Catholic devotions for the 10th September

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Saint of the Day
Reading of the Martyrology
Dedication of the Month
Dedication of the Day
Five Wounds Rosary in Latin
Seven Sorrows Rosary in English
Latin Monastic Office
Reading of the Rule of Saint Benedict
Celebration of Mass
Reading from the School of Jesus Crucified

Feast of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, Patron of Holy Souls

Nicholas of Tolentino (1245-1305) was a simple priest and Augustinian friar who touched the lives of many.

His sprit of prayer, penance, austerity of life and devotion to the Holy Souls were notable. His preaching brought many to Christ.

Nicholas Gurutti was born in 1245 in Sant'Angelo, Pontano, Macerata, Italy. His family was rather poor.

He joined the Augustinian Order while a young man, after hearing the inspired preaching of Reginaldo da Monterubbiano, Prior (local superior) of the Augustinian monastery in Sant'Angelo.

As a priest and religious, he was full of charity towards his brother Augustinians as well as towards the people to whom he ministered. He visited the sick and cared for the needy. He was a noted preacher of the Gospel. He gave special attention to those who had fallen away from the Church. People considered him a miracle worker.

He often fasted and performed other works of penance. He spent long hours in prayer.

The story is told that, one day, having fasted for a long time, Nicholas was physically weak. While at prayer, Jesus told him to eat some bread marked with a cross and soaked in water in order to regain his strength. Thus arose the Augustinian custom of blessing and distributing Saint Nicholas Bread in his memory.

Another story relates that Nicholas, while asleep in bed, heard the voice of a deceased friar he had known. This friar told Nicholas that he was in Purgatory, and urged him to celebrate the Eucharist for him and other souls there, so that they would be set free by the power of Christ. Nicholas did so for seven days. The friar again spoke to Nicholas, thanking him and assuring him that a large number of souls were now with God. Because of this Nicholas was proclaimed patron of the souls in Purgatory.

He is also considered the patron saint against epidemic disease and against fires.

During most of his adult life, Nicholas lived in Tolentine, Italy. There he died September 10, 1305. Canonized in 1446 by Pope Eugene IV, Nicholas is the first Augustinian friar to be canonized after the Grand Union of the Order of St. Augustine in 1256.

The remains of St. Nicholas are preserved at the Shrine of Saint Nicholas in the city of Tolentino.

The Reading from the Martyrology

September is the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

Saint Bridget (or Birgitta) of Sweden 1303 – 1373. From childhood, the Lord granted her special graces, visions and an extraordinary understanding of divine mysteries. At age seven, she had a vision of the crucified Jesus in all the suffering and sorrow of his Passion, which enkindled within her a deep devotion for our Savior.

She was married and one of her children was Saint Catherine of Sweden. At age 32, she was known for her charitable acts, especially caring for the sick, and spending much of her time in prayer and penance.

St. Bridget’s visions became more frequent and intense. Her astonishing revelations documented carefully by her confessors, filled several volumes. In fact, Bridget was His voice in her visions that dictated to her to found a new religious order. She then founded The Order of the Most Holy Savior, or Bridgettines.

She also exerted her influence in the cause of the Church’s reform in the courts, episcopal palaces, the abbeys and even at the Holy See.
She was canonized in 1391 by Pope Boniface IX. It was for her practical works of charity, that she was canonized, and not for her revelations.

Our Lady lamented to St. Bridget that very few consoled Her by meditating on Her Sorrows and that the greater part of the world lived in forgetfulness of them:

‘I look around at all who are on earth, to see if by chance there are any who pity Me, and meditate upon My Sorrows; and I find that there are very few. Therefore, My daughter, though I am forgotten by many, at least do you not forget Me; consider My anguish, and imitate, as far as you can, My grief. 

Sunday is the Day dedicated to the Resurrection & the Holy and Undivided Trinity

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Sunday

The Rosary in Latin 

Chaplet of the Five Holy Wounds of Christ in Latin 

Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady in English

The Reading of the Rule of Saint Benedict for September 10
II. Qualis debeat esse abbas
1 Abbas qui praeesse dignus est monasterio semper meminere debet quod dicitur et nomen maioris factis implere. 
2 Christi enim agere vices in monasterio creditur, quando ipsius vocatur pronomine, 
3 dicente apostolo: Accepistis spiritum adoptionis filiorum, in quo clmamus: abba, pater.
4 Ideoque abbas nihil extra praeceptum Domini quod sit debet aut docere aut constituere vel iubere, 
5 sed iussio eius vel doctrina fermentum divinae iustitiae in discipulorum mentibus conspargatur, 
6 memor semper abbas quia doctrinae suae vel discipulorum oboedientiae, utrarumque rerum, in tremendo iudicio Dei facienda erit discussio. 
7 Sciatque abbas culpae pastoris incumbere quicquid in ovibus paterfamilias utilitatis minus potuerit invenire. 
8 Tantundem iterum erit ut, si inquieto vel inoboedienti gregi pastoris fuerit omnis diligentia attributa et morbidis earum actibus universa fuerit cura exhibita, 
9 pastor eorum in iudicio Domini absolutus dicat cum propheta Domino: Iustitiam tuam non abscondi in corde meo, veritatem tuam et salutare tuum dixi; ipsi autem contemnentes spreverunt me, 
10 et tunc demum inoboedientibus curae suae ovibus poena sit eis praevalens ipsa mors.

Chapter 2 Qualities the Abbot must have
1 An abbot who is worthy to govern a monastery must always remember what he is called and fulfill the name “superior” in his deeds.  
2 For it is Christ’s place that he is believed to hold in the monastery, since he is addressed by His title, 
3 as the apostle said: You have received the spirit of adoption of sons by which we cry, “Abba, Father” (Rom 8:15).
4 Therefore the abbot should never teach or enact or command anything contrary to the precepts of the Lord;
5 rather his commands and his teaching, like the leaven of divine justice, are to suffuse the minds of his disciples: 
6  The abbot is to remember always that his teaching and the obedience of his disciples - both of these matters - will be examined at the fearful judgment of God. 
7 And the abbot must know that the shepherd will be considered at fault if the father of the household finds that the sheep bring no profit.  
8 If, on the other hand, he has exercised all pastoral diligence over a restless and disobedient flock, always striving to heal their unhealthy ways; 
9 then their shepherd will be absolved at the judgment of the Lord, and will say  to the Lord with the prophet: I have not hidden your justice in my heart; I have declared your truth and your salvation (Ps 40:11), but they condemned and spurned me (Isa 1:2, Ezek 20:27).; 
10 and then the sheep disobedient to his care will be punished by overpowering death.

Today's Celebration of the Mass

With Saint Augustine and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino

Jesus XPI Passio sit semper in cordibus nostris
May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts