Thought for the Day – 4 August – Blessed Frederic Janssoone – His Great Passion, Jesus of Nazareth

Thought for the Day – 4 August – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year and The Memorial of Blessed Frédéric Janssoone OFM (1838-1916) – “God’s Pedlar”, “Good Fr Frederic”

His Great Passion, Jesus of Nazareth

One of the very first things to extract from the life of Father Frederic, is his passion for Jesus of Nazareth.

His early education pointed him toward the Gospels.   His formation with the Franciscans, his plans to become a missionary in the Holy Land, his writings and books all his preaching on Jesus the son of man and son of God, everything reveals to us that the Blessed Frederic is the missionary to the Holy Land par excellence.   His work orients us to know Jesus in the mysteries of His humanity, His birth, His public life, His passion and Resurrection.

It is he who walked about the country of Jesus in every sense during the 14 years that he lived in the Holy Land.   The Stations of the Cross which had been banned since 1621, he negotiated with the Muslim Arabs the right to preach the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and in the arched souks of Jerusalem.   He directed the construction work of the church of Saint Catherine next to the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.   For this construction, he then went to beg in France and in Canada, hence his first journey in 1881.

He is a pioneer in the dispersion of the gospels in Canada.   From 1893 to 1907, his Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a text in harmony with the Gospels, enjoyed eight printings, which represent a total of 42,000 copies “It was without a doubt the greatest publishing success in Canada” (Legare – Baillargeon, Good Father Frederic, Montreal, Pauline Ed. 1988, p. 277).

Blessed Frederic could be the patron of the seekers of meaning and truth who study the Gospels and especially the life of Jesus of Nazareth, thus the man Jesus.

Prayer for the Canonisation of Blessed Frederic Janssoone

Almighty and eternal God,
You granted to Blessed Frederic Janssoone,
son of France,
to follow the footsteps of Your Son Jesus
in the Holy Land,
and to work there for peace.
Then You led him to Canada,
to invite that nation
to be generous toward the Holy Land,
to found the Sanctuary of the Cap-de-la-Madeleine,
and to better make known
the life of Jesus of Nazareth
and His most holy Mother.
Grant us to become in turn,
true pilgrims,
and veritable missionaries of Your Church.
That we also may be equally
solid pillars of the faith in our Christian communities.

Grant us, through his intercession,
the favour that we ask…
(Silent pause)
Grant this son of Saint Francis of Assisi,
to be canonised soon,
and to draw us all toward Your Son
Jesus, Our Lord.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 August – Where your treasure is….

Quote/s of the Day – 4 August – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 12:13–21 and The Memorial of St John Vianney (1786-1859)

“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’   So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” … Luke 12:20-21

“Someone who works frenziedly on Sundays, thinking he is going to earn more money or get more done, is making a mistake in his calculations!   Can two or three dollars ever compensate for the harm he does himself by violating the law of God?
You imagine everything depends on your work but then an illness, an accident…!   It takes so little: a storm, hail, frost…
Do not work for food that perishes but for that which dwells in eternal life.   What will you gain by having worked on Sunday?   You leave the land just as it is when you depart, you do not carry anything away.
Our first aim is to go to God, we are not on earth for anything but this!
My brethren, we should die on Sundays and come back to life again on Mondays.
Sunday belongs to God – it is His day, the Day of the Lord.
He made all the days of the week and could have kept them all.
He has given you six of them and has only held back the seventh for himself!”you-leave-the-land-just-as-it-is-stjohn-vianney-6-may-2019

“All our religion is but a false religion
and all our virtues are mere illusions
and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God,
if we have not that universal charity for everyone –
for the good and for the bad,
for the poor and for the rich
and for all those who do us harm,
as much as those who do us good.”

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Sunday Reflection – 4 August – ‘The Bread of understanding!’

Sunday Reflection – 4 August – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

“And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognised him… but he vanished from their sight.”…Luke 24:30-31

“Before Communion you hear about Jesus Christ and you know Him – you are told of His Cross, of His suffering; doubtless you are affected, are even touched with compassion.

But let these same truths be presented to you after Communion.   Oh, how much more deeply your soul is moved!   It cannot hear enough, it understands much more perfectly. Before Communion, you contemplate Jesus outside you, now you contemplate Him within you, with His own eyes!

It is the mystery of Emmaus re-enacted.   When Jesus taught the two disciples along the way, explaining the Scriptures to them, their faith still wavered, though they felt inwardly some mysterious emotion.   But participating in the Fraction of the bread, immediately their eyes were opened and their hearts were like to burst with joy.

The voice of Jesus had not sufficed to reveal His presence to them, they had to feel His Heart, had to be fed with the Bread of understanding!”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)
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One Minute Reflection – 4 August – ‘You who have wealth, recognise who has given you the gifts you have received.’

