Saint Rita of Cascia – may 22nd

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Saint of impossible causes.

Saint Rita is one of the most loved Saints today; she is the subject of an extraordinary popular devotion, because people love her for the extraordinary “Normality” of her daily life, when she was spouse and mother, then widow and finally nun.


Her life was marked by the cross, as she accepted the pain tightening her soul and tearing her flesh because she understood the wisdom of the Cross. Then she turned her pain into love giving without asking for return and into a sweeping force of spiritual elevation: love praising God although suffering in a purest and highest sort of charity.

Saint Rita diffused the joy of the immediate and generous FORGIVENESS, of the aimed PEACE, of the intense and sincere LOVE for brethren, of the complete CONFIDENCE in God as His sons, of the CROSS carried with Christ and for Christ. She exhorts us therefore to rely on God so that the divine designs happen.

The force of Saint Rita is in her ability to talk to every heart, to share all our problems. No way how sad you are address yourself to her with confidence. She will tun your prayers into burning and appreciated calls to God. Her intercession is so powerful that devout people call her “Saint of impossible cases, advocate of hopeless cases”.

Go on and know this humble woman who with is still today our great master. Let’s ask her to intercede for our troubles, need and fears, but first of all let’s ask her to teach us how to accept suffering as well as to forgive heartily, and to make us to settle our mind and heart in God “so that beyond the changing things of world our hearts are fixed there where there is the true joy” Read more…

 

Saint Gemma Galgani – april 11th

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The mystical image of Saint Gemma Galgani still fascinates for her unique spiritual experience that has allowed us to know God’s will. Such an experience is able to warm our heart and illuminate our mind still today.

From her writings a simple, poor language is present which allows, in spite of the extreme simplicity, to understand and to live her singular experience with Jesus Christ. She can be said a simple, direct theologian, rich of humanity.
Gemma was a mystic, who burning from love for Jesus, lived an authentic passion. Her deep love for Jesus Christ comes out from her “Letters”; such an intensive love can be seldom found in other Saints. “Who has killed you, Jesus” Gemma asks; “Love” Jesus answers (II 82).

Love mentioned by Gemma is not just an emotion, but Love donated by Christ through His Word, and she becomes such a follower that she identifies herself with Him. “I have asked Jesus many times to teach me the true way of loving Him, and it seems that Jesus shows me His very holy plagues” (I, 15).

In sharing the passion she wishes to help Jesus in His suffering. A pact of love is settled so that Jesus can offer it to the Father as victim of love for all the sinners.
This is her mission, saving the sinners, not with the word, or the teaching, but with her life, taking part to the Passion of Jesus.
Moved by Mary, she realised the mystical meaning of the Virgin at the feet of the Cross, and she gives Mary her soul. Mary prepares the Saint for the grace of the stigmatisation. Read more…

Saint Joseph – march 19th

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“Whatever grace you demand to Saint Joseph it will certainly be granted, who wishes to believe be persuaded to face the test.”
St. Teresa of Avila.

The life of Saint Joseph has been truly overthrown by mysterious initiatives of God, initiatives beyond any possibility to understand.
Saint Joseph let himself to be driven lead because he was just and “just” is the man who lives of faith.

 

Where will the Lord drive him? He does not know it, God does not tell him, He does not explain him anything and he still obeys. It always said yes with his life, not with his words. It had never questions nor doubts.

And how fecund this silence is! It allows that between the word of God and the obedience of Saint Joseph there is not solution of continuity. God says and Saint Joseph does.
“Do not be afraid…”, and he does not fear, all troubles end.
“Stand up…”, and he stands up, there he is already on the road.
“Come back…”, and he is already coming back.
This immediacy of Saint Joseph at any nod of the Lord shows his beautiful inner disposition!

This example of Saint Joseph is wonderful: although he is the head of the house, he is simply in service with a familiarity made of abandonment and of continuous dedication. Saint Joseph does not estimate the life of Jesus and of the Virgin according to his requirements, but he puts his life at disposal of theirs. He does not leave the Egypt when it is suitable to him, but when the interest of Jesus requires.

His patronage is not less or more triumphal, but it is something deeper coming from a lower reality. Saint Joseph makes us to understand the content of the service for the Reign and helps us to be in the history of the salvation those people who believe in Christ, obey Christ and trust Him.

Saint Joseph allowed the Lord to sweep up and to lead himself on mysterious ways. He gave up understanding and accepted to believe; he gave up to command and accepted to obey.
Nevertheless, believing, he let himself be driven by the Gentleman and He introduced him very intimately in the mystery of the Incarnation and the salvation.

Shall Saint Joseph, this most beloved patron of the spiritual life, help us to be very present only to the heart and the eyes of God, and it will be much better if much more people forget us, so that in disappearing at people’s and even our sight, our ego can get lost in the humble and silent adoration of the infinite greatness of the only God and our Lord.
“These are the reasons why men of every rank and country should fly to the trust and guard of the blessed Joseph. Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. The noble of birth will earn of Joseph how to guard their dignity even in misfortune; the rich will understand, by his lessons, what are the goods most to be desired and won at the price of their labour.” (Leon XIII)

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