Saint of the Day ~ May 11

SAINT IGNATIUS of LÀCONI (1701-1781), religious brother

Today, the Church honors Saint Ignatius of Làconi, whose life-long vocation was that of a beggar in humble service to God, for poverty was all he knew, even from his early childhood.

The second of seven children, Ignatius was born in 1701 in the village of Làconi on Sardinia, a large island off the west coast of Italy. He was born into a poor farming family, and Francis Ignatius Vincent Peis was so named because his mother called upon the intercession of Saint Francis of Assisi for a safe delivery, since she was suffering through a difficult pregnancy.

His mother promised the saint that she would name her unborn baby Francis and would consecrate his life to God.

Francis demonstrated a capacity for hard work in the fields and a strong piety since his early childhood.  He would often be seen in prayer and was known to wait at the church doors every morning in prayer until they were opened.

He wanted to join the Order of Capuchins as a teenager, but his father would not allow him, because the family depended on his labor to survive. However, after surviving a riding accident which he believed to be through God’s intervention at the age of twenty, he decided to enter the Capuchin monastery in Cagliari at once, and took his vows a year later, taking his second name, Ignatius, as his religious name.

Brother Ignatius spent his first 15 years as a Capuchin doing various menial jobs around the monastery; and, for the remainder of his life, he was appointed “questor” (official beggar) for the monastery. In this capacity, he would walk around the town collecting food and donations for the friars.

He was particularly well loved by the poor and by children, and was often given alms by those who barely had anything to give. He refused them from the very poor, saying that it was better for them to keep it for themselves.

He tended to the sick and to street children everyday on his rounds throughout the town, and many miracles of healing were said to have occurred through his intercession before God’s Mercy. By those who loved and respected him, he became known by the title “the Apostle of the Streets”.

Brother Ignatius, who had always been close to the Crucified Christ, died a happy death, united with Jesus, in Saint Anthony’s Friary Infirmary in Cagliari, on May 11, 1781; and he was interred in a specially prepared crypt beside the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. Brother Ignatius was canonized a saint on October 21, 1951 by Venerable Pope Pius XII.

We commemorate his feastday on May 11.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, americancatholic.org and capuchin.or.kr)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Holy Men ~ religious)

“Lord God, You kept Saint Ignatius of Làconi faithful to Christ’s pattern of poverty and humility. May his prayers help us to live in fidelity to our calling and bring us to the perfection You have shown us in Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS

Please feel free to post your prayer request for today as a comment to this post. Your needs and intentions will be included in our daily offerings throughout the day and at the 3 o’clock hour for Divine Mercy, and your requests will be personally offered to our Heavenly Father, having faith in the words our Lord spoke to Saint Faustina, “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary, § 1731)

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“Most Gracious and Merciful Father, please look upon each of us, Your children, who hunger and thirst for mercy and justice and who yearn to feel Your Loving Presence in our daily lives;

– from the Treasury of Your Most Compassionate Heart, nourish us with Your Love and fill us with Your abundant blessings, so that we may truly give witness to the profoundness of Your Divine Nature in our daily pilgrimage through life, all through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Mercy Minutes with Jesus (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 10 ~ Even Greater Pain

Theme:  Meditate Upon My Passion

“When I came for adoration, an inner recollection took hold of me immediately, and I saw the Lord Jesus tied to a pillar, stripped of His clothes, and the scourging began immediately. I saw four men who took turns at striking the Lord with scourges. My heart almost stopped at the sight of these tortures.

“The Lord said to me, ‘I suffer even greater pain than that which you see.’ And Jesus gave me to know for what sins He subjected himself to the scourging: these are sins of impurity. Oh, how dreadful was Jesus’ moral suffering during the scourging!” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 445a)

(To be continued)

My prayer response:

Saint Faustina, through your words, we “see” the Lord Jesus stripped and scourged so cruelly! I am amazed that Jesus said He suffered even greater pain than what you saw because of our sins of impurity. Lord Jesus, please have mercy on us sinners for the pain we have caused you. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 10 ~ How Much I Love Holy Church

Theme:  Love

“O my God, I have come to know You within my heart, and I have loved You above all things that exist on earth or in heaven.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 478b)

“What a joy it is to be a faithful child of the Church! Oh, how much I love the Holy Church and all those who live in it! I look upon them as living members of Christ, who is their Head.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 481a)

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DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS

Please feel free to post your prayer request for today as a comment to this post. Your needs and intentions will be included in our daily offerings throughout the day and at the 3 o’clock hour for Divine Mercy, and your requests will be personally offered to our Heavenly Father, having faith in the words our Lord spoke to Saint Faustina, “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary, § 1731)

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“Eternal and Most Loving Father, You call us to be Your friend by becoming living examples of Your Truth in the world around us;

– may the life of faith which we profess and the selfless love we live daily bring joy to our Savior’s Heart, for it is how we express our beliefs which will speak of who we are as a Christian people and to Whom we truly belong. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

Mercy Minutes with Jesus (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 9 ~ More Merit to One Hour

