Posted in DOMINICAN OP, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 23 August – It seems that when we have become most like slaves, there is the greatest talk of “freedom.”

Thought for the Day – 23 August – Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

The first Canonised saint of the New World has one characteristic of all saints—the suffering of opposition—and another characteristic which is more for admiration than for imitation—excessive practice of mortification.

The saints have so great a love of God that what seems bizarre to us and is indeed sometimes imprudent, is simply a logical carrying out of a conviction, that anything that might endanger a loving relationship with God, must be rooted out.   So, because her beauty was so often admired, Rose used to rub her face with pepper to produce disfiguring blotches.   Later, she wore a thick circlet of silver on her head, studded on the inside, like a crown of thorns.  (Scientists recently performed an analysis of her skull, which has been kept by Dominicans in Peru and created a digital reconstruction of her face.  – See below).St_Rose_of_Lima_Credit_Divulga_o_Ebrafol_Brazilian_Team_of_Forensic_Anthropology_and_Odontology_CNA_8_26_15.jpg

What might have been a merely eccentric life was transfigured from the inside.   If we remember some unusual penances, we should also remember the greatest thing about Ros -: a love of God so ardent, that it withstood ridicule from without, violent temptation, and lengthy periods of sickness.   When she died at 31, the city turned out for her funeral. Prominent men took turns carrying her coffin.

It is easy to dismiss excessive penances of the saints as the expression of a certain culture or temperament.   But a woman wearing a crown of thorns may at least prod our consciences.   We enjoy the most comfort-oriented life in human history.   We eat too much, drink too much, use a million gadgets, fill our eyes and ears with everything imaginable.   Commerce thrives on creating useless needs on which to spend our money. It seems that when we have become most like slaves, there is the greatest talk of “freedom.”   Are we willing to discipline ourselves in such an atmosphere?

St Rose of Lima, Pray for Us!st rose of lima pray for us 23 aug 2019.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 23 August – St Rose of Lima

Quote/s of the Day – 23 August – Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“If only we would learn how great it is
to possess divine grace and how many riches it has within itself,
how many joys and delights.
We would devote all our concern to winning for ourselves
pains and afflictions,
in order to attain the unfathomable treasure of grace.”if only we would learn - st rose of lima - 23 aug 2019.jpg

“Apart from the Cross
there is no other ‘ladder’
by which we might get to heaven.”apart-from-the-cross-st-rose-of-lima 23 aug 2017.jpg

“We must not fail
to help our neighbours,
because in them we serve Jesus.”

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)we-must-not-fail-st-rose-of-lima-23-aug-2018.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Love the Lord, Love your neighbour

One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Today’s Gospel: Matthew 23:34-40 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart … You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” … Matthew 22:37,40matthew 22 37 and 40 you shall the lord your god you shall yourneighbour - 23 aug 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “Thus, then, the obedient man,with the light of faith, in the truth burning in the furnace of charity … receives his end from Me, his Creator.”…St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchthus-then-the-obedient-man-no 2 - st-catherine-of-siena-23-aug-2018.jpg

PRAYER – “God our Father, for love of You, St Rose of Lima left the world and gave herself to a life of penitence, austerity and charity.   Help us by her prayers, so to follow the path of life on earth, in complete love of You and thus of Your children, that we may obtain the fullness of joy in Your presence in heaven and be clothed fit for the wedding feast.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever,


Posted in Uncategorized

Our Morning Offering – 23 August – Give to Me or Take from Me

Our Morning Offering – 23 August – Friday of the 20th week in Ordinary Time, Year C

Give to Me or Take from Me
By Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

O Lord,
let me not henceforth desire health or life,
except to spend them for You
and with You.
You alone know what is good for me,
do, therefore, what seems best.
Give to me or take from me,
conform my will to Yours
and grant that,
with humble and perfect submission
and in holy confidence,
I may receive the orders
of Your eternal providence
and may equally adore,
all that comes to me from You,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amengive-to-me-or-take-from-me-o-lord-let-me-not-blaise-pascal-16-august-2018 and 23 august 2019

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY, VATICAN Resources

Saint of the Day – 23 August – Blessed Ladislaus Findysz (1907-1964) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 23 August – Blessed Ladislaus Findysz (1907-1964) Priest, Martyr, Confessor, apostle of charity – born on 13 December 1907 in Kroscienko Nizne, near Krosno, Poland and died on the morning of 21 August 1964 of cancer of the esophagus in the presbytery of Nowy Zmigród, Poland.   He was imprisoned under the Communist regime in 1963 until not too long before his death on the charges of sending religious newsletters to his parishioners.385px-POL-Nowy_Zmigrod-Witraz_bl._ladyslaw_Findysz

Ladislaus Findysz was born on 13th December 1907 in Krościenko Niżne, near Krosno (Poland) to Stanislaus Findysz and Apollonia Rachwał, peasants of long-standing Catholic tradition.   The following day, 14th December 1907, he was baptised in the parish church of the Holy Trinity in Krosno and so began for him the life of grace.

