NOVENA FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT JOSEPH – Day Eight – 18 March – Patron of a Holy Death



Patron of a Holy Death

O glorious Saint Joseph,
faithful follower of Jesus Christ,
to you we raise our hearts and hands,
to implore your powerful intercession,
to obtain from the gentle heart of Jesus
all the help and graces necessary
for our spiritual and temporal welfare,
particularly the grace of a holy death
and the special grace I now implore:
…………….. (Mention your request)
O guardian of the Word Incarnate
we feel animated with confidence,
that your prayers on our behalf,
will be graciously heard,
before the throne of God.
St Joseph, Patron of the Dying, Pray for us!

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father 


Thought for the Day – 18 March – Charitable Works

Thought for the Day – 18 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Charitable Works

As well as the corporal works, there are the spiritual works of mercy.
Everyone is not obliged to undertake the former, that would be impossible, for instance, for the desitute, the sick, the aged.
But, everyone is OBLIGED to undertake the latter.
Sometimes a kind word is more valuable than money!

There are many ways in which we can carry out the spiritual works of mercy.
There is the well-timed and understanding advice we can give to others, the visit to a sick man who is alone in his suffering, the friendly and encouraging visit to an unfortunate prisoner, the tactful and patient instruction we can give to those who have gone astray through ignorance, rather than through malice and at times, the rebuke we can administer to a hardened sinner, in such a way, as to make it quite clear that our only motive is to win him back to the real happiness, which only goodness can give.

Remember, however, that the practice of the spiritual works of mercy, does not excuse us from the exercise of material works of charity, wherever that is possible for us (Cf Js 2:16).

Antonio Cardinal Bacci



Quote/s of the Day – 18 March – St Cyril of Jerusalem

Quote/s of the Day – 18 March – The Memorial of St Cyril of Jerusalem (315-387) Bishop of Jerusalem, Confessor Father & Doctor of the Church

Your accumulated offences
do not surpass the multitude
of God’s mercies;
your wounds do not surpass
the great Physician’s skill!

The Spirit comes gently
and makes Himself known
by His Fragrance.
He is not felt as a burden,
for God is light, very light.
Rays of light and knowledge
stream before Him
as the Spirit approaches.
The Spirit comes with the tenderness
of a true friend – to save,
to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen
and to console.


St Cyril of Jerusalem (315-387)
Father & Doctor of the Church


Our Lenten Journey with St Francis de Sales – 18 March – THE ANGELIC SALUTATION

Our Lenten Journey with St Francis de Sales – 18 March – Saturday of the Third Week in Lent, to Mary our Mother we pray today

Let us run to Mary
and, as her little children,
cast ourselves into her arms
with a perfect confidence

Hail Mary, full of grace …”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Doctor Caritas

LET US GLORY, says a pious author, in repeating this salutation, with the Angel Gabriel, the Apostles, the Martyrs and all the Christian world.
Let this Ave Maria, which comes to us fragrant as a Canticle of Heaven and repeated by as many echoes as there are faithful souls on earth, be sweet to our lips and sweeter still to our hearts.
It is a rare and enviable favour indeed to be able to salute a Queen and yet, everyday, at every moment, men and women, old and young, all of every condition, can salute the Queen of Heaven and earth, who contains, in her hands all the treasures of God and can be sure of being always heard and, that each salutation addressed to her, will meet with a corresponding benefit. . . .
But can the sinner too, dare to approach her? Yes, certainly – let him also come with humble confidence and salute her, who is his refuge, for she will in no wise be offended by his prayer and, if the Hail Mary from his lips be a cry of sorrow and repentance, it will become omnipotent and will obtain mercy, pardon, grace and salvation.
Hail Mary ! Ave Maria ! . . .
A sweet and beautiful word it is, which Heaven sent to earth and earth again returns, so frequently to heaven! ” – (The Month of Mary According to the Spirit of St Francis de Sales).

