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Thought for the Day – 20 November -The Heart of the Just Man will Rejoice in the Lord

Thought for the Day – 20 November – Wednesday of the Thirty Third week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 19:11–28 and the Memorial of Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti OSB (1827-1922)

The Heart of the Just Man will Rejoice in the Lord

Saint Augustine (354-430)
Bishop and Great Western Father and Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from Sermon 21

“The just man will rejoice in the Lord and put his hope in Him, the hearts of all good men will be filled with joy.   We must surely have sung these words with our hearts as well as with our voices.   Indeed, the tongue of the Christian expresses his deepest feelings when it addresses such words to God.   The just man will rejoice, not in the world but in the Lord.   Light has dawned for the just, Scripture says in another place and joy for the upright of heart.   Were you wondering what reason he has for joy?   Here you are told – the just man will rejoice in the Lord. Another text runs – Delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desires.

What are we instructed to do then and what are we enabled to do?   To rejoice in the Lord.   But who can rejoice in something he does not see?   Am I suggesting that we see the Lord then?   No, but we have been promised that we shall see Him.   Now, as long as we are in the body, we walk by faith, for we are absent from the Lord.   We walk by faith and not by sight.   When will it be by sight?   Beloved, says John, we are now the sons of God, what we shall be has not yet been revealed but we know that when it is revealed we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.   When this prophecy is fulfilled, then it will be by sight.

That will be the great joy, the supreme joy, joy in all its fullness.   Then we shall no longer drink the milk of hope but we shall feed on the reality itself.   Nevertheless, even now, before that vision comes to us, or before we come to that vision, let us rejoice in the Lord, for it is no small reason for rejoicing to have a hope that will some day be fulfilled.

Therefore, since the hope we now have inspires love, the just man rejoices, Scripture says, in the Lord but because he does not yet see, it immediately goes on to say and hopes in Him.

Yet already we have the first-fruits of the Spirit and have we not also other reasons for rejoicing?   For we are drawing near to the one we love and not only are we drawing near—we even have some slight feeling and taste of the banquet we shall one day eagerly eat and drink.

But how can we rejoice in the Lord if He is far from us?   Pray God He may not be far.   If He is, that is your doing.   Love and He will draw near, love and He will dwell within you. The Lord is at hand, have no anxiety.   Are you puzzled to know how it is that He will be with you if you love? God is love.

“What do you mean by love?” you will ask me.   It is that which enables us to be loving. What do we love?   A good that words cannot describe, a good that is forever giving, a good that is the Creator of all good. Delight in Him from whom you have received everything that delights you.   But in that I do not include sin, for sin is the one thing that you do not receive from Him.   With that one exception, everything you have comes from Him.”

“The Love and the Power of God!”

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Quote/s of the Day – 20 November – “The Love and the Power of God!”

Quote/s of the Day – 20 November – Wednesday of the Thirty Third week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 19:11–28 and the Memorial of Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti OSB (1827-1922)

“‘I tell you, that to everyone who has,
will more be given
but from him who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.”

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“The Love and the Power of God!”

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“Fear is the wrong attitude –
the servant who is afraid of his master
and fears his return,
hides the coin inthe earth
and it does not produce any fruit ….
However, the parable places a greater emphasis
on the good fruits brought by the disciples, who,
happy with the gift they received,
did not keep it hidden,
with fear and jealousy
but made it profitable by sharing it
and partaking in it.
Yes, what Christ has given us
is multiplied in it’s giving!”

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One Minute Reflection – 20 November – ‘For there is God’s gift but also our contribution. ‘

One Minute Reflection – 20 November – Wednesday of the Thirty Third week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 19:11–28 and the Memorial of Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti OSB (1827-1922)

“He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.'” … Luke 19:13

REFLECTION – “What have we to offer God?   Faith and love.   That is where we find what God asks of us, as it is written:  “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul” (Dt 10:12).   These are the offerings and these the gifts we should make to the Lord.   And if we are to offer Him these gifts with all our heart, then first of all, we must get to know Him.   We must have drunk of the knowledge of His goodness from the deep waters of His well…

People who deny that salvation lay within the power of the our freedom, should be ashamed on hearing these words!   Would God ask something from us if we weren’t capable of responding to God’s demand and giving Him what he owed?   For there is God’s gift but also our contribution.   For example, it was well within that man’s power that one gold coin should make ten or five more but, that the man should possess that gold coin, with which to produce ten more, in the first place, belonged to God.   Once he had given God the ten gold coins he had made, the man received a new sort of gift – not money this time but the power and sovereignty over ten cities.

