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Thought for the Day – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide

Thought for the Day – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide

The Resurrection of the Lord is Our Hope

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world,

From the depths of my heart, I wish all of you a blessed Easter.   To quote Saint Augustine, “Resurrectio Domini, spes nostra – the resurrection of the Lord is our hope” (Sermon 261:1).   With these words, the great Bishop explained to the faithful that Jesus rose again so that we, though destined to die, should not despair, worrying that with death life is completely finished;  Christ is risen to give us hope (cf. ibid.).

Indeed, one of the questions that most preoccupies men and women is this:  what is there after death?   To this mystery today´s solemnity allows us to respond that death does not have the last word because Life will be victorious at the end.   This certainty of ours is based not on simple human reasoning but on a historical fact of faith:  Jesus Christ, crucified and buried, is risen with His glorified body.   Jesus is risen so that we too, believing in Him, may have eternal life.   This proclamation is at the heart of the Gospel message.   As Saint Paul vigorously declares:  “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”   He goes on to say:  “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Cor 15:14,19).   Ever since the dawn of Easter a new Spring of hope has filled the world; from that day forward our resurrection has begun because Easter does not simply signal a moment in history but the beginning of a new condition:   Jesus is risen not because His memory remains alive in the hearts of His disciples but because He Himself lives in us and in Him we can already savour the joy of eternal life.

The resurrection, then, is not a theory but a historical reality revealed by the man Jesus Christ by means of His “Passover”, His “passage”, that has opened a “new way” between heaven and earth (cf. Heb 10:20).   It is neither a myth nor a dream, it is not a vision or a utopia, it is not a fairy tale but it is a singular and unrepeatable event:  Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary, who at dusk on Friday was taken down from the Cross and buried, has victoriously left the tomb.   In fact, at dawn on the first day after the Sabbath, Peter and John found the tomb empty.   Mary Magdalene and the other women encountered the risen Jesus.   On the way to Emmaus the two disciples recognised Him at the breaking of the bread.   The Risen One appeared to the Apostles that evening in the Upper Room and then to many other disciples in Galilee.

If it is true that death no longer has power over man and over the world, there still remain very many, in fact too many signs of its former dominion.   Even if through Easter, Christ has destroyed the root of evil, He still wants the assistance of men and women in every time and place who help Him to affirm His victory using His own weapons:  the weapons of justice and truth, mercy, forgiveness and love.

Pope Benedict XVI – 13 April 2009 (Excerpt)even if through easter - pope benedict - 12 april 2018

 

 

 

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Quote of the Day – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide & the Memorial of St Zeno of Verona (c 300 – 371)

Quote of the Day – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide & the Memorial of St Zeno of Verona (c 300 – 371)

“How earnestly do I desire, if I were able, to celebrate you,
O Patience, queen of all things!
But by my life and manners, more than by my words.
For you rest in your own action
and council more than in discourses
and in perfecting, rather than in multiplying virtues.
You are the support of virginity,
the secure harbour of widowhood,
the guide and directress, of the married state,
the unanimity of friendship,
the comfort and joy of slavery,
to which you are often liberty.
By you, poverty enjoys all,
because, content with itself, it bears all.
By you, the prophets, were advanced in virtue
and the apostles united to Christ.
You are the daily crown and mother of the martyrs.
You art the bulwark of faith,
the fruit of hope
and the friend of charity.
Happy, eternally happy, is he
who shall always possess you in his soul.”

St Zeno of Verona (c 300 – 371)how earnestly do i desire (on patience) - st zeno - 12 april 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide

One Minute Reflection – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men…. we are witnesses to these things and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”…Acts 5:29,32

REFLECTION – “The will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you.   Put your creed in your deed.”…Fr Mike Schmitzthe will of god - for mike - 12 april 2018

PRAYER – God of mercy, let the mystery we celebrate at Eastertide, bear fruit for us in every season.   Let us all be Your beacons to the world around us as St Zeno was, teaching by his life.   Grant we pray, that his prayers may assist us.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever, amen.st zeno of verona pray for us 12 april 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide

Our Morning Offering – 12 April – Thursday of the Second Week of Eastertide

You are the King of All
St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Universal Doctor

We pray to You, O Lord,
who are the supreme Truth,
and all truth is from You.
We beseech You, O Lord,
who are the highest Wisdom,
and all the wise depend on You
for their wisdom.
You are the supreme Joy,
and all who are happy owe it to You.
You are the Light of minds,
and all receive their understanding from You.
We love, we love You above all.
We seek You, we follow You,
and we are ready to serve You.
We desire to dwell under Your power
for You are the King of all.
Amen.you are the king of all by st albert the great - 12 april 2018

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Saint of the Day – 12 April – St Zeno of Verona (c 300 – 371)

Saint of the Day – 12 April – St Zeno of Verona (c 300 – 371)  Bishop of Verona, Monk, Confessor, Reformer, possibly a Martyr  the persecutions of  Constantius II and  Julian the Apostate – Born c 300 at Mauretania near Algiers, North Africa and died on 12 April 371.   Patronages  – anglers, children learning to speak, children learning to walk, fishermen, newborn babies, diocese of Verona, Italy, 41 cities.

