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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)
St Joseph!

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Go to Joseph:
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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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Saint of the Day – 19 March – Blessed Sibyllina Biscossi OP (1287-1367)

Saint of the Day – 19 March – Blessed Sibyllina Biscossi (1287-1367) OP Blind Dominican Virgin and Recluse, Penitent, Miracle-worker – also known as Sibyllina of Pavia, Sybil – Additional Memorials – 20 March (Pavia, Italy) and 23 March (Order of Preachers). Patronages – Children whose parents are not married, illegitimacy, loss of parents.   Her body is incorrupt. bl sybellina maybe

The Roman Martyrology says of her – In Pavia, in Lombardy, Blessed Sibyllina Biscossi, Virgin, who became blind at the age of twelve, spent sixty-five years imprisoned alongside the Church of the Order of Preachers, shining with its interior light many who flocked to it.

“All things work for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).   How many of us would have the faith to trust in God’s providence as did this holy woman?   As Mother Angelica has witnessed, true faith is knowing that when the Lord asks you to walk into the void, He will place a rock beneath your feet.   True faith is to be able to praise God in all things, to say with Job, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.   Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Sybillina’s parents died when she was tiny and as soon as she was old enough to be of use to anyone, the neighbours, who had taken her in at the time she was orphaned, put her out to work.   She must have been very young when she started to work, because at the age of 12, when she became blind and could not work any more, she already had several years of work behind her.

The cause of her blindness is unknown but the child was left doubly destitute with the loss of her sight.   The local chapter of the Dominican tertiary sisters took compassion on the child and brought her home to live with them.   After a little while of experiencing their kind help, she wanted to join them.   They accepted her, young though she was, more out of pity than in any hope of her being able to carry on their busy and varied apostolate.

They were soon agreeably surprised to find out how much she could do.   She learned to chant the Office quickly and sweetly and to absorb their teaching about mental prayer as though she had been born for it.   She imposed great obligations of prayer on herself, since she could not help them in other ways.   Her greatest devotion was to Saint Dominic and it was to him she addressed herself when she finally became convinced that she simply must have her sight back so that she could help the sisters with their work.dominican nuns for bl sybellina

Praying earnestly for this intention, Sybillina waited for his feast day.   Then, she was certain, he would cure her.   Matins came and went with no miracle, little hours, Vespers– and she was still blind.   With a sinking heart, Sybillina knelt before Saint Dominic’s statue and begged him to help her.   Kneeling there, she was rapt in ecstasy and she saw him come out of the darkness and take her by the hand.

He took her to a dark tunnel entrance and she went into the blackness at his word. Terrified but still clinging to his hand, she advanced past invisible horrors, still guided and protected by his presence.   Dawn came gradually and then light, then a blaze of glory.   “In eternity, dear child,” he said. “Here, you must suffer darkness so that you may one day behold eternal light.”

Sybillina, the eager child, was replaced by a mature and thoughtful Sybillina who knew that there would be no cure for her, that she must work her way to heaven through the darkness.   She decided to become a anchorite and obtained the necessary permission.   In 1302, at the age of 15, she was sealed into a tiny cell next to the Dominican church at Pavia.   At first she had a companion but her fellow recluse soon gave up the life. Sybillina remained, now alone, as well as blind.

The first seven years were the worst, she later admitted.   The cold was intense and she never permitted herself a fire.   The church, of course, was not heated and she wore the same clothes winter and summer.   In the winter there was only one way to keep from freezing–keep moving–so she genuflected and gave herself the discipline.   She slept on a board and ate practically nothing.   To the tiny window, that was her only communication with the outside world, came the troubled and the sinful and the sick, all begging for her help.   She prayed for all of them and worked many miracles in the lives of the people of Pavia.

One of the more amusing requests came from a woman who was terrified of the dark. Sybillina was praying for her when she saw her in a vision and observed that the woman–who thought she was hearing things–put on a fur hood to shut out the noise. The next day the woman came to see her and Sybillina laughed gaily. “You were really scared last night, weren’t you?” she asked. “I laughed when I saw you pull that hood over your ears.”   The legend reports that the woman was never frightened again.

Sybillina had a lively sense of the Real Presence and a deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.   One day a priest was going past her window with Viaticum for the sick, she knew that the host was not consecrated and told him so.   He investigated and found he had indeed taken a host from the wrong container.

Sybillina lived as a recluse for 65 years.   She followed all the Masses and Offices in the church, spending what few spare minutes she had working with her hands to earn a few alms for the poor.

She is buried in the Dominican church in Pavia

Her cultus was confirmed in 1853 by Pope Pius IX and she was Beatified by him on 17 August 1854.

From the General Calendar of the Order of Preachers on her Feast Day:

Let us Pray:
O God, who wast pleased to enlighten the soul of Blessed Sibyllina, Thy Virgin , with admirable splendour, though she was deprived of bodily sight, grant, through her intercession, that, enlightened with light from above, we may despise earthly things and earnestly strive after those that are eternal.   Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, enkindle our hearts with the fire of the Spirit, who wonderfully renewed Blessed Sibyllina.   Filled with that heavenly light may we come to know Jesus Christ crucified and always grow in Your love.   We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever.all dominican saints pray for us 7 nov 2019

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Memorials of the Saints -19 March

St Joseph (Solemnity)
St Joseph!
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Go to Joseph:
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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