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Our Lady of Egypt, Madonna delle Grazie / Our Lady of Grace, Costa Folgaria, Italy (1588) and Memorials of the Saints – 7 January

Second Day of the Epiphany Octavv

Our Lady of Egypt and the Return of the Child Jesus from Egypt — 7 January:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/07/our-lady-of-egypt-and-memorials-of-the-saints-7-january/

Madonna delle Grazie / Our Lady of Grace, Costa Folgaria, Italy (1588) – 7 January, 8 September:

Brother Pietro Dal Dosso di Folgaria – a young Hermit Friar of the Order, Saint Jerome of Vicenza – was inspired directly by the Virgin Mary into building a small Church in her honour on the Echen Peak during the second half of the 16th century. Obediently, the Friar began his work and built a small Chapel, occupying what is now the Apse of the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie. In the 17th Century, the Magnifica Comunità di Folgaria expanded the small building and endowed it with a Bell Tower (1662). The Sanctuary currently hosts the miraculous Madonna, which was declared Holy Patron of Skiers by Papal Decree.
The Terracotta statue of the Virgin Mary dates to the second half of the 16th century and is venerated by thousands of believers, who hold an ancient feast – as well as a solemn procession – on the 8th of September every year, when the Statue is carried by ski instructors. All along its age-old history, the Sanctuary of Echen has always been a pilgrimage destination and numerous faithful have put up their own votive offers for graces received in the small Church. The Sanctuary is approximately 2 km away from Folgaria, near the hamlet of Costa and can be easily reached on foot after an easy walk. I am not sure why this Title is listed for today, 7 January but there must be a good reason.

St Raymond of Peñafort OP (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law” Master of the Order of Preachers, Archbishop, Confessor, Evangelist, Missionary, (Memorial)
His Feast Day is 23 January although he died on 7 January
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/07/saint-of-the-day-7-january-st-raymond-of-penafort-op-1175-1275-the-father-of-canon-law/

St Aldric of Le Mans
Bl Ambrose Fernandez
St Anastasius of Sens
St Brannock of Braunton
St Candida of Greece
St Canute Lavard
St Cedd
St Clerus of Antioch
St Crispin I of Pavia
St Cronan Beg
St Emilian of Saujon
St Felix of Heraclea
Bl Franciscus Bae Gwan-gyeom
St Januarius of Heraclea
St Julian of Cagliari
St Kentigerna

Blessed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira DC (1953-1993) Virgin Martyr, Religious Sister of the Vincentian Sisters.
Her Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/07/saint-of-the-day-7-january-blessed-lindalva-justo-de-oliveira-dc-1953-1993-virgin-and-martyr/

St Lucian of Antioch
Bl Marie-Thérèse Haze
Blessed Matthew of Agrigento OFM (1377-1450) “Apostle of the Holy Name of Jesus,” Franciscan Priest and Friar, Bishop, Missdionary Preacher often with St Bernardine of Siena.
St Pallada of Greece
St Polyeuctus of Melitene
St Reinhold of Cologne
St Spolicostus of Greece
St Theodore of Egypt
St Tillo of Solignac
St Valentine of Passau
St Virginia of Ste-Verge
Bl Wittikund of Westphalia

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 7 January – Blessed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira DC (1953-1993) Virgin and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 7 January – Blessed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira DC (1953-1993) Virgin and Martyr – “in defensum castitati,” Religious Sister of the Vincentian Sisters, apostle of the elderly and the sick – born on 20 October 1953 Sitio Malhada da Areia, Açu, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and died on 9 April 1993 (aged 39) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She was stabbed 44 times.

Lindalva Justo de Oliveira was born on 20 October 1953 at Sitio Malhada da Areia, in a very poor area of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Lindalva’s father, João Justo da Fé, a farmer, was a widower. His second marriage was to Maria Lúcia de Oliveira. Little Lindalva was the sixth of 13 children born to the couple. Lindalva was baptised on 7 January 1954.

Her family was not well-off but rich in the Christian faith. João moved his family to Açu so his children could attend school and after many sacrifices, he was able to buy a house where the family still resides today.

Besides following her mother’s good example, Lindalva demonstrated a natural inclination toward the poorer children and spent much time with them.

At age 12, Lindalva received First Holy Communion and during her school years she was always happy to help the less fortunate. Later, while living with her brother, Djalma and his family in Natal, she received an administrative assistant’s diploma in 1979.

From 1978 to 1988 she held various jobs in retail sales and as a cashier at a petrol station, sending some of her salary home to help her mother. Lindalva found time to visit the local home for the elderly every day after work.

In 1982, as she lovingly assisted her father in the last months of his terminal illness, she reflected seriously on her life and decided to serve the poor. She then enrolled in a nursing course but also enjoyed those things typical of young people – building friendships, guitar lessons and cultural studies.

In 1986 she participated in the vocational initiatives of the Daughters of Charity. After she received the Sacrament of Confirmation in 1987, Lindalva applied for admission to the Daughters. On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February 1988, she entered the postulancy and edified her companions with her joy and genuine concern for the poor.

