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Onze Zoeten Dame van Den Bosch, Arras / Our Lady of Arras, Netherlands (1380) and Memorials of the Saints – 7 July

Onze Zoeten Dame van Den Bosch , Arras / Our Lady of Arras, Netherlands (1380) – 7 July:

The image known as the “Kind Mother” at Sint Hertogenbosch, or “Our Sweet Lady” of Den Bosch, as she is also known in the north Brabant Province of the Netherlands, was an object of derision when it was first heard of in 1380. It had been found dirty and damaged in a builder’s junk-yard, but it soon became celebrated for the wonders connected with it.
It was in 1380, when Saint John’s Cathedral was being renovated, that the Statue was found. An apprentice stone mason, was looking for wood for his fire when he uncovered a scruffy wooden Statue in the rubble. The Statue was in such poor conditio, that he didn’t recognise it as the Mother of God. The mason in charge somehow recognised Her, even without the Infant Jesus in her arms.
The Statue was placed on the Altar of Saint Martin, in the Cathedral,but the faithful did not like it and were upset that such a dilapidated Statue was exposed for veneration. It wasn’t long before one of the Priests attempted to remove the Statue but found that it had become so heavy, that he could not move it.
It was soon noted, though, that any who spoke disapprovingly of the Statue became weak, fainted, or had nightmares. One woman mocked the Statue, and became partially paralysed. That night, she had a vision of Our Lord, who ordered her to repair the Statue and honour it. The next day she was able to drag herself to the Cathedral to begin the work. At the end of each day, she was able to walk a little more.
It was an entire year later when a Brother Wout ,found the missing image of the Infant Jesus that berlonged to the Statue. Local children were using if for a toy but now the Statue was reunited and complete.
There were still some who ridiculed the Statue but now they fainted on the spot. Many experienced strange pains, headaches,and even indigestion. On the other hand, those who prayed before the Statue received a cure of their illnesses and otherwise were greatly favoured. Due to the presence of the Statue, the Church became a place of pilgrimage. Emperor Maximilian, Holy Roman Emperor, and King Fernando of Castile were among the notables who visited the miraculous Statue.
The Statue of Our Sweet Lady is of oak and is nearly four feet tall and is of an unusual pattern – Our Lady stands upright, while her forearms are extended at right angles to her body. The Child is balanced on her left hand and in her right she holds an apple.
The dedication of the new Church of Our Lady of Arras occurred in the year 1484 by Bishop Peter de Ranchicourt, who was Bishop of that City. The first Church which had been built at the site had been constructed by Saint Vaast, who had been the Bishop of Arras, in the year 542, using the liberal donations of the first Kings of France.
The desolation caused by the Calvinists began in 1566 and many Churches were plundered. The Kind Mother was hidden and saved from the destruction. Years later, when the City was seized by the Spanish, two Carmelites took the Statue to Bishop Ophovius, who gave it to one of the women of the parish to safeguard.
Eventually it was feared that the Statue of the Kind Lady would not be safe if it stayed were it was and so, it was decided to take the Statue to Brussels for safety. The Statue had to be hidden and was placed in a chest and smuggled through the Town gates. It was then taken to St Geradus’s Church in Belgium before being taken to Koudenberg Church in Brussels.
It wasn’t until the year 1810 when the Cathedral at Den Bosch was returned to the Catholics by Napoleon. Then, it took the prolonged efforts of Bishop J. Zwijsen, the Bishop of Hertogenbosh, to have the beloved Statue of Our Sweet Lady returned to his Cathedral in 1878. It was Crowned by the grateful Bishop in the name of Pope Leo XIII that same year and the Feast is 7 July with proper Mass and Office in certain places.

INTERESTING NOTE: Around 7% of the men in the Netherlands are called Maria. Yes, over 1/20 of Dutch men are named after the Virgin Mary. In 1954, a Marian Year, 17% of Dutch men where named after the Blessed Virgin. Incidentally, most of those men named Mary live in or around Den Bosch, and Mary is one of the Patron Saints of this beautiful City.

