Thought for the Day – 22 March – Our Temperament

Thought for the Day – 22 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Our Temperament

the four temperaments - bacci 22 march 2020

“Just as every man has his own individual physical characteristics, he also has his own peculiar disposition.
It is our character which distinguishes us and makes us what we are.
Our basic temperament is neither good nor bad in itself.
It is a physical and spiritual disposition which can equally well impel us towards virtue as towards sin.
No two people are exactly alike in character but, it is possible to divide them all into four categories.
It is a rather artificial classification, of course, since everyone shares to a greater or less extent in the attributes proper to each of the categories.

We can broadly distinguish
(1) the sanguine,
(2) the nervous,
(3) the choleric and
(4) the phlegmatic type.

People belong to the first category are jolly folk, lively and intelligent and often impetuous.   They are easily incited to begin aiming at a good or a bad objective but usually, they lack constancy and tenacity of purpose.   Very often they fling themselves enthusiastically into an enterprise but abandon it for want of perseverance.

In the second category, the nervous system is developed to an exceptionally fine degree, in comparison with the other parts of the human organism.   These people are sensitive rather than active.   In their stable moments, they can accomplish a great deal in a very short time.   But, they are easily discouraged.   They are subject to depression and suffer a lot, sometimes purely as the result of a disordered imagination.   They need sympathy and understanding.

The choleric characters are impulsive and passionate. They have tremendous strength of will but this needs to be restrained and diverted into the right channels if it is not to overflow into all sorts of excesses.

The phlegmatic, on the other hand, are dull and apathetic by nature.   They never hurry. They never get excited.   They are cold, calculating and lacking in enthusiasm.   But they are masters of themselves and if they are intelligent and capable, they can do a great deal of work with the minimum effort and emerge successfully from the most difficult situations.

It is very helpful for a man to study and become acquainted with his own character, so that he may be able to form it, as he ought.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci


Quote of the Day – 22 March – ‘Follow, follow, follow Him’

Quote of the Day – 22 March – Fourth “Laetare” Sunday of Lent

“To receive the grace of God,
you must go to the desert
and stay awhile.”

to receive the grace of god - bl charles of jesus de foucauld 22 march 2020

“You have only one model, Jesus.
Follow, follow, follow Him,
step by step, imitating Him,
sharing His life in every way.”

Bl Charles of Jesus de Foucauld (1858-1916)

you have only one model jesus bl charles of jesus de foucauld 22 march 2020

“Christ calls us right now!
It were well, if we understood this
but we are slow to master the great truth,
that Christ is, as it were,
walking among us and by His hand, or eye, or voice,
bidding us to follow Him.”

St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

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Lenten Reflection – 22 March – So he went and washed and came back seeing.

Lenten Reflection – 22 March – Fourth “Laetare” Sunday of Lent, Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13, Psalm 23:1-6, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41

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

So he went and washed and came back seeing. … John 9:7

lent - laetare sunday 4th sun of lent 22 march 2020

Daily Meditation:
Laetare Sunday:  Be joyful!

“The man born blind and healed, represents us when we do not realise that Jesus is the light, He is “the Light of the World,” when we are looking elsewhere, when we prefer to entrust ourselves to little lights, when we are groping in the dark.
Acting as children of the light requires a radical change of mindset, a capacity to judge men and things according to another scale of values, which comes from God.   What does it mean to have the true light, to walk in the light?   First of all it means abandoning false lights – the cold, vain light of prejudice against others, because prejudice distorts reality and ladens us with aversion to those whom we judge without mercy and condemn without appeal.
May the Blessed Virgin, who was the first to welcome Jesus, the Light of the World, obtain for us this grace of welcoming anew the light of faith this Lent, rediscovering the inestimable gift of Baptism, which all of us have received.   And may this new illumination transform us in attitude and action, so that we too, beginning with our poverty, our narrow-mindedness, may be bearers of a ray of the light of Christ.” … Pope Francis (Angelus, 26 March 2017)the man born blind and healed represents us - pope francis 22 march 2020

Let us give glory to God, whose kindness knows no limit.
Through Jesus Christ, who lives forever to intercede for
us, let us pray:
Kindle in our hearts the fire of Your love.

