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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

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Saint of the Day – 18 September – St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645)

Saint of the Day – 18 September – St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645) – vowed Dominican Lay Friar, Mystic, Apostle of Charity and Prayer, MiracleWorker – St Juan was born on 2 March 1585 Ribera del Fresno in Extremadura, Spain and died on 16 September 1645 in Lima, Peru.   He was Beatified in 1837 together with his close friend, St Martin de Porres, by Pope Gregory XVI and Canonised in 1975 by Pope Paul VI.   His main image is located at the main altar of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Lima and is venerated by the local laity in Peru.   A church was built in his honour in 1970 in San Luis, Lima, Peru.header - st juan macias

St Juan Macias is a saint dear to the heart of Dominicans.   To the chorus of Dominican saints, this humble lay brother adds his characteristic notes of contemplation and spiritual friendship, a living example of the Dominican motto, “to contemplate and to give to others the fruits of our contemplation.”

Juan Macias was born on 2 March 1585 in a small village in southwestern Spain.   His parents were poor farmers – both died when Juan and his sister Agnes were young.   The two children were raised by their uncle whose last name, “Macias,” they took as their own.

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When he was sixteen, Juan met a Dominican priest while attending Mass in a neighbouring village.   Like most young people, Juan was full of wonder about what his future would hold.   This experience made a new impression on Juan and opened his heart to the possibility of a Dominican vocation.   Unlike most young people, Juan received another special grace – it is said that as he began to seek God’s will for his life, he was frequently visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary and by his patron, St John the Evangelist.

At the age of 35, Juan still felt drawn to the Dominican Order.   St John told him that it was not to be in Spain that he would become a Dominican, but in Lima, Peru.   In 1622, Juan Macias entered the Dominican convent of St Mary Magdalene in Lima, Peru. H  e entered as a lay brother, a non-ordained friar who, instead of preaching, would do the manual labour necessary in the monastery.   Juan was the assistant Porter (doorkeeper) until his death in 1646.   Although he was uneducated, Juan Macias exemplified the Dominican charism.   Like St Dominic, he learned the most sublime theology by studying the “book of charity,” the Cross.    Juan Macias’ entire life preached the Word of God to those he met.st juan macias beautiful statue

One of Juan Macias’ chief duties was to meet the poor who came to the convent seeking material or spiritual assistance, often over two hundred people every day.   Besides his cheerful disposition and encouraging manner, Juan Macias became known for the sometimes miraculous nature of his service to the poor.   Everyone knew that Juan worked extremely hard to collect alms for distribution.   Still, he would often return empty handed.   Yet, somehow Juan never turned anyone away.   From what he had been able to collect, he would have enough to feed all who came to him for help.St.-Juan-Macias

Juan Macias knew that he must help meet the physical needs of those who came to him, but he also knew that their spiritual hunger was much greater.   Juan was an instrument of conversion for many.

Juan Macias is well known for his close friendship with another Dominican saint, Martin de Porres  (1579–1639).   The two saints often met on their daily rounds of the city and became close spiritual friends as well.   They were a constant source of encouragement and ideas for one another.   The two were beatified together in a single ceremony by Pope Gregory XVI in 1837.st martin de porres and st juan macias

John Macias was well known mainly for two things during his life.   First, he was known to love the rosary, which he began to pray as a child in Spain while he shepherded his uncle’s flock of sheep.   Secondly, he was known for his generosity to the poor, 200 of whom he fed every day.   He was greatly aided in this by a little donkey that he sent through Lima.   He had a small sign put on it asking for donations for the poor.   The donkey, knowing his route perfectly, would travel through the streets and come back with benefactions for the city’s poor.   Often the donkey would stop at certain locations and make loud noises so that the people inside would come out to make their donations.ST-JUAN-MACIAS

At the priory, Macías’s life was filled with fervent prayer, frequent penance and charity. As a result of his austerity, he quickly fell ill and had to have a risky surgery. Nevertheless, he continued to care for other sick and needy as they waited at the friary gates.   Beggars, disabled people and other disadvantaged people were commonplace throughout Lima where they flocked to him at the monastery gates for counsel and comfort.   The poor came for food and the rich for advice.st juan macias engraving

Macias, however, expressed a greater desire to spend more time in contemplative solitude rather than engage in conversational activities with others.   He confessed this to Father Abbot Ramírez who said, “If he were to never follow his vow of obedience, nobody would have ever seen his face.”   But his official position as the priory’s porter, which he held for over 20 years and went against his natural inclinations of solitude, served to continue disciplining his vow of obedience.   This filled him with a joyful sense of fulfillment.   He died of natural causes in 1645.San_Juan_Macias_official_sidest__joseph_of_cupertino___icon_by_violacaeli-d99myw4

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Saint of the Day – 2 September – St Ingrid of Sweden O.P. (Died 1292)

Saint of the Day – 2 September – St Ingrid of Sweden O.P. (Died 1292) – also known as St Ingrid of Skänninge – Dominican Religious and Mystic.9_2_St_Ingrid_of_Sweden best

Ingrid Elovsdotter was born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century.   Following the death of her husband, she resolved to consecrate the rest of her life to God.   She placed herself under the spiritual direction of Peter of Dacia, a Dominican priest.   In one of his letters, Petrus de Dacia has left a description of the ascetic life style and mystic revelations of one of his “spiritual daughters” in this circle of women, which likely refers to Ingrid.

