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Thought for the Day – 6 October – ‘A Secret Harbour’

Thought for the Day – 6 October – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 17:5–10 and the Memorial of St Bruno O.Cart. (c 1030-1101)

This saint has the honour of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be reformed because it was never deformed.   No doubt, both the founder and the members would reject such high praise but it is an indication of the saint’s intense love of a penitential life in solitude.

Bruno was born in Cologne, Germany, became a famous teacher at Rheims and was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese at the age of 45.   He supported Pope Gregory VII in his fight against the decadence of the clergy and took part in the removal of his own scandalous Archbishop, Manasses.   Bruno suffered the plundering of his house for his pains.

He had a dream of living in solitude and prayer and persuaded a few friends to join him in a hermitage.   After a while, he felt the place unsuitable and through a friend, was given some land which was to become famous for his foundation “in the Chartreuse”—from which comes the word Carthusians.   The climate, desert, mountainous terrain and inaccessibility guaranteed silence, poverty and small numbers.

Bruno and his friends built an oratory with small individual cells at a distance from each other.   They met for Matins and Vespers each day and spent the rest of the time in solitude, eating together only on great feasts.   Their chief work was copying manuscripts.

Hearing of Bruno’s holiness, the pope called for his assistance in Rome.   When the pope had to flee Rome, Bruno pulled up stakes again and after refusing a bishopric, spent his last years in the wilderness of Calabria.

Bruno was never formally Canonised, because the Carthusians were averse to all occasions of publicity.   However, Pope Clement X extended his feast to the whole Church in 1674.

If there is always a certain uneasy questioning of the contemplative life, there is an even greater puzzlement about the extremely penitential combination of community and hermit life lived by the Carthusians, but this ‘into the silence and solitude’ is the perfect environment to touch God.

St Bruno wrote to his Carthusians:

“Rejoice, my dearest brothers, because you are blessed and because of the bountiful hand of God’s grace upon you.   Rejoice, because you have escaped the various dangers and shipwrecks of the stormy world.   Rejoice, because you have reached the quiet and safe anchorage of a secret harbour.   Many wish to come into this port and many make great efforts to do so, yet do not achieve it.   Indeed many, after reaching it, have been thrust out, since it was not granted them from above.   By your work you show what you love and what you know.   When you observe true obedience with prudence and enthusiasm, it is clear, that you wisely pick the most delightful and nourishing fruit of divine Scripture.”

May we mirror Bruno’s quest for holiness and unity with God.

St Bruno, Pray for Us!st bruno - pray for us no 3 - 6 oct 2018.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 6 October – Silence

Quote of the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno O.Cart. (c 1030-1101)

“What benefits
What divine exultation
The solitude and silence of the desert
Hold in store for those who love it!”

(Saint Bruno to Raoul)

More St Bruno Quotes:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/06/quote-s-of-the-day-6-october-the-memorial-of-st-bruno-c-1030-1101/

St Bruno (c 1030-1101)silence-in-the-statues-st-bruno-6-oct-2018

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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C +2019 and Memorials of the Saints – 6 October

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C +2019
St Bruno O.Cart. (c 1030-1101) (Optional Memorial)
Biography of St Bruno:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/saint-of-the-day-6-october-st-bruno-c-1030-1101/

Bl Marie Rose Durocher S.N.J.M (1811-1849) (Optional Memorial)
Her Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/06/saint-of-the-day-6-october-blessed-marie-rose-durocher-s-n-j-m-1811-1849/

Bl Adalbero of Lambach
St Alberta of Agen
Bl Artaldo of Belley
St Aurea of Boves
St Ceollach
St Epiphania
St Erotis
St Faith of Agen
St Francis Trung Von Tran
Bl François Hunot
Bl Isidore of Saint Joseph
St Iwi
St John Xenos
Bl Juan de Prunera
St Magnus of Orderzo
St Mary Frances of the Five Wounds TOSF (1715-1791)
St Pardulf
St Renato of Sorrento
St Romanus of Auxerre
St Sagar of Laodicea

Martyrs of Capua – 4 saints: A group of martyrs who were either killed in Capua, Italy, or that’s where their relics were first enshrined. We now know nothing but their names – Aemilius, Castus, Marcellus and Saturninus.

Martyrs of Kyoto – 52 beati: Fifty-two Japanese lay people, some single, some married, some parents, some children, who were martyred together during one of the government sponsored persecutions of Christians.

