Quote of the Day – 6 November – Bl Christina of Stommeln

Quote of the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of Blessed Christina of Stommeln (1242–1312)

“I am a person who believes in Christ.
I want to live so that all things in
me are strengthened by Christ.”

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Saint of the Day – 6 November – Blessed Christina of Stommeln (1242–1312)

Saint of the Day – 6 November – Blessed Christina of Stommeln (1242–1312) – Religious nun, Stigmatist, Mystic – also known as Christina Bruso and Christina Bruzo.

Christina is believed to have been born on 24 July 1242, to farmers Heinrich and Hilla Bruso in the village of Stumbeln (now Stommeln), northwest of Cologne.   At the age of five, she began to experience religious visions.   When she was twelve her parents wished to arrange her marriage but she left home without their permission and joined a + Beguine community in Cologne.   At the age of fifteen, in 1268, she manifested stigmata on her hands, feet and head.   The wounds reappeared throughout her life each Easter christina of stommeln

This, combined with other mystic experiences and demonic attacks, convinced others in the community that she was insane and she was treated with contempt, leading her to return to her home village in 1267, there she came under the direction of the local pastor, a priest named Johannes.

While in his care, Christina met Peter of Dacia, a Dominican, who became a lifelong friend.   Following Peter’s death in 1288, Christine’s mystic experiences ceased.   She left the priest’s household and moved into a small cloister, where she lived a quiet life until her death at the age of 70 on 6 November 1312.   She was first buried in the Stommeln churchyar, but her remains have been moved several times – first into the church, then in 1342 to Nideggen and finally in 1569 to the Propsteikirche (Provost’s Church) in Jülich, where a monument to Christine still exists.   Her relics survived the destruction of the Provost’s Church during the Allies’ air raid on Jülich on 16 November 1944.

St Pope Pius X Beatified her on 8 November 1908 and her liturgical feast was affixed to the date of her 412px-Christina_von_Stommeln,_Nordportal,_Kölner_Dom

+The Beguines were women who lived in semi-monastic communities in Northern Europe between the 13th and 16th centuries.   While their members did not take formal religious vows, they dedicated their lives to poverty, care for the poor and sick and to religious devotions.   Their lifestyle was directly influenced by a spiritual revival of the period that has come to be known as the Devotio Moderna.BL CHRISTINA OF STOMMEIN HEAD

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Memorials of the Saints – 6 November

St Atticus
St Barlaam of Novgorod
Bl Beatrice of Olive
Blessed Christina of Stommeln (1242–1312)
St Demetrian of Cyprus
St Edwen of Northumbria
St Efflam of Brittany
St Emilian of Faenza
St Erlafrid of Hirschau
St Felix of Fondi
St Felix of Genoa
St Felix of Thynissa
St Illtyd
St Israel of Limoges
St Leonard of Noblac (c 496-559)
About St Leonard:

St Leonard of Reresby
Bl Leonianus of Autun
St Melaine of Rennes
St Paul of Constantinople
St Pinnock
St Severus of Barcelona
Bl Simon of Aulne
St Stephen of Apt
St Theobald of Dorat
St Théophane Vénard MEP (1829-1861) Martyr
St Valentine of Genoa
St Victor Chumillas-Fernández
St Winnoc (c 640-c 716/717)

Martyrs of Antioch – 10 saints: Ten Christians murdered together by Arabs after their seizure of Antioch, Syria. No names or other details about them have come down to us. 637 in Antioch, Syria.

Martyrs of Gaza – 9 saints: A group of Christian soldiers who were captured by Saracens invading the area of Gaza in Palestine. When the men continued to profess their Christianity, they were executed. We know the names of some of the martyrs – Himerius, John (2 of them), Kallinikos (Callinoco), Paul, Peter, Stephen and Theodore (2 of them). They were beheaded in Gaza, Palestine.

Martyrs of Spain – 498 saints and beati: – Martyred Franciscan Capuchins of Barcelona – 26 beati
Martyred Vincentians of Spain – 14 beati