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Dearly beloved

To my dearly beloved Followers, friends, supporters, benefactors and fellow pilgrims.

My absence is due to my PC which crashed completely.

It is irreparable (parts of it are ok) but the costs involved in trying to recover and add new components is exorbitant.

I, as you might remember, do a lot of work for my Parish etc too, so have been seriously compromised in every way.

At present I am trying to find a solution but, as you all know, money is the problem.

May the good Lord help me for my trust is in Him and may He bless you all. Please join me in prayer.

Love Ana

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Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face – Eighth Day – 24 February

Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face
Eighth Day – 24 February

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DAILY PREPARATORY PRAYER

O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity,
through the intercession of Holy Mary,
whose soul was pierced through
by a sword of sorrow
at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son,
we ask Your help,
in making a perfect Novena of Reparation with Jesus,
united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the Angels and Saints
to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena
to the Most Holy Face of Jesus
and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen

(Console Holy Face and recite Daily Preparatory Prayer)

raul berzosa the suffering christ passion holy suffering face

EIGHTH DAY

Psalm 51,16-17

O rescue me, God my helper
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

Most merciful Face of Jesus,
who in this vale of tears,
was so moved by our misfortunes,
to call Yourself the healer of the sick
and the good Shepherd of the souls gone astray,
allow not Satan to draw us away from You
but keep us always under your loving protection,
together with all souls who endeavour
to console You.
Mary, our Mother, intercede for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Through the merits of Your precious blood
and your Holy Face, O Jesus,
grant us our petition………………
Pardon and mercy.

Prayer to Saint Peter

O glorious Saint Peter,
who in return for thy lively and generous faith,
thy profound and sincere humility
and thy burning love,
was honoured by Jesus Christ
with singular privileges
and in particular,
with the leadership of the other apostles
and the primacy of the whole church,
of which thou was made the foundation stone,
do thou obtain for us the grace of a lively faith,
that shall not fear to profess itself openly in it’s entirety
and in all of its manifestations,
even to the shedding of blood,
if occasion should demand it
and to the sacrifice of life itself
in preference to surrender.
Obtain for us, likewise,
a sincere loyalty to our Holy Mother the Church.
Grant that we may ever
remain most closely
and sincerely united to the Holy Father,
who is the heir of thy faith
and of thy authority,
the One true visible head of the Catholic Church.
Grant, moreover, that we may follow,
in all humility and meekness,
the Church’s teaching and counsels
and may be obedient to all Her precepts,
in order to be able,
here on earth,
to enjoy a peace that is sure and undisturbed
and to attain one day in heaven
to everlasting happiness.
Amen

(Image for the Prayer to St Peter is the Excerpt below)

Pray (1) Our Father, three (3) Hail Marys, one (1) Glory Be.

O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine (Three times)

o glorious st peter lenten novena prayer 24 feb 2020

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Thought for the Day – 24 February – Avarice and Ambition

Thought for the Day – 24 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Avarice and Ambition

“The unscrupulous businessman and the careerist, have an ugly attitude to life.
The former, is concerned only, with securing the highest possible profits, by any means whatever, licit or illicit.
The accumulation of money and wealth, is like a fever, which torments and brutalises the mind and heart.
It extinguishes all noble human sentiment, moreover, it destroys religion.

Careerism, is a similar kind of viciousness.
The careerist is driven by a mad desire to carve out a career for himself at all costs, even, if he has to make use of lies, adulation and bribery, in the pursuit of his ambition.
His ambition, is to win glory and esteem and to hold the highest and most honourable positions, which, naturally, command the best salaries, as well.

The Gospel is severe in it’s warning to these two classes of people.
“What does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world but suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Mt 16:25).
“Seek the kingdom of God and his justice and all these things shall be given you besides” (Mt 6:33, Lk 12:31).”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote of the Day – 24 February – ‘The secret of peace and happiness …’

Quote of the Day – 24 February – The Memorial of Blessed Ascensión of the Heart of Jesus OP (1868-1940)

“The secret of peace and happiness,
is found in one’s self-denial,
in emptying oneself
and letting everything
be filled by God’s love.”

Blessed Ascensión of the Heart of Jesus (1868-1940)

the secret of peace and happiness bl ascension of the heart of jesus 24 feb 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 24 February – “I do believe, help my unbelief!”

One Minute Reflection – 24 February – Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: : James 3:13-18, Psalm 19:8-10, 15, Mark 9:14-29 and the Memorial of Blessed Ascensión of the Heart of Jesus OP (1868-1940)

“I do believe, help my unbelief!” … Mark 9:25

REFLECTION – “Cast off doubt from yourself and do not hesitate at all to ask God for anything, or say in yourself, “How can I ask anything from the Lord and receive it, when I have sinned so much against Him?”   Do not reason thus but turn to the Lord with your whole heart and ask of Him undoubtingly and you will come to know His great mercy, that He will not desert you but will fulfil the request of your soul.   For God is not like us, who hold grudges but He is forgiving and feels pity for what He has made.   So cleanse your heart of all the vanities of this world, of evil and sin and ask the Lord and you will receive everything, (…) if you ask the Lord without doubting.

But if you doubt in your heart, you will receive none of your requests.   For those who doubt in their relation to God are the waverers and do not get any of their requests at all. (…)   For anyone who wavers, if they do not repent, can be saved only with difficulty.   So cleanse your heart of wavering and clothe yourself in faith, for it is strong and trust God that you will receive all that you ask for and if ever, when you have asked the Lord for something, you are somewhat slow in receiving it, do not doubt, because you did not receive your soul’s request quickly, for surely, it is on account of some temptation or some transgression of which you are unaware, that you are slow in getting what you asked for.   So do not stop making your soul’s request (…)   Beware of such wavering, for it is wicked and foolish and uproots many from the faith, even those who are very faithful and strong (…)  Clothe yourself in strong and powerful faith, for faith promises all things and accomplishes all things but doubt distrusts itself and fails in everything it undertakes.” … St Hermas (2nd century) The Shepherd (*SEE NOTE ON ST HERMAS BELOW).mark 9 25 i do believe, help my unbelief - so cleanse your heart st hermas 24 feb 2020

PRAYER – King of heaven and earth, Lord God, rule over our hearts and bodies this day. Sanctify us and guide our every thought, word and deed, according to the commandments of Your law.   Grant us the grace of true faith and a steadfast trust, so that now and forever, Your grace may free and save us.   May the prayers of all your saints and Blessed Ascension of the Heart of Jesus for her intercession, be a help to keep us ever strong in faith, hope and love.   Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God now and for all eternity, amen.bl ascensionof the heart of jesus pray for us 24 feb 2020

It has been written that St Hermas was one of the 72 followers mentioned in Luke 10 that Jesus sent out to preach.    He was a well-to-do freedman and earnest Christian, who lived in Ancient Rome.   He was the brother of Pope Pius I, Bishop of Rome about the middle of the 2nd century.   Some later writers confuse him with Hermas of Dalmatia, mentioned in Romans 16:14.   Hermas, the freedman, was the character and the author of the work titled The Shepherd of Hermas (or just The Shepherd), which, by some of the early Church fathers such as St Irenaeus, was sometimes classed among the canonical “Scriptures.”

Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brothers who are with them. ―Romans 16:14

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Our Morning Offering – 24 February – I Stand and Listen

Our Morning Offering – 24 February – Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time, Year A

I Stand and Listen
By St Columban (543-615)

Sometimes in a lowly cell,
in the presence of my God,
I stand and listen.
In the silence of my heart
I can hear His will,
When I listen,
despairing people flock to me,
They expect that I can see the answers,
They ask my advice,
they say I am wise.
I answer that nothing can deceive me,
If I stand alone and silently listen.
For, I am but a servant
who is guided by his King, when I listen.
Sometimes in a lowly cell
in the presence of my God
I stand and listen.
Amen

St Columban here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/23/saint-of-the-day-23-november-st-columban-543-615/

I stand and listen by st columban 24 Feb 2020 a prelude to Lent

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Saint of the Day – 24 February – Blessed Ascensión of the Heart of Jesus OP (1868-1940)

Saint of the Day – 24 February – Blessed Ascensión of the Heart of Jesus OP (1868-1940)
a Spanish Religious sister of the Order of St Dominic, Teacher, Missionary.   She co-founded and was the first Prioress General of the Congregation of Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary, which she helped to found in Peru.   Born as Florentina Nicol y Goni on 14 March 1868 in Tafalla, Navarre, Spain and died on 24 February 1940 in Peru of natural causes.   Also known as Maria Ascension Nicol y Goñi, Mother Ascension del Corazon de Jesus, Mother Ascensión Nicol Goñi, Florentina Nicol Goni.  Patronage- Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary.bl ascensin-nicol-y-goi-1a7c0c93-b903-460c-9a63-ba5423478f8-resize-750

Florentina was the youngest of four children.   She was educated at Saint Rose of Lima Dominican boarding school in Huesca, where she was first introduced to the religious life, which raised questions in her mind about her future.   Returning home for a year to reflect on her choices, she later returned to the monastery and became a nun of the Dominican Second Order in 1885, taking the name “Maria Ascension of the Heart of Jesus”.   She became a teacher at that school in 1886 and served in that capacity for the next 27 years.   Under the anti-clerical laws promulgated in the early 20th century, however, in 1913 the Spanish government took over the school and expelled the Sisters.

Bl. Ascensión of the Heart of Jesus is one of the great missionaries of the last century. From her youth, she viewed life as a gift for the Lord and for her neighbour and she wanted to marry no-one except God, to whom she consecrated herself as a Dominican Missionary Sister at the monastery of St Rose in Huesca, Spain.   She lived unreservedly the dynamism of charity which the Holy Spirit generates in those who are open to Him in their hearts.

The first part of her apostolate consisted of being a teacher in the school connected to the monastery.   Testimonials recall her as an excellent educator, amiable and strong, understanding and exacting.

But the Lord had different plans in store for her.   At age 45, he called her to become a missionary in Peru.   With youthful enthusiasm and total trust in Providence, she left her Country and dedicated herself to the evangelisation of the world, beginning on the American Continent.  Her work was so generous, vast and efficacious that it left a profound mark on the missionary history of the Church.

She collaborated with the Dominican Bishop, Ramon Zubieta, in founding the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary, of which she was the first Superior General.   Her missionary life was rich in sacrifices, hardships and apostolic fruits.   She made many apostolic trips to Peru, to Europe and she even went to China.   She had the temperament of an intrepid and tireless fighter, together with a maternal tenderness that was capable of conquering hearts.   Driven by charity for Christ, she showed to all, the charisms of spiritual motherhood.

Sustained by a living faith and by a fervent devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to Our Lady of the Rosary, she dedicated herself to the salvation of souls, even to the sacrifice of her very self.   And she frequently urged her Daughters to do the same, saying that souls are not saved without sacrificing themselves.   She inspired an ever more pure and intense charity and for this, she offered herself as a victim to the Merciful Love of God.

She also established her congregation in Spain where they were able to recruit and form many missionary vocations.   The General Motherhouse of the congregation was established in Pamplona, Navarre, Spain, and became her base.bl Ascensión_Nicol_Goñi

By 1938 Mother Ascension felt increasingly frail and wanted to retire to prepare herself for her final days.   Nevertheless, she accepted her unanimous re-election for a third term as Prioress General at the congregation’s General Chapter of 1939.   She died on 24 February 1940.

Today the congregation has 785 Sisters serving in 21 nations on five continents.  It’s General Motherhouse is now in Madrid, Spain.   Among its members, the congregation counts four Sisters who are considered to be martyrs for the faith, having been tortured and murdered in the former Republic of the Congo on 25 November 1964, in the course of the Simba Rebellion, after they refused to leave the patients in their hospital.

She was Beatified on 14 May 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.   The Recognition Celebration was celebrated by Cardinal Saraiva Martins in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

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Memorials of the Saints – 24 February

St Adela of Blois
Bl Antonio Taglia
Bl Arnold of Carcassonne
St Betto of Auxerre
Bl Berta of Busano
Bl Constantius of Fabriano OP (1401-1481)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/24/saint-of-the-day-24-february-blessed-constantius-of-fabriano-op-1401-1481/
St Cummian Albus of Iona
St Ethelbert of Kent
Evetius of Nicomedia
Blessed Ascensión of the Heart of Jesus/Florentina Nicol y Goñi OP (1868-1940)
Bl Ida of Hohenfels
Bl Josefa Naval Girbes
St Liudhard
Bl Lotario Arnari
Bl Marco De’ Marconi
St Modestus of Trier
St Peter the Librarian
St Praetextatus of Rouen
St Primitiva
St Sergius of Caesarea
Bl Simon of Saint Bertin
Blessed Tommaso Maria Fusco (1831-1891)

Blessed Tommaso;s life:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/saint-of-the-day-24-february-blessed-thomas-mary-fusco-and-tommaso-maria-fusco-1831-1891/

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Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face – Seventh Day – 23 February

Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face
Seventh Day – 23 February

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DAILY PREPARATORY PRAYER

O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity,
through the intercession of Holy Mary,
whose soul was pierced through
by a sword of sorrow
at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son,
we ask Your help,
in making a perfect Novena of Reparation with Jesus,
united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the Angels and Saints
to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena
to the Most Holy Face of Jesus
and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen

(Console Holy Face and recite Daily Preparatory Prayer)LENTEN NOVENA TO THE HOLY FACE DAY SEVEN 23 FEB 2020

SEVENTH DAY

Psalm 51,14-15
Give me again the joy of your help,
with a spirit of fervour sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.

