St Seraphin of Montegranaro

Featured Saint: St Seraphin of Montegranaro (1540 – 1604)

St Seraphin was born the second of four children into a poor family at Montegranaro, Italy. His father was a stone mason. St Seraphin, being of slight frame, was hired out as a shepherd rather than follow in his father’s footsteps. This also suited his nature, preferring a life of peace and prayer.

St Seraphin’s first attempt at joining the Capuchin Order met with a refusal, perhaps because of his frail build and poor education, but in 1556 he was finally accepted. He spent the following 40yrs of his life in obedience, simplicity, fasting, penance and charity; holding a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary. His main duty was porter in various friaries but his joy was in helping others and praying for others. He became renowned for his gift of prophecy and holiness and, numerous lay and religious sought his regular assistance.

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

Celtic CrossShort Quote: Jesus said, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” (Luke 11:29)

Thoughts: Jesus’ ultimate sign to us, was his resurrection from the dead. One day, we will enjoy that same glory.

Reflection: St Seraphim once said, “When I entered religious life I was a poor, unskilled ravelle, lacking both talent and potential. I remained as I was, and this caused so many humiliations and rebukes which the devil used as opportunities to tempt me to leave religious life and retreat to some desert, withdrawing into myself. I entrusted myself to the Lord”.

Reflection: Lord Jesus, stir our hearts so that we are always ready to meet you.

Prayer: Death and Resurrection ~ by Karl Barth
O Lord God, our Father.
You are the light that can never be put out;
and now you give us a light that shall drive away all darkness.
You are love without coldness,
and you have now given us such warmth in our hearts that we can love all whom we meet.
You are the life that defies death,
and you have now opened for us the way that leads to eternal life.

St Seraphim: Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: You Raise Me Up

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

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(12th October 2015 ~ Luke 11:29-32)