Thought for the Day – 13 July

Thought for the Day – 13 July – Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23.

“Jesus said to his Apostles:

“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves”

Matthew 10:16

Jesus’ sending disciples on mission does not guarantee their success, just as it does not protect them from failure and suffering.   They have to take into account both the possibility of rejection and that of persecution.   This is somewhat frightening but it is the truth.
The disciple is called to conform his life to Christ who was persecuted by men, knew rejection, abandonment and death on the cross.   There is no Christian mission marked by tranquility!   Difficulties and tribulations are part of the work of evangelisation and we are called to find in them the opportunity to test the authenticity of our faith and of our relationship with Jesus.   We must consider these difficulties as the opportunity to be even more missionary and to grow in that trust toward God our Father, who does not abandon His children during the storm.
Even in our day, brothers and sisters, persecution against Christians is present.
Their example helps us not to hesitate in taking the position in favour of Christ, bearing witness bravely in everyday situations.
Besides sending us out as “sheep in the midst of wolves”, the Lord even in our times sends us out as sentinels in the midst of people who do not want to be woken from their worldly lethargy which ignores the Gospel’s words of Truth, building for themselves their own ephemeral truths.   And if we go to or live in these contexts and we proclaim the Words of the Gospel, this is bothersome and they will look at us unkindly.
But in all this, the Lord continues to tell us, as He did to the disciples of His time:  “Do not fear!”…Pope Francis (Angelus, 25 June 2017)

“When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say;  for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;  for it is not you who speak but the Spirit of your Father, speaking through you.”…Matthew 10:19-20besides sending us out - pope francis - 13 july 2018


Quote of the Day – 13 July

Quote of the Day – 13 July – Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B -Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23.

“Jesus said to his Apostles:  “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves” … Matthew 10:16

“We must offer ourselves to God,
like a clean, smooth canvas
and not worry ourselves,
about what God
may choose to paint on it
but at each moment,
feel only the stroke of His brush.”

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J. (1675-1751)we must offer ourselves to god - fr jean pierre de caussade - 13 july 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 13 July – The Memorial of St Henry (972-1024) Holy Roman Emperor

One Minute Reflection – 13 July – The Memorial of St Henry (972-1024) Holy Roman Emperor

Not on bread alone is man to live but on every utterance that comes from the mouth of God………….Matthew 4:4matthew-4-4- not on bread alone is man to live - 13 july 2017 - mem of st henry

REFLECTION – “These are fountains of salvation, that they who thirst, may be satisfied, with the living words they contain.   In these is proclaimed the doctrine of godliness.   Let no man add to these, neither let him take out from these.”…….St Athanasius of Alexandria (297-373) Father and Doctor of the Churchthese are fountains of salvation - st athanasius - 13 july 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, inspire me to meditate on Your holy words every day and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, that I might not only understand them but be filled with the desire to follow and live their instructions.   May they be a consolation, a strength and an assistance on my journey to You.   St Henry – you were inspired and strove to live by the Holy Scriptures, please pray for us all, - 13 july 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 13 July

Our Morning Offering – 13 July – Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel :  Matthew 10:16-23.

Prayer of Peace
St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church

O blessed Jesus,
give me stillness of soul in You.
Let Your mighty calmness reign in me.
Rule me, O King of Gentleness,
King of Peace.prayer of peace - st john of the cross - o blessed jesus - 13 july 2018

People of Easter
By Daryl Madden

He issued a call
For holiness true
Let Gods light appear
Flow through me and through you

Do not abandon
Yourself to despair
We are people of Easter
Hallelujah we share

In difficult times
Let this be our song
Binding in Word
Through the One we belong

We are people of joy
One of the light
We’ve nothing to fear
Lords’ love shining bright

Hold fast to our faith
Proclamation to cope
God will not disappoint
Through His promise of hope of easter - daryl madden - 13 july 2018

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Saint of the Day – 13 July – Saint Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870) – Foundress of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows

Saint of the Day – 13 July – Saint Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870) – Foundress of the Congregation of the “Suore Minime dell’Addolorata”  Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows, Catechist, Mystic – Born on 13 February 1847 in Le Budrie di Persiceto, Bologna, Papal States and died on 13 July 1870 (aged 23) in Le Budrie di Persiceto, Bologna, Kingdom of Italy.   Patronages – Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows, Catechists, People ridiculed for their piety.

Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870)

Clelia Barbieri was born to Giacinta Nannetti and Giuseppe Barbieri, on 13 February 1847 in a village called “Budrie” of St Giovanni in Persiceto in the outskirts of Bologna, Italy and in the Archdiocese of Bologna.

