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Thought for the Day – 7 July – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Romero Meneses F.M.A. (1902-1977)

Thought for the Day – 7 July – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Romero Meneses F.M.A. (1902-1977)

Sister María Romero Meneses, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, knew how to reflect the Face of Christ which He made her recognise in the sharing of the bread.   Born in Nicaragua, she received her religious formation in El Salvador and passed the greatest part of her life in Costa Rica.   Those beloved Central American peoples, united in the joy of her beatification, can find in the new Blessed who loved them so much, an abundance of example and teaching to renew and confirm their Christian life, deeply rooted in their countries.

With a passionate love for God and an unlimited confidence in the assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sr María Romero was an exemplary religious, apostle and mother of the poor people, who were her real favourites.   May her memory be a blessing for all and may the works she founded, among which the “House of the Virgin” in San José, continue in fidelity to the ideal that led to their being started….Beatification Homily, St Pope John Paul – Sunday 14 April 2002

May we all too reflect the Face of Christ and trust in our Holy Mother Mary, amen!

Blessed Maria Romero Meneses, Pray for usbl maria meneses - pray for us no 2 - 7 july 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 7 July – The Memorial of Maria Romero Meneses F.M.A. (1902-1977)

Quote/s of the Day – 7 July – The Memorial of Maria Romero Meneses F.M.A. (1902-1977)

“My secret:
Live making continuous
Acts of love of God.”

“Prayer is like air is for the lungs.
For this reason,
the one who prays is saved.”

“As God gave all the animals
the instinct of self-defence,
He gave humans that of prayer.”my secret - and prayer - bl maria meneses - 7 july 2018

“To remain at peace,
it is necessary to love while suffering
and to suffer while loving.”to remain at peace - bl maria meneses - 7 july 2018

“Faith produces miracles,
it is not miracles that produce faith.”faith produces miracles - bl maria meneses - 7 july 2018

“Give to whoever asks you.
And what can I give?
I must give myself,
I must give my intelligence
to teach those who do not know
and to correct those in error.
I must give my life.
I must give my time
so that all the thirsty can drink…”

Blessed Maria Romero Meneses (1902-1977)give to whoever asks you - bl maria meneses - 7 july 2018


One Minute Reflection – 7 July – Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 9:14-17.

One Minute Reflection – 7 July – Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 9:14-17.

And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast...Matthew 9:15

REFLECTION – “However, our mourning is right if we burn with desire to see Him.   How happy they were who were able to enjoy His presence before His Passion, to question Him as they wished and listen to Him as necessary… As for us, we see the fulfilment of what He said:  “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it” (Lk 17:22)…A little while and you will no longer see me and again a little while and you will see me” (Jn 16:19).   But now this is the hour of which He said:  “You will weep and mourn but the world will rejoice… But, He added, I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy away from you” (v.22).   The hope thus given us by Him, who is faithful in His promises, never now leaves us, without a certain joy — until that overwhelming joy comes on the day when we will be like Him because we will see Him as he is (1Jn 3:2)… “When a woman is in labour, she has pain because her hour has come,” says the Lord, “but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world” (Jn 16:21).   This is the joy no one can take away from us and with which we will be satisfied when we pass to eternal light from our present conception in faith.   So let us fast and pray since we are still on the threshold of birth.“…St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctormatthew 9 15 - the days will come - so let us fast and pray - sta augustine - 7 july 2018

PRAYER – Father almighty, as we wait and work and pray and fast in joyful hope of our eternal life with You, grant we pray that we may always remain steadfast in Your love. Blessed Maria Romero Meneses, pray for us that we will fully utilise the many gifts our Almighty God has bestowed on us as we journey home.   We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, maria romero meneses - pray for us - 7 july 2018


Our Morning Offering – 7 July – The Memorial of Maria Romero Meneses F.M.A. (1902-1977)

Our Morning Offering – 7 July – The Memorial of Maria Romero Meneses F.M.A. (1902-1977)

Remember that, O Mary
By Blessed Maria Romero Meneses (1902-1977)

I greet you, Mary, my dearest Mother!
Greet Jesus for me.
May your blessing, O Mary, accompany me night and day,
in work and in rest, in life and in death.
Put your hand into this, O my Mother, put it in before mine.
Remember that, I love you with the love of all
and each one of the blessed spirits,
of the angels and saints in heaven
but above all with the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Remember that, you are the mother of Jesus and my mother.
Remember that, you are full of grace and mother of mercy.
Remember that, I am all yours, totally yours.
Remember that, I have consecrated myself to you
with my whole soul, life and heart.
Remember that, I believe blindly and firmly in you
and that I have placed all my trust in you.
Remember that, I am blindly and firmly sure of you.
Remember that, I hope for everything,
absolutely everything from you.
Remember that, I abandon myself totally to your love.
Remember that, I live closed in the Heart of Jesus,
inside yours that you may form me,
through the work of the Holy Spirit,
with Jesus,
like Jesus,
in Jesus,
for Jesus and for the glory of Jesus.
Yes, my Queen, my august Princess,
my Lady, my consolation, my fortune, my joy,
my delight, the treasure
and enchantment of Jesus and mine.
You are all mine, I am all yours in life,
in death, in time and in eternity.
Amenremember that o mary by bl maria meneses - 7 july 2018-no 2

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Saint of the Day – 7 July – Blessed MARÍA ROMERO MENESES (1902-1977)

Saint of the Day – 7 July – Blessed MARÍA ROMERO MENESES (1902-1977) “The Social Apostle of Costa Rica” and “The Female John Bosco” – a Salesian Religious, Apostle of Charity and Social Reform, Teacher, Catechist, establishing whole villages with work opportunities for the poor, Mystic and Apostle of the Holy Eucharist and of Mary, Mother of God  – born on 13 January 1902 at Granada, Nicaragua and died on 7 July 1977 in Las Peñitas, León, Nicaragua of a heart attack.Beata_Maria_Romero_Meneses_C

In Costa Rica, Blessed María was a social apostle though a multiplicity of initiatives designed for the needs of the poor, starting with teaching catechism and vocational skills and finishing with a medical centre, a school for teaching the social doctrine of the Church and seven villages for poor families.


