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Thoughts of Mary – 10 May – Bend Tenderly Over Our Wounds

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

Bend Tenderly Over Our Wounds
Moments with Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
(Pontiff 1939-1958)

Enraptured by the splendour of your heavenly beauty and impelled by the anxieties of the world, we cast ourselves into your arms, O Immaculate Mother of Jesus and our Mother Mary, confident of finding in your most loving heart, appeasement of our ardent desires and a safe harbour from the tempests which beset us on every side.

Though degraded by our faults and overwhelmed by infinite misery, we admire and praise the peerless richness of the sublime gifts with which God has filled you, above every other mere creature, from the first moment of your conception until the day on which, after your assumption into heaven, He crowned you, Queen of the Universe.

O crystal Fountain of Faith, bathe our minds with the eternal truths!   O fragrant Lily of All Holiness, captivate our hearts with your heavenly perfume!   O Conqueress of Evil and Death, inspire in us a deep horror of sin, which makes the soul detestable to God and a slave of hell!

O well-beloved of God, hear the ardent cry which rises up from every heart.   Bend tenderly over our aching wounds.   Convert the wicked, dry the tears of the afflicted and oppressed, comfort the poor and humble, quench hatreds, sweeten hardness, safeguard the flower of purity in youth, protect the holy church, make all men feel the attractions of Christian goodness.   In your name, resounding harmoniously in heaven, may they recognise that they are brothers and that the nations are members of one family, upon which may there shine forth, the sun of a universal and sincere peace.

Receive, O most sweet Mother, our humble supplications and above all, obtain for us that, one day, happy with you, we may repeat before your throne, that hymn which today is sung on earth around your altars – You are all-beautiful, O Mary!   You are the glory, you are the joy, you are the honour of our people! Amen.

The above prayer, dedicated to Mary Immaculate, was composed … for the Marian year of 1954, which was proclaimed to mark the Centenary of the definition of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

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Thought for the Day – 11 May – The Search for God

Thought for the Day – 11 May – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Search for God

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“There was a man who left home in order to travel.
For many months, he wandered on and on, sometimes along broad highways, sometimes on rocky by-roads.
Often he travelled in hail, rain and snow, often beneath a burning sun but no matter what the weather, he journeyed on and on.
He climbed the peaks of the highest mountains and came down again into the valleys.
It seemed as if his journey would never end.
One day, however, he grew very tired and sat down pensively by the side of the road.
A passer-by approached him in a friendly fashion, “You look very tired,” he said. “Have you been a long time travelling?”
“A very long time,” came the answer. “I don’t seem to have any energy left.”
“But where are you going?” his new friend enquired.
The traveller almost started.
After a moment’s consideration, he replied in a toe of wonder:  “Where am I going?   I’m afraid I don’t know!”

Many men, unfortunately, are like the traveller in this story.
They have been a long time on the road.
They can hardly remember when they first set out in search of a distant dream.
They are looking anxiously but often unconsciously, for happiness.
But they cannot find it, for happiness is a name for something greater, for God Himself.
It is God whom we must seek if we wish to find happiness.
Otherwise, our earthly journey will have no purpose and no goal.
Life is unintelligible without God.
“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord,” cried St Augustine “and our heart is restless until it rest in You” (Confessions I, 1:1).
Jesus understands the problem of our human nature.
“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened,” He says “and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28).”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote of the Day – 11 May – Obeying God

Quote of the Day – 11 May – “Mary’s Month” – Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter, Readings: Acts 14:5-18, Psalm 115:1-2.3-4.15-16, John 14:21-26.

“Whoever does not love me, does not keep my words.”

John 14:24

john 14 24 whoever does not love me does not keep my words 11 may 2020

“If some rich and powerful friend were to enter your home,
you would quickly clean the entire house, 
for fear something there, might offend your friend’s eyes, when he entered.
Let anyone then who is preparing his inner house for God,
cleanse away the dirt of his evil deeds.
… The Lord comes into the heart
and makes His home in one,
who truly loves God
and observes His commandments…”

St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604)
Doctor of the Church

Homilies on the Gospels no 30

the lord comes into the heart and makes his home in one - st pope gregory the great 11 may 2020

“There is absolutely nothing
that gives us more peace,
or does more to make us holy,
than obeying the will of God.”

there is absolutely nothing - fr jean pierre de caussade - 30 april 2018

“We must offer ourselves to God
like a clean, smooth canvas
and not worry ourselves about
what God may choose to paint on it
but at each moment,
feel only, the stroke of His brush.”

Fr Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)

‘Abandonment to Divine Providence’

we must offer ourselves to god like a clean smooth canvas - st jean pierre de causade abandonment div prov-11may 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 11 May – ‘…The keeping of the commandments is the fruit…’

One Minute Reflection – 11 May – “Mary’s Month” – Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter, Readings: Acts 14:5-18, Psalm 115:1-2.3-4.15-16, John 14:21-26.

“Whoever has my commandments and observes them, is the one who loves me.   Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” … John 14:21-22

REFLECTION – “The reign of life has begun, the tyranny of death is ended.   A new birth has taken place, a new life has come, a new order of existence has appeared, our very nature has been transformed!   This birth is not brought about by human generation, by the will of man, or by the desire of the flesh but by God.

If you wonder how, I will explain in clear language.   Faith is the womb that conceives this new life, baptism the rebirth by which it is brought forth into the light of day.   The Church is its nurse, her teachings are its milk, the bread from heaven is its food.   It is brought to maturity by the practice of virtue, it is wedded to wisdom, it gives birth to hope.  Its home is the kingdom, its rich inheritance the joys of paradise, its end, not death but the blessed and everlasting life prepared for those who are worthy.

… In this new creation, purity of life is the sun, the virtues are the stars, transparent goodness is the air and the depths of the riches of wisdom and knowledge, the sea.  Sound doctrine, the divine teachings are the grass and plants that feed God’s flock, the people whom He shepherds, the keeping of the commandments is the fruit, borne by the trees.

On this day is created the true man, the man made in the image and likeness of God. … He who for our sake became like us in order to make us His brothers, now presents to His true Father His own humanity, in order to draw all His kindred up after Him.” … St Gregory of Nyssa (c 335–c 395) Father of the Church- An excerpt from On Christ’s Resurrection, Homily 1john 14-21-22 whoever has my commandments and keeps them - sound doctrine the divine teachings - st gregory of nyssa - 11 may 2020

PRAYER – Lord, by Your grace, we are made one in mind and heart.   Give us a love for what You command and a longing for what You promise, so that, amidst this world’s changes, we may cling to our Father, live by Your word and carry it out against all the foes around us.   May our hearts be set on the world of lasting joy, our true home with You.   May the angels and saints intercede for us and may our Mother, the Mother of God, be a constant assistant and guiding hand.   We make our prayer, through our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God with You, forever and ever, amen.holy immm mothr of god pray for us 11 may 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 11 May – Hail, O Mother!

Our Morning Offering – 11 May – “Mary’s Month” – Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Hail, O Mother!
By St John Chrysostom (347-407)
Father and Doctor of the Church

Hail, O Mother!
Virgin, heaven, throne, glory of our Church,
it’s foundation and ornament.
Earnestly pray for us to Jesus,
your Son and Our Lord,
that through your intercession
we may have mercy on the day of judgement.
Pray that we may receive all those good things
which are reserved for those who love God.
Through the grace and favour of Our Lord, Jesus Christ,
to Whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
be power, honour and glory,
now and forever.
Amen

hail o mother st john chrysostom 11 may 2020

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Saint of the Day – 11 May – Blessed Gregory Celli of Verucchio OSA (C 1225-1343)

Saint of the Day – 11 May – Blessed Gregory Celli of Verucchio OSA (C 1225-1343) Priest of the Augustinian Order, renowned Preacher, Contemplative, Hermit – born in c 1225 at Verucchio, Diocese of Rimini, Italy and died in 1343 at Franciscan monastery at Monte Carnerio, Rieti, Italy.   Patronage – against drought.Blessed-Gregory-Celli-of-Verucchio

Gregorio Celli was born in Rimini.   His father died in his childhood.   He was baptised in the church of Saint Martin in Verucchio.