Her parents were of different origins:  Giuseppe Barbieri came from perhaps the poorest family of “Budrie” while Giacinta from the most important family in town: he worked as servant for Giacinta’s uncle, the district’s medical doctor, while she was the daughter of the well-to-do Pietro Nannetti.   After her much-contested wedding, the wealthy Giacinta accepted the poverty of a labourer’s life and moved from a comfortable home to the humble cottage of her father-in-law, Sante Barbieri;  nevertheless forming a family built on the rock of faith and a totally Christian life.

In line with her mother’s expressed wish, she was baptised Clelia Rachele Maria on the very day of her birth.   Her mother taught Clelia to love God early in her life placing in her heart the desire for sanctity.   One day Clelia asked her, “Mother, how can I become a saint?”   In the meantime Clelia also learned the art of sewing, spinning and weaving kemp which was the most important work of the district.

In 1855, during a cholera epidemic the then eight-year-old Clelia lost her father and through the generosity of her uncle, the doctor, she, her mother and younger sister Ernestina moved into a more comfortable house near the parish church.   For Clelia the days became more saintly and dedicated.   Anyone who wanted to see her could always find her either at home weaving and sewing or in church praying.   Although it was usual at that time to receive First Communion almost at adulthood, Clelia due to her unusual catechistic preparation and spirituality, made hers on 17 June 1858, at only eleven years of age.   This was a decisive day for Clelia’s future since it was then that she had her first mystic experience:  exceptional contrition and repentance for her own sins and those of the world.   She underwent anguish and suffering for the sins that crucified Christ and for the sorrows of Our Lady.   From the day of her First Communion, the crucifix and Our Lady of Sorrows inspired her saintly soul.

At the same time she had a first inspiration as to her future which she perceived as based on prayer and good works.

In adoration before the Holy Tabernacle she was motionless, rapt in prayer, while at home she was the companion and model for the other working girls.   Far more mature than her years, she found in her work the first contact with the girls of “Budrie” where working hemp fibers was the main occupation and where all were engaged in this hard work.      Clelia brought something particularly personal to her little world, she worked with joy and love, praying and thinking of God at all times and even speaking of Him to her companions.

While Clelia was not Martha, (completely devoted to the cares of the world), yet she dedicated herself lovingly to the service of those most loved by Our Lord, the very poor, to the extent that her delicate hands were marked early in her short life with the hard labours she undertook.     While Clelia was not Mary who abandoned, excluded and neglected everything to prostrate herself in love and devotion, yet Clelia had no other thought, no other love than that for Our Lord whom she carried in her heart and soul as she walked with Him through life as if already in His world.    She lived in charity, completely dedicated to loving her fellowmen without restraint.   She forgot and even ignored her body.   She was happy to belong to the Lord and her happiness rested, in fact, in thinking only of Him.   Something, however, compelled her to turn towards her fellowmen, the poorest and most tried, who often waited in vain for some small sign of love and brotherhood.    A fervent faith burned inside her and she felt that she “must go” to give herself to all of God’s poor.   She loved that solitude which would permit her to reach God more fully but she left the protection of her home and went forth inspired by her all-consuming love for mankind.clelia - liturgy

At this time in history, there existed in the Church a group called “The Christian Catechism Workers” who were mainly men whose aim it was to combat the prevalent religious negligence of the times.   At “Budrie” the group was led by an elderly schoolteacher.  Clelia became one of the Christian Catechism Workers.    Then, at “Budrie” with her acceptance, the catechism group was reborn and attracted others with her very same dedication and faith.   At first, Clelia was admitted as an assistant teacher and was the least important member but soon her surprising talents and preparation evidenced themselves, so that the senior members placed themselves under her leadership.

Having rejected several flattering marriage proposals, the group of young ladies which had sprung up from the Catechism group, elected Clelia as their leader and conceived the idea of a community devoted to an apostolic and contemplative way of life.   This was to be a life of service which would spring from the Eucharist with daily Holy Communion and would ennoble itself with the teaching of catechism to the farmers and labourers of the area.     The idea could not become a reality immediately due to the political situation at the time of Italy’s unification (1866-67).   However, it was finally realised on 1 May 1868 when with the bureaucratic and local problems solved, Clelia and her young friends moved into the so-called “teacher’s house” where the Workers for Christian Catechism had formerly met.   This was the humble beginning of Clelia Barbieri’s religious family which later was to be named the religious community of the “Suore Minime dell’Addolorata”, Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows.   “Minime” because of Clelia’s devotion to the saint, Minimo Romito di Paola, St Francesco, patron and provident protector of the young community;   “dell’Addolorata” because this title of Our Lady of Sorrows was the most loved of all of Our Lady’s titles by Clelia Barbieri.

