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Holy Week – Tuesday 11 April 2017

Holy Week – Tuesday 11 April 2017

God of such unwavering love,
how do I “celebrate”
the passion and death of Jesus?
I often want to look the other way
and not watch,
not stay with Jesus in His suffering.
Give me the strength
to see His love with honesty and compassion
and to feel deeply
your own forgiveness and mercy for me.
Help me to understand
how to “celebrate” this week.
I want be able to bring
my weaknesses and imperfections with me
as I journey with Jesus this week,
totally aware of His love, His suffering for my sins.


The Ninth Station:
Jesus Falls the Third Time


My Jesus, even with the help of Simon You fell a third time.    Were You telling me that there may be times in my life that I will fall again and again despite the help of friends and loved ones?   There are times when the crosses You permit in my life are more than I can bear.   It is as if all the sufferings of a life time are suddenly compressed into the present moment and it is more than I can stand.
Though it grieves my heart to see You so weak and helpless, it is a comfort to my soul to know that you understand my sufferings from Your own experience.    Your love for me made You want to experience every kind of pain just so I could have someone to look to for example and courage.

When I cry out from the depths of my soul, “This suffering is more than I can bear,” do You whisper, “Yes, I understand”?    When I am discouraged after many falls, do you say in my innermost being, “Keep going, I know how hard it is to rise”?

There are many people who are sorely tried in body and soul with alcohol and drug weaknesses who try and try and fall again and again.    Through the humiliation of this third fall, give them the courage and perseverance to take up their cross and follow You.

The Tenth Station:
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

ST 10

It seems that every step to Calvary brought You fresh humiliation, my Jesus.    How Your sensitive nature recoiled at being stripped before a crowd of people.    You desired to leave this life as You entered it – completely detached from all the comforts of this world. You want me to know without a doubt that You loved me with an unselfish love.    Your love for me caused You nothing but pain and sorrow.    You gave everything and received nothing in return.    Why do I find it so hard to be detached?

In Your loving mind, dear Jesus, did You look up to the Father as You stood there on that windy hill, shivering from cold and shame and trembling from fear and ask Him to have mercy on those who would violate their purity and make love a mockery?    Did you ask forgiveness for those whose greed would make them lie, cheat and steal for a few pieces of cold silver?

Forgive us all, dear Jesus. Look upon the world with pity, for mankind has lost its way and the principles of this world make lust a fun game and luxury a necessity. Detachment has become merely another hardship of the poor and obedience the fault of the weak.    Have mercy on us and grant the people of this day the courage to see and know themselves and the light to change.

Stations by Mother Angelica

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Thought for the Day – 11 April

Thought for the Day – 11 April

Evil has to be confronted boldly whatever the consequences.   Brave men like Saints John the Baptist, Thomas Becket, Thomas More and Stanislaus are a few of the prophets who dared to denounce corruption in high places.    They followed in the footsteps of Jesus Himself, who pointed out the moral corruption in the religious leadership of His day.   There is no longer little chance that we will face such corruption and take a stand in our modern world for evil surrounds us at every turn and so, it should be very clear, in the face of evil, where we stand!   It is our moral duty – Christ, our Lord, can expect no less from us, risky or not, this is our duty – are we ready, willing and able?

St Stanislaus, pray for us!



One Minute Reflection – 11 April

One Minute Reflection – 11 April

I know my sheep and my sheep know me…..
for these sheep I will give my life……John 10:14-15

REFLECTION – “Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is at the same time light and love.
That is to say, He is the truth in charity.”…………..Servant of God Pope Pius XII
“If I saw the gates of Hell open and I stood on the brink of the abyss,
I should not despair, I should not lose hope of mercy because I should trust in You, my God.”………………..St Gemma Galgani (Memorial today 11 April)

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, let me be attached to You in truth, love and trust. Grant that I may always follow You as my Shepherd amid the perils and trails of this life. St Gemma Galgani pray for us, amen.

