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Madonna di Valverde di Rezzato / Our Lady of Valverde di Rezzato, Italy (1399 and 1711) and Memorials of the Saints – 1 October

Madonna di Valverde, / Our Lady of Valverde di Rezzato, Italy (1399 and 1711) – 1 October:

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di Valverde, belonging to the Parish of San Giovanni Battista di Rezzato Diocese of Brescia, is located in Valverde, at the foot of the Botticino and Serle hills. The Sanctuary was born in the places of the apparitions of 1399, the only one in history where both the Madonna and her Divine Son, Jesus Christ, the Saviour aooeared with His Mother and the second Marian Apparition of 1711.

For over six centuries the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Valverde has been a destination of pilgrimages from all over the north of Italy and is, above al,l in the heart of the community of Rezzato – Virle, which every year, on the Feast of St Anna on 26 July, recalls, with a solemn historical procession, the miracle of the apparitions.

In 1399, more than six hundred years ago, during the ploughing work in a field near Valverde, the oxen pulling the plough stopped and bent their knees. A man in a red robe and a blue mantle (Christ) appeared to the worker who guided them and ordered him to throw the three loaves that he kept in his saddlebag into the nearby pond. The peasant got ready to obey the order but was held back by the Apparition of the Madonna who advised him to return to beg the Lord, to revoke the order just given. If the three loaves had touched the waters of the lake, three scourges would have been unleashed (famine, plague and war) with which Christ intended to punish men for their impiety. Jesus, by the insistence of tHis Holy Mother, consented to the peasant’s plea and agreed that only one of the loaves need be thrown into the water and, therefore, only the scourge of the epidemic would spread throughout the area. Our Lady recommended to the peasant to announce to everyone, what he had seen with his own eyes, exhorting men to repent and to approach faith and the Sacraments again.

A Chapel was first built near the lake, then, in the early seventeenth century, a large and beautifully decorated Sanctuary followed.

St Thérèse of Lisieux/St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face/The Little Flower OCD (1873 – 1897) Virgin, Carmelite Nun, Doctor of the Church (Memorial) She was Canonised by Pope Pius XI on 17 May 1925. The same Pope proclaimed her Universal Patron of the Missions, alongside Saint Francis Xavier, on 14 December 1927.
Up until 1969 her Memorial was celebrated on 3 October.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/01/saint-of-the-day-st-therese-of-lisieux-o-c-d-1873-1897-doctor-of-the-church/

St Aizan of Abyssinia
St Albaud of Toul
Bl Andrew Sushinda
Bl Antoni Rewera
St Aretas of Rome
St Bavo of Ghent (c 589–654) Married. Widower, Monk and Hermit.
Bl Cecilia Eusepi
Bl Christopher Buxton
St Crescens of Tomi
St Dodo
Bl Dominic of Villanova
Bl Edward James
St Evagrius of Tomi
St Fidharleus
Bl Gaspar Fisogiro
St Gregory the Illuminator
St John Kukuzelis
Bl John Robinson

Blessed Juan de Palafox Mendoza (1600–1659) Bishop, Spanish politician, Administrator, Prolific Writer, defender of the Mexican peoples.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/01/saint-of-the-day-1-october-blessed-juan-de-palafox-mendoza-1600-1659/
St Julia of Lisbon

Blessed Luigi Maria Monti CFIC (1825-1900) Religious and Founder of the “Sons of the Immaculate Conception.”
About Blessed Luigi:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/saint-of-the-day-1-october-blessed-luigi-maria-monti-1825-1900/

St Maxima of Lisbon
Bl Nikita Budka
St Piaton of Tournai
St Priscus of Tomi
Bl Ralph Crockett
Bl Robert Widmerpool
Bl Robert Wilcox

St Romanos the Melodist (c 490-c 556) Deacon, Hymnographer, Poet, Writer. He is said to have composed more than 1,000 hymns celebrating various festivals of the ecclesiastical year, the lives of the saints and other sacred subjects, some 60 to 80 of which survive.
Wonderful Saint Romanos!

https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/01/saint-of-the-day-1-october-st-romanos-the-melodios-c-490-c-556/

St Sazan of Abyssinia
St Verissimus of Lisbon
St Virila
St Wasnulf

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Carmelo Juan Pérez Rodríguez
• Blessed Higinio Mata Díez
• Blessed Juan Mata Díez
• Blessed Álvaro Sanjuán Canet
• Blessed Florencia Caerols Martínez

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Memorials of the Saints – 1 October

St Thérèse of Lisieux/St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face/The Little Flower O.C.D. (1873 – 1897) Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/01/saint-of-the-day-st-therese-of-lisieux-o-c-d-1873-1897-doctor-of-the-church/

St Aizan of Abyssinia
St Albaud of Toul
Bl Andrew Sushinda
Bl Antoni Rewera
St Aretas of Rome
St Bavo of Ghent
Bl Cecilia Eusepi
Bl Christopher Buxton
St Crescens of Tomi
St Dodo
Bl Dominic of Villanova
Bl Edward James
St Evagrius of Tomi
St Fidharleus
Bl Gaspar Fisogiro
St Gregory the Illuminator
St John Kukuzelis
Bl John Robinson
Blessed Juan de Palafox Mendoza (1600–1659)
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/01/saint-of-the-day-1-october-blessed-juan-de-palafox-mendoza-1600-1659/
St Julia of Lisbon

Blessed Luigi Maria Monti CFIC “Sons of the Immaculate Conception” (1825-1900)
About Blessed Luigi:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/saint-of-the-day-1-october-blessed-luigi-maria-monti-1825-1900/

St Maxima of Lisbon
Bl Nikita Budka
St Piaton of Tournai
St Priscus of Tomi
Bl Ralph Crockett
Bl Robert Widmerpool
Bl Robert Wilcox
St Romanos the Melodist (c 490-c 556)
St Sazan of Abyssinia
St Verissimus of Lisbon
St Virila
St Wasnulf

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Carmelo Juan Pérez Rodríguez
• Blessed Higinio Mata Díez
• Blessed Juan Mata Díez
• Blessed Álvaro Sanjuán Canet
• Blessed Florencia Caerols Martínez

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Thought for the Day – 1 October – The Memorial of Bl Luigi Maria Monti

Thought for the Day – 1 October – The Memorial of Bl Luigi Maria Monti

“I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple… everything will live where the water goes” (Ez 47: 1, 9).
The image of water, which brings everything back to life, illuminates well the life of Bl Luigi Maria Monti, entirely dedicated to healing the physical and spiritual wounds of the sick and the orphaned.
He loved to call them “Christ’s poor ones”and he served them, enlivened by a living faith and sustained by intense and continual prayer. In his evangelical commitment, he was constantly inspired by the example of the Holy Virgin and placed the Congregation he founded under the sign of Mary Immaculate.

How relevant is the message of this new Blessed!
For his spiritual sons and for all believers, he is an example of faithfulness to God’s call and to the proclamation of the Gospel of charity.
He is a model of solidarity towards the needy and of affectionate entrustment to the Immaculate Virgin.”

“What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like. (St Augustine)

“Have charity – first for our own souls and then for our neighbour.
For as water quenches fire, charity quenches sin.” (St John of God)

And so we are called!  “Mary, Mother of Christ and our Mother, is our strength and guide in this commitment.   May the new Blessed Luigi Maria Monti, whom we contemplate today in the glory of Heaven, intercede for us.   May it also be granted to us all that we one day find ourselves in Paradise, to experience together the joy of everlasting life. Amen!

(St John Paul at the Beatification of Bl Luigi Monti, Founder of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception, 9 November 2003)

bl luigi monti pray for us

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Saint of the Day – 1 October – Blessed Luigi Maria Monti (1825-1900)

Saint of the Day – 1 October – Blessed Luigi Maria Monti (1825-1900) Religious and Founder of the  Sons of the Immaculate Conception.

