Thought for the Day – 17 October – Have Faith in Christ and Love

Thought for the Day – 17 October – The Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – 107) Father of the Church, Martyr

Tradition holds that St Ignatius was one of the many small children whom Jesus personally took in His arms and blessed.   He was a student and follower of St John the Apostle.   Simon Peter appointed St Ignatius to serve as Bishop of Antioch.   His service and successes were great but perhaps inevitably, St Ignatius was arrested by Roman soldiers and taken to Rome, where he was sentenced to death at the Coliseum, for his Christian teachings, practices and faith.

Some of St Ignatius Letters to the Ephesians, Romans and others have survived.   Many were modelled on the New Testament writings of St Paul, St Peter and St John.

From a letter to the Ephesians by Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr
(Nn. 13-18,1: Funk 1, 183-187)

Have Faith in Christ and Love

Try to gather together more frequently to give thanks to God and to praise Him.   For when you come together frequently, Satan’s powers are undermined and the destruction that he threatens, is done away with, in the unanimity of your faith.   Nothing is better than peace, in which all warfare between heaven and earth is brought to an end.

None of this will escape you if you have perfect faith and love toward Jesus Christ.  These are the beginning and the en – of life: faith the beginning, love the end.   When these two are found together, there is God and everything else concerning right living follows from them.   No-one professing faith sins, no-one possessing love hates.   A tree is known by its fruit.   So those who profess to belong to Christ will be known by what they do.   For the work we are about, is not a matter of words here and now but depends on the power of faith and on being found faithful to the one oprofessing faith sins - st ignatius of antioch 17 oct 2019

It is better to remain silent and to be, than talk and not be.   Teaching is good if the speaker also acts.   Now there was one teacher who spoke and it was made and even what He did in silence is worthy of the Father.   He who has the word of Jesus can truly listen also to His silence, in order to be perfect, that he may act through his speech and be known by his silence.   Nothing is hidden from the Lord but even our secrets are close to Him.   Let us then do everything in the knowledge that He is dwelling within us, that we may be His temples and He, God within us.   He is and will reveal Himself, in our sight, according to the love we bear Him in holiness.nothing is hidden from the lord - st ignatius of antioch 17 oct 2019.jpg

Make no mistake, my brothers, those who corrupt families will not inherit the kingdom of God.   If those who do these things in accordance with the flesh have died, how much worse will it be if one corrupts, through evil doctrine, the faith of God for which Jesus Christ was crucified?   Such a person, because he is defiled, will depart into the unquenchable fire, as will anyone who listens to him.

For the Lord received anointing on His head, in order that He might breathe incorruptibility on the Church.   Do not be anointed with the evil odour of the teachings of the prince of this world, that he may not lead you captive away from the life that is set before you.   But why is it that we are not all wise when we have received the knowledge of God, which is Jesus Christ?   Why do we perish in our stupidity, not knowing the gift the Lord has truly sent us?

My spirit is given over to the humble service of the Cross which is a stumbling block to unbelievers but to us salvation and eternal life.

St Ignatius of Antioch, Pray for Us!st-ignatius-of-antioch-pray-for-us-17-oct-2017-no-2


Quote/s of the Day – 17 October – ‘Eucharist’ – St Ignatius of Antioch

Quote/s of the Day – 17 October – The Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – 107) Father of the Church, Martyr

“They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer
because they do not confess that the Eucharist
is the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
flesh which suffered for our sins
and which that Father,
in His goodness, raised up again.
They who deny the gift of God
are perishing in their disputes.”they abstain from the eucharist - st ignatius of antioch - 17 oct 2019.jpg

“Pray that we will remain faithful
to the teachings of the Risen Jesus.”

St Ignatius of Antioch

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One Minute Reflection – 17 October – Tradition stands, the Faith dies.

One Minute Reflection – 17 October – Thursday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 11:47–54 and the Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – 107) Father of the Church, Martyr

“Woe to you! for you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.” … Luke 11:47

REFLECTION – ” The biggest sin of the Pharisees is that they persecute and even kill the messengers God has sent to purify and reform their religion.  They are so caught up in the rut of their traditions, that they cannot heed or tolerate the voice of the prophets. They stone the present prophets and build monuments to the ancient ones.
Often we too make the same mistakes.
We are keen in preserving the names of great people who lived among us.   We may even build monuments to their memory.   But we fail to imbibe and live by their spirit.   It is surprising how the creative spirit of a religious tradition can die in the hands of those who are faithfully seeking to preserve the tradition itself – the tradition stands, the faith dies.
That is what happened to the Pharisees of Jesus’ time and it is happening to us as well.” … Fr Joseph Thena SSPwoe to you scribes luke 11 47 - gods word fr joseph thena - tradition stands faith dies - 17 oct 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant that I may believe what I have learned, never presuming to know better than the teachings of Holy Mother Church and that I may put into practice what I believe.   Let my commitment be like unto the Martyr, St Ignatius of Antioch, who went with joy to his horrific death, for the faith in Christ, Your Son, God with You and the Holy Spirit.   St Ignatius, pray for us, ignatius of antioch pray for us - 17 oct 2017.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 17 October – A Martyr’s Prayer, St Ignatius of Antioch

