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Memorials of the Saints – 3 August

St Abibas
St Anthony the Roman
St Aspren of Naples
Bl Augustine Gazotich o.p. (1262-1323)
Bl Benno of Metz
St Dalmatius
St Euphronius of Autun
St Gamaliel
St Gaudentia
Bl Godfrey of Le Mans
Bl Gregory of Nonantula
St Hermellus
St Lydia Purpuraria – First convert of St Paul in Phillipi
St Nicodemus
St Senach of Clonard
St Trea of Ardtree
St Waltheof of Melrose

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War 1931-1939: The figures of this persecution are beyond comprehension and a complete and hatefilled attack on all Catholics whilst the world watched the violence : 13 bishops, 4,154 priests and seminarians, 2,365 religious, 283 nuns and about 4,000 laymen killed for helping or hiding nuns or priests.

BlAndrés Avelino Gutiérrez Moral
Bl Antonio Isidoro Arrué Peiró
Bl Eleuterio Mancho López
Bl Eugenio Remón Salvador
Bl Federico López y López
Bl Francisco Bandrés Sánchez
Bl Geronimo Limón Márquez
Bl Jose Guardiet y Pujol
Bl Patricio Beobide Cendoya
Bl Ricardo Gil Barcelón
Bl Salvador Ferrandis Seguí


Thought for the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber (1506-1546)

Thought for the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber (1506-1546)

The Mass for the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, the titular feast day for the Society of Jesus, was offered on 3 January 2014, by Pope Francis in the Gesu Church in Rome.   Today the Church reminds us “to let the centre of … [our] heart be occupied by Christ.”   Gathering for prayer was an opportunity for the Holy Father to gather with his religious community in Rome to give God thanks for the many blessings received, and to give thanks for the new Jesuit saint Peter Faber (Pierre Favre).

In his homily Francis said: (excerpt)

“The heart of Christ is the heart of a God who, out of love, “emptied” himself.   Every one of us Jesuits who follow Jesus should be willing to empty himself.   We are called to this abasement: to be of the “emptied.”   To be men that do not live centred on themselves because the centre of the Society is Christ and his Church.   And God is the Deus semper maior, the God who always surprises us.   And if the God of surprises is not at the centre, the Society becomes disoriented.   Because of this, to be a Jesuit means to be a person of incomplete thought, of open thought: because one always thinks looking at the horizon which is the ever greater glory of God, who ceaselessly surprises us.   And this is the restlessness of our void, this holy and beautiful restlessness!

This is the restlessness that Peter Faber had, man of great desires, another Daniel.   Faber was a “modest, sensible man of profound interior life and gifted with the gift of close relations of friendship with persons of all sorts” (Benedict XVI, Address to Jesuits, April 22, 2006).   However, he was also a restless, uncertain and never satisfied spirit.   Under the guidance of Saint Ignatius he learned to unite his restless but also gentle — I would say exquisite –, sensibility with the capacity to take decisions.   He was a man of great desires; he took charge of his desires, he acknowledged them.   In fact for Faber, it was precisely when difficult things were proposed that his true spirit was manifested which moved him to action (cf. Memoriale, 301).   Authentic faith always implies a profound desire to change the world.   Here is the question we should ask ourselves: do we also have great visions and dash?   Are we also daring?   Does our dream fly high? Does zeal devour us (cf. Psalm 69:10)?   Or are we mediocre and content with our laboratory apostolic programs?   Let us remember always:   the strength of the Church does not lie in herself and in her organisational capacity but is hidden in the profound waters of God.   And these waters agitate our desires and desires enlarge the heart.   It is what Saint Augustine says:   pray to desire and desire to enlarge the heart. In fact it was in his desires that Faber could discern God’s voice.   Without desires one goes nowhere and it is because of this that we must offer our desires to the Lord.   

Faber had the real and profound desire to “be dilated in God”:   he was completely centred on God and because of this, he could go, in the spirit of obedience, often also on foot, everywhere in Europe to speak to all with gentleness and to proclaim the Gospel.  As Saint Peter Favre wrote, “We never seek in this life a name that is not connected with that of Jesus” (Memoriale, 205).   And we pray to Our Lady to be messengers with her Son.”…Pope Francis, 3 January 2014

Holy Mother, Pray for us!holy mary mother of god - pray for us - 13 may 2018

St Peter Faber, Pray for us!st peter faber pray for us - no 2 - 2 aug 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of Sts Peter Faber (1506-1546) and Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

Quote/s of the Day – 2 August – The Memorial of Sts Peter Faber (1506-1546)

and Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

“Take care, take care, never to close your heart to anyone!”Take care take care never to close your heart to anyone - st peetr faber

“Seek grace for the smallest things,
and you will find grace to accomplish,
to believe in,
and to hope for,
the greatest things.
Attend to the smallest things,
examine them,
think about putting them into effect,
and the Lord will grant you greater.”seek grace for the smallest things - st peter faber - 2 aug 2018

“To find God in the works,
compared to finding Him in prayer,
is often like the actual execution,
compared to the mere desire.”

St Peter Faber (1506-1546)to find god in the works - st peter faber - 2 aug 2018

“Eucharistic adoration is the greatest of actions.
To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth
when she adored the Word Incarnate in her virginal womb,
when she adored Him in the Crib,
on Calvary,
in the divine Eucharist.”eucharistic-adoration-is-the-greatest-of-actions-st-peter-julian-eymard-2 aug 2017

“When we work hard, we must eat well.
What a joy, that you can receive Holy Communion often!
It’s our life and support in this life – receive Communion often
and Jesus will change you into Himself.”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1506-1546)when-we-work-hard-we-must-eat-well-st-peter-julian-eymard-2 aug 2017


One Minute Reflection – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

One Minute Reflection – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your almsgiving remembered before God.’...Acts 10:31

REFLECTION – “I then noted that by seeking God in good works through the spirit, one will more readily find Him afterwards in prayer than if one had sought Him first in prayer so as to find Him subsequently in good works, as is often done.   For he who seeks and finds the spirit of Christ in good works makes much more solid progress than the person whose activity is limited to prayer alone.”…St Peter Fabercornelius your prayer has been heard and your acts 10 - 31 - I the noted - st peter faber - 2 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, who gave blessed Peter to Your Church, to feed Your flock by his teaching and form them by his example, grant that by his intercession, we may keep the faith which he taught and follow in the way he walked.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, peter faber pray for us - 2 aug 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

Our Morning Offering – 2 August – The Memorial of St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

I Beg of You, My Lord
By St Peter Faber (1506-1546)

I beg of You, my Lord,
to remove anything which separates
me from You
and You from me.
Remove anything
that makes me unworthy
of Your sight,
Your control,
Your reprehension;
of Your speech and conversation,
of Your benevolence and love.
Cast from me every evil
that stands in the way of my seeing You,
hearing, tasting, savouring and touching You,
fearing and being mindful of You,
knowing, trusting, loving and possessing You;
being conscious of Your presence
and, as far as may be,
enjoying You.
This is what I ask for myself
and earnestly desire from You.
Ameni beg of you my lord - st peter faber - 2 august 2018

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Saint of the Day – 2 August – St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546) the “Second Jesuit”

St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546) the “Second Jesuit”, was the first Jesuit priest and theologian, who was also a co-founder of the Society of Jesus.   Born on 13 April 1506, in Villaret, Duchy of Savoy, Holy Roman Empire and died on 1 August 1546 (aged 40)
Rome, Papal States. Patronage – The Spiritual Excercises and co-patron of the peter faber headerFaber was born in 1506 to a peasant family in the village of Villaret, in the Duchy of Savoy (now Saint-Jean-de-Sixt in the French Department of Haute-Savoie).   As a boy, he was a shepherd in the high pastures of the French Alps.   He had little education but a remarkable memory; he could hear a sermon in the morning and then repeat it verbatim in the afternoon for his friends.   Two of his uncles were Carthusian priors.   At first, he was entrusted to the care of a priest at Thônes and later to a school in the neighbouring village of La peter faber - young - my edit


In 1525, Faber went to Paris to pursue his studies.   He was admitted to the Collège Sainte-Barbe, the oldest school in the University of Paris, where he shared his lodgings with St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552).   There Faber’s spiritual views began to develop, influenced by a combination of popular devotion, Christian humanism and late medieval scholasticism.   Faber and Xavier became close friends and both received the degree of Master of Arts on the same day in 1530.   At the university, Faber also met Ignatius of Loyola and became one of his associates.   He tutored Loyola in the philosophy of Aristotle, while Loyola tutored Faber in spiritual matters.   Faber wrote of Loyola’s counsel:  “He gave me an understanding of my conscience and of the temptations and scruples I had had for so long without either understanding them or seeing the way by which I would be able to obtain peace…”   Xavier, Faber and Loyola all became roommates at the University of Paris and are all recognised by the Jesuits as co-founders of the Society of peter faber - lg

Faber was the first among the small circle of men who formed the Society of Jesus to be ordained.   Having become a priest on 30 May 1534, he received the religious vows of Ignatius and his five companions at Montmartre on 15 August.peter_faber3

After graduation, Loyola returned to Spain for a period of convalescence, after instructing his companions to meet in Venice and charging Faber with conducting them there.   After Loyola himself, Faber was the one whom Xavier and his companions esteemed the most.   Leaving Paris on 15 November 1536, Faber and his companions rejoined Loyola at Venice in January 1537.   When war between Venice and the Turks prevented them from evangelising the Holy Land as they planned, they decided to form the community that became the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuit Order.   The group then travelled to Rome where they put themselves at the disposal of Pope Paul III. After Faber spent some months preaching and teaching, the Pope sent him to Parma and Piacenza, where he brought about a revival of Christian piety.

Recalled to Rome in 1540, Faber was sent to Germany to uphold the position of the Catholic Church at the Diet of Worms and then at the Diet of Ratisbon in 1541.   Another Catholic theologian Johann Cochlaeus reported that Faber avoided theological debate and emphasised personal reformation, calling him “a master of the life of the affections”.   Faber was startled by the unrest that the Protestant movement had stirred up in Germany and by the decadence he found in the Catholic hierarchy.   He decided that the remedy did not lie in discussions with the Protestants but in the reform of the Roman Catholic, especially of the clergy.   For ten months, at Speyer, at Ratisbon and at Mainz, he conducted himself with gentleness with all those with whom he dealt.   He influenced princes, prelates and priests who opened themselves to him and amazed people by the effectiveness of his outreach.   Faber possessed the gift of friendship to a remarkable degree.   He was famous not for his preaching, but for his engaging conversations and his guidance of souls.   He crisscrossed Europe on foot, guiding bishops, priests, nobles and common people alike in the Spiritual Exercises.7061_Petrus-Faber_1000-e1460375034950

As a lone Jesuit often on the move, Faber never felt alone because he walked in a world whose denizens included saints and angels.   He would ask the saint of the day and all the saints “to obtain for us not only virtues and salvation for our spirits but in particular whatever can strengthen, heal and preserve the body and each of its parts”.   His guardian angel, above all, became his chief ally.   He sought support from the saints and angels both for his personal sanctification and in his evangelisation of communities.   Whenever he entered a new town or region, Faber implored the aid of the particular angels and saints associated with that place.   Through the intercession of his allies, Faber could enter even a potentially hostile region assured of a spiritual army at his side.   As he desired to bring each person he met to a closer relationship through spiritual friendship and conversation, he would invoke the intercession of the person’s guardian angel.

San Pedro Fabro sj

Called to Spain by Loyola, he visited Barcelona, Zaragoza, Medinaceli, Madrid and Toledo.   In January 1542, the pope ordered him to Germany again.  For the next nineteen months, Faber worked for the reform of Speyer, Mainz and Cologne.   The Archbishop of Cologne, Hermann of Wied, favored Lutheranism, which he later publicly embraced. Faber gradually gained the confidence of the clergy and recruited many young men to the Jesuits, among them Peter Canisius.   After spending some months at Leuven in 1543, where he implanted the seeds of numerous vocations among the young, he returned to Cologne.   Between 1544 and 1546, Faber continued his work in Portugal and Spain.  Through his influence while at the royal court of Lisbon, Faber was instrumental in establishing the Society of Jesus in Portugal.   There and in Spain, he was a fervent and effective preacher.   He was called to preach in the principal cities of Spain, where he aroused fervour among the local populations and fostered vocations to the clergy. Among them there was Francis Borgia, another significant future Jesuit.   King John III of Portugal wanted Faber made Patriarch of Ethiopia.   Simon Rodrigues (1510-1579), founder of the Jesuit province in Portugal, wrote that Faber was “endowed with charming grace in dealing with people, which up to now I must confess I have not seen in anyone else.   Somehow he entered into friendship in such a way, bit by bit coming to influence others in such a manner, that his very way of living and gracious conversation powerfully drew to the love of God, all those with whom he dealt.”   He then worked in several Spanish cities, including Valladolid, Salamanca, Toledo, Galapagar, Alcalá and Madrid.

In 1546 Faber was appointed by Pope Paul III to act as a peritus (expert) on behalf of the Holy See at the Council of Trent.   Faber, at age 40, was exhausted by his incessant efforts and his unceasing journeys, always made on foot.   In April 1546 he left Spain to attend the Council and reached Rome, weakened by fever, on 17 July 1546.   He died in the arms of Loyola, on 1 August 1546.   Faber’s body was initially buried at the Church of Our Lady of the Way, which served as a centre for the Jesuit community.   When that church was demolished to allow for the construction of the Church of the Gesù, his remains and those of others among the first Jesuits were exhumed. His are now in the crypt near the entrance to the Gesù.   Church of Gesus, St Ignatius Altar, Nave, Chapel of Madonna della Strada and Triumph of the Name of Jesus – by Giovanni Battista Gaulli.


Those who had known Faber in life already invoked him as a saint.   Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), whose character recalled that of Faber’s, never spoke of him except as a saint.   He is remembered for his travels through Europe promoting Catholic renewal and his great skill in directing the Spiritual Exercises.   Faber was beatified on 5 September 1872.      Faber was honoured as part of the 2006 Jesuit Jubilee Year which celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Francis Xavier, the 500th anniversary of the birth of Peter Faber and the 450th anniversary of the death of Ignatius Loyola.

Pope Francis, on his own 77th birthday, 17 December 2013, announced Faber’s Canonisation.   He used a process known as equipollent canonisation that dispenses with the standard judicial procedures and ceremonies in the case of someone long venerated. Faber is regarded as one of Pope Francis’ favourite saints.   A few weeks earlier, Francis had praised Faber’s “dialogue with all, even the most remote and even with his opponents; his simple piety, a certain naïveté perhaps, his being available straightaway, his careful interior discernment, the fact that he was a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle and loving.”    Pope Francis also gave thanks for Faber’s Canonisation when he celebrated Mass on 3 January 2014, at the Church of the Gesù.st peter faber-st peter fabre - beautiful

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Memorials of the Saints – 2 August

St Eusebius of Vercelli (283-371) Bishop (Optional Memorial)
St Peter Julian Eymard SSS (1811-1868) (Optional Memorial)

Our Lady of the Angels:   The image of Our Lady of the Angels is only about 10 cms high and is carved in a simple fashion on dark stone.   She has a round, sweet face, slanted eyes and a delicate mouth.   Her colouring is leaden, with scattered golden sparkles.   She carries the Christ Child on her left arm.   Only the faces of Mary and the Child are visible; the rest is covered by a cloak that is gathered in pleats.   The statuette is displayed in a large gold monstrance that surrounds it and enlarges its appearance.   While searching for firewood on 2 August 1635, the feast of the Holy Angels, a poor mestizo woman named Juana Pereira discovered this small image of the Virgin sitting beside the footpath near Cartago, Costa Rica.   Juana took it home with her but it soon disappeared only to be re-discovered at the same place beside the same path.   The statue repeated this behaviour five more times – taken to homes and then the parish church – and returning on its own to the site where Juan  a found it. The locals finally took this to mean that Our Lady wanted a shrine built there, and so it was.
The shrine soon became a point of pilgrimage, especially for the poor and outcast.   The image was solemnly crowned in 1926.   In 1935 Pope Pius XI declared the shrine of the Queen of Angels a basilica (see below).   The stone on which the statue was originally sitting is in the basilica and is being slowly worn away by the touch of the hands of the pilgrims.   A spring of water appeared from beneath the stone and its waters carried away to heal the sick.   Patronage – Costa Rica, diocese of Getafe, Spain.our-ldy-of-the-angels (1)

St Auspicius of Apt
St Betharius of Chartres
St Centolla of Burgos
St Etheldritha of Croyland
Bl Frederic Campisani
Bl Giustino Maria Russolillo
Bl Gundekar of Eichstätt
Bl Joanna of Aza
Bl John of Rieti
St Maximus of Padua
St Pedro de Osma
St Peter Faber S.J. (1506-1546)

St Plegmund
St Rutilius
St Serenus of Marseille
St Sidwell
St Pope Stephen I

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Ceferino Jimenez Malla
Bl Felipe de Jesús Munárriz Azcona
Bl Fernando Olmedo Reguera
Bl Francesc Company Torrelles
Bl Francisca Pons Sarda
Bl Francisco Calvo Burillo
Bl Francisco Manzano Cruz
Bl Francisco Tomás Serer
Bl José Peris Ramos
Bl Juan Díaz Nosti
Bl Leoncio Pérez Nebreda
Bl Leoncio Pérez Ramos
Bl Martí Anglés Oliveras
Bl Miguel Amaro Rodríguez