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Saint of the Day – 15 November – Blessed Mary of the Passion (1839-1904)

Saint of the Day – 15 November – Blessed Mary of the Passion (1839-1904) Religious, Foundress of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Missionary – born as Hélène-Marie-Philippine de Chappotin de Neuville on 21 May 1839 in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France and died on 15 November 1904 in San Remo, Imperia, Italy of natural causes. Patron of the Order she founded.   The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary were founded in British India in 1877 and is currently one of the largest religious institutes in the marie passion-fundo2

Born on 21 May 1839 in Nantes, France, into a noble Christian family, Hélène Marie Philippine de Chappotin de Neuville, in religion Mary of the Passion, showed from childhood eminent natural gifts and a deep faith.

In April 1856, during a retreat, she first experienced a call from God to a life of total consecration.   The unforeseen death of her mother delayed its realisation.   In December 1860, with the consent of the Bishop of Nantes, she entered the Poor Clares whose ideal of the simplicity and poverty of Saint Francis attracted her.

On 23rd January 1861, while still a postulant, she had a profound experience of God who invited her to offer herself as a victim for the Church and the Pope.   This experience marked her for life.   A short time after, having become seriously ill, she had to leave the monastery.   When she was well again, her confessor directed her towards the Society of Marie Reparatrice.   She entered with them in 1864 and on the following 15 August, in Toulouse, she received the religious habit with the name of Mary of the mary of passion and jesus.jpg

In March 1865, while still a novice, she was sent to India, to the Apostolic Vicariate of Madurai, confided to the Society of Jesus.   The Reparatrice sisters there had the task of formation of sisters of an autonomous congregation as well as being involved in other apostolic activities  . It was there, that she pronounced her temporary vows on 3 May 1866.

Because of her gifts and virtues, she was nominated local superior and then, in July 1867, she was named provincial superior of the three convents of the Reparatrice.   Under her guidance, the works of the apostolate developed, peace which had been somewhat disturbed by tensions which were already existing in the mission, was re-established and fervour and regularity flourished again in the communities.

In 1874, a new house was founded in Ootacamund in the Vicariate of Coimbatore, confided to the Paris Foreign Mission Society.   However, in Madurai the dissensions became exacerbated to such an extent that, in 1876 some religious, among them Mary of the Passion, were driven to leave the Society of Marie Reparatrice, reuniting, at Ootacamund under the jurisdiction of the Vicar Apostolic of Coimbatore, Monsignor Joseph Bardou MEP.

In November 1876, Mary of the Passion went to Rome to regularise the situation of the twenty separated sisters and, on 6 January 1877, obtained the authorisation from Pius IX to found a new Institute which was to be specifically missionary and was to be called the Missionaries of Mary.Mary.Passion-World.jpg

On the suggestion of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide, Mary of the Passion opened a novitiate in Saint-Brieuc in France, where very soon numerous vocations came along.   In April 1880 and in June 1882, the Servant of God went to Rome to resolve the difficulties which were threatening to hinder the stability and growth of the young Institute.   This latter journey, on June 1882, marked an important stage in her life, in fact, she was authorised to open a house in Rome and, through providential circumstances, she rediscovered the Franciscan direction which God had indicated to her twenty-two years previously.   On 4 October 1882, in the Church of the Aracoeli, she was received into the Third Order of Saint Francis and thus began her relationship with the Servant of God, Fr Bernardin de Portogruaro, Minister General, who with paternal solicitude would support her in her trials.

In March 1883, due to latent opposition, Mary of the Passion was deposed from her office of Superior of the Institute.   However, after an inquiry ordered by Pope Leo XIII, her innocence was fully acknowledged and at the Chapter of July 1884 she was re-elected.

The Institute of the Missionaries of Mary then began to develop rapidly.   On 12 August 1885 the Laudatory Decree and that of affiliation to the Order of Friars Minor were issued.   The Constitutions were approved ad experimentum on 17 July 1890 and definitively on 11 May 1896.   Missionaries were sent regularly to the most perilous and distant places overcoming all obstacles and boundaries.

The zeal of the Foundress knew no bounds in responding to the calls of the poor and the abandoned.   She was particularly interested in the promotion of women and the social question – with intelligence and discretion, she offered collaboration to the pioneers who were working in these spheres, which they appreciated very Maria Passion .jpg

Her intense activity drew its dynamism from contemplation of the great mysteries of faith.   For Mary of the Passion, all led back to the Unity-Trinity of God Truth-Love, who communicates Himself to us through the paschal mystery of Christ.   It was in union with these mysteries that, in an ecclesial and missionary dimension, she lived her vocation of offering.   Jesus in the Eucharist was for her, “the great missionary” and Mary, in the responsibility of her role, traced out for her, the path of unconditional donation to the work of God.   Thus she opened her Institute to the horizons of universal mission, accomplished in Francis of Assisi’s evangelical spirit of simplicity, poverty and charity .

