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Thought for the Day – 12 February – Preparing for Lent – 2 days to go!

Thought for the Day – 12 February – Preparing for Lent – 2 days to go!

Lent is a season of grace.   The joy of the Risen Lord Jesus depends on how we live out the holy season of Lent.   God’s generosity has no limits but we often fall short in giving God our whole hearts so that He can fill them with His love.

Why not strive to live out this Lent as if it were to be the Last Lent in your lives!

Decide on your Lenten sacrifice.   Lent is a season of solemnity and sacrifice commemorating Jesus’ exodus into the desert;  our sacrifice is a reminder of the sacrifice of self Jesus made to save us from our sins.   Because of this, it is a Lenten tradition to sacrifice something for these 40 days.
Think about all the trivial things in your life that shift your focus away from God.   Do you find that you dedicate more time to sending text messages and posting status updates than to prayer and time with God?   Do you have a habit of eating junk food excessively?   What is something your life could do without?

In addition to sacrificing something, include something special in your Lenten routine.   Giving up chocolate or Facebook for 40 days is great but why not do something positive, too, instead of just removing the negative?   Resolve to be more mindful of others’ needs, spend more time with your family, pray more and forgive old grudges.

Attend Holy Mass as often as possible.   In addition to weekly Sunday service, it’s good to go to Mass and receive the Holy Eucharist frequently, especially during Lent.   Lent begins on Ash Wednesday when we remember that we come from dust and to dust we shall return.

Go to Confession, is a wonderful way to turn away from sin and reunite yourself with Christ.   If you don’t already, try getting into the habit of going to Confession on a regular basis.   The Catholic Church has made it obligatory that all the faithful receive the sacrament of Penance at least once a year and once during the season of Lent, though it’s recommended that you attend Confession at least once a month if possible.

Spend time on prayer and devotions.   Though not required, devotions are a great way to put yourself in the right mindset for Lent.   The Church highly encourages Adoration of God or the veneration of the Blessed Virgin and the saints.   Your local parish probably has regular Eucharistic Adoration, where you can go to sit and engage in deep prayer, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.   To practice veneration, you could say a decade of the Rosary daily, or pray to your patron saint.
Any prayer, so long as it means something to you, is a step in the direction God intended. If you have a prayer you’ve grown up with that speaks to you, resolve to spend more time focusing on what it truly means and how you can embody that prayer in your everyday life.   Perhaps start the Liturgy of the Hours, there are many sites online offering this devotion.

Take time for self-examination and reflection.   Christmas and Easter are times of happiness and joy;  while the preceding and succeeding seasons are cheery and bright, the same cannot be said about Lent.   It is a time of simplicity and solemnity.   It is a time to reflect on your dependence on God’s mercy and your understanding of faith.   Take moments during this time to think about how you embody Christ’s love.

Get ready to Fast and Abstain – think about how you will incorporate these practises into your life.   All Catholics aged fourteen and older are asked to abstain from meat on Lenten Fridays, though fish is allowed to be eaten.   Additionally, Catholics aged 18-59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Lenten Fridays, meaning that only one full meal may be eaten in the day.   Of course, do this however you feel is safe and effective.
Some people should definitely not fast (the pregnant or the elderly, for example).   If fasting isn’t a reasonable option for you, fast from something other than food.   Make sure it’s something that’s a challenge — like your phone or email — so you can feel the sacrifice you’re making.

Promote your Parish almsgiving project – perhaps think about volunteering your help. Ensure that you find a way to fulfil this vital Lenten requirement – it could be as simple as saving your spare change for your Parish charity or to have Masses said for the holy souls!

Make a Lenten calendar.   Such a calendar will help you to focus on the progression of the Lenten season and is a great reminder to see the days ticking away, leaving Sundays out.   It ends the Friday before Easter (the last day being Holy Thursday);   count backwards from there.
Hang the calendar in a common area in your home.   Every day, tick off a box.   As you get closer and closer to Easter, how do you find yourself feeling?   Are your sacrifices becoming more or less difficult to maintain?

A Blessed and Holy Lent to you all!Preparing to clean up - lent - 12 feb 2018lent - preparing our hearts - 30 jan 2018-no 2



Quote/s of the Day – 12 February “Speaking of Lent”

Quote/s of the Day – 12 February

“Speaking of Lent”

The Imitation of Christ
“Without the Way, there is no going,
Without the Truth, there is no knowing,
Without the Life, there is no living.”without the way there is no going - thomas a kempis - 9 jan 2018

“Follow Me. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Without the Way, there is no going.
Without the Truth, there is no knowing.
Without the Life, there is no living.
I am the Way, which you must follow,
the Truth, which you must believe,
the Life, for which you must hope.
I am the inviolable Way,
the infallible Truth,
the unending Life.
I am the Way that is straight,
the supreme Truth,
the Life that is true,
the blessed, the uncreated Life.
If you abide in My Way, you shall know the Truth
and the Truth shall make you free
and you shall attain life everlasting.”follow me - the imitation of christ - for lent - 12 feb 2018

