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Quote/s of the Day – 23 August – “My grace is sufficient for thee …”

Quote/s of the Day – 23 August – Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“My grace is sufficient for thee,
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly
about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

2 Corinthians 12:7-9

“The thief on the cross certainly did not receive
the Kingdom of Heaven as a reward for his virtues
but as a grace and a mercy from God.
He can serve as an authentic witness
that our salvation is given to us
only by God’s mercy and grace.
All the holy masters knew this
and unanimously taught
that perfection in holiness
can be achieved only through humility.”

St John Cassian (c 360- c 435)

“Christ shall minister to us
and show us His radiant Face
and His glorious Body
with all the marks of faithfulness
and love therein impressed.
And we shall see all the glorious bodies
clothed with all the many tokens of love
won in the service of God
since the beginning of the world…
And our living hearts
shall flame with burning love for God
and all His saints…”

Bl Jan van Ruusbroec (1293-1381)
Canon Regular, “Doctor Divinus Ecstaticus,”
Mystic, Spiritual Writer –
The seven steps of the ladder of spiritual love

“There is no sinner in the world,
however much at enmity with God,
who cannot recover God’s grace,
by recourse to Mary
and by asking her assistance.”

St Bridget of Sweden (c 1303 – 1373)

Prayer of Blessed Paolo Giustiniani

“Lord, I dare not say to You:
“Show me the light that I may believe in Your Light”
but it is enough for me,
that You make me see my darkness …
Bring me back to myself.
In my misery I have distanced myself
not only from You but from myself,
becoming a stranger to myself.
Make me know my darkness,
that then I may look at the light.
Yes, I tell You and repeat to You incessantly,
Show me to myself,
so that I may know my sins.”

Blessed Paolo Giustiniani (1476-1528)

“Give me grace to amend my life
and to have an eye to mine end,
without grudge of death,
which to them that die in You,
good Lord,
is the gate of a wealthy life.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyr

“Our Lord and Saviour lifted up His voice
and said with incomparable majesty:
“Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation.
Let them know that without the burden of afflictions,
it is impossible to reach the height of grace.
Let them know,
that the gifts of grace increase,
as the struggles increase.
Let men take care not to stray and be deceived.
This is the only true stairway to paradise
and without the cross,
they can find no road to climb to heaven.”

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

St Rose of Lima Quotes here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/08/23/quote-s-of-the-day-23-august-st-rose-of-lima/

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Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 23 August

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time +2020


St Rose of Lima (1586-1617) OP (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/23/saint-of-the-day-23-august-st-rose-of-lima-1586-1617/

St Abbondius of Rome
St Altigianus
St Apollinaris of Rheims
St Archelaus of Ostia
St Asterius of Aegea
St Claudius of Aegea
St Domnina of Aegea
St Eleazar of Lyons
St Eonagh
St Flavian of Autun
Bl Franciszek Dachtera
Bl Giacomo Bianconi of Mevania
St Hilarinus
St Ireneus of Rome
Bl Jean Bourdon
Blessed Ladislaus Findysz (1907-1964) Martyr
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/08/23/saint-of-the-day-23-august-blessed-ladislaus-findysz-1907-1964-martyr/
St Lupo of Novi
St Luppus
St Maximus of Ostia
St Minervius of Lyons
St Neon of Aegea

St Philip Benizi (1233-1285)
Biography here
: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/saint-of-the-day-23-august-st-philip-benezi/

St Quiriacus of Ostia
St Theonilla of Aegea
St Timothy of Rheims
St Tydfil (Died c 480) Martyr of Wales
St Victor of Vita
St Zaccheus of Jerusalem

Martyrs of Agea – 4 saints: A group of Christian brothers, Asterius, Claudius and Neon, denounced by their step-mother who were then tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Pro-consul Lysias. They were crucified in 285 outside the walls of Aegea, Cilicia (in Asia Minor) and their bodies left for scavengers.