She took great care, not only of the external organisation of the works but above all of the spiritual formation of the religious.   Gifted with an extraordinary capacity for work, she found time to compose numerous writings on formation, whilst by frequent correspondence, she followed her missionaries dispersed throughout the world, relentlessly calling them to a life of holiness.   In 1900 her Institute received the seal of blood through the martyrdom of seven Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, who were Beatified in 1946 and Canonised during the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.   To be the spiritual mother of these missionaries who had known how to live to the shedding of their blood, the ideal proposed by her, was for Mary of the Passion, both a great sorrow, a great joy and a time of great emotion.mary-of-the-passion--750

Worn out by the fatigue of incessant journeys and daily labour, Mary of the Passion, after a brief illness, died peacefully in San Remo on 15 November 1904, leaving more than 2,000 religious and eighty-six houses scattered about the four continents.   Her mortal remains repose in a private oratory of the General House of the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in mary of the passion shrine

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In February 1918, in San Remo, the Informative Process was opened for the Cause of Beatification and Canonisation.   In 1941, the Decree on the writings was promulgated and, during the following years, numerous postulatory letters were addressed to the Holy See from all parts of the world in favour of the Cause of the Servant of God.   After the Consultors had voted unanimously in its favour, the Decree for the Introduction of the Cause was published on 19 January 1979, with the approbation of His Holiness St John Paul II.   On 28 June 1999 the Sovereign Pontiff St John Paul II solemnly promulgated the Decree on the heroicity of the virtues of Mother Mary of the Passion

On 5 March 2002, the healing of a religious, suffering from “pulmonary and vertebral TBC, Pott’s Disease”, was recognised as a miracle granted by God, through the intercession of the Venerable Mary of the Passion.   On 23 April 2002, in the presence of the Sovereign Pontiff St John Paul II, the Decree opening the path for the Beatification of the Venerable Servant of God was promulgated. …

Bl Mary was Beatified 10 October 2002, Vatican City, by St Pope John Paul II.mary-of-the-passion-beatification750


Thought for the Day – 15 November – Do This in Remembrance of Me

Thought for the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great OP (1200-1280), Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Do This in Remembrance of Me

Saint Albert the Great
Bishop and Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from Commentary on the Gospel of Luke

Do this in remembrance of Me.   Two things should be noted here.   The firs,t is the command that we should use this Sacrament, which is indicated when He says: Do this. The second, is that this Sacrament commemorates the Lord’s going to death for our sake.

Do this.   Certainly He would demand nothing more profitable, nothing more pleasant, nothing more beneficial, nothing more desirable, nothing more similar to eternal life.  We will look at each of these qualities separately.

This Sacrament is profitable because it grants remission of sins;  it is most useful because it bestows the fullness of grace on us in this life.   The Father of spirits instructs us in what is useful for our sanctification.   And his sanctification is in Christ’s sacrifice, that is, when He offers Himself in this Sacrament to the Father for our redemption, to us for our use.   I consecrate Myself for their sakes.   Christ, who through the Holy Spirit offered Himself up without blemish to God, will cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.

Nor can we do anything more pleasant.   For what is better than God manifesting His whole sweetness to us.   You gave them bread from heaven, not the fruit of human labour but a bread endowed with all delight and pleasant, to every sense of taste.   For this substance of Yours revealed Your kindness toward Your children and serving the desire of each recipient, it changed to suit each one’s taste.

He could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for thisSsacrament is the fruit of the tree of life.   Anyone who receives this Sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death.   It is a tree of life for those who grasp it and blessed is he who holds it fast.   The man who feeds on Me shall live on account of Me.

Nor could He have commanded anything more lovable, for this Sacrament produces love and union.   It is characteristic of the greatest love to give itself as food.   Had not the men of my tent exclaimed:  Who will feed us with his flesh to satisfy our hunger? as if to say:  I have loved them and they have loved Me so much, that I desire to be within them and they wish to receive Me so that they may become My members.   There is no more intimate or more natural means for them to be united to Me and I to them.

Nor could He have commanded anything, which is more like eternal life.   Eternal life flows from this Sacrament, because God, with all sweetness, pours Himself out upon the blessed.