Lord Jesus!
After contemplating Thy features,
disfigured by grief,
after meditating upon Thy passion
with compunction and love,
how can our hearts fail to be inflamed
with a holy hatred of sin,
which even now, outrages Thy Adorable Face!
Lord, suffer us not to be content
with mere compassion
but give us grace to closely follow Thee in this Calvary,
so that the opprobrium destined for Thee
may fall on us,
0 Jesus, that thus, we may have a share,
small though it may be,
in expiation of sin.
Amen
Mary, our Mother, intercede for us.
Saint Joseph pray for us.
Through the merits of your precious blood
and your Holy Face, O Jesus,
grant us our petition………………
Pardon and mercy.

Hail Mary, Queen of Our Hearts, Our Mother
Prayer in Honour of Mary
By St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

hail mary queen of our hearts our mother - lenten novena 23 feb 2020 st louis de montfort

Hail Mary, Daughter of God the Father!
Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son!
Hail Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit!
Hail Mary, Temple of the Most Holy Trinity!
Hail Mary, our mistress, our wealth, our mystic rose.
Queen of our hearts, our Mother,
our life, our sweetness and our dearest hope!
We are all Thine and all we have is thine.
O Virgin blessed above all things,
may thy soul be in us, to magnify the Lord,
may thy spirit be in us, to rejoice in God.
Place thyself, O faithful Virgin,
as a seal upon our hearts,
that in thee and through thee,
we may be found faithful to God.
Grant, most gracious Virgin,
that we may be numbered among those,
whom thou art pleased to love,
to teach and to guide,
to favour and to protect as thy children.
Grant that with the help of thy love,
we may despise all earthly consolation
and cling to heavenly things,
until through the Holy Spirit, thy faithful spouse
and through thee,
His faithful spouse, Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
be formed within us
for the glory of the Father.
Amen

Pray (1) Our Father, three (3) Hail Marys, one (1) Glory Be

O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine! (Three times)

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Thought for the Day – 23 February – The Sacrament of Penance

Thought for the Day – 23 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Sacrament of Penance

Sin is the shipwreck of the soul.
If the sin is serious, it is a fatal shipwreck.
Confession is the only plank to which we can safely cling, if we want to be brought back to the harbour of God’s grace.
Admittedly, in cases of necessity, we can regain God’s friendship equally well, by an act of perfect contrition, along with the intention of going to confession.
But, an act of perfect contrition demands an act of perfect love of God, which is not altogether easy.
There can always be a doubt as to whether we have achieved the necessary degree of perfection.
If, on the other hand, we receive the Sacrament of Penance with the proper dispositions, not only will it give us grace but confidence and peace of mind as well.
This sacrament, has been very appropriately called, the masterpiece of God’s mercy.
What would be our fate, poor sinners that we are, if God had not given the Apostles and their successors in the Priesthood, the sacramental power of forgiving sins?
We should be very grateful to God, for this great gift!

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

sin is the shipwreck of the soul - bacci - 23 feb 2020

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Quote of the Day – 23 February – ‘Forsake the vanity of the crowd..’ St Polycarp

Quote of the Day – 23 February – The Memorial of St Polycarp (c 69–c 155) Martyr and Apostolic Father of the Church

“Let us, therefore, forsake the vanity of the crowd
and their false teachings and turn back to the word
delivered to us from the beginning.”

St Polycarp (c 69–c 155) Martyr
and Apostolic Father of the Church

let us therefore, forsake the vanity of the crowd - st polycarp 23 feb 2020

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Sunday Reflection – 23 February – “Take and divide it among yourselves.”

Sunday Reflection – 23 February – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

“Take and divide it among yourselves.”

St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

“Christ then took on our nature, when He would redeem it;
He redeemed it by making it suffer in His own Person;
He purified it, by making it pure in His own Person.
He first sanctified it in Himself, made it righteous, made it acceptable to God, submitted it to an expiatory passion and then He imparted it to us.   He took it, consecrated it, broke it and said, “Take and divide it among yourselves.”

Newman was convinced that no one “realises the mystery of the Incarnation but must feel disposed towards that of the Holy Communion.”   Both are mysteries of the coming of Christ, longed for as the hope of mankind for salvation.   If we accept that God unites Himself, His divinity and His spirit, to humanity, nature and matter in His birth as man, then we can also accept that He binds His presence to the species of bread and wine. When Jesus says, “This is my body, this is my blood,” this remains a mystery but our faith in it, is not against our reason.

Years later this Catholic priest wrote:

“O wisest love! That flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.”
“And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s presence and His very Self,
And Essence all-divine.”

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One Minute Reflection – 23 February – ‘The magna carta of Christian non-violence.’ 

One Minute Reflection – 23 February – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18, Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13, 1 Corinthians 3:16-23, Matthew 5:38-48

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” … Matthew 5:44matthew-5-44-but-i-say-to-you-love-your-enemies-4-aug-2018

REFLECTION – “But what do his words mean?   Why does Jesus ask us to love precisely our enemies, that is, a love which exceeds human capacities?
Actually, Christ’s proposal is realistic, because it takes into account that in the world there is too much violence, too much injustice and, therefore, that this situation cannot be overcome except by countering it with more love, with more goodness.   This “more” comes from God, it is His mercy which was made flesh in Jesus and which alone can “tip the balance” of the world from evil to good, starting with that small and decisive “world” which is the human heart.
This Gospel passage is rightly considered the magna carta of Christian non-violence.   It does not consist in succumbing to evil, as a false interpretation of “turning the other cheek” (cf. Lk 6: 29) claims but in responding to evil with good (cf. Rom 12: 17-21) and thereby breaking the chain of injustice.
One then understands that for Christians, non-violence is not merely tactical behaviour but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that, he is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone.
… Here is the newness of the Gospel which silently changes the world!   Here is the heroism of the “lowly” who believe in God’s love and spread it, even at the cost of their lives.
Dear brothers and sisters, Lent, which will begin this Wednesday with the Rite of Ashes, is the favourable season in which all Christians are asked to convert ever more deeply to Christ’s love.
Let us ask the Virgin Mary, docile disciple of the Redeemer, who helps us to allow ourselves to be won over without reserve by that love, to learn to love as He loved us, to be merciful as Our Father in Heaven is merciful (cf. Lk 6: 36).” … Pope Benedict XVI – Angelus, St Peter’s Square, Sunday, 18 February 2007matthew 5 44 but i say to you love your enemies this gospel passage magna carta - pope benedict 23 feb 2020