JOHN 10-14-15THE GOOD SHEPHERD-PIUS III should trust in you my God-St Gemma GalganiST GEMMA -PRAY FOR US


Our Morning Offering – 11 April – Hail, Sweet Jesus! Prayer to Christ in His Passion and Death

Our Morning Offering – 11 April


Hail, Sweet Jesus!
Prayer to Christ
in His Passion and Death

By St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Doctor of the Church

Hail, sweet Jesus!
Praise, honour and glory be to Thee, O Christ,
Who, of Thou own accord, embraced death,
and recommending Thyself to Thy heavenly Father,
bowing down Thy venerable Head,
did yield up Thy Spirit.
Truly thus giving up Thy life for Thy sheep,
Thou hast shown Thyself, to be the Good Shepherd.
Thou died, O Only-begotten Son of God.
Thou died, O my beloved Saviour,
that I might live forever.
O how great hope,
how great confidence have
I reposed in Thy Death and Thy Blood!
I glorify and praise Thy Holy Name,
acknowledging my infinite obligations to Thee.
O good Jesus,
by Thy bitter Death and Passion,
give me grace and pardon.
Give unto the faithful departed,
rest and life everlasting.

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Saint of the Day – 11 April – St Stanislaus (1030-1079) Bishop Martyr

Saint of the Day – 11 April – St Stanislaus (1030-1079) also known as St Stanislaus Szczepanowsky – Bishop and Martyr, Preacher, Spiritual Director – Patron of Cracow, Poland, Archdiocese of Cracow, Poland, City of, Plock, Poland, Diocese of,  Poland, soldiers in battle, moral order.

Stanisław Szczepanowski was born in 1030, southern Poland, the only son of a noble family.    At this time, Christianity was still new to Poland, having been introduced less than a century earlier.    He studied at the cathedral school of Gniezno, then in Paris and Liège. Stanislaus returned to Poland after his studies and was ordained a priest.    In 1072, the Bishop of Krakow died and Stanislaus was elected successor.   He was hesitant to accept but did after the command of Pope Alexander II and Stanislaus became the first Polish-born bishop.  (Image below:  1- Saint Stanislaus being ordained as bishop. 2- Saint Stanislaus resurrects Peter. 3-King Bolesław murders Saint Stanislaus. 4-Stanislaus’ body is cut in pieces. Image from the Hungarian Kings’ Anjou Legendarium of the 14th century)


St. Stanislaus bought a parcel of land for his diocese and the seller, a man named Piotr, died shortly thereafter.    Piotr’s family still claimed the land even though the diocese paid for it and a legal case developed.    The king decided in favour of the seller’s family but Stanislaus challenged the decision.    St. Stanislaus went to Piotr’s grave and commanded him to rise.    Piotr rose, three years after his death, testified in court and defended Stanislaus.   The diocese kept the land and Piotr returned to his grave.

King Bolesław II was known for his promiscuity, corruption, as well as cruel treatment of soldiers and their families.    These all led to his excommunication by St. Stanislaus in 1079.    For this, the bishop was accused of treason and soldiers were ordered to kill him but they refused.    The king attacked St. Stanislaus while he was celebrating Mass. Stanislaus ran but the king followed him and Stanislaus was martyred in the public square.    Outrage over the murder forced Bolesław to renounce the throne and go into exile in Hungary.   The remains of St. Stanislaus are interred at Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.

Wawel Cathedral

Silver sarcophagus of St. Stanislaus in the Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral

Altar Wawel Cathedral

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Saints – 11 April

St Stanislaus (Memorial)

St Agericus of Tours
St Aid of Achard-Finglas
Bl Angelo Carletti di Chivasso
St Antipas of Pergamon
St Barsanuphius of Gaza
St Domnio of Salona
Bl Elena Guerra
St Eustorgius of Nicomedia
St Gemma Galgani
Bl George Gervase
St Godeberta of Noyon
St Guthlac of Croyland
St Hildebrand of Saint-Gilles
St Isaac of Monteluco
Bl James of Africa
Bl John of Cupramontana
Bl Lanunio
St Machai
St Maedhog of Clonmore
Bl Mechthild of Lappion
Bl Paul of Africa
St Philip of Gortyna
St Raynerius Inclusus
St Sancha of Portugal
St Stephen of Saint-Gilles
Bl Symforian Ducki