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Thought for the Day – 2 November – Let us Die with Christ, to Live with Christ

Thought for the Day – 2 November – Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

Let us Die with Christ, to Live with Christ

Saint Ambrose (340-397)
Bishop and Great Latin Father & Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from his work, On the death of Satyrus (Saint Ambrose’s brother)

We see that death is gain, life is loss.   Paul says – For me life is Christ and death a gain. What does “Christ” mean but to die in the body and receive the breath of life?   Let us then die with Christ, to live with Christ.   We should have a daily familiarity with death, a daily desire for death.   By this kind of detachment our soul must learn to free itself from the desires of the body.   It must soar above earthly lusts to a place where they cannot come near, to hold it fast.   It must take on the likeness of death, to avoid the punishment of death.   The law of our fallen nature is at war with the law of our reason and subjects the law of reason to the law of error.   What is the remedy?   Who will set me free from this body of death?   The grace of God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

We have a doctor to heal us, let us use the remedy He prescribes.   The remedy is the grace of Christ, the dead body our   own. Let us then be exiles from our body, so as not to be exiles from Christ.   Though we are still in the body, let us not give ourselves to the things of the body.   We must not reject the natural rights of the body but we must desire before all else the gifts of grace.

What more need be said?   It was by the death of one man that the world was redeemed. Christ did not need to die if He did not want to but He did not look on death as something to be despised, something to be avoided and He could have found no better means to save us, than by dying.   Thus His death is life for all.   We are sealed with the sign of His death, when we pray we preach His death, when we offer sacrifice we proclaim His death.   His death is victory, His death is a sacred sign, each year His death is celebrated with solemnity by the whole world.

What more should we say about His death since we use this divine example, to prove, that it was death alone, that won freedom from death and death itsel,f was its own redeemer?   Death is then no cause for mourning, for it is the cause of mankind’s salvation.   Death is not something to be avoided, for the Son of God did not think it beneath His dignity, nor did He seek to escape it.

Death was not part of nature, it became part of nature.   God did not decree death from the beginning, He prescribed it as a remedy.   Human life was condemned because of sin to unremitting labour and unbearable sorrow and so began to experience the burden of wretchedness.   There had to be a limit to its evil,; death had to restore what life had forfeited.   Without the assistance of grace, immortality is more of a burden than a blessing.

The soul has to turn away from the aimless paths of this life, from the defilement of an earthly body, it must reach out to those assemblies in heaven, (though it is given only to the saints to be admitted to them), to sing the praises of God.   We learn from Scripture how God’s praise is sung to the music of the harp – Great and wonderful are your deeds, Lord God Almighty, just and true are your ways, King of the nations.   Who will not revere and glorify your nature?   You alone are holy, all nations will come and worship before you.   The soul must also desire to witness Your nuptials, Jesus and to see yYur bride escorted from earthly to heavenly realities, as all rejoice and sing – All flesh will come before you.   No longer will the bride be held in subjection to this passing world but will be made one with the spirit.

Above all else, holy David prayed that he might see and gaze on this – One thing I have asked of the Lord, this I shall pray for, to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life and to see how gracious is the Lord.

Pray for the Holy Souls, that they may gaze on His Face!pray-for-the-holy-souls-2 nov 2017.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 2 November – Death

Quote/s of the Day – 2 November – Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

“When once you have departed this life,
there is no longer any place for repentance,
no way of making satisfaction.
Here life is either lost or kept.
Here, by the worship of God and by the fruit of faith,
provision is made for eternal salvation.
Let no-one be kept back, either by his sins,
or by his years, from coming to obtain salvation.
To him who still remains in this world
there is no repentance that is too late.”

St Cyprian of Carthage (c 200- c 258)
Bishop and Martyr, Father of the Churchwhen once you have departed this life - st cyprian of carthage - 2 nov 2019.jpg

“Let us help and commemorate them.
If Job’s sons were purified
by their father’s sacrifice [Job 1:5],
why would we doubt,
that our offerings for the dead
bring them some consolation?
Let us not hesitate to help those
who have died and to offer
our prayers for them.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407)
Father & Doctor of the Churchlet us help and commerate them - st john chrysostom 2 nov 2019.jpg

“It is not Death that will come to fetch me,
it is the good God.
Death is no phantom, no horrible specter,
as presented in pictures.
In the catechism it is stated,
that death is the separation of soul and body, that is all!
Well, I am not afraid of a separation
which will unite me to the good God forever.”

