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Quote/s of the Day – 7 September – “Stretch forth your hand.” – Luke 6:6-11

Quote/s of the Day – 7 September – Monday of the Twenty Third week in Ordinary Time, Readings: 1 Corinthians 5:1-8, Psalms 5:5-6, 7, 12, Luke 6:6-11

“Stretch forth your hand.”

Luke 6:10

“While the withered hand was restored,
the withered minds of the onlookers were not.
… Are you debating what you will do?
Worship Him as God.
Worship the Wonder-worker.
Worship One who worked good things
on behalf of another.”

St Athansius (297-373)
Father and Doctor of the Church

“What He receives on earth
He returns in heaven.
… A poor man is begging from you
and you are begging from God,
he asks for a scrap,
you ask for eternal life.”

St Caesarius of Arles (470-543)

“O God, grant that whatever good things I have,
I may share generously with those who have not
and whatever good things I do not have,
I may request humbly from those who do.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Doctor anglicus

“If we look forward to receiving God’s mercy,
we can never fail to do good,
so long as we have the strength.
For if we share with the poor,
out of love for God,
whatever He has given to us,
we shall receive according to His promise,
a hundredfold in eternal happiness.
What a fine profit, what a blessed reward!
With outstretched arms He begs us
to turn toward Him, to weep for our sins
and to become the servants of love,
first for ourselves, then for our neighbours.
Just as water extinguishes a fire,
so love wipes away sin.”

St John of God (1495-1550)

“So when you leave prayer
to serve some poor person,
remember, that this very service,
is performed for God.

St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)

“Yours must be a work of love, of kindness,
you must give your time, your talents, yourselves.”

Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (1813–1853)
“Servant to the Poor”
and Founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society

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Lenten Reflection – 20 March – ‘… Love wipes away sin’

Lenten Reflection – 20 March – Friday of the Third week of Lent, Readings: Hosea 14:1-9 (2-10), Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17, Mark 12:28-34

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

“…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’   The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” …Mark 12:30-32

Daily Meditation:
Fill our hearts with Your love!

REFLECTION“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.”   And He could have stopped there.   Yet, Jesus adds something that was not asked by the doctor of the law.   He says, in fact:  “And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself” (v. 39).   And in this case too, Jesus does not invent the second commandment but takes it from the Book of Leviticus.   The novelty is in His placing these two commandments together — love for God and love for neighbour — revealing that they are in fact inseparable and complementary, two sides of the same coin.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 26 October 2014

fridayofthe3rdweeklent-29-march-2019 and 20 march 2020

Intercessions:
Thanks be to Christ the Lord, who brought us life by His death on the Cross.
With our whole heart let us ask Him:
By Your death raise us to life.

Teacher and Saviour,
You have shown us Your fidelity and made us a new creation by Your passion,
– keep us from falling again into sin.
Help us to deny ourselves today,
– and not deny those in need.
May we receive this day of penance as Your gift,
– and give it back to You through works of mercy.
May we see with Your eyes, everyday!
– and become images of You.
Master our rebellious hearts,
– and teach us generosity.
Closing Prayer:

Prayer Before The Crucifix
By St Vincent Strambi CP (1745-1824)

Jesus, by this saving sign,
bless this listless soul of mine.
Jesus, by Your feet nailed fast,
mend the missteps of my past.
Jesus, with Your riven hands,
bend my will to love’s demands.
Jesus, in Your Heart laid bare,
warm my inner coldness there.
Jesus, by Your thorn-crowned head,
still my pride till it is dead.
Jesus, by Your muted tongue,
stay my words that hurt someone.
Jesus, by Your tired eyes,
open mine to faith’s surprise.
Jesus, by Your fading breath,
keep me faithful until death.
Yes, Lord, by this saving sign,
save this wayward soul of mine.
Amen

prayer before the crucifix by st vincent strambi 13 sept 2019 a friday for catholic time

“If we look forward to receiving God’s mercy,
we can never fail to do good,
so long as we have the strength.
For if we share with the poor,
out of love for God,
whatever He has given to us,
we shall receive according to His promise,
a hundredfold in eternal happiness.
What a fine profit, what a blessed reward!
With outstretched arms He begs us
to turn toward Him, to weep for our sins
and to become the servants of love,
first for ourselves, then for our neighbours.
Just as water extinguishes a fire,
so love wipes away sin.”