In the same way, God asked Abraham to make an offering of his son, Isaac, on the mountain He would show him.   And Abraham, without hesitation, offered his only son – he laid him on the altar and drew out his knife to slay him.   But at once a voice restrained him and a ram was given him to be sacrificed in his son’s place (Gn 22).   So you see – what we offer God depends on us but, this offering is asked of us, so that, in making our gift, we might witness to our love for God and faith in Him.” … Origen (c185-253) Priest and Theologian – Homilies on the Book of Numbers, no. 12, #3luke 19 13 - he called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins - would god ask of us something which we were not able to give - origen 20 nov 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, true Light and Creator of light, grant that faithfully pondering on all that is holy, we may ever live in the splendour of Your presence.   Protect us by Your power throughout our days, that even as You enable us to begin, do not let us turn aside to any sin but let our every thought, word and deed, aim at doing what is pleasing in Your sight.   Listen, we pray, to the intercession of Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti on our behalf.   Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God for all eternity, maria fortunata viti pray for us 20 nov 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 20 November – Lord, Teach me How to Pray

Our Morning Offering – 20 November – Wednesday of the Thirty Third week in Ordinary Time, Year C

Lord, Teach me How to Pray
By St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)

Oh Lord,
You selected the poor
and simple people to be Your Apostles.
Look upon Your poor servant
kneeling before You now.
I recognise that I am simple and poor too.
Dear Lord, please teach me how to pray
as You taught Your disciples
upon their humble request.
If it pleases You in Your goodness
to grant me that grace,
I shall be able to pray well
and much better
than I could ever could hope for
if left to my own efforts.
Lord, I trust that You will bless me
with the fulfilment of this request.
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Saint of the Day – 20 November – Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti OSB (1827-1922)

Saint of the Day – 20 November – Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti OSB (1827-1922) Benedicitine Religious, Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration and of Prayer, the gift of prophesy and miracles – born on 10 February 1827 in Veroli, Frosinone, Italy as Anna Felicia Viti and died on 20 November 1922 in Veroli, Frosinone, Italy of natural causes. Patronages – against poverty, of the poor, against temptations, loss of parents, against mental illness and the mentally maria fortunata viti - young.jpg

Anna Felicia Viti was born in Veroli, in Italy’s Province of Frosinone, on 10 February 1827.   Her father was Luigi Viti, a landowner who was a gambling addict and a heavy drinker and her mother Anna, died when Maria was fourteen years old.   The third eldest of nine children, Maria was burdened with the responsibility of raising the other children.   In order to support her family, she worked as a housekeeper.   Her father’s alcoholism grew worse and so Maria’s employment constituted the majority of the family’s income.   For a while, she was wooed by a young man from Alatri but she decided to enter religious life maria fortunata viti

Maria joined the Benedictines at the Monastery of San Maria de’Franconi in Veroli on 21 March 1851, at the age of 24.   After her religious profession, she took the name Maria Fortunata.

She never went to school and remained illiterate and although she spent more than 70 years in the Convent, she never progressed beyond the office of housekeeper and there she grew in the vital spiritual virtue of humility.  bl maria fortunata viti holy cardDuring her long life, she knew nothing but assiduous work and constant prayer.   She invoked the Lord with such passion and devotion it would edify her fellow Sisters.   Admiring the beauties of nature she would be in the habit of often exclaiming:  “The Love and the Power of God!” which remained her favourite expression.   She dedicated her prayers and sacrifices in particular for the needy, for derelicts and for the redemption of maria-fortunata-viti-6c539bf0-b028-47c0-bdb0-566b42ce308-resize-750.jpg

Blessed Maria confided to her fellow Sisters, that the devil bothered her both day and night mocking her and hitting her in order to try her patience and humility.   Her confessor, Father John Pasqualiti, wrote:  “With tears in her eyes, Sister Fortunata confided to me that the devil insulted her with the most vile and crude expressions. Often he threatened and made life difficult for her but she never despaired.   These insults became all the more frequent when the Saint was near her death.   Many of these disturbances were also heard and witnessed by her fellow Sisters.” – Apparitions of Angels & Demons.

