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Apparition of Our Lady to Saint Catherine of Alexandria (4th Century) and Memorials of the Saints – 16 May

Apparition of Our Lady to Saint Catherine of Alexandria (4th Century) – 16 May:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/05/16/sunday-within-the-octave-of-the-ascension-apparition-of-our-lady-to-saint-catherine-of-alexandria-4th-century-and-memorials-of-the-saints-16-may/

St John Nepomucene (c 1345– 1393) Priest, Martyr. “The first Martyr of the Seal of the Confession.

St Abdas of Cascar
Bl Adam of Adami
Bl Adam of San Sabine

St Andrew Bobola SJ (1591-1657) Priest of the Order of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Missionary, known as the Apostle of Lithuania and the “Hunter of Souls.”
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/saint-of-the-day-16-may-st-andrew-bobola-sj/

St Annobert of Séez
St Aquilinus of Isauria

St Brendan the Navigator (c 484–c 577) Priest, Abbot, founder of many Monasteries also known as “of Clonfert,” “the Voyager,” “the Anchorite” and “the Bold” is one of the early Irish Monastic Saints and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.
His wonderful life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/05/16/saint-of-the-day-16-may-st-brendan-the-navigator-c-484-c-577/

St Carantac
St Carantoc
St Diocletian of Osimo
St Felix of Uzalis
St Fidolus of Aumont
St Fiorenzo of Osimo
St Fort of Bordeaux
St Francoveus
St Gennadius of Uzalis
St Germerius of Toulouse
St Hilary of Pavia

St Honorius of Amiens (Died 653) The Seventh Bishop of Amiens., Miracle-worker.
About St Honorius:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/05/16/saint-of-the-day-16-may-saint-honorius-of-amiens-died-653/

Bl Louis of Mercy

St Maxima of Fréjus
Bl Michal Wozniak
St Peregrinus of Auxerre
St Peregrinus of Terni
St Possidius (c 370-c 440)
St Primael of Quimper

St Simon Stock OCD (1165-1265) Monk, Visionary, Mystic, Marian devotee, early Prior General of the Carmelite Order.
About St Simon:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/saint-of-the-day-16-may-st-simon-stock-1165-1265/

St Ubaldus Baldassini
St Victorian of Isauria
Bl Valdimir Ghika

Martyrs of Saint Sabas: A group of Monks, whose names have not come down to us, who were massacred by Moors at the monastery of Saint Sabas in Palestine.

Martyrs of Caramasi
Albertin-Marie Maisonade
Ignace-Alexandre-Joseph Cardon
Jan Chrysostom Zavrel
Maturin-Marie Pitri
Modeste-Marie Burgen
Zosimo Maria Brambat

Martyrs of Osimo
Diocletian
Fiorenzo

Martyrs of Uzalis
Felix
Gennadius

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Memorials of the Saints – 16 May

St Abdas of Cascar
Bl Adam of Adami
Bl Adam of San Sabine
St Andrew Bobola SJ (1591-1657) Martyr
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/saint-of-the-day-16-may-st-andrew-bobola-sj/

St Annobert of Séez
St Aquilinus of Isauria
St Brendan the Navigator (c 484–c 577)
His wonderful life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/05/16/saint-of-the-day-16-may-st-brendan-the-navigator-c-484-c-577/

St Carantac
St Carantoc
St Diocletian of Osimo
St Felix of Uzalis
St Fidolus of Aumont
St Fiorenzo of Osimo
St Fort of Bordeaux
St Francoveus
St Gennadius of Uzalis
St Germerius of Toulouse
St Hilary of Pavia
St Honorius of Amiens
Bl Louis of Mercy
St Margaret of Cortona TOSF (1247-1297)  (This is a very good homily – listen if you can).

St Maxima of Fréjus
Bl Michal Wozniak
St Peregrinus of Auxerre
St Peregrinus of Terni
St Possidius of Calama
St Primael of Quimper
St Simon Stock OCD (1165-1265)
About St Simon:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/saint-of-the-day-16-may-st-simon-stock-1165-1265/

St Ubaldus Baldassini
St Victorian of Isauria
Bl Valdimir Ghika

Martyrs of Saint Sabas: A group of monks, whose names have not come down to us, who were massacred by Moors at the monastery of Saint Sabas in Palestine.

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Quote of the Day – 16 May

Quote of the Day – 16 May

…..”the Polish Martyr rose to the heights of the noblest triumphs which the Church commemorates. Andrew was asked if he were a priest of the Latin rite, and he replied:

‘I am a Catholic priest.  I was born in the Catholic faith.  In that faith I wish to die.    My faith is true; it leads to salvation.    Do you rather repent; give place to sorrow for sin, else you will be unable, in your errors, to win salvation.    By embracing my faith, you will acknowledge the true God and will save your souls’.

St Andrew Bobola SJ

At these words, those wicked men, utterly devoid of humanity, were roused to a fiendish barbarity and reached such a degree of cruelty that they inflicted still more horrible sufferings on the soldier of Christ.   Once again, “he was scourged, a crown like that of Jesus Christ was bound about his head, he was struck heavy blows and lay wounded by a scimitar.   Next, his right eye was gouged out, strips of skin were torn off, his wounds were savagely scorched and rubbed with prickly bundles of straw.   Nor was that enough: his ears, nose and lips were cut off, his tongue torn out by the root and finally, a weapon plunged into his heart.   And, at long last, the valiant athlete, three hours after midday, displaying a truly marvelous example of fortitude, was pierced by a sword and achieved the glory of martyrdom.” ……………….Venerable Pope Pius XII – INVICTI ATHLETAE (On St. Andrew Bobola) Encyclical Promulgated on 16 May 1957

i am a Catholic priest - st andrew bobola

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One Minute Reflection – 16 May

One Minute Reflection – 16 May

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.    Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven…………..Matthew 5:11-12

REFLECTION – “The mind shudders as it recalls all the tortures which the athlete of Jesus Christ endured with unconquerable fortitude and a faith resolute and unbroken……..We do not think this filled him with fear but rather with a heavenly joy.    For We know that he had always prayed for martyrdom and had often recalled these words of the Divine Redeemer..”………Venerable Pope Pius XII

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PRAYER – Gracious Lord, help me too to be an apostle of zeal and a ‘hunter of souls’. For I know that is through Your grace and by that grace manifest in my life that I may reach out and help all those around me. Grant me Lord, the courage and zeal of St Andrew Bobola, who I now request for his intercessionary prayers, on behalf of all Your Holy Church. Amen

st andrew bobola pray for us

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Saint of the Day – 16 May – St Andrew Bobola SJ

Saint of the Day – 16 May – St Andrew Bobola SJ (1591-1657) Martyr, Priest, Missionary, known as the Apostle of Lithuania and the “Hunter of Souls.”.   Born Andrzej Bobola – Patron of Poland and the Archdiocese of Warsaw. His body is incorrupt.

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Bobola was born in 1591 into a noble family in the Sandomir Palatinate in the Province of Lesser Poland of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, then a constituent part of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.   In 1611 he entered the Society of Jesus in Vilnius, then in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the other part of the Commonwealth.   He subsequently professed solemn vows and was ordained in 1622, after which he served for several years as an advisor, preacher, Superior of a Jesuit residence, etc., in various places.

From 1652 Bobola also worked as a country “missionary”, in various locations of Lithuania:  these included Polotsk, where he was probably stationed in 1655 and also Pinsk, (both now in Belarus).   On 16 May 1657, during the Khmelnytsky Uprising, he was captured in the village of Janów (now Ivanava, Belarus) by the Cossacks of Bohdan Chmielnicki and, after being subjected to a variety of tortures, killed.st andrew bobola sj

One description of Bobola’s death written in 1865 states:

“In the same year, the Cossacks surprised a holy Polish Jesuit, in the town of Pinsk and conferred on him the palm of martyrdom, on the 16th of May, 1657.   Father Andrew Bobola, …had just offered up the holy sacrifice, when a horde of Cossacks attacked the town.   On beholding the barbarians, Father Bobola fell upon his knees, raised his eyes and his hands toward heaven, and, having a presentiment that his hour had arrived, exclaimed, “Lord, thy will be done!”   At that moment, the Cossacks rushed upon him, stripped him of his holy habit, tied him to a tree, placed a crown upon his head, …after which they scourged him, tore out one of his eyes, burned his body with torches, and one of the ruffians traced, with his poignard, the form of a tonsure on the head of the venerable Father and on his back the figure of a chasuble!   To do this, the executioner had to strip off the skin of the holy martyr!   But this was not yet all.   The fingers of the apostle had received the priestly unction.   The executioner tore from them the skin and forced needles under his nails!   And during this indescribable torture, the hero prayed for his tormentors;  he preached, both by word and example, until the schismatics tore out his tongue and crushed his head.   Father Andrew Bobola, whom the Church declared Blessed, the 30th of October, 1853, was sixty-five years of age.”388px-st andrew Bobola

Bobola’s body was originally buried in the Jesuit church in Pinsk.   It was later moved to their church in Polotsk.   By the beginning of the 18th century, however, nobody knew where Bobola’s body was buried.   In 1701 Father Martin Godebski, S.J., the Rector of the Pinsk College, reputedly had a vision of Bobola.   This caused him to order a search for the body.   It was found completely incorrupt, which was recognized by the Church and its supporters as proof of holiness.   In 1719 the casket was officially reopened and the body inspected by qualified medical personnel (five physicians and pharmacists).   It was reportedly still completely incorrupt: pliable and with soft flesh.

In 1922, the Bolsheviks moved the corpse, later described by an American journalist as “remarkably well-preserved” to the Museum of Hygiene of People’s Commissioners of Health in Moscow.   The whereabouts of the remains was not known to the Catholic authorities and Pope Pius XI charged the Papal Famine Relief Mission in Russia, headed by American Jesuit Father Edmund A. Walsh, with the task of locating and “rescuing” them.    In October 1923—as a kind of “pay” for help during famine—the remains were released to Walsh and his Assistant Director, Father Louis J. Gallagher, S.J.   Well packed by the two Jesuits, they were delivered to the Holy See by Gallagher on All Saints’ Day (1 November) 1923.   In May 1924, the relics were installed in Rome’s Church of the Gesù, the main church of the Society of Jesus.

Since 17 June 1938 the body has been venerated at a shrine in Warsaw, with an arm remaining at the original shrine in Rome.

Declared Blessed by Pope Pius IX on 30 October 1853, Bobola was canonised by Pope Pius XI on 17 April 1938.   His feast day was originally celebrated by the Jesuits on 23 May but it is now generally celebrated on 16 May.   On his feast day in 2002, Pope John Paul II declared Bobola a patron saint of Poland and of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Warsaw.