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Thought for the Day – 4 July – ‘…A life lived in Christ’s Spirit..’

Thought for the Day – 4 July – Thursday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and The Memorial of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati OP (1901-1925) “Man of the Eight Beatitudes”

Pier Giorgio Frassati smiled and laughed so freely that he was called “an explosion of joy.”   He whistled and sang loudly and hopelessly out of tune.   He loved playful teasing and practical jokes.   In his early 20’s, he was the picture of strength and health, leading groups of friends into the Alps to scale mountain peaks.

His ready laughter and adventurous spirit were fountains that sprang from a well of holiness.   Pier Giorgio was so filled with virtue, that Saint John Paul II, who beatified him in 1990, called him the “Man of the Beatitudes.”   Joy of life and love of God coursed readily through his veins.   Could anyone who knew him in the sunshine of his youth, in the early twentieth century in Turin, Italy, have believed that he would die before the age of 25?

“At an age in which the passions bubble in the hearts of young people and threaten to break all bounds, Pier Giorgio concentrated his vital forces and kept them in balance.
Day by day, in front of God and men, he learned to conquer himself and to master himself. It would have to be said that, without realising it, he was preparing for leadership, for it is true that, in order to know how to lead the others, first of all one must know how to lead oneself.
The designs of God are incomprehensible, because He sees things from so much higher and so much further than we – both in general and in particular.
But it is permissible to think that, by calling to Himself Pier Giorgio, in the moment in which so many had placed their hopes in him, God intends that his unexpected death, which has caught us unawares, may put in relief, the beauty of his life and that it may attract the attention of you, the young people who will be able to take of inspiration from it.”

Father Martin Stanislaus Gillet, OP, Master-General of the Order of the Friars Preachers, and the man who enrolled Pier Giorgio into the Dominicans

“By his example, he proclaims that a life lived in Christ’s Spirit, the Spirit of the Beatitudes, is “blessed” and that, only the person who becomes a “man or woman of the Beatitudes” can succeed in communicating love and peace to others.
He repeats that it is really worth giving up everything to serve the Lord.
He testifies that holiness is possible for everyone and that, only the revolution of charity, can enkindle the hope of a better future in the hearts of people.”

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005), during the beatification of Blessed Pier

Prayer to Walk the Path of the Beatitudes
By Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini (1924-2011)
Archbishop of Turin

O Father,
You gave to the young Pier Giorgio Frassati
the joy of meeting Christ
and of living his faith
in the service of the poor and the sick,
through his intercession,
may we, too, walk the Path of the Beatitudes
and follow the example of his generosity,
spreading the spirit of the Gospel in society.
Through Christ our Lord,

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati,
“Man of the Eight Beatitudes”
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O merciful God,
Who through the perils of the world
deigned to preserve by Your grace
Your servant the blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
pure of heart and ardent of charity,
listen, we ask You, to our prayers, and
if it is in Your designs that he be glorified by the Church,
show us Your will,
granting us the graces we ask of You,
through his intercession,
by the merits of Jesus Christ, Our Lord,
in union with the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.


Quote/s of the Day – 4 July – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Quote/s of the Day – 4 July – Thursday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati OP (1901-1925)

If someone who has worldly means
sees a brother in need
and refuses him compassion,
how can the love of God remain in him?
Children, let us love, not in word or speech
but in deed and truth…

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“Everyone of you knows,
that the foundation of our religion is charity.
Without it, all our religion would crumble,
because we would not truly be Catholics,
as long as we did not carry out,
or rather shape our whole lives,
by the two commandments
in which the essence of the Catholic Faith lies –
to love God with all our strength
and to love our neighbour as ourselves.”everyone of you knows - bl pier giorgio frassati 4 july 2019.jpg

“I urge you,
with all the strength of my soul,
to approach the Eucharistic Table
as often as possible.
Feed on this Bread of the Angels,
from which you will draw,
the strength, to fight inner struggles.”i-urge-you-bl-pier-4-july-2019.jpg

