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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: 2018 STATISTICS.

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: 2018 STATISTICS.

A LOOK AT SOME OF THE CHURCH’S 2018 STATS SHOWS US THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN 1.2 BILLION CATHOLICS, 414K PRIESTS 116K MAJOR SEMINARIANS, 66 MILLION STUDENTS, 5,287 HOSPITALS (without including the dispensaries, leprosaria, homes for the elderly or chronically ill…making the Church the largest health care provider and charitable institution in the world). Lord, send us holy, faithful and apostolic laborers to your vineyard.

Below you have the complete report of the Information service of the Potifical Mission societies.

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Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – As every year, in view of World Mission Day, which this year celebrates its 92nd anniversary on Sunday, October 21, 2018, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s Book of Statistics” published (updated to 31 December…

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Five – 21 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary –

Day Five – 21 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 5 of 33

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

Wherefore but I did know well, how to cast from me all human comfort, either for the sake of devotion, or through the necessity by which I am compelled to seek You, because there is no man that can comfort me.   Then might I deservedly hope in Your favour and rejoice in the gift of a new consolation.   Thanks be to You from Whom all things proceed, as often as it happens to me.   I, indeed, am but vanity and nothing in Your sight , an inconstant and weak man.   Where, therefore, can I glory, or for what do I desire to be thought of highly?
Because of my very nothingness and this is most vain.   Truly pride is an evil plague, because it draws away from true glory and robs us of heavenly grace.   For, while a man takes complacency in himself, he displeases You, while he wants for human applause, he is deprived of true virtues.   But true, glory and holy exultation is to glory in You and not in one’s self;  to rejoice in Your Name but not in one’s own strength.   To find pleasure in no creature, save only for Your sake.   Let Your Name be praised, not mine, let Your work be magnified, not mine,  let Your Holy Name be blessed but let nothing be attributed to me of the praise of men.   You are my glory;  You are the exultation of my heart;   in You, will I glory and rejoice all the day;  but for myself, I will glory in nothing but in my infirmities.

Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat, and Glory Be (See 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 FIVE- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 21 oct 2018

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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY NINE – 21 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY NINE – 21 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #9:   While visiting the United States in 1976, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla spent a few days in Pomfret, Vermont with philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka and her family.   His main purpose was to work on the English translation of Osobo I Czyn (The Acting Person) but he also used it as a time to relax and enjoy nature.  For example, he was often late for lunch because he had been swimming in the neighbour’s pond. Additionally, he didn’t want to be treated like a guest but instead insisted that he cut the grass and help bale hay.   He was truly in his element in Vermont and remarked that it reminded him of the Tatras in Poland.   Wojtyla spent most of his time outdoors, working on the English translation while sitting on the trunk of a tree that had fallen.

REFLECTION:   “This was his message:  man is the way of the Church and Christ is the way of man.  With this message, which is the great legacy of the Second Vatican Council and of its “helmsman”, the Servant of God Pope Paul VI, John Paul II led the People of God across the threshold of the Third Millennium, which thanks to Christ he was able to call “the threshold of hope”.   Throughout the long journey of preparation for the great Jubilee he directed Christianity once again to the future, the future of God, which transcends history while nonetheless directly affecting it.   He rightly reclaimed for Christianity that impulse of hope which had in some sense faltered before Marxism and the ideology of progress.  He restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope, to be lived in history in an “Advent” spirit, in a personal and communitarian existence directed to Christ, the fullness of humanity and the fulfillment of all our longings for justice and peace.”   Pope Benedict XVI at the Beatification Ceremonyday-nine-novena-st-john-paul-21-oct

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 9:   “Two thousand years have gone by but sinners in need of mercy — and who is not? — still experience the consolation of that “today” of salvation which on the Cross opened the gates of the Kingdom of God to the repentant thief: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk 23:43).” St John Paultwo-thousand-years-st-john-paul-21-oct-2017-no-1

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Sunday Reflection – 21 October – Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Reflection – 21 October – Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

“The secret for arriving quickly at a life centred in the Eucharist is, during a certain period of time, to make Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament the habitual object of the exercise of the presence of God, the dominant motive of our intentions, the meditation of our spirit, the affection of our heart, the object of all our virtues.

And if the soul is generous enough, one will come at length to this unity of action, to familiarity with the adorable Sacrament, to think of it with as much and even greater ease than of any other object.