God of mercy, let today be a day rich in good works,
-a day of generosity to all we meet.
From the waters of the flood you saved Noah through the ark,
-from the waters of baptism raise up to new life those
under instruction.
May we live not by bread only,
-but by every word falling from Your lips.
Help us to do away with all dissension,
-so that we may rejoice in Your gifts of peace and love.

Closing Prayer:

“All-powerful God, Benefactor and Creator of the universe,
hearken to my groaning in my peril.
Deliver me from fear and anguish,
free me by the strength of Your might, You who can do all…
O Lord Christ, cut the threads of my net 
with the sword of Your triumphant Cross, with the weapon of life.
This net encompasses me on every side, 
holding me captive so as to bring me to my death.
Guide to their rest, my tottering and unsteady steps,
heal the stifling fever of my heart.
I stand guilty before You,
take away from me my distress, the devil’s ploy;
remove the darkness of my anguished soul…

Renew in my soul the light-filled image of the glory of Your name, 
so great and so powerful.
Intensify the brilliance of Your grace upon the image of my face
and on the eyes of my spirit, I who am born of the earth (Gn 2:7).
Let my darkness vanish in a radiant purity, sinner that I am.
Drown my soul in Your living, eternal, heavenly divine light
so that the likeness of God the Trinity may increase within me.
You alone, O Christ, are blessed, together with the Father
for the praise of your Holy Spirit
for endless ages. 

Saint Gregory of Narek (c 951-c 1010)
Doctor of the Church
Book of prayers, no 40


One Minute Reflection – 22 March – Jesus worked a new creation.

One Minute Reflection – 22 March – The Fourth “Laetare” Sunday of Lent, Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13, Psalm 23:1-6, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41

“He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay” … John 9:6

john 9 6 he spat on the ground and made clay - 22 march 2020

REFLECTION – “Let us reflect briefly on the account of the man born blind (Jn 9: 1-41). According to the common mentality of the time, the disciples take it for granted that his blindness was the result of a sin committed by him or his parents.   Jesus, however, rejects this prejudice and says – “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents but that the works of God might be made manifest in him” (Jn 9: 3).
… And He immediately takes action – mixing a little earth with saliva he made mud and spread it on the eyes of the blind man.   This act alludes to the creation of man, which the Bible recounts using the symbol of dust from the ground, fashioned and enlivened by God’s breath (Gn 2: 7).   In fact, “Adam” means “ground” and the human body was in effect formed of particles of soil.   By healing the blind man, Jesus worked a new creation.
But this healing sparked heated debate because Jesus did it on the Sabbath, thereby, in the Pharisees’ opinion, violating the feast-day precept.   Thus, at the end of the account, Jesus and the blind man are both cast out, the former because he broke the law and the latter because, despite being healed, he remained marked as a sinner from birth.
Jesus reveals to the blind man whom He had healed that He had come into the world for judgement, to separate the blind who can be healed, from those who do not allow themselves to be healed because they consider themselves healthy.   Indeed, the temptation to build himself an ideological security system is strong in man – even religion can become an element of this system, as can atheism or secularism but in letting this happen, one is blinded by one’s own selfishness.” … Pope Benedict XVI – 2 March 2008

and he immediately takes action - pope benedict man born blind - 22 march 2020

PRAYER – Holy Father, we are sinners who stand in Your presence and serve You.   Grant us Your mercy and forgiveness, for we are all Your prodigal children.   Your Word, our Christ, came to redeem us, to relieve our blindness and open our eyes, to open our ears, that we might hear.   May Mary Most Holy, who, by conceiving Christ in the flesh, gave the world the true light, help us to conquer the ‘great transgression’ of our pride.   May we honour, love and serve You through His example and by following in His steps. Through Jesus our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever, amen.

MARY immaculate pray for us 22 march 2020


Our Morning Offering – 22 March – Act of Spiritual Communion and A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION SERVICE Celebrated in the home

Our Morning Offering – 22 March – Act of Spiritual Communion and A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION SERVICE Celebrated in the home

For those across the world who cannot attend Holy Mass today:

a spiritual communion service celebrated in the home - 22 march 2020

Celebrated in the home

“If you practice the holy exercise
of Spiritual Communion,
a good many times each day,
within a month,
you will see yourself completely changed.”

