Thought for the Day – 5 April – Easter Thursday Fifth Day in the Easter Octave

Thought for the Day – 5 April – Easter Thursday Fifth Day in the Easter Octave

Christ’s Resurrection – Our Sure Hope
St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) Father & Doctor of the Church

“And he said to them, “Why are you troubled and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish and he took it and ate before them..”..Luke 24:36-43

“Those who have a sure hope, guaranteed by the Spirit, that they will rise again lay hold of what lies in the future as though it were already present.

They say: “Outward appearances will no longer be our standard in judging other men. Our lives are all controlled by the Spirit now and are not confined to this physical world that is subject to corruption.   The light of the Only-begotten has shone on us and we have been transformed into the Word, the source of all life.   While sin was still our master, the bonds of death had a firm hold on us but now, that the righteousness of Christ has found a place in our hearts, we have freed ourselves from our former condition of corruptibility”.

This means that none of us lives in the flesh anymore, at least not in so far as living in the flesh means being subject to the weaknesses of the flesh, which include corruptibility.   Once we thought of Christ as being in the flesh but we do not do so any longer, says Saint Paul [2 Corinthians 5:16].   By this he meant that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us;  He suffered death in the flesh in order to give all men life.

It was in this flesh that we knew Him before but we do so no longer.   Even though He remains in the flesh, since He came to life again on the third day and is now with His Father in heaven, we know that He has passed beyond the life of the flesh, for having died once, He will never die again, death has no power over Him any more.   His death was a death to sin, which He died once for all;  His life is life with God [Romans 6:9].

Since Christ has in this way become the source of life for us, we who follow in His footsteps must not think of ourselves as living in the flesh any longer but as having passed beyond it.   Saint Paul’s saying is absolutely true that when anyone is in Christ he becomes a completely different person:  his old life is over and a new life has begun [2 Cor. 5:17].

We have been justified by our faith in Christ and the power of the curse has been broken. Christ’s coming to life again for our sake has put an end to the sovereignty of death.   We have come to know the true God and to worship Him in spirit and in truth, through the Son, our mediator, who sends down upon the world the Father’s blessings.

And so Saint Paul shows deep insight when He says:  This is all God’s doing:  it is He who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ.   For the mystery of the incarnation and the renewal it accomplished could not have taken place without the Father’s will.   Through Christ we have gained access to the Father, for as Christ himself says, no one comes to the Father except through Him.   This is all God’s doing, then.   It is He who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and who has given us, the ministry of reconciliation.”those who have sure hope - st cyril of alexandria - easter thursday - 5 april 2018

“The One who from nothingness had called the world into existence, only He could break the seals of the tomb, only He could become the source of New Life for us, who are subject to the universal law of death.   “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” (Mk 16:3), the women were asking one another, when very early they were going to the tomb where the Lord had been laid.   To this question, asked by the people of every age, of every country, culture and continent, the Bishop of Rome replies, this year too, with the message “Urbi et Orbi”:

“Scimus Christum surrexisse a mortuis vere…”   Yes, we know for certain that Christ is truly risen from the dead.   You, victorious King, have mercy on us.   Amen! Alleluia!”

St Pope John Paul – 10 April 1996

yes we know for certain that christ is truly risen - st john paul - easter thursday - 5 april 2018



Quote/s of the Day – 5 April – Easter Thursday Fifth Day in the Easter Octave Speaking of the Resurrection

Quote/s of the Day – 5 April – Easter Thursday Fifth Day in the Easter Octave

Speaking of the Resurrection

“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen and you are overthrown.
Christ is risen and the demons are fallen.
Christ is risen and the angels rejoice.
Christ is risen and life reigns.
Christ is risen and not one dead remains in the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead,
is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctor of the Church, Easter Homilyo death where is your sting - st john chrysostom - easter thursday - 5 april 2018

The Lord’s triumph, on the day of the Resurrection, is final.
Where are the soldiers the rulers posted there?
Where are the seals that were fixed to the stone of the tomb?
Where are those who condemned the Master?
Where are those who crucified Jesus?
He is victorious and faced with His victory,
those poor wretches have all taken flight.
Be filled with hope:
Jesus Christ is always victorious.”

