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Thought for the Day – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 – The Good Samaritan

Thought for the Day – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 – The Good Samaritan

And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”…Luke 10:37

Jesus carries us to the inn.   Imagine you are in the arms of Jesus, being carried, half-dead in sin—some of your own making, some done to you—to a place of help.   You can rest in His arms.   In another surprise, the inn is the Church, the hospital for sinners.   The innkeeper might be a priest, family member, or friend who helps you through a dark time in your life.

This is the rest of the story – the Good Samaritan is Jesus!

He always pursues us, even when we don’t ask for it—even in our sins.   We must receive the Good Samaritan’s love and mercy first, or we have nothing to give away (1 Jn 4:19). And then our response to this love is repentance—going beyond the mind we have now/giving up the lies we believe about God or ourselves—and then going to confession. This is followed by The Ultimate Challenge – to be that good neighbour or the innkeeper in a world where everyone is wounded by something!

Be like Jesus—be a good spiritual neighbour in a dark and lonely world!

“In a world which demands of Christians a renewed witness of love and fidelity to the Lord, may all of us feel the urgent need to anticipate one another in charity, service and good works (cf. Heb 6:10).”…Pope Benedict (3 November 2011)luke 10 37 - go and do likewise - the good samaritan - 8 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 – Seeking : The Good Samaritan

Quote/s of the Day – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 – Monday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Speaking of – Seeking : The Good Samaritan

As long as anyone has the means
of doing good to his neighbours
and does not do so,
he shall be reckoned a stranger
to the love of the Lord.

St Irenaeus (130-202) Father of the Churchas long as anyone has the means - st irenaeus - 8 oct 2018 - speaking of seeking the good samaritan

No one has ever been accused for not providing ornaments
but for those who neglect their neighbour,
a hell awaits with an inextinguishable fire
and torment in the company of the demons.
Do not, therefore, adorn the church
and ignore your afflicted brother,
for he is the most precious temple of all.

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Churchno one has ever - st john chrysostom - 16 jan 2018

We must speak to them with our hands
before we speak to them with our lips.

St Peter Claver (1580-1654)we must speak to them with our hands - st peter claver - 23 may 2018

We should strive to keep our hearts open
to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people
and pray continually, that God may grant us,
that spirit of compassion,
which is truly the Spirit of God.

St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)we should strive to keep our hearts open - st vincent de paul - 8 oct 2018 - speaking of seeking the good samaritan

Since God is perfect in loving man,
man must be perfect in loving his neighbour.

St Vincent Pallotti (1795-1850)since god is perfect - st vincent pallotti - 8 oct 2018 - speaking of seeking the good samaritan

All our religion is but a false religion
and all our virtues are mere illusions
and we ourselves are only hypocrites
in the sight of God,
if we have not that universal charity for everyone –
for the good and for the bad,
for the poor and for the rich
and for all those who do us harm,
as much as those who do us good.

St John Vianney (1786-1859)all our religion is but a false religion - st john vianney - 4 aug 2018

“This parable is a splendid gift for us all and also a task!
To each of us Jesus repeats what He said to the doctor of the Law:
“Go and do likewise” (v. 37).
We are all called to follow the same path of the Good Samaritan,
who is the figure of Christ:
Jesus bent down to us, He became our servant
and thus He has saved us,
so that we too might love
as He loved us, in the same way.”

Pope Francis – General audience, 27 April 2016this parable is a splendid gift - pope francis - speaking of seeking the good samaritan - 8 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37

One Minute Reflection – 8 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 – Monday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbour to the man who fell among the robbers?”   He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.  ” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”...Luke 10:36-37which of these three do you think - good samaratan parable - luke 10 36-37 - 8 oct 2018

REFLECTION – “Jesus brings about an unexpected reversal in the traditional concept of neighbour.   The Samaritan is the neighbour and not the wounded man, as we would have expected.   This means that we must not wait till our neighbour appears along our way, perhaps quite dramatically.   It belongs to us to be ready to notice him, to find him. We are all called to be the neighbour!   The problem of the doctor of the law is reversed. From an abstract and academic problem, it becomes a concrete and living problem.   The question to ask is not “Who is my neighbour?” but “Whose neighbour can I be here and now?…
If one of us were to pose Jesus the question “Who is my neighbour?” what would he answer?   He would certainly remind us that our neighbour is not only our fellow countrymen but also those outside our community, not only Christians but Muslims also, not only Catholics but Protestants also.   But he would immediately add that this is not the most important thing.   The most important thing is not to know who my neighbour is but to see whose neighbour I can be here and now, for whom I can be the Good Samaritan.”…Fr Raneiro Cantalamessa – Preacher to the Papal Household (14 July 2007)the most important thing - good samaratan parable luke 10 36-37 - fr raneiro cantalamessa - 8 oct 2018

