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IF PEOPLE TRY TO GET AWAY FROM GOD THEY ARE DRAWN TOWARDS HIM INSTEAD

BY MEISTER ECKHART

Earth cannot get away from heaven: let the earth drop downward or rise upward, heaven still penetrates it, imbuing it with strength and making it fruitful, whether it does want to or not.

That is how God treats man: when he thinks to escape God, he runs into God’s bosom, for every hideout is open to him.

God begets his Son in you whether you like it or not, whether you sleep or wake – still God is at work.

That man is not aware of it is the fault of his tarnished mind, which is smeared with the scrum of creatures, in which there is none of the salt of God’s love.

If we had God’s love in us, we could perceive God in all his works and we would accept anything as from God and finish his work along with him. In sameness of intent we are his only begotten Son.

 
 

14 NEW BLESSEDS – MARTYRED BY PROTESTANTS

On 13th October 2012 a Beatification Mass took place to give the Church its newest Blesseds. Fourteen Franciscan priests were beatified four centuries after they were tortured to death by Protestant forces in a Catholic monastery in the now Czech Republic.

The Franciscan priests, mostly from France, Netherlands, Germany and Italy, were sent by their Order to Protestant-ruled Prague in 1604 to learn the Czech language and rebuild Our Lady of Snows monastery, which had been destroyed in earlier religious wars.

When an upheaval took place in the city in 1611, some residents of the city accused the Franciscan priests of collaborating with the Catholic forces. These residents went to the monastery, where they tortured and murdered the priests. Pope Benedict said that these Franciscan priests had been killed because of their Faith and that they are the first to be declared Blessed during this Year of Faith.

 
 

PRAYER FOR HERETICS

O Almighty and Everlasting God, who hast compassion on all, and wouldst not that any should perish; favourably look down upon all those who are seduced by the deceit of Satan; that the hearts of such as err may repent and come to thy Truth. Amen.

 
 

FOR YOUR DIARY: THE ICON OF THE BLACK MADONNA IS COMING TO LONDON

PILGRIMAGE OF THE VISIT OF THE BLACK MADONNA OF CZESTOCHOWA

The Icon of the Black Madonna will arrive at Westminster Cathedral, near Victoria Station, (on its way from Vladivostock to Fatima via England and Scotland) at about 5pm on 5th November. Memorial Mass will be at 5.30pm for the Unborn and those affected by abortion. Solemn Veneration will follow the Mass until the Cathedral closes at 8pm.

 
 

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF BLESSED LOUIS BRISSON: “IF EVERYTHING SEEMS LOST…THE LORD WILL SHOW HIS MIGHT AND HIS INFLUENCE”

On the 22nd September a Beatification Mass took place to give the Church her newest Blessed. Blessed Louis Brisson was born in 1817 in Plancy, Champagne-Ardenne Region, France. He was an only child and his primary education took place mainly at home by his parents and with the local priest.

While being schooled Blessed Louis was particularly interested in the natural sciences. Later he desired to be a priest and after his training he was ordained on 18th December, 1840, in Troyes. Within the first year of his ordination, he became spiritual director of the monastery of the Visitation in Troyes. He did this at the request of the Superior of the monastery, Mother Marie de Sales Chappuis, who was convinced that Blessed Louis would be the priest to establish a religious community of men in the spirit of St Francis de Sales.

She eventually convinced Blessed Louis to establish this priestly order, though he was not exactly enthusiastic about it. In addition to his priestly activities, Blessed Louis served as a teacher in the nearby junior seminary and continued his early interest in science, constructing an astronomical clock used in the Motherhouse Convent of the Oblates of St Francis de Sales in Troyes.

Concerned with the welfare of working class girls in the textile mills, Blessed Louis established shelters where they could keep their dignity and become women of conscience and faith. In 1866 he co-founded the Oblate Sisters of St Francis de Sales to provide for their education and then in 1872 an order for priests and brothers performing similar apostolic work.

During the last thirty years of his life, Blessed Louis saw his religious community flourish and spread throughout Europe, Africa, South America, Central America and North America.

The law on the Separation of the Churches and State and the secularisation of France at the beginning of the 20th century began with the secularisation of the religious houses, which included exiling their occupants. The oblates of St Francis de Sales transferred their General House to Rome, however, Blessed Louis retired to his birthplace in Plancy. He died on 2nd February 1908. During the time of revolution and persecution Blessed Louis’ faith remained unwavering. “If everything seems lost,” he said, “and everyone has already surrendered his hope, the Lord will show His might and His influence. Then it will become clear to all that the decision lies only in His hands and we are capable of nothing.”
– from: “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris”

 
 

ST ANTHONY MARY CLARET – PRAYER MEDITATION

ST ANTHONY MARY CLARET +1870

“His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me’.” (Jn 2:17)

REFLECTION:
The love of Christ arouses us, urges us to run and to fly, lifted on the wings of holy zeal.
The zealous man…labours strenuously so that God may always be better known, loved, and served.
– St Anthony

PRAYER:
Dear St Anthony, writer and publisher, lead me to the word of God.
Amen.

 
 

BOOKS ON THE YEAR OF FAITH AND THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL

The New Evangelization: Responding to the Challenge of Indifference – Rino Fisichella (£9.99)
A cultural and religious manifesto for the Year of Faith by the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics – Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ (£6.99)
A useful tool for groups by the renowned EWTN theologian.

Your Diary for the Year of Faith – Redemptorist Publications (£2.95)
A beautifully produced month-by-month diary: a practical and inspiring companion for the Year.

Vatican II, Its Impact on You – Peter A. Huff, PhD (£4.95)
A brief, easy to read introduction to the Second Vatican Council, and its impact on today.

Vatican II, The Crisis and the Promise – Alan Schreck (£13.75)
A lucid and insightful guide to the key themes and their meaning for today.

Keys to the Council Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II – Richard R. Gaillardetz and Catherine E. Clifford (£15.99)
A practical and accessible introduction to 20 key passages from Conciliar documents.

Reaping the Harvest – 50 Years after Vatican II – Dr Suzanne Mulligan (ed)
A critique of the effects of the Council, based on lectures given in Ireland.

These books can be ordered from the CCF Bookshop, London, Tooting Bec; Tel: +44 208 672 7684.

To order Year of Faith PRAYER CARDS, visit http://www.pauline-uk.org.
These cards display the Christ Pantocrator icon on one side, with the Nicene Creed on the reverse. Price: £6.00 per pack of 100.