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Thought for the Day – 7 November – The Memorial of Blessed Anthony Baldinucci SJ (1665-1717)

Thought for the Day – 7 November – The Memorial of Blessed Anthony Baldinucci SJ (1665-1717)

Today, 7 November we celebrate the feast day of Blessed Antonio Baldinucci (1665-1717), a Jesuit missionary who, despite failing health, served the Lord with every ounce of strength and love he possessed.  While his heart lay in overseas missions, Anthony obediently remained in Italy, giving great missions, reaching many through his preaching and example and working tirelessly for the conversion of souls.   His simple faith and acceptance of the will of the Lord, inspire us today to examine our lives and hopes… and then measure how those relate to what the Lord would have us do.
His words “That God may be moved by my sufferings to touch the hearts of my hearers” are an inspiration to us when we wonder how to offer our sufferings to God. Perhaps ours would be “that God may be moved by my sufferings and use my life as an example to the hearts of sinners.”

Blessed Anthony Baldinucci, Pray for us!bl anthony baldinucci pray for us - 7 nov 2017.no2

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Quote/s of the Day – 7 November “On Achieving Sanctity”

Quote/s of the Day – 7 November “On Achieving Sanctity”

“Come, brothers, let us at length spur ourselves on.
We must rise again with Christ, we must seek the world
which is above and set our mind on the things of heaven.
Let us long for those who are longing for us,
hasten to those who are waiting for us
and ask those who look for our coming to intercede for us.
We should not only want to be with the saints,
we should also hope to possess their happiness.
While we desire to be in their company,
we must also earnestly seek to share in their glory.
Do not imagine that there is anything harmful
in such an ambition as this;
there is no danger in setting our hearts on such glory.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchcome brothers - st bernard - 7 nov 2017

“Holiness does not consist of doing more difficult things every day
but doing things with greater love every day.
Our great desires for holiness have to be expressed
by persevering in small things.
This has to be your ambition:
to persevere in the exact fulfilment of your present obligations,
because that work – humble, monotonous, small –
is prayer expressed in deeds.
And it prepares us to receive the grace for that other work –
great, broad and deep – about which we dream:
to place Christ at the summit of all human activities.”

St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975)holiness does not consist - st josemaria - 7 nov 2017

“Many little things done with love and for love
comprise our treasure for this or that day,
which we will carry with us into eternity.
Our interior life is normally nourished
by little things carried out with love and attention.”

St John Paul (1920-2005)many little things - st john paul - 7 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 7 November – The Memorial of Bl Anthony Baldinucci SJ (1665-1717)

One Minute Reflection – 7 November – The Memorial of Bl Anthony Baldinucci  SJ (1665-1717)

After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people and tongue….Revelations 7:9revelations 7 9

REFLECTION – “All Saints is “our” feast, not because we are good but because God’s holiness has touched our life.   The Saints aren’t perfect models but persons run through by God.   We can compare them to the windows of churches, which let the light enter in different shades of colours.   The Saints are our brothers and sisters who received the light of God in their heart and transmitted it to the world, each one according to his own “shade.”  However, they were all transparent; they too struggled to remove the stains and the darkness of sin, so as to have God’s kindly light pass through.   This is the purpose of life: to have the light of God pass through and also the purpose of our life…..Pope Francis – 1 November 2017the saints = pope francis

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, may I love and respect Your Saints and by their lives, gain inspiration and assistance.   Grant me to obtain an example from their way of life, fellowship in their communion and aid through their prayers.   Bl Anthony Baldinucci, displayed a great zeal for teaching and converting sinful souls by his love for the Passion of Your Son and great love for the Holy Eucharist, help me Father to imitate his passionate love.   Bl Anthony Baldinucci, pray for us all, amen.bl anthony baldinucci pray for us - 7 nov 2017

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Our morning Offering – 7 November

Our Morning Offering – 7 November

O Love Eternal!
By St Francis De Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church

O love eternal,
my soul needs and chooses You eternally!
Ah, come Holy Spirit,
and inflame our hearts with Your love!
To love – or to die!
To die – and to love!
To die to all other love
in order to live in Jesus’ love,
so that we may not die eternally.
But that we may live in Your eternal love,
O Saviour of our souls,
we eternally sing,
Live, Jesus!
Jesus, I love!
Live, Jesus, whom I love!
Jesus, I love,
Jesus who lives and reigns
forever and ever.
Amen.o love eternal - st francis de sales - 7 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – 7 November – Blessed Anthony Baldinucci S.J. (1665-1717)

Saint of the Day – 7 November – Blessed Anthony Baldinucci S.J. (1665-1717) Jesuit Priest, Preacher, Writer and Missionary.   Born on 19 June 1665 in Florence, Italy and died on 7 November 1717 of natural causes.   Beatified on 23 April 1893 by Pope Leo XIII.

