Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Saint October 2 : Guardian Angels Feast - Every human has their very own Guardian Angel and Today is their Day!

This feast, like many others, was local before it was placed in the Roman calendar. It was not one of the feasts retained in the Pian breviary, published in 1568; but among the earliest petitions from particular churches to be allowed, as a supplement to this breviary, the canonical celebration of local feasts, was a request from Cordova in 1579 for permission to have a feast in honour of the guardian angels. (Bäumer, "Histoire du Breviaire", II, 233.) Bäumer, who makes this statement on the authority of original documents published by Dr. Schmid (in the "Tübinger Quartalschrift", 1884), adds on the same authority that "Toledo sent to Rome a rich proprium and received the desired authorization for all the Offices contained in it, Valencia also obtained the approbation in February, 1582, for special Offices of the Blood of Christ and the Guardian Angels."
So far the feast of Guardian Angels remained local. Paul V placed it (27 September, 1608) among the feasts of the general calendar as a double "ad libitum" (Bäumer, op. cit., II, 277). Nilles gives us more details about this step. "Paul V", he writes, "gave an impetus to the veneration of Guardian Angels (long known in the East and West) by the authorization of a feast and proper office in their honour. At the request of Ferdinand of Austria, afterwards emperor, he made them obligatory in all regions subject to the Imperial power; to all other places he conceded them ad libitum, to be celebrated on the first available day after the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel. It is believed that the new feast was intended to be a kind of supplement to the Feast of St. Michael, since the Church honoured on that day (29 September) the memory of all the angels as well as the memory of St. Michael (Nilles, "Kalendarium", II, 502). Among the numerous changes made in the calendar by Clement X was the elevation of the Feast of Guardian Angels to the rank of an obligatory double for the whole Church to be kept on 2 October, this being the first unoccupied day after the feast of St. Michael (Nilles, op. cit., II, 503). Finally Leo XIII (5 April, 1883) favoured this feast to the extent of raising it to the rank of a double major.
Such in brief is the history of a feast which, though of comparatively recent introduction, gives the sanction of the Church's authority to an ancient and cherished belief. The multiplicity of feasts is in fact quite a modern development, and that the guardian angels were not honoured with a special feast in the early Church is no evidence that they were not prayed to and reverenced. There is positive testimony to the contrary (see Bareille in Dict. de Theol. Cath., s.v. Ange, col. 1220). It is to be noted that the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael is amongst the oldest feasts in the Calendar. There are five proper collects and prefaces assigned to this feast in the Leonine Sacramentary (seventh century) under the title "Natalis Basilicae Angeli in Salaria" and a glance at them will show that this feast included a commemoration of the angels in general, and also recognition of their protective office and intercessory power. In one collect God is asked to sustain those who are labouring in this world by the protecting power of his heavenly ministers (supernorum . . . . praesidiis . . . . ministrorum). In one of the prefaces, God is praised and thanked for the favour of angelic patronage (patrociniis . . . . angelorum). In the collect of the third Mass the intercessory power of saints and angels is alike appealed to (quae [oblatio] angelis tuis sanctisque precantibus et indulgentiam nobis referat et remedia procuret aeterna" (Sacramentarium Leonianum, ed. Feltoe, 107-8). These extracts make it plain that the substantial idea which underlies the modern feast of Guardian Angels was officially expressed in the early liturgies. In the "Horologium magnum" of the Greeks there is a proper Office of Guardian Angels (Roman edition, 329-334) entitled "A supplicatory canon to man's Guardian Angel composed by John the Monk" (Nilles, II, 503), which contains a clear expression of belief in the doctrine that a guardian angel is assigned to each individual. This angel is thus addressed "Since thou the power (ischyn) receivest my soul to guard, cease never to cover it with thy wings" (Nilles, II, 506).
For 2 October there is a proper Office in the Roman Breviary and a proper Mass in the Roman Missal, which contains all the choice extracts from Sacred Scripture bearing on the three-fold office of the angels, to praise God, to act as His messengers, and to watch over mortal men. "Let us praise the Lord whom the Angels praise, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim proclaim Holy, Holy, Holy" (second antiphon of Lauds). "Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared. Take notice of him, and hear his voice" (Exodus 23; capitulum ad Laudes). The Gospel of the Mass includes that pointed text from St. Matthew 18:10: "See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." Although 2 October has been fixed for this feast in the Roman calendar, it is kept, by papal privilege, in Germany and many other places on the first Sunday (computed ecclesiastically) of September, and is celebrated with special solemnity and generally with an octave (Nilles, II, 503). (See ANGEL; INTERCESSION.) The Catholic Encyclopedia
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:
336 From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.202 "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life."203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

