Journeying with Newman – The Thanksgiving Novena – Day Eight

Journeying with Newman
The Thanksgiving Novena for, with and to
the beloved and blessed John Henry Newman

Day Eight – 11 October

Servant of the Church

That we are given the Grace
to see the Church as more than a
human institution but as the Body of Christ.

“The Church of God, cannot change,
what she was that she is.
What our forefathers were, such are we,
we look like other men
but we have that in us,
which none others have –
the latent element of an indomitable fortitude.
This may not be the age of Saints
but all times are the age of Martyrs!”

From his writings
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)the church of god cannot change - bl john henry newman 11 oct 2019.jpg

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.
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Thought for the Day – 11 October – She knew that the Cross of Christ is the source of strength and joy

Thought for the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887)

Day after day, Mother Soledad did everything possible to provide for her Daughters’ spiritual well-being, her entire person reflected the gratuitousness and goodness of God. Her meek and humble heart was empty of herself and open to all, there were no limits of any kind for she knew that she belonged exclusively to God and she gave her life as a free gift without receiving anything in return.

Open and willing to carry out the divine will, she had a deep sense of God’s presence within her.   She constantly lived in the presence of God in everything she did – her work, various circumstances, unexpected events, the most ordinary tasks. She discovered God in everything because her heart was immersed in Him.

She solved everything with the logic of love based on humility, charity and gratitude. Because she lived poverty to the extreme and because she was profoundly humble, she acquired the liberty of spirit to be equable and magnanimous toward all, making herself the smallest and least of all.

Her secret was simple – seek the will of God always and in everything – in her many hours of prayer, in her personal encounter with God’s providence, in her friendship with Christ in the Holy Spirit whose growing presence she perceived in her soul as it became more transparent and penetrating every day, impelling her to work in her preferred and beloved field, the sick.

Her life revolved around the Lord’s presence in the Eucharist.   Her nourishment was the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, from whom she received the strength necessary to endure life’s hardships with patience and serenity and to guide the Congregation with faith and unlimited trust in God whom she recognised as the ultimate guiding hand of the Institute.   From the Eucharist Mother Soledad received the grace to give herself without reserve to her work.

Mother Soledad showed us that the most wonderful gift from God is to be able to be fully identified with Christ who was obedient unto death on the cross.   She experienced the emptiness, the loneliness and the abandonment of many, but never did she lack trust in Him who can do all things.   She knew that the Cross of Christ is the source of strength and joy and that there are crosses, that renew the life of the Church.   She would exclaim, “May I know how to suffer” “Give me light and grace to be able to suffer and endure more for You” (Letter 75).   For her Daughters she prayed for “the grace to follow Him unto Calvary and to die crucified for love of Him” (Letter 75).

Today we can say that Mother Soledad let herself be led by the Holy Spirit who emptied her of herself so as to fill her with God.   Flooded with His love, she caught a glimpse of new horizons in the Church and impelled by this same Spirit from whom she received the precious gift of the new charism, she enriched and renewed the Church with the new Institute according to the Gospel:  “Go and cure the sick”.   She revealed to us by her life the new and unique language of God: love.   “The sick are the image of the suffering Christ and it is Him that we serve.” Mother Soledad taught us how to discover Christ in the poorest of the poor and the sick.   “You did it to me.”   

St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta, Pray for Us!st maria soledad pray for us 11 oct 2019.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – It is Him that we serve

Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887) and St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

“May the Lord grant us
His holy peace and patience,
so that with these two shields,
we may carry the holy cross
that Our Lord in His mercy
has destined for us.”may the lord grant us his holy peace and patience - 11 oct 2019 st maria torres acosta

“The sick are the image
of the suffering Christ
and it is Him that we serve.”

St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887)

Quotes of St John XXIII here: sick ar the image of the suffring christ - st maria soledad torres acosta - 11 oct 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 11 October – ‘What have You ever done to me but good?’

One Minute Reflection – 11 October – Friday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel Luke 11:15–26 and the Memorial of St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you…Luke 11:20

REFLECTION – ” “The finger:   “It is by the finger of God that [Jesus] casts out demons.” If God’s law was written on tablets of stone “by the finger of God” (Ex 31,18), then the “letter from Christ” entrusted to the care of the apostles, is written “with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2Cor 3,3).   The hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus” invokes the Holy Spirit as the “finger of the Father’s right hand.”…CCC 700but-if-it-is-by-the-finger-luke-11-20-the-finger-ccc700-12-oct-2018 and 11 oct 2019

“What things ought I render to Almighty God that He has made me what I am?   It is a matter of grace … I am what I am, not from any excellence or merit of my own but by the grace of God who has chosen me to believe.   Has He not visited me with over-abundant grace?   And was it not necessary for my hardened heart to receive more than other people? …
Lord You have poured on me Your grace.   You have been with me in my perplexities.  You have forgiven me my sins.   You have satisfied my reason.   You have made faith easy. You have given me Your saints, You show before me, day after day, Your own Passion – why should I leave You?   What have You ever done to me but good?” … Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)wht things ought I render to almighty god - john henry newman 11 oct 2019