Easily and gently one’s heart will produce the most tender affections.   In a word, the Most Holy Sacrament will become the magnet of devotion in one’s life and the centre of perfection of one’s love.

Eight days would be enough for a simple and fervent soul to acquire this Eucharistic spirit and even if one should have to put weeks and months to acquire it, can this ever be compared with the peace and the happiness which this soul will enjoy in the Divine Eucharist?”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)make jesus in the most holy sacrament - st peter julian eymard - 21 oct 2018

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Thought for the Day – 21 October – The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

Thought for the Day – 21 October – The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

“Practising Catholic – How to become a Saint”

From a young age and throughout his life, Karl of Austria demonstrated an awareness of God’s presence and Christian duty.   As a child, he loved praying at daily mass with his mother, Archduchess Maria Josefa, and was known for his charitable acts.   He knew all the prayers a typical Catholic youth would learn and loved praying them, particularly the rosary.   As a youth and later as an adult, he loved making pilgrimages to Marian shrines.

As a young child, he was concerned about the poor and needy, so he did odd jobs around his home in order to earn money to give to them.   There are records from when he was 18 years old recording his almsgiving and even as Emperor he continued his private charitable giving.   There is testimony from one of his aides who was in charge of distributing the Emperor’s alms from his personal household.   The aide informed him there was no more money left and Karl said:

“The need is so great, find the money from somewhere else and distribute that.”

Blessed Karl loved to pray throughout his life.   He received Holy Communion daily and at the end of mass prayed “Veni Creator.”   He prayed Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and the rosary daily.   He frequently prayed the Litanies of the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph;  he was a member of Our Lady’s Confraternity and wore the scapular.

Karl was devoted to adoring the Blessed Sacrament and could happily spend hours in adoration.  He was routinely found praying wherever he was, at home, in the office and on the battlefield.   He encouraged all of his soldiers to pray and frequently asked those around him to join him in prayer to begin a meeting or some action.   Furthermore, the Emperor had a devotion to the angels, especially Saint Michael the Archangel, whom he made patron saint of the imperial army.

Karl of Austria was obedient to the Holy Father, acknowledging him to be the Vicar of Christ and he treated bishops and priests with respect.   He was known as a loyal, kind, generous and jovial comrade, who lived and practised his faith without artifice.   From the testimony of those who knew him well, it is clear, that Blessed Karl took his faith seriously and fostered his relationship with God, devoutly following the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Blessed Karl of Austria, Pray for Us!bl karl of austria pray for us no 2 - 21 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 October – The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

Quote/s of the Day – 21 October

The Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

“Now, we must help
each other
to get to Heaven.”now we must help each other to get to heaven - bl karl of austria to queen zita - 21 oct 2018

“I strive always,
in all things,
to understand,
as clearly as possible
and follow,
the will of God
and this,
in the most perfect way.”i strive always in all things - bl karlof austria - 21 oct 2018

“Thy Holy Will be done.
Jesus, Jesus, come!
Yes—yes.
My Jesus as Thou willst it—Jesus.”
(The last words of Bl Karl – 1 April 1922)

Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)thy holy will be done - last words bl karl of austria - 21 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 21 October – Today’s Gospel: Mark 10:35-45

One Minute Reflection – 21 October – Today’s Gospel: Mark 10:35-45 – Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, the Memorial of Blessed Karl of Austria (1887 – 1922)

“For the Son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”…Mark 10:45mark 10 45 for the son of man came not to be served but to serve - 21 oct 2018

REFLECTION – “In the biblical tradition, the Son of Man is the one who receives from God “dominion, glory and kingship”.   Jesus fills this image with new meaning.   He shows us that He enjoys dominion because He is a servant, glory because He is capable of abasement, kingship because He is fully prepared to lay down His life.   By His passion and death, He takes the lowest place, attains the heights of grandeur in service and bestows this upon His Church”…Pope Francis – Canonisation Mass, 18 October 2015mark 10 45 for the son of man came not to be served - he enjoys dominion - pope francis - 21 oct 2018

PRAYER – Holy Father, grant me an operative faith, a faith that will move mountains. Enlighten my soul with Your Light, Goodness, Power and Wisdom.   Let my faith be an image of You by lively deeds and love and by conforming myself to Your Will in all things.   Blessed Karl of Austria, amidst the fineries of your earthly kingship, you longed only to serve the God of all and searched for complete closeness and abandonment to Him, teach us by your prayer, to serve God alone with upright hearts and thus manifest a true faith, through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.bl karl of austria pray for us 21 oct 2018