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Saint of the Day – 4 June – St Filippo Smaldone (1848-1923)

Saint of the Day – 4 June – St Filippo Smaldone (1848-1923) Priest and Founder of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, Preacher, Catechist, Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration and Our Lady, Apostle of Charity and especially of orphans, the blind and the deaf, Spiritual Advisor and Director – Born on 27 July 1848 in Naples, Italy and died on 4 June 1923 in Lecce, Italy from a combination of diabetes and a heart condition.  St Filippo is best known for his extensive work with the deaf, the blind and orphans, during his lifetime.    Father Smaldone was a gifted preacher known for his commitment to proper Catechesis and to the care of orphans and the mute, which earned him civic recognition.   Patronages: Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, Deaf people, Mute people.   He was Beatified in 1996 by St John Paul and Canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on 15 October 2006 in St Peter’s Square.

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Filippo Smaldone was born in Naples on 27 July 1848, at a time of political and social turmoil in Italy as well as for the Church.   Notwithstanding the social, political and religious unrest that surrounded him, he decided to dedicate himself to the service of the Church and become a priest.

While he was still a philosophy and theology student, he became involved in helping the many marginalised people and deaf-mutes in Naples, who at the time were without appropriate forms of assistance.   His dedication to the apostolate did not leave him much time to study and it was with difficulty that he passed the examination for Minor Orders.

After a period of time in what is today known as the Archdiocese of Rossano-Cariati, where he could concentrate on his studies, he returned to the Archdiocese of Naples in 1876.   There he continued to study and to work with deaf-mutes and was ordained a priest on 23 September 1871.

Fr Smaldone dedicated himself to the priestly ministry through evening catechism classes and visiting the hospitalised and homebound sick.   During a plague epidemic he too caught the contagion but he was miraculously cured through intercession to Our Lady of Pompeii, for whom he cherished a special, lifelong devotion.

In addition to his parish ministry he continued his pioneer work in the education of deaf-mutes;  however, he met many obstacles during his work and became discouraged, at one point wanting to change ministries and head for the foreign missions.

But it was his wise confessor who convinced him that his true mission was in Naples among the people who needed him most.   Thus, he gave himself without reserve to this apostolate and made it the principle object of his mission.

Armed with the great experience he had acquired through the years, Fr Smaldone went to Lecce, Italy, on 25 March 1885, where he founded an institute for deaf-mutes with Fr Lorenzo Apicella and a group of Sisters, he had specially trained.   This was the basis for the Congregation of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, which rapidly took root and flourished.

After founding the Lecce institute, which became the Motherhouse of the Congregation he founded, in 1897 Fr Smaldone opened other institutes in Rome and Bari, Italy.   Due to the great need, Fr Smaldone soon expanded his work to include blind children, orphans and the abandoned in his institutes.

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Signs of the great work he accomplished for love of God and neighbour were both external and internal trials.   In fact, one of his favourite sayings was:  “The Lord sends us trials and tribulations to settle our debt to Him”.

From without he had to defend himself against the anti-Church municipal council;  from within, he had to deal with the departure of the first superior of the new Congregation he founded, which provoked a long apostolic visit on the part of the Holy See.

The crucible of trials thus tried this holy man of God and found him and his works worthy.   He continued to strive, with fatherly affection, to educate his deaf-mute students and to give the Salesian Sisters a complete religious formation.

Fr Smaldone also served as confessor and spiritual director to priests, seminarians and various religious communities.   He founded the Eucharistic League of Priest Adorers and Women Adorers, and was superior of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St Francis de Sales.


He was appointed a canon of Lecce Cathedral and at one point was awarded a commendation by the civil Authorities.

Fr Filippo Smaldone died of a serious diabetic condition with heart complications on 4 June 1923 at the age of 75;   he was in Lecce and surrounded by the affection of the Sisters and many of the needy whom he had served throughout his life.

St Filippo’s Ccanonisation cause commenced in an informative process that opened in 1964 under Pope Paul VI and concluded its business sometime after this.   The introduction to this process titled him as a Servant of God.   The Congregation for the Causes of Saints validated this process in Rome on 23 May 1989 and received the Positio in 1989 which allowed for theologians to approve it on 3 February 1995 and the C.C.S. to likewise approve the cause on 16 May 1995.   St Pope John Paul II declared Smaldone to be Venerable on 11 July 1995 after the pope confirmed that the priest had indeed lived a model Christian life of heroic virtue.

The miracle needed for beatification was investigated and then validated on 7 May 1993 while a medical board later approved it on 1 June 1995.   Theologians also assented to this miracle on 27 October 1995 as did the C.C.S. on 12 December 1995.   St John Paul II issued formal assent needed and deemed that the healing was a miracle attributed to Smaldone’s intercession on 12 January 1996 while later presiding over Smaldone’s Beatification on 12 May 1996.

The process for a second miracle spanned from 2000 to 2002 at which point it received validation on 4 April 2003 before receiving the assent of the medical board on 3 February 2005;  theologians assented to it on 17 May 2005 as did the C.C.S. on 17 January 2006.   Pope Benedict XVI approved this on 28 April 2006 and Canonised Smaldone in Saint Peter’s Square on 15 October 2006.



Thought for the Day – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Filippo Smaldone (1848-1923)

Thought for the Day – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Filippo Smaldone (1848-1923) – Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration and of Charity

Speaking of: Eucharistic Adoration

“St Filippo Smaldone, son of South Italy, knew how to instil in his life the higher virtues characteristic of his land.

A priest with a great heart nourished continuously on prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, he was above all, a witness and servant of charity, which he manifested in an eminent way through service to the poor, in particular to deaf-mutes, to whom he dedicated himself entirely.

The work that he began developed thanks to the Congregation of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, founded by him and which spread to various parts of Italy and the world.

St Filippo Smaldone saw the image of God reflected in deaf-mutes and he used to repeat that, just as we prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament, so we should kneel before a deaf-mute.

From his example we welcome the invitation to consider the ever indivisible love for the Eucharist and love for one’s neighbour.   But the true capacity to love the brethren, can come only, from meeting with the Lord in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.”

Pope Benedict XVI on the Canonisation of St Filippo Smaldone, St Peter’s Square, Sunday, 15 October 2006consider the ever indivisble love of the eucharist and love neighbour - pope benedict - 4 june 2018

St Filippo Smaldone, Pray for us!st filippo smaldone - pray for us no 2 - 4 june 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Quote/s of the Day – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Speaking of: “The Most Holy Eucharist/The Holy Mass”

“I am going to the Church’s press, to the altar.
That is where the sacred wine of this delicious
and unique grape’s blood, flows constantly
and from which very few have the good fortune,
to be able to become intoxicated.
There, you know that – because I cannot do otherwise –
I will present you, to the Father of Heaven
united with His Son,
it is in Him and with Him,
that I am entirely yours in the Lord.”i am going to the Church's press, the altar - st pio - 4 june 2018

“Lord Jesus, save them all.
I offer myself as a victim for all of them.
Make me stronger,
take my heart,
fill it with Your love
and then ask of me,
whatever You want.”

St Pio of Pietrelcina “Padre Pio” OFM CAP. (1887-1968)lord jesus, save them all - st padre pio - 4 june 2018

“However it is very necessary to nourish one’s soul also
and since nothing created, can nourish the soul, which is spirit,
God wished to give Himself as food.”

“If only Christians could understand these words
of our Lord saying to them:
“In spite of your wretchedness, I desire to see from near,
this beautiful soul I have created for Myself.
I have made it so great,
that there is none but Me,
who is able to fill her.
I have made it so pure,
that there is only my Body
capable of feeding it.”

St John Marie Vianney (1786-1859)however it is very necessary & if only christians could understand - st john vianney - 4 june 2018 - speaking of the Eucharist


One Minute Reflection – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Readings: 2 Peter 1:2-7, Psalms 91(90):1-2.14-15ab.15c-16, Mark 12:1-12

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes and the elders in parables.   “A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press and built a tower.   Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey...Mark 12:1-2

REFLECTION – “With all my heart I bless God for having let me know really good souls.   I could announce to them that they are also the Lord’s vineyard:  their faith is the cistern, their hope is the tower, their love is the press, the law of God is the hedge which separates them from the children of darkness.”…St Pio of Pietrelcina “Padre Pio” OFM CAP. (1887-1968)with all my heart i bless god - mark 12-1 - the vineyard - st padre pio - 4 june 2018

PRAYER – Lord, be the beginning and the end of all that we do and say.   Prompt our actions with Your grace and complete them with Your all powerful help.   St Filippo Smaldone, you shone the light of Christ on all around you, strengthened by love of Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament and by His Holy Mother.   Pray for us, that we may be little lanterns in the darkness and ‘good vines’ pruned to perfection.   Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, filippo smaldone - pray for us - 4 june 2018


Our Morning Offering – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Our Morning Offering – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Excerpt from St Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ be near, at either hand,
Christ behind, before me stand;
Christ with me, where’er I go,
Christ around, above, below.

Christ be in my heart and mind,
Christ within my soul enshrined;
Christ control, my wayward heart;
Christ abide and ne’er depart.

Christ my life and only way,
Christ my lantern, night and day;
Christ be my unchanging friend,
guide and shepherd to the end.christ be near at either hand - 4 june 2018

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 June

St Aldegrin of Baume
St Alexander of Verona
St Alonio
Bl Antoni Zawistowski
St Aretius of Rome
Bl Boniface of Villers
St Breaca of Cornwall
St Buriana of Cornwall
St Christa of Sicily
St Clateus of Brescia
St Cornelius McConchailleach
St Croidan
St Cyrinus of Aquileia
St Dacian of Rome
St Degan
St Edfrith of Lindisfarne
St Elsiar of Lavedan
St Ernin of Cluain
St Filippo Smaldone (1848-1923)
Bl Francesco Pianzola
St Francis Caracciolo
Bl Francis Ronci
Bl Margaret of Vau-le-Duc
St Medan
Bl Menda Isategui
St Metrophanes of Byzantium
St Nennoc
St Nicolo of Sardinia
St Optatus of Milevis
St Petroc of Cornwall
St Quirinus of Croatia
St Quirinus of Tivoli
St Rutilus of Sabaria
Saturnina of Arras
Bl Stanislaw Kostka Starowieyski
St Trano of Sardinia
St St Walter of Fontenelle
Walter of Serviliano

Martyrs of Cilicia – 13 saints: A group of 13 Christians who were martyred together. The only details about them that have survived are their names –
• Cama
• Christa
• Crescentia
• Eiagonus
• Expergentus
• Fortunus
• Italius
• Jucundian
• Julia
• Momna
• Philip
• Rustulus
• Saturnin
They were martyred in in Cilicia, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey), date unknown

Martyrs of Nyon – 41 saints: A group of 41 Christians martyred together for refusing to sacrifice to imperial Roman idols. We know the names of some but no other details.
• Amatus
• Attalus
• Camasus
• Cirinus
• Dinocus
• Ebustus
• Euticus
• Eutychius
• Fortunius
• Galdunus
• Julia
• Quirinus
• Rusticus
• Saturnina
• Saturninus
• Silvius
• Uinnita
• Zoticus
Martyred by being beheaded in Noviodunum (modern Nyon, Switzerland)