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One Minute Reflection – 8 August – ‘… Cherish this gift of faith that leads you to God…’

One Minute Reflection – 8 August – Saturday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Readings: Habakkuk 112-2, 4, Psalm 9:8-13Matthew 17:14-20 and the Memorial of St Cyriacus the Martyr, Deacon (Died c 303) One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and of St Dominic (1170-1221)

He said to them, “Because of your little faith.   For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”… Matthew 17:20

REFLECTION – “The word “faith” has one syllable but two meanings. First of all it is concerned with doctrine and it denotes the assent of the soul to some truth.   Faith in this sense brings blessing and salvation to the soul, as the Lord said:  “He who hears my word and believes in him who sent me, has eternal life.” (Jn 5:24)…
The word “faith” has a second meaning – it is a particular gift and grace of Christ.   “To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing” (1Cor 12:8-9).   Faith in the sense of a particular divine grace conferred by the Spirit is not, then, primarily concerned with doctrine but with giving a person powers, quite beyond their natural capability.   Whoever has this faith will say to a mountain:  “Move from here to there” and it will move and anyone who can in fact say these words through faith and “believes without hesitation that they will come to pass,” (Mk 11:23) receives this particular grace.   It is to this kind of faith that the Lord’s words refer – “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed.”   Now, a mustard seed is small in size but its energy thrusts it upwards with the force of fire.  Small are its roots, great the spread of its boughs and once it is fully grown the birds of the air find shelter in its branches (Mt 13:32).  So too, in a flash, faith can produce the most wonderful effects in the soul.
Enlightened by faith the soul gazes at the glory of God so far as human nature allows and, even before the consummation of all things, ranging beyond the boundaries of the universe, it has a vision of the judgement and of God making good the rewards he promised.   As far as it depends on you then, cherish this gift of faith that leads you to God and you will then receive the higher gift which no effort of yours can reach, no power of yours attain.”…St Cyril of Jerusalem (313-350) Bishop of Jerusalem, Father & Doctor of the Church (Baptismal Catechesis 5)if you have faith the size of a mustard seed - matthew 17 20 - as far as it depends on you then - sy cyril of jerusalem - 11 aug 2018

PRAYER – Holy God, grant we pray, Your Holy Spirit of love and divine grace to grow ever more in faith. By our prayers and love for You and our neighbour, may we merit Your divine assistance. Lord Jesus, help us to dwell often on the manner in which we are following You. Let us strive each day to become more and more like You in all things and, to become beacons of Your Light, to all the world. St Cyriacus Martyr for Christ, you who were and are a light to all, pray for us and may the prayers of St Dominic assist us in our day and may his zeal be our inspiration to always fight the good fight,amen.st cyriacus the martyr 14 holy helper pray for us 8 aug 2020

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Memorials of the Saints – 8 August

St Dominic de Guzman OP (1170-1221) (Memorial)
St Dominic!
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/saint-of-the-day-8-august-st-dominic-de-guzman-founder-of-the-dominican-order-of-preachers/

St Aemilian of Cyzicus
St Altman of Passau
Ven Antonio/Margil of Jesus OFM (1657-1726)
About Venerable Antonio:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/08/08/saint-of-the-day-8-august-venerable-antonio-margil-of-jesus-ofm-1657-1726-the-flying-father/
St Cyriacus/Cyriac the Martyr, Deacon (Died c 303) One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers
St Eleutherius of Constantinople
St Ellidius
St Famianus of Compostela
St Gedeon of Besancon
St Hormisdas of Persia
Bl John Felton
Bl John Fingley
St Largus
St Leobald of Fleury
St Leonidas of Constantinople
St Marinus of Anzarba
St Mary of the Cross/ Mary MacKillop (1842-1909) – the first Australian born Saint
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/08/saint-of-the-day-st-mary-of-the-cross-1842-1909/

St Mummolus of Fleury
St Myron the Wonder Worker
St Paulus Ge Tingzhu
St Rathard of Diessen
St Severus of Vienne
St Sigrada
St Smaragdus
St Ternatius of Besançon
St Ultan of Crayke
Bl William of Castellammare di Stabia
Bl Wlodzimierz Laskowski

Martyrs of Albano – 4 saints: Four Christians who were martyred together, and about we today know little more than their names – Carpóforo, Secondo, Severiano and Vittorino. They were martyred in Albano, Italy – their remains are interred in the San Senator cemetery, on the Appian Way, 15 miles from Rome, Italy.

