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Thought for the Day – 11 January – The Death of the Sinner

Thought for the Day – 11 January – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) – Saturday after Epiphany

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“The Sinner must also die.
For him death is really terrible.
Imagine him lying on his deathbed, instinctively aware, that his life is over.
The past will rise up to reproach him, a past full of sin and of ingratitude towards his Creator and Redeemer.
The plans which he has centred around profit, ambition and honour, will have vanished like smoke.
His friends, will have either deserted him, or will be at hand, to utter useless words, which will have no power to comfort him.
Now he must stand alone, alone before God!

What will happen, at that moment?
Perhaps, despair will overcome his soul, as it overcame the soul of Judas?
Perhaps, the innumerable graces which he has despised, will tip the balance of Divine Justice towards the abyss of damnation?
Or, will a final ray of mercy pierce his tired mind, burning with remorse, so that, with it’s last throb, his poor heart will torn towards God and implore His pardon?
Who can say?
It is certain, however, that of the two thieves dying beside the Cross of our Redeemer, only one heard Him say:
“This day, you will be with me in Paradise!”
The other, remained obdurate in his sin.
It is the height of stupidity, to wait to be converted, at the hour of death!”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 January – ‘Then Jesus is born within us…’

Quote/s of the Day – 11 January – Saturday after Epiphany, Readings: 1 John 5:14-21, Psalm 149:1-6, 9, John 3:22-30

“He must increase
but I must decrease.”

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“Christ is born, God from His Father,
man through His mother.
He was born from His Father’s immortality
and His mother’s virginity.
From the Father, without the aid of a mother,
from the mother, without that of a father.
From His Father, without time,
from His mother, without seed.
According to His Father,
He is the principle of life,
according to His mother,
the ending of death.
According to His Father,
He was born to determine the order of days,
according to His mother,
to consecrate the day that is here.”

St Augustine (354-430)
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“When His place becomes our place,
when His time becomes our time,
when His person becomes our life,
then the prophecies come to fulfilment in us.
Then Jesus is born within us.
He becomes the living God for me.
Today we are asked to imitate the Magi.
They do not debate – they set out.
They do not stop to look but enter the house of Jesus.
They do not put themselves at the centre
but bow down before the One who is the centre.
They do not remain glued to their plans
but are prepared to take other routes.
Their actions reveal a close contact with the Lord,
a radical openness to Him,
a total engagement with Him.
With Him, they use the language of love,
the same language that Jesus, though an infant, already speaks.
Indeed, the Magi go to the Lord not to receive but to give.

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Let us ask ourselves this question –
at Christmas, did we bring gifts to Jesus for His party,
or did we only exchange gifts among ourselves?

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In this Christmas season, now drawing to its close,
let us not miss the opportunity
to offer a precious gift to our King,
who came to us,
not in worldly pomp
but in the luminous poverty of Bethlehem.
If we can do this,
His light will shine upon us.”

Pope Francis

6 January 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 11 January – My Words are Spirit and Life

One Minute Reflection – 11 January – Saturday after Epiphany, Readings:  1 John 5:14-21, Psalm 149:1-6, 9, John 3:22-30

“No-one can receive anything, except what is given him from heaven. “ … John 3:27

REFLECTION – “My son, says the Lord, listen to my words, the most delightful of all words, surpassing all the knowledge of the philosophers and wise men of this world.   My words are spirit and life and cannot be comprehended by human senses alone.   They are not to be interpreted according to the vain pleasure of the listener but they must be listened to, in silence and received with all humility and great affection.   And I said – Blessed is the man whom you teach, Lord and whom you instruct in your law, for him you soften the blow of the evil day and you do not desert him on the earth.   The Lord says, I have instructed My prophets from the beginning.   Even to the present time, I have not stopped speaking to all men but many are deaf and obstinate in response.

Many hear the world more easily than they hear God – they follow the desires of the flesh more readily than the pleasure of God.   The world promises rewards that are temporal and insignificant and these are pursued with great longing.   I promise rewards that are eternal and unsurpassable, yet the hearts of mortals respond sluggishly.   Who serves and obeys me in all matters, with as much care as the world and its princes, are served?   Blush, then, you lazy, complaining servant, for men are better prepared for the works of death than you are for the works of life.   They take more joy in vanity than you in truth.   Yet they are often deceived in their hope, while my promise deceives no-one and leaves empty-handed no-one who confides in Me.   What I have promised, I shall give, what I have said I will fulfil for any man, who remains faithful in my love unto the very end.   I am the Rewarder of all good men, the one who rigorously tests the devoted.

