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Title: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 06, 2011, 03:04:02 PM
Saint of the day and Feast days.
In the early Church, all Christians, being faithful members of the Mystical Body of Christ, were classified as “saints”. Saint Paul in particular, so,  liked to refer to members of the early Christian Community.  He spoke of “ the saints who are at Ephesus” ( Eph. 1:1), etc.
In the Acts of the Apostles, we also find that all who were followers of Christ were called “saints”.
The word “saint “is derived from the Latin word “ sanctus” which means “ holy”. In this original meaning of the word, therefore, “every Christian soul, incorporated with Christ by baptism, and having within himself The Holy Spirit( so long as he remains in the state of sanctifying grace), is holy; is a saint…” Leo J. Trese in his book, The Faith Explained.
Nowadays when we say “saint”, we mean only those in heaven.
In the Apostles Creed, we find these words “…We believe in the communion of Saints”. This means we believe that there is a union, an intercourse or fellowship among all souls in whom dwells the Holy Spirit, viz: 1:Us here on earth who are still struggling and fighting against sin. Hence-The Church militant.
2:The Souls in Purgatory-The Church Suffering.
3: Those blessed Souls now in heaven-The Church Triumphant.
From time immemorial, we Catholics have been devoted to the Saints. In the words of the early Christians of Smyrna:
“ We adore Christ because He is the Son of God; we love the Saints because they are disciples and imitators of Our Lord”
From the Saints we seek to imitate their way of life; we seek fellowship with them and finally we seek aid by their intercession.  We believe that because of the love they have shown God, their intercession with God, on our behalf, is powerful, and that God , in His love for us, works miracles through His Saints.
Again, to quote Leo J. Trese, “ An artist is honored when his works are praised. The Saints are the masterpieces of God’s grace. When we honor them, we are honoring their maker, their sanctifier and their redeemer. Honor given to the Saints is not honor taken away from God. On the contrary, It is honor given to God in a manner which He Himself has indicated and desires.”
 From today,therefore let  us daily honor Our God in His very many Saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 06, 2011, 03:25:08 PM
7 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saints Perpetua and Felicity
Among many other saints.

Saints Perpetua and Felicity.

Perpetua and Felicity lived in Carthage, North Africa, in the third century.
At the time of this record, Perpetua was twentytwo years old, young, beautiful, and well-educated. She was a noblewoman.the daughter of a rich nobleman. She had three brothers, two were living but one, named Dinocrates, had died at the age of seven. Perpetua’s father was a pagan, but, her mother and one of her brothers were Christians. The second brother was still a catechumen. Perpetua was married to a man of good standing and had a baby. She had a maid called Felicity who was a Christian. Felicity was a former slave. The two women were great friends despite the differences in their stations.
It was then that in Carthage, Africa, in the year 202, when the Emperor Severus issued an anti-Christian law forbidding anyone to be baptized and become a Christian. Perpetua was a catechumen then, studying to become a Christian. She was arrested along with four other catechumens,.. Those arrested were Revocatus, his fellow-slave Felicity, who was heavy with child, Saturninus, Secundulus and Vivia Perpetua. All were tried and sentenced to be thrown to the wild beasts in the amphitheater during a national holiday. Their deaths were scheduled along with sports events and various games.
Perpetua kept a diary during her last days, while she awaited her execution. Her diary, along with an eyewitness's account of her death, is one of the oldest, most reliable histories of a martyr's sufferings. This account was not just passed down to encourage other Christians to witness to the world with their lives—to teach others that greater than life itself is knowing Jesus and being loyal to him, the account publicly read in the churches of Africa, and were in fact so highly esteemed that St. Augustine found it necessary to issue a protest against their being placed on a level with the Holy Scriptures!

During the days before their execution, their teacher Saturus voluntarily joined the catechumens so that he might die for Christ with them. It seems too that the catechumens were baptized while awaiting their martyrdom. Perpetua's father, now an ald man pleaded with her to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods so she could be free, but she refused. She said, “Father do you see this water jar, or whatever it is, standing here? Could one call it by any other name than what it is? Well, in the same way I cannot be called by any other name than what I am—a Christian.”

She comforted her father in his grief over her decision saying, “It shall happen as God shall choose, for assuredly we depend not on our own power but on the power of God.“

Hand in hand, Perpetua and Felicity bravely faced martyrdom together. They were mauled by wild beasts and then beheaded on 7 March 203 at Carthage, North Africa.

Saint Perpetua
Pray for us!
Saint Felicity,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 06, 2011, 05:31:13 PM
You don't have to work so hard odhiambo unless you truly feel you have the time! :D

It's great to read about St. Perpetua and Felicity. They are two of my favorites.

I love reading the account of their martyrdom.. and I love the quote about the water. If only people would always speak so simply, in these corrupt times it seem as if simple statements such as this are often no longer said. .



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 06, 2011, 05:31:41 PM
It's great to have you here!! Welcome!!!  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 06, 2011, 05:34:41 PM
'When she was thrown into the air by a savage bull in the amphitheatre at Carthage, her first thought and action when she fell to the ground was to rearrange her dress to cover her thigh, because she was more concerned for modesty than pain.'

Pope Pius XII, Allocution to the Girls of Catholic Action, speaking of St. Perpetua


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 06, 2011, 05:51:01 PM
I read this quote to my 8 year old and she went ' Wow!'


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2011, 05:28:16 AM
It's great to have you here!! Welcome!!!  :D

Thank you Shin. ;D, Great to be here. Still trying to find my way about the place; not even crawling yet. ;D
Since I am posting at the Saints---thread, I thought I'd post the same this side.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2011, 04:24:25 PM
8 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint John of God
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 07, 2011, 04:25:34 PM
Saint John of God.

John was born in Portugal on March 8, 1495. His given name was Juan Ciudad. His parents were poor but very devout Christians. He reportedly ran away as a boy from his home in Portugal. He earned a living as a shepherd in Spain until he was about 22 years old. Then in 1522, he enlisted in the army and fought in the war against the French, and later on in Hungary against the Turks. John at this point in his life had lost all fear of offending God and had given up the practices of devotion his parents had instilled in him. When John was 40 years old, something happened that was a turning point in his life. He heard a sermon by Saint John of Avilla, a profound lecture that left him filled with remorse for his past and resolved to change his life and do penance for his sins.
He went back to Spain and rented a house. In it he gathered all the sick, the poor and the homeless of the town of Granada. Often he would carry the sick to his home on his own back. He washed them, dressed their wounds if any, and begged food for them. He brought many people back to God. Kind people began helping him in his work. John then founded a religious Order to assist him in this work of charity. Called John of God by Bishop Sebastian Ramirez de Fuenleal of Tuy Spain, he won approval for his Order called The Brothers of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God or the Hospitaller Order( H.O.), or simply fhe Brothers of Saint John of God.

his motto was " labor without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time".
Worn out by 10 years of constant service, John became very ill. On 8 March, 1550, he was found kneeling before a crucifix, his face resting on the feet of Jesus. He apparently died of heart failure and as such is honored as the patron saint of heart patients. John left the world on the same day and the same month that he entered , 8 March!
John was canonized in 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII. He was declared by Pope Leo XIII IN 1886 to be patron of hospitals and the sick. He is also considered patron of booksellers and printers
Saint John of God
Pray for us!
__________________


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 07, 2011, 05:44:56 PM
Quote
Honor given to the Saints is not honor taken away from God. On the contrary, It is honor given to God in a manner which He Himself has indicated and desires.”
 From today,therefore let  us daily honor Our God in His very many Saints.

AMEN.

Welcome odhiambo. Great to have you here.  :happywave:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Brigid on March 07, 2011, 06:13:07 PM
Quote
do all the good works you can while you still have the time

 :thumbsup:


Welcome and glad to see you odhiambo!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 07, 2011, 09:00:11 PM
It's great to have you here!! Welcome!!!  :D

Thank you Shin. ;D, Great to be here. Still trying to find my way about the place; not even crawling yet. ;D
Since I am posting at the Saints---thread, I thought I'd post the same this side.

It's good to read! :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 07, 2011, 09:17:44 PM
Today is also St. Paul the Simple's day.  (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?board=1.0)

:)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 08, 2011, 01:09:00 PM
Quote
Honor given to the Saints is not honor taken away from God. On the contrary, It is honor given to God in a manner which He Himself has indicated and desires.”
 From today,therefore let  us daily honor Our God in His very many Saints.

AMEN.

Welcome odhiambo. Great to have you here.  :happywave:


Thanks martin  :)
Would have introduced myself but hadn't a clue where to do so  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 08, 2011, 01:13:17 PM
Quote
do all the good works you can while you still have the time

 :thumbsup:


Welcome and glad to see you odhiambo!


Thanks Brigid. Glad to be here  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 08, 2011, 04:16:45 PM
'If we look forward to receiving God’s mercy, we can never fail to do good so long as we have the strength. For if we share with the poor, out of love for God, whatever he has given to us, we shall receive according to his promise a hundredfold in eternal happiness. What a fine profit, what a blessed reward! With outstretched arms he begs us to turn toward him, to weep for our sins, and to become the servants of love, first for ourselves, then for our neighbors. Just as water extinguishes a fire, so love wipes away sin.

So many poor people come here that I very often wonder how we can care for them all, but Jesus Christ provides all things and nourishes everyone. Many of them come to the house of God, because the city of Granada is large and very cold, especially now in winter. More than a hundred and ten are now living here, sick and healthy, servants and pilgrims. Since this house is open to everyone, it receives the sick of every type and condition: the crippled, the disabled, lepers, mutes, the insane, paralytics, those suffering from scurvy and those bearing the afflictions of old age, many children, and above all countless pilgrims and travelers, who come here, and for whom we furnish the fire, water, and salt, as well as the utensils to cook their food. And for all of this no payment is requested, yet Christ provides.

I work here on borrowed money, a prisoner for the sake of Jesus Christ. And often my debts are so pressing that I dare not go out of the house for fear of being seized by my creditors. Whenever I see so many poor brothers and neighbours of mine suffering beyond their strength and overwhelmed with so many physical or mental ills which I cannot alleviate, then I become exceedingly sorrowful; but I trust in Christ, who knows my heart. And so I say, “Woe to the man who trusts in men rather than in Christ.”'

 - from a letter written by St. John of God


"labor without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time"

Is a splendid motto. Considering how much depends on every moment.



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 08, 2011, 04:19:07 PM
9 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Frances of Rome.

Saint Frances of Rome
(Saint Francesca Romana) (1384 – March 9, 1440).

Frances was born at Trastevere in the city of Rome in 1384 to a wealthy, noble family, a pious household. Her father was Paul Bosco and her mother was Jacobella dei Roffredeschi. While still a little girl, she used to go with her mother to visit the poor and care for the sick. She liked to read about the saints especially hermits in the Egyptian deserts. By the time she was eleven, Frances had developed a strong desire to consecrate herself to God. She told her parents that she knew what God wanted for her; she was going to be a nun. Her father , however had other plans for her. He had already promised her in marriage to the son of another wealthy family. Father and daughter were both strong willed.Frances wouldn't listen to him. She stubbornly prayed to God to prevent the marriage until her confessor pointed out, "Are you crying because you want to do God's will or because you want God to do your will?" She reluctantly gave in to the marriage.Within two years, in 1396, she was married to Lorenzo Ponziani, commander of the papal troops of Rome. Although the marriage had been arranged, it was a happy one, lasting for forty years. She had three children: Her first born son was Battista, after John the Baptist. The second child was also a boy, Giovanni Evangelista, the third and last child was a girl, Agnes.

After Agnes was born, a flood brought disease and famine to Rome. Frances gave orders that no one asking for alms was to be turned away and she and Vannozza , her sister in law, went out to the poor with corn, wine, oil and clothing; They prayed, visited the poor, and took care of the sick, inspiring other wealthy women to do the same. In 1401, Frances lost her son Evangelist in the Plague. Two years later, her daughter Agnes, also died.
When the forces of Landislaus of Naples took Rome in 1408 and 1410, Lorenzo was forced to flee the city. Frances remained and saw her family’s castle and lands looted and burned.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "With her husband's consent St. Frances practiced continence, and advanced in a life of contemplation. Her visions often assumed the form of drama enacted for her by heavenly personages. She had the gift of miracles and ecstasy, (as) well as the bodily vision of her guardian angel, had revelations concerning purgatory and hell, and foretold the ending of the Western Schism. She could read the secrets of consciences and detect plots of diabolical origin. She was remarkable for her humility and detachment, her obedience and patience".
St. Francesca had turned part of the family's country estate into a hospital. On 15 August 1425, the feast of the Assumption, she founded the Oblates of Mary, a society of lay women affiliated to the Olivetan Benedictines. The women lived in the world but pledged to offer themselves to God and serve the poor. Eventually they bought a house where the widowed members could live in community
When Lorenzo died in 1436, Frances entered the Society and was made the superior.

For the last twenty three years of her life, Frances had an angel as her companion, yes, an angel. He was visible only to her. John Matteotti, her confessor, recorded her visions and prophecies.

Frances died in Rome on March 9, 1440. Her last words were: "The angel has finished his task -- he beckons me to follow him."

Saint Frances
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 08, 2011, 04:24:48 PM


"labor without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time"

Is a splendid motto. Considering how much depends on every moment.



Reminds me of Paul the Simple I was reading from your post.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 08, 2011, 04:26:34 PM

"labor without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time"

Is a splendid motto. Considering how much depends on every moment.


Reminds me of Paul the Simple I was reading from your post.

St. Paul the simple, the model for monks. :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 08, 2011, 04:26:49 PM
I also read that on St. Frances of Rome's feast day it is customary for priests to bless people's cars, because St. Frances of Rome has patronage over cars and drivers. This is because when she went abroad at night, her guardian angel would go before her and light the way, keeping her safe on the journey.

A priestly blessing for cars from the old Roman Ritual goes like this:

BLESSING OF AN AUTOMOBILE OR OTHER VEHICLE

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
Lord God, be well disposed to our prayers, and bless + this
vehicle with your holy hand. Appoint your holy angels as an
escort over it, who will always shield its passengers and keep
them safe from accidents. And as once by your deacon, Philip, you
bestowed faith and grace upon the Ethiopian seated in his
carriage and reading Holy Writ, so also now show the way of
salvation to your servants, in order that, strengthened by your
grace and ever intent upon good works, they may attain, after all
the successes and failures of this life, the certain happiness of
everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

 


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 08, 2011, 04:36:01 PM
Fr. F.X. Schouppe, from his book, 'Purgatory' also describes St. Frances of Rome's vision of purgatory:

'She saw there souls which suffered cruelly, but angels visited and assisted them in their sufferings. Purgatory, she said, is divided into three distinct parts, which are as the three large provinces of that kingdom of suffering. They are situated the one beneath the other, and occupied by souls of different orders. These souls are buried more deeply in proportion as they are more defiled and farther removed from the time of their deliverance.

The lowest region is filled with a fierce fire, but which is not dark like that of Hell; it is a vast burning sea, throwing forth immense flames. Innumerable souls are plunged into its depths: they are those who have rendered themselves guilty of mortal sin, which they have duly confessed, but not sufficiently expiated during life. The servant of God then learned that, for all forgiven mortal sin, there remains to be undergone a suffering of seven years. This term cannot evidently be taken to mean a definite measure, since mortal sins differ in enormity, but as an average penalty. Although the souls are enveloped in the same flames, their sufferings are not the same; they differ according to the number and nature of their former sins.

In this lower Purgatory the saint beheld laics and persons consecrated to God. The laics were those who, after a life of sin, had had the happiness of being sincerely converted; the persons consecrated to God were those who had not lived according to the sanctity of their state. At that same moment she saw descend the soul of a priest whom she knew, but whose name she does not reveal. She remarked that he had his face covered with a veil which concealed a stain. Although he had led an edifying life, this priest had not always observed strict temperance, and had sought too eagerly the satisfactions of the table.

The saint was then conducted into the intermediate Purgatory, destined for souls which had deserved less rigorous chastisement. It had three distinct compartments ; one resembled an immense dungeon of ice, the cold of which was indescribably intense; the second, on the contrary, was like a huge caldron of boiling oil and pitch; the third had the appearance of a pond of liquid metal resembling molten gold or silver.

The upper Purgatory, which the saint does not describe, is the temporary abode of souls which suffer little, except the pain of loss, and approach the happy moment of their deliverance.

Such, in substance, is the vision of St. Frances relative to Purgatory.'

... I think this is very timely for Lent!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 09, 2011, 03:01:40 AM
"For the last twenty three years of her life, Frances had an angel as her companion.  He was visible only to her"

We should all  take comfort  from the fact that we all  have our own Guardian Angels  who are our constant companions. God, in His love for us, saw to that. We may not see him but he is there. :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 09, 2011, 05:24:07 PM
Shin those quotes from St Frances on Purgatory have got me thinking again of how much we can do here on earth for those suffering souls and Lent is a great time to remember them even more so.
With Purgatiry being seldom mentioned these days it's even more important we pray for them as there must be so many forgotten souls.

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.
If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord,
For with the Lord is kindness and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2011, 04:13:40 AM
10 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Dominic Savio
Just one of other saints we remember today

Dominic Savio.

The following account of the life of Saint Dominic Savio, is heavily borrowed from wapedia.
Wiki: Dominic Savio
The account is rather long so I will post in three parts.

Dominic was born in Riva di Chieri, Italy, on April 2, 1842.
He was the second of eleven children born to Charles and Brigid Savio; a poor, hard-working and pious couple. Charles was a blacksmith. He was apparently so frail looking at birth that his parents took him to Church for Baptism the very evening of his birth. But the baby survived.
When he was two years old, his parents returned to their native place at Murialdo on the outskirts of Castelnuovo d'Asti , the birth-place of John Bosco,
His parents gave him a sound Christian upbringing and by the age of four, Dominic was able to pray by himself and was even occasionally found in solitude, praying. Most of what we know about Dominic Savio comes from his biography written by John Bosco.He records that Savio's parents recollect how he used to help his mother around the house, welcome his father home, say his prayers without being reminded, (even reminding others when they forgot) and say Grace at mealtimes unfailingly.
Fr. Giovanni Zucca from Moriondo, who was then the chaplain at Murialdo when Dominic was five years old, notes in a statement to John Bosco that he came to notice Dominic due to his regular church attendance with his mother, and his habit of kneeling down outside the church to pray (even in the mud or snow) if he happened to come to Church before it had been unlocked in the morning.

The priest arranged for Dominic to enter Don Bosco’s Oratory at Turin. He was a remarkable boy and made good progress at the village school. He was bright, friendly and showed early leadership qualities.
At the age of five, Dominic learned to serve Mass, and would try to participate at Mass every day as well as go regularly to Confession. He had much reverence for the Eucharist and was also permitted to make his First Communion at an early age.
At the time, it was customary for children to receive their First Communion at the age of twelve. ( the age was later lowered to seven by Pope Pius X ). After initial hesitation, and subsequent consultation with other priests, the parish priest agreed to permit Dominic to receive his First Communion at the age of seven, since he knew the catechism and understood something of the Eucharist.
Dominic spent much time praying and reading in preparation for this big day. He asked his mother's forgiveness for anything he might have done to displease her and then went to Church. In his biography of Dominic Savio, John Bosco devotes a chapter to tell of Dominic's First Communion. He says that several years later, whenever Dominic talked of the day of his First Communion, he said with joy:

"That was the happiest and most wonderful day of my life"

John Bosco records that on the day of his First Communion, Dominic made some promises which he wrote in a "little book", and re-read them many times. John Bosco once looked through Dominic's book, and he quotes from it the promises that he made: [

Resolutions made by me, Dominic Savio, in the year 1849, on the day of my First Communion, at the age of seven.

1. I will go to Confession often, and as frequently to Holy Communion as my confessor allows.
2. I wish to sanctify the Sundays and festivals in a special manner.
3. My friends shall be Jesus and Mary.
4. Death rather than sin.

Saint Dominic’s account continues in the next post.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2011, 04:35:15 AM
Saint Dominic of Savio Part II

A few years after this, it was time for Dominic to go to another school and it was decided that he would go to the County School at Castelnuovo, three miles (5 km) from his home.
Ten years old, Dominic walked daily to and from school. In his biography of Dominic, John Bosco records how a local farmer once asked Dominic, on a hot sunny day, if he was not tired from walking, and received the reply:
"Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a master who pays well."

Don Bosco also notes that Dominic refused to go swimming with his friends since Dominic considered that in such a situation, it would be "also easy to offend God", he believed that on a previous occasion his friends behaved in, what was to him, a vulgar manner.

It was Fr. Giuseppe Cugliero, Dominic's teacher at school, who gave a high account of him to John Bosco and recommended that Bosco meet him during the Feast of the Rosary, when he would take his boys to Murialdo. Accordingly, accompanied by his father, Dominic met John Bosco on the first Monday in the month of October, 1854. Dominic was eager to go to Turin with John Bosco, and he also told John Bosco that he wished to become a priest after completing his studies in that town. This meeting was the beginning of their relationship, the result of which was that John Bosco agreed to take Dominic to Turin with him.
Once at the Oratory, Dominic placed himself under the guidance of John Bosco. He worked hard and followed the school rules.. John Bosco also notes how Dominic was obedient to his teachers and chose his companions carefully.

In 1854, the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary was being defined. Preparations for the observation of this feast were going on at the Oratory. Don Bosco records that, at the advice of his confessor, Dominic renewed his First Communion promises at the altar of Mary at the Oratory. John Bosco says that, from this point the result of Dominic's attempts towards holy life were so apparent, that he (John Bosco) took to recording the various incidents that occurred for future reference.

One day, John Bosco's own mother, Mamma Margaret, remarked to him of Dominic,
"You have many good boys, but none can match the good heart and soul of Dominic. I see him so often at prayer, staying in church after the others; every day he slips out of the playground to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. When he is in church he is like an angel living in Paradise."
Around six months after Dominic had come to the Oratory, he had the occasion to listen to a talk on sainthood. John Bosco records that the talk had three main points that impressed Dominic:
1. That it is God's will that each one should become a saint.
2. That it is easy to become a saint.
3. That there is a great reward waiting in heaven for those who try to become saints.
This inspired Dominic to take a conscious decision to become a saint. On learning that his first name meant "belonging to God", his desire to be a saint intensified,if at all that was possible.
In his desire to become a saint, Dominic tried to perform physical penances, like making his bed uncomfortable with small stones and pieces of wood, sleeping with a thin covering in winter, wearing a hair shirt, and fasting on bread and water.
When his superiors came to know this, they forbade him from doing bodily mortification, as it would affect his health. John Bosco told Dominic that as a schoolboy, the best penance would be to perform all his duties with perfection and humility, and that obedience was the greatest sacrifice. Thus, Dominic formed an important aspect of his philosophy of life, which was, in his words, "I can't do big things but I want everything to be for the glory of God."
Don Bosco notes that from that time on, Dominic did not complain about the food or the weather, unlike some other boys at the Oratory, bore all suffering cheerfully.

This account continues in the next post.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2011, 05:18:02 AM
Saint Dominic of Savio-Conclusion

The definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary had an impact on Dominic and he was anxious to create at the school a lasting reminder of this event. He now felt that he had not long to live. With the help of his friends, he started a group called the Sodality of Mary Immaculate, the main aim of which was to be to obtain the special protection of Mary during life and at the time of death. The means Dominic proposed to this end were:
(1)To honour, and to bring others to honour, Mary by different means.
(2) to encourage frequent Communion.
On June 8, he and his friends read out together before the altar of Mary at the Oratory, the set of rules they had drawn up. There were twenty-one articles (which were recorded by John Bosco in his biography), ending with an appeal to Mary for her assistance. These were submitted to the rector, and, after careful perusal, he gave his approval, under certain conditions. One of the members of this Sodality, Giuseppe Bongioanni, (who was later ordained a priest) was later to found the Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament, which became a traditional sodality in Catholic schools.

All the pupils under John Bosco observed a monthly event called The Exercise of a Happy Death; this practice continues under the name The Monthly Day of Recollection. This practice was encouraged by Pope Pius IX. Part of this was to make a Confession and Communion as though they were the last ones to be made before death. Bosco notes that Dominic observed this practice devoutly, and that one day, Dominic said that he would be the first amongst the group to die. During the month of May, before his death, the intensity of his spiritual practices increased. John Bosco notes that he said, "Let me do what I can this year; if I am here next year I'll let you know what my plans are."

Dominic's health was steadily deteriorating, but he spent most of his time with his friends, talking with them, and encouraging those who were experiencing troubles. He also helped at the school infirmary whenever his companions were admitted. On the recommendation of doctors, Dominic was sent home to recover from his ill health, but a few days later Bosco found him back at the Oratory. In spite of his affection for Dominic, and his wish to allow Dominic to remain at the Oratory, John Bosco decided to follow the recommendation of the doctors, especially since Dominic had developed a severe cough.
He wrote to Dominic's father, fixing the date of his departure on March 1, 1857. Though Dominic said that he wanted to spend his last days at the Oratory, he accepted this decision and spent the evening before his departure at John Bosco's side, discussing spiritual matters. On the morning of his departure, Don Bosco notes that Dominic made the Exercise of a Happy Death with great zeal, even saying that this would be his final such devotion. He said his farewell to John Bosco.
He then took leave of his friends with great affection, which surprised them, for his illness was not considered by many of his companions to be serious.
At home, Dominic’s condition worsened. He was sure that his death was approaching, and asked that he be allowed to make his Confession and receive Communion. Though they thought it unnecessary, his parents sent for the parish priest who heard Dominic's confession and administered the Eucharist. After four days, in spite of the conviction of the doctor and his parents that he would get better, Dominic asked that he be given the Anointing of the Sick in preparation for death. Again, his parents agreed, to please him. On March 9, he was given the papal blessing and he said the Confiteor. Don Bosco records that throughout these days, he stayed serene and calm.

On the evening of March 9, 1857, after being visited by his parish priest, he asked his father to read him the prayers for the Exercise of a Happy Death from his book of devotions. Then he slept a while, and shortly awakened and said in a clear voice,

"Goodbye, Dad, goodbye . . . what was it the parish priest suggested to me ... I don't seem to remember . . . Oh, what wonderful things I see ...".
With these words, Dominic died, though, at first, it appeared to his father that he was asleep. He was just 14 years old.

Dominic's father wrote in a letter to John Bosco, conveying the news of the death of his son,
"With my heart full of grief I send you this sad news. Dominic, my dear son and your child in God, like a white lily, like Aloysius Gonzaga, gave his soul to God on March 9th after having received with the greatest devotion the Last Sacraments and the Papal Blessing."
Dominic was canonized in June, 1954 by Pope Pius XII.

Saint Dominic,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 10, 2011, 08:16:58 AM
Good morning odhiambo!

Quote
1. That it is God's will that each one should become a saint.
2. That it is easy to become a saint.
3. That there is a great reward waiting in heaven for those who try to become saints.

As easy as one, two three!

 :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2011, 09:07:40 AM
Good morning odhiambo!

Quote
1. That it is God's will that each one should become a saint.
2. That it is easy to become a saint.
3. That there is a great reward waiting in heaven for those who try to become saints.

As easy as one, two three!

 :D

I tell you Shin, Saint Dominic has left me in absolute awe. He lived very briefly and yet achieved so much!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 10, 2011, 12:31:20 PM
I like how St. John Bosco and St Dominic Savio , two great saints knew each other.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2011, 04:01:53 PM
11 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint John Ogilvie
One among other saints remembered today.

Saint John Ogilvie

John was born in 1579 in Scotland. His father was a nobleman; a wealthy Scottish Lord. He was raised a Calvinist and was educated in mainland Europe where he attended a number of Roman Catholic educational establishments. In the midst of the religious controversies and turmoil that engulfed Europe at that time, John decided to become a Roman Catholic.
In 1596, aged seventeen, he was received into the Catholic Church at Louvain, Belgium. He then joined the Society of Jesus in 1608 and was ordained priest in Paris in 1610. After ordination he served in Rouen in Normandy.
Meanwhile in his homeland in Scotland, from 1560, it had become illegal to preach, proselytise for, or otherwise endorse Roman Catholicism. John asked to be sent to Scotland to minister to the few remaining Roman Catholics in the Glasgow area.
He was hoping that some Catholic nobles there would aid him, but none did. He went to London, then back to Paris, and finally returned to Scotland in November 1613 disguised as a horse trader named John Watson. Thereafter he began to preach in secret, celebrating mass clandestinely in private homes.
He was able to do this for just one year before he was betrayed by one posing as a Catholic. He was arrested in Glasgow and taken to gaol in Paisley. He was then tortured in prison in an effort to get him to reveal the names of other Catholics, but he refused.

After three trials, John was convicted of high treason because he converted Protestants to the Catholic Faith and for refusing to accept the King's spiritual jurisdiction. He was sentenced to death.

In March 1615, aged thirty-six years, he was paraded through the streets of Glasgow , then hanged and disembowelled, according to the penalty of the time. He was hanged at a junction in the city known as Glasgow Cross.
His last words were "If there be here any hidden Roman Catholics, let them pray for me but the prayers of heretics I will not have".
After he was pushed from the stairs, he threw his concealed rosary beads out into the crowd. The tale is told that one of his enemies caught them and subsequently became a devout lifelong Roman Catholic.

After his execution Ogilvie's followers were rounded up and put in gaol. They suffered heavy fines, but none was to receive the death penalty.

Saint John Ogilvie
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 10, 2011, 04:06:25 PM
I like how St. John Bosco and St Dominic Savio , two great saints knew each other.

Yes, I do too. Two of a kind they were and from the same  blessed village too.  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 11, 2011, 07:09:05 AM
"If there be here any hidden Roman Catholics, let them pray for me but the prayers of heretics I will not have."

St. John Ogilve

A memorable quote!

"He worked as an underground missionary in Edinburgh and Glasgow, dodging the Queen‘s priest-hunters, disguised as a soldier named Watson. After 11 months in the field (and on the run), John was betrayed by a phony Catholic, imprisoned, interrogated, then tortured for the names of active Catholics. He gave no information. “Your threats cheer me; I mind them no more than the cackling of geese,” he told his captors. Asked if he feared to die Father John replied, “No more than you do to dine.”"


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 11, 2011, 08:42:31 AM
"If there be here any hidden Roman Catholics, let them pray for me but the prayers of heretics I will not have."

St. John Ogilve

A memorable quote!

"He worked as an underground missionary in Edinburgh and Glasgow, dodging the Queen‘s priest-hunters, disguised as a soldier named Watson. After 11 months in the field (and on the run), John was betrayed by a phony Catholic, imprisoned, interrogated, then tortured for the names of active Catholics. He gave no information. “Your threats cheer me; I mind them no more than the cackling of geese,” he told his captors. Asked if he feared to die Father John replied, “No more than you do to dine.”"


You are as busy as the proverbial bee Shin  :) God Bless you for all your hard work. Your reward is piling up in Heaven.  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 11, 2011, 09:42:39 AM
Quote
“Your threats cheer me; I mind them no more than the cackling of geese,” he told his captors. Asked if he feared to die Father John replied, “No more than you do to dine.”"

 ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Bailey2 on March 11, 2011, 04:00:55 PM
These are quite inspiring.  I hope to read more.  Thank you odiambo!  (and glad to see you here)


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"Are you crying because you want to do God's will or because you want God to do your will?"
This is the wisest thing I've ever read from a spiritual director.  St. Frances of Rome wanted a good thing (a religious vocation) and she was meant to be a wife and mother.  Without being the second, she would have never been an adequate tool for God to use for His purposes.  I think that is a lesson for all of us.  We aspire but God has His plans for us and often they are not what we want or have planned.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 12, 2011, 01:50:46 AM
These are quite inspiring.  I hope to read more.  Thank you odiambo!  (and glad to see you here)


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"Are you crying because you want to do God's will or because you want God to do your will?"
This is the wisest thing I've ever read from a spiritual director.  St. Frances of Rome wanted a good thing (a religious vocation) and she was meant to be a wife and mother.  Without being the second, she would have never been an adequate tool for God to use for His purposes.  I think that is a lesson for all of us.  We aspire but God has His plans for us and often they are not what we want or have planned.

Thank you Bailey. I am very glad to be here.
I agree with your comment on the advise given to Saint Frances by her spiritual adviser. We tend to pray to God for want we want, completely forgetting it may not be what He wants for us! I guess we should, like Jesus did, always add, "But Your Will, not mine" at the end of each request we make of God.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 12, 2011, 01:55:57 AM
12 March

Today is the Feast day of
Blessed Angela (Aniela) Salawa
One,among many others.

Blessed Angela (Aniela) Salawa.

Angela was born on September 9, 1881 at Siepraw , Krakow in Poland. She was the eleventh of twelve children of Bartholomew and Salawa Ewa Bochenek. She was baptised Angela (Aniela). Her father was a blacksmith and her mother was a housewife, devoted to her many children and to her house. She taught her children piety, modesty and hard work. This was the home environment under which Angela grew up. Her mother, also prepared her for her First Communion at twelve years, according to the custom of the time.
When Angela was 15 years old, she worked for a family in Siepraw. Her work consisted of grazing cows, cutting grass, and entertaining the children.
When she returned home, her father wanted her to marry. She was now 16 years old.
Angela rejected this call to marriage. She instead moved to Krakow where her older sister Therese lived.

Angela worked for some families in Krakow. She knew loss and sorrow as she lost her sister Theresa, then her mother. With this loss came the need for more closeness to God. She responded by extending her time for prayer in church and at home and in meditation. With the assistance of her spiritual director, the Jesuit Father Stanislaus Mieloch, she gave herself to God with the vow of perpetual chastity, a vow already pronounced in early youth.

In 1900 she enrolled in the Association of St. Zita, promoting care for the household, so she could exercise in a more organized fashion, a fruitful apostolate in her work, becoming a guide and a model of Christian life.
Angela joined the Third Order of St. Francis, on May 15, 1912, in the church of the Conventual Franciscans.
During the First World War, she helped with her little savings, prisoners of war, without distinction of nationality, voluntarily undertook to love the wounded and sick in hospitals in Cracow, where she was respectfully called “the holy lady”.

In 1916, Angela was accused of loving her master, a lawyer named Fischer. She was dismissed from the house where she had worked since 1905. Then followed some years of neglect, without work and with her health failing. She retreated into a small room in an attic. Here, she began the last period of her life, five years of suffering in union with God, who gratified her with visions, especially of Jesus with a crown of thorns and suffering. Her confessor bore her daily Communion. It is said that Angela , in her love for Jesus, begged to take upon herself the disease of others, her suffering was multiplied, while those for whom it was offered healed.

At the end she agreed to leave her small room in the attic and was hospitalized at St. Zita’s Hospital in Krakow, where after receiving the sacraments, she died on March 12, 1922 in extreme poverty with a reputation for holiness.
On May 13, 1949, Angela’s body was transferred from the cemetery to the Basilica of St. Francis of Krakow.
Pope John Paul II proclaimed her Blessed August 13, 1991 in Krakow, during his apostolic visit to Poland.

Blessed Angela
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 12, 2011, 03:11:21 AM
She retreated into a small room in an attic. Here, she began the last period of her life, five years of suffering in union with God, who gratified her with visions, especially of Jesus with a crown of thorns and suffering. Her confessor bore her daily Communion. It is said that Angela , in her love for Jesus, begged to take upon herself the disease of others, her suffering was multiplied, while those for whom it was offered healed.


I really marvelled at this. Many of us pray for God to heal us of our ailments. Saint Angela "in her love for Jesus, begged to take upon herself the disease of others, her suffering was multiplied, while those for whom it was offered healed"
Saint Angela
Pray for us, that we too may have such love for Jesus!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 12, 2011, 03:14:52 AM
To take others' sufferings and punishments on, and make them your own instead, to heal, and to atone...


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 12, 2011, 08:23:30 AM
That,  I think is the perfection of love for ones neighbour.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 12, 2011, 08:32:51 AM
We see the cross constantly in Blessed Angela's life, with which she grew in sanctity rather than wallow in bitterness. Praise God! :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 12, 2011, 03:22:27 PM
13 March
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Leander of Seville
Among, other saints.

Saint Leander of Seville
Bishop

Leander was born at Cartagena, Spain, about the year 534. His parents were Romans established in that city. The father was named Severianus (. Severian) and his mother was named Theodora.The family emigrated from Carthage about 554 and went to Seville.
Severian had three sons, Leander, Isidore, and Fulgentius and one daughter, Florentina. St. Leander and St. Isidore both became bishops of Seville; St. Fulgentius, Bishop of Carthagena, and St. Florentina, a nun. Leander became a Benedictine monk initially , and then in 579 Bishop of Seville. In the meantime be founded a celebrated school, which soon became a centre of learning and orthodoxy.
Saint Leander fought Aryanism while undergoing many trials but finally converted many heretics.
Among those he converted from the Arian heresy were the Visigoths who were at the time the overlords of most of the Iberian Peninsula.
Leander presided at the Third Council of Toledo in 589, where Visigothic Spain abjured Arianism. It was Leander who delivered the closing sermon.

On his return from this council, Leander convened another important synod in his metropolitan city of Seville in 590, and never afterwords ceased his efforts to consolidate the work, in which his brother and successor St. Isidore was to follow him.
Saint Leander also composed an influential Rule for nuns and was the first to introduce the Nicene Creed at Mass. He was a friend of Pope Saint Gregory the Great.

Worn out by his many activities in the cause of Christ, Leander died around 600 and was succeeded in the See of Seville by his brother Isidore. The Spanish Church honors Leander as the Doctor of the Faith.

Saint Leander
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2011, 03:49:29 AM
14 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Maximilian
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2011, 03:51:09 AM
Saint Maximilian.
Also known as
St. Maximilian of Theveste.
Maximilian of Tebessa
Marmilian or Mamilian
Martyr.
Maximilian was born in AD 274. His father, Fabius Victor was a soldier in the Roman army, and because of this, Maximilian too, was expected to join the army at the age of 21, but this was not to be.
About the year 295, the proconsul of Numidia( Algeria) Cassius Dion, went to Theveste to recruit soldiers for the
third Augustan legion stationed there. At this time the Roman army was mainly
volunteers, but sons of veterans were obliged to serve. Maximilian, the
21-year-old son of the Roman army veteran Fabius Victor, was presented to
the recruiting agent. The advocatus Pompeianus, seeing that Maximilian would
make an excellent recruit, asked for him to be measured: he was 5'10" tall. The
ensuing dialogue between the proconsul Dion and Maximilian has been preserved to
this day.
When asked his name, Maximilian replied, "Why do you wish to know my name? I
cannot serve because I am a Christian." Nevertheless, orders were given for
him to be given the military seal. He answered, "I cannot do it: I cannot be a
soldier." When told he must serve or die, he said, "You may cut off my head,
but I will not serve. My army is the army of God, and I cannot fight for this
world,"
It was pointed out to him that there were Christians serving as
bodyguards for the emperors Diocletian and Maximian. To this he replied,
"That is their business. I am a Christian, too, and I cannot serve."
Dion then told Victor to correct his son. Victor, who had become a Christian like his son,
said, "He knows what he believes, and he won't change his mind."
Dion insisted, "Agree to serve and receive the military seal." "I already
have the seal of Christ, my God . . . I will not accept the seal of this world; if
you give it to me, I will break it for it is worthless. I cannot wear a piece of
lead around my neck after I have received the saving sign of Jesus Christ, my
Lord, the son of the living God. You do not know Him; yet He suffered for our
salvation: God delivered Him up for our sins. He is the one whom all
Christians serve; we follow Him as the Prince of Life and Author of Salvation."
Again Dion stated that there are other Christians who are soldiers.
Maximilian answered, "They know what is best for them. I am a Christian and I cannot do what is wrong." Dion continued, "What wrong do those commit who serve in the
army?" Maximilian answered, "You know very well what they do."

Threatened with death if he remained obstinate, Maximilian answered, "This
is the greatest thing that I desire. Dispatch me quickly. Therein lies my
glory."
Then he added, "I shall not die. When I leave this earth, I shall live with
Christ, my Lord." He was sentenced accordingly: "Whereas Maximilian has
disloyally refused the military oath, he is sentenced to die by the sword." That is by beheading.

Just before his execution, Maximilian encouraged his companions to persevere
and asked his father to give his new clothes to the executioner. We are told
that Fabius Victor "went home happily, thanking God for having allowed him to
send such a gift to heaven."

The place of Maximilian's death is given as Theveste (Tebessa) in Numidia,
but it may have been nearer Carthage, where his body was taken for burial by a
devout woman named Pompeiana. It was buried close to the relics of Saint
Cyprian.

Saint Maximilian
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 14, 2011, 09:29:11 AM
I don't understand. How can I refuse to serve my country by being a soldier if my country requires me to? 


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 14, 2011, 09:44:37 AM
Not that I can imagine myself as a soldier. Heh heh  ;D  My family would laugh if they ever thought of me as  a soldier.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 14, 2011, 11:19:18 AM
There must have been something particularly immoral about the matter at the time, I would think, or dangerous for his soul.



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 14, 2011, 11:20:02 AM
Not that I can imagine myself as a soldier. Heh heh  ;D  My family would laugh if they ever thought of me as  a soldier.

 ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2011, 04:18:02 PM
I don't understand. How can I refuse to serve my country by being a soldier if my country requires me to? 

We are not told precisely why Maximilian chose to die rather than become a soldier, or why he regarded the military profession as incompatible with his Christian faith. It may have had something to do with the early Christian attitudes to war and military service; It could have been fear of being forced to commit idolatry.I remember from a previous post on the same thread at CAF, we learnt of the decimation of the Theban Legoin consisting of 6666 soldiers or thereabouts, all Christians, all put to the sword on 22 September 286, hardly 10 years before Saint Maximilian's own martyrdom,  because they would not offer sacrifice to idols nor agree to the  emperor 's command that they should take the oath of allegiance and swear to assist in the extirpation of Christianity in Gaul.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2011, 04:21:56 PM
Not that I can imagine myself as a soldier. Heh heh  ;D  My family would laugh if they ever thought of me as  a soldier.
You are a soldier Patricia, a soldier of Christ. :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2011, 04:40:19 PM
15 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Louise de Marillac
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2011, 04:41:38 PM
15 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Louise de Marillac
Among many other saints.

Saint Louise de Marillac.

(also known as Louise de Marillac Le Gras)
Foundress and patroness of social workers.
Co-founder, (with St. Vincent de Paul)
of the Daughters of Charity.

Louise was born at Ferrieres-en-Brie, France on August 12, 1591. She was born out of wedlock and never knew her mother. Her father, Louis de Marillac, a member of the then prominent Marillac family, was a military courtier and a widower at the time of Louise’s birth. He claimed Louise as his natural daughter but not his legal heir.
When Louise was about three years old, her father remarried. His new wife was Antoinette Le Camus. She refused to accept Louise as part of their family.
Louise was thus entrusted to the care of her aunt who was a Dominican nun at the royal monastery of Poissy near Paris.
Louise studied among the country’s elite, receiving an excellent education. She also developed a deep spiritual life. She remained at Poissy until her father’s death when she was twelve. She was then placed in a boarding home to learn domestic or household management skills.
At this time, Louise felt drawn to the cloistered life. She applied to the Capuchins in Paris, but she was refused admission. It is not clear if her refusal was due to her continual poor health or other reasons, but her spiritual director’s prophetic response to her application was that God had “other designs” for her.
When she was about 22 years old, her uncle arranged for her to marry Antoine Le Gras, secretary to Queen Marie de Medicis.
Louise and Antoine were married in the fashionable church of St. Gervaise on February 5, 1617. Later in that same year, the couple had their only child, Michel. Louise grew to truly love Antoine and to mother her son. Along with being devoted to her family, she was also active in ministry in her parish.
Around 1621, Antoine contracted a chronic illness and eventually became bedridden. He died on 21 December, 1625.

Louise now focused intently on her own spiritual development. Being a woman of great energy, intelligence, determination and devotion, she wrote her own "Rule of Life in the World" which detailed a structure for her day. Time was set aside for reciting the Office of the Blessed Virgin, attending Mass, receiving Holy Communion, meditation, spiritual reading, fasting, penance, reciting the rosary and special prayers. She also managed to find time to maintain her household, entertain guests and care for Michel, her thirteen year old son.

Around the time that Antoine died, Louise met Vincent de Paul.Vincent quickly recognized Louise's power and intelligence and understood her desire for spiritual direction. Over the next four years, the two communicated often through letters and personal meetings. In 1629, Vincent invited Louise to get involved in his work with the Confraternities of Charity.
In 1633, Louise opened her home to train workers for the poor , founding the Sisters or the Daughters of Charity of Saint Paul.

Louisa traveled throughout France to establish orphanages, hospitals, and other services for the poor, founding forty houses before she died on March 15, 1660, six months before the death of her dear friend and mentor, Vincent de Paul. She was sixty-eight years old.
Her remains are enshrined in the chapel of the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris.

Louise de Marillac was beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and, in 1934, she was canonized by Pope Pius XI.
She was declared Patroness of Christian Social Workers by Pope John XXIII in 1960. Those with disappointing children, those who have lost parents, people rejected by religious orders, sick people, the Vincentian Service Corps and widows could also take St. Louise as an example and intercessor. As a wife, mother, teacher, nurse, social worker and religious foundress, she stands as a model for all women.

Saint Louise de Marillac
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 14, 2011, 04:44:20 PM
Quotable quote.

“Above all be very gentle and courteous toward the people you serve; love them tenderly and respect them deeply.”

Louise de Marillac


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 14, 2011, 05:23:58 PM
Quote
There must have been something particularly immoral about the matter at the time, I would think, or dangerous for his soul.

That's what I was thinkng too Shin when I read St Maximilian's answer when asked,

"What wrong do those commit who serve in the
army?" Maximilian answered, "You know very well what they do."

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Not that I can imagine myself as a soldier. Heh heh  Grin

A true soldier of Christ is our Patricia,  :soldier:  O:)

odhiambo those posts are great to read.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 15, 2011, 08:46:58 AM
Quote
There must have been something particularly immoral about the matter at the time, I would think, or dangerous for his soul.

That's what I was thinkng too Shin when I read St Maximilian's answer when asked,

"What wrong do those commit who serve in the
army?" Maximilian answered, "You know very well what they do."

Quote
Not that I can imagine myself as a soldier. Heh heh  Grin

A true soldier of Christ is our Patricia,  :soldier:  O:)

odhiambo those posts are great to read.  :thumbsup:


Thanks Martin, good to hear  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 15, 2011, 12:58:54 PM
'Certainly it is the great secret of the spiritual life to abandon to God all that we love by abandoning ourselves to all that He wills.'

St. Louise de Marillac

'Take good care of the service of the poor. Above all, live together in great union and cordiality, loving one another in imitation of the union and life of our Lord. Pray earnestly to the Blessed Virgin, that she might be your only Mother.'

St. Louise de Marillac


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 15, 2011, 01:00:12 PM
'If we only knew the precious treasure hidden in infirmities, we would receive them with the same joy with which we receive the greatest benefits, and we would bear them without ever complaining or showing signs of weariness.'

St. Vincent de Paul


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 15, 2011, 05:27:50 PM
16 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 15, 2011, 05:52:22 PM
Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer

Clement was born Johannes ("Hansl") Hofbauer on 26 December, the feast of Saint Stephen, in 1751. He was born in Tasswitz Moravia. He was the ninth of twelve children born to Maria (Steer) and Paul Hofbauer.( Pavel Dvorak). The father changed the family name from the Moravian "Dvorák" to the Germanic "Hofbauer"). He was baptized the following day and given the name of Johannes.
When Johannes was 6 years old, his father died. In a few years, he wanted to be a priest but his family was poor and unable to give him the necessary education. Johannes also needed to learn a trade so he became a baker’s assistant but devoted all his spare time to study.
In 1770 Johannes went to work in the bakery of the Premonstratensian monastery of the White Monks in Kloster Bruck. At that time, the effects of war and famine were sending many homeless and hungry people to the monastery for help. Johannes worked day and night to feed the poor people who came to his door.

In 1771, Johannes traveled to Tivoli, Italy.He decided to become a hermit at the shrine of Our Lady of Quintiliolo and requested the hermit's habit from the local bishop. It was at this time that Johannes Hofbauer took on the name of Clement Mary: Clement from the bishop of Ancyra in Asia and Mary from the Mother of Jesus.
As a hermit, Clement prayed for himself and for all the people in the world who forgot to pray. He worked at the shrine and assisted the pilgrims who came.
In less than six months, however, Clement left Quintiliolo. He was not settled as all he wanted was to be a priest, not a hermit.
He returned to the monastery of the White Monks at Kloster Bruck to bake bread and to begin to study Latin.By the year 1776, he completed his studies in philosophy. Unfortunately by this time, The Emperor would allow no new novices for the White Monks.
He went home and lived for two years as a hermit at Muehlfraun, forcing himself to endure strict fasts, harsh penances, and long vigils of prayer. At the insistence of his mother he left the hermitage to become once more a baker of bread. This time he got a job at a famous bakery in Vienna where he met the two distinguished ladies who became his greatest benefactors.
At the age of twenty-nine, Clement entered the University of Vienna. Since the government had closed all seminaries, students for the priesthood had to study at government-controlled universities.

During a pilgrimage in 1784, Clement and his traveling companion, Thaddeus Huebl, decided to join a religious community. The two seminarians were accepted into the Redemptorist novitiate at San Giuliano in Italy. On the feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, 1785, Clement Hofbauer and Thaddeus Huebl became Redemptorists, publicly professing to live the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Ten days later they were ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Alatri.
A few months after their ordination the two foreign Redemptorists were summoned by their Superior General, Father de Paola. They were told to return to their homeland across the Alps and establish the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in northern Europe.
The political situation , however, did not allow Clement to remain in his own country. The Austrian Emperor had already closed over 1,000 monasteries and convents, it was very unlikely he would allow the establishment of a new religious Order. Realizing this, the two Redemptorists moved on to Poland.
On their journey to Poland, the two new Redemptorist priests were joined by Peter Kunzmann, a fellow-baker who had accompanied Clement on a pilgrimage. He became the first Redemptorist Lay brother from outside Italy. Together they arrived in Warsaw with no money; Clement had given the last three silver coins to beggars along the way.
They reached Warsaw, a city of 124,000 people in February ,1787. The city had 160 churches plus 20 monasteries and convents. The people were poor and uneducated; their houses were in need of repair. Many people had turned from Catholicism to Freemasonry. They met with the apostolic delegate, Archbishop Saluzzo, who put them in charge of St. Benno's Church to work with the German-speaking people of Warsaw. Clement and his companions worked to help restore Catholic Faith.
When Clement saw a homeless boy on the street, he brought him to the rectory, cleaned him up, fed him, and then taught him a trade and instructed him in the Christian way of life. When the number of boys grew too large for the rectory, Clement opened the Child Jesus Refuge for his homeless boys. To keep the boys fed and clothed, he had to beg constantly. He did so unashamedly. Going into a bakery to buy a loaf of bread he came upon a master baker without an assistant. Clement spent the day working at the dough trough and the oven, using all his old baking skills. He got bread for his boys that day and for many days to come.
On another occasion, legend has it that he went begging to a local pub. When Clement asked for a donation, one of the patrons scornfully spat beer into Clement's face. Wiping off the beer, he responded, "That was for me. Now what do you have for my boys?" The men in the bar were so astounded by the response that they gave Clement more than 100 silver coins....

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Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 15, 2011, 06:00:36 PM
Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer-Part 2

When the Redemptorists first opened their church they preached to empty benches. It took several years for the Redemptorists to gain the trust of the people; but in time St. Benno's became the thriving center of the Catholic Church in Warsaw.

In 1791, four years after their arrival, the Redemptorists enlarged the children's refuge into an academy. A boarding school had been opened for young girls under the direction of some noble Warsaw women. The number of orphan boys continued to grow steadily. Money to finance all this came from some regular benefactors and many other people who were willing to help in different ways; but Clement still had to beg from door to door seeking help for his many orphans.
In the church, Clement and the community of five Redemptorist priests and three lay Brothers began what they called the Perpetual Mission. Instead of having just a morning Mass in the church on a weekday, they had a full-scale mission every day of the year. You could attend St. Benno's every day and know that you would hear five sermons in both German and Polish. There were three high Masses, the office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, public visits to the Blessed Sacrament, the Way of the Cross, vespers, prayer services, and litanies. And priests were available for confessions all hours of the day and night.

By the year 1800 the growth could be seen both in the work at the church and in the Redemptorist community. Reception of the sacraments jumped from 2,000 (in 1787) to over 100,000. The number of men serving at St. Benno's had grown to 21 Redemptorist priests and seven lay brothers. There were also five novices and four Polish seminarians.

As often happens, there were those in Poland who were against the Redemptorists and had labeled them as traitors. They wanted the Redemptorists out of Poland. The decree of expulsion was signed on June 9, 1808. Eleven days later, the Church of St. Benno's was closed and the forty Redemptorists serving there were taken off to prison. They lived there for four weeks and then were ordered to return to their own countries.

In September 1808, after being exiled from Poland, Clement reached Vienna. About one year later In 1809 when the forces of Napoleon attacked Vienna, Clement worked as a hospital chaplain caring for the many wounded soldiers. The archbishop, seeing Clement's zeal, asked him to care for a little Italian church in the city of Vienna. He remained there for four years until he was appointed chaplain to the Ursuline Sisters in July 1813.
Attending to the spiritual welfare of the Sisters and the lay people who came to their chapel, Clement gained a reputation as a powerful preacher and gentle confessor.
Towards the end of his life,Clement was able to have an audience with Emperor Franz of Austria , to seek permission to start a Redemptorist foundation in the Country. The Emperor was agreeable.A church was selected and refurbished to become the first Redemptorist foundation in Austria. It was to be started without Clement, however as he became ill in early March of 1820, and died on March 15 of that year.

He was beatified on January 29, 1888, by Pope Leo XIII; canonized a saint of the Catholic Church on May 20, 1909 by Pope Pius X.

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 15, 2011, 06:05:25 PM
Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer

Clement was born Johannes ("Hansl") Hofbauer on 26 December, the feast of Saint Stephen, in 1751. He was born in Tasswitz Moravia. He was the ninth of twelve children born to Maria (Steer) and Paul Hofbauer.( Pavel Dvorak). The father changed the family name from the Moravian "Dvorák" to the Germanic "Hofbauer"). He was baptized the following day and given the name of Johannes.
When Johannes was 6 years old, his father died. In a few years, he wanted to be a priest but his family was poor and unable to give him the necessary education. Johannes also needed to learn a trade so he became a baker’s assistant but devoted all his spare time to study.
In 1770 Johannes went to work in the bakery of the Premonstratensian monastery of the White Monks in Kloster Bruck. At that time, the effects of war and famine were sending many homeless and hungry people to the monastery for help. Johannes worked day and night to feed the poor people who came to his door.

In 1771, Johannes traveled to Tivoli, Italy.He decided to become a hermit at the shrine of Our Lady of Quintiliolo and requested the hermit's habit from the local bishop. It was at this time that Johannes Hofbauer took on the name of Clement Mary: Clement from the bishop of Ancyra in Asia and Mary from the Mother of Jesus.
As a hermit, Clement prayed for himself and for all the people in the world who forgot to pray. He worked at the shrine and assisted the pilgrims who came.
In less than six months, however, Clement left Quintiliolo. He was not settled as all he wanted was to be a priest, not a hermit.
He returned to the monastery of the White Monks at Kloster Bruck to bake bread and to begin to study Latin.By the year 1776, he completed his studies in philosophy. Unfortunately by this time, The Emperor would allow no new novices for the White Monks.
He went home and lived for two years as a hermit at Muehlfraun, forcing himself to endure strict fasts, harsh penances, and long vigils of prayer. At the insistence of his mother he left the hermitage to become once more a baker of bread. This time he got a job at a famous bakery in Vienna where he met the two distinguished ladies who became his greatest benefactors.
At the age of twenty-nine, Clement entered the University of Vienna. Since the government had closed all seminaries, students for the priesthood had to study at government-controlled universities.

During a pilgrimage in 1784, Clement and his traveling companion, Thaddeus Huebl, decided to join a religious community. The two seminarians were accepted into the Redemptorist novitiate at San Giuliano in Italy. On the feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, 1785, Clement Hofbauer and Thaddeus Huebl became Redemptorists, publicly professing to live the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Ten days later they were ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Alatri.
A few months after their ordination the two foreign Redemptorists were summoned by their Superior General, Father de Paola. They were told to return to their homeland across the Alps and establish the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in northern Europe.
The political situation , however, did not allow Clement to remain in his own country. The Austrian Emperor had already closed over 1,000 monasteries and convents, it was very unlikely he would allow the establishment of a new religious Order. Realizing this, the two Redemptorists moved on to Poland.
On their journey to Poland, the two new Redemptorist priests were joined by Peter Kunzmann, a fellow-baker who had accompanied Clement on a pilgrimage. He became the first Redemptorist Lay brother from outside Italy. Together they arrived in Warsaw with no money; Clement had given the last three silver coins to beggars along the way.
They reached Warsaw, a city of 124,000 people in February ,1787. The city had 160 churches plus 20 monasteries and convents. The people were poor and uneducated; their houses were in need of repair. Many people had turned from Catholicism to Freemasonry. They met with the apostolic delegate, Archbishop Saluzzo, who put them in charge of St. Benno's Church to work with the German-speaking people of Warsaw. Clement and his companions worked to help restore Catholic Faith.
When Clement saw a homeless boy on the street, he brought him to the rectory, cleaned him up, fed him, and then taught him a trade and instructed him in the Christian way of life. When the number of boys grew too large for the rectory, Clement opened the Child Jesus Refuge for his homeless boys. To keep the boys fed and clothed, he had to beg constantly. He did so unashamedly. Going into a bakery to buy a loaf of bread he came upon a master baker without an assistant. Clement spent the day working at the dough trough and the oven, using all his old baking skills. He got bread for his boys that day and for many days to come.
On another occasion, legend has it that he went begging to a local pub. When Clement asked for a donation, one of the patrons scornfully spat beer into Clement's face. Wiping off the beer, he responded, "That was for me. Now what do you have for my boys?" The men in the bar were so astounded by the response that they gave Clement more than 100 silver coins....

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Rather long-winded I am afraid  :) Sorry for that. :-[


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 15, 2011, 06:06:59 PM
Don't mind. :D

It's a good story.

Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Bailey2 on March 15, 2011, 06:46:28 PM
Thanks for the bio on St. Louise de Marillac.  Today is her feast day!
She is one of my favorites as she endured depression (among other Saints).  They called it melancholia back then.  St. Vincent de Paul tried to help her several times.

Here is a book of her life: Louise de Marillac: A Light in the Darkness by Kathryn B. LaFleur, SP


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 15, 2011, 06:52:16 PM
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'If we only knew the precious treasure hidden in infirmities, we would receive them with the same joy with which we receive the greatest benefits, and we would bear them without ever complaining or showing signs of weariness.'

St. Vincent de Paul

There seems to be three ways of bearing our trials.
1) with complaint   :toocrying:
2) with resignation   :silent:
3) with joy.   :cheers:

The third one obviously has the right attitude.
Now, how do I get there?  :D

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On another occasion, legend has it that he went begging to a local pub. When Clement asked for a donation, one of the patrons scornfully spat beer into Clement's face. Wiping off the beer, he responded, "That was for me. Now what do you have for my boys?" The men in the bar were so astounded by the response that they gave Clement more than 100 silver coins....

Ah... The humility of the saints.  Wins the day every time.  O:)




Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Brigid on March 15, 2011, 07:00:06 PM
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Here is a book of her life: Louise de Marillac: A Light in the Darkness by Kathryn B. LaFleur, SP


I like her, too. I'll be interested to read this book.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 16, 2011, 07:24:34 AM
Thanks for the bio on St. Louise de Marillac.  Today is her feast day!
She is one of my favorites as she endured depression (among other Saints).  They called it melancholia back then.  St. Vincent de Paul tried to help her several times.

Here is a book of her life: Louise de Marillac: A Light in the Darkness by Kathryn B. LaFleur, SP
A Light in the Darknes indeed. Thanks for the book.  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 16, 2011, 09:25:37 AM
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There seems to be three ways of bearing our trials.
1) with complaint   :toocrying:
2) with resignation   :silent:
3) with joy.   :cheers:

The third one obviously has the right attitude.
Now, how do I get there?  :D

One day at a time martin, one day at a time  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 16, 2011, 04:12:04 PM
17 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint. Patrick
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 16, 2011, 04:29:43 PM
Saint. Patrick ( 385-461)

the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick is one of the most beloved of all saints. His given name was Patricius Magonus Sucatus. He was born around the year 385 in the then Roman province of Britain, somewhere along the west coast of Britain. He was a Roman citizen. His father was Calpurnius, a deacon and his grandfather was Potitus, a priest (apparently it was still not uncommon for deacons and priests to marry). Patrick’s parents were wealthy. Patrick therefore grew up in the church.
When Patrick was sixteen, Irish raiders invaded his home town, seized a great number of its inhabitants, including Patrick and carried them across the Irish Sea into Ireland and sold into slavery.
Patrick was bought by a landowner of Slemish, near Ballymena in County Antrim. He served as a herdsman. As a slave, he was poorly fed and clothed. Moreover, he longed for his home
During the six years he spent in servitude, Patrick underwent a profound religious transformation. In the year 407, he was commanded in a dream to escape, and he did just that by walking nearly 200 miles to the Irish coast where he found a ship departing and was allowed to board. The ship was full of Irish wolfhounds on its way to the continent. They arrive in France after spending two months with the crew.
He went to a monastery in the south of France: St. Honorat.
After a number of years Patrick returned to Britain and was warmly welcomed by the remaining relatives who treatsd him like a son and bid him to never leave again. But Ireland was calling him. Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation—an angel in a dream told him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, and later, bishop, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission: to minister to the few Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish.
Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish, and used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity.

Patrick faced opposition, however, mostly from Druids and their followers. He was robbed, beaten, imprisoned and tortured. Once he was taken a slaved again. Twelve times his enemies nearly killed him. He wrote: “Daily I expect murder, fraud, or captivity, but I fear none of these things. I have cast myself into the hands of God Almighty, who rules everywhere, as the prophet says: ‘Cast your cares upon God, and He shall sustain you.’”
By the end of his life, Patrick had traveled across the five kingdoms of the island and had won the conversion of virtually the whole of the Irish people. He established his home base in Armagh.
Before his death, Saint Patrick wrote thus: “ Hence did it come to pass in Ireland that those who never had a knowledge of God… have now been made a people of the Lord, and are called Sons of God”.
His two primary achievements were the promotion of a native clergy and the careful integration of the Christian faith with native Irish-Celtic culture.
He used a simple, sincere biblical style of teaching that won both hearts and minds.
Patrick was the author of Confessio- a moving testimony of his personal faith. He also wrote Letters to Coroticus, a troublesome chieftain.
Legends about Saint Patrick abound. The most famous is perhaps that of his expulsion of snakes from Ireland. Scientists are however certain that there never were snakes on the island.
Patrick died on March 17, 461. This day is now celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day.

Patrick’s spectacular success in converting Ireland from a pagan to a Christian land, as well as the body of legend that developed around his work have ensured that he is commemorated in Ireland and wherever Irish immigrants have settled throughout the world—from Boston to Singapore.

Saint Patrick,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on March 16, 2011, 04:58:12 PM
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Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish, and used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity.

How smart is that! :irishwisdom:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 16, 2011, 05:19:43 PM
“Daily I expect murder, fraud, or captivity, but I fear none of these things. I have cast myself into the hands of God Almighty, who rules everywhere, as the prophet says: ‘Cast your cares upon God, and He shall sustain you.’”

How fearless! However black, because of His trust in Providence -- we have St. Patrick!



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 16, 2011, 05:21:20 PM
This is one of my favorite pieces:

On the occasion of his first visit to Rathcrogan, the royal seat of the kings of Connaught, situated near Tulsk, in the County of Roscommon, a remarkable incident occurred, recorded in many of the authentic narratives of the saint's life.

Close by the clear fountain of Clebach, not far from the royal abode, Patrick and his venerable companions had pitched their tents and at early dawn were chanting the praises of the Most High, when the two daughters of the Irish monarch — Ethne, the fair, and Fedelm, the ruddy — came thither, as was their wont, to bathe. Astonished at the vision that presented itself to them, the royal maidens cried out: "Who are ye, and whence do ye come? Are ye phantoms, or fairies, or friendly mortals?" St. Patrick said to them: "It were better you would adore and worship the one true God, whom we announce to you, than that you would satisfy your curiosity by such vain questions." And then Ethne broke forth into the questions:

    "Who is God?"
    "And where is God?"
    "Where is His dwelling?"
    "Has He sons and daughters?"
    "Is He rich in silver and gold?"
    "Is He everlasting? is He beautiful?"
    "Are His daughters dear and lovely to the men of this world?"
    "Is He on the heavens or on earth?"
    "In the sea, in rivers, in mountains, in valleys?"
    "Make Him known to us. How is He to be seen?"
    "How is He to be loved? How is He to be found?"
    "Is it in youth or is it in old age that He may be found?"

But St. Patrick, filled with the Holy Ghost, made answer:

    "God, whom we announce to you, is the Ruler of all things."
    "The God of heaven and earth, of the sea and the rivers."
    "The God of the sun, and the moon, and all the stars."
    "The God of the high mountains and of the low-lying valleys."
    "The God who is above heaven, and in heaven, and under heaven."
    "His dwelling is in heaven and earth, and the sea, and all therein."
    "He gives breath to all."
    "He gives life to all."
    "He is over all."
    "He upholds all."
    "He gives light to the sun."
    "He imparts splendour to the moon."
    "He has made wells in the dry land, and islands in the ocean."
    "He has appointed the stars to serve the greater lights."
    "His Son is co-eternal and co-equal with Himself."
    "The Son is not younger than the Father."
    "And the Father is not older than the Son."
    "And the Holy Ghost proceeds from them."
    "The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost are undivided."
    "But I desire by Faith to unite you to the Heavenly King, as you are daughters of an earthly king."

The maidens, as if with one voice and one heart, said: "Teach us most carefully how we may believe in the Heavenly King; show us how we may behold Him face to face, and we will do whatsoever you shall say to us."

And when he had instructed them he said to them: "Do you believe that by baptism you put off the sin inherited from the first parents."

They answered: "We believe."

"Do you believe in penance after sin?"

"We believe."

"Do you believe in life after death?" Do you believe in resurrection on the Day of Judgement?"

"We believe."

"Do you believe in the unity of the Church?"

"We believe."

Then they were baptized, and were clothed in white garments. And they besought that they might behold the face of Christ. And the saint said to them: "You cannot see the face of Christ unless you taste death, and unless you receive the Sacrifice." They answered: "Give us the Sacrifice, so that we may be able to behold our Spouse." And the ancient narrative adds: "when they received the Eucharist of God, they slept in death, and they were placed upon a couch, arrayed in their white baptismal robes."


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 16, 2011, 07:21:40 PM
All the children of Ireland
cry out to thee:
Come, O Holy Patrick, and save us!
From the words the angel spoken to Patrick.

St Patrick ora pro nobis.   :+:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 17, 2011, 04:08:35 AM
St. Patrick’s Breastplate

I like this portion of the poem traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick.
.....
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.
Post by: Patricia on March 17, 2011, 09:18:03 AM
We need some of these strong-willed Saints in this day and age, who will call a spade a spade.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Brigid on March 17, 2011, 04:50:21 PM
We need some of these strong-willed Saints in this day and age, who will call a spade a spade.


We need a lot of priests who will call a spade a spade!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 17, 2011, 05:37:15 PM
18 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 17, 2011, 05:38:13 PM
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
Bishop,
Confessor and Doctor of the Church.


Cyril was born in Jerusalem around the year 315. (other scholars believe that Cyril was born and brought up in Caesarea of Palestine). He was born in a family of Christian faith with both his parents being devout Christians and was immediately drawn to the Church.

His religious career started around 326 when he became a deacon. He slowly rose through the ranks next becoming a priest in 345. He was ordained priest by St. Maximus, who gave him the important charge of instructing and preparing the candidates for Baptism.
In 349 or 350, on the death of St. Maximus, Cyril was chosen Bishop or patriarch of Jerusalem.
At the beginning of his episcopate a cross was seen in the air reaching from Mount Calvary to Mount Olivet, and so bright that it shone at noonday. St. Cyril gave an account of it to the emperor; and the faithful regarded it as a presage or foreshadow of victory over the Arian heretics. The Arian Controversy however was still prevalent and causing severe upheaval. Because of the heretics, Cyril spent sixteen of his thirty-five years as Bishop in various kinds of exile.
In 357 he was driven from his seat by Arian heretics. He was forced to retire to Tarsus (in present-day Turkey). At that time he was officially charged with selling church property to help the poor, although the actual motivation appears to be that St. Cyril was teaching Nicene, and not Arian, doctrine in his catechism. He was restored to his see in 359.

He suffered a second exile in 360, this time by Emperor Julian the Apostate but later returned.

The Arian Emperor Valens banished him once more in 367, his third and final exile. Cyril was however cleared of all charges by Saint Gregory of Nyssa. The way was cleared for a return following Valens’ death at the battle of Adrianople in 378.at the accession of Emperor Gratian.

Cyril and Gregory attended the First Council of Constantinople together in 381. At that council, he voted for acceptance of the term "homooussios". that is, that Jesus Christ and God are of the "same substance" and are equally God.
After a troubled episcopate of thirty-five years, Cyril died in peace in 386. He was declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII

Saint Cyril.
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 17, 2011, 05:38:55 PM
Cyril became well known for his charitable works in the City of Jerusalem. He was known for performing some rather unorthodox actions in order to feed the poor. For example in the mid 350’s the city of Jerusalem was hit with drastic food shortages at which point church historians Sozomen and theodoret reported “Cyril secretly sold sacrament ornaments of the church and a valuable holy robe, fashioned with gold thread that the emperor Constantine had once donated for the bishop to wear when he performed the rite of Baptism”

It was also believed Cyril sold ornaments and many imperial gifts all in the name of charity to keep his people from starving!
Question:
If indeed it was true that he sold sacramentals to feed the hungry, would there have been any wrong there?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 17, 2011, 05:39:30 PM
Cyril is honored as a catechist. His famous twenty-three catechetical lectures is considered a theological masterpiece. Each lecture is based upon a text of Scripture, and there is an abundance of Scriptural quotation throughout. After a general introduction, eighteen lectures follow, they are instructional addresses for baptismal candidates during Lent and the remaining five are addressed to the newly baptized, in preparation for the reception of Holy Communion. These last instructional addresses are called mystagogic, because they deal with the mysteries i.e. Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Brigid on March 17, 2011, 06:00:36 PM
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For example in the mid 350’s the city of Jerusalem was hit with drastic food shortages at which point church historians Sozomen and theodoret reported “Cyril secretly sold sacrament ornaments of the church and a valuable holy robe, fashioned with gold thread that the emperor Constantine had once donated for the bishop to wear when he performed the rite of Baptism”


This seems to be an unScriptural action, as the story of the woman washing Jesus' feet in expensive perfume and Jesus response to it shows.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 18, 2011, 03:48:32 PM
Hmm. That's one that takes some thought about to figure out I am thinking, yes.  ;D

Three quotes:

'Be careful that you do not lose anything of the Body of the Lord. If you let fall anything, you must think of it as though you cut off one of the members of your own body. Tell me, I beg you, if someone gave you kernels of gold, would you not guard them with the greatest care and diligence, intent on not losing anything? Should you not exercise even greater care and vigilance, so that not even a crumb of the Lord's Body could fall to the ground, for It is far more precious than gold or jewels?'

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

'Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words.'

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

'Keep careful watch, to ensure that the enemy does not make off with any who are off guard or remiss; and that no heretic may pervert part of what you have been given. Accepting the faith is like putting into the bank the money we have given you; God will ask you for an account of this deposit.'

St. Cyril of Jerusalem


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Brigid on March 18, 2011, 04:41:13 PM
Those quotes would seem to validate my theory, however maybe I'm missing something. :-\


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 18, 2011, 04:50:28 PM
19 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Joseph
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 18, 2011, 04:50:59 PM
Perhaps if we went to Sozomen and Theodoret there would be more details to help.

Hmm.



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 18, 2011, 04:51:39 PM
Saint Joseph
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Foster Father of Jesus
Patron of the Universal Church.

All what we know about Saint Joseph, come from the Scripture. He figures in the Infancy
Narrative of both Matthew and Luke. From the Genealogy of Jesus, we learn that Joseph was a descendant of the royal house of David. Despite his royal descent, Joseph was not a rich man. He was a carpenter and lived in the town of Nazareth. He was betrothed to Mary but before they lived together, he learned that she was with child. The Bible tells us that since Joseph was “a righteous man” , he decided to divorce her quietly rather than bring shame on her. It was then that he was visited by an angel in a dream, who informed him that her pregnancy was “by the Holy Spirit” and that he should not be afraid to take Mary home as his wife. Joseph, the man of faith who was obedient to whatever God asked of him, immediately and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary to his home as his wife. . When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby. He waited in Egypt without question until the angel told him it was safe to go back (Matthew 2:13-23).

Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him. Not only did he leave his home to protect Jesus, but upon his return settled in the obscure town of Nazareth out of fear for his life. When Jesus stayed in the Temple we are told Joseph (along with Mary) searched with great anxiety for three days for him (Luke 2:48). We also know that Joseph treated Jesus as his own son, for the people of Nazareth say of Jesus, "Is this not the son of Joseph?" (Luke 4:22)

Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many historians believe Joseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry.

Joseph is the patron of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus' public life, he died with Jesus and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth.
Joseph is also patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and social justice.
We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.
Joseph is depicted in liturgical art as an elderly man with a lily and is sometimes portrayed with the Christ Child or with the symble of the carpenter’s trade.

Saint Joseph
Pray for us


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 18, 2011, 04:52:47 PM
A very important day in a very important month.

And right after St. Patrick's. :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2011, 05:26:51 PM
20 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Salvator of Horta
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2011, 05:37:33 PM
Saint Salvator of Horta.

Salvator was born at Santa Columba in the diocese of Gerona in Spain in 1520. His family was poor. He was orphaned at a young age. When he became a teenager, he moved to town and found work as a shoemaker in Barcelona. His heart, however was set on the religious life.
At age 20. Salvatore joined the Franciscan Order in Barcelona as a lay brother. He was employed in the kitchen and worked for many years as a humble cook in the friary of Horta near Tortosa. Salvatore hungered for greater austerity, and so he moved on, first to the convent of St. Mary of Jesus at Tortosa, and then to the solitude of St. Mary of the Angels at Horta in the same diocese. In that house of very strict observance, he made a protracted stay but eventually he returned to Barcelona. His supernatural gifts attracted much notice.The blind, the lame and the deaf came to him to be healed.
He always walked barefoot, scourged himself daily, and kept long and rigorous fasts. He was specially devoted to our Lady and to St. Paul who is said to have appeared to him on several occasions, notably on his death-bed.

Saint Salvatore had gone to Sardinia in obedience to orders given by his superiors .While there, he was taken seriously ill. He died at Cagliari, Sardinia on March 18, 1567(1567-03-18). He was forty-seven years old.
St. Salvatore is usually described as "of Horta" because he spent many years in the Franciscan Friary of that place.

He was beatified on 5 February 1606 by Pope Paul V and canonized in 1938 by Pope Pius XI

Saint Salvator
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 19, 2011, 05:38:26 PM
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In that house of very strict observance.

 ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 19, 2011, 06:01:32 PM
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He always walked barefoot, scourged himself daily, and kept long and rigorous fasts.

I wonder who observes these strict austerities nowadays?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 19, 2011, 06:06:56 PM
Too few I fear. . .  :'(

I always try to encourage people to greater mortification.

Step by step. Little step by step.


'We give our youth to the devil, and the remains of our life to the Good God, who is so good that He deigns to be content with even that. . . but, happily, everyone does not do so. A great lady has been here, of one of the first families in France; she went away this morning. She is scarcely three-and-twenty, and she is rich-very rich indeed. . . She has offered herself in sacrifice to the good God for the expiation of sins, and for the conversion of sinners. She wears a girdle all armed with iron points; she mortifies herself in a thousand ways; and her parents know nothing of it. She is white as a sheet of paper. Hers is a beautiful soul, very pleasing to the good God, such as are still to be found now and then in the world, and they prevent the world from coming to an end.'

St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, the Cure of Ars

. . . and they prevent the world from coming to an end.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2011, 06:25:49 PM
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He always walked barefoot, scourged himself daily, and kept long and rigorous fasts.

I wonder who observes these strict austerities nowadays?
I doubt that it is practiced or even encouraged anymore.  These days Christians just pray and try to follow the 10 Commandments  ;D. I am open to correction of course. ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 19, 2011, 06:31:47 PM
Too few I fear. . .  :'(

I always try to encourage people to greater mortification.

Step by step. Little step by step.

Reining in our appetite, yes. Flogging?? :)



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 19, 2011, 06:35:02 PM
Us post-Vatican ll Catholics have gotten too soft.   :littlepigeons:  I admit I'm soft too.  :-[


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 19, 2011, 06:37:46 PM
Oh the orders still use the hair shirt, the cilice and the discipline, but one hears little about it, no doubt for a variety of reasons.

Corporal mortification is essential, to some degree.


'Without mortification nothing can be done.'

'Where there is no great mortification there is no great sanctity.'

St. Philip Neri


I could do a concordance I suppose.

If you want to be like Jesus.. you have to follow the Way of the Cross after all. There has to be a good deal of pain one way or another. There's no cross without pains.

And generally, people nowadays are simply.. hmm.. worldly in their reaction to such things. They do not understand taking on pains for the sake of Christ directly in this way, even though they see nothing wrong with taking on pains for worldly reasons.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 19, 2011, 06:57:24 PM
Us post-Vatican ll Catholics have gotten too soft.   :littlepigeons:  I admit I'm soft too.  :-[

Patricia, it's probably not half as hard as it is thinking about it as you might find in practice. Corporal mortifications can tend to be easier than other ones.

The hardest thing is probably the first step, and that's the mental part.
 
"The effeminate. . . shall not possess the kingdom of God", as the holy scriptures say.

From what I have read -- Traditionally, effeminacy is a vice known as softness, or attachment to pleasures and softness and inability to give them up to take on arduous tasks. In its worst cases its also associated with the unmentionable, but putting that off the table, it's important to know that it's a vice to be attached to softness and pleasures and be unable to give them up to do arduous tasks.

Men are by nature more suited for giving up softness and pleasures and doing very painful and arduous tasks, it's one of their particular virtues, due to their particular constitution. The virtue of fortitude. They are more single focused and easily able to block out emotional and physical pains, when properly formed in virtue. In these times, with everything upside down, most men have failed in this virtue and become effeminate, basically spoiled boys who do not work long into the ages of adulthood, because they cannot give up their pleasures, the vice has them.

A properly formed man excels in fortitude and mortification. He will sacrifice himself.

Women on the other hand excel in the virtues of temperance -- and modesty - normally, properly formed. Which of course in these times.. But I digress. :D

I have some notes I took from some conferences on the virtues I set aside for later, and here they've popped up again.

Perhaps I should practice more silence.  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 19, 2011, 07:25:22 PM
A good place to start with mortification could be to offer up all the little inconveniences, trials and pains that come to us each day in various forms (with a smile if possible  ;D) and then add on our own extra bits once we can cope with the ones we have no control over.

It all sounds pretty easy on paper don't you think.  :D
We men here must lead the way. We can't have the ladies calling us sissies.  :-\
Right Shin, odhiambo!! Lets go!!!   I'm behind you' all the way.  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 19, 2011, 07:29:42 PM
I wish I knew which orders did which mandatorially, and which optionally now that I think of it. When option I wonder how many individuals request to be allowed it under obedience, and how many it has totally fallen into laxity with.

Not a good deal is said about it for a number of reasons, from laxity to worldly surprise.

The Carthusian Fathers wear the hair shirt at all times, for example, except when bathing I have read.

Yes Martin I see you back there.  :swordfight:

 :rejoice:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 20, 2011, 07:50:25 AM
Us post-Vatican ll Catholics have gotten too soft.   :littlepigeons:  I admit I'm soft too.  :-[

Patricia, it's probably not half as hard as it is thinking about it as you might find in practice. Corporal mortifications can tend to be easier than other ones.

The hardest thing is probably the first step, and that's the mental part.
 
"The effeminate. . . shall not possess the kingdom of God", as the holy scriptures say.

From what I have read -- Traditionally, effeminacy is a vice known as softness, or attachment to pleasures and softness and inability to give them up to take on arduous tasks. In its worst cases its also associated with the unmentionable, but putting that off the table, it's important to know that it's a vice to be attached to softness and pleasures and be unable to give them up to do arduous tasks.

