Thought for the Day – 8 July – ‘Listen to Him, learn from Him’

Thought for the Day – 8 July – Monday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Blessed Peter Vigne (1670-1740), Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration and Founder of the Sisters Of The Blessed Sacrament

“The first thing for a disciple
is to be with the Master,
to listen to Him and to learn from Him.
This is always true and it is true
at every moment of our lives.
If the warmth of God,
of His love, of His tenderness
is not in our own hearts,
then how can we,
who are poor sinners,
warm the heart of others.
This is a life-long journey,
as in the humility of prayer
the Holy Spirit convinces us of
the Lordship of Christ within us.
The Lord calls us to follow Him
with courage and fidelity,
he has made us the great gift
of choosing us as His disciples;
He invites us to proclaim Him
with joy as the Risen one,
but He asks us
to do so by word and by
the witness of our lives, in daily life.
The Lord is the only God of our lives,
and He invites us to strip ourselves
of our many idols
and to worship Him alone.”

Pope Francis

Letter for the Year for Consecrated Life

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 July – May we never forget Your Presence.

Quote/s of the Day – 8 July –  The Memorial of Blessed Peter Vigne (1670-1740)

“Jesus, so ardently loved,
would that You were known everywhere,
so that the world would glorify You,
who wish to remain hidden
under the appearance of bread and wine
until the end of time.”jesus so ardently loved - bl peter vigne - 8 july 2019.jpg

“Lord, give me a love
which is ever eager to live
as You would have me live.
May I always wish to glorify You
and never forget Your Presence.”

Blessed Peter Vigne (1670-1740)

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“Contemplating Christ present in the Eucharist and the saving Passion,
Fr Peter Vigne was led to be a true disciple and a faithful missionary
of the Church.
May his example give the faithful,
the desire to draw daring for the mission
from the love of the Eucharist
and from the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament!”

St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Homily on the Beatification of Blessed Peter Vigne,
Sunday, 3 October 2004contemplating christ present in the eucharist - st john paul on bl peter vigne 8 july 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 8 July – “Faith is …”

One Minute Reflection – 8 July – Monday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 9:18–26 and the Memorial of Blessed Peter Vigne (1670-1740)

“Take heart, daughter, your faith has made you well.”...Matthew 9:22

REFLECTION – “Faith is that which makes us believe from the depths of our souls… all the truths that our religion teaches us, all that the Gospel holds and all that the Church sets before us.   The just man lives truly by this faith (Rom 1:17), for it replaces for him, the greater part of his natural senses.   It so transforms all things, that the senses are of little use to the soul, which through them is only deceived, whilst faith shews it realities.
Where the eye sees but a poor man, faith sees Jesus (Mt 25:40).   Where the ear hears curses and persecution, faith sings:  “Rejoice and be glad” (cf Mt 5:12).   The touch feels only blows and stonings but faith says:  “Be glad you are deemed worthy to suffer for the name of Christ” (cf. Acts 5:41)…  The smell perceives only incense, faith tells us that the true incense is “the prayers of the saints” (Rv 8,4).
The senses lead us astray to created beauty, faith thinks of the eternal beauty and despises all created things, for they are as nothing and as dust beside that beauty.   The senses hold pain in horror, faith blesses it as a marriage crown that unites it to its Beloved, like a walk with her Bridegroom hand in divine hand.   The senses rebel against injuries but faith blesses them:  “Bless those that curse you” (Lk 6:28)… she finds them sweet, for in them she shares the lot of Jesus.   The senses are full of curiosity, faith is content to know nothing, she thirsts to bury herself and longs to pass her life motionless before the Tabernacle.”… Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) Hermit and Missionary in the Sahara (Retreat at Nazareth 1897)matthew 9 22 take heart daughter your faith has - faith is - bl charles de foucauld 8 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty Lord and God, protect and strengthen us by Your power throughout this day, even as You have enabled us to begin it.   By Your grace, may the our faith be our guide and let our every thought, word and deed aim at doing Your will and what is pleasing in Your sight.   Grant that by the prayers of Blessed Peter Vigne, we may ever turn our eyes and hearts to the summit of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.   Through Your divine Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God now and forever, peter vigne pray for us 8 july 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 8 July – Blessed Peter Vigne (1670-1740)

