Baptism of St Louis de Montfort /Eve of the Purification of Our Lady, Paris: 1 February
Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort was born on 31 January 1673. He was a Missionary Priest but it was his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his ‘Total Consecration’ for which he is now most famous.
Baptism is recalled as part of the vow of consecration: “I…renew in all sincerity the promises I solemnly made at the time of my holy Baptism.”
The saints see things very differently than most men. In his Consecration to Mary, St Louis states, “You are truly blessed if the world persecutes you, opposing your plans though they are good, thinking evil of your intentions, calumniating your conduct and taking away unjustly your reputation or your possessions.”
“My son, beware of complaining to others, rather than to Me, of the bad treatment you receive, and do not seek ways of justifying yourself, particularly when you are the only one to suffer from it. On the contrary, pray for those who procure for you the blessings of persecution.
Thank Me for treating you as I Myself was treated on earth, a sign of contradiction.
Never be discouraged in your plans because you meet with opposition, it is a pledge of future victory. A good work which is not opposed, which is not marked by the sign of the cross, has no great value before Me and will soon be destroyed.
Regard as your best friends those who persecute you because they procure for you, great merit on earth and great glory in heaven.
Regard as unfortunate those who live in luxury, who feast sumptuously, who frequent the world of fashion, who make their way in the world, who succeed in business and who spend their lives in pleasures and amusements.
Never do anything, either good or evil, out of human respect to avoid any blame, insult, mockery, or praise.
When through your own fault some loss or disgrace befalls you, do not be disturbed by it but rather humble yourself before God and accept it from His hands as punishment for your fault.”
Saint Louis de Montfort had a difficult life in which he was often unjustly persecuted and where he faced unexpected challenges in his desire to promote love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In some ways and by worldly standards, he often appeared a failure and his motives were misunderstood. Nothing was wasted, for all his work was truly for the glory of God and for the honour of the Mother of God and his devotion to her has borne great fruit! Amen!
Blessed Andrew of Segni OFM (1240-1302) Priest
Bl Anthony Manzoni
St Autbert of Landevenec
St Barbara Ch’oe Yong-i
Blessed Benedict Daswa (1946-1990) – Martyr
The first South African Blessed:
St Brigid of Fiesole
St Brigid of Ireland/Kildare (c 453-523)
St Brigid’ Story:
St Cecilius of Granada
St Cinnia of Ulster
St Clarus of Seligenstadt
Bl Conor O’Devany
St Darlaugdach of Kildare
St Henry Morse
St Ioannes Yi Mun-u
Bl John of the Grating
Blessed Luigi Variara SDB (1875-1923)
Bl Patrick O’Lougham
St Paul of Trois-Châteaux
St Paulus Hong Yong-ju
St Raymond of Fitero
St Severus of Avranches
St Severus of Ravenna
St Sigebert III of Austrasia
St Tryphon of Lampsacus
St Ursus of Aosta
Martyrs of Avrillé – 47 beati: Forty-seven Christians executed together for their faith in the anti-Catholic persecution of the French Revolution.
• Anne-François de Villeneuve• Anne Hamard• Catherine Cottenceau• Charlotte Davy• François Bellanger• François Bonneau• François Michau• François Pagis epouse Railleau• Gabrielle Androuin• Jacquine Monnier• Jeanne Bourigault
• Jeanne Fouchard épouse Chalonneau• Jeanne Gruget veuve Doly• Jeanne-Marie Sailland d’Epinatz• Louise-Aimée Dean de Luigné• Louise-Olympe Rallier de la Tertinière veuve Déan de Luigné• Madeleine Blond• Madeleine Perrotin veuve Rousseau• Madeleine Sailland d’Epinatz• Marguerite Rivière epouse Huau• Marie Anne Pichery épouse Delahaye• Marie-Anne Vaillot• Marie Cassin épouse Moreau• Marie Fausseuse épouse Banchereau• Marie Gallard épouse Quesson• Marie Gasnier épouse Mercier• Marie Grillard• Marie-Jeanne Chauvigné épouse Rorteau• Marie Lenée épouse Lepage de Varancé• Marie Leroy• Marie Leroy épouse Brevet• Marie Roualt épouse Bouju• Odilia Baumgarten• Perrine Androuin• Perrine Besson• Perrine-Charlotte Phelippeaux épouse Sailland d’Epinatz• Perrine Grille• Perrine Ledoyen• Perrine Sailland d’Epinatz• Renée Cailleau épouse Girault• Renée Grillard• Renée Martin épouse Martin• Renée Valin• Rose Quenion• Simone Chauvigné veuve Charbonneau
• Suzanne Androuin• Victoire Bauduceau epouse Réveillère.
They were martyred on 1 February 1794 in Avrillé, Maine-et-Loire, France and Beatified on 19 February 1984 by St Pope John Paul II at Rome, Italy.
Martyrs of Korea: Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions in Korea. Today we celebrate and honour:
• Saint Barbara Ch’oe Yong-i
• Saint Ioannes Yi Mun-u
• Saint Paulus Hong Yong-ju
7 thoughts on “Memorials of the Saints – 1 February”
Thank you for your beautiful post on St Brigid. Her feast day, 1st February, marks the first day of Spring, here in Ireland. Yes the weather will continue cold and wintry, but the darkness of winter has been overcome and light returns. Gratitude for surviving the winter and hope in the coming of new life fills our hearts. How wonderful are the works of God, who uses the book of creation to teach us even deeper truths of His wonderful love for us. As we begin to emerge from this awful pandemic I pray for St. Brigid’s blessing on the whole world. May her mantle stretch over us in all its trustful generosity as we seek out how to distribute the gifts of science and technology to ALL of God’s children. I have sent a small gift to support your work and your charity. Please use it at your discretion. Anne Marie
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Aaah Anne Marie – how wonderful to hear from you and with such wonderful words. What a blessing your St Brigid is to us all! I can just imagine for those of piety in Ireland, how much joy her day brings with the start of Spring!
I have, for weeks now, at least 3 or 4 been thinking more of you each day – I pray all is well? Personally, I mean?
Thank you so much for your kind donation – I am most grateful and will be using most of it to save towards sending Rosaries to Nigeria – where there are 20 million Catholics (YES) but so many millions who are poor and count the Rosary on their fingers.
I pray this meets with your wishes.
Love and prayers always dear Anne Marie and love and prayers to Ireland too 💖💖🙏🙏
St Brigid of Kildare is well known in Montreal. As pastor of her parish, I used to invite for a solemn bilingual mass both the French and the Irish communities and would also participate as such in the annual St Patrick’s parade. Beautiful memories!
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St Brigid seems to always leave a marked effect upon those who venerate her memory Fr. I know some Irish friends who have definitely experienced miracles gained by her intercession.
St Brigid pray for Ireland, pray for us all!
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The painting of our blessed Mother and the Babe had to be painted by a parent. That was my children would be as I rocked them to sleep. No cuddly little bundle where they. 🙂
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You are so right Hughie!