Thought for the Day – 15 September – “A Soul on Fire”

Thought for the Day – 15 September – The Memorial of Blessed Paolo Manna PIME (1872-1952) “A Soul on Fire” – Priest, Missionary in Burma (Myanmar), Superior General of the P.I.M.E., Founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union

In Father Paolo Manna we perceive a special reflection of the glory of God.   He spent his entire life promoting the missions.   In every page of his writings there stands out the person of Jesus, centre of his life and reason for the missions.

In one of his letters to the missionaries, he stated:   “In fact the missionary is nothing if he does not put on the person of Jesus Christ…. Only the missionary who copies Jesus Christ faithfully in himself can reproduce his image in the souls of others” (Letter 6).

Indeed, there are no missions without holiness, as the Encyclical Redemptoris Missio pointed out:   “The missionary spirituality of the Church consists in the movement towards holiness.   One must stir up a new zeal for holiness among missionaries and in the whole Christian community” (n. 90).

St Pope John Paul II, Beatification Homily, Sunday 4 November 2001

“We missionaries often wonder why the work of the conversion of the non-Christian world goes so slowly. We usually give various reasons to explain this painful fact and in truth, the problem may be considered from many angles, some of which do not concern our responsibility.   But for the part that does concern us and it is the main part, the problem has a very clear solution. To save the world, God in His infinite wisdom wanted to have co-workers. God does His part well – do the people called to help Him do their part equally well?
Let us work in such a way that the whole Church, all Christian people, led by their bishops and clergy, truly feel the apostolic duty that is incumbent upon them to promote the propagation of the faith with every means.
Let us work in such a way that that missionaries, the most direct instruments for the conversion of souls, are saints and non-Christians will not be slow to be converted.   The missionary problem has been and still is, almost ignored by the Christian people.   Those who were interested in the past were always a minority and it is extremely painful to see today too, although some progress has been made, how the enormous question is far from being understood and faced fully by clergy and people.   It is extremely painful, because Catholic peoples would have more than enough energies to promote the work of evangelisation more worthily if priests taught, organised and above all inflamed them with a greater spirit of faith and zeal.
Missionaries, also from the human viewpoint, have been excellent people…but neither brilliance nor prudence, nor courage have made them great in our eyes and the eyes of God.   They have been great, they have saved many souls, they have founded Churches, mainly because they were holy men, that is, spiritual men.   This is the secret, the soul of their zeal, their perseverance and their success; this is the solemn teaching they have handed down to us and which I love to remind you of, so that our missionaries of today and those of tomorrow may always build upon it the first and essential reason for their own sanctification and the sanctification of the souls that are and will be, entrusted to them.
You, missionaries in active service in the field, are particularly concerned with your part of co=operation.   Therefore, I say to you, be holy missionaries by following the footsteps of those great missionaries who went before you and, for the part that concerns you, your apostolic duty will have been done to the full.   The souls the Lord in His merciful designs has entrusted to each one of you that you may lead them to salvation, will be saved and at the end of your days, you will be able to say with the Divine Redeemer:  “(Father) I kept those you had given me true to you name. I have watched over them and not one is lost” (John 17:12).”

Blessed Paolo

Of Manna, Father Piero Gheddo writes:   He was a great writer, superior general, missionary animator, organiser, a man of revolutionary ideas and initiatives  . He was the first in Italy to encourage the clergy to work for Christian unity.   But it was above all his holiness, that led him to comply with God’s plan with humility, loyalty and a spirit of sacrifice.   He was a man of prayer and in spite of poor health, he achieved much.   His missionary animation was genial.   He was known to be a “soul on fire”, in love with Jesus Christ, the only love of his life.” (S.L.) (Fides Service 16/1/2004

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Quote/s of the Day – 15 September – Each of us and all of us!

Quote/s of the Day – 15 September – Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 15:1–32 and the Memorial of Blessed Paolo Manna PIME (1872-1952)

“Just so, I tell you,
there will be more joy in heaven
over one sinner who repents,
than over ninety-nine righteous persons
who need no repentance.”

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“The whole Church for the whole world!”

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“Go for a divine call,
go where obedience has destined you.
Go for the love of Jesus,
for the interests of Jesus
and Jesus will always be at your side,
always in your heart”

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“We are apostles!
We are apostles
and we wander far and wide,
we work generously,
only for the sake of souls,
only for the Church,
only for heaven!”

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Christ only knows
how to count to one and that one,
is each of us!

