Thought for the Day – 11 June – Learn From Me, For I Am Meek and Humble of Heart

Thought for the Day – 11 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

“Learn From Me, For I Am Meek and Humble of Heart”

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“Jesus is perfection itself.
In Him, therefore, every virtue is to be found.
He could truly claim that He fulfilled in Himself the precept: “You are to be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48).
Throughout His life, He performed in a perfect manner, the will of His heavenly Father:  “I do always the things that are pleasing to Him” (Jn 8:29).

Jesus Christ provided us with an example of every virtue.
As the foundation of all the virtues, He insisted on the great precept of loving God above all things and our neighbour as ourselves.
In proposing Himself as a model, however, this is what He said: “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart and ou will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:29).
The outstanding example which Jesus gave us for our imitation, was this meekness and humility of heart.
We shall have peace of soul only, if we are meek and humble.

In what did the humility of Jesus consist?
He was God and He became man.
He Who possessed everything was born poor in a wretched stable and lived as a lowly workman for thirty years.
He allowed Himself to be betrayed by one of His Apostles, to be sentenced to death as an evildoer and, finally, to be executed on the Cross.

He combined humility with gentleness.
He was happy when He could receive back penitent sinners and grant them forgiveness and peace.
Let us recall the examples of Mary Magdalen, the adulteress, the lost sheep, the prodigal son and, finally, the repentant thief, to whom He promised the reward of Heaven.
What greater gentleness and mercy could we ever find?

To the present day, moreover, Jesus Christ is hidden in the Blessed Eucharist under the consecrated species and appeals to us to imitate and love Him.

When we are disturbed by pride, ambition, or worldly desires, let us go to Jesus and kneel in silence before the Tabernacle.
“Learn from me,” He will say to us once more, “for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci


Novena in Honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Day Two – 11 June

Novena in Honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Day Two – 11 June

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What Does God Desire?

Today’s Scripture
‘So I say to you, ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks, receives
and everyone who seeks, finds
and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. … Luke 11: 9-10

Reflection for the Second Day
St Augustine said, ‘For yourself you have made us, O Lord and our hearts are restless, until they rest in you.’
I love a change a modern theologian has made in those lines – he writes: ‘Your heart is restless, until we rest in you.’
Our God is vulnerable to our free response.
He waits for our love.

Today’s Prayer
Lord, I come to You full of needs.
But my deepest need,
is to become more convinced of Your love for me.
Help me to believe
that You are with me today,
tomorrow and always
because, You love me!

Daily Invocation
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

Novena Prayer
Lord Jesus,
the needs of Your people open Your heart in love for each of us.
You care for us when we are lost,
sympathise with us in loneliness
and comfort us in mourning;
You are closest to us where we are weakest.
You love us most, when we love ourselves least;
You forgive us mos, when we forgive ourselves least
and You call us to spread Your love in whatever way we can.
Lord Jesus, Your heart is moved with compassion
when we are suffering,
when we need your help
and when we pray for each other.
I ask You to listen to my prayer during this Novena
and grant what I ask.
…………………………. (Mention your intention silently.)
If what I ask, is not for my own good and the good of others,
grant me what is best,
that I may build up Your kingdom of love in our world.

If you would prefer the Sacred Heart Novena by St Alphonsus Liguori – below is Day Two:


Quote/s of the Day – 11 June – “Freely you have received, freely you are to give.”

Quote/s of the Day – 11 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: Acts: 11:21b-26; 12:1-3, Psalm 98(97),1.2-3ab.3cd-4.5-6, Matthew 10:7-13 and the Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle of Christ

“Freely you have received,
freely you are to give.”

Matthew 10:8 (DR)

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“So everyone who acknowledges me before men,
I also will acknowledge before my Father,
who is in heaven…”

Matthew 10:32

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“Pray as though everything depended on God.
Work as though everything depended on you.”

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

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“He should first
show them,
in deeds,
rather than words,
all that is good and holy.”

St Benedict (c 480-547)

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“Someone who truly follows the Lord
wants everyone to follow Him,
which is why he turns to his neighbour
with kind attentions, prayers
and proclamation of the Gospel.
… Jesus loves the one who follows Him.”

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Evangelical Doctor

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“Teach us to give
and not to count the cost.”

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“It is not hard to obey
when we love the one,
whom we obey.”

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

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“Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which, the compassion of Christ, looks out to the world.
Yours are the feet,
with which, He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands,
with which, He is to bless others now.”

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Doctor of the Church

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“Let us renew our faith in Him
and put all our hope in His promises!
… 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.”

Pope Benedict XVI

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“God will put someone in your path today
who doesn’t necessarily need you…
but who desperately needs Christ in you.”

Mark Hart

Executive Vice President for Life Teen International.

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One Minute Reflection – 11 June – ‘How could we not preach the gospel…?’

One Minute Reflection – 11 June -“Month of the Sacred Heart” – Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: Acts: 11:21b-26; 12:1-3, Psalm 98(97),1.2-3ab.3cd-4.5-6, Matthew 10:7-13 and the Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle of Christ

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” ... Matthew 10:7-8

REFLECTION – “It is not we who look for an apostolate – it looks for us; God, in loving us first, makes apostles of us.   How could we share bread, a roof, our heart with the neighbour who is our own flesh and not be overflowing with the love of our God for him, if that neighbour does not know him?   Everything is miserable without God;  we cannot tolerate wretchedness for someone we love, least of all the greatest. Not be apostolic?   Not be missionaries?   But then what would it mean to belong to this God who has sent His Son so that the world might be saved by Him… and how?

However, we don’t “think” about being apostles;  we think of being – in God’s hands, in the body of Christ, under the moving of His Spirit – the Christ we wish to become, the Christ who is never love without being light and there is no light except at the price of light.   We imitate Him, badly but without stopping, we enter into Him, dissimilarly but tenaciously, how could we not be, at least in will, apostles? in all our being, disposed as, missionaries?…

How could we not preach the gospel if the Gospel is under our skin, in our hands, our hearts, our heads?   We are obliged to say why we try to be what we want to be, why we try not to be what we don’t want to be, we are obliged to preach, since preaching is to say something publicly about Jesus Christ, our Lord and God and one can’t love Him and be silent.” … Venerable Madeleine Delbrêl (1904-1964) – Missionary to the outcasts – A vocation for God among men (The Joy of Believing)matthew 10 8 without cost you have received - how could we not preach the gospel ven madelein delbrel 11 june 2020

PRAYER – O God, who decreed that Saint Barnabas, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit, should be set apart to convert the nations, grant that the Gospel of Christ, which he strenuously preached, may be faithfully proclaimed by word and by deed.   We pray you Lord, that by the intercession of St Barnabas, we too may grow in faith and love and live to glorify Your kingdom.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. june 2017


Our Morning Offering – 11 June – Unite Me to Your Sacred Heart By Bl Angela Truszkowska

Our Morning Offering – 11 June -“Month of the Sacred Heart” – Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A

Unite Me to Your Sacred Heart
By Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899)

My Lord, You bid us to suffer,
therefore, my poor soul desires it.
I want to suffer, O Jesus but with You,
to suffer but for the love of You,
to suffer but in silence and in solitude,
so that no-one would know that I suffer, only You,
so that only You would hear the groanings of my soul
and only You would see my tears.
Ah! Teach me, O Lord,
to suffer in that way,
teach me to suffer, without seeking any consolation,
to suffer, without craving the sympathy of creatures,
to suffer, without even expecting the eternal joys of heaven.
Teach me to suffer,
not because suffering is the source of merit and glory
but because, it unites us to You and makes our hearts
like unto your Sacred Heart.

(The text was written on sheets of paper bound together with two works of St Alphonsus Ligouri. Mother Angela gave this book to Sr Anna Bielska as a gift on the first anniversary of her profession, 8 December 1861.)