Martyred in the Spanish Civl War:
• Blessed Constantino Carbonell Sempere
• Blessed Estanislau Sans Hortoneda
• Blessed Florentín Pérez Romero
• Blessed José Polo Benito
• Blessed Lorenzo Ilarregui Goñi
• Blessed Manuela Justa Fernández Ibero
• Blessed Mariano García Méndez
• Blessed Nicolás Alberich Lluch
• Blessed Pere Gelabert Amer
• Blessed Petra María Victoria Quintana Argos
• Blessed Ramón Grimaltos Monllor
• Blessed Urbano Gil Sáez
• Blessed Vicente Alberich Lluch

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Quote/s of the Day – 7 November – From our Dominican Friends in Heaven

Quote/s of the Day – 7 November – The Memorial of All Dominican Saints

Just a few quotes from Dominican Saints

“Heretics are to be converted
by an example of humility
and other virtues
far more readily,
than by any external
display or verbal battles.
So let us arm ourselves with
devout prayers
and set off,
showing signs of genuine humility
and go barefooted
to combat
Goliath.”

St Dominic (1170-1221)heretics-are-to-be-converted-st-dominic-8-aug-201 and 5 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Anyone who receives this Sacrament,
with the devotion of sincere faith,
will never taste death.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) OP Doctor of the Churchanyone-who-receives-this-sacrament-st-albert-the-great-15-nov-2018 and 7 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Do not be attached, therefore,
to clothing and riches
because they divided My garments among themselves.
Nor to honours, for I experienced harsh words and scourgings.
Nor to greatness of rank,
for weaving a crown of thorns,
they placed it on My head.
Nor to anything delightful,
for in My thirst, they gave Me vinegar to drink.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Doctor of the Churchdo-not-be-attached-therefore-st-thomas-aquinas-24-feb-humility and 5 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Remember that you will derive strength
by reflecting that the saints,
yearn for you
to join their ranks,
desire to see you fight bravely,
and behave like a true knight
in your encounters
with the same adversities
which they had to conquer
and that breathtaking joy
is the eternal reward,
for having endured a few years,
of temporal pain.
Every drop of earthly bitterness,
will be changed into
an ocean of heavenly sweetness.”

Blessed Henry Suso OP (1290-1365)remember-that-you-will-derive-strength-lenten-thought-23-march-2019-bl-henry-suso and 5 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“He will provide the way and the means,
such as you could never have imagined.
Leave it all to Him,
let go of yourself,
lose yourself on the Cross
and you will find yourself entirely.”he will provide the way and the means - st catherine of siena - 7 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Speak the truth in a million voices.
It is silence that kills!”speak the truth in a million voices - st catherine of siena - 29 april 2019.jpg

“What is it you want to change?
Your hair, your face, your body?
Why? For God is in love with all those things
and He might weep when they are gone!”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchwhat-is-it-you-want-to-change-st-catherine-of-siena-29-april-2018 and 7 nov 2019 all dominican saints.jpg

“Once humility is acquired,
charity will come to life,
like a burning flame,
devouring the corruption of vice
and filling the heart so full,
that there is no place for vanity.”…

St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)once-humility-is-acquired-st-vincent-ferrer-5-april-2019 and 7 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

“Apart from the Cross
there is no other ‘ladder’
by which we might get to heaven.”

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)apart-from-the-cross-st-rose-of-lima-23-aug-2017 and 5 nov 2019 all dom saints.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 September – The Message of the Cross

Quote/s of the Day – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Gospel: John 3:13–17

The message of the cross
is foolishness to those
who are perishing
but to us,
who are being saved,
it is the power
of God…

1 Corinthians 1:181-corinthians-1-18-the message of the cross is foolishness - 26 april 2018.jpg

“We give glory to You, Lord,
who raised up Your Cross to span the jaws of death
like a bridge by which souls might pass
from the region of the dead to the land of the living. ..
You are incontestably alive.
Your murderers sowed Your living body in the earth
as farmers sow grain but it sprang up
and yielded an abundant harvest of men
raised from the dead.”

St Ephrem the Syrian (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Churchwe-give-glory-to-you-lord-st-ephrem-30-march-2018-good-friday

“The Cross is the hope of Christians,
the staff of the lame,
the comfort of the poor,
the destruction of all pride,
the victory over devils,
the guide of youth,
the pilot of mariners,
the refuge of those who are in danger,
the counsellor of the just,
the rest of the afflicted,
the physician of the sick,
the glory of Martyrs.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407)
Father & Doctor of the Churchthe cross is the hope of christians - st john chrysostom 14 sept 2019.jpg

“Christ, who is your life, is hanging before you,
so that you may look at the Cross, as in a mirror.
There you will be able to know,
how mortal were your wounds,
that no medicine other than.
the Blood of the Son of God, could heal.
If you look closely, you will be able to realise,
how great your human dignity and your value are….
Nowhere other than looking at himself,
in the mirror of the Cross,
can man better understand how much he is worth”

