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Quote/s of the Day – 16 September – St Cyprian’s Words of Wisdom for our times!

Quote/s of the Day – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian

“The world is going mad
in mutual extermination and murder,
considered as a crime, when committed individually,
becomes a virtue, when it is committed by large numbers.
It is the multiplication of the frenzy,
that assures impunity to the assassins.”

“You cannot have God for your Father
if you do not have the Church for your mother.”

“There is one God and one Christ and one Church
and one Chair founded on Peter,
by the word of the Lord.
It is not possible to set up another altar
or for there to be another priesthood
besides that one altar and that one priesthood.
Whoever has gathered elsewhere, is scattering!”

“Their property held them in chains…
chains which shackled their courage
and choked their faith
and hampered their judgement
and throttled their soul…
If they stored up their treasure in heaven,
they would not now have an enemy and a thief
within their own household…
They think of themselves as owners,
whereas it is they rather, who are owned –
enslaved as they are to their own property,
they are not the masters of their money
but it’s slaves!”

“We have solemnly
renounced the world
and therefore,
whilst we continue in it,
we should behave
like strangers and pilgrims.”

“He [Christ], protects their faith
and gives strength to believers,
in proportion to the TRUST,
that each man,
who receives that strength,
is willing to place in Him.”

“The wretched bodies
of the condemned
shall simmer
and blaze
in those living fires.”

St Cyprian of Carthage (c 200- c 258)
Bishop and Martyr, Father of the Church

More from St Cyprian here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/09/16/quote-s-of-the-day-16-september-the-wisdom-of-st-cyprian-of-carthage/

And St Cyprian’s letter to St Cornelius here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/09/16/thought-for-the-day-16-september-a-faith-that-is-ready-and-unshaken-st-cyprian-of-carthage-to-st-pope-cornelius/

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One Minute Reflection – 16 September – ‘What are you afraid of, you men of little faith?’

One Minute Reflection – 16 September – Wednesday of the Twenty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13, Psalms 33:2-3, 4-5, 12 and 22, Luke 7:31-35 and the Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian

“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?” … Luke 7:31

REFLECTION – “The apostle Paul says that there are some, who have no knowledge of God (1 Co 15:34). My opinion is that all those who lack knowledge of God, are those, who refuse to turn to Him. I am certain, that they refuse because they imagine this kindly disposed God, to be harsh and severe, this merciful God to be callous and inflexible, this lovable God to be cruel and oppressive. So it is, that wickedness plays false to itself, setting up for itself an image that does not represent God as He truly is.

What are you afraid of, you men of little faith? That He will not pardon your sins? But with His own hands He has nailed them to the cross. That you are used to soft living and your tastes are fastidious? But He knows the clay of which we are made (Gn 2:7). That a prolonged habit of sinning binds you like a chain? But the Lord loosens the shackles of prisoners. Or perhaps that angered by the enormity and frequency of your sins, He is slow to extend a helping hand? But where sin abounded, grace became superabundant (Rom 5,20). Are you worried about clothing and food and other bodily necessities so that you hesitate to give up your possessions? But He knows that you need all these things (Mt 6,32). What more can you wish? What else is there to hold you back from the way of salvation? This is what I say – you do not know God, yet you will not believe our words. I should like you to believe those whom experience has taught.” … St Bernard (1091-1153) Mellifluous Doctor of the Church – Commentary on the Song of Songs, Sermon 38

PRAYER – Look upon us Lord, Creator and Ruler of the whole world, give us the grace to serve You with all our hearts, to take up our cross and follow You, that we may come to know the power of Your love and the forgiveness which You give and You teach. Grant that by the intercession of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian, we may attain the glory of Your kingdom and see You face to face. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.

