Thought for the Day – 16 October – The Twelve Promises of Devotion to the Sacred Heart

Thought for the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary
for those Devoted to His Sacred Heart

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life
and especially at the hour of their death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart
shall be exposed and honoured.
10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names
written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those
who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months
the grace of final repentance, they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments;
My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

From Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Vision of Jesus



Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – Lean on His Goodness

Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque VHM (1647-1690), St Gerard Majella CSsR (1726-1755)

“O Heart of love,
I put all my trust in Thee,
for I fear all things,
from my own weakness,
but I hope for all things,
from Thy Goodness.”

St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)o heart of love i put all my trust in thee 16 oct 2019

“Consider the shortness of time,
the length of eternity
and reflect how everything here below
comes to an end and passes by.
Of what use is it, to lean upon,
that which cannot give support?”

St Gerard Majella (1726-1755)consider the shortness of time - st gerard majella 16 oct 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection- 16 October – “Woe to you Pharisees!”

One Minute Reflection- 16 October – Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 11:42-46 and the Memorial of St Marie Marguerite d’Youville (1701-1771)

“Woe to you Pharisees! for you love the best seat in the synagogues and salutations in the market places.”…Luke 11:43woe-to-you-pharisees-luke-11-43-17-oct-2018.jpg

REFLECTION – “Christianity is not a matter of persuading people of particular ideas but of inviting them to share in the greatness of Christ.   So pray, that I may never fall into the trap, of impressing people, with clever speech but instead, I may learn, to speak with humility, desiring only to impress people with Christ Himself.”…St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – 107) Father of the Church, Martyrchristianity is not a matter of persuading people - st ignatius of antioch - 16 oct 2019

PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ, You wondrously revealed all of the deep treasures of Your Heart to Your saints.   May their merits and example win us the grace to love You above all things and in all things so that we may make our abode in Your own Sacred Hea  rt. With You, for You and in You, may we assist and love our neigh  bour. Hear the prayers of St Marguerite d’Youville on our behalf dear Lord, we beg.   Through Christ our Lord, in the union of the Holy Spirit, God who live and reign forever, marguerite dyouville pray for us 16 oct 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 16 October – The One Thing Necessary

Our Morning Offering – 16 October – Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Gerard Majella (1726-1755), Redemptorist Brother

The One Thing Necessary
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Most Zealous Doctor
Founder of the Redemptorists

O my God,
help me to remember,
that time is short, eternity long.
What good is all the greatness of this world
at the hour of death?
To love You, my God
and save my soul is the one thing necessary.
Without You, there is no peace of mind or soul.
My God, I need fear only sin
and nothing else in this life,
for to lose You, my God, is to lose all.
O my God, help me to remember,
that I came into this world with nothing,
and shall take nothing from it when I die.
To gain You, I must leave all.
But in loving You,
I already have all good things,
the infinite riches of Christ and His Church in life,
Mary’s motherly protection and perpetual help
and the eternal dwelling place
Jesus has prepared for me.
Eternal Father, Jesus has promised
that whatever we ask
in His Name will be granted us.
In His Name, I pray,
give me a burning faith,
a joyful hope,
a holy love for You.
Grant me perseverance in doing Your will
and never let me be separated from You.
My God and my All,
make me a saint.
Amente one thing necessary st alphons liguori 16 oct 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 16 October – Saint Marie Marguerite d’Youville (1701-1771)

Saint of the Day – 16 October – Saint Marie Marguerite d’Youville (1701-1771) Foundress of the Sisters of Charity – commonly known as the Grey Nuns of Montreal., Widow, “Mother of Universal Charity” – born on 15 October 1701 in Varennes, Quebec and died on 23 December 1771 (aged 70) in Montreal, Quebec of natural causes. Patronages – widows, difficult marriages, death of young children.   Marguerite was the first native-born Canadian to be declared a saint.19901209_maria_marguerite_youville.jpg

Marguerite was the eldest of six children born to Christophe Dufrost de Lajemmerais and Marie-Renée Gaultier.   Her father died when she was seven years old leaving this family of six in great poverty.   It was only through the influence of her great-grandfather, Pierre Boucher, that she was enabled to study for two years at the Ursulines in Quebec. Upon her return home, she became an invaluable support to her mother and undertook the education of her brothers and sisters.

She married François d’Youville in 1722 and the young couple made their home with his mother who made life miserable for her daughter-in-law.   She soon came to realise that her husband had no interest in making a home life.   His frequent absences and illegal liquor trading with the Indians caused her great suffering.   She was pregnant with her sixth child when François became seriously ill.   She faithfully cared for him until his death in 1730.   By age 29, she had experienced desperate poverty and suffered the loss of her father and husband.   Four of her six children had died in infancy.

