Thought for the Day – 14 July – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Knowledge and Goodness
“Joseph DeMaistre’s views on the relationship between knowledge and goodness may seem a little extreme but, they are nothing but the truth. “If the guardianship of education is not restored to the Church and if knowledge is not everywhere subordinated to goodness, the evils which await us will be incalculable. Science will brutalise us. Because of it, men will become more savage than the barbarians!”
We do not wish to speak slightingly of knowledge. It is a gift from God, Who has given us our intellects to know the truth. But truth, like every created thing, comes from God and should lead us back to God. It is the same with knowledge. If we investigate the secrets of nature and do not make of them a ladder, which helps us to climb towards our Creator, we turn the natural order upside down and inevitably fall backwards. We can gain, by our labours, a mastery over the hidden forces of nature. If we do not use them to benefit humanity but to destroy those of our brothers whom we call our enemies, we are worse than Cain. Science which does not serve goodness, is worse than barbarism. The latter has very few instruments of destruction at its disposal. When science rebels against idealism, however and makes itself absolute, it can destroy all that we have inherited of beauty and goodness throughout the centuries.
Science is too easily glorified today. But knowledge, for the sake of knowledge, does not lead us to God and is very often stupidity or worse. It can be an instrument of evil and of physical and spiritual destruction!”
Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – and the Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”
“Brother, if you commit a sin and take pleasure in it, the pleasure passes but the sin remains. But if you do something virtuous, even though you are tired, the tiredness passes but the virtue remains.”
“The poor and the sick are the Heart of God. In serving them, we serve Jesus Christ.”
“Commitment is doing what you said you would do, after the feeling you said it in, has passed.”
One Minute Reflection – 14 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – Readings: Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12; Psalm: 103: 1b-2, 3-4, 6-7;: Matthew 11: 25-27 and the Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”
“You have revealed them to the childlike.” … Matthew 11:25
REFLECTION – “I give praise to you,” Jesus says, “because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned.” What? Is He glad at the loss of those who don’t believe in Him? Certainly not. How wonderful are God’s designs for people’s salvation! When they turn away from the truth and refuse to accept it, God never forces them but lets them be. Their wandering away stimulates them to find the path again. Returning to their senses, they hastily seek out the grace of the call to faith they had rejected before. As for those who had remained faithful, their devotion becomes even stronger like this. So Christ is glad these things are revealed to some but saddened they are hidden from others. This is made known when He weeps over the city (Lk 19:41). Saint Paul writes in the same spirit: “Thanks be to God! You were once slaves of sin but you have become obedient from the heart” to the Gospel (Rom 6:17). …
Who are the wise Jesus is talking about here? The scribes and the Pharisees. He says this to hearten His disciples, by showing them of what privileges they have been accounted worthy. Simple fishermen that they are, they have received the illumination that the wise and learned despised. These latter are wise in name only, they think themselves wise but are false scholars. That is why Christ did not say: “You have revealed them to the ignorant” but to “the childlike,” that is to say, simple, honest people. … In this way, He teaches us to utterly renounce important things and seek out simplicity. Saint Paul goes even further: “If anyone considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to become wise” (1Cor 3:18).” … St John Chrysostom (345-407) – Bishop of Constantinople, Father and Doctor of the Church – Sermons on Saint Matthew’s Gospel, no.38, 1
PRAYER – Lord God, in Your wisdom You created us, by Your Providence, You rule us. Penetrate our inmost being with Your holy light so that our way of life may always be one of faithful service and childlike trust in You. Grant that we may always follow behind Your Son and grasp His hand, to lead us to You. May we grow in faith and love daily, by the intercession of Saint Camillus de Lellis and may we be a light of love, to all around us, as he was. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.
Our Morning Offering – 14 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood”
Prayer for the Gift of Prayer By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Most Zealous Doctor of the Church
O Incarnate Word, You have given Your Blood and Your Life to confer on our prayers that power by which, according to Your promise, they obtain for us all that we ask. And we, O God, are so careless of our salvation, that we will not even ask You for the graces that we must have, if we should be saved! In prayer You have given us the key of all Your Divine treasures and we, rather than pray, choose to remain in our misery. Alas! O Lord, enlighten us, and make us know the value of prayers, offered in Your name and by Your merits, in the eyes of Your Eternal Father. Amen
Saint of the Day – 14 July – Blessed Gaspar de Bono OM (1530– 1604) Priest, Friar of the Order of Minims, Vicar Provincial of the Order. He was noted for his particular devotion to the Passion of Christ, carrying his Crucifix everywhere as a means of evangelisation and to be able to constantly immerse himself in his Saviour’s sufferings. Born as Gaspar de Bonom Mozón on 5 January 1530 in Valencia, Aragon, Spain and died on 14 July 1604 in Valencia of natural causes.
