Donations Appeal to my Fellow-Pilgrims and Prayer of Thanksgiving

Donations Appeal to my Fellow-Pilgrims, blessed supporters and friends has been ‘live’ as a personal growth and evangelisation project for well over 2 years now.
I am privileged and blessed by your faithful love and encouragement.
As times grow increasingly tough here in South Africa, the cost of the Internet alone is becoming ever more exorbitant, regardless of all the other costs related to the site and those of staying alive!
Many of you have helped me to continue this ‘mission’ which I fulfil with joy, love and prayer.   I know you are aware of how time-consuming and expensive it is but I would rather do this, along with my personal work in my Parish (in South Africa, the laity do not receive any financial recompense for their Parish work), more than anything else on earth.
My request is for any help you may be able to offer.   No amount is too small.
I offer my daily prayers for you all.
May St Francis, a Beggar for Christ, pray for this appeal.
May the Lord shine His Face upon you and grant you peace.

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I offer too, a Prayer of Thanksgiving, for the great love and generosity of dear friends and supporters


who have come to my aid within the last 2 days, with financial support, encouragement and love.

Holy Mass will be offered for you both tomorrow, Friday 13 September.

I express praise and thanks to God, in His providential plan, 
God has blessed each one of us.
Psalm 34 is a perfect Psalm of thanksgiving, praising God for His glorious blessings, love and kindness, that He has blessed us all with.

I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord,
let the afflicted hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him and be radiant,
so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cries and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good!
Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
O fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no want!
The young lions suffer want and hunger
but those who seek the Lord, lack no good thing.

Come, O sons, listen to me,
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is there who desires lif,
and covets many days, that he may enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones,
not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.appeal - the power of prayer 12 sept 2019 - psalm 34.jpg


Thought for the Day – 12 September – Whenever I say Hail Mary

Thought for the Day – 12 September – Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

Mary, you are the vessel and tabernacle containing all mysteries.   You know what the Patriarchs never knew, you have experienced what was never revealed to the Angels, you have heard what the Prophets never heard.   In a word, all that was hidden from preceding generations was made known to you, even more, most of these wonders depended on you.

St Gregory Thaumarturgus  (c 213–270)

Whenever I say Hail Mary
Blessed Alan de la Roche (1428-1475)

Whenever I say Hail Mary
The court of heaven rejoices
And the earth is lost in wonderment
And I despise the world
And my heart is brim full
Of the love of God.

When I say Hail Mary,
All my fears wilt and die
And my passions are quelled.

If I say Hail Mary,
Devotion grows within me
And sorrow for sin awakens.

When I say Hail Mary
Hope is made strong in my breast
And the dew of consolation
Falls on my soul
more and more,
Because I say Hail Mary.
And my spirit rejoices
And sorrow fades away
When I say
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Quote/s of the Day – 12 September – Mary’s Name

Quote/s of the Day – 12 September – Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

“This most holy, sweet and worthy name
was eminently fitted
to so holy, sweet and worthy a virgin.
For Mary means a bitter sea, star of the sea,
the illuminated or illuminatrix.
Mary is interpreted Lady.
Mary is a bitter sea to the demons,
to men, she is the Star of the sea,
to the Angels, she is illuminatrix
and to all creatures she is Lady.”

St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Seraphic Doctorthis most holy sweet name = st bonaventure 12 sept 2019 no 2.jpg

“Mary means Star of the sea,
for as mariners are guided to port
by the ocean star,
so Christians attain to glory,
through Mary’s maternal intercession.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Angelic Doctor
Common Doctor

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“One cannot contemplate Mary
without being attracted by Christ
and one cannot look at Christ
without immediately perceiving
the presence of Mary.”

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Mary’s Name

Rare perfume is a rough and reeking place,
A bell-like music breaking through the blare
Of strident streets, a dear remembered face
Appearing through the mind’s pondrous despair.

A foam of summer flowers fringing the drear
Immobile desert sea, a cherished voice
Calling in some long night of pain and fear
To make the heavy, heaving heart rejoice.
Such is the mystic wonder of her name
That is a shudder down Hell’s shaken halls,
And joy where angel-wings flit like white flames,
Where height to echoing height its glory calls.

Liam Bhophy

The Apostle – October 1962the most holy name of mary 12 sept 2019


One Minute Reflection – 12 February – “Love your enemies”

One Minute Reflection – 12 February – Thursday of the Twenty third week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 6:27–38 and the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary

“Love your enemies” … Luke 6: 27

REFLECTION – “This Gospel passage is rightly considered the magna carta of Christian non-violence.   It does not consist in succumbing to evil, as a false interpretation of “turning the other cheek” (cf. Lk 6: 29) claims but in responding to evil with good (cf. Rom 12: 17-21) and thereby breaking the chain of injustice.
One then understands that for Christians, non-violence is not merely tactical behaviour but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he is not afraid to tackle evil, with the weapons of love and truth alone.
Love of one’s enemy constitutes the nucleus of the “Christian revolution”, a revolution not based on strategies of economic, political or media power – the revolution of love, a love that does not rely ultimately on human resources but is a gift of God which is obtained by trusting solely and unreservedly in His merciful goodness.   Here is the newness of the Gospel which silently changes the world!   Here is the heroism of the “lowly” who believe in God’s love and spread it, even at the cost of their lives.” … Pope Benedict XVI 18 February 2007luke 6 27 love your enemies - here is the nucleus of the christian revolution - pope benedict 12 sept 2019.jpg

PRAYER – God of love and might, teach us Your ways!   You sent us Your only-begotten Son out of love for sinful man.   May we follow Him in all that we think, do and say.   May His humble heart be our hearts, may His gentle way be our way.   And may the sweet love of Mary His Mother and ours, aid us on our pilgrimage.   With great affection and confidence, we honour the Holy Hearts and invoke the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, to be our constant source of pure assistance and succour. Blessed Virgin, Most Holy Mother, pray for us.   We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.blessed be the name of mary 12 sept 2019.jpg


Our Morning Offering – 12 September – Hail Mary, the Angelic Salutation

Our Morning Offering – 12 September – Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

Hail Mary, the Angelic Salutation

The Hail Mary/Ave Maria

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Áve María, grátia pléna,
Dóminus técum.
Benedícta tū in muliéribus,
et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.
Sáncta María, Máter Déi,
óra pro nóbis peccatóribus,
nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae.
Ámen.hail-mary-and-ave-maria-12 september 2019-st-simon-de-rojas-fr-ave-maria-no-2

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Saint of the Day – 12 September – Saint Guy of Anderlecht (c 950–1012)

Saint of the Day – 12 September – Saint Guy of Anderlecht (c 950–1012) Hermit and Pilgrim known as “the Poor Man of Anderlecht” (also called – Guido, Guidon, Wye of Laken)   Patronages – Anderlecht, Belgium, epileptics, against epilepsy, rabies, rabid animals, animals with horns, bachelors, convulsive children, farmers, labourers, workers, protection of outbuildings, sheds and stables, sacristans, sextons, work guy

Born in Anderlecht, Belgian, a small village outside of Brussels, Guy was raised and instructed by poor but pious parents.   From an early age, he demonstrated great devotion to the Lord and to Our Blessed Mother Mary.   He proclaimed, while still a child, his wish to count himself among the special flock of Christ—the poor—for his entire life and dedicated himself to a life of poverty and service to those who had nothing. Throughout his childhood, he gave away all he had and spent his days visiting the sick and elderly of the town.   It is said that when he worked the fields of his parents, an angel came and pushed the plough so that he might better pray undisturbed.   Guy came to be recognised as a saint by many!st guy of anderlecht 2

As Guy matured, his devotion only increased.   He spent hours in prayer each day, rarely sleeping but instead contemplating the Lord.   He travelled frequently to the church of Our Lady at Laeken, outside Brussels and demonstrated such devotion to Mary that the priest approached him and asked him to stay and serve the Church.  saint_guy_of_anderlechtIt was with tremendous joy that Saint Guy remained in the church as a Sacristan, constantly cleaning, sweeping, polishing the altars and attending to the most menial needs during the day—stopping only to befriend and serve those who were poor and came on foot to the church looking for assistance.   Each night he spent in prayer, rarely sleeping but instead could be found kneeling at the foot of the cross, praying for the poor.

After many years of service, a savvy merchant from Brussels sought to take advantage of Guy and offered him a share of his business, convinced him that through making more money, he could help more people.   Guy wished nothing more than to remain in the churc, but he saw the benefit in helping others and left his post.   Almost immediately the business failed and Guy, realising his mistake, returned to the church only to find his position filled.   Guy engaged in severe acts of penance for the remainder of his life, offering all he had to the Lord for his inconstancy.   He travelled on pilgrimage—on foot—for seven years, visiting Rome and then the Holy Land, returning to Belgium and serving as a guide at the holy guy of anderlecht

Eventually, in his early 60s, Guy returned to Anderlecht and died soon thereafter.   In death, a golden light shone around hi, and a heavenly voice was heard my many, proclaiming his eternal reward in heaven.   He was buried in Anderlecht and many miracles were attributed to his intercession at his grave.

His grave is said to have become a place of pilgrimage for horses too, when a horse stopped at it.   Cabdrivers of Brabant led an annual pilgrimage to Anderlecht until the beginning of World War I in 1914.   They and their horses headed the procession followed by farmers, groom, and stable boys, all leading their animals to be blessed.   The village fair that ended the religious procession was celebrated by various games, music and feasting, followed by a competition to ride the carthorses bareback.   The winner entered the church on bareback to receive a hat made of roses from the parish pastor.san-guido-di-anderlecht-a


The Most Holy Name of Mary and Memorials of the Saints – 12 September

Most Holy Name of Mary (Optional Memorial):   Feast of the entire Latin Church.   It was first observed at Cuenca, Spain in 1513, then extended to the universal Church and assigned to its present place and rank by Pope Innocent XI in 1683 in thanksgiving to God and the Blessed Virgin for the liberation of Vienna, France and the signal victory over the Turks on 12 September 1683.   It is the titular feast of the Society of Mary (Marianists) and of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Blessed Mother:

St Ailbe
Bl Apolinar Franco
St Autonomous
St Curonotus
St Dominic Magoshichi
St Eanswida
St Francis of Saint Bonaventure
St Franciscus Ch’oe Kyong-Hwan
St Guy of Anderlecht (c 950–1012)
St Juventius of Pavia

Bl Maria Luisa Angelica/Gertrude Prosperi (1799-1847)
St Mancius of Saint Thomas
St Paul of Saint Clare
Bl Pierre-Sulpice-Christophe Faverge
St Sacerdos of Lyon
St Silvinus of Verona
St Tomás de Zumárraga Lazcano

Martyrs of Alexandria – 6 saints: A group of Christians martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than their names – Hieronides, Leontius, Sarapion, Seleusius, Straton and Valerian. They were drowned c 300 at Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Phrygia – 3 saints: Three Christians who were martyred for destroying pagan idols. We know little more than their names – Macedonius, Tatian and Theodolus. They were burned to death in 362 in Phrygia (modern Turkey).

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Fortunato Arias Sánchez
• Blessed Francisco Maqueda López
• Blessed Jaume Puigferrer Mora
• Blessed Josep Plana Rebugent
• Blessed Julián Delgado Díez