PRAYER – Lord God and Father, who entrusted the earth to men and each to the other, as one family of man, give us the grace this day, to see Your Face in our neighbour and to seek all who need our help.   Grant us the grace to work faithfully for Your glory and for our neighbour’s good.   May the prayers of St Hugh Canefro who worked tirelessly for his neighbour be a help to us all and may Mary our Holy Mother, keep us ever in her guiding care.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.

st hugh canefro pray for us - 8 oct 2018holy mary mother of god pray for us sinners - 4 may 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 8 October

Our Morning Offering – 8 October

A Prayer for Enlightenment
St Alcuin of York (735-804)

Eternal light, shine into our hearts,
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil,
Eternal Power, be our support,
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the
darkness of our ignorance,
Eternal Pity, have mercy on us;
that with all our heart
and mind
and soul
and strength,
we may seek Your Face
and be brought by Your infinite mercy
to Your Holy Presence;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord
Amen.a prayer for enlightenment - st alcuin - 21 oct 2017

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Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Hugh Canefro (1148-1233) – Religious of the Order of Malta

Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Hugh Canefro (1148-1233) – also known as Hugh of Genoa, Hugh of Canefri, Hugo…, Ugo… – Religious of the Order of Malta, Apostle of Charity, Miracle-Worker, Wonder-Worker – born in 1148 at Alessandria, Italy and died on 8 October 1233 in Genoa, Italy of natural causes.   St Hugh became a knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (also known as the Order of Saint John, Order of Hospitallers, Knights Hospitaller, is a medieval Catholic military order.   It was headquartered in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, on the island of Rhodes, in Malta and St Petersburg.)   After lengthy campaigning in the Holy Land, he was elected Master of the Commandery of St John di Prè in Genoa (Italy) and worked in the infirmary nearby.   He was renowned for miraculous powers over the natural elements.

St Hugh is one of the most highly venerated saints of the Order.   He was the Commander at Genoa and administered his Hospital in the best of fashions.    That did not keep him from being an edifying, religious “exercising religion toward God and his neighbours”.
It is well known how much sacrifice and devotion that phrase can contain.st hugo canefro

According to the portrait that Grandmaster Cardinal Fra Hugh de Loubenx Verdala gave the Order, an authentic portrait made while the saint was still alive, we know that the latter was thin, with an ascetic face and small in stature.    But he was quite comely and amiable toward all.   His mortification was not onerous for others.    He slept on a board, in a corner of the basement of the Hospital, he served the poor with love and tact, giving them food, money, spiritual comfort and brotherly  love.   He washed their feet.   He took care of them and when they died, he buried them.   The eight-pointed cross was not only on his cloak – he wore it in his heart.   So great was his zeal that he girded himself with an iron belt placed next to his body.   He fasted the whole year round, eating nothing which had been cooked, during Lent.Maltese_Cross_HASMG_2002_11_4_550px

Each day he recited the office and heard Mass with such fervour that he often fell into ecstasy and was raised from the floor in the sight of all.   His prayer was evidently continuous and God rewarded him for it by a gift of working miracles.

These miracles were outstanding and attested by the Archbishop of Genoa, Otto Fusco, as well as by four venerable canons who frequented the house of the saint and witnessed his marvellous deeds.

  • On one of those sultry Italian days, when the sun crushes nature with burning heat, some women were in the common room of the infirmary washing the linen of the sick.   The water supply failed, for the fountain of the monastery had dried up.
    They were dismayed, therefore, at having to fetch the water necessary for their task from a great distance.  They complained among themselves discreetly – that is, with great outcries – so that the saint heard them and came to them to inquire about the cause of their complaints.
    Seeing him, they begged him to give them water and, as he declined, they cried: “What?   You wouldn’t be able to get any from God?”   “We must pray “.
    “Oh! that’s all we do. Hear us”.
    “I am not the Lord, He said that faith makes miracles.  Have you faith?” They insisted; he resisted.
    They wept, saying that they would die of exhaustion because of the work and the heat.  He hardly believed that but through charity, after having invoked the Master of Nature, the saint made the sign of the cross and the waters gushed from the rock of the fountain, to the astonished cries of the servants.

  • On another occasion, the worthy Knight was saying his prayers one evening at the top of the tower of the Hospital which dominated the port of Genoa.
    A violent storm was raging and the venerable man noticed in the distance, through the curtain of rain and the tossing waves and clouds, a ship which was having difficulties in reaching the harbour.   It was in imminent danger of perishing.   Stirred to the bottom of his heart by the peril of the unfortunate sailors, Hugh fell to his knees amid the thunder and lightning and began to pray with tears streaming down his cheeks.
    Then, confidently, he arose and facing the ship which was about to sink he made a great sign of the cross.
    “Immediately a great calm occurred”. 
    The winds died down, the sea became slack and the moon shone in the clear sky.
    When the galleon, thus saved, entered the port, it found the sailors who had gathered to come to its aid and who had not yet recovered from their surprise at the sudden subsiding of the storm.
    Some of them had seen the saving gesture of the saint.
    They all went in procession to the church of the Hospital to sing their thanksgiving to God and to his servant.

