Thought for the Day – 23 July – Knowledge and Sanctity

Thought for the Day – 23 July – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Knowledge and Sanctity

knowledge and sanctity bacci 23 july 2020

“If there had been equal progress throughout the ages in sanctity and in science, men would now be very wise and very holy.

It is a well-known fact, that science has made great strides but, it must be admitted,unfortunately, that it has often forgotten it’s beginning and final end, which is God alone.
The object of knowledge, is truth and, all truth comes from God but, it dwells in created things like a reflection of divine light.
We must trace this reflected light back to it’s original source.
If students had always done this, they could have become wise as well as learned.
They would have gained from their studies and research, a deeper knowledge of God, the author of all the marvels in the universe and, they would have discovered, how to worship and obey Him.

When science goes astray or becomes an end in itself, it ceases to be of real service and can become an instrument of evil.
When the history of philosophy was described as the history of human aberrations, this was not altogether an exaggeration.
Moreover, the technical and practical science which are flourishing in this era, have often become the means of human destruction.
This is what happens when science turns away from God, who is it’s origin.

There is a great deal of learning in the modern world but, very little holiness.
As a result of their absorption in intellectual labour and scientific research, men have forgotten the most important thing in life, which is goodness.

It would seem that the intellect has stifled the impulses of the heart and the dictates of conscience.
Do not let this happen in your own case.
By all means, have and promote learning but, more than anything else, cultivate in your soul that sanctity which will be your greatest treasure in life.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci


Quote/s of the Day – 23 July – St John Cassian & St Bridget of Sweden

Quote/s of the Day – 23 July – the Memorial of St John Cassian (c 360- c 435), St Bridget of Sweden (c 1303 – 1373)

“Whoever has achieved love
has God within himself
and his intellect is always with God.”

whoever has achieved love has god within himself - st john cassian 23 july 2020

“No structure of virtue
can possibly be raised in our soul
unless, first, the foundations
of true humility are laid in our heart.”

no structure of virtue - st john cassian 23 july 2020

“The thief on the cross certainly did not receive
the Kingdom of Heaven as a reward for his virtues
but as a grace and a mercy from God.
He can serve as an authentic witness
that our salvation is given to us
only by God’s mercy and grace.
All the holy masters knew this
and unanimously taught
that perfection in holiness
can be achieved only through humility.”

St John Cassian (c 360- c 435)

the thief on the cross - st john cassian 23 july 2020

“O Lord, make haste and illumine the night.
Say to my soul that nothing happens
without You permitting it
and that nothing of what You permit,
is without comfort.”

_o lord make haste and illumine the night - st bridget of sweden 23 july 2020

“There is no sinner in the world,
however much at enmity with God,
who cannot recover God’s grace,
by recourse to Mary
and by asking her assistance.”

St Bridget of Sweden (c 1303 – 1373)there is no sinner in the world - st bridget o sweden 23 july 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 23 July – ‘… The Church’s longing has never lost its intensity …’

One Minute Reflection – 23 July – “Month of the Precious Blood” – Thursday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: Jeremiah 2:1-37-812-13Psalm 36:6-11Matthew 13:10-17and the Memorial of St Bridget of Sweden (c 1303 – 1373) and Blessed Margarita de Maturana (1881-1934)

“For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see” … Matthew 13:17

REFLECTION – “In one of the psalms the prophet says: “My soul pines for your salvation;  I hope in your word” (119[118]:1) …  Who is it expressing this ardent desire if not “the chosen race, the royal priesthood, the people set apart for God” (1 Pt 2:9), each in their own day, in each one of those who have lived, are living or will live, from humanity’s first beginning, until the end of the world? …  That is why our Lord Himself says to His disciples:  “Many prophets and righteous men have longed to see what you see.”   It is their voice, then, we must recognise in this psalm …  Their longing has never come to an end in the saints, nor does it end even now in “the Body of Christ, the Church” (Col 1:18) until “the Desired of all nations” comes (Hag 2:8 Vg) …

So the beginning of the Church’s era, before the Virgin had given birth, comprised saints who longed to see Christ’s coming in the flesh and the period where we are now, following the Ascension, comprises other saints, who long to see the revealing of Christ to judge the living and the dead.   From the beginning to the end of time, the Church’s longing has never lost its intensity, excepting only, when our Lord was alive on earth in the company of His disciples.” … St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of Grace – Discourses on the Psalms, Ps 119[118], no. 20 ; CCL 40, 1730matthew 13 17 for truly i say to you marny prophets - from the beginning to the end of time - st augustine 23 july 2020