Martyrs of Rome – 5 saints: Five Christians martyred together; we know nothing else about them but the names – Ciriaco, Crescenziano, Giuliana, Memmia and Smaragdus. They were martyred at the 7 mile marker, on the Via Ostia, Rome, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War – Martyrs of El Saler – 5 beati: Five nuns, all members of the Sisters of the Pious Schools, all teachers, and all martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Antonia Riba Mestres
• Maria Baldillou Bullit
• María Luisa Girón Romera
• Nazaria Gómez Lezaun
• Pascuala Gallén Martí
They were martyred on 8 August 1936 in El Saler, Valencia, Spain and Beatified on 11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Cruz Laplana Laguna
Bl Fernando Español Berdie
Bl Leoncio López Ramos
Bl Manuel Aranda Espejo
Bl Mariano Pina Turón
Bl Pedro Álvarez Pérez

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 February – Speaking of: Discipleship

Quote/s of the Day – 6 February – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12, Responsorial psalm 1 Chronicles 29:10-12, Mark 6:7-13

Speaking of:  Discipleship

“He charged them
to take nothing for their journey,
except a staff…”

Mark 6:8

mark 6 8 he charged them to take nothing for the journey 6 feb 2020

“Go your way,
behold, I send you out
as lambs
in the midst
of wolves.”

Luke 10:3

luke-10-3-go-your-way-bhold-i-send-you-out-as-lambs-in-the-midst-of-wolves-3-oct-2019 and 6 feb 2020

“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-2019 and 6 feb 2020

“He will be with you also, all the way, that faithful God.
Every morning when you awaken to the old and tolerable pain,
at every mile of the hot uphill dusty road of tiring duty,
on to the judgement seat, the same Christ there as ever,
still loving you, still sufficient for you, even then.
And then, on through all eternity.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

he-will-be-with-you-also-that-same-christ-thomas-a-kempis-14-june-2018-and-3-oct-2019 and 6 feb 2020

“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

go-forth-and-set-the-world-on-fire-st-ignatius-loyola-14-jan-2019 and 6 feb 2020

“Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes, through which,
the compassion of Christ, looks out to the world.
Yours are the feet,
with which,
He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands,
with which,
He is to bless others now.

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Doctor of the Church

christ has no body but yours - st teresa of avila -6 feb 2020

“Let us remain unafraid in all dangers,
trusting calmly, in the Divine
Providence, that watches over us day and night.”

St Joseph Freinademetz (1852-1908)
“Fu Shenfu” – Lucky Priest

let-us-remain-unafraid-st-joseph-freinademetz-28-jan-2020 and 6 feb 2020

“We are apostles!
We are apostles
and we wander far and wide,
we work generously,
only for the sake of souls,
only for the Church,
only for heaven!”

Blessed Paolo Manna (1872-1952)

we-are-apostles-bl-paolo-manna-15-sept-2019 and 6 feb 2020

“If everyone does something,
then we can do a lot.”

“Each of us feels an inclination,
a charism within ourselves.
A project, which makes each of us
unique, irreplaceable.
This call, this vocation,
is the sign of the Holy Spirit in us.
Only by listening to this voice
can we make sense of our lives.”

Blessed Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi (1937-1993) Priest, Martyr

if-everyone-does-something-each-of-us-feels-a-charism-bl-pino-puglisi-21-oct-2019 and 6 feb 2020

“Leave your country, your people
and your father’s household
and go to the land I will show you.”

