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Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Queen of the Most Holy Rosary – Day Eight – 5 October

Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

By Father Joseph Cacella, 1947

EIGHTH DAY

Intention: “The Conversion of Sinners”

Oh Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Refuge of the human race,
thou have given unto us the means
of destroying the menace of atheism
and godless lives.
Thy Promise of conversion
for those unfortunate victims
of false beliefs, has instilled joy and hope
into the nations of the earth.
We grieve for those who are victims of such vice.
Grant, we beseech thee. Oh Mother,
that grace and faith
may come to those separated
from thy Son by error and discord.
We fail, if we heed not thy Message of Fatima.
We know thy wishes and,, therefore,
we promise to make
Reparation to thy Immaculate Heart,
through the Most holy Rosary
and the Five First Saturdays,
that sinners may hear the Word of God
and keep it.

Our Lady of Fatima, Refuge of the human race,
inflame our hearts with the love of Reparation.
Amen

We pray our Daily Rosary now
with the same Intention:
“The Conversion of Sinners.”

Posted in GOD ALONE!, MEDITATIONS - ANTONIO CARD BACCI, OCTOBER - The HOLY ROSARY, QUOTES on LOVE of GOD, The 3rd Joyful Mystery - the NATIVITY, The DIVINE INFANT, The HOLY ROSARY/ROSARY CRUSADE, The NATIVITY of JESUS

Thought for the Day – 5 October – The Third Joyful Mystery, The Birth of Jesus

Thought for the Day – 5 October – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

“Month of the Holy Rosary”
The Third Joyful Mystery
The Birth of Jesus

“Let us too, learn to adore and love Him as His Mother and Foster-father did.

Let us love Him that is, with a contemplative love, not distracted by worldly affairs;
a humble love because, we owe everything to Him, without Whom, we are nothing but miserable sinners;
with a sympathetic love because, we know that He suffered for us and spent Himself for our eternal salvation and, lastly,
with a love which is entirely dedicated.
After all, if He loved us so much that He gave Himself entirely for us, it is only just that in our love for Him, we should sacrifice ourselves completely.
All our thoughts, affections and actions should be offered to Him, with purity of intention and with a firm resolve of living in accordance with His Holy Will.

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

PART ONE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/05/thought-for-the-day-5-october-the-third-joyful-mystery-the-birth-of-jesus/
PART TWO:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/10/05/thought-for-the-day-5-october-the-third-joyful-mystery-the-birth-of-jesus-2/

Posted in AUGUSTINIANS OSA, DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, GOD ALONE!, Holy Name PRAYERS, JANUARY month of THE MOST HOLY NAME of JESUS, QUOTES on COURAGE, QUOTES on DIVINE PROVIDENCE, QUOTES on LOVE of GOD, QUOTES on PATIENCE, QUOTES on PERSEVERANCE, QUOTES on TEMPTATION, QUOTES on The HUMAN SOUL, QUOTES on THE WORLD, QUOTES on TRUST in GOD, St PAUL!, The HOLY NAME, The SECOND COMING, The WORD, THOMAS a KEMPIS

Quote/s of the Day – 5 October – ‘ … Give me courage to resist, patience to endure …’

Quote/s of the Day – 5 October – Hebrews 10:32-38, Luke 12:1-8
Scripture search – https://www.drbo.org/

Do not, therefore, lose your confidence,
which has a great reward.
For you have need of patience that,
doing the will of God,
you may receive the promise.
For yet a very little while
and He Who is to come,
will come
and will not delay.”

Hebrews 10:35-37

Everyone without God,
has a dead soul.
You, who bewail the dead,
rather, should bewail sin.
Bewail ungodliness.
Bewail disbelief.

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

We have the Providential love of God as our guide.
When there is a ship at sea and heads towards the port,
nobody doubts that it is led by a pilot
and one could doubt that there is a God
who guides the universe
only because He cannot be seen?
By His Providential Love,
God arranges and regulates events,
regulates everything, with gentleness and wisdom.
I advise you to abandon yourself completely
into the hands of Divine Providence.

Blessed Edoardo Giuseppe Rosaz (1877-1903)

The Love of Your Name

“My God, Sweetness beyond words,
make bitter all the carnal comfort
that draws me from love of the eternal
and lures me to its evil self,
by the sight of some delightful good
in the present.
Let it not overcome me, my God.
Let not flesh and blood conquer me.
Let not the world and its brief glory
deceive me, nor the devil trip me by his craftiness.
Give me courage to resist,
patience to endure
and constancy to persevere.
Give me the soothing unction of Your spirit,
rather than all the consolations of the world
and in place of carnal love,
infuse into me the love of Your Name.

