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Saint of the Day – 19 August – St John Eudes (1601-1680) Confessor,

Saint of the Day – 19 August – St John Eudes (1601-1680) Confessor, “The Apostle of Two Hearts.”

Saint John Eudes, Confessor
From the Roman Breviary

John was born in the year 1601, of pious and respectable parents, at a village commonly known as Ri, in the Diocese of Seez. While still a boy, when he was fed with the Bread of Angels, he cheerfully made a vow of perpetual chastity. Having been received at the College of Caen, directed by the Fathers of the Society of Jesus, he was conspicuous for a remarkable piety and, committing himself to the protection of the Virgin Mary, when still a youth, he signed, with his own blood, the special covenant he had entered into with her.

Having completed his courses of letters and of philosophy, with great distinction and having spurned opportunities of marriage, which had been arranged for him, he enrolled himself with the Congregation of the Oratory, founded by Cardinal] de Berulle and was Ordained Priest at Paris. He was on fire with a marvellous love towards his neighbour, for he took the most constant pains, in caring for both the souls and bodies, of those smitten with the Asiatic plague, in many different places.

He was made Rector of the Oratorian house at Caen but, since he had been thinking for a long time, of educating suitable young men for the service of the Church, earnestly asking for the Divine assistance, with a brave spirit, he most regretfully departed from the associates with whom he had lived for twenty years.

Accordingly, associating five Priests with himself, in the year 1643, on the feastday of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he founded a Congregation of Priests, to whom he gave the most holy names of Jesus and Mary and opened the first Seminary at Caen. A great many others followed immediately, in Normandy and Brittany, also founded by him. For the recalling of sinful women to a Christian life, he founded the Order of Our Lady of Charity; of which most noble tree, the Congregation of the Good Shepherd of Angers is a branch. Furthermore, he founded the Society of the Admirable Heart of the Mother of God and other charitable institutions.

He was the Author of many excellent treatises and laboured as an Apostolic Missionary to the very end of his life, preaching the Gospel in very many villages and cities,and even in the Royal Court.

His matchless zeal was very conspicuous in promoting the salutary devotion, towards the most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, whose liturgical worship he was the first of all to devise, although not without some Divine inspiration. He is, therefore, held to be the father, the teacher and the apostle of that worship.

Courageously withstanding the doctrines of the Jansenists, he preserved, unalterable obedience towards the Chair of Peter, and he constantly prayed to God, both for his enemies as well as for his brethren.

St John Eudes with Fathers and Sisters of
the Congregations he founded

Broken by so my labours, rather than by years, desiring to be freed and to be with Christ, on 19 August1680, frequently repeating the sweet Names of Jesus and Mary, he died in peace. As he became illustrious by many miracles, Pope Pius X added him to the list of the Blessed and, as he still shone forth with new signs and wonders, Pope Pius XI, in the holy year 1925 and on the day of Pentecost, placed him among the Saints and extended his Office and Mass, to the Universal Church.

A Magnificat
By St John Eudes (1601-1680)

A Hymn of Praise and Thanksgiving
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and to the Holy Heart of Mary

My soul doth magnify the admirable
Heart of Jesus and Mary
And my spirit rejoices in Thou great Heart.
Jesus and Mary have given me their Heart,
This immense Heart,
in order that all in me
May be performed in its love.

Infinite praise to them, for their ineffable gift.
This Heart infinitely merciful,
has done great things for me.
It has possessed me from the womb of my mother.
Infinite thanksgiving for Thou ineffable gifts.

The abyss of my misery has called
on the abyss of His Mercy.
Infinite thanksgiving for His ineffable gifts.
This Heart infinitely meek has presented me
With blessings of its sweetness.
Infinite thanksgiving for His ineffable gifts.



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