Sunday Reflection – 10 February – On the use of this admirable Sacrament

Sunday Reflection – 10 February – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent
Session the Thirteenth

Being the third under the Sovereign Pontiff Julius III., celebrated on the eleventh day of October, 1551.

Chapter VIII

On the use of this admirable Sacrament

…Finally this holy Synod with true fatherly affection admonishes, exhorts, begs and beseeches, through the bowels of the mercy of our God, that all and each of those who bear the Christian name would now at length agree and be of one mind in this sign of unity, in this bond of charity, in this symbol of concord and that, mindful of the so great majesty and the so exceeding love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His own beloved soul as the price of our salvation and gave us His own flesh to eat, they would believe and venerate these sacred mysteries of His body and blood with such constancy and firmness of faith, with such devotion of soul, with such piety and worship as to be able frequently to receive that supersubstantial bread and that it may be to them truly the life of the soul and the perpetual health of their mind, that being invigorated by the strength thereof, they may, after the journeying of this miserable pilgrimage, be able to arrive at their heavenly country, there to eat, without any veil, that same bread of angels which they now eat under the sacred veils.the so exceeding love - council of trent - sun refl 10 feb 2019 sun 5C


Thought for the Day – 10 February – The Memorial of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyr

Thought for the Day – 10 February – The Memorial of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyr

Excerpt from the Beatification Homily of
3 October 1998

For all of us, a particular cause for comfort is today’s Beatification.   This solemn act takes place in the Croatian national shrine of Marija Bistrica on the first Saturday of the month of October.   Beneath the gaze of the Most Blessed Virgin, an illustrious son of this blessed land is raised to the glory of the altars, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth.   It is an historic moment in the life of the Church and of your nation.   The Cardinal Archbishop of Zagreb, one of the outstanding figures of the Catholic Church, having endured in his own body and his own spirit the atrocities of the Communist system, is now entrusted to the memory of his fellow countrymen with the radiant badge of martyrdom.

The Episcopate of your country asked that the Beatification of Cardinal Stepinac take place here, in the Shrine of Marija Bistrica.   I know from personal experience the significance that the Shrine of Jasna Gora had for the Polish people at the time of Communist rule, a Shrine closely linked to the pastoral ministry of the Servant of God Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski.   I am not surprised that this Shrine, or that of Solona which I shall visit tomorrow, have had a similar importance for you.   For some time I have wanted to visit the Shrine of Marija Bistrica.   And so I gladly accepted the proposal of the Croatian Episcopate and today celebrate the solemn beatification ceremony in this significant place.682px-Marija_Bistrica.jpg

“If anyone serves me, he must follow me” (Jn 12:26).   Blessed Alojzije Stepinac took the Good Shepherd as his sole Teacher, following His example to the end and offering his life for the flock entrusted to him at a particularly difficult period of history.

The person of the new Beatus sums up, so to speak, the whole tragedy which befell the Croatian people and Europe in the course of this century marked by the three great evils of fascism, national socialism and communism.   He is now in the joy of heaven, surrounded by all those who, like him, fought the good fight, purifying their faith in the crucible of suffering.   Today we look to him with trust and invoke his intercession.

Significant in this regard are the words spoken by the new Beatus in 1943, during the Second World War, when Europe was in the grip of unheard-of violence:   “What system does the Catholic Church support today, while the whole world is fighting for a new world order?   We, in condemning the injustices, all the killing of innocent people, the burning of peaceful villages, the destruction of the labour of the poor, … give this answer: the Church supports that system which is as old as the Ten Commandments of God.   We are for the system which is not written on impermanent tables but which has been written by the hand of the living God on the consciences of men” (Homilies, Addresses, Messages, Zagreb, 1996, 179-180).

“Father, glorify your name!” (Jn 12:28).   In his human and spiritual journey Blessed Alojzije Stepinac gave his people a sort of compass to serve as an orientation.   And these were its cardinal points – faith in God, respect for man, love towards all even to the offer of forgiveness and unity with the Church guided by the Successor of Peter.   He knew well that no bargains can be made with truth, because truth is not negotiable.   Thus he faced suffering rather than betray his conscience and not abide by the promise given to Christ and the Church.