Our Morning Offering – 17 October – Thursday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – 107) Father of the Church, Martyr and St Francois Isidore Gagelin (1799-1833) Priest and Martyr

A Martyr’s Prayer
By St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – 107)
Father of the Church, Martyr

I am the wheat of God,
and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts,
that I may be found the pure bread of God.
I long after the Lord,
the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ.
Him I seek, who died for us and rose again.
I am eager to die for the sake of Christ.
My love has been crucified
and there is no fire in me that loves anything.
But there is living water springing up in me
and it says to me inwardly,
“Come to the Father”
Ameni am the wheat of god - st ignatius of antioch 17 oct 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 17 October – Saint Francois Isidore Gagelin (1799-1833) Priest and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 17 October – Saint Francois Isidore Gagelin (1799-1833) Priest and Martyr, Missionary, was a member of the Paris Foreign Missions Society in Vietnam. Born on 10 May 1799 in Montperreux, Doubs, France and died by being strangled to death on 17 October 1833 in Bãi Dâu, Saigon, Vietnam.   He was the first French martyr of the 19th century in Vietnam.   Additional Memorial – 24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam.

The young Gagelin was educated at the College of Pontarlier, at the minor seminary of Dole and finally at the Major Seminary of Besancon.   In 1818, he joined the Society of Foreign Missions.   While his family mourned his departure. He declared:  “My mother, you are very dear to me.   But the good God calls me to missions, you would not dare to oppose His will? “

On 28 November 1820, he embarked in Bordeaux on a ship that was to take him to Vietnam.    He had arrived in Vietnam at the wrong time.476px-st François-Isidore_Gagelin

Emperor Gia Long had just died after a reign of twenty years during which he had achieved the union of the Vietnamese-speaking kingdoms – Cochin China and Tonkin. These regions had been evangelised in the early seventeenth century by Spanish and Portuguese clerics.   During the second half of the century, French missionaries arrived with the first ” apostolic vicars ” for the establishment of a local church.   The two kingdoms were frequently subject to political instability and the new Christianity had experienced several religious persecutions .

When François-Isidore arrived, Gia Long had just died.   His heir, the new emperor Minh Mang and his Council, were unfavourable to the foreign contributions and did not wish a development of Christianity, particularly Minh Mang was enraged and horrified that according to Christian teaching, he, the Emperior, would be regarded as equal to the humblest of his subjects.

From year to year, Minh Mang’s hatred of Christianity only increased and it was in these circumstances that Father Gagelin was to be entrusted with a ministry.

The new missionary then wrote to his mother:   “I am doing well enough, although I am not too robust, being so malnourished, sleeping so badly, experiencing besides the excessive heat of the sun to which the heat which one suffers in our country are not comparable, it is difficult to have a lot of strength, at least until I get well acclimatised. We have no bread, no wine but only rice and fish, all cooked in water.   We sleep on boards, either in summer or in winter, in truth, winter is not very tough in this country, there is neither snow, nor ice, nor even frost.   The houses are open on all sides and with a cotton canvas coat we can resist the cold.   I have already begun to confess and to preach.   This language is very difficult to learn. It’s a kind of song, the same word uttered with different notes has just as many different meanings; so when the Cochin Chinese people say their prayers, they make a melody sound so beautiful, so pleasant that I do not get tired of listening to them.”

And to add:   “I have already begun to confess and to preach.   This language is very difficult to learn.   It’s a kind of song, the same word uttered with different notes has just as many different meanings; so when the Cochin Chinese people say their prayers, they make a melody sound so beautiful, so pleasant that I do not get tired of listening to them.”2 ISIDORE-GAGELIN-393x477.jpg

Shortly after the arrival of Gagelin , co-adjutor Bishop Audemar died of dropsy.   Then cholera killed the two missionaries of the seminary.   Fr Gagelin recovered just in time to assist his colleague Fr Jarot in his last days.   Finally, the bishop, Msgr. Labartette, the one who had just ordained him Priest succumbed to the cholera epidemic.   In the end, three missionaries remained, Fr Thomassin became superior of the missionary group.   The latter was 29 years old and four years of experience in the country, he died less than a year later.  There remained Fathers Gagelin and Taberd.   The second having been ordained four years before François-Isidore, he became superior of the mission.