St Anthony of Padua OFM (1195-1231) Doctor of the Churchchrist-who-is-your-life-st-anthony-of-padua-13-june-2018.jpg

“Apart from the cross
there is no other ladder
by which we may get to heaven.“

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)apart-from-the-cross-st-rose-of-lima 23 aug 2017.jpg

We have always seen,
that those who were
closest to Christ our Lord,
were those with the greatest trials.
Let us look at what
His glorious Mother suffered
and the glorious apostles.
Take up the Cross of Jesus.
Help your Spouse to carry the burden
that weighs Him down
and pay no attention
to what they may say about you.
If you should happen to stumble
and fall like your Spouse,
do not withdraw from the Cross or abandon it.
No matter how great your trials may be,
you will see, that they are quite small,
in comparison to His.

Blessed Teresa Maria of the Cross OCD (1846–1910)take-up-the-cross-bl-teresa-maria-of-the-cross-23-april-2019

“One ounce of a Cross
is much better
than a ton of books
of prayer.”one-ounce-of-a-cross-bl-jacques-ghazir-haddad-26-june-2019.jpg

“Anyone who seeks heaven
but without suffering,
is like someone
who wants to buy goods,
without paying.”

Blessed Jacques Ghazir Haddad (1875-1954)anyone-who-seeks-heaven-bl-jacques-ghazir-haddad-26-june-2019.jpg

“…only the Cross of Christ
sheds light on the path of this life….
God is in the detached heart,
in the silence of prayer,
in the voluntary sacrifice to pain,
in the emptiness of the world and its creatures.
God is in the Cross and,
as long as we do not love the Cross,
we will not see Him, or feel Him….
If the world and men knew….
But they will not know,
they are very busy in their interests,
their hearts are very full of things
that are not God.”

St Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938)only in the cross of christ - st rafael arnaiz baron 26 april 2019 easter friday.jpg

“The life of each and every one of us has been written.
The crucifix is my autobiography.
The blood is the ink.
The nails the pen.
The skin the parchment.
On every line of that body, I can trace my life.
In the crown of thorns I can read my pride.In the hands that are dug with nails,
I can read avarice and greed.
In the flesh hanging from him like purple rags,
I can read my lust.
In feet that are fettered, I can find the times
that I ran away and would not let Him follow.
Any sin that you can think of is written there.”

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/14/quote-s-of-the-day-14-september-feast-of-the-exaltation-of-the-holy-cross/the-life-of-each-and-every-one-of-us-ven-fulton-sheen-27-april-2019

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Thought for the Day – 23 August – It seems that when we have become most like slaves, there is the greatest talk of “freedom.”

Thought for the Day – 23 August – Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

The first Canonised saint of the New World has one characteristic of all saints—the suffering of opposition—and another characteristic which is more for admiration than for imitation—excessive practice of mortification.

The saints have so great a love of God that what seems bizarre to us and is indeed sometimes imprudent, is simply a logical carrying out of a conviction, that anything that might endanger a loving relationship with God, must be rooted out.   So, because her beauty was so often admired, Rose used to rub her face with pepper to produce disfiguring blotches.   Later, she wore a thick circlet of silver on her head, studded on the inside, like a crown of thorns.  (Scientists recently performed an analysis of her skull, which has been kept by Dominicans in Peru and created a digital reconstruction of her face.  – See below).St_Rose_of_Lima_Credit_Divulga_o_Ebrafol_Brazilian_Team_of_Forensic_Anthropology_and_Odontology_CNA_8_26_15.jpg

What might have been a merely eccentric life was transfigured from the inside.   If we remember some unusual penances, we should also remember the greatest thing about Ros -: a love of God so ardent, that it withstood ridicule from without, violent temptation, and lengthy periods of sickness.   When she died at 31, the city turned out for her funeral. Prominent men took turns carrying her coffin.

It is easy to dismiss excessive penances of the saints as the expression of a certain culture or temperament.   But a woman wearing a crown of thorns may at least prod our consciences.   We enjoy the most comfort-oriented life in human history.   We eat too much, drink too much, use a million gadgets, fill our eyes and ears with everything imaginable.   Commerce thrives on creating useless needs on which to spend our money. It seems that when we have become most like slaves, there is the greatest talk of “freedom.”   Are we willing to discipline ourselves in such an atmosphere?