St John of God (1495-1550)

with-outstretched-arms-he-begs-us-st-john-of-god-8-march-2019 and 20 march 2020

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Saint of the Day – 24 April Saint Benedict Menni OH (1841-1914) “A Heart Without Borders”

Saint of the Day – 24 April Saint Benedict Menni OH (1841-1914) “A Heart Without Borders” Priest, founder of the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Patronages – Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, People with mental health issues, the sick, Volunteers.

BENEDICT MENNI, who is being raised to the altars today, was a faithful follower of Saint John of God OH (1495 – 1550 – Founder of the Order of Hospitallers) and, through his words and deeds, was a Herald of the Gospel of Mercy and a new Prophet of Hospitality.Header San_Benito_Menni.jpg

His origins and his Hospitaller vocation:
The city of Milan was his cradle – he was born there on 11 March 1841 and baptised the same day.   He was named Angelo Ercole (Eercole means Hercules), almost as a portent of the Herculean spirit and strength that was to characterise his whole personality.

He was the fifth of 15 children born to Luigi Menni and Luisa Figini.   His warm and hospitable home gave him the support and stimulus he needed to develop his intellectual powers and his personality.
God’s call came early on, faithful to his conscience, he gave up a good position in a bank, and with his selfless attitude to suffering, he volunteered to work as a stretcher-bearer to assist the soldiers wounded on the battlefield at Magenta, near Milan.

Attracted by the spirit of dedication and self-denial which he discovered in the Brothers of St John of God, at the age of 19 he applied to enter the Hospitaller Order.

He began his Religious life taking the name Benedict and consecrated himself to God and to the care of the sick.   And today we venerate him with the same name – Saint Benedict Menni.19991121_benedetto_menni.jpg

His Hospitaller formation and mission:
It was during his nursing and priestly studies that his Religious Hospitaller personality was gradually fashioned, which he placed at the disposal of his Superiors, embracing the cause of helping the most needy members of society, so many of whom were sick.

At that time Spain, the cradle of the Hospitaller Order, was embroiled in political strife, with open hostility to all the Religious Orders and the work of St John of God was practically dead.   It needed a new lease of life and Benedict Menni was to be the man of providence to bring it about.

He was sent to Spain in 1867 and it was there that he performed his two great works – he restored the Order of St John of God and founded the Congregation of the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Thanks to his magnanimous spirit, his great capabilities and state of mind, he overcame many difficulties and did so much good to help the sick, providing them with comprehensive care.st benedict menni oh.jpg

The Restorer of the Hospitaller Order:
Sent to Spain by the Prior General of the Order, Fr Giovanni M Alfieri, who always supported him and with the blessing of the Pope, Visitor and Prior General of the Order Pius IX, even before he left Rome, Benedict Menni demonstrated a will of iron and a determined spirit.   Only a few months after his arrival in Spain he set up his first children’s hospital in Barcelona (1867), marking the beginning of his extraordinary work of restoration, which he was to carry throughout the next 36 years.

From the first moment, thanks to his commitment to his vocation, numerous generous followers rallied around him and it was through them, that he was able to guarantee continuity to his new Hospitaller institutions, that were springing up in Spain, Portugal and Mexico, to spread subsequently throughout the New World.

The Founder of the Hospitaller Sisters:
When he arrived in Granada (1878), Benedict Menni came in contact with two young women, Maria Josefa Recio and Maria Angtistias Gimenez, who set up a new women’s hospital specifically to provide psychiatric care in 1881.

It was at Ciempozuelos, Madrid, that the Mother House of the “Congregation of the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus” was founded, receiving the approval of the Holy See in 1901.

