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Our Morning Offering – 13 October

Our Morning Offering – 13 October

The Absorbeat
St Francis of Assisi

May the power of Your love, Lord Christ,
fiery and sweet as honey,
so absorb our hearts
as to withdraw them
from all that is under heaven.
Grant that we may be ready
to die for love of Your love,
as You died for love of our love.
Amenthe absorbeat - st franics 13 oct 2017

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Thought for the Day – 12 October The Priest of the Gulag: Walter Ciszek, S.J. (1904-1984)

Thought for the Day – 12 October
The Priest of the Gulag: Walter Ciszek, S.J. (1904-1984)

Walter Ciszek SJ was freed on this day in 1963 after 23 years in prison in the Soviet Union for doing clandestine missionary work.
He described his experiences in two books. With God in Russia and He Leadeth Me.
This is how he prayed in prison:

Gradually too, I learned to purify my prayer and remove from it all the elements
of self-seeking.   I learned to pray for my interrogators, not so they would see things my way or come to the truth so that my ordeal would end but because they, too, were children of God and human beings in need of His blessing and His daily grace. I learned to stop asking for more bread for myself and instead to offer up all my sufferings, the pains of hunger that I felt, for the many others in the world and in Russia at that time who were enduring similar agony and even greater suffering.   I tried very hard not to worry about what tomorrow would bring, what I should eat or what I should wear but rather to seek the kingdom of God and his justice, his will for me and for all mankind.
“Thy will be done.”    That was the key, but only slowly did I come to experience
how perfect a prayer is the Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer…. The human mind could not elaborate a better pattern in prayer than the one the Lord himself gave us.

During his time in Russia, Fr Ciszek narrowly escaped death by drowning, freezing, starvation, illness, electrocution, firing squad, explosion and beating.    Millions of victims of the Gulag died in these ways and others.  Why did Fr Ciszek survive?   The answer is once again the “strange and mysterious ways of divine providence,” but one might speculate.   Fr Ciszek did:   “I felt that one reason that God in His providence had brought me safely home was so that I might help others understand these truths a little better.”    Which truths?   “That God has a special purpose, a special love, a special providence to all those He has created,” and that, therefore, “every moment of our life has a purpose, that every action of ours, no matter how dull or routine or trivial it may seem in itself, has a dignity and a worth beyond human understanding.”

Fr Walter Ciszek’s canonisation process has began.walter

Fr Walter, please pray for us as we pray for your canonisation!

Prayer for the Cause of Canonisation
of Fr Walter Ciszek S.J. (1904-1984)

We adore You, Most Holy Trinity
and we thank You for the exemplary life
of Your Servant, Father Walter Ciszek.
We pray that his strong faith
in Your loving providence,
his great love for You
and his kindness to all people,
be recognised by the Church.
If it be Your Will,
may he be given to us
as a saintly model of these virtues
so that we too may be better motivated
to dedicate our lives to
Your greater honour and glory.
We commend our petition through the prayers
of the Holy Mother of God.
For to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
is due all glory, honour and worship,
now and forever. Amenprayer for the cause of the canonisation of walter ciszek - anniversary of his release - 12 oct (2017)

 

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On the Memorial of St John XXIII – 11 October –  let us Pray: The Official Prayer for the Intercession of St John XXIII

On the Memorial of St John XXIII – 11 October –  let us Pray:

The Official Prayer for the

Intercession of St John XXIII

Dear Pope John,
your simplicity and meekness carried the scent of God
and sparked in people’s hearts the desire for goodness.
You spoke often of the beauty of the family gathered
around the table to share bread and faith:
pray for us that once again true families would live in our homes.
With outstretched hands you sowed hope
and you taught us to listen for God’s footsteps as
He prepares a new humanity:
help us have a healthy optimism of defeating evil with good.
You loved the world with its light and darkness
and you believed that peace is possible:
help us be instruments of peace at home and in our communities.
With paternal gentleness you gave all children a caress:
you moved the world and reminded us that hands have been given
to us not for striking but for embracing and drying tears.
Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to cursing the darkness
but that we bring the light,
bringing Jesus everywhere and always praying to Mary. Amenvatican prayer to st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 7 October – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

One Minute Reflection – 7 October – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Open your petals, like roses planted near running waters...Sirach 39:13

REFLECTION – “To discover whether people are of God, I have found no better way than the following.
Observe whether they say the Hail Mary and the Rosary.”……St Louis Marie de Montfortto discover whether people - st louis de montfort 2017

PRAYER – Lord, open our hearts to Your grace. May we, who learned to believe through the angel’s message, in the Incarnation of Christ, Your Son, be brought by His Passion and Cross, at the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to the glory of His Resurrection. Through Him who redeemed us in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, pray for us, amen.our lady of the rosary pray for us 2017

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1 October – The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for October 2017

1 October – The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for October 2017

WORKERS and the UNEMPLOYED:

That all workers may receive respect
and protection of their rights
and that the unemployed may receive
the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

holy father's prayer intention - oct 2017.no 2

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Our Morning Offering – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Morning Offering – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Traditional Prayer to our
SORROWFUL MOTHER

O Mother of Sorrows, you, who beneath the Cross of Jesus
were given to us as our Mother, look down with pity on us,
your children, who weep and mourn in this vale of tears.
By that sword of sorrow which pierced your Heart
when you looked upon the Face of your dead Son,
obtain for us that comfort we so sorely need in our sufferings.
You were given to us, as our Mother, in the hour of your greatest grief
that you might be mindful of our frailty and the evils that press upon us.
Without your aid, O Sorrowful Mother, we cannot gain the victory
in this struggle against flesh and blood.
Therefore, we seek your help, O Queen of Sorrows,
lest we fall prey to the wiles of the enemy.
We are orphans in need of the guiding hand of our Mother
amid the dangers that threaten our destruction.
You whose grief was boundless as the sea,
grant us by the memory of those sorrows the strength to be victorious.
Intercede further, O Mother of Sorrows, for us
and all who are near and dear to us,
that we may ever do the Will of your Son
and may direct all our actions to His honour
and to the furtherance of devotion to your sorrows. Amen

Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us.traditional prayer to our sorrowful mother

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Our Morning Offering – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross/Triumph of the Cross

Our Morning Offering – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Traditional Prayer to the Holy Cross

Hail, O Holy Cross!
my light and my strength!
Hail, standard of peace empurpled by the Blood of Jesus
and ornamented by His Sacred Members
as with precious stones!
O Venerable Cross, work of the love of God
and the cruelty of men!
O Cross, the terror of Hell and the object of the veneration
of Heaven and earth,
receive the homage of my faith,
my gratitude
and my love!
I consecrate myself entirely to You
and I attach myself to You forever,
as my Saviour was attached to You
for love of me.
I earnestly beseech You, in virtue of the Precious Blood
which empurpled You,
to take me under Your protection,
to be my support in suffering,
my strength in temptation,
my counsel in doubt,
my light in darkness,
my rule of conduct during life,
my confidence and pledge of salvation at the hour of death.
May Jesus, the Incarnate God, Our Saviour,
Who shed His Blood when nailed to You,
protect me through You
and conduct me to my Heavenly home! Amenhail o holy cross - traditional prayer