Thought for the Day – 13 November – Reaching our own country …

Thought for the Day – 13 November – St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568) Jesuit Novice and the Month of the Holy Souls

Stanislaus kept a journal during his novitiate.   His notes, for one so young, reflect a great understanding of the need to constantly prepare for death. Here are a few excerpts:

“Consider how hard it is for a person to be separated from any place he has loved deeply.   How much harder the soul will find it when the time comes to leave the mortal body, its companion so dear.   And the great fear it will experience in that moment, because its salvation is at stake and it must stand in the presence of the one it has so offended.   If the just man will scarcely be saved, what about me a sinner?

But think of the great joy the good will feel, at the thought of the service they’ve paid to God.   They will be glad, because they’ve suffered something for love of Him back there and didn’t fix their hope and attention on the things of this world, that we leave so soon.   Think of the joy that the soul will feel, in its escape from the prison of this body. So long has it lived in perpetual exile, expelled from its own heavenly home.   How much greater it’s uncontainable joy and complete satisfaction when it arrives in its own country, to enjoy the vision of God, with the angels and the blessed.

I am so ashamed and confused, because I see how many have been lost, on account of a single mortal sin and how many times, I have deserved eternal damnation.

I shall reflect on myself and ask:   “What have I done for Christ?   What am I doing for Christ?   What ought I do for Christ?”

Nine months into his novitiate he became very sick.   Saint Stanislaus had drawn as his monthly patron for August the glorious martyr Saint Lawrence and in his honour he performed daily some penance or devotion.   On the eve of his feast, he obtained leave to take the discipline, in the morning he went to Communion and then laid before the image of the saint a letter addressed to Our Lady, in which he begged that he might die on her Feast of the Assumption and he prayed Saint Lawrence to present to her his petition.
That night he was seized with a slight fever, which, however, rapidly increased and on Assumption Eve, he received the last sacraments.   Then, as he lay dying, he had brought to him a little book containing a litany in his own writing of his monthly patron saints, whom he constantly invoked.   At 3 a.m. on the Feast of the Assumption, he face suddenly lit up with joy and he breathed forth his soul to the Mother of God, who had come to conduct him to heaven.   His confidence in the Blessed Virgin, which had already brought him many signal favours, was this time again rewarded.   And shortly afterward he died.   Stanislaus was only seventeen years old when he “arrived in his own country to enjoy the vision of God.”

The entire city proclaimed him a saint and people hastened from all parts to venerate his remains and to obtain, if possible, some relics.

Let us raise this prayer to God

God of infinite mercy,
we entrust to Your immense goodness all those
who have left this world for eternity,
where You wait for all humanity,
redeemed by the precious blood of Christ Your Son,
who died as a ransom for our sins.
Look not, O Lord, on our poverty, our suffering,
our human weakness, when we appear before You,
to be judged for joy or for condemnation.
Look upon us with mercy,
born of the tenderness of Your heart
and help us to walk in the ways
of complete purification.

Pope Francis – Angelus, 2 November 2014god-of-infinite-mercy-prayer-for-the-holy-souls-pope-francis-2-nov-2018 and 13 nov 2019.jpg

St Stanislaus Kostka, Pray for Us, still in exile and for all the souls in Purgatory, who long to arrive too, in their own country!st-stanislaus-pray-for-us-13-nov-2017-no-3.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 13 November – St Norbert, St Stanislaus Kostka, Bl Karl Lampert

Quote/s of the Day – 13 November – The Memorial of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568) and Bl Karl Lampert (1894-1944) Martyr and of all the Saints of the Order of St Norbert, the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré, also known as the Premonstratensians, the Norbertines and the White Canons.

On the day of his ordination, St Norbert said:

“O Priest!
You are not of yourself because you are of God.
You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.
You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church.
You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.
You are not from yourself because you are nothing.
What then are you? Nothing and everything.
O Priest!
Take care, lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you:
‘He saved others, himself he cannot save!”

St Norbert (c 1080-1134)O Priest! - St Norbert

“What have I done for Christ?
What am I doing for Christ?
What ought I do for Christ?”

