Thought for the Day – 11 January – Living the Present Moment and the Joy of Confession

Thought for the Day – 11 January – 5th day after Epiphany

Living the Present Moment and the Joy of Confession:

The Wisdom of Venerable Fulton J Sheen (1895-1979)

“All our anxieties relate to time.   A human being is the only time-conscious creature. Humans alone can bring the past to mind, so that it weighs on the present moment, with its accumulated heritage and they can also bring the future into the present, so as to imagine its occurrences as happening now.   No animal ever says: “I have suffered this pain for six years and it will last until I die.”   But, because a human being can unite the past to the present by memory and the future to the present by imagination, it is often necessary to distract him in his sufferings — to break up the continuity of misery.   All unhappiness (when there is no immediate cause for sorrow) comes from excessive concentration on the past or from extreme preoccupation with the future.   The major problems of psychiatry revolve around an analysis of the despair, pessimism, melancholy and complexes that are the inheritances of what has been or with the fears, anxieties, worries, that are the imaginings of what will be.

…A conscience burdened with the guilt of past sins is fearful of divine judgement.   But God in His mercy, has given us two remedies for such an unhappiness.   One is the Sacrament of Penance, which blots out the past by remission of our sins and lightens the future by our hope for divine mercy, through continued repentance and amendment of our lives.     Nothing in human experience, is as efficacious in curing the memory and imagination, as confession – it cleanses us of guilt and if we follow the admonitions of Our Lord, we shall put completely out of mind our confessed sins:  “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk 9:62).   Confession also heals the imagination, eliminating its anxiety for the future – for now, with Paul, the soul cries out:  “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).nothing in human experience - ven fulton sheen 11 jan 2019.jpg

The second remedy, for the ills, that come to us from thinking about time, is what might be called the sanctification of the moment — or the Now.   Our Lord laid down the rule for us in these words:  “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Mt 6:34). so do not worry about tomorrow - matthew 6 34 11 jan 2019 - fulton sheen.jpg

This means, that each day, has its own trials, we are not to borrow troubles from tomorrow, because that day too will have its cross.   We are to leave the past to divine mercy and to trust the future, whatever its trials, to God’s loving providence.   Each minute of life has its peculiar duty — regardless of the appearance that minute may take.   The Now-moment is the moment of salvation.   Each complaint against it is a defeat, each act of resignation to it is a victory.”the now-moment is the moment of salvation - ven fulton j sheen 11 jan 2019.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 11 January – “Carpe Diem”

Quote/s of the Day – 11 January – 5th day after Epiphany

“Let us strive to make
the present moment beautiful!”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchlet-us-strive-st-frances-de-sales-11-jan-2018

“Let us especially regret,
the smallest amount of time,
that we waste, or fail to use,
in loving God.”

St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Churchlet-us-especially-regret-st-john-of-the-cross-11-jan-2018

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One Minute Reflection – 11 January – 5th day after Epiphany – Today’s Gospel: Luke 5:12–16

One Minute Reflection – 11 January – 5th day after Epiphany – Today’s Gospel: Luke 5:12–16

But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed…Luke 5:16

REFLECTION – “Not by words alone but also by deeds, has God taught us to pray.   He Himself prayed frequently and demonstrated what we ought to do, by the testimony of His own example.   As it is written:  “But he himself was in retirement in the desert and in prayer,” and again, “He went out into the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.”   But if He who was without sin prayed, how much more ought sinners to pray and if He prayed continually, watching through the whole night with uninterrupted petitions, how much more ought we to lie awake at night in continuing prayer!”…St Cyprian of Carthage (c 200- c 258) Bishop and Martyr, Father of the Church (The Lord’s Prayer #29)luke 5 16 but he withdrew to the wilderness - but if he who was without sin - st cyprian 11 jan 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty God and Father, by the guidance of a star, You revealed the birth of the Saviour of the world and by His teachings, the way of our path to You is shown to us. Open our minds and our hearts to these revelations and let them bear fruit in our lives. Listen we pray, to the prayers of St Tommaso da Cori on our behalf, who so diligently followed Your revelationS.   Through Jesus, our Lord and Christ, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, tommaso of cori pray for us 11 jan 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 11 January – Grant Me Rest in You, above All – By Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Our Morning Offering – 11 January – 5th day after Epiphany

Grant Me Rest in You, above All
By Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Grant me, O most sweet and loving Jesus,
to rest in You, above every creature,
above all health and beauty,
above all glory and honour,
above all power and dignity,
above all joy and exultation,
above all fame and praise,
above all sweetness and consolation,
above all hope and promise,
above all desert and desire,
above all gifts and presents,
which You are able to bestow or infuse,
above all joy and gladness,
which the mind is capable of receiving and feeling;
finally, above angels and archangels,
and above all the host of heaven,
above all things, visible and invisible,
and above all,
that falls short of Yourself,
O You my God.
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Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729)

Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729) Franciscan Friar and Priest, Preacher, Spiritual advisor, Evangeliser, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, Prayer and Charity – known as the “Apostle of the Sublacense” – born Francesco Antonio Placidi on 4 June 1655 in Cori, Latina, Italy as Francesco Antonio Placidi and died on 11 January 1729 at Bellegra, Rome, Italy of natural causes.   Patronages – Subiaco, Province of Rome (co-patron), Preachers.119tomaso4_zpsfb73ac5d

