Thought for the Day – 6 April – Easter Friday the Sixth day in the Easter Octave

Thought for the Day – 6 April – Easter Friday the Sixth day in the Easter Octave

“When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.”…John 21:9-14

“Today …. is bathed in the luminous joy of Easter.   In these days, in fact, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Resurrection and experiences the great joy that comes to her from the Good News of Christ’s victory over evil and over death.   This joy is not only prolonged in the Octave of Easter but is extended for 50 days until Pentecost.

Christ’s Pasch is the supreme and unequalled act of God’s power.   It is an absolutely extraordinary event, the most beautiful, ripe fruit of the “Mystery of God”.   It is so extraordinary that it is ineffable in its dimensions that escape our human capacity for knowing and investigating.   Yet, it is also a “historical” event, witnessed to and documented.   It is the event on which the whole of our faith is founded.   It is the central content in which we believe and the main reason why we believe.

There is a glorified Resurrected Saviour now seated at the right hand of the Father, holding the place He has prepared for each of us.   His wounds are glorified now, beautiful, streaming the light of grace upon an earth being reborn, revealing the depth of His love and the Hope that springs eternal.   Through taking on our very humanity, He did for us what we could never have done for ourselves.   He “who knew no sin” walked in the perfect obedience of the Son and bridged the gap between the Father and the sons and daughters who had rejected His invitation to communion, through the offering of His own Body on the altar of the Cross.

Through His passion, obedience unto death, and Resurrection, He welcomed us into the very inner life of the Trinity.   In Him we now make our home in God.   In His sacred humanity He transforms the entire human experience.   He invites us to live differently and shows us the path to a fullness of life now and eternal glory in the new world to come.   He opened eternity to all who were bound by the chains of time.   He clothed in glorious freedom those once wrapped in the grave clothes of death.   He gave purpose to the sheep who had wandered aimlessly in empty self pursuits.

The whole world, created through Him, is now re-created in Him.   We can see our lives differently as we open ourselves to His Spirit and allow Him to replace our finite vision with the eyes of eternal perspective.   Our feet are now shod with the hope of the Good News.   His redemptive mission continues through us to a world waiting to be born anew. He walks through time in His Body on earth, His church;  the world reconciled and invites all men and women to follow Him.”

Pope Benedict XVIhe walks through time - pope benedict - 6 april 2018

Faith helps us recognise that Christ is God;  it shows that He is our saviour;  it brings us to identify ourselves with Him and to act as He acted.   When the risen Christ frees the apostle Thomas from his doubts, showing him His wounds, Jesus exclaims:  “Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed.”   And St Gregory the Great comments that “He is referring in particular to us, for we possess spiritually Him whom we have not seen in the body.”  He is referring to us, provided our behaviour agrees with our faith.   A person does not truly believe unless he puts into practice what he believes.   That is why St Paul says of those whose faith is limited to words:   “They profess recognition of God, but in their behaviour they deny him”

St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)

(Christ is Passing By)

a person does not truly believe - st josemaria - 6 april easter friday - 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 6 April – Easter Friday the Sixth day in the Easter Octave – “Speaking of Love”

Quote/s of the Day – 6 April – Easter Friday the Sixth day in the Easter Octave

“Speaking of Love”

“Nothing is sweeter than love,
nothing stronger or higher or wider;
nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller
and nothing better in heaven or on earth,
for love is born of God
and cannot rest except in God,
Who is above all created things.”nothing is sweeter than love - thomas a kempis - 6 april 2018

“Love is watchful.
Sleeping – it does not slumber.
Wearied – it is not tired.
Pressed – it is not straitened.
Alarmed – it is not confused
but like a living flame,
a burning torch,
it forces its way upward
and passes unharmed,
through every obstacle.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) The Imitation of Christlove is watchful - st thomas a kempis - 6 april 2018

“What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs
and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.”

St Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Father & Doctorwhat does love look like - st augustine - 6 april 2018

“The proof of love is in the works.
Where love exists, it works great things.
But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.”

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604) Father & Doctorthe proof of love is in the works - st pope gregory the great - 5 april 2018

“The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love;
It signifies Love,
It produces love.
The Eucharist is the consummation
of the whole spiritual life.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor angelicus / Doctor communisthe eucharist is the sacrament of love - st thomas aquinas - 6 april 2018

Love knows no limit to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope,
it can outlast anything.
Love still stands,
when all else has fallen.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)love knows no limits - blaise pascal - 6 april 2018

“The person who does not decide to love forever
will find it very difficult to really love, even for one day.”