Saint of the Day – 8 July – Blessed Peter Vigne (1670-1740) Missionary Priest, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, of Charity, of Mary, Catechist, tireless missionary and teacher and Founder of the Religious of the Blessed Sacrament – born Pierre Vigne on 20 August in Privas, France and died on 8 July 1740 aged 70, of natural causes. Patronage – the Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Valence.

Peter Vigne was born 20 August 1670 in Privas (France), a small town still feeling the effects of the Wars of Religion from the previous century.   His father, Peter Vigne, an honest textile merchant and his mother, Frances Gautier, married in the Catholic Church, had their five children baptised in the Catholic parish of Saint Thomas, Privas.   Two daughters died in infancy.   Peter and his two older siblings, John-Francis and Eleonore, lived with their parents in relative comfort.

When he was 11 years of age, Peter was chosen by the Parish Priest to act as a witness, signing the parish register for Baptisms, Marriages or Deaths.

After receiving a good level of education and instruction, towards the end of his teenage years, his life was suddenly transformed by a new awareness of the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.   This experience led him to centre his life on Jesus, who offered Himself on the Cross for love of us and in the Eucharist, never ceases to give Himself to all men.   In 1690, he entered the Sulpician Seminary in Viviers.   Ordained a priest on 18 September 1694 in Bourg Saint Andeol by the Bishop of Viviers, he was sent as curate to Saint-Agreve where, for six years he exercised his priestly ministry, in friendship with his Parish Priest and beloved by his peter vigne

Always attentive to discern in life’s events what the Lord was asking of him, he felt called elsewhere.   With understandable hesitancy in the beginning and then with increasing certitude, he pursued his spiritual itinerary along new paths.   His desire to work as a missionary among the poor was central to his decision to join the Vincentians in Lyon, in 1700.   There, he received a solid formation in poverty and in conducting “popular missions” and with his fellow priests began visiting towns and villages in the work of evangelisation.   In 1706, he left the Vincentians of “his own free will”.   Now more than ever he was passionate for the salvation of souls, especially for the poor people living in the countryside.   After a period of searching, his vocation took shape with increasing clarity.   He became an “itinerant missionary” applying his own pastoral methods, whilst submitting his ministry to the authorisation of his hierarchical superiors.

For more than thirty years he tirelessly travelled on foot or on horseback the ways of Vivarais and Dauphiné and even further ahead.   He faced the fatigue of being constantly on the move, as well as severe weather conditions, in order to make Jesus known, loved and served.   He preached, visited the sick, catechised the children, administered the sacraments, even going as far as carrying “his” confessional on his back, ready at all times to celebrate and bestow the Mercy of God.   He celebrated Mass, exposed the Blessed Sacrament and taught the faithful the prayer of Adoration.   Mary, “Beautiful Tabernacle of God among men” was also given a place of honour in his prayer and his peter vigne icon

In 1712, he came to Boucieu-le-Roi, where the terrain favoured the erection of a Way of the Cross.   With the help of parishioners he constructed 39 stations throughout the village and countryside, teaching the faithful to follow Jesus from the Upper Room to Easter and Pentecost.   Boucieu became his place of residence.   There, he gathered together a few women, charging them to “accompany the pilgrims” on the Way of the Cross and help them to pray and meditate.

It was there that he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.  On 30 November 1715, in the church at Boucieu, he gave them the cross and the religious habit.   He invited them to assure continuous adoration of Jesus present in the Eucharist and to live together in fellowship.   Anxious to give the youth access to instruction, thus helping them grow in their faith and Christian values, Peter Vigne opened schools and also established a “Training School” for teachers.

