Thoughts of Mary – 10 May – Our Mother

Thoughts of Mary – 10 May – “Mary’s Month”

Our Mother
Moments with Saint Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

“In this earthly life of ours, in the exercise of our individual and collective freedom, in mutual respect and in the common striving for charity and brotherliness – in all these things which make up our earthly life, that shines in the light of God, the light of truth and love – we have as our loving and guiding star, Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ, whom He, when about to die, left to us to be our Mother and whom we love with such warmth of filial affection, that we wish to glorify her as our Queen.

But, there must be no confusion of ideas.
Christ Jesus is King, by His very nature.
He is seated upon the throne, because He, is Himself, the Lord, the Holy One, the Most High.
That is why He is enthroned.
But we like to think of His Mother and ours, as standing beside Him, in her golden robe, surrounded by a great throng, as Psalm 44 (45) described her centuries before her birth: “At your right hand, stands the Queen, with her virgin companions, her escort, in her train.”

O Queen of the Universe, remain forever with us ….
All our voices will mingle with the voice of the Holy Father and those of the whole Catholic world: “Hear us, O Mary, O Mother and Queen, we pray to you, O sweet, O merciful, O loving, Immaculate Virgin Mary.” Amenhear us o mary o mother and queen - st john XXIII 10 may 2020


Thought for the Day – 10 May – Mary’s Patience

Thought for the Day – 10 May – “Mary’s Month” Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Mary’s Patience

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“Many people who honour the Cross of Jesus Christ, have no liking for their own cross.
Many of those who pray fervently to Jesus crucified, experience a sense of repugnance and rebellion when they are called upon to suffer with Him and to carry their own cross.
But Jesus has said:  “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:23).
If a man does not love his own cross, he does not love the Cross of Jesus Christ.
If we are to be true Christians, we must suffer with resignation and love.
Mary gives us a wonderful example of this kind of loving patience.
She is the Mother of Sorrows, because, when Jesus was in agony for love of us on Mount Calvary, she knelt at His feet.
From the depths of her stricken mother’s heart, she offered up her divine Son and united her own sufferings to the infinite merits of His passion and death.
In this way, she became the co-redemptrix of the human race.
But, she had already suffered in patience throughout the earlier part of her life.
Let us recall to mind the coldness of her reception in Bethlehem, the birth of her infant Son in a damp cave, the persecution by Herod and the flight into Egypt, the daily privations in the home of Nazareth, the anxious devotion with which she followed our divine Redeemer on His long missionary journeys and the day, when He was finally betrayed and arrested.
She knew that her divine Son had it in His power to spare both Himself and her, all this suffering and humiliation.
Even, when they lived in Nazareth, she knew that He had power to multiply loaves of bread, change water into wine, or annihilate His enemies.
But she never asked Him to do any of these things.
All she ever asked for, was a life of intimacy with Jesus.
She was happy to co-operate patiently with Him, in the work of redeeming the human race.
By humbly following Him as far as Calvary, she merited to follow Him triumphantly into Heaven on the day of her Assumption.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci


A little late but Wishing all Mothers! – 12 May

Dear all, we were without power today – from 7.00 to 18.00 to add to the lockdown woes and on Mother’s Day too!   I was unable to finish my posts and of course, to wish all our Mothers a Blessed Day.

Wishing all Mothers a Blessed and Happy Mothers’ Day

May Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ

and our Mother, be a comfort to us all.

Mothers’ Day Prayer
to Mary, our Mother
Intercessions from 1727 the Liturgical Order of Blessing

Mary, Mother of God
and our Mother,
pray for all mothers,
so that they will be able
to fulfil their maternal responsibilities.
Help them to be lovers and nurturers of
all human life from the moment of conception
until natural death,
all the while being examples for their own children.
Pray for their children,
so that they, too, will be faithful followers of your Son.
We pray for our mothers,
who have given us life and love,
that we may show them reverence and love.
We pray for mothers,
who have lost a child through death,
that their faith may give them hope
and their family and friend, support and console them.
We pray for mothers who have died,
that God may bring them
into the joy of His kingdom
We offer these prayers
through Christ, our Lord
and your Son,
in union with the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amenmother's day prayer to mary our mother - 12 may 2019

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Quote of the Day – 10 May 2020 – How to get to Christ through Christ?