St Josemarie Escrivá (1902-1975), The Forge, 660the lord triumph on the day of the resurrection is final - st josemaria - easter thursday 5 april 2018

“Faith in the Resurrection of Jesus says that,
there is a future for every human being;
the cry for unending life,
which is a part of the person, is indeed answered.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Benedictus, 128faith in the resurrection of jesus - pope benedict - easter thursday - 5 april 2018

“The Gospel of Easter is very clear:
we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen
and to become witnesses of His Resurrection.
This is not to go back in time;
it is not a kind of nostalgia.
It is returning to our first love,
in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world
and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth.”

Pope Francis, Easter Vigil Homily, 2014POPE FRANCIS EASTER VIGIL


One Minute Reflection – 5 April – Easter Thursday and the Memorial of St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)

One Minute Reflection – 5 April – Easter Thursday and the Memorial of St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)

Nothing is to be done out of jealousy or vanity; instead, out of humility of mind everyone should give preference to others, everyone pursuing not selfish interests but those of others...Philippians 2:3-4

REFLECTION – “Once humility is acquired, charity will come to life like a burning flame devouring the corruption of vice and filling the heart so full, that there is no place for vanity.”…once humility is acquired - st vincent ferrer - 5 april 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, who sent St Vincent Ferrer to preach the Gospel of Christ, grant that we may see the Son of Man reigning in heaven, whom he proclaimed as Judge of Mankind. Grant that by the prayers of St Vincent, we may attain true humility and charity to all we meet. We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever vincent ferrer - pray for us - 5 APRIL 2018


Our Morning Offering – 5 April – Easter Thursday and the Memorial of St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)

Our Morning Offering – 5 April – Easter Thursday and the Memorial of St Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)

Grant me O my God
By St Vincent Ferrer

Good Jesus,
let me be penetrated with love
to the very marrow of my bones,
with fear and respect toward You;
let me burn with zeal for Your honour,
so that I may resent terribly all the outrages
committed against You, especially those
of which I myself have been guilty.
Grant further, O my God,
that I may adore
and acknowledge You humbly, as my Creator
and that, penetrated with gratitude
for all Your benefits,
I may never cease to render You thanks.
Grant that I may bless You in all things,
praise and glorify You
with a heart full of joy and gladness
and that, obeying You with docility
in every respect, I may one day,
despite my ingratitude and unworthiness,
be seated at Your table
together with Your Holy Angels and Apostles
to enjoy ineffable delights.
Amengood jesus let me be penetrated with love - st vincent ferrer - 5 april 2018

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Saint of the Day – 5 April – St Vincent Ferrer O.P. (1350-1419)

Saint of the Day – 5 April – St Vincent Ferrer O.P. (1350-1419), called the “Angel of the Apocalypse/The Last Judgement” and the “The Mouthpiece of God.”- Dominican Priest, Missionary, Master of Sacred Theology, Philosopher, Teacher, Preacher, Logician, Apostle of Charity – born on 23 January 1350 in Valencia (part of modern Spain) and died on 5 April 1419 at Vannes, Brittany, France of natural causes.   His remains are interred in the cathedral of Vannes.   Patronages – Archdiocese of Valencia, Builders, Prisoners, Construction workers, Plumbers, Fishermen, Spanish orphanages, Calamonaci, Italy, Casteltermini, Agrigento, Italy, Leganes, Philippines, Orihuela-Alicante, Spain, diocese of.   Attributes – Dominican habit, Tongue of flame, Pulpit, Trumpet, Wings, vincent ferrer - header

St Vincent was born in Valencia, Spain.   However, even in utero he was performing miracles.   His mother visited a blind woman she often helped.   The lady placed her head on the mother’s womb to hear the baby’s heart beat and was instantly healed of her blindness.   The entire city was quite animated at his birth and their town square argument over his name had to be settled by the local bishop who recommended he share the name of the city’s patron saint (St Vincent of Zaragosa, a third century martyr, died 304).   Before St Vincent was three months old, Valencia was struck by a terrible famine.   The infant spoke in a perfectly intelligible manner to his mother, informing her that all the townspeople needed to carry a venerated statue in procession about the city to end the famine.   No sooner had the procession begun than rain began to fall and the famine was broken.