“Verso l’alto,”

“To the Heights”

Blessed Pier Giorgio’s famous motto, “Verso l’alto,” Italian for “To the heights,” meant reaching for God as well as the mountain peaks.   His regular habit was to attend Mass before heading to the mountains and of visiting the Blessed Sacrament upon his return.
He loved the Eucharist.
He would often spend whole nights in adoration of the Blessed

“Jesus comes to me every morning
in Holy Communion, I repay Him,
in my very small way, by visiting the poor.
The house may be sordid
but I am going to Christ.”jesus-comes-to-me-bl-pier-pray-for-us-4-july-2019.jpg

“The end for which we are created
invites us, to walk a road.
that is surely sown with a lot of thorns
but it is not sad,
through even the sorrow,
it is illuminated by joy.”the end for which we are created - bl pier giorgio frassati 4 july 2019.jpg

“Jesus is with me.
I have nothing to fear.”

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One Minute Reflection – 4 July – “Rise and walk”

One Minute Reflection – 4 July – Thursday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 9:1–8

“Rise and walk”…Matthew 9:5

REFLECTION – “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will bring your mortal bodies to life also.” (Rom 8:11) Now it is a natural human body, then it will be a spiritual body. “Adam the first man, became a living soul, the last Adam has become a life-giving spirit.” (1 Cor 15:45) That is why He “will bring your mortal bodies to life… through His Spirit dwelling in you.”

Oh, what a happy Hallelujah we will sing then!   What security!   No more adversary, no more enemy, we won’t lose a single friend.   Here below, we sing God’s praises in the midst of our worries, in heaven, we will sing them in perfect tranquillity.   Here below, we sing them as people who have to die, in heaven, it will be in a life that never ends. Here below, in hope, in heaven, in the reality.   Here below, we are travellers, then we shall be in our homeland.   So let us begin singing already now, brothers, not in order to savour the rest but in order to alleviate our work.   Let us sing like travellers.   Sing but without ceasing to walk, sing to console yourself in the midst of fatigue… Sing and walk!

What does that mean, walk?   Go forward, make progress in doing good… Go forward by walking towards the good, advance in faith and in the purity of your habits.   Sing and walk!   Don’t lose your way; don’t turn back, don’t stand still.   Let us turn towards the Lord.”... St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor – Sermon 256rise and walk matthew 9 5 - what does that mean walk - st augustine - 4 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Loving God and Father, we turn to You in praise and thanksgiving in good times, in trials and moments of sadness and happiness.   May the prayers of Your angels and saints support our weak efforts, today especially we ask St Elizabeth of Portugal and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, to hear our pleas.   By the great gift of Your love and mercy You dispel the darkness of sin and bring us to the true Light, Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.


Our Morning Offering – 4 July – St Pio’s Prayer of Today for Tomorrow

Our Morning Offering – 4 July – Thursday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C

St Pio’s Prayer of Today for Tomorrow

Eternal Father,
today, while I am fully conscious,
totally lucid and completely free,
I offer You my life
with all its mystery and suffering.
Indeed, Eternal Father,
I offer You my life
as an ultimate act of love,
as an act of infinite gratitude,
as an act of faith in Your mercy.
My God and Father,
accept this prayer I am making to You now
for the day when You will call me back to You.
If I am unconscious at the final moment of my life,
if anguish and doubt assail me,
if medication prevents me from thinking of You,
I want my last heartbeat
to be an act of perfect love,
telling You with Jesus,
“Into Your hands, I commend my spirit.”
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Saint of the Day – 4 July – Saint Ulric of Augsburg (c 890–973)

