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The Third Sunday of Lent, Year A +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 15 March

The Third Sunday of Lent, Year A +2020

Bl Anthony of Milan
St Aristobulos of Britannia
Bl Arnold of Siena
Blessed Artemide Zatti SDB (1880-1951)

St Bodian of Hanvec
St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R (1751-1820)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/saint-of-the-day-15-march-st-clement-mary-
hofbauer-c-ss-r-1751-1820/

St Eoghan of Concullen
St Eusebius II
Bl Francis of Fermo
Blessed Jan Adalbert Balicki (1869-1948)
About Blessed Jan:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/15/saint-of-the-day-blessed-jan-adalbert-balicki-1869-1948/
St Leocritia of Córdoba
St Longinus the Centurian
Bl Ludovico de la Pena
St Mancius of Evora
St Matrona of Capua
St Matrona of Thessaloniki
St Menignus of Parium
Bl Monaldus of Ancona
St Nicander of Alexandria
St Peter Pasquale
St Pío Conde y Conde
St Sisebuto
St Speciosus
St Vicenta of Coria
Bl Walter of Quesnoy
Bl William Hart
St Pope Zachary

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Thought for the Day – 15 March

Thought for the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820) “The Apostle of Austria” and “The Second Founder of the Redemptorists”

Among the passengers sharing a coach with Father Hofbauer on one occasion was a young man who was described as being infirm both in body and soul.   Possibly embittered by his unfortunate physical state, the young man continually heaped coarse insults upon the holy priest, who endured the vulgarity in silence.   At noon, when the coach drew up at an inn, all the other passengers disembarked to dine, giving no thought or concern for the crude cripple left behind.   Hofbauer lifted the man in his arms, carried him into the inn, ordered his meal, then carried him back to the coach.   The man’s behaviour toward the saint was totally changed for the rest of the trip.   Filled with sorrow for his meanness, he declared that he would never have sunk to such moral degradation had he met such a priest earlier in life.

A Polish countess who had frequented St Benno’s reminisced in after years:  “Whenever I recall him, I see him before me as a venerable priest, refined and awe inspiring in his deportment but withal very plain.  Wherever he went, he radiated the beauty of peace and spread about him the consolation that springs from divine love.   His language was always simple, he never made use of choice expressions.   Still, his words always manifested great depth of mind and invariably awakened immediate confidence. The love of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which filled his heart, shone forth in all his actions but there was about him no trace of singularity or affectation.   Purity of soul, peace of heart, the radiance of that holy joy which is born of the intimate union of man with his Maker, beamed from his countenance.   The Holy Spirit had bestowed upon him a special talent for directing souls in the ways of virtue and holiness and he toiled on with unrelenting fervour, granting himself no rest or respite until his physical energy was exhausted.”

He was unrelenting in pursuing souls cut off from the life of grace, especially those facing imminent death.   A nun entered the church one day and found Father Hofbauer kneeling before the altar.   Unobserved by the saint, she saw his cheeks wet with tears as he pleaded for the conversion of some sinner outside the fold.

“Lord,” he begged, “give me this soul, for if Thou refuse, I shall go to Thy Mother!” The nun was so deeply affected by this scene that she immediately knelt before an image of the Blessed Virgin and united her own prayers to those of Hofbauer’s.lord-give-me-this-soul-st-clement-mary-hofbauer-15-march-2018

Even a tiny grain of imitation of this great Redemptorist Saint would be a huge impetus on our own road to holiness!

St Clement Mary Hofbauer, Pray for Us!st-clement-mary-hofbauer-pray-for-us-15-march-2018-no-3

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Quote of the Day – 15 March – Pray the Rosary for the Dying!

Quote of the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820) “The Apostle of Austria” and “The Second Founder of the Redemptorists”

“We are living in evil times here.
The Church of God is vilified,
oppressed and persecuted,
while we look on,
helpless to defend or rescue,
the Bride of Christ
from the hatred of her foes.”we are living in evil times - st clement mary hofbauer - 15 march 2019.jpg

An acquaintance one day met the saint returning exhausted from attending to a dying man who lived far removed from the city and who had been away from the sacraments for seventeen years.