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Bl Luigi Maria Monti

In order to thwart the agnosticism spreading like wildfire in the 19th century, the Holy Spirit brought forth exceptional men and women endowed with the charism of “assistance” and “receptivity” so the love of neighbour could convince skeptical and positivist man to believe in God-Love.

Numbered in these ranks of the faithful replete with the Holy Spirit was Luigi Monti, blessed of charity.   He bore witness to love of neighbour under the hallmark of the Woman who did not know sin, the sign of liberation from all evil: the Immaculate Conception.

A lay religious called “father” out of veneration by his followers because of his readily evident spiritual fatherhood, Luigi Monti was born on 24 July 1825 at Bovisio in the diocese of Milan and was the eighth of 11 children.   His father passed away when he was 12 and he became a craftsman of products in wood to help support his mother and younger siblings.   Ever an ardent youth, in his shop he gathered together many artisans and farmers of his age in order to give life to an evening oratory.   This group took the name of “The Company of the Sacred Heart of Jesus” but the people of Bovisio referred to it as “The Company of Friars”.

This group of young men stood out for its austerity of life, dedication to the sick and the poor and its zeal in evangelising those who had lapsed from the Church.   Luigi, the leader of the group, consecrated himself to God in 1846, at the age of 21, by professing the vows of chastity and obedience into the hands of his spiritual director.   He was a faithful layman consecrated in the Church of God with neither convent nor habit.   Not everyone, however, was able to grasp what the Spirit had bestowed upon Luigi Monti.  In fact, some people in the small town, together with the parish priest, mounted a campaign of servile yet evident opposition which led to slanderous charges of political conspiracy against the Austrian occupation authorities.  In 1851 Luigi Monti and his companions were jailed in Desio (Milan) and released only 72 days later at the end of the formal investigation into the charges filed.

Docile to his spiritual director, Fr Luigi Dossi, Luigi Monti joined him in entering the Sons of Mary Immaculate, the congregation founded by Blessed Ludovico Pavoni only five years earlier.   He remained in the congregation as a novice for six years.   This was a period of transition for Luigi Monti but during it he fell in love with the constitutions written by Blessed Pavoni, gained experience as an educator and learned both the theory and practice of nursing care which he placed at the service of the community and those stricken by cholera during the epidemic of 1855 in Brescia, when he willingly accepted to be isolated in the local asylum with the sick.   At the age of 32 Luigi Monti was still searching for the concrete realidation of his own consecration.   In a letter dated 1896, four years prior to his death, he evoked the nightime of the spirit which he had lived at that time:  “I would spend hours before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrameny but they were all hours without a drop of heavenly dew;  my heart remained arid, cold, and unmoved.   I was on the verge of abandoning everything, when, alone in my room, I heard a clear and distinct inner voice saying to me:  “Luigi, go to the choir in church and present your tribulations once again to the Blessed Sacrament’.   I heeded this inspiration and hastened to follow it.   I knelt down and after a short time—what wonder!—I saw two personages in human form.   I recognised them.   It was Jesus with His Most Holy Mother, who approached me and in a loud voice said to me:  “Luigi, much indeed will you still have to suffer;  other varied and greater battles will you face.   Be strong;  you will emerge victorious from everything; never lacking to you will be our powerful help.   Continue the way you began.   Thus did they speak and then disappeared”.  bl luigi monti.2

Inspired by the witness of charity of Saint Crocifissa Di Rosa, Fr Luigi Dossi broached the idea that Luigi Monti give life to a “Congregation for the service of the sick in Rome.” Luigi embraced the idea and suggested calling it “The Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception”.  The idea was shared by several of his friends dating back to the time of the ‘Company’ and by a young, ardent and experienced nurse by the name of Cipriano Pezzini.

