• That we should never Despair [II]

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    That we should never Despair [II]

    Banish discouragement from your heart as best you can, and if trouble
    comes, never let it depress or hinder you for long. At the least, bear
    it bravely if you cannot bear it cheerfully. Even if you are reluctant
    to bear it, and feel indignant, yet control yourself, and let no rash
    words escape you that may harm Christ's little ones. The violence of
    your feelings will soon subside, and grace return to heal your inner
    pain. I live, ( Isa 49:18) says the Lord, `ready to help and comfort
    you more than ever, if you will trust Me and call on Me with
    --Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Book 3 Ch. 57

    13 May – Blessed Imelda Lambertini
    May 12 on some Calendars
    Child Mystic, Virgin. Born in 1322 AS Imelda Dpmenica Lambertini at
    Bologna, Italy and died on the Feast of the Ascension, 12 May 1333
    Bologna, Italy. Patronage – First Communicants (named by Pope Saint
    Pius X).

    Imelda Lambertini was born of a noble family in Bologna, Italy in
    1322. Her parents raised her to love her Catholic faith and through
    their influence she developed a love for prayer, especially for the
    Mass. Often she would attend Mass and Compline (Night Prayer of the
    Divine Office) at a nearby Dominican Church. Her mother also taught
    Imelda to cook and sew for the poor and cultivated in her child an
    eagerness to perform the corporal works of mercy. Even so, her mother
    and father, both of whom were getting on in years, were surprised when
    Imelda asked permission at the tender age of nine to go to live with
    the Dominican nuns at a neighbouring Monastery. As difficult a
    decision as this was, her parents evidently sensed the depth of their
    child’s desire and entrusted her spiritual formation to the Dominicans
    at Val di Pietra.

    At this distance of centuries and culture it is not easy to determine
    precisely what little Imelda’s status was at the Convent. It seems she
    was well loved by the Sisters, who allowed her to wear the Dominican
    habit, to pray with them and to follow their way of life, to the
    extent that a little girl would be able to do, while still remaining a
    child. Imelda, we are told, longed (and intensely, it seems) to be
    allowed to receive Holy Communion with the nuns but in that day, such
    a thing would have been unheard of for a child her age. Her pleading
    was again and again gently refused, with the explanation that she
    would need to wait until she was older and more prepared.

    For a time Imelda had to be content with this answer, meanwhile
    learning to chant Office from hearing the nuns in choir and developing
    her own interior prayer life in simple childlike ways. The saints,
    whose stories she had learned from her parents and from the nuns,
    became her “secret companions” and probably had a hand, in nurturing
    the longing she felt, to receive Jesus intimately in the Sacrament of
    the Eucharist. In her private conversations with Jesus, with whom she
    was developing a deep friendship, we can imagine that she often made
    known her desire to be allowed to receive Communion. There is no
    evidence that He put up any opposition to the proposal—but neither did
    the Sisters relent. And so, Imelda continued, with the intensity of a
    child, to get to know Jesus more deeply and to desire Him all the

    As spring approached, the sisters, who perhaps thought that they had
    succeeded in diverting Imelda’s “childish fancy” to go to Communion
    with the grown-ups, were a bit startled when she asked again, shortly
    before the Feast of the Ascension, to receive her First Holy
    Communion. (“Asked,” in fact, is not the word. She begged them
    insistently, it seems.) When the Chaplain was consulted, he agreed
    with the Sisters and responded with no hesitation that Imelda was much
    too young. On the Vigil of the Ascension Imelda was in her place in
    the Chapel, quietly praying as the Sisters received Communion. Then
    Jesus did a little “insisting” of His own. After Mass, as one of the
    nuns was clearing the Altar, she heard a noise and looked up to the
    choir to see Imelda, a glowing light shining above her head, with the
    Sacred Host suspended in the light.

    The Chaplain was called at once and he understood that Jesus Himself
    was making his desire known. “Let the little children come to Me and
    do not stop them.” The Priest gave Imelda her First Holy Communion.

    We can well imagine that the nuns were amazed and thrilled both at the
    great blessing to their little one and to their Convent. The Prioress
    allowed Imelda to remain for some time in thanksgiving and then sent
    for her to come and have her breakfast. Imelda was still kneeling as
    they had left her, a smile on her face. Yet when called for, Imelda’s
    body was still. She had died of pure joy. Her thanksgiving had been
    well completed and she had nothing left to desire.

    Imelda’s story is so well entrenched in the collective memory of her Dominican Brothers and sisters, that it has remained firmly in the
    Order’s history. She continues to offer the witness of a child with
    mature desires, and a faith unspoiled in its intensity.

    Imelda understood instinctively what many of us have forgotten – that
    it is the single-hearted who are blessed and that unless we become
    like children we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Her remains are kept in Bologna at the Church of San Sigismondo,
    beneath the wax effigy of her likeness. Blessed Imelda was Beatified
    on 20 December 1826 by Pope Leo XIII.


    Quote of the Day – 13 May – The Memorial of Blessed Imelda Lambertini (1322-1333) Child Mystic, “Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament”

    “Can anyone receive Jesus
    into his heart
    and not die?”
    --Blessed Imelda Lambertini (1322-1333)

    Saint Quote:
    Humility is the mother of many virtues. From it spring obedience,
    holy fear, reverence, patience, modesty, mildness, and peace; for,
    whoever is humble easily obeys all, fears to offend any, maintains
    peace with all, shows himself affable to all, is submissive to all,
    does not offend or displease any, and does not feel the insults which
    may be inflicted upon him. He lives happy and contented, and in great
    --St. Thomas of Villanova

    Bible Quote
    "One body and one Spirit: as you are called in one hope of your
    calling. One Lord, one faith, one Baptism" (Eph 4:5)

    Lord Jesus Christ, you received into heaven Blessed Imelda
    who loved you in the Eucharistic banquet. By her prayers
    may we learn to approach your holy table with that same fervent love
    and so fulfill our longing to be with you,
    who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
    General Calendar of the Order of Preachers

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