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One Minute Reflection – 12 August – Today’s Gospel: John 6:41–51

One Minute Reflection – 12 August – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: John 6:41–51

…the bread which I shall give, for the life of the world is my flesh...John 6:51

REFLECTION – “How could humankind, which remained riveted to the earth and subject to death, gain entry to immortality once more?   Its flesh had to become assimilated to the life-giving force in God. Now, God the Father’s life-giving force is His Word, His only Son, and so it was He whom God sent as Saviour and Redeemer…
If you put a breadcrumb into oil, water or wine, it at once soaks up their properties. If you place iron into contact with fire it will shortly become full of the fire’s energy and, even though by nature it is only iron, will take on the appearance of fire.   In the same way, then, God’s life-giving Word, by uniting Himself to the flesh He assumed, caused it to become life giving.
Did He not say: “Whoever believes in me has eternal life. I am the bread of life.”   And again: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live for ever and the bread that I will give is my flesh… Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”   So then, by eating the flesh of Christ, the Saviour of us all and drinking His blood, we have life in ourselves, we become one with Him, we remain in Him and He in us.
Therefore it is for Him to enter within us, through the Holy Spirit, in a way fitting to God and to mingle with our body, after a fashion, through the holy flesh and precious blood, we receive, under the forms of bread and wine, as our life-giving blessing.   Indeed…, God has exercised His condescension towards our weakness and placed all His life-force into the elements of bread and wine, which are thus endowed with the spirit of His own life. So believe in it without hesitation, for our Lord Himself has clearly said: “This is my body” and “This is my blood”.”…St Cyril of Alexandria (380-444) Bishop, Father & Doctor of the Churchthe bread which i shall give john 6 51 - god has exercised his condescension - st cyril of alex - 12 aug 2018

PRAYER – Almighty God and Father, by Your grace, we are made one in mind and heart. Give us a love for what You command and a longing for what You promise, so that, amid this world’s changes, our hearts may be set on the world of lasting joy.   Grant, we pray that by the prayers of St Jane de Chantal and Blessed Pope Innocent XI, we will be made always faithful and may Mary, the Mother of our life, lead us to our everlasting joy, Your Son, Jesus Christ.   Through Him, with Him and in Him, in the union of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, august 2017bl pope innocent xi - pay for us - 12 august 2018

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Saint of the Day – 12 August – Blessed Pope Innocent XI (1611-1689)

Saint of the Day – 12 August – Blessed Pope Innocent XI (1611-1689) Bishop of Rome, Lawyer, Apostle of Charity, Reformer, Administrator – born Benedetto Odescalchi on 19 May 1611 at Como, Italy and died on 12 August 1689 at Rome, Italy of natural causes.   Patronage – Diocese of Novara, Diocese of Como.   He is known in Budapest as the “Saviour of Hungary” and “Father of the Poor”   Papal Ascension – he was elected unanimously on 21 September 1676 and installed on 4 October 1676 and reigned until his death.Inocencius_XI

Blessed Innocent was born to a noble family and educated by the Jesuits at Como and studied jurisprudence at Rome and Naples. Como. jpg
Birthplace of Blessed Pope Innocent XI in Como

Pope Urban VIII appointed him successively prothonotary, president of the Apostolic Camera, commissary at Ancona, administrator of Macerata and Governor of Picena.   Innocent X then made him Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Cosma e Damiano on 6 March 1645 and, somewhat later, Cardinal-Priest of Sant’ Onofrio.

As cardinal he was beloved by all on account of his deep piety, charity and unselfish devotion to his duties.   When he was sent as legate to Ferrara in order to assist the people stricken with a severe famine, the pope introduced him to the people of Ferrara as the “father of the poor”, “Mittimus patrem pauperum”.     In 1650 he became Bishop of Novara, a capacity in which he spent all the revenues of his see in order to relieve the poor and sick of his diocese.   With the permission of the pope, he resigned as Bishop of Novara in favour of his brother, Giulio, in 1656 and went to Rome, where he took a prominent part in the consultations of the various congregations in which he was a member.

Benedetto was unanimously elected pope on 21 September 1676 and he took the name of Innocent XI.   Immediately upon his accession he turned all his efforts towards reducing the expenses of the Curia.   He passed strict ordinances against nepotism among the cardinals and he himself lived very parsimoniously and exhorted the cardinals to do the same.

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His pontificate was marked by the prolonged struggle with Louis XIV of France on the subject of the so-called “Gallican Liberties” and also about certain immunities claimed by ambassadors to the papal court.   Innocent died on 12 August of 1689 after a long illness.  He was seventy-eight years of age.   His body lies with those of St Pius X (1903 – 1914), Blessed John XXIII (1958 – 1963) and, eventually, with St John Paul II (1978 – 2005) in the Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome.Tomb_of_Innocentius_XI_in_the_Chapel_of_St._Sebastian_of_Saint_Peter's_Basilicainnocent body

The cause for his Canonisation was first introduced in 1714 but the influence of France forced it to be suspended in 1744.   In the 20th century it was reintroduced and Pope Pius XII Beatified him on 7 October 1956.   Below is the Monument to Blessed Pope Innocent XI at  St Peter’s Basilica.INNOCENT LG statueMonument to Pope Innocent XI, St. Peter's Basilica