St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

Act of Spiritual Communion
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

My Jesus,
I believe that You art present
in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things
and I desire You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least, spiritually, into my heart.
As though You were already there,
I embrace You
and unite myself wholly to You,
permit not, that I should ever,
be separated from You.
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Guidelines / Reminders while participating in Spiritual Communion
– Prepare a table with appropriate cover, candles and crucifix or images of saints.
– Dress up appropriately as if you are physically participating in the Holy Eucharist.
– Turn off your cell phone and other devices.
– Refrain from doing household chores.
– Put yourself in the presence of God and focus on the celebration.

Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
Leader: We are gathered here to love, honour and worship our heavenly Father.  Bearing in mind that the Word of the Lord is a lamp for our steps and a light for our
path, let us unite in listening to the message of eternal life.   Then with hearts
gladdened and filled with hope by his holy word, we pray that the Lord in his
merciful love will spiritually nourish us.
But first, let us spend a few moments in silence to repent of our sins and also
think of those with whom we should make our peace, those, whom we should

After a few moments of silence, all say the I confess

Liturgy of the Word:
– The readings of the given Sunday, are now proclaimed.

An appropriate Homily or Reflection can then be shared.

We then make a profession of faith by reciting the Apostles’ Creed.

– Next follows Prayers of Intercession where we pray for
– the needs of the Church
– needs of the world
– those burdened in one way or another
– our local community
– the dead.
Conclude by saying the Our Father.

Now recite the Act of Spiritual Communion

– After a brief pause, together say:

The Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from You.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death,
call me and bid me
come to You
that with Your saints
I may praise You forever and ever.
Amenanima christi st ignatius loyola - 29 september 2019

Concluding Prayer

All:  As we contemplate Your presence
in our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
we pray, O God,
that You will protect us in these uncertain times
and keep us close to You
and be strengthened in the faith we share.
Through Christ our Lord.

Leader:  May Almighty God bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen

(all make the sign of the cross while saying together)

All:  May we remain in the peace of Christ – In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

NOTE:   If so desired, families may sing appropriate hymns /chants.

Prayer to St Michael

St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the
wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray
and do Thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell, Satan
and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world
seeking the ruin of souls.

st michael the archangel defend us in battle 22 march 2020

Pope Francis’s Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic

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Saint of the Day – 22 March – Blessed Bronislaw Komorowski (1889-1940) Priest and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 22 March – Blessed Bronislaw Komorowski (1889-1940) Priest and Martyr.   Born on 25 May 1889 in Barlozno, Pomorskie, Poland and died by shooting, on Good Friday 22 March 1940 in a field, outside the Stutthof concentration camp near Sztutowo, Pomorskie, Poland.   Bl Bronislaw, a Polish Patriot and Teacher, was murdered by the Nazi occupiers at Stutthof concentration camp, together with a number of Polish activists captured during the Polish September Campaign  . On 13 June 1999, Fr Komorowski was among 108 Polish Martyrs of World War II, Beatified in Warsaw by St Pope John Paul bronislaw komorowski

Bronisław Komorowski was born on 25 May 1889 in Barłożno near Starogard Gdański in a peasant family.   After finishing the primary school and studies in Collegium Marianum in Pelplino, in years 1910-1914 he studied at the Seminary in Pelplino.   He was Ordained to the Holy Orders on 2 April 1914.

From the beginning of his pastoral work, Fr Komorowski was an activist of Polonia of the Free City of Gdańsk.   Beginning in 1920 he participated actively, in organising chaplaincy, churches and ministry in the Polish language.   In 1923, together with other Polish activists, he created the Polish Churches Construction Association and in 1924 he created a church in a former riding arena in Gdańsk where he organised a chaplaincy for the Polish population.   In 1925, thanks to his efforts, the Saint Stanislaus church was Consecrated.   In the following years he continued his activity for the benefit of the Polish people in the Free City of Gdańsk.   Many associations and organisations were created thanks to his initiative.   Fr Komorowski was also a political activist.   In 1933-1934, he was one of the councilors of the Free City of Gdańsk.   In 1935, he run for Polish deputy in the Volkstag in Gdańsk.

