Notre-Dame de la Salette / Our Lady of La Salette), La Salette-Fallavaux, Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France(1846) and Memorials of the Saints – 19 September

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Notre-Dame de la Salette / Our Lady of La Salette), La Salette-Fallavaux, Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France
(1846) 19 September:
Mary appeared to two small children, Melanie Mathieu and Maximin Giraud, on the mountain of La Salette in the French Alps. She was crying and around her neck was a crucifix, with a hammer and pincers on either side – 19 September 1846. Approved by the Diocesan Bishop in 1851.
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St Januarius of Naples Martyr (Died c 304) (Optional Memorial)
About St Januarius here:

St Alonso de Orozco Mena OSA (1500 – 1591) Augustinian Priest, Preacher, Writer, Apostle of Charity, Spiritual Director, Marian Devotee, Ascetic.
St Arnulph of Gap
St Carolus Hyon Song-Mun
St Constantia of Nocera
St Desiderius of Pozzuoli

St Emilie de Rodat (1787–1852) Nun and Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family, Mystic. Venerable Pope Pius XII Beatified her on 9 June 1940 and Canonised her on 23 April 1950.

St Eustochius of Tours
St Felix of Nocera
St Festus of Pozzuoli
St Goeric of Metz
St Maria de Cervellón OdeM (1230 – 1290) Virgin, Second Order of the Mercedarians.
Please watch this video if you are able to spare the time. It is absolutely beautiful.

St Pomposa
St Sequanus
St Sosius of Puzzuoli
St Theodore of Canterbury
St Trophimus of Synnada

Martyrs of Antioch – (3 saints): Christians imprisoned, tortured and executed in various ways in the persecutions of Emperor Probus; some names have come down to us – Dorymedon, Sabbatius and Trophimus. c 277 at Antioch (in modern Turkey).

Martyrs of Phunon – (4 saints): Four bishops in Egypt who were sentenced to forced labour in a rock quarry and martyred in the persecution of Diocletian. Noted for celebrating Mass in prison. – Elias, Nilus, Patermuzio and Peleus. They were burned to death in 310 at Phunon, near Petra in Palestine.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Consuelo Aguiar-Mella Díaz
• Blessed Herman José Fernández Sáenz
• Blessed Juan Pérez Rodrigo
• Blessed Lucas Martín Puente
• Blessed María de La Encarnación de La Yglesia de Varo
• Blessed María Dolores Aguiar-Mella Díaz
• Blessed Miguel Faúndez López
• Blessed Sebastián Obeso Alario


One Minute Reflection – 19 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:31–35

One Minute Reflection – 19 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:31–35 – Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Alonso de Orozco (1500 – 1591)

“To what then shall I compare the men of this generation and what are they like? “…Luke 7:31

REFLECTION – “It is actually the ruling class that closes the doors to the way that God wants to save us.   In this sense the powerful dialogues between Jesus and the ruling class of His time are understandable:  they argue, they put Him to the test, they lay traps to see if he falls, because they have resistance to being saved.   Jesus says to them: “I don’t understand you!   You are like those children:  we played the flute for you and you didn’t dance;  we sang a sad song for you and you didn’t weep.   What do you want?”.

We want our own way, we want salvation to be done our way.   It comes back to this “closure” to God’s modus operandi.” …Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 3 October 2014luke 7 31 - to what shall I compare - pope francis - we want our way! - 19 sept 2018

PRAYER – Remember Lord, Your solemn covenant, renewed and consecrated by the blood of the Lamb, so that Your people may obtain forgiveness for their sins and a continued growth in grace.   Turn our hearts from stone to flesh, grant that we may want only Your will.   St Alonso de Orozco, You constantly sought the will of God, please pray for us.   We make our prayer through Christ, the Lamb of God, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, alonso de orozco pray for us - 19 sept 2018

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Saint of the Day – 19 September – St Alonsus de Orozco Mena O.S.A. (1500 – 1591)

Saint of the Day – 19 September – St Alonso de Orozco Mena O.S.A. (1500 – 1591) Religious Priest, Preacher, Writer, Apostle of Charity, Spiritual Director, Marian Devotee, Ascetic – born on 17 October 1500 at Oropesa, Toledo, Spain and died on 19 September 1591 in the College of the Incarnation, Madrid, Spain of natural alonso de orozco 2 snip

Alphonsus de Orozco was born in Oropesa, Province of Toledo, Spain, on the 17th of October 1500, where his father was governor of the local castle.   He began his studies in the nearby Talavera de la Reina and for three years he was a choir boy in the Cathedral of Toledo, where he made progress in the study of music.   At the age of fourteen his parents sent him to the University of Salamanca, where an elder brother was already studying.

