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“HAVE COURAGE” – ST JOAN ANTIDE-THOURET

“[On]  24th August, one of the saints remembered by the Church is St Joan Antide-Thouret. She was born in France in 1755 and lived at a time of great change during the French Revolution but this did not stop St Joan from living the life and vocation that she wanted.

A time of great change during the French Revolution

At the age of sixteen, after her mother had died, St Joan looked after her father in the village of Besancon. However, in 1787 she felt called by God to enter the Sisters of Charity at Paris. There two serious illnesses interrupted her religious training and in 1794, due to the turmoil around them, the sisters had to disperse.

Due to the turmoil, the sisters had to disperse

St Joan returned to her hometown and ran a school for the village children. When political conditions improved the local Vicar General invited St Joan to open a bigger school and, after some reluctance due to her feeling inadequate, this was achieved in April 1799. Six months later St Joan added a soup kitchen and a dispensary.

In obedience to her Bishop

Some critics denounced her for not returning to her original community of sisters. She countered this by saying that she had not yet taken religious vows and was now acting in obedience to her Bishop. St Joan also ran a female asylum at Belleveaux, which housed orphans, criminals, the homeless and women with mental illness. She and others laboured there in the asylum under hopeless conditions, and opponents again criticised her for undertaking this work.

Let’s despise the world and its false gods. Let’s despise its honours. In vain would we seek our happiness in them.

However, St Joan pressed on with this work, encouraging others with her example and writings. In one letter to a fellow worker she wrote: ‘How are you? Still holding on firmly to the handles of the plough? Is the ground hard and dry? Is the corn growing well? The weeds not stifling it? If so, dig out the weeds with a hoe, without damaging the corn. Have courage. The good corn of the elect will ripen and will nourish you for eternal life. Prune the vine well. You will drink the good wine in long draughts in paradise. But to merit this happiness, let’s not tire of fighting during this exile. Let’s despise the world and its false gods. Let’s despise its honours. In vain would we seek our happiness in them. It will benefit us greatly to receive nothing from the world but ingratitude and opposition. This will detach us from it and attach us closely to God alone. You face many troubles in serving these poor people entrusted to you. I am sure that you do so from charity and the love of God.’

This will detach us from the world and attach us closely to God alone.

By 1810 St Joan’s community had spread to Switzerland, Savoy and Naples, where St Joan had gone to administer a hospital. In 1819 the Pope approved this order as the Daughters of Charity. St Joan died in Naples in 1826. She is an inspiration to those of us who wish to do the work of God whilst fighting against opposition, misunderstanding, criticism, feeling inadequate and the pettiness of others. St Joan did it and so can we.”

– From: Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris/2015

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THERE WAS BUT ONE ATONEMENT; THERE ARE TEN THOUSAND JUSTIFICATIONS

And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. (Lk 22:19)

“As in God’s counsels it was necessary for the atonement that there should be a material, local, sacrifice of the Son once and for all: so for our individual justification, there must be a spiritual, ubiquitous communication of that sacrifice continually. There was but one atonement; there are ten thousand justifications…

His rising again was the necessary condition of his applying to his elect the virtue of that atonement which his dying wrought for all men. Thus he died to purchase what he rose again to apply.”

Bl. John Henry Newman; The Son of God redeems us, the Holy Spirit sanctifies us. Jfc., 205-6

 

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A SELECTION OF SHORT INDULGENCED PRAYERS

Please memorise them that you can use them on any occasion and in particular needs.

To the King of ages, immortal and invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, if this ejaculation is recited devoutly every day for a month.

My God and my all.

An indulgence of 300 days.

O God, be merciful to me, the sinner.

An indulgence of 500 days.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when the invocation has been devoutly recited every day for a month.

My God, I love Thee.

An indulgence of 300 days.

My Jesus, mercy.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when this invocation is devoutly recited every day for a month.

My Lord and my God!

