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The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for June 2018

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for June 2018

JUNE 2018

Universal:  Social Networks

That social networks may work towards
that inclusiveness which respects others
for their differences.holy father's prayer intention june 2018 - 1 june 2018

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JUNE – MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART

JUNE – MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART

The Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.
The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost.
In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.

Understood in the light of the Scriptures, the term “Sacred Heart of Jesus” denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of His being and His person considered in its most intimate essential:  Son of God, uncreated wisdom;  infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind.   The “Sacred Heart” is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for His brothers.   Excerpted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgyjune-devotion- the sacred heart - 1 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – 1 June – The Memorial of Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905)

Thought for the Day – 1 June – The Memorial of Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905)

“God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are” (1 Cor 3:17).   The universal call to holiness was constantly felt and personally lived by John Baptist Scalabrini.   He loved to say over and over: “Would that I could sanctify myself and all the souls entrusted to me!”. Striving for holiness and proposing it to everyone he met, was always his first concern.

Deeply in love with God and extraordinarily devoted to the Eucharist, he knew how to translate the contemplation of God and his mystery into intense apostolic and missionary activity, making himself all things to all men in order to proclaim the Gospel. This ardent passion of his for the kingdom of God made him zealous in catechesis, pastoral activities and charitable work, especially for those most in need.   Pope Pius IX called him the “Apostle of the Catechism” because of his efforts to promote the systematic teaching of the Church’s doctrine to children and adults in every parish.

Out of his love for the poor, particularly for emigrants, he became the apostle of his many compatriots compelled to leave their country, often under difficult conditions and in concrete danger of losing their faith: for them he was a father and sure guide.   We can say that Bl John Baptist Scalabrini intensely lived the paschal mystery, not through martyrdom but by serving the poor and crucified Christ, in the many needy and suffering people, whom he loved, with the heart of a true Shepherd in solidarity with his flock….St Pope John Paul (1920-2005) on the Beatification of Bl Scalabrini – Sunday, 9 November 1997.

Oh if we could gain just a grain of such zeal, we would all become saints.

Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, Pray for us!

bl john baptist scalabrini - pray for us - 1 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day- 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165) Father of the Church

Quote/s of the Day- 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

Father of the Church

“We used to hate and destroy one another
and refused, to associate with people
of another race or country.
Now, because of Christ, we live together
with such people and pray for our enemies ”

“Let it be understood,
that those who are not found living
as He taught,
are NOT Christian- even though they profess
with the lips, the teaching of Christ.”we used to hate one another - let it be understood that those - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

“Not as common bread
or as common drink,
do we receive these…..
We have been taught,
that the food,
that has been Eucharistised,
by the word of prayer,
that food, which by assimilation,
nourishes our flesh and blood,
is the flesh and blood
of the incarnate Jesus.”not-as-common-bread-st-justin-martyr-1-june-2018.jpg

“The world suffers nothing from Christians
but hates them, because they reject its pleasures.”the world suffers nothing from Christians - 1 june 2018.jpg

“You can kill us
but you cannot do us
any real harm.”you can kill us - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

“We have strayed from the Immortal’s ways
and worship with a dull and senseless mind, Idols,
the workmanship of our own hands!”

St Justin Martyr (c 100-165) Father of the Churchwe-have-strayed-st-justin-martyr-1-june-2018.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

One Minute Reflection – 1 June – The Memorial of St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

The words I spoke to you are spirit and life………John 6:64john-6-64 - 1 june 2017

REFLECTION – “As by, the Word of God, Jesus our Saviour was made Flesh and had both Flesh and Blood for our salvation, so also the food, which has been blessed by the word of the prayer, instituted by Him, is both the Flesh and Blood of Jesus Incarnate.”…St Justin Martyr (c 100-165)

as by the word of god - st justin martyr - 1 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, my Saviour, let me daily take to my heart and my soul, Your words. Grant that they may lead me to penance and also provide needed consolation amid the troubles of life.   St Justin, when you discovered the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, your life was completely changed and given to Him, so that you could heed His command to go forth and spread the good news to all.   Please pray for us, that we may be inspired to imitate your courage and zeal, even as we struggle on our pilgrim path.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, with almighty God, our Father and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-justin-martyr-pray-for-us.- 1 june 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 1 June – The Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time Year B

Our Morning Offering – 1 June – The Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time Year B

ACT OF LOVE TO THE SACRED HEART
By Servant of God Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val (1865-1930)

