Thought for the Day – 11 May – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Search for God
“All men are looking for God, whether they are aware of it or not. They are discontented and cannot understand why. They do not realise, that the real source of their discontent, is that they have not found God and God alone can make men happy. The Blessed Virgin had to put up with many sorrows but, she never had to bear the pain which afflicts the rest of us, to a greater or a lesser degree, the pain of separation from God. Even when she lost the Child Jesus, she still possessed God in her soul, for she had surrendered herself completely to Him. Throughout her life, she remained united to God in joy and in sorrow. God’s will was her will, His desires were her desires.
If we wish to be worthy sons of Mary, we must imitate her in this. Let us consider the nature of our most intimate thoughts and desires. How often we forget God! How little we really think of Him. We are absorbed in so many other affairs, that we forget Him, Who should be the centre of our plans. We are too fond of ourselves and of our own comfort and interests. As a result, we forget Him, to Whom we owe everything and Who should be the final goal of our lives. Our hearts are very small. If we fill them with worldly desires, there is no room for God. But God should be the absolute master of our souls.
Let us empty ourselves of useless worldly preoccupations and make room for spiritual aims. Let us make room for God. Like Mary, let God be our only preoccupation, If we look for Him in everything, we shall find Him.”
Quote/s of the Day – 11 May – “Mary’s Month” – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter,Readings: Acts 16: 22-34, Psalms 138: 1-2, 2-3, 7-8, John 16: 5-11
“I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord; he will guide you to all truth.”
“If one of us has a conscience polluted by the stain of avarice, conceit, vain-glory, indignation, irascibility, or envy and the other vices, he has “a daughter badly troubled by a demon” like the Canaanite woman.”
St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Father and Doctor of the Church
“A good man is not a perfect man; a good man is an honest man, faithful and unhesitatingly responsive to the Voice of God in his life.”
St John Fisher (1469-1535) Bishop, Martyr
“Just as speech has been given to men to be the interpreter of their feelings and desires, so it is through the conscience, that God teaches us, what He judges of everything and what He expects of each one of us. This divine Voice forms various interior words, to express various lessons and the different orders, that it pleases God to give to His creature. It is the bond of communication that the Lord desires to have with us and the most usual organ he makes use of, to touch our hearts and open to us His own.”
St Claude la Colombière SJ (1641-1682)
Christian reflections (Spiritual writings, coll. Christus no 9,)
“The Heart of Jesus is with me.”
“Three things I cannot escape: the eye of God, the voice of conscience, the stroke of death. In company, guard your tongue. In your family, guard your temper. When alone guard your thoughts.”
Venerable Matthew Talbot (1856 – 1925)
“Then steer your ship with steady arm, Trust Me and rest your soul. Your little boat I’ll keep from harm, I’ll guide it toward its goal. … Be therefore, steadfast, calm and true, Your God is at your side. Through storm and night He’ll see you through With conscience as your guide.”
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD.(1891-1942 Edith Stein “At the Helm”
One Minute Reflection – 11 May – “Mary’s Month” – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter,Readings: Acts 16: 22-34, Psalms 138: 1-2, 2-3, 7-8, John 16: 5-11
“But I tell you the truth, it is expedient to you that I go; for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you but if I go, I will send him to you.” – John16:7
REFLECTION – “The Holy Spirit is the wheat that comforts us along the road to the fatherland, the wine that gives us joy in tribulation, the oil that sweetens life’s sorrows. This threefold support, was needed by the apostles who had to go out to preach through the whole world. This is why Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to them. They are filled with Him – filled, so that no impure spirits might gain entrance into them; when a container is completely full, nothing else can enter into it.
The Holy Spirit “will teach you.” (Jn 16,13) so that you can know; he will prompt you. so that you can will. He gives both knowledge and will, add to this our “ability,” according to the measure of our strength and we shall be temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6,19).” – St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Franciscan, Doctor of the Church – Sermons
PRAYER – Almighty God and Father, Your ways are not our ways, teach us to willingly agree to them, for You know which way we should go. Help us to say “yes” always to Your plan and to render ourselves, as a sacrament of Your divine love to all we meet. Fill us with the Your grace and Your Spirit, to make us Your tools, to bring glory to Your kingdom. Our Father, who art in heaven, may Your Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Mary Mother of God, pray for us! Through our Our Lord Jesus Christ together with the Holy Ghost ✠ in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Our Morning Offering – 11 May – “Mary’s Month” – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Make Me Like Yourself, Mary My Mother By St Louis-Marie de Montfort (1673-1716)
My powerful Queen, you are all mine, through your mercy and I am all yours. Take away from me, all that may displease God and cultivate in me, all that is pleasing to Him. May the light of your faith, dispel the darkness of my mind, your deep humility, take the place of my pride, your continual sight of God, fill my memory, with His presence. May the love of your heart inflame the lukewarmness, of mine. May your virtues, take the place of my sins. May your merits, be my enrichment and make up for allthat is wanting in me, before God. My beloved Mother, grant that I may have, no other spirit but your spirit, to know Jesus Christ and His Divine will and to praise and glorify the Lord, that I may love God, with burning love like yours. Amen
Saint of the Day – 11 May – Saint Mayeul of Cluny (c 906–994) Priest, Abbot, the 4th Abbot of Cluny, Reformer., miracle-worker. Born in c 906 in Avignon, France and died in 994 at Souvigny, France en route to Paris, of natural causes. He is also known as Majolus, Maieul, Mayeul, Mayeule.
