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LENTEN REFLECTION – The Fifth Week – Friday 7 April 2017

Set us free.
On this Friday before Good Friday,

it might be most appropriate to make the Stations.

Our desire is becoming more focused and more intense.

After our weeks of reflection, we know that our selfishness has placed us in ruts,

has made us slaves to some very unhappy and sometimes death-dealing patterns.

The celebration of our freedom and healing is close at hand.


Jesus carried our sins in his own body on the cross
so that we could die to sin and live in holiness;
by his wounds we have been healed.

The Communion Antiphon – 1 Peter 2:24


1st Station
The First Station:
Jesus Is Condemned To Death

My Jesus, the world still has You on trial.   It keeps asking who You are and why You make the demands You make.   It asks over and over the question, If You are God’s Son, why do You permit the world to be in the state it is in?   Why are You so silent?

Though the arrogance of the world angers me, I must admit that silently, in the depths of my soul, I too have these questions. Your humility frustrates me and makes me uncomfortable.   Your strength before Pilate as You drank deeply from the power of the Father, gives me the answer to my question – The Father’s Will.   The Father permits many sufferings in my life but it is all for my good.   If only I too could be silent in the face of worldly prudence – steadfast in the faith when all seems lost – calm when accused unjustly – free from tyranny of human respect – ready to do the Father’s Will no matter how difficult.

Silent Jesus, give us all the graces we need to stand tall in the face of the ridicule of the world.   Give the poor the strength not to succumb to their privation but to be ever aware of their dignity as sons of God.  Grant that we might not bend to the crippling disease of worldly glory but be willing to be deprived of all things rather than lose Your friendship.   My Jesus, though we are accused daily of being fools, let the vision of Quiet Dignity standing before Monstrous Injustice, give us all the courage to be Your followers.


The Second Station:
Jesus Carries His Cross

How could any human impose such a burden upon Your torn and bleeding body, Lord Jesus?   Each movement of the cross drove the thorns deeper into Your Head.   How did You keep the hatred from welling up in Your Heart?   How did the injustice of it all not ruffle your peace?  The Father’s Will was hard on You – Why do I complain when it is hard on me?

I see injustice and am frustrated and when my plans to alleviate it seems futile, I despair.   When I see those burdened with poverty suffer ever more and cross is added to cross my heart is far from serene. I utterly fail to see the dignity of the cross as it is carried with love. I would so much rather be without it.

My worldly concept is that suffering, like food, should be shared equally.  How ridiculous I am, dear Lord.   Just as we do not all need the same amount of material food, neither do we need the same amount of spiritual food and that is what the cross is in my life, isn’t it – spiritual food proportional to my needs.

Stations of the Cross by Mother Angelica

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Thought for the Day – 7 April

Thought for the Day – 7 April

St John Baptiste de la Salle stumbled upon his life’s work, quite by accident and had to draw into and upon, all his inner strength to accomplish the mission given to him.   He was faced with something entirely new and had to find new ways to do this work. Discouragement dogged his every step but he carried on knowing that it was not his work but belonged to God.   Faith and boldness go together, faith, courage and strength go together, faith and zeal for the work of God go together – we have only to ask the Lord, in our faith for the boldness, the courage and strength and the zeal!

St John Baptste de la Salle, pray for us!



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Quote/s of the Day – 7 April

Quote/s of the Day – 7 April

“We should have frequent recourse to prayer
and persevere a long time in it.
God wishes to be solicited.
He is not weary of hearing us.
The treasure of His graces is infinite.
We can do nothing more pleasing to Him
than to beg incessantly that He bestow them upon us.”


“Guard your eyes: –
that they may not look
upon anything contrary to purity;
your ears: –
that they may not listen to evil conversation;
your mind: –
by banishing from it all suggestive thoughts;
your heart: –
by stifling impure desires at their very birth.”


“Pride makes us forgetful of our eternal interests.
It causes us to neglect totally the care of our soul.”

“Be driven by the love of God because Jesus Christ died for all,
that those who live may live not for themselves but for Him,
who died and rose for them.
Above all, let your charity and zeal show how you love the Church.
Your work is for the Church, which is the body of Christ.”