PRAYER – O Lord my God, give me the strength to endure with patience the sufferings I encounter in my life.  Teach me to do my daily work for You alone and to do more than that in every way I can, for your greater glory.   Teach me, Holy Father, to obey the words of Your Son, to pray for those who persecute me and to suffer for the glory of the Kingdom.   May our Blessed and loving Mother, who had to bear the pain and forgive those who killed her Son, be at our side to help us to forgive, to pray for our enemies and offer our pain in reparation for our sins and those of the world. Amenmater dolorosa blessed virgin holy mother pray for us 23 feb 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 23 February – Anima Christi

Our Morning Offering – 23 February – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Anima Christi
By St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
Good Jesus, hear me
Within Your wounds, shelter me
from turning away, keep me
From the evil one, protect me
At the hour of my death, call me
Into Your presence lead me
to praise You with all Your saints
Forever and ever,
amenanima christi st ignatius loyola - 29 september 2019

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Saint of the Day – 23 February – Saint Josephine/Giuseppina Vannini (1859-1911)

Saint of the Day – 23 February – Saint Josephine/Giuseppina Vannini (1859-1911) “A woman of prayer and sacrifice” – Religious Sister and Founder together with Blessed Louis (Luigi) Tezza MI (Camillian) (1 November 1841 – 26 September 1923), of the religious congregation known as the Daughters of Saint Camillus, of which Order she is the Patron.   Born as Giuditta Vannini on 7 July 1859 at Rome and died on 23 February 1911 (aged 51) in Rome of natural causes.st josephine vannini

Giuditta Vannini was born on 7 July 1859 in Rome as the second of three children to the cook Angelo Vannini and Annunziata Papi, her two siblings were Giulia and Augusto. Her Baptism was celebrated on 8 July and she was given the Baptismal names “Giuditta Adelaide Agata.”   The children were orphaned after her father died on 18 August 1863 when she was four and her mother, when she was seven (her mother remarried on 11 May 1865 but died on 6 November 1866).   She was separated from her siblings when she was sent to the Torlonia orphanage at Via Sant’Onofrio in Rome under the guidance of the Vincentian Sisters until 1883.   Her brother was sent to live with their maternal uncle while her sister was sent to the Sisters of Saint Joseph.   Both her First Communion and Confirmation were celebrated on 19 March 1873.   Vannini obtained a diploma as a kindergarten teacher but settled instead on the religious life.

Vannini entered the Vincentian Sisters on 3 March 1883 to become a professed religious and commenced her novitiate period in Siena but she was forced to leave due to ill health in 1887. Vannini had returned to Rome to recuperate and then in 1888 decided to resume her religious formation. But after she returned to Siena her health was deemed unsuitable for the rigours of the order.

It was sometime later that she would meet Luigi Tezza (in a confessional when she sought his advice) on 17 December 1891 at the end of a spiritual retreat she was attending.   Bl Tezza desired the establishment of an all-female religious congregation dedicated to caring for the sick and dying and asked if Vannini would be interested in joining him.    Giudetta accepted Tezza’s offer after discerning and reflecting on her vocation and the two began to form a group to serve as the basis for their congregation. The decisive moment came on 19 March 1892 when she and two companions received the scapular and the religious habit of the Camillian tertiaries and on 19 March 1893 professed her private vows as “Giuseppina”.   Her perpetual religious profession was made sometime later on 8 December 1895, after she had established, with Tezza, the Daughters of Saint Camillus.   She was made it’s Superior General.   Her profession was made in private since her initial application for ecclesiastical approval of the order had been rejected.

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Bl Luigi Tezza

She and Tezza faced difficulties, when Pope Leo XIII decided not to allow for the opening of new religious congregations added to the unjust slander directed at Tezza which led to the Cardinal Vicar of Rome Pietro Respighi sending him to Lima in Peru in 1900 to exercise his pastoral mission there – he is now called “The Apostle of Lima” so great was his work there.   This new development prompted the leadership of the order to fall to Vannini alone but she would maintain correspondence with Tezza until her death.   The congregation received formal approval on 21 June 1909 as an order of Diocesan right.st j vannini

In 1910 she visited the order’s Italian houses and those in France before suffering from a fatal heart disease.  Giuseppina died during the evening on 23 February 1911 in her bed in Rome.   Her remains were interred in Rome but later relocated to the order’s Motherhouse in Grottaferrata.   The congregation received the decree of praise on 25 February 1922 from Pope Pius XI and received Papal approval from Pius XI a decade later on 17 June 1931.

The plan of the co-Founder Fr Tezza, was to set up a female Congregation with the same charism of his Order which “expresses itself and is realised in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy towards the sick,” practised with a vow “even at the risk of one’s own life” as the fourth vow of the Congregation.   The healing activity of Jesus for the sick occupies a very large and essential part in the Gospel and it becomes a great sign of the salvific mission of Jesus, the Messiah.    Their mission is inseparably united with the Redemptive mission of Christ.

“Cure the sick, save the souls” is the motto of the Congregation.   In response to this special charism the order recognises the Crucified Christ in the sick and in the person who suffers.   “In this presence of Christ among the sick and in us, who serve in His name they find the basis of our spirituality.”

Therefore, the main legacy the St Josephine left her sisters, was the pure and simple physical and spiritual care of the sick, exercised at home as in hospitals, leprosariums and nursing homes, both in European rehabilitation centres and in mission countries.

In late 2005 there were 823 religious in a total of 97 houses in places in Europe such as Poland and Portugal.   The congregation also operates in Latin America in countries such as Argentina and Mexico and in Africa in Benin and Burkina Faso.

