One Minute Reflection – 9 May – “He who has seen me has seen the Father…”

One Minute Reflection – 9 May – Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter, Readings: Acts 13:44-52, Psalm 98:1-4, John 14:7-14 and the Memorial of Bl Giovanni Benincasa of Montepulciano OSM (1375-1426)

“He who has seen me has seen the Father…”…John 14:9

REFLECTION – “Beloved, Jesus Christ is our salvation, He is the high priest through whom we present our offerings and the helper who supports us in our weakness. Through Him, our gaze penetrates the heights of heaven and we see, as in a mirror, the most holy face of God.   Through Christ, the eyes of our hearts are opened and our weak and clouded understanding, reaches up toward the light.   Through Him the Lord God willed that we should taste eternal knowledge, for Christ is the radiance of God’s glory and as much greater than the angels as the name God has given Him is superior to theirs.
… Think, my brothers, of how we first came into being, of what we were at the first moment of our existence.   Think of the dark tomb out of which our Creator brought us into His world, where He had His gifts prepared for us, even before we were born.   All this we owe to Him and for everything, we must give Him thanks.   To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen.” … St Pope Clement of Rome (c 35-99), Apostolic Father, Bishop of Rome and Martyr – An excerpt from his Letter to the Corinthiansjohn 14 9 he who has seen me has seen the father - through him our gaze - st pope clement of rome 9 may 2020

PRAYER – Since it is from You God, our Father, that redemption comes to us, Your adopted children, look with favour on the family You love, give us true freedom and to all who believe in Christ and bring us all alike to our eternal heritage.   Grant we pray, that by the prayers of Your holy angels and saints, Blessed Giovanni Benincasa and most especially our beloved Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, we may run this race always in prayer, trusting in Your divine Son’s intercession, to attain the Glory of Your Kingdom and the Light of Your Face. Through Jesus Christ, in the union of the Holy Spirit, God with You, forever and ever, amen.

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Saint of the Day – 9 May – Blessed Giovanni Benincasa of Montepulciano OSM (1375-1426)

Saint of the Day – 9 May – Blessed Giovanni Benincasa of Montepulciano OSM (1375-1426) Religious Friar of the Servite Order, Hermit, Mystic, Penitent – born in 1375 at Montepulciano, Siena, Italy and died on 9 May 1426 at Monticchiello, Italy of natural causes.   Patronage – giovanni benincasa header

Giovanni Benincasa (cousin of Caterina Benincasa birth name of St Catherine of Siena) was born in Montepulciano in 1375 and fulfilled his vocation in 1400 by professing his vows as a religious of the order of the Servants of Mary at the convent of his hometown.   He obtained permission from superiors to lead a solitary life in penance.

After a few months’ stay in the hermitage of Bagni San Filippo at Monte Amiata, he moved to Monticchiello where the Servants of Mary owned the plot of land next to the cave, in whose upper entrance he chose his hermit’s home.   Here he spent twenty years in prayer and penance doing humble work necessary and died there on 9 May 1426, aged 51,revered by all the people.BL GIOVANNI'S BENINCASA CAVE

A dispute arose between the Servite fathers who wanted to move the body into the convent and the inhabitants of Monticchiello who wanted it in their church.   The “judgement of God” was used – the coffin was hoisted on a cart pulled by white oxen, leaving them the choice.   The oxen went to Monticchiello stopping right in front of the church.   The people attributed many miracles to him and the shrine and remains of his body was long disputed.   In 1600 the Servants of Mary of Florence came forward to reclaim his relics and obtained the them, leaving to the villagers only one arm as a relic.   Countless other diatribes followed until in 1822 when the body was returned to the community of Monticchiello where it is still preserved in a valuable urn in the church of St Leonardo.

Every year the villagers go in procession to the upper entrance of the cave to pray in the place designated as “the bed of the Blessed,” where a plaque and a cross (still existing) were walled on the occasion of the fifth centenary of the death, 9 May 1926.

The most famous miracle of Blessed Benincasa is that of the “footsteps of the devil” – it is said that the saint was frequently prey to the temptations of the devil who presented himself in the classic appearance of a goat.   With his ascetic strength, Benincasa chased him away and forced him to leave, taking a leap beyond the deep abyss that overlooks the stream.   The devil left his footprints in the living rock and these are visible not far from the upper entrance.footprints of the devil bl benincasa

According to the records of the time, when Blessed Giovanni died, all the bells of Monticchiello and the nearby districts began to ring by themselves.

His Beatification received formal approval from Pope Pius VIII on 23 December 1829, after the Holy Father issued formal ratification of the late friar’s local ‘cultus’ – otherwise known as popular and enduring benincasa holy card

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Memorials of the Saints – 9 May

St Banban the Wise
St Beatus of Laon
St Beatus of Lungern
St Brynoth of Scara
St Dionysius of Vienne
Bl Fortis Gabrielli
St Gerontius of Cervia
Blessed Giovanni Benincasa of Montepulciano OSM (1375-1426)
St Giuse Hien
St Gorfor of Llanover
St Gregory of Ostia
St Hermas of Rome
Isaiah the Prophet
St John of Châlon
Bl Theresa of Jesus/Karolina Gerhardinger SSND (1797-1879)

St Maria del Carmen Rendiles Martinez (1903-1977)
St Sanctan of Kill-da-Les
Bl Thomas Pickering
St Vincent of Montes

Martyrs of Persia:  310 Christians murdered together for their faith in Persia. No details about them have survived.

20 Mercedarian Martyrs of Riscala:  20 Mercedarian friars who were murdered by Huguenot heretics for refusing to denounce their faith. 16th century at the Santa Maria convent at Riscala, France.