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Memorials of the Saints – 12 November

St Josaphat Kuncewicz OSBM (1584-1623) Martyr (Memorial)
All About St Josaphat:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/saint-of-the-day-12-november-st-josaphat-kuncewicz-1584-1623/

St Arsatius
St Astricus of Ungarn
St Aurelius
St Cadwallader
St Cummian Fada
St Cunibert of Cologne
St Emilian Cucullatus
St Evodius of Le Puy
St Hesychius of Vienne
Bl John Cini della Pace
Bl José Medes Ferrís
St Lebuin of Deventer
St Livinus of Alost
St Machar of Aberdeen
St Margarito Flores-García
St Namphasius
St Nilus the Elder
St Paternus of Sens
St Publius
St Renatus of Angers
St Rufus of Avignon
Bl Ursula Medes Ferris
St Ymar of Reculver

Five Polish Brothers – martyrs:  They weren’t Polish and they weren’t related but were instead five Italian Benedictine monks who worked with Saint Adalbert of Prague as missionaries to the Slavs and were martyred together.   They were – Benedict, Christinus, Isaac, John and Matthew. Born in Italy.   They were martyred in 1005 at the Benedictine monastery near Gnesen, Poland and Canonised by Pope Julius II.

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Thought for the Day – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres OP (1579-1639)

Thought for the Day – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres OP (1579-1639)

In normal times, Saint Martin succeeded with his alms to feed 160 poor persons every day and distributed a remarkable sum of money every week to the indigent — the latter phenomenon hard to explain by ordinary calculations.   To Saint Martin the city of Lima owed a famous residence founded for orphans and abandoned children, where they were formed in piety for a creative Christian life.   This lay Brother had always wanted to be a missionary but never left his native city;  yet even during his lifetime he was seen elsewhere, in regions as far distant as Africa, China, Algeria, Japan.   An African slave who had been in irons said he had known Martin when he came to relieve and console many like himself, telling them of heaven.   When later the same slave saw him in Peru, he was very happy to meet him again and asked him if he had had a good voyage, only later did he learn that Saint Martin had never left Lima.   A merchant from Lima was in Mexico and fell ill, he said aloud:  Oh, Brother Martin, if only you were here to care for me..! and immediately saw him enter his room.   And again, this man did not know until later that he had never been in Mexico.

When he died in 1639, Saint Martin was known to the entire city of Lima, word of his miracles had made him known as a Saint to every resident of the region.   After his death, the miracles and graces received when he was invoked multiplied in such profusion that his body was exhumed after 25 years and found intact and exhaling a fine fragrance.

Letters to Rome pleaded for his Beatification the decree affirming the heroism of his virtues was issued in 1763 by Clement XIII, Gregory XVI beatified him in 1836 and in 1962 St Pope John XXIII Canonised him.

The poor and the sick will never fail to find in him a friend having great power over the Heart of God.

St Martin de Porres, Pray for Us!st martin de porres pray for us - 3 nov 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

Quote/s of the Day – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

“Compassion, my dear Brother,
is preferable to cleanliness.
Reflect that with a little soap,
I can easily clean my bed covers
but even with a torrent of tears,
I would never wash from my soul,
the stain, that my harshness toward
the unfortunate would create.”compassion my dear brother - st martin de porres - 3 nov 2018

“Everything,
even sweeping,
scraping vegetables,
weeding a garden
and waiting on the sick,
could be a prayer,
if it were offered to God.”

St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)everything - st martin de porres - 3 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 9 October – St Louis Bertrand O.P. (1526-1581) “Apostle of South America”

Saint of the Day – 9 October – St Louis Bertrand O.P. (1526-1581) “Apostle of South America” – Dominican Priest, Missionary, Preacher, Confessor, Teacher, Spiritual Director, Miracle-Worker – born as Luis Beltrán on 1 January 1526 at Valencia, Spain and died on 9 October 1581 of natural causes at Valencia, Spain.   Patronages – Buñol; New Granada; Colombia.header - san-luis-beltran-email

Saint Louis Bertrand was born in the year 1526, the oldest of the eight children of his good Christian parents, at Valencia in Spain.   He was in every way a model of modesty and obedience and it was foreseen that God had some particular role for him.   He devoted himself to the sick in the hospitals.   He desired to enter the Order of Saint Dominic but for some time could not obtain his parents’ permission.   Finally, in 1545, he became professed in the Dominican Order, then was ordained a priest in 1547 when he was only 21 years old, according to the desire of his Superiors.   In 1551, at the age of twenty-five, he was made master of novices and in this post he formed many great servants of God.   In demeanour he was grave and apparently without any sense of humour, yet withal possessed of a gentle and sweet disposition that greatly endeared him to those with whom he came in contact.   It is said that despite his strictness, he was so gentle that his chastisements were more agreeable to his novices than the favours of their best friends.10_9_St Louis Bertrand

