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Happiness is……Soon to be St Pope Paul VI, Cardinals approve miracle

Yesterday 7 February 2018, the Vatican Congregation recognised the healing of an unborn child. Pope Francis’ final decision and announcement of canonisation day is the last step

Paul VI will be canonised soon.   The meeting of the bishops and cardinals of the Congregation of Saints unanimously approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Giovanni Battista Montini.   Now the only thing missing, is Pope Francis’ final signature of approval and the announcement of the date for the canonisation of the Pontiff from Brescia who died in Castel Gandolfo forty years ago.

The miracle needed for Paul VI’s aureole concerns the healing of an unborn child, in the fifth month of pregnancy.   A case studied by the postulation in 2014. The mother, originally from the province of Verona, was carrying out a difficult pregnancy and was at risk of miscarriage for a disease that could have compromised the life of the fetus and mother.   A few days after Pope Montini’s beatification, which took place in Rome on Sunday 19 October 2014, the woman went to Brescia to pray the new Blessed at the Santuario delle Grazie. The baby girl was born in good health and still is as is the mother.

The miracle had been studied by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.   The inexplicability of the healing had been decided upon last year by the Medical Council of the Department and then analysed and approved by theologians.   The last step was today’s cardinal meeting, which took note of the doctors’ conclusions and theologians’ evaluations.   Now the Cardinal Prefect, Angelo Amato, will bring the bishops’ and cardinals’ ballot to Pope Francis.   He will have the final word on the matter.   The Holy Father will announce -during a consistory- the date of Paul VI’ canonisation, which will probably be celebrated in Rome in October, during the Synod of young people.

Last December, the diocesan weekly magazine of Brescia speculated on potential dates, “At this point, we are more sure than hopeful.  The month of October could be the right one. From 3 to 28 October in Rome the 15th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on young people will be celebrated and will converge in the Vatican prelates from all over the world.   What better opportunity to canonise, in front of such a great number of Bishops, the other Pontiff – after Saint John XXIII – of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council?   It will probably occur on one of the first three Sundays of October, though the most popular one today seems to be that of 21th”.

However, the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical, Humanae Vitae, is on 25 July this year (25 July 1968) – this too could be a very appropriate date.

Pope Montini, born in 1897 and died in 1978, was the Pontiff who brought the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council to completion and succeeded in concluding it practically with the unanimous approval of the documents voted.   He began the epoch of apostolic travels in the world, he went through the years of post-conciliar crisis.   The day he was beatified, Francis, who often refers to Montini’s Magisterium, had said, “On this day of the beatification of Pope Paul VI, his words return to my mind, with which launched the Synod of Bishops, … By carefully surveying the signs of the times, we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods to the growing needs of our time and the changing conditions of society”.

Pope Francis had thanked Paul VI for his “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church! “ and had recalled that “the great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, after the closing of the Council meeting, wrote:  “Perhaps the Lord has called me and preserved me for this service not because I am particularly fit for it, or so that I can govern and rescue the Church from her present difficulties, but so that I can suffer something for the Church and in that way it will be clear that He, and no other, is her guide and saviour”.   In this humility – Francis concluded – “the grandeur of Blessed Paul VI shines forth:  before the advent of a secularised and hostile society, he could hold fast, with farsightedness and wisdom – and at times alone – to the helm of the barque of Peter, while never losing his joy and his trust in the Lord”.

I love you, nearly Saint Paul VI, please pray for the universal Church and for the whole world!blessed pope paul vi - pray for us.2


Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes – DAY SEVEN– 8 February

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes – DAY SEVEN– 8 February (we Pray the Novena for our own intentions and for the sick, the infirm within our own communities but also for all those throughout the world who suffer, especially those who have no-one to pray for them in preparation for the Wold Day of the Sick on 11 February.)