Fr Gagelin wrote:  “We have been threatened with persecution.   However, as in the grand council assembled on this subject all the mandarins did not agree and that the mother Queen dissuaded her son, telling him that every king who persecutes religion loses his kindom …”

Fr Gagelin travelled to Mekong and visited the Christians of Bac Liêu, My Tho, Vinh Long and Châu Doc.   He also tried to get in touch with tribes from the mountains of Cambodia. Then news arrived from Europe.   Fr Taberd was appointed Bishop of Cochin China and Gagelin Provincial.   A new missionary, Fr Cuenot, brought a letter – Gagelin’s mother had died three years earlier!

“I cried several times for our beloved mother and during the Mass I celebrated for the repose of her soul, I could hardly hold back my tears.

Marshal Le van Duyet , viceroy of Lower Cochin China, died in August 1832.   The edict of general persecution against the Christians was launched on 6 January, 1833.   Many Christians fled to the mountains, Fr Gagelin, having learned that a certain number of Christians had apostatised by agreeing to walk over the cross and fearing that the panic would spread, resolved to calm the situation and surrendered himself.   On 23 August 1833 he made a second solemn entry into the capital – wearing the noose!   Jaccard, who was then in forced residence in Huê could come to visit his colleague in prison.   But after 11 October, visits were forbidden and the missionaries could communicate only by letters, thanks to the help of some guards.

On 12 October Jaccard wrote to Gagelin :  “I think I must tell you bluntly, blessed brother, that we have learned that you are condemned to death for having left the Dông Na , where the king had allowed you to stay, in order to to go to various provinces to preach religion.   From what we have heard, you are condemned to die by the rope.”

Answer dated 14 October, “The news that you announce to me fills me with joy to the bottom of my soul.   Never has news so pleased me, the mandarins will never experience the same.   The grace of martyrdom, of which I am very unworthy, has been, from my earliest childhood, the object of my most ardent wishes.   I have specially requested it during the holy sacrifice of the Mass.”   Such was Gagelin’s answer and Jaccard was not allowed to come and see him.4 vietnam martyrs.JPG

On 17 October 1833 , Gagelin was brought to the place of his execution in the presence of an agitated crowd.   He could see the text of his sentencing sentence drawn in ink on a board planted in the ground.   Thus it was read, “Guilty of having preached and spread the religion of Jesus in many parts of the empire, consequently is condemned to be strangled.”

After the execution of the sentence, a Christian asked permission to take the body to a nearby parish, where he was dressed in priestly garments and buried.

The Emperor also learned with satisfaction that another religious Father, a Vietnamese named Pierre Lê Tuy, had just been beheaded a week before.

However, a doubt remained in the mind of the Emperor, he had heard of Jesus’ Resurrection three days after His death.   Minh Mang ordered the exhumation of Gagelin’s body to confirm his death, which was done.

Five years after the death of Minh Mang, Gagelin’s body was again exhumed, secretly this time and handed over by Bishop Cuenot to Mr Chamaison before being transferred to Paris, in January 1847.

Father Gagelin was declared Venerable by Pope Gregory XVI on 19 June 1840 and on 27 May 1900, Pope Leo XIII proclaimed Blessed, Isidore Gagelin and several other missionaries, including Jaccard and Pierre Lê Tuy.   On 19 June 1988, St Pope John Paul II Canonised the Martyrs of Vietnam who had already been proclaimed Blessed.117-Martyr-Saints-of-Vietnam.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 17 October

St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – 107) Father of the Church – Bishop of Antioch and Martyr (Memorial)
Full Biography of St Ignatius here:
And Pope Benedict’s Catechesis here:

St Anstrudis of Laon
Bl Balthassar of Chiavari
Bl Battista de Bonafede
St Berarius I of Le Mans
St Catervus
St Colman of Kilroot
St Ethelbert of Eastry
St Ethelred of Eastry
St Florentius of Orange
St Francois Isidore Gagelin (1799-1833) Martyr
Bl Gilbert the Theologian
St Heron of Antioch
Bl Jacques Burin
St John the Short/Dwarf
St Louthiern
St Mamelta of Persia
St Nothelm of Canterbury
St Richard Gwyn
St Rudolph of Gubbio
St Rufus of Rome
St Serafino of Montegranaro
St Solina of Chartres
St Zosimus of Rome

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 3 saints: A group of Christians martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them that have survived are their names – Alexander, Marianus and Victor. 303 in Nicomedia (in modern Turkey).

Martyrs of Valenciennes -5 beati: A group of Ursuline nuns martyred in the persecutions of the French Revolution.
• Hyacinthe-Augustine-Gabrielle Bourla
• Jeanne-Reine Prin
• Louise-Joseph Vanot
• Marie-Geneviève-Joseph Ducrez
• Marie-Madeleine-Joseph Déjardins

Martyrs of Volitani: A group of martyrs who were praised by Saint Augustine of Hippo. In Volitani, proconsular Africa (in modern Tunisia).

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• BlessedFidel Fuidio Rodriguez
• BlessedJosé Sánchez Medina
• BlessedPerfecto Carrascosa Santos
• BlessedTársila Córdoba Belda de Girona