Mayeul was revered in his own time as a holy man. He spent much time in prayer and solitude, he rebuked sinners, he disliked public praise and high honours but he would do much good in secret, away from the eyes of the public. Whenever he went on a journey, he would have an open book in his hand, which could be either a spiritual or philosophical work, which he would read as he rode. He had great knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures and other subjects but would never offer his knowledge unsolicited. He would only speak when asked his opinion. He always spoke very briefly. He drank a little wine. He was said to be a very gentle and kind person, although strict and unwavering when required.
Mayeul was very active in reforming individual communities of Monks and Canons; first, as a personal commission, requested and authorised by the Emperor or other nobility. Later, he found it more effective to affiliate some of the foundations to the motherhouse at Cluny to lessen the likelihood of later relapse. He travelled widely and was highly regarded as a person of influence, both in Rome and at the Imperial Court. He is buried at the Priory of Souvigny, along with St Odilo, the 5th bbot of Cluny and commemorated individually on 11 May and also on 29 April with four other early Abbots of Cluny.
Mayeul’s father, named “Fulcher,” was from a wealthy provincial family of Avignon. His mother was named Raimodis. They had two sons. Mayeul and Cynricus. It is not known for sure which was the older but traditionally, the younger sons of noble families were given to the Church and the elder sons were made the heirs to the father’s estate, hence because Mayeul became a Monk, it is sometimes assumed he is the younger. Around 916, Mayeul fled his family’s estates near Rietz to stay with relatives at Mâcon due to the feudal wars. Both his parents died during his absence, while he was still very young.
Mayeul studied the liberal arts at Lyon and became Canon and later Archdeacon of Mâcon; his Ordination to the Priesthood was in Mâcon. While there, he gave free lessons to a large body of clerks. He built a small Oratory on the opposite side of the river from the Town, where he would retire for prayer. In personal habits he was always kind, never telling lies, detraction or flattery and he was severe against sinners, if it was necessary to call them to repent. He gained a reputation among the local people as a holy person and so, when Besançon needed a new Bishop, many people, called on him to become their Bishop but he refused.
There was a famine at the time and Mayeul prayed for help for those begging for food. One day as he prayed, seven gold coins appeared in front of him. He was afraid that this was a trick of the devil or that the money was lost and he wouldn’t touch it. But when he discovered the money was real and no-one claimed it, he then used it to buy food for the starving peoples.
He decided then to enter Cluny Abbey, which he had visited previously. Aymard of Cluny was Abbot at the time. Aymard appointed Mayeul “armarius” (book-keeper and master of ceremonies). He was later made librarian. He had read the poems of Virgil and he considered that Monks should not read these works but that the Sacred Scriptures alone was enough for them. He was very strict in the discipline he applied to new monks.
He was sent with a fellow monk from Cluny to Rome, on one occasion and on the return journey his companion became sick. Mayeul waited by the suffering Monk for three days with much anxiety and on the third night, he dreamed that he saw a white-haired old man who said ‘Why art thou cast down in idle grief? Hast thou forgotten what my brother James orders for the sick?’ He awoke and realised, that the dream was referring to the Sacrament of Extreme Unction mentioned in the letter of James (5:14-15). He then anointed his brother-monk with the holy oil. The sick Monk then started to recover from his illness. This miracle was then told at Cluny and the Monks held Mayeul in veneration.
Around 948, Mayeul became co-adjutor to Abbot Aymard. Aymard became blind and he resigned his Abbacy, recommending that the Monks choose to elect a new Abbot and suggested they choose Mayeul but he refused. However, Mayeul again had a dream in which St Benedict appeared to him and told him to accept the responsibility of the office and that the Sacred book would be his guide. The next day, Mayeul addressed the Monks and said, “Now in Him who is able to smooth over rough places, to raise up heavy burdens and to overthrow the adversary, I place my hope and submit myself to your unchanged command.” Mayeul became Abbot about the year 954.