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Sunday Reflection – 15 September – Hoc est enim Corpus meum

Sunday Reflection – 15 September – Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Hoc est enim Corpus meum
Blessed Columba Marmion OSB (1858-1923)

This is my body, this is my blood, take, eat and you shall have life – you have said it, Lord and that is sufficient.   I believe it.
This bread that You give is Your own self, the Christ, the beloved Son of the Father, who became incarnate and was delivered up for me, who was born at Bethlehem and dwelled in Nazareth, who cured the sick and gave sight to the blind, who forgave Magdalen and the good thief, who, at the Last Supper let St John lay his head upon Your heart, You, who are the Way, the Truth and the Life, who died for love of me and ascended into heaven and now, at the right hand of the Father, reigns and intercedes unceasingly for us!
O Jesus, Eternal Truth, You declared that You are present upon the altar, really and substantially, with Your humanity and all the treasures of Your divinity – I believe it and because I believe it, I cast myself down and adore You.
Receive, as my God and my All, the homage of my adoration.   I yield myself entirely to You, that You may be the Master of all my being and of all my activity, that I may live only on You, by You and in You.
You have the power, O Christ Jesus, of drawing me entirely to Yourself, so that I may be transformed into You!

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One Minute Reflection – 15 September – He was lost and has been found.

One Minute Reflection – 15 September – Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 15:1–32 and the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

 ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ ... Luke 15:6

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REFLECTION – “Since man’s weakness is incapable of maintaining a firm step in this changing world, the good doctor shows you a remedy against going astray and the merciful judge does not withhold hope of forgiveness.   It is not without reason that Saint Luke put forward three parables in succession – the sheep who strayed and was found again;  the coin that was lost and found;  the son who died and came back to life.   This is so that this threefold remedy will urge us to take care of our wounds…  The weary sheep is brought back by the shepherd, the lost coin is found, the son turns back and returns to his father, repenting of his waywardness…

Let us rejoice, then, in that this sheep, which went astray in Adam, has been raised up again in Christ.   Christ’s shoulders are the arms of the cross, there it is that I have laid down my sins, on that gallows I have found my rest.   This “sheep” is one according to its nature but not in personality, since all form a single body composed of many in members.   That is why it is written:  “You are Christ’s body and individually parts of it,” (1Cor 12:27).   “The Son of Man has come to save what was lost” (Lk 19:10), that is to say everyone, since “just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life” (1Cor 15:22)…

Nor, is it irrelevant, that the woman rejoices to have found her coin – it is no small thing, this coin on which is portrayed the image of a prince.   In the same way, the good of the Church is the image of the King.   We are sheep, let us then pray the Lord to lead us to restful waters (Ps 22[23]:2).   We are sheep, let us ask for pasture.   We are the coin, let us keep our value.   We are sons, let us run to the Father.” … St Ambrose (340-397) – Bishop of Milan, Father & Doctor of the Church – On St Luke’s Gospel, 7, 207 (SC 52)christ's shoulders are the arms of the cross - st ambrose - good shepherd - luke 15 1-32 15 sept 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Look upon us Lord, creator and ruler of the whole world, grant us the grace to serve You with all our heart, that we may come to know, the power of Your forgiveness and love.   Our Father, when Jesus Your Son, was raised up on the Cross, it was Your will that Mary, His Mother, should stand there and suffer with Him in her heart.   Grant that in union with her, the Church may share in the passion of Christ and so be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.   Be our intercessor and our consolation, Our Lady of Sorrows! We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever,


Our Morning Offering – 15 September – Sonnet to our Lord Crucified

Our Morning Offering – 15 September – Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

As we celebrate today the holy mystery of the Sacrifice of the Mass,

let us contemplate our Lord Crucified.

Sonnet to our Lord Crucified

I am not moved to love You, O my God,
That I might hope in promised heaven to dwell,
Nor am I moved by fear of pain in hell,
To turn from sin and follow where You trod.
You move me, Lord, broken beneath the rod,
Or stretched out on the cross, as nails compel
Your hand to twitch. It moves me that we sell,
To mockery and death, Your precious blood.
It is, O Christ, Your love which moves me so,
That my love rests not on a promised prize,
Nor holy fear on threat of endless woe,
It is not milk and honey but the flow
Of blood from blessed wounds before my eyes,
That waters my buried soul and makes it grow.
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Saint of the Day – 15 September – Blessed Paolo Manna PIME (1872-1952) “A Burning Soul”

Saint of the Day – 15 September – Blessed Paolo Manna PIME (1872-1952) “A Burning Soul” Priest, Missionary in Burma (Myanmar), Superior General of the P.I.M.E., Founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union, Evangeliser, Founder of various Newspapers and Movements to promote the missions and the evangelic and apostolic zeal that accompany it.   Born on 16 January 1872 at Avellino, Italy and died on 15 September 1952 at Naples, Italy of natural causes.   He is buried at the seminary in Ducenta, Italy. Patronages – Pontifical Missionary Union, paolo-manna-7783b5c6-97cd-4f73-9b7e-2df1d1f789b-resize-750.jpeg

Blessed Father Paolo Manna was born in Avellino on 16 January 1872.   After primary and technical education in Avellino and in Naples he went to Rome for higher studies. While studying philosophy at the Gregorian University he followed the call of the Lord and entered the Theology Seminary of the Institute for Foreign Missions in Milan.   On 19 May 1894 he was ordained a priest in the cathedral of Milan.