St Alexander
St Angelelmus of Auxerre
St Antonino Fantosati
St Apollonius of Brescia

Blessed Pope Benedict XI OP (1240-1303) Cardinal-Priest of St Sabina, Bishop of Ostia then of Rome, Dominican Friar, Prior Provincial of Lombardy prior to becoming the Master of the Order in 1296, Apostolic Papal Legate to Hungary and France, Teacher, Preacher, Writer and renowned Scholar with special emphasis on Biblical commentary. His Papacy began on 22 Ocober 1303 and ended at his death on 7 July 1304.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/07/07/saint-of-the-day-7-july-blessed-pope-benedict-xi-1240-1303/

Bl Bodard of Poitiers
St Bonitus of Monte Cassino
St Carissima of Rauzeille
St Eoaldus of Vienne
St Ethelburga of Faremoutier
Bl Francisco Polvorinos Gómez
St Hedda of Wessex
Bl Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin
Bl Juan Antonio Pérez Mayo
Bl Juan Pedro del Cotillo Fernández
Bl Justo González Lorente
St Maelruan
Bl Manuel Gutiérrez Martín
St Marcus Ji Tianxiang
Bl María del Consuelo Ramiñán Carracedo

Blessed Maria Romero Meneses FMA (1902-1977) “The Social Apostle of Costa Rica” and “The Female John Bosco” – a Salesian Religious, Apostle of Charity and Social Reform, Teacher, Catechist, establishing whole villages with work opportunities for the poor, Mystic and Apostle of the Holy Eucharist and of Mary, Mother of God.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/07/saint-of-the-day-7-july-blessed-maria-romero-meneses-1902-1977/

Bl Marie-Gabrielle-Françoise-Suzanne de Gaillard de Lavaldène
St Medran
St Merryn
Bl Oddino Barrotti
St Odo of Urgell
St Odran
St Palladius of Ireland
St Pantaenus of Alexandria

St Pantænus (Died c 216) Father of the Church, Theologian, Philosopher, Teacher, Confessor and Defender of the Faith, Writer and interpreter of the Bible, the Trinity and Christology, |Missionary. Convert ofthe disciples of the Apostles. Head of the Alexandrian School of Learning – a famous pupil was St Clement of Alexandria.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/07/saint-of-the-day-7-july-st-pantaenus-father-of-the-church-died-c-216/

Bl Pascual Aláez Medina

Blessed Peter To Rot (1912-1945) Martyr, Layman, Catechist and Defender of the Faith, Defender of the Sacrament of Marriage – (died c 1912 in Rakunai, East New Britain (part of modern Papua New Guinea) .
About Bl Peter:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/07/07/saint-of-the-day-7-july-blessed-peter-to-rot/

St Prosper of Aquitaine
St Syrus of Genoa
St Th
St Willibald of Eichstätt (c.700 – 787) Bishop, Prince, Missionary

Martyrs of Durres – 7 saints: Also known as – Martyrs of Dyrrachium/ Martyrs of Durazzo. A group of seven Italian Christians who fled Italy to escape the persecutions of emperor Hadrian. Arrived in Dyrrachium, Macedonia to find Saint Astius tied to a cross, covered in honey, laid in the sun and left to be tortured by biting and stinging insects. When they expressed sympathy for Astius, they were accused of being Christians, arrested, chained, weighted down, taken off shore and drowned. We know little more about each of them than their names – Germaus, Hesychius, Lucian, Papius, Peregrinus, Pompeius and Saturninus. They were born in Italy and were martyred at sea c117 off the coast of Dyrrachium (Durazzo), Macedonia (modern Durres, Albania).

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One Minute Reflection – 7 July – ‘Our Vocation … ‘

One Minute Reflection – 7 July – “Month of the Precious Blood” – Tuesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Readings: Hosea 8:4-711-13Psalm 115:3-10Matthew 9:32-38 and the Memorial of Blessed Pope Benedict XI OP (1240-1303)

“The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few, therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” … Matthew 9:37-38

REFLECTION – “One day I was pondering over what I could do to save souls;  a phrase from the Gospel showed me a clear light – Jesus said to His disciples, pointing to the fields of ripe corn, “Look up and see the fields ripe for harvest” (Jn 4:35) and a little later, “The harvest is abundant but the labourers are few;  so ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers.”   How mysterious it is!   Is not Jesus all-powerful? Do not creatures belong to Him who made them?   Why then does Jesus say:  “Pray the master of the harvest to send out labourers … ?”   Why? …

Ah!   Jesus has so incomprehensible a love for us, that He wants us to have a share with Him in the salvation of souls.   He wants to do nothing without us.   The creator of the universe waits for the prayer of a poor little soul, to save other souls redeemed like itself, at the price of all His blood.