St Albert the Great, Pray for Us that we may receive the Body of Christ with total faith, conviction and love!nor could he have commanded anything - st albert the great - eucharist 15 nov 2019.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – St Albert and Bl Mary of the Passion

Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great OP (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church and of Bl Mary of the Passion FMM (1839-1904)

“The whole world is indebted
to Jesus for His Passion.
Similarly, all of us,
are indebted to our Lady,
for her compassion.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280)the whole world is indebted to jesus - st albert the great mary's compassion 15 nov 2019.jpg

More from St Albert here:

“…By ourselves,
we never could have
accomplished our vocation.
It is for this reason,
that the exposed Holy Eucharist,
has become our weapon,
our banner
and our sovereign strength
to fight the Lord’s battles.”by ourselves we never could've - bl mary of the passion 15 nov 2019

“…Let us continue
Immaculate Mary’s mission.
All is included in it.
May [we].. follow her example
and be the handmaid of the Lord
in everything,
and always.”

Bl Mary of the Passion (1839-1904)let us continue imm mary's mission - bl mary of the passion 15 nov 2019


One Minute Reflection – 15 November – ‘Let us try to merit this hour of eternal delights.’

One Minute Reflection – 15 November – Friday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 17:26–37 and the Memorial of St Albert the Great OP (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church and of Bl Bl Mary of the Passion FMM (1839-1904)

“Whoever seeks to gain his life, will lose it but whoever loses his life, will preserve it.   I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed, one will be taken and the other left.”…Luke 17:33-34

REFLECTION – “Today the Church, the Lord, with His goodness, tells each one of us, ‘Stop, stop, not every day will be so.   Do not get used to this as if it were eternity.   There will be one day that you will be taken, while the other one will remain, you will be taken, you will be removed.’   It means going with the Lord, thinking that our life will end.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 17 November 2017whoever-seeks-to-gain-his-life-today-the-church-the-lord-pope-francis-16-nov-2018 and 15 nov 2019.jpg

“It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for “God is Charity” (1 John 4:8) … it is by the path of love - st albert the great 15 nov 2019

“We will not be proclaimed blessed on the altars in all probability but if we are faithful, in Heaven we will be proclaimed ‘blessed’ and that is enough for us.   Let us try to merit this hour of eternal delights.” … Bl Mary of the Passion (1839-1904)we will not be proclaimed blessed - bl mary of the passion 15 nov 2019 pray for us .jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, You made St Albert great by his gift for reconciling human wisdom with divine faith.   Help us so to follow his teaching that every advance in science may lead us to a deeper knowledge and love of You.   May his prayers on our behalf be a succour to us all.   We ask too for the intercession of the blessed Mary of the Passion that her zeal and perseverance may be the driving force of our lives.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, 2 - 15 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 15 November – Supreme Lord By St Albert the Great

Our Morning Offering – 15 November – Friday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Albert the Great OP (1200-1280) Doctor of the Church

Supreme Lord
By St Albert the Great (1200-1280) 

We pray to You, O Lord,
who are the supreme Truth,
and all truth is from You.
We beseech You, O Lord,
who are the highest Wisdom
and all the wise
depend on You, for their wisdom.
You are the supreme Joy,
and all who are happy, owe it to You.
You are the Light of minds
and all receive
their understanding from You.
We love, we love You above all.
We seek You, we follow You
and we are ready to serve You.
We desire to dwell under Your power
for You are the King of all.
Amensupreme lord-we pray to you  O Lord - st albert the great 15 nov 2019.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 15 November

St Albertus Magnus OP (1200-1280) (Optional Memorial)
St Albert!

St Anianus of Wilparting
St Arnulf of Toul
Bl Caius of Korea
St Desiderius of Cahors
St Eugene of Toledo
St Felix of Nola
St Findan
St Fintan the Missionary
St Gurias of Edessa
Bl Hugh Faringdon
Bl John Eynon
Bl John Rugg
Bl John Thorne
St Joseph Mukasa
St Joseph Pignatelli
St Leopold III/Leopold the Good ( 1073 – 1136)
St Luperius of Verona
St Machudd of Llanfechell
St Malo of Aleth
St Marinus of Wilparting
Bl Mary of the Passion FMM (1839-1904)
Bl Miguel Díaz Sánchez
St Paduinus of Le Mans
Bl Richard Whiting
Bl Roger James
St Shamuna of Edessa
St Sidonius of Saint-Saens

Martyrs of Hippo – 20 saints: 20 Christians martyred together and celebrated by Saint Augustine. The only details about them to survive are three of the names – Fidenziano, Valerian and Victoria. Hippo, Numidia (in north Africa).

Martyrs of North Africa – 3 saints: A group of Christians murdered for their faith in imperial Roman north Africa. The only details that have survived are the names of three of them – Fidentian, Secundus and Varicus.