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One Minute Reflection – 20 March – ‘Seeing with the eyes of Christ …’

One Minute Reflection – 20 March – Friday of the Third week of Lent, Readings: Hosea 14:1-9 (2-10), Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17, Mark 12:28-34 and the Memorial of St Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus (1842-1912)

“…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’   The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’   There is no other commandment greater than these.” …Mark 12:30-32mark 12 30-32 you shall love the lord your god - 20 march 2020

REFLECTION – “The love-story between God and man consists in the very fact that this communion of will, increases in a communion of thought and sentiment and thus our will and God’s will increasingly coincide – God’s will is no longer for me an alien will, something imposed on me from without, by the commandments but it is now, my own will, based on the realisation that God is, in fact, more deeply present to me, than I am to myself.   Then self- abandonment to God increases and God becomes our joy (cf. Ps 73 [72]:23-28).

Love of neighbour is thus shown to be possible, in the way proclaimed by the Bible, by Jesus.   It consists in the very fact that, in God and with God, I love even the person whom I do not like or even know.   This can only take place on the basis of an intimate encounter with God, an encounter which has become a communion of will, even affecting my feelings.   Then, I learn, to look on this other person not simply with my eyes and my feelings but from the perspective of Jesus Christ.   His friend is my friend… Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more, than their outward necessities, I can give them the look of love which they crave.”…Pope Benedict XVI – Encyclical “ Deus caritas est ”, # 17 – 18seeing-with-the-eyes-of-christ-pope-beneidct-29-march-2019 and 20 march 2020

PRAYER – Holy and eternal Father, we give praise to You for the radiant light You sent into the world, Your divine Son, Your Word made flesh.   For He guides our steps in a path of light and teaches us how to live.   May we love and glorify You and love our neighbour as ourselves.   Grant, we pray, that by the help of Your angels and saints and Mary, our Immaculate Mother, we may proceed to live Your Word of Truth.   St Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus please pray for us today.   Through Christ, our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.immaculate-mary-poray-for-us 20 march 2020 and 29 march 2019st maria josefa of the heart of jesus pray for us 20 march 2020


Thought for the Day – 20 March – The Patronage of St Joseph

Thought for the Day – 20 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Patronage of St Joseph

“St Joseph has been proclaimed Patron of the Universal Church, as he was Patron and Head of the Holy Family, from which the Church developed.
Devotion to St Joseph has increased greatly in recent centuries, so much so, that nowadays, his name is always linked with the names of Jesus and Mary.
St John Chrysostom had already spoken of St Joseph with the utmost veneration.
He interpreted the expression “just,” applied to Joseph in the Gospel (Mt 1:19), as indicating the synthesis of all the virtues.
At a later date, St Bernardine of Siena wrote in praise of the power and holiness of St Joseph and roused the faithful to an increased devotion to the Holy Patriarch.
St Therese of the Child Jesus had great devotion to him and claimed that she invariably received any favour for which she asked, through his intercession.
Many other Saints had the same experience.
We also should have recourse to St Joseph in our spiritual and bodily necessities.
St Joseph had to endure a great deal in order to provide for the wants of the Holy Family and to protect them from the many dangers which threatened them.
For this reason, he is especially attentive to requests of any kind, as long as they are made with a lively faith and submission to the Will of God.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

we also should have recourse to st joseph bacci 20 march 2020


Quote/s of the Day – 20 March – Love

Quote/s of the Day – 20 March – Friday of the Third Week of Lent

“At the end of your life,
you will be judged by your love.”

St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church

at the end of your life you will be judged - st john of the cross 20 march 2020

“So when you leave prayer to serve some poor person,
remember, that this very service,
is performed for God. “

St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)

so when you leave prayer to serve - st vincent de paul 20 march 2020


Lenten Reflection – 20 March – ‘… Love wipes away sin’

Lenten Reflection – 20 March – Friday of the Third week of Lent, Readings: Hosea 14:1-9 (2-10), Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17, Mark 12:28-34

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

“…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’   The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” …Mark 12:30-32

Daily Meditation:
Fill our hearts with Your love!

REFLECTION“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.”   And He could have stopped there.   Yet, Jesus adds something that was not asked by the doctor of the law.   He says, in fact:  “And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself” (v. 39).   And in this case too, Jesus does not invent the second commandment but takes it from the Book of Leviticus.   The novelty is in His placing these two commandments together — love for God and love for neighbour — revealing that they are in fact inseparable and complementary, two sides of the same coin.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 26 October 2014

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Thanks be to Christ the Lord, who brought us life by His death on the Cross.
With our whole heart let us ask Him:
By Your death raise us to life.

Teacher and Saviour,
You have shown us Your fidelity and made us a new creation by Your passion,
– keep us from falling again into sin.
Help us to deny ourselves today,
– and not deny those in need.
May we receive this day of penance as Your gift,
– and give it back to You through works of mercy.
May we see with Your eyes, everyday!
– and become images of You.
Master our rebellious hearts,
– and teach us generosity.
Closing Prayer:

Prayer Before The Crucifix
By St Vincent Strambi CP (1745-1824)

Jesus, by this saving sign,
bless this listless soul of mine.
Jesus, by Your feet nailed fast,
mend the missteps of my past.
Jesus, with Your riven hands,
bend my will to love’s demands.
Jesus, in Your Heart laid bare,
warm my inner coldness there.
Jesus, by Your thorn-crowned head,
still my pride till it is dead.
Jesus, by Your muted tongue,
stay my words that hurt someone.
Jesus, by Your tired eyes,
open mine to faith’s surprise.
Jesus, by Your fading breath,
keep me faithful until death.
Yes, Lord, by this saving sign,
save this wayward soul of mine.

prayer before the crucifix by st vincent strambi 13 sept 2019 a friday for catholic time

“If we look forward to receiving God’s mercy,
we can never fail to do good,
so long as we have the strength.
For if we share with the poor,
out of love for God,
whatever He has given to us,
we shall receive according to His promise,
a hundredfold in eternal happiness.
What a fine profit, what a blessed reward!
With outstretched arms He begs us
to turn toward Him, to weep for our sins
and to become the servants of love,
first for ourselves, then for our neighbours.
Just as water extinguishes a fire,
so love wipes away sin.”

St John of God (1495-1550)

with-outstretched-arms-he-begs-us-st-john-of-god-8-march-2019 and 20 march 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 20 March – I Beg You, O Lord

Our Morning Offering – 20 March – Friday of the Third Week of Lent

I Beg You, O Lord
By St Peter Canisius SJ (1521-1597) Doctor of the Church

I beg You, O Lord
to remove anything
which separates me from You,
or You from me
Remove anything
that makes me unworthy of Your sight,
Your control,
Your reprehension,
of Your speech and conversation,
of Your benevolence and love.
Cast from me,
every evil that stands in the way
of my seeing You,
hearing, tasting,
savouring and touching You,
fearing and being mindful of You,
knowing, trusting, loving
and possessing You,
being conscious of Your Presence
and as far as maybe, enjoying You.
This is what I ask for myself
and earnestly desire from You.
Ameni beg you o lord - st peter canisius doctor of the church 20 march 2020

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Saint of the Day – 20 March – Saint Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus (1842-1912)

Saint of the Day – 20 March – Saint Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus (1842-1912) – Virgin, Nun, Founder of the Congregation known as the Servants of Jesus of Charity, Apostle of Charity, she had a particular devotion to the Holy Eucharist, the Passion of Christ and Devotion of the Blessed Virgin.   Born as María Josefa Sancho de Guerra was born on 7 September 1842 in Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain and died on 20 March 1912 in Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain of natural causes.   Patronage – The Servants of Jesus of maria josefa of the heart of jesus header

Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus, eldest daughter of Bernabe Sancho, chair-maker and of Petra de Guerra, housewife, was born in Vitoria (Spain) on 7 September 1842 and was baptised the following day.   According to the custom practiced then, she was confirmed two years after, on 10 August 1844.   Her father died when she was seven years old, her mother prepared her for the First Communion, which she received at ten years old.   At the age of fifteen she was sent to Madrid to some relatives to receive education and a more complete formation.    The characteristic traits of her infancy and childhood were – a strong piety to the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary, a remarkable sensibility towards the poor and the sick and an inclination to Maria-Josefa-Sancho-de-Guerra

She returned to Vitoria at the age of eighteen and manifested to her mother the desire to enter in a monastery, feeling an attraction to the cloistered life.

