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Memorials of the Saints – 18 September

St Ariadne
St Dominic Trach Doai
St Eumenius Thaumaturgus
St Eustorgius of Milan
St Ferreolus the Tribune
St Ferreolus of Limoges
St Hygbald
St Irene of Egypt
St Joseph of Cupertino OFM Conv. (1603-1663)

All about the this holy Flying Saint here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/saint-of-the-day-18-september-st-joseph-of-cupertino-o-f-m-conv-1603-1663/

St Józef Kut
St Juan Macias OP (1585-1645)
About St Juan:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/18/saint-of-the-day-18-september-st-juan-macias-o-p-1585-1645/

St Oceano of Nicomedia
Saint Richardis (839-c 895)
St Sophia of Egypt

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Carlos Eraña Guruceta
• Blessed Fernando García Sendra
• Blessed Jacinto Hoyuelos Gonzalo
• Blessed Jesus Hita Miranda
• Blessed José García Mas
• Blessed José María Llópez Mora
• Blessed Justo Lerma Martínez
• Blessed Salvador Chuliá Ferrandis
• Blessed Salvador Fernández Pérez
• Blessed Vicente Gay Zarzo
• Blessed Vicente Jaunzarás Gómez

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Thought for the Day – 18 September – The Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

Thought for the Day – 18 September – The Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

St Juan Macias reflects the life of the many immigrants who come seeking better living conditions.   His life helps us to realise that as immigrants, we have a greater mission – to share the richness of our faith with other people in simple ways.   According to his biographers, St Juan Macias constantly meditated on the verse from the Book of Revelation:  “I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev 21:1).

Faith is a journey on this earth in which all of us are immigrants who seek the new heaven and the new earth.   The life of St Juan Macias teaches us to walk this journey of faith in simple ways – being generous at all times, especially with the poor, the sick and the elderly;  being humble, embracing the reality that we are on this earth only for a while and doing the works of charity, the surest way to salvation.

The life of St Juan Macias teaches, that immigrants go to new worlds to find a better life through giving themselves for the greater mission of sharing the Gospel.   Indeed, this is a very effective way in which our life conditions will really become better, by sharing the Gospel, the Word of God, the life and death of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in whatever way we can, where we find ourselves!

St Juan Macias, pray for us!st juan macias pray for us - no 2 - 18 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17

One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17, Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645) and St Joseph of Cupertino O.F.M. Conv. (1603-1663)

And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”...Luke 7:14byoung man i say to arise - luke 7 14b - 18 sept 2018

REFLECTION – “Even if the signs of death have removed all hope of life, even if the bodies of the dead lie beside the tomb, yet, at the voice of God, the corpses of those ready to decompose will rise and recover speech.   The son is restored to his mother, he is called back from the tomb, snatched out of it.   And what is this tomb?   Your own.   Your bad habits, your lack of faith.  This is the tomb from which Christ delivers you, this is the tomb from which you will return to life if you listen to the Word of God.  Even if your sin is so grave that you are unable to wash it clean for yourself with your tears of repentance, the Church, your mother, she who intercedes for each one of her children like a widowed mother for her only son, will weep for you.   For she feels for it with a kind of spiritual suffering natural to her when she sees her offspring dragged down to death by lamentable vices…
Let her weep, then, this pious mother; let the crowd accompany her – and not just a crowd but a large crowd – and may it show compassion towards this tender mother. Then you will come to life again in your tomb and will be delivered, the bearers will stop and you will start to speak the words of the living; everyone will be astonished.   The example of one will correct the many and they will praise God for having granted such remedies to us for escaping death.”…St Ambrose (c 340-397) Father & Doctor (A treatise on the Gospel of Saint Luke)young man i say to you arise luke 7 14b - the son is restored to his mother - st ambrose 18 sept 2018

