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Our Morning Offering – 24 July – Your Blood, The Fire of Love!

Our Morning Offering – 24 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – Friday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

Your Blood, The Fire of Love!
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

O sweet Jesus, my Love,
to strengthen my soul
and to rescue it from the weakness
into which it has fallen,
You have built a wall around it
and have mixed the mortar with Your blood,
confirming my soul and uniting it
to the sweet will and charity of God!
Just as lime mixed with water
is placed between stones to cement them together,
so You, O God, have placed between
Your creature and Yourself,
the Blood of Your only-begotten Son,
cemented with the divine lime
of the fire of ardent charity,
in such a way that there is no Blood
without fire, nor fire without Blood.
Your Blood was shed, O Christ, by the fire of love!
Amenyour blood the fire of love - st catherine of siena 24 july 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 July – “Mary”

Quote/s of the Day – 16 July – The Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

“Speaking of Mary”

“In her, God spun a garment with which to save us.”

St Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctor

in her god spun - st pehrem - annunciation 25 march 2019

“A gentle maiden
having lodged
a God in her womb,
asks as it’s price,
peace for the world,
salvation for those who are lost
and life for the dead.”

St Peter Chrysologus “Golden Words”
(c 400-450) Father & Doctor

a gentle maiden having lodged a god in her womb - st peter chrysologus 30 july 2019

“No-one will ever be,
the servant of the Son
without serving the Mother.”

St Ildephonsus (607-670)

no-one-will-ever-be-a-servant-of-the-son-st-ildephonsus-5-may-2018 and 16 july 2020 (1)

“If the hurricanes of temptation rise against you,
or you are running upon the rocks of trouble,
look to the star – call on Mary!”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Mellifluous Doctor

if-the-hurricanes-of-temptation-st-bernard-5-may-2018 and 16 july 2020

“What shall we say, brethren?
Is she not our mother?
Certainly, brethren,
she is in truth our mother.
Through her we are born,
not to the world
but to God.”

St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167)

what-shall-we-say-brethren-st-aelred-9-may-2019

“Mary is the most
sweet bait,
chosen,
prepared
and ordained by God,
to catch the hearts of men.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctor of the Church

mary is the most sweet bait - st catherine of siena 16 july 2020

“Just as there is not one among all the Blessed
who loves God as Mary does, so there is no-one,
after God, who loves us as much as this most loving Mother does.
Furthermore, if we heaped together
all the love that mothers have for their children,
all the love of husbands and wives,
all the love of all the angels and Saints for their clients,
it could never equal Mary’s love for even a single soul.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Doctor of the Church
(The Glories of Mary)just-as-there-is-not-one-15-jan-2018-st-alphonsus-liguori ad 16 july 2020

“Only after the Last Judgment will Mary get any rest;
from now until then, she is much too busy with her children.”

“To serve the Queen of Heaven, is already to reign there
and to live under her commands, is more than to govern.”

St John Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859)

only-after-the-last-judgment-st-john-vianney-15-jan-2018 and 16 july 2020

”To desire grace, without recourse to the Virgin Mother,
is to desire to fly without wings!”

Ven Servant of God Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)

to desire grace - ven pope pius XII - 15 jan 2018

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother,
because she is the sea to be crossed
to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.”

St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

always stay close to this heavenly mother - st padre pio - 5 may 2018

“Honouring Mary,
no matter how sacred,
is only the door
leading to Jesus.
Mary is the means,
Jesus is the end.
Mary is the road,
Jesus is the destination.”

mary-is-the-road-jesus-is-the-destination-26-june-2019-1-1 and 16 july 2020

Blessed Jacques Ghazir Haddad (1875-1954)

honouring-mary-bl-jacques-ghazir-haddid-26-june-2019-1 and 16 july 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 16 July – ‘… Following Him!’

One Minute Reflection – 16 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – Thursday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: Isaiah 26:7-91216-19Psalm 102:13-21Matthew 11:28-30 and the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and of Blessed Ceslaus Odrowaz OP (c 1184– 1242) (Brother of St Hyacinth)

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for yourselves…” … Matthew 11:29

REFLECTION – “Dearest sister in Jesus.   I, Catherine, servant of the servants of Jesus, write to you in His Precious Blood, wishing only that you feed yourself with God’s love and nourish yourself with it, as at a mother’s breast.   Nobody, in fact, can live without this milk!
Who possesses God’s love, finds so much joy that every bitterness transforms itself into sweetness and that every great weight becomes light.   One must not be astonished because living in charity you live in God – “God is love and he who abides in love, abides in God and God abides in him”(1 John 4:16)
Thus, living in God, you can have no bitterness because God is delight, gentleness and never-ending joy!
This is why God’s friends are always happy!   Even if we are sick, poor, grieved, troubled, persecuted, we are always joyful.
… We do not seek joy elsewhere than in Jesus and we avoid any glory which is not that of the Cross.
Embrace, then, Jesus crucified, raising to Him the eyes of your desire! Consider His burning love for you, which made Jesus pour out His blood from every part of His body!
Embrace Jesus crucified, loving and beloved and in Him you will find true life because He is God made man.   Let your heart and your soul burn with the fire of love drawn from Jesus on the Cross!
You must, then, become love, looking at God’s love who loved you so much not because He had any obligation towards you but out of pure gift, urged only by His ineffable love.
You will have no other desire than to follow Jesus!   As if you were drunken with Love, it will no longer matter whether you are alone or in company – do not think about many things but only about finding Jesus and following Him!
Run, Bartolomea, do not stay asleep, because time flies and does not wait one moment!
Dwell in God’s sweet love.
Sweet Jesus, Jesus love.” … St Catherine of Sienna (1347-1380) – Doctor of the Church – From the “Letters” (letter no. 165 to Bartolomea, wife of Salviato of Lucca).matthew 11 29 take my yoke - embrace then jesus crucified - st catherine of siena 16 july 2020