Genesis 12:1

genesis-12-1-leave-your-country-your-people-st-francis-xavier-3-dec-2019.and 6 feb 2020

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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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Quote/s of the Day – 20 October – World Mission Sunday

Quote/s of the Day – 20 October – World Mission Sunday

“We must sow
the seed,
not hoard it.”

St Dominic (1170-1221)we-must-sow-the-seed-not-hoard-it-st-dominic-8-aug-2018and 20 october 2019.jpg

“He will be with you also,
all the way, that faithful God.
Every morning when you awaken
to the old and tolerable pain,
at every mile of the hot uphill dusty road of tiring duty,
on to the judgement seat,
the same Christ there as ever,
still loving you,
still sufficient for you, even then.
And then, on through all eternity.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)he-will-be-with-you-also-that-same-christ-thomas-a-kempis-14-june-2018-and-3-oct-2019 and 20 oct 2019.jpg

“It is our vocation
to set people’s hearts ablaze,
to do what the Son of God did,
who came to light a fire on earth
in order to set it ablaze with His love.”

Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (1813–1853)it-is-our-vocation-bl-frederic-ozanam-9-sept-2019 20 oct 2019.jpg

“We are apostles!
We are apostles
and we wander far and wide,
we work generously,
only for the sake of souls,
only for the Church,
only for heaven!”

Blessed Paolo Manna (1872-1952)we-are-apostles-bl-paolo-manna-15-sept-2019 and 20 oct 2019.jpg

“To die for the faith
is a gift to some,
to live the faith
is a call for all.”

St John Paul II (1920-2005)to-die-for-the-faith-is-a-gift-to-some-to-live-the-faith-is-a-call-to-all-st-john-paul-28-sept-2019 and 20 oct 2019.jpg

“I have a place in God’s counsels,
In God’s world
which no-one else has,
whether I be rich or poor,
despised or esteemed by man,
God knows me
and calls me by my name.
God has created me to do Him
some definite service.
He has committed some work to me,
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission –
I never may know it in this life
but I shall be told it, in the next.
…Yet, I have a part in this great work,
I am a link in a chain,
…I shall do good,
I shall do His work,
I shall be an angel of peace,
a preacher of truth in my own place
…and serve Him in my calling.”

Saint John Henry Newman (1801-1890)i have a place in god's counsels - world mission sun 20 oct 2019 st john henry newman .jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – Go forth …

Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

“We must sow
the seed,
not hoard it.”we-must-sow-the-seed-not-hoard-it-st-dominic-8-aug-2018.jpg

“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 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 8 August – “Upon this rock…”

One Minute Reflection – 8 August – Thursday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 16:13–23 and The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

“Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of the netherworld, shall not prevail against it” … Matthew 16:18upon-this-rock-and the gates of the netherworld matthew-16-18 - 8 aug 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “This was the perplexity of believers in the old time, as we read in the Psalms and Prophets, viz. that the wicked should prosper, while God’s servants seemed to fail and so, in Gospel times.   Not that the Church has not this peculiar prerogative with it, which no other religious body has, that as it began with Christ’s first coming, so it will never fail till He comes again.

Nevertheless, for a time, in the course of single generations, nay, I may say, in every age and at all times, it seems to be failing and its enemies to be prevailing.   It is the peculiarity of the warfare between the Church and the world, that the world seems ever gaining on the Church, yet the Church is really, ever gaining on the world… Kingdoms rise and fall, nations expand and contract, dynasties begin and end, princes are born and die, confederacies are made and unmade and parties and companies and crafts and guilds and establishments and philosophies and sects and heresies.   They have their day but the Church is eternal, yet in their day they seem of much account…

