One Minute Reflection – 29 December – Fifth Day of the Octave and the Memorial of St Thomas a Becket

One Minute Reflection – 29 December – Fifth Day of the Octave and the Memorial of St Thomas a Becket

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.   From now on a merited crown awaits me….2 Timothy 4:72 timothy 4-7 - 29 dec 2017 - thomas a becket

REFLECTION – “Remember then how our fathers worked out their salvation;  remember the sufferings through which the Church has grown and the storms the ship of Peter has weathered because it has Christ on board.   Remember how the crown was attained by those whose sufferings gave new radiance to their faith.   The whole company of saints bears witness to the unfailing truth, that without real effort no-one wins the crown.”……….St Thomas a Becket (1118-1170)remember then how our fathers - st thomas a becket 29 dec 2017

PRAYER – Almighty God, you enable st Thomas a Becket to lay down his life with undaunted spirit for the rights of Your Church.   May his prayer help us to deny ourselves for Christ in this life and so find our true life in heaven.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, thomas a becket - pray for us 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 December – The Memorial of St Peter Canisius (1521-1597) Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 21 December – The Memorial of St Peter Canisius (1521-1597) Doctor of the Church

“Such should be the shepherd
in the Church who, like Paul,
becomes all things to all men,
so that the sick may find healing in him;
the sad, joy;
the desperate, hope;
the ignorant, instruction;
those in doubt, advice;
the penitent, forgiveness and comfort
and finally, everyone,
whatever is necessary, for salvation.
And so Christ, when He wished
to appoint the chief teachers
of the world and of the Church,
did not limit Himself to saying to his disciples:
‘You are the light of the world’;
but also added these words:
‘A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle
and put it under a measure but upon a candlestick,
that it may shine to all who are in the house.’
Those churchmen err, who imagine,
that it is by brilliant preaching,
rather than by holiness of and all-embracing love,
they fulfil their office.
such should be - st peter canisius - 21 dec 2017

“If you have too much to do, with God’s help, you will find time to do it all.”

St Peter Canisius (1521-1597) Doctor of the Churchif you have too much to do - st peter canisius - 21 dec

“Among the Jesuit saints, it is Peter Canisius
that brought me into the Society of Jesus…
as we go on, you will see, what influence
St Peter has had on this sinner. “

“(St Peter Canisius had) an extraordinary devotion
to the Holy Eucharist – his devotion to the Holy Sacrifice
were such that people would come from great distances
to watch him offer Mass, so devoutly did he celebrate.
He was one of the people that urged frequent Communion
at the Council of Trent and was one of those who got
the Council of Trent to pass a little known decree,
little known because it took almost three hundred years
for that decree to really come to life.
The Council of Trent, mind you, sixteenth century,
encouraged daily Communion – you would never guess it, would you?
Peter Canisius was one of those who, under instructions from Ignatius,
made sure that the Council passed that decree
and he spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament.”

Ven Servant of God Fr John A Hardon S.J. (1914-2000)st peter canisus had an - fr john a hardon - 21 dec 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

One Minute Reflection – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.…Psalm 85:10

REFLECTION – “The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. When we remove all obstacles to His presence He will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with Him the riches of His grace.”….St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) (from a Pastoral letter to his Diocese),the church asks us to understand - st charles borromeo - 16 dec 2017

PRAYER – Almighty God, let the splendour of Your glory dawn in our hearts. May the coming of Your only Son dispel all darkness and reveal that we are children of light. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.




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Our Morning Offering – 14 December – The Memorial of St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church

Our Morning Offering – 14 December – The Memorial of St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church

O King of Gentleness
By St John of the Cross

O blessed Jesus,
give me stillness of soul in You.
Let Your mighty calmness reign in me.
Rule me, O King of Gentleness,
King of Peace.o king of gentleness - o blessed jesus give me - st john of the cross - 14 dec 2017

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 December

St Abercius
St Anastasius
St Aper of Sens
St Bartholomew Fanti of Mantua
St Basilissa of Øhren
St Bassus of Lucera
St Bassus of Nice
St Cawrdaf of Fferreg
St Christina of Markyate
St Consolata of Genoa
St Crispina
St Cyrinus of Salerno
St Dalmatius of Pavia
St Firminus of Verdun
St Gerald of Braga
St Gerbold
St Gratus
St Joaquín Jovaní Marín
St John Almond
Bl Giovanni/John Gradenigo
St Justinian
St Martiniano of Pecco
Bl Narcyz Putz
St Nicetius of Trier
Bl Niels Stenson
St Pelinus of Confinium
Bl Philip Rinaldi
St Sabbas of Mar Saba
St Vicente Jovaní Ávila

