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St Margaret Mary Alacoque

"Love keeps Him there [in the Blessed Sacrament] as a victim completely and perpetually delivered over to sacrifice for the glory of the Father and for our salvation. Unite yourself with Him, then, …More
"Love keeps Him there [in the Blessed Sacrament] as a victim completely and perpetually delivered over to sacrifice for the glory of the Father and for our salvation. Unite yourself with Him, then, in all that you do. Refer everything to His glory. Set up your abode in this loving Heart of Jesus and you will there find lasting peace and the strength both to bring to fruition all the good desires He inspires in you, and to avoid every deliberate fault. Place in this Heart all your sufferings and difficulties. Everything that comes from the Sacred Heart is sweet. He changes everything into love." – St Margaret Mary Alacoque. Stained glass from the church of the Sacred Heart in Brussels.
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St Teresa of Avila

"Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things pass away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing; God alone suffices." – St Teresa of …More
"Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things pass away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing; God alone suffices." – St Teresa of Avila. Stained glass window from the Dominican church of St Dominic in San Francisco. I shall be preaching a novena here from 20-28 October 2019.
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St Teresa of Avila pray for all of us!
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Saint John Henry Newman

“It is told us again and again, that to make sinful creatures holy was the great end which our Lord had in view in taking upon Him our nature. The whole history of redemption, the covenant of mercy …More
“It is told us again and again, that to make sinful creatures holy was the great end which our Lord had in view in taking upon Him our nature. The whole history of redemption, the covenant of mercy in all its parts and provisions, attests the necessity of holiness in order to salvation... “Even supposing a man of unholy life were suffered to enter heaven, he would not be happy there; so that it would be no mercy to permit him to enter. None but the holy can look upon the Holy One; without holiness no man can endure to see the Lord... To obtain the gift of holiness is the work of a life." – St John Henry Cardinal Newman, who was canonised today (13 Oct 2019) by Pope Francis in Rome. This statue and relic of the new Saint is in the chapel at Littlemore (Oxford), where Newman became a Catholic and where he lived and prayed.
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Hoorah for St. Newman, Father of the Second Vatican Council!
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A Saint's Prayer Corner

"Now the great power of the Rosary lies in this, that it makes the Creed into a prayer; of course, the Creed is in some sense a prayer and a great act of homage to God; but the Rosary gives us the …More
"Now the great power of the Rosary lies in this, that it makes the Creed into a prayer; of course, the Creed is in some sense a prayer and a great act of homage to God; but the Rosary gives us the great truths of His life and death to meditate upon, and brings them nearer to our hearts. And so we contemplate all the great mysteries of His life and His birth in the manger; and so too the mysteries of His suffering and His glorified life. But even Christians, with all their knowledge of God, have usually more awe than love of Him, and the special virtue of the Rosary lies in the special way in which it looks at these mysteries; for with all our thoughts of Him are mingled thoughts of His Mother, and in the relations between Mother and Son we have set before us the Holy Family, the home in which God lived. Now the family is, even humanly considered, a sacred thing; how much more the family bound together by supernatural ties, and, above all, that in which God dwelt with His Blessed …More
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Blessed James of Ulm

A Dominican lay brother who lived from 1407-1491, he was inspired while praying at the tomb of St Dominic in Bologna to join the Order. A model of humility and obedience, Bl. James had learnt to …More
A Dominican lay brother who lived from 1407-1491, he was inspired while praying at the tomb of St Dominic in Bologna to join the Order. A model of humility and obedience, Bl. James had learnt to make stained glass windows from his father in Ulm, a German town well-known for this trade. As a Dominican brother he continued to make stained glass windows for the churches and convents that asked for them. Among the works of his that survive is a window in the great church of St Patronius in Bologna. Today (11 Oct) is his feast day. This stained glass window of the Beatus is in St Dominic's Priory church in London.
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Turning Golden

A beautiful autumnal October morning in London, with the sun shining upon the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary. Source: Lawrence OP on FlickrMore
A beautiful autumnal October morning in London, with the sun shining upon the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary.
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Un beau matin d’octobre automnal à Londres, le soleil brille sur le sanctuaire de Notre-Dame du Rosaire.
Una hermosa mañana otoñal de octubre en Londres, con el sol brillando sobre el Santuario de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.
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St Louis Bertrand

