Notre-Dame de Bessiere / Our Lady of Bessiere, Limousin, France – 11 January:
The region of Limousin is nestled near the heart of France, and the essentially rural area has suffered much from heresies such as that of the French Huguenots over the centuries. Devotion to Our Lady is always a sure remedy, so much so that one of her titles is Destroyer of Heresies.
Among the many miracles said to have taken place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Bessiere, in Limousin, France, is one told of a certain heretic who had derided the devotion paid to Our Lady. He would hide in the woods and waylay pilgrims on their way to the Shrine.
Fearing neither God nor his Holy Mother, he would block their way, mock them for undertaking such a journey, sneer at their Christian beliefs and taunt them with sarcastic reproaches and foul ridicule.
The unhappy man was soon to regret his folly. He was severely punished one day, as upon returning home, he saw his house go up in flames before his very eyes. Even with the assistance of his neighbours, all attempts to put out the flames were fruitless. In a matter of minutes his house was fully engulfed in flames.
As the fire was at its height, Our Lady appeared in the flames in all her majesty and was seen to frown upon the heretic. This vision was witnessed by all present, who immediately fell upon their knees, urging the heretic to do the same.
A broken man, frightened and frustrated, he prostrated himself, calling upon the Mother of God to be merciful to him.
His pleas were not in vain but it was not his house that she saved but his soul. In that moment he experienced a true and lasting conversion. He went onto live a very penitential life and died true believer.
St Alexander of Fermo
St Anastasius of Suppentonia
Blessed Ana Maria Janer Anglarill (1800-1885)
St Boadin of Ireland
St Breandan of Ireland
Bl Francis Rogaczewski
St Francisca Salesia Aviat
St Honorata of Pavia
St Pope Hyginus
St Leucius of Alexandria
St Leucius of Brindisi
St Liberata of Pavia
St Lucius the Soldier
St Luminosa of Pavia
St Mark the Soldier
St Michael of Klopsk
St Peter Balsam
St Peter of Alexandria
St Peter of Anea
St Peter the Soldier
St Salvius of Amiens (Died c 625) Bishop
St Severus of Alexandria
St Speciosa of Pavia
St Theodosius the Soldier
St Theodosius of Antioch
St Theodosius the Cenobiarch
St Tipasio of Tigava
St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729)
About St Tommaso:
St Vitalis of Gaza (Died c 625)
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