Martyrs of Thagura – (12 saints): A group of twelve African Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them that have survived are five of their names – Crispin, Felix, Gratus, Juliua and Potamia.
302 in Thagura, Numidia

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Joaquín Jovaní Marín
• Blessed Vicente Jovaní Ávila


Our Morning Offering – 25 November

Our Morning Offering – 25 November

Father, Teach us to love
A Traditional Catholic Pray

Father, You love with an everlasting love
because You are love itself
Your love sustains the sun
and the other stars.
You are the loving life of all that is.
In love You call us into being,
You sustain us in our freedom,
even when we exercise that freedom
to turn our backs on You.
Teach us to love as You love,
to love without limit or reserve.
Teach us to love with love
that sets the loved one free.
To love with love
that seeks to give, not to take.
Teach us to love
not only those who love us
but also those who hate or are
indifferent to us.
Teach us to be patient
when our love is not returned
and teach us to love and trust You
even when we feel Your absence
and fear You are not there.
AmenFasther, teach us to love - trad catholic prayer - 25 nov 2017


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Memorials of the Saints – 25 November

St Catherine of Alexandria (Optional Memorial):  Apocryphal. Born to the nobility. Learned in science and oratory. Converted to Christianity after receiving a vision.   When she was 18 years old, during the persecution of Maximinus, she offered to debate the pagan philosophers.   Many were converted by her arguments, and immediately martyred. Maximinus had her scourged and imprisoned   The empress and the leader of the army of Maximinus were amazed by the stories, went to see Catherine in prison. They converted and were martyred. Maximinus ordered her broken on the wheel but she touched it and the wheel was destroyed.   She was beheaded and her body whisked away by angels.
Immensely popular during the Middle Ages, there were many chapels and churches devoted to her throughout western Europe and she was reported as one of the divine advisers to Saint Joan of Arc.   Her reputation for learning and wisdom led to her patronage of libaries, librarians, teachers, archivists and anyone associated with wisdom or teaching.   Her debating skill and persuasive language has led to her patronage of lawyers.   And her torture on the wheel led to those who work with them asking for her intercession.   She is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
While there may well have been a noble, educated, virginal lady who swayed pagans with her rhetoric during the persecutions, the accretion of legend, romance and poetry has long since buried the real Catherine.   She was beheaded c 305 in Alexandria, Egypt.
• apologists
• craftsmen who work with a wheel
• archivists
• attornies, barristers, lawyers, jurists
• dying people
• educators, teachers
• girls
• knife grinders, knife sharpeners
• librarians
• libraries
• maidens, unmarried girls and women
• mechanics
• millers
• nurses
• old maids
• philosophers
• potters
• preachers
• scholars
• schoolchildren, students
• scribes
• secretaries
• spinners
• stenographers
• tanners
• theologians
• turners
• University of Heidelberg
• University of Paris
• wheelwrights
• Dumaguete, Philippines, diocese of
• Saint Catharines, Ontario, diocese of
• 12 cities
Attributes: • spiked wheel • woman strapped to the spiked wheel on which she was martyred • woman arguing with pagan philosophers.

Bl Adalbert of Caramaico
St Alanus of Lavaur
St Audentius of Milan
St Bernold of Ottobeuren
Bl Conrad of Heisterbach
Bl Ekbert of Muensterschwarzach
Bl Elisabeth Achler
St Erasmus of Antioch
Bl Garcia of Arlanza
Bl Guido of Casauria
St Imma of Wurzburg
Bl Jacinto Serrano López
St Jucunda of Reggio Aemilia
Bl Maria Corsini Beltrame Quattrocchi
St Mercurius of Caesarea
St Moses of Rome
St Peter of Alexandria
Bl Santiago Meseguer Burillo

Martyrs of Africa – (13 saints): A group of 13 Christians murdered together for their faith in Africa, date unknown. The only details to have survived are their names – Claudian, Cyprian, Donatus, Felix, Januarius, Julian, Lucian, Marcian, Martialis, Peter, Quirianus, Victor and Vitalis.