O Almighty God,
who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we humbly beseech You,
that as we contemplate the apparition of Our Lady in the Grotto of Lourdes,
we may be blessed with health of mind and body.
O most gracious Mother Mary, beloved Mother of Our Lord and Redeemer,
look with favour upon us as you did that day on Bernadette
and intercede with Him for us
that the favour we now so earnestly seek may be granted to us.
………………………………(make your request)
O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes,
glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation,
show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother,
be our comfort, hope, strength and consolation. Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for seven - our lady of lourdes - 8 feb 2018

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Thought for the Day – 8 February – The Memorial of St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537)

Thought for the Day – 8 February – The Memorial of St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537)

A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town and chained in a dungeon.   In prison Jerome had a lot of time to think and he gradually learned how to pray.   When he escaped, he returned to Venice where he took charge of the education of his nephews—and began his own studies for the priesthood.

In the years after his ordination, events again called Jerome to a decision and a new lifestyle.   Plague and famine swept northern Italy.   Jerome began caring for the sick and feeding the hungry at his own expense.   While serving the sick and the poor, he soon resolved to devote himself and his property solely to others, particularly to abandoned children.   He founded three orphanages, a shelter for penitent prostitutes and a hospital.

Around 1532, Jerome and two other priests established a congregation, the Clerks Regular of Somasca, dedicated to the care of orphans and the education of youth.   Jerome died in 1537 from a disease he caught while tending the sick.   He was canonised in 1767.   In 1928, Pope Pius Xl named him the patron of orphans and abandoned children.

Very often in our lives it seems to take some kind of “imprisonment” to free us from the shackles of our self-centredness.   When we’re “caught” in some situation we don’t want to be in, we finally come to know the liberating power of Another.   Only then can we become another for “the imprisoned” and “the orphaned” all around us.

St Jerome Emiliani, pray for us!st jerome emiliani - pay for us no.2. 8 feb 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 8 February – The Memorial of St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537) & St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) and the Fourth World Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons

Quote/s of the Day – 8 February – The Memorial of St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537) & St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) and the Fourth World Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons

” God wishes to test you, like gold in the furnace.
The dross is consumed by the fire but the pure gold remains
and its value increases.
It is in this manner, that God acts with His good servant,
who puts his hope in Him and remains unshaken in times of distress.
God raises him up and, in return for the things,
he has left out of love for God, He repays him a hundredfold in this life
and with eternal life hereafter.
If then you remain constant in faith, in the face of trial,
the Lord will give you peace and rest for a time in this world
and forever in the next.”

St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537)god wishes to test you - st jerome emiliani - 8 feb 2018

“When a person loves another dearly,
he desires strongly to be close to the other:
therefore, why be afraid to die?”

“The Lord has loved me so much:
we must love everyone…
we must be compassionate!”when a person loves another - st josephione bakhita - 8 feb 2018

“If I were to meet the slave-traders
who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me,
I would kneel and kiss their hands,
for if that did not happen,
I would not be a Christian and Religious today.”

St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947)if-i-were-to-meet-st-bakhita. - 2017

“Rejoice, all of Africa!
Bakhita has come back to you:
the daughter of the Sudan,
sold into slavery as a living piece of merchandise
and yet still free:
free with the freedom of the saints.”

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)st-josephine-bakhita-quote-st-john-paul-2017


One Minute Reflection – 8 February – The Memorial of St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537) – Gospel Mark 7:24-30 Year B

One Minute Reflection – 8 February – The Memorial of St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537) – Gospel Mark 7:24-30 Year B

But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”   And he said to her, “For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.”   And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone...Mark 7:28-30mark 7 28-30

REFLECTION – “I urge you to persevere in your love for Christ and your faithful observance of the law of Christ.   Our goal is God, the source of all good.   As we say in our prayer, we are to place our trust in God and in no one else.   In His kindness, our Lord wished to strengthen your faith, for without it, as the evangelist points out, Christ could not have performed many of His miracles.”…St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537)i urge you to persevere - st jerome emiliani - 8 feb 2018

PRAYER – Father of mercy, You chose St Jerome Emiliani to be a father to orphans in their need.   Grant that through his prayer, we may keep faithfully the spirit of sonship, by which we are not only called but really are Your children.  Help us to imitate his love and faith, manifesting by our commitment to Your commandments, our true faith. Amenst jerome emiliani - pay for us 8 feb 2018


Our Morning Offering on The FOURTH International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons – 8 February 2018


O God, when we hear of children and adults
deceived and taken to unknown places
for purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour
and organ ‘harvesting’,
our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry
that their dignity and rights are ignored
through threats, lies and force.
We cry out against the evil practice
of this modern slavery,
and pray with Saint Bakhita for it to end.
Give us wisdom and courage to reach out
and stand with those whose bodies, hearts and spirits
have been so wounded, so that together we may
make real Your promises to fill these sisters and brothers
with a love that is tender and good.
Send the exploiters away empty-handed
to be converted from this wickedness,
and help us all to claim the freedom
that is Your gift to Your children, amen.thrid-int-day-of-prayer-humantrafficking-st-bakhita-8-feb 2018


The FOURTH International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons under the Patronage of St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) – 8 February 2018

The FOURTH International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons under the Patronage of St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) – 8 February 2018

2018 theme of the Day of Prayer and Awareness:

“Migration without trafficking. Say yes to Freedom and No to slavery”world day against trafficking theme - 8 feb 2018

Speaking on the eve of the Day of Prayer and Awareness Raising against Human Trafficking, 7 February 2018, Pope Francis urged civil society and institutions to take concrete action to protect the victims and eliminate this terrible scourge that affects so many forced migrants and refugees.

Pope Francis noted that many migrants are forced to choose illegal channels of migration where they are submitted to  “abuse of every kind, exploitation and slavery.”

He noted that criminal organizations that engage in the trafficking of persons make use of migratory routes to hide their victims among the migrants and refugees.

Pope Francis also asked for prayers so that “the Lord may convert the hearts of traffickers and give hope to those who suffer because of this shameful scourge so they may regain their freedom”. 

 “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know” said William Wilberforce, an English politician, philanthropist, theologian and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade who lived in the XVIII/XIX century.  

Daily Prayer to End Human Trafficking

God of goodness and mercy,
Rewarder of the humble,
You blessed St Josephine Bakhita of Sudan
with charity and patience.
May her prayers help us and her example
inspire us to carry our cross
and to love You always.
Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom
and love with which you filled St Josephine Bakhita,
by serving You as she did.
May her prayers on behalf of those enslaved
bring awareness and an end to this evil practice.
May we too please You by our faith and actions,
through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union
with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.second-prayer-to-end-human-trafficking-2018


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Saint of the Day – 8 February – St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947)

Saint of the Day – 8 February – St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) and the FOURTH World Day of PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF ST BAKHITA

St Josephine Bakhita F.D.C.C. (1869-1947) RELIGIOUS – Patron of Sudan and World Day against Trafficking in Persons.  She was born in Sudan, was kidnapped and sold as a slave and became a Canossian Religious Sister in Italy, living and working there for 45 years.    In 2000 she was declared a Saint by St Pope John Paul II.

bakhita - infoHEADER - St.-Josephine-Bakhita

Mother Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869 and died in Schio (Vicenza) in 1947.

This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God’s grace, with the Daughters of Charity.

Mother “Moretta”

In Schio (Vicenza), where she spent many years of her life, everyone still calls her “our Black Mother”.   The process for the cause of Canonisation began 12 years after her death and on December 1st, 1978 the Church proclaimed the Decree of the heroic practice of all virtues.

Divine Providence which “cares for the flowers of the fields and the birds of the air”, guided the Sudanese slave through innumerable and unspeakable sufferings to human freedom and to the freedom of faith and finally to the consecration of her whole life to God for the coming of his Kingdom.

In Slavery

Bakhita was not the name she received from her parents at birth.   The fright and the terrible experiences she went through made her forget the name she was given by her parents.   Bakhita, which means “fortunate”, was the name given to her by her kidnappers.

Sold and resold in the markets of El Obeid and of Khartoum, she experienced the humiliations and sufferings of slavery, both physical and moral.bakhita - film

Towards freedom

In the Capital of Sudan, Bakhita was bought by an Italian Consul, Callisto Legnani.   For the first time since the day she was kidnapped, she realised with pleasant surprise, that no one used the lash when giving her orders;  instead, she was treated in a loving and cordial way.   In the Consul’s residence, Bakhita experienced peace, warmth and moments of joy, even though veiled by nostalgia for her own family, whom, perhaps, she had lost forever.   Political situations forced the Consul to leave for Italy.   Bakhita asked and obtained permission to go with him and with a friend of his, a certain Mr Augusto Michieli.

