Posted in JUNE-THE SACRED HEART, MEDITATIONS - ANTONIO CARD BACCI, QUOTES on LOVE of GOD, QUOTES on UNITY/with GOD, SACRED HEART REFLECTIONS

Thought for the Day – 6 June – The Worship of the Sacred Heart

Thought for the Day – 6 June – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Worship of the Sacred Heart
in Relation to the Love of God and of Our Neighbour

“The promises made by Jesus to those who are truly devoted to His Sacred Heart, are a new proof of His infinite love and mercy.
However, if anyone were to cultivate devotion to the Sacred Heart, merely to gain His benefits and to think more of his own spiritual and temporal advantage than of Jesus, he would display a niggardly spirit, quite unworthy of the Lord’s favour.

The worship of the Sacred Heart could degenerate into a kind of utilitarian egoism, undeserving of the name of devotion at all!
Pious practices, could become cold and formal and degenerate into sentimentality tinged with superstition.
There is nothing to prevent us asking the Sacred Heart for graces and favours which we need.
In fact, we should do so, for it is He Who has made these promises to us and is eager to fulfil them because He loves us.
But, we should be generous with Jesus in return for His infinite generosity towards us.
We should love Him because He is so worthy of our love.
Our love should be expressed, not only in prayers and outward forms but, in a deep personal transformation, which will make us more like Jesus.

True love transforms and unites two hearts.
Let us love Jesus and we shall live with Jesus, through Jesus and in Jesus.
His love will effect in us, the miracle which it produces in St Paul.
To me to live is Christ!” (1 Phil 1:21).”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

PART ONE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/06/06/thought-for-the-day-6-june-the-worship-of-the-sacred-heart-in-relation-to-the-love-of-god-and-of-our-neighbour/

Posted in PATRONAGE-INFERTILITY & SAFE CHILDBIRTH, PRAYERS to the SAINTS, QUOTES on MARRIAGE, MARRIED LOVE, QUOTES on PRAYER, QUOTES on PRIESTS, the PRIESTHOOD and CONSECRATED LIFE, QUOTES/PRAYERS on THE FAMILY, SAINT of the DAY

Quote/s of the Day – 6 June – St Norbert and a Prayer for his Intercession for a Safe Childbirth

Quote/s of the Day – 6 June – Pentecost Monday and the Memorial of St Norbert (c 1080-1134) Bishop, Confessor, Founder of the Premonstratensian or the Norbertine Canons and Sisters, “Defender of the Eucharist” and “Apostle of the Eucharist,” Exorcist, Reformer, Preacher

On the day of his ordination, St Norbert said:

O Priest! You are not of yourself because you are of God.
You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.
You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church.
You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.
You are not from yourself because you are nothing.
What then are you?
Nothing and everything.
O Priest!
Take care, lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you:
‘He saved others, himself he cannot save!

You will never enjoy
the sweetness of a quiet prayer,
unless you shut your mind,
to all worldly desires and temporal affairs.

St Norbert (c 1080-1134)

Why is St Norbert Patron of Expectant Mothers & Infertile Married Couples?

A pious woman once approached St Norbert asking whether she and her husband ought to separate and enter Monasteries because they lived in an infertile marriage.
St Norbert prophesied that they would be blessed with children, the first of whom would be dedicated to God. This child, Nicholas, did indeed become a Norbertine at Prémontré.
St Norbert is traditionally invoked for a safe childbirth too.
The Norbertine Canonesses at Doksany (Czech Republic) in modern times, promote this devotion to St Norbert as ‘Patron of Infertile Couples and Endangered Pregnancies’ and report hundreds of families now blessed with children, the Sisters, having well over 3,000 spiritual children as of 2012. It would be wonderful to find an updated figure 10 hears later.

A Prayer to St Norbert
for a Safe Childbirth

St Norbert, great and faithful servant of God!
You venerated the holy
and miraculous birth of our Saviour,
Whom, His Mother,
the purest Virgin Mary,
conceived without the loss of her virginity
and gave birth, ever remaining a virgin.
You connected the origin
of the Premonstratensian Order
with the day of the Birth of Jesus Christ.
I humbly pray to you, St Norbert,
as a great protector,
so that God will give me the grace,
through your intercession,
to give birth to this conceived child.
And so, that He will give me also,
the grace that this child
will join the Church of Christ
through the Sacrament of Baptism
and that he/she will serve
Almighty God
the whole of his/her life
so that in the end
we both will reach eternal salvation.
Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God forever.
Amen.