Her character was marked by a sweet disposition but also by truth. In a letter to her alcoholic brother, Antonio, she wrote: “Think about it and reward yourself. I pray for you very much and I will continue to pray and if necessary I will do penance so that you are able to fulfil yourself as a person. Follow Jesus, who fought until death for the life of sinners and gave His own life, not as God but as man, for the forgiveness of sins. We must seek refuge in Him, only in Him is life worth living.”A year later her brother quit drinking.

On 29 January 1991 Sr Lindalva was assigned 40 elderly male patients in the municipal nursing home in Salvador da Bahia. She undertook the more humble tasks and sought out those who suffered the most and cared for their spiritual and material well-being by encouraging their reception of the Sacraments. Sr Lindalva would sing and pray with them and she even took her driving test so she could take them out for rides.

During January of 1993, a certain Augusto da Silva Peixoto, a 46-year-old man with an irascible character, managed to be admitted to the facility through the recommendation of another, even though he had no right to be there. Sr Lindalva treated him with the same courtesy and respect as the other patients, yet he became enamoured of her.

She prudently distanced herself from him and was cautious in his regard. Nonetheless, he explicitly declared his lustful intentions towards her. A simple solution would have been for Sr Lindalva to leave but her love for the elderly caused her to declare, “I prefer to shed my blood than to leave this place.”

By 30 March Augusto’s advances became so insistent and frightening that she sought the help of a health-care official to restrain this unruly patient. Although he promised to improve his attitude and behaviour, he harboured hatred and vengeance that developed into a murderous plan.

On 9 April 1993, Good Friday, Sr Lindalva took part in the parish Way of the Cross at 4: 30 in the morning. By 7 a.m. she was back at work to prepare and serve breakfast as she did every day. As she served coffee from behind a table, Augusto approached and thrust a fishmonger’s knife above her collar-bone.

Sinking to the ground, she cried “God protect me” several times. Patients ran for cover. Enveloped in an insane rapture while holding up her body, Augusto stabbed her 44 times shouting, “I should have done this sooner!”

He then suddenly became calm, sat down on a bench, wiped the knife on his trousers, threw it on the table and exclaimed: “She did not want me!” and turning to the doctor, said, “You can call the police, I will not run away; I did what had to be done”.

The next day, Holy Saturday, 10 April 1993, Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, OP, Primate of Brazil, celebrated the 39-year-old Sister’s funeral and commented: “A few years were enough for Sr Lindalva to crown her Religious life with martyrdom”…. Vatican.va As of 6 April 2014 her remains are in the Capela das Relíquias da Beata Lindalva.

Tomb in the Chapel established in Blessed Lindalva’s honour

Oliveira’s Beatification received the approval of Pope Benedict XVI who determined that she was killed “in defensum castitatis” – the defence of her vow of chastity. She was Beatified on 2 December 2007 in which Cardinal José Saraiva Martins presided over on the behalf of the Pope.

Augustus, her murderer, was still alive as of 2007. He was in a mental hospital until 2005.

Blessed Lindalva’s Reliquary
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Our Lady of Egypt and Memorials of the Saints – 7 January

Our Lady of Egypt — 7 January:
“So he arose and took the child and his mother by night and withdrew into Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod; that there might be fulfilled what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.'” Matthew, 2:14, 15
Only one child escaped the cruel sword of Herod – Mary’s Son, safe in the arms of his Mother fleeing with Him into Egypt. How much Our Lady have suffered during that long journey across the desert: anxiety, fatigue, hunger, thirst, want of shelter!
While in Egypt, Mary’s interest in the Gentiles must have greatly increased. It was not in vain that Mary and her Son were sent into Egypt; God had his reasons.
Egypt is a true picture of the Blessed Sacrament, hidden away in so many Tabernacles, surrounded by so many people who do not suspect His Presence; it is nothing to so many that pass by- yes even to Catholics! But what is it to those who know? What was Jesus to Mary and Joseph in the land of Egypt?
He was their All – with Him, exile did not exist; with Him, God’s will was easy, God’s arrangements, the best; with Him, it was impossible to complain, impossible to have any regrets about the past or impatient wonderings about the future. Mary was absorbed in the present because she had Jesus with Her – He had to be cared for, fed, taught, thought about, worked for, lived for – Egypt!

Albrecht Dürer

St Raymond of Peñafort OP (1175-1275) (“Father of Canon Law”) (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/07/saint-of-the-day-7-january-st-raymond-of-penafort-op-1175-1275-the-father-of-canon-law/

St Aldric of Le Mans
Bl Ambrose Fernandez
St Anastasius of Sens
St Brannock of Braunton
St Candida of Greece
St Canute Lavard
St Cedd
St Clerus of Antioch
St Crispin I of Pavia
St Cronan Beg
St Emilian of Saujon
St Felix of Heraclea
Bl Franciscus Bae Gwan-gyeom
St Januarius of Heraclea
St Julian of Cagliari
St Kentigerna
Blessed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira DC (1953-1993) Virgin Martyr, Religious Sister
St Lucian of Antioch
Bl Marie-Thérèse Haze
St Pallada of Greece
St Polyeuctus of Melitene
St Reinhold of Cologne
St Spolicostus of Greece
St Theodore of Egypt
St Tillo of Solignac
St Valentine of Passau
St Virginia of Ste-Verge
Bl Wittikund of Westphalia