Six words summarise their identity in the Hospitaller service – “pray, work, endure, suffer, in love for God and in silence”.st benedict with sisters.jpg

The new Institution soon spread its wings of merciful charity by becoming established in several countries in Europe and Latin America and later on in Africa and Asia.   At the present time, as the Congregation celebrates the Canonisation of its founder, Benedict Menni, the Sisters are present in 24 countries, with over 100 Hospitaller Centres.st benedict menni close up

Benedict Menni, their Founder and spiritual Father, imbued them with his own charismatic spirit of St John of God and for over 30 years continued to provide them with his guidance and formation in Hospitaller ascetics.

Visitor and Prior General of the Order:
The opera magna wrought by Benedict Menni as a Restorer and Founder spread, at the request of the Holy See, to the whole Order when he was appointed Apostolic Visitor (1909-1911) and subsequently Prior General (1911), which he had to resign one year later as a result of misunderstandings and for health reasons.

He spent the last two years of his life in humility and purification and died a holy death at Dinan, France, on 24 April 1914.

His mortal remains were taken by the Spanish Brothers to Ciempozuelos and today are venerated under the high altar in the Founders’ Chapel in the Hospitaller Sisters’ Mother House there.

In the glory of the saints:
The process to acknowledge his holiness opened in the diocese of Madrid where he is buried, in 1945-1947 and his virtues were recognised as heroic, by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints on 11 May 1982, so that he was able to be called ” Venerable”.

After official acceptance of the miraculous healing of Asuncion Cacho thanks to his intercession, he was proclaimed “Blessed” in St Peter’s Basilica by St Pope John Paul II on 23 June 1985.Benedeto-menni

His message of Hospitality:
In addition to his total dedication which bore such fruit, his holy and sanctifying conduct, his life offered entirely to God and to the sick with total generosity, the witness borne by Benedict Menni has regained all its topical relevance today with his Canonisation, which is offering him to the universal Church as a model and an example to be followed, particularly by those working in health care.

Humanisation and evangelisation are challenges to the new millennium.   St Benedict Menni recalls to us and enlightens the words of our Lord, “I was sick and you visited me… Come, O blessed of my Father”.

Health care uses the benefits brought by scientific and technological progress but frequently, it is the “heart” which is missing in patient care.   Health care is often concerned more with the sickness than the sick, who are often viewed as numbers or clinical cases, rather than as brothers and sisters, to be cared for and ministered to, as persons made in the image of a suffering God....Vatican.va

St Benedict was Canonised on 21 November 1999 by St Pope John Paul II.st benedict menni-varias-unidas

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 March – “Speaking of Charity”

Quote/s of the Day – 26 March – Tuesday of the Third week of Lent, Year C – Gospel: Matthew 18:21–35

“Speaking of Charity”

“The bread which you use
is the bread of the hungry;
the garment hanging in your wardrobe
is the garment of him who is naked;
the shoes you do NOT wear,
are the shoes of the one who is barefoot;
the acts of charity that you do NOT perform,
are so many INJUSTICES that you commit.”

St Basil the Great (329-379) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe-bread-you-store-up-st-basil-the-great-1-jan-2019.jpg

“Give something, however small,
to the one in need.
For it is not small to one who has nothing.
Neither is it small to God,
if we have given what we could.”

St Gregory of Nazianzen (330-390) Father & Doctor of the Churchgive-something-however-small-st-gregory-of-nazianzen-2016.jpg

“Charity may be
a very short word
but with its tremendous
meaning of pure love,
it sums up man’s
entire relation to God
and to his neighbour.”

St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167)charity-may-be-a-very-short-word-st-aelred-12-jan-2019.jpg

“If we look forward to receiving God’s mercy,
we can never fail to do good,
so long as we have the strength.
For if we share with the poor,
out of love for God,
whatever He has given to us,
we shall receive according to His promise,
a hundredfold in eternal happiness.
What a fine profit, what a blessed reward!
With outstretched arms He begs us
to turn toward Him, to weep for our sins
and to become the servants of love,
first for ourselves, then for our neighbours.
Just as water extinguishes a fire,
so love wipes away sin.”