On 1 September 1936 Fr Bronisław Komorowski was arrested in his parish, from where he was taken to “Viktoria Schule”.   Maksymilan Kempiński, a prisoner of the Nazis, describes this moment in his memoirs:   ”Then I saw that Fr Komorowski was passing through the gate and did not avoid the blows of the soldiers.   Upright, though stained with blood, he reached our small room.”   Another prisoner, Wiesław Arlet, also remembers his meeting with Fr Komorowski in “Viktoria Schule” – “After the registration, my group was lead to a cellar so crowded that one could only stand.   Among the maltreated people I saw Fr Komorowski, the parish priest of the Saint Stanislaus church in Wrzeszcz.   His mouth was crushed into a bloody pulp”.

On 2 September, Fr Komorowski was placed in a 150-person group of prisoners sent in the first transport to Stutthof concentration camp.  From the beginning of his imprisonment in the camp, he was persecuted and harassed by the SS men.   Firstly, he worked on constructing the camp’s barracks, then he was given the hardest and most unpleasant work, mostly cleaning the toilets.   In this way the Nazis wanted to humiliate the well-known Polish priest.   They also named him the “captain” of the group which was cleaning the camp cesspit, at the same time forcing him to harass his subordinates. They didn’t achieve their goal because, as one of the prisoners, Roman Bellwon, recalls: “…he showed Christian love towards others, helping the most exhausted, sharing his food with them.   Maltreated and cruelly tormented, until the end, he kept his heart open to everyone and a smile on his face.   He always kept up our spirits and he always showed a truly Polish and sacerdotal attitude.”

Another witness of the humiliation of Fr Komorowski by the Nazis, Fr Wojciech Gajdus, asked him once what he felt when he was working in cesspit as a “captain.”   Fr Bronislaw responded: “I felt as if I was in the pulpit watched by the prisoners and I cared that the sermon should be good.   I think these were my finest sermons”.

In the last days of September 1939, Fr Bronisław Komorowski together with other priests, had been accused of stocking up on weapons in the church to protect themselves there. He was threatened that if he didn’t plead “guilty” he would be shot.   Because he did not confirm the accusation he was punished with a three-day imprisonment in a bunker, where he was starved and bronislaw exhibition

On 22 March 1940, on Good Friday, Fr Bronisław Komorowski together with a group of 66 activists of Polonia Gdańska, was taken away to the woods near the camp and shot. The grave was hidden but in 1946 it was found.   After the exhumation, the bodies were buried on 4 April 1947 on the Gdańsk-Zaspa cemetery.

In 1999, Fr Bronislaw was Beatified by St Pope John Paul II.   In the same year, the Social Committee of the Construction of the Blessed Bronisław Komorowski Monument was established.   The monument was unveiled on the Bronisław Komorowski square in Wrzeszcz in 2000, in the 110th anniversary of the priest’s birth, the 85th anniversary of his Ordination and 75th anniversary of the Consecration of the Saint Stanislaus bronislaw monument


Fourth “Laetare” Sunday of Lent +2019, Feasts of Our Lady and Memorials of the Saints – 22 March 2020

Fourth “Laetare” Sunday of Lent +2019

Our Lady of the Seven Veils:
About: our lady of seven sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows of Castelpetroso:
About the Apparitions:

St Avitus of Périgord
St Basil of Ancyra
St Basilissa of Galatia
St Benevenuto Scotivoli of Osimo
Blessed Bronislaw Komorowski (1889-1940) Priest and Martyr
St Callinica of Galatia
Bl Clemens August von Galen (1878-1946)
The Lion of Munster!

St Darerca of Ireland
St Deghitche
St Epaphroditus of Terracina
St Failbhe of Iona
Bl François-Louis Chartier
St Harlindis of Arland
Bl Hugolinus Zefferini
St Lea of Rome
Bl Marian Górecki
St Nicholas Owen SJ (1562-1606)
Dear St Nicholas Owen – The Priest-Hole Builder:

St Octavian of Carthage
St Paul of Narbonne
St Saturninus the Martyr
St Trien of Killelga