God wants us to stand upright.   He created us to be on our fee,: for this reason, Jesus’ compassion leads to that gesture of healing, to heal us, of which the key phrase is:  “Arise! Stand up, as God created you!”.   Standing up.   “But Father, we fall so often” — “Onward, arise!”.   This is Jesus’ word, always.   His word revives us, gives us hope, refreshes weary hearts, opens us to a vision of the world and of life which transcends suffering and death…Pope Francis – General audience, 10 August 2016young man i say to arise - luke 7 14b - pope francis - god wants us to stand upright - 18 sept 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to be holy in the way that You have laid out for me. Let me stand upright and carry out my duties of my state of life to the full.   Only in You may I attain holiness, learning to give myself, my will, my heart and my to You.   St Joseph of Cupertino, you who were so disadvantaged, achieved by the grace of God, sanctity in this life and now behold His Face through all eternity.   St Juan, in your lowly work, you stood in the Light of Christ, allowing the lowly and rich, to see Him who saved us.   We ask You Holy Father, that You grant, by the intercession pf St Joseph and Juan, that we may reach our heavenly home.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-joseph-of-cupertino-pray-for-us-18 sept 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 18 September – The Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

Our Morning Offering – 18 September – The Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

Note:  I am a Lay Dominican so I should be signing Anastpaul O.P. 

Breaking (down) The Habit

For the past 800 years, Dominican Friars (and Sisters, of course) have donned the white habit, the familiar robes, the brand unique of the Order of Preachers.   Each day whilst dressing, they quietly recite prayers as they do so.   This is a glimpse into a rarely seen Dominican ritual.

First is the tunic, a long white cotton/wool robe worn over any set of plain clothes.

Clothe me, O Lord, with the garments of salvation.   By Your grace may I keep them pure and spotless, so that clothed in white, I may be worthy to walk with You in the Kingdom of God. Amen.

The cincture is a belt, generally black leather, simple.

Gird me, O Lord, with the cincture of justice and the cord of purity that I may unite the affections of my heart in the love of You alone. Amen.

Over the belt, a 10-15 decade rosary, in adoration for Mary Magdalene.   Worn on the left hip because that was wear soldiers wore their weapons in 1216 when St Dominic founded the Order of Preachers, saying, “Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword;  wear humility rather than fine clothes”.

O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant we beseech Thee, that meditating upon the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord, Amen.

The scapular is akin to a large white poncho, a long vest without sleeves.

Show yourself a mother, He will hear your pleading whom your womb has sheltered and whose hand brings healing.

A white capuce looks like the original hoody but only comes down past the shoulders to a point between the arm pit and the elbow.

Lord, You have set your sign upon my head that I should admit no lover but you. Amen.

The sixth layer is a black cappa, a cape of sorts.

We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God, do not despise our prayers in our necessity, but free us from all peril, O Blessed Virgin. Amen.

The black capuce is the seventh and final layer.   It is generally only worn for formal occasions.

Heavenly Father, Who were with Your great servants Moses and Joshua and used them to bring Your children out of bondage, fill us with that same grace that we may preach Your word boldly and with authority for the deliverance of those under the bondages of sin.   We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Dominican Prayer whilst donning the Habit

Clothe me, O Lord, with the garments of salvation.
By Your grace. may I keep them pure and spotless,
so that clothed in white,
I may be worthy to walk with You in the Kingdom of God
Gird me, O Lord, with the cincture of justice
and the cord of purity,
that I may unite the affections of my heart
in the love of You alone.
O God, whose only-begotten Son,
by His life, death and resurrection,
has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life,
grant we beseech Thee,
that meditating upon the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate
what they contain and obtain what they promise,
through the same Christ our Lord
Show yourself a mother,
He will hear your pleading whom your womb
has sheltered and whose hand brings healing.
Lord, You have set Your sign upon my head
that I should admit no lover but You.
We fly to Your patronage, O Holy Mother of God,
do not despise our prayers in our necessity
but free us from all peril, O Blessed Virgin.
Heavenly Father,
Who were with Your great servants Moses and Joshua
and used them to bring Your children out of bondage,
fill us with that same grace,
that we may preach Your word boldly
and with authority for the deliverance of those
under the bondages of sin.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,
Amen.dominican prayer - clothing prayer no 2 with St Juan macias- 18 sept 2018

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Saint of the Day – 18 September – St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

Saint of the Day – 18 September – St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645) – vowed Dominican Lay Friar, Mystic, Apostle of Charity and Prayer, MiracleWorker – St Juan was born on 2 March 1585 Ribera del Fresno in Extremadura, Spain and died on 16 September 1645 in Lima, Peru.   He was Beatified in 1837 together with his close friend, St Martin de Porres, by Pope Gregory XVI and Canonised in 1975 by Pope Paul VI.   His main image is located at the main altar of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Lima and is venerated by the local laity in Peru.   A church was built in his honour in 1970 in San Luis, Lima, Peru.header - st juan macias

St Juan Macias is a saint dear to the heart of Dominicans.   To the chorus of Dominican saints, this humble lay brother adds his characteristic notes of contemplation and spiritual friendship, a living example of the Dominican motto, “to contemplate and to give to others the fruits of our contemplation.”