Much there is to try our faith at this moment, who cannot see the future and, therefore, cannot see the short duration of what shows proudly and successfully now.   We at this day, see a number of philosophies, sects and parties, thriving and extending and the Church seems poor and helpless…  Let us pray God to teach us – we need His teaching, we are very blind.   The Apostles on one occasion said to Christ, when His words tried them, “Increase our faith” (Lk 17:5).   Let us come to Him honestly, we cannot help ourselves, we do not know ourselves, we need His grace.   Whatever perplexity the world gives us… let us come to Him with pure and sincere minds, imploring Him to reveal to us what we know not, to incline our hearts when they are stubborn and to make us love and obey Him honestly while we seek.” … Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
Cardinal, Founder of the Oratory in England, Theologian – Sermons on Subjects of the Day, no.6, “ Faith and Experience ”nevertheless for a time in the course of - bl john henry newman on the church the rock 8 aug 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, may holy Mother Church be our guide at all times.   May we never stray from the teachings of the Bride of Your divine Son and may she remain always in Your care.   May the prayers of Saint Dominic assist us in our day and may his zeal be our inspiration to always fight the good fight.   Through Christ our Lord and Saviour, with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for always and forever, amen.st dominic pray for us 8 aug 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 8 August – St Dominic’s Blessing

Our Morning Offering – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

St Dominic’s Blessing

May God the Father,
who made us, bless us.
May God the Son,
send His healing among us.
May God the Holy Spirit,
move within us
and give us eyes to see with,
ears to hear with,
and hands, that Your work,
might be done.
May we walk and preach
the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace
watch over us
and lead us at last,
by God’s grace,
to the Kingdom.
Amenst dominic's blessing - 8 august 2019.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints -8 August

St Dominic de Guzman O.P. (1170-1221) (Memorial)
All about him here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/saint-of-the-day-8-august-st-dominic-de-guzman-founder-of-the-dominican-order-of-preachers/

St Aemilian of Cyzicus
St Altman of Passau
Ven Antonio/Margil of Jesus OFM (1657-1726)
St Cyriacus the Martyr
St Eleutherius of Constantinople
St Ellidius
St Famianus of Compostela
St Gedeon of Besancon
St Hormisdas of Persia
Bl John Felton
Bl John Fingley
St Largus
St Leobald of Fleury
St Leonidas of Constantinople
St Marinus of Anzarba
St Mary of the Cross/ Mary MacKillop (1842-1909) – the first Australian born Saint
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/08/saint-of-the-day-st-mary-of-the-cross-1842-1909/

St Mummolus of Fleury
St Myron the Wonder Worker
St Paulus Ge Tingzhu
St Rathard of Diessen
St Severus of Vienne
St Sigrada
St Smaragdus
St Ternatius of Besançon
St Ultan of Crayke
Bl William of Castellammare di Stabia
Bl Wlodzimierz Laskowski

Martyrs of Albano – 4 saints: Four Christians who were martyred together, and about we today know little more than their names – Carpóforo, Secondo, Severiano and Vittorino. They were martyred in Albano, Italy – their remains are interred in the San Senator cemetery, on the Appian Way, 15 miles from Rome, Italy.

Martyrs of Rome – 5 saints: Five Christians martyred together; we know nothing else about them but the names – Ciriaco, Crescenziano, Giuliana, Memmia and Smaragdus. They were martyred at the 7 mile marker, on the Via Ostia, Rome, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War – Martyrs of El Saler – 5 beati: Five nuns, all members of the Sisters of the Pious Schools, all teachers, and all martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Antonia Riba Mestres
• Maria Baldillou Bullit
• María Luisa Girón Romera
• Nazaria Gómez Lezaun
• Pascuala Gallén Martí
They were martyred on 8 August 1936 in El Saler, Valencia, Spain and Beatified on 11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Cruz Laplana Laguna
Bl Fernando Español Berdie
Bl Leoncio López Ramos
Bl Manuel Aranda Espejo
Bl Mariano Pina Turón
Bl Pedro Álvarez Pérez

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Thought for the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

Thought for the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

St Dominic possessed such great integrity and was so strongly motivated by divine love, that without a doubt he proved to be a bearer of honour and grace.   And since a joyful heart animates the face, he displayed the peaceful composure of a spiritual man in the kindness he manifested outwardly and by the cheerfulness of his countenance. Wherever he went he showed himself in word and deed to be a man of the Gospel.

