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Saint of the Day – 16 August – Blessed Angelo Agostini Mazzinghi O. Carm (1385-1438)

Saint of the Day – 16 August – Blessed Angelo Agostini Mazzinghi O. Carm (1385-1438) was an Italian Priest and a professed member of the Carmelite order.   He was a noted preacher, prior and reformer, teacher of theology and was known for his pious devotion to the Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Carmelite Rule of Life and to the profession of the Gospel.  Patronage – Preachers.

Angelo Agostini Mazzinghi was born in Florence in 1385 to Augustin Mazzinghi.

He entered the Carmelite order in 1413 and after he made his solemn profession was ordained to the priesthood.   He began to teach theological studies in both Florence and Frascati (in Rome) and was also a preacher in the former.   He was the first member of the reformed observance of Our Lady of the Wood and was made as the prior of several of the Carmelite houses.   He launched the reform of the convent of Santa Maria delle Salve and was appointed as the convent’s Prior from 1419 until 1430 and then once again in 1437.Bl angelo mazzinghi

Mazzinghi preached a series of Lenten retreats in Florence from 1431 and was to preach his final retreat in 1436 before he retired to a Carmelite convent.   On one particular occasion of preaching – according to fellow Carmelite Nicholas Calciuri – who was a witness of the miracle, roses and lilies poured from Angelo’s mouth, which two angels wove into a crown for the latter.

Angelo was known for his humble and pious demeanour as well as for his ardent devotion to both the Holy Eucharist and to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Before his death he retired to a Carmelite house where he spent the remainder of his life in contemplation and meditation.   Bl Angelo died on 17 August 1438 in Florence at the age of 53.    He was buried in Santa Maria del Carmine but his relics were moved to the Banacacci Chapel in 1739 and moved to the main altar in 1930 in what was the final transferral of his remains.

Pope Clement XIII approved his cultus and Beatified Blessed Angelo on 7 March 1761.

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Memorials of the Saints – 16 August

St Stephen of Hungary (c 975- 1038) King of Hungary (Optional Memorial)

Bl Angelo Agostini Mazzinghi O.Carm. (1385-1438)
St Armagillus of Brittany
St Arsacius of Nicomedia
St Frambaldo
Bl Iacobus Bunzo Gengoro
Bl Jean-Baptiste Menestrel
Bl John of Saint Martha
Bl Laurence Loricatus
Bl Magdalena Kiyota Bokusai
Bl Maria Gengoro
Bl Ralph de la Futaye
St Roch (1295-1327) “Pilgrim”
The story of St Roch here:

St Serena
Bl Simon Kiyota Bokusai
Bl Thomas Gengoro
St Titus the Deacon

Martyrs of Palestine – 33 saints: Thirty-three Christians martyred in Palestine; they are commemorated in old martyrologies, but the date and exact location have been lost.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Amadeu Monje Altés
Bl Antonio María Rodríguez Blanco
Bl José María Sanchís Mompó
Bl Laurentí Basil Matas
Bl Plácido García Gilabert


Quote of the Day – 9 August – “Let go of your plans.”

Quote of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr

“Let go of your plans.
The first hour of your morning belongs to God.
Tackle the day’s work that He charges you with
and He will give you the power to accomplish it.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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Our Morning Offering – 9 August – I Shall Follow You

Our Morning Offering – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr

I Shall Follow You
By St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

O Prince of Peace,
to all who receive You,
Your bright light and peace.
Help me to live in daily contact with You,
listening to the words You have spoken
and obeying them.
O Divine Child, I place my hands in Yours;
I shall follow You.
Oh, let Your divine life flow into me.
O my God, fill my soul with holy joy,
courage and strength to serve You.
Enkindle Your love in me
and then walk with me
along the next stretch of road before me.
I do not see very far ahead
but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down,
a new prospect will open before me
and I shall meet with peace.
How wondrous are the marvels of Your love,
We are amazed, we stammer and grow dumb,
for word and spirit fail us.
Ameni shall follow you - o prince of peace - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 august 2019

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Memorials of the Saints – 9 August

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942) Martyr, Co-Patron of Europe (Optional Memorial)

