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Thought for the Day – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Today’s Gospel: John 6:30–35 & the Memorial of Bl Andrés Hibernón Real O.F.M. (1534-1602) ‘Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration’

Thought for the Day – – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Today’s Gospel:  John 6:30–35 & the Memorial of Bl Andrés Hibernón Real O.F.M. (1534-1602) ) ‘Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration’

Meditation on the Blessed Sacrament by St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)  – Most Zealous Doctor

Meditation, wherever it is made,
pleases God.
But it seems that Jesus,
especially delights in prayer,
made before the Blessed Sacrament.
Did he not leave Himself for us
in this sacrament to be food for our spirit
and to be present for all who seek Him?

We cannot all make pilgrimages
to the places where Jesus lived
but the Lord who died for us
on the cross of Calvary
now dwells in person,
in the tabernacle – waiting.

We need not await a command
as we would of an earthly king,
to enter His presence –
He is waiting for us
to lay before Him our wants
and to seek His help.
So that we may taste
the sweetness of His presence,
it is good to empty ourselves
of earthly desires.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46: 10

What pleasure is found in spending
a long time before the altar
where the Lord dwells!

What heavenly sweetness the Lord
allows us to taste and enjoy!

What should we do in the presence
of the Lord in the Eucharist?

We should stay there, not to enjoy
sweetness and consolation
but to give pleasure to God
by making acts of love, saying

O my God, I love

and desire nothing but You.

Grant that I may always love You;

then do with me and all I possess,

as You please.

These acts of love,
even when made without sensible delight,
please god greatly.
For good people often have to bear
with distractions and dryness in prayer.

As for distractions,
of these we must not make much account.
It is enough to drive them away
when they come.
Do not on this account leave off prayer.

Saint Francis de Sales said:

“If, in meditation, we do nothing
but drive away distractions,
our meditation would be of great profit.”

And as for dryness:
this is the greatest pain
for those given to prayer,
for we find ourselves without
any sensible desire of loving God.
Added to this, at times, is the fear
of being separated from God
because of our sins.
There is the feeling
of being in utter darkness
without any way of escape.
At such times let us unite our desolation
with that which Jesus suffered on the cross.

If we can say nothing else,
it is enough to say,
at least by an act of the will:

My God, I desire to love You.
Have pity on me;
Leave me not.

PRAYER of one in deep affliction.

My God, I love You tenderly
though I feel You far away.
I will seek You ceaselessly
lest from You I stray.
AMENmeditation on the blessed sacrament - st alphonsus liguori - 17 april 2018

 

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 April – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Speaking of:  “Gaudete et Exsultate” – “Rejoice and Be Glad”

Quote/s of the Day – 17 April – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Speaking of:  “Gaudete et Exsultate” – “Rejoice and Be Glad”
Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on holiness: 9 April 2018

“We are all called to be holy,
by living our lives with love
and by bearing witness,
in everything we do,
wherever we find ourselves.”we are all called - no 2 - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Thanks be to God,
throughout the history of the church,
it has always been clear,
that a person’s perfection is measured,
not by the information,
or knowledge, they possess
but by the depth of their charity.”thanks be to god no 2- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Jesus explained with great simplicity,
what it means to be holy,
when He gave us the Beatitudes
(Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23).”jesus explained - pope franics - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Giving and forgiving,
means, reproducing in our lives,
some small measure,
of God’s perfection,
which gives and forgives
superabundantly.”giving and forgiving means- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“It is true, that the primacy
belongs to our relationship with God
but we cannot forget,
that the ultimate criterion,
on which our lives will be judged,
is what we have done for others.”it is true- pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“The saints surprise us,
they confound us
because by their lives,
they urge us to abandon
a dull and dreary
mediocrity.”the saints surprise us - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - no 2 - 17 april 2018

“A community that cherishes
the little details of love,
whose members care for one another
and create an open
and evangelising environment,
is a place where the risen Lord is present,
sanctifying it in accordance
with the Father’s plan.”a community - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“We should not think
of the devil as a myth,
a representation, a symbol,
a figure of speech or an idea.
This mistake would lead us
to let down our guard,
to grow careless
and end up more vulnerable.”we should not think - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“The devil does not need
to possess us.
He poisons us with
the venom of hatred,
desolation, envy and vice.
When we let down our guard,
he takes advantage of it,
to destroy our lives,
our families and our communities.”the devil does not need to - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

“Discernment is not about discovering,
what more we can get out of this life
but about recognising, how we can better
accomplish, the mission entrusted
to us at our baptism.”discernment is not about - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 16 april 2018

“Let us ask the Holy Spirit,
to pour out upon us,
a fervent longing,
to be saints
for God’s greater glory
and let us encourage one another,
in this effort.”