She died a holy death on 20 of November 1922.   She was a wonderful example of maria-fortunata-viti-56c19e11-cefa-4bd6-964b-ad35a5ad8df-resize-750.jpg

After Sister Maria’s death, miracles were reported at her grave site.   Also, reports of miracles were attested to during her lifetime, including certain episodes that proved her gift of prophecy.   According to one story, she began to cry during Mass, because she had seen that the celebrating priest would leave his calling and she was filled with sorrow for him.   She also predicted that another priest would leave the priesthood but that he would repent and come back.   In addition, two women who had been healed of meningitis in their childhood attributed their cures to her prayers.

In 1935, her remains were transferred from a mass grave to the Abbey Church and the process of her Canonisation was begun.   Sister Maria Fortunata was declared Venerable on 8 April 1964 by St Pope Paul VI and Beatified on 8 October 1967 by the same maria-fortunata-viti-statue.jpeg

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Memorials of the Saints -20 November

St Agapius of Caesarea
Bl Ambrose of Camaldoli
St Ampelus of Messina
St Anatolius of Nicea
St Apothemius of Angers
St Autbodus of Valcourt
St Basil of Antioch
St Bernerio of Eboli
St Crispin of Ecija
St Dasius of Dorostorum
St Dorus of Benevento
St Edmund of East Anglia
St Eudo of Carméry
St Eustachius of Nicea
St Eval of Cornwall
St Felix of Valois
St Francis Xavier Can Nguyen
St Francisca Desamparados Honorata Lloret Martí
St Gaius of Messina
St Gregory Decapolites
St Hippolytus of Belley
St Humbert of Elmham
St Leo of Nonantula
Bl Maria Fortunata Viti OSB (1827-1922)
St Maxentia of Beauvais
St Milagros Ortells Gimeno
St Nerses of Sahgerd and Companions
St Simplicius of Verona
St Sylvester of Châlons-sur-Saône
St Thespesius of Nicea
St Teonesto of Vercelli

Martyred Sisters of the Christian Doctrine – 17 beati: A group of 17 religious sisters, members all of the Sisters of the Christian Doctrine, who were martyred in two different incidents in 1936 during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War.
They were Beatified on 1 October 1995 by St Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Antioch – 3 saints: Group of three Christians executed together for their faith. No details have survived except their names – Basil, Dionysius and Rusticus. They were martyred in Antioch (Antakya, Turkey).

Martyrs of Heraclea – 3 saints: A group of 43 Christians martyred together. The only details about them to survive are three of their names – Agapitus, Bassus and Dionysius. They were martyred in Heraclea, Thrace.

Martyrs of Turin – 3 saints: Three Christian martyrs whose original stories were lost, and somehow came to be associated with the Theban Legion. They are – Adventor, Octavius and Solutor. They were beheaded in 297 in Turin, Italy. Patronage – Turin, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939.
• Blessed Ascensión Duart Roig
• Blessed Aurea Navarro
• Blessed Catalina Calpe Ibáñez
• Blessed Emilia Martí Lacal
• Blessed Francisca Desamparados Honorata Lloret Martí
• Blessed Gertrudis Rita Florència Surís Brusola
• Blessed Isabel Ferrer Sabrià
• Blessed Josefa Pascual Pallardó
• Blessed Josefa Romero Clariana
• Blessed Josepa Mongoche Homs
• Blessed María Antonia del Sufragio Orts Baldó
• Blessed Maria Dolors Llimona Planas
• Blessed María Isabel López García
• Blessed María Purificación Gómez Vives
• Blessed Milagros Ortells Gimeno
• Blessed Paula de San Antonio
• Blessed Teresa Jiménez Baldoví
• Blessed Teresa Rosat Balasch