(Translated from The Little Hours, 1749, by one of our Norbertine Sisters at Doksany)

Posted in ASPIRATIONS and EJACULATIONS, FATHERS of the Church, JUNE-THE SACRED HEART, ONE Minute REFLECTION, PARTIAL Indulgence, QUOTES on ETERNAL LIFE, QUOTES on OBEDIENCE, QUOTES on THE LIGHT of CHRIST, QUOTES on TRUTH, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 6 June – “Light came into the world” – John 3:19

One Minute Reflection – 6 June – Pentecost Monday – Acts 10:34, 42-48, John 3:16-21

“Light came into the world” – John 3:19

REFLECTION – “The commandment of the Lord shines clearly, enlightening the eyes” (Ps 18 [19].9). Receive Christ, receive power to see, receive your light, that you may plainly recognise both God and man… Let us open ourselves to the light then and so to God. Let us open ourselves to the light and become disciples of the Lord… Let us, then, shake off forgetfulness of truth, shake off the mist of ignorance and darkness that dims our eyes and contemplate the true God… For upon us, buried in darkness, imprisoned in the shadow of death, a heavenly light has shone, a light of a clarity, surpassing the sun’s and of a sweetness, exceeding any this earthly life can offer. That light is eternal life and those who receive it live. Night, on the other hand, is afraid of the light and melting away in terror gives place to the day of the Lord. Unfailing light has penetrated everywhere and sunset has turned into dawn.

This is the meaning of the new creation (Gal 6,15; Rv 21,1) for the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 3,20), pursuing His course through the universe, visits all alike, in imitation of His Father, “who makes his sun rise upon all” (Mt 5,45) and bedews everyone with His truth… He, it is, Who has changed sunset into dawn and death into life by His Crucifixion, He, it is, Who has snatched the human race from perdition and exalted it to the skies. Transplanting what was corruptible, to make it incorruptible, He has transformed earth into Heaven…

He deifies us by His heavenly teaching, by “instilling His laws into our minds and writing them on our hearts. That all, be they of high estate or low, shall know God. And I will be merciful to them, God says and I will remember their sin no more” (Jr 31,33f.). Let us accept the laws of life, then; let us obey God’s promptings, let us learn to know Him.” – St Clement of Alexandria (150- 215) Theologian, Father of the Church (Exhortation to the Greeks, 11, 113).

PRAYER – O God, Thou Who gave the Holy Spirit to Thy Apostles, grant that the devout prayers of Thy people may be effective and, as Thou have given us faith, also grant us peace. 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).
DIVINE Heart of JESUS, convert sinners, save the dying, set free the holy souls in Purgatory. Indulgence 300 Days Everytime St Pius X, 11 September, 1907

Posted in JUNE-THE SACRED HEART, Our MORNING Offering, PRAYERS of the SAINTS, SACRED HEART PRAYERS

Our Morning Offering – 6 June – Prayer to the Sacred HeartWhen the Clock strikes the Hour

Our Morning Offering – 6 June – “The Month of the Sacred Heart”

Prayer to the Sacred Heart
When the Clock strikes the Hour
By St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

O most sweet Jesus,
I commend to Your Sacred Heart,
all that I have done in the hour that is gone,
to be cleansed and purified
and offered to God the Father,
for His eternal praise.
And whatsoever I shall do,
in the hour that is beginning,
I resolve to do
simply and purely,
for the glory of God
and for the salvation of all mankind,
in union with Your Passion.
Amen

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 6 June – Saint Bertrand of Aquileia (c 1260– 1350) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 6 June – Saint Bertrand of Aquileia (c 1260– 1350) Bishop of Aquileia, Martyr, Confessor, Lawyer, Teacher, Papal Chaplain and Legate, Reformer. Apostle of the poor, Social Reformer, Founder of Monasteries and Protector of the Monks. Born in c 1260 at Saint-Geniès, Quercy, Aquitaine, France and died on 6 June 1350 by being murdered at San Giogio Richionvelda, for his stand, in protecting his people and his Diocese, against feudal rebels. Patronage – Aquileia, Italy. Also known as – Bertrando, Bertrichramnus, Bertram.

Bertrand initially practised as a Lawyer and after further studies, he was Ordained as a Priest and in 1316 became the Dean of the Cathedral Chapter of Angouleme and in 1318, a Canon of Saint Felice in Toulouse and then the Archdeacon of Noyon, France and a Papal Chaplain. At the same time, Bertrand continued to teach Law at the University of Toulouse.

