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Quote/s of the Day – 5 August – Mary

Quote/s of the Day – 5 August – “Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” – Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of the Dedication of Mary Major

“Mary was placed by God
in the centre of history
and we can say,
that everything was made
through her
and with her
and in her.”

St Bernard (1090-1153)
Doctor of the Church

mary was placed by god in the centre of history - st bernard - 3 aug 2019

“Mary is the divine Page
on which God the Father
wrote the Word of God, His Son.
Let us draw near to her and read her!”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280)
Doctor of the Church

mary is the divine page on which god the father - st albert the great 3 aug 2019

“The single richest treasure in the Vatican is the Rosary.”

Bl Pope Pius IX (1792-1878)

the single richest treasure in the vatican is the rosary bl pope pius ix 3 aug 2019

“All to Jesus through Mary,
all to Mary for Jesus.”

St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)

all to jesus through mary, all to mary for jesus - st marcellin

“No matter how enormous our sins may be,
no matter how irresistible our carnal instincts may seem,
no matter how hopelessly we may have plunged
into the depths of evil,
it is enough for us to raise our eyes
in confidence towards Mary.
… Like a merciful Mother,
she will obtain for us from God,
forgiveness and the strength
to return to the path of penitence and of peace.
… Let us turn to her with trust and humility
and she will certainly assist us.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

mary the refuge of sinners - bacci 14 may 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 June – St Norbert and St Marcellin Champagnat

Quote/s of the Day – 6 June – The Memorial of St Norbert (c 1080-1134) and St Marcellin Champagnat FMS (1789-1840)

On the day of his ordination, St Norbert said:

“O Priest! You are not of yourself because you are of God.
You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.
You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church.
You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.
You are not from yourself because you are nothing.
What then are you?
Nothing and everything.
O Priest!
Take care, lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you:
‘He saved others, himself he cannot save!”

o-priest-st-norbert- 6 june 2017

“You will never enjoy
the sweetness of a quiet prayer, 
unless you shut your mind,
to all worldly desires and temporal affairs.”

St Norbert (c 1080-1134)

you will never enjoy the sweetness of a quiet prayer - st norbert 6 june 2020

“All to Jesus through Mary,
all to Mary for Jesus.”

St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)

all to jesus through mary, all to mary for jesus - st marcellin

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, ONE Minute REFLECTION, QUOTES on LOVE of GOD, SAINT of the DAY, The KINGDOM of GOD, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 6 June – The price …

One Minute Reflection – 6 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 2 Timothy 4:1-8, Psalm 71:8-9, 14-17, 22, Mark 12:38-44 and the Memorial of St Norbert O.Praem (c 1080-1134) and St Marcellin Champagnat FMS (1789-1840)

“For they all contributed out of their abundance but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”…Mark 12:44

REFLECTION – “Now, if someone is wondering what the cost is, here is their answer – He who offers a Kingdom in heaven has no need of earthly coin.  No-one can offer God anything, except what already belongs to Him, since all that exists is His.   And yet, God does not give away so great a thing, without a price being placed on it, He does not give it to someone who doesn’t value it.   For indeed, nobody gives away something they hold dear without placing some kind of value on it.
From now on, then, if God has no need of your goods, neither does He have to give you this great thing, if you refuse to love Him, all He requires is love, without which nothing constrains His giving.   Love, then, and you will receive the Kingdom, love and you will possess it… Love God more than yourself and already, you begin to have what it is you desire to possess fully, in heaven.”… St Anselm (1033-1109) Doctor of the Churchmark 12 44 - for they all contributed out of their abundance - from now on then, if god has no need-st anselm 6 june 2020

PRAYER – Lord God, Your Son has shown us the way.   As we follow in His steps, may we never wander from the path that leads to life.   Renew the wonders of Your grace in our hearts so that neither death nor life may separate us from Your love.   Holy Father, as You were glorified by the life and death of St Norbert and St Marcellin, grant that by their prayers, we may receive strength to always give You our hearts, minds and complete selves.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, with You in union with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.st norbert pray for us

st marcellin pray for us - 6 june 2018

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Memorials of the Saints – 6 June

St Norbert (c 1080-1134) (Optional Memorial)
His amazing life:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/06/saint-of-the-day-6-june-st-norbert/

