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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great DAY TWO – 14 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great DAY TWO – 14 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #2:   While working in a factory during the Nazi Occupation of Poland, Karol Wojtyla heard that one of his co-workers was expecting a child.   The man worked the night shift and found out that his wife gave birth to their child.   After a full day of work during the day, Karol told his co-worker to go home to be with his family. Karol then worked the entire night shift in place of the new father.   He continued to work the night shift after his own shift until his co-worker’s wife regained her strength and he could return to work.

REFLECTION:  ”Follow me! In July 1958 the young priest Karol Wojtyla began a new stage in his journey with the Lord and in the footsteps of the Lord.   Follow me – Karol Wojtyla accepted the appointment, for he heard in the Church’s call the voice of Christ. And then he realised how true are the Lord’s words:  “Those who try to make their life secure will lose it but those who lose their life will keep it” (Lk 17:33).   Our Pope – and we all know this – never wanted to make his own life secure, to keep it for himself;   he wanted to give of himself unreservedly, to the very last moment, for Christ and thus also for us.   And thus he came to experience how everything which he had given over into the Lord’s hands came back to him in a new way.   His love of words, of poetry, of literature, became an essential part of his pastoral mission and gave new vitality, new urgency, new attractiveness to the preaching of the Gospel, even when it is a sign of contradiction.”Pope Benedictday-two-novena-st-john-paul-14-oct-2017

Let us Pray:

O Holy Trinity, we thank You for having given to the Church Pope John Paul II and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness, the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendour of the Spirit of love.

He, trusting completely in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us the way of holiness as the path to reach eternal communion with You Grant us, through his intercession, according to Your will, the grace that we implore,

………………….. [state your intention here].

Continue, beloved St John Paul, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God’s people.   We praise and thank You Father that St John Paul has been numbered among Your saints and make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

Totus Tuus, Amen.

Quote Day Two:   

“Mary is ‘the Mother of the Son of God.
As a result she is also the favourite daughter of the Father
and the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Because of this gift of sublime grace,
she far surpasses all other creatures,
both in heaven and on earth.”
(REDEMPTORIS MATER – 1987)mary-is-the-mother-of-the-son-of-god-st-john-paul-14-oct-2017

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Sunday Reflection – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Reflection – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

“And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognised him… but he vanished from their sight.”…Luke 24:30-31

“Before Communion you hear about Jesus Christ and you know Him – you are told of His Cross, of His suffering; doubtless you are affected, are even touched with compassion.

But let these same truths be presented to you after Communion.   Oh, how much more deeply your soul is moved!   It cannot hear enough, it understands much more perfectly. Before Communion, you contemplate Jesus outside you, now you contemplate Him within you, with His own eyes!

It is the mystery of Emmaus re-enacted.   When Jesus taught the two disciples along the way, explaining the Scriptures to them, their faith still wavered, though they felt inwardly some mysterious emotion.   But participating in the Fraction of the bread, immediately their eyes were opened and their hearts were like to burst with joy.

The voice of Jesus had not sufficed to reveal His presence to them, they had to feel His Heart, had to be fed with the Bread of understanding!”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

Apostle of the Eucharistluke 24 30-31 - and while he was with them he took the bread - the voice of Jesus had not sufficed - st peter j eymard - 14 oct 2018 sun reflection

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Thought for the Day – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Thought for the Day – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Today, 14 October 2018, in Rome, Pope Francis will Canonise the following (announced on 19 May 2018):

– Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini), Supreme Pontiff;

– Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr;

– Nunzio Sulprizio (1817-1836) Announced by Pope Francis on 19 July 2018:   Details here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/pope-francis-announces-that-he-will-canonise-blessed-nunzio-sulprizio-in-october/

– Francesco Spinelli, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Institute of the Sisters Adorers of the Most Holy Sacrament;

– Vincenzo Romano, Diocesan Priest;

– Maria Katharina Kasper, Virgin, Founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ;

– Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesús (née: Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa), Founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church.

Let us ask our new Saints to pray for the Church and the whole world!