From adulthood, Blessed Maria Josefa used to repeat:  “I was born with a religious vocation.”   Only that, looking at the circumstances, it shows that she passed various experiences but not without listening to different suggestions of wise churchmen, before finding the definitive form of her vocation.   She was, in fact, to be on the point of entering to the Conceptionists Contemplative of Aranjuez in 1860 but was prevented by the occurrence of a grave sickness of typhus.   Her mother helped her to overcome the disappointment.

On the succeeding months, it seemed to her understanding that the Lord calls her to a type of religious active life.   For this, she decided to enter in the Institute of the Servants of Mary, recently founded in Madrid by Saint Soledad Torres Acosta.   With the coming of the time of her profession, she was assailed with grave doubts and uncertainty on her effective call in that Institute.   She opened her soul to various confessors and from their advices she felt that she was mistaken in her vocation.

The meetings with the holy Archbishop Claret (St Anthony Mary Claret) and the serene conversations with the same Saint Soledad Torres Acosta, gradually arrived at the decision of leaving the Institute of the Servants of Mary form a new religious family, that had for its aim, the exclusive assistance to the sick in the hospitals and in their homes.   Sharing this same ideal with three other Servants of Mary, who with the permission of Cardinal Archbishop of Toledo, went out together with her with the same maria josefa statue with child

The new foundation was made in Bilbao in the spring of 1871, when Maria Josefa was twenty nine years old.   Since then, and for the succeeding forty one years, she was superior of the new Institute of the Servants of Jesus.   She embarked on difficult trips to visit the different communities until a long sickness confined her in the house of Bilbao. Obliged to stay in bed or in an armchair, she continued to follow the events of the various communities within and outside Spain, through a painstaking correspondence. On her death, on 20 March 1912, which happened after long years of suffering, there were 43 houses founded and the number of her Sisters reached, more than one thousand.

Her holy death caused great impact to Bilbao and in numerous localities where she was known through the houses of her Institute.   In the same way, her funeral had an extraordinary resonance.   She was buried in the municipal cemetery of Bilbao.   In 1926, her fame of sanctity grew and her mortal remains were transferred to the Mother House of the Institute and have been buried in the chapel there ever since.relics st maria josefa

The writings and the testimonies of the eye-witnesses put in evidence the central points of the spirituality of Blessed Maria Josefa:

1) Great love to the Eucharist and of the Sacred Heart.

2) Profound adoration to the mystery of Redemption and intimate participation to the sufferings of Christ and to his Cross.

3) Total dedication to the service of the sick in a context of contemplative spirit.

Here are some significant expressions taken from her writings:

“The charity and mutual love constitute even in this life, the paradise of the community.   Without the cross we cannot live, wherever we go, because the religious life is a life of sacrifice and of abnegation.   The foundation of greatest perfection is the fraternal charity.”  (Don Pablo B. Aristegui, Beata Maria Josefa del Cuore di Gesù, Mensajero, Bilbao, 1992, p. 97).

“Don’t believe sisters, that the assistance consists only in giving medicines and food to the sick.   There is another type of assistance that must never be forgotten and it is the assistance of the heart, that adjusts and enters in sympathy with the person who suffers and goes to meet his necessities.” (Ibidem, p. 100).st maria josefa of the heart of jesus

The particular footprint imprinted by Mother Josefa to the Institute of the Servants of Jesus reflects her interior experience of a soul consecrated to the charitable service of the neighbour, especially to the sick, in a climate of contemplative spirit.   We find her concept well expressed in the Directorio de Asistencias, written by herself, where it is understood and affirmed, that the Servants of Jesus provides for the sick, that she accompanies even to the door of eternity, a blessing better than that of a missionary, who with his preaching calls those who are lost to the right path of life.

