Thought for the day – 19 January – The Memorial of Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906)
Blessed Marcelo was a pious man, of intense prayer and mortification, extremely sensitive to the needs and suffering of his faithful and an untiring apostle. Homes, workers’ societies, centres where food was given to those who needed it, orphanages, night schools, creation of the faculty of theology of Seville, etc., were all part of his mark. He toured all the dioceses in which he exercised his ministry, travelling on a mule, he fought against the attempt to displace the teaching of religion from public centres as a senator from Granada, consoled the afflicted and took the gospel to every corner, preaching and confessing.
And at the centre of the heart of Blessed Marcelo was the Holy Eucharist. He wrote:
“The masterpiece of Jesus Christ’s love for humanity is the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is within our reach.
We can all get close to Christ the guest and talk with Him
and perceive the warmth of His word.
The word! How it inflames the spirits!
How will the word of Christ inflame them!
We can all get to the altar when He immolates Himself and shouts at us:
Look how much I have loved and loved you!
And we can all sit at His table
and eat the bread
and drink the intoxicating wine of charity. “
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Speaking for me, I find bios of leadership that demonstrate excellence in parish support—as leaders—truly inspiring. I am in no way surprised that that the Heart of Jesus was involved in this man’s life. Yup, here’s another light rescued from under the bushel basket. Thanks for posting. 👍✌️
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Yes – you are spot on as usual Stacy. The Saints ALL, I can categorically say, that should you want to become a saint, then love the most beautiful heart in the Holy Eucharist, And being a lover of Love, you are naturally a good shepherd.
May God bless YOUR heart Stacy.