"The Lord, the God of Israel, visited his people in the lands of the Indies, sending them his servant, who went ahead of the Lord to prepare his ways before him." – Benedictus antiphon for St Louis …More
"The Lord, the God of Israel, visited his people in the lands of the Indies, sending them his servant, who went ahead of the Lord to prepare his ways before him." – Benedictus antiphon for St Louis Bertrand, Dominican "apostle of South America", whose feast is today (9 Oct). Detail from a painting in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.
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St Denis between Angels

"O God, who sent Saint Denis and his companions to preach your glory to the nations and strengthened them for their mission with the virtue of constancy in suffering, grant, we pray, that we may …More
"O God, who sent Saint Denis and his companions to preach your glory to the nations and strengthened them for their mission with the virtue of constancy in suffering, grant, we pray, that we may imitate them in disdaining prosperity in this world and in being undaunted by any trial. 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." – Collect for the feast of St Denis, bishop of Paris and martyr. This statue of the saint is from the facade of Notre Dame de Paris.
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St Denis ora pro nobis

The Best Part

"Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was …More
"Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’" – Luke 10:38-42, which is today's Gospel at Mass. Relief sculpture from the front facade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.
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Our Lady Gives the Rosary to St Dominic

"We well know the Rosary's powerful efficacy to obtain the maternal aid of the Virgin. By no means is there only one way to pray to obtain this aid. However, We consider the Holy Rosary the most …More
"We well know the Rosary's powerful efficacy to obtain the maternal aid of the Virgin. By no means is there only one way to pray to obtain this aid. However, We consider the Holy Rosary the most convenient and most fruitful means, as is clearly suggested by the very origin of this practice, heavenly rather than human, and by its nature. What prayers are better adapted and more beautiful than the Lord's prayer and the angelic salutation, which are the flowers with which this mystical crown is formed?" – Pope Pius XII Stained glass window from the Dominican nuns' Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Buffalo, NY.
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Nuestra Señora da el Rosario a Santo Domingo.
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Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

"From the frequent meditation on the Mysteries, the soul little by little and imperceptibly draws and absorbs the virtues they contain, and is wondrously enkindled with a longing for things immortal,…More
"From the frequent meditation on the Mysteries, the soul little by little and imperceptibly draws and absorbs the virtues they contain, and is wondrously enkindled with a longing for things immortal, and becomes strongly and easily impelled to follow the path which Christ Himself and His Mother have followed. The recitation of identical formulas repeated so many times, rather than rendering the prayer sterile and boring, has on the contrary the admirable quality of infusing confidence in him who prays and brings to bear a gentle compulsion on the motherly Heart of Mary." – Pope Pius XII Painting by Vasari from the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence.
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Month of the Holy Rosary

"We do not hesitate to affirm again publicly that We put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times. Not with force, not with arms, not with human power, …More
"We do not hesitate to affirm again publicly that We put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times. Not with force, not with arms, not with human power, but with Divine help obtained through the means of this prayer, strong like David with his sling, the Church undaunted shall be able to confront the infernal enemy, repeating to him the words of the young shepherd: "Thou comest to me with a sword, and a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of armies . . . and all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear, for this is his battle, and he will deliver you into our hands" (1 Kings 17: 45-47)" – Pope Pius XII Stained glass window from Holy Rosary Priory in Portland, OR.
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"Jasna Góra jest stolicą Maryi. Przez Maryję przyszedł Syn Boży, by zbawić świat i tu również przez Maryję przyjdzie zbawienie dla Polski przez …More
"Jasna Góra jest stolicą Maryi. Przez Maryję przyszedł Syn Boży, by zbawić świat i tu również przez Maryję przyjdzie zbawienie dla Polski przez intronizację. Gdy się to stanie, wówczas Polska będzie przedmurzem chrześcijaństwa, silną i potężną, o którą rozbiją się wszelkie ataki nieprzyjacielskie".
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The gift of blessed Roses

