Thought for the Day – 20 April – Pride

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


“Pride is the sin of Satan.
Being a pure spirit, he could not commit sins which have material things as their object, such as sins of impurity or of avarice.
The one sin of which a spirit is capable, is pride.
Satan had been created by God and had been endowed with the loftiest gifts but, he was obliged to undergo a trial, in order that he could merit the reward reserved for him by God, namely, the everlasting happiness of the Beatific Vision.
It is generally held, that God revealed to Satan and to all the legions of Angels, the Eternal Word made man, Jesus Christ and commanded them to adore Him.
But when Satan and the other rebellious Angels saw in Jesus Christ, a nature far inferior to their own, they were indignant, because, the Divine Word had not been united to the angelic, instead of the human nature.
They refused to bow their haughty heads and flung back at God, the arrogant and blasphemous ultimatum:  “I will not serve.”

This, is the essence of pride – the creature attributes to himself, the gifts which he has received from his Creator and believes, that he can do without God.
Pride is opposed to truth, which requires us to acknowledge, that we have received everything from God.
We should not grow proud, therefore but should gratefully refer all that we are and all that we have, to Our Lord and Creator.
We should remember, that one day, we shall have to render to God, a strict account of all these gifts.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci


Quote/s of the Day – 20 April – ‘Make room for God…’

Quote/s of the Day – 20 April – Monday of the Second week of Easter, Readings: Acts 4:23-31, Psalm 2:1-9, John 3:1-8

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3

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“We read in Saint John – No-one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.   To be reborn in the Holy Spirit during this life is to become most like God in purity, without any mixture of imperfection.   Accordingly, pure transformation can be effected – although not essentially – through the participation of union.

Here is an example that will provide a better understanding of this explanation.   A ray of sunlight shining on a smudgy window, is unable to illumine that window completely and transform it into its own light.   It could do this, if the window were cleaned and polished…  The extent of illumination is not dependent on the ray of sunlight but on the window.   If the window is totally clean and pure, the sunlight will so transform and illumine it, that to all appearances the window will be identical with the ray of sunlight and shine just as the sun’s ray.  Although, obviously, the nature of the window is distinct from that of the sun’s ray, even if the two seem identical, we can assert, that the window is the ray or light of the sun by participation.john-3-6-that-which-is-born-of-the-spirit-a-ray-of-sunlight-st-john-of-the-cross-29-april-2019 and 20 april 2020

The soul on which the divine light of God’s being is ever shining, or better, in which it is ever dwelling by nature, is like this window.   A soul makes room for God by wiping away all the smudges and smears of creatures, by uniting its will perfectly to God’s, for to love is to labour, to divest and deprive oneself for God, of all that is not God   When this is done, the soul will be illumined by and transformed in God.”

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

a soul makes room for god by wiping away all the smudges and smears - st john of the cross - 20 april 2020

“What you are is God’s gift to you,
what you become,
is your gift to God.”

Hans Cardinal Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988)

what you are is god's gift to you what you become is your gift to god - hans urs von balthasar 20 april 2020

“If God is your co-pilot, switch seats!”

if god is your co-pilot switch seats fr mike schmitz

“God is King of the entire universe,
except for possibly one little corner of it –
Your heart.”

Father Mike Schmitz

god is king of the entire universe fr mike schmitz 20 april 2020


One Minute Reflection – 20 April – By the power of the Spirit

One Minute Reflection – 20 April – Monday of the Second week of Easter, Readings: Acts 4:23-31, Psalm 2:1-9, John 3:1-8 and the Memorial of Blessed Chiara Bosatta (1858-1887)

Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no-one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” … John 3:5

REFLECTIONThe Roman Missal – Prayer for the blessing of baptismal water during the Easter Vigil

Father, You give us grace through sacramental signs,
which tell us of the wonders of Your unseen power.

In baptism we use Your gift of water,
which You have made a rich symbol
of the grace You give us in this sacrament.

At the very dawn of creation
Your Spirit breathed on the waters,
making them the wellspring of all holiness.

The waters of the great flood
You made a sign of the waters of baptism,
that make an end of sin and a new beginning of goodness.

Through the waters of the Red Sea
You led Israel out of slavery,
to be an image of God’s holy people,
set free from sin by baptism.

By the waters of the Jordan
Your Son was baptised by John
and anointed with the Spirit.

Your Son willed that water and blood
should flow from His side
as He hung upon the cross.

After His resurrection, He told his disciples,
‘Go out and teach all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’

Father, look now with love upon Your Church,
and unseal for her the fountain of baptism.

By the power of the Spirit
give to the water of this font
the grace of Your Son.

You created humankind in Your own likeness:
cleanse us from sin in a new birth of innocence
by water and the Spirit.

We ask You, Father, with Your Son,
to send the Holy Spirit upon the waters of this font.

May all who are buried with Christ
in the death of baptism
rise also with Him to newness of life.john 3 5 nicodemus and jesus no-one can enter - prayer baptismal water roman missal 20 april 2020

PRAYER – Almighty God and Father, grant that Your faithful people who were buried with Your Son in baptism, may by His Resurrection and intercession at Your right hand, obtain for us eternal life.   Send Your Spirit upon Your adopted children and lead us in Your way.   Grant that by the intercession of Blessed Chiara Bosatta, our path may be straightened and glow with Your light.   Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, chiara bosatta pray for us 20 april 2020


Our Morning Offering – 20 April – Jesu, be You my Life!