Quote of the Day – 10 May 2020 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

“Let us listen to the Lord:
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6).
If you are looking for the Truth,
follow the Way which is also the Truth.
This is where you are going and it is how you go.
It is not by another thing that you go to something;
it is not by anything else that you come to Christ;
it is through Christ that you come to Christ.
How to Christ through Christ?
To Christ God through Christ man;
through the Word made flesh,
to the Word who was with God, from the beginning;
through what we have eaten to what the angels eat daily.
In fact it is what is written:
“He gave them bread from heaven; man ate the bread of angels” (Ps 77[78]:24-25).
What is the bread of angels?
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was in God and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1-3). How has man eaten the bread of angels?
“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of the Church

let us listen to the lord i am the way and the truth - st augustine 10 may 2020


Sunday Reflection – 10 May – ”Lord, I am not worthy”

Sunday Reflection – 10 May – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

”Lord, I am not worthy”

St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

When I say, Domine, non sum dignus—”Lord, I am not worthy”—You whom I am addressing, alone understands in their fullness the words which I use.   You see how unworthy so great a sinner is to receive the One Holy God, whom the Seraphim adore with trembling.   You see, not only the stains and scars of past sins but the mutilations, the deep cavities, the chronic disorders which they have left in my soul.   You see the innumerable living sins, though they be not mortal, living in their power and presence, their guilt and their penalties, which clothe me.   You see all my bad habits, all my mean principles, all wayward lawless thoughts, my multitude of infirmities and miseries, yet You come.   You see most perfectly how little I really feel what I am now saying, yet You come.

O my God, left to myself should I not perish under the awful splendour and the consuming fire of Your Majesty.   Enable me to bear You, lest I have to say with Peter, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

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Act of Spiritual Communion
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Most Zealous Doctor

I desire, good Jesus,
to receive Thee in Holy Communion
and since I cannot now receive Thee
in the Blessed Sacrament,
I beseech Thee to come to me spiritually
and to refresh my soul with Thy sweetness.
Come, my Lord, my God and my All!
Come to me
and never let me ever again be separated from Thee by sin.
Teach me Thy blessed ways,
help me with Thy grace to imitate Thy example,
to practise meekness, humility,
charity and all the virtues of Thy Sacred Heart.
My divine Master, my one desire is to do Thy will
and to love Thee more and more.
Help me that I may be faithful to the end in Thy service.
Bless me in life and in death,
that I may praise Thee forever in heaven,   Amen.

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One Minute Reflection – 10 May – Let us renew our faith in Him

One Minute Reflection – – 10 May – The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Readings: Acts 6:1-7, Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19, 1 Peter 2:4-9, John 14:1-12

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do ..” … John 14:12

REFLECTION – “In the Gospel we have just heard, Jesus tells His Apostles to put their faith in Him, for he is “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6).   Christ is the way that leads to the Father, the truth which gives meaning to human existence and the source of that life which is eternal joy with all the saints in His heavenly Kingdom.   Let us take the Lord at His word!   Let us renew our faith in Him and put all our hope in His promises!
… Praying fervently for the coming of the Kingdom also means being constantly alert for the signs of its presence and working for its growth in every sector of society.   It means facing the challenges of present and future with confidence in Christ’s victory and a commitment to extending His reign.   It means not losing heart in the face of resistance, adversity and scandal.   It means overcoming every separation between faith and life and countering false gospels of freedom and happiness.   It also means rejecting a false dichotomy between faith and political life, since, as the Second Vatican Council put it, “there is no human activity – even in secular affairs – which can be withdrawn from God’s dominion” (Lumen Gentium, 36).   It means working to enrich … society and culture with the beauty and truth of the Gospel and never losing sight of that great hope which gives meaning and value to all the other hopes which inspire our lives.
… In today’s Gospel, the Lord promises His disciples that they will perform works even greater than His (see Jn 14:12).   Dear friends, only God in His providence, knows what works His grace has yet to bring forth in your lives and in the life of the Church! …  Let us now join our prayers to His, as living stones in that spiritual temple which is His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.   Let us lift our eyes to Him, for even now He is preparing for us a place in His Father’s house.   And empowered by His Holy Spirit, let us work with renewed zeal for the spread of His Kingdom.” … Pope Benedict XVI – Fifth Sunday of Easter, 20 April 2008john 14 12 whoever believes in me - let us renew our faith pope benedict 10 may 2020