PRAYER – “Holy God, our Father, we turn to You in confidence as children and pray, give us meekness of heart, make us “poor in spirit” that we may recognise that we are not self-sufficient, that we are unable to build our lives on our own but need You, we need to encounter You, to listen to You, to speak to You.   Help us to understand that we need Your gift, Your wisdom, which is Jesus Himself, in order to do the Your will in our lives and thus to find rest in the hardships of our journey.”   Hear the prayers we request of the Mother of our Jesus Crucified and our Mother, Our Lady of Carmel, dear Lord and holy God, which we pray through Christ, our Light, in the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen. … Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 7 December 2011our-lady-of-mount-carmel-pray-for-us.2 16 july 2019 and 2020 (1)

bl ceslaus odrowaz pray for us 16 july 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 2 July – Constant Prayer to the Precious Blood of Jesus By St Catherine of Siena

Our Morning Offering – 2 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – Thursday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time

Constant Prayer
to the Precious Blood of Jesus
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctor of the Church

Precious Blood,
Ocean of Divine Mercy,
Flow upon us!
Precious Blood,
most pure Offering,
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood,
Hope and Refuge of sinners,
Atone for us!
Precious Blood,
Delight of holy souls,
Draw us!
Amenconstant prayer to the precious blood of jesus by st catherine of siena 2 july 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 June – Speaking of: Belonging to God

Quote/s of the Day – 2 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Tuesday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 2 Peter 3:12-15, 17-18, Psalm 90:2-4, 10, 14, 16, Mark 12:13-17

Speaking of: Belonging to God

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s
and to God, the things that are God’s.”

Jesus

John 12:17

john 12 17 render to caesar 2 june 2020

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord
and our hearts are restless
until they rest in You.”

you have made us for yourself - st augustine 14 feb 2019

“Love God, then do what you will.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of Grace

love god then do what you will - st augustine - belonging to god 2 june 2020

“Love God, serve God,
everything is in that.”

St Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

love-god-serve-god-everything-is-in-that-st-clare-1-jan-2019 and 2020

“Lord, take me from myself
and give me to Yourself.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctorof the Church

lord take me from myself and give me to your yourself - st catherine of siena - 30 april 2020

“If you wish to enter into life,
keep My commandments.
If you will know the truth,
believe in Me.
If you will be perfect,
sell all.
If you will be My disciple,
deny yourself.
If you will possess the blessed life,
despise this present life.
If you will be exalted in heaven,
humble yourself on earth.
If you wish to reign with Me,
carry the Cross with Me.
For only the servants of the Cross
find the life of blessedness
and of true light.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)
The Imitation of Christ Chapter 56

if you wish to enter into life keep my commandments - thomas a kempis 2 june 2020 belonging to god

“I am the king’s good servant
but God’s first.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535)
Martyr

i am the kings good servant but god's first - st thomas more 29 jan 2019

“God gave Himself to you,
now give yourself to God.”

St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595)

god gave himself - st robert southwell - 21 feb 2018

“Jesus will be in agony
even to the end of the world;
we must not sleep
during that time”

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

(Pensées, 553)

jesus will be in agony even to the end of the world - we must not sleep during that time blaise pascal 2 june 2020

“Who except God can give you peace?
Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?”

St Gerard Majella C.Ss.R. (1726-1755)

who except god can give you peace - st gerard majella 2 june 2020

“We are like the penny,
because we have the image of the king stamped on us,
the divine King.”

we are like the penny - gk chesterton 30 april 2020

“A Catholic is a person,
who has plucked up courage,
to face the incredible and inconceivable idea,
that something else may be wiser than he is.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)

a catholic is a person - seeking chesterton - part two - 8 may 2018

“What you are is God’s gift to you,
what you become,
is your gift to God.”

Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988)

what you are is god's gift to you what you become is your gift to god - hans urs von balthasar 20 april 2020

“If you truly love God and His will,
then doing what you will,
will, in fact,
be doing what God wills.”

Peter Kreeft

if you truly love god and his will then doing what you will - peter kreeft 2 june 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 31 May – Come, O Holy Spirit, come!

Quote/s of the Day – 31 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost

“But it is God,
who establishes us, with you in Christ
and has anointed us,
by putting his seal on us
and giving us his Spirit in our heart,
as a first instalment.”

St Paul
2 Corinthians 1:21

2-cor-1-21-but-it-is-god-who-establishes-us-6-june-2019 and 31 may 2020 pentecost

“Accordingly, in the Church,
one God is preached,
one God who is above all things
and through all things and in all things.
God is above all things as Father,
for He is principle and source,
He is through all things through the Word
and He is in all things in the Holy Spirit.”

St Athanasius (c 295-373)
Father and Doctor of the Church

accordingly in the church one god is preached - st athanasius 31 may 2020 pentecost

“Remember, then, that you received a spiritual seal,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence,
the spirit of holy fear.
Keep safe what you received.
God the Father sealed you,
Christ the Lord strengthened you
and sent the Spirit into your hearts
as the pledge of what is to come.”