Whilst compiling information for the Canonisation of St Thomas Aquinas, he was appointed as a Papal Legate.

On 4 July 1334, he was Consecrated as the Bishop of Aquileia in Italy where he ministered until his death.

As Bishop, Bertrand was noted for his austere lifestyle and works of charity for the poor. He founded Monasteries to promote learning and encouraged the work of the Benedictines, Franciscans and He worked for the moral reform in his Diocese and supported the olive and wool trade in his region, as a way to improve the lives of his people. Bertrand convened a Council of Bishops in Udine, Italy in 1335 and again, in 1339, one in Aquileia.

These Councils were followed by four Synods, in which he processed reforms in the religious life of his Diocese and established norms against the heresies which had spread in its lands.

Bertrand was also a patron of the arts – in 1334, he established the University of Cividale and restored the Udine Cathedral.

Bertrand took a strong stand against the feudal noble rebels of the region. He devoted himself to suppressing the power and the autonomies gained by the Friulian feudal lords in opposition and against the Church. They, discontented by his policies, formed an alliance against him. Bertrand, as the Papal Legate, attempted to find a diplomatic solution to their problems but once any possibility of a military victory waned, the rebels set a plot against the aged Bishop, who was assassinated by Enrico da Spilimbergo at San Giorgio della Richinvelda on 6 June 1350.

Bertrand was murdered for defending the rights of the Church and is thus considered a Martyr.

The Martyrdom of St Bertrand

He was buried in Udine, Italy and later, his Relics were enshrined in the Undine Cathedral. Bertrand was Canonised by Pope Clement XIII in 1760 and appointed Patron of Aquileia where the Basilica is dedicated to him.

The Basilica at Aquileia dedicated to St Bertrand
Posted in MARIAN TITLES, MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Pentecost Monday, Panna Mária,/ Blessed Virgin Mary, Pozba, Nové Zámky, Nitra, Slovakia 1512 and Memorials of the Saints – 6 June

Pentecost Monday

Panna Mária,/ Blessed Virgin Mary, Pozba, Nové Zámky, Nitra, Slovakia 1512 – Second Sunday after Feast of the Ascension:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/06/06/solemnity-of-corpus-christi-panna-maria-blessed-virgin-mary-pozba-nove-zamky-nitra-slovakia-1512-and-memorials-of-the-saints-6-june/

St Norbert (c 1080-1134) Bishop, Confessor, Founder of the Premonstratensian or the Norbertine Canons and Sisters, “Defender of the Eucharist” and “Apostle of the Eucharist,” Exorcist, Reformer, Preacher
His amazing life:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/06/saint-of-the-day-6-june-st-norbert/

St Agobard of Lyon
St Alexander of Fiesole
St Alexander of Noyon
St Amantius of Noyon
St Anoub of Skete
St Artemius of Rome
St Bazalota of Abyssinia
St Bertrand of Aquileia (c 1260– 1350) Bishop Martyr Confessor
St Candida of Rome
St Ceratius of Grenoble
St Claudius of Besançon
St Cocca
St Colmán of Orkney
Bl Daniel of Bergamo
St Euphemia of Abyssinia
St Eustorgius II of Milan
Bl Falco of La Cava
Bl Gilbert of Neufontaines
St Grazia of Germagno
St Gudwall
Bl Gundisalvus of Azebeyro
St Hilarion the Younger

St Jarlath of Tuam (c 445-c 540) Bishop, Abbot, Scholar, Founder of the Monastic School of Tuam and of the Archdiocese of Tuam, in Galway, Ireland.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/06/06/saint-of-the-day-6-june-saint-jarlath-of-tuam-c-445-c-540/

St John of Verona
Bl Lorenzo de Masculis

St Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840) Priest of the Society of Mary and Founder of the the Institute of the Little Brothers of Mary (Marist Brothers) ‘FMS’ a religious congregation of brothers devoted to Mary and dedicated to education.
Wonderful St Marcellin:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/06/saint-of-the-day-6-june-saint-marcellin-champagnat-1789-1840/

St Paulina of Rome
St Vincent of Bevagna

Marytrs of Tarsus: A group of 20 Martyrs who were Martyred together during the persecutions of Diocletian. They were martyred in Tarsus (in modern Turkey).

Mercedarian Fathers of Avignon: Several Mercedarians from the Santa Maria Convent of Avignon, France who worked with plague victims in that city and died of the disease themselves. They died in Avignon, France of plague and are remembered together today for their great charity and commitment to their people.