The Roman Martyrology for 14 July states: “At Valencia in Spain, Blessed Gaspar de Bono, a Priest of the Order of Minims, who left the arms of the prince of the world for the militia of Christ the King and for the sake of the house of Order in the Spanish province, who ruled with prudence and charity.“
Gaspar was born on 5 January 1530 in Valencia, the second of the four children of Juan de Bonom who had emigrated from Gascony and his wife, Isabel Juana Manzón (or Monzon), originally from Villa de Cervera in the Province of Lleida. Upon his birth, he was bBaptised at the nearby Church of St Nicolás. Having been born on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany, he was named for one of the Biblical Magi.
Gaspar’s parents were very pious and very poor. His father was a linen weaver by trade but when his mother was blinded three years after his birth and became unable to help in the family trade, the father was forced to sell their home and his tools and took work as a grinder and reseller. As a child, he developed a noticeable stammer, a problem from which he suffered his whole life.
At the age of ten,Gaspar began working with a silk merchant but soon realised that his vocation was religious and began to study Latin while continuing to work to help support his family. In about 1545, he was admitted as a candidate to the Dominican Order but, just as he was about to enter their novitiate, he was talked out of this by a brother-in-law, after which he returned home.
At age twenty, Gaspar joined the army of the Emperor Charles V, in search of fortune. He served as a soldier for about ten years but continued to try and live a devout and religious life, by praying, saying the rosary daily, donating to charity and frequenting places of worship. He fought in Lombardy where he was seriously wounded in the head. Left for dead, Gaspar made a promise, if he survived, to enter the Minim Friars, founded by St Francis of Paola.
Gaspar did recover and soon entered the Minim Monastery of St Sebastián in Valencia, which was located a short distance from his family home, receiving the religious habit on 16 June 1560. He professed his religious vows as a member of the Order on 17 June of the following year and was Ordained as a Priest in 1562.
Fr Gaspar soon became known for his virtue and strict compliance with the Rule of Life of the Order. He was available to all the people of the neighbourhood which he knew thoroughly. He was present to comfort his parents in their final hours, his Mother dying on 29 April 1583 and his fFther, a year later. He was soon named Master of novices for the Catalan Province of the Order, being responsible for the founding of a Minim Monastery in Barcelona. He was then elected to serve as Vicar Provincial. In 1602, at the insistence of the Archbishop of Valencia, Juan de Ribera (now honoured as a Saint) andagainst Gaspar’s wishes,he was elected Corrector Provincial (Regional Superior) of Valencia. He is said to have remained humble and austere; retaining his devotions and customs and continued to be noted for his prudence and charity throughout his life.
He died on 14 July 1604, the body being exposed in the conventual Church of St Sebastián de Valencia, miracles and wonders attributed to his intercession took place immediately. He was buried three days later under the steps of the main Altar. In 1835, after the suppression of the Monastery under the Napoleonic rule of Spain, the urn containing his bones was moved to the Church of St Nicolás, where he had been Baptised as a baby and enshrined under the Altar of the Chapel of St Raphael. Gaspar’s remains were damaged in 1823 and desecrated in 1936, so that only some bones are today venerated in the Parish of St Nicolás de Valencia.
Given his exemplary observance, his deep prayer, his patience, his humility and, in general, the set of virtues that characterised his life and the miracles attributed to his intercession, the Diocesan Information Process began very early. The cause suffered various vicissitudes and delays but finally on 10 September 1786, Blessed Gaspar was Beatified by Pope Pius VI . In March 1786 he was declared, by the Palma de Mallorca City Council, the most illustrious son of the City.
Mare de Déu de Canòlich / Mother of God of Canòlich, Canòlich, Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra, Spain (1223) – 14 July and 4th Saturda\y of May:
On 14 July 1223, a shepherd was pasturing his flock near the village of Canòlich in southern Andorra, when suddenly a bird with brilliant plumage came to rest on an outcrop. The shepherd approached and caught the bird with no trouble and carried it to his house. The next day the bird had disappeared and again he found it in the field. The sequence recurred three times but the last time, the shepherd found an image of the Virgin Mary in a niche in the rock.
In response to this prodigy, the people of Sant Julià de Lòria Parish decided to build a Shrine to the Virgin where her Statue was found. Many miracles ensued at the Shrine and still do. Sadly now, nothing remains of that Church. The present Sanctuary, containing a baroque Altarpiece from a previous Shrine, dates from the 1970s. The Romanesque image of the Mother of God of Canòlich resides in the Parish Church of Sant Julià y San Germà in the urban centre of Sant Julià de Lòria: a wooden Statue from the late 1100s, with original polychrome, crowned by the Vatican in 1999.
On the last Saturday in May, parishioners gather in Sant Julià de Lòria for morning fireworks and Mass in the Virgin’s honour. Then the celebration — moves to Canòlich, for Masses at the Sanctuary and after Mass, dancing, and blessing and distribution of bread.
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