Thought for the Day – 14 July – Everlasting Salvation

Thought for the Day – 14 July – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Everlasting Salvation

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“Let us consider again, the man on the endless and apparently aimless journey into land after land.
He walked for a long time, through valleys and over mountains, in the heat of the summer and in the sharp cold of the winter months.
It made no difference to him, whether the sun gave him encouragement, or the rain and snow impeded him, he forged ahead, just the same.
He crossed rivers, floods, mountains and hillocks and came down into valleys again.
But, at last, when he had travelled for years, he felt himself tiring.

He turned around and saw another man looking at him with compassion in his eyes.
He approached the stranger, who said to him:  “My friend, you look tired.   Have you been walking for a long time?”
“For a very long time,” he replied, “and, I am very tired.”
“But where are you going?”  the other man asked.   “What is your destination?”
The traveller sighed as if he had just awakened from a deep sleep and murmured:  “Where am I going?   I don’t know!   I have been walking for a long time but, I have no idea where I am going.”
At this, his new friend stared even more pityingly at the traveller, eyeing him as if he were an unfortunate simpleton.

When we reflect a little, do we not feel that we are rather like this poor traveller?
Our journey has lasted a good many hard and weary years.
Have we seriously thought about where we are going?
Have we solved the fundamental problem of our earthly journey – the goal and purpose of our lives?
“What does it profit a man,” Jesus has said to us, “if he gain the whole world but suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Mt 16:26).
Our eternal welfare is the great question which we should ponder continually.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci


Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – Sts Francisco Solano and Camillus de Lellis

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – The Memorial of Saint Francisco Solano OFM (1549 – 1610) “The Wonder Worker of the New World” and Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”

“How is it, my Lord Jesus,
that You were Crucified
while I have Your servants to care for me;
You were naked while I am clothed;
You were struck with blows
and crowned with thorns
while I have everything I need
to satisfy my wants
and give me consolation?”

St Francisco Solano OFM (1549 – 1610)
“The Wonder Worker of the New World”

+how is it my lord jesus that you were crucified - st francisco salano 14 july 2020

“Think well.
Speak well.
Do well.
These three things,
through the mercy of God,
will make a man go to Heaven.”

think well speak well do well - st camillus 14 july 2020

“The happiness to which I aspire
is greater than anything on earth.
Therefore, I regard with extreme joy,
whatever pains and sufferings
may befall me here.”

the happiness to which i aspire - st camillus 14 july 2020 (2)

“I don’t put a penny’s value on this life
if only our Lord will give me
a tiny corner in Paradise.”

St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)
“The Giant of Charity”

i dont put a penny's value on this life - st camillus 14 july 2020


One Minute Reflection – 14 July – ‘… The Grace of Repentance …’

One Minute Reflection – 14 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” = Tuesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, Readings: Isaiah 7:1-9Psalm 48:2-8Matthew 11:20-24 and the Memorial of St Francisco Solanus y Jiménez OFM (1549 – 1610) Priest – “The Wonder Worker of the New World” and St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”

“But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgement for the land of Sodom than for you.”… Matthew 11:24

REFLECTION – “Let us fix our thoughts on the blood of Christ and reflect how precious that blood is in God’s eyes, inasmuch as its outpouring for our salvation, has opened the grace of repentance to all mankind.
For we have only to survey the generations of the past, to see, that in everyone of them, the Lord has offered the chance of repentance to any, who were willing to turn to Him.   When Noah preached repentance, those who gave heed to him were saved.   When, after Jonah had proclaimed destruction to the people of Niniveh, they repented of their sins and made atonement to God with prayers and supplications, they obtained their salvation, notwithstanding, that they were strangers and aliens to Him.

All those, who were ministers of the grace of God, have spoken, through the Holy Spirit, of repentance.
The very Lord of all, Himself has spoken of it and even with an oath – By my life, the Lord declares, it is not the sinner’s death that I desire, so much as his repentance and, he adds, this gracious pronouncement, Repent, O house of Israel and turn from your wickedness. Say to the children of my people, though your sins may stretch from earth to heaven and though they may be redder than scarlet and blacker than sackcloth, yet if you turn wholeheartedly to me and say ‘Father’, I will listen to you as I would to a people that was holy.

