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NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY NINE – 22 September

NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY NINE – 22 September

St Padre Pio you have said:

How fortunate we are to be slaves of this great God who submitted Himself to death for us.

Let us Pray:

Gracious God,
You generously blessed Your servant, Padre Pio, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified,
as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son
and as a stirring inspiration to many people,
of Your infinite mercy, forgiveness and love.
In the confessional, Padre Pio laboured endlessly for the salvation of souls.
Through his powerful intercession,
many who suffered were healed of sickness and disease.
Endowed with the gift of discernment, he could read people’s hearts.
With dignity and intense devotion, he celebrated daily Mass,
inviting countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ,
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
His life was a celebration of love for You
and an oblation of himself in gratitude to You.
We pray that You will bless us too
with total love and thanksgiving.
Through the intercession of Saint Pio,
we confidently beseech You to to grant us the grace of
………………… (state your petition here).
Help us to imitate his example of prayerful holiness and compassion,
so that we, too, may faithfully follow the Risen Lord
and one day rejoice in the Kingdom,
where You live and reign forever and ever. Amenday nine - novena padre pio - 22 sept

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Thought for the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555)

Thought for the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555)

As Bishop but choosing to live in absolute simplicity, St Thomas became a dynamo of activity in his archdiocese.
The see was immensely wealthy and he used the wealth for the benefit of the poor and his many charities.
Each day several hundred poor came to his door and each one was fed and given alms.
He took destitute orphans under his care and set up dowries for poor girls.
He paid his servants to find abandoned infants and took care of them.
When a nearby town was plundered by bandits, he sent money to rebuild and ransom the captives.
He tried to resign several times, to retire to a life of prayer but his requests were refused.
In August 1855, he had a heart attack and prepared for the end.
He ordered that all he owned be given to the poor and that after he died his bed be given to the local prison.
Whilst he was dying, Mass was offered in his presence and he died peacefully at the Altar of his Lord.
He was known as “the model of bishops”, “the almsgiver” and “the father of the poor.”

What overwhelming generosity our saints present!   St Thomas of Villanova earned even derisive laughs with his determined shabbiness and his willingness to let the poor who flocked to his door take advantage of him.   He embarrassed his peers but Jesus was enormously pleased with him.
Their trust in Divine Providence is so great that they give away anything and everything, never counting the cost.
They know in total trust, that they will be provided for.
This is our “mark” – this generosity to the poor, this utter self-giving and mercy.  This total trust in Divine Providence.   We are often tempted to tend our image in others’ eyes without paying sufficient attention to how we look to Christ.   St Thomas still urges us to rethink our priorities.
We will be known by our fruits!

St Thomas of Villanova please pray for us.st thomas of villanova pray for us.3st thomas of villanova pray for us.2

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

Quote/s of the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

“What great profit you gain from God when you are generous!
You give a coin and receive a kingdom;
you give bread from wheat and receive the Bread of Life;
you give a transitory good and receive an everlasting one.
You will receive it back, a hundred times more than you offered.”what great profit you gain - st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2017

“I am, notwithstanding, inexcusable, if I do not love You;
for You grant Your love to all who desire or ask it.
I cannot see without light:
yet if I shut my eyes in the midst of the noon-day light,
the fault is in me, not in the sun.”

St Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555)i am, notwithstanding,-st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

One Minute Reflection – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

“Be angry but do not sin;  do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.”…Ephesians 4:26-27

REFLECTION – “Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little.
Remember that he of whom you are speaking is your brother
and as he is, in the way of salvation,
God can make him a saint, in spite of his present weakness.”….St Thomas of Villnova (1488-1555)dismiss all anger - st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant us the grace to withold our anger, to always put a guard on our tongues and to speak with charity. St Thomas of Villanova, you preached temperance in all things and lived a life of charity in word and deed, please pray for us, amen.st thomas of villanova pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

Our Morning Offering – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

I Will Love You, Lord
By St Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555)

I will love You, Lord,
in every way
and without setting limits to my love.
You set no limits
to what You have done for me;
You have not measured out Your gifts.
I will not measure out my love.
I will love You, Lord,
with all my strength,
with all my powers,
as much as I am able.
AmenI will love you Lord - st thomas of villanova 1488-1555 - 22 sept 2017

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NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY EIGHT – 21 September

NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY EIGHT – 21 September

St Padre Pio you have said:

Is it possible that you are never satisfied with yourself?   Jesus loves you with a loving partiality in spite of all your unworthiness.  He sends down a torrent of graces upon you and yet you complain.   It is about time this ended and you convinced yourself that you are greatly in the Lord’s debt.   Hence, less complaints, more gratitude and a great deal of thanksgiving.   You ought to ask Our Lord for just one thing – to love Him.   All the rest should be thanksgiving.

