Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary – Day One – 28 September

Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary – Day One – 28 September

Day One – We pray for the Holy Church
and our personal intention:

To Mary, Mother of God and our Mother,
who sees how the Catholic Faith
is assailed by the devil and the world,
To Thy protection, we entrust ourselves .
Kindly offer to Thy Divine Son our resolutions and
obtain from Him the graces necessary for us
to keep them unto the end.

Daily Prayer along with our Daily Rosary:

My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet.
Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offences committed against your Immaculate Heart and for this special favour which I earnestly request in my Rosary Novena:

………………………….. (Mention your request).

I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son.
If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused.
I know, dearest Mother, that you want me
to seek God’s holy Will concerning my request.
If what I ask for should not be granted,
pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.

I offer you this spiritual Bouquet of Roses because I love you.
I put all my confidence in you,
since your prayers before God are most powerful.
For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus,
your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

Our Lady of the Rosary,
pray for our Holy Mother Church
and for our country.

Our Lady of Fatima,
obtain for humanity a lasting peace.

Sweet Heart of Jesus,
be my love.

Sweet Heart of Mary,
at the hour of my death,
lead me home.novena to our lady of the rosary day one 28 sept 2019.jpg


Thought for the Day – 28 September – ‘To die for the faith is a gift to some, to live the faith is a call for all.’

Thought for the Day – 28 September – The Memorial of St Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637) Martyrto die for the faith is a gift to some to live the faith is a call to all st john paul 28 sept 2019.jpg

Excerpt from the Beatification Homily of
St Pope John Paul
Wednesday, 18 February 1981

“The Lord Jesus by His blood truly redeemed His servants, gathered from every race, tongue, people and nation, to make them a royal priesthood for our God.   The sixteen blessed martyrs, by the exercise of their priesthood—that of baptism or of Holy Orders—performed the greatest act of worship and love of God by the sacrifice of their blood united with Christ’s own Sacrifice of the Cross.   In this way they imitated Christ the priest and victim in the most perfect way possible for human creatures.   It was at the same time an act of the greatest possible love for their brethren, for whose sake we are all called to sacrifice ourselves, following the example of the Son of God who sacrificed Himself for us.

4. This is what Lorenzo Ruiz did.   Guided by the Holy Spirit to an unexpected goal after an adventurous journey, he told the court that he was a Christian and must die for God and wοuld give his life for him a thousand times!

(Had I many thousands of lives I would offer them all for him.

Never shall I apostatise.

You may kill me if that is what you want.   To die for God—such is my will.)

Here we have him summed up, here we have a description of his faith and the reason fοr his death.   It was at this moment that this young father of a family, professed and brought to completion, the Christian catechesis that he had received in the Dominican Friars’ school in Binondo, a catechesis that cannot be other than Christ-centred, by reason both of the mystery it contains and the fact that it is Christ who teaches through the lips of His messenger.

5. The example of Lorenzo Ruiz, the son of a Chinese father and Tagala mother, reminds us that everyone’s life and the whole of one’s life must be at Christ’s disposal.   Christianity means daily giving, in response to the gift of Christ who came into the world so that all might have life and have it to the full.   Or, as so aptly expressed in the theme of my visit to this country – To die for the faith is a gift to some, to live the faith is a call for all.

Dearly beloved, amidst the efforts needed for our own Christian lives and for spreading the light of Christ throughout Asia and the whole world, let us look today to these zealous martyrs who give us deep assurance and fresh hope when they tell us – “In all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us.”   And this is the mystery we celebrate today – the love of Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. Amen.”

St Lorenzo Ruiz, Pray for Us!st lorenzo ruiz pray for us 28 sept 2019.jpg


Quote of the Day – 28 September – ‘Had I a thousand lives …..’

Quote of the Day – 28 September – The Memorial of St Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637) Martyr

“I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for God.
Had I a thousand lives, all these to Him, shall I offer.”i am a catholic and wholeheartedly accept death - st lorenzo ruiz 28 sept 2019

“Never shall I apostatise.
You may kill me,
if that is what you want.
To die for God—such is my will.”

St Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637)never shall i apostasise - st lorenzo ruiz 28 sept 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 28 September – But they did not understand …

One Minute Reflection – 28 September – Saturday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 9:43–45 and the Memorial of St Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637) Martyr

“Let these words sink into your ears, for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.”    But they did not understand this saying and it was concealed from them ... Luke 9:44-45luke 9 44-45 let these words sink into your ears for the son of man is to be 28 sept 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “Of all Christ’s miracles and mighty acts, it is this one that far exceeds the limits of human wonder.   It goes far beyond the weak power of the human mind to perceive or comprehend, how it is supposed to believe, that the divine majesty, that very Word of the Father (Jn 1:1) and Wisdom of God in which “all things were created, visible and invisible” (cf. Col 1:15), was held within the confines of the man who appeared in Judaea and, even more, that the Wisdom of God entered into the womb of a woman and was born a baby, who cried and wailed just like all little babies.   And it is further reported that He suffered the anguish of death, as He Himself admitted by saying:  “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (Mt 26:38 par) and in the end, He was led to that death which is reputed to be the most shameful among men, even though he did rise again on the third day…

To present this to human ears and explain it in words far surpasses our poor merits… Indeed the explanation of this mystery is probably beyond the grasp even of the whole creation of heavenly powers.” … Origen (c 185-253) Priest, Theologian, Father – Treatise on First Principlesbut they did not understand luke 9 45 - it goes far beyond the weak powers - origen 28 sept 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Holy God, help me to amend my life constantly and be sincerely converted to You. Let me seek Your interests rather than my own and be ever more closely united with You.   Send Your Spirit of understanding to enkindle our minds but most of all, fill us with Your grace of faith, that whether we understand or not, our love and obedience, is our only guide.   St Lorenzo Ruiz, you obeyed to death for Christ, your beloved, please pray for us.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for all eternity, lorenzo ruiz pray for us - 28 sept 2019.jpg


Our Morning Offering – 28 September – What Can I Say, Merciful Lady?

Our Morning Offering – 28 September – Saturday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – A Marian Saturday and nearly the end of the Month of The Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin

What Can I Say, Merciful Lady?
St Anselm (1033-1109)
Doctor of the Church

My most merciful Lady,
what can I say about the fountains
that flowed from your most pure eyes
when you saw your only Son before you,
bound, beaten and hurt?
What do I know of the flood
that drenched your matchless face,
when you beheld your Son, your Lord
and your God,
stretched on the cross without guilt,
when the flesh of your flesh
was cruelly butchered by wicked me?
How can I judge what sobs
troubled your most pure breast
when you heard,
“Woman, behold your son,”
and the disciple,
“Behold, your Mother,”
when you received as a son
the disciple in place of the Master,
the servant for the Lord?
Amenwhat can i say merciful lady - st anselm - to the sorrowful mother at the foot of the cross 28 sept 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 28 September – St Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637) First Saint and Protomartyr of the Philippines

Saint of the Day – 28 September – St Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637) First Saint and Protomartyr of the Philippines – Layman, Husband and Father, Marian devotee – born in 1600 at Binondo, Manila, Philippines and died on 29-30 September 1637 at Nagasaki, Japan by being crushed over a period of three days while hanging upside down.   Patronages – The Philippines, Filipinos, Overseas Filipino Workers and migrant workers, the poor, separated families, Filipino youth, Chinese-Filipinos, Filipino Altar servers, Tagalogs, Archdiocese of lorenzo ruiz.jpg

Lorenzo Ruiz was born in Binondo, Manila, to a Chinese father and a Filipino mother who were both Catholic.   His father taught him Chinese while his mother taught him Tagalog.

Ruiz served as an altar boy at the Binondo Church.   After being educated by the Dominican friars for a few years, Ruiz earned the title of escribano (calligrapher) because of his skilful penmanship.   He became a member of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.   He married Rosario, a native and they had two sons and a daughter. The Ruiz family led a generally peaceful, religious and content life.1-saint-lorenzo-ruiz-john-alan-warford.jpg

In 1636, whilst working as a clerk for the Binondo Church, Ruiz was falsely accused of killing a Spaniard.   Ruiz sought asylum on board a ship with three Dominican priests – Saint Antonio Gonzalez, Saint Guillermo Courtet, and Saint Miguel de Aozaraza; a Japanese priest, Saint Vicente Shiwozuka de la Cruz and a lay leper, Saint Lázaro of Kyoto.   Ruiz and his companions sailed for Okinawa on 10 June 1636, with the aid of the Dominican lorenzo ruiz artwork.JPG

The Tokugawa Shogunate was persecuting Christians by the time Ruiz had arrived in Japan.   The missionaries were arrested and thrown into prison and after two years, they were transferred to Nagasaki to face trial by torture.   The group endured many and various cruel methods of torture.

