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Quote/s of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici

Quote/s of the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

“Do now,
what you wish to have done,
when your moment
comes to die.”

“Reflect that, in reality,
you have a greater need
to serve [the poor],
than they have of your service.”

“Consider that the devil doesn’t sleep
but seeks our ruin,
in a thousand ways.”

St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

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Our Lady of Life/Notre Dame de Vie, Provence, France and Memorials of the Saints – 27 January

Our Lady of Life/Notre Dame de Vie, Provence, France – 27 January:

The town of Mougins is really an ancient village located in the south of France. Only a short drive from Cannes, it is completely surrounded by dense forests and there are a variety of tall pines and other trees growing amidst the town’s buildings. Like so many other places in Europe, the village was once also surrounded by a stone wall set with strong towers, though most of those walls have long since fallen down. Many of the charming older residences, however, are still in use, opposite newer dwellings.
It was sometime during the 11th century, when a local nobleman gave the hill, which overlooks the village, to the Monks to Saint Honorat, who cared for the local populace until the time of the French Revolution. The Monks built a Chapel on the hill known as Saint Marie, though very little of that original structure still remains. The Chapel of Our Lady of Life, or Notre Dame de Vie in French, was built in 1646 and stands upon the former site of that much earlier Church.

The Altar of Our Lady of Life in the new Church

If one were to visit the hermitage of Notre Dame de Vie, Our Lady of Life, they would find it situated on a beautiful site still overlooking the village, set in a long meadow bordered by two rows of giant cypresses. There is a natural peace and quietude, that seems to invade the soul at this place, which was once a site of many miracles.
The name of the first Chapel was changed from Saint Mary to Notre Dame de Vie, Our Lady of Life, when it was discovered that one could find a heavenly respite there. Notre Dame de Vie soon became famous throughout the area as a special sanctuary of grace, for if still-born babies were brought there, they would be miraculously brought back to life long enough to be Baptised during the Mass.
“At the present day, the chapel has fallen to ruin and a stone cross broken in half, rises alone amid the ruins but underneath these ruins there are subterraneous vaults and a stone altar, still tells where they still come to lay those little children whom death had smitten on the threshold of life and, who have been unable to receive the sacred sign which would have made them like unto the angels.”
“No sooner are they laid upon this stone, says the mountaineer who serves as a guide to the traveller in this dark crypt, than their eyes open again, a slight breathing escapes from their little lips closed by death, the water of Baptism flows upon their foreheads and then, they fall asleep again, to ascend to heaven.”
“By digging a little into the ground, the remains of these poor little flowers of humanity, which withered at the icy breath of death in the first hour of their morning, are found round about the altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, who raises up the little children to life, that they may go to Jesus Christ; that ignorant, but exalted tenderness of feeling which came to beg the miracle of Mary, interred them beneath her wing, that she might not forget them!
“Let incredulity be indignant at this superstition of the heart; tender and pious souls will find in it, only a motive for gentle commiseration. No doubt, more than one mother has been deceived in thinking that she saw the cold lips of her child become reanimated with her kisses to receive the sacred water but. whoever should dare to advance that Mary cannot perform miracles as great when she pleases, would be, to say the truth, a bold mortal.” (*from Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with the History of Devotion to Her, by Mathieu Orsini, translated from the French.)
The Chapel is home to an ancient statue in polychrome wood of the Virgin and Child. It is piously believed, that through this image, the Blessed Virgin has often restored to life children who had died without Baptism.
In 1730 the practice was prohibited for unknown reasons. There is a tomb in an adjacent enclosure that contains the remains of the tiny bodies of those who were Baptised and have passed to paradise.