Martyrs of Trier: Commemorates the large number of martyrs who died in Trier, Germany in the persecutions of Diocletian. 287 in Trier, Germany.

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One Minute Reflection – 6 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:17–24 and the Memorial of St Bruno O.Cart. (c 1030-1101)

One Minute Reflection – 6 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:17–24 – Saturday of the Twenty-sixth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Bruno O.Cart. (c 1030-1101)

“Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you but rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the babes…” Luke 10:20-21I give you praise Father - luke 10 21 - 6 oct 2018

REFLECTION – “We were chosen out of love and this is our identity.
I have chosen this religion, I have chosen?… NO, you have not chosen.
He is the one who chose you, called you and bound Himself to you.
And this is our faith.   If we do not believe this, we do not understand what the message of Christ is and then we do not understand the Gospel.
He fell in love with our smallness and for this reason He chose us.   And He chooses the little ones – not the great, the little ones.   If you want to understand something of the mystery of Jesus, lower yourself, make yourself small.   Recognise that you are nothing. And not only does He choose and reveal Himself to the little ones but He calls the little ones:  ‘Come to me, all you who are tired and oppressed, I will give you rest’.   But does He not call the gre  at? His heart is open but the great cannot hear His voice because they are full of themselves.   To listen to the voice of the Lord, one must become small.”….Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 23 June 2017we were chosen out of love - pope francis - 6 october 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You called St Bruno to serve You in a life of solitude. Amidst this world’s changes, help us, by his prayers, to set out hearts always on You.   Heavenly Father, let me realise that You guide our lives through Your Providence, Your Word and Sacraments.   Help me to be obedient to the rules for my state in life and so be obedient to Your will for me.   Grant that the prayers of St Bruno may assist us as we strive to grow in humility.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.st bruno - pray for us - 6 oct 2018

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Thought for the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno (c 1030-1101)

Thought for the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno (c 1030-1101)

St. Bruno was one of the most exceptional scholars, teachers, prayer warriors of his time:
“…a prudent man whose word was rich in meaning.”   I think the key was the gift of great humility.

The Order founded by Bruno — the Carthusians — is one of the strictest in the Church. Carthusians follow the Rule of St Benedict but accord it a most austere interpretation, there is perpetual silence and complete abstinence from flesh meat (only bread, legumes and water are taken for nourishment). Bruno sought to revive the ancient eremitical (hermit) way of life.   His Order enjoys the distinction of never becoming unfaithful to the spirit of its founder, never needing a reform.

Bruno and his friends built an oratory with small individual cells at a distance from each other.   They met for Matins and Vespers each day and spent the rest of the time in solitude, eating together only on great feasts.   Their chief work was copying manuscripts.

Hearing of Bruno’s holiness, the pope called for his assistance in Rome.   When the pope had to flee Rome, Bruno pulled up stakes again and after refusing a bishopric, spent his last years in the wilderness of Calabria.

Silence in the Statutes:

What benefits
What divine exultation
The solitude and silence of the desert
Hold in store for those who love it!

(Saint Bruno to Raoul)silence in the statues - st bruno - 6 oct 2018

Bruno was never formally canonised, because the Carthusians were averse to all occasions of publicity.   However, Pope Clement X extended his feast to the whole Church in 1674.

“Rejoice, my dearest brothers, because you are blessed and because of the bountiful hand of God’s grace upon you.
Rejoice, because you have escaped the various dangers and shipwrecks of the stormy world.
Rejoice because you have reached the quiet and safe anchorage of a secret harbour. Many wish to come into this port and many make great efforts to do so, yet do not achieve it. Indeed many, after reaching it, have been thrust out, since it was not granted them from above.
By your work you show what you love and what you know.
When you observe true obedience with prudence and enthusiasm, it is clear that you wisely pick the most delightful and nourishing fruit of divine Scripture.”

from a letter by Saint Bruno to the Carthusians

May we mirror Bruno’s quest for holiness and unity with God.

St Bruno, Pray for Us!st bruno - pray for us no 2 - 6 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno (c 1030-1101)

Quote/s of the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno (c 1030-1101)

“If the bow is stretched for too long,
it becomes slack and unfit for its purpose.”if-the-bow-st-bruno - 6 oct 2017

“No act is charitable if it is not just.”no act is charitable if it is not just - st bruno - 6 oct 2018

““By your work,
you show what you love
and what you know.”by your work - st bruno - 6 oct 2018

“While the world changes,
the Cross stands firm.”

