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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Second Week – Day Twenty Six – 11 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Second Week – Day Twenty Six – 11 November

Second Week

Day 26 of 33

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 12-38

“If you wish to understand the Mother,” says a saint, “then understand the Son.   She is a worthy Mother of God.”    Hic taceat omnis lingua : Here let every tongue be silent.   My heart has dictated with special joy all that I have written to show that Mary has been unknown up till now and that, that is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ is not known as He should be.   If then, as is certain, the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus Christ must come into the world, it can only be as a necessary consequence of the knowledge and reign of Mary.   She who first gave Him to the world, will establish His kingdom in the world.

With the whole Church, I acknowledge that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned by the hands of God is, compared to His infinite majesty, less than an atom, or rather is simply nothing, since He alone can say, “I am he who is”.   Consequently, this great Lord, who is ever independent and self-sufficient, never had and does not now have, any absolute need of the Blessed Virgin for the accomplishment of His will and the manifestation of His glory.   To do all things He has only to will them.   However, I declare that, considering things as they are, because God has decided to begin and accomplish His greatest works through the Blessed Virgin, ever since He created her, we can safely believe that He will not change His plan in the time to come, for He is God and, therefore, does not change in His thoughts or His way of acting.

Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth, by grace, as Jesus is king by nature and by conquest.   But as the kingdom of Jesus Christ exists primarily in the heart or interior of man, according to the words of the Gospel, “The kingdom of God is within you”, so the kingdom of the Blessed Virgin is principally in the interior of man, that is, in his soul.   It is principally in souls that she is glorified with her Son more than in any visible creature. So we may call her, as the saints do, Queen of our hearts.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ave Maris Stella:
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St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/ and the RosaryDAY TWENTY-SIX SECOND WEEK- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT11 NOV 2018

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Sunday Reflection – 11 November – “Standing before the Lord” – Pope Benedict XVI

Sunday Reflection – 11 November

“Standing before the Lord” (Excerpt)

Pope Benedict XVI

In the Church of former times, the word for this was statio. …From the very beginning, when Christianity spread throughout the world, its heralds laid the greatest importance on there being only one bishop and only one altar in every town.   This was meant to express the unity of the one Lord, who unites us all in His embrace from the Cross, an embrace that goes beyond the frontiers drawn by earthly life and forms us into one body. And this, of course, is the innermost meaning of the Eucharist, that, by receiving the one bread, we actually enter into this one centre and thus become a living organism, the one body of the Lord.
The Eucharist is not a private matter among friends, taking place in a club of like-minded people where congenial spirits meet together.   On the contrary, just as the Lord allowed Himself to be crucified publicly outside the city walls, stretching out His hands to all, the Eucharist is the public worship celebrated by all, whom the Lord calls….
It was fundamental to the Eucharist in the Mediterranean world, which first saw the growth of Christianity, that the aristocrat who had found his way to Christianity should sit down with the Corinthian dock-worker, the miserable slave who, according to Roman law, was not even held to be a human being and was dealt with as chattel.   It is of the very nature of the Eucharist, that the philosopher should sit beside the illiterate man, the converted prostitute and the converted tax-collector beside the ascetic who has found his way to Jesus Christ.
In Rome, for instance, even during the era of persecution, the titular churches came into being as predecessors of the later parishes…..the Eucharist continued to unite people who would otherwise not mix.   Consequently, the statio was introduced – here, particularly during Lent, the Pope, as the single Bishop of Rome, goes among the individual titular churches and celebrates the liturgy for the whole city of Rome.
Christians gather together and go to church together, thus, in the individual churches, the whole Church is visible and is manifest at the individual level.
The Lord gathers us together and opens us so that we can accept one another and belong to one another, so that, in standing side by side with Him, we can learn once again to stand together with one another. ….What binds us together is not the private interest of this or that group but the interest which God takes in us.   And we can calmly and confidently, entrust all our interests to Him.   We commit ourselves to the Lord.   And the more we commit ourselves to the Lord and stand before Him, the more we stand together with one another and the more power we discover to understand each other, to recognise each other as human beings, as brothers and sisters.   In this way, in this fellowship with one another, we are building the foundations for humanity and making it possible.

