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Marian Thought for the Day – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Marian Thought for the Day – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Mary is the “Mater Admirabilis,” the Wonderful Mother
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

WHEN Mary, the Virgo Prædicanda, the Virgin who is to be proclaimed aloud, is called by the title of Admirabilis, it is thereby suggested to us what the effect is of the preaching of her as Immaculate in her Conception.  The Holy Church proclaims, preaches her, as conceived without original sin and those who hear, the children of Holy Church, wonder, marvel, are astonished and overcome by the preaching.   It is so great a prerogative.

Even created excellence is fearful to think of when it is so high as Mary’s.  As to the great Creator, when Moses desired to see His glory, He Himself says about Himself, “Thou canst not see My face, for man shall not see Me and live;” and St. Paul says, “Our God is a consuming fire.”   And when St John, holy as he was, saw only the Human Nature of our Lord, as He is in Heaven, “he fell at His feet as dead.”   And so as regards the appearance of angels.   The holy Daniel, when St Gabriel appeared to him, “fainted away and lay in a consternation, with his face close to the ground.”   When this great archangel came to Zacharias, the father of S. John the Baptist, he too was troubled and fear fell upon him. But it was otherwise with Mary when the same St Gabriel came to her  . She was overcome indeed and troubled at his words, because, humble as she was in her own opinion of herself, he addressed her as “Full of grace,” and “Blessed among women” but she was able to bear the sight of him.

Hence we learn two things:  first, how great a holiness was Mary’s, seeing she could endure the presence of an angel, whose brightness smote the holy prophet Daniel even to fainting and almost to death;  and secondly, since she is so much holier than that angel, and we so much less holy than Daniel, what great reason we have to call her the Virgo Admirabilis, the Wonderful, the Awful Virgin, when we think of her ineffable purity!

There are those who are so thoughtless, so blind, so grovelling as to think that Mary is not as much shocked at wilful sin as her Divine Son is and that we can make her our friend and advocate, though we go to her without contrition at heart, without even the wish for true repentance and resolution to amend.   As if Mary could hate sin less and love sinners more, than our Lord does!   No: she feels a sympathy for those only who wish to leave their sins else, how should she be without sin herself?   No, if even to the best of us she is, in the words of Scripture, “fair as the moon, bright as the sun and terrible as an army set in array,” what is she to the impenitent sinner?

Mater Admirabilis, Wonderful Mother, Pray for us!mater admirabilis - pray for us - 5 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Quote/s of the Day – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

“If anyone does not believe,
that Holy Mary is the Mother of God,
such a one is a stranger to the Godhead.”

St Gregory Nazianzen (330-390) Father and Doctor of the Churchif anyone does not believe - st gregory of nazianzen - 5 may 2018

“No one will ever be the servant of the Son
without serving the Mother.”

St Ildephonsus (607-670)no one will ever be a servant of the son - st ildephonsus - 5 may 2018

“If the hurricanes of temptation rise against you,
or you are running upon the rocks of trouble,
look to the star – call on Mary!”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Mellifluous Doctorif the hurricanes of temptation - st bernard - 5 may 2018

“Mary is the most sweet bait, chosen, prepared
and ordained by God, to catch the hearts of men.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Doctor of the Churchmary is the most swet bait - st catherine of siena - 5 may 2018

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother,
because she is the sea to be crossed
to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.”

St Padre Pio (1887-1968)always stay close to this heavenly mother - st padre pio - 5 may 2018

 

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One Minute Marian Reflection – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

One Minute Marian Reflection – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God…Luke 1:30then the angel said to her - luke 1 30 - 5 may 2018

REFLECTION – “MARY: HER IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: “How would we have acted, if we could have chosen our own mother? I’m sure we would have chosen the one we have, adorning her with every possible grace. That is what Christ did. Christ being all powerful, all wise, Love itself, His power carried out His will. . . . This is the clearest reason why our Lord granted His mother , from the very moment of her Immaculate Conception, all possible privileges. She was free from the power of Satan. She is beautiful, spotless and pure in soul and body.” …St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975) – “Cause of our Joy” – Christ is Passing By – 171
Let us offer to our Mother today:
The renewal of our baptismal vows.christ being all-powerful, all wise, love itself - st josemaria - marian reflection - 5 may 2018

PRAYER – Almighty God, grant that Your faithful, who rejoice in the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may be delivered from every evil here on earth, through her prayer and come to the enduring joys of heaven. We make our prayer through her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, one God with You, in the union of the Holy Spirit, forever amen.immaculate mary - pray for us - 5 may 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Our Morning Offering – 5 May “Mary’s Month!” – Saturday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide

Most Holy Virgin, I Choose You this Day
By St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of Charity

Most Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God,
I am unworthy to be your servant.
Yet moved by your motherly care for me
and longing to serve you,
I choose you this day to be my Queen,
my Advocate and my Mother.
I firmly resolve ever
to be devoted to you
and to do what I can
to encourage others
to be devoted to you.
My loving Mother,
through the Precious Blood
of your Son shed for me,
I beg you to receive me
as your servant forever.
Aid me in my actions
and beg for me the grace
never by thought, word, or deed
to be displeasing in your sight
and that of your most holy Son.
Remember me, dearest Mother,
and do not abandon me at the hour of death.
Amenmost holy virgin I choose you this day - st francis de sales - 5 may 2018

