Posted in FEBRUARY-The HOLY FAMILY, NOVENAS, QUOTES on the FAMILY, St JOSEPH

NOVENA FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT JOSEPH, DAY THREE – 12 March

NOVENA FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT JOSEPH

DAY THREE

PROTECT OUR HOMES

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector
and intercessor
of all who love and venerate you.
O most prudent Guardian of the Holy Family,
protect our home.
Pour forth from heaven.
blessings on our family.
Remain in our midst.
Help us to live in love and harmony,
in peace and joy.
May the wholesome fear of God, strengthen us,
that virtue may adorn our lives and lead us to heaven.
To you this day we give the key to our dwelling place.
Lock out all things that could do us harm.
Lock our home and our loved ones,
in the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
And for this special grace we now implore you:
……………. (Mention your request)
We humbly beg you to look graciously upon
the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ
purchased by His blood
and to aid us in our necessities
with your power and strength.
Guardian of the Word Incarnate,
we feel confident that your prayers
on our behalf, will be graciously heard
before the throne of God.
St Joseph Most Loving Husband and Guardian, Pray for us!
Amen

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen
.

Posted in GOD ALONE!, QUOTES on HEAVEN, QUOTES on THE WORLD, QUOTES on WORK/LABOUR, The HEART

Thought for the Day – 12 March – Detachment from the World

Thought for the Day – 12 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Detachment from the World

“This is not the same as saying that we should have no interest in worldly affairs.
Far from it.
It is our duty to think about them and make provision for the future.
We cannot and should not, look for miracles from God.
We may have obligations to ourselves or to our family, or to our position in life.
We are in this world to work, not to surrender to apathy or inactivity.
We must engage in worldly activity insofar as our circumstances demand it.
Nevertheless, our hearts should not be engrossed in earthly things, for they belong to God.
In the midst of our other preoccupations, we should adore, love and thank God, the Giver of every good, our Creator and Redeemer.
St John Bosco said, that we should work as if we never had to die.
But, we should also be as detached from worldly things, as if we had to die in one hour.
A man who works like this, can accomplish wonders because, he is not working for himself but, for God.
We should work and pray with our feet on the earth and our minds in Heaven.
We should seek God, not ourselves, in everything which we do.
Let us remember, that one moment in Heaven, is worth infinitely more than all the pleasure, love and vanity of this world!

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

PART ONE HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/12/thought-for-the-day-12-march-detachment-from-the-world/

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, I BELIEVE!, LENT 2022, LENTEN THOUGHTS, QUOTES on FAITH, QUOTES on LOVE of GOD, QUOTES on OBEDIENCE, QUOTES on SACRED SCRIPTURE, QUOTES on SUFFERING, QUOTES on the CROSS of CHRIST, QUOTES on THE MYSTICAL BODY, The HEART, The HOLY CROSS

Ember Saturday in Lent – 12 March – Our Lenten Journey with the Great Fathers – ‘… IF WE ARE STEADFAST …’

Ember Saturday in Lent – 12 March – Our Lenten Journey with the Great Fathers – 1 Thess. 5:14-23, Matthew 17:1-9

“Behold, O God, our Protector and look upon Your servants.” – Psalm 83:10,9

This is My beloved Son,
in Whom I am well pleased;
hear Him.”

Matthew 17:5

THE LORD REVEALS HIS GLORY in the presence of chosen witnesses. His body is like that of the rest of mankind but He makes it shine with such splendour that His face becomes like the sun in glory and His garments, as white as snow.

THE GREAT REASON for this Transfiguration was to remove the scandal of the cCoss from the hearts of His disciples, and to prevent the humiliation of His voluntary suffering, from disturbing the faith, of those who had witnessed the surpassing glory that lay concealed.

WiITH NO LESS FORETHOUGHT He was also providing a firm foundation for the hope of holy Church. The whole body of Christ was to understand the kind of transformation that it would receive as His gift. The members of that body were to look forward to a share in that glory which first blazed out in Christ their head.