During the day no one was more community-minded or pleasant toward his brothers and associates.   During the night hours no one was more persistent in every kind of vigil and supplication.   He seldom spoke unless it was with God, that is, in prayer, or about God and in this matter, he instructed his brothers.   Frequently he made a special personal petition that God would deign to grant him genuine charity in caring for and obtaining the salvation of men.   For he believed that only then would he be truly a member of Christ, when he had given himself totally for the salvation of men, just as the Lord Jesus, the Saviour of all, had offered Himself completely for our salvation.   So, for this work, after a lengthy period of careful and provident planning, he founded the Orders of Friars Preachers.

In his conversations and letters he often urged the brothers of the Order to study constantly the Old and New Testaments.   He always carried with him the gospel according to Matthew and the epistles of Paul and so well did he study them that he almost knew them from memory.

Two or three times he was chosen bishop but he always refused, preferring to live with his brothers in poverty.

Of him Pope Gregory IX declared: “I knew him as a steadfast follower of the apostolic way of life.   There is no doubt that he is in heaven, sharing in the glory of the apostles themselves.”
– from various writings on the history of the Order of Preachers

St Dominic, Pray for us!st-dominic-pray-for-us-2.-8 aug 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorials of St Dominic (1170-1221) and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)

Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorials of St Dominic (1170-1221)

and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)

“We must sow
the seed,
not hoard it.”we must sow the seed not hoard it - st dominic - 8 aug 2018.jpg

“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.”heretics-st-dominic-8 aug 2017

“A man who governs his passions is master of his world.
We must either command them or be enslaved by them.
It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.”

St Dominic (1170-1221)a-man-who-governs-his-passions-st-dominic-8 aug 2017

“Whatever troubles may be before you,
accept them bravely,
remembering Whom you are trying to follow.
Do not be afraid.
Love one another, bear with one another
and let charity guide you all your life.
God will reward you as only He can.”

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)whatever troubles may be - st mary of the cross - 8 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 8 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 15:21–28

One Minute Reflection – 8 August – Wednesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 15:21–28 and The Memorials of St Dominic (1170-1221) and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)

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

REFLECTION – “Jesus points to this humble woman as a model of unwavering faith.   Her persistence in beseeching Christ’s intervention is incentive for us not to become discouraged, not to despair when we are burdened by life’s difficult trials.   The Lord does not turn away in the face of our needs and, if at times, He seems insensitive to our requests for help, it is in order to put to the test and to strengthen, our faith.   We must continue to cry out like this woman:  “Lord, help me! Lord, help me!”.  In this way, with perseverance and courage.   This is the courage needed in prayer.   He can help us to find our way, when we have lost the compass of our journey; when the road no longer seems flat but rough and arduous; when it is hard to be faithful to our commitments.

It is important to nourish our faith every day, by carefully listening to the Word of God, with the celebration of the Sacraments, with personal prayer as a “cry” to Him — “Lord, help me!” — and with concrete acts of charity toward our neighbour.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 20 August 2017matthew 15 38 - o woman great is your faith - the lord does not turn away - pope francis - 8 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You gave St Dominic and St Mary of the Cross Mackillop, to the Church in their days, as lessons in total love, charity and zeal.   We pray that they may help us in our times, by their merits, their inspiration, their words and their prayers. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-dominic-pray-for-us.8 aug 2017.pgst mary of the cross mackillop pray for us 8 aug 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

Our Morning Offering – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

St Dominic’s Blessing

May God the Father,
who made us, bless us.
May God the Son,
send His healing among us.
May God the Holy Spirit,
move within us
and give us eyes to see with,
ears to hear with,
and hands, that Your work,
might be done.
May we walk and preach
the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace
watch over us
and lead us at last,
by God’s grace,
to the Kingdom.
Amenmay god the father - st dominic's blessing - 8 aug 2018

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Thought for the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic de Guzman

