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Quote/s of the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Ildephonsus (607-667), Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366) and St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

Quote/s of the Day – 23 January – The Memorial of St Ildephonsus (607-667), Blessed Henry Suso OP (1295-1366) and St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)

“Go to Mary and sing her praises
and you will be enlightened.
For it is through her,
that the true Light
shines on the sea of this life.”

St Ildephonsus (607-667)go-to-mary-st-ildephonsus-23-jan-2018.jpg

“Suffering is the ancient law of love;
there is no quest without pain;
there is no lover,
who is not also a martyr.”

Blessed Henry Suso (1295-1366)suffering is the ancient law of love - bl henry suso 23 jan 2019.jpg

“Try to accept what God
is pleased to give you
no matter how bitter –
‘God wills it’,
is the thought
that will strengthen you
and help you over
the hard places
if we wish to be
true children of God.”

“Our dear
heavenly Mother Mary…
how little do our trials
and sorrows appear
when compared
to her bitter sufferings.”

St Marianne Cope (1838-1918)try-to-accept-what-god-st-marianne-cope-23-jan-2018.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 15 January – The Memorial of Bl Nikolaus Gross (1898-1945) Martyr

Thought for the Day – 15 January – The Memorial of Bl Nikolaus Gross (1898-1945) Martyr

Excerpt from “A Daughter Remembers”

by Marianne Gross Reichartz

“On 15 January 1945 Roland Freisler announced the death sentence.   Quote from the process report.  “Modest in nature, near the proclamation of judgement, weeping.”   After the verdict my parents could see each other again and say goodbye for this life.

In a farewell letter to his family, my father writes:

“Especially you, dear mother, I still have to thank you.  When we said goodbye a few days ago for this life, I returned to the cell, I thanked God from the bottom of my heart for your Christian strength and faith.   Yes, mother, through your brave farewell You have poured a bright light on my last days of life, the conclusion of our heartfelt love could not be more beautiful and happy than it has become through your strong-minded behaviour. “

On 23 January 1945, my father was executed in Berlin Plötzensee.

After the end of the war, my mother’s great task was to continue on her own what she and her husband had dreamed up for their family.   My brother Klaus returned from Russia three years after the end of the war.   My mother now had to raise her seven children alone and we were not simple children.   Since we had received no official death message, my mother did not receive any pension.   We rented the parental bedroom to guests.   All children wrote addresses for the newspaper advertisement of the first Cologne newspaper, for 2 Pfennig per letter.   We girls sewed rubber panties on behalf of a small company created in the backyard.   While the widow Freisler already put in their considerable pension every month, my mother had to fight for her pension for years under degrading circumstances.

But never has this strong and upright woman criticised her husband’s path, never felt betrayed or abandoned.   All the good that happened to us, she attributed to my father. When friends and good people helped us with food and money during the hunger period after the war and when they helped us children with their schooling and job search, the mother called them “tools of the father.”   “The father helps us again,” she always said then.

As young people we often and gladly discussed after the end of the war.   For too long the mouth had been banned.   A popular topic was:   Can a father of seven children go so far? Her answer:   “He would have died internally if he could not have lived his life and his faith and that would have been as much a death to him as bodily death.”   The memorial days of her husband (the anniversary of the death on 23 January and 20 July), the many initiations and naming ceremony, she celebrated with strength and dignity.

When the name of my Father is proclaimed in St Peter’s Square on 7 October 2001, at the Beatification of Nikolaus Gross, I am not only proud of my father, then, I am proud of my parents!”

Living God,
You have given the Blessed Nikolaus Gross
the strength to be a Christian in family, work and society
and to give his life
in resistance to the evil forces of his time.
We ask you –
Strengthen us also in faith,
so that we may recognise
Your mission for our lives
and fill it with courage and perseverance,
through Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives in the unity of the Holy Spirit
with You and reigns for all eternity.
Amen

Blessed Nikolaus Gross – Pray for Us!bl nikolausa gross pray for us no 2 15 jan 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 12 January – St Aelred of Rievaulx OCSO (1110-1167)

Thought for the Day – 12 January – 6th day after Epiphany and The Memorial of St Aelred of Rievaulx OCSO (1110-1167)

“Charity may be
a very short word
but with its tremendous
meaning of pure love,
it sums up man’s
entire relation to God
and to his neighbour.”