St Bruno (c 1030-1101)while the world changes - st bruno - 6 oct 2018

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Thought for the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno (c 1030-1101)

Thought for the Day – 6 October – The Memorial of St Bruno (c 1030-1101)

Into Great Silence with Saint Bruno the Carthusian

THE KEY ELEMENT of Carthusian spirituality is SOLITUDE, which is required for a total and absolute dedication to God alone.   As his name implies, the “monachos” devotes himself to one purpose only: God.   He makes himself completely available for God, in a life of prayer and penance.   He renounces social contacts, travelling, newspapers, radio and television, telephone, ad lib conversations, correspondence, even spiritual, instrumental music, writing and intellectual work, as much as is feasible within the limits of psychological balance and Christian charity, all this to be alone with God.

Solitude implies SILENCE.   Silence is the other key element of Carthusian spirituality. Silence is not lived in any absolute way in the charterhouse.   Carthusians speak with their brothers and their superiors when they need to, they speak whenever material life, work or their soul require it.  The text that follows explains that the silence of solitude is lived in the charterhouse as an inner requirement in order to be able to hear and to listen to God alone and to let Him utter a Word in our soul, a Word that transcends all human discourse.

Silence in the Statutes:

What benefits
What divine exultation
The solitude and silence of the desert
Hold in store for those who love it!
(Saint Bruno to Raoul)what benefits - st bruno on silence - 6 oct 2017

Saint Bruno wrote his letters with all the warmth in his heart and they are filled with indirect indications of what the Lord had given him to see and to know.   This is especially true of the impassioned praise of the benefits of silence he sends to Raoul: “only those who have experienced them can know”.   And immediately he goes on to show how much he himself knows about it.   Saint Bruno was a man of silence.   He knew its secret.   The Carthusian Statutes contain many references to the beauty of silence and to its sacredness in our life.

Keeping silent is not a spontaneous or natural attitude.   It demands a decision and a purpose.   To enter into silence, we must want it and we must know why we want it.   If we intend to become men of silence, we must assume responsibility for our quest.

Here is what silence truly is:  to let the Lord utter within us a word which is equal to Himself.   It reaches us, we don’t know which way it followed, we cannot discern its traits with any precision, the very Word of God comes and resonates in our heart.

This is why we can never be content with only the silence of the lips.   It would “be merely pharisaic, were it not the outward expression of that purity of heart, to which alone is it promised to see God.   To attain this, great abnegation is required, especially of the natural curiosity that men feel about human affairs.   We should not allow our minds to wander through the world in search of news and gossip; on the contrary, our part is to remain hidden in the shelter of the Lord’s presence” (St 6.4).   It is indeed so easy to just remain in cell, while the mind is roaming all over the world.   Who has not experienced this?   We are still not in silence, even if our lips are closed and our hands rest on our lap. “On the contrary, our part is to remain hidden in the shelter of the Lord’s presence” (St. 6.2) Recollection does not require only a rigourous control over our imagination:  we must quiet down all our tumultuous and undisciplined faculties of knowledge and of speech.

Silence is wrought by God but it is more than this, as we have said:  it is the Word of God. The example of Mary at the feet of the Lord is a light unto us :  “let Martha bear with her sister, as she follows in the steps of Christ, in stillness knows that he is God” (St 3.9) Mary has truly entered silence :  beyond the words uttered by Jesus, she truly perceives that He Himself is the Eternal Son.   Her efforts were not in vain : “She purifies her spirit, prays in the depths of her soul, seeks to hear what God may speak within her” (St 3.9).

(Translated from: « Le Silence selon les Statuts », Paroles de Chartreux, A.A.V.C., Correrie de la Grande Chartreuse, pp. 73-82)

Finally, there is the head-scratcher that is an epic three-hour documentary:  2006’s Into Great Silence is either the best insight into the Carthusian daily life (and a kick-start for vocations) or the ultimate sell-out (it took the producers 18 years before obtaining permission to film inside La Grande Chartreuse).   So after nearly 1,000 years of complete secrecy, anyone can now see inside the Motherhouse founded by St Bruno himself.

Still, the Carthusians survive.  What more can be said about an Order whose salient features are silence and solitude and who await our Lord’s second coming in prayerful penance?   St. Bruno can be proud of his achievement—but he would never be accused of pride.

St Bruno pray for us, that we too may learn to hear the Word in the silence of our hearts!st bruno - pray for us 2