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Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Memorials of the Saints -1 9 March

Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 19 March:

“All the unmarried men gathered in the temple and prayed to the Lord conjointly with the Priests, in order to be governed by the Holy Spirit in what they were about to do. The Most High spoke to the heart of the High Priest, inspiring him to place into the hands of each one of the young men, a dry stick, with the command that each ask his Majesty with a lively faith, to single out the one, whom He had chosen as the spouse of Mary.
And as the sweet odour of her virtue and nobility, the fame of her beauty, her possessions and her modesty and her position as being the firstborn in her family, was known to all of them, each one coveted the happiness of meriting her as a spouse. Among them all, only the humble and most upright Joseph, thought himself unworthy of such a great blessing and remembering the vow of chastity, which he had made and resolving anew its perpetual observance, he resigned himself to God’s will, leaving it all to His disposal and being filled at the same time, with a veneration and esteem greater than that of any of the others, for the most noble maiden Mary.
While they were thus engaged in prayer, the staff which Joseph held was seen to blossom and at the same time, a dove of purest white and resplendent with admirable light, was seen to descend and rest upon the head of the saint, while, in the interior of his heart, God spoke:

“Joseph, my servant, Mary shall be thy Spouse; accept Her with attentive reverence, for She is acceptable in my eyes, just and most pure in soul and body and thou, shalt do all that She shall say to Thee.”

At this manifestation and token from heaven, the Priests declared Saint Joseph as the Spouse selected by God Himself for the maiden Mary. Calling Her forth for her espousal, the chosen one issued forth like the sun, more resplendent than the moon, and She entered into the presence of all, with a countenance more beautiful than that of an angel, incomparable in the charm of her beauty, nobility and grace and the Priests espoused Her to the most chaste and holy of man, Saint Joseph.”

*From The City of God by Ven. Mary of Jesus of Agreda OIC (1602-1665)
(a Franciscan abbess and spiritual writer, known especially for her extensive correspondence with King Philip IV of Spain and reports of her bilocation between Spain and its colonies in New Spain. She was a noted mystic of her era.
A member of the Order of the Immaculate Conception, also known as Conceptionists, Mary of Jesus wrote 14 books, including a series of revelations about the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ven Mary of Jesus’ body is incorrupt.
Less than ten years after her death, Mary of Jesus was declared Venerable by Pope Clement X, in honour of her “heroic life of virtue.” Although the process of beatification was opened in 1673, it has not as yet been completed.)

St Joseph (Solemnity)
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St Adrian of Maastricht
St Alkmund of Northumbria
St Amantius of Wintershoven
Bl Andrea Gallerani
St Apollonius of Braga
St Auxilius of Ireland
Bl Clement of Dunblane
St Colocer of Saint-Brieuc
St Corbasius of Quimperlé
St Cuthbert of Brittany
St Gemus
Blessed Isnard de Chiampo OP (Died 1244) Priest, known as the “Apostle of Pavia”
Bl Jan Turchan
St John the Syrian of Pinna
St Lactali of Freshford
St Landoald of Maastricht
St Leontinus of Braga
St Leontinus of Saintes
Blessed Marcel Callo (1921-1945) Martyr
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/19/saint-of-the-day-19-march-blessed-marcel-callo-1921-1945-aged-23-martyr/

Bl Mark of Montegallo
St Pancharius of Nicomedia
Blessed Sibyllina Biscossi OP (1287-1367)
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/19/saint-of-the-day-19-march-blessed-sibyllina-biscossi-op-1287-1367/

Martyrs of Sorrento: A group of three sisters and a brother who were martyred together. We have little more than their names – Mark, Quartilla, Quintilla and Quintius. They were martyred in Sorrento, Italy, date unknown.
Mark
Quartilla
Quintilla
Quintius

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War
• Blessed Alberto Linares de La Pinta
• Blessed Jaume Trilla Lastra

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Memorials of the Saints -19 March

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St Adrian of Maastricht
St Alkmund of Northumbria
St Amantius of Wintershoven
Bl Andrea Gallerani
St Apollonius of Braga
St Auxilius of Ireland
Bl Clement of Dunblane
St Colocer of Saint-Brieuc
St Corbasius of Quimperlé
St Cuthbert of Brittany
St Gemus
Bl Isnard de Chiampo
Bl Jan Turchan
St John the Syrian of Pinna
St Lactali of Freshford
St Landoald of Maastricht
St Leontinus of Braga
St Leontinus of Saintes
Blessed Marcel Callo (1921-1945) Martyr
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/19/saint-of-the-day-19-march-blessed-marcel-callo-1921-1945-aged-23-martyr/

Bl Mark of Montegallo
St Pancharius of Nicomedia
Blessed Sibyllina Biscossi OP (1287-1367)

Martyrs of Sorrento: A group of three sisters and a brother who were martyred together. We have little more than their names – Mark, Quartilla, Quintilla and Quintius. They were martyred in Sorrento, Italy, date unknown.
Mark
Quartilla
Quintilla
Quintius

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War
• Blessed Alberto Linares de La Pinta
• Blessed Jaume Trilla Lastra

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Saint of the Day – 19 March – Blessed Marcel Callo (1921-1945) aged 23 – Martyr

Saint of the Day – 19 March – Blessed Marcel Callo (1921-1945) aged 23 – Layman, Martyr – born on 6 December 1921 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France and died on 19 March 1945 in Mauthausen, Upper Austria, Austria of tuberculosis and dysentery.   His body was buried in a mass grave outside the walls of the Concentration camp and his remains never recovered..   He was Beatified on 4 October 1987 by St Pope John Paul II.   His memory is also honoured and remembered on 19 April in the Diocese of Linz, Austria.bl marcel callo ls.jpg

Marcel Callo was born on 6 December 1921, in Rennes, France, being one of nine children.  marcel_Callo.jpgHe was a happy child, who was known to be a leader and a perfectionist.   He helped with his household chores and he helped take care of his younger siblings.   After completing his primary studies, he became an apprentice to a printer around age 13.