St Rose of Lima, Pray for Us!st rose of lima pray for us 23 aug 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 August – St Rose of Lima

Quote/s of the Day – 23 August – Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“If only we would learn how great it is
to possess divine grace and how many riches it has within itself,
how many joys and delights.
We would devote all our concern to winning for ourselves
pains and afflictions,
in order to attain the unfathomable treasure of grace.”if only we would learn - st rose of lima - 23 aug 2019.jpg

“Apart from the Cross
there is no other ‘ladder’
by which we might get to heaven.”apart-from-the-cross-st-rose-of-lima 23 aug 2017.jpg

“We must not fail
to help our neighbours,
because in them we serve Jesus.”

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)we-must-not-fail-st-rose-of-lima-23-aug-2018.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Love the Lord, Love your neighbour

One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Today’s Gospel: Matthew 23:34-40 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart … You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” … Matthew 22:37,40matthew 22 37 and 40 you shall the lord your god you shall yourneighbour - 23 aug 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “Thus, then, the obedient man,with the light of faith, in the truth burning in the furnace of charity … receives his end from Me, his Creator.”…St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchthus-then-the-obedient-man-no 2 - st-catherine-of-siena-23-aug-2018.jpg

PRAYER – “God our Father, for love of You, St Rose of Lima left the world and gave herself to a life of penitence, austerity and charity.   Help us by her prayers, so to follow the path of life on earth, in complete love of You and thus of Your children, that we may obtain the fullness of joy in Your presence in heaven and be clothed fit for the wedding feast.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-rose-of-lima-pray-for-us-23-aug-2017

 

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Memorials of the Saints – 23 August

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617) OP (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/23/saint-of-the-day-23-august-st-rose-of-lima-1586-1617/

St Abbondius of Rome
St Altigianus
St Apollinaris of Rheims
St Archelaus of Ostia
St Asterius of Aegea
St Claudius of Aegea
St Domnina of Aegea
St Eleazar of Lyons
St Eonagh
St Flavian of Autun
Bl Franciszek Dachtera
Bl Giacomo Bianconi of Mevania
St Hilarinus
St Ireneus of Rome
Bl Jean Bourdon
Bl Ladislaus Findysz (1907-1964) Martyr
St Lupo of Novi
St Luppus
St Maximus of Ostia
St Minervius of Lyons
St Neon of Aegea

St Philip Benizi (1233-1285)
Biography here:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/saint-of-the-day-23-august-st-philip-benezi/

St Quiriacus of Ostia
St Theonilla of Aegea
St Timothy of Rheims
St Tydfil
St Victor of Vita
St Zaccheus of Jerusalem

Martyrs of Agea – 4 saints: A group of Christian brothers, Asterius, Claudius and Neon, denounced by their step-mother who were then tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Pro-consul Lysias. They were crucified in 285 outside the walls of Aegea, Cilicia (in Asia Minor) and their bodies left for scavengers.

Martyred in the Spanish Civl War:
• Blessed Constantino Carbonell Sempere
• Blessed Estanislau Sans Hortoneda
• Blessed Florentín Pérez Romero
• Blessed José Polo Benito
• Blessed Lorenzo Ilarregui Goñi
• Blessed Manuela Justa Fernández Ibero
• Blessed Mariano García Méndez
• Blessed Nicolás Alberich Lluch
• Blessed Pere Gelabert Amer
• Blessed Petra María Victoria Quintana Argos
• Blessed Ramón Grimaltos Monllor
• Blessed Urbano Gil Sáez
• Blessed Vicente Alberich Lluch

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Thought for the Day – 23 August – the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Thought for the Day – 23 August – Thursday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Who can begin to imagine how the smallest of our actions, done in love of God and neighbour, can lead to immense results?   For we know that the mustard seed is tiny and grows into the greatest of shrubs.

When St Rose began taking in the destitute, the old and infirm, the poor and the sick, could she have dreamed that this small service would become the beginning of social services in Peru?   Moreover, she became known and loved throughout Peru and remains so, by rich and poor alike, who look to her for protection from calamity and for the protection of God, by her prayers.

City officials and senators, carried her body to its grave and she was revered as a saint from the moment she died, in fact whilst she lived.   It was impossible to hold her funeral for several days due to the immense crowds and so, she was finally buried privately.

St Rose found her own unique pathway to sanctity when her plans to become a nun were frustrated.   Remembering, all is God’s will, nothing is random or wasted, go forth, find a way and set the world on fire in your wedding garment!