St Ambrose (340-397)
Father & Doctor of the Church

remember-then-that-you-received-a-spiritual-seal-st-ambrose-5-june-2019 and 31 may 2020

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart.
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling
and scatter there Your cheerful beams.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of Grace

o-holy-spirit-descend-plentifully-st-augustine-3-june-2019 and 31 may 2020

“As the soul
is the life of the body,
so the Holy Spirit
is the life of our souls.”

St Peter Damian (1007-1072)
Doctor of the Church

as the soul is the life of the body so the holy spirit is the life of our souls st peter damian 31 may 2020 pentecost

“Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God –
The Father is your table,
the Son is your food
and the Holy Spirit waits on you
and then makes His dwelling in you.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctor of the Church

enrich your soul - st catherine of siena 31 may 2020 pentecost

“The Holy Spirit leads us like a mother.
He leads His child by the hand…
as a sighted person leads a blind person.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)

the holy spirit leads us like a mother - st john vianney 31 may 2020

“We ought to pray and invoke the Holy Spirit,
for each one of us greatly needs His protection and His help.
The more we are lacking in wisdom,
weak in strength,
burdened with trouble,
prone to sin,
the more we should turn to Him,
Who is the never-ceasing fount
of light, strength, consolation and holiness.”

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)

we-ought-to-pray-and-invoke-the-holy-spirit-pope-leo-xiii-31-may-2019 and 2020 pentecost

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Quote/s of the day – 30 April – He IS in control

Quote/s of the day – 30 April – Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

“The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrises.”

Saint Clement of Alexandria (150-215)
Father of the Church

the lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrises - st clement of alex 30 april 2020

“Lord, take me from myself
and give me to Yourself.”

Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctor of the Church

lord take me from myself and give me to your yourself - st catherine of siena - 30 april 2020

“In the designs of Providence,
there are no mere coincidences.”

Saint John Paul the Great (1920-2005)

in the designs of providence there are no mere conincidences - st john paul 30 april 2020

“We are like the penny,
because we have the image
of the king stamped on us,
the Divine King.”

we are like the penny - gk chesterton 30 april 2020

“If God had a wallet,
your picture would be in it.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)

if god had a wallet your picture would be in it - gk chesterton 30 april 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 29 April – St Catherine of Siena and Bl Maria Magdalene

Quote/s of the Day – 29 April – Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter, Readings: Acts 8:1-8, Psalm 66:1-7, John 6:35-40 and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church and Bl Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation FSPA (1770-1824)

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to me, shall not hunger
and he who believes in me, shall never thirst.”

John 6:35

i am the bread of life - john 6 35 - 5 aug 2018

“He will provide the way and the means,
such as you could never have imagined.
Leave it all to Him,
let go of yourself,
lose yourself on the Cross
and you will find yourself entirely.”

he will provide the way and the means - st catherine of siena - 7 nov 2019 all dom saints

“Speak the truth in a million voices.
It is silence that kills!”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

speak the truth in a million voices - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2019

“May Jesus be known, loved and adored by all
and be, in every moment,
the receiver of thanksgiving,
in the most holy and most divine Sacrament.”

Bl Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation (1770-1824)

may jesus be known loved and adored by all - bl maria mad_gdalene of the incarn 29 april 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 29 April – A Prayer of Penitence – O God of Truth and Love

Our Morning Offering – 29 April – Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

O God of Truth and Love
A Prayer of Penitence
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) 

O omnipotent Father,
God of truth,
God of love
permit me to enter into
the cell of self-knowledge.
I admit, that of myself,
I am nothing
but that all being
and goodness in me
comes solely from You.
Show me my faults,
that I may detest them,
and thus I shall flee from self-love
and find myself clothed again
in the nuptial robe of divine charity,
which I must have,
in order to be admitted
to the nuptials of life eternal.
Ameno god of truth and love - st catherine of siena - 7 nov 2019

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Memorials of the Saints – 29 April

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
St Catherine here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/saint-of-the-day-29-april-st-catherine-of-siena-1347-1380-doctor-of-the-church/

Abbots of Cluny:  A feast that recognises the great and saintly early abbots of Cluny Abbey:
• Saint Aymardus of Cluny
• Saint Berno of Cluny
• Saint Hugh of Cluny
• Saint Mayeul
• Saint Odilo of Cluny
• Saint Odo of Cluny
• Saint Peter the Venerable


St Antonius Kim Song-u
St Ava of Denain
St Daniel of Gerona
St Dichu
St Endellion of Tregony
St Fiachan of Lismore
St Hugh of Cluny
St Gundebert of Gumber
Blessed Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation/Caterina Soderini FSPA (1770-1824)
St Paulinus of Brescia
St Peter of Verona OP (1205–1252) – St Peter Martyr
His Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/04/29/saint-of-the-day-29-april-st-peter-of-verona-op-1205-1252/
Bl Robert Gruthuysen
St Senan of Wales
St Severus of Naples
St Theoger
St Torpes of Pisa
St Tychicus
St Wilfrid the Younger

Martyrs of Cirta: A group of clergy and laity martyred together in Cirta, Numidia (in modern Tunisia) in the persecutions of Valerian. They were – Agapius, Antonia, Emilian, Secundinus and Tertula, along with a woman and her twin children whose names have not come down to us.