St John of God (1495-1550)with-outstretched-arms-he-begs-us-st-john-of-god-8-march-2019.jpg

“Nothing makes us
so prosperous
in this world,
as to give alms.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchnothing-makes-us-so-prosperous-st-francis-de-sales-24jan2019.jpg

“Help me, O Lord, …
that my eyes may be merciful,
so that I will never be suspicious
or judge by appearances
but always look for what is beautiful
in my neighbours’ souls
and be of help to them…
That my ears may be merciful,
so that I will be attentive to my neighbours’ needs
and not indifferent to their pains and complaints.…
That my tongue may be merciful,
so that I will never speak badly of others
but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.…
That my hands may be merciful and full of good deeds.…
That my feet may be merciful,
so that I will hasten to help my neighbour,
despite my own fatigue and weariness.…
That my heart may be merciful,
so that I myself will share
in all the sufferings of my neighbour.”

St Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938)

(Extract from Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska, 163)
This prayer was used by Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy 2015 to be universally prayed by the Church.help-me-o-lord-that-i-may-be-merciful-st-faustina-15-feb-2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 8 March – The Staff and the Bread Basket: Symbols of the Life of St. John of God

Thought for the Day – 8 March – The Memorial of St John of God (1495-1550) “The Heart Commands.”

The Staff and the Bread Basket:   Symbols of the Life of St John of God

During the time of St John of God (the 16th century), when individuals would travel from town to town, many carried a pilgrim or traveller’s staff to make their journey easier. The staff had two hooks on it for carrying a basket or whatever it was the traveller needed.   When St John of God walked throughout the city asking for alms for his hospital, he also carried a pilgrim’s staff.   On the right hook, he hung a coin box with a cross and on the left of it, hung a basket with food, mostly bread, meat or fish.Staff-and-Bread-Basket-242x300

Instead of sending someone to run his errands, St John of God took it upon himself to buy the food, charcoal and other supplies that the people staying with him needed.   This gave his boarders and patients privacy and the opportunity to make clothes or perform other work.

Article 3 of the Order’s first Constitution in 1585 specifically commands that the Brothers carry a staff and bag similar to the one used by St John of God when collecting alms.   This requirement united them, as the first Brothers were identified by these objects.

In the Biography of St John of God by Francisco de Castro, the author relates a tale about St John’s basket.   St John of God was near the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, when he accidentally bumped into a gentleman.   His basket caught hold of the man’s cloak and put it in disarray.   Although St John apologised, the man was very angry and slapped him across the face.   After another bystander intervened and the man realised it was St John of God that he had slapped, he begged forgiveness, kissed St John’s feet and invited him to dine with him.   St John declined the invitation but the man later sent 50 gold escudos for the poor.

Later in his life when he was ill, St John used his basket as a pillow.   Today, his staff and begging basket are conserved at the Order’s archives in the Casa de los Pisa in Granada, Spain.

Even perhaps in a metaphorical manner, we too should carry such a Basket and Staff, using them as St John did, collecting and giving to all, of the immense love which God has bestowed on us.

St John of God, Pray for Us!st john of god pray for us 8 march 2019

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 March – St John of God

Quote/s of the Day – 8 March – The Memorial of St John of God (1495-1550)

“The first (virtue) is faith,
believing all that
holy mother church
believes and holds,
keeping and putting
into practice
what she commands”the-first-virtue-is-faith-stjohnofgod-8march 2018.jpg

“Labour without stopping,
do all the good works you can,
while you still have the time.”labour without stopping - st john of god - 8 march 2019.jpg

“If we look forward to receiving God’s mercy,
we can never fail to do good,
so long as we have the strength.
For if we share with the poor,
out of love for God,
whatever He has given to us,
we shall receive according to His promise,
a hundredfold in eternal happiness.
What a fine profit, what a blessed reward!
With outstretched arms He begs us
to turn toward Him, to weep for our sins
and to become the servants of love,
first for ourselves, then for our neighbours.
Just as water extinguishes a fire,
so love wipes away sin.”with outstretched arms he begs us - st john of god - 8 march 2019.jpg

