Thought for the Day – 5 September – “Be only all for Jesus through Mary. Be Holy”

Thought for the Day – 5 September – The Memorial of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Excerpt from the
Beatification Homily of St John Paul II
of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

World Mission Sunday
Sunday, 19 October 2003

Mother Theresa was Canonised 4 September 2016 by Pope Francis

“The whole of Mother Teresa’s life and labour bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of every human person, the value of little things done faithfully and with love and the surpassing worth of friendship with God.   But there was another heroic side of this great woman that was revealed only after her death.   Hidden from all eyes, hidden even from those closest to her, was her interior life marked by an experience of a deep, painful and abiding feeling of being separated from God, even rejected by Him, along with an ever-increasing longing for His love.   She called her inner experience, “the darkness.”   The “painful night” of her soul, which began around the time she started her work for the poor and continued to the end of her life, led Mother Teresa to an ever more profound union with God.   Through the darknes,s she mystically participated in the thirst of Jesus, in His painful and burning longing for love and she shared in the interior desolation of the poor.

During the last years of her life, despite increasingly severe health problems, Mother Teresa continued to govern her Society and respond to the needs of the poor and the Church.   By 1997, Mother Teresa’s Sisters numbered nearly 4,000 members and were established in 610 foundations in 123 countries of the world.   In March 1997 she blessed her newly-elected successor as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity and then made one more trip abroad.   After meeting Pope John Paul II for the last time, she returned to Calcutta and spent her final weeks receiving visitors and instructing her Sisters.   On 5 September Mother Teresa’s earthly life came to an end.   She was given the honour of a state funeral by the Government of India and her body was buried in the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity.   Her tomb quickly became a place of pilgrimage and prayer for people of all faiths, rich and poor alike.   Mother Teresa left a testament of unshakable faith, invincible hope and extraordinary charity.   Her response to Jesus’ plea, “Come be My light,” made her a Missionary of Charity, a “mother to the poor,” a symbol of compassion to the world and a living witness to the thirsting love of God.”

Less than two years after her death, in view of Mother Teresa’s widespread reputation of holiness and the favours being reported, Pope John Paul II permitted the opening of her Cause of Canonisation.   On 20 December 2002 he approved the decrees of her heroic virtues and miracles. …

Her own handwriting below is sent to us today:

“Be only all for Jesus through Mary.   Be Holy” mother teresa handwritingpng.png

St Mother Teresa, Pray for Us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 September – St Mother Teresa

Quote/s of the Day – 5 September – Thursday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time, Year C and The Memorial of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

..And immediately she rose and served them.”

Luke 4:39

“Not all of us can do great things.
But we can do small things with great love…..
God doesn’t require us to succeed,
He only requires that we try…….
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot,
together we can do great things.”not all of us can do great things - and immediately she got and served luke 4 39 - st mother teresa 2018

“By blood, I am Albanian.
By citizenship, an Indian.
By Faith, I am a Catholic Nun.
As to my calling,
I belong to the World.
As to my heart,
I belong entirely to
the Heart of Jesus.”by-blood-i-am-an-albanian-st-mother-teresa-28-june-2019-sacred-heart

“The so-called right to abortion
has portrayed the GREATEST of GIFTS
as a competitor
an intrusion and
an inconvenience.”the-so-called-right-to-abortion-st-mother-t 5 sept 2017

“How sad it is,
when someone
comes to you,
looking for Jesus
and all they see.
is you.”how-sad-it-is-when-someone-comes-to-you-lookin-for-jesus-and-all-they-see-is-you-st-mother-teresa-16-may-2019

“You must first learn to forget yourself
so that you can dedicate yourself to God
and to neighbour alike!”

More here:

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)you-must-first-learn-to-forget-yourself-st-mother-terea-30-aug-2018-conversations-with-2.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 5 September – “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

One Minute Reflection – 5 September – Thursday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 5:1–11 and the Memorial of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” ... Luke 5:8

REFLECTION – “This is the first decisive step of Peter along the path of discipleship, of the disciple of Jesus, accusing himself:  ‘I am a sinner.’   This is Peter’s first step and also the first step for each one of us, if you want to go forward in the spiritual life, in the life of Jesus, serving Jesus, following Jesus, must be this, accusing oneself, without accusing oneself you cannot walk in the Christian life.
There are people who go through life talking about others, accusing others and never thinking of their own sins.   And when I go to make my confession, how do I confess? Like a parrot?   ‘I did this, this…’   But are you touched at heart by what you have done? Many times, no.   You go there to put on make-up, to make-yourself up a little bit in order to look beautiful.   But it hasn’t entered completely into your heart, because you haven’t left room, because you are not capable of accusing yourself.   Do I do this?   It’s a good question to get to the heart.
Today, let us ask the Lord for the grace, the grace to find ourselves face-to-face with Him, with this wonder that His presence gives and the grace, to feel that we are sinners but concretely and to say with Peter – ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinner.”Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 6 September 2018depart from me for i am a sinful man luke 5 8 - this is the first step of peter - pope francis - 5 sept 2019

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help us to be holy in the way that You have laid out for all of us.   Grant us good Lord, the courage, faith and understanding, to see our own failings and to present ourselves to You for forgiveness, knowing always, that a repentant heart You do not spurn.   May the prayers of St Mother Teresa assist us in using the gifts You have given us, for the Glory of God.   We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever,


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Our Morning Offering – 5 September – St Mother Teresa’s Daily Prayer

Our Morning Offering – 5 September – Thursday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

St Mother Teresa’s Daily Prayer
“Radiating Christ”
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Dear Jesus,
help me to spread Your fragrance
wherever I go.
Flood my soul
with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess
my whole being so utterly,
that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me
and be so in me,
that every soul I come in contact with
may feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up
and see no longer me
but only Jesus!
Stay with me
and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You,
none of it will be mine.
It will be You,
shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You
the way You love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by words but by my example,
by the catching force
of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness
of the love my heart bears to You.
Amenradiating christ - bl john henry newman - 9 jan 2018

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Saint of the Day – 5 September – Saint Bertin the Great (c 615-c 709)

Saint of the Day – 5 September – Saint Bertin the Great (c 615-c 709) Benedictine Monk and Abbot – born in the early 7th century at Constance (in modern Germany) – died in c709 of natural causes.   Saint Bertin practiced great severities throughout his lifetime and was in continuous communion with God.   He travelled far and wide to share God’s message and trained his disciples to carry on his ministry after he was bertin statue

Bertin was born near Constance, then in the Frankish Duchy of Alamannia.   At an early age, he entered the Abbey of Luxeuil, where, under the austere rule of its abbot, St Columban (540-615), he prepared himself for a future missionary career.   About the year 638 he set out, in company with two fellow Monks, Mummolin and Ebertram, for the extreme northern part of France in order to assist his friend and kinsman, Bishop (Saint) Audomar (died c 670), in the evangelisation of the Morini.   This area was then one vast marsh, studded here and there with hillocks and overgrown with seaweed and bulrushes.   On one of these hillocks, Bertin and his companions built a small house and they went out daily to preach the Christian faith to the natives, most of whom were still bertin line drawing

Gradually some converted pagans joined the little band of missionaries and a larger monastery had to be built.   A tract of land called Sithiu had been donated by a converted nobleman named Adrowald.   St Audomar now turned this whole tract over to the missionaries, who selected a suitable place on it for their new Abbey of St Peter. Additional villages were granted by Count Waldebert, later a monk at Bertin’s monastery of Sythiu and eventually Abbot of Luxueil and Canonised, who gave his son at the baptismal font to Bertin, from whom the boy received his name and his education.   The community grew so rapidly that in a short time this monastery also became too small and another was built where the city of St Audomar now stands.monks st bertin

The fame of Bertin’s learning and sanctity was so great that in a short time more than 150 monks lived under his rule, among them St Winnoc and his three companions who had come from Brittany to join Bertin’s community and assist in the conversion of the heathen.   When nearly the whole region was Christianised and the marshy land transformed into a fertile plain, Bertin, knowing that his death was not far off, appointed St Rigobert as his successor, while he himself spent the remainder of his life preparing for a happy death.   He had run the second monastery they founded for almost 60 years. Saint Bertin passed away at a very old age, some say older than 100, surrounded by his fellow monks.

St Bertin began to be venerated as a saint soon after his death.Saint-Omer_Abbaye_de_Saint-Bertin_386.jpg

Mummolin, perhaps because he was the oldest of the missionaries, was abbot of the two monasteries until he succeeded the deceased Eligius as Bishop of Noyon, about the year 659. Waldebert’s son Bertin, adopted by Bertin the founder, then became the third abbot.

In later times the abbey became famous as a centre of sanctity and learning.   About the 11th century, the name of the abbey was changed to that of Saint-Bertin.   The abbey church, now in ruins, was one of the finest 14th-century Gothic edifices.   In later times, its library, archives and art-treasures were renowned both in and out of France.800px-RuinsOfSaintBertin1850.jpg

The monks were expelled in 1791 by the invading forces of the French Revolutionary Army and in 1799 the abbey and its church were sold at bertin.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 September

St Albert of Butrio
St Alvitus of León
Bl Anselm of Anchin
St Anseric of Soissons
St Bertin the Great (c 615-c 709)
St Charbel
Bl Florent Dumontet de Cardaillac
St Genebald of Laon
Bl Gendtilis
Bl Gerbrand of Dokkum
St Guise Hoang Luong Canh
Bl John the Good of Siponto
Bl Jordan of Pulsano
St Obdulia
St Phêrô Nguyen Van Tu
St Romulus of Rome
St Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Full Biography here:
And her story from the Vatican here:

St Victorinus of Amiterme
St Victorinus of Como
Bl William Browne

Martyrs of Armenia – 1,000 saints: A group of up to 1,000 Christian soldiers in the 2nd century imperial Roman army of Trajan, stationed in Gaul. Ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods, they refused and were transferred to Armenia. Ordered again to sacrifice to pagan gods, they refused again. Martyrs. We know the names of three of them, but nothing else – Eudoxius, Macarius and Zeno.

Martyrs of Capua – 3 saints: Three Christians who were martyred together. Long venerated in Capua, Italy. We know their names, but little else – Arcontius, Donatus and Quintius. They were martyred in Capua, Italy.

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 80 saints: A group of 80 Christians, lay and clergy, martyred together in the persecutions of Valens. We know little more than the names of three of them – Menedemo, Teodoro and Urbano. They were locked on a boat which was then set on fire on the shore of Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey) c 370.

Martyrs of Porto Romano – 4+ saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. We know little more than their names – Aconto, Herculanus, Nonno and Taurino. c180 at Porto Romano, Italy