Feast of Our Lady of the Grotto, Mellieħa, Malta and Memorials of the Saints – 10 June

Our Lady of the Grotto, Mellieħa, Malta:
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa is a Marian shrine in the village of Mellieħa in Malta. It was originally constructed in the late 16th century and contains a Byzantine-style fresco, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary with Christ on her right arm.   Tradition has it that the painting was made by St Luke when he was shipwrecked on the island with St Paul.   The church expanded several times to accommodate the growing population of the village and the roofed veranda is considered a classic example of 17th century Renaissance architecture.   The sanctuary was blessed by St Pope John Paul II during his visit to Malta in May 1990.

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Bl Amata of San Sisto
St Amantius of Tivoli
St Asterius of Petra
St Bardo of Mainz
Bl Bogumilus of Gniezno
St Caerealis of Tivoli
St Censurius of Auxerre
St Crispulus of Rome
Blessed Edward Johannes Maria Poppe (1890-1924)
Bl Elisabeth Hernden
Bl Elizabeth Guillen
St Evermund of Fontenay
St Faustina of Cyzicus
Bl Gerlac of Obermarchtal
St Getulius of Tivoli
Blessed Henry of Treviso (1250-1315)

St Illadan of Rathlihen
St Ithamar of Rochester
Blessed John Dominici OP (c 1355-1419)
His Life:
Bl José Manuel Claramonte Agut
Bl Joseph Kugler
St Landericus of Novalese
St Landericus of Paris
Bl Mary Magdalene of Carpi
St Maurinus of Cologne
St Primitivus of Tivoli
St Restitutus of Rome
Bl Thomas Green
St Timothy of Prusa
Bl Walter Pierson
St Zachary of Nicomedia

Martyrs of North Africa – 17 saints: A group of seventeen Christians martyred together in North Africa; the only surviving details are two of their names – Aresius and Rogatius. Both the precise location in North Africa and the date are unknown.

Martyrs of the Aurelian Way – 23 saints: A group of 23 martyrs who died together in the persecutions of Aurelian. The only details that survive are three of their names – Basilides, Mandal and Tripos. c.270-275 on the Aurelian Way, Rome, Italy.

Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort/Martyrs of La Rochelle – 64 beati: In 1790 the French Revolutionary authorities passed a law requiring priests to swear allegience to the civil constitution, which would effectively remove them from the authority of and allegience to, Rome. Many refused and in 1791 the government began deporting them to French Guyana. 827 priests and religious were imprisoned on hulks (old ships no longer sea-worthy and used for storage, jails, hospitals, etc.) at Rochefort, France to await exile, most on the Deux-Associés and the Washington which had previously been used to house slaves or prisoners. There they were basically ignored to death as there was little provision for food and water, less for sanitation and none at all for medical help. 542 of the prisoners died there.
The survivors were freed on 12 February 1795 and allowed to return to their homes. Many of them wrote about their time on the hulks and many of them wrote about the faith and ministry of those who had died. 64 of them have been positively identified and confirmed to have died as martyrs, dying for their faith, they are:
• Antoine Auriel• Antoine Bannassat• Augustin-Joseph Desgardin• Barthélemy Jarrige de La Morelie de Biars• Charles-Antoine-Nicolas Ancel• Charles-Arnould Hanus• Charles-René Collas du Bignon• Claude Beguignot
• Claude Dumonet• Claude Laplace• Claude Richard• Claude-BarnabéLaurent de Mascloux• Claude-Joseph Jouffret de Bonnefont• élie Leymarie de Laroche• Florent Dumontet de Cardaillac• François d’Oudinot de la Boissière
• François François• François Hunot• François Mayaudon• Gabriel Pergaud
• Georges-Edme René• Gervais-Protais Brunel• Jacques Gagnot• Jacques Lombardie• Jacques Retouret• Jacques-Morelle Dupas• Jean Baptiste Guillaume• Jean Bourdon• Jean Hunot• Jean Mopinot• Jean-Baptiste de Bruxelles• Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil• Jean-Baptiste Laborie du Vivier
• Jean-Baptiste Menestrel• Jean-Baptiste Souzy• Jean-Baptiste-Ignace-Pierre Vernoy de Montjournal• Jean-Baptiste-Xavier Loir• Jean-François Jarrige de la Morelie de Breuil• Jean-Georges Rehm• Jean-Nicolas Cordier
• Joseph Imbert• Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin• Joseph Marchandon
• Lazare Tiersot• Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam• Louis-François Lebrun
• Louis-Wulphy Huppy• Marcel-Gaucher Labiche de Reignefort• Michel-Bernard Marchand• Michel-Louis Brulard• Nicolas Savouret• Nicolas Tabouillot• Noël-Hilaire Le Conte• Paul-Jean Charles• Philippe Papon• Pierre Gabilhaud• Pierre Jarrige de la Morelie de Puyredon• Pierre-Joseph le roing de la Romagère• Pierre-Michel Noël• Pierre-Sulpice-Christophe Faverge• Pierre-Yrieix Labrouhe de Laborderie• Raymond Petiniaud de Jourgnac• Scipion-Jérôme Brigeat Lambert• Sébastien-Loup Hunot.
They died between 19 May 1794 and 23 February 1795 aboard prison ships docked at Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France and were beatified on
1 October 1995 by St Pope John Paul II.