Prayer: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Every this day and night be at my side to lighten, to guard, to rule and to guide. Amen

Pope Francis celebrates Vespers "...the way of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who made prayer the fuel of missionary action in the world." Full Text + Video



CELEBRATION OF VESPERS FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE MISSIONARY MONTH

PAPAL CHAPEL

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER, POPE FRANCIS

Vatican Basilica
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

In the parable we heard, the Lord presents himself as a man who, before leaving, calls the servants to hand over his goods to them (see Mt 25:14). God has entrusted us with his greatest possessions: our life, that of others, so many different gifts for each one. And these goods, these talents, do not represent something to keep in a safe, it represents a call: the Lord calls us to make the talents bear fruit with boldness and creativity. God will ask us if we will be put into play, risking, perhaps losing face. This extraordinary missionary month wants to be a shock to provoke us to become active in good. Notaries of faith and guardians of grace, but missionaries.

You become a missionary by living as witnesses: witnessing with your life to know Jesus. It is life that speaks. Witness is the key word, a word that has the same root as a martyr's meaning. And the martyrs are the first witnesses of faith: not in words, but in life. They know that faith is not propaganda or proselytism, it is a respectful gift of life. They live spreading peace and joy, loving everyone, even their enemies for Jesus' sake. So we, who have discovered we are children of the heavenly Father, how can we keep silent about the joy of being loved, the certainty of always being precious in God's eyes? It is the announcement that so many people await. And it is our responsibility. Let us ask ourselves this month: how is my testimony going?

At the end of the parable the Lord says "good and faithful" who was enterprising; "The wicked and the lazy" is instead the servant who was on the defensive (see verses 21.23.26). Why is God so severe with this fearful servant? What has he done? His evil is not having done good, he has a sin of omission. San Alberto Hurtado said: "It is good not to hurt. But it is bad not to do good ”. This is the sin of omission. And this can be the sin of a whole life, because we have received life not to bury it, but to put it into play; not to hold it, but to give it. Whoever is with Jesus knows that one has what one gives, one possesses what one gives; and the secret to possessing life is to give it. To live with omissions is to deny our vocation: the omission is the opposite of mission.

We sin of omission, that is, against the mission, when, instead of spreading joy, we close ourselves in a sad victimhood, thinking that nobody loves us and understands us. We sin against the mission when we give in to resignation: "I can't do it, I'm not capable". But how? Did God give you talents and do you think you are so poor that you can't enrich anyone? We sin against the mission when, lamenting, we continue to say that everything is bad, in the world as in the Church. We sin against the mission when we are slaves of the fears that immobilize and we allow ourselves to be paralyzed by "it has always been like that". And we sin against the mission when we live life as a burden and not as a gift; when we are at the center with our efforts, not the brothers and sisters who are waiting to be loved.

"God loves one who gives with joy" (2 Cor 9: 7). He loves an outgoing Church. But let's be careful: if it's not coming out it's not Church. The Church is on the street, the Church is walking. An outgoing, missionary Church is a Church that wastes no time in mourning the things that are not right, the faithful who no longer have, the values ​​of a time that no longer exist. A Church that does not seek protected oases to stay quiet; he just wants to be salt of the earth and leaven for the world. This Church knows that this is its strength, the same as Jesus: not social or institutional relevance, but humble and gratuitous love.