In Italy

On arrival in Genoa, Mr Legnani, pressured by the request of Mr Michieli’s wife, consented to leave Bakhita with them.   She followed the new “family”, which settled in Zianigo (near Mirano Veneto).   When their daughter Mimmina was born, Bakhita became her babysitter and friend.

The acquisition and management of a big hotel in Suakin, on the Red Sea, forced Mrs. Michieli to move to Suakin to help her husband.   Meanwhile, on the advice of their administrator, Illuminato Checchini, Mimmina and Bakhita were entrusted to the Canossian Sisters of the Institute of the Catechumens in Venice.   It was there that Bakhita came to know about God whom “she had experienced in her heart without knowing who He was” ever since she was a child.   “Seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself: Who could be the Master of these beautiful things? And I felt a great desire to see him, to know Him and to pay Him homage…”

Daughter of God

After several months in the catechumenate, Bakhita received the sacraments of Christian initiation and was given the new name, Josephine.   It was 9 January 1890.   She did not know how to express her joy that day.   Her big and expressive eyes sparkled, revealing deep emotions.   From then on, she was often seen kissing the baptismal font and saying: “Here, I became a daughter of God!”   With each new day, she became more aware of who this God was, whom she now knew and loved, who had led her to Him through mysterious ways, holding her by the hand.

When Mrs. Michieli returned from Africa to take back her daughter and Bakhita, the latter, with unusual firmness and courage, expressed her desire to remain with the Canossian Sisters and to serve that God who had shown her so many proofs of His love.  The young African, who by then had come of age, enjoyed the freedom of choice which the Italian law josephine bakhita

Daughter of St Magdalene

Bakhita remained in the catechumenate where she experienced the call to be a religious, and to give herself to the Lord in the Institute of St. Magdalene of Canossa.   On 8 December 1896, Josephine Bakhita was consecrated forever to God whom she called with the sweet expression “the Master!”

For another 50 years, this humble Daughter of Charity, a true witness of the love of God, lived in the community in Schio, engaged in various services:  cooking, sewing, embroidery and attending to the door.   When she was on duty at the door, she would gently lay her hands on the heads of the children who daily attended the Canossian schools and caress them.   Her amiable voice, which had the inflection and rhythm of the music of her country, was pleasing to the little ones, comforting to the poor and suffering and encouraging for those who knocked at the door of the Institute.

Witness of love

Her humility, her simplicity and her constant smile won the hearts of all the citizens.  Her sisters in the community esteemed her for her unalterable sweet nature, her exquisite goodness and her deep desire to make the Lord known.   “Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him.   What a great grace it is to know God!”

As she grew older she experienced long, painful years of sickness.   Mother Bakhita continued to witness to faith, goodness and Christian hope.   To those who visited her and asked how she was, she would respond with a smile:  “As the Master desires.”

Final test

During her agony, she re-lived the terrible days of her slavery and more then once she begged the nurse who assisted her:  “Please, loosen the chains… they are heavy!”

It was Mary Most Holy who freed her from all pain.  Her last words were: “Our Lady! Our Lady!” and her final smile testified to her encounter with the Mother of the Lord.

Mother Bakhita breathed her last on 8 February 1947 at the Canossian Convent, Schio, surrounded by the Sisters.   A crowd quickly gathered at the Convent to have a last look at their «Mother Moretta» and to ask for her protection from heaven.   The fame of her sanctity has spread to all the continents and many are those who receive graces through her intercession. ( josephine bakhita - max

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St Jerome Emiliani (Optional Memorial)

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Four Mercedarians

Martyrs of Constantinople: Community of 5th century monks at the monastery of Saint Dius at Constantinople. Imprisoned and martyred for loyalty to the Vatican during the Acacian Schism. 485 in Constantinople.

Martyrs of Persia: An unknown number of Christians murdered in early 6th-century Persia. Legend says that so many miracles occurred through the intercession of these martyrs that the king decreed an end to the persecution of Christians.