“It is a good thing when such a one lives far away,” he said. “For then I have ample time to recite the Rosary on the way and I have learned from experience, that sinners invariably repent before death, whenever I have had a chance to say the beads before reaching them.”

St Clement Mary Hofbauer (1751-1820)it is a good thing when such a one - st clement mary hofbauer - 15 march 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 15 March – Go and be reconciled with your brother. 

One Minute Reflection – 15 March – Friday of the First week of Lent, Year C, Gospel:  Matthew 5:20–26 and The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

“If you are bringing your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and first go and be reconciled with your brother.   Then come and offer your gift.”…Matthew 5:23–24

REFLECTION – “Christ gave His life for you and do you hold a grudge against your fellow servant?   How then can you approach the table of peace?   Your Master did not refuse to undergo every kind of suffering for you and will you not even forgo your anger?… He has offered me an outrageous insult, you say.   He has wronged me times without number, he has endangered my life.   Well, what is that?   He has not yet crucified you as the Jewish elders crucified the Lord.

If you refuse to forgive your neighbour’s offence your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins either (Mt 6:15).   What does your conscience say when you repeat the words: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…,” and the rest?   Christ went so far as to offer His blood for the salvation of those who shed it.   What could you do that would equal that?   If you refuse to forgive your enemy you harm not him but yourself… You earn for yourself eternal punishment on the Day of Judgement.

Listen to the Lord’s words:  “If you are bringing your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and first go and be reconciled with your brother. Then come and offer your gift.”   What do you mean?   Am I really to leave my gift, my offering there?   Yes, He says, because this sacrifice is offered in order that you may live in peace with your brother… For the Son of Man has come into the world to reconcile humanity with its Father.   As Paul says: “Now God has reconciled everything to himself” (Col 1:20) “putting enmity to death through the cross” (Eph 2:16)…. St John Chrysostom (347-407)matthew 5 23-24 - leave your gift at the altar - christ went so far - st john chrysostom 15 march 2019.jpg

PRAYER – All-merciful Father, help me to be ever open to Your love and mercy, running to You in all my needs and in all my fears.   Allow me too, to run to the confessional when I have sinned, to ask for and receive forgiveness and love.   Through Your mercy and forgiveness, teach me too to forgive and open my heart to kindness, reconciliation and care for my brother.   Grant that the prayers of St Clement Mary Hofbauer, may assist us all in living holy lives according to Your Commandments and the laws of the Church. Amenst-clement-mary-hofbauer-pray-for-us-15-march-2018-no-2.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 15 March

Bl Anthony of Milan
St Aristobulos of Britannia
Bl Arnold of Siena
Bl Artemide Zatti
St Bodian of Hanvec
St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R (1751-1820)
Biography: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/saint-of-the-day-15-march-st-clement-mary-hofbauer-c-ss-r-1751-1820/

St Eoghan of Concullen
St Eusebius II
Bl Francis of Fermo
Bl Jan Adalbert Balicki (1869-1948)
St Leocritia of Córdoba
St Longinus the Centurian
Bl Ludovico de la Pena
St Mancius of Evora
St Matrona of Capua
St Matrona of Thessaloniki
St Menignus of Parium
Bl Monaldus of Ancona
St Nicander of Alexandria
St Peter Pasquale
St Pío Conde y Conde
St Sisebuto
St Speciosus
St Vicenta of Coria
Bl Walter of Quesnoy
Bl William Hart
St Pope Zachary

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Thought for the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Thought for the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Drastic maladies, Clement reasoned, require drastic remedies.   If in Warsaw evil and moral perversity abounded in the extreme, then dosages of Catholicity in the extreme — if indeed there can be such a thing — were needed to correct them.   A powerful antidote invented by Clement Hofbauer was what he called the “Perpetual Mission.” He outlined it in the following manner:

“On all Sundays and holy days there is a sermon at five o’clock in the morning for servants, who . . . cannot attend the divine service at a later hour.   For their convenience Holy Mass is said immediately after the sermon. . . . Every day at six o’clock there is a Mass of Exposition, during which the people chant hymns.   After the Mass an instruction is given in Polish.   During these instructions and sermons Masses are constantly being said, so that those who do not understand Polish or German, or who have not the time to remain for a sermon, may not be deprived of the Holy Sacrifice.   Every day at eight o’clock there is a High Mass with Plain Chant, after which there are two sermons — the first in Polish and the second in German.   Then the school children come to the church and the Solemn High Mass with musical accompaniment is celebrated. . . . In the afternoon at three o’clock the confraternities chant the Office of the Blessed Virgin.   At four o’clock there is a German sermon, followed by Vespers solemnly chanted and followed in turn by a Polish sermon.   Finally there is a visit to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin publicly made with the faithful . . . . Every day at five o’clock there is a German sermon.   Then follow in order, a Visit to the Blessed Sacrament, a sermon in Polish, the Way of the Cross and congregational singing of hymns in honour of the Passion of Our Lord and of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   Lastly there is an Examination of Conscience for the people, the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity are made, a short sketch of the life of the saint whose feast is celebrated on the morrow is read and then the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is recited, after which the people are dismissed and the church is closed.”

This was the daily routine at St Benno’s for years!   Besides these were the many other pastoral, charitable and educational labours carried out by the religious community.   And its holy Superior assumed the lion’s share of these tasks.

O St Clement, pray for our world, pray for the Church, pray for us all!st clement mary hofbauer - pray for us - 15 march 2018-no 2

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Quote of the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Quote of the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

St Clement was unrelenting in pursuing souls cut off from the life of grace, especially those facing imminent death. A nun entered the church one day and found Father Hofbauer kneeling before the altar. Unobserved by the saint, she saw his cheeks wet with tears as he pleaded for the conversion of some sinner outside the fold.

“Lord, give me this soul, for if Thou refuse, I shall go to Thy Mother!”

The nun was so deeply affected by this scene that she immediately knelt before an image of the Blessed Virgin and united her own prayers to those of Hofbauer’s.lord give me this soul - st clement mary hofbauer - 15 march 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

One Minute Reflection – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

What father among you will give his son a snake if he asks for a fish?...Luke 11:11

REFLECTION – There are “cases on record of boys who on their knees begged their parents to go to confession, accompanied them to the church and waited near the confessional until father or mother came out radiating the happiness of a new-found peace” … St Clement Mary Hofbauer

there are cases on record - st clement mary hofbauer - 15 march 2018

PRAYER – All-merciful Father, help me to be ever open to Your love and mercy, running to You in all my needs and in all my fears.   Allow me too, to run to the confessional when I have sinned, to ask for and receive forgiveness and love.   Grant that the prayers of St Clement Mary Hofbauer, may assist us all in living holy lives according to Your Commandments and the laws of the Church. Amenst clement mary hofbauer - pray for us - 15 march 2018-no 3

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Our Morning Offering – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Our Morning Offering – 15 March – The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

On the Memorial of St Clement, known as the Second Founder of the Redemptorists, we pray a prayer by St Alphonsus Liguori, (1696-1787), Doctor of the Church, the Founder.

The One Thing Necessary
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

O my God, help me to remember that time is short, eternity long.
What good is all the greatness of this world at the hour of death?
To love You, my God
and save my soul is the one thing necessary.
Without You, there is no peace of mind or soul.
My God, I need fear only sin and nothing else in this life,
for to lose You, my God, is to lose all.
O my God, help me to remember
that I came into this world with nothing,
and shall take nothing from it when I die.
To gain You, I must leave all.
But in loving You,
I already have all good things,
the infinite riches of Christ and His Church in life,
Mary’s motherly protection and perpetual help,
and the eternal dwelling place Jesus has prepared for me.
Eternal Father, Jesus has promised
that whatever we ask in His Name will be granted us.
In His Name, I pray:
give me a burning faith,
a joyful hope,
a holy love for You.
Grant me perseverance in doing Your will
and never let me be separated from You.
My God and my All,
make me a saint.
Amen.the one thing necessary - st alphonsus liguori - 24 feb 2018

