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Title: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 05, 2012, 03:53:56 PM
In this second year of the thread, Saint of the day and Feast days,
 I will be posting the lesser known saints.
May they be with us as we remember them and learn from the examples that they have set for us. :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days-Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 06, 2012, 08:51:32 PM
March 7
Today let us remember
Saint Paul the Simple
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days-Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 06, 2012, 08:52:04 PM
Saint Paul the Simple
Hermit and disciple of Saint Anthony.

Paul was a simple farmer in Egypt. When he was an old man of sixty, the poor man discovered that his wife was unfaithful to him. He left her and sought out Saint Anthony in the desert so as to become one of his disciples. At first, Anthony refused to accept him because he was now old and also because he doubted that Paul was sincere in his wish to become a hermit. As Paul was persistent, Saint Anthony gave him demanding and difficult tasks in an attempt to test his resolve. Paul did them all with eagerness. Saint Anthony was so impressed by his humility, obedience and simplicity that he called him “ the ideal monk”.and the “ Pride of the Desert”, bearing with honor the title of “ the Simple” He was so named because of his childlike innocence.
Paul was reputed to read minds and cure the sick.
He died in 340 and was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Paul the Simple
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 07, 2012, 04:59:50 AM
Ah yes, I remember St. Paul the Simple! What a splendid one.. where's some more of his story, I know I have it somewhere...

Ah, here it is! (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=1360.0)

 :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2012, 06:29:56 AM
It is very good reading!
When Paul found his wife with this other man, he walked out on her, literally.
Where does that leave the bond of marriage?
"….for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part..." ?
"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder"
Mark 10: 9 ?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 07, 2012, 06:50:12 AM
Ah, this would be a case of, it appears..

'And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.'

Matthew 19:9

In a case such as this, it is adultery, so he is allowed to 'put away' or 'separate from' his wife. While still married in sacrament, because of the adultery, it is now permissible for them to be parted permanently though neither can marry again while the other is living, as the concluding part indicates.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2012, 06:55:19 AM
Ah, this would be a case of, it appears..

'And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.'

Matthew 19:9

In a case such as this, it is adultery, so he is allowed to 'put away' or 'separate from' his wife. While still married in sacrament, because of the adultery, it is now permissible for them to be parted permanently though neither can marry again while the other is living, as the concluding part indicates.


Thanks. I have understood  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 07, 2012, 06:58:21 AM
If I recall correctly too, in canon law -- if one accepts the adultery, and reconciles, then one no longer has the 'put away' option anymore. It's an occasion where a decision has to be made.

But I would have to look it up to be sure. Now where's my old book.. Ah here it is. This 1917 translation of the code has been a good acquisition.

Canon 1129

1. Because of the adultery of a spouse, the other spouse, the bond remaining, has the right of dissolving, even in perpetuity, the communion of life, unless he consented to the crime, or gave cause for it, or otherwise expressly or tacitly condoned it, or indeed himself committed the same crime.

2. Tacit condonation is considered [to have occurred] if the innocent spouse, after being made certain of the crime of adultery, freely engages in marital affection with the other spouse; but it is presumed unless, within six months, he expels or abandons the adulterous spouse, or makes a legitimate accusation against the other.

Canon 1130

The innocent spouse, whether he leaves by judicial sentence or by his own legitimate authority, is never bound by the obligation of readmitting the adulterous spouse to the consortium of life; but he may admit or recall the other, unless with his consent the other has taken up a life contrary to the married state.

Canon 1131

1. If one spouse gives his name to a non-Catholic sect; if he raises the children non-Catholic; if he leads a criminal or disgraceful life; if one creates a grave danger to the soul or body of the other; if by cruelty, one renders common life too difficult; these reasons and others of their sort are for the other spouse completely legitimate reasons for leaving, with the authority of the local Ordinary, or even on [the spouse's] own authority if these things appear certain and there is danger in delay.

2. In all such cases, the cause of the separation ceasing, life together is to be restored; but if the separation was decided by the Ordinary for a certain or uncertain time, the innocent spouse is not bound [to return] except by decree of the Ordinary or upon the completion of the time.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2012, 07:12:07 AM
I never knew all this detailed.
What if the innocent party stays on in the marriage but denies the offender the intimacy of marriage. Is that permitted by the Church?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 07, 2012, 07:27:40 AM
For what little it's worth, after a case of adultery, I think this is correct. And if this is not denied, then it is taken as condonation.

I recall listening to an Audio Sancto (or was it Sensus Traditionis?) sermon that also went into cases when denial is a sin, but I do not recall the details.

I've been reading old books on family roles lately, it's quite interesting and quite hmm.. hard to find these days.

For what little it is worth it appears some material that runs counter Western culture is not being made available (to put it politely). I am hoping a fellow I've been in communication with, who is a linguist, will help make available some extracts.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2012, 07:46:28 AM
It is rather complicated  :(
There is also Hosea and Gomer in the Old Testament. Very difficult to understand.
One can only trust in God and His mercy; it is all too easy to put a foot wrong.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2012, 03:24:13 PM
March 8
Today we remember
Saint Duthus of Ross
Among many other Saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2012, 03:24:58 PM
Saint Duthus
Bishop of Ross.

Saint Duthus, who is also known as Duthac, was born in the year 1000. Sources differ as to whether he was a Scotsman or an Irishman. According to SQPN and Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, he was a Scotsman, born in a place called Tain in Scotland. According to Catholic on Line and Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson, however, he was an Irishman. ( The Irish among you would probably agree )
Wherever the place of his birth, Duthac was educated in Ireland. He was ordained a priest and in time, he became Bishop of Ross in Scotland. He was highly venerated for his miracles and prophecies. He is recorded as having predicted the Danish Invasion that was repulsed by King Harold Godwinson at the battle of Stamford Bridge 25 September 1066. He however died before witnessing his prophesy.
He died on 8 March 1065 in Ireland.
He was canonized on 11 July 1898 by Pope Leo XIII.
Saint Duthac,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 08, 2012, 03:24:52 PM
March 9
Today we remember
Saint Pacian of Barcelona
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 08, 2012, 03:27:16 PM
Saint Pacian
Bishop of Barcelona

He is also known as Pacianus of Barcelona.
Pacian was born in Spain.
Little is known about his life beyond the fact that he was married and had a son named Flavius Dexter and that he wrote extensively but only a few of his writings on penance, baptism, the supremacy of the Pope and against Novatianism are reportedly, still extant.
The saint is also remembered for including in one of his letters the phrase: “ Christianus mihi nomen est, catholicos vero cognomen” meaning “My name is Christian, my surname is Catholic.”  :crucifix:
Saint Jerome reportedly wrote about Pacian in De Viris Illustribus, praising him for his eloquence, learning, and deep sanctity.
Pacian died in 390 at Barcelona, Spain. He was canonized Pre Congregation.
Saint Pacian
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Bailey2 on March 09, 2012, 06:37:12 PM
Odhiambo, what is Pre Congregation?  ???


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2012, 02:10:46 AM
Odhiambo, what is Pre Congregation?  ???

Hi Bailey.
Pre-congregation canonization is how the early saints of the Church were declared to be saints i.e, by popular acclamation as opposed to the present day lengthy process.
The exact dates  of these early canonizations are therefore not available.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2012, 02:11:34 AM
March 10
Today we will remember
Saint Anectus
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2012, 02:11:58 AM
Saint Anectus
Martyr

Anectus, aka Anicetus was born in Greece. During the persecutions of Christians under Emperor Dioclatian, He was arrested, tortured, and martyred with a group of fellow Christians, most likely in Caesarea, Palestine in modern Israel. He was reportedly thrown to wild animals but when the animals did not maul him, he was beheaded in.258.
Saint Saint Anectus
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Bailey2 on March 10, 2012, 12:25:19 PM
Odhiambo, what is Pre Congregation?  ???

Hi Bailey.
Pre-congregation canonization is how the early saints of the Church were declared to be saints i.e, by popular acclamation as opposed to the present day lengthy process.
The exact dates  of these early canonizations are therefore not available.


Ah, "santo subito!"  at John Paul's funeral.  I think that was a better process. 


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2012, 01:04:06 PM
Odhiambo, what is Pre Congregation?  ???

Hi Bailey.
Pre-congregation canonization is how the early saints of the Church were declared to be saints i.e, by popular acclamation as opposed to the present day lengthy process.
The exact dates  of these early canonizations are therefore not available.

Ah, "santo subito!"  at John Paul's funeral.  I think that was a better process.  

Yep, something like that  :)
Vox populi, vox Dei!  ;D
Well, if saints are made in heaven as we Catholics believe, then the method of canonization should not matter too much.
The good Lord would see to it that only saints are canonized  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 11, 2012, 07:17:10 AM
March 11
Today, let us remember
Saint Constantine II
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 11, 2012, 07:22:01 AM
Saint Constantine II
Constantine was a King of Scotland. He was son of King Kenneth II. He died defending his Christian people against pagan invaders, the Danes. He was murdered in 874 in a cave near Crail by the Danish invaders.
He was baried on Iona
He was canonized Pre-Congregation .
Saint Constantine II
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 11, 2012, 10:21:21 PM
March 12
Today we remember
Saint Seraphina
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 11, 2012, 10:23:44 PM
Saint Seraphina
She is also known as Fina. She was born of poor parents at San Geminiano, Tuscany, Italy. As a little girl,and following soon after her father died, Seraphina was stricken with paralysis. She spent her life in great pain from a variety of afflictions. She bore her sufferings with patience for years until her death on 12 March 1253.
Seraphina distinguished herself for the remarkable patience she displayed in her innumerable sufferings.
She is patron saint of physically challenged people.
Saint Seraphina
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 12, 2012, 09:47:01 PM
March 13
Today we remember
Saint Gerald
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 12, 2012, 09:47:29 PM
Saint Gerald.
Abbot
Disciple of Saint Colman of Lindesfarne


Gerald was born in Northumbria, England. He became a monk at Lindesfarne. When the Celtic traditions in the liturgy were forbidden in Northumbria, Greald left England in protest. He entered a monastery on the island Innisboffin off the coast of Ireland. When the English and Irish monks there quarreled, he built a monastery for English monks on the main land. He succeeded Saint Colman who had been abbot of both monasteries, as abbot of the English monastery in Mayo.
It is believed that Saint Gerald founded a convent and two other monasteries.
He died on 13 March 731 in Galway, Ireland and is buried at Mayo, Ireland.
He was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Gerald.
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 13, 2012, 09:49:39 PM
October 14

Today we remember
Saint Peter and
Saint Aphrodisius of Africa

Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 13, 2012, 09:50:11 PM
Saint Peter and
Saint Aphrodisius of Africa
Martyrs

Peter and Aphrodisius were martyred by Arian Vandals who conquered North Africa in the 5th century. The saints defended the orthodox faith against these heretics. That was the reason for their martyrdom. Nothing else is known about them.
Saint Peter of Africa,
Pray for us.
Saint Aphrodisius of Africa,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 13, 2012, 09:56:23 PM
Saint Seraphina, St. Gerald, St. Colman, St. Peter, St. Aphrodisius, St. Constantine II, pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 13, 2012, 09:56:49 PM
Good evening odhiambo!  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2012, 05:10:46 PM
Good evening odhiambo!  :D

Good evening Shin  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2012, 05:11:19 PM
March15

Today we remember
Saint Speciosus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2012, 05:11:45 PM
Saint Speciosus
Benedictine monk
Speciosus was a wealthy land owner from Campania, Italy. He and his brother Gregory entered the famed monastery of Monte Cassino where they became monks. They received the habit from none other than Saint Benedict of Nursia. Speciosus later became a member of the monastery of Terracina.
He died in 555 at Capua, Italy.
Saint Speciosus
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 14, 2012, 05:21:38 PM
St. Speciosus ora pro nobis!

Saints and saints!  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 15, 2012, 04:27:43 PM
March 16
Today we remember
Saint Abraham Kidunaia
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 15, 2012, 04:31:05 PM
Saint Abraham Kidunaia
Hermit
Apostle of Edessa.

Abraham was a 6th century hermit born at Edessa, Mesopotamia. His parents, who were wealthy, arranged a marriage for him. Abraham fled from this marriage into the desert where he lived a celibate and hermitical life in a sealed cabin with just a single opening through which he received food. When his parents died, Abraham gave away his large inheritance to the poor.
When the Bishop of Edessa asked him to go and convert the pagans living at Beth Kiduna, near the city, Abraham reluctantly left his cabin. According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, Abraham was ordained, then went to Beth Kiduna to preach. The pagans in the region persecuted him after he destroyed their idols. He was beaten up and driven away from the village but he returned and persisted in his mission until, after a few years, the town was converted to Christianity.
Abraham then returned to his cell where he remained until his death at the age of seventy..
Saint Abraham Kidunaia
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 16, 2012, 11:57:41 PM
March 17
Today we remember
Saint Paul of Cyprus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 17, 2012, 12:07:30 AM
Saint Paul of Cyprus
Martyr.

Paul was a resident of Cyprus during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Constantine Copronymus. He was a monk. Because of his opposition to the iconoclasm of the Emperor, he was arraigned before the governor of the island. When he refused to desecrate a crucifix, he was tortured and then burned to death in 775.
Saint Paul of Cyprus,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 17, 2012, 12:22:15 AM
St. Paul of Cyprus pray for us!

And it is also after all, St. Patrick's day!

 :biggrin: :irishwisdom: :thrones:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 17, 2012, 12:26:47 AM
A Latin and English Edition of the Confession of St. Patrick is in the works for Saints' Books, I might add -- because it is not very long, this is possible.

I doubt it will be ready for today, but at least it is in the works. And the Confession and his other writings are widely available already thankfully. :D

'But after I came to Ireland -- every day I had to tend sheep, and many times a day I prayed -- the love of God and His fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. And my spirit was moved so that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and almost as many in the night, and this even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountains; and I used to get up for prayer before daylight, through snow, through frost, through rain, and I felt no harm, and there was no sloth in me -- as I now see, because the spirit within me was then fervent.'

St. Patrick


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 17, 2012, 12:49:30 AM
I was reading an article on St. Patrick and this excerpt caught my eye:

"Once the Saint had a great vision, in which the actual state and the future of the Church in Ireland were revealed to him. In the first place, he saw the whole land, as it were, like a great furnace whose flames reached to the sky. And he clearly heard the voice of an Angel saying, "Such is now - the state of Ireland in the sight of the Lord."

After a little time, instead of this far-spreading universal fire, he saw flaming mountains here and there over the land, then torches shining, succeeded by glimmering lights amidst an ever-increasing darkness. Last of all, he saw a few live coals buried and burning deep in the earth. Then an angelic voice was heard, saying that such should be the successive states of the Irish people in times that were coming

Then, with tears rolling down his cheeks, the Saint repeated many times those words of the Psalmist, "Will God then cast us off forever ? Or will He never more be favorable again? Or will He cut off His mercy forever from generation to generation? Or will God forget to show mercy? Or will He in anger close off His mercies?"

The Angel answered and told him to look to the north of the land, and that there he should see that the Hand of the Most High. The Saint lifted up his eyes, and, behold, a little light arose in Uladh (Ulster), which had struggled long in the darkness, until at length the whole island was filled with the brightness of its glory, and Ireland returned to its first state of all-pervading fire. (Acta SS., p. 575)."


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 17, 2012, 01:21:47 AM
Saint Patrick,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 17, 2012, 01:22:44 AM
St. Patrick’s Breastplate

I like this portion of the poem.
.....
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s host to secure me
against snares of devils
against temptations of vices
against inclinations of nature
against everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd…..


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 17, 2012, 12:58:01 PM
Amen amen! :D I love this prayer!


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Post by: Bailey2 on March 17, 2012, 08:35:14 PM
Shin, I love that story.  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 18, 2012, 05:01:28 AM
March 18
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Salvator of Horta
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 18, 2012, 05:02:06 AM
Saint Salvator of Horta
Salvator was born in 1520 at Santa Columba, Gerona, Spain. He was orphaned as a child and became a shoemaker. When he was twenty, he joined the Franciscans as a lay brother. in Barcelona. Salvator worked for msany years as a humble cook in the friary of Horta. He died in 1567 at the friary at Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. During his life, Salvator was known for his severe austerities and many miracles of healing.
He was beatified on 5 February 1606 by Pope Paul V and canonized on 17 April 1938 by Pope Pius XI.
Saint Salvator of Horta,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 18, 2012, 05:03:58 AM
Today I have decided to post two Saints.
As you know, there are usually many saints listed on a single day. We never get to hear about many of these saints. One such saint is
Saint Anselm of Lucca the Younger
He was
Bishop of Lucca
Nephew of Pope Alexander II

Anselm was born in 1036 at Mantua, Italy.
He was called the Younger by his contemporaries. He was the nephew of Anselm of Lucca the Elder who became Pope Alexander II in 10 61.
Anselm was named Bishop of Lucca in 1073 by his uncle Pope Alexander who had just vacated the see. He reluctantly accepted the investiture.by Emperor Henry IV. He soon regretted accepting the symbol of his office from Emperor Henry IV, a lay man. He resigned from his office and retired to the monastery of Cluniac at Polirone where he became a Benedictine monk. He was recalled by Pope Gregory VII. Anselm soon had a conflict with his canons over lack of observance of an austere life (the Gregorian reform began by the Pope, which he was vigorously enforcing). The conflict led to the excommunication of the canons who, in turn revolted against Anselm. They had the support of the emperor. In 1079, Anselm was driven from his see. He retired to Canossa, Italy, and became the spiritual director of Countess Matilda of Tuscany. Anselm was a firm supporter of Pope Gregory VII’s struggles to end lay investiture. After Gregory’s death, Pope Victor III appointed him papal legate to Lombardy.
Anselm wrote a treatise against lay investiture, Contra Guibertum et Sequaces ejus.
He died on 18 March 1086 at Mantua, Italy.
Saint Anselm
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2012, 10:25:12 AM
March 19
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Alkmund of Northumbria
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2012, 10:25:39 AM
Saint Alkmund of Northumbria
Prince.
Martyr.

He is also known as Alcmund of Northumbria. Alcmund was born in 774 in northern England.
He was the son of Saint Alhred ( Alcred) King of Northumbria, England. Accounts vary somewhat but his father Alcred and his brother Osred were reportedly murdered in 792 and according to Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson, he was exiled to Scotland where he lived among the Picts. According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, he was killed in 800 Shropshire, England while attempting to regain his father’s throne.
The circumstances of his death reportedly gave rise to the designation of martyrdom.
Miracles were reported at his tomb in Lilleshall after his death. He was first venerated at Lilleshall and then in Derby, England.
Saint Alcmund,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2012, 10:26:09 AM
And just to remind us,
today is also the
Memorial of Saint Joseph.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2012, 12:08:40 PM
Prayer to Saint Joseph
Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary,
be with us today.
You protected and cherished the Virgin,
loving the Child Jesus as your Son,
you rescued Him from danger of death.
Defend the Church, the household of God,
purchased by the blood of Christ.
Guardian of the Holy Family,
be with us in our trials.
May your prayers obtain for us the
strength to flee from error and wrestle with
the powers of corruption, so that in life, we may grow in holiness
and in death, rejoice in the crown of victory.
Amen!
From a Prayer Book by
Paulines Publications Africa


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2012, 09:57:35 PM
March 20

Today we remember
Saint Herbert of Derwentwater
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2012, 09:58:05 PM
Saint Herbert of Derwentwater
Herbert was a priest in England in the 7th century. He was a disciple and close friend of of Saint Cuthbert. He lived as a hermit on an island in Lake Derwentwater, England. The island was later named Saint Herbert’s Island in his honor. Every year, Saint Herbert visited Saint Cuthbert at Lindisfarne. According to SQPN, in 686 Cuthbert visited Herbert on his island and told his friend that he had foreseen that he would soon die. The two prayed to die at the same time. Soon after, Herbert reportedly became ill. They both died on 20 March 687.
Saint Herbert of Derwentwater
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 19, 2012, 10:10:34 PM
St. Herbert, St. Cuthbert, pray for us!

Good evening odhiambo!

I love reading about hermit saints! :D

I wonder if Martin's ever been anywhere near St. Herbert's island?  :biggrin:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2012, 10:22:45 PM
St. Herbert, St. Cuthbert, pray for us!

Good evening odhiambo!

I love reading about hermit saints! :D

I wonder if Martin's ever been anywhere near St. Herbert's island?  :biggrin:

It is early morning here Shin, 6.20 am to be exact.
Good  morning /evening  ;D
Hope he will tell us all about it if he has  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on March 19, 2012, 10:34:02 PM
Early to bed, early to rise! A good way to live, getting to see the break of day!  :flower:


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Post by: odhiambo on March 20, 2012, 09:56:52 PM
March 21
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Serapion.
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 20, 2012, 09:57:37 PM
Saint Serapion the Scholastic.
Bishop and head of the famed catechetical school of Alexandria, Egypt. He is also known as Serapion of Arsinoe and also as Serapion of Thmuis ( Thumis). He is called “the Scholastic” because of his learning. Serapion was at first, a monk in the Egyptian desert and a friend and companion of Saint Anthony. If you remember, Saint Anthony left in his will, the gift of two sheepskin cloaks. One was for Serapion and the other was for Athanasius of Alexandria. Serapion was called from the desert to be bishop of Thmuis, Lower Egypt on the Nile delta. He was a close friend of Saint Athanasius and actively supported him against the Arians in Egypt.
He attended the Council of Sardis in 347. Besides Arianism, Serapion also fought against Manichaeism.
Serapion was a brilliant scholar and a theologian. He had a series of writings to his name, viz
He wrote a treatise against the Manichaeans; a treatise on the titles of the Psalms; a sacramentary called the Euchologium and a collection of liturgical prayers.
He was exiled by the ardent Arian Emperor Constantius II for his opposition to Arianism and his support of Saint Athanasius.
He died in exile in 370.
He was canonized Pre-Congregation.
Because of his opposition to Arianism, Serapion was exiled for a time by the Emperor Constantius II
Saint Serapion
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on March 21, 2012, 09:14:31 PM
I've had holy oil from St. Serapion for a long time.  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on March 21, 2012, 10:26:20 PM
I've had holy oil from St. Serapion for a long time.  :D

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Post by: odhiambo on March 21, 2012, 10:26:40 PM
March 22
Today we remember
Saint Trien
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 21, 2012, 10:27:58 PM
Saint Trien of Killelga
He is also known as Trienan of Killelga. Trien lived in the Fifth century. He was a disciple of Saint Patrick. He served as a missionary and then as abbot of Killelga Monastery in Ireland.
He was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Trien
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on March 21, 2012, 11:43:55 PM
St.. Trien pray for us! St. Patrick pray for us! :D

Oh, there use to be, I do not believe it is around any more, a place where you could send a donation for a wide variety of holy oils and holy waters, that had either come directly from various shrines, or at least (perhaps more likely), been blessed with and/or touched to relics of the saints. One has to sift through these kinds of places a little prudently I tend to think.

There are other places not quite the same as the one that's offline now, that offer things like this still I think. And perhaps now, some of the shrines themselves offer these off their webpages, though mostly these being in Europe there is likely the language barrier to finding it in English at times.

So in any case, I have, somewhere in a box for sorting through still I think some old holy oil and water bottles the latter may I think almost be all gone, with associations with various saints. Such as, holy oil of 'The Martyrs of the Plague in Alexandria', of 'St. Serapion', holy water of St. Blaise, and so forth. But I think there is very little left if it is in that old box, as I made regular use of it. I shall have to go look.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2012, 01:48:11 AM
St.. Trien pray for us! St. Patrick pray for us! :D

Oh, there use to be, I do not believe it is around any more, a place where you could send a donation for a wide variety of holy oils and holy waters, that had either come directly from various shrines, or at least (perhaps more likely), been blessed with and/or touched to relics of the saints. One has to sift through these kinds of places a little prudently I tend to think.

There are other places not quite the same as the one that's offline now, that offer things like this still I think. And perhaps now, some of the shrines themselves offer these off their webpages, though mostly these being in Europe there is likely the language barrier to finding it in English at times.

So in any case, I have, somewhere in a box for sorting through still I think some old holy oil and water bottles the latter may I think almost be all gone, with associations with various saints. Such as, holy oil of 'The Martyrs of the Plague in Alexandria', of 'St. Serapion', holy water of St. Blaise, and so forth. But I think there is very little left if it is in that old box, as I made regular use of it. I shall have to go look.

Do you use it medicinally or just to bless yourself ?
I would love to have some holy oils. :)


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Post by: Shin on March 22, 2012, 02:31:04 AM
Well, I would use it for blessing myself and spiritual protection mainly, but I have used them to help with health and recovery too.

I've been through a good deal of "spiritual warfare" and so I have always been looking for ways to do better in the spiritual conflict, and have found quite a few helps not well known.

Well, I am definitely going to go through my old box now. I have needed to finish up some sorting and neatening. Old broken rosaries, worn out scapulars, old memories.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2012, 03:32:45 AM
Well, I would use it for blessing myself and spiritual protection mainly, but I have used them to help with health and recovery too.

I've been through a good deal of "spiritual warfare" and so I have always been looking for ways to do better in the spiritual conflict, and have found quite a few helps not well known.

Well, I am definitely going to go through my old box now. I have needed to finish up some sorting and neatening. Old broken rosaries, worn out scapulars, old memories.

As for "spiritual warfare" Shin, remember Saint Anthony the Great and his trials in the desert?
You are in good company there. The more one tries to leave the world, the more intense to warfare.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2012, 11:18:58 PM
March 23
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Rafqa
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2012, 11:19:32 PM
Saint Rafqa.
This Saint is known by many names. Some of them are:
Agnes; Anissa; Lily of Himlaya
Little Flower of Lebanon; Petra; Petronilla; Pierette; Purple Rose; Rafqa Shabaq al-Rayes and
Rebecca.
Known as “the Little Flower of Lebanon” and “the Silent, Humble Nun”, Rafqa was born on 29 June 1832 in Himlaya, Lebanon. She was the only child of Mourad Saber Shabaq Al-Rayes and Rafqa Gemayel. Her mother died when she was six and her father remarried. The child did not get along well with her stepmother. When she was 14, she told her parents she wanted to become a nun. The father objected but she entered the Marian Order of the Immaculate Conception at Bikfaya as a postulant, taking the religious name of Anissa ( Agnes). She made her final vows in 1856.
In 1860, Anissa witnessed the massacre of Christians at Deir-el-Qamar.
In 1871, her Order merged with the order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to form the Order of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
The sisters were given the choice of joining the new order, joining other orders, or being released from their vows. She prayed for guidance then on 12 July 1871, she joined the ascetic Baladiya Order of the Maronites and the Cloistered convent of Saint Simom in El-Qarn. (The Lebanese Order of Saint Anthony of the Maronites).She took the name Rafqa (Rebecca).
Gifted with supernatural visions and dreams, in 1885 Rafqa offered herself to Our Lord that she might share in His suffering. From that time, her health deteriorated steadily. She went blind, became paralised, and was in constant pain. She endured her suffering with joy and without complaint.
Rafqa died on 23 March 1914, at the Convent of Saint Joseph, Grabta, Lebanon. Four days after her death, her Mother Superior Ursula Doumit, experienced the first miracle brought about by Rafqa’s intercession.
She was beatified on 17 November 1985 by Pope John Paul II
and canonized on 10 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II.
Saint Rafqa,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2012, 11:20:15 PM
From the evidence presented for her Canonization process, a group of specialists.in ophthalmology, neurology and orthopedics,
concluded that the Rafqa most likely suffered from disseminated tuberculosis, with widespread lesions affecting the eyes, the spine, etc.  :(


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Post by: odhiambo on March 23, 2012, 09:32:13 AM
When you mentioned "Spiritusl Warfare" Shin, I decided to have a look at the subject because I was not really clear in my mind what exactly we mean by the expression.
Has Satan zeroed in on the person or is it that one is more tempted than the next person.
I found this article from a Catholic source that I have really liked and has made me understand what is all about.
I wish I could share but.
I have sought permission to reproduce the article. Hope I get it. :)


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Post by: Shin on March 23, 2012, 10:04:10 AM
Haha, when you can put what you learned into your own words, it always help the reader to remember a thing too.  :D

"Spiritual warfare" is from Ephesians 6:12:

'For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.'

And describes the battle against the evil spirits, that cause temptations, troubles, passions, etc. as the Christian's primary battle.

The desert fathers stories are all about these, that's all they talk about -- overcoming the passions, which the fallen angels try to incite to put them to the test in all the ways that can be done. And one could say it's because that's all there is to do in the desert, pray and be put to the test and grow in virtue and purity of one's love of God, it's simpler to focus on out there properly.

This reminds me that a daily duty for those of responsibility in families is to pray for the spiritual protection of the entire family every day -- this would especially be fathers and mothers. To not do this, is to leave a great emptiness where there should be defenses, and a failure of responsibility. It reminds me of how important for example, one sees in Holy Scripture, a father's blessing can be.

The way Hell works, is a hierarchy not unlike it used to be in Heaven, except this time it's for evil rather than overseeing the world for good.

Satan gives the orders and then there are the supervisory roles, and various lesser ranks, a gigantic cloud of innumerable demons with their various responsibilities of setting forth and tempting souls to ruin to become a part of Hell.

Those who are not troubled by the devils are those who are already damned, and so they do not experience spiritual warfare in a truly meaningful sense -- except the fallen angel making certain they stay that way. They are on the other side. But Christians who struggle in virtue immediately find that their actions are far more limited than they might first suspect, because the fallen angels set to work to prevent salvation and growth in virtue, and good works. They particularly for example will work to prevent prayer, and prayer that is pleasing to God, by for example, distractions, etc. And for those attempting to overcome vice, they will incite the passions related to that vice, cause forgetfulness, and attempt to cause distractions and fascinations, idolizations and obsessions that lead away from the road of salvation.

And then there is on the larger level, the overall grand work of suppressing of Christianity and corrupting those who have any positions of authority or influence, and what they teach to others, so that it is not the Faith. Well, but I am going on a bit lengthily.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 23, 2012, 11:55:36 PM
"Length" is good, the better to understand  ;D
Thanks for explaining. I do understand now how life is really a battle zone for us Catholics.
After reading that article I mentioned, I came home and looked for a book, " the Secret", I had bought some years back but never really read it other than a quick overall look at the content. I had also bought a C.D of the same which I watched only half way as it proved to be faulty. Well, I found the C.D and dumped it in the waste basket. The book, I am yet to locate. I had been told the the Secret is "New Age" thinking. ???
Anyway, I lost interest without really understanding what " New Age" was all about. The article mentions it as having  a connection with the occult. :(


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Post by: odhiambo on March 24, 2012, 12:40:03 AM
March 24
Let us remember today
Saint Aldemar
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 24, 2012, 12:40:41 AM
Saint Aldemar the Wise
Aldemar was an abbot and a miracle worker called “the Wise”.
He was born in Capua, Italy. He became a monk in Monte Cassino and came to the attention of a princess of the region, Princess Aloara. When she built a new convent in Capua, Aldemar was appointed its director. As director of the convent, Aldemar reportedly performed many miracles and became known as “the Wise”. He was reassigned by his abbot to Monte Cassino, a move that the princess did not like at all. She wanted him to stay on as director of the convent, the abbot on the other hand, wanted him back at Monte Cassino. To escape the dispute, Aldemar moved to Boiana, Italy. Even here, a companion involved in the said dispute, attempted to kill him. Aldemar fled into the region of Bocchignano in the Abruzzi. He founded several more religious houses here which he directed until his death in 1080.
Saint Aldemar
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on March 24, 2012, 03:16:35 AM
Ah-ha, the famous Monte Cassino.

St. Aldemar, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 24, 2012, 07:32:12 AM
Ah-ha, the famous Monte Cassino.

Yes, Saint  Benedict of Nursia founded the Benedictine Order there and he and his twin sister Saint Scholastica
are buried there.
A word here and a word there, one is reminded of so much!
Do you remember how Saint Scholastica came to spend her last day on earth with her brother?
Unforgettable!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 24, 2012, 04:43:07 PM
March 25
Let us today remember
Saint Harold
Among many other Saints


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Post by: Shin on March 24, 2012, 06:32:42 PM
Ah-ha, the famous Monte Cassino.

Yes, Saint  Benedict of Nursia founded the Benedictine Order there and he and his twin sister Saint Scholastica
are buried there.
A word here and a word there, one is reminded of so much!
Do you remember how Saint Scholastica came to spend her last day on earth with her brother?
Unforgettable!

Yes, it's something too touching to forget. All ye holy saints, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 25, 2012, 10:52:47 PM
March 26
Today is the The Solemnity of
The Annunciation of the Lord.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 25, 2012, 10:53:19 PM
The Feast of the Annunciation
The Feast of the Annunciation commemorates the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary
that she would conceive Jesus, and the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit at that moment. The feast on this day, is celebrated 9 months before Jesus' birth at Christmas.
The story of the Annunciation, meaning the announcing, from the Latin annuntiare, is told in Luke's gospel. At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive a Son, and his name would be Jesus. His greeting, "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you" has echoed down through the ages in many prayers,it is the "Hail Mary."
Mary was initially confused as to how she would bear God's Son, seeing as she was a virgin. The angel then explained that the Holy Spirit would come upon her. This was why when we recite the Nicene creed we say "by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and became man." The Apostles Creed likewise affirms that Jesus was "conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit." Thus, the Feast of the Annunciation is the beginning of Jesus' miraculous life.
Mary's response to the angel, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word," (Latin: ecce ancilla Domini; fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum) is a statement of humble faith, and a model for how we are to respond when God calls us to do what seems impossible. This response is called Mary's fiat, from the Latin word meaning "let it be done." The Catechism addresses the significance of Mary's faith in relation to her role as Christ's mother:
By pronouncing her "fiat" at the Annunciation and giving her consent to the Incarnation, Mary was already collaborating with the whole work her Son was to accomplish. She is mother wherever he is Savior and head of the Mystical Body


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Post by: odhiambo on March 25, 2012, 10:55:04 PM
March 26
Today is also the Memorial of
Saint Braulio of Saragossa
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 25, 2012, 10:57:24 PM
Saint Braulio of Saragossa
Braulio was born to a noble family in Saragossa, Spain in 590. He entered Saint Engratia's monastery where he became a monk. He also studied in Seville, under Saint Isidore. In 631, he became the Bishop of Saragossa . Braulio proved to be an outstanding scholar and preacher. He encouraged learning and fought Arianism. He also help Isidore in his effort to reform the Spanish Church. When Pope Honorius I charged that the Spanish Bishops were neglecting their responsibilities, Braulio wrote in their defense.
The Saint was known for his devotion to the BVM, his visions, his miracles, his austerities as well as for his compassion for the poor and the help he rendered them.
Braulio wrote the “Acts of the Martyrs of Saragossa”, a life of Saint Emilian.
He also wrote many letters.
He died in 651 at Saragossa and was buried in the church of Nuestra Senora Merced del Pilar.
He is the patron of Aragon
Saint Braulio
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on March 25, 2012, 11:04:11 PM
Thank you for introducing me to St. Braulio of Saragossa odhiambo!

I looked him up some more and found he encouraged St. Isidore of Seville to write his etymologies! :D

And that it's said his eyesight became extremely poor when he aged and this was a bitter cross for him as he was unable to continue his studies.

St. Isidore, St. Emilian, St. Braulio, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 25, 2012, 11:13:45 PM
Thank you for introducing me to St. Braulio of Saragossa odhiambo!
I looked him up some more and found he encouraged St. Isidore of Seville to write his etymologies! :D
And that it's said his eyesight became extremely poor when he aged and this was a bitter cross for him as he was unable to continue his studies.
The Will of God in our lives  :crucifix:


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Post by: Shin on March 25, 2012, 11:33:24 PM
I was just tidying up the etymologies the other day. Little piles of books I have out reading tend to gather in stacks and eventually need to all be piled up back on the shelf.

Let's see what few snippets are in here.

"Ichthyophagi, 'fish-eaters', are named because they fare well by hunting in the sea, and are nourished by fish alone. They hold the mountainous regions behind the Indus. When Alexander the Great subjugated them, he forbade them to eat fish."

"Kings are named 'reges' from 'regendo', ruling, just as a priest is called 'sacerdos' from 'sacrificando', making holy. One who does not correct, 'corrigit', does not rule, 'regit'. The name king, 'rex', is held by doing rightly, 'recte', as it is lost by erring. Whence there was a proverb among the ancients: 'Rex eris, si recte facias: si non facias, non eris.' (You will be king, if you behave correctly, if not, you will not be.)

There are two outstanding regal virtues: justice and piety. Piety is more lauded in kings, for justice in itself is stern.

Consules are named 'consules' from 'consulendo', deliberating, just as kings are named 'reges' from ruling, 'regendo', and laws are named 'leges' from 'legendo.' When the Romans could not endure the proud domination of kings, they created yearly magistracies and two consuls.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2012, 03:10:06 AM
I was just tidying up the etymologies the other day. Little piles of books I have out reading tend to gather in stacks and eventually need to all be piled up back on the shelf.

Let's see what few snippets are in here.

"Ichthyophagi, 'fish-eaters', are named because they fare well by hunting in the sea, and are nourished by fish alone. They hold the mountainous regions behind the Indus. When Alexander the Great subjugated them, he forbade them to eat fish."

Well, all I can say is that the "Ichthyophagi' or  'fish-eaters', whoever they were, must have been very clever people. Here in Kenya, those who live by the lake side-Lake Victoria, that is, they are fish-eaters though not exclusively of course, and they are known to be clever people, many of them are in academics as opposed to other fields. It is told that the head of the fish is it, that is the part you have to eat if you want to be clever. ;D
I never touch the head, and am not too fond of fish because I fear the bones.  ;)


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2012, 03:20:07 AM
I was just tidying up the etymologies the other day. Little piles of books I have out reading tend to gather in stacks and eventually need to all be piled up back on the shelf.
Let's see what few snippets are in here.

".... just as a priest is called 'sacerdos' from 'sacrificando', making holy.
I thought it was because they "offer sacrifice" to God?


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2012, 04:05:30 PM
March 27
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Augusta of Treviso
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2012, 04:07:19 PM
Saint Augusta of Treviso
Virgin Martyr.

Augusta was the daughter of the duke of Friuli in Italy.
 He was reportedly so infuriated by Augusta’s conversion to Christianity that he beheaded her himself.
Her shrine is near Treviso in northern Italy.
Saint Augusta
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on March 26, 2012, 04:10:03 PM
I was just tidying up the etymologies the other day. Little piles of books I have out reading tend to gather in stacks and eventually need to all be piled up back on the shelf.
Let's see what few snippets are in here.

".... just as a priest is called 'sacerdos' from 'sacrificando', making holy.
I thought it was because they "offer sacrifice" to God?

That would be my thought too! That is the purpose of the priesthood!

And looking it up sacrificando means sacrifice.  :crucifix:


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Post by: Shin on March 26, 2012, 04:11:25 PM
I was just tidying up the etymologies the other day. Little piles of books I have out reading tend to gather in stacks and eventually need to all be piled up back on the shelf.

Let's see what few snippets are in here.

"Ichthyophagi, 'fish-eaters', are named because they fare well by hunting in the sea, and are nourished by fish alone. They hold the mountainous regions behind the Indus. When Alexander the Great subjugated them, he forbade them to eat fish."

Well, all I can say is that the "Ichthyophagi' or  'fish-eaters', whoever they were, must have been very clever people. Here in Kenya, those who live by the lake side-Lake Victoria, that is, they are fish-eaters though not exclusively of course, and they are known to be clever people, many of them are in academics as opposed to other fields. It is told that the head of the fish is it, that is the part you have to eat if you want to be clever. ;D
I never touch the head, and am not too fond of fish because I fear the bones.  ;)

That reminds me of thy 'why are fish so smart' riddle! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2012, 04:39:15 PM

That reminds me of thy 'why are fish so smart' riddle! :D

Are they so smart?
 How come they get hooked and end up on a dish? ;D
Anyway, why are they "so smart" then?  ;D


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Post by: Shin on March 26, 2012, 04:50:12 PM
Haha, there are two good answers and you already half have one of them!  :fishie: :fishie: :fishie:


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Post by: odhiambo on March 27, 2012, 03:32:03 PM
March 28
One of the Saints we remember today is
Saint Guntramnus



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Post by: odhiambo on March 27, 2012, 03:35:39 PM
Saint Guntramnus
King of Burgundy, France.

He is also known as Gunthramus, Gontram , Gontran or Contran.
What is known of this saint is from Saint Gregory of Tours who recorded his life.
According to this record, Guntramnus was King of Burgundy and part of Aquitaine from 561.
He reportedly divorced one wife and executed the second one (Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson).
Overcome with remorse for what he had done, Guntramnus performed penance for years.
As part of his atonement, he built monasteries and churches and supported monastic reforms.
He died on 28 March 592 and was buried in the church of Saint Marcellus, which he had founded.
His canonization was Pre-Congregation.
He is the patron saint of divorced people and also of murderers.
Saint Guntramnus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 28, 2012, 05:20:06 PM
March 29
Let us remember today
Saint Gwynllyw
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 28, 2012, 05:24:17 PM
Saint Gwynllyw
Husband of Saint Gladys
Father of Saint Cadoc, a hermit of Wales.
He is also known as Woollos and Gundleus( Latin for Gwynllyw). According to legend, Gwynllyw was a Welsh chieftain who wanted to marry Gladys ( Gwladys), the daughter of Brychan of Brecknock ( or Brecknow). When Brychan refused his daughter’s hand, Gwynllyw kidnapped Gladys and married her. The young couple then embarked on a riotous way of life. They engaged in violence and banditry. It was their first son, Saint Cadoc who eventually convinced them to follow a religious way of life. At first they lived together at Newport, Monmouthshire. Later, he had them separate and live as hermits with Gwladys eventually living at a place called Oencarnau, Bassaleg.
Saint Gwynllyw
Pray for us!
Saint Gwladys
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on March 28, 2012, 05:27:35 PM
Some memorable saints these last few!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 28, 2012, 11:52:57 PM
Some memorable saints these last few!

A reader over at CAF agrees with you.
 of Saint Guntramnus who reportedly divorced one wife and executed
another, he commented that there is hope for us all since the Saint repented his way to sainthood, so to speak.
I agree completely with him. Where there is genuine sorrow for sins committed, the Lord stands ready to forgive.


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Post by: Shin on March 29, 2012, 03:24:16 AM
I remember I've read the story of St. Gwynnlyw adn St. Gwladys and St. Cadoc before, I'm glad you brought them to mind again. They were so very repentantly good! Great models!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 29, 2012, 04:05:28 PM
March 30
Today is the Memorial of
Saint John Climacus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 29, 2012, 04:09:44 PM
Saint John Climacus
Also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus and John the Sinaita. He was born between 505 and 579 in Syria or possibly even in Palestine. When he was sixteen years old, he joined the monks on Mount Sinai and lived for many years as a hermit on Sinai. When he was 35, he went to Thale where he continued to live as a hermit. John was revered as a Bible scholar. He wrote the famous book, Scala Paradisi ( Ladder of Paradise, sometimes called Ladder of Perfection). In the book, he described the thirty steps of the ladder required to attain religious perfection. The thirty chapters of the book was reportedly intended to correspond to the age of Jesus at the time of His baptism by John the Baptist. The book was very popular during the middle ages.
At the age of 70, John was elected abbot of the monks on Mount Sinai. He died there on March 30.
Saint John Climacus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 29, 2012, 04:10:52 PM
Saint John Climacus
 He wrote the famous book, Scala Paradisi ( Ladder of Paradise, sometimes called Ladder of Perfection). In the book, he described the thirty steps of the ladder required to attain religious perfection.

Anyone any idea what the thirty steps are?


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Post by: Shin on March 29, 2012, 09:03:21 PM
Saint John Climacus
 He wrote the famous book, Scala Paradisi ( Ladder of Paradise, sometimes called Ladder of Perfection). In the book, he described the thirty steps of the ladder required to attain religious perfection.

Anyone any idea what the thirty steps are?

Hmm, I have a book, and there's a chapter for each I think, though this particular edition isn't quite all it could be.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2012, 01:51:22 AM
Hmm, I have a book, and there's a chapter for each I think, though this particular edition isn't quite all it could be.

Could you list the steps for us on this thread?


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Post by: Shin on March 30, 2012, 02:47:39 PM
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
of St. John Climacus

1) The Break with the World

A) Renunciation (Step 1)
B) Detachment (Step 2)
C) Exile (Step 3)

2) The Practice of the Virtues (the Active Life)

A) The Fundamental Virtues


1) Obedience (Step 4)
2) Penitence (Step 5)
3) Remembrance of Death (Step 6)
4) Sorrow (Step 7)

B) The Struggle Against the Passions

1) Nonphysical Passions


(a) Anger (Step 8)
(b) Malice (Step 9)
(c) Slander (Step 10)
(d) Talkativeness (Step 11)
(e) Falsehood (Step 12)
(f) Deception/Despondency (Step 13)

2) Physical Passions

(a) Gluttony(Step 14)
(b) Lust (Step 15)
(c) Avarice (Step 16)

3) Nonphysical Passions (cont.)

(a) Insensitivity (Steps 18-20)
(b) Fear (Step 21)
(c) Vainglory (Step 22)
(d) Pride/Blasphemy (Step 23)

C) Higher Virtues of the “Active Life”

1) Simplicity (Step 24)
2) Humility (Step 25)
3) Discernment (Step 26)
3) Union with God (the Contemplative Life)

A) Stillness (Step 27)
B) Prayer (Step 28)
C) Dispassion (Step 29)
D) Love (Step 30)


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Post by: Shin on March 30, 2012, 02:48:13 PM
I was hoping someone else would do it for me, and so I searched and found it and here it is.  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2012, 02:56:06 PM
I was hoping someone else would do it for me, and so I searched and found it and here it is.  :D

Sorry no one else did  :)
Thank you for the trouble.
If it is okay with you, I'll post the same at CAF.
Thanks again.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2012, 03:14:44 PM
I was hoping someone else would do it for me, and so I searched and found it and here it is.  :D

I am reminded of a saying about: Anybody, Nobody, Somebody, and Everybody. Some years back I used to see such sayings adorned a  number of office walls in the city.

   " An important job had to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done." !  ;D


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Post by: Shin on March 30, 2012, 03:33:08 PM
I was hoping someone else would do it for me, and so I searched and found it and here it is.  :D

Sorry no one else did  :)
Thank you for the trouble.
If it is okay with you, I'll post the same at CAF.
Thanks again.

Feel free! I just didn't want to type it up at the moment, that's all. :D


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Post by: Shin on March 30, 2012, 03:33:52 PM
I was hoping someone else would do it for me, and so I searched and found it and here it is.  :D

I am reminded of a saying about: Anybody, Nobody, Somebody, and Everybody. Some years back I used to see such sayings adorned a  number of office walls in the city.

   " An important job had to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done." !  ;D


That belongs on a joke thread!  :happyroll:


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Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2012, 03:49:55 PM

Feel free! I just didn't want to type it up at the moment, that's all. :D

I have linked them to this page. Easier that way.


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Post by: Shin on March 30, 2012, 03:51:07 PM
I am not really enthused about the particular translation of St. John Climacus' Ladder that I have. There's another translation out there but it's pricey so I keep holding off on getting it. But even the few excerpts of it that I have read sound more sonorous.

The other edition is out of print at the moment but should be back in it in a month, so I am hoping for the best. I have never read the book front to back, just excerpts. I should.

But when I have two of them, yes I think I shall have to pick it up, it will be interesting to compare. I wonder if I might find it in its original language online one of these days too.

I always wish I could provide folks with a ton of books by the saints in Latin and English, for free, or at charity/cost prices from a charity press. I know that there are few people with good sense with money, because if there were this would have been long ago done, in English and other languages, and be a centerpiece of spiritual work, from the heart of the Church.

On the other hand, Providence guides all things and, there is 'pearls before swine' and 'shaking the dust off one's feet' to consider, or how God can decide not to give truth to those who will treat it sinfully, and Pope St. Gregory the Great's words. I come back to this at times and think on it, again and again, wondering at our role here.

If people knew the true value of these works they would gather them up themselves, everywhere, and be understood as priceless. Without even comparison to gold or diamonds or material things.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2012, 04:02:55 PM
I am not really enthused about the particular translation of St. John Climacus' Ladder that I have. There's another translation out there but it's pricey so I keep holding off on getting it. But even the few excerpts of it that I have read sound more sonorous.


It does give some idea Shin, of what he meant.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2012, 04:06:23 PM
March 31
Today we remember
Saint Guy of Pomposa
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2012, 04:09:44 PM
Saint Guy of Pomposa
Guy, sometimes called Guido, was born at Ravenna, Italy. As a youth he was said to be meticulous about his appearance and his clothing until he realized what was really important in life.
He gave out all his possessions to the poor and went to Rome where he was tonsured. He spent three years with a hermit named Martin on an island in the Po River. Then he joined the community at Pomposa Abbey near Ferrara.
Guy became abbot of Saint Severus at Ravenna and abbot of Pomposa as well. He attracted so many disciples to his community by his sanctity and wisdom that he had to build for them another monastery. Guy retired late in life to live as a hermit.
He died in 1046 at Borgo San Donnino, while on his way to Piacenza where he had been summoned by Emperor Henry III who wanted to consult him.
Saint Guy of Pomposa
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on March 30, 2012, 04:14:31 PM
Funny name for a town! :D

St. Guy pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2012, 04:34:12 PM
Funny name for a town! :D
Yeah !
Too close for comfort to pompous; pomposity :)


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Post by: Shin on March 30, 2012, 04:37:26 PM
Funny name for a town! :D
Yeah !
Too close for comfort to pompous; pomposity :)

Haha! That's what I was thinking! St. Guy of the Pompadour!


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Post by: Shin on March 31, 2012, 09:35:43 AM
St. Catherine of Palma and St. Hugh of Grenoble pray for us!

St. Catherine of Palma

'Orphan who lived an unhappy childhood in the home of her paternal uncle. Felt a call to the religious life at age 15, but her confessor convinced her to wait a little. Domestic servant in Palma, Spain where she learned to read and write. Joined the Canonesses of Saint Augustine at Saint Mary Magdalen convent in Palma. Subjected to many strange phenomena and mystical experiences including visits from angels, Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Catherine of Siena. Had the gifts of visions and prophecy. Assaulted spiritually and physically by dark powers, she sometimes went into ecstatic trances for days at a time; her wounds from this abuse were treated by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian. During her last years she was almost continually in ecstasy. Foretold the date of her death.'

St. Hugh of Grenoble

'Son of a soldier named Odilo, a man known for his Christian life, and who later became a Cistercian monk; his mother was known for her life of prayer and alms-giving. Uncle of Saint Hugh of Bonnevaux. Hugh was an exceptionally good student as a child. Canon in the cathedral of Valence, France at age 25. Bishop of Grenoble, France in 1080 at age 27, consecrated by Pope Gregory VII; he served there for 52 years. He went to Grenoble as a reformer, but after two years, convinced that he had not improved the lives or the holiness of his clergy, he resigned and retired to become a Benedictine monk at Chaise-Dieu in Auvergne, France; after a year of this, Pope Gregory ordered him back to Grenoble. This time his work and his example paid off – large crowds attended his preaching, his clergy brought new zeal to their ministry, the poor were cared for, and religious life had a new start in his diocese. He gave land to Saint Bruno for La Grande Chartruse abbey, and helped him found the Carthusians. Gave both his mother and his 100 year old father their Last Rites. A frequent sufferer of head pain and headaches, which led to his patronage of the problem. '

- P.S.I.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2012, 03:16:36 PM

- P.S.I.

 ???


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Post by: Shin on March 31, 2012, 03:27:48 PM
Patron Saints' Index


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Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2012, 11:15:41 PM
Patron Saints' Index

Now why, why, did I not think along that line?
I thought of everything but  ;D
Thanks !


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Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2012, 11:17:19 PM
A new month,
The month of April.
April is traditionally dedicated to
The Blessed Sacrament.
And Sundays, which today happens to be, is dedicated to:
The Resurrection and the Holy and Undivided Trinity.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2012, 11:22:50 PM
April 1
One of the Saints we remember to day is:
Saint Macarius
the Wonder Worker

Today is also
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
i.e. Passion Sunday


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Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2012, 11:24:56 PM
Saint Macarius the Wonder Worker
Macarius, also known as Christopher, was born in the 9th century at Constantinople . He was baptized Christopher. He became a monk at Pelekete Monastery, taking the name Macarius. In time, he was elected abbot and became known for his miracles which earned him the name “the Wonder Worker’. Macarius was imprisoned and tortured by Emperor Leo the Armenian, for his opposition to iconoclasm. He was released by Leo’s Successor, Emperor Michael the Stammerer. When he refused Michael’s demands that he support the iconoclastic heresy, he was exiled to the island of Aphusia off the coast of Bithynia. He died there on 18 August 850.
He was Canonized Pre-Congregation.
Saint Macarius
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 01, 2012, 03:17:09 PM
Dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament!  :crucifix:


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Post by: Shin on April 01, 2012, 03:17:20 PM
'The man ensnared by pride will need God's help, since man is of no use to him.'

St. John Climacus


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Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2012, 02:11:09 AM
'The man ensnared by pride will need God's help, since man is of no use to him.'
St. John Climacus

I wonder if a man such as that would be willing to accept the Lord's help  :(


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Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2012, 02:12:48 AM
April 2
One of the many Saints we remember to day is:
Saint Abundius of Como


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Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2012, 02:15:35 AM
Saint Abundius
Bishop of Como.

He was born in Thessalonica, modern Greece; was ordained and named bishop of Como, Italy. A noted theologian, Abundius attended the Council of Constantinople in 450. As a result of his obvious intellect and holiness, he was sent by Pope Leo the Great to Emperor Theodosius II, as envoy of the Holy See. His mission led to the Council of Chalcedon in 451 and to the Council of Milan in 452.
Abundius served as the pope’s representative in various councils, clearly stating the Church’s role and concerns. He died in 469.
Saint Abundius
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 02, 2012, 02:35:42 AM
'The man ensnared by pride will need God's help, since man is of no use to him.'
St. John Climacus

I wonder if a man such as that would be willing to accept the Lord's help  :(

Good question! Pride is a disability that prevents someone from seeing honestly how things are!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2012, 04:32:41 PM
April 3
One of the many Saints we remember to day is:
Saint Mary of Egypt


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Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2012, 04:33:18 PM
Saint Mary of Egypt
Also known as Maria Aegyptica, Mary was born in, Egypt in 344. The following account is taken from SQPN.
Mary was reportedly, a beautiful, spoiled rich girl. At the age of twelve, she ran away from home to Alexandria where she found work as as a dancer and a singer. She also worked as a prostitute. This was the sad state of affairs for many years.
Around age 30, Mary went on a pilgrimage to Palestine, where she hoped to get customers from the ranks of the pilgrims. She went up to Jerusalem.
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Mary intended to go to the church, not to pray but to look for possible customers. At the church door, however, a miracle happened. As SQPN puts it, “she found herself invisibliy repelled” According to Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson, however, she was converted when she visited the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. And still, according to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, she was brought to the realization of her sinful life before an icon of the BVM and at the Virgin’s direction, she went to the Jordanian desert where she lived as a hermitess for 47 years, not seeing a single human being.
Around the year 430, Mary was 'discovered' in the desert by a holy man named Zosismus who was impressed by her spiritual knowledge and wisdom. He saw her the following Lent but when he returned, he found her dead and buried her. When he returned to his monastery near the Jordan, he told the others what had happened and the story spread.
The Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney states that in Cyril of Scythopolis’ life of Saint Cyriacus, he tells of a woman named Mary found by Cyriacus and his companions living as a hermitess in the Jordanian desert. She told him she had been a famous singer and actress who had sinned and was doing penance in the desert; when they returned later, she was dead. It appears that she met at least two people during her life of penance out there in the desert, before she died in 421.
She is patron saint of penitent women, reformed prostitutes and against sexual temptation.
Saint Mary of Egypt
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2012, 01:46:20 AM
April 4
One of the many Saints we remember to day is:
Saint Zosimus of Palestine


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Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2012, 01:48:45 AM
Saint Zosimus of Palestine
Hermit.

Zosimus was a 5th century hermit who settled on the banks of the Jordan River. He discovered Saint Mary of Egypt, the saint we whose Memorial was yesterday. He reportedly brought her the Eucharist one Easter, and on returning one year later, found she had died. He wrote a biography of her.
Saint Zosimus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 04, 2012, 11:03:06 AM
While we don't yet have a copy here, one can easily find 'Life of Our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt' online and read the full story.

There are many writings about St. Zosimus.

Abba Zosimus said: "Of many kinds are the effects of our intentions. It is possible for an ardent spirit to find with God, in a single moment, favor that another spirit, if it is cold and lax, cannot find in a period of fifty years. Thus, for example, if the demons see that someone has been insulted, belittled, and hurt, or has suffered some similar thing and is upset, not because he suffered something bad, but because he failed to endure this temptation with courage and without feeling sorrow -- such a spiritual disposition the demons greatly fear. For they know that this man has found the way of truth and wishes to walk in accord with the commandments of God"

Another time, the same Abba said, "If one brings to mind someone who has caused him upset, ridiculed him, hurt him, or has in any way caused him some evil, he should think of him as a physician and from the depths of his heart thank him for these things. If, however, he entertains in his mind thoughts against such a person, then he is giving thought, like the demons, to something contrary to his soul. Indeed, he becomes a demon himself and his own enemy, since he does not wish to be released from this evil, but to continue uncured. For if he were not ill, he would not be occupied with feelings against the person who made him sad and upset him and whom Christ sent to him as a physician to reveal his illness through assault and injury.

If, indeed, he truly wishes to be cured, it is to his benefit to consider the person who troubled him his benefactor and to accept all the evil things coming from that person as therapeutic medicines that have been sent to him by Jesus -- and to be thankful for these things, even if for the moment they may cause him sadness. For an ill man is not happy when he has an operation, or undergoes cauterization, or takes a cathartic. Indeed, quite the opposite: he is unsettled even thinking about it. But when he convinces himself that, without these things, he is not going to be cured form his illness, he yields himself all the more to his physician, for he knows well that after a little inconvenience, he can be delivered from even the most bothersome chronic disease."

- the sayings of the Desert Fathers


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Post by: Shin on April 04, 2012, 03:46:54 PM
Dancer, singer, prostitute. Notice how they are all grouped together!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2012, 03:59:52 PM
Dancer, singer, prostitute. Notice how they are all grouped together!

Meaning?


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Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2012, 04:33:47 PM
April 5
Today we remember the
Martyrs of North-West Africa
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2012, 04:34:26 PM
Martyrs of North-West Africa.
In 459, a large group of Christians were murdered in North-West Africa while celebrating Easter Mass, during the persecutions of Genseric, the Arian king of the Vandals.
Martyrs of North-West Africa
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 04, 2012, 05:00:48 PM
They definitely are associated in more ways than one!


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Post by: martin on April 04, 2012, 07:24:28 PM
They definitely are associated in more ways than one!


The association can be seen more readily today if one looks at the entertainments business and all the immorality that seems to be part and parcel of this kind of life.

I was listening to an audio book recently written by the 2nd century theologian Tertullian. He went into the history of theatre and how it originated from idol worshipers and made its way into Christian entertainment which he said was abominable and should not be a part of the Christian culture.
A few years ago I would have probably thought that this was a bit of exaggeration but now I think not. Even if the whole world accepts a thing as being harmless, doesn't mean that the whole world is right, and if a thing can be judged by its fruits then what can one say about sensual entertainment in general?


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Post by: Shin on April 04, 2012, 07:40:03 PM
They definitely are associated in more ways than one!


The association can be seen more readily today if one looks at the entertainments business and all the immorality that seems to be part and parcel of this kind of life.

I was listening to an audio book recently written by the 2nd century theologian Tertullian. He went into the history of theatre and how it originated from idol worshipers and made its way into Christian entertainment which he said was abominable and should not be a part of the Christian culture.
A few years ago I would have probably thought that this was a bit of exaggeration but now I think not. Even if the whole world accepts a thing as being harmless, doesn't mean that the whole world is right, and if a thing can be judged by its fruits then what can one say about sensual entertainment in general?

Martin the same thing was on my mind earlier. There were denunciation of the synagogues in the writings of the early church, for using this method, turning their synagogues into theatres to try to draw Christians away from their churches. History and methods do not change much.

Theatre versus liturgy -- priests as actors and performers, or priests as priests -- here we are today.

The theatres, dancing, acting, these all have very bad associations generally. 


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Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2012, 04:53:51 AM
What of instances where these means are used to spread the Gospel?
Surely that cannot be frowned upon?


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Post by: Shin on April 06, 2012, 12:58:49 AM
Well, what are you thinking of?  :D



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Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2012, 05:15:27 AM

Well, what are you thinking of?  :D

Well, I have in mind  EWTN. I used to watch it on occasions and follow Mass or hear someone preach. One time I watched Scott Hahn teach a group of seminarians.
Today too,  our parish is going to screen the movie The Passion of Christ. That is "theatre, acting". 
Then there is "Servant of God", Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who I understand, was well known for his preaching and especially for his work on television and radio. I only read about these things of course, I have no first hand knowledge.
These are examples of what I had in mind. :)


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Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2012, 05:20:47 AM
April 6
One of the many Saints we remember today is
Saint Prudentius of Troyes


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Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2012, 05:21:27 AM
While reviewing this biography, I came across some controversy. I think it best to leave it alone.
Saint Prudentius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2012, 05:23:27 AM
I thought that this would be appropriate for today,
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion.

"Shahbaz Bhatti was a devout Catholic serving as a minister in the Government of Pakistan.
He was championing the cause of Christians and religious freedom, calling for the abolition of the law of blasphemy.
On March 2, 2011, he was brutally murdered.
For the Christians in Pakistan, he has become a martyr. His brother, speaking to reporters in Rome on April 5, said his family had forgiven the assassins, "because our faith teaches us to forgive” The crucified Jesus is our inspiration to lay down our lives for the Gospel. Not all of us merit bearing witness with blood. More ordinary ways include prayer and fasting…."

From my "Bible Diary.
African Edition 2012".
May the Crucified Jesus rest Shahbaz Bhatti’s soul in Eternal peace!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2012, 04:46:21 PM
April 7
One of the many Saints we remember today is
Saint George the Younger


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Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2012, 04:48:29 PM
Saint George the Younger
Bishop of Mitylene

George was born in the 8th century at Mitylene, the capital of the island of Lesbos in Greece. He was a wealthy man. He donated his wealth to the poor then entered a monastery and was named Bishop of Mitylene, Lesbos. Though noted for his holiness and charity, George became involved in the Iconoclastic Controversy and was exiled to the Chersonese by Emperor Leo the Armenian. He died in exile in 816.
He was called the Younger to distinguish him from two of his predecessors as bishop of Mitylene named George.
Saint George,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 08, 2012, 01:14:47 AM
April 8
Today my brothers and sisters in Christ is
Easter Sunday 2012

Easter is the greatest feast for us Catholics.
Today, all the prayers, the abstinence and the fasting as well as the spiritual struggles that we have been going through during Lent were all to give meaning to this great day, the day that Jesus Christ arose from the dead.
I hope that we all died “ spiritually with Christ on Good Friday” when He was crucified and that early this morning we all resurrected with Him and will hence forth lead new lives in Christ.
For as the Servant of God. Fulton J. Sheen puts it:
“Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.”
Happy Easter everyone.  :crucifix:


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Post by: Shin on April 08, 2012, 01:17:28 AM
'Brethren and fathers, Lent is already galloping past and the soul rejoices at the imminence of Easter, because by it it finds rest and is relieved of many toils. Why did this thought sound for me in advance? Because it is as if our whole life directs its reason contemplating the eternal Easter. For this present Easter, even though it is great and revered, is nevertheless, as our fathers explain, only a type of that Easter to come.

For this Easter is for one day and it passes, while that Easter has no successor. From it pain, grief and sighing have fled away; there everlasting joy, gladness and rejoicing; there the sound of those who feast, a choir of those who keep festival and contemplation of eternal light; where there is the blessed breakfast of Christ and the new drink of which Christ spoke, I shall not drink of the fruit of this vine, until I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father. Of this he spoke to his disciples when he was about to ascend to heaven, I am going to prepare a place for you and, if I go, I will prepare a place for you. I am coming again and I will take you to myself, so that where I am you maybe also. And where I am going you know, and the way you know. And a little further on, On that day you will know that I am in the Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. And elsewhere, Father, I wish that where I am they may be with me also, so that they may see my glory, which you gave me, because you loved from before the foundation of the world. But because this concerns not only the Apostles, but also ourselves, he also said, I do not ask this only for them, but also for those who through their word believe in me, so that all may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, that they may also be one in us.

What could be more comforting than these words? What could be more appealing? What soul can they not soften? What heart not prick with compunction, even should someone say that the human heart is a nature of stone? With thoughts like these the saints bore all that they bore, considering afflictions as joys, constraints as freedoms, struggles as delights, harsh training as relaxation, deaths as lives.'

St. Theodore the Studite


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Post by: odhiambo on April 08, 2012, 05:48:32 AM
April 8
Today is also the Memorial of
Saint Herodion of Patras
Saint Asyncritus of Marathon
Saint Phlegon of Hyrcania

Among many other Saints.
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Post by: odhiambo on April 08, 2012, 05:49:09 AM
Saint Herodion of Patras
Saint Asyncritus of Marathon
Saint Phlegon of Hyrcania

The three were First Century martyrs. They may have been among the “70 Disciples of Christ”.
Herodion was a relative of Saint Paul, as noted in Romans 16:11. The three were bishops overseeing several Christian Communities. Herodion was bishop of Patras, Greece. Asyncritus was bishop of Marathon, Greece and Phlegon was bishop of Hyrcania, modern Iran. Each of these saints died as martyrs under unknown circumstances.
Saint Herodion of Patras,
Pray for us!
Saint Asyncritus of Marathon,
Pray for us!
Saint Phlegon of Hyrcania,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 09, 2012, 02:21:34 AM
April 9
Today we remember
The Martyrs of Masyla
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 09, 2012, 02:22:05 AM
The Martyrs of Masyla
The date of these martyrdoms unknown. A group of Christians, called the Martyrs Massylitani, were put to death in Masyla in North Africa. The 4th century Latin poet, Prudentius, reportedly wrote a hymn in their honor.
Ref: Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia Of Saints - Revised
Martyrs of Masyla,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 09, 2012, 03:22:03 AM
I have already posted this prayer at the Quote of the Day thread. I think it has a place here as well. :)

Prayer of Saint Melito Bishop of Sardis.
Born as a Son,
led forth as a Lamb,
sacrificed as a Sheep,
buried as a Man,
He rose from the dead as a God,
for He was by nature God and man.

He is all things:
He judges, and so He is Law;
He teaches, and so He is Wisdom;
He saves, and so He is Grace;
He begets, and so He is Father;
He is begotten, and so He is Son;
He suffers, and so He is Sacrifice;
He is buried, and so He is man;
He rises again, and so He is God.
This is Jesus Christ,
to whom belongs glory for all ages.


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Post by: Shin on April 09, 2012, 10:26:47 AM
St. Melito, holy martyrs, pray for us!

Good afternoon, good evening, good morning, and good night odhiambo! :D

I pray you have had a happy Easter!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 09, 2012, 11:14:58 AM
St. Melito, holy martyrs, pray for us!

Good afternoon, good evening, good morning, and good night odhiambo! :D

I pray you have had a happy Easter!

Good Day Shin.
Yes, Easter was nice.
There had been some fear of a terror attack during this holidays but so far, so good.
We are grateful to God for that. :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2012, 04:40:58 AM
Who will help me sing this hymn ?  :)

I have been humming it over and over for the last few days.
A great hymn. I love it.
God must have inspired the composer of both the lyrics and the music.

On a hill far away
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
Refrain:
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary.
 Refrain

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see,
for 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me.
Refrain

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
its shame and reproach gladly bear;
then he'll call me some day to my home far away,
where his glory forever I'll share.
Refrain


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Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2012, 08:16:03 AM
April 10
Todday  is the Memorial of
Saint Africanus of Carthage
Saint Terence of Carthage
Saint Pompeius of Carthage

Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2012, 08:17:36 AM
Terence, with Africanus, Pompeius and companions were a group of fifty martyrs who were cruelly martyred during the persecutions of Emperor Trajanus Decius. According to tradition, they were forced into a pit filled with serpents and stinging reptiles. Those who survived those ordeals were then beheaded.
This took place in 250 at Carthage.
Saint Pompeius,
Pray for us!
Saint Africanus ,
Pray for us!
Saint Terence,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 10, 2012, 09:07:21 AM
All ye holy martyrs, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2012, 04:36:23 PM
April 11
Today we remember
Saint Isaac of Monteluco
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2012, 04:36:49 PM
Saint Isaac of Monteluco
He is also known as Isaac of Spoleto. He was a Syrian who fled his native land to escape the Monophysite persecution. He became a hermit on Monte Luco in Italy. Isaac is believed to be one of those who restored eremitical life in Italy in his era. He founded a large hermitage in the vicinity Spoleto. He reportedly had a vision of Our Lady and was known for miracles and prophesies.
He died in 550.
Saint Isaac of Monteluco
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 11, 2012, 06:29:34 AM
St. Isaac pray for us!

I love the hermit saints! God help me, and help me hermit saints!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on April 12, 2012, 01:16:14 AM
St. Isaac pray for us!

I love the hermit saints! God help me, and help me hermit saints!  :crucifix:
Amen!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 12, 2012, 01:16:55 AM
April 12
One of the many saints we remember today is:
Saint Joseph Moscati


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Post by: odhiambo on April 12, 2012, 01:26:04 AM
Saint Joseph Moscati
Joseph Moscati aka Giuseppe Moscati, was born on 25 July 1880 in Benevento, Italy, to pious, aristocratic Italian parents. He was the seventh of nine children. His father, Francesco, was a well-known lawyer and his mother, Rosa De Luca dei Marchesi di Roseto, came from the nobility. In 1884, when Joseph was four years old,
Francesco moved the family to Naples, the city where Joseph spent most of the rest of his life.
Joseph was a very friendly and well-liked boy. He was also extremely intelligent; even better, he was a pious, prayerful child.
He received his First Holy Communion at age eight and was confirmed at age ten.
Joseph attended medical school at the University of Naples from 1897.
During his first year at the University, his father died and for the rest of his medical studies, Joseph faced a lot of ethical and religious problems.  As can be expected, most of his colleagues were materialistic and had no time for Christianity. He, however, persevered with his convictions and resisted the temptation to conform.
Despite the personal loss and grief, Joseph graduated “summa cum laude” with a doctorate from the medical school on April 4, 1903. He was only 23 years old.
Immediately after graduation, Dr. Moscati began working at the Ospedali Ruinity degli Incurabili (Santa Maria del Popolo), (Hospital of the Incurables), in Naples where he became an administrator.
On April 8, 1906, Mount Vesuvius erupted. In an act of selflessness, Giuseppe heroically rescued the patients trapped inside the hospital at Torre del Greco, which was located just a few miles from the volcano’s crater, just before the roof collapsed from the weight of the ash.
In 1911 there was an outbreak of cholera in Naples. Giuseppe worked day and night treating the poor without charge.
He worked hard to try and prevent the spread of the epidemic by performing public health inspections and researching the causes of the disease so as to prevent it's further spread.
That same year, Joseph became the medical superintendent of the Incurabili. He was later given the chair in Chemical Physiology at the University of Naples and became world renowned for his academic research.
Joseph had a special love for the poor and the homeless. Often times he would secretly leave money and a prescription with patients who were unable to afford medical care.
He saw his patients as persons with a body and a soul and believed that the health of the body and the health of the soul were inseparable. He reportedly said: “One must attend first to the salvation of the soul and only then to the salvation of the body” Accordingly, before he examined a patient or engaged in research he would place himself in the presence of God.
Professionally, he commanded the highest admiration and respect from his peers and his students. Some of his pupils would accompany him to Mass. He received communion everyday and had a great devotion to Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception.
On 12 April 1927, after doing his normal rounds in the hospital, visiting the poor and seeing patients in his house, he felt ill. He stopped work and went to his room, sat in his chair and died quietly. It was around 3pm. He was 46 years old.
He was buried in the cemetery of Poggio Reale in Naples
In 1920 he was re-intered in the church of Gesù Nuovo, Naples
Pope John Paul II canonized Joseph Moscati on October 25, 1987.
His canonization miracle:
A young ironworker who was dying of leukemia was cured. The patient‘s mother dreamed of a doctor wearing a white coat; she later identified him as Moscati when shown a photograph of him.
He is the patron saint of bachelors and physicians. He reportedly referred to medicine as the “sublime mission”
Saint Joseph Moscati
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 12, 2012, 09:39:06 PM
April 13
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Ida of Boulogne
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 12, 2012, 09:39:40 PM
Saint Ida of Boulogne
Ida was born in 1040. She was descended from Charlemagne. Her father was Duke Godfrey IV of Lorraine; Her mother, was called Doda. When she was 17, she married Count Eustace II of Boulogne. She had Saint Anselm as her spiritual adviser and enjoyed a happy married life.
When Eustace died, Ida spent much of her inheritance helping the poor and building and restoring monasteries. The last years of her life she spent as a Benedictine oblate at Saint Vaast, Arras, France.
According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, two of her sons, Godfrey of Bouillon, the conqueror of Jerusalem, and Baldwin, became Kings of Jerusalem.
She died in 1113
Saint Ida of Boulogne
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 14, 2012, 06:43:11 AM
April 14
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Benezet
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 14, 2012, 06:43:42 AM
Saint Benezet
Benezet, who is also known as Benedict the Bridge Builder, Benet and Benoit, was born in 1163 in Savoy, France. He was a shepherd in Avignon. He reportedly had a vision that told him to build a bridge over the Rhone River at a dangerous ford. The bishop of Avignon reluctantly gave him permission and Benedict started the work in 1177. The bridge was completed in 1188, four years after his death.
So many miracles took place at his tomb and during the construction of the bridge that a chapel was built on the bridge for his relics.
Saint Benezet
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 15, 2012, 12:30:37 AM
April 15
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Hunna
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 15, 2012, 12:32:03 AM
Saint Hunna
Hunna was a noblewoman, the daughter of the duke of Alsace. She married an Alsatian nobleman named Huno of Hunnaweyer. Hunna devoted herself to the poor of  Strasbourg, France, earning the title of “the Holy Washerwoman” when she even washed for the poor.
She died in 679  and was canonized in
1520 by Pope Leo X .
Saint Hunna
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 15, 2012, 04:50:59 PM
April 16
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Drogo
Amonf many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 15, 2012, 04:55:17 PM
Saint Drogo
Patron of Shepherds

Drogo, also known as Dreux, Drugo or Druon was born in 1105 of noble Flemish parents. His mother died giving birth to him, i.e, he was orphaned at birth. At the age of 18, Drogo became a penitent pilgrim, visiting several shrines. He worked for six years as a shepherd at Sebourg near Valencienne in France. He was revered by his neighbors for his holiness.
Drogo resumed his pilgrimages after six years. He was reportedly stricken with a disease that made him physically repulsive. He built a hut at Sebourg and lived there as a hermit for 40 years until his death.
He is the patron of shepherds.
Saint Drogo,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2012, 01:40:31 AM
April 17
Today is the Memorial of
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2012, 01:41:04 AM
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
She is also known as Catherine Tekakwitha and as Lily of the Mohawks.
Kateri was born in 1656 in the Indian village of Osserneon, Auriesville, New York, USA. This was actually the site of the martyrdom of Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint Jean de Lalande in 1646. Remember the eight Holy North American Martyrs, members of The Society of Jesus?
Kateri was the daughter a Christian Native American woman who had been captured by Iroquois Indians and married to a non-Christian Mohawk chief. Her parents died in a smallpox epidemic which left her partially blind and disfigured.
Kateri was converted to Catholicism in 1676 by Father Jacques de Lamberville, a Jesuit missionary priest. Following her conversion, her relatives and the other Indians Shunned and abused her for her Faith. Afraid for her very life, Kateri fled her native village and trekked some 200 miles through the wilderness to the Christian Indian village of Sault Sainte Marie, near Montreal Canada in 1677.
Kateri received her First Holy Communion on Christmas of that year. She lived a life of holiness and austerity. In 1679, Kateri took a vow of Chastity and dedicated herself to Christ.
She died on 17 April 1680 at Caughnawaga, Canada.
She was venerated for her holiness. Known as the Lily of the Mohawks, many miracles were attributed to her.
She was declared venerable on 3 January 1943 by Pope Pius XII; beatified on 22 June 1980 by Pope John Paul II.
Canonization is pending.
If you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Kateri, contact
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha League
136 Shrine Road
Auriesville, NY 12016, USA
or
Centre Kateri
C.P. 70
Kahnawake, Quebec, J0L 1B0, CANADA
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 18, 2012, 04:27:51 PM
April 18
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Agapitus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 18, 2012, 04:28:37 PM
Saint Agapitus
Martyr.

Traditionally, Agapitus was reportedly a Christian youth, 15 years old at the time of the persecution of Christians in Antioch in the reign of Emperor Aurelian. He was tortured and beheaded by order of the governor of Antioch when he refused to denounced his faith.
Saint Agapitus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 18, 2012, 04:29:04 PM
April 19
Today is the Memorial of
Saint George of Antioch
Among Many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 18, 2012, 04:30:36 PM
Saint George
Bishop of Antioch

George was one of the Fathers of the Second Council of Nicea in 787. He was an opponent of the iconoclasts heretics. He was exiled by. Emperor Leo V, the Armenian. He died in 814 in exile.
Saint George of Antioch
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 18, 2012, 09:23:52 PM
St. George, pray for us!

I find the iconoclast heresy interesting, because it makes me think more about the necessity of art lifting the mind towards Heaven rather than fixating it upon earth.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2012, 04:20:53 PM
April 20
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Agnes of Montepulciano
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2012, 04:23:38 PM
Saint Agnes of Montepulciano
Agnes was born in 1268 at Gracchiano-Vecchio, Tuscany, Italy. As early as age six, Agnes started telling her parents she wanted to become a nun. She was able to enter the convent at nearby Montepulciano at age nine. When a new convent was opened at Procena, she was transferred there and soon became abbess although she was only fifteen at the time. Many women joined the convent attracted by the sanctity and austerity of her life.
In 1300, the people of Montepulciano built a new convent and Agnes returned there as prioress of the new convent which she put under the Dominican rule.
Agnes was famous for her visions. Reportedly, she received Communion from an angel; held the Infant Christ in her arms; experienced levitations and performed many miracles.
She died on 20 April 1317 at the convent of Montepulciano.
She was canonized in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Saint Agnes,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 20, 2012, 04:21:55 PM
What a beautiful sounding life!

One of the interesting feasts remembered today:

"the Seven Angels who stand before God's throne"

'For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord.'

Tobias 12:15

'And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was made silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour. 2 And I saw seven angels standing in the light of God: and there were given to them seven trumpets. '

Apocalypse 8:1-2


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Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2012, 03:43:43 AM
What a beautiful sounding life!

One of the interesting feasts remembered today:

"the Seven Angels who stand before God's throne"

'For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord.'

Tobias 12:15

'And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was made silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour. 2 And I saw seven angels standing in the light of God: and there were given to them seven trumpets. '

Apocalypse 8:1-2

I wonder why the memorial was removed from the calender; 
You have caught my interest Shin, I will read a little about them since I do not know much and post what I find.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2012, 03:48:08 AM
The Seven Angels Before the Throne of God
These favored seven angels are the highest Princes of the Heavenly court. They are believed to form a privileged circle most close to Almighty God.  Although their most important occupation is “the contemplation and praise of the Divine Essence”, we have been encouraged to invoke them that they may obtain for us the grace to avoid the seven deadly sins and that they may enrich us with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Seven Angels Before the Throne of God,
we invoke you,
pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2012, 03:49:50 AM
Prayer to The Seven Angels Before the Throne of God

O bright Spirits, behold my soul, cleanse it in the streams of the Blood that has merited for us every grace, every protection, every help, for time and for eternity.
 By that same Divine Blood, obtain that I may treasure all Its precious drops offered to me in God's graces and in the Sacraments of Holy Church.
Amen!




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Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2012, 04:06:18 AM
April 21
Today let us remember
Saint Ethelwald of Lindisfarne
Among many other Saints
His Memorial is 12 February
Today is memorial for translation of relics.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2012, 04:07:41 AM
Saint Ethelwald
Bishop of Lindisfarne

Ethelwald, also known as Ethelwold, was born in at Northumbria, England. He was an assistant to Saint Cuthbert. He became Prior of Old Melrose monastery in Scotland and later was made abbot. He was elected Bishop of Lindisfarne to succeed Eadfrith on his death in 721. Ethelwald was highly praised by Bede, the English historian.
He died in740 and was buried in the cathedral at Lindisfarne. His relics were taken to taken to Durham.
Saint Ethelwald
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2012, 05:49:16 PM
Let us also remember
Saint Anselm of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury,
Doctor of the Church,
whose Memorial also falls today; if it be God's Will,. I will write something about him next year at this time.
Saint Anselm,
pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2012, 05:49:47 PM

April 22
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Leonidas of Alexandria
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2012, 06:05:37 PM
Saint Leonidas of Alexandria
Martyr

Leonidas was the father of Origen (Origen Adamantius of Alexandria, reportedly one of the greatest Christian theologians). His family was devoutly Christian and well educated. He was a noted Scholar. He was arrested and imprisoned by Laertus, Governor of Egypt during the persecutions of Christians in the reign of Emperor Septimus Severus. All his property was confiscated. He was eventually beheaded for his faith in 202 in Alexandria. His son Origen was a lad of seventeen at the time.
Saint Leonidas of Alexandria
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 22, 2012, 11:39:24 PM
April 23
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Gerard of Toul
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 22, 2012, 11:40:03 PM
Saint Gerard
Bishop of Toul

Gerard was born in 935 Cologne, Germany. He was educated at the cathedral school there. His mother was reportedly killed by lightening. After this sad occurrence, Gerard devoted himself to the religious life. He became a canon at the cathedral and in 963, was appointed Bishop of Toul, France. He was predecessor of Pope Saint Leo IX in that see. Gerard ruled the see of Toul for thirty one years. He was a noted preacher. He made Toul a center of learning by bringing Irish and Greek monks into the diocese. He rebuilt churches and monasteries and, according to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, he founded the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Toul.
Gerard died on April 23, 994 at Toul. He was canonized in 1050 by Pope Leo IX.
Saint Gerard,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 23, 2012, 04:54:58 PM
St. Gerard, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2012, 12:15:49 AM
April 24
Today we remember
Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2012, 12:16:31 AM
Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Foundress.
Disciple of Saint John Eudes.

Mary was born during the French Revolution on 31 July 1796 on the island of Noirmoutier, off the coast of Brittany in France. She was baptized Rose Virginie. She studied at Tours, and in 1814, she joined the Institute of Our Lady of Charity that was founded by Saint John Eudes in 1641 to help wayward women. She made her religious profession on 9 September 1817, taking the name Mary Euphrasia. In 1825, she was elected superior of the institute.
In 1829, Saint Mary Euphrasia founded the The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd at Angers. The Congregation was dedicated to working with wayward girls. It received papal approval in 1839.
The congregation spread quickly and by the time of her death, it had almost three thousand nuns in foundations all over the world.
She died at Angers, France on 24 April 1868 and was canonized on 2 May 1940 by Venerable Pope Pius XII.
Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 25, 2012, 12:07:41 AM
St. Leonidis, St. Anselm, St. Ethelwald, orate pro nobis!

Prayer to The Seven Angels Before the Throne of God

O bright Spirits, behold my soul, cleanse it in the streams of the Blood that has merited for us every grace, every protection, every help, for time and for eternity.
 By that same Divine Blood, obtain that I may treasure all Its precious drops offered to me in God's graces and in the Sacraments of Holy Church.

Amen!

Thank you odhiambo very, very much for these!


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Post by: Shin on April 25, 2012, 12:10:04 AM
The Seven Angels Before the Throne of God
These favored seven angels are the highest Princes of the Heavenly court. They are believed to form a privileged circle most close to Almighty God.  Although their most important occupation is “the contemplation and praise of the Divine Essence”, we have been encouraged to invoke them that they may obtain for us the grace to avoid the seven deadly sins and that they may enrich us with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Seven Angels Before the Throne of God,
we invoke you,
pray for us!

I hadn't known we were encouraged in this way, thank you!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 25, 2012, 02:02:43 AM

I hadn't known we were encouraged in this way, thank you!

Thank you Shin  ;D
I had not even known about them as a special group of seven angels till you mentioned them. I was intrigued and wanted to know more about them.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 25, 2012, 02:08:38 AM
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Mark the Evangelist.
Among Many other saints
Suffice it to just mention his Memorial because I will post a short account of him at this time next year, if that be the Will of God as well.
Saint Mark,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 25, 2012, 02:10:30 AM
April 25
Let us remember today
Saint Mella of Doire Melle
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 25, 2012, 02:11:35 AM
Saint Mella
Abbess of Doire-Melle

Mella was born at Connaught, Ireland where she lived and died.
 She was the mother of Saint Cannech and Saint Tigernach.
 She became the Abbess of Doire-Melle in Leitrim till her death in 780.
Saint Mella
Pray for us


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Post by: odhiambo on April 26, 2012, 08:24:49 AM
April 26
Let us remember today
Saint Lucidius of Verona
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 26, 2012, 08:26:52 AM
Saint Lucidius
Bishop of Verona

 We do not know the exact details of Saint Lucidius’ life ,nor that of his birth and death. We do know that he was a 4th century  Bishop of Verona, Italy and that he was revered for his holiness and learning.
He was canonized pre congregationally.
Saint Lucidius.
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2012, 01:54:59 AM
Let us remember today
Saint Asicus
Among Many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2012, 01:57:09 AM
Saint Asicus
Abbot

First bishop of the diocese of Elphin in Ireland.
Disciple of Saint Patrick.

Asicus is also called Ascicus, Assic and Tassach. He was a Coppersmith and silversmith. He was married when he first met Saint Patrick for whom he made crosiers, patens, chalices, credences and crosses for the many churches Saint Patrict founded. In time, he was made the first abbot and bishop of Elphin Monastery in the diocese of Elphin, Ireland in Roscommon.( According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, Saint Asicus was the first bishop of Raholp Down, Ireland). A very humble man, he believed himself not worthy of the office; consequently, he went to an island in Donegal Bay where he became a hermit. After seven years, the monks of Elphin found him and persuaded him to return to the monastery. He died on the return journey in 490 at Raith Cungilor
(Racoon), Donega.l
According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, Asicus gave the last rites to Saint Patrick when the latter was dying.
Saint Asicus
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 27, 2012, 04:19:17 AM
Sts. Lucidius and Asicus pray for us!

It's also St. Peter Canisius' day on the traditional calendar. :D

'The heretics have made their false theology popular and presented it in a way that is within the capacity of the common people. They preach it to the people and teach it in the schools, and scatter pamphlets that can be bought and understood by many; they influence people by their writings when they cannot reach them by preaching. Their success is largely due to the negligence of those who should have shown some interest, and the bad example and the ignorance of Catholics, especially the clergy, have made such ravages in the vineyard of the Lord.'

St. Ignatius of Loyola, 'Letter to St. Peter Canisius'

'It behooves us unanimously and inviolably to observe the ecclesiastical traditions, whether codified or simply retained by the customary practice of the Church.'

St. Peter Canisius


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Post by: Shin on April 28, 2012, 05:51:59 AM
Today is St. Paul of the Cross's day. :D

'Suppose that you had fallen into the river, and that a charitable person threw himself into the water to save you. What would you say to such kindness? Moreover, suppose that, hardly drawn from the water, you had been attacked by assassins, and that your rescuer again came to your assistance, and saved your life at the risk of his own. What would you do in return for such friendship? It is certain that you would do all in your power to heal the bruises he received on your account. So ought we to act towards Christ: we must contemplate Him engulfed in an ocean of sorrows to save us from the eternal abyss; consider Him all covered with wounds and bruises to purchase for us eternal life. Then let us make His pains our own, sympathize with His sorrows, and consecrate to Him all our affections.'

St. Paul of the Cross


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Post by: Shin on April 28, 2012, 05:54:55 AM
'The days of the Passion are days when the very stones melt into tears. What! the High-Priest is dead, and we cannot weep over Him? We must have lost faith, O my God!'

St. Paul of the Cross

St. Paul of the Cross founded the Passionists order! At one point all the brothers of the Order deserted him.. Is this not like Christ?



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Post by: odhiambo on April 28, 2012, 07:54:47 AM
'The days of the Passion are days when the very stones melt into tears. What! the High-Priest is dead, and we cannot weep over Him? We must have lost faith, O my God!'
St. Paul of the Cross
St. Paul of the Cross founded the Passionists order! At one point all the brothers of the Order deserted him.. Is this not like Christ?

It is. It confirms that those close to Jesus tend to suffer most.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 28, 2012, 07:55:09 AM
April 28
Today we remember
Saint Pollio
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 28, 2012, 07:58:13 AM
Saint Pollio
Martyr.
Lector.

Pollio was a member of the Christian Community of Cybalae in Pannonia, a province on the Danube. He was serving as a lector. He became leader of the Christians there after Bishop Eusebius was martyred. When he defied the edicts of Emperor Diocletian and refused to sacrifice to the gods, he was condemned to death and burned at the stake in 304..
 Saint Pollio
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 28, 2012, 08:00:44 AM
I can just imagine the Saint saying: “ That is Pollio with a double l!”
everytime he is introduced to someone  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on April 29, 2012, 05:35:37 AM
April 29
Today we remember
Saint Ava of Denain( Dinart)
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 29, 2012, 05:39:25 AM
Saint Ava of Denain
Benedictine Abbess.

Ava was reportedly the daughter of King Pepin the Short.( His niece according to SQPN). She was blind as a child but was miraculously healed by Saint Rainfredis. In thanksgiving, she entered a convent of Benedictine at Dinart, Hainault, Belgium and became a nun. In time, she was elected abbess there.
She died in 845.
Canonized Pre-Congregation.
Saint Ava
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 30, 2012, 01:53:12 AM
April 30
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 30, 2012, 02:00:52 AM
Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo
Founder.

Joseph was born on 3 May 1786 at Bra, near Turin, Italy to a middle class family. Answering to the call of Holy Orders, he entered the seminary in Turin and was ordained in 1811 and engaged in pastoral work until something happeded that directed his energies elsewhere. Here is how SQPN puts it:
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“For several years, Joseph treated his priesthood more as a career than a vocation. Then one night he was called to the bed of a poor, sick woman in labour. The woman badly needed medical help, but had been turned away everywhere for lack of money. Joseph stayed with her throughout the travail, and was there to hear her confession, give her absolution, Communion, and last rites. He baptized her newborn daughter, and then watched as both of them died in bed. The trauma of the evening changed his mind about his vocation”
In 1827 he opened a small home or hospital for the sick and the poor. When it began to expand, he organized the volunteers who had been manning it into the Brothers of Saint Vincent and the Daughters of Saint Vincent( Vincentian Sisters).
When cholera broke out in 1831, the local police closed the hospital for fear that it was a source of the illness. He moved the facilities to just outside the city at Valdocco and continued ministering to the stricken there. He called the new facility the Little House of Divine Providence (Piccola Casa). Saint Joseph depended entirely on Divine Providence for the necessary funds to run the hospital.
The hospital grew and Joseph expanded his activities to helping the aged, the deaf, the blind, the insane, etc not forgetting wayward girls. The Piccola Casa became a great medical institution.
To further minister to the unfortunates in the society, Saint Joseph also founded the following:
1: Daughters of Compassion.
2: Daughters of the Good Shepherd.
3: Hermits of the Holy Rosary, and 4: Priests of the Holy Trinity.
According to SQPN, Saint Joseph founded a total of fourteen communities!
Weakened by typhoid which he had contracted, he died on 30 April 1842 at Chieri, Italy.
He was canonized on 1934 by Pope Pius XI.
He is sometimes referred to as the Italian Vincent de Paul and as the "Workman of Divine Providence".
Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2012, 02:45:12 AM
It is the Month of May once again.
This month is traditionally dedicated to
The Blessed Virgin Mary.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2012, 02:46:01 AM
Sub Tuum Praesidum
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God;
Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Amen.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2012, 02:46:45 AM
May 1
Today is the Memorial of
1:Saint Joseph the Worker
2:Saint Peregrine Laziosi

Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2012, 02:47:38 AM
A Prayer for Workers

O glorious Joseph! Who concealed your incomparable and regal dignity of custodian of Jesus and of the Virgin Mary under the humble appearance of a craftsman and provided for them with your work, protect with loving power your sons, especially entrusted to you.
You know their anxieties and sufferings, because you yourself experienced them at the side of Jesus and of His Mother. Do not allow them, oppressed by so many worries, to forget the purpose for which they were created by God. Do not allow the seeds of distrust to take hold of their immortal souls. Remind all the workers that in the fields, in factories, in mines, and in scientific laboratories, they are not working, rejoicing, or suffering alone, but at their side is Jesus, with Mary, His Mother and ours, to sustain them, to dry the sweat of their brow, giving value to their toil. Teach them to turn work into a very high instrument of sanctification as you did.
Amen.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2012, 03:20:07 AM
Today is also the Memorial of:
Saint Peregrine Laziosi
Monk and Mystic

Peregrine was born in 1260 at Forli, Italy of well to do parents. He led a dissolute youth. He was active in the antipapal party in Romagna. He reportedly became so carried away during some public disturbance that he struck the papal peace negotiator, Saint Philip Benizi, on the face. When the Saint calmly turned the other cheek, Peregrine underwent a profound conversion. Soon after the incident, he joined the Servites at Siena, Italy, was ordained and then he went back to Forli where he founded a new Servites house. He became famed for his preaching, austerities holiness and as a confessor. His fame became widespread when a healing miracle occurred to him. Peregrine had advanced cancer of his foot and according to SQPN, had been“scheduled for an amputation. He spent the night before the operation in prayer; he received a vision of Christ who touched the diseased area. The next morning, Peregrine found his cancer completely healed.”
Thus, the Saint was miraculously cured overnight. He is now the patron saint
against cancer; against open sores; against skin diseases; AIDS patients and
sick people in general.
He died on 1 May 1345 at Forli, Italy. He was canonized on 27 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII.
Saint Peregrine Laziosi
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2012, 03:48:29 AM
Prayer to Saint Peregrine
Oh great Saint Peregrine, you who have been called "The Mighty" and "The Wonder-Worker" because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you. For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of these sick persons whom we entrust to you.
Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.
Amen!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2012, 04:20:23 PM
May 2
Today we remember
Saint Saturninus of Alexandria
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2012, 04:28:15 PM
Saint Saturninus of Alexandria
Martyr.

Saturninus was put to death in Alexandria, Egypt during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian. Martyred with him were others named Neopolus, Germanus, and Celestine.
They were martyred in 304.
Saint Santurninus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: martin on May 01, 2012, 07:25:24 PM
It is the Month of May once again.
This month is traditionally dedicated to
The Blessed Virgin Mary.

May is my favorite month of the year. It reminds me of my first few years at school when each May we all would stand and sing a hymn to Our lady before commencing class.  :flower:

AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.

St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for us.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 02, 2012, 02:05:34 AM
May is my favorite month of the year. It reminds me of my first few years at school when each May we all would stand and sing a hymn to Our lady before commencing class.  :flower:
I remember it as the Month of the Rosary and not October which has been so dedicated.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 02, 2012, 05:49:59 PM
May 3
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Philip of Zell
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 02, 2012, 05:54:32 PM
Saint Philip of Zell
Hermit
Founder.

Philip was born in England. He made a pilgrimage to Rome where he was ordained.
He became a hermit near Worms, in Germany. He met King Pepin the Short of the Franks and became a friend and adviser to him.
He was highly regarded for his holiness and miracles. He attracted many followers and founded the monastery of Zell, so named because it started from a single cell or room. Around this monastery, grew the town of the same name in Germany.
Philip died in 770 and was canonized pre congregationally.
He is the patron of babies.
Saint Philip. 
Pray for us!     


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Post by: Shin on May 03, 2012, 02:33:26 AM
Ah, I have a nice little pamphlet with prayers and a third class relic of St. Peregrine's. I remember I acquired it back in the beginning days from the International Crusade for Holy Relics.

St. Peregrine, St. Philip, St. Saturninus, St. Neopolus, St. Germanus, and St. Celestine pray for us.

St. Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

The month of May, a happy month!  :angelblue:


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Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2012, 04:50:00 PM
May 4
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Florian of Lorch
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2012, 04:55:41 PM
Saint Florian
Martyr.

Florian was a Roman military officer stationed at Noricum, modern Austria. Florian surrendered himself to Aquilinus, the Roman governor of  Lorch, when  Aquilinus’ troops were hunting down Christians during the  persecutions of Emperor Diocletian. He was scourged, and then thrown into the River Enns with a rock tied to his neck..
He died in 304.
He is the patron of Poland and Upper Austria.
Saint Florian
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 03, 2012, 05:10:09 PM
A fine name, St. Florian. Flower of flowers.

St. Florian, pray for us.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2012, 04:54:05 AM
May 5
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Sacerdos of Saguntum
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2012, 06:45:48 AM
Saint Sacerdos
Bishop.

Sacerdos was Bishop of Saguntum Sagunto, Spain.
He was  much revered and noted for his holiness and fevor. He died in 560.
He is the patron of Saguntum, Spain
Saint Sacerdos,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 05, 2012, 08:49:16 AM
Another fine name!

St. Sacerdos, pray for us! Pray for the sacred and holy to be treated with respect!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2012, 11:54:40 AM
Another fine name!

St. Sacerdos, pray for us! Pray for the sacred and holy to be treated with respect!

Yes, the name "Sacerdos" means priest or priestess.
I do not know why the word priestess is somehow associated with the occult in my mind.
Maybe because we do not have them in the Church  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2012, 06:15:11 PM
May 6
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Lucius of Cyrene
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2012, 06:16:25 PM
Saint Lucius
Bishop.

Lucius was the  First bishop of Cyrene in Ptolemais, Africa( In present day Lybia).
He was one of the “prophets and teachers” mentioned in Acts of the Apostles.
13:1
Saint Lucius
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 06, 2012, 08:34:31 AM
Yes, the name "Sacerdos" means priest or priestess.
I do not know why the word priestess is somehow associated with the occult in my mind.
Maybe because we do not have them in the Church  :)


A good reason I am thinking!

St. Lucius and St. Sacerdos, pray for us!

Lucius comes from the word for light, if I recall correctly. Like St. Lucy for eyes. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2012, 01:59:06 AM
Yes, the name "Sacerdos" means priest or priestess.
I do not know why the word priestess is somehow associated with the occult in my mind.
Maybe because we do not have them in the Church  :)

A good reason I am thinking!
St. Lucius and St. Sacerdos, pray for us!
Lucius comes from the word for light, if I recall correctly. Like St. Lucy for eyes. :D

Saint Lucy, patron saint of the blind and of those of us who have problems with our eyes,
pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2012, 01:59:28 AM
May 7
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Agostino Roscelli
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2012, 02:01:55 AM
Saint Agostino Roscelli
Priest

Founder of the Sisters of the Immaculate

Agostino was born on 27 July 1818  to a poor family at Liguria, Italy. For much of his youth, he was a shepherd in the mountains. As we have seen many times in the past, the solitary life and long hours of the shepherd is beneficial to spiritual growth. Agostino responded to a call to the priesthood and joined a seminary at Genoa. He was ordained on 19 September 1846. He proved to be a gifted confessor to whom many people flocked for penance and counsel; spent long hours at a time in the confessional and was especially trusted by the young.
To provide care for the many poor young women in Genoa, especially those women at risk of falling into prostitution, Father Agostino established a residential center in the city. It was so successful that he founded the Institute of Sisters of the Immaculata to provide the support needed for the many young women who found their way into the care of the centers that sprang up across Italy.
The foundation was supported by Pope Pius IX. The Sisters of the Immaculate continue to serve disable children and the elderly.
Agostino died on  7 May 1902 at Genoa, Italy. He was canonized on 10 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II.
Saint Agostino Roscelli
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 08, 2012, 04:25:34 AM
May 8
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Gibrian
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 08, 2012, 04:26:21 AM
Saint Gibrian
Irish Priest.

He led his four brothers and three sisters (six brothers and three sisters according to other sources) to Brittany, France where they became recluses. They were: Saint Tressan, Saint Helan, Saint Germanus, Saint Abran, Saint Petran, Saint Franca, Saint Promptia, and Saint Possenna.
They lived at the junction of the Marne and Coole rivers. They were all venerated as saints in the area.
He died in 515 and was canonized pre congregationally.
Saint Gibrian
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 09, 2012, 02:15:58 AM
May 9
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Beatus of Lungern
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 09, 2012, 02:18:18 AM
Saint Beatus
Monk and Hermit.

Saint Beatus was earlier  known as the “Apostle of Switzerland.” He was reportedly baptized in England by Saint Barnabas and ordained  in Rome by Saint Peter who sent him to evangelize the Swiss. Accordingly he went to Swizerland where he lived and died in a cave on Mount Beatenburg above lake Thun.
According to legend, Beatus had the mother of all fights with a dragon which he killed.
 The cave where the struggle took place subsequently became a popular destination for pilgrims.
He died in 112 on Mount Beatenburg as mentioned above.
Saint Beatus
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 09, 2012, 10:55:41 AM
St. Beatus, St. Gibrian, St.Agostino, pray for us!

St. Tressan, St. Helan, St. Germanus, St. Abran, St. Petran, St. Franca, St. Promptia, and St. Possenna pray for us!

So many saints!

I hear that shepherding is becoming popular again in some places.

I hope more and more people realize that we are meant to live simpler lives.

This world with so much bureaucracy and complication.. it is not good for us to live so separated from the more natural lives we're made for..


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Post by: odhiambo on May 09, 2012, 11:05:59 AM
St. Beatus, St. Gibrian, St.Agostino, pray for us!

St. Tressan, St. Helan, St. Germanus, St. Abran, St. Petran, St. Franca, St. Promptia, and St. Possenna pray for us!

So many saints!

I hear that shepherding is becoming popular again in some places.

I hope more and more people realize that we are meant to live simpler lives.

This world with so much bureaucracy and complication.. it is not good for us to live so separated from the more natural lives we're made for..

Very true. The modern world has become too high-tech.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 10, 2012, 02:27:12 AM
May 10
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Alphius of Lentini
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 10, 2012, 02:31:00 AM
Saint Alphius of Lentini
Martyr.

Alphius was born in Vaste, Italy.
According to legend, Alphius, together with his brothers, Philadelphus and Cyrinus as well as their sister Benedicta and several companions, were arrested during Decius persecutions of Christians. They were taken to Rome and tortured. They were then taken to Pozzuoli near modern Naples. One of the Christians, Onesimus, was executed here. The brothers went on to Sicily where they were martyred at Lentini.
Alphius, twenty two, had his tongue torn from his mouth.
Philadelphus, twenty one, was burned to death and Cyrinus, nineteen, was boiled to death. No details of execution are given for the sister, Benedicta.
They were martyred in 251
Saint Alphius
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 10, 2012, 08:42:11 AM
St. Alphius and companions pray for us!

What a grace, martyrdom!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 10, 2012, 05:19:09 PM
May 11
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Ignatius of Laconi
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 10, 2012, 05:21:58 PM
Saint Ignatius of Laconi
He is also called Francis Ignatius Peis. He was born on17 December 1701 at Laconi, Sardinia. He was the second of nine children of poor parents. As a child, he reportedly displayed remarkable devotion; waiting eagerly and in prayer at the door of a local church before dawn. He joined the Franciscans as a lay brother in 1722 at Buoncammino.
He served at several monasteries and then spent 15 years as a weaver at the Capuchin monastery at Cagliari. In 1741, he was sent out from Saint Anthony’s at Buoncammino to beg and for the remaining forty years of his life, spent his days seeking alms. He became famous for his holiness and concern for his fellow men especially the sick and the poor. Reportedly performed miracles and cures.
He died on 11 May 1781.
He was canonized on 21 October 1951 by Pope Pius XII.
Saint Ignatius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 10, 2012, 05:31:00 PM
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Saint Augustine



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Post by: Shin on May 12, 2012, 12:52:50 AM
Saint Ignatius of Laconi
He is also called Francis Ignatius Peis. He was born on17 December 1701 at Laconi, Sardinia. He was the second of nine children of poor parents. As a child, he reportedly displayed remarkable devotion; waiting eagerly and in prayer at the door of a local church before dawn. He joined the Franciscans as a lay brother in 1722 at Buoncammino.
He served at several monasteries and then spent 15 years as a weaver at the Capuchin monastery at Cagliari. In 1741, he was sent out from Saint Anthony’s at Buoncammino to beg and for the remaining forty years of his life, spent his days seeking alms. He became famous for his holiness and concern for his fellow men especially the sick and the poor. Reportedly performed miracles and cures.
He died on 11 May 1781.
He was canonized on 21 October 1951 by Pope Pius XII.
Saint Ignatius,
Pray for us!

St. Ignatius pray for us! What a priceless gift from God, a devout childhood.

It is also St. Nereus of Terracin's day. I read he was "a soldier in the imperial Roman army, and a member of the Praetorian Guard. Convert to Christianity, baptized by Saint Peter the Apostle. Exiled for his faith, he suffered with Saint Flavia Domitilla, and was martyred with his brother Saint Achilleus." (P.S.I.)

St. Peter, St. Nereus, St. Achileus, St. Flavia, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 12, 2012, 01:05:09 AM

St. Peter, St. Nereus, St. Achileus, St. Flavia, pray for us!


Amen!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 12, 2012, 01:06:27 AM
May 12
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Dominic de la Calzada
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 12, 2012, 01:06:59 AM
Dominic de la Calzada
Also known as Dominic of the Causeway.
Hermit.

Dominic was a Basque, born in Biscay, Spain. He tried severally to join the Benedictines at Valvanera, but was unsuccessful. He ended up living as a hermit at Rioja and became a follower of Saint Gregory of Ostia. When Gregory died, Dominic became a hermit in a forest near La Calzada, on the road to Compostela, the famed shrine in Spain. He devoted his time to creating a causeway for pilgrim travelers. He built a highway, a bridge and a hospice to make the path of the pilgrims a little less difficult. When he died in 1109, many miracles were reported at his tomb. The siteof his hermitage became a shrine.
Saint Dominic de la Calzada,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 13, 2012, 04:21:39 AM
May 13
Today is the Memorial of
Martyrs of Alexandria
Among many other Saints and Martyrs.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 13, 2012, 04:23:31 AM
Martyrs of Alexandria
In 372 in Alexandria, Egypt, Arian Adherents attacked Saint Athanasius for his opposition to the Arian heresy. A group of Catholic Christians were martyred in the church of Theonas, a suburb of Alexandria. They are the ones remember today. Their names have not come down to us.
They were canonized Pre-Congragation.
Martyrs of Alexandria
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 13, 2012, 04:41:38 AM
Today we also have two Memorials of Our Lady:
1:Our Lady of Fatima
2:Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament


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Post by: odhiambo on May 13, 2012, 05:49:41 AM
It is Mother's Day today.
In John 19: 26-27, we learn that:
“When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother’”.
With these words, Jesus Made His own Mother, Mary, our Spiritual Mother
We turn  therefore to you for protection, holy Mother of God. Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs. Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.
Amen!




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Post by: odhiambo on May 13, 2012, 06:26:11 AM
Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.
Saint Francis de Sales


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Post by: odhiambo on May 14, 2012, 01:42:02 AM
May 14
Today we remember
Saint Michael Garicoits
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 14, 2012, 01:47:32 AM
Saint Michael Garicoits
Founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart,
(The Betharram Fathers)

Michael was born on 15 April 1797 in Bayonne, France. As a boy he worked as a shepherd on neighboring farms. He wanted to becaome a priest but his family could not afford his eduction. An arrangement was made allowing Michael to work in the parish rectory and then in the kitchen of the bishop of Bayonne in return for his education. This way, Michael received the necessary education. He was ordained in December 1823 and held several diocesan posts, including rector of Betharram Seminary.
In 1838 Michael founded the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Betharram (Betharram Fathers) for mission work among the people. Unfortunately, he was no longer alive when his congregation received formal approval by the Holy See.
Michael died on 14 May 1863 in Betharram, France. He was canonized on 6 July 1947 by Pope Pius XII.
Saint Michael Garicoits,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 15, 2012, 02:09:34 AM
May 15
Today we remember
Saint Hilary
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 15, 2012, 02:11:31 AM
Saint Hilary of Galatea
Also known as Ilaro .

Hilary was born in Tuscany, Italy. He was attracted to the religious life when he was just 12 years old. Soon after, he left home and built for himself a hermitage. He and some other hermits joined to build the Galeata monastery; it was later renamed Sant-Ilaro in his honour, and given to the Camaldolese Order.
When Theodoric and his Ostrogoths invaded the region Hilary persuaded him to spare the monastery as well as the land.
He died in 558 and was canonized Pre-Congregation.
Saint Hilary,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 15, 2012, 02:51:13 AM
St. Hilary and St. Michael pray for us!

Aren't shepherds wonderful?


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Post by: odhiambo on May 15, 2012, 04:41:40 AM
St. Hilary and St. Michael pray for us!
Aren't shepherds wonderful?
If you ever come to Kenya, Shin, I will give you a sheep to care for so you can be a shepherd.
 ;D


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Post by: Shin on May 15, 2012, 02:31:05 PM
It sounds so pastoral! The beauties of the wilderness, the fresh air, taking care of one's flock, keeping watch. . . But I know it is hard work!

I heard once that outdoor shepherd's understand their sheep perhaps better than any other livestock owners -- because they live with their flock, the flock takes on the personality of the owner to a certain degree. If the shepherd is careless the sheep will be careless and wandering too, if the shepherd is careful. . .

There's a particular priest on Audio Sancto who was a shepherd, and I love some of the sermons he has given when he relates about the subject.

Here is one of the subject. (http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20080406-Good-Shepherd-Sunday.html) And here is an all time favorite. (http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20030114-Follow-the-Good-Shepherd.html)

'Do you wish to know if the people of any place are righteous? Look what sort of a pastor they have. If you find him pious, just, sound, believe the people will be the same, for they are seasoned with the salt of his wisdom.'

St. John Chrysostom

'The author of the Imperfect Work says that all that see a tree covered with pale and withered leaves immediately infer that its roots have been injured; and when we see a people immoral, we may justly conclude, without danger of rash judgment, that the priest is a man without virtue.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


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Post by: odhiambo on May 16, 2012, 05:11:12 AM
May 16
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Honorius of Amiens
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 16, 2012, 05:18:33 AM
Saint Honorius
Bishop of Amiens

Saint Honorius, also known as Honoratus, Honortus, or Honoré of Amiens, was born at Port- le-Grand,( Porthieu) near Amiens, France. Reportedly a pious child, he was educated by Saint Beatus of Amiens. He also became bishop of Amiens, albeit reluctantly as with humility, he considered himself unworthy. According to SQPN, there is this legend that " when word reached the family home in Porthieu that Honorius had been chosen bishop, his old nursemaid, who was baking bread at the time, announced that the boy was no more going to be a bishop that then baker‘s peel she was leaning on would turn back into a tree. The wooden peel promptly grew roots and branches and turned into a blackberry tree that was still be shown to pilgrims 900 years later. This naturally led to a baker‘s peel being one of his emblems, and his patronage of trades associated with baking”
Bishop Honorius governed the see until his death there on 30 September 653. He had a widespread following in France following reports of numerous miracles at his tomb in 1060 when his body was exhumed.
He is the patron of bakers and confectioners. The famous Rue Saint-Honore in Paris is named after him.
Saint Honorius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 17, 2012, 03:50:04 AM
May 17
Let us remember today
Blessed Antonia Mesina
Among many Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on May 17, 2012, 03:57:43 AM
Antonia Mesina
Martyr

Antonia was born on 21 June 1919 in Orgosolo, Sardinia, Italy. According to SQPN, Antonia left school after just four years of formal education, in order to take over the housekeeping duties from her mother who was bed ridden. She was raised in a pious family. Accounts of her death, considered a martyrdom, differs somewhat. According to SQPN, one day, Mesina, turned 16, was out gathering woods for home use when “she was beaten and murdered ” apparently by another youth who attacked her.
According to Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson, “ At age sixteen, on May 17, 1935. While walking with a young companion, Antonia was accosted by a male youth, Giovanni  Ignacio Catgui. Antonia’s companion ran to the nearby village for help as Giovanni assaulted Antonia. She refused his advances and in a rage, he killed her. Her body bore seventy-four wounds from the stones that he used in his murderous assault…”
Antonia was beatified on Sunday 4 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II at Rome.
Canonization is pending.
Blessed Antonia Mesina
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 18, 2012, 12:27:50 AM
The 17th was also St. Paschal Baylon's day again.

What a splendid saint!

And the traditional Ascension day.

And the 18th, St. Theodatus, an innkeeper martyred for giving Christian burial to seven martyred nuns.



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Post by: odhiambo on May 18, 2012, 02:17:20 AM
May 18
Today we remember
Saint Elgiva
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 18, 2012, 02:19:06 AM
Saint Elgiva
Elgive was a queen.
She was the wife of King Edmund the First and the mother of King Edwy of Saxony( Edwy the Fair) and King Edgar of England( Saint Edgar the Peaceful). The Queen was known for her piety and support of the Church.
She gave up public life and became a Benedictine nun at Shaftesbury, England.
She died in 944 and was canonized pre congregationally.
Saint Elgiva
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 19, 2012, 10:29:42 AM
May 19
Today we remember
Saint Theophilus of Corte
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 19, 2012, 10:31:25 AM
Saint Theophilus
Theophilus was born at Corte on Corsica, off the coast of Italy. His given name was Biagio Arrighi. He joined the Franciscans in 1693, and took the name Theophilus  which means ‘friend of God’. He was ordained in Naples, taught at Civitella, and then he embarked upon a mission to promote the faith in Corsica and Italy
He also encouraged his fellow Franciscans to observe keenly, the rules of the Order.
He died in 1740 and was canonized in 1930 by Pope Pius XI.
Saint Theophilus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 20, 2012, 05:38:14 AM
May 20
Today we remember
Saint Basilla of Rome
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 20, 2012, 05:58:15 AM
Saint Basilla
Martyr.

 A martyr during the reign of Emperor Galerius, Basilla was a member of a noble Roman family. She is also known as Basilissa. According to tradition, she was betrothed to a pagan aristocrat named Pompeius while still a pagan. When she became a Christian, she refused to marry him, preferring instead to devote herself and her life to Christ.  She was denounced to the Emperor by her would be suitor. She was given a choice, marry Pompeius or die for the faith. She remained steadfast in her refusal to marry him and was beheaded in 304.
Canonization was Pre-Congregation.
Saint Basilla
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2012, 07:54:12 AM
May 21
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Ageranus.
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2012, 07:57:17 AM
Saint Ageranus.
Martyr.

Ageranus was a Benedictine monk in the monastery of the Order of Beze Cote-d’Or, in France. During the Norman invasion when the invading army arrived on the scene, Ageranus chose to stay and defend the sacred precints of the monastery. Others who made the same choice were: a priest, Ansuinus; four other monks namely: Berard, Genesius; Rodron and Sifrard. A young lad, probably a novice, Aldaric also remained. The other monks had long fled the monastery. They were all murdered defending the alters in 888.
All were canonized Pre-Congragation!
Saint Ageranus.
Pray for us!
Saint Ansuinus
Pray for us!
Saint Berard,
Pray for us!
Saint Genesius;
Pray for us!
Saint Rodron
Pray for us!
Saint Sifrard
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2012, 10:12:29 PM
May 22
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Humility
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2012, 10:15:44 PM
Saint Humility
Foundress.

Also called Rosanna or Humilitas.
She was born in 1226 at Faenza, Italy and her name was Rosanna. She got married at age fifteen to a nobleman named Ugoletto. They had two children who both died in infancy. In 1250 Ugoletto recovered from a near fatal illness. After this, the couple decided on a different course of life. Ugoletto became a monk. Rosanna became a nun, taking the name of Sister Humility. She lived as a recluse until she founded the convent of Santa Maria Novella on Malta, the first Vallombrosan convent for nuns, and served as its abbess. She also founded a second convent at Florence, Italy, and lived her remaining years there.
Sister Humility died on 22 May 1310 at Florence.
She was canonized on 27 January 1720 by Pope Clement XI.
Saint Humility
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 22, 2012, 07:51:47 AM
St. Humility pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 23, 2012, 02:44:33 AM
May 23
Today we remember
Saint William of Rochester
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 23, 2012, 02:50:29 AM
Saint William of Rochester
William was born in the 12th century in Perth, Scotland. He reportedly had a wild youth but reformed completely as a young adult devoting himself to God and caring particularly for poor and neglected children. He was a baker and for every 10 loaves he made, he reportedly gave away one. He attended daily Mass.
One morning on his way to church he found an infant abandoned on the threshold. He took the baby home, adopted him and named him "Cockermay Doucri", which is reportedly Scots for "David the Foundling".  He taught David his trade as is expected of any father. Years later, the two started out on a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. They made a stop over at Rochester where they stayed three days intending to proceed the next day to Canterbury. It was not to be; with robbery in his heart, David turned on his benefactor, felled him with a blow on the head and cut his throat! David robbed his father and fled from the scene. The body was discovered by a mad woman, who reportedly plaited a garland of flowers and placed it first on the head of the corpse and then her own head, whereupon the madness left her. When the monks of Rochester heard of the miraculous happening, they carried the body to the cathedral of Rochester and buried it there.  Miracles were soon reported at his grave.
Due to the fact that William was on a holy mission when he was killed and the fact that miracles have occurred at his tomb, he is considered a martyr.
Saint William of Rochester,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 23, 2012, 03:15:45 AM
 :Eeek:


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Post by: odhiambo on May 23, 2012, 05:46:51 AM
:Eeek:

I know  :(
 It goes to show that upbringing is not always the explanation of our adult character.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 24, 2012, 07:04:08 AM
May 24
Today we remember 
Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger
Among many other Saints
 


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Post by: odhiambo on May 24, 2012, 07:06:47 AM
Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger.
Simeon was born in 521 in Antioch. His father died when he was five years old. Saint John Stylite, who was then a monk living nearby, adopted him. When he was seven, under the tutelage of his adopted parent, Simeon became a stylite and lived on a pillar that was to be his home for the next 68 years. By the time he was twenty, his reputation for holiness attracted such crowds that he retired to a less accessible spot in the mountains near Antioch which was soon called “the Hill of Wonders”
When he was 30, he founded a monastery in response to a vision making sure that there was a pillar in it for him. At age  33 or 35, he was ordained on one of his pillars. Huge crowds were attracted to his pillars because of his preaching. Saint Simeon was venerated for his holiness, spiritual wisdom, prophecies and miracles. He reportedly went for long periods of time with hardly any sleep or nourishment.  He died in 597 and was canonized Pre-Congregation.
 Saint Simeon
Pray for us!                                     


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Post by: Shin on May 24, 2012, 07:25:40 AM
Aren't the stylites amazing?

Living out of doors atop a pillar their entire lives.. truly.. only God could sustain such a way of life..


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Post by: odhiambo on May 24, 2012, 08:15:50 AM
To tell you the truth Shin, I do not even understand how that is possible.


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Post by: Shin on May 24, 2012, 09:07:31 AM
I have a few excerpts about the life of the first pillar saint, St. Symeon Stylites the Great, or the Elder.

The elder I read was originally a shepherd, and at thirteen years old he was very affected by listening to the beatitudes being read in the church, and so decided to enter the cloister. He lay several days outside, without eating or drinking, begging to be admitted, and thenceforth after being so, he was accustomed to fast and eat only once a week on Sunday.

During Lent he went the entire forty days without any food. He came close to death the first time, but then he became capable of it. He would also lace himself with a cord pressed through to his bones, which could only be removed with the most terrible pain -- and this caused him to be dismissed from the cloister.

So he became a hermit, and then lived on a mountain, with an iron chain around his feet, and then after this, was inspired to ascend to live atop a pillar. The top of which was only three feet in diameter. The first one was six cubits high, the last one near to forty.

He wore garments of the skins of beasts, and a chain around his neck, and and he even took the holy Eucharist on the pillar top. So he spent his years atop there, through the sun, wind, rain, storms, and frost, living a life of daily martyrdom.

He could neither lie down, nor would he sit, but he would only stand, or lean upon a post, or devoutly bow. He would bow so low that his head nearly touched his feet. A spectator watched him do this, and counted the bows he made, and after twelve hundred and forty-four bows, stopped counting. . .

So you can see religious images of him bent over, with a long trailing beard, bowing down, atop the pillar.

He died 69 years old in 459 A.D. due to an ulcer on his leg.

Symeon Stylites the younger I read is said to have spent sixty eight years on a pillar.

Here is a direct excerpt from the life of St. Symeon Stylites the Great:

When St. Symeon was contemplating living on a pillar -- an unprecedented form of ascetism -- and reports about him had spread throughout the desert, the ascetics were astounded by this novel and strange undertaking, and they sent some representatives to him. They ordered them, on the one hand to reprimand St. Symeon for this curious invention of his and, on the other hand, to instruct him to traverse the accustomed path of asceticism traced by the holy Fathers and not to look down upon it, since thereby multitudes of blessed ascetics had ascended to the heavens and found rest in the eternal tabernacles.

But then, fearing lest this idea of St. Symeon might be pleasing to God, while they viewed the matter in a human way, they also gave instructions to their representatives: If they saw the man immediately departed of his own will and descending form his pillar in obedience to them, they should at once restrain him and order him to remain steadfast in his purpose. For in this way they would be convinced that Syemon's ascetic feat was Divinely ordained, and they would not be afraid for the future -- that such a beginning in asceticism would not have a good end. But if he took umbrage and would not tolerate listening even for a short while to their advice, but doggedly and heedlessly followed his own will, it would become quite obvious that he was far removed from humility; in which case who would not say that the Evil One had suggested the idea to him? Therefore, if such were the case, the Fathers of the desert instructed their representatives to bring him down from the pillar, even if by force and against his will.

After receiving this command, the envoys of the ascetics reached Symeon, the Father of humility and obedience; but as soon as they saw him and greeted him, they were overcome by reverence for him and were unable to look at his face. However, on account of the order of the Fathers who had sent them and for the sake of the service to which they had been assigned, they related to him in detail what the Fathers had told them. St. Symeon, truly meek and humble of heart, listened to the reprimand without offering any objection; he neither grew angry nor argued nor said anything at all -- neither a little nor a lot. He immediately accepted the reproof and, with eyes lowered and with a kindly countenance, gave thanks to God and expressed his gratitude to the Fathers for their concern for him; and without any hesitation, he undertook to descend from his pillar. The envoys at once restrained him and made known to him the mind of the Fathers. They then besought him to remain steadfastly and unceasingly on the pillar, and wishing him a good end, that he might find sure rest from God for his constant labors, they departed.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2012, 02:17:25 AM
May 25
Let us remember today
Saint Madeline Sophie Barat
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2012, 02:21:23 AM
Saint Madeline Sophie Barat
Foundress of: the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Madeline was born on 12 December 1779 at Joigny, Bugundy, France. She was educated strictly by her older brother Louis, who later became a priest and who imposed the strictest discipline and penances on her. On his recommendation, Father Joseph Varin, who planned to form an institute of women to teach girls( a female counterpart of Jesuits, as ‘A Dictionary of Saints’ puts it), received her and three other companions into the religious life in 1800, thereby founding the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, devoted to the Sacred Heart, and dedicated to teaching girls.
They founded their first convent and school at Amiens the following year and in 1802, Madeline, though the youngest member of the group at 23 years of age, was appointed superior. She was destined to rule for 63 years. The society spread throughout France.
Saint Rose Phillippine Duschesne brought the Society to the United States in 1818. 
The Society received formal approval from Pope Leo XII in 1826. In 1830, Madeline moved the novitiate to Switzerland because of the instability of the French political life. By the time of her death on 25 May 1865 at Paris, she had opened more than one hundred houses and schools in twelve countries,
She was canonized on 24 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI.
Saint Madeline Sophie Barat,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 25, 2012, 08:03:43 AM
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2012, 06:55:22 PM
May 26
Today we remember
Saint Quadratus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2012, 06:56:08 PM
Saint Quadratus
Bishop of Athens
Martyr
Apologist.

He was reportedly the disciple of the Apostles and was possibly the Bishop of Athens in Greece. He is best known for his letter, believed to be the first apologetic writing, a defense of Christianity composed around 124 and addressed to Emperor Hadrian.
According to SQPN,he is quoted in works by Saint Eusebius and Saint Jerome, and is mentioned in early martyrologies.
Saint Quadratus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2012, 05:25:05 AM

Happy Pentecost!
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Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2012, 05:37:56 AM
May 27
Today we also remember
Saint Julius of Dorostorum
Among Many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2012, 05:42:19 AM
Saint Julius of Dorostorum
Martyr

He is also known as Saint Julius the Veteran. Julius was a retired soldier of the Roman army during the reign of Emperor Dioclatian.
He was accused of being a Christian at Dorostorum on the Danube at Silistnia( in modern Romania). When he did not deny his faith, he was beheaded on May 27, 302. On the way to his martyrdom, he was encouraged by a fellow Christian soldier, Hesychius who was executed a few days later.
Two days before Julius was beheaded, i.e. on 25 May 302, two other Christians, Pasicrates and Valentino had also been martyred for their faith,
Saint Julius of Dorostorum
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2012, 06:03:37 AM
St. Augustine's Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
 Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
 Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
 Amen.


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Post by: Shin on May 27, 2012, 03:22:40 PM
Pray for us, saints of Pentecost!

What a fine prayer! How much we need to love holiness and treat it properly!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 28, 2012, 07:39:14 AM
May 28
Today we remember
Saint Bernard of Menthon
Among many other Saints
 


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Post by: odhiambo on May 28, 2012, 07:41:34 AM
Saint Bernard of Menthon
The patron Saint of mountaineers.
Also known as Bernard of Montjoux or Bernard of Aotha.
He was born in 996 in Italy. He became a priest and was made vicar general of the diocese of Aosta. A post he held for four decades. His duties included visiting alpine regions and doing missionary work there. He built schools and churches in the diocese. He is especially remembered for two Alpine hospices he built to aid lost travelers in the mountain passes. The hospices were named the Great and the Little Bernard after him.
He died in 1008 at Novara, Italy and was canonized in 1681 by Pope Innocent XI.
Pope Pius XI proclaimed him the patron saint of mountain climbers in 1923.
Saint Bernard,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 29, 2012, 02:57:28 AM
May 29
Today we remember
Saint John de Atares
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 29, 2012, 02:59:19 AM
Saint John de Atares
John was a  Spanish hermit in the Aragonese Pyrenees. He lived under a rock promontory. A monastery, Benedictine abbey of Saint John de Pena, was later established at the site. It served as the cradle of the religious and spiritual life of the Navarre and Aragon
He died in 750
Saint John
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 29, 2012, 03:41:11 AM
Navarre and Aragon! Interesting places! I wish I knew more about them. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on May 29, 2012, 05:22:24 AM
Navarre and Aragon! Interesting places! I wish I knew more about them. :D
According to Saint Augustine,
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

I guess I am stuck in this one page called Kenya  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on May 30, 2012, 01:00:21 AM
May 30
Today we remember
Saint Isaac of Constantinople
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 30, 2012, 01:02:58 AM
Saint Isaac
Hermit.

Isaac, a hermit, went to Constantinople to protest to Arian Emperor Valens about his persecutions of Christians! He prophesied disaster for the Emperor if he persisted in the persecutions. He narrowly escaped death as he was arrested but set free by Emperor Theodosius when Valens was killed in the battle of Adrianople in 378 by the Visigoths. His prediction thus came to pass.
Isaac resumed his eremitical life and attracted so many disciples that he was obliged to found a monastery for them at Constantinople where he also attended the second General Council ( First Council of Constantinople) held there in 381. It was at this General Council the Arian cause was finally defeated.
Isaac died in 410 at Constantinople and was canonized pre-congragationally.
 Saint Isaac
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 31, 2012, 02:10:05 AM
May 31
Today we remember
Saint Camilla Battista Varani
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 31, 2012, 02:35:09 AM
Saint Camilla Battista Varani.
Camilla is also known as Attista Varano and Camilla da Varano. She was born on 9 April 1458 in Camerino, Italy. She was of noble birth; her father being the prince of Camerino, Italy. She was baptized Camille. She received a fine education for a woman in those days. Camilla was expected to marry but she decided her vocation was that of a religious life. She joined the Poor Clare in Urbino, taking the name Battista in 1481 and began to experience revelations on the Passion of Our Lord. Her father built a convent for Poor Clares at Camarino to which she was moved. Blessed Peter of Mogliano became her spiritual director. In the following years, Camilla experienced extraordinary revelations and visitations, mainly concerning the Passion and death of Christ. The revelations alternated with periods of spiritual aridity and desolation. She found a Poor Clare convent at Fermo, but after a year, she returned to Camarino where she remained until her death on 31 May 1524.
Camilla wrote the “The Sufferings of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus”, describing her revelations on the Passion and a series of instructions on how to attain perfection.
She was canonized on 17 October 2010 Pope Benedict XVI.
Saint Camilla Battista Varani
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 01, 2012, 02:43:51 AM
JUNE

The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee,
Whatever may befall me, Lord, though dark the hour may be;
In all my woes, in all my joys, though nought but grief I see,
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

When those I love have passed away, and I am sore distressed,
0 Sacred Heart of Jesus, I fly to Thee for rest.
In all my trials, great or small, my confidence shall be
Unshaken as I cry, dear Lord, I place my trust in Thee.

This is my one sweet prayer, dear Lord, my faith, my trust, my love,
But most of all in that last hour, when death points up above,
O sweet Saviour, may Thy face smile on my soul all free.
Oh may I cry with rapturous love, I've placed my trust in Thee.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 01, 2012, 02:45:57 AM
June 1
Today we remember
Blessed Andreas Murayama Tokuan
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on June 01, 2012, 02:53:59 AM
Blessed Andreas Murayama Tokuan
Martyr

Andrew, born in Nagasaki, was one of the martyrs of Japan. He was a layman who was a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary in the Archdiocese of Nagasaki. He was arrested by the authorities for sheltering missionaries. After his arrest, Andrew was offered his freedom if he would deny Christianity; he declined. He was burned alive on 18 November 1619 at Nagasaki, Japan. Sharing in his martyrdom was Blessed Leonard Kimura.
He was beatified on 7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX.
Blessed Andrew Tokuan,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 02, 2012, 05:11:03 AM
June 2
Today we remember
 Saint Stephen of Sweden

Among Many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 02, 2012, 05:14:04 AM
 
Saint Stephen of Sweden
Stephen , also known as Stephen of Corbie and Stephen of Corvey, was born in the 11th century.
He became a monk and was stationed at New Corbie monastery in Saxony. He was ordained then sent as a missionary bishop of Sweden. He was very successful in making conversions to Christianity. He was murdered  by pagans in 1075 either in Uppsala or Norrala , Sweden for his efforts to suppress the worship of the pagan god Woden.
 Saint Stephen,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 03, 2012, 07:01:53 AM
June 3
Today we remember
Saint Liphardus of Orleans
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 03, 2012, 07:08:49 AM
Saint Liphardus of Orleans
Abbot

Founder of a Monastery.
Liphardus, also called Lifard, was a successful lawyer and judge in Orleans.
At the age of 40( 50 according to other sources), he gave up this prestigious job to become a hermit in a ruined castle with a companion, Urbicius. They attracted numerous disciples. Liphardus was ordained and founded the monastery of Meung-sur-Loire. He became abbot of this monastery until he died 550, when Urbicius.succeeded him.
Saint Liphardus,
Pray for us!
Saint Urbicius.,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 03, 2012, 07:13:03 AM
Today is also the Memorial of
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions or,
 as is more popularly known,
The Martyrs of Uganda.
Will post an account of these martyrs same time next year, if that be the Will of Our Lord as well.



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Post by: odhiambo on June 04, 2012, 07:06:36 AM
June 4
Let us remember today
Saint Walter of Fontenelle
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 04, 2012, 07:08:09 AM
Saint Walter of Fontenelle
Benedictine Abbot.

Walter was born in England. He served as a monk before becoming abbot of of the monastery at Fontenelle, France. This was a famed Benedictine spiritual center.  His holiness and zeal was noted by Pope Innocent II.
He died in 1150
Saint Walter,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 05, 2012, 02:00:35 AM
June 5
Today we remember
Saint Luke Loan
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 05, 2012, 02:02:15 AM
Saint Luke Loan
Martyr.

Luke was a Vietnamese, born in 1756 .
He was a priest serving the Catholic Community in Vietnam until he was arrested by unti Christian forces. He was beheaded on 5 June 1840 in Hanoi, Vietnam. He was canonized on 19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
Saint Luke Loan,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 05, 2012, 03:45:10 AM
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

Holy saints, pray for us.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 06, 2012, 03:08:16 AM
June 6
Today we remember
Saint Alexander of Fiesole
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 06, 2012, 03:09:57 AM
Saint Alexander of Fiesole
Bishop of Fiesole
Martyr.

Alexander was the Bishop of Fiesole towards the end of the 6th century. He fell prey to the political ambitions of the nobles of Lombardy. The nobles wanted to extend their authorities into the affairs of the Church. Alexander would have none of it. When they attempted to place their own selected clients in position of power within the Church, Alexander opposed them. In revenge, the Saint was ambushed and drowned near Bologna in 590.
He was canonized Pre-Congragation.
Saint Alexander
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 07, 2012, 07:36:10 AM
June 7
Today we remember
Saint Paul of Constantinople
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 07, 2012, 07:38:38 AM
Saint Paul
Bishop of Constantinople

Paul was Bishop of Constantinople during the period of bitter controversy in the Church ove the Arian heresy. He was elected to the see in 336 to succeed Alexander of Constantinople. The following year, Paul was exiled to Pontus by Emperor Constantius II because of his staunch stand against Arianism. He was replaced by the heretic bishop Macedonius. In 338, he was allowed to return only to be exiled again, this time to Trier in Germany. He returned in 340. Once more he was seized and on the orders of Emperor Constantius, he was exiled to Mesopotamia.
In 344, Paul returned to Constantinople. They still would not let him be. He was sent yet again into exile, this time round, it was to Cucusus in Armenia.
Here, Paul was delibertly starved and finally strangled by Arian adherents in 350. He was reportedly a close friend of Saint Athanasius. He is considered a martyr for the orthodox cause.
Saint Paul of Constantinople
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 08, 2012, 02:04:27 AM
June 8
Today we remember
Saint Victorinus of Camerino
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 08, 2012, 02:04:50 AM
Saint Victorinus
Bishop of Camerino.
Hermit.

Victorinus was the brother of Saint Severinus.The two brothers distributed their wealth to the poor in their area, then retired to live as hermits on Montenero. Victorinus was ordered by Pope Vigilius to become bishop of Camerino, Italy. His brother Severinus became the bishop of Septemeda, Italy, which, ever since, has been called San Severino.
Victorinus died in 543
Saint Victorinus
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 08, 2012, 02:08:18 AM
Sts. Victorinus and Severinus pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 09, 2012, 04:37:54 AM
June 9
Today we remember
Saint Cumian of Bobbio
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 09, 2012, 04:38:49 AM
Saint Cumian
Bishop

He is also known as Cummian or Cumin. He was a Benedictine Bishop in Ireland. He gave up his Episcopal ministry , traveled to Bobbio in Italy. where he lived as a monk.
Saint Cumian
Pray for us!
 


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Post by: Shin on June 09, 2012, 09:41:07 PM
St. Cumian pray for us!

A saintly friend of Martin no doubt! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on June 10, 2012, 04:32:15 AM
St. Cumian pray for us!

A saintly friend of Martin no doubt! :D

I hope martin remembered him. :)


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Post by: odhiambo on June 10, 2012, 04:32:53 AM
June 10
Let us remember today
Blessed Walter Pierson
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on June 10, 2012, 04:33:38 AM
Walter Pierson
Martyr.

Walter was a Carthusian lay brother in England in the 16th century. He was a member of the Carthusian Charterhouse of London. He was arrested with his companions by English authorities for opposing the religious policies of King Henry VIII, specifically his Dissolution of the Monastery and his Act of Supremacy. He was starved to death in prisin with six other Carthusian. He died on 10 June 1537 in Newgate Prison, London, England.
He was beatified on 29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)
canonization is pending.
Blessed Walter Pierson
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 11, 2012, 08:49:08 AM
June 11
Today we remember
Saint Paula Frassinetti
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 11, 2012, 08:52:10 AM
Saint Paula Frassinetti
She is also known as Paola Frassinetti. She was born on 3 March 1809 at Genoa, Italy, the only daughter of John and Angela Frassinetti who had five children. Her mother died when she was nine years old. An aunt moved in to help but she too passed on three years down the line. Paula, aged just 12 years old, took over as homemaker and cared for her father and her brothers. All the four brothers became priests. One of her brothers was a parish priest in the city. She assisted him by teaching poor children in their parish.
In 1834, Paula started a school for girls in Quinto, Italy. From this, developed the Congregation of Saint Dorothy (Frassinetti Sisters). dedicated to educating poor children. It soon spread across Italy and then to the Americas.
Paula died on 11 June 1882 from pneumonia.
She was canonized on 11 March 1984 by Pope John Paul II.
She is patron saint of the sick.
Saint Paula Frassinetti
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 12, 2012, 08:17:28 AM
June 12
Today we remember
Pope Saint Leo III
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 12, 2012, 08:23:11 AM
Pope Saint Leo III
Pope Leo III, reportedly, is sometimes called Charlemagne‘s Pope. He was born in Rome, Italy, the son of Atypius and Elizabeth. Leo was the papal treasurer when he was elected pope on 26 December 795, the day his predecessor, Pope Hadrian I (Adrian) was buried.
On 25 April 799, Pope Leo was the victim of a plot by relatives of Pope Hadrian I to oust him from the papacy. He was attacked by armed men who tried to gouge out his eyes and cut out his tongue! He managed to escape to Saint Erasmus Monastery where he recovered very quickly. There were many who termed his recovery miraculous. The Pope fled to Charlemagne‘s protection at Paderborn, Germany. He was escorted back to Rome a few months later by a contingent of Charlemagne‘s men.
In 800, Charlemagne came to Rome. There were accusations brought against the Pope. At a synod, Charlemagne completely exonerated Leo of all false charges by his enemies.
On Christmas day in 800, Leo crowned Charlemagne emperor, marking the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire.
Leo and Charlemagne worked harmoniously for the next several years. When Charlemagne died in 814, Leo’s protection died with him. His enemies again rose against him but he was able to crush these revolts.
Leo died on 12 June 816. His relics are at Saint Peter’s, Rome, Italy.
He was canonized in 1673 by Pope Clement X.
Pope Saint Leo III
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 13, 2012, 02:53:27 AM
June 13
Let us remember today
Blessed Gerard of Clairvaux
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on June 13, 2012, 02:55:46 AM
Blessed Gerard of Clairvaux
Gerard was the brother of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. He was a soldier when Bernard entered Citeaux, the first Cistercian monastery which observed a strict interpretation of the Benedictine rule. Recall that Bernard, after his mother died, left school and convinced 31 of his friends and relatives, including four of his brothers, to come to this monastery for spiritual growth.
Meanwhile, Gerard got wounded in combat at the siege of Grancy. He followed his brother to Citeaux and became the Cellarer or bursar for the community. He was a close confidant and assistant of Saint Bernard. He was also noted for his holiness.
He died in 1138,
Blessed Gerard of Clairvaux
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 14, 2012, 05:08:15 AM
June 14
Today we remember
Saint Joseph the Hymnographer
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 14, 2012, 05:10:33 AM
Saint Joseph the Hymnographer
Joseph was born in 810 in Sicily . In 830, he fled his home land in the wake of the Arab invasion. He went to Thessalonica where he became a monk. Later he moved to Constantinople, where he joined a monastery. Yet again, in 841, Joseph was forced to flee Constantinople  to escape the severe  iconoclast persecution. He was on his way to Rome when he was captured by pirates and spent several years as a slave in Crete. When he finally escaped, he returned to Constantinople and founded a monastery. Trouble still dogged him however, as he was sent into exile to the Chersonese by Emperor Theophilus for his ardent defense of the icons.
Joseph is credited with composition of about one thousand canons
He died in 886
Saint Joseph,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 15, 2012, 01:41:54 AM
June 15
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Vitus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 15, 2012, 01:49:38 AM
Saint Vitus
Martyr.
Patron Saint against epilepsy.

Reportedly one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages.
Vitus  is also known as Guy, Veit and Vito,
According to legend, Vitus was the only son of  a pagan Sicilian senator named Hylas. When he was twelve years old, he became a Christian through the efforts of his tutor, Saint Modestus, the husband of  his nurse Saint Crescentia..
He proved to be such a dedicated Christian that he was taken to the governor of Sicily who tried unsuccessfully to compel him to abandon the faith. Vitus fled to Lucania with Saint Modestus and Saint Crescentia and then to Rome.
In Rome, they were captured and subjected to various tortures. The legend goes that during a storm in which temples were destroyed, they were  freed by an angel who guided them back to Lucania where they were eventually martyred in 303 by being boiled in oil.
According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, a great devotion to Saint Vitus developed in Germany when his relics were translated to Saxony in 836.  He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is the patron of those suffering from epilepsy, those afflicted with "Saint Vitus dance", an ailment which was named after him, dancers and actors. He is also a protector against storms.
Saint Vitus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2012, 06:21:55 AM
June 16
Today we remember
Saint Berthaldus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2012, 06:37:33 AM
June 16
Today we remember
Saint Berthaldus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2012, 06:39:07 AM
Saint Berthaldus
Saint Berthaldus, who is also known as Bertaud and Berthold, was a hermit in the Ardennes region of France.
He was ordained by Saint Remigius of Rheims.
He died in 540 and miracles were reported at his death.
Saint Berthaldus
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 16, 2012, 07:24:42 AM
St. Berthaldus, pray for us!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 17, 2012, 05:18:01 AM
June 17
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Emily de Vialar
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 17, 2012, 05:23:19 AM
Saint Emily de Vialar
Emily, also known as Anne Marguerite Adelaide Emily de Vialar, Emilie de Vialar and Emilie de Vialard, was an aristocratic. She was the eldest of three children, and the only daughter of Baron James Augustine de Vialar and Antoinette de Portal. She was born on 12 September 1797 at Gaillac, Languedoc, in southern France. Her given name  was Anne Marguerite Adelaide Emily de Vialar. From the age of seven, Emily was sent to Paris for her education. When she was 15, her mother died. Her father wanted her to marry but she refused. This caused some strains in their relationship. She further antagonized her father when she began to teach abandoned and poor children and to treat and help the sick and the destitute in his house.
In 1832, Emily’s grandmother died and left her a fortune. She bought a house at Gaillac, and with the help of her spiritual director, Abbe Mercier, and three other women, founded the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition on Christmas Day in 1832. It was dedicated to the care of the sick and needy and the education of young children in France and abroad. She travelled a lot and the congregation soon spread. Due to problems the organization was having in Gaillac, Emily moved the mother house to Toulouse and in 1854, to Marseilles. By the time of her death on 24 August 1856 at Marseilles, there were some forty houses all over the world.
She was canonized on 24 June 1951 by Pope Pius XII.
Saint Emily de Vialar
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 17, 2012, 06:16:23 AM
Today in Our Parish, the Consolata Shrine, Westlands, Nairobi, we celebrated the solemnity of the Virgin Consolata,

Prayer to Our Lady Consolata

Lord Jesus Christ,
who by marvellous providence
wish us to obtain all things
through Mary Your Mother,
graciously grant that we,
who venerate Her
with the sweet title of Consolata
may always rejoice in Her help and protection.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.
Amen.
 


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Post by: Shin on June 17, 2012, 07:05:21 AM
Our Lady Consolata, pray for us!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on June 18, 2012, 01:54:18 AM
June 18
Let us remember today,
Saint Alena of Dilbeek
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 18, 2012, 01:55:06 AM
Saint Alena of Dilbeek
Martyr.

Alena was born into a pagan family near Brussels in Belgium.
 She became a Christian secretly.
She was arrested and martyred  in 640, during a secret celebration of the Holy Euchrist.
Canonized  Pre-Congregation.
Saint Alena of Dilbeek
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 18, 2012, 11:14:45 AM
What a blessed death!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 19, 2012, 01:37:15 AM
June 19
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Juliana Falconieri
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 19, 2012, 01:43:06 AM
Saint Juliana Falconieri
One of the Founders ( foundress ) of the Servite Nuns, the "Mantellate."
Juliana was born in a very wealthy and noble family in 1270 in Florence, Italy . Her father, Chiarissimo Falconieri, died when she was very young. She was there after raised by her mother Riguirdata Falconieri and her uncle Alexis Falconieri.
According to SQPN, Juliana was “Given to chronic gastric problems throughout her life. Legend says she never gazed into a mirror, never looked at a man's face, trembled at the mention of sin, and fainted upon hearing scandalous gossip” Her uncle Saint Alexis reportedly once said that Juliana “grew up, more like an angel than a human being”
Juliana rejected her family’s plan for her to marry when she was 14. Her devotion to the sorrows of Our Lady drew her to the Servants of Mary and, at age fifteen, she became a Servite tertiary, receiving the habit from Saint Philip Benizi, her spiritual director. She continued to live at home. When her mother died in 1304, Juliana, with a group of women dedicated to prayer and charitable works, founded the Servite Order of Mary i.e. Servite Nuns, or the Mantellate Servites, She was named the firsr Superior of the Order. She is considered the Founder of the Order.
Juliana died on 12 June 1341 at Florence, Italy. Her relics  are at Saint Annunziata in Florence
She was beatified on 26 July 1678 by Pope Innocent XI and canonized on 16 June 1737 by Pope Clement XII .
Saint Juliana Falconieri
Pray for us!


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Post by: George on June 19, 2012, 08:57:00 PM
Saint Juliana Falconieri
Pray for us


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Post by: odhiambo on June 20, 2012, 01:46:26 AM
June 20
Let us today remember
Saint Florentina of Cartagena
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 20, 2012, 01:51:59 AM
Saint Florentina
abbess of Cartagena

Florentina, also known as Florence of Cartagena, was born in Cartagena, Spain. She was the sister of Saint Leander of Seville, Saint Fulgentius of Ecija and Saint Isidore of Seville. Florentina was orphaned young and was raised by her eldest brother, Leander. She reportedly consecrated herself to God, though when this was done is not known. She became Abbess of a convent Leander had founded for her in Cartagena.
Before he died, Leander wrote for Florentina some regulations to follow as a nun. This is how EWTN puts it:
“..In any case, it is certain that she had consecrated herself to God before the year 600, as her brother Leander, who died either in the year 600 or 601, wrote for her guidance an extant work dealing with a nun's rule of life and with contempt for the world ("Regula sive Libellus de institutione virginum et de contemptu mundi ad Florentinam sororem", P.L. LXXII, 873 sqq.). In it the author lays down the rules according to which cloistered virgins consecrated to God should regulate their lives. He strongly advises them to avoid" interacting "with women living in the world, and with men, especially youths; recommends strict temperance in eating and drinking, gives advice concerning the reading of and meditation on Holy Scripture, enjoins equal love and friendship for all those living together in community, and exhorts his sister earnestly to remain true to her holy state….”
Florentina heeded her brother’s advice and led a holy life which ended in 636 when she died.
Saint Florentina
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 21, 2012, 05:29:17 AM
June 21
Today we remember
Saint Lazarus
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 21, 2012, 05:31:49 AM
Saint Lazarus
He is also known as Lazaro. Lazarus is the poor man at the gate of the rich man in Christ’s parable of rich man poor man related in Luke 16: 19-31
In the Middle ages, Lazurus’ name was perpetuated by such Italian words as lazaretto, a hospital; lazarone, a beggar in the street. There was also a military Order of Saint Lazarus, founded in the 12th century,  dedicated to the care of lepers. Saint Lazarus is its patron. He is also patron saint of those suffering leprosy.
Saint Lazarus
Pray for us and for those suffering from leprosy throughout the world.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 22, 2012, 05:33:11 AM
Has anyone wondered about Saint Lazarus? At the Saints thread at CAF, Reginator raised the point that the story of Lazarus in the Bible according to Saint Luke is a parable, not fact; and yet here we have him appearing on the Comprehensive Calender.
According to Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, St. Ambrose did not take it as a parable but a real fact.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 22, 2012, 05:35:11 AM
June 22
Today we remember
Saint Flavius Clemens
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 22, 2012, 05:36:13 AM
Saint Flavius Clemens
Martyr

Flavius was a brother of the Emperor Vespasian, an uncle of Emperor Titus and Emperor Domitian, who were Vespasian’s successors as emperors. He married Flavia Domitilla, a niece of Domitian. Flavius enjoyed imperial favor and was consul with Domitian in 95. The following year however, when Domitian learnt he was a Christian, he and Flavia were arrested for promoting the Christian faith. Both were condemned with several friends including Euphrosyna and Theodora. They were beheaded.
 Saint Flavius Clemens
Pray for us!


