Madonna del Pilerio, Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, France and Memorials of the Saints – 12 February

Madonna del Pilerio – 12 February: is the patron of the city of Cosenza and of the Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano, Italy. The Madonna del Pilerio is depicted in an icon dating back to the twelfth century that is found since 1607 in the Chapel built specifically within the Cathedral of Cosenza , commissioned by Msgr Giovani Battista Costanzo ( 1591 – 1617 ). On 10 May 1981, the Cathedral of Cosenza was raised to the Shrine of Our Lady of Pilerio by the Archbishop Msgr Dino Trabalzini. The patronal feast of Cosenza is not celebrated on 8 September, the Feast of Our Lady of Pilerio and date to which the Nativity of the Virgin is recognised but 12 February, to remember the devastating earthquake that hit Calabria on that date, in 1854.

Official Prayer to the Madonna del Pilerio

Virgin of Pilerio, Mother of the Church,
You are for us Support, Help and Hope.
We thank you and bless you
but above all we love you.
You are our tender Mother,
given to us by Christ on the Cross.
Listen to your children’s prayer.
Do not let us ever turn away from you.
Strengthen our faith in us,
sustain hope, revive charity.
May you praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
O Madonna del Pilerio, our glorious Patron, pray for us.

Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, France – 12 February: Cathedral of Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, built by King Clovis I (101) containing a portion of the Seamless Garment of Christ.
All about this Marian Title:

St Alexius of Kiev
St Ammonius of Alexandria
Bl Anthony of Saxony
St Anthony Kauleas
St Benedict of Aniane OSB (747-821)
About St Benedict:

Bl Benedict Revelli
St Damian of Africa
St Damian of Rome
St Ethelwald of Lindisfarne
St Eulalia of Barcelona (c 290-c 303) Virgin Martyr
Her Life and Death:

St Gaudentius of Verona
St Goscelinus of Turin
Bl Gregory of Tragurio
Bl Humbeline of Jully
St Jak Bushati
St Julian of Alexandria
St Julian the Hospitaller
About St Julian:
Bl Ladislaus of Hungary
Bl Ludan
St Meletius of Antioch (Died 381) Bishop

St Modestus of Alexandria
St Modestus of Carthage
St Modestus the Deacon
Bl Nicholas of Hungary
St Sedulius
Bl Thomas of Foligno

Martyrs of Albitina – 46 saints:
During the persecutions of Diocletian, troops were sent to the churches of Abitina, North Africa on a Sunday morning; they rounded up everyone who had arrived for Mass and took them all to Carthage for interrogation by pro-consul Anulinus. The 46 who proclaimed their Christianity were executed. We know some of their names and stories. They were tortured to death in 304 in prison at Albitina, North Africa.

Martyred in England:
Bl George Haydock
Bl James Fenn
Bl John Nutter
Bl John Munden
Bl Thomas Hemeford

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Josep Gassol Montseny

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Saint of the Day – 12 February – St Benedict of Aniane (747-821) “The Second Benedict”

Saint of the Day – 12 February – St Benedict of Aniane (747-821) Also known as “The Second Benedict” – born Witiza c 747 at Languedoc, France as Witiza – 11 February 821 at Cornelimunster, Aachen, Germany of natural causes, buried on 12 February 821.  St Benedict was a Benedictine monk and monastic reformer, who left a large imprint on the religious practice of the Carolingian Empire. St Benedict of Aniane HEADER

Next to St Benedict himself, St. Benedict of Aniane influenced the shape of Benedictine monasticism in the West more than anyone else.  Allied with Holy Roman emperors Charlemagne and Louis the Pious, he promulgated a strict and idealistic monastic reform that lasted nearly two centuries.   And Benedict’s work influenced later reforms, including the Cluniac Reform movement of the 11th and 12th centuries.

Of noble Visigothic descent, Benedict first served as a cupbearer in the Frankish court. But at age twenty he resolved to live for God alone and became a monk at an abbey near Dijon.   When the monks wanted to make him abbot, he left because he felt that they would not accept the severe pattern of life he had adopted.   So he returned to his own estate on the river Aniane in Languedoc, where he built a small hermitage.   Later he built a monastery from which he exercised influence over many other abbeys in France and Germany that he had reformed.   Eventually Benedict became the overseer of all the monasteries in the Frankish empire.

Louis the Pious compelled Benedict to build a monastery at Inde, Belgium, near the court at Aachen.   Then Louis had Benedict generate a monastic reform throughout the empire. Benedict presided at councils that reinforced discipline.   Benedict aimed to have monks “pass from faith to sight” through prayer, study, meditation and reading.   He believed that as their understanding increased, they would grow into a contemplative love for God.

Benedict of Aniane died in 821.   He never achieved the uniformity he intended because it depended on the unity of an empire that soon disintegrated.   But he did elevate the idealism and observance of western monasticism.   Benedict of Aniane’s impact was more structural than inspirational but as his biographer indicated in the following passage, his spirituality touched his brothers profoundly:

“Benedict had great concern not only to refresh his own people with food of preaching but also to nourish with heavenly bread whomever he happened to encounter.   That they might not lose the salutary food through forgetfulness, he was accustomed to impress upon them to cling tenaciously to it in their hearts. This he did with such words as, “Let it be with chaste body and humble heart, because proud chastity and vain humility are not acceptable to God.”   On some he was in the habit of stressing this, “If most precepts are impossible for you to remember, keep at least this short one, ‘Depart from evil and do good.’” (See Psalm 37:27).

Benedict possessed an unusual gift:  as soon as anyone with disturbed thoughts in his mind approached him, the tumultuous crowd of thoughts dissipated at his wholesome counsel.   Often indeed when bombarded by unsafe thoughts . . . a person would say to himself, “I will go and reveal you to Lord Benedict.”   At that very moment the unsuitable confusion left him.   If anyone was hindered by severe faults, he received soothing consolation when he opened up his heart to Benedict.”st benedict of aniane - lg