Martyrs of Corfu: A gang of thieves who converted while in prison, brought to the faith by Saint Jason and Saint Sosipater who were had been imprisoned for evangelizing. When the gang announced their new faith, they were martyred together. They were – Euphrasius, Faustianus, Insischolus, Januarius, Mammius, Marsalius and Saturninus. They were boiled in oil and pitch in the 2nd century on the Island of Corcyra (modern Corfu, Greece.
Also known as:
• Martyrs of Corcyra
• Seven Holy Thieves
• Seven Holy Robbers
• Seven Robber Saints

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Quote/s of the Day – 7 November – From our Dominican Friends in Heaven

Quote/s of the Day – 7 November – The Memorial of All Dominican Saints

Just a few quotes from Dominican Saints

“Heretics are to be converted
by an example of humility
and other virtues
far more readily,
than by any external
display or verbal battles.
So let us arm ourselves with
devout prayers
and set off,
showing signs of genuine humility
and go barefooted
to combat
Goliath.”

St Dominic (1170-1221)heretics-are-to-be-converted-st-dominic-8-aug-201 and 5 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Anyone who receives this Sacrament,
with the devotion of sincere faith,
will never taste death.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) OP Doctor of the Churchanyone-who-receives-this-sacrament-st-albert-the-great-15-nov-2018 and 7 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Do not be attached, therefore,
to clothing and riches
because they divided My garments among themselves.
Nor to honours, for I experienced harsh words and scourgings.
Nor to greatness of rank,
for weaving a crown of thorns,
they placed it on My head.
Nor to anything delightful,
for in My thirst, they gave Me vinegar to drink.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Doctor of the Churchdo-not-be-attached-therefore-st-thomas-aquinas-24-feb-humility and 5 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Remember that you will derive strength
by reflecting that the saints,
yearn for you
to join their ranks,
desire to see you fight bravely,
and behave like a true knight
in your encounters
with the same adversities
which they had to conquer
and that breathtaking joy
is the eternal reward,
for having endured a few years,
of temporal pain.
Every drop of earthly bitterness,
will be changed into
an ocean of heavenly sweetness.”

Blessed Henry Suso OP (1290-1365)remember-that-you-will-derive-strength-lenten-thought-23-march-2019-bl-henry-suso and 5 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“He will provide the way and the means,
such as you could never have imagined.
Leave it all to Him,
let go of yourself,
lose yourself on the Cross
and you will find yourself entirely.”he will provide the way and the means - st catherine of siena - 7 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Speak the truth in a million voices.
It is silence that kills!”speak the truth in a million voices - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2019.jpg

“What is it you want to change?
Your hair, your face, your body?
Why? For God is in love with all those things
and He might weep when they are gone!”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchwhat-is-it-you-want-to-change-st-catherine-of-siena-29-april-2018 and 7 nov 2019 all dominican saints.jpg

“Once humility is acquired,
charity will come to life,
like a burning flame,
devouring the corruption of vice
and filling the heart so full,
that there is no place for vanity.”…

St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)once-humility-is-acquired-st-vincent-ferrer-5-april-2019 and 7 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Apart from the Cross
there is no other ‘ladder’
by which we might get to heaven.”

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)apart-from-the-cross-st-rose-of-lima-23-aug-2017 and 5 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 7 November – O God of Truth and Love

Our Morning Offering – 7 November – Thursday of the Thirty First week in Ordinary Time, Year C

On this the Feast of all Dominican Saints let us pray a prayer by St Catherine of Siena OP (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

O God of Truth and Love
A Prayer of Penitence
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

O omnipotent Father,
God of truth,
God of love
permit me to enter into
the cell of self-knowledge.
I admit, that of myself,
I am nothing
but that all being
and goodness in me
comes solely from You.
Show me my faults,
that I may detest them,
and thus I shall flee from self-love
and find myself clothed again
in the nuptial robe of divine charity,
which I must have,
in order to be admitted
to the nuptials of life eternal.
Ameno god of truth and love - st catherine of siena - 7 nov 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Love the Lord, Love your neighbour

One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Today’s Gospel: Matthew 23:34-40 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart … You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” … Matthew 22:37,40matthew 22 37 and 40 you shall the lord your god you shall yourneighbour - 23 aug 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “Thus, then, the obedient man,with the light of faith, in the truth burning in the furnace of charity … receives his end from Me, his Creator.”…St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchthus-then-the-obedient-man-no 2 - st-catherine-of-siena-23-aug-2018.jpg

PRAYER – “God our Father, for love of You, St Rose of Lima left the world and gave herself to a life of penitence, austerity and charity.   Help us by her prayers, so to follow the path of life on earth, in complete love of You and thus of Your children, that we may obtain the fullness of joy in Your presence in heaven and be clothed fit for the wedding feast.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-rose-of-lima-pray-for-us-23-aug-2017

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 July – Childlike

Quote/s of the Day – 17 July – Wednesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, C – Today’s Gospel Matthew 11:25-27.

“You have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned,
you have revealed them,
to the childlike”

Matthew 11:25matthew 11 25 you have revealed them to the childlike 17 july 2019.jpg

“He will provide
the way and the means,
such as you
could never have imagined.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctor of the Churchhe will provide the way and the means such as you - st catherine of siena 17 july 2019.jpg

“Love to be unknown.”

St Philip Neri (1515-1595)love to be unknown st philip neri - 17 july 2019.jpg

“The two kinds of people
that go around,
seeing the world
as absolutely fascinating,
are children and saints.”the two kinds of people - fr mike schmitz 17 july 2019.jpg

“God has a plan
to get to you
but how many people
have a plan,
to get to God?”

