Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary – Day Four – 1 October

Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary – Day Four – 1 October

Day Four – We Pray for the Virtue of Humility
and our personal intention:

May Almighty God
give us compassion
and humility in our hearts.
Let us be kind, gentle, generous,
loving, giving and forgiving
wherever we may go.
Allow pride to never get the best of us
as You fulfil our dreams.
Help us not to have a boastful tongue
against our brothers.
Let humility invade our souls…

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 offenses 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,


Devotion for October, The Month of the Holy Rosary

Devotion for October,
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Current scholarship traces the development of the Rosary to the High Middle Ages period.   The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.   This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on 7 October.   It was instituted to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.

The feast was introduced by Pope St Pius V (1504-1572) in the year 1571 to commemorate the miraculous victory of the Christian forces in the Battle of Lepanto on 7 October 1571. The pope attributed more to the “arms” of the Rosary than the power of cannons and the valour of the soldiers who fought there.

Legend tells us that the Rosary as a form of prayer was given to St Dominic (1170-1221) by Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, who entrusted it to him as an aid in the conflicts with the Albigensians.   The Dominican pope, St Pius V, did much to further the spread of the Rosary and it thereafter became one of the most popular devotions in Christendom.   It was the same Pope St Pius V, who in 1569 officially approved the Rosary in its present form with the Papal Bull, Consueverunt Romani Pontifices.   It had been completed by the addition of the second half of the “Hail Mary” and the “Glory be to the Father” at the conclusion of each mystery.

In the Middle Ages it came into being in various medieval monasteries as a substitute for the Divine Office for the lay monks and devout lay persons, who did not know how to read.   Instead of the 150 psalms, they would pray 150 “Our Fathers” counting them on a ring of beads known as the crown or “corona.”   With the growth of popularity of Marian devotion in the twelfth century, the “Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary” developed now substituting 150 “Hail Marys” in place of the “Our Fathers.”

The 150 “Hail Marys” were subsequently subdivided into fifteen decades by the young Dominican friar, Henry Kalkar (1328-1408), with each decade referring to an event in the life of Jesus and Mary.   The Dominican, Alanus de Rupe (1428-1478) further divided the episodes in the history of salvation into the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries.   He also attributed the origin of the Rosary, then known as the “Psalter of the Blessed Virgin” to St Dominic and thus spurred the Dominican Order to make the Apostolate of the Rosary their special concern.   The Dominicans have, since then, promulgated the Rosary with notable results.

The practice of dedicating the entire month of October to the Holy Rosary developed toward the end of the last century.   Pope Leo XIII (papacy: 1878-1903) strongly promoted the increase of devotion to the Blessed Mother by encouraging the constant use of the Rosary.   Beginning on 1 September 1883, with Supremo Apostolatus Officio, he wrote a total of eleven encyclicals on the Rosary, ending with Diuturni Temporis in 1898.

Many other popes have contributed to help increase devotion to the Rosary by their writings.   In the recent past, St Pope Paul VI ( papacy: 1963-1978) devoted the last section of his Apostolic Exhortation MARIALIS CULTUS to the Angelus and the Rosary (MC 40-55). In this document, he wrote that “the Rosary retains an unaltered value and intact freshness.” (MC, 41)

The Rosary is primarily a scriptural prayer.   This can be summarised by the traditional phrase used by Pope Pius XII (papacy: 1939-1958) that the Rosary is “a compendium of the entire Gospel” (AAS 38 [1946] p. 419).   The Rosary draws its mysteries from the New Testament and is centred on the great events of the Incarnation and Redemption.

St John Paul II called the Rosary his favourite prayer, in which we meditate with Mary upon the mysteries which she as a mother meditated on in her heart (Lk. 2:19) (Osservatore Romano, 44; 30 Oct. 1979) and, as we know, added the five Luminous Mysteries in his Encyclical, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, in 2002.

In this month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we too can use in order to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation.

