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Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – Our First Resolution

Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – Christmas Weekday

Our First Resolution

“God desires, not death but faith.
God thirsts, not for blood but for self-surrender.
God is appeased, not by slaughter
but by the offering of your free will.”

St Peter Chrysologus (c 400-450)
Bishop, Father & Doctor of Homilies

“Lord what will Thou have me do?
Behold the true sign of a totally perfect soul –
when one has reached the point
of giving up his will so completely
that he no longer seeks,
expects or desires
to do ought
but that which God wills.”

St Bernard (1090-1153)
Mellifluous Doctor

For God, …
does not work in those
who refuse to place all their confidence
and hope in Him alone.
But He does impart
the fullness of His love
upon those who possess
a deep faith and hope;
for them He does great things.

St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537)

“More determination is required
to subdue the interior man
than to mortify the body
and to break one’s will,
than to break one’s bones.”

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

“What was the first rule of our dear Saviour’s life?
You know it was to do His Father’s will.
Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work
is to do the will of God;
secondly, to do it, in the manner He wills;
and thirdly, to do it, because it is His will.
We know certainly that our God
calls us to a holy life.
We know that He gives us every grace,
every abundant grace
and though, we are so weak of ourselves,
this grace is able to carry us through
every obstacle and difficulty.”

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

St Elizabeth Ann’s Memorial today – more quotes from her here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/01/04/quote-s-of-the-day-4-january-the-memorial-of-st-elizabeth-ann-seton-1774-1821/

“I will attempt, day-by-day,
to break my will into pieces.
I want to do God’s Holy Will,
not my own!”

St Gabriel Francis Possenti
of Our Lady of Sorrows (1838-1862)

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Our Lady of Treviso and Memorials of the Saints – 4 January

Our Lady of Treviso:
St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537), founder of the Congregation of the Somascha Fathers, when still a layman, experienced in a marvellous way the mercy of Our Blessed Lady. A capable soldier, he was once entrusted with the defense of Castelnuevo, in Fruili, Italy, when this was stormed by the Venetians, who were commanded by Maximilian I. Jerome was captured and confined in a dark prison, where he was loaded with chains.

Being a man of many vices, he began to feel remorse for his past life, almost to the point of despair. Then, he thought of Mary, the Mother of God, as the Mother of Divine Mercy. To her he turned, promising to lead a better life in the future, if this loving Mother would deliver him from his miserable condition. In an instant, Jerome beheld his prison filled with light and the Virgin Mary descending from Heaven to loose, with her own hands, the chains with which he was bound. Moreover, she handed him a key with which to open the door of the prison and escape. Eluding his captors, he directed his steps toward Treviso, to the shrine of the Mother of God.

Duomo (Treviso) – interior – Assumption of the Virgin by Domenico Capriolo

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) (Memorial, United States)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/saint-of-the-day-st-elizabeth-ann-seton-1774-1821/

St Aedh Dubh
St Aggaeus the Martyr
St Angela of Foligno TOSF (1248-1309)
About St Angela:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-saint-angela-of-foligno-tosf-1248-1309/

St Celsus of Trier
Bl Chiara de Ugarte
St Chroman
St Dafrosa of Acquapendente
St Ferreolus of Uzès
St Gaius of Moesia
St Gregory of Langres
St Hermes of Moesia
St Libentius of Hamburg
Bl Louis de Halles
St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”
St Manuel’s Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-st-manuel-gonzalez-garcia-1877-1940-apostle-of-the-abandoned-tabernacles/
St Mavilus of Adrumetum
St Neophytos
St Neopista of Rome
St St St Oringa of the Cross
Bl Palumbus of Subiaco
St Pharaildis of Ghent
St Rigobert of Rheims
Bl Roger of Ellant
St Stephen du Bourg
St Theoctistus
Blessed Thomas Plumtree (Died 1570) Priest, Martyr


Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric. Saint Bede wrote about them. – Aquilinus, Eugene, Geminus, Marcian, Quintus, Theodotus and Tryphon. In 484 in North Africa.