Write my words in your heart and study them diligently, for they will be absolutely necessary in the time of temptation.   Whatever you fail to understand, in reading my words, will become clear to you on the day of your visitation.   I am accustomed to visit my elect in a double fashion, that is, with temptation and with consolation.   And I read to them two lessons each day – one to rebuke them for their faults, the other to exhort them to increase their virtue.   He who possesses my Words yet spurns them, earns His own judgement on the last day.” … Thomas á Kempis (1380-1471), Priest – My Words are Spirit and Life, The Imitation of Christjohn 3 27 no-one can receive anything -he-has-set-me-to-proclaim-even-to-the-present-time-thomas-a-kempis-imitation- 11 jan 2020.jpg

PRAYER – “[Lord God] I believe in You, increase my faith.   All my hopes are in You, secure my trust.   I love You, teach me to love You more each day…   I adore You as my first beginning, I long for You as my final end.   I praise You as my constant helper and call on You as my loving protector.   Guide me by Your Wisdom, correct me with Your Justice, comfort me with Your Mercy, protect me by Your Power…  Lord, enlighten my understanding, enflame my will, purify my heart, sanctify my soul  . Help me to repent of my past sins and to rise above my human weaknesses and to grow stronger as a Christian…” … (from the Universal Prayer by Pope Clement XI (1649-1721)lord-god-i-believe-from-the-universal-prayer-pope-clement-xi-27-april-2018 AND 11 JAN 2020.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 11 January – Jesus, Name Full of Glory

Our Morning Offering – 11 January – Saturday after Epiphany

Jesus, Name Full of Glory
By St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)

Jesus,
Name full of glory,
grace, love and strength!
You are the refuge of those who repent,
our banner of warfare in this life,
the medicine of souls,
the comfort of those who morn,
the delight of those who believe,
the light of those
who preach the true faith,
the wages of those who toil,
the healing of the sick.
To You our devotion aspires,
by You our prayers are received;
we delight in contemplating You.
O Name of Jesus,
You are the glory of all the saints for eternity.
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Saint of the Day – 11 January – Blessed Ana Maria Janer Anglarill (1800-1885)

Saint of the Day – 11 January – Blessed Ana Maria Janer Anglarill (1800-1885) Religious and Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Urgell, of which order she is the Patron, Nurse, Teacher, apostle of the poor, the sick and the needy.   Born on 18 December 1800 in Cervera, Lleida, Spain and died on 11 January 1885 in Talarn, Lleida, Spain.   She dedicated her life to the service of God through aiding the poor and downtrodden across Spain in hospitals and educational facilities.bl ana maria janer artwork.jpg

Anna Maria Janer Anglarill was born on 18 December 1800 in Spain to Josep Janer i Pallés and Magina Anglarill i Olivé.   She studied at the Real Colegio de Educandras.

She decided to devote herself to the service of God at the age of sixteen and so joined the Sisters of Charity on 25 January 1819.   In May 1819 she made her vows.

Sr Ana worked as a nurse at the Castelltort Hospital.   She also served as the Director of the House of Charity – after her 1849 appointment – and in that position helped to care for both the old and children who were orphaned.bl ana maria janer art.jpg

In 1833 the outbreak of the First Carlist War made the hospital take in wounded soldiers. Janer became a well-known figure in the hospital due to providing consolation to the patients and staff alike, when the hospital had to work to cater to greater numbers of wounded patients.  The war wounded referred to her as “Mother” due to her tender care and devotion.

Ana also worked as a teacher and commissioned a hospital dedicated to the treatment of the poor.bl madre Ana María Janer

In 1836 nuns were expelled from Spain and so she went to France to Toulouse where she worked at a hospital for a brief period of time.   She was called to co-ordinate hospitals in Solsona at the behest of Charles V.   In 1844 she returned to her original hospital.

She founded the Sisters of the Holy Family of Urgell on 29 June 1859 which would spread to Andorra and Mexico amongst other places.

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Novices of the Holy Family sisters – mid 20th century

She died in 1885 at the age of 84.

Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over the Beatification on behalf of the Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI on 8 October 2011.bl ana maria janer anglarill.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 January

St Alexander of Fermo
St Anastasius of Suppentonia
Bl Ana Maria Janer Anglarill (1800-1885)
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
His lifestory:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-theodosius-the-cenobiarch/
St Tipasio of Tigava
St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729)
About St Tommaso:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-tommaso-da-cori-ofm-1655-1729/

St Vitalis of Gaza (Died c 625)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-vitalis-of-gaza-died-c-625/