Adapted from an article by Father Matthew R Mauriello (1996)the seven blessings of the rosary - st louis de montfort - 2017


Thought for the Day – 1 October – In the Heart of the Church I will be Love

Thought for the Day – 1 October – The Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, OCD (1873 – 1897) Virgin and Doctor of the Church

In the Heart of the Church I will be Love

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from her autobiography

Since my longing for martyrdom was powerful and unsettling, I turned to the epistles of Saint Paul in the hope of finally finding an answer.   By chance, the twelfth and thirteenth chapters of the first epistle to the Corinthians caught my attention and, in the first section, I read that not everyone can be an apostle, prophet or teacher, that the Church is composed of a variety of members and, that the eye cannot be the hand.   Even with such an answer revealed before me, I was not satisfied and did not find peace.

I persevered in the reading and did not let my mind wander, until I found this encouraging theme – Set your desires on the greater gifts.   And I will show you the way which surpasses all others.   For the Apostle insists that the greater gifts are nothing at all without love and that this same love is surely the best path leading directly to God.   At length I had found peace of mind.

When I had looked upon the mystical body of the Church, I recognised myself in none of the members, which Saint Paul described and, what is more, I desired to distinguish myself more favourably within the whole body.   Love appeared to me to be the hinge for my vocation.   Indeed, I knew that the Church had a body composed of various members but in this body the necessary and more noble member was not lacking, I knew that the Church had a heart and that such a heart, appeared to be aflame with love.   I knew that one love drove the members of the Church to action, that if this love were extinguished, the apostles would have proclaimed the Gospel no longer, the martyrs would have shed their blood no more.   I saw and realised, that love sets off the bounds of all vocations, that love is everything, that this same love, embraces every time and every place.   In one word, that love is everlasting.

Then, nearly ecstatic with the supreme joy in my soul, I proclaimed –

O Jesus, my Love, at last I have found my calling, my call is love.   Certainly I have found my place in the Church and You gave me that very place, my God.   In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love and thus, I will be all things, as my desire finds its thought for the day 2019

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Quote of the Day – 1 October – Blessed Juan de Palafox Mendoza

Quote of the Day – 1 October – The Memorial of Blessed Juan de Palafox Mendoza (1600–1659)

“He who finds himself benefiting without books
finds himself in solitude without comfort,
on a mountaintop without company,
on a path without a walking stick,
in the darkness without a guide.”

Blessed Juan de Palafox Mendoza

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One Minute Reflection – 1 October – ‘..They were made perfect..’

One Minute Reflection – 1 October – Tuesday of the Twenty Sixth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 9:51–56 and The Memorial of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus OCD (1873 – 1897) Doctor of the Church

“Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. … Luke 9:54-55

REFLECTION – “When someone has been made worthy to taste God’s love, he usually forgets everything else by reason of its sweetness.   For once that person has tasted that love, anything visible seems of no interest.   The soul joyfully draws near to the beautiful love of all people without distinction.   It is never troubled by their weaknesses, which do not frighten it.   Just like the blessed apostles who, in the midst of all the evils which they had to bear from their torturers were completely incapable of hating them and did not tire of loving them, this was shown by the fact that, in the end, they even bore death so as to meet them again one day in heaven.

And yet these were the very same people who, a little earlier, had begged Christ to make fire come down from heaven on the Samaritans, who had only refused to welcome them in their village.   But once they had received the gift of tasting God’s love, they were made perfect even to the point of loving the wicked.” … St Isaac the Syrian (c 613-c 700) – Spiritual Discourses, 2nd Series, no. 10,36luke 9 54-55 lord do you want us to bid fire - once they had received st isaac the syrian 1 oct 2019.jpg

PRAYER – God, our Father, Your promised Your Kingdom to the little ones and the humble of heart.   May we love You and our neighbour, even those who hate us.   Give us grace to walk confidently in the way of St Thérèse, so that helped by her prayers, we may see Your eternal glory.   Through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amenst therese of the child jesus pray for us 1 oct 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 1 October – O Jesus, dear Holy Child

Our Morning Offering – 1 October – The Memorial of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus OCD (1873 – 1897)

O Jesus, dear Holy Child
By St Thérèse of the Child Jesus

O Jesus,
dear Holy Child,
my only treasure,
I abandon myself
to Thy every whim.
I seek no other joy
than that of calling forth
Thy sweet Smile.
Vouchsafe to me the graces
and the virtues of
Thy Holy Childhood,
so that on the day
of my birth into Heaven
the Angels and Saints
may recognise in Thy Spouse:
Thérèse of the Child Jesus.
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Saint of the Day – 1 October – Blessed Juan de Palafox Mendoza (1600–1659)