St Angela Merici (1474-1540) (Optional Memorial)
Full Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/saint-of-the-day-27-january-st-angela-merici-c-s-u-1474-1540/
AND MORE:
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Bl Antonio Mascaró Colomina
St Avitus
St Candida of Bañoles
St Carolina Santocanale
St Devota of Corsica
St Domitian of Melitene
St Emerius of Bañoles
Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulewicz/George Matulaitis MIC (1871-1927)
His Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/27/saint-of-the-day-27-january-blessed-george-matulaitis-mic-1871-1927/

St Gilduin
Bl Gonzalo Diaz di Amarante
St Henry de Osso y Cervello
St John Maria Muzeyi
Bl John of Warneton
St Julian of Le Mans
St Julian of Sora
St Lupus of Châlons
Blessed Manfredo Settala (12 Century-1217) Priest and Hermit “The Hermit of Monte San Giorgio”
St Marius of Bodon
Bl Michael Pini
St Natalis of Ulster
St Paul Josef Nardini
Bl Rosalie du Verdier de la Sorinière
St Theodoric of Orléans
St Pope Vitalian

Martyrs of North Africa – 30 saints: A group of 30 Christians martyred together by Arian Vandals. The only details to have survived are four of their names – Datius, Julian, Reatrus and Vincent. c 500 in North Africa.

Datius of Africa and 46 companions

Lucius of Africa and 40 companions

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Memorials of the Saint – 27 January

St Angela Merici (1474-1540) (Optional Memorial)
Full Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/saint-of-the-day-27-january-st-angela-merici-c-s-u-1474-1540/
AND MORE:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/27/saint-of-the-day-27-january-st-angela-merici-1474-1540/

Bl Antonio Mascaró Colomina
St Avitus
St Candida of Bañoles
St Carolina Santocanale
St Devota of Corsica
St Domitian of Melitene
St Emerius of Bañoles
Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulewicz/George Matulaitis MIC (1871-1927)

St Gilduin
Bl Gonzalo Diaz di Amarante
St Henry de Osso y Cervello
St John Maria Muzeyi
Bl John of Warneton
St Julian of Le Mans
St Julian of Sora
St Lupus of Châlons
Bl Manfredo Settala
St Marius of Bodon
Bl Michael Pini
St Natalis of Ulster
St Paul Josef Nardini
Bl Rosalie du Verdier de la Sorinière
St Theodoric of Orléans
St Pope Vitalian

Martyrs of North Africa – 30 saints: A group of 30 Christians martyred together by Arian Vandals. The only details to have survived are four of their names – Datius, Julian, Reatrus and Vincent. c 500 in North Africa.

Datius of Africa and 46 companions

Lucius of Africa and 40 companions

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Quote/s of the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

“Disorder in society
is the result
of disorder
in the family.”disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family 27 jan 2019.jpg

“As our Saviour says:
“A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit.”
He says: A good tree, that is, a good heart
as well as a soul on fire with charity,
can do nothing but good and holy works.
For this reason Saint Augustine said:
“Love and do what you will,” namely,
possess love and charity and then do what you will.
It is as if he had said:  Charity is not able to sin.”as-our-saviour-says-st-angela-merici-27-jan-2018.jpg

“Pray and get others to pray,
that God not abandon His Church
but reform it, as He pleases
and as He sees best for us
and more to His honour and glory.”

St Angela Merici (1474-1540)pray and get others to pray - st angela merici 27 jan 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 27 January – Gospel: Luke 4:14–21

One Minute Reflection – 27 January – The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Luke 4:14–21

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed…”...Luke 4:18luke 4 18 - the spirit of the lord is upon me 27 jan 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “Now let us imagine that we too enter the synagogue of Nazareth, the village where Jesus has grown up, until He is about 30 years old.   Then, after a moment of silence filled with expectation on the part of everyone, He says, in the midst of their general amazement:  “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing”.
Evangelising the poor – this is Jesus’ mission.   According to what He says, this is also the mission of the Church and of every person baptised in the Church.   Being a Christian is the same thing as being a missionary.   Proclaiming the Gospel with one’s word and even before, with one’s life, is the primary aim of the Christian community and of each of its members.
It is noted here that Jesus addresses the Good News to all, excluding no one, indeed favouring those who are distant, suffering sick, cast out by society.   Let us ask ourselves: what does it mean to evangelise the poor?   It means first of all drawing close to them, it means having the joy of serving them, of freeing them from their oppression, and all of this in the name of and with the Spirit of Christ, because He is the Gospel of God, He is the Mercy of God, He is the liberation of God, He is the One who became poor so as to enrich us with His poverty.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 24 January 2016he is the gospel of god - pope francis - 27 jan 2019.jpg

PRAYER – All-powerful, ever-living God, direct our steps in the way of Your love, so that our whole life may be fragrant with all we do in our daily lives as missionaries of Your beloved Son, who sent us forth to proclaim the Good News.   Lord God, let St Angela Merici ever commend us to Your love and care.   May her charity and wisdom inspire us to treasure Your teaching and express it in our lives.   Through our Lord Jesus, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-angela-merici-pray-for-us-no-2-27-jan-2018.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Saint of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici (1474-1540) Virgin, Founder.

Women like St Teresa of Ávila and St Catherine of Genoa contributed significantly to the Catholic Reformation.   But in the 16th century church perhaps, no woman responded more creatively to the need for reform than St Angela Merici.   She built communities that trained single women in Christian living and provided them a secure place of honour in their local societies.header - st angela merici

A single lay woman herself, Angela established groups of unmarried women of all classes in Brescia and other northern Italian cities.   She wanted the women to be in the world but not of it.   So they consecrated themselves to God and promised to remain celibate.   But they lived at home with their families and looked for ways to serve their neighbours.   In 1535, Angela organised the groups into the Company of St Ursula, later called the Ursulines.   Unique for its time, her avant-garde association anticipated modern secular institutes and covenant communities.

Angela gave the Ursulines a military structure, dividing towns into districts governed hierarchically by mature Christian women.   This design allowed the community to support members in daily Christian living and protect them from spiritually unhealthy influences.st angela merici - maxresdefault.jpg

The rule that Angela wrote for the company required members to remain faithful to the Christian basics.   In the following excerpt, she explains the importance of daily vocal and mental prayer:

Each one of the sisters should be solicitous about prayer, mental as well as vocal, that is a companion to fasting.   For Scripture says prayer is good with fasting.   As by fasting we mortify the carnal appetites and the senses, so by prayer we beg God for the true grace of spiritual life.   Thus, from the great need we have of divine aid, we must pray always with mind and heart, as it is written, “Pray constantly”  (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NJB).   To all we counsel frequent vocal prayer that prepares the mind by exercising the bodily senses.   So each one of you, every day will say with devotion and attention at least the Office of the Blessed Virgin and the seven penitential psalms (Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143) because in saying the office we are speaking with God.

To afford matter and some method in mental prayer, we exhort each one to raise her mind to God and to exercise herself in it every day.   And so in the secret of her heart, let her say:

“My Saviour, illumine the darkness of my heart and grant me grace rather to die than to offend your Divine Majesty anymore.   Guard, O Lord, my affections and my senses, that they may not stray, nor lead me away from the light of your face, the satisfaction of every afflicted heart.

I ask you, Lord, to receive all my self-will, that by the infection of sin, is unable to distinguish good from evil.   Receive, O Lord, all my thoughts, words and deeds, interior and exterior, that I lay at the feet of your Divine Majesty.   Although I am utterly unworthy, I beseech you to accept all my being.”

At Angela Merici’s death in 1540 she had started 24 groups.   Over the years the Ursulines have flourished as the oldest and one of the most respected of the church’s teaching orders.angela-merici1.jpg

To the long list of authorities Ursulines were to obey—Ten Commandments, Church, parents, civil laws—St Angela added “divine inspirations that you may recognise as coming from the Holy Spirit.”   A refreshing and liberating rule.   Also a dangerous one, for when it’s obeyed, the Holy Spirit may act in unexpected ways.

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Thought for the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Thought for the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

“I ask you, Lord, to receive all my self-will
that by the infection of sin is unable to distinguish
good from evil.
Receive, O Lord, all my thoughts, words and deeds,
interior and exterior,
that I lay at the feet of your Divine Majesty.
Although I am utterly unworthy,
I beseech you to accept all my being.”

At Angela Merici’s death in 1540 she had started 24 groups.   St Charles Borromeo organised the Ursulines into a formal religious congregation and it was given papal approval in 1544.   Over the years the Ursulines have flourished as the oldest and one of the most respected of the church’s teaching orders.

To the long list of authorities Ursulines were to obey—Ten Commandments, Church, parents, civil laws—St Angela added “divine inspirations that you may recognise as coming from the Holy Spirit.”   A refreshing and liberating rule.   Also a dangerous one, for when it’s obeyed, the Holy Spirit may act in unexpected ways.