THE LORD had Himself spoken of this, when He foretold the splendour of His coming: Then the just will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Saint Paul the Apostle bore witness to this same truth when he said: I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not to be compared with the future glory that is to be revealed in us. In another place he says: You are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

THIS MARVEL of the TRANSFIGURATION contains another lesson for the apostles, to strengthen them and lead them into the fullness of knowledge. Moses and Elijah, the law and the prophets, appeared with the Lord in conversation with Him. This was in order to fulfill exactly, through the presence of these five men, the text which says: Before two or three witnesses every word is ratified. What word could be more firmly established, more securely based, than the word which is proclaimed by the trumpets of both old and new testaments, sounding in harmony, and by the utterances of ancient prophecy and the teaching of the Gospel, in full agreement with each other?

THE WRITINGS of the two testaments support each other. The radiance of the Transfiguration reveals clearly and unmistakably the One Who had been promised by signs foretelling Him under the veils of mystery. As Saint John says: The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. In Him the promise made through the shadows of prophecy stands revealed, along with the full meaning of the precepts of the law. He is the One who teaches the truth of prophecy through His presence and makes obedience to the commandments possible through grace.

IN THE PREACHING of the holy Gospel all should receive a strengthening of their faith. No-one should be ashamed of the Cross of Christ, through which the world has been redeemed.

NO-ONE SHOULD FEAR to suffer for the sake of justice; no-one should lose confidence in the reward that has been promised. The way to rest is through toil, the way to life is through death. Christ has taken on himself the whole weakness of our lowly human nature. If then we are steadfast in our faith in Him and in our love for Him, we win the victory that He has won, we receive what He has promised.

WHEN IT COMES to obeying the commandments or enduring adversity, the words uttered by the Father should always echo in our ears: This is my Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him.” – St Leo the Great (400-461) Pope, Father, Doctor of the Church (An excerpt from Sermon 51)

Posted in CONFESSION/PENANCE, FATHERS of the Church, QUOTES on CREATION, QUOTES on REPENTANCE, QUOTES on SIN, The KINGDOM of GOD, The NATIVITY of JESUS

Quote/s of the Day – 12 March – St Gregory the Great

Quote/s of the Day – 12 March – Ember Saturday in Lent – The Memorial of St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) – Confessor, Father & Doctor

“To do penance is to bewail
the evil we have done
and to do no evil to bewail.

All elements in nature testified
that their Creator had come.
Let me indicate them in our everyday fashion.
The heavens knew that He was God,
for they sent a star to herald Him.
The sea knew Him,
for it bore up His feet upon it.
The earth knew Him
and trembled when He died.
The sun knew Him
and hid its light.
The stones and walls knew Him
and were rent at His death.
Hell knew Him
and gave up its dead.
All the insensible elements of nature knew Him
but even up to this minute,
the hearts of the unbelieving Jews
will not recognise Him as God
and–more hard than rock–
will not be rent in penite
nce.”

“… We must all rejoice exceedingly,
to be even the last,
in the Kingdom of God!”

St Gregory the Great (540-604)
Pope, Confessor, Father and Doctor
“Father of the Fathers”

MORE HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/09/03/quote-s-of-the-day-3-september-st-pope-gregory-the-great/

Posted in CHRIST the WORD and WISDOM, FATHERS of the Church, FEASTS and SOLEMNITIES, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 12 March – ‘How is it, that You dwell amongst men?’

One Minute Reflection – 12 March – Ember Saturday in Lent – 1 Thess. 5:14-23, Matthew 17:1-9 and the Memorial of St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) – Confessor, Father & Doctor

And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking together with Him.” – Matthew 17:3

REFLECTION – “Today our Lord truly appeared on the mountain. Today, human nature, which was previously created in the form of God but obscured by the formless figures of idols, has been transfigured into man’s former beauty, created “in the image and likeness of God” (Gn 1,26)… Today man, who had been dressed in garments of skin, plain and dark (Gn 3,21), has put on divine clothing on the mountain, “clothed in light as in a robe” (Ps 103[104],2)…