Saint of the Day – 1 October – Blessed Juan de Palafox Mendoza (1600–1659) Bishop, Spanish politician, Administrator, Prolific Writer, defender of the Mexican peoples – born Juan de Palafox y Mendoza on 24 June 1600 in Fitero, Navarra, Spain and died on 1 October 1659 in Osma, Soria, Spain of natural causes.   Patronages – Dioceses of Puebla de los Ángeles and Osma-Soria. Palafox was the Bishop of Puebla (1640−1655) and the interim Archbishop of Mexico (1640−1642).   He also held political office, from 10 June 1642 to 23 November 1642 as the Viceroy of New Spain.   He lost a high-profile struggle with the Jesuits in New Spain, resulting in a recall to Spain, to the minor Diocese of Osma in Old Castile.   Although a cause was opened for his Beatification shortly after he died in 1659, he was not Beatified until juan-de-palafox-y-mendoza-965647ec-6f2c-4ef4-a76d-a457b4fecf6-resize-750

Blessed Juan was born in Navarre, Spain, Juan Palafox de Mendoza was the natural son (“a child of transgression”) of Jaime de Palafox, the Marquis of Ariaza, of the Aragonese nobility.   His mother became a Carmelite nun.   He was taken in by a family of millers who gave him the name “Juan” and raised him for ten years, after which his father recognised him and had him educated at Alcalá and Salamanca.

In 1626 he was a deputy of the nobility in the Cortes de Monzón and later a prosecutor at the Council of War and a member of the Council of the Indies, the chief administrative body for administration of the overseas territories of the Spanish Empire.

He was ordained in 1629 and became the chaplain of Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress, the sister of King Philip IV of Spain.   He accompanied her on her various trips around juan-de-palafox-y-mendoza-62ca3991-c36a-4d63-80eb-7f83496dd87-resize-750

In 1639 Philip IV nominated him and Pope Urban VIII appointed him, as Bishop of Puebla de los Ángeles in viceroyal Mexico.   Puebla de los Ángeles was the second largest city in the Viceroyalty of New Spain (vice-royal México) then and is the present day City of Puebla.   He was consecrated at Madrid on 27 December 1639.

As bishop, Palafox arrived in Veracruz on 24 June 1640.   He was in the company of the new Viceroy of New Spain, Diego López Pacheco, 7th Duke of Escalona, whom he had gotten to know during the voyage.   Palafox was also named Visitador (royal inspector, representative of the king), to investigate the two previous viceroys.   He served as Bishop of Puebla from 1640 to 1655 and as interim Archbishop of Mexico from 1642 to juan-de-palafox-y-mendoza-fc1f8326-e2c7-41cc-848b-0779aa8dad1-resize-750

Palafox is known for being a prolific writer, a political thinker, a defender of the Mexico’s indigenous people during Colonial times, and a fair yet deeply religious man. “Historians highlight Palafox’s intelligence, integrity, activity, intellectual preparation and will, defining him as ‘one of the most brilliant men of his generation,’” says Jorge Fernández Díaz, third vice president of the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of Spain’s legislature.   His writings were published in 15 volumes in Madrid in 1762.

“[Palafox is] probably the most interesting and maybe the most important figure in the whole history of 17th century Mexico.”

In Puebla, Palafox made his mark in both church and state affairs.   He established the Dominican convent of St Agnes, the colleges of St Peter and St Paul and the girls school Immaculate Conception.   He pushed for administrative reform within the diocese and for the completion of the city’s Cathedral, which was dedicated 1649.   He also held several political offices, including that of the viceroy of New Spain in juan-de-palafox-y-mendoza-482bfd05-d6d1-4c2d-9200-bc6717d5bc1-resize-750

“He was a superior man for his century, a classic in our language [Spanish] whose numerous texts were written with an elegant and eloquent style and have resulted in twelve thick volumes,” notes University of Salamanca researcher Águeda Rodríguez Cruz in a 2010 bulletin for the International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.  bl juan mendozaQuoting her colleague, professor Antonio Heredia, she adds:  “[Palafox] was robust in his work, although of a sensitive condition, a spender but mean with it, legalistic, while with an ascetic of sensitive piety, an expert and executor in law and politics, while at a mystic at the same time, a man of war and noise, while pacific and fond of silence, active, while contemplative; indebted, while punctual with his duties … a man of great contrasts, like life itself.”463pxblessed JuandePalafoxyMendoza.jpg

