Holy Week – Wednesday 12 April – The Last Day of Lent

Holy Week – Wednesday 12 April  – The Last Day of Lent

He freed us from the power of the enemy.
This is the last day of Lent.

It is “Spy Wednesday,” remembering the day Judas asked,

“What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?”

We read the third song of the Servant who suffers.
And we sense the acceptance, the surrender and the peace of Jesus.

I can imagine the treachery and tranquility of this day,

as I go through the real life drama of my day.

I can begin to feel the joy of the liberation being offered me.

If I haven’t done so already,
this can be a wonderful day to pray through the Stations of the Cross.

The Son of Man came not to be served,
but to serve
and to give his life
as a ransom for many.

Communion Antiphon  Matthew 20:28


The Eleventh Station:
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

ST 11

It is hard to imagine a God being nailed to a cross by His own creatures.   It is even more difficult for my mind to understand a love that permitted such a thing to happen!   As those men drove heavy nails into Your hands and feet, dear Jesus, did You offer the pain as reparation for some particular human weakness and sin?   Was the nail in Your right hand for those who spend their lives in dissipation and boredom?

Was the nail in Your left hand in reparation for all consecrated souls who live lukewarm lives?   Were You stretching out Your arms to show us how much You love us?   As the feet that walked the hot, dusty roads were nailed fast, did they cramp up in a deadly grip of pain to make reparation for all those who so nimbly run the broad road of sin and self-indulgence?

It seems, dear Jesus, Your love has held You bound hand and foot as Your heart pleads for a return of love.   You seem to shout from the top of the hill “I love you – come to me – see, I am held fast – I cannot hurt you – only you can hurt Me.”   How very hard is the heart that can see such love and turn away.   Is it not true I too have turned away when I did not accept the Father’s Will with love?   Teach me to keep my arms ever open to love, to forgive and to render service – willing to be hurt rather than hurt, satisfied to love and not be loved in return.

The Twelfth Station:
Jesus Dies on the Cross

st 12

God is dead!   No wonder the earth quaked, the sun hid itself, the dead rose and Mary stood by in horror.   Your human body gave up it’s soul in death but Your Divinity, dear Jesus, continued to manifest its power.   All creation rebelled as the Word made Flesh departed from this world.   Man alone was too proud to see and too stubborn to acknowledge truth.

Redemption was accomplished!   Man would never have an excuse to forget how much You loved him.   The thief on Your right saw something he could not explain – he saw a man on a tree and knew He was God.  His need made him see his own guilt and Your innocence.   The Promise of eternal life made the remaining hours of his torture. endurable.

A common thief responded to Your love with deep Faith, Hope, and Love.   He saw more than his eyes envisioned – he felt a Presence he could not explain and would not argue with.   He was in need and accepted the way God designed to help him.

Forgive our pride, dear Jesus as we spend hours speculating, days arguing and often a lifetime in rejecting Your death, which is a sublime mystery.   Have pity on those whose intelligence leads them to pride because they never feel the need to reach out to the Man of Sorrows for consolation.

Stations of the Cross by Mother Angelica

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Thought for the Day – 12 April

Thought for the Day – 12 April

Talented people like Blessed Angelo of Chivasso see the stupidity of most personal ambition that seeks to lord it over others;  rather, talents and gifts should be for the service of others, for enriching and benefiting their lives.   How often do we put others down in order to make ourselves look better than they?   We must recognise that this attitude is the exact opposite of the words of the Beatitudes, the words of Christ and if we seek such a path, we have a great deal of work to do!

Bl Angelo of Chivasso, pray for us!


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One Minute Reflection – 12 April

One Minute Reflection – 12 April

……………..yet I live, no longer I but Christ lives in me;   insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me………….Gal 2:20

REFLECTION – “The Crucifix is an open book that all can read.
The crucifix is an infinite declaration of love!”……………St Catherine of Siena

PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ, inspire me to read the Crucifix as all the teaching I need. Grant that I may return glory, gratitude and love to You for Your great love for me. Grant too that I may use all the talents given me, as Blessed Angelo of Chivasso did, for the glory of Your Kingdom and the love of all my neighbours. Bl Angelo, pray for us. Amen



Our Morning Offering – 12 April

Our Morning Offering – 12 April

(In Honour Of Christ’s Passion)

I give You glory, O Christ,
because You, the Only-begotten,
the Lord of all,
underwent the death of the Cross
to free my sinful soul from the bonds of sin.
What shall I give to You, O Lord,
in return for all this kindness?
Glory to You, O Lord, for Your love,
for Your mercy, for Your patience.
Glory to You,
for forgiving us all our sins,
for coming to save our souls,
for Your incarnation in the Virgin’s womb.
Glory to You, for Your bonds,
for receiving the cut of the lash,
for accepting mockery.
Glory to You, for Your crucifixion,
for Your burial, for Your resurrection.
Glory to You, for being taken up heaven.
Glory to You who sit
at the Father’s right hand and will return in glory.
Glory to You for willing that the sinner
be saved through Your great mercy and compassion.