Let us Pray:

Gracious God,
You generously blessed Your servant, Padre Pio, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified,
as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son
and as a stirring inspiration to many people,
of Your infinite mercy, forgiveness and love.
In the confessional, Padre Pio laboured endlessly for the salvation of souls.
Through his powerful intercession,
many who suffered were healed of sickness and disease.
Endowed with the gift of discernment, he could read people’s hearts.
With dignity and intense devotion, he celebrated daily Mass,
inviting countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ,
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
His life was a celebration of love for You
and an oblation of himself in gratitude to You.
We pray that You will bless us too
with total love and thanksgiving.
Through the intercession of Saint Pio,
we confidently beseech You to to grant us the grace of
………………… (state your petition here).
Help us to imitate his example of prayerful holiness and compassion,
so that we, too, may faithfully follow the Risen Lord
and one day rejoice in the Kingdom,
where You live and reign forever and ever. Amenday eight - novena to st padre pio - 21 sept

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Thought for the day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist –  Pope Francis and the Calling of St Matthew

Thought for the day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist –

Pope Francis and the Calling of St Matthew

In 1953, on the feast of Saint Matthew, the young Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis), at the age of 17, experienced, in a very special and intimate way, the loving presence of God in his life.   He went to confession and felt his heart touched by the mercy of God.  It changed his life.   At that moment, he also felt God’s call to the priesthood and religious life as a Jesuit.

In memory of that holy event in his life, Pope Francis chose as his episcopal (and later papal) motto the words “miserando atque eligendo” (“having mercy and choosing”). These words are found in a sentence in a homily by Saint Bede on the calling of Saint Matthew. They are read in the Office of Readings on the Feast of Saint Matthew.   Saint Bede wrote: “Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since He sees by having mercy and by choosing, He says to him, ‘Follow me.’”

To understand Pope Francis, it is helpful to know about this important event in his life on the Feast of Saint Matthew in 1953.   The young Jorge Bergoglio felt the tender gaze of God’s love, His mercy and his vocation.   In an interview, Pope Francis spoke of that event in these words:  “In that confession, something very rare happened to me. I don’t know what it was, but it changed my life.   I would say that I was caught with my guard down… It was a surprise, the astonishment of an encounter. I realized that God was waiting for me.   From that moment, for me, God has been the one who precedes (to guide me)… We want to meet Him but He meets us first.”

Just as Jesus had summoned Matthew to become His apostle, Jesus called the teenage Jorge Bergoglio to be His emissary.   Pope Francis once said:  “I believe in my history — which was pierced by God’s look of love, on September 21, the feast of Saint Matthew — He came to meet me and invited me to follow Him.”

That vocational encounter and piercing look of God’s merciful love has influenced Pope Francis’ life and ministry.   That’s why he chose the words of Saint Bede as his motto. Clearly, major themes of his papacy have been his teaching on divine mercy, the joyful encounter with Jesus and the infinite tenderness of God.

When he visited Rome prior to becoming Pope, Jorge Bergoglio always stayed in the neighbourhood of the Church of Saint Louis of France.  He would often go there to contemplate the famous painting of “The Calling of Saint Matthew” by Caravaggio.   In the painting, Jesus is pointing at Matthew.   Matthew is holding on to his money as if to say “No, not me! No, this money is mine.”   Pope Francis says he sees himself in Matthew – a sinner on whom the Lord turned His gaze.   He trusted in Christ’s infinite mercy and accepted His calling:  to become a Jesuit, a priest, a bishop, and pope.

The gaze of Jesus completely overtook the tax collector and sinner Matthew.   It changed his life.   It changed Jorge Bergoglio’s life.   It changes our life.

May we always heed His call to be a Church which goes out, offering to all, especially the poor and suffering, the love and mercy of Jesus Christ!    May Saint Matthew pray for us.st matthew pray for us 3