A foundation in the Rome of Pius IX was no simple matte, and especially so in one of the most famous hospitals of Europe, the Santo Spirito Hospital.  In the meantime, the Capuchin chaplains in the selfsame hospital were in the process of creating a sort of Third Order of St Francis for bodily assistance to patients.

When Luigi Monti arrived in Rome in 1858, the situation he found was quite different compared with the plans he had made with his friend Pezzini, who had gone before him to handle the necessary negotiations with the ‘Commendatore’, the hospital’s highest ranking authority.

He understood that for the time being God wanted him simply as ‘Fra Luigi from Milan’, a nurse at the Santo Spirito Hospital and he humbly asked to be admitted to the group organised by the Capuchin Fathers.   He was initially assigned to those tasks nowadays reserved to practical nurse assistants and then to the responsibilities of a phlebotomist, as certified in the diploma he received from the La Sapienza University in Rome.

In 1877, following the unanimous wish of his confreres, Pius IX placed him at the head of ‘his’ Congregation and so he remained until his death twenty-three years later.

Pius IX harboured a special predilection for the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception from its very origin, because of his intense yearning to see the patients in Roman hospitals well assisted and because it bore the name of the Immaculate Conception.monti_painting-by-mario-bogani-the-ideal-of-luigi-monti-was-to-serve-christ-among-the-poorest-brothers

When he became Superior General, Luigi Monti prepared for the Congregation a rule of life reflecting the experiences he had lived under the impulse of the Holy Spirit.   And, through his animation, the community of Santo Spirito Hospital lived the “apostolica vivendi forma” of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception.   Nourished by the Eucharist and meditation upon the privilege of the “Lady All Pure”, the Brothers dedicated themselves with heroism to the care of the sick.   At times of mass admissions due to epidemics of malaria or typhoid, or in the aftermath of armed conflicts, the Brothers did not hesitate to surrender their own beds for the comfort of the sick and infirm.   They declared their readiness to assist all those afflicted by forms of malaria, no matter where they might be sent.  Luigi Monti opened other small communities in the upper part of the Latium region, where he himself had worked earlier in sundry hospital roles, as well as a traveling nurse attending to needs in isolated farm houses scattered all over the countryside around Orte (Viterbo).

In 1882 a Carthusian monk came to see him at the Santo Spirito Hospital and said he had been inspired by Mary Immaculate to do so.   This monk came from Desio and presented Luigi Monti with the pitiful case of his four nephews who had lost both their parents. This was a sign from the Spirit of God, and Luigi Monti expanded his mission of assistance to encompass completely orphaned children and opened a home for them in Saronno.   His fundamental pedagogical principle was based on the fatherhood of an educator:  the community of the religious receives the orphan just like a family in order to provide him with a human and Christian formation serving as the basis for all vocations in life:  civic life, family life, life in the state of special consecration. Bl luigi - monti_painting-by-mario-bogani

Luigi Monti, a consecrated layman, conceived the community of ordained and lay ‘Brothers’ in equality of rights and responsibilities, where elected as superior of the community was to be the Brother deemed best suited.   He died in 1900 at the age of 75, completely worn out and practically blind.   His project had yet to receive ecclesial approbation and only did so in 1904 from St. Pius X, who approved the new model of community foreseen by the Founder, granting the ministerial priesthood as an essential complement for carrying out an apostolic mission addressed to the whole of man in both assistance to the sick and save haven for youth in need.

In 1941 Blessed Ildefonso Schuster, Archbishop of Milan, initiated the diocesan phase of the cause of beatification which lasted until 1951.

In 2001 the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints promulgated the decree acknowledging the heroic nature of the virtues, and 2003 witnessed the decree which endorsed as miraculous the healing of Giovanni Luigi Iecle, a farmer from Bosa (Sardegna), in 1961.

Hard at work all over the world, the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception continues to imbue works of charity with the charism of paternal openness and assistance practiced with such professionalism and utmost dedication by the Founder, Luigi Monti.  (From the Vatican)bl luigi monti

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