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Thought for the Day – 25 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:19-21 and The Memorial of St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

Thought for the Day – 25 September – Today’s Gospel:  Luke 8:19-21 and The Memorial of St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

Leo XII, who succeeded Pius VII, was a warm admirer of Vincent.   When he received his request to be allowed to retire from the dioceses of Macerata and Tolentino, he seems to have regarded it as an opportunity to take him to Rome and have him always by his side. This, of course, was not at all what Vincent had been hoping and praying for.   What he wanted was to hide himself in some obscure Passionist monastery and there prepare himself for death.   Instead he was to have apartments at the Quirinal and be almost on every day parade as the Pope’s confidant.   However, he took this destruction of all his cherished hopes with a surprising calmness.   He apparently had some sort of inward assurance that since his death was not far off it did not matter much after all.   To a friend who was condoling with him on his disappointment, he said enigmatically:  ‘Oh, it will turn out all right.   St Sylvester will see to it.’   And to another friend he said joyfully ‘You will see I shall be only forty days at the Quirinal and then it will be SS. John and Paul’s!’   Subsequent events solved the enigma and explained his joy.

Leo XII was scarcely three months Pope when all the ailments of a shattered constitution assailed him with fury and threatened to cut short a reign that was more than promising great things for the Church.   Towards the end of December, 1823, he was considered past all hope of recovery. Vincent visited him one evening during those days and found him so ill that he remained only a short time.   On returning to his own apartments, he ordered his evening meal to be prepared a little earlier than usual.   He said he would have to rise very hurriedly that night and wished to get some sleep.   In fact, at midnight the Pope was taken so bad that it was thought advisable to give him the Last Sacraments. When told how serious his condition was the Pope asked for Vincent to be called.   Vincent then administered Extreme Unction and the Viaticum.   Afterwards, as he was speaking to the Pope about spiritual things and exhorting him to great confidence in God, his face suddenly took on a particularly joyous aspect.   ‘Holy Father, he said with conviction, ‘someone is going to offer his life for you and I shall go now and say Mass for your recovery.’

All who assisted at that Mass of Vincent later on testified to the extraordinary fervour with which he said it.   When it was over he enquired how the Pope was and on being told that he was much better, he said in accents of great joy:

‘Our Lady has accepted the sacrifice and the grace has been granted.”

The Pope recovered but Vincent had a stroke on the feast of St Sylvester and died on the following day, 1 January 1824.   Cardinal Wiseman, Archbishop of Westminster, in his ‘Recollections of the Last Four Popes, tells how everyone believed that Leo XII owed his life to Vincent.   ‘All Rome, he says, ‘attributed the unexpected recovery to the prayers of a saintly Bishop, who was sent for at the Pope’s request.   This was Monsignor Strambi, of the Congregation of the Passion.   He came immediately, saw the Pope, and assured him of his recovery, as he had offered up to heaven his own valueless life in exchange for one so precious.   It did indeed seem as if he had transfused his own vitality into the Pope’s languid frame.   He himself died soon after and the Pontiff rose like one from the tomb.’

The circumstances of Vincent’s death called wider attention to his great sanctity.   His body, extraordinarily flexible and life-like, lay in state in one of the halls of the Quirinal for three days and in the Basilica of SS. John and Paul for five days.   During that time there was a ceaseless stream of people filing past it, many of whom surreptitiously cut off bits of the Passionist habit in which he was clothed.   One of the many important ecclesiastics who came to honour Vincent in death was Abbot Cappellari, who was to become Pope Gregory XVI.   Noting the uncorpse-like appearance of the body he tried an experiment.   He took Vincent’s right hand in his own and with it formed with the greatest of ease the sign of the cross.

Vincent’s funeral was attended by all the members of the Papal Court and the Roman nobility as well as by a vast number of priests, religious and people.   Having been, as he had prophesied, forty days at the Quirinal, he was laid to rest in SS. John and Paul’s beside St Paul of the Cross.

In the bulky volumes that have been written on the profane history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, we find little or no mention of this hero of sanctity.   The scales of value of historians failed to register one who was neither a soldier, nor a savant, nor a scientist.   Yet, if the standards of the soul are higher than those of the body; St Vincent Strambi accomplished something that weighed down heavily the scales of Divine value-something that merits an eternal remembrance – he lived a life of virtue and selfdenial for God’s sake and he saved innumerable souls.   (SAINT VINCENT STRAMBI, C.P. 1745-1824 – OSMUND THORPE, C. P.)

St Vincent Strambi, Pray for us!st vincent strambi pray for us no 2 - 25 sept 2018


Quote of the Day – 25 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:19-21 and The Memorial of St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

Quote of the Day – 25 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:19-21 and The Memorial of St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

“… how can anyone put on Jesus Christ
and imitate His example,
if he does not study this Jesus,
who must inspire and perfect our faith?
He must run the race to which he is challenged,
the glorious race in which,
he overcomes the enemy of the human family
and follows the way of the cross.
Under the lordly banner of that cross,
he will attain eternal life.”
(from his first Pastoral Letter as Bishop)how can anyone put on jesus christ - st vincent strambi - 25 sept 2018

“I would sacrifice everything,
sooner than disobey the orders,
of the Vicar of Jesus Christ.”
(Said by St Vincent when all Bishops in the provinces annexed to France in 1808 were threatened with exile and the confiscation of their property if they refused to take the oath of allegiance to Napoleon. He was arrested.)

St Vincent Strambi (1745-1824)i would sacrifice everything - st vincent strambi - 25 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 25 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:19-21 and the Memorial of St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

One Minute Reflection – 25 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:19-21 – Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

But he said to them, “My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it.”...Luke 8:21

REFLECTION – “Look upon the face of the Crucified, who invites you to follow Him.   He will be a Father, Mother–everything to you.”….St Paul of the Cross C.P. (1694-1775)my mother and my brethren - luke 8 21 - look upon the face of the crucified who invites you to follow - st paul of the cross 25 sept 2018

PRAYER – Jesus, our Lord and our God, only You are the best Shepherd of Your Church and we, the sheep of Your flock, who follow You and hear and do Your Word.   Support with grace those who are responsible for the fate of Your fold, so that following the example of St Vincent Maria Strambi, they devote all their powers and talents to service to the Church.   In God, our Father we pray through You who live in union with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ages and ages. Amenst vincent strambi pray for us - 25 sept 2018


Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolas and Memorials of the Saints – 25 September

Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolás, Argentina – 25 September:
An ordinary housewife, a mother and grandmother who had no formal education and no knowledge of the Bible or theology claimed that she was visited by the Blessed Mother daily for a period of over 6 years.   She reportedly additionally received 68 messages from Jesus Christ.   Numerous healings, including the cure of a boy with a brain tumour, have been documented.

Every 25 September, the city of San Nicolás hosts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and faithful who meet to venerate and honor the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of St Nicholas.   In 2003, on the twentieth anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady, the second largest group ever congregated:  400,000 faithful. Pilgrims came from all the provinces of Argentina, with a group of more than 1,000 people from Buenos Aires who travelled the whole 240 km distance on foot – a distance three times greater than that from Buenos Aires to the national Basilica of Our Lady of Luján.   On 25 September 2013, thirty years after the first apparition of Our Lady, 500,000 people gathered surpassing the record of 2004 when the greatest number of pilgrims visited.

In a decree signed on 22 May 2016 and made public a few days later, Héctor Cardelli, Bishop of the Diocese of San Nicolás, declared that the apparitions that took place in city of San Nicolás were supernatural in origin. The devotion is thus approved at the Diocesan level within the Catholic Church.our-lady-of-the-rosary-san-nicolas-argentina

St Anacharius of Auxerre
St Aurelia of Macerata
St Caian of Tregaian
St Ceolfrid
St Cleopas
St Egelred of Crowland
St Ermenfridus of Luxeuil
St Finbar
St Firminus of Amiens
St Fymbert
St Herculanus the Soldier
Bl Herman the Cripple
Bl Marco Criado
St Mewrog
St Neomisia of Mecerata
St Paphnutius of Alexandria
St Principius of Soissons
St Sergius of Moscow
St Solemnis of Chartres
St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)
Biography here:

Martyrs of Damascus: A Christian family of six who were tortured to death in a persecution by Roman authorities. They were: Eugenia, Maximus, Paul, Rufus, Sabinian and Tatta. They were tortured to death in Damascus, Syria, date unknown.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Jose María Bengoa Aranguren
• Blessed Josep Maria Vidal Segú
• Blessed Juan Agustín Codera Marqués
• Blessed Julio Esteve Flors
• Blessed Pedro Leoz Portillo
• Blessed Rafael Pardo Molina
• Blessed Tomás Gil de La Cal


Our Morning Offering – 25 September

Our Morning Offering – 25 September

O my God, all is Good if it comes from You
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God,
I will put myself without reserve,
into Your hands.
Wealth or woe, joy or sorrow,
friends or bereavement,
honour or humiliation,
good report or ill report,
comfort or discomfort,
Your presence
or the hiding of Your countenance,
all is good if it comes from You,
You are wisdom and You are love –
what can I desire more?
You have led me in Your counsel
and with glory You have received me
What have I in heaven
and apart from You,
what want I upon earth?
My flesh and my heart fail
but God is the God of my heart
and my portion forever.
AmenO my god, all is good if it comes from you - bl john henry newman - no. 2 - 25 sept 2018

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Saint of the Day – 25 September – St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824)

Saint of the Day – 25 September – St Vincent Strambi C.P. (1745-1824) Passionist Religious Priest and Bishop of Macerata and Tolentino, Apostle of Charity, Preacher, Teacher, a man of great learning and prodigious memory.VincentStrambi

Born in 1745 at Civitavecchia near Rome, the son of a wealthy businessman, Saint Vincent Strambi never showed any inclination for any occupation other than the service of God.   He found his vocation when after his ordination as a deacon in 1767, he made a retreat amid the Passionists of Monte Fogliano, where Saint Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), their founder, was residing at the time.   The Passionist houses are called retreats and by their Rule must be situated outside cities.   Saint Paul of the Cross told his brethren on his deathbed, as he had taught them during his active years, to conserve always the spirit of prayer, solitude and poverty, in that way the apostolic success of their works would also be conserved.   The life of contemplation, essential formation for any fruitful works, was what Saint Vincent Strambi already desired.

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St Paul of the Cross

It was formally declared by St Vincent’s last secretary, Monsignor Catervo Serrani, that it would not be temerity to believe that he knew by heart all the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas.   The same might have been said of his knowledge of Sacred Scripture.   His studies of religion, ever an inexhaustible wealth, continued throughout his lifetime, yet his preaching was so simple that all could easily grasp his thought.   He never used notes but taught according to the needs of his listeners, which he always discerned with exactitude after praying intently at the foot of the crucifix.   As he studied, he seemed to see around his desk the faces of his spiritual children, waiting for the bread of life he was destined to break for them.   This method of study has been preserved among his followers in the Order;  the Passionists think of and pray for, their future spiritual children before they study.

Saint Vincent became a bishop after many years of preaching missions all over Italy.   But never could he forget his Order, though he had to put aside its habit.   Saint Paul of the Cross on his deathbed had said to him several times:  ‘Padre Vincenzino, I recommend to you the poor Congregation’. When Saint Vincent asked what he wished him to do, Saint Paul replied:  ‘You will do great things!   You will do great good  ! I recommend to you this poor Congregation!’   

In 1773 Father Paul put the former seminary prefect and rector in charge of the training of the young students for future missionary preaching at the newly acquired monastery of Sts John and Paul in Rome.   Eventually Father Vincent would write a manual on Sacred Eloquence.   In this way Father Vincent was able to be with St Paul during the final years of his life.   Paul saw in this young man the apostolic spirit of holiness he was bequeathing to his congregation.   We are told that as he was dying St Paul one day turned to Father Vincent Mary and told him he was entrusting the congregation to his care.

Vincent, like the others, missed the founder very much as he continued to prepare young Passionists for the missionary apostolate.   He also went forth to preach missions as often as possible.

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As bishop of Macerata and Tolentino, he continued whenever possible to rise at midnight for the divine office and regretted being unable to dedicate more than five hours to prayer each day.   He called in the poor and gave them alms, he visited the hospitals and the prisoners, blessed, embraced and helped them.   He visited every religious house of his diocese, then the Canons and the parish priests.   He preached for his clergy a beautiful mission, then organised specialised services for the various professions of the laity, saying, the lawyers need different instruction and different sowings than the merchants or the physicians, for example, to each his own portion of the truth!   His table was very frugal, never did he permit more than two dishes.   He reduced expenditures to a minimum, to be able to give more to the poor.São Vicente Maria Strambi1

He wished to resign as bishop at the age of seventy-eight and Pope Leo XII ceded to his wish but asked him to come to Rome as his counsellor.   That his life was soon to end was revealed to him and when the Holy Father was about to die that same year, he offered his life to save that of the Vicar of Christ.   He did not say so directly but told everyone not to be anxious, because the Pope would live.   Someone he knew had offered his life for him, he added.   The prayer was answered on the very day he said this, 24 December, the Pope rose, suddenly cured.   Three days later Saint Vincent was struck by apoplexy and died on 1 January 1824.   He was Canonised by Pope Pius XII in 1950.25-San Vicente Maria Strambi-25

In 1780 he became rector of the Community of Sts John and Paul.   In 1781 he was elected provincial.   He also served as provincial and general consultor.   During this time that he published a biography of the founder.   Father Vincent used the testimonies of eye-witnesses as given in the Canonisation processes.   It is said that he wrote the life of St Paul on his knees, out of reverence for the founder.   His “Life” of Saint Paul has become  a classic.

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