Her Beatification process opened in the 1950s though its formal introduction came in the late 1970s at which point she became titled as a Servant of God, she became titled as Venerable in 1992 upon papal confirmation of her heroic virtue.   St Pope John Paul II presided over Vannini’s Beatification on 16 October 1994.   Pope Francis confirmed her canonisation in mid-2019 and Canonised her as a Saint in Saint Peter’s Square on 13 October 2019, together with St John Henry Newman, amongst others.canonisation st josephine vanninicanonisation st josephine vannini and st john henry newman

Blessed Luigi’s Story here:   https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/26/saint-of-the-day-26-september-blessed-louis-tezza-m-i-1841-1923-the-apostle-of-lima/

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Seventh Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year A +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 23 February

Seventh Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year A +2020

St Polycarp of Smyrna (c 69 – c 155) Martyr  (Memorial)
St Polycarp’s life and death:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/saint-of-the-day-23-february-st-polycarp-c-69-c-155-martyr-and-father-of-the-church/

St Alexander Akimetes
St Boswell
St Dositheus of Egypt
St Felix of Brescia
St Florentius of Seville
St Giovanni Theristi
Bl Giovannina Franchi
Bl John of Hungary
St Josephine Vannini (1859-1911)
Bl Juan Lucas Manzanares
Bl Ludwik Mzyk
St Martha of Astorga
St Medrald
St Milburga
Bl Nicolas Tabouillot
St Ordonius
St Polycarp of Rome
Bl Rafaela Ybarra de Villalongo
St Romana
St Serenus the Gardener (Died 307) Martyr
His story:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/23/saint-of-the-day-23-february-st-serenus-the-gardener-died-307-martyr/
Bl Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski
St Willigis of Mainz
St Zebinus of Syria

Martyrs of Syrmium – 73 Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know no details about them, and only six of their names – Antigonus, Libius, Rogatianus, Rutilus, Senerotas and Syncrotas.

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Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face Sixth Day – 22 February

Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face
Sixth Day – 22 February

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DAILY PREPARATORY PRAYER

O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity,
through the intercession of Holy Mary,
whose soul was pierced through
by a sword of sorrow
at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son,
we ask Your help,
in making a perfect Novena of Reparation with Jesus,
united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the Angels and Saints
to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena
to the Most Holy Face of Jesus
and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen

(Console Holy Face and recite Daily Preparatory Prayer)

lenten novena to the holy face day six 22 feb 2020

SIXTH DAY

Psalm 51,12-13
A pure heart create for us O God,
put a steadfast spirit within us.
Do not cast us away from your presence
nor deprive us of your Holy Spirit.

May our hearts be cleansed, O Lord,
by the in-pouring of the Holy Spirit
and may He render them fruitful
by watering them with His heavenly dew.
Mary, the most chaste spouse of the Holy Spirit,
intercede for us,
Saint Joseph pray for us.
Through the merits of Your precious blood
and your Holy Face, O Jesus,
grant us our petition………………
Pardon and mercy.

O Victorious Prince, Guardian of the Church of God
By St Aloysius de Gonzaga SJ (1568-1591)
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

o victorius prince, guardian of the church of god st michael by st aloysius de gonzaga sj 22 feb 2020 lenten novena to the holy face

O Victorious Prince,
most humble guardian of the Church of God
and of faithful souls,
who with such charity and zeal
took part in so many conflicts
and gained such great victories over the enemy,
for the conservation and protection
of the honour and glory, we all owe to God,
as well as for, the promotion of our salvation,
come, we pray thee, to our assistance,
for we are continually besieged
with such great perils by our enemies,
the flesh, the world and the devil
and as thou wast a leader
for the people of God through the desert,
so also be our faithful leader
and companion, through the
desert of this world,
until thou conduct us safely,
into the happy land of the living,
in that blessed fatherland
from which we are all exiles.
Amen

Pray (1) Our Father, three (3) Hail Marys, (1) Glory Be.

O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine (Three times)

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Thought for the Day – 22 February – Why Should It Happen to Me?

Thought for the Day – 22 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Why Should It Happen to Me?

“When we are overtaken by some unexpected misfortune or sorrow, or are forced to undertake an unusually difficult job, we often forget to surrender ourselves into the hands of God and pray for help and peace of mind.
Instead, we feel annoyed and discouraged and give vent to our feelings in a most unchristian manner.
“Why should it happen to me?”
This is the reaction of many people in such cases.
“It had to happen to me!” they say.
They forget that sanctity involves sacrifice, self-denial and resignation to the Will of God.
“The kingdom of heaven has been enduring violent assault and the violent have been seizing it by force,” the Gospel says (Mt 11:12).
In other words, if a man wants to win Heaven, he must be stern with himself and establish control over any perverse tendencies in his own nature.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 February – The Chair of Peter

Quote/s of the Day – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

“He who deserts the
Chair of Peter,
upon whom the Church was founded,
does he trust himself
to be IN the Church?”

(De Catholicae Ecclesiae Unitate, 251)

St Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage and Martyr (200-258) Father of the Church

he who deserts the chair of peter - st cyprian 22 feb 2020 feast of the chair of st peter

“Yes, the apostle chosen to be His co-worker,
merited to share, the same name as Christ.
They built the same building together –
Peter does the planting,
the Lord gives the increase
and it is the Lord, too, who sends those,
who will do the watering (cf. 1 Cor 3:6f.).”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of the Church

Also here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/22/quote-s-of-the-day-22-february-on-this-rock-i-will-build-my-church/

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One Minute Reflection – 22 February – ‘Peter alone was chosen to stand at the head’

One Minute Reflection – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Readings: 1 Peter 5:1-4, Psalm 23, Matthew 16:13-19

“Upon this rock I will build my church” … Matthew 16:18matthew 16 18 upon this rock i will build my church 22 feb 2020 chair of st peter

REFLECTION – “Nothing escaped the wisdom and power of Christ, the elements of nature lay at His service, spirits obeyed Him, angels served Him. (…)   And yet, out of all the world, Peter alone was chosen to stand at the head, for the calling of all the peoples and the oversight of all the apostles and Fathers of the Church.   Thus, even though there are many priests and shepherds among the People of God, Peter governed them all in person, while Christ also governs them in the capacity of Head. (…)

The Lord asks all the apostles what people think of Him and they all say the same thing, so long as they are making known the doubts deriving from human ignorance.   But when the Lord demands to know what the disciples themselves think, the first to confess the Lord is he who is the first in dignity of the apostles.   As he had said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” Jesus answers him:  “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.   For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.”   That is to say, blessed are you because my Father taught this to you.   Earthly opinion has not led you astray but it is heavenly inspiration that has instructed you.   It is not flesh and blood that enabled you to discover me but He, whose only Son I am.