Our vocation, yours and mine, is not to go harvesting in the fields of ripe corn, Jesus does not say to us;  “Lower your eyes, look at the fields, and go and reap them,” our mission is still loftier.   Here are Jesus’ words:  “Lift up your eyes and see….”   See how in my Heaven there are places empty, it is for you to fill them! … each one of you is my Moses praying on the mountain (Ex 17:8f), ask Me for labourers and I shall send them, I await only a prayer, a sigh from your heart!” … St Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897) Doctor of the Churchmatthew 8 37-38 the harvest is plentiful - our vocation yours and mine is not to harvesting - st therese of lisieux 7 july 2020

PRAYER – True Light of the world, Lord Jesus Christ, as You enlighten all men for their salvation, give us grace, we pray, to herald Your coming, by preparing Your ways of justice and of peace.   We lift our hearts and eyes in prayer and beg of You that we may always offer You the souls of those in need of You.   And may the prayers of Bl Pope Benedict XI, who fulfilled his role as Your labourer, strengthen us on our journey.   Who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.bl pope benedict XI pray for us 7 july 2020 (1)

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Saint of the Day – 7 July – Blessed Pope Benedict XI (1240-1303)

Saint of the Day – 7 July – Blessed Pope Benedict XI (1240-1303) Cardinal-Priest of St Sabina, Bishop of Ostia then of Rome, Dominican Friar, Prior Provincial of Lombardy Prior to becoming the Master of the Order in 1296, Apostolic Papal Legate to Hungary and France, Teacher, Preacher, Writer and renowned Scholar with special emphasis on Biblical commentary.   His Papacy began on 22 Ocober 1303 and ended at his death on 7 July 1304.   His predecessor was Boniface VIII and successor, Clement V.   Born in 1240 at Treviso, Italy as Niccolò  Boccasini and died on 7 July 1304 at Perugia, Italy of natural causes. His Motto “Illustra faciem Tuam super servum Tuum”“Let Your Face shine upon Your servant.”   Patronages – Treviso, all Popes named Benedict.Blessed-Benedict X1-e1426571409185

Niccolò Boccasini entered the Order of Preachers in his native Trevino. He studied at Venice and Milan before becoming a teacher in Venice and in other Dominican houses.   A scholar by temperament, he taught and preached for years, publishing biblical commentaries and sermons.   He served two terms as Provincial Prior of Lombardy before being elected Master of the Order in 1296.   Two years later he was made Cardinal.   He was appointed Bishop of Ostia and served as Apostolic Papal Legate first to Hungary and then to France.   He was with Pope Boniface VIII when Boniface was attacked by French forces at Anagni.

Niccolò Boccasini was born in Treviso to Boccasio, a municipal notary (died 1246), whose brother was a Priest and Ber(n)arda, who worked as a laundress for the Dominican Friars of Treviso.   Niccolò had a sister, Adelette.   The family lived outside the walls of Treviso, in a suburb called St Bartolommeo.    In 1246, a Dominican friar left a sum of money in his will to Bernarda and her children, recently orphaned.   A condition was that if Niccolò were to enter the Dominican Order he would receive half of the entire legacy.    From the age of six, it seems, Niccolò was destined for the monkish life.   His first teacher was his uncle, the Parish Priest of St Andrea.

He entered the Order of Preachers in 1254, at the age of fourteen, taking the habit of a novice in his native Treviso.    He was taken to Venice by his Prior and presented to the Provincial, who assigned him to the Convent of St Giovanni e Paolo in Venice.   For the next seven years or so, Niccolò pursued his basic education in Venice.   Toward the end of this period, he served as tutor to the young sons of Romeo Quirini of Venice, whose brother was a Canon in the Cathedral of Treviso.   In 1262, Niccolò was transferred to Milan, to the new Cathedral of St Eustorgio.   He spent the next six years at St Eustorgio.  By the end of his term there he must have become a professed member of the Order of Preachers – the actual date, however, is unknown.   As a professed Friar he served in the responsible position as a Lecturer in the Seminary in Venice, where he was the instructor of the elementary education of the Novices in his Convent.   Each convent had it’s own Lector.    Niccolò served as Lector for fourteen years, from 1268 to 1282.   In 1276 he is attested as being Lector at the Dominican Convent in his native Treviso, a post he was still holding in 1280.   In February 1282 he was sent to Genoa, again as Lector.   He was not a Professor, since he had never taken a university degree, being one of the few Popes who was not a university graduate.

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“Pope Benedict XI” by Tommaso da Modena (1326-1379)

In 1286, at the meeting of the Provincial Chapter, which took place that year in Brescia, Fr Niccolò was elected Provincial Prior of Lombardy.As Provincial of Lombardy, Fr Niccolò’s lifestyle changed considerably. Instead of being firmly attached to a single Convent for years, he would instead become peripatetic, moving from one Convent to another on visits of inspection, encouragement and correction.   In Lombardy at the time there were some fifty-one Domiican Convents!    He also had responsibility as an Inquisitor, a task for which popes considered Franciscans and Dominicans especially suited.   He also had the responsibility of convening the Provincial Chapters.   In 1287, the Chapter was at Venice;  in 1288, it was at Rimini;  in 1289 at the General Chapter, which was held at Trier, Fr Niccolò was released from the office of Provincial of Lombardy, having completed his three-year term.   It is probable that, without office, he returned to a convent, possibly that of Treviso—though the evidence is scanty and based on wills and codicils.   He was elected Provincial Prior of Lombardy again, however, at the Provincial Chapter held at Brescia in 1293.   In 1294 it was held at Faventia, in 1295 at Verona, and in 1296 at Ferrara, where Fr Niccolò’s successor was elected, since he had a new assignment.

At the Capitulum Generale of the Order of Preachers, which was held at Strasbourg in 1296, Fr Niccolò of Treviso was elected Master of the Order of Preachers and issued ordinances that forbade, by any Dominican, public questioning of the legitimacy of Pope Boniface VIII’s Papal election (which had taken place on Christmas Eve, 1295).Harley 1340, f.4

He was elevated to the Cardinalate on 4 December 1298 by Boniface VIII and assigned the title of Cardinal-Priest of Santa Sabina.   He entered the Roman Curia on 25 March 1299 and thus began to receive his share of the profits of the Chamber of the College of Cardinals.

He was promoted to the rank of Cardinal-Bishop of the See of Ostia on 2 March 1300 and also received Episcopal Consecration.   On 13 May 1301 he was appointed Apostolic Legate to Hungary.   He made his official departure on 22 June 1301 and returned on 10 May 1303.  He also served as Papal Legate to France.

When Pope Boniface VIII was seized at Anagni in September 1303, Boccasini was one of only two Cardinals to defend the Pope in the Episcopal Palace itself.   The other was Pedro Rodriguez, Bishop of Sabina.   They were imprisoned for three days.    On Monday 10 September they were liberated by forces led by Cardinal Luca Fieschi and on 14 September the Pope and his retinue returned to Rome, with an escort organised by Cardinal Matteo Rosso Orsini.

The conclave to elect the successor of Boniface VIII was held in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and the College of Cardinals desired an appropriate candidate who would not be hostile towards King Philip IV of France.   After one ballot in a conclave that lasted a day, Boccasini was elected as pope.

He was quick to release King Philip IV from the excommunication that had been put upon him by Boniface VIII.   Nevertheless, on 7 June 1304, Benedict XI excommunicated Philip IV’s implacable minister Guillaume de Nogaret and all the Italians who had played a part in the seizure of his predecessor at Anagni.   Benedict XI also arranged an armistice between Philip IV of France and Edward I of England.bl Pope_Benedict_XI

After a brief Pontificate that spanned a mere eight months, Benedict XI died suddenly at Perugia.   As original reports had it, suspicion fell primarily on Nogaret with the suspicion that his sudden death was caused by poisoning.    There is no direct evidence, however, to either support or disprove the contention that Nogaret poisoned the Pope.