PRAYER – Almighty God and Father, Your ways are not our ways, teach us to willingly agree to them, for You know which way we should go. Help us to say “yes” always to Your plan and to render ourselves, as a sacrament of Your divine love to all we meet.   Fill us with the grace to be Your tools, to bring glory to Your kingdom.   Our Father, who art in heaven, may Your Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.   Mary Mother of God, Mother of Faith, pray for us!   Through our Our Lord Jesus Christ with You, in the union of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.mary-mother-of-faith-pray-for-us-19-may-2018


Our Morning Offering – 10 May – Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church

Our Morning Offering – 10 May – “Mary’s Month” – The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Prayer to Mary,
Mother of the Church
and Mother of our Faith
By Pope Francis

Mother, help our faith!
Open our ears to hear God’s word
and to recognise His voice and call.
Awaken in us a desire to follow in His footsteps,
to go forth from our own land
and to receive His promise.
Help us to be touched by His love,
that we may touch Him in faith.
Help us to entrust ourselves fully to Him
and to believe in His love,
especially at times of trial,
beneath the shadow of the cross,
when our faith is called to mature.
Sow in our faith, the joy of the Risen One.
Remind us, that those who believe are never alone.
Teach us to see all things
with the eyes of Jesus,
that He may be light for our path.
And may this light of faith
always increase in us,
until the dawn of that undying day
which is Christ Himself, your Son, our Lord!

*Prayer to Mary at the conclusion of the Encyclical Lumen Fidei (29 June 2013)prayer to mary mother of the chuch and of our faith - pope francis - 12 may 2019

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Saint of the Day – 10 May – Blessed Enrico Rebuschini MI (1860-1938)

Saint of the Day – 10 May – Blessed Enrico Rebuschini MI (1860-1938) Priest of the Camillians [Clerics Regular, Ministers to the Sick, also known as the “Hospitallers” the Order founded by St Camillus de Lellis’ (1550-1614)] – born on 28 April 1860 at Gravedona, Como, Italy and died on 10 May 1938 in Cremona, Italy of pneumonia.    Patronage – against enrico rebuschini-6-526x460

Enrico was born in northern Italy, in Gravedona on the northwest shore of Lake Como, on 28 April 1860.   His father, Domenico, an administrative clerk, before becoming head tax inspector for Como province, was not in favour of religion.   He would accompany his wife to the church door but remained outside.   His mother, Sophia, a model Christian, was a native of Livorno in Tuscany.   Enrico was the second of five children.   After finishing his secondary school studies, Enrico, who because of his father’s opposition could not follow his call to religious life, enrolled at the university in Pavia to study mathematics.   A calm boy of good upbringing, he stayed only one year at the university, where anticlericalism aroused in him bitterness and disgust.