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)the person who does not - st john paul - 6 april 2018


One Minute Reflection – 6 April – Easter Friday & The Memorial of Bl Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)

One Minute Reflection – 6 April – Easter Friday & The Memorial of Bl Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”…John 13:34

REFLECTION – “[She] worked as a true Samaritan among women, suffering great material and moral deprivation.   Her devotion to the Saviour’s Sacred Heart bore fruit, in a great love for people.   Thanks to this love she restored to many souls the light of Christ and helped them to retain their lost dignity.” … St Pope John Paul II at the Beatification on 6 June 1997her devotion to the saviour's sacred heart - st john paul on bl maria karlowska - 6 april 2018

PRAYER – Dear Jesus, take away our hearts of stone and replace them with Your loving heart.   Help us to radiate You to all we meet. Blessed Maria Karlowska, your heart was the heart of Christ, please pray for us, maria karlowska pray for us - 6 april 2018


Our Morning Offering – 6 April – Easter Friday

Our Morning Offering – 6 April – Easter Friday

Radiating Christ
St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Dear Jesus,
help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through us and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel Your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us,
but only Jesus.
Stay with us
and then we shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You.
None of it will be ours.
It will be You shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise You in the way You love best,
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach You without preaching,
not by words but by our example;
by the catching force –
the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to You.
Amenradiating christ by st mother teresa - 6 april 2018

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Saint of the Day – 6 April – Blessed Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)

Saint of the Day – 6 April – Blessed Maria Karlowska (1865-1935) Religious sister and Founder of the Sisters of the Divine Shepherd of Divine Providence.   Blessed Maria Karłowska worked with poor and abandoned people with an emphasis on girls and also tried to aid prostitutes avoid such a life and build another kind of life so used her order to reach out to such people to render assistance.   Her beatification cause culminated in St Pope John Paul II presiding over her beatification on 6 June 1997 while on his apostolic visitation to Poland.   Bl Maria was born on 4 September 1865 in Karlowo, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland and died on 24 March 1935 in Pniewite, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland of natural causes.   She is the patron of the Order she founded.Bł._Maria_Angela_Karłowska

Maria Karłowska was born on 4 September 1865 in Poland as the eleventh child to Mateusz Karłowska and Eugenia Dembińska;  she was baptised that same month and her godmother was Wanda.   She made her First Communion in 1875 and in 1882 made a private vow – with the permission of her confessor – to remain chaste.   Her parents both died in 1882 within the striking space of two months leaving her orphaned and alone. Her paternal cousin Stanisław Karłowski was a Discalced Carmelite priest.   A second cousin was the artist Stanisława de Karłowska.

Karłowska became an apprentice seamstress in Berlin and started to collaborate with her elder sister as well as ill people in the area even after she had returned to Poland.   In November 1892 she met a poor girl named Franke and this encounter inspired her to aid the neglected and abandoned after hearing her talk about her life.   Bl Maria had an  intense devotion to the Sacred Heart.   Her religious congregation was established on 8 September 1896 and she – as well as several others – made her solemn profession as a nun on 20 June 1902;   she served as the Superior General from the founding until her death.   Her order received diocesan approval on 13 April 1909.    She received the Cross of Merit for her work in 1928.Beata_Maria_Karlowska_C

Karłowska died on 24 March 1935 after being ill for some time and her remains were interred in the order’s motherhouse after her funeral on 28 March;  her remains were relocated on 31 August 1935.   Her order received the decree of praise from Pope Paul VI on 24 May 1967.   In 2005 there were 221 religious in 24 places across Poland and Kazakhstan.

bl maria karlowska

The beatification process opened under Pope Paul VI on 17 March 1965 and she became titled as a Servant of God while the informative process commenced from 17 March 1965 until October 1982 in Toruń;  the Congregation for the Causes of Saints validated the process on 27 March 1987 and then received the Positio in 1991.   Theologians approved the dossier on 20 December 1994 as did the C.C.S. on 25 April 1995 before Pope John Paul II confirmed her heroic virtue and named her as Venerable on 11 July 1995.

The miracle for beatification was investigated and then received C.C.S. validation on 6 October 1995 before a medical board approved it on 27 June 1996.   Theologians approved it on 6 December 1996 as did the C.C.S. on 25 February 1997;   St John Paul II approved this miracle on 8 April 1997 and beatified her two months later on 6 June while on his apostolic visit to Poland.

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Memorials of the Saints – 6 April

St Agrarius the Martyr
St Amand of Grisalba
St Berthanc of Kirkwall
St Brychan of Brycheiniog
Bl Catherine of Pallanza
St Diogenes of Philippi
St Elstan of Abingdon
St Galla of Rome
St Gennard
St Irenaeus of Sirmium
Bl Jan Franciszek Czartoryski
St Marcellinus the Martyr
Bl Maria Karlowska (1865-1935)
Bl Michele Rua
Bl Notker Balbulus
St Phaolô Lê Bao Tinh
St Philaret of Calabria
Bl Pierina Morosini
St Platonides of Ashkelon
St Prudentius of Troyes
St Pope Sixtus I
St Timothy of Philippi
St Ulched
St Urban of Peñalba
St William of Eskilsoe
St Winebald
Bl Zefirino Agostini

Martyrs of Sirmium : 7 saints – A group of fourth century martyrs at Sirmium, Pannonia (modern Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). We know little more than seven of their names – Florentius, Geminianus, Moderata, Romana, Rufina, Saturus and Secundus.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Enric Gispert Domenech
Bl Josep Gomis Martorell