Posted in FEASTS and SOLEMNITIES, ON the SAINTS, POETRY, QUOTES - J R R Tolkien and MORE, QUOTES of the SAINTS, St JOHN HENRY Cardinal NEWMAN!, The WORD

Quote/s of the Day – 1 November – On the Saints

Quote/s of the Day – 1 November – The Solemnity of All Saints

“Follow Me”

Matthew 9:9matthew 9 9 the calling of matthew follow me 21 sept 2019

“Follow the saints,
because those who follow them
will become saints.”

Saint Pope Clement I (c 35-99)follow the saints - 17 august 2019 st pope clement I

“This is the army the Lord raises,
these are the children of the baptismal font,
the works of grace, the fruit of the Spirit.
They have followed Christ without having seen Him,
they sought Him and believed.
They recognised Him with the eyes of faith not those of the body.
They have not put their finger into the mark of the nails
but they have bound themselves to His cross and embraced His sufferings.
They have not seen the Lord’s side but, by grace,
they have become members of His body
and have made His words their own:
“Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe!”

Basil of Seleucia (Died c 468) Bishopthis-is-the-army-the-lord-raises-basil-of-seleucia-feast-of-st-thomas-3-july-2019 AND 1 NOV 2019.jpg

The Angel to Gerontius
“There was a mortal, who is now above
In the mid-glory – he, when near to die,
Was given communion with the Crucified –
Such, that the Master’s very wounds were stamp’d
Upon his flesh and, from the agony
Which thrill’d through body and soul in that embrace
Learn, that the flame of the Everlasting Love
Doth burn, ere it transform ….”

From the Dream of Gerontius
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)the-angel-to-gerontius-from-the-dram-of-gerontius-bl-john-henry-newman-on-st-francis-4-oct-2019 AND 1 NOV 2019.jpg

“God creates out of nothing.
Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure but He does.
what is still more wonderful,
He makes saints out of sinners.”god creates out of nothing - soren kierkegaard - 1 nov 2017

“The tyrant dies and his rule is over,
the Martyr dies and his rule begins.”

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)the tyrant dies and his rule is over the martyr dies and his rule begins - soren kierkegaard 21 jan 2019

“Let us speak about saints to forge saints.”

Saint Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres (1851–1904)let us spak about saints to forge saints - st jose maria parres 20 sept 2019.jpg

“For the saints are sent to us by God
as so many sermons.
We do not use them, it is they who move us
and lead us, to where we had not expected to go.”

Charles Cardinal Journet (1891-1975)

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/01/quote-s-of-the-day-1-november-the-solemnity-of-all-the-saints/

the saints are sent to us by god - card charles journet 21 march 2019.jpg

Posted in QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on CHARITY, SAINT of the DAY, St Pope JOHN PAUL

Thought for the Day – 20 September – ‘Precious Pearls of your Crown.’

Thought for the Day – 20 September – The Memorial of Saint Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres (1851–1904)

Father Jose Maria’s objective was the evangelisation and promotion of the poor, especially women.   He knew that a well formed woman was the foundation of a just and Christian society.   For this reason, he required, that in the schools and orphanages there should be an integral education which would cover the whole person in all its aspects, from its transcendent aspects to its most rudimentary and material, such things as domestic labour.

In 1894 in Puebla he opened the centre, Christian Mercy, to house women who were falling into prostitution.   In this house he built schools and workshops for orphan girls. He was able to accomplish all this because of his trust in God and his wonderful disposition which attracted the generosity of many people in Puebla.

He did not neglect other sectors of society which were not protected:
Charity will make you find in the poor, the brother who has
cried and suffered much and you must know, that those
tears which you dried up with love, Christ Himself keeps as
precious pearls of your crown.   The Servants of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus and of the Poor shall not seek any
recompense on this earth but their treasure will be in
heaven.   For this reason, they will find joy in the scorns,
ingratitude and reproaches they will receive from the poor
seniors, because if everything you do will be pleasant, one
may fear that your recompense will remain here on earth.”charity will - christ himself keeps as precious pearls - st jose maria parres 20 sept 2019.jpg

Having given his whole life to God and to the building of his kingdom on this earth, on the morning of 20 September 1904, after he asked the sisters to sing the Ave Maris Stella, he died.   Many people in Puebla mourned his death since all recognised him as “the Giant of The Poor.”   José María de Yermo y Parres never left us  . His presence continues today in the works he left behind which have transcended time and space:
“That mustard seed, that I do not know how it came to my hands, was born and grew and today, it holds in its branches, a great number of poor people.”

