Feast of Our Lady of Knock and Memorials of the Saints – 21 August

St Pope Pius X (1835-1914) (Memorial)

Our Lady of Knock: Our Lady, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist appeared in a blaze of light at the south gable of Saint John the Baptist Church, Knock, County Mayo, Ireland, on 21 August 1879. They appeared to float about two feet above the ground and each would occasionally move toward the visionaries and then away from them. The Blessed Virgin Mary was clothed in white robes with a brilliant crown on her head. Where the crown fitted to her brow, she wore a beautiful full-bloom golden rose. She was praying with her eyes and hands raised towards Heaven. Saint Joseph wore white robes, stood on Our Lady’s right and was turned towards her in an attitude of respect. Saint John was dressed in white vestment, stood was on Mary’s left and resembled a Bishop, with a small mitre. He appeared to be preaching and he held an open book in his left hand. Behind them and a little to the left of Saint John was a plain altar on which was a cross and a lamb with adoring angels. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people. Miraculous cures were reported soon after in the area and it is now a major pilgrimage destination. Patronage – Ireland.

St Abraham of Smolensk (Died c 1222)
His Life:
St Agapius of Edessa
St Agathonicus of Constantinople
St Anastasius Cornicularius
St Aria of Rome
St Avitus I of Clermont
St Bassa of Edessa
Bl Beatrice de Roelas
St Bernhard of Lérida
St Bernard de Alziva
St Bonosus
Bl Bruno Zembol
St Camerinus of Sardinia
St Cameron
St Cisellus of Sardinia
St Cyriaca
St Euprepius of Verona
St Fidelis of Edessa
Bl Gilbert of Valenciennes
St Gracia of Lérida
St Hardulph
St Joseph Nien Vien
Bl Ladislaus Findysz
St Leontius the Elder
St Luxorius of Sardinia
St Maria of Lérida
St Maximianus the Soldier
St Maximilian of Antioch
St Natale of Casale Monferrato
St Paternus of Fondi
St Privatus of Mende
St Quadratus of Utica
St Sidonius Apollinaris (c 430 – 489) Bishop
St Theogonius of Edessa
Bl Victoire Rasoamanarivo
St Zoticus the Philosopher

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Joan Cuscó Oliver
• Blessed Joan Vernet Masip
• Blessed Pedro Mesonero Rodríguez
• Blessed Pere Sadurní Raventós
• Blessed Ramon Peiró Victori
• Blessed Salvador Estrugo Salves


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6 thoughts on “Feast of Our Lady of Knock and Memorials of the Saints – 21 August

  1. When did this apparition happen?
    Also, I think I know why Thomas a Kempis isn’t a Saint. He was a follower of a geezer Geert Groote [sorry I can’t help myself with that extra word] the founder of a reform movement Devotio Moderna. The Church didn’t like this movement and the preaching of a deacon.

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      1. Geert Groote Master of the ‘Modern Devotion’ [1340-1384] He inspired an influential movement of spiritual renewal and reform that swept the Lowlands and Germany. Called the Devotio Moderna, the members were called the Devout or Brethren of the Common Life. Their principal innovation was to stress the possibility of Christian devotion ‘in the world’ as opposed to the monastery. Thomas a Kempis was one of the best known fruits of this movement.
        Groote from wealth,converted at age 34, declined to seek ordination, got a license to preach, for 4 years traveled about with emphasis on fire of renewal, inward piety rather than spiritual exercises, promoting meditation on Scripture and the life of Christ as the pattern of Christian virtue.
        Eventually, communities began with clergy and laypeople as equals, sharing common labor. However,his criticism of worldliness and moral failings of the clergy won him enemies,his license to preach revoked in 1383, died of the plague in 1384. [from GiveUsThisDay August 20,2020]

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      2. Very interesting, however, I cannot see why an involvement with him would have caused a blight on the reputation and holiness of Thomas a Kempis????


      3. When it mentioned that clerics were upset with him that was a mark against Thomas also. Really doesn’t seem logical though.I wonder as I wander…

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      4. Wonder for me to. I wish the Church would speak on this and other matters of a similar nature! Francis speaks too much on rubbish – totally unrelated to our efforts to live lives of sanctity.


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