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Thought for the Day – 9 August – ‘…So that our life may be a canticle of praise to God..’

Thought for the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola (1845-1912)

Excerpt from the Homily of Pope Benedict XVI
St Peter’s Square
Sunday, 17 October 2010

The celebration of holiness is renewed today in St Peter’s Square.   I joyfully address my cordial welcome to you who have come from even very far away to take part in it.   I offer a special greeting to the Cardinals, to the Bishops and to the Superiors General of the Institutes founded by the new Saints, as well as to the Official Delegations and to all the Civil Authorities.   Let us seek together to understand what the Lord tells us in the Sacred Scriptures proclaimed just now.   This Sunday’s Liturgy offers us a fundamental teaching – the need to pray always, without tiring.   At times we grow weary of praying, we have the impression that prayer is not so useful for life, that it is not very effective. We are, therefore, tempted to throw ourselves into activity, to use all the human means for attaining our goals and we do not turn to God.   Jesus himself says that it is necessary to pray always and does so in a specific parable (cf. Lk 18: 1-8).

This parable speaks to us of a judge who does not fear God and is no respecter of persons – a judge without a positive outlook, who only seeks his own interests.   He neither fears God’s judgement nor respects his neighbour.   The other figure is a widow, a person in a situation of weakness.   In the Bible, the widow and the orphan are the neediest categories, because they are defenceless and without means.   The widow goes to the judge and asks him for justice.   Her possibilities of being heard are almost none, because the judge despises her and she can bring no pressure to bear on him.   She cannot even appeal to religious principles because the judge does not fear God.   Therefore, this widow seems without any recourse.   But she insists, she asks tirelessly, importuning him and in the end, she succeeds in obtaining a result from the judge.   At this point Jesus makes a reflection, using the argument a fortiori – if a dishonest judge ends by letting himself be convinced by a widow’s plea, how much more will God, who is good, answer those who pray to Him.   God in fact, is generosity in person, He is merciful and is, therefore, always disposed to listen to prayers.   Therefore, we must never despair but always persist in prayer.

The conclusion of the Gospel passage speaks of faith – “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lk 18: 8).   It is a question that intends to elicit an increase of faith on our part.   Indeed, it is clear, that prayer must be an expression of faith, otherwise it is not true prayer.   If one does not believe in God’s goodness, one cannot pray in a truly appropriate manner.
Faith is essential as the basis of a prayerful attitude.   It was so for the six new Saints who are held up today for the veneration of the universal Church – Stanisław Sołtys, André Bessette, Cándida María de Jesús Cipitria y Barriola, Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Giulia Salzano and Battista Camilla Varano.

When the Son of man comes to do justice to the chosen ones, will he find this faith on earth? (cf. Lk 18: 8).   Today, contemplating figures such as Mother Cándida María de Jesús Cipitria y Barriola, we can say “yes” with relief and firmness.   That girl of simple origins, on whose heart God had set His seal and whom He brought very soon, with the guidance of her Jesuit spiritual directors, to make the firm decision to live “for God alone”.   She faithfully kept to her decision, as she herself recalled, when she was about to die.   She lived for God and for what He most desires – to reach everyone, to bring everyone the hope that does not disappoint, especially to those who need it most.   “Where there is no room for the poor, there is no room for me either” the new Saint said and with limited means, she imbued the other Sisters with the desire to follow Jesus and to dedicate themselves to the education and advancement of women.   So it was that the Hijas de Jesús [Daughters of Jesus] came into being – today they have in their Foundress a very lofty model of life to imitate and an exciting mission to carry on, Mother Cándida’s apostolate, with her spirit and aspirations, in many countries.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us thank the Lord for the gift of holiness that is resplendent in the Church and today shines out on the faces of these brothers and sisters of ours. Jesus also invites each one of us, to follow Him, in order to inherit eternal life.   Let us allow ourselves to be attracted by these luminous examples and to be guided by their teaching, so that our life may be a canticle of praise to God.   May the Virgin Mary and the intercession of the six new Saints whom we joyfully venerate today obtain this for us. Amen.

See the photogallery here of the Canonisation:

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Quote of the Day – 9 August – “Let go of your plans.”

Quote of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr

“Let go of your plans.
The first hour of your morning belongs to God.
Tackle the day’s work that He charges you with
and He will give you the power to accomplish it.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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One Minute Reflection – 10 August – Follow me

One Minute Reflection – 10 August – Friday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Matthew 16:24–28 and the Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” ... Matthew 16:24matthew 16 24 - if any man ...take up his cross and follow me - 9 aug 2019 no 2 lg

REFLECTION – “Two years before he gave his spirit back to heaven… Francis understood that just as he had imitated Christ in the actions of his life, so he should be conformed to him… in his Passion…  He was in no way terrified but… by the Seraphic ardour of his desires, he was transformed into Him who chose to be crucified, because of “the excess of his love” (Eph 2:4).   On a certain morning about the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, while Francis was praying on the mountainside, he saw a Seraph with six fiery and shining wings descend from the height of heaven.   And when, in swift flight, the Seraph had reached a spot in the air near the man of God, there appeared between the wings, the figure of a man crucified, with His hands and feet extended in the form of a cross and fastened to a cross…

When Francis saw this, he was overwhelmed and his heart was flooded with a mixture of joy and sorrow.   He rejoiced, because of the gracious way Christ looked upon him under the appearance of the Seraph but, the fact that he was fastened to a cross, “pierced his soul with a sword” of compassionate sorrow (Lk 2:35).   He wondered exceedingly at the sight of so unfathomable a vision, realising that the weakness of Christ’s passion, was in no way compatible, with the immortality of the Seraph’s spiritual nature.   Eventually, he understood by a revelation from the lord, that divine providence had shown him this vision so that, as Christ’s lover, he might learn in advance, that he was to be totally transformed into the likeness of Christ crucified, not by the martyrdom of his flesh but by the fire of his love consuming his soul.” … St Bonaventure OFM (1221-1274) Doctor of the Churcheventually he understood that he was to be - st bonaventure on st francis - 9 aug 2019