In 1560, when the plague broke out in Valencia, his Superiors, not wanting to lose him, sent him elsewhere for a time, he preached with great success and was endowed with the spirit of prophecy.   He continued his preaching when recalled to Valencia.   In 1562 he obtained leave to embark for Carthagena in the American mission and there converted vast multitudes to the Faith.   He hoped to obtain the grace of martyrdom there, but God conserved his life.   He was favoured with the gift of miracles and, after praying for the gift to be understood without an interpreter, since one of those had disappointed him seriously, he preached in his mother tongue, Spanish but was understood by all the natives of various tribes.st louis teaching the cross

In his mission at Tubera he himself baptised 10,500 Indians, without counting those his companions baptised, and obliged them to burn their idols and the sites of their sacrifices.   Often his gentleness charmed his worst enemies.  He preached also at Capicoa and Paluato, having established missions there  . He refused all remuneration -he brought down rain after a drought.   He was poisoned by some pagans who had suffered a reproach but the poison did not harm him and the nativeswere converted by the miracle.   He went to many other places, preaching and healing the sick – again he was poisoned without effect.   There was no one who did not consider him a Saint, sent for the benefit of the new continent.LG ST LOUIS BERTRAND

After seven years he returned to Spain to plead the cause of the Indians, oppressed and given bad example by his own countrymen.   He used his own growing reputation for sanctity, as well as family and other contacts, to lobby on behalf of the native peoples he had encountered, as well as serving in his native diocese of Valencia.   There he also became a spiritual counsellor to many, including St Teresa of Ávila.  He was not permitted, however, to return and labour among his beloved peoples.   He spent his remaining days preaching, labouring for the conversion of different cities and again forming the novices of the Order at Valencia.   He was elected Prior of that convent and never had a more charitable or more zealous Superior been seen there.louis bertrand

At length, after suffering from a long and painful illness, he was carried from the pulpit in the Cathedral at Valencia to the bed from which he never rose.   He died on the day he had foretold, 9 October 1581, at the age of 55 years.st louis bertrand deathbed

He was Canonised by Pope Clement X in 1671.

There is a statue of Louis Bertrand on the north colonnade of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The festival known as La Tomatina is held in Buñol, Valencia, in honour of the town’s patron saints, Louis Bertrand and the Mare de Déu dels Desemparats – Mother of God of the Defenceless, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

ST LOUIS BERTRAND

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Thought for the Day – 18 September – The Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

Thought for the Day – 18 September – The Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

St Juan Macias reflects the life of the many immigrants who come seeking better living conditions.   His life helps us to realise that as immigrants, we have a greater mission – to share the richness of our faith with other people in simple ways.   According to his biographers, St Juan Macias constantly meditated on the verse from the Book of Revelation:  “I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev 21:1).

Faith is a journey on this earth in which all of us are immigrants who seek the new heaven and the new earth.   The life of St Juan Macias teaches us to walk this journey of faith in simple ways – being generous at all times, especially with the poor, the sick and the elderly;  being humble, embracing the reality that we are on this earth only for a while and doing the works of charity, the surest way to salvation.

The life of St Juan Macias teaches, that immigrants go to new worlds to find a better life through giving themselves for the greater mission of sharing the Gospel.   Indeed, this is a very effective way in which our life conditions will really become better, by sharing the Gospel, the Word of God, the life and death of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in whatever way we can, where we find ourselves!

St Juan Macias, pray for us!st juan macias pray for us - no 2 - 18 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17

One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17, Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645) and St Joseph of Cupertino O.F.M. Conv. (1603-1663)

And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”...Luke 7:14byoung man i say to arise - luke 7 14b - 18 sept 2018

REFLECTION – “Even if the signs of death have removed all hope of life, even if the bodies of the dead lie beside the tomb, yet, at the voice of God, the corpses of those ready to decompose will rise and recover speech.   The son is restored to his mother, he is called back from the tomb, snatched out of it.   And what is this tomb?   Your own.   Your bad habits, your lack of faith.  This is the tomb from which Christ delivers you, this is the tomb from which you will return to life if you listen to the Word of God.  Even if your sin is so grave that you are unable to wash it clean for yourself with your tears of repentance, the Church, your mother, she who intercedes for each one of her children like a widowed mother for her only son, will weep for you.   For she feels for it with a kind of spiritual suffering natural to her when she sees her offspring dragged down to death by lamentable vices…
Let her weep, then, this pious mother; let the crowd accompany her – and not just a crowd but a large crowd – and may it show compassion towards this tender mother. Then you will come to life again in your tomb and will be delivered, the bearers will stop and you will start to speak the words of the living; everyone will be astonished.   The example of one will correct the many and they will praise God for having granted such remedies to us for escaping death.”…St Ambrose (c 340-397) Father & Doctor (A treatise on the Gospel of Saint Luke)young man i say to you arise luke 7 14b - the son is restored to his mother - st ambrose 18 sept 2018

