Quote/s of the Day – 27 March – Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent
“So everyone who acknowledges me before men,
I also will acknowledge before my Father,
who is in heaven…”
“O my God and my Father,
may I know You
and make You known,
and make You loved,
and make You served,
and make all creatures praise You.”
St Anthony Mary Claret (1807-1870)
Founder of the Claretians
It is certain, however, that of the two thieves
dying beside the Cross of our Redeemer, only one heard Him say:
“This day, you will be with me in Paradise!”
The other, remained obdurate in his sin.
It is the height of stupidity, to wait to be converted,
at the hour of death!”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“The greatest freedom,
is the freedom from the fear of death,
when we know Who sent us
and to Whom we must return.”
Msgr Alex Rebello CMF
Diocese of Wrexham, Wales
Thought for the Day – 8 January – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) – Third Day after Epiphany
In theory, everybody believes in death.
In practice, many live as if they did not believe in it.
So, it is necessary and helpful, for us to meditate on death.
We begin to die on the day when we were born.
People say: “I have lived twenty, thirty or forty years.” But, if they said, “I have used up twenty or thirty or forty years of my life,” how many would then be left? We do not know, we only know that death will come at the very moment when we least expect it.
Let us always be prepared.
“You also must be ready, because at an hour that you do not expect, the Son of Man is coming.” (Lk 12:40)
We must always be ready.
Let our faith be lively and active and our minds turned towards God, Who is waiting for us.
There is no need to be afraid.
He is good and merciful.
He desires our salvation.
This is a wonderfully consoling thought. God desires my salvation!
Let us surrender ourselves to Him, therefore, as if we had to die this very moment!
Antonio Cardinal Bacci