Saint of the Day – 4 July – Saint Ulric of Augsburg (c 890–973) Bishop of Augsburg, Germany – born in 893 at Kyburg, Zurich, Switzerland and died on 4 July 973 at Augsburg, Germany of natural causes.   His remains are interred in the Church of Saint Afra and Ulrich in Augsburg.   Earth from his grave is reported to repel rodents and over the centuries, much has been carried away for that purpose,   Patronages – against birth complications, against faintness, against fever, against mice and moles, diocese of Augsburg, Germany; happy death, weavers, San Dorligo della Valle, Creazzo, Italy.Leonhard_Beck_-_Heiliger_Ulrich_(Veste_Coburg).jpg

St Ulric, renowned for his virtues and the miracles he wrought, was born towards the close of the ninth century.   His parents were Kupald, Count of Kueburg and Thielburga, daughter of Burkard, Duke of Suabia.   When he was only seven years old, his education was entrusted to the religious of the Abbey of Saint Gall, where he progressed in virtue and learning much more than could be expected at his tender age.   When he became older, he entertained the fervent desire to enter the religious state and in order to learn the will of the Almighty, he passed some time in prayer and penance.   He also asked the advice of Wigerade, a virgin renowned for her holiness, who, after having, by a three days’ prayer, called on God for light, said to Ulric that he was not destined by heaven to be a monk, but to become a secular priest.   Hence he left the monastery and returned to his parents, who sent him to Augsburg to the virtuous bishop Adalberon, who soon recognising the virtues and talents that were in Ulric, employed him in all the manifold affairs of his sacred functions and ordained him priest.

After some years, with the permission of the bishop, he made a pilgrimage to Rome, during which time Adalberon died.   The Pope desired to nominate Ulric to the vacant See but when the latter heard of it, he was frightened and secretly left.   The Holy Father, being informed of this, said – “If Ulric is not pleased to take the See of Augsburg, while it is in a peaceful condition, he will be forced to accept it when it will be in a state of great disturbance and anarchy.”   This really happened, for, after the death of Hiltin, who had succeeded Adalberon, Ulric was obliged to yield to the unanimous voice of the clergy and laity.   It was a most sad period, for the enemy had devastated the land with fire and sword, the churches were either reduced to ashes or robbed of all their valuables and the inhabitants were greatly suffering from poverty.   The holy bishop was unwearied in his endeavours to restore the churches, to assist the poor and afflicted, and, when he had nothing else to give, he brought consolation and hope to them.   For fifty years he governed the See of Augsburg and words fail to describe the work he performed, the suffering he endured during this time for the glory of the Almighty and the temporal and spiritual welfare of his flock.Saint-Ulric-of-Augsburg

The Roman Martyrology praises him especially for these virtues: temperance, liberality, and vigilance.   His temperance in eating, drinking and sleeping was so great that more could not have been required of one belonging to an austere religious order.   He never partook of meat, although he had it served to strangers and to the poor.   In short, he was so frugal that his whole life may be called one continued fast.   His bed was straw and his sleep but a short rest, as he passed the greater portion of the night in devout exercises. He wore no linen but a garment of wool and beneath it a rough hair-cloth.   His liberality to the poor could not be surpassed, some of them ate daily at his own table.   He sometimes waited on them, sometimes shared the meal with them, during which a devout book was read aloud.   All that remained of his revenues after he had restored the Church, was devoted to the needy, for whom he procured corn, clothing and houses.   He spent nothing to ornament or furnish his own dwelling, in order to be the better able to assist the poor  . The best evidence of this is that he ate off wooden dishes, one of which is still shown.   Before his death he had all that the house contained brought to him and divided it among the poor.