“And so I say to you,” that is to say- just as my Father has manifested my divinity to you so I am making known your superiority to you.   “You are Peter” namely, I am the unshakeable Rock, the Cornerstone who makes two peoples one (Eph 2:14), the foundation other than which, no-one can lay any other (1 Cor 3:11).   But you also, you are rock, since you are impregnable by My strength and, what I have by virtue of My power, you have in common with Me, by the fact, that you participate in it.   “On this rock I will build my Church” (…)   On the firmness of this foundation, He says, will I build an everlasting temple and my Church, whose summit is to reach to heaven, will be raised on the strength of that faith.” … Saint Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Father and Doctor of the Church – 4th sermon for the Anniversary of his Consecrationnothing escaped the wisdom and power of christ - 22 feb 2020 chari of st peter st pope leo the great

PRAYER – Holy Father, send Your Divine Enlightener into the hearts of all Your faithful, filling us with the strength to fulfil our mission as the followers of the Chair of St Peter. And most of all, we pray Lord Holy God, to inspire and light the way of our Holy Father, Francis.   Sustain and guide him, keep him in health and strength, to lead Your people by the Light of the Way and the Truth.   Holy Father, have mercy on us, Holy Spirit guide and lead us, Lord Jesus Christ be our intercessor and teacher, amen.st peter pope apostle martyr pray for us 22 feb 2020 chair of st peter

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Our Morning Offering – 22 February – O Peter who were Named by Christ

Our Morning Offering – 22 February – Feast of the Chair of St Peter

O Peter who were Named by Christ
Breviary Morning Prayer/Hymn
For the Feast of the Chair of St Peter

O Peter who were named by Christ
The guardian-shepherd of His flock,
Protect the Church He built on you
To stand unyielding, firm on rock.

Your weakness, Christ exchanged for strength,
You faltered but He made you true.
He knew the greatness of your love
And gave the keys of heav’n to you.

Unseen, eternal Trinity,
We give You glory, praise Your name,
Your love keeps faith with faithless men,
Through change and stress You are the same.
Amen

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Saint of the Day – 22 February – Blessed Émilie d’Oultremont d’Hoogvorst known as Emília Maria of Jesus (1818-1878) 

Saint of the Day – 22 February – Blessed Émilie d’Oultremont d’Hoogvorst known as Emília Maria of Jesus (1818-1878)  – Widow, Mother, Religious and Founder of The Sisters of Mary Reparatrix whose charism is Eucharistic Adoration combined with the evangelisation of society, especially of women.   Born on 11 October 1818 in Wegimont near Liège, Belgium and died on 22 February 1878 at the home of her son Adriano in Florence, Italy of natural causes.   She is Patron of the Order she founded.bl emilia Maria_of_Jesus_d'Oultremont

Émilie d’Oultremont d’Hoogvorst was born on 11 October 1818, in Wégimont (Lieja, Belgium), into a noble family and steeped in Christian values.    The young woman’s personality developed in a serene and balanced way, enriched with her extraordinary human and spiritual gifts.

Precisely during a ceremony in a palace in Rome, she took an inspiration and spoke these words: “Master, only You in my life” and thought of consecrating herself to the Lord. Marriage proposals were diverse but when she met Count Victor van der Linden, “a young man of solid virtue and exceptional piety” – as she would say – Emilia recognised that the Lord wanted to lead her along the path of marriage, which was celebrated on 19 October 1837.   She lived the life of a young and happy wife, mother of four children: Adriano, Edmundo, Olímpia and Margarida.   From then on, Emilia found the spiritual guides in the Jesuit Fathers, who understood and guided her on her spiritual path.bl Emilie_d'Oultremont

It was not ten years of marriage and her husband died of malaria.   Emília lived this test with faith and courageously continued her mission as a mother and educator, she consecrated herself to God with the vow of chastity, dedicating herself even more to works of charity.   She moved to Paris in order to follow the training of her children at the College of the Jesuits.

When, on 8 December 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, Emilia asked Mary to inspire her to what future course was most pleasing to God.

Together with some young women of different nationalities, she began a consecrated life, in the following year.   The official institution of the new Congregation of Mary Reparatrix took place on 1 May 1857, the day they were clothed in the habit.   Mother Maria of Jesus (this was her religious name) and her companions, began this journey, guided by the spirit of St Ignatius Loyola.431pxbl -Émilie_d'Oultremont_(1818-1878)

Mother Emília Maria of Jesus carefully followed the choice of her two sons in following the marriage vocation and was delighted with the decision of her daughters to follow her in religious life, in the same Congregation she had founded.

The Ignatian spirit was the soul that animated all her apostolic zeal, to the point that she took risky decisions, such as responding to the Jesuits’ call to build a house in India, after only two years of foundation.   It was the definitive launch of an expansion which then grew to include several countries in Europe.

The last years of Mother Maria of Jesus were full of diverse sufferings – family grief, concern for her children, separations and difficulties within the Congregation.   Suffering herself from very poor health, while on her way back to Belgium, she died at the home of her son Adriano, in Florence, on 22 February 1878. … Vatican.va

Her shrine resides n the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini in Rome.   She was buried at the church of Saint Bonaventure in Rome.

Blessed Maria of Jesus was Beatified on 12 October 1997, Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City after the approval of the required miracle, by St Pope John Paul II, when he said:

“Through her life of prayer, she reminds us that in Eucharistic Adoration, where we drink at the source of the life that is Christ, we find the strength for our daily mission. May each one of us, whatever his state of life, learn to “listen to the voice of Christ,, “which must be the rule of our existence,” as she liked to say!”

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Feast of the Chair of St Peter and Memorials of the Saints – 22 February

The Chair of Saint Peter (Feast)
About this great Feast:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/feast-of-the-chair-of-st-peter-cathedra-petri-22-february/

St Ailius of Alexandria
St Angelus Portasole
St Aristion of Salamis
St Athanasius of Nicomedia
St Baradates of Cyrrhus
Bl Diego Carvalho
St Elwin
Blessed Émilie d’Oultremont d’Hoogvorst/Maria of Jesus (1818-1878)
St John the Saxon
St Limnaeus
St Margaret of Cortona TOSF (1247–1297)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/22/saint-of-the-day-22-february-st-margaret-of-cortona-tosf-1247-1297/

St Maximian of Ravenna
St Miguel Facerías Garcés
St Mohammed Abdalla
St Papias of Heirapolis
St Paschasius of Vienne
St Raynerius of Beaulieu
St Thalassius

Martyrs of Arabia – A memorial for all the unnamed Christians martyred in the desert and mountainous areas south of the Dead Sea during the persecutions of Emperor Valerius Maximianus Galerius.

