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ABOUT BLESSED JOSE TOUS Y SOLER – “EVEN IF EVERYTHING IS DARK, ONE MUST ALWAYS BE FAITHFUL, FAITHFUL TO GOD”

Blessed Jose Tous y Soler, beatified on 25th April 2010, “was born in 1811 in Igualada, in the province of Barcelona, Spain. He was born the ninth of twelve children into a deeply Catholic family.

The role of his family turns out to be fundamental in the formation of Blessed Jose. It was the place where he first received the seeds of faith, and a place where he was taught to love God.

In 1820 Blessed Jose’s family moved to Barcelona to look for better employment. It was there that Blessed Jose met the Capuchin Friars, who followed the Rule of St Francis. Blessed Jose asked to join these Friars at the age of 16, and so on 18th February 1827 he donned the Capuchin habit in the novitiate.

From the very beginning of his formation years Blessed Jose proved to be a religious of great virtue. The testimonies of his fellow-friars tell of his exemplary recollection, his solid piety, his ready obedience, his humility and purity, and of his complete fidelity to Franciscan poverty. In 1834 Blessed Jose was ordained a priest.

A short time later Spain went through a period of great social unrest and for a short time Blessed Jose was arrested and imprisoned due to the suppression of religious houses. Eventually Blessed Jose had to go into exile, which brought him first to France and then to Northern Italy. In 1836 he travelled to Grenoble, in the Diocese of Toulouse, France, where he completed his studies.

Although unable to live with his fellow friars in his community, Blessed Jose never gave in to resentment or bitterness, continuing his work for God and the Church in a simple and poor Franciscan manner.

In 1843 Blessed Jose was able to return to Spain, exercising his priestly ministry in the parish of St Francisco de Paola in Barcelona. In this parish he became aware of the needs of the children and young people in spiritual formation and set about to form them in the Christian life.

In 1859 Blessed Jose founded the Institute of the Capuchin Sisters of the Mother of the Good Shepherd, whose life was to educate children and young people whilst having devotion to Mary, the Mother of the Good Shepherd. This new Institute grew in number and Blessed Jose was able to oversee a great increase in this important work for God. Blessed Jose died in 1871 while celebrating Mass in the school of the Mother of the Good Shepherd in Barcelona.

Pope Benedict [at the Beatification Mass] described Blessed Jose as ‘an austere man, at the same time he was generous with others, a priest who was preoccupied for the salvation of souls.’ In the homily at the Beatification Mass some words of Blessed Jose were recalled, which are as a motto of life, ‘Even if everything is dark, one must always be faithful, faithful to God.'”
– from: ‘Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris’

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GOD BE WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN (HYMN)

1. God be with you till we meet again;
by his counsels guide, uphold you,
with his sheep securely fold you:
God be with you till we meet again.

2. God be with you till we meet again;
‘neath his wings protecting hide you,
daily manna still provide you:
God be with you till we meet again.

3. God be with you till we meet again;
when life’s perils thick confound you,
put his arm unfailing round you:
God be with you till we meet again.

4. God be with you till we meet again;
keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
smite death’s threatening wave before you:
God be with you till we meet again.

 

ABOUT SAINT MAC NESSI

ST MAC NESSI, ABBOT +c.590

The late eighth century “Martyrology of Tallaght”, Ireland’s most ancient book of saints, co-authored by Saint Oengus the Culdee and Saint Maelruain, provides early testimony to the veneration of the sixth-century abbot Saint Mac Nessi.

The latter governed the abbey of Clonmacnoise in County Offaly, Ireland, for sixteen years, from about 474 to about 590. He became abbot at a time when Clonmacnoise was at the height of its prosperity as a school of virtue.

No further details of Saint Mac Nessi’s life are known. In another hagiographic work of Saint Oengus, his famed poetic catalogue of Irish saints known as the Felire, Mac Nessi is referred to as “Mac Nessi the chaste”, indicating thereby that the saint was a man of exceptional purity of heart.

“Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.”

 

ST ALOYSIUS GONZAGA – PRAYER MEDITATION

ST ALOYSIUS GONZAGA +1591

“You are now in anguish, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one shall deprive you of your joy.” (Jn 16:22)

REFLECTION:
Our parting will not be for long; we shall see each other again in heaven and be united with our Saviour.
There we shall praise Him with heart and soul, sing of His mercies and enjoy happiness with Him for ever.
– St Aloysius

PRAYER:
Dear St Aloysius, you maintained purity and innocence amid corruption. May I remain pure in a corrupt world.
Amen.

 

PRAYER IN HONOUR OF SAINTS PHILIP AND JAMES

STS PHILIP AND JAMES +FIRST CENTURY

Philip was born in Bethsaida. At first a disciple of John the Baptist, he became a follower of Christ. James, a cousin of the Lord and the son of Alphaeus, ruled over the Church in Jerusalem, wrote an epistle, and converted many of the Jewish people to the faith. He led an austere life and suffered martyrdom in the year 62.

PRAYER:

O God, who gladden us each year
with the feast day of the Apostles Philip and James,
grant us, through their prayers,
a share in the Passion and Resurrection
of Your Only Begotten Son,
so that we may merit to behold You for eternity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

PRAYER FOR THE DEAR FAITHFUL DEPARTED

O Jesus, Lover of souls, we recommend unto You the souls of all Your servants, who have departed with the sign of faith and sleep the sleep of peace. We beseech You, Lord and Saviour, that, as in Your mercy to them You became man, so now You would admit them to Your presence above.

Gracious Lord, we beseech You, remember not against them the sins of their youth and their ignorances; but be mindful of them in Your heavenly glory. May the heavens be opened to them. May the Archangel St Michael conduct them to You. May Your holy Angels come forth to meet them, and carry them to the holy city of the heavenly Jerusalem. May they rest in peace. Amen.
(Bl. John Henry Newman)

 

SHORT PRAYER TO ARCHANGEL GABRIEL

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel,
we beseech you, intercede for us
at the throne of Mercy in our
present necessities, that as you
announced to Mary the Mystery
of the Incarnation, so through
your prayers and patronage in
Heaven, we may obtain
the benefits of the same and sing
the praise of God forever in the
land of the living. Amen.