Innovation has always been a part of genuine sanctity.   New wineskins are often needed for the eternally new wine of the Gospel and the saints are not only holy but they are often creative geniuses as well – always, listening to the creative genius, the Holy Spirit!

St Angela Merici, pray for us!st angela merici pray for us no 2 - 27 jan 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Quote/s of the Day – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

“We must give alms.
Charity wins souls
and draws them to virtue.”

“Consider that the devil doesn’t sleep,
but seeks our ruin in a thousand ways.”

“Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.”we must give alms - st angela merici - 27 jan 2018

“Do not lose heart, even if you should discover
that you lack qualities necessary for the work
to which you are called.
He who called you will not desert you
but the moment you are in need,
He will stretch out His saving hand.”do not lose heart - st angela merici - 27 jan 2018

“As our Saviour says:
“A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit.”
He says: A good tree, that is, a good heart
as well as a soul on fire with charity,
can do nothing but good and holy works.
For this reason Saint Augustine said:
“Love and do what you will,” namely,
possess love and charity and then do what you will.
It is as if he had said: Charity is not able to sin.”

St Angela Merici (1474-1540)as our saviour says - st angela merici - 27 jan 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

One Minute Reflection – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

“Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.”…Luke 14:13luke 14-13

REFLECTION – “Reflect that in reality you have a greater need to serve [the poor] than they have of your service….St Angela Merici (1474-1540)reflect that, in reality - st angela merici - 27 jan 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, let St Angela ever commend us to Your love and care.   May her charity and wisdom inspire us to treasure Your teaching and express it in our lives. Through our Lord Jesus, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st angela merici - pray for us - 27 jan 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Our Morning Offering – 27 January – The Memorial of St Angela Merici (1474-1540)

Excerpt from St Angela Merici’s Daily Prayer

My God, enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me grace to die
rather than ever offend Your divine Majesty.
Place a guard around my affections
and my thoughts,
so that they may never turn aside
from You and Your ways
and banish me not from Your presence,
in which afflicted hearts find such consolation.
O Lord,
I beg of You by Your holy Passion,
by Your precious blood shed for love of us,
by the holy name of Jesus,
that this adorable name may be blessed
in heaven and on earth
and by the heavenly choirs
of angels and archangels.
I regret, O Lord, that I have begun so late
to serve Your divine Majesty.
Accept, I beseech You, O Lord,
all my thoughts, words and actions,
together with my whole being;
and placing all at the feet of Your divine Majesty,
I beg You to accept them,
unworthy as I am of such a favour.
Amenst angela merici's prayer - 27 jan 2018

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Saint of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici C.S.U. (1474-1540)

Saint of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici C.S.U. (1474-1540) –  Virgin, Founder, Religious sister, Teacher, Writer – born on 21 March 1474 at Desenzano, Lake Garda, Italy – 24 January 1540 at Brescia, Italy.  Her body is interred in the church of Saint Afra, Brescia, Italy and is incorrupt.   Patronages – against bodily ills, illness, sickness,  the death of parents, disabled, handicapped or physically challenged people, sick people.   Attributes –  cloak, ladder, tall ladder with young women climbing it.   St Angela founded the Company of St Ursula in 1535 in Brescia, in which women dedicated their lives to the service of the Church through the education of girls.   From this organisation later sprang the monastic Order of Ursulines, whose nuns established places of prayer and learning throughout Europe and, later, worldwide, most notably in the new world.HEADER AA ST ANGELA MERICIHEADER ST ANGELA MERICI 1

Angela Merici was born in Northern Italy and lived on Lake Garda with her parents and sister, her closest companions.   Angela diligently worked on her father’s farm and was also encouraged by her family to develop habits of prayer and fasting — which she continued to practice her whole life.