She was the first Dominican nun in Sweden and in 1281 after making a pilgrimage to Rome she founded the first Dominican cloister, called St Martin’s in Skänning, which was formally recognised in 1281, 1 year prior to her death.   Ingrid made pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, Jerusalem and Rome.

She died in 1282 surrounded by an aura of sanctity.   After her death in 1282, Ingrid became object of veneration and pilgrimages to her convent.   She was, however, not formally recognised by the Pope as such.   When her relative, Bridget of Sweden, was formally recognised by the Pope in 1391, it caused a need to have Ingrid to be granted a similar status as well.   At the Council of Costance, an application was made for her canonisation.   In 1499, Pope Alexander VI agreed to a Translation (relic), which took place in her convent in 1507.

The remains of Ingrid was removed to the Vadstena Abbey after the Swedish Reformation.   In 1645, the skull was stolen from the Vadstena church by Antoine de Beaulieu, who believed it to be the skull of Bridget of Sweden.   Antoine de Beaulieu gave the skull to the French ambassador Gaspard Coignet de la Thullerie, who in turn placed it in the church of Courson-les-Carrières in France.   In 1959, it was given to the Brigitinesse abbey of Mary’s Refuge in Uden in the Netherlands, where it is exhibited as the skull of Bridget of Sweden.

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Our Morning Offering– 23 August – The Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Our Morning Offering– 23 August – The Memorial of St Rose of Lima T.O.S.D. (1586-1617)

O God of Truth and Love

A Prayer of Penitence
By St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church

O omnipotent Father,
God of truth,
God of love,
permit me to enter into
the cell of self-knowledge.
I admit, that of myself, I am nothing,
but that all being
and goodness in me
comes solely from You.
Show me my faults,
that I may detest them,
and thus I shall flee from self-love
and find myself clothed again
in the nuptial robe of divine charity,
which I must have,
in order to be admitted
to the nuptials of life eternal.
Amen

St Catherine was St Rose’s model and both were, of course, Dominican Tertiaries.o god of truth and love, o omnipotent Father - st catherine of siena - 23 aug 2018 mem of st rose of lima (dominican tertiaries)

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Saint of the Day – 23 August – St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Saint of the Day – 23 August – St Rose of Lima T.O.S.D. (1586-1617) Virgin and Penitent, Mystic, Visionary, Stigmatist (invisible), Apostle of the Poor – born on 20 April 1586 at Lima, Peru as Isabel Flores de Oliva and died on 24 August 1617 at Lima, Peru of natural causes.   Patronages – against vanity, embroiderers, florists, gardeners, needle workers, people ridiculed for their piety, Peru, Lima, Peru, Americas, Central America, Latin America, New World, South America, India, Philippines, West Indies, diocese of Santa Rosa, California, Villareal Samar, Philippines, World Youth Day 2011.   St Rose was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts.  She was the first person born in the Americas to be canonised as a saint.   She is the primary patroness of Peru and of the indigenous natives of Latin America.   Her image is featured on the highest denomination banknote of Peru.St. Rose of LimaSt Rose of Lima - 1024px-Biljete200soles

This lovely flower of sanctity, was born at Lima in 1586.   She was christened Isabel but the beauty of her infant face earned for her the title of Rose, which she ever after bore.

As a child, while still in the cradle, her silence under a painful surgical operation proved the thirst for suffering already consuming her heart.   At an early age she took service to support her impoverished parents and worked for them day and night.   In spite of hardships and austerities her beauty ripened with increasing age and she was much and openly admired.   From fear of vanity she cut off her hair, blistered her face with pepper and her hands with lime.

For further security she enrolled herself in the Third Order of St Dominic, took St Catherine of Siena as her model and redoubled her penance.   Her cell was a garden hut, her couch a box of broken tiles.   Under her habit Rose wore a hair-shirt studded with iron nails, while, concealed by her veil, a silver crown armed with ninety points encircled her head.   More than once, when she shuddered at the prospect of a night of torture, a voice said, “My cross was yet more painful.”Santa_Rosa_da_Lima_DSta_Rosa_de_Lima_por_Claudio_Coello514px-Anonymous_Cusco_School_-_Saint_Rose_of_Lima_with_Child_Jesus_-_Google_Art_Project

The Blessed Sacrament seemed almost her only food.   Her love for it was intense.   When the Dutch fleet prepared to attack the town, Rose took her place before the tabernacle, and wept that she was not worthy to die in its defence.   All her sufferings were offered for the conversion of sinners and the thought of the multitudes in hell was ever before her soul.

