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Thought for the Day – 16 February

Thought for the Day – 16 February

St Gilbert of Sempringham could have lived a life of ease from the income of his benefices but he chose to give all to the poor and to dedicate his life to teaching.  Accidentally (though of course, it was God’s plan all along), he stumbled upon his life’s work and brought many to God.   We never know how God is going to use us and by our devotion and fidelity, we have to remain open to whatever task He sets before us.   “I come Lord, to do Your Will.” 

St Gilbert Pray for us!

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Quote of the Day – 16 February

Quote of the Day – 16 February

“We show our adoration by going to visit Christ
in the tabernacle or exposed in the monstrance.
Would it not indeed be a failing in respect
to neglect the divine Guest who awaits us?
He dwells there, really present,
He who was present in the crib,
at Nazareth,
upon the mountains of Judea,
in the supper-room,
upon the Cross.
It is the same Jesus who said to the Samaritan woman,
‘If thou didst know the gift of God!’

~~~~~ Blessed Columba Marmion

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One Minute Reflection – 16 February

One Minute Reflection – 16 February

(Jesus) said to Peter,
“Put out into deep waters
and lower your nets for a catch.”……………….Luke 5:4

REFLECTION – “The bark of Peter laughs at the winds and the waves.
She has the Saints as her passengers, the Cross as her mast, the Gospel teachings as her sails, the Angels as her rowers and God as her pilot.”  ……………..St John Chrysostom

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, teach me to trust Your Church as the Bark of Salvation in this world. Grant that I may work and pry to remain afloat with her amid the storms of Life. St Gilbert, you experienced great storms and upheavals in every facit of your life but your eyes remained fixed on the pilot, you embraced the Cross and persevered with the saints until you too became one. St Gilbert of Sempringham, please pray for us, that will follow our friends in heaven too, amen!

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Our Morning Offering – 16 February

Our Morning Offering – 16 February

A Prayer to Seek the Consolation of the Cross
by Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez S.J.

Jesus, love of my soul, centre of my heart!
Why am I not more eager to endure pains
and tribulations for love of You,
when You, my God, have suffered so many for me?
Come, then, every sort of trial in the world,
for this is my delight, to suffer for Jesus.
This is my joy, to follow my Saviour
and to find my consolation
with my Consoler on the Cross.
This is my happiness,
this my pleasure:
to live with Jesus,
to walk with Jesus,
to converse with Jesus,
to suffer with and for Him,
this is my treasure, amen.

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Saint of the Day – 16 February -St Gilbert of Sempringham

Saint of the Day – 16 February -St Gilbert of Sempringham  CRSA (c. 1083 – 4 February 1190) – Priest and religious Founder.

St Gilbert was the only Englishman to found a conventual order, mainly because the Abbot of Cîteaux declined his request to assist him in organising a group of women who wanted to live as nuns, living with lay brothers and sisters, in 1148. In the end he founded a double monastery of canons regular and nuns.

Saint Gilbert’s life was quite different than what was expected of him by his parents and society.   Born to a Norman knight and a Saxon peasant, he grew up in a time where the memories of the Norman invasion of England were still well preserved.   He, like many of mixed heritage at the time, suffered ostracism and disdain from his peers.   Compounding his difficulties, Gilbert was apparently born with some form of disability, likely believed to be curvature of the spine.   So odd was his appearance as a youth, the servants of the house even refused to eat at the same table as him.   However, his mother, a woman of great faith, cared for him without hesitation, having been greeted by a vision prior to his birth, alerting her to the special gifts he would bring to the world.

Given his physical limitations and the fact that he was not a particularly good student, Gilbert was sent to France to study, rather then join the army as was expected of the son of a knight.   Surprisingly, he excelled at his studies abroad, returning to the area having earned the title of “Master” and embarking on a mission to educate the children of the area—both male and female, which was relatively unheard of at the time.   As the news of his education and piety spread, he was granted the rectories at Sempringham, which would have allowed him to live a comfortable life.   However, he instead dedicated his life and his inheritence to serving the poor, while studying and residing with the nearby Bishop of Lincoln.

Despite his holiness and commitment to the Lord, Saint Gilbert did not take his vows and enter the priesthood until his fortieth year, citing his belief that he was unworthy of the position.   Similarly, offered the archdeaconship of the largest diocese in Europe at the time, he declined, humbly preferring to stay in Sempringham.   It was there that he established a convent for women, attached to the church at Sempringham.   He later established monsteries for lay sisters, ministering priests, and lay brothers.   Eventually he had a chain of 26 convents, monasteries and missions.   The community would come to be known as the Gilbertine Order, approved by Pope Eugenius III, with Saint Gilbert as it’s Master.   He travelled from location to location, supervising the Order, as local bishops were not permitted to oversee the community members.   He established the Gilbertine Rule—a vow he himself did not take until he was near death, as he professed his belief it would be arrogant to do so, as he had written it.   The rule put love of God first and foremost, but also included service to the community and the poor, humility, modesty, and acts of penance and self-denial.

The Gilbertine communities became known for their discipline, fasting and self-denial, and service to the poor.   Over the years a special custom was created in the houses of the order called “the plate of the Lord Jesus.”   The best portions of dinner were put on a special plate and shared with the poor, reflecting Saint Gilbert’s lifelong concern for less fortunate people. He himself ate little, mainly roots and slept little—taking short rests in a chair.   He would instead spend the night in prayer.   At one point in his life, he suffered imprisonment on the false accusation of aiding the exiled Saint Thomas a Becket.   While he had not sent aid, he refused to make an oath stating as such, as he did not want to appear uncharitable toward the exiled bishop.   Rather, he endured prison until his name was cleared. Despite the harshness of his daily penance, Saint Gilbert lived a long life, past age 100.   His death was marked with “bright lights, sweet odors and incorrupt clothings.” Numerous miracles and cures have been reported at his tomb.

Gilbert was canonised in 1202 by Pope Innocent III. His liturgical feast day is on 4 February, commemorating his death.   According to the order of Hubert Walter, the bishops of England celebrated his feast, and his name was added to the wall of the church of the Four Crowned Martyrs.   His Order did not outlast the Reformation, however, and despite being influenced by Continental models, it did not maintain a foothold in Europe.

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Saints and Memorials – 16 February

Saint Paul Shipwrecked

St Aganus of Airola
Bl Bernard Scammacca
St Faustinus of Brescia
St Gilbert of Sempringham
St Honestus of Nimes
St John III of Constantinople
Bl Joseph Allamano
St Julian of Egypt
St Juliana of Campania
St Juliana of Nicomedia
St Nicola Paglia
St Onesimus of Ephesus
Bl Philippa Mareria

Martyrs of Cilicia – 12 saints