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Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face Third Day – 19 February

Lenten Preparation Novena to the Holy Face
Third Day – 19 February

LENTEN NOVENA TO THE HOLY FACE DAY THREE - 19 FEB 2020

DAILY PREPARATORY PRAYER

O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity,
through the intercession of Holy Mary,
whose soul was pierced through
by a sword of sorrow
at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son,
we ask Your help,
in making a perfect Novena of Reparation with Jesus,
united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the Angels and Saints
to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena
to the Most Holy Face of Jesus
and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen

THIRD DAY

(Console Holy Face and recite Daily Preparatory Prayer)

Psalm 51,6b-7
You are just when you pass sentence on me,
blameless when you give judgement.
You know I was born guilty,
a sinner from the moment of conception.st-veronica

Prayer of Pope Pius IX

O Jesus!
Cast upon us a look of mercy,
turn Your Face towards each of us
as You did to Veronica,
not that we may see it with our bodily eyes,
for this we do not deserve
but turn it towards our hearts,
so that, remembering You,
we may ever draw from this fountain of strength,
the vigour necessary to
sustain the combats of life.
Amen.cast upon us alook of mercy pope pius IX - stations meeting veronica 19 feb 2020

Mary, our Mother and Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Through the merits of your precious blood and Your Holy Face,
O Jesus, grant us our petition………………
Pardon and mercy.

Prayer of Saint Francis

All highest, glorious God,
cast Your light into the darkness of our hearts,
give us true faith, firm hope,
perfect charity and profound humility,
so that with wisdom,
courage and perception, O Lord,
we may do what is truly your holy will.
Amen.

To the Angels and Saints
We salute you,
through the Holy Face and Sacred Heart of Jesus,
O all you Holy Angels and Saints of God.
We rejoice in your glory
and we give thanks to our Lord
or all the benefits which He has
showered upon you,
we praise Him and glorify Him
and for an increase of your joy and honour,
we offer Him the most Holy Face
and gentle Heart of Jesus.
Pray that we may become formed
according to the heart of God.
Amen.

Pray (1) Our Father, three (3) Hail Marys, one (1) Glory Be.

O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine (Three times)

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Thought for the Day – 19 February – Good Inspirations

Thought for the Day – 19 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Good Inspirations

“God speaks to us in many ways.
He speaks in the language of nature.
Sky and earth tell us of their Creator.
Walk in silence beneath the night sky and contemplate the myriads of stars above.
It is impossible not to sense the power and beauty of the infinite God.
Look at the flowers in the meadows and the silent forests.
Look out across the vast expanse of the ocean, where the waves are breaking and surging but, never cross the limits imposed on them, by their Creator.
It is easy to repeat the words of St Augustine – “How great and good You are, O God!”
The voice of God, can also be heard in sermon and instructions, in the example which the Saints give us, in the advice of confessors and Superiors and others, whose task in life it is, to enlighten and guide the faithful.
Let us listen to these voices, for they represent the voice of God.”
Amen

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

god speaks to us in many ways - bacci - 19 feb 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 19 February – ‘Keep a clear eye toward life’s end.’

Quote/s of the Day – 19 February – The Memorial of St Conrad of Piacenza TOSF (c 1290-1351), Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:22-26

Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes
and he looked intently
and was restored and saw everything clearly.

Mark 8: 25mark 8 25 then again he laid his hands upon his eyes - 19 feb 2020

“Keep a clear eye toward life’s end.
Do not forget your purpose
and destiny as God’s creature.
What you are in His sight,
is what you are and nothing more.
Remember that when you leave this earth,
you can take nothing that you have received…
but only what you have given – a full heart
enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”

St Francis of Assisi (c 1181-1226)keep-a-clear-eye-st-francis-of-assisi - 19 feb 2017 and 19 feb 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 19 February – ‘…To teach perfectly it comes from the Lord’s mouth.’ 

One Minute Reflection – 19 February – Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: James 1:19-27, Psalm 15:2-5,Mark 8:22-26 and the Memorial of St Conrad of Piacenza TOSF (c 1290-1351)

And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village….Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored and saw everything clearly.   And he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”...Mark 8:22,25-26then-again-he-laid-his-hands-upon-his-eyes-mark-8-25-26-20-feb-2019 and 19 feb 2020

REFLECTION – “Jesus put spittle on his eyes, placed his hands on him and asked him whether he could see anything.   Knowledge always comes by degrees (…).   It is only after a great deal of time and a long apprenticeship that we are able to attain perfect knowledge.   First the impurities are removed, blindness goes and thus light enters.   The Lord’s spittle is perfect teaching – to teach perfectly it comes from the Lord’s mouth.   The Lord’s spittle, which comes forth, so to speak, from His substance, is understanding, just as the word coming forth from His mouth is a cure. (…)

“I see people looking like trees and walking” – I still see the shadow but not yet the truth. The meaning of these words is – I can see something in the Law but as yet I don’t perceive the blazing light of the Gospel. (…)   “Then he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly.”   He could see, I say, everything that we can see – he saw the mystery of the Trinity and he saw all the holy mysteries contained in the Gospel. (…)   And we, too, see them since we believe in Christ, the true light.” … Saint Jerome (347-420) Priest, Translator of the Bible, Doctor of the Church – Homilies on Saint Mark’s Gospel, no. 8, 235the Lord's spittle is perfect teaching everything that comes from the mouth of the lord-mark-8-25-26-20-feb-2020-st-jerome

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, just as St Conrad of Pieacenza, was chosen to be a messenger of Your love and forgiveness, grant we pray, that by his prayers, we too maybe bearers of Your gracious love.   We pray for the assistance of our holy Mother, during our journey to the eternal glory of the kingdom, help us to become like little children and in that new purity, shine with the Light of our Lord and Saviour.   Through Jesus our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-conrad-of-pacenza-pray-for-us-2- 19 feb 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 19 February – Prayer for the Gift of Prayer

Our Morning Offering – 19 February – Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A

Prayer for the Gift of Prayer
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Doctor of the Church

O Incarnate Word,
You have given Your Blood and Your Life
to confer on our prayers that power by which,
according to Your promise,
they obtain for us all that we ask.
And we, O God,
are so careless of our salvation,
that we will not even ask You for the graces
that we must have, if we should be saved!
In prayer You have given us the key
of all Your Divine treasures;
and we, rather than pray,
choose to remain in our misery.
Alas! O Lord, enlighten us,
and make us know the value of prayers,
offered in Your name and by Your merits,
in the eyes of Your Eternal Father.
Amenprayer for the gift of prayer by st alphonsus liguori - 24 feb 2018

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Saint of the Day – 19 February – St Conrad of Piacenza TOSF (c 1290-1351)

Saint of the Day – 19 February – St Conrad of Piacenza TOSF (c 1290-1351) Hermit, Pilgrim and Penitent, Member of the Third Order of St Francis, born Corrado Confalonieri in c 1290 at Piacenza, Italy and died on 19 February 1351 at Noto, Sicily of natural causes while kneeling before a crucifix.   Patronages – cure of hernias, Calendasco and Noto.   His body is incorrupt.st conrad piacenza close up

He was a member of one of the noblest families of Piacenza, in the town of Calendasco, a fiefdom of his family.   The date of his birth is uncertain.   He married an aristocratic young woman named Ephrosyne when he was quite young.   Though pious, he led the normal way of life for a man of his station.

One day, as he was engaged in his usual pastime of hunting within his family’s domain, he ordered his attendants to set fire to some brushwood in which game had taken refuge. The prevailing wind caused the flames to spread rapidly to the surrounding fields and forest.   A peasant who happened to be found near where the fire began was accused of starting the blaze and was imprisoned, tortured to confess and condemned to death.   As the man was being led to execution, a remorseful Conrad publicly admitted his guilt to the Signoria of the city.   As punishment and reparation for the damages he had caused, the city seized all his assets, only sparing his life due to his noble status

Thus reduced to poverty and seeking penance for his act of cowardice, Conrad and his wife saw the hand of God in this event.   As a result, in 1315 they agreed to separate and Conrad retired to a hermitage near the town of Calendasco, joining a community of hermits, who were Franciscan tertiaries, while his wife became a nun of the Order of Poor Clares at their monastery in the city.

