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Thought for the Day – 8 October – The First Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Thought for the Day – 8 October – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

“Month of the Holy Rosary”
The First Sorrowful Mystery
The Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsema
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The life of Mary, like that of her divine Son, was a life of suffering and of sacrifice.

When Simeon held the divine Child in his arms, he had prophesied: “This child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel and, for a sign that shall be contradicted. And thy own soul, a sword shall pierce” (Cf Lk 2:35).
There was suffering from the very beginning – in the arduous journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to fulfil the obligation of the census; in the refusal of the people of Bethlehem to give shelter to the Holy Family; in the birth of Jesus in a cold cave; in the flight into Egypt to escape from the cruelty of Herod; in the loss of Jesus when He was twelve years old; in the hard life of a humble artisan in Nazareth; in the difficulties of the public life of Jeuse and, in the final tragedy which brought Jesus from Gethsemane to Calvary and, from Calvary to the sepulchre.

When faced with this spectacle of the Man-God and of His Mother Mary suffering for love of us, how can we complain that our own cross is too heavy?
How can we rebel against the merciful God Who afflicts us for our own good, purifies us with suffering and demands, that we should be detached from worldly things, so that we may give more thought to Heaven, for which our souls are destined?
To meditate on all that Jesus and Mary suffered for us, should be enough to make us embrace our cross generously and resign ourselves to the physical or moral afflictions which God sens us.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 October – ‘Immortality is given to the one who perseveres …’

Quote/s of the Day – 8 October – Thursday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time, Readings: Galatians 3:1-5, Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:69-70, 71-72,73-75, Luke 11:5-13

“I tell you, if he does not get up
to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him
whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
And I tell you, ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and it will be opened to you.”

Luke 11:8-9

“Immortality is given to the one who perseveres;
everlasting life is offered;
the Lord promises His Kingdom.”

St Cyprian of Carthage (c 200- c 258)
Bishop and Martyr

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of Grace

“And so it happened
that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ,
was the only one to see Him.
… At first she sought
but did not find
but when she persevered,
it happened that she found
what she was looking for. …
And so Mary, once addressed by name,
recognises who is speaking.
She immediately calls Him Rabboni,
that is to say, teacher,
because the One whom she sought outwardly,
was the One who inwardly
taught her to keep on searching.”

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604)
Father and Doctor

“We must pray incessantly,
for the gift of perseverance.”

St Philip Neri (1515-1595)

“In prayer one must hold fast and never let go,
because the one who gives up, loses all.
If it seems that no-one is listening to you,
then cry out even louder.
If you are driven out of one door,
go back in by the other.”

St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

“Aspire to God with short
but frequent outpourings of the heart,
admire His bounty,
invoke His aid,
cast yourself in spirit at the foot of His Cross,
adore His goodness,
treat with Him of your salvation,
give Him your whole soul –
a thousand times in the day.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Doctor of Charity

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One Minute Reflection – 8 October – ‘… Ask then, unremittingly and without doubting …’ Luke 11:5-13

One Minute Reflection – 8 October – Thursday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time, Readings: Galatians 3:1-5, Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:69-7071-72,73-75Luke 11:5-13

“Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves… If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit, to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:5,13

REFLECTION – “In one place it is said that the Father “will give good things to those that ask him” (Mt 7:11), elsewhere, that he will “give the Holy Spirit to those that ask him” (Lk 11:13).

From this we learn that those who pray to God with steadfast faith in these promises receive, not only remission of sins but also heavenly gifts of grace. The Lord promised these “good things” not to the righteous but to sinners, saying: “If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask him?” (Lk 11:13). Ask then, unremittingly and without doubting, however poor your efforts to gain holiness, however weak your strength, you will receive great gifts, far beyond anything that you deserve. (…)

Struggle to preserve unimpaired the light that shines within your intellect. If passion begins to dominate you when you look at things, this means that the Lord has left you in darkness; He has dropped the reins with which He was guiding you (cf. Jb 30:11) and the light of your eyes is gone from you (cf. Ps 37[38]:10 LXX). Yet even if this happens, do not despair or give up but pray to God with the words of David: “O send out thy light and thy truth” to me in my gloom, “for thou art the salvation of my countenance and my God” (cf. Ps 42[43]:3, 5 LXX).

For “thou shalt send forth thy Spirit and they shall be created and thou shalt renew the face of the earth” (Cf. Ps 103[104]:30 LXX).” – John of Karpathos (Seventh century) Bishop and Monk – One Hundred Texts for the encouragement of the monks in India, nos. 45, 82

PRAYER – Lord God and Father, who entrusted the earth to men and each to the other, grant us the grace this day, to see Your Face in our neighbour and to seek all who need our help. Grant us the grace to work faithfully for Your glory, for the salvation of our souls through the light of faith You have given us. We beg the grace of Your love and mercy and the light of love You send with Your Holy Spirit. May the prayers of Mary our Holy Mother, keep us ever in her guiding care. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 8 October – Eternal Light

Our Morning Offering – 8 October – Thursday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time

Eternal Light
A Prayer for Enlightenment
By St Alcuin of York (735-804)

Eternal light, shine into our hearts,
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil,
Eternal Power, be our support,
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the
darkness of our ignorance,
Eternal Pity, have mercy on us;
that with all our heart
and mind
and soul
and strength,
we may seek Your Face
and be brought by Your infinite mercy
to Your Holy Presence,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord
Amen

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Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Pelagia the Penitent (Fourth or Fifth Century)

Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Pelagia the Penitent (Fourth or Fifth Century) Hermit – also known as Pelagia of Antioch, The Beardless Hermit, Marina (the Latin equivalent of “Pelagia”), Margarita. Patronage – actresses.

Like St Mary Magdalen and St Mary of Egypt, St Pelagia inspired Christians of the Middle Ages as an enchanting icon of repentance. Storytellers probably spun her winsome tale from an anonymous factual illustration embedded in one of St John Chrysostom’s homilies on St Matthew’s Gospel. He told of a nameless actress of Antioch, famous for her glamour and notorious for her wickedness, who suddenly repented, was baptised and afterwards embraced the austere life of a hermit.

Pelagia among her courtesans, as Saint Nonnus prays for her

Later a gifted writer who pretended to be St James, a Deacon working for St Nonnus of Edessa, named the actress Pelagia and created the story that still speaks to our spirit.

As he told it:
“One day Pelagia, dressed provocatively and surrounded by an entourage of her fans, passed by a group of Bishops sitting at St Julian’s tomb near Antioch. All but one Bishop was scandalised by her evil charms. But Pelagia’s carefully appointed beauty touched St Nonnus and led him to a spiritually disturbing conclusion. He said to the other Bishops:

. . .we have vast promises in the supernatural heights stored up with our hidden Lord who cannot be seen. It is He we should please but we fail to do so; it is for Him that we should adorn our bodies and souls but we totally fail to do so. We should take pains over ourselves in order to scrub away the dirt of sins, to become clean from evil stains but we have paid no attention to our souls, in the attempt to adorn them with good habits so that Christ may desire to dwell in us. What a reproach to us, seeing that we have not taken pains to make ourselves pleasing to God nearly as much as this prostitute . . . has taken pains to please men—in order to captivate them, leading them into perdition by her wanton beauty. . . . Maybe we should even go and become the pupils of this lascivious woman.”

The next day, the story continues, Pelagia made a rare appearance in Church where she heard Nonnus preach on judgement and salvation. His words stabbed her heart. On the spot Pelagia repented and was converted to Christ.

Then she demanded that Nonnus baptise her, a request he happily obliged. A Deaconess named Romana took Pelagia under her wing, until one day, after giving away all her possessions, Pelagia slipped away. She hid herself in Jerusalem, where disguised as a man, she became a Hermit on the Mount of Olives. Word about the holiness of the monk “Pelagios” spread throughout the Holy Land. And when it was discovered upon her death that the Hermit was the repentant prostitute Pelagia, she was honoured and loved even more.

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Memorials of the Saints – 8 October

St Amor of Aquitaine
St Artemon of Laodicia
St Badilo
St Benedicta of Laon
St Benedicta of Origny-sur-Oise
St Evodius of Rouen
St Felix of Como
St Gratus of Chalons
St Hugh Canefro (1148-1233)
St Hugh’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/08/saint-of-the-day-st-hugh-canefro-1148-1233-religious-of-the-order-of-malta/
Bl John Adams
Bl John Lowe
St Keyna
St Laurentia
St Nestor of Thessalonica
St Palatias
St Pelagia the Penitent (Fourth or Fifth Century) Hermit
St Peter of Seville
Bl Ragenfreda
St Reparata (3rd century Caesarea, Palestine – beheaded in the 3rd century)
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-reparata/

Bl Robert Bickerdike
Bl Robert Dibdale
St Simeon – The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke
Holy Simeon:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-simeon/
https://youtu.be/ggXMSpAWWo8

St Thaïs the Penitent
St Triduna

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• Blessed Felipe Ruiz Peña• Blessed Félix Ayúcar Eraso• Blessed Fermín Latienda Azpilicueta• Blessed Ferran Suñer Estrach• Blessed Florentino Redondo Insausti• Blessed Fortunato Ruiz Peña• Blessed Gregorio Faci Molins• Blessed Isidro Serrano Fabón• Blessed Jaume Morella Bruguera
• Blessed Jeroni Messegué Ribera• Blessed Jesús Menchón Franco• Blessed Joan Pelfort Planell• Blessed Joan Tubau Perelló• Blessed José María Ruano López• Blessed José Miguel Elola Arruti• Blessed Josep Ambrós Dejuán
• Blessed Josep Blanch Roca• Blessed Josep Cesari Mercadal• Blessed Josep Mir Pons• Blessed Juan Núñez Casado• Blessed Julio García Galarza• Blessed Leocadio Rodríguez Nieto• Blessed Leoncio Pérez Gómez• Blessed Lucio Izquierdo López• Blessed Lucio Zudaire Armendía• Blessed Mariano Alonso Fuente• Blessed Néstor Vivar Valdivieso• Blessed Nicolás Pereda Revuelta• Blessed Nicolás Ran Goñi• Blessed Pedro Ciordia Hernández
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• Blessed Victoriano Martínez Martín