St Agobard of Lyon
St Alexander of Fiesole
St Alexander of Noyon
St Amantius of Noyon
St Anoub of Skete
St Artemius of Rome
St Bazalota of Abyssinia
St Bertrand of Aquileia
St Candida of Rome
St Ceratius of Grenoble
St Claudius of Besançon
St Cocca
St Colmán of Orkney
Bl Daniel of Bergamo
St Euphemia of Abyssinia
St Eustorgius II of Milan
Bl Falco of La Cava
Bl Gerard Tintorio
Bl Gilbert of Neufontaines
St Grazia of Germagno
St Gudwall
Bl Gundisalvus of Azebeyro
St Hilarion the Younger
Blessed Innocenty Józef Wojciech Guz OFM (1890-1940) Priest and Martyr of the Nazi Regime
St Jarlath of Tuam
St John of Verona
Bl Lorenzo de Masculis
St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)
Wonderful St Marcellin:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/06/saint-of-the-day-6-june-saint-marcellin-champagnat-1789-1840/

St Paulina of Rome
St Phêrô Dung
St Phêrô Thuan
St Rafael Guízar y Valencia
St Vincent of Bevagna
St Vinh-Son Duong
Bl William Greenwood

Marytrs of Tarsus: A group of 20 martyrs who were killed together during the persecutions of Diocletian. They were martyred in Tarsus (in modern Turkey).

Mercedarian Fathers of Avignon: Several Mercedarians from the Santa Maria convent of Avignon, France who worked with plague victims in that city and died of the disease themselves. They died in Avignon, France of plague.

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Our Morning Offering – 8 May – Mary, my Good Mother

Our Morning Offering – 8 May – “Mary’s Month” – Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Mary, my Good Mother
By St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)
Founder of the Marist Brothers

Mary, my Good Mother,
I am called here to do good.
I can achieve nothing
without the assistance
of your divine Son,
and yours as well.
This is why I ask you to help me.
I ask you to be with me,
directing my hands,
my words,
my heart,
my whole person.
And when I am faced with some difficulties,
Good Mother, I will entrust them to you
though I myself will do all that depends on me.
I offer and commend to you,
all that will be entrusted to me this day.
Amenmary my good mother by st marcellin champagnat founder of the marist bros 8 mary 2020

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Thought for the Day – 6 June – The Memorial of St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840) Founder of the Marist Brothers and St Norbert (c 1080-1134)

Thought for the Day – 6 June – The Memorial of St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840) Founder of the Marist Brothers and St Norbert (c 1080-1134)

Today’s 2 Saints certainly confirm, once again, that there are two sure ways to sanctity – through the Holy Eucharist and the Mother of God.   These are the absolute totality of our Faith, these are the Source and the Heart, these are the only ways we will achieve our goal!

The relationship of Marcellin to Mary was deeply marked by an affective and total trust in her, as the “Good Mother” because it was her work that he undertook.
He wrote once:
“Without Mary we are nothing and with Mary we have everything
because Mary always has her adorable Son within her arms or in her heart.”
This belief remained constant all through his life.   Jesus and Mary were the treasure on which Marcellin had learned to place his own heart.   This intimate relationship helped shape the Marian dimension of the Marist spirituality.   In the Marist tradition, the phrase “Ordinary Resource” has come to encapsulate our constant reliance on Mary.   The motto attributed to Champagnat by his biographer, All to Jesus through Mary, all to Mary for Jesus, captures this close relationship between the Son and the Mother and our Founder’s attitude of confidence in Mary, which we are invited to live.

Mary, Mother, Intercede for us!mary mother of god - pray for us - 10 may 2018
St Marcellin, Pray for us!st marcellin champagnat, pray for us no 2 - 6 june 2018

Excerpt from the Thought for the Day last year:

St Norbert was 33 years old before he took God seriously and during the next 20 years he made up for lost time.   He did not stop to bewail lost years but gave everything he had to God.   It is never too late to begin and God is always waiting for our service. We do not need a bolt of lightening to get started.
Unswerving loyalty to the Church and fervent devotion to the Eucharist, as practiced by Norbert, will continue immeasurably toward maintaining the people of God in accord with the heart of Christ.

Let us get going!

