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Our Lady of Dijon and Memorials of the Saints – 18 January

Our Lady of Dijon – 18 January:
In the fifth century, the Abbey of St Etienne of Dijon had a regular chapter which observed the Rule of St Augustine; it was given over to the secular canons and later, Pope Clement XI made the Church the cathedral of Dijon.
The image of Our Lady of Dijon in Burgundy was formerly named the “Black Virgin” and “Our Lady of Good Hope.” In the year 1513, Mary miraculously delivered the city of Dijon, the ancient city of the Dukes of Burgundy, from the hands of the Swiss. The German and Swiss forces coming against them totalled 45,000 men and although Dijon was well stocked for a siege, they only had perhaps 6,000 defenders. There were plenty of arrows but little gunpowder and most of the French cannon needed repairs.
The invading force was so sure of success, that they there were columns of empty wagons pulled behind the army to bring back the loot they expected to take from the French towns and monasteries. The Monastery at Beze was not spared, as even dead Monks were dug up in search of treasure.
The army arrived on 8 September the solemnity of Our Lady’s Nativity. There were so many men, that the defenders saw nothing but a vast sea of shining armour, wherever they gazed. The Swiss opened up with heavy cannon fire the next day, yet there were surprisingly few fatalities. When breeches were made in the walls and the enemy attacked, they were repulsed with heavy loss of life.
On Sunday, 11 September, a procession was organised after Mass. The “Black Virgin” was carried through the streets as the French prayed to the Mother of God, to spare them from their deadly enemies. The following day a treaty was signed and the conflict ended unexpectedly. In thanksgiving for this favour, she was titled Our Lady of Dijon, and general procession to her shrine is made every year.


During the French Revolution the Church suffered the outrage of being transformed into a forage storage house. Afterward, in atonement to Our Lady for this insult, the faithful of France rebuilt the Shrine and pleaded, that the Holy See grant numerous relics and valuable keepsakes to be placed there. Our Blessed Mother responded to the generosity and love of the people by granting favours and cures and extending her God-given miraculous power over the people.
In 1944 the German army occupied the city of Dijon. The people turned to Mary, praying: “Holy Virgin, Compassionate Mother, you who protected our knights of old and who delivered our city from enemy attack, you maintained our ancestors in their times of trouble…Our Lady of Good Hope, pray for us.” On 11 September, the Nazi army unexpectedly left Dijon.

Notre-Dame de Dijon

St Margaret of Hungary OP (1242-1270)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/saint-of-the-day-18-january-st-margaret-of-hungary-o-p-1242-1270/
St Agathius the Martyr
St Ammonius of Astas
Blessed Andrés Grego de Peschiera OP (1400-1485) Priest
St Archelais the Martyr
Bl Beatrix of Este the Younger
Bl Charlotte Lucas
St Catus
Blessed Cristina Ciccarelli OSA (1481–1543)
About Bl Cristina:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/18/saint-of-the-day-18-january-blessed-cristina-ciccarelli-osa-1481-1543/
St Day/Dye
St Deicola of Lure
Bl Fazzio of Verona
Bl Félicité Pricet
St Leobard of Tours
Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)
Blessed Maria Teresa’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/18/saint-of-the-day-18-january-blessed-maria-teresa-fasce-osa-1881-1947/
Bl Monique Pichery
St Moseus of Astas
St Prisca of Rome
St Susanna the Martyr
St Thecla the Martyr
St Ulfrid of Sverige
Bl Victoire Gusteau
St Volusian of Tours

Martyrs of Carthage – 3 saints
Martyrs of Egypt -37 saints
Martyrs of Nicaea – 3 saints

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 April – Love, or the Name of God

Quote/s of the Day – 9 April – Maundy Thursday, Evening Vigil Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Love, or the Name of God

“Once for all, then,
a short precept is given you –
Love and do what you will,
whether you hold your peace,
through love, hold your peace;
whether you cry out,
through love cry out;
whether you correct,
through love correct;
whether you spare,
through love do you spare.
Let the root of love be within,
of this root, can nothing spring
but what is good.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Great Western Father ad Doctor of the Church

Homily 7 on John

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“He came from His royal throne,
the stern Conqueror of error
and the gentle Apostle of love.”

