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 2015
January: The bicentennial of the death of St. Francis Xavier Bianchi (January 31, 1815)
That St. Francis Xavier Bianchi be for us a model of faithfulness even in the darkest moments of life and teach us to respond generously to our vocation. We pray to the Lord
February: The Year of Consecrated Life (November 30, 2014 - February, 2nd 2016)
That the Year of Consecrated Life, which we are celebrating, be for us an opportunity to gratefully remember our past, to embrace the future with hope, and to live the present with passion.
March: For the Confreres who are celebrating this year their 25th and 50th anniversaries of religious profession or priestly ordination
That the Lord fill those celebrating Jubilee Anniversaries of Religious Profession or Priestly Ordination with all the gifts necessary for the performance of their generous pastoral service and the fruitful witness of their consecration to God.
April: The 150th Anniversary of placing the Order under the patronage of St. Joseph (General Chapter of 1865)
That the Congregation continues always to trust in the faithful care of St. Joseph, and go to him with confidence for all material and spiritual needs.
May: The Blessed Virgin Mary, "sublime example of perfect consecration; teacher of unconditional discipleship and diligent service." (Vita consecrata, n. 28)
That the Virgin Mary helps us to remain faithful to our vocation, to progress in our journey of holiness and to live fully our consecration.
June: For our sisters, the Angelics.
That they learn from the teaching of our Holy Father, Anthony Mary, the love and relish of mental prayer, food and nourishment, to those who advance in the way of God and know how to transfer the fruits in the many works of their apostolate.
July: First Continuing Formation Meeting.
That it be the meeting may be an occasion of effective human and spiritual growth, fraternal sharing, and incentive to serve the Lord and the brothers with increasing enthusiasm, dedication, and profit.
August: 25th Anniversary of the Publication of the "Rule of Life" of the Laity of St. Paul (24 March 1990)
That the Rule of Life may constitute for the Oblates and Laity of St. Paul a sure guide to accompany them constantly in their commitment to Christian life in the world.
September: World Meeting of Families (Philadelphia, September 22 – 27, 2015) - XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family (October, 2015)
That families of our relatives and friends and those who look to the Pauline-Zacharian spirituality commit to fulfilling God's plan for marriage and the family.
October: Fourth Centennial of the death of Venerable Carlo Bascapè, "legislator" of Barnabites and Angelic Sisters, Eleventh Superior General of the Order and Bishop of Novara (6 October 1615)
That the intercession of the Venerable Bascapè obtains for us a constant commitment to our religious discipline and a boundless desire for the salvation of souls.
November: For our senior Confreres
That Christ's example will help them understand "the infinite peace, infinite sadness of love that suffers, of pain that loves."
December: 50th anniversary of the Conclusion of the Second Vatican Council (8 December 1965)
That, continuing the path of renewal promoted by Vatican II, we strive always to follow the Lord, living our charism with enthusiasm, in the company of those who preceded us, to reach the fullness of love.