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Saint of the Day – 11 June -Blessed Ignazio Maloyan ICPB (1869-1915) Bishop and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 11 June -Blessed Ignazio Shoukrallah Maloyan ICPB (1869-1915) Bishop and Martyr – born as Shoukrallah Maloyan on 18 April 1869 at Mardin, Turkey and died by being shot to death on 11 June 1915 by Mamdooh Bek at Zerzevan Castle, Çinar, Diyarbakir, ignazio maloyan footer

Ignazio Maloyan (Shoukrallah), son of Melkon and Faridé, was born in 1869, in Mardin, Turkey.   His parish priest, noticed in him signs of a priestly vocation, so he sent him to the convent of Bzommar-Lebanon; he was fourteen years old.

After finishing his superior studies in 1896, the day dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, he was Ordained Priest in the Church of Bzommar convent, became a member of the Bzommar Institute and adopted the name of Ignatius in remembrance of the famous Martyr of Antioch.   During the years 1897-1910, Father Ignazio was appointed as Parish Priest in Alexandria and Cairo, where his good reputation was wide-spread.

His Beatitude Patriarch Boghos Bedros XII appointed him as his assistant in 1904.   Because of a disease that hit his eyes and suffocating difficulty in breathing, he returned to Egypt and stayed there till 1910.

The Diocese of Mardin was in a state of anarchy, so Patriarch Sabbaghian sent Father Ignazio Maloyan to restore order.

On 22 October 1911, the Bishops’ Synod assembled in Rome elected Father Ignazio Archbishop of Mardin.   He took over his new assignment and planned on renewing the wrecked Diocese, encouraging especially the devotion to the Sacred

Unfortunately, at the outbreak of the First World War, the Armenians resident in Turkey (which was allied with Germany) began to endure unspeakable sufferings.   In fact, 24 April 1915 marked the beginning of a veritable campaign of extermination.  On 30 April 1915, the Turkish soldiers surrounded the Armenian Catholic Bishopric and church in Mardin on the basis that they were hide-outs for arms.

At the beginning of May, the Bishop gathered his priests and informed them of the dangerous situation.   On 3 June 1915, Turkish soldiers dragged Bishop Maloyan in chains to court with twenty seven other Armenian Catholic personalities.   The next day, twenty five Priests and eight hundred and sixty two believers were held in chains.   During trial, the chief of the police, Mamdooh Bek, asked the Bishop to convert to Islam.   The Bishop answered that he would never betray Christ and His Church.   The good shepherd told him that he was ready to suffer all kinds of ill-treatments and even death and in this, will be his happiness.

Mamdooh Bek hit him on the head with the rear of his pistol and ordered to put him in jail.   The soldiers chained his feet and hands, threw him on the ground and hit him mercilessly.   With each blow, the Bishop was heard saying “Oh Lord, have mercy on me, oh Lord, give me strength,” and asked the Priests present for absolution.   With that, the soldiers went back to hitting him and they extracted his toe nails.

On 9 June, his mother visited him and cried for his state.   But the valiant Bishop encouraged her.   On the next day, the soldiers gathered four hundred and forty seven Armenians.   The soldiers along with the convoys took the desert route.

The Bishop encouraged his parishioners to remain firm in their faith. Then all knelt with him.   He prayed to God that they accept Martyrdom with patience and courage.   The Priests granted the believers absolution.   The Bishop took out a piece of bread, blessed it, recited the words of the Eucharist and gave it to his Priests to distribute among the people.

One of the soldiers, an eye witness, recounted this scene:  “That hour, I saw a cloud covering the prisoners and from all, emitted a perfumed scent.   There was a look of joy and serenity on their faces.”   As they were all going to die out of love for Jesus.   After a two-hour walk, hungry, naked and chained, the soldiers attacked the prisoners and killed them before the Bishop’s eyes.   After the massacre of the two convoys came the turn of Bishop Maloyan.