Martyrs of Rome – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate for refusing to renounce Christianity as ordered. – Benedicta, Priscillianus and Priscus. In 362 in Rome, Italy.

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 January

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) (Memorial, United States)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/saint-of-the-day-st-elizabeth-ann-seton-1774-1821/

St Aedh Dubh
St Aggaeus the Martyr
St Angela of Foligno TOSF (1248-1309)

St Celsus of Trier
Bl Chiara de Ugarte
St Chroman
St Dafrosa of Acquapendente
St Ferreolus of Uzès
St Gaius of Moesia
St Gregory of Langres
St Hermes of Moesia
St Libentius of Hamburg
Bl Louis de Halles
St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”
St Manuel’s Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-st-manuel-gonzalez-garcia-1877-1940-apostle-of-the-abandoned-tabernacles/
St Mavilus of Adrumetum
St Neophytos
St Neopista of Rome
St St St Oringa of the Cross
Bl Palumbus of Subiaco
St Pharaildis of Ghent
St Rigobert of Rheims
Bl Roger of Ellant
St Stephen du Bourg
St Theoctistus
Bl Thomas Plumtree

Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric. Saint Bede wrote about them. – Aquilinus, Eugene, Geminus, Marcian, Quintus, Theodotus and Tryphon. In 484 in North Africa.

Martyrs of Rome – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate for refusing to renounce Christianity as ordered. – Benedicta, Priscillianus and Priscus. In 362 in Rome, Italy.

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 December – Faith and Hope

Quote/s of the Day – 6 December – Friday of the First week of Advent, Year A – Readings: Isaiah 29:17-24, Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14, Matthew 9:27-31

“According to your faith be it done to you.”

Matthew 9:30

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“Faith lifts the soul.
Hope supports it.
Experience says it must.
And Love says let it be!”

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)faith lifts the soul hope supports it experience says - st elizabeth ann seton 6 dec 2019.jpg

“Pray, hope and don’t worry.”

St Pius of Pietrelcina/Padre Pio (1887-1968)

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – Eucharistic Adoration

Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) and St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) the “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”

“God is everywhere, in the very air I breathe,
yes everywhere
but in His Sacrament of the Altar
He is as present actually and really
as my soul within my body;
in His Sacrifice daily offered
as really as once offered on the Cross!”

“Our Lord Himself I saw in this venerable Sacrament . . .
I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St Peter,
at the touch of the Divine messenger.”

“How sweet, the presence of Jesus
to the longing, harassed soul!
It is instant peace and balm to every wound.”

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)god-is-everywhere-st-e-a-seton-4-jan-2018

“My faith was looking at Jesus
through the door of that tabernacle,
so silent, so patient, so good, gazing right back at me…
His gaze was telling me much and asking me for more.
It was a gaze in which all the sadness of the Gospels was reflected;
the sadness of ‘no room in the Inn”;
the sadness of those words, “Do you also want to leave me?”;
the sadness of poor Lazarus begging for crumbs from the rich man’s table;
the sadness of the betrayal of Judas,
the denial of Peter,
of the soldier’s slap,
of the spittle of the Praetorium
and the abandonment of all.”my faith was look at jesus - st manuel gonzalez garcia 4 jan 2019

“The Heart of Jesus in the tabernacle looks at me.
He looks at me always.
He looks at me everywhere.
He looks at me as if He doesn’t have
anyone else to look at but me.”