Thought for the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic de Guzman

Words of Pope Benedict XVI on St Dominic

In the second volume of his work “Jesus of Nazareth”, in speaking of the first and last coming of Christ, he introduces a “middle coming”, through his word, the sacraments, events.   And he continues: ” But there are also modalities of this coming season.   The impact of two great figures -Francisco and Domingo- between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, has been a way in which Christ has re-entered history, re-enforcing His word and his love;  a way with which He has renewed the Church and has driven history to itself. ”   In St Dominic’s words:  “You are my companion and must walk with me. If we hold together, no earthly power can withstand us.” 

francis and dominic holding church

Likewise, Benedict XVI, recognising the Marian devotion of Saint Dominic, manifested in his catechesis on February 3, 2010:  ” First and foremost, Marian devotion, which he cultivated with tenderness and left his spiritual children as an inheritance, Which in the history of the Church have had the great merit of spreading the prayer of the holy rosary, so rooted in the Christian people and so rich in evangelical values, a true school of faith and piety.

Once, at a difficult point in the preaching ministry, St Dominic had a dream in which he saw heaven.   Christ was there, arrayed like a king, with His Mother beside Him cloaked in a magnificent mantle.   Around the Blessed Mother were countless souls from all walks of life: clergy, laypersons, and members of every religious order ever founded. Among the religious there were Benedictines, Augustinians, Carmelites, Franciscans, everyone, except the Order of Preachers.   Struck to the heart, Dominic said,  “Is there not a single one of mine?” The Lord gestured to his Mother, who opened her mantle. There, under it, were hundreds and hundreds of Dominican souls in their black and white habits.   The Lord said, “Behold, I have left your Order in the care of My Mother.”

MARY AND THE DOMINICANS - MY SNIP

And, in the catechesis of August 8, 2012, he referred to another characteristic of St Dominic, the prayer :  “St Dominic was a man of prayer.   In love with God, he had no other aspiration than the salvation of souls, especially those who had fallen into the webs of the heresies of his time;   Imitator of Christ, incarnated radically the three evangelical counsels joining to the proclamation of the Word the testimony of a poor life; under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, progressed in the path of Christian perfection.   At all times prayer was the force that renewed and made more and more fruitful his apostolic works.

fra angelico st dominic adoring the crucifix

St Dominic reminds us that at the origin of the witness of faith, which every Christian should give in family, work, social commitment and also in times of relaxation, is prayer, personal contact with God.   Only this real relationship with God gives us the strength to live intensely every event, especially moments of greater suffering. “

St Dominic pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic de Guzman, Founder of the Dominicans

Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic de Guzman, Founder of the Dominicans

“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.”

heretics - st dominic

“A man who governs his passions is master of his world.
We must either command them or be enslaved by them.
It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.”

St Dominic

a man who governs his passions - st dominic

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One Minute Reflection – 8 August

One Minute Reflection – 8 August

Consider this:  whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully…2 Cor 9:6

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REFLECTION – “We must sow the seed, not hoard it.”…St Dominic de Guzman

we must sow the seed not hoard it - st dominic

PRAYER – O God, Who has enlightened Your Church by the eminent virtues and preaching of St. Dominic, Your confessor, holy Father mercifully grant that by his prayers we may be provided against all temporal necessities and daily improve in all spiritual good. Through Christ Our Lord. St Dominic pray for us, Amen.

st dominic pray for us

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Saint of the Day – 8 August – St Dominic de Guzman – Founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers

Saint of the Day – 8 August – St Dominic de Guzman – Founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers – Priest, Founder, Confessor, Teacher, Preacher, Mystic, Miracle-Worker, Apostle of the Holy Rosary (1170 at Calaruega, Burgos, Old Castile – noon 6 August 1221 at Bologna, Italy).  He was Canonised on 13 July 1234 by Pope Gregory IX at Rieti, Italy who declared, after signing the Bull of Canonisation on 13 July, 1234, Pope Gregory IX declared that he no more doubted the saintliness of Saint Dominic than he did that of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.   Patronages – astronomers, astronomy, falsely accused people, scientists, Dominican Republic, Batanes-Babuyanes, Philippines, prelature of, Bayombong, Philippines, diocese of, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo Indian Pueblo, Valletta, Malta.   Attributes – chaplet, Dominican carrying a rosary and a tall cross, Dominican holding a lily, Dominican with dog and globe, Dominican with fire, Dominican with star shining above his head, dog with a torch in its mouth, rosary, star.