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One Minute Reflection – 18 March – What you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. Matthew 10:27

One Minute Reflection – 18 March – “The Month of the St Joseph” – Saturday of the Third Week in Lent and the Memorial of St Cyril of Jerusalem (315-387) Bishop of Jerusalem, Confessor Father & Doctor of the Church– Ecclesiasticus Ecclus 39:6-14, Matthew 10:23-28 – Scripture search here:

“What you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” … Matthew 10:27

REFLECTION – “He had said previously, “What I tell you in the dark, declare in the light and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.” He now explains what follows after this proclamation. The whole world is divided against itself for the sake of faith in Christ. Every house contains both unbelievers and believers. And a necessary conflict has been sent to break an evil peace. It is written in Genesis that God did a similar thing to the rebellious people who streamed out of the east and rushed to build a tower, by which they meant to reach the heights of Heaven. God divided their languages. For this same reason David prays in the Psalm, “O God, scatter the peoples who delight in war.” – St Jerome (343-420) Priest, Monk, Translator of the Sacred Scriptures into Latin, Father and one of the original 4 Doctors of the Latin Church (Commentary on Matthew 1)

PRAYER – Grant us, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, through the intercession of the blessed Bishop Cyril, so to acknowledge Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom Thou have sent, that we may be found worthy to be forever numbered among the sheep who hear His Voice.Through the same 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).

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Our Morning Offering – 18 March – Virgin Full of Goodness, Mother of Mercy By St Thomas Aquinas

Our Morning Offering – 18 March – Saturday of the Third Week in Lent, to Mary our Mother we pray today

Virgin Full of Goodness,
Mother of Mercy
By St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Doctor angelicus

Doctor communis

Virgin full of goodness,
Mother of mercy,
I entrust to you my body and my soul,
my thoughts and my actions,
my life and my death.
My Queen,
come to my aid
and deliver me from the snares of the devil.
Obtain for me the grace of loving
my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
with a true and perfect love,
and after Him,
O Mary,
of loving you with all my heart
and above all things.


Saint of the Day – 18 March – Saint Salvator of Horta OFM (1520-1567) Lay Brother

Saint of the Day – 18 March – Saint Salvator of Horta OFM (1520-1567) Lay Brother of Friars Minor, Cook, Porter and Quester of alms, Miracle-worker.Born in 1520 at Santa Columba, Gerona, Spain and died on 18 March 1567 at the Friary at Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy of natural causes, aged just 46. Also known as – Salvador, Salvatore. Additional Memorial – 17 April (Friars Minor). Canonised on 17 April 1938 by Pope Pius XI. His body is incorrupt.

In the Sixteenth Century when the Faith, especially in Germany, was so mightily shaken by the so-called reformers, when the Sign of the Cross was abolished as a superstitious practice, Almighty God permitted this very Sign of the Cross to shine with special power and radiance, in order to strengthen the Faith in another country. This was Spain and it was through the great Miracle-orker of the Sixteenth Century, St Salvator of Horta.

Salvator was born of poor parents in the year 1520. Orphaned when still quite young, he tended cattle and was later sent as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Barcelona. His devout heart, however, was constantly prompting him to consecrate himself to God; so, when he was twenty years old, he entered the Franciscan Order as a lay brother. He distinguished himself among his brethren by rigorous mortification, profound humility and extraordinary simplicity.

Almighty God, who chooses the lowly to make known the wonders of His power, manifested His power in Salvator at the very beginning of his religious life.

He was sent to assist the brother in the kitchen and one day, when the cook was ill, Salvator had to undertake the entire round of duties alone. When it was close to the noon hour, the Father Guardian went to the kitchen to see what Brother Salvator had prepared. He found the kitchen locked. After looking for Salvator for a considerable time, he finally found him kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, deeply absorbed in prayer.

Statue (after 1606) by Michelangelo Naccherino (Florence 1550-Naples 1622) – Santa Maria di Montecalvario or della Mercede Church in Naples

He had been there since early morning without being aware of it. The Superior reproved him severely and Salvator acknowledged his guilt amid many tears, begging for a severe penance. How astonished, however, were both men when they arrived at the kitchen and found all the food ready to be served – the angels had substituted for Salvator! How beautiful!

After pronouncing his vows, Salvator was sent to the Convent at Tortosa. Although he was assigned in turn to the duties of cook, porter and quester of alms, he was ,nevertheless, continually recollected and intimately united with God.

While gathering alms, Salvator often came upon sick people for whom his prayers were requested. He would make the Sign of the Cross over them and immediately they were healed. News of this fact soon spread abroad and may sick were brought to the Convent. All were restored to health through the Sign of the Cross which Brother Salvator made over them.

The concourse of sick people, however, finally became so great that it disturbed the good order in the Convent. So the Superiors sent Brother Salvator to the nearby Convent of Horta, where he spent the greater part of his religious life, hence his surname “of Horta.”