St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940)
“Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”the heart of jesus in the tabernacle - st manuel gonzxalez garcia - 4 jan 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 4 January – Christmas Weekday – Today’s Gospel: John 1:35–42

One Minute Reflection – 4 January – Christmas Weekday – Today’s Gospel: John 1:35–42

“….he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”   The two disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus.”...John 1: 36-37behold the lamb of god - john 1 36-37 4 jan 2019

REFLECTION – “He is the Way, because He leads us through Himself;   Door, as letting us in;   Shepherd, as making us dwell in green pastures and bringing us up to the waters of rest, leading us there and protecting us from wild beasts, restoring the erring and bringing back the lost sheep.  He binds the wounded, guards the strong and thanks to His words of pastoral knowledge He gathers them together into the Fold on high.”…St Gregory Nazianzen (330-390) Father & Doctorhe is the way because he leads us - st gregory of nazianzen 4 jan 2019

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a child of eternity.   Help me to live each day in such a way that I may deserve to be a child of Yours forever.   Grant that by the prayers of St Elizabeth Ann Seton and St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, we may strive always to keep our eyes fixed on Your Son, our entry to You, our Shepherd and our Saviour who will lead us to our eternal home.   May we never waiver from Your commandments. Amen.st-e-a-seton-pray-for-us-4-jan-2018

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Thought for the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) – “What is a Saint?”

Thought for the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)  “What is a Saint?”

Excerpt from HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER BLESSED PAUL VI – 14 September 1975, on the Canonisation of St Elizabeth Ann Setonst e a seton- pray for us no 2 - 4 jan 2018

Elizabeth Ann Seton is a Saint!   We rejoice and we are deeply moved that our apostolic ministry authorises us to make this solemn declaration before all of you here present, before the holy Catholic Church, before our other Christian brethren in the world, before the entire American people and before all humanity. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a Saint!

She is the first daughter of the United States of America to be glorified with this incomparable attribute!    But what do we mean when we say:   «She is a Saint»?   We all have some idea of the meaning of this highest title;  but it is still difficult for us to make an exact analysis of it.   Being a Saint means being perfect, with a perfection that attains the highest level that a human being can reach.   A Saint is a human creature fully conformed to the will of God.   A Saint is a person in whom all sin-the principle of death-is cancelled out and replaced by the living splendour of divine grace.   The analysis of the concept of sanctity brings us to recognise in a soul the mingling of two elements that are entirely different but which come together to produce a single effect:  SANCTITY.   One of these elements is the human and moral element, raised to the degree of heroism:  heroic virtues are always required by the Church for the recognition of a person’s sanctity.   The second element is the mystical element, which express the measure and form of divine action in the person chosen by God to realise in herself-always in an original way-the image of Christ (Cfr. Rom. 8, 29).

The Church has made this study of the life, that is, the interior and exterior history, of Elizabeth Ann Seton.   And the Church has exulted with admiration and jo, and has today heard her own charism of truth poured out in the exclamation that we send up to God and announce to the world:  she is a Saint!

May the dynamism and authenticity of her life be an example in our day-and for generations to come-of what women can and must accomplish, in the fulfilment of their role, for the good of humanity.

St Elizabeth Ann Seton – Pray for us that we may all travel safely this path of sanctity and join you in Heaven in the halls of Sanctity!st e a seton- pray for us no 3 - 4 jan 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

One Minute Reflection – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

When the Shepherd appears
you will win for yourselves
the unfading crown of glory………1 Peter 5:41-peter-5-4

REFLECTION – “You are children of eternity.  Your immortal crown awaits you and the best of Fathers waits there to reward your duty and love.   You may indeed sow here in tears but you may be sure there to reap in joy.”…St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)you are children of eternity - st e a seton - 4 jan 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a child of eternity.   Help me to live each day in such a way that I may deserve to be a child of Yours forever.   Grant that by the prayers of St Elizabeth Ann Seton, we may strive always to keep our eyes fixed on our eternal home and never waiver from Your commandments. Amen.st e a seton - pray for us - 4 jan 2018

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

Our Morning Offering – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Our Morning Offering – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Lord Jesus
By St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Lord Jesus,
Who was born for us in a stable,
lived for us a life of pain and sorrow
and died for us upon a cross;
say for us in the hour of death,
“Father, forgive,”
and to Your Mother,
“Behold your child.”
Say to us,
“This day you shall be with Me in paradise.”
Dear Saviour, leave us not, forsake us not.
We thirst for You, Fountain of Living Water.
Our days pass quickly along,
soon all will be consummated for us.
To Your hands we commend our spirits,
now and forever.
Amenlord jesus - st e a seton - 4 jan 2018

