THOUGHT FOR TODAY BY
ST. ANTHONY ZACCARIA
If through perfect humility you will be able to know objec tively yourself, only then will you be.
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Zaccarian Apostolate of Prayer 2014
January 2014: “Let us look, among others, at St. Francis whose feast day we are celebrating, “so that we may not loathe imitating that which we delight in celebrating.” In him, in fact, as if in a mirror, there shine the most splendid example of Christian patience, profound humility, and, above all, the most ardent charity.” (October Allocution)
- For Pope Francis, that with his with his friendly and thoughtful nearness to the poorest, the suffering, and those alienated from the Church, he may be an evermore shining example of Christ for the entire world, let us pray to the Lord.
February 2014: "In the meantime, my beloved, please make every effort to gladden my spirit so that on my arrival I may find that you [have attained] … a steady and holy fervor, nourished by life-giving water and enriched by new vigor." - Letter 5
- For the Barnabites present in the new Foundations of Mérida (Mexico) and Bangalore (India), that they spread with renewed fervor the newness of the Zaccarian charism and the liveliness of the Pauline spirit in those people so rich in faith, traditions, and piety, let us pray to the Lord.
March 2014: Therefore, as far as we are concerned, let us strive not to fall into these very shortcomings, for Jesus Crucified will take care of the matter either by Himself or through our Father’s intercession. And so, we should not make too much fuss about what is going on because everything is possible with God—an undeniable truth that we almost touch with our own hands. Letter 4
- For the Barnabites that are now being sent as far as the Isle of Flores (Indonesia) and in Mwanza (Tanzania), that their witness of religious life may increase the faith in those regions, promote especially in the youth the search for God and become a source of heavenly blessings for the entire Congregation of the Clerics Regular of St. Paul, let us pray to the Lord.
APRIL 2014: Dear holy ones in Christ Why do you entertain any doubt? Haven’t you experienced in this undertaking that you never lacked the necessary means to help those in need? Nothing is more certain and reliable than experience. Letter 6
- For the two Brazilian Provinces that are celebrating the Fifth National Youth Conference of the Zaccarian Youth, that from this they may gain deep motivation to promote spiritual renewal in all of Latin America, let us pray to the Lord.
May 2014: Let them keep in mind, therefore, that there can be no humility without reproaches and mockery, and anyone who feels ashamed of them … may as well abandon all hope of being able to achieve perfection.
For the Barnabites in the Philippines who are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their founding and are preparing to be established as a Pro-Province, that according to the example of St. Paul they may be ever able to expand their presence in Asia for the glory of God.
June 2014: As you know, my dearly beloved, it would be a good thing indeed if our Superiors were to write down on paper all rules and regulations. But what good would they be if they were not also written in our minds? Letter 7
For the Laity of St. Paul, that together with the Barnabites and the Angelic Sisters they may increasingly be the plants and columns of the renewal of Christian fervor.
August 2014: If today you see everything go well for you, do not be elated. Tomorrow you will see everything turn against you. Still, be not disconcerted, but with perseverance continue your journey, and in due time you will reach the end. Const XVIII
That Barnabites of every nationality grow in the awareness that in the effort to “make oneself all things for all people ” the mission of the Congregation is constantly pushed to overcome every geographical and cultural boundary. We pray to the Lord.