Thought for the Day – 17 September – ‘Multiply love in our hearts…’

Thought for the Day – 17 September – Tuesday of the Twenty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Saint Zygmunt Szcesny Felinski (1822-1895)

From a young age, the life of Zygmunt Szczęsny Feliński was marked by his striving after sanctity.   Christ was for him “the Way, the Truth and the Life.”   He wanted to achieve such a degree of unity with God so as to say after Saint Paul:   I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me.

He was marked by unfaltering faith and utter trust in Providence.   He always placed love of God and Church, devotion to his country and respect for all people in the first place. His great integrity, fortitude and justice were characteristic features of his spirituality. Apart from that, he was full of devotion and mercy marked by Franciscan cheerfulness, humility and straightforwardness – work and poverty.   He was described as “the pride of the Polish episcopate”, “martyr”, “faithful son of the Church”.

Also nowadays, we can take the refreshing spirit and light from the treasury of his life. The Canonisation of the Shepherd-Exile encourages reflection on one’s own way of life, family and its revival, the building of the common house, the homeland, under God’s providential care and that of His Holy Mothe and ours.

During his Canonisation homily, on 11 October 2009, Pope Benedict said:
Archbishop of Warsaw, the Founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary, was a great witness of faith and pastoral charity in very troubled times for the nation and for the Church in Poland.   He zealously concerned himself with the spiritual development of the faithful, he helped the poor and orphans.   At the Ecclesiastical Academy in St Petersburg he saw to the sound formation of priests and as Archbishop of Warsaw he instilled in everyone the desire for inner renewal.   Before the January 1863 Uprising against Russian annexation he put the people on guard against useless bloodshed.   However, when the rebellion broke out and there were repressions he courageously defended the oppressed.   On the Tsar of Russia’s orders he spent 20 years in exile at Jaroslaw on the Volga, without ever being able to return to his diocese. In every situation he retained his steadfast trust in Divine Providence and prayed:   “O God, protect us not from the tribulations and worries of this world… only multiply love in our hearts and obtain that in deepest humility, we may keep our infinite trust in Your help and Your mercy”.

Today his gift of himself to God and to humankind, full of trust and love, becomes a luminous example for the whole Church.

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 September – St Zygmunt Felinski

Quote/s of the Day – 17 September – Tuesday of the Twenty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Saint Zygmunt Szcesny Felinski (1822-1895)

“The Church is
the greatest treasure,
the aim in my life,
my only love on the Earth.”

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“I trust in God
and wish nothing else
but His will.”

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“Blessed are those who will be found,
in their hour of trial
with Mary, under the cross.”

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“Internal peace is the most precious treasure
and the only gift that the Saviour promises
His disciples on the Earth.”

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“Let God’s Peace,
His grace and blessing
accompany you
in all places
and at all times.”


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One Minute Reflection – 18 September – “Arise! “

One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17, Tuesday of the Twenty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Saint Zygmunt Szcesny Felinski (1822-1895)

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REFLECTION – “God wants us to stand upright.   He created us to be on our fee,: for this reason, Jesus’ compassion leads to that gesture of healing, to heal us, of which the key phrase is:  “Arise! Stand up, as God created you!”.   Standing up. “But Father, we fall so often” — “Onward, arise!”.   This is Jesus’ word, always.   His word revives us, gives us hope, refreshes weary hearts, opens us to a vision of the world and of life which transcends suffering and death” .…Pope Francis – General audience, 10 August 2016young-man-i-say-to-arise-luke-7-14b-pope-francis-god-wants-us-to-stand-upright-18-sept-2018 and 17 sept 2019

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help us to be holy in the way that You have laid out for us. Let us stand upright and carry out my duties of our state of life to the full. Only in You may we attain holiness, learning to give ourself, our will, our heart and to You. Keep us ever faithful to Your precepts and bring us to Your home, to look upon Your Face. May the prayers of Your saints assist us on our journey. In your untiring life of trust in God, St Zygmunt Felinksi, you sought to make Him the goal of all and the love of all, please pray that we may imitate your zeal and love. We ask all this through Christ, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, zygmunt felinski 17 sept 2019 pray for us.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 17 September – A Suscipe

Our Morning Offering – 17 September – Tuesday of the Twenty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C

The Suscipe
of Venerable Sr Catherine McAuley (1778-1841)

My God, I am Yours for time and eternity.
Teach me to cast myself entirely
into the arms of Your loving Providence
with a lively, unlimited confidence
in Your compassionate, tender pity.
Grant, O most merciful Redeemer,
That whatever You ordain or permit
may be acceptable to me.
Take from my heart all painful anxiety,
let nothing sadden me but sin,
nothing delight me
but the hope of coming
to the possession of You,
my God and my all,
in Your everlasting kingdom.
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Saint of the Day – 17 September – Saint Zygmunt Szcesny Felinski (1822-1895)

Saint of the Day – 17 September – Saint Zygmunt Szcesny Felinski TOSF (1822-1895) Archbishop of Warsaw and founder of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary, Apostle of poor, Confessor, Professor, Writer, Reformer.   Patronage – the Franciscan  Sisters of the Family of Mary.zygmunt_szczesny_felinski_03_original

St Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski was born on 1 November 1822 to Gerard Felinski and Eva Wendorff, in Wojutyn, Volinia (present-day Ukraine), then Russian territory.   He was the third of six children, of whom four survived.

Felinski was raised with faith and trust in Divine Providence, love for the Church and for Polish culture.   His father died when he was 11 and in 1838 the Russians exiled his mother to Siberia for “involvement in patriotic activity” that is, working for farmers’ rights.

Felinski studied mathematics at the University of Moscow (1840-44) and in 1847 went to the Sorbonne University and the Collège de France in Paris to study French literature.  He was in touch with all the important Polish emigrants and took part in the unsuccessful Revolt of sigismund young Sala-3-Posługa-duszpasterska-03.jpg

In 1851 he returned to Poland.   He entered the diocesan seminary at Zytomierz and studied at the Catholic Academy of St Petersburg.   He was ordained a priest on 8 September 1855 and assigned to the Dominican Fathers’ Parish of St Catherine of Siena in St Petersburg until 1857, when the Bishop appointed him spiritual director of the Ecclesiastical Academy and professor of philosophy.   In 1856 he founded a charitable organisation for the poor and in 1857, the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary.  On 6 January 1862, Pope Pius ix appointed Fr Felinski, Archbishop of Warsaw and he was consecrated on 26 January 1862 in St Petersburg.   He arrived in Warsaw on 9 February sigismund felinski aml.jpg

The Russians had brutally suppressed the Polish uprising in this city in 1861.   On 13 February 1862, the new Archbishop reconsecrated the Cathedral of Warsaw, which had been desecrated by the Russian troops.   Three days later he opened all the churches with the solemn celebration of the “Forty Hours” Devotion.

Zygmunt Felinski was Archbishop of Warsaw in the turbulent period from 9 February 1862 to 14 June 1863.   Unfortunately, he met with distrust on the part of some, even clergy, since the Russian Government had led people to believe that he was collaborating secretly with the Government.   The Archbishop always showed clearly he was at the service of the Church alone and strove to eliminate government interference in the internal affairs of the Church.   In reforming the diocese he regularly visited all the parishes and charitable organisations on order to address their needs better.   He reformed the syllabus of the Ecclesiastical Academy of Warsaw and of the diocesan seminaries, giving a new impetus to the spiritual and intellectual development of the clergy.   He took steps to obtain the release of priests in prison and he encouraged them to proclaim the Gospel publicly, to catechise their parishioners, to open parish schools and to educate a new generation that would be devout and honest.   He also cared for the poor and opened an orphanage in Warsaw that he entrusted to the Sisters of the Family of sigismund felinski

Archbishop Felinski strove to prevent the nation from making rash moves and, as a protest against the Russians’ bloody repression of the “January Uprising” in 1863, resigned from the Council of State and wrote to the Emperor Alexander ii, urging him to put an end to the violence.   He likewise protested against the hanging of Fr Agrypin Konarski, a Capuchin and chaplain of the “rebels”.   His courageous actions soon led to his exile to Siberia.





On 14 June 1863, he was deported to Jaroslavl, where he spent the next 20 years, deprived by the Tsar of all contact with Warsaw.   Yet he managed to organise works of mercy for his fellow prisoners, especially the priests and somehow succeeded in collecting enough funds to build a Catholic church.   The people were impressed by his spirituality and nicknamed him the “holy Polish Bishop.”   Archbishop Felinski was released on 15 March 1883 and Leo XIII transferred him from the See of Warsaw to the titular See of Tarsus.   For the last 12 years of his life he lived in semi-exile, serving as parish priest in south-eastern Galizia at Dzwiniaczka, among farmers of Polish and Ukrainian origin.   As chaplain of the public chapel of the local manor, he undertook an intense pastoral work.   He set up the first school and a kindergarten in the village at his own expense.446px-Zygmunt_Szczęsny_Feliński_07_(cropped)

He also built a church and convent for his Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mar, and found the time to prepare for publication the works he had written in exile.   He died in Kraków on 17 September 1895 and was buried there on 20 September, the following month his mortal remains were translated to Dzwiniaczka and in 1920, to Warsaw.   Here, on 14 April 1921, they were solemnly interred in the crypt of St John’s Cathedral where they are venerated today.  St John Paul II Beatified him in Kraków, Poland, on 18 August 2002. …

He was Canonised on 11 October 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Memorials of the Saints – 17 September

St Robert Bellarmine SJ (1542-1621) Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)

St Robert’s life here:

Stigmata of St Francis of Assisi
Two years before the great Saint Francis of Assisi died and when he was forty-two years old — one year after he had built the first crib in honour of Our Lord — he went off to a lonely mountain called Mount Alvernia, to prepare himself by forty days of fasting and prayer for the feast of Saint Michael, the greatest of God’s angels, whose feast day is 29 September.   On the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on 14 September, Saint Francis received in his hands, feet and side the Sacred Wounds from Our Lord’s own body.

Never was a saint more beautifully loved by Jesus than Saint Francis of Assisi.   The wounds Jesus gave him stayed in his hands, feet and side and continually bled for two more years, until he died in 1226.   The day on which Saint Francis received the Five Wounds of Our Lord was 14 September but so, that this beautiful event might have a feast day for itself, the Stigmata of Saint Francis are commemorated today, on 17 September.   The simple liturgy of this holy saint’s life might be put this way – the crib in 122, and the Cross in 1224.

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St Brogan of Ross Tuirc
St Columba of Cordova
St Crescentio of Rome
St Emmanuel Nguyen Van Trieu
St Flocellus
St Hildegard von Bingen OSB (1098-1179) Doctor of the Church

St Justin of Rome
St Lambert of Maastricht
St Narcissus of Rome
St Peter Arbues
St Rodingus
St Satyrus of Milan
St Socrates
Bl Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary
St Stephen
St Theodora
St Uni of Bremen
St Zygmunt Sajna
St Zygmunt Szcesny Felinski TOSF (1822-1895)

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War
• Blessed Álvaro Santos Cejudo Moreno Chocano
• Blessed Juan Ventura Solsona
• Blessed Timoteo Valero Pérez