In all these suffering Marguerite grew in her belief of God’s presence in her life and of His tender love for every human person.   She, in turn, wanted to make knownHhis compassionate love to all.   She undertook many charitable works with complete trust in God, who she loved as a marguerite d'youville.jpg
She provided for the education of her two sons, who later became priests and she welcomed a blind woman into her home.   Marguerite was soon joined by three young women who shared her love and concern for the poor.   On 31 December 1737, they consecrated themselves to God and promised to serve Him in the person of the poor. Marguerite, without even realising it, had become the foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, “Grey Nuns”.

Marguerite always fought for the rights of the poor and broke with the social conventions of her day.   It was a daring move that made her the object of ridicule and taunts by her own relatives and neighbours.   She persevered in caring for the poor despite many obstacles.   She was in weakened health and mourning the death of one of her companions when a fire destroyed their home.   This only served to deepen her commitment to the poor.   On 2 February 1745, she and her two early companions pledged themselves to put everything in common, in order to help a greater number of persons in need.   Two years later, this “mother of the poor” as she was called, was asked to become director of the Charon Brothers Hospital in Montreal which was falling into ruin.   She and her sisters rebuilt the hospital and cared for those in most desperate human misery.   With the help of her sisters and their lay collaborators, Marguerite laid the foundation for service to the poor of a thousand faces.504px-James_Duncan_Marguerite_d_Youville

In 1765 a fire destroyed the hospital but nothing could destroy Marguerite’s faith and courage.   She asked her sisters and the poor who lived at the hospital, to recognise the hand of God in this disaster and to offer Him praise.   At the age of 64 she undertook the reconstruction of this shelter for those in need.   Totally exhausted from a lifetime of self-giving, Marguerite died on 23 December 1771 and will always be remembered as a loving mother who served Jesus Christ in the poor.

Marguerite was one woman but this daughter of the Church had a vision of caring for the poor that has spread far and wide.   Her sisters have served on almost every continent.   Today, her mission is courageously carried on in a spirit of hope by the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, “Grey Nuns” and their sister communities, the Sisters of Charity of St Hyacinthe, the Sisters of Charity at Ottawa, the Sisters of Charity of Quebec, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart (Philadelphia) and the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (Pembroke).St.jpg

St Pope John XXIII Beatified Marguerite on 3 May 1959 and called her “Mother of Universal Charity” – a well-merited title for one who continues to this day to reach out to all with love and compassion.   Marguerite d’Youville can sympathise with the unfortunate and painful situation of so many orphans, with adolescents worried about the future, with disillusioned girls who live without hope, with married woman suffering from unrequited love and with single parents.   But, most especially, Marguerite is a kindred spirit with all who have given their lives to helping others.   The power of Marguerite’s intercession before God was clearly evidenced when a young woman stricken with acute myelobastic leukemia in 1978 was miraculously cured.   This great favour opened for Marguerite the door to the official proclamation of sainthood.

She was Canonised by St Pope John Paul II on 9 December 1990 at St Peter’s icon

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Memorials of the Saints – 16 October

St Hedwig of Silesia (1174-1243) (Optional Memorial)

St Margaret Mary Alacoque VHM (1647-1690) (Optional Memorial)
Biography here:

St Amandus of Limoges
St Ambrose of Cahors
Bl Anicet Koplinski
Bl Augustine Thevarparampil
St Balderic
St Baldwin
St Bertrand of Comminges
St Bolonia
St Conogon of Quimper
St Dulcidius of Agen
St Eliphius of Toul
St Eremberta of Wierre
St Florentinus of Trier
St Gall
St Gerard Majella CSsR (1726-1755)

St Gerard’s Story:

Bl Gerald of Fossanuova
Bl Jesús Villaverde Andrés
Bl Józef Jankowski
St Junian
St Lull
St Magnobodus of Angers
St Marie Marguerite d’Youville (1701–1771)

St Martinian of Mauretania
St Mummolinus
St Saturian of Mauretania
St Silvanus of Ahun
St Victor of Cologne
St Vitalis of Noirmoutier

Martyrs in Africa – 220 saints: A group of 220 Christians martyrs about whom we know nothing but that they died for their faith.

Martyrs of North Africa – 365 saints: A group of 365 Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of the Vandal king Genseric. The only details that have survived are the names of two of the martyrs – Nereus and Saturninus. 450 in North Africa.