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Thought for the Day – 2 October – Not just One Day but Everyday!

Thought for the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Angels are messengers from God.   The word angel comes from the Greek word for “messenger.”   In a very real way, these powerful spirits point out to us the ways of God. Guardian Angels assist us in work or study.   In times of temptation, these spiritual beings direct us to do good.   St Thomas Aquinas said that angels are the most excellent of creatures because they have the greatest intelligence next to God.

Perhaps the Guardian Angels are best known for protecting us from physical danger but their main role is to care for the salvation of our souls.   It is wonderful to know that God has promised to love, protect and be with us always.   One way he does this is through the care of the angels.   Whenever you meet with danger or discouragement, your Guardian Gngel is your personal, heavenly bodyguard.   The angels also offer prayers to God for us.   Because angels always see and hear God, they can intercede for us.   We should love our Guardian Angels, respect them and pray to them.

In early Christianity there was no feast for the guardian angels, just one for the Archangels.   But in the 15th and 16th centuries, the feast of the Guardian Angels was unofficially celebrated in Austria, Spain and Portugal.   In 1608 Pope Paul V made it a universal feast.   In doing so, he helped to make us aware of the guardian angels, not just one day in October but everyday of our lives.

My Oldest Friend
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

My oldest friend, mine from the hour
When first I drew my breath,
My faithful friend, that shall be mine,
Unfailing, till my death….

Mine when I stand before the Judge,
And mine, if spared to stay
Within the golden furnace, till
My sin is burn’d away.

And mine, O Brother of my soul,
When my release shall come,
Thy gentle arms shall lift me then,
Thy wings shall waft me

Holy Guardian Angels, Pray for Us!holy guardian angel pray for us 2 oct 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 October – Speak to your angel

Quote/s of the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

“Be ever more convinced,
that your guardian angel is really present,
that he is ever at your side.
St Frances of Rome always saw him
standing before her, his arms clasped at his breast,
his eyes uplifted to Heaven but at the slightest failing,
he would cover his face as if in shame
and at times, turn his back to her.”

St John Bosco (1815-1888)be-ever-more-convinced-st-john-bosco-2-oct-2018.jpg

“Do you not greet warmly, all the people you love
and speak to them cordially? —
Well, you and I are going to greet Jesus, Mary and Joseph
and our Guardian Angels, many times a day. “

Furrow, 690

St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)do you not greet warmly all the people you love - st josemaria on the guardian angels 2 oct 2019.jpg

Posted in ARCHangels and Angels, One Minute Reflection, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 2 October – Your holy angel

One Minute Reflection – 2 October – Wednesday of the Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 18:1–5,10 and The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father. …Matthew 18:10

REFLECTION – “Ah, Jesus, prince of peace and angel of great counsel, may You Yourself always be the guide at my right and the guardian of my pilgrimage, lest I move away and stray from You.   And deign to send from heaven Your holy angel who, under Your lovingly-kind care, will be solicitous for me and, according to Your gracious purpose, direct me and lead me, perfect, along Your way back to You. (Ex 23:20).” … St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) Benedictine nun – Exercises I.60-63, 71-76, 78-86, 99-103.matthew 18 10 see that you do not despise - deign to send from heaven your angel - st gertrude the great 2 oct 2019

PRAYER – Lord God of hosts, in Your all-wise providence, You send angels to guard and protect us. Surround us with their watchful care on earth and give us the joy of their company, forever in heaven. We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord, with th Holy Spirit, God for all eternity, angels pray for us 2 oct 2018.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 2 October – O Most Holy Angel of God By St Gertrude

Our Morning Offering – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

O Most Holy Angel of God
By St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

O most holy Angel of God,
appointed by God to be my guardian,
I give you thanks for all the benefits
which you have ever bestowed on me
in body and soul.
I praise and glorify you,
that you condescended to assist me,
with such patient fidelity
and to defend me,
against all the assaults of my enemy.
Blessed be the hour
in which you were assigned me
for my guardian,
my defender and my patron.
In acknowledgement and return,
for all your loving ministries to me,
I offer you the infinitely precious
and noble Heart of Jesus
and firmly purpose
to obey you henceforward
and most faithfully, to serve my God.
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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels – 2 Octobe – Sermon on the Holy Guardian Angels by St Bernard

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels – 2 October

Sermon on the Holy Guardian Angels

By St Bernard (1090-1153)
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“He hath given his angels charge over thee.”   O wonderful bounty and truly great love of charity!   Who?   For whom?   Wherefore?   What has He commanded?   Let us study closely, brethren and let us diligently commit to our memory, this great mandate.   Who is it that commands?  Whose angels are they?   Whose mandates do they fulfil?   Whose will do they obey?   In answer, “He hath given his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”   And they do not hesitate even to lift thee up in their hands.

