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Thought for the Day – 9 October – The Memorial of St Louis Bertrand O.P. (1526-1581) “Apostle of South America”

Thought for the Day – 9 October – The Memorial of St Louis Bertrand O.P. (1526-1581) “Apostle of South America”

In Catholic iconography, St Louis Bertrand is often portrayed holding a chalice from which serpents are emerging.  In the other hand, he displays a crucifix with a pistol at its base.   These articles call to mind two stories from the great saint’s life when God miraculously saved him from attempts on his life by vile would-be assassins.   The first recalls the story of Brother Louis’ where a native priest gave him a chalice of poison for Mass.   Louis made the sign of the Cross over the toxic potion and serpents sprang from the chalice, thus revealing its true contents and saving his life.

The second object – the crucifix/pistol – recalls another account of near-martyrdom in the life of St Louis Bertrand.   Set upon by a crazed gunman, St Louis calmly made the conquering sign of the Cross.   With this most basic gesture of our faith, the barrel of the gun miraculously turned into a crucifix.

“If because of your preaching men lay aside enmities, forgive injuries, avoid occasions of sin and scandals and reform their conduct, you may say that the seed has fallen on good ground.   But to God alone give all the glory and acknowledge yourselves ever unprofitable servants.”

St Louis Bertrand, OP

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, St Louis Bertrand, Pray for Us!st louis bertrand pray for us - 9 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 October – The Memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Quote/s of the Day – 9 October –

The Memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

“I have a place in God’s counsels,
in God’s world, which no one else has,
whether I be rich or poor,
despised or esteemed by man,
God knows me and calls me by my name.
God has created me to do Him
some definite service.
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission – I never may know it in this life
but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for His purposes,
as necessary in my place as an Archangel in his –
if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another,
as He could make the stones children of Abraham.
Yet I have a part in this great work,
I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good, I shall do His work,
I shall be an angel of peace,
a preacher of truth in my own place,
while not intending it,
if I do but keep His commandments
and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him,
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him,
if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow
may be necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain –
He may prolong my life, He may shorten it;
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends,
He may throw me among strangers,
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink, hide the future from me
– still He knows what He is about.”i have a place in god's counsels - bl john henry newman - 9 october 2018

“Who is the flower but our Blessed Lord?
Who is the rod, or beautiful stalk
or stem or plant out of which the flower grows
but Mary, Mother of our Lord, Mary, Mother of God?”who is the flower but our blessed lord - bl john henry newman - 1 may 2018

“Fear not that your life
shall come to an end
but rather fear,
that it shall never
have a beginning.”fear not that your life - bl john henry newman - 9 oct 2018

“Regarding Christianity,
ten thousand difficulties –
do not make one doubt.”regarding christianity - ten thousand difficulties - 9 oct 2018

“He compasses me round
and bears me in His arms.
He takes me up and sets me down.”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)he-compasses-me-round-bl-john-henry-newman-13-april-2018 (1)

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One Minute Reflection – 9 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:38–42 and the Memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

One Minute Reflection – 9 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:38–42 – Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.”…Luke 10:41-42

REFLECTION –   ” Has not the desire of wealth so eaten into our hearts, that we think poverty the worst of ills, that we think the security of property the first of blessings, that we measure all things by mammon, that we not only labour for it ourselves but so involve in our own evil earnestness all around us, that they cannot keep from the pursuit of it though they would?   Does not the frame-work of society move forward on such a plan as to enlist into the service of the world all its members, almost whether they will or no?   Would not a man be thought unaspiring and unproductive, who cared not to push forward in pursuit of that which Scripture calls “the root of all evil,” the love of which it calls “covetousness which is idolatry,” and the possession of which it solemnly declares all but excludes a man from the kingdom of Heaven? Alas! can this be denied?
And therefore, of course, the entire system of tranquil devotion, holy meditation, freedom from worldly cares, which our Saviour praises in the case of Mary, is cast aside, misunderstood, or rather missed altogether, as much as the glorious sunshine by a blind man, slandered and ridiculed as something contemptible and vain.  Surely, no one, who is candid, can doubt, that, were Mary now living, did she choose on principle that state of life in which Christ found her, were she content to remain at Jesus’ feet hearing His word and disengaged from this troublesome world, she would be blamed and pitied.   Careless men would gaze strangely and wise men compassionately, on such an one, as wasting her life and choosing a melancholy, cheerless portion.   Long ago was this the case.   Even in holy Martha, zealous as she was and true-hearted, even in her instance, we are reminded of the impatience and disdain with which those who are far different from her, the children of this world, regard such as dedicate themselves to God.  Long ago, even in her, we seem to witness, as in type, the rash, unchristian way in which this age disparages devotional services.”…Blessed John Henry Newman martha martha luke 10 41-42 - does not the frame work of society - bl john henry newman - 9 oct 2018

PRAYER – “Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.   Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly, that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.   Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul.   Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!” – (Note – NOT written by St Mother Teresa, who merely made it her own but by Blessed John Henry Newman)   Lord Holy God, grant that by the intercession of Blessed John Henry, we too may become a fragrance of You!   Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.bl-john-henry-pray-for-us - 9 oct 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 9 October – The Memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Our Morning Offering – 9 October – The Memorial of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Praise to the Holiest in the Height
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.

O loving wisdom of our God,
When all was sin and shame,
He, the last Adam, to the fight
And to the rescue came.

O wisest love! that flesh and blood
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

And that a higher gift than grace
Should flesh and blood refine,
God’s presence, and His very self
And essence all-divine.

O generous love! that He, who smote
In man for man the foe,
The double agony in man
For man should undergo.

And in the garden secretly,
And on the cross on high,
Should teach His brethren, and inspire
To suffer and to die.

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise:
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.Praise to the Holiest in the Height - bl john henry newman - 9 oct 2018

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Saint of the Day – 9 October – St Louis Bertrand O.P. (1526-1581) “Apostle of South America”

Saint of the Day – 9 October – St Louis Bertrand O.P. (1526-1581) “Apostle of South America” – Dominican Priest, Missionary, Preacher, Confessor, Teacher, Spiritual Director, Miracle-Worker – born as Luis Beltrán on 1 January 1526 at Valencia, Spain and died on 9 October 1581 of natural causes at Valencia, Spain.   Patronages – Buñol; New Granada; Colombia.header - san-luis-beltran-email

Saint Louis Bertrand was born in the year 1526, the oldest of the eight children of his good Christian parents, at Valencia in Spain.   He was in every way a model of modesty and obedience and it was foreseen that God had some particular role for him.   He devoted himself to the sick in the hospitals.   He desired to enter the Order of Saint Dominic but for some time could not obtain his parents’ permission.   Finally, in 1545, he became professed in the Dominican Order, then was ordained a priest in 1547 when he was only 21 years old, according to the desire of his Superiors.   In 1551, at the age of twenty-five, he was made master of novices and in this post he formed many great servants of God.   In demeanour he was grave and apparently without any sense of humour, yet withal possessed of a gentle and sweet disposition that greatly endeared him to those with whom he came in contact.   It is said that despite his strictness, he was so gentle that his chastisements were more agreeable to his novices than the favours of their best friends.10_9_St Louis Bertrand

In 1560, when the plague broke out in Valencia, his Superiors, not wanting to lose him, sent him elsewhere for a time, he preached with great success and was endowed with the spirit of prophecy.   He continued his preaching when recalled to Valencia.   In 1562 he obtained leave to embark for Carthagena in the American mission and there converted vast multitudes to the Faith.   He hoped to obtain the grace of martyrdom there, but God conserved his life.   He was favoured with the gift of miracles and, after praying for the gift to be understood without an interpreter, since one of those had disappointed him seriously, he preached in his mother tongue, Spanish but was understood by all the natives of various tribes.st louis teaching the cross

In his mission at Tubera he himself baptised 10,500 Indians, without counting those his companions baptised, and obliged them to burn their idols and the sites of their sacrifices.   Often his gentleness charmed his worst enemies.  He preached also at Capicoa and Paluato, having established missions there  . He refused all remuneration -he brought down rain after a drought.   He was poisoned by some pagans who had suffered a reproach but the poison did not harm him and the nativeswere converted by the miracle.   He went to many other places, preaching and healing the sick – again he was poisoned without effect.   There was no one who did not consider him a Saint, sent for the benefit of the new continent.LG ST LOUIS BERTRAND

After seven years he returned to Spain to plead the cause of the Indians, oppressed and given bad example by his own countrymen.   He used his own growing reputation for sanctity, as well as family and other contacts, to lobby on behalf of the native peoples he had encountered, as well as serving in his native diocese of Valencia.   There he also became a spiritual counsellor to many, including St Teresa of Ávila.  He was not permitted, however, to return and labour among his beloved peoples.   He spent his remaining days preaching, labouring for the conversion of different cities and again forming the novices of the Order at Valencia.   He was elected Prior of that convent and never had a more charitable or more zealous Superior been seen there.louis bertrand

At length, after suffering from a long and painful illness, he was carried from the pulpit in the Cathedral at Valencia to the bed from which he never rose.   He died on the day he had foretold, 9 October 1581, at the age of 55 years.st louis bertrand deathbed

He was Canonised by Pope Clement X in 1671.

There is a statue of Louis Bertrand on the north colonnade of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The festival known as La Tomatina is held in Buñol, Valencia, in honour of the town’s patron saints, Louis Bertrand and the Mare de Déu dels Desemparats – Mother of God of the Defenceless, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

ST LOUIS BERTRAND

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Memorial of Our Lady of Good Help and the Saints – 9 October

St Denis of Paris (Died c 258) (Optional Memorial)
St John Leonardi (1541-1609) (Optional Memorial)

Biography here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/saint-of-the-day-9-october-st-john-leonardi-1541-1609/

Our Lady of Good Help:  1859 – More here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/9-october-our-lady-of-good-help-and-memorials-of-the-saints/

Bl Aaron of Cracow
St Abraham the Patriarch
St Alfanus of Salerno
St Andronicus of Antioch
St Athanasia of Antioch
Bl Bernard of Rodez
St Demetrius of Alexandria
St Deusdedit of Montecassino
St Domninus
St Dorotheus of Alexandria
St Donnino of Città di Castello
St Eleutherius
St Geminus
St Gislenus
St Goswin
Bl Gunther
Bl John Henry Newman Cong. Orat. (1801-1890)
St Lambert
St Louis Bertrand O.P. (1526-1581)
St Publia
St Rusticus
St Sabinus of the Lavedan
St Valerius

Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War – Martyrs of Astoria – (9 saints): Also known as Martyrs of Turon: A group of Brothers of the Christian Schools and a Passionist priest martyred in the persecutions during the Spanish Civil War. They are –
• Aniceto Adolfo
• Augusto Andrés
• Benito de Jesús
• Benjamín Julián
• Cirilo Bertrán
• Inocencio de la Immaculada
• Julián Alfredo
• Marciano José
• Victoriano Pío
They were martyred on 9 October 1934 in Turón, Spain and Canonised on 21 November 1999 by St Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Laodicea – (3 saints): Three Christians martyred together in Laodicea, but no other information about them has survived but their names – Didymus, Diodorus and Diomedes. They were martyred in Laodicea, Syria.