On Rosary Sunday (the 1st Sunday of October), the Dominican custom is to bless roses and to give them to the faithful to take to the sick and to their homes. Wherever they are taken, we pray that …More
On Rosary Sunday (the 1st Sunday of October), the Dominican custom is to bless roses and to give them to the faithful to take to the sick and to their homes. Wherever they are taken, we pray that they will bring God's healing and comfort, and that evil spirits will flee from the homes where they are placed. This photo was taken in the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in London (St Dominic's Priory).
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Relic of St Faustyna

When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: “You can do all things.”…More
When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: “You can do all things.” And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him.” - St Maria Faustyna Kowalska, apostle of the Divine Mercy, whose feast is on 5 October. Relic from the church of the Holy Rosary in Baltimore.
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Saint Francis of Assisi

"Almighty God, you helped our Seraphic Father Saint Francis to reflect the image of Christ through a life of poverty and humility. May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of Francis of …More
"Almighty God, you helped our Seraphic Father Saint Francis to reflect the image of Christ through a life of poverty and humility. May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, and by imitation of his joyful love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen." – Collect from the Dominican breviary for the feast of St Francis of Assisi (4 Oct). This 13th-century painting of the saint is from the Louvre museum in Paris.
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Our Holy Fathers in Holy Friendship

"What workers this father sent into his vineyard to uproot the thorns of vice and to plant the virtues! Truly, Dominic and Francis were two pillars of Holy Church: Francis with the poverty that was …More
"What workers this father sent into his vineyard to uproot the thorns of vice and to plant the virtues! Truly, Dominic and Francis were two pillars of Holy Church: Francis with the poverty that was his hallmark, and Dominic with learning." – St Catherine of Siena. This moving painting of the founders of the mendicant friars, united in holy friendship and a common love for Christ and his Church is in the sacristy of Santa Maria Novella, Florence.
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St Francis with Rosaries

"The eye of the Lord looked with favour upon him, raised him from his lowliness and lifted up his head. Many wondered at him and gave praise to the Lord." – Magnificat antiphon for the feast of St …More
"The eye of the Lord looked with favour upon him, raised him from his lowliness and lifted up his head. Many wondered at him and gave praise to the Lord." – Magnificat antiphon for the feast of St Francis of Assisi (4 Oct). This statue of the saint is in a native American parish near Phoenix, AZ.
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Labourers for the Harvest

"He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. " – Luke 10:2, which is part of today's Gospel. Photo of lavendar …More
"He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. " – Luke 10:2, which is part of today's Gospel. Photo of lavendar harvesting in Kent.
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Guardian Angel

"Holy angel, to whose care this poor soul and wretched body of mine have been given, do not cast me off because I am a sinner, do not hold aloof from me because I am not clean. Do not yield your …More
"Holy angel, to whose care this poor soul and wretched body of mine have been given, do not cast me off because I am a sinner, do not hold aloof from me because I am not clean. Do not yield your place to the Spirit of Evil; guide me by your influence on my mortal body. Take my limp hand and bring me to the path that leads to salvation. Yes, holy angel, God has given you charge of my miserable little soul and body. Forgive every deed of mine that has ever offended you at any time in my life; forgive the sins I have committed today. Protect me during the coming night and keep me safe from the machinations and contrivances of the Enemy, that I may not sin and arouse God’s anger. Intercede for me with the Lord; ask him to make me fear him more and more, and to enable me to give him the service his goodness deserves. Amen." – St Macarius of Egypt. Today, 2 October, is the feast of the Guardian Angels. Stained glass from St Mary's Basilica in Phoenix, AZ.
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St Therese of Lisieux

"O God, who open your Kingdom to those who are humble and to little ones, lead us to follow trustingly in the little way of Saint Thérèse, so that through her intercession we may see your eternal …More
"O God, who open your Kingdom to those who are humble and to little ones, lead us to follow trustingly in the little way of Saint Thérèse, so that through her intercession we may see your eternal glory revealed. 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." Statue of the Saint in the church of St Eustache in Paris. Today (1 Oct) is her feast day.
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