  • In spite of his austerity, the Chevalier Hugh followed the laws of civility.
    He would sometimes invite friends to lunch.
    One day, Nicolas Pigliacaro, his guest, noticing with surprise that there as was nothing to drink on the table, got up to fetch water from the spring.
    Now, it happened that after grace and the sign of the cross made by the venerable host over the food, the water had changed into excellent wine.
    On four different occasions this miracle was repeated.
    Nicolas assures us of it.

  • And did not Brother Hugh of Sabezana, accompanied by the wife of a doctor of the Hospital, discover the Commander praying in the garden, his head surrounded by an aureole of fluttering and warbling birds, in the light of the Lord!
    The woman took it upon herself to tell everyone about the event.

  • Finally, there was in Genoa an unfortunate man possessed by the devil.   The saint charitably went to visit him.  On his approach, the possessed man went into convulsions and began to shout:  “Hugh! do not torment me any more! I am ready to depart”.   And so it was.   The mere sight of the venerable man had overcome Satan.

Brother Hugh died venerated by all (8 October 1233) and was buried in the church of St. John of Jerusalem in Genoa.bl-hugh
But, ardent in the service of his brothers during his earthly life, he continued to help them in his eternity.

  • The same Pigliacaro tells us that a woman who had fallen under the power of the devil was carried to the tomb of the venerable man and that evening, she vomited a very black and very foul-smelling toad, after that event, she was calm and free of her ills forever.

  • Later, there was a man whose leg tendons had contracted so much that he could not move.   He had himself borne to the holy tomb, where he stayed for five days and five nights.  His persevering prayer was finally heard.   Cured, he devoted himself to the service of the Hospital for the remainder of his life as he had vowed to do.

  • And it happened that, nailed to her bed by gout, Dame Orto had not left her room for six years.   Shortly after the death of St Hugh, because of his miracle-working fame, she wished to try his power.    Supported and led by her friend, Donna Maria, and Canon William della Barma of the cathedral of Genoa, together with one of the latter’s confrères, she came to lay her supplication before the Blessed Knight, who courteously granted her wish.   Cured, she took the habit of the Order and served the poor of the Hospital during the rest of her life, as was done by the three witnesses of the miracle.

We are not astonished, therefore, that after such wonders, of which Archbishop Fusco was himself the guarantor, the feast of the saint has been celebrated on the day of his entrance into heaven and that in all the churches of Genoa.
Formerly a great procession was held to carry the head of the venerable man through the city, the recipient of his favours, which returned to him in devotion all the good he had done for it.
The office which honoured him was that of the Confessors not Pontiffs.
We shall piously recite the beautiful liturgical prayer composed especially for St. Hugh:

“Oh, Lord, Who hast granted to Thy servant Hugh to cause in Thy name, by the sign of the cross, to gush from a very hard stone a spring of living water, to drive away demons and cure the sick, grant us, we pray Thee, that, rendering our homage to him, we may feel its beneficent effects.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Amen”.

May his faith – capable of moving mountains – his charity, vigilant and tireless, as well as his other daily virtues, especially his gentleness and courtesy, be for us an invigorating example!
And imitating him here below, may we share in his eternal glory a glory – of prayer in a cloud of singing birds! – http://www.smom-za.orgSANTUGO

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Memorials of the Saints – 8 October

St Amor of Aquitaine
St Artemon of Laodicia
St Badilo
St Benedicta of Laon
St Benedicta of Origny-sur-Oise
St Evodius of Rouen
St Felix of Como
St Gratus of Chalons
St Hugh Canefro (1148-1233)
Bl John Adams
Bl John Lowe
St Keyna
St Laurentia
St Nestor of Thessalonica
St Palatias
St Pelagia the Penitent
St Peter of Seville
Bl Ragenfreda
St Reparata (3rd century Caesarea, Palestine – beheaded in the 3rd century)
Biography here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-reparata/

Bl Robert Bickerdike
Bl Robert Dibdale
St Simeon Senex
St Thaïs the Penitent
St Triduna

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• Blessed Carles Brengaret Pujol
• Blessed Casimir Riba Pi
• Blessed Feliciano Ayúcar Eraso
• Blessed Felipe Ruiz Peña
• Blessed Félix Ayúcar Eraso
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