Such a challenging and busy lifestyle needed some support.   For that reason, whenever Peter Vigne was in Lyon on business, he never failed to call on his former seminary tutors, the priests of Saint Sulpice, to meet his confessor and spiritual director.   Drawn by the Eucharistic spirituality of the Priests of the Blessed Sacrament, founded by Monsignor d’Authier de Sisgaud, he was accepted as an associate member of this society of priests, on 25 January 1724, in Valence and benefited by their spiritual and temporal pietro vigne statue

Whilst continuing to accompany his young Congregation, Peter Vigne persisted with his apostolic works and to make the fruits of his missions more available, he found time to write books  – rules to live by, works of spirituality, especially the one entitled, “Meditations on the Most Beautiful Book, Jesus Christ Suffering and Dying on the Cross”.

The physical strength of our pilgrim for God, the demands of his apostolic activities, the long hours he spent in adoration and his life of poverty, bear witness not only to a fairly robust physique but above all to a passionate love of Jesus Christ who loved His own to the end (cf. John 13:1).

At the age of 70, the effects of exhaustion began to show.   During a mission at Rencurel, in the Vercors mountains, he was taken ill and had to interrupt his preaching.   Despite all his efforts to celebrate the Eucharist one more time and encourage the faithful to love Jesus, feeling his end was near, he expressed once again his missionary zeal, then withdrew in quiet prayer and reflection.   A priest and two Sisters came in haste to accompany him in his final moments.   On 8 July 1740, he went to join the One he had so loved, adored and served.   His body was taken back to its final resting place in the little church in Boucieu where it remains to this day…

St Pope John Paul II declared that he lived a life of heroic virtue and proclaimed him to be Venerable on 7 July 2003. That same pope beatified him after the recognition of a miracle on 3 October pietro vigne head of statue

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Thought for the Day – 5 July – St Anthony Mary Zaccaria and the 40 Hours Devotion

Thought for the Day – 5 July – Friday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year Cand the Memorial of St Anthony Mary Zaccaria CRSP (1502-1539)

The main devotion and teachings of the orders founded by Saint Anthony were those of Saint Paul, with an emphasis on love for the Eucharist and the suffering of Christ crucified. Dedicated to reformation of the clergy, Saint Anthony earned himself enemies within the church and was twice accused of heresy (both times acquitted). So humble, he refused to serve as superior of his orders, instead travelling, reforming convents and monasteries and extending the membership of the laity.

St Anthony is also known for popularising and renewing, the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, known as the Forty-hour devotion. He also is said to have originated the ringing of church bells at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, in recognition of the hour of the crucifixion of Christ.

What is the Forty Hours Devotion?
Forty Hours’ Devotion, in Italian called Quarant’ore or Quarantore, is an exercise of devotion in which continuous prayer is made for forty hours before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition and to which Indulgences are attached.   A celebration of such a devotion is begun by a Solemn Mass or “Mass of Exposition” and ended by a “Mass of Deposition”.   Each of these masses includes a procession and the litany of the saints being chanted.

Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman (1802-1865), first Archbishop of Westminster, England, observed of the Forty Hours:

“In no other time or place, is the sublimity of our religion so touchingly felt.   No ceremony is going forward in the sanctuary, no sound of song is issuing from the choir, no voice of exhortation proceeds from the pulpit, no prayer is uttered aloud at the altar.   There are hundreds there and yet they are engaged in no congregational act of worship.   Each heart and soul is alone in the midst of a multitude; each uttering its own thoughts, each feeling its own grace.   Yet you are overpowered, subdued, quelled, into a reverential mood, softened into a devotional spirit, forced to mediate, to feel, to pray.   The little children who come in, led by a mother’s hand, kneel down by her in silence, as she simply points toward the altar, overawed by the still splendour before them – the very babe seems hushed to quiet reverence in her bosom.” — From “The Sacramentals of the Holy Catholic Church,” by Andrew A. Lambing