On 27 September 1637, Ruiz and his companions were taken to Nishizaka Hill, where they were tortured by being hung upside-down over a pit.   This form of torture was known as tsurushi in Japanese or “gallows and pit” in Spanish.   The method, alleged to have been extremely painful, had the victim bound, one hand was always left free so that the individual may signal their desire to recant, leading to their release.   Despite his suffering, Ruiz refused to renounce Christianity and died from eventual blood loss and suffocation.   His body was cremated, with the ashes thrown into the lorenzo ruiz art

According to Latin missionary accounts sent back to Manila, Ruiz declared these words upon his death:

Ego Catholicus sum et animo prompto paratoque pro Deo mortem obibo.
Si mille vitas haberem, cunctas ei offerrem.

I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for God.
Had I a thousand lives, all these to Him shall I offer.

St Lorenzo was Beatified on 18 February 1981, during St Pope John Paul II’s papal visit to the Philippines.   It was the first beatification ceremony to be held outside the Vatican in history.   He was Canonised by the same pope at the Vatican on 18 October 1987, making him the first Filipino saint.   The Canonisation miracle involved the healing Cecily Alegriae Policarpio from cerebral lorenzo glass v lg - end.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 28 September

St Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637) First Saint and Protomartyr of the Philippines (Optional Memorial)

St Wenceslaus (907-935) King of Bohemia, Martyr (Optional Memorial)
About St Wenceslaus here:

Msgr Charles Pope – My recitation of the old carol:

Bl Aaron of Auxerre
St Alodius of Auxerre
St Annemond of Lyons
St Bardomianus
Bl Bernardine of Feltre
St Chariton of Palestine
Bl Christian Franco
St Conval of Strathclyde
St Eucarpus
St Eustochium
St Exuperius of Toulouse
St Faustus of Riez
St John of Dukla
St Laurence of North Africa
St Lioba of Bischofsheim
St Machan
St Martial of North Africa
St Martin of Moyenmoutier
St Paternus of Auch
St Privatus of Rome
St Salonius of Geneva
St Silvinus of Brescia
St Simón de Rojas O.SS. (1552-1624) Apostle of the Ave Maria
About St Simon:
St Solomon of Genoa
St Stacteus
St Tetta of Wimborne
Bl Thiemo
St Willigod of Moyenmoutier
St Zama of Bologna

Augustinian Martyrs of Japan: The first Augustinian missionaries arrived in Japan in 1602 and met with immediate success; many were brought to the faith; many of them became Augustinians; and many of them were martyred in the periodic persecutions of Christians. This memorial commemorates all of them, whether they have a sanctioned Cause for Canonisation or not. They include:
• Blessed Bartolomé Gutiérrez Rodríguez
• Blessed Ferdinand Ayala
• Blessed Francisco Terrero de Ortega Pérez
• Blessed Ioannes Mukuno Chozaburo
• Blessed Laurentius Kaida Hachizo
• Blessed Mancius Yukimoto Ichizaemon
• Blessed Martín Lumbreras Peralta
• Blessed Melchor Sánchez Pérez
• Blessed Michaël Ichinose Sukezaemon
• Blessed Pedro de Zúñiga
• Blessed Petrus Sawaguchi Kuhyoe
• Blessed Thomas Jihyoe of Saint Augustine
• Blessed Thomas Terai Kahyoe
• Blessed Vicente Simões de Carvalho
• Saint Magdalena of Nagasaki

Martyrs of Antioch – 37 saints: A group of 30 soldiers and 7 civilians who were murdered together for their faith. The names that have come down to us are – Alexander, Alphinus, Heliodorus, Mark, Neon, Nicon and Zosumus. c 303 at Antioch, Pisidia (in modern Turkey).

Martyrs of China – 120 saints: A common memorial for the hundreds of the faithful, lay and clergy, who have died for their faith in the last couple of centuries in China. They were Canonised on 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Amalia Abad Casasempere de Maestre
• Blessed Francesc Xavier Ponsa Casallach
• Blessed Josep Casas Juliá
• Blessed Josep Casas Ros
• Blessed Josep Tarrats Comaposada
• Blessed María Fenollosa Alcaina