• Are there any blind-spots in your life

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    Are there any blind-spots in your life

    Are there any blind-spots in your life that keep you from recognizing
    God's power and mercy? When two blind men heard that Jesus was passing
    their way, they followed him and begged for his mercy. The word mercy
    literally means "sorrowful at heart". But mercy is something more than compassion, or heartfelt sorrow at another person's misfortune.
    Compassion empathizes with the sufferer. But mercy goes further; it
    removes suffering. A merciful person shares in another person's
    misfortune and suffering as if it were their own. [Matthew 9:27-31]

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    March 30th - ST ZOSIMUS, BISHOP OF SYRACUSE
    d. 660

    THE parents of St Zosimus were Sicilian landowners, who dedicated
    their little boy to the service of St Lucy and placed him, when he was
    7 years old, in the monastery that bore her name near Syracuse, not
    far from their home. There his main occupation seems to have been to
    watch near the relics of the saint. The duty was not altogether
    congenial to the little lad, accustomed as he was to a free open-air
    life on a farm, and once, when the abbot Faustus had set him a
    particularly distasteful task, he ran away and went home. He was
    brought back in disgrace, and the enormity of his offence impressed
    upon him. That night, in his dreams, he saw St Lucy rise from her
    shrine and stand over him with a menacing countenance. As he lay in
    terror, there appeared beside her the gracious figure of our Lady
    interceding for him, and promising in his name that he would never do
    such a thing again. As time went by, Zosimus became more reconciled to
    the life of the cloister, his visits home became fewer and shorter,
    and he settled down to the regular round of prayer, praise and
    contemplation with the other monks.

    For thirty years he lived almost forgotten. Then the abbot of Santa
    Lucia died, and there was great uncertainty and discussion over the
    choice of a successor. Finally the monks went in a body to the bishop
    of Syracuse and begged him to make the appointment for them. The
    prelate, after scrutinizing them all, asked if there was no other monk belonging to the convent. Thereupon they remembered Brother Zosimus,
    whom they had left to mind the shrine and to answer the door. He was
    sent for, and no sooner had the bishop set eyes upon him than he
    exclaimed, “Behold him whom the Lord hath chosen”. So Zosimus was
    appointed abbot, and a few days later the bishop ordained him a
    priest. His biographer says that he ruled the monastery of Santa Lucia
    with such wisdom, love and prudence that he surpassed all his
    predecessors and all his successors. When the see of Syracuse fell
    vacant in 649, the people elected Zosimus, who, however, did not wish
    to be raised to the dignity, whilst the clergy chose a priest called
    Vanerius, a vain and ambitious man. Appeal was made to Pope Theodore,
    who decided for Zosimus and consecrated him. In his episcopate the
    holy man was remarkable for his zeal in teaching the people and for
    his liberality to the poor; but it is difficult to judge of the
    historical value of the anecdotes which purport to have been recorded
    by a contemporary biographer. At the age of nearly ninety St Zosimus
    died, about the year 660.

    There is a short and fragmentary Latin life printed in the Acta
    Sanctorum, March, vol. iii. See also Cajetan, Vitae Sanctorum Sicul.,
    vol. i, pp. 226-231, and animad. 181-183. Gams describes him as a
    Benedictine, but he is not noticed by Mabillon; he was perhaps a “Basilian”.


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    "Thou oughtest not to let a day pass in which thou hast not trampled
    upon thy will; and if such a thing should happen, consider that on
    that day thou hast not been a religious"
    --St. John Climacus

    St Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi was extremely fond of not doing her own
    will, and made a study of it, so that she regarded that day as utterly
    lost in which she had not in some manner broken and denied it.

    (Taken from the book "A Year with the Saints". March - Mortification)


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    Prayer.

    We entreat you, O most holy martyrs, who cheerfully suffered
    most cruel torments for God our Saviour and His love, on
    which account you are now most intimately and familiarly
    united to Him, that you pray to the Lord for us, poor sinners.
    May He infuse into us the grace of God, to enlighten our
    souls to love Christ as you loved Him!

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