Juan Macias was born on 2 March 1585 in a small village in southwestern Spain.   His parents were poor farmers – both died when Juan and his sister Agnes were young.   The two children were raised by their uncle whose last name, “Macias,” they took as their own.

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When he was sixteen, Juan met a Dominican priest while attending Mass in a neighbouring village.   Like most young people, Juan was full of wonder about what his future would hold.   This experience made a new impression on Juan and opened his heart to the possibility of a Dominican vocation.   Unlike most young people, Juan received another special grace – it is said that as he began to seek God’s will for his life, he was frequently visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary and by his patron, St John the Evangelist.

At the age of 35, Juan still felt drawn to the Dominican Order.   St John told him that it was not to be in Spain that he would become a Dominican, but in Lima, Peru.   In 1622, Juan Macias entered the Dominican convent of St Mary Magdalene in Lima, Peru. H  e entered as a lay brother, a non-ordained friar who, instead of preaching, would do the manual labour necessary in the monastery.   Juan was the assistant Porter (doorkeeper) until his death in 1646.   Although he was uneducated, Juan Macias exemplified the Dominican charism.   Like St Dominic, he learned the most sublime theology by studying the “book of charity,” the Cross.    Juan Macias’ entire life preached the Word of God to those he met.st juan macias beautiful statue

One of Juan Macias’ chief duties was to meet the poor who came to the convent seeking material or spiritual assistance, often over two hundred people every day.   Besides his cheerful disposition and encouraging manner, Juan Macias became known for the sometimes miraculous nature of his service to the poor.   Everyone knew that Juan worked extremely hard to collect alms for distribution.   Still, he would often return empty handed.   Yet, somehow Juan never turned anyone away.   From what he had been able to collect, he would have enough to feed all who came to him for help.St.-Juan-Macias

Juan Macias knew that he must help meet the physical needs of those who came to him, but he also knew that their spiritual hunger was much greater.   Juan was an instrument of conversion for many.

Juan Macias is well known for his close friendship with another Dominican saint, Martin de Porres  (1579–1639).   The two saints often met on their daily rounds of the city and became close spiritual friends as well.   They were a constant source of encouragement and ideas for one another.   The two were beatified together in a single ceremony by Pope Gregory XVI in 1837.st martin de porres and st juan macias

John Macias was well known mainly for two things during his life.   First, he was known to love the rosary, which he began to pray as a child in Spain while he shepherded his uncle’s flock of sheep.   Secondly, he was known for his generosity to the poor, 200 of whom he fed every day.   He was greatly aided in this by a little donkey that he sent through Lima.   He had a small sign put on it asking for donations for the poor.   The donkey, knowing his route perfectly, would travel through the streets and come back with benefactions for the city’s poor.   Often the donkey would stop at certain locations and make loud noises so that the people inside would come out to make their donations.ST-JUAN-MACIAS

At the priory, Macías’s life was filled with fervent prayer, frequent penance and charity. As a result of his austerity, he quickly fell ill and had to have a risky surgery. Nevertheless, he continued to care for other sick and needy as they waited at the friary gates.   Beggars, disabled people and other disadvantaged people were commonplace throughout Lima where they flocked to him at the monastery gates for counsel and comfort.   The poor came for food and the rich for advice.st juan macias engraving

Macias, however, expressed a greater desire to spend more time in contemplative solitude rather than engage in conversational activities with others.   He confessed this to Father Abbot Ramírez who said, “If he were to never follow his vow of obedience, nobody would have ever seen his face.”   But his official position as the priory’s porter, which he held for over 20 years and went against his natural inclinations of solitude, served to continue disciplining his vow of obedience.   This filled him with a joyful sense of fulfillment.   He died of natural causes in 1645.San_Juan_Macias_official_sidest__joseph_of_cupertino___icon_by_violacaeli-d99myw4