He did not like associating with fellow workers who swore and told many improper stories. He preferred accompanying good Catholic friends who belonged to the JOC, Jeunesse Ouvriere Chretienne (Young Christian Worker).   He had a good sense of humour and would like to wrestle, play football, ping pong, cards and bridge.

When Marcel was 20 he fell in love with Marguerite Derniaux.  bl marcel and girlfriendHe did not degrade women like his fellow worker but instead had deep respect for women.   He said, “I am not one to amuse myself with the heart of a lady, since my love is pure and noble.   If I have waited until 20 years old to go out with a young lady, it is because I knew that I wanted to find real love.   One must master his heart before he can give it to the one that is chosen for him by Christ.”   It took him about one year to declare his love to Marguerite and an additional four months before they first kissed.   After being engaged, they imposed a strict spiritual rule of life which included praying the same prayers and going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist as often as they could.

On 8 March 1943, the war (World War II) had gripped their city of Rennes.   That day his sister, Madeleine was killed by one of the bombs.

He was conscripted to serve during the war and his original intention was to flee but realised that if he did so, those he left at home would be arrested.   He was reluctant but agreed to serve and when conscripted said:  “I’m leaving not as a worker but as a missionary in the service of my companions”.   Callo departed on 19 March 1943 for his service and brought with him – which he kept at all times – his badges as both a scout and a member of the YCW.   The Gestapo arrested Callo on 19 April 1944 due to his membership with the YCW which was perceived to be an outlawed and secret order.  bl marcel callo.jpg

Once there, he worked in a factory that produced bombs that would be used against his own countrymen.   After three months or so of missing his family and missing Mass (there was no Catholic church in that town), Marcel became seriously depressed.   He later found a room where Mass was offered on Sunday.   This helped change his disposition.   He reported that, “Finally Christ reacted.   He made me to understand that the depression was not good.   I had to keep busy with my friends and then joy and relief would come back to me.”

With his morale and hope restored, he cared for his deported friends.   He organised a group of Christian workers who did activities together like play sports or cards.   He also organised a theatrical group.   He galvanised his friends despite him suffering from painful boils, headaches and infected teeth.   For his French friends, he arranged a Mass to be celebrated in their native tongue.   Eventually, his religious activities attracted unwanted attention from the German officials.   The Germans arrested Marcel on 19 April 1944 saying that, “Monsieur is too much of a Catholic.”marcel_callo-marcel_callo_ausschnitt

The Germans interrogated Marcel.   He admitted his Catholic activities and was imprisoned in Gotha.   He secretly received the Eucharist while in prison and continued to pray and help his companions.   He was considered dangerous to the Germans and was moved to a different prison at Mathausen.   He suffered from various ailments such as bronchitis, malnutrition, dysentery, fever, swelling (due to the malnutrition and dehydration) and general weakness.   He never complained.   Despite his suffering, he encouraged his companions by saying, “It is in prayer that we find our strength.”

He died on the feast of St Joseph, 19 March 1945.   The date was exactly two years from the day he left home.   St Pope John Paul II Beatified Marcel Callo on 4 October 1987 as a Martyr murdered in hatred of the Faith.  Colonel Tibodo – who saw thousands die in the camps witnessed that of Callo’s and said of it with emotion:  “Marcel had the look of a saint.”  Tibodo also testified for the beatification proceedings and said:  “I have never seen in a dying man a look like this”.Statue_de_Marcel_Callo_en_l'église_Saint_Aubin_de_Rennes

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Solemnity of St Joseph and Memorials of the Saints – 19 March

St Joseph (Solemnity)
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St Adrian of Maastricht
St Alkmund of Northumbria
St Amantius of Wintershoven
Bl Andrea Gallerani
St Apollonius of Braga
St Auxilius of Ireland
Bl Clement of Dunblane
St Colocer of Saint-Brieuc
St Corbasius of Quimperlé
St Cuthbert of Brittany
St Gemus
Bl Isnard de Chiampo
Bl Jan Turchan
St John the Syrian of Pinna
St Lactali of Freshford
St Landoald of Maastricht
St Leontinus of Braga
St Leontinus of Saintes
Bl Marcel Callo (1921-1945) Martyr

Bl Mark of Montegallo
St Pancharius of Nicomedia
Bl Sibyllina Biscossi

Martyrs of Sorrento: A group of three sisters and a brother who were martyred together. We have little more than their names – Mark, Quartilla, Quintilla and Quintius. They were martyred in Sorrento, Italy, date unknown.
Mark
Quartilla
Quintilla
Quintius

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War
• Blessed Alberto Linares de La Pinta
• Blessed Jaume Trilla Lastra