Joseph Card Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI “Seek that Which is Above”this of course is the innermost meaning of the eucharist - sun reflection - 11 nov 2018

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Thought for the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Thought for the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Martin knew long in advance the time of his death and he told his brethren that it was near.   Meanwhile, he found himself obliged to make a visitation of the parish of Candes. The clergy of that church were quarrelling and he wished to reconcile them.

Although he knew that his days on earth were few, he did not refuse to undertake the journey for such a purpose, for he believed that he would bring his virtuous life to a good end if by his efforts peace was restored in the church.

He spent some time in Candes, or rather in its church, where he stayed.   Peace was restored and he was planning to return to his monastery when suddenly he began to lose his strength.   He summoned his brethren and told them he was dying.   All who heard this were overcome with grief.   In their sorrow, they cried to him with one voice: “Father, why are you deserting us?   Who will care for us when you are gone? Savage wolves will attack your flock and who will save us from their bite when our shepherd is struck down?   We know you long to be with Christ but your reward is certain and will not be any less for being delayed.   You will do better to show pity for us, rather than forsake us.”

Thereupon he broke into tears, for he was a man in whom the compassion of our Lord was continually revealed.   Turning to our Lord, he made this reply to their pleading: “Lord, if Your people still need me, I am ready for the task, Your will be done.”

Here was a man words cannot describe.   Death could not defeat him nor toil dismay him.   He was quite without a preference of his own, he neither feared to die nor refused to live.   With eyes and hands always raised to heaven he never withdrew his unconquered spirit from prayer.   It happened that some priests who had gathered at his bedside suggested that he should give his poor body some relief by lying on his other side.   He answered:  “Allow me, brothers, to look toward heaven rather than at the earth, so that my spirit may set on the right course when the time comes for me to go on my journey to the Lord.”

“Never was there any word on his lips but Christ and never was there a feeling in his heart except piety, peace and tender mercy.”

a letter by Sulpicius Severus (c 360 – c 425) Born around 360 AD in the region of Gaul (modern France) called Aquitaine, Sulpicius Severus was an up and coming lawyer till his wife’s death caused him to pause and take stock of his life.   The example of his frend, St Paulinus of Nola (354-431) and the exhortations of St Martin, bishop of Tours, led to his conversion to the monastic life.   He settled on an estate in Southern Gaul and set to work writing the life of St Martin who was still alive at the time.   The work became very influential on later authors writing lives of the saints.   According to one author, Sulpicius was ultimately ordained a priest and lived till about 420.

St Martin of Tours, Pray for Us!st martin of tours - pray for us - 11 nov 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

“Now let me fight for God.
As for your bonus, let someone
who is going to join the battle receive it.
I am a soldier of Christ-
combat is not permitted me.”now let me fight for god - st martin of tours - 11 nov 2018

“In the name of the Lord Jesus
and protected
only by the sign of the cross,
without shield or helmet,
I shall penetrate the enemy’s ranks
and not be afraid.”

St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)in-the-name-of-the-lord-jesus-st-martin-of-tours-11-nov-2018

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One Minute Reflection – 11 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 12:38–44

One Minute Reflection – 11 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 12:38–44 – Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

“For they all contributed out of their abundance but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”…Mark 12:44

REFLECTION – “Now if someone is wondering what the cost is, here is their answer – he who offers a Kingdom in heaven has no need of earthly coin.   No one can offer God anything except what already belongs to Him since all that exists is His.   And yet God does not give away so great a thing without a price being placed on it, He does not give it to someone who doesn’t value it.   For indeed, nobody gives away something they hold dear without placing some kind of value on it.   From now on, then, if God has no need of your goods neither does He have to give you this great thing if you refuse to love Him, all He requires is love, without which nothing constrains His giving.   Love, then, and you will receive the Kingdom, love and you will possess it… Love God more than yourself and already you begin to have what it is you desire to possess fully in heaven.”…St Anselm (1033-1109) Doctor of the Churchmark 12 44 - but she gave everything - from now on then - st anselm - 11 nov 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, Your Son has shown us the way. As we follow in His steps, may we never wander from the path that leads to life.   Renew the wonders of Your grace in our hearts so that neither death nor life may separate us from Your love.   Holy Father, as You were glorified by the life and death of St Martin, grant that by his prayers, we may receive strength to always give You our hearts, minds and selves.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, with You in union with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.st-martin-of-tours-pray-for-us-11-nov-2017-no-2

