Ember Wednesday, Feast of St Matthew, Beata Vergine del Tresto / The Blessed Virgin of Tresto, Ospedaletto Euganeo, Italy (1468) and Memorials of the Saints – 21 September

Ember Wednesday – Fast and Abstinence
In case you have forgotten about Ember Days as they are not promoted or encouraged since Vatican II, here is a reminder:

St Matthew – Apostle and Evangelist (Feast)
About St Matthew here:

Beata Vergine del Tresto / The Blessed Virgin of Tresto, Ospedaletto Euganeo, Italy (1468) – 21September:

St Alexander of the Via Claudia
Bl Diego Hompanera París
St Eusebius of Phoenicia
St Francisco Pastor Garrido
St Gerulph
St Herminio García Pampliega
St Iphigenia
St Isaac of Cyprus
Bl Jacinto Martínez Ayuela
St Jonah the Prophet
Bl José María Azurmendi Mugarza
Bl Josep Vila Barri
St Landelino of Ettenheim
Bl Manuel Torró García

Blessed Mark Scalabrini of Modena OP (c 1420-1498) Priest and Friar of the Order of Preachers, Prior, miracle-worker. Blessed Mark was Beatified on 10 September 1857 by Pope Pius IX.

St Maura of Troyes
St Meletius of Cyprus
Bl Nicolás de Mier Francisco
St Pamphilus of Rome
Bl Vicente Galbis Gironés
Bl Vicente Pelufo Orts

Martyrs of Gaza – 3 Saints: Three brothers, Eusebius, Nestulus and Zeno, who were seized, dragged through the street, beaten and murdered by a pagan mob celebrating the renunciation of Christianity by Julian the Apostate. They were burned to death in 362 on a village garbage heap in Gaza, Palestine.



Passionate Catholic. Being a Catholic is a way of life - a love affair "Religion must be like the air we breathe..."- St John Bosco Prayer is what the world needs combined with the example of our lives which testify to the Light of Christ. This site, which is now using the Traditional Calendar, will mainly concentrate on Daily Prayers, Novenas and the Memorials and Feast Days of our friends in Heaven, the Saints who went before us and the great blessings the Church provides in our Catholic Monthly Devotions. This Site is placed under the Patronage of my many favourite Saints and especially, St Paul. "For the Saints are sent to us by God as so many sermons. We do not use them, it is they who move us and lead us, to where we had not expected to go.” Charles Cardinal Journet (1891-1975) This site adheres to the Catholic Church and all her teachings. PLEASE ADVISE ME OF ANY GLARING TYPOS etc - In June 2021 I lost 95% sight in my left eye and sometimes miss errors. Thank you and I pray all those who visit here will be abundantly blessed. Pax et bonum! 🙏

6 thoughts on “Ember Wednesday, Feast of St Matthew, Beata Vergine del Tresto / The Blessed Virgin of Tresto, Ospedaletto Euganeo, Italy (1468) and Memorials of the Saints – 21 September

  1. Hello,I am over joyed that you are back.I must tell you,  that my spiritual progress suffered greatly,  without your helpful emails,.I hope, that your health is better. I write very respectfully,  with a little suggestion please. Where you refer, in your writing,  to Bible references, if possible, we should be able to click on that reference and it should bring up the said reference, which we can then read. So. It should quote the Bible, without us having to refer to the Bible. This, is very necessary from the practical side.  When, we are waiting for example in a doctor ‘s surgery,  a railway station, an airport or in hospital,  our morning reading will be so much more beneficial. Even at other times, whilst we retire during the day for a nap and at finally retiring at night,  we can reread , with so much convenience, The other request is, that the wonderful art works,  accompanying your writing,  should if possible tell us, who the artist is.  This again is essential. It’s, important because otherwise it’s just a picture,  when indeed it is actually a masterpiece of art, accompanying and helping our prayer.  Thank you and with my regards, Ms Reshma Punjabi Sent from my Galaxy

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    1. Dear Reshma – thank you for your wonderful comments and ideas too.
      I am a little late in responding as, at present, we are experiencing 10 per day electricity Black-outs in South Africa – meaning that my time preparing the posts is seriously curtailed.
      As it is, the posts take 8+ hours everyday.
      As wonderful as your suggestion is – to link Scriptural quotes to an online Sacred Scripture source, I am afraid this would take another few hours – which is impossible for me. I will however, add a link to the Douay Rheims site, where you can, yourself, search for the relevant Scriptural reference.
      As far as the artworks are concerned – you might notice that where I have knowledge of the artist, I do post it under the image. Often, however, I do NOT know who the artist is. But you can be assured that I mainly use the immense historical images of the Church. The greatest art ever made resides in the Church but in terms of online searching, often the artist is lacking.
      May our Beloved Lord and His and our Blessed Mother bless you abundantly in your earthly pilgrimage to our everlasting home.
      Be assured of my humble prayers for you too, as we journey together in our search for true sanctity and love of God. 🙏🤗🙏


      1. Hi Ana,Thankyou, for your email. Your kind help in praying for me, means a great deal to me. Thankyou.Yes, I can understand how hard you work but this is your prayer in motion;  so, personal and also,  bringing,  by inspiring ,other souls to Him.Our Lord, is aware of your doings!What , a terrible world we live in but we must practice,   to carry , our Lord and His sacred parents,  in our heart. The heart must become an abode for their dwelling, alas sinful though it is but in  their mercy, they will understand.  Well, Ana , if you are ever in London , England,  please let me know,  if you can. I would be very honoured to have you stay with me a while,  so I can serve you, in my humble home, dear servant of God. May God bless you and your family,Ms Reshma Punjabi Sent from my Galaxy

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  2. Oh dear Reshma, how beautifully you speak and what an tempting invitation you extend – thank you! How I wish it were possible to visit you – I feel already that you are a kindred soul. Family of Christ – sisters in Christ Jesus, our Lord and our God – your words bring me to tears.
    I truly cannot find the words to thank you – let it be that you will feel my hug – for I am sure you will be hugged by our Beloved Jesus.
    And YES – we will carry Him in our hearts to all.
    My email is – – let us be ever an encouragement to each other. Please send your email address. 🙏😇💖


    1. Amen Fr – it has been a bad. bad journey – I think with the eyes already compromising my journey and mission here (like yourself Fr) – I sometimes lost “sight” of all I learn and promote each day by the Saints.
      Blessed be God indeed for restoring my health!

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