In 1919, on concluding four years of study in the elementary school run by Felician Sisters (CSSF) in Krościenko Niżne, he entered the state-run grammar school.   As a young pupil, Ladislaus joined the Marian Solidality.   In May 1927 he sat the school leaving exams and joined in a retreat organised for school leavers.   In the autumn of that year he moved to Przemyśl and entered the major seminary, beginning studies in philosophy and theology at the Institute there.   His preparation for the priesthood was guided by the Rector, Blessed Father John Balicki.   The high point of this formative period was priestly ordination, which Monsignor Anatol Nowak, Bishop of Przemyśl, conferred on Ladislaus on 19th June 1932, in his cathedral.   After a month’s leave, on 1st August, Father Findysz took up his posting as assistant curate in the parish of Borysław (today in the Ukraine). On 17th September 1935 he was appointed curate in the parish of Drohobycz (also in the Ukraine) and on 1st August 1937 he was transferred to the parish of Strzyżów, again as curate, where on 22nd September 1939, he was appointed as parish administrator. Following this, on 10th October 1940, Ladislaus was appointed as curate in Jasło and then on 8th July of the following year as administrator of the Parish of Sts Peter and Paul Apostles in Nowy Żmigród.   A year later, on 13th August 1942, he became parish priest of this same parish.

Three years as pastor of Nowy Żmigród were marked by unfailing commitment to pastoral work and the painful experiences of the War.   On 3rd October 1944, along with the rest of the town’s inhabitants, Father Ladislaus was expelled by the Germans.   On his return, on 23rd January 1945, he committed himself to reorganising the parish.

Father Ladislaus’ service continued after the War through the hard times of the communist regime.   Father Findysz continued with the work of moral and religious renewal in the parish, giving his all to protect the faithful – especially the young – from the systematic and intensive atheism imposed by Communism.   He also helped the inhabitants of the parish with material aid, regardless of their nationality or denomination.   He saved numerous (Greek Catholic) families who were severely persecuted by the communist authorities and threatened with expulsion from their place of residence without the slightest chance of reprieve, from Łemki.   Father Findysz’s pastoral work proved most discomforting for the communist authorities.   From 1946 onwards he was placed under surveillance by the secret service.   In 1952 academic authorities suspended him from teaching the Catechism in the secondary school.   He was prevented from continuing his activity throughout the parish because, on two occasions (in 1952 and 1954), the district authorities rejected his request for permission to live within the border area where part of the parish was situated.

As far as the ecclesiastical authorities were concerned, Father Ladislaus was considered a zealous parish priest, receiving recognition as an honorary canon in 1946 and subsequently being accorded the privilege of the rochet and mantelletta in 1957.   In the same year he was appointed as vice-dean of the Nowy Żmigród deanery, being appointed dean in 1962.

In 1963 he began the pastoral activity of the “Conciliar Works of Charity” (a sort of Vatican Council spiritual support).   He sent letters of exhortation to parishioners living in irregular religious and moral situations, encouraging them to reorder their Christian lives.   The communist authorities reacted very severely to this activity and accused him of forcing the faithful to participate in religious rites and practices.   On 25th November 1963, after being interrogated by the Procurator of the Voivodeship of Rzeszów, he was arrested and imprisoned in Rzeszów Castle.  20050424_Bl Ladyslaw findysz.jpgFrom 16th to 17th December 1963 his trial took place in the Voivodeship tribunal in Rzeszów and he was condemned and given a custodial sentence of two years and six months.   The motivation for the investigation, the accusation and the subsequent condemnation of Father Findysz was rooted in the Decree “Protection of the Freedom of Conscience and Denomination” of 5th August, 1949. This, however, was simply an instrument in the hands of the communist authorities to restrict and ultimately eliminate “faith” and the Catholic Church from public and private life in Poland.   Father Findysz was also publicly discredited, libelled and condemned through specially edited publications in the press.   He was kept in the Rzeszów Castle prison where he suffered from malnutrition as well as being subjected to physical, psychological and spiritual humiliation.   On 25th January 1964 he was transferred to the central prison in Montelupich Street in Cracow.

Just before being arrested in September 1963, Father Ladislaus underwent a serious operation in Gorlice hospital to remove his thyroid gland, the state of his health remained uncertain due to the risk of complications.   He convalesced under the care of the medics whilst waiting for a second surgical intervention planned for December of the same year – this time to remove a cancerous growth in the oesophagus.   Without doubt the interrogation, trial and imprisonment had serious implications for the state of Father Findysz’s health and he had to be cared for in the prison hospital.   Due to a lack of proper care and the requisite medical expertise, his health did not improve.   The planned surgery to remove the cancerous growth of the oesophagus and a blockage of the stomach was postponed.   In reality, he was condemned to a slow death.   The illness ran its course as the results of medical examinations undertaken in the prisons of Rzeszów and Cracow attest.   Indeed, the very first clinical examination undertaken by the prison doctor on 9th December 1963 revealed an abscess in the throat with a suspected tumour of the oesophagus.

From the outset of Father Ladislaus’ condemnation, to a custodial sentence, his lawyer and the diocesan curia of Przemyśl sought recourse to the Procurator and the Tribunal of Rzeszów, petitioning for the suspension of his arrest on the grounds of the precarious state of his health and the risk of death.  The requests were refused.   They were, however, accepted by the Supreme Court in Warsaw as late as at the end of February 1964.

Given the serious state of his health, Father Ladislaus returned to Nowy Żmigród from prison on 29th February 1964.   Manifesting great patience and submission to God’s will he remained in the presbytery, bearing the sufferings of his illness as well as exhaustion. In the April he was admitted to the specialist hospital in Wrocław.   In spite of the treatment clinical tests confirmed the diagnosis of a cancerous growth between the oesophagus and the stomach.   Further medical examination confirmed that Father Findysz’s tumour, given its advanced state of growth, was no longer operable.   Suffering with his pulmonary emphysema and a relapse into severe anaemia which meant that death was close at hand, he returned home.

During the summer months he took part in the spiritual retreat for priests in the major seminary of Przemyśl.   This was to be his last retreat in preparation for death.

On the morning of 21st August 1964, after having received the Sacraments, he died in the presbytery of Nowy Żmigród and on 24th August was buried in the parish cemetery. Monsignor Stanislaus Jakiel, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Przemyśl, presided at the funeral, together with 130 priests and many faithful.

On 27th June 2000, following numerous requests from the faithful, Monsignor Kazimierz Górny, Bishop of Rzeszów, began the diocesan process for the beatification of the Servant of God Ladislaus Findysz.   The acts of the diocesan inquest were sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome on 18th October 2002.

During the Roman stage of the cause for beatification the theological consulters and then the members of the Congregation – Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops – recognised that the Servant of God, Father Ladislaus Findysz, was arrested and condemned by the authorities of the Communist regime on account of his proclamation of the Gospel. What’s more, his imprisonment and the physical and spiritual suffering he endured, were directly responsible for his death.   This being the case, it is necessary to recognise Father Findysz as a Martyr for the faith.   This proposal was presented to the Holy Father and was duly approved by him.   Then on 20th December 2004, in the presence of His Holiness St Pope John Paul II, the decree of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints was promulgated, recognising Father Ladislaus Findysz as a Martyr for the faith.

This is the first successful cause for beatification, based on the martyrdom of a Servant of God who was the victim of the Communist Regime in Poland.   What’s more, this is the first cause for beatification in the Diocese of Rzeszów….


Memorials of the Saints – 23 August

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617) OP (Optional Memorial)

St Abbondius of Rome
St Altigianus
St Apollinaris of Rheims
St Archelaus of Ostia
St Asterius of Aegea
St Claudius of Aegea
St Domnina of Aegea
St Eleazar of Lyons
St Eonagh
St Flavian of Autun
Bl Franciszek Dachtera
Bl Giacomo Bianconi of Mevania
St Hilarinus
St Ireneus of Rome
Bl Jean Bourdon
Bl Ladislaus Findysz (1907-1964) Martyr
St Lupo of Novi
St Luppus
St Maximus of Ostia
St Minervius of Lyons
St Neon of Aegea

St Philip Benizi (1233-1285)
Biography here:

St Quiriacus of Ostia
St Theonilla of Aegea
St Timothy of Rheims
St Tydfil
St Victor of Vita
St Zaccheus of Jerusalem

Martyrs of Agea – 4 saints: A group of Christian brothers, Asterius, Claudius and Neon, denounced by their step-mother who were then tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Pro-consul Lysias. They were crucified in 285 outside the walls of Aegea, Cilicia (in Asia Minor) and their bodies left for scavengers.

Martyred in the Spanish Civl War:
• Blessed Constantino Carbonell Sempere
• Blessed Estanislau Sans Hortoneda
• Blessed Florentín Pérez Romero
• Blessed José Polo Benito
• Blessed Lorenzo Ilarregui Goñi
• Blessed Manuela Justa Fernández Ibero
• Blessed Mariano García Méndez
• Blessed Nicolás Alberich Lluch
• Blessed Pere Gelabert Amer
• Blessed Petra María Victoria Quintana Argos
• Blessed Ramón Grimaltos Monllor
• Blessed Urbano Gil Sáez
• Blessed Vicente Alberich Lluch