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Thought for the Day – 20 June – “All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed”

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

“All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed”

‘A Jewish girl, poor in this world’s goods but rich in virtue, arrived after a long and difficult journey at a village in the hills of Judea, called Hebron.
There, she paid a visit to her cousin, Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth saw the girl, she was immediately enlightened by the Holy Spirit with the knowledge, that her visitor, was the Mother of God.
“How have I deserved,” she cried out, “that the mother of my Lord, should come to me?” (Lk 1:43).
At these words, Mary looked up towards Heaven and gave spontaneous expression to a hymn of humble acknowledgement to God, Who had “regarded the lowliness of His Handmaid” (Lk 1:48).
Then she made a solemn prophecy, which would surely have assured the cynical intellectuals and nobles of the land but, which history has wonderfully fulfilled.
“Behold” she said, “all generations shall call me blessed” (ibid).  We can testify today, that this miracle came to pass.
All the nations have paid reverence to the Jewish girl, who became the Mother of God and our Mother, the Queen of Heaven and earth, the comforter of the afflicted, the conqueror of Satan and the invincible Guardian of the Church.
From the engravings in the Catacombs, to the celestial Madonnas of the Angelico, from the rudimentary sculpture of Roman art, to the prayerful statues on the pinnacles of more modern Cathedrals, the image of Mary has shone as a beacon of hope for all generations.
Men bow before her and ask for light, for comfort and for pardon.
“If anyone follows Mary,” says St Bernard, “he will not lose his way; if anyone pray to her, he will not despair; if anyone thinks of her, he will not sin; if anyone reaches out to her, he will not fall; if anyone places himself under her protection, he need have no fear; if anyone places himself under her leadership, he will never give up; if anyone pays homage to her, he is certain reach his destination safely” (Homil Missus est 2:17).”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

if anyone follows mary he will not lose his way - st bernard - 20 june 2020 bacci for imm heart

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Quote/s of the Day – 20 June – The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Quote/s of the Day – 20 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“I want My Church to…put the devotion
to this Immaculate Heart
beside the devotion to
My Sacred Heart.”

Jesus to Lúcia of Fatima

i want my church to put the devotion - jesus to lucia of fatima 20 june 2020

“Look, my Daughter,”
Our Lady said to Lúcia on 10 December 1925,
“at my heart, surrounded with thorns,
with which ungrateful men pierce me. “

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Our Lady assured Lúcia:
“My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge
and the way that will lead you to God.”
Thus, if we devote ourselves to her Immaculate Heart,
Mary will lead us to her Son, Jesus Christ
and we will be on the way to Heaven.

Our Lady of Fatima

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“This Virgin Mother of the Only begotten of God is called Mary,
worthy of God, Immaculate of the Immaculate, one of the one.”

Origen (c 185-253)

this virgin mother of the only begotten of god is called mary - origen 20 june 2020

“Do you not know,
that not only is Jesus,
resting and dwelling continually
in the Heart of Mary
but that He is, Himself the Heart of Mary … “

St John Eudes
Apostle of the Two Holy Hearts

do you not know that not only is jesus resting and dwelling - st john eudes - imm heart 20 june 2020

“If you put all the love, of all the mothers into one heart,
it still would not equal the love
of the Heart of Mary for her children.”

St Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)

if you put all the love of all the mothers - st louis de montfort - 20 june 2020 imm heart

“…Let us continue
Immaculate Mary’s mission.
All is included in it.
May [we].. follow her example
and be the handmaid of the Lord
in everything,
everywhere
and always.”

Blessed Mary of the Passion (1839-1904)

let us continue immaculate mary's mission - bl mary of the passion - 20 june 2020 imm heart

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One Minute Reflection – 20 June – ‘… The pupil of her Son.’

