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Thought for the Day – 24 February – The Memorial of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco (1831-1891)

Thought for the Day – 24 February – The Memorial of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco (1831-1891)

The outstanding vitality of faith, …. emerges in the life and activity of Tommaso Maria Fusco, founder of the Institute of the Daughters of Charity of the Precious Blood.   By virtue of the faith he knew how to live in the world the reality of the Kingdom of God in a very special way.   Among his aspirations, there was one which was his favourite:  “I believe in you, my God, increase my faith”.   It is this prayer that the Apostles direct to the Lord in the Gospel reading today (cf. Lk 17,6).   Bl Tommaso understood that faith is first of all a gift and a grace.   No one can conquer it or obtain it by himself.   One can only ask for it, implore it from on high.   For that reason, enlightened by the teaching of the new Blessed, we never tire of asking the gift of faith because “the just man will live by faith” (Hb 1,4)

“God is wonderful in his saints!”.   With the communities in which the Blessed lived and for which they spent their best human and spiritual energies, we want to thank God, who is “wonderful in his saints”.   At the same time, we ask Him through their intercession, to help us respond with renewed eagerness to the universal call to holiness. Amen….St Pope John Paul on the Beatification of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco – 7 October 2001

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One Minute Reflection – 24 February – The Memorial of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco (1831-1891) and Saturday of the First Week of Lent, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 24 February – The Memorial of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco (1831-1891) and Saturday of the First Week of Lent, Year B

…”for he causes his sun to rise upon the bad as well as the good and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike.“…Matthew 5:45 (Today’s Gospel Matthew 5:43-48)

REFLECTION – “May work and suffering for God always be your glory and in your work and suffering, may God be your consolation on this earth and your recompense in heaven.”……………..Bl Thomas Mary Fuscomay work and suffering for god - 24 feb 2018

PRAYER– O Lord my God, give me the strength to endure with patience the sufferings I encounter in my life. Teach me to do my daily work for You alone and to do more than that in every way I can, for your greater glory. Teach me, Holy Father, to obey the words of Your Son, to pray for those who persecute me and to suffer for the glory of the Kingdom. Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco, pray that we may achieve the crown of glory in heaven, amen.bl-thomas-mary-fusco-pray-for-us.-24 feb 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 24 February – The Memorial of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco

Our Morning Offering – 24 February – The Memorial of Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco

The One Thing Necessary
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church

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.
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Thought for the Day – 24 February

Thought for the Day – 24 February

It was not long before Fr Tommaso Maria, envied for the good he achieved in his ministry and for his life as an exemplary priest, was faced with humiliation and persecution and, in 1880, even a brother priest’s slanderous calumny.    However, sustained by the Lord, he lovingly carried that cross which his own Bishop Ammirante had foretold at the time of his institute’s foundation:   “Have you chosen the title of the Most Precious Blood? Well, may you be prepared to drink the bitter cup”. (St John Paul at the Beatification of Blessed Thomas).

Know that we are all called to drink His Cup and carry His Cross but never forget – he carries and drinks with us all!

(St John Paul at the Beatification of Blessed Thomas).

Bl Thomas Mary Fusco, Pray for us!

St John Paul, Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – 24 February

One Minute Reflection – 24 February

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.
You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised………………Hebrews 10:35-36

REFLECTION – “May work and suffering for God always be your glory and in your work and suffering, may God be your consolation on this earth and your recompense in heaven.”……………..Bl Thomas Mary Fusco

PRAYER – O Lord my God, give me the strength to endure with patience the sufferings I encounter in my life. Teach me to do my daily work for You alone and to do more than that in every way I can, for your greater glory. Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco, pray that we may achieve the crown of glory in heaven, amen.

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Saint of the Day – 24 February – Bl Thomas Mary Fusco/Tommaso Maria Fusco

Saint of the Day – 24 February – Bl Thomas Mary Fusco/Tommaso Maria Fusco (1831-1891 died aged 59) Priest and Founder called an “Apostle of Charity” – Patron of Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood

Thomas was born to a noble family in 1831 in Pagani, Italy. He was the seventh of eight children.   When he was only six years old, his mother died of cholera. A few years later, his father also died.   His uncle, a primary school teacher, took charge of Thomas’ education.

The canonization of St. Alphonsus Liguori in 1839 stirred aspirations for the priesthood in Thomas’ heart.   He entered the seminary in 1847 and was ordained a priest in 1855.   Immediately Thomas opened a morning school for the formation of boys and organized evening prayers for youth and adults.   During these years, Thomas nurtured a deep devotion to the crucified Christ and to his Blessed Sorrowful Mother because of the deaths of his uncle and younger brother.

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In 1862 he opened a school of moral theology in his home to train priests for the ministry of confession.   That same year he also founded the priestly Society of the Catholic Apostolate for missions among the faithful.

In 1873, Thomas was deeply moved by the plight of an orphaned street girl. After careful discernment, he founded the Congregation of the “Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood”.

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For the remainder of his years, he was completely dedicated to his priestly ministry, preaching spiritual retreats and missions, teaching catechism to youth and organizing prayer for young people and adults at his parish.  He worked to build a strong devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus among the people he served.

In 1891, Thomas died of liver disease at the age of 59.

The cause for his beatification was opened in 1955 and the decree of his heroic Christian virtues was published in 2001.

At Thomas’ beatification, Blessed John Paul II presented him as “an example and a guide to holiness for priests, for the people of God and for his spiritual daughters, the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood.”

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Celebrating Bl Thomas’s Beatification in his hometown “Pagani, Italy”