Upon his return to Como, he completed his military service with a year of volunteer work.   In his free time, he was glad to isolate himself in prayer and good reading.   A student at the Military School of Milan, he emerged from it a Reserve Second Lieutenant, esteemed by his superiors who encouraged him to make a career for himself in the army. But when he got home to his family, he opted to pursue studies in accounting, in 1882 receiving a diploma with enrico rebuschini snip header

His sister, Dorina’s husband, who managed a silk business 45 km north of Como, welcomed him into his home and entrusted to him a job in administration.   Harmony prevailed between Enrico and the household.   Nevertheless, at the end of three years, there were signs that the young man was in trouble.   Sadness could be read in his eyes. He confided to his father that this work in industry and commerce didn’t suit him.   He was 24 years old when he wrote to his brother-in-law: “The thought of forever remaining a burden rather than being a good assistant,… the fact of knowing at the same time, that my parents will never be at peace, as long as I remain in a path that doesn’t suit my nature (and which makes me unhappy), has finally persuaded me that I have to give it up, for my Mom and Dad’s good, for your good and for mine.   I am telling you this with a painfully heavy heart.” (9 August 1884).

Enrico’s difficulties were not caused by his choice of a profession that matched his talents and inclinations but, by his persistent attraction to religious life, an attraction his father was opposed to.   Soon, despite all his efforts to accept his fate, he fell into a state of moral dejection.   He was so thin that he looked like he was recovering from illness.   At last, in the summer of 1884, after long discussions with his son, his father finally gave up, in part through the intervention of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)  (a priest who initiated social institutions), who had all the monasteries in Como pray for this vocation.  His life here:

Three months after leaving his job, Enrico enrolled in the Gregorian University in Rome to pursue ecclesiastical studies.   There he won the esteem of his professors.   He received the Minor Orders with this distinction:  “Edifying conduct, with a very good spirit of the Church.”   Towards the end of 1885, his parents and his Aunt Magdalena came to Rome and were happy to find him pleased and calm.   Magdalena noted in her diary: “Enrico is content and at peace.   I understand how he can feel this way.   He is sure he is on the way that God has prepared for him.”Blessed-Enrico-Rebuschini

But an unexpected obstacle suddenly arose—from March 1886 to May 1887, Enrico was overcome by a profound nervous depression.   A very generous soul, with a sense of duty that never allowed half-measures, Enrico was prompted to perform excessive penances, without taking his frailty into adequate account.   He needed to eat more but he forced himself to imitate, even go beyond, the examples of mortification he saw around him and thus was brought to a state of nervous and mental exhaustion, a frequent cause of depression.   Before his time, when Saint Teresa of Avila arrived at a Carmel and found tensions and spiritual battles there, she first asked everyone to get an extra hour’s sleep! Indeed, fatigue diminishes our capacity to resist, weakens us and increases our vulnerability.   One of the weapons the devil uses in spiritual combat, is to overburden us under the appearance of good.

Enrico returned to his family.   He also made a stay in a clinic  . In Magdalena’s diary can be found the following notes  : there are “moments when the hand of God has weighed down on us and has plunged us into suffering…   What a month of silence and what suffering at this time.   May God at least put an end to this and give us back our treasure.” Eight years later, in recalling this period, Enrico would write, “I was sent to a spa. T  here God restored my health by giving me total confidence in His infinite goodness and mercy.”

In May 1887 the depression receded and Enrico fully recovered his health.   He experienced relapses but they were less prolonged and less serious.   Specific remedies for his illness did not exist at that time.   The trial was overcome by a progressively more correct understanding of God, which brought about a filial relationship based on trust. The best feature of our Blessed’s spirituality would from then on, be the consideration of the infinite ocean of mercy found in the Heart of Jesus, of the maternal tenderness of our Mother, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, whom the Church invokes by the consoling title of Health of the Sick.

During the summer of 1887, Enrico was employed at the hospital in Como.   But shortly thereafter, he was graciously dismissed because, instead of working in his department, he spent his time in the hospital wards at the bedside of those sick who were the poorest, the neediest, the isolated, for whom he sacrificed his last dime and even his own clothes. He also made numerous visits to the poor and the sick in their homes.   His contact with these sufferings gave birth to his vocation as a Hospitaller.