St John Paul said during the Canonisation homily, on Sunday, 21 May 2000:

“José María de Yermo y Parres, who lived his priestly commitment to Christ by following Him with all his might, distinguishing himself at the same time by an essentially prayerful and contemplative attitude.   In the Heart of Christ he found guidance for his spirituality and, in reflecting on his infinite love for men, he desired to imitate Him by making charity the rule of his life.
The new saint founded the Religious Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor, a name which combines the two great loves that express the new saint’s spirit and charism in the Church.”

Saint Jose Maria Parres, Pray for us!st jose maria parres pray for us 20 sept 2019 no 2.jpg

Posted in MARIAN QUOTES, ONE Minute REFLECTION, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on WOMEN, SAINT of the DAY, St Pope JOHN PAUL, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 20 September – The feminine “genius”

One Minute Reflection – 20 September – Friday of the Twenty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 8:1–3 and the Memorial of Saint Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres (1851–1904)

And the twelve were with him and also some women … Luke 8:1-2

REFLECTION “If you knew the gift of God” (Jn 4:10), Jesus says to the Samaritan woman during one of those remarkable conversations which show His great esteem for the dignity of women and for the vocation which enables them to share in His messianic mission… The Church desires to give thanks to the Most Holy Trinity for the “mystery of woman” and for every woman – for that which constitutes the eternal measure of her feminine dignity, for the “great works of God”, which throughout human history have been accomplished in and through her.   After all, was it not in and through her that the greatest event in human history – the incarnation of God Himself – was accomplished?

Therefore, the Church, gives thanks for each and every woman – for mothers, for sisters, for wives, for women consecrated to God in virginity, for women dedicated to the many human beings who await the gratuitous love of another person, for women who watch over the human persons in the family, which is the fundamental sign of the human community, for women who work professionally and who at times are burdened by a great social responsibility…

The Church gives thanks for all the manifestations of the feminine “genius” which have appeared in the course of history, in the midst of all peoples and nations, she gives thanks for all the charisms which the Holy Spirit distributes to women in the history of the People of God…  The Church asks at the same time that these invaluable “manifestations of the Spirit” (cf. 1 Cor 12:4ff)… may be attentively recognised and appreciated so that they may return, for the common good of the Church and of humanity.” … St John Paul II (1920-2005) – Apostolic Letter « Mulieris dignitatem /The Dignity of women» # 31luke 8 1-2 and the twelve were with him and also some women - the church gives thanks st john paul 20 sept 2019

PRAYER – Lord God, bestow a full measure of Your grace upon Your children, all Your men and women who gather together to thank you and bless you.   As Your work within us to keep us in the path of Your commandments, may we receive consolation in this present life and eternal joy in the next.   You gave us Saint Jose Maria Parres to protect and assist all in need of help, grant that by his prayer, all may be comforted in their need and may our precious Holy Mother, the icon of all womanhood, accompany us on our journey.   Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever, amenst jose maria parres pray for us 20 sept 2019MARY MOTHER OF GOD PRAY FOR US - 1 jan 2019

Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 20 September – Saint Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres (1851–1904)

Saint of the Day – 20 September – Saint Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres (1851–1904) Priest, Founder of the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor – born on 10 November 1851 in Jalmolonga, Mexico and died on 20 September 1904 at Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico of natural causes.   Patronage – the order he founded.   He dedicated his life to catering to the needs of the abandoned and used his order to take care of the poor’s spiritual and material needs.  st-maria-de-yermo-y-parres-1e125d00-086e-491d-a381-5c2b9ed8835-resize-750

The priest José María de Yermo y Parres was born in the Hacienda de Jalmolonga, municipality of Malinalco, Edo. of Mexico on 10 November 1851, son of the lawyer Manuel de Yermo y Soviñas and María Josefa Parres.   From noble origins, he was educated in the faith by his father and Aunt Carmen as his mother died 50 days after his birth.   Very soon he discovered his vocation to the priesthood.

At the age of 16 he left the paternal house to enter the Congregation of the Mission in Mexico City.   After a vocational crisis he left the religious family of the Vincentians and continued his way to the priesthood in the Diocese of León and there he was ordained on 24 August 1879.   His first years of priesthood were fruitful of activity and apostolic zeal.st-maria-de-yermo-y-parres-53c43cdc-41c7-45a9-8fa8-a53b969fd72-resize-750

He was an eloquent speaker, promoted youth catechesis and brilliantly held some important positions in the curia, to which he had to resign due to illness.   The new bishop entrusted him with the care of two little churches located on the outskirts of the city – El Calvario and Santo Niño.   He protested this appointment, viewing it as both unjust and as a humiliation.   He, however, managed to discern the will of God and departed for his new assignment in obedience to Him.

