Quote/s of the Day – 23 September – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Quote/s of the Day – 23 September – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

“Do not fear!   Jesus is more powerful than all hell.”do-not-fear - 23 sept 2017

“Do not be daunted by the cross.
The surest test of love consists in suffering for the loved one
and if God suffered so much for love,
the pain we suffer for Him becomes as lovable as love itself.”

“The greater your sufferings, the greater God’s love for you.”the-greater-your-sufferings-st-pio-23-sept-2017

“God will never permit anything,
to happen to us, that is not for our greater good.”

“The storms that are raging around you,
will turn out to be for God’s glory,
your own merit
and the good of many souls.”the storms that are - god will never permit - st pio - 23 sept 2018

“In all the free time you have,
once you have finished your duties of state,
you should kneel down and pray the Rosary.
Pray the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament
or before a crucifix.”in-all-the-free-time-st-pio-no-2-23-sept-2017

“Do you not see the Madonna always beside the Tabernacle?”do-you-not-see-st-pio-23-sept-2017

“Listen to the Mass, the way the Virgin Mary, stood at .. Calvary..”listen to the mass - st pio - 23 sept 2018

“We have close to us, an angelic spirit,
who never leaves us for an instant,
from the cradle to the grave,
who guides and protects us,
like a friend or a brother.”we have close to us an angelic spirit - st padre pio - 23 sept 2018

“When you gossip about a person it means
that you have removed the person from your heart.
But be aware, when you remove a man from your heart,
Jesus also goes away from your heart with that man.”

St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)when-you-gossip-st-pio-23-sept-2017

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Saint of the Day – 8 May – Apparition of Michael the Archangel at Monte Gargano, Italy (492)

Saint of the Day – 8 May – Apparition of Michael the Archangel at Monte Gargano, Italy (492)


It is evident from Holy Scripture that God is pleased to make frequent use of the ministry of the heavenly spirits in the dispensations of His providence in this world.   The Angels are all pure spirits;  by a property of their nature they are immortal, as is every spirit. They have the power of moving or conveying themselves at will from place to place and such is their activity that it is not easy for us to conceive of it.   Among the holy Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are particularly distinguished in the Scriptures.   Saint Michael, whose name means Who is like unto God?, is the prince of the faithful Angels who opposed Lucifer and his followers in their revolt against God.   Since the devil is the sworn enemy of God’s holy Church, Saint Michael is given to it by God as its special protector against the demon’s assaults and michael at gargano

Various apparitions of this powerful Angel have proved the protection of Saint Michael over the Church.   We may mention his apparition in Rome, where Saint Gregory the Great saw him in the air sheathing his sword, to signal the cessation of a pestilence and the appeasement of God’s wrath.   Another apparition to Saint Ausbert, bishop of Avranches in France, led to the construction of Mont-Saint-Michel in the sea, a famous pilgrimage site.   8 May, however, is destined to recall another no less marvellous apparition, occurring near Monte Gargano in the Kingdom of Naples.

In the year 492 a man named Gargan was pasturing his large herds in the countryside. One day a bull fled to the mountain, where at first it could not be found.   When its refuge in a cave was discovered, an arrow was shot into the cave but the arrow returned to wound the one who had sent it.   Faced with so mysterious an occurrence, the persons concerned decided to consult the bishop of the region.   He ordered three days of fasting and prayers.   After three days, the Archangel Saint Michael appeared to the bishop and declared that the cavern where the bull had taken refuge was under his protection and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honour of all the Holy Angels.

Accompanied by his clergy and people, the pontiff went to that cavern, which he found already disposed in the form of a church.   The divine mysteries were celebrated there and there arose in this same place a magnificent temple where the divine Power has wrought great miracles.   To thank God’s adorable goodness for the protection of the holy Archangel, the effect of His merciful Providence, this feast day was instituted by the Church in his honour.Grotto where the Archangel Michael is said to have appeared in 492Grotto where the Archangel Michael is said to have appeared in 492 - 2

It is said of this special guardian and protector of the Church that, during the final persecution of Antichrist, he will powerfully defend it:  At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince who protects the children of thy people. (Dan. 12:1)   Compare this text with Chapter 10 of the Apocalypse of Saint John.Monte_Santangelo_San_Michele_DSC_7156bSantuario_san_michele_arcangeloapparition of st michaelGiordano St. Michael

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8 May – Apparition of Michael the Archangel at Monte Gargano, Italy (492), Feast of Our Lady of Luján and Memorials of the Saints