Each evening his mother would set off for the local church to find her son there who remained entranced with the Gregorian Chant.   His mother’s relations – despite being devout – feared that Celli would not follow in his father’s footsteps to become a doctor of law but rather that he would consider the religious life.    And, at the age of fifteen, in 1240, he confirmed their dread and joined a Monastery in that place, of the Augustinian Rule.   He belonged to the “Hermits of Blessed John the Good” (often called the “Giamboniti”).

He travelled to the convent on a mule, for admission to commence his period of novitiate and in 1242 he had become a well-noted and regarded figure for his penances and strict adherence to the rule of Saint Augustine.   He made his solemn profession into the hands of the order’s superior Matteo de Modena.   It was Brother Matteo who later selected Celli to preach and hear confessions in the region despite the latter not being yet Ordained Priest – though he was soon Ordained as such, at the successful conclusion of his ecclesiastical studies.   It was during this period that he preached against the heresies of Catharism and he even met the famous heretic Armanno Pungilupo.

In 1256 he witnessed the Grand Union of the order.   (In 1256 these various autonomous monasteries, following the Rule of St Augustine, were banded together by the Church to form the Augustinian Order.)

In 1300 he set off for Rome to participate in the Jubilee that Pope Boniface VIII called for and he visited each of the tombs of the Apostles.   In 1300 he decided to withdraw from the active life of the Apostolate he had served for decades, in favour of a more contemplative existenc, somewhere in the hills surrounding the region he lived in.   He confided this to Agostino Novello – the general of the order – and the general embraced and encouraged him.   He lived in a cave where he spent the remainder of his life in reflection and fasting.

He died in mid-1343.   His remains are now interred in the church of Saint Augustine in Verucchio.   He is said to have lived until 1343, which would mean that he was 118 years old at the time of his death.   His remains are preserved in Verucchio.

Citizens in Rimini requested on numerous occasions that a Beatification process be opened and it was believed that Pope Innocent VI drew up a decree for the actual Beatification itself in 1357, however, this was not confirmed.    People in Rimini again began pushing for Fr Gregory’s Beatification in 1757.   The Beatification was later approved on 6 September 1769 after Pope Clement XIV issued a formal decree, which acknowledged a spontaneous and enduring local ‘cultus’ – otherwise known as popular veneration – to the late Fr Gregory.   He was Beatified on 6 September 1769, at Saint Peter’s Basilica by Pope Clement XIV (cultus confirmed).

Blessed Gregory was an authentic witness to the life of the gospel, spending the great part of his life in rigorous asceticism, penance and contemplation

God our Father,
You alone are holy.
You gave to Blessed Gregory Celli
the grace to witness to Your love
in holy penance and contemplation.
Trusting in his prayers
we ask You to help us to become
the holy people You call us to be.
Never let us be found undeserving
of the glory You have prepared for us.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 May

St Anastasius of Lérida
St Anthimus of Rome
St Bassus of Sabina
St Bertilla
St Criotan of MacReddin
Bl Diego of Saldaña
St Evellius of Pisa
St Fabius of Sabina
St Fremund of Dunstable
St Gengulphus of Burgundy
Blessed Gregory Celli of Verucchio OSA (1225-1343)
St Gualberto
St Ignatius of Laconi OFM Cap. (1701-1781)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/saint-of-the-day-11-may-st-ignatius-of-laconi-o-f-m-cap-1701-1781/

Bl Illuminatus
St Illuminatus of San Severino
Bl James Walworth
Bl John Rochester
St Maiulo of Hadrumetum
St Majolus of Cluny
St Mamertus (Died c 475)
His Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/05/11/saint-of-the-day-11-may-st-mamertus-died-c-475/
St Maximus of Sabina
St Mayeul
St Mozio of Constantinople
St Possessor of Verdun
St Principia of Rome
St Tudy
St Vincent L’Hénoret
Bl Vivaldus
St Walbert of Hainault

Martyrs of Camerino: An imperial Roman official, his wife, their children and servants, all of whom were converts and martyrs: Anastasius, Aradius, Callisto, Eufemia, Evodius, Felice, Primitiva, Theopista.