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Thought for the day – 7 October – 33 Day Consecration by St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

Thought for the day – 7 October – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
33 Day Consecration by St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

St Thomas Aquinas assures us that, “following the order established by His divine Wisdom, God ordinarily imparts His graces to men through Mary.   Therefore, if we wish to go to Him, seeking union with Him, we must use the same means which He used in coming down from heaven to assume our human nature and to impart His graces to us. That means, was a complete dependence on Mary His Mother, which is true devotion to her.”

St Louis de Montfort recommends consecrating yourself on one of Mary’s Feast days.
Here is a typical list using the 33-day preparation method, set out for us by St Louis.   The method includes daily prayer, meditation and a daily Rosary of course.
Many of us have done this a few times perhaps, before but as the Holy Father has recently requested us all to pray to our Mother, most especially for the Church and for the whole world, this might be a good time to reconsecrate ourselves to her!
I am thinking 17 October – 19 November, the Memorial of Our Lady of Divine Providence.   Will you join me?MY 33 DAY CONSECRATION CHART.jpg

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Pray for Us!our-lady-of-the-rosary-pray-for-us-7 oct 2017.2

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Sunday Reflection – 7 October – Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Reflection – 7 October – Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

The Beating Heart of the Church –

the Eucharistic Heart of Christ.

This is what Pope Benedict XVI said on 10 June 2007:

“Today’s solemnity of Corpus Christi, which was celebrated last Thursday in the Vatican and in other countries, invites us to contemplate the supreme Mystery of our faith – the Most Holy Eucharist, the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the altar.   Every time that the priest renews the Eucharistic Sacrifice, in the prayer of consecration he repeats:  ‘This is my Body…this is my Blood.’   He lends his voice, his hands and his heart to Christ, who wanted to remain with us in order to be the beating Heart of the Church.

But even after the Celebration of the Divine Mysteries the Lord Jesus remains present in the tabernacle.   For this reason, praise is rendered to Him especially through Eucharistic Adoration, as I sought to remind everyone in the recent Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis (see nos. 66-69) following the Synod on this topic.   In fact, there is an intrinsic connection between celebration and adoration.   The Holy Mass is in itself already the greatest act of adoration on the part of the Church.   ‘No one eats this flesh,’ St Augustine wrote, ‘unless he has first adored it’ (Com. on Psalms 98,9; CCL XXXIX, 1385).  Adoration, apart from the Holy Mas, prolongs and intensifies what has taken place in the liturgical celebration and makes it possible, to receive Christ in a real and profound way.”adoration, apart from the holy mass - pope benedict - 7 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 7 October – Our Lady of the Rosary

Quote/s of the Day – 7 October – Our Lady of the Rosary

Open your petals, like roses planted near running waters…Sirach 39:13
“To discover whether people are of God,
I have found no better way than the following.
Observe whether they say the Hail Mary and the Rosary.”to-discover-whether-people-st-louis-de-montfort-7 oct 2017

“The Rosary is the most powerful weapon
to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer,
who loves His Mother.”the rosary is the most powerful - st louis de montfort 7 oct 2018

THE SEVEN BLESSINGS OF THE ROSARY

“The Rosary, recited with meditation on the mysteries, brings about the following marvellous results:

1. It gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ;
2. It purifies our souls, washing away sin;
3. It gives us victory over all our enemies;
4. It makes it easy for us to practice virtue;
5. It sets us on fire with love of Our Blessed Lord;
6. It enriches us with graces and merits;
7. It supplies us with what is needed to pay,
all our debts to God and to our fellow men
and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces for us from Almighty God.”

St Louis Marie Grignion De Montfort (1673-1716)the-seven-blessings-of-the-rosary-st-louis-de-montfort-7 oct 2017

“When reciting the Rosary,
the important and meaningful moments
of salvation history are relived.
The various steps of Christ’s mission are traced.
With Mary the heart is oriented
toward the mystery of Jesus.
Christ is put at the centre of our life,
of our time, of our city,
through the contemplation and meditation
of His holy mysteries
of joy, light, sorrow and glory.”