Pope Francis – “Gaudete et Exsultate”let us ask the holy spirit - pope francis - gaudete exsultate - 17 april 2018

 

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One Minute Reflection – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Today’s Gospel: John 6:30–35 & the memorial of Bl Andrés Hibernón Real O.F.M. (1534-1602)

One Minute Reflection – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide – Today’s Gospel: John 6:30–35 & the memorial of Bl Andrés Hibernón Real O.F.M. (1534-1602)

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;  he who comes to me shall not hunger and he who believes in me shall never thirst…John 6:35i am the bread of life - john 6 35. - 17 april 2018

REFLECTION – “When I stand up to talk, people listen to me;  they will follow what I have to say.   Is it any power of mine?   Of course not.   St Paul says, ‘What have you that you have not received and you who have received, why do you glory as if you had not?’  But the secret of my power is that I have never, in fifty-five years, missed spending an hour in the presence of our Lord, in the Blessed Sacrament.   That’s where the power comes from.  That’s where sermons are born.  That’s where every good thought is conceived.” …Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen (1895-1979)the secret of my power - ven fulton j sheen - 17 april 2018

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, present for me in the Holy Eucharist, everyday, everywhere. Lord Jesus, the life of my soul, the food of my life, the quenching of my thirst.   Let me love You in the Holy Eucharist.   May Your Sacred Heart become my heart.   Blessed Andrés Hibernón Real, you who loved to spend time with the Lord, who never missed a day being with Him, please pray for us, amen.bl andres hibernon real - pray for us - 17 april 2018

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Our Morning Offering – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Our Morning Offering – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Grant me Grace O Lord
By St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592)

I am a sinner
and You are He
who justifies the impious.
I am poor,
You are rich in infinite riches.
Give me an increase of faith,
an increase of love,
a complement of all virtues
with which I may serve You
and praise You
all my life so that, at last,
I may enjoy You in Heaven.
Amengrant me grace o lord - st paschal baylon - 17 april 2018

 

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Saint of the Day – 17 April – Blessed Andrés Hibernón Real O.F.M. (1534-1602)

Saint of the Day – 17 April – Blessed Andrés Hibernón Real O.F.M. (1534-1602) Religious Friar, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin and the Holy Rosary, Apostle of the poor.   Patronages –  Alcantarilla, Spain (chosen in May 1950), Murcia, Spain.   He was born in 1534 in Murcia, Spain.   He predicted the date of his death four years before the fact, which was 18 April 1602 in Gandia, Valencia, Spain of natural causes immediately after having prayed a rosary.   His body is incorrupt.duoandres

 

Andrés Hibernón Real was born in Murcia in 1534, he came from an old noble house that was reduced to the state of poorness due to a range of adverse circumstance.    His uncle in Valencia, assumed charge of his initial education, in order to relieve his parents.   He was baptised in the Murcia Cathedral where an uncle of his was a chaplain.

In his late childhood and into his adolescence he endeavoured to earn funds that would support his parents and siblings.   He saved a considerable amount on one occasion to provide for his sister’s impending marriage and so left where he was to travel back home to Murcia.   En route home a group of thieves attacked him and stripped him of all he had.   Hibernón interpreted this as a sign of how much he depended on material goods and so resolved to labour for the remainder of his life for goods not of this world.

In Albacete in 1556 he begged to be admitted into a convent of the Order of Friars Minor and so was admitted into it on 1 November 1557 where he commenced his period of novitiate and received the habit.220px-andres_hibernon

He frequented Marian shrines and often spent hours on end kneeling in silent and deep meditation before the tabernacle that housed the Eucharist.   He fostered an ardent devotion to the poor and the ill and often accompanied priests to visit ill people.   In February 1563 he relocated to the Alcantarine Franciscan reform convent of San José in Elche and in 1564 attended the vesting of the habit of Saint Paschal Baylon (1540-1592). He remained there until 1574 save for a short duration of time in Villena.   In 1574 his superiors sent him to undertake the establishment of a convent in Valencia where he made friends with the Archbishop of Valencia, Saint Juan de Ribera (1532-1611).

 

He died on 18 April 1602 – he had foretold that exact date of his death in 1598.   He died as he completed reciting the rosary.   His incorrupt remains are now housed in the Murcia Cathedral – though some are in Alcantarilla – after being relocated from Gandia in 1936 due to the Spanish Civil War.   He was Beatified on 22 May 1791 by Pope Pius VI at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Papal States (modern Italy) (cultus confirmation).

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Murcia Cathedral
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Memorials of the Saints – 18 April

Bl Andrés Hibernón Real O.F.M. (1534-1602)
St Agia of Hainault
St Anthia of Illyria
St Athanasia of Aegina
St Bitheus
St Calocerus of Brescia
St Cogitosus
St Corebus
St Eleuterius of Illyria
St Elpidius of Melitene
St Eusebius of Fano
St Galdinus of Milan
St Gebuinus of Lyons
St Genocus
St Hermogenes of Melitene
Bl Idesbald of Dunes
Bl James Oldo
Bl Joseph Moreau
St Laserian of Leighlin
Bl Louis Leroy
Bl Luca Passi
Bl Marie of the Incarnation
St Perfecto of Córdoba
St Pusicio
Bl Roman Archutowski
Bl Savina Petrilli
St Ursmar of Lobbes
St Wigbert of Augsburg