Posted in LENT, MORNING Prayers

LENTEN REFLECTION – The Fifth Week – Saturday 8 April 2017

LENTEN REFLECTION – The Fifth Week – Saturday 8 April 2017

Now we rejoice in Your great love.
Our journey has brought us here.
It is as though we too, are gathering in Jerusalem
to celebrate our Passover week.
We are ready to enter into the Passion drama
and to celebrate the Paschal Mystery,
with mind and heart renewed.

We are ready to rejoice that the death of Jesus is “for me”
and that it is the ultimate victory over sin and death –
my sin and my death.


Christ was sacrificed so that he could gather together
the scattered children of God.
John 11:52

O God, who have made all those reborn in Christ
a chosen race and a royal priesthood,
grant us, we pray, the grace to will and to do what you command,
that the people called to eternal life
may be one in the faith of their hearts
and the homage of their deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with yYu in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever


The Third Station:
Jesus Falls the First Time

My Jesus, it seems to me, that as God, You would have carried Your cross without faltering but You did not.    You fell beneath it’s weight to show me You understand when I fall.    Is it pride that makes me want to shine even in pain?    You were not ashamed to fall- to admit the cross was heavy.    There are those in world whom my pride will not tolerate as I expect everyone to be strong, yet I am weak.    I am ashamed to admit failure in anything.

If the Father permits failure in my life just as He permitted You to fall, then I must know there is good in that failure which my mind will never comprehend.    I must not concentrate on the eyes of others as they rest upon me in my falls.    Rather, I must reach up to touch that invisible hand and drink in that invisible strength ever at my side.

Weak Jesus, help all men who try so hard to be good but whose nature is constantly opposed to them walking straight and tall down the narrow road of life.    Raise their heads to see the glory that is to come rather than the misery of the present moment.

Your love for me gave You strength to rise from Your fall.    Look upon all those whom the world considers unprofitable servants and give them the courage to be more concerned as to how they stand before You, rather than their fellowmen.


The Fourth Station:
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

My Jesus, it was a great sorrow to realize Your pain caused Mary so much grief. As Redeemer, You wanted her to share in Your pain for mankind.    When You glanced at each other in unutterable suffering, what gave you both the courage to carry on without the least alleviation – without anger at such injustice?

It seems as if You desired to suffer every possible pain to give me an example of how to suffer when my time comes.    What a humiliation for You when Your mother saw you in such a pitiable state – weak – helpless – at the mercy of sinful men – holiness exposed to evil in all hideousness.

Did every moment of that short encounter seem like an eternity?    As I see so much suffering in the world, there are times I think it is all hopeless.    There is an element of lethargy in my prayers for mankind that says “I’ll pray, but what good will it do?    The sick grow sicker and the hungry starve. ” I think of that glance between You and Mary – the glance that said, “Let us give this misery to the Father for the salvation of souls. The Father’s power takes our pain and frustration and renews souls, saves them for a new life – a life of eternal joy, eternal happiness.    It is worth it all.”    Give perseverance to the sick so they can carry the cross of frustration and agony with love and resignation for the salvation of others.

Stations of the Cross by Mother Angelica

Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 8 April

Thought for the Day – 8 April

Many faithful Catholics resisted the French Revolution’s anticlericalism and the destruction of the church.    But perhaps the most outstanding opponent of the Jacobins, and certainly the most unusual, was St. Julie Billiart, for she was paralysed and conducted her defiance from her bed.   Overcoming obstacles seems to be part of the business of holiness and sainthood.  St Julie was not only paralysed and crippled but she suffered complete loss of speech!   Somehow, she managed to lead and inspire others in spite of her infirmities.   Nothing is impossible for those who love and trust God – miracles happen and with God and doing His work, remarkable things are accomplished!   Each of us has limitations but the worst malady any of us can suffer is the spiritual paralysis that keeps us from doing God’s work on earth.   So what is stopping us?

St Julie Billiart, pray for us!




Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY

Quote/s of the Day – 8 April

Quote/s of the Day – 8 April

“Nothing happens by chance;
it is always the disposition of God.”

“Our path has been marked out for us,
let us walk along it bravely,
remembering that Jesus goes before us.”

“How good is the good God who tries us!
If we live by crosses, we shall die of love.”

“Praise be Jesus and His holy cross.
Let us love it, let us carry it .
May this be our happiness
for time and eternity.”

St Julie Billiart (Saint of the Day)


Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 8 April

One Minute Reflection – 8 April

By his ‘will’, we have been sanctified
through the suffering of the body of
Jesus Christ……….Hebrews 10:10


REFLECTION – “God’s infinite power, His profound wisdom and the reign of His justice were known.
However, the dimensions of His clemency were not yet known. Jesus came as interpreter of the Divinity.”……….St Bernard

PRAYER – Merciful Father, let me not spurn Your clemency which You sent us in Jesus Christ. Grant that Christ’s loving sacrifice may bear fruit in me in accord with Your will for me. St Julie Billiart, you carried your crosses always trusting in the clemency of our God and trusted solely in Christ our companion, please pray for us, amen.