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Memorials of the Saints – 16 September

St Pope Cornelius (Martyred in 253) (Memorial)
St Cyprian of Carthage (190-Martyred in 258) (Memorial)
Saints Cyprian and Cornelius:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/saints-of-the-day-16-september-st-pope-cornelius-and-st-cyprian-of-carthage-martyrs/

St Abundantius of Rome
St Abundius of Rome
St Andrew Kim Taegon
St Cunibert of Maroilles
St Curcodomus
Bl Dominic Shobyoye
St Dulcissima of Sutri
St Edith of Wilton
St Eugenia of Hohenburg
St Euphemia of Chalcedon
St Geminianus of Rome
St John of Rome
Blessed Luigi Ludovico Allemandi (c 1390-1450) Bishop and Cardinal
St Lucy of Rome
St Ludmila
St Marcian the Senator
Bl Martin of Huerta
Bl Michael Himonaya
St Ninian (Died 432) Apostle to the Southern Picts
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/16/saint-of-the-day-16-september-st-ninian-c-360-died-432-apostle-to-the-southern-picts/

Bl Paul Fimonaya
St Priscus of Nocera
St Rogellus of Cordoba
St Sebastiana
St Servus Dei
St Stephen of Perugia
Blessed Pope Victor III OSB (1027-1087)
About Pope Victor III:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/09/16/saint-of-the-day-16-september-blessed-pope-victor-iii-1027-1087/
St Vitalis of Savigny

Martyrs of the Via Nomentana: Four Christian men martyred together, date unknown – Alexander, Felix, Papias and Victor. They were martyred on the Via Nomentana outside Rome, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Antonio Martínez García
• Blessed Ignasi Casanovas Perramón
• Blessed Manuel Ferrer Jordá
• Blessed Pablo Martínez Robles
• Blessed Salvador Ferrer Cardet

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One Minute Reflection – 16 September – I am not worthy to have you come under my roof …

One Minute Reflection – 16 September – Monday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 7:1-10 and the Memorial of St Pope Cornelius and St Cyprian of Carthage, Martyrs

“Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, therefore, I did not presume to come to you.   But say the word and let my servant be healed.”…Luke7:6b-7

REFLECTION – “This man was a pagan, for the Jewish people were occupied by the Imperial Roman army at that time.   So it was as a centurion in Judaea that he was commanding his soldiers…
But our Lord, although he was in the midst of the people of Judaea, was already talking about the Church being spread all over the earth wherever His apostles were to be sent (Mt 8:11).   Indeed, the gentiles believed in Him without having see Him…  Our Lord did not physically enter the centurion’s house and, even though absent in body, He was present in majesty and healed both that house and its faith.   Similarly, our Lord stood physically only amongst the people of Judaea – other peoples did not see His being born of a virgin, or suffering, or walking, or subject to the condition of human nature, or carrying out divine miracles.   None of these things were done amongst the gentiles and yet it was amongst them that what was said about Him was fulfilled:  “A people I did not know have served me.”   In what way did they serve Him?   The Psalm continues: “As soon as they heard me, they obeyed me” (Ps 18[17]:44-45).”…St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of the Churchlord-i-am-not-worth-luke-7-6b-7-and-indeed-the-gentiles-believed-st-augustine-17-sept-2018

PRAYER – Lord God and holy Father, guard our faith we pray and grace us with Your mercy.   Keep us every faithful to Your precepts and bring us to Your home, to look upon Your Face.   May the prayers of Your saints assist us on our journey.   In your untiring life of trust in God, Sts Cornelius and Cyprian, you sought to make Him the goal of all and the love of all, please pray that we may imitate your zeal and love.   We ask all this through Christ, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.sts-cornelius-and-cyprian-pray-for-us-16-sept-2017

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Memorials of the Saints – 16 September

St Pope Cornelius (Martyred in 253) (Memorial)
St Cyprian of Carthage (190-Martyred in 258) (Memorial)
Full story here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/saints-of-the-day-16-september-st-pope-cornelius-and-st-cyprian-of-carthage-martyrs/

St Abundantius of Rome
St Abundius of Rome
St Andrew Kim Taegon
St Cunibert of Maroilles
St Curcodomus
Bl Dominic Shobyoye
St Dulcissima of Sutri
St Edith of Wilton
St Eugenia of Hohenburg
St Euphemia of Chalcedon
St Geminianus of Rome
St John of Rome
Bl Louis Allemand
St Lucy of Rome
St Ludmila
St Marcian the Senator
Bl Martin of Huerta
Bl Michael Himonaya
St Ninian (Died 432) Apostle to the Southern Picts
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/16/saint-of-the-day-16-september-st-ninian-c-360-died-432-apostle-to-the-southern-picts/

