Journeying with Newman
The Thanksgiving Novena for, with and to
the beloved and blessed John Henry Newman
Day Seven – 10 October
Educator of the Laity
Intention: That we may be inspired to strive for a deeper understanding of the teachings of our Faith.
“I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious but who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well, that they can give an account of it.”
From his writings Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
Please pray one decade of the Rosary (any you choose) for this Intention and add the following Prayer:
O God our heavenly Father,
we offer You heartfelt thanks
for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman.
In him You give us,
an inspiring example of priest and teacher,
heroic and humble, in his labour
for the salvation of souls
and the pursuit of holiness.
Through his intercession,
we ask You to lead us,
by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit
and so grant us peace and joy,
in the one fold of the Redeemer.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Thought for the Day – 10 October – The Memorial of Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899)
Excerpt from the Address of the Holy Father JOHN PAUL II to the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice
Friday 16 June 2000
“Your Foundress would often take the children in her care to the Capuchin Church in Warsaw where Saint Felix is shown bearing the Infant Jesus in his arms. In the figure of the Holy Child, Blessed Maria Angela recognised the little ones she was called to serve. She knew that Saint Felix was shown bearing the Infant Jesus in his arms, because, in bearing the burdens of the needy, he had carried in his arms the poor Christ Himself and she recognised this as her own calling. By bearing the burdens of the weakest she and her Sisters would bear in their arms the “little” Lord Jesus. Blessed Maria Angela knew too, that it was Mary who had placed the Holy Child in the arms of Saint Felix and that, it was Mary, who was now placing her Infant Son in the arms of the Sisters of Saint Felix. How right then that she should dedicate the Congregation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
3. Yet the sword which pierced Mary’s heart (cf. Lk 2:35) pierced the heart of the Foundress too. “Love means giving”, she wrote, “giving everything that love asks for, giving immediately, without regrets, with joy and wanting even more to be asked of us.”In obeying the logic of the Incarnation and bearing in her arms, the Lord himself, Blessed Maria Angela became a victim of love. Step by step she ascended the hill of Calvary, in a journey of suffering, both physical and spiritual, until her life was ablaze with the mystery of the Cross.
As she journeyed more deeply into Calvary’s darkness she became more insistent, that at the heart of the Congregation’s life, there should be devotion above all to the Holy Eucharist and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She bequeathed to her Sisters the motto: “All through the Heart of Mary in honour of the Most Blessed Sacrament”. In long hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, she learnt that she and her Sisters were called to “reproduce the pattern of the Lord’s death” (Phil 3:10) so that they might become the Eucharist. And in the Mother of Christ, Blessed Mary Angela recognised, the one who shared in her Son’s Passion most intimately and she knew, that this was the Sisters’ calling as well. In Mary Immaculate she recognised the woman of the Magnificat, the woman whose self-emptying, allowed God to fill her with the joy of the Holy Spirit. This was to be the life of the Sisters of Saint Felix.
4. Ours is a very different world but we are no less challenged by the spiritual lethargy of our time and by the question of where true freedom lies. It is the Church’s sacred duty to proclaim to the world the true answer to that question and Religious men and women, are crucial in that task. For the Felician Sisters, this must mean, an ever more radical fidelity to the program of life bequeathed to you by your Foundress, since, if there is not this fidelity among you, then you too can fall victim to the spiritual confusion of the age and there may emerge among you, the anxiety and disunity which are its fruits.
I urge you, therefore, dear Sisters, at this critical time in the life of your Congregation, to commit yourself in this General Chapter to more ardent worship of the Most Blessed Sacrament, to deeper devotion to Mary Immaculate and to a more radical love of the charism of your Foundress. Embrace the Lord’s Cross as Blessed Angela did! Then you will become the Eucharist your whole life will sing Magnificat, your poverty will be filled with “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8). Entrusting the General Chapter and the entire Congregation to Mary, Mother of Sorrows and Mother of all our joys and to the intercession of Saint Francis, Saint Felix and your Blessed Foundress, I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing, as a pledge of endless grace and peace in Jesus Christ, “the faithful witness and firstborn from the dead” (Rev 1:5).
Prayer for the Intercession of Blessed Angela
God our Father,
we praise and thank You
for the gift of Blessed Angela,
who lived Your will,
in faith and trust
and lived Your love,
in service to others.
I pray, in confidence,
that through her intercession
You will grant me
the favour which I request.
I ask this,
through Christ our Lord.
One Minute Reflection – 10 October – Thursday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Gospel: Luke 11:5–13 and the Memorial of Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899)
“For everyone who asks, receives and he who seeks, finds and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”… Luke 11:10
REFLECTION – “Yes, my Lord, You do desire that I should ask You, You are ever listening for my voice. There is nothing I cannot get from You. Oh, I confess my heinous neglect of this great privilege. I am very guilty. I have trifled with the highest of gifts – the power to move Omnipotence. How slack I am, I in praying to You for my own needs! how little have I thought of the needs of others! How little have I brought before You the needs of the world – of Your Church! How little have I asked for graces in detail! and for aid in daily wants! How little have I interceded for individuals! How little have I accompanied actions and undertakings, in themselves good, with prayer for Your guidance and blessing!”… Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
PRAYER – Help us my Lord, to discern through prayer and meditation, what You truly want of us. Then enable us to offer it to You and indeed to offer myself and all I have to You. Teach us to listen that we might hear Your answers, teach us to wait in patience for that which we ask and to trust in Your answer and teach us to constantly knock at Your door in prayer. May Blessed Angela Truszkowska, pray for Holy Mother Church, pray for all the members of the Mystical Body, pray for our sons and daughters and for us all, pray for me! Amen
Our Morning Offering – 10 October – Thursday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899)
Unite Me to Your Sacred Heart By Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899)
My Lord, You bid us to suffer,
therefore, my poor soul desires it.