She died in 1617, at the age of thirty-one on the date she had predicted.saint-rose-lima-original-oil-painting_1_e306317917c3f8cbdfe682319a440417

Rose was beatified by Pope Clement IX on 10 May 1667 and Canonised on 12 April 1671, by Pope Clement X, the first in the Americas to be declared a saint.   Her shrine, alongside those of her friends St Martin de Porres (1585-1645) and St John Macias (also 1585-1645)), is located inside the convent of St Dominic in Lima.   Many miracles followed her death:  there were stories that she had cured a leper and that, at the time of her death, the city of Lima smelled like roses, roses also started falling from the sky.   Many places in the New World are named Santa Rosa after her.

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Thought for the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

Thought for the Day – 8 August – The Memorial of St Dominic (1170-1221)

St Dominic possessed such great integrity and was so strongly motivated by divine love, that without a doubt he proved to be a bearer of honour and grace.   And since a joyful heart animates the face, he displayed the peaceful composure of a spiritual man in the kindness he manifested outwardly and by the cheerfulness of his countenance. Wherever he went he showed himself in word and deed to be a man of the Gospel.

During the day no one was more community-minded or pleasant toward his brothers and associates.   During the night hours no one was more persistent in every kind of vigil and supplication.   He seldom spoke unless it was with God, that is, in prayer, or about God and in this matter, he instructed his brothers.   Frequently he made a special personal petition that God would deign to grant him genuine charity in caring for and obtaining the salvation of men.   For he believed that only then would he be truly a member of Christ, when he had given himself totally for the salvation of men, just as the Lord Jesus, the Saviour of all, had offered Himself completely for our salvation.   So, for this work, after a lengthy period of careful and provident planning, he founded the Orders of Friars Preachers.

In his conversations and letters he often urged the brothers of the Order to study constantly the Old and New Testaments.   He always carried with him the gospel according to Matthew and the epistles of Paul and so well did he study them that he almost knew them from memory.

Two or three times he was chosen bishop but he always refused, preferring to live with his brothers in poverty.

Of him Pope Gregory IX declared: “I knew him as a steadfast follower of the apostolic way of life.   There is no doubt that he is in heaven, sharing in the glory of the apostles themselves.”
– from various writings on the history of the Order of Preachers

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorials of St Dominic (1170-1221) and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)

Quote/s of the Day – 8 August – The Memorials of St Dominic (1170-1221)

and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)

“We must sow
the seed,
not hoard it.”we must sow the seed not hoard it - st dominic - 8 aug 2018.jpg

“Heretics are to be converted by an example of humility
and other virtues far more readily, than by any external
display or verbal battles.
So let us arm ourselves with
devout prayers and set off showing signs of genuine humility
and go barefooted to combat Goliath.”heretics-st-dominic-8 aug 2017

“A man who governs his passions is master of his world.
We must either command them or be enslaved by them.
It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.”

St Dominic (1170-1221)a-man-who-governs-his-passions-st-dominic-8 aug 2017

“Whatever troubles may be before you,
accept them bravely,
remembering Whom you are trying to follow.
Do not be afraid.
Love one another, bear with one another
and let charity guide you all your life.
God will reward you as only He can.”

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)whatever troubles may be - st mary of the cross - 8 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 8 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 15:21–28

One Minute Reflection – 8 August – Wednesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 15:21–28 and The Memorials of St Dominic (1170-1221) and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (1842-1909)

Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!   Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly...Matthew 15:28

REFLECTION – “Jesus points to this humble woman as a model of unwavering faith.   Her persistence in beseeching Christ’s intervention is incentive for us not to become discouraged, not to despair when we are burdened by life’s difficult trials.   The Lord does not turn away in the face of our needs and, if at times, He seems insensitive to our requests for help, it is in order to put to the test and to strengthen, our faith.   We must continue to cry out like this woman:  “Lord, help me! Lord, help me!”.  In this way, with perseverance and courage.   This is the courage needed in prayer.   He can help us to find our way, when we have lost the compass of our journey; when the road no longer seems flat but rough and arduous; when it is hard to be faithful to our commitments.

It is important to nourish our faith every day, by carefully listening to the Word of God, with the celebration of the Sacraments, with personal prayer as a “cry” to Him — “Lord, help me!” — and with concrete acts of charity toward our neighbour.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 20 August 2017matthew 15 38 - o woman great is your faith - the lord does not turn away - pope francis - 8 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You gave St Dominic and St Mary of the Cross Mackillop, to the Church in their days, as lessons in total love, charity and zeal.   We pray that they may help us in our times, by their merits, their inspiration, their words and their prayers. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-dominic-pray-for-us.8 aug 2017.pgst mary of the cross mackillop pray for us 8 aug 2018