Apparition of Michael the Archangel at Monte Gargano, Italy (492)

Our Lady of Luján:  The Virgin is a two feet tall terracotta statue of Our Lady.   It was made in Brazil and sent to Argentina in May 1630.   Its original appearance seemed inspired by Murillo’s Immaculates.   In 1887, to preserve and protect it, the image was given a solid silver covering.   It is usually clothed with a white robe and sky blue cloak, the colors of the Argentinian flag.   Only the dark oval face with big blue eyes and the hands folded in prayer are now visible.
Tradition says that an ox-drawn wagon was taking the statue from Buenos Aires to Santiago del Estero.   The animals stopped at the Luján River and refused to cross. Through trial and error the teamsters discovered that it the box with the Virgin was in the wagon, the oxen would not move;  if it was removed, then away they went.   After testing this several times, the people realised that Our Lady wanted to stay in Luján and so she is there today.
The image was first taken to the nearby home of Don Rosendo.   He built a primitive chapel for it which lasted 40 years.   A bigger shrine was completed in 1685.   A new sanctuary was built in the 19th century.   The image was crowned canonically in 1887.   In 1930 Pope Pius XII gave the sanctuary the title of Basilica.
• Agentina (proclaimed on 8 September 1930 Pope Pius XI)
• Argentinian military chaplains
• Paraguay
• Uruguay


St Acacius of Byzantium
Bl Aloysius Luis Rabata
St Amatus Ronconi
Bl Angelo of Massaccio
St Arsenio of Mount Scete
St Benedict II, Pope
St Boniface IV, Pope
St Desideratus of Bourges
Bl Domenico di San Pietro
St Gibrian
St Helladius of Auxerre
St Ida of Nivelles
St Martin of Saujon
St Metrone of Verona
St Odrian of Waterford
St Otger of Utrecht
St Peter of Besançon
Bl Pietro de Alos
Bl Raymond of Toulouse
Bl Teresa Demjanovich
Bl Ulrika Fransiska Nisch
St Victor Maurus
St Wiro of Utrecht


Quote/s of the Day – 28 January – The Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus (Angelic Doctor) and Doctor communis (Common Doctor)

Quote/s of the Day – 28 January – The Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus (Angelic Doctor) and Doctor communis (Common Doctor)

“Nothing created has ever been able
to fill the heart of man.
God alone can fill it infinitely.”

“It is only God who creates.
Man merely rearranges.”

“When the devil is called
the god of this world,
it is not because he made it
but because we serve him
with our worldliness.”nothing created has - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“To pretend angels do not exist
because they are invisible,
is to believe we never sleep
because we don’t see ourselves sleeping.”to pretend angels do not exist - st thomas aquinas - 29 jan 2018

“Charity is
the form,
and root
of all
the virtues.”

“To love is to
will the good
of the other.”

“The greatest kindness
one can render
to any man
consists in leading him
from error to truth.”charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“Believing is
an act of the intellect
assenting to the divine truth,
by command of the will,
moved by God through grace.”believing is an act of the intellect - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“He who is NOT angry
when there is just cause
for anger is IMMORAL.
Because anger looks to
the good of justice.
And if you can live amid injustice
without anger,
as well as UNJUST!”he who is not angry - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“The celebration of Holy Mass
is as valuable, as the death
of Jesus on the cross.”the celebration of holy mass - st thomas aquinas - 28 jan 2018

“Mary means Star of the sea,
for as mariners are guided to port
by the ocean star, so Christians attain
to glory through Mary’s maternal intercession.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churchmary-means-star-of-the-sea-st-thomas-aquinas

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Thought for the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Thought for the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

The Father learned from his parents to have recourse to his Guardian Angel.   Then later on, as a seminarian, he read in a book by one of the Fathers of the Church that, in addition to a Guardian Angel, priests have a ministerial Archangel as well;  and so, from the day of his ordination to the priesthood, he turned to this Archangel with great simplicity and confidence.   In fact, he said he felt certain that even if the author he had read turned out to have been mistaken, our Lord would have given him a ministerial Archangel anyway, just because of the faith with which he always invoked him.

In any case, after the feast of the Guardian Angels in 1928, the founder of Opus Dei had a still more intense devotion to them.   He was always telling his children, “familiarity with, and devotion to, the holy Guardian Angels is at the heart of our work.   It is a concrete manifestation of the supernatural mission of Opus Dei.”