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Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face Fifth Day – 21 February

Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face
Fifth Day – 21 February

DAY FIVE NOVENA TO THE HOLY FACE 21 FEB 2020

DAILY PREPARATORY PRAYER

O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity,
through the intercession of Holy Mary,
whose soul was pierced through
by a sword of sorrow
at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son,
we ask Your help,
in making a perfect Novena of Reparation with Jesus,
united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the Angels and Saints
to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena
to the Most Holy Face of Jesus
and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen

(Console Holy Face and recite Daily Preparatory Prayer)

FIFTH DAY

Psalm 51,10-11

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
that the bones you have crushed may revive.
From my sins turn away your Face
and blot out all my guilt.

Holy Face of Jesus,
Sacred Countenance of God,
how great is Your patience with humankind,
how infinite Your forgiveness.
We are sinners, yet You love us.
This gives us courage.
For the glory of Your Holy Face
and of the Blessed Trinity,
hear and answer us.
Mary our Mother, intercede for us,
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Through the merits of Your precious blood and Your Holy Face,
O Jesus, grant us our petition………………
Pardon and mercy.

Prayer to Saint Joseph – Adopt Us a Thy Children

dear st joseph, adopt us as thy children 21 feb 2020 lenten novena to the holy face day five

Dear Saint Joseph!
Adopt us as thy children,
take charge of our salvation,
watch over us day and night,
preserve us from occasions of sin,
obtain for us purity of body and soul
and the spirit of prayer,
through thy intercession with Jesus,
grant us a spirit of sacrifice, of humility and self-denial,
obtain for us a burning love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
and a sweet, tender love for Mary, our Mother.
Saint Joseph, be with us in life,
be with us in death
and obtain for us a favourable judgement from Jesus,
our merciful Saviour.
Amen

Pray (1) Our Father, (3) Hail Marys, (1) Glory Be.

O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine (Three times)

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Thought for the Day – 21 February – Lord, That I May See!

Thought for the Day – 21 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Lord, That I May See!

When Jesus was approaching the gates of Jericho one day, a blind man was sitting on the ground, begging for alms.
He heard the sound of a crowd on the road and asked, what was happening.
He was informed that Jesus was passing.
Then he experienced a sudden upsurge of faith and shouted out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The people who were in front, rebuked him and told him to be quiet.
But he cried out in an even louder voice: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and turned towards him.
He gave orders that the man should be brought nearer to Him.
“What wouldst thou have me to do for thee?” He asked.
“Lord,” the blind man replied, “that I may see.”
Merciful, as always, Jesus answered in a tone of command.
“Receive thy sight, thy faith has saved thee.”
Immediately, the blind man was able to see and he followed Our Lord, crying out in praise of God (Lk 18:35-43; Mk 10:46-52).

Read the simple and vivid account of this incident in the Gospel.
Mediate on the infinite goodness of Jesus, Who, is always ready to come to our relief.
Meditate also, on the lively and spontaneous faith of this poor blind man.
If our faith were of the same quality as his, we could obtain everything we asked from God.

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 February – The Burning Babe

Quote/s of the Day – 21 February – the Memorial of St Peter Damian OSB (1007-1072) Doctor of the Church and St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595) Priest and Martyr

The Burning Babe, by Saint Robert Southwell

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As I in hoary winter’s night stood shivering in the snow,
Surprised I was with sudden heat which made my heart to glow;
And lifting up a fearful eye to view what fire was near,
A pretty babe all burning bright did in the air appear;
Who, scorchëd with excessive heat, such floods of tears did shed
As though his floods should quench his flames which with his tears were fed.
Alas, quoth he, but newly born in fiery heats I fry,
Yet none approach to warm their hearts or feel my fire but I!
My faultless breast the furnace is, the fuel wounding thorns,
Love is the fire, and sighs the smoke, the ashes shame and scorns;
The fuel justice layeth on, and mercy blows the coals,
The metal in this furnace wrought are men’s defiled souls,
For which, as now on fire I am to work them to their good,
So will I melt into a bath to wash them in my blood.
With this he vanished out of sight and swiftly shrunk away,
And straight I called unto mind that it was Christmas day.

It’s not surprising, it’s one of the great poems of the English language.

St Robert Southwell S.J. (1561-1595) Martyr, Religious Priest, Poet, Hymnodist, Writer, clandestine missionary was born in 1561 in Horsham Saint Faith, Norfolk, England and he was martyred by being hanged, drawn and quartered on 21 February 1595 (aged 33) in Tyburn, London, England. St Robert was Canonised on 25 October 1970 by Blessed Pope Paul VI.
“His poetry – we don’t know exactly when he began to write but it must have been very young because he wrote a great deal of which we have the record and by now the English speaking world knows Robert Southwell. His two outstanding poems are ‘The Burning Babe’ and ‘The Virgin Mary to Christ On The Cross.’” (Ven Fr John A Hardon SJ)

St Peter Damian quotes here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/21/quote-s-of-the-day-21-february-st-peter-damian/
And some from St Robert Southwell here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/02/21/quote-s-of-the-day-21-february-the-memorial-of-st-peter-damian-o-s-b-1007-1072-and-st-robert-southwell-s-j-1561-1595/

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One Minute Reflection – 21 February – ‘carrying His cross’

One Minute Reflection – 21 February – Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: James 2:14-24, 26, Psalm 112:1-6, Mark 8:34–9:1 and the Memorial of Blessed Noel Pinot (1747-1794) Priest and Martyr

“He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” … Mark 8:34mark 8 34 - whoever wishes to follow me must take up his cross - 21 feb 2020

REFLECTION – “What does this mean, “take up a cross”?   It means he will bear with whatever is troublesome and in this very act he will be following me.
When he has begun to follow me, according to My teaching and precepts, he will find many people contradicting him and standing in his way, many who not only deride but even persecute him.
Moreover, this is true, not only of pagans who are outside the church but also of those, who seem to be in it visibly but are outside of it because of the perversity of their deeds.
Although these glory, in merely the title of Christian, they continually persecute faithful Christians.
Such belong to the members of the church in the same way, that bad blood is in the body.
Therefore, if you wish to follow Christ, do not delay in carrying His cross, tolerate sinners but do not yield to them.
Do not let the false happiness of the wicked corrupt you.
You do well to despise all things for the sake of Christ, in order that you may be fit for his companionship.” … St Caesarius of Arles (470-543) – (Sermons, 159)when he has begun to follow me - st caesarius of arles - 21 feb 2020

