Thought for the Day – 12 February – Self-Love

Thought for the Day – 12 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)


“By self-love we mean here, an inordinate love of self.
We are not forbidden to love ourselves.
In fact, this is something natural to us and, therefore, intended by God.
We should love ourselves, however, in a properly ordered manner.
In the first place, we must love God above everything and, therefore, more than ourselves.
God is our creator and our Redeemer and our final end.
Everything comes to us from Him and for this reason, everything must return to Him.
We should not be self-centred but, God-centred.
In other words, we must direct all our actions towards God, not towards ourselves.
We cannot set our own ego in the place which belongs to God, still less above Him.
To do so, would be equivalent of robbing God, because everything is His and we ourselves belong to Him.

If we have any intelligence at all, let us remember that God gave it to us.
If we have sound health, strength, or good looks, let us remember, that these are His gifts.
If we have amassed a great store of cultural or artistic learning as a result of our ability and study, let us not become too attached to it, nor look for praise and admiration.
It is God who gave us this ability and the energy and enthusiasm to cultivate it.
Honour and glory are due to God alone!

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote of the Day – 12 February – Prayer of Saint Eulalia in Her Agony

Quote of the Day – 12 February – The Memorial of St Eulalia of Barcelona (c 290-c 303) Virgin and Martyr

Lord Jesus Christ,
hear my prayer and perfect
Thy merciful goodness in me
and grant me to be received
among the number of Thine elect
into the rest of life eternal,
making of me a sign of righteousness
that men, believing in Thee,
may behold and praise Thy power.

Prayer of Saint Eulalia in Her Agonyprayer of st eulalia in her agon - 12 feb 2020


One Minute Reflection – 13 February – What is my treasure? 

One Minute Reflection – 13 February – Wednesday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 1 Kings10:1-10, Psalm 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40, Mark7:14-23 and the Memorial of St Eulalia of Barcelona (c 290-c 303) Virgin and Martyr

And he said, “What comes out of a man is what defiles a man.   For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.   All these evil things come from within and they defile a man.” Mark 7:20-23

REFLECTION – “The boundary between good and evil does not pass outside of us but rather within us.   We could ask ourselves: where is my heart?   Jesus said: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”   What is my treasure?   Is it Jesus, is it His teaching?   If so, then the heart is good.   Or is my treasure something else?   Thus it is a heart which needs purification and conversion.   Without a purified heart, one cannot have truly clean hands and lips which speak sincere words of love — it is all duplicitous, a double life — lips which speak words of mercy, of forgiveness but only a sincere and purified heart can do this.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 30 August 2015mark-7-20-what-comes-out-of-a-man-the-boundary-between-good-and-evil-pope-francis-13feb2019 and 12 Feb 2020

PRAYER – God our Saviour, through the grace of Baptism, You made us children of light. Hear our prayer, that we may always walk in that light and work for truth, as Your witnesses before men.   May our hearts be purified by You grace and may our hands and lips speak with sincere words of love.   St Eulalia of Barcelona, child as you were, you bravely withstood all the assaults against Christ your Lord, with zeal and passion, please pray for us.   We make our prayer, through Christ our Lord with the Holy Spirit, God forever, eulalia pray for us 12 feb 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 12 February – Only for You, in You, by You

Our Morning Offering – 12 February – Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A

Only for You, in You, by You
By St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of the Church

Lord Jesus,
let me know myself and know You
and desire nothing save only You.
Let me hate myself and love You.
Let me do everything, for the sake of You.
Let me humble myself and exalt You.
Let me think of nothing, except You.
Let me die to myself and live in You.
Let me accept whatever happens, as from You.
Let me banish self and follow You
and ever desire to follow You.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,
That I may deserve, to be defended by You.
Let me fear for myself.
Let me fear You
and let me be among those, who are chosen by You.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.
Let me be willing to obey, for the sake of You.
Let me cling to nothing, save only to You,
And let me be poor, because of You.
Look upon me, that I may love You.
Call me, that I may see You
and forever enjoy You.
Amenonly for you in you by you st augustine - 12 feb 2020

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Saint of the Day – 12 February – Saint Eulalia of Barcelona (c 290-c 303) Virgin and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 12 February – Saint Eulalia of Barcelona (c 290-c 303) Virgin and Martyr, Sanctified Virgin, forerunner of professed nuns.   She was martured at the aged of 13 or 14.   Born c 290 in Barcelona, Spain and died on 12 February 304 in Barcelona. Patronages – Barcelona, Barcelona Cathedral, against drought, against dysentery, boatmen, mariners, pregnant women, for rain, safe sailing, safe seafaring, sailors, travellers, watermen.ST EULALIA

Saint Eulalia (Aulaire, Aulazia, Olalla, Eulària) (c 290–12 February 303) was a 13-year-old Christian virgin who suffered martyrdom in Barcelona during the persecution of Christians in the reign of emperor Diocletian.   There is some dispute as to whether she is the same person as Saint Eulalia of Mérida, whose story is similar.461px-Barcelona_Cathedral_Interior_-_Saint_Eulalia_of_Barcelona_by_Pedro_García_de_Benavarre

