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Thought for the Day – 20 May – Mary, the Source of Holiness

Thought for the Day – 20 May – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Mary, the Source of Holiness

Since we are Mary’s children, we should try and reproduce her holiness in ourselves.
Although, it is higher than that of the Angels, her sanctity is easy to imitate.
There is no record that she ever had ecstasies or worked miracles.
Her’s was a perfect internal sanctity, consisting of total conformity with the Will of God and an intense love for Him.

We must aspire to this kind of holiness and model our lives upon it.
There is no point in arguing that it is sufficient to be good Catholics and, that it is not necessary to be holy.
A Catholic, to be truly such, MUST be holy!

St Paul referred to the early faithful as saints (Eph 1:1).
You are a chosen race,” said St Peter, “a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people,” (1 Peter 1:16, Lev 11:44)
You are to be perfect,” Jesus Himself had commanded, “even as your heavenly Father is perfect,” (Mt 5:48),
This was the reason, He indicated why He had come into the world – “that they may have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10).
This is the purpose of the Gospel and this must be the purpose of our lives.

Some day, we shall either be holy in Heaven, or we shall be damned.
We shall either be saints in Heaven or condemned forever in Hell.
This truth merits careful though – everything else is passing but this is something which will never pass away.
This command to sanctify ourselves is a reality which is present at every moment of our lives.
Let us do our best to obey it, at any cost!”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

PART ONE:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/05/20/thought-for-the-day-20-may-mary-the-source-of-holiness-2/

Posted in FRANCISCAN OFM, JANUARY month of THE MOST HOLY NAME of JESUS, PRAYERS of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, The HOLY NAME

Quote/s of the Day – 20 May – St Bernadine of Siena

Quote/s of the Day – 20 May – The Memorial of St Bernadine of Siena OFM (1380-1444) Confessor

Was it not through the brilliance
and sweet savour of this Name,
that God called us into
His marvelous light?
”“

Jesus, Name Full of Glory
By St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)

Jesus,
Name full of Glory,
Grace, Love and Strength!
You are the Refuge of those who repent,
our Banner of Warfare in this life,
the Medicine of souls,
the Comfort of those who mourn,
the Delight of those who believe,
the Light of those
who preach the True Faith,
the Wages of those who toil,
the Cure of the sick.
To You our devotion aspires,
by You our prayers are received;
we delight in contemplating You.
O Name of Jesus,
You are the Glory
of all the Saints for Eternity.
Amen

MORE HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/05/20/quote-s-of-the-day-20-may-st-bernadine-of-siena-1380-1444/

St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)

Posted in "Follow Me", CARMELITES, CHRIST the WORD and WISDOM, DOCTORS of the Church, GOD ALONE!, JANUARY month of THE MOST HOLY NAME of JESUS, ONE Minute REFLECTION, QUOTES on LOVE of GOD, QUOTES on THE WORLD, SAINT of the DAY, The HEART, The HOLY NAME, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 20 May – ‘For My Name’s sake’ – Matthew 19:29

One Minute Reflection – 20 May – The Memorial of St Bernadine of Siena OFM (1380-1444) Confessor – Ecclesiasticus 31:8-11, Matthew 19:27-29.

And everyone who has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for My Name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold and shall possess life everlasting.” – Matthew 19:29

REFLECTION – “Seek for nothing, desiring to enter for love of Jesus, with detachment, emptiness and poverty in everything in this world. You will never have to do with necessities greater than those to which you made your heart yield itself – for the poor in spirit are most happy and joyful in a state of privation and he who has set his heart on nothing, finds satisfaction everywhere.

The poor in spirit (Mt 5:3) give generously all they have and their pleasure consists in being thus deprived of everything for God’s sake and out of love to their neighbour … Not only do temporal goods – the delights and tastes of the senses – hinder and thwart the way of God but spiritual delights and consolations also, if sought for or clung to eagerly, disturb the way of virtue.” – St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Carmelite, Doctor of the Church (Spiritual maxims, nos. 352, 355,356, 364; 1693 edition).

PRAYER – O Lord Jesus, Who bestowed on blessed Bernardine, Your Confessor, an unusual love for Your Holy Name, we beseech You, by his merits and intercession, graciously pour upon us the spirit of Your love. Who lives and reigns with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen (Collect).