One day, while heading to the Church of Calvary, he found himself facing a terrible scene – pigs were devouring two newborn babies. Devastated by this horrific scene, he felt challenged by God and in his loving heart he discerned a call to assist the abandoned and needy.

He opened “The Shelter of the Sacred Heart” on 13 December 1885 to cater to the needs of the poor in a move that laid the foundation for the beginning of a new religious order dedicated to serving the poor and at the same time evolved that into the order he titled the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor at the summit of El Calvario.  st jose maria Foto1-300x376

From that day on, Father Yermo began the first steps of a long and constant escalation of surrender to the Lord and the brothers, who knows of sacrifice and self-denial, of joy and suffering, of peace and confusion, of poverty and misery, of appreciations and slander, of friendships and betrayals, of obediences and humiliations.   His life was very troubled but although the tribulations and difficulties alternated at an almost dizzying pace, they never managed to defeat the ardent spirit of the apostle of evangelical charity.

In his not-so-long life (1851-1904) aged 52, he founded schools, hospitals, rest homes for the elderly, orphanages, a very organised house for the regeneration of women and shortly before his holy death, which occurred on 20 September 1904 after asking the nuns to sing the Ave Maria Stella.   He was buried there at the motherhouse of the order. In the city of Puebla de los Ángeles, he led his religious family to the difficult mission among the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico.

His reputation for holiness spread rapidly in the people of God who asked for his intercession.   He was Beatified by His Holiness St John Paul II on 6 May 1990 in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. … Vatican.va

St Pope John Paul Canonised St Jose Maria on 21 May 2000, at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City.st jose maria parres older.jpg

Before Father Yermo’s death, there were several foundations in Merida, Yucatan; Teziutlan, Puebla; Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Cordoba, Veracruz; Ocotlan, Tlaxcala; Guadalajara, Jalisco; Irapuato, Guanajuato; Chihuahua, Chihuahua,
and the first mission house in Tarahumara. After Father Yermo’s death it continues to grow in other places in Mexico and many countries – United States, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Italy and Kenya.
In all these places its members strive to live the charism of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the intercession of Saint Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres. The mission of the Servants is to show the love and mercy of Christ in all their works – schools, orphanages, hospitals, mission fields and all their other ministries.   In some places this service to the poor is especially visible in parish work.   Father Yermo left the congregation the following motto: “God will Provide” and the experience of the Providence of God is constant in all its works.st jose maria oparres

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Memorials of the Saints – 20 September 2019

Martyrs of Korea:   St Andrew Kim Taegon, St Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati (Memorial)
Their Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/09/20/saints-of-the-day-20-september-martyrs-of-korea-st-andrew-kim-taegon-st-paul-chong-hasang-companions-103-saints-and-beati/

St Agapitus of Rome
St Candida of Carthage
St Dionysius of Phrygia
St Dorimedonte of Synnada
St Eusebia of Marseilles
St Eustachius, Wife and Sons – Martyrs (Died c 188)
The Biography of this family of Martyrs:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/20/saint-of-the-day-20-september-st-eustachius-wife-and-sons-martyrs-died-c-188/
St Evilasius of Cyzicum
St Fausta of Cyzicum
Bl Francisco Martín Fernández de Posadas
St Glycerius of Milan
St John Charles Cornay
Bl John Eustace
Saint Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres (1851–1904)
St Lawrence Mary Joseph Imbert
St Paul Chong Hasang
St Priscus
Susanna of Eleutheropolis
Bl Thomas Johnson

Martyrs of Constantinople – 3 saints: A priest and two bishops who were imprisoned, tortured and martyred for the defense of icons in the iconoclast persecutions of emperor Leo the Isaurian. – Andrea, Asiano and Hypatius. They were martyred in 735 in Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey) and their bodies were thrown to the dogs.

Martyrs of Pergen – 6 saints: A group of lay people martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Elagabalus. The names that have come down to us are Dionysius, Dioscorus, Philippa, Privatus, Socrates and Theodore. They were crucified c 220 at Pergen, Pamphylia, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey).

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Cristobal Iturriaga-Echevarría Irazola
• Blessed Santiago Vega Ponce
• Blessed Juan Antonio López Pérez