Benedict XI was the author of a volume of sermons and commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew, the Psalms, the Book of Job and the Book of Revelation.

Cardinal Caesar Baronius (1538–1607) wrote that, on the Monday of Easter week in 1304, Benedict XI was celebrating Mass but a pilgrim interrupted it, because he wanted the Pope to hear his Confession. Rather than telling him to find another time or another Priest, the Pope left the Mass to hear his Confession and then returned to continue the Mass.

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Pope Benedict XI Approves the Plans of San Nicol Church Received by a Deputation of Treviso Citizens, 1880 – 1888 by Seitz Ludovico

There is also a story that, at the General Chapter of the Dominicans at Lucca in May 1288, the Provincial of the Roman Province, Thomas de Luni predicted to Fr Niccolò that he would someday be elected to the Papacy.   On another occasion, when he was in Venice, a Friar of Torcello, predicted that he would be Provincial, Master General, Cardinal and Pope.

Pope Benedict XI died of dysentery on 7 July 1304.   Benedict XI earned a reputation for holiness and the faithful came to venerate him.   His Tomb gained a reputation for the amount of miracles that emerged from the site.   Pope Clement XII approved his cultus on 24 April 1736 which acted as his formal Beatification.

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Pope Benedict XI with King Philip IV

Papal numbering
A note on the numbering:    Pope Benedict X (1058–1059) is now considered an Antipope by the Catholic Church.   At the time of Benedict XI’s election, however, Benedict X was still considered a legitimate pope and thus the man the Catholic Church officially considers the tenth true Pope Benedict, Niccolo Boccasini, took the official number XI rather than X.   This has advanced the numbering of all subsequent Popes Benedict by one digit.   Popes Benedict XI-Benedict XVI are, from an official point of view, the 10th through 15th popes by that name.

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The Tomb of Bl Benedict XI

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Memorials of the Saints – 7 July

St Alexander
St Angelelmus of Auxerre
St Antonino Fantosati
St Apollonius of Brescia
Blessed Pope Benedict XI (1240-1303)

Bl Bodard of Poitiers
St Bonitus of Monte Cassino
St Carissima of Rauzeille
St Eoaldus of Vienne
St Ethelburga of Faremoutier
Bl Francisco Polvorinos Gómez
St Hedda of Wessex
Bl Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin
Bl Juan Antonio Pérez Mayo
Bl Juan Pedro del Cotillo Fernández
Bl Justo González Lorente
St Maelruan
Bl Manuel Gutiérrez Martín
St Marcus Ji Tianxiang
Bl María del Consuelo Ramiñán Carracedo
Bl Maria Romero Meneses FMA (1902-1977)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/07/saint-of-the-day-7-july-blessed-maria-romero-meneses-1902-1977/

Bl Marie-Gabrielle-Françoise-Suzanne de Gaillard de Lavaldène
St Medran
St Merryn
Bl Oddino Barrotti
St Odo of Urgell
St Odran
St Palladius of Ireland
St Pantaenus of Alexandria
St Pantænus, Father of the Church (Died c 216)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/07/saint-of-the-day-7-july-st-pantaenus-father-of-the-church-died-c-216/
Bl Pascual Aláez Medina
Bl Peter To Rot (1912-1945) Martyr
About Bl Peter:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/07/07/saint-of-the-day-7-july-blessed-peter-to-rot/

St Prosper of Aquitaine
St Syrus of Genoa
St They
St Willibald of Eichstatt

Martyrs of Durres – 7 saints: Also known as – Martyrs of Dyrrachium/ Martyrs of Durazzo. A group of seven Italian Christians who fled Italy to escape the persecutions of emperor Hadrian. Arrived in Dyrrachium, Macedonia to find Saint Astius tied to a cross, covered in honey, laid in the sun and left to be tortured by biting and stinging insects. When they expressed sympathy for Astius, they were accused of being Christians, arrested, chained, weighted down, taken off shore and drowned. We know little more about each of them than their names – Germaus, Hesychius, Lucian, Papius, Peregrinus, Pompeius and Saturninus. They were born in Italy and were martyred at sea c117 off the coast of Dyrrachium (Durazzo), Macedonia (modern Durres, Albania).