St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, pray for us!


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One Minute Reflection – 7 April

One Minute Reflection – 7 April

Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins and took his seat forever at the
right hand of God………Hebrews 10:12

REFLECTION – “When you are at Mass, be there as if you were on Calvary.
For it is the same sacrifice and the same Jesus Christ Who is doing for you
what He did on the Cross for all human beings.”………st John Baptiste de la Salle

PRAYER – Jesus, my Redeemer, at each Mass let me thank You for the supreme sacrifice You offered to free me from sin. Help me to be sorry for my sins and to resolve to follow You more closely, to love You more dearly and to keep Your Cross always before my eyes. St John Baptiste de la Salle, pray for us, amen.


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Our Morning Offering – 7 April

Our Morning Offering – 7 April

La Salle Prayer

My Lord,
let me be the change I want to see
To do with strength and wisdom
All that needs to be done..
And become the hope that I can be.
Set me free from my fears and hesitations
Grant me courage and humility
Fill me with spirit to face the challenge
And start the change I long to see.
Today I start the change I want to see.
Even if I’m not the light
I can be the spark
In faith, service and communion.
Let us start the change we want to see.
The change that begins in me.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever (La Sallian Invocation)


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Saint of the Day – 7 April – St John Baptiste de la Salle

Saint of the Day – 7 April – St John Baptiste de la Salle – (1651-1719 aged 67) Priest and founder of La Salle Schools and of the Brothers of the Christian Schools/ Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools or FSC (Fratres Scholarum Christianarum) educational reformer and pioneer, founder, writer – Patron of Teachers of Youth, (May 15, 1950, Pius XII), Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Lasallian educational institutions, educators, school principals, teachers.

De La Salle was born to a wealthy family in Rheims, France on April 29, although some say 30, in 1651. He was the oldest child of Louis de La Salle and Nicolle de Moet de Brouillet. Nicolle’s family was a noble one and ran a successful winery business and she was a relative of Claude Moët, founder of Moët & Chandon

La Salle received the tonsure at age eleven and was named canon of Rheims Cathedral when he was sixteen. He was sent to the College des Bons Enfants, where he pursued higher studies and on July 10, 1669, he took the degree of Master of Arts. When De La Salle had completed his classical, literary and philosophical courses, he was sent to Paris to enter the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice on October 18, 1670. His mother died on July 19, 1671 and on April 9, 1672, his father died. This circumstance obliged him to leave Saint-Sulpice on April 19, 1672. He was now twenty-one, the head of the family and as such had the responsibility of educating his four brothers and two sisters. He completed his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 26 on April 9, 1678 . Two years later he received a Doctorate in Theology.

De La Salle was a man of refined manners, a cultured mind, and great practical ability, in whom personal prosperity was balanced with kindness and affability. In physical appearance he was of commanding presence, somewhat above the medium height. He had large, penetrating blue eyes and a broad forehead.

The Sisters of the Child Jesus were a new religious congregation whose work was the care of the sick and education of poor girls. The young priest had helped them in becoming established and then served as their chaplain and confessor. It was through his work with the Sisters that in 1679, he met Adrian Nyel. What began as a charitable effort to help Adrian Nyel establish a school for the poor in De La Salle’s home town gradually became his life’s work. With De La Salle’s help, a school was soon opened . Shortly thereafter, a wealthy woman in Rheims told Nyel that she also would endow a school but only if La Salle would help.

At that time, most children had little hope for social and economic advancement. Jean Baptiste de la Salle believed that education gave hope and opportunity for people to lead better lives of dignity and freedom.   Moved by the plight of the poor who seemed so “far from salvation” either in this world or the next, he determined to put his own talents and advanced education at the service of the children “often left to themselves and badly brought up”.

La Salle knew that the teachers in Reims were struggling, lacking leadership, purpose, and training and he found himself taking increasingly deliberate steps to help this small group of men with their work.   First, in 1680, he invited them to take their meals in his home, as much to teach them table manners as to inspire and instruct them in their work.   This crossing of social boundaries was one that his relatives found difficult to bear.   In 1681, De La Salle realized that he would have to take a further step – he brought the teachers into his own home to live with him. De La Salle’s relatives were deeply disturbed, his social class was scandalized.   When, a year later, his family home was lost at auction because of a family lawsuit, De La Salle rented a house into which he and the handful of teachers moved.