 

Antonio Baldinucci was born in Florence (Tuscany, Italy), the son of a writer and artist and his wife. he fifth of five sons, Antonio’s parents had promised the Lord prior to his birth that if they produced a son, they would devote his life to Saint Anthony of Padua (whose intercession had cured a family member of serious illness). hen Antonio was born, he was raised in the faith, with the intention of his becoming a priest and serving God as promised by his parents.   Antonio embraced his parents’ wishes with the zeal of one on fire for the Lord. ather than rebel, as we might expect from a teenage boy, Antonio instead gravitated to the holy, threw himself into his studies and lived a pious life. At age eleven, he began his studies with the Jesuits at San Giovannino but following his eldest brother’s entrance into the Dominican Order, expressed his wish to follow. he Dominicans, however, refused Antonio’s admission, due to his poor health. nstead, his father recommended that he embark on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, to attempt to discern God’s plan for his life.   Under the spiritual direction of a Jesuit, Antonio was led to seek admission to the Society of Jesusand at the age of 16, began his novitiate in Rome.

Antonio, often ill, was assigned to serve the local Rome community.   He first taught the young men at the college, despite his young age.   Antonio was not content to remain in Rome, however, expressing his greatest wish to be sent out as a missionary among the Gentiles and to suffer martyrdom for the Lord.   He applied, during his tenure with the Jesuits for three overseas missions trips—to India, China, and Japan—and was each time refused, on account of his fragile health.   As his health worsened, he experienced debilitating headaches and body fatigue and was sent around the country to various Jesuit houses, seeking advice and cure.   Apparently, getting out of Rome was helpful for him and he regained his strength.   Allowed to preach, his brothers were amazed by his vigour and success in converting those who heard him!

Returning to Rome, Antonio would spend his afternoons in public places, preaching, and drawing many to the Church.   He was ordained at age 30 and immediately applied to be sent overseas as a missionary but again was refused.   Instead, Antonio was sent to Frascati, south of Rome, where part of his duties was to provide missions to the poor surrounding towns and villages in the area.   Antonio embraced this task with zeal, working among the poor and uneducated for the remainder of his life.  Looking to St Ignatius and St Peter Claver as models Antonio traveled barefoot to the towns and villages, regardless of weather.   He carried all he needed in a bag on his back and walked with a pilgrim staff.   When asked why he walked barefoot, he replied: “That God may be moved by my sufferings to touch the hearts of my hearers.” 

Each of Antonio’s missions lasted between eight and fourteen days, depending on the needs of the parish and for his preaching he generally drew from the Spiritual Exercises. At the start of each mission, Blessed Antonio would lead a procession of penitents, during which he wore a crown of thorns, carried a heavy cross and whipped or flagellated himself.   This he did as penance for the sins of those he served.   Once he had instilled a bit of fear into his mission attendees, Blessed Antonio softened his approach.   He spent little time in the pulpit, instead interacting on a personal level with his congregation, writing letters, teaching catechism, visiting and assisting children and the ill.   All were welcome, including the ruffians or thugs of the villages.   Antonio often began his missions by seeking out the roughest characters of the region and asking them to accompany him, offering him “protection.”   By the conclusion of each mission, many of these dissolute characters had come to the faith.   Each of Blessed Antonio’s missions ended in the same manner, with a large exhibition where everyone could receive Holy Eucharist.   Following Communion, a public burning of cards, dice, obscene pictures, books and secular songs would commence.   After one mission, 240 daggers and small guns and 21 pistols were laid at his feet.

Blessed Antonio participated in missions for over 20 years, during that time giving 448 missions in 30 dioceses (an average of 22 each year).  Despite this schedule, he found the time to write down many of his sermons, as well as maintain correspondence with those who needed spiritual direction and support.   To do so, he maintained a rigorous schedule of work, prayer and penance, sleeping little (about three hours each night on a bed of planks) and fasting constantly.   While he had received a special dispensation from Pope Clement XI to not offer daily Mass due to his schedule, he refused to accept it, reading the Liturgy daily.

Gradually, Antonio’s reputation grew and he was summoned to larger and larger cities, drawing great crowds at each mission.   Father Baldinucci was deeply devoted to the Eucharist, the Passion of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary.   He highly revered an image of the Blessed Virgin with the title, “Refuge of Sinners,” attributing numerous conversions and miraculous cures to its veneration.   Beginning a new mission in Frosinone, his health failed him and he was confined to his bed.   Although he appeared to others to be recovering, Antonio knew his death was approaching and requested that the image of Mary be placed before him.   Repeatedly, he prayed to Our Blessed Mother, “Show yourself to be a Mother.”   After asking for the Last Sacraments and despite the fact that he was barely able to speak, Antonio continued to recite the prayer, “Jesus and Mary, my hope,” until his death.

He began to convulse through the night until the following morning and finally at 11.00 am on the morning of 7 November 1717, Fr Baldinucci who was only fifty-two surrendered his soul to his Saviour.   The indefatigable priest at his death had served the Society for thirty-five years and spent twenty years as an active preacher in the Italian countryside.

Fr Baldinucci was beatified by Pope Leo XIII on 25 March 1893 and his memorial is liturgically celebrated on 7 July.

Blessed Antonio was buried in the chapel of San Giovanni in Florence.