St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568)what have i done for christ st stanislaus kostka 13 nov 2019

“I love my Church.
I remain faithful to my Church
and to the priesthood.
I am on Christ’s side
and I love His Church.”

Said during his trial, in which the Nazis condemned him to death by guillotining.

Blessed Karl Lampert (1894-1944) Martyri love my church - bl karl lampert 13 nov 2019


One Minute Reflection – 13 November – “Let us show our gratitude, not just in our words and on our lips but in deed and in truth.”- St Bernard

One Minute Reflection – 13 November – Wednesday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel:   Luke 17:11–19 and the Memorial of All Benedictine and Cistercian Saints and Blessed Karl Lampert (1894-1944) Martyr

“Was no-one found to return and give praise to God, except this foreigner?” … Luke 17:18

REFLECTION – “How happy was that Samaritan leper who recognised that “he possessed nothing he had not received” (1Cor 4:7). “He guarded what had been entrusted to him” (2 Tm 1:12) and turned back to the Lord to thank Him.   Blessed are they who, after each gift of grace, turn back to Him in whom is the fullness of all the graces, for if we show ourselves thankful in regard to Him for all we have received, then we make ready a place for grace within ourselves… in even greater abundance.   In fact, our ingratitude is the only thing, that prevents us making progress, following our conversion…
Happy, then, are they who think of themselves as strangers and who give great thanks for even the least blessing, thinking that everything given to a stranger and foreigner is a wholly free gift.   How unfortunate and wretched we are, on the other hand, if after first of all appearing timid, humble and pious we then forget, just how freely given, is what we have received…
I beg you then, brethren, let us remain ever more humbly under the mighty hand of God (1 Pt 5:6)…  Let us continue in thanksgiving, with great devotion and He will grant us the grace, that alone can save our souls.   Let us show our gratitude, not just in our words and on our lips but in deed and in truth.” … St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchluke 17 18 was no-one found to return and give thanks, i beg you then brethren - st bernard 13 nov 2019.jpg

PRAYER – You Lord, Holy Father, never forget Your solemn covenant and grant us new life each day.   We, though in our hearts of stone do forget and cease to thank and bless You.   Make our hearts turn in gratitude, for all we are and have is by Your grace and we are as nothing without You.   May our minds, hearts and souls sing with love and thanks to You, Lord our God.   Grant us new hearts by the prayers of Blessed Karl Lampert and all the saints in heaven, who always lived with grateful hearts, praising You always.  We ask this this through Jesus Christ, our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, karl lampert pray for us 13 nov 2019


Our Morning Offering – 13 November – Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Our Morning Offering – 13 November – Wednesday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of All Benedictine and Cistercian Saints

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
By St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Doctor of the Church

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast!
Yet sweeter far Thy face to see
And in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesus’ name,
The Saviour of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart!
0 joy of all the meek!
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesus! our only hope be Thou,
As Thou our prize shalt be.
In Thee be all our glory now
And through eternity.

St Bernard was a French Abbot and a major leader in the reform of Benedictine Monasticism that caused the formation of the Cistercian order.jesus the very thought of thee by st bernard - 13 nov 2019 mem of all cistercian saints.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 13 November – Blessed Karl Lampert (1894-1944) Priest and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 13 November – Blessed Karl Lampert (1894-1944) Priest and Martyr – born on 9 January 1894 in Göfis, Feldkirch, Austria and died, aged 50, by being guillotined on 13 November 1944 in Halle an der Saale, Germany.   Fr Karl served as the Pro-Vicar for the Diocese of Feldkirch in addition to being an outspoken critic of Nazism during World War II.   This led to constant surveillance against him and his eventual arrests on several occasions.   This all culminated in his final arrest in 1943 and his death from the guillotine in 1944 alongside a fellow Christian prisoner.   He was declared to have been killed “in odium fidei” (in hatred of the faith) and was Beatified on 13 November 2011 in Austria. Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over his Beatification on the behalf of Pope Benedict XVI, who had approved the cause.   Patronages – Prisoners and Persecuted Christians.BL kARL-lampert-d43733f1-a31c-4473-9854-82794a4b16d-resize-750

Fr Karl Lampert was born as the last of seven children of Franz Xaver Lampert and Maria Rosina Lampert in Feldkirch in 1894.   He attended school in his hometown and would attend a state high school after the completion of his first studies, the death of his father seemed to jeopardise this but an uncle of his provided financial aid to assist him to further his education.