St Therese of the Child Jesus/Lisieux (1873-1897)
Doctor of the Church

More here: is not death that will come to fetch me - st therese of the child jesus 2 nov 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 2 November – ‘O my Lord, what a day, a long day without ending …’

One Minute Reflection – 2 November – The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls), Gospel: John 6:37-40

‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ … John 6:34john 6 34 - come o blessed of my father 2 nov 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “Thomas came and touched Thy sacred wounds.   O will the day ever come when I shall be allowed actually and visibly to kiss them?   What a day will that be when I am thoroughly cleansed from all impurity and sin and am fit to draw near to my Incarnate God in His palace of light above! what a morning, when having done with all penal suffering, I see Thee for the first time with these very eyes of mine, I see Thy countenance, gaze upon Thy eyes and gracious lips without quailing and then kneel down with joy to kiss Thy feet and am welcomed into Thy arms.
O my only true Lover, the only Lover of my soul, Thee will I love now, that I may love Thee then.   What a day, a long day without ending, the day of eternity, when I shall be so unlike what I am now, when I feel in myself a body of death and am perplexed and distracted with ten thousand thoughts, anyone of which, would keep me from heaven.
O my Lord, what a day when I shall have done once for all with all sins, venial as well as mortal and shall stand perfect and acceptable in Thy sight, able to bear Thy presence, nothing shrinking from Thy eye, not shrinking from the pure scrutiny of Angels and Archangels, when I stand in the midst and they around me!” … Saint John Henry Newman (1801-1890)thomas came and touched thy sacred wounds - st john henry newman 2 nov 2019 holy souls.jpg

PRAYER-   Breviary Hymn – Psalter Week 3 –  It were my Soul’s Desire

It were my soul’s desire
To see the face of God;
It were my soul’s desire
To rest in His abode.

Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire,
Deep waves of cleansing sighs;
Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire
From earthly cares to rise.

It were my soul’s desire
To imitate my King,
It were my soul’s desire
His ceaseless praise to sing.

It were my soul’s desire
When heaven’s gate is won
To find my soul’s desire
Clear shining like the sun.

This still my soul’s desire
Whatever life afford,
To gain my soul’s desire
And see Thy face, O and 2 nov 2019.jpg



Our Morning Offering – 2 November – O Most Gentle Heart of Jesus

Our Morning Offering – 2 November – Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

O Most Gentle Heart of Jesus
A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

O most gentle Heart of Jesus,
ever present in the Blessed Sacrament,
ever consumed with burning love
for the poor captive souls in Purgatory,
have mercy on the souls
of Your departed servants.
Be not severe in Your judgements,
but let some drops of Your Precious Blood
fall upon the devouring flames.
And do You, O Merciful Saviour,
send Your holy angels to conduct them
to a place of refreshment, light and peace.
Amenprayer-for-the-holy-souls-o-most-gentle-heart-of-jesus-month-of-the-holy-souls-1-nov-2018 and 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 2 November – Blessed Pius of St Aloysius CP (1868-1889)

Saint of the Day – 2 November – Blessed Pius of St Aloysius CP (1868-1889) Passionist Religious – born on 29 April 1868 in Trebbio di Possio Berni, Rimini, Italy as Luigi Campidello and died on 2 November 1889 in San Vito di Romagna, Forlì, Italy of tuberculosis, aged 21.   Patronages – youth and Passionist seminarians.   Blessed Pius died before he could receive his ordination to the priesthood but in his short life managed to inspire all those who encountered him by his strong dedication to his order’s charism and his deep faith.   His body is Piocampidelli

Luigi Campidelli was born to an impoverished farmers on 29 April 1868 as the fourth of six children to Giuseppe Campidelli and Filomena Belpani.   He was baptised as “Luigi Nazreno Francesco”.   His parents nicknamed him “Gigino”.   His father caught typhoid in 1874 and soon died which left his widow and children destitute but an uncle came to their aid to help manage their farm.