Posted in CONSECRATION Prayers, DOCTORS of the Church, INDULGENCES, JULY - The MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, MARIAN PRAYERS, MARY'S MONTH, Our MORNING Offering, PARTIAL Indulgence, PRAYERS of the SAINTS, PRECIOUS BLOOD PRAYERS

Our Morning Offering – 20 May – Act of Consecration to Most Holy Mary By St Francis de Sales

Our Morning Offering – 20 May – “The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary”

Most Holy Mary,
Virgin Mother of God
Act of Consecration
By St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

Indulgence of 300 days, for each recitation
St Pius X, 17 November 1906

Most Holy Mary,
Virgin Mother of God,
I ………., most unworthy though I am to be thy servant,
yet touched by thy motherly care for me
and longing to serve thee,
do, in the presence of my Guardian Angel
and all the court of Heaven,
choose thee this day to be my Queen,
my Advocate and my Mother
and I firmly purpose to serve thee evermore myself
and, to do what I can, that all may
render faithful service to thee.
Therefore, most devoted Mother,
through the Precious Blood thy Son poured out for me,
I beg thee and beseech thee,
deign to take me among thy clients
and receive me as thy servant forever.
Aid me in my every action
and beg for me the grace never,
by word or deed or thought,
to be displeasing in thy sight
and that of thy most holy Son.
Think of me, my dearest Mother
and desert me not at the hour of death.
Amen

Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 20 May – St Austregisilus of Bourges (c 551-624) Bishop and Patron of Bourges

Saint of the Day – 20 May – St Austregisilus of Bourges (c 551-624) Bishop of Bourges from 612 to 624. Priest, Monk, Abbot Born in c 551 in Bourges, France and died in 624 of natural causes. Patronage – Bourges, France. Also known as – Aoustrille, Austregesilio, Outril, Outrille.

Austregisilus was born of noble but not very wealthy parentsin Bourges and when he was about 24, he was sent to live at the Court of King Saint Guntram (died c 592).

There, according to his Vita, he was falsely accused of forging an authorisation for one of the Courtiers and was ordered to fight a duel to prove his innocence.

By Divine intervention, it is reported, his slanderer was kicked to death by his own horse on the morning the ordeal.

Austregisilus then left the Court, became a Monk and a Priest and was appointed Abbot of St Nicetius Monastery in Lyon.

He was Consecrated Bishop of Bourges on 13 February 612. In October 614 he attended a Synod which met at Paris and his name appears eighth in the list of 79 Bishops who signed the Decrees.

He is reported to have granted a hermitage at Bourges to St Amandus, who became his disciple and later became the zealous and effective missionary to Flanders, known as the “Apostle of Belgium.” He Ordained St Sulpitius the Pious as cleric of his Church, then Deacon and Priest and appointed him Director of his Episcopal school and finally his successor as Bishop of Bourges.

The French villages of Saint-Outrille and Saint-Aoustrille are named after him.

Posted in DOMINICAN OP, FRANCISCAN OFM, MARIAN TITLES, SAINT of the DAY

Santa Maria delle Grazie / Holy Mary of the Graces in Stia, Arezzo, Italy (1428) and Memorials of the Saints – 20 May

Santa Maria delle Grazie / Holy Mary of the Graces in Stia, Arezzo, Italy (1428) – 20 May:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/05/20/santa-maria-delle-grazie-holy-mary-of-the-graces-in-stia-arezzo-italy-1428-and-memorials-of-the-saints-20-may/

St Bernadine of Siena OFM (1380-1444) “Apostle of the Most Holy Name of Jesus,” Confessor, Priest of the Order of Friars Minor, Missionary, Preacher, known as the “Apostle of Italy,” the “Star of Tuscany” and the “Second Paul.”
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/05/20/saint-of-the-day-20-may-st-bernardine-of-siena/

St Abercius
Bl Albert of Bologna
St Alexander of Edessa
St Althryda
St Anastasius of Brescia
St Aquila of Egypt
Bl Arnaldo Serra and Companions
St Asterius of Edessa
St Austregisilus of Bourges (c 551-624) Bishop
St Basilla of Rome
St Baudelius of Nîmes
St Codrato

Blessed Columba of Rieti OP (1467- 1501) Sister of the Third Order of St Dominic, Mystic, Apostle of the poor, renowned for her spiritual counsel, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and fantastic miracles.
About Bl Columba:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/05/20/saint-of-the-day-20-may-blessed-columba-of-rieti-op-1467-1501/

St Ethelbert of East Anglia (Died 794) Martyr King of East Anglia
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/05/20/saint-of-the-day-20-may-saint-ethelbert-died-794-martyr/

Bl Guy de Gherardesca
St Helena
St Hilary of Toulouse
St José Pérez Fernández
St Lucifer of Caglieri
St Marcello

Blessed Maria Crescencia / Angelica Perez FMH (1897-1932) Virgin, Religious Sister of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Garden, Nursing Sister
About Blessed Maria Crescencia:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/05/20/saint-of-the-day-20-may-blessed-maria-crescencia-perez-fmh-1897-1932-sister-sweetness/

St Plautilla of Rome
St Protasius Chong Kuk-bo
St Rafaél García Torres
St Talaleo of Egea
St Thalalaeus of Edessa
St Theodore of Pavia
St Tomás Valera González