During the Lenten sermons preached by Thomas of Villanova in 1520, on the psalm “In exitu Israel de GYPTO”, his vocation to the religious life was brought to maturity and a little later, attracted by the religious atmosphere of the Friary of Saint Augustine, he entered that community and there made his profession of vows at the hands of Saint Thomas of Villanova (1486-1555).

When ordained a priest in 1527 his superiors detected in him such deep spirituality and a capacity for proclaiming the Word of God, that very soon they appointed him to the ministry of preaching.   From the age of thirty he held many offices but in spite of his own austere life, his style of governing always showed him to be full of understanding. Inspired by a desire for martyrdom, he set off for Mexico as a missionary in 1549 but on his way, in the Canary Islands, he suffered a severe bout of arthritis and the doctors, fearing for his life, forbade him to continue his journey.ALONSO

In 1554, when he was Prior of the Convent in Valladolid, a city which was for many decades the seat of the royal court, Alphonsus was appointed “royal preacher” to the court of the emperor Charles V.   When the court was moved to Madrid in 1561, Alphonsus also had to move to the new capital of the Kingdom and he took up his residence in the convent of Saint Philip the Royal.

In spite of the fact that he was now exercising an office which was outside the jurisdiction of his superiors and which also carried a stipend, he renounced all privileges and only wished to live as a humble friar in obedience to his superiors.   He lived in austere poverty.   He took only one daily meal at midday, he slept no more than three hours, because he said that was enough for the tasks of the new day.   A table was his bed;  cut vines his pillow.   His room had just one chair, a candle, a broom and some books.   By choice, the room was near the door so that he could better attend to the poor who used to come there to ask his help.   Without neglecting his daily attendance in choir for prayer, he used to visit the sick in hospitals, the prisoners in the goals and the poor in the streets and in their homes.   He spent the day in prayer, in writing his books and preparing his sermons.   He was very popular with members of every social class. Personages of society and culture were witnesses in his process for Canonisation, such as the Princess Isabel Clara Eugenia, the Dukes of Alba and of Lerma, the writer Lope de Vega, Francisco de Quevedo and González Dávila. Association with the upper classes did not divert him from his simple lifestyle.   His fame spread throughout Madrid.   The people who used to call him, much to his displeasure, the “saint of Saint Philip’s”, loved him for his gentle sensitivity in getting close to everyone without distinction.

He wrote many works, both in Latin as well as in Spanish.   The simplicity of the titles indicate that they were written with a view to pastoral ministry:   Rule for a Christian life (1542), Garden of prayer and the mount of contemplation (1544), Memorial of holy love (1576), Spiritual treasury (1551), The art of loving God and neighbour (1567), The book of the gentleness of God (1576), Tract on the crown of Our Lady (1588).   Like his own life, these writings sprung from a spirit of contemplation and a study of sacred scripture. Such was his great devotion to the Virgin Mary, that he was convinced that he was writing in obedience to her command.

He was also fervently attached to the love of his own religious Order, writing about its history and spirituality, in the hope of encouraging good men to imitate the Augustinian way of life.   Along these lines, led by a desire of internal reform, which would later develop into a movement of recollection in the Order, he was responsible for the foundation of Augustinian monasteries, both of friars and of contemplative nuns.

In August 1591, Friar Alphonsus fell ill of a fever but this did not prevent him from celebrating his daily Mass, as he never, in spite of any illness, failed to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice, saying with a certain humour, “God does no harm to anybody”.   During his illness, he was visited by the king, Philip II, by the heir to the throne and Princess Isabel and by the Cardinal Archbishop of Toledo, Gaspar de Quiroga, who personally fed him and then asked for his blessing.

News of his death, which occurred on the 19 of September 1591 in the College of the Incarnation, which he had founded two years before and which today is the seat of the Spanish Senate, brought sadness to the whole city.   The people of Madrid, as testified by Quevedo, filed past the chapel of rest and rushed the doors of the church of the college, knocking down the doors seeking some relic, a splinter of the bed, or a fragment of his clothes, his shoes or of his hair shirt.   For many years the Cardinal Archbishop kept for himself the wooden cross which the “saint of Saint Philip’s” used to carry with him.

He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII on the 15th January of 1882 and Canonised on 19 May 2002 by Pope John Paul II.