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Quote/s of the Day – 31 August – “… The Light of the Only-begotten has Shone on Us …”

Quote/s of the Day – 31 August – Monday of the Twenty Second week in Ordinary Time, Readings: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Psalms 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, Luke 4:16-30

“… The Light of the Only-begotten has Shone on Us …”

“He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free.”

Luke 4:18

“This, beloved, is the way in which we found our salvation,
Jesus Christ, the High Priest who offers our gifts,
the patron and helper in our weakness (Heb 10:20; 7:27; 4:15).
It is through Him, that we look straight at the heavens above.
Through Him, we see mirrored, God’s faultless
and transcendent countenance.
Through Him, the eyes of our heart were opened.
Through Him, our unintelligent and darkened mind shoots up into the light.
Through Him, the Master was pleased to let us taste
the knowledge that never fades,
He who is “the radiance of His splendour,
who towers as much above the angels,
as the title He has inherited, is superior to theirs.”

St Pope Clement I (c 35 – c 99)

“For what reason did God send Him to preach to the poor?
“To preach release to captives.”
We were the captives.
For many years Satan had bound us
and held us captive and subject to himself.
Jesus has come
“to proclaim release to captives and sight to the blind.”
By His word and the proclamation of His teaching,
the blind see.”

Origen (c 185-253)

“On each occasion I say:
‘Lord, Thy will be done!
It’s not what this, or that one, wants
but, what You want me to do.’
This is my fortress,
this is my firm rock,
this is my sure support.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407)
Father and Doctor

“He did not treat us as our sins deserved.
For we are now sons of God.
How do we show this?
The only Son of God died for us,
so that He might not remain alone.
He who died as the only Son,
did not want to remain as the only Son.
For the only Son of God made many sons of God.
He bought brothers for Himself by His blood,
He made them welcome by being rejected,
He ransomed them by being sold,
He honoured them by being dishonoured,
He gave them life by being put to death.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Bishop, Great Western Father and Doctor of Grace

An excerpt from his Sermon 171

“You have the words of eternal life”

John 6:68

“These words surely make quite obvious to us
the necessity for sitting at the feet of Christ,
taking Him as our one and only teacher
and giving Him our constant and undivided attention. …
Keeping with their guide was the Israelites’ salvation then,
just as not leaving Christ is ours now.
… We will stay with You always and hold fast to Your commandments.
We will receive Your words without finding fault,
or thinking Your teaching hard,
as the ignorant do but thinking rather:
“How sweet are Your words to my throat!
Sweeter to the mouth are they, than honey or the honeycomb!”

“Our lives are all controlled by the Spirit now
and are not confined to this physical world
that is subject to corruption.
The light of the Only-begotten has shone on us
and we have been transformed into the Word,
the source of all life.”

St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)
Father and Doctor of the Church

“He is the one who teaches
the truth of prophecy
through His presence
and makes obedience
to the commandments possible,
through grace.”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461)
Father and Doctor of the Church

Heal us Lord God
Prayer of St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

O my God,
You have created the human race
by Your wonderful power.
It is an act of Your clemency that has called us
to share Your glory and eternal life.
When the first sin condemned us to suffer death,
out of Your goodness,
You wished to redeem us
through the blood of Your Son,
To unite us to You through our faith
and Your great mercy.
You have brought us back
from the shame of our sin,
You have veiled our dishonour
in the brightness of Your glory.
Look now and see that what You have created,
giving it subtle limbs and joints
and made beautiful through its immortal soul,
is now subject to the attack of Satan.
Be pleased Lord
to reconstitute Your work and heal it.
May Your power be glorified
and may the malice of the enemy be stunned.
Amen

St Albert of Trapani (c 1240-1307)

“Even to the present time
I have not stopped speaking to all men
but many are deaf and obstinate in response.
… He who possesses my words
yet spurns them,
earns his own judgement on the last day.”

Thomas á Kempis (1380-1471)

The Imitation of Christ

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Quote/s of the Day – 7 August – St Albert of Trapani and St Cajetan

Quote/s of the Day – 7 August – The Memorial of St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307) and St Cajetan (1480-1547)

Heal us Lord God
Prayer of St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

O my God,
You have created the human race
by Your wonderful power.
It is an act of Your clemency that has called us
to share Your glory and eternal life.
When the first sin condemned us to suffer death,
out of Your goodness,
You wished to redeem us
through the blood of Your Son,
To unite us to You through our faith
and Your great mercy.
You have brought us back
from the shame of our sin,
You have veiled our dishonour
in the brightness of Your glory.
Look now and see that what You have created,
giving it subtle limbs and joints
and made beautiful through its immortal soul,
is now subject to the attack of Satan.
Be pleased Lord
to reconstitute Your work and heal it.
May Your power be glorified
and may the malice of the enemy be stunned.
Amen