“In this manner, as written in the functional manuals of our Institute, designed to procure the corporal health of the neighbour, is elevated to a great height, making our active life more perfect than that of a contemplative, as taught by the angelic teacher St Thomas, who speaks about the works directed to the salvation of souls derived from contemplation.”   (Directorio de Asistencias de la Congregación Religiosas Siervas de Jesús de la Caridad, Vitoria, 1930, p. 9).

With this spirit, the Servants of Jesus, from the death of their Mother Maria Josefa and until now, have continued their service to the sick, with a generous offering of their lives in complete imitation of their Foundress.

Furthermore, in conformity to the progress of times and the necessities of the modern life, from the primary end of the assistance to the sick, the assistance to old persons in residences and the reception and assistance to the children in day care centres, some others were added, such as – provision of food to the indigents, centres for those afflicted with AIDS, day care centres for the aged, pastoral health care and other works of beneficence and charities, above all in the poorest places of Latin America and Asia.

Today, the 1,050 Religious of the Institute of the Servants of Jesus are present in Spain and in other countries such as Italy, France, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Philippines.20-Santa Maria Sancho de Guerra-20

A few years after the death of Mother Maria Josefa, the Institute of the Servants of Jesus planned to start the Cause of the Canonisation but because of the adverse circumstances due to the Spanish civil war of 1936 and the Second World War, was able to realise the plan only after almost thirty years.

a) On 31 May 1951, was the start of the Informative Ordinary Process in Bilbao.

b) On 7 January 1972 the Decretum super introductione Causae.

c) On 7 September 1989 was promulgated the Decretum super Virtutibus.

d) On 27 September 1992 she was solemnly beatified in Saint Peter’s Square.

e) The Consistory took place on 10 March 2000 where the Holy Father St John Paul II fixed the date of her Canonisation for 1 October 2000. … (translated from Spanish).

Prayer for the Intercession of St Maria Josefa

We bless You, Lord,
because You have chosen Saint Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus,
to make Your merciful love present in the world of pain.
Grant us the grace,
that through her intercession,
our request may be granted
………… (make the request)
and may her example help us to clothe ourselves
with the knowledge of the goodness and love of Your Divine Heart,
for the sick, elderly and children.

Heart of Jesus, health of the sick.
Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, strength of the elderly.
Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, friend of children.
Have mercy on us.

For more images in the Museum in the Birth home of the Saint in Bilbao, Spain and in the Reliquary in the Motherhouse:

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 March

Bl Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena
Anastasius XVI
Archippus of Colossi
St Benignus of Flay
St Cathcan of Rath-derthaighe
St Clement of Ireland
St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
Bl Francis Palau y Quer
St Guillermo de Peñacorada
St Herbert of Derwenwater
Bl Hippolytus Galantini
Bl Jeanne Veron
Bl John Baptist Spagnuolo
St John Nepomucene
St John Sergius
St Jósef Bilczewski (1860-1923)

St Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus/Sancho de Guerra (1842-1912)
St Martin of Braga (c 520–580)

St Nicetas of Apollonias
St Remigius of Strasbourg
St Tertricus of Langres
St Urbitius of Metz
St Wulfram of Sens

Martyrs of Amisus – 8 saints: A group of Christian women martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details we have are eight of their names – Alexandra, Caldia, Derphuta, Euphemia, Euphrasia, Juliana, Matrona and Theodosia. They were burned to death c 300 in Amisus, Paphlagonia (modern Samsun, Turkey).

Martyrs of Rome – 9+ saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Nero. We know nothing else about them but the names Anatolius, Cyriaca, Joseph, Parasceve, Photis, Photius, Sebastian and Victor.

Martyrs of San Saba – 20 saints: Twenty monks who were martyred together in their monastery by invading Saracens.
They were martyred in 797 when they were burned inside the San Sabas monastery in Palestine.

Martyrs of Syria – 3+ saints: A group of Christians who were martyred together in Syria. We know nothing else about them but the names Cyril, Eugene and Paul.