One Minute Reflection – 4 August – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 12:13–21 and The Memorial of St John Vianney (1786-1859)

“But God said to him, ‘Fool!   This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’   So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” … Luke 12:20-21

REFLECTION – “What am I to do?   I will pull down my barns and build larger ones.” Now why did that land bear so well, when it belonged to a man who would make no good use of its fertility?   It was to show more clearly the forbearance of God, whose kindness extends even to such people as this.   He “sends rain on both the just and the unjust, and makes the sun rise on the wicked and the good alike” (Mt 5:45)…   These were God’s blessings towards this rich man – fruitful fields, a temperate climate, abundant sowing, oxen to do the work and everything needful to assure his prosperity.   But what do we find in this man?   A bitter disposition, hatred of other people, unwillingness to give.   This is the return he made to his Benefactor.

He forgot that we all share the same nature, he felt no obligation to distribute his surplus to the needy, he paid no heed to those divine precepts:  “Refuse n- one the good on which he has a claim” (Prv 3:27), “Let not kindness and fidelity leave you” (3:3), “Share your bread with the hungry” (Is 58:7).   Every prophet, every wise man cried out to him these precepts, yet he turned a deaf ear.   His barns were full to bursting point but still his miserly heart was not satisfied…   Greed would not permit him to part with anything he possessed and yet, because he had so much, there was no place to store his latest harvest And so he was incapable of making a decision and could find no escape from his anxiety. “What am I to do?” he went on saying.   Who would not pity a man so oppressed?   His land yields him no profit but only sighs… he laments in the same way as the poor do. What am I to do?   How can I find food and clothing?…

You who have wealth, recognise who has given you the gifts you have received.  Consider yourself, who you are, what has been committed to your charge, from whom you have received it, why you have been preferred to most other people.   You are the servant of the good God, a steward on behalf of your fellow servants…   “What am I to do?”   It would have been so easy to say – “I will feed the hungry, I will open my barns and call in all the poor… Let anyone who lacks bread come to me.   You shall share, each according to need, in the good things God has given me, just as though you were drawing from a common well”. … St Basil the Great (329-379) Father and Doctor of the Churchluke 12 2- but god said fool - you who have wealth - st basil the great 4 august 2019 no 2.jpg

PRAYER – O God, protector of those who hope in You, without Whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance Your mercy upon us and grant that, with You as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass, in such a way, as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure.   Help us, by St John Vianney’s example and prayers, to win our brethren for Christ by our love and to share with them now and in eternal glory.   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.

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Our Morning Offering – 4 August – I Love You, O My God

Our Morning Offering – 4 August – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C and The Memorial of St John Vianney (1786-1859)

St John Vianney’s prayer which is quoted in the CCC

I Love You, O My God
By St John Vianney (1786-1859)

I love You,
O my God
and my only desire is to love You
until the last breath of my life.
I love You,
O my infinitely lovable God,
and I would rather die loving You,
than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord
and the only grace I ask,
is to love You eternally
My God,
if my tongue cannot say
in every moment that I love You,
I want my heart to repeat it to You
as often as I draw breath.
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Saint of the Day – 4 August – Blessed Frédéric Janssoone OFM (1838-1916) “God’s Pedlar”, “Good Fr Frederic”

Saint of the Day – 4 August – Blessed Frédéric Janssoone OFM (1838-1916) – Franciscan Priest, prolific and passionate preacher, Evangeliser “God’s Pedlar”, “Good Fr Frederic”, apostle of the Passion, of the poor, of charity of Marian devotions – born on 19 November 1838, Ghyvelde, France — 4 August 1916, Montreal, Canada. Patronage – the Secular Franciscan Regional Fraternity of Eastern - header -musee-du-pere-frederic-2013-3

The son of a prosperous and devout farming family, Frederic Janssoone was born on 19 November 1838, in Ghyveldge, in the North of France.   His father died when Frederic was only nine.   He attended secondary school in Hazebrouck and then Dunkirk but in 1856, he had to leave school to support his mother.   He found work as an errand boy and eventually had great success as a travelling salesman.   After his mother died, in 1861, he was able to complete his studies. In 1864, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in Amiens.   He was Ordained a priest in 1870 and was a military chaplain during the Franco-Prussian War.   Afterwards, he became assistant novice director and librarian.   He then became superior of the community in Bordeaux.

In 1876, he travelled to the Custody of the Holy Land.   He became chaplain for the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Cairo and gave preached retreats there and in Alexandria.   Between 1878 and 1888, he was assistant to the head guard of the Sacred Sites in Palestine.  bl 3.1.5-Pere-Frederic-45-ansHe helped with administration, promoted a renewal of the custom of Holy Land pilgrimages, re-established the ritual of the Way of the Cross in the streets of Jerusalem and directed construction of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. He revised the set of customary regulations that had developed through the centuries between the Latins, the Greeks and the Armenians for the use and maintenance of the shrines of Bethlehem and the Holy Sepulchre.

