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Thought for the Day – 8 August – Nothingness Itself.

Thought for the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of Ven Antonio Margil of Jesus OFM (1657-1726) “The Flying Father”

A quarter century before St Junípero Serra began his California adventure, there was an extraordinary Franciscan carrying out a great work of evangelisation across Central America, Mexico and finally, Texas.   In his zeal to spread the Catholic faith, he faced inclement weather, hostile animals, forest insects and reptiles, lack of food and water and cruel treatment from hostile Indian tribes.

The life of Fr Antonio Margil of Jesus is an epic story of a man who seems larger than life. Barefoot, carrying only a staff, breviary and the materials he needed to say Mass, he established hundreds of missions in a territory extending from the jungles of Costa Rica to east Texas and the borders of Louisiana.   Countless Indians of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Texas received the divine gift of faith from him and revered him a saint.   For this, he is called the Apostle of New Spain and Texas.

In 1697, Fr Margil was recalled to Querétaro as superior, or presidente, of the Franciscan College of the Holy Cross, and a new phase of his life began as an administrator.   When he reached the College, Fr Margil took off the ragged habit he had worn and mended for 14 years, patching it at times with bark from a certain tree called the mastastes and exchanged it for a new one, thus avoiding the least shadow of singularity.

As superior, he never dispensed himself from any public act or expected anything but what he himself practised.   To maintain accuracy and the decorum of ritual, he imposed upon his religious the obligation of holding a conference once a week on the ceremonies of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.   The friar who loved “Lady Poverty” exhorted his brethren and the faithful to ornament the altars and churches as much as they could, so they might be worthy of the divine majesty of God.

For Our Lord, there was nothing too rich or decorous.   For himself, it was a different story.   With the exception of Sunday, he fasted every day, taking a few herbs, a piece of bread and some water or watered down chocolate once a day.   He permitted himself sleep only from 8 to 11 every evening.   He was wakened then by the brother porter and together they read a chapter from The Mystical City of God by María de Agreda.   After praying the Divine Office at midnight, he made the Stations and would remain in prayer until the hour of Prime, absorbed in God.

The barefoot friar who walked on water in his extraordinary missionary work was a man of deep humility.   More than once he was tortured, beaten, or left for dead. His name, which deserves to be known and his fame spread is Venerable Antonio Margil of Jesus, who titled himself and signed his letters as El Nada Mismo – Nothingness Itself.

“Do not forget your nothingness, no matter what others may do to you.   Do not fear, so long as you live, Antonio, any demon greater than that called ‘I.’”do not forget your nothingness - ven antonio margil of jesus 8 aug 2019.jpg

Let us Pray that Venerable Antonio that he may soon be raised to the altars of the most high!

Prayer for the Intercession of Venerable Antonio

O Lord Jesus Christ,
Your apostle Antonio Margil of Jesus,
left his homeland to bring
the Gospel of Salvation to the people
of Mexico and the United States.
He endured every hardship
and pain for love of You.
May You graciously deign
to reward Your servant Antonio
by hastening the day
when he will be raised
to the honour of Blessed and Saint.

We ask that Venerable Antonio Margil
intercede for us before God
by answering this request.
………………………………. (make your request)
Through Christ Our Lord,
Amen

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Thought for the Day – 4 August – Blessed Frederic Janssoone – His Great Passion, Jesus of Nazareth

Thought for the Day – 4 August – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year and The Memorial of Blessed Frédéric Janssoone OFM (1838-1916) – “God’s Pedlar”, “Good Fr Frederic”

His Great Passion, Jesus of Nazareth

One of the very first things to extract from the life of Father Frederic, is his passion for Jesus of Nazareth.

His early education pointed him toward the Gospels.   His formation with the Franciscans, his plans to become a missionary in the Holy Land, his writings and books all his preaching on Jesus the son of man and son of God, everything reveals to us that the Blessed Frederic is the missionary to the Holy Land par excellence.   His work orients us to know Jesus in the mysteries of His humanity, His birth, His public life, His passion and Resurrection.

It is he who walked about the country of Jesus in every sense during the 14 years that he lived in the Holy Land.   The Stations of the Cross which had been banned since 1621, he negotiated with the Muslim Arabs the right to preach the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and in the arched souks of Jerusalem.   He directed the construction work of the church of Saint Catherine next to the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.   For this construction, he then went to beg in France and in Canada, hence his first journey in 1881.

He is a pioneer in the dispersion of the gospels in Canada.   From 1893 to 1907, his Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a text in harmony with the Gospels, enjoyed eight printings, which represent a total of 42,000 copies “It was without a doubt the greatest publishing success in Canada” (Legare – Baillargeon, Good Father Frederic, Montreal, Pauline Ed. 1988, p. 277).

Blessed Frederic could be the patron of the seekers of meaning and truth who study the Gospels and especially the life of Jesus of Nazareth, thus the man Jesus.

Prayer for the Canonisation of Blessed Frederic Janssoone

Almighty and eternal God,
You granted to Blessed Frederic Janssoone,
son of France,
to follow the footsteps of Your Son Jesus
in the Holy Land,
and to work there for peace.
Then You led him to Canada,
to invite that nation
to be generous toward the Holy Land,
to found the Sanctuary of the Cap-de-la-Madeleine,
and to better make known
the life of Jesus of Nazareth
and His most holy Mother.
Grant us to become in turn,
true pilgrims,
and veritable missionaries of Your Church.
That we also may be equally
solid pillars of the faith in our Christian communities.

Grant us, through his intercession,
the favour that we ask…
……………………………………..
(Silent pause)
Grant this son of Saint Francis of Assisi,
to be canonised soon,
and to draw us all toward Your Son
Jesus, Our Lord.
Amen.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…

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Thought for the Day – 28 July – “The men of God and the women of God are unmistakable.” Let us Pray…

Thought for the Day – 28 July – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 11:1–13 and the Memorial of St Pedro Poveda (1874-1936) Martyr

“The men of God and the women of God are unmistakable.   They do not stand out because they are brilliant, or dazzling, or for their human strength but because of their wholesome fruit,” wrote Saint Pedro Poveda in a letter in 1925.   These words may describe his life.   He was a weaver of dreams because he was able to dream, design projects and even achieve some dreams through his trust in Divine Providence.

Saint Pedro Poveda, priest, educator, founder of the Teresian Association, active in over 30 countries now and martyr was born in Linares, Spain, on 3 December 1874.   He died on 28 July 1936 at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.   He witnessed to his Christian faith and to his priesthood until his last moment.   He was Canonised by St Pope John Paul II on 4 May 2003.st pedro poveda canonisation.jpg

“My belief, my faith, is not wavering

but firm and unshakeable

and that is why I speak out.”

 St Pedro Poveda, 1920.

PRAYER THROUGH THE INTERCESSION
OF SAINT PEDRO POVEDA

Lord, our God,
you have given Saint Pedro Poveda,
Founder of the Teresian Association,
the grace of promoting
the evangelising action of Christians,
through education and culture,
and of giving his life in martyrdom
as a priest of Jesus Christ:
we ask that, like him, we may know
how to participate faithfully
in the mission of the Church
through the witnessing of our Christian life
and the generous surrender
to the announcement of Your Kingdom.
We pray that through his intercession,
you may grant us the favour we wish to receive.
………………………. (make your petition)
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen

His remains are venerated in the chapel that bears his name at the Cultural and Spirituality Center, Santa Maria de Los Negrales.

To learn more about St Pedro visit:
http://www.pedropoveda.org/en/

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Our Morning Offering – 25 July – Christ-Bearers!

Our Morning Offering – 25 July – The Memorial of St Christopher (died c 251)

The Christopher Prayer

Father, grant that we may be,
bearers of Christ Jesus, Your Son.
Allow us to fill with Your light
the world around us.
Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit
to carry out our mission
of living and following
the path of Jesus, our Lord.
Help us to understand,
that by Your grace
our gifts are Your blessings,
to be shared with others.
Fill us with Your Spirit of love
to give glory to You
in loving all
and preaching by our love.
Nourish in us the desire
to go forth
as the bearers of Your Son
fearless and gentle,
loving and merciful.
Make us true Christ bearers,
that in seeing us
only He is visible.
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Thought for the Day – 24 July – Insane or saintly?

Thought for the Day – 24 July – Wednesday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Saint Christina ‘Mirabilis/the Astonishing’ (1150-1224)

Christina was very introverted and assiduously avoided being around others.   She would take extreme measures to avoid contact with people, by doing such things as climbing high up in trees (to avoid the smell of SIN) or even hiding in ovens.   Many people thought her to be insane but others who knew her, venerated her for her holiness.   She lived her entire life in poverty and spent her last three years living in St. Catherine’s convent at Saint-Trond.

There have been other saints that some felt were more insane than they were saintly.  In the eyes of the world, even now, those who follow Christ in piety and love, oftentimes are seen to be ‘odd’ and ‘weird.’   However, it is not for us to judge others, as our Lord Jesus said.   St John the Baptiser lived in the wilderness and ate locusts but our Lord said, that among men born of women, John was the greatest.   Jesus instructed us to love one another.   On a human level, Christina may have seemed unusual but she lived to please God, not men.   This is the calling of each of us – to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and love one another as we love ourselves.