One Minute Reflection – 20 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Readings: Isaiah 61:9-11, Responsorial psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8, Luke 2:41-51

“He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them and his mother kept all these things in her heart.” … Luke 2:51

REFLECTION – “Consider the most prudent woman Mary, mother of true Wisdom, as the pupil of her Son.   For she learned from Him, not as from a child or man but as from God.   Yes, she dwelt in meditation on His words and actions.   Nothing of what was said or done by Him fell idly on her mind.   As before, when she conceived the Word itself in her womb, so now, does she hold within her, His ways and words, cherishing them as it were, in her heart.   That which she now beholds in the present, she waits to have revealed with greater clarity in the future.   This practice she followed as a rule and law through all her life.” … St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Church – Exposition of the Gospel of Lukeluke 2 51 - he went down with them - consider the most prudent woman Mary - st bede - imm heart 20 june 2020

PRAYER – Lord open our hearts to Your grace.   As You brought joy to the world through the incarnation of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, grant that through the prayer of the Immaculate Heart of His Ever-Virgin Mother, our hearts too may grow in virtue and love by learning to reflect constantly on His commandments and counsels.   We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.immaculate heart of mary - pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 20 June – Heart of Love, Heart of Mercy Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Our Morning Offering – 20 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Heart of Love, Heart of Mercy
Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Most Blessed Mother,
heart of love, heart of mercy,
ever listening, caring, consoling,
hear our prayer.
As your children,
we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son.
Receive with understanding and compassion
the petitions we place before you today,
especially those so deep in our heart.
We are comforted in knowing
your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer.
We trust to your gentle care and intercession,
those whom we love
and who are sick or lonely or hurting.
Help all of us, Holy Mother,
to bear our burdens in this life,
until we may share eternal life
and peace with God forever.
Amenprayer to the immaculate heart of mary hear of love heart of mercy 20 june 2020 feast of the imm heart

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Saint of the Day – 20 June – Saint John of Matera (c 1070-1139)

Saint of the Day – 20 June – Saint John of Matera (c 1070-1139) Monk, Abbot, Mystic, renowned Preacher, miracle-worker, gifted with bilocation – born in c 1070 at Matera, Basilicata region, Italy and died in 1139 at Pulsano, Italy of natural causes.   Also known as John of Pulsano, Giovanni di Matera, Giovanni Scalcione.   St John is often portrayed as an abbot driving the devil away with a rod.san-juan-john de-matera-santo-del-dia-20-de-junio-2

St John was born around the year 1070 in Matera, in the region of the Basilicata in Italy, to a noble family.   He left everything behind, while still a young man and embraced the monastic life in the Monastery of St William of Vercelli OSB (1085-1142) – His life here:  https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/25/saint-of-the-day-25-june-st-william-of-vercelli/

He made many enemies by his upright life and was eventually imprisoned.   He was rescued from prison by Grimoald, Prince of Bari, who ordered him to give an account of his theology to prove his orthodoxy.   He preached under Grimoald in Bari.

Subsequently he founded the Abbey of Pulsano after the invitation of Our Lady and Saint Michael the Archangel who had both appeared to him.st john of matera v sml

Around him were gathered monks and hermits who gave life to the “Pulsanesi,” inspired by the rule of Saint Benedict.

His life was marked by numerous angelic visions but also by ferocious attacks from the devil.   Here are three citations taken from his hagiography in which the Saint guards his followers from attacks of the devil:

“A young man, to attract a young woman, sold his soul to the devil but, having become tepid, he regretted it.  The demon, eager for that soul, cast him into a ravine, where a venerable monk appeared to the poor thing, admonished him and advised him to go to Pulsano to get salutary advice.   Saved by a miracle from the precipice, he went there and was amazed to recognise in our Abbot, the Monk who had appeared to him down in the ravine.   He took off his garments and clothed himself with a habit and lived in the Order humbly and holy and died in that way.”

