Thought for the Day – 19 September – Mary never ceases to call us, to return to her Son.

Thought for the Day – 19 September – The Feast of Our Lady of La Salette

The Meaning of the Message
An apparition does not form part of the deposit of Faith.   Rather it is a supernatural sign needing to be discerned.   We are free to accept or reject it but in any case, what is ,needed is sufficient information on which to base a sound judgement and an enlightened faith.

Such is the end which the Church has in view when a bishop affirms that an apparition reported to have taken place within the confines of his diocese “bears within itself all the characteristics of truth and that the faithful have grounds for believing it indubitable and certain.”   One cannot grasp the purpose and dynamism of such an event except in the light of the Holy Spirit’s action in our day and in the perspectives of the sources of our Faith.

It is time then to ask ourselves what is the meaning and import of the grace accorded to mankind on 19 September 1846.   What are the aspects of the Word of God to which this message from Heaven recalls us?   And to what kind of conversion does it summon us?

Even before speaking, Our Lady presents herself to the children and to us.   Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother, radiates the light of the resurrection.   She is nothing else but light.   The brightness of her face is such that Maximin is unable to bear it and it dazzles Melanie.   Her garments, like those of Christ on the mount of the Transfiguration, are likewise resplendent with light – her headdress, robe, long apron and peasant woman’s shawl.   All the light comes from the large crucifix she bears on her breast.   In appearing at La Salette Mary continues to fulfil the mission she received at the foot of the cross: to “take pains” for us in order to give birth to us in the Faith.

Faithful to the mission she received on Calvary, Mary never ceases to recall to us, the means which have been given to us, to return to her Son – for we cannot, without His aid, build our lives and our world.   To reject His grace cannot fail to have most serious consequence.   Mary, our Reconciler, came to La Salette, to recall this truth to her people.

Our Lady of La Salette, Pray for Us!

The full story here:

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Quote/s of the Day – 19 September – Give your heart

Quote/s of the Day – 19 September – The Memorial of Saint Emilie da Rodat (1787–1852)

“It is to God we must give our heart.
He must possess it completely.”it is to god we must give our heart - st emilie da rodat 19 sept 2019

“God speaks to His friends whenever He wants,
all times and places are suitable for prayer.
In the garden as much as in the Church,
you can pray, you can unite yourself
with Him and hear His voice.”god speaks to his friends - st emilie de rodat 19 sept 2019

“The greatest thing we can do
and so to speak,
the one and only thing,
is to love.”

Saint Emilie da Rodatthe greatest things is to love - st emilie da rodat 19 sept 2019


One Minute Reflection – 19 September – ‘Salvation enters the heart, only when we open the heart’

One Minute Reflection – 19 September – Thursday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 7:36–50 and The Feast of Our Lady of La Salette

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much”….Luke 7:47luke 7 47 her sins which are many are forgiven - 19 sept 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “At this point, an even greater amazement falls on all those at table:  “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” (v.49).   Jesus does not give an explicit answer but the conversion of the sinful women stands before everyone’s eyes and shows that in Him shines forth the power of God’s mercy, capable of transforming hearts.

The sinful woman teaches us the link between faith, love and gratitude.   Her “many sins” were forgive her and therefore she loves much, “but he who is forgiven little, loves little” (v. 47).   Even Simon has to admit that the one who has been forgiven more, loves more.   God has enclosed everyone in the mystery of mercy and from this love, which always goes before us, all of us learn to love.   As St Paul reminds us: “In Christ, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he has lavished upon us” (Eph. 1:7-8).   In this text, the word “grace” is practically synonymous with mercy and is called “lavish,” that is, beyond our expectations, for it carries out God’s saving plan for each of us. … Salvation enters the heart, only when we open the heart, in the truth of our sins.” … Pope Francis 18 September 2014 (“Pope Francis” painting by Natalia Tsarkova)salvation-enters-the-heart-only-when-we-pope-francis-20-sept-2018

PRAYER – Grant us Lord, a true knowledge of salvation, so that, freed from fear and from the power of our foes, we may serve You faithfully in love and sorrow for our sins.   May we, through the love You grant us, extend our love to all we meet and may the tears of the Holy Virgin of Reconciliation, not reject our prayers but intercede for us, obtain for us the grace to love our Lord Jesus above all else.   May we console you by a holy life and so come to share the eternal life Christ gained by His Cross.   Our Lady of La Salette, pray for us, through our Lord Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, God forever,amen.our-lady-of-salette-pray-for-us19 sept 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 19 September 2019 – Jesus, My Friend

Our Morning Offering – 19 September 2019– Thursday of the Twenty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Year C

Excerpt from Jesus, My Friend
By St Claude de la Colombiere SJ(1641-1682)