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Saint of the Day – 12 Apil – Blessed Angelo Carletti di Chivasso

Saint of the Day – 12 Apil – Blessed Angelo of Chivasso (1411-1495) OFM Religious Priest, Theologian, Teacher, Writer.

Antonio Carletti was born in 1411 to a noble family of Chivasso, Italy, near Turin.    He attended the University of Bologna, where he received the degree of Doctor of Civil and Canon Law and served as a magistrate in the Court of Chiavasso.    He was appointed to the Senate by the Marquis of Monferrato Gian Giacomo.    It was probably at the age of thirty that he entered the Order of Friars Minor at Santa Maria del Monte in Genoa, taking the name Angelo.   There he met Francesco della Rovere, who was later to become Pope Sixtus IV.


In 1467 he accompanied Fra Pietro da Napoli, who had been charged by the Vicar General to reorder the Franciscan province of Austria.

In 1472 he was chosen to fill the office of Vicar-General of that branch of the Order then known as the Cismontane Observance, founded by Bernadine of Siena.    He held that office again in 1478, in 1485 and in 1490.    He founded the monasteries of Saluzzo, Mondovì and Pinerolo and preached in Mantua, Genoa, Cuneo, Susa, Monferrato and Turin at the court of Charles I, Duke of Savoy.    He also served as a spiritual counselor for Catherine of Genoa and Blessed Paola Gambara.

In 1480 the Ottoman Empire under Mehmed II took possession of Otranto and threatened to overrun and lay waste the area.    Angelo was appointed Apostolic Nuncio by Pope Sixtus IV and commissioned to preach a crusade against the invaders.    While the residents of Otranto held out under siege, Mehmed II died and the Turkish forces retired from the Italian peninsula.

Again, in 1491, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio and Commissary by Innocent VIII, conjointly with the Bishop of Mauriana, and reached a peaceful agreement between Catholics and Waldensians.

In theology he is considered a major adherent of Scotism.    His works are given by Wadding in the latter’s “Scriptores Ordinis Minorum”.    The most noted of these is the “Summa de Casibus Conscientiae”, called after him the “Summa Angelica”.      The first edition of di Chivasso’s “Summa Angelica” appeared in the year 1486 and from that year to the year 1520 it went through 31 editions, 25 of which are preserved in the Royal Library at Munich.

The “Summa” is divided into 659 articles arranged in alphabetical order and forming what would now be called a dictionary of moral theology.    The most important of these articles is the one entitled “Interrogationes in Confessione”.    It serves, in a way, as a dictionary of moral theology and was found very useful for confessors.   Judging the character of the work of Bl. Angelo as a theologian from this, his most important contribution to moral theology, one is impressed with the gravity and fairness that characterized his opinions throughout.    The “Summa” is a valuable guide in matters of conscience and approaches closely, in the treatment of the various articles, to casuistic theology as this science is now understood, hence the title of the work, “Summa de Casibus Conscientiae”.

Martin Luther considered it a symbol of Catholic orthodoxy and had it publicly burned in the public square outside Wittenberg’s Elster Gate on December 10, 1520 together with the Bull of Excommunication Exsurge Domine, the Code of Canon Law and the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas.

Angelo Carletti di Chivasso died on April 11, 1495 at the convent of St. Anthony at Cuneo.   On April 14, 1753, Pope Benedict XIII beatified Angelo Carletti,[6] giving official approval to the cult that had for long been paid to Angelo, especially by the people of Chivasso and Coni.    The latter chose him as their special patron.    His feast is kept on 12 April.    He is celebrated in his native Chivasso, with an traditional country fair and prayer.


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Saints – 12 April

St Acutina
St Alferius of La Cava
Bl Andrew of Montereale
Bl Angelo Carletti di Chivasso
St Artemón of Caesarea
St Basil of Parion
St Constantine of Gap
St Damian of Pavia
St David Uribe Velasco
St Erkemboden of Thérouanne
St Florentin of Arles
St Pope Julius I
St Lorenzo of Belem
St Peter of Montepiano
St Sabas the Lector
St Teresa of the Andes
St Tetricus of Auxerre
St Victor of Braga
St Vissia of Fermo
St Wigbert
St Zeno of Verona