Thought for the Day – 10 November – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Prayer, Work and Leisure
“The pattern of our lives should be a combination of prayer, work and leisure. There should be no room, however, fpr idleness.
Prayer: Prayer is most essential. The life of a Catholic should be a continual prayer. As Jesus commanded, we “must always pray and not lose heart” (Lk 18:1).
How can we achieve this? St Paul has told us, “Whatever you do in word or in work,” he says, “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him” (Col 3:17). If we follow his instructions, our lives will really be a prayer. Before we begin our day’s work, we shall turn to God and offer Him our labours and our difficulties. During our work, we shall raise our minds to God, from time to time, as Jesus, Mary and Joseph must have done, in the home and in the workshop at Nazareth. Whenever we speak, we should remember that we are in the Presence of God. Then our conversation and our behaviour will be free from defect and will edify those who are with us. The grace of God can illumine the most ordinary conversations and actions, which are in themselves, quite indifferent. It is enough to live in a spiritual atmosphere of our own and on this earth.
If we can aspire to such a spiritual height, then our work will become a prayer pleasing to God, whether it is mental or manual, we shall be no longer working alone but Jesus Christ will be working with us, by His grace. This is the way the Saints worked and this is how their lives were a prayer.”
“Many sins are forgiven her because she has loved much.”
“Without love, there is only faith, which the devil has.”
“Once for all, then, a short precept is given you – Love and do what you will, whether you hold your peace, through love, hold your peace; whether you cry out, through love cry out; whether you correct, through love correct; whether you spare, through love do you spare. Let the root of love be within, of this root, can nothing spring but what is good.”
St Augustine (354-430) Father nd Doctor of Grace
“… It is Him you should love and no other. Of Him you could and should say “My Beloved is mine and I am his” (Sg 2:16); my God has given Himself without reserve and, without reserve, I give myself to Him; He has chosen me as the object of His tenderness and He, among thousands, He, the radiant and ruddy one (Sg 5:10), so loveable and so loving, He is the chosen of my heart, the only one I wish to love.”
St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (1696-1787) Most Zealous Doctor
“Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider; nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love is born of God and cannot rest except in God, Who is above all created things.”
Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)
I Love You, O My God By St Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859)
I love You, O my God and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask, is to love You eternally My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath. Amen
One Minute Reflection – 10 November – Readings: Wisdom 6: 1-11; Psalm 82: 3-4, 6-7; Luke 17: 11-19
“Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?” – Luke 17:17
REFLECTION – “After having offended our Benefactor by our indifference to His signs of goodwill, we have, nevertheless, not been forsaken by the Lord’s goodness nor cut off from His love but we have been rescued from death and restored to life by our Lord Jesus Christ. And the way in which we have been saved, is even more worthy of wonder. “Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God something to be grasped but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave” (Phil 2,6-7).
He carried our weakness and bore our sufferings, He was put to death for our sake that we might be saved by His Wounds, He redeemed us from the curse, by becoming accursed for us (cf Is 53,4-5; Gal 3,13). He endured the most degrading of deaths, to lead us to life and glory. And it was not enough for Him to restore to life, those who lay in death. He clothed them again in the divine dignity and prepared for them, in everlasting rest, a happiness that exceeds all human imagining.
How, then, shall we repay the Lord for all He has given us? His goodness is such, that He asks nothing in return for His blessings – He is satisfied with being loved.” – St Basil (330-379) Monk, Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, Father and Doctor of the Church (Great monastic Rules, # 2)
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 Your Saint Leo the Great and all the saints in heaven, who always lived with grateful hearts, praising You always. We ask this this through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.
May I Love You More Dearly St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)
Thanks be to You, my Lord Jesus Christ For all the benefits You have given me, For all the pains and insults You have borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, May I know You more clearly, Love You more dearly, Follow You more nearly. Amen
Saint of the Day – 10 November – Saint Justus of Canterbury (Died 627) the Fourth Archbishop of Canterbury, also Bishop of Rochester, Missionary sent by St Gregory the Great to join St Augustine of Canterbury in the conversion of England.
The Roman Martyrology states: “In England, St Justus, Bishop, who was sent by Pope Gregory with St Augustine, St Mellitus and others, to preach the Gospel in that country. There he went to his repose in the Lord, celebrated for sanctity,“
For the particulars of his life we are almost entirely dependent on Venerable Bede’s “Historia Ecclesiastica.“
Justus was one of the second band of Missionaries sent by St Gregory the Great, the company which arrived in 601 to reinforce St Augustine and which conveyed the relics, books, sacred vessels and other gifts sent by the Pope.
It is not certain whether he was a secular Priest or a Monk. St Bede is silent on the point and only later monastic writers from Canterbury ,claim him as one of their own Order.
In 604 he was Consecrated by St Augustine as first Bishop of Rochester, on which occasion, King Ethelbert bestowed on the new See, by charter, a territory called Priestfield and other lands. Ethelbert also built Justus a Cathedral Church in Rochester; the foundations of a nave and chancel partly underneath the present-day Rochester Cathedral may date from that time.
After the death of Augustine, Justus joined with the new Archbishop, St Laurence and with St Mellitus of London, in addressing letters to the recalcitrant Irish Bishops urging the native Church to adopt the Roman method of calculating the date of Easter but without effect. In 614, Justus attended the Council of Paris, held by the Frankish King, Chlothar II, together with Peter, the Abbot of Sts Peter and Paul Monastery in Canterbury,
During the heathen reaction which followed the death of Ethelbert, Justus was expelled from his See and took refuge in Gaul for a year, after which he was recalled by Eadbald who had been converted by St Laurence.
On the death of St Mellitus (24 April, 624) who had succeeded St Laurence as the Archbishop, Justus was elected to the vacant primacy. The letter which Pope Boniface addressed to him when sending him the Pallium is preserved by Venerable St Bede. He was already an old man and little is recorded of his Archiepiscopate except that he Consecrated Romanus as Bishop of Rochester and St Paulinus as Bishop for the North.
His anniversary was kept at Canterbury on 10 November but there is uncertainty as to the year of his death, although 627, the commonly received date, would appear to be correct, especially as it fits in with the period of three years usually assigned by the chroniclers to his Archiepiscopate.
He was buried with his predecessors at St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury and is commemorated in the English supplement to the Missal and Breviary on 10 November. In the 1090s, his remains were translated, to a Shrine beside the high Altar of St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury. At about the same time, a Life was written by the Monk Goscelin of Saint-Bertin, as well as a poem by another Monk and writer, Reginald of Canterbury.
Muttergottes von der Augenwende / Our Lady of the Turning Eyes, Rottweil, Germany (1643) – 10 November:
In 1643 the City of Rottweil was under siege by French troops during the Thirty Years’ War. As cited in the original Dominican document, 300 citizens of the Town ceaselessly prayed the Rosary at a Statue of the Madonna and Child at the Dominican church. On 10 November 1643 witnesses saw the Statue turn pale and raise its eyes toward heaven then back to the City. Some claimed to have heard it speak. Both Catholics and non-Catholics witnessed the event. Fifteen days later, the Statue’s face turned reddish and the eyes moved again while shedding tears. At the same time, the French and Saxe-Weimar troops were defeated by Bavarian troops in the Battle of Tuttlingen. The victory was attributed to the intercession of Mary. The Statue remained in the Church until 1802 following the secularisation of Germany, when the Monastery was dissolved and the Church was seized by the Kingdom of Württemberg. At this time the Statue was transferred to the City’s main Church, the Holy Cross Münster. A solemn procession was held to relocate the Statue on 29 December of that year. The Dominican Church later became the Town’s Protestant church, the Predigerkirche.
St Anianus the Deacon St Baudolino St Demetrius of Antioch St Elaeth the King St Eustosius of Antioch St Grellen St Guerembaldus St Hadelin of Sees Bl Joaquín Piña Piazuelo St John of Ratzenburg St Joseph the Martyr St Justus of Canterbury (Died 627) Archbishop
St Leo of Melun St Monitor of Orleans St Narses of Subagord St Nonnus of Heliopolis St Orestes of Cappadocia St Probus of Ravenna St Theoctiste of Lesbos St Tryphaena of Iconium St Tryphosa of Iconium — Martyred Sisters Adorers – 23 beati: 23 nuns, all members of the Sisters Adorers, Handmaids of Charity and of the Blessed Sacrament who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War. • Blessed Aurea González • Blessed Belarmina Pérez Martínez • Blessed Cecilia Iglesias del Campo • Blessed Concepción Vázquez Areas • Blessed Dionisia Rodríguez De Anta • Blessed Emilia Echevarría Fernández • Blessed Felipa Gutierrez Garay • Blessed Francisca Pérez de Labeaga García • Blessed Josepa Boix Rieras • Blessed Lucía González García • Blessed Luisa Pérez Adriá • Blessed Magdalena Pérez • Blessed Manuela Arriola Uranda • Blessed María Dolores Hernández San Torcuato • Blessed María Dolores Monzón Rosales • Blessed María García Ferreiro • Blessed Maria Mercè Tuñi Ustech • Blessed María Zenona Aranzábal de Barrutia • Blessed Prima de Ipiña Malzárraga • Blessed Purificación Martínez Vera • Blessed Rosa López Brochier • Blessed Sinforosa Díaz Fernández • Blessed Teresa Vives Missé They were martyred on 10 November 1936 in Madrid, Spain.
Martyrs of Agde – 3 saints: A group of Christians who were tortured and martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only about them to survive are the names – Florentia, Modestus and Tiberius. Martyred c 303 in Agde, France.