the Astonishing

Many thought her to be possessed by demons or insane but many devout people recognised and vouched for her sincerity, obedience and sanctity.   They believed, that she was a living witness to the pains that souls experience in purgatory, willingly suffering with them and for them.   Christina the Astonishing is the patron of those with mental illness and disorders, mental health workers, psychiatrists and therapists.

Thomas of Cantimpré (1201–1272), then a canon regular who was a professor of theology, wrote a report eight years after her death, based on accounts of those who knew her. Cardinal Jacques de Vitry, who met with her, said that she would throw herself into burning furnaces and there suffered great tortures for extended times, uttering frightful cries, yet coming forth with no sign of burns upon her.   In winter she would plunge into the frozen Meuse River for hours and even days and weeks at a time, all the while praying to God and imploring God’s mercy.   She sometimes allowed herself to be carried by the currents downriver to a mill where the wheel “whirled her round in a manner frightful to behold”, yet she never suffered any dislocations or broken bones.   She was chased by dogs which bit her without any bodily injury.

Christina died at the Dominican Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sint-Truiden, of natural causes, aged 74.   The prioress there later testified that, despite her unusual methodds of reparation, Christina would humbly and fully obey any command given her by the prioress.

“We have”, says St Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621) Doctor of the Church, referring to the report of Thomas of Cantimpré, “reason for believing his testimony, since he has for guarantee another grave author, James de Vitry, Bishop and Cardinal and because he relates what happened in his own time and even in the province where he lived.   Besides, the sufferings of this admirable virgin were not hidden.   Everyone could see that she was in the midst of the flames without being consumed and covered with wounds, every trace of which disappeared a few moments afterwards.   But, more than this, was the marvellous life she led for forty-two years after she was raised from the dead, God clearly showing that the wonders wrought in her by virtue from on high.   The striking conversions which she effected and the evident miracles which occurred after her death, manifestly proved the finger of God and the truth of that which, after her resurrection, she had revealed concerning the other life.”

Thus, argues Bellarmine, “God willed to silence those libertines who make open profession of believing in nothing and who have the audacity to ask in scorn, Who has returned from the other world?   Who has ever seen the torments of Hell or Purgatory?   Behold two witnesses.   They assure us that they have seen them and that they are dreadful.   What follows, then, if not that the incredulous are inexcusable and that those who believe and nevertheless, neglect to do penance, are still more to be condemned?”St-Christina-the-Astonishing

St Christina the Astonishing has been recognised as a saint since the 12th century.   She was placed in the calendar of the saints by at least two bishops of the Catholic Church in two different centuries (17th & 19th) that also recognised her life in a religious order and preservation of her relics.   There remains a strong devotion to her in her native region of Limburg.

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Memorials of the Saints – 24 July

St Charbel Makhluf OLM (1828-1898) (Optional Memorial)
About St Charbel:

St Aliprandus of Pavia
St Antinogenes of Merida
St Aquilina the Martyr
St Arnulf of Gruyere
Bl Balduino of Rieti
St Boris of Kiev
St Capito
St Christiana
St Christina of Bolsena
St Christina of Tyre
St Christina Mirabilis/the Astonishing (1150-1224)

Bl Cristobal of St Catherine T.O.S.F. (1638-1690)

St Cyriacus of Ziganeus
St Declan of Ardmore
Bl Diego Martinez
Bl Donatus of Urbino
Bl Giovanni Tavalli
St Gleb
Bl Godo of Oye
St John Boste
Bl Joseph Fernandez
Bl Joseph Lambton
Bl Juan Solorzano
St Kinga
St Lewina of Seaford
Bl Louise of Savoy
Bl Menefrida
St Meneus
St Niceta
Bl Nicholas Garlick
Bl Paulus Yi Do-gi
Bl Pierre de Barellis
St Rainofle
Bl Richard Simpson
Bl Robert Ludlam
Rufinus of Mercia
St Sigolena of Trocar
St Stercatius of Merida
St Ursicinus of Sens
St Victor of Merida
St Victorinus of Amiterno
St Vincent of Rome
St Wulfhad of Mercia

Martyred in England:
John Boste
Joseph Lambton
Nicholas Garlick
Richard Simpson
Robert Ludlam

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Cándido Castán San José
Bl Cecilio Vega Domínguez
St Ignacio González Calzada
St Jaime Gascón Bordas
Bl José Joaquín Esnaola Urteaga
Bl José Máximo Moro Briz
St Josep Guillamí Rodo
St Marcos Morón Casas
Bl Maria Angeles of Saint Joseph
Bl Maria Mercedes Prat
Bl Maria Pilar of Saint Francis Borgia
Bl Teresa of the Child Jesus and of Saint John of the Cross
St Xavier Bordas Piferrer