Today we enter the missionary October accompanied by three "servants" who have borne much fruit. It shows us the way of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who made prayer the fuel of missionary action in the world. This is also the month of the Rosary: ​​how much do we pray for the spread of the Gospel, to convert us from the omission to the mission? Then there is St. Francis Xavier, one of the great missionaries of the Church. He also shakes us: let's get out of our shells, are we able to leave our comforts for the Gospel? And there is the Venerable Pauline Jaricot, a worker who supported the missions with her daily work: with the offers she deducted from her salary, it was at the beginning of the Pontifical Mission Societies. And do we make every day a gift to overcome the gap between the Gospel and life? Please do not live a "sacristy" faith.
We are accompanied by a religious, a priest and a lay person. They tell us that no one is excluded from the mission of the Church. Yes, in this month the Lord also calls you. Call you, father and mother of a family; you, a young man who dreams of great things; you, who works in a factory, in a shop, in a bank, in a restaurant; you, who are out of work; you, who are in a hospital bed ... The Lord asks you to make yourself a gift where you are, as you are, with those around you; not to suffer life, but to give it; not to cry on yourself, but to let yourself be dug by the tears of those who suffer. Courage, the Lord expects so much from you. He also expects someone to have the courage to leave, to go where there is most lack of hope and dignity, where too many people still live without the joy of the Gospel. "But do I have to go alone?" No, this is wrong. If we have in mind to do the mission with business organizations, with work plans, it does not go. The protagonist of the mission is the Holy Spirit. He is the protagonist of the mission. You go with the Holy Spirit. Go, the Lord will not leave you alone; testifying, you will discover that the Holy Spirit has come before you to prepare the way. Courage, brothers and sisters; courage, Mother Church: find your fruitfulness in the joy of the mission!
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Quote to SHARE by St. Thérèse "It is not to remain in a golden ciborium that He comes down each day from Heaven, but to find another Heaven..."


"It is not to remain in a golden ciborium that He comes down each day from Heaven, but to find another Heaven, the Heaven of our soul in which He takes delight."
by St.  Therese of Lisieux(1915) in 
“Thoughts of Saint Thérèse”, p.72, TAN Books

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for October that "the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary 'Spring' in the Church." - Full Text + Video


Pope's October prayer intention: For a Missionary “Spring” in the Church
In his prayer intention for the month of October 2019, Pope Francis invites us to pray that "the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary 'spring' in the Church."

The full text of his intention is below:
Today, a new impulse to the Church’s missionary activity is needed to face the challenge of proclaiming Jesus and his death and resurrection.

Reaching the peripheries – the human, cultural, and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel: this is what we call the “missio ad gentes”.
We must also remember that the heart of the Church’s mission is prayer.
In this Extraordinary Missionary Month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary “spring” for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church,

A Deacon explains some things for Catholics to Consider before Voting - Let’s be honest!



Let’s be honest! by Rev. Mr. Guy Dacquay, Permanent Deacon

I’m sure most of us have heard the old English proverb: Honesty is the best policy?  That simple phrase has always been an important guiding value in my life. For we Christians, honesty is identified as one of the cardinal virtues we are called to practice. With our children, one of the first things we teach them not to tell a lie. But let’s be honest, we know that it means more than that. Honesty is about living in a morally upright way, following God’s law of love and truth in the way we speak and in the way we act.

We are being honest when we don't say things about people that aren't true, when we admit to our actions even if it gets us in trouble, and when we explain how a situation really happened. We behave honestly when we do what we know is the right thing to do, according to God’s truth and way of love. So we don’t hide the truth and deceive people, we don’t break the rules and cheat to have an advantage, and we don’t take something that isn't ours by stealing.

Now I think we can all agree on the importance of that.  But let’s be honest, how many of us haven’t succumbed to the temptations of being dishonest in our lives? When we were little children, we might have lied when we stole a cookie out of the jar to avoid punishment. Or when were teens, we perhaps lied to cover up smoking with our friends, again to avoid the wrath of Mom, right?

Now looking back, we might agree that these were only small mistakes and we would not consider them too serious a weight on the scale of justice. But let’s be honest, if we consider what Jesus is teaching in today’s Gospel, are these little cover ups truly to be discounted? Jesus say’s that ‘…whoever is dishonest in very little is dishonest also in much.’ (Lk 16.10). Now, there’s not much wiggle room here! Our Lord further states that small dishonesties are closely related to great dishonesty, which means that they can be the root and seed of greater problem if left unchecked.  This is why parents and schools need to use the little incidents of our childhood and youth to teach God’s truth with love and discipline, so that the virtue of honesty can be deeply seeded in our children and help them to contribute building a peaceful, just, and safe society.