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Saint of the Day – 15 March – St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

Saint of the Day – 15 March – St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820) Hermit, Priest, Religious, Co-Founder of the Redemptorist Order,  Apostle of Vienna.   St Clement was born on 26 December 1751 at Tasswitz, Moravia (in the modern Czech Republic) as John Dvorák and he died on 15 March 1820 at Vienna, Austria of natural causes.   He was Canonised on 20 May 1909 by Pope Pius X.   Patronage – Vienna, Austria (named by Pope Saint Pius X in 1914).   header 1 - st clement mary hofbauer

St Clement was born in Tasswitz, Austria, on December 26, 1751 — the eve of the feast of the Apostle who Jesus loved — he was christened John.   But he would become known to the Catholic world by the names he would adopt in religious life, Clement Maria Hofbauer.

He was only six when his Bohemian-born father passed away.   On this tragic occasion, his mother stood him before a crucifix and said:  “Henceforth; He is your father. Take care that you never grieve Him by sin.”   The words etched so deeply upon his heart that he never forgot them — and ever lived by them.

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Often, the boy would gather the household together to recite the Rosary, his favourite devotion, would fast until nightfall on Saturdays, in honour of the Blessed Virgin and would distribute to the poor food and money of which he deprived himself.   Not surprisingly, Hofbauer had yearned from his boyhood to enter the priesthood.   “Priests,” he said, “are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.”   But fulfilment of this, his singular earthly ambition, so long evaded him that it would seem he must have abandoned all hope of realising it.   Instead, he twice withdrew himself from the world to adopt the contemplative life of a hermit.  Yet, circumstances frustrated even these aspirations and at length he settled into the life of a baker.

If our heavenly Father will not reach a stone to one who asks for bread, could He deny the holy yearnings of so pious a soul?   Indeed, he would not leave this saint of predestination a common baker confecting common bread for common food but would call him to confect Bread of Life upon the Altar of God.

Three wealthy sisters who attended Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, where Hofbauer daily served as an altar boy, were caught in a torrential downpour at the cathedral one Sunday.   When Clement fetched a carriage for them, the ladies urged him to ride with them out of the drenching rain.   Long having observed his pious comportment in the sanctuary, the women inquired why their carriage guest, now thirty years old, had not entered the priesthood.   “That has been my most ardent desire since childhood,” Hofbauer admitted, “but I am obliged to forego it, because I lack the means to carry it out.”   At this the eldest sister announced:  “If that is the only obstacle, we will gladly see that you reach your goal.”   Thanks to the ladies’ generosity, an ecstatic saint was soon enrolled for seminary training at the University of Vienna.

As Clement Hofbauer began his pursuit of Holy Orders, Protestantism was in its third century of open defiance of the Church.   The poison of Freemasonry had been seeping into the body of Europe for more than six decades.   Where Catholicism had survived the ravages of the “Reformation,” many of its faithful were now weakened in spirit by Masonic “free thinking.”   In many if not most portions of the continent, Catholics — including priests and even bishops — had grown tepid and indifferent in their faith.   In this state, the wellsprings of grace seemed to dry up, and pitiful ignorance of even the most fundamental Truths of the Faith became pandemic.   As a consequence, even regions still nominally Catholic were infected with scepticism toward the Apostolic authority of Rome and were easily drawn to the false doctrine of the divine right of kings which had been resurrected by Luther.   Thus, emboldened monarchs intruded into ecclesiastical affairs with increasing brazenness.

Out of pure devotion, Saint Clement had undertaken several pilgrimages to Rome on foot in the years prior to entering the seminary.   Now he made it an annual exercise, to escape the repulsive air of unorthodoxy at the university and the religious repression of the imperial state  and to refresh himself spiritually in the capitol of Christendom.   He was joined on these arduous journeys by a fellow seminarian of kindred spirit, Thaddeus Huebl, ten years the saint’s junior.   By the fall of 1784, conditions in Vienna had become so intolerable that Hofbauer could not bring himself to return to the University.   He decided instead to complete his studies in the Eternal City.   The plan came to him with such suddenness and resoluteness that he implored Huebl to leave a hospital bed to join him.   Because of his stricken condition, Huebl at first rejected the idea.   But the saint would not be put off.   He insisted that Huebl join him, promising that God would take care of his friend’s health.   At this, Huebl consented — and his health was restored so rapidly as to seem miraculous.