“If you wish to enter into life, keep My commandments.
If you will know the truth, believe in Me.
If you will be perfect, sell all.
If you will be My disciple, deny yourself.
If you will possess the blessed life, despise this present life.
If you will be exalted in heaven, humble yourself on earth.
If you wish to reign with Me, carry the Cross with Me.
For only the servants of the Cross find the life of blessedness and of true light.”if you wish to enter into life - imitation chapeter 56 - 12 feb 2018

“MY CHILD, the more you depart from yourself,
the more you will be able to enter into Me.
As the giving up of exterior things, brings interior peace,
so the forsaking of self, unites you to God.
I will have you learn perfect surrender to My will,
without contradiction or complaint.”

“Take courage, brethren, let us go forward together
and Jesus will be with us.
For Jesus’ sake we have taken this cross.
For Jesus’ sake let us persevere with it.
He will be our help as He is also our leader and guide.
Behold, our King goes before us and will fight for us.
Let us follow like men.
Let no man fear any terrors.
Let us be prepared to meet death valiantly in battle.
Let us not suffer our glory to be blemished
by fleeing from the Cross.”

The Imitation of Christ Chapter 56

“If, however, you seek Jesus in all things,
you will surely find Him. “

The Imitation of Christ, Book II, ch. 7my child, the more you depart from yourself, 3 quotes from the Imitation for Lent - 12 Feb 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 12 February – The Memorial of St Julian the Hospitaller (unknown date of birth and death)

One Minute Reflection – 12 February – The Memorial of St Julian the Hospitaller (unknown date of birth and death)

I was ill and you comforted me…..
As often as you did it for one
of my least brothers, you did it for me…….Matthew 25:26,40matthew-25-36,40-2017

REFLECTION – “Before all things and above all things, care must be taken of the sick. They must be served in every deed as Christ Himself.”…………….St Benedictbefore-all-things-and-above-all-things-stbenedict-12 feb 2017

PRAYER – Jesus, infinite Healer, teach me to visit and comfort the sick.   Help me always to see You in them and not count the cost. St Julian, you were a perfect example of giving your utmost love to the sick, please pray for us, amen!st julian the hospitaller - pray for us - 12 feb 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 12 February

Our Morning Offering – 12 February

Only for You, in You, by You.
By St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church

Lord Jesus,
let me know myself and know You
and desire nothing save only You.
Let me hate myself and love You.
Let me do everything, for the sake of You.
Let me humble myself and exalt You.
Let me think of nothing, except You.
Let me die to myself and live in You.
Let me accept whatever happens, as from You.
Let me banish self and follow You
and ever desire to follow You.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,
That I may deserve, to be defended by You.
Let me fear for myself.
Let me fear You
and let me be among those, who are chosen by You.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.
Let me be willing to obey, for the sake of You.
Let me cling to nothing, save only to You,
And let me be poor, because of You.
Look upon me, that I may love You.
Call me, that I may see You
and for ever enjoy You.
Amenlord jesus let me know myself and know you - st augustine - 12 feb 2018

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Saint of the Day – 12 February – St Benedict of Aniane (747-821) “The Second Benedict”

Saint of the Day – 12 February – St Benedict of Aniane (747-821) Also known as “The Second Benedict” – born Witiza c 747 at Languedoc, France as Witiza – 11 February 821 at Cornelimunster, Aachen, Germany of natural causes, buried on 12 February 821.  St Benedict was a Benedictine monk and monastic reformer, who left a large imprint on the religious practice of the Carolingian Empire. St Benedict of Aniane HEADER

Next to St Benedict himself, St. Benedict of Aniane influenced the shape of Benedictine monasticism in the West more than anyone else.  Allied with Holy Roman emperors Charlemagne and Louis the Pious, he promulgated a strict and idealistic monastic reform that lasted nearly two centuries.   And Benedict’s work influenced later reforms, including the Cluniac Reform movement of the 11th and 12th centuries.

Of noble Visigothic descent, Benedict first served as a cupbearer in the Frankish court. But at age twenty he resolved to live for God alone and became a monk at an abbey near Dijon.   When the monks wanted to make him abbot, he left because he felt that they would not accept the severe pattern of life he had adopted.   So he returned to his own estate on the river Aniane in Languedoc, where he built a small hermitage.   Later he built a monastery from which he exercised influence over many other abbeys in France and Germany that he had reformed.   Eventually Benedict became the overseer of all the monasteries in the Frankish empire.

Louis the Pious compelled Benedict to build a monastery at Inde, Belgium, near the court at Aachen.   Then Louis had Benedict generate a monastic reform throughout the empire. Benedict presided at councils that reinforced discipline.   Benedict aimed to have monks “pass from faith to sight” through prayer, study, meditation and reading.   He believed that as their understanding increased, they would grow into a contemplative love for God.