But being honest can be a great challenge due to the weakness of our human sinful nature.  The allures of wealth and power can tempt many to love and serve themselves while disregarding service and love for God and neighbour. In today’s first reading, we see what ultimately happens when merchants work only to make more money at the total expense of the poor and oppressed. They will even go as far as tampering with weigh scales, so that they cheat the buyer out of what they should have received! I’m sure none of us here likes to be ripped off, and neither does God who wants all of our love!

Through the prophet Amos, God tells the people of Israel that such self-serving dishonesty will not be forgotten and implies that they will be held to account for their wickedness. Some 700 years later, Jesus further clarifies this principle in the parable found in the long version of today’s Gospel. It tells the story about a corrupt manager who, while facing serious charges of wasteful mismanagement, knows how to shrewdly deal with creditors to save his hide.
Jesus uses this parable not to promote dishonest gain, but to show how humans are endowed in their creation by God with the ability to reason through situations and the freedom to choose to do what is right.  They can recognize what love demands according to God’s truth and to live accordingly, which will lead them to eternal life just like God’s children who follow the light of Jesus! But one of the great obstacles to finding and serving God is when a person allows the pursuit of wealth to dominate their life!

Now it’s true that to survive in today’s world, people need to work and make money and countries need to produce and exchange goods, relying on investment and strong economic principles. As they say, money makes the world go ‘round! But the economic health and prosperity of countries must always take a backseat to upholding the dignity, rights and well-being of all people, whom God has created in His image and likeness. And in this regard, when it comes to setting priorities between God and money, Jesus teaches that when choosing to serve God, that there are no half measures…it’s an all or nothing deal!

But let’s be honest, how many of us don’t get pre-occupied with the health of our country’s economy or our own bottom line? How many seek to shrewdly manage their wealth by avoiding paying taxes, or in saving money for services done through under the table agreements? When this happens, some people do benefit, but this is on the back of all taxpayers who will ultimately need to pay higher taxes so that the government can continue to fund important services. And when governments can’t fund services adequately, they then look to cut back on certain programs that always affect someone, which are often the poor and those needing the most support.  Yes, governments need to establish fair taxation and rules that are enforced so that all citizens can be protected and benefit equally.



Indeed, the state has a great responsibility towards the people they govern. To ensure the common good and a peaceful society, they must operate honestly, justly and transparently. But let’s be honest, how can governments do this if their leaders and ruling parties focus only on gaining and keeping power at all cost? How can governments magnanimously seek the well being of all citizens, when they allow themselves be guided by worldly ideologies that are contrary to God’s laws, and when they behave in sometimes underhanded or even unlawful ways to achieve their ends?

Now we can certainly look that the desperation of peoples in some countries of South America or Africa, and point to the obvious badness of their leaders and governments. But let’s be honest, even our own country is suffering from the dishonesty of government leaders who either avoid making important laws that would prohibit abortion, or in promulgating laws that support euthanasia and assisted suicide. Many in our society seem to be thinking, yes but there’s much burden and cost involved in caring for unwanted children and those who are terminally ill or don’t want to live. But who do we want to serve, God or wealth?

As many of us know, Canada is currently in an election period. We are blessed in Canada to have a democratic process for electing the leaders who will work to shape and direct social and economic policies that seek to balance the needs of its citizens. It’s certainly far from a perfect process, but democracy in principle is a fair system that gives freedom and power to the people to have an equal say in who leads their government. But to be truly effective, all citizens eligible to vote should conscientiously work to identify and choose the right leadership that will best serve the country to ensure everyone’s well-being. And they need to be held accountable when they don’t.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has recently published a voter’s guide on their website that provides very important direction for us to consider. In it they say that ‘While Christian beliefs do not constitute a political platform, they can be seen as a prism through which to analyze and evaluate government policies, laws, and programs’ (CCCB Voting as Catholics, 2019 Federal Election Guide, p.1). And so we are called to apply the principles and virtues of our faith in Jesus and the teachings of his Church when discerning who to support in an election and what public policies should be in place.

As believers and citizens in our democratic society, we are given the right to vote and it is our duty and responsibility to speak out against injustice and dishonesty. We also strive to work together to ensure a peaceful and just society, while ensuring no one is left behind, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. But let’s be honest, do our government leaders allow us to freely exercise our democratic rights of freedom of speech and religion that enable us to do this? Disturbingly, a number of moral issues are currently kept off the political discussion radar: abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, divorce, homosexual unions and marriage, and gender/sexuality debates among others. Meanwhile some political parties won’t even allow their members to hold objective views on these issues or vote according to their conscience!