St Albert of Trapani (c 1240-1307)

heal us lord god - prayer of st albert of trapani 7 aug 2019

“My desire is not my way
but Your way.”

my desire is not my way but your way - st cajetan 7 aug 2020

“I am a sinner and do not think much of myself;
I have recourse to the greatest servants of the Lord,
that they may pray for me to the blessed Christ and His Mother.
But do not forget,
that all the saints cannot endear you to Christ
as much as you can yourself.
It is entirely up to you!”

but do not forget that all the saints cannot endear you to christ - st cajetan

“May all praise and thanks
be continually given
to the Most Holy
and Most August Sacrament.”

may all praise and thanks be continually given - st cajetan 7 aug 2020

“We may seek graces
but shall never find them
without the intercession of Mary.”

St Cajetan (1480-1547)

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/07/quote-s-of-the-day-7-august-the-memorial-of-st-cajetan-1480-1547/

we may seek graces but shall never find them - st cajetan 7 aug 2020

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Memorials of the Saints – 7 August

St Pope Sixtus II (Died 258) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/07/saint-of-the-day-7-august-st-pope-sixtus-ii-martyr/

St Cajetan (1480-1547) (Optional Memorial)

About St Cajetan:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/saint-of-the-day-7-august-st-cajetan-founder-of-the-theatine-order-the-father-of-providence/

St Afra of Augsburg
Bl Agathangelus Nourry
St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)
His Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/08/07/saint-of-the-day-7-august-saint-albert-of-trapani-o-carm-c-1240-1307/
Bl Cassian Vaz Lopez-Neto
St Claudia of Rome
St Donat
St Donatian of Chalons-sur-Marne
St Donatus of Arezzo (Died 362) Bishop and possibly a Martyr
St Donatus of Besancon
Bl Edmund Bojanowski
Bl Edward Bamber
St Faustus of Milan
St Hilarinus of Ostia
St Hyperechios
Bl John Woodcock
Bl Jordan Forzatei
St Julian of Rome
St Miguel de la Mora
Bl Nicholas Postgate
St Peter of Rome
Bl Thomas Whitaker
Bl Vincent de L’Aquila
St Victricius of Rouen

Martyred Deacons of Rome – 6 saints: A group of deacons who were martyred with Pope Saint Sixtus II. We know nothing about them but their names and their deaths – Agapitus, Felicissimus, Januarius, Magnus, Stephen and Vincent. They were
beheaded on 6 August 258 in a cemetery on the Appian Way, Rome, Italy.

Martyrs of Como – 6 saints: A group of Christian soldiers in the imperial Roman army. Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian. We know little else but the names – Carpophorus, Cassius, Exanthus, Licinius, Secundus and Severinus. c.295 on the north side of Lake Como, near Samolaco, Italy. Their relics in the church of San Carpoforo, Como, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: 10 Beati
Bl Dalmacio Bellota Perez
Bl Diodorus Hernando Lopez
Bl Francisco Gargallo Gascón
Bl Luis Villanueva Montoya
Bl María del Carmen Zaragoza y Zaragoza
Bl María Rosa Adrover Martí
Bl Rafaél Severiano Rodríguez Navarro
Bl Tomás Carbonell Miquel

Posted in CARMELITES, MORNING Prayers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 7 August – Heal us Lord God

Thought for the Day – 7 August – The Memorial of St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

St Albert has often been portrayed with an open book in his hand, or with the Child Jesus in his arms.   This is not by accident, for these are both iconographical attributes which indicate a preacher of the Gospel, which is precisely what Albert was.   In order to be authentic proclaimers it is necessary to have encountered Jesus and this is possible, primarily, through the hearing of the Word.   It was his familiarity with Scripture, cultivated in lectio divina with purity of heart and openness to the transforming action of the Holy Spirit, which made St Albert capable of proclaiming the Gospel.   St Albert is remembered for an extraordinary ability to speak to people with conviction and immediacy.   He did not distract his listeners with elegant forms of preaching but stressed the vital content of the message.

Albert’s life shines as an example of virtue and sincerity.   His chastity became a radiant expression of a radical, definitive and complete choice for God.   The purity practised by Albert is not simply a physical fact, but primarily a spiritual reality.   Albert allowed himself to be seized by God – he placed himself totally at God’s service, gave God his life and capacities and welcomed God’s call as a gift and a commitment for life.   This example is more relevant than ever in our modern world.heal us lord god - prayer of st albert of trapani 7 aug 2019

Heal us Lord God
Prayer of St Albert of Trapani

O my God,
You have created the human race
by Your wonderful power.
It is an act of Your clemency that has called us
to share Your glory and eternal life.
When the first sin condemned us to suffer death,
out of Your goodness,
You wished to redeem us
through the blood of Your Son,
To unite us to You through our faith
and Your great mercy.
You have brought us back
from the shame of our sin,
You have veiled our dishonour
in the brightness of Your glory.
Look now and see that what You have created,
giving it subtle limbs and joints
and made beautiful through its immortal soul,
is now subject to the attack of Satan.
Be pleased Lord
to reconstitute Your work and heal it.
May Your power be glorified
and may the malice of the enemy be stunned.
Amen

St Albert of Trapani, Pray for Us!st albert of trapani pray for us no 2 7 aug 2019

Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on FAITH, QUOTES on GRATITUDE, QUOTES on TRUST in GOD, SAINT of the DAY, St JOHN HENRY Cardinal NEWMAN!, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 7 August – ‘You raise the stricken, You deliver the shackled.’

One Minute Reflection – 7 August – Wednesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 15:21–28 and The Memorial of St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!   Be it done for you as you desire.”   And her daughter was healed instantly. … Matthew 15:28

REFLECTION – “O Loving-kindness, Loving-kindness!   do not desert me, an anxious woman.   Do not avert Your face from my sobs and cries.   May Your charity compel You to hear me patiently.   Ah, open your bosom, here I may repose a little and pour out my spirit in Your presence.   I am certain that, because of Your goodness and the loving-kindness that is part of Your nature, You do not spurn a desolate woman or disdain an afflicted one.   Oh how suitable Your conduct is to those in misery  . Oh how agreeable already are the scents of Your perfumes to those almost fainting away.
You raise the stricken, You deliver the shackled (Ps 145[146]:7).   You disdain no-one in tribulation, You look upon the needs of all maternally and mercifully.   You counsel those in despair with loving-kindness.   To everyone’s indigence You bring help most clemently. Ah, now bend Your ear to me, an indigent woman, that I may hold rare discourses with You for the sake of my soul and may receive dear counsel from You.” … Saint Gertrude of Helfta (1256-1301) Benedictine nun Exercises VII, SC 127matthew 14 28 o woman great is your faith - you rais the stricken st gertrude of helfta 7 aug 2019

PRAYER – Lord God, You gave St Albert of Trapani, to the Church in his day, as lessons in total love, charity and zeal. We pray that he may help us in our times, by his merits, inspiration and prayers. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st albert of trapani pray for us 7 aug 2019

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Saint of the Day – 7 August – Saint Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

Saint of the Day – 7 August – Saint Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307) – Carmelite Priest, Confessor, Preacher, Evangeliser, apostle of prayer and a devout servant of the Blessed Virgin and the Passion of Christ.   He was born as Alberto degli Abati in c 1240 at Trapani, Sicily, Italy and died on 7 August 1306 at Messina, Italy of natural causes.   He practised great austerities upon himself to make himself poor in the spirit of Jesus Christ and went out preaching and evangelising, he was known for working and maintaining a positive relationship with Jews as well as for his powers of healing.   The saint was likewise attributed with the 1301 lifting of the siege in Messina, that could have seen hundreds die from starvation had it not been for his intervention.  Patronages – Trapani, Carmelite order, Carmelite schools, Palermo Sicily.aberttrapani.jpg

Alberto degli Abati was born circa 1240 in Trapani, Sicily, Italy as the sole child to the nobles (of Florentine origin) Benedetto degli Abati and Giovanna Palizi.   His father served as an admiral in the fleet of Frederick II of Hohensautfen.   His parents – who married in 1214 – were sterile and promised that if blessed with  a son he would be consecrated to the Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo.   In his childhood his father had thought of arranging a marriage for him but his mother was able to remind her husband, to adhere to the vow the couple made, that he be consecrated to the Lord.

Sicily was one of the first areas of Carmelite settlement and expansion in the west.   This island was an obvious choice for the Carmelites, coming west from Palestine, in which to make a foundation.   Young Albert appears to have been attracted by the newcomers and entered the Order at Trapani, on the western side of the island.

