Thought for the Day – 7 August – Heal us Lord God

Thought for the Day – 7 August – The Memorial of St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

St Albert has often been portrayed with an open book in his hand, or with the Child Jesus in his arms.   This is not by accident, for these are both iconographical attributes which indicate a preacher of the Gospel, which is precisely what Albert was.   In order to be authentic proclaimers it is necessary to have encountered Jesus and this is possible, primarily, through the hearing of the Word.   It was his familiarity with Scripture, cultivated in lectio divina with purity of heart and openness to the transforming action of the Holy Spirit, which made St Albert capable of proclaiming the Gospel.   St Albert is remembered for an extraordinary ability to speak to people with conviction and immediacy.   He did not distract his listeners with elegant forms of preaching but stressed the vital content of the message.

Albert’s life shines as an example of virtue and sincerity.   His chastity became a radiant expression of a radical, definitive and complete choice for God.   The purity practised by Albert is not simply a physical fact, but primarily a spiritual reality.   Albert allowed himself to be seized by God – he placed himself totally at God’s service, gave God his life and capacities and welcomed God’s call as a gift and a commitment for life.   This example is more relevant than ever in our modern world.heal us lord god - prayer of st albert of trapani 7 aug 2019

Heal us Lord God
Prayer of St Albert of Trapani

O my God,
You have created the human race
by Your wonderful power.
It is an act of Your clemency that has called us
to share Your glory and eternal life.
When the first sin condemned us to suffer death,
out of Your goodness,
You wished to redeem us
through the blood of Your Son,
To unite us to You through our faith
and Your great mercy.
You have brought us back
from the shame of our sin,
You have veiled our dishonour
in the brightness of Your glory.
Look now and see that what You have created,
giving it subtle limbs and joints
and made beautiful through its immortal soul,
is now subject to the attack of Satan.
Be pleased Lord
to reconstitute Your work and heal it.
May Your power be glorified
and may the malice of the enemy be stunned.

St Albert of Trapani, Pray for Us!st albert of trapani pray for us no 2 7 aug 2019


Quote of the Day – 7 August – ‘..Give yourself to Him..’

Quote of the Day – 7 August – The Memorial of St Cajetan (1480-1547)

“Do not receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament
so that you may use Him as you judge best
but give yourself to Him
and let Him receive you in this Sacrament,
so that He Himself, God your Saviour,
may do to you and through you, whatever He wills.”

St Cajetan (1480-1547)do-not-receive-christ-in-the-blessed-sacrament-st-cajetan-7-august-2018 and 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 7 August – ‘You raise the stricken, You deliver the shackled.’

One Minute Reflection – 7 August – Wednesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 15:21–28 and The Memorial of St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!   Be it done for you as you desire.”   And her daughter was healed instantly. … Matthew 15:28

REFLECTION – “O Loving-kindness, Loving-kindness!   do not desert me, an anxious woman.   Do not avert Your face from my sobs and cries.   May Your charity compel You to hear me patiently.   Ah, open your bosom, here I may repose a little and pour out my spirit in Your presence.   I am certain that, because of Your goodness and the loving-kindness that is part of Your nature, You do not spurn a desolate woman or disdain an afflicted one.   Oh how suitable Your conduct is to those in misery  . Oh how agreeable already are the scents of Your perfumes to those almost fainting away.
You raise the stricken, You deliver the shackled (Ps 145[146]:7).   You disdain no-one in tribulation, You look upon the needs of all maternally and mercifully.   You counsel those in despair with loving-kindness.   To everyone’s indigence You bring help most clemently. Ah, now bend Your ear to me, an indigent woman, that I may hold rare discourses with You for the sake of my soul and may receive dear counsel from You.” … Saint Gertrude of Helfta (1256-1301) Benedictine nun Exercises VII, SC 127matthew 14 28 o woman great is your faith - you rais the stricken st gertrude of helfta 7 aug 2019

PRAYER – Lord God, You gave St Albert of Trapani, to the Church in his day, as lessons in total love, charity and zeal. We pray that he may help us in our times, by his merits, inspiration and prayers. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, albert of trapani pray for us 7 aug 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 7 August – Look down, O Lord

Our Morning Offering – 7 August – The Memorial of St Cajetan (1480-1547)

Look down, O Lord
By St Cajetan (1480-1547)

Look down, O Lord, from Your sanctuary
and from the high habitation of heaven
and behold this sacred oblation
which our great High Priest,
Your holy Servant, the Lord Jesus,
immolates unto You for the sins of His brethren
and be propitious to the multitude of our iniquities.
Behold, the voice of the blood of Jesus,
our brother, cries to You from the Cross.
Graciously hear, O Lord,
be appeased, O Lord, hearken and do?
Delay not for Your own sake, my God,
because Your name is invoked upon this city
and upon Your people
and do with us according to Your mercy.
Amenlook down o lord - st cajetan - 7 august 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 7 August – Saint Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

Saint of the Day – 7 August – Saint Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307) – Carmelite Priest, Confessor, Preacher, Evangeliser, apostle of prayer and a devout servant of the Blessed Virgin and the Passion of Christ.   He was born as Alberto degli Abati in c 1240 at Trapani, Sicily, Italy and died on 7 August 1306 at Messina, Italy of natural causes.   He practised great austerities upon himself to make himself poor in the spirit of Jesus Christ and went out preaching and evangelising, he was known for working and maintaining a positive relationship with Jews as well as for his powers of healing.   The saint was likewise attributed with the 1301 lifting of the siege in Messina, that could have seen hundreds die from starvation had it not been for his intervention.  Patronages – Trapani, Carmelite order, Carmelite schools, Palermo Sicily.aberttrapani.jpg

Alberto degli Abati was born circa 1240 in Trapani, Sicily, Italy as the sole child to the nobles (of Florentine origin) Benedetto degli Abati and Giovanna Palizi.   His father served as an admiral in the fleet of Frederick II of Hohensautfen.   His parents – who married in 1214 – were sterile and promised that if blessed with  a son he would be consecrated to the Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo.   In his childhood his father had thought of arranging a marriage for him but his mother was able to remind her husband, to adhere to the vow the couple made, that he be consecrated to the Lord.

