Thought for the Day – 29 April – Knowledge and Learning

Thought for the Day – 29 April – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Knowledge and Learning

“What is the purpose of our studies and our quest for knowledge?
It is interesting to read what St Bernard has to say on this subject.

There are those who wish to learn for learning’s sake – these are simply curious and come to no serious conclusions.
There are those, moreover, who study in order to be better known – these are vain men.
Others acquire knowledge in order to sell it and to make money, or in order to gain honours – these are merchants of science and culture.
There are others, however, who cultivate science as an instrument to be used in the service of their neighbour – such men are motivated by charity.
There are also some, who study in order to sanctify themselves – and this is true
” (Serm 35).”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci



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4 thoughts on “Thought for the Day – 29 April – Knowledge and Learning

  1. Dear Ana,

    We pray you are well and happy. May I ask you for prayers? My husband John is going through a tough legal battle with one of his business partners and I’m looking for new employment opportunities. Please keep us in your prayers.

    May God bless you and our Lady pray for you always.

    Triumph and Reign O Hearts of Jesus and Mary, In All Hearts Everywhere!


    John and Stacy Le

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    1. Dearest Stacy!
      I already pray for you both each morning – for all your needs and intentions BUT now I will pray with particular attention to our Blessed Mother, whose succour is willing and able to attend to all our desperate cries.
      Please keep me informed of any needs you may have.

      I am going to take a little break from tomorrow (1 May) after nearly 150 days posting. I will be gone for about 10 -14 days, God willing.
      BUT – I will have more prayer and meditation time and you will both be there with me for sure.
      May you and John remain safely in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
      TRUST always!
      Ana 🤗💘🙏🙏


      1. Dearest Ana,

        Happy Blessed Sunday and Blessed Feast of one of my favorite Saints, Saint Catharine of Sienna.

        Thank you for your response. It delights my heart very much. You are in our prayers as well. I especially remembered you in Holy mass today.

        I wish you a wonderful break and time off. I hope you get the much needed rest and relaxation, so you can continue to do the Lord’s work. We will miss you and the daily devotions, but look forward to seeing your posts soon.

        May our Lord and Lady be with you always and may They bring peace and joy to your heart.



        P.s. I love Saint Catharine so much. Do you have a book that you’d recommend? One about her life? Authentic writing?

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  2. Dear Stacy and Phong! (Apologies for calling your husband John 🙄)
    Yes – St Catherine is just a wonderful Saint and a great Icon for all of us – nothing was a problem to her. Her Mystical writings of her Dialogue with our Almighty Father are totally unique.

    But for her Life nothing could be better than the Dominican Friar – Blessed Raymond of Capua’s Life of St Catherine – for he knew her well. It is the “go-to” Vita and you should find it free online or still available to buy.

    About Bl Raymond here:

    Saint of the Day – 5 October – Blessed Raymond of Capua OP (c 1330-1399)

    Thank you for the good wishes – I am very tired at present and hopefully will soon be refreshed.

    Bless you always Stacy 🙏


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