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Second Thoughts for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday, the Fourth day in the Octave of Easter

Second Thoughts for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday, the Fourth day in the Octave of Easter

“He is not here, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him” (Mk 16:6)

“There is another important aspect (in the Resurrection):  Jesus show Himself in the act of departure.

This is clearest in the event of Emmaus and in His meeting with Mary Magdalen.   He summons us to go with Him.

Resurrection is not an indulgence of curiosity – it is MISSION.   It’s intention is to transform the world!   It calls for an active joy, the joy of those who are themselves going along the path of the Risen One.

That is true today too – He only shows Himself to those who walk with Him.  The angel’s first word to the women was “He is not here, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him” (Mk 16:6).   So once and for all, we are told where the Risen One is to be found and how we are to meet Him – HE GOES BEFORE YOU.   He is present in preceding us.

By following Him, we can see Him!”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
The Word of the Witnesses – Seek that Which is Abovehe only shows himself - pope benedict - joseph ratzinger - easter wed - 4 april 2018 - no 2 with octave note

“They alone are able truly, to enjoy this world, who begin with the world unseen. They alone enjoy it, who have first abstained from it.   They alone can truly feast, who have first fasted.   They alone are able, to use the world, who have learned not to abuse it.   They alone inherit it, who take it as a shadow, of the world to come and who for that world to come relinquish it.”

Look at the cross of Christ – Blessed John Henry Newman  (1801-1890)THEY ALONE ARE ABLE TRULY - BL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN 0 4 APRIL EASTER WED 2018

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Thought for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

Thought for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

The 76 years of Isidore’s life were a time of conflict and growth for the Church in Spain. The Visigoths had invaded the land a century and a half earlier and shortly before Isidore’s birth they set up their own capital.   They were Arians—Christians who said Christ was not God.   Thus, Spain was split in two:  one people (Catholic Romans) struggled with another (Arian Goths).   Isidore reunited Spain, making it a centre of culture and learning.   The country served as a teacher and guide for other European countries whose culture was also threatened by barbarian invaders.

In 599, Isidore became bishop of Seville and for thirty-seven years led the Spanish church through a period of intense religious development..  Isidore also organised representative councils that established the structure and discipline of the church in Spain.   At the Council of Toledo in 633 he obtained a decree that required the establishment of a school in every diocese.   Reflecting the saint’s broad interests, the schools taught every branch of knowledge, including the liberal arts, medicine, law, Hebrew, and Greek.    Isidore was an amazingly learned man and is called “The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages.”   The encyclopedia he wrote was used as a textbook for nine centuries in so many schools which he had founded.   AND he required seminaries to be built in every diocese, wrote a Rule for religious orders and founded schools that taught every branch of learning.   Isidore wrote numerous books, including a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of Goths and a history of the world—beginning with creation!   He also wrote a dictionary of synonyms, brief biographies of illustrious men, treatises on theological and philosophical subjects.  He completed the Mozarabic liturgy, which is still in use in Toledo, Spain.   For all these reasons, Isidore has been suggested as patron of the Internet.    Several others—including Anthony of Padua—also have been suggested.

Throughout his long life, Isidore lived austerely so that he could give to the poor and he continued his austerities even as he approached age 80.   During the last six months of his life, he increased his charities so much that his house was crowded from morning till night with the poor of the countryside.  But while Isidore had compassion for needy, he thought they were better off than their oppressors, as he explains in this selection:

“We ought to sorrow for people who do evil rather than for people who suffer it.   The wrongdoing of the first leads them further into evil.   The others’ suffering corrects them from evil.   Through the evil wills of some, God works much good in others.   Some people, resisting the will of God, unwittingly do His purpose.   Understand then that so truly are all things subject to God that even those who oppose His law nevertheless fulfil His will.

Evil men are necessary so that through them the good may be scourged when they do wrong…Some simple men, not understanding the dispensation of God, are scandalised by the success of evil men.   They say with the prophet:  “Why does the way of the wicked prosper?”   Those who speak thus should not wonder to see the frail temporal happiness of the wicked.   Rather they should consider the final end of evil men and the everlasting torments prepared for them.   As the prophet says:  “They spend their days in wealth and in a moment they go down to hell.”

Shortly before his death, Isidore had two friends clothe him in sackcloth and rub ashes on his head so that he could come before God as a poor penitent.   He died peacefully at Seville in 636.

Our society can well use Isidore’s spirit of combining learning and holiness.   Loving, understanding and knowledge can heal and bring a broken people back together.   We are not barbarians like the invaders of Isidore’s Spain.   But people who are swamped by riches and overwhelmed by scientific and technological advances can lose much of their understanding love for one another.

St Isidore, pray for the whole Church, the whole world, for us all, amen!st isidore - pray for us no 2 - 4 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

“War with vices
but peace with individuals.”

“The more you devote yourself
to study of the sacred utterances,
the richer will be your understanding of them,
just as the more the soil is tilled,
the richer the harvest.”

“We, as Catholics, are not permitted
to believe anything of our own will,
nor to choose what someone has believed of his.
We have God’s apostles as authorities,
who did not themselves of their own wills,
choose anything of what they wanted to believe
but faithfully transmitted to the nations,
the teachings of Christ.”war with vices...the more you devote yourself...we, as catholics - st isidore - 4 april 2018

“Confession heals,
Confession justifies,
Confession grants pardon of sin,
all hope consists in Confession;
in Confession there is
a chance for mercy.”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Churchconfession heals - st isidore - 4 april 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

I know how to live modestly and I know how to live luxuriously too:  in every way now I have mastered the secret of all conditions:  full stomach and empty stomach, plenty and poverty.   There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me…Philippians 4:12-13

REFLECTION – “The suffering of adversity does not degrade you but exalts you.   Human tribulation teaches you, it does not destroy you.   The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance for the next.   The more we sorrow in the present, ..the greater will be our joy in the future.”…St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe suffering of adversity - st isidore - 4 april 2018the more we are afflicted in this world - st isidore - 2017

PRAYER – Graciously hear the prayers, O Lord, which we make in commemoration of Saint Isidore, that we and Your Church may be aided by his intercession, just as she has been instructed by his heavenly teaching. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.st isidore - pray for us - 4 april 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 4 April – Easter Wednesday

Our Morning Offering – 4 April – Easter Wednesday

O God of Our Life
St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of the Church

God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry
chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies gray and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them
and our hearts are lonely
and our souls have lost their courage.
Flood the path with light,
run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise;
tune our hearts to brave music;
give us the sense of comradeship
with heroes and saints of every age;
and so quicken our spirits
that we may be able to encourage the souls of all
who journey with us on the road of life,
to your honour and glory.
Amengod of our life there are days when the burdens - st augustine - 4 april 2018

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Saint of the Day – 4 April – St Benedict of Sicily O.F.M. (1526-1589)

Saint of the Day – 4 April – St Benedict of Sicily O.F.M. (1526-1589) Religious Friar, Confessor, apostle of charity – also known as Benedict of Palermo, Benedict the Moor – born in 1526 at Messina, Italy on the estate of Chevalier de Lanza a San Fratello – died in 1589 of natural causes.   His body was reported incorrupt when exhumed several years later.   Patronages – African missions;  African Americans; black missions; black people; Palermo;  San Fratello; Sicily.SOD-0403-SaintBenedicttheMoor-790x480

St Benedict was born of Moorish parents who were slaves on an estate near Messina, Sicily.   Though of the lowest social rank, they possessed true nobility of heart and mind. As a baby Benedict was freed by his master and as a young boy he showed such a devout and gentle disposition that he was called the “holy Moor.”

While working in the fields one day some neighbours taunted him on account of his race and parentage.   His meek demeanour greatly impressed a Franciscan hermit who was passing by and who uttered the prophetic words: “You ridicule a poor Moor now;  before long you will hear great things of him.”

Wishing to join these hermits Benedict sold his meagre belongings and gave the proceeds to the poor and then entered the community.   After the death of the superior, Benedict was chosen his successor, though greatly against his will.   When Pope Pius IV ordered all hermits to disband or join some Order, Benedict became a Friar Minor of the Observance at Palermo and was made a cook.   He was happy in this work since it enabled him to perform many little acts of kindness toward the others.   His brethren were greatly edified by the saintly cook, especially when they saw angels at times helping him in his work.   The Chapter of 1578 made him guardian, or superior, of the friary, though he protested that he was not a priest, in fact could neither read nor write.   He was a model superior, however, and won the esteem and obedience as well as the love of his subjects.ST BENEDICT OF SICILY.2

As superior he gave free rein to his love for the poor and no matter how openhanded he was, the food never seemed to give out.   After serving as superior he was made novice master and to this difficult post he brought gifts that were evidently infused:  he was able to instruct with an amazing knowledge of theology and to read the hearts of others.   Benedict corrected the friars with humility and charity.   Once he corrected a novice and assigned him a penance only to learn that the novice was not the guilty party.   Benedict immediately knelt down before the novice and asked his pardon.

In later life, Benedict was not possessive of the few things he used.   He never referred to them as “mine,” but always called them “ours.”   His gifts for prayer and the guidance of souls earned him throughout Sicily a reputation for holiness.   Following the example of St Francis, Benedict kept seven 40-day fasts throughout the year; he also slept only a few hours each night.

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At his request he was relieved of his office and again made cook but he was no longer an obscure Brother, for thousands flocked to the friary, seeking cures or alms or counsel and help.

He died after a brief illness, having foretold the hour of his death.   After Benedict’s death, King Philip III of Spain paid for a special tomb for this holy friar.  His veneration has spread throughout the world, and the African Americans of North America have chosen him their patron.   He was Beatified on 15 May 1743 by Pope Benedict XIV and Canonised on 24 May 1807 by Pope Pius VIII.ST BENEDICT OF SICILY

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 April

St Isidore of Seville (c 560-636) (Optional Memorial) Father & Doctor of the Church

Bl Abraham of Strelna
St Agathopus of Thessalonica
St Aleth of Dijon
St Benedict of Sicily O.F.M. (1526-1589)

St Gaetano Catanoso
Bl Giuseppe Benedetto Dusmet
St Gwerir of Liskeard
St Henry of Gheest
St Hildebert of Ghent
St Peter of Poitiers
St Plato
St Theodulus of Thessalonica
St Theonas of Egypt
St Tigernach of Clogher
St Zosimus of Palestine