So the Supreme Majesty has given charge to the angels.   Yes, He has given charge to His own angels.   Think of it!   To those sublime beings, who cling to Him so joyfully and intimately, to His very own He has given charge over you!   Who are you?   “What is man that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visit him?”   As if man were not rottenness and the son of man a worm!   Now why, do you think, he Has given them charge over thee? — To guard thee!Bernardo_Strozzi_-_The_Guardian_Angel_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

With what great reverence should you treat this word!   What devotion should you proffer it, what great confidence should you place in it.   Reverence because of their presence, devotion because of their benevolence, confidence because of their solicitude. Walk carefully, in all thy ways, as one with whom the angels are presen,t as He has given them charge.   In every lodging, at every corner, have reverence for thy Angel.   Do not dare to do in his presence what you would not dare to do if I were there.   Or do you doubt that he is present whom you do not behold?   What if you should hear him?   What if you should touch him?   What if you should scent him?   Remember that the presence of something is not proved only by the sight of angels 2.jpg

In this, therefore, brethren, let us affectionately love His angels as one day our future coheirs, meanwhile, however, as counsellors and defenders appointed by the Father and placed over us.   Why should we fear under such guardians?   Those who keep us in all our ways, can neither be overcome, nor be deceived, much less deceive.   They are faithful, they are pruden, they are powerful, why do we tremble?   Let us only follow them, let us remain close to them and in the protection of the God of heaven, let us abide. As often, therefore, as a most serious temptation is perceived to weigh upon you and an excessive trial is threatening, call to your guard, your leader, your helper in your needs, in your tribulation, cry to him and say: “Lord, save us; we perish!”

This excerpt from a sermon by St Bernard of Clairvaux (Sermo 12 in psalmum Qui habitat, 3. 6-8: Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc. 4 [1966], 458-462) is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the memorial of the Guardian Angels on 2 October.angelorum-guardian angel5a.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 2 October

The Holy Guardian Angels (Memorial)
Blessed Angels here:

St Alfonso del Rio
St Andrea Ximenez
Bl Antoine Chevrier TOSF (1825-1879)
About Blessed Antoince:
St Beregisius
St Eleutherius of Nicomedia
Bl Georges-Edme René
St Gerinus
St Leodegarius of Autun
St Leudomer
St Maria Antonina Kratochwil
St Modesto of Sardinia
St Saturius of Soria
St Theophilus of Bulgaria
St Ursicinus II

Martyred in Antioch, Syria:  Martyred in one of the early persecutions, date unknown.
St Cyril of Antioch
St Primus of Antioch
St Secundarius of Antioch

Martyred in Nagasaki, Japan: A husband, wife and two sons, who were all martyred together in the persecutions in Japan. They were beheaded on 2 October 1622 in Nagasaki, Japan and Beatified by Pope Pius IX on 7 May 1867.
• Blessed Andreas Yakichi
• Blessed Franciscus Yakichi
• Blessed Lucia Yakichi
• Blessed Ludovicus Yakichi

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Elías Carbonell Molla
• Blessed Enrique Sáiz-Aparicio
• Blesssed Felipe González de Heredia Barahona
• Blessed Francisco Carceller Galindo
• Blessed Isidoro Bover Oliver
• Blessed Juan Carbonell Molla
• Blessed Juan Iñiguez de Ciriano Abechuco
• Blessed Manuel Borrajo Míguez
• Blessed María Francisca Ricart Olmos
• Blessed Mateu Garrolera Masferrer
• Blessed Pedro Artolozaga Mellique
• Blessed Pedro Salcedo Puchades


Thought for the Day – 29 September – Where are your ostentation and your luxury?

Thought for the Day – 29 September – Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 16:19–31 and The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ … Luke 16:24

St John Chrysostom explains the point of the parable, to his congregation, by having Abraham speak the following words about Lazarus, to the rich man.

“When you were living in your wealth, when you were free to see at your own will, you did not choose to see him. Why do you have such keen sight now?   Was he not at your gate?   How could you avoid seeing him?   When he was near you, did you not see him and now, do you see him from a distance, even across such a chasm? …  The man whom you passed by a thousand times, whom you did not want to see – now do you seek to have him sent to you for your salvation? …

And where are your cup bearers? …  Where are your flatterers?   Where is your vanity? Where is your presumption?   Where is your buried gold?   Where are your moth-eaten garments?   Where is the silver which you valued so highly?   Where are your ostentation and your luxury?   They were leaves – winter seized them and they are all withered up. They were a dream – and when day came, the dream departed.   They were a shadow – the truth came and the shadow fled away …

When we hear, let us be afraid, my beloved, lest we also see the poor and pass them by, lest instead of Lazarus there be many to accuse us hereafter.”

St John Chrysostom  (347-407) Father & Doctor

Sermon 6 on Lazarus and the Rich Manluke 16 24 and he called out fr abraham - let us be afraid - st john chrysostom 29 sept 2019.jpg

Holy Archangels, Pray for Us!holy archangels pray for us - 29 sept 2019.jpg