After his ordination, Albert was sent to the priory at Messina, also in Sicily and this was the main centre of his life’s work.   St Albert typified the new kind of Carmelite that adaptation to the west produced, a man of prayer and penance, a lover of solitude but also a man engaged in study and in the active apostolate.   There were many Jews living in Sicily at this time and Albert seems to have made them a special object and been successful in making converts.  st albert of trapani - Antonio_de_Pereda_5.jpgHe is also said to have written books, though none survive and he is regarded as patron of Carmelite studies.   The order recognised his many and outstanding abilities.   He attended the General Chapter at Bruges in 1297, in the capacity as Superior.   However, he spent the last years of his life before his death in 1307, living in a hermitage near Messina.

He was recognised as a wonder-worker during his lifetime, miracles and cures continued to be attributed to Albert’s intercession after his death.

His cult spread quickly through the whole of the Order.   The date of a translation of his relics, said to have been made in the year 1309 or 1316, is uncertain.   (This latter would seem more exact).   Albert was among the first Carmelite saints venerated by the Order, of which he was later considered a patron and protector.   Already in 1346 there was a chapel dedicated to him, in the convent of Palermo.   At various general chapters, beginning with that of 1375, his papal canonisation was proposed.   In the chapter of 1411 it was said that his Proper Office was ready.albert of trapani art.jpg

In 1457 Pope Callixtus III, by verbal consent permitted his cult, which was consequently confirmed by Pope Sixtus IV with a bull of 31 May 1476.   In 1524 it was ordered that his image be found on the seal of the general chapter.   Moreover, the general of the Order, Nicholas Audet, wanted an altar dedicated to him in every Carmelite church  . Even earlier, the chapter of 1420 had ordered that his image with a halo should be found in all the convents of the Order.   With this intense and extended cult, his abundant iconography is easily understood.   In it he is represented (with or without a book), first, bearing a lily, a symbol of his victory over the senses at the beginning of his religious life or with a cruvifix and the Blessed Virgin.

In 1623 one of the gates of the city of Messina was dedicated to him.   He is the patron of Trapani, of Erice, of Palermo and of Revere (Mantua).   St Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582) and St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (1566-1607) were especially devoted to him, the Bl Baptist Spagnoli  (1447–1516) composed a sapphic ode in his honour.   His relics are spread throughout Europe.   The head of the Saint is in the Carmelite church of Trapani where he is still venerated, especially as a patron against fever.   His feast day is celebrated there with great ceremony on 7 August.   In the last liturgical reform the rank of feast was granted for St Albert to the Carmelites and of memorial to the Discalced of the same Order.albert of trapani with mary.jpg

Let us pray.

Lord God,
you made St Albert of Trapani
a model of purity and prayer,
and a devoted servant of Our Lady.
May we practise these same virtues
and so be worthy always
to share the banquet of your grace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.albert of trapani.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 7 August

St Pope Sixtus II (Died 258) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/07/saint-of-the-day-7-august-st-pope-sixtus-ii-martyr/

St Cajetan (1480-1547) (Optional Memorial)

About St Cajetan:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/saint-of-the-day-7-august-st-cajetan-founder-of-the-theatine-order-the-father-of-providence/

St Afra of Augsburg
Bl Agathangelus Nourry
St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)
Bl Cassian Vaz Lopez-Neto
St Claudia of Rome
St Donat
St Donatian of Chalons-sur-Marne
St Donatus of Arezzo
St Donatus of Besancon
Bl Edmund Bojanowski
Bl Edward Bamber
St Faustus of Milan
St Hilarinus of Ostia
St Hyperechios
Bl John Woodcock
Bl Jordan Forzatei
St Julian of Rome
St Miguel de la Mora
Bl Nicholas Postgate
St Peter of Rome
Bl Thomas Whitaker
Bl Vincent de L’Aquila
St Victricius of Rouen

Martyred Deacons of Rome – 6 saints: A group of deacons who were martyred with Pope Saint Sixtus II. We know nothing about them but their names and their deaths – Agapitus, Felicissimus, Januarius, Magnus, Stephen and Vincent. They were
beheaded on 6 August 258 in a cemetery on the Appian Way, Rome, Italy.

Martyrs of Como – 6 saints: A group of Christian soldiers in the imperial Roman army. Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian. We know little else but the names – Carpophorus, Cassius, Exanthus, Licinius, Secundus and Severinus. c.295 on the north side of Lake Como, near Samolaco, Italy. Their relics in the church of San Carpoforo, Como, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: 10 Beati
Bl Dalmacio Bellota Perez
Bl Diodorus Hernando Lopez
Bl Francisco Gargallo Gascón
Bl Luis Villanueva Montoya
Bl María del Carmen Zaragoza y Zaragoza
Bl María Rosa Adrover Martí
Bl Rafaél Severiano Rodríguez Navarro
Bl Tomás Carbonell Miquel