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Thought for the Day – 26 August – ‘It is in You, that I breathe’ – St Mary of Jesus Crucified

Thought for the Day – 26 August – The Memorial of St Mary of Jesus Crucified OCD (1846-1878)

From the Writings of St Mary of Jesus Crucified

Holy Spirit, inspire me.
Love of God, consume me.
Along the true road lead me.
Mary, my mother, look upon me.
With Jesus bless me.
From all evil, from all illusion,
from all danger, preserve me.

“Holy Spirit, enlighten me.   To find Jesus, what am I to do and how am I to do it?   The disciples were very ignorant, they were with Jesus yet did not understand Him.   I, too, live in the same house with Jesus yet did not understand Him.   The least thing troubles and upsets me.   I am too sensitive, I have not generosity enough to make sacrifices for Jesus. O Holy Spirit, when You gave them a ray of light, the disciples disappeared – they were no longer what they were before.   They found new strength, they found it easy to make sacrifices.   They knew Jesus better than they had ever known Him when with them.   Source of peace and light, come and enlighten me.   I am hungry, come and feed me;   thirsty, come and refresh me;   blind, come and give me sight;   poor, come and enrich me;  ignorant, come and instruct me.   Holy Spirit, I abandon myself to You!

Lord, how good You are to hold a weak reed in Your Hand!   I am that reed, I am even weaker.   But I shall always remain with You, like that reed. I  f You dropped it, it would get broken.   You carry it, it is not the reed that carries You.

My enraptured spirit contemplates all your works.   Who can speak of You, O God so great!   Omnipotent One, my soul is carried away!   His wonderful beauty delights my soul.   Who can tell what the Almighty looks upon?   One look!   You who gaze at me, come to me, a little nothing.   I cannot remain here on earth, my soul longing.   Call me close to You, awaken me.   You alone, my God, my All.   The heavens, the earth, the sun rejoice at your Name so great.   I see You, supreme goodness, Your gaze is maternal.   My Father, my Mother, it is in You, that I sleep.   It is in You, that I breathe.   Awaken!   My soul is mad with yearning, it can do no more, take it!   When will we see Him forever world without end!

What are You like , my God?   The ocean?   That comparison is too feeble.   One single raindrop is not enough to refresh the whole earth, so. too, the love of all hearts is not enough for You, my God.   The drop of water is myself, the ocean is You, I wish to have a heart greater than earth.

Lord, if You abandon me , I am like a cinder.   The cinder will not produce any fruit It hinders vegetable growth.   But if You Lord look down on me, I become a good earth, a fertile soil that brings forth good fruits and plants producing flowers. O Lord, look down on me always!

Thank You, My God, for making me aware of what I am.  I prefer to know my weakness than to perform miracles.   That is better for me, for when people see me fall I have nothing then to nourish my pride upon.   It is better for me because it makes me see You are my only strength, better for me to fall a thousand times, if it makes me say to You two thousand times ” “I hope in You, O Lord.   Thank You, thank You, Lord.”

Inscribed on Blessed Mary’s tombstone

“Here in the peace of the Lord reposes Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified, professed religious of the white veil.
A soul of singular graces, she was conspicuous for her humility,
her obedience and her charity.
Jesus, the sole love of her heart called her to Himself
in the 33rd year of her age and the 12th year of her religious life at Bethlehem, 26 August 1878.”

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 August – St Mary of Jesus Crucified

Quote/s of the Day – 26 August – The Memorial of St Mary of Jesus Crucified OCD (1846-1878)

“Everything passes here on earth.
What are we?
Nothing but dust, nothingness
and God is so great,
so beautiful,
so lovable
and He is not loved.”everything passes here on earth - st mary of jesus crucified - 26 aug 2019.jpg

“The proud person is like a grain of wheat
thrown into water – it swells, it gets big.
Expose that grain to the fire – it dries up, it burns.
The humble soul, is like a grain of wheat,
thrown into the earth –
it descends, it hides itself,
it disappears, it dies
but to revive
in heaven.”

St Mary of Jesus Crucified (1846-1878)the proud person - st mary of jesus crucified 26 aug 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 26 August – ‘It is from the heart…..’