Mamdooh Bek then asked Maloyan again to convert to Islam.    The soldier of Christ answered:  “I’ve told you I shall live and die for the sake of my faith and religion.   I take pride in the Cross of my God and Lord.”   Mamdooh got very angry, he drew his pistol and shot Maloyan. Before he breathed his last breath he cried out loud:   “My God, have mercy on me, into your hands I commend my spirit.”   Bl Ignazio was 46 years old. …

Ignazio was Beatified on 7 October 2001 at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by St Pope John Paul II, when he said:

“Archbishop Ignatius Maloyan, who died a Martyr when he was 46, reminds us of every Christian’s spiritual combat, whose faith is exposed to the attacks of evil.   It is in the Eucharist that he drew, day by day, the force necessary to accomplish his Priestly ministry with generosity and passion, dedicating himself to preaching, to a pastoral life connected with the celebration of the sacraments and to the service of the neediest.

Throughout his existence, he fully lived the words of St Paul:  “God has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of courage, of love and self control” (II Tim 1,14. 7).   Before the dangers of persecution, Bl Ignatius did not accept any compromise, declaring to those who were putting pressure on him, “It does not please God that I should deny Jesus my Saviour. To shed my blood for my faith is the strongest desire of my heart.”   May his example enlighten all those who today wish to be witnesses of the Gospel, for the glory of God and for the salvation of their neighbour.”bl ignaziomaloyan


Memorial of St Barnabas Apostel, Feast of Our Lady of Mantara/Awaiting and Memorials of the Saints – 11 June

St Barnabas the Apostle (Memorial) (Martyred in c 61 at Salamis)
St Barnabas!

Our Lady of Mantara/Awaiting:
Our Lady of Mantara, also known as Our Lady of Awaiting, is a Melkite Greek Catholic Marian shrine in Maghdouché, Lebanon, discovered on 8 September 1721 by a young shepherd.   The grotto, which according to a legend dates to ancient times, was subsequently cared after by Monsignor Eftemios Saïfi, Melkite Catholic bishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Sidon.   The shrine consists of a tower crowned with the statue of the Virgin and Child, a cathedral, a cemetery and a sacred cave believed to be the one where the Virgin Mary rested while she waited for Jesus.   Since its discovery, it has been steadily visited by families particularly each year on the occasion of the feast of the Nativity of Mary on 8 September.

St Aleydis of Schaerbeek
St Blitharius of Seganne
St Herebald of Bretagne
Bl Hugh of Marchiennes
Blessed Ignazio Shoukrallah Maloyan ICPB (1869-1915) Bishop and Martyr
Bl Jean de Bracq
St Juan de Sahagun OESA (1419-1479)
Biography:  His Memorial was on 12 June but moved in 1969.
Bl Kasper of Grimbergen
St Maximus of Naples
St Parisius
St Paula Frasinetti
St Riagail of Bangor
St Tochumra of Kilmore
St Tochumra of Tuam

Martyrs of Tavira – 7 beati: Members of the Knights of Santiago de Castilla. During the re-conquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Muslims by Christian forces, in a period of truce between the armies, the group was allowed to leave the Portuguese camp to hunt. Near Tavira, Portugal, he and his companions were ambushed and killed by a Muslim force. Making a reprisal attack, the Portuguese army took the city of Tavira. The murdered knights were considered to be martyrs as they died in an action defending the faith. They were –
• Blessed Alvarus Garcia
• Blessed Beltrão de Caia
• Blessed Damião Vaz
• Blessed Estêvão Vasques
• Blessed Garcia Roiz
• Blessed Mendus Valle
• Blessed Pedro Rodrigues
They were martyred in 1242 outside Tavira, Faro, Portugal. Their relics are enshrined under the altar of Saint Barnabas in the Church of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels (modern Santa Maria do Castelo) in Tavria

Mercedarian Martyrs of Damietta: Three Mercedarian lay knights who worked to ransom Christians enslaved by Muslims. During the 7th Crusade, a plague swept through the Christian army and these knights volunteered to work with the sick. During this work they were captured by Muslims and ordered to convert to Islam; they refused. They were tortured, taken to Damietta, Egypt where they were murdered for their faith. They were thrown from a tower in the mid-13th century in Damietta, Egypt.