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Our Morning Offering – 11 November – Prayer of St Martin of Tours

Our Morning Offering – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

I Will Fight Beneath Your Banner, Lord
Prayer of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Lord, if Your people still have need
of my services,
I will not avoid the toil.
Your will be done.
I have fought the good fight long enough.
Yet if You bid me continue to hold
the battle line in defense
of Your camp,
I will never beg to be excused
from failing strength.
I will do the work You entrust to me.
While You command,
I will fight beneath Your banner.
Ameni will fight beneath your banner lord - st martin of tours - 11 nov 2018.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 11 November – St John the Almoner (c 550-c 616)

Saint of the Day – 11 November – St John the Almoner (c 550-c 616) – born in c 550 at Amathus, Cyprus and died there in c 616 of natural causes.   He is also known as John the Almsgiver, John the Merciful, John V of Alexandria, John Eleymon and Johannes Eleemon.  He  was the Chalcedonian Patriarch of Alexandria in the early 7th century (from 606 to 616).   He is the patron saint of the Knights Hospitaller, Casarano, Italy and of Limassol, Cyprus.st john the almoner - header

St John was born at Amathus as the son of Epiphanius, governor of Cyprus and was of noble descent.   In early life he was married and had children but when his wife and children died, he entered religious life, he was around 40-50 at this time.

On the death of the Patriarch Theodore, the Alexandrians requested Emperor Phocas to appoint John his successor, which was accordingly done.   One of the first steps he took was to make a list of several thousand needy persons, whom he took under his especial care.   He always referred to the poor as his “masters”, because of their mighty influence at the Court of the Most High.   He assisted people of every class who were in need.   On Wednesday and Friday in every week, he sat on a bench before the church, to hear the complaints of the needy and aggrieved.

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John the Almoner, second half of the 15th century, Warsaw National Museum

He was a reformer who attacked simony and fought heresy by means of improvements in religious education.   He also reorganised the system of weights and measures for the sake of the poor and put a stop to corruption among the officials.   He increased the number of churches in Alexandria from seven to seventy.

The work  of St Vitalis of Gaza (died c 625), a monk who worked among the prostitutes of the city, was a noteworthy episode of John’s reign.   The Patriarch was considered to have behaved with wisdom for not punishing this monk who was notorious for visiting the unsavoury and dangerous areas of the city and his judgement was vindicated, only after the death of St Vitalis, when the story of the monk’s mission of mercy became known.

St John visited the hospitals three times every week and he freed a great many slaves. John is said to have devoted the entire revenues of his see to the alleviation of those in need.   A rich man presented him with a magnificent bed covering; he accepted it for one nigh, but then sold it and disposed of the money in alms.   The rich man bought the article and again presented it to John, with the same result.   This was repeated several times but John drily remarked: “We will see who tires first.”

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St John the Almoner by Titian, c 1545

When the Sassanachs sacked Jerusalem in 614, John sent large supplies of food, wine and money to the fleeing Christians.   But eventually the Persians occupied Alexandria and John himself, in his old age, was forced to flee to his native country, where he died in c 616.

From Cyprus his body was moved to Constantinople, then in 1249 to Venice, where there is a church dedicated to him, the Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario, although his relics are preserved in another church, San Giovanni in Bragora, in a separate chapel. Another relic was sent to King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary.   It was placed in the private Royal Chapel in Buda Castle, which was dedicated to him.   In our time, his body lies in the St John the Merciful Chapel in St Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia.
A church in Cospicua, Malta, is dedicated to him and one of the bastions of the Santa Margherita Lines in the same city is also named after him.

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Saint John the Almoner at the Church of San Giovanni in Bragora.