Saint Thierry (c 1075-1148)

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“The masterpiece of Jesus Christ’s love for humanity is the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is within our reach.
We can all get close to Christ the guest and talk with Him
and perceive the warmth of His word.
The word! How it inflames the spirits!
How will the word of Christ inflame them!
We can all get to the altar when He immolates Himself and shouts at us:
Look how much I have loved and loved you!
And we can all sit at His table
and eat the bread
and drink the intoxicating wine of charity. “

Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, Cardinal-Priest (1835-1906)

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“I love Him, even if it costs much,
I love Him, because, it is worth much,
I love Him, at all cost.”

Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce (1881-1947)

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“If men sincerely loved one another, not merely as brothers
but as much as they love themselves, what problems would be solved!
Who can say how many evils would be abated
and how many sorrows would be assuaged?
To transform the world, it would be enough
to put into practice the first great commandment of the Gospel,
which is the commandment of charity.
Admittedly, the world would not become an earthly paradise,
for any such Utopia is an impossibility.
But, it would become a dignified dwelling place of brothers,
loving and helping one another.
“Love is the fulfilment of the law,” St Paul very truly says (Rom 13:10).
“Have charity, which is the bond of perfection” (Col 3:14).

Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

if-men-sincerely-loved-one-another-bacci-11-feb-2020 and maundy thursday holy - quotes 9 april 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 18 January – I love Him

Quot/s of the Day – 18 January – Saturday of the First week in Ordinary Time, Year A and The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

I love Him, even if it costs much,
I love Him, because, it is worth much,
I love Him, at all cost.

Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce (1881-1947)

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“To surrender all that we are,
as we are,
to the spirit of love,
in order that our lives
may bear Christ into the world –
that is what we shall be asked.”

Caryll Houselander (1901-1954)to surrender all that we are as we are in order to bear christ caryll houselander 18 jan 2020

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Memorials of the Saints – 18 January

St Margaret of Hungary OP (1242-1270)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/saint-of-the-day-18-january-st-margaret-of-hungary-o-p-1242-1270/

St Agathius the Martyr
St Ammonius of Astas
St Archelais the Martyr
Bl Beatrix of Este the Younger
Bl Charlotte Lucas
St Catus
Blessed Cristina Ciccarelli OSA (1481–1543)
St Day/Dye
St Deicola of Lure
Bl Fazzio of Verona
Bl Félicité Pricet
St Leobard of Tours
Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)
Blessed Maria Teresa’s Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/18/saint-of-the-day-18-january-blessed-maria-teresa-fasce-osa-1881-1947/
Bl Monique Pichery
St Moseus of Astas
St Prisca of Rome
St Susanna the Martyr
St Thecla the Martyr
St Ulfrid of Sverige
Bl Victoire Gusteau
St Volusian of Tours

Martyrs of Carthage – 3 saints
Martyrs of Egypt -37 saints
Martyrs of Nicaea – 3 saints

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Thought for the Day – 18 January – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

Thought for the Day – 18 January – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

BLESSED MOTHER FASCE
A woman with a strong personality, Maria Teresa Fasce sends everyone a precise message – trusting in Providence does not mean standing still and waiting but praying and doing.

An affectionate mother for all the helpless, Blessed Maria Teresa understood the importance of evangelisation as an activity to spread the charism of Saint Rita throughout the world.

Despite the difficulties, thanks to her tenacity, she was able to carry out charitable works dedicated to Rita that still exist today – the Basilica, the Beehive of Saint Rita (the project that welcomes young girls and boys in difficulty) and the Magazine From the Bees to the Roses.

Contemplation in action – this was Blessed Maria Teresa, who despite all the set-backs built a beautiful Basilica in honour of St Rita, where both saints now rest.   Blessed Maria is an example to us all.   Busy lives should not hinder our actions for God.

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The Basilica of St Rita of Cascia

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Quote of the Day – 18 January – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

Quote of the Day – 18 January – The Memorial of Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)i love him bl maria teresa fasce 18 jan 2019

I love Him, even if it costs much,
I love Him, because, it is worth much,
I love Him, at all cost.

Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce (1881-1947)i love him - bl maria teresa fasce 18 jan 2019

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Saint of the Day – 18 January – Blessed Maria Teresa Fasce OSA (1881-1947)

Saint of the Day – 18 January – Blessed Maria Giovanna Fasce OSA (1881-1947) Religious Augustinian nun with the religious name of Sr Maria Teresa.   Born on 27 December 1881 at Torriglia, Genoa, Italy and died on 18 January 1947 of natural causes.   Blessed Maria Teresa was an Italian Roman Catholic who served in various leadership positions in her convent in Genoa and was noted for the establishment of an orphanage and spreading the charism of Saint Augustine and Saint Rita of Cascia (1381-1457).   She was beatified at Saint Peter’s Square on 12 October 1997 by St Pope John Paul.10_12_16_bl-maria-teresa-fasce_st-o-day.png

Maria Giovanna Fasce was born on 27 December 1881 in Genoa to the middle-class Eugenio Fasce and his second wife Teresa Valente.   She had seven siblings and her oldest sibling was Luigia.   Her relations dubbed her as “Marietta”.   Her mother died in 1889 which prompted her oldest sister Luigia to take care of the younger children.

Fasce taught catechism to children and grew to love the charism of Saint Augustine.   She also met her confessor Father Mariano Ferriello in Genoa who encouraged her to learn of the Augustinian figures and pursue her vocation.

She became aware of the life of Saint Rita of Cascia and travelled to Rome in 1900 when Pope Leo XIII canonised her – this was the most important event of her life thus far and solidified her desire to become a nun.   She expressed this intention to her relatives who took the news badly and her brothers in particular were negative about it.   Her oldest sister Luigia accepted this but did not understand Fasce’s reasoning for living in a primitive place like Cascia.   She applied for admission to a Ligurian convent but was rejected much to her surprise.   The Abbess Giuseppina Gattarelli said that she believed Fasce was unable to handle the rigours of the monastic life.   Fasce reapplied and was accepted in 1906.santarita_beatafasce

On 22 June 1906 she entered the convent of the Order of Saint Augustine (she received the habit on the night of 25 December 1906) and made the profession of her initial vows on 25 December 1907 in the religious name of “Maria Teresa”.   She became quite disillusioned due to the convent’s decline and returned home in June 1910 for a period of deep reflection.   Her time at home saw her affirm her desire to be in the monastic life and returned to the convent in May 1911 and later made her solemn vows on 22 March 1912.

In August, 1920, she was elected abbess and was confirmed in this office nine times throughout the following 27 years until her death.   The great ambition of Mother Teresa, which she succeeded in converting into a plan of action, was the enrichment of the religious spirit of her community and of each one of the nuns.bl maria teresa fasce

Her influence, however, reached far beyond the walls of the cloister by means of the initiatives she undertook to spread devotion to Saint Rita and to promote the well-being of her adopted town.   Among these were the publication of the magazine “From the Bees to the Roses”, the establishment of an orphanage for girls, the founding of a seminary for candidates to the Order and the construction of the Basilica as a place of pilgrimage and the fitting resting place of the saint to whom she was so devoted.

During the Second World War she courageously protected the convent and defended the rights of the nuns as well as members of the resistance under attack.bl maria teresa portrait

Throughout her life Mother Teresa suffered many physical ailments, including cancer and a debilitating condition which at times made it difficult for her to walk.   All of this she bore with complete resignation and patience and was an example of fortitude and serenity to the nuns and people of Cascia.

She died peacefully on 18 January 1947 and was beatified together with Blessed Elías Nieves on 12 October 1997.   Her body is venerated in the lower shrine of the Basilica which she made possible next to Saint Rita of Cascia.blessed+maria+teresa+fasce

Mother Teresa Fasce was a cloistered contemplative nun, not only in name but also in fact, during the several decades of her religious life.   At the same time she was a woman of great vision and action, who had the capacity to inspire others even as she was inspired by the life and message of her patroness, Saint Rita.   She reminds us that there is no contradiction between contemplation and service – both are motivated by love and must be expressed in love.beatification tapestry bl maria teresa fasce