Thus, by His own almighty will, He has confirmed his desire that repentance should be open to everyone of His beloved.

Let us bow, then, to that sovereign and glorious will.   Let us entreat His mercy and goodness, casting ourselves upon His compassion and wasting no more energy in quarrels and a rivalry which only ends in death.” … St Pope Clement I (c 35-99) – From his Letter to the Corinthians (Chs 7, 4-8, 3; 8, 5-9, 1; 13, 1-4; 19, 2)matthew 11 24 but i tell you that it shall be more tolerable - let us bow then to that sovereign - st pope clement I 14 july 2020

PRAYER – God our Father, we are Your children and You have set us aside to come home to You by the light of the way of Your divine Son. Fill us with knowledge of our need to turn to You in sorrow and repentance, that we may one day attain our final home with You. Grant we pray, that by the intercession of Saints Francisco Solanus and Camillus de Lellis, we may too become lights announcing Your love to all around us. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.ST FRANCISCO SOLANO PRAY FOR US 14 JULY 2020

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Our Morning Offering – 14 July – An Old Morning Prayer

Our Morning Offering – 14 July – “Month of the Precious Blood” – Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

An Old Morning Prayer – Excerpt
From The Blossoms of the Cross — 1894
The Sisters of St Joseph

I rise In God’s strength,
In God’s power,
In the Agony of Christ,
In the Cross of Christ,
In Christ’s Precious Blood,
These will sustain me against my enemies,
visible and invisible.
I rise in the blessing of Christ
which my dearest Jesus left to the whole world.
Protect me, All-Holy Trinity,
God the Father, Who created me,
God, the Son, Who redeemed me in His Precious Blood,
God, the Holy Ghost, Who sanctified me in Holy Baptism.
God, the Father, I give myself to Thee!
God, the Son, I commend myself to Thee!
God, the Holy Ghost, teach me!
Mary, Mother of God, assist me!
All you Saints of God, pray for me!
All you Holy Angels, protect me!
The Cross of Christ preserve me!
Amenan old morning prayer excerpt 1834 14 july 2020


Saint of the Day – 14 July – Saint Francisco Solano OFM (1549 – 1610) “The Wonder Worker of the New World,”

Saint of the Day – 14 July – Saint Francisco Solano OFM (1549 – 1610) “The Wonder Worker of the New World,” Priest, Friar of the Order of Friars Minor, Missionary, Musician, Preacher, Miracle worker, Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Virgin Mother and of Prayer, Polyglot – born on 10 March 1549 at Montilla, Diocese of Cordova, Andalusia, Spain and died on 14 July 1610 at Lima, Peru of natural causes.   He is also known as Francis Solanus.   Patronages – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, against earthquakes, Diocese of Añatuya, Argentina.KRACKER_Johann_Lucas_St_Francis_Of_Solano_Baptizing_Indians header

Frncisco was born on 10 March 1549 in Montilla, the third child of Mateo Sánchez Solano and Ana Jiménez.  When she was pregnant with the future saint, Ana consecrated him to Saint Francis of Assisi, after whom he was named.   Francisco Solano’s parents gave him an entirely Catholic formation, which he finished at the Jesuit school in his city.   He was a splendid conversationalist and possessed a good bearing, beautiful voice and rare musical sense.   At the age of twenty, he joined the Order of Friars Minor at Montilla, entering the novitiate at St Lawrence Friary, which was located in a place of great natural beauty.   The community there belonged to the Reformed observance within the Order, following a very strict routine of prayer, silence and fasting.   Francisco followed this regimen rigorously, always going barefoot, abstaining from meat, and wearing a hairshirt throughout that entire year.   As a result, however, his health was permanently affected, leaving him sick and fatigued.