The faithful who, at the elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass or when it is solemnly exposed, recite this ejaculation with faith, piety and love, are granted: An indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a week, if this pious practice is followed daily, on conditions of confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Hail, O Cross, our only hope.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence once a month under the usual conditions for the daily repetition of this ejaculation. The faithful who invoke the sacred names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph conjointly, may gain: an indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for the daily repetition of the invocation.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions if this invocation be devoutly repeated daily.

Queen of the most holy Rosary; pray for us.

An indulgence of 300 days.

Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us 

An indulgence of 300 days.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, let me breathe forth my spirit in peace with you.

An indulgence of 7 years for each invocation. A plenary indulgence on the usual condition, for the recitation of each of the foregoing invocations every day for a month.

From a sudden and unprovided death, deliver us, O Lord.

An indulgence of 300 days.

– Selected Indulgenced Prayers from ‘The Raccolta’

 

 

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WITHOUT FAITH, EVERY HUMAN LABOUR IS EMPTY

“Jesus says to his friends in the boat who were terrified at the storm, ‘How is it that you have no faith?’ Let us prayerfully reflect on what some holy people have written about faith:

• Faith is the ear of the soul. (St Clement of Alexandria)

• Just as the mere memory of fire does not warm the body, so also faith without love doesn’t produce the light of knowledge in the soul. (St Maximus the Confessor)

• Without faith, every human labour is empty. (St Fulgence of Ruspe)

• I may love by halves, I may obey by halves; I cannot believe by halves: either I have faith, or I have it not. (Blessed John Henry Newman)

• The spiritual quest is a continuous act of faith, a faith that spiritual experience is the most real thing in human life and that all other categories of experience are subordinate to the fact of God. (Martin Israel – priest and spiritual director)

• Faith is the union of God with the soul. (St John of the Cross)

• What is required of you is faith and a sincere life, not loftiness and intellect of deep knowledge of the mysteries of God. (Thomas a Kempis – spiritual writer)

• Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. (St Augustine of Hippo)

• Faith is a beam radiating from the face of God. (St John Dudes)

• God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ increase us in faith and truth and gentleness. (Prayer of St Polycarp)”

– From: “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris” / June 2015

 

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PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO STUDY OR TEACH THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

“HELP US TO CLING STEADFASTLY TO THE CATHOLIC FAITH”

Lord Jesus Christ, by Your Holy Spirit You give to some the word of wisdom, to others the word of knowledge, and to still others the word of faith.

Grant us a knowledge of the Father and of Yourself. Help us to cling steadfastly to the Catholic faith. In our studies and in our teaching make us seek only the extension of Your kingdom and Your holy Church both in ourselves and in others. Amen.

 
 

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PRAYERS AND BIBLE READINGS FOR THE BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY SCENE

The Nativity Scene (Crib, Christmas Creche) may be sprinkled with Holy Water at the end of the ceremony.

In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
~ Amen.

(Sing a Christmas carol.)

A READING FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST LUKE 2:1-20
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus… as it had been told them. The Gospel of the Lord.

ALL: ~ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

PRAYER OF BLESSING:
Jesus of Bethlehem,
you came down from heaven
to teach us that we are all the children of God,
beloved of the Father, and temples of the Holy Spirit.
Bless + this crib of ours,
as we meditate on your loving care for us
that calls us to love you with all our hearts
and our neighbour as ourselves.
Jesus of the crib and of the cross,
be with us, now and forever.
~ Amen.

LET US PRAY:
Almighty and merciful God,
by the birth of your only-begotten Son
in the stable of Bethlehem,
set us free from the bondage of sin
and bring us into the land of peace and plenty,
through the same Christ our Lord.
~ Amen.

 
 

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O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant.
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him,
born the king of angels:

O come, let us adore him, (3)
Christ the Lord.

2. God of God,
Light of light,
lo! he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
very God,
begotten not created:

3. Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation,
sing all ye citizens of heaven above;
glory to God
in the highest:

4. Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
word of the Father,
now in flesh appearing:

– 18th century; tr. F. Oakeley

 
 

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