Now some may be saying, ‘Well these topics are done with so we should just move on. Besides that, the Church should not to be involved in partisan politics anyways.’ But is that what God expects us to do? I don’t think so.

God certainly leaves us the freedom to make choices but he does not operate at a distance from our actions.  As St. Paul reminds us in today’s second reading, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the ransom for our sins has been paid and we have been reconciled to our Father in Heaven. And so God now walks with us and wants to share intimately in the way we work in our society and its governance. So we must love, respect, and serve God first, and then let our actions be guided by our faith and beliefs.

Now some may say ‘Ok, but what do we do when all the major parties seemed to have taken similar stands on important moral issues?’ Well in situations like this where there seems to be evil on all sides, the moral theology of the Church teaches us to strive and choose the lesser of the evils. In other words, vote for the party that shows the most potential in upholding what is right and just in accordance with God’s law.

And there are indeed a number of important competing issues and values to assess a party against. How do we know which ones to prioritize?  Well there are of course many important values we can refer to are based on the social teachings of our faith. The first and foremost of these is the right to life from conception to natural death. As Fr. Tom Lynch, National Director for Priests for Life wrote in their recent newsletter ‘..without a right to life, no other rights are worthwhile!’ (Priests for Life Canada, 2019, Issue 4, p. 1). I would also add that a political party’s willingness to support the freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and religion are right up there in priority. Now, if we are not familiar with the important social values taught by Jesus and our Church, then we have a duty to inform ourselves and our consciences about what we believe.

Once informed, then we must then study the policies and positions of the candidate parties and local representatives. Any canvassers coming to our doorsteps should be asked what they will do to help the most vulnerable: the poor, the unborn child, the terminally ill and those seeking to end their life. While many are willing and eager to debate important issues about our indigenous peoples or climate change, are we ready to speak up in defense of life? As political parties make public choices, look at their leaders to see what values they uphold. Will a leader who strongly advocates for abortion, euthanasia and right to assisted suicide likely to enshrine any pro-life policies?

Now, if we want all people and especially the poor and needy to benefit in our country and be raised by God to sit with the more fortunate as we read in today’s Psalm, then we need to get close to God, pray, and get involved in our democratic system…let’s not forget that we are the hands and feet of our
Lord in this world!  Since the happiness, peace, and justice of our society depend on each and every vote, then we must go out and vote for the right leaders whose values align with what we believe!

As we prepare to vote in our upcoming election, let us pray to receive God’s wisdom, pray for our fellow citizens, and pray for our political leaders and their parties involved in the upcoming election.

Let honesty be the best policy that guides each of us and our nation. Amen!

A Homily given on
25th Sunday Ordinary Time, September 22, 2019 – (Readings: Gospel: Lk 16.10-13 (short reading); 1st R Amos 8.4-7 ; Ps113; 2nd R 1 Tim 2.1-7


by Rev. Mr. Guy Dacquay, Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Ottawa

Deacon Guy Dacquay is a permanent deacon serving at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Deacon Guy and his spouse Christine are originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and have been married 35 years. Together they raised a family of six children and now have 8 grandchildren.  Deacon Guy was a career federal public servant who retired after 34 years of service as an inspector, policy officer and manager. Near the end of his career and after working many years volunteering in lay ministry and scouting, Deacon Guy pursued formation studies and was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2016. He is currently directing his parish Alpha program.

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Resources:

- Ignatius Study Bible

- https://talkingtreebooks.com/definition/what-is-honesty.html                               https://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/2019_Federal_Election_Guide.pdf

- Priests for Life Canada, 2019, Issue 4
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Novena to St.Therese Little Flower and Special Prayers with Litany, Rosary to Share! #LittleFlower


Prayers to St. Therese
of the Child Jesus,
the Little Flower

Patroness of the Missions & Missionaries
O glorious Saint Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind, I implore your Miraculous Intercession.
So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul our Holy Mother Church proclaims you a "Prodigy of Miracles...the Greatest Saint of Modern Times." Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (mention specifics here) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good upon the earth...of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses.
Henceforth, dear Little Flower, I will fulfill your plea "to be made known everywhere" and I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you.
Amen.
Little Flower Prayer
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love; ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more. Amen.