Reveal Your Sacred Heart to me, O Jesus
and show me Its attractions.
Unite me to It forever.
Grant that all my aspirations
and all the beats of my heart,
which cease, not even while I sleep,
may be a testimonial to You,
of my love for You
and may say to You:
“Yes, Lord, I am all Yours;
pledge of my allegiance to You,
rests forever in my heart
and will never cease to be there.
May You accept,
the slight amount of good that I do
and be graciously pleased,
to repair all my wrong-doing;
so that I may be able,
to bless You in time
and in eternity.
Amenact of love to the sacred heart by servant of god card rafael merry del val - 1 june 2018

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Saint of the Day – 1 June – Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905) “The Apostle of the Catechism” and “The Father of Migrants”

Saint of the Day – 1 June – Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905) “The Apostle of the Catechism” – Bishop, Prelate, Founder, Advisor, Apostle of Charity and the Suffering, Writer, Teacher, known as “The Apostle of the Catechism” and “The Father of Migrants”, Founder of both the Missionaries of St Charles and the Mission Sisters of Saint Charles.  Born Giovanni Battista Scalabrini on 8 July 1839 at Fino Mornasco, Como, Italy and died at dawn on 1 June 1905, the feast of the Ascension of the Lord.   He was Beatified on 9 November 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

bl john scalabrini.info

He is an unknown figure to almost everyone.   Yet John Baptist Scalabrini, a seemingly obscure Roman Catholic Bishop of a rural northern Italian diocese, Piacenza, from 1876 to his death in 1905, is perhaps more than anyone else the single-most important architect of a global outreach on the part of the Catholic Church in the ever-increasing fields of migration and refugee flows.   His innovative thinking, analysis of the migrants’ and refugees’ plights and efforts on their behalf continue to inform and even inspire the Church’s efforts in this field down to this day.

Giovanni Battista Scalabrini was born in Fino Mornasco (in the province of Como in northern Italy) on July 8, 1839.  The third of eight children, he attended the local State High School, where, from his first year, his remarkable intelligence and consistent efforts made him a top student. He was ordained a priest in 1863 at the age of 24, after which he expressed the desire to become a missionary. Instead, he was assigned by his Bishop to teach at the minor seminary and also to act as Vice Rector and later Rector.

In his adolescence he wrote a poem in praise of the life of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and in his childhood often recited the Angelus while each October reciting it in the Como Cathedral.   He had a devotion to Saint Joseph and Saint Francis de Sales as well as Saint Charles Borromeo which extended for the remainder of his life.

He distinguished himself during a cholera epidemic in 1867 through his tireless efforts to alleviate the suffering of the victims.   As the pastor of the parish he opened a kindergarten in the area and wrote the “Little Catechism for Kindergartens” to go with it.   In 1872 he delivered a series of eleven addresses on the First Vatican Council – something that Saint John Bosco (1815-1888) appreciated – and these addresses were printed in 1873 and even reached Rome which was a considerable factor in his later episcopal appointment.   These were reprinted in a reduced form at the behest of Bosco himself.

scalabrini - feed the poor

Giovanni Battista Scalabrini was born in Fino Mornasco (in the province of Como in northern Italy) on July 8, 1839.  The third of eight children, he attended the local State High School, where, from his first year, his remarkable intelligence and consistent efforts made him a top student. He was ordained a priest in 1863 at the age of 24, after which he expressed the desire to become a missionary.   Instead, he was assigned by his Bishop to teach at the minor seminary and also to act as Vice Rector and later Rector.

His pioneering firsts, winning ideas:

– Five pastoral visitations accomplished in person of a vast diocese with many places difficult to reach
– Three Synods
– The first Catechetical Congress in the world and the first Journal on Catechetics in Italy (and second in the world)
– The proposal for the first unified Catechism for Italians, including emigrants
– The Institution of the first Chair of Catechetics
– The first Missionary Religious Congregation for Italian emigrants
– The first proposal for a specific pastoral plan for them
– The first to found a Lay Order for the assistance of migrants.

Scalabrini’s practicality, readiness for action and gifts as a fine religious administrator served him brilliantly as an untiring pastor.   He needed such gifts, as noted by one of the official examiners of his heroic virtues – the first step in the road to official canonisation of an individual in the Church – noted, he had “such an imposing quantity of work that it leaves any ordinary person not only edified, but thoroughly daunted”.

Another feature of of his pastoral work was his surprising ability to infuse all his people with an insight into their vocation as disciples of Christ so that their faith led them from the cradle to the grave.