Men are by nature more suited for giving up softness and pleasures and doing very painful and arduous tasks, it's one of their particular virtues, due to their particular constitution. The virtue of fortitude. They are more single focused and easily able to block out emotional and physical pains, when properly formed in virtue. In these times, with everything upside down, most men have failed in this virtue and become effeminate, basically spoiled boys who do not work long into the ages of adulthood, because they cannot give up their pleasures, the vice has them.

A properly formed man excels in fortitude and mortification. He will sacrifice himself.

Women on the other hand excel in the virtues of temperance -- and modesty - normally, properly formed. Which of course in these times.. But I digress. :D

I have some notes I took from some conferences on the virtues I set aside for later, and here they've popped up again.

Perhaps I should practice more silence.  :D
No way! How can you practice silence Shin!, I have adopted you as my on line teacher, though you do not know it ;) ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 20, 2011, 01:38:08 PM
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Right Shin, odhiambo!! Lets go!!!   I'm behind you' all the way.

 :rotflblue: :rotfl:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 20, 2011, 05:05:22 PM
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Right Shin, odhiambo!! Lets go!!!   I'm behind you' all the way.

 :rotflblue: :rotfl:

 :biggrin:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 20, 2011, 05:06:07 PM
Today is the Feast day of
Blessed John of Parma
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 20, 2011, 05:15:19 PM
Blessed John of Parma
Franciscan, and
Minister General of the Friars Minor
Also known as
Giovanni di Parma
John Buralli

John was born in Parma, Italy, in 1209. His family name was Buralli. He was educated by an uncle who was chaplain of the church of St. Lazarus at Parma. He progressed very quickly and soon became a professor of philosophy.
Around the year 1223, John left his teaching career and entered the Order of Friars Minor or the Franciscan Order, as it is more familiarly known these days.
After his profession John was sent to Paris to complete his theological studies. He was ordained priest, then was appointed to teach theology at Bologna, then Naples and finally Rome

In 1245, Pope Innocent IV called a general council in the city of Lyons, France. Crescentius, the Franciscan minister general at the time, was ailing and unable to attend. In his place he sent Father John, who made a deep impression on the Church leaders gathered there. Two years later, when the same pope presided at the election of a minister general of the Franciscans, he remembered Father John well and recommended him as the man best qualified for the office.

And so, in 1247, John of Parma was elected to be minister general. As general of the Order John traveled on foot, accompanied by one or two companions, to practically all of the Franciscan convents in existence. Sometimes he would arrive and not be recognized, remaining there for a number of days to test the true spirit of the brothers.
The pope called on John to serve as legate to Constantinople, where he was most successful in winning back the schismatic Greeks. Upon his return he asked that someone else take his place to govern the Order. St. Bonaventure, at John's urging, was chosen to succeed him. John took up a life of prayer in the hermitage at Greccio.

Many years later, John learned that the Greeks, who had been reconciled with the Church for a time, had relapsed into schism.
He was about 80 years old by then. His advanced age not withstanding, John obtained permission from Pope Nicholas IV to return to Greece in an effort to restore unity once more. He however, traveled only as far as Camerino (in the Marches of Ancona), where he died in the convent of the friars on 19 March 1289. Many miracles were soon reported at his tomb.

John was beatified in 1777.

Blessed John of Parma
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 20, 2011, 05:33:01 PM
 
:silent:  :swordfight: :swordfight: :swordfight:



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 21, 2011, 03:46:06 PM
I will have to pretend not to know it.  :-[  :D


March 21st is also St. Nicholas of Flue's day, the Patron Saint of Switzerland.

'My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you.
My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.'

St. Nicholas of Flue

From various sources:

'After receiving a mystical vision of a lily eaten by a horse, which he recognized as indicating that the cares of his worldly life (the draft horse pulling a plough) was swallowing up his spiritual life (the lily, a symbol of purity) he decided to devote himself entirely to the contemplative life. In 1467, he left his wife and his ten children with her consent and set himself up as a hermit in the Ranft chine in Switzerland, establishing a chantry for a priest from his own funds so that he could assist at mass daily. He survived for twenty years with no food or drink, except for Holy Communion, as was carefully established by investigation.

He wore neither shoes nor cap, and even in winter was clad merely in a hermit's gown. In 1468 he saved the town of Sarnen from a conflagration by his prayers and the sign of the cross. God also favored him with numerous visions and the gift of prophecy. Distinguished persons from nearly every country of Europe came to him for counsel in matters of the utmost importance. At first he lived in a narrow hut, which he himself had built with branches and leaves, and came daily to Mass either at Sachseln or at Kerns. Early in 1469 the civil authorities built a cell and a chapel for him, and on 29 April of the same year the chapel was dedicated by the vicar-general of Constance, Thomas, Bishop of Ascalon. In 1479 a chaplain was put in charge of the chapel, and thenceforth Nicholas always remained in the Ranft.

When in 1480 delegates of the Swiss confederates assembled at Stans to settle their differences, and civil war seemed inevitable, Henry Imgrund, the pastor of Stans, hastened to Nicholas, begging him to prevent the shedding of blood.

The priest returned to the delegates with the hermit's counsels and propositions, and civil war was averted.'


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 21, 2011, 05:33:56 PM
I will have to pretend not to know it.  :-[  :D


March 21st is also St. Nicholas of Flue's day, the Patron Saint of Switzerland.

'My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you.
My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.'

St. Nicholas of Flue

 
A wonderful prayer!
Doesn't the first line ring a bell? Everything that distances us from the Lord is the flesh as Brigid has said in her post "the flesh"
Saint Nicholas of Flue,
Pray for us!




Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 21, 2011, 05:34:53 PM
22 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Nicholas Owen
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 21, 2011, 05:35:54 PM
Saint Nicholas Owen
Martyr.


Very little is known about the early life of Saint Nicholas but it is believed that he was born in Oxford, England around the year 1550 into a devoutly Catholic family. and grew up during the Penal Laws in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. An explanation of Penal in English history :“In English history, penal law refers to a specific series of laws that sought to uphold the establishment of the Church of England against Protestant nonconformists and Roman Catholics, by imposing various forfeitures, civil penalties, and civil disabilities upon these dissenters”
Nicholas was a carpenter by trade and for about thirty years, he built hiding-places for priests being persued by English authorities, in the homes of Catholic families. He frequently travelled from one house to another, under the name of "Little John", accepting only the necessities of life as payment. Constructing these hiding places often involved breaking through thick stonework. To minimize the likelihood of betrayal he often worked at night, and always alone. The number of hiding-places he constructed were never known and, to the ingenuity of his craftsmanship, some may still be undiscovered.

For many years, Owen worked in the service of the Jesuit priest Henry Garnet, and was admitted into the Society of Jesus as a lay brother in 1580. He was first arrested in 1582 or 1583, after the execution of Edmund Campion, for publicly proclaiming the latter's innocence, but was later released. He was arrested again in 1594, and was tortured. He was released after a wealthy Catholic family paid a fine on his behalf.
Nicholas resumed his work, and it is believed that he masterminded the escape of Jesuit Father John Gerard from the Tower of London in 1597.

Early in 1606, Nicholas was arrested again with several priests at Hindlip Hall in Worcestershire. He gave himself up voluntarily in the hope of distracting attention from some other priests who were hiding nearby. Realizing just whom they had caught, and his value, Secretary of State, Robert Cecil exulted: "It is incredible, how great was the joy caused by his arrest... knowing the great skill of Owen in constructing hiding places, and the innumerable quantity of dark holes which he had schemed for hiding priests all throughout England."
After being committed to the Marshalsea, a prison on the southern bank of the Thames, Nicholas was removed to the Tower. He was tried for supposed complicity in the “Gunpowder Plot” Under English law, he was exempt from torture, having been maimed a few years before when a horse had fallen on him. He was, however, submitted to terrible torture on the Topcliffe rack, dangling from a wall with both wrists held fast in iron gauntlets and his body hanging. When this proved insufficient to make him talk, heavy weights were added to his feet. This procedure was followed until "his bowels gushed out with his life. The saint died most horribly.

The exact date of his death in 1606 is not agreed. Most sources cite 2 March, while others place his death on 12 November. Father Gerard wrote of him:

"I verily think no man can be said to have done more good of all those who laboured in the English vineyard. He was the immediate occasion of saving the lives of many hundreds of persons, both ecclesiastical and secular."
Saint Nicholas Owen was canonized as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by Pope Paul VI on 25 October 1970.

Saint Nicholas.
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Bailey2 on March 21, 2011, 06:19:42 PM
odhiambo, I just want to say that I really truly appreciate this service you are providing.  I read these posts whenever I can even when I don't actually post here.  Blessings!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 21, 2011, 07:25:54 PM
I've no doubt that the sacrafices of these English martyrs will be the price paid for the reconversion of England in the Lords good time.

On Saturday coming we have the feast day of St Margaret Clitherow (probably one of the better known English martyrs) and one whom I invoke daily. I visited her house in the Shambles while I was in York and got to learn much about her life and martyrdom.

Holy martyrs of England orate pro nobis.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 21, 2011, 09:51:35 PM
Saint Nicholas Owen's life is amazing. He is a hero.  I am so blessed to read about him. Never heard of him before. A mix of courage   :boxing: and genius  :irishwisdom:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2011, 03:41:27 AM
odhiambo, I just want to say that I really truly appreciate this service you are providing.  I read these posts whenever I can even when I don't actually post here.  Blessings!

Thanks Bailey for the thumbs up  :)
I am encouraged by your words and appreciate the fact that others are taking the time to read the posts .


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2011, 03:47:31 AM
I've no doubt that the sacrafices of these English martyrs will be the price paid for the reconversion of England in the Lords good time.

On Saturday coming we have the feast day of St Margaret Clitherow (probably one of the better known English martyrs) and one whom I invoke daily. I visited her house in the Shambles while I was in York and got to learn much about her life and martyrdom.

Holy martyrs of England orate pro nobis.

Could you post a short biography of her or something on that day?
The American Catholic Calender of Saints which I am following, lists somebody else on that day.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 22, 2011, 04:12:51 PM
I will have to pretend not to know it.  :-[  :D


March 21st is also St. Nicholas of Flue's day, the Patron Saint of Switzerland.

'My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you.
My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.'

St. Nicholas of Flue

 
A wonderful prayer!
Doesn't the first line ring a bell? Everything that distances us from the Lord is the flesh as Brigid has said in her post "the flesh"
Saint Nicholas of Flue,
Pray for us!




Yes it truly does.  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2011, 04:37:58 PM
23 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2011, 04:47:30 PM
Turibius of Mongrovejo
Also known as
Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo.

Turibius was born on 16 November 1538 in Mayorga, Spain to a noble and wealthy family. He
was named after another Spanish saint, Turibius of Astorga. He was very highly educated. He studied law and became a lawyer, then a professor of law at the highly reputed University of Salamanca. His education and virtuous reputation led to his appointment as Grand Inquisitor of Spain by King Philip II on the Court of the Inquisition at Granada in February 1571, although he was a layman.
He was ordained priest in 1578 and sent to Peru, and in May 1579, he was named Archbishop of Lima, Peru.
He arrived at Paita, Peru, 600 miles (970 km) from Lima, on May 24, 1581. He began his mission work by travelling to Lima on foot, baptizing and teaching the natives. His favourite topic was:

"Time is not our own, and we must give a strict account of it."

Three times he traversed the 450,000 square kilometers (180,000 square miles) of his diocese, generally on foot, frequently defenceless and often alone; exposed to tempests, torrents, deserts, wild beasts, tropical heat, fevers and sometimes threats from hostile tribes; baptizing and confirming nearly one half million people, among them St. Rose of Lima, and St. Martin de Porres.

He built roads, schoolhouses and chapels, many hospitals and convents, and at Lima, in 1591, founded the first seminary in the Western hemisphere. He inaugurated the first part of the third Lima Cathedral on February 2, 1604.

Turibius was seen as a champion of the rights of the natives against the Spanish masters. There was great opposition to him from the governors of Peru whose authority he challenged. He learned local dialects so that he could communicate with and convert the natives.
He is said to have predicted the day and hour of his death, years before he died.
Towards the end of his life, Turibius contracted fever at Pacasmayo, but continued to work to the last. He arrived at Sana (or Saña) when he was critically ill. Dragging himself to the sanctuary he received the Viaticum, dying shortly after on March 23, 1606
He was canonized in 1726.

Saint Turibius,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 22, 2011, 05:06:44 PM
'Time is not our own, and we must give a strict account of it.'

This means so much.. so much more than we comprehend..


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 22, 2011, 05:26:18 PM
'Time is not our own, and we must give a strict account of it.'

This means so much.. so much more than we comprehend..

That is true. The purpose of our existence here on earth is to get to know and love God so that we can be united with Him in Heaven. Our time on earth should be put to good use for this purpose otherwise as today's Saint stresses, the Master will demand an account.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 23, 2011, 05:28:04 PM
25 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Catherine of Genoa
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 23, 2011, 05:38:36 PM
Saint Catherine of Genoa (Caterina Fieschi Adorno)
Mystic.

Catherine was born in Genoa in 1447 to an aristocratic family. She was the youngest of five children. Her parents were Jacopo Fieschi and Francesca di Negro, both of illustrious Italian birth. Her family had papal connections, and Jacopo became Viceroy of Naples.
When Catherine was 13 years old, she wanted to enter a convent, like her sister Limbania who was an Augustinian nun. She was however refused admission because of her youth. She accepted this decision and thought no more of it.
When she was 14 years old, her father died. Two years later at age 16, for political and financial reasons, her brother arranged her marriage to Giuliano Adorno, a member of a rival family. The marriage was not a happy one. Giuliano was unfaithful, vile-tempered, and a spendthrift, who made the life of his wife a misery. The marriage was not fruitful although her husband had at least one child by a mistress.
Ten years after her marriage, when she was now 26 years old, Catherine experienced a religious conversion.
She was converted by a mystical experience on 22 March 1473. Her conversion is described as an overpowering sense of God's love for her. This marked the beginning of her life of close union with God in prayer.
She began to receive Communion almost daily, a practice noted as rare for lay people at the time. She also underwent remarkable mental experiences. At about the same time of her conversion, her husband became bankrupt. Catherine began a life of social work, going into Genoa's slums to help the sick and poor.
By 1477, Catherine's husband had begun to help with her work. He later became a Franciscan tertiary (a lay person affiliated with the order). Catherine herself never became associated with any religious order. In 1479 the couple moved into rooms near the large Pammatone Hospital for the poor of Genoa and worked there, without pay.

In 1490, Catherine became the director of the hospital, and worked successfully to improve the institution's financial situation. Three years later in 1493, the plague came to Genoa. 80% of those who stayed in the city died from the disease. Catherine supervised those who were taking care of the dying. Her husband was one of these people. In 1496 her husband died and she resigned her position as director, although she continued working full time until 1499, when her own health began to fail.

During the ten years before her death, Catherine wrote Trattato del Purgatorio, describing her beliefs about Purgatory.She saw purgatory as a place of joy rather than a place of physical suffering. She also wrote what would become the first part of Dialogo Spirituale: a book embodying the internal conflict she had undergone between her spiritual goals and her bodily desires. It was also during this period that she accepted, for the first time, a spiritual director, her successor as head of the hospital, Father Marabotti.
Catherine died on 15 September 1510. In 1551, 41 years after her death, a book about her life and teaching was published, entitled Libro de la vita mirabile et dottrina santa de la Beata Caterinetta de Genoa.
Her writings were examined by the Holy Office and pronounced to contain doctrine that would be enough, in itself, to prove her sanctity.

She was beatified in 1675 by Pope Clement X, and canonized in 1737 by Pope Clement XII. Her writings also became sources of inspiration for other religious leaders such as Saints Robert Bellarmine and Francis de Sales and Cardinal Henry Edward Manning.. Pope Pius XII declared her patroness of the hospitals in Italy.

Saint Catherine,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 23, 2011, 05:48:25 PM
From the Calender, I see that
Today is also the Feast day of
Saint Gabriel the Archangel.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 23, 2011, 05:49:24 PM
Gabriel, Archangel is the “Angel of the Annunciation”.
He announced the coming of Christ in the Old Testament.
He is the Angel sent to Zachariah (Lk 1:11-19).
He told Zachariah, “I am Gabriel, I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to convey to you this good news.”(Lk 1: 19).
The good news was the birth of Saint John the Baptist; Zachariah was to finally become a father.
In the Book of Daniel, he was sent to explain Daniel’s vision of a Ram and a Goat. (8:16, 9:21).
In traditional angelology, Gabriel is also believed to guard the Tree of Life and may have been the heavenly being who expelled Adam and Eve from Aden.
He is usually depicted as a hansome archangel, holding a scroll emblazoned with the Ave Maria.
Gabriel is patron of modern telecommunications and of postal services.
His emblem is a spear and a shield emblazoned with a lily.
Saint Gabriel,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Bailey2 on March 23, 2011, 07:38:50 PM
Ah, St. Catherine of Genoa: another Saint plagued with depression on and off.......... and no wonder!


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Post by: Shin on March 23, 2011, 08:47:52 PM
Some great quotes of the saint:

'The great importance of purgatory, neither mind can conceive nor tongue describe. I see only that its pains are as great as those of hell; and yet I see that a soul, stained with the slightest fault, receiving this mercy, counts its pains as naught in comparison with this hindrance to her love. And I know that the greatest misery of the souls in purgatory is to behold in themselves aught that displeases God, and to discover that, in spite of his goodness, they had consented to it. And this is because, being in the state of grace, they see the reality and the importance of the impediments which hinder their approach to God.'


St. Catherine of Genoa

'From this judgment there is no appeal, for after death the freedom of the will can never return, but the will is confirmed in that state in which it is found at death. The souls in hell, having been found at that hour with the will to sin, have the guilt and the punishment always with them, and although this punishment is not so great as they deserve, yet it is eternal.'

St. Catherine of Genoa

'Oh, what peril attaches to sin willfully committed! For it is so difficult for man to bring himself to penance, and without penitence guilt remains and will ever remain, so long as man retains unchanged the will to sin, or is intent upon committing it.'

St. Catherine of Genoa

'There is no doubt that, if man could perceive the many difficulties thrown by self-love in the way of his own good, he would no longer allow himself to be deceived by it; and its malignity is the more to be dreaded because it is so powerful that were but one grain of it in the world would be sufficient to corrupt all mankind. Wherefore I conclude that self-love is the root of all evils which exist in this world and in the other. Behold Lucifer, whose present state is the result of following the suggestions of his self-love; and in ourselves it seems to me even worse. Our father Adam has so contaminated us that to my eyes the evil appears almost incurable, for it so penetrates our veins, our nerves, our bones, that we can neither say nor think nor do anything which is not full of the poison of this love - not even those thoughts and deeds which are directed toward the purification of the spirit.'

St. Catherine of Genoa

'I do not wish a love which may be described as for God, or in God. I cannot see those words, for and in, without their suggesting to me that something may intervene between God and me; and that is what pure and simple love, by reason of its purity and simplicity, is unable to endure. This purity and simplicity is as great as God is, for it is his own.'

St. Catherine of Genoa

'. . . when I see man fix his affections on creatures, even, as he sometimes does, on a dog or a cat, or any other created thing, delighting greatly in it, doing all that he can to serve it, unable to admit into his heart any other love, and as it were, breathing by it, I long to exterminate these things which hold him thus employed and cause him to lose the great reward of the love of God which alone can satisfy and make him happy.'

St. Catherine of Genoa

'If man clearly saw that by well-doing he could gain eternal life, and could imagine how great the happiness of heaven will be, he would always persevere in good; and even should he live until the end of the world, he would never occupy his memory, intellect, or will on any but celestial things. . . On the other hand, if man could know how greatly he must suffer hereafter for his sins, hold it for certain that for very fear he would not only abandon all things, but that he would not commit the smallest sin.'

St. Catherine of Genoa

'When I see that God is ever ready to give us all the interior and exterior aids necessary for our salvation, and that he observes our deeds solely for our own good; when, on the other hand, I see man continually occupied in useless things, contrary to himself and of no value; and that at the hour of death God will say to him: "What is there, O man, that I could have done for thee which I have not done?" and that man will clearly know this to be true; I believe that he will have to render a stricter account for this than for all other sins, and I am amazed and cannot understand how man can be so mad as to neglect a thing of such vast and extreme importance.'

St. Catherine of Genoa



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Post by: odhiambo on March 24, 2011, 02:17:27 AM
Ah, St. Catherine of Genoa: another Saint plagued with depression on and off.......... and no wonder!

Yes, to zero in on the obvious, her marriage was rather like a bed of thorns; that could have contributed to her problems. Hey, have you come across this expression that "happiness is an inside job" ?  Also that we should not expect others to behave in a way so as to make us happy? I read it somewhere and it stuck! I look back on times when I was really , really down and I wonder, was it really my fault? could I have just looked within me and found that happiness?


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Post by: odhiambo on March 24, 2011, 04:40:22 PM
25 March
Today is the The Solemnity of
The Annunciation of the Lord.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 24, 2011, 05:15:12 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, March 25th, 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 announces to Mary that she will conceive a Son, and his name will be Jesus. His greeting, "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you" has echoed down through the ages in many prayers, and is known as the "Hail Mary." Mary is initially confused as to how she will bear God's Son, seeing as she is a virgin. The angel then explains that the Holy Spirit would come upon her. This is 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, and it begins with the the Blessed Virgin conceiving Jesus by the Holy Spirit's power
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 24, 2011, 05:23:55 PM
Note:

The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the 4 "Quarter Days" in the Church. These are days which fall around the equinoxes or solstices, and mark the beginnings of the natural seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. These Quarter Days were Christian feast days used in medieval times to mark "quarters" for legal purposes. The other  Quarter Days are the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24), Michaelmas (September 29), and Christmas (December 25).


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Post by: Shin on March 25, 2011, 02:47:08 AM
'By the Angelic Salutation God became man, a virgin became the Mother of God, the souls of the just were delivered from Limbo, the empty thrones in heaven have been filled, sin has been pardoned, grace been given to us, the sick been made well, the dead brought back to life, exiles brought home, the Blessed Trinity has been appeased, and men obtained eternal life.'

'Just as the Angelic Salutation gave glory to the Blessed Trinity, it is also the very highest praise that we can give to Mary.'

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

'This day (the Annunciation) is the beginning of our salvation. On this day the Son of God, who was anterior to all time, becomes the Son of Man. This day is the beginning of the restoration of human nature, and of the blotting out of the sin of creation. On this day our nature has been sanctified by the indwelling in it of its Creator. On this day it has been raised to the dignity of holding dominion over archangels. On this day the time predicted by the prophets is fully come. This is the day which saints have desired to see. On this day Adam has built a temple for his Creator in one of his own daughters, in which He might deign to dwell concealed, and thus become our Redeemer. This temple is Mary, the virgin; precious, blessed, and holy, the pure and stainless offshoot of Adam's nature, the Queen of the whole family of men. So pure that none can be found purer in the whole human race; so holy that none among all intelligent creatures shall ever surpass her in holiness. She is the glory of the people of Israel, and the light of the house of David. This is she, the Beauty whose purity the Heavenly King desired, sending to her His ministering spirit Gabriel to salute her with a salutation of great joy, and to acquaint her that she has been chosen by her Creator, saying, "Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women!"'

St. John Damascene

'The Blessed Virgin spoke to the Son, saying: "Blessed are you, my Son and my God, Lord of angels and King of glory! I pray that the words that you have spoken may take root in the hearts of your friends and cling to their minds like the pitch with which Noah's ark was plastered, which neither the storms nor the winds could dissolve. May they spread themselves throughout the world like branches and sweet flowers whose scent is spread far and wide. May they also turn into fruit and grow sweet like the date whose sweetness delights the soul beyond measure." The Son answered: "Blessed are you, my dearest Mother! My angel Gabriel said to you: 'Blessed are you, Mary, among women!' And I bear you witness that you are blessed and most holy above all the choirs of angels. You are like a garden flower that is surrounded by other fragrant flowers, but surpasses them all in fragrance, beauty, and virtue. These flowers represent all the elect from Adam to the end of the world. They were planted in the garden of the world, bloomed and blossomed in various virtues, but among all those who then were and who afterward were to be, you were the most excellent in the fragrance of a good and humble life, in the beauty of a pleasing virginity, in the virtue of abstinence.'

'Then his Mother answered: "Blessed are you, my Son, my God and my Lord! Since you were my sweet delight, I pray that others may be made partakers in its sweetness." The Son answered: "Blessed are you, my dearest Mother! Your words are sweet and full of love. Therefore, it will go well for anyone who receives your sweetness into his mouth and keeps it perfectly. But anyone who receives it and rejects it will be punished all the more bitterly." Then the Virgin responded: "Blessed be you, my Son, for all your love!"'

from the Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden

'When people say, "The Lord is with thee," they renew the indescribable joy that was mine when the eternal Word became incarnate in my womb.'

'When you say to me, "Blessed art thou among women," I praise the mercy of God who has raised me to this exalted degree of happiness.'

'And at the words, "Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus," the whole of heaven rejoices with me to see my Son Jesus adored and glorified for having saved mankind."'

Our Lady speaking of the Ave Maria to St. Mechtilde


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Post by: odhiambo on March 25, 2011, 04:50:57 PM
26 March

Today is the Feast day of
Blessed Didacus of Cadiz
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 25, 2011, 05:03:00 PM
Didacus Joseph of Cadiz (Diego José)

Didicus was born on March 29, 1743, in Cadiz, Spain. He was baptized Joseph Francis. His lineage is said to date from the Visigoth kings. His parents were devout Christians and Didicus was brought up in the ways of the Lord, and remained thus throughout his life.
When he was old enough, Joseph learned how to serve Mass at the Franciscan church which was close by. He learned to love the Mass. He used to get up early so that he could be at the church each morning to wait for the doors to be unlocked. He never missed a day.
One of the priests or brothers gave Joseph a book about the lives of the Capuchin saints. He read it over and over. Joseph learned every story in that book. He grew to love the holy men who were poor and humble just like Jesus.
As a youth, Joseph was a bit of a slow learner at school, receiving the nickname of the "dunce of Cadiz".
It was not surprising that Joseph decided to become a religious. Since he attended a Capuchin church and was an avid reader of the lives of the Capuchin Saints, his decision to become a Franciscan was also not surprising.
He was, however initially rejected by the Franciscan Order (Order of Friars Minor) due to his perceived limitation of intellect. He was, however, accepted by the Capuchin Friars and entered their novitiate in Seville, Spain, where he was given the name "Didacus". Later he was ordained to the priesthood.
His first appointment was to the task of preaching. His biographers stated that the congregations marveled at the singular power of his words, which swayed his audiences and left an impression on their lives.
Joseph loved preaching, and as it soon became evident that he had wonderful gifts for preaching the Word of God, he was sent out to preach to the people the Good News of Jesus. He travelled throughout Spain teaching and preaching in remote villages and crowded towns. His homilies were so clear and kind that people listened.
Everyone marvelled at the singular power and sweetness of his words, which swayed his audiences and left marked impressions on their lives. They even brought friends to listen. Soon an ordinary church was too small for the crowds. When Father Didacus was preaching, the talks were held outdoors, usually in the town square or in the streets.

Father Didacus loved to preach about the Blessed Trinity. He was popularly called "The Apostle of the Holy Trinity", because of his devotion to the mystery of the Divine Persons, three in one God, and the clever way he included the theological dogma of the Blessed Trinity as part of his edifying sermons.
Didacus also was capable of touching the heart of those who came to him for confession. He also found time to visit prisons and hospitals and engage in other works of charity, whilst a great part of the nights he spent in prayer.

Didacus died in 1801, in the 58th year of his highly blessed life, and was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1894.
He became known as the saviour of the faith in Spain, a second Paul, and as the apostle of his century.

Blessed Didacus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on March 25, 2011, 05:04:28 PM
I came across this as I was reading about Blessed Didacus of Cadiz:

“…This unlearned man was a celebrated preacher in Spain. During his preaching one day, a child shouted aloud in the church: "Mother, mother, see the dove resting on the shoulder of Father Didacus! I could preach like that too if a dove told me all that I should say!" Fr. Didacus prayed devotedly before his sermons, even scourging himself unto blood, in order to draw down God's mercy upon the people.

Once when his superior chided him because of the austerity of his life, Didacus Joseph replied: "Ah, Father, my sins and the sins of the people compel me to do it. Those who have been charged with the conversion of sinners must remember that the Lord has imposed upon them the sins of all their clients. By means of our penances we should atone for the sins of our fellowmen and thus preserve ourselves and them from eternal death. It would hardly be too much if we shed the last drop of our blood for their conversion."


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Post by: martin on March 25, 2011, 06:27:48 PM
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Once when his superior chided him because of the austerity of his life, Didacus Joseph replied: "Ah, Father, my sins and the sins of the people compel me to do it. Those who have been charged with the conversion of sinners must remember that the Lord has imposed upon them the sins of all their clients. By means of our penances we should atone for the sins of our fellowmen and thus preserve ourselves and them from eternal death. It would hardly be too much if we shed the last drop of our blood for their conversion."

I wonder how many shepherds actually realize this. Even parents (especially fathers) could learn a lesson from this too. I think that many look on hopelessly while their children stray into all sorts of bad things, not realizing that their circumstances could be changed by offering acts of reparation on their behalf.
Miracles come through perseverance in prayer and through acts of reparation. The greatest miracle being that we ourselves end up saving our own souls in the process.


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Post by: martin on March 25, 2011, 06:37:15 PM
This day is also shared by another great saint whom I mentioned during the week.
Here is a summary of her life taken from The Catholic Encyclopedia


                                      St Margaret Clitherow

Martyr, called the "Pearl of York", born about 1556; died 25 March 1586. She was a daughter of Thomas Middleton, Sheriff of York (1564-5), a wax-chandler; married John Clitherow, a wealthy butcher and a chamberlain of the city, in St. Martin's church, Coney St., 8 July, 1571, and lived in the Shambles, a street still unaltered. Converted to the Faith about three years later, she became most fervent, continually risking her life by harbouring and maintaining priests, was frequently imprisoned, sometimes for two years at a time, yet never daunted, and was a model of all virtues.

Though her husband belonged to the Established Church, he had a brother a priest, and Margaret provided two chambers, one adjoining her house and a second in another part of the city, where she kept priests hidden and had Mass continually celebrated through the thick of the persecution. Some of her priests were martyred, and Margaret who desired the same grace above all things, used to make secret pilgrimages by night to York Tyburn to pray beneath the gibbet for this intention.

Finally arrested on 10 March, 1586, she was committed to the castle. On 14 March, she was arraigned before Judges Clinch and Rhodes and several members of the Council of the North at the York assizes. Her indictment was that she had harboured priests, heard Mass, and the like; but she refused to plead, since the only witnesses against her would be her own little children and servants, whom she could not bear to involve in the guilt of her death. She was therefore condemned to the peine forte et dure, i.e. to be pressed to death. "God be thanked, I am not worthy of so good a death as this", she said. Although she was probably with child, this horrible sentence was carried out on Lady Day, 1586 (Good Friday according to New Style).

She had endured an agony of fear the previous night, but was now calm, joyous, and smiling. She walked barefooted to the tollbooth on Ousebridge, for she had sent her hose and shoes to her daughter Anne, in token that she should follow in her steps. She had been tormented by the ministers and even now was urged to confess her crimes. "No, no, Mr. Sheriff, I die for the love of my Lord Jesu", she answered. She was laid on the ground, a sharp stone beneath her back, her hands stretched out in the form of a cross and bound to two posts. Then a door was placed upon her, which was weighted down till she was crushed to death. Her last words during an agony of fifteen minutes, were "Jesu! Jesu! Jesu! have mercy on me!" Her right hand is preserved at St. Mary's Convent, York, but the resting-place of her sacred body is not known. Her sons Henry and William became priests, and her daughter Anne a nun at St. Ursula's, Louvain.

Her life, written by her confessor, John Mush, exists in two versions. The earlier has been edited by Father John Morris, S.J., in his "Troubles of our Catholic Forefathers", third series (London, 1877). The later manuscript, now at York Convent, was published by W. Nicholson, of Thelwall Hall, Cheshire (London, Derby, 1849), with portrait: "Life and Death of Margaret Clitherow the martyr of York". It also contains the "History of Mr. Margaret Ward and Mrs. Anne Line, Martyrs".


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2011, 05:12:43 AM
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I wonder how many shepherds actually realize this. Even parents (especially fathers) could learn a lesson from this too. I think that many look on hopelessly while their children stray into all sorts of bad things, not realizing that their circumstances could be changed by offering acts of reparation on their behalf.
Miracles come through perseverance in prayer and through acts of reparation. The greatest miracle being that we ourselves end up saving our own souls in the process.

This is true martin.
Many times we parents just wash our hands off of a difficult child and banish him from our lives , disinherit him, etc. I will keep in mine those words of Saint Didacus. This is another way in which the Saints really do help us, apart from interceding for us. There examples serve as beacons for us.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2011, 05:31:13 AM
This day is also shared by another great saint whom I mentioned during the week.
Here is a summary of her life taken from The Catholic Encyclopedia


                                      St Margaret Clitherow

Martyr, called the "Pearl of York", born about 1556; died 25 March 1586. She was a daughter of Thomas Middleton, Sheriff of York (1564-5), a wax-chandler; married John Clitherow, a wealthy butcher and a chamberlain of the city, in St. Martin's church, Coney St., 8 July, 1571, and lived in the Shambles, a street still unaltered. Converted to the Faith about three years later, she became most fervent, continually risking her life by harbouring and maintaining priests, was frequently imprisoned, sometimes for two years at a time, yet never daunted, and was a model of all virtues.

Though her husband belonged to the Established Church, he had a brother a priest, and Margaret provided two chambers, one adjoining her house and a second in another part of the city, where she kept priests hidden and had Mass continually celebrated through the thick of the persecution. Some of her priests were martyred, and Margaret who desired the same grace above all things, used to make secret pilgrimages by night to York Tyburn to pray beneath the gibbet for this intention.

Finally arrested on 10 March, 1586, she was committed to the castle. On 14 March, she was arraigned before Judges Clinch and Rhodes and several members of the Council of the North at the York assizes. Her indictment was that she had harboured priests, heard Mass, and the like; but she refused to plead, since the only witnesses against her would be her own little children and servants, whom she could not bear to involve in the guilt of her death. She was therefore condemned to the peine forte et dure, i.e. to be pressed to death. "God be thanked, I am not worthy of so good a death as this", she said. Although she was probably with child, this horrible sentence was carried out on Lady Day, 1586 (Good Friday according to New Style).

She had endured an agony of fear the previous night, but was now calm, joyous, and smiling. She walked barefooted to the tollbooth on Ousebridge, for she had sent her hose and shoes to her daughter Anne, in token that she should follow in her steps. She had been tormented by the ministers and even now was urged to confess her crimes. "No, no, Mr. Sheriff, I die for the love of my Lord Jesu", she answered. She was laid on the ground, a sharp stone beneath her back, her hands stretched out in the form of a cross and bound to two posts. Then a door was placed upon her, which was weighted down till she was crushed to death. Her last words during an agony of fifteen minutes, were "Jesu! Jesu! Jesu! have mercy on me!" Her right hand is preserved at St. Mary's Convent, York, but the resting-place of her sacred body is not known. Her sons Henry and William became priests, and her daughter Anne a nun at St. Ursula's, Louvain.

Her life, written by her confessor, John Mush, exists in two versions. The earlier has been edited by Father John Morris, S.J., in his "Troubles of our Catholic Forefathers", third series (London, 1877). The later manuscript, now at York Convent, was published by W. Nicholson, of Thelwall Hall, Cheshire (London, Derby, 1849), with portrait: "Life and Death of Margaret Clitherow the martyr of York". It also contains the "History of Mr. Margaret Ward and Mrs. Anne Line, Martyrs".
St Margaret Clitherow,
Pray for us!
Thank you martin.
 I am one of those people whose tears flow freely at the slightest provocation. :-[
 Your post left me blinded with tears and rushing for a tissue to blow my nose! Especially the "pressing to death" bit and she with child too!
May the Lord have mercy on us! We have sinned so much against him.


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Post by: Patricia on March 26, 2011, 09:01:59 AM
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I am one of those people whose tears flow freely at the slightest provocation. Embarrassed

 :-[ I am one of those too.

Any suggestions on the best penances one can do for an errant child, anyone??  ???


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Post by: Shin on March 26, 2011, 01:00:06 PM
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"God be thanked, I am not worthy of so good a death as this", she said. Although she was probably with child, this horrible sentence was carried out on Lady Day, 1586 (Good Friday according to New Style).

Truly so memorable!


'You have preached, you have prayed, but have you fasted? Have you taken the discipline [a self imposed scourge]? Have you slept on the floor? So long as you have done none of these things, you have no right to complain.'

St. Jean Marie Vianney, to a priest complaining about the indifference of his parish


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Post by: Shin on March 26, 2011, 02:14:28 PM
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I am one of those people whose tears flow freely at the slightest provocation. Embarrassed

 :-[ I am one of those too.

Any suggestions on the best penances one can do for an errant child, anyone??  ???

Good question. Perhaps Martin has some ideas!  ;D

I think tears are the sign of an honest heart you two.  :pathead:

It's a good way to be.


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2011, 06:30:46 PM
27 March

Today is the Feast day of
Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on March 26, 2011, 06:31:27 PM
Francesco Faà di Bruno.

Francesco was born on 29 March 1825 in Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy. He was of noble birth. He began his education in 1841. He studied at the Royal Military Academy of Turin with the aim of making a career in the army and was commissioner in the army in 1847.
However by 1853 he had decided to leave the army and take up the study of mathematics instead. He travelled to Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne under Cauchy who he admired, not only for his genius, but also for his religious fervour and his philanthropy. After graduating he returned to Turin where he went on to study for his doctorate, which he obtained in 1861 and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science.

In 1871 Francesco became a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Turin. Apart from Mathematics, Francesco had other interests. He did a lot of charity work. It was around this time that Francesco met Father John Bosco who had been ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1841 in Turin and had began work there to help boys who came to look for work in the city. Through the influence of Father John Bosco, Francis was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Rome on 22 October 1876. He founded the Society of St. Zita for maids and domestic servants, later expanding it to include unmarried mothers, among others. He helped establish hostels for the elderly and poor. He even oversaw the construction of a church in Turin that was dedicated to the memory of Italian soldiers who had lost their lives in the struggle over the unification of Italy.

He founded a religious order (Suore Minime di Nostra Signora del Suffragio) in order to direct and work for girls gathered in a house (similar to those founded by John Bosco) called Conservatorio del Suffragio. In order to provide work for the girls.
Francis also made numerous and important contributions to mathematics. These include about forty original articles published in various journals including "American Journal of Mathematics" (John Hopkins University.

Francis died in Turin on March 27, 1888. and was beatified 100 years later by Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in Rome on 25 September 1988.

Today is the Feast day of Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno Among many other saints

Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno.
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 27, 2011, 04:21:32 PM
28 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Hesychius of Jerusalem
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 27, 2011, 04:28:34 PM
Saint Hesychius of Jerusalem.

We do not know when Saint Hesychius (pronounced HESH-us), was born. We know, however that he was a native of Jerusalem and a student of Saint Gregory the Theologian. After the death of his mentor, he settled in one of the Palestinian desert.  In the year 412, the Archbishop of Jerusalem, consecrated him as a presbyter. As a priest, the saint became well known for his sermons which were inspired.  He is said to have written a history of the Church, which unfortunately is no longer available as it apparently got lost. He also wrote about many of the burning issues of his day. These included the heresy of Nestorianism, which held that there were two separate persons in Jesus viz: one human and one divine. He wrote about the heresy of Arianism, which denied the divinity of Christ.

I understand from my reading that some of his commentaries on the books of the Bible as well, along with meditations on the prophets and homilies on the Blessed Virgin Mary , still survive.

His words on the Eucharist, written centuries ago , speak to us today:

“ Keep yourselves free from sin so that every day you may share in the mystic meal; by doing so our bodies become the Body of Christ”

Saint Hesychius died around the year 450(433 by other accounts)

Ref: American Catholic

Saint Hesychius,
Pray for us!

[moderator edit: removed url, please be careful: "American Catholic" has grave issues with dissidence, etc.]


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 27, 2011, 05:11:45 PM
28 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Hesychius of Jerusalem
Among many other saints.

Doubts Galore! :-\
I am having second thoughts again about the Calender I have chosen to follow. Shin you remember a few months back I had a similar problem  and I changed to American Catholics. Well, They have listed all these saints some of whom I am not very sure about. For instance, the one of today. He is said to be better known in the Russian Orthodox Church. Shin, Have I put my foot in it again? I have more or less prepared ahead already unfortunately. I think May 1 will see me change. I need some sugestions please someone? Anyone?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 27, 2011, 06:37:43 PM
Hesychios of Jerusalem is a confusing one. Not certain myself. These matters aren't as simple as people might wish to make them out to be and have said at times.

There are apparently two Hesychios's that lived around the same time. I see a reference a Catholic Encyclopedia that does not cite the fellow as a saint, but that is not necessarily correct, or incorrect.

I wouldn't rely on American Catholic as they're associated with St. Anthony's Messenger Press which has grave problems.

I'm going to edit the post above briefly to remove the url, there's a 'no url' policy here without approval, don't be concerned about it. Everybody trips it up before reading the announcements, we have a different way of doing things here. Trying to avoid to using troublesome references of mixed quality, even with disclaimers. :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 27, 2011, 06:39:39 PM
Odhiambo you are doing a fine job and don't worry, you'll soon find the Catholic saints know how to get through the maze and arrive safely in your posts.  :D

I sometimes double check on other Catholic sites to see if a dubious one gets a mention. If they don't then I leave them aside until further info comes my way.
Like I say, the true ones have a way of making it here even if they've been initially rejected.  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 27, 2011, 06:53:49 PM
Hesychios of Jerusalem is a confusing one. Not certain myself. These matters aren't as simple as people might wish to make them out to be and have said at times.

There are apparently two Hesychios's that lived around the same time. I see a reference a Catholic Encyclopedia that does not cite the fellow as a saint, but that is not necessarily correct, or incorrect.

I wouldn't rely on American Catholic as they're associated with St. Anthony's Messenger Press which has grave problems.

I'm going to edit the post above briefly to remove the url, there's a 'no url' policy here without approval, don't be concerned about it. Everybody trips it up before reading the announcements, we have a different way of doing things here. Trying to avoid to using troublesome references of mixed quality, even with disclaimers. :D
That is fine with me Shin.You have my permission to edit. ;)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 27, 2011, 06:57:00 PM
That makes me feel a lot better.  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 27, 2011, 07:13:10 PM
Odhiambo you are doing a fine job and don't worry, you'll soon find the Catholic saints know how to get through the maze and arrive safely in your posts.  :D

I sometimes double check on other Catholic sites to see if a dubious one gets a mention. If they don't then I leave them aside until further info comes my way.
Like I say, the true ones have a way of making it here even if they've been initially rejected.  :D

Thanks martin!
Will stick to the General Roman Calender.
On those days where no Saints are listed on the General Calender, I will pick one from a proper Catholic resource.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 28, 2011, 04:56:00 PM
Today we remember
Saint Barachisius and Saint Jonas.
Among many other saints.
 
Saint Barachisius and Saint Jonas( Saint Jonas of Hubaham)
Martyrs.
Jonas and Barachisius were  born at Beth-Asa, Persia
They were brothers and they were also monks living at a monastery in the city of their birth. This was the time when King Sapor (Shapur) of Persia, was persecuting Christians. On, hearing that several Christians had been sentenced to death at Hubaham, the two went there to encourage and to give spiritual support to the condemned. They were arrested .They were then asked to obey the king of Persia, and to worship the sun, the moon, fire, and water. They answered that it was more reasonable to obey the immortal King of heaven and earth than a mortal prince.
Refusing to deny the Faith, they were beaten and tortured.   Jonas was then crushed to death and his body cut to pieces. at Beth-Asa, Persia.
Barachisius, on the other hand, had brimstone and boiling pitch poured  down his throat! Both the brothers were martyred on 24 December 327.
They were canonized Pre-Congregation.
 




Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 29, 2011, 05:36:53 AM

They were canonized Pre-Congregation.

I came across "Pre-Congregation canonization" for the first time while reading about the two martyrs we are remembering today. I googled it just to be sure and this is what I got:

What is pre-congregation canonization?

"In the earlier times, saints were proclaimed to be saints by a local bishop, patriarch etc. and by popular devotion. Pre-congregation is when saints were canonized or declared to be saints, before the long and lengthy process that the Church has today to prove that they were saints, so the exact dates are not available"


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 29, 2011, 06:10:36 AM
Good information!  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 29, 2011, 04:19:43 PM
30 March

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Peter Regalado
Among many other Saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 29, 2011, 04:24:22 PM
Saint Peter Regalado ( 1390-1456)
Also known as Peter Regulatus.
Rranciscan Reformer.


Peter was born at Valladolid, Spain. He was born in a wealthy , pious and noble family. At the age of just 13, he entered the Franciscan Order in his native city. After several years, he transferred to a far more austere monastery at Tribulos, where he became known for his severe ascetism as well as his abilities to levitate and enter into ecstacies.

In 1442 he was appointed head of all the Spanish Franciscans in his reform group. Peter led the friars by his example. A special love of the poor and the sick characterized him. Miraculous stories are told about his charity to the poor. For example, the bread never seemed to run out as long as Peter had hungry people to feed. Throughout most of his life, Peter went hungry; he lived only on bread and water.
For his zeal in adhering to the rules of the community, he was designated “Regulatus”
Peter died on March 31, 1456, and immediately after his death, his grave became a place of pilgrimage. He was canonized in 1746.

Saint Peter
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 29, 2011, 04:47:14 PM
His life reads beautifully.  ;D

I also read:

'When his body was exhumed thirty-six years after his death, at the instance of Isabella the Catholic, it was found incorrupt and placed in a more precious tomb. . . In art he is represented with flames bursting from his heart.'


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on March 29, 2011, 05:06:47 PM
Quote
At the age of just 13, he entered the Franciscan Order in his native city. After several years, he transferred to a far more austere monastery at Tribulos, where he became known for his severe ascetism as well as his abilities to levitate and enter into ecstacies.

This brings home just how pampered our own teenagers have become.
Who could ever imagine a boy of thirteen being permitted to enter a monastery today.
I could see the parents being arrested and all the monks charged with mental abuse.

St. Peter Regalado pray for our children.



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2011, 05:09:35 AM
His life reads beautifully.  ;D

I also read:

'When his body was exhumed thirty-six years after his death, at the instance of Isabella the Catholic, it was found incorrupt and placed in a more precious tomb. . . In art he is represented with flames bursting from his heart.'


Such love he had for the Lord!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 30, 2011, 05:19:36 AM
Quote
At the age of just 13, he entered the Franciscan Order in his native city. After several years, he transferred to a far more austere monastery at Tribulos, where he became known for his severe ascetism as well as his abilities to levitate and enter into ecstacies.

This brings home just how pampered our own teenagers have become.
Who could ever imagine a boy of thirteen being permitted to enter a monastery today.
I could see the parents being arrested and all the monks charged with mental abuse.

That is true. I find that most of the saints seem to know from very early on what they wanted and they never allow themselves to be distracted. Saint Peter actually wanted to enter the order at 10 years, but I guess he was not allowed.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on March 30, 2011, 08:03:58 AM
Quote
For example, the bread never seemed to run out as long as Peter had hungry people to feed.

This helps me to have confidence in God who will always provide.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2011, 02:09:09 AM
31 March
Today ‘s Saint is
Saint Nicholas of Flue
Hermit and Swiss political figure.
(1417-1487)

Nicholas was born on 21 March, 1417, in Switzerland. He took his name from the Flueli River which flowed close to where he was born. He was the oldest son of pious, well-to-do peasants. From the time he was young, Nicholas liked to pray and to , practice mortification.
When he was 21 years old, he entered the army and is said to have fought heroically in several battles . At the age of 25, and in obedience to his parents, Nicholas married a pious girl from Sachseln, named Dorothy Wyssling. God blessed them with 10 children, five boys and five girls. His youngest son, Nicholas, born in 1467, became a priest and a doctor of theology.
Nicholas was held in high esteem by the people. He served his community as magistrate and highly respected councilor. Several times he refused the office of governor.
On 16 October, 1467, after 25 years of marriage, and with the consent of his wife and family, Nicholas left home to live as a hermit.
He took up residence at Ranft. At first he lived in a narrow hut, which he himself had built with branches and leaves, and went daily to Mass .Early in 1469 the civil authorities built a cell and a chapel for him, and on 29 April of the same year the chapel was dedicated by the vicar-general of Constance, Thomas, Bishop of Ascalon. In 1479 a chaplain was put in charge of the chapel. After that, Nicholas always remained in the Ranft.

He is said to have survived on nothing but the Holy Eucharist for nineteen years before he died.
Reknown for his holiness and wisdom, he was frequently visited by civic leaders, powerful personages as well as simple men and women, all with a variety of needs. In 1480, through his intervention, he helped prevent a civil war in his country.
Nicholas is said to be one of the most famous religious figures in Swiss history. He was known affectionataly as “Bruder Klaus”.
Nicholas lived to a ripe old age of 70. He them fell ill and died in 1487. Many pilgrims visit the chapel near the church of Sachseln, where his relics are preserved.
He was beatified by Pope Clement IX in 1669 and canonized in 1947 by Pope Pius XII.
He is considered the patron saint of Switzerland.
Saint Nicholas of Flue
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 31, 2011, 02:17:52 AM
It's Saint Nicholas again! :D

He's worth remembering!



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2011, 02:31:47 AM
It's Saint Nicholas again! :D

He's worth remembering!


Again!
You mean we have remembered him already?
He was a last minute change from Saint Stephen of Mar Saba.
I will see if I can brush him up and post him so we can remember him as well  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 31, 2011, 02:35:38 AM
Ah, odhiambo, you need to go read our senior jokes section heheheh.

Did you see that March 21st was his birthday? :D

Actually, I did a double take for a bit myself, and thought, "Is this one that I was going to post about, or did we do this already?" and then I used the search engine.

So I should go read them too.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2011, 02:37:29 AM
It's Saint Nicholas again! :D

He's worth remembering!



I think it was Saint Nicholas Owen we remembered recently  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 31, 2011, 02:40:37 AM
It's Saint Nicholas again! :D

He's worth remembering!




I think it was Saint Nicholas Owen we remembered recently  :)



St. Nicholas of Flue. (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=1352.105)

Senior Jokes. (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=833.0)

 :happyroll:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2011, 02:54:09 AM
It's Saint Nicholas again! :D

He's worth remembering!




I think it was Sjavascript:void(0);aint Nicholas Owen we remembered recently  :)



St. Nicholas of Flue. ([url]http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=1352.105[/url])

Senior Jokes. ([url]http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=833.0[/url])





I have a perfect excuse Shin!
Good old age! That is what is is LOL :happyroll:



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2011, 03:11:16 AM
here is something to meditate on:

St. Nicholas of Flue Prophecy...

"The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters."

St. Nicholas of Flue, 15th century, cited in Catholic Prophecy, edited by Yves Dupont



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 31, 2011, 03:14:05 AM
Thanks Odhiambo.. It's great to read of him again and learn something new.. This has been helpful in prompting me to revisit learning about prophecies.  ;D

And to read his quote again:

'My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you.
My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.'


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2011, 05:52:10 PM
1 April
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Hugh of Grenoble
Among  many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2011, 05:59:36 PM
Saint Hugh of Grenoble
Also known as Hugh of Chateauneuf.
Bishop of Grenoble

Hugh was born in France in 1052. He showed piety from a very early age and wanted to be a monk.
While still a layman, Hugh became a canon of the cathedral in Valence. His piety was such that it was said of him that he only knew one woman by sight!
In 1080, while attending a synod in Avignon, Hugh was elected bishop of Grenoble. The see of Grenoble was in very poor state, and Hugh was selected to bring the much needed reforms.
He immediately applied himself to the task of reforming the abuses in his new diocese.
For the next two years, Hugh endeavoured, with a great deal of zeal but without much success, to eradicate the evils of simony and concubinage in his diocese. In 1082, discouraged and convinced that the task before him could not be done, he resigned his office and became a Benedictine monk at the austere abbey of Chaise-Dieu in Auvergne.
The Pope however commanded him to return to his Episcopal work at Grenoble the following year. It was Hugh who in 1084, personally conducted Saint Bruno of Cologne, and his six companions to the wild Alpine Solitude near Grenoble, called Chartreuse, and presented them with that land. On this land, Saint Bruno and his six companions constructed their first Carthusian monastery, which came to be known as the Grande Chartreuse (The Great Chartre-house). In this way, Saint Hugh is associated with the founding of the Carthusian Order.
Saint Hugh visited the monks frequently to share their life of poverty, prayer and solitary study. His personal austerities and excessive fasts affected his health and were only moderated at the insistence of Saint Bruno, his spiritual director.
Saint Hugh died on April 1, 1132, two months before his eightieth birthday. He was canonized on April 22, 1134 by Pope Innocent II, only two years after his death.

Saint Hugh.
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on March 31, 2011, 06:02:24 PM
Shin,
this was the Saint I was trying to remember whose "piety was such that it was said of him that he only knew one woman by sight!"
Saint Hugh.
Pray for us!

 


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on March 31, 2011, 08:56:12 PM
I'm so glad you found him! St. Hugh, ora pro nobis!

I should have known this one.  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2011, 05:45:31 AM
3 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Francis of Paola
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 02, 2011, 06:28:07 AM
'In 1469, the Pope, Paul II.,sent one of his chamberlains to learn if Francis was indeed the saint which so many called him.

When the chamberlain arrived at Paula, Francis, as usual, was among the masons, at work on his church; but seeing two strangers coming towards him, he left his work and met them, bowing very low to them. The chamberlain had disguised himself, so as not to appear like a person of rank, nor even to be known as a priest; and when Francis met him with such humble courtesy he was equally humble, and attempted to kiss the hand of Francis, brown and hard with toil. But Francis would not allow this, and, falling on his knees, said he was himself bound to kiss the hands which God had consecrated during the thirty years he had said mass. The chamberlain was greatly surprised to hear a perfect stranger thus tell the number of years he had been a priest; but he said nothing, wishing to talk with Francis in his convent, aside from his companions.

The chamberlain was a very eloquent man, and he tried to convince Francis, by a long discourse, that his rule was too severe, and also of the dangers to which a person is exposed who pretends to miraculous gifts, or who lives in anyway differently from other good Christians; and urged him to leave all his extraordinary self-denials. Francis heard him patiently, and answered him with great humility; but, finding that the mind of his visitor was not changed, he took from the fire some burning coals, and holding them for a long time in his hand, said, "All creatures obey those who serve God with a perfect heart."

These golden words were repeated by Pope Leo X. in the bill of his canonization. The chamberlain returned to the archbishop of Cosenza, and to the Holy Father at Rome, and told them that the sanctity of Francis was greater than his fame in the world, own society, and in the very state, or town, or village in which we live.'

- Patron Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2011, 08:19:59 AM
Saint Francis of Paola
Hermit
Founder of the Order of Minims.


Saint Francis was born on March 27, 1416 at Paola, Italy. His parents were God fearing people, noted as “remarkable for the holiness of their lives”. It appears that after his parents were married,they were not blessed with children for a long time. The couple turned to the one thing they new best - Prayers. They turned to St. Francis of Assisi, asking for his intercession. The Saint did not disappoint. Francis came first, followed by two other children.
When Francis was a baby, he had a serious eye problem and risked losing sight in one eye. His parents again turned to Saint Francis. They promised him that when the boy is cured, he would be sent for one year to live in one of the convents of his order wearing the “little habit” of Saint Francis.
Francis was healed. When he turned thirteen, it was time to fulfill the vow his parents made to Saint Francis. Accordingly, he was sent to a convent of this Order.
Francis was a prayerful, humble and obedient child. At the end of the one year promised to Saint, Francis, he left the convent and went for a pilgrimage to Assisi, Rome, and other places of devotion with his parents.
When the family came back home, Francis sought a lonely cave on his father's estate and lived there in solitude for awhile before moving to an even more secluded cave on the sea coast. He lived a solitary life here for about six years, giving himself completely to prayer and mortification.
In 1435, he was joined by two companions and because there was now need, a chapel and three cells were built. This was the begining of a new order. The followers gradually increased and by 1454, a monastery was built.
Francis and his followers lived in poverty, observing perpetual abstinence; the hallmark of their order, however, was said to be humility. They wanted nothing but to serve God hidden away from the world. To this end, Francis sought permission from the Pope to name his new community “Minims”, by which he meant to convey that they were the least of all the religious.
In 1474, Saint Francis was asked to write the rule of his community and their title was to be Hermits of St. Francis. The rule was written and formally approved by Alexander VI, who, however, changed their title back to that of Minims.
Saint Francis was renown for his very many miracles and he was also renown as a prophet.
I hope to post separately some quoted miracles of this holy man.
His last few days on earth included a Holy Thursday on which, knowing he was dying, he assembled the community around him and encouraged them to love one onother and particularly remember to continue with the vow of perpertual abstinence. On Good Friday again he called them to his bedside and gave them his last instructions. He then received the last sacraments and asked to have the Passion of Our Lord read out to him. He died peacfully during the reading of the Passion according to St. John. The date was April 2, 1507. He was 91years old.
Saint Francis,
Pray for us.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2011, 08:23:48 AM
'In 1469, the Pope, Paul II.,sent one of his chamberlains to learn if Francis was indeed the saint which so many called him.

When the chamberlain arrived at Paula, Francis, as usual, was among the masons, at work on his church; but seeing two strangers coming towards him, he left his work and met them, bowing very low to them. The chamberlain had disguised himself, so as not to appear like a person of rank, nor even to be known as a priest; and when Francis met him with such humble courtesy he was equally humble, and attempted to kiss the hand of Francis, brown and hard with toil. But Francis would not allow this, and, falling on his knees, said he was himself bound to kiss the hands which God had consecrated during the thirty years he had said mass. The chamberlain was greatly surprised to hear a perfect stranger thus tell the number of years he had been a priest; but he said nothing, wishing to talk with Francis in his convent, aside from his companions.

The chamberlain was a very eloquent man, and he tried to convince Francis, by a long discourse, that his rule was too severe, and also of the dangers to which a person is exposed who pretends to miraculous gifts, or who lives in anyway differently from other good Christians; and urged him to leave all his extraordinary self-denials. Francis heard him patiently, and answered him with great humility; but, finding that the mind of his visitor was not changed, he took from the fire some burning coals, and holding them for a long time in his hand, said, "All creatures obey those who serve God with a perfect heart."

These golden words were repeated by Pope Leo X. in the bill of his canonization. The chamberlain returned to the archbishop of Cosenza, and to the Holy Father at Rome, and told them that the sanctity of Francis was greater than his fame in the world, own society, and in the very state, or town, or village in which we live.'

- Patron Saints

He was a remarkable saint and there is a lot of truth in his words "All creatures obey those who serve God with a perfect heart." !


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 02, 2011, 08:43:26 AM
St. Francis of Paola pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2011, 11:51:33 AM
From Vatican Website.

A reading from the letters of St Francis of Paola, Hermit (Letter AD 1486)

Turn to the Lord with a pure heart.

"May our Lord Jesus Christ, who repays most generously, reward your labour. You must flee from evil, and drive away dangers. We and all our brothers, although unworthy, pray constantly to God the Father and to his Son Jesus Christ, as well as to Mary the Virgin Mother, to be with you as you seek the salvation of your souls and your bodies.

Brothers, I most strongly urge you to work for the salvation of your souls with prudence and diligence. Death is certain, and life is short and vanishes like smoke. Therefore you must fix your minds on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ who so burned with love for us that he came down from heaven to redeem us. For our sakes he suffered all the agonies of body and mind, and did not shrink from any torment. He gave us a perfect example of patience and love. For our part, we too must be patient when things go against us.

Put aside hatred and hostility. See to it that you refrain from harsh words. But if you do speak them, do not be ashamed to apply the remedy from the same lips that inflicted the wounds. In this way you will show each other mercy and not keep alive the memories of past wrongs. Remembering grievances works great damage. It is accompanied by anger, fosters sin, and brings a hatred for justice. It is a rusty arrow spreading poison in the soul. It destroys virtue and is a cancer in the mind. It thwarts prayer and mangles the petitions we make to God. It drives out love and is a nail driven into the soul, an evil that never sleeps, a sin that never fades away, a kind of daily death.

Be lovers of peace, the most precious treasure that anyone can desire. You are already aware that our sins drive God to anger,"so you must repent of them, that God in his mercy may spare you. What men conceal is open to God. Turn to him with a sincere heart. Live in such a way that you bring upon yourselves the blessing of God, and that the peace of God our Father may be with you always."


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 02, 2011, 02:39:48 PM
Ah, you found a beautiful letter. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2011, 02:47:47 PM
Ah, you found a beautiful letter. :D

Yes, I did and what a letter, so full of wise counsel. I have been trying to get an account of the incidence where he brought back someone to life but cannot get it from any of the Catholic references available.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2011, 02:48:28 PM
…Francis himself made the rock his bed ; his
best garment was a hair-shirt, and boiled herbs his only
fare. As his body withered his faith grew powerful…His name was reverenced through the Christian world. He died at the age of ninety-one, on Good Friday, 1507, with
the crucifix in his hand, and the last words of Jesus on his
lips, " Into Thy hands, Lord, I commend my spirit’

Excerpt from:
Lives of the Saints
With Reflections for everyday of the Year
Compiled From
The Lives of the Saints by
Rev. Alban Butler.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 02, 2011, 02:59:04 PM
…Francis himself made the rock his bed ; his
best garment was a hair-shirt, and boiled herbs his only
fare. As his body withered his faith grew powerful…


There's a lesson in this..

I can't seem to find my 'Saints Who Raised the Dead' book, another prompt  :swordfight: for me to get my library in order.

But I do recall hearing about the incident where a fellow was crushed by a tree, and later on fell from a steeple, and was raised from the dead twice by the saint!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 02, 2011, 03:54:57 PM
Because of his miracles he was called to the deathbed of King Louis XI.. the "Spider King" of France. "He sent for Francis to cure him. Francis did not save his life, but wrought a profound change of heart in him, and Louis died in his arms."

Here are some excerpts, various quotations, from the prophecies of St. Francis of Paola..

They predict the coming of a great Catholic ruler who near the end of time will be key to the final reign of peace and abolishing of all heresies.

"...the Great Monarch...He shall be a great captain and prince of holy men, who shall be called 'the holy Cross-bearers of Jesus Christ,' with whom he will destroy the Mahometan sect and the rest of the infidels. He shall annihilate all the heresies and tyrannies of the world. He shall reform the Church of God by means of his followers, who shall be the best men upon the earth in holiness, in arms, in science, and in every virtue...

They shall obtain dominion over the whole world, both temporal and spiritual...

God Almighty will exalt a very poor man of the blood of Emperor Constantine...who shall on his breast wear a sign which you have seen at the beginning of this letter (a red Cross)...

He will gather a grand army, and the angels shall fight for them...

This religious order shall be the last and best in the Church: it shall proceed with arms...Woe to tyrants, to heretics, and to infidels to whom no pity will be shown...An infinite number of wicked men shall perish through the hands of the Cross-bearers...most holy Crossbearers elected by the Most High, who, not succeeding in converting heretics with science, shall make vigorous use of their arms...

These holy Cross-bearers shall reign and dominate holily over the whole world until the end of time...

But when shall this take place?

When crosses with the stigmas shall be seen, and the crucifix shall be carried as the standard.

The time is coming when the Divine Majesty will visit the world with a new religious order of holy Cross-bearers, who will carry a crucifix, or the image of our crucified Lord, lifted up upon the principal standard in view of all.

This standard will be admired by all good Catholics; but at the beginning it will be derided by bad Christians and by infidels...

You shall destroy the sect of the Mahomet, and all infidels of every sect. You shall put an end to all the heresies of the world..."


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2011, 07:47:04 PM
3 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Benedict of Palermo
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 02, 2011, 07:59:38 PM
Saint Benedict of Palermo

Also known as
Benedict the African
Benedict of San Philadelphio
Benedict the Black
Benedict the Moor

Benedict was the son of Christopher and Diana Manasseri both Christians, living in an ancient town of Sicily, today named San Fratello (Holy Little Brother), in memory of our Saint. His parents were slaves and had decided not to bring any child into this world only to be reduced to their own situation; that of being slaves.
When their master promised to liberate their firstborn, however, the couple relaxed their resolve and Baby Benedict was born to them in 1526.
Benedict did not attend any school and was completely illiterate. From his childhood, he showed a great love for the Blessed Virgin and a tendency to charity, often giving away whatever he had to those needier and to the sick.
As a youth, he worked as a shepherd. He often became absorbed in prayer and spent long hours on his knees praying. This made him an object of derision by his age mates because he did not join in their games.
One day a pious hermit named Brother Jerome passed by, and witnessed Benedict being mocked by his neighbours. He also witnessed Benedict’s behaviour in the face of his neighbours’ agression. The boy was patient and bore himself with dignity. Brother Jerome, who was leader of a group of Franciscan hermits, invited Benedict to join their order. Benedict sold whatever meagre possessions he had and joined Brother Jerome at his hermitage. He eventually became leader of that group.
In 1562 or 1564 the order of hermits was disbanded by the Pope who joined them to the Order of Saint Francis. Benedict moved to Palermo to the Franciscan Friary of Saint Mary. Where he held the position of “cook”.
He was noted everywhere for his penances. And, whenever he was sent out to beg for the Community there were talks of miracles. While still a simple lay Brother, he was named Guardian of his convent in 1578. This was a rather difficult situation for him and indeed even for those he was to guard. They were priests where as he was an illiterate lay Brother. Benedict reluctantly accepted the promotion. He was successfull in helping the order to adopt a stricter version of the Franciscan monastic rule.
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Saint Benedict was widely respected for his instinctive understanding of theology and the Holy Scripture. He was often sought after for counseling. He had a reputation as a healer as well. Many people continued to come to him for help even after he returned to kitchen duty in his later years.
Saint Benedict died in April of 1589. Countless miracles are reported to have occurred at his tomb.
At the entrance of his cell in the Franciscan Convent of Saint Mary of Jesus, there is a plaque with the inscription "This is the cell where Saint Benedict lived, and the dates of his birth and death - 1524 and 1589".( Yes, you read correctlly, there is some dispute; apparantly historians stick with 1526 birth date!)  ;D
Saint Benedict was beatified by Pope Benedict XIV on 15 May, 1743 and canonized on 24 May,1807 by Pope Pius VII.
Saint Benedict is a patron of Black people, Palermo, Sicily, and others. Benedict is remembered for his patience and understanding when confronted with racial prejudice and taunts.

Saint Benedict,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 03, 2011, 02:25:19 AM
One of my favorite saints is St. Moses the Black, one of the great Desert Fathers, a hermit. :)

St. Benedict is a great example of humility!

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As a youth, he worked as a shepherd. He often became absorbed in prayer and spent long hours on his knees praying.


Our Lord loves shepherds. :D I have heard more than one good story about them.

One of the Audio Sancto priests before he became a shepherd of people took care of actual sheep, (http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20030114-Follow-the-Good-Shepherd.html) grew up on a farm.

'Above all we ought at least to know that there are three origins of our thoughts, i.e., from God, from the devil, and from ourselves. . . We ought then carefully to notice this threefold order, and with a wise discretion to analyze the thoughts which arise in our hearts, tracking out their origin and cause and author in the first instance, that we may be able to consider how we ought to yield ourselves to them. . .'

'We should then constantly search all the inner chambers of our hearts, and trace out the footsteps of whatever enters into them with the closest investigation. . .'

'You see then that the gift of discretion is no earthly thing and no slight matter, but the greatest prize of divine grace. And unless a monk has pursued it with all zeal, and secured a power of discerning with unerring judgment the spirits that rise up in him, he is sure to go wrong, as if in the darkness of night and dense blackness, and not merely to fall down dangerous pits and precipices, but also to make frequent mistakes in matters that are plain and straightforward.'

'Whatever then can help to guide us to this object; viz., purity of heart, we must follow with all our might, but whatever hinders us from it, we must shun as a dangerous and hurtful thing. For, for this we do and endure all things, for this we make light of our kinsfolk, our country, honours, riches, the delights of this world, and all kinds of pleasures, namely in order that we may retain a lasting purity of heart.'

St. Moses the Black Hermit



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 03, 2011, 05:46:29 AM
One of my favorite saints is St. Moses the Black, one of the great Desert Fathers, a hermit. :)

St. Benedict is a great example of humility!

Quote
As a youth, he worked as a shepherd. He often became absorbed in prayer and spent long hours on his knees praying.


Our Lord loves shepherds. :D I have heard more than one good story about them.

One of the Audio Sancto priests before he became a shepherd of people took care of actual sheep, ([url]http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20030114-Follow-the-Good-Shepherd.html[/url]) grew up on a farm.

'Above all we ought at least to know that there are three origins of our thoughts, i.e., from God, from the devil, and from ourselves. . . We ought then carefully to notice this threefold order, and with a wise discretion to analyze the thoughts which arise in our hearts, tracking out their origin and cause and author in the first instance, that we may be able to consider how we ought to yield ourselves to them. . .'

'We should then constantly search all the inner chambers of our hearts, and trace out the footsteps of whatever enters into them with the closest investigation. . .'

'You see then that the gift of discretion is no earthly thing and no slight matter, but the greatest prize of divine grace. And unless a monk has pursued it with all zeal, and secured a power of discerning with unerring judgment the spirits that rise up in him, he is sure to go wrong, as if in the darkness of night and dense blackness, and not merely to fall down dangerous pits and precipices, but also to make frequent mistakes in matters that are plain and straightforward.'

'Whatever then can help to guide us to this object; viz., purity of heart, we must follow with all our might, but whatever hinders us from it, we must shun as a dangerous and hurtful thing. For, for this we do and endure all things, for this we make light of our kinsfolk, our country, honours, riches, the delights of this world, and all kinds of pleasures, namely in order that we may retain a lasting purity of heart.'

St. Moses the Black Hermit



I never heard of this Saint Shin.When do we celebrate him?
Saint Moses,
You who is called Saint Moses the Black,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 03, 2011, 05:56:21 AM
I will post more about him soon, from the writings of the desert fathers and St. John Cassian.  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 03, 2011, 05:58:02 AM
Amen.  :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 03, 2011, 06:09:56 AM
I will post more about him soon, from the writings of the desert fathers and St. John Cassian.  :D


Looking forward to the posts  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 03, 2011, 06:11:57 AM
Here is an old thread on St. Moses. (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=754.msg7791#msg7791) August 28th.  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 03, 2011, 06:32:06 AM
Here is an old thread on St. Moses. ([url]http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=754.msg7791#msg7791[/url]) August 28th. :)


Thanks Shin  :)
"... Moses overcame them immediately with amazing ease, tied them up, and put them over his shoulders with such ease that it seemed as though he were picking up a sack of straw..."He brings the Biblical Samson to mind ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 03, 2011, 06:33:17 AM
Yes he's an impressive fellow. I will share more later, God permitting, there's a good deal remembered about him. :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 03, 2011, 06:35:30 AM
Here too. (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=1178.0)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 03, 2011, 05:29:42 PM
4 April
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Isidore of Seville
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 03, 2011, 05:38:23 PM
Saint Isidore of Seville.
Bishop, Doctor of the Church.


Isidore was born in Seville, Spain, about 560 AD. He was born into a family of saints, literally! Two of his brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, and one of his sisters, Florentina, are revered as saints in Spain. It was also a family of leaders and strong minds with Leander and Fulgentius serving as bishops and Florentina as abbess. Their father died when Isidore was still young. He was raised and educated by his older brother; Leander.He received his basic education in the Cathedral school of Seville. It appears that the saint was at first not learning as fast as his brother would have wanted and the latter, in his impatience, most likely out of love for the boy, used force and punishment.

Catholic on line, describes what happened next better than I ever could. Here is an excerpt:

“One day, the young boy couldn't take any more. Frustrated by his inability to learn as fast as his brother would have wanted and hurt by his brother's treatment, Isidore ran away. But though he could escape his brother's hand and words, he couldn't escape his own feeling of failure and rejection. When he finally let the outside world catch his attention, he noticed water dripping on the rock near where he sat. The drops of water that fell repeatedly carried no force and seemed to have no effect on the solid stone. And yet he saw that over time, the water drops had worn holes in the rock.
Isidore realized that if he kept working at his studies, his seemingly small efforts would eventually pay off in great learning. He also may have hoped that his efforts would also wear down the rock of his brother's heart.
When he returned home, however, his brother in exasperation confined him to a cell (probably in a monastery) to complete his studies, not believing that he wouldn't run away again”

After this unpleasant incident, the two brothers worked together. Isidore studied hard and was able to master Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
On the death of Leander, Isidore succeeded to the See of Seville about 599. He governed the See for 37 years and very successfully too. It was under him that the Visigoths, who had been ruling Spain for almost 200 years, were finally converted from Arianism to Catholicism. Isidore's main instrument of change was the use of provincial and national Church councils which were usually attended by king and nobility. In this way, he was able to strengthen Church discipline. Among his synods, the fourth national council at Toledo in 633 was particularly important in that it obliged each Bishop to establish a seminary in his respective diocese and to encourage the study of Greek and Hebrew, law and medicine. It was also at this fourth council that Isidore called for toleration of Jews, uniformity in the liturgy and close cooperation between Church and State.
Isidore founded seminaries and schools, and promoted the study of art, medicine and law as mentioned earlier.
He compiled the Book of Etymologies ( encyclopedia of knowledge, a systemic collection of the knowledge of his time.) the Etymologies, was the most popular textbook for nine centuries for instruction in theology, asceticism, history, geography, astrology, grammar, biography, etc.
Isidore also wrote treatises on theology, astronomy and geography. His “History of the Goths” is considered a major source of knowledge about the Goths. The Saint also completed the Mozarabic liturgy started by his brother Saint Leander.
Saint Isadore is considered the last of the ancient Christian philosophers.
Isadore died on 4 April, 636. He was given posthumous honors by the Eight Council of Toledo in 653.
He was canonized by Pope Clement VIII in 1598 and declared Doctor of the Church in 1722 by Pope Innocent XIII.
In liturgical art, Saint Isadore is depicted as a Bishop holding a pen. Swarms of bees or hives are sometimes shown with him.( I am afraid I cannot explain the significance of the bees) :)

Saint Isidore,
Pray for us!

Ref:1: Catholic on Line
2: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.

By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 04:34:08 AM
Hey, Did you know that today's Saint is also the Patron Saint of Internet ?
Interesting  :)


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Post by: Shin on April 04, 2011, 08:30:02 AM
Hey, Did you know that today's Saint is also the Patron Saint of Internet ?
Interesting  :)

I've always loved St. Isidore.. Always.. He was a great gatherer of information, and so, I've always felt happy to think of his work being similar to mine.

I have his books of etymologies.

He truly deserves to be patron saint of the Internet. I don't know if it's official, but if it isn't, by popular acclaim, he is the one, I can't think of anyone else. :D

From a slow student to Doctor of the Church. And a family of saints. :D

From his Etymologies:

"The sky is named caelum because, just as an engraved vase, caelatum vas, it has the lights of the stars impressed on it, as if designs. A vase is called caelatum because it shines with its raised decorations. God adorned and filled the sky with bright lights: the sun, the shining orb of the moon, and the splendid constellations of the glittering stars. . ."

St. Isidore of Seville, Etymologies

'All vices must first be eradicated by the practice of good works in the active life, so that, the mind's eye being purified, one may advance to the contemplation of God in the contemplative life.'

St. Isidore of Seville

'In all your acts, in all your works, in all your behavior, imitate the good; be a competitor of the saints, keep your eye on the heroism of the martyrs, follow the example of the just. It is my wish that the life and teachings of the saints be for you an encouragement to virtue.'

St. Isidore of Seville

'It is dangerous to live among bad persons; it is harmful to be surrounded by those with perverse wills. You will feed yourself on their infamy if you associate with the undignified. It is better to suffer the hatred of evil persons than their company. Analogously, just as much good comes from the lives of the saints, much evil comes from the lives of bad persons, for those who touch what is filthy become contaminated.'

St. Isidore of Seville

'Heresy is from the Greek word meaning "choice". . . But we are not permitted to believe whatever we choose, nor to choose whatever someone else has believed. We have the Apostles of God as authorities, who did not. . . choose what they would believe but faithfully transmitted the teachings of Christ. So, even if an angel from heaven should preach otherwise, he shall be called anathema.'

St. Isidore of Seville


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 09:06:29 AM
Hey, Did you know that today's Saint is also the Patron Saint of Internet ?
Interesting  :)

 

I have his books of etymologies.


You actually have his books of etymologies! Shin, I am bereft of words.
Congratulations !
Must have cost you a pretty penny  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 04, 2011, 09:10:58 AM
Hey, Did you know that today's Saint is also the Patron Saint of Internet ?
Interesting  :)

I have his books of etymologies.


You actually have his books of etymologies! Shin, I am bereft of words.
Congratulations !
Must have cost you a pretty penny  ;D

Umph, yes, those were one of my indulgences. I hesitated over them for a long time!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 04, 2011, 09:27:10 AM
Honestly, the prices of books these days. When I was a child I was always getting them for 95 cents. If they were still $2.95 that would be reasonable. What are people thinking.



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 12:25:53 PM
Honestly, the prices of books these days. When I was a child I was always getting them for 95 cents. If they were still $2.95 that would be reasonable. What are people thinking.



Whenever I go the Catholic Bookshop in search of good books, I just cannot believe the prices quoted on the cover. It is like  there is a conspiracy to discourage the buying of these books  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Brigid on April 04, 2011, 04:05:58 PM
Shin, I think of you often when I hear of St. Isodore.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 04, 2011, 05:34:27 PM
Our boys and girls took Mum out for a meal on Mothers day (My son-in-law and I were consigned to babysitting duty). Youngest daughter lost her cell phone while they were out but I got a call from her nimber today from a person who had found her phone and he delivered it right to the door. I'm Thinking, St Isodore had something to do with this.  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 05:40:37 PM
5  April
 
Today is the Feast say of
Saint Vincent Ferrer
Among many other Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 04, 2011, 05:52:06 PM
Odhiambo I have a good article to post on this great saint. It is quite long but I just didn't know what to leave out without detracting from this amazing story of his life.
Once you start reading though it's hard to stop.

If you have something pepared please post it too as I would love to read more on St Vincent Ferrer.


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Post by: martin on April 04, 2011, 05:57:28 PM
                             ST. VINCENT FERRER

St. Vincent Ferrer was born at Valencia, in Spain on the 23rd of January, 1350. Excitement foreshadowed the child's birth.

His mother, Constance, experienced only joy and painlessness during her expectancy; furthermore, his father had a prophetic dream in which an unknown Dominican preacher appeared to him and told him that he would have a son whose fame would be world-renowned.

Also, a poor blind woman predicted that the child Constance bore within her was an "angel who would one day restore her sight" – which he did years later. St. Vincent brought with him into the world a happy disposition for learning and piety, which improved from his cradle by study and a good education. In order to subdue his passions, he fasted rigorously from his childhood every Wednesday and Friday.

The passion of Christ was always the object of his most tender devotion. The Blessed Virgin he ever honored as his spiritual mother. Looking on the poor as the members of Christ, he treated them with the greatest affection and charity, which caused his parents to make him dispenser of their bountiful alms. His father having proposed to him the choice of a religious state, an ecclesiastical, or a secular state, Vincent without hesitation said it was his earnest desire to consecrate himself to the service of God in the Order of St. Dominic.

His good parents with joy conducted him to a convent of that Order in Valencia, and he put on the habit in 1368, in the beginning of his eighteenth year.

He made a surprisingly rapid progress in the paths of perfection, taking St. Dominic for his model. To the exercises of prayer and penance, he joined the study and meditation of the Holy Scriptures and the readings of the Fathers. For three years, he read only the scriptures and knew the whole Bible by heart. Soon after his solemn profession, he was appointed to read lectures of philosophy, and, at the end of his course, published a treatise on Dialectic Suppositions, being not quite twenty-four years old. He was then sent to Barcelona, where he continued his scholastic exercises, and at the same time preached the word of God with great fruit, especially during a great famine, when he foretold the arrival of two vessels loaded with corn the same evening to relieve the city, which happened, contrary to all expectation. From thence he was sent to Lerida, the most famous university of Catalonia.

