31 August

Under the inspiration of Saint Joseph, educator of Jesus, the confreres love to live among youth as their friends, brothers and fathers, participating in their lives, sharing their joys and sufferings, and creating with them a climate of trust and optimism.

(Const. 50)

30 August

1922: TENA, (ECUADOR),  “Misión Josefina of Napo”

The serenity of community life is also favoured by a convenient schedule, whose observance must be a precise commitment of charity for all, and by wise organization which ensures each confrere adequate time for prayer, work, study and relaxation.

(Dir. 17)

29 August

“Faith tells us that God has given his Son for our sakes and gives us the victorious certainty that it is really true: God is love! It thus transforms our impatience and our doubts into the sure hope that God holds the world in his hands and that in spite of all darkness he ultimately triumphs in glory.

(Deus caritas est 39)

28 August

“He has loved us first and he continues to do so; we too, then, can respond with love. God does not demand of us a feeling which we ourselves are incapable of producing. He loves us, he makes us see and experience his love, and since he has ‘loved us first’, love can also blossom as a response within us.

(Deus caritas est 17)

27 August

The union of Christ with us in the Eucharist is more intimate than that of soul with body, flower of the rose with scent, moisture with water, heat with fire and light with sun.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Writings VII, p. 399)

26 August

“The confreres continue to represent in the Church the mystery of Christ who loves the poor and blesses the children. All their cares and all their strength shall be dedicated to this purpose without restraint.”

(Const. 44)

25 August

“O God, who adorned the Priest Saint Joseph Calasanz with such charity and patience that he labored tirelessly to educate children and endow them with every virtue, grant, we pray, that we, who venerate him as a teacher of wisdom, may constantly imitate him, for he was a co-worker of your truth.

(From the Liturgy, Collect)

24 August

I do not think that it would be Christian spirit to hope for disasters nor genuine faith that of those who expect miraculous interventions of Providence which could change the course of events, because these appear incomprehensible or uncomfortable to us.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Letters I, 255)

23 August

It is on Jesus’s prayer and not on our own strength that we base the hope that even within history we shall be able to reach full and visible communion with all Christians.

(Novo Millenio Ineunte 48)

22 August

In the new age there are good and evil as in all ages, but evil does not change shaking one’s head and retreating under Achilles’ tent.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Letters I, 255)