Moses looked a second time at the fire that did not consume the bush (Ex 3,2) but gives life to all flesh…, and he said : Now I see You : You Who really are and Who exist eternally; You Who are with the Father and have said to me: ‘I am who am’ (v.14)… Now I see You Whom I longed to see before, saying: ‘Let me see your glory’ (Ex 33,18). No longer do I see Your back while hidden in the cleft of the rock (v.23) but I see You, O God, lover of humankind, hidden in human form. No longer do You shelter me with Your right hand (v.22) but You are the Right Hand of the Most High, Who has been revealed to the world. You are the Mediator of both the Old and the New Covenants, O God from of old, New Man…

You Who said to me on Sinai: ‘No-one can see me and live’ (v.20): how is it that You can now be contemplated face-to-face on earth, in the flesh? How is it, that You dwell amongst men? You Who are Life and give life, how is it that You are hastening towards death? You Who dwell in the midst of those beings who are in the highest heavens, how is it that You make Your way lower than the most abandoned of beings, towards those who are dead?… For You wish to appear too to those who have been sleeping for ages past, to visit the patriarchs in the dwelling places of the dead, to descend to deliver Adam from his pains”… For it is thus, that “the just will shine out at the resurrection” (Mt 13,43); it is thus, that they will be glorified, even as they are transfigured.– St Anastasius of Sinai (Died after 700) Monk (Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration).

PRAYER – God our Father, Your rule is a rule of love, Your providence is full of mercy for Your people. Through the intercession of St Gregory, grant the spirit of wisdom and understanding in Your Word through Your Son Jesus Christ. Grant that by the light of His Resurrection we may know our eternal home and strive to attain eternal joy there with You. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.

Posted in BLESSED TRINITY PRAYERS, DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, GOD is LOVE, GOD the FATHER, Our MORNING Offering, PAPAL PRAYERS, PRECIOUS BLOOD PRAYERS, QUOTES of the SAINTS, REDEMPTORISTS CSSR, THE BLESSED TRINITY (Traditional), The RESURRECTION

Our Morning Offering – 12 March – Prayer of Praise

Our Morning Offering – 12 March – Saturday of Ember Week in Lent and the Memorial of St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) – Father & Doctor

Prayer of Praise
By St Gregory the Great (540-604)
Father & Doctor
Father of the Fathers

It is only right,
with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You Father
and Your Only-Begotten Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dear Father,
by Your wondrous condescension
of loving-kindness toward us, Your servants,
You gave up Your Son.
Dear Jesus,
You paid the debt of Adam for us
to the Eternal Father by Your Blood
poured forth in loving-kindness.
You cleared away the darkness of sin
by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death
and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled Heaven and earth.
Our life had no hope of eternal happiness
before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins,
restored our innocence and brought us joy.
How inestimable is the tenderness
of Your Love!
Amen

Posted in AUGUSTINIANS OSA, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 12 March – Blessed Jerome of Recanati OSA (Died 1350)

Saint of the Day – 12 March – Blessed Jerome of Recanati OSA (Died 1350) Priest, Friar of the Hermits of Saint Augustine, peacemaker. Died on 12 March 1350 in Recanati, Piceno, Italy of natural causes.

The Roman Martyrology reads : “In Recanati in the Marche, Blessed Girolamo Gherarducci, Priest of the Order of the Hermits of St Agustine, who worked for peace and harmony between peoples.

Blessed Jerome of Recanati lived in the Augustinian Convent in his hometown, where he died on 12 March 1350. Very little is known about his life. Certainly he lived in a period of flowering of holiness in the Marches, just think of his most famous example: St Nicholas of Tolentino (1254-1305).

In addition to the life of prayer, a peculiar characteristic of his apostolate, was the fact that he was a man who devoted himself to the pacification of souls in times of fratricidal struggles. As part of his ministry, he mediated numerous disputes between families and the City. It is said that he brought peace to the Cities of Ascoli and Fermo, which had been at war with each other for many a long year.

