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Saint of the Day – 19 September – Saint Emilie de Rodat (1787–1852)

Saint of the Day – 19 September – Saint Emilie de Rodat (1787–1852) Religious Nun and Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family, Mystic, Apostle of Charity – she opened at least 38 charities and charitable organisations.   It was not known during her lifetime that Emilie de Rodat was also a mystic.   Her revelations are included in a diary, which was found after her death.Saint Emily de Rodat

Emily was born in 1787 at Rodez, France.   As a young child Emilie de Rodat had shown a great love for God and for the poor but during her teenage years she changed and these things held little meaning for her.   At the age of sixteen, however, she had an experience of God’s love that was to change her life forever.

She wrote:

“I was sixteen years of age when
I learned to know Our Lord.
This experience overwhelmed me
and I wanted God and only God.”Saint_Emily_Rodat.jpg

With her faith once more alive in her heart she began to search for ways to serve God and to fulfil his plan for her life with a whole new energy and passion.   She started to ask questions and to think deeply about her future.   She thought of dedicating her life to God as a nun and made several attempts but it never seemed to work out.

One day whilst she was visiting the poor in her town she met a group of women.   They were talking about their children and how there was no-one to teach them or tell them about God.   These words seemed like an arrow piercing Emilie’s soul.   She wrote:

“I told them to send their children to me and that I would educate them myself.
I would be a teacher for the poor.”st emily de rodat

With three companions she founded the Congregation.   It was a time of great joy for these young women but also a time of trial.  Many challenges had to be faced.   Very soon other needs were made known – orphans, the sick and housebound, prisoners and prostitutes.   Many more young women joined her in her mission and with love, gentleness and enthusiasm they tried together to respond to the needs of the poor around them.   Some of the nuns were also contemplative and spent their time in prayer and adoration.

She died of cancer at Villefranche on 19 September 1852.   At the time of her death Saint Emilie de Rodat had opened 38 charitable institutions.

Venerable Pope Pius XII Beatified her on 9 June 1940 and Canonised her on 23 April 1950.

Today throughout the world, the Holy Family Sisters of Saint Emilie try to respond to the pressing needs of their time and to reveal the face of the God of love to all especially the poor and emily glass 2.JPG

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Memorials of the Saints – 19 September

St Januarius of Naples Martyr (Died c 304) (Optional Memorial)
About St Januarius here:

Our Lady of La Salette (1846) :
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.

Read the story here:

St Alonso de Orozco Mena OSA (1500 – 1591)
St Arnulph of Gap
St Carolus Hyon Song-Mun
St Constantia of Nocera
St Desiderius of Pozzuoli
St Emilie de Rodat (1787–1852)
St Eustochius of Tours
St Felix of Nocera
St Festus of Pozzuoli
St Goeric of Metz
Bl Mary de Cerevellon
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