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Saint of the Day – 4 January – St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)

Saint of the Day – 4 January – St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) (also known as Mother Seton) Widow and Mother, Religious, Foundress, Teacher, first native-born citizen of the United States to be Canonised on 14 September 1975 by Pope Paul VI.   She was born on 28 August 1774 in New York City, New York, USA as Elizabeth Ann Bayley – 4 January 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland of natural causes.  Patronages – • against in-law problems• against the death of children• against the death of parents• Apostleship of the Sea (two of her sons worked on the sea)• opposition of Church authorities• people ridiculed for their piety• Shreveport, Louisiana, diocese of• widows.   She established the first Catholic girls’ school in the nation in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she also founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.

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Mother Seton is one of the keystones of the American Catholic Church.   She founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity.   She opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage.   All this she did in the span of 46 years while raising her five children.

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a true daughter of the American Revolution, born August 28, 1774, just two years before the Declaration of Independence.   By birth and marriage, she was linked to the first families of New York and enjoyed the fruits of high society. Reared a staunch Episcopalian, she learned the value of prayer, Scripture and a nightly examination of conscience.   Her father, Dr Richard Bayley, did not have much use for churches but was a great humanitarian, teaching his daughter to love and serve others.st E A SETON 2

The early deaths of her mother in 1777 and her baby sister in 1778 gave Elizabeth a feel for eternity and the temporariness of the pilgrim life on earth  . Far from being brooding and sullen, she faced each new “holocaust,” as she put it, with hopeful cheerfulness.   At 19, Elizabeth was the belle of New York and married a handsome, wealthy businessman, William Magee Seton.   They had five children before his business failed and he died of tuberculosis.   At 30, Elizabeth was widowed, penniless, with five small children to support.

While in Italy with her dying husband, Elizabeth witnessed Catholicity in action through family friends.   Three basic points led her to become a Catholic:  belief in the Real Presence, devotion to the Blessed Mother and conviction that the Catholic Church led back to the apostles and to Christ.   Many of her family and friends rejected her when she became a Catholic in March 1805.

To support her children, she opened a school in Baltimore.   From the beginning, her group followed the lines of a religious community, which was officially founded in 1809.f607fe8df5569d4f21ff7e7d13d22852--elizabeth-ann-seton-patron-saints (1)4c81c022a8d462572b891dd436c9aea9--elizabeth-ann-seton-catholic-saints

The thousand or more letters of Mother Seton reveal the development of her spiritual life from ordinary goodness to heroic sanctity.   She suffered great trials of sickness, misunderstanding, the death of loved ones (her husband and two young daughters) and the heartache of a wayward son.   She died 4 January 1821 and became the first American-born citizen to be beatified (1963) and then canonised (1975).   She is buried in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 November

Quote/s of the Day – 14 November

“What is faith but a carriage to heaven?”

St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167)what is faith but a carriage to heaven - st aelred of rievaulx - 14 nov 2017

“Pray to God,
‘You are the Spirit
and I am only the trumpet
and without Your breath
I can give no sound.'”

St Joseph of Copurtino (1603-1663)pray to god - st joseph of cupertino - 14 nov 2017

“Can you expect to go to Heaven for nothing?
Did not our dear Saviour track the whole way to it
with His Blood and tears?”

St Elizabeth Ann Seaton (1774-1821)can you expect - st elizabeth ann seton - 14 nov 2017

“I tremble to think,
that I have to give,
an account of my tongue. …
Sometimes we kill with the tongue:
we commit real murders.”

St Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)i tremble to think - st faustina - 14 nov 2017

Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 4 January

One Minute Reflection – 4 January

When the Shepherd appears
you will win for yourselves
the unfading crown of glory………1 Pt 5:4

REFLECTION – You are children of eternity. Your immortal crown awaits you and the best of Fathers waits there to reward your duty and love. You may indeed sow here in tears but you may be sure there to reap in joy……St Elizabeth Ann Seton (Saint of the Day)

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a child of eternity. Help me to live each day in such a way that I may deserve to be a child of Yours forever. St Elizabeth Ann Seton Pray for us, amen.

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Thought for the Day – 4 January

Thought for the Day – 4 January

Mother Elizabeth Seton had no extraordinary gifts, she seems almost like the neighbour down the street. She was not a mystic or stigmatic. She did not prophesy or speak in tongues. She had two great devotions: abandonment to the will of God and an ardent love for the Blessed Sacrament. She wrote to a friend, Julia Scott, that she would prefer to exchange the world for a “cave or a desert.” “But God has given me a great deal to do and I have always and hope always to prefer His will to every wish of my own.” Her brand of sanctity is open to everyone if we love God and do his will.

St Elizabeth Ann Seton Pray for us!

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Saint of the Day – 4 January – St Elizabeth Ann Seton SC (1774-1821 Died 1846)

Saint of the Day – 4 January – St Elizabeth Ann Seton SC (1774-1821 Died 1846)  Widow, Mother, Religious, Founder, Teacher, Missionary, Apostle of Charity – Patron of Catholic Schools; Shreveport, Louisana and the State of Maryland.

Who was the first person born in the United States to be declared a saint? Who opened the first American Catholic parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage? Who founded the first native American religious community of women? The answers to all these questions are the same: Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton.

Elizabeth’s Episcopalian parents handed on to her their own faith. Her mother and stepmother taught her to pray and read Scripture. Her father, a doctor, taught her to love and serve the poor. As a young girl, Elizabeth took food to the poor near her home. After she was married, she and her sister-in-law Rebecca visited the poor and sick in slums.

Elizabeth was prepared for New York high society. At the age of nineteen she married handsome William Seton, the son and business partner of the owner of a wealthy shipping firm. No one could have guessed the plans God had for her. Will and Elizabeth were devoted to each other. They loved their five children—three girls and two boys.

Everything went well until 1803, when Will Seton’s business went bankrupt and his health failed. The Filicchi family in Italy invited Will, Elizabeth and their oldest daughter Anne to visit so that Will could recuperate in the warm, sunny Italian climate.

The journey was rough. Because there had been an epidemic in New York before the Setons left, when they landed in Italy the police quarantined them in an old fort. If after six weeks they did not come down with the disease, they would be able to enter Italy. Will, already ill, had to lie in the cold, damp room. Elizabeth cared for him as well as she could but a few weeks after they were freed, Will died.

The Filicchis, who were Catholic, helped Elizabeth. Finally, she realized that God was calling her to become a Catholic. She went to a priest to learn about the truths of the faith. Later, she and her children became Catholics. Because of their decision, her family and many friends turned against her, and she found herself on her own.

To support herself and her children, she opened a Catholic boarding school for girls in Maryland. Women came to help Elizabeth and the school grew. Soon it seemed obvious that God was asking Elizabeth to dedicate her life completely to Him. She and the other women began a community of religious Sisters, who later became known as the Daughters of Charity. Elizabeth Seton received the title of “Mother,” head of the community.

Elizabeth raised her children. Her two sons entered the navy. Anna became a nun but died at an early age, as did Rebecca. Catherine became a Sister of Mercy and worked with those in prison.

The thousand or more letters of Mother Seton reveal the development of her spiritual life from ordinary goodness to heroic sanctity. She suffered great trials of sickness, misunderstanding, the death of loved ones (her husband and two young daughters) and the heartache of a wayward son. She died January 4, 1821, and became the first American-born citizen to be beatified (1963) and then canonized (1975). She is buried in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Today thousands of Daughters of Charity carry on Mother Seton’s work. They serve in hospitals, homes for the aged, and schools.

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