Theme:  Meditate Upon My Passion

“I received permission for one hour of meditation on the Passion of the Lord Jesus and for a certain humiliation. But I was a little dissatisfied at not receiving permission for everything I had asked. When we returned home, I dropped into the chapel for a moment, and then I heard this voice in my soul: ‘There is more merit to one hour of meditation on My sorrowful Passion than there is to a whole year of flagellation that draws blood; the contemplation of My painful wounds is of great profit to you, and it brings Me great joy.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 369a)

[Then Jesus went on to admonish Saint Faustina very kindly] –

“I am surprised that you still have not completely renounced your self-will, but I rejoice exceedingly that this change will be accomplished during the retreat.” (Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 369b)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, may I grow in humility and surrender to Your Divine will by meditating on Your Passion. Please, may Your will be done and not mine! (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

May 9 ~ Proof of My Love for Him

Theme:  Love

“Love must be reciprocal. If Jesus tasted the fullness of bitterness for me, then I, His bride, will accept all bitterness as proof of my love for Him.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 389)

“O Jesus! I sense keenly how Your divine Blood is circulating in my heart; I have not the least doubt that Your most pure love has entered my heart with Your most sacred Blood. I am aware that You are dwelling in me, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, or rather I am aware that it is I who am living in You, O incomprehensible God! I am aware that I am dissolving in You like a drop in the ocean.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 478a)

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Meditation for the Day

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9

May the Life of Faith Which We Profess and the Selfless Love Which We Exhibit in Our Day-to-Day Activities Speak to the Reality of Who We Are and to Whom We Belong.

“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain…” – words which our Lord speaks to both you and me in today’s Gospel.

Each one of us, from the moment that we are baptized into our Christian faith, is called by God to die to sin and to live in Christ Jesus. As infants, we begin the process of learning to love and trust in those who love and care for us.

And as we begin our journey through life, our faith grows with us, and we become aware, at some point in our faith development, that there is a God who loves each one of us beyond all measure of human understanding or description – a Divine Love who guides each one of us on a journey of learning to love and trust in the One who created us.

And we begin to slowly realize that our God is One who is full of mercy, a Lord who is full of loving compassion for His children. And you and I, as brothers and sisters in Christ, each of us sons and daughters of the Eternal Father, are called to live this same quality of love for one another.

However, we know only too well that being Christian and living our lives with the virtue of selfless love in today’s world is not easy, for we live in a world and in a culture which is consumed with self-seeking desires, greed and all forms of secular pleasure. We live in a society where the concept of love is sadly, in many cases, one of selfish gain rather than selfless generosity!

Yet, we are still called to love if we say we know God, for as we read in the First Letter of John, “…let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.”

No matter what our individual choices in life may be, no matter what vocation we may have chosen to follow – whether bricklayer or plumber, lawyer or doctor, stay-at-home mom or dad, cleric or layperson – with the help of God’s grace, each of us is called to respond to the command to love as Christ loves us!

When we open our hearts to become all that our Lord needs us to be, then we truly become the extension of His heart and His voice, the extension of His hands and His feet for the well-being of our brothers and sisters. Then we truly become, as Christ calls us in today’s Gospel, “friends”.

“You are my friends if you do what I command you.”

In fulfilling our lives as a faithful Christian people, our Lord breathes upon each of us His Holy Spirit, just as He did for the Gentiles in our First Reading, so that you and I may be strengthened to fulfill our calling of discipleship, our becoming faithful witnesses to Christ Jesus in our daily lives.

And it is our Most Loving Father who NEEDS us to stand strong in a world which so greatly offends His Love!

When you and I reflect upon the indescribable love which God has for us and all that God has given us – the gift of life, the gift of our faith, the gift of the Church and the Sacraments, the gift of family and friends, the gift of God’s invitation to each one of us to spend our eternity with Him – we can only repeat, over and over again, the praise which today’s psalmist proclaims in our Responsorial, “Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds.”

As I had mentioned in a previous meditation, being loved by God – being called His friend – is such an awe-inspiring gift. And to be able to live this gift and share it with others whom God places in our lives, makes each of us adopted sons and daughters of God Himself.

Our Lord speaks to us today, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love…”

To remain in His Love – to keep His commandments – means that you and I share in a very intimate relationship with our Savior. For it is a relationship to which you and I have been called to live and embrace daily – remembering our Lord’s words to us in today’s Gospel, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.”

May the life of faith which we profess and live each day bring joy to our Savior’s Heart. May the selfless love which we exhibit in our day-to-day activities speak to the reality that we are truly “…begotten by God.”

Then, the lyrics to a popular Christian hymn will speak of who we are and to Whom we belong – “They will know that we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yeah, they will know that we are Christians by our love.”

May God bless you, God love you, and may God always keep you.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
  • “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love…” (John 15:9-10a)
  • “You are my friends if you do what I command you…I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.” (John 15:14, 15b)
  • “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” (John 15:12)
  • “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (John 15:16)
  • “Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done marvelous deeds.” (Psalm 98:1a)
  • “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
  • “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
  • “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:34, 40b)

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Prayer for the Day

“We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord;
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord;
And we pray that our unity will one day be restored.

“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

“We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand;
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand;
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land.

“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

“We will work with each other, we will work side by side;
We will work with each other, we will work side by side;
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride.

“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

“All praise to the Father from whom all good things come;
And all praise to Christ Jesus, His Only Son;
And all praise to the Spirit who makes us one.

“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Lyrics by Peter Scholtes