On 27 September 1895 he departed for the mission of Toungoo in Eastern Burma.   He worked there for a total of ten years with two short repatriations until 1907, when his illness forced him to come back to Italy for paolo manna young

Beginning in 1909, through writing and a variety of other activities, he dedicated all his energy for the next forty years to fostering missionary zeal among the clergy and the faithful.   In 1916 he founded the Missionary Union of the Clergy on which Pius XII bestowed the title of “Pontifical” in 1956.   He saw the Union as “a radical solution to the problem of involving Catholics in the apostolate.”   His assumption was that a mission-minded clergy would make all Catholics missionaries.   Today, the Union has spread throughout the world and the membership includes seminarians, religious and consecrated laity.

By 1909 he became the director of Le Missioni Cattoliche and in 1914 he launched Propaganda Missionaria – a popular broadsheet with a large circulation, in 1919 he started Italia Missionaria for young people.

In an effort to foster the missionary vocations in Southern Italy, the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith asked Father Manna to establish a seminary for foreign missions.   He opened the Sacred Heart Seminary at Ducenta in the province of Caserta – a foundation he had long encouraged and promoted.

In 1924 was elected Superior General of the Institute of Foreign Missions of Milan.   In 1926 at the instigation of Pope Pius XI the Institute united with the Missionary Seminary of Rome to form the Pontifical Institute for the Foreign Missions (P.I.M.E.).bl paolo-manna-ea62aaee-d423-4d57-bb2e-86ed1e1062d-resize-750

The P.I.M.E. General Assembly of 1934 gave him mandate to establish the Society of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate.   He played a primary role in the foundation of this institute in 1936.   From 1937 to 1941 Father Manna was in charge of the International Secretariat for the Missionary Union of the Clergy .

The Italian Southern Province of P.I.M.E. was established in 1943 and Father Manna became its first superior and launched the family missionary magazine Venga il tuo Manna_superiore_generale-757x1024

Father Manna wrote quite a number of well-known books and booklets.   Several of them had a lasting effect such as: Operarii autem pauci,  I Fratelli separati e noi – The Separated Brethren, Le nostre Chiese e la propagazione del Vangelo, Virtù Apostoliche – Apostolic Virtues (1943).   He envisioned innovative methods of missionary work that foresaw developments at the Second Vatican Council.   But Fr Manna’s greatest legacy is the example he left behind – he was driven by an overwhelming passion for the missions that sickness, suffering and setbacks could never diminish.   Tragella, his first biographer, called him “A burning soul”.   Until his death his motto was: “All the Church for all the World”!

Father Paolo Manna died in Naples on 15 September 1952.   His remains were laid to rest at Ducenta, “his seminary”.   On 13 December 1990 St Pope John Paul II visited his tomb.

His Beatification Cause began in Naples in 1971 and concluded in Rome on 24 April 2001 with a Papal Decree on a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Servant of God. …

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Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C +2019, Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows and of the Saints – 15 September

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C +2019

Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial)
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St Aichardus
St Albinus of Lyon
Bl Anton Maria Schwartz
St Aprus of Toul
St Bond of Sens
St Catherine of Genoa
Bl Camillus Constanzo
St Emilas of Cordoba
St Eutropa of Auvergne
St Hernan
Bl Jacinto de Los Ángeles and Bl Juan Bautista
St Jeremias of Cordoba
St Joseph Abibos
St Mamillian of Palermo
St Melitina
St Mirin of Bangor
St Nicetas the Goth
St Nicomedes of Rome
Blessed Paolo Manna PIME (1872-1952)

St Porphyrius the Martyr
St Ribert
St Ritbert of Varennes
Bl Rolando de Medici
Bl Tommasuccio of Foligno
St Valerian of Châlon-sur-Saône
St Valerian of Noviodunum
St Vitus of Bergamo
Bl Wladyslaw Miegon

Martyrs of Adrianopolis – 3 saints: Three Christian men martyred together in the persecutions of Maximian – Asclepiodotus, Maximus and Theodore. They were martyred in 310 at Adrianopolis (Adrianople), a location in modern Bulgaria.

Martyrs of Noviodunum – 4 saints: Three Christian men martyred together, date unknown – Gordian, Macrinus, Stratone and Valerian.
They were martyred in Noviodunum, Lower Moesia (near modern Isaccea, Romania).

Mercedarian Martyrs of Morocco – 6 beati: A group of six Mercedarians who were captured by Moors near Valencia, Spain and taken to Morocco. Though enslaved, they refused to stop preaching Christianity. Martyrs. – Dionisio, Francis, Ildefonso, James, John and Sancho. They were crucified in 1437 in Morocco.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Antonio Sierra Leyva
Bl Pascual Penades Jornet