After the untimely death of her entire family, Angela went to stay with her uncle in a neighbouring town.   Angela, obviously quite distraught over this loss, prayed day and night to God for some sign that her family was in heaven.   One mid-day during harvest Angela was alone in the fields when she experienced a life-changing vision:  the heaven’s opened and angels and young women came toward her singing a melody, surrounded by light.   One of the young girl’s was Angela’s sister.   From this experience, Angela knew it was her purpose to establish a community of religious and dedicated young women — thus the foundation of the Sisters of Ursuline Order was laid.ST ANGELA MYSTICHEADER ST ANGELA MERICI 2

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Angela spent her early life helping others as a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis.   She led a simple life, with only a few hours of sleep a night — much of her waking hours were spent praying.   When she was 40 years old she was asked by the Order to travel to the aid of Caterina Patengola, who had just lost her husband and two sons.   On her way to Brescia, Angela came to meet up with a religious reform movement, Divino Amore, that catered to the needs of the time.

They established infirmaries for those suffering from syphilis, cared for widows and their families and founded an orphanage and a shelter for former prostitutes.   Here, Angela encountered people and experiences that proved to be especially significant in her later life.   In only a few short years, a group of men and women gathered around Angela as their spiritual centre.

By 1532, Angela has assembled a small group of women who were her followers and together they embarked on the formation of Angela’s community.   By 1536, Angela had won approval from the Diocese for the first Rule written by a woman for a community of women.

On 25 November 1535, Merici gathered with 12 young women who had joined in her work in a small house in Brescia near the Church of St Afra, where together they committed themselves in the founding of the Company of St Ursula, placed under the protection of the patroness of medieval universities.   Her goal was to elevate family life through the Christian education of future wives and mothers.   Merici taught her companions to be consecrated to God and dedicated to the service of their neighbour but to remain in the world, teaching the girls of their own neighbourhood and to practice a religious form of life in their own homes.   The members wore no special habit and took no formal religious vows.   Merici wrote a Rule of Life for the group, which specified the practice of celibacy, poverty and obedience in their own homes.   The Ursulines opened orphanages and schools.   On 18 March 1537, she was elected “Mother and Mistress” of the group.   The Rule she had written was approved in 1544 by Pope Paul III.   Angela gave the Ursulines a military structure, dividing towns into districts governed hierarchically by mature Christian women.   This design allowed the community to support members in daily Christian living and protect them from spiritually unhealthy influences.St Angela Merici and daughters1_27_best_Saint_Angela_Merici

The rule that Angela wrote for the company required members to remain faithful to the Christian basics.   In the following excerpt, she explains the importance of daily vocal and mental prayer:

“Each one of the sisters should be solicitous about prayer, mental as well as vocal, that is a companion to fasting.   For Scripture says prayer is good with fasting. As by fasting we mortify the carnal appetites and the senses, so by prayer we beg God for the true grace of spiritual life.   Thus, from the great need we have of divine aid, we must pray always with mind and heart, as it is written, “Pray constantly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NJB).   To all we counsel frequent vocal prayer that prepares the mind by exercising the bodily senses.   So each one of you, every day will say with devotion and attention at least the Office of the Blessed Virgin and the seven penitential psalms (Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143) because in saying the office we are speaking with God.

To afford matter and some method in mental prayer, we exhort each one to raise her mind to God and to exercise herself in it every day.   And so in the secret of her heart, let her say: “My Saviour, illumine the darkness of my heart, and grant me grace rather to die than to offend your Divine Majesty any more.   Guard, O Lord, my affections and my senses, that they may not stray, nor lead me away from the light of your face, the satisfaction of every afflicted heart.

I ask you, Lord, to receive all my self-will, that by the infection of sin is unable to distinguish good from evil.   Receive, O Lord, all my thoughts, words, and deeds, interior and exterior, that I lay at the feet of your Divine Majesty.   Although I am utterly unworthy, I beseech you to accept all my being.”

When Merici died in Brescia on 27 January 1540, there were 24 communities of the Company of St. Ursula serving the Church through the region.   Over the years the Ursulines have flourished as the oldest and one of the most respected of the church’s teaching orders.   Her body was clothed in the habit of a Franciscan tertiary and was interred in the Church of St Afra.   Her body was later found to be incorrupt.   Merici was beatified in Rome on 30 April 1768, by Pope Clement XIII.   She was later canonised on 24 May 1807 by Pope Pius VII.st angela shrine and incorrupt bodyST ANGELA MERICI 2angela mericist-angela-merici-statue-in-st-peters-basilica

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Thought for the Day – 27 January

To the long list of authorities Ursulines were to obey—Ten Commandments, Church, parents, civil laws—St. Angela added “divine inspirations that you may recognize as coming from the Holy Spirit.”   A refreshing and liberating rule.   Also a dangerous one, for when it’s obeyed, the Holy Spirit may act in unexpected ways.

