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Thought for the Day – 6 February – Religion and Devotion

Thought for the Day – 6 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Religion and Devotion

“St Thomas Aquinas concisely expressed the nature of religion in these words: “The object of religion is to give honour to the One God because, He is the first principle of creation and order in the universe” (Summa Theologiae, II-II, q 81, a 3).

We know that everything is the work of God.
Everything depends on Him, both for it’s being and for it’s continued existence.
This is so from man, down to the minutest insect, from the stars in the sky, to the invisible atom.
It is true that man and the other creatures also work.
In fact, the universe is a gigantic workshop.
But God, is the one and only cause of man and of the whole of nature.
We are only instruments of the divine omnipotence.
Now, justice demands that we give everyone his due.
Everything belongs to God.
Therefore, man out to humble himself before God, in an act of adoration and loving obedience.
From the highest mountains to the depths of the valley, from the stars of the firmament to the tiny flowers of the fields, all creation unconsciously sings of the glory of God.
In the same way, man, a creature of intelligence and free will, should offer himself and all his faculties, in an act of complete homage to his Creator and Lord.
But, there is more to it than that.
God is not only our Creator and Lord, He is also our Redeemer.
The eternal Word of God became man out of love for us.
He gave us His teaching and commandments.
He redeemed us with His precious blood and left us the Church, as our mother and our infallible teacher of truth.
So, if religion is to be complete, it will oblige us to be obedient to whatever God has revealed and to whatever the Church, which He founded commands and teaches us.”

Antonio Cardinal Baccigod is not only our creator and lord he is also bacci 6 feb 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 February – Speaking of: Discipleship

Quote/s of the Day – 6 February – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12, Responsorial psalm 1 Chronicles 29:10-12, Mark 6:7-13

Speaking of:  Discipleship

“He charged them
to take nothing for their journey,
except a staff…”

Mark 6:8

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“Go your way,
behold, I send you out
as lambs
in the midst
of wolves.”

Luke 10:3

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“Heretics are to be converted
by an example of humility
and other virtues
far more readily,
than by any external
display or verbal battles.
So let us arm ourselves with
devout prayers
and set off,
showing signs of genuine humility
and go barefooted
to combat
Goliath.”

St Dominic (1170-1221)

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“He will be with you also, all the way, that faithful God.
Every morning when you awaken to the old and tolerable pain,
at every mile of the hot uphill dusty road of tiring duty,
on to the judgement seat, the same Christ there as ever,
still loving you, still sufficient for you, even then.
And then, on through all eternity.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

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“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

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“Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes, through which,
the compassion of Christ, looks out to the world.
Yours are the feet,
with which,
He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands,
with which,
He is to bless others now.

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Doctor of the Church

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“Let us remain unafraid in all dangers,
trusting calmly, in the Divine
Providence, that watches over us day and night.”

St Joseph Freinademetz (1852-1908)
“Fu Shenfu” – Lucky Priest

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“We are apostles!
We are apostles
and we wander far and wide,
we work generously,
only for the sake of souls,
only for the Church,
only for heaven!”

Blessed Paolo Manna (1872-1952)

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“If everyone does something,
then we can do a lot.”

“Each of us feels an inclination,
a charism within ourselves.
A project, which makes each of us
unique, irreplaceable.
This call, this vocation,
is the sign of the Holy Spirit in us.
Only by listening to this voice
can we make sense of our lives.”

Blessed Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi (1937-1993) Priest, Martyr

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“Leave your country, your people
and your father’s household
and go to the land I will show you.”

Genesis 12:1

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One Minute Reflection – 6 February – ‘Follow the humility and the poverty of our Lord Jesus’

One Minute Reflection – 6 February – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12, Responsorial psalm 1 Chronicles 29:10-12, Mark 6:7-13 and the Memorial of St Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913)

He charged them to take nothing for their journey...Mark 6:8

REFLECTION – The Lord commands us in the Gospel: “Watch, be on your guard against all malice and greed” (cf. Lk 12:15).   “Guard yourselves against the preoccupations of this world and the cares of this life” (cf. Mt 6:25; Lk 21:34).   Therefore, none of the brothers, wherever he may be, or wherever he goes, should in any way carry, receive, or have received either money or coins, whether for clothing or books or payment for any work-indeed, for no reason-unless it is for the evident need of the sick brothers, for we must not suppose that money or coins have any greater value than stones.   And the devil would like to blind those who desire it or consider it better than stones.   Therefore, let us who have left all things behind, take care, that we do not lose the kingdom of heaven for so little (cf. Mt 19:27; Mk 10:24.28).   And if we were to find coins in any place, let us give them no more thought than the dust which we crush with our feet, for all this is “vanity of vanities and all is vanity” (Eccl 1:2).