Father Mike Schmitzgod has a plan to get to you - fr mike schmitz 17 july 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 29 April – I tasted and I saw

Thought for the Day – 29 April – Monday of the Second week of Easter, Year C and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

I tasted and I saw

Saint Catherine of Siena OP (1347-1380)
Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from Dialogue on Divine Providence

With a look of mercy that revealed His indescribable kindness, God the Father spoke to Catherine:

“Eternal God, eternal Trinity, You have made the blood of Christ so precious through His sharing in Your divine nature.   You are a mystery as deep as the sea, the more I search, the more I find and the more I find, the more I search for You.   But I can never be satisfied, what I receive, will ever leave me desiring more.   When You fill my soul I have an even greater hunger and I grow more famished for Your Light.   I desire above all to see You, the true Light, as You really are.

I have tasted and seen the depth of Your mystery and the beauty of Your creation with the light of my understanding.   I have clothed myself with Your likeness and have seen what I shall be.   Eternal Father, You have given me a share in Your power and the wisdom, that Christ claims as His own and Your Holy Spirit has given me, the desire to love You.   You are my Creator, eternal Trinity and I am Your creature.   You have made of me a new creation in the blood of Your Son and I know, that You are moved with love, at the beauty of Your creation, for You have enlightened me.

Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, You could give me no greater gift than the gift of Yourself.   For You are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being.   Yes, You are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its Light and causes me to know Your truth.   By this Light, reflected as it were in a mirror, I recognise that You are the highest good, one we can neither comprehend nor fathom.   And I know, that You are beauty and wisdom itself.   The food of angels, You gave Yourself to man, in the fire of Your love.

You are the garment which covers our nakedness and in our hunger, You are a satisfying food, for You are sweetness and in You there is no taste of bitterness, O triune God!  Amen”

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for Us!st-catherine-of-siena-pray-for-us-29-april-20182.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 29 April – Catherine

Quote/s of the Day – 29 April – Monday of the Second week of Easter, Year C and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

“What is it you want to change?
Your hair, your face, your body?
Why? For God is in love with all those things
and He might weep when they are gone!”what-is-it-you-want-to-change-st-catherine-of-siena-29-april-2018.jpg

“All the way to heaven IS heaven
because Jesus said,
“I am the way.”all the way to heaven IS heaven - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2019

“Speak the truth in a million voices.
It is silence that kills!”speak the truth in a million voices - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2019.jpg

“Turn over the rudder in God’s name
and sail with the wind,
heaven sends us.”

St Catherine of Siena OP (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

More St Catherine quotes here:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/quote-s-of-the-day-29-april-fifth-sunday-of-eastertide-and-the-memorial-of-st-catherine-of-siena-1347-1380-doctor-of-the-church/turn over the rudder - st catherine of siena 29 april 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 29 April – Holy Trinity, Holy Love

Our Morning Offering – 29 April – Monday of the Second week of Easter, Year C and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

Holy Trinity, Holy Love
By St Catherine of Siena

Holy Spirit, come into my heart;
draw it to Thee by Thy power,
O my God,
and grant me charity with filial fear.
Preserve me,
O beautiful love,
from every evil thought,
warm me,
inflame me with Thy dear love
and every pain will seem light to me.
My Father,
my sweet Lord,
help me in all my actions.
Jesus, love, Jesus, love.
Amenholy trinity holy love - st catherine of siena 29 april 2019

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Memorials of the Saints – 29 April

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
St Catherine here:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/saint-of-the-day-29-april-st-catherine-of-siena-1347-1380-doctor-of-the-church/

Abbots of Cluny: A feast that recognises the great and saintly early abbots of Cluny Abbey:
• Saint Aymardus of Cluny
• Saint Berno of Cluny
• Saint Hugh of Cluny
• Saint Mayeul
• Saint Odilo of Cluny
• Saint Odo of Cluny
• Saint Peter the Venerable


St Antonius Kim Song-u
St Ava of Denain
St Daniel of Gerona
St Dichu
St Endellion of Tregony
St Fiachan of Lismore
St Hugh of Cluny
St Gundebert of Gumber
St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo
St Paulinus of Brescia
St Peter of Verona OP (1205–1252) – St Peter Martyr
Bl Robert Gruthuysen
St Senan of Wales
St Severus of Naples
St Theoger
St Torpes of Pisa
St Tychicus
St Wilfrid the Younger

Martyrs of Cirta: A group of clergy and laity martyred together in Cirta, Numidia (in modern Tunisia) in the persecutions of Valerian. They were – Agapius, Antonia, Emilian, Secundinus and Tertula, along with a woman and her twin children whose names have not come down to us.

Martyrs of Corfu: A gang of thieves who converted while in prison, brought to the faith by Saint Jason and Saint Sosipater who were had been imprisoned for evangelizing. When the gang announced their new faith, they were martyred together. They were – Euphrasius, Faustianus, Insischolus, Januarius, Mammius, Marsalius and Saturninus. They were boiled in oil and pitch in the 2nd century on the Island of Corcyra (modern Corfu, Greece.
Also known as:
• Martyrs of Corcyra
• Seven Holy Thieves
• Seven Holy Robbers
• Seven Robber Saints

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 Oct – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 27 Oct – Saturday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Speaking of:  Marian Gems

“She (Mary) is like a fiery chariot,
because she conceived within her the Word,
the only-begotten Son of God.
She carries and spreads,
the fire of love,
because her Son IS love.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchshe mary is like a fiery chariot - st catherine of asiena - 27 oct 2018

“If every woman were an image
of the Mother of God, a spouse of Christ
and an apostle of the divine Heart,
she would fulfil her feminine vocation
no matter in what circumstances she lived
and what her external activities might be.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein (1891-1942)

if every woman - st teresa benedicta no 2 - 27 oct 2018

“O Blessed Rosary of Mary,
sweet chain which binds us to God,
bond of love which unites us to the angels,
tower of salvation against the assaults of hell,
safe port in our universal shipwreck,
we shall never abandon you.”

