Thought for the Day – 24 February – The Memorial of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco (1831-1891)
The outstanding vitality of faith, …. emerges in the life and activity of Tommaso Maria Fusco, founder of the Institute of the Daughters of Charity of the Precious Blood. By virtue of the faith he knew how to live in the world the reality of the Kingdom of God in a very special way. Among his aspirations, there was one which was his favourite: “I believe in you, my God, increase my faith”. It is this prayer that the Apostles direct to the Lord in the Gospel reading today (cf. Lk 17,6). Bl Tommaso understood that faith is first of all a gift and a grace. No one can conquer it or obtain it by himself. One can only ask for it, implore it from on high. For that reason, enlightened by the teaching of the new Blessed, we never tire of asking the gift of faith because “the just man will live by faith” (Hb 1,4)
“God is wonderful in his saints!”. With the communities in which the Blessed lived and for which they spent their best human and spiritual energies, we want to thank God, who is “wonderful in his saints”. At the same time, we ask Him through their intercession, to help us respond with renewed eagerness to the universal call to holiness. Amen….St Pope John Paul on the Beatification of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco – 7 October 2001
Blessed Thomas, pray for us!