This is one of my new patron saints. Thank you, Father Craig. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/394065036128626982/
Day 2 – Novena in Honour of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary #pinterest #nativityofmary
O Chosen One among the daughters of Adam, admirable Mary, the Son of God delights in your birth, for He beholds the one chosen to be His Mother and oh! such a beloved Mother. May your birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining from your divine Son the grace to be born anew in Him to a holy life, perfectly conformed to thine, so that I may merit to obtain eternal glory.
Grant to us Your servants, we beseech You, O Lord, the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace, knowing that as You chose her so You too chose us. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Hail Mary ………
Image – Mateo Gilarte The Birth of the Virgin 1651 – Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
September 1 – The Month of the Seven Sorrows of our Blessed Mother #pinterest #sevensorrows
Her sorrows were not necessary for the redemption of the world but in the counsels of God they were inseparable from it. They belong to the integrity of the divine plan. Are not Mary’s mysteries Jesus’ mysteries and His mysteries hers? The truth appears to be that all the mysteries of Jesus and Mary were in God’s design as one mystery. Jesus Himself was Mary’s sorrow, seven times repeated, aggravated sevenfold. During the hours of the Passion, the offering of Jesus and the offering of Mary were tied in one. They kept pace together; they were made of the same materials; they were perfumed with kindred fragrance; they were lighted with the same fire; they were offered with kindred dispositions. The two things were one simultaneous oblation, interwoven each moment through the thickly crowded mysteries of that dread time, unto the eternal Father, out of two sinless hearts, that were the hearts of Son and Mother, for the sins of a guilty world which fell on them contrary to their merits, but according to their own free will.
— Fr. Frederick Faber, The Foot of the Cross
Image – Albrecht Dürer – The Seven Sorrows of Mary
Pope Francis Intentions for September 2016 #pinterest
Universal: Centrality of the Human Person –
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize –
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.
Knowing Christ, true God and true man …
is an encounter, not with an idea or with
a project of life, but with a LIVING Person
who transforms our innermost selves,
revealing to us our true identity as
children of God.
The organ for seeing God is the HEART.
The intellect alone is not enough.
Pope Benedict #pinterest #popebenedict
With the growth of the village surrounding the monastery, St Giles again felt besieged by the many visitors. He insisted upon living outside the walls of the city and there he lived on alms in communion with the other crippled and handicapped beggars. Through his influence, hospitals and safe houses for the poor, crippled and ill were built across Europe. Convicts on their way to execution were allowed to stop at Saint Giles’ Hospital, where they were treated with kindness, fed, given a bowl of ale “to drink at their pleasure, as their last refreshing in this life,” and allowed to make their reconciliation. Remembered for his sanctity, his miracles and his gifts as a confessor, the life of Saint Giles reminds us that it is our relationship with the Lord (and service to others) that is important—not fame, earthly recognition, personal glory, wealth, or success. On this day, the feast of Saint Giles, we are called to look to those in our community who are in need of assistance. What have we done lately to improve the lives of those who struggle, are ill, or in need?
St Giles Pray for us!
Quote of the Day – September 1 #pinterest
‘DIE before you die
there is no chance after!”
~~~~~ C S Lewis ~~~~~
One Minute Reflection – September 1 #pinterest
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ instructions and the communal life, to the breaking of bread and the prayers………………………Acts 2:42
REFLECTION – When the Church prays in her Liturgy, it is Christ who prays.
For the Church prays in Christ and Christ prays in the Church: the Body prays in the Head and the Head in the Body……………St Augustine
PRAYER – Glorious Lord, help me to pray the Liturgy in union with Christ for Your glory. At every Eucharist, let me consciously adore and thank You, make reparation to You and present my petitions before You, always giving thanks. St Giles, you who so loved the Holy Liturgy, pray for us! Amen
Our Morning Offering – September 1 #pinterest
O Lord, take away my heart of stone,
my hardened heart
and grant to me a new heart,
a heart of flesh, a clean heart.
Come, You who cleanse the heart
and love the pure of heart,
possess my heart and dwell in it,
containing it and filling it,
higher than the highest
and more intimate than my most intimate thoughts.
You are the image of all beauty
and the seal of all holiness,
seal your image on my heart
and seal my heart in Your mercy.
O God, the strength of my heart
and my portion forever. Amen
Bishop Baldwin of Canterbury (d 1190)
Happy Memorial of St Giles Abbott – September 1 #pinterest #stgiles
Despite the fact that much about St. Giles is shrouded in mystery, we can say that he was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages. Likely, he was born in the first half of the seventh century in Athens and then moved to France. That is where he built a monastery that became a popular stopping-off point for pilgrims making their way to Compostela in Spain and the Holy Land. In England, many ancient churches and hospitals were dedicated to Giles. One of the sections of the city of Brussels is named after him. In Germany, Giles was included among the so-called 14 Holy Helpers, a popular group of saints to whom people prayed, especially for recovery from disease and for strength at the hour of death. Also among the 14 were Sts. Christopher, Barbara and Blaise. Interestingly, Giles was the only non-martyr among them. Devotion to the “Holy Helpers” was especially strong in parts of Germany and in Hungary and Sweden. Such devotion made his popularity spread. Giles was soon invoked as the patron of the poor and the disabled. The pilgrimage center that once drew so many fell into disrepair some centuries after Giles’ death.
Saint of the Day – September 1 – St Giles (born c650-c710) Abbot/Priest/Hermit – Patron ofbeggars; blacksmiths; breast cancer; breast feeding; cancer patients; disabled people; Edinburgh (Scotland); epilepsy; noctiphobics; forests; hermits; horses; lepers; mental illness; outcasts; poor people; rams; spur makers; sterility. #pinterest #stgiles
St. Giles is said to have been a seventh century Athenian of noble birth. His piety and learning made him so conspicuous and an object of such admiration in his own country that, dreading praise and longing for a hidden life, he left his home and sailed for France. At first he took up his abode in a wilderness near the mouth of the Rhone river, afterward near the river Gard, and, finally, in the diocese of Nimes. He spent many years in solitude conversing only with God. The fame of his miracles became so great that his reputation spread throughout France. He was highly esteemed by the French king, but he could not be prevailed upon to forsake his solitude. He admitted several disciples, however, to share it with him. He founded a monastery, and established an excellent discipline therein. In succeeding ages it embraced the rule of St. Benedict.
Saints for September 1 #pinterest
St. Anna the Prophetess
St. Beatrice da Silva Meneses
St. Giles, Abbot
St. Lupus of Sens
Bl. Michael Ghebre
St. Simeon the Stylite
St. Vincent & Laetus
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