St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167)charity may be a very short word - st aelred - 12 jan 2019

Aelred of Rievaulx on Jesus Christ as the model of brotherly love and patience through His forgiveness of persecutors and enemies and His prayer from the cross
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

“The perfection of brotherly love lies in the love of one’s enemies.   We can find no greater inspiration for this, than grateful remembrance of the wonderful patience of Christ.   He who is more fair than all the sons of men, offered His fair face to be spat upon by sinful men;  He allowed those eyes that rule the universe to be blindfolded by wicked men;  He bared His back to the scourges;  He submitted that head which strikes terror in principalities and powers, to the sharpness of the thorns;  He gave Himself up to be mocked and reviled and, at the end, endured the cross, the nails, the lance, the gall, the vinegar, remaining always gentle, meek and full of peace.

In short, He was led like a sheep to the slaughter and like a lamb before the shearers, He kept silent and did not open His mouth.

Who could listen to that wonderful prayer, so full of warmth, of love, of unshakeable serenity – Father, forgive them – and hesitate to embrace his enemies with overflowing love?   Father, He says, forgive them!   Is any gentleness, any love, lacking in this prayer?

Yet He put into it something more.   It was not enough to pray for them – He wanted also to make excuses for them.  Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.   They are great sinners, yes but they have little judgement;  therefore, Father, forgive them.   They are nailing me to the cross but they do not know who it is that they are nailing to the cross – if they had known, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory, therefore, Father, forgive them.   They think it is a lawbreaker, an impostor claiming to be God, a seducer of the people.   I have hidden my face from them and they do not recognise my glory, therefore, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

If someone wishes to love himself he must not allow himself to be corrupted by indulging his sinful nature.   If he wishes to resist the promptings of his sinful nature he must enlarge the whole horizon of his love to contemplate the loving gentleness of the humanity of the Lord.   Further, if he wishes to savour the joy of brotherly love, with greater perfection and delight, he must extend even to his enemies the embrace of true love.

But if he wishes to prevent this fire of divine love from growing cold because of injuries received, let him keep the eyes of his soul always fixed on the serene patience of his beloved Lord and Saviour.”

This excerpt from the Mirror of Love by Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, abbot (Lib 3, 5: PL 195, 382) focuses on Christ as the supreme model of brotherly love, shown primarily in His love of persecutors and enemies.   It is used in the Roman Catholic Office of Readings for Friday of the 1st week in Lent with the accompanying biblical reading taken from Exodus 12: 21-36.

St Aelred, Pray for Us!st-aelred-pray-for-us-12-jan-2019

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 January – St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat OSFS (1844-1914)

Quote/s of the Day – 10 January – 4th day after Epiphany and The Memorial of St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat OSFS (1844-1914)

“Let us work for the happiness of others.”let us work for the happiness of others st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Go often to rest your heart
near the tabernacle;
you will find there,
the necessary strength
and graces
to go more surely
along the path of fidelity.”go often to rest your heart near the tabernacle - st leonie aviat no 1 - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“God does not try us beyond our strength.
When He sends difficulty,
He adds the means of overcoming it.”god does not try us - st leonie - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Our good Jesus always puts grace,
where He puts a sacrifice.”

“Our good Master never lets Himself
be outdone in generosity.
He gives back one hundredfold
what we sacrifice to Him.”our good Jesus, our good master - st leonie aviat - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“When we work for God, nothing is small!”when we work for god nothing is small st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“I formed the habit
of never approaching anyone
without casting a glance at our Lord.
Try my little method –
I can assure you it is a good one.”I formed the habit of never approaching st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Pray to your good angels;
use them as messengers
in your little joys and sufferings.”pray to your good angels - st leonie aviat - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Continue to entrust everything to God,
absolutely everything you have to do,
so that He may teach you more and more,
the happiness of living,
in union with Him.”

St Léonie Aviat (1844-1914)continue to entrust everything to god - st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg