Tap into The Source of Comfort in affliction.
"If at times you are in such confusion of mind that you seem totally
incapable of calming yourself, have immediate recourse to prayer. And
persevere in it in imitation of Christ, Our Lord, Who prayed three
times in the garden to show mankind that only in conversation with God
can afflicted souls find haven and refuge."
--Dom Lorenzo Scupoli, priest and author of the book, 'The Spiritual Combat'
11 January – Blessed Ana Maria Janer Anglarill
Religious and Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Urgell, of
which order she is the Patron, Nurse, Teacher, apostle of the poor,
the sick and the needy. Born on 18 December 1800 in Cervera, Lleida,
Spain and died on 11 January 1885 in Talarn, Lleida, Spain. She
dedicated her life to the service of God through aiding the poor and
downtrodden across Spain in hospitals and educational facilities.
Anna Maria Janer Anglarill was born on 18 December 1800 in Spain to
Josep Janer i Pallés and Magina Anglarill i Olivé. She studied at the
Real Colegio de Educandras. She decided to devote herself to the
service of God at the age of sixteen and so joined the Sisters of
Charity on 25 January 1819. In May 1819 she made her vows.
Sr Ana worked as a nurse at the Castelltort Hospital. She also served
as the Director of the House of Charity – after her 1849 appointment –
and in that position helped to care for both the old and children who
In 1833 the outbreak of the First Carlist War made the hospital take
in wounded soldiers. Janer became a well-known figure in the hospital
due to providing consolation to the patients and staff alike, when the
hospital had to work to cater to greater numbers of wounded patients.
The war wounded referred to her as “Mother” due to her tender care and
Ana also worked as a teacher and commissioned a hospital dedicated to
the treatment of the poor.
In 1836 nuns were expelled from Spain and so she went to France to
Toulouse where she worked at a hospital for a brief period of time.
She was called to co-ordinate hospitals in Solsona at the behest of
Charles V. In 1844 she returned to her original hospital.
She founded the Sisters of the Holy Family of Urgell on 29 June 1859
which would spread to Andorra and Mexico amongst other places.
She died in 1885 at the age of 84. Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over
the Beatification on behalf of the Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI on 8
The Death of the Sinner
“The Sinner must also die.
For him death is really terrible.
Imagine him lying on his deathbed, instinctively aware that his life is over.
The past will rise up to reproach him, a past full of sin and of
ingratitude towards his Creator and Redeemer.
The plans which he has centred around profit, ambition and honour,
will have vanished like smoke.
His friends will have either deserted him, or will be at hand, to
utter useless words, which will have no power to comfort him.
Now he must stand alone, alone before God!
What will happen, at that moment?
Perhaps, despair will overcome his soul, as it overcame the soul of Judas?
Perhaps, the innumerable graces which he has despised, will tip the
balance of Divine Justice towards the abyss of damnation?
Or, will a final ray of mercy pierce his tired mind, burning with
remorse, so that, with it’s last throb, his poor heart will turn
towards God and implore His pardon?
Who can say?
It is certain, however, that of the two thieves dying beside the Cross
of our Redeemer, only one heard Him say:
“This day, you will be with me in Paradise!”
The other remained obdurate in his sin.
It is the height of stupidity, to wait to be converted, at the hour of death!”
by Antonio Cardinal Bacci
“No-one can receive anything, except what is given him from heaven. “
… John 3:27
"Give as if every pasture in the mountains of Ireland belonged to you."
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders
and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and
worshipped God, Saying, Amen! Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and
thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for
ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 7:11,12 )
A prayer of Pere Leonce de Grandmaison, SJ, for the heart of a child:
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
preserve in me the heart of a child,
pure and transparent as a spring.
Obtain for me a simple heart
That does not brood over sorrows;
A heart generous in giving itself,
Quick to feel compassion;
A faithful, generous heart
that forgets no favor
and holds no grudge.
Give me a humble, gentle heart
Loving without asking any return;
A great indomitable heart
That no ingratitude can close,
No indifference can weary;
A heart tortured by its desire
for the glory of Jesus Christ:
Pierced by His love
With a wound that will heal
only in Heaven.