In 1881, Father Frederic made his first trip to Canada to establish an annual collection for the Holy Places and to submit to the Bishops a plan for the Commissariat for the Holy Land in Canada.   He gave preached retreats throughout Quebec – in Quebec City, Portneuf, TroisRivières, Bécancour and Cap-de-la-Madeleine.   He settled in Canada for good in 1888.   He lived in Trois-Rivières, where he became closely involved with the organisation and development of the pilgrimage of Our Lady of the Rosary that had been started up by Father Luc Désilets at nearby Cap-de-la-Madeleine.   He promoted the
Franciscan Third Order in Quebec and New England.   He created three outdoor Ways of the Cross, organised conferences and pilgrimages and gave many preached retreats.   He also wrote magazine and newspaper articles, booklets, works on the Holy Land, lives of Jesus, Mary, Saint Anne, Saint Joseph, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Anthony of Padua and the first Franciscan born in Canada, the Venerable Brother Didace frederic janssoone

Father Frederic paved the way for the re-establishment in Canada of the Order of Friars Minor, which had ceased to exist with the death of the last Recollet in 1812   Father Frederic, the former travelling salesman, had become a pedlar for God.   He travelled from one parish to another in several Quebec dioceses and went door-to-door selling his works.   The profit from his sales went toward the establishment of several communities of consecrated life – the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, the Poor Clares, the Franciscans of Trois-Rivières and the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood of Joliette.CANADA BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE

Bl Frederic took to his bed in June 1916 physically worn out by his many exertions in his ministries and in great pain.   He was admitted to the Franciscan Infirmary in Montreal, where he was diagnosed as suffering from stomach cancer.   After almost two months of intense pain, he died there on the following 4 August.   His body was returned to Trois-Rivières, where he was buried in the small chapel he had built attached to the friary.  Next door is now a Museum dedicated to him.    He was Beatified by St Pope John Paul II on 25 September 1988.

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His Spirituality
As a young man, Frederic Janssoone received the rigorous humanist college education typical of his era.   He developed skill in business before turning to priestly life.   His upbringing left him with a sensitive conscience but he had unusual gifts for pastoral work.
He was always curious and in Paris he researched the early Franciscan mission to Canada.   He was a natural pedagogue and could touch hearts and minds when he preached.   He was comfortable presiding at liturgical celebrations and believed in making them resplendent as this would draw the minds of participants to God.   He was among those who promoted a religious awakening in France following the Franco-Prussian War.
In Palestine, he demonstrated considerable diplomacy and skill in building churches.   His devotion to the passion of Christ inspired him to re-establish the practice of praying the Way of the Cross in the streets of Jerusalem.   His sincere and upright character as well as his spirit of justice and conciliation permitted him to develop the set of regulations that decreased the tensions between the Greeks, Armenians, and Latins regarding the shrines of the Holy Sepulchre and Bethlehem.
His preaching was leavened by his close observation of life and it was delivered with energy.   He was never afraid to be dramatic if it could touch the hearts of his listeners. He took advantage of his first-hand knowledge of the land where Jesus and Mary had lived to illustrate his sermons.   His apostolic spirit characterised his promotion of the devotion of the Way of the Cross, pilgrimages and the Franciscan Third Order.   He played an important role as the initiator of a spiritual renewal based on meditation on the suffering and passion of Christ.
Father Frederic had an innate sense of publicity and used his facility for writing to add lustre to the projects that he poured himself into.   As soon as he began visiting Quebec, he published newspaper articles on the Holy Land to publicise his mission.   The Canadians liked his style of preaching.   The Journal des Trois-Rivières wrote that he was “one of the best preachers that one could encounter.”
He was humble and objective and he expressed his apostolic ambition with the prayer, “Let me bring to you, whoever comes to me.”   After he created the pilgrimage site at Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, he suggested to the Bishop that he entrust its management to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, “because they are very humble and have simplicity ways.”   His devotion to Mary was expressed in the promotion of prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary, which is at the heart of the pilgrimage to Cap-de-la-Madeleine. He founded the Annales, known today under the title NotreDame-du-Cap.   His goodness and his reputation as a moving preacher earned him the nicknames “Holy Father” and “Good Father Frederic”.

It was said of Fr Frederic “the man is joyful and full of humour.”   He had numerous areas of interest, going from theology to the pastoral, by way of history, geography, astronomy, botany, painting, architecture and archaeology.
Tireless apostle, his love of people and preaching, his goodness, austerity, his extreme poverty, his patience and his serenity during adversity, made others compare him to St Francis of P.Frederic-Jonhsoone-Ghyvelde.o.f.m.


Memorials of the Saints – 4 August

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C *2019

St John Mary Vianney (1786-1859) (Memorial)

St Agabius of Verona
St Aristarchus of Thessalonica
St Crescentio of Rome
St Eleutherius of Bithynia
St Epiphanes of Besançon
St Euphronius of Tours
St Francesc Mercader Rendé
Bl Frédéric Janssoone OFM (1838-1916) “God’s Pedlar” “Good Father Frédéric”

St Hyacinth of Rome
St Ia of Persia
St Isidore of Besançon
St Lua of Limerick
St Onofrio of Panaia
St Perpetua of Rome
St Protasius of Cologne
St Rainerio of Split
St Sithney
St Tertullinus of Rome
Bl William Horne