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Thought for the Day – 10 February – The Love of God

Thought for the Day – 10 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Love of God

“We must love God, not only as our Creator and Lord but also, as our Redeemer and Saviour.
God’s goodness in having created us, is immense.
Being infinite, He had no need of us.
He created us, in order to give us a participation in His infinite power, wisdom and beauty.

The goodness of God in having become man and shedding His Blood for our salvation, however, is such a tremendous Mystery that only the infinite Love of God for us, could provide any kind of an explanation.
But this infinite Love demands equal love on our part.
Obviously, it cannot be equal, since we are poor, limited creatures.
So we should love God as the Gospel says, above all things and with the whole strength of our souls.
We have come to know and have believed, the love that God has in our behalf .” (1 Jn 4:16), says St John.
We must believe firmly and completely, to the point of charity.
Charity works miracles.
It has worked miracles in the Saints.
It will do the same for us in our spiritual life and in our eternal apostolic work.

There is only one thing necessary and that one thing is for us to have this ardent charity, which is the bond of perfection (Col 3:14).

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

PART ONE HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/10/thought-for-the-day-10-february-the-love-of-god/
PART TWO HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/02/09/thought-for-the-day-9-february-the-love-of-god/

Posted in CHRIST the JUDGE, CHRIST, the BRIDEGROOM, DIVINE MERCY, GOD ALONE!, QUOTES on CONVERSION, QUOTES on REPENTANCE, QUOTES on SANCTITY, QUOTES on THE LIGHT of CHRIST, The WORD, THOMAS a KEMPIS

Quote/s of the Day – 10 February – “Our lamps are going out.” – Matthew 25:8

Quote/s of the Day – 10 February – The Memorial of St Scholastica (c482-547) Virgin – 2 Cor 10:17-18; 11:1-2, Matthew 25:1-13

“Our lamps are going out.”

Matthew 25:8

I have not become as wise
as those five wise Virgins.
… But I have become the most wretched of the foolish ones
by failing to keep some oil for my lamp,
namely, mercy together with virginity
or, still more, the anointing from Baptism’s Sacred fount…

Therefore, the doors of the wedding hall
are closed to me too, in my negligence.
But, O my Bridegroom,
while I am still in my body here below,
listen to my soul, Your Bride…
From now on, I will cry aloud piteously,
“Oh, open to me Your Heavenly Door,
bring me into Your Wedding Chamber on high,
make me worthy of Your Holy Kiss,
Your pure and spotless Embrace.
Oh let me not hear the Voice saying
it does not know me!
I am blind; set alight with Your own Light
my spirit’s extinguished flame!

St Nerses Chnorhali (1102-1173)
Armenian Bishop

If we wish to make any progress
in the service of God,
we must begin everyday of our life,
with new eagerness.
We must keep ourselves,
in the presence of God,
as much as possible
and have no other view or end,
in all our actions
but the divine honour.

St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

“Come, O come, for without You
there will be no happy day
or hour because You are my happiness
and without You my table is empty.
I am wretched, as it were imprisoned
and weighted down with fetters,
until You fill me
with the Light of Your Presence,
restore me to liberty
and show me a friendly countenance
.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

(Book 3 Ch 21:1,4-6)

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, QUOTES on CONSCIENCE, QUOTES on GRACE, QUOTES on REPENTANCE, QUOTES on SIN, SAINT of the DAY, The HOLY SPIRIT, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 10 February – ‘The souls’ husband is the Holy Spirit, by His grace. …’

One Minute Reflection – 10 February – The Memorial of St Scholastica (c482-547) Virgin – 2 Cor 10:17-18; 11:1-2,
Matthew 25:1-13

But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” – Matthew 25:6

REFLECTION – “The souls’ husband is the Holy Spirit, by His grace. When His interior inspiration calls the soul to repentance, then every enticement of vice is in vain. The pride that wants command, the greed and lust that consumes everything: this was the master that used to control and ravage the soul. Their very names have been removed from the repentant sinner’s mouth… When grace is poured into the soul and gives it light, God makes a covenant with sinners. He is reconciled with them… Then is celebrated the wedding of the Bridegroom with His bride, in the peace of a pure conscience.” – St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Church

PRAYER – O God, Who, to show us the way of innocence, caused the soul of Your Virgin, blessed Scholastica, to fly up to Heaven in the likeness of a dove, grant us, through her merits and prayers, to live innocently, so that we may be found worthy to reach everlasting joys. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen (Collect).