Glorious St Rose of Lima,
you who knew, what it was to love Jesus
with such a fine and generous heart.
You, whom since infancy,
despised the world’s vanities
in order to embrace His Cross.
You who loved, with unfailing devotion,
our Heavenly Mother
and professed a great tender dedication
to the destitute,
serving them, in the same way, Jesus did.
Teach us to imitate your greatest virtues,
so that we, following your example,
may enjoy your glorious protection.
Through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns forever.
Amenprayer for the intercession of st rose of lima - 23 aug 2018

St Rose of Lima, pray for us!st-rose-of-lima-pray-for-us-2-23 aug 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – August 23 – The Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Quote/s of the Day – August 23 – The Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“Apart from the Cross
there is no other ‘ladder’
by which we might get to heaven.”apart-from-the-cross-st-rose-of-lima - 23 aug 2017.jpg

“We must not fail
to help our neighbours,
because in them we serve Jesus.”

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)we must not fail - st rose of lima - 23 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

One Minute Reflection – 23 August – Thursday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’...Matthew 22:11-12friend how did you get in here - matthew 22 12

REFLECTION – “What is that “wedding garment” then? … The wedding garment” is such charity as this.   “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.”   Tongues have come in alone and it is said to them, “How came ye in hither not having a wedding garment?” “Though,” said he, “I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains and have not charity, I am nothing.”   See, these are the miracles of men who very often have not “the wedding garment.”   “Though,” he says,” I have all these and have not Christ, I am nothing.” … If then I have not charity, though I bestow alms freely upon the poor, though I have come to the confession of Christ’s Name even unto blood and fire, these things may be done even through the love of glory and so are vain.
… For “the wedding garment” is taken in honour of the union, the union, that is, of the Bridegroom to the Bride.  You know the Bridegroom – it is Christ. You know the Bride – it is the Church.   Pay honour to the Bride, pay honour to the Bridegroom  . If you pay due honour to them both, you will be their children.   Therefore in this make progress.   Love the Lord and so learn to love yourselves, that when by loving the Lord, you shall have loved yourselves, you may securely love your neighbour as yourselves.
…So then, have faith with love.   This is the “wedding garment.”…St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctorso then have faith with love this then is the wed garment - st augustine - 23 aug 2018

“Thus, then, the obedient man,with the light of faith, in the truth burning in the furnace of charity … receives his end from Me, his Creator.”…St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchthus then, the obedient man - st catherine of siena - 23 aug 2018

PRAYER – “God our Father, for love of You, St Rose of Lima left the world and gave herself to a life of penitence, austerity and charity.   Help us by her prayers, so to follow the path of life on earth, in complete love of You and thus of Your children, that we may obtain the fulness of joy in Your presence in heaven and be clothed fit for the wedding feast.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-rose-of-lima-pray-for-us-23 aug 2017

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Our Morning Offering– 23 August – The Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Our Morning Offering– 23 August – The Memorial of St Rose of Lima T.O.S.D. (1586-1617)

O God of Truth and Love

A Prayer of Penitence
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

O omnipotent Father,
God of truth,
God of love,
permit me to enter into
the cell of self-knowledge.
I admit, that of myself, I am nothing,
but that all being
and goodness in me
comes solely from You.
Show me my faults,
that I may detest them,
and thus I shall flee from self-love
and find myself clothed again
in the nuptial robe of divine charity,
which I must have,
in order to be admitted
to the nuptials of life eternal.
Amen

St Catherine was St Rose’s model and both were, of course, Dominican Tertiaries.o god of truth and love, o omnipotent Father - st catherine of siena - 23 aug 2018 mem of st rose of lima (dominican tertiaries)

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Saint of the Day – 23 August – St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Saint of the Day – 23 August – St Rose of Lima T.O.S.D. (1586-1617) Virgin and Penitent, Mystic, Visionary, Stigmatist (invisible), Apostle of the Poor – born on 20 April 1586 at Lima, Peru as Isabel Flores de Oliva and died on 24 August 1617 at Lima, Peru of natural causes.   Patronages – against vanity, embroiderers, florists, gardeners, needle workers, people ridiculed for their piety, Peru, Lima, Peru, Americas, Central America, Latin America, New World, South America, India, Philippines, West Indies, diocese of Santa Rosa, California, Villareal Samar, Philippines, World Youth Day 2011.   St Rose was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts.  She was the first person born in the Americas to be canonised as a saint.   She is the primary patroness of Peru and of the indigenous natives of Latin America.   Her image is featured on the highest denomination banknote of Peru.St. Rose of LimaSt Rose of Lima - 1024px-Biljete200soles

This lovely flower of sanctity, was born at Lima in 1586.   She was christened Isabel but the beauty of her infant face earned for her the title of Rose, which she ever after bore.

As a child, while still in the cradle, her silence under a painful surgical operation proved the thirst for suffering already consuming her heart.   At an early age she took service to support her impoverished parents and worked for them day and night.   In spite of hardships and austerities her beauty ripened with increasing age and she was much and openly admired.   From fear of vanity she cut off her hair, blistered her face with pepper and her hands with lime.

For further security she enrolled herself in the Third Order of St Dominic, took St Catherine of Siena as her model and redoubled her penance.   Her cell was a garden hut, her couch a box of broken tiles.   Under her habit Rose wore a hair-shirt studded with iron nails, while, concealed by her veil, a silver crown armed with ninety points encircled her head.   More than once, when she shuddered at the prospect of a night of torture, a voice said, “My cross was yet more painful.”Santa_Rosa_da_Lima_DSta_Rosa_de_Lima_por_Claudio_Coello514px-Anonymous_Cusco_School_-_Saint_Rose_of_Lima_with_Child_Jesus_-_Google_Art_Project

The Blessed Sacrament seemed almost her only food.   Her love for it was intense.   When the Dutch fleet prepared to attack the town, Rose took her place before the tabernacle, and wept that she was not worthy to die in its defence.   All her sufferings were offered for the conversion of sinners and the thought of the multitudes in hell was ever before her soul.

She died in 1617, at the age of thirty-one on the date she had predicted.saint-rose-lima-original-oil-painting_1_e306317917c3f8cbdfe682319a440417

Rose was beatified by Pope Clement IX on 10 May 1667 and Canonised on 12 April 1671, by Pope Clement X, the first in the Americas to be declared a saint.   Her shrine, alongside those of her friends St Martin de Porres (1585-1645) and St John Macias (also 1585-1645)), is located inside the convent of St Dominic in Lima.   Many miracles followed her death:  there were stories that she had cured a leper and that, at the time of her death, the city of Lima smelled like roses, roses also started falling from the sky.   Many places in the New World are named Santa Rosa after her.

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Thought for the Day – St Rose of Lima

Thought for the Day – St Rose of Lima

It is easy to dismiss excessive penances of the saints as the expression of a certain culture or temperament.   But a woman wearing a crown of thorns may at least prod our consciences.   We enjoy the most comfort-oriented life in human history.   We eat too much, drink too much, use a million gadgets, fill our eyes and ears with everything imaginable.   Commerce thrives on creating useless needs on which to spend our money. It seems that when we have become most like slaves, there is the greatest talk of “freedom.”   Are we willing to discipline ourselves in such an atmosphere?   “Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.” (St Rose of Lima)

“If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.   It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into eternal fire.   And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.   It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into fiery Gehenna”   (Matthew 18:8–9)

St Rose of Lima Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – 23 August – St Rose of Lima

One Minute Reflection – 23 August – St Rose of Lima

It is in Christ….that we have been redeemed and our sins forgiven, so immeasurably  generous is God’s favour (grace) to us……..Ephesians 1:7

REFLECTION – “If only we would learn how great it is to possess divine grace and how many riches it has within itself, how many joys and delights.   We would devote all our concern to winning for ourselves pains and afflictions in order to attain the unfathomable treasure of grace.”…St Rose of Lima

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PRAYER – God is all goodness, keep ever in my mind the surpassing riches of Your grace.  Grant that I may devote all my efforts to co-operating with that grace and growing in it day by day. St Rose of Lima Pray for us! Amen

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Thought for the Day – 23 August

Thought for the Day #stroseoflima

It is easy to dismiss excessive penances of the saints as the expression of a certain culture or temperament. But a woman wearing a crown of thorns may at least prod our consciences. We enjoy the most comfort-oriented life in human history. We eat too much, drink too much, use a million gadgets, fill our eyes and ears with everything imaginable. Commerce thrives on creating useless needs on which to spend our money. It seems that when we have become most like slaves, there is the greatest talk of “freedom.” Are we willing to discipline ourselves in such an atmosphere? “Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.” (St Rose of Lima)

“If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into fiery Gehenna” (Matthew 18:8–9).
St Rose of Lima Pray for us!
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