Although the transfer was made in perfect secrecy and no one had been informed of it, the sick presented themselves at the Convent at Horta already in the first days after his arrival there and their number increased daily. The deaf, the blind, the dumb, the lame, the epileptic, came; the paralytic, the dropsical, those afflicted with fevers and sufferers of every type were brought to him on beds, so that Brother Salvator might restore their health.

Usually there were as many as two thousand a week, sometimes that many in one day and once, on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, as many as six thousand made their appearance!

One time the Grand Inquisitor, a renowned theologian, whose duty it was to guard the purity of the Faith, came in order to learn whether anything occurred there that savoured of superstition. Without giving any indication of his rank, he took his station at a corner of the Church were the sick were expecting the healing hand of Brother Salvator.

When the good religious arrived, Saint Salvator of Horta had the sick make way for him as he passed through their ranks till he reached the Grand Inquisitor. There he reverently kissed the latter’s hand and begged him to come to the upper Church, where he could watch the entire proceedings. Astonished at finding himself recognised, the Inquisitor was already assured of the power from on high which held sway there. Nevertheless, he followed the brother.

Salvator began, as usual, to admonish the sick to examine their conscience and to receive the Sacraments of Penance and of the Holy Eucharist worthily. Then he blessed them with the Sign of the Cross while he called upon the Blessed Trinity and imposed on them a few prayers in honour of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whose intercession he ascribed all the cures. The sufferers were then all suddenly cured, except, as Salvator had foretold, those who were not sincere in their conversion.

St Salvator and the Grand Inquisitor by Esteban Murillo

In order to test the humility of the brother and to preserve him in it, his Superiors frequently imposed heavy trials but he always remained an obedient, humble and contented religious. A prominent gentleman once warned Salvator that he should be on guard against pride and presumption. The good brother answered:

“I always think of myself as a sack full of straw; the sack is indifferent as to whether it lies in a stable or is brought into a magnificent room.”

The last two years of Sa;vator’s life were spent on the Island of Sardinia and there he died in the Convent of Cagliari on 18 March 1567. Innumerable miracles occurred also at his grave. The uninterrupted devotion to the Saint was confirmed on 29 January 1711 by Pope Clement XI. Saint Salvator of Horta was CanoniSed by Pope Pius XI in 1938.

Death of Saint Salvator of Horta
Viceregal Museum of Zinacantepec, Mexico

His remains were originally interred at the Church of St Mary of Jesus attached to the Friary where he died, in Cagliari, Sardinia. In 1606 it had been decided to open his grave to provide his heart as a Relic for the Franciscan community. When his tomb was opened, his body was found to be still intact and in perfect condition, bearing no signs at all of any corruption.

Thus, when the Church of St Mary of Jesus was demolished in 1718, his remains were interred first at another Church of the Order in the City, then finally, in 1758, they were entombed in a glass coffin under the Main Altar of the Church of St Rosalie in the City. This remains his Shrine, where his remains can be venerated.

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Saturday of the Third Week in Lent, Nostra Signora della Misericordia / Our Lady of Mercy, Italy (1536), St Cyril of Jerusalem and Memorials of the Saints – 18 March

Saturday of the Third Week in Lent – FAST

Nostra Signora della Misericordia / Our Lady of Mercy, Patron of Savona, Italy (1536) – 18 March:

St Cyril of Jerusalem (315-387) Bishop of Jerusalem, Confessor Father & Doctor of the Church, Theologian, Writer.

St Alexander of Jerusalem (Died 251) Bishop and Martyr
His Life and Death:

St Anselm of Lucca the Younger (1036-1086) Italian Bishop and Confessor.
About this St Anselm:

St Braulio of Zaragoza (c590-c651) Bishop
Bl Christian O’Conarchy

St Edward the Martyr (962-978) Child King of England.
The Roman Martyrology states today: “In England, the holy King Edward, who was assasinated by order of his treacherous stepmother and became celebrated for many miracles.
His Life and Death:

St Egbert of Ripon
St Eucarpius of Nicomedia
St Felix of Gerona
St Finan of Aberdeen
St Leobard of Tours
St Narcissus of Gerona
St Salvator of Horta OFM (1520-1567) Lay Brother of Friars Minor. His body is incorrupt.

St Trophimus of Nicomedia

Martyrs of Nicomedia – Commemorates the Christians who were Martyred anonymously, either singly and in small groups, by local pagans in the area of Nicomedia prior to the year 300 and who may have been over-looked in the waves of Diocletian persecutions that resulted in the deaths of thousands.