“Whether you like it or not,
you will grow apart from human beings.
However, Christ is faithful
and always with you.
Fot Christ provides all things.”whether-you-like-it-or-not-stjohnofgod- 8 march 2018

“The Heart Commands” – St John of Godthe heart commands - st john of god - 8 march 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 8 March – Genuine Faith

One Minute Reflection – 8 March – Friday after Ash Wednesday, Gospel: Matthew 9:14-15 and the Memorial of St John of God (1495-1550)

“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”…Matthew 9:15matthew 9 15 - can the wedding guests mourn.jpg

REFLECTION – “Genuine faith does not make a believer pretentious.   Dialogue with God is not a business bargain.   External observance of religion wins little favour with God, if it is combined with unfairness to the weak and indifference to the poor.   Openness to the indigent is the door to true religion.   The world itself changes for the better with the widening of human concern for the poor.   Good works multiply on the face of the earth and everyone sees the glory of God in action.
The Gospel presents Jesus as refusing to absolutise ritual fasting.   What He expects from His disciples, is that they remain faithful to the mission He is about to give them, even at great sacrifice.   It will make evidently greater demands of them than mere ritual fasting. They should be prepared.   Jesus is introducing a new set of values of immense worth, for which the old order of things must make way.”…Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil SDBgenuine faith does not make - fri after ash wed - 8 march 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, bestow a full measure of Your grace upon us, who seek to make our lenten journey fruitful.  Confirm us in Your service and help us to bear witness to You in the society in which we live by our lives, our fasting and prayer, our gift of self.   Listen kindly we pray, to the prayers of St John of God who so avidly followed in the footsteps of our Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name, with the Holy Spirit, we pray, one God forever, amen.st-john-of-god-pray-for-us-8 march 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 8 March – St John of God OH (1495-1550)

Saint of the Day – 8 March – St John of God OH (1495-1550)

“All things pass, only good works last”

Miracles of St John of God

During his lifetime, St John of God accomplished miracles both small and large.   Daily he went out into the streets of Granada, providing help for the poor, the sick and the mentally disturbed.   He would often give the cloak off his back to someone who had no cloak.   The home he rented was a place of refuge for many.st  john of god.jpeg

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary a miracle is defined as, “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs,” and “an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing or accomplishment.”

St John’s daily activities of providing a place for unwanted people to feel loved and safe can be described as daily, small miracles for the people who needed help.   In the book Saints for Sinners by Alban Goodier, he writes about St John. “He could wash his patients and dress their sores;  he could kiss their feet and let them feel that somebody cared;  he could put them to bed and give them a sense of home.”st john of god 3.jpg

Keep in the mind, that the Granada of St John’s time was not the modern city it is today. Roads were unpaved and people walked everywhere.   Their feet were most likely the dirtiest parts of their bodies.   By kissing them, St John imitated Jesus’s actions toward His disciples and showed complete humility and compassion for these individuals.
St John lived out the commands of our Saviour to love one another and to love your neighbour as yourself.   Jesus says in Matthew 26:40, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Despite his earnest desire to serve Christ, St John faced oppression and had enemies who did not believe he was sincere in his service.   He would often care for his patients during the day and beg for alms at night.   Even though he faced hardships, his needs were always met and God always provided for his cause (another miracle).
Perhaps the grandest and best known of St John of God’s miracles was his rescuing of the patients from a fire in the hospital of Granada and yet escaping from the flames unscathed.   For this reason, he is the patron saint of firefighters.

Considered an impulsive man, one night, St John heard that the Royal Hospital of Granada was on fire.   When he rushed to the scene, he saw that people were just standing there watching the fire burn  . All the patients were inside the burning building. This non-action was unthinkable to St John and he rushed inside, leading all the patients to safety.
Once he knew that all the patients were safe, St John ran back into the building and started throwing items such as blankets and mattresses out the windows of the hospital. In his mission, St. John knew the importance of these goods for caring for the sick.   He wanted to salvage as much as possible.