St Amor of Franche-Comté
St Autor of Metz
St Bandaridus of Soissons
St Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro
St Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola (1845-1912)
St Claude Richard
St Domitian of Châlons
Bl Falco the Hermit
St Firmus of Verona
Bl John Norton
Bl John of Salerno
Bl John Talbot
St Marcellian of Civitavecchia
Bl Michal Tomaszek
St Nathy
St Numidicus of Carthage
St Phelim
Bl Richard Bere
St Romanus Ostiarius
St Rusticus of Sirmium
St Rusticus of Verona
St Secundian of Civitavecchia
St Stephen of Burgos
Bl Thomas Palaser
St Verian of Civitavecchia
Bl Zbigniew Adam Strzalkowski

Martyrs of Civitavecchia: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Decius. We know little more than the names – Marcellian, Secundian and Verian. 250 near Civitavecchia, Italy.

Martyrs of Constantinople: 10 saints: A group of ten Christians who were arrested, tortured and executed for defending an icon of Christ in defiance of orders from Emperor Leo the Isaurian. We know the names of three, but nothing else about them – Julian, Marcian and Mary. They were beheaded in Constantinople.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Antonio Mateo Salamero
Bl Faustino Oteiza Segura
Bl Florentín Felipe Naya
Bl Florentino Asensio Barroso
Bl Francisco López-Gasco Fernández-Largo
Bl Guillermo Plaza Hernández
Bl Joan Vallés Anguera
Bl José María Garrigues Hernández
Bl Josep Figuera Rey
Bl Josep Maria Aragones Mateu
Bl Julián Pozo Ruiz de Samaniego
Bl Mateo Molinos Coloma
Bl Narcís Sitjà Basté


Thought for the Day – 7 August – Heal us Lord God

Thought for the Day – 7 August – The Memorial of St Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

St Albert has often been portrayed with an open book in his hand, or with the Child Jesus in his arms.   This is not by accident, for these are both iconographical attributes which indicate a preacher of the Gospel, which is precisely what Albert was.   In order to be authentic proclaimers it is necessary to have encountered Jesus and this is possible, primarily, through the hearing of the Word.   It was his familiarity with Scripture, cultivated in lectio divina with purity of heart and openness to the transforming action of the Holy Spirit, which made St Albert capable of proclaiming the Gospel.   St Albert is remembered for an extraordinary ability to speak to people with conviction and immediacy.   He did not distract his listeners with elegant forms of preaching but stressed the vital content of the message.

Albert’s life shines as an example of virtue and sincerity.   His chastity became a radiant expression of a radical, definitive and complete choice for God.   The purity practised by Albert is not simply a physical fact, but primarily a spiritual reality.   Albert allowed himself to be seized by God – he placed himself totally at God’s service, gave God his life and capacities and welcomed God’s call as a gift and a commitment for life.   This example is more relevant than ever in our modern world.heal us lord god - prayer of st albert of trapani 7 aug 2019

Heal us Lord God
Prayer of St Albert of Trapani

O my God,
You have created the human race
by Your wonderful power.
It is an act of Your clemency that has called us
to share Your glory and eternal life.
When the first sin condemned us to suffer death,
out of Your goodness,
You wished to redeem us
through the blood of Your Son,
To unite us to You through our faith
and Your great mercy.
You have brought us back
from the shame of our sin,
You have veiled our dishonour
in the brightness of Your glory.
Look now and see that what You have created,
giving it subtle limbs and joints
and made beautiful through its immortal soul,
is now subject to the attack of Satan.
Be pleased Lord
to reconstitute Your work and heal it.
May Your power be glorified
and may the malice of the enemy be stunned.

St Albert of Trapani, Pray for Us!st albert of trapani pray for us no 2 7 aug 2019

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Saint of the Day – 7 August – Saint Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307)

Saint of the Day – 7 August – Saint Albert of Trapani O.Carm. (c 1240-1307) – Carmelite Priest, Confessor, Preacher, Evangeliser, apostle of prayer and a devout servant of the Blessed Virgin and the Passion of Christ.   He was born as Alberto degli Abati in c 1240 at Trapani, Sicily, Italy and died on 7 August 1306 at Messina, Italy of natural causes.   He practised great austerities upon himself to make himself poor in the spirit of Jesus Christ and went out preaching and evangelising, he was known for working and maintaining a positive relationship with Jews as well as for his powers of healing.   The saint was likewise attributed with the 1301 lifting of the siege in Messina, that could have seen hundreds die from starvation had it not been for his intervention.  Patronages – Trapani, Carmelite order, Carmelite schools, Palermo Sicily.aberttrapani.jpg

Alberto degli Abati was born circa 1240 in Trapani, Sicily, Italy as the sole child to the nobles (of Florentine origin) Benedetto degli Abati and Giovanna Palizi.   His father served as an admiral in the fleet of Frederick II of Hohensautfen.   His parents – who married in 1214 – were sterile and promised that if blessed with  a son he would be consecrated to the Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo.   In his childhood his father had thought of arranging a marriage for him but his mother was able to remind her husband, to adhere to the vow the couple made, that he be consecrated to the Lord.

Sicily was one of the first areas of Carmelite settlement and expansion in the west.   This island was an obvious choice for the Carmelites, coming west from Palestine, in which to make a foundation.   Young Albert appears to have been attracted by the newcomers and entered the Order at Trapani, on the western side of the island.

After his ordination, Albert was sent to the priory at Messina, also in Sicily and this was the main centre of his life’s work.   St Albert typified the new kind of Carmelite that adaptation to the west produced, a man of prayer and penance, a lover of solitude but also a man engaged in study and in the active apostolate.   There were many Jews living in Sicily at this time and Albert seems to have made them a special object and been successful in making converts.  st albert of trapani - Antonio_de_Pereda_5.jpgHe is also said to have written books, though none survive and he is regarded as patron of Carmelite studies.   The order recognised his many and outstanding abilities.   He attended the General Chapter at Bruges in 1297, in the capacity as Superior.   However, he spent the last years of his life before his death in 1307, living in a hermitage near Messina.

He was recognised as a wonder-worker during his lifetime, miracles and cures continued to be attributed to Albert’s intercession after his death.

His cult spread quickly through the whole of the Order.   The date of a translation of his relics, said to have been made in the year 1309 or 1316, is uncertain.   (This latter would seem more exact).   Albert was among the first Carmelite saints venerated by the Order, of which he was later considered a patron and protector.   Already in 1346 there was a chapel dedicated to him, in the convent of Palermo.   At various general chapters, beginning with that of 1375, his papal canonisation was proposed.   In the chapter of 1411 it was said that his Proper Office was ready.albert of trapani art.jpg

In 1457 Pope Callixtus III, by verbal consent permitted his cult, which was consequently confirmed by Pope Sixtus IV with a bull of 31 May 1476.   In 1524 it was ordered that his image be found on the seal of the general chapter.   Moreover, the general of the Order, Nicholas Audet, wanted an altar dedicated to him in every Carmelite church  . Even earlier, the chapter of 1420 had ordered that his image with a halo should be found in all the convents of the Order.   With this intense and extended cult, his abundant iconography is easily understood.   In it he is represented (with or without a book), first, bearing a lily, a symbol of his victory over the senses at the beginning of his religious life or with a cruvifix and the Blessed Virgin.

In 1623 one of the gates of the city of Messina was dedicated to him.   He is the patron of Trapani, of Erice, of Palermo and of Revere (Mantua).   St Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582) and St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (1566-1607) were especially devoted to him, the Bl Baptist Spagnoli  (1447–1516) composed a sapphic ode in his honour.   His relics are spread throughout Europe.   The head of the Saint is in the Carmelite church of Trapani where he is still venerated, especially as a patron against fever.   His feast day is celebrated there with great ceremony on 7 August.   In the last liturgical reform the rank of feast was granted for St Albert to the Carmelites and of memorial to the Discalced of the same Order.albert of trapani with mary.jpg

Let us pray.

Lord God,
you made St Albert of Trapani
a model of purity and prayer,
and a devoted servant of Our Lady.
May we practise these same virtues
and so be worthy always
to share the banquet of your grace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.albert of trapani.jpg