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St Anthony died peacefully at age 36 and was buried in the convent of the Angelics of Saint Paul in Milan.   His incorrupt body was translated to the Church of Saint Barnabas in Milan.   He is survived by the legacy of the orders he founded, as well as several letters, sermons and other writings in service of the Lord.san-zaccaria-tomb - st anthony mary zaccaria.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 July – St Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Quote/s of the Day – 5 July – Friday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year Cand the Memorial of St Anthony Mary Zaccaria CRSP (1502-1539)

In His mercy God has chosen us,
unworthy as we are, out of the world,
to serve Him and thus to advance in goodness
and to bear the greatest possible fruit of love in patience……
We should keep running steadily in the race we have started,
not losing sight of Jesus,
who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection.”in his mercy god has chosen us - st anthony mary zaccaria 5 july 2019.jpg

“If you want to obtain what you pray for,
adapt yourself to it, that is,
if you want humility,
do not avoid humiliations.”if you want to obtain what you pray for - st anthony mary zaccaria 5 july 2019.jpg

“Let them keep in mind, therefore,
that there can be no humility
without reproaches and mockery
and anyone who feels ashamed of them …
may as well abandon all hope,
of being able to achieve perfection.”let-them-keep-in-mind-st-a-m-zaccaria-5-july-2018.jpg

“What good thing could God deny us
when He is the one who invites us to ask?”what-good-thing-st-anthony-m-zaccaria-5-july-2018.jpg

“That which God commands
seems difficult and a burden.
The way is rough,
you draw back,
you have no desire to follow it.
Yet DO SO – and you will attain glory.”that-which-god-commands-st-anthony-mary-zaccaria-5-july-2019.jpg

“The centre and the source
from which everything begins
and to which everything returns.”the-centre-and-the-source-st-anthony-mary-zaccaria-5-july-2019.jpg

“The Eucharist is
the living Crucifix!”

St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)the-eucharist-is-the-living-crucifix-st-anthony-m-zaccaria-5-july-2018.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 4 July – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Quote/s of the Day – 4 July – Thursday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati OP (1901-1925)

If someone who has worldly means
sees a brother in need
and refuses him compassion,
how can the love of God remain in him?
Children, let us love, not in word or speech
but in deed and truth…

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“Everyone of you knows,
that the foundation of our religion is charity.
Without it, all our religion would crumble,
because we would not truly be Catholics,
as long as we did not carry out,
or rather shape our whole lives,
by the two commandments
in which the essence of the Catholic Faith lies –
to love God with all our strength
and to love our neighbour as ourselves.”everyone of you knows - bl pier giorgio frassati 4 july 2019.jpg

“I urge you,
with all the strength of my soul,
to approach the Eucharistic Table
as often as possible.
Feed on this Bread of the Angels,
from which you will draw,
the strength, to fight inner struggles.”i-urge-you-bl-pier-4-july-2019.jpg

“Verso l’alto,”

“To the Heights”

Blessed Pier Giorgio’s famous motto, “Verso l’alto,” Italian for “To the heights,” meant reaching for God as well as the mountain peaks.   His regular habit was to attend Mass before heading to the mountains and of visiting the Blessed Sacrament upon his return.
He loved the Eucharist.
He would often spend whole nights in adoration of the Blessed

“Jesus comes to me every morning
in Holy Communion, I repay Him,
in my very small way, by visiting the poor.
The house may be sordid
but I am going to Christ.”jesus-comes-to-me-bl-pier-pray-for-us-4-july-2019.jpg

“The end for which we are created
invites us, to walk a road.
that is surely sown with a lot of thorns
but it is not sad,
through even the sorrow,
it is illuminated by joy.”the end for which we are created - bl pier giorgio frassati 4 july 2019.jpg

“Jesus is with me.
I have nothing to fear.”

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925)jesus is with me i have nothing to fear bl pier giorgio frassati 4 july 2019