Thomas à Kempis CRSA (1380-1471)
The Imitation of Christ
(Book 3 Ch 26:1-4)

Posted in AUGUSTINIANS OSA, CHRIST, the WAY,TRUTH,LIFE, DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, GOD ALONE!, QUOTES on DEATH, QUOTES on HELL, QUOTES on The HUMAN SOUL, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 5 October – ‘ … The body is dead without the soul and the soul is dead without God. … ‘

One Minute Reflection – 5 October – “The Month of the Most Holy Rosary and of the Angels” – Hebrews 10:32-38, Luke 12:1-8 – Scripture search https://www.drbo.org/

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. … be afraid of him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell. ” – Luke 12:4-5

REFLECTION – “The Gospel is life. Impiety and infidelity are the death of the soul. So then, if the soul can die, how then is it yet immortal? Because, there is always a dimension of life in the soul which can never be extinguished. And how does it die? Not in ceasing to be life but by losing its proper life. For the soul is both life to something else and it has it own proper life. Consider the order of the creatures. The soul is the life of the body. God is the life of the soul. As the life that is the soul, is present with the body, that the body may not die, so the life of the soul (God), ought to be with the soul that it may not die.

How does the body die? By the departure of the soul. I say, by the departure of the soul, the body dies and it lies there as a mere carcass, what was a little before, a lively, not a contemptible object. There are in it still, its several members, the eyes and ears. But these are merely the windows of the house – its inhabitant is gone. Those who bewail the dead, cry in vain at the windows of the house. There is no-one there within it to hear. Why is the body dead? Because the soul, its life, is gone. But at what point is the soul itself dead? When God, its life, has forsaken it. This then we can know and hold for certain – the body is dead without the soul and the soul is dead without God. Everyone without God has a dead soul. You who bewail the dead rather, should bewail sin! Bewail ungodliness! Bewail disbelief.! – St Augustine (354-430) Bishop of Hippo, Father and Doctor of the Church (Sermon 65).

PRAYER – Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto all Thy servants, that they may remain continually in the enjoyment of soundness, both of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, always a Virgin, maybe delivered from present sadness and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. 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).

Posted in "Follow Me", GOD ALONE!, Our MORNING Offering, PRAYERS of the SAINTS, QUOTES on DIVINE PROVIDENCE, QUOTES on TRUST in GOD

Our Morning Offering – 5 October– Prayer of Abandonment

Our Morning Offering – 5 October – – “The Month of the Most Holy Rosary and of the Angels”

Prayer of Abandonment
By St Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)

O sovereign goodness
of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Thy arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth whither Thou will.
I will not regard the way
through which Thou will have me pass
but keep my eyes fixed upon Thee,
my God, who guides me.
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.
Therefore, I resolve with Thy Divine assistance,
0 my Saviour,
to follow Thy desires and Thy ordinances,
without regarding or examining
why Thou does this rather than that
but I will blindly follow Thee,
according to Thy Divine will,
without seeking my own inclinations.
Hence I am determined to leave all to Thee,
taking no part therein,
save by keeping myself in peace in Thy arms,
desiring nothing, except as Thou incites me to desire,
to will, to wish.
I offer Thee this desire, 0 my God,
beseeching Thee to bless it.
I undertake all it includes,
relying on Thy goodness,
liberality and mercy,
with entire confidence in Thee,
distrust of myself,
and knowledge of my infinite misery and infirmity.
Amen.

Posted in DOMINICAN OP, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 5 October – Blessed Matthew Carreri OP (c 1420-1470)

Saint of the Day – 5 October – Blessed Matthew Carreri OP (c 1420-1470) Priest and Friar of the Order of Preachers, Stigmatic, Mystic, Reformer, renowned Preacher. Born Giovanni Francesco Carrieri in the City of Mantua, Italy some time around 1420 and died on 5 October 1470 at Vigevano, Province of Pavia, Italy of natural causes. Patronage – Vigevano, Italy. Also known as – Matthew of Mantua, Matteo Carreri. Additional Memorial – 7 October on some calendars.