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Saint of the Day – 5 May – Blessed Caterina Cittadini (1801-1857)

Saint of the Day – 5 May – Blessed Caterina Cittadini (1801-1857) Religious, Teacher, Founder  – (28 September 1801 – 5 May 1857) was an Italian Roman Catholic religious from Bergamo who established the Ursuline Sisters of Saint Jerome Emiliani.   The order was dedicated to the education of girls in Bergamo and in the surrounding areas and has since expanded outside of the Italian nation. Cittadini was orphaned as a child and cultivated her faith among fellow children in an orphanage where the spiritual direction was strong.   Her order came in part of her devotion to Saint Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537) as well as the Blessed Mother.   Patronages – Ursuline Sisters of St Jerome Emiliani, Orphans, Teachers.

bl Caterina Cittadini

Cittadini’s reputation increased as the decades went on due to her fame as a passionate and inspiring educator who instilled in girls both a civic and a religious education that was the basis of her educational career and her beliefs.

Her beatification was celebrated on 29 April 2001 once Pope John Paul II recognised a miracle that was attributed to Cittadini’s direct intercession.

Caterina Cittadini was born in Bergamo on 28 September 1801 to Giovanni Battista Cittadini and Margherita Lanzani.   Her sister was Giuditta (1803-1840).    She was baptised on 30 September in the parish of San Alessandro in Colonna.   Her mother died in 1808 and her father abandoned the sisters after being widowed.   The sisters were taken in and grew up in the orphanage of Bergamo where both sisters developed a strong and ardent faith;  in her case it meant a strong devotion to both the Blessed Mother and to Saint Jerome Emiliani.   The sisters left the orphanage in 1823 in order to live with their paternal cousins Giovanni and Antonio Cittadini in Calolzio.

Cittadini became a teacher at a public girls school in Somasca in 1824 at the time she and Giuditta felt called to the religious life.   Their spiritual director Giuseppe Brena – from their time at the orphanage – advised them to remain in Somasca to instead become the basis of a new religious congregation devoted to the education of girls both children and adolescents.   To that end the pair bought a house in Somasca in 1826 and also bought and furnished a building that became a female boarding school in October 1826. Cittadini taught the students religious education and managed the school on a simultaneous level;  at this stage word of her success spread and she attracted dozens of students from the surrounding areas.   The Cittadini sisters opened two private schools in 1832 and in 1836.

 

Giuditta directed these schools until her sudden death in 1840 which had put an emotional strain upon her older sister.   This was exacerbated with the death of her cousin Antonio in 1841 and her spiritual director not long after that.   The rapid losses that she incurred ruined her health to the point where she neared death in 1842 but was cured through the intercession of Saint Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537)

She quit public teaching in 1845 in order to just manage the schools themselves and she also took three companions under her wing to assist her in both that task and also in the care of orphans.   In 1850 she received the papal approval of Pope Pius IX to build a chapel to house the Eucharist at her boarding school and in 1851 applied for the approval of a new religious congregation to the Bishop of Bergamo, Carlo Gritti Morlacchi.   In 1854 the new Bishop Pietro Luigi Speranza encouraged her work and instructed her to write the Rule of her new order – her first attempt was based on those of the Milanese Ursulines and was rejected.   She persisted in writing the Rule once more which was accepted on 17 September 1854 bearing the name of her new congregation, The Ursuline Sisters of Saint Jerome Emiliani. 

Cittadini died in 1857 after a period of ill health;  her reputation for holiness and for her ardent faith spread across the northern Italian cities and led to calls for her cause of beatification to be introduced.   Six months after her death – on 14 December 1857 – the Bishop of Bergamo gave his approval for the order to be recognised of diocesan right while on 8 July 1927 the congregation received the official papal approval of Pope Pius XI;  this meant the congregation was now universal and was recognised of pontifical right to exercise its functions.

The order now operates in Asia in nations such as India and the Philippines and in Europe in both Belgium and Switzerland amongst others.

 

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 May

St Angelus of Jerusalem
St Avertinus of Tours
Bl Benvenuto Mareni
St Britto of Trier
Bl Caterina Cittadini (1801-1857)
St Crescentiana
St Echa of Crayke
St Eulogius of Edessa
St Euthymius of Alexandria
St Geruntius of Milan
St Godehard of Hildesheim
Bl Grzegorz Boleslaw Frackowiak
St Hilary of Arles
St Hydroc
St Irenaeus of Thessalonica
St Irenes of Thessalonica
Bl John Haile
St Jovinian of Auxerre
St Jutta Kulmsee
St Leo of Africo
St Maurontius of Douai
St Maximus of Jerusalem
St Nectarius of Vienne
St Nicetas of Vienne
Bl Nuntius Sulprizio
St Peregrinus of Thessalonica
St Sacerdos of Limoges
St Sacerdos of Saguntum
St Silvanus of Rome
St Theodore of Bologna
St Waldrada of Metz