Archive for May, 2014

Saint Cajetan of Thiene

stcajetanCajetan was born at Vicenza, in October 1480. His father, whose name was Gaspar, was a model of a Christian gentleman, and noted no less for his prudence and valour than for his piety towards God and his great charity towards the poor. He died when Cajetan was 2 years old.

His mother, Countess Maria di Porto, also a native of Vicenza, was worthy of her husband, and when her duties as wife and mother and mistress of a large household were fulfilled, she found no greater delight than to spend her time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. made an offering of her boy to the Blessed Virgin; and there is no doubt that she took him under her special protection through life.

From childhood Cajetan was known as the Saint. He was only three years old when it came into his head to turn a room of the house into a chapel, and having obtained leave so to do, he managed with his baby hands to arrange an altar, which he covered with flowers and lights, and on which he placed a little statue of the Blessed Virgin which had been given to him. One day, when he and his friends were playing in the garden, a white dove flew down from heaven and settled on his head, while these words were clearly heard by them all: ” Peace be with you forever Cajetan! Beware of losing it, from whatever cause.”

in later years Cajetan known as “the hunter of souls.” A distinguished student, he left his native town to seek obscurity in Rome, but was there forced to accept office at the court of Julius II. On the death of that Pontiff he returned to Vicenza, and disgusted his relatives by joining the Confraternity of St. Jerome, whose members were drawn from the lowest classes; while he spent his fortune in building hospitals, and devoted himself to nursing the plague-stricken. To renew the lives of the clergy, he instituted the first community of Regular Clerks, known as Theatines. They devoted themselves to preaching, the administration of the sacraments, and the careful performance of the Church’s rites and ceremonies.

Cajetan was the first to introduce the Forty Hours’ Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as an antidote to the heresy of Calvin. He had a most tender love for our blessed Lady, and his piety was rewarded, for one Christmas eve she placed the Infant Jesus in his arms.
When the Germans, under the Constable Bourbon, sacked Rome, Cajetan was barbarously scourged, to extort from him riches which he had long before securely stored in heaven. When Cajetan was on his death-bed, resigned to the will of God, eager for pain to satisfy his love, and for death to attain to life, he beheld the Mother of God, radiant with splendor and surrounded by ministering seraphim. In profound veneration, he said, “Lady, bless me!”

Mary replied, “Cajetan, receive the blessing of my Son, and know that I am here as a reward for the sincerity of your love, and to lead you to paradise.” She then exhorted him to patience in fighting an evil spirit who troubled him, and gave orders to the choirs of angels to escort his soul in triumph to heaven. Then, turning her countenance full of majesty and sweetness upon him, she said, “Cajetan, my Son calls thee. Let us go in peace.” Worn out with toil and sickness, he went to his reward in 1547.

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“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.”

“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.” ~ Blessed Mother Theresa

“Opportunities”

1. A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.

2. Luck is what happens when …..
Preparation meets Opportunity ….
In Life and In Game,
a good player who is prepared will be Lucky  often……

3. Once a Wise man asked God.What is meaning of Life?God replied,Life itself has no meaning,Life is an opportunity To create a Meaning.

4. When mind is Weak, situation is Problem. When mind is balanced, situation is Challenge. But, when mind is Strong, situation becomes Opportunity.

5. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.– Thomas Edison

6. When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us. ~ Helen Keller

7. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

8. A challenge is an opportunity to prove your ability to yourself, and others….
Most never reach the level of achievement of which they are capable…
because they don’t challenge themselves enough…

9. Lucky people get opportunities; Brave people create opportunities; And Winners are those that convert problems into opportunities.

10. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
And Never , Ever Give Up….

#MoralStory : The Secret of Happiness

A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for 40 days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived.

Rather than finding a saintly man, though, our hero, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world. The wise man conversed with everyone, and the boy had to wait for two hours before it was his turn to be given the man’s attention.

The wise man listened attentively to the boy’s explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn’t have time just then to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours.

“Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something”, said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. “As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill”.

The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the palace, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was.

“Well”, asked the wise man, “Did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that it took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?”

The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.

“Then go back and observe the marvels of my world”, said the wise man. “You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house”.

Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen.

“But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?” asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.

“Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you”, said the wisest of wise men. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon”.

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“The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.” – Paulo Cuelho

Beside The Still Waters

Beside the still waters in pastures of green,
The Shepherd is leading where all is serene;
By day and by night He will always be seen
Beside the still waters of peace.
For He’s the Good Shepherd who died for the sheep;
His own He has promised to keep.
He lovingly watches and guards while they sleep
Beside the still waters of peace.

Beside the still waters the sheep find their rest;
The Shepherd stands by so that none can molest;
The flock, by His presence, is happy and blest
Beside the still waters of peace
The sheep know His voice and they go not astray,
For Jesus will guide all the way.
In paths that are righteous He leads day by day
Beside the still waters of peace.

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#MiniBulletin : Over 20,000 Chinese baptized at Easter

More than 20,000 people were baptized in the Catholic Church in China at Easter this year, the AsiaNews service reports.

Most of the newly baptized Catholics are adults. In spite of efforts by the Beijing regime to suppress the influence of the Church, the number of adult converts is growing, AsiaNews reports.

The high number of newly baptized Catholics is particularly impressive because many Chinese converts choose to come into the Church at Christmas time or the Chinese New Year.

The statistics for baptisms are not complete because of the difficulty of obtaining information from the “underground” Catholic communities. The 20,000 figure comes primarily from the churches recognized by the government.

— taken from http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-Church-celebrates-more-than-20-thousand-baptism-at-Easter-31156.html

#MiniBulletin : Christ teaches us to accept suffering with ‘trust and hope,’ Pope Francis says

Pope Francis reflected on suffering in a May 17 address to members of the Apostolate of the Suffering and the Silent Workers of the Cross, two associations founded by Blessed Luigi Novarese (1914-84).

“Jesus experienced affliction and humiliation in this world,” said Pope Francis. “He gathered human suffering and assumed them in his flesh, he lived them profoundly, one by one. He knew every type of affliction, moral and physical: he experienced hunger and fatigue, the bitterness of misunderstanding, he was betrayed and abandoned, flagellated and crucified.”

“By saying ‘blessed are those who mourn,’ Jesus does not intend to declare an unfortunate and burdensome condition in life to be happy,” the Pope continued. “Suffering is not a value in itself, but a reality that Jesus teaches us to live with the correct attitude.”

“Jesus teaches us to live the pain by accepting the reality of life with trust and hope, bringing the love of God and neighbor, even in suffering: and love transforms everything,” added the Pontiff. “This is exactly what Blessed Luigi Novarese taught you, educating the sick and the disabled to value their suffering through apostolic action, carried out with faith and love for others.”

— taken from http://en.radiovaticana.va/storico/2014/05/17/pope_exhorts_on_right_and_wrong_ways_to_live_with_suffering/en1-800022