She was one of eight children of an upper class family of Nicaragua.   She was beautifully educated by her aunts and her parents.   Since she had artistic talent, her parents had María trained in drawing and painting as well as in piano and violin by outstanding teachers.   She was also enrolled in the Salesian Sisters’ school.   In 1914 when she was 12, she underwent a year of sickness whose miraculous cure led to her total confidence in Our Lady, Help of Christians and to the vision of her Salesian vocation.

María came down with a serious form of rheumatic fever that paralysed her for six months, a real source of trial and suffering because it made her miss a year at her beloved school.   However, during this trial, María already showed a mature faith, character and will.   She called her sufferings “gifts of God”.   Even when a doctor informed her that her heart had been seriously damaged, she did not complain but put her confidence for a complete recovery in Our Lady, Help of Christians.

To a school friend who visited her, she said after receiving heavenly guidance, “I know that the Blessed Virgin will cure me”.   A few days later, María returned to school in good health, no-one could believe she had ever been so sick.

On 8 December 1915, María joined the Marian Association “Daughters of Mary” offering herself with great confidence to the Mother of God.   Her Salesian spiritual director Don Emilio Bottari helped her discern her vocation and her mystical experiences.   In 1920, at age 18, María joined the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians.   Her spiritual director gave her a prophetic recommendation:  “Even though difficult moments will come and you will feel torn to pieces, be faithful and strong in your vocation”.   For María, these words sustained her for the rest of her religious life.

On 6 January 1929 in Nicaragua, María made her final profession.   Her interior life unfolded as each day she strived to live joyful union with God as his instrument, after the example of Don Bosco as is apparent from her spiritual writings.Beata_Maria_Romero_FMA

In 1931 she was sent to San José, Costa Rica, which became her second country.   In 1933 she was teaching music, drawing and typing to the rich girls in the school, while beginning in the barrios with catechetics and practical trades.   In 1934 Sr María began to win over the young girls who were her students in the school (misioneritas) to join her in the work of evangelising, catechising and advancing materially the oppressed, isolated and abused.   She found the shape of her life’s work: bringing about the revolution of charity by inspiring the have’s to help the have-not’s.   In 1945 she began to set up recreational centres;   in 1953 centres for the distribution of food.   In 1961 she opened a casita as a school for poor girls.   In 1966 a clinic where God’s Providence helped her with the volunteer services of fine doctors and donations of needed medicines.   Soon she started to plan a village so poor families could have decent homes.   On a piece of land outside the city, María began to build homes.   In 1973, the first seven homes were built in the Centro San José.   Then a farm and a market along with school space for religious formation, catechesis and job training.

There was also a church dedicated to Our Lady, Help of Christians.   María always joined love and devotion to the Eucharist and Mary with her social apostolate.   María was very “limited” in terms of available funding; but, with total confidence, she always left everything in the hands of Our Lady since it was God’s work.   In her old age, she retired from full time teaching but never from catechesis of young and old.  On 7 July 1977, in Leon, Nicaragua in the Salesian house where she had been sent for a good rest, María died of a fatal heart attack at age 75.   Her mortal remains were sent back to San José Costa Rica, to be buried in the Salesian Chapel.   She was Beatified by St Pope John Paul on 14 April 2002.


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Memorials of the Saints – 7 July

St Alexander
St Angelelmus of Auxerre
St Antonino Fantosati
St Apollonius of Brescia
Bl Pope Benedict XI
Bl Bodard of Poitiers
St Bonitus of Monte Cassino
St Carissima of Rauzeille
St Eoaldus of Vienne
St Ethelburga of Faremoutier
Bl Francisco Polvorinos Gómez
St Hedda of Wessex
Bl Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin
Bl Juan Antonio Pérez Mayo
Bl Juan Pedro del Cotillo Fernández
Bl Justo González Lorente
St Maelruan
Bl Manuel Gutiérrez Martín
St Marcus Ji Tianxiang
Bl María del Consuelo Ramiñán Carracedo
Bl Maria Romero Meneses F.M.A. (1902-1977)

Bl Marie-Gabrielle-Françoise-Suzanne de Gaillard de Lavaldène
St Medran
St Merryn
Bl Oddino Barrotti
St Odo of Urgell
St Odran
St Palladius of Ireland
St Pantaenus of Alexandria
St Partinimus
Bl Pascual Aláez Medina
Bl Peter To Rot (1912-1945)

St Prosper of Aquitaine
St Syrus of Genoa
St They
St Willibald of Eichstatt

Martyrs of Durres – 7 saints: Also known as – Martyrs of Dyrrachium/ Martyrs of Durazzo.   A group of seven Italian Christians who fled Italy to escape the persecutions of emperor Hadrian.   Arrived in Dyrrachium, Macedonia to find Saint Astius tied to a cross, covered in honey, laid in the sun and left to be tortured by biting and stinging insects. When they expressed sympathy for Astius, they were accused of being Christians, arrested, chained, weighted down, taken off shore and drowned.    We know little more about each of them than their names – Germaus, Hesychius, Lucian, Papius, Peregrinus, Pompeius and Saturninus. T  hey were born in Italy and were martyred at sea c117 off the coast of Dyrrachium (Durazzo), Macedonia (modern Durres, Albania).