Thought for the Day – 14 October – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“Month of the Holy Rosary” The First Glorious Mystery The Resurrection of Our Lord
“The Resurrection of Christ demands a resurrection on our part too. If, we are in sin, we must rise again. Or, it maybe, that we must rise from a state of torpor to one of fervour, or from a life of worldly pleasure to an interior life nourished by grace, or from a life of selfishness, to one of sacrifice.
In which state do we find ourselves? In the presence of the risen Christ and of His Blessed Mother, happy in the contemplation of His glory, let us resolve to rise from sin and from spiritual tepidity, in order to set out on the way of Christ and of perfect sanctity.”
Quote/s of the Day – 14 October – – 1 Peter 5:1-4; 5:10-11, Matthew 16:13-19
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
“Without Me you can do nothing.”
“… May grace and peace be yours in abundance, through knowledge of God and of Jesus Our Lord…”
2 Peter 1:2
“… There is one Road and one only, well secured against all possibility of going astray and, this Road is provided by One Who is Himself both God and man. As God, He is the Goal, as man, He is the Way.”
St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of Grace
“Be Thou our Joy and Strong Defence, Who art our future Recompense. Alleluia, alleluia. So shall the Light that spring from Thee Be ours through all eternity. Alleluia, Alleluia.”
St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Church”
“Girded with faith and the performance of good works, let us follow in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel.”
St Benedict (c 480-547)
“For Him all things were created and to Him, all things must be subject and God loves all creature, in and because of Christ.”
One Minute Reflection – 14 October – St Callistus I (c 218 – c 223) Confessor, Pope, Martyr – 1 Peter 5:1-4; 5:10-11, Matthew 16:13-19 – Scripture search here: https://www.drbo.org/
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:16
REFLECTION – “Peter did not say “Thou are a Christ” or “a son of God” but “the Christ,the Son of God.” For there are many christs by grace, who have attained the rank of adoption [as sons] but [there is] only One Who is by nature the Son of God. Thus, using the definite article, he said, THE Christ, THE Son of God. And in calling Him, Son of the LIVING God, Peter indicates that Christ Himself is Life and that death has no authority over Him. And even if the flesh, for a short while, was weak and died, nevertheless, it rose again, since the Word, Who dwelled in it, could not be held under the bonds of death.” – St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) Known as “The Pillar of Faith” Archbishop of Alexandria, Father and Doctor Incarnationis (Doctor of the Incarnation) (Fragment 190).
PRAYER – O God, Who behold how we fail in our weakness, mercifully restore us to Thy love, through the examples of Thy Saints.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 – 14 October – Catholic Time, Friday: The Passion
Have Mercy, Lord By St Peter Damian (1007-1072) Father & Doctor of the Church
Have mercy, Lord, on all my friends and relatives, on all my benefactors, on all who pray to Thee for me and on all who have asked me to pray to Thee, for them. Give them the spirit of fruitful penance, mortify them in all vices and make them flower in all Thy virtues. Amen
Saint of the Day – 14 October – St Burchard of Wurzburg (c 752) First Bishop of Wurzburg, Confessor, Monk, Missionary, English disciple of St Boniface to Germany. Born in an unknown date and location in England and died on 9 February in c 752 in Wurzburg, Germany of natural causes. Also known as – Burkard or Burkhard, Burcard. Additional memorial – 9 February, the day of his death.
The Roman Martyrology states : “In Würzburg in Austrasia, in Germany, St Burcard, a Bishop, who, originally from England, was Ordained by St.Boniface, as the first Bishop of this City.”
In about the year 732, Saint Boniface, standing in need of fellow-labourers, powerful in words and works, in the vast harvest which he had on his hands in Germany, invited from England, Saint Lullus and Saint Burchard, who seem, by this circumstance, to have come from the Kingdom of West-Sussex. They were both persons of an apostolic spirit.
Saint Boniface consecrated Saint Burchard, with his own hands, as the first Bishop of Wurzburg in Franconia, where Saint Kilian had preached the word of life and suffered Martyrdom about fifty years before.
This whole country was converted to Christ, by Burchard’s work. After labouring for twenty years, Burchard exhausted his strength and with the consent of King Pepin and by the approbation of Saint Lullus, (Saint Boniface being gone to preach in Friesland), he resigned his Bishopric to Megingand, a Monk of Fritzlar, and a disciple of Saint Wigbert.
Burchard retiring into solitude in that part of his Diocese called Hohenburg, where he spent the remaining part of his life with six fervent Monks or clergymen, in watching, fasting, and incessant prayer. He died on the 9th of February 752 and was buried near the relics of Saint Kilian at mount Saint Mary’s or Old Wurtzburg, where he had built a Monastery under the invocation of Saint Andrew.
In 752, out of veneration for his sanctity, King Pepin,declared the Bishops of Wurtzburg as Dukes of Franconia, with all civil jurisdiction. The Emperor Henry IV. alienated several parts of Franconia but the Bishops of Wurzburg retained the sovereignty of this extensive Diocese.
On 14 October 983, Hugh, Bishop of Wurzburg and Chancellor to the Emperor Otho IV. authorised by an order of Pope Benedict VII, made a very solemn translation of Burchard’s relics. This day, on which this ceremony was performed, has been regarded as St Burchard’s principal festival.
The life of Saint Burchard was written by an anonymous author above two hundred years after his death and again, by Egilward, a Monk of Wurzburg. – Excerpted from Father Alban Butler (1710–1773) English Priest and Hagiographer (Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Principal Saints, 1866).
Notre-Dame-de-la-Rochette, Ranchal, France / Our Lady of La Rochette: 14 October
There are no easily translated legends of the above Marian Feast. Hopefully, by next year I will find something somewhere.In the meantime, I have found the beautiful Statues and Church and the little citation by Abbot Orsini:
The Abbot Orsini wrote: “Our Lady of La Rochette near Geneva. A shepherd coming up to a bush, where he heard a plaintive voice, found there an image of the Blessed Virgin, which led to a Church being built there.”
St Gaudentius of Rimini St Gundisalvus of Lagos Bl Jacques Laigneau de Langellerie St Lupulo of Capua St Lupus of Caesarea St Manacca St Manehildis St Modesto of Capua St Rusticus of Trier St Saturninus of Caesarea St Venanzio of Luni
Martyrs of Caesarea – (4 Saints): Three brothers and a sister Martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian – Carponius, Evaristus, Fortunata and Priscian. In 303 in Caesarea, Cappadocia (in modern Turkey) – their relics enshrined in Naples, Italy.