Convinced that God has placed an Angel beside each and every human being to help that person along the road of life, he had recourse to his own Guardian Angel for all his material and spiritual needs.   He would often say, quite frankly, “For years I’ve experienced the constant and immediate assistance of my Guardian Angel, even in the smallest material particulars.”   In the years between 1928 and 1940, his alarm-clock sometimes didn’t work and he didn’t have the money to repair it, so he turned in trust to his Guardian Angel and asked him to wake him up in the morning at the right time.   His Angel never once failed him.   And that’s why our Father affectionately called him “mi relojerico” [“my dear watchmaker”].

Whenever he greeted our Lord in the Tabernacle, he always thanked the Angels who were present there, for the unceasing adoration that they give to God.   On more than one occasion I heard him say, “When I go into one of our chapels, one that has a Tabernacle, I tell Jesus that I love him, and invoke the Blessed Trinity. Then I thank the Angels who guard the Tabernacle and adore Christ in the Eucharist.”7829cfbe41f6e53c5b6bb9dc0727f70a--angels-and-fairies-heavenly-angels

Through heroic and persevering correspondence with God’s grace, he acquired the habit of always greeting the Guardian Angels of the people he met.   One day in 1972 or 1973, the retired archbishop of Valencia, the Most Reverend Marcelino Olaechea, came to visit him, accompanied by his secretary.   They were very good friends, so that Father greeted him and then asked him playfully, “Marcelino, let’s see if you can guess – whom did I greet first?” The archbishop replied, “You greeted me first.” “No,” the Father said, “I greeted the VIP first.” Archbishop Olaechea, understandably perplexed, replied, “But of the two of us, my secretary and me, I am the ‘VIP’.” Then our founder explained, “No, the VIP is your Guardian Angel.”

During some days of rest that we spent in a rented house in a village in Lombardy, Italy – I can’t remember whether it was Caglio or Civenna – we would play bocce ball every so often, to get a little exercise.   Since we didn’t know the rules of the game too well, at times we would make up our own.   I remember that during one of these games, the Father threw the ball unusually well and made an exceptional score.   But he said immediately, “That doesn’t count – I was helped by my Guardian Angel. I won’t do that any more…” I tell this little story because I consider it indicative of the constant friendly rapport he had with his Guardian Angel and also of his humility; as he later told me directly, he was ashamed of having asked his Guardian Angel for help in such an unimportant matter.

Extract from Cesare Cavalleri, Immersed in God – Blessed Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, as seen by his successor, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, Princeton NJ: Scepter Publishers, 1996.

Let us learn such devotion, love and friendship with our angels too.

St Josemaria and our Holy Guardian Angels, pray for us!guardian angel pray for us 2 - 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Quote/s of the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

“How consoling it is to know , that we have a spirit, who from womb to tomb, NEVER LEAVES US, EVEN FOR AN INSTANT, not even when we dare to sin.   And this heavenly spirit guides and protects us, like a friend, a brother.”

St Padre Pio (1887-1968)how consoling - st padre pio - 2 oct 2017

“Each man has an angel guardian appointed to him….Angel guardians are given to man also as regards invisible and secret things, concerning the salvation of each one in his own regard.   Hence individual angels are appointed to guard individual men.”

St Thomas Aquinas  (1225-1274) Doctoreach mans has an - st thomas aquinas 2 oct 207

“When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped!   Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him:  He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.”

St John Bosco (1815-1888)when tempted - st john bosco - 2 oct 2017

“We should show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctorwe should show our affection - St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church 2 oct 2017

“The powers of hell will assail the dying Christian but his angel guardian will come to console him.   His patrons and St. Michael, who has been appointed by God to defend his faithful servants in their last combat with the devils, will come to his aid.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctorthe powers of hell - st alphonsus - 2 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

One Minute Reflection – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

“See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.
Be attentive to him and obey him. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority is within him. If you obey him and carry out all I tell you, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.”…… Exodus 23:20-22exodus 23 20

REFLECTION – “The devil writes down our sins—our guardian angel all our merits.  Labour that the guardian angel’s book may be full and the devil’s empty.”…………… St. John Vianneythe devil writes down our sins - st john vianney - 2 oct 2017

PRAYER – Lord God of Hosts, in Your all-wise providence, You send angels to guard our souls and to protect us from all evil.  Surround us with their watchful care on earth and give us the joy of their company, forever in heaven, amen.holy guardian angels - pray for us


Morning Hymn/Prayer from the Divine Office – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Morning Hymn/Prayer from the Divine Office – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

They come, God’s messengers of love,
they come from realms of peace above,
from homes of never-fading light,
from blissful mansions ever bright.