His vigilance over his fold was indefatigable and truly apostolic.   He preached, administered the Sacraments, visited the sick, comforted the dying and yearly visited every parish in his whole diocese on foot, accompanied by only one chaplain.    He several times assembled the clergy and consulted with them about abolishing abuses, or about some plan that he had devised for the benefit of the people.   In a word, he evinced a father’s solicitude, not only for the spiritual but also for the temporal prosperity of those entrusted to his care and regarded neither care nor danger when their welfare was ulrich.jpg

In 955, the Hungarians pillaged Bavaria, and coming to Augsburg, besieged the city. Ulric exhorted the men to be brave and the women, children and sick to pray.   The whole night he was with them in the church, strengthening the soldiers with the blessed Sacrament.   When the morning broke, he mounted a horse, shielded, not in armour but in a stole and accompanied the soldiers out of the city to fight against the barbarians. During this time he received from an angel, who visibly appeared to him, a small cross, which he kept in his hand, not fearing the darts or sword-strokes of the enemy and the sight of which inflamed the courage of his people, who, before long, won a most brilliant victory over the enemy.   All this took place on the feast of Saint Lawrence and the happy result was, under God, ascribed justly to the bishop, as the emperor Otho himself declared when he came to assist the distressed people.

He erected, as well in the city as out of it, many churches and rebuilt those which had been burned or injured by the enemy.   Among the latter was the church of Saint Afra, who was greatly honoured by the holy bishop.   She appeared to him several times, informed him where her holy body was concealed and foretold to him several events, among which was the happy result of the above-mentioned battle.   On account of these and many other admirable qualities, the people called him only the holy bishop, while God proclaimed the sanctity of His servant by many miracles which were known over the whole Christian world.   The oil, which he had consecrated on holy Thursday, healed many sick and restored the limbs of the lame.   He was seen to walk over the river without even wetting his feet.

Once, at Easter, when, in presence of a large multitude of people, he celebrated High Mass, a hand, coming from heaven, was seen, which, jointly with Ulric’s hand, blessed the chalice before the consecration.

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Having thus faithfully laboured for many years in the service of the Most High, the Saint felt that his end was approaching and prepared himself for his Master’s call.   On the festival of Saint John, he said Holy Mass for the last time, after which he was brought home and occupied the remainder of his life in devotional exercises.   He humbly requested all those around him to pardon any offence of which he might have been guilty towards them and gave them many wholesome instructions.   When his end was near, he had ashes strewn on the floor in the form of a cross, and sprinkled with holy water, then, requesting to be laid on them, he remained in prayer until, at the dawn of day, while he was chanting the Litany, death closed his eyes in the eighty-third year of his life, 973.

St Ulric was the first saint to be Canonised by a pope, Pope John XV on 3 February 993, which led to the canonical process which the church uses today to determine sainthood.

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 July

St Elizabeth of Portugal TOSF (1271-1336) (Optional Memorial)

Bl Agatha Yun Jeom-Hye
St Albert Quadrelli
St Andrew of Crete
St Anthony Daniel
St Aurelian of Lyons
St Bertha of Blangy
St Carileffo of Anille
Bl Catherine Jarrige
St Cesidio Giacomantonio
Bl Damiano Grassi of Rivoli
St Donatus of Libya
St Edward Fulthrop
St Elias of Jerusalem
St Finbar of Wexford
St Fiorenzo of Cahors
St Flavian of Antioch
St Giocondiano
Bl Giovanni of Vespignano
St Haggai the Prophet
Bl Hatto of Ottobeuren
Bl Henry Abbot
St Henry of Albano
St Hosea the Prophet
St Innocent of Sirmium
Bl John Carey
Bl John Cornelius
Bl Jozef Kowalski
St Jucundian
St Laurian of Seville
St Lauriano of Vistin
Bl Maria Crocifissa Curcio
St Namphanion the Archmartyr
Bl Natalia of Toulouse
St Odo the Good
Bl Odolric of Lyon
Bl Patrick Salmon
Bl Pedro Romero Espejo
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925) Incorrupt
About dear Blessed Pier Giorgio:

St Sebastia of Sirmium
St Theodore of Cyrene
St Theodotus of Libya
Bl Thomas Bosgrave
Bl Thomas Warcop
St Ulric of Augsburg (c 890–973)
St Ulric of Ratzeburg
St Valentine of Langres
St Valentine of Paris
Bl William Andleby
Bl William of Hirsau