Benedict of Aniane died in 821.   He never achieved the uniformity he intended because it depended on the unity of an empire that soon disintegrated.   But he did elevate the idealism and observance of western monasticism.   Benedict of Aniane’s impact was more structural than inspirational but as his biographer indicated in the following passage, his spirituality touched his brothers profoundly:

“Benedict had great concern not only to refresh his own people with food of preaching but also to nourish with heavenly bread whomever he happened to encounter.   That they might not lose the salutary food through forgetfulness, he was accustomed to impress upon them to cling tenaciously to it in their hearts. This he did with such words as, “Let it be with chaste body and humble heart, because proud chastity and vain humility are not acceptable to God.”   On some he was in the habit of stressing this, “If most precepts are impossible for you to remember, keep at least this short one, ‘Depart from evil and do good.’” (See Psalm 37:27).

Benedict possessed an unusual gift:  as soon as anyone with disturbed thoughts in his mind approached him, the tumultuous crowd of thoughts dissipated at his wholesome counsel.   Often indeed when bombarded by unsafe thoughts . . . a person would say to himself, “I will go and reveal you to Lord Benedict.”   At that very moment the unsuitable confusion left him.   If anyone was hindered by severe faults, he received soothing consolation when he opened up his heart to Benedict.”st benedict of aniane - lg






Feast of Madonna del Pilerio and Memorials of the Saints – 12 February

Madonna del Pilerio:   The term Pilerio probably derives from piliero (pillar), or it could be older and derive from the greek puleròs (guardian, guardian of the city gate).   The cult of the Madonna del Pilerio as the patron saint of Cosenza, dates back to the end of the 16th century.   It is said that in the year 1576, while the plague desolated different regions of Italy, a devotee, praying before the icon of the Madonna del Pilerio, noticed a stain similar to the pestiferous bubo (the marks of the plague), present on the face of the Image.   The phenomenon was noted by the people and by the ecclesiastical authorities. The stain was considered a prodigy and a revealing sign of the protection of the Madonna for the City of Cosenza, saved by her from the plague.   Since then the Virgin of Pilerio became the Protectress of the City.
The news of the prodigious sign did not take long to spread and from the neighbouring countries a growing rush of devotees began.   The pilgrimages continued over time and grew in number, so much so that in 1603, the Archbishop Monsignor Giovan Battista Costanzo (1591-1617), to better serve the influx of pilgrims, removed the painting from the place where it was and placed it before on one of the pillars of the central nave of the Duomo, then on the main altar and finally in 1607 in the specially built chapel dedicated to the Virgin and where even today is venerated.   On April 17, 1607, at the unanimous request of the inhabitants of Cosenza, the Archbishop Mgr. Costanzo crowned the Virgin of Pilerio Regina and Patrona della Città.  In 1783 a violent earthquake struck down on Cosenza. On that occasion another sign was found on the face of the image of the Pilerio.

St Alexius of Kiev
St Ammonius of Alexandria
Bl Anthony of Saxony
St Anthony Kauleas
St Benedict of Aniane (747-821)

Bl Benedict Revelli
St Damian of Africa
St Damian of Rome
St Ethelwald of Lindisfarne
St Eulalia of Barcelona
St Gaudentius of Verona
St Goscelinus of Turin
Bl Gregory of Tragurio
Bl Humbeline of Jully
St Jak Bushati
St Julian of Alexandria
St Julian the Hospitaller
Bl Ladislaus of Hungary
Bl Ludan
St Meletius of Antioch
St Modestus of Alexandria
St Modestus of Carthage
St Modestus the Deacon
Bl Nicholas of Hungary
St Sedulius
Bl Thomas of Foligno

Martyrs of Albitina – 46 saints:
During the persecutions of Diocletian, troops were sent to the churches of Abitina, North Africa on a Sunday morning; they rounded up everyone who had arrived for Mass and took them all to Carthage for interrogation by pro-consul Anulinus. The 46 who proclaimed their Christianity were executed. We know some of their names and stories.
• Ampelius
• Cassiano
• Ceciliano
• Cecilia
• Danzio
• Deciano
• Emeritus
• Ercolina
• Eva
• Fausto
• Felice (2 by this name)
• Felix
• Gennara (2 by this name)
• Gennaro
• Giriale
• Hilarion
• Maggiore
• Margherita
• Martino
• Mary
• Massimiano
• Matrona (2 by this name)
• Onorata
• Pelusio
• Pomponia
• Prima
• Quinto
• Regiola
• Restituta
• Rogatian (3 by this name)
• Rogato (2 by this name)
• Saturninus the Elder
• Saturninus the Younger
• Seconda (2 by this name)
• Thelica
• Victoria
• Vincenzo
• Vittoriano
• Vittorino
They were tortured to death in 304 in prison at Albitina, North Africa.

Martyred in England:
Bl George Haydock
Bl James Fenn
Bl John Nutter
Bl John Munden
Bl Thomas Hemeford

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Josep Gassol Montseny