September means Spring time. Spring time means new beginnings, warmer weather, sweeter air and a plethora of Saintly feast days! Feast days are dedicated to people who are now in Heaven, interceding for us - so, be sure to ask them for some prayers and make sure you celebrate the joy of them being in Heaven! From St Padre Pio (on 23 Sept), to Our Lady's birthday (8 Sept). From St Michael the Archangel ( 29 Sept), to St Joseph of Cupertino (18 Sept).
In fact, St Joseph of Cupertino is a GREAT saint for these times. A patron of exam students and someone who also understands the difficulty of a lockdown too. Here is his life:
St Joseph of Cupertino was born in 1603, poor and humbly in a stable (sound familiar?). While he did start receiving mystical visions as early as the age of seven and was deeply attune with the spiritual life, he was, however, not the brightest of students. In fact, he was often teases for his poor learning skills and was thought to be dumb!
Not only was Joseph a poor student, but he struggled to stay present to his surroundings as he was continuously being drawn into mystical ecstasy at even the thought of Jesus and Mary. As Joseph grew in holiness and love for God, and became familiar with the Franciscans while working for them in a nearby stable, it became apparent to the friars that he would make an excellent priest.
Joseph wanted terribly to become a priest but he would have to undergo lengthy study and a detailed examination. However, during the final examination, the examiner asked about one topic that Joseph knew well. The examiner was so impressed with the Saint's answer, that he did not ask anymore questions and passed Joseph right straight away!
As a priest, St Joseph experienced many 'flights' or levitations when contemplating Jesus and Mary, even during the Mass. His heart was so elevated to God that his feet would physically leave the ground and he would be taken up several feet from the floor. These flights became so frequent that it disrupted others and made them envious of Joseph's gift. Because of this, Joseph was moved from friary to friary a lot, before - towards the end of his life - he was locked in his cell, forced to stay there because he could not control when these flights would take place.
Perhaps you're struggling with the lockdown too? Or maybe you know a HSC student who could use some prayer. Ask St Joseph of Cupertino to intercede for you now and on his feast day on the 18 September!
From, Alex and the CYBB Team
CYBB & other events.
Bring a tea and some intentions and join us for Tuesday Night Lights! CYBB go will be going live on Instagram every Tuesday night from 7pm for a bit of weekly prayer and praise. See you there! When: Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 7:30pm Where: @cybbaus on Instagram
Fire Up Ministries have got you covered with online courses. 'The Feminine Mystery' by Madeleine Carrington is now available for registration and commences in mid September. Calling all women! Get to know yourself more, with some designated 'you-time.' When: Wednesdays from 7:30pm-9:30pm, 15th September - 20th October (6 weeks) Where: Via Zoom RSVP:email@example.com
resources & inspo.
listen. Get your Springtime on with this lovely original piece by the duo from Wollongong, Gus & Iggy.