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LENTEN REFLECTION – Wednesday of the First Week of Lent – 8 MARCH

LENTEN REFLECTION – Wednesday of the First Week of Lent – 8 MARCH

wed of the first week-8 march LENTEN REFLECTION

Subtle temptations and subtle sins

Blessed John Henry Newman

Now, I have used the word “subtle” already and it needs some explanation.   By a subtle temptation or a subtle sin, I mean one which it is very difficult to find out.   Everyone knows what it is to break the ten commandments, the first, the second, the third and so on.   When a thing is directly commanded and the devil tempts us directly to break it, this is not a subtle temptation but a broad and gross temptation.   But there are a great many things wrong which are not so obviously wrong.   They are wrong as leading to what is wrong or the consequence of what is wrong, or they are wrong because they are the very same thing as what is forbidden but dressed up and looking differently.

The human mind is very deceitful; when a thing is forbidden, a man does not like directly to do it but he goes to work if he can to get at the forbidden end in some way.   It is like a man who has to make for some place.    First he attempts to go straight to it but finds the way blocked up;  then he goes round about it.    At first you would not think he is going in the right direction; he sets off perhaps at a right angle but he just makes one little bend, then another, till at length he gets to his point.   Or still more it is like a sailing vessel at sea with the wind contrary but tacking first this way and then that, the mariners contrive at length to get to their destination.   This then is a subtle sin, when it at first seems not to be a sin but comes round to the same point as an open direct sin.

To take some examples.  If the devil tempted one to go out into the highway and rob, this would be an open, bold temptation.   But if he tempted one to do something unfair in the course of business, which was to one’s neighbour’s hurt and to one’s own advantage, it would be a more subtle temptation.   The man would still take what was his neighbour’s, but his conscience would not be so much shocked.   So equivocation is a more subtle sin than direct lying.   In like manner a person who does not intoxicate himself, may eat too much.   Gluttony is a more subtle sin than drunkenness because it does not show so much.  And again, sins of the soul are more subtle sins than sins of the body.   Infidelity is a more subtle sin than licentiousness.

Even in our Blessed Lord’s case the Tempter began by addressing himself to His bodily wants.   He had fasted forty days and afterwards was hungered.   So the devil tempted Him to eat.   But when He did not consent, then he went on to more subtle temptations.   He tempted him to spiritual pride and he tempted Him by ambition for power.   Many a man would shrink from intemperance, of being proud of his spiritual attainments;   that is, he would confess such things were wrong but he would not see that he was guilty of them.

Blessed John Henry Newman (Excerpt from a sermon for the first Sunday in Lent )


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Thought for the Day – 8 March

The utter humility of John of God, which led to a totally selfless dedication to others, is most impressive.   Here is a man who realised his nothingness in the face of God.   The Lord blessed him with the gifts of prudence, patience, courage, enthusiasm and the ability to influence and inspire others.   He saw that in his early life he had turned away from the Lord and, moved to receive his mercy, John began his new commitment to love others in openness to God’s love.   It is amazing what good we can do for others if we only put our mind and hearts to it and don’t count the cost and don’t worry about who gets the credit! For all his work and pains, many thought St John of God was a lunatic but it didn’t stop him.   He gave back good for persecution!   An example to us all.

St John of God, Pray for us!


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Quote/s of the Day – 8 March

Quote/s of the Day – 8 March

“Have charity, first for our own souls, then with the
neighbour. For, as water quenches fire, so charity
quenches sin.”

“When I am depressed, I can find no better remedy than in
gazing in contemplation on Jesus Christ crucified and
thinking of His most holy passion and of the distress He
suffered in this life.”