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Thought for the Day – 10 June

“Thought for the Day – 10 June

The Eucharist: sun of his life!

To find the strength he needed, Bl Edward Poppe spent a great deal of time before the Tabernacle.
Sometimes he sighed, “Oh, Jesus, how little men love You! At least, the two of us love each other.”
On the eve of All Saints’ Day, after a long day of confessions,
a friend found him close to the Blessed Sacrament:
‘Edward, what are you doing there?”—
“Oh! I’m not doing anything, I’m just keeping Our Lord company.

I am too tired to talk to Him,

but I’m resting next to Him.”

Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe, Pray for us!

oh i'm not doing anything- bl edward poppe

Prayer For Blessed Edward’s Intercession and Canonisation:

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for giving us Blessed Edward Poppe.
Through his intercession graciously hear our prayer.
Grant that our love
for your Son, for His Church and for the Blessed Eucharist may
May his testimony encourage many to live as true Christians.
May his example inspire young men to become priests for today.
Hasten the day of his glorification in the communion of your saints.
ask this through the intercession of Mary, his and our Mother. Amen.
Our Father…. Hail Mary…
Blessed Edward Poppe, Pray for us!

bl edward poppe - pray for us

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Saint of the Day – 10 June – Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe

Saint of the Day – 10 June – Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe  (18 December 1890 in Temse, Belgium – 10 June 1924 at Moerzeke, Belgium of a stroke, aged 34) Priest  – Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration, especially amongst children and of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Evangeliser, Reformer, Spiritual Director of Seminarians, Supporter of the Labourer – Patron of Moerzeke, Labourers, Military chaplains, Children’s Eucharistic Adoration.   Attributes – Priest’s robes.   Bl Edward’s beatification cause commenced on 5 April 1966 under Blessed Pope Paul VI and he became titled as a Servant of God as a result while the affirmation of his life of heroic virtue saw St Pope John Paul II name him as Venerable on 30 June 1986. That same pope beatified Poppe in Saint Peter’s Square on 3 October edward header


Edward Joannes Maria Poppe was born in Temse on 18 December 1890 as the third of eight children to the baker Dèsirè Aloies Poppe (25.12.1851-10.01.1907) and Josepha Ogiers (31.08.1863-21.10.1947).   One brother became a priest while five sisters were nuns and one daughter remained home alone with her mother.   He was an energetic child and an excellent student.   His mischievousness saw him often knock things over even putting himself at risk of being harmed.   He was also quite stubborn and never left his sisters alone though his sisters would often get back at him and would muss up his hair when he was caught combing in front of the mirror.   He was a big eater and liked to devour treats from his father’s store.  But in 1902 he received his First Communion and Confirmation and this made him more serious which meant jokes and teasing became rarer. bl young-Edouard-Poppe

In spring 1904 his father introduced him to his business plans and had hoped to see his son begin a baking apprenticeship though Poppe remained silent at first though his resolution to become a priest led him to tell his father as much.   Not long after a priest friend to his parents gave a favourable opinion of Poppe’s vocation to which his father told his mother:  “Let’s not be selfish. God has not given us our children for ourselves.”   He studied at the Sint-Niklaas St Joseph Minor Seminary from 1905 until 1910 where he became a member the De Klauwaerts association which was a student movement in the Flemish Movement before World War I.