Sicily was one of the first areas of Carmelite settlement and expansion in the west.   This island was an obvious choice for the Carmelites, coming west from Palestine, in which to make a foundation.   Young Albert appears to have been attracted by the newcomers and entered the Order at Trapani, on the western side of the island.

After his ordination, Albert was sent to the priory at Messina, also in Sicily and this was the main centre of his life’s work.   St Albert typified the new kind of Carmelite that adaptation to the west produced, a man of prayer and penance, a lover of solitude but also a man engaged in study and in the active apostolate.   There were many Jews living in Sicily at this time and Albert seems to have made them a special object and been successful in making converts.  st albert of trapani - Antonio_de_Pereda_5.jpgHe is also said to have written books, though none survive and he is regarded as patron of Carmelite studies.   The order recognised his many and outstanding abilities.   He attended the General Chapter at Bruges in 1297, in the capacity as Superior.   However, he spent the last years of his life before his death in 1307, living in a hermitage near Messina.

He was recognised as a wonder-worker during his lifetime, miracles and cures continued to be attributed to Albert’s intercession after his death.

His cult spread quickly through the whole of the Order.   The date of a translation of his relics, said to have been made in the year 1309 or 1316, is uncertain.   (This latter would seem more exact).   Albert was among the first Carmelite saints venerated by the Order, of which he was later considered a patron and protector.   Already in 1346 there was a chapel dedicated to him, in the convent of Palermo.   At various general chapters, beginning with that of 1375, his papal canonisation was proposed.   In the chapter of 1411 it was said that his Proper Office was ready.albert of trapani art.jpg

In 1457 Pope Callixtus III, by verbal consent permitted his cult, which was consequently confirmed by Pope Sixtus IV with a bull of 31 May 1476.   In 1524 it was ordered that his image be found on the seal of the general chapter.   Moreover, the general of the Order, Nicholas Audet, wanted an altar dedicated to him in every Carmelite church  . Even earlier, the chapter of 1420 had ordered that his image with a halo should be found in all the convents of the Order.   With this intense and extended cult, his abundant iconography is easily understood.   In it he is represented (with or without a book), first, bearing a lily, a symbol of his victory over the senses at the beginning of his religious life or with a cruvifix and the Blessed Virgin.

In 1623 one of the gates of the city of Messina was dedicated to him.   He is the patron of Trapani, of Erice, of Palermo and of Revere (Mantua).   St Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582) and St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (1566-1607) were especially devoted to him, the Bl Baptist Spagnoli  (1447–1516) composed a sapphic ode in his honour.   His relics are spread throughout Europe.   The head of the Saint is in the Carmelite church of Trapani where he is still venerated, especially as a patron against fever.   His feast day is celebrated there with great ceremony on 7 August.   In the last liturgical reform the rank of feast was granted for St Albert to the Carmelites and of memorial to the Discalced of the same Order.albert of trapani with mary.jpg

Let us pray.

Lord God,
you made St Albert of Trapani
a model of purity and prayer,
and a devoted servant of Our Lady.
May we practise these same virtues
and so be worthy always
to share the banquet of your grace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.albert of trapani.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 7 August

St Pope Sixtus II (Died 258) Martyr (Optional Memorial)

St Cajetan (1480-1547) (Optional Memorial)

About St Cajetan:

St Afra of Augsburg
Bl Agathangelus Nourry
St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)
Bl Cassian Vaz Lopez-Neto
St Claudia of Rome
St Donat
St Donatian of Chalons-sur-Marne
St Donatus of Arezzo
St Donatus of Besancon
Bl Edmund Bojanowski
Bl Edward Bamber
St Faustus of Milan
St Hilarinus of Ostia
St Hyperechios
Bl John Woodcock
Bl Jordan Forzatei
St Julian of Rome
St Miguel de la Mora
Bl Nicholas Postgate
St Peter of Rome
Bl Thomas Whitaker
Bl Vincent de L’Aquila
St Victricius of Rouen

Martyred Deacons of Rome – 6 saints: A group of deacons who were martyred with Pope Saint Sixtus II. We know nothing about them but their names and their deaths – Agapitus, Felicissimus, Januarius, Magnus, Stephen and Vincent. They were
beheaded on 6 August 258 in a cemetery on the Appian Way, Rome, Italy.

Martyrs of Como – 6 saints: A group of Christian soldiers in the imperial Roman army. Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian. We know little else but the names – Carpophorus, Cassius, Exanthus, Licinius, Secundus and Severinus. c.295 on the north side of Lake Como, near Samolaco, Italy. Their relics in the church of San Carpoforo, Como, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: 10 Beati
Bl Dalmacio Bellota Perez
Bl Diodorus Hernando Lopez
Bl Francisco Gargallo Gascón
Bl Luis Villanueva Montoya
Bl María del Carmen Zaragoza y Zaragoza
Bl María Rosa Adrover Martí
Bl Rafaél Severiano Rodríguez Navarro
Bl Tomás Carbonell Miquel