In this courageous witness he was not alone.   He had at his side other courageous souls who, in order to preserve the unity of the Church and defend her freedom, agreed to pay with him a heavy price in imprisonment, mistreatment and even bloodshed  . To these generous souls – Bishops, priests, men and women religious and lay faithful – we offer today our admiration and gratitude.   Let us listen to their urgent call for forgiveness and reconciliation.   To forgive and to be reconciled, means to purify one’s memory of hatred, rancour, the desire for revenge, it means acknowledging as a brother even those who have wronged us, it means not being overcome by evil but overcoming evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21).
May you be blessed, “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3), for this new gift of your grace.

May you be blessed, Unbegotten Son of God and Saviour of the world, for your glorious Cross, which in the Archbishop of Zagreb, Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, has won a splendid victory.

May you be blessed, Spirit of the Father and the Son, Paraclete Spirit, who continue to manifest your holiness among men and unceasingly carry on the work of salvation.

Triune God, today I wish to thank you for the strong faith of this your people, despite the many trials encountered through the centuries.   I wish to thank you for the countless martyrs and confessors, men and women in every age, who have arisen in this blessed land.

“Father, glorify your name!” (Jn 12:28).

Blessed be Jesus and Mary!


Blessed Aloysius Stepinac, Pray for Us!blessed sloysius stepinac pray for us 10 feb 2019 .jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 10 February – St “Joselito”(1913-1928) and Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyrs

Quote/s of the Day – 10 February – the Memorial of St José Sánchez del Río “Joselito”(1913-1928) and Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyrs

“My faith is not for sale.”

St José Sánchez del Río “Joselito”(1913-1928)my-faith-is-not-for-sale-joselito-10-feb-2018

“Blessed be Your name, Lord!
May Your will be done!”

Blessed Alojzije Stepinac’s last wordsblessed be your name lord - bl aloysius stepinac 10 feb 2019

“We affirm then that all peoples and races descend from God.
In fact, there exists but one race. The members can be white or black.
They can be separated by oceans or live on the opposing poles
but they remain first and foremost, the race created by God,
according to the precepts of natural law
and positive Divine law as it is written,
in the hearts and minds of human, or revealed by Jesus Christ,
the son of God, the sovereign of all peoples.”

25 October 1942we affirm that all peopls and races - bl aloysius stepinac 10 feb 2019.jpg

“We always stressed in public life,
the principles of God’s eternal law,
regardless of whether we spoke
about Croats, Serbs, Jews, Gypsies,
Catholics, Muslims, Orthodox or whoever else….
The Catholic Church
does not recognise,
races that rule
and races
that are enslaved.”

Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, 1943the catholic church does not recognise - bl aloysius stepinac 10 feb 2019.jpg

“I know what my duty is.
With the grace of God,
I will carry it out to the end,
without hatred towards anyone
and without fear from anyone.”

Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyri know what my duty is - bl aloysius stepinac - 10 feb 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 10 February – Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 – “Do not be afraid, henceforth you will be catching men.”

One Minute Reflection – 10 February – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 and the Memorial of St José Sánchez del Río ‘Joselito’ (1913-1928) and Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960) – Martyrs

And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid, henceforth you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.,,Luke 5:10-11luke 5 10 fishers of men - on the shores of the lake - pope francis 10 feb 2019 sunday 5C.jpg

REFLECTION – “We, today’s Christians, have the joy of proclaiming and witnessing to our faith because there was that first announcement, because there were those humble and courageous men who responded generously to Jesus’ call.   On the shores of the lake, in an inconceivable land, the first community of disciples of Christ was born.   May the knowledge of these beginnings give rise in us to the desire to bear Jesus’ word, love and tenderness in every context, even the most difficult and resistant.   To carry the Word to all the peripheries!”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 22 January 2017