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Post by: martin on June 22, 2012, 07:58:59 AM
Has anyone wondered about Saint Lazarus? At the Saints thread at CAF, Reginator raised the point that the story of Lazarus in the Bible according to Saint Luke is a parable, not fact; and yet here we have him appearing on the Comprehensive Calender.
According to Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, St. Ambrose did not take it as a parable but a real fact.

I'd believe St. Ambrose over a poster at CAF. The fact that the Lord mentioned him by name (if it were a parable He could have simply referred to him as "a poor man") is more consistant with St. Ambrose' view.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 22, 2012, 08:56:35 AM
Has anyone wondered about Saint Lazarus? At the Saints thread at CAF, Reginator raised the point that the story of Lazarus in the Bible according to Saint Luke is a parable, not fact; and yet here we have him appearing on the Comprehensive Calender.
According to Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, St. Ambrose did not take it as a parable but a real fact.

I'd believe St. Ambrose over a poster at CAF. The fact that the Lord mentioned him by name (if it were a parable He could have simply referred to him as "a poor man") is more consistant with St. Ambrose' view.

The poster was " Reginator". He is a member here as well. He was not doubting but just wanted to know if Lazarus was a real man as he always thought, same as I , that it was a parable that Jesus told.  Now we know of course that Lazarus was real.
Saint Lazarus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 23, 2012, 07:44:37 AM
June 23
Today we remember
Saint Agrippina of Rome
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 23, 2012, 07:47:41 AM
Saint Agrippina of Rome
Martyr.

Also known as Agrippina of Mineo, She reportedly came from a good Roman family. She  consecrated herself to God. Agrippina was a victim of the persecutions instituted by Emperor Valerian and Gallienus. She was either beheaded or scourged to death in Rome (Records vary about how she met her martyrdom). Her body was taken to Mineo Sicily by three devout Christian women. The gravesite became a popular pilgrimage destination noted for the many miracles that took place through her intercession.
Saint Agrippina,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 24, 2012, 05:10:09 AM
June 24.
Let us remember today
Saint Heros
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 24, 2012, 05:11:49 AM
Saint Heros
Martyr.

Hero was martyred with Saint Cyriacus, Saint Firminus, Saint Firmus, Saint Longinus, Saint Orentius, and Saint Pharnacius. According to the pre-1970 Roman Martyrology, they were seven brothers in the Imperial Roman Army. They were stripped of their positions in the army and executed in 304 during the reign of co-Emperor Maximian.
Saint Heros and fellow martyrs,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 24, 2012, 05:21:19 AM
Today we also celebrate the the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, one of the only three births celebrated in the Catholic Church.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 25, 2012, 05:22:29 AM
June 25
Today we remember
Saint Eurosia
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 25, 2012, 05:24:34 AM
Saint Eurosia
Martyr.

Also known as Orosia, Eurosia was born in Bayonne, France. She was promised to a Moor in an arranged marriage. Eurosia refused to marry a Saracen. She went and hid herself in a cave, unfortunately for her, the smoke from her fire betrayed her position. She was dragged from the cave by the hair and martyred in 714 at Jaca in the Pyrenees of Aragon, Spain, near the French border.
She is the patron of Jaca, Spain,
Saint Eurosia
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 25, 2012, 02:48:02 PM
St. Eurosia pray for us!

Her martyrdom shines forever for her by the grace of God!  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on June 26, 2012, 05:26:56 AM
June 26
Let us remember today
Saint Pelagius of Oviedo
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 26, 2012, 05:30:53 AM
Saint Pelagius of Oviedo
Martyr

Also known as Pelagius the Martyr and Pelayo. He was born in 912 at Asturias, Spain. His uncle left him, when still a child, as hostage to the Saracens of Cordoba. As he remained unransomed for three years, the Cordoban ruler Caliph Abd al-Rahman III offered to free him if he would but renounce his Christianity and become a Muslim. Pelagius refused. The emir ordered him tortured. The thirteen year old died in 925 after six hours of agony. According to Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson, Rhoswitha of Gandersheim, a Benedictine poetess, composed a poem in his honor.
Saint Pelagius
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 27, 2012, 04:55:16 AM
June 27
Today we remember
Blessed Madeleine Fontaine
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on June 27, 2012, 04:57:33 AM
Blessed Madeleine Fontaine
Madeleine was born in 1723 at Etepagny, France. She joined the Sister of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in 1748 . She was Superior of the convent at Arras in 1767 when she, Francoise Lanel, Therese Fantou and Joan Gerard, all sisters at the same convent were arrested by the French Revolutionary authorities. When they refused to take the Constitutional Oath, they were accused, on trumped up charges, of counter-revolutionary activities. Madeleine was convicted of the charges by a tribunal at Cambrai, and the other three, of being accomplices. All four were guillotined in 1794 at Cambrai, France.
They were beatified on June 1920 by Pope Benedict XV
Canonization is pending.
Blessed Madeleine Fontaine
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on June 27, 2012, 10:08:14 AM
Blessed Madeleine, pray for us!!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 28, 2012, 03:30:10 AM
June 28
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Vincentia Gerosa
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 28, 2012, 03:32:35 AM
Saint Vincentia Gerosa
Co-Founder of the Sisters of Charity

Vincentia , also known as Catherine Gerosa and as Vincenza Gerosa, was born in
1784 at Lovere, Lombardy in Italy and chritened Catherine Gerosa. She was orphaned in her youth and from that time, she devoted her life to helping the poor.
About the year  1824, she and Saint Bartholomea Capitanio founded the Sisters of Charity of Lovere, to help the poor and the sick and to educate children. When Saint Bartholomea died in 1833, Vincentia assumed the directorship of the order and carried on its works and was able to expand it. After a long illness, Vincentia died on 28 June 1847. She was canonized on 18 May 1950 by Pope Pius XII.
Saint Vincentia
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 28, 2012, 02:11:29 PM
St. Vincentia and St. Bartholomea pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2012, 02:24:56 AM
June 29
Let us remember today
Saint Cocha
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2012, 02:26:46 AM
Saint Cocha
She is also known as Coecha.
She lived in the Sixth century.
She was the nurse of the infant Saint Kieran of Saighir.
Later she became the abbess of Ross Benchuirin Ireland.
Died and canonized pre-congragationally.
Saint Cocha
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 30, 2012, 08:13:30 AM
June 30
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Martial of Limoges
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 30, 2012, 08:14:51 AM
Saint Martial                 
Bishop.of Limoges

Saint Martial was the first bishop of the  area around modern Limoges, France.
According to tradition, he was one of the seven missionary bishops sent from Rome before 250 to preach the Gospel in France. His efforts were recorded by Saint Gregory of Tours.
 He evangelized the limousine region and founded the diocese of Limoges of which he was the first bishop.
Saint Martial 
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2012, 05:58:37 AM
July 31
Let us remember today
Saint Neot.
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2012, 06:00:10 AM
Saint Neot.
Neot was reportedly a small man, just 15 inches tall. He started life as a soldier but later gave up this life to follow a more spiritual one at Glastonbury Abbey serving as a sacristan.  later Neot lived as a monk in Cornwall. Saint Neot cared for the poor and reportedly had a way with animals and birds and worked miracles through them. The
village of St Neot in Cornwall and the Cambridgeshire town of St Neots are named after him.
He died in a natural death in 877 and was canonized by acclamation as was the practice then.
Saint Neot,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2012, 06:05:05 AM

The Month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2012, 06:06:55 AM
July 1

Today re remember
Saint Gall of Clermont
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2012, 06:09:05 AM
Saint Gall
Bishop of Clermont.

Gal was born in 489 at Clermont, Auvergne , France; of a distinguished family. He was an uncle and teacher of Saint Gregory of Tours. Gall refused an arranged marriage to the daughter of a senator. Instead, he became a monk at Cournon Monastery, a deacon at Clermont and then a cantor in the court King Theirry I, before being appointed Bishop of Clermont in 526. He ruled in Clermont for the next 25 years. He was noted for his charities and humility.
Saint Gall,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2012, 01:53:59 AM
July 31
Let us remember today
Saint Neot.
Among many other Saints

How come no one has commented on this glaring mistake? ;D
Sorry. I am a little bit ahead of myself; one month to be exact ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2012, 02:01:09 AM
July2
Today we remember
Saint Monegundis
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2012, 02:03:22 AM
Saint Monegundis
Born in the 6th century at Chartres, France. She married and had two children; unfortunately, both  died in childhood. When the children died, Monegundis sought and received her husband’s permission to become a recluse in a cell at Chartres. Later, she moved to Tours, built a cell near the tomb of Saint Martin of Tours and attracted numerous disciples for whom she was forced to establish a rule that led to the founding of a convent dedicated to Saint Pierre le Puellier. Many miracles reported at her tomb after her death in 570 at Tours.
Saint Monegundis
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 02, 2012, 02:03:45 AM
I am sure the saint appreciates the extra mention though! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2012, 03:16:40 AM
I am sure the saint appreciates the extra mention though! :D

Thanks Shin, I thought it was end of July and at the same time I am also posting 1st of July. Crazy!
It must have have been the confusion of the attacks at the churches yesterday.


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Post by: Shin on July 02, 2012, 03:18:12 AM
More attacks? Sigh.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2012, 04:33:53 AM
More attacks? Sigh.

Yes, killing is a means of terror they do not hesitate to unleash on the innocent.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 03, 2012, 09:12:20 AM
July 3
Let us remember today
Saint Bladus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 03, 2012, 09:17:21 AM
Saint Bladus
Bishop.

Bladus was one of the early bishops on the Isle of Man, off the coast of Scotland.
Nothing else is known about him with certainty.
Saint Bladus
Pray for us


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Post by: odhiambo on July 04, 2012, 05:51:03 AM
July 4
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Odo the Good
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 04, 2012, 06:18:40 AM
Saint Odo the Good.
Archbishop of Canterbury

Odo was born in 870, of Danish parents, in East Anglia, England. He is also known as Odo of Canterbury, Oda of Canterbury and Oda the Good.  He became a monk at Fleury-sur-Loire and was later appointed bishop of Rambury in Wessex. Odo became Archbishop of Canterbury in 942.
He played an active role in both secular and ecclesiastical affairs. He had a deep concern for the welfare of the people. He established East Anglia as a separate diocese and supported Saint Dunstan’s monastic reforms at Glastonbury. Saint Odo was called “the Good” because of his famed holiness. He was also credited with miracles.
Odo died on2 June 959. Was proclaimed a saint pre-congragationally.
Saint Odo
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 04, 2012, 09:46:25 PM
St. Odo the Good, pray for us!

What a fine title!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2012, 02:52:44 AM
St. Odo the Good, pray for us!

What a fine title!

 :)


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Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2012, 02:53:10 AM
July 5
Let us today remember
Saint Edana
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2012, 02:55:28 AM
Saint Edana.
The saint is also known as Edana of West Ireland, Edaene and Etaoin. Not much is known about her though, not even when she was born. All we know is that she was Irish. She lived near the Boyle and Shannon rivers and that there is a well that was named after her. She is reportedly venerated in western Ireland where some parishes also bear her name.
Saint Edana
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 05, 2012, 09:44:03 AM
St. Edana, pray for us, and for Ireland!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 06, 2012, 08:04:53 AM
July 6
 
Today we remember
Saint Goar of Aquitaine
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 06, 2012, 08:07:02 AM
Saint Goar
Goar was born in Aquitaine, France. He was ordained a priest and served as parish priest in Aquitaine for several years before leaving to become a hermit at Oberwesel, on the Rhine River in Germany. He was falsely accused of sorcery by the local bishop, Rusticus of Trier. Luckily the Saint was cleared of the charge by King Sigebert I of Austrasia. Rusticus on his part, ended up being deposed partly because of the false accusation and partly because of his extravagant lifestyle. Goar was offered Rusticus’ see but he chose to return to his hermitage.
He died in 575. Emperor Charlemagne later built a church over his hermitage.
Saint Goar
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 07, 2012, 07:47:51 AM
July 7
Let us remember today
Blessed Peter To Rot
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on July 07, 2012, 07:59:19 AM
Blessed Peter To Rot
Martyr of the Japanese Military.

Peter was born in 1912 in Rakunai, New Britain, an island off the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea. His father , To Puia, was the chielf of the village. His mother’s name was Maria la Tumul. Peter’s father had invited missionaries to the village and he and his family were baptized and were part of the region’s first generation of Catholics. Peter was trained as a catechist and in 1933, he became chief catechist in his village. He married Paula la Varpit, a former student and the couple had three children.
In 1942, when the invading Japanese military forces arrived in New Britain, they arrested all the missionary priests and their staff. Peter was arrested several times for opposing the Japanese policies. One 7 July 1945, one month before the Japanese surrendered to the Allied Forces in the Pacific region, Peter was taken to a hut in the secluded Vunaiara region. There, he was reportedly, given a lethal injection and was, again, reportedly held down while he died in agony.The next day, his body was returned to his village for burial.
Venerated on 2 April 1993 by Pope John Paul II and beatified on 17 January 1995 by Pope John Paul II
Canonization is pending.
Blessed Peter To Rot
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 07, 2012, 06:04:31 PM
Ah, what  way to die!



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Post by: George on July 07, 2012, 06:27:01 PM
GLORY


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Post by: odhiambo on July 08, 2012, 04:33:07 AM
Ah, what  way to die!
An awful death Shin  :(
The Lord's Holly Will be done in our lives!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 08, 2012, 04:33:49 AM
July 8
Today we remember
Saint Sunniva
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 08, 2012, 04:37:44 AM
Saint Sunniva
She is also known as Sunnifa, Synnove of Norway and Sunniva of Bergen.
According to an old legend, she was an Irish princess, daughter of a tenth century Irish king. She reportedly fled her homeland with her brother Alban and several companions to escape marriage. They were shipwrecked on the island of Selje, off the coast of Norway. The runaways lived peacefully in a cave until one day, their local neighbors, sent an armed force against them after some cattle were discovered missing. When the warriors arrived at the cave, they found there had been a land slide which had sealed up the cave.
In 995, King Olaf Tryggvason ordered the cave opened. The incorrupt body of Sunniva was discovered. The king built a church in her honour and the body was moved there.
Saint Sunniva,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 09, 2012, 02:03:41 AM
July 9
Today we remember
Saint Brictus of Martola

Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 09, 2012, 02:04:58 AM
Saint Brictus
Bishop of Martola

Brictus ( Brictius) was the Bishop of Martola, near Spoleto, Italy. He was imprisoned in the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian. He was, however not martyred. He died in 312 during the era of Constantine the Great.
Saint Brictus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 10, 2012, 01:59:55 AM
July 10
Let us remember today
Saint Etto
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 10, 2012, 02:01:02 AM
Saint Etto
Bishop of Fescau

Etto is also known as Hetto and Hitto. He was an Irish missionary bishop in Belgium. He served as Abbot of Saint Peter’s monastery at Fescau and as Bishop of Fescau.
He died in 670 and was proclaimed a saint.
Saint Etto
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 11, 2012, 12:58:15 AM
July 11
Let us remember today
Saint Olga of Kiev
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 11, 2012, 01:02:11 AM
Saint Olga of Kiev.
Also known as Helena, Helga, Olga Prekrasa, Olga the Beauty and Olha.
 She was born in 879 at Pskov, Russia. In 903, she married Igor I duke of Kiev, a Varangarian prince. After her husband’s assassination in
in 945, Olga took over the reign of the country and exacted a bloody revenge on her husband’s assassins. She had them scalded to death and hundreds of their supporters were murdered. She ruled the country ably as regent for her son, Svyastoslav until he came of age on 964. Olga then became a Christian. She was baptized at Constantinople about 957 and changed her lifestyle. She devoted herself to converting the Russian people to Christianity but sadly, she was not very successful as she was not even able to convert her own son, Svyastoslav. Her efforts did lay some of the groundwork for the far more fruitful efforts of her grandson Prince Saint Vladimir.
She died on 11 July 969 in Kiev.
Saint Olga
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 11, 2012, 07:13:34 PM
All ye holy saints pray for us. :D



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Post by: odhiambo on July 12, 2012, 02:33:56 AM
July 12
Today we remember
Saint Veronica
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 12, 2012, 02:37:57 AM
Saint Veronica
Veronica was the woman of Jerusalem who wiped the face of Jesus Christ with a veil when He was on His way to Calvary.
According to legend, when Christ was carrying His Cross to Calvary, an unknown woman offered Him a cloth to wipe His brow, and when He returned it to her, it bore the imprint of His Face. In time, this unknown woman came to be known as “Veronica” (Vera-true; icon-image). What happened to her after this incident is told in a variety of legends. In one version, she went to Rome and cured Emperor Tiberius with her relic. In another version, she is the wife of Zacchaeus, the tax collector who climbed the sycamore tree in Luke 19:1-10; and other versions also exist. Suffice it to say that there is no factual information about her, only the fact that she wiped the Lord’s Face and Jesus rewarded her with His holy image imprinted on the cloth.
On her death, Veronica bequeathed the holy relic to Pope Saint Clement.
The relic is still preserved in Saint Peter’s and the memory of Veronica’s act of charity is commemorated in the Stations of the Cross. She is represented by a woman holding a cloth that bears the image of Christ’s face
Saint Veronica
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 12, 2012, 03:30:52 AM
St. Veronica pray for us. . .



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Post by: Shin on July 12, 2012, 03:39:45 AM
Here's an unfinished page on devotion to the Holy Face, (http://saintsprayers.net/Devotions,%20Litanies,%20and%20Novenas%20-%20Devotion%20to%20the%20Holy%20Face.htm) not completed so not off the main website, but since it's St. Veronica's day perhaps people will like reading bits of it here..



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Post by: Shin on July 12, 2012, 03:50:14 AM
I very much find myself full of the thought expressed in the revelations of St. Gertrude about works of charity exceeding sins..

It makes me think of filling up the moments with little works of charity, rather than anything that is focused on the self one's own desires. But how to begin! And how to continue?


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Post by: odhiambo on July 13, 2012, 04:23:45 AM
July 13
Today we remember
Saint Clelia Barbieri
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 13, 2012, 04:32:52 AM
Saint Clelia Barbieri
Founder of the Little Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Clelia, also known as Cloelia Barbieri, was born on 13 February 1847 in Budrio, Emilia, Italy. She was the daughter of Joseph and Hyacintha Nanetti Barbieri. From her earliest life, Clelia paid no attention to this world, only the spiritual life mattered and she was focused on this.
She founded the Little Sisters on May 1, 1864. The archbishop of Bologna, Lucida Maria Cardinal Parocchi, blessed the Little Sisters and their work which was to minister to the sick, the elderly , the lonely and the poor. The members of Clelia’s congregation are also called the Minims of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Clelia died very suddenly on 13 July 1870 at the age of 23 at Bundrio, Italy. She reportedly died of tuberculosis. Since her death, her voice has been mysteriously heard singing along with the nuns, in the convents she founded.
She was canonized on 9 April 1989 by Pope John Paul II. Clelia is the patron of people ridiculed for their piety.
Saint Clelia Barbieri
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 14, 2012, 03:23:44 AM
This reminds me of a saint whom God called His nightingale..

St. Mechtilde. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on July 14, 2012, 08:43:39 AM
This reminds me of a saint whom God called His nightingale..

St. Mechtilde. :D

How blessed the saint was.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 14, 2012, 08:53:43 AM
July 14
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Francis Solano
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 14, 2012, 08:57:32 AM
Saint Francis Solano
Franciscan Missionary to Lima, Peru.
He is also known as Francis Solanus, Thaumaturgus of the New World or Wonder Worker of the New World. He was born on 10 March 1549 in Andalusia, Spain. His parents, Matthew Sanchez Solanus and Anna Ximenes, were reportedly, noble and pious. He joined the
Franciscan at the age of 20. For two decades, Francis worked in Spain, becoming known for his teaching and conversions. At his request, Francis was sent as a missionary to Peru in in 1589 and for the rest of his life, he worked for the welfare of the Indians and the Spanish Colonists in South America. He learned the dialects and customs of Indian tribes; served as custodian of Franciscan houses in Argentina, Paraguay, and finally in Lima, Peru. He reportedly had tremendous success in his preaching and had many converts earning him the nickname, “ Wonder Worker of the New World” in recognition of his extraordinary achievement.
Francis died on 14 July 1610 at Lima. He was canonized on 27 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII.
Saint Francis Solano
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 15, 2012, 04:41:52 AM
July15
Let us remember today
Saint Vladimir I of Kiev
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 15, 2012, 04:48:57 AM
Saint Vladimir I
Grand Prince of Kiev, Ukraine.
Prince of Novgorod.
The Apostle of the Russians and Ruthenians.

From Catholic Encyclopedia, Ruthenians are “A Slavic people from Southern Russia, Galicia and Bukowina in Austria, and North-eastern Hungary.”
Vladimir was born in 956 in Kiev as Vladimir Svyatoslavich. He was the illegitimate son of Grand Duke Svyatoslav of Kiev and his mistress Malushka.  He was raised as a pagan. In 970, his father gave him Novgorod to rule. When his father died, however, things changed. His stepbrother, Yaropolk, defeated and killed another stepbrother named Oleg, and captured the great city of Novgorod. Vladimir fled to Scandinavia. The following year, with the help of an uncle, Vladimir returned to Russia and stormed Kiev, conquered Novgorod and killed Yaropolk. He embarked on other campaigns which saw him ruler of Russia. He was notorious for his cruelty and barbarity. According to SQPN,” Christianity had made some progress in Kiev, but Vladimir remained pagan, had seven wives, established temples, and participated in idolatrous rites, possibly involving human sacrifice.”
Around the year 987, Byzantine Emperor Basil II sought military aid from Vladimir in suppressing a revolt. In 988, Vladimir, impressed by the progress of Christianity, married Princess Anne, daughter of Emperor Basil ( His sister according to other sources), and became a Christian the following year. His conversion marked the beginning of Christianity in Russia. He reformed his life, putting aside his seven former wives( five according to other sources) and tried to live uprightly.
He built schools and churches, destroyed idols, brought Greek missionaries to Russia and even exchanged ambassadors with Rome. Despite the personal reforms mentioned, a touch of his autocratic tendencies showed itself in that those who refused baptism were harshly treated and his evangelization was accompanied by compulsion and fear.
Towards the end of his life, Vladimir was troubled by rebellions led by the sons from his earlier marriages. Two of his sons by Anne, Romanus( Boris) and David( Gleb), became saints.
Vladimir died on 15 July 1015 at Berestova, near Kiev, while leading a campaign against one of his rebellious sons, Yaroslav in Novgorod. He reportedly gave all his possessions to his friends and to the poor on his deathbed.
It is my understanding that he is the patron of Russian Catholics.
Saint Vladimir,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 16, 2012, 03:41:04 AM
July 16
Today we remember
Saint Helier
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 16, 2012, 03:43:48 AM
Saint Helier
Martyr.

He is also known as Helerous and Hielier. He was born at Tongres, Belgium and raised a Christian by a priest named Cunibert, who, unfortunately, was murdered by Helier’s pagan father. Later, Helier spent some time with Saint Marcou ( Marculf, Marculfus) at Nanteuil and then became a hermit on the Isle of Jersey where he reportedly lived in a cave. He was, reportedly, murdered by some local inhabitants in Jersey, England, while giving a sermon.
Saint Helier
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 16, 2012, 11:51:38 AM
All ye saints pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 17, 2012, 06:56:47 AM
July 17
Let us remember today
The Seven Apostles of Bulgaria
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 17, 2012, 06:57:28 AM
The Seven Apostles of Bulgaria
This is a group of apostles honored in the Bulgarian liturgy for their role in bringing Christianity to Bulgaria. The Seven are: Cyril and Methodius, Clement of Okhride. Sabas, Nahum. Angelarius, and Gorazd.
The Seven Apostles of Bulgaria
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 18, 2012, 01:43:22 AM
July 18.
Today we remember
Saint Theneva
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 18, 2012, 01:47:12 AM
Saint Theneva
She is also known as Thaney, Thenaw, Thenew, Thenog, Thenova, etc.
She was reportedly a British princess. As we saw from the biography of her son, Kentigern, when she was found to be with child of an unknown man, she was, reportedly again, hurled from a cliff. She landed at the foot of the cliff where she was discovered still alive. She was set adrift in a boat on the Firth of Forth ( according to Wikipedia, the Firth of Forth is the estuary of Scotland's River Forth). She reached Culross where she was given shelter by Saint Serf. She delivered her baby and Serf named him Mungo which means "dear one" .
He became the foster father of her son, Saint Kentigern( Mungo).
Saint Theneva is the patron saint of Glasgow, Scotland jointly with her son, Saint Kentigern.
Saint Theneva,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 18, 2012, 01:49:20 AM
St. Kentigern and St. Theneva, pray for us! Ye seven apostles of Bulgaria, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 19, 2012, 06:29:44 AM
July 19
Let us remember today
Saint Macrina the Younger
Among Many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 19, 2012, 06:32:10 AM
Saint Macrina the Younger
Macrina the Younger was born in 327 at Caesarea, Cappadocia. She was the granddaughter of Saint Macrina the Elder, so called to distinguish between the two of them. She was the sister of Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, and Saint Peter of Sebastea. She was reportedly well educated, especially in scripture. When she was twelve years old, she was engaged to a young lawyer. Unfortunately, her fiancé died before the wedding. Macrina refused other offers of marriage, deciding instead, to dedicate her life to God. When her father died, she and her mother retired to the family estate of Pontus where they lived a life of prayer and contemplation in a community of women they formed there. When her mother died, Macrina became head of the group and lived in Pontus until her own death there in 379.
Saint Macrina the Younger
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 20, 2012, 02:15:14 AM
Saints Macrina pray for us!

St. Basil, St. Gregory, St. Peter, pray for us!  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on July 20, 2012, 03:03:34 AM
July 20
Today we remember
Saint Ansegius
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 20, 2012, 03:06:22 AM
Saint Ansegius
Ansegius was born around the year 770 in Lyonnais, France. At the age of eighteen, he became a Benedictine monk at Fontenelle. One of his his relatives, Saint Girowald, was abbot there and saw that Ansegius was a holy man with learning. He sponsored him before Emperor Charlemagne who appointed him to reform the Saint Sixtus abbey near Rheims and Saint Memius in a place called Chalone-sur-Marne in France. Ansegius did his best and Charlemagne was so pleased with his effort and what he achieved that he appointed Ansegius abbot of Floy or Saint Germer, in the Bauvais region of France.
Under Louis the Pious, Charlemagne’s son and heir, Ansegius became abbot of Fontenelle in 823. He reigned for 10 years during which period, he supervised the building of a great library in Rouen which became renowned for its vast collection of original works.  Ansegius also wrote treaties on the religious life.
He died on July 20, 833 or 834.
Saint Ansegius
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on July 20, 2012, 10:41:54 AM
St Macrina, St. Ansegius, pray for us!!


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Post by: Shin on July 20, 2012, 10:20:20 PM
St. Ansegius, St. Sixtus, St. Girowald, and St. Memius pray for us!  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on July 21, 2012, 07:15:51 AM
July 21
Today we remember
Saint Praxedes
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 21, 2012, 07:19:08 AM
Saint Praxedes
According to legend, Praxedes, whose birth date is unknown, was the daughter of a Roman senator named Pudens, and the sister of Saint Prudentiana. She reportedly helped care for and hide Christians during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. She died on July 21, 164 in Rome. She was buried in the catacombs of Saint Priscilla, near Saint Prudentiana. Scholars have shown doubt that the two were actually sisters or that Pudens was even her father. A basilica in Rome is dedicated to her and her relics are there in the Saint Praxedes Church.
Saint Praxedes
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 22, 2012, 03:57:45 AM
July 22
Today we remember
Saint Dabius
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 22, 2012, 04:01:45 AM
Saint Dabius
Among many other Saints
Saint Dabius, also known as Davius, was an Irish missionary to Scotland. Several churches there bear his name. He may earlier, have been a spiritual student of Saint Patrick.
Saint Dabius
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 22, 2012, 04:27:20 AM
St. Dabius, St. Praxedes, St. Priscilla, St. Prudentia, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 23, 2012, 04:02:01 AM
July 23
Today we remember
Saint Romula
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 23, 2012, 04:03:08 AM
Saint Romula
Romula was a hermitess. She lived with Saint Redempta, who was raised and instructed in the life of a hermitess by Saint Herundo in Palestine. The two, together with another woman, lived near the church Mary Major in Rome in about 575. They formed a small community in Rome, earning the praise of Pope Saint Gregory I, also known as Gregory the Great. For the last years of her life, Romula was stricken with paralysis and was bedridden.
She died in 580
Saint Romula
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 24, 2012, 03:22:36 AM
July 24
Today we remember
Saint Christina the Astonishing
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 24, 2012, 03:26:47 AM
Saint Christina the Astonishing
Christina the Astonishing is also known as Christina Mirabilis. She was born to a peasant family in 1150 at Brusthem near Liege, Belgium. She was orphaned when three years old and was raised by two older sisters. When Christiana was about 21, she had an epileptic fit and it seemed like she died in the attack and was pronounced dead. During her funeral Mass, however, Christina suddenly soared to the roof of the church. When the priest ordered her to come down, she did so. She said that she had been to hell, purgatory, and heaven, and had been allowed to return to earth to pray for the suffering souls in purgatory. This was just one of the astonishing events that reportedly took place during her lifetime.
She could not stand the odor of other people , in other words, she could smell sin and to avoid human contact or smell, she resorted to such extraordinary means as climbing trees, soaring up, and reportedly, even hiding in ovens! etc. She lived a life of poverty and was thought to be insane by many though others venerated her.
Christina spent the last years of her life in Saint Catherine’s convent at Saint Trond, where she died on 24 July 1224.
She is patron against against insanity,
Saint Christina,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 24, 2012, 05:57:28 AM
St. Christina the Astonishing has long been a favorite for me, ever since I first learned of her life.

St. Christina, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 24, 2012, 07:41:09 AM
St. Christina the Astonishing has long been a favorite for me, ever since I first learned of her life.
St. Christina, pray for us!
And what an amazing life that was! O:)


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Post by: odhiambo on July 24, 2012, 07:47:45 AM
If the miracle of her coming to life after being pronounced dead had happened here and now, she would most likely be murdered by the mourners!
Some time this year a man had reportedly died, the body was  put in a coffin and was being taken for burial when he started knocking on the roof of the coffin which he eventually split open and struggled out. The mourners at first scattered, terrified. Then some gained courrage, returned and attacked the hapless man, killing him and then took the dead body for burial!
One wonders why they wept at all  :(


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Post by: Patricia on July 24, 2012, 12:57:46 PM
St Cristina , pray for us!  :crucifix:

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The mourners at first scattered, terrified. Then some gained courrage, returned and attacked the hapless man, killing him and then took the dead body for burial!
One wonders why they wept at all  Sad

Its a crazy world we live in!  :faint:


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Post by: George on July 24, 2012, 03:06:29 PM
If the miracle of her coming to life after being pronounced dead had happened here and now, she would most likely be murdered by the mourners!
Some time this year a man had reportedly died, the body was  put in a coffin and was being taken for burial when he started knocking on the roof of the coffin which he eventually split open and struggled out. The mourners at first scattered, terrified. Then some gained courrage, returned and attacked the hapless man, killing him and then took the dead body for burial!
One wonders why they wept at all  :(
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Mother of God pray for us]


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Post by: odhiambo on July 25, 2012, 02:39:46 AM
July 25
Today we remember
Saint Christopher
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 25, 2012, 02:43:16 AM
Saint Christopher.
Martyr.

Christopher, also known as Cristobal, Kester, Kitts and Offero, was born in Canaan. Not much is known about him. His fame derives from the legend of him being a “Christ-bearer”. According to this legend, Christopher was an ugly giant who made his living carrying people across a river. One day a small child asked for a ride and Christopher put him on his shoulder and off he went wading into the water. With each step that he took, the child he carried grew heavier and Christopher struggled, fearing for his life. The child then revealed to him that he was Christ (Christopher means Christ bearer) and the heaviness was caused by the weight of the world he was carrying on his shoulders. Because of this legend, Saint Christopher is the patron saint of motor travelers. He is also patron of America, so I have read. :)
Saint Christopher is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers who appeared to Saint Joan of Arc.
He was, reportedly, martyred in 251 in Lycia, Asia Minor, now Turkey, in the persecutions of Decius.
Saint Christopher
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 26, 2012, 06:03:16 AM
July 26
Let us remember today
Blessed George Swallowell
Among many other Saints and Blesseds
 


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Post by: odhiambo on July 26, 2012, 06:06:14 AM
Blessed George Swallowell
Martyr

George was born in Shadforth, Durham, England. He became a Protestant minister and a schoolmaster but later he returned to the Catholic Church. He was arrested and charged with being a Catholic convert, He was convicted and executed on 26 July 1594 at Darlington, England.
He was beatified on 15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI
Canonization is pending.
Blessed George Swallowell
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 27, 2012, 05:08:24 AM
This reminds me of St. Robert Southwell. Similar names, both English.



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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2012, 05:15:46 AM
This reminds me of St. Robert Southwell. Similar names, both English.


Robert Southwell and George Swallowell, hmmm, ok the surnames sort of sound the same I'll give you that , but as to similas Shin? ;D


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Post by: Shin on July 27, 2012, 05:18:47 AM
Well, if one wrote a poem about them, there'd be no problem with the rhyme. Haha!

So too they did both die for the crime of being Catholic.   :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2012, 05:31:34 AM
Well, if one wrote a poem about them, there'd be no problem with the rhyme. Haha!

So too they did both die for the crime of being Catholic.   :crucifix:


That, sadly, is only too true. :(


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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2012, 05:31:52 AM
July 27
Today we remember
Saint Aurelius
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2012, 07:08:05 AM
Saint Aurelius
Martyr.

According to his biography by Saint Eulogius of Toledo, Aurelius' father was a Moslem and his mother a Spanish woman. Both parents died while he was still a child. He was then secretly raised a Christian by his aunt. This was during the Moorish occupation of Spain and their persecution of Christians. When he was grown, Aurelius married a woman called Sabigotho. She too came from a family background similar to his; she was half Moor. He converted her to Christianity and she took the name of Natalia.
Aurelia and Natalie befriended a Christian monk, George of Jerusalem. The three of them were arrested by the Moors and beheaded for the faith on 27 July 852
Their Memorials falls on this day.
Saint Aurelius,
Pray for us!
Saint Natalia
Pray for us!
Saint George
Pray for us!


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Post by: George on July 28, 2012, 07:38:21 AM
Saint Aurelius
Martyr.

According to his biography by Saint Eulogius of Toledo, Aurelius' father was a Moslem and his mother a Spanish woman. Both parents died while he was still a child. He was then secretly raised a Christian by his aunt. This was during the Moorish occupation of Spain and their persecution of Christians. When he was grown, Aurelius married a woman called Sabigotho. She too came from a family background similar to his; she was half Moor. He converted her to Christianity and she took the name of Natalia.
Aurelia and Natalie befriended a Christian monk, George of Jerusalem. The three of them were arrested by the Moors and beheaded for the faith on 27 July 852
Their Memorials falls on this day.
Saint Aurelius,
Pray for us!
Saint Natalia
Pray for us!
Saint George
Pray for us!
Amen


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Post by: odhiambo on July 28, 2012, 07:51:18 AM
July 28
Today we remember
Saint Botwid
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 28, 2012, 07:52:40 AM
Saint Botwid
Martyr.

Saint Botwid, also known as Botuid, Botuidus and Botwinus , was born in Sweden and raised a pagan. He became a Christian while on a journey to England. He returned to Sweden as a missionary and was murdered on 1120
by a Finnish slave whom he had set free. Botwid had reportedly  converted the slave who subsequently rejected the faith.
He was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Botwid
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 28, 2012, 09:44:26 AM
St. Botwid pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 29, 2012, 04:07:57 AM
July 29
Today we remember
Saint Flora
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 29, 2012, 04:09:27 AM
Saint Flora
Martyr.

Flora was One of 23 Christians martyred in the persecutions of Gallienus. No other information has survived. She was martyred with  Lucille, Antoninus, Eugene, Theodore and eighteen other companions.
They were martyred in 260.
Saint Flora, and Companions,
Pray for us!



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Post by: odhiambo on July 30, 2012, 02:42:16 AM
July 30
Today we remember
Saint Tatwine of Canterbury
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 30, 2012, 02:43:22 AM
Saint Tatwine
Archbishop of Canterbury.

Tatwine was an Englishman. He became a monk at Bredon and was eventually named archbishop of Canterbury in 731. He succeeded Brithwald. Tatwine was reportedly much respected by Saint Bede. According to Saint Bede, Tatwine authored several works, including a grammar and riddles. He died in 734.
Saint Tatwine
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 31, 2012, 02:23:07 AM
July 31
Today we remember
Saint Neot
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 31, 2012, 02:29:48 AM
Saint Neot
Hermit.

According to Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, Neot was a monk at Glastonbury Abbey in England. He was ordained, but left the abbey to become a hermit in Cornwall, an area that later became known as Saint Neot. According to tradition, Neot was related to King Alfred the Great who used to visit him for advise. Somewhat unkindly, the Saint was called " the Pigmy Saint", awing to the fact that he was, reportedly, just 15 inches tall.
He died in 877. His relics are at Saint Neot's church, Cambridgeshire, England, and at the abbey of Bee, Normandy, France
He was canonized,
Pre-Congregation
Saint Neot
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on July 31, 2012, 08:54:49 AM
St Neot, pray for us!


Do not let any occasion of gaining merit pass without taking care to draw some spiritual profit from it; as, for example, from a sharp word which someone may say to you; from an act of obedience imposed against your will; from an opportunity which may occur to humble yourself, or to practice charity, sweetness, and patience. All of these occasions are gain for you, and you should seek to procure them; and at the close of that day, when the greatest number of them have come to you, you should go to rest most cheerful and pleased, as the merchant does on the day when he had had most chance for making money; for on that day business has prospered with him.

-- Saint Ignatius of  Loyola


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Post by: George on July 31, 2012, 02:21:35 PM
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Please pray for us


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Post by: odhiambo on August 01, 2012, 02:45:43 AM
August.
The Month of August is Dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary


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Post by: odhiambo on August 01, 2012, 02:46:29 AM
August 1
Today is the Memorial of
Saints Faith, Hope and Charity
Among any other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 01, 2012, 04:19:11 AM
Saints Faith, Hope and Charity.
Martyrs.

According to legend, Faith, Hope and Charity were the daughters of Wisdom, known as Sophia in the Roman Martyrology. Sophia was a widow living in Rome.
The daughters suffered martyrdom during Hadrian’s persecutions of Christians.
Faith, twelve, was scourged, and boiling pitch was poured on her but she remained unharmed. She was subsequently beheaded.
Hope, ten and Charity , nine, were also heheaded after emerging unscathed from a furnace. Wisdom, their mother, died three days later while praying at their graves.
Faith, hope and Charity are also called: Fides, Spes and Caritas in Latin, and Pistis, Elpis and Agape in Greek.
Saints Faith, Hope and Charity.
Pray for us!
1:
SQPN
2:
Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:
3:
Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney


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Post by: odhiambo on August 02, 2012, 01:36:44 AM
August 2
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Plegmund
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 02, 2012, 01:44:10 AM
Saint Plegmund
Archbishop of Canterbury

Plegemund was born in Mercia England, and was a hermit near Cheshire. According to Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints, Plegemund was the tutor of King Alfred the Great, and at the request of Alfred, Pope Stephen V or IV, appointed him archebishop of Canterbury.
According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, however, Plegemund became a member of King Arthur’s court and at Arthur’s request was named Archbishop of Canterbury in 890 and consecrated in Rome by Pope Formosus. In 908, Plegemund returned to Rome probably to secure approval of his archbishopric by Pope Sergius III since Formosus’ consecrations were condemned in 897 and 905.
He died at Canterbury in 923.
Saint Plegmund
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 02, 2012, 06:34:37 PM
It's also St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori's day, a saint we have so many wonderful quotes from!  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on August 03, 2012, 08:52:57 AM
It's also St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori's day, a saint we have so many wonderful quotes from!  :D
Will post him this time next year, if it be the Lord's Will.  :)
 St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 03, 2012, 08:54:01 AM
August 3
Today we remember
Saint Gamaliel
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 03, 2012, 08:56:21 AM
Saint Gamaliel
Gamaliel was one of the great teaches of the law.  As found in Acts 22:3, he was Saint Paul’s teacher in Jerusalem. Gamaliel counseled the Jewish Sanhedrin in Jerusalem to release Saint Peter and the Apostles who had been arrested for preaching. They were flogged then released.
According to an ancient tradition, Gamaliel later became a Christian. The finding of his body in Jerusamen is celebrated on this day, August 3 by early Christians.
Saint Gamaliel
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 04, 2012, 08:25:12 AM
August 4
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Ia
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 04, 2012, 08:29:23 AM
Saint Ia
Martyr.

Ia was a Greek slave. She was reportedly so very success in converting Persian women to the faith that she was arrested during the persecution of Christians by King Shapur II of Persia; tortured for months in an attempt to force her to apostatize but to no avail. She was flogged and subsequently beheaded in 360.
Saint Ia
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on August 04, 2012, 09:49:48 AM
St Ia, brave martyr Saint, pray for us!!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 05, 2012, 05:19:01 AM
August 5
Today we remember
Saint Nonna
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 05, 2012, 05:21:27 AM
Saint Nonna
Nonna was the wife of Saint Gregory of Nazianzen the Elder. Mother of Saint Gregory Nazianzen the Younger, Saint Caesarius of Nazianzen, and Saint Gorgonia ( Gorgonius). She was a Christian when she married Gregory, a magistrate at Nazianzus, Cappadocia. Gregory was a member of a a Jewish pagan group, the Hypsistarians ( Hypsistorians). She converted him to the Christian faith. He became a priest and then a bishop. All of their children became Saints. Nonna outlived her husband and the latter two children.
She died in 374 and was canonized Pre-Congregation.
Saint Nonna
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 06, 2012, 03:01:32 AM
August 6
Today we remember
The Martyrs of Cardena
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 06, 2012, 03:02:40 AM
The Martyrs of Cardena
Sometime in the 8th century, more than two hundred Benedictine monks, in the monastery of Cardena, Spain, under Abbot Stephen, were put to death by Arabs during their conquest of the peninsula.
They were beatified in 1603.
 Martyrs of Cardena,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 07, 2012, 04:36:19 AM
August 7
Today we remember
Blessed Agathangelus Nourry
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on August 07, 2012, 04:45:41 AM
Blessed Agathangelus Noury
Martyr
.
Agathangelus, who is also known as Agathangelo, was born on 31 July 1598 near Vendome in France. He was baptized Francis. He entered the Capuchin monastery at Le Mans in 1619 and was ordained a priest in 1625 taking the name of Agathangelo. After preaching in France for a while, he was sent as a missionary to Aleppo, Syria where he became known as an Arabic scholar because he published Catholic works in Arabic.
In 1633, Agathangelus was sent to Cairo and was joined there by Father Cassian Lopez Neto. The two priests worked together to bring the Coptic Christians into communion with Rome. A synod of Coptics in 1637, to discuss reunion failed dismally reportedly because many Catholics in Cairo at the time were notorious for their dissolute lifestyles; from the French consul down through his staff, to the others in the consulate. Agathangelus attempted to excommunicate the worst of the offenders. He wrote to the prefect of propaganda in Rome for authotity to excommunicate. Before receiving a reply, however, he left with Father Cassian to establish a Capuchin mission in Ethiopia.
In 1638, through the influence of one Peter Heyling, a Lutheran doctor who hated Catholicism, they were arrested at Dibarua, near Suakim, and taken in chains before King Gondar( King Basilides, from other accounts). They were tried and found guilty of interfering with Ethiopian religious matters. They were hanged by the cords of their Franciscan habits.
Both were beatified in 1905 by Pope Pius X.
Canonization is pending.
Blessed Agathangelus Noury
Pray for Aleppo; pray for Syria; pray for us!
Blessed Cassian Vaz Lopez Neto
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 07, 2012, 11:35:23 PM
It's so important to spread the works of the saints to folks everywhere! I am glad to hear of a blessed scholar publishing works in Arabic! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on August 08, 2012, 01:47:15 AM
It's so important to spread the works of the saints to folks everywhere! I am glad to hear of a blessed scholar publishing works in Arabic! :D

It is hard to imagine that Christianity was there in all these areas before Islam was. :(


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Post by: odhiambo on August 08, 2012, 01:58:45 AM
A synod of Coptics in 1637, to discuss reunion failed dismally reportedly because many Catholics in Cairo at the time were notorious for their dissolute lifestyles;

I found this bit of information worth pondering over. It follows, does it not, that Christianity is where it is today; i.e. divided and weak; completely wiped out from some areas of the world where it was once dominant, as a consequence of our own lackuster approach to the Faith. It is like God is punishing us Christians the way He punished the Isaelites and allowed them to be scattered from the land He gave them. :(


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Post by: odhiambo on August 08, 2012, 02:37:04 AM
August 8
Today we remember
Saint Famianus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 08, 2012, 02:38:55 AM
Saint Famianus
Hermit

He is also known as Famian and as Quardus. He was born in 1090 at Cologne, Germany He went on a pilgrimage to Rome, the Holy Lands, and Compostela in Spain. He remained at Compostela as a hermit and stayed for 25 years at San Placido on the River Minho. When a Cistercian abbey was built nearby, he joined the Order. In time, Famianus made a second pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and on to Umbria in Italy, where he died in 1150 at Gallese.
Saint Famianus
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on August 08, 2012, 10:27:51 AM
Quote
The two priests worked together to bring the Coptic Christians into communion with Rome. A synod of Coptics in 1637, to discuss reunion failed dismally reportedly because many Catholics in Cairo at the time were notorious for their dissolute lifestyles; from the French consul down through his staff, to the others in the consulate.

I talk to my Egyptian Coptic Orthodox neighbors and learn a few things. Egypt now has majority Muslims. My neighbor told me how the Muslims invaded years back and persecuted the Coptic Orthodox. If anyone spoke Coptic their tongues were cut off by the Muslim invaders. So now in the present time Coptic has been wiped out and only Arabic is spoken. Even my neighbor speaks Arabic.
We must pray for the return of these people to the Roman Catholic Church. I see their strong faith, orthodoxy and piety but they still need to return to Rome , to the Vicar of Christ on earth.  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on August 09, 2012, 01:33:15 AM
Quote
The two priests worked together to bring the Coptic Christians into communion with Rome. A synod of Coptics in 1637, to discuss reunion failed dismally reportedly because many Catholics in Cairo at the time were notorious for their dissolute lifestyles; from the French consul down through his staff, to the others in the consulate.

I talk to my Egyptian Coptic Orthodox neighbors and learn a few things. Egypt now has majority Muslims. My neighbor told me how the Muslims invaded years back and persecuted the Coptic Orthodox. If anyone spoke Coptic their tongues were cut off by the Muslim invaders. So now in the present time Coptic has been wiped out and only Arabic is spoken. Even my neighbor speaks Arabic.
We must pray for the return of these people to the Roman Catholic Church. I see their strong faith, orthodoxy and piety but they still need to return to Rome , to the Vicar of Christ on earth.  :crucifix:

Absolutely!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 09, 2012, 01:36:02 AM
August 9
Today we remember
Saints Firmus and Rusticus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 09, 2012, 01:38:37 AM
Saints Firmus and Rusticus
Martyrs.

According to Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
the two were martyrs of Bergamo, Lombardy in Italy. Sources differ however, as according to SQPN , the two were born in North Africa.
They were supposedly related to each other and prominent citizens of Bergamo. They were martyred in 290 in Verona during the severe persecutions of Emperor Maximian in that region.
Saints Firmus,
Pray for us!
Saint Rusticus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 10, 2012, 04:19:45 AM
August 10
Today we remember
Saint Blane
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 10, 2012, 05:01:19 AM
Saint Blane
Bishop

Blane, also known as Blaan; Blan, was born in the 6th century on the island of of Bute, Scotland . He went to Ireland and studied there for seven years subsequentyl becaming a monk there. When he returned to Scotland, he was ordained and devoted himself to missionary work. He was consecrated bishop. Blane made a pilgrimage to Rome to seek papal blessing on his bishopric.
The Saint was credited with performing miracles.
He died in 590 at a place then known as Kingarth, but now called Dunblane, on Bute island.
Canonized pre congregation.
Saint Blane
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 11, 2012, 07:14:41 AM
August 11
Today we remember
Saint Alexander of Comana
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 11, 2012, 07:18:51 AM
Saint Alexander of Comana
Bishop and Martyr.

Alexander was born Greek and pagan. He was well born and well educated. He converted to Christianity while still in his native land, subsequently going to Comana, Pontus in Asia Minor. Here, he chose to be a Charcoal Burner. He did this to practice humility. Because of this trade, he is also known as Alexander the Charcoal Burner( Carbonarius). Alexander was chosen by Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus to be the bishop of Comana, Pontus, located along the Southern Black sea. Saint Gregory had interviewed many candidates for the bishopric but was unable to find a suitable candidate. When Alexander’s name was derisively suggested, he interviewed him and found him a wise and holy man worthy of being a bishop.
Alexander was burned alive for his faith in 275 at Comana during Decius' persecution of Christians.
Saint Alexander,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 11, 2012, 01:17:03 PM
St. Blane, St. Alexander, and St. Philomena pray for us!



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Post by: odhiambo on August 12, 2012, 04:17:59 AM
August 12
Today we remember
Saint Gracilian
Among many other Saint


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Post by: odhiambo on August 12, 2012, 04:51:22 AM
Saint Gracilian
Martyr.

He is also known as Gratiliano. He was a Christian in prison in Faleria, Italy, awaiting execution for his faith during the Diocletian persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. He cured a young blind girl named Felicissima. She was so amazed at the miracle and holiness of Gracillian that she converted to the Christian faith. She was promptly arrested and both were beheaded.304.
Saint Gracilian
Pray for us!
Saint Felicissima,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 13, 2012, 02:45:54 AM
St. Gracilian, St. Felicissima, pray for us!

What a fine name, sounds of 'grace' in English. :D

And I believe Felicissima's name root means 'happy'.


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Post by: odhiambo on August 13, 2012, 02:59:52 PM
August 13
Today is the Memorial  of
Saint Cassian of Imola
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 13, 2012, 03:02:00 PM
Saint Cassian
Martyr,

Cassian was a Christian teacher at Imola, near Ravenna in Italy( Date unknown except that it was in the 4th century).
He was brought before the governor of the province during the persecutions of Christians. He was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods. He refused. He was hacked to death by his students by order of the governor. Prudentius reportedly recorded the grisly martyrdom of Saint Cassian, noting that the students could not wield mortal blows, thus prolonging his agony.
Saint Cassian
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 13, 2012, 11:33:50 PM
St. Cassian, pray for us!

I wonder how many would refuse today? Some folks seem to think it's a good thing for everyone to do together!

St. Cassian reminds me of St. John Cassian.

Sts. Cassian, pray for our grace and virtue!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 14, 2012, 02:16:23 AM
August 14
Today we remember
Saint Werenfridus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 14, 2012, 02:20:07 AM
Saint Werenfridus
Missionary.

He is also known as Werenfrid and Werenfried. He was born in England; became a Benedictine monk and traveled to the Netherlands where he became an assistant to Saint Willibrord in their very successful effort to convert the Frisians.
He died in 780 at Arnhem, in the Netherlands.
He is the patron saint against gout and stiff joints. ( don't ask me why.  ;D )
Saint Werenfridus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 15, 2012, 02:10:14 AM
August 15.
It is the day we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary our Spiritual Mother.
On this day we commemorate the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. God did not allow her precious body to go the way of the bodies of us all, i.e decay.
Mary is in heaven now body and soul. At the end of time, we too will reunite with our resurrected bodies and join her in eternal life.
Happy Feast Day.


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Post by: odhiambo on August 15, 2012, 02:12:52 AM
August 15
Today we remember
Saint Tarcisius
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 15, 2012, 02:15:29 AM
Saint Tarcisius
Martyr

He is also known as Tarsicius. According to Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, quoting from one of the Epigrammata written by Pope Saint Damasus I, Tarcisius was possibly a deacon in Rome. It was the Saint’s custom to bring the Blessed Sacrament to Christians locked away in Roman prisons. On one such a mission, he was accosted by a mob on the Appian Way. When he refused to surrender the Sacred Hosts, he was beaten to death. According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, the incident is included in Cardinal Wiseman’s novel, Fabiola. Dictionary of Saints also mentions the fact the Poe Damasus wrote a poem about it.
His relics were originally placed in the catacombs of Saint Callistus, but later transferred.
Saint Tarcisiusis the patron saint of First Communicants.
Saint Tarcisius
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 15, 2012, 04:13:13 AM
Today, August 15 is also the Memorial of another person.  I only learnt about him last Sunday when I saw his name in the Daily Missal. His story so touched me that I wanted others to read about him as well. Here it is:

Blessed Isidore Bakanja
‘Martyr of the Carmelite Brown Scapular.

Blessed Isidore was born in 1887 or thereabouts, the correct date is not known,  at Bokendela. He was born into a fishing community on the banks of the River Botato in the northeast Republic of what was then  known as the Belgian Congo , but is today properly referred to as the Democratic Republic of Congo ( Zaire) , a Central African Republic. His given name was Bakanja.
In 1904, when he was about 16, Bakanja left his village in search of work. He started off working as a stone mason for a state owned construction company. He was assistant to the headman, who was called  Linganga who, as fate would have it, was a Christian, having been baptized only about one year earlier by Cistercian (Trappist) Missionaries .
Bakanja began taking catechism instructions from Trappist missionaries from Westmalle Abbey in Belgium. He was baptized on 6th May 1906, taking the Christian name of “Isidore”. He also started wearing round his neck the Carmelite brown scapular, which they referred to as ‘Bonkoto Malia’ meaning ‘the habit of Mary’. It seems that the missionaries then encouraged all their converts to wear the scapular. They reportedly told the converts that the scapular and the rosary were the means by which they could show their Christian faith to others.
Isidore was confirmed on 25th November 1906 and received Holy Communion for the first time on 8th August 1907.
 Bakanja was a serious, good natured young man.  He took his faith very seriously and was said to be a devout Catholic, very devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayed the Rosary frequently.
After his Confirmation and First Holy Communion, he returned to his village but stayed only a short time before setting off again to find some other means of earning a living.
. This time he got a position as a house boy or domestic servant for an agent of a large white-owned rubber producing company, the Societe Anonyme Belge (SAB).
 His Belgian boss was called Reynders. All was well for a time and Isidore was contented with his life.
In 1908 however, Reynders moved to take a new position at a place called Ikili.
The manager of the new estate was one Andre Van Cauter, a man notorious for his unpredictable rages and brutality. He treated the workers as slaves despite the fact that slavery had officially been abolished. Productivity and profit were all that mattered to him; to crown it all Van Cauter hated Christians with a passion because Christian missionaries preached that all were equal in God’s eyes. He twisted the respectful address,   ‘Mon Père’ (Father), using the term mockingly, derogatively as a catch-phrase for priests and all that had to do with religion.
Isidore had the pious habit of praying.  He prayed often and many times, rosary in hand, he looked for opportunities to share with others what he knew about the Catholic Faith. Many thought of him as a catechist.
His prayerful ways and sharing of his Faith only served to  incense Van Cauter. He forbade Bakanja to pray either alone or with others. Things got from bad to worse when one day Isidore was serving at table for Van Cauter and the Belgian saw that Bakanja was still wearing his brown scapular under his shirt. He demanded Bakanja take it off, and when the young man refused Van Cauter had Bakanja stripped and flogged a total of 25 lashes; still, Isidore would not remove the Scapular from around his neck.
A short while after this incident, after a drinking spree Van Cauter ordered his men to find Bakanja and bring him to him.
Bakanja was brought and when he again refused to take off his scapular, Van Cauter ripped the Scapular from his neck and reportedly threw it to his dogs. He then had some of his men hold Bakanja face down on the ground and ordered first one, then another, to flogged him mercilessly using a specially designed whip made of elephant hide with nails protruding at the end.
 Although reluctant, the men knew if they did not do as they were told they would suffer the same fate, and rather than stand up to injustice they beat Bakanja savagely as ordered.
Isidore cried out  for mercy. "My God, I'm dying", he muttered. But Van Cauter kept kicking him in the neck and head, and ordered his workers to scourge him harder still. After  about 100 lashes, those assisting lost count of the number of blows, Isidore's back was one open wound with some of his bones exposed.
When the men could flog him no more because they were tired, Bakanja was thrown, legs chained, into a hut for processing rubber. He could not move , not even to relieve himself.
He was more or less abandoned here until, quite by chance, an inspector from the company arrived at the estate.
Terrified that he would be found out for his vicious behaviour, Van Cauter
 went to the hut and dragged Bakanja out, ordering him to walk through the bush to a nearby village. With his dreadful wounds, the poor man could hardly stand.  He managed somehow to drag himself along. As soon as Van Cauter was out of sight,
 Bakanja hid himself in the bush by the wayside where, thanks to God, he was later discovered by the inspector, a kind man named Dorpinhaus, who was horrified at the sight of Bakanja.
Here is  a written account of his impression: "I saw a man come from the forest with his back torn apart by deep, festering, malodorous wounds, covered with filth, assaulted by flies. He leaned on two sticks in order to get near me -he wasn't walking; he was dragging himself".
 On hearing Isidore’s sad story, the inspector, full of pity, took him to his own settlement, hoping to help him heal. Despite having his wounds tended and receiving the best of care, Bakanja died of his wounds on 15th August, the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption, 1909. He died with his scapular around his neck and his rosary clutched in his hand.
From his words, before he died, he was in no doubt as to why he was killed and he also forgave the killer: Listen to this:
‘Tell the people that I have been attacked because I am a Christian.’ and 
‘If the white man beat me that’s his problem, not mine. If I die, I’ll pray for him in heaven.’
He was buried with his scapular around his neck and his rosary still clutched in his hand, as at the time of his death.
Isidore Bakanja was beatified by Pope John Paul II in April 1994.
Blessed Isidore Bakanja
Pray for us!
Ref:
1: EWTN Document Library:
2: 1: a  presentation given  by Carmelite Tertiary Maureen Pickman on the life and death of Blessed Isidore Bakanja, ‘Martyr of the Carmelite Brown Scapular’,
at the York Carmelite Spirituality Group’s February 2010.


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Post by: George on August 15, 2012, 11:55:54 AM
With tears in my eyes.
Blessed Isidore Bakanja
Pray for us


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Post by: odhiambo on August 16, 2012, 01:51:56 AM
With tears in my eyes.
Blessed Isidore Bakanja
Pray for us

 :( :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on August 16, 2012, 01:54:48 AM
August 16
Today we remember
Saint Roch
Amomg many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 16, 2012, 02:03:24 AM
Saint Roch
Saint Roch is also known as Rocco in Italy ; Roque in Spain and still other variants of the same name in other places.
He was born in 1295 at Montpelier, France . He was the son of the governor there. At birth, he was found to have a birth mark in the form of a red cross on his chest. Roch lost his parents when he was twenty years old. He later went on a pilgrimage to Rome and devoted himself to caring for the victims of a plague that was ravaging Italy at the time. He too became a victim at Piacenza but recovered. Roch was reputed to have performed many miracles of healing.
When he returned to Montpelier, his uncle, who was then governor, did not recognize him and ordered him imprisoned for five years as a spy in the disguise of a pilgrim. Roch did not identify himself to his uncle. He died in prison in1327 and was only identified after his death by the afore mentioned birth mark. According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, another biographer says that Roch was arrested at Angers, Lombardy, and died in prison there.
Miracles were reported at his intercession after his death.
He patron against cholera , against epidemics , against plague, against knee problems, against skin diseases, etc
Saint Roch
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 16, 2012, 07:05:12 AM
St. Roch, pray for us!

I have prayed for his help before but I did not know his story!


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Post by: Patricia on August 16, 2012, 12:03:00 PM
Blessed Isidore Bakanja, pray for us!! Heart rending story!!   :'(  He died on the Assumption! What a brave martyr....to refuse to take off his scapular.
Saint Roch pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 17, 2012, 02:04:05 AM
August 17
Today we remember
Saint Mamas
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 17, 2012, 02:05:40 AM
Saint Mamas
Martyr.

Mamas, who is also known as Mammas and also as Mamans, was a shepherd at Caesarea in Cappadocia, now Turkey. He was noted for his faith, for which he was martyred. The Roman Martyrology, reportedly identifies him as the son of Saint Theodotus and Saint Rufina, and that he was executed for his faith in old age during the reign of Emperor Aurelian. An Eastern tradition, on the other hand, reportedly, has him stoned to death while still a boy. Saint Basil and Saint Gregory Nazianzus, both wrote of him.
Saint Mamas,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 18, 2012, 04:01:32 AM
August 18
Today we remember
Saint Edburgh of Bicester
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 18, 2012, 04:03:29 AM
Saint Edburgh of Bicester.
Edburgh was born in 620 in Mercia, present day England. She was born a princess, the daughter of the pagan King Penda of Mercia. She was the sister of Saint Cuneburga and Saint Edith of Aylesbury and aunt of Saint Osith. ( So many saints in the family!). She became a nun at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. The towns of Adderbury and Edburton in England are thought to have been named for her.
She died on 18 July 650 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. Her shrine is at Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, but her relics were transferred to Flanders, Belgium in 1500 by order of Pope Alexander VI.
Saint Edburgh,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 18, 2012, 04:05:43 AM

Let us also remember today
Blessed Victoria Rasoamanarivo
Among others remembered on this day, the 18th of August.


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Post by: odhiambo on August 18, 2012, 04:12:16 AM
Blessed Victoria Rasoamanarivo
Victoria Rasoamanarivo was born in 1848, in the capital city of Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Her family was one of the most influential in the country; her grandfather served as prime minister and so did her brother in his time. 
She was educated by the Jesuits and by the Sisters of the Congregation of St Joseph of Cluny. At age 15, Victoria was baptized and so became a Catholic. This, however, was a bad time for the Church;  a time of persecutions aimed at the Catholic Church. Her parents tried in vain to get her to give up her faith. Victoria wanted very much to become a nun but instead she was given in marriage to a non Christian; an officer of the royal army; the son of the Prime Minister, no less.
The husband unfortunately lived an immoral life. He was, reportedly, an alcoholic and violent to boot! Victoria, on her part, remained faithful to her vows and refused to divorce him despite the urgings of her parents and of the queen herself.  To her, Christian matrimony was, as per the marriage vows, “for better, for worse”…, i.e. indissoluble.
Her exemplary Christian life gained her the admiration of the court and the people and this approval of her was instrumental in her single handed and successful fight to keep the Faith alive in the country,  after the expulsion of the Catholic missionaries.
She publicly defended the Catholic Church against the authorities and kept the people’s faith alive. She pleaded with the authorities for permission to use the churches that had been closed. When the missionaries returned in 1886 they found a thriving Church, all thanks to her.
Victoria also prayed for the conversion of her husband. In 1888, he was critically injured in a serious accident. He, like Saint Augustine’s father, asked for baptism on his deathbed and received it through his wife.
Victoria, who was by now forty years old and without any children, decided to fulfill her childhood dream and devote herself to charity and the care of the sick.
She died on 21 August 1894 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1989.
The Pope described her as  “ a true missionary “ and “ a model for today’s laity”
Blessed Victoria Rasoamanarivo
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 19, 2012, 04:14:24 AM
August 19
Today we remember the following Saints:
Saint Timothy of Gaza
Saint Thecla
Saint Agapius

Among many other Saints.


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Post by: Shin on August 19, 2012, 08:31:00 AM
St. Thecla! Now there's a famous one!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 20, 2012, 05:30:51 AM
August 20
Today we remember
Saint Ronald
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 20, 2012, 05:39:53 AM
Saint Ronald
Roland was a warrior chieftain in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. He was described as: “elegant and accomplished". Ronald made a vow to build a church and he fulfilled this vow by erecting the Cathedral of Saint Magnus at Kirkwall.
Ronald was murdered in 1158 by a group of warriors rebelling against him, his rule and his religion.  He is considered a martyr in Kirkwall.
Saint Ronald
Pray for us!


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Post by: The Reginator on August 21, 2012, 12:43:26 AM
I was just pondering a way of translating the following into my daily life:


From Divine Office, Office of Readings, for August 20:

Second reading
From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot

I love because I love, I love that I may love
Love is sufficient of itself, it gives pleasure by itself and because of itself. It is its own merit, its own reward. Love looks for no cause outside itself, no effect beyond itself. Its profit lies in its practice. I love because I love, I love that I may love. Love is a great thing so long as it continually returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from there the water which constantly replenishes it. Of all the movements, sensations and feelings of the soul, love is the only one in which the creature can respond to the Creator and make some sort of similar return however unequal though it be. For when God loves, all he desires is to be loved in return; the sole purpose of his love is to be loved, in the knowledge that those who love him are made happy by their love of him.
The Bridegroom’s love, or rather the love which is the Bridegroom, asks in return nothing but faithful love. Let the beloved, then, love in return. Should not a bride love, and above all, Love’s bride? Could it be that Love not be loved?
Rightly then does she give up all other feelings and give herself wholly to love alone; in giving love back, all she can do is to respond to love. And when she has poured out her whole being in love, what is that in comparison with the unceasing torrent of that original source? Clearly, lover and Love, soul and Word, bride and Bridegroom, creature and Creator do not flow with the same volume; one might as well equate a thirsty man with the fountain.
What then of the bride’s hope, her aching desire, her passionate love, her confident assurance? Is all this to wilt just because she cannot match stride for stride with her giant, any more than she can vie with honey for sweetness, rival the lamb for gentleness, show herself as white as the lily, burn as bright as the sun, be equal in love with him who is Love? No. It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the perfect union of two hearts that complete and total marriage consists. Or are we to doubt that the soul is loved by the Word first and with a greater love?



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Post by: odhiambo on August 21, 2012, 01:40:18 AM
would that we all loved thus!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on August 21, 2012, 02:44:45 AM
August 21
Today we remember
Saint Quadratus
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on August 21, 2012, 02:58:00 AM
Saint Quadratus
Bishop of Utica.
Martyr.

Quadratus was Bishop of Utica, France, as already noted. The Christians of this region suffered severely under the Romans. Quadratus and most of his flock were martyred in the 3rd century . He was praised by Saint Augustine, who , together  with others in the African Church, reportedly, deeply revered the Saint.
Saint Quadratus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 21, 2012, 08:27:11 AM
I was just pondering a way of translating the following into my daily life:


From Divine Office, Office of Readings, for August 20:

Second reading
From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot

I love because I love, I love that I may love
Love is sufficient of itself, it gives pleasure by itself and because of itself. It is its own merit, its own reward. Love looks for no cause outside itself, no effect beyond itself. Its profit lies in its practice. I love because I love, I love that I may love. Love is a great thing so long as it continually returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from there the water which constantly replenishes it. Of all the movements, sensations and feelings of the soul, love is the only one in which the creature can respond to the Creator and make some sort of similar return however unequal though it be. For when God loves, all he desires is to be loved in return; the sole purpose of his love is to be loved, in the knowledge that those who love him are made happy by their love of him.
The Bridegroom’s love, or rather the love which is the Bridegroom, asks in return nothing but faithful love. Let the beloved, then, love in return. Should not a bride love, and above all, Love’s bride? Could it be that Love not be loved?
Rightly then does she give up all other feelings and give herself wholly to love alone; in giving love back, all she can do is to respond to love. And when she has poured out her whole being in love, what is that in comparison with the unceasing torrent of that original source? Clearly, lover and Love, soul and Word, bride and Bridegroom, creature and Creator do not flow with the same volume; one might as well equate a thirsty man with the fountain.
What then of the bride’s hope, her aching desire, her passionate love, her confident assurance? Is all this to wilt just because she cannot match stride for stride with her giant, any more than she can vie with honey for sweetness, rival the lamb for gentleness, show herself as white as the lily, burn as bright as the sun, be equal in love with him who is Love? No. It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the perfect union of two hearts that complete and total marriage consists. Or are we to doubt that the soul is loved by the Word first and with a greater love?


It's very good to read and very good to hear from you Reginator!

I think about virtue as uniting us with Christ.. and so to practice virtue, some virtue, all the time.. If one is always doing this.. and keeping this in mind..

Practicing, for example, modesty all the time. . . indoors and out..


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Post by: odhiambo on August 22, 2012, 02:06:30 AM
Practicing, for example, modesty all the time. . . indoors and out..

Even when we are alone.


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Post by: odhiambo on August 22, 2012, 02:08:36 AM
August 22
Today we remember
Saint Symphorian of Autun
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 22, 2012, 02:10:11 AM
Saint Symphorian of Autun
Martyr.

Symphorian was a Christian of noble birth in Autun, Gaul, during the reign of Septimius Severus. He was ordered by the authorities of Autun, to make sacrifices to the goddess Cybele. When he refused, he was tried by Heraclius, the governor. He was beaten, tortured and finally beheaded. ( reportedly beheaded in 178, 180 or even 200, dates vary.)
Saint Symphorian ,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 22, 2012, 04:01:46 AM
Practicing, for example, modesty all the time. . . indoors and out..

Even when we are alone.

Yes, exactly! :D

After all, we never truly are in the end!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 23, 2012, 01:28:23 AM
Yes, exactly! :D
After all, we never truly are in the end!

So very true!
the Lord is always present; He is the silent witness to all we do or say. :)


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Post by: odhiambo on August 23, 2012, 01:28:55 AM
August 23
Today we remember
Saint Philip Benizi
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 23, 2012, 01:32:40 AM
Saint Philip Benizi
Servite Cardinal
Preacher.

Philip was born on 15 August, Feast of the Assumption in 1233 at Florence, Italy. He was born of a noble family. He was educated in Paris and Padua where he received his degrees in Medicine and Phylosophy at the age of nineteen and began to practice medicine at Florence. After one year of medical practice, he joined the Servites at Monte Senario, near Florence in 1253/54. He served here as a lay brother until 1258/59 when his superiors sent him to the Servite house in Siena to be ordained. He soon became known for his preaching. He served as master of novices at Siena; was superior of several friaries and in 1267, despite protests from him, he was elected prior general of the Servites. Philip reportedly reformed the Order.
In 1268, Cardinal Ottobuoni proposed his name as a papal candidate on the death of Pope Clement IV. Philip fled and hid in a cave until a new Pope was elected.
Philip, who already had miracles attributed to him, attracted many converts to the Church.
He attended the General Council of Lyons in 1274. In 1285, with his health in decline, Philip retired to a small Servite house in Todi where he died on 22 August that same year.
He was canonized on 12 April 1671 by Pope Clement X.
Saint Philip Benizi
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 24, 2012, 02:25:49 AM
August 24
Let us remember today
Saint George Limniotes
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 24, 2012, 02:27:02 AM
Saint George Limniotes
Hermit
Martyr.

George was born in 635. He became a hermit at Mount Olympus in Greece. He was 95 years old when he was martyred in 730, for his opposition to iconoclasm. It was during the reign of Emperor Leo the Isaurian.
Imagine than; someone already at death’s door!
Saint George Limniotes
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 25, 2012, 05:21:27 AM
August 26
Today we remember
Blessed Herluin
Among many Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on August 25, 2012, 05:25:51 AM
Blessed Herluin
Herluin was born in Normandy, France
in the year 994. He was raised to be a soldier.
He became a knight at the court of the Count of Brionne, Normandy. Herluin gave up his knighthood to become a Benedictine monk.
He became Abbot of an abbey he founded at his estate at Bonneville. The abbey was moved to a new site on the banks of the Bec River in Normandy in 1014. He developed it into one of the most influential centers of learning of the Middle Ages.
Herluin died on August 26, 1078. According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, “ though often referred to as Blessed, he has never been beatified formally”
Blessed Herluin
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 25, 2012, 12:26:10 PM
Saint George Limniotes
Hermit
Martyr.

George was born in 635. He became a hermit at Mount Olympus in Greece. He was 95 years old when he was martyred in 730, for his opposition to iconoclasm. It was during the reign of Emperor Leo the Isaurian.
Imagine than; someone already at death’s door!
Saint George Limniotes
Pray for us!

A special gift from God, no?


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Post by: odhiambo on August 26, 2012, 10:02:44 AM
A special gift from God, no?

