10th March: St John Ogilvie

Featured Saint: St John Ogilvie (1579 – 1615)

St John was born into a wealthy Calvinist family near Keith, Scotland. He was educated in Europe by the Benedictines and Jesuits. St John became a Roman Catholic at a time of much European political turmoil and later, following further studies, was ordained a Catholic Priest. St John secretly returned to Scotland to minister to the remaining but forbidden Roman Catholic followers in Glasgow. Unfortunately, he was soon discovered and, at the age of 36yrs, “he was paraded through the streets of Glasgow, hanged and disembowelled” for practising his Catholic faith and performing his Priestly duties among his Glasgow people.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

St John OgilvieShort Quote: When the Son of Man comes in his glory, he will say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

Thoughts: May I forever recognise and respond, with a warm heart, to your people’s needs.

Reflection: Lord Jesus, in the turmoil of my day, open my eyes to the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and imprisoned. Then Lord, open my heart.

Prayer: My Life (by St Therese of Lisieux)
My life is but an instant, a passing hour.
My life is but a day that escapes and flies away.
O my God, you know that to love you on earth
– I only have today.

Lord, what does it matter if the future is gloomy?
To pray for tomorrow, O no, I cannot!
Keep my heart pure, cover me with your shadow
– Just for today.

O Divine Pilot, whose hand guides me.
I’m soon to see you on the eternal shore.
Guide my little boat over the stormy waves in peace
– Just for today.

St John Ogilvie:   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: From a Distance

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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