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Quote/s of the Day- 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Quote/s of the Day- 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

“We should show our affection for the angels,
for one day they will be our co-heirs
just as here below they are our guardians
and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchwe-should-show-our-affection-st-bernard-of-clairvaux-1090-1153-doctor-of-the-church-2-oct-2018

“Let us be like the holy angels now. …
If one day we are to be in the angelic court,
we must learn now, while we are still here, the manners of the angels.”

St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)let us be like the holy angels now - st vincent ferrer - 1 oct 2018

“Since God often sends us His inspirations by means of his angels,
we ought frequently to offer Him our aspirations through the same channel….
Call on them and honour them frequently
and ask their help in all your affairs, temporal as well as spiritual.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchsince god often sends us - st francis de sales - 2 oct 2018

“Our prayers are so dear to God,
that He has appointed the angels to present them to Him,
as soon as they come forth from our mouths.
‘The angels,’ says St Hilary, ‘preside over the prayers of the faithful
and offer them daily to God.’
This is that smoke of the incense,
which are the prayers of saints,
which St John saw ascending to God from the hands of the angels (Apoc. 8,3)
and which he saw in another place,
represented by golden phials full of sweet odours, very acceptable to God.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Churchour prayers are so dear - st alphonsus - 2 oct 2018

“How happy is that guardian angel
who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)how happy is that guardian angel - st john vianney

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Thought for the Day – 19 September – The Memorial of St Januarius – Martyr (Died c 304)

Thought for the Day – 19 September – The Memorial of St Januarius – Martyr (Died c 304)

Many centuries ago, St Januarius died for the faith in the persecution of Diocletian and to this day God confirms the faith of his Church and works a continual miracle, through the blood which Januarius shed for Him.

Little did the heathen governor think that he was the instrument in God’s hand of ushering in the long succession of miracles which attest the faith of Januarius.

The relics of St Januarius rest in the cathedral of Naples and it is there that the liquefaction of his blood occurs.   The blood is congealed in two glass vials but when it is brought near the martyr’s head it melts and flows like the blood of a living man.

St Alphonsus Liguori wrote regarding Saint Januarius:

“The Neapolitans honour this saint as the principal patron of their city and nation and the Lord Himself has continued to honour him, by allowing many miracles to be wrought through his intercession, particularly when the frightful eruptions of Mount Vesuvius have threatened the city of Naples with utter destruction.   While the relics of St Januarius were being brought in procession towards this terrific volcano, the torrents of lava and liquid fire which it emitted have ceased, or turned their course from the city. But the most stupendous miracle and that which is greatly celebrated in the church, is the liquefying and boiling up of this blessed martyr’s blood whenever the vials are brought in sight of his head.   This miracle is renewed many times in the year, in presence of all who desire to witness it;  yet some heretics have endeavoured to throw a doubt upon its genuineness, by frivolous and incoherent explanations but no one can deny the effect to be miraculous, unless he be prepared to question the evidence of his senses.”

Tertullian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”   Sometimes, that blood is bubbling.

St Januarius, Pray for us!st-januarius pray-for-us-19-sept-2018


Thought for the Day – 1 August – The Memorial of (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church ST ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI – REACHING THE PEOPLE

Thought for the Day – 1 August – The Memorial of (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

With thanks to the C.Ss.R. Baltimore Province

St Alphonsus was a brilliant, articulate, pragmatic preacher.   He knew how to reach ordinary people who had limited education and very real needs.   They followed this gifted preacher from church to church and town to town to hear him preach the message of hope in Christ for all people.

Three great images, basic to the Christian faith, formed the heart of Alphonsus’ preaching and teaching — Jesus an infant in the crib, Jesus crucified on the Cross, and Jesus vibrantly alive and filled with love for all in the Eucharist.   To this he added the image of Mary, the Mother of the Redeemer.   When other theologians were opposed to devotion to Mary, Alphonsus invoked her:  “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.”

Alphonsus appreciated how the poor and working class people expressed their realities through song.   A gifted musician and composer, he wrote many popular hymns and taught them to the people in parish missions.   His compositions continue to be sung around the world and have never lost their charm and popularity.   Redemptorists today still follow the cue of their founder.   Their message, announcing the abundance of God’s love, is enriched by the spiritual songs they sing in their community and with the people of God.

Alphonsus wrote for the people.   Many turned to his spiritual writing, for he wrote in a way that was understandable to anyone with a basic education.   On winter evenings in his time, the people in the villages often gathered around a fire in someone’s home. Someone read stories about the Gospels or the lives of the saints, things that nourished their faith and helped them to pray.   Alphonsus’ works were frequent choices and they remain so still, his works are a fountain of holiness.  Which of us has not, in our home poarishes all over the world, prayed his Stations of the Cross?   They will always be one of the treasures of the Church.