After moving into “the teacher’s house”, a series of extraordinary events in the form of assistance to the young community occurred which were undoubtedly the work of Divine Providence and without which the group could never have survived.   The small group was inspired by Clelia’s physical and moral sufferings in her darkest hours and in the absurd humiliations she endured at the hands of those who should have been more understanding.    However, her faith and devotion in prayer were always extraordinary.  In the small “Budrie” community there was faith, a desire for God and a missionary zeal full of creativity and imagination by no means based on any external support which was virtually nonexistent.     Clelia was the moving spirit.     The small initial group grew as well as the number of poor, sick and young boys and girls needing catechism and religious instruction.

Slowly, the people began to see Clelia as a leader and teacher of the faith.   They started calling her “Mother” although she was only twenty-two years old.   They called her with this title until her death which came about very shortly.     The dormant tuberculosis she had always carried, suddenly flared up only two years after she had founded the order.

Clelia died prophesying to the sister at her bedside, “I’m leaving but I’ll never abandon you.   When in that alfalfa field next to the church there will be a new community house, I will no longer be with you … You will grow in number and you will expand over plains and mountains to work in the vineyard of the Lord.   The day will come when here at ‘Budrie’ many will arrive with carriages and horses …”    And she added, “I’m going to Heaven and all those who will die in our community will enjoy eternal life”.Santa Clélia Barbieri8

She died on 13 July 1870 with the happiness of one going to meet her Spouse and beloved Lord.   Clelia’s death prophecy has been fulfilled.

Her religious order has expanded and continues to grow.   It extends throughout Italy, in India and in Tanzania.   Today, the sisters following in Clelia’s footsteps, humbly continue their useful work of assistance to all in need and now number hundreds spread over thirty-five community houses.

Being only twenty three at the time of her death, Clelia Barbieri is the youngest founder of a religious community in the history of the Church.

She was Canonised at Rome on 9 April 1989 by St Pope John Paul II...vatican.vaSanta Clélia Barbieri6

Barbieri’s death soon resulted in an unusual and unexplained occurrence that has often been reported in the various parishes that she visited and in the houses in which her order is located at.   Her voice is often heard during scriptural readings and songs and this voice never speaks alone but is heard as part of a group.   People from various backgrounds have reported hearing the voice which is described to be unlike any they have ever heard.   The first reported occurrence happened in 1871 when the sisters of her congregation were in their usual evening meditation.












Feast of Our Lady of Valsorda and Our Lady of Soccorso and Memorials of the Saints – 13 July

St Henry II (972-1024) Holy Roman Emperor (Optional Memorial)

Our Lady of Grace of Valsorda: – Read about Our Lady of Valsorda here:

Our Lady of Soccorso/Our Lady of Help: Read here:

Bl Anne-Andrée Minutte
St Arno of Würzburg
Bl Barthélemy Jarrige de la Morelie de Biars
Bl Berthold of Scheide
St Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870)

St Dogfan
Bl Élisabeth Verchière
St Emanuele Lê Van Phung
St Esdras the Prophet
St Eugene of Carthage
Bl Ferdinand Mary Baccilleri
St Iosephus Wang Kuiju
Bl James of Voragine
Bl Jean of France
St Joel the Prophet
Bl Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam
Bl Mariano de Jesus Euse Hoyos (1845-1926)
Bl Marie-Anastasie de Roquard
Bl Marie-Anne Depeyre
Bl Marie-Anne Lambert
St Mildred of Thanet
St Muritta of Carthage
St Myrope
St Paulus Liu Jinde
St Salutaris of Carthage
St Sarra of Egypt
St Serapion of Alexandria
Serapion of Macedonia
Bl Thérèse-Henriette Faurie
Bl Thomas Tunstal
St Turiaf

Martyrs of Cyprus – 300 saints: 300 Christians who retired to Cyprus to live as cave hermits, devoting themselves to prayer and an ascetic life devoted to God. Tortured and martyred for their faith and their bodies dumped in the various caves in which they had lived. We know the names of five of them but no other details even about them – Ammon, Choulélaios, Epaphroditus, Eusthénios and Héliophotos. They were beheaded in the 12th century on Cyprus and their bodies dumped in the cave where they had lived and only rediscovered long afterwards.

Martyrs of Philomelio – 31 saints: 31 soldiers martyred for their faith in the persecutions of prefect Magno, date unknown. The only name that has come down to us is Alexander. In Philomelio, Phrygia (in modern Turkey).