Sometimes the “tried and true” ways are no longer adequate and new ways have to be found to bring the Gospel to the world.   Saints like Angela Merici had to find new ways to do the old tasks and innovation has always been a part of genuine sanctity.   New wineskins are often needed for the eternally new wine of the Gospel and the saints were not only holy people, they were often creative geniuses, as well and this IS the Holy Spirit!

St Angela Merici Pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 27 January

Quote/s of the Day – 27 January

“Reflect that in reality you have a greater need to serve [the poor] than they have of your service.”

“Do not lose heart, even if you should discover that you lack qualities necessary for the work to which you are called.   He who called you will not desert you, but the moment you are in need He will stretch out His saving hand.”

“Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.”

“Consider that the devil doesn’t sleep, but seeks our ruin in a thousand ways.”

“As our Saviour says: “A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit.” He says: A good tree, that is, a good heart as well as a soul on fire with charity, can do nothing but good and holy works. For this reason Saint Augustine said: “Love, and do what you will,” namely, possess love and charity and then do what you will. It is as if he had said: Charity is not able to sin.”

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One Minute Reflection – 27 January

One Minute Reflection – 27 January

The servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome but must be kindly toward all…….2 Tm 2:24

REFLECTION – “Exercise pleasantness toward all, taking great care especially that what you have commanded may never be done by reason of force.
For God has given free will to everyone and therefore, never forces anyone – but only indicates, calls and persuades.”……………St Angela Merici

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, teach me how to deal pleasantly with those I in my life. Help me to persuade rather than attempt to force others to do what must be done. Help me always to lead by example and by my life. St Angela Merici, pray for us, amen!

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Our Morning Offering – 27 January

Our Morning Offering – 27 January

Excerpt from St Angela Merici’s Daily Prayer

My God, do Thou enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me grace to die
rather than ever offend Thy divine Majesty.
Place a guard around my affections and my thoughts,
so that they may never turn aside from Thee and Thy ways
and banish me not from Thy presence,
in which afflicted hearts find such consolation.
My God, I am filled with grief on seeing
I cannot look into the innermost secrets of my heart,
without being ashamed to raise my eyes to heaven,
believing myself worthy to be cast into hell;
and when I see within myself so many faults,
deformities, unworthiness and sin,
I feel myself drawn by day and night,
in my going forth, or at home, at work,
or communing with my thoughts
to pray with all my strength
and to beg of Thee, O my God,
mercy and time to do penance.
Vouchsafe then, O Lord, I beseech Thee,
to forgive me the offences
and sins into which I have fallen
and I beseech Thee also to pardon
the sins of my parents,
relations and friends and those of the whole world;
and I beg of Thee by Thy holy Passion,
by Thy precious blood shed for love of us,
by Thy holy name of Jesus,
that this adorable name may be blessed
in heaven and on earth
and by the heavenly choirs of angels and archangels.
I regret, O Lord, that I have begun so late
to serve Thy divine Majesty.
Accept, I beseech Thee, O Lord,
all my thoughts, words and actions,
together with my whole being;
and placing all at the feet of Thy divine Majesty,
I beg Thee to accept them,
unworthy as I am of such a favour. Amen

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Saint of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici

Saint of the Day – 27 January – St Angela Merici C.S.U. – (1474-1540 died aged 65) Virgin/Religious/Foundress/Teacher – Patron of sickness, handicapped people, loss of parents

St Angela was a religious teacher who founded the Company of St. Ursula in 1535 in Brescia, Italy in which women dedicated their lives to the service of the Church through the education of girls.    From this organization later sprang the monastic Order of Ursulines, whose nuns established places of prayer and learning throughout Europe and, later, worldwide, most notably in North America.