PRAYER – Almighty Father, let Your light so penetrate our minds, that we may walk always in that light and follow Your Son, the Way, the Truth and the Life.   Fill us with understanding and may the Holy Spirit guide us in love.   Allow the intercession of St Pope John XXIII who followed Your light so faithfully be of help to us all.   We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God forever,

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Our Morning Offering – 11 October – Every Day I Need You, Lord

Our Morning Offering – 11 October – Friday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

Every Day I Need You, Lord
By St Pope John XXIII

Every day I need You, Lord
but today especially,
I need some extra strength
to face whatever is to come.
This day, more than any other day,
I need to feel You near me
to strengthen my courage
and to overcome any fear.
By myself, I cannot meet
the challenge of the hour.
We are frail human creatures
and we need a higher power
to sustain us in all that life may bring.
And so, dear Lord,
hold my trembling hand.
Be with me, Lord, this day
and stretch out,
Your powerful arm to help me.
May Your love be upon me
as I place all my hope in You.
Amenevery day I need you Lord - st john XXIII - 11 oct 2018

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Saint of the Day – 11 October – Saint Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887)

Saint of the Day – 11 October – Saint Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887) Religious Nun and Founder of Servants of Mary.   Her apostolic actions – and those of her order – were dedicated towards the nursing of the sick and the poor.  Patronage – the Servants of Mary. st maria soledad torres acosta

St Maria Soledad was born and baptised with the name Bibiana Antonia Acosta, in Madrid, Spain, on 2 December 1826.   She was the second of five children.   Her parents ran a small business in Madrid.   St Maria Soledad was educated by the Daughters of Charit, and often visited the sick in her neighbourhood.   She performed small penances for the benefit of others.

Because of her poor health, she was unsuccessful in entering the Dominican community, as she desired to become a nun.   In 1851, Fr Michael Martinez, a parish Priest and member of the Third Order of the Servites, asked her to minister to the sick and poor of his parish, in their homes.   She accepted and with six companions she began this ministry taking the name Maria Soledad.

Five years into the ministry, Fr Michael took six of the Sisters with him to the missions, leaving only six behind.   Maria Soledad was appointed as their Superior and the Sisters that remained with Maria immediately removed her from this office.   The move so disorganised the community, that the Bishop threatened to dissolve it.   The Bishop held an investigation and re-appointed Maria as Superior, with the help of the new Director, Fr Gabino Sanchez, an Augustinian.   It was at this time, that the community took the name of “Handmaids of Mary Serving the Sick”.   The Bishop formally approved their ministry and extended their work to care for the delinquents of Madrid.   Their order received much publicity by their care for the sick when the cholera epidemic broke out.Santa Soledad, Torres Acosta 11 octubre.jpg

St Maria Soledad faced several trials throughout her time of leadership in the congregation and was the victim of slander and was once again removed from her office as superior.   Fr Gabino reinstalled her as the Superior for a second time, after an investigation.   The Handmaids grew in number and in 1875, began a ministry in Havana, Cuba.   The new institute received Papal approval in 1876.   Maria governed the community for 35 years.maria acosta fundadora_article.jpg

St Maria Soledad was working in Havana, Cuba when she contracted pneumonia.   She died on 11 October 1887.   At the time of her death there were 46 Houses in Europe and Latin America.   She was buried in the Sisters cemetery in the Motherhouse in Madrid, Spain and in 1893 her body was exhumed and transferred to the Chapel.   Her body was intact, exuding a bloody liquid, her body exuding a sweet odour.

She was Beatified in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, and Canonised by St Pope Paul VI in 1970.   In the United States, the Congregations is known as the Sister Servants of Mary, Ministers to the sick.   There are six communities in the US, still providing health care as of today.314px-Maria_Soledad_Torres_Acosta

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 October

St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) (Optional Memorial)
Biography here:

St Agilbert of Paris
St Alexander Sauli
St Anastasius V
St Anastasius the Apocrisarius
St Andronicus of Ephesus
St Andronicus the Soldier
St Ansilio
St Bruno the Great
St Canice
St Digna of Sicily
St Dionisio de Santarem
St Emilian of Rennes
St Ethelburgh of Barking
St Eufridus
St Firminus of Uzes
St Germanus of Besancon
St Gratus of Oloron
St Guiadenzio of Gniezno
St Gummarus
Bl James Grissinger
St Juliana of Pavilly
St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887)

St Nectarius of Constantinople
St Phêrô Lê Tùy
St Philip the Deacon
St Philonilla
St Placid
St Placidia
St Probus of Side
St Santino of Verdun
St Sarmata
St Taracus of Cladiopolis
St Zenaides

Martyrs of Vilcassin – 4 saints: Four Christians who were martyred together. We know little more than the names – Nicasius, Pienza, Quirinus and Scubicolus. Their martyrdom occured in Vexin Lugdunense territory of Gaul (modern Vilcassin, France), date unknown.