Bl Paul Fimonaya
St Priscus of Nocera
St Rogellus of Cordoba
St Sebastiana
St Servus Dei
St Stephen of Perugia
Blessed Pope Victor III OSB (1027-1087)
St Vitalis of Savigny

Martyrs of the Via Nomentana: Four Christian men martyred together, date unknown – Alexander, Felix, Papias and Victor. They were martyred on the Via Nomentana outside Rome, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Antonio Martínez García
• Blessed Ignasi Casanovas Perramón
• Blessed Manuel Ferrer Jordá
• Blessed Pablo Martínez Robles
• Blessed Salvador Ferrer Cardet

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian Martyrs

Quote/s of the Day – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian Martyrs

“We must carry out the will of God
rather than our own.
This is what we pledge to do in the “Our Father”,
which we recite every day.
What a travesty it would be if,
after praying that God’s will be done,
we should carry out that will halfheartedly
and only because we are obliged to do so!we-must-carry-out-the-will-of-god-rather-than-our-own-st-cyprian-of-carthage-190-258

“We have solemnly renounced the world
and therefore, whilst we continue in it,
we should behave like strangers and pilgrims.”we have solemnly renounced the world - st cyprian - 16 sept 2018

“You cannot have God for your Father
if you do not have the Church for your mother….
God is one and Christ is one and His Church is one;
one is the faith and one is the people cemented together
by harmony into the strong unity of a body….
If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ;
if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace.”you-cannot-have-god-for-your-father-st-cyprian-of-carthage-16 sept 2017

“You who are envious, let me tell you
that however often you may seek
for the opportunity of injuring him whom you hate,
you will never be able to do him so much harm,
as you do harm to yourselves.
He whom you would punish through the malice of your envy,
may probably escape but you will never
be able to fly from yourselves.” (St Cyprian from The Unity of the Catholic Church)you-who-are-envious- st cyprian - 16 sept 2017

“Let us remember one another in concord and unanimity.
Let us on both sides of death always pray for one another.
Let us relieve burdens and afflictions by mutual love,
that if one of us, by the swiftness of divine condescension,
shall go hence the first, our love may continue in the presence
of the Lord and our prayers for our brethren and sisters
not cease in the presence of the Father’s mercy.”
St Cyprian from letters (to St Pope Cornelius no 253)

St Cyprian of Carthage (190-258)let-us-remember-one-another-st-cyprian-of-carthage-190-258-16 sept 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 16 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27–35

One Minute Reflection – 16 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27–35 – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian and St Ninian

“If any man would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross
and follow me.”…Mark 8:34

REFLECTION – “Being one with Christ is our sanctity, and progressively becoming one with him our happiness on earth, the love of the cross in no way contradicts being a joyful child of God. Helping Christ carry his cross fills one with a strong and pure joy, and those who may and can do so, the builders of God’s kingdom, are the most authentic children of God.   And so those who have a predilection for the way of the cross by no means deny that Good Friday is past and that the work of salvation has been accomplished.   Only those who are being saved, only children of grace, can in fact be bearers of Christ’s cross.   Only in union with the divine Head does human suffering take an expiatory power.   To suffer and to be happy although suffering, to have one’s feet on the earth, to walk on the dirty and rough paths of this earth and yet to be enthroned with Christ at the Father’s right hand, to laugh and cry with the children of this world and ceaselessly sing the praises of God with the choirs of angels – this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth.”…St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)to suffer and to be happy - st t benedicta of the Cross - 16 sept 2018

PRAYER – Look upon us Lord, Creator and Ruler of the whole world, give us the grace to serve You with all our hearts, to take up our cross and follow You, that we may come to know the power of Your love and the forgiveness which You give and You teach.   Grant that by the intercession of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian and St Ninian, we may attain the glory of Your kingdom and see You face to face.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.sts-cornelius-and-cyprian-pray-for-us-16 sept 2017st ninian pray for us - 16 sept 2018

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Thought for the Day – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian

Thought for the Day – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian

It seems fairly true to say that almost every possible false doctrine has been proposed at some time or other in the history of the Church.   Men like Cornelius and Cyprian were God’s instruments in helping the Church find a prudent path between extremes of rigorism and laxity.   They are part of the Church’s ever-living stream of tradition, ensuring the continuance of what was begun by Christ and evaluating new experiences through the wisdom and experience of those who have gone before.
Cornelius and Cyprian encouraged each other to lead virtuous, self-sacrificing and loving lives for God.    There is no greater gift that one friend can offer to another.    Today let us think of ways to help our friends grow closer to God.

Sts Cornelius and Cyprian, pray for us!

sts cornelius and cyprian - pray for us.2

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian

Quote/s of the Day – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius & Cyprian

“You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother…. God is one and Christ is one and His Church is one;  one is the faith and one is the people cemented together by harmony into the strong unity of a body….   If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ;  if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace.”…St Cyprian from The Unity of the Catholic Churchyou cannot have god for your father - st cyprian of carthage

“Whatever a man prefers to God, that he makes a god to himself.”whatever a man prefers to god - st cyprian of carthage 190-258

“Let us remember one another in concord and unanimity.   Let us on both sides of death always pray for one another.   Let us relieve burdens and afflictions by mutual love, that if one of us, by the swiftness of divine condescension, shall go hence the first, our love may continue in the presence of the Lord and our prayers for our brethren and sisters not cease in the presence of the Father’s mercy.”…St Cyprian from letters (to St Pope Cornelius no 253)let us remember one another - St Cyprian of Carthage (190-258)

“You who are envious, let me tell you that however often you may seek for the opportunity of injuring him whom you hate, you will never be able to do him so much harm as you do harm to yourselves.   He whom you would punish through the malice of your envy, may probably escape but you will never be able to fly from yourselves.”

St Cyprian of Carthage (190-258)you who are envious

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One Minute Reflection – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian

One Minute Reflection – 16 September – The Memorial of Sts Cornelius and Cyprian

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…Matthew 6:10

REFLECTION – “We must carry out the will of God rather than our own.   This is what we pledge to do in the “Our Father”, which we recite every day.
What a travesty it would be if, after praying that God’s will be done, we should carry out that will halfheartedly and only because we are obliged to do so!…St Cyprian of Carthagewe must carry out the will of god rather than our own - st cyprian of carthage 190-258

PRAYER – Lord God, heavenly Father, You gave Sts Cornelius and Cyprian to Your Church as faithful shepherds and steadfast martyrs.   Strengthen our faith and our courage by their prayers, so that we may strive with all our power, to do Your will at all times, wholeheartedly! Amensts cornelius and cyprian - pray for us

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Saints of the Day – 16 September – St Pope Cornelius and St Cyprian of Carthage – Martyrs

Saints of the Day – 16 September – St Pope Cornelius and St Cyprian of Carthage – Martyrs.  St Pope Cornelius – Papal Ascension:  251.  He was martyred in 253 and his remains were buried at the cemetery of Saint Callistus at Rome, Italy.   “Cornelous” means ‘battle horn’.   Patronages – • against earache; earache sufferers• epileptics; against epilepsy• against fever• against twitching• cattle• domestic animals• Kornelimünster, Germany. Attributes – • pope holding a battle horn or cow’s horn• pope with a cow nearby.   St Cornelius was a Bishop becoming ar reluctant 21st pope, elected after a year-and-a-half period during which the persecutions were so bad that papal ascension was a quick death sentence.   He worked to maintain unity in a time of schism and apostasy and fought Novatianism and called a synod of bishops to confirm him as rightful pontiff, as opposed to the anti-pope Novatian.  He had the support of Saint Cyprian of Carthage and Saint Dionysius.   He welcomed back those who had apostacised during the persecutions of Decius;   the documents that settled this matter prove the final authority of the Pope. Exiled to Centemcellae in 252 by Roman authorities to punish Christians in general, who were said to have provoked the gods to send plague against Rome. Martyr.   A document from Cornelius shows the size of the Church in Rome in his papacy:  46 priests, 7 deacons, 7 subdeacons, approximately 50,000 Christians.   His name is in the Communicantes in the Canon of the Mass.

