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How we must put our Whole Trust in God [III]
Lord, for Your sake I will gladly bear whatever You shall send to me.
From Your hand I will accept gladly both good and ill, (Job 2:10)
sweet and bitter, joy and sorrow; and for all that may befall me, I
will thank You. Only keep me, O Lord, from all sin, and I shall fear
neither Death nor Hell. (Ps. 23:4) Do not, I pray, reject me forever,
(Ps. 77:7) nor blot out my name from the book of life; (Rev. 3:5 )
then, whatever trials beset me can do me no harm.
--Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Bk 3 Ch 17
15 February – Blessed Angelus de Scarpetti OSA
(Died c 1306)
Religious of the Order of the Hermits of St Augustine, Missionary, miracle-worker. Born at Borgo San Sepolcro modern Sansepolcro, Italy
and died in 1306 at Borgo San Sepolcro modern Sansepolcro, Italy. Also
known as – Angelo de Scarpetti, Angelus of Sansepolcro, Angelo of
Borgo San Sepolcro
Angelus was born into the Scarpetti family in Sansepolcro, Italy, in
the first half of the 13th century. He entered the convent in his city
of the Hermits of St John the Good in approximately 1254. In 1256 the
convent passed to the new Order of the Hermit Friars of St Augustine.
There he became a fellow-student with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. He
was sent to England as a Missionary but we have little information of
his time there.
His reputation for sanctity was endowed by some miraculous episodes
that occurred during his lifetime, including the resurrection of an
innocent man who was condemned to death. Angelus had made a formal
request for the innocent man’s pardon but it was refused and the man
was executed. However, by Angelus’ fervent entreaties to the only
Judge, the man was raised to life.
Since the 16th century, Augustinian writers have noted his profound
humility, unflinching charity and his spotless purity of spirit and
body. All of these gained him, among his countrymen, renown as a man
acceptable to God, who God made full of supernatural gifts.
Angelus died in Sansepolcro in 1306. In 1905 the local Diocese began
the process for his Beatification, which reached a successful
conclusion in 1922.
His body is currently kept in a carved, gilt wooden casket that is
decorated with scenes from his life and is kept under the main altar
of the Church of Sant’Agostino in Sansepolcro. Angelus was Beatified
on 27 July 1921 by Pope Benedict XV.
“The alchemists of old were searching for a legendary stone which
would transform metal into gold.
This stone does not exist, of course but, in the supernatural order,
the spirit of prayer really can change everything to gold.
When they are accompanied by this spirit, all our actions are most
pleasing to God and draw His further favours.
Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta, understood this truth clearly and put
it into practice in her life.
She tended animals, served in the kitchen and was a missionary in
China but, no matter what she was doing, she was moved by the spirit
of prayer and of the love of God.
“I ask God,” she wrote to her parents, “to spread throughout the world that purity of intention which consists in performing our most
ordinary actions for the love of God.”
Let us follow this example.
Let us put into practice this great rule of the spiritual life.
Then, all our actions will be acceptable prayer ascending to God.”
--Antonio Cardinal Bacci
A man who has been assiduous in acquiring the fruits of love will not
cease loving even if he suffers a thousand calamities. Let Stephen,
the disciple of Christ, and others like him persuade you of the truth
of this (cf. Acts 7:60). Our Lord Himself prayed for His murderers and
asked the Father to forgive them because they did not know what they
were doing (cf. Luke 23:34).
--St. Maximos the Confessor
"But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of
you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." (Heb 3:13)
St Anthony’s Prayer for the help of the Holy Spirit
O God, Send forth your Holy Spirit;
into my heart--that I may perceive,
into my mind--that I may remember,
and into my soul--that I may meditate.
Inspire me to speak
with piety, holiness, tenderness, and mercy.
Teach, guide, and direct my thoughts
and senses from the beginning to the end.
May your grace ever help and correct me,
and may I be strengthened now
with wisdom from on high,
for the sake of your infinite mercy.