PRAYER – “O Jesus, Son of God, You Who were silent in the presence of Your accusers, restrain my tongue until I find what should say and how to say it.   Show me the way and make me ready to follow it.   It is dangerous to delay, yet perilous to go forward.   Answer my petition and show me the way.   As the wounded go to the doctor in search of aid, so do I come to You. O Lord, give Your peace to my heart. “ (St Bridget).   And we ask God our Father that the prayers of St Bridget and Blessed Margarita de Maturana, may serve as an aid as we strive to attain virtue and see Your Face, O Lord, through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, bridget of sweden pray for us no 2 - 23 july 2018

bl margarita de maturana pray for us 23 july 2020


Our Morning Offering – 23 July – May We Confess Your Name to the End

Our Morning Offering – 23 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – Thursday of the Sixteenth week in Ordinary Time

May We Confess Your Name to the End
By St Cyprian of Carthage (200-258)
Bishop and Martyr
Father of the Church

Good God,
may we confess Your Name to the end.
May we emerge unmarked
and glorious from the traps
and darkness of this world.
As You have bound us together
by charity and peace
and as together
we have persevered under persecution,
so may we also rejoice together
in Your heavenly kingdom.
Amenmay we confess your name to the end - by st cyprian of carthae martyr father - 23 july 2020

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Saint of the Day – 23 July – Blessed Margarita María López de Maturana (1884-1934) “Mother Margarita”

Saint of the Day – 23 July – Blessed Margarita María López de Maturana (1884-1934) known as “Mother Margarita” – Religious, Foundress of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz – born on 5 July 1884 on the 3rd floor of 52 Tenderia Street, Bilboa, Vizcaya, Spain as Pilar López de Maturana y Ortiz de Zárate and died at 12:15 am on 23 July 1934 at Donostia-San Sebastian, Berriz, Vizcaya, Spain of stomach cancer. Patronages – Mercedarian Missionaries of Bérriz, Missionaries, against stomach margarita maria Pilar_López_de_Maturana

The life of Mother Margarita was a devout and generous response to God’s call.   From childhood she cultivated a deep love for God which developed throughout her lifetime.   She is reported as once saying: “There are very important moments in life when God shows us the way to follow and then leaves it to our free will to respond.”   Her constant choice was always a generous “yes” to the God of love.

Pilar, as she was named at Baptism, was born with her twin sister Leonor, in Bilbao, Spain, on 25 July 1884.   The twins were the youngest of five children born to Juana Ortiz de Zarate and Vicente López de Maturana.

According to early accounts the twins were inseparable.   They grew up sharing everything, including their love for God.   Both, in fact, decided to enter the convent.   But it was Leonor’s desire to make the sacrifice of detachment from her sister that prompted her to chose to enter a different Order from her beloved twin, the Carmelites of Charity.

Opening to a vocation:
In 1901 Pilar’s widowed mother enrolled her in the boarding school of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy (Mercedarians), in an effort to distance her from a suitor and resulting relationship, that Doña Juana felt was premature for Pilar’s 16 years of age.

Her initial difficult adjustment at the school was soothed by the simplicity and manner of educating of the Religious, which made her feel at home and comfortable in her new margarita maria de maturana

Shortly thereafter, she desired to enter the Order and following her 19th birthday, the age established by her mother, she entered the novitiate in the Cloistered Mercedarian Monastery of Vera Cruz in Berriz on 10 August 1903, taking the name Margarita María.

In 1906 she began to work in the Order’s boarding school, where she had also studied.   She remained there for more than 20 years, distinguishing herself by fervent prayer and charity.

The Order of Our Lady of Mercy was founded by St Peter Nolasco in 1218 in order to ransom Christian captives.   To the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, St Peter added a fourth vow, to act as hostages, if necessary, to free from the Moors the Christian captives whose faith was in danger.   As centuries passed the need to offer oneself in ransom declined but this missionary spirit remained in the hearts of those who lived the charism.

New fruits of the charism:
Consonant with the Mercedarian charism, Sr Margarita María felt a strong desire to practice the fourth vow.   She applied this vocation of the ransom of captives to the task of converting the pagan world.

After 17 years of faithful religious life, the Mercedarian spirit inspired Sr Margarita, in 1920, to form an association of Mercedarian Missionary Youth, encouraging them to be co-missionaries through prayer and various activities.

The missionary spirit pervaded not only the youth residing with them but the whole Monastery as well.   By September 1924 the request was made to the Superior General of the Order of Mercy, to petition Rome to redefine their religious status, from a contemplative Order to an active Missionary Order.   On 23 January 1926 permission was granted ad experimentum to take up the Missionary life.   By 19 September 1926 the first group of six Missionary Sisters departed for Wuhu, China, where they arrived safely on 5 November of the same year.    The second Missionary expedition that left Berriz, on 30 October 1927, went to Saipan, in the Mariana Islands of the South Pacific, arriving four months later on 4 March 1928.