The martyrdom? I guess so :)


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Post by: odhiambo on August 26, 2012, 10:03:15 AM
August 26
Today we remember
Blessed Herluin
Among many Saints and Blesseds

Sorry, this was meant for today  ;D
So, today's was posted yesterday, so yesterday's will be posted today; how is that? ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on August 26, 2012, 10:35:04 AM
August 25
Let us remember today
Saint Nemesius and
Saint Lucilla

Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 26, 2012, 10:36:47 AM
Saint Nemesius and
Saint Lucilla
Martyrs.

These were two Romans put to death under Emperor Valerian. Nemesius was a Deacon in Rome and Lucilla was his daughter. She was reportedly healed from an unspecified illness by Pope Saint Stephen I. The miracle caused father and daughter to convert to Christianity. For this they were both beheaded in 260 in Rome.
Saint Nemesius,
Pray for us!
Saint Lucilla,
Pray for us!



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Post by: odhiambo on August 27, 2012, 02:18:30 AM
August 27

Today we remember
Saint Monica and
Saint Margaret the Barefooted
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on August 27, 2012, 02:18:54 AM
Saint Margaret the Barefooted
Margaret was born in 1325 at
San Severino, Ancona, Italy . She was born into a poor family. At the age of 15, Margaret was married to “an Italian gentleman”.  according to SQPN. Her husband ill treated her for many years for her piety and her ministry to the poor. She suffered through it all patiently, with prayers and penance. She gained her name from the habit she had of begging for alms for the poor, barefooted, just like the beggars were, for whom she begged.
She died in 1395.
Saint Margaret,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on August 27, 2012, 05:17:27 PM
A good saint! Saint Margaret the Barefooted, pray for us!!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 28, 2012, 01:42:43 AM
August 28
Let us remember today
Saint Moses the Black
And of course
Saint Augustine
Bishop of Hippo
Father and Doctor of the Church and
Doctor of Grace.

Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 28, 2012, 01:45:54 AM
Moses the Black.
Hermit.
Martyr.

His story is quite something. He is
also called Moses the Ethiopian .
Moses was born a slave in 330, to the family of an Egyptian official. He grew up to be an evil, violent man, eventually being dismissed from the service of the Egyptian official because of his viciousness, thievery and evil propensities. He became the leader of a notorious band of outlaws who terrorized the area until he was forced to hide from the
authorities in the Egyptian desert of Skete in the delta region. There, Moses
underwent a total reformation. He repented his violent ways and became a hermit
at the Petra monastic community. He was ordained by Theophilus of Alexandria
and lived as one of the most revered hermits of Egypt.
Moses died in 405 , murdered , with six other monks, by a band of
marauding Berbers, when he refused to defend himself by use of force.
Saint Moses,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 28, 2012, 08:24:37 PM
St. Moses pray for us! :D

A desert father with many stories!  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on August 29, 2012, 12:52:42 AM
August 29
Today we remember
Saint Jeanne Jugan
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 29, 2012, 12:56:39 AM
Saint Jeanne Jugan
Jeanne, who is also known as Marie de la Croix, (Marie of the Cross), was born on 25 October 1792 at Les Petites-Croix, Brittany, France. The village where she was born was a small, impoverished, fishing village. Her father, Joseph, was a fisherman. He died when Jeanne was 4 years old. It was left to her mother to raise the children as best she could on her meager resources.
At sixteen, Jeanne got a job as a maid at the estate of a Christian woman. Next, she worked at a hospital caring for the poor and the sick.
In 1842, with two other women, Virginia Tredaniel and Marie Jumpet, she
founded the Little Sisters of the Poor, with her as superior. In early December, 1843, she was re-elected superior of the Order. Two weeks later, however, she was suddenly deposed by Father Le Pailleur, the moderator of the community.
Jeanne received an award in 1845 from the French Academy for the work she was doing in helping the poor.
She retired to the motherhouse in 1852 and spent the rest of her life in obscurity.
She died on 29 August 1879 at Pern, France.
Canonized on 11 October 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Saint Jeanne Jugan
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 30, 2012, 01:52:58 AM
August 30
Today we remember
Saint Margaret Ward
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 30, 2012, 01:59:35 AM
Saint Margaret Ward
Martyr

One of the Forty Martyrs of England
and Wales, Margaret was born in Congleton, Cheshire, England. She was a gentlewoman, in the service of the Whittle family in London. She worked as companion to the lady of the house.
Margaret was arrested with her Irish servant, John Roche, alias Neale, for helping father Richard Watson escape from Bridewell Prison. The pair has smuggled to him a rope and
then helping him once he was outside. They were offered their freedom if they
would reveal the whereabouts of Father Watson and also apologize to Queen
Elizabeth I. They declined. They were.hanged, drawn, and quartered on 30 August 1588 at Tyburn, London, England.
Margaret was canonized on 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI .
Saint Margaret Ward
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 31, 2012, 02:08:30 AM
August 31
Today we remember
Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on August 31, 2012, 02:12:26 AM
Saint Aidan.
Bishop of Lindisfarne

Aidan was born in Ireland.
He studied under Saint Senan at Inish Cathay, before becoming a monk on the island
of Iona off Scotland in 630. In 635, Aidan went to England, as the Bishop of Lindisfarne, at the request of King Oswald of Northumbria. In Ireland,
Aidan was well known for his sermons, his learning and his holiness. Miracles
were attributed to him. In Lindisfarne, he founded a monastery that became
known as the “ Iona of England”.
It became a center of learning and missionary activities for all of northern England. He conducted missionary work in Northumbria, where he became a close friend of the Northumbrian Kings, Oswald, and later, Oswiu.
Aidan died on 31 August 651 at the royal castle at Bamburg, England, soon after the death of his friend, King Oswiu.
He was canonized pre-congregation.
Saint Aidan,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 01, 2012, 04:32:26 AM
September 1
The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Dolors ( Sorrows) of Mary), viz:
1. The prophecy of Simeon:
2. The flight into Egypt:
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple:
4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross:
5. The Crucifixion:
6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross:
7. The burial of Jesus:
Today is also Saturday, a day dedicated to The Blessed Virgin and her Immaculate Heart.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 01, 2012, 04:33:08 AM
Let us remember today
Saint Verena
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 01, 2012, 04:33:30 AM
Saint Verena
Verena was born in the 3 century in the Thebaid region in Egypt. She was
reportedly, a relative of Victor, one of the soldiers of the Theban Legion. She travelled to Switzerland to search for him and after learning of his death, she settled down to live at a site called Solothurn, ministering to the poor of the area. She later became a recluse, spending her remaining days in a cave near Zurich.
Saint Verena
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 02, 2012, 04:23:32 AM
September 2
Today we remember
Saint Agricola of Avignon
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 02, 2012, 04:29:31 AM

Saint Agricola.
Bishop of Avignon

He is also known as Agricolus of Avignon. He was born in 630
or thereabout, records vary. He was the son of Saint Magnus, a Roman senator who became a monk at Lerins, France, when his wife died and went on to became bishop of Avignon in 656. At the age of 14, Agricola went to Lerins, his father‘s espiscopal see.
He was subsequently ordained. In 660, he became coadjutor, or an assistant
bishop to his father. On the death of his father in 670, Agricola became bishop
of Avignon. In his own right, Agricola was famed for his teaching and charitable works. He defended the poor and sick against civil authorities.
He was named patron of Avignon in 1647.
Agricola died in 700.
Canonized Pre -Congregation.
Saint Agricola,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 03, 2012, 02:56:56 AM
September 3
Today we remember the
Martyrs of September
Among many others.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 03, 2012, 03:01:06 AM
Martyrs of September
This was a group of 191 (190 according to other sources) martyrs who were massacred by a mob on 2 September and 3 September 1792, during the French
Revolution. According to SQPN, they had been “..imprisoned in the Abbey of
St-Germain-des-Prés, Hôtel des Carmes in the rue de Rennes, Prison de la Force, and Seminaire de Saint-Firmin in Paris, France by the Legislative Assembly for refusing to take the oath to support the civil constitution of the clergy.
This act placed priests under the control of the state, and had been condemned by the Vatican”
According to Our Sunday VisitorEncyclopedia Of Saints, the most prominent martyrs of this group were:
1:John Mary du Lau,
the archbishop of Arles.
2: Francis de la Rochefoucald, bishop of Beauvais.
3: Louis de la Rochefoucald, bishop of Saintes.
4: Benedictine Augustine Chevreux, last superior general of
the Maurists.
5: Charles de la Calmette, the count of Valfons.
6: Julian Massey.
7: Louis de la
Touche and
8: Carmes.
The martyrs were all beatified on 17 October 1926 by Pope Pius XI.
Martyrs of September
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 04, 2012, 03:05:08 AM
September 4
Today we remember
Saint Monessa
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 04, 2012, 03:11:11 AM
Saint Monessa
Monessa was an Irish girl, born in the 5th century. She was, reportedly , the daughter of an Irish chieftain. She was converted to the Faith by Saint Patrick. The notable incident in her life is that Monessa died the very instant that she was baptized!
Canonized pre-congregation.
Saint Monessa,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 04, 2012, 03:13:32 AM
Saint Monessa
The notable incident in her life is that Monessa died the very instant that she was baptized!

Picture that soul going straight into Heaven to be welcomed there by Jesus!  :angelbell:


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Post by: Patricia on September 04, 2012, 10:55:31 AM
Quote
Picture that soul going straight into Heaven to be welcomed there by Jesus!

 :angelbell: :harp: :harp: :harp: :harp: :tinyangel: :tinyangel:


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Post by: odhiambo on September 05, 2012, 07:38:45 AM
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Picture that soul going straight into Heaven to be welcomed there by Jesus!

 :angelbell: :harp: :harp: :harp: :harp: :tinyangel: :tinyangel:

 :)


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Post by: odhiambo on September 05, 2012, 07:39:30 AM
September 5
Today we remember
Saint Genebald of Laon
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 05, 2012, 07:40:56 AM
Saint Genebald
Bishop of Laon

Genebald, was Bishop of Laon in France. He was also a relative of Saint Remigius. He reportedly committed a fault of an unknown nature and spent seven years in penance as atonement for it. He died in 555
Saint Genebald
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 05, 2012, 08:58:02 PM
God bless good penance!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 06, 2012, 02:03:42 AM
God bless good penance!

Remember the days of public penance in the early Church. We now have it all so easy.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 06, 2012, 02:04:04 AM
September 6
Today we remember
Saint Eleutherius
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 06, 2012, 02:29:57 AM
Saint Eleutherius
Benedictine Abbot.

According to Saint Gregory the Great’s Dialogues, in which he mentioned Eleutherius many times, the latter was abbot of Saint Mark’s Monastery near Spoleto, Italy. Saint Gregory described him as a miracle worker, known to have performed many miracles. According to Saint Companions for Each Day authored by A.J.M. Mausolfe and J.K. Mausolfe, once, when Saint Eleutherius was staying at a convent, he was asked to pray for a boy who was troubled every night by an evil spirit. He did so and for long the boy was not troubled by the evil spirit. This prompted Saint Eleutherius to remark: “ Since the child is among the servants of God, the devil dares not approach him!” Thereupon, the devil returned to his old abode within the child, tormenting him mercilessly. The abbot realized he had been guilty of vanity. He humbly confessed his fault and, with the whole community, fasted and prayed till the boy was again freed from the evil possession.
Eleutherius went to Saint Gregory’s monastery in Rome where he lived for many years before he died there in 585
Saint Eleutherius
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on September 06, 2012, 09:49:33 AM
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The abbot realized he had been guilty of vanity.

 :crucifix: 

St Eleutherius, Pray for us!!


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Post by: Shin on September 06, 2012, 09:58:39 AM
God bless good penance!

Remember the days of public penance in the early Church. We now have it all so easy.

Yes, or to think of it another way, we have it much harder.. in the short term here, and in the long term above, because of the lack of it.. we pay a great price..


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Post by: odhiambo on September 07, 2012, 02:06:51 AM
Remember the days of public penance in the early Church. We now have it all so easy.
Yes, or to think of it another way, we have it much harder.. in the short term here, and in the long term above, because of the lack of it.. we pay a great price..
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I see what you mean. :(


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Post by: odhiambo on September 07, 2012, 02:07:26 AM
September 7
Today we remember
Saint Regina
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 07, 2012, 02:10:28 AM
Saint Regina
She is also known as Reine. According to legend, Regina was the daughter of Clement Alise, a pagan in Burgandy. Her mother died during her birth and Regina was raised a Christian by a local woman. When her father learned that she was a Christian, he threw her out of his house. She went to live with the woman who had raised her, earning her living as a shepherdess. Meanwhile, the local prefect, named Olybrius, became enamored with her and demanded her hand in marriage. She turned him down, whereupon she was arrested as a Christian, tortured and beheaded at Autun in modern France. She died in 286.
Saint Regina
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on September 07, 2012, 09:52:49 AM
Courageous St. Regina, pray for us that we may be as courageous in our faith as you were!! :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on September 08, 2012, 07:15:47 AM
September 8
Today we remember
Saint Disibod
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 08, 2012, 07:18:48 AM
Saint Disibod
Irish Bishop.

He is also known as Disen or Disibode. He was born in 619 in Ireland. He became
a bishop and reportedly, became discouraged by his lack of success in preaching to his countrymen and so he went to Germany where he was most successful. He founded a monastery there, on a hill near Bingen called Disibodenberg after him. Saint Hildegard of Bingen reportedly resided there for a time.
He died on 8 July or 8 September 700.
Saint Disibod
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 09, 2012, 04:17:01 AM
September 9
Today we remember
Saint Severian
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 09, 2012, 04:21:03 AM
Saint Severian
Martyr.

Severian was an Armenian senator in Sebaste, North Africa, during the persecution of Licinius Licinianus. He witnessed the martyrdom of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste and was moved to proclaim his devotion to the Christian Faith. He was subsequently condemned and tortured to death by having iron rakes dragged across his body in 320.
Saint Severian
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 10, 2012, 01:20:34 AM
September 10
Today we remember
Blessed Alfonso Navarrete Benito
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on September 10, 2012, 01:25:17 AM
Blessed Alfonso Navarrete Benito
Martyr.

Alfonso, also known as Alfonsus Navarrete and Alphonso Navarrete, was born on 21 September 1571 in Valladolid, Spain. He joined the Dominicans, became a priest and was sent as a missionary to the Philippines . In 1611, he was sent to Japan. He was named vicar provincial of the Dominican missions in Japan. He was successful in converting the local population at Nagasaki. Alfonso founded confraternities to help the poor and rescue abandoned babies and was known for his preaching. Caught in the Japanese persecutions of the Church, Alphonso was arrested at Omura while ministering to persecuted Christians there. He was arrested together with Blessed Ferdinand Ayala, an Augustinian monk. They were beheaded on 1 June 1617 with a Japanese catechist.
He was beatified on 7 May 1867 by Blessed Pope Pius IX.
Blessed Alfonso Navarrete-Benito
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 11, 2012, 01:17:04 AM
September 11
Today we remember
Saint Sperandea
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 11, 2012, 01:36:05 AM
Saint Sperandea
Benedictine Abbess.

She is also known as Sperandia. Reportedly related to Saint Ubaldus Baldassini, Sperandea joined the Benedictines at Cingoli, Ancona. She later became abbess. According to SQPN, Sperandia was a mystic who received visions. One of the visions told her to dress in a tanned pigskin with the bristles against her skin, and to use a chain for a belt.
She died in 1276
She is the patron saint of Cingoli, Italy
Saint Sperandea,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 12, 2012, 02:09:51 AM
September 12
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Autonomus
And The Most Holy Name of Mary.

Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 12, 2012, 03:35:41 AM
Saint Autonomus
Bishop.
Martyr.

Autonomus was an Italian Bishop. He fled to Bithynia, present day Turkey to escape the persecution of Diocletian. There, he worked tirelessly and converted many to the faith, until he was arrested by the Roman authorities in 300 and martyred for his faith.
Saint Autonomus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 12, 2012, 03:06:27 PM
Bl. Alphonso, pray for us!
St. Sperandea, pray for us!
St. Autonous, pray for us!
St. Severian, and all ye holy Marytrs of Sebaste, pray for us!

May God rest the holy souls.
May good mortification be practiced all the more throughout Holy Church.
May the blood of the martyrs restore Christendom, and convert the nations, especially those in whom Christ has been most rejected. Amen, amen.



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Post by: Shin on September 12, 2012, 03:09:40 PM
It's interesting hearing about places in the past, that no longer are quite what they used to be, or that are quite far off, or whose names have disappeared from common us. Bithynia, Sebaste..

O Mary, may your name ever be upon our lips. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.

Blessed be the name of Jesus, blessed be the name of Mary, blessed be the name of Joseph. . .
Our Father, hallowed be thy name!

Let us always keep what is holy, holy, and reject the terrible treatment of those to whom everything is profane, casual, and to be taken lightly!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 13, 2012, 03:53:40 AM
September 13
Today we remember
Saint Amatus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 13, 2012, 04:14:45 AM
Saint Amatus.
Amatus, who is also called Aime, Amad, Amat and Ame, was born into a noble family in 567 at Grenoble, France and taken to Saint Maurice abbey in Switzerland as a child. He lived there for thirty years. He became a Benedictine monk and lived as a hermit.
In 614, Amatus went to to Luxueil Monastery where he converted a Merovingian noble named Romaric to the Faith.
Romaric founded a double monastery in 620 at a place called Habendum (later renamed Remiremont). Amatus became its first abbot, spending the last years of his life there. He died in 630 at the monastery.
Saint Amatus
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 13, 2012, 07:35:01 AM
There's nothing like hermitage! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on September 14, 2012, 01:50:39 AM
September 14
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Notburga
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 14, 2012, 01:52:49 AM
Saint Notburga
Patroness of poor peasants.
Notburga was born in 1265 at Rattenberg in the Tyrol, Austria. She was the daughter of poor peasants. At eighteen, she became a servant, specifically, a kitchen maid, in the household of Count Henry of Rattenberg. When Notburga repeatedly gave food to the poor, she was dismissed by Ottilia, the lady of the house. She went to work as servant to a humble farmer. Meanwhile, Henry started to experience a run of misfortunes and setbacks which he believed was a consequence of his wife’s dismissal of Notburga. When Ottilia died, Henry remarried and thereafter, wasted no time in rehiring Notburga. She spent the rest of her life as his housekeeper. She was famous for her miracles and concern for the poor.
She died on 16 September 1313.
Saint Notburga
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 14, 2012, 02:34:37 AM
To be truly rich one must give! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on September 15, 2012, 06:10:47 AM
September 15

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Leobinus of Chartres
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 15, 2012, 06:16:52 AM
Saint Leobinus of Chartres
Also known as Lubinus or Lubin of Chartres
Bishop of Chartres.

Saint Leobinus was born in a poor family of peasants near Poitiers in France in the 6th century. As a youth, he worked as a shepherd as well as a field worker. He, however had a hunger for education, but his parents being poor, could not afford to educate him. Leobinus travelled to the nearest monastery which was at Noailles. He was taken in by the monks and they came to an arrangement so that during the day, he worked for the monastery and at night, the monks taught him.
Eventually, Leobinus felt drawn to the hermitic life. He spent sometime as a hermit with Saint Avitus of Perche, before joining an abbey near Lyons. During his stay here, the monastery was attacked by raiders (renegade soldiers during a war between the Franks and Burgundians). He was tortured to force him to reveal the hiding place of the treasures of the monastery; he never did. He was left for dead but recovered.
He  rejoined Saint Avitus at Le Perche and after the later's death, he was ordained and made abbot of Brou and soon after he was appointed Bishop of Chartres. As Bishop, Leobinus instituted reforms and participated in councils at Orleans and Paris.
He died on 14 March 558 after a prolonged illness,
Saint Leobinus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 16, 2012, 07:11:05 AM
September 16
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Edith of Wilton
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 16, 2012, 07:14:53 AM
Saint Edith of Wilton
Edith was born in 961 at Kensing, Kent, England. Her father was King Edgar the Peaceable, the great grandson of Alfred the Great. Her mother was a Saxon girl named Wulfrith or Wilfrida. At the time of her birth, Edgar, her father, was a teen of 19 and had become king of Wessex the previous year.
One of his royal palaces was at Wilton. The palace had a large abbey within its vast grounds of about 10,000 acres of land. The abbey included a school for the daughters of the nobility and royals. It was here that Edgar met 16-year-old Wilfrida in 960. Whether or not there was some form of a marriage is not clear. Whatever the details behind Edith’s birth, once the baby was born, Wilfrida brought her to Wilton Abbey within hours and left her to be cared for there. She became a nun at the abbey and later, its abbess.
Edith was raised in the Wilton abbey, which she never left. She was educated at the royal court in Wilton. At the age of 15, she became a nun there as her mother before her. That same year, Edgar died. Edgar had wished to see her appointed as an abbess to one of the nunneries that he supported, but Edith preferred to remain a nun. To appease Edgar, she was given the honorary title of Abbess at Wilton.
When her father died, she was offered the throne, but she refused it. Again when her half brother, King Edward the Martyr was murdered, she was offered the throne a second time and still she refused.
Saint Edith built the Saint Denis Church at Wilton.
She died on 15 September 984 of natural causes.
Saint Edith,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 17, 2012, 01:57:03 AM
September 17

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Columba of Cordoba( Cordova)
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 17, 2012, 02:00:17 AM
Saint Columba of Cordoba
Martyr
Colomba was born to a pious family at Cordoba, Spain. She had a sister Elizabeth and a brother Martinus who was an abbot.  Her father died when she was still young.
Her sister and her husband founded a double monastery at Tabanos near Cordoba. Inspired by these family members, Columba became a nun at her sister's monastery in Tabanos, much against the wishes of her mother who wanted her to marry. When the Muslim persecutions of Christians under Muhammed started in 852, most of the nuns of Tabanos fled to Cordova. Columba, however, refused to run. She took up residence at the basilica of St. Cyprian, where she prepared herself penitentially for a martyr's death. When taken before the Muslim magistrate, she refused to deny the faith and was beheaded.
Saint Columba
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 18, 2012, 02:39:30 AM
September 18

Let us remember
Saint Richardis
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 18, 2012, 02:41:57 AM
Saint Richardis
Empress.

She is also known by the following names:
Richarda; Richarde; Richgarda and Richkart.
She was born in 839 at Andlau, Alsace, France. She was the daughter of Kenneth I, the Count of Alsace, When she was twenty, she was married to Emperor Charles III or Charles the Fat, son of King Louis the German. She and Charles were crowned Emperor and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope John VIII in Rome in 881. After nineteen years of marriage, Charles accused Richardis of infidelity with chancellor Liutward, the Bishop of Vercelli. Both denied the charge. Richardis went a step further and underwent trial by fire, a ritual then used to "prove" one's innocence. She successfully endured this ordeal by fire before the imperial assembly to prove her innocence. After her vindication, Richardis left Charles, and became a nun at Hohenburg, Germany. Later she founded a Benedictine abbey at Andlau in 887, and lived there until her death in 895 at Andlau, Alsace. She died of natural causes.
Her canonization was Pre-Congregatio
Saint Richardis,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 18, 2012, 04:16:56 AM
St. Richardis, pray for us!

 :D


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Post by: odhiambo on September 19, 2012, 01:17:14 AM
September 19

Today we remember
Saint Pamposa.
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 19, 2012, 01:18:16 AM
Saint Pamposa
Martyr.

Pamposa was a nun at Penamelaria near Cordoba in Spain. This was the period of the Muslim occupation of this country. She was arrested for her devotion to the Catholic faith. When she refused to deny the faith, she was beheaded by order of the Emir of Cordoba. The year was 853.
Her canonization was Pre-Congregation.
Saint Pamposa,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 20, 2012, 03:39:07 AM
September 20
Today we remember
Saint John Houghton,
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 20, 2012, 03:43:20 AM
Saint John Houghton
Protomartyr of the English Reformation.

John was born in 1487 at Essex, England. He graduated from Cambridge with degrees in both civil and canon law. He was ordained in 1501 and served as a parish priest for four years. Later John became a Carthusian monk and still later, prior of the Carthusian Charterhouse of London.
In 1534 John was the first person to oppose King Henry VIII‘s Act of Succession and Supremacy. He was arrested with other Carthusians for their opposition to the Acts, but was released temporarily. On 1 February 1535, Parliament required that the oath be signed by all. John refused to swear to the Oath of Supremacy. He became the first man to so refuse. He was arrested, dragged through the streets and thrown in jail in the Tower of London. John was tried together with his
co-defendants and was found guilty of treason.
He was hanged, drawn, and quartered on 4 May 1535 at Tyburn, London, England. His body was chopped to pieces and put on display around London as a deterrent to others.
John was beatified on 9 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII and canonized on 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI.
Saint John Houghton,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 20, 2012, 07:26:58 AM
St. John Houghton pray for us!

There are many unknown Carthusian saints! Unknown Carthusian saints, pray for us!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on September 21, 2012, 03:21:31 AM
September 21
Today is the Memoral of
Saint Maura of Troyes
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 21, 2012, 03:26:52 AM
Saint Maura of Troyes
Maura was born in 827 at Troyes, Champagne, France. She was born in a noble family. From her childhood, she was noted as pious and devoted to prayer. Through her prayers, her father who had previously lived a worldly life, was converted. She also prayed for her brother Eutropius and for the whole family. Eutropius later became bishop of Troyes, France.
After the death of her father, she continued to live at home and was a dutiful and obedient daughter to her mother Sedulia. Maura devoted her life to prayer, fasting and ministering to the poor. She made altar vestments, tabernacle candles, and anything else that could help at Mass.
According to Catholic on Line, Maura had the " gift of tears" This is how they put it:
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"So wonderful was her gift of tears, that she seemed never to fall upon her knees to pray but they streamed from her eyes in torrents"
The saint is reported to have worked miracles but requested these miracles not to be made public for she did not want to draw attention to herself.
Maura died in 850 at Troyes, Champagne, France. She was twenty three years old.
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Maura of Troyes

Saint Maura of Troyes,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 21, 2012, 06:27:56 AM
What a beautiful gift! As the desert monks might say, the gift of tears watering the garden of the heart.

God help us to gain it!  :'(


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Post by: odhiambo on September 22, 2012, 04:49:42 AM
What a beautiful gift! As the desert monks might say, the gift of tears watering the garden of the heart.
God help us to gain it!  :'(

Quite an analogy that.
Lord, we pray for your gift of tears :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on September 22, 2012, 04:50:00 AM
September 22

Today we remember
Saint Florentius the Venerable
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 22, 2012, 04:52:46 AM
Saint Florentius
Hermit.

He is also known as Florent le Vieux.
Florentius was born in Bavaria, Germany. He became a disciple of Saint Martin of Tours who ordained him and sent him to work as a missionary in Poitou, France. He later became a hermit on Mount Glonne in Anjou, France. He attracted so many disciples that he had to construct a monastery for them. He died in this monastery which was later renamed in his honor as the Saint Florent le Vieux Monastery.
Saint Florentius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 22, 2012, 05:57:25 PM
September 23

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 22, 2012, 06:07:45 PM
Saint Padre Pio.
Also known as Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina and Pio of Pietrelcina.
Padre Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, a small town in southern Italy. His parents were Grazio Mario Forgione, a shepherd, and Maria Guiseppa de Nunzio Forgione. He was baptized the day following his birth. They gave him the baptismal name of Francesco. This was a special name in the family. It was given in honor of Saint Francis of Assissi; It was also the name of one of his brothers who had died in infancy. Two other children had also died in infancy. Other children in the family were an older brother, Michele; three younger sisters: Felicita, Pellegrina and Grazia.
Padre Pio grew up among people that had religion as the center of their lives. The little town of Pietrelcina had many celebrations throughout the year in honor of different saints.
The family attended Mass daily, prayed the Rosary every night and fasted. Although Padre Pio’s grandparents and parents could neither read nor write, they memorized Sacred Scriptures and told the children Bible stories. Padre Pio grew up in this pious family.
From his early childhood, it was evident for all to see that the child had a deep piety. He loved singing hymns and preferred to be on his own to read and pray. It is said that he consecrated himself to Jesus at the young age of five years!
Francesco felt drawn to the priesthood at an early age. Aged about 10 years, he felt drawn to a young Capuchin monk who was seeking donations from the community. He told his parents "I want to be a friar… with a beard.”
His father had to travel to America to look for a job so that the family could pay for him to be tutored privately to meet the standard of education that was needed for entrance into the Capuchin order. At age 15, he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars in Morcone, a community thirteen miles north of Pietrelcina. On his admission, he took the name of Pio in honor of Saint Pius V, the patron saint of Pietrelcina. He was called Fra Pio which means brother Pio.
Then on August 10, 1910, the much-anticipated day finally arrived. The twenty-three year old Fra Pio was ordained a priest by Archbishop Paolo Schinosi at the Cathedral of Benevento. Padre Pio celebrated his first Mass four days later, at the parish church of Our Lady of the Angels.
Within a month of his ordination, on Friday, September 7, 1910, as Padre Pio was praying in the Piana Romana, Jesus and Mary appeared to him and gave him the wounds of Christ, the Stigmata.
Padre Pio asked Jesus to take it away. He said he wanted all his sufferings to be in secret. The wounds dissappeared, for a while that is.
On November 28, 1911, Padre Agostino, who was a contemporary, friend, and confidant, was advised that Padre Pio was ill. He rushed into Padre Pio’s room to care for him. Padre Agostino observed what he thought was a dying man and rushed to the chapel to pray. When he finished praying, he returned to Padre Pio’s room and found his friend alert and full of joy. This was the beginning of Padre Pio’s documented ecstasies.
Padre Pio had always suffered ill health. Because of his health issues, he was sent home to recuperate and was separated from his religious community from the end of 1911 to 1916.
On September 4, 1916, Padre Pio was ordered to return to his community life and was assigned to San Giovanni Rotondo, an agricultural community, located in the Gargano Mountains, Our Lady Of Grace Capuchin Friary was approximately a mile from town.
On Friday September 20, 1918, while he was praying before a crucifix and making his thanksgiving after Mass, the marks of the Stigmata appeared on his body. He was 31 years old. He reportedly became the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Church. This time Padre Pio, resigned to his fate, accepted the painfull wounds in his hands, feet and side and lived with them for the rest of his life. The blood from his stigmata gave off a scent perfume.
Padre Pio had the gift of bilocation. He was also said to levitate, and heal by touch.
He was able to read hearts and many people flocked to him for confession. He would enumerate the sins those confessing to him had forgotten. He heard confessions ten or twelve hours a day. He also had the gift of tongues, understanding languages he never learnt.
He had the grace to see angelic beings in form. As an adult, Padre Pio commented that in his younger years he had conversed with Jesus, the Madonna, his guardian angel, and had suffered attacks by the devil.
Padre Pio founded the House for the Relief of Suffering in 1956, a hospital that serves about 60,000 a year.
Worn out by over a half century of intense suffering and constant apostolic activity, the saint died of natural causes on 23 September 1968 in San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia, Italy.
He was pronounced venerable on 18 December 1997 by Pope John Paul II. He was beatified on 2 May 1999 by Pope John Paul II and canonized on 16 June 2002 by Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy.
Saint Padre Pio,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 23, 2012, 09:46:18 AM
St. Padre Pio is wonderful isn't he?

St. Florentius and St. Padre Pio pray for us!

There is also a St. Florentina! :D

An article about her relates the following story:

"Virgin; born towards the middle of the sixth century; died about 612. The family of St. Florentina furnishes us with a rare example of lives genuinely religious, and actively engaged in furthering the best interests of Christianity. Sister of three Spanish bishops in the time of the Visigothic dominion (Leander, Isidore, and Fulgentius), she consecrated her virginity to God, and all four have been canonized by the Church. Florentina was born about the middle of the sixth century, being younger than her brother Leander, later Archbishop of Seville, but older than Isidore, who succeeded Leander as archbishop of the same see. Before his elevation to the episcopal dignity, Leander had been a monk, and it was through his influence that Florentina embraced the ascetic life. She associated with herself a number of virgins, who also desired to forsake the world, and formed them into a religious community. Later sources declare their residence to have been the convent of S. Maria de Valle near Ecija (Astigis), of which city her brother Fulgentius was bishop. In any case, it is certain that she had consecrated herself to God before the year 600, as her brother Leander, who died either in the year 600 or 601, wrote for her guidance an extant work dealing with a nun's rule of life and with contempt for the world ("Regula sive Libellus de institutione virginum et de contemptu mundi ad Florentinam sororem", P.L. LXXII, 873 sqq.). In it the author lays down the rules according to which cloistered virgins consecrated to God should regulate their lives. He strongly advises them to avoid intercourse with women living in the world, and with men, especially youths; recommends strict temperance in eating and drinking, gives advice concerning the reading of and meditation on Holy Scripture, enjoins equal love and friendship for all those living together in community, and exhorts his sister earnestly to remain true to her holy state. Florentina regulated her life according to the advice of her brother, entered with fervour into the spirit of the religious life, and was honoured as a saint after her death. Her younger brother Isidore also dedicated to her his work "De fide catholica contra Judæos", which he wrote at her request. Florentina died early in the seventh century and is venerated as the patroness of the diocese of Plasencia. Her feast falls on 20 June. The name is written Florentia in the Roman martyrology, but Florentina is without doubt the correct form."


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Post by: odhiambo on September 24, 2012, 02:15:02 AM
St. Padre Pio is wonderful isn't he?

St. Florentius and St. Padre Pio pray for us!

There is also a St. Florentina! :D


My kind of Saint  ;D
Saint Florentina, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 24, 2012, 02:17:30 AM
September 24

Today we remember
Our Lady of Walsingham.
Among others


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Post by: odhiambo on September 24, 2012, 02:25:25 AM
Our Lady of Walsingham.
Our Lady of Walsingham, also known as Virgin by the Sea.
Lady Richeldis de Faverches, was a widow, a devout noblewoman. She lived in a manor in the village of Walsingham, in Norfolk, England. In 1061, this lady wanted to do something to honour Our Lady, the BVM.  In a vision she was taken to the Holy Land and shown the house at Nazareth where our Blessed Mother was born, where she grew up and where the angel Gabriel announced to her she was “full of grace” and was to “conceive a son”.
Our Lady asked Madam de Faverches to build a replica of this holy house in Walsingham and to dedicate it as a memorial to the Annunciation to her and the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. She gave this promise to Lady Richeldis de Faverches,
"Let all who are in any way distressed or in need seek me there in that small house that you maintain for me at Walsingham. To all that seek me there shall be given succour."
Lady Richeldis de Faverches, began work on the house immediately. She constructed a house 23'6" by 12'10" according to the plan given her.
After the establishment of the 'Holy House' Walsingham became known as the 'Little Nazareth’
The place soon became one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in all of Europe. A church was constructed around the house.
Richeldis had a son, Geoffrey, who became Lord of the Manor and Earl of the Marches. After her death he took over responsibility for the Holy House, and it flourished as a centre for pilgrimage.
Many English kings went on pilgrimages to Walsingham, including King Henry VIII, who reportedly made three, pilgrimages to the site before breaking with the Catholic Church in 1534 and forming the Church of England.
After the split, In 1534 Walsingham became one of the first houses to sign the Oath of Supremacy, recognizing Henry VIII as head of the Church in England. Dissenters were executed. Henry ordered the destruction of all Catholic shrines and places of worship. Accordingly, in 1538 the House was stripped of its valuables, its statue of the Virgin taken to London to be burned, its buildings used as farm sheds for the next three centuries.
In 1896, things stirred up again at Little Nazareth. It was found that a small chapel, called The Slipper Chapel, named in honor of those who, in the middle Ages, removed their shoes to walk barefoot to the Holy House, had managed to escape the destruction of the Reformation. A woman named Charlotte Boyd bought the Slipper Chapel and donated it to Downside Abbey. The following year, Pope Leo XIII re-founded the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The re-emergence from the ashes, as it were, of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is due to the combined efforts of both Catholics and Anglicans. The construction of the Chapel of Reconciliation which began in In 1981, was part of this joint effort.
The feast of Our Lady of Walsingham was reinstated in 2000.
Our Lady of Walsingham,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 25, 2012, 12:36:15 AM
Haha, yes St. Florentina pray for us! :D

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 25, 2012, 12:18:17 PM
September 25

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Finbar
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 25, 2012, 12:23:22 PM
Saint Finbar.
Finbar, who is also known as Bairre and Barr, was born around the year 550 at Connaught in Ireland . He was baptized Lochan. Reportedly, he was the illegitimate son of a master smith, an artisan and a woman of royal background, from the Irish court. He was educated at Kilmacahil monastery, Kilkenny in Ireland. The boy reportedly had such light hair that the monks at the monastery named him Fionnbharr (white head).
Saint Finbar went on a pilgrimage to Rome with some of the monks and on the way back, he visited Saint David of Wales.
On another visit to Rome, the Pope wanted to consecrate him a bishop but Saint Finbar was deterred by a vision. He told the pope that God had reserved that honor to Himself.
Saint Finbar preached throughout southern Ireland, and as well as in Scotland. He lived as a hermit on a small island at Lough Eiroe on the river Lee. He founded a monastery that developed into the city of Cork. He was it's first bishop. His monastery became famous in southern Ireland and attracted numerous disciples.
Many, many miracles are attributed to Saint Finbar, some really extravagant; for instance, the sun reportedly did not set for two weeks after his death!
Saint Findar died on 25 September 623 at Cloyne, Ireland. He was buried in the cathedral at Cork, Ireland. His canonization was
Pre-Congregation. He is the Patron Saint of Barra, Scotland and Cork, Ireland.
He is also the patron of immigrants.
Saint Findar,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 26, 2012, 11:58:37 AM
September 26

Today is the Memorial of
Saint John of Meda
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on September 26, 2012, 12:04:13 PM
Saint John of Meda, also known as
John of Como

John was born at Meda, province of Milan, Italy. Birth date not known. He became a secular priest first in Milan and then in Como. The Saint reportedly had a vision of the Virgin Mary. Following this vision, he joined the Humiliati in 1134.
Humiliati was an Italian religious order of lay men, a penitential movement formed around the 12th century. Adherents of this order devoted themselves to mortification, the care of the sick, and to preaching.
On the advice of Saint Bernard, in 1134, the Order withdrew from the world and established their first monastery at Milan in which he served as abbot. Other monasteries were also founded, both in Milan and in Lombardy. John adapted the rule of Saint Benedict to their needs and had the monks recite the Little Office of Our Lady daily, a liturgical devotion to the BVM.
John died on 26 September 1159 at Brera, Italy. He was canonized by Pope Alexander III.
Saint John of Meda,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 27, 2012, 12:01:16 PM
September 27
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Elzear
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 27, 2012, 12:11:21 PM
Saint Elzear
Saint Elzear, who is also known as Elzear of Sabran as well as Eleazarus, was of noble parentage. His father was the Count of Ariano from the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.
He was born at the family castle at Ansouis, Provence in France in 1285.
Elzear was educated at St. Victor's monastery in Marseilles by his uncle, William of Sabron, who was the abbot of the monastery. At the age of sixteen, Elzear married Delphina of Glandieves. She too was sixteen years old. Both belonged to the Third Order of St. Francis. The young couple mutually agreed to a life of continence, deciding to live their married life chastely.
On the death of his father in 1309, Elzear inherited his father’s estate in the County of Ariano. Through this inheritance, he became Lord of Ansouis and Count of Ariano in the kingdom of Naples. He was twenty three years old. He went to Italy to take charge of his inheritance. He managed the estate wisely and with firmness. Elzear and Delphina were known for their holiness and piety and the two were regarded as an ideal married couple.
In 1317, they joined the court of King Robert of Naples, and Elzear became tutor to the King's son Charles. The King named him Justiciar, or Prime Minister of southern Abruzzi. . Acting as Robert's envoy to France , Elzear was on his way there to arrange the marriage of Mary of Valois and Charles. He fell ill on the trip, and died in Paris on September 27th1323.
Elzear was canonized in 1369 by Pope Urban V. His wife, Delphina attended the canonization ceremony.
He is the patron saint of tertiaries.
Saint Elzear,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 27, 2012, 08:28:44 PM
St. Elzear and St. John of Meda pray for us!

The Little Office of Our Lady is a very pretty devotion. I should try it again I am thinking.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 28, 2012, 12:38:22 PM
St. Elzear and St. John of Meda pray for us!
The Little Office of Our Lady is a very pretty devotion. I should try it again I am thinking.

I never heard of this devotion until I read about it in connection with Saint John of Meda.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 28, 2012, 12:39:02 PM
28 September

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Maria Chiara
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 28, 2012, 12:43:34 PM
Saint Maria Chiara
Martyr
Maria Chiara was born on 9 January 1872 at Santa Maria Maddalena in the province of Rovigo, Italy. Her given name was Clelia Nanette.
From all accounts, Clelia was a pretty girl, intelligent, high spirited, impulsive and simply bubbling with life; a girl loved by all. She had a quick grasp of everything.
After her primary school, she helped in the house. Her parents were hoping she would marry. But Clelia had already felt the call to a religious life and privately, she had made a vow of chastity.
When she was 18 years old, she asked permission to enter religious life, but her parents refused thinking she was not old enough to really know what she wanted. But Clelia knew what she wanted, so she persevered, never losing sight of this goal. On 24 January 1892, with the help of her brother Barnabé, a Franciscan, she joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and took the name of Maria Chiara. "Clare" (clear).
In 1898, Francisco Fogolla , the auxiliary Bishop of Shanxi, China, requested for missionaries from the Institute. Mother Mary of the Passion, foundress of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, responded to this cry for help. She nominated seven sisters to go to Shanxi. Their mission was to serve the poor in hospitals, and care for the unwanted or other destitutes in orphanages and to help in whatever way possible to lessen the burden of the unfortunates there. Sister Maria Chiara was one of these seven nuns.
In China, during the country’s periodic crackdown on foreign missionaries, the seven nuns all perished, martyred.
Sister Maria Chiara was beheaded on 9 July 1900 at Taiyuanfu, China. Reportedly, she was the first to receive the mortal blow.
Saint Maria Chiara is counted among the Martyrs of Shanxi whose combined memorial is on 8 July, and the Martyrs of China.
She was beatified on 24 November 1946 by Pope Pius XII and canonized on 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II .
Saint Maria Chiara,
Pray for us!


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Post by: George on September 28, 2012, 02:07:52 PM
Saint Maria Chiara please pray for us.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 29, 2012, 06:43:41 AM
September 29

Today is the Feast day of
Blessed Richard Rolle.
Among many other Saints and Blesseds.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 29, 2012, 06:47:18 AM
Blessed Richard Rolle.
Richard Rolle, also known as Richard Rolle de Hampole, was born at Thornton, Yorkshire, England around the year 1300. As a schoolboy, Richard was such a promising youngster that Archdeacon of Durham, Thomas de Neville under took to pay for his education at Oxford. Richard also studied in Paris, France from 1320 to 1326. On his return to England, he lived as a hermit in a wooded area near his home and within his family's estate. When some members of his family threatened to have him committed, he moved to the estate of his friend and college classmate John Dalton of Pickering. After several years of contemplation, Richard started wondering across England. He finally settled down in Hampole near a Cistercian community for nuns. He was able to assist in the spiritual development of these nuns. It was here at Hampole that he died on 29 September 1349..
Richard was reportedly very well known during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and his writings widely read. Said to be one of the first religious writers to use the vernacular. His works included letters, commentaries on scripture, and treaties on spiritual perfection. His best known writing was said to be De Incendio Amoris (On the Flame of Love). He also wrote a poem, Pricke of Conscience.
Miracles were reported at his tomb.
Ref:Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints
By Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, Stephen Bunson
Blessed Richard Rolle,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on September 29, 2012, 08:43:28 AM
Today is also the Memorial of the Three Archangels.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us!
Saint abriel the Archangel, pray for us!
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on September 29, 2012, 02:27:14 PM
Bl. Richard Rolle is an interesting fellow, I shall have to pick up some of his writings again and see what they are like.

All ye saints and angels, pray for us!

Today is a splendid day to pray the Chaplet of St. Michael. (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=863.0)


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Post by: odhiambo on September 30, 2012, 06:08:18 AM
September 30
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Honoratus of Canterbury
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on September 30, 2012, 06:11:45 AM
Saint Honoratus
Archbishop of Canterbury

Honoratus, or Honorius was born in Rome. He became a benedictine monk. He was sent as a missionary to England by Pope Gregory the Great at the request of Saint Augustine of Canterbury. He was named Archbishop of Canterbury in 627 and governed that see for about 25 years. He was granted authority to consecrate bishops by Pope Honorius I. He gave refuge to Saint Paulinus when he fled Caedwalla of Wales who had defeated and killed King Edwin.; he also named him bishop of Rochester. When Paulinus died in 644, Honorius appointed as his successor Saint Ithamar, the first English born bishop.
Honorius died on September 30, 653 at Canterbury, England.
Saint Honoratus of Canterbury,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 02, 2012, 01:52:16 AM
October 2

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Theophilus of Bulgaria
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 02, 2012, 01:53:30 AM
Saint Theophilus of Bulgaria
Theophylus was born in Bulgaria. He entered a monastery in Asia Minor, Modern day Turkey. He spoke out boldly against the iconoclasts and for this, he was brutally beaten and imprisoned, and then exiled by Emperor Leo III. He died in 750.
His canonization was Pre Congregation.
Saint Theophilus of Bulgaria,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 02, 2012, 02:06:22 AM
October 2 is also the Memorial  for  The Holy Guardian Angels
Prayer:
Quote
O Most faithful companion, appointed by God to be my guardian, and who never leave my side, how shall I thank you for your faithfulness and love and for the benefits which you have obtained for me! You watch over me when I sleep; you comfort me when I am sad; you avert the dangers that threaten me
and warn me of those to come; you withdraw me from sin and inspire me to good; you exhort me to penance when I fall and reconcile me to God.
I beg you not to leave me. Comfort me in adversity, restrain me in prosperity, defend me in danger, and assist me in temptations, lest at any time I fall beneath them. Offer up in the sight of the Divine Majesty my prayers and petitions, and all my works of piety, and help me to persevere in grace until I come to everlasting life. Amen.



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Post by: Shin on October 02, 2012, 12:54:10 PM
Thank you odhiambo! I had not read that prayer before!

Holy guardian angels, help us and keep us safe!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 03, 2012, 06:42:52 AM
October 3

Today is the Memorial  of
Saints Ewald.
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 03, 2012, 06:47:35 AM
Saints Ewalds, also known as Hewald
 Martyrs.

There were two Ewalds of Hewalds as they are also known. They were brothers born in Northumbria, England. Because they bore the same name, they were distinguished as Ewald the Black and Ewald the Fair, from the difference in the colour of their hair as well as their complexions. The two brothers were educated in Ireland, spending several years as students in schools there. Ewald the Black was the more learned of the two, but both were equally renowned for their holiness. The brothers were said to be acquaintances of Saint Willibrord, who, like them was also born in Northumbria and went to Ireland for further studies. Like Him, they were called to do missionary work. According to Catholic on Line, they were actually companions of St. Willibrord.
The two brothers went as missionaries to Westphalia, Germany around the year 690 (Catholic Encyclopedia; 694 according to dictionary of Saints). In Wesphalia, the brothers stayed with a local chieftain.The priests prayed and celebrated Mass. When the local pagans realized that these two were not just Christian missionaries  priests as well, they were filled with rage, fearing that their friendship with the chieftain would end in his conversion and in the destruction of their temples and religion. The pagans resolved to murder the Ewalds. They soon carried out their evil resolved. On 3 October 695, at a place called Aplerbeck, Westphalia. Ewald the Fair was killed with a sword. Ewald the Black, on his part, was subjected to torture. He was torn limb from limb. The two bodies were cast into the Rhine.
According to SQPN, the bodies were recovered miraculously. Their relics were translated to the church of Saint Cunibert, Cologne, Germany by Duke Pepin of Austrasia.
Saints Ewalds
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 03, 2012, 12:14:01 PM
St. Ewald the Fair and St. Ewald the Black, St. Cunibert, and St. Willibrord, pray for us.

One of the small things I also enjoy about learning about the saints is I pick up a little more geographical knowledge too. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on October 04, 2012, 02:38:00 AM
St. Ewald the Fair and St. Ewald the Black, St. Cunibert, and St. Willibrord, pray for us.
One of the small things I also enjoy about learning about the saints is I pick up a little more geographical knowledge too. :D

Same with me; seeing that Saints come from all over the world. :)


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Post by: odhiambo on October 04, 2012, 02:39:19 AM
October 4
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Ammon the Great
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 04, 2012, 02:44:52 AM
Saint Ammon
He is also known as Amon, Amun or Amus, was born around the year 350 in Egypt. He was born to wealthy parents near Alexandria. When his parents died, his uncle forced him to marry when he was twenty two years old. On the wedding day, however, Ammon persuaded his bride to take a vow of celibacy. For eighteen years, the couple lived chastely as brother and sister.
After this long period, and still with her consent, Ammon withdrew to the desolate swampland of Nitria, seventy miles from Alexandria. Here he lived as a hermit. He soon attracted disciples with his holiness, austerities, mortifications and miracles. On the advice of Saint Anthony of Egypt, who was his contemporary and is said to have visited him, he organized a monastery for them.
Ammon was one of the earliest and greatest desert monks.
According to Catholic Encyclopedia, when Ammon died at about the age of 62, Anthony, though miles and miles away, saw his soul entering heaven.
Saint Ammon,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 05, 2012, 04:08:46 AM
October 5
Today is the Memorial  of
Saint Flora of Beaulieu
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 05, 2012, 04:12:24 AM
Saint Flora of Beaulieu
Flora of Beaulieu also known as Saint Fleur was born in 1309 at Auvergne, France. She was born of a good family. She was a devout child and when her parents tried to arrange a marriage for her she pleaded with them, resisting all attempts  to be married off. She told them she wanted to become a nun.
They finally agreed when she turned 13.  She joined the sisters of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (The Hospitallers), at Beaulieu.
Flora underwent many trials as a nun. The other nuns mercilessly made fun of her; ridiculed her. She became depressed. She, however loved God and had a special devotion to Christ Crucified, Our Lady of the Annunciation and St. John the Baptist. She experienced various supernatural phenomena among them, visions, ecstasies and levitations.
Flora died in 1347 and miracles were reported at her tomb.
Saint Flora of Beaulieu,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 06, 2012, 03:46:29 AM
Saints Flora and Ammon pray for us!

Another floral saint! A happy day, no, odhiambo? :D

The tombs of the saints.. sacred places!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 06, 2012, 07:29:25 AM
Saints Flora and Ammon pray for us!

Another floral saint! A happy day, no, odhiambo? :D
The tombs of the saints.. sacred places!

A very happy day Shin, glad you noticed. ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on October 06, 2012, 07:30:35 AM
October 6
Today let us remember
Saint Mary Frances
of the 5 wounds of Jesus

Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 06, 2012, 07:37:19 AM
Saint Mary Frances
of the 5 wounds of Jesus.
Franciscan Tertiary
Stigmatic.

Saint Mary Frances was born on 25 March 1715 at Naples, Italy. Before her birth St.John Joseph of the Cross, who lived in Naples at the time, and St. Francis de Geronimo, are said to have predicted that the child was destined to attain great holiness.
The baby was baptized Mary Rose Nicolette (Anna Maria according to other sources.) Her father was Francesco Gallo, said to be a hard, hot-tempered and greedy man who abused his wife. Her mother was Barbara Basinsi, a devout and gentle woman who put up with her husband's ill treatment of her. From a very young age, Mary started to spend hours in prayer. She was allowed to receive her First Holy Communion at the age of seven because she was very advanced in her knowledge of the Faith and also because of her ardent desire to begin receiving Holy Communion. When she became sixteen, a rich young man sought her hand in marriage but she refused. Her father, in an attempt to force her to accept this marriage, whipped her mercilessly. When her mother intervened to protect her from the punishment, she too became the recipient of of his wrath.
Mary Frances was not deterred by this ill treatment. She just requested for permission to enter the Third Order of St. Francis. Eventually Francesco did grant his daughter her wish. She became a Franciscan tertiary on 8 September 1731 at Naples, taking the name Mary Frances of the Five Wounds. She remained at home living a life of great piety and austerity; badly scorned by her family until 1753 when she became a house keeper for a priest.
Mary Frances experienced visions, she suffered the agony of Christ's Passion, received the stigmata, and several times was reported to have received the Host miraculously. She practiced extreme mortification. She was also a known prophetess. Among her predictions was the coming of the French Revolution in 1789.
Saint Mary Frances
of the 5 wounds of Jesus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 07, 2012, 04:08:07 AM
October 7
Today is the Memorial of
Blessed Chiara Badano
Among many other Saints and Blesseds.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 07, 2012, 04:17:57 AM

Blessed Chiara Badano
Chiara Badano who is also known as Luce Badano, was born on 29 October 1971 in the small village of Sassello, in northern Italy. She was the only child of Ruggero Badano, a truck driver, and his wife Maria Teresa Caviglia Badano. She was born following eleven long years of her parents' marriage and childlessness. She was a lovely baby, her parents believed she was conceived and born as a direct answer to prayers offered the Our Lady of the Rocche. At the age of nine Chiara joined the Focolare Movement, curtesy of a friend called Chicca who invited her to be part of the GEN (New Generation) movement.This is a movement that was founded by Chiara Lubich In 1943 in Trent, Italy. It is now an international organization that promotes the ideals of unity and brotherhood for all people. It is also called the "Opera di Maria," or "Work of Mary". The Movement is recognized by the Pope and is today present in over 182 countries.
As a young girl, Chiara loved to sing, dance, play tennis and skate. She loved the mountains and the sea but above all, she love God and tried to go to Mass every day. At the age 16, Chiara began to feel drawn to religious life.
One day, when she was seventeen years old, she felt a sudden excruciating pain in her left shoulder. This was the beginning of the end for her. When the pain did not subside , she was taken to hospital and after examinations and tests, a diagnosis was made. It was osteosarcome, a malignant bone cancer. She still wanted to become a missionary despite everything, but the cancer spread quickly. Her spine was affected and soon, she was no longer able to walk.
Chiara died from the cancer on 7 October 1990 in Sassello, Savona, Italy.
She was proclaimed venerable on 3 July 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. She was beatified on 25 September 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Canonization is pending,
Blessed Chiara Badano,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 08, 2012, 04:34:59 AM
October 8
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Mary McKillop
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 08, 2012, 04:40:20 AM
Saint Mary McKillop
Mary was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, on 15 January 1842. She was the eldest child of Alexander and Flora MacKillop. Her parents were poor immigrants from Scotland. Mary was given the name of Maria Ellen MacKillop at birth.
The family ended up large as Mary had seven siblings. On one hand they were very poor and depended on relatives for shelter and support, on the other hand, they were rich in faith. Her father, Alexander, had actually studied for the priesthood, although he was never ordained.
At the age of 16, Mary became the main bread winner for the family. She worked first as a nursery governess and then as a store clerk, a tutor in Melbourne and finally as a school teacher in Portland, Victoria. Mary loved teaching but she also felt a call to religious life. To support her family, she decided to continue to teach. She was forced to leave the school due to a scandal of which she was innocent.
She left Portland, Victoria and went to work in Penola, a small town in South Australia. She worked as a governess cum teacher for children from the local area. Here at Penola, Mary met Father Julian Tennison Woods and together the two started a school for poor children. In 1866, they became co-founders of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. It was reportedly, the first religious order to be established by an Australian.
The Sisters of Saint Joseph were dedicated to the education of poor children. Because their work was with the poor, they, of necessity had to live with the poor. They were consequently found with farmers, miners, and railway workers in isolated outback areas of the country. Whatever hardships these poor people suffered, the sisters suffered with them.
The order rapidly spread to other parts of Australia and even the membership grew rapidly.
Mary was a very compassionate and strong willed woman. She stood firmly for what she believed in. These admirable qualities brought her into conflict with some Church leaders. Because of the vow of poverty she took, the sisters had to beg for money from well wishers and this did not go down well in some Church quarters. Mary however refused to change her ways. Then, some other issues to do with educational matters also came up which made a bad situation worse. Mary was ordered to surrender control of the schools and of her Order. She refused, and was promptly excommunicated by Bishop Shiel for insubordination. The year was in 1871. The Bishop accused her of encouraging disobedience and defiance in her schools. Six months later, however, the excommunication placed on her was lifted and the Bishop admitted he had been wrong in his action.
After these rather depressing events in her life, Mary traveled to Rome by sea in 1873/74 to have the rule of her Order approved by the Blessed Pope Pius IX. She also travelled through England, Ireland and Scotland to seek funds for her schools.
In 1875, she became the Superior-general of her Order and the rest of her life was spent visiting her various houses, working for the poor and to improve the general conditions for the Aborigines.
Mary died after a stroke on 8 August 1909 at Sydney, Australia. She was proclaimed venerable on 13 June 1992 by Pope John Paul II, was beatified on 19 January 1995 by Pope John Paul II and canonized on 17 October 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. She is reportedly the first native-born Australian saint.
She is the Patron Saint of Australia
Saint Mary McKillop,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 09, 2012, 02:38:55 AM
October 9
Today we remember the
Nine Martyrs of Astoria
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 09, 2012, 02:43:28 AM
Nine Martyrs of Astoria also known as
Martyrs of Turon.

These Christians were martyred during the the Spanish Civil War. They were Cirilo Bertrán and eight companions who were Brothers of the Christian Schools. The Christians Schools, were institutes founded around 1680 by Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle. Along with the nine Brothers, there was also a Passionist priest, making ten martyrs.
Eight of the brothers and the priest were excecuted in 1934 in the town of Turon. A nineth brother, Jaime Hilario Barbel was murdered in 1937 near Tarragona. Cirilo Bertrán and his companions: Marciano José, Victoriano Pío, Julián Alfredo, Benjamín Julián, Benito de Jesús, Aniceto Adolfo and Augusto Andrés belonged to a community of brothers who ran a school in the mining region of Astoria ( Asturias) in northeastern Spain. At that time, as part of the Spanish Civil War, there was a severe campaign of oppression and terror against the Church. At dawn on October 5 1934, the Communist rebels who had taken over Turon, rounded up the brothers along with Father Inocencio de la Immaculada, a Passionist priest who had come to the town to hear the confessions of the children.
After a mock trial by a revolutionary comittee, the brothers were driven to a ditch on the morning of October 9 and shot.
Jaime Hilario Barbel, another brother of the Christian School had initially wanted to become a priest. Because of a hearing problem he had, he was not admitted into the seminary. He became a brother instead and taught first in France and then in Spain. He was arrested at Mollerusa in December 1936, incarcerated on the prison ship Mahon, given a mock trial then excecuted in early 1937. The firing squad reportedly missed him repeatedly giving him an opportunity to utter his last words said to be the following:
" My friends, to die for Christ is to reign!" He was then shot in the temple by the squad leader.
The martyrs were beatified on 29 April 1990 by Pope John Paul II and canonized on 21 November 1999 by Pope John Paul II.
Holy Martyrs of Turon,
Pray for us!
Ref
1:SQPN
2: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:


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Post by: Shin on October 09, 2012, 11:34:47 AM
Many folks are not aware of our more modern day martyrs! Communism and Masonry have created many!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 10, 2012, 03:30:00 AM
Many folks are not aware of our more modern day martyrs! Communism and Masonry have created many!
Freemasonry? Martyrs?
I don't understand Shin. Did they also martyred Catholics?


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Post by: odhiambo on October 10, 2012, 04:14:27 AM
October 10
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Daniel Comboni
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 10, 2012, 04:16:16 AM
This is going to be a long one.
Will post in three parts.
Bear with me  :)


Saint Daniel Comboni
Missionary

Saint Daniel Comboni, from whom the Comboni Missionaries take their name, had a life marked by a passion for Africa.
He was born on March 15, 1831 in Limone, a small town on Lake Garda in northern Italy. He grew up poor. His father worked locally as a gardener while his mother was a housewife. The couple had eight children. Six of them died young. The eldest child died at the age of twenty one. Daniel was the sole surviver.
He attended local schools for his primary education till he was eleven years old. He was a gifted child academically and his parents wanted him to progress with his studies but they were poor and could not afford to pay for his further education. Fortunately, a priest from Verona, Father Nicholas Mazza, had set up a school for gifted children whose family could not afford to pay for their education. In February, 1843, Daniel was accepted here as a student.
He first felt the desire to become a missionary at the age of fifteen. He read an account of the martyrs of Japan and felt very strongly that he wanted to be a missionary. Around this time, a Father Angelo Vinco, who had spent some time in Sudan and was in Verona looking for help, gave a talk at the Mazza College about the conditions in Africa and how much missionary work was needed there.
This was the beginning of his passion for Africa. In an outline of his life and work written in 1876, Father Comboni linked the birth of his missionary vocation with the arrival of Father Vinco in Verona. As a student of seventeen, he consecrated his life for work in Africa.
Daniel began to study for the priesthood, learning not only theology but languages and medicine as well, the better to prepare himself for life in Africa.
He was ordained a priest on 31 December 1854 in the diocese of Verona by Blessed John Nepomuk von Tschiderer.
After his ordination, Daniel spent three years in Italy before he got a chance to travel to Africa. In 1857, at the height of the slave trade, Mazza decided to send an expedition to open a mission along the Nile and Father Comboni was chosen as one of the six priests making up the members of the expedition. At this point, he was wrecked with worries for his elderly parents. He would be leaving them completely on their own. To decide the matter, he took a few days retreat to pray about it. His retreat director helped him to understand that for this first journey at least, he was only going to survey the possibility of later work in Africa. And so the matter was settled.
The six sailed from Triesta for Egypt on September 1857. After months of travel, the group finally reached Khartoum and from there the group traveled to Holy Cross Mission, deep in the region of Southern Sudan. They settled down to making the place habitable....
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Post by: odhiambo on October 10, 2012, 04:41:04 AM
Saint Daniel Comboni…..
One priest who did carpentry made things like chairs, tables, etc; another did laundry, another cooking, etc. Father Comboni worked as a tailor. They all spoke Arabic but also started to learn the local language of the Dinka people.
Then the rains came and all the missionaries became ill. They had been there just six weeks when one of them contracted a fever and died. There was also news that Daniel’s mother had died. He was saddened by the news and in a letter to his cousin wrote: “After all that I had left behind, did God have to ask this as well? But it is God’s Will. Blessed be God…..”
Father Comboni tried to persevere despite the difficulties and the extremely harsh conditions of day to day life. Because of the poor health of all the remaining priests, it was decided that the White Nile Mission be abandoned and to return to Italy which they did in 1859.
He needed to rest and to spend time with his father. He was so exhausted that Mazza doubted if he would ever be able to return to Africa. After recovering some of his strength, however, Father Comboni was given the responsibility of the African students in Mazza’s college.
Father Nicholas Mazza had a plan. While Africans were looked on as slaves and servants, Father Mazza wanted to give them the best education possible. Since it was very difficult for Europeans to survive in the harsh African climate, the development of a local African clergy and the education of young African men and women in Europe so that they can return home and pass on what they have learnt. This was the plan and Father Comboni supported it wholeheartedly. In spite of this new job, Daniel was not at ease in his heart. He wanted to go back to Africa.
In 1865 he wrote to a friend: “Bear in mind that I cannot live except for Africa and what concerns Africa”
Shortly after Father Comboni had begun working with the African students, news arrived that a group of African slaves had been rescued by a British warship in the Indian Ocean and were in Aden. He was sent to bring some of them back to Mazza. In Aden, he selected seven of the slaves to bring back with him to Verona but because of laws related to slave trade, Father Comboni was stopped by custom officials as he was leaving Alexandria and was held in custody for two days. He eventually managed to bluff his way out of the situation by fibbing the officials. Many of the slaves had been taken prisoners and enslaved when they were very young; they had no recollection of where their homes were or indeed what tribe they belonged to. In later years, Father Comboni was able to take many freed slaves back to the Sudan and some were fortunate enough to find their families again.
During the years from 1861 to 1864, Father Comboni started to develop his own ideas about evangelizing Africa. He could see that the education of Africans in Europe was not really bearing fruit. The cold climate of Verona did not suite them and he felt that something different needed to be done. In September 1864, he saw clearly, what that “something different that needed to be done” was. He later wrote:
“On 15 September 1864, while I was in Saint Peter’s Basilica, attending the beatification of Margaret Mary Alacoque, the thought came to me like a flash of lightening of making a new plan for the Regeneration of Africa.”
The thrust of his plan was the idea that all Africans would receive basic religious and secular education.
Technical colleges would be constructed where Africans could live without changing climate and Europeans could live without succumbing to the climate.
These centers of learning would be set up all over Africa and would be in areas where both Africans and Europeans can live and work.
The centers of learning would train men and women to work as catechists, teachers, carpenters, tailors, doctors, etc.
He envisioned seminaries in Europe for the training of missionaries and steps taken to allow for acclimatization as they go to Africa. From these centers, there would then be a gradual movement to the interior where Christian villages and local churches would  be established.
All these ideas came to him as he was at prayer at Saint Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, and for the next three days, Daniel worked on his Plan. Within a short time, he was able to present a copy to Pope, Pius IX, as well as to Cardinal Barnabo, head of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. Both expressed support for the Plan and encouraged him. He traveled widely to European cities to make his Plan known.
In 1865, Daniel was sent to Africa once more by the Mazza Institute. He remained in Sudan and Egypt for an extra two months before returning to Rome. He was looking for suitable sites to set up the centers of learning of his Plan…..
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Post by: odhiambo on October 10, 2012, 06:44:05 AM
Saint Daniel Comboni…..
Back in Rome, Father Mazza had by now died and his successor was not too keen on Daniel’s Plan. He was on his own or so it seemed, but God was very much with him on this one. An advisor suggested to him that he should form his own missionary society. This was what he did. On 1 June, 1867, the new organization was set up in Verona and given the name of “The Institute of the Good Shephard for the Regeneration of Africa.” Other priests interested in missionary work joined him as well as some sisters and even some Africans many of whom were from the Mazza College. The group sailed to Africa arriving in Egypt in December 1867 and on New Year’s Day of 1868; they were able to open two colleges in Cairo, one for women and the other for men. When their money ran out, Comboni returned to Europe to raise more funds which he took back with him to Africa.
When the First Vatican Council was convoked by Pope Pius IX on 29 June 1868, Father Comboni wrote to his adviser ( Cardinal Barnabo), about the possibility of his going to Rome to inform the Church Fathers about the needs of the Church in Africa. In March 1880, Father Comboni returned to Europe and attended the Council. He presented a document to the Council Fathers and sixty five bishops supported it and signed to that effect. The document asked the bishops to find a way of sending workers into this “abandoned part of the Lord’s vineyard”.
Father Comboni was indeed committed to Africa. His motto was “Africa or death”. On 1January, 1872, he founded a society of women known as the Comboni Missionary Sisters.
In May 1872, the Vatican approved the two institutions he had founded and officially entrusted them with a mission. Father Comboni was appointed Pro-Vicar Apostolic of Central Africa, meaning that while still a priest, he had the full authority of a bishop in that area.
When he went back to Africa in 1872, on the Sunday after his arrival, he preached in Arabic to a cosmopolitan congregation of freed slaves, Arabs, missionaries and European dignitaries. This is part of what he told them “The first love of my youth was for Africa, and, leaving all that was dear to me in the world, I came here 16 years ago. Because of the poor state of my health, I was obliged to return home. I left out of obedience, but I left my heart among you. And today, now that I have found my heart again by returning among you, I will never abandon you. I intend to belong to each one of you.”
In 1876, Father Comboni returned to Europe to raise more funds and to defend himself against accusations of waste of money and not caring for his missionaries. Investigations into the allegations absolved him completely of any wrong doing. He was ordained the first bishop of Central Africa in August 1877. Back to Africa he went that same year and was met by a great famine. He directed all his energies towards ameliorating the effects of the famine. But the famine began to affect the missionaries and several of them died. In his report to Verona he wrote:
“ What more than anything else filled my spirit with deep affliction and sorrow, to the point of nearly dying of anguish and grief, was the torment which lack of resources, diseases and death inflicted on the active personel of the mission. In these fierce trials, we were inspired to stand firm in our holy vocation, and to persevere more than ever with our war cry “Africa to death” “
Utterly worn out by these trials, he was forced to return to Europe again in May of 1879. He gave talks in cities in Europe and identified three main difficulties for missionaries in Africa as 1: Long hazardous journeys. 2: Tropical diseases. 3: The problem of numerous languages.
Two years later, he was back in Khartoum. While mourning the death of three of his missionaries that had just taken place, he too became ill with a fever. On the evening of 9 October, the Bishop talked for a long time about his crosses. He talked about his missionaries, about his dear old father, his friends, etc. That was his last night here on earth. Before noon on 10 October, he asked for the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion which he received. Later he received also the Anointing of the Sick. He died on 10 October 1881 at 10 pm. Yes, it was indeed “Africa to death” for him and many of his missionaries.
As soon as the children of the mission school were told of the Bishop’s death, they burst into such a wild, desperate crying, so loud and prolonged that all Khartoum guessed what had happened. In no time, all the yards and surroundings of the mission were crowded with people of all races and religions, who according to their custom started mourning very loudly. All night and the following day, people kept coming to weep for their common father and benefactor.
The next morning, the remains of the Bishop were taken into the chapel for the Solemn Office and High Mass. All the authorities were present.
Before the burial, the Austrian consul said a few words of farewell to “ his friend and the Angel of Africa” None of the missionaries, so overwhelmed, had the strength to speak.
Told about the death of Bishop Comboni, Pope Leo XIII reportedly raised his arms towards heaven and exclaimed: “ Poor Africa, what a loss!”
He was proclaimed venerable on 26 March 1994 by Pope John Paul II, beatified on 17 March 1996 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome and canonized on 5 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II.
Saint Daniel Comboni,
Pray for us!


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Post by: George on October 10, 2012, 10:19:34 AM
Beautiful :crucifix:
Saint Daniel Comboni
Pray for us


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Post by: Shin on October 10, 2012, 11:20:59 PM
“Poor Africa, what a loss!”

Moving words!

Yes, Freemasonry has martyred numberless Catholics all around the globe, along with Communism, and the corruption they both bring to Christian teaching and morals.



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Post by: odhiambo on October 11, 2012, 03:05:57 AM
October 11
Today is Memorial of
Saint Maria Soledad Torres Acosta
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 11, 2012, 03:08:52 AM
Saint Maria Soledad Torres Acosta
The saint is also known by the following names:
Emanuela Tores Acosta, Manuela Torres Acosta and simply as María Soledad.
Foundress of the Handmaids of Mary.