Saint Nunzio Sulprizio, Pray for Us!saint nunzio sulprizio - pray for us 14 oct 2018

Saint Pope Paul VI, Pray for Us!saint pope paul vi - pray for us.14 oct 2018

Saint Oscar Romero, Pray for Us!st oscar romero pray for us - 14 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Today Blesseds Pope Paul and Oscar Romero will be canonised – Alleluia!

“Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is,
God with us, day and night, He is in our midst.
He dwells with us full of grace and truth.
He restores morality, nourishes virtue,
consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak.”

Saint Pope Paul VI (1897-1978), Mysterium Fideichrist is truly emmanuel - bl pope paul VI - 14 oct 2018

“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”

Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917–1980)there are many things wich can only be seen - st oscar romero - 14 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 14 October – Today’s Gospel: Mark 10:17–30 –

One Minute Reflection – 14 October – Today’s Gospel:  Mark 10:17–30 — Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

“You lack one thing – go, sell what you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven and come, follow me.”...Mark 10:21

REFLECTION – “Jesus’ reply is clear:  “I tell you there is no-one who has given up everything and has not received everything”.   If you gave up everything. You will receive everything, in that overflowing measure with which God gives His gifts.   You will receive everything. …. Everything!”…   The Lord does not know how to give less than everything – when He gives something, He gives Himself, which is everything. …the sign that we are on the ‘everything and nothing’ path, of the forsaken fullness, is joy.   It is no surprise that “the rich young man’s countenance darkened and he went away saddened”. …amid the trials and difficulties, the saints had a cheerful face, a generous outlook and joy in their heart.   This is the sign”….Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 28 February 2017you lack one thing go sell - mark 10 21 - the lord does not know - pope francis 14 oct 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, open our hearts to Your grace.   Teach us Your ways  . May we always be intent upon doing Your will. With You, in You and for You! Grant that the prayers of our Blessed Mother Mary, St Donatian and all Your holy saints in heaven, grant us Your gifts and with them true joy.   We make our prayer through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.blessed virgin holy mother mary pray for us 14 oct 2018st donatian pray for us 14 oct 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Prayer of Thanksgiving for
the Holy Eucharist
By St Pope John Paul (1920-2005)

For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast! (1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

O Christ the Saviour,
we give You thanks
for Your redeeming sacrifice,
the only hope of men!
O Christ the Saviour,
we give You thanks
for the eucharistic breaking of bread,
which You instituted
in order to really meet Your brothers,
in the course of the centuries!
O Christ the Saviour,
put into the hearts of the baptised,
the desire to offer themselves with You
and to commit themselves,
for the salvation of their brothers!
You, who are really present
in the Blessed Sacrament,
spread Your blessings
abundantly on Your people
Amen.prayer of thanksgiving for the holy eucharist - st pope john paul - 14 oct 2018

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Saint of the Day – 14 October – St Donatian of Rheims (Died 390)

Saint of the Day – 14 October – St Donatian of Rheims (Died 390) Bishop – born in the 4th century in Rome, Italy and died in 390 of natural causes.   Patronages – Bruges, Belgium, city of,  Bruges, Belgium, diocese of, Rheims, France, West Flanders, Belgium.   St Donatian was the Seventh bishop of Rheims, France from 360 to 390.   His Memorial is beautifully celebrated in Bruges with a procession of his relics.Reliekschrijn_Sint_Donatius;_Brugge

St Donatian’s relics were translated to Bruges in 842 and became the prized possessions of the city’s church, which was then rededicated to him as the Sint Donaaskerk.

As the patron saint of the city, he was honoured with two high-ranking feast days –  first and foremost, his natal celebration on 14 October and his translation feast on 20 August.
Donatian is always shown wearing his bishop’s mitre and holding the bishop’s crosier and is identified by his attribute, a wheel with five tapers.   The reference is to the principal miracle of his life – he was swept away by the floodwaters of the Tiber but the pope threw a carriage wheel into the river, which miraculously found the drowning saint who clung to it for three days before reaching safety.

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Jan van Eyck’s Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele (1436), Saint Donatian is standing in blue vestments on the left.