To remember and imitate him, as early as 1369, the Town of Recanati was publicly celebrating the Feast of the blessed Jerome on the Second Sunday of Lent. On this occasion, until recent times, it choose twelve peacemakers from among the populace, six men and six women, whose responsibility it was, to settle disputes among the citizens.

Pope Pius VII confirmed the cult of Jerome in 1804. His mortal remains are venerated in the Church of St Augustine in Recanati.

Posted in MARIAN TITLES, MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Ember Saturday, Notre-Dames-des-Miracles / Our Lady of Miracles, St Maur des Fosses, France (1328) and Memorials of the Saints – 12 March

Ember Saturday – Fast & Partial Abstinence +2022

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) – Father & Doctor of the Church – “Father of the Fathers” –Papacy 3 September 590-12 March 604 – Pope, Prefect of Rome, Monk, Abbot, Writer, Theologian, Teacher, Liturgist, Administrator, Diplomat, Political Negotiator, Apostle of Charity and Social Justice, Apostle of Pastoral Ministry, PeaceMaker.
His Feast Day was moved in 1969.
The wondrous St Gregory!:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/03/saint-of-the-day-3-september-st-pope-gregory-the-great-540-604-father-doctor-of-the-church-father-of-the-fathers/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/09/03/saint-of-the-day-3-september-st-pope-gregory-the-great-540-604-father-doctor-of-the-church/

Notre-Dames-des-Miracles / Our Lady of Miracles, St Maur des Fosses, France (1328) – 12 March;
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/03/12/our-lady-of-miracles-st-maur-des-fosses-france-1328-and-memorials-of-the-saints-12-march/

St Almut of Wetter
St Alphege the Bald
Bl Angela Salawa
St BasilissS of Asia
Bl Beatrix of Engelport
St Bernard of Carinola
Bl Claudius the Minor
St Egdunus
St Fechno

Blessed Jerome of Recanati OSA (Died 1350) Priest, Friar of the Hermits of Saint Augustine.

Blessed Giustina Francucci Bezzoli (c 1257-1319) Virgin of the Order of St Benedict, Hermitess and Anchoress, Mystic. Her body is incorrupt.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/12/saint-of-the-day-12-march-blessed-giustina-francucci-bezzoli-c-1257-1319/

St Heiu of Hartlepool
St Indrecht of Iona
St Pope Innocent I
St Joseph Zhang Dapeng

St Luigi Orione FDP (1872-1940) “The Advocate of the Poor and of Orphans” Priest, Preacher, Confessor, Writer, Apostle of Charity, Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration, Marian Devotee and Founder of Sons of Divine Providence Congregation, the Congregation of the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity, Blind Sisters, Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, Contemplative Sisters of Jesus Crucified.
About St Luigi:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/12/saint-of-the-day-12-march-st-luigi-orione-fdp-1872-1940/

St Maximilian of Thebeste
St Mura McFeredach
St Paul Aurelian
St Peter the Deacon

St Seraphina (1238-1253) Virgin
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/03/12/saint-of-the-day-12-march-saint-seraphina-1238-1253-virgin/

St Theophanes the Chronographer

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 8 Saints: Christians who were Martyred in succession in a single incident during the persecutions of Diocletian. First there were the eight imprisoned Christians, Domna, Esmaragdus, Eugene, Hilary, Mardonius, Maximus, Mígdonus and Peter, about whom we know little more than their names. Each day for eight days one of them would be strangled to death in view of the others so that they would spend the night in dread, not knowing if they were next.
Peter was the chamberlain or butler in the palace of Diocletian. When he was overheard complaining about this cruelty, he was exposed as a Christian, arrested, tortured and executed by having the flesh torn from his bones, salt and vinegar poured on the wounds and then being roasted to death over a slow fire.
Gorgonio was an army officer and member of the staff in the house of emperor Diocletian, Doroteo was a staff clerk. They were each exposed as Christians when they were overhead objecting to the torture and murder of Peter. This led to their own arrest, torture and executions.
Died in 303 in Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey)
Additional Memorial – 28 December as part of the 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia.