Seven Gifts Ltd

At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Seven Gifts Ltd has been called to be the outpost of evangelization by making available religious books and materials that adhere to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  These materials are intended to enrich the understanding of faithful Catholics, to enlighten our non-Catholic brothers and sisters as to the beauty of the Christ’s universal church established by Him for us on earth, and to do this while always exalting the magnificence of God.

A Look at Poverty in the Eyes of St. Vincent

st-vincent-de-paul-and-heartA few years back, I watched the movie “Monsieur Vincent”.  The film won “Best Foreign Language Film (Oscars)” in 1948.

It is the story of St. Vincent de Paul, also known as Pierre Fresnay.  Assigned at Chantillon, France, he  came to his parish finding it deserted.   In the 16th century, the feudal lords had the responsibility  over  large areas of land.  They were also  responsible for the peasants living within.

Hard times fell among the Chantillon people;  the poor became poorer.  Hunger and  misery showed in their  zombie-like walk, pacing  with their heads down.  Despair set in.  They lost their faith in God.  Why?  Because life became harder and the people were so dirt poor.  They felt God abandoned them.  The former parish priest failed  his duties and left the parish because of the deplorable conditions of the place.    The Nobles remained apathetic to the plight of the poor.  Lack of charity towards their neighbors created distaste for the poverty around them.

It might be hard for Americans to visualize this kind of life.  American’s poor does not resemble at all  the poverty in developing countries like those found in Africa and Southeast Asia.

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St. Vincent gave hope to the people.  He learned each day to live like the poor.  He understood why  we cannot blame them or respond  to their harsh remarks.   He struggled to change the outlook of the Nobles to perform corporal works of mercy to the  poor.

St. Vincent gained  sympathy and support from the Noble’s  wives but the struggles  of the poor overwhelmed their pampered hearts.  Basing it on feelings, the excitement of  charitable works  died down, as the fulfillment of the works fluctuated in their hearts just like any other emotions.      When this happens, the poor’s difficulties appear to be a series of desperate acts to keep seeking  water from the same water well so to speak.  With the bottomless problems that fill the poor’s lives, they start to vocalize their grievances, becoming negative and seemingly ungrateful.   Eventually, the benefactors are stunned with their callous demands, feeling physically and emotionally exhausted.

How did St. Vincent de Paul help us understand poverty? st-vincent-2

Since our mission is to “love one another”, there is no other way to live this commandment out but to serve the poorest in our midst.

Is it our neighbor? Is it that family in our parish?  Is it the poor in spirit in our midst?  Is the physically and emotionally vulnerable like women who just came out of the hospital or rehabilitation?  Is it the single woman that lives by herself and in need of a companion?  Is it the woman you know that came from a foreign land and has no immediate relatives?

The US is a rich country but we find the poor abounds in our midst.  The poorest in our children – the one who lost faith that there is a God, the one who demands more from us each day, the one who spews profanities at us, the one who nullifies each good effort we make?

St. Vincent asks us to continue to LOVE them.

We know we love our neighbors?  How can we love differently?

st-vincent-de-paulWe LOVE our neighbors  by showing TENDERNESS at all times.

WE LOVE our neighbors with a SMILE.

Our neighbors may be “poor in spirit” and we can only make them rich with OUR LOVE.

St. Vincent teaches us how to serve our neighbors like the poor:

 

You will soon realize

charity is a heavy load to carry.

It heavier to carry than a bucket of soap and a basket of bread

But you will always keep your tenderness and your smile

It is not hard to serve soup and bread, the rich can do that

But you are servant to the poor

daughter of charity

always smiling

always in a good mood

they are your masters, as you’ll see

touchy and demanding master

the uglier and the dirtier they are

the more unfair and vulgar they are

the more love you’ll have to give

only because of your love, and your love only.

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Through the intercession of St. Vincent de Paul today, teach us to love the poor and the poor in spirit so that we can authentically live out the command of our Lord Jesus Christ – to love one another.  Amen.

 

About Sr. Gertrude

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It is very exciting to have Sr. Gertrude as our main speaker at the upcoming “Joyful Hope Family Event”.   The following are her bio, talks, publications and addresses.

Sr Gertrude

Sister Gertrude Gillette was born in 1953 and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from St. Benedict Academy in Still River, Massachusetts, and joined a new community of Sisters who taught her during High School. When this community became Benedictine in 1980, Sr. Gertrude was among the founding members. After further training in the Benedictine life at Stanbrook Abbey, England, she made her Solemn Profession at St. Scholastica Priory in 1984. The following year the community moved from Still River to Petersham, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Magdalen College (New Hampshire), and her M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) from the Catholic University of America in Early Christian Studies/Patristics.

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Sister then had the opportunity to spend 6 years in Europe, teaching in Gaming, Austria (1996-1999), and in Rome (1999-2002), serving as superior of the international house of studies for Benedictine women (Casa Santa Lioba), and helping to set up the Monastic Formators’ Program. She also attended classes in Rome and obtained an S.T.B. from the Angelicum. It was during her years in Rome that she received the impetus to make a new Benedictine foundation which she and Sr. Theresa Scheuren began in 2003. She is received a licentiate thesis for the Collegio Sant’Anselmo in the field of Monastic Studies, entitled “Anger in Community: A look at Ancient Monastic Texts.” This was published under the title of “The Four Faces of Anger” Seneca, Evagrius Ponticus, Augustine and Cassian.”

Besides her role as superior of the new foundation, Sr. Gertrude works on putting together a monastic liturgy for the house. She is also an Associate Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University for over 8 years. She is currently working for the Charlotte Diocese in a variety of teaching roles.

 

Book review for: Candles in the Dark: The Authorized Biography of Fr. Richard

Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor, by Joseph Pearce.

Saint Benedict Press, Charlotte NC, 2013.

Published in StAR: Saint Austin Review, Vol. 13.6 Nov/Dec 2013: 40-41.

ANGER AND COMMUNITY IN THE RULE OF AUGUSTINE@

Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, Aug. 2011

Published in Studia Patristica LXX (2013) Vol 18: 591-600

FOUR FACES OF ANGER:

SENECA, EVAGRIUS PONTICUS, CASSIAN AND AUGUSTINE.

Published by University Press of America, June 2010

WHY ARE ANGER & FRIENDSHIP ALIGNED IN CASSIAN=S

     CONFERENCE 16?@

 Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,

Aug 2007. Published in Studia Patristica (2011):

SILENCE: HUMBLE HANDMAID OF PEACE@

Published in Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, no.65

(Nov 2003):14-37

 

AUGUSTINE AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PERPETUA=S WORDS:

 >And I was a man.=@  Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference,

Aug 1999. Published in Augustinian Studies 32:1 (Jan 2001): 115-125

 

“PURITY OF HEART in St. Augustine”

In Purity of Heart in Early Ascetic and Monastic Literature,

        Essays in Honor of Juana Raasch, O.S.B., edited by H. Luckman and

L.Kulzer, O.S.B., Liturgical Press, Collegeville, 1999: 175-195

 

“THE GLORY OF CHRIST’S SECOND COMING in St. Augustine’s 

          Enarrationes in psalmos

Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, England, Aug 1995

Published in Studia Patristica XXXIII (1997): 88-93; Transl. into Spanish in

Augustinus: San Augustín en Oxford (5.), Madrid, 1999

 

“RADEGUND’S MONASTERY AT POITIERS: The Rule and its Observance”

Delivered at the Oxford Patristic Conference, England, Aug 1991

Published in Studia Patristica XXV (1993): 381-387

 

More information is available at http://qopbenedictines.com/biography/

Litany in Honor of the Holy Infancy of The Blessed Virgin by St. John Eudes

Lord, have mercy on us,Christ, have mercy on us,

Lord, have mercy on us,

Infant Jesus, hear us,

Infant Jesus, graciously hear us,

God the Father of heaven,

God the Son, Redeemer of the World,

God the Holy Ghost,

Holy Infant Mary,

Infant Daughter of the Father,

Infant, Mother of the Son,

Infant, Spouse of the Holy Ghost,

Infant, fruit of the prayers of thy parents,

Infant, Sanctuary of the Holy Trinity,

Infant, riches of thy father,

Infant, delight of thy mother,

Infant, honor of thy father,

Infant, honor of thy mother,

Infant, miracle of nature,

Infant, prodigy of grace,

Immaculate in thy Conception,

Most holy in thy Nativity,

Most devout in thy Presentation,

Masterpiece of God’s grace,

Aurora of the Sun of Justice,

Beginning of our joy,

End of our evils,

Infant, joy of earth,

Pattern of our charity,

Model of our humility,

Infant, most powerful,

Infant, most mild,

Infant, most pure,

Infant, most obedient,

Infant, most poor,

Infant, most meek,

Infant, most amiable,

Infant, most admirable,

Infant, incomparable,

Infant, health of the sick,

Comfortess of the afflicted,

Refuge of Sinners,

Hope of Christians,

Lady of the Angels,

Daughter of the Patriarchs,

Desire of the Prophets,

Mistress of the Apostles,

Strength of Martyrs,

Glory of the Priesthood,

Joy of Confessors,

Purity of Virgins,

Queen of all Saints,

Infant, our Mother,

Infant, Queen of our hearts,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Infant Jesus,

Infant Jesus,

Lord, have mercy on us.Christ, have mercy on us.

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Spare us, Infant Jesus.

Graciously hear us, Infant Jesus.

Have mercy on us, Infant Jesus.

Hear us.

Graciously hear us.

LET US PRAY

O almighty and merciful God, Who through the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, didst prepare the body and soul of the Immaculate Infant Mary that she might be the worthy Mother of Thy Son, and didst preserve her from all stain, grant that we who venerate with all our hearts her most holy childhood, may be freed, through her merits and intercession, from all uncleanness of mind and body, and be able to imitate her perfect humility, obedience and charity. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

ANGELUS

The AngelV. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;

R. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,

R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. And the Word was made flesh,

R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son has been made known by the message of an Angel, may, by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen

AngelusV. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae;

R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Ecce Ancilla Domini,

R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Et Verbum caro factum est,

R. Et habitavit in nobis.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix,

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus

Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus, nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii Tui Incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.

Amen

 

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Novena Prayer to Maria Bambina (With Imprimatur)

Holy Child Mary of the royal house of David, Queen of the angels,
Mother of grace and love, I greet you with all my heart.
Obtain for me the grace to love the Lord faithfully during
all the days of my life. Obtain for me, too, a great devotion
to you, who are the first creature of God’s love.Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

O heavenly Child Mary, who like a pure dove was born
immaculate and beautiful, true prodigy of the wisdom of
God, my soul rejoices in you. Oh! Do help me to preserve
the angelic virtue of purity at the cost of any sacrifice.

Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

Hail, lovely and holy Child, spiritual garden of delight, where,
on the day of the Incarnation, the tree of life was planted,
assist me to avoid the poisonous fruit of vanity and pleasures of the world.
Help me to engraft into my soul the thoughts, feelings,
and virtues of your divine Son.

Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

Hail, admirable Child Mary, Mystical Rose, closed garden,
open only to the heavenly Spouse. O Lily of paradise,
make me love the humble and hidden life;
let the heavenly Spouse find the gate of my heart always open
to the loving calls of His graces and inspiration.

Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

Holy Child Mary, mystical dawn, gate of heaven,
you are my trust and hope.
O powerful advocate, from your cradle stretch out your hand,
support me on the path of life.
Make me serve God with ardor and
constancy until death and so reach an eternity with you.

Hail Mary, full of grace…………….

Prayer

Blessed Child Mary, destined to be the Mother of God and our loving Mother, by the heavenly graces you lavish upon us, mercifully listen to my supplications. In the needs which press upon me from every side and especially in my present tribulation, I place all my trust in you.

O holy Child, by the privileges granted to you alone and by the merits which you have acquired, show that the source of spiritual favors and the continuous benefits which you dispense are inexhaustible, because your power with the Heart of God is unlimited.

Deign through the immense profusion of graces with which the Most High has enriched you from the first moment of your Immaculate Conception, grant me, O Celestial Child, my petition, and I shall eternally praise the goodness of your Immaculate Heart.

I M P R I M A T U R
In Curia Archiep. Mediolani
31 August 1931
Can. CAVEZZALI, Pro Vic. Gen
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