All the brothers should strive to follow the humility and the poverty of our Lord Jesus Christ (…).   And they must rejoice when they live among people who are considered to be of little worth and who are looked down upon, among the poor and the powerless, the sick and the lepers and the beggars by the wayside.   And when it may be necessary, let them go for alms.   And they should not be ashamed but rather, recall that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living and all-powerful God (…) was a poor man and a transient and lived on alms, He and the Blessed Virgin and His disciples.” … St Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) – Founder of the Friars Minor – Earlier Rule, §8-9he charged them to take nothing for the journey - therefore none of the brothers - st francis of assisi 6 feb 2020

PRAYER – Grant us Lord, a true knowledge of salvation so that, freed from fear and from the power of our foes, we may serve You, unhampered by any worldly ties, trusting only in Your loving and guiding hand. Help us to give our hearts, minds, bodies, our all to You, serving faithfully all the days of our life. May the prayers of St Francesco Spinelli, Your faithful servant, give us strength. We make our prayer, through our Lord Jesus with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st francesco spinelli pray for us 6 feb 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 6 February – Jesus, Fill Us, with Your Light and Life

Our Morning Offering – 6 February – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time, Year A

Jesus, Fill Us, with Your Light and Life
By St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Jesus, fill us, we pray,
with Your light and life
that we may show forth
Your wonderful glory.
Grant that Your love
may so fill our lives
that we may count nothing
too small to do for You,
nothing too much to give
and nothing too hard to bear.
Amenjesus fill us with your light and love st ignatius loyola 6 feb 2020

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Saint of the Day – 6 February – Saint Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913)

Saint of the Day – 6 February – Saint Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913) Priest, Founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, of prayer, of the poor and sick – born on 14 April 1853 in Milan and died on 6 February 1913 (aged 59) in Rivolta d’Adda, Cremona, Italy.   Patronage – the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.st-Francesco-Spinelli-Priest

Though born in Milan on 14 April 1853, Francesco Spinelli moved to Cremona, Italy, when he was still a child.   As a young boy, he would go with his mother to visit and help the poor and sick in his city.   His call to the priesthood was nurtured by both his mother and an uncle who was a priest.   After studying in Bergamo, he was ordained on 14 August 1875, to be a priest of that diocese.

Later that year, Fr Francesco was in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee convoked by Pope Pius IX and went to the Basilica of St Mary Major.   While there, he knelt before the crib of the Child Jesus, prayed and envisioned a group of young women who would adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.   This moment inspired him to begin a new order and in 1882, he worked with Saint Geltrude Comensoli to realise this vision, working together to found the Sacramentine Sisters of Bergamo.st spinelli

After a promising start, resistance and plots against him forced Fr Francesco to leave the Diocese of Bergamo in 1889, abandoning the new order as well.   He arrived in Rivolta d’Adda dejected and without money but the Diocesan Bishop of Cremona, offered him the chance to exercise his pastoral duties there.   In 1892, Fr Francesco founded the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, a congregation that would receive official diocesan approval in 1897.st spinelli sml

In Cremona, the Sisters continued their adoration of Christ in the Eucharist while also focusing on their work of caring for the poor.  This work was inspired by Spinelli himself, who having known the difficulties of being marginalised, was compelled by his love of the Eucharist to meet the needs of those who were suffering in the same way.

Fr Francesco died of natural causes in Rivolta d’Adda on 6 February 1913 but the Sisters continue the work that he helped to begin.   They now have many houses around the world, including in countries like Argentina and Senegal.   Though he did not live to see it, Spinelli would have found great joy in knowing that his congregation received full pontifical approval from Pope Pius XI in 1932.   Then in 1958, Cardinal Angelo Roncalli, who would become Pope John XXIII, visited Spinelli’s tomb.   In his journal, he wrote:
“Arrived in Rivolta d’Adda where I admired the general house of the Sisters Adorers founded by Venerable Francesco Spinelli at whose tomb I was glad to pray.”
This delight would be continued by another Holy Father when Fr Francesco was beatified on 21 June 1992, by St Pope John Paul II.st spinelli art

As a man who constantly looked to Jesus as the source and model of his priestly life, Fr Francesco Spinelli left behind a reputation of holiness and provided a truly prayerful example for the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament and all those he met.   Like Christ, he did all he could to serve the unhappy, the marginalised and the rejected wherever there was need and that work continues to this day.

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He was Canonised on 14 October 2018 by Pope Francis.   The miracle related to his Canonisation concerned the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament who, whilst nursing a baby who had been seriously injured and had been declared to be past medical care, in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was completely healed by their prayers and the placing of a Holy Card of St Francesco in the bed of the child.st spinelli book coverst francesco spinelli face

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Memorials of the Saints – 6 February

St Paul Miki SJ (1564/65-1597) & Companions/Martyrs of Nagasaki – 26 saints (Memorial)
Their story:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/saints-of-the-day-6-february-st-paul-miki-companions-26-martyrs-of-nagasaki/

St Alfonso Maria Fusco (1839-1910)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/saint-of-the-day-6-february-st-alfonso-maria-fusco-1839-1910/

St Amand of Maastricht (c 584-c 679)
St Amand of Moissac
St Amand of Nantes
St Andrew of Elnone
Bl Angelus of Furci
St Antholian of Auvergne
St Brinolfo Algotsson
Cassius of Auvergne
Bl Diego de Azevedo
St Dorothy of Caesarea (c 279/290-311) Martyr
The Life of St Dorothea:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/06/saint-of-the-day-6-february-st-dorothy-of-caesarea-died-311-virgin-martyr/

St Ethelburga of Wessex
Bl Francesca of Gubbio
St Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913)

St Gerald of Ostia
St Guarinus
St Guethenoc
St Hildegund
St Ina of Wessex
St Jacut
St Liminius of Auvergne
Bl Mary Teresa Bonzel
St Mateo Correa-Magallanes
St Maximus of Aurvergne
St Mel of Ardagh
St Melchu of Armagh
St Mun of Lough Ree
St Relindis of Eyck
St Revocata
St Saturninus
St Tanco of Werden
St Theophilus
St Theophilus the Lawyer
St Vaast of Arras
St Victorinus of Auvergne

Martyrs of Emesa:
St Luke the Deacon
St Mucius the Lector
St Silvanus of Emesa