PRAYER – Lord, my God, You chose us from the foundations of the world to be Your children. We pray that our courage may not fail us as we are attacked from all sides, as we struggle home to You. Grant that through the prayers of young Joselito and Blessed Aloysius Stepinac, we too may fight unto death for Your love and the glory of Your Kingdom.   Through our Lord, Jesus, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever,

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Our Morning Offering – 10 February – Consecration to Our Lady of the Eucharist After Holy Communion

Our Morning Offering – 10 February – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Consecration to Our Lady of the Eucharist
After Holy Communion

Mary is called Our Lady of the Eucharist, because
without her, there would be no physical Body of Jesus
to be present in the Eucharist. (See John 6:51)

Prayer by the Claretian Fathers Teaching Ministry

Most kind Mother,
we consecrate to you our bodies,
which have just been
honoured and sanctified
by the presence of your Divine Son,
our souls which have
conversed with Him
and our hearts which have loved Him.
O dearest Mother,
may the words which we have spoken, be made
acceptable to Him. through your intercession.
Tell Him the things which we should have said
but were unable to express.
Love Him and beseech Him for us,
your poor children.
Receive and keep us in your heart.
Warn us, protect us
and guide us during this day,
that we may faithfully serve your Divine Son
and please him
in all our thoughts, desires and actions.
Amenconsecration to our lady of the eucharist after holy comm - 10 feb 2019 sun 5C.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 10 February – Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960)

Saint of the Day – 10 February – Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960) – Cardinal, Archbishop of Zagreb, Martyr – born on 8 May 1898 at Brezaric, Krasic, Croatia as Alojzije Viktor Stepinac and died on 10 February 1960 at Krasic, Croatia.   Blessed Aloysius suffered from polycythemia rubra vera, thrombosis of the leg and bronchial catarrh but was without doubt poisoned, as arsenic was found in his bones during the beatification examination.   He has been declared a Martyr.   Patronages – Croatia, Archdiocese of Zagreb, Patients, Prisoners, Priests, Students, Farmers.oil-painting-blessed-aloysius-stepinac-croatian-church-chicago.jpg

Aloysius Stepinac was the cardinal of Croatia who was imprisoned by the communists, held under accusations of being pro-Nazi and poisoned.   He was born on 8 May 1898 in the village of Krasic, Croatia, near Zagreb.   Since it was then part of Austria-Hungary, he was drafted into the Hungarian army in WW I.   There he was wounded and by 1919 he had earned several medals for valour.   In 1924, he enrolled in the Gregorian University in Rome to prepare for the priesthood.   He earned doctorates in philosophy and theology and was considered a brilliant student.   He was ordained in 1930 and rose rapidly in the church due to his reputation for piety, administrative ability and friendship with the Papal Secretary of State, Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, later Pope Pius XII.   In 1937, at the age of thirty-eight, after several appointments, he became the Archbishop of Zagreb, the youngest archbishop in Roman Catholic aloysius stepinac.jpg

In 1941, Croatia declared itself an independent state.   In reality they were considered a puppet ally of Germany under the fascist (Ustasa) regime of Ante Pavelic.   Stepinac was a Croatian patriot and he accepted the government and exhorted his clergy and the laity to do the same.   There is controversy surrounding this government and some of the Archbishop’s actions connected to it.   However, his defenders insist that at great personal risk to himself he denounced the barbarous Nazi practices.   They insist that he never condoned any forced conversions of Orthodox Christians or the massacres of Serbs, Jews and Slovenes.

