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Thought for the Day – The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Thought for the Day – The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

There can be no doubt that Padre Pio dedicated his life to prayer and suffering.   Every breath he took was a prayer—never for himself, always for others.   From the beginning of his life, he was able to easily travel from this world to the next, through deep prayer. He used this connection with God to recommend to him the prayers of his spiritual children.   This ability to make contact with the powerful presence of God through prayer enabled him to bless and pray with those in most need, wherever they were in the world. Padre Pio in prayer visited South America, the United States and parts of Europe.   Those he visited would know that Padre Pio was present by the unmistakable aroma of violets and roses.   Those who got closest to him noticed an odour of flowers emanating from the stigmata.   To this day, forty-six years after his death, people will still insist that they have caught the scent of roses after praying for someone through the intercession of Padre Pio.

Padre Pio’s priority was to be simply “a friar who prays.”   His intense prayer was offered up day and night for all his spiritual children and his religious community.   He had a filial love for our Blessed Lady and spent much of his day praying the rosary.   But Padre Pio was first and foremost a brother to the Capuchin Franciscan community of Our Lady of Graces friary.   Like the others, he daily lived the rule and life of the Order of Friars Minor.   The first chapter of the rule of Saint Francis outlines that the rule is simply to observe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, living in obedience and in chastity, without property. As a Capuchin Franciscan, he promised obedience and reverence to the pope and to his superiors in the Capuchin order.   No doubt it pained him greatly when the cult of sanctity built up around him, causing difficulties for the order with Church authorities.

Shortly before he died, the stigmata began to heal.   When his body was examined by the doctors, they found that fresh, white skin had grown over the healed wounds.   His life on earth was over, his earthly sufferings endured.   He was journeying to the house of the Father where he prays for us all today in the presence of God.

Referring to that day’s Gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) at Padre Pio’s canonisation Mass in 2002, Saint John Paul II said:  “The Gospel image of ‘yoke’ evokes the many trials that the humble Capuchin of San Giovanni Rotondo endured.   Today we contemplate in him how sweet is the ‘yoke’ of Christ and indeed how light the burdens are whenever someone carries these with faithful love.   The life and mission of Padre Pio testify that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted with love, transform themselves into a privileged journey of holiness, which opens the person toward a greater good, known only to the Lord.”

St Padre Pio pray for us!st pio pray for us - 2 - 23 sept 2017

 

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Quote/s of the Day – The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Quote/s of the Day – The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

“Do not be daunted by the cross.
The surest test of love consists in suffering for the loved one
and if God suffered so much for love,
the pain we suffer for Him becomes as lovable as love itself.”

“The greater your sufferings, the greater God’s love for you.”the greater your sufferings - st pio - 23 sept 2017

“Do not fear!   Jesus is more powerful than all hell.”do not fear

“In all the free time you have,
once you have finished your duties of state,
you should kneel down and pray the Rosary.
Pray the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament
or before a crucifix.”in all the free time - st pio no 2 - 23 sept 2017

“Do you not see the Madonna always beside the tabernacle?”do you not see - st pio - 23 sept 2017

“When you gossip about a person it means
that you have removed the person from your heart.
But be aware, when you remove a man from your heart,
Jesus also goes away from your heart with that man.”

St Padre Pio (1887-1968)when you gossip - st pio 23 sept 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 23 September – – The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

One Minute Reflection – 23 September – – The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised….Hebrews 10:36

REFLECTION – “The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self:
there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection, except at the price of pain.”………St Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)the life of a christian - st pio - 23 sept 2017

PRAYER – “And you, Blessed Padre Pio, look down from heaven upon us assembled in this square and upon all gathered in prayer before the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and in San Giovanni Rotondo. Intercede for all those who, in every part of the world, are spiritually united with this event and raise their prayers to you. Come to the help of everyone; give peace and consolation to every heart. Amen!” – from the homily of Pope John Paul II at the beatification of Padre PioST PADRE PIO - PRAY FOR US 23 sept 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

Quote/s of the Day – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

“What great profit you gain from God when you are generous!
You give a coin and receive a kingdom;
you give bread from wheat and receive the Bread of Life;
you give a transitory good and receive an everlasting one.
You will receive it back, a hundred times more than you offered.”what great profit you gain - st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2017

“I am, notwithstanding, inexcusable, if I do not love You;
for You grant Your love to all who desire or ask it.
I cannot see without light:
yet if I shut my eyes in the midst of the noon-day light,
the fault is in me, not in the sun.”

St Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555)i am, notwithstanding,-st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

One Minute Reflection – 22 September – The Memorial of St Thomas of Villanova

“Be angry but do not sin;  do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.”…Ephesians 4:26-27

REFLECTION – “Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little.
Remember that he of whom you are speaking is your brother
and as he is, in the way of salvation,
God can make him a saint, in spite of his present weakness.”….St Thomas of Villnova (1488-1555)dismiss all anger - st thomas of villanova - 22 sept 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, grant us the grace to withold our anger, to always put a guard on our tongues and to speak with charity. St Thomas of Villanova, you preached temperance in all things and lived a life of charity in word and deed, please pray for us, amen.st thomas of villanova pray for us

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Saint of the Day – 22 September – St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A.