He received his Confirmation on 9 February 1873 from the Bishop of Rimini, Luigi Poggi and in 1875 enrolled in the private school at Trebbio di Poggio Berni before making his First Communion in 1878.   In his schooling he was admired as a good student and devout child and in his teens became more active in the life of his local parish.   He was known throughout the neighbourhood as a pious and sincere child, with an unwavering allegiance to Pope Pius IX, whom he felt was going through terrible trials due to the loss of the Papal States in 1870.   He also taught other children catechism.   He encountered the Passionists in 1880 and knew at once that he wanted to join them.

From this time on he was a frequent visitor to the Santuario della Madonna di Casale and was soon invited to enter their novitiate.   He entered on  on 2 May 1882.   On 27 May 1883 he was clothed in the Passionist habit and he received the religious name of “Pius of Saint Aloysius”.   His was transferred to Viterbo in January 1883 where he continued his theological and philosophical studies.   On 30 April 1884 he made his vows and then received the minor orders at the Sant’Eutizio convent in Viterbo.   In 1888 he began to manifest the first sings of turberculosis and became progressively worse throughout 1889.

He died on 2 November 1889 at 10:30pm.   His remains were buried in San Vito di Romagna and then on 6 May 1923 they were moved to the Santuario della Madonna di Casale.   His body was exhumed on 17 June 1985 for canonical inspection as part of the Beatification process and was found to be incorrupt.

He was Beatified by St Pope John Paul II on 17 November 1985.

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The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed and Memorials of the Saints – 2 November

All Souls Day (Commemoration):   Commemoration of the faithful departed in Purgatory. Abbot Odilo of Cluny instituted it in the monasteries of his congregation in 998, other religious orders took up the observance and it was adopted by various dioceses and gradually by the whole Church.   The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy on this day and Pope Benedict XV granted to all priests the privilege of saying three Masses of requiem –
• one for the souls in Purgatory
• one for the intention of the Holy Father
• one for the priest’s
If the feast should fall on Sunday it is kept on 3 November.
Patronage: Monselice, Italy

Details here:

St Ambrose of Agaune
St Ambrose of Agaune
St Amicus of Fonte Avellana
St Amicus of Rambone
St Baya of Scotland
St Domninus of Grenoble
St Erc of Slane
St Eustochium of Tarsus
St George of Vienne
Bl John Bodey
St Jorandus of Kergrist
St Justus of Trieste
Bl Pius of St Aloysius CP (1868-1889)
St Marcian of Chalcis
Bl Margaret of Lorraine
St Mateo López y López
St Maura of Scotland
St Theodotus of Laodicea
St Victorinus of Pettau
St Willebald of Bavaria

Martyrs of Isfahan – 5+ saints: Acindynus, Pegasius and Anempodistus were Persian priests who were imprisoned, tortured, interrogated and martyred in the persecutions of king Sapor II of Persia; he considered any Christian to be a Roman spy and anti-Persian. The three were brought back to life, miraculously healed, freed from their chains and began preaching Christianity, miraculously healing Sapor II in the process. This defiance enraged Sapor so much that he ordered them executed again; they were thrown into a cauldron of molten lead, but walked out unharmed. This miracle brought one of the torturers, Aphthonius, to convert; he was immediately martyred. Other attempts were made to kill them, and they emerged each time unharmed. Senator Elpidiphorus led a group speaking in favour of the Christians for their courage and faith; he was immediately executed. In the end the original three Christians were burned to death. Martyrs all – Acindynus, Anempodistus, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus and Pegasius.
They were born in Persia and Died:
• c.350 in Isfahan, Persia
• relics transferred to Constantinople and enshrined in a church dedicated to them
• some relics taken to France in 1204 during the 4th Crusade
• relics in France were lost when hidden from anti-Christian forces in the French Revolution
• relics in France re-discovered in 1892 in Grozon.

Martyrs of Sebaste – 10 saints: A group of ten soldiers in the imperial Roman army of Emperor Licinius Licinianus who were executed together for refusing to burn incense as a sacrifice to the emperor. The only details that have survived are five of their names – Agapius, Cartherius, Eudoxius, Styriacus and Tobias. They were burned at the stake in 315 in Sebaste (in modern Turkey).