When a Communist state was set up in Yugoslavia, Stepinac openly denounced Communism.   He was arrested, imprisoned and later released.   He continued to denounce Communist practices and was then arrested again, accused of war crimes and sentenced to hard labour, a sentence that was not enforced.   Upon his release from prison, he was restricted to Krasic and he served as a parish priest to about 400 people.1281719246_stepinac-image.jpg

In 1952, Pope Pius XII elevated Stepinac to the Cardinalate.   He did not go to Rome for the investiture ceremony, knowing he would not be permitted to return home.   He died on 10 February 1960, and his tomb in Zagreb is a place of pilgrimage.   A Museum has also been created to honour his memory.    See here:

Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac was declared a martyr, having been slowly poisoned while in prison.   St Pope John Paul II beatified him on 3 October 1998.
For his full biography go here:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 5 JUN 2011 (VIS) – After taking his leave of the apostolic nunciature, the Pope travelled to Zagreb’s Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to St Stephen I of Hungary, where he celebrated vespers with the bishops, priests, religious, and seminarians.

This evening, the Holy Father said in his address, we gather for a devoted and prayerful remembrance of Blessed Aloysius Viktor Stepinac, a fearless pastor and an example of apostolic zeal and Christian fortitude, whose heroic life continues today to illuminate the faithful of the Dioceses of Croatia, sustaining the faith and life of the Church in this land. The merits of this unforgettable bishop are derived essentially from his faith – in his life, he always had his gaze fixed on Jesus, to whom he was always conformed, to the point of becoming a living image of Christ and of Christ suffering.   Precisely because of his strong Christian conscience, he knew how to resist every form of totalitarianism, becoming, in a time of Nazi and Fascist dictatorship, a defender of the Jews, the Orthodox and of all the persecuted and then, in the age of communism, an advocate for his own faithful, especially for the many persecuted and murdered priests.   Yes, he became an advocate for God on this earth, since he tenaciously defended the truth and man’s right to live with God.

Blessed Aloysius Viktor Stepinac responded with his priesthood, with the episcopate, with the sacrifice of his life – a unique ‘yes’ united to that of Christ.   His martyrdom signals the culmination of the violence perpetrated against the Church during the terrible period of communist persecution.   Croatian Catholics and in particular the clergy, were objects of oppression and systematic abuse, aimed at destroying the Catholic Church, beginning with its highest Authority in this place.   That particularly difficult period was characterised by a generation of bishops, priests and religious who were ready to die rather than to betray Christ, the Church and the Pope.   The people saw that the priests never lost faith, hope and charity and thus they remained always united.   This unity explains what is humanly inexplicable – that such a hardened regime could not make the Church bow down.

At the end of the celebration, Benedict XVI prayed at the tomb of Blessed Stepinac.Benedict-XVI-at-grave-of-Blessed-Stepinac-in-Zagreb-Cathedral-Croatia

A second miracle has been validated due to the intercession of Blessed Aloysius BUT there are problems – read here:

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Memorials of the Saints – 10 February

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C *2019

St Scholastica (c482-547) (Memorial)
About this twin of St Benedict:

Bl Alexander of Lugo
Bl Alojzije/Aloysius Cardinal Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyr

St Andrew of Bethlehem
St Aponius of Bethlehem
St Austrebertha of Pavilly
St St Baldegundis
St Baptus of Magnesia
Bl Catherine du Verdier de la Sorinière
St Charalampias
Bl Clare Agolanti of Rimini
St Desideratus of Clermont
St Erluph of Werden
Bl Eusebia Palomino Yenes
Bl Hugh of Fosse
Bl José Sánchez del Río “Joselito” (1913-1928) Martyr

Bl Louise Bessay de la Voûte
Bl Louise Poirier épouse Barré
Bl Marie-Anne Hacher du Bois
Bl Marie-Louise du Verdier de la Sorinière
Bl Mikel Beltoja
Bl Paganus
Bl Paul of Wallachia
Bl Pierre Frémond
St Porfirio
St Prothadius of Besançon
St Salvius of Albelda
St Silvanus of Terracina
St Soteris the Martyr
St Troiano of Saintes
St Trumwin of Whitby
Bl William of Maleval

Martyred Soldiers in Rome: A group of ten Christian soldiers who were martyred together for their faith. We know little more about them but four of their names – Amantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus and Zoticus. • 120 at Rome, Italy. They were buried on the Via Lavicana outside RomeAmantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus, Zoticus.