By this point, the city had brought a canon to try to destroy and separate the burning part of the hospital from the non-burning portion, in its best efforts to contain the fire. However, St John could not accept this.   He ran up to the roof and started separating the two parts of the hospital with his axe.

Although he was successful, he fell through the burning roof.   Bystanders thought he had perished in the fire, until he appeared out of the smoke and ashes unharmed.
In an essay titled “St John of God, Founder of the Order of Charity,” written by Fr Francis Xavier Weninger in 1877, Weninger wrote, “The flame of Divine love which burned in his heart surpassed the intensity of the material fire.”st john of god - beautiful statue.jpg

In addition to performing great miracles, St John of God was also the recipient of divine intervention and spiritual favours.   Throughout his lifetime, he received assistance from heavenly beings including the Holy Mother and the Archangel Raphael.   His name of St John of God comes from a vision he had of the infant Jesus, who bestowed the name upon him.

Another time, St John experienced a heavenly vision when he found a dying beggar on the streets of Granada.   St John carried the man to the hospital and began washing the beggar’s feet.   While doing so, the man became transfigured with a shining light and brightness enveloped both himself and St John.   Later as St John was walking through the hospital alone, patients saw such a bright light surrounding him that they thought he was on fire.   He had a difficult time convincing the patients that all was well.

St John of God of was Canonised by Pope Alexander VIII on 16 October 1690, over 140 years after his death.   Today he remains the patron saint of hospitals, the sick, nurses, firefighters, alcoholics and booksellers.   His legacy and miracles live on through the Hospitaller Brothers and all of the good works they are accomplishing in our world today.   His Order looks after the Holy Father and the Vatican Household too.john of God - san-juan-de-dios-manuel-caro.jpg

The Museum of St John of God in Granada

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Memorials of the Saints – 8 March

St John of God OH (1495-1550 – aged 55) (Optional Memorial)
About St John of God: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/saint-of-the-day-8-march-st-john-of-god/

St Apollonius of Antinoë
St Arianus of Alexandria
St Beoadh of Ardcarne
St Duthus of Ross
St Felix of Burgundy
St Humphrey of Prüm
St Jon Helgi Ogmundarson
St Litifredus of Pavia
St Philemon of Antinoë
St Pontius of Carthage
St Provinus of Como
St Quintilis of Nicomedia
St Rhian
St Senan of Scattery
St Stephen of Obazine
St Theophylact of Nicomedia
St Theoticus of Alexandria
St Veremundus of Irache
Bl Vincent Kadlubek of Krakow

Martyrs of North Africa – 9 saints – A bishop and some of his flock who were martyred together in North Africa. The only details that have survived are nine of the names – Beata, Cyril, Felicitas, Felix, Herenia, Mamillus, Rogatus, Silvanus, Urban

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Thought for the Day – 8 March

The utter humility of John of God, which led to a totally selfless dedication to others, is most impressive.   Here is a man who realised his nothingness in the face of God.   The Lord blessed him with the gifts of prudence, patience, courage, enthusiasm and the ability to influence and inspire others.   He saw that in his early life he had turned away from the Lord and, moved to receive his mercy, John began his new commitment to love others in openness to God’s love.   It is amazing what good we can do for others if we only put our mind and hearts to it and don’t count the cost and don’t worry about who gets the credit! For all his work and pains, many thought St John of God was a lunatic but it didn’t stop him.   He gave back good for persecution!   An example to us all.

St John of God, Pray for us!

ST JOHN OF GOD - PRAY FOR US 2ST JOHN OF GOD - MARCH 8

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 March

Quote/s of the Day – 8 March

“Have charity, first for our own souls, then with the
neighbour. For, as water quenches fire, so charity
quenches sin.”

“When I am depressed, I can find no better remedy than in
gazing in contemplation on Jesus Christ crucified and
thinking of His most holy passion and of the distress He
suffered in this life.”