Our Morning Offering – 20 April – Monday of the Second week of Easter

Jesu, be You my Life!
Msgr Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914)

I cannot live alone another hour,
Jesu, be You my Life!
I have not power to strive,
be You my Power
In every strife!
I can do nothing
– hope, nor love, nor fear.
But only fail and fall.
Be You my soul and self,
O Jesu dear.
My God and all!
Amenjesu be you my life - msgr robert hugh benson 20 april 2020

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Saint of the Day – 20 April – Blessed Chiara Bosatta DSMP (1858-1887)

Saint of the Day – 20 April – Blessed Chiara Bosatta DSMP (1858-1887) Virgin Religious, Mystic, Apostle of Charity, co-Founder alongside her sister and Saint Luigi Guanella  (1842-1915) – the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence – born on 27 May 1858 in Pianello del Lario, Como, Italy as Dina Bosatta and died on 20 April 1887 in Pianello del Lario, Como, Italy of natural causes, aged 28.   Patronage – Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence.   Her body is incorrupt.
Blessed Chiara managed the new order of the Daughters of St Mary, in her hometown and the surrounding areas.   In her service to the poor she contracted tuberculosis which caused her death at such a young age, in chiara

Dina Bosatta was born in 1858 in Como to Alessandro Bosatta and Rosa Mazzocchi – her father worked as a silk manufacturer who died in 1861 when she was but a toddler.   She was the last of eleven siblings, 9 brothers and one sister, Marcellina.

She studied with the Daughters of Charity at the age of thirteen in 1871.   She decided to consecrate her life to God and made the decision to become a nun and so entered into the period of novitiate with the Canossians from 1871 to 1878.   However, after a while, she descerned that their charism was not that, of which she felt she was being called and so left that congregation to pursue her vocation elsewhere.   Despite this, she was enthralled with their charism and admired their spirit and strong dedication to their rules of life.

Dina returned to her home and joined with her sister Marcellina and the two joined the Daughters of Mary that Father Carlo Copponi had established.    Marcellina would later become the superior of the order.   The pair also worked at a hospice to tend to neglected children and older people as well as teaching children.19-B-bl chiara bosatta-web-768x1024

The sisters then co-ordinated their efforts in establishing a new religious congregation – the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence – together with Saint Luigi Guanella.   It was at this point that she took the religious name of “Chiara.”    She was professed as a nun on 27 October 1878.

Tending to the poor bought unwanted consequences for Bosatta when she contracted tuberculosis – this disease would the the cause of her very young death.   She initially went back to her home town in an attempt to stall the illness by a change of climate but she died, not long after, on 20 April 1887.   Her Shrine rests at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Como.

Blessed Chiara was Beatified after the approval of a miracle by St Pope John Paul on 21 April 1991 at the's-deathbed

From the Sisters of the Daughters of St Mary of Providence:

“There is no doubt, that Blessed Chiara contributed with her prayers from heaven, to ensure that Fr Guanella was declared a Saint.   We know that Blessed Chiara had a crucial influence on the Founder’s journey to sainthood.   Still today, those who kneel before their urns at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Como, cannot but receive that holy incentive, to integrate hard-working charity, with the contemplation of the sources, from which the grace of our activity comes.
May the memory of Sr Chiara’s Beatification revive in all of us, gratitude to the Lord for our holy origins.   Faithfulness to living their spirit and putting it into practice will increase our faith and love.
Walking towards holiness together, as Fr Guanella, Sr Chiara and all the good people of God did, will reinforce communion and collaboration among the people of God.
We also want to renew our commitment of spreading the devotion to Blessed Chiara and to ask our Blessed for her intercession, so that her holiness may be proposed to the entire Christian world with her Canonisation.
St Luigi Guanella loved Sr Chiara.
In the beginning he was puzzled by her religious life-style.   He had an inspiration that Sr Chiara was a mystic and was, therefore, moved to intensely study the works of St Theresa of Avila.   From then on, he understood that Sr Chiara was a saint and a mystic. She was the “little flower” of Guanellian spirituality.
Fr Guanella wrote a biography of Blessed Chiara.   It is available at the St Louis Centre upon request.”BL CHIARA BOSSATTA

St Luigi’s Biography here:

Prayer for the Intercession of Blessed Chiara Bosatta

O Jesus, Saviour of the lowly,
who made Blessed Chiara Bosatta shine
through the spirit of sacrifice,
by rendering her an untiring apostle of Your Gospel among the poor.
Teach us her total abandonment to Divine Providence,
her love of prayer,
her patience in suffering
and her spirit of dedication to the most needy.
Grant us, through her intercession,
the grace ………………………
that we ask You trustingly,
through Christ our Lord.
Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory Be … Blessed Chiara, intercede for us!053 bl chiara bosatto ComoSCuoreInside

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 April

St Agnes of Montepulciano OP (1268-1317)
About St Agnes:
St Pope Anicetus (Died c 168)
His Life:

Bl Antony Page
St Caedwalla of Wessex
Bl Catwallon
Blessed Chiara Bosatta DSMP (1858-1887)
St Domninus of Digne
Bl Francis Page
Bl Gerald of Salles
Bl Harduin
Bl Hildegun of Schönau
St Hugh of Anzy-le-Duc
Bl James Bell
Bl John Finch
Bl John of Grace-Dieu
St Marcellinus – Bishop of Embrun (born in North Africa- died 374)
St Marcian of Auxerre
St Margaret of Amelia
Bl Maurice MacKenraghty
St Michel Coquelet
Bl Oda of Rivreulle
Bl Richard Sergeant
St Sara of Antioch
St Secundinus of Córdoba
St Servilian
Bl Simon Rinalducci
St Sulpicius
St Theodore Trichinas
St Theotimus of Tomi
St Vincent of Digne
St Wiho of Osnabrück
Bl William Thomson