Francisco was solemnly professed in 1569.   He was then sent to the Friary of Our Lady of Loreto in Seville for his seminary studies.   There he learned not only philosophy and theology but developed his musical talents.   He was Ordained in 1576, a ceremony his mother was unable to attend due to her poor health.    st francisco solanus old imageShortly after his Ordination he was named Master of Ceremonies for the community.   Still a lover of simplicity, Francis made a small cell for himself adjacent to the Chapel of the Friary, made of clay and reeds.

After completing his final theological studies, Fr Francisco was assigned as an itinerant preacher to the surrounding villages of the region.   He was eventually given a licence as a confessor.   During this period, he requested that he might be allowed to go to North Africa, with the hope of achieving Martyrdom for preaching the Catholic faith. He was denied this request.

After the death of his father, he returned to his hometown of Montilla to care for his mother.   During that time, he gained the reputation of a Wonder worker, as a number of people were cured of their afflictions through his intercession.   In 1583, A pestilence having broken out at Granada, he tended the sick and dying.San_Francisco_Solano_(1549_-1610)

Fr Francisco always had a remarkable joy when he was in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament or an image of Our Lady holding the Child Jesus.   He would become so ecstatic at seeing the Child Jesus cared for in the arms of Our Lady, that sometimes, he would call all the priests in the Monastery together and say:  “Father come look, doesn’t this make you happy?   Look at how well treated the Child Jesus is in the arms of Our Lady.   That is how He lived on earth!   Let’s be happy!”  He would play the violin, sing and dance before the statue, or even before the Blessed francisco solanus

King Philip II requested the Franciscans to send Missionaries to preach the Gospel in the Americas.   In 1589 Fr Francisco sailed from Spain to the New World and having landed at Panama, crossed the isthmus and embarked on a vessel that was to convey him to Peru.    During the journey, a storm at sea crashed his ship against the rocks not far from Peru.   The crew and the passengers abandoned the ship but Francis stayed with the slaves that were on board.   After three days, they were rescued.

For twenty years Fr Francisco worked at evangelising the vast regions of Tucuman (present day northwestern Argentina) and Paraguay.   He had a skill for languages and succeeded at learning many of the regions’ native tongues in a fairly short period.   It is believed that he could also address tribes of different tongues in one language yet be understood by them all.   Being a musician as well, Solano also played the violin frequently for the natives.   He is often depicted playing this instrument.   Francisco exuded joy wherever he carried out his apostolate.   He was always happy and enthusiastic, whether fighting spiritual battles, suffering or contemplating.   This wonderful joy was infectious, the local tribes all grew to love him and through him, the Lord of our life whom he brought to them.


At this time, Fr Francisco was appointment as guardian of the Franciscan Friary in Lima, Peru and at the same time, he filled the same office for the Friaries of his Order in Tucuman and Paraguay.

Around 1601 he was called to Lima, Peru, where he worked hard to recall the Spanish colonists to their Baptismal integrity.    Francisco predicted the devastating 1619 earthquake of Trujillo, Peru.   He died at Lima.

Solanus was Beatified by Pope Clement X in 1675 and Canonised by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726.   His feast is kept throughout the Franciscan Order on 24 July (except currently the United States, where it is celebrated on the universal feast day, 14 July).st francisco solano drk

Still today, most wondrously, in Humahuaca, everyday at precisely 12 noon, on the city hall belltower, heavy copper doors slowly open and a life-sized animated wooden, dramatic-looking statue of San Francisco Solano appears for about two minutes and gives his Benediction to the silent crowd amassed on the village Francis Solano header

The whole life of Saint Francis Solano was Martyrdom and crucifixion; still, during his last two months on earth he was given the opportunity of winning God’s promised reward for suffering patiently as a Christian.   Very severe pains and a raging fever forced him to take to his bed for good.   But no illness could keep him from praying and during his last days the gift of contemplation was at work in him, to such an extent, that he seemed to be living all the time in the company of the angels.