St Norbert, Pray for us.st-norbert-pray-for-us - 6 june 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 June – The Memorial of St Norbert (c 1080-1134)

Quote/s of the Day – 6 June – The Memorial of St Norbert (c 1080-1134)

On the day of his ordination, St Norbert said:

“O Priest! You are not of yourself because you are of God.
You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.
You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church.
You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.
You are not from yourself because you are nothing.
What then are you?
Nothing and everything.
O Priest!
Take care, lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you:
‘He saved others, himself he cannot save!”

St Norbert (c 1080-1134)o-priest-st-norbert- 6 june 2017

“All to Jesus through Mary,
all to Mary for Jesus.”

St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)all to jesus through mary, all to mary for jesus - st marcellin

Posted in FATHERS of the Church, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on ETERNITY, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 6 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B, Today’s Gospel Mark 12:18-27

One Minute Reflection – 6 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Mark 12:18-27 and The Memorial of St Norbert (c 1080-1134) and St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)

“As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, (the) God of Isaac and (the) God of Jacob’?  He is not God of the dead but of the living.  You are greatly misled.” …Mark 12:26-27

REFLECTION – “How blind are the eyes of the intellect on its own!   For they have not noticed that “the blind see, the lame walk” (Mt 11:5) on earth at the Saviour’s word… so that we might believe that the flesh in its entirety will rise again at the resurrection.   If He cured diseases of the flesh on this earth and restored wholeness to the body, how much more, will He do so at the moment of resurrection, so that the flesh might rise again wholly and without blemish… It seems to me that such people fail to look, at the divine action in its totality, at the beginning of creation, in the forming of man.   They don’t attend to the reason why earthly things were made.
The Word said:  “Let us make man in our image and likeness” (Gn 1:26)…  Obviously man, formed in the image of God, was flesh.   Therefore how absurd it is to claim that flesh formed by God in his own image is despicable and worthless!   Clearly flesh must be precious in God’s eyes since it is His creation.   And since the culmination of His plan for all the rest of creation is to be found in it, this is what has the greatest worth in the eyes of the Creator.”…St Justin (c 100-160), Martyr, Apologist, Philosopher, Father of the Church (Treatise on the resurrection, 2.4.7-9)mark 12 27 - he is not the god of the dead but of the living - if he cured diseases of the flesh - st justin - 6 june 2018

PRAYER – Holy Father, You made us, we belong to You.   Grant that by the prayers of all your holy saints, we may attain eternal life with You to praise and worship You for all eternity.   May the prayers of St Norbert and St Marcellin, assist us our earthly pilgrimage.   We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus, with You and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-norbert-pray-for-us-2-6 JUNE 2017.st marcellin pray for us - 6 june 2018

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Saint of the Day – 6 June – Saint Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840)

Saint of the Day – 6 June – Saint Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840) – Priest of the Society of Mary and Founder of the  the Institute of the Little Brothers of Mary (Marist Brothers) ‘FMS’, a religious congregation of brothers devoted to Mary and dedicated to education.   St Marcellin was born as Marcellin-Joseph-Benoît Champagnat on 20 May 1789 at Hameau du Rosey, Lyon, France and died on 6 June 1840 in in Saint-Chamond, Loire, France of natural causes.

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MARCELLIN CHAMPAGNAT was born on 20th May 1789, in Marlhes, a village in the mountains of east-central France.   The Revolution was about to burst upon the scene.   He was the ninth child of a very Christian family, from whom he received his basic education.   His mother and his aunt, a religious driven from her convent, awoke in him a solid faith and deep devotion to Mary.   His father, who was a farmer and merchant, possessed an above-average education and played a significant role in the politics of the village and the region.   He imparted to Marcellin his aptitude for manual work, a penchant for direct action, a sense of responsibility and openness to new ideas.
When Marcellin was 14, a priest passing through the village helped him to see that God was calling him to the priesthood.   Marcellin, whose formal schooling was practically non-existent, began to study because “God wills it!”, even while those around him, aware of his limitations, tried to dissuade him.   The difficult years he spent in the minor seminary in Verrieres (1805-1813) were for him a time of real human and spiritual growth.