I want to suffer, O Jesus
but with You,
to suffer but for the love of You,
to suffer but in silence and in solitude,
so that no-one would know
that I suffer, only You,
so that only You would hear the groanings of my soul
and only You would see my tears.
Ah! Teach me, O Lord,
to suffer in that way,
teach me to suffer without seeking any consolation,
to suffer without craving the sympathy of creatures,
to suffer without even
expecting the eternal joys of heaven.
Teach me to suffer,
not because suffering is the source of merit and glory
but because it unites us to You
and makes our hearts
like unto your Sacred Heart.
(The text was written on sheets of paper bound together with two works of St Alphonsus Ligouri. Mother Angela gave this book to Sr Anna Bielska as a gift on the first anniversary of her profession, 8 December 1861.)
Saint of the Day – Blessed Maria Angela Truszkowska TOSF (1825-1899) Nun, Foundress of the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice, commonly known as the Felician Sisters, Franciscan tertiary, Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration, of Prayer, of Charity – born 16 May 1825 at Kalisz, Poland as Sophia Camille Truszkowska and died on 10 October 1899 of natural causes. She forged one of the first active-contemplative communities that, nearly a century and a half later, would grow to include more than 1,800 vowed Sisters over four continents serving in an array of ministries. Patronages – against sickness, exiles, sick people.
Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska was born in Kalisz on 16 May 1825, the oldest child of Joseph and Josepha Rudzinska. At her baptism she was given the name Sophia Camille. She received a deep religious training in her family home. Already in her youngest years, she distinguished herself with extraordinary sensitivity for the needs of the poor. After the family moved to Warsaw, Sophia attended the boarding school of St Theodora Guerin. As an adult, she joined the Society of St Vincent de Paul and upon the advice of Fr Honorat Kozminski, her confessor, she entered the Third Order of St Francis and became a tertiary.
Destitution on the streets of Warsaw upset her greatly and for this reason in 1854, she rented a simple lodging, near the Church of the Virgin Mary in Nowe Miasto, for the little group of orphaned girls and elderly women whom she gathered off the streets. As the needs of the small institute began to increase, she had to transfer it twice, first to the home of the Dominicans and in July 1857, to the larger Zaluski Library building given to her by Countess Elfryda Zamoyska, known in Warsaw for her charitable undertakings. In this year also, Sophia, with several companions, donned the Franciscan habit and accepted a new name, Maria Angela.
The residents of the Capital City, upon seeing the little group of children being led before the St Felix altar in the Capuchin church, started calling them children of St Felix. With time, the name Felician became associated with the sisters.
The next stage in the life of the young religious family and its Foundress was marked by work among the Greek Catholics in Podlasie. There, she established many houses in which the sisters conducted centres for peasant children, however, the outbreak of the January Insurrection (1863) occasioned a change in the sisters’ involvements. Centres were converted into hospitals where the wounded rebel soldiers received care. This Samaritan deed, however, did not “appeal” to the Russian occupants who in December 1864 issued an edict of suppression of the Congregation of Felician Sisters. The sisters had to remove their habits and return to their families. Only the cloistered sisters – separated from the active community, already in 1860 – were permitted to retain the religious garb and were transferred to the convent of the Bernardine Sisters in Lowicz. Mother Angela was among them. She remained at this convent for a year and a half after which time she moved to Krakow where the Congregation operated a centre and maintained another house on 18 Mikolajska St., given to the sisters by Pelagia Russanowska. Because of the overcrowded conditions there, Mother Angela lived across the street in the home of Antonine Helclowa but after several months, that is in autumn 1866, Mother took up residence in the acquired building.
Mother Maria Angela, now took over the helm of authority in the Felician Community. She expended efforts to obtain approbation of the Congregation in Galicia and planned on building a new convent. Several years later her health declined considerably and she began to gradually lose her hearing. Her request for release from the duties of governing the Congregation was finally granted. From that time on, Mother Angela directed her energies to editing the Constitutions of the Congregation. On 20 January 1870, Mother left the home on Mikolajska to live permanently in the new convent in Krakow. The building, not yet completed, was being constructed on property purchased several years earlier.
Here Mother spent long, even nightly hours in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Felician church where, since 1884, Jesus is exposed on the altar daily. She also embroidered liturgical vestments for poor chapels and grew flowers in the garden at Smolensk. Some writings referring to an episode in Mother’s life at this time disclose that she was struck by the steering pole of a garden wagon that worsened her health which was declining.
Cancer eventually confined her to bed. On 12 September 1899, Mother received the anointing of the sick and lived yet to see the approval of the Congregation by the Holy See several weeks before her death. After midnight on 10 October 1899, the Foundress went to the Lord to receive her deserved reward.
The cult of Mother Angela evolved after her death, however, the time to initiate her beatification process had to be postponed because of the political situation existing in the Polish government, plus the two ensuing world wars. It was not until 1949 that Adam Cardinal Sapieha opened the Informative Process. The stages of this formal action, defined by Canon Law, advanced until 1969 when Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, the Future St Pope John Paul II, closed the process in Krakow and the Cause was accepted by the Holy See. On 2 April 1982, the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome issued a decree of the heroic virtues of the Servant of God.
Upon confirmation of the miracle attributed to Mother Angela’s intercession, the solemn Beatification took place in St Peter’s Square in Rome on 18 April 1993 by St Pope John Paul II.
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They were beheaded in 1227 in Mauritania Tingitana (Ceuta, Morocco). Local Christians secreted the bodies away and gave them proper burial in Ceuta. They were Beatified in 1516 by Pope Leo X.