He was so forgetful of his bodily wants that his ability to go on living seemed to be a miracle, even in the opinion of eminent doctors.   He kept on repeating with great feeling his favourite aspiration:  “God be glorified,” or some similar one.   Sometimes he asked that the Psalms “Bless the Lord, my soul” and “My soul, give thanks to the Lord” should be recited and these caused his heart to melt.   He even wanted to read Saint John’s Gospel for himself, beginning at the passage “It was before the festival of the Passover.”   The story of the Crucifixion especially affected him deeply and he would begin to speak of the suffering of Christ, giving Him thanks and praising the goodness and mercy shown to a sinner like him at such great cost.   Hymns in honour of Our Lady often helped him to feel better and he was filled with happiness and joy at the thought of her.   On one occasion he said to his confessor: “Father, help me to speak the praises of God,” immediately adding, “0 God, my creator, my king and my father, you are all my delight, you are everything to me.”   At this, the flame of divine love burned so fiercely that his soul was turned to inward things and was wholly occupied with spiritual joys, leaving him immobile, his senses numbed, his body like marble.

Five days before he died he said to the infirmarian, Brother John Gomez:  “Brother, have you noticed God’s great mercy to me in giving me the strength to overcome the enemy?”   Two days later he turned to the friar who looked after him and exclaimed with tears and sighs:  “How is it, my Lord Jesus, that You were Crucified while I have Your servants to care for me;   You were naked while I am clothed;  You were struck with blows and crowned with thorns, while I have everything I need to satisfy my wants and give me consolation?”   On the following day in the presence of many of the friars he cried out:   “God of my life, may You be glorified!   What honour You heap on me.   I rejoice, my Lord, that You are God, the source of all my joy!”

The night before he passed away he was rapt in ecstasy so that everyone thought he had died.   But he came to himself again and exclaimed:  “I rejoiced when I heard them say:  ‘Let us go to God’s house.”’   From then until the end, his face was suffused with an expression of overflowing joy, eagerness and beauty.   His soul exulted at the thought of the good things promised him and so broke out in these signs of joy.   A friar said to him:  “Father, after God has taken you to heaven, be mindful of me when you reach the eternal kingdom,” and Saint Francisco replied:  “It is true that I am going to heaven but on the strength of Christ’s passion and death;  for myself, I am the greatest of sinners.   But I will be a good friend to you when I reach my home in heaven.” … Acta Sanctorum July V Paris 1860 pages 884-6 – God of my life, Source of all joy:  glory to You.


through Saint Francisco Solano
you led many inhabitants of South America
into the community of the Church.
By his merits and prayers
join our hearts to You in love
and lead non-believers to know and reverence Your name.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.   AmenSt. Francis Solano


Feast of Our Lady and Memorials of the Saints – 14 July

St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) (Optional Memorial)
St Camillus!

Mare de Déu de Canòlich/Mother of God of Canolich:
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Our Lady of Dromon:  Saint-Geniez, Alpes de Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
In 1656, about 2.5 miles from the alpine village of Saint-Geniez, as 12-year-old herder Honoré was praying before a wooden cross on a stone mound, he heard the voice of the Blessed Virgin asking him to dig there to uncover chapels dedicated to her long ago.   Excavations on the mountain located a crypt chapel dating back to around 1000, on the site of the ancient city of Theopolis.   The upper chapel holds an alabaster statue of the Virgin and Child from the 1600s.   The annual pilgrimage takes place on Bastille Day, 14 July.

Bl Angelina di Marsciano
Bl Boniface of Canterbury
St Colman of Killeroran
St Cyrus of Carthage
St Deusdedit of Canterbury
St Donatus of Africa
Bl Dorotea Llamanzares Fernández
St Francisco Solano y Jiménez OFM (1549 – 1610) Priest – “The Wonder Worker of the New World”

Bl Giorgio of Lauria
Bl Hroznata of Bohemia
Bl Humbert of Romans
St Idus of Ath Fadha
St Ioannes Wang Kuixin
St Just
St Justus of Rome
St Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) (Optional Memorial USA)

St Liebert
St Marchelm
Bl Michael Ghebre
St Optatian of Brescia
St Papias of Africa
Bl Toscana of Verona
St Ulric of Zell