PRAYER – Holy Father, send Your Divine Enlightener into the hearts of all Your faithful, filling us with the strength to fulfil our mission as the followers of Your only Son, our Saviour and to take up our cross in His footsteps.   Teach us and guide us, to deny ourselves for His sake.   As the zealous, faithful and courageous shepherd Blessed Noel Pinot, died for love of Christ and His Church, may we and all our Priests, profit by his intercession and be strengthened in the face of all persecution.  We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amenBL NOEL PINOT PRAY FOR US 21 FEB 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 21 February – The Grace of Thy Love

Our Morning Offering – 21 February – Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A

The Grace of Thy Love
By St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O My God,
strengthen me with Thy strength,
console me with Thy everlasting peace,
soothe me with the beauty of Thy countenance,
enlighten me with Thy uncreated holiness.
Bathe me in Thyself
and give me to drink,
as far as mortal man may ask,
of the rivers of grace
which flow from the Father and the Son,
the grace of Thy consubstantial,
co-eternal Love.
Amenthe grace of thy love - st john henry newman 21 feb 2020

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Saint of the Day – 21 February – Blessed Noel Pinot (1747-1794) Priest and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 21 February – Blessed Noel Pinot (1747-1794) Priest and Martyr – born on 19 December 1747, aged 46, at Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France and died by being guillotined on 21 February 1794 at Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France.   He wore his Mass vestments to execution and died reciting the opening words of the Mass.bl noel martyrdom 2 (1)

Born the last of sixteen children to a humble weaver, he lost his father when he was eight years old.   He entered the seminary in Angers.   He was Ordained a Priest on 22 December 1770.

He was first appointed vicar in Bousse in 1772 and then chaplain at Angers in August 1781.   In September 1789 he became pastor of Le Louroux-Béconnais commune.bl noel pinot icon

During the French Revolution, he refused to take the oath of the Civil Constitution of the Clergy unlike his superior, who took the oath on Sunday, 23 January 1791 and was later a member of the Petite Église.   He was accused by the revolutionary municipality of “engaging in ecclesiastical activities to oppose the law.”   On Sunday 27 February he was brought before the court.   Denounced, he was arrested on 5 March and sentenced to banishment by the District Court.   He hid in Beaupreau.   Returning to Louroux in 1793, during the war of Vendee, he went into hiding after the failure of the royalist insurgents against Nantes.

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Stained glass window of the Church of Louroux-Béconnais showing the second trial of Noël Pinot, before the military commission of Angers, 21 February 1794.

He was arrested on the night of 8 February 1794 during a clandestine Mass he celebrated at the farm where he was hiding. bl noel pinot mass

After ten days of imprisonment, the rebel was brought before the revolutionary court, which held its trials in a deconsecrated church.   On this day, 21 February, the committee was presided over by Citizen Roussel.   By a horrifying coincidence, this revolutionary officer was an apostate priest, who had initially taken the oath, then left the priesthood!   But in Anjou, no one knew his past.   After he had given the sentence, Roussel looked at the vestments displayed before the court and mockingly suggested to the prisoner:   “Wouldn’t you be well pleased to go to the guillotine in your vestments?”“Yes,” agreed the confessor of the faith without hesitation, “it would be for me a great consolation.”“Well, then,” the other replied, “you will wear them and be executed in this get-up.”    He mounted the scaffold reciting the first prayers of the mass Introibo ad altare Dei‘Come to the Altar of God.’

A statue at the Cathedral of Angers represents the first step of climbing the “altar of God”.bl noel_pinot3

On 26 August 1864 Guillaume Angebault, bishop of Angers recommended Father Brouillet to the commission to “proceed with the canonical investigation into the life and virtues of the priest”.

He was Beatified by Pope Pius XI on 31 October 1926.   Ninety-nine Martyrs d’Angers were Beatified by St Pope John Paul II on 19 February 1984.

Blessed Noël Pinot, who has been associated with the Priesthood of Jesus, Sovereign Priest, deign to show your power of intercession towards your servants.
Pray that our Priests may be enlightened and strengthened, make them, like you, invincible in the defence of the faith.

Encourage priestly and religious vocations in our parishes, pray to fill the aspirants to the Priesthood and to religious life with generous zeal.

Obtain the grace for the faithful, to know their religion better and to practice it.

May families be strengthened in the fidelity to all the duties, the docility and the respect towards their shepherd priests.

May children and youth be preserved from so many dangers which threaten their beliefs and their virtue.   Thwart the plots of those who want to snatch them from the maternal womb of the Church.

Pray for the sick and infirm, that they may be strengthened.

Finally Lord, by the prayers of Blessed Noel, kindly bless and crown with success the apostolic labours of the Ministers of Christ and of all activists, with a view to restoring in dear France the reign of the Heart of Jesus.

Blessed Noel Pinot, pray for us!

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Memorials of the Saints – 21 February

St Peter Damian OSB (1007-1072) Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)
A lot about St Peter here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/saint-of-the-day-21-february-st-peter-damian/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/21/saint-of-the-day-21-february-st-peter-damian-osb-1007-1072-doctor-of-the-church/

 

 

St Avitus II of Clermont
Bl Caterina Dominici
Bl Claudio di Portaceli
St Daniel of Persia
Bl Eleanora
St Ercongotha
St Eustathius of Antioch
St Felix of Metz
St George of Amastris
St Germanus of Granfield
St Gundebert of Sens
Blessed Noel Pinot (1747-1794) Priest and Martyr
St Paterius of Brescia
St Pepin of Landen
St Peter Mavimenus
St Randoald of Granfield

Blessed Richard Henkes
St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595) Martyr
St Robert’s Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/saint-of-the-day-21-february-st-robert-southwell-s-j-1561-1595-martyr/

 

St Severian of Scythopolis
St Severus of Syrmium
Bl Thomas Pormort
St Valerius of San Pedro de Montes
St Verda of Persia

Martyrs of Sicily – 79 saints – Seventy-nine Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. They were martyred in c 303 on Sicily.

Martyrs of Hadrumetum – A group of 26 Christians martyred together by Vandals. We know little more than eight of their names – Alexander, Felix, Fortunatus, Saturninus, Secundinus, Servulus, Siricius and Verulus. c 434 at Hadrumetum (modern Sousse, Tunisia)

Martyrs Uchibori – Three Japanese laymen, all brothers, all sons of Paulus Uchibori Sakuemon, one a teenager, one only five years old and all martyred for their faith in the persecutions in Japan. 21 February 1627 in Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan. Beatified 24 November 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Antonius
Balthasar
Ignatius