Among his companions in the major seminary in Lyons were Jean-Marie Vianney, the future Cure of Ars and Jean-Claude Colin who was to become the founder of the Marist Fathers.   He joined a group of seminarians whose goal was to found a congregation bearing Mary’s name and including priests, sisters and a lay third order the “Society of Mary” for the re-Christianisation of society.   Deeply aware of the cultural and spiritual poverty of the children of the countryside, Marcellin felt a strong urge to include a branch of brothers for the Christian education of young people.   “I cannot see a child without wanting to tell him how much Jesus loves him.”   The day after their ordination on 22nd July 1816, these young priests went to consecrate themselves to Mary and to place their project under her protection at the shrine of Our Lady of Fourviere.vierge-dorée

Basilica of Our Lady de Fourviere,
Basilica of Our Lady of Fourviere

Marcellin was sent as curate to the parish of La Valla.   His ministry there included visiting the sick, catechising the children, helping the poor and helping families to live the Christian life.   His simple, direct style of preaching, his deep devotion to Mary and his apostolic zeal, made a profound impression on his parishioners.   His encounter with a dying 17-year-old boy, who had absolutely no religious instruction, shook him to his depths and moved him not to delay any longer in putting his plans into action.img-Saint-Marcellin-Joseph-Benoit-Champagnat

On 2nd January 1817, only six months after his arrival in La Valla, Marcellin, a 27-year-old curate, brought together his first two disciples; the congregation of the Little Brothers of Mary, or Marist Brothers, was born in poverty, humility and total trust in God under Mary’s protection.   While still carrying on his parish ministry, he went to live with his brothers, whom he trained and prepared for their mission as Christian teachers, catechists and educators of young people.   Passionately devoted to the Kingdom of God, conscious of the tremendous needs of young people and an instinctive educator, Marcellin turned these uncultured young country lads into generous apostles.   He lost no time in opening schools.   Vocations arrived and the first little house, even though enlarged by Marcellin himself, was soon too small.   There were many difficulties.   The clergy in general did not understand what this inexperienced young priest with no material resources was trying to accomplish.   However, the nearby villages continually requested brothers to see to the Christian education of their children.

Marcellin and his brothers shared in the construction of their new house, which could hold more than 100 persons and which would bear the name of “Our Lady of the Hermitage”.   Freed from his parish duties in 1825, he thenceforth devoted himself totally to his congregation:  the spiritual, pedagogical and apostolic formation and accompaniment of his brothers, visits to the schools and the opening of new ones.

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Marcellin, a man of deep faith, never ceased to seek the will of God through prayer and dialogue with the religious authorities and with his brothers  . Very conscious of his own limitations, he counted only on God and on the protection of Mary, his “Good Mother”, “Ordinary Resource” and “First Superior”.   His deep humility and his acute awareness of the presence of God, helped him to live through many severe trials with great inner peace.   He often prayed psalm 126:  “If the Lord does not build the house”, convinced that this congregation of brothers was the work of God and Mary.   His motto was, “All to Jesus through Mary and all to Mary for Jesus”.ST MARCELLIN SNIP

“To make Jesus Christ known and loved” is the brothers’ mission.   The school is the privileged setting for this mission of evangelisation.   Marcellin taught his disciples to love and respect children and to give special attention to the poor, the most ungrateful and the most neglected, especially orphans.   Spending a great deal of time with young people, with simplicity, family spirit and love of work and all of this carried out as Mary would have, were the essential points of his vision of education.

In 1836, the Church recognised the Society of Mary and entrusted to it the missions of Oceania.   Marcellin took his vows as a member of the Society of Mary and sent three brothers with the first missionary Marist Fathers to the islands of the Pacific.   “Every diocese of the world figures in our plans”, he had written.

Steps for obtaining legal recognition of his congregation made great demands on his time, energy and spirit of faith.   He never stopped repeating, “When God is on your side and you rely only on Him, nothing is impossible!”ST MERCELLIN BIT OLDER

A lengthy illness gradually wore down his robust constitution.   Worn out by his labours, he died at the age of 51 on 6th June 1840, leaving this message with his brothers:  “May you be of one heart and one mind.   May it be said of the Little Brothers of Mary as of the first Christians: see how they love one another!”…Vatican.va489px-Ravery,_Portrait_of_Marcellin_Champagnat,_1840

St Marcellin Champagnat was declared Venerable in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV, Beatified by Pope Pius XII on 29 May 1955 and Canonised by St Pope John Paul II on 18 April 1999.

canoncisation celebrations
Canonisation Mass at the  General House
canonisation poster
Caonisation celebration poster

Today there are about 5,000 Marist Brothers in 72 countries;  their slogan A Heart Without Borders.

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