Posted in MORNING Prayers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS

Our Morning Offering – 8 April

Our Morning Offering – 8 April


May God the Father who made
us bless us.
May God the Son send His
healing among us.
May God the Holy Spirit move
within us
and give us eyes to see with,
ears to hear with,
and hands that Your work might
be done.
May we walk and preach the
word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch
over us
and lead us at last by God’s
grace to the Kingdom. Amen


Posted in QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 8 April – St Julie Billiat

Saint of the Day – 8 April – St Julie Billiat (1751-1816 aged 64) Virgin, Teacher and Founder of the   Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur – Patron against bodiy ills, poverty, and of the sick.

St. Julie Billiart was born in 1751, northern France, as the fifth of seven children.   She was very intellectual and had a great devotion to religious study;  Billiart memorised the catechism by the age of seven.    She was confirmed at the age of nine, four years before her colleagues.    She took a vow of chastity at the age of fourteen and became a teacher two years later.   A failed murder attempt on her father caused great stress for St. Julie. She became paralyzed at the age of 22 and was bed-ridden a few year’s later.   She spent most of her time in contemplation, catechising children and making linens for altars.


Julie Billiart was a born teacher. Already as a child she liked to teach catechism to her playmates in the village of Cuvilly, Picardy.    When her wealthy family slid into poverty, Julie had to work long hours but she always made time to instruct others in the faith. One day in 1774 someone fired a shot at her father.   The bullet missed, but the traumatic event plunged Julie into a mysterious illness and she was immobilized by a debilitating paralysis. From her bed, however, she continued to catechise the village children.

In 1790 a schismatic priest who had sworn loyalty to the revolution took over the Cuvilly church.   He tried to visit Julie but she refused to admit him.   And singlehandedly the invalid persuaded the entire village to boycott him.   She was very clear that no compromise with the state church was allowable or necessary, as she told a friend:

“You say it seems to you better to be schismatic rather than to be utterly without religion.    But my dear friend, you cannot have weighed the matter.    For, in conscience, we must not leave our brethren in error.    If they go to the instructions of an intruder, they are automatically out of the way of salvation. . . .

All those good people, who find it utterly impossible to get into touch with their legitimate pastors, will not be punished for it.   And it is better for them to remain all their lives without instruction, without Mass. . . .  God will send an angel from heaven to them rather than allow them to perish forever.”

Enraged by Julie’s opposition, revolutionary authorities sought to silence her, so she fled in a hay wagon and went into hiding.   At Amiens she met Frances Blin, a viscountess who became her friend and companion.    The women went to Bettencourt, where they taught catechism classes and restored the entire village to the practice of the faith.    Julie and Frances returned to Amiens where they founded the Institute of Notre Dame, a community of women dedicated mainly to the care and instruction of poor girls.    In 1804 during a novena, a priest exhorted Julie to take a step in faith and on the spot she was miraculously healed.    With her restored strength, Julie together with Frances spent her last years establishing fifteen Notre Dame convents throughout France.


In 1815, Mother Julie dedicated her time and resources to helping the wounded and starving survivors from the battle of Waterloo.    For the last three months of her life, she again suffered greatly.    She died peacefully on April 8, 1816 at the age of 64.    Julie was beatified on May 13, 1906 and was canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1969.

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SAINTS – 8 April

St Agabus the Prophet
St Amantius of Como
St Asynkritos of Marathon
St Beata of Ribnitz
Bl Clement of Osimo
St Concessa
St Dionysius of Alexandria
St Dionysius of Corinth
Bl Domingo Iturrate Zubero
St Gonzalo Mercador
St Herodion of Patras
St Julia Billiart
Bl Julian of Saint Augustine
Bl Libania of Busano
St Perpetuus of Tours
St Phlegon of Hyrcania
St Redemptus of Ferentini

Martyrs of Africa – 3 saints: A group of African martyrs whose name appears on ancient lists, but about whom nothing is known but their names – Januarius, Macaria and Maxima.Martyrs of Antioch – 4 saints: A group of Christians martyred together for their faith. We know little more than their names – Diogene, Macario, Massimo and Timothy. Antioch, Syria
Martyrs of Seoul – 5 saints: A group laymen who were martyred together in the apostolic vicariate of Korea.
• Augustinus Jeong Yak-jong
• Franciscus Xaverius Hong Gyo-man
• Ioannes Choe Chang-hyeon
• Lucas Hong Nak-min
• Thomas Choe Pil-gong
Died – 8 April 1801 at the Small West Gate, Seoul, South Korea
Beatified – 15 August 2014 by Pope Francis