Bl Bartholomew Longo (1841-1926)o blessed rosary - bl bartholomew longo - 27 oct 2018

“Mary is the image and model of all mothers,
of their great mission to be guardians of life,
of their mission to be teachers
of the art of living
and of the art of loving.”

Pope Benedict XVImary is the image and model of all mothers - pope benedict - 27 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Thursday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’...Matthew 22:11-12friend how did you get in here - matthew 22 12

REFLECTION – “What is that “wedding garment” then? … The wedding garment” is such charity as this.   “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.”   Tongues have come in alone and it is said to them, “How came ye in hither not having a wedding garment?” “Though,” said he, “I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains and have not charity, I am nothing.”   See, these are the miracles of men who very often have not “the wedding garment.”   “Though,” he says,” I have all these and have not Christ, I am nothing.” … If then I have not charity, though I bestow alms freely upon the poor, though I have come to the confession of Christ’s Name even unto blood and fire, these things may be done even through the love of glory and so are vain.
… For “the wedding garment” is taken in honour of the union, the union, that is, of the Bridegroom to the Bride.  You know the Bridegroom – it is Christ. You know the Bride – it is the Church.   Pay honour to the Bride, pay honour to the Bridegroom  . If you pay due honour to them both, you will be their children.   Therefore in this make progress.   Love the Lord and so learn to love yourselves, that when by loving the Lord, you shall have loved yourselves, you may securely love your neighbour as yourselves.
…So then, have faith with love.   This is the “wedding garment.”…St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctorso then have faith with love this then is the wed garment - st augustine - 23 aug 2018

“Thus, then, the obedient man,with the light of faith, in the truth burning in the furnace of charity … receives his end from Me, his Creator.”…St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchthus then, the obedient man - st catherine of siena - 23 aug 2018

PRAYER – “God our Father, for love of You, St Rose of Lima left the world and gave herself to a life of penitence, austerity and charity.   Help us by her prayers, so to follow the path of life on earth, in complete love of You and thus of Your children, that we may obtain the fulness of joy in Your presence in heaven and be clothed fit for the wedding feast.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-rose-of-lima-pray-for-us-23 aug 2017

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Our Morning Offering– 23 August – The Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Our Morning Offering– 23 August – The Memorial of St Rose of Lima T.O.S.D. (1586-1617)

O God of Truth and Love

A Prayer of Penitence
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

O omnipotent Father,
God of truth,
God of love,
permit me to enter into
the cell of self-knowledge.
I admit, that of myself, I am nothing,
but that all being
and goodness in me
comes solely from You.
Show me my faults,
that I may detest them,
and thus I shall flee from self-love
and find myself clothed again
in the nuptial robe of divine charity,
which I must have,
in order to be admitted
to the nuptials of life eternal.
Amen

St Catherine was St Rose’s model and both were, of course, Dominican Tertiaries.o god of truth and love, o omnipotent Father - st catherine of siena - 23 aug 2018 mem of st rose of lima (dominican tertiaries)

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Our Morning Offering – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

Our Morning Offering – 1 July – Month of the Most Precious Blood

Constant Prayer
to the Precious Blood of Jesus
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

Precious Blood,
ocean of divine mercy,
Flow upon us!
Precious Blood,
most pure offering,
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood,
hope and refuge of sinners,
Atone for us!
Precious Blood,
delight of holy souls,
Draw us!
Amen.

constant prayer to the precious blood - st catherine of siena - 1 july 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Quote/s of the Day – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

“If anyone does not believe,
that Holy Mary is the Mother of God,
such a one is a stranger to the Godhead.”

St Gregory Nazianzen (330-390) Father and Doctor of the Churchif anyone does not believe - st gregory of nazianzen - 5 may 2018

“No one will ever be the servant of the Son
without serving the Mother.”

St Ildephonsus (607-670)no one will ever be a servant of the son - st ildephonsus - 5 may 2018

“If the hurricanes of temptation rise against you,
or you are running upon the rocks of trouble,
look to the star – call on Mary!”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Mellifluous Doctorif the hurricanes of temptation - st bernard - 5 may 2018

“Mary is the most sweet bait, chosen, prepared
and ordained by God, to catch the hearts of men.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchmary is the most swet bait - st catherine of siena - 5 may 2018

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother,
because she is the sea to be crossed
to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.”

St Padre Pio (1887-1968)always stay close to this heavenly mother - st padre pio - 5 may 2018

 

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Thought for the Day – 29 April – Fifth Sunday of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

Thought for the Day – 29 April – Fifth Sunday of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

Catherine of Siena is one of the most remarkable figures of the fourteenth century and had an influence far beyond her holiness of life.   She took part in the politics of both Church and State and was a beacon of light in a very difficult time.

The mystical experiences that were to last throughout her whole life and an intimacy with her Saviour that transformed her whole existence began when she was but six years old.   She grew up, known for cheerfulness and merriment, with no indication of the astonishing role she was to play in the work of the Church.