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Statue of Saint Zeno from the Basilica of San Zeno

St Zeno of Verona came from Mauretania (Algeria and  Morocco) in North Africa, born in the year c 300.   He may have been a follower of Athanasius of Alexandria who followed his master to Verona in about 340.  The  ancient Sermones texts on Old Testament exegesis have been attributed to St Zeno due to the style of the 90 or so Sermones attributed to Zeno has been considered evidence of his African origins.

San Zeno Altarpiece. Zeno is on the far right.
San Zeno Altarpiece. Zeno is on the far right.

He entered monastic life and would be appointed a bishop, winning converts back from Arianism, setting up a convent for  women, living a life of poverty, training priests to work in the diocese and reforming how the Agape feast was celebrated.  (The term Agape or Love feast was used for certain religious meals among early Christians that seem to have been originally closely related to the Eucharist.)   He would not allow loud groaning and wailing at funerals, supported adult  baptism  by complete immersion and  established a practice of giving medals to  the newly baptised.

He was the eighth bishops of Verona for a decade or so and is described as a ‘confessor of the faith’ in early martyrologies, may have suffered persecution under Constantius II and  Julian the Apostate  — a reference to his ‘happy death’ on 12 April, 371, indicates he may have been martyred.   Saint Gregory the Great calls him a martyr in his Dialogues.   A contemporary letter from St Ambrose of Milan refers  to Zeno’s holiness.   He is known to have lived in great poverty.

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St Zeno is the patron saint of fishermen and anglers, of the city of Verona, of newborn babies as well as children learning to speak and walk.   A saint for spiritual toddlers.   At least 30 churches and chapels bear his name.  He may have been fond of fishing in the River Adige  but the  depictions of  him with a fishing rod  are thought to refer to his  success in ‘catching converts’ for  the faith.   A fisher of men and women for Christ.Pala_di_San_Zeno_by_Andrea_Mantegna_-_San_Zeno_-_Verona_2016_(3)

In the year 589, at the same time that the Tiber overflowed a considerable quarter of Rome, and the flood over-topped the walls, the waters of the Adige, which fails from the mountains with excessive rapidity, threatened to drown or submerge a great part of the city of Verona.   The people flocked in crowds to the church of their holy patron Zeno:  the waters seemed to respect its doors, they gradually swelled as high as the windows, yet the flood never broke into the church but stood like a firm wall, as when the Israelites passed the Jordan;  and the people remained there twenty-foul hours in prayer, till the water subsided within the banks of the channel.  This miracle had as many witnesses as there were inhabitants of Verona.   The devotion of the people to St Zeno was much increased by this and other miracles.

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The Adige flowing through Verona

St Zeno’s liturgical feast day is celebrated today, 12 April but in the diocese of Verona, it is also celebrated on 21 May, in honor of the translation of his relics on 21 May 807.

Tradition states that Zeno built the first basilica in Verona, situated in the area probably occupied by the present-day cathedral.   His eponymous church in its present location dates to the early ninth century, when it was endowed by Charlemagne and his son Pepin, King of Italy.   It was consecrated on 8 December 806; two local hermits, Benignus and Carus, were assigned the task of translating Zeno’s relics to a new marble crypt.   King Pepin was present at the ceremony, as were the Bishops of Cremona and Salzburg, as well as an immense crowd of townspeople.   The church was damaged at the beginning of the tenth century by Hungarians, though the relics of Zeno remained safe. The basilica was rebuilt again, and made much larger and stronger. Financial support was provided by Otto I, and it was re-consecrated in 967, at a ceremony presided over by the Bishop Ratherius of Verona.

The present church of San Zeno in Verona is a work of the twelfth, thirteenth and early fifteenth centuries for the most part.  It is well known for its bronze doors (c 1100 – c 1200) which depict, besides stories from the Bible, the miracles of Saint Zeno, images drawn from stories, including those recorded by the notary Coronato, the facade sculpture signed by Nicholaus and an associate Guglielmus and the rose window (c 1200), which is the work of Brioloto.800px-St_Zeno's_body_(close_up)San-Zeno-1-GalleryVerona,_Basilica_di_San_Zeno,_crypt_001800px-Verona,_Basilica_di_San_Zeno,_bronze_door_004

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Memorials of the Saints – 12 April

St Acutina
St Alferius of La Cava
Bl Andrew of Montereale
Bl Angelo Carletti di Chivasso
St Artemón of Caesarea
St Basil of Parion
St Constantine of Gap
St Damian of Pavia
St David Uribe Velasco
St Erkemboden of Thérouanne
St Florentin of Arles
St Pope Julius I
St Lorenzo of Belem
St Peter of Montepiano
St Sabas the Lector
St Teresa of the Andes
St Tetricus of Auxerre
St Victor of Braga
St Vissia of Fermo
St Wigbert
St Zeno of Verona (c 300 – 371)