He commenced his studies for the priesthood in 1914 in Brixen and received his ordination from Bishop Franz Eggar on 12 May 1918 during World War I.   He celebrated his first Mass on 26 May 1918.   Following his ordination he worked as a chaplain in Dornbirn and was involved in pastoral work with adolescents.BL Karl-lampert-f9098fe0-bb8f-4262-a6c7-0eba251a0e2-resize-750.jpeg

In 1930 he moved – with the financial support of Bishop Sigismund Waitz – to Rome for studies in canon law and moved to new quarters at the Collegio Teutonico di Santa Maria dell’Anima until 1935 as a secretary to the Roman Rota.   Pope Pius XI later made him a Monsignor in 1935.BL Karl-lampert-982be2cf-256a-4570-becb-b5e2b75878a-resize-750

On 1 October 1935 he was stationed in the Diocese of Innsbruck where Bishop Waitz wanted him to perform several administration duties.   Around this time he was considered to be the Diocese’s new Bishop but Pius XI did not choose him, instead he was made Pro-Vicar of that Diocese on 15 January 1939.   In 1940 he attempted in vain to secure the release of Blessed Otto Neururer and when he was killed Lampert published an obituary in a church newsletter for him.   However he was arrested for this due to violating what was Nazi confidentiality laws and was deported to Dachau on 25 August 1940.   (Blessed Otto Neururer was arrested for opposing “a Germanic wedding” when he told a young lady she could not marry a divorced man.   He would eventually become the 1st priest martyred inside a Nazi concentration camp, (Buchenwald), in 1940 – he was Beatified by St John Paul II in 1996 – see image below.)BL OTTO NEURURER.JPG

He was then sent to Sachsenhausen in Berlin on 1 September 1940 where he was forced to do labour in a penal colony.   A popular saying of his – while there – was “in the name of Christ for the Church.”   He was sent back to Dachau on 15 December 1940 and remained there for eight months, before being released on 1 August 1941 and sent to Stettin.   Despite being freed he was put under intense surveillance and was regarded with much suspicion, his phone calls were tapped and all correspondence was read.   He continued to work as a pastor but also worked as a hospital karl-lampert-c0fa4582-99bc-42eb-9588-af1e02ec493-resize-750.jpeg

Fr Karl was arrested for the last time on 4 February 1943 and endured intense interrogations and was also tortured.   He was found to be guilty of both treason and sedition on 30 December 1943 and was sent to Torgau on 14 January 1944 where he spent seven months in solitary confinement.   A third trial ordered the death sentence on 8 September 1944.   Lampert – alongside a fellow priest – was executed in a guillotine on 13 November 1944 at 4:00pm.

His remains were cremated and buried in Halle an der Saale and were returned to his hometown in 1948.   In the Domskirche – the Cathedral of Innsbruck, there are side Altars devoted to both Blessed Otto and Blessed Karl, below is Blessed Otto’s Altar and Plague.

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The Beatification process commenced on 5 September 1997 under Pope John Paul II and granted Lampert the title Servant of God.   The Diocesan process spanned from 1 October 1998 to 18 November 2003 and had to ascertain the facts about whether or not Lampert died in hatred of his Christian faith.   The process was validated on 14 March 2008 and allowed for the drafting of the Positio – documenting his life and reasons for how he died in hatred of the faith – which was submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 2009.

On 27 June 2011 his Beatification was approved as Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the fact that Lampert had indeed been killed in the camps for his faith.   Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over the Beatification in Austria on the behalf of the pope on 13 November 2011.   The current postulator assigned to the cause is Dr Andrea Ambrosi.

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Memorials of the Saints – 13 November and Happy Birthday St Augustine!

St Frances Xavier Cabrini (Optional Memorial, United States only – her Universal Feast Day is 22 December and this is the Day on which I will honour her on this site.)

All Saints of the Augustinian Order:   On 13 November (The birthday of St Augustine), we celebrate the feast of All Saints of the Augustinian Order.   On this day we call to mind the many unsung brothers and sisters of the Augustinian family who have “fought the good fight” and celebrate now, in Heaven.
Let us pray for one another that we too may one day join in the “unceasing chorus of praise” with all our Augustinian brethren in Heaven.happy-birthday-st-augustine-13-nov-2018 and 2019all-saints-of-the-augustinian-order-13-nov-birthday-of-st-augustine

All Saints of the Benedictine & Cistercian Orders:   Those interested in the Benedictine family may be interested to know that today, within the Benedictine liturgical tradition, is traditionally celebrated the feast of All Saints of the Benedictine Order – In Festo Omnium Sanctorum Ordinis S.P.N. Benedicti.
The Cistercians — who also follow the Rule of St Benedict — likewise observe this day for All Saints of their Order. (On a related note, the Benedictines also traditionally observe 14 November as All Souls of their Order.all-benedictine-saints-13-nov-2018

Saint Benedict and Saint Bernard (1542), by Diogo de Contreiras. Saint Bernard is depicted in the white cowl of the Cistercians.

All Saints of the Premonstratensian Order:   The Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré, also known as the Premonstratensians, the Norbertines and, in Britain and Ireland, as the White Canons , are a Roman Catholic religious order of canons regular founded in Prémontré near Laon in 1120 by Saint Norbert, who later became Archbishop of Magdeburg.   Premonstratensians are designated by O.Praem. following their name. St Norbert was a friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and so was largely influenced by the Cistercian ideals as to both the manner of life and the government of his order.
Aside from St Norbert there are at present fifteen saints of the Order who have been Canonised or have had their immemorial cults confirmed by the Holy

St Abbo of Fleury
St Agostina Pietrantoni S.D.C. (1864-1894)
Her Story here:
St Amandus of Rennes
St Amanzio
St Beatrix of Bohemia
St Brice of Tours
St Caillin
St Chillien of Aubigny
Bl Christopher Eustace
St Columba of Cornwall
St Dalmatius of Rodez
Bl David Sutton
St Devinicus
St Didacus
St Eugenius of Toledo
St Florido of Città di Castello
St Gredifael
St Himerius
St Homobonus of Cremona
Bl John Sutton
Bl Juan Gonga Martínez
St Juan Ortega Uribe
Blessed Karl Lampert (1894-1944) Priest and Martyr
St Leoniano of Vienne
Bl María Cinta Asunción Giner Gomis
Bl Maurice Eustace
St Maxellendis
St Mitrius
St Pope Nicholas I
St Paterniano
St Quintian of Rodez
Bl Robert Fitzgerald
Bl Robert Montserrat Beliart
Bl Robert Scurlock
St Stanislaus Kostka SJ (1550-1568):
Biography here:

Bl Thomas Eustace
Bl Warmondus of Ivrea
Bl William Wogan

Martyrs of Caesarea – 5 saints: A group of Christians murdered for their faith in the persecutions of Diocletian, Galerius Maximian and Firmilian. – Antoninus, Ennatha, Germanus, Nicephorus and Zebinas. 297 at Caesarea, Palestine.

Martyrs of Ravenna – 3 saints: A group of Christians murdered together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only information about them that has survived are three names – Solutor, Valentine and Victor. c 305 in Ravenna, Italy.

Martyrs of Salamanca – 5 saints: The first group of Christians exiled, tortured and executed for their adherence to the Nicene Creed during the persecutions of the Arian heretic Genseric. – Arcadius, Eutychianus, Paschasius, Paulillus and Probus.
Born in Spain and Martyred in 437. Their relics are at Medina del Campo, Spain.