In 1364, she became a member of the Third Order of St Dominic and from this time her influence began to grow in Siena as she gathered around her a circle of followers.   She began dictating letters to this circle and to take part in public affairs.   (She had never learnt to write, which was not uncommon for women in that era).   In 1374, she began to interest herself in furthering a crusade against the Turks and in the return of the Pope from Avignon to Rome.   In 1376, she went to Avignon to urge Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome.   With her encouragement, he did but died shortly thereafter. In 1375, whilst on a trip to Pisa, she received the Stigmata.

Pope Gregory’s successor, Urban VI, so alienated the Cardinals who elected him, that they decided to elect another pope.   This was the beginning of the Great Western Schism in which two and later three, popes, divided the allegiance of Christendom.   Catherine was shattered by this division in the Church and went to Rome to work for the reunification of the Church.

Burdened with sorrow and offering herself for the unity of the Church, Catherine died in Rome on 29 April 1380.   She left a huge collection of letters as well as her chief work, The Dialogues.

By the sheer force of her personality, St Catherine converted thousands and the mere sight of her would convert hardened sinners.   We may not have her personality but we can reach into the lives of others and influence them for good.   We cannot have warmth ourselves, without giving it to others.    “Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’...Luke 24:32

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us!st catherine of siena pray for us - 29 april 2018

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 29 April – Fifth Sunday of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 29 April – Fifth Sunday of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

“Proclaim the Truth
and do not be silent
through fear.”

“Preach the Truth
as if you had a million voices.
It is silence that kills the world.”

“Nothing great is ever achieved,
without much enduring.”

“All the way to heaven is heaven
because Jesus said, “I am the way.”proclaim the truth -nothing great - all the way to heaven - preach the truth - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2018

“Start being brave about everything.
Drive out darkness and spread light.
Don’t look at your weaknesses.
Realise instead, that in Christ crucified,
you can do everything.”start being brave - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2018

“Strange that so much suffering is caused
because of the misunderstandings
of God’s true nature.
God’s heart is more gentle
than the Virgin’s first kiss upon the Christ.
And God’s forgiveness to all, to any thought or act,
is more certain than our own being.”

“Everything comes from love,
all is ordained for the salvation of man,
God does nothing without this goal in mind.”

“A soul cannot live without loving.
It must have something to love,
for it was created to love.”strange that so much - everything comes from love - a soul cannot live - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2018

“He will provide the way and the means,
such as you could never have imagined.
Leave it all to Him,
let go of yourself,
lose yourself on the Cross
and you will find yourself entirely.”he will provide the way and the means - st catherine of siena-no 3. - 29 april 2018

“What is it you want to change?
Your hair, your face, your body?
Why? For God is in love with all those things
and He might weep when they are gone!”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchwhat is it you want to change - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 29 April – Fifth Sunday of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 29 April – Fifth Sunday of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’….Matthew 25:40

REFLECTION – “Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.”…. St Catherine of Sienacharity is the sweet and holy bond - st catherine siena - 29 april 2018

PRAYER – Almighty God, You made St Catherine of Siena, a contemplative lover of the Lord’s sufferings and an ardent servant of her neighbour and the Church. Grant that through her prayer, Your people may be united to Christ in His Mystery and true lovers of His sheep. May we live the commands He gave us and see His face in our neighbour. Through Jesus, our Lord, one God with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, amen.st catherine of siena - pray for us - 29 april 2018

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Saint of the Day – 29 April – St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 29 April – St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church, Virgin, Stigmatist, Mystic, Scholastic Philosopher and Theologian, Writer, Reformer, Adviser, Mediator, Dominican Tertiary.   St Catherine was born Caterina Benincasa on 25 March 1347 at Siena, Tuscany, Italy and died on  29 April 1380 in Rome, Italy of a mysterious and painful illness that came on without notice and was never diagnosed.  Her body was buried in the Dominican church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.  The first funerary monument was erected in 1380 by Blessed Raymond of Capua, her relics were re-enshrined in 1430 and again in 1466, at the high altar of the church.  She was Canonised in July 1461 by Pope Pius II.

Patronages – against bodily ills, against fire, against illness, against miscarriages, against sexual temptation, against sickness, against temptations, fire prevention, firefighters, nurses, nursing services, people ridiculed for their piety, sick people,  joint patron of Europe with St Benedict of Nursia, St Gertrude of Sweden, Sts Cyril & Methodius and St Edith Stein,3 dioceses, Siena, joint patron of Italy, with St Francis of Assisi, Varazze, Italy.HEADER - st catherine of siena - largeCaterina Benincasa was born in Siena on 25 March 1347, the last of 25 children of the wealthy wool-dyer Jacopo Benincasa and Lapa di Puccio dé Piacenti.

At the age of six, Catherine received her first vision, near the Church of San Domenico. From this moment onwards the child began to follow a path of devotion, taking the oath of chastity only a year later.   After initial resistance from her family, eventually her father gave in and left Catherine to follow her inclinations.   In 1363, at just 15 years of age, Catherine donned the black cloak of the Dominican Tertiary sisters.   In 1367 she began working tirelessly to help the sick at the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala.catherinesiena-public-domainSt Catherine of Siena2As her fame spread throughout Christendom, during a visit to the city of Pisa, Catherine received the stigmata from a wooden cross hanging in the Church of Santa Cristina.   Her many travels abroad to act as mediator for the Papacy included a trip to Avignon, where she urged Pope Gregory to bring the Papal Court back to Rome from its exile in France.

