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Memorials of the Saints -23 January

St Marianne Cope TOSF (1838-1918)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/saint-of-the-day-23-january-st-marianne-cope/

Espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 23 January: Feast in honour of the Blessed Virgin’s espousal to Saint Joseph. It is certain that a real matrimony was contracted by Joseph and Mary.   Still Mary is called “espoused” to Joseph (“his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph”, Matthew 1:18) because the matrimony was never consummated. The term spouse is applied to married people until their marriage is consummated.   This feast dates from 1517 when it was granted to the nuns of the Annunciation by Pope Leo X with nine other Masses in honour of Our Lady.   Adopted by many religious orders and dioceses, it was observed for a time by nearly the whole Church but is no longer in the Calendar.mary and joseph - espousal

St Abel the Patriarch
St Agathangelus
St Amasius of Teano
St Andreas Chong Hwa-Gyong
St Aquila the Martyr
St Asclas of Antinoe
Blessed Benedetta Bianchi Porro (1936-1964)
St Clement of Ancyra
St Colman of Lismore
St Dositheus of Gaza
St Emerentiana
St Eusebius of Mount Coryphe
Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366)
Blessed Henry’s Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/23/saint-of-the-day-blessed-henry-suso-op-1295-1366/
St Ildephonsus (506-667)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/saint-of-the-day-23-january-st-ildephonsus-607-667/

Bl Joan Font Taulat
St John the Almoner/the Merciful (Died c 620)
Bl Juan Infante
St Jurmin
St Lufthild
St Maimbod
Bl Margaret of Ravenna
Martyrius of Valeria
St Messalina of Foligno
St Ormond of Mairé
St Parmenas the Deacon
St Severian the Martyr

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Ildephonsus (607-667), Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366) and St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

Quote/s of the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Ildephonsus (607-667), Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366) and St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

“Go to Mary and sing her praises
and you will be enlightened.
For it is through her,
that the true Light
shines on the sea of this life.”

St Ildephonsus (607-667)go-to-mary-st-ildephonsus-23-jan-2018.jpg

“Suffering is the ancient law of love;
there is no quest without pain;
there is no lover,
who is not also a martyr.”

Blessed Henry Suso (1295-1366)suffering is the ancient law of love - bl henry suso 23 jan 2019.jpg

“Try to accept what God
is pleased to give you
no matter how bitter –
‘God wills it’,
is the thought
that will strengthen you
and help you over
the hard places
if we wish to be
true children of God.”

“Our dear
heavenly Mother Mary…
how little do our trials
and sorrows appear
when compared
to her bitter sufferings.”

St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)try-to-accept-what-god-st-marianne-cope-23-jan-2018.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

Thought for the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

“The life of Marianne Cope is a wonderful work of divine grace.   She demonstrated the beauty of the life of a true Franciscan.   The encounter of Mother Marianne with those suffering from leprosy took place when she was far along on her journey to Christ.   For 20 years she had been a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St Francis of Syracuse in New York.   She was already a woman of vast experience and was spiritually mature.   But suddenly God called her to a more radical giving, to a more difficult missionary service.

Blessed Marianne, who was Provincial Superior at the time, heard the voice of Christ in the invitation of the Bishop of Honolulu.   He was looking for Sisters to assist those suffering from leprosy on the Island of Molokai.   Like Isaiah, she did not hesitate to answer:  “Here I am. Send me!” (Is 6: 8).   She left everything and abandoned herself completely to the will of God, to the call of the Church and to the demands of her new brothers and sisters.   She put her own health and life at risk.”….Homily of Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins on the Beatification of St Marianne Cope 14 May 2005

Awarded the Royal Order of Kapiolani by the Hawaiian government and celebrated in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, Mother Marianne continued her work faithfully.   Her sisters have attracted vocations among the Hawaiian people and still work on Molokai.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Poem
for St Marianne Cope –
Missionary to Leprosy Patients

To the Reverend Sister Marianne, Missionary to Leprosy Patients
Matron of the Bishop Home, Kalaupapa.

To see the infinite pity of this place,
The mangled limb, the devastated face,
The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod,
A fool were tempted to deny his God.
He sees and shrinks; but if he look again,
Lo, beauty springing from the breasts of pain!
He marks the sisters on the painful shores,
And even a fool is silent and adores.robert louis stevenson's poem for st marianne cope no 2 - 23 jan 2018

“Rivers of living water will gush forth from the heart” of the one who believes in Christ. The signs of his presence are summarised in the Letter to the Galatians:   They are: “love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness and chastity” (5: 22).

St Marianne Cope Pray for us!st marianne cope - pray for us - 23 jan 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Ildephonsus (607-667) and St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

Quote/s of the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Ildephonsus (607-667) and St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

“No one will ever be
the servant of the Son
without serving the Mother.”no one will ever be - st ildephonsus - 23 jan 2018

“Go to Mary and sing her praises
and you will be enlightened.
For it is through her,
that the true Light
shines on the sea of this life.”

St Ildephonsus (607-667)go to mary - st ildephonsus - 23 jan 2018

“Creep down into the heart of Jesus.
He alone can comfort you in your
supreme hour of sorrow.”creep down into the heart of Jesus - st marianne cope - 2017

“Let us make the very best use of the precious moments
and do all in our power for His dear sake
and for His greater honour and glory…………
I do not think of reward;
I am working for God and do so cheerfully.”let-us-make - st marianne cope - 2017

“Try to accept what God
is pleased to give you
no matter how bitter –
‘God wills it’,
is the thought
that will strengthen you
and help you over
the hard places
if we wish to be
true children of God.”

“Our dear
heavenly Mother Mary…
how little do our trials
and sorrows appear
when compared
to her bitter sufferings.”

St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)try to accept what god - st marianne cope - 23 jan 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 23 January – The Memorial of St Marianne Cope T.O.S.F. (1838-1918)

One Minute Reflection – 23 January – The Memorial of St Marianne Cope T.O.S.F. (1838-1918) Virgin, Professed Sister of St Francis, missionary to leprosy patients

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I sen, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’”…Isaiah 6:8

REFLECTION – “She left everything and abandoned herself completely to the will of God, to the call of the Church and to the demands of her new brothers and sisters.    She put her own health and life at risk.   For 35 years she lived, to the full, the command to love God and neighbour.   She willingly worked with Blessed Damian de Veuster, who was at the end of his extraordinary apostolate.   Blessed Marianne loved those suffering from leprosy more than she loved her very self.   She served them, educated them and guided them with wisdom, love and strength.   She saw in them the suffering face of Jesus.
Like the Good Samaritan, she became their mother.   She drew strength from her faith, the Eucharist, her devotion to our Blessed Mother and from prayer.   She did not seek earthly honours or approval.   She wrote: “I do not expect a high place in heaven. I will be very grateful to have a little corner where I can love God for all eternity”.” …Homily of Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins on the Beatification of St Marianne Cope 14 May 2005i do not expect - st marianne cope - 23 jan 2018

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me to have a true fervour in Your service. Help me to become a zealous worker for Your honour and glory, in imitation of your Son and of your holy saints. St Marianne Cope, intercede for us all, that we may go forth unafraid to serve the most needy of our Father’s children. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever. Please pray for us, amen!st-marianne-pray-for-us.2017

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Thought for the Day – 23 January

Thought for the Day – 23 January

In 1888, Mother Marianne and two sisters went to Molokai to open a home for “unprotected women and girls” there.   The Hawaiian government was quite hesitant to send women for this difficult assignment; they need not have worried about Mother Marianne!   On Molokai she took charge of the home that Saint Damien de Veuster had established for men and boys.   Mother Marianne changed life on Molokai by introducing cleanliness, pride and fun to the colony.   Bright scarves and pretty dresses for the women were part of her approach.

Awarded the Royal Order of Kapiolani by the Hawaiian government and celebrated in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, Mother Marianne continued her work faithfully.   Her sisters have attracted vocations among the Hawaiian people and still work on Molokai.

The government authorities were reluctant to allow Mother Marianne to be a mother on Molokai. Thirty years of dedication proved their fears unfounded. God grants gifts regardless of human short-sightedness and allows those gifts to flower for the sake of the kingdom.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Poem for Saint Marianne Cope

To the Reverend Sister Marianne,
Matron of the Bishop Home, Kalaupapa.

To see the infinite pity of this place,
The mangled limb, the devastated face,
The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod,
A fool were tempted to deny his God.
He sees and shrinks; but if he look again,
Lo, beauty springing from the breasts of pain!
He marks the sisters on the painful shores,
And even a fool is silent and adores.

St Marianne Cope Pray for us!

cope-pray-for-usst-marianne-cope-jan-23

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One Minute Reflection – 23 January

One Minute Reflection – 23 January

Do not grow slack but be fervent in spirit;
he whom you serve is the Lord………….Romans 12:11

REFLECTION – “Let us make the very best use of the precious moments and do all in our power for His dear sake and for His greater honour and glory…………I do not think of reward; I am working for God and do so cheerfully.”….St Marianne Cope (Saint of the Day)

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me to have a true fervour in Your service. Help me to become a zealous worker for Your honour and glory, in imitation of your Son and of your holy saints. St Marianne Cope, ntercede for us all, that we may go forth unafraid to serve the most needy of our Father’s children. Please pray for us, amen!

romans-12-11let-us-makest-marianne-pray-for-us