And another: “Sabino, devoted to him and already very much a close friend of his, was at the end of his life.   The monks around his bed were in tears waiting for his death, when he was enraptured in ecstasy. Upon returning, he recounted that it seemed to him that he was dead and was caught by two horrible devils that wanted to drag him into hell.   At that point Saint John Matera appeared and with a haughty scowl he attempted to snatch away their prey.   They attacked and flung themselves on him the Saint with a resolute air confronted them, the demons, given their arrogance, tried to show, while thumbing through their wicked book, that the monk deserved eternal punishment.   The Priest, upon the revelation of the failings committed by him, was left perplexed.   Then there appeared the Holy Virgin who noticed the servant of God, chased away the demons, liberated the
wretched man and disappeared.   The Priest, meanwhile, warned the friar to admonish his two companions to repent of their sins, if they did not want to come to a bad end.   Of the two, one confessed humbly all his guilt and was preserved in goodness, the other rejected and finished badly.”S. john Giovanni-da-Matera

On another occasion he freed his fellow friars from a diabolical infestation:
“In the forest the monks were working to knock down and square off some tree trunks;  the Father was not with them.   A group of soldiers appeared who threw themselves upon them.   But they were not soldiers but demons.   All of sudden they backed off, since Saint John Matera rushed to their aid.   Imagine how they surrounded him.   But the sweet Father, comforting them with gentle cautions, disappeared. The monks were astounded.   One of them returned to the Monastery the next day to tell what had happened.   The man of God with his arms raised thanked the Lord and reaffirmed that it was not for his merits but for the merits of their obedience that the Lord performed such a miracle.”

St John died in Foggia in 1139.   He was buried in a niche in a cave in the Church at Saint Mary of Pulsano Abbey.   In 1830 his relics were translated to Matera Cathedral and then in 1939 were enshrined in a new sarcophagus.   St John was Canonised in 1177 by Pope Alexander III.san-john-de-matera-santo-del-dia-20-de-junio-1

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Memorial of The Immaculate Heart of Mary and of the Saints – 20 June

The Immaculate Heart of Mary (Memorial) +2020
Celebrated on the Saturday following the Feast of the Sacred Heart

https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/24/the-feast-of-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary-24-june-2017-the-saturday-following-the-feast-of-the-sacred-heart/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/09/feast-of-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary-8-june/

St Adalbert of Magdeburg (910-981)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/20/saint-of-the-day-20-june-st-adalbert-of-magdeburg-910-981-apostle-of-the-slavs/

St Bagne of Thérouanne
St Edburga of Caistor
St Gemma of Saintonge
St Goban of Picardie
St Helen of Öehren
St John of Matera (c 1070-1139)
St Macarius of Petra
Bl Margareta Ebner
St Methodius of Olympus
Bl Michelina of Pesaro
St Novatus of Rome
St Pope Silverius (Died 538) Martyr
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/06/20/saint-of-the-day-20-june-st-pope-silverius-died-538-martyr/

Irish Martyrs – 17 beati – This is the collective title given to the 260 or more persons who are credited with dying for the faith in Ireland between 1537 and 1714. Seventeen of them were beatified together on 27 September 1992 by St Pope John Paul II.
• Blessed Conn O’Rourke• Blessed Conor O’Devany• Blessed Dermot O’Hurley• Blessed Dominic Collins• Blessed Edward Cheevers• Blessed Francis Taylor• Blessed George Halley• Blessed John Kearney• Blessed Matthew Lambert• Blessed Maurice Eustace• Blessed Patrick Cavanagh• Blessed Patrick O’Healy• Blessed Patrick O’Loughran• Blessed Peter Higgins• Blessed Robert Meyler• Blessed Terrence Albert O’Brien• Blessed William Tirry

Martyrs of Lower Moesia:
Martyred on the Black Sea at Lower Moesia (in modern Bulgaria), date unknown.
St Cyriacus
St Paul

Martyred in Nagasaki: 9 Beati : burned alive on 20 June 1626 in Nagasaki, Japan. Their ashes were thrown into the sea and no relics remain. They were Beatified on 7 May 1867 by Pope Pius IX.
• Blessed Baltasar de Torres Arias
• Blessed Francisco Pacheco
• Blessed Gaspar Sadamatsu
• Blessed Giovanni Battista Zola
• Blessed Ioannes Kisaku
• Blessed Michaël Tozo
• Blessed Paulus Shinsuke
• Blessed Petrus Rinsei
• Blessed Vincentius Kaun