La Salle decided to resign his canonry to devote his full attention to the establishment of schools and the training of teachers.   He had inherited a considerable fortune and this might have been used to further his aims but on the advice of a Father Barre of Paris, he sold what he had and sent the money to the poor of the province of Champagne, where a famine was causing great hardship.

De La Salle thereby began a new religious institute, the first one with no priests at all among its members: the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, also known as the De La Salle Brothers (in the U.K., Ireland, Malta, Australasia, and Asia) or, most commonly in the United States, the Christian Brothers.   (They are sometimes confused with a different congregation of the same name founded by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice in Ireland, who are known in the U.S. as the Irish Christian Brothers.)   The De La Salle Brothers were the first Roman Catholic teaching religious institute that did not include any priests.   One decision led to another until De La Salle found himself doing something that he had never anticipated. De La Salle wrote:

“ I had imagined that the care which I assumed of the schools and the masters would amount only to a marginal involvement committing me to no more than providing for the subsistence of the masters and assuring that they acquitted themselves of their tasks with piety and devotedness …… Indeed, if I had ever thought that the care I was taking of the schoolmasters out of pure charity would ever have made it my duty to live with them, I would have dropped the whole project……. God, who guides all things with wisdom and serenity, whose way it is not to force the inclinations of persons, willed to commit me entirely to the development of the schools.   He did this in an imperceptible way and over a long period of time so that one commitment led to another in a way that I did not foresee in the beginning.”

De La Salle’s enterprise met opposition from the ecclesiastical authorities who resisted the creation of a new form of religious life, a community of consecrated laymen to conduct free schools “together and by association”. The educational establishment resented his innovative methods.[6] Nevertheless, De La Salle and his Brothers succeeded in creating a network of quality schools throughout France that featured instruction in the vernacular, students grouped according to ability and achievement, integration of religious instruction with secular subjects, well-prepared teachers with a sense of vocation and mission, and the involvement of parents

In 1685, De La Salle founded what is generally considered the first normal school — that is, a school whose purpose is to train teachers — in Rheims, France.   In addition, De La Salle pioneered in programs for training lay teachers, Sunday courses for working young men, and one of the first institutions in France for the care of delinquents.

Worn out by austerities and exhausting labours, De La Salle died at Saint Yon, near Rouen, early in 1719 on Good Friday, only three weeks before his 68th birthday.


St John Baptiste de La Salle was a pioneer in founding training colleges for teachers, reform schools for delinquents, technical schools and secondary schools for modern languages, arts, and sciences.   His work quickly spread through France and, after his death, continued to spread across the globe.   In 1900 John Baptiste de La Salle was declared a Saint.   In 1950, because of his life and inspirational writings, he was made Patron Saint of all those who work in the field of education.   John Baptiste de La Salle inspired others how to teach and care for young people, how to meet failure and frailty with compassion, how to affirm, strengthen and heal.   At the present time there are De La Salle schools in 80 different countries around the globe.

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Saints – 7 April

St John Baptist de La Salle (Memorial)

St Albert of Tournai
Bl Alexander Rawlins
St Brenach of Carn-Engyle
St Calliopus of Pompeiopolis
Bl Cristoforo Amerio
St Cyriaca of Nicomedia
St Donatus of North Africa
Bl Edward Oldcorne
St Epiphanius the Martyr
St Finian of Kinnitty
St George the Younger
St Gibardus of Luxeuil
St Goran
St Guainerth
St Hegesippus of Jerusalem
St Henry Walpole
Bl Herman Joseph
Bl Mary Assunta
St Peleusius of Alexandria
St Peter Nguyen Van Luu
Bl Ralph Ashley
St Rufinus the Martyr
St Saturninus of Verona
Bl Ursuline of Parma

Martyrs of Pentapolis – 4 saints
Martyrs of Sinope – 200 saints