They come to watch around us here,
to soothe our sorrow, calm our fear.
Ye heavenly guides, speed not away,
God willeth you with us to stay.

But chiefly at its journey’s end
“tis yours the spirit to befriends
and whisper to the willing heart,
“o Christian soul, in peace depart.”

To us the zeal of angels give,
with love to serve thee while we live.
To us an Angel-guard supply,
when on the bed of death we lie.

breviary morning prayer - guardian angels 2 oct

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Our Morning Offering – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Our Morning Offering – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Prayer to my Good Guardian Angel
By Fr Peter J Cameron O.P.

My good Guardian Angel;
you have been appointed by God
to be my protector and shepherd,
leading me to life and peace.
Thank you for your guardianship.
Without the benefit of your angelic care,
I would be left to the custody
of my own feeble resources.
You delight in dispensing God’s graces
to aid me in my salvation.
Help me to regulate my life and
move me to the good.
Instruct me that I may live by the
enlightenment of heaven.
Assist me in my prayer.
Ward off demons that would threaten me
and remove the sadness and affliction
brought on by the enemy.
When weighed down by my emotions
and things of the flesh,
lift me up and let me share your joy.
Protect me from all spiritual and bodily harm.
Please forgive my neglect of you.
With trust in your angelic protection,
I offer you my love and gratitude. Amenprayer to my good guardian angel - by for peter j cameron (my novenas book) 2 oct 2017






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Saint of the Day – The Holy Guardian Angels – 2 October

Blessed Memorial of Your Holy Guardian Angel – 2 October.

El Atocha- The Christ Child with Angel
El Atocha: The Christ Child with Angel

Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as comforting to parents as the belief that an angel protects their little ones from dangers real and imagined.  Yet guardian angels are not only for children.   Their role is to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, especially with respect to helping that person avoid spiritual dangers, to aid their prayer and achieve salvation.
The angel may also help the person avoid physical dangers, particularly if this will help the person achieve salvation. Guardian-AngelVitrailFlorac010609_09AngeGardien

The concept of an angel assigned to guide and nurture each human being is a development of Catholic doctrine and piety based on Scripture but not directly drawn from it.   Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:10 best support the belief:  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

Devotion to the angels began to develop with the birth of the monastic tradition. Saint Benedict gave it impetus and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the great 12th-century reformer, was such an eloquent spokesman for the guardian angels that angelic devotion assumed its current form in his day.

A feast in honour of the guardian angels was first observed in the 16th century. In 1615, Pope Paul V added it to the Roman calendar.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.   Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.   Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God [CCC 336].guardian angel.2.

According to the general teaching of the theologians, however, not only every baptised person, but every human being, including unbelievers, has his own special guardian angel from his birth [Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, 120].

This understanding is reflected in an Angelus address by Benedict XVI, who stated:

Dear friends, the Lord is ever close and active in humanity’s history and accompanies us with the unique presence of his Angels, whom today the Church venerates as “Guardian Angels”, that is, ministers of the divine care for every human being.   From the beginning until the hour of death, human life is surrounded by their constant protection. [Angelus, Oct. 2, 2011].angelorum-angel4b

The Congregation stated:  Popular devotion to the Holy Angels, which is legitimate and good, can, however, also give rise to possible deviations:

when, as sometimes can happen, the faithful are taken by the idea that the world is subject to demiurgical struggles, or an incessant battle between good and evil spirits, or Angels and daemons, in which man is left at the mercy of superior forces and over which he is helpless;   such cosmologies bear little relation to the true Gospel vision of the struggle to overcome the Devil, which requires moral commitment, a fundamental option for the Gospel, humility and prayer;
when the daily events of life, which have nothing or little to do with our progressive maturing on the journey towards Christ are read schematically or simplistically, indeed childishly, so as to ascribe all setbacks to the Devil and all success to the Guardian Angels [op. cit., 217].

Should we assign names to our guardian angels?  The Congregation stated:

The practice of assigning names to the Holy Angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of Gabriel, Raphael and Michael whose names are contained in Holy Scripture.angels-58

Detail From The Vision of St. Bernard
Detail From The Vision of St. Bernard FILIPPINO LIPPI c. 1475