“The first (virtue) is faith, believing all that
holy mother church believes and holds,
keeping and putting into practice
what she commands”

~~~~~ St John of God

HAVE CHARITY-STJOHNOFGOD

WHEN I AM DEPRESSED-STJOHNOFGODTHE FIRST VIRTUE IS FAITH-STJOHNOFGOD

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One Minute Reflection – 8 March

One Minute Reflection – 8 March

If you are unfaithful, (Christ) will still remain faithful………2 Tm 2:13

REFLECTION – “Whether you like it or not, you will grow apart from human beings. However, Christ is faithful and always with you. Fot Christ provides all things.”……….St John of God

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help me to remain faithful to You rather than to trust in others. However, should I ever be unfaithful please continue to be faithful to Your promises and grant me the grace to do penance. St John of God, pray for us, amen.

WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT-STJOHNOFGODST JOHN OF GOD - PRAY FOR US

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Saint of the Day – 8 March – St John of God

Saint of the Day – 8 March – St John of God O.H. (1495-1550 – aged 55) – Founder of the  Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, a worldwide Catholic religious institute dedicated to the care of the poor, sick, and those suffering from mental disorders.  Patronages –  against alcoholism, against bodily ills, against sickness, of alcoholics, bookbinders, booksellers, dying people, firefighters, heart patients, hospitals (proclaimed on 22 June 1886 by Pope Leo XIII), hospital workers, nurses (proclaimed in 1930 by Pope Pius XI), publishers, printers, the sick, Tultepec, Mexico

by Pedro de Raxis,

As a 16th-century Spanish soldier, John gave up religion and led a wild life.   When he left the military at age 40, he became a shepherd.   John decided to make a radical conversion—to go to Muslim North Africa and free Christian slaves.   He saw himself dying as a martyr.   His confessor helped John settle on a more prudent plan: to open a religious bookstore in Granada, Spain.   He successfully managed this project.    It was during this period of his life that Cidade is said to have had a vision of the Infant Jesus, who bestowed on him the name by which he was later known, John of God, also directing him to go to Granada.    He then settled in that city, where he worked disseminating books, using the recent movable type printing press of Johannes Gutenberg to provide people with works of chivalry and devotional literature.

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Saint John of God by Murillo (1672)

One day, John heard St John of Ávila (1500-1569) Doctor of the Church, preach and felt he must do something to show he had converted.   John began publicly beating himself, tearing his hair, behaving wildly.   He gave his books away.    People threw stones at him and he was committed to a mental institution.  John of Ávila calmed John and persuaded him to spend his energy caring for people who were sick and poor.   John rented a house near Granada where those who were lepers, lame, mentally ill, paralysed and deaf found shelter.

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St John of God saving the Sick from a Fire at the Royal Hospital in 1549 by Manuel Gómez-Moreno González (1880)

At first, John begged for money to support those in need but soon people volunteered to help.   John led a life of total giving and constant prayer.   He found work for unemployed people.   When the archbishop called John to his office because people complained that John kept immoral women in his hospital, he was silenced by John’s humility.   John fell on his knees, saying, “I know of no bad person in my hospital except myself, who am unworthy to eat the bread of the poor.”   John soon had a flourishing hospital.   His helpers formed a community called the Brothers Hospitallers.

John of God died from pneumonia contracted while saving a drowning man. When John realised he was dying, he went over all the accounts, revised the rules and timetable and appointed a new leader.   He died kneeling before the altar in his hospital chapel.   John is the patron of hospitals.

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Founder Statue at the Vatican

The first biography of John of God was written by Francisco de Castro, the chaplain at John of God’s hospital in Granada, Spain.   He drew from his personal knowledge of John as a young man and also used material gathered from eyewitnesses and contemporaries of his subject.   It was published at the express wish of the Archbishop of Granada, who gave financial backing to its publication.    Castro began writing in 1579, twenty-nine years after John of God’s death but he did not live to see it published, for he died soon after completing the work.   His mother, Catalina de Castro, had the book published in 1585.

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Statue of St John of God at the Church of Vilar de Frades, Barcelos, Portugal.
The inscription reads: All things pass, only good works last.