Pope Benedict XVIwhen reciting the rosary - pope benedict - 7 oct 2018

Basilica of Saint Mary Major – Saturday, 3 May 2008

“Mary joins us, she fights at our side.
She supports Christians in the fight
against the forces of evil… through the Rosary.”mary joins us in the fights against evil - opope francis - 7 oct 2018

“Do you pray the Rosary each day?”

Pope Francisdo you pray the rosary each day - pope francis 7 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 7 October – Today’s Gospel – Mark 10:2–16 – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

One Minute Reflection – 7 October – Today’s Gospel – Mark 10:2–16 – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

“…The two shall become one flesh.”...Mark 10:8

REFLECTION – “In the world of the Bible, God’s relationship with Israel is described using the metaphors of betrothal and marriage – idolatry is thus adultery and prostitution… But God’s eros for man is also totally agape.   This is not only because it is bestowed in a completely gratuitous manner, without any previous merit but also because it is love which forgives… In this biblical vision, on the one hand we find ourselves before a strictly metaphysical image of God:  God is the absolute and ultimate source of all being but this universal principle of creation—the Logos, primordial reason—is at the same time a lover with all the passion of a true love.   Eros is thus supremely ennobled, yet at the same time it is so purified as to become one with agape…  The first novelty of biblical faith consists… in its image of God.   The second, essentially connected to this, is found in the image of man.
The biblical account of creation speaks of the solitude of Adam, the first man and God’s decision to give him a helper… The idea is certainly present that man is somehow incomplete, driven by nature to seek in another the part that can make him whole, the idea that only in communion with the opposite sex can he become “complete”.   The biblical account thus concludes with a prophecy about Adam:  “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife and they become one flesh” (Gen 2:24).
Two aspects of this are important.   First, eros is somehow rooted in man’s very nature; Adam is a seeker, who “abandons his mother and father” in order to find woman, only together do the two represent complete humanity and become “one flesh”.   The second aspect is equally important.   From the standpoint of creation, eros directs man towards marriage, to a bond which is unique and definitiv, thus and only thus, does it fulfil its deepest purpose.   Corresponding to the image of a monotheistic God is monogamous marriage.   Marriage based on exclusive and definitive love, becomes the icon of the relationship between God and His people and vice versa.   God’s way of loving becomes the measure of human love…Pope Benedict XVI – Encyclical letter “Deus caritas est”, # 9-11mark 10 8 the two shall become one flesh-marriage based on exclusive and definitive love - pope benedict XVI

PRAYER – Almighty, everliving God, whose love surpasses all that we ask or deserve, open up for us, the treasures of Your mercy.   Teach us the truth of love and forgive us all that weighs on our conscience.   Grant us even more than we dare to ask and grant us the merciful and guiding assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   Through Him who redeemed us in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.our-lady-of-the-rosary-pray-for-us-7 oct 2017oly Spirit, one God forever and ever.   Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, pray for us, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 7 October – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 7 October – Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Your Sacred Table
A Prayer Before Holy Communion
By St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church

Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good
and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.
Amenyour sacred table - prayer before holy comm - st francis de sales - 5 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – 7 October – St Pope Mark (Died 336)

Saint of the Day – 7 October – St Pope Mark (Died 336) – born in Rome?, Italy and died on 7 October 336 at Rome, Italy of natural causes.   Patronage – Abbadia San Salvatore, Italy.img-Pope-Saint-Marcus

We think he was born a Roman and that his Father’s name was Priscus but little more than that is known about his personal life.   We cannot even venture a reasonable guess as to when he was born. But we know that he was consecrated pope on 18 January 336.

One of Mark’s undertakings was to compile stories of the lives of martyrs and bishops before his time.   It is too bad that someone didn’t do the same for him, because his activities as pope are cloudy.   There is some reason to believe he founded two churches in the area of Rom  e. One of them is still known to this day as the Church of San Marco, although it is greatly changed since his time.   The other church was at the Catacomb of Balbina, a cemetery.   Emperor Constantine gave gifts of land and furnishing for both buildings.