On returning to Siena, Catherine founded the Monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli in the castle of Belcaro.   With the death of Pope Gregory XI in 1378, his successor Urban VI had to face strong opposition from a number of cardinals who had elected a second Pope with the name of Clement VII, thereby provoking what would later come to be termed the Great Schism of the West.   Pope Urban VI called on Catherine to act as mediator with princes, politicians and members of the Church, with a view to legitimising his election.catherine_1768994b.jpg

St. Catherine of Siena, St. Albert the Great
In 1380, at just 33, Catherine died and was buried in the Rome church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.   In 1461 Pope Pius II proclaimed her saint and in 1866 Pius IX included her as one of the patron saints of Rome.   In 1939, along with St Francis of Assisi, St Catherine of Siena was proclaimed patron saint of Italy by Pope Pius XII.

In 1970 Paul VI conferred the title of Doctor of the Universal Church on Catherine and in 1999 she was proclaimed co-patron saint of Europe by Pope John Paul II.

Catherine of Siena is one of the outstanding figures of medieval Catholicism, by the strong influence she has had in the history of the papacy.   She is behind the return of the Pope from Avignon to Rome and then carried out many missions entrusted by the pope, something quite rare for a simple nun in the Middle Ages.

Her writings—and especially The Dialogue, her major work which includes a set of treatises she would have dictated during ecstasies—mark theological thought.   She is one of the most influential writers in Catholicism, to the point that she is one of only four women to be declared a doctor of the Church.   This recognition by the Church consecrates the importance of her writings.

St Catherine’s home now known as The Sanctuary of St Catherine is a major Pilgrimage Site in Siena.   The architecture of this sanctuary dedicated to Saint Catherine isn’t entirely original but the atmosphere definitely is.   As are many of the objects that belonged to the saint.   The rooms have been altered a lot since 1461, when the house was bought by the city of Siena and transformed into a museum.   The idea wasn’t faithful architectural conservation but rather preserving her honour and memory, hence the eclectic art collection celebrating her life and work.   It’s a sensitive place, full of religious passion and historical references and well reflects the extraordinary life of this woman.

sanctuary of st catherineThe Oratory of the Bedroom:  this houses the small cubicle where Catherine rested and prayed and the stone where the saint would lay her head.   This space is connected with the first phase of Catherine’s life, where she would withdraw from the world in contemplation.  Images below.oratorio_camera_1_Lensini-e1456502419772st catherine - child

Church of the Crucifix:   The church is home to the wooden crucifix from which Saint Catherine received the stigmata, an event which took place in Pisa, where Catherine had gone in 1375 to persuade the Lords of the city to shun the anti-papal league.   The stigmata remained visible only to the Saint for the rest of her life, miraculously appearing at the moment of her death.chiesa_crocifisso_2_Lensinist catherine sanctuary

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One Minute Reflection – – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent and the Memorial of St Matilda

One Minute Reflection – – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent and the Memorial of St Matilda

Now is the acceptable time!   Now is the time of salvation….2 Corinthians 6:2

REFLECTION – “You no longer have the time that is past.   Nor are you sure of the time that is to come.   Hence, all you do have, is this present point in time – and nothing more!”… St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchyou no longer have the time - st catherine of siena - 14 march 2018

PRAYER – Timeless loving Lord, teach me to be grateful for every moment that You allot to me.   Grant that I may always understand this ‘blink of an eye’ and live each moment only for You, in You and with You.   Difficult as your times were St Matilda, you maintained your eyes on the Lord alone, pray for us all, that we too may follow your example. Amenst matilda pray for us - 14 march 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 16 July

One Minute Reflection – 16 July

I was (the Lord’s) delight day by day………….Proverbs 8:30

REFLECTION – “So pleasing to God was Mary’s humility that He was constrained by His goodness to entrust to her the Word, His only Son.
And it was that dearest Mother who gave Him to us.”……………St Catherine of Siena

so pleassing to God - st Catherine of Siena

PRAYER – Almighty Lord and God, let the gracious intercession of our Lady of Mount Carmel help us. Under her protection, may we come to the mountain of God, Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

our lady of mount carmel - pray for us

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Thought for the Day – 20 April

Although St. Agnes of Montepulciano was not in any way a “child saint,” like her little Roman patroness, there is about her something of the same simplicity, which makes her name appropriate.    Some of the best known legends about her concern her childhood (see the Saint of the Day here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/saint-of-the-day-20-april-st-agnes-of-montepulciano/)

At the age of forty nine, Agnes’ health began to fail rapidly.   She was taken for treatment to the baths at Chianciano – accompanied, as it says in the rule, by “two or three sisters” but the baths did her no good.    She did perform a miracle while there, restoring to life a child who had fallen into the baths and drowned.   But she returned to Montepulciano to die on the twentieth of April, 1317.   She died in the night, and the children of the city wakened and cried out, “Holy Sister Agnes is dead!”    She was buried in Montepulciano, and her tomb soon became a place of pilgrimage.

One of the most famous pilgrims to visit her tomb was St. Catherine of Siena, who went to venerate the saint and also, probably, to visit her niece, Eugenia, who was a nun in the convent there.    As she bent over the body of St. Agnes to kiss the foot, she was amazed to see Agnes raise her foot so that she did not have to stoop so far.   Agnes of Montepulciano was canonised in 1796.

Simplicity and humility – help us Lord to attain these great virtues – St Agnes of Montepulciano pray for us!

ST AGNES OF MONTE PRAY FOR US