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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Four – 20 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Four – 20 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 4 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:   Book 3, Chapters 7, 40

That man has no good of himself and that he cannot glory in anything Lord, what is man, that Thou art mindful of him;  or the son of man, that Thou visit him?   What has man deserved that Thou should give him grace?   Lord, what cause have I to complain, if Thou forsake me, or what can I justly allege, if what I petition Thou shalt not grant?
This most assuredly, I may truly think and say – Lord I am nothing, I can do nothing of myself, that is good but I am in all things defective and ever tend to nothing.   And unless I am assisted and interiorly instructed by Thee, I become wholly tepid and relaxed but Thou, O Lord, are always the same and endure unto eternity, ever good, just and holy, doing all things well, justly and holy and disposing them in wisdom.

But I who am more inclined to go back, than to go forward, continue not always in one state, for I am changed, seven different times.   But it quickly becomes better when it pleases Thee and Thou stretch out Thy helping hand, for Thou alone, without man’s aid can assist me and so strengthen me, that my countenance shall be more diversely changed but my heart be converted and find its rest in Thee alone.

He who would be too secure in time of peace will often be found too much dejected in time of war.   If you could always continue to be humble and little in your own eyes and keep your spirit in due order and subjection, you would not fall so easily into danger and offence.   It is good counsel that, when you have conceived the spirit of fervour, you should meditate how it will be when that light shall be withdrawn.

Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat, and Glory Be ( See HERE: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ )DAY FOUR- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 20 oct 2018

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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great:  DAY EIGHT – 20 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great:  DAY EIGHT – 20 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #8:  In addition to meeting with the sick at a parish visitation, Bishop Karol Wojtyla signaled out married couples and gave them a special blessing.   Often the parish priest would personally invite married couples to be present for the blessing. Wojtyla did this so that it would be a model for his priests in parish ministry.   He sought to show them that married couples formed the basic cell of the parish.   He stressed this point in a document in 1960, where he stated:
“Through [the sacrament of marriage], the family is created within the Church but, at the same time, the family in some measure created the Church as a living community of the people of God.   The meeting of the Bishop with married couples during the visitation of a parish is like touching this very basic bond of the human community which is shaped in the Church and which in turn shapes the Church.”

Reflection:   “Dear brothers and sisters, today our eyes behold, in the full spiritual light of the risen Christ, the beloved and revered figure of John Paul II.   Today his name is added to the host of those whom he proclaimed saints and blesseds during the almost 27 years of his pontificate, thereby forcefully emphasizing the universal vocation to the heights of the Christian life, to holiness, taught by the concilliar Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium.   All of us, as members of the people of God – bishops, priests, deacons, laity, men and women religious – are making our pilgrim way to the heavenly homeland where the Virgin Mary has preceded us, associated as she was in a unique and perfect way to the mystery of Christ and the Church.   Karol Wojtyla took part in the Second Vatican Council, first as an auxiliary Bishop and then as Archbishop of Kraków.   He was fully aware that the Council’s decision to devote the last chapter of its Constitution on the Church to Mary meant that the Mother of the Redeemer is held up as an image and model of holiness for every Christian and for the entire Church.   This was the theological vision which Blessed John Paul II discovered as a young man and subsequently maintained and deepened throughout his life.   A vision which is expressed in the scriptural image of the crucified Christ with Mary, his Mother, at his side.   This icon from the Gospel of John (19:25-27) was taken up in the episcopal and later the papal coat-of-arms of Karol Wojtyla:  a golden cross with the letter “M” on the lower right and the motto“Totus tuus”, drawn from the well-known words of St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort in which Karol Wojtyla found a guiding light for his life: “Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria – I am totally yours and all that I have is yours. I accept you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.” …Pope Benedict XVI at the Beatification Ceremonyday-eight-novena-st-john-paul-20-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 Christand 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 8:   “Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.”marriage-is-an-act-of-will-st-john-paul-20-oct-2017

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Thought for the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

Thought for the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

“The humble nun of Brendola is the confirmation of a tradition that makes a fervent parish the first school of how to live a life of goodness and of holiness.   Saint Bertilla is now on the altars above those people called the wise and the prudent of this century.   She did not attend an extensive training in the schools but was able to carry out with good grace each task entrusted to   her. Her book, kept jealously among her most treasured possessions was the Catechism, given to her by her parish priest.   From it, she drew inspiration and comfort as a child, retiring with it alone in solitude, after having finished the housework, to read and re-read it all the time and to teach it with fervour to her contemporaries.

Here we have a simple soul who from the first unfolding of her vocation is pleased to throw herself into it entirely and without reservation, helped on by the respect the consent and encouragement of her parents.   She was happy to do even the most humble service, because she does not ask for anything for herself, nor was she diverted by fancies of curiosity or by personal preferences.

Someone – that is, the Lord – was always with her to direct and enlighten her….”…St Pope John XXIII at the Canonisation of St Maria

And ‘they’ called her “the Goose” but she is a Saint, high above all of ‘them’!   The simple peasant woman who was once called “the Goose” had taken flight and soared all the way up to Heaven.

St Maria Bertilla Boscardin, Pray for us!st maria bertilla boscardin pray for us 2 - 20 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

Quote/s of the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

“Here I am, Lord, to do Your will, whatever comes.”

Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)
(from her diary)here i am lord - st maria bertilla boscardin - no 2 - 20 oct 2018

Take, Lord and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To You, Lord, I return it.
Everything is Yours,
do with it what You will.
Give me only Your love
and Your grace,
that is enough for me.

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)suscipe - st ignatius loyola - 20 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 20 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:8-12

One Minute Reflection – 20 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:8-12 = – Saturday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – The Memorial of The Memorial of Blesseds Okelo & Irwa & (1918) St Maria Bertilla Boscardin
(1888 – 1922)

“…do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”…Luke 12:11-12

REFLECTION – “The Christian should not fear or be distressed in difficult circumstances and thus be distracted from trust in God.   He should take courage as if the Lord were at hand directing his affairs and strengthening him against all his adversaries.   It is as if the Holy Spirit were instructing him, even as to the very replies he should make to his enemies.”… St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church (The Morals, 63)”for the holy spirit - luke 12 12 - the christian should not fear - st augustine 20 oct 2018

PRAYER – All-powerful, eternal God, grant us the grace of Your Spirit and fill us with the light of understanding and love.   Grant that by the prayers of your Saints we may be strengthened and depend only on You.   Blessed Okelo and Irwa and St Maria Bertilla, pray for us.   We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.

bls-daudi-and-jildo-pray-for-us-20-oct-2017st maria bertilla boscardin pray for us - 20 oct 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 20 October – Saturday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 20 October – Saturday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Prayer for the Church
to Mary, Mother of Mercy
By St John Neumann CSsR (1811-1860)

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Guard the kingdom of thy Vicar on earth,
our chief bishop.
Pray for the people,
intercede for the clergy,
protect the consecrated virgins.
Give us strength against our enemies and thine.
Give courage to the fearful,
joy to those that mourn,
peace to the contrite of heart,
perseverance to the just.
Let all experience, thy protection,
Virgin and Mother.
Through thee the nations are brought to repentance,
the demons are put to flight.
They that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death
are filled with the knowledge
and love of Thy Son.
Amenprayer for the church to mary mother of mery - 20 oct 2018 by st john neumann

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Saint of the Day – 20 October – St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

Saint of the Day – 20 October – St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922) – Religious nursing Sister of the Teachers of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart – born on 6 October 1888 at Brendola, Italy as Anna Francesca Boscardin and died on 20 October 1922 of cancer at Treviso, Italy.header -st maria bertilla

St Maria (1888–1922) was an Italian nun and nurse who displayed a pronounced devotion to duty in working with sick children and victims of the air raids of World War I.   She was born into a peasant family and was known as Annette in her family and hometown.   Her father, Angelo Boscardin, would testify during her beatification process that he was jealous, violent and frequently drunk.   As a child she could only attend school irregularly, as she was needed to help at home and in the fields.   When she did attend school, she also worked as a servant in a nearby home. ,,She did not display any particular talents, was thought to be not particularly intelligent and was often the target of insulting jokes. ,,These included being referred to as a “goose” for her slowness by a local clergyman.

She was allowed to make her First Holy Communion at eight and a half years old, when the authorised age in those years was eleven.   At twelve years old, she was accepted into the parish association of the “Children of Mary” apostalate.    The parish priest gave her a catechism as a gift.   They found it in the pocket of her habit, when she died, at 34 years old.

After being rejected for admission to one order because of her slowness, she was accepted as a member of the Teachers of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart at Vicenza in 1904, taking the name “Maria Bertilla”.   She herself internalised some of her earlier criticism, telling the novice-mistress of the order, “I can’t do anything.   I’m a poor thing, a goose.   Teach me.   I want to be a saint.”   She worked there as a kitchen maid and laundress for three years.sister maria bertilla boscardin

She was then sent to Treviso to learn nursing at the municipal hospital there, which was under the direction of her order.   During her training period, she was once placed to work in the kitchen.   However, upon completing her training, she was promoted to working with victims of diphtheria in the hospital’s children’s ward.   During the air raids of Treviso following the disastrous Battle of Caporetto, the hospital fell under the control of the military.   Sister Bertilla was noted for her unwavering care of her patients, particularly those who were too ill to be moved to safety.Santa_Maria_Bertilla_Boscardin

This devotion to duty, attracted the attention of the authorities of a local military hospital.   However, her Sister Supervisor did not appreciate Sister Bertilla’s work and reassigned her to work in the laundry, a position she remained in for four months until being reassigned by a higher superior, who put Sister Bertilla in charge of the children’s isolation ward at the hospital.   Shortly thereafter, Sister Bertilla’s already poor health got worse.   A painful tumour which she had had for several years had progressed to the point of requiring an operation, which she did not survive.   She died in 1922.

Her reputation for simplicity and devoted, caring hard work had left a deep impression on those who knew her.   A memorial plaque placed on her tomb refers to her as “a chosen soul of heroic goodness … an angelic alliviator of human suffering in this place.” Crowds flocked to her first grave at Treviso.   After a tomb was erected for her at Vicenza, it became a pilgrimage site where several miracles of healing took place.

In 1961, 39 years after her death, she was Canonised as a saint by St Pope John XXIII. The crowd in attendance included members of her family as well as some of her patients.st maria bertilla boscardin snip.2