Why was Mark named a saint?   We don’t know, although his name was added to the list quite early.   There is a fragment of an old poem which some scholars think refers to Mark.   It says, “filled with the love of God, despised the world . . . the guardian of justice, a true friend of Christ.”   If that is speaking of him, it is high praise, indeed but there is no final evidence that he was the person meant.

St Mark left a lasting legacy on the ceremony of the Roman Church, however.   It seems that it was he who decreed that the Bishop of Ostia (a port near Rome) should be the one to consecrate the Bishops of Rome (later known as Popes).   Mark is also said to be the one who declared that the Bishop of Ostia should wear a pallium.Pope_Mark

The pallium is white wool sash that symbolises the authority of the Pope which, according to the Roman Church, came in a direct line from the apostles.   Anyone who is awarded a pallium shares in that power.

It was said that St Mark wrote a letter to Athanasius, the bishop of Alexandria who battled for the proper understanding of Christ’s nature.   However, this has been shown to be a forgery.   Mark may have been mentioned in one of Constantine’s letters, before he became pope but again no one is sure.   Constantine may have been referring to another Mark who was associated with the church in Rome.

St Mark died on this day, 7 October 336.   That date is well established.   He had served as Bishop of Rome less than ten months.   At his own request, he was buried in the cemetery of Balbina in the Ardeatine Way, where one of his churches was being built and which has since borne his name.34-St.Mark

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and Memorials of the Saints – 7 October

Our Lady of the Rosary (Memorial) – (Commemorating the Victory of Lepanto)
(1571):   On Sunday 7 October 1571 the combined Christian fleets under Don John of Austria achieved a significant naval victory over the Turks in the Straits of Lepanto. Thousands of Christians were liberated, the Turkish fleet was destroyed and they suffered their first great defeat at sea.   In gratitude to God and Our Lady, Pope Saint Pius V ordered an annual commemoration to be made of Our Lady of Victory.  In 1573 Pope Gregory XIII transferred the feast to the first Sunday of October with the title Feast of the Most Holy Rosary since the victory was won through invocation of Our Lady of the Rosary.   In 1716 Pope Clement XII extended the feast to the whole Latin Rite calendar, assigning it to the first Sunday in October.   Saint Pope Pius X changed the date to 7 October in 1913.   In 1969 Pope Paul VI changed the name of the feast to Our Lady of the Rosary.

More here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/saint-of-the-day-7-october-our-lady-of-the-most-holy-rosaryour-lady-of-victory/

St Adalgis of Novara
St Apuleius of Capua
St Augustus of Bourges
St Canog ap Brychan
St Dubtach of Armagh
St Gerold of Cologne
St Helanus
Bl Jean Hunot
St Julia the Martyr
St Justina of Padua
St Marcellus of Capua
St Pope Mark (Died 336)
St Martin Cid
Bl Matthew Carreri
St Osith
St Palladius of Saintes
St Quarto of Capua
St Rigaldo

Martyrs of Arima: Eight lay people Japan who were martyred together in the persecutions of Christianity in Japan:
• Blessed Hadrianus Takahashi Mondo
• Blessed Ioanna Takahashi
• Blessed Leo Hayashida Sukeemon
• Blessed Martha Hayashida
• Blessed Magdalena Hayashida
• Blessed Didacus Hayashida
• Blessed Leo Takedomi Kan’Emon
• Blessed Paulus Takedomi Dan’Emon
They were martyred on 7 October 1613 in Arima, Hyogo, Japan and Beatified on 24 November 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Mercedarian Nuns of Seville: Five Mercedarian nuns at the monastery of the Assumption in Seville, Spain noted for their piety – Sisters Agnese, Bianca, Caterina, Maddalena and Marianna.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War
• Blessed José Llosá Balaguer