Dominic de Guzman was born in Calaruega, Spain, son to noble parents Felix Guzman and Blessed Joan of Aza.   While only a boy, he demonstrated great piety, spending his days in contemplation and prayer, under the influence of his mother’s great love of the Lord.   At Dominic’s baptism, Blessed Joan saw a star shining from his chest, which became another of his symbols in art, and led to his patronage of astronomy.

Educated by his uncle, a priest, Dominic soon traveled to Palencia, where he attended university and was eventually ordained a priest.   While at university, he demonstrated strict penances and rigorous study but his teachers and classmates soon also noted the tenderest of hearts and the gentlest of spirits.   Dominic demonstrated great care for those in need, practicing love and charity without judgment.

Following his ordination, Dominic was appointed the prior superior of his Augustinian Order and strictly observed the Benedictine rule prescribed.   Selected as canon to the Bishop of Osma, he accompanied Bishop Diego de Avezedo to Languedoc to join with the Cistercian Order in their fight against heresy.   It was here that the idea of founding an order of preachers, committed to eradicating heresy, first occurred to Dominic.

In 1215, Dominic established himself, with six followers, in a house given by Peter Seila, a rich resident of Toulouse.   Dominic saw the need for a new type of organisation to address the spiritual needs of the growing cities of the era, one that would combine dedication and systematic education, with more organisational flexibility than either monastic orders or the secular clergy.   He subjected himself and his companions to the monastic rules of prayer and penance;  and meanwhile bishop Foulques gave them written authority to preach throughout the territory of Toulouse.   In the same year, the year of the Fourth Lateran Council, Dominic and Foulques went to Rome to secure the approval of the Pope, Innocent III.   Dominic returned to Rome a year later and was finally granted written authority in December 1216 and January 1217 by the new pope, Honorius III for an order to be named “The Order of Preachers” (“Ordo Praedicatorum”, or “O.P.,” popularly known as the Dominican Order).

Saint Dominic's House in Toulouse
St Dominic’s House in Toulouse

It was not long thereafter that Dominic founded an institute for women at and attached several preaching friars to it.   During a subsequent crusade against the Albigensian heresy, Dominic followed the papal armies and preached to all who would listen.   He had little success, however and returned home to a castle bequeathed to him, where he founded an order dedicated to the conversion of the Albigensians.   The order was canonically approved by the bishop of Toulouse the following year and two years later received Pope Honorius III’s approval.   The Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, was founded.


Saint Dominic spent the remaining years of his life organising his new order, traveling throughout Europe preaching and attracting new members and establishing new houses. The new order, under his direction, was astoundingly successful in conversion, based upon contemplative and intellectual approaches, coupled with the contemporary and popular needs of the people.   His ideal, and that of his Order, was to link organically a life with God, study and prayer in all forms, with a ministry of salvation to people by the word of God.   His ideal: contemplata tradere“to pass on the fruits of contemplation” or “to speak only of God or with God.”   (Read the Nine Ways of Prayer of St Dominic here: https://www.fisheaters.com/stdominic9ways.html)

There was a time that St Dominic became discouraged at the progress of his mission.   To him, it seemed that no matter how much he worked, heresy remained.   As he contemplated the future of his order, he received a vision from Our Blessed Mother, who showed him a wreath of roses, representing the Holy Rosary.   Mary told him to say the Rosary daily, to teach it to all who would listen and eventually the faith would defeat heresies.  The spread of the Rosary, is attributed to the preaching of Saint Dominic.   The Rosary has for centuries been at the heart of the Dominican Order.   Pope Pius XI stated, “The Rosary of Mary is the principle and foundation on which the very Order of Saint Dominic rests for making perfect the life of its members and obtaining the salvation of others.” For centuries, Dominicans have been instrumental in spreading the rosary and emphasizing the Catholic belief in the power of the rosary. Saint Dominic is spread devotion to the Rosary, and used it to strengthen his own spiritual life.