In a notebook he jotted down his spiritual program, which was inspired by the ways of perfection proposed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.   He also wrote there:  “The Most Blessed Virgin, to whom I have abandoned myself in order that she might find me a task suited to my weakness, obtained a position for me in the administrative department of the civil hospital, where I was working several hours a day.   I spent the rest of the time alone, in pious exercises..   Seeing as how I could not continue in this way and feeling called to embrace religious life, my spiritual father (when I revealed to him my attraction to the religious family of Saint Francis) suggested to me that of Saint Camillus, which seemed to him more suited to my circumstances and also because he feared for my health.   I did it without discussion—I embraced it immediately.”   Reading the life of Saint Camillus confirmed Enrico in his choice.

On 27 September 1887, Enrico Rebuschini, 27 years old, entered the Camillians in Verona.  The first attitude that he proposed to have was that of friendliness.   This most necessary virtue did not come easily to him.   He already had experience in professional work, while his companions in the novitiate were still in adolescence and loved freedom, recreation and noise, quickly turning serious thoughts into amusing puns.   He, therefore, made a point of having a positive opinion of others, in spite of their faults or irritating attitudes.

His good-naturedness attracted the esteem of his superiors who, in consideration of the studies he had already completed in Rome, had him Ordained a Priest during his novitiate, on 14 April 1889.   The bishop of Mantua, who conferred on him the sacrament of Holy Orders, was Bishop Sarto, the future St Pope Pius X, a friend of the Camillians. Enrico’s perpetual profession took place on 8 December 1891.   But Father Rebuschini was prone to relapses of nervous depression. These relapses were a consequence of his predominant fault—a perfectionist nature which led him to spiritual undertakings that did not take his nervous frailty into sufficient account.   In the years 1890-1891 he experienced another depression and suffered greatly from a spiritual trial.   Too concerned with thoughts of eternity, he was strongly tempted to believe he was damned. His appointment as Chaplain to the hospital allowed him to recover his balance and calmness by helping him to forget himself in attending to the afflictions of his neighbour. But in 1895 the beginnings of another depression could be seen.   He had been named Vice-Novice master and Professor of Theology.   However, because of a lack of self-confidence, he considered himself incapable of taking on these tasks.   A state of constant tension ensued  . His superiors had to release him from these responsibilities and, thanks to God, he quickly regained his stability.   Finally, in 1922, a long spell of difficult responsibilities and an overload of work brought about a final depression which he overcame in a few rebuschini-2-

In light of these manifestations of depression, one might be tempted to think that Father Enrico had a gloomy and wavering nature.   But it must be observed that between the attacks of 1895 and 1922, over 25 years of normal activity passed, during which he admirably took upon himself heavy responsibilities with great generosity.   Then, from 1922 until his death in 1938, for over 16 years, he more than ever showed a stable equilibrium and complete serenity.   Father Joseph Moar, who worked alongside him during the last seven years of the Blessed’s life, affirmed in the Beatification process that it was only through biographies that he had learned of the depressions Father Rebuschini had experienced.   “When I knew him, he was utterly balanced and always his same old self.   It had never occurred to me that he might have been able to suffer from depressions.”

In 1890 Father Enrico was named Chaplain for the military and civil hospitals in Verona. The clerics and religious, as well as the soldiers, considered him a saint.   His holiness was of itself the quietest that can be imagined for a chaplain.   It was not based on dazzling deeds but first and foremost, on the exemplarity of his life in the service he rendered to the sick.   In his Apostolate, he had the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.   The parish priest in Vescovato testified to this:   “On more than one occasion, I was at the bedside of a sick person with Father Enrico.   My parishioners, to whom I had been unable to administer the Sacraments back home, (the parish of Vescovato had at that time a reputation for being «difficult») often would confess and receive Communion with serenity and joy when they were at the clinic.   When I asked them how they came to this decision to receive the Sacraments, they answered that with a Priest like Father Enrico, they couldn’t resist because he had the words and the attitudes to convince them.”bl enrico rebuschini footer

Father Rebuschini’s success with souls can be explained by his union with God, especially by his pious celebration of the Holy Mass, his fervent recitation of the breviary, his Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and his remarkable love for the Most Blessed Virgin.   His genuflections were marked with great respect.   At the elevation of the Host during the Mass, he would stop for a moment in Adoration.   The Our Father, which is prayed with the very words Jesus used, seemed to him the most moving moment of the Holy Sacrifice.