She was born in 1474 at Desenzano del Garda, a small town on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda in Lombardy.   She and her older sister, Giana Maria, were left orphans when she was fifteen years old. They went to live with their uncle in the town of Salò.  Young Angela was very distressed when her sister suddenly died without receiving the Last Rites of the Church and prayed that her sister’s soul rest in peace.   It is said that in a vision she received a response that her sister was in heaven in the company of the saints. She joined the Third Order of St. Francis around that time.   People began to notice Angela’s beauty and particularly to admire her hair.   As she had promised herself to God, and wanted to avoid the worldly attention, she dyed her hair in soot.

Merici’s uncle died when she was twenty years old and she returned to her home in Desenzano, and lived with her brothers, on her own property, given to her in lieu of the dowry that would otherwise have been hers had she married.   She later had another vision that revealed to her that she was to found an association of virgins who were to devote their lives to the religious training of young girls.   This association was a success and she was invited to start another school in the neighboring city, Brescia.
In 1524, while traveling to the Holy Land, Merici became suddenly blind when she was on the island of Crete. Despite this, she continued her journey to the Holy Land and was ostensibly cured of her blindness on her return, while praying before a crucifix, at the same place where she was struck with blindness a few weeks before.   In 1525 she journeyed to Rome in order to gain the indulgences of the Jubilee Year then being celebrated.   Pope Clement VII, who had heard of her virtue and success with her school, invited her to remain in Rome.   Merici disliked attention, however, and soon returned to Brescia.

On 25 November 1535, Merici gathered with 12 young women who had joined in her work in a small house in Brescia near the Church of St Afra, where together they committed themselves in the founding of the Company of St Ursula, placed under the protection of the patroness of medieval universities.   Her goal was to elevate family life through the Christian education of future wives and mothers.   Four years later the group had grown to 28. Merici taught her companions to be consecrated to God and dedicated to the service of their neighbour but to remain in the world, teaching the girls of their own neighbourhood, and to practice a religious form of life in their own homes.   The members wore no special habit and took no formal religious vows.   Merici wrote a Rule of Life for the group, which specified the practice of celibacy, poverty and obedience in their own homes.   The Ursulines opened orphanages and schools.   On 18 March 1537, she was elected “Mother and Mistress” of the group.   The Rule she had written was approved in 1544 by Pope Paul III.   Angela gave the Ursulines a military structure, dividing towns into districts governed hierarchically by mature Christian women. This design allowed the community to support members in daily Christian living and protect them from spiritually unhealthy influences.

The rule that Angela wrote for the company required members to remain faithful to the Christian basics. In the following excerpt, she explains the importance of daily vocal and mental prayer:

“Each one of the sisters should be solicitous about prayer, mental as well as vocal, that is a companion to fasting.   For Scripture says prayer is good with fasting. As by fasting we mortify the carnal appetites and the senses, so by prayer we beg God for the true grace of spiritual life.   Thus, from the great need we have of divine aid, we must pray always with mind and heart, as it is written, “Pray constantly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NJB).   To all we counsel frequent vocal prayer that prepares the mind by exercising the bodily senses.   So each one of you, every day will say with devotion and attention at least the Office of the Blessed Virgin and the seven penitential psalms (Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143) because in saying the office we are speaking with God.

To afford matter and some method in mental prayer, we exhort each one to raise her mind to God and to exercise herself in it every day.   And so in the secret of her heart, let her say: “My Saviour, illumine the darkness of my heart, and grant me grace rather to die than to offend your Divine Majesty any more.   Guard, O Lord, my affections and my senses, that they may not stray, nor lead me away from the light of your face, the satisfaction of every afflicted heart.

I ask you, Lord, to receive all my self-will, that by the infection of sin is unable to distinguish good from evil.   Receive, O Lord, all my thoughts, words, and deeds, interior and exterior, that I lay at the feet of your Divine Majesty.   Although I am utterly unworthy, I beseech you to accept all my being.”

When Merici died in Brescia on 27 January 1540, there were 24 communities of the Company of St. Ursula serving the Church through the region.   Over the years the Ursulines have flourished as the oldest and one of the most respected of the church’s teaching orders.   Her body was clothed in the habit of a Franciscan tertiary and was interred in the Church of St. Afra.