One Minute Reflection – 26 August – Monday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 23:13–22 and The Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa

“And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.” … Matthew 23:18

REFLECTION – “Consider this analogy.   Think of the altar as the heart and the temple as the whole of Scripture. The temple of God’s glory, spiritually understood, is the divinely inspired Scripture.   The gold refers to the meanings it conveys.   To swear is to witness to the Scriptures, as a validation and confirmation of the word we speak.   Therefore, we ought to profess the whole sense of Scripture, as a confirmation of the sense which we invoke, in all of our words.
…The temple, that is, the reading of the Scriptures, makes a great and venerable sense, just as consecrated gold is valuable.   So we ought not to swear by our own intellects to confirm our beliefs, as if we were creating witnesses that could judge according to the truth.   But let us explore further the analogy of the temple, the gold and the altar.   The altar is the place where a vow is sanctified.   The altar in this passage is the heart of a man.   What happens in the heart happens deeply within a person.   Vows and gifts placed on the altar are clearly those placed upon the human heart.   When you begin to pray, you place the vow of your prayer upon your heart, as if you had placed something upon the altar, so that you might offer your prayer to God.
Suppose you are ready to place an offering of psalms upon your heart, so as to offer to God an offering of psalms, accompanying yourself with a harp.   Or suppose you are ready to give alms.  You make an offering of alms upon your heart, just as if you had placed something on the altar, as you would offer your alms to God  . Suppose you have proposed to fast, in order to make an offering of your fasting upon your heart, as if you had placed something upon the altar.
In this way the heart of a man makes vows in a holy and venerable way.    It is from the heart, that is, the altar, that the vow is offered to God.   Therefore, it is not possible for the offering of a man to be more honourable than his heart, from which the offering is sent up.” … Origen (c 185-253) (Commentary on Matthew, 2)matthew 23 18 if one swears by the altar - it is from the altar that is from the heart - origen 26 aug 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord, be the beginning and the end of all that we do and say.   Prompt our actions with Your grace and complete them with Your all-powerful help.   Fill us with the grace of Your true love, that our hearts may be made of flesh and not of stone.   May our hearts, minds and souls belong to You alone.   May the guiding hand of the Mother of Your Son lead us, with unfailing tenderness, to You.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, ‘totus tuus’ Maria – please pray for us, amen.our-lady-of-czestochowa-pray-for-us.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 26 August – Give me Strength, O Lord

Our Morning Offering – 26 August – Monday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time

Give me Strength, O Lord
By St Ephrem of Syria (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Church

Lord Jesus Christ,
King of kings,
You have power over life and death.
You know even things that are uncertain and obscure,
and our very thoughts and feelings are not hidden from You.
Cleanse me from my secret faults,
for I have done wrong and You saw it.
You know how weak I am,
both in soul and in body.
Give me strength, O Lord,
in my frailty and sustain me in my sufferings.
Grant me a prudent judgement, dear Lord,
and let me always be mindful of Your blessings.
Let me retain until the end, Your grace
that has protected me till now.
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Saint of the Day – 26 August – St Mary of Jesus Crucified OCD (1846-1878)

Saint of the Day – 26 August – St Mary of Jesus Crucified OCD (1846-1878) Discalced Carmelite nun of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Virgin, Stigmatist, Mystic, apostle of charity.   Born on 5 January 1846 at Galilee, Palestine as Mariam Baouardy and died on 26 August 1878, aged 32,  at Bethlehem of gangrene following an injury received at the construction site of the Bethlehem monastery.ST MARY OF JESUS CRUCIFIED - Mirjam_Abbelin_4

Mariam Baouardy was born on 5 January 1846 at Ibillin, a village in the Holy Land near Nazareth.   Her parents were George Baouardy and Mariam Shashyn, they were Greek Catholics in a predominantly Muslin area.   They were both persecuted for their faith and George spent some time in pri  son. Their first 12 children, all boys, died in infancy so they decided to go on pilgrimage to Bethlehem, to beg Our Lady for a daughter and they promised to call her Mariam.   Their prayers were answered when little Mariam was born, followed two years later by her only surviving brother, Paul.   Mariam was baptised and confirmed when she was ten days old according to the Greek Catholic Rite. Sadly before she was three years old both her parents died from an infectious illness, within a few days of each other.   When her father was dying he commended Mariam to the care of St Joseph, looking lovingly at a picture of him, he said ‘Great saint, here is my child, the Blessed Virgin is her mother, deign to look after her also, be her father’.

The siblings were then each taken in by relatives on different sides of her family living in different villages, she being taken in by a paternal uncle who lived in the same village and her brother went to live with a maternal aunt.   The brother and sister would never see one another again.   She was raised in a loving home in comfortable circumstances. As a child she had a marked spirit of religious fervour and at the age of five began to fast on Saturdays in honour of the Blessed Virgin.ST MARY OF JESUS CRUCIFIED ART

When Mariam was eight, her uncle and his wife moved to Alexandria, Egypt, to improve their situation.   Five years later, in 1858 when she was aged 13, in keeping with tradition, she was engaged by her uncle to his wife’s brother, who lived in Cairo.   The night before the wedding, she had a religious experience in which she felt called not to marry but to offer her life to God.   Upon being told this the following morning, her uncle flew into a rage and beat her severely.   Despite this and the subsequent ill treatment she began to experience from her uncle, she stayed firm in her decision.