From his tenderest years, it was clear that God was calling St Vincent to serve Him at His Altar.   The boy was gifted with great intelligence and even more profound piety.   When Vincent joined the Dominicans, he zealously practiced penance, study and prayer.   He was a teacher of philosophy and a naturally gifted preacher called the “Mouthpiece of God.”   His saintly life was what made his preaching so effective.   Vincent’s subjects were judgement, heaven, hell and the need for repentance.  Soon he was teaching and preaching all over Spain.

But at this time, three men claimed to be pope in the 1300s and 1400s.   Kings, princes, priests and laypeople fought one another to support the different claimants for the Chair of Peter.   This chaos led to the Western Schism and then God raised up Vincent Ferrer.saint-vincent-ferrer-large

Even the holiest people can be misled.   Pope Urban VI was the real pope and lived in Rome but Vincent and many others thought that Clement VII and his successor Benedict XIII, who lived in Avignon, France, were the true popes.   Vincent convinced kings, princes, clergy and almost all of Spain to give loyalty to them.   After Clement VII died, Vincent tried to get both Benedict and the pope in Rome to abdicate so that a new election could be held.  Vincent returned to Benedict in Avignon and asked him to resign.   Benedict refused.

Vincent came to see the error in Benedict’s claim to the papacy.   Discouraged and ill, Vincent begged Christ to show him the truth.   In a vision, he saw Jesus with Saint Dominic and Saint Francis, commanding him to “go through the world preaching Christ.” For the next twenty years he travelled to England, Scotland, Ireland, Aragon, Castile, France, Switzerland and Italy, preaching the Gospel and converting many.   Many biographers believe that he could speak only Valencian but was endowed with the gift of tongues.   St Vincent also had great success in preaching to the Moors and Jews.   Countless converts came into the Church and on one single day he converted more than five thousand Jews.   His spiritual success was even more fruitful among Catholics. Hatreds, envies, wars and other divisions were all brought to an abrupt end under his guidance.   Once he raised a woman from the dead so that she could testify to all present that he was indeed the Angel of the Apocalypse (cf. Apco 14:6), sent by God to call a world seeped in sin to repentance.  He preached to St Colette of Corbie and to her nuns and it was she who told him that he would die in France.   Too ill to return home to Spain, he did, indeed, die in Brittany in 1419, at the age of sixty-nine.   Breton fishermen still invoke his aid in storms.   Vincent spread the Good News throughout Europe.   He fasted, preached, worked miracles and drew many people to become faithful Christians.

One day while Benedict was presiding over an enormous assembly, Vincent, though close to death, mounted the pulpit and denounced him as the false pope.   He encouraged everyone to be faithful to the one, true Catholic Church in Rome.   Benedict fled, knowing his supporters had deserted him.    The Great Western Schism was finally ended in 1417 when all the world universally acknowledged Martin V as rightful pope.

St Vincent was canonised by Pope Calixtus III on 3 June 1455.Palma il Vecchio, St. Vincent Ferrer, ca. 1523

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 April

St Vincent Ferrer O.P. (1350-1419) (Optional Memorial)

St Albert of Montecorvino
Bl Antonius Fuster
St Becan
Bl Blasius of Auvergne
St Claudius of Mesopotamia
St Derferl Gadarn
St Gerald of Sauve-Majeure
St Irene of Thessalonica
St Maria Crescentia Hoss
St Mariano de la Mata Aparicio
St Pausilippus
Bl Peter Cerdan
St Theodore the Martyr
St Zeno the Martyr

Martyrs of Lesbos: 5 saints – Five young Christian women martyred together for their faith. We don’t even know their names. island of Lesbos, Greece.

Martyrs of North-West Africa: Large group of Christians murdered while celebrating Easter Mass during the persecutions of Genseric, the Arian king of the Vandals. They were martyred in 459 at Arbal (in modern Algeria).

Martyrs of Seleucia: 120 saints – One-hundred and eleven (111) men and nine (9) women who, because they were Christians, were dragged to Seleucia and martyred for refusing to worship the sun or fire or other pagan idols during the persecutions of King Shapur II. They were burned alive in 344 in Seleucia, Persia.