“The first (virtue) is faith, believing all that
holy mother church believes and holds,
keeping and putting into practice
what she commands”

~~~~~ St John of God



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One Minute Reflection – 8 March

One Minute Reflection – 8 March

If you are unfaithful, (Christ) will still remain faithful………2 Tm 2:13

REFLECTION – “Whether you like it or not, you will grow apart from human beings. However, Christ is faithful and always with you. Fot Christ provides all things.”……….St John of God

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help me to remain faithful to You rather than to trust in others. However, should I ever be unfaithful please continue to be faithful to Your promises and grant me the grace to do penance. St John of God, pray for us, amen.


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Our Morning Offering – 8 March

Our Morning Offering – 8 March

The First Week of Lent

Dear Lord,
I know You receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by Your words
and by the actions of Your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to You
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that You will grant me this,
that You will guide and teach me
in the way of the sacrifice
that Jesus made for me.


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Saint of the Day – 8 March – St John of God OH (1495-1550)

Saint of the Day – 8 March – St John of God OH (1495-1550) – aged 55 – Founder of the  Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, a worldwide Catholic religious institute dedicated to the care of the poor, sick, and those suffering from mental disorders.  Patronages –  against alcoholism, against bodily ills, against sickness, of alcoholics, bookbinders, booksellers, dying people, firefighters, heart patients, hospitals (proclaimed on 22 June 1886 by Pope Leo XIII), hospital workers, nurses (proclaimed in 1930 by Pope Pius XI), publishers, printers, the sick, Tultepec, Mexico

by Pedro de Raxis,

As a 16th-century Spanish soldier, John gave up religion and led a wild life.   When he left the military at age 40, he became a shepherd.   John decided to make a radical conversion—to go to Muslim North Africa and free Christian slaves.   He saw himself dying as a martyr.   His confessor helped John settle on a more prudent plan: to open a religious bookstore in Granada, Spain.   He successfully managed this project.    It was during this period of his life that Cidade is said to have had a vision of the Infant Jesus, who bestowed on him the name by which he was later known, John of God, also directing him to go to Granada.    He then settled in that city, where he worked disseminating books, using the recent movable type printing press of Johannes Gutenberg to provide people with works of chivalry and devotional literature.

Saint John of God by Murillo (1672)
St John of God saving the Sick from a Fire at the Royal Hospital in 1549 by Manuel Gómez-Moreno González (1880)

At first, John begged for money to support those in need but soon people volunteered to help.   John led a life of total giving and constant prayer.   He found work for unemployed people.   When the archbishop called John to his office because people complained that John kept immoral women in his hospital, he was silenced by John’s humility.   John fell on his knees, saying, “I know of no bad person in my hospital except myself, who am unworthy to eat the bread of the poor.”   John soon had a flourishing hospital.   His helpers formed a community called the Brothers Hospitallers.

John of God died from pneumonia contracted while saving a drowning man. When John realised he was dying, he went over all the accounts, revised the rules and timetable and appointed a new leader.   He died kneeling before the altar in his hospital chapel.   John is the patron of hospitals.

St John of God-FounderStatue.jpg
Founder Statue at the Vatican

The first biography of John of God was written by Francisco de Castro, the chaplain at John of God’s hospital in Granada, Spain.   He drew from his personal knowledge of John as a young man and also used material gathered from eyewitnesses and contemporaries of his subject.   It was published at the express wish of the Archbishop of Granada, who gave financial backing to its publication.    Castro began writing in 1579, twenty-nine years after John of God’s death but he did not live to see it published, for he died soon after completing the work.   His mother, Catalina de Castro, had the book published in 1585.

Statue of St John of God at the Church of Vilar de Frades, Barcelos, Portugal.
The inscription reads: All things pass, only good works last.
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Saints for 8 March

St John of God (Optional Memorial)

St Apollonius of Antinoë
St Arianus of Alexandria
St Beoadh of Ardcarne
St Duthus of Ross
St Felix of Burgundy
St Humphrey of Prüm
St Jon Helgi Ogmundarson
St Litifredus of Pavia
St Philemon of Antinoë
St Pontius of Carthage
St Provinus of Como
St Quintilis of Nicomedia
St Rhian
St Senan of Scattery
St Stephen of Obazine
St Theophylact of Nicomedia
St Theoticus of Alexandria
St Veremundus of Irache
Bl Vincent Kadlubek of Krakow

Martyrs of North Africa – 9 saints – A bishop and some of his flock who were martyred together in North Africa. The only details that have survived are nine of the names – Beata, Cyril, Felicitas, Felix, Herenia, Mamillus, Rogatus, Silvanus, Urban