The Little Flower Rosary
Make the Sign of the Cross, and say on the first bead:
St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, Patroness of Missions, pray for us!
On each of the remaining 24 beads say 1 Glory be in honor of the Blessed Trinity, in thanksgiving for giving the world the Little Saint who lived only 24 years.
Concluding prayer to St. Therese:
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavently garden and sent it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more.

Litany of the Little Flower of Jesus 
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us,
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us,
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us,
Holy Mary, Pray for us
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us
Our Lady of Victory,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  servant of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  victim of the merciful love of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  spouse of Jesus, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  gift of Heaven, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  remarkable in childhood, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  an example of obedience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  resigned to the Divine Will of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of peace, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of patience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of gentleness, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  heroic in sacrifices, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  generous in forgiving, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  benefactress of the needy, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of Jesus, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  devoted to the Holy Face, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  consumed with Divine love of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  advocate of extreme cases, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  persevering in prayer, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  a powerful advocate with God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  showering roses, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  doing good upon earth, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  answering all prayers, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of Holy Chastity, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of voluntary poverty, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of obedience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  burning with zeal for God's glory, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  inflamed with the Spirit of Love,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  child of benediction, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  perfect in simplicity,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  so remarkable for trust in God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  gifted with unusual intelligence, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  never invoked without some answer, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  teaching us the sure way, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  victim of Divine Love, Pray for us
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O LordLamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us.
   Let us Pray:
         O God, Who didst inflame with Thy Spirit of Love the soul of Thy Servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love Thee and make Thee much loved.   Amen.

For Healing
Dearest Saint Therese, you are the Little Flower of Jesus. Pray this day that I may be made well in body, mind, and spirit. Help me to always see, as you so clearly did, that my sufferings and trials are meant to cleanse and purify me so that I may be more worthy to receive God's unending Love. Amen.

Little Flower Novena (to be prayed for 9 consecutive days)
Prayers to be said each day:
Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of divine love.
V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us prayO God, who have instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be ever truly wise and rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love: O my God! I believe in Thee: strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in Thee: do Thou secure them. I love Thee: teach me to love Thee daily more and more.
The Act of Contrition: O my God! I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance , and to amend my life. Amen.