Saint Dominic is also remembered for miracles (raising four people from the dead) and miraculous visions.   On one occasion, he received a vision of a poor beggar, who he sought out the following day.   Finding the beggar, Dominic embraced him and said, “You are my companion and must walk with me. If we hold together, no earthly power can withstand us.”   The beggar turned out to be Saint Francis of Assisi and the two holy men became the closest of friends. 

St Dominic died at the age of fifty-one, “exhausted with the austerities and labours of his career”.   He had reached the convent of St Nicholas at Bologna, Italy, “weary and sick with a fever”.   He  “made the monks lay him on some sacking stretched upon the ground” and that “the brief time that remained to him was spent in exhorting his followers to have charity, to guard their humility, and to make their treasure out of poverty”.    He died at noon on 6 August 1221.   His body was moved to a simple sarcophagus in 1233. Under the authority of Pope Gregory IX, Dominic was canonised in 1234.   In 1267 Dominic’s remains were moved to the shrine, made by Nicola Pisano and his workshop. The feast of Saint Dominic is celebrated with great pomp and devotion in Malta, in the old city of Birgu and the capital city Valletta.   The Dominican order has very strong links with Malta and Pope St. Pius V, a Dominican friar himself, aided the Knights of St. John to build the city of Valletta.

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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Eight – 17 July

Previous – here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/category/the-holy-name/

the wonders of the holy name-day eight-17 july

The Saints and the Holy Name

St Augustine:
This great Doctor of the Church,
found his delights in repeating the Holy Name.
He himself tells us that he found much pleasure
in books which made frequent mention of this all-consoling
Name.
St Bernard – felt a wonderful joy and consolation
in repeating the Name of Jesus.   He felt it, as he
says, like honey in his mouth and a delicious
peace in his heart.   We, too, shall feel immense
consolation and peace steal into our souls if we
imitate St. Bernard and repeat frequently this
Holy Name.
St Dominic – spent his days preaching
and discussing with the heretics.   He always went on
foot from place to place as well in the oppressive
heats of the summer as in the cold and rain of
winter.   The Albigensian heretics whom he tried to
convert were more like demons let loose from Hell
than mortal men.   Their doctrine was infamous
and their crimes enormous.   Yet, as another St.
Paul, he converted 100.000 of these wicked men so
that many of them became eminent for sanctity.
Wearied at night with his labours he asked only
for one reward which was to pass the night before
the Blessed Sacrament pouring out his soul in love
for Jesus.   When his poor body could resist no
longer he leaned his head against the Altar and
rested a little, after which he began once more his
intimate converse with Jesus.   In the morning he
celebrated Mass with the ardour of a seraph so that
at times his body was raised in the air in an
ecstasy of love.   The Name of Jesus filled his soul
with joy and delight.
Blessed Jordan of Saxony –  who succeeded St
Dominic as Master General of the Order, was a
preacher of great renown.   His words went straight
to the heart of his hearers above all when he spoke
to them of Jesus.   Learned professors of the University cities came
with delight to hear him and so many of them be~
came Dominican friars that others feared to come,
lest they, too, should be induced to join his Order.
So many were drawn by his irresistible eloquence
that when his visit to a city was announced the Prior
of the convent bought at once a great quantity of
white cloth to make habits for those who were
sure to seek entrance to the Order.   Blessed Jordan
himself received one thousand postulants to the
habit among whom were the most eminent professors
of the European Universities.

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Our Morning Offering – 8 April

Our Morning Offering – 8 April

PRAYER of ST DOMINIC

May God the Father who made
us bless us.
May God the Son send His
healing among us.
May God the Holy Spirit move
within us
and give us eyes to see with,
ears to hear with,
and hands that Your work might
be done.
May we walk and preach the
word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch
over us
and lead us at last by God’s
grace to the Kingdom. Amen

PRAYER OF ST DOMINIC