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Our Lady of Soissons, France (1128) and Memorials of the Saints – 26 March

Our Lady of Soissons, France (1128) In the Abbey, one of Our Lady’s slippers is kept – 26 March:

In the year 1128, a plague afflicted the City of Soissons. For six consecutive days the victims went to the Shrine of Our Lady and called out to her for help. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to them, accompanied by heavenly hosts of angels. Immediately the people who witnessed the miracle and believed were healed. The Bishop asked all who were healed to make a novena of thanks and to kiss the slipper of the Holy Virgin kept in the Church.

A rustic servant of one of the knights of Soissons, a man named Boso, came to the Church for the festival which was to follow the novena. While his companions gave gifts and talked of the slipper of Our Lady, he gave nothing and scoffed at the idea, muttering, “You are very foolish to believe this to be the Virgin’s slipper. It would have rotted long ago.” At these words Boso’s blasphemous mouth was drawn toward his ear with such sharp pain that his eyes seemed to slip out of his head. A tumour appeared and covered his face, making it unfit for human use. Roaring and writhing, he threw himself before the Altar of Mary, begging for help, as he had offended the Mother of God, and he knew there was no-one else who could heal him.
The Abbess, a woman named Mathilda, took the slipper and made the Sign of the Cross over the victim. Immediately he began to heal. The punished scoffer repented and gave himself up to the service of the Church of Soissons. Many – the lame, the blind, the deaf, the dumb, the paralytics, were healed at the Shrine.
The Abbey was once the largest in France, famous for its rich collection of relics, including the “Lady Slipper” but all that remains today of the Abbey is a ruined wall with two arches, as the rest was methodically razed by the eager hands of the devotees of the French Revolution.

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St Basil the Younger
St Bathus
St Bercharius
St Braulio (590-651)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/saint-of-the-day-26-march-braulio-590-651/

St Castulus of Rome (Died c 288) Martyr
St Eutychius of Alexandria
St Felicitas of Padua
St Felix of Trier
St Garbhan
St Govan
St Ludger (c 742-809)
About St Ludger:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/26/saint-of-the-day-26-march-st-ludger-c-742-809/
Blessed Maddalena Caterina Morano FMA (1847-1908)
About:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/26/saint-of-the-day-26-march-blessed-maddalena-caterina-morano-fma-1847-1908/
St Maxima the Martyr
St Mochelloc of Kilmallock
St Montanus the Martyr
St Sabino of Anatolia
St Sincheall of Killeigh
St Wereka

Martyrs of Rome – 5 saints: A group of Christians martyred together. The only details to survive are the names – Cassian, Jovinus, Marcian, Peter and Thecla. Rome, Italy, date unknown.

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Memorials of the Saints – 26 March

St Basil the Younger
St Bathus
St Bercharius
St Braulio (590-651)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/saint-of-the-day-26-march-braulio-590-651/

St Castulus of Rome
St Eutychius of Alexandria
St Felicitas of Padua
St Felix of Trier
St Garbhan
St Govan
St Ludger (c 742-809)
About St Ludger:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/26/saint-of-the-day-26-march-st-ludger-c-742-809/
Blessed Maddalena Caterina Morano FMA (1847-1908)
St Maxima the Martyr
St Mochelloc of Kilmallock
St Montanus the Martyr
St Peter of Sebaste
St Sabino of Anatolia
St Sincheall of Killeigh
St Wereka

Martyrs of Rome – 5 saints: A group of Christians martyred together. The only details to survive are the names – Cassian, Jovinus, Marcian, Peter and Thecla. Rome, Italy, date unknown.