It was a common practice for the two pilgrims to sleep in fields, drawing a circle about their earthen beds and invoking their guardian angels to protect them within it.   In the mornings, they would attend Mass at the first church whose bells they heard. Having retired one evening in the neighbourhood of Santa Maria Maggiore, they were awakened in the very early morning by the soft pealing of a bell from the little church of San Giuliano.   Upon their arrival, they realised it was a convent church but of a religious order they did not recognise.   Impressed by the recollection of the Religious in their meditation, Hofbauer asked an altar boy what kind of priests these were.   “They are Redemptorists,” the boy returned, adding, “and some day you, too, will be one of them.”   Convinced that the astonishing oracle was a message from God, Saint Clement and his friend presented themselves to the Superior of the Convent and, with a burst of inspiration which left Huebl’s head spinning, found themselves enrolled as Redemptorists.

Monsignor Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, the Neapolitan Bishop of Agatha and the Founder of the Redemptorists, was not unknown to Clement Hofbauer.   The latter saint in recent years had become an enthusiastic reader of the former’s voluminous spiritual writings — works that would eventually merit Saint Alphonsus canonical recognition as one of the 32 Doctors of the Church.   But the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, founded by Liguori in 1732, was scarcely known outside of Naples and not at all beyond the borders of Italy.    Monsignor Liguori received with great joy the news that the first two non-Italians had entered his order in 1784.   Isolated from them as he was, however, his keen interest in them as the hope of spreading the Congregation into the German kingdoms had to be taken from afar.   Saint Alphonsus and Saint Clement would never meet in this life.

With a sense of urgency to carry on Liguori’s work and to cultivate new vocations in the German kingdoms to the north, the Superior General at San Guiliano shortened Hofbauer’s and Huebl’s novitiate.   In March of 1785, ten days after they took their vows as professed Religious, they received the Sacrament of Holy Orders.   Several months later, they were dispatched back across the Alps to establish the Congregation in the northern lands.

His first mission was to Warsaw, where he was in charge of the German church and he soon enjoyed a certain repute as a confessor and the instigator of good works to remedy the social evils of the day.   Thus he founded an orphanage, a poor school and a secondary school.   In 1808 the invading French cast him into prison, whence, after four weeks, he was able to go to Vienna.   Here he became the inspiration and religious leader of a group of German romantics—von Muller, Schlegel, Werner and others—and exerted tremendous influence not only among the poor but also and despite his rather scanty education, with officials, statesmen and scholars.   In this way he was able to defeat the project for a German national church at the Congress of Vienna and eventually succeeded in arranging for the legal establishment of the Redemptorists north of the Alps, though he did not live to see this occur, since he died in 1820.

As a consequence he is regarded by the Redemptorists as their second founder.   He was a man of great energy and drive, seeing clearly the end in view and always indefatigable in his work for souls, in the confessional especially, and among the poor.

St Clement’s is a story that continues with the Venerable Joseph Passerat who, as the succeeding Vicar General, brought to fulfilment the prophecies of Saint Alphonsus and Saint Clement about the Congregation, leading to an inspiring re flowering of the One True Faith in much of Europe.   It is a story that carries over, a century later, into the reign of Pope Saint Pius X who, after canonising Clement Hofbauer, valiantly defended the Faith against the very same forces of darkness posturing as Enlightenment.

But the Church’s victory has already been foretold.   By Jesus Christ, Who promises the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.   And by the Virgin Mary who, at Fatima, assured us: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart shall triumph.”

Saint Clement Maria Hofbauer, Pray for Us!Hofbauer's tombstone in the Church of Maria am Gestade, Vienna, Austria