His greatest legacy is a secular one – the Palafox Library in Puebla.   Founded in 1646, the Biblioteca Palafoxiana was the first public library established in the Americas. Located inside what was once the seminary of St. John’s College — now home to Puebla’s cultural centre — the library preserves 45,058 volumes dating from just before until just after the Colonial era.   Many of its works are of global importance.   These include original copies of Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), which charts human history according to the Bible in words and more than 2,000 illustrations – Andreas Vesalius’s On the Fabric of the Human Body (1555), a seven-volume tome that revolutionised the study of anatomy with detailed diagrams based on actual observation and dissection and books printed in Mexico before 1600, including Alonso Molina’s Vocabulary in Castilian and Mexican, essentially the earliest New World dictionary.

The bookshelves consist of finely carved cedar, wild sunflower and white pine.  The library is also noteworthy for its sheer beauty.   The bookshelves, commissioned by Bishop Francisco Fabián y Fuero in 1773 (and expanded to include a third level in the 1800s), consist of finely carved cedar, wild sunflower and ayacahuite, a native white pine.   A three-story gold altar at the far end of the room features an oil painting of Virgen of Trapani, which is believed to be modelled after the 14th-century sculpture attributed to Italian sculptor Nino juan library 514px-Biblioteca_Palafoxiana_de_Pueblagolden altar - palafoxiana-AEnfoque

In 1981, the Mexican government declared the library a historic monument.   In 2005, UNESCO added the Biblioteca Palafoxiana to the Memory of the World list, formally recognising its international significance.   In 2010, after five years of work by 30 specialists, the first digital catalogue of the library’s complete contents was released, some 3,000 copies of the interactive disk were distributed to other libraries, universities, and research institutions.   At the time, Elvia Carrillo Velázquez, a director for ADABI, the national book-preservation group that helped to create the archive, told El Universal newspaper that the interactive disc “provides access to culture and, above all, makes public knowledge part of the history of the printed word.”

This seems to be exactly what Palafox intended.   A sign at the library’s entrance bears his words from 1646:   “He who finds himself benefiting without books, finds himself in solitude without comfort, on a mountaintop without company, on a path without a walking stick, in the darkness without a guide.   This gave me the desire to leave the library of books I’ve collected since I served his majesty the King, which is one of the best I’ve seen in Spain, ancillary to those of the church and in part and in public form, so that it may be used by all professions and people.”

Blessed Juan was Beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 5 June 2011.   His recognition celebrated at the Cathedral of La Asunción, El Burgo de Osma, Spain by Cardinal Angelo juan-de-palafox-y-mendoza-c279f0d6-bc5d-4a61-a4bd-6357cbada70-resize-750

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Memorials of the Saints – 1 October

St Thérèse of Lisieux/St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face/The Little Flower O.C.D. (1873 – 1897) Doctor of the Church (Memorial)

St Aizan of Abyssinia
St Albaud of Toul
Bl Andrew Sushinda
Bl Antoni Rewera
St Aretas of Rome
St Bavo of Ghent
Bl Cecilia Eusepi
Bl Christopher Buxton
St Crescens of Tomi
St Dodo
Bl Dominic of Villanova
Bl Edward James
St Evagrius of Tomi
St Fidharleus
Bl Gaspar Fisogiro
St Gregory the Illuminator
St John Kukuzelis
Bl John Robinson
Bl Juan de Palafox Mendoza (1600–1659)
St Julia of Lisbon
Bl Luigi Maria Monti CFIC “Sons of the Immaculate Conception” (1825-1900)

About Blessed Luigi:

St Maxima of Lisbon
Bl Nikita Budka
St Piaton of Tournai
St Priscus of Tomi
Bl Ralph Crockett
Bl Robert Widmerpool
Bl Robert Wilcox
St Romanos the Melodist
St Sazan of Abyssinia
St Verissimus of Lisbon
St Virila
St Wasnulf

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Carmelo Juan Pérez Rodríguez
• Blessed Higinio Mata Díez
• Blessed Juan Mata Díez
• Blessed Álvaro Sanjuán Canet
• Blessed Florencia Caerols Martínez