Prayer

St Christina,
you lived a life of poverty
and loneliness in the eyes of others.
But you knew, that in the eyes of God,
you were wealthy and had His love
and the companionship of saints and angels.
Help us to see beyond the things of the world
and to realise, that, we are never alone with God
and that we are surrounded by
a “great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us.”
Pray that we remember to offer up our sufferings
for those who do not see beyond the material
and those who are seeking love and fulfilment,
that they may come to know God
and understand, that they are never alone.
Amen

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Novena to St Anne – Day Two – 18 July

Novena to St Anne – Day Two – 18 July

Reflections by:
By Fr Daniel A Lord, SJ

SECOND DAY:

It was in the peaceful little house of Anne and Joachim that Mary, the Mother of God, spent her girlhood.   There Mary knew the example of a woman who lived the simple ways of wife and mother.

Unknown, save in the limited circle of Nazareth, Anne prepared the meals for her family, made and mended their plain garments and filled the house with the perfume of her devoted service.   She was a model of a wife’s diligence and a mother’s solicitude.

The young Mary watched this model of the simple domestic virtues.   This obedient daughter saw perfection in her mother, the perfection of small tasks done out of love for God and devotion to family.

Each day had a time for prayer.

Each day was filled with deeds of neighbourliness and acts of charity quietly and happily performed.

Mary saw in her mother how a woman can be simple yet great, how the deeds that God asks of us – however unnoticed or unimportant, these maybe – are, the deeds that win His gratitude and make us saints before Him and benefactors before the world.

To this model of the simple domestic virtues we pray:

Daily Prayer:

O glorious St Anne,
you are filled with compassion
for those who invoke you
and with love for those who suffer!
Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles,
I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you
to take the present intention
which I recommend to you in your special care.
…………………(make your intention)
Please recommend it to your daughter,
the Blessed Virgin Mary
and place it before the throne of Jesus,
so that He may bring it to a happy issue.
Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted.
But, above all, obtain for me the grace, one day,
to see my God face to face
and with you and Mary and all the saints,
to praise and bless Him for all eternity.
Amen

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St Anne, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St Anne, intercede for me.

SECOND DAY:

From the depths of my heart, good St Anne,
I offer you my homage this day
and ask you to shelter me under the mantle of your motherly care.
You know, good mother, how much I love you,
how gladly I serve you,
how happy I am to praise you,
how eager I am to call on you in time of distress.
Good St Anne,
be pleased to extend your helping hand in all my wants.
Listen to my prayers, for I place my trust in your gracious bounty.
Make all my thoughts and desires worthy and righteous.
Jesus my God, I thank You for all the graces
which in Your infinite goodness, You have lavished upon St Anne,
for having chosen her, among all women,
to be Your grandmother on earth
and exalted her in heaven with such great and miraculous powers.
In the name of her merits,
I humbly recommend myself to Your infinite mercy.
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Novena to St Anne – Day One – 17 July

Novena to St Anne – Day One – 17 July

Reflections by:
By Fr Daniel A Lord, SJ

FIRST DAY:

‘Who shall find a valiant woman?

This was the cry of Solomon long before the time of the noble women who watched for Christ’s coming to earth.   The valiant woman . . . strong in her stainless virtue.

The valiant woman. . . . keeping the laws and traditions of her people.

The valiant woman. . . . fighting the quiet. battle of purity and decency.

The valiant woman . . . protecting her home, the strength of her husband, the future of her children.   The valiant woman. . . . whom God loves and whom the powers of evil dread as their relentless enemy.   The valiant woman . . . like glorious Saint Anne, mother of Mary.

To Saint Anne the Catholic world has looked in admiration, has reached out in confidence – from her have come protection and generous love.

To the grandmother of Christ we pray:

Daily Prayer:

O glorious St Anne,
you are filled with compassion
for those who invoke you
and with love for those who suffer!
Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles,
I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you
to take the present intention
which I recommend to you in your special care.
…………………(make your intention)
Please recommend it to your daughter,
the Blessed Virgin Mary
and place it before the throne of Jesus,
so that He may bring it to a happy issue.
Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted.
But, above all, obtain for me the grace, one day,
to see my God face to face
and with you and Mary and all the saints,
to praise and bless Him for all eternity.
Amen

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St Anne, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St Anne, intercede for me.

FIRST DAY

Dear St Anne,
though I am but a prodigal child,
I appeal to you
and place myself under your great motherly care.
Please listen to my prayers and grant my requests.

See my contrite heart
and show me your unfailing goodness.

Deign to be my advocate and recommend me to God’s infinite mercy.
Obtain for me forgiveness of my sins
and the strength to begin a new life that will last forever.

Blessed St Anne, I also beg of you the grace to love,
to serve and to honour your daughter,
the most holy Virgin Mary.
Please recommend me to her and pray to her for me.
She refuses none your requests
but welcomes with loving kindness all those for whom you intercede.

Good Jesus, be merciful to the faithful servants
of Your grandmother St Anne.
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