A third Missionary expedition that set out for Ponape Island, Japan, in 1928 was conducted by Mother Margarita María, who had just been named Superior a year earlier on 16 April margarita_maturana

In 1930 the final approval and blessing came from Rome for the official transformation of the Mercedarian Monastery of Berriz into a Missionary Institute.   On 30 July 1931, during the First General Chapter of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz, Mother Margarita María was elected as the first Superior General.

Before her death in Spain due to cancer on 23 July 1934, she had travelled the world twice on Missionary work.

Mother Margarita’s Missionary zeal, sprang from her intense union with Christ, who offered Himself in ransom for all.   Her desire to live the fourth vow and save souls, inspired her Missionary spirit.   Her writing defines the stimulus for the missionary spirit as a “desire to love Jesus Christ in a new and total way – to love Him above all, in those who do not love Him.”

Margarita María’s Beatification cause was opened on 30 July 1943.  Her writings were approved on 4 March 1954.   On 16 March 1987 her heroic virtues were proclaimed, followed by recognition on 28 April 2006 of a Miracle attributed to her. …

She was Beatified on 22 October 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.   The recognition was celebrated at Santiago Cathedral, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain by Jose Cardinal Saraiva.

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Feast of Our Lady of Altino and Memorials of the Saints – 23 July

St Bridget of Sweden (c 1303 – 1373) (Optional Memorial)

St Bridget’s Story:

Our Lady of Altino:
Read here:

St Anne of Constantinople
St Apollonius of Rome
Blessed Vasil/Basil Hopko (1904-1976) Martyr
Bl Beaudoin of Beaumont
St Conan of Cornwall
Bl Emilio Arce Díez
St Eugene of Rome
St Herundo of Rome
Bl Jane of Orvieto
St John Cassian (c 360- c 435)

Bl Josep Sala Picó
Bl Juan de Luca
Bl Juan de Montesinos
Bl Leonard da Recanati
Blessed Margarita María López de Maturana (1884-1934)
Bl Pedro Ruiz de los Paños Angel
St Phocas the Gardener
St Primitiva of Rome
St Rasyphus of Macé
St Rasyphus of Rome
St Ravennus of Macé
St Redempta of Rome
St Romula of Rome
St Severus of Bizye
St Theophilus of Rome
St Trophimus of Rome
St Valerian of Cimiez
Bl Wojciech Gondek

Martyrs of Barcelona – 7 beati: Seven Christians, some lay people, some members of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and some of the Franciscan Daughters of Mercy, who were martyred in two groups on the same day in the Spanish Civil War.
• Catalina Caldés Socías
• Francesc Mayol Oliver
• Miquel Pons Ramis
• Miquela Rul-Làn Ribot
• Pau Noguera Trías
• Prudència Canyelles Ginestà de Aguadé
• Simó Reynés Solivellas
23 July 1936 in Barcelona, Spain. They were Beatified on 28 October 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Martyrs of Bulgaria: An unknown number of Christians killed for their faith during the 9th century war between the Greek Emperor Nicephorus and the Bulgars.

Martyrs of Carabanchel Bajo – 9 beati: A group of nine Passionist priests, brothers and clerics who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Anacario Benito Nozal
• Felipe Ruiz Fraile
• Felipe Valcobado Granado
• José Osés Sainz
• José Ruiz Martinez
• Julio Mediavilla Concejero
• Laurino Proaño Cuesta
• Manuel Pérez Jiménez
• Maurilio Macho Rodríguez
22 July 1936 in Carabanchel Bajo, Madrid, Spain. They were Beatified on 1 October 1989 by Pope John Paul II.

Martyrs of Horta – 10 beati: A lay woman and nine Minim nuns who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Ana Ballesta Gelmá
• Dolors Vilaseca Gallego
• Josefa Pilar García Solanas
• Josepa Panyella Doménech
• Lucrecia García Solanas
• Maria Montserrat Ors Molist
• Mercè Mestre Trinché
• Ramona Ors Torrents
• Teresa Ríus Casas
• Vicenta Jordá Martí
23 July 1936 at the Sant Genís dels Agudells highway, Horta, Barcelona, Spain. They were Beatified on
27 October 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Martyrs of Manzanares – 5 beati: Five Passionist clerics who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Abilio Ramos y Ramos
• Epifanio Sierra Conde
• José Estalayo García
• Vicente Díez Tejerina
• Zacarías Fernández Crespo
They were shot on 23 July 1936 in Manzanares, Ciudad Real, Spain and Beatified on 1 October 1989 by Pope John Paul II.