Despite his father’s death on 10 January 1907 he was able to continue his studies and commenced his ecclesial studies in 1910 to become a priest.   But at first he wanted to take over his father’s business for his mother’s sake, though his mother did not like the idea and told him:  “Before he died, Papa made me promise to let you continue with your studies. I want to keep that promise.”   He was drafted in September 1910 and being a seminarian made him a target for harassment (he was mocked and provoked) while his companions’ vulgar nature was unendurable to him to what he called “a hell.”   He was also quite pained that he could not receive the Eucharist and go to Mass each week due to the rigidity of the army service.   But his time in the service still allowed for him to do his philosophical studies.   He liked to read poems which was something he had done since his childhood.

He began his studies in Thomism on 13 March 1912 at the Louvain college where he became influenced from the works of Saint Louis de Montfort which made him a fervent devotee of the Blessed Mother of God.   It was also around this time that he learnt about Saint Thérèse of Lisieux but he also had a love for Saint Francis of Assisi.   In September 1913 he moved to the Ghent for his studies where he became a member of the Filioli Caritatis which was a group of priests who aimed for holiness.   On 14 July 1913 he graduated in letters and philosophical studies at edward poppe sml

The outbreak of World War I in 1914 saw Poppe called to arms as a battlefield nurse on 1 August but he fell ill in Namur at Bourlers on 25 August after having been at the battle site since 4 August.   He was placed half-dead in an ambulance van and was taken to Bourlers where the priest Castelain took care of him until December.   In his period of recuperation the Germans advancing had with them several prisoners of war and he appealed to Saint Joseph that these men be freed which led to their miraculous freeing all except a Frenchman;   Poppe renewed the appeal and the Frenchman returned. Father Castelain also told him about the life of Blessed Antoine Chevrier.   Once he recovered in he went to Mechelen to continue with his ecclesial studies in April 1915 after Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier obtained for him a dispensation to leave the armed forces.

On 1 May 1916 he was ordained to the priesthood.   Poppe became the parish associate pastor in Sint-Coleta on 16 June 1916 which was a poor labourers’ parish in Ghent.   He started the Eucharistic League for the children (he dedicated this to Pope Pius X) and introduced them to the countless aspects of the faith and also taught catechism and handed children devotional cards.  He made it a practice to greet workers after their shifts ended in the late afternoon.   Poppe chose to live in poorness in order to be like his parishioners.Bl-Poppe-in-1913

He became exhausted in July 1917 due to his manner of living and his weak health and so was transferred to a convent in Moerzeke.   He was ordered to rest for a month though when he returned the pastor was concerned for him so discharged him from league meetings and catechetical lessons;   this made him heartbroken but he was obedient.  He was often confined to his bed but from there wrote numerous texts for the “Eucharistische Kruistocht” – Eucharistic Crusade) of the Averbode convent while often appearing in the popular adolescent magazine “Zonneland”.   In July 1918 he asked the Bishop of Ghent for a different post and so from 4 October 1918 until 1922 he served as the rector to the Vincentian Sisters.   But Poppe suffered a severe heart attack on 11 May 1919 (and received the Extreme Unction) though spent his time recovering in his bed while writing letters and articles that were criticisms of materialism and Marxism.   He suffered a much more serious heart attack on 8 June and could no longer have visits or celebrate Mass due to the severe status of his health.   He was weak but recovered over the next several months to the point where he managed to make a trip to visit the tomb of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux in France on 15 September 1920.

Declining health and death
Improvement in his health saw him appointed as the spiritual leader of the armed forces school in Leopoldsburg in October 1922 for seminarians and priests drawn into service.   But a cardiac crisis in 1923 – while visiting his mother on Christmas – made it impossible for him to return to Leopoldsburg and he again was confined to the Moerzeke convent. He suffered a heart attack on 1 January 1924 but suffered a severe relapse on 3 February.   Edward died from a stroke on the morning of 10 June 1924 as he prepared to dress and take care of affairs.   He received the Extreme Unction and gazed at an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as he died.

Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier promoted him as an ideal of a good priest who was spiritual and ascetic and who was prepared to sacrifice his life for the faith.   His birth house in Temse has become a museum and the street is renamed “Priester Poppestraat,” another museum can be found in the Moerzeke convent.   There are statues of Poppe in both Moerzeke and Ghent.

The miracle was required for his Beatification was investigated in the diocese of its origin from 4-19 January 1996 at which stage all documentation was sent to Rome and received C.C.S. validation in a decree on 28 June 1996.   Medical experts approved this healing as a miracle on 6 November 1997 as did the theologians on 31 March 1998 and the C.C.S. members on 1 July 1998.   John Paul II issued his approval to this miracle on 3 July 1998 and Beatified Poppe in Saint Peter’s Square on 3 October 1999.