At the beginning of May 1899, Father Enrico was sent to the convent in Cremona.   The first charge entrusted to him was that of serving as Chaplain to the Camillian Sisters.  The following year his Superior also named him the Bursar of his community.   A man of interior life and prayer, Father Enrico carried out this responsibility, which was not to his liking, in order to do the will of God.   He had at his disposal neither office nor secretary.   But he could rely on the cooperation of active and intelligent Brothers.   As part of his regular routine, he had to buy various goods, fix any plumbing or electrical failures, keep the clinic’s operating room functioning, make the vegetable garden and henhouse at least marginally profitable, oversee the production of wine in the cellars and prepare the salary budgets.   But the extraordinary labours continued over the course of the years—renovating the kitchen, connecting to the city electric system, roof repairs, installation of central heating, not to mention difficulties caused by the insolvency of the bank in which the community’s modest savings were kept…

Father Rebuschini exercised the duties of Bursar for 35 years, until 1937.   But starting in 1938, his strength began to fail.   He was 78 years old.   “Father Enrico’s last days were marked by exemplary serenity and perfect abandon to Divine Providence,” a neuropsychiatrist who studied the saint’s life from a medical standpoint reported during the Beatification proceedings.   In the first days of May, having received the Sacrament of the Sick, Father Enrico asked forgiveness of everyone for the bad examples he might have given, for his imperfections, for everything that might have offended anyone.   He also asked that they pray for him, leaving to God any judgement on his life on earth.   On 9 May at 6 o’clock in the morning, Father Vanti celebrated Mass in Father Enrico’s room. At the moment of receiving Communion, the dying man stretched out his arms, received the Body of the Lord with great piety, then folded his arms and was absorbed in prayer. The supreme meeting with his beloved Lord took place on 10 May at 5:30 in the morning.  His funeral and burial were held on 12 enrico rebuschini lg

On 4 May 1997, after the approval of a miracle, St Pope John Paul, Beatified Blessed Enrico at Peter’s Square.  “His example,” said the Holy Father during the Beatification celebration, “constitutes for all believers an urgent invitation to pay attention to the sick and to those who suffer in body and spirit.”

Through the intercession of Blessed Enrico Rebuschini, let us pray for ourselves in this time of great tribulation, for our loved ones, for all those who are ill, for all those who find themselves faced with nervous weaknesses or diseases, so common in the modern world and for all your enrico shrine

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 10 May

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A +2020

St John of Avila (1499-1569) “Apostle of Andalusia”– Doctor of the Church
About St John:

St Joseph de Veuster (1840-1889) – St Damian of Molokai “The Martyr of Molokai”(Optional Memorial)
St Damian’s life:

Robert Louis Stevenson and St Damian:

St Alphius of Lentini
Bl Amalarius of Metz
Bl Antonio of Norcia
St Aurelian of Limoges
Bl Beatrix d’Este the Elder
St Blanda of Rome
St Calepodius of Rome
St Catald of Taranto
St Comgall of Bangor
St Cyrinus of Lentini
St Dioscorides of Smyrna
Blessed Enrico Rebuschini MI (1860-1938) (This video shows great images of Italy).

St Epimachus of Rome
St Felix of Rome
Bl Giusto Santgelp
St Gordian the Judge
Bl Ivan Merz (1896-1928)
Bl Nicholas Albergati
St Palmatius of Rome
St Philadelphus of Lentini
St Quartus of Capua
St Quintus of Capua
St Simplicius of Rome
St Solange of Bourges
St Thecla
Bl William of Pontnoise