Mariam felt depressed and alone.   She wrote her brother, then living in Nazareth, asking him to visit her.   The young male servant she asked to deliver the letter drew out of her the cause for her sadness.   Upon learning of this, he attempted to woo her for himself, inviting her to convert to Islam.   She rejected his proposal, which caused the young man to fly into a rage, in which he drew a knife and cut her throat.   He then dumped her body in a nearby alley.  And then a miracle saved her.   As she related later, a “nun dressed in blue” brought her to a grotto, which she could never identify, stitched her wounds and took care of her.   Her voice was affected for the rest of her life as a result of the cut, which a French doctor later measured as being 10 cm wide.   After being cared for by this mysterious figure for a month, she recovered enough to leave and find work as a domestic servant in the home of an Arab Christian family in the city.st mary of jesus icon Boston-Carmel_227

In May 1863 a generous patron made it possible for Baouardy to move to Marseille, France, where she became the cook for an Arab family.   While there, she felt called to enter a religious order.   Rejected by the first groups to which she sought admission, in May 1865 she was accepted as a postulant by the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition, who had communities in the Holy Land and already had several Palestinian candidates.   It was at this point, that she received the stigmata of Christ.

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St Mary of Jesus as a Postulant

During the last month of this period of candidacy, the Mistress of novices, Mother Honorine who had drawn Baouardy’s life story from her, was replaced by Mother Veronica of the Passion.   After two years as a postulant, Baouardy was up for a vote by the community regarding her admission to the congregation.   To her dismay, she was rejected by the sisters charged with making the decision.   But Divine Providence came to her aid for just then, Mother Veronica had just received permission to transfer to the Discalced Carmelite monastery at Pau to prepare for her forming a new congregation of Religious Sisters serving in India, the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel.   She invited Baouardy to go with her, writing to the prioress of that community and recommending that they accept the young Arab woman.   The prioress accepted Mother Veronica’s advice and, in June 1867, both women went together to Pau, where they received the Carmelite religious habit and Baourdy was given the religious name of Mary of Jesus Crucified.ST MARY OF JESUS CRUCIFIED ARTWORK

In 1870, Baouardy went with the first group of Carmelite Apostolic Sisters to Mangalore, India.    She served there for two years before returning to Pau. It was there she made her profession of solemn vows as a member of the Order in November 1871.   In September 1875 she helped to found a new monastery in Bethlehem, the first of the Order in that region, where she lived until her death.   During her whole life, she experienced periods of religious ecstasy frequently throughout the day.

St Pope John Paul II declared Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified, Blessed on 13 November 1983 and she was Canonised on 15 May 2015 by Pope Francis.   She became the second Greek Catholic to be Canonised, the first being St Josaphat Kuntsevych in 1867.st mary of jesus crucified icon

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Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa and Memorials of the Saints – 26 August

Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland

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Visit our Mother here:
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St Abundius the Martyr
St Alexander of Bergamo
St Anastasius the Fuller
St Bregwin of Canterbury
St Elias of Syracuse
St Eleutherius of Auxerre
St Felix of Pistoia
Bl Herluin
Bl Ioachim Watanabe Jirozaemon
St Irenaeus of Rome
Bl Jacques Retouret
St Jeanne Elizabeth des Bichier des Anges
Bl Jean Bassano
Bl Jean of Caramola
Bl Juan Urgel
Bl Levkadia Herasymiv
Bl Margaret of Faenza
St Mary of Jesus Crucified/Mariam Baouardy OCD (1846-1878)

St Maximilian of Rome
St Melchizedek the Patriarch
St Orontius of Lecce
St Pandwyna
St Rufinus of Capua
St Secundus the Theban
Bl Stanislaus Han Jeong-Heum
St Teresa de Gesu, Jornet y Ibars
St Victor of Caesarea
St Victor the Martyr
St Vyevain of York
St Pope Zephyrinus (died 217) Martyr
Biography:
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Martyrs of Celano – 3 saints: Three Christians, Constantius, Simplicius and Victorinus, martyred in the same area at roughly the same time. That’s really all we know, though it didn’t stop writers in later centuries from inventing colourful histories, making them a father and sons, adding saintly family members, earthquakes, close escapes, etc.
They were martyred in c 159 in the Marsica region of Italy. At some point their relics were interred under the main altar of the San Giovanni Vecchio church in the Collegiata di Celano and were authenticated in 1057 by Pope Stephen IX. The city was depopulated in 1222; when it was re-built, the relics were re-enshrined in the church of San Vittorino on 10 June 1406. Patronage – Celano, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Emilio Serrano Lizarralde
• Blessed Francesc Casademunt Ribas
• Blessed Josep Maria Tolaguera Oliva
• Blessed Luis Valls Matamales
• Blessed María de Los Ángeles Ginard Martí
• Blessed Pere Sisterna Torrent