Conrad soon developed a reputation for holiness and the flow of visitors left him unable to keep the solitude he sought.   He then embarked on the life of a pilgrim, going to Rome and from there to the Holy Land and Malta and, about 1340, to Palermo in Sicily, where he was directed to an isolated site in the Val di Noto.   After many years of an itinerant life, he settled there in a grotto now named for him and for the rest of his life spent a most austere and penitential life of solitude, working numerous miracles and gifted with prophecy.st conrad piacenza

In 1343 Conrad felt called by God to serve the local people more directly and in 1343 went to the city of Netum, where he cared for the sick at the Hospital of St Martin there for the next two years.   He lived in a hermitage attached to the Church of the Crucified Christ occupied by the Blessed William Buccheri, a former equerry to King Frederick III of Sicily, who had also taken up a life of solitude and prayer.   Conrad would regularly return to his grotto for silent prayer.   His fame was such that in 1348 the Bishop of Syracuse, Giacomo Guidone de Franchis, went to his hermitage to beg his prayers for the relief of a famine afflicting the island.ST CONRAD LG

Conrad died while in prayer, kneeling before a crucifix, on 19 February 1351, the day he had predicted.   At his request, his body was buried at the Church of St Nicholas, the principal one of the city.   After the city was destroyed in an earthquake in the 1690s, it was transferred to the new church of the same name, built in the relocated city, now called Noto, which has since been elevated to the statues of the Cathedral of the region.Saint-Conrad-of-Piacenza

Numerous miracles have been attributed to him while he lived and subsequently at his tomb in Noto, Italy.    Holy legend records, for example, that when the Bishop of Syracuse visited him, the he asked Saint Conrad if he had anything to offer guests.    Conrad said he would check in his cell and returned moments later carrying newly baked bread and cakes, which the bishop accepted as a miracle.    Saint Conrad was also reported to have travelled surrounded by a cloud of fluttering birds, keeping him company.

Conrad is especially invoked for the cure of hernia. This comes from miracles attributed to him.    He was visited at his hermitage by a former friend and companion in arms, Antonio da Stessa, from Daverio.    His friend was suffering from the pain of a hernia he had developed.    Seeing the pain his old comrade was suffering, Conrad was moved to pity and prayed for him.    Stessa was immediately cured of the hernia.   The same outcome was accomplished for a local tailor, who suffered severely from several hernias.

The miracle for which Conrad is best known is the “Miracle of the Bread”.    This developed during the aforementioned famine which afflicted Sicily as a result of a severe outbreak of the bubonic plague on the island during 1348-49.    During that catastrophe, anyone who approached the hermit for help was given a loaf of bread, still warm, which, it was said, he had received from the angels.Saint_Conrad_of_Piacenza

Pope Leo X Beatified Conrad on 12 July 1515 and permitted the town of Noto to celebrate his feast day.    On 30 October 1544, Pope Paul III extended permission to the whole island.    On 2 June 1625, he was Canonised by Cardinal Odoardo Farnese, who was the Duke of Parma and Piacenza in a solemn ceremony at the cathedral of Piacenza, where it was declared an obligatory feast.    On 12 September of that same year, permission was granted to the Franciscan Order by Pope Urban VIII for a distinct text for the Divine Office and Mass to be used for his feast, today, it is celebrated solely by the Third Order of St Francis to which he belonged.   In Vietnam there is a popular devotion to Conrad.

On his feast day, the Parish Church of San Corrado in Noto commemorates him by the distribution of blessed bread.19Feb-St-Conrad-of-Piacenza-2

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Memorials of the Saints -18 February

Bl Alvarez of Cordova
St Auxibius
St Baoithin
St Barbatus of Benevento (c 610-682)
About St Barbatus:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/19/saint-of-the-day-19-february-st-barbatus-of-benevento-c-610-682-apostle-of-the-south/
St Beatus
St Belina
St Boniface of Lausanne
St Conon of Alexandria
St Conrad of Piacenza TOSF (c 1290-1351)

Bl Elizabeth of Mantua
St Gabinus
St George of Lodeve

Bl John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933)

His life:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/saint-of-the-day-19-february-blessed-john-sullivan-s-j-1861-1933/

Bl Józef Zaplata
St Lucia Yi Zhenmei
St Mansuetus of Milan
St Odran
St Proclus of Bisignano
St Quodvultdeus
St Valerius of Antibes
St Zambdas of Jerusalem