St Tommaso was born in Cori (Latina) on 4 June 1655.   He knew a childhood marked by the premature loss first of his mother and then of his father, thus being left alone at the age of 14 to look after his younger sister.   Shepherding sheep, he learned wisdom from the simplest things.   Once his sister was married, the youth was free to follow the inspiration that for some years he had kept in the silence of his heart – to belong completely to God in the Religious Life of a Franciscan.   He had been able to get to know the Friars Minor in his own village at the St Francis convent.   Once his two sisters were settled in good marriages and he was rendered free of all other preoccupations, he was received into the Order and sent to Orvieto (PG) to fulfill his novitiate year.   After professing his vows according to the Rule of St Francis and completing his theological studies, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1683.   He was immediately nominated vice master of novices at Holy Trinity convent in Orvieto, since his superior recognised at once his gifts.

After a short time, Fr Tommaso heard of the hermitages that were beginning to bloom in the Order and the intention of the superiors of the Roman Province to inaugurate one at the convent at Civitella (today Bellegra).   His request was accepted and the young friar thus knocked at the door of the poor convent in 1684, saying, “I am Fr Tommaso of Cori and I come here to become holy!”   In speech perhaps distant from ours, he expressed his anxiousness to live the Gospel radically, after the spirit of Saint tommaso young

From then, Fr Tommaso lived at Bellegra until death, with the exception of six years in which he was Guardian at the convent of Palombara, where he initiated the Hermitage modelled after the one at Bellegra.   He wrote the Rule first for one and then for the other, observing it scrupulously and consolidating by word and example the new institution of the two Hermitages.

The long years spent at Saint Francis of Bellegra can be summed up in three points:

St Tommaso of Cori was surely – as is said of St Francis – not so much a man who prayed as a man who became prayer.   This dimension animated the entire life of the founder of the Hermitage.   The most evident aspect of his spiritual life was undoubtedly the centrality of the Eucharist, as attested by St Tommaso in his celebration of the Eucharist, which was intense and attentive and in the silent prayer of adoration during the long nights at the Hermitage after the Divine Office, celebrated at midnight.   His life of prayer was marked by a persistent aridity of spirit.   The total absence of sensible consolation in prayer and in his life of union with God was protracted for a good 40 years, finding him always serene and totally in living the primacy of God.   Truly, his prayer was configured as a remembrance of God that made concretely possible a unity of life, notwithstanding his manifold activities.

St Tommaso did not close himself up in the Hermitage, forgetting the good of his brothers and sisters, and the heart of the Franciscan vocation, which is apostolic.   He was called with good reason the Apostle of Sublacense (the Subiaco region), having crossed the territory and its villages with the indefatigable proclamation of the Gospel, in the administration of the sacraments and the flowering of miracles at his passage, a sign of the presence and nearness of the Kingdom.   His preaching was clear and simple, convincing and strong.   He did not climb the most illustrious pulpits of his time, his personality was able to give its best in an ambit restricted to our territory, living his Franciscan vocation in littleness and in the concrete choice of the poorest.

Exquisite charity:
St  Tommaso of Cori was to his brothers, a very gentle father.   In the face of the resistance of some brothers before his will to reform and his radicality in living the Franciscan ideal, the Saint knew how to respond with patience and humility, even finding himself alone to mind the convent.   He had understood well that every true reform initiates tomasso of cori

The considerable correspondence left by him, demonstrates St Tommaso’ attention to the smallest expectations and needs of his Friars and of numerous friends, penitents and Friars who turned to him for his counsel.   In the convent, he demonstrated his spirit of charity in his availability for every necessity, even the most humble.

Rich in merits, he fell asleep in the Lord on 11 January 1729.   St Tommaso of Cori shines among us and in Rome, of which he is the co-patron, above all in his thirst for a Christian and Franciscan ideal that is pure and lived in its essentials.   A inspiration for all of us, not to take lightly the Gospel and its all-encompassing exigencies….Vatican.vastatua-san-tommaso-da-cori-620x639

St Tommaso’s body is enshrined in the Franciscan Chapel of Bellagra.   He was Beatified on 3 September 1786, at Saint Peter’s Basilica, by Pope Pius VI and Canonised on 21 November 1999, at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City by St Pope John Paul tommaso body

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Memorials of the Saints -11 January

St Alexander of Fermo
St Anastasius of Suppentonia
Bl Anna Maria Janer Anglarill
St Boadin of Ireland
St Breandan of Ireland
St Eithne
St Fedelemia
Bl Francis Rogaczewski
St Francisca Salesia Aviat
St Honorata of Pavia
St Pope Hyginus
St Leucius of Alexandria
St Leucius of Brindisi
St Liberata of Pavia
St Lucius the Soldier
St Luminosa of Pavia
St Mark the Soldier
St Michael of Klopsk
St Palaemon
St Paldo
St Peter Balsam
St Peter of Alexandria
St Peter of Anea
St Peter the Soldier
St Salvius of Amiens
St Severus of Alexandria
St Speciosa of Pavia
St Taso
St Theodosius the Soldier
St Theodosius of Antioch
St Theodosius the Cenobiarch
St Tipasio of Tigava
St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729)

St Vitalis of Gaza (Died c 625)

Bl William Carter