Thought for the Day – 21 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“St John Bosco said, that we should ork as if we never had to die. But, we should also be as detached from worldly things, as if we had to die in one hour. A man who works like this, can accomplish wonders because, he is not working for himself but, for God. We should work and pray with our feet on the earth and our minds in heaven. We should seek God, not ourselves, in everything which we do. Let us remember, that one moment in Heaven, is worth infinitely more than all the pleasure, love and vanity of this world!”
Thought for the Day – 5 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“A little solitude is necessry for everone but, “it is dangerous to concentrate our attention too much o ourselves if, having discovered our own weakness, we do not raise our thoughts towards God to implore His mercy” (Mariano Cordovani OP, Breviario Spirituale p 14). It is disastrous, if solitude leads to laziness or to futile mental rambling. Solitude should be active and fervent. It should be an ascent towards God. It should help us to form the habit of continual conversation with God, so that nothing can break our union with Him. A man who only prays when he is on his knees, prays very little. The Gospel says that we ought always to pray. Solitude of the heart, enables us to obey this precept. “Of what us is the solitude of the body,” asks St Gregory the Great, “without the solitude of the heart?” (Moralia, Bk XXX, Xh 52).REPORT THIS ADREPORT THIS AD
If we wish to have this spiritual solitude which will keep us close to God, our hearts must be detached from worldly affairs. “If a glass vase is filled with earth,” writes St Alphonsus, “the light of the sun cannot penetrate it. Similarly, the divine light cannot penetrate a heart which is preoccupied with the love of pleasure and of honours”(Al Divino Servizio, III, 2).
Let us love solitude then. Let us look for it whenever it is possible but, above all, let us keep our hearts free from earthly attachments and united to God.”
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The focus of our last quarter has been working with local groups to improve bus networks. We believe that it is vital to provide transportation options for children living in rural areas. Thanks to our donors we were able to fund 50 buses and 200 cars that transport children to schools all around the globe.
This summer, because of the effort of our volunteers and the generous donations from our sponsors, we were able to deliver 10,000 pencils to children in need. We were able to reach the most unprivileged areas and provide local schools with this vital tool for education.