PRAYER – “O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You. Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me and I shall be met with peace. How wondrous are the marvels of Your love, we are amazed, we stammer and grow dumb, for word and spirit fail us. Amen” …St Teresa Benedicta of the Crossi-do-not-see-very-far-ahead-st-teresa-benedicta-of-the-cross-9-aug-2018.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 9 August – I Shall Follow You

Our Morning Offering – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr

I Shall Follow You
By St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

O Prince of Peace,
to all who receive You,
Your bright light and peace.
Help me to live in daily contact with You,
listening to the words You have spoken
and obeying them.
O Divine Child, I place my hands in Yours;
I shall follow You.
Oh, let Your divine life flow into me.
O my God, fill my soul with holy joy,
courage and strength to serve You.
Enkindle Your love in me
and then walk with me
along the next stretch of road before me.
I do not see very far ahead
but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down,
a new prospect will open before me
and I shall meet with peace.
How wondrous are the marvels of Your love,
We are amazed, we stammer and grow dumb,
for word and spirit fail us.
Ameni shall follow you - o prince of peace - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 august 2019

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Saint of the Day – 9 August – Saint Cándida María de Jesús (1845-1912)

Saint of the Day – 9 August – Saint Cándida María de Jesús (1845-1912) – Religious Sister and Founder – born on 31 May 1845  in Andoáin, Guipúzcoa, Spain as Juana Josefa Cipitria y Barriola and died on  9 August 1912 in Salamanca, Spain of natural causes – born Juana Josefa Cipitria y Barriola – was a Spanish professed religious and the founder of the Daughters of Jesus.   The order – founded in 1871 – was under Jesuit direction from her spiritual director and was involved with the education of children in Salamanca though expanded during her lifetime.mcandida_mosaico

Mother Candida, whose name was Juana Josefa Cipitria y Barriola, was born to a poor family.   As a young girl she left her land to work in Castile in order to help her family financially.   Gifted with a great sensitivity to the neediest, she was not indifferent to the situations of those living nearby.   Therefore, even at the risk of losing her job, she would
say, “Where there is no room for the poor, neither is there room for me”.

Her desire to do God’s will was the sole driving force in her life.   On 2 April 1869, in the church of “The Rosarillo” in Valladolid, before the altar of the Holy Family, she asked the Lord once again to make His will clear to her and God more clearly expressed His desire “to found a Congregation with the name of Daughters of Jesus, dedicated to the salvation of souls, through education and instruction of children and youth”.candida maria de jesus

It was in Salamanca on 8 December 1871, when, with five other women, her adventure began with nothing more than the trust born of the knowledge that what one undertakes is “what God wants”.   In this manner and with the name of Candida Maria de Jesus, this woman of scant education and scarce material means founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus in one of the most important university cities of the 19th century.
The exclusion of women and the economically weaker classes from the fields of education moved Mother Candida to begin this path.   And very soon what began in Salamanca extended throughout the Spanish geography.   Later, on 3 October 1911, the first Daughters of Jesus set out for Brazil, fulfilling her dream:  “I would go to the ends of the earth in search of souls”.

On 9 August 1912, Mother Candida, simple and courageous woman who made her life a constant surrender to the will of God, died in Salamanca.   St Pope John Paul II, in Rome, Beatified her on 12 May 1996 and Pope Benedict XVI Canonised her on 17 October 2010.Pope Benedict XVI waves during a canonization mass in St. Peter's square, Vatican, 17 October 2010.

Today, the Congregation is present in 19 countries, at the service of others and with special attention to the most needy.447px-MadreCandida

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Memorials of the Saints – 9 August

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr, Co-Patron of Europe (Optional Memorial)

St Amor of Franche-Comté
St Autor of Metz
St Bandaridus of Soissons
St Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro
St Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola (1845-1912)
St Claude Richard
St Domitian of Châlons
Bl Falco the Hermit
St Firmus of Verona
Bl John Norton
Bl John of Salerno
Bl John Talbot
St Marcellian of Civitavecchia
Bl Michal Tomaszek
St Nathy
St Numidicus of Carthage
St Phelim
Bl Richard Bere
St Romanus Ostiarius
St Rusticus of Sirmium
St Rusticus of Verona
St Secundian of Civitavecchia
St Stephen of Burgos
Bl Thomas Palaser
St Verian of Civitavecchia
Bl Zbigniew Adam Strzalkowski

Martyrs of Civitavecchia: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Decius. We know little more than the names – Marcellian, Secundian and Verian. 250 near Civitavecchia, Italy.

Martyrs of Constantinople: 10 saints: A group of ten Christians who were arrested, tortured and executed for defending an icon of Christ in defiance of orders from Emperor Leo the Isaurian. We know the names of three, but nothing else about them – Julian, Marcian and Mary. They were beheaded in Constantinople.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Antonio Mateo Salamero
Bl Faustino Oteiza Segura
Bl Florentín Felipe Naya
Bl Florentino Asensio Barroso
Bl Francisco López-Gasco Fernández-Largo
Bl Guillermo Plaza Hernández
Bl Joan Vallés Anguera
Bl José María Garrigues Hernández
Bl Josep Figuera Rey
Bl Josep Maria Aragones Mateu
Bl Julián Pozo Ruiz de Samaniego
Bl Mateo Molinos Coloma
Bl Narcís Sitjà Basté