There, continuing his apostolic functions and education, he received his doctorate, receiving the cap from the hands of Cardinal Peter de Luna, legate of Pope Clement VII, in 1378, being twenty-eight years of age. At the earnest requests of the bishop, clergy and the people of Valencia, he was recalled to his own country, and pursued there both his lectures and his preaching with such extraordinary reputation, so manifestly attended with the benediction of the Almighty, that he was honored in the whole country above what can be expressed.

As a humiliation, God permitted an angel of Satan to molest him with violent temptations of the flesh, and to fill his imagination with filthy ideas. The arms which the saint employed against the devil were prayer, penance, and a perpetual watchfulness over every impulse of his passions. As he grew into manhood it was said that his countenance was beautiful and radiant, which reflected the beauty of a soul filled with the love of God.

Even in his old age, this radiance never left him. He was most radiant, however, when he gave a sermon on the Mother of God or the joys of Heaven. He was firmly devoted to the Passion and enjoyed a childlike devotion to Mary, which included a faithful observance of praying the Angelus. His heart was always fixed on God and he made his studies, labor, and all his actions a continued prayer.

The same practice he proposes to all Christians in his book entitled, A Treatise on a Spiritual Life, in which he writes thus: "Do you desire to study to your advantage? Let devotion accompany all your studies and study less to make yourself learned than to become a saint."

Consider some of the phrases in this marvelous book. "What is meritorious is not that a man should be poor, but that, being poor, he should love poverty."

"A vain question deserves nothing but silence. So learn to be silent for a time; you will edify your brethren and silence will teach you to speak when the hour is come."

"Regard yourself as more vile and miserable in the sight of God because of your faults than any sinner whatever, no matter what his sins... and consider closely that any grace or inclination to good or desire of virtue you may have, is not of yourself but of the sole mercy of Christ."

"Try to convince yourself that there is no crime-laden sinner but would have served God better than you... if he had received the same graces."

"Once humility is acquired, charity will come to life – a burning flame devouring the corruption of vice and filling the heart so full that there is no place for vanity."

Missionary Travels
Before the end of the year 1392, St. Vincent being forty-two years old, set out from Avignon towards Valencia. He preached in every town with wonderful efficacy; and the people having heard him in one place followed him in crowds to others. Public usurers, blasphemers, debauched women, and other hardened sinners everywhere were induced by his discourses to embrace a life of penance.

He converted a great number of Jews and Mohammedans, heretics and schismatics. He visited every province of Spain in this manner, except Galicia. He went thence into Italy, preaching on the coasts of Genoa, in Lombardy, Piedmont, and Savoy, as he did in part of Germany, about the Upper Rhine and through Flanders.

Numerous wars and the unhappy great schism in the Church had been productive of a multitude of disorders in Christendom; gross ignorance and a shocking corruption of manners prevailed in many places, whereby the teaching of this zealous apostle, who, like another Boanerges, preached in a voice of thunder, became not only useful but even absolutely necessary, to assist the weak and alarm the sinner.

The ordinary subjects of his sermons were sin, death, God's judgments, hell, and eternity. He delivered his discourses with so much energy that he filled the most insensible with terror. A great number of his sermons have come down to us, some in Latin and many in the vernacular. By them one seizes the man and the saint to the life.

They are masterpieces of naturalness, intelligence, picturesqueness and, at moments, poetry. In their kind there is nothing better. And they all develop one same theme.

First of all, there is sin as he had known it in the world under its seven root forms, stripped of all its pretenses and of its false promises of delight. After that comes penance, which can drive out sin or at least dull the sharpness of its edge, fortifying us against sin's assaults and uniting with the Blood of Christ to plead for us before the Throne of God.

Finally is the Judgment with its alternative for those who have done evil – Purgatory or Hell. That inevitable judgment, which awaits each one of us in the moment of death, he made concrete and dramatic by building it into one thing with the terrible picture of the universal Judgment, the Last Judgment, when Christ will appear on the clouds of heaven to summon the living and the dead to that damnation or glory.

He showed it in all its splendor, all its horror – in that light which is beatitude or torment, which ravishes the soul or burns it without end. Punishment is certain; punishment is at hand. It is coming towards us relentlessly. Every day we live brings it one day closer.

It may be upon us in an hour, in a second. He felt it so and he made sinners tremble with the feeling. He returned to this theme frequently and on great occasions. "Yes," you will say, "he wanted to frighten them."

He did indeed want to frighten them because he himself was afraid. And as his fear for himself grew less, his fear for them grew greater. Not, alas, that he believed himself just. How could he when he still had life before him and might still, therefore, fail? And if he failed that day? What if God held him responsible for the sins of his brethren because he had not succeeded in raising and fortifying them in virtue?

At his sermons he was frequently obliged to stop to give leisure for the sobs and sighs of the congregation. His sermons were not only pathetic, but were also addressed to the understanding and supported with a wonderful strength of reasoning and the authorities of scriptures and fathers, which he perfectly understood and employed as occasion required. His gift of miracles and the sanctity of his penitential life gave to his words the greatest weight.

Amidst these journeys and fatigues, he never ate flesh; fasted every day except Sundays, and on Wednesdays and Fridays he lived on bread and water, which course he held for forty years; He lay on straw or small twigs. He spent a great part of the day in the confessional, with incredible patience, and there finished what he had begun in the pulpit.

We have the testimony of John of Plascenia, who was with him for

some time, that he read souls like an open book.
He had with him five friars of his Order and some other priests to assist him. Though by his sermons thousands were moved to give their possessions to the poor, he never accepted anything himself and was no less scrupulous in cultivating in his heart the virtue and spirit of obedience than that of poverty, for which reason he declined accepting any dignity in the church or superiority in his Order.

He labored thus nearly twenty years, until 1417, in Spain, Majorca, Italy, and France. During this time, preaching in Catalonia, among other miracles, he restored the use of his limbs to John Soler, a crippled boy, judged by the physicians incurable, who afterwards became a very eminent man and Bishop of Barcelona.

In the year 1400 he was at Aix, in Provence, and, in 1401, he was in Piedmont and the neighboring parts of Italy, being honorably received in the obedience of each pope. Returning into Savoy and Dauphine, he found there a valley called Valpute, or Valley of Corruption, in which the inhabitants were abandoned to cruelty and shameful lusts.

He joyfully exposed his life among these abandoned wretches, converted them all from their errors and vices, and changed the name of the valley to Valpur, or Valley of Purity, which name it ever after retained. He preached two or three times every day, preparing his sermons while he was on the road.

He worked for three months, traveling from village to village and from town to town in Dauphine announcing the word of God, making a longer stay in three valleys in the diocese of Embrun, namely, Lucerna, Argenteya, and Valpute, having converted almost all the heretics which peopled those parts. Being invited in the most pressing manner into Piedmont, he, for thirteen months, preached and instructed the people there, in Montserrat and the valleys, and brought to the Faith a multitude of Vaudois and other heretics.

He says that the general source of their heresy was ignorance and want of an instructor, and cries out, "I blush and tremble when I consider the terrible judgment impending on ecclesiastical superiors who live at their ease in rich palaces, while so many souls redeemed by the Blood of Christ are perishing. I pray without ceasing the Lord of the harvest that He send good workmen into His harvest."

He adds that he had in the valley of Luferia converted a heretical bishop by a conference, extirpated a certain infamous heresy in the valley Pontia, converted the country into which the murderers of St. Peter, the martyr, had fled, reconciled the Guelphs and Gibelins, and settled a general peace in Lombardy. Being called back into Piedmont by the bishops and lords of that country, he stayed five months in the dioceses of Aoust, Tarentaise, St. John of Morienne and Grenoble.

He says he was then at Geneva, where he had abolished a very inveterate superstitious festival – a thing the bishop dared not attempt – and was going to Lausane, being called by the bishop to preach to many idolaters who adored the sun and to heretics, who were obstinate, daring, and very numerous on the frontiers of Germany.

Conversions of the Moors and Jews
The saint was honored with the gift of tongues. Preaching in his own, he was understood by men of different languages, which is affirmed by Lanzano, who says that Greeks, Germans, Sardes, Hungarians, and people of other nations declared they understood every word he spoke, though he preached in Latin or his mother tongue, as spoken at Valencia.

There is another marvelous fact which is beyond normal explanation. However far away people might be, everyone heard every syllable. He could make himself heard literally about three miles away, when it was of importance that he should be heard. He also worked many wonders through the Sign of the Cross and through the Holy Name of Jesus.

He warned lazy Christians who sloppily made a circular sign of the Cross that they were using a sign of the Devil instead!

The Moorish king had heard of him; the multitude of his miracles was startling, and for a good Moslem, upsetting. He could not get Vincent out of his head. Finally he decided he must see the man who worked the miracles. He sent for him. The saint arrived lame from a great sore in the leg and rode on his moth-eaten old donkey through all the splendors of the Alhambra grounds under the fixed stare of the marble lions.

The King wanted to hear him preach. That in itself was a revolution. They murmured, they listened, and doubtless they understood though he spoke no Arabic. For, after three sermons, eight thousand Moors asked for baptism. Some of the nobles, fearing the total subversion of their religion, obliged the king to dismiss him. He then labored in the kingdom of Aragon and again in Catalonia, especially in the diocese of Gironne and Vich; in a borough of the latter, he renewed the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, related at length in his life.

At Barcelona, in 1409, he foretold to Martin, King of Aragon, the death of his son, Martin, the King of Sicily, who was snatched away in the middle of his triumphs in the month of July. Vincent comforted the afflicted father and persuaded him to a second marriage to secure the public peace by an heir to his crown.

He cured innumerable sick everywhere and, at Valencia, made a dumb woman speak but told her she should ever remain dumb and that this was for the good of her soul, charging her always to praise and thank God in spirit, to which instructions she promised obedience.

He converted the Jews in great numbers in the diocese of Valencia, in the kingdom of Leon, as Mariana relates. It is difficult to arrive at a figure. The most cautious of his historians give twenty-five thousand converts among the Jews and eight thousand among the Moors. "You know," Vincent announced from the pulpit, "that we have good news. All the Jews and many of the Moors of Valladolid are converted."


There was similar news from Toledo, Huesca, Saragossa... This was after the Congress of Tortosa for the conversion of Israel, suggested to Benedict by a former rabbi, Josua Holuorqui, who had become Friar Jerome of the Holy Faith.

It met in 1414 and was the occasion of interminable arguments – sixty-seven sessions – between rabbis and religious. Vincent, who took part in the Congress, collaborated in a Treatise on the Jews which served as a base for his further labors among them; in it all the proofs of the Dogma of the Incarnation were magisterially set forth.

The Pope presided. The populace were massed on the river bank; Master Vincent had taken up his stand to preach on the roof of a house surrounded by trees on the far side of the Ebro. One day he stopped suddenly in his sermon. The people were startled.

"Do not be shocked by this interval," he said, "I must wait upon grace." As the crowd began to laugh, a party of Jews were seen approaching: Grace had conquered them. Of sixteen rabbis, fourteen were converted. How he loved these new children of his; he loved to remind Christians who too readily forgot the fact that Jesus and Mary were of the Jewish race.

He was invited to Pisa, Sienna, Florence and Lucca in 1409, whence, after having reconciled the dissensions that prevailed in those parts, he was recalled by John II, King of Castille. In 1411, he visited the kingdoms of Castille, Leon, Murcia, Andalusia, Asturias and other countries; in all of these places the power of God was manifested in His enabling him to work miracles and effect the conversion of an incredible number of Jews and sinners.

The Jews of Toledo, embracing the faith, changed their synagogue into a church under the name of Our Lady's. From Valadolid, the saint went to Salamanca in the beginning of the year 1412. There he met a procession with a bier and the corpse of a man who had been murdered.

In the presence of a great multitude, he commanded the deceased to arise and the dead man instantly revived. For a monument of this miracle a wooden cross was erected and is yet to be seen on the spot. In the same city, the saint entered the Jewish synagogue with a cross in his hand. Filled with the Holy Ghost, he made so moving a sermon that the Jews, who were at first surprised, all desired baptism at the end of his discourse and changed their synagogue into a church to which they gave the title of the Holy Cross.

Extraordinary Miracles
As a good Dominican, Master Vincent loved to proclaim the all-powerfulness of the Rosary. "Who observes this practice," he said, "is beyond the reach of adversity." He told the case of a very pious merchant who would say the rosary from morning to night, even to the neglect of his business.

One day he was captured by brigands and, knowing that his hour was come, he humbly asked for a little moment to pray. Hardly had he begun when the Blessed Virgin came to him accompanied by St. Catherine carrying a tray of roses and St. Agnes with a needle and a ball of thread.

The brigands, needless to say, opened their eyes wide. At each Ave the prisoner recited, the Blessed Virgin took a rose from the plate, pierced it with the needle, slipped it on to the thread. Thus, she made a wreath which she placed on the prisoner's brow. As he happened to have his eyes closed, he did not see the wreath, but he smelt its fragrance.

The Virgin and the two saints went off and the merchant offered them his neck, saying, "Now you can strangle me." "Strangle you?" said the brigands. "Who were those beautiful women? You must be a holy man; remember us in your prayers." Then they restored his goods and went away converted.

When he spoke of the Mother of Men, Vincent was transfigured.

He used to tell the case of a schoolboy who wanted at all costs to see her. An angel warned him that if he did so, he would lose an eye. He accepted and lost an eye. Then he asked to see her again, though it meant the loss of the other eye, which also took place. But when he was thus completely blind, the Blessed Virgin restored both eyes.

The people had recourse to him in every difficulty: The smallest villages fought to have him. In one place they took his hat, which assured pregnant women of a safe and easy delivery; in others, he drove away a cloud of grasshoppers and a whole army of weevils with holy water. Once he came to the point of utter exhaustion.

He could go no further. And heaven came to his aid. In the very heart of a wild lonely forest an excellent hotel appeared suddenly from nowhere to shelter him; leaving it the next day, he happened to forget his hat.

One of the penitents went back to the inn to get it, but there was no inn – the hat was hanging on the branch of a tree at the very spot where the inn had stood. The following year he came to Murcia. According to the Bishop's report, which has come down to us, almost no one remained untouched by the grace of the Spirit that filled all the air.

In that province there was an end for that time of gambling, debauchery, conspiracy, quarreling, and murder. How could anyone fail to follow the example of a Moor who promised to embrace the faith if the pyre he had lighted in the main square was extinguished at Vincent's prayer? Vincent prayed; the flames went out.

"It is an immense enterprise," as one historian has noted, "to write a life of which every incident was a miracle." Yes, everything in that life, ordinary things as well as extraordinary, was touched with miracles, and the greatest miracle in his life was that life itself, in its daily texture, was so burdened, toil-filled, and various; so continuously under fire, yet so steady and undeviating – in the midst of schism, in the midst of anarchy, under the sulfurous illumination of the Last Judgment, which tragic coming his own life may very well have helped to postpone. Consider the framework of his days.

He rose usually at two in the morning for the night office, recited his psalms, prayed, meditated, went to confession – each morning – and scourged himself, thus purging his soul and chastising his body.

Mass was at six o'clock, then three hours preaching, visits to the sick, mediations between parties in lawsuits and families at odds, final words of advice to souls he had just converted or brought back to grace: Then once more on the road.

Picture him on the road: In rain or sunshine, his feet in wooden stirrups attached to the saddle by cords which cut into his legs, the unending dust from the trampling of the crowd, the chanting of psalms and the never ending crunch of feet, and the incidents and the accidents and the care he must have for all his vast company.

There was one meal a day – soup and a tiny piece of fish, washed down with wine liberally watered. He never had an evening meal. Then he arrives at the next village to be won to our Lord, the next town to be set in order. The usual tumult and acclamations and idle questions and plain annoyances besieged him – clipping pieces out of his habit, kissing his hands – and everybody taking possession of him – a hundred people if there were a hundred, a thousand if there were a thousand, more if there were more, as many as there might be.

Then there was the usual platform where he must say in the evening what he had said in the morning, differently phrased but just as fresh and convincing, and the usual miracles which he must always be asking of God when his eloquence gained nothing or not enough – for unless it gained everything, there always remained something still to gain: God must attend to it – and that meant miracles.

The crowd was at last disposed of, but, before going to bed – five hours sleep, never more, and no siesta, not even in Spain – he still had to make his meditation, get his office said, instruct and direct his companions, prepare tomorrow's sermons, deal with his post, get off answers to bishops, princes, city magistrates, directors of confraternities, priors of convents, the Pope himself and any number of mere nuisances – on every conceivable subject, by no means always concerned with religion.

And, in addition, you should reckon the time he loved to devote to religious ceremonies – for he was a convinced liturgist and would have his ceremonies as correct and as magnificent as possible. This gives some idea of the routine of his days – week after week, month after month, for twenty years. And he held and did not break.

He said one day to a group of priests, "The moment you wake, to God's work! Identify yourselves with Christ. At such an hour, He was brought before Pilate, at such an hour the Jews cried out against Him, at such another hour, He gave up the ghost."

That indeed was the secret of his own resistance. We may be certain that he followed to the letter the precious counsel he gave others, followed it hour by hour exactly, passionately and simply. Living the passion of Christ in his body, heart and mind, he found all things came easily; almost pleasantly.

Christ was the other self within him: His words, works, sufferings, flowed as freely from Christ as his miracles. Hence the humility that lived within his awareness of his greatness; hence his patience against all the difficulties of life, all the trials of faith, and all the disappointments of Charity; hence the superabundance of gifts which on the human plane overflowed in achievement and on the divine plane blazed forth in miracles.

He came one time to the bedside of a sinner, to assist him in his last agony. The sinner clung to the saint; he felt that his tardy remorse, his imperfect contrition, his absence of penance, were insufficient to save him unless St. Vincent threw the whole of himself into the scale. He begged Vincent to make over to him a good share of the treasures of grace he had compiled. The saint had pity on his despair.

He said: "I give God all my merits to be applied to you." "Is that true?" The dying man was mistrustful: He did not know that what a saint says is definite. "Then write it down for me on a slip of paper. The saint cheerfully did what he was asked and the man died clutching his precious document.

Logically, Vincent had nothing left – he must begin to pile up another lot of graces to himself. But a few days later, while he was preaching, a paper whirled in the air above the heads of the crowd, like a dead leaf blown along by the wind.

Finally it settled on the preacher's cloak. I need not tell you what it was. God had decided to pay for the sinner's salvation in a different coin. He returned Vincent his merits along with his check. For you never lose by the gift of one's self unless you only half give it.

Whoever approached Vincent felt something about him, like the hot breath of a hidden fire. So it was with the boy at Caen, possessed by devils from the day when a careless barber had pierced a tumor. The boy had lost the use of speech, did not eat or drink, and had no bodily motions except the blood that spurted from his nostrils whenever he was angered.

If they beat him, he felt nothing. He grew physically, but in a frightful solitude of a human being who knew no human contact or communication, nor pain nor pleasure. Then Vincent came to him and touched him. "What do you feel, my son?" he asked. And the child, set free of what had possessed him, cried: "Father, I feel God's good pleasure which is accomplished at this moment." God's good pleasure passed through that hand which He never withheld.

At Pampeluna, they had just condemned an innocent man to death. Vincent pleaded for him in vain. As he was being led to the scaffold, they passed a corpse being taken to burial on a stretcher. Vincent suddenly addressed the corpse: "You who have no longer anything to gain by lying, is this man guilty? Answer me!" The dead man sat up and affirmed, "He is not." Then Vincent, to reward him for that service, offered the dead man, who was settling down again on the stretcher, to give him back the burden of earthly life.

"No, Father," he replied, "for I am assured of salvation." And he went off to sleep again and was carried to the cemetery.
There is another episode stranger still if not more marvelous. It happened at Gerona.

In the thick of the crowd stood a man somber, glowering, rage stamped on every feature: Near him was his wife with an infant in her arms, still at the breast. The man was devoured by a frenzy of jealousy. Brother Vincent saw him, saw what fire burned in him, and preached upon Jealousy. Suddenly he turned to the man.

"You doubt your wife's faithfulness, do you not? You think this child is not yours? Well, watch!" Then he cried in a great voice to the child: "Embrace your father!" The infant stirred, stood upright, turned towards the man and held out its arms. And thus was the man cured and the family peace restored.

It seems that he touched each heart at the point he chose, the point that charity suggested to him, and invariably at the precise moment. He knew for example that a shepherd in the heart of the mountains had so great confidence in him that he came to hear him, leaving his flock, only staying to draw a circle round them with his staff – counting on the saint to see that the sheep did not go out of the circle or the wolves come into it.

Vincent knew it, whether he had guessed it or read it in the man's eyes; or perhaps God revealed to him the poor shepherd's naive arrangement and let him know that He meant to grant his prayer.

At any rate, Vincent told him before all the crowd: "Your sheep are safe; God is watching over them." Similarly, we are told that mothers did not hesitate to leave their babies to come to his sermons: They confided the infants to the angels – as Vincent advised them to. He doubted nothing, this man – God least of all.

There was the very famous miracle of the wine cask which would not run dry while the crowd of Vincent's followers still needed to drink. It is worth adding that ten years later, the owner of the cask, the Seigneur Saint-Just, met a man who gave evidence in the canonization process and assured him that in all those years he had given that miraculous wine to the sick: That no matter what their malady, they were cured: That the wine grew no less though he drew from the cask every day. It would seem that charity once installed in that cask was unwilling to leave it.

Charity indeed he left behind him everywhere, impregnating everything he touched. Once, for lack of alms – his purse being empty – he gave a poor woman his hat. "Thank you... But what do you expect me to do with it?" Anyhow she took it away with her and that evening, at the gates of Valencia, it struck her to put it on the head of an inn-keeper who was unwilling to give her lodging. He was in an evil temper, having a raging headache. "Perhaps Master Vincent's hat will cure it."

It did. The inn-keeper put it aside to use when the need should arise again. The hat was to be seen for long after but in a pitiable condition – for he had had the notion of soaking it in water from time to time and it seems that this incredible hat-broth had cured his customers of all sorts of minor ailments.

Sometimes one asks oneself if it is possible to believe, so enormous are some of the things we are told he did. The miracle at Morella, for instance, is an exact reproduction of the famous miracle of St. Nicholas when he brought back to life the three children in the salting-tub.

One is tempted to think that some unscrupulous biographer made the whole thing up. Here is the story. There was a certain woman of great virtue but subject to attacks of nerves, which came very close to madness. One day, in the absence of her husband who had the preacher lodged in the house and had gone out to hear him preach, her mental affliction came upon her and she cut her small son's throat. She then went on to chop him up and roasted a portion of him.

This she gave to her husband on his return from listening to the sermon. The man found out somehow what had happened, and at the last point of horror and disgust, rushed out to tell the saint.

Vincent realized at once that heaven could not have allowed a happening so monstrous save as an occasion for a most signal manifestation of God's power. He came, prayed, gathered together the bleeding pieces of the child and said to the father, "If you have faith, God who created this little soul from nothing can bring him back to life."

He fell on his knees and the impossible happened. The child was alive again, whole and entire.

Consider the story of the two men consumed at Zamora. These were two criminals before whom Master Vincent preached for three hours in the presence of an enormous crowd. We know that he brought them to such a horror of their crime, depicted with such cruel and gripping realism the flames of hell, that when the guards came to bring them back to prison they found only two charred corpses.

Remorse – and, we may hope, repentance – had literally consumed them. They were buried in front of the steeple beneath two stones which stood for centuries to attest the fact.

One day a Portuguese man who passed that way and to whom the story was told, shrugged his shoulders skeptically. "I will believe it," he cried, "when one of the immense stones splits." He tapped one with the toe of his boot and it split clean in two from top to bottom. Since that is the story we are told, why not? At any rate, when you are dealing with miracles, do not commit the vulgarity of dragging in the question of likelihood.

Yes, the blind see; the deaf hear; paralytics walk; the plague-stricken are healed; the faithless believe; sinners repent; the unstable grow steadfast; the idle find energy; sworn enemies embrace; the hard of heart find their hearts on fire. And beside the miracles that affect men, storms are stilled, rain stops, rocks are split, lightning flashes from the sky.

Heaven itself opens and saints, angels, the Mother of God and her Son come forth. What must be must be – God will have it so. The prayer of a saint is omnipotent – if God decides to grant it. "Christ can do nothing," cried an obstinate sinner in Brothers Vincent's face. "I shall lose my soul if I please." There was the claim of human liberty.

"I shall save you by Him, in spite of yourself," replied the preacher. There was the claim of the omnipotence of a redemption purchased by the blood of God. Vincent leaned over the crowd. "Say the Rosary!" The Creed was said and the Our Father.

The Hail Marys followed one another on the beads. From Heaven, thus stormed by prayer, the Virgin Mother in person descended, holding in her arms the Child Jesus – sobbing. At that sight the sinner broke down, surrendered. The will for evil was conquered without a struggle by the will of Grace.

Last Years
Normandy and Brittany were the theater of the apostle's labors the two last years of his life. He was then so worn out and weak that he was scarce able to walk a step without help; yet no sooner was he in the pulpit but he spoke with as much strength, ardor, eloquence, and unction as he had done in the vigor of his youth.

He restored to health on the spot one that had been bedridden eighteen years, in the presence of a great multitude, and wrought innumerable other miracles, amongst which we may reckon as the greatest the conversion of an incredible number of souls. He inculcated everywhere a detestation of lawsuits, swearing, lying and other sins, especially of blasphemy.

As his health started failing, his companions persuaded him to return to his own country. Accordingly he set out with that view, riding on an ass, as was his ordinary manner of traveling in long journeys.

But after they were gone, as they imagined, a considerable distance, they found themselves again near the city of Vannes. Wherefore the saint perceiving his illness increase, determined to return into the town, saying to his companions that God had chosen that city for the place of his burial.

The joy of the city was incredible when he appeared again, but it was allayed when he told them he had come, not to continue his ministry among them, but to look for his grave. These words, joined with a short exhortation which he made to impress on the people's mind their duty to God, made many shed tears, and threw all into an excess of grief. His fever increasing, he prepared himself for death by exercises of piety and devoutly receiving the sacraments.

On the third day the bishop, clergy, magistrates, and part of the nobility made him a visit. He conjured them to maintain zealously what he had labored to establish amongst them, exhorted them to perseverance in virtue, and promised to pray for them when he should be before the throne of God, saying he should go to the Lord after ten days. His prayer and union with God he never interrupted.

The magistrates sent a deputation to him, desiring he would choose the place of his burial. They were afraid his Order, which had then no convent in Vannes, would deprive the city of his remains. The saint answered that, being an unprofitable servant and a poor religious man, it did not become him to direct anything concerning his burial; however, he begged they would preserve peace after his death, as he always inculcated to them in his sermons, and that they would be pleased to allow the prior of the convent of his Order which was the nearest to that town to have the disposal of the place of his burial.

He continued his aspirations of love, contrition, and penance; and often wished the departure of his soul from its fleshy prison, that it might the more speedily be swallowed up in the ocean of all good. On the tenth day of his illness he caused the passion of our Savior to be read to him, and after that recited the penitential psalms, often stopping totally absorbed in God. It was on Wednesday in Passion Week, the 5th of April, that he slept in the Lord, in the year 1419.

When he expired a host of little white butterflies fluttered around his head. These were little "angels" to take the Angel of Judgment home and to attest to his purity and holiness. There was even a "piercingly sweet odor" which arose from his body.

Joan of France, daughter of King Charles VI, Duchess of Brittany, washed his corpse with her own hands. God showed innumerable miracles by that water and by the saint's habit, girdle, instruments of penance, and other relics, of which the details may be read in the Bollandists.

The death of St. Vincent Ferrer did not check the flowing of the spring which his merits and penances and love had opened in the rock of Mercy inexhaustible. They laid two corpses in his tomb before they sealed it. Just as the touch of his habit wrought miracles during his life, so did the touch of his grave: two dead people were brought to life when placed upon it!

Nor is that an isolated incident. The inquiry set on foot at Vannes for the process of his canonization brought to light an incredible mass of miraculous happenings, sudden conversions, cures, apparitions, and a surprising number of resurrections from the dead.

Falls, drownings, murderous assaults, illnesses – he intervened in all and was always being invoked.

Petition for his canonization was universal and immediate from kings, bishops, universities, nobles and peasantry. Pope Nicholas V issued a bull to inquire into the life, heroic sanctity and miracles of Saint Vincent. The Duke of Brittany even levied a tax to defray expenses for the process.

According to Vincent's own prophecy, Alphonsus Borgia who was elected to the Papacy and became Callixtus III, did indeed canonize him. The canonization was held on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 1455, in the Dominican Church of Rome, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The body was found to be incorrupt on that day.

During the Mass of canonization, two dead persons were covered with the cloak in which Saint Vincent had been buried. They were both restored to life. Also, the Duke of Brittany's relative was cured of leprosy that day and a blind man was restored to sight.

Fifty years after St. Vincent's death, a boy of twelve, Juan de Zuniga, died at Placenzia. A prayer to St. Vincent brought him back to life. He lived to be Cardinal Archbishop of Seville. A cathedral was built in commemoration of the event.

On the day they were celebrating the Saint's feast, the preacher failed to appear – he had suddenly fallen ill. The embarrassment would have been serious only that a Dominican father, absolutely unknown, appeared from nowhere and offered to take his place. He went up into the pulpit, preached and was seen no more.

It was St. Vincent Ferrer, naturally, since he is always present upon earth, in action if not in person. There seems to be no other possible explanation of the sudden appearance and disappearance of the preacher.

During his life Saint Vincent freed more than seventy people from the Devil and many more were freed at his tomb. He raised more than twenty-eight people from the dead and four hundred sick people were cured by resting on the couch where he had lain during his illness.

The change of a sinful heart is even a greater miracle than wondrous temporal benefits. Saint Vincent was not wanting here as we have seen; thousands of sinners became penitent, including Jews and Moors.

Wherein was the great success of this humble, friar-preacher? First, he was a living image of the Crucified. He was gentle and patient and never murmured a word of complaint. He loved poverty and his purity consisted in excluding all thoughts that did not tend towards God. He preserved this awesome purity by obedience.

As great as he was, he excelled more than anyone in submitting to his superiors. Second, he was an imitator of his spiritual father, Saint Dominic. It was said of Saint Dominic that he was "a light of the word, a dazzling reflection of Jesus Christ, a rose of patience, another precursor and a master in the science of souls."

Vincent was a worthy disciple who would himself protest that he was only imitating his holy founder. God is glorified in His saints!
The Angel of the Apocalypse provides us with some valuable lessons.

Of course, no one knows the day nor the hour of the Second Coming, but we can imitate Saint Vincent in his penitential life so as to be ready at all times to meet Our Judge. We will have little to fear if we combine that penitential life with the humility and love for Jesus and Mary that Saint Vincent had.

His intercession, once so powerful on earth, has surely only increased in Heaven. Pray to him in confidence and he will no doubt intercede for you before his beloved Master, Jesus Christ and his most beautiful Queen, Mary, the Mother of God.

The great humility of this saint appeared amidst the honors and applause which followed him. He lays down this principle as the preliminary to all virtue that a person be deeply grounded in humility "For whosoever will proudly dispute or contradict, will always stand without the door. Christ, the master of humility, manifests His truth only to the humble and hides Himself from the proud."

Article from:
The amazing Life and Miracles of St. Vincent Ferrer, Patron Saint of the Catholic Church.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 05:58:39 PM
Saint Vincent Ferrer
Spanish Dominican Preacher.


Vincent was born, and baptized on 23 January 1350 at Valencia, Spain. He was the second son of William Ferrer, an Englishman who had settled in Spain, and his wife, Constantia Miguel. They were both of noble origin and very pious people.
From a very early age, his parents instilled into Vincent an intense devotion to our Lord and His Mother and a great love of the poor. He fasted regularly each Wednesday and Friday on bread and water from early childhood, abstained from meat, and learned to deny himself extravagances in order to provide alms for necessities.
Vincent began his classical studies(most likely studies related to ancient Greeks and Romans) at the age of 8, philosophy at 12, and his theological studies at age 14. And, as everyone expected, he entered the Dominican priory of Valencia and received the habit on February 5, 1367. He was then 18 years old. He was sent to Barcelona to complete his studies.
It is said that for three good years, the Saint read nothing but, the Sacred Scripture, and that he eventually committed it to memory! He obtained his Master of Sacred Theology, then moved on to the University of Lleida, where he earned his doctorate in Theology. He subsequently taught at the Cathedral of Valentia.
Vincent quickly distinguished himself both as a philosopher and a preacher, who was very successful in arousing Christians to repentance. He devoted himself entirely to preaching, which was to be his life's work.
Then Vincent was summoned to Avignon, France by the antipope Benedict XIII. He became his confessor. He however declined all offices and honors bestowed on him by his patron.
During a French siege of Avignon, Vincent became fell very ill and almost died. It is said that he recovered miraculously after beholding a vision of Christ, Saint Dominic, and Saint Francis of Assisi. In the vision, Vincent was told to go out and preach. The antipope Benedict was, however, reluctant for him to leave Avignon. In 1389, Benedict finally gave his permission and Vincent started on a preaching tour across Western Europe.
He toured Aragon, Castile, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Ireland and Scotland preaching the Gospel of Our Lord. Eloquent and passionate, he attracted huge crowds of believers and he converted many people.

One of Vincent’s finest achievements was his effort to end the Great Western Schism, which had divided the Church since 1378. While he believed that Benedict XIII was the legitimate pontiff, he nevertheless called publicly for him to step down for the good of the Church.
He also spent much time preaching for an end to the Schism. He did not however attend the Council of Constance that brought an end to the Schisms in 1418.
In his last years, he preached in northern France, including a sermon before the royal court at Caenin 1418.
Vincent died on 5 April 1419 at Vannes in Brittany, and was buried in Vannes Cathedral. He was canonized by Pope Calixtus III on 3 June 1455. The Fraternity of Saint Vincent Ferrer, a Pontifical religious institute, is named after him.
Saint Vincent
Pray for us!
Ref: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 06:03:38 PM
Odhiambo I have a good article to post on this great saint. It is quite long but I just didn't know what to leave out without detracting from this amazing story of his life.
Once you start reading though it's hard to stop.

If you have something pepared please post it too as I would love to read more on St Vincent Ferrer.
Hi martin.
I have only just noticed your post at the very moment of posting mine. If I had known earlier,I would have taken today off :)
The more the better though so that nothing gets left out! :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 06:10:09 PM
My post is just the bare bones martin, yours is "meatier"  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 06:20:30 PM
Our boys and girls took Mum out for a meal on Mothers day (My son-in-law and I were consigned to babysitting duty). Youngest daughter lost her cell phone while they were out but I got a call from her nimber today from a person who had found her phone and he delivered it right to the door. I'm Thinking, St Isodore had something to do with this.  :D
Something like that could explain it :) A cell phone, lost and found! Unusual is all I will say. They go like hot cakes over here. The first thing the thieves do once they have secured it is to switch it off and then change  the SIM card soonest possible. I am happy the little one got her phone back. We do rather get attached to these things! :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 04, 2011, 06:21:57 PM
My post is just the bare bones martin, yours is "meatier"  ;D

 :rotfl: :happyroll:
I know... He's one of my favorite saints and I never give him a moments peace when I'm in need of some favor.  :D
He truly is a saint for all times and all circumstances.
There's also an excellent sermon on St Vincent on Audio Sancto, It's under "The End Times" heading on the right at the home page.

St Vincent Ferrer, Angel of the Apocalypse, ora pro nobis.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 04, 2011, 06:26:53 PM
martin,
I will read your post tomorrow. Now it is 2.25 am and I have to call it a day. In case you have mentioned it in your post, then please just ignore this.
In my reading, I came across some controversy and would appreciate comments. Something about
forced conversion of Jews.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 04, 2011, 06:36:58 PM
I will check that out.. I know he converted Jews by the thousands but I never heard of forced conversions. If you come across it again I would be interested in reading it but I suspect they all converted for the right reason please God.  :D

Good night Odhiambo.

May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May He lift up His countenance upon you,
And grant you peace.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2011, 12:21:04 AM
I will check that out.. I know he converted Jews by the thousands but I never heard of forced conversions. If you come across it again I would be interested in reading it but I suspect they all converted for the right reason please God.  :D

Good night Odhiambo.

May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May He lift up His countenance upon you,
And grant you peace.
Thank you for the Blessing!
God Bless!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2011, 04:12:34 AM
                            ST. VINCENT FERRER

St. Vincent Ferrer was born at Valencia, in Spain on the 23rd of January, 1350. Excitement foreshadowed the child's birth.

His mother, Constance, experienced only joy and painlessness during her expectancy; furthermore, his father had a prophetic dream in which an unknown Dominican preacher appeared to him and told him that he would have a son whose fame would be world-renowned.

Also, a poor blind woman predicted that the child Constance bore within her was an "angel who would one day restore her sight" – which he did years later. St. Vincent brought with him into the world a happy disposition for learning and piety, which improved from his cradle by study and a good education. In order to subdue his passions, he fasted rigorously from his childhood every Wednesday and Friday.

The passion of Christ was always the object of his most tender devotion. The Blessed Virgin he ever honored as his spiritual mother. Looking on the poor as the members of Christ, he treated them with the greatest affection and charity, which caused his parents to make him dispenser of their bountiful alms. His father having proposed to him the choice of a religious state, an ecclesiastical, or a secular state, Vincent without hesitation said it was his earnest desire to consecrate himself to the service of God in the Order of St. Dominic.

His good parents with joy conducted him to a convent of that Order in Valencia, and he put on the habit in 1368, in the beginning of his eighteenth year.

He made a surprisingly rapid progress in the paths of perfection, taking St. Dominic for his model. To the exercises of prayer and penance, he joined the study and meditation of the Holy Scriptures and the readings of the Fathers. For three years, he read only the scriptures and knew the whole Bible by heart. Soon after his solemn profession, he was appointed to read lectures of philosophy, and, at the end of his course, published a treatise on Dialectic Suppositions, being not quite twenty-four years old. He was then sent to Barcelona, where he continued his scholastic exercises, and at the same time preached the word of God with great fruit, especially during a great famine, when he foretold the arrival of two vessels loaded with corn the same evening to relieve the city, which happened, contrary to all expectation. From thence he was sent to Lerida, the most famous university of Catalonia.

There, continuing his apostolic functions and education, he received his doctorate, receiving the cap from the hands of Cardinal Peter de Luna, legate of Pope Clement VII, in 1378, being twenty-eight years of age. At the earnest requests of the bishop, clergy and the people of Valencia, he was recalled to his own country, and pursued there both his lectures and his preaching with such extraordinary reputation, so manifestly attended with the benediction of the Almighty, that he was honored in the whole country above what can be expressed.

As a humiliation, God permitted an angel of Satan to molest him with violent temptations of the flesh, and to fill his imagination with filthy ideas. The arms which the saint employed against the devil were prayer, penance, and a perpetual watchfulness over every impulse of his passions. As he grew into manhood it was said that his countenance was beautiful and radiant, which reflected the beauty of a soul filled with the love of God.

Even in his old age, this radiance never left him. He was most radiant, however, when he gave a sermon on the Mother of God or the joys of Heaven. He was firmly devoted to the Passion and enjoyed a childlike devotion to Mary, which included a faithful observance of praying the Angelus. His heart was always fixed on God and he made his studies, labor, and all his actions a continued prayer.

The same practice he proposes to all Christians in his book entitled, A Treatise on a Spiritual Life, in which he writes thus: "Do you desire to study to your advantage? Let devotion accompany all your studies and study less to make yourself learned than to become a saint."

Consider some of the phrases in this marvelous book. "What is meritorious is not that a man should be poor, but that, being poor, he should love poverty."

"A vain question deserves nothing but silence. So learn to be silent for a time; you will edify your brethren and silence will teach you to speak when the hour is come."

"Regard yourself as more vile and miserable in the sight of God because of your faults than any sinner whatever, no matter what his sins... and consider closely that any grace or inclination to good or desire of virtue you may have, is not of yourself but of the sole mercy of Christ."

"Try to convince yourself that there is no crime-laden sinner but would have served God better than you... if he had received the same graces."

"Once humility is acquired, charity will come to life – a burning flame devouring the corruption of vice and filling the heart so full that there is no place for vanity."

Missionary Travels
Before the end of the year 1392, St. Vincent being forty-two years old, set out from Avignon towards Valencia. He preached in every town with wonderful efficacy; and the people having heard him in one place followed him in crowds to others. Public usurers, blasphemers, debauched women, and other hardened sinners everywhere were induced by his discourses to embrace a life of penance.

He converted a great number of Jews and Mohammedans, heretics and schismatics. He visited every province of Spain in this manner, except Galicia. He went thence into Italy, preaching on the coasts of Genoa, in Lombardy, Piedmont, and Savoy, as he did in part of Germany, about the Upper Rhine and through Flanders.

Numerous wars and the unhappy great schism in the Church had been productive of a multitude of disorders in Christendom; gross ignorance and a shocking corruption of manners prevailed in many places, whereby the teaching of this zealous apostle, who, like another Boanerges, preached in a voice of thunder, became not only useful but even absolutely necessary, to assist the weak and alarm the sinner.

The ordinary subjects of his sermons were sin, death, God's judgments, hell, and eternity. He delivered his discourses with so much energy that he filled the most insensible with terror. A great number of his sermons have come down to us, some in Latin and many in the vernacular. By them one seizes the man and the saint to the life.

They are masterpieces of naturalness, intelligence, picturesqueness and, at moments, poetry. In their kind there is nothing better. And they all develop one same theme.

First of all, there is sin as he had known it in the world under its seven root forms, stripped of all its pretenses and of its false promises of delight. After that comes penance, which can drive out sin or at least dull the sharpness of its edge, fortifying us against sin's assaults and uniting with the Blood of Christ to plead for us before the Throne of God.

Finally is the Judgment with its alternative for those who have done evil – Purgatory or Hell. That inevitable judgment, which awaits each one of us in the moment of death, he made concrete and dramatic by building it into one thing with the terrible picture of the universal Judgment, the Last Judgment, when Christ will appear on the clouds of heaven to summon the living and the dead to that damnation or glory.

He showed it in all its splendor, all its horror – in that light which is beatitude or torment, which ravishes the soul or burns it without end. Punishment is certain; punishment is at hand. It is coming towards us relentlessly. Every day we live brings it one day closer.

It may be upon us in an hour, in a second. He felt it so and he made sinners tremble with the feeling. He returned to this theme frequently and on great occasions. "Yes," you will say, "he wanted to frighten them."

He did indeed want to frighten them because he himself was afraid. And as his fear for himself grew less, his fear for them grew greater. Not, alas, that he believed himself just. How could he when he still had life before him and might still, therefore, fail? And if he failed that day? What if God held him responsible for the sins of his brethren because he had not succeeded in raising and fortifying them in virtue?

At his sermons he was frequently obliged to stop to give leisure for the sobs and sighs of the congregation. His sermons were not only pathetic, but were also addressed to the understanding and supported with a wonderful strength of reasoning and the authorities of scriptures and fathers, which he perfectly understood and employed as occasion required. His gift of miracles and the sanctity of his penitential life gave to his words the greatest weight.

Amidst these journeys and fatigues, he never ate flesh; fasted every day except Sundays, and on Wednesdays and Fridays he lived on bread and water, which course he held for forty years; He lay on straw or small twigs. He spent a great part of the day in the confessional, with incredible patience, and there finished what he had begun in the pulpit.

We have the testimony of John of Plascenia, who was with him for

some time, that he read souls like an open book.
He had with him five friars of his Order and some other priests to assist him. Though by his sermons thousands were moved to give their possessions to the poor, he never accepted anything himself and was no less scrupulous in cultivating in his heart the virtue and spirit of obedience than that of poverty, for which reason he declined accepting any dignity in the church or superiority in his Order.

He labored thus nearly twenty years, until 1417, in Spain, Majorca, Italy, and France. During this time, preaching in Catalonia, among other miracles, he restored the use of his limbs to John Soler, a crippled boy, judged by the physicians incurable, who afterwards became a very eminent man and Bishop of Barcelona.

In the year 1400 he was at Aix, in Provence, and, in 1401, he was in Piedmont and the neighboring parts of Italy, being honorably received in the obedience of each pope. Returning into Savoy and Dauphine, he found there a valley called Valpute, or Valley of Corruption, in which the inhabitants were abandoned to cruelty and shameful lusts.

He joyfully exposed his life among these abandoned wretches, converted them all from their errors and vices, and changed the name of the valley to Valpur, or Valley of Purity, which name it ever after retained. He preached two or three times every day, preparing his sermons while he was on the road.

He worked for three months, traveling from village to village and from town to town in Dauphine announcing the word of God, making a longer stay in three valleys in the diocese of Embrun, namely, Lucerna, Argenteya, and Valpute, having converted almost all the heretics which peopled those parts. Being invited in the most pressing manner into Piedmont, he, for thirteen months, preached and instructed the people there, in Montserrat and the valleys, and brought to the Faith a multitude of Vaudois and other heretics.

He says that the general source of their heresy was ignorance and want of an instructor, and cries out, "I blush and tremble when I consider the terrible judgment impending on ecclesiastical superiors who live at their ease in rich palaces, while so many souls redeemed by the Blood of Christ are perishing. I pray without ceasing the Lord of the harvest that He send good workmen into His harvest."

He adds that he had in the valley of Luferia converted a heretical bishop by a conference, extirpated a certain infamous heresy in the valley Pontia, converted the country into which the murderers of St. Peter, the martyr, had fled, reconciled the Guelphs and Gibelins, and settled a general peace in Lombardy. Being called back into Piedmont by the bishops and lords of that country, he stayed five months in the dioceses of Aoust, Tarentaise, St. John of Morienne and Grenoble.

He says he was then at Geneva, where he had abolished a very inveterate superstitious festival – a thing the bishop dared not attempt – and was going to Lausane, being called by the bishop to preach to many idolaters who adored the sun and to heretics, who were obstinate, daring, and very numerous on the frontiers of Germany.

Conversions of the Moors and Jews
The saint was honored with the gift of tongues. Preaching in his own, he was understood by men of different languages, which is affirmed by Lanzano, who says that Greeks, Germans, Sardes, Hungarians, and people of other nations declared they understood every word he spoke, though he preached in Latin or his mother tongue, as spoken at Valencia.

There is another marvelous fact which is beyond normal explanation. However far away people might be, everyone heard every syllable. He could make himself heard literally about three miles away, when it was of importance that he should be heard. He also worked many wonders through the Sign of the Cross and through the Holy Name of Jesus.

He warned lazy Christians who sloppily made a circular sign of the Cross that they were using a sign of the Devil instead!

The Moorish king had heard of him; the multitude of his miracles was startling, and for a good Moslem, upsetting. He could not get Vincent out of his head. Finally he decided he must see the man who worked the miracles. He sent for him. The saint arrived lame from a great sore in the leg and rode on his moth-eaten old donkey through all the splendors of the Alhambra grounds under the fixed stare of the marble lions.

The King wanted to hear him preach. That in itself was a revolution. They murmured, they listened, and doubtless they understood though he spoke no Arabic. For, after three sermons, eight thousand Moors asked for baptism. Some of the nobles, fearing the total subversion of their religion, obliged the king to dismiss him. He then labored in the kingdom of Aragon and again in Catalonia, especially in the diocese of Gironne and Vich; in a borough of the latter, he renewed the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, related at length in his life.

At Barcelona, in 1409, he foretold to Martin, King of Aragon, the death of his son, Martin, the King of Sicily, who was snatched away in the middle of his triumphs in the month of July. Vincent comforted the afflicted father and persuaded him to a second marriage to secure the public peace by an heir to his crown.

He cured innumerable sick everywhere and, at Valencia, made a dumb woman speak but told her she should ever remain dumb and that this was for the good of her soul, charging her always to praise and thank God in spirit, to which instructions she promised obedience.

He converted the Jews in great numbers in the diocese of Valencia, in the kingdom of Leon, as Mariana relates. It is difficult to arrive at a figure. The most cautious of his historians give twenty-five thousand converts among the Jews and eight thousand among the Moors. "You know," Vincent announced from the pulpit, "that we have good news. All the Jews and many of the Moors of Valladolid are converted."


There was similar news from Toledo, Huesca, Saragossa... This was after the Congress of Tortosa for the conversion of Israel, suggested to Benedict by a former rabbi, Josua Holuorqui, who had become Friar Jerome of the Holy Faith.

It met in 1414 and was the occasion of interminable arguments – sixty-seven sessions – between rabbis and religious. Vincent, who took part in the Congress, collaborated in a Treatise on the Jews which served as a base for his further labors among them; in it all the proofs of the Dogma of the Incarnation were magisterially set forth.

The Pope presided. The populace were massed on the river bank; Master Vincent had taken up his stand to preach on the roof of a house surrounded by trees on the far side of the Ebro. One day he stopped suddenly in his sermon. The people were startled.

"Do not be shocked by this interval," he said, "I must wait upon grace." As the crowd began to laugh, a party of Jews were seen approaching: Grace had conquered them. Of sixteen rabbis, fourteen were converted. How he loved these new children of his; he loved to remind Christians who too readily forgot the fact that Jesus and Mary were of the Jewish race.

He was invited to Pisa, Sienna, Florence and Lucca in 1409, whence, after having reconciled the dissensions that prevailed in those parts, he was recalled by John II, King of Castille. In 1411, he visited the kingdoms of Castille, Leon, Murcia, Andalusia, Asturias and other countries; in all of these places the power of God was manifested in His enabling him to work miracles and effect the conversion of an incredible number of Jews and sinners.

The Jews of Toledo, embracing the faith, changed their synagogue into a church under the name of Our Lady's. From Valadolid, the saint went to Salamanca in the beginning of the year 1412. There he met a procession with a bier and the corpse of a man who had been murdered.

In the presence of a great multitude, he commanded the deceased to arise and the dead man instantly revived. For a monument of this miracle a wooden cross was erected and is yet to be seen on the spot. In the same city, the saint entered the Jewish synagogue with a cross in his hand. Filled with the Holy Ghost, he made so moving a sermon that the Jews, who were at first surprised, all desired baptism at the end of his discourse and changed their synagogue into a church to which they gave the title of the Holy Cross.

Extraordinary Miracles
As a good Dominican, Master Vincent loved to proclaim the all-powerfulness of the Rosary. "Who observes this practice," he said, "is beyond the reach of adversity." He told the case of a very pious merchant who would say the rosary from morning to night, even to the neglect of his business.

One day he was captured by brigands and, knowing that his hour was come, he humbly asked for a little moment to pray. Hardly had he begun when the Blessed Virgin came to him accompanied by St. Catherine carrying a tray of roses and St. Agnes with a needle and a ball of thread.

The brigands, needless to say, opened their eyes wide. At each Ave the prisoner recited, the Blessed Virgin took a rose from the plate, pierced it with the needle, slipped it on to the thread. Thus, she made a wreath which she placed on the prisoner's brow. As he happened to have his eyes closed, he did not see the wreath, but he smelt its fragrance.

The Virgin and the two saints went off and the merchant offered them his neck, saying, "Now you can strangle me." "Strangle you?" said the brigands. "Who were those beautiful women? You must be a holy man; remember us in your prayers." Then they restored his goods and went away converted.

When he spoke of the Mother of Men, Vincent was transfigured.

He used to tell the case of a schoolboy who wanted at all costs to see her. An angel warned him that if he did so, he would lose an eye. He accepted and lost an eye. Then he asked to see her again, though it meant the loss of the other eye, which also took place. But when he was thus completely blind, the Blessed Virgin restored both eyes.

The people had recourse to him in every difficulty: The smallest villages fought to have him. In one place they took his hat, which assured pregnant women of a safe and easy delivery; in others, he drove away a cloud of grasshoppers and a whole army of weevils with holy water. Once he came to the point of utter exhaustion.

He could go no further. And heaven came to his aid. In the very heart of a wild lonely forest an excellent hotel appeared suddenly from nowhere to shelter him; leaving it the next day, he happened to forget his hat.

One of the penitents went back to the inn to get it, but there was no inn – the hat was hanging on the branch of a tree at the very spot where the inn had stood. The following year he came to Murcia. According to the Bishop's report, which has come down to us, almost no one remained untouched by the grace of the Spirit that filled all the air.

In that province there was an end for that time of gambling, debauchery, conspiracy, quarreling, and murder. How could anyone fail to follow the example of a Moor who promised to embrace the faith if the pyre he had lighted in the main square was extinguished at Vincent's prayer? Vincent prayed; the flames went out.

"It is an immense enterprise," as one historian has noted, "to write a life of which every incident was a miracle." Yes, everything in that life, ordinary things as well as extraordinary, was touched with miracles, and the greatest miracle in his life was that life itself, in its daily texture, was so burdened, toil-filled, and various; so continuously under fire, yet so steady and undeviating – in the midst of schism, in the midst of anarchy, under the sulfurous illumination of the Last Judgment, which tragic coming his own life may very well have helped to postpone. Consider the framework of his days.

He rose usually at two in the morning for the night office, recited his psalms, prayed, meditated, went to confession – each morning – and scourged himself, thus purging his soul and chastising his body.

Mass was at six o'clock, then three hours preaching, visits to the sick, mediations between parties in lawsuits and families at odds, final words of advice to souls he had just converted or brought back to grace: Then once more on the road.

Picture him on the road: In rain or sunshine, his feet in wooden stirrups attached to the saddle by cords which cut into his legs, the unending dust from the trampling of the crowd, the chanting of psalms and the never ending crunch of feet, and the incidents and the accidents and the care he must have for all his vast company.

There was one meal a day – soup and a tiny piece of fish, washed down with wine liberally watered. He never had an evening meal. Then he arrives at the next village to be won to our Lord, the next town to be set in order. The usual tumult and acclamations and idle questions and plain annoyances besieged him – clipping pieces out of his habit, kissing his hands – and everybody taking possession of him – a hundred people if there were a hundred, a thousand if there were a thousand, more if there were more, as many as there might be.

Then there was the usual platform where he must say in the evening what he had said in the morning, differently phrased but just as fresh and convincing, and the usual miracles which he must always be asking of God when his eloquence gained nothing or not enough – for unless it gained everything, there always remained something still to gain: God must attend to it – and that meant miracles.

The crowd was at last disposed of, but, before going to bed – five hours sleep, never more, and no siesta, not even in Spain – he still had to make his meditation, get his office said, instruct and direct his companions, prepare tomorrow's sermons, deal with his post, get off answers to bishops, princes, city magistrates, directors of confraternities, priors of convents, the Pope himself and any number of mere nuisances – on every conceivable subject, by no means always concerned with religion.

And, in addition, you should reckon the time he loved to devote to religious ceremonies – for he was a convinced liturgist and would have his ceremonies as correct and as magnificent as possible. This gives some idea of the routine of his days – week after week, month after month, for twenty years. And he held and did not break.

He said one day to a group of priests, "The moment you wake, to God's work! Identify yourselves with Christ. At such an hour, He was brought before Pilate, at such an hour the Jews cried out against Him, at such another hour, He gave up the ghost."

That indeed was the secret of his own resistance. We may be certain that he followed to the letter the precious counsel he gave others, followed it hour by hour exactly, passionately and simply. Living the passion of Christ in his body, heart and mind, he found all things came easily; almost pleasantly.

Christ was the other self within him: His words, works, sufferings, flowed as freely from Christ as his miracles. Hence the humility that lived within his awareness of his greatness; hence his patience against all the difficulties of life, all the trials of faith, and all the disappointments of Charity; hence the superabundance of gifts which on the human plane overflowed in achievement and on the divine plane blazed forth in miracles.

He came one time to the bedside of a sinner, to assist him in his last agony. The sinner clung to the saint; he felt that his tardy remorse, his imperfect contrition, his absence of penance, were insufficient to save him unless St. Vincent threw the whole of himself into the scale. He begged Vincent to make over to him a good share of the treasures of grace he had compiled. The saint had pity on his despair.

He said: "I give God all my merits to be applied to you." "Is that true?" The dying man was mistrustful: He did not know that what a saint says is definite. "Then write it down for me on a slip of paper. The saint cheerfully did what he was asked and the man died clutching his precious document.

Logically, Vincent had nothing left – he must begin to pile up another lot of graces to himself. But a few days later, while he was preaching, a paper whirled in the air above the heads of the crowd, like a dead leaf blown along by the wind.

Finally it settled on the preacher's cloak. I need not tell you what it was. God had decided to pay for the sinner's salvation in a different coin. He returned Vincent his merits along with his check. For you never lose by the gift of one's self unless you only half give it.

Whoever approached Vincent felt something about him, like the hot breath of a hidden fire. So it was with the boy at Caen, possessed by devils from the day when a careless barber had pierced a tumor. The boy had lost the use of speech, did not eat or drink, and had no bodily motions except the blood that spurted from his nostrils whenever he was angered.

If they beat him, he felt nothing. He grew physically, but in a frightful solitude of a human being who knew no human contact or communication, nor pain nor pleasure. Then Vincent came to him and touched him. "What do you feel, my son?" he asked. And the child, set free of what had possessed him, cried: "Father, I feel God's good pleasure which is accomplished at this moment." God's good pleasure passed through that hand which He never withheld.

At Pampeluna, they had just condemned an innocent man to death. Vincent pleaded for him in vain. As he was being led to the scaffold, they passed a corpse being taken to burial on a stretcher. Vincent suddenly addressed the corpse: "You who have no longer anything to gain by lying, is this man guilty? Answer me!" The dead man sat up and affirmed, "He is not." Then Vincent, to reward him for that service, offered the dead man, who was settling down again on the stretcher, to give him back the burden of earthly life.

"No, Father," he replied, "for I am assured of salvation." And he went off to sleep again and was carried to the cemetery.
There is another episode stranger still if not more marvelous. It happened at Gerona.

In the thick of the crowd stood a man somber, glowering, rage stamped on every feature: Near him was his wife with an infant in her arms, still at the breast. The man was devoured by a frenzy of jealousy. Brother Vincent saw him, saw what fire burned in him, and preached upon Jealousy. Suddenly he turned to the man.

"You doubt your wife's faithfulness, do you not? You think this child is not yours? Well, watch!" Then he cried in a great voice to the child: "Embrace your father!" The infant stirred, stood upright, turned towards the man and held out its arms. And thus was the man cured and the family peace restored.

It seems that he touched each heart at the point he chose, the point that charity suggested to him, and invariably at the precise moment. He knew for example that a shepherd in the heart of the mountains had so great confidence in him that he came to hear him, leaving his flock, only staying to draw a circle round them with his staff – counting on the saint to see that the sheep did not go out of the circle or the wolves come into it.

Vincent knew it, whether he had guessed it or read it in the man's eyes; or perhaps God revealed to him the poor shepherd's naive arrangement and let him know that He meant to grant his prayer.

At any rate, Vincent told him before all the crowd: "Your sheep are safe; God is watching over them." Similarly, we are told that mothers did not hesitate to leave their babies to come to his sermons: They confided the infants to the angels – as Vincent advised them to. He doubted nothing, this man – God least of all.

There was the very famous miracle of the wine cask which would not run dry while the crowd of Vincent's followers still needed to drink. It is worth adding that ten years later, the owner of the cask, the Seigneur Saint-Just, met a man who gave evidence in the canonization process and assured him that in all those years he had given that miraculous wine to the sick: That no matter what their malady, they were cured: That the wine grew no less though he drew from the cask every day. It would seem that charity once installed in that cask was unwilling to leave it.

Charity indeed he left behind him everywhere, impregnating everything he touched. Once, for lack of alms – his purse being empty – he gave a poor woman his hat. "Thank you... But what do you expect me to do with it?" Anyhow she took it away with her and that evening, at the gates of Valencia, it struck her to put it on the head of an inn-keeper who was unwilling to give her lodging. He was in an evil temper, having a raging headache. "Perhaps Master Vincent's hat will cure it."

It did. The inn-keeper put it aside to use when the need should arise again. The hat was to be seen for long after but in a pitiable condition – for he had had the notion of soaking it in water from time to time and it seems that this incredible hat-broth had cured his customers of all sorts of minor ailments.

Sometimes one asks oneself if it is possible to believe, so enormous are some of the things we are told he did. The miracle at Morella, for instance, is an exact reproduction of the famous miracle of St. Nicholas when he brought back to life the three children in the salting-tub.

One is tempted to think that some unscrupulous biographer made the whole thing up. Here is the story. There was a certain woman of great virtue but subject to attacks of nerves, which came very close to madness. One day, in the absence of her husband who had the preacher lodged in the house and had gone out to hear him preach, her mental affliction came upon her and she cut her small son's throat. She then went on to chop him up and roasted a portion of him.

This she gave to her husband on his return from listening to the sermon. The man found out somehow what had happened, and at the last point of horror and disgust, rushed out to tell the saint.

Vincent realized at once that heaven could not have allowed a happening so monstrous save as an occasion for a most signal manifestation of God's power. He came, prayed, gathered together the bleeding pieces of the child and said to the father, "If you have faith, God who created this little soul from nothing can bring him back to life."

He fell on his knees and the impossible happened. The child was alive again, whole and entire.

Consider the story of the two men consumed at Zamora. These were two criminals before whom Master Vincent preached for three hours in the presence of an enormous crowd. We know that he brought them to such a horror of their crime, depicted with such cruel and gripping realism the flames of hell, that when the guards came to bring them back to prison they found only two charred corpses.

Remorse – and, we may hope, repentance – had literally consumed them. They were buried in front of the steeple beneath two stones which stood for centuries to attest the fact.

One day a Portuguese man who passed that way and to whom the story was told, shrugged his shoulders skeptically. "I will believe it," he cried, "when one of the immense stones splits." He tapped one with the toe of his boot and it split clean in two from top to bottom. Since that is the story we are told, why not? At any rate, when you are dealing with miracles, do not commit the vulgarity of dragging in the question of likelihood.

Yes, the blind see; the deaf hear; paralytics walk; the plague-stricken are healed; the faithless believe; sinners repent; the unstable grow steadfast; the idle find energy; sworn enemies embrace; the hard of heart find their hearts on fire. And beside the miracles that affect men, storms are stilled, rain stops, rocks are split, lightning flashes from the sky.

Heaven itself opens and saints, angels, the Mother of God and her Son come forth. What must be must be – God will have it so. The prayer of a saint is omnipotent – if God decides to grant it. "Christ can do nothing," cried an obstinate sinner in Brothers Vincent's face. "I shall lose my soul if I please." There was the claim of human liberty.

"I shall save you by Him, in spite of yourself," replied the preacher. There was the claim of the omnipotence of a redemption purchased by the blood of God. Vincent leaned over the crowd. "Say the Rosary!" The Creed was said and the Our Father.

The Hail Marys followed one another on the beads. From Heaven, thus stormed by prayer, the Virgin Mother in person descended, holding in her arms the Child Jesus – sobbing. At that sight the sinner broke down, surrendered. The will for evil was conquered without a struggle by the will of Grace.

Last Years
Normandy and Brittany were the theater of the apostle's labors the two last years of his life. He was then so worn out and weak that he was scarce able to walk a step without help; yet no sooner was he in the pulpit but he spoke with as much strength, ardor, eloquence, and unction as he had done in the vigor of his youth.

He restored to health on the spot one that had been bedridden eighteen years, in the presence of a great multitude, and wrought innumerable other miracles, amongst which we may reckon as the greatest the conversion of an incredible number of souls. He inculcated everywhere a detestation of lawsuits, swearing, lying and other sins, especially of blasphemy.

As his health started failing, his companions persuaded him to return to his own country. Accordingly he set out with that view, riding on an ass, as was his ordinary manner of traveling in long journeys.

But after they were gone, as they imagined, a considerable distance, they found themselves again near the city of Vannes. Wherefore the saint perceiving his illness increase, determined to return into the town, saying to his companions that God had chosen that city for the place of his burial.

The joy of the city was incredible when he appeared again, but it was allayed when he told them he had come, not to continue his ministry among them, but to look for his grave. These words, joined with a short exhortation which he made to impress on the people's mind their duty to God, made many shed tears, and threw all into an excess of grief. His fever increasing, he prepared himself for death by exercises of piety and devoutly receiving the sacraments.

On the third day the bishop, clergy, magistrates, and part of the nobility made him a visit. He conjured them to maintain zealously what he had labored to establish amongst them, exhorted them to perseverance in virtue, and promised to pray for them when he should be before the throne of God, saying he should go to the Lord after ten days. His prayer and union with God he never interrupted.

The magistrates sent a deputation to him, desiring he would choose the place of his burial. They were afraid his Order, which had then no convent in Vannes, would deprive the city of his remains. The saint answered that, being an unprofitable servant and a poor religious man, it did not become him to direct anything concerning his burial; however, he begged they would preserve peace after his death, as he always inculcated to them in his sermons, and that they would be pleased to allow the prior of the convent of his Order which was the nearest to that town to have the disposal of the place of his burial.

He continued his aspirations of love, contrition, and penance; and often wished the departure of his soul from its fleshy prison, that it might the more speedily be swallowed up in the ocean of all good. On the tenth day of his illness he caused the passion of our Savior to be read to him, and after that recited the penitential psalms, often stopping totally absorbed in God. It was on Wednesday in Passion Week, the 5th of April, that he slept in the Lord, in the year 1419.

When he expired a host of little white butterflies fluttered around his head. These were little "angels" to take the Angel of Judgment home and to attest to his purity and holiness. There was even a "piercingly sweet odor" which arose from his body.

Joan of France, daughter of King Charles VI, Duchess of Brittany, washed his corpse with her own hands. God showed innumerable miracles by that water and by the saint's habit, girdle, instruments of penance, and other relics, of which the details may be read in the Bollandists.

The death of St. Vincent Ferrer did not check the flowing of the spring which his merits and penances and love had opened in the rock of Mercy inexhaustible. They laid two corpses in his tomb before they sealed it. Just as the touch of his habit wrought miracles during his life, so did the touch of his grave: two dead people were brought to life when placed upon it!

Nor is that an isolated incident. The inquiry set on foot at Vannes for the process of his canonization brought to light an incredible mass of miraculous happenings, sudden conversions, cures, apparitions, and a surprising number of resurrections from the dead.

Falls, drownings, murderous assaults, illnesses – he intervened in all and was always being invoked.

Petition for his canonization was universal and immediate from kings, bishops, universities, nobles and peasantry. Pope Nicholas V issued a bull to inquire into the life, heroic sanctity and miracles of Saint Vincent. The Duke of Brittany even levied a tax to defray expenses for the process.

According to Vincent's own prophecy, Alphonsus Borgia who was elected to the Papacy and became Callixtus III, did indeed canonize him. The canonization was held on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 1455, in the Dominican Church of Rome, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The body was found to be incorrupt on that day.

During the Mass of canonization, two dead persons were covered with the cloak in which Saint Vincent had been buried. They were both restored to life. Also, the Duke of Brittany's relative was cured of leprosy that day and a blind man was restored to sight.

Fifty years after St. Vincent's death, a boy of twelve, Juan de Zuniga, died at Placenzia. A prayer to St. Vincent brought him back to life. He lived to be Cardinal Archbishop of Seville. A cathedral was built in commemoration of the event.

On the day they were celebrating the Saint's feast, the preacher failed to appear – he had suddenly fallen ill. The embarrassment would have been serious only that a Dominican father, absolutely unknown, appeared from nowhere and offered to take his place. He went up into the pulpit, preached and was seen no more.

It was St. Vincent Ferrer, naturally, since he is always present upon earth, in action if not in person. There seems to be no other possible explanation of the sudden appearance and disappearance of the preacher.

During his life Saint Vincent freed more than seventy people from the Devil and many more were freed at his tomb. He raised more than twenty-eight people from the dead and four hundred sick people were cured by resting on the couch where he had lain during his illness.

The change of a sinful heart is even a greater miracle than wondrous temporal benefits. Saint Vincent was not wanting here as we have seen; thousands of sinners became penitent, including Jews and Moors.

Wherein was the great success of this humble, friar-preacher? First, he was a living image of the Crucified. He was gentle and patient and never murmured a word of complaint. He loved poverty and his purity consisted in excluding all thoughts that did not tend towards God. He preserved this awesome purity by obedience.

As great as he was, he excelled more than anyone in submitting to his superiors. Second, he was an imitator of his spiritual father, Saint Dominic. It was said of Saint Dominic that he was "a light of the word, a dazzling reflection of Jesus Christ, a rose of patience, another precursor and a master in the science of souls."

Vincent was a worthy disciple who would himself protest that he was only imitating his holy founder. God is glorified in His saints!
The Angel of the Apocalypse provides us with some valuable lessons.

Of course, no one knows the day nor the hour of the Second Coming, but we can imitate Saint Vincent in his penitential life so as to be ready at all times to meet Our Judge. We will have little to fear if we combine that penitential life with the humility and love for Jesus and Mary that Saint Vincent had.

His intercession, once so powerful on earth, has surely only increased in Heaven. Pray to him in confidence and he will no doubt intercede for you before his beloved Master, Jesus Christ and his most beautiful Queen, Mary, the Mother of God.

The great humility of this saint appeared amidst the honors and applause which followed him. He lays down this principle as the preliminary to all virtue that a person be deeply grounded in humility "For whosoever will proudly dispute or contradict, will always stand without the door. Christ, the master of humility, manifests His truth only to the humble and hides Himself from the proud."

Article from:
The amazing Life and Miracles of St. Vincent Ferrer, Patron Saint of the Catholic Church.

Great stuff martin  :)
Thanks for availing it to us.  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2011, 04:15:35 AM
Shin,
I have this feeling that Reginator would really appreciate all these. Care to do something about it if you haven't already?
Thanks.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 05, 2011, 06:06:23 AM
Did what I could! I think he'd be a good invite over here!  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 05, 2011, 08:17:30 AM
Honestly, the prices of books these days. When I was a child I was always getting them for 95 cents. If they were still $2.95 that would be reasonable. What are people thinking.


Whenever I go the Catholic Bookshop in search of good books, I just cannot believe the prices quoted on the cover. It is like  there is a conspiracy to discourage the buying of these books  ;D



There're a lot of free books on Saints' Books (http://http:/www.saintsbooks.net) don't forget. One has to pick up good habits to replace the TV with to do well.

Going out for walks, spiritual reading, a better prayer life, taking care of fish. . .  :fishie: :fishie: :fishie:

These all help. :D

One of the things I've always wanted is for the saints' books in print to be in every Catholic parish, and distributed free or at least at cost for charity. I can't do that with physical books, but at least there are the e-books.

It's too bad Our Lady of the Rosary Libary's selection has gotten smaller, they used to sell more of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori's books at charity cost.. Perhaps as time goes by more small presses will take up the cause of the saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2011, 08:46:18 AM
Honestly, the prices of books these days. When I was a child I was always getting them for 95 cents. If they were still $2.95 that would be reasonable. What are people thinking.


Whenever I go the Catholic Bookshop in search of good books, I just cannot believe the prices quoted on the cover. It is like  there is a conspiracy to discourage the buying of these books  ;D



There're a lot of free books on Saints' Books ([url]http://http:/www.saintsbooks.net[/url]) don't forget. One has to pick up good habits to replace the TV with to do well.

Going out for walks, spiritual reading, a better prayer life, taking care of fish. . .  :fishie: :fishie: :fishie:

These all help. :D

One of the things I've always wanted is for the saints' books in print to be in every Catholic parish, and distributed free or at least at cost for charity. I can't do that with physical books, but at least there are the e-books.

It's too bad Our Lady of the Rosary Libary's selection has gotten smaller, they used to sell more of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori's books at charity cost.. Perhaps as time goes by more small presses will take up the cause of the saints.


Thanks for the tips Shin. :) I must cultivate a culture of spiritual reading. Imagine I have never really read the Bible from cover to cover like so many people have. Others have done so, not once but severally. I do so envy them.( where is the green monster smiley ?  ;D )  I had joined a Saint Matthew Bible Study Group at CAF. Everything was going fine, unfortunataly the person who started it became swamped with university work and could not continue. It was a big loss for me. :(


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 05, 2011, 10:15:43 AM

Thanks for the tips Shin. :) I must cultivate a culture of spiritual reading. Imagine I have never really read the Bible from cover to cover like so many people have. Others have done so, not once but severally. I do so envy them.( where is the green monster smiley ?  ;D )  I had joined a Saint Matthew Bible Study Group at CAF. Everything was going fine, unfortunataly the person who started it became swamped with university work and could not continue. It was a big loss for me. :(

Perhaps someday you will find another good Bible study. :) All things in Christ's time!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 05, 2011, 10:40:14 AM
Don't be afraid to try some of the book studies going on here. They go very slowly so they are easy to pick up.

'The Divine Favors' is a particular favorite of mine. I first read it long ago, around the time of my Confirmation. Truly it breathes piety.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2011, 01:01:12 PM
Don't be afraid to try some of the book studies going on here. They go very slowly so they are easy to pick up.

'The Divine Favors' is a particular favorite of mine. I first read it long ago, around the time of my Confirmation. Truly it breathes piety.
O.K Shin  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2011, 01:07:45 PM

Thanks for the tips Shin. :) I must cultivate a culture of spiritual reading. Imagine I have never really read the Bible from cover to cover like so many people have. Others have done so, not once but severally. I do so envy them.( where is the green monster smiley ?  ;D )  I had joined a Saint Matthew Bible Study Group at CAF. Everything was going fine, unfortunataly the person who started it became swamped with university work and could not continue. It was a big loss for me. :(

Perhaps someday you will find another good Bible study. :) All things in Christ's time!
Sure hope so  :)
In fact we are starting one at our Parish soon though I am not particularly looking forward to it. ;D
We used to have one before and I gained much more from the brief spell of online Bible Study I did at CAF than I did from months of studying the same chapters at our Parish.  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2011, 05:17:28 PM
6 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Crescentia Hoess
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 05, 2011, 05:30:34 PM
Crescentia Hoess.

Crescentia was born in1682  in Bavaria. Her given name was Anna  Hoess (Höss). Her parents were Matthias Hoess and Lucia Hoermann. She was raised devoutly, and knew at an early age that she wanted to become a nun at the local convent, the Franciscan Tertiary nuns of Mayerhoff. It is said that young Anna was once kneeling in the chapel of the local Franciscan nuns when she heard a voice from the crucifix: "This shall be your dwelling place."
Her father  was not a rich man; he was a poor woolweaver and did not  have enough money to pay the necessary “dowry”, or entry fee. Dowries were customary at the time in most convents.
.She was refused admission. Anna took it all in her stride. She simply waited patiently, working in her father's weaving business until she was 21. Then that patience was rewarded in a singular manner. This is how it was:
Next door to the convent was a very noisy inn. The sisters had at one time tried to buy it in an attempt to rid themselves of the noise but the landowner was asking too high a price for it and the nuns could not afford it.
The local mayor, a Protestant who was sympathetic towards the convent, got possession of the Inn and deeded the site to the sisters. He asked for nothing other than that the nuns receive Anna without a dowry. The Franciscans could hardly refuse, so, in 1704, Anna Hoess became a nun taking the name of Sister Maria Crescentia.
Sadly, the sisters were not kind to Anna at first.  She was subjected to a prolonged persecution by the unfriendly superior and some of the other sisters. The basic reason seems to have been her lack of a dowry. They called her a beggar and, and assigned to her the most menial tasks to perform.
Her tribulations ended when a more friendly nun was elected superior. Gradually all the other sisters began to recognize, that Crescentia was a pious and indeed, a very holy religious. She was eventually chosen as mistress of novices and finally as Mother Superior.
Despite her poor health, Saint Crescentia remained the convent's superior until her death on Easter of 1744.
She was canonized on November 25, 2001, by Pope John Paul II, along with three others. Her convent was renamed Crescentiakloster in her honor.
Saint Crescentia 
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 06, 2011, 02:31:09 AM
All her troubles were part of what made her sanctity. :D

'God wants the convent rich in virtue, not in temporal goods.'

-St. Maria Cescentia Hoess


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2011, 07:21:27 AM
Crescentia Hoess.


Her father  was not a rich man; he was a poor woolweaver and did not  have enough money to pay the necessary “dowry”, or entry fee. Dowries were customary at the time in most convents.
She was refused admission.


One can only surmise that those who refused her admission into the convent felt that obeying the rule of admission took precedence over all else.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 06, 2011, 12:19:27 PM

One can only surmise that those who refused her admission into the convent felt that obeying the rule of admission took precedence over all else.

Obeying rules is very important for religious. :D It all worked out in God's plan for her sanctification.

I've found that when it comes to the miraculous history of the saints, there's a lot of anti-Christian revisionism that takes place to explain away the miracles. And anti-Christian feeling among some Jewish historians especially.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2011, 05:08:23 PM

One can only surmise that those who refused her admission into the convent felt that obeying the rule of admission took precedence over all else.

Obeying rules is very important for religious. :D It all worked out in God's plan for her sanctification.

I've found that when it comes to the miraculous history of the saints, there's a lot of anti-Christian revisionism that takes place to explain away the miracles. And anti-Christian feeling among some Jewish historians especially.
That must be it!
It explains a lot.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2011, 05:08:46 PM
7 April
Today is the Feast day of
Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 06, 2011, 05:27:10 PM
Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719)
Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
Patron of Christian Teachers.


John was born in Reims, France on April 30, 1651. He was the eldest of ten children of  noble and wealthy parents.

John wanted to become a priest while still very young, dedicating himself to the religious life at the age of eleven. He became canon of Reims Cathedral when only sixteen years old.  He was finally ordained a priest on April 9, 1678. By then he was twenty seven years old.

Two years after his ordination, John received his doctorate in theology.

Meanwhile, he started helping a group of teachers who were looking after poor children in the city.

At that time only few people lived in luxury. Most of the people were extremely poor: peasants in the country, and slum dwellers in the towns. Only a few could send their children to school and most children had little hope for the future.

John was moved by the plight of these poor people. He determined to put his own talents and advanced education at the service of the children who were often left to themselves and were badly brought up.

 To answer to this call which he saw as coming from God, he gave up everything; abandoning his family home, he moved in with the teachers. He renounced his position as Canon and his wealth and inheritance, becoming as poor as the children attending his schools. The Schools schools depended for survival on God's Providence.

This was the beginning of the community that became known as the Brothers of the Christian Schools. From this beginning,
the Institute of the "Brothers of the Christian Schools" gradually evolved.
 This congregation was uniquein that  its members, though belonging to a religious order, were laymen, who spent all their energy and the whole of their lives in educating children, especially those who were very poor.
As always, difficulties arose. Certain priests began to interfere in his work in the schools, not really comprehending the Saints purpose;
teachers in rival establishments took him to court because their
students had moved over to John Baptist's Christian schools, where studies were free of charge. Despite all the opposition to his work, John
resolutely kept his vision on just one goal: the WILL OF GOD.
His method of teaching revolutionized the teaching technique of the time, including the use of the vernacular instead of Latin and he became famous across much of Europe. King James II asked him to go to England and teach the young boys in the royal court. In 1698, he opened a college for Irish teachers.
 Due to opposition to his work, John was deposed in 1702 at the instigation of the Archbishop of Paris. The members of his congregation however saved him with their support. He remained in active control of the congregation until 1717 when he resigned.

John died at Saint Yon near Rouen early in 1719 on Good Friday, only weeks before his sixty-eighth birthday.

 
God's Will was indeed accomplished the end, for at the time Our Lord called John Baptist to himself, the Brothers' Institute had spread throughout France, and the schools were performing excellent work.
· John Baptist's last words were:
" I adore in everything God's Will in my regard"

He was beatified  on February 19, 1888,
canonized  on May 24, 1900 and
proclaimed Patron of Christian Teachers May 15, 1950 by
Pope Pius XII.
 
Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 06, 2011, 05:50:10 PM
'The crown shall be proportioned to the labor sustained, the victories won, the fatigues endured. Hence all these trials may be considered as so many sources of rejoicing. Our zeal must herein find food upon which to strengthen itself against difficulties, obstacles, and persecutions.'

St. John Baptiste de la Salle

To all he was accustomed to say that their confidence in God should be in proportion to their spiritual misery. To one of his spiritual daughters who was greatly troubled, he wrote these touching and encouraging words:

"Never allow yourself to be foolishly persuaded that you are forsaken by God; on the contrary, believe that He is more than ever disposed to receive you into His arms. His mercy manifests itself in proportion to the greatness of your wretchedness. The more abandoned you seemingly are, the more abundantly will His mercies be shown in your favor. He knows the extent of your weakness ; that you require His grace to establish and confirm you. when weakness and cowardice would cause you to lose ground."

He would teach that Christian virtues do not grow spontaneously in the soul. They are the result of careful and constant culture; and this must begin early in childhood.





Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 07, 2011, 06:13:20 AM
"I will always look upon the work of my salvation, and the foundation and government of our community, as the work of God; hence I will abandon the care of both to him, acting only through his orders." 

St. John Baptist de la Salle

 


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 07, 2011, 04:02:57 PM
8 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Julie Billiart
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 07, 2011, 04:03:41 PM
Saint Julie Billiart
Also known as Saint Julia Billiart.
Julia of Billiart.
Maria Rose Julia Billiart was born in Cuvilly, France, on July 12, 1751.
She was the sixth of seven children born to Jean-François Billiart and his wife, Marie-Louise-Antoinette Debraine. Her childhood was quite remarkable in that by the time she was seven years old, she had memorized the catechism! She used to gather her little companions around her to hear them recite it and to explain it to them.
Julia went to the local village school taught by her uncle, Thibault Guilbert. She received her First Holy Communion earlier than was the practice because she knew the catechism well and understood the significance of Holy Communion. At 9 years of age, she was confirmed and she also made a vow of Chastity.

When Julie was 16, she went to work to help support her family. At the age of 23 she became paralyzed by the trauma of a shooting that was aimed at her father. The next twenty years were to see her confined to her bed. She used the time to draw closer to God, receiving daily Communion and spending several hours daily in prayers. When she was not praying, she was either making laces for the Church or teaching catechism to the village children whom she gathered around her bed.
At the time of the French Revolution, Julie fled from Paris to the city of Amiens where she was given refuge by Countess Baudoin. It was here in Amiens, Julie met Françoise Blin de Bourdon, a woman she was to work closely with in future.
At first, she took no notice of Julia, but by degrees grew to love and admire her. They met frequently.
In 1804, Juliet, with the aid of Françiose Blin de Bourdon, founded the Sisters of Notre Dame. The aim of the society was to offer christian education to girls, thus making known God’s goodness and to bring His salvation, especially to the poor and abandoned children.
On the feast of the Sacred Heart, 1 June, 1804, Mother Julie, after a novena made in obedience to her confessor, was miraculously cured of paralysis.
Saint Julie died on 8 April, 1816, at her institute in Namur, Belgium. By the time of her death, there were 15 convents in operation.
She was canonized by Pope Paul VI on June 22, 1969.
Saint Julie,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 07, 2011, 04:14:21 PM
Quote
Anna took it all in her stride. She simply waited patiently, working in her father's weaving business until she was 21. Then that patience was rewarded in a singular manner.

Such a hard lesson to learn, to wait on God's time trusting in His providnce.
Saint Crescentia ora pro nobis


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Post by: odhiambo on April 08, 2011, 03:07:12 AM
Saint Julie Billiart
Also known as Saint Julia Billiart.
Julia of Billiart.
Maria Rose Julia Billiart was born in Cuvilly, France, on July 12, 1751.
She was the sixth of seven children born to Jean-François Billiart and his wife, Marie-Louise-Antoinette Debraine. Her childhood was quite remarkable in that by the time she was seven years old, she had memorized the catechism! She used to gather her little companions around her to hear them recite it and to explain it to them.
Julia went to the local village school taught by her uncle, Thibault Guilbert. She received her First Holy Communion earlier than was the practice because she knew the catechism well and understood the significance of Holy Communion. At 9 years of age, she was confirmed and she also made a vow of Chastity.

When Julie was 16, she went to work to help support her family. At the age of 23 she became paralyzed by the trauma of a shooting that was aimed at her father. The next twenty years were to see her confined to her bed. She used the time to draw closer to God, receiving daily Communion and spending several hours daily in prayers. When she was not praying, she was either making laces for the Church or teaching catechism to the village children whom she gathered around her bed.
At the time of the French Revolution, Julie fled from Paris to the city of Amiens where she was given refuge by Countess Baudoin. It was here in Amiens, Julie met Françoise Blin de Bourdon, a woman she was to work closely with in future.
At first, she took no notice of Julia, but by degrees grew to love and admire her. They met frequently.
In 1804, Juliet, with the aid of Françiose Blin de Bourdon, founded the Sisters of Notre Dame. The aim of the society was to offer christian education to girls, thus making known God’s goodness and to bring His salvation, especially to the poor and abandoned children.
On the feast of the Sacred Heart, 1 June, 1804, Mother Julie, after a novena made in obedience to her confessor, was miraculously cured of paralysis.
Saint Julie died on 8 April, 1816, at her institute in Namur, Belgium. By the time of her death, there were 15 convents in operation.
She was canonized by Pope Paul VI on June 22, 1969.
Saint Julie,
Pray for us!

I feel that I have not quite done justice to this Saint. Anyone with extra information, please post it . This way we honor the Lord in His saints. :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 08, 2011, 07:52:46 AM
The childhood of Julie was remarkable; at the age of seven, she knew the catechism by heart, and used to gather her little companions around her to hear them recite it and to explain it to them.

. . . When twenty-two years old, a nervous shock, occasioned by a pistol-shot fired at her father by some unknown enemy, brought on a paralysis of the lower limbs, which in a few years confined her to her bed a helpless cripple, and thus she remained for twenty-two years.

During this time, when she received Holy Communion daily, Julie exercised an uncommon gift of prayer, spending four or five hours a day in contemplation.

The rest of her time was occupied in making linens and laces for the alter and in catechizing the village children whom she gathered around her bed, giving special attention to those who were preparing for their First Communion.

At Amiens, where Julie Billiart had been compelled to take refuge with Countess Baudoin during the troublesome times of the French Revolution, she met Françoise Blin de Bourdon, Viscountess of Gizaincourt, who was destined to be her co-laborer in the great work as yet unknown to either of them.

The Viscountess Blin de Bourdon was thirty-eight years old at the time of her meeting with Julie, and had spent her youth in piety and good works; she had been imprisoned with all of her family during the Reign of Terror, and had escaped death only by the fall of Robespierre.

She was not at first attracted by the almost speechless paralytic, but by degrees grew to love and admire the invalid for her wonderful gifts of soul.

A little company of young and high-born ladies, friends of the viscountess, was formed around the couch of "the saint". Julie taught them how to lead the interior life, while they devoted themselves generously to the cause of God and His poor.

Though they attempted all the exercises of an active community life, some of the elements of stability must have been wanting, for these first disciples dropped off until none was left but Françoise Blin de Bourdon. She was never to be separated from Julie, and with her in 1803, in obedience to Father Varin, superior of the Fathers of the Faith, and under the auspices of the Bishop of Amiens, the foundation was laid of the Institute of the Sisters of Notre Dame, a society which had for its primary object the salvation of poor children.

Several young persons offered themselves to assist the two superiors. The first pupils were eight orphans. On the feast of the Sacred Heart, 1 June, 1804, Mother Julie, after a novena made in obedience to her confessor, was cured of paralysis.

The first vows of religion were made on 15 October, 1804 by Julie Billiart, Françoise Blin de Bourdon, Victoire Leleu, and Justine Garson, and their family names were changed to names of saints.

They proposed for their lifework the Christian education of girls, and the training of religious teachers who should go wherever their services were asked for.

- from an encyclopedia article

"Oh, how good is the good God.”

“You will not doubt this: Friendship in God lasts forever.”

St. Julia Billiart


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 08, 2011, 07:56:16 AM
All together it's such a moving life's story isn't it odhiambo?  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on April 08, 2011, 08:33:12 AM
All together it's such a moving life's story isn't it odhiambo?  :D

It is indeed Shin!
Imagine memorising the catechism at the tender age of seven!
I did not know anything about the catechism at that age. Just eating and playing was all I was good far then  ;D


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Post by: Shin on April 08, 2011, 08:40:14 AM
This is all making me think the more about holy children, like Ven. Anne. :D


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Post by: odhiambo on April 08, 2011, 08:49:47 AM
I do not know her yet Shin .
I have seen your post  on her though  :)


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Post by: Shin on April 08, 2011, 08:59:14 AM
I do not know her yet Shin .
I have seen your post  on her though  :)


She's a truly lovely one. :D

Here is a little about her! (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=1387.0)



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 08, 2011, 09:15:33 AM
I do not know her yet Shin .
I have seen your post  on her though  :)


She's a truly lovely one. :D

Here is a little about her! ([url]http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=1387.0[/url])




It is beautiful Shin. I could just imagine the two of them at the interview.
The little girl so sure of her facts,the priest admiring and yet not letting on!
I would love a movie of the same. Why are there no movies of  the lives of Saints?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 08, 2011, 09:22:08 AM
Haha, I can see it too. :D

The priest and the little angel. O:)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 09, 2011, 05:01:05 AM
9 April

Today is the Feast day of
 Saint Casilda
Among many other saints.

 


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Post by: odhiambo on April 09, 2011, 05:08:02 AM
Saint Casilda.

Also known as:
Saint Casilda of Toledo

Saint Casilda is not familiar to many of us. It is in fact the first time I am learning of her. I am however thankful to God for granting me this opportunity to get to know some of His less well known saints however fleetingly.
According to legend, Casilda lived in the 10th Century in Spain. She
was a daughter of a Muslim king (called Almacrin or Almamun), of Toledo, Spain. She was herself raised as a Muslim as was only to be expected.
Casilda is noted to have showed special kindness to Christian prisoners. She used to carry bread hidden in her clothes to feed them. Once she was stopped by Muslim soldiers and asked to reveal what she was carrying in her skirt. When she began to show them, the bread turned into a bouquet of roses.

One day Casilda, a young woman by then, fell ill. She, however had no confidence in the local doctors and believe they would not be able to cure her.
She, instead, made a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo in northern Spain. At the time, many people suffering various ailments, traveled to the shrine seeking healing. It is recorded that Casilda left it relieved of her illness.( we do not know what the sickness was).
After her miraculous cure, Casilda became a Christian and lived a life of solitude and penance not far from the miraculous spring.
It is said that she lived to be 100 years old. Her death was likely to have occurred around the year 1050.

Saint Casilda,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 09, 2011, 05:48:30 PM
10 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Magdalene of Canossa
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 09, 2011, 05:52:54 PM
9 April

Today is the Feast day of
 Saint Casilda
Among many other saints.
 

I had never heard of her before you told us.  ;D

There is more than one time in the lives of the saints God has done this -- changed what a saint concealed into flowers. To protect the saint..

'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus. (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:5-12)



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 09, 2011, 05:59:36 PM
Saint Magdalene of Canossa (1774-1835)

Magdalene was born on March 1st 1774 in Verona, Italy. She was born in one of the grandest palaces of the city, being of rich and noble parentage. She was the third child of the Marquis Ottavio and Coutess Teresa Szluha.

When Magdalene was five years old, her father died suddenly. Two years after, her mother remarried, leaving the Canossa Palace and her children behind in the care of a French governess. In her loneliness, Magdalen turned to Mary for consolation.
Magdalen was 15 years old when the French revolution broke out and shook the whole of Europe.

When she was 17 years old' she spent some time in a Carmelite cloister but decided this was not the vocation for her. She returned to her family where she took up the task of heading and guiding the household during a time of extreme difficulty. This was the time, about 7 years later, when the real consequences of the French Revolution were felt in Verona. On June 10, 1796, General Napoleon entered the city as a conqueror. The following year Napoleon was a guest at Canossa Palace and Magdalen, being the lady of the house, had to do the honours to the General.

Verona was occupied successively by the French and the Austrians and the Canossa Palace hosted famous generals and emperors.
Amidst all that was happening, Magdalene withdrew herself gradually. Each day, was her union with God intensified.

Magdalene then contracted small pox. After recovering from this illness, she felt a calling to help the poor and the sick.

In 1808 Magdalen left the Canossa Palace indefinitely and with some companions, established herself in the poverty-stricken district of San Zeno and started their work among the poor. Magdalen called her companions “Daughters of Charity” because their task was to reveal God’s love to humanity.
Today the Daughters of Charity are present in many countries around the world.

Magdalen died in Verona on April 10, 1835. She was beatified in Rome on December 8, 1941. Then she was canonized on Octopber 2, 1988 and became St. Magdalen of Canossa.

Saint Magdalene
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 09, 2011, 06:05:03 PM
The French Revolution and Napoleon caused a great deal of harm.

'St. Bernard says that poverty was not to be found in heaven, it existed only on earth; but that man, not knowing its value, did not seek after it. Therefore the Son of God came down from heaven to this earth, and chose it for his companion throughout his whole life, that by his example he might also render it precious and desirable to us: "Poverty was not found in heaven, but she was well known on earth, and men knew not her excellence. So the Son of God loved her, and came down from heaven to take her to himself, that we might learn to value her when we see how he regards her."'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 09, 2011, 07:31:06 PM
The French Revolution and Napoleon caused a great deal of harm.

'St. Bernard says that poverty was not to be found in heaven, it existed only on earth; but that man, not knowing its value, did not seek after it. Therefore the Son of God came down from heaven to this earth, and chose it for his companion throughout his whole life, that by his example he might also render it precious and desirable to us: "Poverty was not found in heaven, but she was well known on earth, and men knew not her excellence. So the Son of God loved her, and came down from heaven to take her to himself, that we might learn to value her when we see how he regards her."'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

You posted that quote many months ago. The fact that I remember it means it must have sank in at the time.  :D

I think it was G K Chesterton who said, "There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less."



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 09, 2011, 07:53:14 PM
 :happyroll:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2011, 06:15:37 AM
The French Revolution and Napoleon caused a great deal of harm.

'St. Bernard says that poverty was not to be found in heaven, it existed only on earth; but that man, not knowing its value, did not seek after it. Therefore the Son of God came down from heaven to this earth, and chose it for his companion throughout his whole life, that by his example he might also render it precious and desirable to us: "Poverty was not found in heaven, but she was well known on earth, and men knew not her excellence. So the Son of God loved her, and came down from heaven to take her to himself, that we might learn to value her when we see how he regards her."'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori




Mother Teresa sure knew the value of poverty. Here is her take on the subject

"We must have a real living determination to reach holiness.
''I will be a saint'' means I will despoil myself of all that is not God;
I will strip my heart of all created things;
I will live in poverty and detachment;
I will renounce my will, my inclinations, my whims and fancies, and make myself a willing slave to the will of God."

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.
If only we would heed her words.
Living in poverty without a coin to your name is so scary. Faith in God has to be really strong to overcome this fear.
It is one thing when it is forced on you;  quite another when it comes to voluntary poverty; it belongs to the realm of saints ; exactly what Mother Teresa is telling us  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2011, 04:11:02 PM
11 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Gemma Galgani
Amomg many other Saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 10, 2011, 04:12:49 PM
'Remember daughter, that whoever truly loves Jesus speaks little and bears all things. I command thee, on behalf of Jesus, to always refrain from giving your own opinion, unless it is asked; always to prefer silence to upholding your own views. Whenever you have committed a fault, accuse yourself of it at once, and do not wait for others to accuse thee. Give full obedience to your confessor, and to those whom he commands thee to obey; and be always sincere with them. Remember to guard your eyes, and be assured that the eyes that are mortified, shall behold the beauties of heaven.'

'Poor child! How imperfect you are! How much you need others to keep a constant guard over thee. Oh, how much patience I must have with thee.'

St. Gemma Galgani's Guardian Angel


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2011, 04:31:19 PM
Saint Gemma Galgani

Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca.
Her parents were poor people.
Gemma developed a love for prayers at an early age.
She received her First Holy Communion on June 17, 1887. She attended a school run by the Sisters of St. Zita.
Gemma was loved by all her teachers and her fellow pupils.
Unfortunately, she suffered from chronic ill health and had to quit school before completing her course of study.

When she was seven years old, her mother died; her father also died at a later date. At nineteen, Gemma was forced to work as a maid so as to be able to care for her seven brothers and sisters for whom she now had responsibility following the death of both their parents.

Her hope was to be a Passionist nun but her poor health prevented her from being accepted.(she took several vows in private).
She apparently suffered from spinal tuberculosis. She was later cured from this illness, through the intercession of Saint Gabriel Possenti .

Passionataly religious, the saint was the subject of various extraordinary supernatural phenomena such as visions, ecstasies, revelations, supernatural knowledge, conversations with her visible Guardian Angel, prophecy and miracles. These experiences were investigated by her confessor, Father Germano di San Stanislao Ruappolo.

Between 1899 and 1901, she intermittantly received the stigmata and marks of scourging on her body. It seems also that she exhibited occasional erratic behaviour that she attributed to diabolical possession.

She died quietly in the company of the parish priest, on Holy Saturday, April 11, 1903. She was twenty-five years old.
She was soon considered for canonization. This was opposed by some because of those erratic episodes of her life. She was however accepted as the holiness of her life was unquestionable.

She was beatified in 1933 and canonized on May 2, 1940, by Pope Pius XII, only thirty-seven years after her death.

Saint Gemma,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 10, 2011, 04:35:45 PM
She certainly died young! .. On Holy Saturday..


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2011, 04:38:32 PM
Saint Gemma Galgani

Between 1899 and 1901, she intermittantly received the stigmata and marks of scourging on her body. It seems also that she exhibited occasional erratic behaviour that she attributed to diabolical possession.


It is possible for one who is 'inhabited' by God to be possessed?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 10, 2011, 04:39:00 PM
At one time during her sufferings, she was asked: “If Jesus gave you the choice between two alternatives, either going immediately to heaven and having your sufferings disappear, or else remaining here in suffering to procure still more glory for the Lord, which would you choose?” She answered: “I prefer to remain here rather than going to heaven, when it is a question of suffering for Jesus and His glory”


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 10, 2011, 06:36:10 PM
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It is possible for one who is 'inhabited' by God to be possessed?

Coincidence. I was just reading about it in Fr Gabriele Amorth book 'An exorcist tells his story' a few moments back. I quote.

The lives of many saints include examples of this affliction. Among modern saints, I can cite two who have been beatified by Pope John Paul ll : Father Giovanni Calabria and Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified (who was the first Arab to be beatified).  In both cases, and without any human fault, they were subjected to periods of true satanic possession.  During those periods, the two saints did and said things totally incompatible with their holiness without the least fault, because it was the devil who acted through their bodies.



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 10, 2011, 06:37:23 PM
Behold me at Your most holy feet, O dear Jesus, to manifest to you my gratitude for the continual favors which You have bestowed upon me, and still wish to bestow upon me. As many times as I have invoked You, O Jesus, You have made me content; I have often had recourse to You and You have always consoled me. How shall I express myself to You, dear Jesus? I thank you! Yet one more grace I desire of you, O my God, if it would be pleasing to You (here mention your request). If you were not omnipotent, I would not make this request. O Jesus, have pity on me. May your most holy will be done in all things"
Prayer of St Gemma Galgani


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 11, 2011, 01:57:26 AM
Quote
It is possible for one who is 'inhabited' by God to be possessed?

Coincidence. I was just reading about it in Fr Gabriele Amorth book 'An exorcist tells his story' a few moments back. I quote.

The lives of many saints include examples of this affliction. Among modern saints, I can cite two who have been beatified by Pope John Paul ll : Father Giovanni Calabria and Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified (who was the first Arab to be beatified).  In both cases, and without any human fault, they were subjected to periods of true satanic possession.  During those periods, the two saints did and said things totally incompatible with their holiness without the least fault, because it was the devil who acted through their bodies.



Quite a coincidence that one Patricia. :)
 So it is possible, though it is still difficult for me to comprehend.  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 11, 2011, 02:01:49 AM
Behold me at Your most holy feet, O dear Jesus, to manifest to you my gratitude for the continual favors which You have bestowed upon me, and still wish to bestow upon me. As many times as I have invoked You, O Jesus, You have made me content; I have often had recourse to You and You have always consoled me. How shall I express myself to You, dear Jesus? I thank you! Yet one more grace I desire of you, O my God, if it would be pleasing to You (here mention your request). If you were not omnipotent, I would not make this request. O Jesus, have pity on me. May your most holy will be done in all things"
Prayer of St Gemma Galgani

A powerful prayer!
I never came across it.
Thanks for sharing :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 11, 2011, 08:18:35 AM
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So it is possible, though it is still difficult for me to comprehend.  Smiley

Yes a little eerie for me too! :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 11, 2011, 05:18:40 PM
12 April

To day is the Feast day of
Saint Teresa of the Andes
Among Many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 11, 2011, 05:19:34 PM
Saint Teresa of the Andes

Also known as
Saint Teresa of Los Andes
Discalced Carmelite Mystic.

Teresa was born in Santiago, Chile, on 13 July 1900. She was christened Juana Enriqueta Josefina of the Sacred Hearts Fernandez Solar. She was , however called Juanita. Her family consisted of her parents Miguel Fernandez and Lucia Solar, three brothers and two sisters, her maternal grandfather, uncles, aunts and cousins. The family was well off and were also faithful Christians. She was educated in the college of the French nuns of the Sacred Heart.

Juanita was devoted to Christ from a very young age. When she was just fourteen, she decided to consecrate herself to God.
On May 7, 1919 at the age of 19, she entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery of the Holy Spirit in the township of Los Andes, some 90 kilometers from Santiago. She was clothed with the Carmelite habit on 14 October the same year and given the religious name of Teresa of Jesus.

Toward the end of her short life, Teresa began an apostolate of letter-writing, sharing her thoughts on the spiritual life with many people. Still aged 19 she contracted a severe case of typhus. She received the last sacraments, and on 7 April, because of danger of death, she made her religious profession early. She died April 12, 1920 during Holy Week. Three months more and she would have turned 20.
She still had 6 months to complete her canonical novitiate and to be legally able to make her religious vows. She died as a Discalced Carmelite nun.

Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Santiago de Chile on April 3, 1987. Luis, one of her siblings, was present at her beatification.
She was canonized by Pope John Paul II on March 21, 1993. Her remains are venerated in the Sanctuary of Auco-Rinconada of Los Andes.

She is the patron of young people.

Saint Teresa,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 11, 2011, 05:21:54 PM
Saint Teresa of the Andes

Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Santiago de Chile on April 3, 1987. Luis, one of her siblings, was present at her beatification.
She was canonized by Pope John Paul II on March 21, 1993. Her remains are venerated in the Sanctuary of Auco-Rinconada of Los Andes.


Imagine your very own sister up there!  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 11, 2011, 06:05:00 PM
'How is it that we do not die of love in seeing that God Himself could do no more than shed His divine blood for us drop by drop? When as man He was preparing for death, He made Himself our food in order to give us life. God becomes food, bread for his creatures. Is this not enough to make us die of love?'

'Perfection of life consists in drawing close to God. Heaven is the possession of God. In heaven God is contemplated, adored, loved. But to attain heaven it's necessary to be detached from what is earthly. What is the life of a Carmelite if not one of contemplating, adoring and loving God incessantly? And she, by being desirous for that heaven, distances herself from the world and tries to detach herself as much as possible from everything earthly.'

St. Teresa of the Andes


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 12, 2011, 05:10:42 PM
 13 April
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Martin I, 
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 12, 2011, 05:17:07 PM
Saint Martin I,
Pope, Martyr

Martin was born at Todi, Tuscany (Italy). He was of noble birth and studied in Rome, acquiring great knowledge. He became a deacon at Rome. Due to his great learning and piety, he was appointed papal nuncio to Constantinople for Pope Theodore I.
On July 21, 649 he was elected pope.
Martin’s pontificate occurred during an extensive controversy that had strained relations between the Eastern and Western churches, namely monothelitism, a heresy maintaining that Christ had only one will. Martin called a council at the Lateran in his first year, condemning Heraclius and monothelitism in the face of the decree, the Typos, issued by the Byzantine emperor Constans II Pogonatus that commanded there be no discussion of the heresy.
On June 17, 653, the Pope, already sick, was seized by Byzantine soldiers and dragged to Constantinople. He was brutally treated along the way by the soldies and when they finally reached the Byzantine capital, he was in very poor physical condition.
He was jailed for three months. Eventually he was tried on a charge of ‘treason’, while his real offence had been his refusal to accept the Typos. He was condemned unheard, flogged and sentenced to death. At the intercession of the Patriarch of Constantinople, the emperor commuted the sentence to banishment, thereby sparing his life, but he was exiled to Chersonesus in the Crimea. He died in exile on 13 April, 655, the last pope to die a martyr.

Saint Martin I,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 13, 2011, 04:31:50 PM
14 April
Today is the Feast day of
Blessed Peter González
Among many others.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 13, 2011, 04:33:35 PM
Pope St. Martin I ora pro nobis!

Nowadays monotheletism seems so far away. But back then, it shook the world.

A good example for Martin!   ;)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 13, 2011, 04:36:18 PM
James will like this next fellow, since he's a Dominican.

 :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 13, 2011, 04:39:26 PM
Saint Peter González
Also known as
Pedro González Telmo.
Saint Telmo.
Saint Elmo.
Erasmus.
Pietro Gonzales.

Peter was born in 1190 in Astorga, Spain. He was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga.
His becoming a priest was just a means to an end at the time as he had no true vocation then. His uncle made him the Canon of Palencia. For this, however, he had to obtained special papal dispensation as he was still too young for the position.
One day,during a grand Christmas Day entrance into the city, his horse was startled by the noise of the crowds. He was thrown and landed ,with all his fineries onto a dung-heap, much to the delight of the citizens who knew his was a political, not a spiritual appointment.
Humbled, Peter took a hard, long look at himself and it seems he did not like what he saw. He turned away from where he was heading, started on a new path, resigning his positio as Canon and entered the Dominican Order, where he became a renowned preacher. Multitudes gathered to hear him preach and there were numberless conversions.He was made court chaplain to King Saint Ferdinand III of Castile. Against the opposition of more worldly courtiers, he reformed court life around the king. Worked for the Crusade against the Muslims, accompanied Ferdinand into the battlefields, and
after King Ferdinand III and his troops defeated the Moors at Cordoba, Peter was successful in restraining the soldiers from pillaging and persuaded the king to treat the defeated Moors with compassion.

Peter’s real ambition, however, was to preach to the poor. After retiring from the court, he devoted the remainder of his life to the instruction and conversion of the ignorant and of the mariners in Galicia and along the coast of Spain.
Peter died on 15 April 1246 at Saintiago de Compostela, Tuy.
He is buried in the cathedral at Tuy.
He was beatified in 1254 by Pope Innocent IV and
Canonized on 13 December 1741 by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed)

He is the patron of sailors.
Saint Peter Gonzales,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 13, 2011, 04:41:42 PM
After he joined the Dominicans, family and friends tried to draw him back to his old life and their planned pursuit of position, but he responded:

"If you love me, follow me! If you cannot follow me, forget me!"

 :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 13, 2011, 05:26:19 PM
James will like this next fellow, since he's a Dominican.

 :D


I loved the grand entry into the city  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 13, 2011, 05:28:26 PM
After he joined the Dominicans, family and friends tried to draw him back to his old life and their planned pursuit of position, but he responded:

"If you love me, follow me! If you cannot follow me, forget me!"

 :D

And that is the best response to "peer pressure".


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 13, 2011, 05:30:08 PM
James will like this next fellow, since he's a Dominican.

 :D

He is huh  :)
Better draw his attention to it then  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 13, 2011, 05:31:51 PM
Pope St. Martin I ora pro nobis!

Nowadays monotheletism seems so far away. But back then, it shook the world.

A good example for Martin!   ;)

I am happy that these days there are not so many heresies; if there are, I am not aware.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 15, 2011, 06:46:09 AM
15 April
Today is the Feast day of
Blessed Cesar de Bus
Among many others


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 15, 2011, 07:30:52 AM
Blessed Cesar de Bus.

Cesar was born on 3 February 1544, at Cavaillon, France. He was the seventh of thirteen children.
After completing his Jesuit education he had difficulty settling between a military or a literary career. He wrote some plays but ultimately settled for life in the army and at court. For a while he was contented with his life. Then, he fell seriously ill and found himself reviewing his priorities, including his spiritual life. By the time he had recovered, Caesar had resolved to become a priest.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1582. He distinguished himself by his works of charity and his zeal in preaching and teaching the catechism. Then he conceived the idea of instituting a congregation of priests who should devote themselves to nothing but the preaching of Christian Doctrine. Thus, in 1592, the Secular Priests of Christian Doctrine ( The Fathers of Christian Doctrine), was founded in the town of L'Isle and in the following year one was opened at Avignon. This institute's development into a religious congregation was approved by Pope Clement VIII, on 23 December 1597. Besides the Fathers, De Bus founded an order of women originally called "Daughters of Christian Doctrine", which later came to be called Ursulines (not, however, a part of the major religious Order of that same name); it died out in the 17th century. The Fathers were destroyed during the French Revolution, but an Italian branch, the Doctrinarian Fathers continues today with houses in Italy, France and Brazil.
Saint Francis de Sales called today's Saint "a star of the first magnitude in the firmament of Catechesis."

One of Caesar's works, Instructions for the Family on the Four Parts of the Roman Catechism, was published 60 years after his death.
Caesar died on Easter Sunday, 15 April 1607 in Avignon, France;. He was buried in the church of Saint Mary in Monticelli in Rome, Italy.
He was beatified on 27 April 1975 by Pope Paul VI.
Canonization is pending.
Blessed Caesar,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 15, 2011, 07:54:45 AM
Blessed Cesar , pray for us!  :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 15, 2011, 02:46:40 PM
Amen.

'I was so beside myself and fired with such a longing to do something in imitation of him, that I would not give my eyes sleep or my days rest until I had given some beginning to this resolution of mine.'

Bl. Cesar de Bus, writing about Saint Charles Borromeo

'It is a certain, well established fact that no other crime so seriously offends God and provokes His greatest wrath as the vice of heresy. Nothing contributes more to the down fall of provinces and kingdoms than this frightful pest.'

St. Charles Borromeo

'We must meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: "I will pray, and then I will understand."  This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.'

St. Charles Borromeo


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 15, 2011, 04:07:47 PM
'Beginning from his earliest years to love and fear God, to practise virtue and avoid sin, St. Charles, when he came to the full use of reason, did not allow divine grace to lie idle in his soul, but strove to live in purity of conscience. He applied himself to prayer and self-examination, and frequently approached the Sacraments with self-denial and watchfulness over himself so as to avoid the least occasion of sin. He made such progress, that whereas at first he went to Confession and Communion once a week, he afterwards went every day. Thus by degrees he acquired the habit of continual prayer, and at first examined his conscience once or twice a day, but in time attained to such perfection that he not only made an examination of every particular action, but took care that his acts should be accompanied by all the conditions necessary to make them fruitful and give good example. He used to weigh well every word he uttered in order not to enter into useless conversation, or incur other faults. Those who were intimately acquainted with him for many years deposed upon oath that they never heard him utter an idle word: which is a remarkable testimony when his continual conferences and discussions are taken into account, as well as his daily occasions of falling into sins of the tongue. He entirely banished from his mouth all kinds of jokes and jests, and avoided vain and useless sayings and mere matters of curiosity: so that all his speech was about God or His service. As this holy custom of his was well known, no one spoke to him except upon business or things spiritual. To this he added another rule to be observed, which was never to lose a moment of time uselessly, so as not to have to accuse himself in confession of having wasted his time. These two things were admired in him, as having been noticed in but few servants of God; that plunged as he was in business and intercourse with the world, he should have so governed his tongue during the nineteen years of his active episcopate, that no one could say he had uttered an idle word or wasted a moment of time. He was so anxious, moreover, to spend his time fruitfully, that when he could, he would do two things at a time, such as making notes or studying at meal-times, which he did generally when fasting on bread and water. When in company with others, there was always during meal-times pious reading to which he paid great attention. He always read the Holy Scriptures, his constant study, on his knees, and used to be seen in tears, moved by the sacred subjects he was contemplating, and thus at one and the same time he would be eating, studying, and meditating.

He used to read, or had some one to read to him, while his hair was being cut. During his journeys, he generally prayed or studied, for which purpose he had a bag of books sent on before. The hour after dinner in order to employ it to good purpose he spent in giving audience to his Vicars-General and others, as not being a time for serious occupation of mind. In the distribution of his time, there was none set apart for recreation and relaxation of mind, which is commonly done even in strict religious orders.

As he had perfect control over his senses and governed his passions conscientiously, he was never elated by prosperity or depressed by adversity; never too lively or too sad, but preserved great equanimity under all circumstances. He was so sedate and circumspect in his actions, as to avoid any movement that might be noticeable as a defect; for instance, he sometimes rave audience leaning against a window, but was never seen to look into the street, whatever might occur there ; nor would he look about him when walking either alone or with others, considering it unbecoming to the gravity of a Bishop. He would never allow himself to be seen, except by his chamberlains, if he were not in his Cardinal's dress, in order to keep up his dignity, and he never left his private rooms in the morning except in his ordinary habit as ready to say Mass, for before Mass he never gave audience to any one unless on very urgent matters. He usually kept silence from the time of night prayers till after his Mass the next morning, out of reverence to that Divine Mystery.

In his every word and work he breathed sanctity and kept watch over his slightest actions, as he considered any failing to be of importance in a Bishop, not merely on its own account but because of his person, which ought to reflect a bright example of virtue. Being once asked by a man of mature years why ho would not listen to the news of what was going on in the world, which many who have the charge of important affairs would do as useful for them in their office, he replied that it was not fitting in a Bishop who should be engaged in meditating on the Divine law, and not in curiosity about worldly things. Wishing to point out how necessary it was for a person dedicated to God to be recollected and grave in all his actions, he quoted the example of St. Ambrose, who would not admit a young man into the ecclesiastical state because he observed something careless and unseemly in his gait. He used to censure his priests if he observed any deficiency in gravity of manner or outward bearing, and he effected so great a reform among ecclesiastics in his diocese, that they came to be greatly respected by seculars, whereas before they were a bye-word on account of the bad example they set.'

- from a life of St. Charles Borromeo

A model of virtues.  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 15, 2011, 04:15:43 PM
St. Charles Borromeo pray for us!  Pray for our priests!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 15, 2011, 06:30:53 PM
Pope St. Martin I ora pro nobis!

Nowadays monotheletism seems so far away. But back then, it shook the world.

A good example for Martin!   ;)

I am happy that these days there are not so many heresies; if there are, I am not aware.

Hmmm... Maybe not as obvious as the heresies back in the time of Pope St Martin I, but nevertheless there are many more subtle heresies abounding which many Catholics have mistakenly accepted as being true Church teaching. These can be found more-so at local level in parishes (though not exclusively) which have lost track of any sense of tradition.
A few I could mention in my own parish would be such things as, false ecumenism, disbelief in hell, disbelief in purgatory, Baptism being unnecessary for salvation, sacramental confession not being necessary for forgiveness of mortal sin, disbelief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist; some of these being more deep-rooted and widespread than others but definitely present to at least some degree and not just among the laity.  :-\



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 16, 2011, 02:10:52 AM
Pope St. Martin I ora pro nobis!

Nowadays monotheletism seems so far away. But back then, it shook the world.

A good example for Martin!   ;)

I am happy that these days there are not so many heresies; if there are, I am not aware.

Hmmm... Maybe not as obvious as the heresies back in the time of Pope St Martin I, but nevertheless there are many more subtle heresies abounding which many Catholics have mistakenly accepted as being true Church teaching. These can be found more-so at local level in parishes (though not exclusively) which have lost track of any sense of tradition.
A few I could mention in my own parish would be such things as, false ecumenism, disbelief in hell, disbelief in purgatory, Baptism being unnecessary for salvation, sacramental confession not being necessary for forgiveness of mortal sin, disbelief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist; some of these being more deep-rooted and widespread than others but definitely present to at least some degree and not just among the laity.  :-\

What can one say; They are Protestants at heart  :(
It is just plain sad that with all the evidence we have,we choose to believe otherwise.
I had no idea that even Catholics feel that way. Is it even correct to call them 'Catholics' feeling and talking that way?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 16, 2011, 02:14:56 AM
16 April.

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Bernadette Soubirous
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 16, 2011, 02:29:03 AM
Saint Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879)
Patroness of Lourdes


Bernadette was born on January 7, 1844, in Lourdes, France. She was the first born child of Francois and Louise Soubirous. She was baptized Mary Bernard. At the time of her birth, Francois was a miller, operating a mill which had belonged to his wife's people. He was a good-natured, easy-going man but without any business know-how. Consequently, he lost the mill due to bad debts and during most of Bernadette's childhood he was an odd job man. Add to this, within a short period of time, many children were born to the parents. Only five of whom survived infancy. After Bernadette, there was another girl, Toinette Marie, and three boys. Needless to say, the family lived in abject poverty, so poor that they reportedly lived in a cellar.

Bernadette was a sickly child who suffered from chronic severe asthma. She apparently had some difficulty learning as it is reported that she could neither write nor read even though she was fourteen years old. She was , however a poius little girl who loved God dearly. It was to this child that the Our Lady appeared; Here is the story:

On February 11, Bernadette, her sister Marie-Toinette and their friend Jeanne Abadie, all between the ages of eleven and fourteen, started out from their home in Lourdes to look for firewood. To reach their destination, they had to pass in front of a grotto in the rocky cliff of Massabielle and had also to cross a shallow stream. The two other girls crossed over, but Bernadette, who was wearing stockings because of her delicate health, bent down to remove the stockings when suddenly she heard a rustling sound as that made by a gust of wind. At first she paid only cursory attention but when she heard the same sound again, she looked intently towards the grotto. She saw the bushes violently agitated. Then, there floated out of the opening a golden cloud, and in the midst of this cloud, she perceived “a girl in white, no taller than I, who greeted me with a slight bow of the head”. The apparition, she said afterwords, was very beautiful. It was clad in white with a blue girdle, whilst a long rosary hung over her arm. The figure seemed to the child ,to invite her to pray. Bernadette knelt down and taking her rosary out of her pocket, began to pray. The apparition likewise took the rosary in her hand and passed the beads through her fingers. Her lips, however, did not move. No words were exchanged. At the end of the five decades, the figure withdrew into the shadow and disappeared.

When the other two children came back and found Bernadette on her knees, they laughed at her. She told her sister what she had seen and made her promise not to tell; but Toinette Marie told her mother that evening. After questioning Bernadette on the matter, her mother thought it might be a soul from Purgatory and forbade her to return to the Grotto.
Two days later, with permission from her father and accompanied by her mother, she returned to the Grotto, armed with holy water in a bottle. When the vision appeared, Bernadette went forward and threw some holy water towards it saying at the same time, “If you come from God, come nearer.” The vision advanced a little. The apparition asked Bernadette to continue to go to the Grotto daily for a fortnight. The apparition also said, “I do not promise to make you happy in this life, but in the next”.
No one believed her story. Not her relatives, nor the nuns who taught her catechism lessons.

After the news spread, the police and city authorities began to take an interest. Bernadette was prohibited by her parents and police commissioner Jacomet to ever go there again, but she went anyway.
On 24 February the apparition asked for prayer and penitence for the conversion of sinners. The next day, Bernadette was asked to dig in the ground and drink the water of the spring she found there. This is the miraculous spring which to date is a source of comfort and healing to numerous pilgrims.

On another occasion, Bernadette was bidden to tell the clergy that a chapel should be built and a procession held. She went to the ‘cure’ who received her very harshly as he apparently did not believe in the veracity of the apparition.

On March 25, the day of the Annunciation, Bernadette started for the grotto very early in the morning. When Our Lady appeared, Bernadette asked. “Would you kindly tell me who you are?” Our Lady, joining her hands together and raising her eyes to heaven, answered: “I am the Immaculate Conception”. ("que soy era immaculate concepciou").
The eighteenth and the final apparition was on July 16, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Bernadette lived for twenty one years after the last apparition.
At Lourdes, miracles are witnessed. Many people are cured of their varied ailments.
An imposing basilica, known as the Church of the Rosary, now stands on top of the rock where the apparition took place.

Hail Mary conceived without sin.
Pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Saint Bernadette,
Pray for us!
__________________


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 16, 2011, 07:42:42 AM
“I do not promise to make you happy in this life, but in the next”.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 16, 2011, 07:55:22 AM
“I do not promise to make you happy in this life, but in the next”.

How wonderful to have that assurance  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 16, 2011, 09:31:45 PM
'It is in loving the cross that one discovers His Heart, for divine Love does not exist without suffering.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

'What does it profit a man to gain the universe if he loses his soul? A terrible thought, but profoundly true! As Saint Ignatius said: How insignificant earth seems to me when I consider Heaven.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

'Holy Scripture tells us that whoever gives in to temptation will perish.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

'Why is He so little in me? Is it because I am not little enough, not humble enough. Therefore may I become more humble, may I humble myself, and Jesus will increase.

Grow, Jesus, grow in my, in my heart, in my spirit, my imagination, my senses, by your modesty, your purity, your humility, your zeal, your love. Grow with your grace, your light, your peace. Grow despite my resistance, my pride. Grow until you reach the fullness of human perfection. Grow as you did at Nazareth before God and before men, for the glory of your Father.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

'O Most Holy Mother of my Jesus, you who saw and felt the extreme desolation of your dear Son, help me in my own time of desolation.

And you saints of Heaven who have passed through this trial, have pity on those who are suffering it now and pray that I be given the grace to be faithful until death.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

'If I had to remake my character entirely, struggle endlessly against my own inclinations and destroy them, or even tear my own heart out, all this I would do to be worthy of serving you. I am entirely persuaded that the miracle you worked to reward the faith of our holy patron is but a shadow of the glorious resurrection you will deign to grant me if I am faithful to my vocation.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

'O Virtue! How rarely we see you, yet how real you are!'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

It's truly important to learn about the virtues and appreciate them and develop them in one's life. :D

'When you pass before a chapel and do not have time to stop for a while, tell your Guardian Angel to carry out your errand to Our Lord in the tabernacle. He will accomplish it and then still have time to catch up with you.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

My italics. :D

But let me add, if you have time do stop. . . :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 16, 2011, 11:26:34 PM

'Holy Scripture tells us that whoever gives in to temptation will perish.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous


When I read this I think it points to how we must become people who do not habitually give into temptation. Great or small.. our habit must be to live supernaturally.. spiritually.. for the sake of God, directly, lives..

Whether it's food, excessive comforts, etc.. Mortification is so important to correct our predispositions and habitual weaknesses to the passions.. to give us fortitude.. and a spiritual orientation instead of an earthly one..

So that our -habit- is, overall, in all things, that we do not go with what temptation offers, great or small..


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2011, 05:51:56 AM

'Holy Scripture tells us that whoever gives in to temptation will perish.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous


When I read this I think it points to how we must become people who do not habitually give into temptation. Great or small.. our habit must be to live supernaturally.. spiritually.. for the sake of God, directly, lives..

Whether it's food, excessive comforts, etc.. Mortification is so important to correct our predispositions and habitual weaknesses to the passions.. to give us fortitude.. and a spiritual orientation instead of an earthly one..

So that our -habit- is, overall, in all things, that we do not go with what temptation offers, great or small..

{'Holy Scripture tells us that whoever gives in to temptation will perish.'
St. Bernadette Soubirous}


So stated  as highlighted above, it sounds so frighteningly final, like there is no  penance, repentance or forgiveness. So many of us do give in to temptation, it is important to remember the warning as you said, but also that Jesus does forgive us even after we give in to temptation.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2011, 06:03:31 AM
'
'When you pass before a chapel and do not have time to stop for a while, tell your Guardian Angel to carry out your errand to Our Lord in the tabernacle. He will accomplish it and then still have time to catch up with you.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous


Do you know Shin, in days gone by, when I must have been a better person than I am today. ;)
I would start my rosary in bed but ask my Guardian Angel to finish it for me, once I am asleep.
Oh, the Blessed old days :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2011, 06:26:51 AM
17 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Benedict  Joseph Labre
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2011, 07:38:18 AM
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

Also known as
Beggar of Perpetual Adoration
Benedetto Giuseppe Labre
Saint Benedict, called “the Beggar of Rome”, was born March 25, 1748 in Amettes, France.
He was the first born in a family of fifteen children.( there were eighteen children by other accounts) His father was a shopkeeper and had done well for himself in the business. Benedict manifested exceptional piety from his earliest years. He was particularly attracted to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. He was educated by his uncle, the then parish priest of Erin, France. At the age of sixteen, following the death of his uncle, he tried to join the Trappists, Carthusians and Cistercians but was refused by these orders.
In 1770, he made a pilgrimage to the major shrines of Europe, settling in Rome in 1774. There he lived near the Collosseum, gaining fame for his sanctity.
He was dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament and attended the Fourty Hours devotion in the City. I had to look up this devotion from Catholic Encyclopedia. This is what it says:
“Also called Quarant' Ore or written in one word Quarantore, is a devotion in which continuous prayer is made for forty hours before the Blessed Sacrament exposed….”
He died in Rome on April 16 in 1783. It was on a Friday of Holy Week, just as it is Holy week now, when we are commemmorating his holy life.
Below is an excerpt from Eternal Word Television Network.

“"Scarcely had this poor follower of Christ breathed his last when all at once the little children from the houses hard by filled the whole street with their noise, crying out with one accord: 'The Saint is dead, the Saint is dead.'—But presently after they were not only young children who published the sanctity of Benedict; all Rome soon joined in their cries, repeating the self-same words: 'A Saint is dead.' . . . Great numbers of persons who have been eminent for their holiness, and famous for their miracles, have ended the days of their mortal life in this city; but the death of none of them ever excited so rapid and lively an emotion in the midst of the people as the death of this poor beggar. This stirred a kind of universal commotion; for in the streets scarcely anything could be heard but these few words: 'There is a saint dead in Rome. Where is the house in which he has died?"'

He was beatified in 1860 by Blessed Pius IX and canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1883
He is invoked against insanity among other ailments. He is the patron saint of beggars, pilgrims, and others.

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2011, 04:40:17 PM
18 April

Today is the Feast day of
Blessed James Oldo
Among many others Blesseds and Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2011, 04:56:14 PM
Blessed James Oldo

Also known as
James D'Oldo
James of Lodi.
James of Oldo was born in 1364, into a well-to-do family at Lodi near Milan in Italy.

He married a woman named Catharine when he was quite young. He and Catharine were reportedly, both self-indulgent and appreciated the comforts that came with wealth. Then there was an outbreak of plague that drove James, his wife and their three children out of their home and into the countryside. Despite the precautions that they took, two of their daughters died from the plague. This calamity jolted James and was the turning point in his life.

Here I must also mention that there is another account that mentions an instantaneous conversion and I am not quite sure how to tie the two together. I would appreciate some help from anyone who is more familiar with this saint.

This other account adds that one day a travelling reproduction of the Holy Sepulchre came to Lodi. As a joke, James lay down on it to compare his height to that of Christ. While lying there, he had an instant conversion. He became a Franciscan tertiary. He gave up his old lifestyle and did penance for his sins.
His mother and wife were at first opposed to the change but they soon became tertiaries as well. The family turned their mansion into a chapel and they worked with the sick and with prisoners. When James’ wife died, he became a priest. His acts of penance were so severe that his bishop had to order him to eat at least three times a week. He was a celebrated preacher, who inspired many to enter the religious life.

James died at the age of 40 in 1404, from a disease he contracted from one of his patients. When his body was moved seven years after his death, it was found incorrupt.
James was beatified in 1933.

Blessed James,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 17, 2011, 04:59:44 PM
I read a biography of his in which he was referred to as 'Saint James Oldo'
It seems like he must have been canonized already.
Anyone with any information to that effect?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 17, 2011, 05:42:12 PM
No, don't see any news about it.

But I truly love the story of his conversion.

"His acts of penance were so severe that his bishop had to order him to eat at least three times a week. He was a celebrated preacher, who inspired many to enter the religious life."

:)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 18, 2011, 02:50:53 AM
I read a biography of his in which he was referred to as 'Saint James Oldo'
It seems like he must have been canonized already.
Anyone with any information to that effect?

Problem solved!
Canonization is pending. :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 18, 2011, 04:24:50 PM
19 April

Today is the Feast day of
Blessed Luchesio and Buonadonna
Among many other Saints and Blesseds


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 18, 2011, 04:51:27 PM
Blessed Luchesio and Buonadonna.

We do not know when Luchesio Modestini was born. We are told, however that he was a merchant in the town of Poggibonzi in Tuscany. He and his wife were both materialistic minded; regarding material success above all else.
One day, through an encounter with Saint Francis of Assisi, probably in the year 1213, Luchesio’s life changed for ever. He turned from his avaricious ways and began to perform works of charity instead.
At first Buonadonna was not happy about giving so much away. One day after complaining that he was giving everything to strangers, Buonadonna answered the door. It was another needy stranger. Luchesio asked her to give the poor man some bread. She frowned but went to the pantry to get the bread. There she discovered more bread than had been there the last time she looked.This miracle converted her completely. She became as zealous for the poor and simple life as her husband was. They sold the business, farmed enough land to provide for their needs and distributed the rest to the poor.
Then Saint Francis came to Poggibonzi at this time and visited with Luchesio. He was happy to find the latter was now a man of God instead of the avaricious man he had met earlier.
Luchesio asked for advice from Francis. They wanted a way of sharing in religious life, but outside the cloister. As it happaned, Saint Francis already had such a plan. He explained to them his plans for the establishment of an Order for lay people; and Luchesio and Buonadonna asked to be received into it at once.They were the first members of the Order of Penance, which later came to be called the Third Order, and yet again,the Secular Franciscan Order.

The charity of Luchesio drew the poor to him, and, like many other saints, he and Buonadonna seemed never to lack the resources to help these people.
One day Luchesio was carrying a crippled man he had found on the road. A frivolous young man came up and asked, "What poor devil is that you are carrying there on your back?" "I am carrying my Lord Jesus Christ," responded Luchesio. The young man immediately begged Luchesio’s pardon.
Luchesio and Buonadonna both died on April 28, 1260. It seems that this is how their deaths occurred at the same time:
“When he lay very ill, and there was no hope for his recovery, his wife said to him, "Implore God, who gave us to each other as companions in life, to permit us also to die together." Luchesio prayed as requested. and Buonadonna fell ill with a fever, from which she died even before her husband, after devoutly receiving the holy sacraments. Luchesio died on April 28, 1260. At his grave in the Franciscan church at Poggibonzi it is claimed that many miracles have occurred. His continuous veneration as Blessed was approved by Pope Pius VI.
Blessed Luchesio and Buonadonna,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 18, 2011, 10:39:20 PM
"I am carrying my Lord Jesus Christ,"

The holy and good reply..


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2011, 02:09:00 AM
Blessed Luchesio and Buonadonna.

immediately begged Luchesio’s pardon.
Luchesio and Buonadonna both died on April 28, 1260. It seems that this is how their deaths occurred at the same time:
“When he lay very ill, and there was no hope for his recovery, his wife said to him, "Implore God, who gave us to each other as companions in life, to permit us also to die together." Luchesio prayed as requested. and Buonadonna fell ill with a fever, from which she died even before her husband, after devoutly receiving the holy sacraments.

"Trust in the Lord and gain strength and wisdom.
All things are possible through prayer.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul!"

 


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 19, 2011, 08:37:20 AM
"I am carrying my Lord Jesus Christ,"


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2011, 09:07:47 AM
"I am carrying my Lord Jesus Christ,"

I know, Patricia, Shin.
Just that one sentence says it all. :crucifix:

And the king will say to them in reply,
 ‘ Amen I say to you, whatever you do for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’
Matthew 25:40



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2011, 05:03:56 PM
20 April
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Conrad of Parzham
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 19, 2011, 05:22:56 PM
Quote
Then Saint Francis came to Poggibonzi at this time and visited with Luchesio. He was happy to find the latter was now a man of God instead of the avaricious man he had met earlier.

I'd say the prayers of St Francis had something to do with this change of heart.

I love reading these saints of the day stories odhiambo. Great work.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2011, 05:27:51 PM
Saint Conrad of Parzham.

 
Conrad was born on  22 December 1818 at Parzham, Bavaria, Germany. His given name was Johann Birndorfer.
He was the youngest in a family of nine children. His parents were Bartholomaus Birndorfer and Gertrude Niedermayer. They were farmers and John was born in the family farm at Parzham.  John’s mother died when he was 14 years old. From his earliest years, the young John showed signs of piety.  He was a modest child who loved solitude and prayer.
 
John spent his early years on the family farm. As the youngest son, he was supposed to inherit the farm. This was a common custom of the area; the youngest son carried on the work of the father and received the farm. This , however was not to be. . At age 30, John left his family home and inheritance and entered the Capuchin Order as a lay brother. Upon entering the novitiate, he took the name of Conrad.
 
Immediately after his profession he was assigned to the friary of St. Ann in the city of Altötting. This place is known for its shrine to the Mother of Mercy,the shrine of Our Lady of Altotting. Conrad was given the position of porter at this shrine, and retained it until his death.
 
 For more than 40 years Conrad , the  porter, admitted people to the friary, obtained supplies, dispened alms, encouraged others to open themselves to God, and generally assisting the thousands who came to the friary on pilgrimages.  He worked with local children, teaching them the faith and practices, and supported charities for them. He was noted for the gifts of prophesy and of reading people's hearts.
Conrad  loved  silence.His spare moments during the day were spent in a special spot  near the door where he could see and adore the Blessed Sacrament. At night he devoted  several hours to prayers. He is said to have written thus to a friend once:
 
 “My life is to love God, suffer, and marvel in ecstasies and prayers about the love God has for us, poor creatures. His love never ends. There is nothing in my occupations that separates me from this union with God. My book is the Cross. It suffices for me to look at it to know what I should do.”
 
Three days before his death, he resigned his office of porter. He celebrated Mass, and took to his sick bed. Local children whom he had taught the rosary recited it outside his window until the end.  He died on 21 April 1894 in the shrine where he had worked for forty-one years.His death was from natural causes.
He was:
Beatified
15 June 1930 by Pope Pius XI
Canonized
20 May 1934 by Pope Pius XI
 
Saint Conrad is the patron saint of doorkeepers among other patronages.
Saint Conrad,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2011, 05:30:58 PM
Quote
Then Saint Francis came to Poggibonzi at this time and visited with Luchesio. He was happy to find the latter was now a man of God instead of the avaricious man he had met earlier.

I'd say the prayers of St Francis had something to do with this change of heart.

I love reading these saints of the day stories odhiambo. Great work.  :thumbsup:


Thanks martin  :)
I agree with you; Saint Francis definitely had something to do with it  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2011, 05:36:17 PM
Quote:
"It was God’s will that I should leave everything that was near and dear to me. I thank him for having called me to religious life where I have found such peace and joy as I could never have found in the world. My plan of life is chiefly this: to love and suffer, always meditating upon, adoring and admiring God’s unspeakable love for his lowliest creatures"

Letter of Saint Conrad


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2011, 06:04:47 PM
A Spiritual Communion
By St. Conrad of Parzham


 
I have come to spend a few moments with Thee, O Jesus, and in spirit I prostrate myself in the dust before Thy Holy Tabernacle to adore Thee, my Lord and God, in deepest humility. Once more a day has come to its close, dear Jesus, another day which brings me nearer to the grave and my beloved heavenly home. Once more, O Jesus, my heart longs for Thee, the true Bread of Life, which contains all sweetness and relish. O my Jesus, mercifully grant me pardon for the faults and ingratitude of this day, and come to me to refresh my poor heart which longs for Thee. As the heart pants for the waters, as the parched earth longs for the dew of heaven, even so does my poor heart long for Thee, Thou Fount of Life. I love Thee, O Jesus, I hope in Thee, I love Thee, and out of love for Thee I regret sincerely all my sins. May Thy peace and Thy benediction be mine now and always and for all eternity. Amen.

Source: Franciscan Archive


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 19, 2011, 06:06:22 PM
    Resolutions of a Novice
    By St. Conrad of Parzham

     
    Resolutions taken with great deliberation and full confidence in the assistance of Jesus and Mary to help me keep them.

    1. I will strive earnestly to form the habit of always placing myself in the presence of God and of often asking myself: Would I do this or that if my confessor or my superior were observing me, and especially in the presence of God and my guardian angel?

    2. I will often ask myself when crosses and pain come upon me: Conrad, why are you here?

    3. I will avoid as much as possible going out of the monastery, unless love of neighbor or obedience or health demand it, or for some other good reason.

    4. I will earnestly strive to preserve brotherly charity in myself and in others. I will be careful never to utter a word against charity. I will patiently bear with the faults, defects and weaknesses of others and as far as possible I will cover them with the mantle of charity, whenever there is no obligation to reveal them to one who has the power to correct them.

    5. I will carefully observe silence as much as possible. I will always be sparing of my words in conversation and thereby avoid many faults and be able to converse the better with God.

    6. At table I will always place myself in the presence of God and conduct myself with great reserve, denying myself those dishes that I would relish most and practicing especially those mortifications which are least noticeable. Outside of mealtime I will take no food unless commanded by holy obedience.

    7. I will always go to the choir immediately when the signal is given, if not otherwise prevented.

    8. I will avoid association with persons of the other sex as much as possible, unless obedience imposes on me a duty which requires association with them. In that case I will be very serious and keep my eyes in strict control.

    9. I will always practice obedience exactly and punctually, and will strive particularly to conquer my own will in all things.

    10. I will earnestly try to be faithful even in small matters and abhor every voluntary imperfection. I will scrupulously observe the Holy Rule and never depart from it by even a hair's breadth, no matter what happens.

    11. I will ever strive to cultivate a tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and endeavor to imitate Her virtues.

Source: Franciscan Archive


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 19, 2011, 10:39:35 PM
The 19th of April is also Pope St. Leo IX's day. ..

He was the son of Count Hugh of Egisheim, and a cousin of Emperor Conrad II.

His mother had a vision of a man in a religious habit, foretelling that her son would be great before God, and giving him the name he bore, 'Bruno'.

Whilst still a youth and at home for his holidays, he was attacked when asleep by some animal, and so much injured that for some time he lay between life and death. In that condition he saw, as he used afterwards to tell his friends, a vision of St. Benedict, who cured him by touching his wounds with a cross.

Before he became Pope he was a soldier and officer in the imperial army.

His given name was common, 'Bruno', but he was known to distinguish him from the others as 'the good Bruno'.

In the year of Our Lord 1021, while still in the military, he was chosen bishop of Toul, France, a position he held for 20 years. Indeed the people begged for him to be their bishop, and he having served there as canon was in line for this office. The see was seen as an insignificant post for one of his talents and lineage, but he persuaded the Emperor to allow him to hold it, happy for its obscurity, though his friends all sorrowed for the loss of his company.

He commanded troops under emperor Conrad II in the invasion of Italy in 1026.

Very disciplined himself, he brought order to the monasteries in his diocese, discipline to the clergy, and the Cluniac reform to many of his houses.

In 1049, after he was chosen 151st Pope he brought his zeal for discipline and reform to the entire Church.

He brought Hildebrand, later Pope Saint Gregory VII, to Rome with him as his spiritual advisor.

He reformed houses and parishes, fought simony, enforced clerical celibacy, and encouraged the use of chant.

He fought to prevent the coming Great Schism between the Eastern and Western churches.

He received the nickname of Pilgrim Pope due to his travels through Europe, enforcing his reforms, insisting that his bishops, clergy, and councils follow suit.

He held synods at Pavia, Rheims, Mainz and Vercelli where he condemned the heresies of Berengarius of Tours, which primarily concerned the Eucharist.

In what was intended to be a joint military expedition with Emperor Henry III, to relieve southern Italy from Norman oppression, he personally led an army to throw them out. However, the Emperor withdrew, and the Pope's army was defeated in the field and he was, with protestations of great respect from the Normans, nevertheless captured.

He spent months in imprisonment at Benevento. There he spent his time well, learning Greek to better understand the writings of the Eastern Church, but his health suffered badly.

He died shortly after his release.

. . .

'Seeing with what solicitude with which I must watch over all the churches, how the undisciplined and hostile nation of the Normans rose against the churches of God with unheard of fury and with an ungodliness worse than that of the pagans, how they slaughtered Christians everywhere and afflicted some of them with new and horrible tortures even unto death, how without any human feeling they spared neither child nor old man nor did they spare the weakness of woman; how they made no distinction between sacred and profane, how they plundered and burned the basilicas of the saints and tore them to the ground, I very often rebuked their perversity, reminding, beseeching, preaching, urging in season and out of season, and I threatened them with the terror of divine punishment.

But as the wise man says, "No one can make straight what God has made crooked" and "The fool is not corrected by words," their malice has become so hardened and obstinate that with every day it has added bad deeds to worse.

Consequently, choosing not only to use the property of others but also to exhaust my own resources in liberating Christ's sheep, I considered it necessary to raise a defensive force from whereever men could be recruited. . .'

Pope St. Leo IX

'Bishop Leo, servant of the servants of God, to the hermit Peter beloved son of Christ, the joy of eternal beatitude. . .

The book which you have published, my son, against the fourfold pollution of carnal contagion, frank in style and even more direct in reasoning, provides indisputable evidence of the intention of your mind to enter the holy fray on the side of the splendid might of shining modesty.

You have smitten wantonness of the flesh by thus striking with the arm of the spirit against obscene desire, clearly delineating the execrable vice by the authority of virtue, which, since it is itself immaculate, allows no uncleanness.'

Pope St. Leo IX, in a reply to St. Peter Damien, praising his book 'Gomorrah', against unnatural vice.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 19, 2011, 11:20:38 PM
 :thrones:   Some treasure from St. Conrad, odhiambo!  :cherubim:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 20, 2011, 01:59:47 AM
:thrones:   Some treasure from St. Conrad, odhiambo!  :cherubim:

That's a fact :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 20, 2011, 02:16:29 AM
The 19th of April is also Pope St. Leo IX's day. ..

He was the son of Count Hugh of Egisheim, and a cousin of Emperor Conrad II.

His mother had a vision of a man in a religious habit, foretelling that her son would be great before God, and giving him the name he bore, 'Bruno'.

Whilst still a youth and at home for his holidays, he was attacked when asleep by some animal, and so much injured that for some time he lay between life and death. In that condition he saw, as he used afterwards to tell his friends, a vision of St. Benedict, who cured him by touching his wounds with a cross.

Before he became Pope he was a soldier and officer in the imperial army.

His given name was common, 'Bruno', but he was known to distinguish him from the others as 'the good Bruno'.

In the year of Our Lord 1021, while still in the military, he was chosen bishop of Toul, France, a position he held for 20 years. Indeed the people begged for him to be their bishop, and he having served there as canon was in line for this office. The see was seen as an insignificant post for one of his talents and lineage, but he persuaded the Emperor to allow him to hold it, happy for its obscurity, though his friends all sorrowed for the loss of his company.

He commanded troops under emperor Conrad II in the invasion of Italy in 1026.

Very disciplined himself, he brought order to the monasteries in his diocese, discipline to the clergy, and the Cluniac reform to many of his houses.

In 1049, after he was chosen 151st Pope he brought his zeal for discipline and reform to the entire Church.

He brought Hildebrand, later Pope Saint Gregory VII, to Rome with him as his spiritual advisor.

He reformed houses and parishes, fought simony, enforced clerical celibacy, and encouraged the use of chant.

He fought to prevent the coming Great Schism between the Eastern and Western churches.

He received the nickname of Pilgrim Pope due to his travels through Europe, enforcing his reforms, insisting that his bishops, clergy, and councils follow suit.

He held synods at Pavia, Rheims, Mainz and Vercelli where he condemned the heresies of Berengarius of Tours, which primarily concerned the Eucharist.

In what was intended to be a joint military expedition with Emperor Henry III, to relieve southern Italy from Norman oppression, he personally led an army to throw them out. However, the Emperor withdrew, and the Pope's army was defeated in the field and he was, with protestations of great respect from the Normans, nevertheless captured.

He spent months in imprisonment at Benevento. There he spent his time well, learning Greek to better understand the writings of the Eastern Church, but his health suffered badly.

He died shortly after his release.

. . .

'Seeing with what solicitude with which I must watch over all the churches, how the undisciplined and hostile nation of the Normans rose against the churches of God with unheard of fury and with an ungodliness worse than that of the pagans, how they slaughtered Christians everywhere and afflicted some of them with new and horrible tortures even unto death, how without any human feeling they spared neither child nor old man nor did they spare the weakness of woman; how they made no distinction between sacred and profane, how they plundered and burned the basilicas of the saints and tore them to the ground, I very often rebuked their perversity, reminding, beseeching, preaching, urging in season and out of season, and I threatened them with the terror of divine punishment.

But as the wise man says, "No one can make straight what God has made crooked" and "The fool is not corrected by words," their malice has become so hardened and obstinate that with every day it has added bad deeds to worse.

Consequently, choosing not only to use the property of others but also to exhaust my own resources in liberating Christ's sheep, I considered it necessary to raise a defensive force from whereever men could be recruited. . .'

Pope St. Leo IX

'Bishop Leo, servant of the servants of God, to the hermit Peter beloved son of Christ, the joy of eternal beatitude. . .

The book which you have published, my son, against the fourfold pollution of carnal contagion, frank in style and even more direct in reasoning, provides indisputable evidence of the intention of your mind to enter the holy fray on the side of the splendid might of shining modesty.

You have smitten wantonness of the flesh by thus striking with the arm of the spirit against obscene desire, clearly delineating the execrable vice by the authority of virtue, which, since it is itself immaculate, allows no uncleanness.'

Pope St. Leo IX, in a reply to St. Peter Damien, praising his book 'Gomorrah', against unnatural vice.

Pope St. Leo IX,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 20, 2011, 02:35:03 AM
It's truly wonderful to think of a Pilgrim Pope traveling the world, bringing discipline and strong reform wherever he visited, correcting abuses, bringing the Gregorian Chant. . .

 :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 20, 2011, 04:37:28 AM
bringing the Gregorian Chant. . .
 :D

You know something Shin. I thought a Chant was a Chant, I had no idea there are different types. Gregorian ?
I could not tell one from the other if I heard them all  :-[
How many types are there even?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: susanna on April 20, 2011, 07:18:27 AM
I'd like to know too.  I like Gregorian and especially like Anglican, but they are all I ever heard. 

 :D :littleprayer: (Isn't there a singing or chanting smiley?)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 20, 2011, 12:30:21 PM
Hi All  :)

It is Holy Week and our attention at this time of the year is focused on the Lord and His coming Passion and Resurrection.
I feel  it is appropriate to temporarily  halt the  daily postings of Saint of the day until after Easter. Anyone else feels the same way?
Any contrary opinion and why, is welcomed.
I am just looking to be advised on the best way forward.
We have seen already that  we do honour God in his saints. If there is majority opinion that we continue, the saints are waiting  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on April 20, 2011, 05:10:38 PM
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how they made no distinction between sacred and profane

Lord have mercy. :+:  I see this even today.

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We have seen already that  we do honour God in his saints. If there is majority opinion that we continue, the saints are waiting 

Either way odhiambo, it's all for the glory of God.  O:)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2011, 06:17:21 AM

Either way odhiambo, it's all for the glory of God.  O:)


It is indeed martin.
Will continue and in addition, also post something  relevant to the period.
Thanks


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2011, 06:34:44 AM
April 21, 2011

Today is Holy Thursday
Also known as
Maundy Thursday

In the Catholic Church, Holy Thursday is the day that we celebrate the Last Supper. The day that Jesus and His disciples ate the feast of the passover. It was the last meal Jesus ate before He was Crucified . It was eaten in the upstairs room of a house in Jerusalem, believed to have been owned by John Mark and his mother, Mary (Acts 12:12).

The term “ Maundy” never made any sense to me till I learnt that it comes from the Latin word “mandatum,” meaning "command.” This stems from Christ's words in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give unto you."
I am aware that there are other explanations to the origin of the term. The reader is welcome to comment.

During this last meal, Christ instituted the Mass and the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Holy Orders, the sacrament of Apostolic ministry also began with the Last Supper. The Apostles were there; they have been eye witnesses throughout His three year Ministry. Later He will commission them to “…go out and make disciples of all nations….”
This day marks the final part of Holy Week and is the first day of the Triduum, the three days before Easter , during which we commemorate Christ's Passion.

Something else of significance took place at the Last Supper.
Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. This was a profound act of love described only by Saint John, the disciple whom Jesus loved
We know that the disciples at times concerned themselves with the question of “ status”; who is greater than the other, etc.
We learn that in the course of this memorable Last Supper, Jesus “rose from the table, took off his outer garment and tied a towel round his waist. Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel round his waist”
New International Version(13:.4,5).
This was an act expected only of servant slaves and reserved only for them.
The custom then was that when guests arrived, their feet was washed by a slave, not just any slave, but Gentile slaves as Jewish slaves were exempted from foot washing, a task regarded as particularly menial. But Jesus did it. He did it anyway.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV)

This explained to the Apostles and to us, the significance of His action in washing their feet.
We are to love one another and to serve others.

Have a prayerful Maundy Thursday.  :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2011, 07:08:23 AM
21 April

Today is  also the Feast day of
Saint Anselm (Anselm of Canterbury)
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2011, 08:28:23 AM
This is a very long article so will be posted in two parts.
The account is from "Our Sunday Visitor's encyclopedia of saints
By Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, Stephen Bunson"
Welcome.


Saint Anselm of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury,
Doctor of the Church
Saint Anselm was born in 1033 at Aosta, in Lombardy, Italy. He was born in a wealthy and noble family. Anselm’s father was Gundulf de Candia. He was by birth a Lombard of the House of Candia. It seems that Mr. Gundulf was a very harsh man and treated his son harshly. His mother, Ermenberga of Geneva, on the other hand was a gentle soul, and was regarded as a prudent and virtuous woman.
At the age of fifteen, Anselm wanted to enter a monastery but his father refused to give his consent. Very disappointed and possibly reacting, as teenagers are wont to , he gave up his studies and lived a carefree life. During this period, his mother died and his father's harshness became unbearable. He resolved to leave home. This he did when he turned twenty-three.
He left home, accompanied by a servant; crossed the Alps and wandered through Burgundy and France. After passing nearly three years in Burgundy and France, he came to Normandy and spent some time at a place called  Avranches, before entering the then renown Benedictine Abbey of Bec, as a novice.
 The then prior of the Abbey was his own countryman. His name was   Lanfranc. The year was 1059 and Anselm was twenty-seven years old.
As a Benedictine novice, Anselm submitted himself to the Rule of Saint Benedict, which rule is  said to have shaped his life over the following decade.

In 1063, Lanfranc was made abbot of Caen and Anselm was elected prior of the abbey of Bec. He held this office for fifteen years before he became abbot at the death of Herluin, the abbey's founder, in 1078.
Under Anselm's jurisdiction, Bec became the foremost seat of learning in Europe, attracting students from Italy and elsewhere. It was during his time at Bec that Anselm wrote his first works of philosophy, the Monologion (1076) and the Proslogion (1077–8). These were followed by The Dialogues on Truth, Free Will and Fall of the Devil.

Anselm occasionally visited England , as part of his duties, to see the abbey's property there, as well as to visit Lanfranc, who, in 1070, had been installed as Archbishop of Canterbury. He made a good impression while there as his kindness won him many English followers. When Lanfranc died in 1089, he was the natural successor as Archbishop.
Upon Lanfranc's death, however, William II of England seized the possessions and revenues of the see, and made no new appointment. He kept the Church in England in a state of anarchy....


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 21, 2011, 08:54:19 AM
Saint Anselm of Canterbury-Part 2

....This state of affairs apparently prevailed until 1093 when he was named as Archbishop of Canterbury by the king.
The Church's rule stated that metropolitans could not be consecrated without receiving the pallium ( a sign of his office as metropolitan), from the hands of the pope. Anselm, accordingly, insisted that he must proceed to Rome to receive the pallium, but William would not permit it; he had not acknowledged Urban as pope and maintained his right to prevent a pope's acknowledgment by an English subject. This was at a time the Antipope Clement was disputing the authority of Urban II, who had been recognized by France and Normandy.
The Archbishop who believed in the supremacy of the pope in all matters, insisted on going to Pope Urban, whose authority he had already acknowledged. King William compromised by sending a legate to Rome to receive the pallium. Problems again arose when he tried to bestow it upon Anselm ; Anselm, refused take the pallium from his hand. He however, compromised and agreed he would take it from the alter. Accordingly, in a solemn service at Canterbury on 10 June, 1095 the pallium was laid on the altar by the legate, from where Anselm took it.
Anselm continued to agitate William for reform and the interests of Canterbury. His vision of the Church was one of a universal Church with its own internal authority, which was at odds with William's vision of royal control over both Church and state.
During the next two years, there was no overt dispute between Anselm and William. However, William blocked Anselm's efforts at church reform.
The conflict between these two men came to a head in 1097.
Anselm resolved to proceed to Rome and seek the counsel of the pope because William had refused to fulfill his promise of Church reform, but William denied him permission. The negotiations ended with William declaring that if Anselm left, he would take back the see, and never again receive Anselm as archbishop. If Anselm were to stay, William would fine him and force him to swear never again to appeal to Rome: Anselm was given the choice of exile or total submission. To Anselm, the choice was easy, exile it would be; and exile it was.
As an exile, in October 1097 Anselm set out for Rome. William immediately seized the revenues of the see and retained them until his death, though Anselm retained the archbishopric. Anselm went into exile to defend his vision of the universal Church.
William was killed on 2 August 1100. His successor, Henry I of England, invited Anselm to return, writing that he committed himself to be counseled by Anselm. Henry also had an alterior motive in courting Anselm. He needed his support for the security of his claim to the throne against that of his elder brother.
When Anselm returned, Henry requested that Anselm do him homage for the Canterbury estates and receive from him investiture in his office of archbishop. The papacy had recently banned clerics doing homage to laymen, as well as banning lay investiture; thus started Anselm's conflicts with Henry which eventually ended in a second exile for the archbishop.
Henry refused to relinquish the privilege possessed by his predecessors, and proposed that the matter be laid before the pope. Anselm set out for Rome in 1103. In 1106, the differences were settled and the English king gave up the right to invest bishops and abbots, thus, granting the Church freedom from throne politics and reinforcing papal authority.
Anselm returned to England and served the Church and king. He was regent of England in 1108 while Henry was in Normandy. At the same time, he was becoming the leading phylosopher and theologian of his time, earning the title, “ Father of Scholasticism.” As a theologian, Anselm was said to be a formidable spokesman for the Scholastic movement. He coined the term “Credo ut intelligam” which means, “ I believe in order to understand”
Some of his more recognized works are those already mentioned earlier as well as
Cur Deus Homo? ( Why did God become Man?).
He also wrote for the abolition of slave trading and the importance of priestly celibacy.
Anselm died during Holy Week, specifically on Holy Wednesday, 21 April 1109 at Canterbury, England.
He was canonized in 1494 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1720.

Saint Anselm, Founder of Scholasticism, is called “ one among the noblest worthies in the British Isles”

Saint Anselm,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on April 21, 2011, 06:48:25 PM
Here's a sermon for Maundy Thursday. (http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20080320-Maundy-Thursday.html)

St. Anselm of Canterbury, ora pro nobis.

One can read Why did God become Man? here. (http://www.saintsworks.net/bookslist/NewBookList.html#General)

It's a splendid read!


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Post by: odhiambo on April 22, 2011, 06:08:01 AM
Thank you Shin  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on April 22, 2011, 06:09:34 AM
May 22

Today is
Good Friday


On this day we commemorate the passion, the crucifixion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross .

We adore you, O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.  :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 22, 2011, 06:10:57 AM
The LORD says,

“My servant will succeed in his task;
He will be highly honored”
Many people were shocked when they saw him;
He was so disfigured that he hardly looked human.
But now many nations will marvel at him,
And kings will be speechless with amazement.
They will see and understand something they had never known.”

And so I will give him a place of honor,
a place among the great and powerful.
He willingly gave up his life and shared the fate of evil man.
He took the place of many sinners and prayed that they might be forgiven.
Is. 52: 13-15; 53: 12
Good News Bible With DC


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Post by: odhiambo on April 22, 2011, 06:17:38 AM
22 April

Today is also the Feast day of
Saint Adalbert of Praque
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 22, 2011, 06:30:34 AM
Saint Adalbert
Bishop of Praque.


Adalbert was born in 956 into an illustrious family of Bohemia ( now in the Czech Republic). He descended from the princes of Bohemia. His given name was Voytech or Wojtech).
While still a child, it seems that he became very ill. His parents turned to the Virgin Mother for help, vowing to offer him to the priesthood if he would be cured. Their prayers were answered, and the boy recovered his health.
They sent their son to Magdeburg in Germany, to the Archbishop of Magdeburg, a saintly man. The archbishop saw to his overall education, but most especially his religious education. At his baptism (or confirmation, it is not clear which from my reading), he took the name of his teacher, Adalbert.
In 973 he was ordained priest by the Bishop of Prague.
After the death of his mentor, the Archbishop of Magdeburg, in 981, Adalbert, who was inclined to missionary work and clerical reform, returned to Prague.
In 982, when the Bishop of Prague also died, Adalbert was elected his successor. He was now 27 years old.
He entered Prague barefoot and was joyfully received by the people. The Diocese was in a deplorable situation. Some of its inhabitants were still idolaters, and many Catholics were well entrenched in shameful vices. St. Adalbert tried to correct them and to bring them to religion and piety, but his efforts proved fruitless.
With sadness, he asked permission from the Pope to leave the Episcopate and enter a monastery in Rome. The Pope granted him his wish.
After five years (8 years by other accounts), Pope John XV sent him back to Prague with the provision that he could again leave the Episcopate if the people were still not responsive to his counsel.
For the second time he was received joyfully, and the people promised to correct their wayward ways and leave their heathen practices. These hasty promises, however, were soon forgotten. Saint Adalbert determined to abandon them forever and return to his monastery. On his way back to Rome, he met with a great success in Hungary, where he converted many to Catholicism. After the ministry in Hungary, he went to preach the Good News to people living near the Baltic Sea, the people of Prussia. He converted some of the inhabitants of Danzig.
It was here that he and two companions were martyred by pagan priests in that region. When he received the first blow, he thanked God for giving him the opportunity to suffer for Him. Then the pagan priest leading the idolaters pierced his body with a two-headed lance, saying: “Be joyous, then, since you want nothing more than to suffer with your Christ.” It was April 23, 997.

Adalbert's body was immediately ransomed and buried in Gniezno cathedral (Poland). In the mid-11th century his body was moved to St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
He was canonized in 999.

Saint Adalbert,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 22, 2011, 06:36:34 AM
Saint Adalbert
Bishop of Praque.



It was here that he and two companions were martyred by pagan priests in that region. When he received the first blow, he thanked God for giving him the opportunity to suffer for Him. Then the pagan priest leading the idolaters pierced his body with a two-headed lance, saying: “Be joyous, then, since you want nothing more than to suffer with your Christ.” It was April 23, 997.


Must have been Holy Week, Just like now  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on April 23, 2011, 06:24:25 AM
May 23
Today is Holy Saturday .

Jesus has been buried and His Body lies in the tomb.
His Soul , however, has gone elsewhere to free the souls of the righteous who had died before Him. We say in the Apostles' Creed that "He descended into hell":
after he was buried.
"Hell" here refers to the place of the dead in general, certainly not "Gehenna", the "Hell of the Lost," the eternal place of punishment for the damned, the place we usually refer to as simply "Hell" today. The word is used here in the loosest, earliest sense which includes Limbo, Purgatory and Gehena.
This used to worry me when I did not know any better. :)
Although tomorrow we rejoice in The Lord's Resurrection, today a great silence engulfs us all. Jesus Christ Our Lord, though innocent, was crucified because of my sins.

We adore you, O Christ and we praise you;
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.  :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 23, 2011, 06:34:11 AM
23 April

Today is also the Feast day of
Saint George
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 23, 2011, 07:08:44 AM
Saint George.

George was born sometime between 275 AD and 285 AD most likely in Cappadocian, modern Turkey.
His father, Gerontius, was a Roman army official from Cappadocia , and his mother, Polychronia, was from Palestine. They were both Christians and from noble rank. George was therefore raised with Christian beliefs. His given name was Georgius (Latin) or Georgios (Greek), meaning "worker of the land". At the age of 14, his father died.He moved to Palestine with his mother, but a few years later, she too, died. (Other accounts give the names of his parents as Anastasius and Theobaste.).
Now aged about seventeen, and both his parents dead, George decided to go to Nicomedia, the imperial city of that time, and present himself to Emperor Diocletian to apply for a career as a soldier. Diocletian welcomed him with open arms, as he had known his father, Gerontius who had been one of his finest soldiers. By his late 20s, George was promoted to the rank of Tribune and stationed as an imperial guard of the Emperor at Nicomedia.

In the year AD 302, Diocletian issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Pagan gods. But George objected and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor and objected to the ruling. Diocletian was upset, not wanting to lose his best tribune and the son of his best official, Gerontius. George loudly renounced the Emperor's edict, and in front of his fellow soldiers and tribunes he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ. Diocletian attempted to convert George, even offering gifts of land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods. The Emperor made many offers, but George upheld his Faith.
Recognizing the futility of his efforts, Diocletian ordered that George be executed for his refusal to offer sacrifice to the Pagan gods. Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself for the martyrdom.
He was put through various torture sessions, including laceration on a wheel of swords in which he was resuscitated three times. He was finally executed by decapitation before Nicomedia's city wall, on April 23, 303. This day is now known as Saint George's Day.

Witnessing his suffering, Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, were converted to Christianity. They too, joined George in martyrdom. His body was returned to Lydda (in modern day Palestine) for burial, where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.

St. George is usually depicted in liturgical art as a soldier on horseback killing a dragon with a lance.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 23, 2011, 07:33:59 AM
The Legend of St. George and the Dragon

There are many versions of the story of St George slaying the dragon. Most agree on the following:

A town was terrorised by a dragon.
A young princess was offered to the dragon
When George heard about this he rode into the village
George slayed the dragon and rescued the princess
Enjoy the allegory of good triumphing against evil.

This legend originated in the East and was brought to the West by the Crusaders. According to the Golden Legend the story took place in a place called "Silene," in Libya.
St. George travelled for many months by land and sea until he came to Libya. Here he met a poor hermit who told him that everyone in that land was in great distress, for a dragon had long ravaged the country.
'Every day,' said the old man, 'he demands the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden and now all the young girls have been killed. The king's daughter alone remains, and unless we can find a knight who can slay the dragon she will be sacrificed tomorrow. The king of Egypt will give his daughter in marriage to the champion who overcomes this terrible monster.'

When St. George heard this story, he was determined to try and save the princess, so he rested that night in the hermit's hut, and at daybreak set out to the valley where the dragon lived. When he drew near he saw a little procession of women, headed by a beautiful girl dressed in pure Arabian silk. The princess Sabra was being led by her attendants to the place of death. The knight spurred his horse and overtook the ladies. He comforted them with brave words and persuaded the princess to return to the palace. Then he entered the valley.

As soon as the dragon saw him it rushed from its cave, roaring with a sound louder than thunder. Its head was immense and its tail fifty feet long. But St. George was not afraid. He struck the monster with his spear, hoping he would wound it.
The dragon's scales were so hard that the spear broke into a thousand pieces. and St. George fell from his horse. Fortunately he rolled under an enchanted orange tree against which poison could not prevail, so that the venomous dragon was unable to hurt him. Within a few minutes he had recovered his strength and was able to fight again.

He smote the beast with his sword, but the dragon poured poison on him and his armour split in two. Once more he refreshed himself from the orange tree and then, with his sword in his hand, he rushed at the dragon and pierced it under the wing where there were no scales, so that it fell dead at his feet..

Another version I liked better has Saint George and the Princess in a conversation when the dragon reared out of the lake. Saint George fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross, charged it on horseback with his lance and gave it a grievous wound. Then he called to the princess to throw him her girdle, and he put it around the dragon's neck. When she did so, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash.
She and Saint George led the dragon back to the city of Silene, where it terrified the people at its approach. But Saint George called out to them, saying that if they consented to become Christians and be baptized, he would slay the dragon before them. The king and the people of Silene converted to Christianity, George slew the dragon, and the body was carted out of the city on four ox-carts. "Fifteen thousand men baptized, without women and children." On the site where the dragon died, the king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George, and from its altar a spring arose whose waters cured all disease.

Now is isn’t that a befitting end ? :)

Traditionally, the sword with which St. George slew the dragon was called Ascalon, a name recalling the city of Ashkelon, Israel. From this tradition, the name Ascalon was used by Winston Churchill for his personal aircraft during World War II ( so I understand) since St. George is the Patron Saint of England.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 23, 2011, 07:58:42 AM
 Are dragons real?  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on April 23, 2011, 10:10:38 AM
Are dragons real?  ;D

It is a legend Patricia  ;D
Legends are full of fire breathers, flying horses and the like  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Brigid on April 23, 2011, 04:26:49 PM
Are dragons real?  ;D

It is a legend Patricia  ;D
Legends are full of fire breathers, flying horses and the like  ;D


So's Revelation!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2011, 04:49:41 AM
Are dragons real?  ;D

It is a legend Patricia  ;D
Legends are full of fire breathers, flying horses and the like  ;D


So's Revelation!

You certainly have a point there Brigid save for the fact that The Book of Revelation was inspired by God. :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2011, 04:58:16 AM
May 24

Today is
Easter Sunday, 2011

Let us sing and give "praise to the risen Christ who is our life and whose triumph over death we proclaim to all the  world"
Alleluia!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2011, 05:15:04 AM
24 April

Today is also the Feast day of
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2011, 09:12:51 AM
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen.

Also known as Mark Roy or Rey.
Saint Fidelis was born in Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577 of noble parents, Johann and Genovefa Rey, and given the name Marcus.
As a youth, Marcus frequently received the Sacraments, visited the sick and the poor, and spent hours in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

He was well educated having studied law and philosophy at the University of Fribourg. As an undergraduate student, he did not drink wine and he wore a hair-shirt. He was known for his modesty, meekness, and chastity.

After attaining his “ doctor of laws “ degree, it seems that he taught law and philosophy at the same university for a while but ultimately joined the legal practice as an advocate at Colmar, in Alsace. He soon acquired a reputation because of his charity and the just way he conducted his affairs. . His charity procured him the surname of advocate for the poor or the poor man's lawyer. Marcus, watching some of his colleagues as they become involved in get- rich- quick schemes, was disgusted by the greed, corruption, and lack of interest in justice by his fellow lawyers. He abandoned law practice and, giving away all his worldly wealth to the poor, he joined the Capuchin Order in 1612. He was 35 years old at the time.
The Order, gave him the religious name of "Fidelis", which means Faithful.
After finishing his course of theology, St Fidelis started preaching and hearing confessions. His next appointment was as superior of a Capuchin Convent in a town in Austria. He was soon able to reform that town and the neighboring places, converting many Calvinists as well.
Then, a newly formed society, the Vatican Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, commissioned the Saint to preach among the Grisons in Switzerland. He was the first missionary that was sent into those parts after the locals had embraced Calvinism.
Fidelis was threatened but as is only to be expected, the threat to his life did not deter him.
On April 24, 1622, after receiving the Sacrament of Penance, he was saying Mass at a place called Grusch. At the end of his sermon, the Saint is reported to have suddenly stood still, with his eyes fixed on Heaven. He was in ecstasy.In a stance, the Saint foretold his death to those present.

"P. Fidelis, prope diem esca vermium" ("Father Fidelis, in days ahead to become food for worms").

After Mass, he and several companions traveled to a place called Seewis for another service. He was reportedly very happy
It was here that he was confronted by a number of Calvinist soldiers while he was alone. Here that he was murdered.
Thus, the Saint’s life ended.

He was beatified on 24 March 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII and canonized on
29 June 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV
Saint Fidelis,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2011, 09:13:34 AM
Quote:

Woe to me if I should prove myself but a halfhearted soldier in the service of my thorn-crowned Captain.

-Saint Fidelis


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 24, 2011, 09:23:52 AM
Quote
Woe to me if I should prove myself but a halfhearted soldier in the service of my thorn-crowned Captain.

-Saint Fidelis

 :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2011, 04:03:52 PM
25 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Mark
Among Many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 24, 2011, 04:55:02 PM
Saint Mark
The Evangelist.

Were there three men named “Mark” in the Gospel? Viz: Mark the Evangelist, John Mark and Mark, the Cousin of Saint Barnabas? Or is it the same Mark that is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, is referred to by Saint Peter in his first Epistle (5:3) and by Saint Paul in Colossians 4:10, 2 Timothy 4:11 and Philemon 24 ?
The book I have referred to and cited at the end, says yes, he is one and the same man.

He was the son of Mary, a prominent member of the Christian community at Jerusalem and an old friend of Peter’s, in whose house, the brethren were accustomed to assemble. He was a cousin of Saint Barnabas who the Acts state was a Levite and therefore it is quite probable that Mark too was a Levite. He was could have been a minister in the local synagogue when he met Jesus.
We first hear of Mark when Paul and Barnabas take him along to Antioch ( in modern Turkey), in the year 44, and on to Cyprus. He also accompanied Saint Paul on his first missionary journey ( Acts 13:13). Following a misunderstanding with Saint Paul, Mark returned to Jerusalem by himself. Afterwords he went to Rome and became a disciple of Saint Peter and acted as his interpreter.
He is believed to have been the young man who fled naked when Jesus was arrested (Mk. 14:51-51)
In his Gospel, known as the Gospel according to Saint Mark, written probably between the years 60 and 70, he has recorded what he heard from Saint Peter. He presents Jesus as seen in the eyes of His apostles and disciples, and Gospel tells of the life and teachings of Jesus and has many little details which are not in the other Gospels. It is believed that Mark provided Saint Matthew and Saint Luke with the basic sources for their Gospels.
An early tradition states that Mark was consecrated a bishop and sent to Alexandria, Egypt where he was instrumental in founding the Church. For several years, he preached the Gospel in Lybia and Egypt and converted many from among the Jews.
His success stirred up the heathens against him. They called him a magician on account of his many miracles and resolved to put him to death.
He was captured while offering the Sacrifice of Mass. They tied his feet with rope and dragged him along the streets the whole day long, to a rocky place near the sea. All along the way, the ground was stained with his blood and strewn with pieces of his flesh. When night came, he was cast into prison.
The following day, April 25, the infidels repeated their torture until, worn out, he breathed his last.
The Christians gathered up his mangled body and buried him at Bucoles, the place of his torture. Much later, his remains were transferred to Venice, Italy, where he is honored as its patron saint. The remains are enshrined in a beautiful cathedral dedicated to his honor.
Mark is represented in art with a lion at his feet and a scroll in his hand on which is inscribed the words:
Peace be to thee O Mark, my Evangelist!
And the lion; Why the lion?
Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine, two great doctors of the Church, have tried to explain the connection between Saint Mark and his lion by the consideration that Mark’s Gospel begins with a mention of the desert and that the loin is the Lord of the desert!
Any one heard of other explanations for the presence of the lion?
Saint Mark,
Pray for us!

Ref: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 25, 2011, 05:31:52 PM
26 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Pedro de San Jose Betancur
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on April 25, 2011, 05:32:48 PM
he post will be in two parts as it is rather long.

Saint Pedro de San Jose Betancur.

Also known as
Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur
Saint Francis of the Americas

Pedro de San José de Betancur was born on the island of Tenerife, part of the Spain's Canary Islands. He was born in the village of Villaflor on March 21, 1621, ( also given as his birth date in other accounts are: 16 May 1619 and March 21, 1626) He was baptized on the same day.
He was the eldest of five children born to pious Christian parents.
As a youngster, Pedro looked after his father's flock, taking the animals out to the valleys and beaches of the island to graze and drink water.
This contact with nature, and the long quiet hours in the fields, helped him in contemplating God and His Creation. After his father's death, Pedro left his work as a shepherd to farm the family's small property. One day he heard Brother Luis de Betancur, a relative, speak about America, about its forests and its wealth, but also about the American Indians and the Black Americans who were reduced to slavery. A profound compassion for these unfortunate ones and a desire to go and evangelize them was born in his heart.
He was 24 years old. There was a problem. His mother, Mrs. de Betancur wanted him to marry. After much prayer and consultation with an aunt, Pedro decided to leave home. Before he left, he wrote to his mother that a greater love and a service of utmost importance was pressing him to leave everything. He boarded a ship to Havana in 1649. Two years later, wishing to reach the mainland, he boarded another ship and signed on as a cabin-boy to pay for the voyage. While at sea, he apparently became very sick. The captain of the ship decided to leave him on a beach in Guatemala, Central America. Before entering the capital, which he reached on foot, Pedro knelt down, prayed, and then kissed the ground. The date was February 18 and the year was 1651, at two o'clock in the afternoon. Now, at this very hour, the city was shaken by an earthquake....
please continue at the next post.


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Post by: odhiambo on April 25, 2011, 05:33:59 PM
Saint Pedro de San Jose Betancur- Part 2

....Pedro hurried to assist the victims. The next day he felt so completely exhausted that he sought help at Saint John of God Hospital. This was the Hospital which received the most neglected patients, especially many Native Indians and Africans. He soon recovered and was able to find work at a bakery nearby.
Pedro wanted to become a priest. He enrolled in the local Jesuit college (Jesuit College of San Borgia) in the hope hope of studying for the priesthood. No matter how hard he tried, however, he could not master the material, and thus withdrew from the school.
Unable to take holy orders, he became a Franciscan tertiary in the convent of Costa Rica in Antigua Guatemala, and took the name "Peter of Saint Joseph" and took their habit in January 1655.
He then withdrew to El Calvario Church, where he assumed the role of sacristan. Pedro spent hours in adoration before a crucifix which was venerated in the sanctuary. In his free time, he performed works of mercy, looking after all the deprived, visiting hospitals, prisons, the poor, the hungry, and unemployed immigrants. He taught children their catechism with songs and games. Little by little, his kindness and his reputation for holiness drew many people to El Calvario.
Driven by the same spirit of charity as others before him, Brother Pedro bought in February 1658 a very poor house, which he named “The Little House of Our Lady of Bethlehem” There he welcomed street children, whites, Creoles, blacks, etc.Soon, students, foreigners, and poor convalescents who had been turned away from hospitals were streaming there. Thus did this man with hardly any formal schooling, become the founder of the first free basic literacy school in Central America, and founder of the first convalescence hospital in the Spanish territories in the New World. His success was such that he quickly had to expand the location. He was able to acquired neighboring houses curtesy of gifts he received.
One day, Pedro found at the door to the Saint Francis monastery a poor old woman, a former slave and now completely abandoned, he asked her to stay in his home, and carried her there himself on his shoulders. His charity to all earned him the title of “Mother of Guatemala” conferred on him by Pope John Paul II during his beatification.
Pedro’s desire was to build a real hospital especially for convalescents who still needed care and had to recover both their physical strength and the health of their soul. He explained his plan to the local bishop, who, after listening to him , asked him with what resources he would pay for such a costly building project. “I don't know,” replied Pedro, “but God knows and will provide them”. The bishop granted the permission and work began immediately. There was, however, no shortage of critics. Was it not presumptuous to undertake this kind of work? They asked.
One day, the superior of the Franciscan monastery came to visit the construction site in Pedro's absence, and he condemned the costly project. When he returned and was informed of the friar's thoughts, Pedro limited himself to saying:
“All this is done not on this Father's behalf, nor on mine, but on God's behalf, and who will live, will see”
In fact, Pedro's faith and humility allowed him to gradually collect the necessary funds.
On April 20, 1667, Pedro, now weak from his tireless work, developed pneumonia. When he realized he was dying, he designated Rodrigo of the Cross his successor and, blessed him with the words “May God make you humble!” he outlined for him the principles that he needed to maintain in the work he had undertaken.
Pedro died on 25 April 1667 at Guatamala City. He was beatified on 22 June 1980 by Pope John Paul II and canonized 30 July 2002 in Guatemala City, Guatemala by Pope John Paul II .

At the homily read by John Paul II in Guatemala City on July 30, 2002, Pedro was called the "first Canarian and Guatemalan saint.
Rodrigo of the Cross faithfully executed the founder's wishes and wrote the constitutions of the Order of Bethlehem. He accepted Sisters as well as Brothers. In 1674, Pope Clement X approved the rules of both communities.

Saint Pedro de San Jose Betancur
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 26, 2011, 02:47:57 AM
Hmm.. I am going to have to remember that lion and keep an eye open.

God loves shepherds! :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 26, 2011, 08:11:27 AM
Hmm.. I am going to have to remember that lion and keep an eye open.

God loves shepherds! :D

Many a shepherd has found Him out there
You think maybe we went for the wrong jobs ? ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 26, 2011, 04:03:54 PM
Oh definitely.  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 26, 2011, 04:21:59 PM
Tomorrow amongst other saints is Bl. Hosanna of Cattaro, who was a shepherdess when she was young. :D

She had many visions, it's too bad it's hard to find out more information about them.  :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 08:13:31 AM
Tomorrow amongst other saints is Bl. Hosanna of Cattaro, who was a shepherdess when she was young. :D

She had many visions, it's too bad it's hard to find out more information about them.  :D

Now that you have mentioned her, I will post something on her as well :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 08:15:08 AM
April 27

Today is also the Feast day of
Blessed Hosanna of Cattaro
Among many other saint and Blesseds



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 27, 2011, 08:32:51 AM
The shepherdess!  ;D

It is also, traditionally, St. Peter Canisius's day:

'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'

'Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church's enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.'

St. Peter Canisius


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 08:40:04 AM
Blessed Hosanna of Cattaro
Also known as Ossana


Hosanna was born in a place called Kumano in Montenegro
in 1493. Her given name was Catherine Kosic. Catherine’s parents were Greek Orthodox and she herself was baptized in the same faith.
As a young girl, Catherine used to tend her family's sheep. She used  those solitary hours during which she was  out with the sheep,  for prayers. The child soon developed a habit of contemplative prayer, and , as we all know, this is a  very potent form of prayer.

One day while Catherine was out in the pasture with the flock, she saw a pretty baby lying on the grass. The baby was asleep. Catherine was attracted to it and went to pick him up but the baby disappeared.
A great sense of loss and loneliness descended on her.
 When she went home  that day she told her mother what had happened but the mother told her she was imagining things. The visions however continued and now Catherine knew better than to confide in anyone. She treasured the appearances, keeping everything to herself.
When Catherine was 12 years old, she felt an urge to go to the town of Cattaro. There were several churches in this town and the young girl felt that she would be able to pray better in such a place. Her mother, though not really understanding Catherine’s need to go to Cattaro, obliged by arranging for her to go and work for a wealthy woman living in Cattaro. The woman happened to be a pious Catholic woman. She gave Catherine permission  to visit the church any time she wanted to and this she did frequently.
Eventually Catherine converted and became a  Roman Catholic.
Now in her late teens, Catherine felt the call to become a recluse,
an anchoress by withdrawing completely from the world and  living a solitary life of prayer and mortification.
She consulted her spiritual adviser about this. At first he was hesitant on account of her age. When she insisted, however, he allowed it.

In those days, it was common for every church or place of pilgrimage to
have one or more cells in which solitaries dwelt in prayer and penance. There was such
a cell near the Saint Bartholomew's Church in Cattaro. It had a window
through which the anchorite could hear Mass and another tiny window to which
people would come occasionally to ask for prayers or to give food.
It was to this cell that Catherine was solemnly and ceremoniously brought and the door sealed.

Catherine was later transferred to a cell at the Church of St. Paul. She  became a Dominican tertiary, taking the name Osanna in memory of Blessed Osanna of Mantua, , a Dominican tertiary who had died in 1505.

Osanna reportedly wore only the  coarsest of  clothes. She ate almost nothing, and endured
the heat and cold and misery of enclosure in a small space for half a
century. She frequently had heavenly visitors to brighted her life.
Our Lord appeared to her many times, usually in the form of the beautiful
baby she had seen while tending her flocks.
 Our Lady visited, too, with several of the saints.
She was also disturbed by demons who attempted to distract her from prayers.
 Once, the devil is said to have appeared to her in the form of the Blessed Virgin and
told her to modify her penances. She was however wise to him and managed to remain faithful.
She used to be consulted by a group of her Dominican sisters. She was also regarded as the foundress of a convent that was founded  during her time at Cattaro,  because of her prayers. She , however,  never saw the place. At one time, the city was attacked by Turks, the residents turned to her for help and they were saved. She is also credited with saving the people from plaque with her prayers.

She died in 1565 of natural causes .

Blessed Hosanna of Cattaro,
Pray for us!






Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 27, 2011, 08:42:28 AM
Ah, odhiambo! I'm so happy! You found out far more than I knew was out there! And it's such a splendid story too. Just my type of saint.

It's a good day.

Of course everyday is a good day.

But.. it's a good day!

 :flower:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 08:46:39 AM
The shepherdess!  ;D

It is also, traditionally, St. Peter Canisius's day:

'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'



'

St. Peter Canisius

Sorry Saint Peter Canisius.
I will post you another day.
Today is Saint  Louis Mary de Montfort and the shepherdess. :)



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 08:48:19 AM
Ah, odhiambo! I'm so happy! You found out far more than I knew was out there! And it's such a splendid story too. Just my type of saint.

It's a good day.

Of course everyday is a good day.

But.. it's a good day!

 :flower:
That is why I decided to post her.
Thanks for mentioning her.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 27, 2011, 08:51:42 AM
I'm so happy.  :D



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 08:52:47 AM
Shin, go and rest. I noticed you on line when I came on duty.
Now I am going home and I see you are on ?still
You must be bleary- eyed by now  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 08:59:51 AM
Hey Shin, have you got anything brief on Saint  Louis Mary de Montfort? Imagine  I forgot to prepare the post and it only now I have discovered the ommission  :-[


Never mind, I have located it somewhere in a folder.

Please ignore this and go ahead and post.
Don't forget CAF ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 27, 2011, 09:08:27 AM
Oh, he's easy.  :D Very popular one.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 27, 2011, 09:12:29 AM
'Poor men and women who are sinners, I, a greater sinner than you, wish to give you this rose, a crimson one, because the precious blood of our Lord has fallen upon it. Please God that it may bring true fragrance into your lives - but above all, may it save you from the danger that you are in. Every day unbelievers and un-repentant sinners cry, "Let us crown ourselves with roses." But our cry should be, "Let us crown ourselves with the roses of the holy Rosary."

How different are theirs from ours! Their roses are pleasures of the flesh, worldly honours and passing riches which wilt and decay in no time, but ours, which are the Our Father and Hail Mary which we have said devoutly over and over again, and to which we have added good penitential acts, will never wilt or die, and they will be just as exquisite thousands of years from now as they are today.'

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

'Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and the Church "Alma Mater", Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility that she desired nothing more upon earth than to remain unknown to herself and to others, and to be known only to God. In answer to her prayers to remain hidden, poor and lowly, God was pleased to conceal her from nearly every other human creature in her conception, her birth, her life, her mysteries, her resurrection and assumption. Her own parents did not really know her; and the angels would often ask one another, "Who can she possibly be?", for God had hidden her from them, or if he did reveal anything to them, it was nothing compared with what he withheld.'

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

'According to St. Bonaventure, all the angels in heaven unceasingly call out to her: "Holy, holy, holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God." They greet her countless times each day with the angelic greeting, "Hail, Mary", while prostrating themselves before her, begging her as a favour to honour them with one of her requests. According to St. Augustine, even St. Michael, though prince of all the heavenly court, is the most eager of all the angels to honour her and lead others to honour her. At all times he awaits the privilege of going at her word to the aid of one of her servants.'

St. Louis Marie de Montfort


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 09:13:08 AM
Oh, he's easy.  :D Very popular one.

O.K. Shin.
Please post and thanks!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 27, 2011, 09:16:24 AM
NP. :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 27, 2011, 09:22:26 AM
April 28th

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

"From his childhood, he was indefatigably devoted to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and, when from his twelfth year he was sent as a day pupil to the Jesuit college at Rennes, he never failed to visit the church before and after class. He joined a society of young men who during holidays ministered to the poor and to the incurables in the hospitals, and read for them edifying books during their meals. At the age of nineteen, he went on foot to Paris to follow the course in theology, gave away on the journey all his money to the poor, exchanged clothing with them, and made a vow to subsist thenceforth only on alms. He was ordained priest at the age of twenty-seven, and for some time fulfilled the duties of chaplain in a hospital. In 1705, when he was thirty-two, he found his true vocation, and thereafter devoted himself to preaching to the people. During seventeen years he preached the Gospel in countless towns and villages. As an orator he was highly gifted, his language being simple but replete with fire and divine love. His whole life was conspicuous for virtues difficult for modern degeneracy to comprehend: constant prayer, love of the poor, poverty carried to an unheard-of degree, joy in humiliations and persecutions.

The following two instances will illustrate his success. He once gave a mission for the soldiers of the garrison at La Rochelle, and moved by his words, the men wept, and cried aloud for the forgiveness of their sins. In the procession which terminated this mission, an officer walked at the head, barefooted and carrying a banner, and the soldiers, also barefooted, followed, carrying in one hand a crucifix, in the other a rosary, and singing hymns.

Grignion's extraordinary influence was especially apparent in the matter of the calvary at Pontchateau. When he announced his determination of building a monumental calvary on a neighbouring hill, the idea was enthusiastically received by the inhabitants. For fifteen months between two and four hundred peasants worked daily without recompense, and the task had just been completed, when the king commanded that the whole should be demolished, and the land restored to its former condition. The Jansenists had convinced the Governor of Brittany that a fortress capable of affording aid to persons in revolt was being erected, and for several months five hundred peasants, watched by a company of soldiers, were compelled to carry out the work of destruction. Father de Montfort was not disturbed on receiving this humiliating news, exclaiming only: "Blessed be God!""

- Catholic Encyclopedia

He preached Mary everywhere and to everyone. A member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, Saint Louis was one of the greatest apostles of the Rosary in his day, and by means his miraculously inspiring book, The Secret of the Rosary, he is still so today;

His greatest contribution to the Church and world is Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin. He propagated this in his day by preaching and after his own death by his other famous book True Devotion to Mary. Consecration to Mary is for Saint Louis the perfect manner of renewing one’s baptismal promises.

- Patron Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on April 27, 2011, 09:43:48 AM
St. Louis Marie de Montfort loves Mary and he loves God.

He is also a strong saint against evil, as I have read.

On one occasion, for example, he was walking through the streets of a town when his attention was caught by a singer who was singing a licentious song and selling the music to his indecent song. He would not let this offense pass; he took the music sheets and tore them up in the face of the singer.

On another occasions, some drunks from a nearby tavern heckled him during his sermon. He went into the tavern, and beat the tar out of them. The next day they were his best listeners.

 :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 27, 2011, 02:40:34 PM
St. Louis Marie de Montfort loves Mary and he loves God.

He is also a strong saint against evil, as I have read.

On one occasion, for example, he was walking through the streets of a town when his attention was caught by a singer who was singing a licentious song and selling the music to his indecent song. He would not let this offense pass; he took the music sheets and tore them up in the face of the singer.

On another occasions, some drunks from a nearby tavern heckled him during his sermon. He went into the tavern, and beat the tar out of them. The next day they were his best listeners.

 :D

Way to go St. Louis Marie de Montfort  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 28, 2011, 01:47:05 AM
28 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Peter Chanel
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 28, 2011, 02:18:14 AM
Saint Peter Chanel
Priest and Martyr.


Peter was born in 1803 at Cluet( Clet) in the diocese of Belley, France. His parents were peasants. At the age of seven, he was a shepherd boy. His intelligence and simple piety brought him to the attention of the local priest, Father Trompier. The priest convinced his parents to let him study, in a little school he had started locally. From there Peter went on to the seminary. Here, at the diocesan Seminary, Peter won the affection and the esteem of both students and professorst It was said of him: "He had a heart of gold with the simple faith of a child, and he led the life of an angel."
He was ordained a priest in 1827 and assigned to a parish at Crozet. In three years he had transformed the parish. In 1831, he joined the newly founded Society of Mary( Marist Fathers).He had always wanted to become a missionary. He was, however, assigned to teach at the seminary in Belley. He did this for five years. Finally, in 1836, his dream was realized, and he was sent with other Marists to the islands of the Pacific. St. Peter was appointed Superior of this little band of missionaries.
After strenous ten month journey, the team reached their destination. They split up and St. Peter went to the Island of Futuna ( ? Marshall Islands) accompanied by a lay brother and an English layman, Thomas Boog. They were at first well received by the pagans and their king Niuliki who had only recently forbidden canabalism. However, the king's jealousy and fear was aroused when the missionaries learned the language and gained the people's confidence. He realized the adoption of the Christian Faith would lead to the abolition of some of the powers he enjoyed as highpriest and also as king.
The last straw, was when the chief's son asked for baptism. This so angered the chief that he sent warriors to kill the missionary.
On April 18, 1841, a band of native warriors entered the hut of Father Peter Chanel on the island of Futuna in the New Hebrides islands near New Zealand. They clubbed the missionary to death and cut up his body with hatchets.
Two years after this detestible murder of Saint Peter, we are told that the whole island was Catholic!
Here is a very appropriate commentary from Eternal Word Television Network on the martyrdom of Saint Peter.

“St. Peter Chanel's death bears witness to the ancient axiom that "the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians." He is the first martyr from Oceania, that part of the world spread over the south Pacific, and he came there as the fulfillment of a dream he had had as a boy”

Saint Peter was canonized in 1954 by Pope XII.

Saint Peter Chanel,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 28, 2011, 04:57:06 PM

29 April

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Catherine of Siena
Among many other saints.



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 28, 2011, 05:08:39 PM
Saint Catherine of Siena.
Dominican tertiary.
Doctor of the Church-
Papal Adviser.
Dominican Tertiary.

Catherine was on 25 March, 1347 at Siena, in northern Italy. She was the youngest of the 25 children born to her parents . Her father, Giacomo di Benincasa, was a  wool dyer and  her mother, Lapa, was the daughter of a local poet. Catherine was  a special child, different from other little girls.

From an early age, (before what is considered to be 'the age of reason') she began to practice austerities, to spend long periods of time in prayer, and to have mystical visions. She consecrated her viginity to Christ when she was  just seven.

Her parents raised her strictly and at the age of twelve, they thought of arranging a marriage for her, but she begged them to allow her to remain single. They tried unsuccessfully to discourage her but when she remained steadfast in her resolve, her father relented.

Catherine then joined the Third Order of Dominicans. She was now sixteen years old. After becoming a Dominican tertiary, she spend the next three years 'in the desert' in a small room in her parent's home. She lived the life of the anchorites of the desert in that room.

Sometime during this time, she underwent what is called a 'spiritual espousal', and she had a vision of the Infant Jesus offering her a wedding band.

She rejoined the world, and began to serve Christ in the sick, poor and ignorant. Many people were attracted to her by her charm, calm and wisdom. She served the poor, sick and also prayed for the conversion of sinners. She still spend much time in prayer. Despite persecutions by the local clergy and others, she began to gather disciples.

In 1370 Catherine received a series of special manifestations of Divine mysteries, which culminated in a prolonged trance, a kind of mystical death, in which she had a vision of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, and heard a Divine command to leave her cell and enter the public life of the world. She began to dispatch letters to men and women in every condition of life, entered into correspondence with the princes and republics of Italy, was consulted by the papal legates about the affairs of the Church.

It was chiefly her letters, advice, and persistence that finally convinced Saint Gregory XI to leave Avignon and return to Rome, to reform the clergy and administration of the Papal States, and to call for a Crusade to regain Jerusalem from the muslim infidels. Catherine traveled to many cities (at a time when travel wasn't easy or comfortable, especially for women) working for peace in Italy and the Church. She wrote hundreds of letters to important people and ordinary people alike. All were treasured for their wisdom and clarity of thought. She also wrote a book, called the Dialogue a conversation between the Eternal Father and the human soul, discussing the whole of mankind's spiritual life. For this important body of work and her service to the Church, she was named a Doctor of the Church in1970 becoming one of two women to be named Doctor of the Church (the other is St. Teresa of Avila).

Saint Catherine died on 29 April 1380, when she was just 33 years old.

Her mortal remains are in Rome and her relics are enshrined in Siena  and Venice.

She was canonized by Pope Pius II in 1461

She was named co-patroness of Europe, with Saint Brigid of Sweden and Saint Edith Stein, on October 1, 1999, by Pope John Paul II.

In 1939, she was made patroness of Italy and in 1970 was declared a Doctor of the Church as mentioned above, by Pope Paul VI.

She has been the patroness of Rome since 1866 and patroness of the dying.

She is invoked against headaches and the plague

Saint Catherine,

Pray for us!

Ref: 1. the Catholic Encyclopedia.

            2. Our Sunday VisitorsEncyclopedia of Saints-Revised.

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Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on April 29, 2011, 09:23:33 AM
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After becoming a Dominican tertiary, she spend the next three years 'in the desert' in a small room in her parent's home. She lived the life of the anchorites of the desert in that room.

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She rejoined the world, and began to serve Christ in the sick, poor and ignorant.

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Catherine traveled to many cities (at a time when travel wasn't easy or comfortable, especially for women) working for peace in Italy and the Church.

I think St Catherine would much prefer to live a solitary life but had to give it up and join the world because it was God's will that she do so.

St Catherine , Pray for us!  Give us the spirit of obedience to God's holy Will.  :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 29, 2011, 02:04:39 PM
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I think St Catherine would much prefer to live a solitary life but had to give it up and join the world because it was God's will that she do so.


I agree  :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 30, 2011, 12:01:05 PM
30 April

Today is the Feast day of
Pope Saint Pius V,
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on April 30, 2011, 01:46:36 PM
Saint Pius V, Pope( 1504-1572)

Pope Pius V, said to be one of the foremost leaders of the Catholic Reformation, was born at Bosco, a little town in the diocese of Tortona, Italy, on the 27th of January 1504. He was descended of a noble Bolognese family, by then reduced to poverty. His given name was Antonio Ghislieri.
From his early years, Antonio was taught the ways of the Lord; and he never swerved from those principles during the whole of his life. He studied grammar under the care of the Dominican friars at Voghera. He also worked as a shepherd. At the age of fourteen, he joined the Dominican Order. He was ordained in 1528, taking the name of Michele Ghislieri (Michael Ghisleri).
He was called Brother Michele according to the book, Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints-Revised.

He studied at Bologna and Genoa, and then taught theology and philosophy for sixteen years before holding the posts of master of novices as well as prior for several Dominican houses.
He was named inquisitor for Como and Bergamo , and was so capable in fullfilling the duties of his office that by 1551, and at the urging of the powerful Cardinal Carafa, he was named by Pope Julius III, commisionary general of the Inquisition.
In 1555, Carafa was elected Pope Paul IV and was responsible for Ghislieri’s swift rise as bishop of Nepi and Sutri in 1556, cardinal in 1557, and grand inquisitor in 1558.

Under Pope Pius IV (1559–65) Ghisleri fell out of favour with the pope who disliked his reputation for excessive zeal. His opposition to that pontiff had procured his dismissal from the palace and the abridgment of his authority as inquisitor. Before Michele Ghislieri could return to his episcopate, Pope Pius IV died. On 7 January 1566, and that very same day, January 7, 1566, Ghisleri was unanimously elected to the Papal chair as Pope Pius V. He was crowned ten days later, on his 62nd birthday.
As pope, Pius saw his main course of action as the continuation of the massive programe of reform for the Church, in particular, the full implementation of the decrees of the Council of Trent.

He published the Roman Catechism -1566.
The revised Roman Brieviary-1568.
And the Roman Missal. He also declared Saint Thomas Aquinas a Doctor of the Church, commanded a new edition of the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas-1570, and created a commission to revise the Vulgate.

The decrees of Trent were published throughout all Catholic lands. The pope insisted on strict adherence to the decrees.

In 1571, Pope Pius V created the Congregation of the Index to give strength to the Church;s resistance to Protestant and heretical writings and he used the inquisition to prevent any Protestant ideas from gaining a foot hold in Italy.

In dealing with the threat of the Ottoman Turks, who were advancing steadly across the Mediterranean, Pius organised a formidable alliance between Venice and Spain, culminating in the battle of Lepanto in October 5, 1571, which saw a complete and shattering defeat of the Turks, a triumph over them.
That day; the day of the victory, was declared a feast day of Our Lady of Victory( This was later changed to the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary)The day was dedicated to Our Lady in recognition of her intercession in answer to the saying of the Rosary all over Catholic Europe. Pope Pius V also spurred the reforms of the Church by example. He insisted upon wearing his coarse Dominican robes(thereby inaugurating the custom of popes wearing white), even beneath the magnificient vestments worn by the popes, and was wholeheartedly devoted to the religious life.

It is noted, however, that Pope Saint Pius V’s reign was blemished only by the continuing oppression of the Inquisition and the often brutal treatment of the Jews of Rome and the ill-advised decision to excommunicate Queen Elizabeth I of England in February 1570.

These blemishes were , however, overshadowed by his contributions to the Catholic Reformation, that is, according to the book cited at the below.

Pope Pius V died on the 1st of May 1572.He was sixty-eight years, three months, and fifteen days old, having governed the church six years and almost four months. He was beatified by Clement X in 1672 and canonized by Clement XI in 1712. His precious remains lie in the church of St. Mary Major.

Pope Saint Pius V
Pray for us!

Ref:1. Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints-Revised.

2.Eternal Word Television Network.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2011, 04:46:57 AM
May 1

This year May 1 has combined a number of celebrations:
1: It is Mercy Sunday; The Liturgical celebration of The Divine Mercy.
2: It is the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.
3: It is the Beatification Day of Pope John Paul II in Rome


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2011, 04:47:46 AM
Today is Mercy Sunday.

The Liturgical celebration of The Divine Mercy.
The Devotion to the Divine Mercy dates back to a Polish nun, Sister Faustina Kowalska,(1905 - 1938), described as the Apostle of Divine Mercy. To this nun, Jesus appeared bringing the message of God's Mercyful Love for all mankind in a series of revelations. Her spiritual director advised her to write down all the revelations she received from Jesus. She wrote a diary of about 600 pages.Even before she died, the devotion to Divine Mercy had started to spread.
The "Devotion to The Divine Mercy involves a total commitment to God as Mercy. It is a decision to trust completely in Him, to accept His mercy with thanksgiving, and to be merciful as He is merciful"
Remember when Pope John Paul II went to the prison to meet the man who had shot him in 1986 ? He was leading us in being "merciful as He is merciful"

According to Saint Faustina, Jesus Himself,, had requested, not once, but severally, that Christians honor the Divine Mercy on the Sunday after Easter.
On 30 April 2000, at the Canonization of Sr. Faustina,Pope John Paul II, responded to this request because it was then that he established this liturgical celebration.
Note this : John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, just after a vigil Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday, and six years later, he’s being beatified on the very day.

So brothers and sisters in Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Ask for the Lord's Mercy in constant prayer. He is merciful and full of love for us .
Be merciful as He Himself is merciful.
"Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding."
Proverbs 3:5


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2011, 05:00:04 AM
May 1
Today is also the day Pope John Paul II is beatified in Rome.

The late pope died in April 2005. All over the world, Catholics grieved and those who knew him best, we are told that, in their grief, they demanded that he be made saint immediataly, "Santo Subito!" we are told, they mourned the departed pontiff. Well, today marks another step towards that eventuality.
In preparation for today, last Friday, the coffin of the late pope was exhumed from "the crypts below St. Peter's Basilica." where it had been kept. It will be placed in front of St. Peter's Basilica's main altar for the ceremony. After all the visitors have viewed the coffin, "it will be moved to a new crypt under an altar in a side chapel near Michelangelo's statue of the Pieta."

During the beatification process, a vial of blood drawn from the late pontiff will serve as a relic.
It will be presented to Pope Benedict XVI and exposed for veneration during the Mass in St. Peter’s Square this. "The vial will then be stored in a shrine by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, along with other relics."
Four vials of blood had been drawn from John Paul II before his death on April 2, 2005 by his personal physician. This was done precautionarily in case the pontiff needed blood transfusion.

"One vial will remain in the custody of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome.

The remaining two vials are now in the possession of Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow and former secretary of John Paul II and will be installed in a Polish church soon after the beatification.
Piotr Sionko, the spokesman for the John Paul II Center in Krakow, said the vials will be encased in crystal and built into the altar of a church in the city. The church, which is still under construction in Krakow’s Lagiewniki district, will open sometime after the May 1 beatification. The building is part of a planned center devoted to cultivating the memory and teachings of the late Pope, a former archbishop of Krakow.
Sionko said that Cardinal Dziwisz proposed the idea of using the blood as a relic, saying that the cardinal “is of the opinion that this is the most precious relic of John Paul II and should be the focal point of the church.

Blessed John Paul II
Pray for us!

From Vativan News


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 01, 2011, 05:25:28 AM
May 1

Today is also the Feast day of
Saint Joseph the Worker.
Among many other saints.

May I has long been the day dedicated to the working class. Labor Day as it is known internationally.
On this day, in 1055, members of the Catholic Association of Italian Workers had converged in Saint Peter’s Square, to celebrate the 10 th anniversary of their society, and to pledge their loyalty to the Social Programme of the Church. Here, Pope Pius XII granted them audience. It was then that the Pope instituted the liturgical feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, assigning it to the 1st day of May.The Pope assured his audience and the “working people of the entire world”: “ You have at your side a Shepherd, a defender and a Father.”

On March 19, we celebrated the Feast day of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus. Today however, It is Joseph the working man whom we have before us. The contemplation of Joseph is meant to enable us to understand how our daily labor is important in building a more just and Christian society.

Saint Joseph,
Pray for us!

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever else you do, do all for the glory of God”

(1 Corinthians 10:31)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 02, 2011, 03:24:22 AM
May 2

Today we remember.
Saint Athanasius
Among many other saints
in the Holy Catholic Church.

Today’s saint is reputed for being one of the most dedicated opponents of Arianism, the heresy which originated with Arius, a priest from Alexandria, and which denied the divinity of Christ.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 02, 2011, 03:29:05 AM
Saint Athanasius

Bishop of Alexandria.
Doctor of the Church.

Athanasius was born in Alexandria, Egypt most probably between 296 and 298. Not much is known about his family circumstances or his early education. It seems that while still a boy, he came within the influence of his predecessor Bishop Alexander of Alexandria. The Bishop , it appears, became his patron, and , in 313 or 318 ,employed him as his secretary after he was ordained as a deacon.
He accompanied Alexander to the Council of Nicaea in 325.
Of note is the fact that the Council condemned Arius as an heretic and reaffirmed Christ’s divinity.
On his return to Alexandria, and after the death of Alexander in 328, Athanasius was unanimously elected bishop of the see.
The Arian heresy was the chief crisis for Athanasius in the early years of his episcopacy.
In 330, Emperor Constantine I ( Constantine the Great) , commanded Athanasius to allow Arians to communion; Athanasius refused.
The heretics then falsely accused him. He was tried and found innocent but still, the heretics, who at the time had political influence, had him exiled.
The saint spent 17 years in banishment, being exiled from Alexandria on five different occasions.
Undaunted, he remained, through it all,the ardent and fearless “champion of Christ’s divinity”.
During one of the period of exiles, he spent 6 years in the Egyptian desert as a hermit , writing his Apology to Constantine, the Apology for His Flight, the Letter to the Monks and the History of the Arians.
Athanasius spent his last years consolidating the doctrine of the Council of Nicaea.
He died in Alexandria on May 2, 373

The following is an excerpt from Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.

‘‘Athanasius is called “the Father of Orthodoxy”

“the Pillar of the Church” and “ “Champion of Christ Divinity” His efforts in defeating Arianism helped lay the groundwork for the triumph of Orthodox Christianity at the Council of Constantinople in 381, years after Athanasius’ death. He did not compose the Athanasian Creed, but it was drawn from his writings. He is a Doctor of the Church, and his most important theological writings include: Contra Gentes and De IncarnationeVerbi Dei”

Saint Athanasius,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 02:05:15 AM
June 3

Today is the Feast day of
Martyrs of Uganda
Among many other saints.

This feast day is also referred to as
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions,
The Uganda Martyrs or the Holy Martyrs of Uganda.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 03:35:26 AM
The Holy Martyrs of Uganda.

We will begin the story of these martyrs from April 1875. This was the time when Henry Morton Stanley, a journalist and explorer, arrived at the court of Mutesa I, Kabaka (King) of Buganda, an area in the South-central region of Uganda. He went to pay his respects to the king.
The Kabaka was very interested and wanted to know more about the civilization of the white man and also about Christianity. He was a pagan. His interest was so great that he asked Stanley to arrange for Missionaries to come to Uganda.
And so it was that a party of Protestant missionaries arrived on June 30, 1877 and on
February17, 1879, the Catholics, represented by a group from the Society of Missionaries of Africa, founded by Charles Cardinal Lavigerie in 1868, (known as the White Fathers), arrived in Uganda. The Arabs too, from the East Africal island of Zanzibar, had found their way into Uganda and they too were busy spreading Islam. For a time, all lived peacefully together. Many Mohammedans abandoned Islam to embrace Christianity. That was when the peace was shattered. There was now hostilities from the Arabs who in September 1881, urged the king to declare Islam the religion of the state and everyone had to accept it. Father Lourdel, the leader of the Catholic missionaries, courageously and successfully pleaded with the king against such an edict.
The kabaka yielded and declared that everyone was free to pray as they chose. Many people from the court of the kabaka continued to flock to the missionaries.Young pages in their teens, soldiers, gate keepers, etc, all went to be baptized Christians, abandoning the pagan practices still followed by their king.
There was Charles Lwanga, a skilled wresler.
Jean Marie Mugei, a page.
Bruno Serunkuma, a soldier, and so on.

Then Mutesa I died and his eighteen year old son, Prince Mwanga, suceeded him. Although Mwanga had shown some love for the missionaries as a young prince, his attitude changed when he became king egged on by his chief adviser, the Katikiro, who slowly convinced him that Christians were a threat to his rule.
The king turned into an intolerant and vicious persecutor of Christians and all foreigners. He was convinced that the powers and authority which his predecessors had enjoyed were dwindling, and he blamed it all on the influence of the missionaries and their converts.
The ultimate humiliation for Mwanga was when he realised the pages were being protected from his immoral advances....

It continues with the next post


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 04:12:23 AM
The Holy Martyrs of Uganda-Part 2

The king was the center of power and authority, and he could dispense with any life as he felt. Although "the unmentionable practices we read of in Sodom and Gomorrah is abhorred among the locals, it was unheard of for mere pages to reject the wishes of a king. (It is alleged that Mwanga learnt or acquired his "abomination." behavior from other foreigners in Uganda at the time).
Mwanga became determined to rid his kingdom of the new teaching and its followers.
In October of 1885 the Anglican Bishop James Hannington recently dispatched to head the Eastern Equatorial Africa, headquartered in Buganda, was murdered on his way to Buganda. Mwanga had ordered his death.

Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe, a senior advisor to the king and a Catholic convert, condemned Mwanga for ordering Hannington's death without giving the Bishop a chance to defend himself as was customary. Mwanga was annoyed that Mukasa would question his actions, and he had him arrested and on Nov. 15 1885; Mukasa became the first Catholic martyr, when he was first beheaded and then burnt at a place called Nakivubo.
Christians were not cowed by this violent death. Between December of 1885 and May of 1886 many more converts were wantonly murdered.
Then one day in May 1886, Mwanga precipitated a show down. He learnt from a young page that he had been receiving religious instructions from another page called Denis Sebuggwawo.
Denis was sent for and the king simply thrust a spear through his throat.
Guards were then posted round the royal residence to prevent any Christians from escaping. Sorcerers were summoned and war drums beaten to assemble the professional excecutioners. The pages were all brought up before Mwanga and the Christians ordered to separate themselves from the rest. Led by Lwanga and Kizito, the oldest and the youngest, they did so.
There were 15 young men, all under 25 years old. They were joined by two soldiers and two others already under arrest. Mwanga ordered the converts to choose between their new faith, and complete obedience to his orders. They courageosly chose their faith. He asked them if they intended to remain Christians, “Till death” , came their prompt response. “Then put them to death” was the order.
The appointed place of execution, a place called Namugongo, was 37 miles away. The convoy set out at once. Three of the youths were killed on the way. The others were imprisoned for seven days at the site of execution while a huge pyre was built.
On Ascention Day, June 3, they were brought out, stripped of their clothing, bound and each wrapped in a mat of reed. They were then placed on the pyre and it was set alight.
Above the ritual chants of the executioners, their voices could be heard calling on God (Katonda!), the Kiganda word for "God!"
And so they died; a most cruel death.
The list of forty five known Catholic and Protestant martyrs includes only those who could be formally accounted for, many more murders went unreported. Of these 45 Christians, 22 were Catholics.
They were beatified in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV and canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 18, 1964; during Vatican II conference.

Thus these martyrs were now recognised by the universal church as being worthy of being honored as Saints. This was a first for modern Africa.

Rather than deter the growth of Christianity, the martyrdom of these early believers seems to have sparked its growth instead.
The blood of these martyrs proved to be the seed of faith. Christianity is now the dominant faith in Buganda and Uganda as a whole.
The Holy Martyrs of Uganda,
Pray for us!

From Saints for All
Lives of Saints for Every Week.
A Paulines Publications Africa.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 04:16:44 AM
Prayer…
Almighty Father,
 in your love, grant that your Church,
the field that was fertilised by the blood of Saint Lwanga and his Companions,
 may always yield a fertile harvest for You.
We ask You this through the Holy Name of Jesus Christ Your Son.
Amen!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 06:24:22 AM
June 3

Today is the Feast day of
Martyrs of Uganda
Among many other saints.

This feast day is also referred to as
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions,
The Uganda Martyrs or the Holy Martyrs of Uganda.

Apologies dear readers !
The Uganda Martyrs feast is on June 3, Seems I have jumped the gun  :-[
What is done, however, is done!  :)
Will simply link you to it on the appropriate date.
Sorry again! :-[


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on May 03, 2011, 06:36:43 AM
I remember the stories of the martyrs of Uganda well. :D

St. Athanasius is very popular nowadays. He persisted in the right faith despite tremendous corruption everywhere.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 07:47:57 AM
May 3

Today is the Feast day of
Saints Philip and James.
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 07:59:47 AM
Saints Philip and James.

"Today  the Church celebrates the feast of two apostles.Philip and James.
Their relics are kept together in the Church of the twelve apostles in Rome and, from the day of its dedication, in 565, these two apostles have been celebrated together…”

Saint Philip.
Apostle and Martyr.


Philip was born at Bethsaida in Galilee
He was initially a disciple of Saint John the Baptist but later, became an apostle of Jesus. Philip was also instrumental in the call of Nathaniel who was his friend. After his call, he went to Nathaniel and said: “We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the book of the Law and whom the prophets also wrote about, He is Jesus, son of Joseph from of Nazareth.” Nathaniel then asked: “can anything good come from Nazareth?”, “come and see” Philip answered   (Jn 1:45-46 Good News Bible)

After the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentesost Day, when the disciples dispersed to all parts of the world, Philip went to preach the Gospel in Phrygia in Asia Minor.
It is reported that Philip died a martyr during the reign of Domitian. It is widely accepted that he was crucified upside down at Hierapolis in Phrygia.

Saint James.
Also known as James the Just.


James , son of Alphaeus, was a brother of Saint Jude Thaddaeus and a cousin of the Lord. His mother, Mary of Cleopas was a sister of the Blessed Virgin.

Although no prominence is given to Saint James in the Gospel, we learn from Saint Paul that he was favoured with a special appearing of Our Lord, just before Ascension. He subsequently became a very prominebt leader among the Nazarenes in Jerusalem. When Saint Paul, three years after his conversion, went up to Jerusalem, and was still regarded with some suspicion by the apostles who were there, James and Saint Peter welcomed him. James, together with Saint Peter, presided over the Council of Jerusalem that decided to permit Paul’s mission among the Gentiles.( Acts 15). James weilded even greater influence after the departure of Peter from the city.

Saint James was the first Bishop of Jerusalem. He is also noted for the “Epistle” he wrote, possibly in 47 A.D.and thought to have been addressed to Churches in Syria, whose members were discriminated against and oppressed because of their new Faith.

James led such an upright and holy life that he was named “the Just”. Motivated by jealousy because of the great following he had, he was martyred by the Sanhedrin about the year 62. He was supposedly hurled from a pinnacle of the great temple. The headlong fall did not kill him, so his acusers stoned him to death. He was buried near the temple   where he was martyred.

Saint Philip and Saint James,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 08:14:51 AM
I remember the stories of the martyrs of Uganda well. :D

St. Athanasius is very popular nowadays. He persisted in the right faith despite tremendous corruption everywhere.

Welcome back Shin!
Good to see u  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on May 03, 2011, 08:40:59 AM
Odhiambo, thank you for the post about the holy martyrs of Uganda.  Brave Catholics!  Have you read ' Left to tell' by Immaculee Ilibagiza ?  A very touching story.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 08:44:58 AM
Odhiambo, thank you for the post about the holy martyrs of Uganda.  Brave Catholics!  Have you read ' Left to tell' by Immaculee Ilibagiza ?  A very touching story.

I am afraid not Patricia.
I have not heard of the book. Since you have recommended it,will look for it it the bookshops.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 05:32:25 PM
May 4

Today we remember
Saint Godehard of Hildesheim
One saint among many remembered on this day.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 03, 2011, 05:33:02 PM
Saint Godehard of Hildesheim

Also known as Godard, Godehard or Gothard.
Our Saint today was born in Reichersdorf, in Bavaria, Germany. He grew up among priests as his father worked with the canons of Niederaltaich Abbey. It followed that he himself wanted to live the life he was accustomed to seeing. He was ordained a Benedictine priest in 990. He eventually became Abbot of Niederaltaich Abbey. As Abbot, he was instrumental in the reintroduction of the Benedictine Rule at Niederaltaich.
His success led to his appointments in other positions. Emperor Saint Henry II appointed him bishop of Hildesheim in 1022. He was also asked to reform monasteries.
The saint was renown for his charitable works.
Saint Godard died of natural causes in 1038. A chapel, Saint Gotthard, was constructed in his honor and in turn, Saint Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, was named after this chapel.
Saint Gotthard was canonized in 1131 by Pope Innocent II.

Saint Gotthard,
Pray for us


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on May 04, 2011, 02:51:18 PM
It's also the traditional feast day of St. Monica.

And the feast of the Carthusian Martyrs. These all died under the infamous King Henry VIII, for refusing to acknowledge him as head of the Church.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2011, 12:53:17 AM
It's also the traditional feast day of St. Monica.

And the feast of the Carthusian Martyrs. These all died under the infamous King Henry VIII, for refusing to acknowledge him as head of the Church.

Saint Monica.
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2011, 12:53:55 AM
5 May
Today we remember
Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice
One Blessed among many other saints
and Blesseds we honor today.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2011, 01:03:59 AM
Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice.
Founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers.


Edmund was born on 1 June 1762 in Callan, Ireland. He was the 4 th of seven sons born to his parents.
At seventeen, Edmund moved to Waterford to work for his uncle , Michael, who was running a shipping business there. When his uncle died, Edmund inherited the business and became wealthy.
In 1785 or 1787, Edmund married a girl named Mary Elliott. He was about 25 years old. The couple was blessed with a baby girl.
Two years down the line, however, he lost his wife.
After this loss, Edmund, a devout man, at first wanted to enter the religious life. He was , however encouraged by the Bishop of Waterford, Bishop Hussey, to serve God in another way, another direction, by dedicated himself to charitable works. He began working with poor, uneducated boys. The Bishop drew Edmund’s attention to the gangs of ragged youth in the streets, asking him if he too, planned to abandon them. No, Edmund would not abandon these needy children. He saw the lack of Christian education among the boys of Waterford, and decided on the course he would take. Encouraged by Pope Pius VII and the Bishop he sold his business, arranged for his daughter’s care, and commenced his great work of Christian education by opening his first school in 1802. This was the founding of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, or just the Christian Brothers, or even, the Irish, Christian Brothers. It was a Catholic Model School. By 1806, he had three other schools in operation. He now took the religious name of Ignatius.

Edmund established eleven communities in Ireland, eleven in England, and one in Australia, with requests coming from the United States and Canada. He resigned as Superior General in 1838.

He died of natural causes on 29 August 1844 in Waterford, at Mount Sion, the site of his first school.
He was beatified him on October 6, 1996 by John Paul II.
Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2011, 01:07:41 AM
I understand that Edmund was born at a time in history when the Irish Catholics were undergoing persecutions by the English. During that period, it was apparently illegal for a catholic to educate his children as Catholics or for any teacher to do the same. This state of affairs is what contributed to the sorry state of Catholic boys in Waterford, that so aroused Edmund’s pity and compassion.
That he was able to found the Catholic Model Schools  at such a time must surely mean that the penal laws had been relaxed?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on May 05, 2011, 02:45:57 PM
Hmm, I wish Martin were here to tell us more about Irish history.  :irishwisdom:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 05, 2011, 02:51:04 PM
Hmm, I wish Martin were here to tell us more about Irish history.  :irishwisdom:

Exactly!
I thought of him when I was posting that.
Well, it will still be here when he comes. We will draw his attention to it.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on May 05, 2011, 02:56:22 PM
Today is also Pope St. Pius V's day, on the traditional calendar. :D

'You are the salt of the earth! You are the light of the world! See to it that the people are edified by your example, by the purity of your lives, by the moderation of your conduct, and the brilliance of your holiness! God does not ask of you mere ordinary virtue. He demands downright perfection!'

Pope St. Pius V, to the cardinals

'I know very well that I am dealing with men, not with angels.'

Pope St. Pius V

'The Roman Pontiffs, and the other Holy Fathers, our predecessors, when they were pressed in upon by temporal or spiritual wars, or troubled by other trials, in order that they might more easily escape from these, and having achieved tranquility, might quietly and fervently be free to devote themselves to God, were wont to implore the divine assistance, through supplications or Litanies to call forth the support of the saints, and with David to lift up their eyes unto the Mountains, trusting with firm hope that thence would they receive aid. . .

Dominic looked to that simple way of praying and beseeching God, accessible to all and wholly pious, which is called the Rosary, or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in which the same most Blessed Virgin is venerated by the angelic greeting repeated one hundred and fifty times, that is, according to the number of the Davidic Psalter, and by the Lord's Prayer with each decade. Interposed with these prayers are certain meditations showing forth the entire life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, thus completing the method of prayer devised by the by the Fathers of the Holy Roman Church. . .

Christ's faithful, inflamed by these prayers, began immediately to be changed into new men. The darkness of heresy began to be dispelled, and the light of the Catholic Faith to be revealed. . .

Following the example of our predecessors, seeing that the Church militant, which God has placed in our hands, in these our times is tossed this way and that by so many heresies, and is grievously troubled troubled and afflicted by so many wars, and by the deprave morals of men, we also raise our eyes, weeping but full of hope, unto that same mountain, whence every aid comes forth, and we encourage and admonish each member of Christ's faithful to do likewise in the Lord.'

Pope St. Pius V


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on May 05, 2011, 03:07:56 PM
Pope St. Pius V. . .

"Was Master of novices and prior of several Dominican houses, working for stricter adherence to the Order‘s Rule. Inquisitor in Como and Bergamo, Italy. Commissary general of the Roman Inquisition in 1551. On 4 September 1556 Michele was consecrated Bishop of Nepi e Sutri, Italy against his will. Inquisitor in Milan and Lombardy in 1556. Created cardinal on 15 March 1557, and Grand inquisitor on 14 December 1558."

"He fasted, did penance, passed long hours of the night in meditation and prayer, traveled on foot without a cloak in deep silence, or only speaking to his companions of the things of God."

". . . it was he who defeated the project of Maximilian II, Emperor of Germany, to abolish ecclesiastical celibacy. On the death of Pius IV, he was, despite his tears and entreaties, elected pope, to the great joy of the whole Church."

"As pontiff he practiced the virtues he had displayed as a monk and a bishop. His piety was not diminished, and, in spite of the heavy labours and anxieties of his office, he made at least two meditations a day on bended knees in presence of the Blessed Sacrament. In his charity he visited the hospitals, and sat by the bedside of the sick, consoling them and preparing them to die. He washed the feet of the poor, and embraced the lepers."

"It is related that an English nobleman was converted on seeing him kiss the feet of a beggar covered with ulcers. He was very austere and banished luxury from his court, raised the standard of morality, laboured with his intimate friend, St. Charles Borromeo, to reform the clergy, obliged his bishops to reside in their dioceses, and the cardinals to lead lives of simplicity and piety. "

". . . the great thought and the constant preoccupation of his pontificate seems to have been the struggle against the Protestants and the Turks. In Germany he supported the Catholics oppressed by the heretical princes. In France he encouraged the League by his counsels and with pecuniary aid. In the Low Countries he supported Spain. In England, finally, he excommunicated Elizabeth, embraced the cause of Mary Stuart, and wrote to console her in prison."

"He worked incessantly to unite the Christian princes against the hereditary enemy, the Turks."

"He supported the Knights of Malta, sent money for the fortification of the free towns of Italy, furnished monthly contributions to the Christians of Hungary, and endeavoured especially to bring Maximilian, Philip II, and Charles I together for the defence of Christendom. In 1567 for the same purpose he collected from all convents one-tenth of their revenues. In 1570 when Solyman II attacked Cyprus, threatening all Christianity in the West, he never rested till he united the forces of Venice, Spain, and the Holy See.

He sent his blessing to Don John of Austria, the commander-in-chief of the expedition, recommending him to leave behind all soldiers of evil life, and promising him the victory if he did so. He ordered public prayers, and increased his own supplications to heaven.

On the day of the Battle of Lepanto, 7 Oct., 1571, he was working with the cardinals, when, suddenly, interrupting his work opening the window and looking at the sky, he cried out, with supernatural radiance, "A truce to business; our great task at present is to thank God for the victory which He has just given the Christian army".

"And so it was, far away, the great victory had occurred."

He burst into tears when he heard of the victory, which dealt the Turkish power a blow from which it never recovered. In memory of this triumph he instituted for the first Sunday of October the feast of the Rosary, and added to the Litany of Loreto the supplication "Help of Christians".

He was hoping to put an end to the power of Islam by forming a general alliance of the Italian cities Poland, France, and all Christian Europe, and had begun negotiations for this purpose when he died of gravel, repeating "O Lord, increase my sufferings and my patience!"

- various sources


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 06, 2011, 02:07:16 AM
Pope St. Pius V. . .

"Was Master of novices and prior of several Dominican houses, working for stricter adherence to the Order‘s Rule. Inquisitor in Como and Bergamo, Italy. Commissary general of the Roman Inquisition in 1551. On 4 September 1556 Michele was consecrated Bishop of Nepi e Sutri, Italy against his will. Inquisitor in Milan and Lombardy in 1556. Created cardinal on 15 March 1557, and Grand inquisitor on 14 December 1558."

"He fasted, did penance, passed long hours of the night in meditation and prayer, traveled on foot without a cloak in deep silence, or only speaking to his companions of the things of God."

". . . it was he who defeated the project of Maximilian II, Emperor of Germany, to abolish ecclesiastical celibacy. On the death of Pius IV, he was, despite his tears and entreaties, elected pope, to the great joy of the whole Church."

"As pontiff he practiced the virtues he had displayed as a monk and a bishop. His piety was not diminished, and, in spite of the heavy labours and anxieties of his office, he made at least two meditations a day on bended knees in presence of the Blessed Sacrament. In his charity he visited the hospitals, and sat by the bedside of the sick, consoling them and preparing them to die. He washed the feet of the poor, and embraced the lepers."

"It is related that an English nobleman was converted on seeing him kiss the feet of a beggar covered with ulcers. He was very austere and banished luxury from his court, raised the standard of morality, laboured with his intimate friend, St. Charles Borromeo, to reform the clergy, obliged his bishops to reside in their dioceses, and the cardinals to lead lives of simplicity and piety. "

". . . the great thought and the constant preoccupation of his pontificate seems to have been the struggle against the Protestants and the Turks. In Germany he supported the Catholics oppressed by the heretical princes. In France he encouraged the League by his counsels and with pecuniary aid. In the Low Countries he supported Spain. In England, finally, he excommunicated Elizabeth, embraced the cause of Mary Stuart, and wrote to console her in prison."

"He worked incessantly to unite the Christian princes against the hereditary enemy, the Turks."

"He supported the Knights of Malta, sent money for the fortification of the free towns of Italy, furnished monthly contributions to the Christians of Hungary, and endeavoured especially to bring Maximilian, Philip II, and Charles I together for the defence of Christendom. In 1567 for the same purpose he collected from all convents one-tenth of their revenues. In 1570 when Solyman II attacked Cyprus, threatening all Christianity in the West, he never rested till he united the forces of Venice, Spain, and the Holy See.

He sent his blessing to Don John of Austria, the commander-in-chief of the expedition, recommending him to leave behind all soldiers of evil life, and promising him the victory if he did so. He ordered public prayers, and increased his own supplications to heaven.

On the day of the Battle of Lepanto, 7 Oct., 1571, he was working with the cardinals, when, suddenly, interrupting his work opening the window and looking at the sky, he cried out, with supernatural radiance, "A truce to business; our great task at present is to thank God for the victory which He has just given the Christian army".

"And so it was, far away, the great victory had occurred."

He burst into tears when he heard of the victory, which dealt the Turkish power a blow from which it never recovered. In memory of this triumph he instituted for the first Sunday of October the feast of the Rosary, and added to the Litany of Loreto the supplication "Help of Christians".

He was hoping to put an end to the power of Islam by forming a general alliance of the Italian cities Poland, France, and all Christian Europe, and had begun negotiations for this purpose when he died of gravel, repeating "O Lord, increase my sufferings and my patience!"

- various sources

Pope St. Pius V,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 06, 2011, 02:11:27 AM
6 May

Today is the day we commemorate the attempted martyrdom of
Saint John the Apostle
 in the year 95 in Rome.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 06, 2011, 02:21:19 AM
Saint John before the Latin Gate.

John, as we know, was the younger brother of the apostle James. The two ware sons of Zebedee ,a fisherman of Galilee. Their mother's name was Salome who is believed to be a sister of Jesus' mother Mary. Remember in the Bible how this holy woman, driven by the love of her two sons, approached Jusus and pleaded for them?

Here is the relevant quatation:

“Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, "What do you wish?" She answered him, "Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom."
Jesus said in reply, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?" They said to him, "We can."
He replied, "My cup you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
(Matt. 20:20-23).

“My cup you will indeed drink…” Jesus assured them. From this reply, it seems that the two brothers were both destined to die myrtrs . James, was the first of the apostles to die and he was martyred as Jesus had predicted. During the reign the Roman emperor Domitian(81-96), John was living in Ephesus. He had moved there shortly before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. One day, by order of the Roman emperor Domitian, John was apprehended, bound and brought in chains to Rome. He was condemned to die a most horrible death. He was to be taken to the Latin Gate and thrown into a large pot of boiling oil.
John was not afraid, on the contrary, he welcomed the sentence. Did his Beloved Master not tell him how it would end with him? He was ready and willing.
He was cruelly scourged first, then seized and thrown into the pot of boiling oil. Then behold, a miracle! The Saint did not die. He stepped out of the death pot more refreshed than when he had been hurled in!

One would have thought that this miracle would have made a believer of anyone, but no, not Emperor Domitian, the man who “was the first of the emperors to deify himself during his lifetime by assuming the title of "Lord and God"”. He exiled Saint John to the small Greek Island of Patmos.
“Because I proclaimed God’s Word and gave testimony to Jesus”(Rv. 1:9)

Saint John,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on May 06, 2011, 10:54:58 AM
Quote
“My cup you will indeed drink…” Jesus assured them. From this reply, it seems that the two brothers were both destined to die martyrs .

I wonder about the mother's reaction to this assurance and if she even understood it then.  She wanted her sons to have an important place in God's kingdom and in a way God granted that request, but not quite in the way she wanted it.  Just my thought about it. What a blessing to have both sons martyred!!  I've heard to be careful what you pray for , your prayers may be answered.  :D



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Post by: Shin on May 06, 2011, 11:00:43 AM
Yes, I've heard the same thing!  ;D


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Post by: Shin on May 06, 2011, 08:57:15 PM
St. John is my favorite apostle.

'And he said to them: You are from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world.

Therefore I said to you, that you shall die in your sins. For if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sin.'

John 8:23-24

'Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him.'

1 John 2:15

'For all that is in the world is the concupiscence of the flesh and the concupiscence of the eyes and the pride of life, which is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passeth away and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the will of God abideth for ever.'

1 John 2:16-2:17

'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.'

John 1:1


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2011, 03:41:36 AM
May 7

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Stanislaus
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2011, 04:04:25 AM
Saint Stanislaus of Szczepanów ( 1030-1078)
Bishop, Martyr.



Also known as
Saint Stanis?aw or
Saint Stanislas,

Stanis?aw was born on July 26, 1030 in a village in southern Poland. He was the only son of noble and pious parents. The parents were advanced in age before they had him and he was born in answer to their prayers. To show their gratitude to God for prayers answered, Stanislas’s parents educated him for the Church at a cathedral school in the then capital city of Poland. He was duly ordained a priest and when the Bishop of Cracow died later in 1072, Stanis?aw was elected his successor. He accepted the office reluctantly and only because the Pope wished it. Boleslas II was then King of Poland. Stanislas encouraged him to establish Benedictine monasteries to aid in the Christianisation of Poland. All was well at first but soon, there was conflict. The exact details of the events of the struggle are uncertain. Apparantly the King “outraged the whole kingdom by carrying off the wife of one of his nobles”

No one, except the Saint rebuked the King.
“Having commended the matter to God, he went down to the palace and openly rebuked the king for his crime against God and his subjects, and threatened to excommunicate him if he persisted in his sin”

Now, as it happened, the Bishop had purchased for the diocese a piece of land from a man named Piotr (?Paul ?Peter) who had since died. In retaliation for the public rebuke and to slander the name of the Saint, the King forced the nephews of the deceased to swear that their uncle had never been paid for the land bought by the bishop for the Church. Stanislas found himself alone in truth, all having forsaken him. Undaunted, he promised the King that within three days, he would bring the dead owner of the land, to whom he had given the money, to witness for him.
The King and the court laughed at the request, but he granted him the three days. Stanislas turned to his God and Master. He spent the three days in ceaseless prayers and tears, entreating God to come to his rescue. On the material day, the third day, he dressed in full bishop's regalia, went with a procession to the cemetery where Paul had been buried three years earlier. He had Paul’s grave dug up until his remains were discovered. Then, before a multitude of witnesses, Stanis?as bade Paul rise, and, behold, Paul arose!

The risen man was brought before King Boles?aw to testify on Stanis?aw's behalf. The dumbfounded court heard Paul reprimand his relatives and testify that Stanis?as had indeed paid for the land. Unable to give any other verdict, the King dismissed the suit against the Bishop.
The dead man was once more laid to rest as he preferred to live on the other side.

After this incident, the King repented , for a while, and behaved as was expected of him. Soon, however he was back to his old ways. The Bishop’s remonstrations fell on deaf ears. Consequently, the Bishop excommunicated King Boles?aw. This did not go down well with the King who now sought to kill him.

On May 8, 1079, (? April 11 1079) Stanislas was celebrating Mass at the chapel of Saint Michael in Cracow. The King sent three of his knights to execute him, Each in turn came out, saying they had been scared by a light from heaven. King Boleslav the Bold then “rushed in and slew the Saint at the altar with his own hand”
He was 48 years old..

Stanislaus was canonized by Pope Innocent IV in 1253.
He is the Patron Saint of Poland.

Saint Stanislaus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2011, 04:05:03 AM
I loved reading about Saint Stanislaus.
 Notice the three days he requested before the stunning miracle. :)


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Post by: Patricia on May 07, 2011, 08:39:43 AM
Unfortunate King Boleslav, who never repented after being rebuked by the good Saint, and went on to commit murder.  :(


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2011, 12:37:38 PM
Unfortunate King Boleslav, who never repented after being rebuked by the good Saint, and went on to commit murder.  :(

It seems that after the murder of Saint Stanislaus, the king also met his own waterloo. There was a rebellion against him sparked by the cruel murder of the bishop. He fled the country to Hungary with his wife and son. There he was apparently poisoned and died young at about 40 years of age. I only hope that he had had time to repent his past deeds.


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Post by: Shin on May 07, 2011, 01:32:04 PM
I'll have to share this story with my father, perhaps he'll tell it to the Polish culture club.  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2011, 05:12:58 PM
I'll have to share this story with my father, perhaps he'll tell it to the Polish culture club.  ;D

Polish Culture club?


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2011, 05:13:21 PM
May 8
Today we commemorate
The Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 07, 2011, 05:14:13 PM
The Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel.

Saint Michael, whose name means Who is like God, is the prince of the faithful Angels; the leader of those angels who remained faithful to God following Lucifer’s revolt .We as Christians, look on Saint Michael as the guardian and protector of God’s Holy Church. In the same way that he opposed Satan in the celestial war, he is now ranked against him here on earth as Satan is the sworn enemy of the Church.

A number of apparitions of Saint Michael have been recorded., for instance, we are told that he made a dramatic appearance over the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian( r 117-138) in Rome, in answer to an appeal during an outbreak of plaque. The plaque stopped and ever since, the mausoleum has been called the castel Sant’Angelo in his honor.

Another apparition is that which occurred to Saint Ausbert, bishop of Avranches in France. led to the construction of Mont-Saint-Michel in the sea, a famous site of pilgrimage.

The apparition of Saint Michael, that we are celebrating today, commemorates the appearance of the Archangel to a man called Gargan in the year 492 in Southern Italy.
It so happened that one day Gargan had taken his cattle to pasture along the countryside near Mount Gargano. For no apparent reason, one of the bulls bolted off and hid in a cave on the mountain. To try and scare it out of the cave, an arrow was shot into the cave but it boomeranged and wounded the archer!
Following this extraordinary occurrence, the people went to consult the bishop of the region. He ordered three days of fasting and prayers. After three days, the Archangel Saint Michael appeared to the bishop. He explained that the cave where the bull had taken refuge was under his protection, and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honor of all the Holy Angels.
This was duly accomplished.

Today’s feast day was thus instituted by the Church in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel, to thank God for His goodness for availing to us his protection.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.

I smiled when I read the following about Saint Michael from SQPN:

“Born

* wasn’t

Died

* hasn’t"  :)


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Post by: Shin on May 08, 2011, 12:39:43 AM
I'll have to share this story with my father, perhaps he'll tell it to the Polish culture club.  ;D

Polish Culture club?

Yes, he is the professor overseeing it as his college. He likes to promote Polish culture, and feels it's neglected in the states. He's pure blooded that heritage.

:D

Pierrogis, kielbasa, Polish books, famous Polish people, Polish people to come speak to the club, etc. he is always on the lookout for these for the club.  :D

Well the latter I mean.  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on May 08, 2011, 08:30:28 AM
I'll have to share this story with my father, perhaps he'll tell it to the Polish culture club.  ;D

Polish Culture club?

Yes, he is the professor overseeing it as his college. He likes to promote Polish culture, and feels it's neglected in the states. He's pure blooded that heritage.

:D

Pierrogis, kielbasa, Polish books, famous Polish people, Polish people to come speak to the club, etc. he is always on the lookout for these for the club.  :D

Well the latter I mean.  ;D

I get the picture :)


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Post by: odhiambo on May 08, 2011, 05:38:01 PM
9 May

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 08, 2011, 05:39:39 PM
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus
The Younger,
Doctor of the Church


Gregory is one of the saints we have come to know who are “born in a family of saints. ( Remember Saint Basil ? )

He was born at Arianzus, in Asia Minor, present day Turkey. in 325(? 330) He was one of three children born to Saint Gregory the Elder, Bishop of Nazianzus , and Saint Nonna, a daughter of Christian parents. Saint Caesarius was his brother and Saint Gorgonia his sister, a family of saints.

Gregory first studied at Caesarea in Cappadocia where he met and became firm friends with Saint Basil. Later he went to study in Caesarea in Palestine, to Alexandria in Egypt and finally to the highly esteemed University of Athens in Greece where he studied Law and other subjects. At Athens Gregory and Basil, who had parted at Caesarea, met again, and renewed their earlier friendship.

After completing his studies, Gregory returned home to Nanziazus.
On returning home, both he and his friend Basil decided to devote their lives completely to the service of God as hermits. In 362, however, Gregory’s father insisted on ordaining him to priesthood and did so practically against his will. Gregory then wrote a thesis on the priestly office whch became an inspiration to countlass others.

He was named the Bishop of Sasima in 372, but he remained at Nanzianzus to assist his now aged father.

The city of Constantinople ( Now Istanbul) had for many years been the stronghold of the Arian heresy. In 379, the few remaining faithful Catholics, invited Saint Gregory there to go and spearhead the fight against Arianism.

“After much hesitation he gave his consent, proceeded to Constantinople early in the year 379, and began his mission in a private house which he describes as "the new Shiloh where the Ark was fixed", and as "an Anastasia, the scene of the resurrection of the faith ". Not only the faithful Catholics, but many heretics gathered in the humble chapel of the Anastasia, attracted by Gregory's sanctity, learning and eloquence; and it was in this chapel that he delivered the five wonderful discourses on the faith of Nicaea -- unfolding the doctrine of the Trinity while safeguarding the Unity of the Godhead -- which gained for him, alone of all Christian teachers except the Apostle St. John, the special title of Theologus or the Divine. He also delivered at this time the eloquent panegyrics on St. Cyprian, St. Athanasius, and the Machabees, which are among his finest oratorical works”

From Catholic on Line.

In 380, Emperor Theodosius had the Arian Patriach exiled and replaced with Gregory. After just a few months as Patriac of Constantinople, Gregory resigned and retired to his native town,

where he died in 390.
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 09, 2011, 12:20:07 PM
'I hold that the choice of a state of life is so important that it decides, for the remainder of our lives, whether our conduct shall be good or bad.'

St. Gregory Nazianzus

'As a fish cannot swim without water, and as a bird cannot fly without air, so a Christian cannot advance a single step without Christ.'

St. Gregory Nazianzus


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Post by: odhiambo on May 09, 2011, 04:03:53 PM
A Christian without Christ is no Christian  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on May 09, 2011, 04:08:16 PM
May 10

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Antoninus
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 09, 2011, 04:19:52 PM
Saint Antoninus
Archbishop of Florence.



Antonius was born on 1 March 1389 at Florence in Italy. His given name was Antonius Pierozzi. He was the only child born to his parents, Nicholas Pierozzi and Thomassina.
The Pierozzi Family was prominent and of a high social standing in Florence.
The Saint was of small stature and this earned him the nickname of Little Antony by which he was known.
When Antonius was fifteen years old; he applied for admission to the Dominican Order at
Fiesole. The Superior told him that for him to be admitted, he had to learn by heart the whole of the Canon Law. We are talking here of several hundred pages of text to be memorised! The Superior never thought for a moment that he would be taken seriously, besides he only told Antonius to memorise the Canon Law to test his resolve, never imagining that in just one year, Antonius would be back.

But he came back, after spending the year in study, Antonius was able to recite the Canon Law.
So it was that Antonius was admitted to the Dominican Order at the age of sixteen. He was the very first to receive the habit for the Convent of Fiesole which was about to be constructed by Blessed John Dominic.
He was sent to Cortona with Fra Angelico and Fra Bartolommeo
to make his novitiate under Blessed Lawrence of Ripafratta. After completing his year in the novitiate, he returned to Fiesole.

Once ordained, Antonius filled several important posts in the Order. He served as superior of several Dominican monasteries and was elected provincial of the order. In 1436, he founded San Marco Convent in Florence and attended the Council of Florence-Ferrara from 1438 to 1445. In 1446, quite against his will, he was appointed archbishop of Florence. Pope Pius II also appointed him as a reformer of the Roman court.
Saint Antonius was called “ the Counselor” because of his vast knowledge of canon law. He was the author of several treatises, including the Summa Theologiae Moralis.
Saint Antonius was the beloved of his people of Florence who called him “the People’s Prelate” because of the care he gave the poor and the suffering, especially at a time when there was a series of earthquakes, famines and plaques.

Antonius died on 2 May 1459 at Florence, Italy
He was canonized on 31 May 1523 by Pope Adrian VI
He is invoked against fever

Saint Antonius,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 10, 2011, 04:18:17 PM
May 11

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Mammertus
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 11, 2011, 06:31:09 AM
Saint Mammertus
Archbishop of Vienne.


Mammertus was born near Lyons, France. Year of birth not known or rather, I have not been able to find any information about him before he became prelate. He was Archbishop of Vienne, France in 461.
The saint is renowned for his sanctity, his learning, and his miracles. Reading about Saint Mammeritus, I was very interested to read that as Bishop, he brought back the tradition of rogation processions which soon gained papal approval and were used throughout Europe. I was interested because this is the first time I have came across the word “Rogation” and I had to look it up. Here is how CA explains it.
Rogation Days are “Days of prayer, and formerly also of fasting, instituted by the Church to appease God's anger at man's transgressions, to ask protection in calamities, and to obtain a good and bountiful harvest….”
It appears that at the time that Mammertus was archbishop of Vienna, the city was ravaged by wars and various calamities such as earthquakes and fires as well as ravenous wild beasts which visited the city. All these calamities were interpreted as signs of God’s anger with the people who had grown indifferent to Him. As if to crown it all, a terrible fire broke out one Easter night in the city of Vienna. Nobody knew how the fire started; everybody knew the city was about to be consumed by the fire. The archbishop turned to God and pleaded for mercy and, lo and behold, the fire, that had been so threatening; so frightening, suddenly went out! This was a miracle and it strongly affected
the minds of the people. It was on this occasion that Saint Mammertus decided to restore the Rogations, which had long been forgotten. The practice was a yearly event in which all the faithful joined. There was fasting, prayers; confessions and genuine sorrow for sins. There were in addition processions and Psalms for three days preceding the feast of the Ascension. All these was aimed at appeasing the Lord.
Saint Mammeritus built a church in honor of Saint Ferreolus whose relics were discovered in his diocese.
Mammertus died of natural causes about the year 477 in Vienna, France. His body was
transported and interred in the cathedral of Orleans, France
It remained there in great veneration until 16th century
when it was burnt by the
enemies of the Church, the Huguenots.
Canonized-Pre-Congregation.

Saint Mammeritus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 12, 2011, 02:37:59 AM
May 12.

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Pancras of Rome
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 12, 2011, 02:49:46 AM
Saint Pancras of Rome

Pancras was born in Phrygia ( somewhere in present day Turkey), in the year 290. We are told that by the time the lad had reached his fourteenth birthday, he had become an orphan. He was then taken to Rome by a pious uncle, Dionysius (now a saint) and converted to Christianity. Soon after this conversion, around the year 304, Pancras was martyred for publicly declaring the faith, these, as you will recall were hard times for Christians. It was the period that Emperor Diocletian was persecuting the Christians. The saint was beheaded in the Via Aurelia, together with three others namely, Saint Nereus, Saint Achilleus and Saint Domitilla.

Later on Pope Saint Vitalian sent some of Saint Pancras’ relics to England hopeful that they would help in the evangelization of England.
Saint Augustine of Canterbury dedicated the first church to Pancras. This became a tradition that soon spread across the country.and many churches throughout England were named after the Saint.

It seems that some of the relics of Saint Pancras were also presented to the king of Northumberland when he converted to Christianity. Those relics that were interred in Saint Pancras in Rome were destroyed in 1798. His head, however, is still in the Lateran Basilica.

His canonization was Pre-Congregation.

Saint Pancras is invoked against false witness, headaches and other maladies.

Saint Pancras,
Pray for us


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Post by: Shin on May 12, 2011, 02:21:19 PM
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Saint Pancras is invoked against false witness, headaches and other maladies.

Good to remember!

I think the Rogation days and the life of St. Mammertus contains a lesson for these times..


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Post by: odhiambo on May 13, 2011, 03:18:47 AM
May 13

Today we commemorate the
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
1917


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Post by: odhiambo on May 13, 2011, 03:32:56 AM
Our Lady of Fatima

Many of you I am aware, are very familiar with the six famous apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a little town in Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Today is the day the Church identified for the commemoration of these apparitions all those years ago. It is, however an Optional Memorial.
In a nut shell, this is what happened.
Three children: Francisco and Jacinta Marto, brother and sister aged nine and seven respectively and their cousin Lucia dos Santos, (de Jesus) aged ten, were out tending sheep at the nearby Cova da Iria on May 13, 1917. The three lived in a tiny village called Aljustrel near Fatima, Portugal.
It was their habit to say the Rosary out there before coming home. On this day, after reciting the Rosary, the children saw a bright light and a woman, described by them as a “Lady brighter than the sun”
The Lady invited them to return the Cova da Iria for five consecutive months, on the 13th day.
The children went in June and July as instructed and the Lady appeared every time. In August, they were prevented from returning to the Cova da Iria by the mayor of Villa Nova de Ourem. On August 19th, while grazing sheep at another site, they received another apparition. The final apparition occurred on October 13 with seventy thousand people in attendance. During this last apparition, The Blessed Mother proclaimed herself “Our Lady of the Rosary”
A miracle then occurred. “The Miracle of the sun”. On that day, the sun “danced”!
Note:
The message of Our Lady to the three children and to the Christian Community can be summarized in the call to prayer and conversion.

Our Lady of Fatima
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on May 13, 2011, 07:19:53 AM
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!! :crucifix:


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Post by: Brigid on May 13, 2011, 12:59:12 PM
Our Lady of the Rosary, ora pro nobis.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 14, 2011, 06:44:30 AM
May 14
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Matthias the Apostle
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 14, 2011, 06:45:07 AM
Saint Matthias.
Matthias was originally one of the 70 disciples of Jesus. Following the
Ascension of Jesus, Peter saw a need to replace Judas Iscariot , Our Lord’s
betrayer now dead. He proposed to the disciples who had gathered in Jerusalem at
this time, to choose one man from among themselves who would number among the
Apostles. . Two disciples, Joseph Barsabas, and Matthias were selected, and the
disciples voted in favour of Matthias who then joined the eleven Apostles.
Little is known of his missionary work other than that he preached the Gospel
for more than 30 years in Judea, Cappadocia, Egypt and Ethiopia.
Matthias was stoned to death in the year 80 (Place of stoning not clear to me. It
was either in Jerusalem or Ethiopia), and then beheaded.
Saint Hellen brought his relics back to Rome. A portion of the relics was
transferred to Trier,Germany, still
others in Saint Mary Major in Rome, Italy.
His canonization was Pre-Congregation.
He is invoked against alcoholism and smallpox( now eradicated), among others.
Saint Matthias,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on May 14, 2011, 08:45:54 AM
St. Matthias pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 14, 2011, 05:28:44 PM
May 15,

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Dymphna
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 14, 2011, 05:50:26 PM
Saint Dymphna.
Martyr.


Saint Dymphna is known to us today because Pierre, a canon of the church of Saint Aubert at Cambrai, between 1238-47, decided to write her biography from the oral tradition that was present at the time.
According to the oral tradition as penned by Pierre, Dymphna was the daughter of a pagan King of Ireland named Damon and his beautiful and devoted wife. The wife was a Christian and so was Dymphna. Dymphna’s mother was of extraordinary beauty. She died when Dymphna was fourteen. Damon was devastated by his loss. He sent envoys throughout his own land and beyond, to find a woman of noble birth, resembling his late wife, who would be willing to marry him. None was found. He now turned his attention to his daughter who was a very beautiful girl and resembled her mother. Maddened by grief, Damon made improper advances to his daughter.This unfortunate occurrence resulted in Dymphna fleeing her home, in the company of her confessor, Saint Gerebernus, and two companions, to put distance between her and her father. They went to Antwerp, Belgium, to the village of Gheel. There, they settled near a Chapel, St. Martin’s Chapel and started a life like that of hermits.
Unfortunataly, they were hunted down by Damon. He commanded his servants to slay the priest and the other two companions. He commanded Dymphna to return to Ireland with him but when she refused, he drew his sword and struck off her head. She was just fifteen years old and the year was around 620.
The relics of the four martyrs were discovered at Gheel, near Amsterdam, in the thirteenth century , and many miracles were soon reported among those afflicted with epilepsy, insanity and possession. An asylum, built on the very spot of the discovery at Gheel, still stands and continues its work among the mentally ill.

Her canonization was Pre-Congregation
She is invoked against a host of problems including epilepsy and insanity.

Saint Dymphna,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 15, 2011, 04:35:59 PM
May 16

Today is the Feast day of
Saint John Nepomucene
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 15, 2011, 04:59:45 PM
Saint John Nepomucene.

John was born in 1330 or 1340 at Nepomuc in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. His given name was John Wolflin.
His parents were poor but pious people and the baby John was a blessing in answer to their prayers. To show their gratitude, his parents consecrated John to God. In his childhood too, he was sick and again his parents asked God to cure him, which He did.
John in time became a priest. He led a holy life as a priest and this led to his appointment as chaplain to the court of the Emperor Wenceslaus (King Wenceslaus IV.) where he converted many by his preaching and example.
Saint John was a confessor and counselor to the queen. King Wenceslaus IV was a very jealous man, no matter that his jealousy was completely unfounded. Saint John advised her to accept gladly this cross that the Lord had allowed.
The queen’s piety so inflamed the King‘s jealousy that he demanded to know the details of her confessions from the saint. When this yielded nothing, he threw John into a dungeon. That did not work either, so he promised him riches if he would yield, and threatened death if he refused. Saint John kept his peace, continuing to honor the seal of the confessional.

From .Lives of the Saints – May 16,
Saint John Nepomucene, we read:

“ He was racked and burnt with torches; but no words except the holy names of Jesus and Mary fell from his lips. At last set free, he spent time in preaching and preparing for the death he knew to be near.

On Ascension Eve, May 16th, Wenceslaus, after a final and fruitless attempt to alter the constancy of the faithful priest, ordered him to be cast into the river. That night the martyr’s hands and feet were bound, and he was thrown from the bridge of Prague into the Moldau River. Heavenly lights shining on the water and from under it, revealed the whereabouts of the body, which was soon buried with the honors due to a Saint”



Thus the saint died from drowning on 20 March 1393.
on this night of his death, seven stars hovered over the place where he drowned as mentioned in the excerpt above.
He was beatified on 31 May 1721 by Pope Innocent XIII and canonized on 19 March 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII.
He is the patron saint of confessors.His image has been used in art as a symbol of the sacrament of Confession.

He is invoked against floods and in other calamities.

Saint John Nepomucene,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 16, 2011, 02:30:10 AM
Today is also the Feast day of
Saint Simon Stock


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Post by: odhiambo on May 16, 2011, 02:32:01 AM
Anyone knows anything about Saint Simon Stock?


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Post by: Patricia on May 16, 2011, 07:30:37 AM
    Little is known of his early life. Legend says that at age twelve he began to live as a hermit in a hollow oak tree; the name Stock is believed derived from the old English for tree trunk. Itinerant preacher. Pilgrim to the Holy Lands, but left when invading Muslims chased out Christians. Joined the Carmelite Order soon after its arrival in England.

    Lived and studied for several years in Rome and Mount Carmel. Elected sixth general of the Carmelites in 1247 around age 82. Helped the Order spread through England, southern and western Europe. Founded houses in Cambridge, England in 1248, Oxford in 1253, Paris in 1260, and Bologna in 1260. Revised the Rule of the Order to make them mendicant friars instead of hermits.

    Regardless of these successes, the Order was oppressed on all sides, including by the clergy and other orders. The friars took their woes to their patroness, the Virgin Mary. Tradition says that in answer, she appeared to Simon bringing him the brown scapular of the Carmelites. "This shall be the privilege for you and for all the Carmelites," she told him, "that anyone dying in this habit shall be saved." On 13 January 1252 the Order received a letter of protection from Pope Innocent IV, protecting them from harassment.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 16, 2011, 08:09:39 AM
    Little is known of his early life. Legend says that at age twelve he began to live as a hermit in a hollow oak tree;

Imagine leaving home at that age to live in the hollow of a tree.
In this day and age he would not be allowed.  There would be talks of being a minor, has not reached the age of reason, etc . The Government would soon step in. :)

Saint Simon Stock,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 16, 2011, 04:44:13 PM
 May 17

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Paschal Baylon
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 16, 2011, 04:49:22 PM
Saint Paschal Baylon

Paschal was born in a little village in Aragon, Spain. He was born on Pentecost Sunday and Christened Paschal in honor of the Feast. His parents, Martin and Elizabeth were poor peasants but pious and raised their son in accordance with the Catholic Faith. Keep in mind that this was a bad time for the Church; the time of the Protestant Reformation when many Catholics left the Church. They were too poor to send their son to school but Paschal learnt to read and write through his own effort.
Even as a child, Paschal showed a marked devotion to the Holy Eucharist.
He worked as a shepherd for his father, performed miracles and distinguished himself for his austerity.
When he was around 22 years old, Paschal received a vision that told him to enter a nearby Franciscan Community. In obedience to the vision, he became a Franciscan lay brother of the strict Alcantarine Reform in 1564 and served mostly in the capacity of door keeper at various friaries in Spain.
Paschal loved the Blessed Sacrament. While on a mission to France in 1570, he so ardently defended the doctrine of the Real Presence against a Calvinist Preacher that he was all but lynched by a hostile mob.
 
Paschal died on 15 May 1592 on the feast of Pentecost,  at Villa Reale in Spain . He died of natural causes.
He was beatified on 29 October 1618 by Pope Paul V and canonized on 16 October 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII.
He is the patron of cooks
Eucharistic congresses and organizations and shepherds, and others.
 In art, he is represented by a man in adoration before a vision of the Host.
 
Saint Paschal Baylon,
 Pray for Us.
 



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Post by: odhiambo on May 16, 2011, 05:03:02 PM
Saint Paschal had set himself the following code of conduct:


“1. I should think of myself as a rotting, smelling, dead person.

2. If anyone hurts me, I deserve it, because I am a sinner. They can tear out my eyes, cut off my ears and tongue, and injure my whole body.

3. I should not be angry if others think the same, about these two points. I should think it a favour, if I am told to do penance and make sacrifices.

4. If I get discouraged when doing penance or making sacrifices, I should think of Jesus who was innocent and suffered because He loved me.”


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Post by: Patricia on May 17, 2011, 08:21:12 AM
The code of conduct reminds us that we are dust and unto dust we shall return. Not to be hurt and angry by the anger or petty behaviour of people around me, rather to accept it as penance and offer it up to God, to forgive the offender. ( Difficult  :o )


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Post by: odhiambo on May 17, 2011, 09:07:38 AM
The code of conduct reminds us that we are dust and unto dust we shall return. Not to be hurt and angry by the anger or petty behaviour of people around me, rather to accept it as penance and offer it up to God, to forgive the offender. ( Difficult  :o )
What do you think of the first code Patricia.
I "should think of myself as a rotting, smelling, dead person."
We are the "Temple of the Lord",  body and soil, and we are to look on ourselfes as a masterpiece of Creation, how can we then,  still think of our body as rotting, smelling , dead person?


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Post by: Shin on May 17, 2011, 03:09:14 PM
St. Paschal's day already! How time flies, I had completely lost track! I love his story!  ;D


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Post by: Patricia on May 17, 2011, 03:35:54 PM
Quote
What do you think of the first code Patricia.
I "should think of myself as a rotting, smelling, dead person."
We are the "Temple of the Lord",  body and soil, and we are to look on ourselfes as a masterpiece of Creation, how can we then,  still think of our body as rotting, smelling , dead person?

Its not that we consider our bodies disgusting, rather not  to look at it as something everlasting. The world places so much emphasis on the physical, but the saints remember that the body is just temporary and ultimately will be food for the worms ( Yuck! but true ). I have read in many Catholic books that in order to live a saintly life  one must always have the death of the body in mind, the grave that awaits.  In fact, I read in one of the books explicit description of what happens to the body as it decays. ( I'm not sure but it could be ' The Golden key to heaven' )  It gives the reader a jolt but is effective in remembering how transitory the physical body and all the things of the world are.


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Post by: Patricia on May 17, 2011, 03:37:16 PM
Btw that is my humble opinion.  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on May 17, 2011, 04:58:37 PM
St. Paschal's day already! How time flies, I had completely lost track! I love his story!  ;D

Yes, it is a beautiful life history.
I never got a feed back from you know where  :)
A pity :(


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Post by: odhiambo on May 17, 2011, 05:02:49 PM
May 18

Today is the Feast day of
Pope. Saint John I
Amomg many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 17, 2011, 05:08:01 PM
Pope Saint John I

Pope John was born in Tuscany, Italy. His father was a man named Constantius. Not much is available of his life before the papacy. We do know that he became a priest while he was still a young man. He was soon appointed archdeacon and held this office for several years before his election to succeed Pope Saint Hormisdas in 523.
In 525, the Arian king, Theodoric, who had been ruling Italy for many years, sent the Pope to Constantinople to see the Emperor Justin and ask him to reverse his edict against the Arians which had been enacted two years previously. The edict required Arians to give back churches which they had taken from orthodox Catholics.
Much against his will, the Pope went to see the Emperor. He was the first pontiff to visit Constantinople. He was received as the Successor of Peter most of the bishops of the East affirmed their communion with him and his precedence as Bishop of Rome.
It was the Pope who presided over the Easter liturgy in Constantinople on April 19, 526. Even the Emperor Justin prostrated himself at the Pope’s feet.
As for the main purpose of his visit to Constantinople, Theodoric had wanted a reversal of Justin’s policy. What the Pope did, however, was to counsel the Emperor Justin to be gentler in his overzealous dealings with the Arians.
The mission was successful, but Theodoric mistrusted the friendly relations between the Pope and the emperor, thinking there was a conspiracy against him.
On his return home, no sooner had he reached Ravenna, than he was seized and cast into prison. He died in prison on18 May 526 of thirst and starvation
His body was taken to Rome where he now lies buried in the basilica of St. Peter
Pope Saint John’s canonication was Pre-Congregation .
In his short pontificate ( 523-526), Pope John I convoked the Council of Orange; he fixed the date of Easter and promoted Latin Chant in the liturgy.

Pope Saint John I,
Pray for us!

Ref:
Saints of the Liturgical Year
A Paulines Publication for Africa.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 19, 2011, 05:53:02 AM
May 19
Today is the Feast day of
Pope Saint Celestine V
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 19, 2011, 06:26:15 AM
Pope Saint Celestine V
Also known as :
Peter Celestine.
Peter Morrone.
Pietro del Morrone.

Peter Celestine was born in 1215 in Isernia, in Italy. He
was born of humble parentage and into a very large family of twelve children. He
was the last but one to be born. His given name was Peter Celestine di Morone.
Father died when he was still young.
Peter knew about saints while still a child. It is said that when his mother
used to ask her children, "Which one of you is going to become a saint?" Little Peter
would answer "Me, Mama! I'll become a saint!” To show that he meant it,
Peter became a Benedictine at the age of seventeen, and was ordained priest at Rome.
Peter loved solitude and this love drove him at first into the wilderness of
Monte Morone. Later, he sought even wilder territory and found it in the region of
Mount Majella where he lived as John the Baptist did.
He wore a hair-cloth roughened with knots. He had a chain of iron encompassed
around his frame, emaciated from constant fasting. He fasted every day except
Sunday.
Most of his days and a great part of the night were consecrated to prayer and
labor.
As always happens with the saintly, they never get the solitude they crave. So
it was with Peter. Many hermits came to him for guidance, and a desire to
imitate his way of life; so much so that he was inspired to founded the Holy
Spirit Community of Majella or the Benedictine Celestines, or simply the Celestines.
Meanwhile, events were occurring in Rome that had a direct bearing on the future
of the Saint. Pope Nicholas IV died on April 4, 1292. Then followed a two year
period during which the cardinals could not decide on a pope. It seems that
Peter came to them with the message that God was not pleased with the long
delay, and guess what happened? Out of the blue, Peter Celestine was elected Pope.
Three cardinal from Rome, accompanied by huge multitude of monks and laymen,
 trudged their way up Monte Morone to informed the astonished Peter that he had been elevated
 to Pope by a unanimous vote of the Sacred College and humbly begged him to accept the honour. He did, albeit reluctantly.
He was installed as Pope on August 29, 1294. He was 84 years old at the time.
The primary objective of his pontificate was to reform clergy, many of whom were
using spiritual power to obtain worldly power. Celestine sought a way to bring
the faithful to the original Gospel spirit. He called for a year of forgiveness
of sins, and a return to evangelical austerity and fidelity.
There was a problem, however.
He was not familiar with the papal court; he had no knowledge of Latin and there
was a lot of politics and intrigues going on in the Italian states, all
unfamiliar territory to the humble pontiff. Members of the Vatican Curia took advantage of him. This led to much mismanagement, and great uproar in the Vatican. His reign lasted a mere five months. Convinced that his resignation was in the
best interest of the Church, Celestine asked forgiveness for his mistakes, and stepped down on December 13 of that year, the only pope to ever do so.
His successor, Boniface VIII, imprisoned Celestine in the castle of Fumone,
in order to prevent his being used by the unscrupulous, against the legitimate papacy.
Celestine reportedly declared as he entered his chamber:
“A cell I have desired, and a cell they have given to me.”
He died there on May 19, 1296. Some claim he was murdered. He was buried in the
church of Saint Agatha, Ferentino, Italy.
Some years following his canonization by Clement V in 1313, his remains were
transferred from Ferentino to the church of his order at Aquila, where they are
still the object of great veneration.

Pope St. Celestine is the patron saint of Aquila, Italy, and of bookbinders.

Pope St. Celestine,
Pray for us!

Ref: 1: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:
2: Catholic Encyclopedia


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Post by: Shin on May 19, 2011, 07:36:30 AM
It's a moving story.. I love the solitary hermit saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 19, 2011, 08:08:16 AM
It's a moving story.. I love the solitary hermit saints.

A pope imprisoning someone who is without fault, leave alone another pope is a bit hard to swallow  :(


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Post by: Shin on May 19, 2011, 10:09:54 AM
Well, we try to think the best..

The stories about what happened to St. Celestine after his resignation are rather obscure and perhaps not reliable, I've never seen the source material.

His successor did not have an easy time of it.




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Post by: Shin on May 19, 2011, 10:35:46 AM
'We, Celestine, Pope V, moved by legitimate reasons, that is to say, for the sake of humility, of a better life and an unspotted conscience, of weakness of body and of want of knowledge, the malignity of the people, and personal infirmity, to recover the tranquillity and consolation of our former life, do freely and voluntarily resign the pontificate, the place, the dignity, occupation, and honors of which we expressly renounce, and we give full and free faculty to the college of cardinals canonically to elect a pastor of the Universal Church.'

Pope St. Celestine V


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Post by: odhiambo on May 19, 2011, 02:02:46 PM
'We, Celestine, Pope V, moved by legitimate reasons, that is to say, for the sake of humility, of a better life and an unspotted conscience, of weakness of body and of want of knowledge, the malignity of the people, and personal infirmity, to recover the tranquillity and consolation of our former life, do freely and voluntarily resign the pontificate, the place, the dignity, occupation, and honors of which we expressly renounce, and we give full and free faculty to the college of cardinals canonically to elect a pastor of the Universal Church.'

Pope St. Celestine V

He was a truly humble, dignified man.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 20, 2011, 02:11:18 AM
May 20
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Bernardine of Siena.
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 20, 2011, 05:28:03 AM
May 20
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Bernardine of Siena.
Among many other Saints.



"One day in the year 1408 the great apostle Saint Vincent Ferrer suddenly interrupted his sermon, to declare that there was among his hearers a young Franciscan who would be one day a greater preacher than himself, and who would be placed in honor by the Church before himself. This unknown friar, who would be canonized only six years after his death, was Bernardine, then 28 years old. Of noble birth, he had spent his youth in works of mercy, caring for the sick before he entered religion at the age of 24."
From :
 Lives of the Saints, May 20, St. Bernardine of Siena


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Post by: odhiambo on May 20, 2011, 07:30:58 AM
Saint Bernardine of Siena

Bernardine was born on September 8, 1380, it was the feast of the Nativity of Mary. He was born of a noble , and very well known family of the name Albizeschi in the Tuscan town of Massa, near Siena, Italy. His father was governor of the town.
Bernardine was orphaned at seven years of age and was raised by his maternal aunt in Siena.
Right from the start, Bernadine was a good influence on his friends. He was said to be affable, courteous and patient at all times except when moved with righteous indignation.
From a book, Saints For All. Lives of Saints For Every Week. A Paulines Publication Africa, we read:

“Once when a man of position sought to lead him into vice, Bernadine struck him in the face with his fists, and on a second and similar occasion, incited his comrades to join him in pelting the tempter with mud and stones”

The saint studied Philosophy, Law and Sacred Scriptures.
At the age of seventeen, he enrolled in the Confraternity of Our Lady in the hospital of Maria della Scala and served the sick for four years. He practiced severe bodily mortification and made sacrifices for the sick and the poor.
In the year 1400, a dreadful plaque spread like wildfire throughout different parts of Italy. Many people died from the plaque and those who had not succumbed, fled the stricken areas in fear and self preservation.
When the plaque reached siena, Bernardine convinced twelve young men to help him care for the sick and dying. For four months, these young men worked tirelessly, day and night under the direction of Bernardine.
Several of these noble young men died but Bernardine was spared.
When he returned home after the outbreak, he fell very ill, from utter physical exhaustion.
This is how Catholics on Line describes this part of the Saint’s biography:

“In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital alone. And many of the people who died were those who were needed to tend the ill. It was a desperate situation -- more and more people were falling ill and fewer and fewer people were there to help them.
The twenty-year-old man who stood there had not come because he was ill but because he wanted to help. And he brought not new patients but young men like himself willing to tend the dying. For four months Bernardine and his companions worked day and night not only to comfort the patients but to organize and clean the hospital. Only at the end of the plague did Bernardine himself fall ill -- of exhaustion.”.....

Please continue at the next post.


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Post by: Patricia on May 20, 2011, 08:24:56 AM
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He practiced severe bodily mortification and made sacrifices for the sick and the poor.

St Bernardine of Siena pray for us!!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 20, 2011, 08:26:17 AM
Saint Bernardine of Siena

Continuation

Bernardine was sick for several months. When he recovered, he devoted all his attention to the care of his aunt for whom he cared deeply. She was now blind, frail, and bedridden. She needed caring for and he was there for her. She died fourteen months later.
Free from all earthly ties, Bernardine distributed his inheritance to the poor, and joined the Franciscan Order in 1402 and was ordained a priest on September 8, 1404.
He then lived as a hermit for twelve years before starting his life’s work of preaching. Because of a defect in his speech, his success as a preacher seemed doubtful. He turned to the Virgin Mother, imploring her help and the defect was miraculously removed.
His first sermon attracted attention because of its eloquence and fervor. He traveled throughout Italy, going on foot from village to village, city to city, preaching against the immoralities of the time. He drew large crowds wherever he preached. He frequently focused his sermons on devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.
All over Italy, men talked of the fruits of Bernardine’s mission: numerous conversions; restoration of ill- gotten goods; reparations of injuries and reforms of morals.
As is always the case, there were some who slandered him, accusing him of encouraging superstitious practices. This was because St. Bernardine had designed a symbol which he displayed during his sermons to assist him in promoting devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.
The symbol consisted of an abbreviated form of the name of Jesus at the center, surrounded by a blazing sun.
Soon the symbol began to appear on buildings and in the homes where St. Bernardine had spoken. It was this use of his own symbol to promote devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus that was disapproved of by some people of his time and charges of heresy were made against him.
They went as far as to denounce him to Pope Martin V who commanded him to keep silent. He was, however completely vindicated after an examination of his doctrine and conduct. After his vindication, he was permitted to preach wherever he liked.
The Pope offered Bernardine the see of Siena but he declined as he later declined the sees of Ferrara and of Urbino. His excuse was that if he was confined to one diocese, he could no longer minister to many souls.
In 1438, Bernardine was elected Vicar General of the Franciscan Friars of the Strict Observance. He held this office for five years and before he resigned, he had increased the membership of the order from three hundred to more than four thousand.
He resigned in 1442; so that he could start preaching again which he did.
In the end, the Saint was forced to retire because of ill health.
He was venerated as the foremost Italian missionary of this period particularly in stirring devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.
He died at Aquila on May 20, 1444, Ascension Eve of that year.
His remains were enshrined there.
Relics of the Saint are also in Siena, Rome and Massa Marittima.
He was canonized in 1450.
He is depicted in liturgical art holding a sign with the letters “IHS” denoting the Holy Name of Jesus.
Small miters are often shown at his feet representing the offices of bishop that he refused.
He is the patron of wool weavers and Massa Marittima and is often invoked against hoarseness, bleeding and chest complaints.

Saint Bernardine,
Pray for us!

Ref:

1:Lives of Saints For Every Week.
A Paulines Publication Africa.
2:Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2011, 07:27:48 AM
May 21

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Christopher Magallanes
and Companions

Among  many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2011, 07:38:14 AM
Saint Christopher Magallanes.
Also known as
Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara
And Companions-1915-1937


Martyrs of the Catholic Action Movement in Mexico.( The Cristero Movement or Cristiada)

Christopher was born in 1869 in a farm in Mexico. He worked as a shepherd in his youth. When he was nineteen, he entered the Seminary to study for the priesthood and was ordained priest. He was eventually the Parish priest at Totatiche, Mexico. He was noted for his devotion to Our Lady. At the time of the martyrdom of Saint Christopher and his companions, the Mexican Government of the day was a communist one and was completely anti-Catholic. It had suppressed the Church by instituting and enforcing laws against the Church in an attempt to eradicate the Catholic faith in Mexico. Foreign clergy were banned and so was the celebration of Mass in some areas of Mexico.

When the the government closed all seminaries, Father Christopher started his own seminary; it was quickly suppressed. He formed another, and yet another. When it was no longer possible to do this, he and the seminarians conducted classes in private homes.
He was falsely accused of promoting the Catholic Action Movement in Mexico.
Arrested on 21 May 1927 while en route to celebrate Mass at a farm. He gave away his few remaining possessions to his executioners, gave them absolution, and without a trial, he was martyred with Saint Agustin Caloca.
He was shot on 25 May 1927 at Colotitlan, Jalisco, Mexico
Magallanes’ last words, heard when he shouted from his cell were: "I am innocent and I die innocent. I forgive with all my heart those responsible for my death, and I ask God that the shedding of my blood serve the peace of our divided Mexico".
Among the Martyrs were twenty two devout priests and three laymen: Manuel, David and Salvador.
The Martyrs died in different regions of Mexico and at different times, but they were all victims of the oppression of the Church by Mexican Authorities.
Fifteen were martyred in Jalisco; four in Zacatecas, and one each in Chihuahua, Colima, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero and Morelos. Most died at the hands of firing squad. All were tortured terribly before their martyrdom.
The three lay men, David, Manuel and Salvador, died with their parish priest, Blessed Luis Batis.
Pope John Paul II beatified Christopher and his companions on 22 November 1992, and canonized them on 21 May 2000.

Saint Christopher Magallanes
and Companions,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 21, 2011, 08:39:49 AM
   'When a fire is lit to clear a field, it burns off all the dry and useless weeds and thorns. When the sun rises and darkness is dispelled, robbers, night-prowlers and burglars hide away. So when Paul’s voice was raised to preach the Gospel to the nations, like a great clap of thunder in the sky, his preaching was a blazing fire carrying all before it. It was the sun rising in full glory. Infidelity was consumed by it, false beliefs fled away, and the truth appeared like a great candle lighting the whole world with its brilliant flame.

    By word of mouth, by letters, by miracles, and by the example of his own life, Saint Paul bore the name of Jesus wherever he went. He praised the name of Jesus “at all times,” but never more than when “bearing witness to his faith.”

    Moreover, the Apostle did indeed carry this name “before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel” as a light to enlighten all nations. And this was his cry wherever he journeyed: “The night is passing away, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves honorably as in the day.” Paul himself showed forth the burning and shining-light set upon a candlestick, everywhere proclaiming “Jesus, and him crucified.”

    And so the Church, the bride of Christ strengthened by his testimony, rejoices with the psalmist, singing: “O God from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” The psalmist exhorts her to do this, as he says: “Sing to the Lord, and bless his name, proclaim his salvation day after day.” And this salvation is Jesus, her savior.'

    - from a sermon by Saint Bernadine of Siena


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2011, 05:53:48 PM
May 22

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Rita of Cascia
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2011, 06:02:00 PM
Saint Rita of Cascia.

Also called Margarita or
Margherita
An Augustinian Nun.

Rita was born in the village of Roccaporena, near Spoleto, Italy in 1381. Her parents were advanced in age when she was born, her birth said to be an answer to their prayers. From a young age, Rita wanted nothing but to become a nun. Her parents, however had promised her in marriage, according to the custom of the day, to Paolo Mancini (? Paul Ferdinand). In obedience to her parents, she did indeed marry the man at the age of twelve years. He was a tempestuos and quarrelsome man.
She was married for eighteen years and the couple was blessed with twin boys. Those years, however were not happy ones for Rita. Her husband derided her piety and made her suffer with his drunken rages.
One day as Paolo was returning home from work he was ambushed and stabbed to death on a mountain path. Her grief was aggravated by the fear that her sons, now teenagers, would want to avenge the death of their father in accordance with the unwritten law of the "vendetta," that was prevalent at the time. Her fear was in fact well founded. The sons were determined to follow through with the vendetta and avange the murder of their father. Her pleas to the contrary fell on deaf ears.
Rita turned to God. She entreated Him to take them to Himself rather than permit them to commit such a sin. Within the year, both sons were dead.

Now aged 30 years old, and still very desirous of becoming a nun, she applied to the Augustinians in their convent at Cascia. To her dismay, she was rejected. This was because according to the rules of the order, all sisters should be virgins. She did not give up. She turned to her three patron saints John the Baptist, Augustine, and Nicholas of Tolentino to assist her. It took a miracle for her to be admitted to the convent. This is how my book of saints tells it:

“…She was twice refused on account of the fact that the order’s rules permitted the entry only of virgins. God, however indicated his express wishes by a miracle, when her prayerful vigil preceding the feast of the Assumption was interrupted by the arrival of her three patron saints: Sts. Augustine, John the Baptist and Nicholas of Tolentino, who conducted her to Coscia and placed her at the foot of the Blessed Sacrament in the convent chapel, and there the nuns found her at the hour of Matins. The untouched locks at the convent doors, convinced them of the truthfullness of her simple explanation and she was accepted.”

Saint Companion for Each Day.
By A.J.M. Mausolfe
and
J. K. Mausolfe

Thus, Rita gained admission to the Augustinian convent in 1413, received the habit of the order and in due course, she pledged to follow the ancient Rule of Saint Augustine. As a religious she earned fame for her austerity, devotion to prayer and charity.
One day, in 1442, Rita, now in her sixties, and having been deeply moved by the Lenten preaching of Saint James of the Marches, felt a great desire to share in Christ’s agony as depicted in a picture on the wall of the convent. Jesus allowed her to feel some of that glorious pain. Here is an excerpt from Rotelle, John, Book of Augustinian Saints, Augustinian Press 2000

“One day, when she was about sixty years of age, she was meditating before an image of Christ crucified as she was long accustomed to doing. Suddenly a small wound appeared on her forehead, as though from a thorn from the crown that encircled Christ's head had loosed itself and penetrated her own flesh. For the next fifteen years she bore this external sign of stigmatization and union with the Lord. In spite of the pain she constantly experienced, she offered herself courageously for the physical and spiritual well-being of others. ..”


During the last four years of her life Rita was confined to bed. She ate very little, being practically sustained on the Eucharist alone. She was, nevertheless, an inspiration to the other nuns and to all those who came to visit her, by her patience and joyful disposition despite her great suffering.

God took Rita back to Himself on 22 May 1457. She died peacefully at Cascia.

. As she breathed her last, Rita's final words to the sisters who gathered around her were,

 "Remain in the holy love of Jesus. Remain in obedience to the holy Roman Catholic Church. Remain in peace and fraternal charity."
Her body lies incorrupt in the shrine at Cascia where it is venerated today. In
Spain she was given the title of La Santa de los impossibiles, i.e Saint of the Impossible on account of the many miracles reported to have been occurred at her intercession
Rita was solemnly canonized on 24 May, 1900.

Saint Rita of Cascia,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 21, 2011, 06:03:18 PM
Saint Rita of Cascia

About one month ago, my niece who lives in Italy, sent me a delightful little book entitled ‘Saint Rita. Saint of the Impossible’ by Catholic Book Publishers Corp. New Jersey.
According to this booklet, Saint Rita was married at eighteen years of age and that Paul may not have been “all bad”.
The book notes and I quote:
“Thus, at the age of eighteen, Rita married Paul. The early years were very hard for her. Her husband was a very loud and violent man who at times even hurt her. He is said to have been full of anger, vulgar, and debauched. However the latest research has unearthed data that tends to rehabilitate the man. He did not have all these vices we are now told…..Under the influence of his bride, Paul became a good Christian. Rita’s acceptance of the cross given her eventually brought conjugal happiness.”


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Post by: Shin on May 22, 2011, 06:38:22 AM
The patroness of impossible causes.. I know a family member who has prayed for her help more than once. :)


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Post by: odhiambo on May 22, 2011, 10:11:22 AM
The patroness of impossible causes.. I know a family member who has prayed for her help more than once. :)

She had three patron saints. I have been thinking of adding her to mine as well  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on May 23, 2011, 01:33:28 AM
May 23

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Julia of Corsica
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 23, 2011, 01:38:43 AM
Saint Julia of Corsica.
Martyr.


Julia belonged to an aristocratic family in Carthage, North Africa.
She was a Christian. When the Vandals invaded this part of Africa and brought with it the heretical beliefs of Arianism, Julia refused to embrace this heresy; consequently, she was sold off into slavery in 439. She was bought by a Syrian pagan merchant named Eusebius who took her on one of his voyages to Gaul. When they reached the island of Corsica, they stopped and Easebius went on shore to join the pagans of the place in their idolatrous festival. Julia, however would not join in. Her master, who was kind to her defended her stand. While Eusebius was in a drunken sleep, however, the governor took it upon himself to compel her to sacrifice to the pagan gods offering to set her free, should she comply.
Julia told him that she was as free as she wanted to be so long as she was allowed to serve Jesus Christ.
This reply so enraged the governor that he had her tortured and crucified.

Saint Julia
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on May 23, 2011, 08:15:39 AM
I like this stubbornness of the Saints when it comes to Jesus Christ. To want to serve no one but Him. St. Julia reminds me of St. Philomena who adamantly refused the advances of an Emperor, and preferred to be tortured and die rather than sit on a throne. Praise be to God!!


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Post by: martin on May 23, 2011, 06:47:12 PM
I like this stubbornness of the Saints when it comes to Jesus Christ. To want to serve no one but Him. St. Julia reminds me of St. Philomena who adamantly refused the advances of an Emperor, and preferred to be tortured and die rather than sit on a throne. Praise be to God!!

Like St John Bosco taught, that obedience to God comes before human respect.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 24, 2011, 02:21:17 AM
May 24

Today we celebrate the Feast of
Our Lady Help of Christians.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 24, 2011, 02:27:56 AM
Our Lady Help of Christians.

The Church has always experienced the powerful help of the Mother of God in times of trials and persecutions.  "The Work of God",  a Catholic Information Resource site,  lists the following examples as some of these instances of Marian Intercession on behalf of her children, the Christians:

1: “In 1214 She gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic as a weapon to combat the Albigesian heresy which was devastating Southern France…”
2: “In the year 1531 Our Lady appeared in Mexico to an indian named Juan Diego, He was a humble peasant aged 51. As a result of the apparitions, over 10 million indians were converted to Catholicism, the sacrificial killings of babies stopped, and Our Lady left an image which is a reflection of herself imprinted miraculously on the tilma of Juan Diego”
3: “In 1571 the whole of Christendom was saved by Mary Help of Christians when faithful Catholic throughout Europe prayed the Rosary. The great battle of Lepanto occurred on October 7th 1571. For this reason this date has been chosen as the feast of the Holy Rosary. In 1573 Pope Pius V instituted the feast in thanksgiving for the decisive victory of Christianity over Islamism”
4: “Near the end of the 17th century, Emperor Leopold I of Austria took refuge in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Pasau, when 200000 Ottoman Turks besieged the capital city of Vienna. Pope Innocent XI united Christendom against the ominous attack of Mohammedanism. A great victory occurred thanks to Mary Help of Christians. On September 8th, Feast of Our Lady's Birthday, plans were drawn for the battle. On September 12, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, Vienna was finally freed through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians. All Europe had joined with the Emperor crying out "Mary, Help!" and praying the Holy rosary”
5: “In 1809, Napoleon's men entered the Vatican, arrested Pius VII and brought him in chains to Grenoble, and eventually Fontainbleau. His imprisonment lasted five years. The Pope smuggled out orders from prison for the whole of Christendom to pray to Our Lady Help of Christians, and thus the whole of Europe once again became a spiritual battle ground, not of arms against ruthless arms, but of Rosaries against ruthless military might. Soon Napoleon was off the throne and the Pope freed from prison”


And so it goes to this day. It was at the Foot of the Cross that Jesus commissioned Our Lady to take care of all the baptized: “Woman, behold thy son” John 19:26
The devotion to Mary under the title “Help of Christians, was popularizded by Don Bosco. He himself had a very deep devotion to her under this title. He erected a Basilica in her honor under that title in Turin in 1864 and later in 1872, he founded the Salasian Sisters under her partonage, i.e. the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
We are encouraged to celebrate this day by thanking Our Lady for her continuing help for Christians, to pray the Holy Rosary, and to attend Mass if we possibly can.

Mary Help of Christians
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on May 24, 2011, 04:05:08 AM
Our Lady "Help of Christians"

The title says it all. :D



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Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2011, 03:15:03 AM
May  25.

Today is the Feast day of
Saint  Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2011, 03:19:34 AM
Saint  Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi
Discalced Carmelite Mystic and Healer.


Mary Magdalene was born, in the difficult times of the Reformation in Florence, on April 2, 1566, into a distinguished Florentine family. She was baptized with the name Catherine. Members of the family however called her Lucrezia after her paternal grandmother, Lucrezia Mannucci.
Even as a  very young girl Catherine  was attracted to prayer, solitude, and penance. She had a deep devotion for the Eucharist, receiving her First Holy Communion On March 25, 1576, at the San Giovani Convent in Florence where she was educated. A few days later, she made a vow of perpetual virginity. She was just 10 years old.
 In 1582, when she was 16 years old, she entered the Carmelites at Saint Mary of Angels Convent and took the name of Mary Magdalene.
After becoming seriously ill in March 1584, Mary Magdalene experienced numerous ecstasies. She could read people’s minds and performed healing miracles.
Her revelations were recorded and published.
Because of her deep spirituality, Saint Mary Magdalene was able to help the leaders of the Church to implement important reforms.
In the end, the Saint, who had contracted tuberculosis was forced to withdraw from the active life of the community.
She died on May 25, 1607 in Carmel. Her incorrupt body is under the altar of the Church of the Monastery of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi in Careggi, Florence.
She was beatified on May 8, 1626, by Pope Urban VIII, also from Florence, and was canonized by Pope Clement IX on April 28, 1669.
Saint Mary Magdalene,
Pray for us!



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on May 25, 2011, 08:42:16 AM
St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi is a powerful one.  And Pope St. Gregory VII and St. Bede the Venerable!

Collect

'O God, the lover of purity, who didst inflame the breast of blessed Mary Magdalen with the fire of thy love, and enrich it with heavenly graces: grant we may imitate her purity and charity, whose festival we celebrate. Through Christ Our Lord.'

'St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi was so filled with the love of God that her sisters in the monastery observed it in her love of themselves, and called her "the Mother of Charity" and "the Charity of the Monastery.' - Rev. Alban Butler

VISION OF ST. MAGDALEN OF PAZZI

'One day, when she was praying before the Blessed Sacrament she saw the soul of one of her sisters detained in Purgatory, come out of the earth. She was clothed in a mantle of fire, which hid a robe of dazzling whiteness, and she remained a whole hour at the foot of the altar, adoring in the most profound annihilation God hidden under the eucharistic species. Magdalen having wished to understand the meaning of this, God made her know that this soul was condemned to make this hour's adoration every day, clothed in a mantle of fire, to punish her for having often lost communions through her own fault, and that this robe of such dazzling whiteness was won by her virginity, and caused her great satisfaction. This hour's adoration, which Margaret saw her make, was the last of her expiation, and at its expiration she saw her ascend towards heaven.'

What a special day.. and so many more saints too..

'There are in the world thousands of men who risk death every day at the summons of their lords. Yet, when the interests of the King of Heaven, our Redeemer, are at stake, how many Christians shrink, not from death only, but even from the hatred of other men! And the few — thanks be to God for those few — who dare to resist the wicked openly, and to face death, are not only unsupported by their brethren, but are accused by them of imprudence, and indiscretion, and are treated as fools.'

Pope St. Gregory VII

'I do not desire to die soon, because in Heaven there is no suffering. I desire to live a long time because I yearn to suffer much for the love of my Spouse.'

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

'God does not ask of us the perfection of tomorrow, nor even of tonight, but only of the present moment.'

St. Madeline Sophie Barat

'I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore, I die in exile.'

Pope St. Gregory VII

'By uniting themselves to the divine will, the saints have enjoyed paradise by anticipation in this life. Accustoming themselves to receive all things from the hands of God, says St. Dorotheus, the men of old maintained continual serenity of soul. St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi derived such consolation at hearing the words "will of God," that she usually fell into an ecstasy of love. The instances of jangling irritation that are bound to arise will not fail to make surface impact on the senses. This however will be experienced only in the inferior part of the soul; in the superior part will reign peace and tranquility as long as our will remains united with God's. Our Lord assured his apostles: "Your joy no man shall take from you . . . Your joy shall be full." He who unites his will to God's experiences a full and lasting joy: full, because he has what he wants, as was explained above; lasting, because no one can take his joy from him, since no one can prevent what God wills from happening.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

'He who asserts that he cannot be bound by the Church's bonds, confesses that he cannot be loosed by her authority. And he who makes such an assertion, separates himself wholly from Christ.'

Pope St. Gregory VII

Memorials today:

25 Mexican Martyrs
Agustin Caloca
Aldhelm of Sherborne
Atilano Cruz Alvarado
Augustin Caloca Cortés
Bartolomeus Magi of Anghiari
Bede the Venerable
Boniface IV, Pope
Canio
Claritus Voglia
Cristobal Magallanes Jara
David Galván Bermúdez
David Roldán Lara
David Uribe Velasco
Dionysius of Milan
Dunchadh of Iona
Egilhard of Cornelimünster
Genistus
Gennadius of Astroga
Gerbald
Gerius of Monte Santo
Gregory VII, Pope
Heribert of Knechtsteden
Injuriosus
Jacob Philip Bertoni
Jenaro Sanchez Delgadillo
Jesús Méndez Montoya
José Isabel Flores Varela
José Maria Robles Hurtado
Julio Álvarez Mendoza
Julius of Dorostorum
Justino Orona Madrigal
Leo of Troyes
Luis Batiz Sainz
Madeline Sophie Barat
Manuel Moralez
Margarito Flores Garcia
Mary Magdalen of Pazzi
Mateo Correa Magallanes
Maximus of Acquiney
Miguel de la Mora
Nicholas Tsehelsky
Pasicrates of Durostorum
Pedro Esqueda Ramírez
Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero
Peter Van
Philip of Troussey
Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán
Roman Adame Rosales
Sabas Reyes Salazar
Salvador Lara Puente
Sara the Black
Scholastica
Three Marys
Toribio Romo González
Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles
Urban I, Pope
Valentio of Durostorum
Victorinus of Acquiney
Zenobius of Florence


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2011, 06:37:29 PM
May 26

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Philip Neri
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2011, 06:39:11 PM
Saint Philip Neri
Missionary and Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory.


Philip was born in Florence, Italy in 1515 to Francesco Neri and his wife. He was one of four children . His mother died when he was still very young and was brought up by a step-mother.
As a young boy, he was so good natured that he was called "Pippo buono," which means "good little Philip”.
He studied under the Dominicans at San Marco.
At the age of 18, Philip was apprenticed to his uncle’s business with the expectation that he would become his heir since his uncle had no child of his own. This , however, was not to be.
Philip left the business in 1533 and traveled to Rome with no money, no definite plan but trusting entirely in the guidance of Divine Providence. All he wanted was to devote himself to God’s service.
He worked as a tutor, practicing stern austerities. In the same year, he embarked on the study of philosophy and theology. After three years of study, he gave it up. He wanted to organize a lay brotherhood to gather together in prayer and also to care for the sick as well as the many pilgrims who came to the city.
Philip used to spend many nights in prayers in the catacomb of San Sebastiano on the Appian Way. While in the catacomb one night, on the eve of Pentecost, 1544, he experienced an ecstasy that, as was proven after his death, enlarged his heart.
Here is an excerpt from Eternal Word Television Network.

“ He was praying on the eve of Pentecost, 1544, when there appeared to him what seemed to be a globe of fire; it entered his mouth and afterwords he felt a dilation of the heart. Immediately he was filled with such paroxysms of divine love that he fell to the ground exclaiming, "Enough, enough, Lord, I can bear no more " When he had come to himself and risen up, he discovered a swelling over his heart, though neither then nor later did it give him pain. From that day on, under stress of spiritual emotion, he was apt to be seized with palpitations; at such times he would ask God to mitigate His visitations lest he should die of love”

Philip devoted himself to his apostolate and soon made his community the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity. It was well known throughout the city.

In 1551, Philip was ordained a priest and joined a community at San Girolamo. Here, he became a renowned confessor, said to be capable of reading the hearts of those who visited him. He conducted religious discussions for young men, and he was supported by priests and others who made it possible for him to lay the ground-work for what became the Congregation of the Oratory. It is thought that the name was derived from the oratory room at San Girolamo where the religious meetings were conducted. The congregation was approved by Pope Gregory XIII in 1575.

Philip was a trusted adviser to popes, cardinals, kings as well as peasants and the simple people of the city. For his efforts to reach out to lay people in an attempt to “re-evangelize Rome, he was honored with the title of “ Second Apostle of Rome”.

Towards the end of his life, Philip was seriously ill on several occasions but rallied after being anointed.
He died on May 26, 1595 at the ripe old age of 80 and was canonized in 1622.


Saint Philip Neri,
Pray for us!

Ref: . Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 25, 2011, 06:39:52 PM
Prayer…

Father, kindle in us the fire of the Holy Spirit which so filled the heart of Saint Philip Neri so that , like him, we too may be faithful in serving You, with joy.

Amen!

Taken from:
Saints For All.
Lives of Saints For Every Week.
A Paulines Publication Africa.


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Post by: The Reginator on May 26, 2011, 11:35:28 PM
This is a bit late as I've been away.  Even away from my laptop. *Shudder!*

In honor of the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians (May 24), Pope Benedict XVI composed the following prayer in May 2008. He asked that it be recited every year on May 24, and that May 24 be designated a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

    Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
    venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians,"
    the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
    We come before you today to implore your protection.
    Look upon the People of God and, with a mother's care, guide them
    along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
    a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.

    When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth,
    you allowed God's eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
    and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
    You willingly and generously co-operated in that work,
    allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
    until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
    standing beside your Son, Who died that we might live.

    From that moment, you became, in a new way,
    the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
    and choose to follow in His footsteps by taking up His Cross.
    Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
    with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
    Grant that your children may discern at all times,
    even those that are darkest, the signs of God's loving presence.

    Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
    who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
    May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
    and of the world to Jesus.
    In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
    offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
    Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
    ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
    Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2011, 01:41:08 AM
This is a bit late as I've been away.  Even away from my laptop. *Shudder!*

In honor of the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians (May 24), Pope Benedict XVI composed the following prayer in May 2008. He asked that it be recited every year on May 24, and that May 24 be designated a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

    Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
    venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians,"
    the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
    We come before you today to implore your protection.
    Look upon the People of God and, with a mother's care, guide them
    along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
    a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.

    When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth,
    you allowed God's eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
    and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
    You willingly and generously co-operated in that work,
    allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
    until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
    standing beside your Son, Who died that we might live.

    From that moment, you became, in a new way,
    the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
    and choose to follow in His footsteps by taking up His Cross.
    Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
    with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
    Grant that your children may discern at all times,
    even those that are darkest, the signs of God's loving presence.

    Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
    who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
    May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
    and of the world to Jesus.
    In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
    offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
    Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
    ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
    Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!



You know what they say Reginator, better late than never. I did not know about this date and the connection with the Church in China till I read your post the other day. Somebody else may also not be aware, so better late than never :)


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2011, 01:43:00 AM
May 27

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Augustine of Canterbury
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2011, 01:44:03 AM
Saint Augustine of Canterbury

He is also known as
Apostle to the Anglo-Saxons
Apostle of England.
Austin of Canterbury

Augustine was the first archbishop of Canterbury. He was a Roman, born in Rome, Italy. He was serving in the Church at Rome as a prior in the monastery of Saint Andrew. In 596, Pope Saint Gregory the Great selected him to lead 40 companions to evangelize England. Missionaries had gone to Britain years before but the Saxon conquest of England had seriously undermined the faith. Many in the group, after hearing terrifying stories of the cruelty and barbarity of those they hoped to evangelize, wanted to return to Rome, but Saint Augustine would not allow it. ( I have read another account in which the monks were so frighteded by the tales that they actually did turn back to Rome. The Pope however gave them no choice in the matter; they had to go to England).
They landed at Ebbsfleet on Thames in 597. King Saint Ethelbert of Kent welcomed them and was baptized within a short time.
Many in the kingdom, besides the king, were converted. Augustine then went to Arles , France where Saint Virgilius, archbishop of Arles, consecrated him bishop of the English with his see at Canterbury. More missionaries arrived from Rome to help with the new task.
By the time of his death, Augustine had established and spread the faith throughout England.
He died of natural causes on 26 May 605 in Canterbury, England .
His remains were enshrined in his cathedral.
His canonization was Pre-Congregation .
He is the patron saint of England. In liturgical art, Saint Augustine is represented by a bishop baptizing a king.

Saint Augustine of Canterbury,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2011, 01:44:40 AM
While reading the biography of Saint Augustine, I learnt that he had to be very careful because, although the English had embraced the new religion they still respected the old. Under the wise orders of Gregory the Great, Augustine aided the growth from the ancient traditions to the new life by consecrating pagan temples for Christian worship and turning pagan festivals into feast days of martyrs. Canterbury was built on the site of an ancient church.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2011, 05:07:14 PM

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Germanus
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on May 27, 2011, 05:07:57 PM
Saint Germanus
Bishop of Paris.
Also known as
Father of the Poor


Germanus was born in 496 in Autun ( Augustodonum), France. He was ordained a priest, by Saint Agrippinus of Autun. Later he was made abbot of Saint Symphorian’s monastery. He was especially known for his charity to the poor. In 555, Germanus was appointed bishop of Paris by King Childebert I. He wielded a lot of influence at the royal court.
When Childebert died, Germanus worked to prevent the bloody power struggle that soon followed. He excommunicated Charibert I for his brutal behavior.
Germanus also predicted that Sigebert I , King of what was then Austrasia, would die if he continued to use German troops against his own brother Chilperic.
It appears that the King did not heed the Saints’ words because he was murdered in 575.

Germanus died of natural causes on 28th of May, 576. He was eighty years old.
He was buried in the church of Saint Germain des Pres, named in his honor and built for him by King Childebert I, whom he had converted and cured from an unnamed illness.
His canonization was Pre-Congregation

Saint Germanus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 28, 2011, 04:10:22 PM
May 29

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Cyril
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 28, 2011, 04:25:36 PM
Saint Cyril
Child Martyr


Cyril lived during the time of the persecutions of Christians that occurred during the third century. He was a young lad in Caesarea, Cappadocia (Now Turkey).
Cyril had converted to Christianity secretly. He used to proclaim the name of Jesus constantly, confessing that the mere utterance of this Name was beneficial. His pagan father used to beat him for his faith and for refusing to adore his idols. Cyril accepted the beatings and other harsh treatment with joy. In fury, his father turned him out of the house. The boy regretted nothing, saying instead that he had lost little, and would receive a great recompense instead.
When the governor of the city learned of this occurrence, he asked for Cyril to be brought to him. When he heard Cyril confess the Name of Jesus, he was filled with wrath but manage to control it as he wanted to convince Cyril against his Christian Faith.
He promised him the pardon of his faults, a reconciliation with his father, and the inheritance of his estate, if he obeyed. Cyril answered, “I rejoice in suffering reproaches for what I have done. God will receive me, with whom I shall be better than with my father. I cheerfully renounce earthly estates and house, that I may be made rich in heaven. I am not afraid of death, because it will procure me a better life.” He said this courageously without a shadow of fear.
The judge commanded him to be publicly bound, and to be led as if it had been to execution, but he gave orders in private that they should only frighten him.

He was taken to a blazing fire as if for execution, and threatened to be thrown into it, still, he was not daunted. He was then carried back to the judge, who said to him, “My child, you have seen both the fire and the sword. Be wise, and return to your house and fortune.” Cyril answered, “You have done me a real prejudice in calling me back. I neither fear the fire nor the sword; God will receive me. Put me to death without delay, that I may the sooner go to him.”

All those who were there wept to hear him speak thus. He said to them, “You ought rather to rejoice; you know not what is my hope, nor what kind of kingdom I am going to possess.” With that , he went joyfully to his death. He was beheaded as a result of his constancy in the Faith.( Other accounts mention death by fire).

Saint cyril,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Patricia on May 28, 2011, 06:53:50 PM
St. Cyril , pray for us!!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on May 30, 2011, 07:15:31 AM
May 30

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Joan of Arc
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on May 30, 2011, 07:44:30 AM
Saint Joan of Arc.
Joan was born  to a peasant family on January 6, 1412, in Domremy , a small town in France. She was the youngest of five children.  Her father was  Jacques d’Arc and her mother was  Isabelle Romee. Her given  name was Jeannette.   Earlier on in her life, Joan was like any other young peasant girl in her village except that she was said to be extremely pious, so much so that her playmates teased her about it. She was a kind and obedient child. She was also a remarkably courageous girl, both mentally and physically and had a keen mind.
In 1424, when she was twelve, Joan had a vision in which she saw light and heard the voices of  Saint Margaret of Antioch, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and Saint  Michael, the Archangel as well as others who commanded her to save France. Joan’s visions told her to find the true king of France and help him reclaim his throne. This was just the first of many such visions.
Recall that the crown of France at the time was in dispute between the Dauphin Charles (later Charles VII), son and heir of the Valois  King Charles VI, and the Lancastrian English king Henry VI. This was towards the tail end of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France. (1337 to 1453)
Henry's armies were in alliance with those of Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy. At the end of 1427, things were not looking good at all for the Dauphin of France given the fact that, five years after his father's death, he still had not been crowned.
For years, Joan did nothing about the visions and the messages. At first the 'Voices' came to her two or three times a week. After about five years,
they visited her daily telling her to 'Go into France' to raise the siege of Orleans, conduct the Dauphin Charles to Reims for his crowning and to drive the English from the land.
 In 1428, Joan went to the neighboring town of Vaucouleurs to see the commanding Officer stationed there, a man by the name of Sir Robert de Baudricourt, and to explain about the visions and the messages that are now repeated with a sense of urgency. She was not , however, able to convince him of her sincerety. Then something happened that helped her gain audience with the powers that was.
She  foretold the defeat of France in battle in 1429. With her prophecy fulfilled, she was admitted to the royal court of the uncrowned King, Charles V11 of  France.
She was sent to the dauphin who at the time was living at the castle of Chinon. , she amazed the disguised dauphin by picking him out of a crowd where he had hidden himself. Soon after this, Joan won the approval of theologians at Poitiers in March 1429.
In April 1429
Joan was given command of an army with the mission to free the besieged city of Orleans
Donning white armour,Joan led the French to a glorious victory and her relief of the city, permitted  Charles to be crowned  king at Reims on July 17 , 1429. The victory was also a major turning point in the Hundred Years’ war which was eventually won by France.
Joan continued other military operations, but as she had predicted, she was captured by Burgundians near Compiegne and sold to the English.
She was tried before a tribunal at Rouen under Bishop Pierre Cauchon. She was condemned for heresy and witchcraft.  On May 30 1431,she was burnt at the stake.
In 1456, Pope Callistus III ordered her trial to be reopened. She was declared innocent of all charges.
 
She was beatified on 11 April 1905 by Pope Saint Pius X and canonized on 16 May 1920 by Pope Benedict XV. Two years later she was declared a patron saint of France.
In liturgical art, she is represented as a bareheaded girl in armour with sword, lance or banner.
 
Saint Joan of Arc,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 31, 2011, 02:26:11 AM
May 31
This day May 31 marks the end of May , the month traditionally dedicated to the BVM.
On this day too, we celebrate the Feast day of :
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Post by: odhiambo on May 31, 2011, 02:27:38 AM
May 31, 2011
Today we celebrate the
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We learn from the Bible that at the time of the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel told Mary that her relative, Elizabeth, who up till then, had not been able to have children, was already in her sixth month of pregnancy despite her advanced age because there is nothing that God cannot do.
Soon after this divine enlightenment, Mary, always thoughtful of others, got ready and traveled from Galilee to Judea to visit Elizabeth and offer the much needed help at this time in her confinement. On reaching Judea, Mary went into Zachariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greetings, we are told that the baby in her womb leaped for joy. Elizabeth was then 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.

The Magnificat
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name;
And his mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

There is a lot going on in this meeting than meets the eye. We have two women side by side. One is old, well beyond the age of child bearing, but destined to bring into this world the last prophet of the Old Covenant, of the age that was about to end. The other woman is young and seemingly not yet ready for motherhood but destined to bring into this same world the One Who was the beginning of the New Covenant, which would mark the end of the Old Covenant.
This is the meeting we are celebrating today
Happy Feast Day!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 31, 2011, 02:28:53 AM
More of the significance of the Visitation

The visitation:
“reveals the plan of salvation of God and the special role that Mary, full of the Spirit, plays as she brings the word of life to her cousin. Mary becomes the image of the missionary Church, filled with the Spirit and eager to bring Christ to all peoples of the world.”
Saints of the Liturgical Year; a Paulines Publication.

During this important event, when Elizabeth heard Our Lady's greeting, John the Baptist, the child she carried in her womb; was sanctified; he was subsequently born without original sin.
Elizabeth too, filled with the Holy Spirit was inspired to proclaim Mary as "Blessed among women”. She was even aware Our Lady was with child. “and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
There was no way she could have known this save by divine revellation. Lastly, Elizabeth asked this question:
“And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
Collegeville Bible Commentary ( Jerome Kodell) tells us that this “recalls the words of King David when the ark of the covenant was being brought back to Jerusalem after having been captured by the Philistines: “ How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” (Sam 6:9). The ark symbolized the presence of Yahweh, the God of Israel. Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, sanctified her home with the presence of the Lord”
Lastly, we have the Magnificat. Our Lady spontaneously broke out into a hymn of praise of the Lord. She also prophesized she would be venereted throughout the generations to come.
Blessed Mother Mary,
Pray for us!
Mother of Divine grace,
pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on May 31, 2011, 02:29:55 AM
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.


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Post by: Brigid on May 31, 2011, 12:07:32 PM




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Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus


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Post by: Shin on May 31, 2011, 09:05:16 PM
Sts. Joan of Arc and Philip Neri orate pro nobis! :D

Great to read about the Visitation odhiambo! :D

'Happy that house which the mother of God visits, wrote Engelgrave. This was experienced by the house of the Baptist, wherein scarcely had Mary entered, when she filled all that family with celestial graces and benedictions; and for this reason, the present feast of the Visitation is commonly called the feast of our Lady of graces.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


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Post by: odhiambo on June 01, 2011, 02:32:49 AM
June 1

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

From the depth of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power.
Amen.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque



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Post by: odhiambo on June 01, 2011, 02:35:12 AM
June 1

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Justin.
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 01, 2011, 02:41:38 AM
Saint Justin
Martyr
The Philosopher.


Justin was born around the year 100 at Flavia Neopolis in Palestine .

He was born and raised a pagan. He was well educated and had studied philosophy. In 130, Justin became a Christian.

He then traveled from place to place proclaiming his Christian faith and debating other pagan philosophers , using his great knowledge and oratorical skills to win them over to the Faith.
Eventually Justine went to Rome. In Rome, he opened a school of public debate. He spent some years in Rome. One day, however, after debating with a man called Crescens, Justin was denounced to the Roman prefect as subversive. The man Crescens was described as “the Cynic” and had no love for Christians. Justine was tried together with Charita, Chariton, Euelpistus, Hierox, Libenianus and Paeon.
They were scourged, and then beheaded . The year was 165 and the place was Rome, Italy
His relics are in the Capuchin church, Rome
His canonization was Pre-Congregation.

Justin is the patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, and philosophers among others.
The authentic records of Justin’s trial are said to have survived.
Justin was the first lay man to serve as an apologist.

His works include:
1: Apologies for the Christian Religion.
2: Dialogue with the Jew Trypho.

Saint Justin,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 02, 2011, 03:13:11 AM
June 2
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Marcellinus and Saint Peter
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 02, 2011, 03:23:19 AM
Saints Marcellinus and Peter
Martyrs.


Marcellinus and Peter were Romans who lived in the beginning of the 4th century.  They were both Christians. Marcellinus was a priest and Peter was his exorcist. The two worked together. Notice that one apparently did not have to be a priest in order to be an exorcist in those days.
Marcellinus and Peter were arrested during the persecution of the Church ordered by the Emperor Diocletian at this time in the history of the Church. The two were imprisoned. While in custody, Marcellinus and Peter not only strengthened the faith of other Christians imprisoned with them, they also made new converts, including the jailer Arthemius, his wife and his daughter. Along with the other Christians, Marcellinus and Peter were condemned to death about the year 304. They were taken to a wood outside Rome named Silva Nigra where they were secretly beheaded by orders of the magistrate Serenus. The idea behind the secrecy was to hide the burial places of these two faithful Christians in an attempt to erase the memory of their courage and faith and to deny other Christians the chance to bury and venerate their bodies. The bodies were, however, found by two women, Lucilla and Firmina and the saints were properly buried.
Their bodies is now buried in the Saints Marcellinus and Peter cemetery on the Lavican Road
Pope Saint Damasus I wrote the epitaph for their tombs, and Emperor Constantine the Great, erected a basilica in their honour.   Refer to Eucharistic Prayer1. Towards the end of that Prayer, you find the names Saints Marcellinus and Peter; the two martyrs the Church honors today.
Their canonization was Pre-Congregation.
 
Saint Marcellinus,
Pray for us!
Saint  Peter,
Pray for us!



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Post by: odhiambo on June 02, 2011, 05:21:01 PM
June 3

Today is the Feast day of
Martyrs of Uganda
Among many other saints.

This feast day is also referred to as
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions,
The Uganda Martyrs or the Holy Martyrs of Uganda.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 02, 2011, 05:22:57 PM
Charles Lwanga is the patron saint of African Catholic Youth Action


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Post by: odhiambo on June 04, 2011, 05:11:55 AM
June 4

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Francis Caracciolo
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 04, 2011, 05:13:28 AM
Saint Francis Caracciolo
Also known as
Ascanio Pisquizio.

Francis was born on 13 October in Naples, Italy. He belonged to the princely family of Caracciolo. He was baptized on the same day he was born and given the name of Ascanio. Francis was related to Saint Thomas Aquinas and to the princes of Naples.
In his youth, Francis suffered a terrible skin infection akin to leprosy.
At the age of 22, however, when he dedicated his life to God, he was suddenly cured of this infection. He then went on to study theology in Naples. He became a priest in 1587.On his ordination he joined the confraternity of The White Robes of Justice, a group devoted to helping condemned criminals to die a holy death, reconciled with God. He also took the name of "Francis" in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi

In 1589, together with Saint John Augustine Adorno, he founded the Congregation of the Minor Clerks Regular , a religious congregation which:
1:Prohibited its members from aspiring to ecclesiastical dignities.
2: Called for perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in rotation.
3: Called for continuous mortification.
These were of course in addition to the three usual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Saint Francis was chosen superior of the Congregation at Naples on 9 March 1593. He established Congregation houses in Rome, Madrid, Valladolid, and Alcala.
Saint Francis was noted for his work for the poor, and also as a miracle worker. He was a popular preacher. He used to cure the sick by blessing them with the Sign of the Cross. Near the end of his life he resigned his duties and spent his remaining time in prayer.
He died on 4 June 1608 at Agnone, Italy from a febrile illness.His
relics are at Naples, Italy and San Lorenzo in Lucina, Rome.
He was beatified on 4 June 1769 by Pope Clement XIV and canonized on 24 May 1807 by Pope Pius VII.

Saint Francis Caracciolo'
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 05, 2011, 04:34:19 AM
June 5
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Boniface
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 05, 2011, 04:35:51 AM
Saint Boniface
Bishop, Apostle to Germany.
Martyr.

Saint Boniface was born in Devonshire, England in 680. He was baptized Winfrid, which name is said to mean "Joy and Peace".From the age of fourteen, Boniface was educated by the Benedictines, first at Exeter, then at Nursling Abbey in Winchester. He was ordained a priest in 710, by which time he was 30 years old. He was a good teacher as well as a good preacher.
Boniface wished very much to become a missionary. In 716, he asked to be sent to Germany but this was not granted. He then traveled to Rome to seek the Pope’s blessing . He was given the authority to preach to the German tribes.
He went to the Netherlands and took the name of Boniface. He worked in Netherlands, Bavaria, and others. Then he went to Germany. In 723, the Pope consecrated him regional bishop of Germany. He was able to get a pledge of protection from the powerful Frankish leader, Charles Martel. The pagans in Giesmar, where Boniface was, worshipped a tree they held as sacred. They called this tree, the Oak of Thor.
Boniface felled the Oak of Thor, and used the wood from it to build a church which he dedicated to Saint Peter. Next he founded a monastery at Ohrduf and imported English missionary monks there. Then the Pope named him metropolitan bishop of Germany in 731, a position which enabled him to extend his reach within Germany and Bavaria.
In 754, Boniface resigned his see to renew missionary work in the Netherlands. One day, on June 5, 754, Boniface and some companions were on their way to attend a confirmation at a place called Dokkum. They were suddenly attacked by pagans and martyred.His body was taken to Mainz.
His tomb is in Fulda, and relics are in Utrecht, Netherlands, and in Mainz Cathedral.
He is known as the apostle of the Germans.
Saint Boniface,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 06, 2011, 03:02:54 AM
June 6

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Norbert
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 06, 2011, 03:10:37 AM
Saint Norbert
Bishop.
 Founder of the Premonstratensians.


Norbert was born in 1080 at Xanten, Germany. He was the son of Count Heribert of Gennes and Hedwig of Guise.He was raised around the royal court and served as almoner for Emperor Henry V. Although he was made a canon of the Church at Xanten, he spent his youth frivolously, abandoning himself to the   pleasures and vanities of the world round him. This state of affaires continued until 1115 when a dramatic incident served to bring about a total conversion in him.
Norbert was caught in the midst of a terrible thunderstorm. There was a flash of lightening. His horse was badly frightened. He was thrown off the animal, stunned. Half an hour later, after recovering his senses, he was a new man. He underwent a complete conversion.
He went to the Archbishop of Cologne and humbly asked to receive Holy Orders. He was ordained a priest. He then returned to Xanten where he tried to reform his fellow canons. He also preached against all the abuses and vices of his time.  All he got for his efforts were persecutions and ridicule. Norbert resigned his canonry, gave all his possessions to the poor and went to Pope Galasius II who was at Languedoc at the time. The pope gave Saint Norbert permission to preach anywhere he wished. He started traveling and preaching throughout northern France and soon acquired a reputation for eloquence and miracles.
In 1120, he received some land from Bartholomew, bishop of Leon. With 13 followers, Norbert used this land to establish the Order of the Premonstratensians also known as the Norbertines.He founded this Order at Premontre, France, under the Augustinian rule. The Order grew very rapidly. Within a year, the number of monks increased to forty and soon, other houses were established, largely through the preaching of Norbert across France, Belgium and Germany. Within the first five years, ten houses were founded. The year 1126 brought recognition of the Order by Pope Honorius II and the same year, Saint Norbert was named archbishop of Magdeburg, Germany. As archbishop, he carried out several reforms in the religious life and clergy despite the risk to his life
He died on 6 June 1134 at Magdeburg, Germany. His relics are in Prague.
He was canonized on 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.
Saint Norbert,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 06, 2011, 04:46:29 PM
June 7
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Robert of Newminster
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 06, 2011, 04:58:01 PM
Saint Robert of New Minster.

Robert was born in Yorkshire, England in the year 1100. He studied at the University of Paris. While at the University, he is said to have written a commentary on the Psalms but unfortunataly it was not preserved for posterity. He became parish priest at Gargrave, and later a Benedictine  monk at Whitby, England.
In 1132 he learnt that thirteen religious had been  expelled from the Abbey of Saint Mary in York. The reason for their ejection from the Abbey was that they had proposed to restore the strict Benedictine rule. Robert asked permission from his abbot to join them and was allowed.
For two years the group struggled in extreme poverty and the fame of their sanctity spread. After two years, they  were joined by Hugh, Dean of York. He gave the Community  all his wealth. With this they ware able to  lay the foundation for the Cistercian monastery of Fountains.

 In 1137  Raynulph, Baron of Morpeth was so touched by the  example of the monks at Fountains, their adoption of the Cistercian rule that was gaining prominence at the time,  that he built them a monastery in Northumberland, called Newminster.
Robert became the first Abbot of the monastery.
Within ten years, three new communities migrated from this one house, to become centers of holiness in other parts.The holiness of Robert's life, more than his words, guided his community to perfection.
Here is an interesting excerpt from Alban Butler's Life of Saints

" The abstinence of St. Robert in refectory alone sufficed to maintain the mortified spirit of the community. One Easter Day, his stomach, weakened by the fast of Lent, could take no food, and he at last consented to try to eat some bread sweetened with honey. Before it was brought, he felt this relaxation would be a dangerous example for his subjects, and sent the food untouched to the poor at the gate. The plate was received by a young man of shining countenance, who straightaway disappeared. At the next meal the plate descended empty, and by itself, to the abbot's place in the refectory, proving that what the Saint sacrificed for his brethren had been accepted by Christ."

 Saint Robert was reputed to have had supernatural gifts, received visions, and suffered encounters with demons.
Robert died on 7 June 1159 at Newminster England of natural causes. At the moment of his death,

Saint Godric, the hermit of Finchale,  said that he "saw his soul, like a globe of fire, borne up by the angels in a pathway of light; and as the gates of heaven opened before them, a voice repeated twice, "Enter now, my friend."

 He was buried in Newminster, and miracles were reported at the tomb.  Later, the body was  entombed  in the church of Newminster. It became an object of pilgrimage.

Saint Robert,
Pray for us!


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Post by: martin on June 06, 2011, 05:39:29 PM
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He became parish priest at Gargrave, and later a Benedictine  monk at Whitby, England.

I have been to Whitby a few yrs ago and it's a beautful little seaside town with harbour and fishing boats and old traditional style houses.
There are so many great saints and martyrs of England that I'm sure this country will return to the true faith through their prayers.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 07, 2011, 05:37:06 AM
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He became parish priest at Gargrave, and later a Benedictine  monk at Whitby, England.

There are so many great saints and martyrs of England that I'm sure this country will return to the true faith through their prayers.
Amen to that martin.
We so pray to the Lord :crucifix:


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Post by: Shin on June 07, 2011, 11:57:03 PM
The story of the abstinence of St. Robert is very uplifting!  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on June 08, 2011, 08:27:40 AM
The story of the abstinence of St. Robert is very uplifting!  ;D

There is a lesson to be learnt there  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on June 08, 2011, 08:30:45 AM
June 8

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Medard
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 08, 2011, 08:39:33 AM
Saint Medard.
Also knpwn as
Saint Medard of Noyon.


Medard was born in Picardy, France around the year 456. He was born in a noble family. His father was Nectardus, a Frankish nobleman and his mother was Protagia, also of the nobility. He was the brother of Saint Gildardus, archbishop of Rouen France.  Saint Medard was educated at Saint-Quentin. Even as a youth, he was well known for his piety.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 502 at the age of 33 years.He then worked as a missionary until 530 when he  was elected bishop of Vermandois. It is said that Medard may have been consecrated by Saint Remigius of Rheims.
According to tradition, Medard moved his see from Saint-Quentin to Noyon after a raid by the Huns;  he then united it with the diocese of Tournai and became  Bishop of Tournai in 532; the union of the two dioceses lasted until 1146.
In his History of the Franks Gregory of Tours reported that King Clotaire killed Queen Saint Radegund’s brother unjustly. Radegund then asked Médard, then bishop of Noyon, to allow her to become a nun. Médard finally agreed, and she entered a convent; later she founded the nunnery of the Holy Cross at Poitiers.
Medard was one of the most honored bishops of his time. His memory has always been venerated in northern France.
I do not know whether this custom still goes on but it appears that each year on his feast  day at Rosiere, the young girl who had been judged the most exemplary in the district was escorted by 12 boys and 12 girls to the church, where she was crowned with roses and given a gift of money. This was a continuation of a yearly stipend or "scholarship” which he apparently instituted when he was bishop.

He was the hero of numerous legends, for instance, legend says that when he was a child, Medard was once sheltered from the rain by a hovering eagle. This is his most common depiction in art, and led to his patronage of good weather, against bad weather.
 Legend also had it that if it rained on his feast day, the next 40 days would be wet; if the weather was good, the next 40 would be fine as well.
In art, he was also depicted as laughing aloud with his mouth wide open; this led to his patronage against toothache.
Saint Medard died on 8 June 545 at Noyon, France.
 His canonization was Pre-Congregation.
Saint Medard,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 08, 2011, 03:06:50 PM
Another helpful saint for dental patients.  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on June 08, 2011, 07:43:42 PM
There's a special feast day tomorrow 9th of June here in our city.
St Columba is the patron saint of Derry and to celebrate there will be a parade in the city centre organized by a local priest (with plenty of helpers of course).

Saint Columba is like my personal patron too as I pray to him each day that a miracle will occur and we can have  the TLM reinstated in our city on a regular basis.

I'll post this lovely hymn which is sung after each Mass on his feast day.

Hark angelic songs resounding,
thro the happy courts of Heaven,
for the triumph of Columba
endless praise to God is given.

Saint Columba, Saint Columba,
holy patron of our town.
While thy children sing thy praises
from thy throne in heaven look down.

See Columba silent kneeling,
rapt in loving ecstasy
at the altar where his Jesus
hides in love His majesty.

St. Columba,dearest father,
would our hearts were like to thine.
Make us share thy deep devotion
to this Sacrament Divine.

When Columba speaks of Jesus,
when his lips pronounce His name,
Every word with love is burning,
and his hearers catch the flame.

St. Columba, holy father,
hear our praises, grant our prayer,
Make us love our Jesus better,
and in Heaven His glory share.

Great Columba, wondrous preacher,
light resplendent of the world,
Holy Church's mighty champion,
truths sacred flag unfurled.

Sweet Columba now thou reignest
crowned eternally above,
Help thy children here in Derry,
thou the Holy Church's Dove.




Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 09, 2011, 04:09:18 AM


Sweet Columba now thou reignest
crowned eternally above,
Help thy children here in Derry,
thou the Holy Church's Dove.




I was struck by the last verse above. I have never heard of this saint till now, thanks to you.
I wanted to check him out when I read your post and the first thing I saw was that his other name, " Colum Cille"  , means "dove of the church" in Old Irish.
Saint Columba,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 09, 2011, 04:12:54 AM
June 9
Today is also the feast day of
Saint Ephrem
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 09, 2011, 04:47:35 AM
Saint Ephrem
Doctor of the Church.
Also known as
Saint Ephrem the Syrian
and Saint Ephraim


Saint Ephrem was born around the year 306 at Nisibis, a city which was under Roman rule at that time.( I am not sure whether Nisibis was in present day Turkey, Syria of Iraq. some sources talk of " Nisibis, in Mesopotamia; others talk of Nisibis "The modern Turkish town Nusaybin, on the border of Syria"
He was the son of a pagan priest.( Here also some sources I have read claim that Ephrem was born into a Christian family. The main reason for this school of thought is from this quotation from his writings: "I was born in the way of truth: though my childhood was unaware of the greatness of the benefit, I knew it when trial came."
Ephrem's parents were poor. As a child he tended the herds in the fields. There is an interesting story about an incident which happened to him while still an adolescent and which he later recounted to his followers. Here it is:

One day, as a youngster, he chased a neighbour's cow, just for the fun of it. He was chasing the poor beast and throwing stones at it to see it run even faster and enjoying himself hugely. Unfortunataly for him, the cow dropped dead, literally. Ephrem then denied all knowledge of the beast's whereabouts when the owners missed it and came searching. About one month later, he found himself detained in prison supposedly for a crime of which he was completely innocent. He accepted this as Divine Justice. He was
being punished for the crime that had remained unpunished. He accepted his punishment. He was released after two months.

It seems that as a youth, Ephrem was driven from his home by his pagan father when he realized that his son was tending towards Christianity. He must have found refuge at the Church because Saint James, the famous Bishop of Nisibis saw to his spiritual instruction. He was baptized at the age of eighteen (or twenty-eight).
He headed the local catechetical school and served under Saint James. In 325, he accompanied the bishop to the Council of Nicaea.

In 363, the city of Nisibis came under Persian control. There were fierce persecutions of Christians going on in all Persian territories. The faithful fled the city in droves. Ephrem was one of the many who left Nisibis. He went to Edessa (Turkey). It was here that he became a deacon (he was by now in his sixties or fifties.) and started preaching. Sometime in 364 he settled as a solitary ascetic on Mount Edessa.

The Saint had no formal education and knew only his own language, the Syriac Aramaic language which was a dialect of the same language, Aramaic, spoken by Our Lord and the apostles. Edessa was at that time, a hotbed of heresy; there were no less that ten heretical sects. Ephrem confronted them all; both by preaching and by writing. His writings support the Immaculate Conception. It is said that the Saint

"He had the gift of tears and for years he wept, literally without ceasing, according to the testimony of Saint Gregory of Nyssa, who wrote: “At times he was weeping over the sins of men, and again over his own. His sighs succeeded his tears, and then brought them forth again.” It was also said that the tears he shed so profusely, instead of disfiguring his face, seemed to augment its serenity and grace; all who had seen or heard Saint Ephrem were inspired to venerate his holiness."

According to tradition, Ephrem began to write hymns in order to counteract the heresies that were rampant at that time.
Those of us who think of hymns simply as the song at the end of Mass that keeps us from leaving the church early, it may come as a surprise that Ephrem and others recognized and developed the power of music to get their points across. Tradition tells us that Ephrem heard the heretical ideas put into song first and in order to counteract them made up his own hymns. It is said he wrote over five hundred hymns.

In 370 Ephrem visited Saint Basil in Caesarea. He returned to Edessa to serve the poor and the needy during the famine that hit Edessa in 372. The famine ended in a year of abundant harvest the following year and Ephrem died shortly thereafter, as we are told, at an advanced age. We do not know the exact date or year of his death but June 9, 373 is accepted by many.
Saint Ephrem is credited with introducing hymns into public worship.
He was declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. He is referred to as the “Sun of the Syrians" and the "Harp of the Holy Spirit" because he was the most prolific writer of Bible commentaries in the Syrian Church and composed a large number of liturgical hymns as already mentioned. His influence among both the Syrians and the Persians was so great that some twenty years after his death, Saint Jerome had this to say of him:
" Ephrem, a deacon of the Church at Edessa, wrote many works in Syriac and became so famous that in some churches his writings are read out publicly after sacred Scripture"

Saint Ephrem,
Pray for us!

Ref:
Saint Companions for each day
A. J. M. Mausolfe.
J. K. Mausolfe

Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:

The Catholic Encyclopedia.

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Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 09, 2011, 04:49:34 AM
Reflection:
"Virginity will serve as a chariot, lifting heavenward all those who guard it, as did Elias"
Saint Ephrem


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 09, 2011, 04:22:27 PM
'If you have loved virginity, you will be favored by the Lord in all things.'

St. Ephrem of Syria

Here are from some of the Beatitudes St. Ephraem wrote..

'Blessed the one who has become wholly free in the Lord from all the earthly things of this vain life and loved God alone, the good and compassionate.

Blessed the one who has become a good ploughman of the virtues and raised a harvest of fruits of life in the Lord, like a ploughed field bearing wheat.

Blessed the one who has become a good husbandman of the virtues and planted a spiritual vine, plucked the grapes and filled his presses with fruits of life in the Lord.

Blessed the one who has made his fellow servants glad with spiritual gladness from the fruit of the virtues, which he planted by toiling to give back the fruit of life in the Lord.

Blessed the one who stands in the assembly and prays like an Angel from heaven, keeping his thoughts pure day by day, and has given no entrance to the Evil One to make his soul a prisoner, far from God his Saviour.

Blessed the one who with understanding has loved weeping and with compunction rained tears upon the ground, like fair pearls before the Lord.

Blessed the one who loves holiness like the light and has not defiled his body with dark deeds of the Evil One in the sight of the Lord.

Blessed the one who keeps his body for holiness for the Saviour and has not shamed his soul by unnatural deeds, but remained well-pleasing to the Lord.

Blessed the one who has hated evil-doing that is full of shame and presented himself as a living sacrifice, well-pleasing to the Lord.

Blessed the one who always keeps the memory of God in himself, he will be wholly like an Angel from heaven upon earth, ministering to the Lord with fear and love.
Blessed the one who loves repentance that saves sinners and has not thought of doing ill, like someone ungrateful before God our Saviour.

Blessed the one who seated in his cell, like a noble warrior, guards the treasure of the kingdom, that is his body with his soul, blameless in the Lord.

Blessed the one who seated in his cell like Angels in heaven keeps his thoughts pure and with his mouth sings praise to the One who has authority over everything that breath.

Blessed the one who has become like the Seraphim and the Cherubim and never wearied in his spiritual ministry, unceasingly giving glory to the Lord.'


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 10, 2011, 06:07:31 AM
From Sacra Virginitas , Encyclical of Pope Pius XII
on Consecrated Virginity, we are made to understand that Virginity is a better means for growing in the love of God than marriage is.

Here is an excerpt from the source:

"24. It is first and foremost for the foregoing reasons that, according to the teaching of the Church, holy virginity surpasses marriage in excellence. Our Divine Redeemer had already given it to His disciples as a counsel for a more perfect life.(44) St. Paul, after having said that the father who gives his daughter in marriage "does well," adds immediately "and he that gives her not, does better."(45) Several times in the course of his comparison between marriage and virginity the Apostle reveals his mind, and especially in these words: "for I would that all men were even as myself. . . But I say to the unmarried and to widows: it is good for them if they so continue, even as I."(46) Virginity is preferable to marriage then, as We have said, above all else because it has a higher aim:(47) that is to say, it is a very efficacious means for devoting oneself wholly to the service of God, while the heart of married persons will remain more or less "divided."(48)"


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 10, 2011, 06:08:19 AM
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Margaret of Scotland
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 10, 2011, 06:10:30 AM
Saint Margaret of Scotland.

Margaret was the daughter of Prince Edward d’Outremer and
Agatha, a German Princess.
She was born in 1046 and raised in the Court of King Stephen of Hungary.
At twelve, she went to England, to the Court of her uncle King Saint Edward the Confessor.
Then, Duke William of Normandy invaded England and established himself as king, after winning the battle of Hastings.
Many members of the English nobility sought refuge in the Court of King Malcolm III Canmore of Scotland, who had himself been an exile in England during the reign of Macbeth.
Among the English refugees were Margaret and her brother Edgar.
While King Malcolm was hospitable to all his quests, he was rather more hospitable to Margaret, marrying her in 1070 to make her the Queen of Scotland.
Margaret impressed not only Malcolm, but many other members of the Scottish Court both for her knowledge as well as her piety. Because of the influence she had on Malcolm as well as her own activities, Margaret became a very powerful Queen. Prominent among these activities was religious reforms.
She instigated reforms within the Scottish Church, as well as development of closer ties to the Roman Church in order to avoid a schism between the Celtic Church and Rome.
She was patroness of both Scottish Christian hermits as well as the Benedictine Order. Although Benedictine monks were prominent throughout Western Europe, there was previously no Benedictine monastery known to exist in Scotland.
Margaret invited English Benedictine monks to establish monasteries in her kingdom.

Margaret was also active in works of charity. She frequently visited and cared for the sick. She had hostels constructed for the poor.
Saint Margaret lost her husband Malcolm and her eldest son, Edward in battle between England and Scotland at a time when she herself was ailing.
Four days after learning of their deaths, whether from illness or a broken heart, she too died; the date was November 16, 1093.
She was declared patroness of Scotland in 1673.

Saint Margaret,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 10, 2011, 03:14:32 PM
A princess, a queen, and a saint!

Bringing in the Benedictines and taking care of hermits is so important for the spiritual life of a country.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 10, 2011, 03:21:31 PM
You know Martin that hymn to St. Columba is just strikingly full of love and devotion. It's a real treasure.  ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 10, 2011, 03:42:37 PM
Here's from an introduction of the life of St. Columba:

St. Columba was born on December 7, ca. 521 A.D. to Fedhlimidh and Eithne of the Ui Neill clan in Gartan (Donegal). As a young man, Columba soon took an interest in the church, joined the monastery at Moville, and was ordained a deacon by St. Finnian. After studying with a bard called Gemman, Columba was ordained a priest by Etchen, the bishop of Clonfad. Columba entered the monastery of Mobhi Clarainech, and when disease forced the disbanding of that monastery, Columba went north and founded the church of Derry. Tradition has it that after founding several other monasteries, Columba copied St. Finnian's psalter without the permission of Finnian, and thus devalued the book. When Finnian took the matter to High King Dermott for judgement, Dermott judged in favor of Finnian, stating "to every cow its calf; to every book its copy" (I am borrowing this quote from Cathach Books in Dublin). Columba refused to hand over the copy, and Dermott forced the issue militarily. Columba's family and clan defeated Dermott at the battle of Cooldrevny in 561. Tradition further holds that St. Molaisi of Devenish, Columba's spiritual father, ordered Columba to bring the same number of souls to Christ that he had caused to die as pennance. In 563, Columba landed on Iona with 12 disciples, and founded a new monastery. After founding several more monasteries, confounding the local druids, and participating in another battle (this time against St. Comgall over who owned the church of Colethem), Columba died on June 9, 597.

'Then let us call this place the Monastery of Tears.'

St. Columba

'AT another time, while the holy man sat in his little cell engaged in writing, on a sudden his countenance changed, and he poured forth this cry from his pure breast, saying, "Help! Help!" Two of the brothers who stood at the door, namely, Colga, son of Cellach, and Lugne Mocublai, asked the cause of such a sudden cry. The venerable man answered, saying, "I ordered the angel of the Lord who was just now standing among you to go quickly to the relief of one of the brothers who is falling from the highest point of a large house which is now being built in the Oakwood Plain (Derry)." And the saint added afterwards these words, saying, "How wonderful and almost unspeakable is the swiftness of angelic motion, like, as I imagine, to the rapidity of lightning. For the heavenly spirit who just now flew away from us when that man began to fall, arrived there to support him, as it were, in the twinkling of an eye, before his body reached the ground; nor was the man who fell able to feel any fracture or bruise. How wonderful, I say, is that most swift and timely help which could be given so very quickly, even though such an extent of land and sea lay between!"'

- the Life of St. Columba, by St. Adamnan

'Having written the aforementioned verse at the end of the page, the saint went to the church to the nocturnal vigils of the Lord's Day; and so soon as this was over, he returned to his chamber, and spent the remainder of the night on his bed, where he had a bare flag for his couch, and for his pillow a stone, which stands to this day as a kind of monument beside his grave.

While then he was reclining there, he gave his last instructions to the brethren, in the hearing of his attendant alone, saying: "These, O my children, are the last words I address to you, that ye be at peace, and have unfeigned charity among yourselves; and if you thus follow the example of the holy fathers, God, the Comforter of the good, will be your Helper and I, abiding with Him, will intercede for you; and He will not only give you sufficient to supply the wants of this present life, but will also bestow on you the good and eternal rewards which are laid up for those that keep His commandments."

Thus far have the last words of our venerable patron, as he was about to leave this weary pilgrimage for his heavenly country, been preserved for recital in our brief narrative. After these words, as the happy hour of his departure gradually approached, the saint became silent.

Then as soon as the bell tolled at midnight, he rose hastily, and went to the church; and running more quickly than the rest, he entered it alone, and knelt down in prayer beside the altar. At the same moment his attendant Diormit, who more slowly followed him, saw from a distance that the whole interior of the church was filled with a heavenly light in the direction of the saint. And as he drew near to the door, the same light he had seen, and which was also seen by a few more of the brethren standing at a distance, quickly disappeared.

Diormit therefore entering the church, cried out in a mournful voice, "Where art thou, father?" And feeling his way in the darkness, as the brethren had not yet brought in the lights, he found the saint lying before the altar; and raising him up a little, he sat down beside him, and laid his holy head on his bosom.

Meanwhile the rest of the monks ran in hastily in a body with their lights, and beholding their dying father, burst into lamentations. And the saint, as we have been told by some who were present, even before his soul departed, opened wide his eyes and looked round him from side to side, with a countenance full of wonderful joy and gladness, no doubt seeing the holy angels coming to meet him. Diormit then raised the holy right hand of the saint, that he might bless his assembled monks. And the venerable father himself moved his hand at the same time, as well as he was able, that as he could not in words, while his soul was departing, he might at least, by the motion of his hand, be seen to bless his brethren. And having given them his holy benediction in this way, he immediately breathed his last.

After his soul had left the tabernacle of the body, his face still continued ruddy, and brightened in a wonderful way by his vision of the angels, and that to such a degree that he had the appearance, not so much of one dead, as of one alive and sleeping. Meanwhile the whole church resounded with loud lamentations of grief.'

- the Life of St. Columba, by St. Adamnan


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on June 10, 2011, 05:25:18 PM
Shin I will send you a link to a book on the life of St. Columba writen by a priest from Derry, Fr William Doherty. It's in PDF format. Maybe you'd like to include it in the saints books.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 11, 2011, 04:41:27 AM

'AT another time, while the holy man sat in his little cell engaged in writing, on a sudden his countenance changed, and he poured forth this cry from his pure breast, saying, "Help! Help!" Two of the brothers who stood at the door, namely, Colga, son of Cellach, and Lugne Mocublai, asked the cause of such a sudden cry. The venerable man answered, saying, "I ordered the angel of the Lord who was just now standing among you to go quickly to the relief of one of the brothers who is falling from the highest point of a large house which is now being built in the Oakwood Plain (Derry)." And the saint added afterwards these words, saying, "How wonderful and almost unspeakable is the swiftness of angelic motion, like, as I imagine, to the rapidity of lightning. For the heavenly spirit who just now flew away from us when that man began to fall, arrived there to support him, as it were, in the twinkling of an eye, before his body reached the ground; nor was the man who fell able to feel any fracture or bruise. How wonderful, I say, is that most swift and timely help which could be given so very quickly, even though such an extent of land and sea lay between!"'

- the Life of St. Columba, by St. Adamnan


To reach such a state where one converses with the angels is surely to be more spiritual than physical.
Saint Columba,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 11, 2011, 04:45:49 AM
June 11

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Barnabas
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 11, 2011, 04:52:42 AM
Saint Barnabas
Apostle
Martyr

Barnabas was a wealthy Jewish Levite. He was born on the island of Cyprus and his birth name was Joses( Joseph) Justus. He settled in Jerusalem and is thought to have studied in the School of Gamiliel at the same time as Saul. He was converted to Christianity soon after Pentecost. He then sold all his possessions and handed over the proceeds to the Church. The name Barnabas, which, according to Saint Luke, means "son of consolation", or "son of encouragement", was given to him by the apostles. It was Barnabas who introduced Saint Paul to the Apostles after his conversion, vouched for him to the Christians when they found it difficult at first, to believe that their fiercest persecutor had now became an ardent propagator of the Faith. To both of these great men, the Church accorded the title "Apostle", though they were not original "Apostles".
It was Barnabas who was sent to Antioch in Syria, to look into the affairs of the growing Church there. He later brought Paul from Tarsus, and with him, they embarked on the first missionary journey, taking with them John Mark, a cousin of Barnabas. They started they missionary journey with Cyprus.
Barnabas is thus considered the founder of the Cypriot Church.
At the Council of Jerusalem, he defended the membership of Gentile Christians. After the Jerusalem Council, Barnabas revisited his Cyprus missions together with John Mark.
Little is known of the later life of Saint Barnabas. He is believed to have been stoned to death before the year 61, at Salamis, when John Mark was sent to Rome to assist Paul during his imprisonment.
His remains were discovered near Salamis in Cyprus in 485 or 486. His relics were taken to Constantinople, now Istanbul, by Emperor Zeno. Other remains are also known to be in several parts.

Saint Barnabas is invoked against hailstorms, quarrels and grief.
Saint Barnabas,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 12, 2011, 05:27:59 AM
Today is Pentecost Sunday.

On this day, we celebrate the great day of the Descent of the Holy Spirit. The day “Christ filled the Church with the power of His Holy Spirit and sent it out into the world to bring His peace, joy and forgiveness to all mankind”

At Mass today, the priest astonished us all by asking whose birthday it was to today. After asking about three times, a young man stood up and said it was indeed his birthday. The priest too said it was his birthday and requested the choir to sing in honor of this birthday.
We all joined the choir in singing “Happy Birthday to you….”
After the clapping had died down, he said that today is the birthday of us all. It is the day the Church was born. The birthday of the Church.
I had never looked at it that way.

The Following is an appropriate hymn for today written by Michael Baughen (1982).

Title: Spirit of the Living God

1 Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me;
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

2 Spirit of the living God, move among us all;
make us one in heart and mind, make us one in love:
humble, caring, selfless, sharing.
Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love.

Happy Pentecost everyone!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 12, 2011, 05:31:55 AM
June 12
Today is also the feast day of
Saint John of Sahagun
Among many other Saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 12, 2011, 05:36:55 AM
Saint John of Sahagun
Also known as
Saint John of Fagondez


Saint John was born Juan, Gonzales Catrillo in Sahagun or Saint Fagondez in northern Spain around the year 1430.
He was a bright and high spirited child who soon came to the attention of Alphonsus of Carthage, the Bishop of Burgos. The Bishop had John educated in his own household.
He later ordained John a priest and gave him a position of responsibility in the administration of the Church.
John did not find this work fulfilling, however. So he went to the great University of Salamanca, where he engaged in study and preaching. He was a noted preacher and a miracle worker. He was also appointed a professor at the aforementioned University.

Still not satisfied with his life, he decided to join the Hermits of Saint Augustin in Salamanca in 1463. The Friars recognized his abilities, and chose him twice to serve as Prior of the Salamanca Monastery. He had a deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
John died in Salamanca June 11, 1479. His biographer, Friar John of Seville, believed that he was poisoned by somebody who did not like the honesty of his preaching. He was beatified in 1601 and canonized in 1690. His remains are preserved at the Cathedral of Salamanca.

Saint John of Sahagun,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 12, 2011, 05:56:53 AM
St. John of Sahagun ora pro nobis!

Happy Pentecost odhiambo!!!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 13, 2011, 01:58:12 AM
June 13
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Anthony of Padua
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 13, 2011, 02:09:22 AM
June 13
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Anthony of Padua
Among many other saints.


Saint Anthony of Padua
Doctor of the Church.
Saint Anthony gets his name "Padua" from the Italian city of Padua where he made his last home and where his relics are venerated.
He was born in the year 1195 A. D. at Lisbon, Portugal. His given name was Fernando Martin de Bulhorn. His father was a knight of the court of King Alfonso II. (Other sources say the father was a captain in the royal army)
His childhood was uneventful. His parents placed him at an early age with the clergy of the cathedral of Lisbon to be educated.
At the age of fifteen, he entered the Augustinian Order and spent all his time in prayer and study, with the result that he acquired an extraordinary knowledge of the Bible.
When he was twenty-five years old, he learnt about some Franciscans who had been martyred by the Moors in Morocco. From then on, he felt a strong desire for martyrdom.
In 1221, he joined the Franciscans and obtained permission to come to Africa to preach to the Moors. Soon after arriving in Africa, however, Anthony fell seriously ill and had to return to Europe for treatment and recuperation. The ship on which he sailed was driven off course by strong winds and Anthony found himself in Messina in Sicily. He made his way to Assisi where he attended the general meeting of the order in Assisi in 1221.
At the close of the general meeting, Anthony was appointed to a lonely hermitage of San Paolo near Forli.
In his great humility, Anthony kept his talents hidden so that no one in the Order knew what a brilliant intellectual he was.
One day, at a gathering of many priests, the one assigned to give the sermon fell sick; no other priest seemed willing to give it so Anthony was asked to give it. When he too, excused himself in a most humble manner, his superior ordered him by virtue of the vow of obedience to give the sermon. St. Anthony began to preach. At first, he spoke in a very reserved manner; soon, however, his manner of preaching changed. He spoke with such eloquence, such learning and such knowledge that everybody was amazed. Their eyes were opened to the fact that they had in their midst, one with learning, eloquence and a  great power of persuasion. To cap it all, Anthony was blessed with a sonorous voice which carried far, and he had a burning zeal for souls.

When Saint Francis was informed of the event, he gave Saint Anthony the mission to preach throughout Italy.
While spending a night with a friend in Padua one night, his host saw brilliant rays of light streaming from under the door of Anthony's room. Looking through the keyhole, he saw Baby Jesus standing upon a book which lay open on the table and clinging with both arms around Anthony's neck. The host watched reverently until Jesus disappeared. For this reason Saint Anthony is often depicted with the Infant Jesus in his arms.
Anthony settled in Padua, reformed the city, abolished the debtors' prison and aided the poor.
In 1231, he suffered from exhaustion and dropsy. He went to Camposanpiero to recover. On his return to Padua, he collapsed and died at a Poor Clare convent at Arcella, on June 13, 1231.
He was only thirty six years old. Soon the children in the streets of the city of Padua were crying: "The saint is dead, Anthony is dead."
He was canonized in 1232 and named a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

Saint Anthony of Padua,
Pray for us!

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Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 13, 2011, 02:13:09 AM
Anthony was called:
"the Hammer of the Heretics"
"the Living Arc of the Covenant"
"the Wonder-Worker"
The last title was for his many reported miracles. He preached to crowds in the rain, but his audiences remained dry despite the downpour.

He was hailed as a thaumaturgist after healing a man with a severed leg and restoring life to another man so that he could testify in a murder case.
Saint Anthony is a popular saint for retrieving lost items.
Ref:
Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on June 13, 2011, 08:10:05 PM
Another of my favorite saints whom I have on my daily list of helpers.  :D
May he bless us all from heaven on this his feast day.

Saint Anthony of Padua ora pro nobis.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 13, 2011, 08:40:05 PM
'Consider every day that you are then for the first time beginning; and always act with the same fervor as on the first day you began.'

St. Anthony of Padua

'Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul.'

St. Anthony of Padua

And not to forget the sermon to the fishes (http://saintsworks.net/forums/index.php?topic=1219.0)!  :D

 :fishie: :fishie: :fishie:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 14, 2011, 06:19:14 AM
June 14

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Basil the Great
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 14, 2011, 06:25:36 AM
Saint Basil the Great.
Bishop of Caesarea and
Doctor of the Church.


Basil was born in Caesarea, the capital of Cappadocia in Asia Minor about the year 330 A.D.
He was born in a remarkably holy family, for the Church honors his parents , Saint Basil the Elder, and his mother , Saint Emelia ( the daughter of a martyr), his brothers,  saints Gregory of Nyssa and Peter of Sebaste, his sister, Saint Macrina the Younger , as well as both the parents of his father!
Basil was one of ten children. His early years were spent at the country house of his grandmother , Saint Macrina the Elder, whose example and teaching, he never forgot.
He studied letters at Caesarea, rhetoric and philosophy at Constantinople, and astronomy and geometry as well as medicine at Athens.
In Athens, Basil had as fellow students Saint Gregory Nanzianzen who became his inseparable friend, and Saint Julian, the future emperor and apostate.
Basil and Gregory associated with the most serious-minded of their contemporaries and, reportedly the two streets they knew best were those leading to the Church and to the schools!
With his brother Saint Gregory of Nyssa and his friend Saint Gregory Nanzianzus, Basil is one of the “The Three Cappadocians” who distinguished themselves in Church history.
As soon as Basil had learned all that his masters could teach him, he returned to Caesarea. For some years he taught rhetoric in the city, but , on the very threshold of a brilliant career, he abandoned the world, through the influence of his saintly sister Macrina the Younger and his friend Gregory. He became a monk.
He visited some monasteries and hermits in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Mesopotamia in 357. On his return, he lived as a hermit, devoting himself to prayer and study for some five years. Numerous followers, including his brother Peter, kept attaching themselves to him, until he founded a monastic colony on his family property, on the river Iris in Pontus. He composed for them the famous Rule of Saint Basil ( manual labor, study and prayer), which gained rapid acceptance everywhere and made him the “Father of Eastern monasticism” . Basil’s Rule is followed to this day by all the orthodox monks.
Basil was ordained priest in 364 by Archbishop Esebius of Caesarea. He played a major role in the administration of the diocese of Caesarea under Esebius. Six years later, in 370, when the Archbishop died, he was elected to succeed him.
Saint Basil actively fought against Arianism and defended the poor. His concern for the destitute, led him to establish poor-houses in various districts of the diocese. In a suburb of Caesarea, he erected the famous “Basilios”, a magnificent and extensive complex of buildings in which the sick, the poor, the helpless, the aged, the ostracized lepers and homeless strangers could be cared for or given medical attention by resident physicians and nurses.
There were also shops where unskilled workers could receive technical training. All work was supported by an aroused social responsibility of the wealthy. Basil himself practiced the Christian precept of poverty and continued to live in ascetic austerity. His entire inheritance was spent to support the starving population during a famine.
Saint Basil is the patron of Russia and hospital administrators. He is numbered among the greatest figures in the history of the Church.
The Greeks venerate him as one of the three great ecumenical doctors, the others being Saint Gregory Nanzianzen and Saint John Chrysostorm.
Outstanding among his doctrinal writings is his famous work on the Holy Spirit.
Well known also , is his able defense of the Catholic faith before Emperor Valens, and the Eucharistic liturgy which he formulated and which is still named after him.
Saint Basil died on 1 January 379 at the age of 50.

Saint Basil the Great,
Pray for us


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 15, 2011, 02:40:18 AM
June 15

Today is the Feast Day of
Saint Germaine Cousin
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 15, 2011, 05:54:25 AM
Saint Germaine Cousin
Germaine Cousin is also known as Germaine of Pibrac.
She was born around the year 1579 in a little village called Pibrac, in France. She was the daughter of a peasant farmer , named Laurent Cousin. Her mother was Marie Laroche. She was born with a deformity of her right hand and was always a sickly child who suffered from a condition known as scrofula (swelling of the glands). While still an infant, her mother died and the father remarried. Her stepmother was a woman named Hortense.
The poor child was ignored by her father while her stepmother ostracized her, not wanting her to associate with her own healthy children. Hortense treated her stepdaughter with utmost cruelty. Germaine was compelled to either sleep with the sheep in the stable, or in a cupboard under the stairs. She “was fed on scraps, beaten or scalded with hot water for misdeeds, real or imagined” according to SQPN.
When she was just nine years old, Germaine was made to work as a shepherdess. Out there, in the pasture with the sheep, she found God and learnt to talk with Him. She spent much time praying, sometimes using a rosary she made from a knotted string. She went for Mass daily leaving the sheep to the care of her Guardian Angel and they never once wondered off in her many absences.
From SQPN, we read that “once she crossed the raging Courbet River by walking over the waters so she could get to church”.
One would be tempted to think that because Germaine received nothing but cruelty and abuses at home, she would be a bitter, revengeful child; far from it. She loved people and often gathered young children around her to teach them about the faith. She always did her best to help the poor, leave alone the fact that she was counted among them. She shared with beggars the little bit of food she was given to eat. One day, her stepmother accused her of stealing bread and hiding it in her apron. She threatened to beat Germaine. The child opens her apron and what fell out was not bread but flowers. By now people no longer made fun of Germaine. The holiness in her was there for all to see. They now loved and admired her. Her parents even invited her to rejoin the household, but Germaine chose to live as she had.
Then, one morning in 1601, when she was twenty-two, she was found dead on her straw mattress.
She was buried in the Church of Pibrac opposite the pulpit.
In 1644, during a renovation of the Church, the body was accidentally exhumed. It was found to be incorrupt, a sign of holiness.
We learn that there are records of over 400 miracles received through the intervention of Saint Germaine.
Examples of such miracles included cures of blindness, both congenital and acquired, cures of joint and of spinal disease, and the multiplication of food for the distressed community of the Good Shepherd at Bourges, France in 1845.
Germaine was beatified on 7 May 1864 by Pope Blessed Pius IX and canonized on 29 June 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX.
She is patron saint of victims of child abuse, among many other patronages.

Saint Germaine,
You who suffered neglect and abuse so patiently,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 02:08:57 AM
June 16

Today is the Feast day of
Saint John Francis Regis
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 02:14:46 AM
Saint John Francis Regis.
John Francis was born on 31 January 1597, at Fontevonverte in Norcombe, France. His father was a wealthy merchant. He began his formal studies at the age of fourteen at
the Jesuit college at Beziers and at age 18, he joined the Jesuits. John Francis was ordained at the age 34. He spent time caring for plague victims in Toulouse, France. Soon, however, he began his work as a missionary preacher. He preached in simple language, his audience being the common man, the ordinary folk. They came in large numbers to hear him.
He was such a good preacher that he was sent to evangelize in those areas that had fallen to the Huguenots, the French Protestants. He converted many of them.
He established the Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament; and saved wayward women from the vice by providing for them refuge where they could learn an honest trade.
For the poor, the saint established a granary which sometimes miraculously refilled. He also helped them get medical treatment whenever needed.

Saint John Francis died on one of his preaching missions. He became very ill while lost at night in the woods. He died of pneumonia on December 31, 1640. He was 43 years old.
His last words were “Jesus, my Savior, I recommend my soul to You.”
From Saints SQPN

Saint John Francis,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 16, 2011, 03:46:28 AM
Forty three years old. . . We often think we may live a much longer time, but we never know.. so must always be ready..

God keep us, forgive us, bring us to true penance and salvation. . .  :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 16, 2011, 03:49:01 AM
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She went for Mass daily leaving the sheep to the care of her Guardian Angel and they never once wondered off in her many absences.
From SQPN, we read that “once she crossed the raging Courbet River by walking over the waters so she could get to church”.
One would be tempted to think that because Germaine received nothing but cruelty and abuses at home, she would be a bitter, revengeful child; far from it. She loved people and often gathered young children around her to teach them about the faith. She always did her best to help the poor, leave alone the fact that she was counted among them. She shared with beggars the little bit of food she was given to eat. One day, her stepmother accused her of stealing bread and hiding it in her apron. She threatened to beat Germaine. The child opens her apron and what fell out was not bread but flowers.

So saintly.. I have read more than once of a saint that God treated in this way, turning bread into flowers. . .  And they're flowers in Heaven too.

I love the story about how she left her sheep in the care of her guardian angel.  :D

:sheep:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 16, 2011, 04:27:03 AM
Today is also St. Lutgardis' day, amongst many other saints. . .

St. Lutgardis is the friend of St. Christina the Astonishing, another special saint.

"A pretty girl with a fondness for clothes and no apparent religious vocation, Lutgardis was sent to the Black Benedictine convent near Saint Trond at age 12 because her dowry had been lost in a failed business venture, and there was thus little chance for a life as a normal, married lay woman. She apparently lived there at first as a mere boarder, still open to the possibility of marriage in her future. In her late teens Lutgardis received a vision of Christ showing her His wounds, and in 1194 at age 20 she became a Benedictine nun with a true vocation. She had visions of Christ while in prayer, experienced ecstacies, levitated, and dripped blood from forehead and hair when enraptured by the Passion. Chosen as prioress of her community in 1205, she repeatedly refused to be abbess.

The Benedictine order was not strict enough for Lutgardis, and on the advice of her friend Saint Christina the Astonishing, in 1208 she joined the Cistercians at Aywieres (near Brussels in modern Belgium) where she lived for her remaining 30 years. She displayed the gifts of healing, prophecy, spiritual wisdom, and was an inspired teacher on the Gospels. Blind for the last eleven years of her life, she treated the affliction as a gift – it reduced the distraction of the outside world. In one of her last visions, Christ told her when she was to die; she spent the time remaining in prayer for the conversion of sinners. She died in the year of Our Lord 1264 at Aywieres."

From further accounts:

"So vividly did she come to realize God's presence, that when engaged in prayer she beheld our Lord with her bodily eyes. She would speak with Him familiary, and if summoned away to perform some duty she would say, quite simply, 'Wait here, Lord Jesus, and I will come back directly I have finished this task.'"

And the story of her conversion:

St. Lutgardis was visited by a young suitor once, and after he left, she had a vision of Christ who came to her and bared his breast revealing his burning Sacred Heart. He said to her, 'Look. . . this is what thou oughtest to love. Forsake the attractions of human love, and thou shalt find in my Heart ineffable delights.'

And a little of the life of St. Christina the Astonishing from various sources:

'Christina was born to a peasant family in the town of Saint-Trond in 1150 A.D. She was orphaned at fifteen, along with her two sisters, and worked as a shepherd, growing closer to God over the years. In the process of this contemplation, she seems to have neglected her body's need for sustenance; Thomas de Cantimpré writes, "she grew sick in body by virtue of the exercise of inward contemplation and she died."

During her funeral Mass, she suddenly recovered, and levitated to the roof of the church. Ordered down by the priest, she landed on the altar and stated that she had been to hell, purgatory, and heaven, and had been returned to earth with a ministry to pray for souls in purgatory.

Her life from that point became a series of strange incidents cataloged by a Thomas de Cantimpré, Dominican professor of theology at Louvain who was a contemporary recorded his information by interviewin witnesses, and by Cardinal Jacques de Vitny who knew her personally. She exhibited both unusual traits and abilities. For example, she could not stand the odor of other people because she could smell the sin in them, and would climb trees or buildings, hide in ovens or cupboards, or simply levitate to avoid contact. She lived in a way that was considered poverty even in the 13th century, sleeping on rocks, wearing rags, begging, and eating what came to hand. She would roll in fire or handle it without harm, stand in freezing water in the winter for hours, spend long periods in tombs, or allow herself to be dragged under water by a mill wheel, though she never sustained injury. Given to ecstasies during which she led the souls of the recently dead to purgatory, and those in purgatory to paradise.

People who knew her were divided in their opinions: she was a holy woman, touched of God, and that her actions and torments were simulations of the experiences of the souls in purgatory; she was suffering the torments of devils – or she was flatly insane. However, the prioress of Saint Catherine’s convent testified that no matter how bizarre or excessive Christina’s reported actions, she was always completely obedient to the orders of the prioresses of the convent. Christina was a friend of Louis, Count of Looz, whose castle she visited, and whose actions she rebuked. Blessed Marie of Oignies thought well of her, and Saint Lutgardis sought her advice. '


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 16, 2011, 04:27:57 AM
I hope someday to read Thomas de Cantimpré's records of these two saints lives so I can do their stories better justice. :D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on June 16, 2011, 08:58:25 AM
'Look. . . this is what thou oughtest to love. Forsake the attractions of human love, and thou shalt find in my Heart ineffable delights.'


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 09:00:39 AM
Forty three years old. . . We often think we may live a much longer time, but we never know.. so must always be ready..

God keep us, forgive us, bring us to true penance and salvation. . .  :crucifix:

As "a thief in the night" it comes. I lost a sister a few years ago. We are told that she was  in perfect health. After  her evening meal, she watched television for a while with her husband. Then decided to call it a day and retired to sleep. About half an hour later, her husband also went to sleep. He found her very restless, saying she was feeling very hot, could he please put her on the floor. He sensed there was something wrong. Lifted her to put her on the floor, and that was it.
The Bible tells us to always be ready.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on June 16, 2011, 09:02:30 AM
So true!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 09:06:24 AM

So saintly.. I have read more than once of a saint that God treated in this way, turning bread into flowers. . .  And they're flowers in Heaven too.
I love the story about how she left her sheep in the care of her guardian angel.  :D
:sheep:



Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, Saint Casilda of Toledo and Saint Didacus of Alcala, to mention a few. All were surreptitiously  carrying bread to the poor or prisones. When challanged and searched, roses were found instead.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 09:28:59 AM
Today is also St. Lutgardis' day, amongst many other saints. . .

St. Lutgardis is the friend of St. Christina the Astonishing, another special saint.

"A pretty girl with a fondness for clothes and no apparent religious vocation, Lutgardis was sent to the Black Benedictine convent near Saint Trond at age 12 because her dowry had been lost in a failed business venture, and there was thus little chance for a life as a normal, married lay woman. She apparently lived there at first as a mere boarder, still open to the possibility of marriage in her future. In her late teens Lutgardis received a vision of Christ showing her His wounds, and in 1194 at age 20 she became a Benedictine nun with a true vocation. She had visions of Christ while in prayer, experienced ecstacies, levitated, and dripped blood from forehead and hair when enraptured by the Passion. Chosen as prioress of her community in 1205, she repeatedly refused to be abbess.

The Benedictine order was not strict enough for Lutgardis, and on the advice of her friend Saint Christina the Astonishing, in 1208 she joined the Cistercians at Aywieres (near Brussels in modern Belgium) where she lived for her remaining 30 years. She displayed the gifts of healing, prophecy, spiritual wisdom, and was an inspired teacher on the Gospels. Blind for the last eleven years of her life, she treated the affliction as a gift – it reduced the distraction of the outside world. In one of her last visions, Christ told her when she was to die; she spent the time remaining in prayer for the conversion of sinners. She died in the year of Our Lord 1264 at Aywieres."

From further accounts:

"So vividly did she come to realize God's presence, that when engaged in prayer she beheld our Lord with her bodily eyes. She would speak with Him familiary, and if summoned away to perform some duty she would say, quite simply, 'Wait here, Lord Jesus, and I will come back directly I have finished this task.'"

And the story of her conversion:

St. Lutgardis was visited by a young suitor once, and after he left, she had a vision of Christ who came to her and bared his breast revealing his burning Sacred Heart. He said to her, 'Look. . . this is what thou oughtest to love. Forsake the attractions of human love, and thou shalt find in my Heart ineffable delights.'

And a little of the life of St. Christina the Astonishing from various sources:

'Christina was born to a peasant family in the town of Saint-Trond in 1150 A.D. She was orphaned at fifteen, along with her two sisters, and worked as a shepherd, growing closer to God over the years. In the process of this contemplation, she seems to have neglected her body's need for sustenance; Thomas de Cantimpré writes, "she grew sick in body by virtue of the exercise of inward contemplation and she died."

During her funeral Mass, she suddenly recovered, and levitated to the roof of the church. Ordered down by the priest, she landed on the altar and stated that she had been to hell, purgatory, and heaven, and had been returned to earth with a ministry to pray for souls in purgatory.

Her life from that point became a series of strange incidents cataloged by a Thomas de Cantimpré, Dominican professor of theology at Louvain who was a contemporary recorded his information by interviewin witnesses, and by Cardinal Jacques de Vitny who knew her personally. She exhibited both unusual traits and abilities. For example, she could not stand the odor of other people because she could smell the sin in them, and would climb trees or buildings, hide in ovens or cupboards, or simply levitate to avoid contact. She lived in a way that was considered poverty even in the 13th century, sleeping on rocks, wearing rags, begging, and eating what came to hand. She would roll in fire or handle it without harm, stand in freezing water in the winter for hours, spend long periods in tombs, or allow herself to be dragged under water by a mill wheel, though she never sustained injury. Given to ecstasies during which she led the souls of the recently dead to purgatory, and those in purgatory to paradise.

People who knew her were divided in their opinions: she was a holy woman, touched of God, and that her actions and torments were simulations of the experiences of the souls in purgatory; she was suffering the torments of devils – or she was flatly insane. However, the prioress of Saint Catherine’s convent testified that no matter how bizarre or excessive Christina’s reported actions, she was always completely obedient to the orders of the prioresses of the convent. Christina was a friend of Louis, Count of Looz, whose castle she visited, and whose actions she rebuked. Blessed Marie of Oignies thought well of her, and Saint Lutgardis sought her advice. '

The "madness" of the saints, some might say. It is true that in their holiness, some of their actions may seem bizarre to us lesser mortals. All they do, however , is for the glory of God.
Saint Lutgardis,
Pray for us!
Saint Christina the Astonishing,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 09:32:07 AM
'Look. . . this is what thou oughtest to love. Forsake the attractions of human love, and thou shalt find in my Heart ineffable delights.'


Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I place my trust in Thee!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on June 16, 2011, 06:00:18 PM
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The "madness" of the saints, some might say. It is true that in their holiness, some of their actions may seem bizarre to us lesser mortals. All they do, however , is for the glory of God.

The following story is taken from "The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ" by St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri.

The Blessed Giacopone, who in this world had been a man of letters, and afterwards became a Franciscan, seemed to have become mad through the love that he bore to Jesus Christ. One day Jesus appeared to him and said, Giacopone, why do you commit these follies?
“Why?” he answered, because Thou hast taught them me. If I am mad,” said he; “Thou hast been more mad than I, in that Thou hast died for me. I am a fool, for Thou hast been a greater fool.”


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 11:47:31 PM

The following story is taken from "The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ" by St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri.

The Blessed Giacopone, who in this world had been a man of letters, and afterwards became a Franciscan, seemed to have become mad through the love that he bore to Jesus Christ. One day Jesus appeared to him and said, Giacopone, why do you commit these follies?
“Why?” he answered, because Thou hast taught them me. If I am mad,” said he; “Thou hast been more mad than I, in that Thou hast died for me. I am a fool, for Thou hast been a greater fool.”

That confirms it martin. :)
The saints are mad "through their love for Jesus". Would, that we were all afflicted with that madness. :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 11:50:59 PM
June 17
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Emily de Vialar
Among mamy other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 16, 2011, 11:56:06 PM
Saint Emily de Vialar
She is also known as
Anne Marguerite Adelaide Emily de Vialar
Emilie de Vialar
Emilie de Vialard


Emily was born on 12 September 1797 at Gaillace ( Gaillac), near Albi in the south of France. Her given name was Anne Marguerite Adelaide Emily de Vialar. She was born to an aristocratic family. Her father was Baron James Augustine de Vialar and her mother was Antoinette de Vialar. She was the eldest of three children and she was the only girl in the family( I came across another source that mentioned she was an only child.) At the age of seven, her wealthy parents sent her to school in Paris. She remained in Paris for a number of years but the death of her mother when she was 15 years old, caused her to return home.
She managed the house for her father until she was 35 years old. Then she inherited a fortune from her grandfather. She used this inheritance to found a new religious order in Marseilles on Christmas Day in 1832. They called themselves the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition.The Apparition refers to the appearance of Gabriel to Joseph, telling him to flee to Egypt.They were dedicated to the care of the sick and poor, and to the education of children.
In 1835, When a cholera epidemic broke out in Algeria, Emily and several of the Sisters went there to help the sick, thus, and begin her dream of missionary work.
In the following years, Emily established 14 new houses, travelled extensively, and sent missionaries anywhere that would accept them.
She went through a period of hardship including bankruptcy. At the time of her death, however, the her sisters were working in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Emily died on 24 August 1856 at Marseilles, France of natural causes.
She was beatified on 18 June 1939 by Pope Pius XII and canonized on 24 June 1951 by Pope Pius XII.
Saint Emily de Vialar,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 18, 2011, 03:56:17 AM
June 18

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Mark and Saint Marcellian
Among many other saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 18, 2011, 04:08:18 AM
Saint Mark and Saint Marcellian.

Mark and Marcellian ( Marcus and Marcellianus) were twin brothers born to pagan parents. They were from an illustrious family in Rome. The two were converted to Christianity in their youth. Both were said to have married. When Emperor Dioclatian ascended to the imperial throne in 284, the persecutions of Christians increased. Both the twins were cast into prison and tortured for the faith. They were then condemned to die. Well meaning relatives, among them their pagan parents Tranquillinus and Martia, together with their wives, obtained a 30 day’s postponement of the execution to allow them to prevail on them to worship idols. In vain, they tried for the twins would not give in to their tears and entreaties. They were visited in prison by Saint Sebastian who encouraged them to persevere in their faith.

They were eventually bound to pillars, with their feet nailed to the same. They were then kept in this position for a day and a night. The following day, they were lanced to death. The year was 286.
They were buried near the Catacomb of Saint Domitilla. Their graves were re-discovered in 1902.

Their canonization was Pre-Congregation .

Saint Mark,
Pray for us!
Saint Marcellian,
Pray for us!

Ref:
Saint Companions for Each Day
By A.J.M. Mausolfe
And J.K. Mausolfe.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Patricia on June 18, 2011, 09:23:40 AM
Sts. Mark and Marcellian, pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on June 18, 2011, 09:37:52 AM
Sts. Mark and Marcellian, pray for us!

Amen!  :crucifix:


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 18, 2011, 03:23:19 PM
just imagine this fact from a thread at CAF "..., the total number of Christians martyred since the time of Christ is around 70,000,000."!  :o  About twice the population of Kenya!
It is only by the Grace of God that we were not wiped off the face of the earth.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 19, 2011, 06:25:48 AM
Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

I pray that:
 "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
 and the love of God
 and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit"
 is with us all on this great feast of the triune God

The Angel of Portugal's Prayer.

Prayer of Adoration to the Blessed Trinity.

Most Holy Trinity,
 Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 I adore You profoundly,
and I offer You the Most Precious Body,
 Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ,
 present in all the tabernacles of the world,
in reparation for the outrages,
 sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended.
 And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart
 and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
 I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

 Third apparition of the Angel of Portugal.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 19, 2011, 06:34:08 AM
June 19

Today is also the Feast day of
Saint Romuald
Among many other saints,


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on June 19, 2011, 06:51:03 AM
Saint Romuald

Romauld was born in Ravenna, Italy around the year 950. He was the son of an illustrious ducal family of the house of Onesti (Honesti). His youth was spent frivolously, in the persuit of worldly pleasures. It took a murder to bring him to his senses. This is what happened.

When Romauld was 20 years old, his father Sergius had a land dispute with a relative. To settle the matter, they agreed to a duel. Sergius, wanted his young son to witness the fight. The duel was fought, Sergius killed the relative and Romauld watched it all. He was so horrified at the slaying that he entered the Benedictine monastery of Appollinaire at Classe, about four miles from Ravenna, in the hope of atoning
for his father's sin. The atonement was to last for 40 days. He performed great austerities, and prayed and wept in repentance. When the 40 day period ended, Romauld, found he now desired to lead a religios life. He stayed on for three years then went to live as a hermit near Venice. He put himself under the direction of a severe ascetic named Marinus who lived there .
He was joined by Peter Urseolus, Duke of Venice, and together they led a most austere life and were frequently assaulted by the evil spirits.

After living as a hermit for 10 years, Romauld return to Ravenna to encourage his father Sergius who had also become a monk and was inconsolable over the murder. By now Romauld's reputation had spread. He was named by Emperor Otto III as the abbot of San Appollinaire in Classe in 996. He served for only two years then resigned in 998 to resume his hermitic life. The Saint, a born wanderer, wondered throughout northern Italy and the Pyrenees. He founded several hermitages and monastaries in central and northern Italy, chief among these was the monastery he founded at Camaldoli, a wild desert place near Arezzo. Here he built a church, which he surrounded with a number of separate cells for the solitaries who lived under his rule.This became the motherhouse of the Camaldolese ( as his disciples are called), Order.
He is said to have seen here a vision of a mystic ladder, and his white-clothed monks ascending by it to heaven. This is the explanation for his liturgical artistic representation as a monk pointing at a ladder on which other monks are ascending to heaven,
Among his first disciples were Sts. Adalbert and Boniface, apostles of Russia, and Sts. John and Benedict of Poland, martyrs for the Faith.
Romauld tried several times to travel to Hungary to evangalize the Slavs, but he was not successful in this venture.
He died on the 19th of June, 1027 at his monastery of Val Castro,
in Marquisate of Ancona. He died from natural causes. On 7 February 1481 his incorrupt remains was translated to Fabriano, Italy, where it is now enshrined.
Prior to 1969 his feast was held on this date of translation of his relics in 1481.
He was canonized in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.

Saint Romauld,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 19, 2011, 10:57:44 AM
I begin to learn more about geography reading about the various places the saints come from!

A saint of the saints.. St. Romauld, ora pro nobis..!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on June 20, 2011, 05:21:53 AM
June 20
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Silverius
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 20, 2011, 05:47:46 AM
Saint Silverius, Pope and Martyr.

Silverius was born in 480 at Frosinone , Italy. He was the Son of Pope Hormisdas. The Pope had married and raised a family before he became a priest. Silverius himself had followed into the footsteps of his father and joined the religious life. In 536, he was serving as a subdeacon in Rome, when news arrived that Pope Saint Agapitus I  had died in Constantinople. Silverius was unexpectedly elected to the papacy (after he was consecrated bishop). His election had some undercurrents. King Theodaha the Ostrogoth, wanted an ally against the Byzantines, whose invasion of Italy was imminent. He chose Silverius as that ally. Rome did fall and the pope became a victim of court intrigues of the Byzantines. Empress Theodora, wife of Justinian, and an avowed Monophysite, schemed and plotted to have the pope deposed and replaced by Vigilius who was then papal representative to Constantinople. In their scheme, Vigilius had promised that in return for this favour, he would restore the heretical patriarch, Anthimus. Pope Silverius was arrested on trumped up charges of conspiring with the Goths. Forged letters were produced which were used as evidence to condemn him. He was declared deposed then exiled to the far off island of Patara in Asia Minor. There, the bishop of Patara was convinced of his complete innocence and communicated the facts of the matter to the Emperor Justinian.  The latter ordered Silverius to be returned to Rome for a fair trial. As soon as he landed at Naples, however, he was kidnapped on the orders of Vigilius and Theodora. He was taken to the island of Palmaria, near Naples (I am not sure if Palmaria island is the same as the island of Ponza, as both are mentioned).
 On this tiny island, the pope was brutally treated by his guards. On November 11, 537, he was forced to abdicate. He died soon after from starvation and abuse, a death, considered by the Church as that of a martyr. He was given a simple burial on the island.
 
Pope Saint Silverius,
Pray for us!
Ref: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson.
 


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Post by: odhiambo on June 20, 2011, 04:33:45 PM
June 21

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 20, 2011, 04:47:43 PM
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.

Aloysius was born on the family estate on 9 March 1568 in Castiglione castle in Italy.He was the eldest son of the Marquis Ferdinand of Gonzaga. He was Duke of Mantua, Prince of the Roman Empire. As such, Aloysius was expected to one day become a great statesman and a soldier.
He was brought up piously by his mother. At the age of 10, Aloysius began to impose on himself a pitiless discipline and severe fasts in order to conquer his perceived weaknesses viz: a quick temper and a tendency to criticize others.

When he was eight years old, he was sent with his brother to serve as page in the court of Francesco de’ Medici in Florence, Italy. Here, Gonzaga came under the Spiritual guidance of Saint Charles Barromeo. It was indeed Saint Charles Barromeo, then Acrhbishop of Milan, from whom he received his First Holy Communion at the age of 12.
Aloysius wanted to dedicate his life to God. He resigned his title in favour of his brother and decided to become a religious priest. But his father vehemently opposed his son's plans. Aloysius was even sent to the court of Philip II of Spain to have his mind diverted from becoming a religious. So it was that in 1581, he served as page in the court of King Philip II of Spain.

He, however, remained firm in his desire for the religious life. At first he wanted to join the Discalced Carmelite, but changed his mind in favor of the Jesuit Order.
In 1584, now aged 17, Aloysius returned to Italy to try again to get his father’s approval to renounce his title and inheritance. This time the father consented and with the blessings of his devout other, he presented himself to Claudius Acquaviva, the father general of the Society of Jesus on November 25, 1585 to enter the Jesuit novitiate. He worked very hard at his studies. During this period of his novitiate, Aloysius was singled out for his intellect and piety.

As a student he wrote "I am a twisted piece of iron and have entered religion in order to get straightened out."
His motto was “I was born for greater things”


On November 25, 1587, he made his vows and began his theological studies.

In 1590, Aloysius had a premonition of his death. He received a vision that declared he would die within a year. In the vision, the Archangel Gabriel led Aloysius and Saint Anthony of Padua to heaven. Subsequent to this vision, Aloysius turned over his theological and spiritual notes, the only material things he was attached to, to his rector.

In that same year, a great famine broke out in Italy, and a kind of plaque swept across the land. The Jesuits built an emergency hospital. Aloysius cared for the victims. In March, 1591, Aloysius himself took ill. He died on June 21, 1591, after receiving the Last Rights from Saint Robert Bellarmine.
His shrine is at the Church of Saint Ignatius in Rome. His relics are entombed under the altar in this church
He was canonized on 31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII who also declared him protector of young students.
Pope Pius XI declared him patron of youths, especially of young Catholic students.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga,
Pray for us!

Ref
Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson.


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Post by: Patricia on June 21, 2011, 08:56:22 AM
St Aloysius, pray for us!  I'm reading his biography at present.  Very prayerful youth disinterested in the pomp and riches of his position or in the young ladies who vied for his attention.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 21, 2011, 03:32:18 PM
St Aloysius, pray for us!  I'm reading his biography at present.  Very prayerful youth disinterested in the pomp and riches of his position or in the young ladies who vied for his attention.

Yes, he rejected the world.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 22, 2011, 02:04:47 AM
June 22

Today is the Feast day of
Saint John Fisher, bishop and martyr.
Saint Thomas More, martyr.
Among Many other saints.


Today we celebrate the memorial of two outstanding Englishmen: John Fisher was the only bishop who resisted King Henry VIII on the question of dissolving his marriage and did not accept him as head of the Church. While he was in prison, Pope Paul III made him a cardinal.
Thomas More, was the Chancellor of King Henry VIII. Like Bishop John Fisher, he too, refused to take the Oath of Succession that proclaimed King Henry VIII head of the Church of England. Both were executed in 1535 for their loyalty to the Church.
Saint John Fisher,
Following is the biography of each of these two martyrs of the Church.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 22, 2011, 02:28:04 AM
Saint Thomas More

Thomas More was born in Milk Street, London, England, on 6 February, 1478. His father was Sir John More, a prominent lawyer and judge of the King’s Bench. At the age of twelve, Thomas served as a page in the household of John Morton, archbishop of Canterbury.
Thomas was first educated at St Anthony's School in London. He then went on to study at Oxford University. During this time, he wrote comedies and studied Greek and Latin literature.
Around 1494 Thomas returned to London to study law, was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1496, and became a barrister in 1501.
While still at Lincoln’s Inn, Thomas, who was a deeply religious man, was torn between joining the
Civil service, or becaming a monk. There was a monastery nearby and Thomas used to join them in prayers, fasting, penance, etc. These good habits became part of his life. Eventually, however, he decided he would serve his country best in the field of politics. Accordingly, he entered Parliament in 1504. The following year, he married Jane Colt, the daughter of an Essex gentleman, Colt of New Hall.
God blessed them with three daughters and a son. It was a happy marriage but in 1511, Jane died in childbirth, leaving Thomas with four young children. Within a few weeks of Jane’s death, Thomas married another woman, Alice Middleton. She was a widdow.
Around this time also Thomas met and became close friends with Desiderius Erasmus, a brilliant Dutch Catholic priest and a theologian .
From around 1510, a year or so after the succession of King Henry VIII, Thomas began a meteoric rise in politics and attracted the attention of the King.
He helped the King in writing his Defence of the Seven Sacraments, a repudiation of Luther. He also wrote an answer to Luther's reply under a pseudonym.
He held many important positions, including the following:
In 1515, he was a participant in a mission to Flanders to help clear disputes about wool trade. In 1557, he was also instrumental in quelling an uprising in London, against foreigners.
He was companion to King Henry on his trip to the continent, including his encounter with Emperor Charles V on the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520....
He was knighted in 1521, becoming Sir Thomas More. In 1523, he was elected Speaker of the House of Commons and finally in 1529, he was appointed Lord Chancellor of England in succession to Cardinal Wolsey who had fallen out of favour and power when he failed to secure a divorce between Henry and Queen Catherine of Aragon. The couple had no male heirs and Henry wanted to divorce Catherine, with whom he had lived for nearly twenty years, and marry Anne Bolyn. Here is where problems started for Saint Thomas.
Henry VIII sought an annulment of his marriage from Pope Clement III, but the Pope bluntly refused and rightly too. Henry was furious. He insisted that his divorce should proceed without the approval of the Pope. To this end, he had a subservient Parliament pass a new succession law that proclaimed him head of the Church of England. Thomas resigned his chancellorship in protest and retired to his estate in Chelsea.
When he refused to take the new Act of Succession, and to swear to the Oath of Supremacy, he was arrested and sent to the Tower of London on April 17, 1534. During his imprisonment, Thomas began to write the "Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation", said to be the best of his spiritual works. He remained in prison until July 1535 when he was tried and condemned for treason, largely through the perjury of a man named Richard Rich, who later became chancellor himself. The jury, under pressure from the king judged More guilty of treason. He was beheaded alongside Bishop Fisher on July 6, 1535.
His final words on the scaffold were: "The King's good servant, but God's First."
It is said that his head was parboiled and then displayed on London Bridge for a month as a warning to other “traitors”. A woman, Margaret Roper bribed the man who was supposed to throw it into the river to give it to her instead. In 1824 a lead box was found in the Roper vault at Saint Dunstan’s Church Canterbury, England. The box contained a head which was presumed to be that of Thomas.
His body was taken to Saint Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London, England where it rests.
Thomas was famously described by Robert Whittington as “a man for all seasons”
Thomas was beatified with other English martyrs in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII. He was canonized in 1935 by Pope Pius XI and he was declared patron of politicians on on October 31, 2000, by Pope John Paul II.

Saint Thomas More,
Pray for us!

Ref: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:
Saint Companions for Each Day
By A.J.M. Mausolfe
And J.K. Mausolfe.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 22, 2011, 02:34:52 AM
Saint Thomas more is said to be one of the greatest interlectuals of his age. He was also a prolific writer.
His works include:
1: Utopia, his most renown book. It is a criticism of his English society.
2: Treatise On The Blessed Sacrament. This was written in defense of King Henry's Treatise 'Assertio Septem Sacramentorum', which had been written in defense of the Sacraments against Martin Luther.
3: The Four Last Things.
4; Dialogue Concerning Heresies and Confutation of Tindale's Answer. This was directed against the writing of Protestant reformer Matthew Tyndale.
5: Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, said to be the best of his spiritual works as mentioned earlier.
6: The unfinished treatise on the Passion which was composed during his imprisonment.
And more.

Many portraits exist of Thomas, the most famous is that of Holbein, the original of which is housed in the Frick Meuseum in New York City.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 22, 2011, 02:47:44 AM
June 22


Saint John Fisher.

Also known as
John of Rochester
John Fisher of Rochester
John was born in 1469 at Beverley, Yorkshire in England. His father died in 1477 when he was just about 8 years old. About the year 1482, John was admitted to Cambridge University where he distinguished himself as a scholar. He was ordained in 1491. Special permission was obtained for this since he was only 22 years old.
After studying theology for ten years, he became vice -chancellor at the University. Some years later, he was elected chancellor of the University of Cambridge. The same year, John was also appointed bishop of Rochester by King Henry VIII. He became famous for his writings, including his efforts to resist the spread of Protestantism.
Among his notable works was a defense of the Real Presence in the Eucharist. He is also reputed to be the actual author of Assertio Septem Sacramentorum (Defense of the Seven Sacraments) written in 1521 and attributed to Henry VIII.
In 1529, John was named counselor to Queen Catherine of Aragon, leading the opposition against the King's expressed desire to divorce Catherine. This opposition and his rejection of Henry's claim to be head of the Church in England, earned him royal retribution. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1534 for his opposition; he spent 14 months in prison without trial. While in prison he was appointed cardinal in 1535 by Pope Paul III largely as a gesture of papal support. This, however, so infuriated the king that he hurried forward the proceedings against the new cardinal.
The following excerpt from Catholic Information Network best describes how our saint of today met his martyrdom.

"The Supremacy Act and a new Statute of Treason were passed while John Fisher and Sir Thomas More were in the Tower. Treason was now made to cover anything said against the king's titles, so that to refuse to recognize him as Supreme Head of the church of England became treason. Neither of the prisoners would give him that recognition, for to do so was to deny the authority of the pope. Each, however, was careful not to put that refusal in words that could be used against them; they begged to be excused. Many attempts were made to get them to say the fateful words. At length Richard Rich, the solicitor-general, visited John Fisher in the Tower and told him that the king 'for the satisfaction of his own conscience' wished to know the bishop's opinion on the Supremacy; Rich assured the prisoner that whatever he said would not be used against him but would remain private to the king. Thereupon John Fisher declared 'that the King was not, nor could be, by the law of God, Supreme Head of the church of England.' As a priest he could not refuse to answer a question of conscience, but he had fallen into a trap, and the words he had spoken were used against him at his trial on June 17th, 1535. In spite of his protest at this breach of trust, he was condemned as a traitor.

He was beheaded on Tower Hill on June 22nd, 1535. His naked corpse was left on the scaffold all day until it was hastily buried without ceremony in the nearby churchyard of All Hallows. His head was displayed on London Bridge until July 6th when it was thrown into the Thames to give place to the head of his fellow martyr. Sir Thomas More was buried within the church of St. Peter ad Vincula within the Tower; at the same time, the remains of John Fisher were removed to the same resting place.
John Fisher and Thomas More were beatified in 1886 and canonized in 1935. Their feast is kept jointly."

Ref.1:Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
2:Catholic Information Network

Saint John Fisher,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 23, 2011, 02:39:13 AM
June 23
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Etheldreda
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 23, 2011, 03:09:09 AM
Saint Ethreldreda.
Abess of Ely
also known as Audrey, or Ediltrudis.


Saint Etheldreda was born around the year 636, in Northumbria, the daughter of King Anna of the East Anglia. She was brought up in a God-fearing household, a house full of saints. She was sister to Saints Ethelburga, Erkenwald, Sexburga, and Withburga.( "The burgas" one might say  :)) Her mother too is said to be a saint. From an early age, Etheldreda had just one goal in mind, and that was to consecrate herself entirely to the Lord by joining a religious order.
Her father, however, had other plans for her. He had Etheldreda married at a very young age and for his own political advancement, to a prince of a local tribe of Saxons named Tonbert. From this marriage, Ethreldreda gained a track of land on the Isle of Ely. For three years the couple lived together, and due to her young age and commitment to sanctity, Tonbert refrained from intimacy with her. Etheldreda was thus able to maintain her purity. Fortunataly or unfortunataly, depending how you look at it, Tonbert died unexpectedly. The Saint relocated to the Isle of Ely, where she intended to devote herself to God as she had all along desired.
It was not to be. The father again interfered in his daughter's life. He arranged a second marriage for her, again for his own political opportunism. This time it was to Egfrith, the young son of a powerful king of Northumbria. Again, Etheldreda obeyed her father but on condition that her status in the palace would be more of a sister to the young boy, rather than that of a wife. This condition was quickly agreed to as Egfrith , at the time, was still a child.
At the age of twenty-four, Egfrith ascended to the throne of Northumbria, becoming king.
As Queen, Etheldreda took care to invite and attract to her, those most distinguished for learning and piety. Among these was St. Cuthbert, the young Prior of Lindisfarne, and Saint Wilfrid, her confessor.
Etheldreda became friends with Saint Wilfrid. When the King now demanded his conjugal rights, Etheldreda refused, saying she had dedicated herself to God. The case was referred to Saint Wilfrid who upheld her claim and convinced the king to allow her to retire to the Convent at Coldingham Abbey. There, she became a nun, receiving the veil from Saint Wilfrid himself.
In 672 she returned to Ely, and founded there a double monastery, one for nuns and the other for monks. Saint Wilfrid appointed her abbess, of the nunnery and she governed the abbey for many years. She died in 679.
Her body remained incorrupt after death and her head is preserved in Ely.
Saint Ethreldreda,
Pray for us


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Post by: Shin on June 23, 2011, 11:33:05 AM
Saints Wilfrid, Cuthbert, Etheldreda, Ethelburga, Erkenwald, Sexburga, Withburga, and family pray for us!

I love families of saints! What a family to be raised in. . . what priests and confessors to have..  It brings tears to my eyes to think of it. . living like that. . .

And yet with that entire family of saints they had a father who troubled them. It reminds me of a story I heard once of a nun in a convent talking to another nun who was bothered by, yet another nun.. The nun that bothered her did things that troubled folks, and yet the one that was bothered was told by her sister, "If we did not have one like this we would have to search, search, search and find one!" reminding me of St. Camillus de Lellis and the poor, and dig, dig, digging to find them! Because people of such stripes prove and help, what is the word for hardening metal? Temper? their sanctity.



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Post by: odhiambo on June 23, 2011, 05:29:10 PM
reminding me of St. Camillus de Lellis and the poor, and dig, dig, digging to find them! Because people of such stripes prove and help, what is the word for hardening metal? Temper? their sanctity.


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Post by: martin on June 23, 2011, 06:21:06 PM
Quote
5: Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, said to be the best of his spiritual works as mentioned earlier.

Odhiama I read this book before (by St Thomas Moore) and it is very moving. Letters back and forth comforting and helping each other to persevere through great persecusions.
Another saint on my list of helpers.  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on June 24, 2011, 02:09:44 AM
Quote
5: Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, said to be the best of his spiritual works as mentioned earlier.

Odhiama I read this book before (by St Thomas Moore) and it is very moving. Letters back and forth comforting and helping each other to persevere through great persecusions.
Another saint on my list of helpers.  :)

I would love to read the book martin. Is it available on line ? I have a growing list of "must read" books, both on line and at home. Did you ever watch the movie "A Man for All Seasons" ? I used to watch old movies on TCM, but I no longer do that, thanks to Saints Discussion Forum.  :)
 Reading his biography, I too was touched by this saint.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 24, 2011, 02:17:53 AM
June 24

Today we commemorate the
The Birth of Saint John the Baptist.


The birth of Saint John was foretold by the Archangel Gabriel to his father, Zachary, who was offering incense in the Temple in Jerusalem. Zachary could not believe what he heard. All his married life he and his wife Elizabeth had wanted children but as time passed and it did not happen, they accepted the fact that Elizabeth was baren; that it was the Will of God. Now, when they are both very old and well past the age of child bearing, he is being told he was to have a son and that he was to name him John which means “God is gracious” The Angel of the Lord went on to tell Zachary that his son would be a great man in the sight of the Lord. He was not to drink any wine or strong drink and most importantly, from his very birth, the child would be filled with the Holy Spirit. His role would be to prepare the way for the Messiah. Wow! Who would not be overwhelmed?
All this came to pass. Elizabeth did conceive and in the sixth month of her pregnancy, Mary, her young cousin, who had been told of the pregnancy by the same Angel, left her home immediataly to go and help Elizabeth who surely needed help at this time. The Child was duly born and named as had been instructed by Archangel Gabriel. He was born at Ain-Karim, southwest of Jerusalem, six months before Jesus was born.
Saint John the Baptist is unique in that he is the only saint whose birth day is observed in addition to that of his death, 29 August.( Except of course for The Lord Himself and Our Lady )
In the words of Jesus, “ Of all the children born to women, there is no one greater than John” Lk 7:28.
Saint John the Baptist,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 25, 2011, 04:52:20 AM
June 25

Today is the Feast day of
Saint William of Vercelli
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 25, 2011, 05:00:14 AM
Saint William of Vercelli
Abbot and
 Founder of the Congregation of Monte Vergine
Also known as William of Monte Vergine

William was born in 1085 at Vercelli, Italy. His parents, who were members of the nobility, both died in his infancy. He was subsequently raised by a relative. At the age of 14, William gave away all his inheritance, and set out on a long and austere pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin, founded by Saint James at Saragossa, Spain.
On his return to Italy, God revealed to William, His Plan for his life. He was being called to live as a hermit. He chose for this life, an uninhabited mountain in southern Italy. Here, he lived in perpetual contemplation and the exercises of rigorous, penitential austerities.

More and more monks, attracted by his sanctity and miracles, joined him, placing themselves under his direction. He built a monastery for them and in 1119, he founded the Congregation of Monte Vergine, or the Hermits of Monte Vergine or Williamites. Theirs was a life of great austerity in accordance with the Benedictine rules.
After a while, some of the monks complained that their austerities were too severe and that William gave away too much of their sustenance to the poor. William simply left them. He moved to Monte Cognato. King Roger I of Naples, built for him a hermitage at Salermo, near his palace. It was said that the King wanted to keep Saint William nearby so as to benefit from his wise counsel.

Following is an excerpt from SQPN on the legend about today’s saint:

“Legend says that William began mining the stone and digging the foundations for the church on Montevergine when his only companion and helper was a single donkey. One evening, a wolf charged from the forest, killed and ate the donkey. William ordered the wolf to take the donkey’s place. The wolf, understanding that he had interrupted God‘s work, bowed his head, and began hauling the loads of stone. Tradition says that the same wolf still prowls the mountain, ready to help those who are in danger and who call upon the name of the Virgin Mary”
Willian died on 25 June 1142 at Guglietto, Italy of natural causes.
In liturgical art, he is sometimes represented as an abbot near a wolf wearing a saddle or saddling a wolf that killed his donkey.

Saint William of Vercelli,
 Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 26, 2011, 06:48:37 AM
Today is the Feast of
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
"The Food and Drink of Eternal Life.
God kept His people alive in the desert by giving them food and drink from heaven.
The food and drink He gives us in this sacrament is the Body and Blood of His Son, given for the life of the world"
From our Parish Newsletter.

Following is an appropriate Hymn for today

1 O Lord, I am not worthy
That Thou should'st come to me,
But speak the words of comfort,
My spirit healed shall be.

2. Oh, come, all you who labor
In sorrow and in pain,
Come, eat This Bread from heaven;
Thy peace and strength regain.

3. O Jesus, we adore Thee,
Our Victim and our Priest,
Whose precious Blood and Body
Become our sacred Feast.

4. O Sacrament most holy,
O Sacrament divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be ev'ry moment Thine.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 26, 2011, 07:43:10 AM
June 26

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Josemaria Escriva
Among many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on June 26, 2011, 07:53:18 AM
Saint Josemaria Escriva
Priest and Founder of
Opus Dei.
Also known as
Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer


Josemaria was born in Barbastro, Spain on 9 January 1902. He was the second of six children. His parents,
José and Dolores Escriva, brought up their children with a devout Catholic faith. Of the six children they were blessed with, three died in infancy. Josemaria's father was a small scale businessman. In 1915, his business failed. Jose moved his family to
Logroño, Spain. It was here in Logrono that he felt called to the priesthood. It is recorded that he saw
some bare footprints in the snow. The foot prints were those of a monk who had walked that way a short while earlier. Looking at those prints, he felt that God wanted something of him, and the best way he saw of finding out God's plan for him, was to become a priest. Accordingly he entered the seminary at Logrono and completed his training for the priesthood at the Pontifical University of Saragossa. His father died in 1924, and Josemaria had to support his family as well as study. He was ordained in Zaragossa on 28 March 1925.
Following his ordination, he was assigned for a while to a rural parish, but was later brought back in Zaragossa. He moved to Madrid, in 1927 to study law. At the end of his studies, Josemaria started working for the poor and the sick. On October 2, 1921, Josemaria received an inspiration to start the Society of Opus Dei which is Latin for "Work of God" The reason for the founding of the society was to promote holiness worldwide, membership being open to both men and women.
When the Spanish civil war broke out in 1936, Josemaría was in Madrid. He risked his life during the religious persecution that followed. He was forced to hide from the authorities, eventually escaping to Andorra.
On February 14, 1943, the Saint also founded the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross. in 1946, he took up residence in Rome. Josemaria had a motto, and it was this:
" to hide and disappear so that only Jesus may shine"
Opus Dei spread across the world. and Josemaria became a consultor to the Holy See under Pope Pius XII.
In time, Opus Dei owned publishing houses, and radio stations dedicated to the use of modern media techniques in serving the Church.

On June 26 , 1975 Josemaria died of a heart attack in his office at Opus Dei headquarters in Rome.
His remains were enshrined in the Prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace in Rome.
At the time of his death, Josemaria left more than sixty thousand members of Opus Dei in eighty countries and a thousand priests dedicated to the Opus Dei apostolate.

He was beatified on 17 May 1992 by Pope John Paul II and canonized on 6 October 2002 by Pope John Paul II.
Saint Josemaria,
Pray for us!


Ref:
Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:


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Post by: odhiambo on June 27, 2011, 02:31:30 AM
27 June
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Cyril of Alexandria
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 27, 2011, 03:10:04 AM
Saint Cyril of Alexandria
Doctor of the Church.

Cyril was born in the year 376 at Alexandria in Egypt. He was the nephew of Theophilus the Patriarch or Bishop of Alexandria. He received his education at Alexandria, and was sent by his uncle, to the monks in the Egyptian desert to be trained in ascetical life. His uncle, the Bishop of Alexandria, ordained him a priest.
In July, 403, Cyril accompanied The Bishop to Constantinople to attend the Synod of the Oak at which Saint John Chrystostom was condemned and deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople.
Nine years later, in 412, His uncle died and Cyril, then 36 years old, was named to succeed him.
Cyril began his reign by undertaking two drastic measures.
1: He closed all churches belonging to the heretical sect, the Novatianists. This heresy as you will recall, originated with the Roman priest, Novatian who became an antipope. The Novatianists adopted a moral high ground maintaining that the Church had no power to absolve those Christians who had lapsed into idolatry during the preceding years of persecution and they were to be permanently excluded from the Church. Absolution was also refused to those guilty of the sins of murder and adultery.
2: Cyril also drove away all the Jews from Alexandria. At the time of the founding of the city by Alexander the Great, the Jews had been established in the city in order to encourage trade. They were, however reported to hate Christians, causing repeated riots and massacres.
In 430 Cyril took up the battle with Nestorian heretics, condemning Nestorius, patriarch of Constantinople, who was preaching that Mary was not the Mother of God since Christ was Divine and not human, and consequently she should not have the word theotokos (God-bearer) applied to her.
He persuaded Pope Celestine I to convoke a synod at Rome, which condemned Nestorius, and then did the same at his own synod in Alexandria. Celestine directed Cyril to depose Nestorius, and in 431, Cyril presided over the third General Council at Ephesus, attended by some two hundred bishops, which condemned all the tenets of Nestorius and his followers. The table soon turned on him however, when he found himself deposed by Archbishop John of Antioch and forty-two followers who believed Nestorius was innocent.
Emperor Theodosius II arrested both Cyril and Nestorius but released Cyril on the intervention of the Pope. Nestorius was later condemned by all sides.

Cyril of Alexandria is known for his writings on the Incarnation and the Trinity.
He wrote commentaries on Saint John, Saint Luke and other Scriptures to mention but a few of his works.
He died of natural causes in 444 at Alexandria. His relics are in Alexandria
His canonization was pre-Congregation.
He is the patron of Alexandria, Egypt
He was declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 28, 2011, 01:21:26 AM
June 28

Today is the Feast Day of
Saint Irenaenus
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 28, 2011, 01:46:10 AM
Saint Irenaenus
Bishop of Lyons.
Doctor of the Church,
Martyr.

Saint Irenaeus, " Father of Catholic Theology", as he has been called, was born in a Christian family between the years 120 and 140, in Smyrna.
While he was still young, his parents placed him under the care of Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna and disciple of Saint John the Apostle. Saint Irenaeus is reported to have said the following to a friend once:
"I listened to St. Polycarp's instructions very carefully. I wrote down his actions and his words, not on paper, but on my heart."
He was ordained in 177 and soon after that, he was sent to Lyons to assist Bishop Saint Pothimus. On his arrival in Lyons, Bishop Pothimus sent him to Rome with a message to Pope Saint Eleutherius to brief him on the spread of the Montanist heresy. In his absence during that same year, a violent, very cruel persecution against the Church broke out in Lyons. It claimed the lives of Pothimus, priests and many other Christians.
The following year, Irenaeus returned to Lyons, luckily, by then, the persecution was over. He was elected Bishop of Lyons. Although the persecution was over, there was another danger to the Church, a heresy called Gnosticism. Saint Irenaeus
studied all its teachings and then he wrote a number of books that showed how wrong they were.
One such work was " Adversus Omnes Haereses" or " Against Heresies", written in his own Greek tongue and which was a sharp criticism of Gnosticism.
Another is "Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching" or, “Proof of the Apostolic Preaching" which was also written in Greek.
In 190, Irenaeus, whose name means " lover of peace, helped in bringing peace between Pope Victor I and the Eastern Churches in relation to the Eastern Church refusal to conform to the Roman practice concerning the Easter date.
Saint Irenaeus was Bishop of Lyons for 24 years and in that time, he was successful in gaining many new converts to the Church and in rebuilding the Church in Gaul.
He is, however, chiefly known for his writings some of which have been mentioned above.
Irenaeus was martyred in 202, under Septimius Severus, in Lyons, France. His tomb and relics were destroyed by Calvinists in 1562.
His head is in Saint John’s church, Lyons, France
His canonization was Pre-Congregation.

Saint Irenaeus,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on June 28, 2011, 02:48:49 PM
Isn't it impressive odhiambo? It's like being there at the time, with these early saints and companions of the apostles.


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Post by: martin on June 28, 2011, 04:51:16 PM
Quote
"I listened to St. Polycarp's instructions very carefully. I wrote down his actions and his words, not on paper, but on my heart."

That's what I wish to do when I read a saints quote that really hits home. I read it many times hoping that it will stick.  :D


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2011, 02:02:23 AM
Isn't it impressive odhiambo? It's like being there at the time, with these early saints and companions of the apostles.

It is Shin. It is our history. Part of us. We are the  Body of the Church  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2011, 02:06:05 AM
Quote
"I listened to St. Polycarp's instructions very carefully. I wrote down his actions and his words, not on paper, but on my heart."

That's what I wish to do when I read a saints quote that really hits home. I read it many times hoping that it will stick.  :D

I know martin.  I feel the same. You write it all on your heart. It is really an apt expression.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2011, 02:09:07 AM
“When we come to the public service of God, we come as it were in a formidable body, to do violence to him, and to storm heaven by prayer; and this violence is most pleasing to God”

 St Irenaeus.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2011, 02:12:25 AM
June 29

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2011, 02:16:07 AM
Saints Peter and Paul
Founders of the see of Rome.


On this day, we remember two great apostles, two very important men in the life of the Church, who helped to mould her.
 Peter was chosen by the Lord to be leader of the Church and tasked with preaching the Gospel, especially among the Jewish Community. Paul, on the other hand, was the chosen instrument of God, to spread his Word to the Gentiles, to you and me. These two men are our ancestors in faith, the ones who have passed on to us the message of Salvation of the Lord.
May they be blessed for ever!

 


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2011, 04:26:31 AM
Saint Peter the Apostle.
Also known as Simon Peter or Cephas, (“the Rock”)
The First Pope
Prince of the Apostles and
Founder, with Saint Paul, of the see of Rome.

Saint Peter was born at Bethsaida near Lake Tiberias (the Sea of Galilee?) His name was Simon. His father was Jonah. He had a brother named Andrew.
Simon had married and settled in Capernaum. Together with his brother, he earned his living fishing until, through his brother Andrew, the Lord called him from being a “ fisherman” (and a diciple of John the Baptist) to “become a fisher of men” (Lk 5:9.) Jesus gave him the name Kepha, Aramaic for “rock”. When Peter later declared his faith in Jesus as “the Christ, the Son, and the Living God” (Mt.16:16), Jesus declared him “Blessed” and stated unequivocally, the all important statement: “upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt.16:17-19).
After the Resurrection, Peter was among the first to whom the Lord appeared, and after the Ascention of the Lord, we see Peter everywhere takin a leading role. It is he who is named first in the group of apostles in the upper room awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day. It was Peter who took the initiative and presided over the election of Matthias to the ranks of the apostles to replace Judas who had betrayed Jesus. It was he who first addressed the jeering crowd on Pentecost day and was instrumental in adding to the Church on that eventful day, about three thousand people. It is Peter again who is recorded to have performed the first miracle of healing in the Christian Church by healing the lame man at the Temple gate. Peter became the first Pope and ruled the Church wisely and bravely for the rest of his days on the earth.
Almost all that we know of the later life of Saint Peter, is derived from the Acts of the Apostles. From this Book of the New Testament, we learn of a violent persecution under Herod Agrippa I, around the year 43. We learn that Herod killed James, the brother of John with the sword and then arrested Peter. Peter was miraculously released by an angel and subsequently travelled to either Anthioch or Rome.
Peter was martyred in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero, probably in 64. According to an old tradition, he was confined in the Marmertine prison where the church of San Pietro in Carcere now stands. He was condemned to death by crucifixion. He asked that he be crucified head downwards because he felt himself unworthy to die as his Master did.
Accordingly, Peter was crucified upside down on the Vatican Hill. He was also buried on Vatican Hill. Excavations under Saint Peter’s Basilica have unearth what is considered his tomb and his relics are now enshrined under the high alter of Saint Peter’s.
In liturgical art, Saint Peter is depicted as an elderly man holding a key and a book. His symbols include an inverted cross, a boat ( for the barque of Christ), and a cock ( for the triple denial of Christ).

Saint Peter,
Pray for us!

Ref:
1: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:

2: Saint Companions for Each Day
By A.J.M. Mausolfe
And J.K. Mausolfe.

3: Saints For All.
Lives of Saints For Every Week.
A Paulines Publication Africa.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2011, 04:39:52 AM
Saint Paul
Apostle of the Gentiles
Martyr

Paul is said to be one of the greatest missionaries, mystics and theologians in the history of the Church. He was born in the city of Tarsus, Cilicia (Now Turkey), of the Jewish tribe of Benjamin. His Hebrew name was Saul and he was a Roman citizen. He was a well read man, having studied Jewish law as well as Greek and Latin. He was raised as a Pharisee and so was his father before him. He was sent to Jerusalem to learn the Torah, and was lucky enough to be taught by none other than the famed Jewish rabbi, Gamaliel. In Jerusalem, young Saul developed strong ties before going back to Tarsus around the time Jesus was starting His public ministry. Saul was a tent maker by profession.
Back in Tursus, Saul must have come to learn about the new sect of the Nazarenes, as the early followers of Jesus were called a few years after the Crucifixion. He became a dedicated opponent of the new Church and was not just present at the martyrdom of Saint Stephen, the First Martyr, but guarded the robes of those who stoned him and was “consenting to his execution”
After the execution of the protomartyr, Saul set out for Damascus to carry out the persecutions of the Nazarenes and on the way he underwent his renowned conversion. Blinded by the light which he understood to be Jesus Christ Himself. He was taken to Damascus and sat for three days in darkness. He was then baptized by Ananias and his sight restored. Paul then left the city to spend several years in Arabia in prayer and meditation.
He returned to Damascus and started preaching the Faith. He met with such heated resistance that he had to make a secret escape from the city by being lowered down the city wall in a basket.
He then went to Jerusalem where he met with Saint Peter and other Apostles. With the aid of Barnabas, he was able to convince them all of his sincerity. After preaching in Cilicia and Caesarea (modern Israel), Paul embarked on the first of his great missionary journeys in about the year 45.
Joined by Barnabas and Mark, Paul sailed to Cyprus Asia Minor, establishing Christian communities in Antioch, Pisidia, Iconium and elsewhere. It was not at all easy going for him. He was even stoned and left for dead by a mob; but the seed he planted also found fertile ground.
About the year 50, he set out on his second missionary journey with Silas. This time, he went to Asia Minor, then to Macedonia, Greece then on to Corinth where he stayed for a year.
His third missionary Journey started around the year 55.
On his return to Jerusalem, Paul was attacked by the Jews and saved from certain death by the Roman soldiers. He was charged by the Sanhedrin with bringing Gentiles into the Temple. He then applied as a Roman citizen, to be sent to Caesarea for trial before the governor.
He spent two years in prison and when the trial was finally held, he appealed to Rome. He was sent by ship to Caesar under Roman guard, but was shipwrecked at Malta.
When he finally reached Rome and was tried, he was acquitted.
His remaining years are obscure. It is believed he travelled to several places including Syria, Palestine. He was arrested once more and taken back to Rome where he was placed in close confinment.
He was martyred about the year 65-67, most likely by beheading, at the command of the Emperor Nero. The site of his martyrdom is believed to be on the left bank of the Tiber in Rome. He was then said to have been burried in a cemetery on the Via Ostia owned by a Christian named Lucina. In later years, a basilica of Saint Paolo Fuori le Mure( Saint Paul Outside the Wall) was built.
In liturgical art, Paul is portrayed with a sword or a book, and his symbol is the book and the sword.
Saint Paul,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 29, 2011, 04:43:28 AM
Throughout his missionary travels, Paul wrote extensively. About a third of the New Testament is composed of this letters.
His writings are:
Romans.
First and Second Corinthians.
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
First and Second Thessalonians
First and Second Timothy
Titus and Philemon.
Paul was imprisoned, shipwrecked, beaten, flogged, stoned and left for dead, banished and finally martyred for his faith.
There is so much to learn from Him.
Saint Paul,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on June 30, 2011, 04:35:43 AM
June 30

Today the Church commemorates
The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.


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Post by: odhiambo on June 30, 2011, 04:55:22 AM
The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.

In the early years of the infant Church, persecution of Christians kept breaking out in one place or another in the vast Roman Empire.
There were several major persecutions as follows:
The First Persecution began under Emperor Nero in the year 64 A.D.
The Second Persecution was under Emperor Domitian in 95 A.D.
The Third Persecution occurred 12 years later under Emperor Trajan in 107 A.D
The Fourth Persecution was under Emperor Hadrian in the year 135 A.D.
The Fifth Persecution was under Emperor  Marcus Aurelius in 180 A.D.
The Sixth Persecution was that under Emperor Septimus Severus in 222 A.D
The Seventh Persecution was that under Emperor Decius in 250 A.D
The Eight Persecution was under Emperor Valarian in 257 A.D
The Last of the persecution of Christians occurred under Emperor Dioclatian in 303 A.D
At long, long last, after some 250 years of trial and severe testing, the Church began to enjoy relative peace and calm and fruitful growth from the year 314 A.D when Emperor Constantine the Great proclaimed Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire by his famous decree, the Edict of Milan
Some of the martyrs that we are commemorating today are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass, specifically in Eucharistic Prayer I

During the First  persecution, that  of the emperor Nero in the year 64, many of the Early Christians suffered terrible tortures and martyrdom. Christians were put into animal skins and hunted, brutally attacked and burnt alive. Others were given to wild animals in the arena as a way of entertaining people. Today we remember all these martyrs who gave up their lives for Christ, Our Saviour.
This day is important to us Catholics because we should never forget that, as had been observed by Tertullian, the “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church,” On this day, we should remember that our Faith is not something to partake of only when the going is good but rather that it is the most important part of us, more dear to us than life itself. Lastly, we should never forget that even we could some day be called upon to bear witness as they did. Should that day materialise, will I be counted among the martyrs? Happy First Martyrs of the Church of Rome Memorial

Ref:1:
Saint Companions for Each Day

By A.J.M. Mausolfe

And J.K. Mausolfe.

 2: Saints of the Liturgical Year
A Paulines Publication



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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2011, 02:08:27 AM
June has passed, July is here with us.
The month of July is dedicated to
The Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2011, 02:09:41 AM
July I
Today is the Solemnity of
The Sacred Heart of Jesus.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2011, 02:48:32 AM
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a moveable feast. Its date depends on the date of Easter Sunday. It is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost Sunday, which falls on the 50th day of Easter. This year, 2011, the solemnity falls on this day, July 1, 2011. July 1 in the Old Roman Calender was also the Feast of the Most Precious Blood.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Church is deep rooted. In many Catholic Churches, if not all, one will invariably see the familiar image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus depicted as Jesus with His Heart exposed at the chest, usually aflame and surrounded by the crown of thorns. Sometimes He is depicted holding the Divine Sacred Heart in His hand.
On this day, we give special honor and worship to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in reparation for our sins and the sins of the world.

In the devotion to the Sacred Heart, two things must always be uppermost in our minds and hearts: they are, Christ;s Heart of flesh and Christ's love for us.
In honoring the Heart of Christ,
The imagery of the Heart of Jesus aflame underscores the fact that nothing can stop the love of the Heart of Jesus for us. This love of Christ for us was the moving force of all that He suffered for us in Nazareth, on the Cross, in giving Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, etc.
This great love that Jesus poured on us is met by rejection and hatred. Thus, the great undying love of Jesus for us and our rejection and hatred by such heresies as Arianism, Gnosticism, and Calvinism, etc.is symbolically depicted by the flame and the wound in the heart.
This same, loving Sacred Heart was also pierced on the Cross by a lance,by one of the soldiers and blood and water gushed out. This is symbolic of the founding of the Church for our salvation.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus, therefore represents and recalls His Love for us.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart as we know it today, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun in her convent in rural France at Paray le Monial. To her, Jesus revealed how He wanted us to observe the devotion to His Heart.

He asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh. He asked for acts of reparation; for frequent Communion. Communion on the First Friday of the month of which today is one, and the keeping of the Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Saint Margaret Mary suffered contempt from many people who refused to believe the authenticity of the visions. She was, however, believed by the chaplain of the convent, Saint Claude de la Colombiere and with his assistance, the devotion spread and was eventually approved by the Church.

Sacred Heart of Jesus,
I place my trust in Thee!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2011, 03:28:52 AM
Promises of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary:

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 01, 2011, 03:32:15 AM
Prayer to Saint Margaret Mary:

O Holy Visitandine, to hear your name is to recall the Sacred Heart Devotion, especially as practiced on First Fridays and in making reparation for sins. From early youth you dedicated yourself to Jesus and you exhibited fervent love for him in the Eucharist. You became his chosen vessel to spread the devotion to the Sacred heart which has done wonders in modern times. Make all of us realize ever more Christ's words: "Behold this Heart that has so greatly loved people."
Amen.


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Post by: Shin on July 01, 2011, 02:35:23 PM
Prayer to Saint Margaret Mary:

O Holy Visitandine, to hear your name is to recall the Sacred Heart Devotion, especially as practiced on First Fridays and in making reparation for sins. From early youth you dedicated yourself to Jesus and you exhibited fervent love for him in the Eucharist. You became his chosen vessel to spread the devotion to the Sacred heart which has done wonders in modern times. Make all of us realize ever more Christ's words: "Behold this Heart that has so greatly loved people."
Amen.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

Holy Martyrs, pray for us! Dear Jesus, may we live forever in the fires of the love of your Sacred Heart.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2011, 07:05:21 AM
Amen. Amen. Amen.
Holy Martyrs, pray for us! Dear Jesus, may we live forever in the fires of the love of your Sacred Heart.

Amen  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2011, 07:15:04 AM
July 2

Today we celebrate the
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2011, 08:50:20 AM
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Luke 2:19: But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
Luke 2:35: And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.
Luke 2:51: And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.

What do we mean when we speak of Mary’s Immaculate Heart?
We believe as the Church teaches us that Mary was immaculately conceived, that is, conceived without original sin. We believe that her heart was immaculately created to be the temple of God in accordance with His Plan. After her birth, Mary chose to remain without sin
“Biblically, the heart of a person symbolizes the total person, the soul, the intellect, the memory, the core of the being, the life force, the interior life, as well as the material and corporal heart”
The physical heart as we know is a vital organ, one of the first in the body to “begin to live and the last to be stilled in death”. The heart is the seat of love, hatred, joy, sadness fear and every kind of passion. The spiritual heart is the one we share with God. It is believed to contain , among others, our will and spirit.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Mary’s Immaculate Heart is a heart overflowing with love. It is a heart that reflects the grace of God, which is then showered upon us her children.

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Just as devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is only a form of devotion to the adorable Person of Jesus, so also is devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary but a special form of devotion to Mary. It focuses on Mary's love for God and encourages our emulating her humility, gratitude, obedience, and adoration.

Our Lady, seat of Wisdom…Pray for us.
Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary….Pray for us.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 02, 2011, 08:51:59 AM
Note:
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus focuses mostly on His divine love for mankind and encourages our humility, gratitude, obedience, and adoration.
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary focuses on Mary's love for God and encourages our emulating her humility, gratitude, obedience, and adoration.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 03, 2011, 12:10:34 PM
July 3

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Thomas
Among Many other Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 03, 2011, 12:15:47 PM
Saint Thomas
Apostle and Martyr


Thomas was most likely born in Galilee. His Aramaic surname, "te'oma", translated " Didymus in Greek, meaning the "twin". He was a fisherman with no educational background. He was called by Jesus to be one of the twelve Apostles, although we do not know where or when this happened.
Saint Thomas is mentioned in the Bible in three notable moments.
First, we are given a glimpse of his great love for Jesus at the time when he was ready to accompany Jesus to the house where Lazarus had just died. The other apostles feared being stoned by the Jews in Judea but Thomas proclaimed himself ready to die with Christ, saying on the way to Bethany, " Let us also go to die with him" John 11:16
Next, it was his declaration at the Last Supper: " Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?",
 that prompted Christ to say:
" I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father , except through me."John 14:5-6.
Finally , Thomas gave rise to the expression "Doubting Thomas" for his refusal to believe in the Lord's Resurrection, when told of it by the other disciples.
When Jesus appeared to the disciples a second time, however, Thomas was present and he made the now renown act of faith: " My Lord and my God!" John 20:28. In so doing, Thomas became the first to acknowledge explicitly, the divinity of Christ.

Little is known with certainty about the missionary activities of Saint Thomas after the dispersal of the Apostles.
From Ecclesiastical History, Eusebius of Caesarea reportedly asserted that Thomas preached in Parthia in the East. He is also believed to have landed in Kerala( india) in AD 52.
It was here in India that Thomas was stabbed to death with a spear in 72,  while in prayer on a hill in Mylapore, near Madras.
 He was buried near the place where he died.
 His relics were later moved to Edessa, Mesopotamia and later still the  relics  were moved to Ortona, Italy and to Portugal.
Saint Thomas was declared the Apopstle of India by Paul the VI on July 3 1972.
He was precongregationally canonized.

Saint Thomas,
Pray for us!



Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on July 03, 2011, 03:32:00 PM
So many fishermen!  ;D  :fishie: :fishie: :fishie:


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Post by: odhiambo on July 04, 2011, 02:06:23 AM
So many fishermen!  ;D  :fishie: :fishie: :fishie:

He was Galilean and the Sea of Galilee was at hand. ;D


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 04, 2011, 02:07:00 AM
July 4

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 04, 2011, 02:17:05 AM
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
The Peacemaker.

She is also known by the following names:
Elizabeth of Aragon.
Isabella of Portugal.
Elizabeth was a Princess. She was born in 1271 at Aragon, Spain. The daughter of King Peter III and his Queen, Constance of Aragon. She was named after her great aunt, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.
Elizabeth was brought up piously. At the age of just 12 years, she was married to the corrupt and immoral King Denis of Portugal.
It was a difficult marriage. The King, although he worked hard for his country, had no morals and for years, Elizabrth suffered from his abuses and adultery. Her only weapon against all these was prayer for her husband's conversion. She was blessed with two children, Princess Constantia and Prince Affonso.
In time, Elizabeth was able to overcome the difficulties of her marriage. She earned the respect of many in the region for her abilities to negotiate ends to disputes and conflicts, especially disputes that arose between the monarchs of Castile, Aragon, and Portugal. For these efforts, Elizabeth was called the "Peacemaker"
Closer to home, Elizabeth was also adept at settling disputes between her husband and their son Alfonso. In 1323, Alfonso rebelled and took up arms against his own father because he was outraged by the favours being bestored on his illegitimate brothers. The Queen, then a woman of 52 years, rode out between the two armies drawn up for battle and was able to bring about a reconciliation.
Elizabeth gained reputation for her piety, charity and concern for the poor. She founded convents, hospitals, foundling homes as well as shelters for wayward girls.
When her husband died in 1325, Elizabeth, who had wanted to become a nun, entered the Poor Clares instead, as a Franciscan tertiary.
When Elizabeth was 65 years old, she left her convent to travel to Spain where her son, now Alfonso IV, was at war with his son in law King Alfonso XI of Castile, for having neglected and mistreated his daughter Maria.
Again Saint Elizabeth succeeded in stopping the fight and bringing about a peaceful settlement.
Soon afterwards, however, she came down with a fever to which she succumbed on 4 July 1336 at Estremoz, Portugal.
She was buried at Coimbra, Portugal and miracles were reported at her tomb.
She was canonized on 25 May 1625 by Pope Urban VIII.
She is patron saint against against jealousy, among others.

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2011, 01:30:57 AM
“Mary, Mother of grace, Mother of mercy, defend us from the wicked enemy, and receive us at the hour of our death”

 St Elizabeth of Portugal.


 


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Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2011, 01:34:45 AM
July 5

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2011, 01:53:35 AM
Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria
Co-founder of the Barnabites.


Anthony was born in 1502 at Cremona, Lombardy, Italy. When he was two years old, his father, Lazzaro, died. His mother, Antonia Pescaroli, eighteen years old and already widowed, devoted herself completely to the education of her son. Not much is known about Anthony’s childhood but an incident is reported in which he was on his way home form school as a boy and gave his cape to a destitute man.
In 1520, Anthony went to Padua to study philosophy and medicine. Before he left, however, he bequeathed his whole inheritance to his mother. After graduation he returned to Cremona. It is not clear whether he ever practiced medicine or not. According to his "Biography at Barnabites", he never did practice medicine. According to other sources, he practiced medicine for a short time.
While still a layman, and fresh the university, Anthony began to gather children on Sundays to teach them the catechism. Later, he included adults for Scripture reading and meditation. He was ordained to the priesthood in January 1529. Legend has it that
angels were seen around the altar at his first Mass.
Inspired by a zeal like that of Saint Paul's, Anthony laboured unceasingly at overcoming the deplorable conditions prevailing at the time in northern Italy.
In 1530, Anthony founded the Society of the Sons of Saint Paul. How it came to pass was that Saint Anthony and his first two companions, Giacomo Antonio Morigia and Bartolomeo Ferrari, simply petitioned the Holy See for the authorization to profess the three vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty before the Archbishop of Milan or his Vicar and begin common life in the diocese "in order to devote themselves more vigorously and unrestrictedly to God's gracious purposes and to probe more deeply into matters pertaining to God."
The Barnabites.
The Society began to be called Barnabites by the people who visited the Church at Saint Barnabas Monastery in Milan Italy where the motherhouse was.
The Barnabites was the first Religious Order named after Saint Paul the Apostle. The aim of this Congregation founded by Saint Anthony, in addition to that mentioned above was also "to regenerate and revive the love of divine worship and a truly Christian way of life by means of the sacraments" Saint Companions for Each Day
By A.J.M. Mausolfe, And J.K. Mausolfe.
For his success in this regard, he has been called the "Apostle of Milan"
It is said that he used to go through the streets of Milan, Crucifix in hand, preaching on Our Lord's Passion and Death, on the need for repentance and the need for doing penance for our sins.

The Barnabites consisted of :
Priests - The Clerics Regular of St. Paul
Uncloistered nuns - The Angelics of St. Paul
Married people - The Marrieds of St. Paul.
Saint Anthony also popularised the fourty hour prayer ceremony and introduced the ringing of church bells on Friday.

Anthony died on 5 July 1539 of natural causes at Cremona, Italy. He was buried at Saint Paul's Convent of the Angelics at Milan, Italy. Twenty seven years after death, his body was found incorrupt in 1566.
He was beatified in 1849 by Pope Pius IX and canonized on 27 May 1897 by Pope Leo XIII.

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2011, 02:16:58 AM
"...true spiritual life consists in this:
that man keep his eyes on God all the time,
long for nothing but for God,
keep nothing in mind but God,
begin every single action in the Lord's name, and direct it to Him: in short,
that he unify his whole being -- mind, will, memory, senses, and actions -- in God..."
Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon II


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2011, 02:18:49 AM
“We should love and feel compassion for those who oppose us,
 rather than abhor and despise them since they harm themselves and do us good,
 and adorn us with crowns of everlasting glory,
while they incite God’s anger against themselves”

St Anthony Mary Saccaria.


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Post by: Shin on July 05, 2011, 08:39:08 AM
"...true spiritual life consists in this:
that man keep his eyes on God all the time,
long for nothing but for God,
keep nothing in mind but God,
begin every single action in the Lord's name, and direct it to Him: in short,
that he unify his whole being -- mind, will, memory, senses, and actions -- in God..."
Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon II

In other words, the natural state of man, how he is meant to be, and is in Heaven, no?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 05, 2011, 01:57:17 PM
"...true spiritual life consists in this:
that man keep his eyes on God all the time,
long for nothing but for God,
keep nothing in mind but God,
begin every single action in the Lord's name, and direct it to Him: in short,
that he unify his whole being -- mind, will, memory, senses, and actions -- in God..."
Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon II

In other words, the natural state of man, how he is meant to be, and is in Heaven, no?


It is how God had planned it to be before we disobeyed Him.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: martin on July 05, 2011, 07:44:53 PM
"...true spiritual life consists in this:
that man keep his eyes on God all the time,
long for nothing but for God,
keep nothing in mind but God,
begin every single action in the Lord's name, and direct it to Him: in short,
that he unify his whole being -- mind, will, memory, senses, and actions -- in God..."
Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon II

In other words, the natural state of man, how he is meant to be, and is in Heaven, no?


It is how God had planned it to be before we disobeyed Him.

Brings to mind Felix Culpa .
"O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer"

By His grace we stand to gain more than we lost. But we must still choose the narrow path.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 06, 2011, 04:59:35 AM
July 6

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Maria Goretti
Among many others


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Post by: odhiambo on July 06, 2011, 05:00:17 AM
Maria Goretti
Virgin Martyr


Maria was born on October 16, 1890 at Corinaldo, near Ancona, Italy. She was the oldest girl in a family of six ( Another account is that she was the third of seven children). She was the daughter of a farmer named Luigi. Her mother was a devout woman named Assunta. Maria never attended any formal education but she received a thorough grounding in Christian virtue from her devout , albeit illiterate mother. Assunta, among other things, taught Marietta, as the little girl was fondly called, her catechism and prayers from memory. She taught Maria to love God wholeheartedly and to hate sin above all things. In fact , even at a tender age, "Rather to die than to commit sin" became Maria's rule of life.
When Maria was nine years old, her family moved to Nettuno near Rome ( A nother account says the family moved to Ferriere di Conca, near Anzio), for reasons of employment. The year following this move, Luigi died. Maria, just ten years old, generously helped her mother on the farm, in the house and with the care of the younger brothers and sisters. She was like a second mother to them, teaching them their prayers, looking after them and urging them to be obedient and modest.
Maria received her First Holy Communion at the age of eleven years.
By the time she was twelve years old, Maria had blossomed into a pretty girl with a radiant smile. Danger, however was not far off.
A nineteen year old man, Alexander Serenelli, son of another man who worked with her father, lived in the same house with the Gorettis. She suffered martyrdom at the hands of this youth. On a number of occasions he attempted to seduce Maria, but she resolutely rejected all his advances.
On July 5 1902, he beconed her into an adjoining bedroom but she would not go in. He had a dagger in his hand and gave her a choice, surrender or die. Promptly and courageously, Maria cried: ' It is a sin, God does not want it!" In murderous rage, Alexander seized her , pulled her in and shut the door. He stabbed her repeatedly, then fled from the scene.
Maria was taken to the hospital where it was obvious that she could not live. After 24 hours of agony and pain, Maria died in the presence of her mother, the parish priest of Nettuno and two nuns who had watched by her bed all night on 6 July 1902. She completely forgave her attacker before she died.
Alexander was sentenced to serve thirty years in Jail. For a long time, he was unrepentant, surly and brutal. One night , he had a vision in which Maria appeared gathering flowers and offering them to him. From then on , he was a changed man and such an exemplary prisoner that he was released after serving only twenty seven years( 29 years by other accounts). First thing he did as a free man was to visit Maria's mother and ask for her forgiveness.
She was beatified in 1947, by Pope Pius XII and canonized on June 25, 1950 also by Pope Pius XII. Her mother was there to witness the canonization. Guess who else was there for the occasion? Yes, you guessed it, Alexander Serenelli.
Saint Maria Goretti has performed many miracles. The greatest one was the conversion of her defiant assailant.
For more, here is a relevant link.

Saint Maria Goretti,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 06, 2011, 05:06:08 AM
Quote:

“ The message which emerges from the story of Maria Goretti is one concerning personal dignity at the simple human level, which must be defended against every ruse and every violence, and it is one which also concerns consecration of one’s energies, including physical energies, to the Lord and to the Church, in radical obedience to God’s law”

Pope John Paul II.
Taken from Feast of All Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 06, 2011, 05:21:36 AM
In other words, the natural state of man, how he is meant to be, and is in Heaven, no?

Your comment has brought to mind this statement I read from one of my favorite books:
"The first reason...the big reason why God made the universe and us-was to give glory to himself"
Any comments?


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 07, 2011, 01:48:20 AM
July 7
Today is the Feast day of
 Saint Pantaenus
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 07, 2011, 01:56:44 AM
Saint Pantaenus of Alexandria.

We do not know very much about the early life of this saint. We do know , however, that he was from Sicily, Italy and that he was pagan by birth and a Philosopher by profession. Being of a keen mind and always searching for the truth, he found that truth in Christianity to which he converted.
He studied Holy Scriptures and his thirst for sacred learning took him to Alexandria in Egypt where he became a teacher at the celebrated school of Christian doctrine, said to have been instituted by the disciples of Saint Mark. This school was the earliest catechetical school, and became influential in the development of Christian theology.
Note that other accounts record that Pantaenus was the one who actually founded the Catechetical School of Alexandria.
Being a very humble man, he was reluctant to show that he was well read and gifted. Soon however, he was discovered and drawn out of the obscurity in which he humbly placed himself. He became a teacher at the school. Sometime before the year 179, due to his learning and skills in teaching, he became head of the Catechetical School and helped to built it into a leading center of learning. He is infact said to be the first known head of that famed school.
His most famous student, Clement of Alexandria, who was his successor as head of the Catechetical School, described Pantaenus thus:
"The true Sicilian Bee, gathering the flowers of the prophetic and apostolic meadow, engendered in the soul of his hearers an unfading element of knowledge"
You know what is said about scicilian bees? they are very productive!
The saint died in ? 190, 200, or 216. Not really known for sure.
His canonization was precongregation.

Saint Pantaenus,
Pray for us!


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on July 07, 2011, 02:28:23 AM
Quote
always searching for the truth,

Quote
"The true Sicilian Bee, gathering the flowers of the prophetic and apostolic meadow, engendered in the soul of his hearers an unfading element of knowledge"

Music to my ears! Thank you odhiambo! What a wonderful quote to find, and so timely too. Thanks be to the Lord, the Good Shepherd!



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Post by: odhiambo on July 07, 2011, 09:27:43 AM
Quote
always searching for the truth,

Quote
"The true Sicilian Bee, gathering the flowers of the prophetic and apostolic meadow, engendered in the soul of his hearers an unfading element of knowledge"

Music to my ears! Thank you odhiambo! What a wonderful quote to find, and so timely too. Thanks be to the Lord, the Good Shepherd!


:harp:


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Post by: odhiambo on July 08, 2011, 02:19:44 AM
July 8
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Hesperius and Saint Zoe
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 08, 2011, 02:26:07 AM
Saint Hesperius and Saint Zoe
Martyrs.

Saint Hesperius and his wife Saint Zoe were both Christians. They were also slaves of a rich Roman Pagan named Catalus, who lived during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, at Attalia, a town of Pamphylia in Asia Minor (Turkey). Both Hesperius and Zoe were not what one might call "practicing Christians" as they were said to be " negligent in their practice of the Faith". The couple , however did right by their two sons, Cyriacus and Theodulus, making sure that they were brought up as good Christians. It so happened that on the occasion of the delivery of their newborn son, their master, Catalus, sent them food which had been offered to the pagan gods. The family refused to accept this gift of food.
They were immediataly arrested and put on trial. They made a bold confession of their faith and refused to venerate the pagan gods.
Their sons were then tortured in their presence, in the hope that the agony witnessed would weaken their resolve and cause them to renounce their faith. But neither of the two would reject Christ.This so infuriated, Catalus that he had them roasted to death in a furnace, all four of them.
Saint Hersperius,
Pray for us!
Saint Zoe,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 08, 2011, 02:33:04 AM

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“O! What happiness to grow up in the bosom of a truly Christian family. It requires care, a great deal of care, conscientiously to fulfill the obligations of father and mother. The parents are a mirror to their children; and the children constantly look into this mirror. What a consolation it is for you if you can say: I am the father/mother of a pious child pleasing to God and man”
St John Baptist Marie Vianney.
Taken From Feast of All Saints


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Post by: martin on July 08, 2011, 06:14:09 PM

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“O! What happiness to grow up in the bosom of a truly Christian family. It requires care, a great deal of care, conscientiously to fulfill the obligations of father and mother. The parents are a mirror to their children; and the children constantly look into this mirror. What a consolation it is for you if you can say: I am the father/mother of a pious child pleasing to God and man”
St John Baptist Marie Vianney.
Taken From Feast of All Saints

A lot in those few lines for us parents to meditate upon.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 09, 2011, 01:22:08 AM

Quote
“O! What happiness to grow up in the bosom of a truly Christian family. It requires care, a great deal of care, conscientiously to fulfill the obligations of father and mother. The parents are a mirror to their children; and the children constantly look into this mirror. What a consolation it is for you if you can say: I am the father/mother of a pious child pleasing to God and man”
St John Baptist Marie Vianney.
Taken From Feast of All Saints

A lot in those few lines for us parents to meditate upon.


True. Unfortunately, many of today's children, once they have reached a certain age, turn away from "the mirror" branding it as old fashioned, outdated, etc. :(


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 09, 2011, 01:25:09 AM
July 9

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Nicholas Pieck.
Among many other saints.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on July 09, 2011, 01:26:20 AM

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“O! What happiness to grow up in the bosom of a truly Christian family. It requires care, a great deal of care, conscientiously to fulfill the obligations of father and mother. The parents are a mirror to their children; and the children constantly look into this mirror. What a consolation it is for you if you can say: I am the father/mother of a pious child pleasing to God and man”
St John Baptist Marie Vianney.
Taken From Feast of All Saints

A lot in those few lines for us parents to meditate upon.


True. Unfortunately, many of today's children, once they have reached a certain age, turn away from "the mirror" branding it as old fashioned, outdated, etc. :(

Television. When I hear about that the first word that comes to my mind is: television. It's this society.. its views.. its media.. it has to be kept out . . .


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Post by: odhiambo on July 09, 2011, 01:50:10 AM

Television. When I hear about that the first word that comes to my mind is: television. It's this society.. its views.. its media.. it has to be kept out . . .

A wonderful achievement if it did happen; a humongous task achieving that state of affairs  :(


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Post by: odhiambo on July 09, 2011, 01:50:48 AM
Saint Nicholas Pieck.
Martyr.
Also known as Saint Nicholas Pick.


Nicholas was born on August 29, 1534 at Gorkum, Holland. He was born in a good Catholic home. His parents, John Pieck and Henrica Clavia, were both deeply religious and pious.Nicholas was sent to college at Bois le Duc and, as soon as he had completed his classical studies, he joined the Franciscans to study for the priesthood. He was ordained a priest in 1558 and from that time, Nicholas devoted himself to converting Calvinist to the Catholic Faith.
He evangelized throughout Holland and Belgium, preaching against heresy and encouraging Catholics to stand by their faith.
Nicholas was known to be a friendly, modest and happy man, endlessly working to bring people to God. He was
appointed guardian of convent in Gorkum where he preached against Calvinism and in support of the Real Presence in the Eucharist.
On April 1 1572, a gang of pirates, the Watergeuzen, who used to loot ships and coastal villages as well as make raids on land, seized the convent in Gorkum.
The priests and religious were detained. They were confined in a dark , foul smelling dungeon. They were tortured mercilessly, with Nicholas bearing the brunt of the cruelty meted out.
He and his fellow prisoners were offered their freedom if they would renounce the authority of Rome. They declined. They were all taken to Briel where they were martyred by hanging on 9 July 1572. They were 19 martyrs in all, Saint Nicholas being one of them. they are the Gorkum Martyrs.
Of the 19 priests and religious who were hanged by Calvinists in Gorkum because of their faith,
12 were hanged specifically because of their belief in the Eucharist and the primacy of the Pope. They are:

Nicholas Pieck,
Jerome Weerden,
Leonard Vechel,
Nicholas Jansen
Godfrey van Duynen,
John van Oosterwyk,
John van Hoornaer,
Adrian van Hilverenbeck,
James Lacops,
Andrew Wontera,
Antony van Willehad (90 years old) and
Nicasius van Heeze.

After their death, their bodies were cast into 2 ditches where they lay till 1616. when, they were translated to the Franciscan church in Brussels, Belgium.
They were beatified on 24 November 1675 by Pope Clement X.
Pope Pius IX canonized them on 29 June 1867.

Nicholas Pieck,
Pray for us!
Martyrs of Gorkum,
Pray for us!

Ref:
The Original Catholic Encyclopedia


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Post by: odhiambo on July 09, 2011, 01:58:47 AM
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" Let us contend with all earnestness, knowing that we are all called to combat. Let us run in the straight road the race that is incorruptible”

St Clement

Taken from Feast of All Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 10, 2011, 05:46:02 AM
Saint Felicity and her Seven Sons
Martyrs.


According to Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney, a woman named Felicity was indeed martyred in Rome in 165, during the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius and was buried in the cemetery of Maximus on the Salarian Way. All else about her, however are derived from various legends. According to these legends, Felicity had seven children: Januarius, Felix, Philip, Silvanus, Alexander, Vitalis, and Martialis.

When her husband died, she devoted herself to prayers and works of charity. She was so effective in her examples and works of mercy that many pagans converted, abandoning their practices of idolatry. This so provoked the pagan priests that they lodged a complaint to the Emperor against her. They further advised that, in order to appease the gods, who were considered the guardians and protectors of the empire, it was necessary to compel Felicity and her children to sacrifice to them.
Felicity was thus brought before Publius, the prefect of Rome. He at first pleaded with her to sacrifice to the gods, asking her to “take pity on her children”. When these pleas proved unsuccessful, he turned to threats, threatening to kill her sons one by one if she did not do as she was told. The threats too fell on deaf ears. Exasperated, Publius, remanded the case to the Emperor who then decreed that they be sent to different judges and be condemned to different forms of death.

Accordingly, Fecicity was beheaded together with her three youngest children: Alexander, Vitalis and Martialis.
Januarius was scourged to death with whips loaded with pieces of lead. The next two Felix and Philip were beated to death with clubs.
Sylvanus was flung headlong to his death , drowning in the Tiber.

Dictionary of Saints cited earlier, concludes that seven martyrs with these names were indeed buried in Roman cemeteries. One of the them Salvanus was buried near Felicity’s tomb. The proximity gave rise to the legend that they were brothers ( The Seven Brothers) and her sons, but there is no evidence that they were her sons nor that they were brothers.

Whether we commemorate Saint Felicity and her sons or just the Seven Holy Brothers, today, July 10 is their feast day.

Saint Felicity.
Pray for us!

The Seven Holy Brothers,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 10, 2011, 05:49:45 AM
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“ Life passes so quickly that we ought to think more of how to die than how to live”
St. Theresa of Avila.

From Feast of all Saints


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: Shin on July 10, 2011, 07:30:44 AM
A very important truth.


Title: Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
Post by: odhiambo on July 11, 2011, 02:21:24 AM
July 11

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Benedict of Nursia
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 11, 2011, 03:25:36 AM
Saint Benedict of Nursia.

Benedict was born in a small town called Nursia in Central Italy, around the year 480. His family belonged to the aristocracy.
He went to Rome for his studies. He was, however, repelled by the vices he saw in the city. In the year 500, he gave up everything and fled to Enfide, a small community of students thirty miles outside of Rome. From there he became a hermit living in a hidden cave in mountainous Subiaco now known as Sacro Speco
He lived there for three years being cared for by a monk named Romanus.
Despite Benedict's desire for solitude, his holiness and austerities became known and he was asked by a community of monks at Vicovaro, to be their abbot. He accepted. The strictness of his rule, however, led to an attempt on his life.
Some monks tried to poison him, but he blessed the cup and the poison was rendered harmless. Benedict returned to Subiaco and soon attracted great numbers of disciples. He organised them into twelve monasteries each comprising 12 monks with its own superior. He made manual work, part of the programme and soon, Subiaco became a centre of spirituality and learning. Then, a neighboring monk named Florentius attempted to undermine Benedict's work. The Saint left Subiaco suddenly, after about 28 years in this place. In 525, he settled at Monte Cassino. He destroyed a pagan temple to Apollo on its crest, brought the people of the neighbouring areas back to Christianity and in about 530, he began to build the monastery that was to be "the birthplace of Western monasticism". It became the mother house of the Benedictine Order.
As his reputation for holiness, wisdom and miracles spread far and wide, disciples again flocked to him. He organized the monks into a single monastic community and wrote for them regulations called "the Holy Rule", a system comprising of prayers, study, work, moderate asceticism, community life under one superior and common sense. It stressed obedience, stability and zeal. The Divine Office, the daily liturgical prayer of the Church, was made the core of the monastic routine.
While performing his duties as abbot, Saint Benedict counceled popes and secular rulers, he ministered to the poor and destitute, and still managed to engage in scholarly persuits.
St Benedict is traditionally believed to have died on 21 March 547 in his abbey church, his hands raised heavenward in prayer, after having received Holy Communion before the high altar.
He was buried next to his twin sister, Saint Scholastica, in the Oratory of St John the Baptist at Cassino.
Saint benedict was proclaimed “Father of Europe” by Pope Pius XII and “Patron Saint of all Europe on 24 October 1964 by Pope Paul VI.
His motto was:
“Ora et labora” – “Pray and work”

Saint Benedict of Nursia,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 11, 2011, 03:36:18 AM
'Let a man consider that God always seeth him from Heaven, that the eye of God beholdeth his works everywhere, and that the angels report them to Him every hour.'

St. Benedict

'Above all, let not the evil of murmuring appear in the least word or sign for any reason whatever. If anyone be found guilty herein, let him be placed under very severe discipline.'

St. Benedict

'Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading.'

St. Benedict

'Whatsoever good work you undertake, pray earnestly to God that He will enable you to bring it to a successful termination.'

St. Benedict


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Post by: odhiambo on July 11, 2011, 03:40:49 AM
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He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.

St. Benedict of Nursia


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Post by: Shin on July 11, 2011, 03:43:04 AM
That's a memorable one!  :crucifix:


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Post by: odhiambo on July 12, 2011, 02:42:09 AM
July 12.
Today is the Feast day of
Saint John Gualbert
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 12, 2011, 02:52:01 AM
Saint John Gualbert
Also known as
Giovanni Gualberto or John Gualberto.


John was born in 985, into a rich pagan family, the Visdomini family in Florence, Italy. His given name was Giovanni Gualberto. He led a worldly life until his only brother Hugh, was murdered. The murderer was known to the family as he had been a friend of Hugh. With the blessings of his father, John decided to track down the killer and revenge his brother's death.
It was not until the year 1013, that his search for his brother's killer came to an end, and what an end that was! It was Good Friday of that year. He was walking in a narrow passageway and there, right in front of him and completely unarmed was the man he had been searching for. John drew his sword and walked purposely towards the man. Just as he was about to run him through with his sword, the latter fell to his knees at John’s feet and with his arms crossed on his chest he begged for forgiveness and commended his soul to God.
With a great effort, John dropped his sword, embraced his enemy and continued down the road. He noticed a monastery church, the Benedictine church of Saint Miniato. He went in and knelt before the crucifix. Then a miracle happened! Jesus bowed his head upon the cross as if in recognition of John’s noble act.
Overcome by all that had occurred, he converted and asked to join the monks at San Miniato.
He became a Benedictine monk at the San Miniato del Monte Monastery in Florence. He was an exemplary monk and when about to be elected abbot but he requessted to be allowed to leave the monastery to seek  greater solitude.
While at the hermitage of Camaldoli, John decided to found a monastery of his own, which he did in 1038 at Vallombrosa ( Vallis Umbrosa), near Fiesole. Following the rule of Saint Bededict, the Vallumbrosans, as his followers came to be called, stressed charity and poverty and admitted lay brothers.
John became known for his aid to the poor, his fierce opposition to simony, his miracles, gifts of prophecy and spiritual wisdom. Great crowds were attracted to him seeking his advice. The Vallumbrosans soon spread all through Italy particularly in Tuscany and Lombardy.
John died of natural causes in 1073 at Passignano near Florence, Italy.
He was canonized in 1193 by Pope Celestine III.

Saint John Gualbert,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 12, 2011, 03:01:21 AM
This biography really touched me.
Once he found the man he had searched for all those years, instead of slaying him as he had intended to, he embrassed him and walked away. Wow! That was the first miracle.


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Post by: Shin on July 12, 2011, 03:08:06 PM
It is very touching isn't it? I know I've heard this story before too. It's great to have it refreshed in my memory. One can just picture it! :D


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Post by: Patricia on July 12, 2011, 03:12:44 PM
Yes, true grace indeed


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Post by: odhiambo on July 13, 2011, 02:21:00 AM
July 13

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Henry II
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 13, 2011, 03:06:58 AM
Saint Henry II
Duke of Bavaria
King of Germany
Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire


Henry was born on 6 May 972 at Albach, Hildesheim, Bavaria, Germany. He was the son of Duke Henry II of Bavaria,( also known as Henry the Quarelsome)
and of Gisella, daughter of Conrad, King of Burgundy. He was educated at the cathedral school in Hildesheim. His teacher was bishop Wolfgang of Regensburg. While still growing up, Henry had wanted to become a priest. It never came to pass, however because when his father died in 992, he succeeded him as Duke of Bavaria. He then married a gentle and loving woman named Cunegund (or Kunigunda) around 998. (She too, has been proclaimed a saint.).
The couple remained childless. Some sources in fact claim that the two were celibate, but there is no proof of this.
In 1002, following the death of his cousin, Emperor Otto III, Henry was elected Emperor.
In the early years of his reign, Henry was involved in constant warfare as he strove for peace and unity in Germany. In 1014, He was crowned as Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Benedict VIII. Henry was also miraculously cured of an illness by the intercession of Saint Benedict of Nursia.
Known as Henry the Good, loved the poor. He and his wife Cunegunda spent a great deal of time and resources caring for these unfortunate people.
Some of Henry’s accomplishments during his years as Emperor include founding of schools, and quelling several rebellions.
He protected the frontiers and worked to establish a stable peace in Europe, and to reform the Church.
Saint Henry died of natural causes in his palace of Grona, near Göttingen, Germany on 13 July 1024.
He was canonized in 1146 by Pope Blessed Eugene III
He is patron saint of the physically challanged.
He is also invoked agaist sterility.

Saint Henry II,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 14, 2011, 03:32:53 AM
July 14

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Camillus De Lellis
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 14, 2011, 04:02:44 AM
Saint Camillus De Lellis
Founder of the Camellians.


Camillus was born on 25 May 1550 at Bocchiavico, Italy. He was born in a respectable family. His father, John de Lellis was a solder as was his own father before him.
One might say he was a solder for hire, a soldier of fortune because he used to fight for whoever would pay him. Consequently, Camillus served in the armies of various monarchs.
He was said to be a spendthrift and a compulsive gambler who was seldom at home.
His mother, Camilla, on the other hand, was a gentle and God fearing woman. The responsibility of brining up their son was hers alone, her husband gave her no help.
As for Camillus, he showed early signs of taking after his father. He was said to be unusually tall for his age, lazy by nature and hated being taught. He was rebellious, disobedient, and obstinate; to cap it all, he had a violent temper. For the sake of peace in the house, the mother tended to let him have his way.
When Camillus was twelve years old, his mother died.
After his mother died, Camillus went to live with relatives who , unfortunately, left him pretty much to himself on account of his difficult personality. He was sent to school but he hated school and only longed for the day when he would leave it all behind him. When not in school, he associated with people of questionable morals. From them, he learnt to gamble and was soon addicted to the vice. All was not, however lost. Camilla had instilled in her son a deep respect for religion. He believed in prayer and he believed in the sacraments, though he seldom prayed nor received the sacraments.
When Camillus was seventeen, he enlisted as a soldier and went to fight for Venice against the Turks. He gradually lost all his inheritance through gambling.
In the course of the battle against the Turks, Camillus contracted a terrible skin disease that caused multiple, apparently incurable, abscesses to develop on his feet. He was compelled to give up soldiering. He sought employment at a hospital. After nine months, however, he was dismissed because of his quarrelsome disposition and uncontrollable passion for gambling.
It was only after several years that he genuinely reformed. He was a sober and penitent young man of 26 when he offered his services to the San Giacomo Hospital for Incurables in Rome. Here he quickly won everyone’s admiration by his selfless nursing of the sick and the dying. Soon, because of his obvious piety, he was made director of the Hospital. His confessor and spiritual director at the time was Saint Philip Neri, from whom he received permission to be ordained. He was ordained priest by the Welsh Bishop Thomas Goldwell of Saint Asaph of England who was at the time living in Rome.
After his ordination, Camillus, together with two companions, decided to found a congregation to nurture the sick. This developed into what came to be variously called Ministers of the Sick, or the Fathers of the Good Death, or, simply, the Camilians.
Camillus and his men cared for men aboard plague-stricken ships in the harbour of Rome. In 1591, Pope Gregory XIV approved the congregation, and Camillus sent members to Hungary and Croatia, There they worked in the first field medical units to care for troops wounded in battle.
He resigned as superior of the congregation in 1607.

He died on 14 July 1614 at Genoa, (Rome according to other sources), Italy of natural causes. He was beatified on 7 April 1742 by Pope Benedict XIV and canonized on 29 June 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV.
He was declared patron of the sick with Saint John of God, by Pope Leo XIII,
He is also patron of nurses and hospital workers.
His relics are in Rome.

Saint Camillus De Lellis
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 14, 2011, 06:23:03 AM

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“O Lord, I confess I am the most wretched of sinners, most undeserving of your favors; but save me by your infinite mercy”

St Camillus de Lellis.

From Feast of all Saints


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Post by: martin on July 14, 2011, 09:35:31 AM
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John drew his sword and walked purposely towards the man. Just as he was about to run him through with his sword, the latter fell to his knees at John’s feet and with his arms crossed on his chest he begged for forgiveness and commended his soul to God.
With a great effort, John dropped his sword, embraced his enemy and continued down the road. He noticed a monastery church, the Benedictine church of Saint Miniato. He went in and knelt before the crucifix. Then a miracle happened! Jesus bowed his head upon the cross as if in recognition of John’s noble act.

Odhiambo I read the story you posted a few days ago on the life of Saint John Gualbert and the above extract is indeed a very moving account.
Shin posted a sermon from Audio Sancto a few weeks ago on the topic of forgiveness and how refusal to forgive can lead to spiritual paralisis.
A hard lesson we must all learn.  :shy:


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Post by: Shin on July 14, 2011, 09:42:32 AM
It's priceless once learned I am thinking! :D


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Post by: odhiambo on July 15, 2011, 01:37:03 AM


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Odhiambo I read the story you posted a few days ago on the life of Saint John Gualbert and the above extract is indeed a very moving account.
Shin posted a sermon from Audio Sancto a few weeks ago on the topic of forgiveness and how refusal to forgive can lead to spiritual paralisis.
A hard lesson we must all learn.  :shy:

Very true martin. True forgiveness is a very difficult thing to do, a real struggle, but the rewards are great, I believe  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on July 15, 2011, 01:54:39 AM

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A hard lesson we must all learn.  :shy:

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Very true martin. True forgiveness is a very difficult thing to do, a real struggle, but the rewards are great, I believe  :)

I think I am going to disagree with myself a little and amend that true forgiveness is really God given. We cannot do it on our own. The best way to achieve it is 1: To want to forgive the wrong done to us and 2: To ask God for the grace to actually forgive.  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on July 15, 2011, 01:59:12 AM
July 15
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio
Among many other saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 15, 2011, 02:33:55 AM
Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio.
Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church.
 Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor
. Doctor of the Universal Church
Writer.
 Biographer of Saint Francis.

 
Bonaventure was born Giovanno di Fidanza in1221 at Bagnoregio,  (Bagnorea), Italy . He was the son of Giovanni di Fidanza , and  Maria la Ritalla but was apparently called  John of Fidanza.
When he was still a boy, he became seriously sick and there was no hope that he would survive. His own father, a doctor, had also given up hope. His mother, however, continued to hope that her son would get well. She appealed to Saint Francis of Assisi, who had been canonized not so long before and to everyone’s joy, John got cured.
John went to Paris for his studies and was lucky to study under Alexander of Hales, the first Franciscan professor of theology. After completing his studies, he lectured at the University for seven years.
John became a Franciscan in 1243 and took the name “Bonaventure” which variably means “good venture”, “good attempt” or “happy arrival”
He now embarked on the study of theology and sacred Scriptures at the University of Paris. His graduation was however delayed for several years due to the serious disagreement that took place at the University of Paris between the secular professors and the mendicant orders to which he belonged.  Finally in 1257 he received his doctorate together with St Thomas Aquinas who was a close friend of his.
In 1260, at a general chapter of the Franciscans at Narbonne, France, Bonaventure promulgated the constitutions of the Franciscan Order and was elected Minister General of his Order.
In 1263, Bonaventure wrote a new biography of Saint Francis of Assisi. This became the approved, official biography of this great saint and in 1266 it was declared to replace all previous biographies.
In 1273, Blessed Pope Gregory X made Bonaventure a cardinal. He sent several legates to him with the red hat. When the legates arrived with this symbol of great honor, they found our Saint washing dishes. He asked them to hang the red hat on a nearby tree as his hands were wet and dirty. 
In 1274, he attending the Council of Lyons, France, and took an active part in the negotiations with the Eastern Church on reunion. He died of natural causes during the proceedings, on 15 July 1274.  Saint Bonaventure is called “ the Seraphic Doctor” He is considered one of the great intellect of his era.
Some of his works include the following:
1: Perfection of Life.
2: Soliliquy.
3: Threefold Way.
It is said that he wrote 500 sermons. His biography of Saint Francis of Assisi has been described as beautiful and touching.
He was canonized on14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV
and declared Doctor of the Church in 1588.
He is invoked against intestinal problems., the patron saint
Bagnoregio, Italy, and Saint Bonaventure University, New York.
 
Saint Bonaventure,
Pray for us!

Ref: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:



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Post by: odhiambo on July 15, 2011, 02:38:11 AM
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“The best perfection of a religious man is to do common things in a perfect manner”
St Bonaventure.

From Feast of all Saints


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Post by: Shin on July 15, 2011, 01:29:22 PM
There's so much truth to that. :D It may sound ordinary and unexciting but it's the real way to make progress.

Doing every little thing with a pure intention and perfect virtue like Christ.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 15, 2011, 04:53:23 PM
I read that Archbishop Sheen once said, “…It does not take much time to make us saints—it only takes much love.”


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Post by: odhiambo on July 16, 2011, 01:14:52 AM
July 16

Today is the Feast of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Patroness of the Carmelite Order.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 16, 2011, 01:24:59 AM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel in Israel is mentioned in the Bible as a holy place. It is there that the great prophet Elijah defended the One True God against the prophets of Baal. Today, there is a statue near Mount Carmel commemorating this Biblical victory.
During the Crusades, holy hermits lived on Mount Carmel, praying and fasting, and contemplating God.
About the year 1150, encouraged by the crusader Berthold, a group of hermits living on Mount Carmel became organized and called their order the Carmelite Order, deriving their name from the Holy Mountain on which they lived
The Order promoted a life of contemplation and dedication to Our Lady.
Because of constant oppression by the Saracens, however, the monks gradually emigrated to Europe. In fact it appears that the Carmelites were driven off of Mount Carmel in 1247.
Simon Stock, the Sixth master general of the Order, said to have become a hermit at the age of twelve, and living in the hollow of a tree trunk, was one of the first Englishmen to join the Order when it came to England.
In 1247, he was elected master general of the Carmelites. He established Carmelite houses in the university centers of Europe and won papal approval to change the Order’s Rule and to abandon the hermitic lifestyle.The Order came under harsh opposition and constant harassment from other clergy. Simon prayed to the Virgin Mary for guidance , pleading with her for some special sign of her protection of the Order.
On July 16, 1251, The Blessed Virgin appeared to him with the scapular of the order in her hand. This scapular she gave him with the words:

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"Hoc erit tibi et cunctis Carmelitis privilegium, in hoc habitu moriens salvabitur" (This shall be the privilege for you and for all the Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall be saved).
This is why today’s feast is also known as the feast of the Scapular.
Mary also told him to appeal to Pope Innocent IV. He did just that and the Pope issued a papal letter of protection for the Order.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Pray for us?


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Post by: odhiambo on July 16, 2011, 01:28:56 AM
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     “Oh how long since would the world have been destroyed, had not Mary sustained it by her powerful intercession”
 St Fulgentius.

 

Feast of all Saints.


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Post by: Shin on July 16, 2011, 01:55:54 PM
'Perfection of life consists in drawing close to God. Heaven is the possession of God. In heaven God is contemplated, adored, loved. But to attain heaven it's necessary to be detached from what is earthly. What is the life of a Carmelite if not one of contemplating, adoring and loving God incessantly? And she, by being desirous for that heaven, distances herself from the world and tries to detach herself as much as possible from everything earthly.'

St. Teresa of the Andes


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Post by: odhiambo on July 16, 2011, 05:21:26 PM
July 17
 
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Alexis of Rome
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 16, 2011, 05:26:38 PM
Saint Alexis of Rome
Also known as:
Alexius of Rome.
Man of God.


Alexius was the only son of Euphemian, a rich, Christian, Roman Senator and his wife Aglae. Even as a child, Alexis was known for his charity. He wanted to dedicate his life to God, but his parents wanted him to marry and they went ahead and arranged a marriage for him to a wealthy Roman girl. To please his parents, Alexis married the girl. On their wedding day, however, the two parted company by mutual consent. He left Rome secretly and went to Syria. For seventeen years, Alexis lived in abject poverty and great holiness in a shack adjoining a church dedicated to Mary in Edessa.
Then, a miracle happened.
A statue of Our Lady spoke revealing him to the people of Edessa as the “Man of God”. Alexis fled back to his home. His own father, not recognizing the bedraggled beggar as his son, gave him a job and a place to live under a staircase in his home.
Humbly, uncomplainingly and completely unrecognized by them all, Alexis lived in his father’s home for another seventeen years.
At his death, his autobiography was found on his body. Then, and only then, was his identity revealed.
He was honored as a saint and his home, such as it was, converted into a church.
Another version of his life has him dying in Edessa.
Saint Alexis is the patron of Alexian Brotherhood, a congregation that serves the sick.
He is also the patron of beggars, pilgrims, and the sick.
In liturgical art, Saint Alexis is represented by a dying man with a letter in his hand, a man lying beneath a staircase or a man lying on a mat.
Saint Alexis of Rome,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 16, 2011, 05:30:05 PM
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“Pride is an illusion, a lie and a theft. And since it is a truth of faith that we are nothing, he who esteems himself and thinks that he is someone is a seducer who deceives himself”
St John Eudes.

Feast of all Saints


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Post by: odhiambo on July 18, 2011, 02:06:17 AM
July 18
 
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Frederick
Among many others.
 


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Post by: odhiambo on July 18, 2011, 02:12:16 AM
Saint Frederick
Bishop, Martyr.

Also known as Saint Frederick of Utrecht, or Frederick of the Netherlands.
Frederick was born the grandson of King Radbon of the Frisians. He was educated by the priests at Utrecht, Holland, and he himself also became a priest. He was known for his holiness and learning.
About the year 825, Frederick was appointed bishop of Utrecht. He worked hard to put the see in order and to reform the clergy. He sent a group of missionaries under the leadership to Saint Odulphus to evangelize the pagans in the northern part of Utrecht. Frederick also opposed incestuous marriages, especially among the nobility. He incurred the enmity of the Empress Judith, when he openly chastised her for her immoral and adulterous lifestyle.
On 18 July 838 the Saint was stabbed to death in a church, during Mass in Maastricht, Flanders by assassins. The crime was blamed on the Empress. It was, however, more than likely that the pagans from Walcheren, were the culprits. Many of them deeply resented his missionary activities in their area.
In liturgical art, he is represented by a bishop pierced by two swords or, a
bishop being stabbed by two men.

Saint Frederick,
Pray for us


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Post by: Shin on July 18, 2011, 10:41:35 AM
Flanders, the Netherlands, Utrecht. . . The more I learn about the saints the more I learn about history and geography too. . . All the old states of the Holy Roman Empire. . . It's all quite interesting really, if only I had been taught the history of the saints in school, history would have been so interesting. :D


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Post by: Shin on July 18, 2011, 10:42:00 AM
I am glad there is a St. Fredrick, it's a good name no?  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on July 18, 2011, 03:17:59 PM
Flanders, the Netherlands, Utrecht. . . The more I learn about the saints the more I learn about history and geography too. . . All the old states of the Holy Roman Empire. . . It's all quite interesting really, if only I had been taught the history of the saints in school, history would have been so interesting. :D

I just find the old names confusing  ;D


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Post by: odhiambo on July 18, 2011, 03:30:32 PM
I am glad there is a St. Fredrick, it's a good name no?  ;D

Yes, Frederick is a good name. There are not many saints with that name I know but today's saint is not the only Saint Frederick. There is another one who was Bishop of Liege, in Belgium. Feast day May 27  ;D


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Post by: martin on July 18, 2011, 06:59:01 PM
It looks like he followed in the footsteps of St John the Baptist. Preaching against immorality can make one very unpopular. St Thomas Moore preached by his silence in refusing to condone adultery and ended up beheaded.
What will be in store for us who refuse to condone unnatural vice when the world tells us we should be accepting. A good time to win the martyrs crown I'm thinking.  O:)


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Post by: odhiambo on July 19, 2011, 02:39:50 AM
It looks like he followed in the footsteps of St John the Baptist. Preaching against immorality can make one very unpopular. St Thomas Moore preached by his silence in refusing to condone adultery and ended up beheaded.
What will be in store for us who refuse to condone unnatural vice when the world tells us we should be accepting. A good time to win the martyrs crown I'm thinking.  O:)

For a while I used to wonder what the world is coming to with men marrying men and women marrying women and all of it legally in some countries. These people coming out boldly to fight "for their rights"
Then I told myself, there is this question of "free will" that the Creator, in His wisdom, gave each and every one of us. We each choose our destiny in life.  Heart breaking but , c'est la vie!  :(


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Post by: odhiambo on July 19, 2011, 02:48:59 AM
July 19
 
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Justa and Rufina.
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 19, 2011, 02:57:31 AM
Saint Justa and Saint Rufina
Martyrs.
Justa is also known as Justin.

 
Justa and Rufina were sisters who lived during the reign of Emperor Dioclatian, a time of persecution of Christians. The sisters were potters in Hispalis, Hispania. (Modern Seville, Spain). A rich pagan wanted to buy their pots to be used in pagan ceremonies. When the girls learnt how their pots were to be used, they refused to sell them. Their stock was then maliciously desroyed by pagans. The sisters retaliated by destroying the image of a pagan godess. They were then denounced as Christians, tortured and then executed.
Justa died on the rack while Rufina was strangled to death and their bodies burnt. Other sources say they were fed to the lions.
The two sisters are the patron saints of Seville, Spain.
Saint Justa,
Pray for us!
Saint Rufina,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 19, 2011, 04:26:07 AM
I used to ask for St. Justa's help with the virtue of justice in the past, this brings back memories. :D

St. Justa, pray for us! St. Rufina, pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 19, 2011, 02:15:06 PM
I used to ask for St. Justa's help with the virtue of justice in the past, this brings back memories. :D

St. Justa, pray for us! St. Rufina, pray for us!

I doubt there is a saint you have not heard of Shin. You must have lots of friends up there smiling on you  :)


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Post by: odhiambo on July 20, 2011, 12:59:21 AM
July 20
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Margaret of Antioch
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 20, 2011, 01:05:28 AM
Saint Margaret of Antioch
virgin and martyr.
Also known as Marina.


According to legend, Margaret was the daughter of a pagan priest at Antioch in Pisidia (Now Turkey). Her mother died when she was still an infant. She was subsequently raised by a Christian woman. When she converted to Christianity, and consecrated herself to God, her pagan father drove her away from home. She was adopted by her nurse. Margaret grew up to be a very beautiful girl. She became a shepherdess.
One day, while attending sheep, Margaret was seen by Olybrius, the local prefect. He became infatuated with her beauty. When she spurned his advances, he denounced her as a Christian. She was imprisoned and cruelly tortured. The legend goes that while she was in prison, she had an encounter with the devil in the form of a dragon. According the legend, she was swallowed by the dragon, but the cross she carried in her hand so irritated his throat that he was forced to disgorge her. The next day, attempts were made to execute her, first by fire, then by drowning; both attempts, however, failed as she was miraculously saved and thousands of spectators witnessing her ordeal, got converted.
Finally, she was beheaded.
My reference has this to say about the biography of the saint.
“That she existed and was martyred is probably true. All else is probably fictitious embroidery added to her story which was immensely popular in the middle ages, spreading from the East all over Western Europe.”.
Saint Margaret is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Her voice was one of the voices heard by Saint Joan of Arc
Saint Margaret of Antioch is the patroness of childbirth, women in labour, among others.
Saint Margaret of Antioch
Pray for us!

Ref:
Dictionary of Saints.
By John J. Delaney


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Post by: odhiambo on July 21, 2011, 02:37:55 AM
July 21

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Lawrence of Brindisi
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 21, 2011, 02:55:58 AM
Saint Lawrence of Brindisi.
Doctor of the Church

Lawrence was born on 22 July 1559 at Brindisi, Italy. His parents were Guglielmo de Rossi and Elisabetta Masella. His given name was Julius Caesar Rossi. He was educated by the Conventual Franciscans, there at his place of birth. His father died when he was just twelve years old. He then went to his uncle in Venice and continued his education there at Saint Mark’s . When he was sixteen years old, he joined the Capuchins at Verona and took the name Lawrence (Brother Lorenzo).
Lawrence went on to study theology, philosophy, Sacred Scriptures, and other subjects, at the university of Padua.
At the completion of his studies, he was ordained a priest. Soon after his ordination, he began preaching in northern Italy.
In 1596, Lawrence became a high ranking superior in the Order. Five years later, he was sent to Germany with Blessed Benedict of Urbino to combat Lutheranism. They founded priories in Prague, Vienna, Austria and Gorizia in Italy.
At the request of Emperor Rudolf II, Lawrence helped raise an army among the German rulers to fight agaist the Turks in Hungary. He is also credited with winning a battle in Hungary against the same Turks in 1601 by leading the troops into battle with only a crucifix to protect himself. In 1602, Lawrence was elected vicar-general of the Capuchins. In 1605, however, he refused re-election. He was sent by the Emperor to Spain to persuade King Philip III of Spain to join the Catholic Leaque. While in Spain, Lawrence founded a Capuchin house in Madrid. His next appointment was as papal nuncio to the court of Maximilian in Bavaria, Germany. He serverd in this position till 1618 when he retired to a monastery in Caeserta, Italy. Soon, however, at the request of the rulers of Naples, he was recalled to settle a dispute involving the duke of Osuna, Spanish envoy to Naples. He was requested to travel to Spain and convince the King to recall the duke to avoid an uprising in Naples.
The journey to Lisbon to meet with the king ended with his death on 22 July 1619 at Lisbon, Portugal.
He was buried in the cemetery of the Poor Clares on Villafranca, Spain.

Among his writings were commentaries on Genesis and Ezekiel, several treaties against Luther. His main writings, however, are the nine volumes of his sermons.
Lawrence was beatified on 1 June 1783 by Pope Pius VI and canonised on 8 December 1881 by Pope Leo XIII. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1959.

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi,
Pray for us!


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Post by: martin on July 21, 2011, 06:14:26 PM
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She was imprisoned and cruelly tortured. The legend goes that while she was in prison, she had an encounter with the devil in the form of a dragon. According the legend, she was swallowed by the dragon, but the cross she carried in her hand so irritated his throat that he was forced to disgorge her. The next day, attempts were made to execute her, first by fire, then by drowning; both attempts, however, failed as she was miraculously saved and thousands of spectators witnessing her ordeal, got converted.
Finally, she was beheaded.

Reminds me again of the lives of St Philomena and St Dymphna. The virgin martyrs had much in common, especially the miracles of conversion that many received while witnessing their torture and death. Virgins are very special to God and Our Lady.

St Margaret of Antioch ora pro nobis  :+:


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Post by: odhiambo on July 22, 2011, 01:28:07 AM
Reminds me again of the lives of St Philomena and St Dymphna. The virgin martyrs had much in common, especially the miracles of conversion that many received while witnessing their torture and death. Virgins are very special to God and Our Lady.
St Margaret of Antioch ora pro nobis  :+:

Yes they are.
The Lord understands and appreciates the sacrifice they make for His sake in choosing to remain virgins.
It is such a noble call.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 22, 2011, 01:30:03 AM
July 22
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Mary Magdalene
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 22, 2011, 01:39:12 AM
Mary Magdalene.
"The Penitent".

Mary Magdalene, though Jewish, was, according to Bible scholars, most likely born and lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee. Her culture and manners were said to be those of a Gentile.
She was very beautiful and very proud. She was a known, notorious sinner when she first met Jesus. After meeting Jesus, however, Mary felt genuine sorry for her many sins. Jesus cast out seven devils from her (? seven deadly sins)
She became a follower of Christ and, to us all, she is the classic example of repentance and forgiveness.
Mary is identified with the unknown sinner who, when Jesus went to supper at the home of a rich man named Simon, came, to weep at the Lord’s feet.  Then, with her long beautiful hair, she wiped His feet dry and lovingly anointed them with expensive perfume.
Mary was also among the women at the crucifixion. Together with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, they discovered the empty tomb. To them, the angel of God announced the good news of the resurrection of Jesus.
That same day, Mary was the very first person to see Jesus after His resurrection. Imagine that privilege. Jesus chose her as the first person to see Him in His resurrected Body.
There are two schools of thought as to what happened to Mary after Jesus ascended to heaven.
According to the Greek Church, she retired to Ephesus with the Blessed Virgin Mary  and Saint John, and lived there the rest of her life.
According to a  French tradition, however,  Mary, Martha ,  Lazarus, and some companions came to Marseilles, France. They evangelized and converted the whole Provence region.  Mary then retired to live 30 years as a penitent hermitess at La Sainte-Baume.
 
According to the ancient tradition in the Latin Church, Mary the sinner is synonymous with Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus and with Mary Magdalene. “Dictionary of Saints “by John J. Delaney, however, makes this comment, and I quote:
“She is identified by the unknown sinner, who anointed Christ’s feet in Simon’s house…and with Mary the sister of Martha, but there are no real justifications for these identifications in the Gospels, and modern scholars do not believe they are the same.”
Saint Mary Magdalene is invoked against sexual temptations, among others.
Santa Maria Magdalena,
Ora pro nobis!



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Post by: odhiambo on July 22, 2011, 01:42:14 AM
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“When you commit any sin, repent of it at once and resolve to amend. If it is a grievous sin, confess it as soon as possible”

 St Alphonsus Liguori.


From Feast of all Saints


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Post by: martin on July 22, 2011, 05:03:28 PM
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That same day, Mary was the very first person to see Jesus after His resurrection. Imagine that privilege. Jesus chose her as the first person to see Him in His resurrected Body.

And she fell on her knees again and clasped His Feet.
She loved Our Blessed Lord so much.
St. Mary Magdalene ora pro nobis.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 23, 2011, 02:25:27 AM
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Bridget
Among many other saints




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Post by: odhiambo on July 23, 2011, 02:27:55 AM
This a very , very brief account of this great saint.
Shin please elaborate  :)
I posted the same last year at CAF.

Saint Bridget
Patroness of Sweden



Bridget was born of Swedish royal family in the year 1304.
In obedience to her father, she married Prince Ulpho of Sweden.
She became the mother of eight children , one of whom, Catherine, is also honored as a saint.
In order to live an even holier life, Saint Bridget and her husband agreed to separate. He entered the Cistercian Order .Bridget started the Order of St. Savior, or the Brigittines, in Sweden.
Saint Bridget received a series of revelations as you have seen from post #201.
She submitted all of them to her confessor for his judgment.
Before her death, Saint Bridget made a pilgrimage to Rome and Palestine. She had a great love for the Passion of Christ. During the pilgrimage, Jesus is said to have dictated to her the “ Fifteen Prayers of Saint Bridget” in honour of His Passion.
Saint Bridget died in Rome in 137

Saint Bridget,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 23, 2011, 08:37:38 AM
July 23

Today is also the Feast day of
Saint Phocas the Gardener
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 23, 2011, 08:40:55 AM
Saint Phocas the Gardener
Martyr.

Dates about this saint are not known. He was born at and lived in Sinope in Paphlagonia, on the Black Sea in Turkey.Sinope was a Roman province under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian
He was a gardener who lived as an anchorite, leading an austere life of prayer and contemplation. He fed the poor with whatever surplus food he had. He offered shelter to travellers who came his way.
According to legend, he was denounced as a Christian and sentenced to death. When the execution squad of Roman soldiers arrived at his house, he gave them shelter. They told him they were looking for a Christian named "Phocus". Do you know what the saint told them? He told them he would let them know where to find Phocus in the morning. True to his word, in the morning he prepared his soul, the better to meet his Creator. He dug his grave and then told them who he was the Phocus that they sought. Overcome by his courage and kindness, they hesitated. At his urging, however, he was beheaded. This was around the year 303.
Saint Phocus the Gardener,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 24, 2011, 07:28:51 AM
July 24
 
Today is the Feast day of
Saint John Boste
Among many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 24, 2011, 07:29:34 AM
Saint John Boste , also known
John Boast.

 
John was born in1544 at Dufton, Westmoreland, England.
 He studied at Queen's College, Oxford and obtained a Fellowship there.
 He became a Catholic in 1576, went to Rheims, France in 1580 to prepare for the priesthood and to study.  He was ordained there the following year on 4th March 1581. One month after his ordination,John returned as an active missionary to northern England. As soon as he arrived at Hartlepool,  he began his ministry,  travelling from one Catholic house to another, often accompanied by John Speed, a Roman Catholic layman and fellow future martyr.
Soon , however, he caught the attention of the Anglican authorities and a cat and mouse chase  started in which John was the unfortunate mouse. He and his companion lived through many narrow escapes. He was often said to disguise himself as a servant in the livery costume of Lord Montacute.
Following one of the near misses where the saint had a narrow escape,  he was taken to the house of William Claxton and his wife Grace in the parish of Brancepeth, Durham.It was here  that he was betrayed to the authorities on the 5th July 1593, by one Francis Ecclesfield.
 He was arrested and taken to the Tower of London for interrogation. During the interrogation, John was crippled for the rest of his life by the racking he was subjected to. Racking is considered the most painful form of medieval torture.
John was later released and travelled back to Durham, only to be condemned for being a priest. He was hanged, drawn, and quartered on 24 July 1594 at Dryburn near Durham, England .
John  reportedly, remained courageous and recited the Angelus as he climbed the ladder of death.
Pope Pius XI beatified Saint John Boste in 1929 and he was canonised by Pope Paul VI on the 29th October 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
 
Saint John Boste,
Pray for us!


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Post by: Shin on July 25, 2011, 01:35:04 AM
I am loving reading these. Thank you odhiambo!  :D

I will have to write a little more about St. Bridget in a bit.  ;D There's so much to her!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 25, 2011, 03:06:22 AM
I am loving reading these. Thank you odhiambo!  :D

Saint Phocas the Gardener, Wow. One can only admire such Faith. Do you think God takes away the fear of death in these saints or is the fear still there but their love for God is much much greater.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 25, 2011, 03:07:42 AM
July 25

Today is the Feast day of
Saint James the Greater
Among Many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 25, 2011, 03:36:33 AM
Saint James the Greater.
Apostle and Martyr.
Also known as Santiago.

Saint James and his younger brother Saint John the Evangelist, were from Galilee. Their Father was a prosperous fisherman named Zebedee. Their mother was Salome, whom some authorities believe to have been a sister of the Blessed Virgin. This would make them first cousins of our Lord. The two sons assisted their father in his fishing business and were in partnership with Simon Peter and his brother Andrew.
One day, as they were mending their nets with their father in a fishing boat on Lake Genesareth, Jesus, who was begining His Ministry, called the brothers to follow him and they both responded to that call by leaving everything and becoming desciples of Jesus.
James was called " the Greater", simply to identify him from James "the Less". He was older, taller and was an apostle before the other James, who was then designated, the Less.
Saint James and his brother Saint John were nicknamed by Jesus as Boanerges “Sons of Thunder”, probably arising from the occasion when they asked Jesus if they should ask heaven to strike the inhospitable Samaritans with fire (Luke 9:54-56).
Among the twelve Apostles of Our Lord, James the Greater, his brother John, Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, seem to have enjoyed pride of place. Sts Peter, James and John (often taken to symbolize faith, hope and charity), were the only ones privileged to witness our Lord raising to life the daughter of Jairus, his Transfiguration, and finally his agony at Gethsemane.

On one occasion, driven by the earthly love that mothers have for their children, Salome tried to influence Christ to favor her two sons. She spoke to Jesus thus: " Promise me that these two sons of mine will sit at your right and your left when you are King" [Matt. 20:21].
Jesus responded by adressing James and John, not their mother. This is what he told them : " You don't know what you are asking for......Can you drink the cup of suffering that Iam about to drink"
" We can". they answered.
"You will indeed drink from my cup" Jesus told them.
And so it was that James became the protomartyr of the Apostles, the first Apostle to drink of the cup of suffering Jesus was referring to. Herod Agrippa I, a grandson of Herod the Great who had massacred the Holy Innocents, was trying his best to please the Jews. In the year 43 he had James arrested as one of the leading men in the rapidly growing Church. He had him beheaded in Jerusalem.
An old tradition claim that Saint James preached in Spain before his martyrdom and that his body was brought to Santiago de Compostela in Spain which was one of the great pilgrimage centers of the Middle Ages. He is the patron saint of Spain.
Here is a great ending to our rememberance of Saint James. It is an excerpt from SQPN.

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"Like all men of renown, many stories grew up around James. In one, he brought back to life a boy who had been unjustly hanged, and had been dead for five weeks. The boy‘s father was notified of the miracle while he sat at supper. The father pronounced the story nonsense, and said his son was no more alive than the roasted fowl on the table; the cooked bird promptly sat up, sprouted feathers, and flew away."

I can just imagine the look on his face! ;D
Saint James the Greater,
Pray for us!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 26, 2011, 02:35:57 AM
July 26

Today is the Feast day of
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne
Among Many other saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 26, 2011, 03:09:13 AM
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Gospel does not tell us anything about the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What we know comes from the Protoevangelium of James, an early Christian writing before the Gospels. From this source, we learn the names of these two great Saints. They both lived in Nazareth and were of the tribe of Judah and of the royal house of David. The name Anne or Hannah, means “Grace”. or " Gracious". The name Joachim, means “God saves”, or “the Lord prepares" He married Anna at a young age. He tended his flocks on the hills of Galilee near Nazareth and he also owned a house in Jerusalem near the Temple. They were pious and rich and had everything to make them happy except for one very important thing. They had no children. Since Hebrews believed that a family without children did not have God's blessing, Joachim and Anne were desolate because of this. They both prayed earnestly for years but it seems to them like the Lord said "No" to their entreaty. According to an ancient story of doubtful origin, Joachim went to the Temple one feast day to offer sacrifice to God. He had taken the best lamb from his flocks and choice fruits from the produce of his land. But The High Priest did not let him offer sacrifice reasoning that since he was childless, he had to be a sinner and as such, his sacrifice would not be pleasing to God. Publicy humiliated, the two future parents redoubled their prayers, crying out in entreaty to the Lord their God. Anne promised the Lord, she would dedicate any child He gave her to the Him. Joachim, on his part, withdrew to the desert and fasted for 40 days. At long, long, last, their prayers were answered. God sent an angel to each of them separately to announce that soon, Anne would conceive and bear a child. And so, Mary, Mother of God, was born. At the age of 3 years, she was given to the Service of the Temple as her mother had promised God in her prayers.
Joachim is reported to have died soon after witnessing the presentation of Jesus at the Temple.
In liturgical art, Joachim is represented by a  man bringing a lamb to the altar and being turned away by the priest

Saint Anne,
Pray for us!
Saint Joachim,
Pray for us!

Reference:
Saints For All.
Lives of Saints For Every Week.
A Paulines Publication Africa.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 26, 2011, 03:13:46 AM
I am loving reading these. Thank you odhiambo!  :D

My pleasure Shin :)


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Post by: martin on July 26, 2011, 07:19:31 PM
I always think of St Joachim and St Anne as our Grandparents. It inspires me with confidence when I pray to them.
We belong to a very special and holy family through Baptism.  :principalities:


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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2011, 03:22:42 AM
We belong to a very special and holy family through Baptism. 

The Lord's Family
Amen!


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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2011, 03:30:41 AM
July 27
Today is the Feast day of
Saint Pantaleon
Among many other Saints.


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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2011, 03:36:27 AM
Saint Pantaleon
Also known as Panteleimon
Physician and Martyr


Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints starts an account of this saint by stating that Pantaleon is known almost exclusively through legends. According to one of these legends, he was the son of a pagan named Eustorgious of Nicomedia. His mother, Eubula, was a Christian and raised her son according to the Christian faith. Unfortunately, the mother died while her son was still a child. Pantaleon became a famous physician in the service of Emperor Maximian. Pantaleon supposedly succumbed to the dessolute lifestyle in the court, enjoying it so much that he abandoned his faith. Not all was lost , however, as Pantaleon was jolted back to the Faith by a Christian named Hermolaus. Overcomed with grief for his wayward ways, he gave away all his possessions to the poor. He converted his father to Christianity and he treated the poor free of charge.
When the persecutions of Christians under Emperor Diocletian broke out in Nicomedia in 303, he was denounced as a Christian by a fellow physician. He was arrested together with Hermolaus and two other Christians. They were condemned to death. Pantaleon supposedly miraculously survived six different attempts at executions, including drowning, fire and wild beasts. He was finally beheaded in Necomedia.
Pantaleon is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. His name, Panteleimon, in Greek, means " the All merciful or the All compassionate""
In the East he is called the "Great Martyr and Wonder worker." His blood supposedly liquefies on his feast day day.

Saint Pantaleon,
Pray for us!

Reference:

1: Our Sunday Visitor Encyclopedia Of Saints.
By Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Margaret Bunson:
2: Dictionary of Saints by John J. Delaney


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Post by: odhiambo on July 27, 2011, 03:52:20 AM
July 27
 
Has any one reading this post, ever heard of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus? I hadn’t until now. I was so fascinated by their story that I decided to post the little I have learnt about them even though their feast is no longer officially found in the General Roman Calendar.
 
The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus.
Martyrs.

A long, long time ago, about the year 250, the then Roman Emperor, Trajanus Decius, embarked on a campaign of persecution of Christians.  He decreed that all men throughout the Empire were required to burn incense to the pagan gods. Any Christians who refused were to be condemned as traitors and executed. To make sure that his edict was being obeyed, Decius himself traveled throughout the Empire. Soon, he was in Ephesus.
Now there were seven Christians in Ephesus. They were: Maximian, Malchus, Marcian, Dionysius, John,
Serapion, and Constantine. They were all young men, some even just boys. They feared for their lives yes, but they feared even more, the prospect of losing their souls. Consequently, they refused to sacrifice to the idols. They remained in their houses praying and fasting. As was only to be expected, they were denounced as Christians and brought before Decius. The Seven young men confessed themselves to be Christians and awaited their fate. The Emperor decided to give them some little time to consider the matter.  Death or life; it was their call. The seven used this time to dispose of whatever property they had, giving it all to the poor. They then fled to Mount Celion where they hid in a cave.  For news and supplies, one of them, Malchus, went to town every now and again, disguised as a beggar (or as a
Physician according to some accounts.). When Decius returned and asked that the seven be brought before him, Malchus heard of it when he went to town. He bought the supplies and returned to the cave to warn the others that their time would soon be up. He gave them the loaves he had bought, telling them eat, so that they might have courage in the time of trial. They ate, and then, as they sat anxiously awaiting their fate, they all fell asleep.
 
The pagans sought for them every where, but failed to find them. They even looked in the caves on Mount Celion where they were sleeping but did not see them. The Emperor summoned the parents of the Seven, threatening them with death if they did not reveal their children’s whereabouts; but the parents too, did not know where they were. Decius, reasoning that they can be nowhere else but in the caves, gave orders that the caves be blocked with stones to ensure their deaths. This was done. Some Christians wrote the account of all these events and placed the scrolls, in lead containers, among the rocks.
 
Some two hundred years later, during the reign of the Christian Emperor, Theodosius II, two events which have a bearing on this account occurred. First of all, a heresy arose that denied the resurrection of the dead.
Secondly, some masons, working around the vicinity of the cave which housed the seven sleepers, removed the huge stones that were blocking the entrance to the cave.
Then the seven sleepers awoke. As far as they were concerned, they had just woken up from a good night’s sleep.
They asked Malchus what he had heard concerning their fate.
They urged Malchus to go back to town to buy some more bread, as well as get more news concerning them. Malchus took five coins and left. On approaching the town, he was utterly astounded to see a cross above the city gate! Not only that, all the gates to the city had crosses on them! Just to be sure that he was not dreaming, he asked where he was and he was told “Ephesus”. Malchus next went the bakery, asked for bread and handed his coin to the baker. To his surprise, the man wanted to know if he had found some treasures and was very interested in the coins. Malchus mistakenly thought they had seen through his disguise and pleaded with them to let him go, but they seized him demanding a share of the supposed treasures. A hullabaloo followed, a large crowd gathered and the authorities got involved. St. Martin, the bishop, and Antipater, the governor, ordered both parties to be brought before them. Saint Martin asked Malchus to explain himself. When he did, the whole population of the city accompanied him to the cave, where the bishop entered and found the Seven Sleepers. Further explanations were given, the ancient scrolls were found and read, and all glorified the Almighty God.
Emperor Theodosius II was informed of the supernatural occurrence and he came to witness for himself. The Seven Sleepers were hailed as living proof of the resurrection of the dead. After being received by the Emperor, they all died and were given a magnificent burial. The Emperor then freed all bishops who had been imprisoned for adhering to the doctrine of resurrection.
The legend of the Seven Sleepers was well known during the Middle Ages and according to the book on saints, Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia, was preserved in Greek, Coptic and Syriac versions.
The cave in which they reputedly slept was also a popular pilgrim site near Ephesus until the conquest of Asia Minor by the Turks in the eleventh century.
The Seven Sleepers are identified as saints .
 
The Seven Sleepers,
Pray for us!
 
Ref: Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia,
The Links


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Post by: Shin on July 27, 2011, 04:22:49 AM
I remember reading it! It certainly is a splendid one isn't it? :D I love it!


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