St Alphonsus, Pray for us!st alphonsus liguori pray for us 1 august 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 1 August – The Memorial of St Alphonsus Liquori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 1 August – The Memorial of St Alphonsus Liquori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

“Your God is ever beside you –
indeed, He is even within you.”your god is ever beside you - 1 aug 2017 st-alphonsus-quote

“Know also that you will probably gain more
by praying fifteen minutes
before the Blessed Sacrament
than by all the other spiritual exercises of the day.
True, Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere,
for He has made the promise, ‘Ask, and you shall receive,’
but He has revealed to His servants,
that those who visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament
will obtain a more abundant measure of grace.”know-also-that-you-will-probably-gain-more-st-alphonsus-1 aug 2017- no 2

“St Augustine and St Thomas
define mortal sin
to be a turning away from God:
that is, the turning of one’s back upon God,
leaving the Creator for the sake of the creature.
What punishment would that subject deserve who,
while his king was giving him a command,
contemptuously turned his back upon him to go
and transgress his orders?
This is what the sinner does;
and this is punished in hell with the pain of loss,
that is, the loss of God,
a punishment richly deserved by him
who in this life turns his back upon his sovereign good.”st-augustine-and-st-thomas-define-mortal-sin-st-alphonsus - 1 aug 2017

“Let us thank God
for having called us to His holy faith.
It is a great gift
and the number of those,
who thank God for it is small.”

let-us-thank-god-for-having-called-us-st-alphonsus- 1 aug 2017- no 2

“All others had a Redeemer Who delivered them
from sin with which they were already defiled
but that the most Blessed Virgin had a Redeemer Who,
because He was her Son,
preserved her from ever being defiled by it. “all others had a redeemer - st alphonsus - 15 jan 2018

“Just as there is not one among all the Blessed
who loves God as Mary does, so there is no one,
after God, who loves us as much as this most loving Mother does.
Furthermore, if we heaped together
all the love that mothers have for their children,
all the love of husbands and wives,
all the love of all the angels and Saints for their clients,
it could never equal Mary’s love for even a single soul.”just as there is not one - 15 jan 2018 - st alphonsus liguori

“Were you to ask, ‘what are the mans of overcoming temptations’, I would answer:

the first means is prayer;  the second is prayer;  the third is prayer and should you ask me a thousand times, I would repeat the same.”

were you to ask - st alphonsus - 18 june 2018

“Without prayer, we have neither light nor strength, to advance in the way which leads to God.”

He who prays most receives most.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

without prayer - st alphonsus - 30 jan 2018


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One Minute Reflection – 1 August – The Memorial of St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 1 August – The Memorial of St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

May the Lord…make you overflow with love for one another and for all.…1 Thessalonians 3:121-thes-3-12-2-1 august 2017

REFLECTION – “The means for attaining perfect love is to accomplish frequent acts of love.   Fire is kindled by the wood that we cast into it and love is enkindled by acts of love.”….St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Churchthe-means-for-attaining-perfect-love-st-alphonsus-liguori - 1 august 2017

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me the grace to strive after perfect love.   Help me to bring forth frequent acts of love, to all and sundry, to each of my neighbours, so that I may grow in this greatest of virtues… St Alphonsus Liguori pray for us, alphonsus liguori pray for us - 1 august 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 1 August – The Memorial of (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

Our Morning Offering – 1 August – The Memorial of (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

The One Thing Necessary
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

0 my God, help me to remember
That time is short, eternity is long.
What good is all the greatness of this world at the hour of death?
To love You, my God
and save my soul is the one thing necessary.
Without You, there is no peace, no joy.
My God, I need fear nothing but sin.
For to lose You, my God, is to lose all.
0 my God, help me to remember –
That to gain all I must leave all,
That in loving You
I have all good things,
the infinite riches of Christ
and His Church,
the motherly protection of Mary,
peace beyond understanding,
joy unspeakable!
Eternal Father, Your Son has promised,
that whatever we ask in His Name will be given to us.
In His Name I pray:
give me a burning faith,
a joyful hope,
a holy love for Jesus Christ.
Give me the grace of perseverance
in doing Your will in all things.
Do with me what You will.
I repent of having offended You.
Grant, O Lord, that I may love You always
and never let me be separated from You.
O my God and my All,
make me a saint!

the one thing necessary - st alphonsus liguori - 24 feb 2018

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Saint of the Day – 1 August – St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori C.Ss.R. (1696-1787) – Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 1 August – St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori C.Ss.R. (1696-1787) – Doctor of the Churchheader image - alphonsus

St Alphonsus was born of noble parents, near Naples, in 1696.   His spiritual training was entrusted to the Fathers of the Oratory in that city and from his boyhood Alphonsus was known as a most devout Brother of the Little Oratory.   At the early age of sixteen he was made doctor in law and he threw himself into this career with ardour and success.

A mistake, by which he lost an important cause, showed him the vanity of human fame and determined him to labour only for the glory of God.   He entered the priesthood, devoting himself to the most neglected souls and to carry on this work he founded later the missionary Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer,   The Redemptorists.alphonsus - youngalphonsus - very young - magnificent

At the age of sixty-six he became Bishop of St Agatha and undertook the reform of his diocese with the zeal of a Saint.   He made a vow never to lose time and, though his life was spent in prayer and work, he composed a vast number of books, filled with such science, unction and wisdom that he has been declared one of the Doctors of the alphonsus - BEAUTIFUL image!

St Alphonsus wrote his first book at the age of forty-nine and in his eighty-third year had published about 100 volumes, when his director forbade him to write more.   Very many of these books were written in the half-hours snatched from his labours as missionary, religious superior and Bishop, or in the midst of continual bodily and mental sufferings.   With his left hand he would hold a piece of marble against his aching head while his right hand wrote.


Yet he counted no time wasted which was spent in charity.   He did not refuse to hold a long correspondence with a simple soldier who asked his advice, or to play the harpsichord while he taught his novices to sing spiritual canticles.   He lived in evil times, and met with many persecutions and disappointments.

For his last seven years he was prevented by constant sickness from offering the Adorable Sacrifice but he received Holy Communion daily and his love for Jesus Christ and his trust in Mary’s prayers sustained him to the end.

He died in 1787, in his ninety-first year.alphonsus 2

For lots more details on St Alphonsus here: alphonsus relics

alphonsus by lawrence op