Concluding Prayer Prayed Each Day:
O Lord, You have said: Unless you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven; grant us, we beg You, so to follow, in humility and simplicity of heart, the footsteps of the Virgin blessed Thérèse, that we may attain to an everlasting reward. Amen.
Special Prayers for Each Day:
First Day
St. Thérèse, privileged Little Flower of Jesus and Mary, I approach you with childlike confidence and deep humility. I lay before you my desires, and beg that through your intercession they may be realized. Did you not promise to spend your heaven doing good upon earth? Grant me according to this promise the favors I am asking from you.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but specially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Confidence in God. We can never have too much confidence in the good God who is so powerful and so merciful. We obtain from Him as much as we hope for. If you are nothing, do you forget that Jesus is everything? You have only to lose your nothingness in His Infinity and think only of loving Him.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Second Day
O dear little Saint, now that you see the crucified Jesus in heaven, still bearing the wounds caused by sin, you know still more clearly than you did upon earth the value of souls, and the priceless worth of that Precious Blood which He shed to save them. As I am one of those children for whom Christ died, obtain for me all the graces I need in order to profit by that Precious Blood. Use your great power with our divine Lord and pray for me.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Sin. The only grace I ask, O Jesus, is never to offend Thee. By love and not by fear, does a soul avoid committing the least fault. Yes, even if I have on my conscience every possible crime, I should lose none of my confidence; my heart breaking with sorrow, I should go and throw myself into the arms of my Savior. The remembrance of my faults humbles me and makes me afraid to rely on my own strength, which is nothing but weakness.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Third Day
Dear Little Flower, make all things lead me to heaven and God, Whether I look at the sun, the moon, the stars and the vast expanse in which they float, or whether I look at the flowers of the field, the trees of the forest, the beauties of the earth so full of color and so glorious, may they speak to me of the love and power of God; may they all sing His praises in my ear. Like you may I daily love Him more and more in return for His gifts. Teach me often to deny myself in my dealings with others, that I may offer to Jesus many little sacrifices.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: The Use of God’s Gifts. How much benefit have I received from the beauties of nature, bestowed in such abundance. How they raise me to Him who placed such wonders in this land of exile which is only to last a day. O sparkling nature, if I did not see God in you, you would be naught but a great tomb. With your little hand which caresses Mary, You sustain the universe and bestow life; and You think of me, O Jesus my little King. I do not wish creatures to have one atom of my love. I wish to give all to Jesus, since He has shown me that He alone is perfect happiness.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Fourth Day
Dear Little Flower of Carmel, bearing so patiently the disappointments and delays allowed by God, and preserving in the depths of your soul an unchanging peace because you sought only God’s will, ask for me complete conformity to that adorable Will in all the trials and disappointments of life. If the favors I am asking during this Novena are pleasing to God, obtain them for me. If not, it is true I shall feel the refusal keenly, but I too wish only God’s Will, and pray in the words you used, that I "may ever be perfectly fulfilled in me."
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Abandonment to God. I fear only one thing---to keep my own will; take it, my God, for I choose all that You choose. The only happiness here below is to strive to be always content with what Jesus gives us. I can demand nothing with fervor, except the perfect accomplishment of God’s will in my soul. O my Beloved, I offer myself to You, that You may perfectly accomplish in me Your holy designs, and I will not allow anything created to be an obstacle in their path.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Fifth Day
Little Flower of Jesus, from the very first moment of your religious life you thought only of denying yourself in all things so as to follow Jesus more perfectly; help me to bear patiently the trials of my daily life. Teach me to make use of the trials, the sufferings, the humiliations, that come my way, to learn to know myself better and to love God more.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Patience in Sufferings. I do not fear trials sent by Jesus, for even in the most bitter suffering we can see that it is His loving hand which causes it. When we are expecting nothing but suffering, we are quite surprised at the least joy; but then suffering itself becomes the greatest of joys when we seek it as a precious treasure. Far from resembling those beautiful saints who practiced all sorts of austerities from childhood, my penance consisted in breaking my self-will, in keeping back a sharp reply, in doing little kindnesses to those about me, but considering these deeds as nothing.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Sixth Day
St. Thérèse, Patroness of the Missions, be a great missionary throughout the world to the end of time. Remind our Master of His own words, "The harvest is great, but the laborers are few." Your zeal for souls was so great, obtain a like zeal for those now working for souls, and beg God to multiply their numbers, that the millions to whom Jesus is yet unknown may be brought to know, love and follow Him.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Zeal for souls. Let us work together for the salvation of souls. We have only the day of this life to save souls and to give them to the Lord as proofs of our love. I tell Jesus that I am glad not to be able to see, with the eyes of my soul, this beautiful heaven which awaits me, in order that He may vouchsafe to open it forever to poor unbelievers. I cannot perform brilliant works; I cannot preach the Gospel or shed my blood. But what matter? My brothers work in place of me, and I a little child, keep very close to the royal throne. I love for those who are carrying on the warfare. My deeds, my little sufferings, can make God loved all over the world.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Seventh Day
O little martyr of Love, you know now even better than in the days of your pilgrimage that Love embraces all vocations; that it is Love alone which counts, which unites us perfectly to God and conforms our will with His. All you sought on earth was love; to love Jesus as He had never yet been loved. Use your power in heaven to make us love Him. If only we love Him we shall desire to make Him loved by others; we shall pray much for souls. We shall no longer fear death, for it will unite us to Him forever. Obtain for us the grace to do all for the love of God, to give Him pleasure, to love Him so well that He may be pleased with us as He was with you.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Love of God. I will love God alone and will not have the misfortune of attaching myself to creatures, now that my heart perceive what He has in store for those who love Him. What attracts me to the kingdom of Heaven is the call of our Lord, the hope of loving Him as I have so desired and the thought that I shall be able to make Him loved by a great number of souls who will bless Him forever. When Christ said, "Give Me a Drink," it was the love of His poor creatures that He, the Creator of all things, desired. He thirsted for love. Remember that the dear Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone. Remember that He is consumed with a desire to come into your heart.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Eighth Day
Dear St. Thérèse, like you I have to die one day. I beseech you, obtain from God, by reminding Him of your own precious death, that I may have a holy death, strengthened by the Sacraments of the Church, entirely resigned to the most holy Will of God, and burning with love for Him. May my last words on earth be, "My God. I love You."
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Death. It says in the catechism that death is nothing but the separation of the soul and body. Well, I have no fear of a separation which will unite me forever with the good God. I am happy to die because I shall be able to help souls who are dear to me, far more than I can here below. Life is not sad; it is very joyous. If you say, "This exile is sad," I understand you. We are wrong to give the name "life" to something which will end; it is only to the things of Heaven that we should apply this beautiful name.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Ninth Day
Dear Little St. Thérèse, by love and suffering while you were on earth, you won the power with God which you now enjoy in heaven. Since your life there began, you have showered down countless blessings on this poor world; you have been an instrument made use of by your divine Spouse to work countless miracles. I beg of you to remember all my wants. Sufferings must come to me also, may I use them to love God more, and follow my Jesus better. You are especially the little missionary of love. Make me love Jesus more, and all others for His sake. With all my heart I thank the most Holy Trinity for the wonderful blessings conferred on you, and upon the world through you.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: The Mission of the Little Flower. I do not intend to remain inactive in Heaven. I want to work for the Church and for souls. I have asked this of God and I am certain that He will grant my request. I will spend my Heaven doing good upon earth. This is not impossible, since the angels though always enjoying the beatific vision, watch over us. No, I cannot be at rest until the end of the world. I beseech Thee, O Jesus, to cast Thy divine glance on a great number of little souls. I beg of Thee to choose in this world a legion of little victims, worthy of Thy Love.
Pray the Concluding Prayer
Novena Source: Medjugorje.org