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Our Morning Offering – 10 February – The One Thing Necessary By St Alphonsus

Our Morning Offering – 10 February

The One Thing Necessary
By St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (1696-1787)
Most Zealous Doctor

O my God,
help me to remember,
that time is short, eternity long.
What good is all the greatness of this world
at the hour of death?
To love You, my God
and save my soul is the one thing necessary.
Without You, there is no peace of mind or soul.
My God, I need fear only sin
and nothing else in this life,
for to lose You, my God, is to lose all.
O my God, help me to remember,
that I came into this world with nothing
and shall take nothing from it, when I die.
To gain You, I must leave all.
But in loving You,
I already have all good things,
the infinite riches of Christ and His Church in life,
Mary’s motherly protection and perpetual help
and the eternal dwelling place
Jesus has prepared for me.
Eternal Father, Jesus has promised
that whatever we ask
in His Name will be granted us.
In His Name, I pray,
give me a burning faith,
a joyful hope,
a holy love for You.
Grant me perseverance in doing Your will
and never let me be separated from You.
My God and my All,
make me a Saint!
Amen

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Saint of the Day – 10 February – Blessed Clare Agolanti of Rimini OSC (1282-1346)

Saint of the Day – 10 February – Blessed Clare Agolanti of Rimini OSC (1282-1346) Married, Widowed, Nun., Penitent, Mystic. Born as Chiara Agolanti in 1282 at Rimini, Italy and died on 10 February 1344 at Rimini, Italy of natural causes.

The Vision of the Blessed Clare of Rimini / Francesco da Rimini (Master of the Blessed Clare). ca. 1333–1340.

Chiara Agolanti was born to a wealthy family of Rimini. Married at a young age, she was sent into exile upon the death of her husband. Upon her return, she witnessed the horrifying hanging of her father and brother by a rival political faction. She remarried and soon fell a prey to the dangers to which her youth and beauty exposed her, and began to lead a life of sinful dissipation.

One day when she was attending Mass in the Church of the Franciscan Friars, she seemed to hear a mysterious voice that bade her say an Our Father and a Hail Mary at least once with fervour and attention. Clare obeyed the command, not knowing from where it came and then began to reflect upon her life.

She made the decision to enter into the Third Order of Saint Francis, resolving to expiate her sins by a life of penance. She soon became a model of every virtue but more especially of charity towards the destitute and afflicted.

She abandoned her life of luxury and established a convent for a group of women under her direction. When the Poor Clares were compelled to leave Regno on account of the prevailing wars, it was mainly through the exertions of Clare that they were able to obtain a Convent and means of sustenance at Rimini.

Later, Clare herself entered the Order of Poor Clares Nuns, along with several other pious women and became Prioress of the Convent of Our Lady of the Angels at Rimini. She is believed to have worked numerous miracles and towards the close of her life to have been favoured in an extraordinary manner with the gift of contemplation.

Her body is now in the cathedral of Rimini.

On 22 December 1784 her cutus was confirmed by Pope Pius VI.

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Nostra Signora delle Colombe / Our Lady of the Doves (Bologna, Italy) and Memorials of the Saints – 10 February

Nostra Signora delle Colombe / Our Lady of the Doves (Bologna, Italy) – 10 February:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/02/10/our-lady-of-the-doves-bologna-italy-and-memorials-of-the-saints-10-february/

St Scholastica (c482-547) (Memorial) Virgin Nun.
About this twin of St Benedict:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-scholastica/

Bl Alexander of Lugo

Blessed Alojzije/Aloysius Cardinal Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyr, Cardinal, Archbishop of Zagreb.
About:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-blessed-aloysius-stepinac-1898-1960/

St Andrew of Bethlehem
St Aponius of Bethlehem

St Austrebertha of Pavilly OSB (630–704) Abbess, Benedictine Nun and Abbess of Pavilly, France, miracle-worker.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-saint-austrebertha-of-pavilly-osb-630-704/

St St Baldegundis
St Baptus of Magnesia
Bl Catherine du Verdier de la Sorinière
St Charalampias
Blessed Clare Agolanti of Rimini OSC (1282-1346) Married, Widowed, Nun
St Desideratus of Clermont
St Erluph of Werden
Bl Eusebia Palomino Yenes
Bl Hugh of Fosse

St José Sánchez del Río “Joselito” (1913-1928) Boy Martyr was a Mexican Cristero who was put to death by government officials because he refused to renounce his Catholic faith. His death was seen as a largely political venture on the part of government officials in their attempt to stamp out dissent and crush religious freedom in the area. Patronages – Persecuted Christians, Catholic Children and Adolescents, Sahuayo, Mexico, his birthplace.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-jose-sanchez-del-rio-joselito-1913-1928-boy-martyr/

Bl Louise Bessay de la Voûte
Bl Louise Poirier épouse Barré
Bl Marie-Anne Hacher du Bois
Bl Marie-Louise du Verdier de la Sorinière
Bl Mikel Beltoja
Bl Paganus
Bl Paul of Wallachia
Bl Pierre Frémond
St Porfirio
St Prothadius of Besançon
St Salvius of Albelda
St Silvanus of Terracina
St Soteris the Martyr
St Troiano of Saintes
St Trumwin of Whitby

St William the Hermit (Died 1157) Hermit, Penitent, Spiritual Director, Miracle-worker, gifted with the charism of Prophecy.
About St William:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-saint-william-the-hermit-died-1157/

Martyred Soldiers in Rome: A group of ten Christian soldiers who were Martyred together for their faith. We know little more about them but four of their names – Amantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus and Zoticus. • 120 at Rome, Italy. They were buried on the Via Lavicana outside RomeAmantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus, Zoticus.