God wants us to stand upright.   He created us to be on our fee,: for this reason, Jesus’ compassion leads to that gesture of healing, to heal us, of which the key phrase is:  “Arise! Stand up, as God created you!”.   Standing up.   “But Father, we fall so often” — “Onward, arise!”.   This is Jesus’ word, always.   His word revives us, gives us hope, refreshes weary hearts, opens us to a vision of the world and of life which transcends suffering and death…Pope Francis – General audience, 10 August 2016young man i say to arise - luke 7 14b - pope francis - god wants us to stand upright - 18 sept 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to be holy in the way that You have laid out for me. Let me stand upright and carry out my duties of my state of life to the full.   Only in You may I attain holiness, learning to give myself, my will, my heart and my to You.   St Joseph of Cupertino, you who were so disadvantaged, achieved by the grace of God, sanctity in this life and now behold His Face through all eternity.   St Juan, in your lowly work, you stood in the Light of Christ, allowing the lowly and rich, to see Him who saved us.   We ask You Holy Father, that You grant, by the intercession pf St Joseph and Juan, that we may reach our heavenly home.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-joseph-of-cupertino-pray-for-us-18 sept 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 18 September – The Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

Our Morning Offering – 18 September – The Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

Note:  I am a Lay Dominican so I should be signing Anastpaul O.P. 

Breaking (down) The Habit

For the past 800 years, Dominican Friars (and Sisters, of course) have donned the white habit, the familiar robes, the brand unique of the Order of Preachers.   Each day whilst dressing, they quietly recite prayers as they do so.   This is a glimpse into a rarely seen Dominican ritual.

First is the tunic, a long white cotton/wool robe worn over any set of plain clothes.

Clothe me, O Lord, with the garments of salvation.   By Your grace may I keep them pure and spotless, so that clothed in white, I may be worthy to walk with You in the Kingdom of God. Amen.

The cincture is a belt, generally black leather, simple.

Gird me, O Lord, with the cincture of justice and the cord of purity that I may unite the affections of my heart in the love of You alone. Amen.

Over the belt, a 10-15 decade rosary, in adoration for Mary Magdalene.   Worn on the left hip because that was wear soldiers wore their weapons in 1216 when St Dominic founded the Order of Preachers, saying, “Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword;  wear humility rather than fine clothes”.

O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant we beseech Thee, that meditating upon the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord, Amen.

The scapular is akin to a large white poncho, a long vest without sleeves.

Show yourself a mother, He will hear your pleading whom your womb has sheltered and whose hand brings healing.

A white capuce looks like the original hoody but only comes down past the shoulders to a point between the arm pit and the elbow.

Lord, You have set your sign upon my head that I should admit no lover but you. Amen.

The sixth layer is a black cappa, a cape of sorts.

We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God, do not despise our prayers in our necessity, but free us from all peril, O Blessed Virgin. Amen.

The black capuce is the seventh and final layer.   It is generally only worn for formal occasions.

Heavenly Father, Who were with Your great servants Moses and Joshua and used them to bring Your children out of bondage, fill us with that same grace that we may preach Your word boldly and with authority for the deliverance of those under the bondages of sin.   We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Dominican Prayer whilst donning the Habit

Clothe me, O Lord, with the garments of salvation.
By Your grace. may I keep them pure and spotless,
so that clothed in white,
I may be worthy to walk with You in the Kingdom of God
Gird me, O Lord, with the cincture of justice
and the cord of purity,
that I may unite the affections of my heart
in the love of You alone.
O God, whose only-begotten Son,
by His life, death and resurrection,
has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life,
grant we beseech Thee,
that meditating upon the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate
what they contain and obtain what they promise,
through the same Christ our Lord
Show yourself a mother,
He will hear your pleading whom your womb
has sheltered and whose hand brings healing.
Lord, You have set Your sign upon my head
that I should admit no lover but You.
We fly to Your patronage, O Holy Mother of God,
do not despise our prayers in our necessity
but free us from all peril, O Blessed Virgin.
Heavenly Father,
Who were with Your great servants Moses and Joshua
and used them to bring Your children out of bondage,
fill us with that same grace,
that we may preach Your word boldly
and with authority for the deliverance of those
under the bondages of sin.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,
Amen.dominican prayer - clothing prayer no 2 with St Juan macias- 18 sept 2018