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Thought for the Day – 24 August – “God has given”

Thought for the Day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

The name “Nathanael” means “God has given”

“The apostles’ glory is so indistinguishable and so bonded together by the cement of so many graces that in celebrating the feast of one of them the common greatness of all is called to our interior attention. For they share together the same authority of supreme judge, the same honourable rank and they hold the same power to bind and loose (Mt 19:28; 18:18).   They are those precious pearls that Saint John tells us he beheld in the Book of Revelation out of which are constructed the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem (Rv 21:21.14)…   And indeed, whenever the apostles beam divine light through their signs or miracles, they open up the heavenly glory of Jerusalem, to all those peoples who have been converted to the christian faith…

Of them, too, the prophet says: “Who are these who fly along like clouds?” (Is 60:8)…  God raises the minds of His preachers to contemplation of truths on high… so that they can abundantly pour down the rain of God’s word into our hearts.   Thus they drink water from the spring, so as to give drink to us too.

Saint Bartholomew drew from the fullness of this spring, when the Holy Spirit came upon him, as on the other apostles, in the form of tongues of fire (Acts 2:3).”

St Peter Damian (1007-1072) – Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Sermon 42, 2nd for Saint Bartholomew, PL 144, 726)

St Bartholomew, Pray for Us!st-bartholomew-pray-for-us-24-aug-2018.jpg

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Quote’s of the day – 24 August – ‘There is o guile in him.’

Quote’s of the day – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

“Here is a true child
of Israel.
There is no guile
in him.”

John 1:47john 1 47 here is atrue child of israel - st bartholomew - 24 aug 2019

Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are
the Son of God!
You are the
King of Israel!”

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One Minute Reflection – 24 August – “Come and see.”

One Minute Reflection – 24 August – The Feast of St Bartholomew, Apostle of Christ – Today’s Gospel: John 1:45–51

Philip said to him, “Come and see.” … John 1:46

REFLECTION – “Nathanael’s reaction suggests another thought to us – in our relationship with Jesus we must not be satisfied with words alone.   In his answer, Philip offers Nathanael a meaningful invitation:  “Come and see!” (Jn 1: 46).  Our knowledge of Jesus needs above all a first-hand experience – someone else’s testimony is, of course important, for normally the whole of our Christian life begins with the proclamation handed down to us by one or more witnesse, but afterwards, we, ourselves, have to become personally committed, in a deep and intimate relationship with Jesus.” … Pope Benedict XVI – General Audience, 4 November 2006come and see john 1 45 - in our relationship with jesus - pope benedict 24 aug 2019

PRAYER – Almighty Lord and Father, strengthen in us that faith with which St Bartholomew gave himself wholeheartedly to Christ Your Son.   Grant, at his intercession, that Your Church may become the Sacrament of salvation, for all the nations of the earth.   We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord and Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever, amen.st-bartholomew-pray-for-us-2.jpg
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Our Morning Offering – 24 August – O Mother of Jesus and My Mother

Our Morning Offering – 24 August – Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle and a Marian Saturday

O Mother of Jesus and My Mother
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O Mother of Jesus and my Mother,
let me dwell with you, cling to you
and love you with ever-increasing love.
I promise the honour, love and trust of a child.
Give me a mother’s protection,
for I need your watchful care.
You know better than any other,
the thoughts and desires of the Sacred Heart.
Keep constantly before my mind
the same thoughts, the same desires,
that my heart may be filled with zeal
for the interests of the Sacred Heart of your Divine Son.
Instil in me a love of all that is noble,
that I may no longer be easily turned to selfishness.
Help me, dearest Mother,
to acquire the virtues that God wants of me,
to forget myself always,
to work solely for Him, without fear of sacrifice.
I shall always rely on your help
to be what Jesus wants me to be.
I am His, I am yours, my good Mother!
Give me each day your holy and maternal blessing
until my last evening on earth,
when your Immaculate Heart
will present me to the heart of Jesus in heaven,
there to love and bless you
and your divine Son for all eternity.
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Saint of the Day – 24 August – Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret (1765-1826)

Saint of the Day – 24 August – Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret (1765-1826) was a French Roman Catholic professed Religious and the Founder of the Thouret Sisters – renamed the Sisters of Divine Charity., Apostle of Charity and the Poor and helpless, Teacher.  Thouret’s life was one of service to children and the ill across France in schools and hospitals – some of which her order established.   This active apostolate did not cease when the French Revolution forced her into exile.   She continued her work in both Switzerland and the Kingdom of Prussia.   She was born on 27 November 1765 at Sancy-le-Long, diocese of Besançon, France and died on 24 August 1826 at Naples, Italy of natural causes.   Patronage – The Sisters of Divine Charity.header - st jeanne.jpg

Jeanne-Antide Thouret was born in Sancey-le-Long (Doubs). She was the fifth child in a rural family of the very Christian county of Franche.   At the age of 22 she entered the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul to serve those who are poor, first in Langres and then in Paris.jeanne-antide-thouret-4430bc48-2d29-44b2-9cdb-3ca0470f07f-resize-750.jpeg

In May 1794 Jeanne-Antide returned to Sancey, as during the French Revolution all the Daughters of Charity, just as a good number of religious, were disbanded and had to return to their family homes.

On the 15 August 1795 she went to Switzerland with the « Solitaires » of Father Antoine-Sylvestre Receveur.   Because of the rejection of the Christian faith this community was obliged to roam across Europe for 12 years.   She travelled across Switzerland and part of Germany.   She left the community and arrived in Landeron, near Neuchâtel, Switzerland after a lonely journey of more than 600 kilometers.   There she received an appeal from two French priests who asked her to return to Besançon, France to care for sick and uneducated children.st jeanne antide helping.jpg

On 11 April 1799 with two other young women, in Besançon, she established a free school for girls and and a soup kitchen for the poor.   The people called them the “sisters of the soup kitchen and little schools.”st jeanne-antide thouret 2

From May to September 1802, Jeanne-Antide revised a Rule of Life for her community. Accompanied by several sisters attracted by her ideal of life, she opened new schools and places to care for the sick, where she sent her sisters to teach and care for the poor.   On 23 September 1802 she was asked to take over serving the prisoners in Bellevaux.   There she used her talents as educator, gave them food and organised their work, permitting them to receive a salary.   In Paris in 1807 the Sisters received the official name of “Sisters of Charity of Besançon.st Jeanne-Antide_Thouret.jpg

On 8 May 1810 she was called to Savoy, Thonon, where she went with some Sisters.   A little later she was called to Naples where she went with eight of her Sisters.   There she was asked to take on the care of the Hospital for Incurables.   She also opened a school and a pharmacy in the midst of the convent they had been given.   She and her Sisters never hesitated to go out to visit and care for the poor and sick.st jeanne antide charity.jpg

Their Constitutions were approved by Pope Pius VII on 23 July 1819. He gave them the name, “Sisters of Charity under the protection of St. Vincent de Paul.”   Jeanne-Antide died at “Regina Coeli” monastery in Naples on the evening of 24 August 1826 from a cerebral haemorrhage.

The Community today counts 4000 Sisters spread over the five continents, working in a large variety of services for those who are poor.   Community life, the Eucharist and the Paschal Mystery are today, as they were for Jeanne-Antide, the key elements of their life.

St Jeanne-Antide was Canonised on 14 January 1934 by Pope Pius XI.st jeanne antide with children

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Feast of St Bartholomew and Memorials of the Saints – 24 August

St Bartholomew the Apostle (Feast)
St Bartholomew:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/saint-of-the-day-24-august-st-bartholomew-apostle-of-christ/

St Abban
St Abyce
St Agofridus of Lacroix
Bl André Fardeau
Bl Antonio de Blanes
St Emilie de Vialar (1797–1856)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/24/saint-of-the-day-24-august-st-emilie-de-vialar-1797-1856/

St Eutychius of Troas
St George Limniotes
St Irchard

St Jeanne-Antide Thouret (1765-1826)

Bl Miroslav Bulesic
St Ouen of Rouen
St Patrick the Elder
St Ptolemy of Nepi
St Romanus of Nepi
St Sandratus
St Taziano of Claudiopolis

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Fortunato Velasco Tobar
• Blessed Isidre Torres Balsells
• Blessed Rigoberto Aquilino de Anta Barrio

Martyred in World War II: 6 Beati
Czeslaw Jozwiak
Edward Kazmierski
Edward Klinik
Franciszek Kesy
Jarogniew Wojciechowski
Luis Almécija Lázaro