Giovanni Francesco grew up a silent and prayerful child, a good student and a great reader. These qualities seemed to recommend him to the Preaching Friars and at an early age, he presented himself at the Convent in his home City and received the Habit. He took the name Matthew when he entered the Dominican Order. His later success as a preacher was inarguably, attributable, to the significant time he spent in spiritual exercises and meditation

Matthews’s career as a preacher began soon after his Ordination, when he was sent to Lombardy to preach against the heretics. He succeeded admirably in his preaching and converted many to a spiritual way of life. Travelling from Convent to Convent, he preached a revival of fervour and a deeper understanding of the spirit of St Dominic, and many of the religious of Lombardy-both Dominicans and members of other Orders,were led by him to renew their devotion and fervour..

At on time, when he was preaching in Vigevano, a troupe of jugglers came into Town and set up their act. They were a particularly scandalous set of people, poking ridicule at the religious and the pope. Matthew sent them word to move on, which they ignored. So he went after them with his walking-stick and this proved more effective. They scattered and ran but soon came back, fortified with the presence of the Duke of Milan, who scolded Matthew for being so narrow-minded and humourless. Matthew patiently pointed out to him, the unhealthy and evil areas in their humour and, in spite of the Duke’s natural aversion to Friars, convinced him that he should keep the jugglers out of Town.

At Lucina, there was a lady of noble birth and great talents, who was wasting her time in frivolities. Never one to avoid an issue, Matthew aimed a powerful sermon in her direction and she came to him afterwards ,in a torrent of tears and begged him to help her. He gave her the Habit of the Third Order and outlined a stiff rule of life, which she afterwards faithfully followed.

He also met and directed Blessed Stephanie Quinzan who proved to be an apt pupil.

Matthew was given the task of reforming the Convents of the Dominican Friars in Soncino and in nearby Towns and he worked for many years in Milan. Going up and down the Peninsula, he varied his approach but never his message – penance and love of God. So many were the conversions effected that a whole group of additional Preachers had to be appointed, to continue to carry on Matthew’s powerful methods and message, as he moved rapidly from place to place. Preaching his way, he went through Tuscany, and took ship at Genoa.

The ship was soon captured by a Turkish corsair. The Mohammed Captain called on the three Dominicans for an explanation of why they were there. Matthew spoke up so fearlessly and eloquently that the Captain released all three of them. Just as they were being hustled off to a rescue boat, the wail of one of the woman passengers stopped them. The lady and her young daughter were resisting the journey and were afraid to be taken to Algiers,and Matthew began pleading for them. The Captain told him he had better let the affair alone and be satisfied that he had saved his own skin. Matthew thereupon, volunteered to go to Algiers, in chains, if the Captain would release the two women. Amazed at his courage, as well as at his defence of those in danger, the Captain released all of them and told them to get off of his ship quickly, before he changed his mind.

Many miracles are credited to Matthew Carreri. One day, a young father who came to hear Matthew preach, had left his little son at home with the nurse. The baby fell into the fire and was badly burned. The distraught father brought the little one to Matthew, who cured him. The baby was well in a few days and grew up to be a Franciscan Friar. Matthew cured another man of hemorrhage and worked many cures on the sick and possessed.

One day, , while meditating on the Passion, Matthew asked our Lord tp allow him to partake of His sufferings. He received the stigmata, in the form of an arrow which pierced his heart. For the remainder of his life, he suffered great pain from his wound.

Matthew Carreri died, in 1470, in a house composed entirely of religious whom he had rescued from a life a laxity. His cult was confirmed twelve years after his death, testifying to the great reputation for sanctity he enjoyed among the people of northern Italy.

Pope Sixtus VI confirmed his cultus in 1483 and he was formally Beatified by Pope Urban VIII on 2 December 1625.

Posted in MARIAN TITLES, MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Notre-Dame Arcachon / Our Lady of La-Teste-de-Buch, Guienne (1519) and Memorials of the Saints – 5 October

Notre-Dame Arcachon / Our Lady of La Teste-de-Buch, Guienne (1519) – 5 October:

According to the Marian Calendar, Our Lady of Buch is located in the Pine Mountains, in Guienne. The sea cast this image upon the sands, while Saint Thomas, the Cordelier Friar, was praying on behalf of two vessels which he saw in danger of perishing. He respectfully received this image and deposited it in this place, in a small Chapel which he built there.