Saint of the Day – 22 September – St Thomas of Villanova O.S.A. Religious, Bishop, Confessor, Writer, Preacher, Teacher, Apostle of Charity, Mystic, Miracle-Worker often called “the Almsgiver” and “the Father of the Poor”, Reformer.   Born Tomás García y Martínez (1488 in Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real, Spain – September 8, 1555 in Valencia, Spain of natural causes).   Canonised on 1 November 1658 by Pope Alexander VII. Patronages – Villanova University and various cities. Attributes – A bishop distributing alms to the poor.

Giovanni Antonio Galli (Lo Spadarino), The Charity of Saint Thomas of Villanova,

St Thomas’ father was a miller, who regularly distributed food and provisions to the poor, as did his mother.   He grew up and was educated in Villanueva de los Infantes, in the Province of Ciudad Real, Spain, therefore the name Thomas of Villanueva.   Part of the original house still stands, with a coat of arms in the corner, beside a family chapel. In spite of his family’s wealth, as a young boy he often went about naked because he had given his clothing to the poor.

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St Thomas Villanova Dividing His Clothes
by Murillo

At the age of sixteen years, Thomas entered the University of Alcalá de Henares to study Arts and Theology.   He became a professor there, teaching arts, logic, and philosophy, despite a continuing absentmindedness and poor memory.   In 1516, he decided to join the Augustinian friars in Salamanca and in 1518 was ordained a priest.

He became renowned for his eloquent and effective preaching in the churches of Salamanca.   Thomas composed beautiful sermons, among which stands out the Sermon on the Love of God, one of the great examples of sacred oratory of the 16th century. Charles V, upon hearing him preach, exclaimed, “This monsignor can move even the stones!”.  Charles named Thomas one of his councilors of state and court preacher in Valladolid, the residence of the Emperor when on his visits to the Low Countries.

His scathing attacks on his fellow bishops earned him the title of reformer.   Some of his sermons attacked the cruelty of bullfighting.   He also had a great devotion to the Virgin Mary, whose heart he compared to the burning bush of Moses that is never consumed.

Within the Order, he successively held the positions of prior of his local monastery, Visitor General and Prior Provincial for Andalusia and Castile.   In 1533, Thomas sent out the first Augustinian friars to arrive in Mexico.   Charles V offered him the post of Archbishop of Granada but he would not accept it.

Bishop:
In 1544 he was nominated as Archbishop of Valencia and he continued to refuse the position until ordered to accept by his superior.   Given a donation to decorate his residence, he sent the money to a hospital in need of repair.   He began his episcopacy by visiting every parish in the Archdiocese to discover what were the needs of the people. Aided by his assistant bishop, Juan Segriá, he put in order an archdiocese that for a century had not had direct pastoral government.   He organised a special college for Moorish converts and in particular an effective plan for social assistance, welfare and charity.   In 1547 he ordained as a priest the future Saint Luis Beltrán, O.P., a noted missionary in South America.   Thomas started the Presentation Seminary in 1550.

He was well known for his great personal austerity (he sold the straw mattress on which he slept in order to give money to the poor) and wore the same habit that he had received in the novitiate, mending it himself.   Thomas was known as “father of the poor.”   His continual charitable efforts were untiring, especially towards orphans, poor women without a dowry and the sick.   He possessed, however, an intelligent notion of charity, so that while he was very charitable, he sought to obtain definitive and structural solutions to the problem of poverty;  for example, giving work to the poor, thereby making his charity bear fruit.   “Charity is not just giving, rather removing the need of those who receive charity and liberating them from it when possible,” he wrote.   He established boarding schools and high schools.Murillo_Thomas_of_Vilanueva_Heals_The_Sick.tiffsao-tomas-de-vilanovaSt. Thomas of Villanova 01Tomás_de_Villanueva

Thomas died in Valencia on September 8, 1555 of angina at the age of 67.   His remains are preserved at the Cathedral there.   St Thomas is the author of various Tracts, among which is included the Soliloquy between God and the soul, on the topic of communion. Francisco de Quevedo wrote his biography.   His complete writings were published in six volumes as Opera omnia, in Manila in 1881.Saint Thomas of Villanueva giving alms to the poor - (after) Paolo Di Matteisst thomas villanova LARGECamilo, Francisco, c.1615-1671; St Thomas of Villanuevacf6b1722767a3c8331253781d0bd557d--niches-st-thomas

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Quote/s of the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

“On hearing Christ’s voice, we open the door to receive Him,
as it were, when we freely assent to His promptings
and when we give ourselves over to doing what must be done.
Christ, since He dwells in the hearts of His chosen ones
through the grace of His love, enters so that He might eat with us
and we with Him. He ever refreshes us by the light of His presence
insofar as we progress in our devotion to and longing for the things of heaven.
He Himself is delighted by such a pleasing banquet.”

St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Doctor of the Churchon hearing christ's voice - st bede the venerable - 21 sept 2017

“That gaze overtook him completely, it changed his life.
We say he was converted. He Changed his life.
As soon as he felt that gaze in his heart, he got up and followed Him.
This is true: Jesus’ gaze always lifts us up.
It is a look that always lifts us up and never leaves you in your place,
never lets us down, never humiliates. It invites you to get up –
a look that brings you to grow, to move forward, that encourages you,
because the One who looks upon you loves you.
The gaze makes you feel that He loves you.
This gives the courage to follow Him: ‘and he got up and followed Him.'”

Pope Francis 21 September 2013that gaze overtook him completely-pope francis