O Jesus!
You are my true Friend,
my only Friend.
You take a part in all my misfortunes,
You take them on Yourself,
You know how to change them into blessings.
You listen to me with the greatest kindness
when I relate my troubles to You,
and You have always balm to pour on my wounds.
I find You at all times,
I find You everywhere,
You never go away,
if I have to change my dwelling,
I find You wherever I go.
You are never weary of listening to me,
You are never tired of doing me good.
O Jesus!
Grant that I may die praising You,
that I may die loving You,
that I may die for the love of You.
Amenjesus my friend st claude de la colombiere 19 sept 2019

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Saint of the Day – 19 September – Saint Emilie de Rodat (1787–1852)

Saint of the Day – 19 September – Saint Emilie de Rodat (1787–1852) Religious Nun and Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family, Mystic, Apostle of Charity – she opened at least 38 charities and charitable organisations.   It was not known during her lifetime that Emilie de Rodat was also a mystic.   Her revelations are included in a diary, which was found after her death.Saint Emily de Rodat

Emily was born in 1787 at Rodez, France.   As a young child Emilie de Rodat had shown a great love for God and for the poor but during her teenage years she changed and these things held little meaning for her.   At the age of sixteen, however, she had an experience of God’s love that was to change her life forever.

She wrote:

“I was sixteen years of age when
I learned to know Our Lord.
This experience overwhelmed me
and I wanted God and only God.”Saint_Emily_Rodat.jpg

With her faith once more alive in her heart she began to search for ways to serve God and to fulfil his plan for her life with a whole new energy and passion.   She started to ask questions and to think deeply about her future.   She thought of dedicating her life to God as a nun and made several attempts but it never seemed to work out.

One day whilst she was visiting the poor in her town she met a group of women.   They were talking about their children and how there was no-one to teach them or tell them about God.   These words seemed like an arrow piercing Emilie’s soul.   She wrote:

“I told them to send their children to me and that I would educate them myself.
I would be a teacher for the poor.”st emily de rodat

With three companions she founded the Congregation.   It was a time of great joy for these young women but also a time of trial.  Many challenges had to be faced.   Very soon other needs were made known – orphans, the sick and housebound, prisoners and prostitutes.   Many more young women joined her in her mission and with love, gentleness and enthusiasm they tried together to respond to the needs of the poor around them.   Some of the nuns were also contemplative and spent their time in prayer and adoration.

She died of cancer at Villefranche on 19 September 1852.   At the time of her death Saint Emilie de Rodat had opened 38 charitable institutions.

Venerable Pope Pius XII Beatified her on 9 June 1940 and Canonised her on 23 April 1950.

Today throughout the world, the Holy Family Sisters of Saint Emilie try to respond to the pressing needs of their time and to reveal the face of the God of love to all especially the poor and emily glass 2.JPG

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Memorials of the Saints – 19 September

St Januarius of Naples Martyr (Died c 304) (Optional Memorial)
About St Januarius here:

Our Lady of La Salette (1846) :
Mary appeared to two small children, Melanie Mathieu and Maximin Giraud, on the mountain of La Salette in the French Alps. She was crying and around her neck was a crucifix, with a hammer and pincers on either side – 19 September 1846. Approved by the diocesan bishop in 1851.

Read the story here:

St Alonso de Orozco Mena OSA (1500 – 1591)
St Arnulph of Gap
St Carolus Hyon Song-Mun
St Constantia of Nocera
St Desiderius of Pozzuoli
St Emilie de Rodat (1787–1852)
St Eustochius of Tours
St Felix of Nocera
St Festus of Pozzuoli
St Goeric of Metz
Bl Mary de Cerevellon
St Pomposa
St Sequanus
St Sosius of Puzzuoli
St Theodore of Canterbury
St Trophimus of Synnada

Martyrs of Antioch – (3 saints): Christians imprisoned, tortured and executed in various ways in the persecutions of Emperor Probus; some names have come down to us – Dorymedon, Sabbatius and Trophimus. c 277 at Antioch (in modern Turkey).

Martyrs of Phunon – (4 saints): Four bishops in Egypt who were sentenced to forced labour in a rock quarry and martyred in the persecution of Diocletian. Noted for celebrating Mass in prison. – Elias, Nilus, Patermuzio and Peleus. They were burned to death in 310 at Phunon, near Petra in Palestine.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Consuelo Aguiar-Mella Díaz
• Blessed Herman José Fernández Sáenz
• Blessed Juan Pérez Rodrigo
• Blessed Lucas Martín Puente
• Blessed María de La Encarnación de La Yglesia de Varo
• Blessed María Dolores Aguiar-Mella Díaz
• Blessed Miguel Faúndez López
• Blessed Sebastián Obeso Alario