For refusing to recant her Christianity, the Romans subjected her to thirteen tortures, including – putting her into a barrel with knives (or glass) stuck into it and rolling it down a street (according to tradition, the one now called Baixada de Santa Eulalia “Saint Eulalia’s descent”), cutting off her breasts, crucifixion on an X-shaped cross. She is depicted with this cross, the instrument of her martyrdom.   Finally, she was decapitated. A dove is supposed to have flown forth from her neck following her eulalia with cross

This is one point of similarity with the story of Eulalia of Mérida, in which a dove flew from the girl’s mouth at the moment of her death.   In addition, Eulalia of Mérida’s tortures are sometimes enumerated among the Barcelona martyrs and the two were similar in age and year of death.   St Eulalia was Canonised in 633.

Eulalia is commemorated with statues and street names throughout Barcelona.   Her body was originally interred in the church of Santa Maria de les Arenes (St Mary of the Sands, now Santa Maria del Mar, St Mary of the Sea).   It was hidden in 713 during the Moorish invasion and only recovered in 878.   In 1339, it was relocated to an alabaster sarcophagus in the crypt of the newly built Cathedral of of the Holy Cross and St Eulalia.  The festival of Saint Eulalia is held in Barcelona for a week around her feast day on 12 February.   Cathedral_of_the_Holy_Cross_and_Saint_EulaliaCathedral_of_Santa_Eulalia_Barcelona

One of the most well-known and endearing parts of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia of Barcelona is the crypt of Saint Eulalia.   The magnificent Gothic tomb incorporates Romanesque elements from other sources, such as the bases and capitals holding up the structure of the polychromed marble sarcophagus solemnly inaugurated in 1339.   The sculptor is known to have come from the region of Pisa.

St Eulalia’s the sarcophagus is crowned by five images – four angels with candlesticks and, in the centre, the image of the Eulalia.   The crypt has a keystone representing the Saint Eulalia and the Christ Child placing a crown on the Saint of Barcelona.

Behind the Gothic sepulchre is the original sepulchre of Saint Eulalia, which was found by the bishop Frodoino in 878 in the cemetery of Santa María del Mar and a piece of broken marble with the original inscription commemorating her.   Barcelona Cathedral Interior - Crypt of Santa Eulalia


Feasts of Our Lady and Memorials of the Saints – 12 February

Madonna del Pilerio:  is the patron of the city of Cosenza and of the archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano.   The Madonna del Pilerio is depicted in an icon dating back to the twelfth century that is found since 1607 in the chapel built specifically within the cathedral of Cosenza , commissioned by Msgr Giovani Battista Costanzo ( 1591 – 1617 ). On 10 May 1981, the cathedral of Cosenza was raised to the shrine of Our Lady of Pilerio by the Archbishop Msgr Dino Trabalzini.   The patronal feast of Cosenza is not celebrated on 8 September the feast of Our Lady of Pilerio and date to which the Nativity of the Virgin is recognised but 12 February to remember the devastating earthquake that hit Calabria on that date in 1854.

Official Prayer to the Madonna del Pilerio

Virgin of Pilerio, Mother of the Church,
You are for us Support, Help and Hope.
We thank you and bless you
but above all we love you.
You are our tender Mother,
given to us by Christ on the Cross.
Listen to your children’s prayer.
Do not let us ever turn away from you.
Strengthen our faith in us,
sustain hope, revive charity.
May you praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
O Madonna del Pilerio, our glorious Patron, pray for usiconamadonnadelpilerio

Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, France:  Cathedral of Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, built by King Clovis I (101) containing a portion of the Seamless Garment of Christ.
All about this Marian Title:

St Alexius of Kiev
St Ammonius of Alexandria
Bl Anthony of Saxony
St Anthony Kauleas
St Benedict of Aniane OSB (747-821)
About St Benedict:

Bl Benedict Revelli
St Damian of Africa
St Damian of Rome
St Ethelwald of Lindisfarne
St Eulalia of Barcelona (c 290-c 303) Virgin Martyr

St Gaudentius of Verona
St Goscelinus of Turin
Bl Gregory of Tragurio
Bl Humbeline of Jully
St Jak Bushati
St Julian of Alexandria
St Julian the Hospitaller
About St Julian:
Bl Ladislaus of Hungary
Bl Ludan
St Meletius of Antioch
St Modestus of Alexandria
St Modestus of Carthage
St Modestus the Deacon
Bl Nicholas of Hungary
St Sedulius
Bl Thomas of Foligno

Martyrs of Albitina – 46 saints:
During the persecutions of Diocletian, troops were sent to the churches of Abitina, North Africa on a Sunday morning; they rounded up everyone who had arrived for Mass and took them all to Carthage for interrogation by pro-consul Anulinus. The 46 who proclaimed their Christianity were executed. We know some of their names and stories. They were tortured to death in 304 in prison at Albitina, North Africa.

Martyred in England:
Bl George Haydock
Bl James Fenn
Bl John Nutter
Bl John Munden
Bl Thomas Hemeford

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Josep Gassol Montseny