Wow over 50,000 at March for Life in Slovakia - with many Youth and sponsorship by Kanet and the Catholic Bishops' Conference


The march was organised by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia and non-governmental organisation, Kanet.  The event was heavily promoted in churches around the country ensuring a massive turnout. Organisers stated that they were marching with the aim of achieving ‘societal and legislative protection of the life of every human from conception until natural death’.
Protesters gathered in the streets of Bratislava ahead of parliamentary debate on abortion restriction scheduled this month, Reuters reported.

The crowd carried signs with the slogans “A human is human regardless of size” and “Who kills an unborn child kills the future of the nation?" according to the news service.
The central European country currently allows abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy or 24 weeks if there is a health problem.
Lawmakers in the mainly Catholic nation, want to make abortions illegal -- even in cases of rape or if there is a health complication -- or legal until six or eight weeks into the pregnancy.
Parliament will discuss the proposed abortion limits, according to Reuters.
The event marked the third national pro-life march in Slovakia. The country’s first national march which was held in 2013 saw 80,000 Slovaks in attendance, with another estimated turnout of 80,000 two years later at the 2015 march. The attendance has been described as ‘massive by Slovak standards’, as the country has a current population of just over 5 million.
The event concluded with the unveiling of a memorial plaque to commemorate the 1.4 million people "who were not allowed to be born" because of the 60 years of legalised abortions in the state (then Czechoslovakia). Slovakia’s abortion numbers have continued to decline in recent years and are now only half that found in Scotland which has a similar population.
Reuters reported that a recent survey found 34.6 percent of the respondents in Slovakia supported limiting abortion accessibility, while 55.5 percent oppose it. Within the past decade abortions in Slovakia as a whole have almost been cut in half.
With information from https://www.spuc.org.uk

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - #Eucharist


Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 456

Reading 1ZEC 8:20-23

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
There shall yet come peoples,
the inhabitants of many cities;
and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another,
and say, "Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD";
and, "I too will go to seek the LORD."
Many peoples and strong nations shall come
to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem
and to implore the favor of the LORD.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
In those days ten men of every nationality,
speaking different tongues, shall take hold,
yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say,

"Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."

Responsorial PsalmPS 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (Zec 8:23) God is with us.
His foundation upon the holy mountains
the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
more than any dwelling of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
O city of God!
R. God is with us.
I tell of Egypt and Babylon
among those that know the LORD;
Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
“This man was born there.”
And of Zion they shall say:
 “One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
is the Most High LORD.”
R. God is with us.
They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
“This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
“My home is within you.”
 R. God is with us.

AlleluiaMK 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 9:51-56

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.