Posted in HOLY WEEK, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on CONVERSION, QUOTES on REPENTANCE, QUOTES on SANCTITY, QUOTES on SIN, QUOTES on SUFFERING, SAINT of the DAY, The HOLY CROSS, The PASSION

One Minute Reflection – 26 March 2018 – Monday of Holy week and the Memorial of St Braulio (590-651)

One Minute Reflection – 26 March 2018 – Monday of Holy week and the Memorial of St Braulio (590-651)

Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was filled with the scent of the ointment…John 12:3

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REFLECTION – “O souls! Seek a refuge, like pure doves, in the shadow of the crucifix. There, mourn the Passion of your divine Spouse and drawing from your hearts flames of love and rivers of tears, make of them a precious balm with which to anoint the wounds of your Saviour.”…St Paul of the Cross (1694-1775)o souls, seek a refuge - st paul of the cross - 26 march 2018

PRAYER – Almighty God, grant that we who are constantly betrayed by our own weakness, may draw the breath of new life from the passion and death of Your only-begotten Son.   St Braulio, you who worked so zealously to assist those in weakness, both in body and soul, please pray for us too.   Through our Lord and Saviour, who suffered and died for us, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st braulio - pray for us - 26 march 2018

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Saint of the Day – 26 March – Braulio (590-651)

Saint of the Day – 26 March – Braulio (590-651) –  (also known as Saint Braulius) – Bishop of Saragossa, Monk, Confessor, Reformer, Scholar, Advisor, Writer, eloquent Preacher, Apostle of Charity.   Saint Braulio was friend and disciple to Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636) Doctor of the Church (feast celebrated 4 April) and a prolific writer of letters, hymns, martyrology, hagiographies, and history.   He fought against heresy and provided both strength and encouragement in the faith to his congregation.

St Isidore recognised the young nobleman Braulio as an outstanding graduate of his college at Seville in Spain and took him under his wing.   He made Braulio his colleague, a peer to whom he submitted his books for editing.   Isidore ordained him and appointed him bishop of Saragossa in 631.

St Braulio maintained the pattern of life he had learned earlier as a monk.   He lived simply, dressed in rough clothes, ate sparingly and gave alms generously.   He collaborated with Isidore in completing the conversion of the Visigoths from Arianism and in renewing church order in Spain.

Forty-four of Braulio’s letters that have survived give us a good picture of the saint and his ministry.  He counselled priests on liturgical and pastoral questions.   Sometimes he discussed complex theological matters like the resurrection of the body.   Often he consoled relatives and friends on the death of loved ones.   In his most famous letter he defended the Spanish bishops to Pope Honorius I, who had accused them of laxity. Braulio’s sense of humour bursts forth in letters requesting manuscripts, teasing friends who failed to visit and lightly reprimanding an arrogant young priest who was to succeed him.

Braulio is remembered as an eloquent preacher.   We can almost hear the power of his voice in this letter to his brother Frominian, who wanted to resign his office as abbot:

I am shocked that you are so upset by all these routine scandals that you prefer to spend your life in silence rather than to stay in the duties entrusted to you.   Where will your blessed perseverance be if your patience fails?  Remember the apostle who said: “All who want to live piously in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (see 2 Timothy 3:12).   Endurance exists not only in confessing the name of Christ by sword and fire and various punishments.   But differences in customs, insults of the disobedient and barbs of wicked tongues and various temptations are also included in this kind of persecution.   There is not a single occupation that is without its dangers…Who will guard against wolves if the shepherd does not watch?   Or who will drive away the robber if the watchman sleeps?   You must stick by the work entrusted to you and the task you have undertaken.   You must hate the sins, not the people.   Even though tribulation brings us more than we can endure, let us not be afraid as if we were resisting with our own strength.   We must pray with the apostle that God give us “the way out with the temptation” (see 1 Corinthians 10–13)…

He prepared a list of the works of St Isidore and reportedly completed some of his master’s unfinished works.   St Braulio went partially blind in 650 and died in the same year.  He was buried in what is now the church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Saragossa. He was succeeded as bishop of Zaragoza by Taius (Taio), who had been his pupil. Later his remains were translated to La Seo Cathedral, Saragossa – images and statue below.