Thought for the Day – 22 September – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Following Jesus, the Divine Model
“Jesus is the Divine Model, Whom we ought to follow and imitate. In Him, the virtues possess both the infinite splendour of the Divinity and the gentle appeal of glorified Humanity. Jesus does not dazzle us with His brightness but kindly invites us to love and follow Him. “Learn from me” He says, “for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:29). After He has indicated humility, meekness and interior peace, as the foundations of the spiritual life, He invites us to take up the yoke of His law and assures us, that we shall find it light (Mt 11).
If we follow Jesus, even though we are bowed with Him, beneath the weight of the Cross, we shall experience, even in this life, a reflection of the peace and joy which will be our reward in Heaven.”
Quote/s of the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova OSA (1488-1555) Archbishop, Confessor
“Humility is the mother of many virtues because from it, obedience, fear, reverence, patience, modesty, meekness and peace are born. He who is humble easily obeys everyone, fears to offend anyone, is at peace with everyone, is kind with all.”
“What great profit you gain from God when you are generous! You give a coin and receive a kingdom; you give bread from wheat and receive the Bread of Life; you give a transitory good and receive an everlasting one. You will receive it back, a hundred times more than you offered.”
“If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide for those of the need, without waiting for them to ask you. Especially, anticipate the needs of those, who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms, is to make them buy it!”
“I am, notwithstanding, inexcusable, if I do not love Thee for Thou grant Thy love to all who desire or ask it. I cannot see without light – yet, if I shut my eyes in the midst of the noon-day light, the fault is in me, not in the sun.”
“Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little. Remember that he, of whom, you are speaking, is your brother and as he is, in the way of salvation, God can make him a Saint, in spite of his present weakness.”
One Minute Reflection – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanueva OSA (1488-1555) Archbishop, Confessor – Sirach 44:16-27; 45:3-20, Matthew 25:14-23
“To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately …” – Matthew 25:15
REFLECTION – “The man who is the landowner is actually the Creator and Lord of all. The Word compares the time the landowner spends away from home, in the parable, to either the Ascension of Christ into Heaven, or, at any rate, to the unseen and invisible character of the Divine Nature. Now, one must conceive of the property of God, as those in each country and city who believe in Him. He calls His servants, those who according to the times, Christ crowns with the glory of the Priesthood. For the holy Paul writes, “No-one takes this honoUr upon himself; he must be called by God.”
He hands over [His property] to those who are under Him, to each giving a spiritual gift, so that he might have character and aptitude. We think that this distribution of the talents, is not supplied to the household servants in equal measure because, each is quite different from the other, in their understanding. Immediately they head out for their labours, He says, directly, indicating to us here, that apart from the procrastination of one, they are fit to carry out the work of God.
Surely those who are bound by fear and laziness will end up in the worst evils. For he buried, Jesus says, the talent given to him in the earth. He kept the gift hidden, making it unprofitable for others and useless for himself. For that very reason, the talent is taken away from him and will be given to the one who is already rich. The Spirit has departed from such as these and the gift of the divine gifts. But to those who are industrious, an even more lavish gift will be presented.” – St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) Archbishop of Alexandria, Father and Doctor of the Church (Fragment 283)
PRAYER – O God, Who endowed blessed Bishop Thomas with the virtue of special pity for the poor, we beseech Thee, through his intercession, generously to pour forth the riches of Thy mercy upon all those who pray to Thee. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen (Collect).