Maria was born on 2 December 1826 at Madrid, Spain as Emanuela Tores Acosta. She was born to Francis Torres and Antonia Acosta. The family ran a small business locally. From a young age, Emanuela wanted to become a religious. She even applied to become a Dominican nun but due to ill health, she was not admitted. In 1851, she joined a community formed by Father Michael Martinez y Sanz to minister to the sick in their homes. She took the name Maria Soledad, or Maria Desolata.  Around 1856, she parted from the original group and formed the Handmaids of Mary Serving the Sick.
During the cholera epidemic in 1865, this congregation proved invaluable. It spread throughout Europe and America.
Maria Solidad died  on 11 October 1887 in Madrid. She was canonized on 25 January 1970 by Pope Paul VI.
Ref:
1:Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:
2:SQPN
Saint Maria Soledad Torres Acosta
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 12, 2012, 02:16:38 AM
October 12

Today let us remember the Apparition of
Our Lady of the Pillar
Among others.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 12, 2012, 02:26:22 AM
Our Lady of the Pillar
In the early days of the Church, after the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, the Apostles began to spread the message that Jesus had left. One of the Apostles, James the Greater, reportedly traveled as far west as Spain, to the village of Saragossa in the north east of the country. According to tradition, the Apostle was making very little progress in his mission and was very disheartened. One account holds that the BVM, who was still living, appeared to him in a vision to boost his morale.
In the vision, she was on top of a column or pillar, which was being carried by angels. That pillar is believed to be the same one venerated in Zaragoza, Spain today. Miracles were reported at the scene.
Another account holds that while the Apostle, disheartened and deeply in prayer, the Blessed Mother appeared to him and gave him a small wooden statue of herself and a column of jasper wood and instructed him to build a church in her honor.
About a year after the apparition James arranged to build a small chapel in Mary's honor, the first Church ever dedicated to the honor of the Virgin Mary. He returned to Jerusalem and was beheaded by Herod Agrippa around the year 43-44 A.D, the first apostle to be martyred for his faith.
His body was returned to Spain for burial. Miracles were reported which convinced the Queen to convert to Christianity. She permitted James's remains to be buried in a local field.
Centuries later, this burial site was reportedly discovered by a local hermit. The hermit saw an unusual constellation of stars. A cathedral in his honor was erected here.
The site for the cathedral was called Compostella, i.e. starry field, and it is reportedly a major pilgrimage site to this day.
Our Lady of the Pillar,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 12, 2012, 02:27:11 AM
Today also, especially in Brazil, we remember
Our Lady Aparecida
Among many others.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 12, 2012, 02:32:03 AM
Our Lady Aparecida or
Our Lady Who Appeared
Patroness and Queen of Brazil,

One day on October 12, 1717 in Guarantinqueta in Brazil, three men were out fishing in the Paraíba River, between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It was not really the season for fishing, but there was a celebration in the town and the men needed the fish as part of the celebration. The three men were Domingos Garcia, Joco Alves, and Felipe Pedroso. The men prayed to the Immaculate Conception, and asked God‘s help.
After several hours trying and not being successful, they were ready to give up. Joco cast his net once more near the Port of Itaguagu, but instead of fish, he hauled in the body of a statue. The three cast their net again, and brought up the statue’s head. After cleaning the statue they found that it was a statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
They wrapped the statue in a piece of cloth and continued to cast their nets. And what do you know? The nets were full! The fishermen went home. The statue was recognised as being one of the works of Frei Agostino de Jesus, a monk from Sao Paulo known for his sculpture. This particular one was reportedly made around 1650, As soon as the two parts of the statue were joined together again, the statue began to be venerated by the families and neighbors of the fishermen. Since this was a statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception that had appeared from the river waters, it soon became known as Our Lady of the Conception Who Appeared from the Waters, which in shortened form became Our Lady Aparecida [who appeared].
Initially a small chapel was built for the statue, and then a larger one was constructed near the site where it had appeared in the waters. From the beginning, there were many miracles associated with the statue. Fame of Our Lady Aparecida grew and spread among the simple people. Pilgrimages from the neighboring towns became common and soon people from throughout the States of Rio, Sao Paulo and others were coming to visit the statue and ask for graces from Our Lady.
A huge modern Basilica to house Our Lady of Aparecida was constructed and completed in 1980.
According to the link given, Here on May 16, 1978, a Protestant adherent took the statue after the Mass on that day. He ran away with it but was chased and caught, at which point the statue dropped and shattered. Somehow, it was put together again.
Pope Pius XII proclaimed her principal patroness of Brazil in 1930. The statue was later vandalized. It was broken into several pieces just prior to a visit by Pope John Paul II, but a group of dedicated artists and artisans carefully pieced it together again.
Our Lady Aparecida,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 13, 2012, 05:57:53 AM
October 13
Let us remember today
Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa
Among many Saints and Blesseds.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 13, 2012, 06:12:46 AM
Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa
Alexandrina was born on 30 March 1904 at a town called Balasar in Portugal. She had a sister called Deolinda. The two girls were brought up in a Christian tradition by their mother.
Aged about 12 years, Alexandrina reportedly contracted an infection from which she almost died.
Holy Saturday of 1918, when she was 14 years old, she and her sister Deolinda and another girl were in the house when three men knocked at the door, one of these men had previously tried to molest Alexandrina. They force their way into the house and attempted to violate them. In fear for herself, Alexandrina jumped from an upstairs window. She fell several meters to the ground and shattered her spine. The intruders fled. Alexandria became paralyzed and the doctors predicted that the paralysis would get progressively worse. For about five years, Alexandrina was able to drag herself to church and attend Mass, etc. With her paralysis and pain worsening, however, she was forced to remain immobile, and from 14 April 1925 until her death - approximately 30 years - she would remain bedridden, completely paralyzed.
Alexandrina continued to ask the Blessed Mother for the grace of a miraculous healing, promising to become a missionary if she were healed. Little by little, however, God helped her to see that suffering was her vocation. As she grew closer to God, she realized that she was suffering in a special way for the salvation of souls. The more Alexandrina "understood" that this was her mission, the more willingly she embraced it. The desire to suffer continued to grow in her the more her vocation became clear.
She received Holy Communion every day and her thoughts frequently turned to Jesus in the tabernacle. Alexandrina reportedly had ecstasies, the first one occurred in 1931. During these ecstasies, Jesus instructed her on what He wanted of her. According to SQPN, "The last 13 years of her life she had the gift of inedia, living solely off daily Communion"
When the doctor she allowed to examine her asked her, “Why do you not eat?” She replied, “I do not eat because I cannot. I feel full. I do not need it…”
Alexandrina died on 13 October 1955 at Balasar, Portugal. She was beatified on 25 April 2004 by Pope John Paul II.
Canonization is pending.
Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 14, 2012, 09:17:57 AM
October 14
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Burchard of Würzburg,
Among many saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 14, 2012, 09:20:38 AM
Saint Burchard of Würzburg.
Burchard was born in England, date of birth is not known. He became a Benedictine priest and was ministering in Wessex, England. About the year 732, he went as a missionary to Germany and served under Saint Boniface. It was Saint Boniface who consecrated him the first bishop of Würzburg. In 749, Bishop Burchard was sent to Rome by the Frankish King, Pepin the Short. His mission in Rome was to secure the approval of Pope Saint Zachary of Pepin’s accession to the Frankish throne. He was successful in this mission.
Burchard founded the abbey of Saint Andrew in Würzburg. About the year 753, he resigned the bishopric. He retired to a monastery in Hamburg, Germany where he spent the last years of his life.
He died on February 2, 754 in Germany. He was buried at Mount Saint Mary or Old Wurzburg.
His canonization was Pre-Congregation
He is the Patron Saint of Würzburg, Germany.
Saint Burchard of Würzburg,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 14, 2012, 11:30:18 PM
Pope St. Zachary, St. Andrew, St. Burchard and St. Boniface pray for us!

I have a little book on Bl. Alexandrina I should read.

St. Boniface! Now there is a famous saint.

And Christmas is not too too too far away.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 15, 2012, 03:35:09 AM
Pope St. Zachary, St. Andrew, St. Burchard and St. Boniface pray for us!

I have a little book on Bl. Alexandrina I should read.

St. Boniface! Now there is a famous saint.

And Christmas is not too too too far away.

Looking forward to Christmas. :)


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Post by: Shin on October 15, 2012, 03:37:14 AM
Have you heard the St. Boniface Christmas story yet? :D


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Post by: odhiambo on October 15, 2012, 03:41:55 AM
Have you heard the St. Boniface Christmas story yet? :D

No Shin!
I am all ears  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on October 15, 2012, 03:42:43 AM
October 15
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Agileus,
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 15, 2012, 03:43:41 AM
Saint Agileus
Martyr.

Saint Agileus was a Christian who lived in North Africa. He was martyred in the city of Carthage in the year 300, during the local persecutions of Christians. Saint Augustine reportedly preached a sermon in his honor on his birthday.
This was all the information I could find on this martyr.
Saint Agileus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 15, 2012, 03:51:18 AM
Haha, then I will tell it, God willing, tomorrow. :D

Or if you are impatient, you might find it if you look.  ;D

St. Agileus, pray for us! All ye holy martyrs, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 15, 2012, 04:09:46 AM
Haha, then I will tell it, God willing, tomorrow. :D

Or if you are impatient, you might find it if you look.  ;D

St. Agileus, pray for us! All ye holy martyrs, pray for us!

Tell it tomorrow Shin, that way we all benefit.
Will stifle my impatience , an exercise in self discipline.  Do me good. ;D


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Post by: Shin on October 15, 2012, 04:12:39 AM
Haha! That's the spirit!  ;D  :soldier:


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Post by: odhiambo on October 16, 2012, 03:45:11 AM
October 16
Let us remember today
Blessed Gerald
Among many Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on October 16, 2012, 03:48:11 AM
Blessed Gerald.
Gerald was born in Lombardy, Italy. He joined the Cistercians at the monastery of Fossanuova. He was later named abbot of this monastery. In 1170,Gerald became abbot of Clairvaux. He was killed by one of the monks at Igny when he was visiting there.
His canonization is pending.
Blessed Gerald,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 17, 2012, 12:21:44 AM
Abbot of Clairvaux! Now there's a famous monastery.

It's said that St. Boniface is responsible for the first Christmas tree.

He went to convert the pagan Germans and, during one of their pagan rites worshiping a giant old tree and a Norse god, he went right into the middle of it, and chopped the tree down to show the uselessness of their worship.

Then he pointed to a young tree, and gave it a new meaning.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 17, 2012, 02:26:21 AM
Abbot of Clairvaux! Now there's a famous monastery.

It's said that St. Boniface is responsible for the first Christmas tree.

He went to convert the pagan Germans and, during one of their pagan rites worshiping a giant old tree and a Norse god, he went right into the middle of it, and chopped the tree down to show the uselessness of their worship.

Then he pointed to a young tree, and gave it a new meaning.

Those of us who buy Chrismas trees during the season would do well to remember him at the time. :)


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Post by: Shin on October 17, 2012, 02:32:05 AM
I may make do with a little Rosemary tree again this year, I am not sure. :D

I love those little trees.

'SING ye to our Lord a new song: sing to our Lord all the earth.
Sing ye to our Lord, and bless his name: show forth his salvation from day to day.
Show forth his Glory among the Gentiles, his marvelous works in all peoples.
Because our Lord is great, and exceeding laudable: he is terrible above all gods.
Because all the gods of the Gentiles are Devils, but our Lord made the heavens.
Confession, and beauty in his sight: holiness, and magnificence in his sanctification.
Bring to our Lord ye families of Gentiles, bring ye to our Lord Glory and honor: bring to our Lord Glory unto his name.
Take up hosts, and enter into his courts: adore ye our Lord in his holy court.
Let all the earth be moved before his face: say ye among the Gentiles that our Lord hath reigned.'

Psalm 95:2-10


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Post by: odhiambo on October 17, 2012, 02:42:41 AM
October 17
Today is the Memorial of
Saint John the Dwarf
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 17, 2012, 02:46:19 AM
Saint John
Hermit and
Miracle Worker.

John was born around the year 339 in Egypt, in a region known as Basta, situated in Lower Egypt. His family was poor but pious. Because of his small stature, John was nicknamed "Kolobos" which I understand, is Greek for 'dwarf". When still a young man of 18, John retired to the desert of Skeet in Upper Egypt. He dug for himself an underground cave where he lived a solitary life before becoming a disciple of Saint Poemen. Apart from his short stature, John was, reportedly, also short tempered and conceited; that is, at first. As he grew in holiness, however, he became gentle and humble. From SQPN, we read that
"As a test of his new humble obedience, his director ordered him to water a walking staff stuck in the sand; John did so. It later blossomed, and John referred to it as the "tree of obedience".
Around the year 395, John fled the desert because of invading Berbers. He lived for years as a hermit on Mount Queolzum ( Qulazum)
near the current city of Suez. He died there.
Saint John,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 17, 2012, 02:50:59 AM
What a favorite of mine to read (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=931.0) of St. John the Dwarf is!

 ;D


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Post by: Shin on October 17, 2012, 02:51:22 AM
We seem to be on the subject of trees!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on October 18, 2012, 04:24:29 AM
October 18
Today is the Memorial of
Blessed Daudi Okelo and
Jildo Irwa

Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on October 18, 2012, 05:03:11 AM
Blesseds Daudi Okelo and
Jildo Irwa
Martyrs.

Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa were two young catechists from Uganda at the beginning of the 20th century. They belonged to the Acholi tribe, a subdivision of the larger Luo grouping whose members today live mostly in the North of Uganda, but they are also present in Southern Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Congo.
These two young men were martyred in the years immediately following the foundation of the mission of Kitgum by the Comboni Missionaries in 1915.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 18, 2012, 05:15:58 AM
Blessed Daudi Okelo
Also known as David Okelo.

David was born around the year 1902 at Payira, a village between Gulu and Kitgum in Northern Uganda, East Africa. His parents were pagans as was the bulk of the community. From the age of 14-16, David was a catechumen, receiving the instructions necessary before baptism. On June 1, 1916, David was baptized by Father Cesare Gambaretto, receiving his First Holy Communion on the same day. He was confirmed on 15 October 1916. After some time, David was enrolled as a catechist.
At the beginning of 1917, Antonio, the catechist in charge of a village called Paimol, died. David went to Father Cesare, then superior at the mission of Kitgum, offering to take Antonio's place. He was duly appointed and it was decided that he needed to go with an assistant to help him with the mission ahead. A young man named Jildo Irwa was chosen for this role. Paimol was some 80 kilometers away and security in the area was not good as there were sporadic instances of slave traders and gangs of raiders visiting the area. When warned about these incidences, David reportedly answered: "I am not afraid to die. Jesus, too, died for us!” Thus, towards the end of 1917, the two were in Paimol rearing to go.
David immediately began his work by assembling children who were willing to take religious instruction. First thing early mornings, he would beat the drum to summon the catechumens to prayers. He taught them simple prayers and the question and answer catechism which was repeated over and over in a sing song manner, the better to memorize the lessons. In this way, the basics; the A,B,Cs of the Faith was taught to the children. After the morning sessions, David would go out to the villages from which his charges were coming and he would offer to help their parents to look after the cattle or work in the fields.
At sunset, there were evening prayers which included the Rosary. To close the evening prayers, a hymn to Our Lady was always sung. Sundays, being a Holy Day, the service was longer and other catechumens and catechists from around the area would all come and join in the service. Unfortunataly, there were people who were not happy with what David was doing and they decided to put an end to it all. There had been some unease but nothing happened until 18 October 1918.
On that day, in the thick of night, some raiders, said to be a mix of Moslems and witchdoctors, went to the hut which David shared with his assistant. They entered the building and demanded that he gave up teaching catechism to the children. He refused. He was dragged out of the hut and fatally speared. He was not even 20 years old yet. The place of his death has been called "Wi Polo", which means " Heaven".
His body which had been left where he had died , was disposed of later by unknown people. Some years later, his remains were collected and placed in the mission church at Kitgum, at the foot of the altar of the Sacred Heart.
David was pronounced venerable on 23 April 2002 by Pope John Paul II. He was beatified on 20 October 2002 by Pope John Paul II
Canonization is pending.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 18, 2012, 05:40:56 AM
Blessed Jildo Irwa
Jildo Irwa was born around 1906 in the village of Bar Kitoba, Kitgum in northern Uganda. He belonged to the Acholi tribe same as Blessed David Okelo. His mother was called Ato and his father, Okeny. Both were pagans but would later convert to Christianity. Jildo was said to be a very gentle person.
He was baptized on 6 June 1916, at the age of eleven by Father Cesare Gambaretto. He received his First Holy Communion on the same day and was confirmed on 15 October 1916.
In 1917, when an assistant chatechist was needed to accompany Blessed David Okelo to a new location, Jildo had spontaneously and very willingly offered to be that assistant.
On the morning of their martyrdom Jildo reportedly had this to say to David who was warning him about a possible attack, "Why should we be afraid? We have done nothing wrong to anyone; we are here only because Father Cesare sent us to teach the word of God. Do not fear!"
He repeated the same words to their killers. They were telling him to stop teaching the catechism.
"We have done nothing wrong", he told them in tears. He too was speared and knifed to death at the same place now known as " Wi Polo" or "  Heaven" He was beatified on 20 October 2002 by Pope John Paul II
Canonization is pending .
Blessed Jildo Irwa,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 19, 2012, 03:20:08 AM
October 19
Today we remember
Blessed Jerzy Popie?uszko
Among many other Saints and Blesseds.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 19, 2012, 03:27:47 AM
Blessed Jerzy Popie?uszko.
Priest and Martyr

Jerzy was born on 14 September 1947 in the village of Okopy in Poland. It was the feast of Holy Cross Day. His parents Marianna and Wladyslaw Popie?uszko, were farmers. He was their fourth child. (From other accounts, he was their third child, out of five children). He was baptized in his parish church in Suchowola, two days following his birth. He was given the baptismal name of Alfons. Although the family was poor, they were devout Catholics and raised all their children with profound love of God and the Church. In 1954, Alfons started elementary school in Suchowola, and continued his education in the local high school.
He was reportedly an avarage, rather shy student but likeable. He served as an alter boy, getting up at 5 am every morning irrespective of the weather, and going to serve at Mass. After his First Holy Communion, he was confirmed in 1956.
Even as a high school student, Jerzy knew that he wanted to become a priest but kept this to himself because of the prevailing political conditions which was definitely against the Catholic Church.
After his graduation from high school in 1965, he entered the Seminary of Warsaw and changed his name to Jerzy.
After just one year of study in the seminary, he was drafted into the army.
Drafting seminarians was part of the government’s campaign against the Church. He served in a unit where the recruits were indoctrinated against the Church. He boldly defied the army and rallied colleagues, urging them to resist the attempts to turn them from their faith. For this, he was severely punished. The savage punishments metet out to him and which he bravely endured, took a toll on his health; He suffered ill health the rest of his life as a direct consequence.
In1968, Jerzy resumed his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained with many other deacons on May 28, 1972 by Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski.
For about six years after his ordination, Father Jerzy served as a curate or rather, parish priest, in a number of parishes. One day, in 1978, while saying Mass, he collapsed. To help him recover faster, he was assigned a seemingly less strenuous ministry, the chaplaincy at the student University Church of Saint Anne in Warsaw. He was to be in charge mainly of medical students. He dedicated himself fully to this ministry with the students.
The position of a chaplain of medical personnel in Warsaw was officially entrusted to him in February 1979.
In May 1980, Father Popieluszko was given new assignment to Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church in Warsaw as a resident priest, in theory only required to assist in parish duties.
August of that same year saw the birth of Solidarity, an anti-Communist trade union movement. The movement was for peaceful social change.
One Sunday, of 31 August 1980, when the entire country was on strike, workers from the Warsaw Steel plant, who were on strike in support of the shipyards in Gdansk, sent a delegation to Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski requesting that a priest say Mass for them. The only priest who was available was Father Popieluszko. He went and said Mass at the plant.
This was the beginning of his ministry among workers. He worked closely with them, celebrated Mass, heard their confessions and preached the Word of God to them.
Later he was chosen by the workers as their chaplain at the plant.
Most of the common people were solidly behind the trade union movement which saw a steady rise in membership to some 10 million strong.....
Please continue at the next post.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 19, 2012, 03:38:21 AM
Blessed Jerzy Popie?uszko.
…..In February 1982, marshal law was declared in Poland to suppress opposition.
Father Popieluszko started to celebrate Mass on the last Sunday of every month for freedom of Poland. He called it:
“Mass for Poland and for those suffering for her”
These Masses were attended by tens of thousands of people coming from far and near.
The communist leaders did not like this. They started to intimidate him: his home was broken into, not once but twice; he was constantly being followed by the secret police, stopped or questioned and even arrested on trumped up charges. Complaints were also made to the Bishop that his sermons were political. The priest was clear in his message that people of faith have a moral duty to resist evil, asking, “Whose side will you take? The side of good or the side of evil? Truth or falsehood? Love or hatred?.
Father Jerzy preached against revenge and the use of violence. He told his listeners about the importance of praying not only for those who are oppressed but also for those who oppress the people. He referred to the Solidarity movement as the ‘patriotic struggle to reinstate human dignity.
Among the tens of thousands of Poles listening to the voice of this brave, young priest were government agents. The secret police threatened and pressured him to stop, but he ignored them.
From 1983 the persecution of Father Popieluszko became a matter of course.
He was frequently called to police headquarters for interrogations, spent many nights in prison, his car was vandalized, his apartment was broken into again and the authorities even planted subversive literature and bomb making materials in his apartment.
On October 13, 1984, an unsuccessful attempt was made on his life. Father Popieluszko understood the danger he was in. He told his colleagues he was convinced that what he was doing was just and he was ready for everything.
One week later, on October 19, 1984, he was due to celebrate Mass at the northern town of Bydgoszcz. He was warned that doing so would have “serious consequences” He went anyway. He celebrated Mass after which he led the people in meditation on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. His conclusion to the reflections was reportedly his last public words:
"In order to defeat evil with good, in order to preserve the dignity of man, one must not use violence. It is the person who has failed to win on the strength of his heart and his reason who tries to win by force… Let us pray that we may be free from fear and intimidation, but above all from lust for revenge and violence."
Government security agents who were in that congregation followed the priest and his driver on their way back. On a lonely stretch of road they stopped the car, arrested, gagged and bound the driver and put him in the unmarked police car. They savagely beat up Father Popieluszko with clubs and fists until he was senseless. Then they gagged him; secured his mouth and nose with tape; tied him with ropes around his neck and ankles such that if he attempted to moved his feet, the rope would tighten around his neck. Stones were tied to his feet. The priest was put in the boot of the car and driven to a reservoir on the Vistula River. He was removed from the boot and hurled into the Reservoir.
Meanwhile the driver managed to escape and reported the incident to the local priest and to church authorities.
The body of Father Popieluszko was retrieved ten days later from the Wloclawek Reservoir. It was covered with deep cut wounds. His face was unrecognizable, his jaw, nose, mouth and skull were reportedly smashed. He was identified by his brother from a birthmark on the side of his chest. One of the doctors who performed the post mortem said that he had never seen such violent injuries. There was reportedly blood in his lungs and his kidneys and intestines were all messed up as a result of the savage beating he got.
Father Popieluszko was buried at Saint Kostka’s Church, Warsaw, Poland
His funeral was attended by a million people. Pope John Paul II and leaders from throughout the world have prayed at his grave.
He was beatified on 6 June 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. His canonization is pending.
Blessed Jerzy Popie?uszko,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on October 19, 2012, 09:52:05 AM
Blessed Jerzy, pray for us! A brave soul. His life also is proof of the horrors of Communism and the warnings of Our Lady of Fatima about it!


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Post by: Patricia on October 19, 2012, 09:56:02 AM
Blessed Daudi Okelo, pray for us, that we may bear the same courage and faith that you had ! :crucifix:


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Post by: Patricia on October 19, 2012, 10:02:46 AM
Quote
"As a test of his new humble obedience, his director ordered him to water a walking staff stuck in the sand; John did so. It later blossomed, and John referred to it as the "tree of obedience".

I love this story! Will read it to my Rel Ed kids. :cherubim:


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Post by: Shin on October 20, 2012, 03:34:49 AM
Obedience is the sanctity of children! :D

As I learned reading the life of young Ven. Anne de Guigne! The beautiful virtue of obedience -- It can make the little children holy, it can make them saints!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 20, 2012, 08:17:16 AM
October 20

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Adelina
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 20, 2012, 08:18:16 AM
Saint Adelina
Benedictine nun



Adelina was a noblewoman of Normandy. She was reportedly the sister of Saint Vitalis and a granddaughter of William the Conqueror. She became a Benedictine nun and the abbess of the Benedictine Convent of La Blanche at Moriton, Normandy, a religious community which was founded by her brother Saint Vitalis.
Adelina died in 1125 .
Her canonization was Pre-Congregation
Saint Adelina,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 21, 2012, 06:47:24 AM
October 21
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Wendelin
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 21, 2012, 06:52:55 AM
Saint Wendelin
Prince of Scotland
Hermit
Abbot of Tholey

He is also known as Wendel, Wendolinus or Wendelinus.
Prince Wendelin was born in Scotland in 554. His father, Forchado, was the King of Scotland, making his mother, Irelina, the Queen. His parents wished for him to be well educated and so they entrusted him to the local bishop for his education. The Bishop must have really inspired the young prince because he decided to dedicate his life to God and lead a simple, humble life away from the Court. One night when everyone was sleeping, Wendelin dressed up as a pilgrim and walked out of the castle and his life as a prince.
He visited many holy places. In 574, he was in Rome and was able to visit the very many churches and shrines of holy people in the city. Before he left Rome, Wendelin was granted an audience with Pope Benedict I who blessed him and encouraged him to live his life as God tells him in his heart.
From Rome, Prince Wendelin went to Einsidel in Germany where he stayed for a while before his search for a desolate location, brought him to the wilderness of Westerich. Here, Wendelin made himself a hut of tree branches and a bed of reeds and leaves. He  settled down to a life of severe austerities; a penitential life.
After a period of time, duration of which is unknown, Wendelin left Westerich to go to the ancient city of Trier in order to pray at the many shrines there. Trier is said to be the oldest city in Germany.
Legend has it that while visiting a shrine in Trier, he met a wealthy highwayman who admonished him for begging when he was a young man who could earn his own food. The highwayman hired him as a swineherd. Looking after the herd of swine took up all his time and he did not have enough time to pray. He went to his master and requested a change of job. The master understood his dilemma and transferred him to tending cattle. At first all was well and he had time for his prayers. Then the herd of cattle increased very fast in numbers, so much so that he again found himself with very little time for prayer and approached his master for a second time. This time he was transferred to tending sheep. This was a job
traditionally reserved for children or older men because it was considered less physically demanding. This time, he was contented. He always had time for his prayers. Even when his flock increased, he found time to pray.
According to legend, Saint Wendelin and the entire flock frequently transmigrated making it possible for the Saint to always have time to say his prayers at his hermitage and be back with the sheep in time!
Wendel also performed many miracles as you will find out at the next post ….


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Post by: odhiambo on October 21, 2012, 07:00:35 AM
Saint Wendelin
Wendel performed many miracles.
Following is an excerpt from "The Life and History of Saint Wendelin" as found in "Significant Scots
Saint Wendelin"

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“This is one of the outstanding incidents in Wendelin's life: Wendelin's master and a servant journeyed to the town of Strassburg on a business trip. On returning he traveled through the wilderness where Wendelin had taken his flock to graze. When they were still some distance away from the flock, the master said to his servant, "That shepherd resembles our Wendelin or else it is indeed he."
The servant replied, "How could our Wendelin come here? It is too far from our home in Trier." Going up to the shepherd, the nobleman found him to be Wendelin. The nobleman grew furious and cursed at Wendelin and said, among other things, "Wendelin, you scoundrel. Are you a fool or a lunatic that you drive my sheep such a long way away from home? Is there not enough pasture near Trier that you must go to this dreadful wilderness?"
Wendelin answered, "Dear master, be not angry. I find this pasture to be
better for the flock than the one near Trier."
"Shall I not be angry?" asked the nobleman. "I have invited many guests for supper and wanted to kill a sheep for this special occasion."
Wendelin responded, "Be not angry on that account for I want to be home on time."
"How can you be home before night when I can hardly get home on time riding on a horse?" The master then abruptly galloped off murmuring and complaining all the way about Wendelin. As the master entered his courtyard he was dumbfounded to see that Wendelin was already there and was putting the sheep into the stable for the night. He could hardly believe what he had just seen with his own eyes. He knew then that this was a great miracle and realized that Wendelin was indeed a holy man to be revered. The master fell to his knees and filled with both humility and contrition he begged, "Forgive me, dear Wendelin and forgive the words of accusation that I hurled against you. Tell me who you really are. I can see that you are a holy man and that God works great miracles in you and through you.
With that, Wendelin threw himself at his master's feet and said most humbly, "I beg of you master, rise to your feet and show me no honor, for I am not a holy man but a miserable being and a simple shepherd and farmhand servant."
His master rose to his feet and said, "This I cannot believe, but I take you to be a great servant of God. Whoever you are, I will not any longer permit you to watch my herds. For I fear that God will punish me if I let His faithful servant watch my flock. Tell me what you want of me and I will fulfill your every wish."
Wendelin replied, "This only do I ask of you master, that you change your godless life into a pious one so that the wrath of God may not come upon you unawares and cast you and your robbers into the depths of Hell." Wendelin had so much to say to this nobleman and spoke so forcibly that this sinful man became very much frightened and wept over his sins and promised to amend his life. The master wanted to give Wendelin large sums of money in the form of alms, but Wendelin refused to take any money except what was due to him as wages. These wages he distributed among the poor and then in absolute poverty, he went his way into the wilderness”

Wendelin became known throughout Westerich, because of his miracles and many people came to his hermitage seeking help and guidance. When in 590, the Abbot of the monastery at Tholey died, the monks went to Wendelin and begged him to become their new Abbot. He refused at first but eventually agreed and was duly consecrated as the Abbot of the monastery.
Wendelin fell ill in 617 and died. He was buried at Tholey .
His canonization was Pre-Congregation.
Saint Wendelin,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 22, 2012, 02:22:56 AM
October 22
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Mary Salome
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 22, 2012, 02:26:20 AM
Saint Mary Salome
She is also known as Irene which is the Greek equivalent of Salome. The name means peace and prosperity according to SQPN. Salome, also called Mary Salome, was the wife of Zebedee and the mother of saint John the Apostle, and Saint James the Greater. She was reportedly a relative of Our Lady, possibly even her sister.
Salome asked Jesus to allow her sons to sit next to him in his kingdom. Among the holy women who followed Jesus and served him as he went about his ministry, there were three called Mary. there was Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus, then Mary, wife of Cleophas and Mary Salome, today's saint. She was present at the Crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.  She was also one of the women who discovered the empty tomb on the day of the Resurrection.
After the Resurrection she reportedly went to Veroli, Italy and spent the rest of her life there spreading the Good News.
Canonized
Pre-Congregation
She is the Patron Saint of Veroli, Italy.
Saint Mary Salome,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 22, 2012, 05:41:36 AM
Yes, I believe I have heard that before, Salome means peace.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 23, 2012, 02:20:52 AM
October 23
Today is the Memorial of
Blessed John Buoni
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 23, 2012, 02:22:57 AM
Blessed John Buoni
John Buoni was born in 1168 at Mantua, Italy. He belonged to the Buonomini family. John spent his youth as an entertainer, specifically a jester at various courts in Italy. He led a licentiously wild life for many years. In 1208 when he was 40 years old, he suffered a severe illness that jolted him spiritually speaking.. He changed his lifestyle completely, becoming a hermit near Cesena. He attracted many disciples for whom he built a church. He also organised them into communities, the Boniti. He became famous for his austerities and miracles.
He died at Mantua in 1249 and was beatified in 1483.
Blessed John Buoni,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 23, 2012, 09:06:31 AM
I always love the hermits.. :D

It's also St. John of Capistrano's day, we have his biography on Saints' Books. (http://saintsbooks.net) It's the very last book on the entire list.

He lived an gigantic life, preacher and converter of heretics, compatriot of saints, help to the crusaders, prophecizing the future popes and their friend, abundant in miracles, and heroically ascetic.

Some extracts from that work:

"After he entered the religious state until his death he never ate but once a day, and that in such small quantity as would scarce suffice for a child of six years old. He never used meat except in urgent necessity and under obedience. At times the brethren, fearing he would die from weakness on account of his excessive labours, begged the Sovereign Pontiff to command him to eat; and then he would take it in such small quantity and with such reluctance that it seemed rather a penance than nourishment. Therefore he made use of fasting on bread and water, frequent disciplines and other chastisements of the flesh, by which means he brought the interior enemy under the yoke of reason, and reduced his body to the servitude of the spirit. Fortified, then, by this endurance of abstinence and armed with these virtues, he proclaimed the word of God with all confidence, the Lord working with him and confirming his words with signs that followed."

'He was at Nuremberg from 20 July to the middle of August, 1452. John Cochlaeus of this city wrote a description of the Saint and of his manner of life at that time: "Those who saw him at Nuremberg describe him as a man small of body, withered, emaciated, nothing but skin and nerves and bones, but cheerful, strong, and strenuous in labour. . . . He slept in his habit, rose before dawn, recited matins, lauds, prime and terce, and then celebrated Mass. After that he preached, in Latin, a sermon which was afterwards explained to the people by an interpreter. When the sermon was concluded, he returned to the friary of his Order. Sext and none being finished, he visited the sick and stayed with them a long time. He laid his hands on them and prayed for them all, touching them with the cap of St. Bernardine and with a cloth stained with that Saint's blood. Then he took his meal, and afterwards received people who had come to see him. After vespers, he returned to the sick and remained with them till nightfall, when he recited compline and other prayers and retired to rest. But even then he scarcely slept at all, but occupied himself with the study of the Holy Scriptures. There was wondrous strength in that small body, maintained without doubt by divine grace, and unimpaired by age or fatigue. Such, too, was his manner of speaking, that even those who did not understand his words were moved nevertheless to tears and amendment of life."'

"When they arrived at Villak in Carinthia, and so entered the Emperor's territory, they found a pestilence raging there which had already carried off a great number of people with swift and sudden death. The victims were seized with a kind of paralysis in the streets, at work, or in their homes, always without warning. So they remained helpless and unable to move, and died within a few hours. Many of these were brought to the Saint. He cured them all, to the astonishment and delight of the beholders and victims ; and the beds and chairs on which the latter had been carried still remained at the Franciscan church at the time Nicholas wrote the life of Capistran—deposited there as memorials of their owners' wonderful deliverance."

'He stayed at Breslau, the capital of Silesia, from 13 February to the end of August, 1453. In no other town of Germany did he stay so long. He won the esteem and admiration of the citizens at who long revered his memory. But here he had to contend with obstinate and protracted opposition from Jews and Hussites. Wadding relates an anecdote concerning the latter. Some of the sectaries, desiring to throw ridicule on the Saint's miracles, came to him, pretending to be Catholics, and bringing with them a bier adorned with funeral trappings. This was supposed to contain a dead body, but, in reality, a confederate of theirs, a young man, alive and well, was within. With feigned weeping and lamentation, and before a large crowd of people, they begged the Saint to raise the dead to life. Capistran cried aloud and with a stern aspect.

"Let his portion be with the dead for ever! "and at once departed. But the pretended funeral party laughed at him. "See," they said, "What a holy and pious man he is. He runs away because he cannot raise the dead to life. Now you will see," they said to the people, "that we have holier men among ourselves. Go," said they to one. "You give him back life." And he called loudly: "Peter, I say to thee, arise!" But there was no movement nor reply. The man came nearer and whispered: "Get up. What are you doing? It is time to rise from the dead." Still there was no answer. They removed the pall and found the young man quite dead. It was a terrible lesson, but it converted many people, and, among them, the victim's accomplices. These men were truly penitent, and after becoming Catholics, sent two of their number to Rome to testify to the miracle.'

...

Let me recommend the biography highly, there are many moving moments to read of within his life.  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on October 24, 2012, 01:59:42 AM
Okay Shin.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 24, 2012, 02:45:49 AM
October 24
Today is the Memorial of
Blessed John Angelo Porro
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on October 24, 2012, 02:47:04 AM
Blessed John Angelo Porro
John Angelo was born in 1451 at Milan, Italy. He joined the Servants of Mary ( the Servites). He was ordained a priest and sent to Monte Senario where he lived as a contemplative. After one year at Monte Senario, he was appointed master of novices at Florence. He also served at various other houses.
He died at the Servite priory, Milan in 1504 ( 1506 by other accounts.)
He was beatified on 15 July 1737.
Blessed John Angelo Porro,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 25, 2012, 03:51:04 AM
October 25
Today we remember the
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 25, 2012, 03:52:34 AM
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
From the year 1534, when King Henry VIII, broke from the Roman Catholic Church following his unsuccessful attempts to persuade the Pope to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, to the year 1679, a total of about three hundred Catholics were martyred.
In 1970, the Vatican selected forty of these men and women, both clergy and laity, to represent all the martyrs killed in England and Wales during this period.
The saints in this group of martyrs are also covered in individual entries.
Following is the list as it appears in SQPN

Carthusians

Augustine Webster
John Houghton
Robert Lawrence
Brigittine
Richard Reynolds
Augustinian
John Stone
Jesuits
Alexander Briant
Edmund Arrowsmith
Edmund Campion
David Lewis
Henry Morse
Henry Walpole
Nicholas Owen
Philip Evans
Robert Southwell
Thomas Garnet

Benedictines

Alban Roe
Ambrose Edward Barlow
John Roberts
Friars Observant
John Jones

Franciscans

John Wall
Secular Clergy
Cuthbert Mayne
Edmund Gennings
Eustace White
John Almond
John Boste
John Kemble
John Lloyd
John Pain
John Plesington
John Southworth
Luke Kirby
Polydore Plasden
Ralph Sherwin
Laymen
John Rigby
Philip Howard
Richard Gwyn
Swithun Wells
Lay women
Anne Line
Margaret Clitherow
Margaret Ward

They were canonized on 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI.
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 26, 2012, 03:29:36 AM
October 26

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Lucian and Saint Marcian
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 26, 2012, 03:31:51 AM
Saint Lucian and Saint Marcian
Martyrs

Lucian and his friend Marcian were magicians involved in the practice of black magic. They reportedly converted to Christianity when a Christian fended off Lucian’s spells by making the sign of the Cross. They publicly burned their magic paraphernalia in Nicomedia. They sold all their possessions and gave the proceeds to the poor. They lived as recluses for some time and then started preaching. When Emperor Trajanus Decius’ edict against Christians were published in Bithynia, Turkey, they were arrested and arraigned before the Proconsul Sabinus. When they refused to worship pagan gods, they were tortured and burned to death. This happened in 250.
According to Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints. there were other companions who shared in this martyrdom. One of them was named as Florins.
This account was taken mostly from “Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney”.
Canonization was pre-congregation.
Saint Lucian,
Pray for us!
Saint Marcian
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 26, 2012, 10:18:03 AM
I know there are some interesting stories to each of those martyrs lives... I will have to look them up again someday.

All ye holy saints and martyrs pray for us!



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Post by: odhiambo on October 27, 2012, 02:42:07 AM
October 27
Today we remember
Saint Abraham the Poor
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 27, 2012, 02:43:27 AM
Saint Abraham the Poor
He is also known as Abraham the Child and Abraham the Hermit. Abraham was born at Menuf in Egypt. He became a disciple of Saint Pachomius of Tabenna for a good 23 years. After that he spent 17 years living as a hermit in a cave.
His nicknames the poor and the child refer to his simple life and simple faith.
He died in 367 ( 372 according to SQPN)
His canonization was pre-congregation.
Saint Abraham,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on October 27, 2012, 07:55:28 AM
St. Abraham the Poor and St. Pachomius pray for us!

I like this saint's name!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 28, 2012, 06:30:30 AM
October 28

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Joachim Royo
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 28, 2012, 06:32:39 AM
Saint Joachim Royo
Martyr.

Joachim was born 1691 at Teruel, Spain. He joined the Dominicans in 1709 and in 1712, he was sent as a missionary to the Philippines and from there he was sent to China in 1715. In China he worked with Saint Peter Sanz, a fellow Spanish Dominican priest. In 1746, renewed persecutions of Christians flared up in China. He was imprisoned together with Saint Peter Sanz and Father John Alcobar. They were soon joined by Father Francis Serrano and Father Francis Diaz.
Father Joachim was tortured and strangled to death on 28 October 1748 in prison at Fu-tsheu, China.
He was beatified as one of the martyrs of China on 14 May 1893 by Pope Leo XIII and canonized on 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II.
Saint Joachim Royo,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 29, 2012, 09:16:44 AM
October 29
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Abraham of Rostov
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on October 29, 2012, 09:33:15 AM
Saint Abraham of Rostov
Abraham was born in Galich, Russia sometime in the 12th century ( 10th century according to SQPN) He was born a pagan and given the name of Averkii.
As a young man, he was reportedly stricken with a severe disease. He called upon Christ in his sufferings and, lo and behold, he was  cured! In gratitude, Averkii became a Christian and was baptized, taking the name Abraham.
He subsequently became a monk and went to the city of Rostov, where he began his ministry among the pagans. He founded there a monastery of which he became abbot. He also built two churches in Rostov. Abraham was reportedly very active and effective in converting the pagans to Christianity.
He died  in Russia at the monastery of Rostov and was buried at the church of the Theophany monastery.
Saint Abraham of Rostov,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 30, 2012, 02:28:14 AM
October 30
Today we remember
Martyrs of Africa
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 30, 2012, 02:29:47 AM
Martyrs of Africa
According to Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, the collective name of Martyrs of Africa is given to the martyrs who died for the faith in Mauretania Tingitina, the northwestern region of Africa. The martyrs vary according to year and feast.
Today's Memorial is for, a group of martyrs numbering from one hundred to two hundred, no details have survived. We honor them today.
Martyrs of Africa
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 30, 2012, 02:30:50 AM
October 30
Let us also also remember today
Saint Germanus
Bishop of Capua

Germanus was Bishop of Capua in southern Italy. He was also a friend of Saint Benedict. In 519, Germanus was sent by Pope Saint Hormisdas to Constantinople to negotiate with Emperor Justin about ending the Acacian Schism.
He died  in 545. Saint Benedict of Nursia reportedly saw his soul going to heaven.
Saint Germanus of Capua
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on October 31, 2012, 03:36:49 AM
October 31

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Wolfgang of Ratisbon
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on October 31, 2012, 03:38:38 AM
Saint Wolfgang
Bishop

Wolfgang was born in 924 in Swabia, Germany. He studied at Reichenau Abbey in Switzerland under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg. He went as a teacher to the cathedral school of Trier. In 964, he joined the Benedictines at Einsiedeln and was appointed director of the monastery school there. He was ordained in 971.
Wolfgang set out with a group of monks to preach among the Magyars of Hungary.
In 972, he was appointed bishop of Regensburg by Emperor Otto II. He at once instituted reforms of the clergy and monasteries in his See. He preached widely and was known for his charity and aid to the poor. He was given the title, Eleemosynarius Major ( " Grand Alimoner").
Wolfgang died on 31 October 994 at Puppingen, near
Linz in Austria.
He was canonized in 1052 by Pope Leo IX.
Saint Wolfgang of Ratisbon,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 01, 2012, 01:43:54 AM
November 1
All Saints Day
The month of November is dedicated to the Poor Souls in Purgatory


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Post by: odhiambo on November 01, 2012, 01:44:23 AM
November 1
Today is also the Memorial of
Saint Valentin Faustino Berri Ochoa
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 01, 2012, 01:45:10 AM
Saint Valentin Faustino Berri Ochoa
Bishop and Martyr of Vietnam.

Valentin, who is also known as Valentin de Berriochoa, and also as Valentin Berrio-Ochoa, was born 14 February 1827 at Elorrio, in Spain. He entered the Dominican Order and was . ordained on 14 June 1851. He was then sent as a missionary to the Philippines and from there he went to Viet Nam in 1858. In Vietnam, he served as a vicar apostolic of Central Tonking, and titular bishop of Centuria. Valentine was betrayed by an apostate.
He was arrested, tortured and then martyred by beheading on 1 November 1861 at Hai Duong, Vietnam. Martyred together with him were Saint Jerome Hermosilla and Blessed Peter Amato.
He was pronounced venerable on 24 June 1905 by Pope Saint Pius X, beatified on 20 May 1906 by Pope Saint Pius X and canonized on 19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
Saint Valentin Faustino Berri Ochoa,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 02, 2012, 04:06:44 AM
November 2
Today is All Souls Day
On this day, we honor all The Souls in Purgatory i.e. The Church Suffering.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 02, 2012, 04:07:34 AM
Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

God Our Father,
Your power brings us to birth.
Your Providence guides our lives. By
Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die, still live in Your presence.
Their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family, relatives and friends
and for those dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ, who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your Kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us again in one family, to sing
Your praise forever and ever.
Eternal rest grant unto them Oh Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Amen!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 02, 2012, 04:09:00 AM
November 2
Today is also the Memorial of the following saints.
Saint Publius, Saint Victor, Saint Hermes and Saint Papias
All of North Africa

Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 02, 2012, 04:10:09 AM
Saint Publius, Saint Victor, Saint Hermes and Saint Papias
Martyrs

These four saints were a group of martyrs in North Africa who were put to death at a time no longer known to us. The acts of their martyrdom have been lost.
At least their names have survived and the Church, in her faithfulness, honors them on this day.
Martyrs of North Africa,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on November 02, 2012, 09:29:27 AM
Saint Publius, Saint Victor, Saint Hermes and Saint Papias, Pray for us!!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 03, 2012, 05:41:31 AM
November 3
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Winifred of Wales
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 03, 2012, 05:48:39 AM
Saint Winifred of Wales.
Virgin and Martyr.

Saint Winifred , who is also known by other versions of the same name , for instance,
Wenefrida, Gwenffrewi, Guinevere, and more, was born in Flintshire, Wales. According to legend, she was the daughter of a Welsh nobleman who was a member of the royal court and was an advisor to the King. She was reportedly very beautiful. She had strong Christian beliefs having Saint Beuno Gasulsych, her maternal uncle as her mentor. Winifred made a private vow of Chastity, dedicating herself to the Lord.
Due to her noble connections and her beauty, Winifred attracted many suitors, one of whom was a chieftain named Caradog of Hawarden. When she refused all his advances, legend has it that he was so incensed that he cut off her head on June 22, 650.
Again legend has it that from the spot where her head hit the ground, a well sprang up which became the Holy Well, one of the most popular pilgrim sites in Wales.
In another version of the legend, she was miraculously healed by her uncle, Saint Beuno and, with her head restored to her body, she became a nun, and later abbess at Cwytherin, in Clwyd, Wales.
The Holy Well, or Saint Winifred’s Well, was still honored and visited after the Reformation.
Her relics were enshrined at Shrewsbury, England.
Saint Winifred of Wales,
Pray for us!.


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Post by: Shin on November 03, 2012, 11:14:26 AM
St. Winifred pray for us! I love the holy spring stories. :D

It would be marvelous to visit them no?


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Post by: Shin on November 03, 2012, 11:19:13 AM
I am glad to be back from the storm! I wonder if the nor'easter will come in Wednesday and give me another electronic siesta?  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on November 04, 2012, 05:52:37 AM
I am glad to be back from the storm! I wonder if the nor'easter will come in Wednesday and give me another electronic siesta?  :D

Welcome back Shin.
Sorry about the havoc Sandy has caused in your country. :(


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Post by: odhiambo on November 04, 2012, 05:53:52 AM
November 4

Today is the Feast Day of
Saint Joannicus of Mount Olympus
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 04, 2012, 05:56:18 AM
Saint Joannicus of Mount Olympus
Hermit
Prophet and a Miracle Worker.

Joannicus was born in 754 at Bithynia modern Turkey. In his youth, he was a swineherd.
He lived a dissolute life and was an ardent iconoclast. He reportedly became a soldier in the Byzantine army. When aged forty, a friend who had become a monk, converted him to the faith. He retired from the military and the world, becoming a hermit on Mount Olympus and later, a monk at Eraste. He became a vigorous defender of orthodoxy and fought iconoclasm. He defied Emperor Theophilus over this issue of iconoclast, declaring prophetically, that sacred images would be restored to the Church.
This was fulfilled by the Empress Theodora, wife of Emperor Theophylus. She did restore the icons.
Joannicus was famed for his miracles and the gift of prophecy.
He died on 4 November 846 at Antidium.
He was canonized by acclamation, i.e. pre-congragation.
Saint Joannicus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 05, 2012, 04:17:28 AM
November 5
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Elizabeth
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 05, 2012, 04:19:53 AM

Saint Elizabeth
First Century

Elizabeth, mentioned in the Bible, was a descendant of the Old Testament patriarch, Aaron. She was a cousin of the BVM, the wife of Zachariah and the mother of Saint John the Baptist. She and her husband lived in what the Bible describes as “a town in the hill country of Judea”, an area of Jerusalem.
In the Gospel of Saint Luke, 1: 5-80, Elizabeth was beyond childbearing age when an angel told her husband Zachariah that they would have a son and would name him John. When he doubted this, he was struck dumb.
When Elizabeth was six months with child, she was visited by the BVM. When the two holy women met we learn that when Elizabeth heard Mary's greetings her still unborn baby leapt in her womb for joy and that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and greeted Mary thus: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb...."
Mary, in her turn, filled with the Holy Spirit, burst out with the song of praise we call the Magnificat or The Canticle of Mary.
Saint Elizabeth died in the First Century.
Saint Elizabeth,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 05, 2012, 05:27:45 PM
I really enjoy reading the various revelations about the early life of Our Lady.

 :D


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Post by: odhiambo on November 06, 2012, 01:31:31 AM
November 6
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Efflam of Brittany
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 06, 2012, 01:32:29 AM
Saint Efflam
Efflam was born in England, son of a British prince. Year of birth unknown. He founded a monastery in Brittany, France and served as its first abbot.
He died in the year 700.
He was canonized Pre-Congragation.
Saint Efflam,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 07, 2012, 02:25:58 AM
November 7
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Tremorus of Brittany
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 07, 2012, 02:26:53 AM
Saint Tremorus of Brittany
Tremorus was born sometime in the 6th century in Brittany, France. His mother was Saint Triphina.
According to SQPN, he was murdered while being educated at a monastery in Carhaix, Brittany. Acording to other sources however, he was murdered while still an infant. The murderer was his own stepfather, Count Canmore of Brittany. The motive for the murder was the Count's hatred of Christianity. After the murder of her son, Triphina retired to a convent.
Saint Tremorus of Brittany,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 07, 2012, 07:56:15 AM
St. Tremorus, St. Efflam, pray for us!

These foreign saints also teach me a bit more about geography.  :D



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Post by: odhiambo on November 08, 2012, 01:00:42 AM
St. Tremorus, St. Efflam, pray for us!

These foreign saints also teach me a bit more about geography.  :D


Yes, the Lord has soldiers everywhere! :)


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Post by: odhiambo on November 08, 2012, 01:01:10 AM
November 8
Today is the Memorial of the
The four crowned Martyrs
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 08, 2012, 01:06:16 AM
The four crowned Martyrs
During the reign of Emperor Diocletian, four people, namely, Castorius, Claudius, Nicostratus, and Symphorian were tortured and executed in Pannonia, Hungary. They are the ones referred to as the "The four crowned Martyrs".
According to legend, these four were employed as carvers at the imperial quarries at Sirmium, former Yugoslavia. They impressed the Emperor with their carvings so much that he commissioned them to do several others. This they did and the Emperor was satisfied. Trouble arose when the Emperor wanted them to curve a pagan statue, specifically, that of Aesculapius. The four men refused on the basis that they were Christians. Then they were asked to sacrifice to the pagan gods and again they refused. They were imprisoned. While in prison, an officer, Lampadius, who had been trying to convince them to sacrifice to the pagan gods, suddenly died. The four were blamed for his death. They were executed in 305. A fifth martyr named, Simplicius, was executed with them.
According to Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson, there were in fact two sets of Sancti Quatuor Coronati, , i.e.The four Holy Crowned Ones. The second croup died at Albano Italy. They were Carpophorus, Secundius, Severian and Victorinus. A basilica was erected in honor of these martyrs in Rome.
The four crowned Martyrs,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on November 08, 2012, 08:58:55 AM
Four crowned brave martyrs , pray for us that we may have similar courage in the face of persecution! :crucifix:


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Post by: Shin on November 08, 2012, 09:19:38 AM
What a good example they are of what Christianity is! Not to have pagan idols, not to create them, not to sacrifice to them!

I love the martyr's name of Simplicius! St. Simplicius, Castorius, Claudius, Nicostratus, and Symphorian, pray for us!

Symphorian certainly has a sonorous name! I wonder hmm, what the name meanings of the others might be. Nico-stratus. Stratus sounds like a cloud. Nico sounds like Nicomedia a place. But I am just guessing. Castor sounds like castor oil but I definitely don't think that's it.  :happyroll:


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Post by: Patricia on November 08, 2012, 10:00:45 AM
Wonder how my children would feel if I had named them Castorius, Claudius, Nicostratus, and Symphorian?  :-\ Would they still love me? :D  Claudius is still okay.


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Post by: Shin on November 08, 2012, 10:14:22 AM
Wonder how my children would feel if I had named them Castorius, Claudius, Nicostratus, and Symphorian?  :-\ Would they still love me? :D  Claudius is still okay.

 :happyroll: :rotflblue: :rotfl:


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Post by: odhiambo on November 09, 2012, 01:30:24 AM
Four crowned brave martyrs , pray for us that we may have similar courage in the face of persecution! :crucifix:

Amen :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on November 09, 2012, 01:33:00 AM
Wonder how my children would feel if I had named them Castorius, Claudius, Nicostratus, and Symphorian?  :-\ Would they still love me? :D  Claudius is still okay.

Yes, they would still love you but I doubt you would be given the honor of naming your grand kids  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on November 09, 2012, 01:46:15 AM
November 9
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Benignus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 09, 2012, 01:49:23 AM
Saint Benignus
Bishop of Ireland
He is also known as Benen.

When Saint Patrick went to Ireland in 407, he was welcomed by a man named Sechnan, a chief in County Meath. Saint Patrick converted not just his host, but the whole family to Christianity. The Chief had a young son, Benignus. He was very attached to Saint Patrick and later became his disciple and companion, and still later, his confidant and right hand man. Benignus was a noted choral singer, gifted with a sonorous voice that earned him the title of Patrick’s psalm-singer. He was put in charge of liturgical music.
Benignus reportedly was head of a monastery that was built by Saint Patrick at Drumlease for about 20 years.
In time, he succeeded Saint Patrick as chief bishop of Ireland. One of the first native Bishops of the country, the saint is credited with evangelizing Clare, Kerry, and Connaught.
We do not know when Saint Benignus was born nor when he died, but it is believed that he died sometime after Saint Patrick, i.e arount the year 467.
His canonization was Pre-Congregation
Saint Benignus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on November 09, 2012, 08:56:33 AM
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Yes, they would still love you but I doubt you would be given the honor of naming your grand kids  Grin

 :rotfl: :rotflblue: :happyroll:


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Post by: odhiambo on November 10, 2012, 05:40:05 AM
November 10
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Andrew Avellino
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 10, 2012, 05:43:01 AM
Saint Andrew Avellino
Andrew was born in 1521 at Castronuovo, Sicily. He was baptized Lorenzo but his mother called him Lancelatto or Lancelot.
He studied civil as well as canon law in Venice and in Naples. He received his doctorate and was ordained at the age of 26. He served for a time as a canon lawyer in Naples until one day, he reportedly lied in court. The realization that he was capable of lying in order to win a legal argument jolted him. He gave up the legal profession, turning to pastoral work instead.
He was commissioned by the archbishop of Naples to reform a lax convent, Sant’Arcangelo convent in Baiano. He was attacked and almost killed by a group of men who opposed his reforms. He was taken to the Theatine monastery to recuperate.
Andrew joined the Theatines Order in Naples, taking the name Andrew. He eventually became the superior of the Naples house and was known for his efforts to reform the clergy.
In 1570, Andrew was sent to Lombardy at the request of Saint Charles Borromeo.
He founded Theatine monasteries at Milan and Piacenza and was most successful in reforming the area in spite of great resistance.
Andrew returned to Naples in 1582 and spent the rest of his life ministering to the spiritual needs of the people and combating Protestantism. He is credited with many miracles.
Saint Andrew died of a stroke on 10 November 1608 at Naples, Italy. He was buried at the Church of Saint Paul in Naples.
He was beatified on 10 June 1625 by Pope Urban VIII and canonized on 22 May 1712 by Pope Clement XI.
He is invoked against sudden death.
Saint Andrew Avellino,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 10, 2012, 08:02:28 PM
A friend of St. Charles Borromeo! Two saints of note!

I read that the house he reformed was of "such lax discipline it had became a topic of gossip in the city. Through good example, constant work, and the backing of his bishop Lorenzo managed to restore celibate discipline to the house, but was nearly killed for his efforts when he was attacked by people who had been ordered off the premises. The night of the attack, he was taken to the house of the Theatine Clerks Regular. He was so impressed with them that he joined the Theatines at age 35, taking the name Andrew in reference to the crucified Apostle. " (PSI)

St. Andrew Avellino, pray for us!



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Post by: odhiambo on November 11, 2012, 03:57:29 AM
A friend of St. Charles Borromeo! Two saints of note!

I read that the house he reformed was of "such lax discipline it had became a topic of gossip in the city. Through good example, constant work, and the backing of his bishop Lorenzo managed to restore celibate discipline to the house, but was nearly killed for his efforts when he was attacked by people who had been ordered off the premises. The night of the attack, he was taken to the house of the Theatine Clerks Regular. He was so impressed with them that he joined the Theatines at age 35, taking the name Andrew in reference to the crucified Apostle. " (PSI)

St. Andrew Avellino, pray for us!


Throughout the ages, God has given to the world really good, saintly people. Sometimes we do not realize this until it is far too late  and so we fail to benefit from their proximity to us.  :(


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Post by: odhiambo on November 11, 2012, 04:01:31 AM
November 11
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Menas Kallikelados
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 11, 2012, 04:04:10 AM
Saint Menas Kallikelados
Martyr.

He is also known as Menas of Egypt, Menas of Constantinople, Mennas and other akas.
According to legend, Menas was born in Egypt some time in the 3rd century. He may have been a camel driver earlier in life but he later became a soldier in the Roman army. When Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians began, he fled from his post at Cotyaeum in Phrygia to the mountains. He lived there as a recluse, a hermit. During a pagan festival at the Cotyaeum amphitheatre, Menas left his hiding place on the mountains and came down to proclaim his faith and preach Christianity. He was at once captured and tried before the Roman prefect Pyrrhus. He was scourged, tortured and beheaded for his faith.
His remains were brought back to Egypt where he was buried.
Miracles were reported at his tomb. A shrine built over his tomb at Mareotis
near Alexandria, became a great pilgrimage center. According to SQPN, it was called the glory of the Libyan desert.
He was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Menas Kallikelados,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 12, 2012, 12:57:11 AM
November 12

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Livinus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 12, 2012, 12:58:30 AM
Saint Livinus
Martyr.

He is also known as Apostle of Flanders and Lebwin.
Livinus was born in Britain on an unknown date. He was the son of a Scottish nobleman and an Irish princess. He was baptized and ordained by Saint Augustine of Canterbury. He became a bishop. He and three companions went to Flanders, Belgium, as missionaries and preached in Brabant. He was beheaded on 12 November 633 near Alost, Brabant, Belgium by a group of pagans who were opposed to his missionary work.
In liturgical art, Saint Livinus is represented as a bishop holding his tongue with a pair of tongs or a bishop with his tongue being torn out.
Saint Livinus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 12, 2012, 09:08:29 AM
Scotland and Ireland! Two fine places!

St. Augustine certainly was a saint who formed saints!

St. Livinus pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 12, 2012, 09:10:37 AM
Saint Menas Kallikelados
Martyr.

He is also known as Menas of Egypt, Menas of Constantinople, Mennas and other akas.
According to legend, Menas was born in Egypt some time in the 3rd century. He may have been a camel driver earlier in life but he later became a soldier in the Roman army. When Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians began, he fled from his post at Cotyaeum in Phrygia to the mountains. He lived there as a recluse, a hermit. During a pagan festival at the Cotyaeum amphitheatre, Menas left his hiding place on the mountains and came down to proclaim his faith and preach Christianity. He was at once captured and tried before the Roman prefect Pyrrhus. He was scourged, tortured and beheaded for his faith.
His remains were brought back to Egypt where he was buried.
Miracles were reported at his tomb. A shrine built over his tomb at Mareotis
near Alexandria, became a great pilgrimage center. According to SQPN, it was called the glory of the Libyan desert.
He was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Menas Kallikelados,
Pray for us!

A happy death for a hermit! To gain the crown of martyrdom! St. Menas, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 13, 2012, 02:42:22 AM
November 13
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Brice
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 13, 2012, 02:45:36 AM
Saint Brice, aka Britius or Brixius
Bishop of Tours.

Brice was an orphan raised by Saint Martin of Tours at Marmoutier. Despite the piety of those caring for him, Brice turned out to be a wild and wicked man, proud and ungrateful, holding his benefactor, Saint Martin of Tours in utter contempt. According to SQPN, he was so disorderly that some people thought he was possessed by a demon! Despite his ‘not so Christian’ character, Brice was ordained a priest, a vain and overly ambitious priest. Despite his negative attitude, Martin was very patient with him. From SQPN, “Many advised Martin to kick him out, but Saint Martin said that if Jesus could deal with Judas, he could deal with Brice.”
In time, he reportedly felt remorse and asked Martin to forgive him for his behavior. In 397, when Martin died, Brice became Bishop of Tours. Unfortunately he reverted to his old ways. He neglected his duties, was accused severally of being lax and immoral. Though cleared later of the charge of immorality, Brice was exiled from his See. He went to Rome and spent seven years there in repentance and penance. He changed his lifestyle completely. When the one who was administering his See died, Brice returned to Tours. He ruled with such humility, holiness, and ability that he was venerated as a saint at the time of his death in 444 at Tours, France .
He was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Brice,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 13, 2012, 03:18:06 AM
Saint Andrew Avellino
Andrew was born in 1521 at Castronuovo, Sicily. He was baptized Lorenzo but his mother called him Lancelatto or Lancelot.
He studied civil as well as canon law in Venice and in Naples. He received his doctorate and was ordained at the age of 26. He served for a time as a canon lawyer in Naples until one day, he reportedly lied in court. The realization that he was capable of lying in order to win a legal argument jolted him. He gave up the legal profession, turning to pastoral work instead.
He was commissioned by the archbishop of Naples to reform a lax convent, Sant’Arcangelo convent in Baiano. He was attacked and almost killed by a group of men who opposed his reforms. He was taken to the Theatine monastery to recuperate.
Andrew joined the Theatines Order in Naples, taking the name Andrew. He eventually became the superior of the Naples house and was known for his efforts to reform the clergy.
In 1570, Andrew was sent to Lombardy at the request of Saint Charles Borromeo.
He founded Theatine monasteries at Milan and Piacenza and was most successful in reforming the area in spite of great resistance.
Andrew returned to Naples in 1582 and spent the rest of his life ministering to the spiritual needs of the people and combating Protestantism. He is credited with many miracles.
Saint Andrew died of a stroke on 10 November 1608 at Naples, Italy. He was buried at the Church of Saint Paul in Naples.
He was beatified on 10 June 1625 by Pope Urban VIII and canonized on 22 May 1712 by Pope Clement XI.
He is invoked against sudden death.
Saint Andrew Avellino,
Pray for us!

Shin, my prayer book has a number of prayers by Lancelot Andrews.
Could it be the same saint. On line there are prayers also but from Lancelot Andrewes which looks like Eastern Orthodox. Can you shade some light? Is it the same saint?


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Post by: odhiambo on November 14, 2012, 12:37:46 AM
November 14
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Lawrence O’Toole
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 14, 2012, 12:46:22 AM
Saint Lawrence O’Toole
Also known as Laurence O’Toole.
Lawrence was born in 1128 near Castledermot, Kildare, Ireland. He was the son of Murtagh, chief of the great clan of Murrays in Castledermot. In 1138, when he was ten years old, Lawrence was taken hostage  during a raid by King Dermot McMurrogh of Leinster. After two years of rather inhumane treatment by the King, Lawrence was surrendered to the Bishop of Glendalough.  He was raised and educated by the monks there. He later became a monk at Glendalough and on the death of the Bishop, he was named Abbot In 1153. He ruled well although there were some objections to his strict rule.
In 1162, Lawrence was named archbishop of Dublin. He instituted reforms among the clergy and imposed strict disciplines on his canons.
Then a revolt occurred which drove King Dermot McMurrogh from Ireland. The King sought the help of King Henry II of England who  dispatched an army of his nobles headed by Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke. The group landed in Ireland in 1170 and marched on to Dublin. Without going into the complicated details of how the invasion of Ireland by the British came about, which, if truth be told, I know next to nothing about, suffice to say that King Henry II of England himself went to Ireland in 1171 and received the submissions of most of the Irish chieftains.
In 1171 while Lawrence was in Canterbury, England on matters relating to his office, he was attacked
by a crazy man while he was visiting the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket.
The attacker reportedly wanted to make a martyr of Lawrence just like Saint Thomas Beckett. Another account found in SQPN is that the attack occurred while he was preparing for Mass. All who were there thought the blow on the head had killed him, but Lawrence reportedly asked for water, blessed it and washed the wound on his head. The bleeding stopped and he went on to celebrate Mass.
In 1175, Lawrence again went to England, this time, to negotiate a treaty between the two monarchs, Henry II of England and Rory O’Connor (? Roderick of Ireland).
In 1179, he attended the General Lateran Council in Rome and was appointed papal legate to Ireland. On his way home, he stopped in England for further negotiations on behalf of Rory O’Connor. From England, Lawrence traveled to Normandy, France. On his way back from there, he died at Eu, near Rouen, on 14 November 1180.
He was canonized on 1225 by Pope Honorius III.
Saint Lawrence O’Toole,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 14, 2012, 01:57:16 PM
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Shin, my prayer book has a number of prayers by Lancelot Andrews.
Could it be the same saint. On line there are prayers also but from Lancelot Andrewes which looks like Eastern Orthodox. Can you shade some light? Is it the same saint?

Well, I don't know, I'm sorry. Just looking it up briefly, it looks like there's a Lancelet Andrews who was one of the first Anglicans, involved with the creation of the KJV and the Anti-Catholicism of that time.

One has to be careful sometimes certain Anglican works pass themselves off as Catholic, these especially those tending towards the so-called 'high church' part of Anglicanism.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 15, 2012, 12:43:35 AM
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Shin, my prayer book has a number of prayers by Lancelot Andrews.
Could it be the same saint. On line there are prayers also but from Lancelot Andrewes which looks like Eastern Orthodox. Can you shade some light? Is it the same saint?

Well, I don't know, I'm sorry. Just looking it up briefly, it looks like there's a Lancelet Andrews who was one of the first Anglicans, involved with the creation of the KJV and the Anti-Catholicism of that time.

One has to be careful sometimes certain Anglican works pass themselves off as Catholic, these especially those tending towards the so-called 'high church' part of Anglicanism.


It appears there is "danger" everywhere these days. :(


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Post by: odhiambo on November 15, 2012, 12:48:12 AM
November 15
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Leopold III
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 15, 2012, 12:50:16 AM
Saint Leopold III
Grandson of Emperor Henry III.

Known variously as: Leopold the Good; Leopold the Valiant; Leopold of Austria and Leopold the Saint.
He was born in 1073 at Melk , Austria. He was educated by bishop Altman of Passau, Germany . At the age of 23, Leopold succeeded his father as margrave or military governor of Austria.
He married Agnes, widowed daughter of Emperor Henry IV and fathered eighteen children.
In 1106, Leopold founded the monasteries of Heiligenkreuz in the Wienerwald, Klosternburg, near Vienna and Mariazell in Styria. Saint Leopold was known for his piety and charity. When his brother in law Henry V died in 1125, Leopold refused the imperial crown.
He died in 1136 at the abbey of Klosternburg, after reigning as margrave for forty years.
Surnamed “the Good” by his people, Leopold was canonized in 1486 by Pope Innocent VIII.
Saint Leopold III
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 15, 2012, 08:58:16 AM
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Shin, my prayer book has a number of prayers by Lancelot Andrews.
Could it be the same saint. On line there are prayers also but from Lancelot Andrewes which looks like Eastern Orthodox. Can you shade some light? Is it the same saint?

Well, I don't know, I'm sorry. Just looking it up briefly, it looks like there's a Lancelet Andrews who was one of the first Anglicans, involved with the creation of the KJV and the Anti-Catholicism of that time.

One has to be careful sometimes certain Anglican works pass themselves off as Catholic, these especially those tending towards the so-called 'high church' part of Anglicanism.


It appears there is "danger" everywhere these days. :(

It's an opportunity to practice virtue!

I was thinking as I was cleaning the other day. There's a good way to clean and there's a bad way to clean. There's making a fuss over it, complaining about it, upset about it, and then there's happy because one has the opportunity to clean -- to do a virtuous action, that's the way to do it. The more to clean then, the better! To have an opportunity to be virtuous, one is pleasing God!

I have to be as careful as my lack of virtue allows with the books in particular provided here -- and add a disclaimer due to that lack of ability to review them as perfectly as I should prefer. Choosing holy works by the saints and near to them is very helpful in protecting oneself, what could be more? but there are still some things to be careful about. If we could only have holy translations by the best of Catholics of each book -- but no, at times it's a translation by someone lacking, with commentary the same, and if the book is provided the commentary has to be carefully excised, because it is misleading. But still, what remains better than nothing at all, until there is such a thing.

Sometimes there's bad religious art too, to be removed. I think folks in the world think there's practically no such thing as it -- if it's in a church somewhere, famous somewhere, been around awhile, especially if the secular art critics love it -- it must be good religious art. Far from it, there's a great deal of religious art that's no good at all, but persists for one reason or another.

It's all an opportunity for growth in virtue.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 16, 2012, 01:28:41 AM
November 16
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Agnes of Assisi
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 16, 2012, 01:30:53 AM
Saint Agnes of Assisi
Abbess and Miracle Worker.

Agnes was born in 1197 at Assisi, Italy. She was the youngest daughter of Count Favorino Scifi and Blessed Hortulana; the younger sister of Saint Clare of Assisi. Sixteen days after Clare's departure from home, Agnes, then aged fifteen, joined her sister at the Benedictins convent of Sant' Angelo di Panzo, thereby becoming her first follower.
Determined to follow her sister's life of poverty and penance, Agnes resisted her relatives' attempt to force her to return home. She was eventually given the habit by Saint Francis and sent to San Damiano with Clare,. This was the, founding of the Poor Clares. She was made abbess of the Poor Clare convent at Monticelli near Florence by Saint Francis in 1219. Agnes established convents at Mantua, Venice, and Padua and supported her sister's struggle for poverty in their order.
Agnes was with Clare at her death. She died three months later, reportedly as her sister Clare had predicted, on 16 November 1253 at the monastery of San Damiano.
Many miracles have been reported at her tomb in Santa Chiara church in Assisi.
She was canonized in 1753 by Pope Benedict XIV
Saint Agnes of Assisi,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 16, 2012, 06:24:27 PM
St. Agnes pray for us!

Imagine being there at that time! St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Agnes!

St. Dominic! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on November 17, 2012, 07:31:44 AM
Let us also remember
Saint Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe.
One of the Martyrs of Uganda. His Memorial is also today November 16
He was the majordomo in the court of King( Kabaka) Mwanga of Buganda, a kingdom within Uganda.
Slain for his faith, Mukasa became the first Catholic martyr in Uganda on November 15, 1885, when he was first beheaded and then burnt at a place called Nakivubo.
He was declared "Blessed" by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 together with twenty-one fellow martyrs. They were proclaimed canonized saints by Pope Paul VI in 1964.
Saint Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 17, 2012, 07:32:20 AM
November 17
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 17, 2012, 07:33:43 AM
Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus
He is also known by other names and titles as follows:
Gregory of Neo Caesarea; Gregory of Neocaesarea; Gregory of Pontus; Gregory the Wonder Worker and lastly, he is also known as Theodorus.
Gregory was born in 213 in a place called Neocaesarea at Pontus, (modern Turkey). His given name was Theodorus. He was born into a distinguished pagan family. He studied Law.
About the year 223, Gregory and his brother Athenodorus, accompanied their sister who was joining her husband, the Roman governor of Palestine, in Caesarea. The plan was for them to continue on to Beirut to continue their law studies. In Caesarea, they met Origen, head of the catechetical school in Alexandria, Egypt. Instead of going to Beirut, the two brothers entered his school at Caesarea , studied theology and were converted to Christianity by Origen and became his disciples. Theodore changed his name to Gregory.
Around 238, he returned home intending to practice law but was elected bishop by the seventeen Christians of the city.
It soon became very apparent that Gregory was gifted with remarkable powers.
He reportedly converted most of his bishopric and tradition has it that he started as bishop with only seventeen Christians in the city and died with only seventeen pagans in residence in the city!
He was an eloquent preacher. He was able to build a church and was soon so renowned for his miracles that he was named Thaumaturgus (the wonder worker).
In the persecution of Christians under Emperor Trajanus Decius, Gregory and his people fled to the desert. He returned to care for the city during a plague and also during an invasion of Goths.
Gregory took part in the Synod of Antioch, Turkey, (264-265.) According to Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Thaumaturgus received the first ever recorded vision of the BVM.
He is invoked against floods; earthquakes and desperate or lost causes.
Gregory died in 270 at Pontus. His remains are in Calabria, Italy.
His canonization was Pre-Congregation
Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on November 17, 2012, 10:16:49 AM
Saint Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe and Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, pray for us!! :crucifix:


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Post by: Patricia on November 17, 2012, 10:18:32 AM
St Philomena also has been called Thaumaturga (wonder worker). Is it Latin? ???


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Post by: Patricia on November 17, 2012, 10:21:29 AM
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He reportedly converted most of his bishopric and tradition has it that he started as bishop with only seventeen Christians in the city and died with only seventeen pagans in residence in the city!
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According to Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Thaumaturgus received the first ever recorded vision of the BVM.

Amazing!


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Post by: Shin on November 17, 2012, 11:44:33 PM
St Philomena also has been called Thaumaturga (wonder worker). Is it Latin? ???

Hmm, I don't know, but it sounds like it!

St. Gregory and St. Philomena, wonder workers, prayer for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 18, 2012, 03:14:13 AM
St Philomena also has been called Thaumaturga (wonder worker). Is it Latin? ???

According to Wiki, it is derived from Greek words.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 18, 2012, 03:18:12 AM
November 18
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Hesychius of Antioch
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 18, 2012, 03:20:26 AM
Saint Hesychius of Antioch
Martyr.

Let us remember Saint Hesychius of Antioch today. He was a Roman soldier during the reign of Dioclatian. Suddenly moved to proclaim his faith, he declared himself a Christian and threw away his military belt.
For this declaration, he was drowned in the Orontes River in Syria.
Saint Hesychius of Antioch,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 18, 2012, 03:21:08 AM
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven”
Matthew 10:32


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Post by: MidnightSun12 on November 18, 2012, 09:02:21 PM
Saint Hesychius of Antioch
Martyr.

Let us remember Saint Hesychius of Antioch today. He was a Roman soldier during the reign of Dioclatian. Suddenly moved to proclaim his faith, he declared himself a Christian and threw away his military belt.
For this declaration, he was drowned in the Orontes River in Syria.
Saint Hesychius of Antioch,
Pray for us!
And to think that, in the west, we Christians are fearful of even a little public chatisement/disapproval for professing our faith!


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Post by: Shin on November 19, 2012, 01:37:25 AM
St Philomena also has been called Thaumaturga (wonder worker). Is it Latin? ???

According to Wiki, it is derived from Greek words.

I really wish I knew Greek! But it's Greek to me!

Because of the different alphabet!  ;D



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Post by: Shin on November 19, 2012, 01:38:00 AM
There's a social stigma against public expression of Christianity in this country!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 19, 2012, 04:43:25 AM
November 19
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Barlaam
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 19, 2012, 04:48:16 AM
Saint Barlaam.
Martyr.

Barlaam was born in Antioch early in the 4th century. He was reportedly an uneducated Christian peasant. During the persecution of Diocletian, Barlaam was arrested, imprisoned and tortured for being a Christian. He was commanded to offer sacrifice to pagan gods; he refused. When they could not force him to make the required sacrifice, the judge had him hold his hand over red hot coal. Hot incense was sprinkled over the hand with; the idea was that the intense heat would cause Barlaam to shake off the hot incense, thus giving the impression he was indeed sacrificing to the gods. They however underestimated the Saint’s resolve. He reportedly held his hand unflinchingly until it was consumed. In frustration, the judge had him murdered.
He was martyred at Caesarea, in Cappadocia( modern Turkey, but according to the book, Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, he was martyred at Antioch,
Saint Barlaam,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on November 19, 2012, 10:12:06 AM
Saint Barlaam , pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 20, 2012, 05:16:43 AM
November 20.

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Felix of Valois
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 20, 2012, 05:19:19 AM
Saint Felix of Valois
Hermit

Co-founder of the Trinitarians.
Felix, also known as Hugh of Valois, was born in 1127 in the province of Valois in France and named Hugh. He was the son of Count Raoul de Vermandois et de Valois and Alienor de Champagne. He was educated at the abbey of Clairvaux. As a young man, Hugh renounced all his wealth and took the name Felix. He lived as a hermit at Cerfroid, France. In 1198, he and his disciple, Saint John of Matha, received approval from the Holy See for the Order of the Most Holy Trinity ( The Trinitarians, Redemptionists ), to ransom captives from the Moors in Spain and Northern Africa. John worked in Spain and Barbary while Felix, by now in his seventies, founded Saint Mathburn Convent in Paris and administered the French province from Cerfroid.
Felix died on 4 November 1212 at the Cerfroi monastery, Picardy, France
He was canonized on 1 May 1262 by Pope Urban IV.
Saint Felix of Valois,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 20, 2012, 08:05:36 PM
St. Barlaam's story certainly shows the fervor with which we should hold on to God, and how we should avoid even the least mistaken sign of respect for paganism.

St. Felix of Valois is no doubt familiar to the Five-Fold scapular wearers due to the Trinitarian Scapular. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on November 21, 2012, 02:56:35 AM
St. Barlaam's story certainly shows the fervor with which we should hold on to God, and how we should avoid even the least mistaken sign of respect for paganism.


It tells us that the will has power over the body.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 21, 2012, 02:58:41 AM
November 21
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Albert of Louvain
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 21, 2012, 03:01:51 AM
Saint Albert of Louvain.
Cardinal and Knight.

He is also known as Albert of Leuven, and as Alberto di Lovanio.
Albert was born in 1166 in Brabant, modern Belgium. He was the son of Duke Godfrey III of Brabant and brother of Henry I, Duke of Lorraine and Brabant. At the age of twelve, Albert was made a canon of Liege, Belgium, he however resigned from the priestly honor at the age of twenty one and became a knight of Count Baldwin V of Hainault, a bitter enemy of his own country, Brabant. Albert talked of going on Crusade, but never did; instead, he resumed his clerical life and received back his canonry.
He was named the bishop of Liege in 1191. His appointment did not please Count Baldwin who had one of his own relatives lined up for the bishopric. He appealed to Emperor Henry VI, who deposed Albert and appointed Lothaire, who was the provost of Bonn, Germany, to the see of Liege. Albert in his turn, appealed to Rome in person and Pope Celestine III declared his appointment valid. He was ordained priest and consecrated bishop in Rheims, France. Unfortunately, Lothaire refused to surrender the see, and worse, a group of Henry’s knights ambushed and murdered Albert on the road outside Rheims. He was stabbed to death on 21 November 1192
Lothaire was excommunicated and exiled for his role in the grisly affair.
Henry was forced to make public penance for the actions of his knight.
The body was taken to the cathedral of Rheims where it reposed until 1612 when archduke Albert of Austria had the remains transferred to the chapel of the new Carmelite convent he had founded in Brussels, Belgium.
In 1822, part of Albert’s remains were given to the
cathedral of Liege, Belgium.
Saint Albert,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 22, 2012, 03:32:55 AM
November 22
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Philemon
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 22, 2012, 03:34:55 AM
Saint Philemon
Martyr with his wife Apphia.

Philemon lived in the 1st century. He was a Christian in Colossae, Phrygia.
Married to a woman named Apphia. He was converted by Saint Paul, probably at Ephesus. Philemon was the master of the the runaway slave, Onesimus. He was also a leader in the Colossian church and the recipient of Saint Paul’s letter, “the Epistle of Paul to Philemon” which deals with forgiveness. In this private , personal letter to Philemon, Paul tells him he is sending back his runaway slave Onesmus so that he could have him back, not as a slave but as a dear brother. According to tradition, Philemon freed Onesmus. He was later stoned to death with his wife Apphia at Colossae, Phrygia, for being Christians.
Canonization was Pre-Congragation
Saint Philemon,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 23, 2012, 01:06:00 AM
November 23
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Trudo
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 23, 2012, 01:18:36 AM
Saint Trudo.
Benedictine monk, also known as Tron and as Trond.
Trudo was born some time in the 7th century in Hasbeye, Belgium.
He was the son of Frankish parents. He studied at the Metz Cathedral school in France where he was ordained by Saint Clodulf ( Clodulphus) of Metz. As a priest, Trudo returned to his birth place to preach the Gospel. He built a church and monastery on his estate around the year 656. It is now known as Saint Trond.
In 660, he founded a convent near Bruges, Belgium.
Saint Trudo was a noted preacher and worked hard to convert the pagans of Hasbaye. He is infact  known both as the "Apostle to the  Pagans" and the "Apostle of Hesbaye."
He died in 695 and was buried in the church of Saint Quintinus and Saint Remigius that he had built.
His canonization was Pre-Congregation.
Saint Trudo,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 23, 2012, 01:34:45 AM
Good morning from the States odhiambo!

Happy St. Trudo day to you!

I am thinking St. Onesimus probably had a part in helping to sainthood St. Philemon and his wife St. Apphia. :D



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Post by: odhiambo on November 23, 2012, 05:04:55 AM
Good morning from the States odhiambo!

Happy St. Trudo day to you!

I am thinking St. Onesimus probably had a part in helping to sainthood St. Philemon and his wife St. Apphia. :D


Good morning Shin and Happy Thanksgiving Day!


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Post by: Shin on November 23, 2012, 11:45:41 PM
Thank you odhiambo! :D It's been a fine one!

Today, the 24th of November, is St. Portianus's day. He died in the year of Our Lord 533.

St. Gregory of Tours writes of him:

'The blessed Portianus strove always, from the start of his life, to seek the God of Heaven, even among earthly servitude. For he is said to have been the salve of a certain barbarian. He fled several times into a monastery, so that the abbot had to obtain a pardon for him and return him to his master. In the end he fled yet again; his master followed his tracks, and began to insult the abbot, accusing him of enticing his slave away from his service. And when, as was the custom, he rudely pressed the abbot to surrender him the abbot said to Portianus, "What do you want me to do?" And he said, "Give me back, pardoned." And a pardon was obtained, and he was returned, and his master wishes to bring him back into his house. But the master becomes so blind that he can no longer recognise anything. In great pain he calls the abbot and says, "Plead to the Lord on my behalf, I beg you, and take this slave into His service: perhaps I then deserve to recover the light that I have lost."

Then the abbot called the blessed Portianus and said to him, "I beg you, place your hands on the eyes of this man." And when he refused, the abbot eventually prevailed upon him to make the sign of the cross over the eyes of his master; and immediately the darkness was dissolved, and the pain appeased, and he was restored to his original health.

Eventually the blessed Portianus became a cleric, and he was so famous for his great virtues, that when the abbot died he succeeded him. [ed: The monastery received his name and the place is now called Saint-Pourcain]

It is said of him that at the height of summer, when the heat of the sun consumed everything and exhausted even the bodies that food and drink had made the most robust, Portianus, who because of his fasts had no saliva in his mouth, woudl chew salt when he was hot, which brought him some freshness to moisten his dried gums a little. And although he thereby refreshed his dry palate, nevertheless he brought greater torment to himself by increasing his thirst. Indeed, as everyone knows, salt rather excites the ardour of thirst than extinguishes it; but, by God's grace, this did not happen to him.

At this time Theuderic had entered the Auvergne and was exterminating and laying waste everything. When he had established his camp in the meadows of Artonne, the old man hastened to go before him, as he wished to plead on the people's behalf. And he entered the camp int he morning, while the king still slept in his tent, and came to the tend of Sigivald, who was then the king's chief man. And while he was complaining about the army's occupation, Sigivald begged him to wash his hands and take wine with him, saying "The kindness of God will bring me great joy and great favour today, if you enter my tend and deign to say a prayer and then to take some wine." For he had in fact heard of the sancity of this man, and that is why he honoured him, through respect for God.

But the saint excused himself in various ways, saying that it was not possible, because it was not yet time for a meal, because he ought first to greet the king, and which was the most important thing, because he had not yet sung the psalms which he owned to the Lord. But Sigivald ingored all these excuses, and forced him to drink; he brought him a full cup and demanded that the saint take it and bless it. The holy man lifted his right hand to make the sign of the cross, and immediately the cup split down the middle, and the wine which was inside spilt onto the ground, together with a huge serpent. Those who were present were terrified and threw themselves at the feet of the saint, touching the marks of his footsteps and kissing his feet. All admired the power of the old man, and were amazed that they had been divinely saved from the venom of the serpent. The whole army ran up to see this miracle, and a great multitude surrounded the holy man, each person wishing only to touch the fringe of his robe with his hand, if he were not allowed the honour of kissing it. The king leapt from his bed and ran to the blessed confessor, and without waiting for him to say a word, he freed all the captives that he had asked for, and thereafter he did what the saint requested. And thus, by the grace of God, Portianus received a double benefit, bringing some from death and redeeming others from the yoke of captivity. I believe truly, and it has been confirmed by others, that those saved from this danger were as if brought back from the dead.'



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Post by: odhiambo on November 24, 2012, 03:00:58 AM
Amen!
What grace! So that is why he is said to be represented by a monk breaking a cup from which a snake slithers off  ;D
Saint Portianus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 24, 2012, 03:01:56 AM
November 24 is also  the Memorial of
Saint Flora of Cordoba
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 24, 2012, 03:04:11 AM
Saint Flora
Flora was born in Cordoba. Her parents were Mohammedans but the mother converted to Christianity and secretly raised Flora a Christian. She apparently had a son who was raised Muslim. Flora was betrayed by her brother as being Christian. She was scourged and put into his custody so that he might persuade her to apostatize. She escaped. Later, while praying in Saint Acislus Church. She met a Christian named Mary. Mary was the sister of a deacon who had just been martyred. The two decided to stop running and to give themselves up as Christians. They were sent to a brothel. When their ordeal there did not shake their constancy, they were beheaded.
The year was 851.
Among other patronages, Flora is the patron of abandoned people and
betrayal victims.
Saint Flora,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 24, 2012, 03:14:50 AM
Flora was betrayed by her own brother with the full knowledge that this could lead to her death. It seems that this scenario is alive and well in some Muslim countries even today.  I hear of devout Muslims killing family members who convert to other religion, or  want  or marry outside their religion. I do not know if this is true, or just rumors. :(


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Post by: Patricia on November 24, 2012, 06:41:31 PM
It is true and called 'honor' killings.  :( Not to generalize though.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 25, 2012, 04:02:34 AM
It is true and called 'honor' killings.  :( Not to generalize though.

Wow. I thank God we have freedom of worship. Life gets to be pretty complicated without it  :(


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Post by: odhiambo on November 25, 2012, 04:03:46 AM
November 25, 2012
Today is the Feast of
Christ the King.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 25, 2012, 04:04:54 AM
"That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those
that are in Heaven,
on earth and under the earth:
And that every tongue should confess that
the Lord Jesus Christ
is in the glory of God the Father."

Philippians 2:10-11


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Post by: odhiambo on November 25, 2012, 04:07:00 AM
Today is also the Memorial of
Saint Moses of Rome
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 25, 2012, 04:08:17 AM
Saint Moses of Rome
Martyr

Moses is thought to have been a Jew. He lived in the mid 3rd century. He became a priest in Rome. He opposed Novatian and his heresy. He was also the leader of a group of clergy that corresponded with Saint Cyprian at the beginning of the persecutions of Decius. He was arrested , and imprisoned for almost one year before being executed for the faith.
Said to have been executed in Rome on 1 January 251.
According to SQPN, however, he died in prison.
Saint Moses of Rome
Pray for us!
References:
1: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:
2: SQPN
3: Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney


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Post by: odhiambo on November 26, 2012, 04:19:45 AM
November 26
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Conrad of Constance
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 26, 2012, 04:21:35 AM
Saint Conrad of Constance
Bishop

Conrad, or Konrad of Konstanz
as he is also known, was the second son of Count Heinrich of Altdorf and a member of the then famous Guelf family. He was educated and ordained at the Cathedral school of Constance in Switzerland. He was made provost of the cathedral. In 934, Conrad was elected Bishop of Constance. He gave the share of his inheritance to the Church and to the poor. He built and renovated many churches in his see. In 962, Conrad accompanied Emperor Otto I to Italy and he also made three pilgrimages to the Holy Land. He reportedly concentrated only on matters ecclesiastical during his 42 years as bishop, avoiding all secular affairs.
He died in 975.
He was canonized in 1123 by Pope Callistus II.
Saint Conrad,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 27, 2012, 12:59:10 AM
November 27
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Seachnall
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 27, 2012, 01:00:27 AM
Saint Seachnall
Also known as Sechnall as well as Secundinus, was sent from Gaul in 439, together with Auxilius and Iserninus, to assist Saint Patrick in Ireland. He was named to be the first bishop of Dunsaugli in Meath.( Dunslaughlin in Meath), and then auxiliary bishop of Armagh. He wrote several hymns, notably Audites omnes amantes Deum, the first Latin poem of the Irish Church which he composed in honor of Saint Patrick; and another, Sancti, venite, Christi corpus sumite.
He died in 457.
Canonization was Pre-Congregation.
Saint Seachnall,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 27, 2012, 01:55:12 AM
Here's St. Seachnall's Latin poem in honor of St. Patrick, translated into the literal English. :D

Hear ye all, lovers of God, the | holy merits
Of the man blessed in Christ, Pa - | trick the bishop,
How for his good ways he is likened to the an - | gels,
And because of his perfect life is deemed equal to | the Apostles.

Christ's holy precepts he keeps | in all things,
His works shine | bright among men,
And they follow his holy and wondrous exam - | ple,
And thus magnify God the Father | in the heavens.

Constant in the fear of God and steadfast | in his faith,
Upon whom the Church is built | as on Peter;
And his Apostleship has he received from | God --
The gates of Hell will not pre - | vail against him.

The Lord has chosen him to teach the barbar - | ian tribes,
To fish with the nets | of his teaching,
And to draw from the world unto grace the believ - | ers,
Men who would follow the Lord to His | heavenly seat.

He sells the choice talents of | Christ's Gospel
And collects them among the Irish hea - | thens with usury;
As a reward for the great labor of his voy - | age,
He will come into possession of joy with Christ in the
hea - | venly kingdom.

God's faithful minister and His distinguished am - | bassador,
He gives the good an Apostolic ex - | ample and model,
Preaching as he does to God's people in words as well as in |
deeds,
So that him whom he converts not with words he inspires |
with good conduct.

Glory has he with Christ, honor | in the world,
He who is venerated by all as an | angel of God.
God has sent him, as He sent Paul, an Apostle to the gen - | tiles,
To offer men guidance to the | kingdom of God.

Humble is he of mind and body because of his | fear of God;
The Lord abides upon him because | of his good deeds;
In his righteous flesh he bears the stigmata of | Christ;
In His Cross alone, his sole comfort, | he glor - ies.

Untiringly he feeds the faithful from the heaven - | ly banquet,
Lest those who are with Christ | faint on the way;
Like bread he gives to them the words of the Gos - | pel,
Which are multiplied like manna | in his hands.

He preserves his body chaste for love | of the Lord;
This body he has prepared as a temple for the | Holy Spirit,
And he keeps it such by purity in all his act - | ions;
He offers it as a living sacrifice, acceptable | to the Lord.

Enflaming light of the world, great one | of the Gospel,
Lifted up on a candlestick, shining un - | to all the age -
The fortified city of the King, founded upon a moun - | tain,
Wherein there is great abundance | of the Lord.

Greatest indeed will be called in the kingdom | of heaven
The man who fulfills with good deeds the holy | words he teaches,
Who by his good example is a leader and model to the faith -| ful,
Who in purity of heart has con - | fidence in God.

Boldly he proclaims the Name of the Lord to | the heathens,
And gives them eternal grace in the bath | of salvation.
He prays to God daily for their | sins,
For them he offers sacrifices, worthy in | the eyes of God.

For the sake of God's law he despises all | worldly glory;
Compared to His table he considers all | else as trifling;
He is not moved by the violence of this | world,
But, suffering for Christ, he rejoices in | adversity.

A good and faithful shepherd of the flock won for | the Gospel,
God has chosen him to watch o - | ver God's people
And to feed with divine teaching His | folk,
For whom, following Christ's example, he | gives forth his soul.

Who for his merits the Savior has raised him to the dignity of a |
pontifex,
In heavenly things he instructs the army | of the clergy,
Providing them with heavenly rations, besides vest - | ments -
The rations of divine | and sacred texts.

He is the King's herald, inviting the faithful | to the wedding.
He is richly clad in a | wedding garment,
He drinks heavenly wine from heavenly | cups
And gives God's people the spiritual | cup to drink.

He finds a holy treasure in the Sa - | cred Volume
And perceives the Savior's divinity | in His flesh.
It is a treasure he purchases with holy and perfect | works.
ISRAEL his soul is called -- | "see - ing God."

A faithful witness of the Lord in the Ca - | tholic Law,
His speech is spiced with divine | revelations,
That human flesh may not decay, eaten by | worms,
But be salted with heavenly savor | for sacrifice.

A true and renowned tiller of the | Gospel field,
His seeds | are Christ's Gospels.
These he sows from his God-inspired mouth into the ears of the |
wise,
And cultivates their hearts and minds with the | Holy Spirit.

Christ chose him to be His vi - | car on earth.
He frees captives from a two-fold | ser - vitude:
The great numbers whom he liberates from bondage to | men,
These countless ones he frees from the yoke | of the devil.

Hymns, and the Apocalypse, and the Psalms of | God he sings,
And explains them for the edification | of God's people.
He believes the law in the Trinity of the holy | Name,
And he teaches one Substance | in Three Persons.

Girt with the Lord's girdle | day and night,
He prays unceasingly | to God the Lord.
He will receive the reward for his immense la - | bor -
With the Apostles will he reign, holy, over | Is - rael.

May Bishop Patrick pray for | all of us,
That the sins which we have committed be blotted out | immediately,
May we ever sing Patrick's prais - | es,
That we may ever | live with him.


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Post by: Shin on November 27, 2012, 02:21:17 AM
Now, here is more of the story of St. Seachnall's hymn to St. Patrick.

Seachnall, who was Bishop of Dunshaughlin in Meath, asked the Apostle's permission to write a hymn in honor of a bishop who was yet alive. St. Patrick answered if he had made up his mind to perform such a duty, that he had need to make his will, as his dissolution was nigh, and that he of all the bishops then in Ireland, would die first.

Wherefore he, without delay, wrote the hymn, and according to Patrick's prediction, his pure soul, having left the body, mounted up to heaven to possess the unfading crown of glory, for which he so zealously fought the good fight.

And so we know that the writing of this hymn is dated to St. Seachnall's death.

The hymn, having been finished, the author asked St. Patrick's leave to read it for him. Our Saint replied, "that he would willingly hear the Lord praised in the works of his servants, or what He has wrought through them."

Secundinus, apprehending that he might incur the displeasure of Patrick, who disliked human praise, omitted the first stanza in which our Saint's name occured, and he began on the second. Having proceeded on until he came to the words -- "Maximus in regno caetorum," St. Patrick interrupted him by saying, "how can it be said of a man, that he is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?" Seachnall replied -- "the superlative degree is used for the positive." The classical scholar is well aware that such a practice is very usual with Latin writers.

When the reading of the hymn had ended, Secundinus hinted, that it was indited in honor of St. Patrick himself, from whom he expected a fixed reward.

Patrick, though despising human applause, yet not wishing to censure the devout zeal of his discipline, answered: "that Seanchall might expect from the clemency of his Saviour the reward -- that whoever morning and evening would devoutly recite the hymn, would obtain a happy death and the reward of glory." St. Evin adds, that Patrick announced: "that the person reciting the hymn would obtain a happy death, if he were penitent and contrite."

St. Evin and others have written largely on the wonderful efficacy of the hymn.

Jocelyn says, that the Irish were in the habit of reciting it, and that they experienced its ordinary efficacy, that many reciting this hymn passed unobserved through the enemy's ranks, though thirsting for their blood.

- [O. Antiquities]


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Post by: Shin on November 27, 2012, 02:23:08 AM
Saint Seachnall
Also known as Sechnall as well as Secundinus, was sent from Gaul in 439, together with Auxilius and Iserninus, to assist Saint Patrick in Ireland. He was named to be the first bishop of Dunsaugli in Meath.( Dunslaughlin in Meath), and then auxiliary bishop of Armagh. He wrote several hymns, notably Audites omnes amantes Deum, the first Latin poem of the Irish Church which he composed in honor of Saint Patrick; and another, Sancti, venite, Christi corpus sumite.
He died in 457.
Canonization was Pre-Congregation.
Saint Seachnall,
Pray for us!

This is what I found when I looked up 'Audites omnes amantes Deum'! Thank you odhiambo! Deo gratias! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on November 27, 2012, 02:55:56 AM

This is what I found when I looked up 'Audites omnes amantes Deum'! Thank you odhiambo! Deo gratias! :D

He must have been inspired. It is a looong one ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on November 28, 2012, 01:31:53 AM
November 28
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Stephen the Younger
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 28, 2012, 01:34:56 AM
Saint Stephen the Younger
Or Saint Stephen and Companions
Stephen was born in 714 at Constantinople. At the age of fifteen, he became a monk and was sent to the monastery of Mount Saint Auxentius. When his father died, he distributed all his share of the inheritance to the poor. He was elected abbot of his monastery when he was thirty. He however resigned several years later to seek greater solitude and prayer as a hermit. This was the time when the iconoclast movement was active in the area and Stephen was a determined opponent of the Iconoclastic policies of Emperor Constantine Copronynus V. When he refused to support the Emperor's iconoclasm, the monastery was burned down, the monks dispersed and Stephen was banished to the island of Proconnesus.
Two years later he was brought before the Emperor and commanded to embrace iconoclast policies. Again Stephen refused. This time he was scourged, stoned and dragged through the streets of Constantinople
Before he was executed with a group of other opponents of Iconoclasm.The group included Saint Basil, Saint Andrew, and Saint Peter. Only these four names have survived but there were reportedly as many as three hundred other monks executed with them. The year of their execution was 764.
Saint Stephen and Companions,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on November 29, 2012, 02:14:48 AM
November 29
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Cuthbert Mayne
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 29, 2012, 02:17:42 AM
Saint Cuthbert Mayne
one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Remembered as a group on 25 October
Saint Cuthbert was born in 1544 in Youlston, Devonshire, England. He was raised a Protestant by his uncle, a schimastic priest. When he was about nineteen, he was ordained a minister. He studied at Saint John's College, Oxford where he received his M.A. While there, he met Edmund Campion, through his influence, he converted to Catholicism in 1570. He was forced to flee England when his letters from Campion were intercepted. He went to Douai, France, to study for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1575 and sent back to England the following year with Saint John Payne to minister covertly to the Catholics in Cornwall. His cover was that of estate steward of Francis Tregian at Golden, Cornwall. He was arrested the following year. When he refused to accept the supremacy of the Queen in ecclesiastical matters, he was found guilty of treason for being a Catholic Priest. He was hanged, drawn, and quartered on 25 November 1577 at Launceton.
He was reportedly the first Englishman trained for the priesthood in Douai to be martyred.
His relics at the Carmelite convent, Lanherne, Cornwall, England. He was canonized on 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
Saint Cuthbert Mayne,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on November 29, 2012, 03:30:41 AM
To be a monk at the age of fifteen. I would have liked to have done that, if that had been possible! :D

St. Stephen, St. Auxentius, pray for us! St. Basil, St. Andrew, St. Peter, all ye holy martyrs, pray for us!

Douai France, there's a famous place. There is no more faithful Bible in the English than the original Douai Bible, it's a great gift to give oneself or another. The original Douai -- not the far more common Challoner revision.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 29, 2012, 04:36:02 AM
To be a monk at the age of fifteen. I would have liked to have done that, if that had been possible! :D

St. Stephen, St. Auxentius, pray for us! St. Basil, St. Andrew, St. Peter, all ye holy martyrs, pray for us!

Douai France, there's a famous place. There is no more faithful Bible in the English than the original Douai Bible, it's a great gift to give oneself or another. The original Douai -- not the far more common Challoner revision.

I have seen it mentioned a number of times at CAF. I hope one day I will get to read one, Is there an on line version Shin?
I do some Bible reading on line when I have the opportunity, like just about now  ;D


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Post by: Shin on November 29, 2012, 12:40:15 PM
It's the only bible now available for download from Saints' Books (in the references section (http://saintsbooks.net/BooksList.html#References)).

That said, odhiambo, it is in older English. Perfectly readable after a couple of minutes of mental adjustment for most I would hope, but one has to be willing to and make the adjustment. You also have to learn a few different alphabet letters -- you don't have to look up what they mean, you can just pick them up by realizing what they're substituting for in the words, and that the words are spelled a little differently than now.

It used to be online in the form of a website too, but that website is now gone.

The version I normally use is an updated spelling copy, that is, it replaces the old English alphabet letters, with their modern equivalents. Makes it a little easier. One can also purchase it with the older spelling. The updated one is not the one we have available for download -- the man who did the updating work has it sold, in e-book or printed form.  

Theoretically some other folks could re-invent the wheel, and update the spelling too, and make it available that way for free -- I would like to see that, but it would take a lot of volunteer work.

One thing I'd like to do someday is something I've wanted to for awhile, that is put up a lot more older English poems and prayers on the Saints' Prayers websites. I keep meaning to do it and somehow it never happens. It has a more reverent and nostalgic feel for me to read the older language.

Haha! This old Bible may be a challenge of virtue for you odhiambo if you tackle it, I seem to recall your non-preference for thees and thous! Your English is absolutely perfect, I never notice a thing otherwise, but isn't it a second language for you? Or is it commonly spoken and taught in your area? How did you pick it up anyway? I have no clue!  :D

That said, frankly, the more I've read of the original Douai, the more it feels like a crime for me to go to elsewhere. One can get lesser meanings from other sources, and these are helpful -- but for the primary and most literal meanings, when I go to the original Douai, I am relieved to find it there, and it clears up and teaches Catholicism -much- more clearly and directly thus. And so it feels like 'The Bible' rather than some sort of interpretive book partially based on it. There's a lot that gets obscured going elsewhere, and these important things -- certainly more modern translations read more easily and being so you get a general idea of what is going on, like reading a story-book -- which beginners love, who haven't got a grasp of the generalities -- but when you start hunting for spiritual insights, moral rules, and laws -- if the word for a particular vice or virtue is not translated, but replaced by some ambiguous something else, you have no hope of learning the truth there.

So I keep going to the original Douai, and then to the Latin Vulgate root words at times and doing a search online for those root words to find what's directly being taught.

For example, just recently I was reading up on childhood discipline. It's an interesting subject. If you go to Ecclesiasticus 30:1

There's a passage that says in the original Douai:

HE that loveth his son, doth accustom him to stripes, that he may rejoice in his later end, and not grope after the doors of his neighbors.

Now 'stripes' is a direct word, meaning corporal discipline.

Go to the Challoner:

He that loveth his son, frequently chastiseth him, that he may rejoice in his latter end, and not grope after the doors of his neighbours.

Obscures it. Could be verbal. This is very important. What's the truth?

The Latin:

De filiis qui diligit filium suum adsiduat illi flagella ut laetetur in novissimo suo

Flagella means 'flagellation'. That's stripes alright.

Go to any other English translation and it gets even worse that the Challoner.

The 'grope after the doors of his neighbors' is very interesting to me as I do not entirely understand it. I have some idea of what it could mean, but I want to look up the expression. Now if the expression is not rendered clearly, then I cannot learn it, nor the particular deeper meanings attached to each word of it.

 :D


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Post by: odhiambo on November 30, 2012, 01:59:13 AM
Thank you Shin  :thumbsup:
Indeed I agree with you; I couldn't agree more. I have different versions of the Bible. I read mostly the Good News Bible- Catholic Edition, because it is in today's English as you pointed out and makes for easier reading and understanding. The other versions I have The Jerusalem Bible,The African Bible, Ignatius Catholic Study Bible and now the Douai-Rheims Bible online edition, are all just for reference and cross checking purposes.
I am one of those still in the infant stage of the Faith, toddling along as it were  :)
 My reading of the Bible is to first familiarize myself with it; know the literal aspect and then hopefully, as I grow in the Faith, the Spiritual side will be clear to me as well. This should have happened a long time ago, but better late than never I say.
 Some parts of the Bible one sees the inspired, deeper meaning immediately but not so other parts.
Shin, have you ever thought of starting a Bible Study Group here?
One was started at our parish but I feel somehow, that I am not benefiting from it. Even last week I skipped it and it is something I need if I am to really understand the Bible. There was one over at CAF but that too came to naught as the member who started it, someone who really knew his Scripture from what I could tell, had to go back to university and did not have the time needed to commit to continue with the study.


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Post by: odhiambo on November 30, 2012, 02:06:40 AM

For example, just recently I was reading up on childhood discipline. It's an interesting subject. If you go to Ecclesiasticus 30:1

There's a passage that says in the original Douai:

HE that loveth his son, doth accustom him to stripes, that he may rejoice in his later end, and not grope after the doors of his neighbors.

Now 'stripes' is a direct word, meaning corporal discipline.

Go to the Challoner:

He that loveth his son, frequently chastiseth him, that he may rejoice in his latter end, and not grope after the doors of his neighbours.

Obscures it. Could be verbal. This is very important. What's the truth?

The Latin:

De filiis qui diligit filium suum adsiduat illi flagella ut laetetur in novissimo suo

Flagella means 'flagellation'. That's stripes alright.

Go to any other English translation and it gets even worse that the Challoner.

The 'grope after the doors of his neighbors' is very interesting to me as I do not entirely understand it. I have some idea of what it could mean, but I want to look up the expression. Now if the expression is not rendered clearly, then I cannot learn it, nor the particular deeper meanings attached to each word of it.

 :D

Very interesting. Here is what my Bible says about that topic on  which you quoted.


Bringing Up Children

A father who loves his son will whip him often, so that he can be proud of him later. If a son is disciplined, he will be of some use, and his father can boast of him to his friends. anyone who gives good guidance to his son can not only take pride in him among his friends, but he can make his enemies jealous. While the father is alive, the sight of his son makes him happy, and when he dies, he has no regrets. He is not really dead, because his son is like him. He has left someone to take vengeance on his enemies and to return the favours he owes his friends.

But anyone who spoils his son will have to bandage his wounds. His heart will stop every time he hears a shout. An untamed horse is going to be stubborn, and an undisciplined son is no different. If you pamper your child and play with him, he will be a disappointment and a source of grief. Laugh with him now, and one day you will have to cry over him, grinding your teeth in regret. Don't give him freedom while he is young, and don't overlook what he does wrong. Beat him while he is still a child, and make him respect your authority. If you don't, he will be stubborn and disobedient and cause you nothing but sorrow. So discipline your son and give him work to do, or else he will be an embarrassment to you.
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 30: 1-13


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Post by: odhiambo on November 30, 2012, 02:17:27 AM
November 30
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Trojan
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on November 30, 2012, 02:19:46 AM
Saint Trojan, known also as Troyen
Bishop.

Trojen was the son of a Jewish father and an Arabic mother. He converted to Christianity as an adult. He was ordained a priest and later became bishop of Saintes in France.
He died in 533
His canonization was Pre -Congregation.
Saint Trojan,
pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on November 30, 2012, 02:55:03 AM
Congratulations on finding that word translated literally elsewhere in English odhiambo! :D

I'm really pleased!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 01, 2012, 02:13:59 AM
December 1

December Devotion:
The Immaculate Conception.


O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee.


Today is the Memorial of
Saint Eligius
Among Many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 01, 2012, 02:17:50 AM
Saint Eligius
Bishop

Also known as Eligius of Noyon, Eloi, Eloy and Loy.
Reportedly one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages.
Eligius was born in 588 in the city of Limoges in Central France. His parents, Eucherius and Terrigia, were Romans. His father was a metal smith and had his son trained to follow in his footsteps. Eligius became a leading craftsman noted for his exquisite work. He reportedly made a golden throne adorned with precious stones for King Clotaire II and, examples of his skills reportedly survived in Paris up to the time of the French Revolution. Eligius served for a time as master of the mint at Paris under King Clotaire II. He gave up this important post and entered the priesthood in 640.
He was named Bishop of Noyon. As Bishop, Eligius undertook the evangelization of the regions around Ghent and Antwerp. He founded numerous monasteries, ransomed slaves and cared for the poor.
He is the patron of metal workers.
Saint Eligius died on 1 December 660 at Noyon, France . He was buried in the cathedral of Noyon .
Canonized Pre-Congregation.
Saint Eligius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 02, 2012, 04:17:07 AM
December 2
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Eusebius the Martyr
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 02, 2012, 04:19:40 AM
Saint Eusabius.
Martyr

Eusebius was a Roman martyr, with Adria, Aurelia, Hippolytus, Mary, Martana, Maximus, Marcellus, Neon and Paulina.
Eusebius was a priest. Marcellus was a deacon. The two were beheaded with Mary and Neon. Adria, and Hippolytus and possibly also Aurelia, were beaten to death.
Pauline died under torture, while Maximus was drowned.
All were martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Valerian. (r.253-260)
Saint Eusebius, pray for us!
Saint Adria, pray for us!
Saint Aurelia, pray for us!
Saint Hippolytus, pray for us!
Saint Mary, pray for us!
Saint Martana, pray for us!
Saint Maximus, pray for us!
Saint Marcellus, pray for us!
Saint Neon, pray for us!
Saint Paulina, pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 02, 2012, 08:59:04 AM
Saint Eusebius, pray for us!
Saint Adria, pray for us!
Saint Aurelia, pray for us!
Saint Hippolytus, pray for us!
Saint Mary, pray for us!
Saint Martana, pray for us!
Saint Maximus, pray for us!
Saint Marcellus, pray for us!
Saint Neon, pray for us!
Saint Paulina, pray for us!

 :D


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Post by: odhiambo on December 03, 2012, 01:06:56 AM
December 3
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Cassian of Tangiers
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 03, 2012, 01:08:22 AM
Saint Cassian of Tangiers
Martyr.

Cassian was a Court stenographer at the trial of Saint Marcellus the Centurion at Tangiers, a city in northern Morocco. The trial was conducted by Aurelius Agricola, deputy prefect in Tangiers. When Marcellus was condemned to death, Cassian denounced the death sentence as unjust. Throwing down his pen, he declared that he too was a Christian. He was immediately arrested, imprisoned and put to death shortly after. He is reportedly mentioned in a hymn by Saint Prudentius.
The martyrdom took place in 298 in Tangiers
He is the patron of modern stenographers.
Saint Cassian,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 03, 2012, 01:21:30 AM
St. Cassian, St. Marcellus, and St. Prudentius pray for us!

A name like Cassian it makes me think of St. John Cassian and all the famous writing for monks he handed down to us. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on December 03, 2012, 03:55:11 AM
St. Cassian, St. Marcellus, and St. Prudentius pray for us!

A name like Cassian it makes me think of St. John Cassian and all the famous writing for monks he handed down to us. :D


They were  just namesakes, about a century apart. :)


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Post by: Shin on December 03, 2012, 03:59:23 AM
I wonder what Cassian is derived from? It sounds like Cassia which isn't that a spice?

Cinnamon!



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Post by: odhiambo on December 04, 2012, 12:57:20 AM
I wonder what Cassian is derived from? It sounds like Cassia which isn't that a spice?

Cinnamon!


Well, Cassian is a boy's name whereas Cassia is a girl's name. What a difference just one letter can make.
I have seven parts and I am male.
Chop off an n and I am female  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on December 04, 2012, 01:02:21 AM
December 4
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Ada
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 04, 2012, 01:03:44 AM
Saint Ada
Abbess

Ada was a niece of Saint Engelbert. She was raised in a pious household; the whole family was known for their piety. Influenced by her uncle, Ada became a nun at Soissons, France, then Abbess of Saint Julien des Pres abbey at Le Mans in France. Nothing else is known of her life. She is sometimes listed as Adenette, Adna or Adnette.
She died a natural death.
Saint Ada,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 05, 2012, 01:06:41 AM
December 5
Today is the Memorial of
Saint John the Wonder Worker
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 05, 2012, 01:15:03 AM
Saint John the Wonder Worker.
Bishop.

John was an 8th century Bishop of Polybotum in Phrygia. He was a defender of the Sacred Images. His position on this issue was at odds with those of the Iconoclast Emperor Leo, the Armanian. John reportedly performed so many miracles that the emperor was afraid of him and did not dare persecute him.
He died in 750
Was canonized by acclamation, i.e. Pre Congregation.
Saint John the Wonder Worker,
Pray for us


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Post by: Shin on December 05, 2012, 04:58:17 PM
St. John the Wonder-worker pray for us!

He reminds me of St. Philomena! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on December 06, 2012, 01:07:14 AM
December 6
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Abraham of Kratia
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 06, 2012, 01:09:00 AM
Saint Abraham of Kratia
Bishop and Hermit.

Abraham was born in 474 at Emesa in Syria. He became a monk in the city but was forced to flee to Constantinople because of raids by local pagans on his community which destroyed the monastery and caused the monks to disperse. In Constantinople, he entered another monastery. When he was 26, he became abbot of the monastery in Kratia. After a decade as abbot, Abraham resigned and went to Palestine where he became a hermit. He was forced to return by his Bishop and shortly after his return , he was made Bishop of Kratia. He served in this office for thirteen years before fleeing again to Palestine in the quest for solitude and a life of contemplation.
He spent the rest of his life in a monastery there.
Abraham died in 558 in Palestine.
He was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Abraham of Kratia,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 07, 2012, 12:41:05 AM
December 7
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Mary Joseph Rosello
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 07, 2012, 12:46:21 AM
Saint Mary Joseph Rosello
Foundress of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy.

She is also known by the following names.
Benedetta Rossello; Benedicta Rossello; Josepha Rossello; Maria Giuseppe Rossello; Maria Joseph Rollo and Sister Mary Joseph.
Saint Mary Joseph Rosello was born in 1811 at Albissola Marina, Liguria in Italy. She was baptized Benedetta.
She was the daughter of a poor potter and was one of nine children. When she was sixteen, Benedetta became a Franciscan tertiary. Her wish was to become a hermitess but was dissuaded from embarking on this way of life by her spiritual director, Capuchin Father Angelo of Savona. She took care of an invalid in Savona for nine years and when her patient, Mr. Monteleoni died, she and three companions, Pauline Barla, Angela and Domenica Pescio, founded a community in Savona in 1837, The
Daughters of Our Lady of Pity, devoted to the education of poor girls, the founding of hospitals and doing charitable works. Angela was named superior, while Benedetta, now named Josepha, became mistress of novices. In 1840, she was elected superior and held that position the rest of her life.
She died on 7 December 1888 at Savona, Italy and was canonized in 1949 by Pope Pius XII.
Saint Mary Joseph Rosello,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 08, 2012, 04:12:07 AM
December 8
Today is the Memorial of
Pope Saint Eutychian
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 08, 2012, 04:13:14 AM
Saint Eutychian
Pope

Also known as Eutychianus, or Eutychianos.
Virtually nothing is known about this saint, other than that he was born at Etruria , Tuscany, or Luni in Italy . He succeeded Felix I as Pope on January 4, 275 and died on December 7, 283 and was buried in the catacomb of Callistus.
He was the 27th pope,
His canonization was Pre-Congregation
Pope Saint Eutychian,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 08, 2012, 10:40:20 PM
If only we had more or any in fact of the writings of these earliest Popes!

And of all the works of the Popes I wonder how much we have at all, that is simply not made available in English.



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Post by: odhiambo on December 09, 2012, 05:03:06 AM
December 9
Today we Remember the
Martyrs of Samosata
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 09, 2012, 05:04:01 AM
Martyrs of Samosata
In the year 297 in Samosata, somewhere in present day Turkey, seven Christians were martyred by Emperor Maximian for their refusal to perform a pagan rite to celebrate the Emperor’s victory over the Persians.
The martyrs were local magistrates Hipparchus and Philotheus and their converts: James, Paragnus, Abibus, Romanus, and Lollianus.
They were all crucified.
They were canonized by acclamation
Martyrs of Samosata,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 10, 2012, 12:54:39 AM
December 10
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Eulalia of Merida
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 10, 2012, 12:55:49 AM
Saint Eulalia of Merida
Martyr.

Eulalia was born in 290 in Spain. According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, though a Saint by this name did live and suffer martyrdom in Merida Spain, what is known about her is legendary. According to the legend, she was a twelve year old Spanish girl who, despite her mother’s attempts to prevent her from doing so, denounced Judge Dacian for attempting to make Christians apostacize. She was tortured and put to death when she refused to sacrifice to the gods.
The year was 304.
Saint Augustine reportedly praised her martyrdom and Saint Prudentius also reportedly wrote a hymn in her honor.
Saint Eulalia of Merida,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 10, 2012, 09:28:59 AM
St Eulalia, virgin and martyr, pray for us!

 :D


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Post by: Shin on December 10, 2012, 09:37:48 AM
'ST. EULALIA was born of a noble Spanish family at Merida, then the capital of Lusitania, toward the be ginning of the fourth century, when the persecution of Diocletian and Maximian was raging most violently, that is to say, in 304.

Her parents were pious Christians, who took care to educate her in sentiments of piety; and they had the consolation of seeing her totally given to practices of virtue and inflamed with the love of Jesus Christ, to whom she consecrated her virginity at a very early age, and for whose honor she was anxious to suffer martyrdom. She therefore took the greatest pleasure in hear ing of the victories, or reading the Acts of the martyrs.

St. Eulalia was only twelve years old when she heard the edicts of the emperors published in Merida; yet she began to prepare herself for the struggle. Her mother, perceiving her ardor, endeavored to mitigate it, by representing to her the horrible tortures to which the confessors of the faith were exposed, but this only inflamed the holy enthusiasm of Eulalia still more. Calpurnianus, having arrived at Merida to execute the imperial man dates, her mother brought her to a country house, and watched her very closely.

The saint, inspired by God, spoke to a young lady named Julia, who had been given her as a companion, and persuaded her to escape with her to the city, in search of martyrdom. This they effected in the night, travelling without a light or a guide. The impatient zeal of Eulalia caused her to walk so quickly, that Julia, being unable to keep pace with her, at length exclaimed: "Walk as fast as thou canst I have a presentiment that I shall receive the crown of martyrdom before thee."

The two young heroines, travelling by night over an unknown country, injured their feet very much ; they arrived, however, at the city in the morning, and presented themselves to Calpurnianus, whom Eulalia up braided with the impiety of doing honor to the devil, by worshipping statues of wood and stone. The prefect, surprised to hear a young girl speak so, asked her who she was, and why she spoke with such boldness. The saint replied: "I am a Christian, and the God whom I adore inspires me with a horror of thy impiety." The prefect said: "But knowest thou, child, to whom thou speakest ?" She answered: "I am aware that I speak with the governor, and therefore it is that I call it an impiety to oblige Christians to sacrifice to false gods." Calpurnianus endeavored to gain her over, first by promises, and afterwards by threats; but the saint continued to proclaim herself a Christian, and that she was most anxious to lay down her life for Jesus Christ. Cardinal Orsi and Fleury add, that she spat in the face of the judge, threw down the idols, and trampled upon the flour which had been provided for an offering. . .

The tyrant, enraged at the constancy of the young virgin, ordered that her flesh should be torn off with iron hooks until the bones should be laid bare. The saint, then, with uplifted eyes, exclaimed: "Behold, my Saviour, these wounds make me believe that I am destined to be thy spouse; do thou, of thy mercy, render me worthy to be so." Finally, the tyrant, perceiving that nothing could weaken her constancy, determined to burn her alive.

The executioners therefore kindled a great fire around her, and the flames catching her hair she was quickly smothered. This circumstance is described in verse by Prudentius, who lived toward the end of the century in which she suffered. She consummated her sacrifice on the 10th December.

Prudentius also relates, and Fleury also adds his testimony, that, when the holy martyr expired, the by standers saw a dove, so resplendent that it dazzled the beholders, proceeding from her mouth, and winging its flight to heaven.

A great snow fell, and covered the saint s body, which gave the Christians an opportunity of burying it near the place of her martyrdom. When peace had been restored to the Church under Constantine, a magnificent church was raised over her tomb, which the Lord glorified by many miracles. In the eighth century, that the body of the saint might be preserved from the profanations of the Saracens, it was translated to the cathedral of Oviedo, and placed in a rich chapel dedicated in her honor. '

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, 'Victories of the Martyrs'


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Post by: Shin on December 10, 2012, 09:42:28 AM
Saint Eulalia of Merida
Martyr.

Eulalia was born in 290 in Spain. According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, though a Saint by this name did live and suffer martyrdom in Merida Spain, what is known about her is legendary. According to the legend, she was a twelve year old Spanish girl who, despite her mother’s attempts to prevent her from doing so, denounced Judge Dacian for attempting to make Christians apostacize. She was tortured and put to death when she refused to sacrifice to the gods.
The year was 304.
Saint Augustine reportedly praised her martyrdom and Saint Prudentius also reportedly wrote a hymn in her honor.
Saint Eulalia of Merida,
Pray for us!

There are problems with some of the more modern books about the saints, they being too quick to dismiss many historical events as legendary due perhaps to modern sensibilities. I wonder if this is not the case in this instance, given that Prudentius lived in so close a time to this young martyr, as St. Alphonsus Maria relates, and he does not give the account with a disclaimer.

I heard too that Butler's for example, had been very badly adulterated by a later editor, compared to earlier editions.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 11, 2012, 01:13:37 AM
December 11
Today, let us Remember
Saint Daniel the Stylite
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 11, 2012, 01:17:25 AM
Saint Daniel the Stylite
Daniel was born in 409 at Maratha, near Samosata, which is present day Samsat, a small town in Turkey. At the age of twelve, he joined a nearby monastery and became a monk there.
On an occasion, he accompanied his abbot on a trip to Antioch. On the way, they stopped to see Saint Simeon the Elder on his pillar. If I may digress here for the benefit of anyone who may be wondering, as I did, "what is all this about stylites and pillars"? According to Catholic Encyclopedia "Stylites were solitaries who, taking up their abode upon the tops of a pillar (stylos), chose to spend their days amid the restraints thus entailed and in the exercise of other forms of asceticism." In other words, these were monks who spent their lives in pillars!
It appears that the first ever stylite was this Simeon the Elder.
Back at their monastery, when the abbot died, the other monks requested Daniel to be their abbot but he refused. He made a pilgrimage to the Holy land and lived for nine years as a hermit at Philemora,( Philempora) near Constantinople. He then decided to follow in the footsteps of Simeon and live on a pillar. He spent the next thirty three years, the age of Our Lord, on a series of pillars built near Constantinople and was ordained on one of them when he refused to come down for his ordination.
Daniel reportedly prophesied a disastrous fire in Constantinople in 465. He became famed for his holiness and healing miracles and attracted huge crowds with the sermons delivered from the top of his pillar. He counseled people from all walks of life. Daniel came down from the pillar only once to denounce Emperor Basilicus for a crime he had committed.
Daniel died on his pillar that was erected near Constantinople and he was buried at its foot.
He was canonized Pre-Congregationally.
Saint Daniel the Stylite,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 11, 2012, 01:34:59 AM
St. Daniel and St. Simon! Two incredible saints!


Now when he was twelve years old he heard his mother say 'My child, I have dedicated you to God'. Thereupon one day without saying anything to anybody he went out of the village for a distance of about ten miles where there was a monastery containing fifty brethren. And entering the monastery he fell at the abbot's feet and begged to be received by him. But the abbot said to him, 'Child, you are still very young in years and are not able to endure so hard a discipline; you know nothing of the monks' life; go home, stay with your parents and after some time when you are able both to fast and to sing and to endure discipline, then come back to us'. But the child answered, 'Father, I should prefer to die in these hardships than to quit the shelter of your flock!' And when, in spite of all he could do, the archimandrite was unable to persuade the child, he said to the brethren, 'In truth, my children, let us receive this boy for he seems to me to be very much in earnest' And they all yielded to the abbot's counsel, and thus Daniel remained in the brotherhood.

And shortly afterwards his parents, who had sought him found him in this monastery and rejoiced with great joy, and then besought the abbot to give him the tonsure. And he, having noticed his advancement in godliness and good disposition, sent for him and said, 'Child, do you wish me to give you the tonsure?' Daniel immediately threw himself at his feet and said, 'I beseech your Holiness, father, do it to-day!' But the abbot again said, 'You are unable to endure the discipline' To this the boy replied, 'I know well that I am young and weak, but I trust in God and your holy prayers, because the Lord Who accepts our purpose gives us strength, for He is a God of purposes'. Then after blessing him and praying fervently over him, the archimandrite with the wisdom that had been given him by God instructed him in the things necessary for salvation. And afterwards according to custom he bade all the brethren gather together, and while they sang a hymn he bestowed upon him the holy robe of the monk. And dismissing the parents with blessings he bade them not to visit their son frequently.

 While Daniel made progress in asceticism and in the splendour of his way of life he could not bear the scrutiny and the praise of the abbot and, still less, that of the whole brotherhood; so he planned to go to the Holy City, Jerusalem, and at the same time to visit the holy and thrice-blessed Simeon, the man on the pillar, in whose footsteps he felt constrained to follow.

Therefore he began to pray the abbot of the monastery to set him free to attain his desire, but he could not persuade him.

Soon after this, since our Master God in truth so willed it and the need of the church demanded it, the Archbishop of that time commanded all the archimandrites of the East to assemble in the capital city of Antioch. And so it happened that this abbot together with some others went, too, and amongst them he allowed the holy man also to travel with him as his disciple.

 As God granted that the matter for which they had suffered many vexations should be brought to a satisfactory settlement, they departed to their own monasteries; and on their way they lodged in a village called Telanissae* where there was a very large monastery and monks pursuing a very noble and virtuous way of life; here, too, the afore-mentioned holy Simeon had received his training. And when the monks there began talking about the achievements of the holy Simeon, the monks from Mesopotamia withstood them, contending that it was but a vainglorious proceeding. 'For', said they, 'it is true that a man even if he were living in your midst might practise a mode of life hitherto unknown and please God, yet never has such a thing happened anywhere that a man should go up and live on a pillar'.

So the monks of that monastery persuaded them to go and see what hardships Simeon was enduring for the sake of the Lord. And they were persuaded and went and the holy Daniel with them. When they arrived at the place and saw the wildness of the spot and the height of the pillar and the fiery heat of the scorching sun and the Saint's endurance and his welcome to strangers and further, too, the love he shewed towards them, they were amazed.

For Simeon gave direction that the ladder be placed in position and invited the old men to come up and kiss him. But they were afraid and declined the ascent of the ladder- one said he was too feeble from old age, another pleaded weakness after an illness, and another gout in his feet. For they said to each other, 'How can we kiss with our mouth the man that we have just been slandering with our lips? Woe unto us for having mocked at such hardships as these and such endurance'. Whilst they were conversing in this manner, Daniel entreated the archimandrite and the other abbots and Saint Simeon as well, begging to be allowed to go up to him. On receiving permission he went up and the blessed man gave him his benediction and said to him, 'What is your name?' and he answered, 'Daniel'. Then the holy Simeon said to him, 'Play the man, Daniel, be strong and endure; for you have many hardships to endure for God. But I trust that the God Whom I serve will Himself strengthen you and be your fellow-traveller'. And placing his hand upon Daniel's head he prayed and blessed him and bade him go down the ladder. Then after the holy and blessed Simeon had prayed for the archimandrites he dismissed them all in peace.

 After they had all by the will of God been restored to their own monasteries and some little time had passed, the holy man, Daniel, was deemed worthy to be raised to the post of abbot.

Thereupon he said to himself, 'At last you are free, Daniel,* start boldly and accomplish your purpose'. When he had made trial of him who held the second place and found that he was able to undertake the duties of an archimandrite, he left everything and quitted the monastery; and when he had reached the enclosure of the holy Simeon he stayed there two weeks.

The blessed Simeon rejoiced exceedingly when he saw him and tried to persuade him to remain still longer, for he found great joy in his company. But Daniel would not consent thereto but pressed towards his goal, saying, 'Father, I am ever with you in spirit'. So Simeon blessed him and dismissed him with the words, 'The Lord of glory will accompany you'. Then Daniel went forth wishing to travel to the holy places and to worship in the church of the Holy Resurrection and afterwards to retire to the inner desert.

- from the Life of St. Daniel the Stylite


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on December 11, 2012, 01:58:44 AM
Shin, where did you get all this from? You have a goldmine of Saints or something? ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on December 11, 2012, 02:06:17 AM
Ah, I read this a time ago, and I remembered that I had, and so I found it again. :D

When one has a computer and a search engine, one can find these things when they are on one's computer or the Internet. And then, since I have a few books, if I remember it there, I can type quickly it out too since I took a typing course once, and am not a two fingered typist.

I have a little computer program that can search for a word in any book on my computer.

I keep all my saints and religious books (many more than are provided on the website, as they are rough, or need reviewing, or not suitable for the site but at least for personal reference), and run through them to find out about any subject, whether it be a particular saint, virtue, vice, etc.

Then I take all the quotes on that subject and note them, one by one, and sort through them to gain the consensus of the saints on the subject, and then I prepare that for the website as time allows, or at least, I keep it in my personal notes so I know and can refer to it (there is much more of this, since it is all rough, again).

And that is how, in a nutshell, have I answered your question? :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: odhiambo on December 11, 2012, 02:18:00 AM
Well, I am impressed. I know where to come whenever I want a particular info on a Saint. :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days - Part 2
Post by: Shin on December 11, 2012, 02:22:08 AM
Haha, you are a go to yourself, you know! And more every day!

There is so much I do not know about so many saints. But I am very thankful that God gave me the gift of reading and knowing them.

There are so many saints where there is so little information available about them too.

I sometimes like to especially pray to one of these. Because their presence can still touch our lives here and in a sense we get to know them even though we do not know them, and in the next life we will see.

:D


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Post by: odhiambo on December 11, 2012, 02:33:26 AM
Haha, you are a go to yourself, you know! And more every day!

There is so much I do not know about so many saints. But I am very thankful that God gave me the gift of reading and knowing them.

There are so many saints where there is so little information available about them too.

I sometimes like to especially pray to one of these. Because their presence can still touch our lives here and in a sense we get to know them even though we do not know them, and in the next life we will see.

:D


Amen!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 12, 2012, 02:25:14 AM
December 12
Today we remember
Saint Epimachus,
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 12, 2012, 02:41:34 AM
There are problems with some of the more modern books about the saints, they being too quick to dismiss many historical events as legendary due perhaps to modern sensibilities. I wonder if this is not the case in this instance, given that Prudentius lived in so close a time to this young martyr, as St. Alphonsus Maria relates, and he does not give the account with a disclaimer.

I heard too that Butler's for example, had been very badly adulterated by a later editor, compared to earlier editions.

I had not noted this earlier. You could be right Shin, I have no way of knowing otherwise.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 12, 2012, 02:42:40 AM
Saint Epimachus
Martyr of Alexandria.

Epimachus was a native of Alexandria, Egypt. He, with Alexander, was imprisoned, then tortured and burned to death for the Faith at Alexandria during the reign of Emperor Trajanus Decius. Four women suffered the same martyrdom with Epimachus. They were: Ammonaria, Mercuria, Dionisia, a mother and a fourth unknown woman, possibly also named Ammonaria.
They were all martyred in.250 in Alexandria, Egypt
Saint Epimachus,
Pray for us.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 13, 2012, 12:33:07 AM
December 13
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Odilia of Alsace
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 13, 2012, 12:36:35 AM
Saint Odilia of Alsace
Abbes

Also known as Adilia of Alsace and Ottilia of Alsace.
Odilia was born in 660 to a local nobleman, at Oberheim in the Vosges Mountains in Alsace, France. The nobleman was Lord Aldaric, Duke of Alsace. She was born blind. The duke was all for putting his newborn daughter to death because of her birth defect but his wife, Bereswinda( Bereswindis), was able to desuade him from carrying out this act. He agreed to spare the baby on condition that she be sent far away to someone who was not to be told of her parentage. Bereswindis gave the baby to a peasant woman. According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, she told this woman the story and sent her to Baume les Dames near Besancon. When she was twelve, Odilia was put in a convent of German nuns at Baume. At the convent, she was baptized by Bishop Saint Erhard of Regensburg. She miraculously gained her sight upon being touched by chrism during the baptism ceremony.
Legend has it that the Bishop told her father of the miracle. When his son, Hugh arranged to bring her back, he was so angered that he struck and killed his son. Then he had a change of heart towards his daughter and lavished affection on her. When he arranged for her to marry a German duke, however, she fled from home. He eventually gave up the idea.
After joining the community, she later founded Hohenburg Abbey at Alsace( reportedly now called Odilenberg) and served as its abbess. She also founded another monastery, Niedermunster and lived there until her death.
She died on 13 December 720 at Niedermunster, Mount Sainte Odile. Her shrine became a great pilgrimage center.
She is the patroness of the blind and of Alsace.
Saint Odilia of Alsace,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on December 13, 2012, 08:01:00 AM
What an amazing story of St. Odilia!


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Post by: susanna on December 13, 2012, 09:42:28 AM
Haha, you are a go to yourself, you know! And more every day!

There is so much I do not know about so many saints. But I am very thankful that God gave me the gift of reading and knowing them.

There are so many saints where there is so little information available about them too.

I sometimes like to especially pray to one of these. Because their presence can still touch our lives here and in a sense we get to know them even though we do not know them, and in the next life we will see.

:D

Even more in the Byzantine church.  Today Sts Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius and Orestes.  Martyrs who suffered martyrdom AD 302 at Sebaste in Armenia, under the reign of Diocletian.   


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Post by: odhiambo on December 14, 2012, 01:07:32 AM
What an amazing story of St. Odilia!

Patricia can you imagine living in those early days when infanticide was  lawful, rampant and worse, practiced to a large extent, by the babies own parents? I understand that baby girls were particularly at risk as were any babies with  congenital defects. According to wiki, The Twelve Tables of Roman Law held that  "Deformed infants shall be killed"  :(


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Post by: odhiambo on December 14, 2012, 01:15:37 AM
December 14
Today we remember
Saint Nicasius
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 14, 2012, 01:16:49 AM
Saint Nicasius
Bishop of Rheims.
Martyr.

Saint Nicasius was beheaded in 451 by marauding barbarians, either the Vandals or the Huns. He was slain while trying to save the lives of his faithfuls during an invasion he had prophesied. Murdered with him were Saint Florentius, his deacon; Saint Jacundus , his lector and Saint Eutropia, his sister who was killed when he attacked her brother's murderers.
Saint Nicasius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on December 14, 2012, 07:20:27 AM
Quote
Patricia can you imagine living in those early days when infanticide was  lawful, rampant and worse, practiced to a large extent, by the babies own parents? I understand that baby girls were particularly at risk as were any babies with  congenital defects. According to wiki, The Twelve Tables of Roman Law held that  "Deformed infants shall be killed"  Sad

Odhiambo, sadly enough we are still  living in those days. Female  Infanticide is still practiced in the land I come from (though not legally) especially in rural areas where people are illiterate. Sex determination and abortion is practiced throughout the land. Though sex determination is illegal it is still being done. The doctor lets the mother know by a hint the sex of the child and if it is a girl in all likelihood is aborted. Millions of girls are missing from the Indian population . Where are these missing girls? Lost to abortion. :(


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Post by: odhiambo on December 14, 2012, 03:58:20 PM
Quote
Patricia can you imagine living in those early days when infanticide was  lawful, rampant and worse, practiced to a large extent, by the babies own parents? I understand that baby girls were particularly at risk as were any babies with  congenital defects. According to wiki, The Twelve Tables of Roman Law held that  "Deformed infants shall be killed"  Sad

Odhiambo, sadly enough we are still  living in those days. Female  Infanticide is still practiced in the land I come from (though not legally) especially in rural areas where people are illiterate. Sex determination and abortion is practiced throughout the land. Though sex determination is illegal it is still being done. The doctor lets the mother know by a hint the sex of the child and if it is a girl in all likelihood is aborted. Millions of girls are missing from the Indian population . Where are these missing girls? Lost to abortion. :(

 :(


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Post by: odhiambo on December 15, 2012, 01:07:29 AM
December 15
Today we remember
Saint Paul of Latros
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 15, 2012, 01:11:30 AM
Saint Paul of Latros
Sometimes listed as Paul the Younge.
Paul was born at Pergamos near Smyrna, in Turkey. His father was an officer in the imperial army. His father was killed in battle. After his mother died, he became a monk at Karia on Mount Olympus in Greece together with his brother Basil. Paul later left the monastery and became a hermit on Mount Latros in Bithynia, Asia Minor. Soon he attracted followers and was compelled to organise them into an hermitic community. After twelve years, Paul left Mount Latros in search of greater solitude. He settled on the island of Samos to live in a cave. Here too, more followers came and again he organised them into several Lauras or communities. He then returned to Latros where he spent the rest of his life in prayers and spiritual exercises.
He died in 956 at Latros.
Saint Paul of Latros,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on December 15, 2012, 08:57:06 AM
Saint Paul , pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 16, 2012, 05:49:50 AM
December 16
Today we remember the
Martyred Women of North-West Africa
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 16, 2012, 05:50:55 AM
Martyred Women of North-West Africa
In 482 in North-West Africa, a large group of women were put to death by the Vandal King Hunneric for refusing to accept Arian Christianity i.e, Arian heresy.
This was all the information I could find about these Christians. The Church remembers them today, among other saints. We honor them for being true to the faith and thereby standing tall as role models for posterity.
Martyred Women of North-West Africa
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 17, 2012, 01:20:32 AM
December 17
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Olympias
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 17, 2012, 01:23:53 AM
Saint Olympias
Olympias was born around the year 361 in Constantinople. She was born in a noble and wealthy family. Her parents died when she was still a child, leaving her an orphan.
Her uncle handed her over to the care of Emperor Theodosius the Great.
When she was old enough, she married Nebridius, prefect of Constantinople. She was widowed soon after the marriage. Thereafter, she refused several offers of marriage even to those the Emperor had recommended for her. To punish her, Theodosius had her fortune put in trust until she was thirty. When he finally restore her fortunes in 391, she became a deaconess. With several other ladies, she founded a community of prayerful women in her home and devoted herself to charity. She built a hospital and orphanage, sheltered the homeless. She was so lavish in her alms giving that her friend, Saint John Chrysostom remonstrated with her and when he became Bishop of Constantinople in 398, he became her spiritual director. Olympias was a firm supporter of Chrysostom when he was expelled in 404 from Constantinople and refused to accept the ursurper Arsacius as Patriarch. As a result of this refusal, her community was fined by the prefect Optatus. She was also continually persecuted by the imperial and Church officials until finally, her community was disbanded and her charitable works ended.Throughout her tribulations, she received encouragement from John from his place of exile. Olympia was herself, finally exiled. She died in exile in Nicomedia on 25 July 408, less than one year after the death of Saint John Chrysostom.
Saint Olympias,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 18, 2012, 01:14:21 AM
December 18
Today we remember
Saint Paul My
Among many other Saint,


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Post by: odhiambo on December 18, 2012, 01:15:40 AM
Saint Paul My
Martyr.

Paul My was a Vietnamese who converted to Catholicism. He entered into the service of the Paris Foreign Missions Society and as such, he helped in spreading the Catholic Faith in Vietnam. He was arrested by those opposed to the Church in Vietnam and strangled to death in 1838. He was canonized in 1988 by Pope John Paul II
Saint Paul My,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 19, 2012, 11:31:26 AM
December 19
Today we remember
Blessed Francis Man aka Blessed Francis Mau
Among many other Saints and Blesseds.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 19, 2012, 11:35:20 AM
Blessed Francis Man
aka Francis Mau.
Martyr..

Francis was born in Vietnam. He became a Dominican tertiary. He was serving as a Catechist when he was arrested. He and four companions were strangled to death in 1839.
He was beatified in 1900.
Canonization is pending.
Blessed Francis Mau
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 20, 2012, 01:29:30 PM
December 20
Today we remember
Saint Ammon
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 20, 2012, 01:31:10 PM
Saint Ammon.
Martyr.

Saint Ammon was one of the Theban Martyrs who were converted by Egyptian Christians during the persecution of Christians by Emperor Trajanus Decius. During the trials of these Christians, Ammon, together with four others, namely: Ingenes, Ptolomy, Theophilus and Zeno, all Roman soldiers assigned to guard condemned Christians, were converted. They cheered the faithfulness of the martyrs under torture, and urged them to endure in their courage. Consequently, Ammon and the others were themselves arrested and eventually beheaded.
The year was 249 and the place, Alexandria in Egypt.
Saint Ammon,
Pray for us!
Saint Ptolomy,
Pray for us!
Saint Ingenes,
Pray for us!
Saint Theophilis,
Pray for us!
Saint Zeno,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 20, 2012, 02:18:29 PM
St. Ammon, pray for us!

All ye holy martyrs, pray for us!



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Post by: George on December 20, 2012, 02:38:42 PM
Holy Martyrs pray for us


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Post by: odhiambo on December 21, 2012, 04:51:45 AM
December 21
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Anastasius II of Antioch
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 21, 2012, 04:53:33 AM
Saint Anastasius II
Patriarch of Antioch.

Also known as Anastasius II the Younger .
He was the successor of Anastasius I as patriarch of Antioch in 599. He was urged by Pope Saint Gregory the Great to rid his see of simony. He allegedly murdered in 609 by an uprising of Syrian Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity by Emperor Phocus..
Saint Anastasius II,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 21, 2012, 05:11:39 AM
Pope St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!

St. Anastiasius II, pray for us!

All ye holy martyrs, pray for us!

Good night odhiambo!  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on December 22, 2012, 01:01:08 AM
Pope St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!

St. Anastiasius II, pray for us!

All ye holy martyrs, pray for us!

Good night odhiambo!  :)
Night Shin!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 22, 2012, 01:02:27 AM
December 22
Today we remember
Saint Zeno of Nicomedia
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 22, 2012, 01:05:05 AM
Saint Zeno of Nicomedia
Zeno was a Roman soldier in Nicomedia. On the day that saw him martyred, Emperor Diocletian was offering sacrifice to the Roman god Ceres. Zeno could not help but laugh at the absurdity of it all. He was seized, his jaw shattered, and he was beheaded just for that laugh.
The year was 303, the place, Nicomedia.
Saint Zeno of Nicomedia,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on December 22, 2012, 08:46:06 AM
Beheaded for a laugh! St. Zeno , pray for us!!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 23, 2012, 05:18:57 AM
December 23
On this day we remember the
Martyrs of Crete
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 23, 2012, 05:19:39 AM
Martyrs of Crete
In the year of Our Lord 250, on the Island of Crete, during the persecutions of Christians by Emperor Trajanus Decius, ten men were martyred for their faith. They were:
Agathopus; Basilides; Cleomenes; Eunician; Euporus; Evaristus; Gelasius; Saturninus; Theodulus; Zeticus or Zoticus
Martyrs of Crete,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 24, 2012, 03:11:59 AM
December 24
On this day we remember
Saint Emiliana of Rome
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 24, 2012, 03:14:36 AM
Saint Emiliana of Rome
Emiliana was a Mystic. Very likely raised piously as you can imagine from the following list of her family members. She was the daughter of Saint Silvia of Rome; aunt of Pope Saint Gregory the Great; niece of Pope Saint Felix III; sister of Saint Tarsilla ( Trasilla), also called Tharsilla.
Emiliana and Tarsilla lived a life of prayer and great austerity at the home of their brother, Pope Gregory’s father. According to SQPN, Tarsilla “spent so much time kneeling in prayer that her knees and elbows were locked arthritically in the position”
Emiliana died on January 5, 550, a few days after the death of her sister Tarsilla.
Saint Emiliana,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 25, 2012, 06:09:30 AM
25 th December

On this day we Celebrated
Christmas
The Birthday of Life!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 25, 2012, 06:21:32 AM
Last year I posted something on Christmas on this this day.
This year, I am posting the following:

Nativity Prayer of Saint Augustine

Let the just rejoice,
for their justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let free men rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.


Saint Augustine of Hippo.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 25, 2012, 06:23:42 AM
25 December is also the day we remember
Saint Peter Nolasco

Peter was born of a noble family in 1182 ( 1189 according to other sources) at Mas-des-Saintes-Puelles, in France. His father died when he was fifteen years old, leaving him a substantial fortune. He went to Barcelona and used his wealth to ransome Christian prisoners from the Arab Muslims who ruled most of Spain at the time. In response to a vision which was reportedly also experienced by Saint Raymond of Penafort and King James of Aragon, Peter founded the Order of Our Lady of Ransom or the Mercedarians, (Order of Our Lady of Mercy )
a religious organization dedicated to ransoming Christian slaves from their captives, the Moors. Saint Raymond of Penafort, Peter’s spiritual director is considered a cofounder of the Order. The Order was initially approved by Bishop Berengarius of Barcelona. He was supported by King James of Aragon in this venture, papal approval came from Pope Gregory IX in 1235.
In addition to the three traditional vows, the Mercedarians added a fourth vow, to give themselves if necessary in exchange for a slave.
In his effort to free Christian slaves, Peter traveled several times to parts of Spain dominated by the Moors. He also traveled to Algeria where he was imprisoned for some time.
Peter died on 25 December 1258 at Barcelona.
He was canonized on 30 September 1628 by Pope Urban VIII.
Saint Peter Nolasco,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 26, 2012, 05:39:42 AM
December 26
On this day we remember
Saint Zeno of Gaza
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 26, 2012, 05:40:51 AM
Saint Zeno
Bishop of Gaza

Zeno was a cousin of the martyrs Saint Eusebius, Saint Nestabus and Saint Zeno, his namesake whose feast day is September 8. He managed to survive the persecutions of the Church under Emperor Julian the Apostate to become Bishop of Gaza.
He died a natural death in 400 .
Saint Zeno,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 27, 2012, 04:41:24 AM
December 27
Today is the Memorial of
Saint John Stone
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 27, 2012, 04:44:20 AM
Saint John Stone
One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Doctor of Divinity.

John was born in Canterbury, England.
He became an Augustinian Friar. He was also a Doctor of Divinity and very highly regarded for his learning. For a time he served as professor at Droitwic in Worcestershire, England but was back in Canterbury when Henry VIII began his divorce proceedings. He denounced Henry’s claims to ecclesiastical supremacy from the pulpit.
He was arrested in December 1538 and imprisoned at Westgate Prison. From Catholic Encyclopedia, we read:
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When in prison before his martyrdom "after an uninterrupted fast of three days, he heard a voice, but without seeing the presence of anyone, calling him by name and exhorting him to be of good courage and not to hesitate to suffer with constancy for the truth of the opinion which he had professed".
Thus, John reiterated his condemnation of the Supremacy Act while in prison.
He was hanged, drawn, and quartered sometime before December 1539. (Sources vary as to when he was actually martyred). The martyrdom took place in
Canterbury, England. .
He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales .
Saint John Stone,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 27, 2012, 05:18:40 AM
25 December is also the day we remember
Saint Peter Nolasco

Peter was born of a noble family in 1182 ( 1189 according to other sources) at Mas-des-Saintes-Puelles, in France. His father died when he was fifteen years old, leaving him a substantial fortune. He went to Barcelona and used his wealth to ransome Christian prisoners from the Arab Muslims who ruled most of Spain at the time. In response to a vision which was reportedly also experienced by Saint Raymond of Penafort and King James of Aragon, Peter founded the Order of Our Lady of Ransom or the Mercedarians, (Order of Our Lady of Mercy )
a religious organization dedicated to ransoming Christian slaves from their captives, the Moors. Saint Raymond of Penafort, Peter’s spiritual director is considered a cofounder of the Order. The Order was initially approved by Bishop Berengarius of Barcelona. He was supported by King James of Aragon in this venture, papal approval came from Pope Gregory IX in 1235.
In addition to the three traditional vows, the Mercedarians added a fourth vow, to give themselves if necessary in exchange for a slave.
In his effort to free Christian slaves, Peter traveled several times to parts of Spain dominated by the Moors. He also traveled to Algeria where he was imprisoned for some time.
Peter died on 25 December 1258 at Barcelona.
He was canonized on 30 September 1628 by Pope Urban VIII.
Saint Peter Nolasco,
Pray for us!

The Mercedarian Order, or the Order of Our Lady of Ransom, I read, ransomed 490,736 slaves between 1218 and 1632 A.D!



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Post by: Shin on December 28, 2012, 05:03:12 AM
Quote
Nativity Prayer of Saint Augustine

Let the just rejoice,
for their justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let free men rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.


Saint Augustine of Hippo.

Let us continue rejoicing! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on December 28, 2012, 05:58:42 AM

The Mercedarian Order, or the Order of Our Lady of Ransom, I read, ransomed 490,736 slaves between 1218 and 1632 A.D!


Wow! how blessed they are!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 28, 2012, 05:59:38 AM
December 28
Today we remember
Saint Romulus
And
Saint Conindrus

Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 28, 2012, 06:01:31 AM
Saint Romulus and Saint Conindrus
Missionaries
Bishops.

These two saints were both contemporaries of Saint Patrick. They were converted by Saint Patrick. He ordained them as priests then as bishops. He sent them to evangelize the Isle of Man. They are honored as the first evangelizers of Isle of Man
Saint Romulus,
Pray for us
Saint Conindrus,
Pray for us!
______________


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Post by: Shin on December 28, 2012, 06:03:41 AM
Founding saints!

I wonder what it would be like to live back in those times! :D


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Post by: George on December 28, 2012, 06:54:33 PM
Founding saints!

I wonder what it would be like to live back in those times! :D


I often think about that as I don't much care for the time into which I was born, but I suppose it was rather bleak back then as well. I've often wondered how wonderful it would be to sit around a campfire with the Apostles and listen to them telling stories about all the incredible things they witnessed, ah well maybe someday.


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Post by: odhiambo on December 29, 2012, 09:33:25 AM
I often think about that as I don't much care for the time into which I was born, but I suppose it was rather bleak back then as well. I've often wondered how wonderful it would be to sit around a campfire with the Apostles and listen to them telling stories about all the incredible things they witnessed, ah well maybe someday.

I dare say that posterity will also look back wishfully at this particular age  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on December 29, 2012, 09:34:03 AM
December 29
Today we remember
Saint Marcellus Akimetes
Among many other others


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Post by: odhiambo on December 29, 2012, 09:37:58 AM
Saint Marcellus Akimetes
He is also known as:

Saint Marcellus the Rightious, and as Marcellus the Sleepless
Marcellus was born some time in the 5th century at Agamea ( Apamea) in Syria. When his parents died, he inherited a fortune. He studied at Antioch and Ephesus
He became a monk at the Eirenaion monastery, the house of the Akoimetroi monks in Constantinople. In time, he became abbot of the monastery.
Marcellus’ surname is derived from the name of his monks “Akoimetroi” which is Greek for “non-resters” because the divine office was chanted twenty four hours a day in their monasteries.
Marcellus reportedly attended the Council of Chalcedon.in 451. He is also credited with saving Constantinople from a disastrous fire that destroyed half of the city in 465. He prayed for the city to be spared.
Marcellus died on December 29, 485 at Constantinople, after serving as abbot for 45 years.
Saint Marcellus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on December 29, 2012, 09:43:43 AM
As soon as I read, 'he inherited a fortune' I thought -- he'd give it away!

St. Marcellus Akimetes pray for us!

Good morning odhiambo! :D

The continual prayer of a just man availeth much! [James 5:16]


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Post by: odhiambo on December 29, 2012, 10:07:48 AM
As soon as I read, 'he inherited a fortune' I thought -- he'd give it away!

St. Marcellus Akimetes pray for us!

Good morning odhiambo! :D

The continual prayer of a just man availeth much! [James 5:16]


Good morning Shin!
It is more likely than not that he did give it up; only it was not reported  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on December 30, 2012, 08:26:42 AM
December 30
Today is the Memorial of
Saint John Alcober
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 30, 2012, 08:28:26 AM
Saint John Alcober
Martyr.

He is also known as John Alcober Figuero and as John Figuero.
John was born in 1694 at Gerona, Spain. He became a Dominican priest and was sent to China in 1728 as a missionary. When a persecution of Christians broke out in China, John was arrested in 1746 by Chinese officials and thrown into prison for a year in Foochow with a group of other fellow Dominicans, among them Peter Sanz, vicar apostolic of Fu-kien. All were martyred by strangulation in the prison on December 30, 1748( According to SQPN, they died on 28 October 1748 )
The whole group who died then was beatified on 14 May 1893 by Pope Leo XIII ( May 26, 1893 according to another source)
He was canonized on 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II
Saint John Alcober,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on December 31, 2012, 03:50:18 AM
December 31
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Melania the Younger
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on December 31, 2012, 03:51:00 AM
Saint Melania the Younger
Melania was born in 383. Her father was Publicola, a Roman senator who was the son of Saint Melania the Elder. Her mother was Albina, the Christian daughter of a pagan priest. At the age of fourteen, Melania was forced to marry against her will to Valerius Pinianus (Saint Pinian). After they lost two children who died soon after birth, the couple agreed to devote themselves to God. When her father died, leaving his enormous wealth to her, they left Rome with Melania's mother, Albina and turned their country estate into a Christian center. Melania reportedly became one of the greatest religious patronesses of all time, endowing monasteries in Egypt, Syria and Palestine. She aided churches and abbeys in Europe and freed eight thousand slaves.
When the Goths invaded her homeland in 406, Melania and her husband fled to Carthage, Lipari, and Tagaste North Africa where they had estates, and where they met Saint Augustine of Hippo. In 417, Melania made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and visited the Egyptian desert monks. On their return, they settled in Jerusalem. She met her cousin Paula and Saint Jerome there. Her mother Albina died fourteen years after their arrival in Jerusalem and Pinian, her husband, died the following year. Melania built a cell near their tombs and lived there as a hermitess. She attracted many disciples so she built a convent for them and served as its superior for the rest of her life.
She died a natural death on 31 December 439 at Jerusalem.
Saint Melania the Younger,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 01, 2013, 09:26:12 AM
1 January 2013

A Happy New Year to All!

 Remember the Month of January is dedicated to The Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus



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Post by: odhiambo on January 01, 2013, 09:28:16 AM
Today we celebrate
 the:Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
Today we  also remember
 Saint Gregory Nazianzen the Elder


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Post by: odhiambo on January 02, 2013, 05:56:00 AM
January 2

Today is the Memorial of
Saint Macarius the Younger
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 02, 2013, 05:58:26 AM
Saint Macarius the Younger
Also referred to as:
Macarius of Alexandria
Macarius the Alexandrian

Born early in the 4th century at Alexandria in Egypt, Macarius grew up to become a successful businessman in Alexandria. Around the year 335, Macarius, now a converted Christian, gave up this thriving business to become a monk in the Thebaid, Upper Egypt. In 373, he moved to Lower Egypt where he built cells in the deserts of Skete and Nitria. Most of his time, however, he spent in a desert region called the Cells; an area famed for its hermitages.
He was ordained a priest and lived a life of great austerities. He was also known for his miracles.
Saint Macarius the Younger was banished, by the Arian Lucius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, with Macarius the Elder and other monks to an island in the Nile because of his unwavering fidelity to orthodoxy. He was, however, allowed to return later.
Saint Macarius the Younger wrote a constitution for the monastery in Nitria that was named after him. Some of the rules of his constitution were adopted by Saint Jerome for his monastery.
Macarius died in 401
He was canonized by acclamation, i.e, Pre-Congregation
Saint Macarius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 03, 2013, 03:19:33 AM
Today is the:
1:The Commemoration  of the Holy Name of Jesus.
2: Memorial of Saint Genevieve
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 03, 2013, 03:29:51 AM
Saint Genevieve
Also known as Saint Genovefa.
Patroness of the City of Paris, France.

Genevieve was born in 422 at Nanterre near Paris, France. She dedicated herself to God when only seven years old, after meeting Saint Germanus of Auxerre. When her parents died, Genevieve, now aged fifteen, moved to Paris and became a nun there. She started having visions and telling prophecies. These gifts put her in danger on many occasions. She was accused of being in touch with diabolical forces. An attempt was even made on her life. The support of Germanus and the accuracy of her predictions did much to change people's negative attitude. In 451, Genevieve predicted that Attila and his Huns would bypass Paris. She led a prayer Crusade that ended with the City of Paris being spared. Later, she prophesied invasions and disasters for Paris and this came to pass when Paris was occupied by King Chideric I and his Franks. She helped mitigate the rigor of the occupation of Paris, bringing in boatloads of food for the people. She pleaded successfully with Childeric, and later with Clovis to secure the release of captive prisoners.
Genevieve helped in getting a church built in honor of Saint Dionysius (Saint Denis Church). She also convinced Clovis to build Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church where she was later buried.
Genevieve died on January 3, 500 in Paris and, as already mentioned, was buried in the church of Saints Peter and Paul there. Many miracles were reported at her tomb in the church which was later renamed in her honor.
In liturgical art, Saint Genevieve is depicted as a shepherdess, holding a candle, sometimes confronting the devil.
Saint Genevieve,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 03, 2013, 04:01:08 AM
St. Genevieve pray for us! St. Germanus, pray for us!

A shepherdess!

Folks, don't forget we have the book 'The Wonders of the Holy Name' (http://www.saintsbooks.net/books/Fr.%20Paul%20O%27Sullivan,%20O.P.,%20E.D.M.%20-%20The%20Wonders%20of%20the%20Holy%20Name.htm) online for reading.

You can sometimes find this little booklet in parish vestibules in little baskets. Some people make it part of their charitable works to buy a number of copies and distribute them and this is very worthwhile. :D

As Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, O.P. (E.D.M.) writes:

"This Divine Name is in truth a mine of riches; it is the fount of the highest holiness and the secret of the greatest happiness that a man can hope to enjoy on this earth. Read and see.

It is so powerful, so certain, that it never fails to produce in our souls the most wonderful results. It consoles the saddest heart and makes the weakest sinner strong. It obtains for us all kinds of favors and graces, spiritual and temporal.

Two things we must do. First of all, we must understand clearly the meaning and value of the Name of Jesus.

Secondly, we must get into the habit of saying it devoutly, frequently, hundreds and hundreds of times every day. Far from being a burden, it will be an immense joy and consolation. "


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Post by: odhiambo on January 04, 2013, 06:46:50 AM
St. Genevieve pray for us! St. Germanus, pray for us!

A shepherdess!

You can sometimes find this little booklet in parish vestibules in little baskets. Some people make it part of their charitable works to buy a number of copies and distribute them and this is very worthwhile. :D

As Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, O.P. (E.D.M.) writes:

"This Divine Name is in truth a mine of riches; it is the fount of the highest holiness and the secret of the greatest happiness that a man can hope to enjoy on this earth. Read and see.

It is so powerful, so certain, that it never fails to produce in our souls the most wonderful results. It consoles the saddest heart and makes the weakest sinner strong. It obtains for us all kinds of favors and graces, spiritual and temporal.

Two things we must do. First of all, we must understand clearly the meaning and value of the Name of Jesus.

Secondly, we must get into the habit of saying it devoutly, frequently, hundreds and hundreds of times every day. Far from being a burden, it will be an immense joy and consolation. "


Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Thanks Shin for the reminder.  :thumbsup:


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Post by: odhiambo on January 04, 2013, 06:47:59 AM
January 4
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Rigobert

Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 04, 2013, 06:49:30 AM
Saint Rigobert
Abbot of Orbais
Archbishop of Rheims

He is also known as Robert of Rheims.
Rigobert was a Benedictine monk. After serving for sometime as Abbot of Orbais in France, he was appointed Archbishop of Rheims. As a result of a dispute with Charles Martel, the very powerful Frankish mayor, Rigobert was banished to Gascony. Charles gave the see of Rheims to Milon. When Saint Rigobert's dispute with Charles Martel was settled, he returned to Rheims. He chose not to persue his rightful claim to the see and instead, became a hermit.
He was venerated for his holiness and patience and was credited with many miracles.
He died a natural death in 750
Saint Rigobert,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 05, 2013, 08:22:05 AM
January 5
Today we remember
Saint Lomer
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 05, 2013, 08:23:23 AM
Saint Lomer
Also known as Laumer

Lomer lived in 6th Century France. Said to have been a shepherd boy before becoming a hermit.
He reportedly founded a small monastery at Corbion, near Chartres and was its first abbot. He is sometimes called Laudomarius.
Reportedly lived for over a hundred years. He died a natural death in 593.
Saint Lomer
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 05, 2013, 07:01:08 PM
Another shepherd. It is making me very happy.  :D


 :sheep:    :sheep:    :sheep:     :sheep:


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Post by: odhiambo on January 06, 2013, 05:19:10 AM
Another shepherd. It is making me very happy.  :D


 :sheep:    :sheep:    :sheep:     :sheep:

I can imagine  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on January 06, 2013, 05:49:03 AM
January 6

Today is of course the
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.
The unavailing of Our Lord  as the Saviour of the whole world, not just for the Jewish People.


" Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father."


Philippians 2:9-11


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Post by: odhiambo on January 06, 2013, 05:50:14 AM
Today we also remember the
Martyrs of Africa and
Saint Andre Bessette,

Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 06, 2013, 05:53:30 AM
Martyrs in Africa
Martyrs of Africa is the collective name given to the martyrs, men and women who died for the faith in northwestern region of Africa. The martyrs vary depending on the date and feast.
Although we know that the martyrdoms occured, we do not know the names of the martyrs, so we honour them as a group.
In 210, Christian men and women were burned at the stake in the persecution under Emperor Septimus Severus. This group of martyrs, we honor today, January 6.
Martyrs of Africa
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 06, 2013, 05:55:24 AM
What very early martyrs! All ye holy martyrs, pray for us! :D

Ye holy kings, pray for us!

I remember reading about the good porter and his building of a shrine to St. Joseph, awhile back. :D I had a little book about him. The stories about his humility impressed me. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on January 06, 2013, 06:16:51 AM
What very early martyrs! All ye holy martyrs, pray for us! :D

Ye holy kings, pray for us!

I remember reading about the good porter and his building of a shrine to St. Joseph, awhile back. :D I had a little book about him. The stories about his humility impressed me. :D


I have also been reading about him, just to remind me as I could not remember much.
It seems he had chronic abdominal pain and this was a cross that interfered with his holding down jobs.


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Post by: Shin on January 06, 2013, 06:19:31 AM
That's good to know, so that people with similar illnesses that make it hard to work can pray for his help. :D

Good morning odhiambo!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 06, 2013, 06:31:36 AM
That's good to know, so that people with similar illnesses that make it hard to work can pray for his help. :D

Good morning odhiambo!

Good morning Shin!
You are right. I thought of Channing when I read it and it crossed my mind to draw his attention to it; but it was just a thought.


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Post by: odhiambo on January 07, 2013, 12:58:18 AM
January 7
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Charles of Sezze
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on January 07, 2013, 01:00:24 AM
Saint Charles of Sezze
He is also known as Giancarlo Marchioni and as John Charles Marchioni.
Charles was born on 19 October 1613 at Sezze, Italy and named John Charles Marchioni. His parents were poor but pious. As a youth, he worked as a shepherd. Later, he wanted to become a priest but was not able to manage this calling as he could hardly read or write. He became a Franciscan lay brother at Naziano. He served at various menial positions, such as cook, porter, and gardener at different monasteries near Rome. He became well known for his simplicity, charity and his holiness. Charles was also a stigmatist. His heart was reportedly pierced by a light from the Sacred Host, leaving a visible wound.
Charles' holiness attracted many despite the lowliness of his monastic duties. During the plaque of 1656, he reportedly worked among the stricken victims.
He died in Rome on 6 January 1670 at San Francesco. He was buried at the Church of Saint Francis in Rome.
He was canonized on 12 April 1959 by Pope John XXIII.
Saint Charles of Sezze,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 07, 2013, 01:03:15 AM
Another shepherd Shin.
It appears that many people found themselves in this line of work then than they do now.


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Post by: Shin on January 07, 2013, 07:47:22 AM
Perhaps this is one profession that God favors for saints? :D



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Post by: odhiambo on January 08, 2013, 02:31:34 AM
January 8
Today we remember
Saint Theophilus and
Saint Helladius

Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 08, 2013, 02:32:18 AM
Saint Theophilus and Saint Helladius.
Martyrs.

Theophilus and Helladius were two martyrs put to death in Libya.
Theophilus was a deacon; Helladius was a lay man. Both men were martyred on an unknown date in Libya, North Africa.
They were burned to death in a furnace.
Saint Theophilus,
Pray for us!
Saint Helladius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 08, 2013, 08:13:30 AM
In a furnace!

St. Theophilus, St. Helladius, pray for us!

It's also St. Apollinaris the Apologist's day. He died around the year of Our Lord 175! And was the bishop of Heirapolis, in Phrygia. Phrygia was part of Anatolia -- Modern day Turkey is where this was. Which would be south of the Black Sea and southeast of Thrace or where Constantinople was built.

He was, "Held in high regard by other early saints including Saint Jerome and the historian Theodoret. Noted for writing a defense of the faith to Emperor Marcus Aurelius that reminded the Emperor of a miraculous victory that resulted from the prayers of Christian soldiers, and of his promise of protection for Christians. Worked and wrote against all the major heresies of his time, refuting them by logically destroying the heresy‘s philosophical roots" - PSI

'We therefore grossly deceive ourselves in not allotting more time to the study of divine truths. It is not enough barely to believe them, and let our thoughts now and then glance upon them: that knowledge which shows us heaven, will not bring us to the possession of it, and will deserve punishments, not rewards, if it remain slight, weak, and superficial. By serious and frequent meditation it must be concocted, digested, and turned into the nourishment of our affections, before it can be powerful and operative enough to change them, and produce the necessary fruit in our lives. For this all the saints affected solitude and retreats from the noise and hurry of the world, as much as their circumstances allowed them.'

St. Apollinaris the Apologist


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Post by: odhiambo on January 09, 2013, 03:57:06 AM
'We therefore grossly deceive ourselves in not allotting more time to the study of divine truths. It is not enough barely to believe them, and let our thoughts now and then glance upon them: that knowledge which shows us heaven, will not bring us to the possession of it, and will deserve punishments, not rewards, if it remain slight, weak, and superficial. By serious and frequent meditation it must be concocted, digested, and turned into the nourishment of our affections, before it can be powerful and operative enough to change them, and produce the necessary fruit in our lives. For this all the saints affected solitude and retreats from the noise and hurry of the world, as much as their circumstances allowed them.'
St. Apollinaris the Apologist

Amen!
Saint Apollinaris, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 09, 2013, 03:57:50 AM
January 9
Today we remember
Saint Peter of Sebaste
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 09, 2013, 04:00:45 AM
Saint Peter
Bishop of Sebaste

Peter was born in 340 in Caesarea, Cappadocia. He was the son of Saint Basil the Elder and Saint Emmelia. Brother of Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, and Saint Macrina the Younger. He was the youngest of ten children. Their father died when he was an infant, so he was raised and educated by Saint Macrina. Peter entered the Armenian monastery founded by his parents and headed by his brother Basil as abbot. He was ordained in 370, and was named bishop of Sebaste, Armenia in 380.
He worked to eliminate Arianism in his see. He also attended the General Council of Constantinople in 381.
Peter died in 391 in Sebaste.
Saint Peter of Sebaste,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 10, 2013, 03:21:34 AM
January 10
Today we remember
Pope Saint Agatho
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 10, 2013, 03:23:27 AM
Pope Saint Agatho
Agatho was a sicilian, reportedly from Palermo. He was married for twenty years and was a successful businessman when he became a monk at Saint Hernes monastery in Palermo, Sicily. He could have been a widower by then or his wife entered a convent. He succeeded Donus as Pope on June 27, 678.
As Pope, Saint Agatho was active in combating the heresy of Monothelitism. The most important event in his pontificate was the Council of Constantinople, November 680 to September 681. He sent legates to this Council and a letter that condemned the monothelite heresy and expounded the traditional Catholic beliefs in the two wills of Jesus Christ, one divine and one human. Most of the bishops there, led by Patriarch George of Constantinople, accepted the Pope's stand saying: “Peter has spoken to Agatho"
The Monothelite heresy was condemned and Constantinople was reunited to Rome in what is now known as the Sixth General Council of the Church.
By the time the decrees of the Council reached Rome, however, Agatho had died 10 January 681 in Rome.
Pope Saint Agatho was called "Thaumaturge", from the Greek for wonder worker or miracle worker.
He was canonized pre-Congregation
Pope Saint Agatho,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 10, 2013, 06:17:34 PM
Pope St. Agatho pray for us!!!

A wonderworker! Like St. Philomena!!

Don't we have a nice Saint of the Day thread going Brigid??

 ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on January 11, 2013, 09:13:43 AM
January 11
Today we remember
Saint Vitalis of Gaza
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 11, 2013, 09:16:26 AM
Saint Vitalis of Gaza.
Vitalis was a monk in Gaza, Israel in the seventh century. When he was 60 years old, he felt the urge to go to Alexandria, Egypt and to work there and save the prostitutes in the area. He responded to this “call” and traveled to Alexandria. He found work as a laborer and used his earnings to indeed rescue prostitutes from their way of life. Controversy arose, however from the method he chose to reform these women.
Every evening Saint Vitalis would hire a prostitute with his wage of the day. All he wanted from the prostitute, if she was agreeable, was to teach and pray for her and to request her to spend that night without sin. He also requested that what went on between them not be made public. No wonder, therefore, that tongues wagged.
Vitalis died in 625 in Alexandria, Egypt. According to SQPN, he was struck in the head by a man who saw him leaving a brothel. He, however, managed to return to his hut where he died.
After his death, he was completely cleared of any impropriety.
He was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Vitalis of Gaza.
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on January 11, 2013, 09:34:32 AM
St Vitalis of Gaza, pray for us!! Brave Saint to do the unthinkable knowing that there would be gossip about him!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 12, 2013, 03:59:05 AM
January 12
Today we remember the
Martyrs of Ephesus
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 12, 2013, 04:04:01 AM
Martyrs of Ephesus
In the year 762, Forty two monks were martyred at a monastery in Ephesus, modern Turkey. They were put to death by the Iconoclast Emperor Constantine V, for refusing to embrace the decree of the emperor to destroy all icons. According to Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints,  another source gives the number of martyrs as thirty-eight.
Their names have not come down to us.
Martyrs of Ephesus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 13, 2013, 03:30:59 AM
January 13
Today is the Feast of
The Baptism of the Lord



A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Isaiah 40: 3 - 5


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Post by: odhiambo on January 13, 2013, 03:32:12 AM
Today is also the Memorial of
Saint Kentigern
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 13, 2013, 03:35:49 AM
Saint Kentigern
Bishop of Strathclyde.

Saint Kentigern is also known as, Kentigern Garthwys, Kentigern Mungo, Kentigern of Glasgow or simply as Mungo. He was born in 518 at Culross, Fife in Scotland. His mother was said to be a British princess named Thenaw ( or Thaney, or even Theneva, according to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney). When the princess was found to be with child of an unknown man, Thaney was reportedly hurled from a cliff. She landed at the foot of the cliff and was discovered still alive despite the great fall. She was set adrift in a boat on the Firth of Forth (From Wiki, the Firth of Forth is the estuary of Scotland's River Forth). She reached Culross where she was given shelter by Saint Serf. She delivered her baby and Serf named him Mungo which means "dear one" or "darling".
Mungo was raised by Saint Serf. He became a hermit in Glasgow. He was renowned for his holiness. In 540 he was consecrated bishop of Strathclyde. Soon after he was consecrated bishop, he fled to Menevia in Wales following an anti Christian uprising by local pagans. He met Saint David of Wales here and stayed with him. He founded a monastery at Llanelwy, Saint Asaph monastery. In 553, Kentigern returned to Scotland. He settled at Hoddam but later he returned to Glasgow where he spent his last days.
Saint Kentigern is considered the first bishop of Scotland. With his mother Thaney, he is joint patron of Glasgow.
Saint Kentigern
Pray for us!
Ref:
Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney


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Post by: odhiambo on January 14, 2013, 03:31:11 AM
January 14
Today we remember
Saint Macrina the Elder
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 14, 2013, 03:33:05 AM
Saint Macrina the Elder
Macrina was the grandmother of Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Peter of Sebaste, and Saint Macrina the Younger. She was trained in the faith by Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus and she in her turn, influenced her grandchildren, Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, with her religious fervor. She and her husband lived in Neocaesarea in Pontus, modern turkey. They suffered great hardship when she and her husband were forced to flee from their home and go into hiding during the persecution of Christians by Emperor Diocletian.
She died a natural death in 340 and was canonized by acclamation.
Saint Macrina the Elder
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 14, 2013, 02:42:23 PM
Wouldn't it be a fine thing to grow up in a family of saints? :D


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Post by: odhiambo on January 15, 2013, 06:02:54 AM
Wouldn't it be a fine thing to grow up in a family of saints? :D


A wonderful thing! One is much more likely to grow up in a saintly manner with all the role models around  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on January 15, 2013, 06:03:31 AM
January 15
Today we remember
Saint John Calabytes
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 15, 2013, 06:05:09 AM
Saint John Calabytes
According to Legend, John was born of a wealthy family in Constantinople. He reportedly ran away from home as a child and became a monk. After six years, he returned home as a beggar and was not recognized by anyone. He lived on his parents’ charity in a shack ( calybites) nearby. He devoted all his time to prayer and penance. On his deathbed, he revealed his identity to his mother.
He died in 450.
Saint John Calabytes
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 15, 2013, 06:09:16 AM
Saint John Calabytes
According to Legend, John was born of a wealthy family in Constantinople. He reportedly ran away from home as a child and became a monk. After six years, he returned home as a beggar and was not recognized by anyone. He lived on his parents’ charity in a shack ( calybites) nearby. He devoted all his time to prayer and penance. On his deathbed, he revealed his identity to his mother.
He died in 450.
Saint John Calabytes
Pray for us!


The mother must have been completely heartbroken and yet, from a spiritual point of view, one could only celebrate such a life as the saint led.


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Post by: odhiambo on January 16, 2013, 03:07:05 AM
January 16
Today we remember
Saint James of Tarentaise
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 16, 2013, 03:08:08 AM
Saint James of Tarentaise.
Saint James was a Syrian honored as the first bishop of Tarentaise, France. According to tradition, he was the disciple of Saint Honoratus at Lérins in France. He is also venerated as an apostle of Savoy as he reportedly did missionary work in that part of France.
He died in 429.
Saint James of Tarentaise
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 17, 2013, 02:38:18 AM
January 17
Today we remember
Saint Anthony of Rome
Saint Merulus of Rome
Saint John of Rome

Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on January 17, 2013, 02:40:24 AM

Saint Anthony of Rome
Saint Merulus of Rome
Saint John of Rome

Anthony, Merulus and John were Benedictine monks at Saint Andrew’s monastery on the Coelian Hill of Rome. Their abbot was Saint Gregory the Great who wrote of their sanctity and their miracles.
According to SQPN, all three died naturally in 550 .
Saint Anthony of Rome, pray for us!
Saint Merulus of Rome, pray for us!
Saint John of Rome, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 18, 2013, 06:22:10 AM
anuary 18
Today we remember
Saint Archelais and Companions
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 18, 2013, 06:23:03 AM
Saint Archelais and Companions
Martyrs.

Archelais, Thecla and Susanna were born in Romagna, Italy. They fled from their home to Nola in Campania, Italy because of persecution. In Nola, they were arrested and taken to Salerno.
All three were cruelly tortured then beheaded in 293.
Saint Archelais and Companions
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 19, 2013, 02:07:22 AM
January 19
Today we remember
Saint Tommaso da Cori
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 19, 2013, 02:08:02 AM
Saint Tommaso da Cori
Tommaso was born in 1655 at Cori in Italy. His given name was Francesco Antonio Placidi. Whe he was fourteen years old, his parents died and he had to care for his siblings. He found work as a shepherd and managed to raise them on the income that this work brought. After his siblings married, he joined the Franciscans and was ordained in 1683. One year later, in 1684, Thomas reportedly knocked on the door of the Franciscan Friary at Bellegra and announced: " I am Father Thomas of Cori, and I have come here to become holy!" He was admitted and remained there for most of his life except for a time when he preached in the area of Subiaco. He preached tirelessly and was renown for his miracles.
He died in 1729 and was canonized on 21 November 1999 by Pope John Paul II .
Saint Tommaso da Cori,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 19, 2013, 02:11:10 AM

Saint Anthony of Rome
Saint Merulus of Rome
Saint John of Rome

Anthony, Merulus and John were Benedictine monks at Saint Andrew’s monastery on the Coelian Hill of Rome. Their abbot was Saint Gregory the Great who wrote of their sanctity and their miracles.
According to SQPN, all three died naturally in 550 .
Saint Anthony of Rome, pray for us!
Saint Merulus of Rome, pray for us!
Saint John of Rome, pray for us!

'Sometime also almighty God doth by divine revelation strengthen the minds of them that be fearful, to the end that they should not be afraid of death.

For a certain monk there was, called Anthony, that lived together with me in my Monastery, who by daily tears laboured to come to the joys of heaven: and when as he did very carefully and with great zeal of soul meditate upon the sacred scriptures, he, sought not so much for cunning and knowledge, as for tears and contrition of heart, that by means thereof his soul might be stirred up and inflamed: and that by contemning all earthly things, he might with the wings of contemplation fly unto the kingdom of heaven. This man upon a night, by revelation, was admonished in this manner: "Make yourself ready, because our Lord hath given commandment for your departure": and when he answered, that he had not wherewith to defray the charges of that journey: straightaway he heard these comfortable words: "If you take care for your sins, they be forgiven you"; which thing though he had heard once, and yet for all that was in great fear, another night he had again the same vision: and so after five days he fell sick of an ague, and as the other monks were praying and weeping about him, he departed this life.

Another monk there was in the same Monastery, called Merulus, who was wonderfully given to tears and bestowing of alms: and no time almost passed him, except it were when he was at meat or asleep, in which he did not sing psalms. This man, by vision in the night, saw a crown made of white flowers to descend upon his head: and straight after falling sick, he died with great quiet and joy of mind.

Fourteen years after, when Peter, who now hath the government of my Monastery, went about to make a grave for himself hard by Merulus' sepulchre, such a fragrant and pleasant smell, as he saith, came out of it, as though it had been a storehouse of all manner of sweet flowers. By which it appeared plainly, that it was very true, which before he had seen by vision in the night.

Likewise in the same Monastery there was another, called John, who was a young man of great towardness, and one that led his life with great circumspection, humility, sweetness, and gravity. This man falling sore sick, saw in his great extremity by vision in the night an old man to come unto him, who touched him with a wand, saying: "Rise up, for you shall not die of this sickness: but make yourself ready, for you have not any long time to stay in this world": and forthwith, though the physicians despaired of his health, yet he recovered, and became perfectly well. The vision which he saw he told to others, and for two years following, as I said, he served God in such sort, that his great devotion surpassed his young years.

Three years since another monk died, who was buried in the churchyard of the same Monastery, and when we had ended all his funerals, and were departed, this John, as himself with pale face and great trembling told us, remained there still, where he heard that monk which was buried to call him out of the grave: and that it was so indeed, the end following did shew: for ten days after he fell sick of an ague and so departed this life.'

- the Dialogues of Pope St. Gregory the Great


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Post by: Shin on January 19, 2013, 02:12:02 AM
St. Anthony, St. Merulus, St. John, and Pope St. Gregory pray for us!
St. Tomasso, pray for us!

What a great introduction! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on January 20, 2013, 05:18:56 AM
January 20
Today we remember
Saint Euthymius the Great
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on January 20, 2013, 05:19:50 AM
Saint Euthymius the Great
Bishop.

Euthymius was born to a wealthy family of Melitine, Armenia in 378 .He studied there under the local bishop and was ordained. He was appointed supervisors of the monasteries in the diocese. At the age of twenty nine, he left his home region to become a hermit in Jerusalem. In 411, he left to live with a companion in a cave near Jericho. He attracted numerous disciples. He left his companion, Theoctistus in charge and moved to a more remote spot but even here, disciples followed him in their numbers. He had so many converts that Patriarch Juvenal of Jerusalem consecrated him bishop to minister to them. Euthymius was a powerful orator and attracted enormous crowds among them Empress Eudoxia, daughter of Emperor Theodosius II and wife of Emperor Valentinian III. She was won over to orthodox faith by his influence.
Euthymius spent sixty years in the desert.
He died on 20 January 473.
Saint Euthymius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 20, 2013, 05:57:22 PM
Sixty years in the desert!  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on January 21, 2013, 02:45:38 AM
Sixty years in the desert!  :D

Yes, such faith!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 21, 2013, 02:46:34 AM
January 21
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Publius of Malta
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 21, 2013, 02:47:21 AM
Saint Publius of Malta
Martyr.
Bishop.

Saint Publius was the prefect of Malta. In the Acts of the Apostles, when Saint Paul was being taken to Rome and was shipwrecked on the island of Malta, Publius was described as “the chief man of the island”. He was host to Saint Paul then and Paul cured his father of fever and dysentery and the two holy men became good friends. According to tradition, Publius later became the first bishop of Malta. Another tradition has him bishop of Athens. He was martyred in 125 during the persecutions under Emperor Trajan.
Saint Publius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 21, 2013, 03:15:50 AM
Good evening odhiambo! :D

For so many of the early Christians, to be a Christian meant to embrace death.

I wonder if those times are coming again around the world? I know it already is in some places.


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Post by: odhiambo on January 21, 2013, 03:54:59 AM
Good evening odhiambo! :D

For so many of the early Christians, to be a Christian meant to embrace death.

I wonder if those times are coming again around the world? I know it already is in some places.

Hi  :happywave:
It is true Shin. Those days  Christians had the shortest life expectancy as embracing the faith was often a death sentence. Contrast with today when many Catholics shy away from making the sign of the Cross, a sign of our discipleship to Christ,  because of fear of being ridiculed  :(  


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Post by: Shin on January 21, 2013, 04:08:36 AM
I pray you're having a good day odhiambo! :D

I am having a good time over here, reading about the Holy Rosary.


 :crucifix:


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Post by: Shin on January 21, 2013, 03:58:16 PM
It's also St. Agnes' day, two of them, St. Agnes of Rome the famous virgin martyr, and St. Agnes of Aislinger -- an anchoress.

And St. Brigid of Killbride a friend of St. Brigid of Ireland. :D

Along with many other saints. :D



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Post by: odhiambo on January 22, 2013, 04:05:24 AM
January 22
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Dominic of Sora
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 22, 2013, 04:07:29 AM
Saint Dominic of Sora
Dominic was born in 951 at Foligno, in Italy.
He became a Benedictine monk and built numerous monasteries in various parts of Italy. He died in 1031 at Sora, Italy
Saint Dominic of Sora,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 22, 2013, 08:24:14 PM
Building so many monasteries.. now that is very pleasing to God.. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on January 23, 2013, 01:49:15 AM
January 23
Today we remember
Saint Agathangelus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 23, 2013, 01:50:37 AM
Saint Agathangelus
Martyr.

Agathangelus was a Roman. He reportedly met Saint Clement, bishop of Ancyra, in Rome, where the latter was being held a prisoner. He was converted to Christianity and baptized by Saint Clement. When Clement was taken to Ancyra, now Ankara in Turkey, Agathangelus went with him and shared in his martyrdom there in 309.
Saint Agathangelus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 24, 2013, 03:48:09 AM
January 24
Today we remember
Saint Babylas
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 24, 2013, 03:49:24 AM
Saint Babylas
Martyr.
Bishop of Antioch

Babylas became Bishop of Antioch around the year 240. Saint John Chrystostome reportedly related that Babylas refused permission for the Emperor Philip, the Arab, to enter his church until he performed penance. Philip had reportedly murdered his predecessor, Gordian III.
During the persecutions of Emperor Trajanus Decius, Babylas and his companions, his young students, were arrested. Babylas died of mistreatment in prison, in 260 while awaiting execution.
Saint Babylas,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 24, 2013, 05:00:14 AM
Lots of good early saints of late. :D

Good evening odhiambo! Or morning! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on January 24, 2013, 07:05:04 AM
Lots of good early saints of late. :D

Good evening odhiambo! Or morning! :D

None of the the above Shin, it is good afternoon  :)
You start your day very, very early I see  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on January 25, 2013, 02:08:49 AM
January 25
Today we remember
Saint Ananias of Damascus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 25, 2013, 02:12:00 AM
Saint Ananias of Damascus
Ananias lived at the time of Saint Paul.
He was a Christian in the city of Damascus.
He was commanded, in a vision, by Jesus , to seek out Saul who had been brought to the City following his dramatic encounter with the Lord, on the road to Damascus. Finding Saul blind, Ananias cured him and baptized him.
According to tradition, Ananias worked as a missionary in Damascus and Eleutheropolis where he was martyred for the faith.
Saint Ananias of Damascus
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 25, 2013, 02:16:33 AM
'And as he went on his journey, it chanced that he drew nigh to Damascus: and suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him. And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul why persecutest thou me? Who said, Who art thou Lord? And he, I am JESUS whom thou doest persecute. it is hard for thee to kick against the prick. And trembling and being astonished he said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And our Lord to him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. But the men that went in company with him, stood amazed, hearing the voice, but seeing no man. And Saul rose up from the ground, and his eyes being opened, he saw nothing. And they drawing him by the hands, brought him into Damascus. And he was three days not seeing, and he did neither eat nor drink.

And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias: and our Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. But he said, Lo, here I am Lord. And our Lord to him, Arise, and go into the street that is called Straight: and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul of Tarsus. for behold he prayeth. (And he saw a man named Ananias, coming in and imposing hands upon him for to receive his sight.) But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that invocate thy name. And our Lord said to him, Go, for a vessel of election is this man unto me, to carry my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name. And Ananias went, and entered into the house: and imposing hands upon him, he said, Brother Saul, our Lord JESUS hath sent me, he that appeareth to thee in the way that thou camest: that thou mayest see and be filled with the holy Ghost. And forthwith there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received sight, and rising he was baptized.'

Acts 9:3-16


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Post by: Shin on January 25, 2013, 02:18:24 AM
St. Ananias pray for us!

I read that 'kick against the prick' is sometimes translated as 'kick against the goad', and it is said this is in reference to the goads used on oxen, which pricked them so that they would work. If an ox kicked against the goad, it would end up only kicking and hurting itself.

And so it is a proverb of sorts to kick against the goad, wherin people are only causing themselves more trouble by not doing the work they are spurred on to do.


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Post by: Shin on January 25, 2013, 02:25:52 AM
St. Paul, who was blinded by God for three days was also the instrument of blinding another.

'And when they were come to Salamina, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also in the ministry.

And when they had walked through out the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain man that was a magician, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was 'Bar-iesu',

Who was with the Proconsul Sergius Paulus a wise man. He sending for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God.

But Elymas the magician (for so is his name interpreted) resisted them, seeking to avert the Proconsul from the faith.

But Saul, otherwise Paul, replenished with the holy Ghost, looking upon him, Said: O full of guile, and all deceit, son of the devil, enemy of all justice, thou ceasest not to subvert the right ways of our Lord.

And now behold the hand of our Lord upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun until a time. And forthwith there fell dimness and darkness upon him, and going about he sought somebody that would give him his hand.

Then the Proconsul, when he had seen that which was done, believed, marveling at the doctrine of our Lord.

Acts 13:5-12

Of note -- 'Bar-' used before someone's name means 'son of'.


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Post by: odhiambo on January 25, 2013, 02:35:35 AM
St. Ananias pray for us!

I read that 'kick against the prick' is sometimes translated as 'kick against the goad', and it is said this is in reference to the goads used on oxen, which pricked them so that they would work. If an ox kicked against the goad, it would end up only kicking and hurting itself.

And so it is a proverb of sorts to kick against the goad, wherin people are only causing themselves more trouble by not doing the work they are spurred on to do.


Yes, it is like fighting oneself, against the inevitable.


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Post by: odhiambo on January 26, 2013, 01:29:45 AM
January 26
Today we remember
Saint Paula of Rome
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 26, 2013, 01:32:41 AM
Saint Paula of Rome
Also known as Paulina of Rome.
Paula was born of noble parentage on 5 May 347 in Rome, Italy. She married a fellow patrician, Toxotius, with whom she had five children: Toxotius, Blesilla, Paulina, Eustochium and Rufina. They were regarded as an ideal married couple. When her husband died in 379, Paula renounced the world. She lived from then on in austerity and devoted herself to helping the poor.
In 382, she met Saint Jerome through Epiphanius and Paulinus of Antioch and she became closely associated with his work. In 384, her daughter Blesilla died. Paula was heartbroken. She left Rome a year later with her son Eustochium and traveled through the Holy Land with Jerome before settling in Bethlehem under his spiritual direction. Paula founded a convent and a hospice for pilgrims in Bethlehem.
Paula became Saint Jerome’s closest confident and assistant. She took care of him and helped him in his biblical work. She built numerous churches which resulted in financial difficulties in her old age.
She died on January 26, 404 at Bethlehem.
Saint Paula is the patron saint of widows.
Saint Paula of Rome
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 26, 2013, 06:46:04 AM
St. Jerome wrote down the history of her life. :D

One article describing this says:

After Paula's death, Jerome wrote to Eustochium about her, in a long (thirty-four chapter) letter, a "little book" (“libellum”) which is virtually a saint's life. It begins with the rhetorical flourish, "If all the members of my body were turned into tongues and all my joints sounded with human voice, I could say nothing worthy of the virtues of holy and venerable Paula," and ends with the poems on her tomb and the cave outside. Jerome cites her biblical allusions and comments about life on earth (108.1), and the vision she had in Bethlehem (108.10), describes her illustrious genealogy to praise her scorn of it, her five children, her grief at the death of her husband, and her decision to leave her family and live among the hermits of the East. He speaks of her enthusiastic travels through the Holy Land, building cells and monasteries for the religious and hostels for pilgrims along the travel routes; and she built one monastery for men, three communities for women, for which she established the order of living.(!2) He praises her extraordinary charity to the poor to whom she gave all she had, borrowing money at interest to give more and dying in debt, and her rigorous asceticism. She would not drink wine even when sick and pressed by the bishop to do so, at Jerome's suggestion, as she had guessed; indeed, she almost convinced the bishop to give up wine (108.21). She stood up to Origenists as enemies of God and could not be tricked by them (108.23,25). She was slow to speak, quick to listen, knew the scriptures by heart, loved the literal sense as the basis of truth and followed the mystical as the crown of the soul's edifice; she knew Hebrew which Jerome says he had struggled over from adolescence, while she could sing the psalms and speak it without a Latin accent (108.26). With her daughter Eustochium (though this letter is addressed to her it is certainly meant for a larger audience) she read the Old and New Testaments with Jerome and compelled him to explain to them what he had not yet learned for himself, and when he hesitated among the teachings of illustrious men of the church, she pressed him with questions, forcing him to give an opinion. Jerome sat with her for hours while she was sick, was with her when she died,(!3) and composed two verses for her tomb, the only surviving verses we have of his:

Born from the Scipios, sprung from pauline parents,
scion of the Gracchi, child of the famed Agamemnon.
Here in this tomb lies Paula, foremost in fame;
mother of Eustochium, first in the Senate of Rome, she was.
She made herself a pauper following Christ to rural Bethlehem.

Do you see this tomb, hollowed from the rock? It is Paula's resting place as she takes up her celestial kingdom.
She left brother, family, her home in Rome, wealth and progeny for a cave in Bethlehem.
Here was the manger and here the magi
bore mystical gifts to Christ, both man and God.

...



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Post by: Shin on January 26, 2013, 06:46:19 AM
'I must disfigure the face which contrary to God's commandment I have painted with rouge, white lead, and antimony. I must mortify that body which has been given up to many pleasures. I must make up for my long laughter by constant weeping. I must exchange my soft linen and costly silks for rough goat's hair. I who have pleased my husband and the world in the past, desire now to please Christ.'

St. Paula


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Post by: Patricia on January 26, 2013, 06:51:47 PM
St Paula, pray for us!


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Post by: George on January 26, 2013, 11:29:47 PM
Saint Paula pray for us :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on January 27, 2013, 03:59:58 AM
anuary 27
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Gilduin
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 27, 2013, 04:01:02 AM
Saint Gilduin
Gilduin was born in 1052 in Brittany. He grew up to become a canon at Dol in Brittany.
He was appointed bishop of Dol by Pope Gregory VII. Gilduin felt he was unworthy of the post, and so travelled to Rome to decline the honor.
Pope Gregory VII, released him as requested. He died in 1077 on the road home from Rome. Miracles reported at his tomb. The saint was renowned for his deep humility. His tomb became a popular destination for pilgrimages.
Saint Gilduin
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 28, 2013, 12:57:26 AM
January 28
Today we remember
Blessed James the Almsgiver
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on January 28, 2013, 12:59:49 AM
Blessed James the Almsgiver
James was born at Citta delle Pieve, Lombardy, Italy. His parents were well to do. He studied Law but gave it up for a religious and an ascetic life. He became a priest. James restored a disused and ruined hospital and its chapel and cared for the sick there, especially the poor, giving them spiritual, medical as well as legal advise.While going through the old hospital records, James came across evidence of misappropriation of its revenue by the former bishop. He took the matter to court and successfully sued the former bishop for the return of the misappropriated funds.
The Bishop invited James to dinner on 15 January 1304 and had him murdered. His body was reportedly discovered by a group of shepherds who found the trees near his grave in full bloom in the middle of winter.
Blessed James the Almsgiver
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 28, 2013, 03:00:28 AM
Restoring hospitals.. that reminds me of another saint who would do that.. what was his name..

'Almsgiving heals the soul's incensive power; fasting withers sensual desire; prayer purifies the intellect and prepares it for the contemplation of created beings. For the Lord has given us commandments which correspond to the powers of the soul.'

St. Maximos the Confessor

'As far as you can, do some manual work so as to be able to give alms, for it is written that alms and faith purify from sin.'

St. Poemen

'Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give.'

St. Francis of Assisi


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Post by: odhiambo on January 29, 2013, 06:33:49 AM
'I must disfigure the face which contrary to God's commandment I have painted with rouge, white lead, and antimony. I must mortify that body which has been given up to many pleasures. I must make up for my long laughter by constant weeping. I must exchange my soft linen and costly silks for rough goat's hair. I who have pleased my husband and the world in the past, desire now to please Christ.'

St. Paula

Pray for us Saint Paula, that we too may follow your example!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 29, 2013, 06:34:07 AM
January 29
Today we remember
Saint Voloc
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 29, 2013, 06:34:46 AM
Saint Voloc
Saint Voloc was an Irish missionary bishop.
He did missionary work throughout Scotland.
He died in 724
Saint Voloc
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on January 30, 2013, 05:39:31 AM
January 30
Today we remember
Saint Bathilde
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 30, 2013, 05:42:28 AM
Saint Bathilde,
Queen and Founder

She is also known as Bathild, Bathildes and Bathildis.
She was born in England in 630. As a child, she was kidnapped from her home and enslaved. She was taken to Neustria, part of modern France but which was then part of the Frankish kingdom. She was brought to the household of the mayor of the palace of King Clovis II. She must have been a remarkable girl as in time, she became a trusted member of the the King’s Court. In 649, she married King Clovis II. She had three sons with him and each of them became King. Clotaire III; Childeric II and Thierry III. When her husband died in 655, Bathilde became reagent Clotaire III. She ruled wisely and capably. She ransomed many captives, helped promote religion in her realm and founded many monasteries. She founded a Benedictine convent at Chelles, as well as Saint Denis Monastery and Corbie. When Clotaire III assumed the throne, Bathilde retired to Chelles where she died on 30 January 680. She was buried in the Abbey of Chelles.
She was canonized by Pope Nicholas I.
Saint Bathilde,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on January 30, 2013, 08:55:14 AM
St. Voloc and St. Bathilde pray for us!

If only Christendom was still alive! Then people would know the better how to live as Christians. And we might have saints as heads of government once again.

St. Denis monastery! :D



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Post by: odhiambo on January 31, 2013, 12:50:36 AM
 January 31
Let us remember today
Saint Aiden
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on January 31, 2013, 12:52:57 AM
Saint Aiden
Bishop.

Saint Aiden. Also known as Edan as well as Modoc, and as Maedoc, was born in Connaught, Ireland. According to legend, his birth was heralded by signs and omens. He showed evidence of piety even as a child. He was educated at Leinster then went to Saint David’s Monastery in Wales to study Scripture. He was there for several years, reputedly repelling several Saxon raids by his miracles.
He eventually returned to Ireland and built a monastery at Ferns, Wexford and was consecrated bishop there.
Saint Aiden was known for his kindness to animals and to his fellow men
He is represented in art by a stag reputedly because he once made a stag invisible to save it from hounds.
He died in 626.
Saint Aiden
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 01, 2013, 12:00:00 AM
February 1
Today we will remember
Saint Pionius
Among many other Saints

We are in the month of February.
This month is traditionally dedicated to
The Holy Family.


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Post by: odhiambo on February 01, 2013, 12:01:43 AM
Saint Pionius
Martyr.

Pionius was born at Smyrna inTurkey.
He became a priest and was renowned for his learning and the many conversions he made. He was arrested during a liturgical celebration in the persecutions of Christians under Emperor Trajanus Decius.
He was tortured and then burned to death on on 12 March 250, when he forcibly resisted attempts to make him sacrifice to the pagan gods. Also tortured and martyred with him were a group of fifteen companions, among them, Sabinus, Ascelepiades.
Saint Pionius
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 01, 2013, 01:24:40 AM
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, protect us.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, save souls.
Blessed be the Holy Names of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.


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Post by: Shin on February 01, 2013, 02:09:19 PM
St. Bridget, Virgin and Abbess, Patroness of Ireland, pray for us.  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 02, 2013, 06:22:12 AM
February 2
Today we will remember
Saint Apronian the Executioner
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 02, 2013, 06:25:10 AM
Saint Apronian the Executioner
Martyr

Apronian was an executioner in Rome. During the persecution that took place under Emperor Diocletian, he witnessed the faith of Saint Sisinnius whom he was taking before a tribunal. He was converted. He declared his faith and was beheaded for it in 304 at Ancona, Italy.
Saint Apronian
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 02, 2013, 06:34:08 AM
St. Bridget, Virgin and Abbess, Patroness of Ireland, pray for us.  :D
Yes, you are right Shin, it is also the the memorial of Saint Bridget, the saint to whom we awe Saint Bridget's Cross.
Saint Bridget, pray for us!


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Post by: George on February 02, 2013, 07:45:09 AM
St. Bridget, Virgin and Abbess, Patroness of Ireland, pray for us.  :D
Yes, you are right Shin, it is also the the memorial of Saint Bridget, the saint to whom we awe Saint Bridget's Cross.
Saint Bridget, pray for us!

Saint Bridget pray for us
Amen


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Post by: odhiambo on February 03, 2013, 03:15:15 AM
February 3
Today we will remember
Lawrence of Spoleto
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 03, 2013, 03:18:35 AM
Lawrence of Spoleto
Bishop.
Also called Lawrence the Illuminator.

Lawrence was a Syrian, born and bred in Syria. In 514, he was forced to leave his homeland because of the persecution of orthodox Catholics by the Arians. He went to Rome where he was ordained a priest by Saint Hormisdas. He preached with great success in Umbria; he fought Arianism and he also founded a monastery in Spoleto. Against his will, Lawrence was named Bishop of Spoleto. The people of the city however rejected him because he was a foreigner. They soon changed their mind, however, when the gates of the city reportedly opened miraculously for his entrance.
Saint Lawrence was called the "Illuminator" because he had the gift to cure both physical and spiritual blindness.
After twenty years as bishop, he resigned, founded a monastery at Forfa near Rome where he died in 576.
He is the patron saint of the blind and against blindness
Lawrence of Spoleto
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 03, 2013, 03:22:12 AM
Today is also the Memorial of
Saint Blaise
One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

 He is the patron saint of those with throat diseases.
Prayer...
Saint Blaise,
Pray for us that we may not suffer from illnesses of the throat,
and pray that all who are suffering be healed by God's love.
Amen!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 03, 2013, 03:36:06 AM
Dear Saint Lawrence of Spoleto,
You who was called the "Illuminator" because God blessed you with the gift to cure physical and spiritual blindness; pray for us who are visually challanged, that the Almighty may open our eyes, spiritual and physical , and that being thus cured, we may use them to worship and glorify Him, now and forever.
Amen!


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Post by: George on February 03, 2013, 11:50:05 AM
Dear Saint Lawrence of Spoleto,
You who was called the "Illuminator" because God blessed you with the gift to cure physical and spiritual blindness; pray for us who are visually challanged, that the Almighty may open our eyes, spiritual and physical , and that being thus cured, we may use them to worship and glorify Him, now and forever.
Amen!

Saint Lawrence hear our prayers


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Post by: Shin on February 03, 2013, 08:19:26 PM
St. Lawrence the Illuminator, illuminate our eyes with spiritual site, and preserve our vision!

St. Blaise, pray for us!

I always like reading about the Fourteen Holy Helpers. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 04, 2013, 07:00:30 AM
St. Lawrence the Illuminator, illuminate our eyes with spiritual site, and preserve our vision!

St. Blaise, pray for us!

I always like reading about the Fourteen Holy Helpers. :D

Same here :)
When I first heard about them, I was keen to know who they were. :)


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Post by: odhiambo on February 04, 2013, 07:02:43 AM
Februarty 4
Let us remember today
Blessed John Speed
Among many other Saint and Blesseds


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Post by: odhiambo on February 04, 2013, 07:03:45 AM
Blessed John Speed
Martyr
Also called John Spence

John was an Englishman born at Durham, England. During the persecution of Catholics under Queen Elizabeth I, John, a layman, was convicted of aiding priests and was executed for this 'crime' on 4 February 1594 at Durham.
He was beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI as one of the Durham Martyrs.
His canonization is pending.
Blessed John Speed
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 05, 2013, 12:20:36 AM
February 5
Today we remember
Saint Indract
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 05, 2013, 12:21:37 AM
Saint Indract
Martyr

Also known as Saint Indractus.
According to legend, Saint Indract was an Irishman, possibly the son of a chieftain. In 710, so the legend goes, he was returning home from a pilgrimage to Rome, when he was slain with his sister Dominica ( or Drusa) and several companions by Saxons near Glastonbury, England. His relics are said to be in Glastonbury.
Saint Indract
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 06, 2013, 08:39:12 AM
February 6
Today we will remember
Saint Vaast of Arras
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 06, 2013, 08:41:32 AM
Saint Vaast of Arras
Bishop

Missionary among the Franks
He is also known as Vedast, Vedastus, Vaat, Foster and Gaston
He was born in 453 at Limoges, western France. He was ordained a priest at Toul. He worked with Saint Remigius to convert the Franks and was a catechist to King Clovis I when he was preparing for his baptism by Remigius.
In 499. Vaast was named bishop of Arras ( ? Rheims). Forty years later, by the time of his death, Saint Vaast had firmly established Christianity in his see. He was one of the most revered figure in the Church in this parts.
In liturgical art,Saint Vaast is depicted raising back to life a dead goose placed at his feet by a wolf.
Saint Vaast of Arras
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 06, 2013, 08:50:01 AM
Quote
In liturgical art,Saint Vaast is depicted raising back to life a dead goose placed at his feet by a wolf.

Now that's a curious incident!

Saint Vaast of Arras
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 07, 2013, 09:13:49 AM
Quote
In liturgical art,Saint Vaast is depicted raising back to life a dead goose placed at his feet by a wolf.

Now that's a curious incident!

Saint Vaast of Arras
Pray for us!

Very!
I wanted to read more about it but cannot find anything more.


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Post by: odhiambo on February 07, 2013, 09:14:09 AM
February 7
Let us remember today
Saint Richard
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on February 07, 2013, 09:15:35 AM


Saint Richard
Richard was reportedly a prince from Wessex, England. He was the father of Saint Willibald, Saint Winebald, and Saint Walburga.
According to legend, Richard was on a pilgrimage to Rome with his two sons when he became ill and died at Lucca, Italy.
Miracles were reported at his tomb which led to his being venerated by the local population which honored him as the “ King of the English”.
Saint Richard
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 07, 2013, 12:20:59 PM
I tried to find out some more and it seems it is believed that the wolf stole the goose from some poor people, but St. Vaast saved it for them.

Here's some more information about him from 'The Life and Legend of St. Vedast'

'St. Vedast was then consecrated Bishop of Arras, of which honour he proved himself worthy by his zeal and virtue. . . . Arras was a mess of ruins spiritual and temporal.

St. Vedast arrives at Arras entering the city by the Gate of the Vine, afterwards called Porte des Clarrises, near the convent of the nuns of St. Clare. here he foudn two men, a blind man and a lame, who asked in plaintive tones for alms.

The Holy Bishop replied to them, after the manner of the Apostles, "Silver and Gold have I none, but such as I have give I unto thee." And immediately he besought the Lord with tears to succour these afflicted people, as much for the sake of the bystanders as for their own. Then, he made over them the sign of the Cross, and both were immediately healed.

After this he entered the City, searching eagerly for some remains of the Church which St. Diogenes had erected. He found only ruins.

Attila had left there traces of his presence. He had overturned the temples, massacred the ministers of religion, and killed or dispersed their followers, and the few who had returned to their country were so poor, so destitute that none had been bold enough to rebuild the sacred structure.

While contemplating the ruins, the Saint uttered his lamentations: "These calamities," he cried, addressing himself to heaven, "have fallen upon us because we and our fathers have offended Thee. Our unrighteousness and our iniquity have drawn down upon us Thine anger. But now, O Lord, remember Thy mercy, and forget the sins of Thy poor servants."

Whilst, the Apostle, kneeling was praying for the city, still in heathen bondage, a bear came forth from the melancholy ruins. Vaast full of faith in God, was not afraid: he commanded the animal in the name of heaven to go back to the woods and never to recross the river Scarpe. . .

St. Vast discovered the ruins of several ancient oratories, open to the four winds, the resort of robbers: these sacred places he restored to their original use. He soon surrounded himself with fellow helpers; he founded schools, trained candidates for the ministry, ordained Deacons and Priests. He became the founder of Christianity in the northern provinces.'

Another incident from his life:

St. Vedast meant to meet King Clotair, who had just succeeded Clovis.

'St. Vedast on entering the apartment observed several cups filled with beer, which, having been offered to idols, were now to supply the wants of the guests. He made the sign of the Cross over the vessels, which immediately burst asunder in the presence of the King and his nobles. To his amazed audience, the Bishop explained that the devil, subtle in deceiving men, had been concealed within the vessels, and unable to bear the sacred sign had been compelled to flee. He also spoke of the vanity of heathen superstitions, and greatly impressed his audience by his appeal.'


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Post by: odhiambo on February 08, 2013, 09:35:24 AM
Thank you Shin!
Can we always assume that misfortunes, natural calamities arise because we have angered the Lord?


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Post by: odhiambo on February 08, 2013, 09:35:52 AM
February 8
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Jerome Emiliani
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 08, 2013, 09:38:22 AM
Saint Jerome Emiliani
Jerome was born in 1481 in Venice, Italy, the son of Angelo and Eleanor Mauroceni Emiliani, a wealthy couple. His father died when he was young. At age 15, Jerome ran away from home. He led a carefree life before becoming a soldier and was commander of the League of Cambrai forces at Castelnuevo near Treviso. When Castelnuevo fell to the Venetians, he was captured and imprisoned. He escaped, reformed his ways and became mayor of Treviso. After some time, Jerome returned to Venice and was ordained a priest in 1518. He became dedicated to the poor and the sick.
While attending to plaque and famine victims, Jerome was especially touched by the plight of the orphans and decided to devote himself to helping orphans. Consequently, Jerome founded orphanages at Brescia, Bergamo and Como. He founded a hospital at Verona and a home for repentant prostitutes.
In 1532, Saint Jerome and two other priests founded a congregation that became known as Clerks Regular of Somascha named after the town in which they established their first house in northern Italy. The Order was devoted to caring for orphans and educating children and priests.
The congregation was papally approved in 1540.
Jerome died on 8 February 1537 at Somascha from a disease he contracted from one of his patients.
He was canonized on 16 July 1767 by Pope Clement XIII.
In 1928, he was named patron Saint of orphans and abandoned children.
Saint Jerome Emiliani
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 08, 2013, 09:40:06 AM
Today is also the Memorial of Saint Josephine Bakhita.
She was a Canossian Sister and a Former Slave from Sudan.

Saint Josephine Bakhita,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 08, 2013, 03:20:56 PM
Thank you Shin!
Can we always assume that misfortunes, natural calamities arise because we have angered the Lord?

Hmmmm.


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Post by: Shin on February 08, 2013, 03:21:17 PM
Check out the calendar odhiambo with a cup of coffee! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 09, 2013, 04:03:46 AM
Check out the calendar odhiambo with a cup of coffee! :D

Checked! Agog! ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 09, 2013, 04:04:44 AM
January 9
Today we remember
Saint Marciana
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 09, 2013, 04:06:03 AM
Saint Marciana
Martyr.

Marciana was a virgin martyr of Mauritania, north Africa during the persecution of Christians under Emperor Diocletian. She was accused of vandalizing a statue of the goddess Diana. After being tortured, she was thrown into the amphitheater of Caesarea, where she was gored by a bull and mauled by a leopard in 303.
Saint Marciana
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 09, 2013, 04:06:42 AM
Today we also remember
Saint Cuaran the Wise
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 09, 2013, 04:08:20 AM
Saint Cuaran the Wise
Bishop

He is also known as Curvinus and as Cronan.
He was a bishop in Ireland. When the duties of a bishop interfered with his prayer life, Cuaran surrendered the bishopric.
He became a hermit on Iona, Scotland, where he tried to conceal his true identity. He was, however, recognized by Saint Columba who gave him the honors due to a bishop.
He is called “the Wise” because of his extensive knowledge of the canons of the Church.
He died in 700 and was canonized Pre-Congregation.
Saint Cuaran the Wise
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 10, 2013, 04:58:18 AM
February 10
Today we remember
Saint Austrebertha of Pavilly
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 10, 2013, 04:58:54 AM
Saint Austrebertha
Saint Austrebertha, also called Eustreberta, was born in 630 in France. She was the daughter Count Palatine Badefrid and Saint Framechildis. To escape an unwanted marriage, Austrebertha ran away from home and received the veil from Saint Omer at Abbeville, France. Saint Omer was able to convince her family of the genuiness of her calling. She entered the convent of Abbeville, and in time, became abbess there. She was noted for her holiness, humility, visions and miracles. Later she was appointed abbess of the convent of Pavilly which she was able to reform despite great opposition.
She died in 704 at Pavilly, Normandy in France
Was canonized Pre-Congregation
Saint Austrebertha
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 10, 2013, 05:03:22 AM
Today is also the Memorial of Saint Scholastica who was the twin sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia who founded the Benedictine order.
Following is an incident in the lives of these two great Saints to remind us that God indeed hears and answers our prayers, sometimes, as in this case, instantly!
From the Dialogues of Saint Gregory the Great, we learn that the two siblings lived about 5 miles from each other and used to meet once every year to talk on spititual matters.
Saint Gregory tells the story of the last meeting on earth of the two saints.
Scholastica and Benedict had spent the day in the "mutual comfort of
heavenly talk" and with nightfall approaching, Benedict prepared to leave.
Scholastica, having a premonition that it would be their last opportunity to see
each other alive, asked him to spend the evening in conversation. Benedict sternly
refused because he did not wish to break his own rule by spending a night away
from Monte Cassino. Thereupon, Scholastica cried openly, laid her head upon the
table, and prayed that God would intercede for her. As she did so, a sudden storm
arose. The violent rain and hail came in such a torrential downpour that Benedict
and his companions were unable to depart.
"May Almighty God forgive you, sister" said Benedict, "for what you have done."
"I asked a favor of you," Scholastica replied simply, "and you refused it. I asked it
of Almighty God, and He has granted it!"
Three days later, she died!
Heart warming, isn't it?


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Post by: Shin on February 10, 2013, 05:16:06 AM
Yes it's very much so! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 11, 2013, 09:34:40 AM
February 11
Today we remember the
Guardians of the Holy Scriptures
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 11, 2013, 09:35:50 AM
Guardians of the Holy Scriptures
These were a group of Christians in north-west Africa.
 During the persecutions of Diocletian they were ordered to surrender their sacred books to be burned.
 They refused and were subsequently martyred in 303.
 We now honor them as "the Guardians of the Holy Scriptures." Saint Augustine praised these martyrs.
Guardians of the Holy Scriptures
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 11, 2013, 09:36:42 AM
Today is also the Feast day of
Our Lady of Lourdes

Hail Mary conceived without sin.
Pray for us who have recourse to thee!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 12, 2013, 12:54:40 PM
February 12
Today we remember
Saint Humbeline
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 12, 2013, 12:56:10 PM
Saint Humbeline
Humbeline was born in 1092 in Dijon, France. She was the younger sister of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. She married the nobleman Guy de Marcy and lived the life of the nobility of the day. While visiting her brother one day, Saint Bernard reportedly reproved her for her lifestyle. She took his reproof to heart, undergoing a personal conversion. With permission from her husband, Humbeline became a nun at a Benedictine convent. She succeeded her sister in law. Elizabeth as abbess. Humeline lived a life of great austerity. She died at the convent in1135 in her brother's arms.
Saint Humbeline
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 13, 2013, 07:57:04 AM
February 13
Today we remember
Saint Modomnoc
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 13, 2013, 07:59:25 AM


Saint Modomnoc
Modomnoc, who is sometimes called Domnock or Dominic, was born in Ireland in the 6th century. He was reportedly a member of the royal Irish family of O'Neil. He became a monk and went to Wales where he studied under Saint David of Wales. As a novice, he was a beekeeper and according to legend, when he returned to Ireland after studying with Saint David, swarms of bees left Wales to follow him. In this way, bees were introduced to the Emerald Isle.
Modomnoc settled in Kilkenny and is believed to have become a bishop of Ossory.
He died a natural death in 550
Saint Modomnoc
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 14, 2013, 01:05:49 AM
"the Guardians of the Holy Scriptures." what a title! :D

I love hearing about the bees. :D



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Post by: odhiambo on February 14, 2013, 01:41:18 PM
February 14
Today we remember
Saint Maro
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 14, 2013, 01:43:06 PM
Saint Maro
Also known as Maro of Beit-Marun and Maron.
He was born in 350 in Syria. He was a disciple of Saint Zebinus. He became a hermit near Cyrrhus on the Orontes River. Lived a life of prayer and mortification and drew great crowds by his spiritual wisdom. He reportedly trained many hermits and monks and founded three monasteries. It is believed that the Maronites take their name from Bait Marun Monastery near the source of the Orontes River where a church was erected over his tomb.
He died in 433
Saint Maro
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 15, 2013, 12:54:21 PM
February 15
Today we remember
Saint Craton
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 15, 2013, 12:55:42 PM
Saint Craton
Martyr

Craton lived in Rome in the third century.
He was a well known philosopher.
Converted to the faith by Saint Valentine the bishop of Termi, Italy.
Caught up in the persecution of Christians, Craton was martyred in 273, together with his wife and family, whose names , unfortunataly, have not come down to us.
Saint Craton
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 16, 2013, 03:19:57 AM
February 16
Today is the Memorial of
Blessed Joseph Allamano
Among many other Saints and Blesseds.


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Post by: odhiambo on February 16, 2013, 03:35:16 AM
Blessed Joseph Allamano
Founder of the Consolata Missionaries.

Also known as Giuseppe Allamano, Joseph was born on 21 January 1851 at Castelnuovo d' Asti near Turin in Italy. Note that Castelnuovo is the birth place of well known saints, such as Saint Giuseppe Cafasso , who was, as a matter of fact, Blessed Allamano’s uncle, brother to his mother; and Don Bosco. Joseph was the fourth born of five children. His father died when he was three years old. Young Joseph studied at the Salesian Oratory in Valdocco, Italy and was lucky enough to have Don Bosco as his confessor and spiritual adviser. Answering the call to the priesthood, Joseph entered the diocesan seminary of Turin in November 1866. He was ordained on 20 September 1873. Thereafter, he was first appointed Spiritual director of the Turin seminary and then in October 1880, Father Joseph was appointed Rector of the main Marian Shrine of the diocese of Turin, the Consolata Shrine.
As Rector, Blessed Allamano remodeled the shrine, and made it a source for spiritual renewal throughout the diocese.
As Spiritual director of Turin seminary, Father Allamano noted that many priests were eager to become missionaries. This led to his founding of the Consolata Missionaries( Priests and Brothers) on 29 January 1901. One year later, the first shipment of priests left for Kenya, soon to be followed by others. The missionaries reached Kenya in 1902.
As a direct consequence of their missionary work in Kenya, I am happy to say that my own parish here in Nairobi is run by The Consolata Missionaries. Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Blessed Joseph Allamano, but I digress :)
On 29 January 1910 Father Allamano founded the Consolata Missionary Sisters for women with a missionary vocation.
Blessed Joseph Allamano devoted his best care and attention to his missionaries, through personal contacts, letters, and meetings.
He died on 16 February 1926 at Turin, Italy.
Venerated on 13 May 1989 by Pope John Paul II and beatified on 7 October 1990 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized
This is pending.
Blessed Joseph Allamano
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 16, 2013, 03:41:11 AM
The Consolata Shrine in Turin
There is a very interesting account of how the Consolata Shrine in Turin came to be built
 For many centuries, tradition had it that an icon of the Consolata was hidden somewhere in the city of Turin and  that the faithful of the city believed this to be true and kept the hope alive to be handed down to generations to come. In 1104, John Ravais, a blind man from Briançon, France, had a vision in a dream. In his vision, he saw a painting of Our Lady buried under the ruins of an old church. The location of the Church was revealed to him as being in Turin and that through him the BVM would again be honored in that place. She also promised him that his sight would be restored. John traveled to Turin as directed.
On relating his story, the locals believed him and excavation works began at the site immediately. They soon discovered the remains of an old chapel and then, to their great joy, the undamaged painting of Our Lady, the Consolata icon. It was June 20, 1104. The blind man was healed as Our Lady had promised. Deeply moved by the miracle of the recovery of the icon and the healing of the blind man, the people of Turin built a large Shrine at the site where Our Lady Consolata has continued to be venerated.
This is the Shrine where Blessed Joseph Allamano was appointed Rector.


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Post by: odhiambo on February 17, 2013, 05:18:37 AM
February 17
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Walter of Pontnoise
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 17, 2013, 05:20:43 AM
Saint Walter of Pontnoise
Benedictine Abbot

Walter was born some time in the 11th century in Picardy, France. He was well educated and was noted for his deep learning. He was a professor of philosophy and rhetoric. Walter joined the Benedictines at Rebais en Brie. Against his will, he was appointed abbot of Pontnoise by King Philip I. He tried several times to escape this office and to return to monastic life.
He was discovered and force to return to Pontnoise by his monks. As a last resort, Walter went to Rome where he gave Pope Gregory VII his written resignation,
begging the Pope to allow him to resign. Gregory refused his request ordering him, instead, to return to his house, assume his responsibilities as abbot, and never leave again. He obeyed.
Walter returned to Pontnoise where he spent the rest of his life as abbot under papal command not to leave the monastery.
Walter fought simony and denounced the lax lives of some of the secular clergy. He was once beaten and kept in prison for a while by some of the priests whom he opposed.
The saint lived in great austerity.
He died in 1099 on Good Friday.
Saint Walter of Pontnoise
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 18, 2013, 08:52:43 AM
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Francis Regis Clet
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 18, 2013, 08:56:54 AM
Saint Francis Regis Clet
Martyr of China

Francis was born in 1748 at Grenoble, France and was the tenth of fifteen children. His father was a merchant at Grenoble. The family was deeply pious and religious, and several of its members had consecrated themselves to God. One brother was a priest. Francis attended the Jesuit college at Grenoble and in 1769, he joined Saint Vincent de Paul’ s Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in Lyons. He was ordained a priest in 1773. He was appointed Professor of moral theology at the Vincentian seminary in Annecy. At the seminary,Francis earned the nickname of "the walking encyclopedia", on account of his vast knowledge.
With the coming of the French Revolutionists, his community was disbanded, and their house destroyed.
Francis had always wanted to be a missionary. When he let his superiors know of this wish, he was sent as a missionary to China in 1791.
For 28 years, Francis did the Lord’s work, reportedly alone for several years. When persecutions of Christians started, it became illegal to be a missionary in China. His church and schoolhouse, were destroyed and he himself escaped death several times, as it were by miracle.
On 16 June 1819, Francis was betrayed by a "Christian" schoolmaster . He was
Forced to march hundreds of miles in chains to the venue for the trial. On 1 January 1820 he was found guilty of deceiving the Chinese people by preaching Christianity.
He was martyred on 18 February 1820 at Au-tshung-fu, China.
He was slowly strangled to death with a rope while tied on a cross.
He was buried on Red Mountain by local Christians, but was later moved to the Vincentian motherhouse, Paris, France., then to Saint Lazare church, also in Paris
He was beatified on 27 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII and canonized on 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II .
Saint Francis Regis Clet
Pray for us!


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Post by: George on February 18, 2013, 12:21:39 PM
Saint Francis Regis Clet
Please pray for us


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Post by: odhiambo on February 19, 2013, 09:32:55 AM
Saint Francis Regis Clet
Please pray for us

George, imagine such a death, far, far from home!
Only the Love of God can explain such sacrifice. :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on February 19, 2013, 09:37:18 AM
February 19
Today we remember
Saint Belina
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 19, 2013, 09:40:27 AM
Saint Belina
Virgin Martyr.

Beline was born in Troyes, France. She was a simple peasant girl. She lost her life in defense of her virginity. The feudal lord of the district intent on defiling her, Belina refused his advances and died as a consequence. She was martyred in in 1135.
Was canonized in 1203 by Pope Innocent III.
Saint Belina
Pray for us!


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Post by: George on February 20, 2013, 05:10:05 AM
Saint Francis Regis Clet
Please pray for us

George, imagine such a death, far, far from home!
Only the Love of God can explain such sacrifice. :crucifix:
It reminds me of the Martyrs of Japan, Nagasaki. Yes, only great faith can explain such heroism.


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Post by: odhiambo on February 20, 2013, 08:55:01 AM
February 20
Today we remember
Saint Amata of Assisi
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on February 20, 2013, 08:58:32 AM
Saint Amata of Assisi
Amata was a niece of Saint Clare of Assisi.
She reportedly had a misspent youth.
Then one time, she became very ill and was miraculously healed by her aunt Clare.
That healing proved the turning point in her life.
She entered a Poor Clare monastery and became a Poor Clare nun like other relatives of hers.
She died in 1250.
Saint Amata of Assisi.
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 21, 2013, 08:40:11 AM
February 21

Today we remember
Saint Pepin of Landen
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 21, 2013, 08:43:09 AM
Saint Pepin of Landen
Duke of Brabant
Often called Pippin

Pepin was the husband of Saint Ida of Nivelles( Ita; Itta), and the father of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles and Saint Begga of Ardenne. He served as mayor of the palace under Kings Clotaire II, Dogobert I and Sigebert III and was a well known political figure during the reigns of these kings. Pepin was also a close ally of Bishop Arnulf or Metz. The two ally aided King Clotaire II of Neustria to overthrow Queen Brunhilda of Austrasia in 613 . For their role in this political maneuver, Clotaire appointed them
mayors of the palace to rule Austrasia for Clotaire’s son Dogobert I from 623. In 629, Dogobert duly succeeded his father. Following an incident in which Pepin reprimanded Dogobert for his adulterous life, he was exiled from the court and he retired to Aquitaine. Soon he was recalled and Dogobert appointed him tutor of his 3 year old son, Sigebert, before he died in 638. Pepin returned and ruled the kingdom until his own death.
Pepin worked to spread the faith and defended the interest of the Church, choosing only responsible men to fill vacant seats.
He was reportedly an ancestor of Charlemagne.
Pepin died in 646
Saint Pepin of Landen
Pray for us


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Post by: odhiambo on February 22, 2013, 02:20:41 PM
February 22
Today we remember
The Martyrs of Arabia
Among many other Saints and martyrs


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Post by: odhiambo on February 22, 2013, 02:24:36 PM
Martyrs of Arabia
Today is a memorial for all the Christians who died for the faith in the lands east of the Jordan River and in the mountainous regions south of the Dead Sea. Most were martyred in the persecutions during reign of Emperor Valerius Maximianus Galerius( a co-emperor from 305-311). They were commemorated in the Roman Martyrology.
Martyrs of Arabia,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 23, 2013, 03:40:49 AM
February 23
Today we remember
Saint Serenus the Gardener
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 23, 2013, 03:45:07 AM
Saint Serenus the Gardener
Hermit
Martyr

Also known as Cerneuf the Gardener, Sireno the Gardener and Sinero the Gardener. He was born in Greece. He reportedly fled to Sirmiun,(? Yugoslavia ? Hungary). He lived there as a hermit and became very well known for the beauty of his garden. According to legend, he went into hiding for a time to escape the persecutions of Christians that had just began. On returning, he rebuked a lady for walking in his garden at a time that was not appropriate. The woman reported the incident to her husband who was a member of the imperial guards. She said Serenus had insulted her. The husband reported the matter to the Emperor Maximian. The Emperor ordered an investigation into the matter. The governor, who did the investigation, found Serenus innocent of insulting the woman. During the process of investigation, however, Serenus’ Christian Faith was revealed. He was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods. He refused, and was sentenced to death.
He was beheaded on 23 February 303 at Sirmiun.
Saint Serenus.
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 23, 2013, 11:42:08 AM
St. Serenus again!

St. Serenus, pray for us!  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 24, 2013, 03:59:26 AM
St. Serenus again!

St. Serenus, pray for us!  :D

I love Saints who are called "Gardeners". I remember one such saint who welcomed his executioners overnight and revealed himself only in the morning to his visitors! I forget his name now  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on February 24, 2013, 04:05:51 AM
February 24
Today we remember
Saint Adela
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 24, 2013, 04:07:20 AM
Saint Adela
English Princess

Adela was the youngest daughter of King William the Conqueror of England.
In 1080, she married Stephen of Blois, France. She reportedly played an active role in English politics throughout her life. She was famed for giving to the churches and monastic institutions.
Adela died in 1137 .
Saint Adela
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 24, 2013, 04:20:01 AM
St. Adela pray for us!

Yes I remember reading about whom you are thinking..

It was in the lives of the desert fathers if I recall correctly.. but who..


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Post by: Shin on February 24, 2013, 04:38:04 AM
SERENUS was by birth a Grecian. He quitted estate, friends, and country to serve God in an ascetic life, that is, in celibacy, penance, and prayer. Coming with this design to Sirmium, in Pannonia or Hungary, he there bought a garden which he cultivated with his own hands, and lived on the fruits and herbs it produced.

The apprehension of the persecution made him hide himself for some months; after which he returned to his garden. On a certain day, there came thither a woman, with her two daughters, to walk. Serenus seeing them come up to him: "What do you seek here?" "I take a particular satisfaction," she replied, "in walking in this garden." "A lady of your quality," said Serenus, "ought not to walk here at unseasonable hours, and this you know is an hour you ought to be at home. Some other design brought you hither. Let me advise you to withdraw, and be more regular in your hours and conduct for the future, as decency requires in persons of your gender and condition."

It was usual for the Romans to repose themselves at noon, as it is still the custom in Italy. The woman stung at our saint's charitable remonstrance, retired in confusion, but resolved on revenging the supposed affront. She accordingly writes to her husband, who belonged to the guards of the Emperor Maximian, to complain of Serenus as having insulted her. Her husband, on receiving her letter, went to the emperor to demand justice, and said: "Whilst we are waiting on your majesty's person, our wives in distant countries are insulted." Whereupon the emperor gave him a letter to the governor of the province to enable him to obtain satisfaction. With this letter he set out for Sirmium, and presented it to the governor, conjuring him, in the name of the emperor his master, to revenge the affront offered to him in the person of his wife during his absence. "And who is that insolent man," said the magistrate, "who durst insult such a gentleman's wife?" "It is," said he, "a vulgar pitiful fellow, one Serenus, a gardener."

The governor ordered him to be immediately brought before him, and asked him his name: 'It is Serenus," said he. The judge said: "Of what profession are you?" He answered: "l am a gardener." The governor said: "How durst you have the insolence and boldness to affront the wife of this officer?" Serenus: "I never insulted any woman, to my knowledge, in my life." The governor then said: "Let the witnesses be called in to convict this fellow of the affront he offered this lady in a garden." Serenus, hearing the garden mentioned, recalled this woman to mind, and answered: "I remember that some time ago, a lady came into my garden at an unseasonable hour, with a design, as she said, to take a walk, and I own I took the liberty to tell her it was against decency for one of her gender and quality to be abroad at such an hour."

This plea of Serenus having put the officer to the blush for his wife's action, which was too plain an indication of her wicked purpose and design, he dropped his prosecution against the innocent gardener, and withdrew out of court. But the governor, understanding by this answer that Serenus was a man of virtue, suspected by it that he might be a Christian, such being the most likely, he thought, to resent visits from ladies at improper hours.

Wherefore, instead of discharging him, he began to question him on this head, saying: "Who are you, and what is your religion?" Serenus, without hesitating one moment, answered: "I am a Christian." The governor said: "Where have you concealed yourself? and how have you avoided sacrificing to the gods?" "It has pleased God,' replied Serenus, "to reserve me for this present time. It seemed awhile ago as if he rejected me as a stone unfit to enter his building, but he has the goodness to take me now to be placed in it; I am ready to suffer all things for his name, that I may have a part in his kingdom with his saints."

The governor, hearing this generous answer, burst into rage, and said: "Since you sought to elude by flight the emperor's edicts, and have positively refused to sacrifice to the gods, I condemn you for these crimes to lose your head." The sentence was no sooner pronounced, but the saint was carried off and led to the place of execution, where he was beheaded, on the 23rd of February, in 307.

The ancient Martyrology attributed to St. Jerome, published at Lucca by Florentinius, joins with him sixty-two others, who, at different times, were crowned at Sirmium. The Roman Martyrology, with others, says seventy-two.

The garden affords a beautiful emblem of a Christian's continual progress in the path of virtue. Plants always mount upwards, and never stop in their growth till they have attained to that maturity which the author of nature has prescribed: all the nourishment they receive ought to tend to this end; if any part waste itself in superfluities, this is a kind of disease.

So in a Christian, every thing ought to carry him towards that perfection which the sanctity of his state requires; and every desire of his soul, every action of his life, to be a step advancing to this in a direct line. When all his inclinations have one uniform bent, and all his labours the same tendency, his progress must be great, because uninterrupted, however imperceptible it may often appear. Even his temporal affairs must be undertaken with this intention, and so conducted as to fall within the compass of this his great design.

The saints so regulated all their ordinary actions, their meals, their studies, their conversation and visits, their business and toil, whether tilling a garden or superintending an estate, as to make the love of God their motive, and the accomplishment of his will their only ambition in every action. All travail which leadeth not towards this end is but so much of life mispent and lost, whatever names men may give to their political or military achievements, study of nature, knowledge of distant shores, or cunning in the mysteries of trade, or arts of conversation. Though such actions, when of duty, fall under the order of our salvation, and must be so moderated, directed, and animated with a spirit of religion, as to be made means of our sanctification.

But in a Christian life the exercises of devotion, holy desires, and tender affections, which proceed from a spirit of humble compunction, and an ardent love of our Saviour, and by which a soul raises herself up to, and continually sighs after him, and what every one ought most assiduously and most earnestly to study to cultivate. By these is the soul daily more and more purified, and all her powers united to God, and made heavenly. These are properly the most sweet and beautiful flowers of paradise, or of a virtuous life.

- Butler's [edited]


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Post by: odhiambo on February 25, 2013, 09:04:31 AM
St. Adela pray for us!

Yes I remember reading about whom you are thinking..

It was in the lives of the desert fathers if I recall correctly.. but who..
Yes, who?  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 25, 2013, 09:07:44 AM
February 25
Today we remember
Saint Caesarius of Nanzianzen
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 25, 2013, 09:09:38 AM
                                                                                 
Saint Caesarius of Nanzianzen
Caesarius was the son of Saint Gregory of Nazianzen the Elder and Saint Nonna. Brother of Saint Gorgonia and Saint Gregory of Nazianzen. He studied medicine and philosophy at Alexandria, Egypt and Constantinople,Turkey. He became a famous physician and was named Physician to the Emperor Julian the Apostate. The Emperor tried repeatedly to get him to renounce his Christian Faith. At the time, Caesarius was just a catechumen, a Christian in training. He resigned his position rather than deny Christ. Later, he was physician to Emperor Jovian and treasurer for Emperor Valens. In 368, Caesarius was baptized after he narrowly escaped death in an earthquake in Nicaeam modern Turkey.
He died in 369, leaving all his fortunes to the poor.
Saint Caesarius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 26, 2013, 08:56:54 AM
February 26
Today we remember
Saint Victor the Hermit
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 26, 2013, 08:58:23 AM
Saint Victor the Hermit
Also known as Vittre the Hermit.

Victor was born in the 6th century at Troyes, France. He was attracted early to the religious life and became a priest. He then became a hermit at Arcis-sur-Aube in the Champagne region of France. He reportedly converted many people with the example of his own life. He was much venerated by the Benedictines of Montiramey who asked Saint Bernard of Clairvaux to compose a hymn in his honor.
Victor died in Troyes, France. He was buried at the Benedictine monastery at Montiramey.
Saint Victor
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on February 27, 2013, 08:31:45 AM

February 27
Today we remember
Saint Anne Line
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 27, 2013, 08:33:36 AM
Saint Anne Line
Martyr

She is also known as Anne Heigham and Anne Lyne.
Anne was born in 1565 at Dunmow, Essex, England . Her given name was Anne Heigham. She was the daughter of William Heigham, an ardent Calvinist. When Anne and her brother converted to Catholicism, they were disowned and disinherited by their father who was a wealthy man. Anne married Roger Line, a Catholic. He was arrested for his religion but was permitted to go into exile in Flanders where he died in 1594.
Anne stayed in England where she spent the rest of her life aiding fugitive priests.
She hid Catholic priests in her home and later in a house in London that had been set up to provide shelter for them by Jesuit Father John Gerard.
She was arrested there and hanged on 27 February 1601 at Tyburn, London, England.
She was canonized on 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
Saint Anne Line
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 27, 2013, 04:38:36 PM
Saint Victor the Hermit
Also known as Vittre the Hermit.

Victor was born in the 6th century at Troyes, France. He was attracted early to the religious life and became a priest. He then became a hermit at Arcis-sur-Aube in the Champagne region of France. He reportedly converted many people with the example of his own life. He was much venerated by the Benedictines of Montiramey who asked Saint Bernard of Clairvaux to compose a hymn in his honor.
Victor died in Troyes, France. He was buried at the Benedictine monastery at Montiramey.
Saint Victor
Pray for us!

He was an anchorite! What a beautiful life.

 ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 28, 2013, 09:01:23 AM
February 28
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Hedwig, Queen of Poland
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on February 28, 2013, 09:03:16 AM
Saint Hedwig
Queen of Poland

Hedwig was born in 1371, the youngest daughter of King Louis I of Hungary, who was the nephew and successor to King Casimir III of Poland. Louis succeeded King Casimir and became Louis the Great of Poland. When he died in 1382, Hedwig succeeded him to the throne. At thirteen, she was married to the pagan Duke, Jagiello of Lithuania. According to Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson, she married Jagiello only after he became a Christian. According to other sources, however his becoming a Christian was part of the marriage pact. Jagiello converted, destroyed pagan temples and forced baptism on his people. Hedwig became known for her charity and concern for the poor as well as her asceticism.
She died on 17 July 1399 during child birth.
She was canonized on 8 June 1997 by Pope John Paul II.
Saint Hedwig
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 01, 2013, 09:03:21 AM
March:
Today we start the Month of March traditionally dedicated to Saint Joseph.

March 1
Today we will remember
Saint Bonavita of Lugo
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 01, 2013, 09:04:09 AM
Saint Bonavita of Lugo
Bonavita was a native of Lugo near Ravenna in Italy.
He was a blacksmith.
Bonavita became a Franciscan tertiary.
He was noted for his deep holiness, charity and miracles.
He died in 1375. The Saint is venerated locally.
Saint Bonavita of Lugo
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 02, 2013, 07:34:21 AM
March 2
Today we will remember
Saint Slebhene
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 02, 2013, 07:36:09 AM
Saint Slebhene
He is also known as Slebhine.
He was an Irish abbot of Iona, Scotland.
He governed Iona from 752 until his death in 767.
He was canonized by acclamation.
Saint Slebhene
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on March 02, 2013, 08:34:17 PM
Saint Bonavita of Lugo
Bonavita was a native of Lugo near Ravenna in Italy.
He was a blacksmith.
Bonavita became a Franciscan tertiary.
He was noted for his deep holiness, charity and miracles.
He died in 1375. The Saint is venerated locally.
Saint Bonavita of Lugo
Pray for us!

A fascinating profession!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 03, 2013, 03:21:25 AM
March 3
Today we remember
Saint Non
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 03, 2013, 03:23:08 AM
Saint Non
Aka Nonnita or Nonna,

Non was reportedly the mother of Saint David of Wales. She was said to be of noble birth in Dyfed Wales, the daughter of a chieftain, and was reportedly very beautiful. She was seduced by or possibly married a local chieftain named Sant. Saint David was born from that union. She later became a nun at the cloister called Ty Gwyn in Wales. Still later she went to Cornwall, and Brittany.
She died in Brittany. Her relics were enshrined in Cornwall until the Reformation when they were destroyed.
Saint Non
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 04, 2013, 04:53:30 AM
March 4
Today we remember
Saint Appian of Comacchio
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 04, 2013, 04:54:35 AM
Saint Appian of Comacchio
Appian was born in Liguria, in Italy. He entered the Benedictine monastery in Pavia where he became a Benedictine monk. He became a hermit, living as a recluse on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. His mere presence there reportedly served to convert many in the area.
He died in 800 at Comacchio in Italy.
Saint Appian of Comacchio
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 05, 2013, 10:28:07 AM
March 5
Today we remember
Saint Gerasimus
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 05, 2013, 10:29:26 AM
Saint Gerasimus
Gerasimus was a hermit and a follower of Saint Euthymius. He was born in Lycia, Asia Minor, present day Turkey. He worked as a merchant. He visited various communities of hermits in Egypt. When he returned to Palestine, he founded a laura, or a community of hermits in Jericho for the disciples who gathered around him.
He became famous for his mortification, the austerity of his rule as well as his miracles.
He died in 475
Saint Gerasimus
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 06, 2013, 10:39:29 AM
March 6
Today we remember
Saint Rose of Viterbo
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 06, 2013, 10:42:43 AM
Saint Rose of Viterbo
Virgin and Preacher.

Rose was born of poor parents in 1234 at Viterbo, Italy. She had a vision of Our Lady when she was eight years old. She displayed many spiritual gifts. Within a short time, she began preaching in the streets in support of the Pope against the Ghibellines. Remember that at this time in history, there was a struggle for power between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Empire. In Italy, there were two factions; one was the Guelphs, who supported the Pope and the other, the Ghibellines, who supported the Holy Roman Emperor.
Rose preached, calling on the Guelphs to expel the enemies of the Holy See from the city. She constantly denounced Emperor Frederick II. The Ghibellines plotted to kill her. To save her life, she was exiled. She went to Soriano. In 1250, Rose prophesized the imminent and completely unexpected death of Emperor Frederick II, the enemy of the Pope. This came to pass a few days later.
Rose wanted to enter the Poor Clare convent of Saint Mary of the Roses at Viterbo. She was refused admission because she had no dowry.
According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, Rose was occupying a house and a chapel near the convent. On the demand of the convent, this was closed down! She returned to her parents’ home in Viterbo and died there on 6 March 1252 at the age of seventeen. After Rose’s death, Pope Alexander IV, as a way of thanking her for her support, ordered that she be buried in the convent.
Rose was canonized on 1457 by Pope Callistus III.
She is the patron saint of exiles; people rejected by religious orders; tertiaries and Viterbo, Italy.
Saint Rose of Viterbo
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 06, 2013, 10:47:26 AM
This is it, the end of the road for this particular thread.
 It has been two years and I have enjoyed learning about the saints.
How time flies  ;D
Bye    :happywave:


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Post by: Shin on March 06, 2013, 08:35:59 PM
It's hard to believe so much time has gone by.

Two years now!

Thank you odhiambo! Thank you so much! ! !

It's been a beautiful two years! And the saints must be so the happy for it!

It's been just splendid reading and enjoying these posts!

I know you must be very thankful too for having devoutly kept up this for these past two years! Thanks to Our Lord!  :flower:

Hurrah for all the good work you've done!

 :cheers:  :tinyangel: :happywave: :thrones: :cherubim: :angelbell: :rejoice: :sadbye: :kanpai: :littlepigeons: :violin: :irishwisdom: :hockeysaint: :cheers: :biggrin: :angelyellow: :angelblue: :littlewings: :harp: :littleprayer: :fishie: :lilo: :cheers:


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Post by: George on March 06, 2013, 09:46:03 PM
Thank you Odhiambo, you have has enriched my faith more than I can express here, for me the life stories of the saints you share with us and praying with you has made the last year a spiritual journey that I'll always cherish. You will always be in my prayers.
Thank you
George

May the Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly
and give you peace


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Post by: Patricia on March 06, 2013, 10:07:00 PM
Has it been 2 years already? Time passes so fast! Thank you, Odhiambo for this most spiritually enriching thread!! It must have been an effort to be dedicated to this thread everyday for the last 2 years!!  :crucifix: Such a blessing to this forum!!  :harp: :swordfight: :thumbsup: :angelyellow:


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Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2013, 01:32:25 AM
Thank you all for your appreciative words.
May the good Lord bless us all  :crucifix:


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Post by: Brigid on March 07, 2013, 02:21:04 PM
Thanks for all your hard work. It's sure been appreciated!


 :angelbell:  :+: :+: :angelyellow: :tinyangel: :littleprayer: :seraphim: :cherubim: :thrones: :principalities:


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Post by: Bailey2 on March 07, 2013, 02:22:36 PM
Are you sure it has been 2 years?!   :o   I would have guessed one.   Wow!   Thanks for all the wonderful work you do here!  Hope you keep it up!   :angelbell:


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Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2013, 06:07:58 AM
Are you sure it has been 2 years?!   :o   I would have guessed one.   Wow!   Thanks for all the wonderful work you do here!  Hope you keep it up!   :angelbell:

I am sure, first post for the first year  was March 6, 2011
for the second  part was March 6, 2012  ;D


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Post by: Shin on March 10, 2013, 06:40:40 PM
Time flies! I am missing this thread already. :D

Let's see what does the calendar in progress say is for today.

The 10th Day
of the Third Month of the Year of Our Lord

Feast of St. Droctovaeus, Abbot

The flora for the Feast of St. Droctovaeus is . . .

Upright chickweed

... St. Droctavaeus.

Hmm. I don't know anything about him. Upright chickweed.. Well, I didn't know what it was but what a pretty little flower. Four petals and it looks like a cross inside.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 11, 2013, 01:07:58 PM
My little book of Saints says he was also known as Drotte!
What a name!
Do pray for us please St. Droctovaeus1


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Post by: Shin on March 11, 2013, 11:51:28 PM
St. Drotte pray for us!

That's easier to say for sure!  ;D

The 12th Day
of the Third Month of the Year of Our Lord

Feast of St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Confessor


The flora for the Feast of St. Gregory is . . .

Crocus-leaved ixia

Well I think most folks have heard of Pope St. Gregory the Great by now. He has so many splendid writings.. The Dialogues.. sermons..  ;D



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Post by: James - a humble servant on March 13, 2013, 11:33:42 AM
Thank you so much Odhiambo !!!


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Post by: Poche on July 22, 2013, 03:10:23 AM
St Mary Magdalene;

The feast of St. Mary Magdalene is considered one of the most mystical of feasts, and it is said that of all the songs of the saints, that of Mary Magdalene is the sweetest and strongest because her love was so great. That love was praised by Jesus Himself who said that because much was forgiven her, she loved much. Where she is buried, no one knows. Legend has her dying in Provence, France, in a cavern where she spent her last days, and her body resting in the chapel of St. Maximin in the Maritime Alps. Another has her buried in Ephesus where she went with St. John after the Resurrection. This latter view is more likely, and St. Willibald, the English pilgrim to the Holy Land in the eighth century, was shown her tomb there.

She was the first witness to the resurrection of Jesus, His most ardent and loving follower. She had stood with Mary at the foot of the Cross on that brutal Good Friday afternoon and had been by the side of Mary during these difficult hours. On Easter morning, she went with the other women to the tomb and it was there, in the garden near the tomb, that Jesus appeared to her. It was she who brought the news of the Resurrection to the Apostles, and Peter and John raced to the tomb to see what had happened.

She was from Magadala, a small fishing town on the Sea of Galilee, between Capernaum and Tiberias. She was known to be a "great sinner," a woman of the streets who heard Jesus speak of the mercy and forgiveness of God and changed her life completely. Her matter-of-fact witness to the Resurrection moved Peter and John to go and see for themselves: "I have seen the Lord and these things he said to me." Jesus had chosen her to bring the news to them and she simply told them what had happened.

She has always been the example of great love and great forgiveness, one of those close to Jesus who grasped the truth of God's love for human beings and spent her life bearing witness to that love.



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Post by: Poche on July 27, 2013, 05:08:43 AM
St Pantaleon;
St. Pantaleon, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, was a physician, who practiced without payment, and who was martyred under Diocletian. His cultus is primarily connected with Bithynia, where Emperor Justinian rebuilt his church at Nicomedia. Churches are dedicated to him in Constantinople and Rome. In the East he is known as the Great Martyr and Wonder Worker. A reputed relic of Pantaleon's blood kept at Ravello in southern Italy displays the phenomenon of liquefaction on his feast day, similar to that of Saint Januarius.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2013, 02:05:35 PM
St Pantaleon;
St. Pantaleon, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, was a physician, who practiced without payment, and who was martyred under Diocletian. His cultus is primarily connected with Bithynia, where Emperor Justinian rebuilt his church at Nicomedia. Churches are dedicated to him in Constantinople and Rome. In the East he is known as the Great Martyr and Wonder Worker. A reputed relic of Pantaleon's blood kept at Ravello in southern Italy displays the phenomenon of liquefaction on his feast day, similar to that of Saint Januarius.


I read that his name, "Panteleimon" in Greek means "the All Merciful".
Saint Pantaleon, pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 28, 2013, 05:57:14 PM
Well that makes his name more meaningful. I had no idea what it meant. :D


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Post by: Poche on July 31, 2013, 02:05:46 AM
St Pantaleon;
St. Pantaleon, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, was a physician, who practiced without payment, and who was martyred under Diocletian. His cultus is primarily connected with Bithynia, where Emperor Justinian rebuilt his church at Nicomedia. Churches are dedicated to him in Constantinople and Rome. In the East he is known as the Great Martyr and Wonder Worker. A reputed relic of Pantaleon's blood kept at Ravello in southern Italy displays the phenomenon of liquefaction on his feast day, similar to that of Saint Januarius.

There is astory I heard about St Pantaleon. Before his conversion when the priest, Hermalaos explained Christianity to Pantaleon. Pantaleon wanted to try out what he had heard. So one day when a blind man came to his home begging for alms, Pantaleon raised his hand and said, "In the name of Jesus, be healed." the man was able to see from then on and Pantaleon was converted.
 :angelbell: :angelbell: :angelbell:   


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Post by: odhiambo on August 01, 2013, 05:49:01 PM
Today is the Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori,  bishop and doctor of the Church; Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, i.e, the Redemtorists and patron saint of moral theologians.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
pray for us!

 


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Post by: odhiambo on August 01, 2013, 05:49:49 PM
"Realize that you may gain more in a quarter of an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament than in all other practices of the day."
Saint Alphonsus  Liguori


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Post by: odhiambo on August 01, 2013, 05:51:22 PM
Today is the Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori,  bishop and doctor of the Church; Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, i.e, the Redemtorists and patron saint of moral theologians.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
pray for us!

Moral theology?


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Post by: Shin on August 01, 2013, 06:18:30 PM
Yes he wrote a book on that subject, but it hasn't been translated into English, I looked hard on that.

Today's St. Peter in Chains on the traditional calendar, and the 2nd is St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori's there. :D

I love this saint! I think he may've been the first I ever read, I picked up his books from Our Lady of the Rosary Library. :D

He is a saint who quotes many saints!


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Post by: Poche on August 02, 2013, 01:08:23 AM
Yes he wrote a book on that subject, but it hasn't been translated into English, I looked hard on that.

Today's St. Peter in Chains on the traditional calendar, and the 2nd is St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori's there. :D

I love this saint! I think he may've been the first I ever read, I picked up his books from Our Lady of the Rosary Library. :D

He is a saint who quotes many saints!

Actually I haave seen his an English version of his book. I think it had a very limited circulation. 


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Post by: Shin on August 02, 2013, 09:08:46 AM
What was the title?


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Post by: Poche on August 04, 2013, 05:51:44 AM
What was the title?

I don't recall the title. It was more than thirty years ago.


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Post by: Poche on August 04, 2013, 05:52:23 AM
The saint of todady is St John Vianney.


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Post by: Shin on August 04, 2013, 06:23:27 AM
'Listen. Did the Holy Fathers of the Church say too much about it? St. Ephraim tells us that dancing is the perdition of girls and women, the blinding of men, the grief of angels, and the joy of the devils. Dear God, can anyone really have their eyes bewitched to such an extent that they will still want to believe that there is no harm in it, while all the time it is the rope by which the Devil pulls the most souls into Hell? . . . Go on, poor parents, blind and lost, go on and scorn what your pastor is telling you! Go on! Continue the way you are going! Listen to everything and profit nothing by it! There is no harm in it? Tell me, then, what did you renounce on the day of your Baptism? Or on what conditions was Baptism given to you? Was it not on the condition of your taking a vow in the face of Heaven and earth, in the presence of Jesus Christ upon the altar, that you would renounce Satan and all his works and pomps, for the whole of your lives–or in other words that you would renounce sin and the pleasures and vanities of the world?'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney


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Post by: odhiambo on August 07, 2013, 04:09:48 PM
7th August
 On August 6, 258 while Pope Sixtus was celebrating the Eucharist in the Catacombs of Saint Callistus, the Roman soldiers, under the orders of Emperor Valarian, seized him along with four others  deacons and decapitated them.




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Post by: odhiambo on August 07, 2013, 04:24:40 PM
Saint Cajetan, a priest.
Born in 1480 in Italy. He became a priest and spent all his time in prayer and caring for the poor.
He founded the Theatines, a religious Institute of priests that is dedicated to evangelizing, preaching and prayers just like the apostles did.
Saint Cajetan,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 08, 2013, 01:15:57 AM
St. Cajetan, Confessor, pray for us!




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Post by: James - a humble servant on August 08, 2013, 02:02:41 AM
Have a Happy and Blessed Feast of St. Dominic everyone !!!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 08, 2013, 03:26:33 PM
"Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword;
wear humility rather than fine clothes."

St. Dominic de Guzman


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Post by: odhiambo on August 09, 2013, 06:45:52 AM
August 9
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Nun, Discalced Carmelite and Martyr
Memorial.

Just a few facts about this saint whose memorial is today.
She was  Jewish by birth and was born on that all important day
 Yom Kippur  that is, the Day of Atonement.
 Her given name was  Edith Stein.
As a young woman aged 14, Edith lost her Jewish faith; she was interested in philosophy and in women's affairs which she pursued to university level and beyond.
One day, years later, Edith, still not reconciled with matters "religion", came across a book,  an autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila.
She started to read this book and was hooked. All night long she was at it, reading and reading.  "When I had finished the book, I said to myself: This is the truth." she is quoted to have written.
She converted after this and was baptised into the Catholic Faith On 1 January 1922 which, that year, happened to be the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord.
Still later in her life, Edith joined the Carmelite Order, taking the name of Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross at her religious profession.
During the Nazi persecution of the Jews, she was arrested and deported to the concentration camp at  Auschwitz where she, her sister and many, many  others died in the gas chamber on this day not all that long ago in 1942.  :(
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 09, 2013, 06:57:16 AM
Question about this saint.

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is referred to as "Martyr"
I have wondered about that.
1. She was killed because she was of Jewish birth.
2. Those killed were given no choice.
I thought martyrs are those who willingly choose to die for their religious faith.


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Post by: Shin on August 09, 2013, 01:10:30 PM
That is the case as far as I know, so perhaps it's either not official or a change in practice and definition for those making the reference?


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Post by: odhiambo on August 11, 2013, 06:38:03 AM
10th August.
Today is the memorial of Saint Lawrence.
I wanted  us to remember this brave Roman martyr.
He was a deacon full of love for the poor; very courageous before his torturers.
Lawrence had a sense of humour. According to Tradition, as he was being roasted to death on a gridiron,
he asked his tortures to turn him over as he was "done" on that side.
Saint Lawrence,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 11, 2013, 06:41:50 AM
Prayer to Saint Lawrence

O glorious Saint Lawrence, Martyr and Deacon, who,
being subjected to the most bitter torments,
didst not lose thy faith nor thy constancy in confessing Jesus Christ,
 obtain in like manner for us such an active and solid faith,
 that we shall never be ashamed to be true followers of Jesus Christ,
 and fervent Christians in word and in deed.
Amen!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 11, 2013, 08:07:32 AM
11th August.
Saint Clare, Virgin
Memorial.
Clare, born in Assisi in 1193, was just 18 years old when she ran away from home
in order to join Saint Francis and his followers.
She founded the Poor Clares and led a life of holiness, prayer and poverty.
Clare died in 1253 and was canonized in 1255, just two years after her death.
Saint Clare, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 11, 2013, 08:14:17 AM
11th August.
Saint Clare, Virgin
Memorial.
Clare, born in Assisi in 1193, was just 18 years old when she ran away from home
in order to join Saint Francis and his followers.
She founded the Poor Clares and led a life of holiness, prayer and poverty.
Clare died in 1253 and was canonized in 1255, just two years after her death.
Saint Clare, pray for us!
When the late Pope John Paul II was beatified  six years after his death, it was reported that this was the shortest period of time between death and sainthood of any one person that the Catholic Church had allowed.
It seems that the even shorter one of Saint Clare was forgotten.


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Post by: odhiambo on August 12, 2013, 01:14:23 PM
12th August.
Blessed  Isidore Bakanja.
Martyr
Optional Memorial

Today the  Church of Africa remembers one of her youngest martyrs, Blessed  Isidore Bakanja.
He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, present day Zaire, around the year 1886.
As a boy, Bakanja had to work  for his living. It was not easy to find work and what he found was often temporary which meant that he moved frequently in search of work. In his search for work, he came across
 Trappist Missionaries who baptised him in 1906. From the time he was baptised, Bakanja led a life of prayer.
 His final work  was as a house  servant of a Belgian colonialist, a Mr. Van Cauter. Sadly Van Cauter  resented Christians and forbade Bakanja from spreading  Christianity among his fellow-workers.
Bakanja , however insisted on wearing the scapular and saying the rosary in his free time.
One day Isidore was serving at table for Van Cauter and the Belgian saw that Bakanja was still wearing his brown scapular under his shirt. He demanded Bakanja take it off, and when the young man refused Van Cauter had him stripped and flogged a total of 25 lashes: still, Isidore would not remove the Scapular from around his neck. Van Cauter himself ripped the Scapular from the his neck and reportedly threw it to his dogs.
A short while after this incident, after a drinking spree Van Cauter had Bakanja  savagely flogged for his Christian Faith. He was flogged  to the extent of  drawing blood.
He died from the  wounds inflicted, on 15th October 1909 after having forgiven the superintendent.
Blessed  Isidore Bakanja,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 15, 2013, 02:36:43 AM
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.”
John 15:13


The saint the Church honors today, 14th August, Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr, is an example to us of just such a love.
Born in Poland in 1894, he was known as Raymond Kolbe until he joined the Franciscans and took the name Maximilian Mary. He was living his priestly life of which spreading the veneration of Mary was a major part.
When the Nazis invaded Poland, Maximilian was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. In 1941, he offered to die in the place of another man who had been selected for execution. He was starved for two weeks then killed with a lethal injection. :(
Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 15, 2013, 03:10:19 AM
By the way the flora for the Assumption on the calendar is called 'Virgin's bower'.

It's a very pretty plant!


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Post by: Patricia on August 15, 2013, 11:12:50 AM
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us! :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on August 16, 2013, 02:17:14 AM
16th August.
Saint Stephen of Hungary.
Optional Memorial

Stephen becamr king of Hungary in 997 and worked really hard to established
the Church throughout  his kingdom, inviting the Benedictines to go and evangelize there.
You know what?
His efforts did not go unnoticed.
On Christmas Day, 1000, the pope sent him a special crown and made him "apostolic king of Hungary"
Saint Stephen,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 21, 2013, 06:03:27 PM
Blessed Victoria Rasoamanarivo,
pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on August 22, 2013, 10:21:19 PM
St. Timothy, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 23, 2013, 02:58:33 AM
Saint Rose of Lima.
Memorial 23 rd August.

Take a moment to remember this saint.
Born in Lima Peru, many years ago to parents with the lovely sounding names of Gaspar de Flores, and Maria d'Olivia.
Her own name was just as lovely, Isabel Flores de Olivia. From all accounts she was a lovely baby.
So how did she come by the name of Rose?
Accounts vary.  Some say she was called Rose simply because of her beautiful complexion but others differ. The story goes that when Isabel was three months old, she was in her cradle, her mom and several other women were also around when suddenly, a beautiful rose appeared in the air close to the baby. It gently touched the baby's cheek and just as suddenly, it vanished!
From then on Maria called her baby Rose.
Rose was a beautiful girl, inside and out. She made Saint Catherine of Siena her model.
At the age of 15, she received the habit of the Third Order of the Dominicans.
Rose lived  humbly at home. Her life was , filled with  penance, charity for the sick and contemplative prayer.
She did not live very long, as she died in her early thirties.
When she was canonized by Pope Clement in 1671, she became the first canonized saint of the Americas.
Saint Rose of Lima,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on August 23, 2013, 03:12:16 AM
Reading about this saint, I was struck by how much "out of the world" she was, if I can put it that way.
We all know just how far, not just some, but many women would go to achieve that 'all important to them'  beautiful skin.
Here in Kenya, some ladies even use steroid cream to achieve their idea of a beautiful skin, completely ignoring the health hazards to them.
God gave it freely to Rose and she was uncomfortable with it. She was apparently so sensitive to this that when she reportedly heard someone praise her beauty, she rubbed pepper into her face to mar it.
So very saintly, I thought.



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Post by: odhiambo on August 23, 2013, 03:17:17 AM
Still in relation to Saint Rose. We belong to God, body and soul.
Trying to mar the beauty that God gave her, was that, in a sense being ungrateful?


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Post by: Shin on August 23, 2013, 09:29:10 AM
I think that some things we have are meant to be hidden away.. It's better to be plain than attractive, then folks aren't friendly for the wrong reasons, sinful and superficial. Also, it's safer. Truly, some folks have been through a great deal of trouble because they looked too attractive, that if they had not, life would've been fine.

There's the world's values and then there's the Christian's values, the "natural" life the supernatural life.

St. Rose's deed is an example of virtue worthy of emulation, one shouldn't say anything about ingratitude, that would be quite wrong, and very part of the errors of this time.

 :D


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Post by: Brigid on August 23, 2013, 11:41:26 AM
That isn't to say we should all go home and rub pepper into our skin!


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Post by: Shin on August 23, 2013, 01:27:03 PM
Unless you're quite young when it can be a bit more work to stop looking decent, I think what suffiices for most of us is to just keep on having bad hair days.  Or 'no hair' days, as I like to call them.

I periodically shave all the hair off my head. It makes it nice and cool in summer. It also has the added benefit of making me all the funnier looking.

::)  :tiphat:

It can even give a fellow a halo! In the right lighting!

O:)

Of course some folks would say my deed is not worthy of emulation. Boggles my mind.  :o  :rotfl:


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Post by: Brigid on August 23, 2013, 01:54:21 PM
Unless you're quite young when it can be a bit more work to stop looking decent, I think what suffiices for most of us is to just keep on having bad hair days.  Or 'no hair' days, as I like to call them.

I periodically shave all the hair off my head. It makes it nice and cool in summer. It also has the added benefit of making me all the funnier looking.

::)  :tiphat:

It can even give a fellow a halo! In the right lighting!

O:)

Of course some folks would say my deed is not worthy of emulation. Boggles my mind.  :o  :rotfl:


  ;D    Sounds like a good idea.


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Post by: odhiambo on August 23, 2013, 03:00:59 PM

  ;D    Sounds like a good idea.

 :)


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Post by: odhiambo on August 23, 2013, 04:31:09 PM
Covering the head and face?; arms and legs?


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Post by: George on November 18, 2013, 03:00:53 PM
Today is the feast day of one of my favorite saints, Saint Rose Duchesne.

O gracious God,
You filled the heart of Saint Rose Duchesne
with charity and missionary zeal,
and gave her the desire
to make You known among all peoples.

Fill us, who honor her memory today,
with that same love and zeal
to extend your kingdom to the ends of the earth.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen


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Post by: Shin on November 18, 2013, 03:49:54 PM
St. Rose Duchesne pray for us!  :D Thank you George!


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Post by: James - a humble servant on November 18, 2013, 04:12:53 PM
Amen ! :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on February 10, 2014, 01:40:21 AM
St. Scholastica

Today is the Memorial of  Saint Scholastica.
She was the twin sister of St. Benedict, like her brother, Scholasrica dedicated herself to God from early youth.. In his Second Book of Dialogues (Ch. 33 and 34) Pope St. Gregory has described for us the last meeting between brother and sister:

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"His sister Scholastica, who had been consecrated to God in early childhood, used to visit with him once a year. On these occasions he would go to meet her in a house belonging to the monastery a short distance from the entrance. For this particular visit he joined her there with a few of his disciples and they spent the whole day singing God's praises and conversing about the spiritual life.
"When darkness was setting in they took their meal together and continued their conversation at table until it was quite late. Then the holy nun said to him, 'Please do not leave me tonight, brother. Let us keep on talking about the joys of heaven till morning.' 'What are you saying, sister?' he replied. 'You know that I cannot stay away from the monastery.' The sky was so clear at the time, there was not a cloud in sight.
"At her brother's refusal Scholastica folded her hands on the table and rested her head upon them in earnest prayer. When she looked up again, there was a sudden burst of lightning and thunder accompanied by such a downpour that Benedict and his companions were unable to set foot outside the door. By shedding a flood of tears while she prayed, this holy nun had darkened the cloudless sky with a heavy rain. The storm began as soon as her prayer was over. In fact, the two coincided so closely that the thunder was already resounding as she raised her head from the table. The very instant she ended her prayer the rain poured down.
"Realizing that he could not return to the abbey in this terrible storm, Benedict complained bitterly. 'God forgive you, sister!' he said. 'What have you done?' Scholastica simply answered, 'When I appealed to you, you would not listen to me. So I turned to my God and He heard my prayer. Leave now if you can. Leave me here and go back to your monastery.'
"This, of course, he could not do. He had no choice now but to stay, in spite of his unwillingness. They spent the entire night together and both of them derived great profit from the holy thoughts they exchanged about the interior life. The next morning Scholastica returned to her convent and Benedict to his monastery.
"Three days later as he stood in his room looking up toward the sky, he beheld his sister's soul leaving her body and entering the heavenly court in the form of a dove. Overjoyed at her eternal glory, he gave thanks to God in hymns of praise. Then, after informing his brethren of her death, he sent some of them to bring her body to the abbey and bury it in the tomb he had prepared for himself. The bodies of these two were now to share a common resting place, just as in life their souls had always been one in God."
Her tomb is at Monte Cassino.
Saint Scholastica,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 10, 2014, 01:57:08 AM
It's one of the most moving of life stories isn't it?


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Post by: susanna on February 10, 2014, 04:17:52 PM
I've prayed for her intercession.  I have 3 brothers.   ;)


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Post by: odhiambo on February 11, 2014, 01:26:54 AM
Every time I read about what happened during their last meeting,
and her death; how her brother knew she had died by that that vision that the Lord allowed him,
I am just lost for words. There are people in this world who are so, so blessed .


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Post by: Shin on February 11, 2014, 02:17:53 AM
She sounds like a great intercessor for such a case!  ;D

Great to see you Susanna!  :D


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Post by: susanna on February 12, 2014, 04:29:38 PM
Thanks Shin.  Yes, I believe she has helped me.  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on February 17, 2014, 03:46:12 AM
Today, February 17, is the Optional Memorial of Seven Founders of the Order of Servites.
"Seven members of a Florentine confraternity founded the order of Servites of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the thirteenth century. The Servites lead a life of prayer and mortification, meditating on the Passion of the Lord and venerating the Blessed Virgin as Our Lady of Sorrows." (Daily Roman Missal)

Seven Founders of the Order of Servites,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on February 18, 2014, 12:41:02 PM
All ye holy Servites, pray for us!


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Post by: James - a humble servant on February 18, 2014, 12:48:00 PM
Feb. 18

Today is the Feast of Bl. Fra Angelico.
(Also the name of my Diminican Order Chapter)
Happy Feast Day Everyone !

• Bl. John of Fiesole, popularly known as Bl. Fra Angelico, was a Dominican painter in the mid-fifteenth century known for the beauty of his paintings and the holiness of his priestly life. Nicknamed “Angelico” by his brothers, his Dominican consecration and life are worthy of imitation as he preached Jesus Christ by his life, his words, and his paintings.

Given the name Guido at Baptism, this saint was born near Vicchio, in the vicinity of Florence, at the end of the 14th century. From his youth he practiced the art of painting. Having entered the Dominican convent in Fiesole, he was given the name Brother Giovanni (Brother John). After ordination he held various responsibilities, one of which was that of prior of the convent in Fiesole.

Faithful to the promises he made as a Dominican, to preach the Gospel after having contemplated it in prayer, Fra Angelico put his creativity at the disposal of the Lord. With brush and paint in hand, he used his talents to transmit to all people the sublimity and the redemptive strength of the divine mysteries.

Between 1425 and 1447, Fra Angelico carried out his activity for the Dominican convents and other ecclesiastical institutes at Fiesole, Florence (most especially at the convent of San Marco), Cortona and Orvieto. The fame of his genius merited him the esteem of the Sovereign Pontiffs Eugenio IV and Nicolas V, who contracted him for the task of frescoing several rooms in the Vatican Palace (1445-1449).

Fra Angelico died on February 18, 1455, in the convent of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome and was buried in the adjoining Basilica, where his body was covered by a simple slab on which was carved his portrait. With a personality that was uncomplicated and clear, Brother Giovanni had lived a poor and humble life, refusing honors and positions.

The virtue and the profound religious spirit which characterized the life of this artist and Dominican is reflected in his spirituality, his purity, and the luminosity of his art. Even before his official recognition as a blessed of the Church, he had been given by the faithful the title “Beato Angelico.” In a moving ceremony on October 18, 1984, Pope John Paul II, on his knees in front of Fra Angelico’s tomb, proclaimed him solemnly to be the universal patron of all artists.

The Incarnation was one of Fra Angelico’s favorite themes, and he painted over 25 variations of it. His painted meditations, so needed at the time of the early Renaissance, are still necessary today. God became man to bring us closer to Himself by way of all things human. He makes all things new by fashioning them into possible vehicles of grace for us, so that by visible realities and concrete concepts, we can arrive at an understanding and a love of higher, invisible realities, all leading to God Himself.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on February 19, 2014, 11:10:49 AM
Feb. 19


~ Bl. Alvarez of Cordoba ~

Today we celebrate the feast day of Blessed Alvarez of Cordoba, a Dominican friar and priest. Alvarez was born at Zomora, Spain in the middle of the fourthteenth century and entered the Dominican Order in A.D. 1368. Blessed Alvarez preached throughout Spain and Italy. By his preaching and devotion to the Lord's passion, Alvarez spread the practice of the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) throughout Western Europe. Blessed Alvarez died on 19 February 1430.

During his life Blessed Alvarez was the personal confessor, spiritual guide, and political advisor to Queen Catherine of Castile. And, Alvarez was charged with the educating the young King John II. Blessed Alvarez founded a Dominican house of strict observance in mountains around Cordoba, called Escalaceli (Ladder of Heaven), which became a well known house of piety and learning. Blessed Alvarez spent his time at Escalaceli, during the day, preaching, teaching, and begging for alms in the street. At night he was absorbed in prayer. Tradition tells that Blessed Alvarez set up a series of images in the gardens of Escalaceli with images of the Holy Land and our Lord's Passion--a foundational practice that we know today as the Stations of the Cross.

Tradition tells of two particular events in the life of Blessed Alvarez of Cordoba that provide great instruction on how we are called to live our lives today.

Our Lord calls us to humble ourselves and place our trust in Him.--Once, when the entire food stocks of Escalaceli consisted only of a single head of lettuce, Blessed Alvarez invited all of his Dominican brothers to sit with him at the table. When they had done so, Blessed Alvarez said a prayer of thanksgiving for the meal and sent a porter to answer the door. When the porter opened the door, he found a stranger leading a mule that was loaded with food. After the mule was unloaded of the food, the stranger and animal disappeared.

What you do for the least of my brothers, says the Lord, you do for Me.--Once, Blessed Alavarez found a dying beggar in the streets. Moved with pity, Blessed Alvarez wrapped the beggar in his own cloak and carried him back to Escalaceli. However, when he arrived at the priory and unwrapped his cloak, he found not the beggar, but a crucifix. That crucifix reportedly still hangs in Escalaceli today.

Prayer:

God of mercy, 
you endowed Blessed Alvarez with the gifts of penance 
and divine love. 
With the help of his prayers and example 
may we always bear the suffering of Christ 
in our bodies and your love in our hearts. 
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.





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Post by: Shin on February 19, 2014, 01:42:47 PM
I am enjoying this education in famous Dominicans! :D


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Post by: James - a humble servant on February 20, 2014, 03:23:28 AM
I enjoy learning about the saints too Shin. Especially the Dominican Saints. Quite a lot to read about since the Order has been around for nearly 800 years.  :speachless: In 2016 we will have a massive celebration for the 800th birthday of the Order.  :cheers: :harp:

My post following is some good reading !  :thumbsup:



:teaandcoffee: :littlepigeons:


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Post by: James - a humble servant on February 20, 2014, 03:28:49 AM
Today is the Memorial of
Bl. Christopher of Milan (Benedetto Christopher di Milano)
Italian, priest, reformer, missionary preacher, the "Apostle of Liguria".



(By: Br. Innocent Smith, O.P.)

One example of such fruitful patronage may be found in the life of Blessed Christopher of Milan, a fifteenth-century Dominican friar whose feast is celebrated by the Order of Preachers on February 20th. According to a recent biographer, “The austerity of his life and his zeal for souls led an ancient chronicler to say of him: ‘He was truly a Christ-bearer, for he carried Christ not only in name, but in his heart and on his lips.’” Given that “Christopher” derives from the Greek word for “Christ” and the Greek verb meaning “to bear” or “to carry,” we might wonder: was the ancient chronicler’s statement anything more than a pious commonplace that could just as well have been applied to anyone who happened to be named Christopher? On the contrary, his description was a very meaningful one, as we shall see.

During his lifetime, Christopher was well known for his zeal in fostering devotion to the saints. Thus, we may be sure that he would have been a diligent reader of The Golden Legend, which was written by his thirteenth-century Dominican confrère, Blessed Jacob of Voragine. The Golden Legend, a collection of legends and lives of saints, was the second most widely read book in the Middle Ages—after the Bible. In this text, Christopher of Milan would have read the following “etymological summary” of his third-century patron, Saint Christopher:

Before Christopher was baptized, he was called Reprobus, meaning outcast, but afterwards he was called Christophoros, the Christ-bearer. He bore Christ in four ways, namely, on his shoulders when he carried him across the river, in his body by mortification, in his mind by devotion, and in his mouth by confessing Christ and preaching him.

Thus, the chronicler’s description of the fifteenth-century Christopher of Milan as “a Christ-bearer [who] carried Christ not only in name, but in his heart and on his lips,” is a clear allusion to the description of the third-century Saint Christopher found in The Golden Legend.

But this is not just a matter of holiness by association. Christopher of Milan was famous in his own right for his devotion and his preaching. To take one of many examples, he was known for arranging that the hebdomadarian (that is, the priest who was called upon to officiate at the community liturgy throughout a given week) should be temporarily freed from all other duties so as to devote himself wholeheartedly to his liturgical service as alter Christus. As for his preaching, he was known for giving a sermon on the text of the gospel proper to each day’s Mass, rather than on his own choice of text. And thus he bore the words of Christ “on his lips.”

When we read Voragine’s description of Saint Christopher, the third-century martyr, we are also, in a very real way, reading a description of his fifteenth-century Dominican “protégé,” Blessed Christopher of Milan—who would himself have used Voragine’s text to come closer to his patron saint and to God. Thus we learn that it is possible to imitate a saint, that a saint’s life and works can, and often do, serve as inspiration for living a life of charity. Moreover, we can be assured that Blessed Christopher received his patron’s heavenly aid in his efforts to persevere in charity.

It is true, of course, that baptized children (along with religious and popes) are not required to receive saints’ names, so long as the name selected is not foreign to Christian sentiment—but the life of Blessed Christopher teaches us that it sure can help.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 02, 2014, 10:39:47 AM
St. Athanasius
(295?-373)

Athanasius led a tumultuous but dedicated life of service to the Church. He was the great champion of the faith against the widespread heresy of Arianism, the teaching by Arius that Jesus was not truly divine. The vigor of his writings earned him the title of doctor of the Church.
Born of a Christian family in Alexandria, Egypt, and given a classical education, Athanasius became secretary to Alexander, the bishop of Alexandria, entered the priesthood and was eventually named bishop himself. His predecessor, Alexander, had been an outspoken critic of a new movement growing in the East—Arianism.

When Athanasius assumed his role as bishop of Alexandria, he continued the fight against Arianism. At first it seemed that the battle would be easily won and that Arianism would be condemned. Such, however, did not prove to be the case. The Council of Tyre was called and for several reasons that are still unclear, the Emperor Constantine exiled Athanasius to northern Gaul. This was to be the first in a series of travels and exiles reminiscent of the life of St. Paul.

After Constantine died, his son restored Athanasius as bishop. This lasted only a year, however, for he was deposed once again by a coalition of Arian bishops. Athanasius took his case to Rome, and Pope Julius I called a synod to review the case and other related matters.

Five times Athanasius was exiled for his defense of the doctrine of Christ’s divinity. During one period of his life, he enjoyed 10 years of relative peace—reading, writing and promoting the Christian life along the lines of the monastic ideal to which he was greatly devoted. His dogmatic and historical writings are almost all polemic, directed against every aspect of Arianism.

Among his ascetical writings, his Life of St. Anthony (January 17) achieved astonishing popularity and contributed greatly to the establishment of monastic life throughout the Western Christian world.


COMMENT:
Athanasius suffered many trials while he was bishop of Alexandria. He was given the grace to remain strong against what probably seemed at times to be insurmountable opposition. Athanasius lived his office as bishop completely. He defended the true faith for his flock, regardless of the cost to himself. In today’s world we are experiencing this same call to remain true to our faith, no matter what.

QUOTE:
The hardships Athanasius suffered in exile, hiding, fleeing from place to place remind us that Paul said his ministry took him: “On frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and exposure. And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:26-28).



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Post by: odhiambo on May 02, 2014, 12:36:48 PM
"Jesus that I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God"
Saint Athanasius

Saint Athanasius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 04, 2014, 10:25:55 AM
Bl. Michael Giedroyc
(d. 1485)

A life of physical pain and mental torment didn’t prevent Michael Giedroyc from achieving holiness.
Born near Vilnius, Lithuania, Michael suffered from physical and permanent handicaps from birth. He was a dwarf who had the use of only one foot. Because of his delicate physical condition, his formal education was frequently interrupted. But over time, Michael showed special skills at metalwork. Working with bronze and silver, he created sacred vessels, including chalices.

He traveled to Kraków, Poland, where he joined the Augustinians. He received permission to live the life of a hermit in a cell adjoining the monastery. There Michael spent his days in prayer, fasted and abstained from all meat and lived to an old age. Though he knew the meaning of suffering throughout his years, his rich spiritual life brought him consolation. Michael’s long life ended in 1485 in Kraków.

Five hundred years later, Pope John Paul II visited the city and spoke to the faculty of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. The 15th century in Kraków, the pope said, was “the century of saints.” Among those he cited was Blessed Michael Giedroyc.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 04, 2014, 11:15:08 AM
May 4—


Bl. Emily Bicchieri (OP)
(Nun & Virgin)

Blessed Emily was born at Vercelli, Italy, in 1238.
At 19 she made profession in the monastery built by
her father and several times served as prioress there.
She joyfully performed the most unpleasant tasks of
the monastery and was especially devoted to the
Passion of our Savior. She died on May 3, 1314.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 05, 2014, 10:33:34 AM
St. Hilary of Arles 
(400-449)

It’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. In some ways, that was true for today’s saint.
Born in France in the early fifth century, Hilary came from an aristocratic family. In the course of his education he encountered his relative, Honoratus, who encouraged the young man to join him in the monastic life. Hilary did so. He continued to follow in the footsteps of Honoratus as bishop. Hilary was only 29 when he was chosen bishop of Arles.

The new, youthful bishop undertook the role with confidence. He did manual labor to earn money for the poor. He sold sacred vessels to ransom captives. He became a magnificent orator. He traveled everywhere on foot, always wearing simple clothing.

That was the bright side. Hilary encountered difficulty in his relationships with other bishops over whom he had some jurisdiction. He unilaterally deposed one bishop. He selected another bishop to replace one who was very ill–but, to complicate matters, did not die! Pope St. Leo the Great kept Hilary a bishop but stripped him of some of his powers.

Hilary died at 49. He was a man of talent and piety who, in due time, had learned how to be a bishop.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2014, 10:59:20 AM
Saint Hilary of Arles,
pray for us!


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Post by: Poche on May 06, 2014, 02:59:27 AM
St Evodius;
According to Catholic Culture very little is known of the life of St. Evodius. However, he was a pagan who converted to Christianity due to the apostolic work of Saint Peter. In the Book of Acts, one of the first communities to receive evangelism were the Jews and pagans of Antioch. The city was opulent and cosmopolitan, and there were both Hellenized Jews and pagans influenced by monotheism. The term "Christian" was coined for these Gentile (mainly Syrian and Greek) converts, and St. Peter became the bishop of Antioch and led the church there. Evodius succeeded Peter the Apostle as bishop of Antioch when Peter left Antioch for Rome.

St. Evodius was bishop of Antioch until 69 AD, and was succeeded by St. Ignatius of Antioch. It is more likely that St. Evodius died of natural causes, in office, than that he was martyred. As one of the first pagans to come to the new church, he is venerated in both the Roman Catholic Church of the east and Orthodox Churches of the East as a saint. His feast day in the Roman Catholic Church is May 6 and in the Orthodox Church it is September 7.



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Post by: odhiambo on May 06, 2014, 03:15:13 AM
I have never heard of Saint Evodius! Thanks Poche for this glimpse of him.
Saint Evodius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 06, 2014, 10:08:24 AM
Same here. Thanks Poche for sharing this Saint with us. :)


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 06, 2014, 10:27:00 AM
Sts. Marian and James 
(d. 259)

Often, it’s hard to find much detail from the lives of saints of the early Church. What we know about the third-century martyrs we honor today is likewise minimal. But we do know that they lived and died for the faith. Almost 2,000 years later, that is enough reason to honor them.
Born in North Africa, Marian was a lector or reader; James was a deacon. For their devotion to the faith they suffered during the persecution of Valerian.

Prior to their persecution, Marian and James were visited by two bishops who encouraged them in the faith not long before they themselves were martyred. A short time later, Marian and James were arrested and interrogated. The two readily confessed their faith and, for that, were tortured. While in prison they are said to have experienced visions, including one of the two bishops who had visited them earlier.

On the last day of their lives, Marian and James joined other Christians facing martyrdom. They were blindfolded and then put to death. Their bodies were thrown into the water. The year was 259.


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Post by: Shin on May 06, 2014, 10:44:37 PM
All ye holy saints pray for us!  :crucifix: :crucifix: :crucifix:


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 07, 2014, 10:42:16 AM
St. Rose Venerini
(1656 - 1728)

Rose was born at Viterbo in Italy, the daughter of a doctor. Following the death of her fiancé she entered a convent, but soon returned home to care for her newly widowed mother. Meanwhile, Rose invited the women of the neighborhood to recite the rosary in her home, forming a sort of sodality with them.
As she looked to her future, Rose, under the spiritual guidance of a Jesuit priest, became convinced that she was called to become a teacher in the world rather than a contemplative nun in a convent. Clearly, she made the right choice: She was a born teacher, and the free school for girls she opened in 1685 was well received.

Soon the cardinal invited her to oversee the training of teachers and the administration of schools in his Diocese of Montefiascone. As Rose's reputation grew, she was called upon to organize schools in many parts of Italy, including Rome. Her disposition was right for the task as well, for Rose often met considerable opposition but was never deterred.

She died in Rome in 1728, where a number of miracles were attributed to her. She was beatified in 1952 and canonized in 2006. The sodality, or group of women she had invited to prayer, was ultimately given the rank of a religious congregation. Today, the so-called Venerini Sisters can be found in the United States and elsewhere, working among Italian immigrants.



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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 07, 2014, 11:13:54 AM
Bl. Albert of Bergamo
(Lay Dominican & Husband) [Mem]


 Blessed Albert was born in Valle d’Ogna near
 Bergamo in 1214. As a married man he was known
 for his generosity to the poor, a virtue for which his
 wife reproached him. Upon the death of his wife,
 being childless, he left his father’s farm and went to
 Cremona where he lived in poverty. His poverty
 was a witness to a group of heretics there who
 boasted of their own poverty. Attracted by the life
 of Saint Dominic he joined the Brothers of Penance,
 which later became the Order of Penance of St.
 Dominic, and lived at the Dominican priory. He
 died on May 7, 1279.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 08, 2014, 10:41:26 AM
St. Peter of Tarentaise
(c.1102 - 1174)

There are two men named St. Peter of Tarentaise who lived one century apart. The man we honor today is the younger Peter, born in France in the early part of the 12th century. (The other man with the same name became Pope Innocent the Fifth.)
The Peter we’re focusing on became a Cistercian monk and eventually served as abbot. In 1142, he was named archbishop of Tarentaise, replacing a bishop who had been deposed because of corruption. Peter tackled his new assignment with vigor. He brought reform into his diocese, replaced lax clergy and reached out to the poor. He visited all parts of his mountainous diocese on a regular basis.

After about a decade as bishop Peter “disappeared” for a year and lived quietly as a lay brother at an abbey in Switzerland. When he was “found out,” the reluctant bishop was persuaded to return to his post. He again focused many of his energies on the poor.

Peter died in 1175 on his way home from an unsuccessful papal assignment to reconcile the kings of France and England.


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Post by: Poche on May 09, 2014, 04:55:54 AM
Today we get two for the price of one.
St. Gregory Nazianzen
Gregory, surnamed the "Theologian" by the Greeks, was born at Nazianz in Cappadocia in 329. He was one of the "Three Lights of the Church from Cappadocia." To his mother, St. Nonna, is due the foundation for his saintly life as an adult. He was educated at the most famous schools of his time — Caesarea, Alexandria, Athens. At Athens he formed that storied bond of friendship with St. Basil which was still flaming with all the fervor of youthful enthusiasm when he delivered the funeral oration at the grave of his friend in 381.

Gregory was baptized in 360, and for a while lived the quiet life of a hermit. In 372 he was consecrated bishop by St. Basil. In 381 he accepted the see of Constantinople, but grieved by the constant controversies retired again to the quiet life he cherished so highly and dedicated himself entirely to contemplation.

During his life span the pendulum was continually swinging back and forth between contemplation and the active ministry. He longed for solitude, but the exigencies of the times called him repeatedly to do pastoral work and to participate in the ecclesiastical movements of the day. He was unquestionably one of the greatest orators of Christian antiquity; his many and great accomplishments were due in great measure to his exceptional eloquence. His writings have merited for him the title of "Doctor of the Church."

St. Pachomius
St. Pachomius can justifiably be called the founder of cenobitic monasticism (monks who live in community). Even though St. Antony the Great was the first to go into the desert to live a life of seclusion pursuing evangelical perfection, he lived an eremitic life, that is, a primarily solitary life.

Pachomius first started out as a hermit in the desert like many of the other men and women in the third and fourth centuries who sought the most radical expression of Christian life and he developed a very strong bond of friendship with the hermit Palemon. One day he had a vision during prayer in which he was called to build a monastery, and was told in the vision that many people who are eager to live an ascetic life in the desert, but are not inclined to the solitude of the hermit, will come and join him. His hermit friend Palemon helped him to build the monastery and Pachomius insisted that his cenobites were to aspire to the austerity of the hermits.

However, he knew that his idea was a radical one, in that most of the men who came to live in his monastery had only ever conceived of the eremitic lifestyle; his great accomplishment was to reconcile this desire for austere perfection with an openness to fulfilling the mundane requirements of community life as an expression of Christian love and service. He spent most of his first years as a cenobitic doing all the menial work on his own, knowing that his brother monks needed to be gently inducted into serving their brothers in the same manner. He therefore allowed them to devote all their time to spiritual exercises in those first years. At his death, there were eleven Pachomian monasteries, nine for men and two for women.

The rule that Pachomius drew up was said to have been dictated to him by an angel, and it is this rule that both St. Benedict in the west and St. Basil in the east drew upon to develop their better known rules of cenobitic life.



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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 09, 2014, 10:46:51 AM
St. John of Avila
(1500-1569)

Born in the Castile region of Spain, John was sent at the age of 14 to the University of Salamanca to study law. He later moved to Alcala, where he studied philosophy and theology before his ordination as a diocesan priest. 
     After John’s parents died and left him as their sole heir to a considerable fortune, he distributed his money to the poor. In 1527, he traveled to Seville, hoping to become a missionary in Mexico. The archbishop of that city persuaded him to stay and spread the faith in Andalusia (southwestern Spain). During nine years of work there, he developed a reputation as an engaging preacher, a perceptive spiritual director and a wise confessor. 
     Because John was not afraid to denounce vice in high places, he was investigated by the Inquisition but was cleared in 1533. He later worked in Cordoba and then in Granada, where he organized the University of Baeza, the first of several colleges run by diocesan priests who dedicated themselves to teaching and giving spiritual direction to young people. 
     He was friends with Sts. Francis Borgia, Ignatius of Loyola, John of God, John of the Cross, Peter of Alcantara, and Teresa of Avila. John of Avila worked closely with members of the Society of Jesus and helped their growth within Spain and its colonies. John’s mystical writings have been translated into several languages. 
     He was beatified in 1894, canonized in 1970, and declared a doctor of the Church on October 7, 2012. 

QUOTE:
At the Mass after John of Avila and Hildegard of Bingen were declared Doctors of the Church, Pope Benedict XVI described him as “a profound expert on the sacred Scripture . . . gifted with an ardent missionary spirit.” The pope continued: “He knew how to penetrate in a uniquely profound way the mysteries of the redemption worked by Christ for humanity. A man of God, he united constant prayer to apostolic action. He dedicated himself to preaching and to the more frequent practice of the sacraments, concentrating his commitment on improving the formation of candidates for the priesthood, of religious and of lay people, with a view to a fruitful reform of the Church.”


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 10, 2014, 09:51:27 AM
St. Damien de Veuster of Moloka'i
(1840 - 1889)

When Joseph de Veuster was born in Tremelo, Belgium, in 1840, few people in Europe had any firsthand knowledge of leprosy (Hansen's disease). By the time he died at the age of 49, people all over the world knew about this disease because of him. They knew that human compassion could soften the ravages of this disease.
Forced to quit school at age 13 to work on the family farm, Joseph entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary six years later, taking the name of a fourth-century physician and martyr. When his brother Pamphile, a priest in the same congregation, fell ill and was unable to go to the Hawaiian Islands as assigned, Damien quickly volunteered in his place. In May 1864, two months after arriving in his new mission, Damien was ordained a priest in Honolulu and assigned to the island of Hawaii.

In 1873, he went to the Hawaiian government's leper colony on the island of Molokai, set up seven years earlier. Part of a team of four chaplains taking that assignment for three months each year, Damien soon volunteered to remain permanently, caring for the people's physical, medical and spiritual needs. In time, he became their most effective advocate to obtain promised government support.

Soon the settlement had new houses and a new church, school and orphanage. Morale improved considerably. A few years later he succeeded in getting the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse, led by Mother Marianne Cope (January 23), to help staff this colony in Kalaupapa.

Damien contracted Hansen's disease and died of its complications. As requested, he was buried in Kalaupapa, but in 1936 the Belgian government succeeded in having his body moved to Belgium. Part of Damien's body was returned to his beloved Hawaiian brothers and sisters after his beatification in 1995.

Damien was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.

When Hawaii became a state in 1959, it selected Damien as one of its two representatives in the Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 10, 2014, 10:09:00 AM
St. Antoninus of Florence
(Dominican Order, Friar & Bishop)

Antonino Fierozzi was born in Florence in 1389
and in 1405 received into the Order “for the future
priory of Fiesole” by Bl. John Dominic, who at that
time was reforming the Dominican priories of the
area according to the wishes of Bl. Raymond of
Capua. He served the friars in various priories in
Italy, often as local superior, and became a distinguished
master of canon law. In 1436 he founded
the priory of San Marco in Florence and under his
leadership Fra Angelico decorated the priory and an
out?standing library was collected. His wisdom and
pastoral zeal made him a natural choice for Archbishop
of Florence in 1446. He was noted for his
service to the poor and established a society under
the patronage of Saint Martin to assist him in this
work. Among his writings the best known is his
Summa moralis. His whole life was mirrored in his
last words, “to serve God is to reign.” He died on
May 2, 1459.


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Post by: Shin on May 10, 2014, 09:40:35 PM
I remember having a quite old copy of a biography of Fr. Damien as one of the earliest books I read about a saint.

I was quite impressed by the descriptions of the horrible effects of leprosy, which can have folks look like their limbs have been gnawn away.



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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 11, 2014, 11:57:11 AM
St. Ignatius of Laconi 
(1701-1781)

He was the second of seven children of peasant parents in Sardinia. His path to the Franciscans was unusual. During a serious illness, Ignatius vowed to become a Capuchin if he recovered. He regained his health but ignored the promise. A riding accident prompted him to renew the pledge, which he acted on the second time; he was 20 then. Ignatius’s reputation for self-denial and charity led to his appointment as the official beggar for the friars in Cagliari. He fulfilled that task for 40 years; he was blind the last two years.

While on his rounds, Ignatius would instruct the children, visit the sick and urge sinners to repent. The people of Cagliari were inspired by his kindness and his faithfulness to his work. He was canonized in 1951.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 12, 2014, 02:26:29 AM
St. Ignatius of Laconi ,
Pray for the abducted Nigerian school girls
and pray for us!


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 12, 2014, 10:03:12 AM
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus 
(1st century)

Devotion to these two saints goes back to the fourth century, though almost nothing is known of their lives. They were praetorian soldiers of the Roman army, became Christians and were removed to the island of Terracina, where they were martyred. Their bodies were buried in a family vault, later known as the cemetery of Domitilla. Excavations by De Rossi in 1896 resulted in the discovery of their empty tomb in the underground church built by Pope Siricius in 390.
Two hundred years after their death, Pope Gregory the Great delivered his 28th homily on the occasion of their feast. “These saints, before whom we are assembled, despised the world and trampled it under their feet when peace, riches and health gave it charms.”

QUOTE:
Pope Damasus wrote an epitaph for Nereus and Achilleus in the fourth century. The text is known from travelers who read it while the slab was still entire, but the broken fragments found by De Rossi are sufficient to identify it: “The martyrs Nereus and Achilleus had enrolled themselves in the army and exercised the cruel office of carrying out the orders of the tyrant, being ever ready, through the constraint of fear, to obey his will. O miracle of faith! Suddenly they cease from their fury, they become converted, they fly from the camp of their wicked leader; they throw away their shields, their armor and their blood-stained javelins. Confessing the faith of Christ, they rejoice to bear testimony to its triumph. Learn now from the words of Damasus what great things the glory of Christ can accomplish.”


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 12, 2014, 11:05:42 AM
~ Dominican Saint of the Day ~

Blessed Jane of Portugal
(Nun & Virgin)

Blessed Jane, the only daughter of Alphonso V of
Portugal, was born in Lisbon in 1452. She desired to
embrace religious life and despite the violent opposition
of her brother and father, she entered the
Dominican monastery of Aveiro in 1472. Dedicated
to prayer and penance she lived for the conversion
of sinners and the liberation of the Christian captives
in Africa. She lived a life of humility and simplicity
and died on May 12, 1490.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 13, 2014, 10:39:12 AM
Our Lady of Fatima

Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. (See February 20 entry for Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto). Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia. The third visionary, Lucia dos Santos, became a Carmelite nun and died in 2005 at the age of 97.
Mary gave the children three secrets. Since Francisco died in 1919 and Jacinta the following year, Lucia revealed the first secret in 1927, concerning devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The second secret was a vision of hell.

Pope John Paul II directed the Holy See's Secretary of State to reveal the third secret in 2000; it spoke of a "bishop in white" who was shot by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows into him. Many people linked this to the assassination attempt against Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981.

The feast of Our Lady of Fatima was approved by the local bishop in 1930; it was added to the Church's worldwide calendar in 2002.


QUOTE:
“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith and must, therefore, have their focus in the core of Christ's proclamation: the Father's love which leads men and women to conversion and bestows the grace required to abandon oneself to him with filial devotion. This too is the message of Fatima which, with its urgent call to conversion and penance, draws us to the heart of the Gospel” (The Message of Fatima, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, June 26, 2000).



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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 13, 2014, 11:22:15 AM
FEAST OF Bl.  IMELDA, O.P.
(Patroness of First Holy Communicants)

Imelda was born in 1322, the only child of a Count. Her parents were devout Catholics and were known for their charity and generosity to the underprivileged of Bologna. As a very young girl, Imelda had a burning desire to receive Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist. On her fifth birthday, she requested this privilege; however the custom at the time was that children did not receive their First Holy Communion until age 12. Imelda was sorely disappointed but knew the time would come soon enough. She would sometimes exclaim: "Tell me, can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?"


As time went by, her desire for the Blessed Sacrament grew, and she loved Christ more than ever. To show this love, she joined a cloistered Dominican community at age nine in Valdipietra, near Bologna, which was unusual to do for a girl at her age. There it would be easier to wait for her First Communion, in deep prayer and conversation with God.

On May 12, 1333, the day of the vigil of the Ascension, she finally got her wish. As she knelt in prayer the "Light of the Host" was witnessed above her head by the Sacristan, who then fetched the Priest so he could see. After seeing this miracle, the priest felt compelled admit her to receiving the Eucharist. Immediately after receiving it, Imelda fell to the floor and died in complete ecstasy. Her remains are kept in Bologna at the Church of San Sigismondo, beneath the wax effigy of her likeness. There still remains some controversy as to whether Blessed Imelda can be classified as incorrupt. Many argue that contrary to popular belief, she is not truly incorrupt. Many other sources, including the Church of San Sigismondo, steadfastly claim that she is incorrupt.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 15, 2014, 12:14:07 PM
~Blessed Giles of Portugal
(Friar & Priest)

Blessed Giles was born at Vouzella, near
Coimbra, Portugal, about 1184. Although destined
for a church career by his father, Giles was more
attracted by medicine, which he studied and taught
at Paris. According to tradition he was converted
from a dissolute life through the intervention of the
Blessed Virgin. He entered the newly founded
Order of Preachers at Valencia around 1224 and
became a celebrated preacher and able superior.
Noted for his humble service to his brethren, he died
at Santarem on May 14, 1265.

and

~Blessed Andrew Abellon
(Friar & Priest)

Blessed Andrew was born in 1375 at Saint
Maximin, France and received the habit at the priory
of St. Mary Magdalene. He was outstanding for his
teaching, for his preaching throughout Provence,
and for his zeal in restoring regular observance. In
addition he exercised his talents as an artist in many
of the Dominican churches of southern France. He
died at Aix-en-Provence on May 15, 1450.


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Post by: James - a humble servant on May 16, 2014, 10:54:55 AM
St. Margaret of Cortona 
(1247-1297)

Margaret was born of farming parents in Laviano, Tuscany. Her mother died when Margaret was seven; life with her stepmother was so difficult that Margaret moved out. For nine years she lived with Arsenio, though they were not married, and she bore him a son. In those years, she had doubts about her situation. Somewhat like St. Augustine she prayed for purity—but not just yet.
One day she was waiting for Arsenio and was instead met by his dog. The animal led Margaret into the forest where she found Arsenio murdered. This crime shocked Margaret into a life of penance. She and her son returned to Laviano, where she was not well received by her stepmother. They then went to Cortona, where her son eventually became a friar.

In 1277, three years after her conversion, Margaret became a Franciscan tertiary. Under the direction of her confessor, who sometimes had to order her to moderate her self-denial, she pursued a life of prayer and penance at Cortona. There she established a hospital and founded a congregation of tertiary sisters. The poor and humble Margaret was, like Francis, devoted to the Eucharist and to the passion of Jesus. These devotions fueled her great charity and drew sinners to her for advice and inspiration. She was canonized in 1728.

QUOTE:
"Let us raise ourselves from our fall and not give up hope as long as we free ourselves from sin. Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners. ‘O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!’ (Psalm 95:6). The Word calls us to repentance, crying out: ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carryi