Guienne, or Guyenne, refers to a loosely defined region of pre-revolutionary, South-Western France. Buch, or La Teste-de-Buch, is a Town in the Gironde region in Aquitaine, located on the south shore of Arcachon Bay.
The “Cordeliers,” known also as the Grey Friars for the heavy grey cloth they wore, are Franciscans. Their belt was but a rope with five knots tied at the end, which gave them their name in France. The “Saint Thomas” mentioned is Thomas Illyricus (1484-1528), a Franciscan native of Vrana in the Diocese of Zarian. He was never Canonised. He was a hermit and itinerant preacher and an indefatigable missionary traveller who lived near Arcachon in la Teste-de-Buch. It was he, who built the Chapel of Notre-Dame Arcachon.

More than his voice, vibrant with emotion,” wrote the Abbe Mauriac, “more than his ascetic appearance, more than his style so direct and so strong, what stirred and attracted thousands of listeners, was his ardent sincerity which overflowed and poured itself out, while his love of God and of souls, accented his words and made him very eloquent.

It was in the year 1519 that Thomas Illyricus found the famous Statue now known as the Virgin of Advent at the edge of the sea. He built a Shrine of wood that same year for the Statue, and pilgrimages date from 1525 and grew so much in numbers that in 1624, Cardinal Francois de Sourdis authorised the construction of a stone Chapel. This small Chapel was gradually buried by the sands and it was decided to build a new one which was completed in 1723. The Church is known as the Church of L’eglise Notre Dame des Passes, or Notre-Dame Arcachon. Many miracles have been wrought through devotion to Mary at the Shrine and the Church is dedicated to sailors, who face the channels for entry into the Arcachon basin.
There is a tall Cross known as the Sailors Cross which stands at the end of the pier of the Chapel. Built at the same time as the construction of the Chapel in 1722, the original was destroyed by a gale in 1855 and was replaced by the one that we see today. It was once customary for sailors to greet the Cross with two blasts from their fog horn, to appeal for divine protection, when they went out on the ocean and faced its dangers.
Mary is particularly interested in seafarers and folk living near waters. She who was so familiar with the Sea of Galilee and the profession of the Twelve Pillars of her Divine Son’s Church, she is still is vigilant for their welfare and happiness.

St Alexander of Trier
St Anna Schaeffer
St Apollinaris of Valence
St Attilanus of Zamora
St Aymard of Cluny
St Boniface of Trier
St Charitina of Amasa
St Eliano of Cagliari
St Firmatus of Auxerre
St Flaviana of Auxerre
Bl Flora of Beaulieu
St Gallo of Aosta
St Jerome of Nevers
Bl John Hewett
St Magdalveus of Verdun
St Mamlacha
St Marcellinus of Ravenna
Blessed Matthew Carreri OP (c 1420-1470) Priest and Friar of the Order of Preachers, Stigmatist, Mystic.

Also known as
St Meinulph
St Palmatius of Trier

Blessed Pietro of Imola (c1250-1320) Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and Grand Prior , Lawyer, Jurist, Mediator, Peace-maker. The Roman Martyrology states: “In Florence, blessed Pietro da Imola, who, a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, took care of the sick with pious charity.”
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/10/05/saint-of-the-day-5-october-blessed-pietro-of-imola-c1250-1320/

Blessed Raymond of Capua OP (c 1330-1399) Priest, “The Second Founder” of the Dominican Order of Preachers, Reformer, Spiritual Director, he worked with St Agnes of Montepulciano and St Catherine of Siena, Hagiographer, Teacher. The important Mystic, Reformer, Doctor of the Church, St Catherine of Siena, accepted him as her spiritual director because of his burning passion for the Church and for the revival of religious life, most especially in their own Order. In 1899 Pope Leo XIII Beatified him, on the 500th anniversary of his death.
About Blessed Raymond:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/05/saint-of-the-day-5-october-blessed-raymond-of-capua-op-c-1330-1399/

Bl Robert Sutton
Bl Sante of Cori
St Thraseas of Eumenia
Bl William Hartley

Martyrs of Messina or St Placidus and Companions – 30 Saints: A group of about 30 Benedictine Monks and nuns, some blood relatives, who were sent in the early days of the order to establish Monasteries in the vicinity of Messina, Sicily, Italy and who were martyred. We know the names, and a few details, about seven of them –
• Donatus
• Eutychius
• Faustus
• Firmatus
• Flavia
• Placidus
• Victorinus
6th century Messina, Sicily, Italy.