Our Morning Offering – 22 September – “The Month of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Cross”
My Most Sorrowful Lady By St Anselm (1033-1109) Marian Doctor Magnificent Doctor
My most sorrowful Lady, what can I say about the fountains, that flowed from your most pure eyes, when you saw your only Son before you, bound, beaten and suffering? What do I know of the flood, that drenched your matchless face, when you beheld your Son, your Lord and your God, stretched on the Cross without guilt, when the flesh of your flesh, was cruelly butchered by wicked me? How can I judge what sobs troubled your most pure breast when you heard, “Woman, behold your son,” and the disciple, “Behold, your Mother,” when you received, as a son, the disciple, in place of the Master, the servant, for the Lord? Amen
Saint of the Day –23 September – Saint Sosius (275-305) Confessor, Deacon and Martyr. His holiness and wisdom drew many Prelates to his feet, seeking spiritual assistance. St Sosius was a Deacon of Misenum, an important naval base of the Roman Empire in the Bay of Naples. Born in 275 in Miseno, Italy and died by being beheaded on 19 September 305, along with St Januarius, at Pozzuoli, Campagna, Italy. Patronages – ailments of the bones, of Frattamaggiore, Italy, San Sossio Baronia, Italy. Also known as – Sosius of Misenum, of Miseno, Sosius of Puzzuoli, Sosier, Sosio, Sosius, Sossio, Sossius, Sosso.
The Roman Martyrology reads: “At Capo Miseno in Campania, St Sosius, Deacon and Martyr, who, as Pope St Symmachus reports, wishing to save his Bishop from death, instead found death together with him, obtaining equal glory at the same price.””
Sosius was born in Miseno in 275, as reported by the Martyrology of the Venerable Bede. He was one of the most ardent leaders of early Christian groups. Giovanni Diacono defined him as “a man in whom all the charisms of Grace were crowded.”
To demonstrate the fame of holiness which he enjoyed, while still alive, it is enough to remember that illustrious Prelates felt the need to come to Miseno to confer with the seraphic Deacon. Pope Symmachus shows him very zealous to the point of sacrifice and he was so full of the Holy Spirit that his advice was also requested by the great Neapolitan Bishop, St Januarius. During one of these visits, in 304, St Januarius,, celebrating the Holy Mass on the third Sunday of Easter, saw a flame similar to that descending on the forehead of the Apostles, on the day of Pentecost, appear on the head of Sosius, while he was reading the Gospel. St Januarius, evealed the vision to many there.
The persecution started the year before by Diocletian had, in the meantime, reached its peak and Misenus, seat of the imperial praetorian fleet, was an extremely dangerous place for Christians. But not for this reason, not for any dangers, would Sosius limit his work, continuing with fervour in the preaching of the word of Christ against false idols.
Betrayed by informers, he was taken to prison in Pozzuoli and tortured to deny his faith. St Januarius himself, who was not unaware of the danger to which he was exposed, went to visit him in prison and on that occasion, he too was imprisoned, along with Sts Desiderius and Festus. All were destined to be fed to the beasts in the Amphitheater of Pozzuoli but, a series of miraculous events did not allow the condemnation to be carried out, “…when the animals came near the Saints, they fell affectionately at their feet and refused to harm them,” therefore, they were condemned to be beheaded.
Sosius’ body was transferred to Miseno on 23 September of the same year, which was set as his feast day. The destruction of Miseno by the Saracens caused the migration of the population towards the interior, with the subsequent foundation of Frattamaggiore. here the Misenati brought with them the cult of the Saint, making him the Patron Saint of the City.
The Benedictines, who, at the beginning of the 10th Century, found the remains in the ruins of the Church of Misenate, kept the body in Naples, at the Convent of St Severinus, preserving it from the raids of the Saracens. Thanks to them, the cult spread in Campania, in Lazio and even in Africa.
In 1807, following the suppression of the Convent by Napoleon, the remains of the Saint, together with those of the Apostle of Norico St Severinus, who for many centuries had rested next to the Benedictine Convent, were translated to the mother Church of Frattamaggiore, where still today, they are the object of the love and veneration of all.
St Sosius is also particularly venerated in Castro dei Volsci (Frosinone). The people effectively invoke him against the ailments of the bones.
Saint of the Day – 22 September – Saint Septimius of Jesi (Died c 307) the first Bishop of Jesi, Confessor, Martyr., Miracle-worker Born in Germany and died by being beheaded in Jesi, Italy. Patronages – the City and Diocese of Jesi. Also known as – Settimio.
St Septimius is venerated as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Jesi and is considered the builder of the first Cathedral,which, although dedicated to the Holy Saviour retained the name of Septimius as the name of the founder (as was the custom).
Very ancient documents from Jesi, bear 461 as the date of the death of the holy Bishop and Martyr, however, this date seems to be in error when contrasted with the other historical events of the time. The office tells us that Septimius, born in Germany, devoted himself to liberal studies and a military life, then, in contrast to the opinion of his relatives, he converted to Christianity and came to Italy with some friends.
He began to preach the faith in Milan but was forced to leave that City, following the spread of Diocletian’s persecution. He travelled to Rome where he worked wonders and converted many to the True Faith. He was so successful in evangelising the pagans and became so renowned for the many miracles worked through his prayers, that Pope Marcellus I (308-309) Consecrates him as the Bishop of Jesi.
Septimius began immediately his pastoral mission and, at the same time, began the work of building a Cathedral. But in this City he found the Judge Florentius, who forbid him to continue his apostolate and gave him the ultimatum to sacrifice to the gods within five days, according to the imperial edict. Septimius, however, ignored Florentius’ demands and continues to preach the Gospel of Christ and convert pagans and perform miracles, At the end of the five days, Septimius was arrested and beheaded.
Although his place of burial was lost, by 1208 the Cathedral was named for him, His body was finally rediscovered in 1469 and translated to the Cathedral. In 1623 a new Altar was Consecrated to him where his body is now enshrined. His cult, however, had always been venerated because the Cathedral of Jesi was already dedicated to St Septimius.
Until 1623, St Septimius’ celebration was on 5 September and after that year, it was fixed at 22 September. St Septimius is the Patron Saint of the City of Jesi and of the Diocese, which he had established.
St Irais St Jonas St Lauto of Coutances St Lindru of Partois Bl Otto of Freising St Sadalberga St Sanctinus of Meaux St Septimius of Jesi (Died c 307) Bishop, Confessor, Martyr St Sigfrid of Wearmouth St Silvanus of Levroux St Symphorian
Martyrs of the Theban Legion: + Martyrs (c 287) A Roman imperial legion of 6,600 soldiers, all of whom were Christians; they had been recruited from the area around Thebes in Upper Egypt, were led by Saint Maurice and served under Emperor Maximian Herculeus. Around the year 287, Maximian led the army across the Alps to Agaunum, an area in modern Switzerland, in order to suppress a revolt by the Bagandre in Gaul. In connection with battle, the army offered public sacrifices to the Roman gods; the Theban Legion refused to participate. For refusing orders, the Legion was decimated – one tenth of them were executed. When the remainder refused to sacrifice to the gods, they were decimated again. When the survivors still refused to sacrifice, Maximinian ordered them all killed. Martyrs. Known members of the Legion include: Alexander of Bergamo Candidus the Theban Chiaffredo of Saluzzo Exuperius Fortunato Innocent of Agaunum Maurice Secundus the Theban Ursus the Theban Victor of Agaunum Victor of Xanten Victor the Theban Vitalis of Agaunum Other profiled Saints associated with the Legion include: Antoninus of Piacenza (martyred soldier; associated by later story tellers) Adventor of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers) Cassius (may have been a member) Florentius the Martyr (may have been a member) George of San Giorio (not a member; associated by later story tellers) Gereon (not a member, but another soldier who was martyred for refusing to make a sacrifice to Roman gods) Octavius of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers) Pons of Pradleves (escaped the massacre to become an evangelists in northern Italy) Secundus of Asti (not a member but linked due to art work) Solutor of Turin (not a member; associated by later story tellers) Tiberio of Pinerolo (may have been a member) Verena (wife of a member of the Legion) They were Martyred c 287 in Agaunum (modern Saint-Maurice-en-Valais, Switzerland. A Basilica was built in Agaunum to enshrine the relics of the Legion. The full story: https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/22/saints-of-the-day-22-september-st-maurice-and-the-martyrs-of-the-theban-legion-martyrs-c