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Madonna del Sasso / Our Lady of the Rock, Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy (1028) and Memorials of the Saints – 25 November

Madonna del Sasso / Our Lady of the Rock, Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy (1028) – 25 November:

The Abbot Orsini wrote: “Our Lady of the Rock, in the territory of Fiesole, in Tuscany. This image is placed in a rock, where two shepherds retired to pray; Our Lady ordered them to build a Church in this place.

On the Feast of the Visitation in 1028 two young twin sisters, while they were guarding their flock, sought protection under a rock. The Virgin Mary holding the Infant Jesus in her arm, appeared to them in a cloud. She reassured them and told them that she desired a Church to be built there, then asks them to alert their father. He went to that place and the Virgin appeared to him and reiterates her request. The inhabitants of the village flocked to the site. Many of them also saw the Virgin. The ecclesiastical authorities approved the construction of a Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Rock.  The construction had just begun when Mary appeared to all present to thank them and encourage them to bring the work to completion. 
According to local legend, the Gospel was first preached at Fiesole (in the Province of Tuscany by Saint Romulus, a Disciple of Saint Peter during the days of the Christian persecutions.
The Cathedral of Saint Romulus was built in 1028 by Bishop James Bavaro with materials taken from several other edifices – hence, the Shrine took the name Our Lady of the Rock. The little Church, now known as the Cathedral or Duomo of Saint Romulus, is in the Cathedral square – called the Shrine of the Primerana – is the one dedicated to Our Lady of the Rock. It was then enlarged in 1260, and again the following century. The bell tower dates from the year 1213.
The Cathedral contains sculptures by Mino da Fiesole and the old Cathedral was once a Benedictine Abbey and had a large library, though that has long since been dispersed to other locations. The Abbey closed in 1778.
Among other apparitions, too numerous to mention, is the one in which Mary warned Saint Andrew Corsini of his approaching death. During his lifetime, our Blessed Mother obtained from her Divine Son for Andrew the gifts of prophecy, miracles of healing, the conquest of hardened souls and many other conversions.
The Cathedral of Fiesole is the resting place of a long list of Saints and illustrious churchmen, all of whom were devout clients of Our Lady.

St Catherine of Alexandria (Died c 305) Virgin Martyr, Philosopher, One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (Optional Memorial)
St Catherine’s Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/25/saint-of-the-day-25-november-st-catherine-of-alexandria-died-c-305/

Bl Adalbert of Caramaico
St Alanus of Lavaur
St Audentius of Milan
Blessed Beatrice d’Ornacieux O.Cart (c 1260–1303) Virgin, Carthusian Nun.
St Bernold of Ottobeuren
Bl Conrad of Heisterbach
Bl Ekbert of Muensterschwarzach

Blessed Elisabeth Achler TOR (1386-1420) “Blessed Elisabeth the Good,” Franciscan Tertiary Sister, Mystic, Stigmatist, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, prayer and charity, gifted with the charism of prophecy.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/11/25/saint-of-the-day-25-november-blessed-elisabeth-achler-tor-1386-1420/

St Erasmus of Antioch
Bl Garcia of Arlanza
Bl Guido of Casauria
St Imma of Wurzburg
Bl Jacinto Serrano López
St Jucunda of Reggio Aemilia
Bl Maria Corsini Beltrame Quattrocchi
St Mercurius of Caesarea
St Moses of Rome
Bl Santiago Meseguer Burillo

Martyrs of Africa – (13 saints): A group of 13 Christians murdered together for their faith in Africa, date unknown. The only details to have survived are their names – Claudian, Cyprian, Donatus, Felix, Januarius, Julian, Lucian, Marcian, Martialis, Peter, Quirianus, Victor and Vitalis.

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Saint of the Day – 25 November – Blessed Elisabeth Achler TOR (1386-1420)

Saint of the Day – 25 November – Blessed Elisabeth Achler TOR (1386-1420) known as ” Blessed Elisabeth the Good” and Elizabeth of Reute, Betha, Elsbeth – Franciscan Tertiary Sister, Mystic, Stigmatist, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, prayer and charity, gifted with the charism of prophecy – born on 25 November 1386 at Waldsee, Wurttemberg, Swabia, Germany and died on 25 November 1420 at Reute, Germany of natural causes.  Patronage – Swabia, Germany.header bl elisabeth_von_Reute.jpg

Elisabeth was born on 25 November 1386 to Hans and Anna Achler in Waldsee in the region of Upper Swabia (a historic and linguistic region in Germany).   She was raised in a pious home, hearing the Gospels explained to her by her mother in the form of stories, where she developed a strong devotion to the Passion of Christ.

She became a member of the Third Order of St Francis at the age of fourteen.   Seeking to further her spiritual growth, she took as her confessor the provost of the local Canonry of St Peter in Waldsee, Dom Konrad Kügelin (1366-1428).   Under his guidance, she and several other Franciscan tertiaries sought to follow a more intense experience of their Franciscan vocation.   To this end, they acquired a house in Reute on the outskirts of Waldsee in 1403.

This community was a proto-monastery of the Order, as tertiaries of the mendicant orders had not yet been allowed to profess vows.   Elisabeth threw herself into a life of prayer and service, working in the cloister kitchen and in the garden, where she would spend long hours in prayer.bl elisabeth achler

She was known for her hospitality to visitors to the little monastery, especially for her concern for the poor who came to the gate to beg.   Her love of the Blessed Sacrament was so great that she lived the last twelve years of her life subsisting solely on the consecrated hosts. bl elisabeth achler the good statue beautiful

Her head showed the marks of the crown of thorns worn by Christ and her body the marks of Christ’s scourging.   Although the Stigmata only occasionally appeared on her hands, she always felt its pain.   She was credited with the gift of prophecy foretelling the election of Pope Martin V and the end of the Great Western Schism.    She died on her birthday in 1420.

She was buried in the parish church of Reute.   A biography of her was written by Kügelin, her confessor and sent to the Bishop of Konstanz.   However, popular veneration for Elisabeth occurred only after 1623, when her tomb was opened by the then-provost of Waldsee.bl elisabeth achler with relic

Miracles were attributed to her, which were compiled into a formal document by a contemporary canon, Heinrich Scheffler (d. 1635).   Pope Clement XIII officially approved her cultus on 19 June 1766.

Her major shrine is at the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Reute, Bad Waldsee, Germany where her feast is celebrated today.bl elisabeth the good Gute_Beth_Waldsee_Kornhausmuseum

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Memorials of the Saints – 25 November

St Catherine of Alexandria (Died c 305) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
St Catherine’s Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/25/saint-of-the-day-25-november-st-catherine-of-alexandria-died-c-305/

Bl Adalbert of Caramaico
St Alanus of Lavaur
St Audentius of Milan
St Bernold of Ottobeuren
Bl Conrad of Heisterbach
Bl Ekbert of Muensterschwarzach
Bl Elisabeth Achler TOR (1386-1420)
St Erasmus of Antioch
Bl Garcia of Arlanza
Bl Guido of Casauria
St Imma of Wurzburg
Bl Jacinto Serrano López
St Jucunda of Reggio Aemilia
Bl Maria Corsini Beltrame Quattrocchi
St Mercurius of Caesarea
St Moses of Rome
Bl Santiago Meseguer Burillo

Martyrs of Africa – (13 saints): A group of 13 Christians murdered together for their faith in Africa, date unknown. The only details to have survived are their names – Claudian, Cyprian, Donatus, Felix, Januarius, Julian, Lucian, Marcian, Martialis, Peter, Quirianus, Victor and Vitalis.