On Asking God's Help and the Certainty of his Grace [II]
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- Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 10:11:44 -0700 (PDT)
On Asking God's Help and the Certainty of his Grace [II]
The mind of man is prone to delusions, but to be deceived by the suggestions of the Devil is a sign of spiritual weakness. Satan does not care whether it be by truth or falsehood that he mocks and deceives you; or whether he obtains your downfall through love of the present or fear of the future. Therefore, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27) Trust in Me, and put your whole confidence in My mercy. (Ps.91:2) When you think I am far away, then often I am nearest to you. And when you think the battle almost lost, then the reward of all your toil is often near. All is not lost when anything turns out contrary to your plans. Therefore do not allow your feelings of the moment to obscure your judgement, nor yield to depression as though all hope of recovery were lost.
--Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ, Bk 3, Ch 30
May 5th - Blessed Caterina Cittadini
(Also known as: Katarina Cittadini)
Daughter of Giovanni Battista and Magherita Lanzani. Her mother died when Caterina was seven, and her father abandoned her and her younger sister Giuditta. Accepted at the orphanage of the Conventino of Bergamo. There she developed a strong faith, a big sister's sense of responsibility, and a devotion to Our Lady and Saint Jerome Emiliani.
The sisters left the orphanage in 1823 to live with their cousins Giovanni and Antonio Cittadini, both parish priests at Calolzio, Italy. Teacher at a girl's public school in Somasca in 1824. The sisters felt a call to the religious life; their spiritual director told them that they should stay in Somasca, and become the basis of a new congregation.
In 1826 they moved to Somasca, rented a house, bought and furnished a building, and in October opened a boarding school for girls. Caterina taught religion, managed the school, and instituted the oratory style of education for her girls. Word of her success spread, attracting more students. The sisters established another "Cittadini" private school in 1832, and another in 1836.
Giuditta directed these new school until her sudden death in 1840. Caterini's cousin, Father Antonio Cittadini, died in 1841, followed quickly by her spiritual director from the orphanage. The rapid succession of tragedy ruined Caterina's health, and she fell gravely ill; cured through the intercession of Saint Jerome Emilani.
Caterina quit her public teaching position in 1845 to manage the schools, care for the orphans, and guide the three companions who help her. To help organize the work and lives of her companions, she wrote the beginnings of a new rule similar to that of religious orders. In 1850 she obtained permission to build a private oratory to keep the Blessed Sacrament at her boarding school. In 1851 she applied for approval of her new religious family.
In 1854 her bishop encouraged her work, and told her to write the rules of the new order; her first attempt, based on the Constitution of the Ursulines of Milano was rejected. A second attempt was accepted on 17 September 1854 under the title Orsoline Gerolimiane (Ursuline Sisters of Somasca). On 14 December 1857, six months after her death, the bishop of Bergamo gave his approval; the order achieved papal recognition on 8 July 1927. The order's mandate is to teach, and to care for the abandoned; today they work in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, India, and the Philippines.
28 September 1801 at Bergamo, Italy
5 May 1857 of natural causes
17 December 1996 by Pope John Paul II
29 April 2001 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City
Make a little cell in your heart for Jesus of the Agony; take refuge there, when you hear Him outraged by men, try to make reparation; you, at least, love Him and keep your heart quite pure for Him. Oh! If you only knew how the good God loves pure hearts! It is there that He loves to reign.
--Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
The just shall stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them, and taken away their labors. These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit. These are they whom we had some time in derision, and for a parable of reproach. We fools esteemed their life madness, and their end without honor. Behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the saints (Wisdom 5:1-5)
Prayer for Pardon and Grace
O Divine Redeemer!
humbly prostrate at the foot of Thy Cross,
I call upon Thee to incline Thy Sacred Heart to pardon me.
Jesus, misjudged and despised---have mercy on me!
Jesus, calumniated and persecuted---have mercy on me!
Jesus, abandoned by men and tempted in the desert. etc
Jesus, betrayed and sold.
Jesus, insulted, accused, and unjustly condemned..
Jesus, clothed in a robe of ignominy and contempt.
Jesus, mocked and scoffed at
Jesus, bound with cords and led through the streets.
Jesus, treated as a fool and classed with malefactors.
Jesus, cruelly scourged---have mercy on me!
Jesus, held inferior to Barabbas.
Jesus, despoiled of Thy garments.
Jesus, crowned with thorns and reviled.
Jesus, bearing the Cross amid the maledictions of the people.
Jesus, bowed down by ignominies, pain, and humiliations.
Jesus, crucified between thieves.
Jesus, dying for my sins amid all kinds of suffering.
Let us pray:
SACRED HEART of Jesus, my Redeemer! Exercise,
I beseech Thee, Thy office of mediator with me,
and permit not that Thy sufferings and cruel
death be in vain for my salvation,
but let them bring forth, for Thy glory,
fruits of salvation in me, that my heart may love,
praise, and glorify Thee for ever and ever.
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