For him, everything was sanctified and helped to sanctify, assisting the ever-deepening personal friendship with God that the Second Vatican Council was to declare more than 50 years after his death to be the universal call to holiness, the basis for every human life.

Interestingly, unlike other contemporary saints, Scalabrini’s life was not surrounded by miraculous events.   What was miraculous, in a sense, was his immense confidence in Providence.   Scalabrini is not a saint and a bishop but a saint because he was a bishop who lived his vocation to the best of his ability.

Today, Bishop Scalabrini stands out as ideal pastor for the modern era. His motto as pastor was St Paul’s “make yourself everything to everyone”, and what is clearly special about his life is the intensity and breadth of his commitment in whatever field he entered.

scalabrini - the world

Those who knew him regarded him as sociable and accessible, direct and open, sensitive and vulnerable.   Yet he was also lucid, vigorous and had a deep trust in ascetic practice. He may have been sensitive but was also resolute as a leader and decisive in control of spontaneous impulses, refusing to succumb to emotional pressure or transitory whims of the moment.

Finally, Scalabrini was also a pioneering bishop, an explorer able to step outside the accepted boundaries and thinking of his day to go further, to confront obstacle and use them as opportunities to advance.   “Without doubt”, he once said, “we are in the hands of God, but we must not sit there idly.”

John Baptist Scalabrini, lived the drama of the exodus of migrants who,during the last decades of the nineteenth century, travelled in great numbers from Europe to the countries in the New World.   He clearly saw the need for a specific pastoral care of migrants, through a suitable network of spiritual assistance.    He strongly supported the need for legislative and institutional instruments for the human and juridical protection of the migrants, against all forms of exploitation.   Today, in different situations, the spiritual sons and daughters of Blessed Scalabrini, who were later joined by the “Secular Institute of the Scalabrinian Missionary Women”, continue to give witness to Christ’s love for migrants and to offer them the Gospel.   In 1998, John Paul II declared him Blessed and defined him as the “Father of Migrants”.Body-of-scalabrini

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Memorials of the Saints – 1 June

St Justin Martyr (Memorial) (c 100-165)


St Agapetus of Ruthenia
Bl Alfonso Navarrete Benito
Bl Arnald Arench
Bl Arnold of Geertruidenberg
St Atto of Oca
St Candida of Whitchurch
St Caprasius of Lérins
St Clarus of Aquitaine
St Claudius of Vienne
Bl Conrad of Hesse
St Conrad of Trier
St Crescentinus
St Cronan of Lismore
St Damian of Scotland
St Dionysius of Ruthenia
St Donatus of Lucania
St Felinus of Perugia
Bl Ferdinand Ayala
St Firmus
St Fortunatus of Spoleto
Bl Gaius Xeymon
St Gaudentius of Ossero
St Giuse Túc
St Gratian of Perugia
St Hannibal Mary di Francia
Bl Herculanus of Piegare
St Iñigo of Oña
St Ischryrion and Companions
Bl James of Strepar
St Jean-Baptiste-Ignace-Pierre Vernoy de Montjournal
Bl John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905)

Bl John Pelingotto
Bl John Storey
St Juventius
Bl Leo Tanaka
St Melosa
St Pamphilus of Alexandria
St Peter of Pisa
St Porphyrius of Alexandria
St Proculus of Bologna
St Proculus the Soldier
St Ronan
St Secundus of Amelia
St Seleucus of Alexandria
St Simeon of Syracuse
St Telga of Denbighshire
St Thecla of Antioch
Bl Theobald Roggeri
St Thespesius of Cappadocia
St Wistan of Evesham
St Zosimus of Antioch

Martyrs of Alexandria – 5 saints: A group five of imperial Roman soldiers assigned to guard a group of Egyptian Christians who were imprisoned for their faith in the persecutions of Decius. During their trial, they encouraged the prisoners not to apostatize. This exposed them as Christians, were promptly arrested and executed. Martyrs. Their names are – Ammon, Ingen, Ptolomy, Theophilis and Zeno. They were beheaded in 249 at Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Caesarea – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Galerius. We know little more about them than the name – Paul, Valens and Valerius. They diedf in 309 at Caesarea, Palestine.

Martyrs of Lycopolis – 6 saints: Five foot soldiers and their commander who were martyred for their faith by order of the imperial Roman prefect Arriano during the persecutions of Decius. In Lycopolis, Egypt.

Martyrs of Rome – 6 saints: A group of spiritual students of Saint Justin Martyr who died with him and about whom we know nothing else but their names – Carito, Caritone, Evelpisto, Ierace, Liberiano and Peone. In Rome, Italy.