St Cyprian of Carthage – (190 in Carthage, North Africa – Bishop and Martyr, learned Rhetoritician, Teacher, Writer, Theologian – beheaded 14 September 258 in Carthage, North Africa).   Patronages – • Algeria (proclaimed on 6 July 1914 by Pope Pius X)• North Africa (proclaimed on 6 July 1914 by Pope Pius X, on 10 January 1958 by Pope Pius XII and on 27 July 1962 by Pope John XXIII  NOTE – no, I don’t know why it was done so many times).   St Cyprian was born to wealthy pagan parents.   He taught rhetoric and literature.    He was adult convert in 246, taught the faith by Saint Caecilius of Carthage. He was ordained in 247 and became the Bishop of Carthage in 249.   During the persecution of Decius, beginning in 250, Cyprian lived in hiding, covertly ministering to his flock;  his enemies condemned him for being a coward and not standing up for his faith.   As a writer he was second only in importance to Tertullian as a Latin Father of the Church.   Friend of Saint Pontius.   St Cyprian was involved in the great argument over whether apostates should be readmitted to the Church;  Cyprian believed they should but under stringent conditions.   He was supported St Pope Cornelius against the anti-pope Novatian.   During the persecutions of Valerian he was exiled to Curubis in 257, brought back Carthage and then martyred in 258.   His name is in the Communicantes in the Canon of the Mass.CORNELIUS POPESts. Cornelius and Cyprian

CORNELIUS AND CYPRIAN MY SNIP

An excerpt written to Cornelius, bishop of Rome condemned to martyrdom for his faith, from his brother bishop Cyprian of Carthage, himself to give his witness as a martyr a few years later.  Read on the feasts of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian, martyrs, on September 16.

Cyprian to his brother Cornelius.

My very dear brother, we have heard of the glorious witness given by your courageous faith.   On learning of the honour you had won by your witness, we were filled with such joy that we felt ourselves sharers and companions in your praiseworthy achievements. After all, we have the same Church, the same mind, the same unbroken harmony.   Why then should a priest not take pride in the praise given to a fellow priest as though it were given to him?   What brotherhood fails to rejoice in the happiness of its brothers wherever they are?

Words cannot express how great was the exultation and delight here when we heard of your good fortune and brave deeds:   how you stood out as leader of your brothers in their declaration of faith, while the leader’s confession was enhanced as they declared their faith.  You led the way to glory, but you gained many companions in that glory; being foremost in your readiness to bear witness on behalf of all, you prevailed on your people to become a single witness.

We cannot decide which we ought to praise, your own ready and unshaken faith or the love of your brothers who would not leave you.   While the courage of the bishop who thus led the way has been demonstrated, at the same time the unity of the brotherhood who followed has been manifested.   Since you have one heart and one voice, it is the Roman Church as a whole that has thus born witness.

Dearest brother bright and shining is the faith which the blessed Apostle praised in your community.   He foresaw in the spirit the praise your courage deserves and the strength that could not be broken;  he was heralding the future when he testified to your achievements; his praise of the fathers was a challenge to the sons.   Your unity, your strength have become shining examples of these virtues to the rest of the brethren.

Divine providence has now prepared us.  God’s merciful design has warned us that the day of our own struggle, our own contest, is at hand.   By that shared love which binds us close together, we are doing all we can to exhort our congregation, to give ourselves unceasingly to fastings, vigils and prayers in common.   These are the heavenly weapons which give us the strength to stand firm and endure;  they are the spiritual defenses, the God-given armaments that protect us.

Let us then remember one another, united in mind and heart.   Let us pray without ceasing, you for us, we for you;  by the love we share we shall thus relieve the strain of these great trials.

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