• Love is watchful

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    Love is watchful

    “Love is watchful.
    Sleeping – it does not slumber.
    Wearied – it is not tired.
    Pressed – it is not straitened.
    Alarmed – it is not confused
    but like a living flame,
    a burning torch,
    it forces its way upward
    and passes unharmed,
    through every obstacle.”
    --Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) The Imitation of Christ

    16 April – Blessed Joachim Piccolomini of Siena OSM

    Lay brother Friar of the Tertiaries of the Order of the Servants of
    Mary (the Servites), Apostle of charity of the sick, devotee of the
    Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin. Born in 1258 at Siena, Italy and died
    on Good Friday, 16 April 1306 at Siena, Italy of natural causes.
    Patronage – against epilepsy. Additional Memorial – 4 February
    (Servites). Also known as – Gioacchino Piccolomini, Joachim of Siena.

    Joachim Piccolomini was born into an ancient and noble family of
    Siena, Italy. A pious youth, he was especially noted for his devotion
    to the Blessed Virgin Mary. His greatest childhood pleasure was to
    pray the Ave Maria before an image of the Blessed Lady of Sorrows. He
    was also known from an early age to exhibit extreme sensitivity to the
    plight of the poor. He gave them his own clothes and spent his pocket
    money on almsgiving. One day when Joachim urged his father to increase
    his aid to the distressed, his father argued that prudence ought to
    moderate his liberality. Otherwise, he would reduce his whole family
    to poverty. Joachim is said to have replied, “You have taught me that
    an alms is given to Jesus Christ, in the persons of the poor. Can we
    refuse Him anything? And what is the advantage of riches but that they
    be employed in purchasing treasures in heaven?” Hearing these
    sentiments, his father wept for joy.

    Joachim joined the Servites as a lay-brother at the age of fourteen,
    becoming a spiritual student of Saint Philip Benizi, one of the seven
    Holy Founders. By all reports, he was a perfect model of virtue; it
    was not unusual to find him at midnight, praying, while the rest of
    the house slept and on Saturdays, Joachim abstained from all food in
    honour of the Seven Dolours of the Virgin. His fervour grew, yet
    instilled in him an extraordinary humility. Joachim was urged by his
    brothers to study and be ordained a Priest but he felt he was
    unworthy, and wanted nothing grander than to be an Altar Server. It
    would appear that his whole life was an attempt to hide himself from
    the eyes of others and live in obscurity. In fact, he had become so well-respected and widely known for his sanctity that he requested
    that he be transferred to Arezzo. The move aroused such a stir of
    complaints in Siena that he was ordered to return.

    According to the legend Joachim reportedly died when he was unable to
    console an epileptic with words, so he begged God that he might take
    the illness upon himself. He died of epilepsy in 1305.

    One account of Joachim’s hagiography has the Blessed Virgin appearing
    to him at important times in his life, such as in his adolescence,
    when she urged him to join the Servites. The second time, she appeared
    with two crowns in her hands; one of rubies to reward him for his
    compassion in her sorrows and the other of pearls, in recompense for
    his virginity, which he had vowed in her honour.

    Shortly before his death, the account continues, she once more
    appeared. Joachim begged her that he would die on the same day on
    which Jesus Christ had died. The Virgin immediately gratified him,
    saying, “It is well, prepare thyself; for tomorrow, Good Friday, thou
    shalt die suddenly as thou desirest—tomorrow thou shalt be with me in heaven.” So, during the singing of the Passion according to Saint
    John, at the words “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His Mother” (John 19:25), Joachim fell into his last struggles of death and at the
    words “He bowed down his head and expired” (John 19:30), Joachim died.
    The whole Church was filled with an extraordinary light and a
    sweet-smelling perfume.

    Blessed Joachim Piccolomini was Beatified by Pope Paul V on 21 March
    1609. He is commonly depicted as a Servite holding a book and a flower
    and is venerated especially in Arezzo and Siena.

    A little note of interest concerning the family of our saint – the
    Church has elected 2 Piccolomini Popes Pius II and Pius III and
    another relative of Siena, is also a Blessed – Ascanio Piccolomini (1628-1671).


    “Let your door stand open
    to receive Him,
    unlock your soul to Him,
    offer Him a welcome in your mind
    and then you will see
    the riches of simplicity,
    the treasures of peace,
    the joy of grace.
    Throw wide the gate of your heart,
    stand before the sun of the everlasting light.”
    --St Ambrose (340-397)

    Saint Quote:
    Try to fulfil each day’s task
    steadily and cheerfully.
    The life of a true Christian
    should be a perpetual jubilee,
    a prelude to the festivals of eternity.
    --St Théophane Vénard

    Bible Quote:
    Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
    nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers; [Psalm 1:1] RSVCE

    Hail To Thee! True Body Sprung
    (By St. Thomas Aquinas)

    Hail to Thee! True body sprung
    From the Virgin Mary’s womb!
    The same that on the cross was hung
    And bore for man the bitter doom.
    Thou Whose side was pierced and flowed
    Both with water and with blood;
    Suffer us to taste of Thee
    In our life’s last agony.
    O kind, O loving One!
    O Jesus, Mary’s Son! Amen.

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