The construction of Cluny II, c 955–981, begun after the destructive Hungarian raids of 953,. The replacement Abbey Church of Cluny II was consecrated in 981. The relics of Peter and Paul were taken from Rome to Cluny during Mayeul’s Abbacy. Under him, a network of Monasteries dependent on Cluny’s leadership, began to develop and would continue under his successors Odilo and Hugh.
Mayeul was graced by God with miracles during his lifetime and after his death. He cured the sick, restored sight to the blind, healed those bitten by serpents, dogs or wolves, he also miraculously rescued people from death by drowning or fire. Among the stories of miracles attributed to him, the following are here related:
Once when Mayeul was returning from Aquitaine, he decided to visit a Monastery along the way and sent a messenger ahead of him to say he was on his way. The Monks of this Monastery were happy that he was coming but the purveyor felt concerned because they had run out of fish. However, he asked the Monks to go down to the river and call on God by the name of Mayeul and when they did, they caught an enormously large salmon.
The water that Mayeul used to wash his hands was said to have miraculous powers. Once in Vallavaense a blind beggar caught hold of Mayeul’s bridle as he was leaving the Town and begged him to bless water in a jar he had brought. Mayeul was moved by this show of faith and so he blessed the water. The beggar then washed his eyes with the water and received his sight.
After his death several pilgrims, when returning from his tomb, reached the Loire river and they could not cross it because the boat was on the other side. Tthe boatman refused to come over for them. They called on Mayeul to intercede for them and the boat crossed over by itself to them and took them, without being rowed, to the other side.
A woman who brought her dead child to Mayeul’s tomb in Souvigny where she placed the child’s body in front of the altar, where it remained the whole night. At nine o’clock in the morning, the eyes of the boy opened and the boy called for his mother.
Mayeul lived to the old age of 84. Two years before he died, he gave up the Abbacy and made Odilo his co-adjutor, just as Aymard had done with him about 50 earlier. He retired to one of the smaller Cluniac houses where he devoted time to serving the brothers there by instruction, correction and inspiration. He continued to work even into his old age and he died on his way to reform Saint-Denis in Paris. He did not get far and stopped at Souvigny Priory, where he died and was buried. After he died, the Monks at Cluny wanted to bring him to Cluny but the Monks at Sovigny protested and insisted that he remain there. The tomb of St Majolus became the focus of pilgrimages and miracles.
Madonna dello Scoglio / Madonna of the Rock, Placanica, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy (mid 1900s) – 11 May:
Fratel Cosimo Fragomeni was born in 1950 in Santa Domenica di Placanica, a village of Calabria, one of the poorest regions in Italy. From an early age he was a committed Roman Catholic and when he was 18, he reported to the village priest, Don Rocco Gregorace, having had four visions in which the Mother of God, standing on a rock (scoglio), appeared to him. The first of these visions took place on the 11th May 1968. The Virgin Mary asked Cosimo to transform the valley into a Shrine in order to bring people closer to God.
For that reason, on the rock of the apparition, Cosimo built a little Chapel,and called the Shrine “Madonna dello Scoglio” (Our Lady of The Rock) because the Virgin Mary appeared to him on the top of the rock. He also placed a marble Statue of Our Lady on the rock of the apparitions. Pilgrims come from all over the world to pray and touch the sacred rock, through the metal fencing that circumscribes it, testifying great miracles and conversions.
Shortly after the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Cosimo began to lead prayer devotions for pilgrims and many people were cured from diseases. Although he had received little formal education, he was admitted to the lay order of the Franciscan brothers with the name of “Fratel Cosimo.” He led a mystical life, living in solitude in a house near the apparition rock, fasting and praying and avoiding any sense of celebrity.
Fratel Cosimo was a man of God, appreciated by his Bishop for his obedience and humility to the Catholic Church. He emphasised prayer as the primary vehicle for opening oneself to God and for receiving spiritual and physical renewal through the Divine Physician and His Holy Mother. Thanks to the donations of the pilgrims, the Shrine grounds and facilities have been expanded. A foundation and a rosary prayer group have been established and on the 8th December 2007, the local Bishop Mnsgr Morosini, declared the “Scoglio” an official Catholic shrine.
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
St Maximus of Sabina St Mayeul of Cluny (c 906–994) Priest and Abbot 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.